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  1. Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood's political wing There has been a violent crackdown on the Brotherhood and the FJP since last August A court in Egypt has dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing. The ruling will effectively prevent the banned Islamist movement from formally participating in parliamentary elections expected later this year. The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group in December. It was accused of orchestrating a wave of violence to destabilise the country after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013. The Brotherhood has denied any connection to the jihadist militants based in the Sinai Peninsula who have killed hundreds of security personnel. At the same time, more than 1,400 people have been killed and 16,000 detained in a crackdown by the authorities on Mr Morsi's supporters. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, a former military chief who was elected head of state in May, has vowed to wipe out the group. Analysis: Sally Nabil, BBC Arabic, Cairo Dissolving the Freedom and justice Party (FJP) was expected. The political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement can no longer compete in the next parliamentary elections, expected to be held before the end of this year. Its members can run either as individual candidates or form a new political party. But the latter is highly unlikely, given the severity of the crackdown on the Brotherhood. The FJP's legal team strongly criticised Saturday's verdict, saying that it is politicised and is meant to serve the goals of the current regime. There was no longer a place for pluralism in Egypt, it said. According to the new constitution, no party can be formed on a religious basis. Assets confiscated Saturday's ruling by the Cairo Administrative Court came after a report by its advisory panel that noted the FJP's leaders had been accused, and in some cases convicted, of murder and inciting violence. A police investigation found the party's headquarters and offices had been used to store weapons, it said. Mohammed Morsi, a former chairman of the FJP, is facing four separate criminal trials on various charges The court ordered that the FJP's assets be handed to the state. The case was prompted by a complaint by the government's Committee of Political Parties Affairs, which accused the FJP of "irregularities". The FJP was founded in 2011 following the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power. It went on to dominate the subsequent elections for the lower and upper houses of parliament - Egypt's first democratic polls in six decades. But in June 2012 the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) ruled that the vote for the lower house, the People's Assembly, had been unconstitutional and it was dissolved. The upper house, the Shura Council, was dissolved by the SCC shortly after Mr Morsi was ousted in July 2013, and ceased to exist after the constitution was amended in January. Mr Morsi, a former FJP chairman, is currently facing four separate criminal trials on various charges. Several other Brotherhood leaders, as well as hundreds of members, have been sentenced to death. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28722935
  2. Muslim Premier League

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  3. China bans Ramadan fasting in Muslim province Students and civil servants in the northwestern Xinjiang province have been ordered to not observe traditional fasting. Last updated: 03 Jul 2014 09:11 Chinese Muslims gather to break their fast during Ramadan at the Niujie Masjid in Beijing [AP] Students and civil servants in China's Muslim northwest have been ordered by the state to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Statements posted in the past week on websites of schools, government agencies and local party organisations in the Xinjiang region said the ban would protect students' wellbeing and prevent the use of schools and government offices to promote religion, the AP news agency reported on Thursday. Statements on the websites of local party organisations said members of the officially atheist ruling party should also avoid fasting, although the month of Ramadan, which began at sundown on June 28, is observed by Muslims. "No teacher can participate in religious activities, instill religious thoughts in students or coerce students into religious activities," said a statement on the website of the "Number 3 Grade School" in Ruoqiang County in Xinjiang. The news agency reported that cities in Xinjiang had set up news portals saying that fasting was detrimental to the physical wellbeing of young students, and also have called in retired teachers to stand guard at Masjids in order to prevent students from entering. Similar bans have been imposed on fasting in the past. This year's ban was unusually sensitive because Xinjiang is under tight security following a number of attacks that the government blames on Muslim rebels who allegedly have ties with foreign armed groups. On Tuesday, authorities in some communities in Xinjiang held celebrations of the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party and served food to test whether Muslim guests were fasting, according to Dilxat Raxit, spokesman in Germany for the rights group World Uyghur Congress. "This will lead to more conflicts if China uses coercive measures to rule and to challenge Uyghur beliefs," Dilxat Raxit told AP. Violence has escalated in recent years in Xinjiang. The ruling party blames rebels who it says wants independence, while members of the region's Uyghur ethnic group complain that discrimination and restrictions on religion, such as a ban on taking children to Masjids, fuels anger at the ethnic Han Chinese majority. Wary of religious activities An attack on May 22 in the regional capital of Urumqi by four people who threw bombs in a vegetable market killed 43 people, including the attackers. On June 22, police in Kashgar in the far west said they killed 13 attackers who drove into a police building and set off explosives, injuring three officers. Authorities have blamed two other attacks at train stations in Urumqi and in China's southwest on Muslim rebels. The government responded with a crackdown that resulted in more than 380 arrests in one month and public rallies to announce sentences. According to AP, the ruling party is wary of religious activities which it worries might serve as a rallying point for opposition to one-party rule. Controls on worship are especially sensitive in Xinjiang and in neighbouring Tibet, where religious faith plays a large role in the local cultures. Source: Associated Press http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/china-bans-ramadan-fasting-muslim-province-20147371648541558.html
  4. I am told by Muslims the Bible is corrupted book, I am asked "so how can you trust something in that book if you dont have reference, like we muslims have reference the Quran?" The Bible tells us why Jesus had to have been born of a virgin. The Quran doesn't tell why it just states He was born of a virgin. The only place and book in all history that information could be found before the Quran was written was in the NT Bible. The Bible has problems but no where near the amount Muslims think! The central message of the gospel is consistent and in tack fully. Now, I would have a problem with the Bible if there were a Christian version of Uthman (non prophet) who burned all our original manuscripts and recompiled them into a single book, but that never happened. So why shouldn't I continue trusting it?
  5. Hi, There is a new app launched on android market named 'Shajar Stories'... This app is a story app for muslim children (age 3 - 12 yrs) based upon hadith (sayings / teachings) of Rasulullah (SAW)...the sayings of prophet Muhammed (PBUH) are deep in meanings and this story app tends to communicate the crux of the sayings and teachings in a story form reflecting the invaluable meanings of each phrase of hadith. The stories are illustrative (audio-visual) and very entertaining for kids... Search and download 'Shajar Stories' on google play store... Hope you all like... Fatema
  6. Bayern Munich Build Mosque For Muslims

    Bayern Munich Build Masjid for Muslims MUNICH – Helping their players to fulfil their religious duties, German football giants Bayern Munich have decided to build a Masjid to help Muslim footballers to perform their prayers. The German football club agreed to a request to build a Masjid in the Allianz Arena stadium to serve its Muslim players and fans. The request was made by the club’s Muslim midfielder Bilal Franck Ribery, who asked for specifying a small room for players to perform their prayers. The new Masjid would serve Muslim players and fans with a full time imam, an Islamic library and Islamic sessions. The administration also announced that they will finance 85 percent of the costs of the worship place, leaving 15% to Muslim players and fans who want to participate. The news about the new Masjid was made public via the club's official site. Founded in 1900, Bayern Munich is the top tier of the German football league system, and is the most successful football club in Germany. The football giants have won a record 23 national titles and 15 cups. The club won its first national championship in 1932. Bayern Munich is the biggest sports club in Germany and the fourth biggest football club in the world, generating €368.4 million in 2012. Bayern is not the first European club to build a Masjid for its Muslim players after New Castle United specified a prayer room for Muslim players. Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah. The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with Fajr prayer at dawn. http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/462624-bayern-munich-muslim-players-get-mosque.html
  7. Barcelona's Islamic Heritage in a Church By Farrukh I. Younus Sant Paul del Camp church. 'Over the past few years I have regularly attended the city of Barcelona for a number of conferences, this year was no different except that I took to exploring signs of an Islamic influence to the city. Finding Muslims in this city is not a troubled search; more than 300,000 live there, mostly from North Africa. And with 250,000 from Morocco, is it any wonder that the first Muslim member of the Catalan Parliament, Mohammed Chaib, is of Moroccan descent! But no, this wasn’t what I was looking for, rather, something historic. If Muslims came to Spain in the 8th century, and were expelled, at least from this region of Spain, Catalonia, in the 15th century, surely there must be some evidence or presence of Islam in Barcelona. Muslims first step foot in Barcelona in the 8th century when 'the Moors' conquered the city but their presence lasted less than a hundred years as 'the Franks' occupied the city turning it into a military strong post. Still, the Muslim presence in the Catalan region surrounding Barcelona remained for quite some centuries. As I discovered, Catalonia, the most north eastern province of Spain, bordering France, did indeed have an Islamic influence. Barcelona on the other hand, did not. At least, that is what I was able to determine having searched the internet and contacted a number of Spanish publishers who specialized in the history of the region. The cloisters. Old Church With Islamic Architecture! My search found one publication which mentioned traces of the Islamic architecture in what is Barcelona’s oldest church, Sant Paul del Camp. Built outside the city walls surrounded by green fields as its name suggests (Camp = Countryside), today it is just a short walk from Las Ramblas the main tourist street of the city. Arriving late Sunday morning at the church I noticed a small crowd gathering within the church. Outside stood a sign reading ‘Entry to cloisters 3 Euros', I thought, what luck! Inside I asked a lady where I might find the cloisters only to discover that they would be open briefly after Sunday Mass, for which she invited me to stay. Now it has been years since I have attended any form of Sunday service. It may have been a regular feature when I was a young boy at boarding school, but since then, like many of my Christian friends, I had not attended one. I thought to myself, why not, I will stand at one of the pews towards the back. As the service began my first thought was that this is no different than going to a Masjid where the sermon is conducted in Arabic – I understand one, just as much as I understand the other. Looking around, aside from a couple of Polish girls who like me, were waiting to visit the cloisters, the vast majority of individuals were elderly couples. In a strange way, while the church was subtly high tech with an integrated speaker system and good lighting, the balance of old church with old churchgoers seemed to synchronize a certain harmony. This simple fact is proof to me that not only must there have been dialogue between Muslims and Christians during this period, but that dialogue was so good that a church building included strong Islamic design themes. Every now and then a word I would recognize would be spoken, the most common being the reference to Prophet Jesus where in addition to saying "Peace be upon him" I would add, 'There is no god but Allah'. While I know and believe this to be true, that sitting in a church where today Prophet Jesus is referred to as the 'son of God' (Exalted be God above the false things ascribed to Him), I simply would not have felt complete without professing these statements to myself. As I pondered the history of the building while visiting the 'Islamic' cloisters, an elderly Catalan gentlemen was telling the two Polish girls that this church was built on land that used to be a Masjid. Of course the official version found almost everywhere reads that the Benedictines built this church after a Muslim raid destroyed the previous church in 985 AD. Whether there was a church first or a Masjid first, I do not know, in fact, to me as a non-historian, it does not really matter - I will let the historians have that discussion. What mattered to me was the fact that this small cloister built in the 12th century featured Islamic Moorish architecture. This simple fact is proof to me that not only must there have been dialogue between Muslims and Christians during this period, but that dialogue was so good that a church building included strong Islamic design themes. Yet today, despite such a large Muslim community in Barcelona, the city does not have a single Masjid: lots of converted shops and garages, but no Masjid. Much of this, as often in the world today, is down to misunderstandings of the Muslim belief, as well as generic fear. Lessons to Remember Of course I wonder then how Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, made space for the 60 visiting Christians to pray in his Masjid in Medina. Knowing full well that their faith entailed a degree of shirk (associating partners to God, the highest 'crime' in Islam), still, when they came from Najran, he gave them space in his Masjid to conduct their prayers. [Reference: Ibn Ishaque, The Life of Muhammad, pp 270-77, English translation, Guillaume] And despite these fundamental disagreements with regards to faith, a treaty was set up between the Muslims and the Christians of Najran. [Reference: AI‑Baladhuri, Ahmad ibn Yahyi ibn Jibir, Futuh al‑buldan, p. 76; Kitab al­amwal, p. 272] This example of Muslim engagement with non-Muslims, through agreement and mutual respect seems to have caught on with the Muslim presence in Spain where it has been observed that "In the earliest period of Muslim domination of Iberia there is evidence of extensive interaction, attested to by shared cemeteries and churches, bilingual coinage, an the continuity of Roman pottery types". [Reference: Brian A Catlos, Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon 1050-1300, p 33] In early Islam this tradition of mutual respect was continued when Caliph Umar, on his way to Syria stopped by a Christian town to meet the Bishop of Ayla spending a significant part of his day with him. And more locally, one of Prophet Muhammad’s neighbors in Medina with whom he retained good relations, a Jewish man, when the Prophet died, Caliph Umar provided him with a stipend, a pension, from the public treasury. That is right, Muslim taxes were paying for the pension of a Jewish man living in Medina. [ Reference: Abu Yusuf, Kitab al-kharaj, Cairo, 1382 H., p.122] In the example of Prophet Muhammad, and one of the first Muslim rulers, Caliph Umar, we witness the most perfect engagement model with non-Muslim, where while there were disagreements with regards to aspects of faith, people came together on common terms. In recent years, the opinions of the minority hard-line Muslims seem clearly to be at odds with these inclusive examples of early Islam. There is so much anger and hatred for non-Muslims by a minority of vocal Muslims it is shameful. Does not Allah say in the Qur'an, (Do not let hatred for a people incite you into being unjust. Justice is closer to piety. Have fear of God. God is aware of what you do.) [The Qur'an- 5:8]? The perception of Muslims in the past as well as Muslim today has been tainted first by misrepresentation and second by fear mongering. The task of men such as Mohammed Chaib, Catalan Parliament's Muslim member, is to break down some of these barriers, show the everyday and beautiful Islam practiced by the vast majority of Muslims and encourage the local government to allow a Masjid to be built. After all, how better to address misrepresentations of Islam than by supporting a Masjid that promotes the better interpretations of Islam? The Muslim contribution to Barcelona is brief, not to mention sketchy, despite the much stronger, positive influence of Islam in Spain. Perhaps with time, barriers such as fear and misunderstanding will be broken down, and Muslims can find a more inclusive way to contribute to Catalan society. That the architecture of the oldest Church of Barcelona includes strong signs of Islamic design, appreciated for hundreds of years, should be a proof that the Christian-Muslim dynamics of Barcelona today and into the future can also benefit from the positive influences that Islam can bring. Source: http://www.onislam.net/english/culture-and-entertainment/iblog/414052-barcelonas-islamic-heritage-in-a-church.html
  8. Volunteers Needed For Fundraiser

    Hi all, My Peace is Australia’s fastest growing Islamic not for profit organisation aimed at breaking the barriers between Muslims and Non-Muslims in Australia and around the World. We are looking for natural passionate fundraisers to be part of a team based in Bankstown Sydney. This new role is an exciting opportunity to 'make it your own' and we want to hear from creative thinkers who like to have their opinions heard. To be successful you will be an excellent communicator, with a track record of achieving your goals. You will be passionate about making a positive difference to the world we live in. Would you like to work within a team of fundraisers contributing to a positive team atmosphere? We are looking for, Proactive, solution-focused individuals determined to exceed delegated targets Confident and reliable Commitment to the work of My Peace & general interest in Islam Friendly, fun loving personality Full time positions available 18 years or older To apply please send your resume to mypeaceorg[at]gmail.com Thank You!
  9. SURVEY: Islam IS COUNTY’S FASTEST GROWING RELIGION FASTEST GROWING RELIGIOUS GROUP IN 2000S: Islam Number of Muslims in S.D. grew from 7,878 to 21,994, survey says Written by Matt Clark 12:01 a.m., July 8, 2012 Updated 4:21 p.m. , July 7, 2012 Islam was the fastest growing religious group in San Diego County between 2000 and 2010, according to the recently released 2010 U.S. Religion Census. During the decade, the county’s Muslim population grew by 179 percent from 7,878 adherents to 21,994, according to estimates from the survey of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Islam is now the seventh-largest religion in the county, the survey found. Only one other group grew more here, in overall numbers. The county’s Mormon community grew by 25,227 followers, an increase of 55 percent, making it the third-largest church in the county. About one quarter of the county’s population is Catholic, making it the most popular religion despite the loss of 28,083 followers or 3.4 percent of its fellowship during the decade. The county had 801,850 Catholics in 2010, ahead of a religious group reported by the survey for the first time this year, a grouping of 148,930 nondenominational Christians which ranked second. The growth of Islam here is unique among California’s largest counties, according to the report. Both as a percentage and overall number, San Diego County’s Muslim population increase was nearly double that of any of the state’s 10 largest counties, according to the survey. Islamic Center of San Diego Imam AbdelJalil Mezgouri attributed the growth of the county’s Muslim population to immigration, especially among Somali, Iraqi, Afghan and Bosnian refugees, and to an increase in births and Muslim conversions. He said the growth, which mirrors a national trend, has brought new challenges to the county’s Muslim community, but has also brought more understanding of Islam to the county as a whole. “Of course, as we say, there is no gain without pain,” Mezgouri said. “The culture is becoming very, very diverse and also some of them have the challenge of adapting with the new place and the language, especially.” Cabdriver Mohammed Abdi came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2005, following his brothers and other relatives who came earlier seeking economic opportunities. He said becoming an American Muslim was a challenge at first, as he struggled to attend Friday prayers regularly. To avoid missing out three weeks in a row, which is shunned by Islam, he would sneak out of work to attend Masjid. He said being in America has ultimately strengthened his faith in Islam. “When I came to America is when I really started to practice Islam strongly,” Abdi said. “I saw a lot of Christians around me and I worried I would lose my faith.” Aside from San Diego’s weather, which is attractive to immigrants from warmer climates, Mezgouri said San Diego County’s large refugee communities also lead to increased immigration. The federal government resettles refugees in areas where their family or friends live or where they have the best opportunity for a new life. According to Horn of Africa, the San Diego-based African refugee assistance organization, San Diego has the second-largest East African refugee population in the country. The group’s economic development director, Hussein Nuur, said the refugee community organizations — many based in City Heights — help new arrivals settle. Page 1 Source: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jul/08/tp-survey-Islam-is-countys-fastest-growing/
  10. Mother is turned away from parents’ evening because she refused to remove full-face veil Maroon Rafique missed an important talk concerning her son's university education because she would not remove the niqab By Jaya Narain PUBLISHED: 16:27 GMT, 24 June 2012 | UPDATED: 01:10 GMT, 25 June 2012 A mother was turned away from a parents’ evening because she was wearing a full-face veil. Maroon Rafique, 40, was told that for the security and safety of children and teachers at the college there was a ban on any type of face coverings. She was warned that unless she removed her full-face covering, known as the niqab, she would not be allowed into the college to attend. Embarrassed: Maroon Rafique was turned away from a college parents' evening because she was wearing a veil In the end, a stunned Mrs Rafique was forced to call her husband, who took her place and went with their son Awais, 18. Mrs Rafique, who has worn the niqab for seven years, said: ‘I’m born in this country and British. Why should what I wear offend anyone? I didn’t want to make any fuss. All I wanted was to find out the information to help my son go to university. ‘I offered to sit at the back or at the front, anywhere where I wouldn’t be seen, if they thought I was going to offend anyone. ‘I was really upset because whenever I’ve visited the college before there’s never been a problem, in fact the tutors have been welcoming and friendly.’ Mrs Rafique, of Whalley Range, Manchester, had been invited to attend the parents’ evening and talk about her son’s education at The Manchester College. But when the mother of two arrived she was apprehended by security staff in the lobby of the college’s Northenden campus. Mrs Rafique, who is married to double-glazing firm boss Abdul, 40, and has a younger son, Ibrahim, 12, said she felt humiliated. Apprehended: Mrs Rafique was refused entry to The Manchester College by senior staff who told her there was a ban on face coverings She added: ‘I do get abuse every now and again in the street, which I just have to deal with. However, I was very surprised when I was treated this way by the college.’ Business student Awais, 18, who hopes to take an accountancy course at Manchester University, said: ‘It was really embarrassing when they told her she couldn’t come in. We’ve never, ever been told about any rule about what parents can wear.’ A spokesman for The Manchester College said Mrs Rafique’s concerns were being taken ‘very seriously’ following the incident. She added: ‘The Manchester College provides a safe and inclusive environment that fosters development and achievement. We apply a single dress code to all college users, including learners and visitors. ‘At all times we need to be able to identify all individuals easily in order to maintain safety and security, and therefore we ask that faces are clearly visible while indoors. Our dress code is reviewed through our quality improvement group and we will take this situation into account at the next review.’ In March, a Muslim woman was barred from serving on a jury because she refused to remove her niqab. The judge said she could not sit on an attempted murder trial because the niqab concealed her facial expressions. And last year, France imposed a total ban on the full-face veil, introducing fines for anyone who breaks the law. Read more: http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz1yoxNTaNg
  11. Muslim Brotherhood's Mursi declared Egypt president Mohammed Mursi is declared the winner of Egypt's presidential election Egypt votes Election results Future hangs in the balance Country at a crossroads Voices from Cairo The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi has been declared the winner of Egypt's presidential election run-off. He won 51.73% of the vote, beating former PM Ahmed Shafiq, the Higher Presidential Election Commission said. The head of the panel of judges, Farouq Sultan, said it had upheld some of the 466 complaints by the candidates, but that the election result still stood. The announcement prompted scenes of jubilation in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where Mr Mursi's supporters gathered. They have been maintaining a vigil there for days in protest at the series of decrees by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) which they say are designed to reduce or constrain the power of the president, and entrench the power of the military. 'Campaigns of scepticism' Supporters of Mr Shafiq had also been holding a rally in the capital's northern suburb of Nasser City, home of the headquarters of the election commission.Continue reading the main story Profile: Mohammed Mursi Live updates: Egypt election result Judge Sultan began the news conference by saying the declaration of the result had been "marred by tension and a bad atmosphere". "The commission applied the law when it looked into the ballots. There is nothing above the law," he asserted. The judge then dismissed what he said had been the two most serious complaints of electoral violations - that some ballots had been printed with the name of one candidate already ticked, and that Christians had been prevented from voting in a village in Minya governorate. He then spent several minutes announcing minor amendments to the vote tallies before suddenly revealing that Mr Mursi had won 13,230,131 votes, compared with Mr Shafiq's total of 12,347,380, or 48.27%. The turnout in last weekend voting was 51.58%, he added. Military power As Judge Sultan announced the victory of Mr Mursi, who is chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), huge cheers erupted in Tahrir Square. Tens of thousands of his supporters, as well as those of ultra-conservative Salafist groups, had gathered there to listen to the result on big screens. Troops were deployed outside the offices of the Higher Presidential Election Commission Many had camped out overnight to protest against what Islamists, secularists and youth activists have denounced as a military coup. On 13 June, the justice ministry gave soldiers the right to arrest civilians for trial in military courts until the ratification of a new constitution. The Scaf then issued a decree on Friday dissolving parliament in line with a Supreme Constitutional Court ruling that the law on elections to the lower house was invalid because party members had been allowed to contest seats reserved for independents. Two days later, just as the polls were closing in the run-off, the generals issued an interim constitutional declaration that granted them legislative powers and reinforced their role in the drafting of a permanent constitution. The military was also exempted from civilian oversight. Then on Monday, the head of the Scaf, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, announced the re-establishment of a National Defence Council, putting the generals in charge of Egypt's national security policy. The generals have vowed to hand over power to the new president by 30 June, but their decision to dissolve parliament means he could take office without the oversight of a sitting legislature and without a permanent constitution to define his powers or duties. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk.../world-18571580
  12. BOOK A Hand Through The Door For My New Sister by Yasmine bint Ismail Link: http://www.kalamulla..._new_sister.pdf Format: PDF Size: 5.06 MB Pages: 253
  13. Assalamu Alaikum, Does the Return of His holiness Jesus (as He is seen by the Muslims in this forum) follow the purely social aspects of the shariah revealed via His holiness Muhammad? First of all let us examine some relevant Hadith. "The (command of) Jihad will not be abolished until the descent of Isa1 Ibn Maryam."2 Now let us examine some attributes of Jihad as understood by the members of this forum; In spite of this, when questioned what (in their eyes) Jesus would do to non-Muslims (excluding Christians) who respect Islam enough that they allow Muslims to follow their religion, but will not Join Islam, this answer was given; So it seems fair to say that when His holiness Jesus returns (according to this view), non-Muslims and non-Christians who do not accept Islam but permit Muslims to practise Islam will a) Be warred with by Jesus until they accept Islam (or otherwise die) b) Have war waged on them even if they are innocent of hostiliity to Islam And His holiness Jesus will; c) Initiate hostilites against the peaceful amongst non-Muslims(excluding Christians) d) Hand out collective punishment to non-Muslims who do not accept Islam (excluding Christians) e) Harm non-combatant non-Muslims who do not accept Islam (excluding Christians) Therefore it seems logical that His holiness Jesus will not follow Jihad according to the shariah revealed via His holiness Muhammad if what Jihad is and what Jesus (allegedly) will do are compared. By logical extension then, Jesus will not follow the purely social aspects of the shariah revealed by His holiness Muhammad. Interestingly, when Muslims interpret what abolishing Jihad or Jizya means, they say that since when His holiness Jesus comes, there will eventually be no non-Muslims, and thus practising Jihad or collecting Jizya would not be relevent. But this raises the question, if it is permissible to discontinue collection of Jizya because it is not relevant to the time, then surely non-relevance to the time becomes a valid justification for discontinuation of Jizya? If "non-relevance to the times" is valid justification, then why can't non-relevance be examined in the light of the difference between the lifetime of His holiness Muhammad (when religions were identified with states), and modern times in pluralistic societies? Kind regards :) 1 ie His holiness Jesus 2 Musnad Ahmad as quoted by Mufti Mohammad Shafi in ‘Signs of Qiyamah and the Arrival of the Maseeh’, p. 109
  14. The Idiot's Guide To 'Karma' According to Wikipedia, the term 'Karma' means "the concept of "action" or "deed", understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect originating in ancient India and treated in the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh religions." or simply 'what goes around comes around' (A person's actions, whether good or bad, will often have consequences for that person.). In Islam, this statement can be explained as 'Allah's Justice' or 'rewards and punishments of actions in this world and on Judgment Day'. Ten examples of 'karma': `1. Girl 1 keeps making fun of girl 2 about girl 2's acne. After several years, girl 1 is awarded with dozens of pimples all over her face for being previously unkind and stuck up. 2. A teenage girl simply thinks that an old woman's urine problems are 'just weird'. Years pass by and the girl suffers from the same sickness that old lady suffered. 3. Two best friends refuse the friendship of a girl they don't like. After a long time, the two intimate friends break up and have no plans of talking to each other again. That is God's justice for their refusal of allowing that girl to join their clique. 4. An older guy keeps bullying a young kid, and also encourages other kids to bully that little boy. When the guy grows up into an adult and marries, he finds out that he is permanently sterile. 5. A non-Muslim man, driving his car, deliberately collides with another car, just because the family in that car are Muslim. The Muslims keep praying/making du'as against that non-Muslim until one day the non-Muslim guy suffers from a car accident, falls off a cliff while no one hears his cries. God's justice for that non-Muslim's injustice. 6. A bunch of non-Muslim students who keep insulting a Muslim woman for her niqaab, lying about her being 'lonely' -when the non-Muslim men, after so many years, become old-aged/senile, their own kids send them away to an old people's home where they experience the loneliness of being abandoned by their own family, who completely forgot about them and became Muslims. 7. A man who has stolen many things in the past and who never returned anything he borrowed, now has others stealing from his belongings. What you do unto others, God (Allah) too may return your actions someday to you. 8. A girl who keeps doing bad things to other girls at school, calling some girls 'ugly' and acting like a bully, ends up being abused almost daily by her older brother(s) when she reaches her teens. The supplications of the girls' parents against that non-Muslim girl was answered. 9. A man who intentionally blocks water from reaching a town or village -what he prevented others from having, God (Allah) may likewise prevent him at a time when that man may need it the most. 10. A non-Muslim laughs at a Muslim woman's predicament. Some time in the future, that man undergoes the exact same thing the woman went through. So basically, any bad thing you do to a Muslim will surely come back to you. Likewise, any good thing you do to a Muslim may lead to Allah having mercy on you. Allah knows best. Be careful of the supplications/du'as of the Muslims you mistreat (treat badly) lest their du'as/prayers against you are answered by Allah in this world and/or on Judgment Day. If one du'a of a Muslim can change the life of an evil wrongdoing non-Muslim, how much more if so many oppressed Muslims pray against some non-Muslims who unjustly took away their lands, belongings etc.? That non-Muslim, he laughs at the Muslim and thinks he's smart But little does he (the non-Muslim) know... that Allah may be laughing too At how foolish he is for his sins and disbelief That his evil deeds are just his means to entering Hell For the evil he was and the evil he used to do He thinks he's all that, but to God (Allah) and the angels that man is nothing To all created things and e'en the inanimate, that atheist is nothing So ignore his insults which are only a sign of his insecurity, don't listen to him Until he returns to Allah and vows to be a true and sincere Muslim. It was narrated that Allah's Messenger Muhammad (SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: "God (Allah) is only merciful with those who show mercy to others." (Al-Bukhârî) and "Be merciful to those on the earth, so the One (Allah) above the heavens will be merciful to you." one of the signs of Allah's mercy on someone is when He (Allah) guides that person to what leads to Heaven, in other words Islam.
  15. Striking A Woman

    As I understand it via my translation of the Qur'an and through some YouTube videos and even a response on this very forum striking a woman is allowed in Islam. I think perhaps there is a cultural or language problem here because surely this is not so. I know personally I would be horrified and beyond angry should some man someday place his hands on my daughter when she is older and married.
  16. Journey Called Life !

    Journey called life Subhan-Allah! According to the Population Reference Bureau's "2010 World Population Data Sheet" (28-July-2010), 4.45 people are born every second worldwide, on the average, and 1.8 people die every second. Another way to look at it is: 267 are born and 108 die on an average, every minute. We were all born on a certain day, in a certain place at a certain time, to a certain household assigned through the decree of Allah, our Creator & Sustainer of the worlds. (Rabb-il-Aalamin). As I sit down and think of this great blessing bestowed on me, I sadly also delve and reflect on the shameful fact that I have done nothing significant on my part, to show my gratitude and thankfulness for this wonderful favor that was showered upon me. Human beings consider themselves physically, mentally, socially intellect & adept in every faculty and superior to all tangible creations of Allah SubhanavaTaala. Quran Surah Rehman Ayah 3 & 4 (Q 55: 3-4) states : He created man. (3) He taught him eloquent speech. (4). Yes, Allah not only created us from among the best of His creations but also provided us with language skills, a quality and blessing bestowed only on the human race. He taught us to speak articulately with reasoning, proper syntax, structure, grammar, with rationale and with humbleness like the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) used to. Allah Taala could have created us as a tree in any of the wild dense tropical forests that cover the earth or as a bird flying somewhere in the vast expanse of Allah's horizon or as a stone being stepped and trodden on as it lay unnoticeable on a side walk. We could have been created as an animal, an insect or as any of the innumerable objects that exist around us. But Allah with His encompassing mercy not only created us as humans, but also chose us to be from the ummah of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (S. A. W.). That by itself manifests as the greatest of all blessings endowed upon us. But we are so caught up in this world that we do not even ponder on this enormous blessing, leave alone thank Allah and show our gratitude. We all are running in a looser race trying to catch up with the glamour, the dazzle, false desires of this world, its artificial brightness blinding our sole purpose & goal in life. We have to remind ourselves that we are here not to enjoy this temporary short term worldly life that enthralls us, but to successfully plan and carefully work every moment towards the long term permanent abode, Aakhira. We are all travelers' in this journey called life. We should lay out our travel plans cautiously, so we can accumulate and add to our album/book of good deeds. We should seek to deliberately max out and work day in and day out, every minute towards our final destination, paradise. Allah repeatedly reminds us through several verses in the Quran about the hereafter. Surah Al-Mumenoon ayah 15 & 6 (Q 23:15-16): Then We made the Nutfah into a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood), then We made the clot into a little lump of flesh, then We made out of that little lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought it forth as another creation. So Blessed is Allah, the Best of creators.[] (14) After that, surely, you will die. (15) Then (again), surely, you will be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection. (16) Surah Al-Hajj Ayah 5 (Q 22:5): O mankind! If you are in doubt about the Resurrection, then verily! We have created you (i.e. Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah (mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge i.e. offspring of Adam), then from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood) then from a little lump of flesh,- some formed and some unformed (as in the case of miscarriage), that We may make (it) clear to you (i.e. to show you Our Power and Ability to do what We will). And We cause whom We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term, then We bring you out as infants,[] then (give you growth) that you may reach your age of full strength. And among you there is he who dies (young), and among you there is he who is brought back to the miserable old age, so that he knows nothing after having known. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down water (rain) on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells and puts forth every lovely kind (of growth). (5) Surah At-Tariq Ayah 5-8 (Q 86:5-8) : So let man see from what he is created! (5) He is created from a water gushing forth, (6) Proceeding from between the back-bone and the ribs, (7) Verily, (Allah) is Able to bring him back (to life)! (8) In all the above ayahs where Allah SubhanavaTaala talks about birth & creation of man from "Nutfah", he immediately follows with reminding us of death & Resurrection. As a Muslim we all believe in the "Day of Resurrection" (Yawm al-Qiyamah) but only a few are religiously and conscientiously working toward it. Time is a precious asset we are all blessed us. We should utilize it to buy the permanent reward of Jannah on the Day of Judgement. Remember our journey as travelers in this fleeting life will end soon. We all know when we were born but we do not know when our journey ends. In other words we do not know our timeline as a traveler. Remember Allah is all merciful, all compassionate and all forgiving. It is never too late to ask Allah for forgiveness and to shift our focus in life and start working hastily, sincerely & consistently towards Aakhirah. Insha-Allah as long as we clutch on tightly and not let go of the Holy Quran as our travel guide in this journey of life and follow the Sunnah as our road map by emulating our prophet (S.A.W), we will hopefully, when the journey ends partake in Allah's encompassing mercy. ***** http://www.islamicit...ref=IC1009-4306
  17. Salamu 'alaikum TASHKENT – Increasing its surveillance on Muslims, Uzbek authorities have prohibited the sale of religious clothing, specifically hijabs and face veil, at several Tashkent markets following a secretive ban on sales, Eurasia Net reported on Friday, March 16. “Islamic clothing is being sold under the counter,” Tashkent businesswoman Mutabar, who imports goods from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, said. “I am selling it from home, but only to trusted customers.” The ban came to effect earlier this month after the vendors said they received an oral order from the Uzbek government. Venders at several markets, including the massive Chorsu Bazaar, have pulled headscarves and other coverings from their racks. Local authorities reportedly confiscated some clothing, but they did not confirm reports about banning hijab. “There’s a ban on the sale of Islamic clothing, but I can’t discuss hijab,” an official at the Chorsu market, who asked for anonymity, told the Institute of War and Peace Reporting. Another local tax officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the authorities wanted to keep the ban quiet. “No one will discuss it openly now,” he said. “It’s the same with halal cafes, which have been closed.” There is no legal provision banning sales of hijab, but legislation passed in 1998 sets out fines and short jail terms for wearing religious clothing in public. Punishment ranges from a fine of five to 10 times the monthly minimum wage to 15 days in jail. In the first known prosecution under the law, a court in Syrdarya region fined a woman the equivalent of 155 US dollars for wearing hijab. Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations. Mosque Surveillance Along with banning hijab, Uzbek authorities installed cameras in and around 181 Masjids in Namangan Region. “The authorities are trying to control what happens during prayer, to track what imams say to believers and to see whether young people are attending prayers,” an Uzbek imam living across the border in neighboring Kyrgyzstan told Radio Free Europe’s Uzbek Service. Authorities claimed the installation of security cameras follows thefts at some Masjids. Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous nation, is at the heart of a geopolitical power struggle between the West and Russia. The country, where Muslims make up 88 percent of the 28 million population, is one of the world's biggest producers of cotton and has huge natural gas and mineral reserves. Yet, economy is sluggish and unemployment is towering. Rights groups have long accused Uzbekistan of suppressing religious freedoms as part of a campaign against Islamic extremism. In a 2012 country report, the New York-based Human Rights Watch accused the Uzbek authorities of continuing “their unrelenting, multi-year campaign of arbitrary detention, arrest and torture of Muslims who practice their faith outside state controls”. http://www.onislam.net/english/news/asia-pacific/456256-uzbekistan-bans-religious-clothing.html Inna Lillahi.......... 'Alaykum Salam.
  18. Assalamualikum Brother's, Below is the link to the YouTube channel of Jamia Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane. There are several video's of Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali's performance's in Australia. http://www.youtube.com/user/AlMustaphainstitute Please share this with everyone you know. So they may also experience the word's that were spoken by Syed-E-Mursaleen Mohammed Sallahu Allayhi Wassallam, being recited by the blessed voice of Hazrat Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali.