Archive for October, 2009

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“Trick or Treat” or Trick and Deciet?

October 30, 2009

Dr Sumayyah

Unfortunately Muslims often engage in events and activities which are incredibly detrimental to ones faith.  Halloween is one such example.

With the West’s obsession with everything demonic and magical (the “rituals” on MTV and children’s appetite for Harry Potter being but a couple of examples) it is not surprising that Halloween has its roots grounded in superstitious, paganistic beliefs which are totally and utterly alien to Islam.  Halloween is treated as a fun celebration, but in reality it is indeed a deception whose reality is far more darker than first thought.  Halloween originates from the pagan belief innovated by the Saxon and the Irish that the ghouls and ghosts roam about on the 31st of October.  They would regard them as supernatural powers controlling the process of nature.  However this is not all, as Halloween used to have a more sinister edge to it.  Shedding light upon the historical treatment of women in Britain,  which now parades itself as the liberator of the poor, imprisoned, Burka clad women across the world, Khalid Baig writes in his thought-provoking book,

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Rise: Sons of the Ottomans

October 28, 2009

By CoolnessofHind

We are speaking as the grandsons of Ottomans who treated your ancestors [Jews] as guests in this land [Turkey] when they were expelled from Europe

Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Israel on the 2009/09 Gaza attack

For a very long time now, I have sat examining the shift in thought pattern and policy of the latter day Turks.  Having visited Turkey recently, I can say for sure, there is a strong popular support for the current ruling government and deep love for Islam and concern for the Ummah.  Of course, as ever they were the torch-bearers of the Muslim world for over five centuries.  With the likes of the legendary conqueror of Constantinople Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih being the stalwarts of justice, bravery intelligence and upholders of the flag of Islam, the sons of Othman Ghazi (the founder of the “Ottomans”) raised the head of the Muslim world high in the face of major disasters, such as the Crusades and the Tartar Mongol hoards.

After social degradation, militant secular enforcement and a loss of Islamic principles, it seems the “neo-Ottomans” again are showing the Arabs, and the rest of the Muslim world, how Allah (SWT) is the only the Being to be feared; no longer do the Turks wear bangles.  The beginning of something big, has begun.

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Biceps, Triceps and… Takfir!?!?!

October 20, 2009

By Saiful Islam

What happens when you cut the pristine Deen of Islam across some masairs who don’t even know how to do isitinja properly? Mayhem that’s what.  These Mujtahid Mutlaqs* are the last thing this Ummah needs.  As if the Muslims aren’t splintered enough we get a new rising of the Masairiyoon (plural for Masair).  Let me break it down for you:

Masair A is a “Sunni”.  He himself does not know what a “Sunni” is.  Niether has he ever consulted the classical works to find the definition of “Ahlussunnah wa ‘l Jama”.  Nay, this tedious task is far too taxing on the minuscule masair minds. They can barely read the Kalima properly.  What he does know is that Scholar A put a fatwah on Scholar B and since Masair A feels connected to Hadhrat Shaykh Scholar A, he feels he has to defend him. Note, he cannot speak Arabic or Urdu to consult or verify the works, but his best friend who helped him knock out the Masairs in Masairhill told him so and hence that is the undeniable gospel Hujjah (proof) for everything he needs to know and Hujjah to declare everyone who doesn’t agree with them Kaafir.  Hence he is a Mujtahid Mutlaq number 1.

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A Poem: Tides of Time

October 16, 2009

By Saiful Islam

I wrote this over a year ago, I was pretty down on that day, mainly because of the state of affairs of the Ummah.  But the poem has a change of attitude towards the end, inspired from the following Ayah:

“So indeed with hardship there is ease, verily after hardship there is ease.”  (94:5-6)

I am not much of poet, in fact I’m far from it!  If you understand it, then you’ll know the feeling. If you don’t then, urm well you don’t…

The Tides of Time

The battle of the riches and hegemony,
Continue to rage with unabated ferocity.
Despondence and despair are the states of mind,
Sadness and anger are the emotions one finds.

We are the shards of a shattered community,
Trying to bring the pieces back into unity,
The mind behind the hands are being gashed,
Every attempt made, away it is washed…

… By those whom affirm loyalty by the tongue,
Yet the Voices of Inspiration they have strung.
Deeper into darkness the community spears,
The external parties continue to prey on their fears,

But the community will stand firm with Belief, [Insha’Allah]
In the One Who Sees all suffering and grief,
For they know that after every suffering and trial,
Exists a reward, lightening sad faces with a smile.


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The Unique Muslim in the West

October 9, 2009

By CoolnessofHind

In an age where “scholars” compromise there own understanding of Islam for the sake of external influences, it is sometimes important to stop and think about where one’s understanding of Islam is heading and how one fits in society.  It is important to understand the responsibility of a Muslim within the Western social contruct and one’s level of adherence to the Deen.

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Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak about Imam Abu Hanifa

October 5, 2009

By Saiful Islam

May Allah (SWT) have Mercy upon them both! Reading the lives of the pious scholars nourishes and enriches the souls so much subhanAllah… more so than the  “nasheeds” of today! 😉

Imam Ibn Mubarak Rahimahullah was undoubtedly one of the greatest men of his day.  A contemporary of the famous Faqih and Imam, Nu’man bin Thabit Abu Hanifa Rahimahullah, he was pious ascetic, Hanafi scholar and Mujahid who would teach for 6 months, and wage Jihad for the sake of Allah (SWT) on the borders for the remaining 6 months of the year, thus attaining the best of deeds throughout the year.  He is known as one of the few scholars who avoided any scholarly criticism about himself whatsoever.  The behaviour of such scholars was exemplary, and nothing demonstrates this fact more than how such scholars would talk about one another.  His words for his teacher, Imam Abu Hanifa Rahimahullah are a case in point.

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Ya Ahl Al-Jannah!!!

October 2, 2009

An old video presentation with translation of the classical poem by Imam Ibn Qayim al-Jawziyyah Rahimahullah.  A deeply spiritual and uplifting presentation: