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Friday, January 23, 2009

Shaykh Passes Away While Giving a Lecture

All I can say is that it was a peaceful death.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Is your religion none of my business?

A common reply that we get if we try to tell others about is that its none of your business. Allow me to give you an example where the it would not be my business but you will admit that I should have interfered.

Suppose you have a child of about 3 years old. You go with your family to a far away place. You and your spouse are busy setting up the things for a picnic. Suddenly, you notice that your child is missing. When you look around, you see that the child is walking along a dangerous path and will soon come to the point where he will fall over the cliff. You see me standing just near the end of the cliff. You shout for your child to wait but you know that it is to no avail. You see me smiling at the child. The child passes in front of me and eventually falls over the cliff.

Will you or will you not blame me for the death of the child?

Of course you will but I can say that it was none of my business!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Solve Your Problems

Confusion! Chaos! No just government! Israel attacking and no action being taken!

Democracy is not solving the problem. The best solution for the problem is the solution given to us by our Almighty Creater, Allah (God). This solution is the system given by our Creator, the Islamic System, the Khilafat.


Support the establishment of the Khilafah. To find out more, visit the following links.
Politics in Islam - The Khilafah Building a global movement for Khilafah

As for those people who say that Islam is against humanity, I challenge them to produce even one teaching of Islam which is against humanity.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Some Questions answered by members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir

The audio will be made available sooner or later for download and for listening online. Please note that it is in Urdu. I have thought it wiser not to upload the audio. Sorry for any disappointment.

How the Logic of Pervaizis/Munkar-e-Hadith is incorrect

These people say that a Muslim should follow only the Quran and not the ahadith of Prophet (S) and they gave the following example.

If a postman were to come to you and give you a letter, what would you do? Read the letter and follow it or start obeying the postman. Similarly, the Prophet Muhammad (S) was only a messenger (or a postman) and the Quran was the message (or the letter).

However, my question to them is if the letter asks the reader to follow the postman so that the reader can be lead to the sender, won't you follow the postman if you want to get to the sender. Similarly, the message/letter (Quran) says in Surah al-i-Imran, Chapter 3, Verse 132 and in many other places

And obey Allah and the Apostle.

The Question of Rafa Yadain - Proof of Imam Abu Hanifah

Proof 1

Uthmaan Bin Abi Shaibah - Wakee’ - Sufyaan - Aasim (Ibn Kulaib) - Abdur Rahmaan Bin Aswad - Alqamah said: Abdullah Bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu anhu) said:
‘Should I not perform with you the Salaat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wa Sallam)?”
Alqamah said: ‘Then he (Ibn Mas’ood) performed Salaat and he did not raise his hands except once.’
(Abu Dawood)

Hasan Bin Ali - Muaawiyah - Khaalid Bin Amr Bin Saeed - Abu Huzaifah. They said Sufyaan narrated to us with this same isnaad (as mentioned in No. I above). He said:

‘He (Ibn Mas’ood) raised his hands in the beginning once.” Some narrators said: ‘one time’. (Abu Dawood)

For more proofs click on the following links
Hanafis and the Question of Raf ul-Yadain
The Question of Raf-ul-Yadain

Proof 2

And Glorify Your Lord

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Saving oneself from suspicious things

There are some things which are not directly referred to in the Quran or the Sahih Ahadith. However, for such things the Prophet Muhammad (S) did say something which is included in Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book of Belief, Hadith 49:

Narrated An Numan bin Bashir
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, 'Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.

A good example is that of music. According to Sheikh Yusuf Qardawi, musical instruments are allowed in Islam. However, the rest of the scholars are of the view that, with the exception of duff, all musical instruments are considered as haram. In this case, then, we can apply the teaching of this hadith that we should abstain from the musical instruments.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fasting on Ashura (in Muharram)

Fasting on the the days of Ashura is a highly recommended (though not obligatory) act as the following ahadith prove.

Vol 2, Book 26. Pilgrimmage (Hajj).
Hadith 662. (Sahih Bukhari)

Narrated By 'Aisha: The people used to fast on 'Ashura (the tenth day of the month of Muharram) before the fasting of Ramadan was made obligatory. And on that day the Ka'ba used to be covered with a cover. When Allah made the fasting of the month of Ramadan compulsory, Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever wishes to fast (on the day of 'Ashura') may do so; and whoever wishes to leave it can do so."

Vol 4, Book 55. Prophets.
Hadith 609. (Sahih Bukhari)

Narrated By Ibn 'Abbas: When the Prophet came to Medina, he found (the Jews) fasting on the day of 'Ashura' (i.e. 10th of Muharram). They used to say: "This is a great day on which Allah saved Moses and drowned the folk of Pharaoh. Moses observed the fast on this day, as a sign of gratitude to Allah." The Prophet said, "I am closer to Moses than they." So, he observed the fast (on that day) and ordered the Muslims to fast on it.

Vol 5, Book 58. Merits Of The Helpers In Madinah
Hadith 278. (Sahih Bukhari)

Narrated By Abu Musa: When the Prophet arrived at Medina, he noticed that some people among the Jews used to respect Ashura' (i.e. 10th of Muharram) and fast on it. The Prophet then said, "We have more right to observe fast on this day." and ordered that fasting should be observed on it.

Vol 6, Book 60. Prophetic Commentary On The Qur'an
Hadith 202. (Sahih Bukhari)

Narrated By Ibn Abbas: When the Prophet arrived at Medina, the Jews were observing the fast on 'Ashura' (10th of Muharram) and they said, "This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh," On that, the Prophet said to his companions, "You (Muslims) have more right to celebrate Moses' victory than they have, so observe the fast on this day."

Book 6. Fasting.
Hadith 2612. (Sahih Muslim)

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported that he (the Messenger of Allah) was asked as to which prayer was most excellent after the prescribed prayer, and which fast was most excellent after the month of Ramadan. He said: Prayer offered in the middle of the night and the most excellent fast after (fasting) in the month of Ramadan is the fast in God's month al-Muharram.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Physical Benefits of Salah

Normally, when a person stands erect and the blood is being pumped from the heart to the brain. However, the amount of blood is insufficient for a healthy brain. So when a person does the sajda/prostration, extra blood flows into the brain and increasing the amount of blood going to the brain to a sufficient amount. When we do Sujud (prostrations), sinuses get drained resulting in less chances of a person catching sinusitis.

When a perosn breathes, 2/3 of his lungs' capacity is utilised and while prostrating, the remaining 1/3 part is also utilised. Due to this, the chances of lung diseases decrease. When a person prostrates, there is drainage of the secreted material of the bronchiole, decreasing the chances of bronchitis.

Please keep in mind that Muslims do not offer salat for the physical benefits but foe the spiritual benefits. These physical benefits are just a bonus given by Allah.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Why is "Huwa" (He) used for Allah?

If you read the Holy Quran, you will find that "Huwa" (He) is used for Allah. The reason for this is very simple and anyone who has studied Arabic grammar would be able to know it.
In Arabic grammar, there are two pronouns whereas in English there are three. English has a masculine pronoun (he), a feminine pronoun (she) and a neutral pronoun (it). However, Arabic has only two pronouns, masculine (Huwa) and feminine (Hiya). These two Arabic pronouns are also used for the neutral pronoun. However, to use the feminine pronoun as a neutral one there are some restrictions such as the thing should be regarded as feminine by the Arabs. However, for those things which do not pass these restrictions Huwa is used. That was the case with the word "Allah" so Huwa (neutral pronoun) is used.

The Purpose of Life

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Taste of Allah's Wrath

Justice in an Islamic Court

During the khilafat of Ali (RA): Hadhrat Ali’s (radiyallahu anhu) armour had gone missing. One day, while walking through the market place, he recognized his armour in the possession of a Jew. He went up to the Jew and said, “This is my armour.” The Jew retorted, “Bring witnesses to prove it. Alternatively file a law suit!” Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu) proceeded to Qadi Shurayh and laid a charge of theft against the Jew. The case came before the Qadi. Both plaintiff and defendant pre- sented themselves before the Qadi.

Qadi Shurayh (rah), without being overawed by the presence of Ameerul Mu’mineen, Ali (radiyallahu anhu), seated himself with the stature that the occasion demanded. Calmly, without any trace of discomfort or panic, he commenced proceedings. He asked the Jew, “Does the armour belong to Hadrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu)?” The Jew flatly denied it. Thereupon the Qadi turned to Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu) and calmly requested, “Bring your witnesses to support your claim.”

Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu) produced two witnesses. One was his son, Hadhrat Husayn (radiyallahu anhu) and the other was his freed slave, whose name was Qambar. In his opinion, the evidence of these two was in accordance to Islamic law. However Qadi Shurayh (rah) addressed Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu), “Bring another witness in place of Hadhrat Hasan (radiyallahu anhu). The evidence of your slave, (seeing he was freed) is accepted.” Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu) replied, “I have no other witness.” Due to the lack of sufficient evidence – a second acceptable witness – Qadi Shurayh (rah) dismissed the case acting according to the Shariah and not according to his personal reliance on the truthfulness of Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu).

The Jew in the meantime was observing the entire proceeding with full attention. On leaving the courtroom, he watched intently to see the reaction of Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu). There was not the slightest bit of annoyance on the face of Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu). Not a word of displeasure regarding the verdict was uttered. The Jew, overcome by this sterling character addressed Hadhrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu) thus: “The reality of the situation has become quite clear to me, your religion is certainly a true one, and your attitude is its effect on you.” The Jew continued, “Here, take it, the armour is yours! And I herewith proclaim that I bear witness, there is none worthy of worship besides Allah and Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) is his servant and messenger.”

Hazrat Ali (radiyallahu anhu) said, “I, in turn present this armour to you as gift!” The Jew remained in close association with Ali (ra) until he became Shaheed (martyr) in a battle.

An excerpt from Hayaatus Sahaaba by Maulana Zakariya Kandhlawi

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Why go to a Doctor when God is there?

Some people have this concept that if a person says God is the one who gives and takes away health, why then does a person go to a doctor rather than going to their mosques or churches when they get ill.

The simple answer is given in the Holy Quran in Surah al-Furqan, Chapter 25, Verse 59 which says

ask thou then about Him of any acquainted (with such things)

Furthermore, we know that the Prophet (S) instructed us to do as much as we can to protect ourselves then leave the rest to Allah. For example, a person cannot leave the doors of his house open and say that he is keeping his trust in Allah. He has to lock all the doors, put as much security as possible and then leave it to Allah.

In the light of the quoted verse, we have to go to the experts of a specific field to ask them about that field. Therefore, we have to go to a doctor when ill. Allah gives life (health) to us through the doctor or the medicines in that case.