A Sufi message from a Pakistani President

The Hindu : Opinion / Op-Ed : A Sufi message from a Pakistani President.

“ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

Basically, a strand of Islamic extremism has been in Pakistan’s DNA since the country’s inception but it was only a strand. The Munir Commission in 1953 investigated what is true Islam and came to no conclusion. But a backlash from the Afghan war reached its crescendo with the fall of the Lal Masjid in Islamabad in 2007. Extremism has remained on a plateau since, helped by U.S. policies and the military establishment in equal measure.

Hafiz Saeed is currently the most high profile representative of this extremism which is linked to Wahabism first manufactured in Afghanistan in 1980. In India, Deoband is a harmless reform school. But in Pakistan, Deobandi/Salafi alliance is embarked on a vicious Jehad for the soul of the nation.

It is for this reason that Mr. Zardari’s pilgrimage to Ajmer has symbolic value for Pakistan and beyond.

SAEED NAQVI

(The writer is a senior journalist, television commentator and interviewer.)”

Al Jazeera Documentary on Blessed Relics

Beloved prophet (PBUH) has left for his lovers not only his everlasting teachings but also physical belongings including a piece of tooth and many strands of his blessed hair. These things are of a great importance for his lovers as a living strand of dynamic connection to their Prophet through the ages.

Al Jazeera Network on their Documentary channel broadcasted a film in Arabic about the blessed relics of the holy Prophet (PBUH). The film was produced by Mr. Majdi Imam with commentary of reputed Scholar and the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Gomaa.

Here is an extract from the film followed by its Arabic text and English translation.

اما الشعرات الشريفة فهي كثيرة جدا منتشرة حتى ايامنا هذه في كثير من بلدان العالم الاسلامي وسبب كثرتها حلاقة النبي صلى الله عليه و اله و سلم لشعرراسه الشريف يوم حجة الوداع وامره لابي طلحة رضي الله عنه ان يوزع شعر الجانب الايسر من راسه الشريف بين الناس وقد فعل والمحفوظ في تركيا شيء من شعر لحيته الشريفه صلى الله عليه وسلم وضعت داخل قارورة زجاجية مملوئة بشمع العسل مغلقة من طرفين

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لان يكون عندي منه صلى الله عليه وسلم شعرة احب الى من كل شيئ على ظهر الارض هذا هو معيار كمال الحب

Translation :

There are too many blessed hairs even today widely spread in many countries of the Islāmic world. The reason for this large quantity is the prophet’s (PBUH) shaving on his Farewell Hajj and his order to Abu Talha (R) to distribute the hairs from the left side of his head among people and he has done it. In Turkey some hairs of the Prophet’s (PBUH) blessed beard is kept in a glass vial filled with beeswax closed from both sides.
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To have a strand of His hair in my possession is dearer to me than everything on earth’ this is the criterion of the Perfect Love.

Here is the link to the full video in Arabic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=377eYmzBU6g#!

Let us celebrate the prophet of Mercy

It is an inborn instinct of a human being to be happy for receiving precious gifts. Obviously Messengers of Allah are great gifts for the humanity.  The final messenger, Our beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is declared by the Almighty as a gift of mercy for the whole universe where the humanity is a tiny world. (وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ – we have not sent you except as a mercy to all the worlds 21 -107). Moreover He commands the human beings to be jubilant at this great Mercy. (قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّـهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ  Say: In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy: therein they should rejoice. It is better than all what they accumulate 10-58.)

The month in which the beloved prophet was born inspires his lovers to celebrate that blessed event. We feel sympathy with those who cannot entertain this time.  Celebration initially springs up from the heart of a lover and it comes out in the form of words and deeds.  There is no meaning in arguing with people who cannot digest it since they lack the basic aspect of love.

Twitter

Last year I posted a map (Click to view) portraying the popularity and universality of Meelad celebrations. One of the few countries where the birthday is not a holiday is the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   Interestingly I found one twitter message from Shaikh Adil Kalbani former Imam at Masjid al Haram asking to call the birthday an official holiday.

Natives of the Blessed land of Makkah and Madina do celebrate this occasion. Here, You can see famous scholar of Makkah and a former lecture at Masjid al Haram Muhammad Alawi Maliki participating in an official ceremony of Meelad celebration in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Fatwa

In Qatar, despite official patronage, people do celebrate it. Yousuf Al Qardawi , a well-known Qatari scholar issued fatwa in support of it.

Let me quote from the earlier post:  “It is a time to listen to and to speak of the marvelous personality of the holy Prophet as well as to renew the commitment to follow His way of life; A time to come closer to His great self and to His Lord, the Almighty Allah. Youngsters get introduced and elders get reminded of the humanity’s obligation towards its Savior. We need to set up personal relationship with him and to be close to him all the time.

May Allah bless us with his sweet and glorious companionship! Aameen.”

Gulf News : Al Azhar initiative deserves praise

Its Bill of Rights upholding freedom of expression and belief comes at right time
The recent position of Al Azhar on rights and freedom is welcomed. This is being said given that Egypt cannot afford divisions — religious, political, or ethnic. And it is here where authoritative religious entities and leaders play a pivotal role in keeping the community together and ensuring unity under the umbrella of the nation state.

The head of Al Azhar has put forward a Bill of Rights upholding freedom of expression and belief ahead of the beginning of the process of drafting a new constitution.
The bill comes as an attempt by Al Azhar to show its neutrality and objective standing when it comes to rights and freedom as well as standing as an example of moderate Islam. This recent step is one in a series which have been taken as adaptive measures to the changing political environment in Egypt.
Within this context, Al Azhar’s move is encouraging as it has to deal with the changing landscape with adaptability and flexibility.
In addition, the latest step is important as all religious entities have to keep away from any political alliance or favouritism. The role of such entities, after all, is to bring communities together and strengthen the fabric of society.
gulfnews : Al Azhar initiative deserves praise.

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Eid Greetings!

On the day of Eid , Companions of the Beloved Messenger were used to say each other :

“May Allah Accept from us and from you”

ذكر ابن التركماني في الجوهر النقي حاشية البيهقي ( 3/ 320 – 321 )حديث محمد بن زياد ، قال : كنت مع أبي أمامة الباهلي وغيره من أصحاب النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ، فكانوا إذا رجعوا يقول بعضهم لبعض : ( تقبل الله منا ومنكم ) ، قال : أحمد بن حنبل : إسناده جيد . اهـ .

وجاء في الفتح ( 2/446) : وروينا في المحامليات بإسناد حسن عن جبير بن نفير قال : كان أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم إذا التقوا يوم العيد يقول بعضهم لبعضتقبل الله منا ومنكم .


 

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Grand Mufti Dr. Ali Goma on Celebrating 15th of Sha’aban

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta – Celebrating the night of mid-Sha’ban and other religious occasions.

First, the night of mid-Sha`ban is a blessed night. There are numerous hadiths which strengthen one another (and are, thus, elevated to the degree of being fair and strong) and which establish the merits of this night. Therefore, commemorating this night is, undoubtedly, lawful regardless of the fact that these hadiths may be weak or fabricated.

Hadiths on the virtue of the night of mid-Sha`ban:

  1. `A`ishah, the Mother of Believers (may Allah be pleased with her), said:”One night, I did not find the Prophet in his bed, so I went out searching for him and found him at Al-Baqi` cemetery with his head raised towards the sky. He said:‘O ‘A`ishah! Were you afraid that Allah and His Messenger would treat you unfairly?‘ I said, ‘No, I thought you had gone to spend the night with one of your (other) wives’. He said: ‘Allah Almighty descends to the lowest heaven on the night of mid-Sha`ban and forgives more people than the number of hairs on the hides of the sheep of Bani Kalb.” (At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad)
  2. Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “On the night of mid-Sha`ban, Allah looks at His creation and forgives all of them except for the polytheist and the quarrelsome.” (At-Tabarani and Ibn Hibban who declared it authentic)
  3. `Ali Ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Perform the night vigil prayers on the night of mid-Sha`ban and fast its day (i.e., the day preceding it) for Allah descends to the lowest heaven at sunset of that night and says: ‘Is there any one asking for forgiveness that I may forgive him? Is there any one asking for sustenance that I may grant him sustenance? Is there any one under trial that I may relieve him? Is there any such-and-such…, is there any such-and-such?’ And so forth until the beak of dawn.” (Ibn Majah)

There is no objection to audibly recite surat Ya-Sin three times after the Maghrib Prayer in congregation because this is considered part of commemorating this night. As for the making dhikr (remembrance of Allah), the matter is open; it is permissible to designate certain places and times to regularly perform good deeds as long as this is not considered obligatory and thus a sin to neglect them.

`Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “Every Saturday, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to go to Qiba’ Mosque either on foot or riding” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

In Fath Al-Bari, Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar stated:

In spite of having different chains of transmissions, this hadith proves the permissibility of designating specific days to regularly perform certain good deeds.

In Lata’if al-Ma’`rif Al-Hafiz Ibn Rajab said: “The scholars of Ash-Sham differed over the manner of celebrating this night:

  • The first opinion is that it is commendable to celebrate this night by assembling in mosques. Khalid Ibn Ma`dan, Luqman Ibn `Amir, and others used to wear their finest clothes, use incense, and line their eyes with kohl to celebrate this night in the mosque. Ishaq Ibn Rahawiyah approved of this.

Concerning commemorating this night in congregation in the mosque, he said, “This is not an innovation.” Al-Karmani cited this opinion in his Masa’il.

  • The second opinion is that it is offensive to gather in mosques on this night to perform (special) prayers, narrate moral stories, and make supplications. It is not offensive for one to pray individually on this night. This is the opinion of Al-Awza`i, the imam, jurist, and scholar of the people of Ash-Sham.

Based on this, it is permissible to celebrate the night of mid-Sha`ban in the aforementioned manner; it is neither an innovation nor is it offensive provided that it is not deemed an obligation. However, if it is considered obligatory to the extent of obligating others to observe it and accusing those who do not participate in its commemoration of committing a sin, it is then an innovation because they obligate what neither Allah nor His Messenger have made obligatory.

This is why there were some people among the predecessors who maintained the offensiveness of commemorating this night in congregation. Therefore, if this obligation is non-existent, then there is no offensiveness attached to it.

Second, it is commendable to celebrate different religious occasions provided they do not include anything unlawful. The command to remind people to observe ‘the days of Allah‘ has been mentioned in the Shari`ah, (…and remind them of the Days of Allah…) (Ibrahim 14: 5)

It is also included in the magnanimous Sunnah— it has been reported in the Sahih of Muslim that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to fast every Monday. He said: “I was born on this day.”

Likewise, Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) narrated: “When Allah’s Messenger came to Madinah, he found the Jews fasting on the day of `Ashura’. So he asked, ‘What is (the significance) this day you are fasting?‘ They replied, ‘It is a day of great significance. On this day Allah delivered Musa and his people (from their enemy) and drowned Pharaoh and his army — so Musa fasted this day out of gratitude to Allah. Therefore, we, also, fast on this day.’ The Messenger of Allah then said: ‘We have more right to Musa than you.‘ So the Messenger of Allah fasted on this day and commanded (Muslims) to fast it.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Based on this, it is lawful to celebrate religious occasions in the aforementioned manner — it is neither offensive nor an innovation.

Rather, such celebrations are by way of honoring the rites of Allah Almighty, (…and whoever respects the signs of Allah, this surely is (the outcome) of the piety of hearts…) (Al-Hajj 22: 32)

Allah Almighty knows best.

Excerpted with slight editorial modification from, www.dar-alifta.org


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 .

Video: Shaikh AbuBaker Recieves the Holy Hair

Just to share the video of the event that I mentioned in the previous post. The Original video that belongs to Badar Publication, Kozhikkode, India  has been edited and I have added English subtitles. Thanks for watching!

The Most Prestigious Custody

It was really amazing. Millions stood witnessing it and a great number of people watched it live. One of the greatest moments of our time! Shaikh Ahmad Al Khazraji , son of former Minister of Islamic Affairs and Religious Endowments in the United Arab Emirates Shaikh Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Khazraji declaring that he would hand over the most honoured custodianship of one of the Holy Hairs of the Beloved Messenger to Shaikh Aboobacker Ahmad Musliar – A charismatic leader and renowned scholar from India . Al-Khazraji’ s assistant read out the entire lineage of that honour since it was first received by the companion of the Beloved Messenger. As we all know that the khazrajee is one of the two tribes of Ansar (Supporters) who had invited the Holy Prophet to Medina and undertaken His afety and support before migration .  They have been holding this prestigious custody for centuries.

An incredible moment it was. I’ve watched it breathtakingly, wondering why Shaikh Al Khazraji wants to do it. The answer came instantly from the dais that it was at the behest of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessing be upon Him). Oh’ God! We saw tears bursting out and ecstatic chanting from the spectators. “Allahu Akbar!!!”. All were overwhelmed to see the greatness of Shaik Aboobacker Ahmad (May Allah Prolong His Life).

The auspicious event  was at Calicut, a historic city of southern India, on the occasion of the 15th convocation and 33rd anniversary of  Markaz  Saqaafath Sunniyya.  (Website Link) It was inaugurated by Dr. Ali Jumua , The Grand Mufti of Egypt in the Presence of Dr. Omar Abdulla Kamil from KSA and other national and international dignitaries. It was announced that on Monday 7th February  2011 the public will get access to see the sacred hair.
May Almighty Allah join us all In His Haven in the company of Our Beloved Messenger, The Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).
You can Click here to read an earlier post on the most blessed hair. and Here to watch the video of  the event

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/

Habeeb Ali Jifri Speaks on Niqab (Face Veil)

“Sister asks about the face veil for Muslim women. Should they cover their face or not? This question has been frequently asked and people have gone to the two extreme sides.

One Party claimed it is not Islamic at all, it is bigotry and it is only a native custom of a few countries. This is one extreme and it disregards many statements about the ladies of Ansar that  after the revelation of the verses of Hijab they couldn’t be recognized whether they are coming in or going away due to the thickness of their veil

The other party says the scholars who say it is permissible to unveil are materialistic and scholars of the Court who wants to deceive and to get complements. It is another baseless and extremist view because there are texts establishing the permissibility provided that certain conditions are met.

The Middle Way that suits to the greatness of our religion is the consensus among scholars that; if a woman has concerns over her safety due to her beautification on the face or being exceedingly beautiful or being in a bad location she should cover her face so that she would not endanger herself and others. In other cases, without any safety concerns, or in a case where the veil itself poses concerns, she can unveil her face while there is no beautification.

After this provision, we know out of pragmatism,  in a country where covering face is a customary, unveiling exposes her to troubles as people are not accustomed to see women’s faces in public. If a woman shows her face off, even without  beautification, she draws people’s gazes towards her. But in countries where ladies are used to unveil their faces, if she opts to cover her face  it is the ideal option in following the Beloved Prophet (SAWS), However,  It is also permissible for her to reveal her face if there is no beautification on her face that draws people’s attention. Meanwhile Modesty is an integral part of Believing. Allaah knows best.”

الاخت تسأل ايضا عن الحجاب بالنسبة للمرأة المؤمنة المسلمة هل يجب تغطية الوجه ام لا .كثر السؤال عن هذا الامر وتطرف الناس فيه الى طرفين .طرف اشمأز من الامر وادعى انها ليس من الاسلام وان هذا من التعصب وان هذا من العادات التي تتميز بها بلدان غير بلدان هذا تطرف فيه نوع من  التجاهل لكثير من النصوص الصريحة التي جاءت في اخبار نساء الانصار انهن من بعد نزول آيات الحجاب كن لا يعلمن امقبلات هن  ام مدبرات من شدة غطائهن الذي عليهن .وطرف اخر قال: العلماء الذين افتوا للمرأة  بجواز كشف وجهها هولاء علماء الدنيا وعلماء سلطان وارادوا ان ينافقوا وان يجاملوا وهذا تطرف باطل لان ايضا من النصوص ما يثبت جواز كشف الوجه لكن بضوابط معينة. المسلك الوسط التي تتناسب مع عظمة الدين الذي ننتمي اليه  ان المراة مجمع على انها ان خشيت الفتنة بسبب زينة اظهرتها في وجهها او وضعتها في وجهها او من شدة جمالها او بسبب سوء المكان الذي هي فيه فيجب ان تغطي وجهها حتى لا تفتن نفسها و غيرها .وهناك فيما دون ذلك او بعدم خشية الفتنة او خشية الفتنة بعكس ذلك فعندها لها ان تكشف وجهها بدون ان يكون في الوجه شيء من الزينة. وبعد هذا الحكم من فقه المعاملة ان نعرف ان بلدا  اشتهر فيها غطاء الوجه ان كشف الوجه فيها نوع من  التعرض للفتنة لان الناس لم تألف في هذه البلاد رؤية وجوه النساء فمن كشفت وجهها وان لم يكن متزينة عرضت نفسها للفت الانظار اليها . وبلدا عهدت واعتادت كشف الوجه واذا غطت الوجه وهو من كمال الاتباع للنبي صلى الله عليه واله وصحبه وسلم وان لم تغط الوجه ولم تكن على وجهها زينة تلفت النظر اليها فيجوز لها ان تكشف وجهها والحياء شعبة من شعب الايمان . والله تعالى اعلم

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.

Eid Greetings!

On the day of Eid , Companions of the Beloved Messenger were used to say each other :
“May Allah Accept from us and from you”

ذكر ابن التركماني في الجوهر النقي حاشية البيهقي ( 3/ 320 – 321 )حديث محمد بن زياد ، قال : كنت مع أبي أمامة الباهلي وغيره من أصحاب النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ، فكانوا إذا رجعوا يقول بعضهم لبعض : ( تقبل الله منا ومنكم ) ، قال : أحمد بن حنبل : إسناده جيد . اهـ .

وجاء في الفتح ( 2/446) : وروينا في المحامليات بإسناد حسن عن جبير بن نفير قال : كان أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم إذا التقوا يوم العيد يقول بعضهم لبعضتقبل الله منا ومنكم .


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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.

Ramadan Message from The Beloved Messenger

On the Eve of Ramadan, the beloved messenger delivered an extremely significant and concise speech to His Companions. It provides instructional models to Muslims to be followed and to be practiced in their daily lives; especially during the month of Ramadan. Here is the hadith followed by its translation:

عن سلمان قال خطبنا رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- في آخر يوم من شعبان فقال أيها الناس قد أظلكم شهر عظيم شهر مبارك شهر فيه ليلة خير من ألف شهر جعل الله صيامه فريضة وقيام ليله تطوعا من تقرب فيه بخصلة من الخير كان كمن أدى فريضة فيما سواه ومن أدى فيه فريضة كان كمن أدى سبعين فريضة فيما سواه وهو شهر الصبر والصبر ثوابه الجنة وشهر المواساة وشهر يزداد فيه رزق المؤمن من فطر فيه صائما كان مغفرة لذنوبه وعتق رقبته من النار وكان له مثل أجره من غير ان ينتقص من أجره شيء قالوا ليس كلنا نجد ما يفطر الصائم فقال يعطي الله هذا الثواب من فطر صائما على تمرة أو شربة ماء أو مذقة لبن وهو شهر أوله رحمة وأوسطه مغفرة وآخره عتق من النار من خفف عن مملوكه غفر الله له واعتقه من النار واستكثروا فيه من أربع خصال خصلتين ترضون بهما ربكم وخصلتين لا غنى بكم عنهما فأما الخصلتان اللتان ترضون بهما ربكم فشهادة أن لا إله إلا الله وتستغفرونه وأما اللتان لاغنى بكم عنها فتسألون الله الجنة وتعوذون به من النار ومن أشبع فيه صائما سقاه الله من حوضي شربة لا يظمأ حتى يدخل الجنة

O you people! A great and a blessed month has arrived for you. A month therein a night which is better than one thousand months. The fasting during this month is an obligation (Fareedah), and the extra prayers during its nights are voluntary. Anyone who comes closer to Allah through a good deed during this month is as if he performed an obligatory duty (Fareedah) during times other than Ramadan, and he who fulfils an obligatory duty in it will be like one who fulfils seventy obligatory duties in another month. It is the month of patience, and, the reward of patience is Paradise. It is the month of visiting the poor, the sick and the needy so as to share their sorrows. It is the month where the nourishment, the sustenance and the income of the believing Muslim increase and they are blessed.”

“Anyone who invites others to break their fast at Iftar will be provided with forgiveness of his sins and be saved from hell, and will receive reward equal to the fasting person without reducing his own reward in any respect.”

Some of the followers of the Prophet (S) said: “Not all of us may find food to share with one so that he could break his fast.” The Prophet (S) said: “Allah will reward you even if you help the fasting Muslim to break his fast with a date, a sip of water, or a drink of milk . . . it is a month: its beginning is Mercy (Rahmah), and its middle part is Forgiveness (Maghfirah) and its last part is freedom from hellfire. Anyone who helps a slave to be freed, Allah will forgive him and free him from Hell. Increase in yourselves four things: two by which you will please your Lord, and two others by which you cannot live without.

The first two qualities to please Allah are to bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, and to ask forgiveness from Allah. However, the other two things that you cannot live without are: to ask Allah for Paradise, and to ask Him to protect you from Hellfire.

Anyone who feeds a Muslim at Iftar to his satisfaction, Allah will give him water during the Day of Judgment from My fountain which will make him not feel thirsty until he enters Paradise.”

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Moon sighting and Lunar Calendar

Our fathers were getting out watching the sky for the declaration of the New Moon. But today things are all overturned. People are rushing home to see the New Moon on the screen! A lot of people amongst us haven’t seen the sky for months! Let alone the Moon. Do you remember How long since you watched the Moon lately?

Here the spirit of the religion gets ignored. Islam is the religion of the Nature. Our calendar is purely lunar because it is the Nature’s Monthly calendar. The effects of the lunar cycle and its phases are evident in numerous life forms, including fish, insects, mammals (including humans), and plants as well as in waters. The menstrual period can be cited as an obvious example. Effects of new moon and full moon in the human body are experimentally and scientifically proved to uphold the recommendation of the beloved prophet for fasting on these days!!

Stunningly enough, it is the simple graphic representation of the Date, enabling even a nomadic person to find out the dates easily. Moreover, Religious events are distributed evenly through the seasons while following the purely lunar calendar. That is, for example, Ramdan, the month of fasting comes in Winter as well as in Summer.

Sadly, we see some people advocating for cesarean birth for the new moon to make a universal lunar calendar which goes straightly against the teaching of the beloved prophet and against the Nature itself. Every region of the planet has its own moon rise which applies to its flora and fauna. To alter these timings to a makeup average is merely artificial and nothing natural about it. It is just like a man starting his day at 6’0 Clock losing six hours in the dark! Muslims in many countries prefer the alternative natural clock that starts the day from the beginning rather than from the middle!

Don’t miss it !!!

So let’s watch the birth of new moon of Ramadan in the sky. The event falls on Tuesday 29th of Shaaban 1431, ie. 10th of august, 2010, approximately at 6:50 in the UAE.  It is  absolutely free of cost, and instead, we would be paid for it! The Almighty Allah wants us to see his wonderful  products on display. How many times he asked us to watch his marvelous creations? He asked us to look at the sky, the camel, the hills etc.. ,but we were busy with making money and wasting it. If you put your comment on it, you will get extra rewards! How can we put comments on his extremely stunning creations? And what we can put on them? Don’t worry! He himself mentioned the most appropriate comments in His Holy Quran

سبحانك ما خلقت هذا باطلا وقنا عذاب النار

(Our Lord! not for naught Hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire. (3-191)

Regarding Moon sighting there are special comments and prayers to be chanted while looking at the crescent. Imam Nawawi (May Allah Bless him) reports  the following  hadiths  in his famous Book, Al Adkar :

  1. اللهم أهله علينا باليمن والإيمان والسلامة والإسلام ربي وربك الله
  2. ” الله أكبر ، اللهم أهله علينا بالأمن والإيمان والسلامة والإسلام ، والتوفيق لما تحب وترضى ، ربنا وربك الله
  3. هلال خير ورشد ، هلال خير ورشد ، هلال خير ورشد ، آمنت بالله الذي خلقك ، آمنت بالله الذي خلقك, آمنت بالله الذي خلقك – ” الحمد لله الذي ذهب بشهر كذا وجاء بشهر كذا

Let us show our Lord Almighty Allah that we are prepared to welcome His Guest and eagerly waiting to accept His blessings by coming out of our home and to look for the crescent.  While some people are fearful about Ramadan and want to see it leaving, we need to express our longing to join our forefathers who started preparing for Ramadan before months!

Once Again , friends, DON’T MISS IT ! It would be an auspicious opening of a booming season of your life.

Wish you a happy and blessed month of Ramadan !

Water abuse in Ablution(Wudu)

Yesterday Gulf News Reported(Link Here) from Dubai the shocking details of water abuse in the Mosques. The Report Says: Hidden cameras placed at three Dubai mosques have revealed the extent to which water is wasted from fast-flowing taps in wudu or ablution areas…… in 1997, the UAE’s per capita water consumption was pegged at about 500 liters per person per day. In 2010, this figure has risen to 550 liters per person per day. At the mosque, Patel was often met with a shrug and a stare when he tried to explain to the men around him performing ablutions that it would be wise to turn off the tap when not in use”

I bowed myself shamefully reading the story to see how far the modern Muslims deviated from the teachings of the beloved Messenger. Tradition shows us what a little amount of water He spent to make ablution and bathing. He also strictly warned against any excess usage of water even if we use water from a flowing river. Many traditions narrate that he used only a handful of water for ablution. This report exposes us how careless we are in following our great Messenger and his companions. Our predecessors were so cautious and god-fearing while making ablution as they were in prayers. Traditional Scholars says that if you seek concentration and piety while praying you need to be so while making ablution!

Friends! Where we are from those our fellow-Muslims? We have lost our restraint. We can no more control our own actions and we depend on mad machinery to control ourselves!

But what is striking here is the clear prediction by the beloved Messenger that there will be people in the society who do excess in ablution and prayers!(Ahmad,ABu Dawud,Ibnu Majah(RA)

وعن عبد الله بن مغفل ، قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول :” إنه سيكون في هذه الأمة قوم يعتدون في الطهور والدعاء ”   رواه أحمد وأبو داود وابن ماجه بسند صحيح

O’ My Prophet, You have told the truth and we are the Witnesses. Peace and Blessing upon You , Your Family , Your Companions and upon us Your humbled subordinates.

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On the Month of Rajab

It has been mentioned by Abu’ Nu’aim in ‘Hilya’ from Anas Ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) he said, that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to make the following dua, when the month of Rajab came in:

‘Allahuma Barik lana fi Rajaba wa Sha’bana wa ballighna Ramadhan’ (O Allah Bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban and Bring us Ramadhan)

It has bee mentioned by Abu’l Fath ibn Abi’l-Fawaris in his ‘Amali’ (dictations and transmissions) and Allama Suyuti has also mentioned in his Jami Saghir from Hasan Basri that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“Rajab is the month of Allah. Shaban is my month. Ramadhan is the month of my ummah (followers).”

From the above hadith, it shows that it is preferable to make dua, to remain in the coming and following months, in order to perform good actions in them, because a true believer increases in his age with goodness. The best of people is the one who lives long and performs good actions.

The pious predecessors used to prefer dying after performing good actions, like the fast of Ramadhan or returning from Haj. And it was said by them, ‘whoever dies in this way, is forgiven.’

There is no doubt that the month of Rajab is the key to the opening of the months of goodness and blessing.

Abu Bakr Warraq (May Allah be pleased with him) said,

‘Rajab is a month of cultivation, Shaban is month of irrigating the fields, and the month of Ramadhan is a month of reaping and harvesting.’

The summary is, that the month of Rajab is a sacred month and the first, virtuous and noble of them all. So it is appropriate to celebrate it ENTIRELY and to give attention to it by performing good acts, and refraining oneself from sins and offensive things, because it is the month of Allah.

It has been mentioned that Allah said,‘Fasting is for me and I will recompense for it.’

Fasting in the month of Rajab prevents one from sins, let alone refraining one from killing and having enmity towards the enemy (which this month was made sacred for), like it was practised by the people in the ignorant (jahili) period.

(Imam Abdul’Gani al-Nablusi, Fadha’il al-Shu’hur wa’l-Ayyam (Virtues of Months and Days) pg 27, 32)

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Virtues of Forgiveness: Imam al Ghazzali & Habib Omar b. Hafiz

The real Islam and Islam in the media render the great irony of the modern world. Islam conveys the warmest message of universal love, compassion, tolerance, mercy etc…, and warns against any form of aggression, terror, rudeness and insult. But what we see in the media is just a portrait of negative photography!!
Here is an example of what the traditional Islamic school teaches Muslim believers.
Excerpts from “The Ray of Clear Light from the Revival of the Religious Sciences” (Habib Omar b. Hafiz’s abridgment and commentary on Imam al-Ghazalli’s “Revival of the Religious Sciences”)
http://www.tabahfoundation.org/seminars/RaysofLight.pdf
On the virtues of forgiveness
Forgiveness is when a person has a right to demand justice and chooses to forgo that right
God reveals:
“Keep to forgiveness and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant”.


The Messenger of God  said to the idolaters of Mecca (who had once forced him to quit his dear home) after his conquest of Mecca: you are free”, so they came out as if they had been resurrected from their graves and entered Islam

He said: “By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, Three things if I were to swear I would swear by,wealth is not diminished by charity, No one forgives a wrong for the sake of God except that God will increase him in honor on the day of Judgment, No person opens the door of asking others except that God opens for him a door of poverty”,
Also the Messenger said:

1. O `Aisha’ God loves gentleness in all things
2. when God loves a household he allows gentleness to enter it
3. whoever is deprived of gentleness is deprived of all good
4. Be gentle for gentleness does not come into anything except that it adorns it, and is not stripped from anything except that it leaves it tarnished”.


Ibrahim  al-Timi said: a person wrongs me and I show them compassion. This is an example of benevolence which goes beyond forgiveness.

It is narrated that a thief broke into the hiding place of `Ammar bin Yassir during the battle of Siffin, and he was told: “cut him down he is one of our enemies, so he said: no I am going to cover what he did perchance God will cover us5 on the day of judgment.

Ibn Mas`ud wasat the market place buying food, when he bought something and looked for his money which was hidden in his turban he found the turban had been undone (the money was gone), the people present began making supplications against the thief, and Abdullah ibn Mas`ud supplicated saying: O God if he was pushed to take it because of his need, then make it blessed for him, if he was forced to take it because of his being emboldened to sin then make this the last time he commits a sin”.

Prisoners of war from Ibn al-Ash`ath were brought to the presence of Abdullah bin Marwan and he said to Raja’ bin Hiwa: “what do you think? He said: God the exalted has given you the victory you loved, so show God what He would love of forgiveness”, so he forgave them.

It is narrated that Ziad captured a member of the Khawarij who then escaped so he captured the same man’s brother, and said: “bring your brother or I will end your life”, so the man said: “if I bring you a letter of pardon for me for the Commander of the Faithful will you let me free?” He replied: “yes” he said: “I can bring you a book from God and the testimony of two witnesses the Prophets Abraham  and Moses ”, he then recited the words: Nay, is he not acquainted with what is in the Books of Moses  And of Abraham who fulfilled his covenants  Namely, that no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another, the captor said: “let him go, he has made his case”.

“YOU & I-To my `Fundamentalist’ Friends

Wonderful contrast between  traditional Sufis  and Muslim extremists
– A  poetic perception.

You want to speak of War
I want to speak of Peace.

You say Punish
I say Forgive

You speak of God’s Wrath
I speak of His Mercy

Your Quran is a Weapon
My Quran is a Gift

You speak of the Muslim brotherhood
I speak of the brotherhood of Man

You like to Warn others
I like to Welcome them

You like to speak of Hell
I like to speak of Heaven.

You talk of Lamentation
I talk of Celebration.

You worship the Law
I worship the Divine.

You want Silence
I want Music*

You want Death
I want Life

You speak of Power
I speak of Love.

You search out Evil
I warm to the Good

You dream of the Sword
I sing of the Rose petal

You say the world is a Desert
I say the world is a Garden

You prefer the Plain
I prefer the Adorned

You want to Destroy
I want to Build

You want to go Back
I want to move Forward

You are busy Denying
I am busy Affirming

Yet there might be one thing
on which we see eye to eye

You want Justice
So do I.

Mahmood Jamal

* See this Comment

Burdah (The Cloak): World’s Most Popular Single Poem

Poem of the CloakI personally feel overwhelmingly obliged to the Great Lover Imam Sharafudheen Muhammed Al Busiri for providing me his marvelous words in praising our Beloved Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). I can never pay off his charity of that single day when I was  reading those piercing lines of sublime love in the vicinity of the most sacred place in the universe, i.e. in front of our Master, the Messenger Of Allah(Peace and Blessings be upon Him). Can we pen down a single line, worthier or dearer than those sacred lines, even if we spend all of our life span?? Never! O’ Great Imam Al Busiri!!, May Allah reward you with the best of rewards. May Allah join us with our Beloved Master. Ameen

I would like here to quote  a famous western Islamic scholar Mr. Timothy J. Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad),Cambridge University, UK , as he says “what we are dealing with is very probably the most influential and the most popular single poem in the history of any language. There simply is no other text from ancient or recent times that has been done in so many languages, not just for some rarefied literary elite but for the people…”

It has been recited all over the Muslim world for centuries and get carved on mosques even in the Holy Mosque of the Prophet(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Medina.
Here is an introduction for “The Burda” Sung by Fez Singers of Morocco and released  by Sandala Filims in the United States, with the translation of  noted American scholar Sheikh  Hamza Yusuf ; A documentary really   worthy to watch !

Another passage on the poem reads “Qasida Burdah as a poem has had a unique history. Even in the poet’s lifetime it was already regarded as sacred. Over 90 commentaries have been written on this poem by many of the foremost scholars and imams of Islam, including Ibn Hajar, Mulla Ali al-Qari, Ibn Allan, Bajuri, and others. It has been translated into Persian, Urdu, Turkish, Berber, Punjabi, English, French, German, Sindhi, Dutch and other languages. The poem is memorized and recited in congregations, and its verses decorate the walls of public buildings and mosques. From coasts of Senegal to the Philippines, from Russia to South Africa, everywhere Qasida Burdah is recited as a token of love for the Prophet and to ask for blessings.”

Mean while we see people who cannot enjoy the beauty of the poem dare labeling it UnIslamic. What a Pity! We can’t but feel sympathy and pray for them to recover from their hapless state.

Benefits of Tribulation

انا لله وانا اليه راجعون (To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return)
The previous day we heard the sad story of Mangalore disaster. I have been in Dubai with some of the bereaved family members who lost their dearest relatives in the plane crash including my three students who lost their dearest, their Everything, The Mother. Indeed this is a time of great tribulation and we say what our beloved Messenger said on the demise of His beloved son. Imam Bukhari reports:
إن العين تدمع والقلب يحزن ولا نقول إلا ما يرضى ربنا وانا لفراقك يا ابراهيم لمحزونون – بخاري
“The Eyes shed tears, the Heart is grieved and we won’t say except what pleases our Lord, O! Ibrahim Indeed we are grieved by your separation”

Here I feel quiet timely to introduce the excellent booklet written By ‘Sultan of Scholars’ Imam Izz Bin Abdul Salam about the benefits of tribulation we face in the worldly life.
الفتن والبلايا والمحن والرزايا
أو فوائد البلوى والمحن
لعزالدين بن عبدالسلام
رحمه الله رحمة واسعة

Tribulation
1. Helps to realize the Almighty’s strength and power
وَهُوَ الْقَاهِرُ فَوْقَ عِبَادِهِ ۚ وَهُوَ الْحَكِيمُ الْخَبِيرُ
And He is the Supreme, above His servants; and He is the Wise, the Aware.6-18
2. Helps To realize human weakness and state of resignation
الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّـهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”: 2-156
3. Helps to be sincere to almighty Allah as one understands that all help is only from Allah
وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّـهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ
If Allah do touch thee with hurt, there is none can remove it but He:10-107
4. Helps to be humble and to pray solemnly.
وَإِذَا مَسَّ الْإِنسَانَ الضُّرُّ دَعَانَا لِجَنبِهِ أَوْ قَاعِدًا أَوْ قَائِمًا
When trouble toucheth a man, He crieth unto Us (in all postures)- lying down on his side, or sitting, or standing.10-12
5. Helps to purify self and sins to be forgiven.
:« ولا يصيب المؤمن وصب ولا نصب حتى الهم يهمه والشوكة يشاكها إلا كفر به عن سيئاته » رواه مسلم
No trouble comes to a believer even if it is the pricking of a thorn that it becomes (the means) whereby his sins are effaced or his sins are obliterated Muslim Book32-640
6. Leads to ease and well-off sate in the near future.
فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا
So, verily, with every difficulty, there is ease: Verily, with every difficulty there is ease. (94-5-6)
7. Hope for Hidden benefits.
فَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَيَجْعَلَ اللَّـهُ فِيهِ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
it may be that you dislike a thing while Allah has placed abundant good in it. (4-19)

Tribulation also erases pride and arrogance from the human mind and reminds the blessings of the past and leads to gratitude. Moreover they fetches for the patient Almighty’s affection and Pleasure until he become one of his best servants. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said reported by Imam Tirmidhi رحمه الله
أَشَدُّ النَّاسِ بَلاءً الأَنْبِيَاءُ، ثُمَّ الأَمْثَلُ فالأَمْثَلُ – الترمذي
The people who are tested the most severely are the Prophets, then the next best and the next best.

It is really significant to mention here that it doesn’t mean we need to yearn for tribulation but wellness only because it is more rewarding to thank for Allah’s blessings than to be patient upon his testing. Beloved messenger said:
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏لا تتمنوا لقاء العدو وسلوا الله العافية – البخاري
Do not wish to face the enemy, but ask Allah for wellbeing and protection. (Aaafiya) Reported by Imam Bukhari

اللهم انا نسئلك العفو والعافية والمعافاة الدائمة آمين
Oh Allah we beg you for forgiveness, well being and all time protection-Aameen

Signs of the End Times – War and Terror

If you go through the Chapter of ‘Afflictions’ (الفتن)in the Sahih al Bukhari you would see astonishing prophecies that the beloved Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم had made on the contemporary world! Actually the beloved was speaking about the signs of the last day. Please see some of them here.

1. ‏قال النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏إن بين يدي الساعة لأياما ينزل فيها الجهل ويرفع فيها العلم ويكثر فيها الهرج والهرج القتل

The Prophet said, “Near the establishment of the Hour there will be days during which (religious) knowledge will be taken away (vanish) and general ignorance will spread, and there will be Al-Harj in abundance, and Al-Harj means killing.”

2.‏‏عن النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏قال ‏ ‏يتقارب الزمان وينقص العمل ويلقى ‏ ‏الشح ‏ ‏وتظهر الفتن ويكثر الهرج قالوا يا رسول الله ‏ ‏أيم هو قال القتل القتل

The Prophet said, “Time will pass rapidly, good deeds will decrease, miserliness will be thrown (in the hearts of the people) afflictions will appear and there will be much ‘Al-Harj.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is “Al-Harj?” He said, “Killing! Killing!”

What is really amazing is that the special word used by the messenger which was hitherto unknown to His companions, obviously to stress the graveness of the large scale killings occurring on those days. we can easily see the drastic increase in the casualties of wars and other atrocities in recent times. Due to the damned weapons of mass destruction that some countries possess in addition to the atrocities of the armed terrorist, the world is no longer a better place to live in. This very fact too is already mentioned by the holy prophet in another hadith in Sahih Bukhari !. The Prophet said:

(لا تقوم الساعة حتى يمر الرجل بقبر الرجل فيقول يا ليتني مكانه” (رواه البخاري).

The Hour will not be established till a man when passing by a grave of someone will say, ‘Would that I were in his place!”

Another major sign that the Beloved prophet mentions is the widespread ignorance of the Religion. Now we see the ignorance reached to a position where the same religion is used to kill innocent people and to destroy cities. Things the prophet has strictly warned about. Also We hear those people ordering to give up authentic scholarly schools and to follow ignorant pretenders who distinct themselves from the blessed tradition of Islamic scholarship.

May Allah Save us from all afflictions! Please say Aameen!

On Hijab – Islamic Dress Code for Women

Here is a beautiful poem on Hijab

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,

My body is not for your eyes to hold,
You must speak to my mind, not my mould,

I’m an individual, I’m no mans slave,
It’s Allah’s pleasure that I only crave,

I have a voice so I will be heard,
For in my heart I carry His word,

“O ye women, wrap close your cloak,
so you won’t be bothered by ignorant folk”,

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

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

It was given to me many years ago,
With the right to prosper, the right to grow,

I can climb mountains or cross the seas,
Expand my mind in all degrees,

For God Himself gave us LIB-ER-TY,
When He sent Islam,To You and Me!

Ratib -al- Haddad and The Author

Ratib inscription inside the dome - Haddad Mosque,Tarim- Yemen

The author of the Ratib al-Haddadal-Sayyid Abdullah bin Alawi al-Haddad  was the 30th generation decendant of the Prophet S.A.W. He was born on 5 Safar 1044 H, in the outskirts of town called Tarim Subair.  He was a tall, barrel-chested, white and authoritative-looking. His speech reflects a beauty to one’s ear, filled with pearls of knowledge and valuable advice.

Al-Haddad was already well-known in Islamic societies of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Pakistan and other Islamic countries in the Middle East. He was known for his writings, wirid and dzikr which were complied about four centuries ago, and still being practiced by the Islamic community at large.

When Habib Abdullah was 4-year-old, he was stricken with smallpox that was so severe which resulted to blind of his both eyes. But he managed to memorised the al-Qur’an and master the science of religion when he was still a child. Apparently Allah wanted to replace his outer sight with the inner sight.

He did not like fame nor glory, and do not like to be praised. He said, “Many people make poetry to compliment me, actually I wanted to prevent them, but I’m afraid that I might not be sincere in doing so, so I just ignore. In this case I prefer to imitate the Messenger of Allah, because he did not prohibits his companions when they read poems of praise to him.”

Aside of his religious activities and preaching, he also owns and maintains a plantation and chickens, and from earnings of the plantation and the chickens he used it to help the poor, orphans, widows, student of knowledge, and people who cant afford. Habib Abdullah also learn about agricultural science, and he often even sat with the farmers to teach agricultural sciences.

Ratib al-Haddad. Click Here to See the Ratib with English Translation

This ratib he compiled on one of the night in the month of Ramadan in 1071H to meet the demands of one of his student whose name was `Amir from the family of Banu Sa’ad that live in the city of Shibam (one of the city in the province of Hadhramaut). The purpose of `Amir was that they can defend and save themselves from the heresy teachings. After al-Habib Abdullah bin Alawi al-Haddad left for pilgrimage, ratib al-Haddad began to be read in Mecca and Medina. Al-Habib Ahmad bin Zain al-Habshi said, “Anyone who read ratib al-Haddad with conviction and sincerity, He will get something out of his expectation.”

Finally on Tuesday evening, 7 Dzulqa’dah 1132H, he returned to the Almighty, leaving many students, his works and his fragrance name in this world. And within the city, he was buried in Zanbal cemetery. May Allah SWT uplift his position to the high noble status and gives us lots of benefits from his knowledge. 

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Top Muslim Scholars Condemn Moscow Attack

“We condemn the recent criminal terrorist attacks, perpetrated against brothers and sisters in Islam and in Humanity, in Iraq, Moscow, and Dagestan. Islam absolutely upholds the sanctity of human life, and no grievances, even when legitimate, can ever be used to justify or legitimate such murderous and evil acts. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and our condolences to the Iraqi and Russian peoples and their religious and political leaderships.”

Signatories (25)
1.Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmad Al-Milibari, Secretary General of the Ahl Al-Sunna Association, India
2.Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, Grand Mufti of Syria
3.Dr. Ahmad Abd Al-Aziz Al-Haddad, Mufti of Dubai, UAE

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Reuters Report :
Al Habib Ali Al Jifri Website:

Oh Allah , Just a Look! Imam Abdullah Bin Alawi Al Haddad (R)

ألا يا الله بنظرة من العين الرحيمة
O Allah! Just a Look from Your Gaze of Mercy

تداوي كل ما بي من أمراض سقيمة
that will cure all the sicknesses in me

ألا ياصاح ياصاح لا تجزع وتضجر
Oh my friend! my friend! Dont be anxious and burdened

وسلم للمقادير كي تُحمد وتُؤجر
Leave things to the Destiny and you will be praised and rewarded

وكن صابر وشاكر
Be of those who are patient and grateful

تكن فائز وظافر
You will become successful and victorious

ومن اهل السرائر
And be amongst The People of Secrets

الله رجال الله من كل ذي قلب منوَّر
That is, the men of Allah are those who have enlightened hearts

مصفى من جميع الدنس طيِّب مُطهر
Pure from filth; Gracious and refined

وذي دنيا دنيـه حوادثها كثيره
This world is dejected, its mishaps are many

وعيشتها حقيره ومدتها قصيره
And the life of this world is insignificant, and the span is short

تفكر في فناها
Reflect that this world does not last

وفي كثرة عناها
And has plenty of sorrows

وفي قلة غِنــاها
And little riches

فطـــــوبى ثم طـــوبي لمن منها تحذّر
Hence, blessed is he, blessed is he who is cautious of this world

وطلقــــــــها وفي طاعة الرحمن شمَّر
And distances himself from it, and prepares himself to obey Allah

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Suicide and Bombing – Two Heinous Crimes in Islam

Today we read the sad story of explosions in Russia. This carnage has been already linked to the “terrorist groups related to the North Caucasus” which includes the troubled nation of Chechnya. Muslims are once again on defense. BBC today published another story on preventing extremism with photo of a prostrating Muslim! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8593862.stm

Here we need to reiterate our position. It has nothing to do with our great religion Islam which advocates but Peace. Suicide is a serious crime and bombing against innocent civilians is another much more condemnable one. None of these justifies  the other at all.

I feel it is quite timely to read again what Sayyid Habeeb Ali Jifri told to Washington Post in its interview. The Question was:

What is Jihad? Under what circumstances does Islam sanction the use of violence? What would you tell would be suicide bombers who would invoke Islam to justify their actions?

“….The Islamic tradition forbids suicide; it forbids any form of harm to innocent people. The Islamic tradition advocates the rule of law in the strongest terms…..”

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Follow Madhab for Muslim Unity

The following is an excerpt from the speech delivered by Dr. Abdul Hakeem Murad of Cambridge University on the Significance of Following one of the Four Madhabs of Islam.

“The first condition for, I would say really the, in order to build Muslim unity today, to take us back to the theme of the conference: the first condition has to be to reestablish a coherent system of interpretation in the Divine, of the Divine Lawgiver’s messages to us along these lines.  Unless we do so, we will have not four madhhabs in their usual, traditional condition of harmony.  We will be going to have as many madhhabs as we have Muslim egos. For those wild and desperate Muslims who reject taqlid  and reinterpret the religion in terms of their own time-bound preferences, and their own frustrations and resentments, are going to become so numerous and so aggressive that that principle, that precious thing called Muslim unity, is going to be lost forever, and the religion will slip ever more disastrously into the extreme and violent direction that the followers of the anti-madhhabist tendency have charted for it.

Islam, and this has always been my experience as a newcomer to Islam who knew for many years the alternative, Islam is a gift. This is how we have to see it.  It is our most precious possession.  It is through Islam that we strive for peace and justice and harmony in the world and it is through Islam that we strive also for eternal joy and serenity in the presence of our Creator.

See Full transcript here!

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Time Management – Habeeb Husein Al Saqaf

Your time can be divided into four :

  1. The time you Do not benefit neither here nor in the hereafter.
  2. The time you benefit for your life Here more than in the hereafter.
  3. The time you benefit from it in the Hereafter more than in the life here.
  4. The time you benefit from it in life Both Here and in the hereafter.

And look at your times ,business, and needs.

  1. That you don’t benefit from neither in life here nor in the hereafter Stop it.
  2. That you benefit from in life here more than in the hereafter Reduce it.
  3. That you benefit from it in the hereafter more than in life here Increase it.
  4. That you benefit from it in the life here and in the hereafter Keep it.

How do I know if I gained benefit from my time?

Know that the benefit of time is in 2 things.

1. Getting More knowledge
2. Getting Closer to ALLAH.

Note that more money is not included in the benefit of knowledge or benefit of time.What’s the use of having more money and getting more ignorant?.

The day that its sun rises and sets and you didn’t gain more knowledge is a bad day to you.

Oh Allah! Make Every Day of Our Life Getting More Knowledge and Getting Closer to You, Aameen!

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Somali Sufi group joins government to fight al-Shabab- BBC News



Government soldier (12/03/10)

Government forces only control a small part of the capital, Mogadishu

A powerful Sufi Muslim group has joined Somalia’s government to tackle the al-Qaeda-inspired al-Shabab insurgents who control large parts of the country.

The deal, signed at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia, is seen as a significant military boost for the beleaguered UN-backed government.

The Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa group controls several areas in central Somalia, where it has been fighting al-Shabab.

AU head Jean Ping welcomed the deal as a historic opportunity for peace.

He urged al-Shabab to lay down its weapons.

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Al-Shabab and its allies control much of southern Somalia, while the government, backed by AU peacekeepers, controls only a few parts of the capital, Mogadishu.

“We have agreed to share power,” said Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke at the signing ceremony.

Under the deal, Ahlu Sunna will be given five ministries and its forces will be incorporated into the government’s security structures.

Ahlu Sunna and al-Shabab have very different interpretations of Islam.

However, some Ahlu Sunna factions have opposed the deal.


– BBC

Islam is Peace and Ease

I felt quite interesting to read these lines and hope the same to you too! 

Islam is peace, Islam is ease,
Islam’s not danger or disease.
Islam is love and prosperity.
Islam’s not hatred or adversity 

Islam is salvation through repentance.
Islam has love for all in abundance.
Islam means no harm or affliction.
Islam implores you with affection. 

Islam is neither maze nor craze.
Islam is giving Allah all praise.
Islam is acing through the race.
Islam will be on everyone’s face. 

Islam is worshipping only the Creator.
Islam’s following the Great Messenger
Islam gives you power when you surrender.
Islam’s not a terrorist or a pretender. 

Islam is winning hearts through honesty
Islam is giving openly in charity
Islam makes you wholesome and trustworthy
Islam is in wealth as well as in poverty. 

Islam is your shield against all evil.
Islam is for your soul’s retrieval.
Islam not fundamentalism or fanaticism.
Islam’s not nationalism or racism. 

Islam is patience and perseverance.
Islam eases your vengeance through tolerance.
Islam is life for all eternity.
Islam gives you respect, moreover dignity. 

wake up, people, Islam is here.
Islam is here, so have no fear.
courtesy : newera@ikenya.com

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Islam Vs Terrorism

According to BBC News Today, one of the the influential Sufi scholars of UK  Dr Tahir ul-Qadri  has issued a global ruling against terrorism and suicide bombing. It a 600-page judgement, known as a fatwa, completely dismantles al-Qaeda’s violent ideology.”  See the full report below:

Islamic scholar Tahir ul-Qadri to issue terrorism fatwa

 

By Dominic Casciani – BBC News
The dome of a mosque in the UK
Hearts and minds: Communities divided over how to tackle extremists

 An influential Muslim scholar is to issue in London a global ruling against terrorism and suicide bombing. 

Dr Tahir ul-Qadri, from Pakistan, says his 600-page judgement, known as a fatwa, completely dismantles al-Qaeda’s violent ideology. 

The scholar describes al-Qaeda as an “old evil with a new name” which has not been sufficiently challenged. 

The scholar’s movement is growing in the UK and has attracted the interest of policymakers and security chiefs. 

In his religious ruling, Dr Qadri says that Islam forbids the massacre of innocent citizens and suicide bombings. 

Although many scholars have made similar rulings in the past, Dr Qadri’s followers argue that the massive document being launched in London goes much further. 


Extremist groups based in Britain recruit the youth by brainwashing them that they will be rewarded in the next life

 

Shahid Mursaleen

They say it sets out point-by-point theological arguments against the rhetoric used by al-Qaeda inspired recruiters. 

The fatwa also challenges the religious motivations of would-be suicide bombers who are inspired by promises of an afterlife. 

The populist scholar developed his document last year as a response to the increase in bombings across Pakistan by militants. 

The basic text has been extended to 600 pages to cover global issues, in an attempt to get its theological arguments taken up by Muslims in western nations. It will be promoted in the UK by Dr Qadri’s organisation, Minhaj ul-Quran International. 

Shahid Mursaleen, spokesman for Minhaj-ul-Quran in the UK, said the fatwa was hard-hitting. 

“This fatwa injects doubt into the minds of potential suicide bombers,” he said. 

“Extremist groups based in Britain recruit the youth by brainwashing them that they will ‘with certainty’ be rewarded in the next life. 

“Dr Qadri’s fatwa has removed this key intellectual factor from their minds.” 

Religious rulings 

The document is not the first to condemn terrorism and suicide bombing to be launched in the UK. 

MINHAJ UL-QURAN
Islamic organisation from the Sufi tradition
Active in 70 countries
5,000 members in UK

 

Scholars from across the UK came together in the wake of the 7 July London attacks to denounce the bombers and urge communities to root out extremists. 

But some scholarly rulings in the Middle East have argued that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is an exceptional situation where “martyrdom” attacks can be justified. 

Although Dr Qadri has a large following in Pakistan, Minhaj ul-Quran International remained largely unknown in the UK until relatively recently. 

It now has 10 mosques in the British cities with significant Muslim communities and says it is targeting younger generations it believes have been let down by traditional leaders. 

The organisation is attracting the attention of policymakers and security chiefs who are continuing to look for allies in the fight against extremists. 

The Department for Communities, which runs most of the government’s “Preventing Violent Extremism” strategy, has tried building bridges with a variety of liberal-minded groups, but often found that they have limited actual influence at the grassroots. 

The Most Blessed Hair!

I Quote:


It is narrated by Bukhari in his Sahih in the Book of Clothes, under the chapter “What is mentioned about gray hair”, that Usman bin ‘Abdullah bin Mawhab (r) said, “my family sent me to Ummu Salamah (r) with a cup of water. And Ummu Salamah (r) brought out a silver bottle which contained one of the hairs of the Prophet (s), and it used to be that if anyone came under the evil eye or ill health they used to send her a cup of water through she would pass this hair [for drinking] and we used to look into the silver bottle: I saw some reddish hairs.”
Imam Hafiz ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, Volume 10, page 353, said, “they used to call the silver bottle in which the hair of the Prophet (s) was kept ‘jiljalan’ and that bottle was in the home of Ummu Salamah (r).”

Imam al-‘Ayni said, “Ummu Salamah (r) had some of the hairs of the Prophet (s) in a silver bottle, and when some people got ill, they used to go and obtain blessings from these hairs and they would be healed by means of its blessings. They used to take the hair of the Prophet (s) and they used to pass it through a cup of water and they would immediately be healed. And this explanation of the hadith is mentioned in Bukhari.”

It is said in ‘umdat il-Qari, a section in Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari, volume 18, page 79, “If a person were struck by the evil eye or by any sickness, he would send his wife to Ummu Salamah (r) with a mikhdabba [i.e. cup of water] and she used to pass the hair through that water and then he would drink the water and he would be healed, after which they would return the hair to the ‘jiljal.'”
Muslim narrated in his Sahih that Anas (r) related, “The Prophet (s) came to Mina and threw stones and then he came to his tent in Mina after he made the sacrifice, and he told the barber ‘take my hair’ and he pointed first to his right, then to his left. Then he began to distribute the hair to the Sahaba.”

According to Muslim, in the same hadith, according to another narration by Hafs (r), “the Prophet (s) when he shaved his right side, began to distribute either one hair or two hairs to every Sahabi, then he did the same with the hairs from the left side.”
In Musnad, Imam Ahmad said, transmitted by Anas (r), “when the Prophet (s) shaved his head in Mina, he gave me the hair of the right side and he said, ‘O Anas! take it to Ummu Salim.’ When the Sahaba saw what the Prophet (s) gave us, they began to compete to take the hair from the left side, and everyone was getting a share from that.”

Imam Ahmad in his Musnad said, “from Ibn Sireen from Ubaydah Salmani that he said, ‘O Allah! If only I would have a hair of the Prophet (s) which I could keep with me: that would be more precious to me than the white and the yellow and everything that is on the earth and what is inside it.'”

In ‘Umdat il-Qari, a section of Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari, “Khalid bin Waleed used to keep in his clothes some hairs of the Prophet (s) and for that reason he was always victorious.”

It is said in the same volume of the same book, “Khalid bin Waleed asked Abu Talhah to give him from the hair of the Prophet (s) when the Prophet (s) distributed his hair among the Sahaba. And he asked to give him from the front side of the head. And Abu Talhah gave him from the front side. And that is the reason he was always in the front.”

There are many other hadith on this subject, such that it is impossible to mention them all here. May Allah give us the blessing of the Prophet (s) his family and his Sahaba.

Hazrat Baal Masjid, Kashmir, India

Hazrat Baal Masjid, Kashmir, India

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“Spring’s Gift”

Kindly see below my failure to translate the poem written by S.Hamza Yusuf ‘Spring’s Gift’, My desperate attempt to render its charm and beauty is just for drawing your kind attention to produce better works in praising our beloved messenger the Great Muhammad Al Mustafa Sallahhahu Alaihi wa sallam. Pray for me please my mistreatment be forgiven, and feel free to send your valuable comments. Thanks in Advance, and Jazak allah khair

I envy the sand that met his feet

I’m jealous of honey he tasted sweet

Of birds that hovered above his head

Of spiders who spun their sacred web

To save him from his enemies

I envy clouds formed from the seas

That gave him cover from the heat

Of a sun whose light could not compete

With his, whose face did shine so bright

That all was clear in blinding night

I envy sightless trees that gazed

Upon his form completely dazed

Not knowing if the sun had risen

But felt themselves in unison

With those who prayed, and fasted too

Simply because he told them to

With truth and kindness, charity

From God who gave such clarity

His mercy comes in one He sent

To mould our hearts more heaven bent

I envy all there at his side

Who watched the turning of the tide

As truth prevailed and falsehood fled

And hope restored life to the dead

Men and Women through him found grace

To seek together God’s noble face

I envy the cup that gave him drink

His thoughts that helped us all to think

To be one thought that passed his mind

Inspiring him to act so kind

For me this world is not one jot

If I could simply be a thought

From him to God throughout the ages

As revelation came in stages

I pity all who think it odd

To hear him say there is one God

Or he was sent by God to men

To hone their spirits’ acumen

It’s pride that blinds us from the sight

That helps good men to see his light

He taught us all to be God’s slaves

And he will be the one who saves

Humanity from sinful pride

Muhammad has God on his side

So on this day be blessed and sing

For he was born to grace our Spring

With lilies, flowers, life’s rebirth

In a dome of green like his on earth

 

വസന്തത്തിന്റെ സമ്മാനം
ശൈഖ് ഹംസ യൂസുഫ്

തിരു പാദം പതിഞ്ഞ

മണലായിരുന്നെങ്കില്!

മുത്തു നബി ആസ്വദിച്ച തേന്

തുള്ളികളോ,

കുറുകി പറന്ന കിളികളോടസൂയ

വിശുദ്ധ വല നെയ്ത എട്ടുകാലിയോടും

തിരു നബിയെ ശത്രുവില്നിന്ന്

കാത്തിടാന്..

തിരു ശിരസ്സിനു തണല്നല്കിയ,

കടല്അയച്ച മേഘങ്ങളോടും

ഇരുണ്ട രാത്രിയിലും തിളങ്ങി നിന്ന,

പുണ്യ മുഖത്തോട് പരാജയപ്പെട്ട്

ഉദിച്ച് അസ്തമിച്ച സൂര്യനോടും.

പുണ്യ സ്വരൂപത്തില്അത്ഭുതം പൂണ്ട

കാഴ്ച ഇല്ലാത്ത മരങ്ങളോടും

അനുസരിച്ചു അവ തിരുമേനിയെ,

സൂര്യനുദിച്ചത് അറിഞ്ഞില്ലെങ്കിലും

നിസ്കരിച്ചവരെയും നോമ്പുകാരെയും

പോലെ

നബി പറഞ്ഞതു കൊണ്ട്മാത്രം

സത്യ സന്ധമായി, കാരുണ്യ

പൂര്ണ്ണമായും

പ്രപഞ്ച നാഥന്റെ ഔദാര്യമായി

ദിവ്യകാരുണ്യം ദൈവദൂതരില്

മനസ്സുകളെ

സ്വര്ഗത്തിനായി ഒരുക്കാന്

കാലത്തിന്റെ ഗതി മാറ്റം ദര്ശിച്ച

വസ്തുക്കളെല്ലാം അസൂയവഹം തന്നെ

സത്യം

ജയിച്ചു അസത്യം തിരിഞ്ഞോടി

മരിച്ചതു ജീവിപ്പിച്ചു,

പ്രതീക്ഷ സംസ്ഥാപിച്ചു

നബിയിലൂടെ അനുഗ്രഹം നേടി

സ്ത്രീ പുരുഷാര്, ദൈവ പ്രീതിയും

പുണ്യാധരം

സ്പര്ശിച്ച പാത്രത്തോട് അസൂയ!

ചിന്തിപ്പിക്കും മനോശകലങ്ങളോടും

കാരുണ്യം ചെയ്യാന്ഉത്തേജിപ്പിച്ച്

കടന്നു പോയൊരു ചീന്ത്

ആയിരുന്നെങ്കില്

ലോകം എനിക്കൊരു ബിന്ദു

പോലുമല്ല

ഒരു ചിന്താശകലമായി ഞാന്

വന്നിരുന്നെങ്കില്

നബിയില്നിന്ന് നാഥനിലേക്ക്

യുഗാന്തരങ്ങളായി

ദിവ്യസന്ദേശം ഘട്ടങ്ങളായി

വന്ന പോലെ

ദൈവം ഏകനാണ് എന്ന്

പറഞ്ഞ നേരം

ഞാന്മനുഷ്യരിലേക്ക് അയക്കപ്പെട്ടു

എന്നും

ഗ്രഹിക്കാത്തവരെ ഒര്ത്ത്

പരിതപിക്കുന്നു ഞാന്

ബുദ്ധി അവര്കൂര്പ്പിച്ചിരുന്നു

എങ്കില്

അഹങ്കാരമാണ് നമ്മെ

അന്ധരാക്കുന്നത്

സജ്ജനങ്ങള്ദര്ശിച്ച

പ്രകാശദീപത്തില്നിന്ന്

തിരു നബി പഠിപ്പിച്ചു, നാം

ദൈവദാസരെന്ന്

പാപപങ്കിലമായ അഹമ്മതിയില്

നിന്നു

നബിതന്നെ മനുഷ്യരാശിയുടെ

രക്ഷകന്

നബിക്കെപ്പൊഴും അല്ലാഹു മതി.

ഇന്ന്, ആലപിക്കൂ, അനുഗ്രഹം നേടൂ

വസന്തത്തെ പവിത്രമാക്കിയ തിരു

ജന്മംത്തില്

വെള്ളാമ്പലും പുഷ്പങ്ങളും,

ജീവിതത്തിനു

പുനര്ജന്മം

ഹരിതമാം താഴികക്കുടത്തില്,

മദീനയിലെ ധന്യധാമം പോലെ!

 

[YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/v/tdlr-Xs0tf4&hl=en_US&fs=1&%5D

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 12:47 am  Comments (4)  
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What is Man?

It is a very old question and the answer was man is a speaking animal. We studied this  from the classic texts of philosophy as the definition of ‘human being’ (الإنسان حيوان ناطق).

World renowned linguist and intelligentsia Noam Chomsky has the same answer to that old question!  He says “Right. What are humans? One distinctive feature about humans is the language capacity. It’s central for our present existence and it doesn’t seem to have anything analogous or homologous to other organisms. It seems unique to the human species, it’s essential and it’s also uniform across the species” (http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/1992/chomsky-0401.html)

As information scientist Werner Gitt observed in his fascinating book, The Wonder of Man: ‘Only man has the gift of speech, a characteristic otherwise only possessed by God. This separates us clearly from the animal kingdom … In addition to the necessary “software” for speech; we have also been provided with the required “hardware”.*

The Origin

Jean Aitchison noted:
‘In 1866, a ban on the topic was incorporated into the founding statutes of the Linguistic Society of Paris, perhaps the foremost academic linguistic institution of the time: ‘The Society does not accept papers on either the origin of language or the invention of a universal language.

Famous Evolutionist, John Mc Crone, says:
‘It all started with an ape that learned to speak.  Man’s hominid ancestors were doing well enough, even though the world had slipped into the cold grip of the ice ages.  But “How did that first ape learn to speak? He couldn’t answer. This is a clear admission of defeat because to answer is to admit the existence of God*.

Even Mr. Chomsky has no answer! ‘Very few people are concerned with the origin of language because most consider it a hopeless question’, however ,he adds, “You can find people right on this campus who think it’s a very answerable question.”

Yes, the fact is that the one, who designed the human being with all its wonders, provided him with necessary hardware and software and taught him how to run this application.

By the age of six, the average child has learned to use and understand about 13,000 words; by eighteen it will have a working vocabulary of 60,000 words.  That means it has been learning an average of ten new words a day since its first birthday, the equivalent of a new word every 90 minutes of its waking life

In order to speak a word that has been read,
information is obtained from the eyes and travels to the visual cortex.  From the primary visual cortex, information is transmitted to the posterior speech area (which includes Wernicke’s area).  From there, information travels to Broca’s area, and then to the to provide the necessary muscle contractions to produce the sound*

Holy Quran said.
,
وعلم ادم الأسماء كلها – البقرة 31 ” And He taught Adam all the names” (2- 31)

So the language is the gift of the God and every human being is owed to Him for every single word he utters even if he speaks against the God!

The almighty God Allah  reminds the mankind about this obligation and the importance of this wonderful gift by revealing the very first verse in the Holy Quran,
i.e.   (اقرأ بسم ربك الذي خلق)   “Read in the name of your Lord Who created” 96- 1.

Thank You My Lord, for all Your Benevolence.


* : http://www.trueorigin.org

Published in: on July 28, 2009 at 2:06 pm  Comments (1)  
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Anthropocentric Worldview

We read in the Holy Quran
(2: 29) هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُم مَّا فِي الأَرْضِ جَمِيعا
“He it is who created for you all that is in the earth”
and we see the following two instances scientifically upholding this declaration

1. Summer Fruits and Winter Fruits

Fruits are developed by the reproductive process in the plants. They  are delicious, and at the same time, have the vitamins and the minerals that are essential for human beings!.There are different fruits for winter and summer, each one meeting our needs. The oranges, tangerines and grape fruits, for instance, that come out in winter have an abundance of vitamin C. Vitamin C increases the strength of our body against  the winter’s cold.
During the summer, juicy fruits such as watermelons, cherries, cantaloupe and peaches come out. In the summer, the weather becomes hot, causing our bodies to lose water, and we are able to replace his water with the help of these fruits.
2. The human beings are designed to eat animals and plants (Humans are Omnivorous)

a) If you look at the teeth of herbivorous animals like the cow, goat and sheep, you will find that all these animals have a flat set of teeth i.e. suited for herbivorous diet.

If you look at the set of teeth of the carnivorous animals like the lion or tiger, they all have a pointed set of teeth i.e. suited for a carnivorous diet.

If you analyze the set of teeth of humans, you find that they have flat teeth as well as pointed teeth. Thus they have teeth suited for both herbivorous as well as carnivorous food i.e. they are omnivorous.

 b)The digestive system of herbivorous animals can digest only vegetables. The digestive system of carnivorous animals can digest only meat. But the digestive system of humans can digest both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

 This declaration is also supported by the Anthropocentric Worldview.

What is Anthropocentrism?
“Anthropocentrism is a world view that considers humans to be the most important factor and value in the Universe. In contrast, the biocentric world view considers humans to be no more than a particular species of animal, without greater intrinsic value than any of the other species of organisms that occur on Earth “. http://science.jrank.org/collection/1/Gale-Encyclopedia-Science.html

“According to Francis Bacon,  “Man, if we look to final causes, may be regarded as  the  centre of  the World…For the whole world works together in the service of man; and there is nothing from which he does not derive use and fruit…insomuch that all things seem to going about man’s business and not  their own.” http://www.ecoling.net/worldviews_and_metaphors_-_final.pdf

“According to the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), humans alone have self-consciousness. Humans are therefore fundamentally different in rank and dignity from all other beings, while animals can be treated as means to human ends.  The moral status of humans is thus awarded on the basis of “excellence.” Values are grounded in the fact that something is valuable for humans, and so human actions should be valued on the basis of their usefulness for humans.

Both scientists and the theologians have drawn on anthropocentrism to defend specific views about nature. scientists often on  the  basis of a perspective on evolution in which humans are considered  the  highest form of life on Earth, and  theologians on  the  basis of a divinely mandated right for humans to exercise dominion over nature”. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3404200025.html

Allah has created this whole world for human beings and made them His delegates. Although it is impossible for them to fully comprehend His wisdom, he demonstrates His signs to them so that they shall keep up the divine delegacy .

Published in: on June 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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Mosquito in the Holy Quran!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يَسْتَحْيِي أَنْ يَضْرِبَ مَثَلاً مَا بَعُوضَةً فَمَا فَوْقَهَا
فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ
وَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَيَقُولُونَ مَاذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِهَذَا مَثَلاً
يُضِلُّ بِهِ كَثِيراً وَيَهْدِي بِهِ كَثِيراً وَمَا يُضِلُّ بِهِ إِلاَّ الْفَاسِقِينَ (2-26)ا    

Some may see the title inappropriate or even blasphemous. But the Almighty Allah has categorically declares that ” Surely Allah is not ashamed to set forth any parable– [that of] a mosquito or any thing above that; then as for those who believe, they know that it is the truth from their Lord, and as for those who disbelieve, they say: What is it that Allah means by this parable: He causes many to err by it and many He leads aright by it! But He does not cause to err by it [any] except the transgressors” Holy Quran 2:26

Thus Quran mentions this creature as an example and nothing to be ashamed about it. If we go for a study into this tiny creature we would be entering into an astonishing world of divine technology. Whoever overlooks its significance especially in Human Healthcare deserves harsh bites!

The following graphic sheds light on this creature’s organic structure.

 

The Mosquito in the Quran has special significance as it proves indisputably that only its creator can reveal those words. First of all the word itself shows its gender as feminine and the modern technology now discovered that it is the female that keeps us awake and enjoy the title as the International Killer. It is also astonishing what holy Quran attaches to it which is translated as ‘or anything above that’ but actually it is one of the limitations of the translation. It has been said that better to translate as “and what is upon her”.

Now everybody knows that mosquitoes are dangerous because of what they carry! Wikipedia has this to say:
“When a mosquito bites, she also injects saliva and anti-coagulants into the blood which may also contain disease-causing viruses or other parasites…….”

“Mosquitoes are estimated to transmit disease to more than 700 million people annually in Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico and much of Asia with millions of resulting deaths. In Europe, Russia, Greenland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other temperate and developed countries, mosquito bites are now mostly an irritating nuisance; but still cause some deaths each year.[3] Historically, before mosquito transmitted diseases were brought under control, they caused tens of thousands of deaths in these countries and hundreds of thousands of infections.[4] Mosquitoes were shown to be the method by which yellow fever and malaria were transmitted from person to person by Walter Reed, William C. Gorgas and associates in the U.S. Army Medical Corps first in Cuba and then around the Panama Canal in the early 1900s.[5][6] Since then other diseases have been shown to be transmitted the same way.”

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito-borne_disease)

Here you can watch Sheikh Hamza Yusuf speaks on the verse above in an event on Malaria conducted by Tony Blair faith Foundation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE5SByCrvzs

 May the almighty Allah join us with whom He leads aright  Aameen

Published in: on June 15, 2009 at 3:21 pm  Comments (10)  
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The Hilya – An Islamic Art

Recently, I heard a very beautiful Arabic song depicting the physical appearance of our Holy Prophet (SAS). Alhamdu Lillah and Thanks to Google, I got the complete lyric of the song which forced me to translate it into my mother tongue Here is the song and the translation:

وصف النبي المصطفى *** بحر السماحة والصفا
വിശിഷ്ട പ്രവാചകരുടെ വിശേഷണം; ഔദാര്യ-വിശുധിയുടെ സാഗരം
يرويه أصحاب كرام *** منهم علي ذو الوفاء
ധര്‍മ്മനിഷ്ഠരാം അലിയാര്‌ മുതലായ ബഹുമാന്യ ശിഷ്യരുടെ സത്യ കഥനം,
هو ربعة بين البشر *** من غير طول أو قصر
ഉയരം അധികമില്ല കുറിയവരല്ല തങ്ങള്‍, മനുഷ്യ വര്‍ഗ്ഗത്തിലെ വടിവൊത്ത പ്രകൃതം,
والشعر أسود لونه *** والوجه حاكاه القمر
പവിത്രകേശത്തിന്‌ കടും കറുപ്പ്‌ , പുണ്യ മുഖം പൂര്‍ണ്ണ ചന്ദ്രന്‍ പകര്‍പ്പ്‌,
أمكلثم بين الملا *** أمطهم فأجبت لا
മുഖം വീര്‍ത്തവരല്ല, തടിച്ചു കൊഴുത്തതുമല്ല,
في الوجه تدوير نعم *** در وياقوت حلا
വശ്യമാം വട്ടമുഖം, മുത്ത്‌ മാണിക്യ മധുര സൌന്ദര്യം.
رمش العيون له انحنا *** وسوادها ليل الهنا
അഴകാര്‍ന്ന നീണ്ട കണ്‍പോളകള്‍ , അതിരാത്രം പോലെ കറുത്ത കണ്‍മണികള്‍,
هو أدعج العينين قد *** نظرت بنور إلهنا
ദിവ്യപ്രകാശത്താല്‍ വീക്ഷിച്ച കറുത്ത സുന്ദര നയനങ്ങള്‍
هو واسع الكف الندي *** خلقاً وجوداً فاشهد
പുണ്യകരങ്ങള്‍ക്ക്‌ നീ സാക്ഷിയാവുക:ധര്‍മ്മത്തിലും, സൃഷ്ടിപ്പിലും മാര്‍ദ്ദവം സുവിശാലവും,
أسقى من الغيث الهطول *** روحي فدا تلك اليد
എന്നാത്മാവ്‌ സമര്‍പ്പിതം – (മഴ വര്‍ഷത്തേക്കാള്‍)ദാഹ ശമനിയാം തിരു കൈകള്‍ക്ക്‌
للرسل طه الخاتم *** وعلى النبوة خاتم
പ്രവാചകര്‍ക്ക്‌ പരിസമാപ്തി, പ്രവാചകത്വത്തിന്‍ ദിവ്യമുദ്ര
كتفاه قد حظيا به *** والله جل الراسم.
തിരുചുമലുകള്‍ക്ക്‌ ആ മഹാ ഭാഗ്യം, അല്ലാഹു അത്യുന്നത ചിത്രകാരന്‍!!

തിരുമേനി (സ) തങ്ങളുടെ വ്യ്ക്തിസൌന്ദര്യത്തെ സംബന്ധിച്ച ഹൃസ്വ വിശേഷണം

 (ഡൌന്‍ ലോഡ്‌ ചെയ്യുക)

 ഭാഗം ഒന്ന്, ഭാഗം രണ്ട്‌, ഭാഗം മൂന്ന്, ഭാഗം നാല്‌, സമര്‍പ്പണം.

 

Hilya
Example of a Hilya

While searching I have seen some beautiful pictures called HILYA. Those works are very famous in the Muslim World as an Islamic Art but were hitherto unknown to me. (You may be aware of this art works well before). Great Islamic Artists have taken the descriptive portrait of the Holy Prophet as a Calligraphic Icon for their instinct artistic expression.

Here is the translation of one Hilya by Professor Carl Ernst – Department of Religious Studies, UNC-CH.

“From `Ali (may God be pleased with him): when he used to describe the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace), he said, “He was not excessively tall nor overly short, but was of medium stature among the people. His hair was neither short and curly nor long and thin. He was a strong man, but not stout or fat. His face was entirely white and round, and he had intensely black eyes and long eyelashes. He was big in the shoulders and back. He was not hairy except on his chest, and he had hard hands and feet. When he walked, he pulled himself forward as though he were walking downhill, and when he turned, he turned his whole body. Between his shoulder blades was the seal of prophecy, for he is the Seal of the Prophets.”

“He was the most generous of men in his heart, the most truthful of them in speech, the mildest of them in temper, and the noblest of them in descent. Anyone who saw him immediately felt awe, and anyone who partook of his knowledge loved him. The one who described him says he has never seen anyone like him, either before or after him. May God bless him and grant him peace. God, bless and grant peace to Muhammad, your servant, your Prophet and your messenger, the illiterate Prophet, and to his family and companions, and grant them peace”.

صلى الله على سيدنا محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم

 

 

 

Published in: on May 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm  Comments (2)  

Seeking the Truth

Today I would like to write on the candid comment posted by Truth Seeker. He thinks that the confusion of my friend that I referred in the post ‘on difference’ is quite sensible and explains the reason. He cited four ‘reasons’ or ‘methods’ of people to come to the Truth/Islam and counted Using intellect being one of them.

For me, this ‘classification of reasons’ has some serious errors. It conveys a wrong notion that the first 3 classes don’t use intellect at all!

Islam includes scores of values and principles, so nobody can swallow them all at once. However, basic principles about the Almighty God and The Beloved Messenger should not be overlooked or misunderstood, Also there are undisputed articles of the religion that everybody must accept. Later on, every Muslim is expected and instructed by the religion itself to increase his/her knowledge of Islam as much as possible.

The prophet said that the only one among 73 groups is the right group. However, he clearly defines them as those who follow THE PROPHET AND HIS COMPANIONS.

There is no room for confusion. Leave alone claims and see the reality. You can look the traditions, look out for the activities of the concerned groups, and find out the right group. That is all.

In my experience when I see the right group as visible as the daylight without any kind of confusion. I cannot help being affiliated with those people. Here, I do not care at all to be branded or to be laughed at, since I have the real conviction.

Still I listen carefully and with due respect to the argument of other groups trying to strengthen my own belief and to help them find the truth. If any body thinks that I missed the truth and is kind enough to share the truth, he conceives, I humbly do request him to come on with the facts so that finally we both can share the same real Truth.

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm  Comments (1)  
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Swine Flu A/H1N1

Swine Flu H!N!

People are talking about that brand new disease called Swine Flu. The debate is going on the very name! Now WHO insists that the disease should be called InfluenzaH1N1. There are many reasons; one is economic and another one ’emotional’. It is obvious that this NAME will effect the pork industry; that is economic, but the other one is quiet strange. An AP report says that some argues to rename this illness as it is sensitive for Jews and Muslims since they consider this animal as unclean (najas) and forbidden (haram) and so the NAME – unclean and forbidden!
“No matter what you call it, leading experts say the virus that is scaring the world is pretty much all pig.” Says Associated Press Science editor  Seth Borenstein. Read the news here.

Before 14 centuries, Islam forbade not only eating pork meat but also any contact with this animal. There are enough visible and rational grounds for this ban. Some scientists say that “Eating of pork can cause no less than seventy different types of diseases”. It is well known that it contains excess fat and is filthiest animal in the world.

The Holy Quran Says: Sura 5 Verse 3
حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةُ وَالْدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ الْخِنْزِيرِ وَمَا أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللّهِ بِهِ وَالْمُنْخَنِقَةُ وَالْمَوْقُوذَةُ وَالْمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَالنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَا أَكَلَ السَّبُعُ إِلاَّ مَا ذَكَّيْتُمْ وَمَا ذُبِحَ عَلَى النُّصُبِ وَأَن تَسْتَقْسِمُواْ بِالأَزْلاَمِ ذَلِكُمْ فِسْقٌ الْيَوْمَ يَئِسَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِن دِينِكُمْ فَلاَ تَخْشَوْهُمْ وَاخْشَوْنِ الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الإِسْلاَمَ دِينًا فَمَنِ اضْطُرَّ فِي مَخْمَصَةٍ غَيْرَ مُتَجَانِفٍ لِّإِثْمٍ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Forbidden to you is that which dies of itself, and blood, and flesh of swine,and that on which any other name than that of Allah has been invoked, and thestrangled [animal] and that beaten to death, and that killed by a fall and thatkilled by being smitten with the horn, and that which wild beasts have eaten,except what you slaughter, and what is sacrificed on stones set up [for idols]and that you divide by the arrows; that is a transgression This day have thosewho disbelieve despaired of your religion, so fear them not, and fear Me Thisday have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you andchosen for you Islam as a religion; but whoever is compelled by hunger, notinclining willfully to sin, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful

May Allah The Merciful save us all from this epidemic and all other menaces in both the worlds. Aameen

Published in: on May 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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On Difference!

Recently my friend posed some questions pertaining to the difference of opinions amongst the religious sects and the difficulties he faces in making the decision to be with the right people. I felt great respect when he asked me about the minimum set of belief that is needed to escape from the hellfire. While struggling to keep his way of life untainted with the culture he lives in, these differences of opinion inside the religion brought to him a kind of confusion.

Every known school of thought seemed to be biased while claiming that the ultimate truth is with them and every individual is biased to what he think as the Truth.

Should we be afraid of being biased while the truth itself is biased?

Impartiality is important and necessary for one who does not know the truth. Therefore, to find the truth we have to get a stand equally distant from and near to every party involved. But once we achieved the truth we should never lose it.

Thanks to Almighty Allah, The Holy Quran does not allow an honest truth seeker to be confused, In the First Chapter Sura Al Fatiha Vese No 7 , Allah explains clearly the Right Path as the path of the best people.

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ

“The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors, Not [the path] of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray”

If you just look around you and a bit more behind in the history you can easily see that these differences are innovations and The Great personalities of this Religion standing up as Light-houses for the whole humanity. The Holy Quran says:

وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا

And say: The truth has come and the falsehood has vanished; surely falsehood is a vanishing [thing].

Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 10:22 am  Comments (3)  
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The Design

Here I have two wondeful designs that we see in the nature. Yes, Some people hesitates to call them as designs only because it plainly leads to the existence of the Designer. We have seen atheism desperately failing to explian this argument i.e. “Argument from Design”. But they are terribly few!. Recent surveys put this kind of ‘atheists’ below 3% of the total World population. So we just ignore this extinguishing species.

Here, let’s enjoy the beautiful and supremely intelligent designs in the humanbody, an astonishing world between our two little fingers!

And their home, an extra-ordinary abode specially designed for this little ‘creature’. 

The Human

The Home

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 10:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Right Course

Authorities has conformed Islam’s prehistoric relations with Indian subcontinent. Veteran Islamic scholar Imam Tibri and others were quoted saying that , The Father of Humanity and the First Prophet Sayyiduna Adam (A) came to India directly from the Heaven and The Mother Hawa (R) went to Jedda, Saudi Arabia. Since India nurtured one of the oldest civilizations ie. Indus Valley Civilization and it had extremely populous and prosperous human societies through out the history there is every reason to ascertain prophetic missions among them.

Once the final messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammad (SA) emerged as ‘The Mercy of the Universe’, he was sent forth to the whole world and his message reached every nook and corner. Evidently, Indian subcontinent was fortunate enough to be one of the foreign territories to accept the divine message at the earliest. Cravings on the Madayi mosque in the costal state of Kerala declare its construction long back in the 5th year of Hijra. Marine Trade relation between Arabs and Indians which was established years ago, paved the way for smooth entrance of the Prophetic Message. It conquered the hearts of Kerala with the glory of the message and the greatness of the followers. It is reported that the King Perumal the ruler of that time set out to see the Prophet personally and embraced Islam.

Muslims grew in Kerala day by day following the great companions (Sahaba) of the prophet. They learnt Islam directly from the companions and at the earliest stage of Islamic revolution. Keralite Muslims kept this tradition all the way upholding the religious values that they received from the prophet’s direct followers (Sahaba) and so it produced many Great Islamic personalities like Shikh Zainudheen Makhdoom who wrote text books for many old and modern international universities! The public was firmly united behind these scholars and the society was highly moral and integrated leading a peaceful religious life.

However, as per the warning of the beloved prophet, Muslim Ummah has been violently shaken by the terrorist movement in Arabia. A new outfit called Wahabia savaged the holy land killing thousands of innocent Muslims and looting their properties and that is too under the name of Islam. They blamed the huge majority of contemporary and foregone Muslims of Polytheism and disbelief and called for mass murders, devastation and destruction of all symbols of Islamic heritage including the lovely green dome of the Rawza Shareef. But they failed desperately fulfilling their devilish designs.

Unfortunately, this dangerous movement has got some followers in India especially in Kerala. It started creating problems in the otherwise peaceful Muslim society. They formed organizations to destroy the unity and integrity of the Muslim localities. People from all walks of life were very much integrated under the leadership of scholars. This outfit questioned the authority of scholars and started talking out of their own caprice in the form of a State-wise organization.
Since they realize that the community only listen to religious scholars they disguised themselves as scholars deceiving innocent and straight-minded Muslim population that is why they called the new movement Jamiyyathul Ulema.

Our Highly learned and far-sighted scholars sensed the dangerous propaganda of this outfit, discussed the threat posed by and decided to form a religious body to counter it and to uphold the true values and ideas of Islam. That historic dicision realized in the frormation of Samstha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema the Greatest Ulema Organization in Kerala.

As this organization is exclusively for Scholars, there was a need for an organization for other sections of the Muslim society to unite against deviations and extremisms and to fully support the Ulema Organization from every facet of the social frame work. It is in this context that Samsatha Kerala Sunni Yuvajana Samgham emerged to meet need of the Hour.

Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm  Comments (1)  

The Message

Islam is a way of life. Neither is it a collection of utopian ideas nor a heap of obsolete dogmas. It is the user guide issued by the Producer for His wonderful product ‘homo sapiens’ in order to get the best of usage. If applied, users get pleasant experience of a successful life here and hereafter.
He chooses  special executives with extra-ordinary qualities to present His guidance to people. They are called Messengers. Obviously, the first human being was the first messenger also; thus each and every civil society has its own messenger.
Finally the Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) has been sent for the Whole World. Since the global community has reduced to a single entity and the communications among people has become so easy the world doesn’t need any more messengers. Moreover, the guidance of the final prophet is still effective and pragmatic so that it successfully survives the challenge of time.
Enough precautions have been taken to keep the Message clear to all members of the society from the Prophet’s generation to the last.
Satan was created capable of seducing the incompetent, to test peoples’ loyalty and adherence to the divine guidance. The Almighty has maintained in every generation a group of people who will prevail over all attempts of seduction and pass the message to the next generation.
This Group is called Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaath.
Therefore, it is necessary for all human being to ensure that he finds himself together with the right people to get the eternal success here and hereafter. We read in the Holy Quran Chapter I verse 6-7:

اهدِنَــــا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ  صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ
Keep us on the right path-The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors, Not [the path] of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray- Ameen

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