gulfnews : Salafist Egyptian MP assails teaching English as foreign plot

gulfnews : Salafist Egyptian MP assails teaching English as foreign plot.

 Cairo: A Salafist (ultra-conservative) Egyptian lawmaker has lashed out at Egyptian government for expanding the teaching of the English language in the schools, calling it a foreign plot.
“The aim of teaching English is to change the culture of our children since their early years,” Mohammad Al Kurdi, an MP belonging to the Salafist Al Nour Party, told the parliament in a televised session.
He was commenting on an Egyptian-US cooperation agreement to improve elementary education.
“This agreement seeks to start teaching the English language in the second grade, instead of the fourth grade as is the case now, in governmental schools,” he said.
“There is no other nation that makes a foreign language the main language of teaching in its schools. May be the only subject that is not taught in English now [in Egypt] is religion.”
Al Nour controls 26 per cent of the newly-elected Egyptian parliament where Islamists hold more than two-thirds of the seats.
Nader Bakar, the spokesman for Al Nour, dismissed Al Kurdi’s argument as superficial, and “not based on the Sharia [Islamic law] or science”.
“The comment made by Al Kurdi was inappropriate too. It does not represent the party’s view. We have referred him to a probe,” added Bakar on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

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Celebration of the Ascension

What do you think of an appointment with the President? How is it if you were the only candidate selected from billions to meet His Excellency? Of course you can’t help celebrating the day.

It is really a different case! The holy prophet is being invited by Almighty Allah, the Creator and Sustainer of Everything. Nobody ever got this opportunity in the past and nobody can expect it in the future; unique for the Beloved messenger. It was a great day for the holy Prophet (PBUH) and is so for all those who love him.

Moreover, it seems that the Almighty Allah wanted to give an entertainment to the prophet and to show His love and care. While he was shrouded with a cloud of tribulations, in the Sad Year, the holy prophet was taken to a world tour exploring all worlds leading to the extreme experience of seeing the Divine. Thus lovers of the prophet have every reason to be excited and to celebrate this event. To mark the occasion fasting also is recommended by some scholars. (. ويستحب صوم يوم المعراج http://islamport.com/d/2/shf/1/2/185.html)

Provocative!

The incident was a provocation for disbelievers and a solid proof for believers. Today, it provokes modern science on many terms and proves the authenticity of the Holy Prophet’s Message. The most significant aspect of this eventful journey is the “The Relativity of Time” as it took only a few seconds to complete its all episodes. The Holy Quran has made it clear that the time we count is different from the time elsewhere.

Another significant aspect of the journey is its speed and its connection with the Light. The special vehicle is called Buraq a term derived from the root Light. Traditional sources say that its Leap during the Night Journey (ISRAA) was so far as its eye could reach, which is a clear reference to the speed of light.  Thanks to the advancement of modern science, now we all know that the process of seeing is a light driven mechanism

According to Dr. Zaghloul El-Naggar, based on the root form of the word, even the name Miaraj (Ascension) is a reference to the bended path of light rays. The Quran mentions the traffic of the angels who are created from light with the same term. (تعرج الملئكة والروح فيها) see his article in Arabic here. http://www.eajaz.org/arabic/?option=com_content&view=article&id=663&catid=79:21

Thus the ascension of the Beloved messenger gave a boost to the faithful of that time. Similarly its celebration will boost up the faith and conviction of the believers of all times.

May Allah Increase our faith and join us with the faithful Aameen .

Heretics’ Tampering With Traditional Texts

Extinction of honesty counts one of the signs of the Last Day as The Holy Prophet (PBUH) precisely predicted. We can see all of His prophecies being realized and this is one of them. How sad to see people who are visibly pious and religious deceiving their followers and that is too in the name of Religion!?

Deviant sects are being caught tampering classic traditional books of great scholars because these texts reject their made-up ideologies. They have tried to destroy the history as their new innovations cannot stand up in the presence of those historical evidences. The worst example is that occurred in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia during Wahabi onslaught.

Recently I have been asked about Imam Nawawis (R) stand on constructing and maintaining structures upon the graves of prophets and saints. I went through his famous book Rawdha Talibeen through an e-library called Makthbah Shamilah which offers thousands of classic books and is widely used by students.  I was shocked to see the sentence has been tampered with. I went online to get the correct version, but to be shocked again to see it distorted. Praise to Almighty Allah as I continued my search until I found the exact text.

What is striking is the divine dignity of Imam Nawawi (R). Those deceivers could not erase the sentence altogether but left behind crystal clear traces to inform the reader of a mischievous deletion! Subhan Allah. See the links and compare with the image below:

  1. http://www.al-eman.com/Islamlib/viewchp.asp?BID=162&CID=62#s3
  2. http://islamport.com/d/2/shf/1/26/1782.html?zoom_highlightsub=%DE%C8%E6%D1+%C7%E1%CA%C8%D1%DF+%C8%E5%C7+%DD%D1%DA+%ED%CC%E6%D2+%E1%E6%D5%ED (2/339)

 But it was very upsetting and shocking for me to be convinced of the widening deception  and distortion in religious texts. My simple search yielded horrible results.  Many books of Imam Nawawi (R)  has been attacked including Al Adhkar where he asks to seek prophet’s intercession upon visiting His Rawdha in Madina . (See the image below that contains the confession from Wahabi scholars of altering and deleting Imam Nawawis (R) Texts!)

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Great works of other scholars’ like Bin Abideen Al Hanfi, Abu Hayyan Nahwi and Imam Allama Swavi(R) have also been played with. It is in additional to the misinterpretations, mistranslations and badly informed notes on hundreds of traditional religious texts.

It is interesting to know that these people have tampered with the texts of even Ibnu Thaimiyya when he comes against their extremist views; it is done in case they failed to keep them in the hideouts as they have done with some other books. His well-known fatwa of Mardin which is used by terrorists to kill innocent people is considered to be a tampered text otherwise a writing error. See http://www.mardin-fatwa.com
So I just want my friends to be well aware of this danger not to be fooled by those heretical fanatics. May Almighty Allah save us all!

Related  links:  1. Wikipedia 2. N.Keller 3.Maktoobblob

Back(!) To School and Dar Al Mustafa

Educational institutions in the UAE are once again in full swing. Traditional Islamic Institutions generally re-open after Ramadan and other institutions also followed suit this year after an extended summer vacation.

Shopping malls and street ads celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. Thousands of lovely little feet lead to the sanctum sanatorium of Knowledge frowning at the slogan back? to school! They can’t help crying to feel humble in front of the immensity and greatness of the Knowledge that we adults are often unaware of. We have much to learn from the kids as William Wordsworth said “Child is the Teacher of Man!!

The season proclaims the importance of Knowledge. Cutthroat Competition of the modern world seeks shortcuts to richness and the whole Education arena is hijacked. Knowledge is sought for the sake of money and the education is reduced to a profit motive business .

But there are rays of hope! Educational institutes that uphold the real value of Knowledge are the light houses for the whole world. They produce torchbearers of Knowledge as it is the Light from the Almighty Allah!

Dar ul Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen is one of such institutions. Here you see some conditions for admission into the Institution. It may look odd to some but draws the difference among its counterparts as so-called centers of education.

  • The Intention to be purely for the sake of God Almighty, his satisfaction and being close to him. Give up targeting worldly possessions and looking for others belongings.
  • To be humble to learn from the beginning – in terms of his level – to learn from every teacher and to be benefited from  small and big disregarding  wealth, superiority  and status in people’s hearts.
  • Courtesy and good conduct with the teachers, students and others. Overlooking their flaws but looking at their Goodness.  Whoever works on others’ faults will lose and fail.
  • To be so devoted to his ambition that he does not pay any attention to a company or a friend which is not helpful in achieving his targets in education and purification
  • To be tolerant, to overcome anger and at the time of angriness to get himself disciplined and poised .
  • To hold the intention to engage after graduation in the service of Islam and Muslims , to call to The God and in educating people.

Check out these reports by CNN and  Al Jazeera about Dar Al Mustafa

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/16/yemens-many-shades-of-islam/

French ban on face veil

It is really undemocratic to curb on one’s freedom to cover one’s body. In a country of around 62 million, struggling with serious economic and racial issues, the rulers are worried about some ‘country’ girls who are too shy to show their face in “public” places that includes “private businesses and entertainment venues.”!!!

It is strange that the president Mr. Nicola Sarkozy feels offended to see a girl not ready to show off her skin. An obvious instance of damned intolerance widely growing at the cost of much celebrated values of Liberté, égalité and fraternité.  One of those 1900 girls has this to say to the regime:

“You look at me and call me oppressed,
Simply because of the way I’m dressed,

You know me not for what’s inside,
You judge the clothing I wear with pride,

Man doesn’t tell me to dress this way,
It’s the law from God that I obey,

Oppressed is something I’m truly NOT,
For liberation is what I’ve got”

Islam doesn’t ask women to cover their face when it is needed to be uncovered.  However, it recommends the veil over security concerns.

Recent Letters to the Gulf News, Dubai

I am pleased to share with you my two letters to the Gulf News Daily published from Dubai, UAE. They are abridged versions of two earlier posts in this blog.

The way to unity

The biggest threat to Islam is neither secularism nor Christianity but preachers like Dr Zakir Naik, who argue without knowing the basic principles of the religion (“Secularism a threat to Islam, Naik says”, Gulf News, August 23). According to him, “if you know just one word” you preach and no further qualification is needed. Strangely enough he suggests the sole solution for Muslim unity is to go directly to the Quran and the Hadith. The way to unity is to follow the rich traditions of Islam. The Quran and Sunnah need sound and profound scholarship to understand and interpret correctly. It is shocking to hear him say: “Every Muslim should be a terrorist to the anti-Muslim racist.” It is not Islamic at all and goes against the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). None should be terrified to see a Muslim. But everyone should be captivated and attracted by their noble character. Islam has spread across the world by the sublime qualities of its followers and not by hateful words or dreadful swords. http://gulfnews.com/opinions/letters/letters-august-28-2010-1.673945

No compromise
Do we Muslims need a mosque at Ground Zero (“Obama at the centre of cultural clash over Ground Zero mosque”, Gulf News, August 15)? I personally don’t think so, especially if people out there are not comfortable with the concept. We can build mosques anywhere but without compromising the feelings of our neighbours! We need peace and tranquillity for all. That is what this great religion is all about. What Muslims would like to erect at ground zero is a suitable memorial in honour of the innocent victims of the September 11 attack. A 13-storey building named Cordoba House is said to have public facilities for athletics, arts, performances, lectures series, forums and weddings, as well as a prayer space, which makes opponents frown at! It has got support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the US President Barack Obama. With all its political and moral support, we need to maintain that it should not irk the people of the land and we hold high the fact that there should be no compromise on peace.http://gulfnews.com/opinions/letters/latters-august-22-2010-1.671273

Terrorism and Dr. Zakir Naik

Dr. Zakir Naik has been quoted saying that secularism is a big threat to Islam. http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/secularism-a-threat-to-islam-naik-says-1.671819

The Real threat to Islam is, neither secularism nor Christianity but the preachers like Dr. Naik , who argues to “argue with people’ without knowing the basic principle of the religion. According to him, “if you know just one word” you can go for preaching Islam and no further qualification is needed and it is the order from the God!

Strangely enough he suggests as sole solution for Muslim unity is to go directly to Quran and ‘Hadith Saheeh’ which is the central argument of Islamic (sic) terrorists. For them the widely accepted four schools of thought (Madhab) and overwhelming majority of Islamic scholars who followed these schools are ‘on the wrong track’.

The very hadith he intended to cite for his argument says that the one who goes to heaven is the one who follows the ‘way of the  prophet and his companions’ (Ma Ana Alaihi wa Ashabee) Not the Holy Quran and Hadeeth Saheeh as he says! It is a factual mistake if not a deliberate misleading. What else we can expect from a speaker who stands on someone else’s PhDs in his organization.

The way to the unity is to follow the rich tradition of Islam. The Holy Quran and Sunnah need sound and profound scholarship to understand and interpret correctly. To reject the accepted interpretations and to go directly into them is the great danger of the modern times that gave birth to Muslim terrorists in the contemporary world.

It is so shocking to hear him saying “I said that a terrorist is a person who causes terror. Whenever a criminal sees a policeman he is terrified. So for the criminal a policeman is a terrorist. In this context, every Muslim should be a terrorist to the anti-Muslim racist,”

It is wild logic. It is not Islamic at all and goes straightly against the teaching of the holy prophet – ‘Mercy to All Worlds’ as described by the Holy Quran – who was always appealing and never appalling. None should be terrified to see a Muslim. But everyone should be captivated and attracted by his noble character. Islam has spread across the world by sublime qualities of its followers , neither by hateful words nor by dreadful swords.