Why Sufis are not Jihadists?

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Alerth TV Officially On Air

alerth bakA Channel  dedicated to the traditional Islamic school has been launched in Egypt by former grand mufti  Dr. Ali Goma and Veteran scholar Habeeb Muhammad Saqaf among other great Islamic personalities. Al erth al Nabawi channel (قناة الارث النبوي)will be available on Nilesat 11334 H 275000 in Arabic language with its various programs of high profile traditional scholars like Habeeb Omar Hafeez, Dr. Ali Gomaa, Habeeb Ali Jifri, Shaikh Abdulla Bin Bayya and Habeeb Muhammad Saqaf. The channel is aimed to show the real picture of Islam as conveyed by Ahlussunnah Wal Jamaath and to alert people  to the dangers of extremist and deviant versions of the religion. We hope the channel would meet its target and pave way for a brighter future for the whole world.

s220131033215Here is a beautiful piece from the launching program as young singer Mustafa Atif performs in the presence of Habeeb Muhammad Saqaf and Awn Al Qadoomi.  Make Captions on for English subtitles and Enjoy 🙂

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Difference between our messenger and God’s messenger

Habib Jifri says:

There is a huge difference between defending the messenger of ALLAH and defending MY messenger. We often hear people saying my messenger, my prophet, my book, my religion, etc… which points to selfishness and ego. It is like to be angry for My tribe, my group, my party, my car or my children. To be angry for the sake of Allah’s Messenger is much greater than all of these.  The first thing to be noted is this fusion of selfishness. Why do we go so deep to search inside our mind? Because it effects our actions and dealings. Whenever we anger for the messenger of God, it should be connected to the will of God. If we anger for our own messenger we would anger as per our own will, destroying and hurting. Wishing sky to fall upon the wrong doer, and also upon the whole country and all other fellow citizens!!

This is because of the confusion between our messenger and Allah’s messenger. We need to deal with issue as it is connected to the messenger of Allah and not to messenger of ours. He is not our messenger but Almighty Allah’s Messenger sent to us. It is a big difference.

 

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Dr. Ali Gomaa in Washington post and CNN

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Prophet Muhammad is ‘the mercy to all worlds’ to Muslims: Egypt’s mufti

It goes without saying that violence of any sort, whether inspired by religious sentiment or secular interests, must be condemned unequivocally and in the strongest terms possible. This is in keeping with the best of Muslim tradition, which abhors sectarian rife, inter-ethnic conflict, and interreligious violence. This lesson is best contained in the example of the Prophet Mohammed himself, who was repeatedly subjected to the worst treatment by his enemies, only to consistently disregard these insults and instead take the path of forgiveness, mercy and compassion. This is why he is known to Muslims as “the Mercy to all worlds.” Indeed, this example is most succinctly summarized in the Quran itself, which instructs believers as follows: “The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better.”

The world is sorely in need of such lessons, which represent the authentic teachings of the Quran and the Prophet of Islam. It is important to separate these noble messages from those that are bandied about by those who have no competencies in religious interpretation, Quranic hermeneutics or the history of Islamic thought. Unfortunately, the current state of the Muslim world is such that institutions and structures of legitimate authority have been weakened to such an extent that inflammatory rhetoric has taken the place of thoughtful analysis as a motivator of action and a guide for religious sentiment.

We are today in desperate need of serious religious leaders who engage the reality of the modern world – complete with its challenges and difficulties – in order to create an environment in which people can coexist. This must be a joint effort from members of all faith groups and cultures.

A necessary part of any such effort must be a sincere desire to understand what is behind the Muslims’ reverence for the Prophet. For more than a billion Muslims around the world, the Prophet Mohammed is their ultimate example. He is their reference point and, as the Quran explains: “dearer to them than their own selves.”

Prophets are the means, in the Islamic worldview, through which people have been taught about God. This is no less true for the succession of Prophets that preceded Islam – including Abraham, Moses and Jesus – than it is for the Prophet Mohammed himself. They are revered teachers who taught us the very nature of reality, the purpose of our existence, and how to connect with God Himself.

As a result, Muslims strive to emulate the example of the Prophet in every aspect of their lives. They seek to inculcate the values in a deep and profound manner. These include, among other things, the ability to confront evil provocations with patience, tolerance and mercy. These are, for Muslims, spiritual values of the utmost importance, and they are best exemplified in the life of the Prophet Mohammed himself.

A famous story from his life is known to Muslims around the world. One of his enemies was a woman who lived above a street he used to pass daily, and would litter the streets with garbage as he walked past. One morning, when the Prophet was walking by, he noticed no such provocation. His response to this sudden reprieve was to ask after the woman’s health, concerned that she had strayed from her daily routine, as painful as it might have been for himself. The stories of the Prophet’s praying for his enemies, and exhibiting enormous steadfastness in the face of insults and provocations, are legion in Islamic literature.

This should be the Muslim ideal, there is no doubt. Unfortunately, it is not possible that everyone can live up to the ideal. What is clear is that people’s attachment to the personage of the Prophet is undiminished, even when they are unable for their own reasons to live up to the lessons he has taught. Insults against the Prophet are taken as more serious than insults against one’s own parents and family, indeed than one’s own self. The Prophet is a sacred figure, who taught Muslims how to live in this world, and whose appearance in the world was a gift from the divine.

As such, inflammatory materials that are clearly designed to offend the deeply-held sensibilities of over a billion people around the world only contribute to the escalation of tensions with no observable benefit.

Muslims should either ignore such provocations, or respond non-violently, as per the limits laid down by their religion. Such limits have been obviously transgressed in recent days, and the broader Muslim religious establishment as well as the Coptic Church in Egypt all joined in calling for calm and not allowing this to further escalate.

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International Criminal Court warns against destroying Shrines

ICC threatens Mali Islamists with war crimes – Africa – Al Jazeera English

The International Criminal Court has threatened Islamist fighters in Mali with legal action if they do not halt their destruction of ancient Islamic monuments.”My message to those involved in these criminal acts is clear: stop the destruction of the religious buildings now,” Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the AFP news agency in an interview. “This is a war crime which my office has authority to fully investigate.”
“This includes attacks against historical monuments as well as destruction of buildings dedicated to religion,” Bensouda said.She said that Mali was a signatory to the Rome Statute, a document that established the ICC and states that deliberate attacks against undefended civilian buildings which are not military objectives are a war crime.Members of the group Ansar Dine have destroyed the mausoleums of Sufi saints in historic Timbuktu for two straight days.Yaya Tandina, a local journalist, told the Reuters news agency that about 30 members of the group, armed with Kalashnikovs and pickaxes destroyed three mausoleums of saints on Sunday.

“They had armed men guarding the door. Just like yesterday, the population did not react. They said we need to let them do what they want, hoping that someday we will rebuild the tombs,” Tandina said.

Seven ancient tombs have been smashed by Ansar Dine since Saturday. The group’s strict interpretation of Islam considers such places unholy and calls for their destruction.

The demolitions began on Saturday with Timbuktu’s independence monument, which depicts Al Farouk, a symbol of the ancient city on a horse.

Ansar Dine have also threatened to destroy the city’s three ancient mosques, one of which dates back to 1327.

Sanda Ould Boumama, an Ansar Dine spokesman, has said the group was acting in the name of God and would “destroy every mausoleum in the city. All of them, without exception”.

The destruction comes after UNESCO listed the city as an endangered site because of the continuing violence in northern Mali and in the wake of an attack on a fifteenth century tomb in May.

“God is unique. All of this is haram [forbidden]. We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what,” said Boumama.

The government of Mali has urged the outside world to take concrete steps to stop the destruction of the sites.

“Those who are destroying religious buildings in Timbuktu should do so in full knowledge that they will be held accountable and justice will prevail,” she said.

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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.)”

Kerala, India: Awakening Humanity Through Sufism

Kerala, India: Awakening Humanity Through Sufism.

–Under the banner of “Awakening Humanity,” the Indian state of Kerala will soon witness a massive campaign or Keralayathra (yathrameaning “expedition” in Malayalam, the local language.) This religious journey will led by the traditional Sufi Qamarul Ulama Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, known to the Muslims of Kerala as Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar, and general secretary of the All-India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama.

Bearing his great humanitarian message, Sheikh Aboobacker is expected to commence his itinerary on April 12 and to conclude it on April 28, delivering a luminous lesson in the history of a human being. The extended agenda, covering 60 large conference assemblies, is unquestionably significant at the dawn of the new common millennium.

Markaz, Kozhikkode, kerala

Sheikh Aboobacker’s actions now, to reconstruct the devastated pillars of humanity, were manifested in centuries past by the great prophets of Almighty Allah. The meaningful statement of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), “the scholars of Islam are the heirs of the prophets,” indicates that the essential duties and obligations of religious leaders must be fulfilled, irrespective of the opposition they face.

That is what we see in Sheikh Aboobacker’s magnificent endeavors. Kabil Sibal, federal minister for Human Resources Development and an outstanding representative of democratic India, says of Sheikh Aboobacker, “I think India will be built not by people like me, but will be built brick by brick, and the ultimate edifice will be as beautiful as Markazu Ssaqafathi Ssunniyya” (the Sunni cultural centre built by Sheikh Aboobacker in Kozhikode, Kerala, during the 1970s.)

Main Building at Markazu Ssaqafathi Ssuniyya, Kozhikode, Kerala, India.
TheKeralayathramarch has been criticized blindly and baselessly by Wahhabis and other radically-minded minorities, although the observance has gained support from all sectors of society.

The inevitable necessity of awakening humanity is continuously underscored by the disconcerting news, shocking to all humankind, not merely from distant regions or a single corner of the world, but from almost every country. Sensationalist media awaken us very early each morning with ugly images and horrific reports of bombings, robberies, sexual crimes, kidnappings, territorial disputes, and other signs of the stress on humanity’s limits. And nobody can deny that behind the glitz and glamor of the current digital and global world order, which claims invisibly an eternally pleasant life to those who come forth to swim rapturously in this fantasy, there lies a vast and barren desert in which the majority of people claw to survive.

Shaikh Aboobacker Ahmad

Today, while many among us firmly believed that science and technology would provide comprehensively the gifts for which morals craved, heinous and dangerous evils accompany the benefits of each. The impact of both depends on uses and misuses; but unfortunately, as we see clearly, the bad overwhelms the good. The most valuable aspects of the human relationship – affection, reverence, generosity, tolerance, patience, etc. – in which the human race struck its deepest roots, seem to have disappeared from the lexicon, to be silenced by deceit, unbridled ambition, treachery, and murder.

Images of those devastated by the storms of imperialism continue to appear before our eyes while their cries reverberate in our ears. Schools are built, less for the goals education formerly offered, of raising children to the pinnacles of a cultured and civilized life, but to realize personal self-interest through business. Those who study in them are taught to exploit and amass wealth.

It is therefore at this critical moment in contemporary world history that Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed will once again begin his marvelous expedition. This should certainly erase the fallacious dogma holding that Islamic scholars or Sufis need only sit within the four walls of a shrine. Sheikh Aboobacker has made similar and memorable sojourns, which were more than mere visits, to Jammu and Kashmir, and to Gujarat. These are not brief stopovers.

Apart from the main expedition through 60 major cities, an accompanying effort, called “upa yathra,” will pass through no less than 500 towns ahead of Keralayathra. Such organizations as the Sunni Students Federation are committed to the full success of Keralayathra. Islamic scholars from elsewhere in India have called on Sheikh Aboobacker to extend his range throughout the country. Already, Keralayathra is a milestone in Indian Islamic history.

Difference between divine and devilish scholarships

In this short video Habib Ali Al Jifri differentiates between the scholars rightly guided by Almighty Allah and the scholars  misguided by the damned devil. Generally speaking, this interesting anecdote portrays the traditional sufi scholars on the one hand and the modern extremist scholars on the other. I find for myself a great lesson here, and hope the same for my friends who dare for soul searching. May Allah join us with the true followers of our beloved Master. (Peace and Blessings be upon him). Ameen.

Translation subtitles: “Elders say about a student who was confused wondering which faction he should join? He saw two contradictory factions Claiming affiliation to Quran and Sunnah. So he confused the right group to be joined with. Seeking advice, he went to a holy man. He told the student “Come with me I will show you”

Then he went to the first group and stood upright in the audience. This is a kind of test to know the truth. It was a big class and the lecture was on. The scholar saw them standing and shouted. “Sit down, why are you standing?” He said: “I don’t want to sit in your class” The scholar asked “why?” He said: “I have something against you in my mind” The scholar replied angrily “ I have a thousand things against you. Get out Devil, Don’t disturb our class” The saint told the student “Let us go before they hurt us”

They went to the second group and stood up in the audience. The speaker said: “could you please be seated” See the difference between sit down and please be seated He said: “I don’t want to sit in your class” The scholar: Why? Saint said: “I have something (unfavorable) regarding you in my mind” This scholar felt very humble.He started weeping and said: (Alas!)Inna Lillaah wa inna ilahi Rajioon I repent and seek forgiveness from Allah. He might have some information about my faults (from Almighty Allah). I do regret and repent!” He went on weeping. The holy man turned to the student and rhetorically asked “Which class you would join, Here or There?”

The level of religiousness is manifested in the character of the adherents.If you feel confused as different groups claiming that they are the right one, Just look into their behavioral attributes. Wherever good conducts exist, there exists the religion as well as the knowledge. If such qualities are stripped out, there is no religion and no knowledge at all.
There is no religiousness or knowledge without good conduct. So if religion or knowledge do not yield good conducts and manners to their followers,( it means) there are faults and flaws in their religiosity and learning.”

Syrian scholar dismantles religious extremism

This post is to share with you an extract from a recent Friday sermon by veteran traditional scholar Muhammad Sa’eed Ramadhan Al Bouti at the historic Great Mosque of Damascus also known as the Umayyad Mosque. (جامع بنى امية الكبير )

Here is the video with English subtitles.

Translation:

“I Remind you, O servants of Allah ,  The Constitution of Islam is the book of God Almighty which was revealed to the Final Messenger , and our model in the implementation of this Constitution,  is the beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH)   The practical application of the Constitution in the daily life is called Sharia. Consider these multiple sources.

The constitution of Islam, the Koran, which I never saw in it but warnings against fanaticism, extremism and criminal terrorism. It raised the prophet in the light of mercy and forgiveness.  The Book of Allah Almighty told His Messenger: (It is by God’s grace that you were gentle with them — for if you had been harsh and hard-hearted, they would surely have deserted you – so bear with them, pray for forgiveness for them and take counsel with them in the conduct of affairs.[Al-Imran: 159].

This direction to His Messenger is not specific to Muslims, but to all he has been sent to. Is it not the Book of Allah Almighty that laid down the scales of justice free from racial, prejudicial, or religious partialities?(Let not the hatred of others turns you away from justice; Deal justly; that is closer to piety) [Maa-ida: 8]

The book of God Almighty did defend a Jewish person with ten verses when he was accused of a theft charge  while he was innocent and the thief was a Muslim?! Those verses started with the following: [We have sent the Book down to you  with the truth so that you may judge  among mankind by means of what God has shown you. And do not be an advocate for the treacherous. Al Nisaa: 105].

This is the Constitution speaking.  If anyone fights against extremism and terrorism,  you cannot find in the whole world  and in the history of all times,  such as the Book of Allah Almighty fights against extremism and terrorism. And Muhammad the Lord raised him  in the light of mercy and forgiveness. Examine his life career from beginning to end,  You can find only just opposite to what the Book of Almighty is being accused. Didn’t  that polytheist Bedouin challenged the Messenger seizing the opportunity in the valley of full of trees on returning from a battle. Kicking foot, he wakes him up and says:  Who would save you from me, O Muhammad?  The prophet Replied quietly: “Allah”. The sword fell from the hands of the Bedouin and he sat scared and shaken. What did the Messenger ? Pardoned and calmed him down, the Bedouin returned to his people and said: “I have come to you from the best of mankind.” Muhammad is the Messenger of God,  who was brought up by the Almighty  in the light of mercy, forgiveness, moderation.

He is the one who treated all people as they are shown in public. , He did not penetrate into their private affairs; He did not keep secret eye on any one to turn a blind eye to their outward appearances.  There were many hypocrites in the city, how did the Messenger (PBUH) deal with them?   How did he treat the man who said on an occasion which I do not want to talk about its details:  “We and the robes of Quraish are like the saying:  Make your dog fat, it will eat you” By God If we return to al-Madina, the noble will surely expel the humble.” His son, a true Muslim, Abdullah ibn Ubay Bin Salool said: O Messenger of Allah I have heard that you want to eliminate my father because of his statements, if so, command me please I will come to you with his head.  Smiled the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said,

‘No, we deal with him friendly on what happened between us “ When he died, and his son Abdullah sent to the Messenger,  begging for the shirt worn by the prophet (PBUH) to be shrouded by his father which he hoped  It will make things easier for him in the hereafter. The Messenger of Allah did send it.

Moreover when he was brought for funeral prayer, the Prophet (PBUH) stood to pray  while his companion Omar (R) whispered in his ear:  ‘O Messenger of Allah do you pray for a person who said so and so and did so and so’. The Messenger did not pay any attention to it, when Omar (RA) continued the prophet (PBUH) turned to him and said: Leave me Umar, Allah gave me choices. And I chose this (to pray for him,) The Messenger (PBUH) prayed for bin Ubayy ibn Salool.

This is our example after the Constitution, which I told you about, do you see in his whole life a smell of extremism or of terrorism, O servants of Allah?!Next Come and look at the biographies of the companions who lived in the shade of Islamic law that stems from Quran and Sunnah, How did they live their life? After the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) many groups emerged straying away from the way of the book of Allah Almighty, Juhamiyya, Murjia, Muathazila and others, listen well, O slaves of Allah and contemplate.  Do you find the companions call them unbelievers?! Do you find accusation of infidelity which blows these days here and there against those who went astray from Ahl Sunna Wal Jamaa?

We do not know – Even after a thorough study and analysis of the history – that the companions of the Messenger (PBUH) charged these groups with infidelity.  No, But we find forgiveness and tolerance Do you smell extremism or terrorism in the lives of the companions?  No. You cannot find it.  Consider biographies of their followers, look and examine, their approach has been aligned with

The constitution of Islam, the Quran, and the life of the beloved Messenger (PBUH), Look at the position of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal – There are people who attribute the allegation to Imam Ahmad.  You know the story of ordeal that took place  on Imam Ahmad, when this ordeal took place in the age of Mutawakkil some of his disciples came and said to him: Sir, pray to God Against Ibn Abi Duat –  one of the Mu’tazilah who inflated the fire against Imam Imam Ahmad replied: What benefit you have in punishing your brother on the Day of Resurrection because of you? He raised his hands and prayed in favour of for Ibn Abi Daat, and all those who caused the plight that took place on him.

Servants of Allah: This is our Islam represented by its constitution and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Do you find anything other than kindness, Just opposite to what Islam and Muslims are accused of?”

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#!

Model of India’s biggest mosque unveiled – IANS

Kozhikode (Kerala), Jan 30, (IANS)
The model of what is billed as India’s biggest mosque — accommodating 25,000 in its courtyard — was unveiled here Monday.


The mosque is to come up in a 40 acres near here and the complex will also house a heritage museum, convention halls, and a media centre, according to the Jamia Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya headed by Muslim scholar Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobaker Musliyar, who unveiled the model here.

“The heritage museum is for the protection and exhibition of all such holy remnants of prophets and men of Islamic importance, and this will surely add a new dimension to the cultural life of Kerala,” said Musliyar.

Speaking to IANS, an official of the Markaz said that the work on the mosque is expected to begin in April and would be completed in 18 months time.

“The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs.40 crore and will come through public contributions. The feature of the mosque is that initially it would be an open one and would more or less resemble the famed Jama Masjid in Delhi,” said the official who did not wish to be identified.

Musliyar heads the popular social, charity and educational organisation based here, which has taught more than 30,000 students from various states in the country in the last three decades.

Three years back, the Markaz was in the news when more than 100 children from Kashmir were brought here for basic education.

Delhi’s Jama Masjid is currently India’s biggest mosque

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/223164/model-indias-biggest-mosque-unveiled.html

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.”

Tears as Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) relic brought to Chechnya

Just to Share this News from AFP
By Maria Antonova (AFP) – 5 days ago

MOSCOW — Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov broke into floods of tears as he unveiled a purported relic of the Prophet Mohammed in a bizarre ceremony involving a Rolls Royce motorcade, reports said Thursday.

The government of the majority Muslim Russian Northern Caucasus region, recovering after two separatist wars and still battling Islamic insurgents, boasted that the cup was 1,400 years old and had belonged to the Prophet.

The cup had earlier been flown into the Chechen capital Grozny from London where it was kept by unnamed descendants of Mohammed’s cousin Ali.

Kadyrov, clad in a bright purple shirt and trousers and a black Muslim skullcap, triumphantly carried the boxed relic straight off the plane at the airport at the ceremony on Wednesday.

He then sped through Grozny in a Rolls-Royce cabriolet surrounded by a motorcade of dozens of luxury cars, the first Russian television pictures of the event showed Thursday.

The flag-waving delegation then arrived to Grozny’s central mosque greeted by a crowd of singing and clapping people.

The Chechen leader proceeded to take the jade-coloured bowl out of bubble wrapping, and broke down in uncontrollable tears after kissing the object, covering his reddening face and shaking violently.

Chechen television aired a 18-minute long special on the event posted on the websiteChechnyatoday.com that shows Kadyrov’s car covered in traditional rugs gliding along a major street in slow motion to the sounds of a Chechen song with English-language lyrics “You came to me… when I was so lost.”

Footage showed a crowd of several hundred assembled near the mosque to listen to impassioned speeches in Chechen and shout “Allahu Akbar!” before the cup was shown to the public. Several took a sip from the cup and prayed.

The Chechen government said in a statement on its website that “the cup was used by Prophet Mohammed, passing to his cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib the fourth Caliph.” Further details on its authenticity were not immediately available. 

Anyone will be able to drink water from it on the day of Mohammed’s birthday, the Chechen government said.

“Nobody can say anything else about the origin of the cup,” a Chechen government spokesman told AFP. “The negotiations were led by the famous businessman Ruslan Baisarov and it was announced by Ramzan Kadyrov,” he said.

Baisarov owns major stakes in Russia’s top copper and coal companies and has promised to finance the development of a ski resort in Chechnya planned by the Chechen President.

Kadyrov, who has ruled the war-torn region since 2007 and was reappointed in the post earlier this year, has overseen several grandiose projects and events in Grozny aimed at boosting his political clout.

He has also encouraged the revival of Islam in the region, inaugurating in 2008 the “Heart of Chechnya” mosque, said to be the biggest in Europe.

But rights groups have long accused him of presiding over a personal militia that they say has carried out serial rights violations, torture and even murder.

Glittering Lines around the Blessed Chamber

Visitors of the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessing be Upon Him) cannot miss the inscriptions on the wall of his blessed Chamber. Reading those lines, one would be amazed to feel the emotion of that great soul whose expressions got inscribed there with golden letters.
On the other hand visitors are embarrassed to see the tampering of these inscriptions as well.  Many lines have been painted in a way that it makes them literally unreadable.  The ridiculous excuse was they did not suit to the new version of Monotheism. In other words those lines convey polytheism!. God Forbid!!!
What is more astonishing after all that those lines are still kept elevated to sanctum sanatorium and it is not a problem ! This very fact is more than enough to expose the hypocrisy of the so-called proponents of pseudo monotheism and the inconsistency of their arguments. If they really think of these lines speaking polytheistic what a disgrace  to keep them on the wall!!  If they don’t, what is the substance of covering up those beautiful and wonderful piece of an heartfelt expression?

In my recent visit to the blessed site, I snapped some pictures of the wall along with the door of the chamber where one of the most famous lines from Qaseeda Burda has been engraved.

It reads: هو الحبيب الذي ترجى شفاعته لكل هول من الاهوال مقتحم [He is (Allah’s) most beloved, whose intercession is hoped for every fear that comes at once]

Here is the poem in full and   its English translation by G.F Haddad along with his introduction.

Poem of Tawassul and Praise
by Sh. G. F. Haddad

Sultan `Abd al-Hamid’s poem in praise of the Prophet upon him blessings and peace was engraved in the year 1191 (1777 C.E.) on the walls of the Prophet’s hujra in his mosque in Madina. The possessors of specious adab with the Prophet upon him blessings and peace covered up several of the verses with paint so that they could not be read, sparing what suited them, but the poem has been preserved in other ways. It can be found in the book of our late teacher Shaykh al-Islam fil-Balad al-Haram al-Sharif al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Alawi al-Maliki titled Shifa’ al-Fu’ad bi-Ziyarati Khayr al-`Ibad (Healing the heart with the visitation of the best of Allah’s servants) (Dubai: Da’irat al-awqaf, n.d.) p. 203. Here is the text in full, with an asterisk indicating each verse that was painted over.

1*

يا سيدي يا رسول الله خذ بيدي
مالي سواك ولا ألوي على أحد 

O my master, O Messenger of Allah, take my hand:
I have none besides you, nor will I pause to rely on anyone but you.

2*

فأنت نور الهدى في كل كائنة
وأنت سر الندى يا خير معتمد 

For you are the light of guidance in everything that exists
and you are the secret of munificence and the best reliance.

3*

وأنت حقا غياث الخلق أجمعهم
وأنت هادي الورى لله ذي السدد

And you are in truth the helper of all creation,
and you are the guide of mortals to Allah, Owner of help.

4

يا من يقوم مقام الحمد منفردا
للواحد الفرد لم يولد ولم يلد 

O you who stand on the Station of Praise, singled out
by the One Who is Single, Who is not begotten and does not beget.

5

يا من تفجرت الأنهار نابعة
من أصبعيه فروى الجيش بالمدد

O you from whose fingers rivers burst forth
so that he quenched the thirst of the numerous army.

6*

إني إذا سامني ضيم يروعني
أقول يا سيد السادات يا سندي

Verily, if I am faced with harm and fearful injustice
I say: O Master of masters, O my support!

7*

كن لي شفيعا من الرحمن من زلل
وأمنن علي بما لا كان في خلدي

Be my intercessor with the Merciful regarding my mistakes
and grace me with what eludes my heart.

8*

وانظر بعين الرضا لي دائما أبدا
واستر بفضلك تقصيري إلى الأمد 

And look upon me always and ever with kind eyes,
and cover with your favor my shortcomings all my life.

9*

واعطف علي بعفو منك يشملني
فإنني عنك يا مولاي لم أحد 

Kindly bestow on me encompassing forgiveness
for from you, O my master, I was never separated.

10*

إني توسلت بالمختار أفضل من
رقَّى السموات سر الواحد الأحد 

I have sought as my means the elect one, the noblest of any
that ascended the heavens, the secret of the Unique One.

11

رب الجمال تعالى الله خالقه
فمثله في جميع الخلق لم أجد 

O Lord of beauty! Exalted is Allah Who created him,
for such as him in all creation I have never seen.

12

خير الخلائق أعلى المرسلين ذرى
ذخر الأنام وهاديهم إلى الرشد 

The best of creatures, the apex of Messengers,
the treasure of humankind and their guide to integrity!

13*

به التجأت لعل الله يغفر لي
هذا الذي هو في ظني ومعتقدي 

In him I have taken refuge: perhaps Allah will forgive me.
This is what I count on and firmly believe.

14

فمدحه لم يزل دأبي مدى عمري
وحبه عند رب العرش مستندي

Therefore his tireless praise shall never cease to be my task
and love of him sustains me in the presence of the Lord of the Throne.

15

عليه أزكى صلاة لم تزل أبدا
مع السلام بلا حصر ولا عدد 

Upon him the purest of endless blessings without cease
together with greetings that cannot be stemmed nor counted

16

والآل والصحب أهل المجد قاطبة
وتابعيهم بإحسان إلى الأبد 

And upon his Family and Companions, a glorious folk all,
The ocean of forgiveness, the people of generosity and aid!

You can download it in PDF Format prepared by Taqwa.sg from this link  Qasseeda Tawassul PDF

On the Month of Rajab

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 tra … Read More


Happy New Year!

First of all, I would like to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year. May Allah pour upon all of us His blessings and bounties and forgive all of our wrongdoings and misconduct. Aameen

The Holy Quran describes the Sun and the Moon as means of reckoning for human being. Although Islam advises to use lunar calendar for all its religious applications, it also endorses the solar method in the calculation of the fourth dimension. For instance, the Holy Quran used both solar and lunar calendar to describe a historical episode. According to that account the Hibernation of The Seven Sleepers’ in the Cave lasted 300 solar years that is 309 years in the lunar calendar.

“They did stay in their Cave for three hundred years and add nine.” (Surat al-Kahf, 25)
We see here wonderful description of the Holy Qur’an as it does not directly state 309 years but 300 plus 9!

A solar year consists 365.242217 days while a lunar year 354.36768 days, having a difference of 10.874537 days. Thus 100 solar years is equivalent to 103 lunar years. So to determine the equivalent of 300 solar years in terms of lunar years, we need to add on 9 more years – just as in the verse!!!The precision in the description of difference between these two methods can be cited as a clear proof for its authenticity and a miracle of the beloved messenger (PBUH).

Here, you can see my previous post on the importance of lunar calendar https://baqavi.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/moon-sighting-and-lunar-calendar/

Special Prayers

Shikh Abdul Hameed Muhammed Ali Al Quds , a famous Shafi Scholar and Formerly  Teacher at the Holy Mosque ,Makkah,  mentions in his book ‘ Kanz Najhi wa Suroor’ special prayers at the beginning of a new year.  It reads as follows:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ، الحمد لله رب العالمين ،( اللهم) صل على سيدنا محمد صلاة تملأ خزائن الله نورا ، وتكون لنا وللمؤمنين فرجا وفرحا وسرورا ، وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثير ،( اللهم) أنت الأبدي القديم الأول ، وعلى فضلك العظيم وكريم جودك العميم المعوّل ، وهذا عام جديد قد أقبل أسألك العصمة فيه من الشيطان وأوليائه والعون على هذه النفس الأمارة بالسوء ، والاشتغال بما يقربني إليك زلفى يا ذا الجلال والإكرام ، وصلى الله تعالى على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم ) يقرؤه ثلاثا.

May Allah protect all of us from Satan and his assistants and help all of us against the evil inspiring selves.  May Allah make each day of the year closer to Him than the day before and join us with His closest servants. Aameen

Heretics’ Tampering With Traditional Texts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revival of the Religious Sciences by Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali (R)

There is much more to know about that miraculous Book ihya’ `ulum al-din and it’s great author Abu Hamid Muhammed al-Ghazali, the most applauded Muslim scholar simultaneously in the secular world and in the Muslim world.  Wikipedia says: “Ghazali has sometimes been acclaimed by secular historians such as William Montgomery Watt to be the greatest Muslim after Muhammad (PBUH) (traditionally among Sunni Muslims, the greatest Muslim after the Prophet, is Abu Bakr (RA)” His works has been transported – not merely translated – to the western world to an extent that modern publishers cite western libraries and sources to prove their authenticity.

Today we are so lucky to have many of his works easily accessible on line. Live classes by Habeeb Husain Saqaaf on Imam Ghazali’s famous book “Dear Son!” (Ayyuhal Walad) are expected on each Friday via www.hemmah.net. There is a dedicated site namely www.ghazali.org  with considerable collection of resources.

Here is the opening session of a series of lectures by Yahya Rhodus on Disciplining the Soul , an excerpt from Ihya Uloom al Deen. This has been  recently uploaded by Zaytuna college of California, USA.

According to Sheikh Abdullah Al Aidaroos each reading of Ihya gives fresh ideas, increases knowledge and uncovers new secrets. Nobody would be astonished to hear a scholar like Imam Al Nawawi say: “Ihya is close to be the Quran!” (كاد الاحياء ان يكون قرانا)Another scholar said: If you did not read Ihya you are not amongst Ahya (living beings)!! A Yemeni scholar Sheikh Isamaeel Bin Faqeeh has been quoted; “Muhammed Bin Abdillah (PBUH) is the Greatest Messenger, Muhammad Bin Idrees Al Shafiee is the greatest schlolar and Muhamed Bin Muhammed Al Ghazali is the greatest author. It can be added that Imam Muhammed al Busairi is arguably the greatest poet.

Let me quote from http://www.ghazali.org about the great genius and his wonderful work

“Because of him the lame walked briskly,
And the songless through him burst into melody.(
Muthanabbi)”

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is one of the great Muslim jurist, theologian and mystics of the Muslim world. He lived in the 12th Century. He was a polymath who wrote on a wide range of topics including jurisprudence, theology, mysticism and philosophy. In the west he is famous for his devastating attack on philosophy specifically metaphysics in his tahfut al-falasifa, Incoherence of the philosophers. He is also the author of the famed ihya’ `ulum al-din (Revival of Religious Sciences) a book that combined mysticism with practical everyday life actions by emphasizing the underlying psychology of daily life practices and its ramification on life in this world and the hereafter. AKA: al-Ghazzali , Algazel (450-505 AH/1058-1111 AD)

The Revival of the Religious Sciences is widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality, and is perhaps the most read work in the Muslim world, after the Qurān.
it is divided into four parts, each containing ten chapters. Part one deals with knowledge and the requirements of faith—ritual purity, prayer, charity, fasting, pilgrimage, recitation of the Qurān, and so forth; part two concentrates on people and society—the manners related to eating, marriage, earning a living, and friendship; parts three and four are dedicated to the inner life of the soul and discuss first the vices that people must overcome in themselves and then the virtues that they must strive to achieve….

Finally I cannot but express my pity and pathos towards some ‘modern-Muslims’ who cannot conceive the greatness of these pioneers of the religion and bring new versions of their own which is really unknown to the Muslims of our good old days.
May Allah guide us all to the Truth. Aameen

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

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

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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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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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

Attributes of a Devotee – Habeeb Husain Al Saqaf

This touching Arabic lecture (with English subtitles) by Habeeb Husain Al Saqaaf  speaks about 5 attributes that a devotee should be adorned with. His words, his accent and even his gestures really penetrate the heart and lead us to the spiritual panorama of our great religion.




Traditional Islamic School Fights Terrorism

Islam is based on its rich tradition. For centuries, the mainstream Islamic community has upheld the classic values of the religion and handed over to the next generation. Unfortunately there were forces of deviation through the history trying to sabotage the true Islamic principles. But it is really the divine protection that kept this religion intact. It is obvious that the radical fanatics of modern times has nothing to do with the true Islam and its mainstream population. It is only a handful of urchins whose entire ideology is to reject the blessed tradition of Islam which is widely called Wahhabi Ideology. A lot of online and offline materials are out there to be studied on the subject. The Book “Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think ” has some interesting facts based on a survey conducted in 35 nations that are predominantly Muslim or have significant Muslim populations.
However, Wahhabi leaders of the day started denouncing terrorism upon political pressure since their fatwas and religious discourses as well as their bloody history has already proved otherwise.

Check out this Al Jazeera report on Dar Al Mustafa -a traditional school  in Tarim, Yemen.

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Houses of the Beloved Prophet(PBUH) -Animation

I would like to share this video with you to see the simplicity of the abode of the Greatest Human Being . The Most Blessed Home on the Planet. May Allah bless us all with His Esteemed Company in the Next World, Ameen.

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.