Thursday, September 30, 2010

Daily Q&A 20th Shawwaal 1431

Question and Answer:


Q. Could you kindly advise me on the disposal of interest funds? I know that it is Haraam to give and receive interest. But how do I get rid of it?


A. The Ifta Committee of the Jamiatul Ulama – Natal has reached the following resolution on the disposal of interest funds:

1) It is not permissible for any Muslim or Muslim organisation to keep money in an interest bearing account for the purposes of collecting interest.

2) If interest has been collected incidentally and not deliberately then one should not delay in disposing the interest.

3) A wealthy Muslim may not derive any benefit from interest money.

4) It is unanimously accepted that interest money should be given to the poor and needy without the intention of sadaqah-charity, but rather intending disposal of haraam money.

5) Some Ulama have allowed the use of interest money for public amenities, i.e. that which the general public is allowed to use, e.g. public roads and public hospitals.

6) A deserving Muslim or Muslim organisation should be given preference over a non-Muslim  or non-Muslim organization

 

And Allah Knows Best



The Problem of the Newly Muslim...Good One to Read

 The problem of the newly Muslim

 

I call them the newly Muslim to distinguish them from those who have reverted to Islam from some other religion. These are the brothers and sisters who have newly discovered the fact that they are Muslim. Alhamdulillah. They emerged from pubs and discos and entered the masaajid. They sat and listened to lectures of Ulama and Da’aiyaa of Islam; became very conscious of the stark contrast between their previous life and what their religion prescribes. They made tawba and Insha’Allah entered the Mercy of Allah and His Forgiveness.  

Naturally this was very alarming for Shaytaan who watched helplessly as they moved out of his circle of influence and entered the circle of influence of people of taqwa. So he said to them, ‘You are sooooo good. Now see these other Muslims. See that sister over there? She has no hijaab. See that brother who has no beard. See that one whose trouser is below his ankle – surely that ankle is in the Hellfire (don’t you remember what the Khateeb said in Juma?). So what should you be doing?’ Our newly Muslim brother immediately goes to him and says, ‘Excuse me brother, your clothes are Haraam. Your Salah is not accepted and your ankle will be in the Hellfire.’  

Then Shaytaan comes again and says, ‘How can they take the time for breaking the fast from Al Azhar in Egypt? They are not Hanafi. They raise their hands in Rafayadain and say Ameen loudly and say that the Salah is not valid without reciting Sura Al Fatiha even if you are praying behind the Imaam.’  

Hesitantly the reminding angel pipes in, ‘But there are Saheeh Ahadith to prove all of these things. And denying a Saheeh Hadith is like denying the Qur’an and you know what that means.’ 

‘Ah! We are Hanafi. We follow Imaam Abu Haneefa and that’s all that we need to do.’ (Of course the Shawaafai and others use the same argument with just a change in name). 

Then Shaytaan says, ‘See, your Salah is superior to the Salah of these people. Let them pray or do anything. Their deeds are not accepted by Allah.’ And our newly Muslim brother preens in glory and walks around with a halo around his stupid head. 

I don’t think I need to describe this anymore because we are all too familiar with this phenomenon of the newly Muslim. Sadly our Ummah is besieged on the one hand by those who want to change the Shari’ah and call that being ‘Progressive’, ‘Modern’, ‘Moderate’, Medium Strength’, Lite and so on. And on the other hand we have these ‘Muftis’ –  Muft kay Ulama – those who think they are Ulama and confuse good intention with knowledge and go around pronouncing disaster on others as if they have a direct line to Allah.

I am reminded of the Hadith of Rasoolullah (SAS) when he was distributing the Ghaneema after the battle of Hunain. A man came to him and said, ‘Ya Muhammad, E’edil’. (O Muhammad, do justice). Rasoolullah (SAS) said, ‘Subhan’Allah, if I don’t do justice, who will?’ The Sahaba who were with Rasoolullah (SAS) drew their swords but Rasoolullah (SAS) stopped them. He said, ‘Where there is one like this, there will be more. These are people whose Imaan leaves them as an arrow goes through a target. There is no sign of blood on the head or the binding or the shaft.’  

The reason I mention this is because Shaytaan has many ways of dealing with those who want to leave his clutches. He either gets them to try to change Islam or he makes them believe that Islam is alive only because of them and their efforts; as a result of which they fall into the major sin of Kibr (arrogance) and all their deeds are wiped out. That is why the Salaf placed so much importance on Tarbiyya. There is the famous story of Ebrahim bin Adhem who was the king of Balkh in Afghanistan. When he decided to leave his kingdom in search of knowledge, he went to his Shaikh who made him sleep and live in the stables with his horses for 12 years in order to enable him to conquer his arrogance. Without this preparation, he said, Islamic knowledge would not enter his heart. The result of the Tarbiyya was a man the world knows as one of the most famous Ulama and Awlia of the Salaf. 

It is essential today for the newly Muslim to first focus on themselves and work on their own ego and ignorance and correct them before launching off on changing the world. Otherwise their actions are likely to do more harm than good. Some of them start heavy handed impositions on their families – mostly those who have not achieved anything in life and have been feeling discarded and now use Islam as a convenient stick to beat everyone else over the head with and thereby feel somewhat significant. So they start imposing the Deen and quote all the ahadith which emphasize the rights of the husband while conveniently forgetting to mention those which speak about the duties of the husband. This is basically a lack of integrity and a sign of an inferiority complex. Someone came to me the other day and said, ‘My husband says that I can’t pray nawaafil without his permission.’ I told her, ‘Ask him how many times Rasoolullah (SAS) prevented his wives from praying nawaafil.’ What an amazingly insane thing to do; preventing your wife from praying! Is this what Islam is about? But this is a common newly Muslim malady. And the cause of a lot of bad name to Islam because of the foolishness and egotistical shenanigans of the newly Muslims. 

Muslims must focus on gaining knowledge, controlling their ego, acquiring humility and understanding the importance of teachers. They must approach their teachers with the intention to learn and understand that when a teacher corrects them it is for their own good. This was the way of the Sahaba and the Salaf us Saliheen. Without adab (respect for the teacher and for learning) knowledge will not benefit no matter how much you may acquire. The dua of the teacher is critical in acquiring knowledge and if one does not have that, then one is a loser. That is our choice – to be winners of losers. Let’s make it well.

Your Brother in Islam.........

 

 




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Al-Khilaaf (Disagreements); Its Effects and its Cures

 

All praises and salutations of my Lord are upon you, my Master, Messenger of Allah and upon your Family and Companions, and those who are guided by the light of your Sunnah until the Day of Judgment.

 

"…There is no doubt that disagreements are the greatest form of calamities. They are one of the causes that waste efforts and one of the many causes of neglecting the truth. The disagreements that occur between the various Islamic Jamee'aat (organizations) and Maraakiz (centers) harmfully affect the call to Islam. The only way for them to obtain success in their pursuits in calling to Islam is to work collectively on a goal that strengthens Islam and safeguards the Muslims. It is a must that every Jamee'ah (organization), every Markaz (center), and every Jamaa'ah (group) that desires the hereafter cooperate upon piety and righteousness while performing such acts sincerely for Allah. They must pay attention to aiding the religion of Allah until they are all united upon the truth based on the statement of the Most High: {And cooperate on piety and righteousness.} al-Maa'idah: 2…"

"…My advice to the Du'aat is that they do good deeds for Allah alone and that they cooperate on piety and righteousness. And that they agree to arbitration by way of the Book and the Sunnah for whatever arguments that may appear amongst them. Allah the Most High says: {If any of you fall into disputes then refer them back to Allah and the Messenger. That is if you truly believe in Allah and the Final Day. That is good and better for you.} an-Nisaa'a: 59

This will unite their goals and combine their efforts in seeking Tawfeeq (success). And they must warn from following desires. Allah the Mighty and Majestic says: {If they do not respond to you then know that they only follow their desires. Who is more astray than the one who follows his desires without guidance from Allah?} al-Qasas: 50

And the Mighty and Majestic says while addressing His Prophet and His Messenger Daawud, peace be upon him: {O Daawud, indeed We have made you as a Khaleefah (one who will be replaced with another) upon the earth so rule the people by following the truth and do not follow desires as desires will misguide you from the path of Allah.} Saad: 26…"

 



The World's Biggest Banana Republic

 

The World's Biggest Banana Republic
 
MAIN STREET
We are the world's biggest Banana Republic
Shobhan Saxena
TIMES OF INDIA
23 September 2010,
 
A couple of days ago, a Scottish delegate got a shock of his life when he saw a dog shitting on a bed inside a 'swanky' apartment at the Commonwealth Games village in Delhi. The Scotsman clicked a photo of the dog, and now the picture is part of the evidence submitted by the Scottish delegation to the Organising Committee to prove that the multi-million dollar village is not "fit for human habitation". In the past few days, foreign TV crews and photographers have been busy chasing and clicking photos of dogs – peeing and shitting in the apartments, running on practice tracks, jumping into swimming pools and sleeping under the police cars and other vehicles parked at Games sites and venues. The foreigners are horrified – and scared to death – by the sight of street dogs running wild in the "sanitized areas". For them, it's a sign that India is not ready for the Games and the infrastructure here is not "world class".
 
Now, there is no doubt that India's carefully created, and airbrushed, image of an 'emerging superpower' and the 'second-fastest growing economy' in the world rots in the piles of rubbish. The myth of 'India Shining' (BJP's slogan) and 'India Rising' (the Congress' slogan) has been busted. We have proved to the world – and to ourselves as well – that we are a third world banana republic which is sinking into a bottomless pit.
 
I am not worried about the mismanagement at the Games sites. We shouldn't have organized the Games at all. The country which in 63 years of independence hasn't been able to provide proper living houses, clean drinking water, uninterrupted electricity, fulltime jobs, healthy food, clean air and free education to all its citizens despite spending trillions of dollars, how did you expect the same country to pull off an international sporting event without it sinking into the slime and grime of corruption and bad governance.
 
I am not justifying corruption, but it's a fact that graft is part and parcel of capitalism, though the level differs from country to country. This has been proved by western politicians and Wall Street bankers in the past couple of years. In the US, the bankers and financial giants robbed the American people, mostly the middle and working-class, clean and then declared themselves bankrupt, and they were bailed out by the American government with public money. This was the world's biggest daylight robbery. And no one, except Michael Moore, raised the red flag.
 
In the US, this brazen act of corruption made thousands of houses go under water and millions became jobless, but in India something more sinister and dark has been happening in the garb of the Games. In the past two years or so, the governments of this country and this city have launched a full-scale war on the poor. Millions of poor people from the country's dustbowls have been brought here to work at the Games' construction sites. They have been slogging day and night at the venues and living like animals under plastic sheets, sleeping on wet ground and eating filthy food.  That food is just about enough to keep their body and soul together so that they can build the glass and chrome buildings and showcase India Shining to the world.
 
In 21st century India, the street dogs are luckier than the poor. The dogs make news for shitting on expensive beds and the poor workers go to snake-infested swamps to take a leak at night, get bitten and die and not a soul is stirred.
 
On one hand the government has brought these people from poverty-ravaged villages to work on its corruption-tainted buildings, and on the other hand lakhs of hard-working but poor people have been thrown out of the city so that the foreigners coming here for the Games do not see the ugly, dirty side of India. Thousands of people living in Yamuna Pushta area were plucked from their houses and dumped on a wasteland in Haryana. Beggars were packed off earlier. Now, the police are scanning the slums of Delhi and Gurgaon and people are being forced to board trains back to their villages. These people have been living and working here for years and suddenly they have been asked to leave. The government doesn't want any filth in the city during the Games. It's putting bamboo screens in front of the slums.
 
But, now the filth is out in the open. The mismanagement and corruption has been exposed by the photos of dirty, filthy and unhygienic apartments at the Games village. And guess who gets blamed for it. Not the politicians or babus or contractors but the poor workers at the site.  And when 27 workers got injured on Wednesday, when the footbridge near the JL Nehru stadium collapsed, they were herded like animals into private vehicles and dumped at a sarkari hospital. No ambulance for them, no post-recovery package for them. Just Rs 50,000 in damages for broken legs, cracked heads and damaged spinal chords.
 
And, to hide the accident near the Nehru stadium, the area was cordoned off and cops in full riot gear were stationed so that ordinary people and media and foreigners can't get anywhere near the site and see one more horrendous accident. Suddenly, the government has one solution for every problem across the country: post heavily-armed police and paramilitary men at the scene of a "disturbance" and give them license to shoot at will. It happens everyday in Srinagar. It's happening everyday in the jungles of Chhattisgarh. It's happening in the villages of West Bengal. It's happening in the villages of UP. Now, with Ayodhya verdict round the corner, the temple town is being turned into a fortress with men in khaki swarming over it.
 
These are symptoms of a failed state. We are catching up with Pakistan. We make tall claims about growth, but we treat out poor worse than animals. We aspire to be world power, but we can't even provide drinking water to all our citizens. We claim to be world's biggest democracy, but we 'solve' all our social and political problems with loaded guns in hand. It's time we accepted that we are a banana republic and we are going to the dogs.



Message to Muslims: I’m Sorry

Accepted with humility ..... How about you, Newt?
 

OP-ED COLUMNIST

Message to Muslims: I'm Sorry

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

 Published: September 18, 2010

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Many Americans have suggested that more moderate Muslims should stand up to extremists, speak out for tolerance, and apologize for sins committed by their brethren.

 

That's reasonable advice, and as a moderate myself, I'm going to take it. (Throat clearing.)

 

I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you. The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you. Muslims are one of the last minorities in the United States that it is still possible to demean openly, and I apologize for the slurs.

 

I'm inspired by another journalistic apology. The Portland Press Herald in Maine published an innocuous front-page article and photo a week ago about 3,000 local Muslims praying together to mark the end of Ramadan. Readers were upset, because publication coincided with the ninth anniversary of 9/11, and they deluged the paper with protests.

So the newspaper published a groveling front-page apologyfor being too respectful of Muslims. "We sincerely apologize," wrote the editor and publisher, Richard Connor, and he added: "we erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front page." As a blog by James Poniewozik of Time paraphrased it: "Sorry for Portraying Muslims as Human."

I called Mr. Connor, and he seems like a nice guy. Surely his front page isn't reserved for stories about Bad Muslims, with articles about Good Muslims going inside. Must coverage of law-abiding Muslims be "balanced" by a discussion of Muslim terrorists?

Ah, balance — who can be against that? But should reporting of Pope Benedict's trip to Britain be "balanced" by a discussion of Catholic terrorists in Ireland? And what about journalism itself?

I interrupt this discussion of peaceful journalism in Maine to provide some "balance." Journalists can also be terrorists, murderers and rapists. For example, radio journalists in Rwanda promoted genocide.

I apologize to Muslims for another reason. This isn't about them, but about us. I want to defend Muslims from intolerance, but I also want to defend America against extremists engineering a spasm of religious hatred.

Granted, the reason for the nastiness isn't hard to understand. Extremist Muslims have led to fear and repugnance toward Islam as a whole. Threats by Muslim crazies just in the last few days forced a Seattle cartoonist, Molly Norris, to go into hiding after she drew a cartoon about Muhammad that went viral.

And then there's 9/11. When I recently compared today's prejudice toward Muslims to the historical bigotry toward Catholics, Mormons, Jews and Asian-Americans, many readers protested that it was a false parallel. As one, Carla, put it on my blog: "Catholics and Jews did not come here and kill thousands of people."

That's true, but Japanese did attack Pearl Harbor and in the end killed far more Americans than Al Qaeda ever did. Consumed by our fears, we lumped together anyone of Japanese ancestry and rounded them up in internment camps. The threat was real, but so were the hysteria and the overreaction.

Radicals tend to empower radicals, creating a gulf of mutual misunderstanding and anger. Many Americans believe that Osama bin Laden is representative of Muslims, and many Afghans believe that the Rev. Terry Jones (who talked about burning Korans) is representative of Christians.

Many Americans honestly believe that Muslims are prone to violence, but humans are too complicated and diverse to lump into groups that we form invidious conclusions about. We've mostly learned that about blacks, Jews and other groups that suffered historic discrimination, but it's still O.K. to make sweeping statements about "Muslims" as an undifferentiated mass.

In my travels, I've seen some of the worst of Islam: theocratic mullahs oppressing people in Iran; girls kept out of school in Afghanistan in the name of religion; girls subjected to genital mutilation in Africa in the name of Islam; warlords in Yemen and Sudan who wield AK-47s and claim to be doing God's bidding.

But I've also seen the exact opposite: Muslim aid workers in Afghanistan who risk their lives to educate girls; a Pakistani imam who shelters rape victims; Muslim leaders who campaign against female genital mutilation and note that it is not really an Islamic practice; Pakistani Muslims who stand up for oppressed Christians and Hindus; and above all, the innumerable Muslim aid workers in Congo, Darfur, Bangladesh and so many other parts of the world who are inspired by the Koran to risk their lives to help others. Those Muslims have helped keep me alive, and they set a standard of compassion, peacefulness and altruism that we should all emulate.

I'm sickened when I hear such gentle souls lumped in with Qaeda terrorists, and when I hear the faith they hold sacred excoriated and mocked. To them and to others smeared, I apologize.

I invite you to comment on this column on my blog, On the Ground. Please also join me on Facebook, watch my YouTube videos videos and follow me on Twitter.

 

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Recap ...

 

On Denouncing by the Moderates

 

"Where has all the sensitivity gone among those who have called for sensitivity in the blocks around ground zero? Will Sarah Palin grace us a tweet against this bonfire of the inanities? Will Newt Gingrich?

are there any moderate Christians left among the chattering conservatives in the Republican Party? Is it really that hard for Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich to denounce the crankpot plans of a crankpot church whose core proclamation seems to be that "Islam is of the devil?"

 

The Nazis were not Christians" will not cut it.  Neither will "the terrorists were not Muslims."  calls for moderates to denounce religiously inspired violence go both ways.

 

Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," in his article 'Will moderate Christians fiddle as Qurans burn?' 9/7/2101 http://religion.blogs.cnn.com

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On Broad Brushing

 

Radicals tend to empower radicals, creating a gulf of mutual misunderstanding and anger. Many Americans believe that Osama bin Laden is representative of Muslims, and many Afghans believe that the Rev. Terry Jones (who talked about burning Korans) is representative of Christians.

 

And then there's 9/11. When I recently compared today's prejudice toward Muslims to the historical bigotry toward Catholics, Mormons, Jews and Asian-Americans, many readers protested that it was a false parallel. As one, Carla, put it on my blog: "Catholics and Jews did not come here and kill thousands of people."

That's true, but Japanese did attack Pearl Harbor and in the end killed far more Americans than Al Qaeda ever did. Consumed by our fears, we lumped together anyone of Japanese ancestry and rounded them up in internment camps. The threat was real, but so were the hysteria and the overreaction.

 

We've mostly learned that about blacks, Jews and other groups that suffered historic discrimination, but it's still O.K. to make sweeping statements about "Muslims" as an undifferentiated mass.

 

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF of NY in his oped to NY Times, 'Message to Muslims: I'm Sorry' 9/18/2101


On Balance

 

Surely his front page isn't reserved for stories about Bad Muslims, with articles about Good Muslims going inside. Must coverage of law-abiding Muslims be "balanced" by a discussion of Muslim terrorists?

Ah, balance — who can be against that? But should reporting of Pope Benedict's trip to Britain be "balanced" by a discussion of Catholic terrorists in Ireland? And what about journalism itself?

 

I interrupt this discussion of peaceful journalism in Maine to provide some "balance." Journalists can also be terrorists, murderers and rapists. For example, radio journalists in Rwanda promoted genocide."

 

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF of NY Times in response to:

 

The Portland Press Herald has apologized to its readers for publishing images of Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, which this year coincided with the 9/11 anniversary. Among the outrageous statements that the accompanying article made: that Portland-era Muslims met to mark the end of the month-long holy fast, that they made a traditional call for charity, and that children played soccer.

 

This was the apology:
The Portland Press Herald has apologized to its readers for publishing images of Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, which this year coincided with the 9/11 anniversary. Among the outrageous statements that the accompanying article made: that Portland-era Muslims met to mark the end of the month-long holy fast, that they made a traditional call for charity, and that children played soccer.

 



"Believe It Or Not But Islamic Religion Is The Only Religion Which Has No Hidden Secrets" - Shahid Kapur



"Believe It Or Not But Islamic Religion Is The Only Religion Which Has No Hidden Secrets" - Shahid Kapur


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September 6, 2010 : Ironically speaking Shahid Kapur not only happens to be the product of a broken home, his parents Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azim having parted ways long ago on differences of opinion, but also a victim of culture clashes and religious divides of Islamic and Hinduism.

But when questioned about this he emphatically retorts, "No I was not at all affected by their separation neither am I a victim of culture clashes or the religious divides of Islamic and Hinduism. For the simple reason that right since my childhood I have always considered myself as a typical Muslim as my mom Neelima Azim and my Nanihal's {Maternal ancestors} Islamic influence has been too strong and too powerful enough to cause any other religious diversion in my mind." And when SHAHEEN RAAJ asked SHAHID KAPOOR to share his views and opinions about 'Ramzan' and 'Religion' he readily agreed with an instant reaction of just one word, "Shoot".


1. To begin with how about revealing the secrets of your own religious beliefs?

Come on! What kind of secrets are you talking about? Religion can never be a secret. All religions may not be like open books yet believe it or not but Islamic religion is the only religion, which has no hidden secrets. All its basic tenets and principals are clearly mentioned in the holy book - 'The Koran'. Not only this it is not necessary for a person to know Arabic, he can read and learn to recite it in any language that he can easily understand. But the most important fact is that any person practicing Islamic religion or any other person who chooses to embrace Islam should have a complete faith in 'Allah' and above all in the preaching's of Islam as propagated and prophesized by Prophet Mohammed, may peace be upon him. So to answer your hidden query kindly note that Shahid Kapoor is a typical Muslim, a sachha musaalmaan (True blue Muslim) with his 'Imaan' (Faith) intact, his 'Aamaal' (Worship) as regular as possible.

2. Ok! Now we know that you are a typical Muslim at heart. So tell us how do you observe the holy month of 'Ramzan'?

Before I speak about my way of observing the Holy month of 'Ramzan' I would like state that in my childhood when my mom and the maulavi (Priest), who used to come everyday to teach me to read and recite 'The Koran', failed to do so I was myself deeply troubled as to why I could not pick up the flow of at least reading the Arabic and the Urdu language? But try as I might I too failed. Even my friends were fed up of me when I used pester them to teach me to read 'The Koran'. Finally I spoke to my 'Allah' directly through my Prayers at night, tendered my apology and from next day onwards I started reading and reciting 'The Koran' in English language. It really helped me a lot. And now I am proud to admit that I know all the most important 'Suras' and 'Aayats' (Koranic Verses) by heart. Then I also learnt to say my 'Namaaz' (Prayers) in the same way. Coming to this month of the Holy Ramzan, yes in spite of facing all the tragic situations of my personal life I am not allowing myself to neglect my religious duties and responsibilities. I don't find it difficult at all to observe all my 5 times 'Farz Namaaz'. I am also keeping all my fasts, till today I have not missed a single fast. That apart since my mom has left (She got married again) us I am also looking after my younger brother Sameer. Yeah! He is a bit lazy so I have to literally be after him. But this has also enlightened me with the fact that religion should always be practiced out of one's own choice and never forced upon anyone.

3. Lekin 'Namaaz' (Prayer) aur 'Roze' (Fast) ke alawa (Besides).......?

Yeah! I know. Till my mom left she used to take care of the 'Zakaat' (2.5pc of one's income to be disbursed among the needful widows) and the 'Fitra' (Protection of life and its longevity) but I think I am totally illiterate in this regard. So what I do is try to do daily 'Khairaat' (Giving alms to the poor and the needy) feed and help out as many needy and poor people as I can. But next year I shall see to it that I do things in a properly concerned manner and of course in consultation with a highly knowledgeable and a perfectly qualified Maulana (Priest). Till then if I have committed any sin knowingly or even unknowingly I pray to god for forgiveness.

Can a Muslim women go to work

assalaamualaikum...
                                     there has been a doubt whether  women pursuing higher education and working in an environment where men  also do ... we were told that seeing ,, talking to strangers or even  raising our voices infront of them is haraam.. then how could women  manage those situations..?   daily we are supposed to speak to many a  persons like an auto driver, college lecturer,vendors,, ofcurse there it  is necessary and we will end our conversation with two to three  dialogues.. but when it comes to a job, where we have to be in constant  touch with our team leaders or our peers, is that permissible to talk??  even it is out of our necessity only we do speak.. now a days many  companies have strict dress code.. managing hijaab just upto our  dressing is not a major problem.. but the other  aspects of hijaab like  not getting into other`s notice,, not speaking ,,,and more over doing  the nafil acts of worships are what i`m concerned about.  WOMEN ARE NOT  GIVEN THE RIGHT TO WORK OUTSIDE THEIR HOME... how far it is true..? if  this is the case infact,, how come muslim women be an example to show   that they even have their liberty and not oppressed,, they even can  reach greater heights in every field. all these questions come into  picture only when women should go out of her home and work.. but when  things become critical and her financial status is not upto the mark and  when she has to take the responsibility of her family.. she may have no  other option other than this , as far as i know..  please clarify my doubts so that i can decide whether to pursue higher  education or go for a job or  simply sit at home and confine myself to  four walls....  Answer:  wa alaikum salaam  three issues:  1.Women's primary duty: the upbringing of children and the creation of a  home that is conducive to a beautiful life.  Men's primary duty: providing for the family materially.  Once the primary duty is taken care of properly, neither the man nor the  woman is prevented from undertaking any other work provided it is in  keeping with the Shari'ah.  2.In the course of work and for the purpose of work, women are permitted  to interact with men. For example a lady doctor is allowed to interact  with hospital staff. How else can she work? So also women in any such  situation as you have described i.e. shopkeepers, drivers, teachers,  students and so on. The condition is that the interaction is for work  and not socializing, friendship, flirting and so on. In the work context  you can talk, instruct, take instructions, make presentations and so on.  But not hang out in the cafeteria, or similar situations which have  nothing to do with work.  Women can also work in an all women environment as in a research lab or  similar occupation. Or in today's hitec environment, they can choose to  work from home. The question is; 'What is more important? Pleasing Allah  or doing what we wish?' There are always alternatives for those who want  to find them.  Today we want to send our daughters out to work in the night in call  centers in a totally unislamic environment which is highly unacceptable.  Allah is the raaziq and will provide from halal sources if we wait  patiently. One must be concerned about the safeguarding of our Imaan,  Taqwa and Haya just as we are worried about our material and financial  situation; and actually even more. Muslims seem to have forgotten this  today.  3.Oppression is not what the kaafir system defines it to be. Oppression  is to disobey Allah because by that you are denying Allah's right to  make the law and are insisting on imposing your own law on top of the  law of Allah. As for going out to work if this is a dire necessity then  it is permitted. But the same rules of dress and behavior code apply.  Going out to work in order to practice your specialized learning and  training - as in case you are a scientist - or to work in areas where  you are also doing service in addition to making money - as in teaching,  medicine, social work - is permitted and commendable. But going out to  work simply to make money especially when it may not be a dire need and  that too working in environments which are a danger to your Imaan and  Taqwa is not permissible.  It is like someone asking, 'Can I walk through a forest which has lions  in it, in order to go to work in a village on the other side? Everyday I  face the risk of death.' What would you answer?  In this case, the risk of losing your Imaan is far more serious than the  risk of being eaten by lions. Unfortunately we Muslims don't seem to see  this risk in the same context and don't recognize the danger. This  proves my point about the insidious effect of society and its evils on  our Imaan and Taqwa, where the disobedience of Allah is made to look  like a 'small' thing.  May Allah guide us to do what is pleasing to Him.  Was salaam  

Wasim bhai's article



Wasim sahib's article is below which he sent to the group. It ends with the desire to regain our former glory - to quote: 'VISION: The students coming out of our Colleges and Universities should have Qur’an in the right hand, most modern scientific and technological advancements in the left hand and the crown of Laa Ilaah on the forehead. So that the Muslims regain the same glorious status of founders and promoters of science and technology as they did during the ascendance of their civilization.'

 

The problem that I see is with this 'return to the former' perspective. When Muslims ruled, especially this country (India), they DID NOT HAVE the Qur’an in their right, left or any hand; they did not have technological advancements in the other hand and they certainly DID NOT HAVE La Ilaah on their forehead. They had political and military power. Pure and simple. They had a powerful army and they had the cooperation of various Hindu Rajas who had no problem about selling their own people down the drain for their personal gain. The crown of Muslim rule was the rule of Akbar who declared himself to be a Nabi and founded a new religion in opposition to Islam. His grandson spent his time, energy and fortune on building a tomb. Even his much maligned great grandson Aurangzeb, in an attempt to recoup from his father’s spending, went to war against the Muslim kingdoms of Bijapur and Deccan who were wealthy and had an army which was known to have the largest number of Maratha and Rajput Hindu Mansabdars (commanders) of any Moghal Emperor. His Commander in Chief was the Hindu Rajput Kachawa Prince Man Singh of Jaipur (a nephew of Aurangzeb). These wars which bankrupted the state and were fought by Hindu armies against Muslim rulers (at least in the two instances quoted) were billed for public consumption as fighting jihad. So which Qur’an in the right hand etc. etc. are we talking about?

 

The loud talk about scientists of Muslim Spain and their scientific discoveries that we hear about during the Umayyad and Abbasi Khilafaat must be tempered with the fact that many of the scientists whose pictures we trot out today with beards and turbans, as our answer to our present state of technological depression, had been pronounced Kaafir for their scientific efforts and writings in their own day. Qur’an in the right hand et al was far from fact. Once again the ascent of the Umayyad and Abbasi Khilafaat was the result of military power in a vacuum created by the fall of the Persian and Roman Empires. As far as Islam is concerned except for Omar bin Abdul Aziz and Haroon Rasheed ask why it is that we never hear of anyone else in more than 1000 years of rule as being exemplary Muslims? Not so difficult to understand if we are prepared to take an objective, unemotional and non-mythological view of the Post Khulafa Ar Raashida era which started with an unprecedented massacre of Sahaba which devastated this Ummah and deprived it from the most valuable of all knowledge - the knowledge of those who learnt Islam at the feet of Rasoolullah (SAS). What goodness did we expect to get from a monarchical system which destroyed the Khilaafatur Raashida and slaughtered the Sahaba such that there was no Adhaan or Salah in Al Masjid An Nabawi for 3 days? And remember it was Muslims who did all this. The fact that today we don’t even want to talk about this period and are quick to make all sorts of excuses shows that we are not ready to learn from our own history. We forget that the fundamental rules of life don’t change for the deliberately blind. Nations which refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Our internal divisions destroyed us and our internal divisions continue unabated.

 

So this whole business of 'returning' is a fantasy that does not fit the actual history of our demise. What we need to do is to create a new identity which fits this model :-

 

The crown of La Ilaha Ill-Allahu Muhammadur Rasoolullahi on our head, the Qur’an in the right hand, Hadith in the Left hand and our feet on the road to global leadership.

 

To clarify for those who may still not get it, we need the whole Kalima, not a piece of it and we need the whole Deen, not only the Qur’an.

 

So who's ready to create these new Muslims? Grounded in their religion, focused on giving the best of their efforts to the whole world so that everyone and everything on this planet will be grateful that they are the leaders.

 

PS: Knowing Sir Syed's own ideological underpinnings, if I attempt to read more into his use of the abbreviated form of the Kalima Tayyiba or literally translate the piece he used in his vision, I must be forgiven. (Laa Ilaah means 'No God'). And I know enough Urdu and the use of abbreviations including the use of this phrase in Iqbaaliyaat – so I don’t need a lecture on that. I know what I am saying here and why.

 

Khayaalaat Ka Ek Murattab Nezaam

My most respected and beloved ustaaz, Maulana Muhammad ‘Inayatullah Asad Subhani Saheb, is among the eminent ‘Ulama. Studying and teaching Qur’an is his passion. In Jami‘atul Falah we waited for him for many years before he returned from Saudi Arabia to teach us. What I admire the most in him is the fact that he writes what he thinks is right. And he does so fearlessly. He is the symbol of a very good teacher who has special relationship with his students – beyond the classrooms. He has been an inspiration for many among us. When a situation was created in Jami‘atul Falah because of which he had to leave – due to holding a different view on certain issues – we were not happy.

 

I came across a write-up of Maulana ‘Inayatullahi Subhani Saheb in the monthly Rafeequ-e-Manzil of January 2010 (pages 7-10). It addresses the cadre of Jamaa‘at-e-Islami Hind in an eloquent and passionate manner. The subtitles like “Jamaa‘at-e-Islami ka nasb al-‘ain, nasb al-‘ain ka matlab and nasb al-‘ain kay taqaazey captured the attention.

 

There isn’t much problem till here. The problem begins when we contrast the above write-up with the interview of Professor Siddique Hassan (http://www.ummid.com/news/November/30.11.2009/a_vision_for_muslim_empowerment.htm). I wonder why did Professor Hasan “travel extensively to gain an understanding of the social conditions and problems of Muslims in different parts of the country”? He should have known it before travelling. But more importantly, the situation wasn’t any better in 1941. It, however, did not make the Jamaa‘at focus on the empowerment of Muslims at that time. Why is it doing so now? Has the focus shifted now? Has the nasb al-‘ain of iqaamat-e-Deen become less important now? If so, why?

If we put VISION 2016 of Professor Siddique Hassan in action what will we do with the write-up of Muhtaram Maulana ‘Inayatuulah Subhani Saheb and what will we do if we reverse the order? How will we become “strangers” and “empowered”, both at the same time? How could iqaamat-e-Deen “which is as obligatory as Salaah and Zakaah” be reconciled with the “social and economic empowerment of the community” – in the understood sense of these terms? How we will reconcile the “socially-engaged understanding of our faith” as described by Professor Siddique Hasan with the not-so-engaging write-up of Maulana ‘Inayatullah Saheb. The Jamaa‘at should also explain why iqaamat-e-Deen is not a “Social Service” for which it required to establish a separate department.

How will we reconcile the idealism of the former with the pragmatism of the latter? How will we save the cadre of Jamaa‘at-e-Islami (and also SIO) from being torn between the two pieces and from the predicament of not really figuring out what they actually need to do? How will we not accept “koi bhi doosaraa nezaam” and will do our best to come to the mainstream of ek doosaraa nezaam – both at the same time? How we will reconcile the ‘Urdu’ of Maulana ‘Inayatullah Subhani Saheb with the ‘English’ of Professor Siddique Hasan? Are the readers of Rafeeq-e-Manzil expected to read the interview of Professor Siddique Hasan and vice versa?

 

Will the Jamaa‘at-e-Islami Hind work on the “empowerment” of some people on the one hand and it will work for iqaamat-e-deen on the other - simultaneously? Will it work on these two fronts at the same time without realizing the fact that they will be opposing each other? In short, how will the exclusivism of the first piece be reconciled with the desire of inclusion and appreciation of egalitarianism in the second?

The two pieces are a grim reminder of the “rigid dualism between the ‘ulama and modern-educated Muslims, so characteristic of most of north India”. The two pieces remind that there is an urgent need of cross-fertilization between the ‘traditionally’ and the ‘modern’ educated. Our religious scholarship is by and large divorced from reality. The situations like the above add to the confusion. Confusion leads to the dissipation of our energies and resources – material and human.

 

When I hear the argument that there is no harm if the Jamaa‘at-e-Islami Hind has evolved and adjusted according to the changing times and then I contrast it with the write-up of Maulana ‘Inayatullah Subhani Saheb I wonder if the Jamaa‘at has really evolved and adjusted. I also wonder which direction we are moving into with the deep-rooted self-contradictions. We are not moving in any direction as we are utterly confused.

 

What is the purpose behind all the submissions made above? The purpose is to move to the second stage of the Aligarh Movement in India i.e. critical and scientific thinking which may help us develop the whole picture or a coherent body of ideas – khayaalaat ka ek murattab nezaam. Which may help us master all the sciences of the world and become founders of many more. Which may help us regain the glorious status which the Muslims had in the past and which we lament for not having now without taking the analyses to the logical conclusions. It is not the opposition of Jamaa‘at-e-Islami or madrasaas. It is merely a search for the whole picture and the coherence in all the aspects of our collective life

I would suggest that the learned and thoughtful members of the Jamaa‘at-e-Islami Hind review its foundations thoroughly and give it a new direction. A direction more in line with the direction given by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as outlined in the VISION: The students coming out of our Colleges and Universities should have Qur’an in the right hand, most modern scientific and technological advancements in the left hand and the crown of Laa Ilaah on the forehead. So that the Muslims regain the same glorious status of founders and promoters of science and technology as they did during the ascendance of their civilization.

The Jamaa‘at-e-Islami Hind should realize that the model suggested by Maulana Syed Abul A‘ala Maududi is not workable now. Iqaamat-e-Deen and hukoomat-e-ilaahiyyah in the conventional sense are not tenable any longer. In the changing situations when the individual is getting more and more empowered let us focus on the all important agenda of education having clearly described objectives behind it and in a holistic manner. We should realize the fact that many beautiful objectives which we want to achieve otherwise will actually be achieved by the right kind of education.

The Jamaa‘at should seriously think about it and should not wait for many more decades as it normally does. Let us not waste more time only to realize much later that we should have done so much earlier. The Jamaa‘at should evaluate its priorities keeping the future needs in view. It should give serious thought to the fact that with every passing day it is going farther and farther away from iqaamat-e-Deen and hukoomat-e-ilaahiyyah as it perceived it. I don’t know how I could put it more clearly.

Thanks and salaam.

Wasim

Ajman, UAE

+971505363235


Most Superior way of asking for Forgiveness from Allah



Most Superior way of asking for Forgiveness from Allah

The Messenger of Allaah – may peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him – said :

Indeed the major supplication for forgiveness is to say

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ

"Allaahumma anta rabbee, la ilaha illa anta, Khalaqtanee, wa ana abduka,
wa ana ala ahdika wa wa'dika mastata'tu, a'outhu bika min sharri ma
sanatu, aboo'u laka bini'matika alayya, wa aboo'u bitahmbee, faghfirlee
fa'innahu la yaghfiru ath-thunooba 'illa 'anta"
 [ Sahih Bukhari Vol.8 Hadith no:318]

"O Allaah You are my Lord, there is none worthy of worship in truth except You, You created me and
I am Your slave and I am abiding to Your covenant and promise as best as I can, I seek refuge in You
from the evil that I have committed, I profess to you my sins and I acknowledge Your favour upon me,
so forgive me verily no one forgives sins except you."

So if the worshipper says this when the morning arrives, truly believing init and he dies enters Paradise,
and if he says this when the evening arrives truly believing in it enters Paradise.

 

 


Ramadaan: Save the Changes...


Ramadaan: Save the Changes

 

 Don't Press the "redo" after we "undo" and "save the changes"!!!

 

 

 Ramadan - Save & Continue

 During the Mubarak and beautiful month of Ramadaan many have navigated themeselves to the Deen of Allaah and have brought about substantial positive deeni changes. Now is a critical time to click on the right tab- Save those changes!

 

Nearly everyone in this age of modern technology has at some stage worked with a P.C. We have used it to draft documents, amend these documents, copied and pasted onto documents, used the 'undo' icon, edited documents, just to mention a few of the time saving operations that we find on this device.

After opening a document that we have worked upon previously and made the necessary changes and improvements a little box appears on the screen asking the question: Do you want to save the changes you have made to this document? You are then given the option of selecting the YES tab or the NO tab. Selecting the YES tab will give you the desired results while selecting the NO tab literally takes you back to square one. All the effort made in editing, improving and shaping the document becomes an exercise in futility.

Don't we all find ourselves in a similar predicament when the blessed month of Ramadaan passes us? Just think of your book of deeds like a document on your P.C. During the month of Ramadaan we have done amongst other things the following-

· Increased our Ibaadah and acts of charity;

· Took control of our feelings and emotion;

· Responded with compassion and sensitivity to the needs of other;

· Multiplied our good deeds;

-Repented: we have spent many hours on the Musallaah begging for Allaah's forgiveness for our sins, errors and transgressions.

The vital question that needs to be asked is :

Do we want to save the changes that we have made in the month of Ramadaan? Are we going to press the YES tab or the No tab?

Pressing the YES tab will leave us with a new, improved version. A version of heightened spirituality, a version of righteousness, a version that is pleasing to our Creator. Pressing the NO tab will take us back to square one; back to our old habits before Ramadaan, back to the life of sin and immorality, back to a life of heedlessness and back to a life subjecting ourselves to the wrath of the Almighty.

How do we improve on this document; the document of our lives, the document of our deeds, the document that we are going to present to Allaah the Almighty on the Day of Reckoning? Here are some hints: Copy and Paste from the life of our illustrious master Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam.

Use the 'undo' icon by making Taubah immediately after any transgression as the Hadith states "The one who repents from sin is like one who has committed no sin at all"

There may not be a need to do a "spell check" but there is certainly a need to do a "sincerity check" and a "Shari'ah check"? Are we complying?

There may be files and folders that we want to keep while there could be some others we would not even want others to know exist. Many of us begged Allaah to "delete" our sins and dark deeds .We cried before Allaah, shed tears of remorse and vowed not to commit those sins in future. Going back to the sins that we have asked Allaah's forgiveness for would be like making a visit to the "recycle bin".

What about viruses? P.C. users are also very wary about e-mails they receive and the sites that they visit, fearing the admission of a virus that may pollute their system and cause it to malfunction.The environment and people who we associate with could adversely infect us!Why do we then subject our minds and thoughts to immoral sites and dens of vice which would pollute our moral system and cause us to malfunction? What anti-virus software have we installed to ward off the variety of Fitnahs that confront us everyday?

We need to install the right version of the anti-viruses. There is indeed only One version. Without delay install every Commad of Allaah and the Sunnah of Rasulullah ( Salallaho alaihe wassallam) onto our hardrives(lives). This will allow us to repel the attemps by shaytaan and other evil forces to infect our PC's(souls).

It s Now time to to Run the Programs...

Begin By:

Connecting ourselves to the right network. When we need an I.T solution we ago to I.T specialist. We also in our lives need to consult with Ulamaa and pious people so that we are connected to the rightnetwork!

Delete ALL harmulful programs Permanetly! Lets Repent over over past evil deeds and make a firmniyyah (intention) NEVER to Redo those evil deeds

Ensure that the service provider provides the installation guide for the following programs to be run on your PC:

Program 1:

Daawah (Inviting ourselves, families,communities and humanity towards Allaah and help Allaah's Deen by striving for it)

Program 2:

Taalim (Learning and teaching Deen)

Program 3:

Ibaadat-Worship ( Salaah,Hajj, Umrah, Qur'aan, Zikr, Du'a and all other forms of Ibaadat)

Program 4:

Khidmat- Acts of Charity ( All acts Charity including Zakaah especially helping the Ummah in whatever possible way)

Now lets connect ourselves to Deen of Islaam and the Amaal (good actions) that takes place in our Masjids...as no one knows when his or her PC will crash(when we will die)! By performing Good Deeds we will have Permanently Backed Up our records in Jannah(Paradise). Be carefull not to engage ourselves in Evil lest we Back-Up our evil deeds in Jahannam (Hell)

Fortunate is the person who has "saved the changes". Extremely unfortunate is the person who has made no changes as he /she has nothing to save.!

IMPORTANT: As we dont know the time when our PC will shut down ...Make those Change Now and more important.........Save it!

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