Archive for April, 2010

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The Veil – A symbol of Western Oppression

April 30, 2010

By Saiful Islam

Western oppression?  The veil is not imposed by the West! I hear people say.  That’s right, the West does not impose the wearing of the veil.  The free and “civil” West promotes its liberty by stripping their women and plastering them on massive billboards, rendering them into a commodity and tool to be abused by the capitalist system of exploitation.

Belgium of course is at the forefront of this “imposition” of removing the “symbol of oppression” as certain MPs called it.  The lower house of the Belgian parliament have passed legislation which will ban the wearing of the veil in public places.

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Suddenly It Came

April 24, 2010

By Saiful Islam

Imagine the following.

You are at the peak of your life.  You have everything.  Wealth, women, the works.  You have your badboy car, with 20inch spinner wheels and a b-box the size of the entire boot.  You’re “living” it.  You go chill with your mates at a “gig” impressing the gals with your ultra tight top and flexing the “juiced” muscles.

Then, all of a sudden, your vision becomes all hazy as though your dehydrated.  You feel unstabilisingly dizzy and the scenery around you becomes the bane of your vision and thus your sense of reality.  Your body then shuts itself down and you collapse to the floor in a heap of carbon and water.

You then wake up in hospital and recieve some news.  You have been diagnosed with a cancer which has reached the stage where it cannot be cured.  One month. You have only one month to live.

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Imam Bukhari’s Criteria for Preserving Hadith

April 18, 2010

By Saiful Islam

Islam has the unique attribute of preserving the sayings of the Prophet Sall-Allahu  alayhi wa sallam in an ultra-refined science.  The Hadith act as the secondary source of guidance for Muslims and are an instrinsic part of our Islamic understanding (Fiqh).  Without Hadith, the intrinsic preservation and development of principles (Usuls) to protect the Hadith, Islam would have failed to flourish as it has done over the past 1400 years and instead would have headed into infinte and dark abyss of reformations and “enlightenments” developed by the flawed cognitions of mankind.

To truly grasp the extremely high levels of rigourousness in preserving Hadith, one would have to spend several years traditionally sitting at the feet of the scholars and studying day and night the mountainous science of Hadith.

However for a taster the quote below about incident with the great Muhaddith, the scholar, and the author of the most authentic Hadith collection, Imam Muhammad bin Ismaeel al-Bukhari.  A man who developed a yearning to learn Hadith went to the great Imam al-Bukhari (May Allah (SWT) have mercy on him) and explained to him his intentions.  Imam al-Bukhari thus advised:

“Son, before you set out to pursue any field, make sure you are well-grounded with its prerequisites and demands.  And remember that a person cannot become a perfect scholar in the science of Hadith [muhaddith] until and unless he writes four things with four other things, which are indispensable as four things, which resemble four other things.  (He must write these things) in four times, with four conditions, in four places, upon four things, from four types of people, and for four objectives. All of these four-angled things can only be achieved with four things coupled with another four things.  Once all of these things have been achieved, four things will become insignificant for him and he will be tried with four other things.  If he exercises patience in these four trials, Allah (SWT) will honour will with four things in this world and award him four things in the hereafter.”

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Why “Prevent-Funded” Organisations Need to be “Prevented”

April 9, 2010

By CoolnessofHind

Having written on Campusalam and then two subsequent posts on goverment funded organisations, I was asked by a friend as to why the Prevent scheme was looked at by Muslims incredulously and suspiciously.

In the previous blog I reserved judgment on Campusalam; I clearly mentioned, “I’ll let the facts speak for themsleves.”  Without doubt Campusalam is a Prevent product; but I will not reserve my opinion of the Prevent agenda, from which Campusalam and many other organisations are born out of.

So what is wrong with Prevent and why should we be doing our own “preventing” of Prevent-funded organisations?  Apart from being in line with Quilliam Foundation thinking (which in itself is sufficient to discredit the scheme) it is a blueprint for the law enforcement agencies to view every practising Muslim as an extremist, impose the Government’s own, reformationist version of Islam, and at the same time allow the Government to neatly side-step the dark issue of foreign policy being the real root cause of legitmate Muslim anguish.

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