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Verse of the Week
"The messenger believes in what has been revealed to him
from his Lord, and (so do) the believers; they all believe
in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers; We
make no difference between any of His messengers; and they
say: We hear and obey, our Lord! Thy forgiveness (do we
crave), and to Thee is the eventual course.
Holy Qur'an 2:285
-Submitted by Sis. Abigail
Ramadan Alert : islamicmoon.com
By Dr. Omar Afzal, Ithaca, New York
The Muslims in North America should start Ramadan on August
12, 12010, if they wish to follow the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
In the USA and Canada Ramadan Hilal will not be seen on
Tuesday, August 10. Its age, lag between the sunset and the
moonset, as well as its altitude on the western horizon is
In the evening of August 11, the moon will be easily seen
almost everywhere except northern regions of Canada.
ISNA date of August 11 for N. America follows Saudi/Egyptian
date. They do not decide by the Hilal of Ramadan in North
America or Saudi Arabia .
A Hilal cannot be seen in Makkah or Cairo on August 10.
Editor's note: Islamic Law requires sighting of the moon for
the start of Ramadan and for Eid. The Hadith of the Prophet,
pbuh, are authentic and unambiguous on this matter.
Read Jamaate Islami leader Munawar Hasan's khutba on the
devastating floods in Pakistan.
Notes by Kaukab Siddique
Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi
by Dr. Ali M. Sallabi
Three Volumes Hardcover by the International Islamic
Publishing House, Saudi Arabia, 2010
This is a scholarly contribution to the Islamic view of the
Crusades. It brings out the division among the Muslims and
Salah ad-Deen's success in overcoming disunity. It also
highlights the struggle of great leaders who appeared before
Salah ad-Deen and prepared the ground for his liberation of
Jerusalem. Salah ad-Deen and the other Muslim leaders were
extremely generous in their treatment of the Crusaders,
though they defeated and sometimes wiped-out the Crusader
The greatest danger for Islam was from within the Muslim
sects, the most venomous of which was the Ismaili (batini)
sect which flourished under Fatimid rule in Egypt and under
the "Assassins" of Alamut. Great Islamic leaders like
Mawdood and Nizamul Mulk fell victim to these terrorists.
Salah ad-Deen himself was almost killed on two occasions by
Today we find the Crusaders again in the Muslim world with
their base in Israel, their armies in Iraq and Afghanistan
and their armadas controlling the sea lanes. Behind them
are Ismailis of today, led by the Aga Khan who is a great
friend of the Israelis and NATO and has vast sums at his
disposal to be able to infiltrate the Muslim world and set
up Westernizing organizations.
This book is a must read for those who know that history
often repeats itself.
Unite Against Zionism
Spotlight from Imam Badi Ali, Jamaat al-Muslimeen North
People often forget that Muslims have not put occupation
forces into America. Muslims are facing military occupation
in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Somalia etc. How
would Americans feel if their land were occupied?
Outreach: Unite Against Zionism: Jamaat al-Muslimeen
Eight Page Document Given to 75 Muslims in College Park,
On August 6, 2010, Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature was
distributed by a sister activist at Dar ul Huda in College
Park. Articles given to 75 Muslims included contrasting
pictures of General Kayani with Hillary Clinton on one side
and Syed Munawar Hasan in Chitral on the other. Included
were the details of the tragic sentencing of Lynne Stewart,
the struggle of Muslims in Somalia, Dr. Siddique's article
on Abu Huraira, r.a. and thought provoking snippets from
Imam Badi Ali.
An Indonesian brother was very supportive but most of the
people here are cut off from the Islamic movement owing to
control by CAIR and others like them including a pious imam
who never speaks out. Long beards with no message. A very
stodgy newsletter comes out of here which publicizes CAIR
and even tried to justify the treachery against five Muslim
youths by CAIR in its support of Keith Ellison (CAIR's
Our America: #1
Obama's Magic: A Mosque near Ground Zero. We Need the Rod of
Moses to Swallow Pharoah's Snakes
by Kaukab Siddique
Some US Muslims supported by some American Jews, in
particular Mayor Bloomberg of New York, have seemingly won
the case to construct a magnificent mosque near Ground Zero.
Other Americans, particularly the relatives of 9.11 victims,
are opposing the mosque. The debate has been waxing and
waning with strong arguments on both sides.
(For overseas readers, Ground Zero is the place where the
Twin Towers stood before they were struck by Muhammad Atta
and 18 other Muslims who used American airliners as their
weapons. One tower fell over the other, leading to the
destruction of both. Americans have been traumatized since
the 9.11 attacks. Unable to believe that unarmed assailsnts
could wreak so much damage, various people have come up with
conspiracy theories to explain how 19 Muslims could break
through the American security network to create havoc in
America's high value economic assets.)
President Obama has tried to reverse the perception of war
between America and Islam. He is one of the most
intellectual presidents America has ever had and he is
working hard to clean up the confusion and damage President
Bush created. Bush had been taken totally by surprise when
the Muslims penetrated the cross referenced American defense
patterns. He used the occasion to go to war with the full
force of the military. Unfortunately victory became more and
more difficult as Islamic resistance slowly but steadily
Obama's line is that America is not against Islam. Bush
made the same claim but Obama is more persuasive and
eloquent with his seemingly superior intellectual ability.
He did blunder into his "we are friends of Islam" campaign
by starting off in Egypt. Even the gullible could not help
noticing that Egypt is one of the worst human rights
offenders against active Muslims. However, Obama has tried
to patch over the mistake by continuing to send nice
messages on Eid and by recruiting pliable but pious looking
Muslims, including a Hafize Qur'an, a woman with a head
cover and a "we are for peace" Aga Khani, into the White
House public relations network.
The mosque at Ground Zero is part of the "soothe Islam"
campaign. Part of the White House polemic is that Muhammad
Atta as well as the Taliban killed and/or are killing
Muslims. A few, very few, Muslims were killed in the Twin
Towers. This is the "evidence'' used to 'prove' that the 19
hijackers wanted to kill Muslims. When the Taliban react to
bombing by B-52s and B-1s, multiple rocket fire from drones
and targeting by heavy artillery, with martyrdom operations,
that is again seen as evidence that the Taliban kill
Muslims. After all Taliban attacks lack the precision of
"smart" bombs and some civilians do get killed. Do the
Taliban want to kill Muslims? That's a difficult question
which would mess up the White House' patterns of thought.
So the mosque at Ground Zero would prove that "Islam" and
America are united against "terrorism."
The majority of the relatives of the 9.11 victims do not
understand the sophistry of President Obama. They protest
and obstruct the mosque and are supported by right wing
extremists who wish that Bush had had another term.
Many Muslims have been beguiled. They don't notice this:
1. The mosque is a multi-million dollar project. It could
not possibly be funded by any independent Muslim group.
2. MAS and other Muslim cliques which are supporting this
mosque are known for their support of the government
[whoever is in the White House] not unlike the Qadianis
["ahmedis"] and Aga Khanis.
3. Support for the mosque is coming from the Jewish-Zionist
lobby, in particular mayor Bloomberg.
Non-Muslims too are divided and don't understand President
Obama's agenda. Large crowds led by Spencer, a man with a
twisted mind who wrote a hate filled and dishonest book
against Islam, have been protesting the mosque. Sarah Palin
has weighed in. Some Jews [ADL] have also turned against it.
The extreme right wing could nullify Obama's efforts or at
least blur his mission.
Note from NY: Rabbis Want the Mosque!
This proposed Center near Ground Zero has the support of
Jewish Mayor Michael Bloomberg (or Bloombucks as activist
New Yorkers call him). On August 5th, a few rabbis rallied
in support of the mosque being built.
-Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen New York City]
Our America: #2
International "Burn a Qur'an" Day planned for 9.11
Anniversary in America
By Sis. Abigail Anthony
An American church based in Florida is hosting an
"International Burn a Quran Day" on this years anniversary
of 9/11. This church (or so-called "church") is the Dove
World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL.
The maniac who "pastors" this church, Terry Jones, is
calling for others to join-in with his congregation to burn
copies of the Quran because he says: "We believe that Islam
is of the Devil, that it's causing billions of people to go
to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent
religion and that is proven many, many times," (as told to
CNN's reporter, Rick Sanchez earlier this year).
The "church" boasts a sign on its lawn that says: "Islam is
of the Devil"; and its website (www.doveworld.org ) is
filled with anti-Islamic statements.
When the pastor was asked why the church would post such a
sign, he answered: "To expose Islam for what it is. It is a
violent and oppressive religion that is trying to masquerade
itself as a religion of peace, seeking to deceive our
society." (Question and answer posted on the churches
The "church" website announces that it "offers free shelter
and food to women who want to escape Islam"; it lists "Ten
Reasons to Burn a Koran"; and it urges people to "show their
support and take a stand" by purchasing a t-shirt that says
"Islam is of the Devil" (the "church" actually sells these
The Florida 'church' condemns other Christians (or so-called
"christians") for remaining silent about Islam, and
encourages them to become bold and fearless and to finally
speak-out about how they truly feel about Islam.
I have lived in this country my entire life and I have
witnessed and can testify to the evil, bitterness, and
hatred many Americans and so-called "Christians" harbor in
their hearts for Islam.... these people are not true
followers of Jesus, but sadly, they represent the sentiments
of the majority .
As the Qur'an says to the true Muslims who follow the right
"You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit
of) men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and
believe in Allah; and if the followers of the Book had
believed it would have been better for them; of them (some)
are believers but most of them are transgressors."
-Holy Qur'an 3:110
Doubts Cast on Claim that Taliban Killed Medical Aid Workers
By Sis. Abigail Anthony
In an interview, BBC reporter speaks to IAM [International
Assistance Mission] Director Dirk Frans about the
accusations that Taliban are responsible for the deaths of
the 10 IAM foreign medical aid workers.
Frans says "I find it a little bit strange that they've
taken responsibility a number of days after the incident. I
know of other cases where they've taken responsibility
within an hour or two...that to me, sounds more believable.
Secondly, according to our sources, that area is not
particularly known for an insurgency by any armed opposition
group, whichever it may be. As to us spreading
Christianity, that is simply not true. We are a Christian
agency. We are registered as such. In fact, we have been
registered as such from the very beginning, since 1966. The
Taliban knew we were a Christian agency and still they
allowed us to work because they actually saw what we did.
So, I don't think that is a valid argument."
Although the U.S. media is blasting the Taliban for these
crimes (as usual), the people who are actually in a position
to know facts about the case and are familiar with the local
scene seem to believe that robbery was the motive.
In a separate interview, Frans is quoted as saying: "When
the local police actually found the bodies of 10 people, the
police chief basically said this was a robbery. And the
people were completely stripped of all their valuables.
There were no passports, no nothing of value left.
Now that could well be the case. That would actually fit the
information that we had that basically there were no
insurgents in the area. But, of course, you never know about
bandits and robbers. They can be just about anywhere."
In a heavily loaded statement on Fox TV, August 9, Mrs.
Hillary Clinton flatly accused the Taliban and ignored Dirk
Frans' statement. Holbrooke, said to be a Jewish-Zionist,
went even further. Looks like the US has realized that the
Taliban will not be fooled into "peace talks." --Editor.
Afghan resistance statement
Response of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding a
picture published by Time magazine
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
August 7, 2010
Sha'ban 25, 1431 A.H, Saturday, August 07, 2010
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most
Time magazine has recently published a picture of an Afghan
women Aisha, and described her horrifying story which is
connected to the Taliban under the title 'Afghan women and
the return of the Taliban'.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects this fabrication
by the Americans, who are publishing these lies to divert
attention of the people from their clear and disgraceful
This desperate propaganda by Time magazine has shown the
whole world to the lengths which the world media will go to
please America, even at the cost of their Journalistic
This picture published by Time magazine and the barbaric
story wrongly attached to the Islamic Emirate is not only
false, but publishing these images are against the morals
and ethics of professional journalism. A lot of journalists
worldwide have condemned this act of Time magazine and
called it a crime against journalism.
As far as the story of Aisha is concerned, Islamic Emirate
of Afghanistan has condemned this barbaric, inhumane and
unislamic act and declares that this case has never been
forwarded to any court or persons of Islamic Emirate of
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan uses Shariate law to
solve any internal or human right issues. Shariate laws
promote peace and justice to the society, not hatred and
In sacred Islamic law, cutting of human ears and noses
whether the human is alive or dead is illegal and
prohibited. In many hadith from Muhammad PBUH, cutting of
noses, ears and lips of a dead unbeliever is prohibited, so
how can the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan carry out this
act especially when the person to whom it is done is alive
and is a Muslim. Under Shariate law if someone carries out
this heinous act, the same thing will be done to the
criminal who has perpetuated this act.
We sympathize with our sister Aisha and call this atrocious
act a crime against humanity and against Shariate law.
We call on Time and other western media to stop trampling on
their own moral principles, just to hide and divert people's
attention from Americas military and political defeat by
publishing such fabrications.
We also call on Afghani media to stop spreading the lies of
Islam hating western media by becoming their translators.
Journalism is an important duty, thus it should not be used
is spreading mischief.
The Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan
(With thanks to Br. Rafe in California)
Our America: #3
Helping the Islamic Movement in Somalia Made a crime
August 5: USA announced that it has arrested 14 Somali
Muslims. The charges are not clear but apparently the US is
determined to stop the flow of support from Somalis in USA
to the al-Shabab in Somalia.
Our America: #4
The Railroading of Three Shia Muslims: Flimsy Claims of Plot
Against JFK Airport
(There is no chance that Muslims will be treated with
justice in a US court. --Editor)
Kadir denies US claim he was spying for Iran-admits passing
reports to ambassador in Venezuela
Posted On July 22, 2010 (5:49 am)
Former PNCR parliamentarian Abdul Kadir, who is on trial for
plotting to blow up the JFK airport, yesterday denied an
accusation by the US that he spent years secretly working as
a spy for Iran — passing along information about Guyana's
economy, foreign policy and military to Iranian officials.
According to a Bloomberg report, Kadir, admitted under
cross-examination that he drafted regular reports for the
Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, which included details like
the "low morale" in the Guyanese army. The documents he
allegedly drafted included a five-year development plan to
promote Islam in Guyana, which included references to
infiltrating the military, police and other government
"Is it fair to say that you're a spy for the Iranian
government?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Marshall Miller asked
Kadir yesterday after showing him reports on Guyana that he
sent to Iran's ambassador to Venezuela.
"No sir," Kadir answered.
Kadir and Russell Defreitas, a former Evergreen Airlines
cargo worker, have been charged with participating in the
plot hatched in January 2006. They circulated their plan to
an international network of Muslim extremists, prosecutors
allege. The plot was foiled in the planning stages with the
aid of an informant, Steven Francis, who recorded the
alleged plotters' conversations and who testified at trial
in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. Kadir first took the
stand on Tuesday.
Kadir was arrested in June 2007 on a plane in Trinidad on
his way to Iran.
US prosecutors argued that Kadir was going to Tehran to get
operational and financial support for the plot to blow up
fuel lines and tanks at the airport. Kadir testified on
Tuesday that he was going there to obtain funds for a mosque
he wanted to build in Guyana and to commemorate the
anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
Iran's former supreme leader. Kadir said he had gone to Iran
On cross-examination by Miller, Kadir first said he never
shared information on Guyana with the Iranian embassy in
Venezuela, the closest to his home country.
Miller then exhibited several reports in Kadir's handwriting
on Guyana's economy, military and politics. In one report,
Kadir wrote about the "sinking" morale of the Guyanese army.
"Yes, I was telling him about what was happening in Guyana,
sir," Kadir testified.
Miller also showed the jury a handwritten "five-year
development plan" by Kadir that he testified was for
promoting Islam in Guyana. Miller asked him questions about
points in the document referring to infiltrating Guyana's
army, police force and ministries.
Kadir, responding to a question by his own lawyer, Kafahni
Nkrumah, said he learned about the airport bomb plot from
Defreitas and Francis in February 2007. Kadir said he never
told anyone about the plan, even though he told the two men
he would try to interest others in it. "I never spoke to
anyone after they told me about the plot," Kadir told the
The jury previously listened to a March 2007 recording of
Kadir telling Francis that the people he contacted weren't
interested in participating in the terror plot at that time.
They might be in the future, Kadir said on the recording.
"I said that to him just because I did not want him to sever
relationships with me completely," Kadir testified
"I did tell them I wasn't interested in their plan from the
very first time they introduced it to me."
The attacks were designed to destroy "the whole of Kennedy,"
the largest airport in the New York area, Defreitas said in
a taped conversation, according to the US Justice
The plotters conducted surveillance of the airport,
including videotaping its buildings, and sought expert
advice, financing and explosives, prosecutors said.
In her June 30 opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Berit Berger told jurors that Kadir was an engineer who
advised on the technical aspects of the plot.
Kadir and Defreitas face life in prison if convicted.
Defreitas, a U.S. citizen and native of Guyana, pleaded not
guilty in 2007.
Abdel Nur, another Guyanese who was also charged in the
plot, pleaded guilty on June 29 to one count of providing
support to terrorists. Another accused, Kareem Ibrahim, a
citizen of Trinidad who has pleaded not guilty in the case,
was granted a separate trial at a later date due to a
Article taken from Stabroek News - http://stabroeknews.com
(With thanks to Jamaat al-Muslimeen Brooklyn, NY)
"Persian Conspiracy" Theory about Hadith: Shows Parwez's
By Kaukab Siddique
"Deem not the summons of the Messenger among yourselves like
the summons of one of you to another: Allah does know those
of you who slip away under shelter of some excuse: then let
those beware who withstand the Messenger's order, lest some
trial befall them, or a grievous chastisement be inflicted
on them." (The Qur'an 24:63.) Quoted by Imam Ahmed Ibn
Hanbal in his confrontation with a despotic ruler who wanted
to include sectarian concerns into the fabric of Islam.
(The following writer has sent several questions this time.
We'll answer only one at a time so as not to burden a
substantial segment of our readers who are already quite
well read in Islam.)
Question from M., Canada: You are trying to connect the
"Qur'an Only" movement to Jewish scholars but Allama Parvez
writes so well about some facts of Hadith which no one else
had noticed. He wrote that ALL the scholars of Hadith were
Persians. He saw that Hadith was not collected by the early
Arab scholars. The Persians brought Hadith to oppose the
Arabs. He writes about Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu
Dawood, Ibn Maja and Nasai:
"All of them were Iranians. None of them was an inhabitant
of Arabia. It's an astonishing fact that none of the Arabs
took up this great task and the collection and compilation
of Hadith was fulfilled by non-Arabs (ajamis). Secondly, all
of these persons were in the third century Hijra ...."
[Maqame Hadith, G.A. Parvez, page 13.]
Answer by Kaukab Siddique: Parwez's theory is absurd for
anyone who has done any reading on Hadith ; hence I feel as
if I am wasting my time answering this question. However, I
need to answer because Parwez has been effective among
people who have not studied Hadith. Among them is a man
named Dr. Sayed Abdul Wadud who wrote a book titled
Conspiracies against the Qur'an in which he made a straight
copy of Parvez's list of the six scholars of Hadith in the
form of a chart indicating their Persian origin. A very
sincere gentleman (who is in Canada), Akbarally Meherally,
was taken in by Abdul Wadud's book and wrote a book of his
own Myths and Realities of Hadith in which he reproduces the
same chart as Abdul Wadud (p.86) quite confidently. I doubt
if Meherally knew that Abdul Wadud is a follower of Parwez.
Let's break down the issue.
1. Were the six actually all Iranians? The answer is NO.
Probably Parwez did not look at any map connected to Muslim
history. Even the area known as "Khurasan" was a vast area,
much of it now included in Afghanistan. Allama Tajuddin
Subki (died 771 H.) has left us a good impression of the
area known as Khurasan. He writes in his Tabqat al-Shafi'a:
"The leading cities of Khurasan were four which were like
its pillars which marked its foundation: Merv, Nishapur,
Balkh and Herat. These were its greatest cities but if you
were to say that they were actually the cities of Islam,
that wouldn't be wrong because these were the centers of
Islamic knowledge as well as of government."
Of the six Parwez noticed, the greatest, Imam Bukhari was
born in Bukhara, which is in central Asia and is not
included it in Iran or in Khurasan. So Parwez's theory is
busted by the very one he hated most. Perhaps Parwez should
have come up with a Central Asian theory.
Ibn Maja was from Qazwin which is and was in Azerbaijan.
Talk to any Azerbaijani, and it becomes apparent that though
Azerbaijan today is in Iran, it has its own history and
background. Azerbaijanis are not Persians.
Abu Dawood was from Sijistan which is or overlaps with what
we call Baluchistan today, some of it now in modern Iran and
some in Pakistan.
Thus we are left with a Persian conspiracy with three
"conspirators." Of these, Tirmidhi actually differed with
Imam Bukhari and criticized the technical quality of some of
Imam Bukhari's texts. He also has some criticism of Imam
Muslim's texts. Thus this "conspiracy" was certainly not
Nasai and Muslim were from the general area of Khurassan but
there are serious differences in the way they presented
Hadith. Nasai actually ignores quite a few of the narrators
Bukhari accepted. The methodology, purpose and style of all
six is unique, each in its own way.
All six were independent scholars who stayed away from any
control by rulers and took extreme pains to make sure that
no one could pressure or buy them. There is no evidence
whatsoever that they were organizing some kind of cultural
"counter revolution" against the Arabs. They loved the
Prophet (pbuh) so much and were so fearful of attributing
anything to him incorrectly that they would differ among
themselves and debate over the best possible sources of
information about the Prophet's (pbuh) Hadith. For instance,
Tirmidhi differed with Bukhari over his sources for a Hadith
about istinja (or cleaning oneself after going to the
bathroom). This was indeed a strange "conspiracy" that these
two were differing over which chain of narrators was best
for reference to the Prophet's (pbuh) mode of cleaning
himself. This must have been a revolution about cleanliness!
2. When Parwez gave his neat little chart about the six
Persian "conspirators," he conveniently forgot that Hadith
was collected in non-Persian cities too. For instance,
numerous scholars who met the companions (r.a.) of the
Prophet (pbuh) in cities outside Khurasan, also compiled
Hadith. Among the great centers of Hadith scholarship were
Arab cities, Makka, Madina, Damascus, Kufa, Basra and parts
of Egypt and Palestine. The greatest center of learning
turned out to be Baghdad which was cosmopolitan, both Arabic
3. Parwez did not understand Hadith scholarship. Hence he
did not realize that the six greats he attacked were merely
compilers of selective editions of Hadith which already
existed. [A comparison for understanding: Various scholars
prepare selections of Iqbal's poetry from his many years of
poetry. This does not mean that the anthologists invented
Iqbal's poetry. They simply put together what they thought
was Iqbal's best or what was best for their purposes.] The
six were simply trying, each in his own way, to check on the
authenticity of Hadith narrations by the most stringent of
In addition to the six, there were other giants of Hadith
scholarship who concentrated on the application of the
Qur'an and the Hadith to the issues facing the community. Of
the five most famous of these greats, four were Arabs:
Imam Jafar as-Sadiq
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal
(The only non-Arab, great by comparison with these four, was
Imam Abu Hanifa. Perhaps Parwez should have come up with a
theory of Arab conspiracy to control non-Arabs.
Unfortunately for him, Imam Abu Hanifa was the student of
Imam Jafar. The Arabs and the non-Arabs worked together.
Islam for both was about the Qur'an and the authenticity of
Hadith. All were scholars of the Qur'an, a requirement
before anyone could study Hadith.)
Incidentally, Imam Ahmad's Musnad is not included in the six
books of Hadith because its purpose (by definition of the
word musnad) was to be INCLUSIVE, while Imam Bukhari and the
others were EXCLUSIVE, trying to keep out any narration
which had any weakness OF ANY KIND.
Imam Jafar is from the Ahlul Bait [the line of Ali, r.a.,
and Fatima, r.a.], so nobody can suspect him of being an
Ajami or non-Arab. He took Hadith from Hazrat Ali (r.a.),
one of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) who WROTE Hadith
during the time of the Prophet (pbuh), which debunks the
idea that Hadith were first written down in the third
Imam Malik (most influential and with a wide FOLLOWING IN
AFRICA) was from the holy city of Madina. His dates are
93-179 H and his collection of Hadith, Muwatta, written in
130 H. (before the middle of the second century) is one of
the most famous books of Hadith. Its very existence refutes
the story that Hadith were first written in the third
century. [It is not included in the SIX because its focus is
on hadith relating to law and not to the entire gamut of the
Prophet's life (pbuh).] Malik had thousands of students,
many of whom were great scholars of Hadith in their own
Most amazingly, Parwez missed Imam Shafai'i. [His dates:
150-204 also show that Hadith was available in writing in
the Second century of Islam.] This great scholar took on
those who were trying to claim that one report from the
Prophet (pbuh) was not sufficient for purposes of law. His
work was definitive in this field. There are few who have
served Hadith scholarship better. For purposes of this
discussion, I will only look at his Arab descent.
Muhammad (Shafaii son of Idrees, son of Abbas, son of
'Usman, son of Shafa'e, son of Saib, son of Ubaid, son of
Abd Yazeed, son of Hashim, son of Abdul Muttalib son of Abd
[Pakistani readers should look up Imam Shafaii kay ahd,
mujahidat aur zaat-o-sifat ka mukammal jaiza (A Complete
Appraisal of the Era, scholarly decisions, personality and
qualities of Imam Shafii) by Egyptian writer Muhammad Abu
Zahra, translated by Syed Raees Ahmad J'afri into Urdu.]
Parwez's fatal mistake was that he ignored Ahmad ibn Hanbal,
who was not only an Arab scholar of Hadith but one who
insisted that in the presence of Hadith, there is no need
for qiyas [analogy]. As pointed out earlier, his Musnad, a
compendium of Hadith bigger than Bukhari's Sahih is
available today. Ahmad's dates are very significant: 164-241
H. Thus he was the contemporary of Bukhari and most of the
other five greats of Hadith. He was part of the huge variety
of scholarship which emerged from Islam's cultural center
That Parwez would try to condemn Bukhari for being "Iranian"
while ignoring Ahmad ibn Hanbal is a sign of scholarly
dishonesty. Ahmad's Musnad is a deadly blow for Parwez
because it contains the ENTIRE TEXT of a FIRST CENTURY
collection of Hadith, which was prepared in WRITING by
Hammam ibn Munabbih who listened to Abu Huraira (r.a.) and
wrote down 138 Hadith from him. (The ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT of
Hammam's collection was discovered by the Indian scholar,
What we are looking at here is that:
A FIRST CENTURY collection in WRITING reached the THIRD
CENTURY intact and was PUBLISHED IN FULL TEXT in the Musnad
of Ahmad ibn Hanbal which EXISTS TODAY. Thus, there can be
no doubt that Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) were successfully
transmitted to future generations by the scholars of Hadith.
(By the way, Ahmad was Arab, not a Persian "conspirator. He
was from the Arab tribe of Sheiban which settled in Basra
when Omar ibn al-Khattab (r.a.) asked for volunteers to
settle in that seemingly inhospitable area. Ahmad's line
connects with that of the Prophet (pbuh) through Nazar bin
Maadan bin 'Adnan.)
Imam Ahmed defied three Abbasid Caliphs who were trying to
bring sectarian concepts into Islam. I am not surprised that
Parwez ignored him. Parwez was helping the secularist rulers
of his time to bring sectarian ideas into Islam to help
defeat the independent Islamic scholars of our time like
Syed Abul 'Ala Maudoodi (rahmatullah alaih).
We as Muslims can be proud that people of all nations have
contributed to Islamic learning.
Helpful hints for non-Muslims to understand their Muslim
neighbors during Ramadan
O! You who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was
prescribed for the people before you, so that you may
acquire self control and God-consciousness
- Quran 2:183
1431st Ramadan - the Month of Blessings and Peace
By Imam Ali Siddiqui (California)
2.8 billion Muslims of the world will celebrate the blessed
month of Ramadan . During this month, healthy Muslim adults
will observe fasting during the daylight hours.
Muslim Fasting is a total abstention from eating and
drinking from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days of the month of
Ramadan. In addition, avoiding immoral behavior and anger
and showing compassion is part of the requirements of the
fasting. The purpose of fasting is manifold. Allah (the God
Almighty) mentioned it in the Holy Book of the Muslims,
Quran, that the fasting is prescribed for the believers as
it was prescribed for the people before them, so that they
may acquire self control and God-consciousness (Quran
2:183). Therefore, the purpose of fasting is to develop
self-control, God-consciousness, improvement of health by
reducing or eliminating impurities from the body, and to
become aware of the plight of the poor, hungry, and the
Ramadan is a month of spiritual consciousness and high sense
of social responsibility. The fulfillment of one's
obligations during this month is rewarded by 70 times.
Fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam including
Announcement of Faith, Salaat (praying 5 times a day),
Zakaat (the right of the poor on the wealth of the
financially able), Fasting during the month of Ramadan, and
Hajj (once a life time pilgrimage to Ka'aba). It is an
obligation on every adult and healthy Muslim to fast during
the month of Ramadan.
The month of Ramadan is also the month in which the Holy
Quran was sent down from highest level of heaven to the 1st
level, from where it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) in a piecemeal basis over a period of 23 years.
It is a very joyous occasion for the Muslims of the world.
They fast during the day, pray, and read Quran during the
part of the night.
There is a special night called the Night of Power, which is
mentioned in the Quran (Chapter 97), as a night of peace,
mercy, and light. Worshiping during this night is better
than the worship of 1,000 months. During this night,
Muhammad was chosen by Allah, as the Messenger and Quran was
sent to the 1st level of heaven. During this night, Allah
(the God Almighty) sends down an army of special angels,
under the leadership of Archangel Gabriel, who go to every
nook and cranny of the earth to pray for the mercy of Allah
(the God Almighty) and salvation of the believers.
Unlike common calendar, which is Solar based, Islamic
calendar is Lunar based. It does not mean that Muslims
worship the moon. It is another way to count days of the
month and the year. Like all Islamic months, Ramadan, 9th
lunar month, begins after sighting the Crescent, but not the
The population of Muslims in the US is estimated at 9
million, of which about 2 million lives in California. All
healthy Muslim adults including homemakers, school-going
kids around the age of 13, factory workers, businessmen, and
others among them will be fasting. Your Muslim neighbors
will be getting up very early to take their sahoor, a
pre-dawn meal before starting their fast. So, don't get
alarmed if you hear lot of noise next door. School staff has
to show understanding and consideration towards Muslim
students fasting during the month of Ramadan from August 11
to Sept. 9, 2010. They should be assigned alternate
activities instead of strenuous gym activities.
Physicians should also understand that their patients might
be fasting. They should prescribe the medicine in a way that
they could take it with their pre-dawn or after sunset
meals. However, if the patients' life may be in jeopardy,
explain it to the patients or seek help from a Muslim
Medical Chaplain at a local hospital, (like Imam Ali
Siddiqui, 707-545-5234, Siddiqui@aol.com) or an
Imam/director of a local Masjid/Islamic Center. According to
Muslim physicians, there are some physiological benefits
from Muslim Fasting (total abstention from food and liquids)
including lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol,
and lowering of systolic blood pressure.
At the completion of month of Fasting, Muslims all over the
world celebrate their holiday of Eid al-Fitr. It is the
biggest Muslim holiday. It is a true thanksgiving for a
Muslim believer for having the opportunity to obey Allah
(the God Almighty) by observing Fasting. It is celebrated on
the 1st day of 10th lunar month, Shaw'waal. The holiday
begins with Muslims putting on their best, preferably new
clothes and going to the Eid congregation. Eid congregations
are very large gatherings of Muslim men, women, and children
across the country. You can witness these gathering at local
Convention Centers, Fair grounds, and/or Community Parks.
Afterwards, people greet each other with hugs and
handshakes. The children receive gifts of money and toys.
After the congregation, Muslims visit each other at their
homes and hold lunches or dinners for family and friends.
Don't be surprised if you are invited to an Eid dinner or
Eid celebration by your Muslim neighbor or friend. Please do
accept such an invitation. The hospitality, friendliness,
and variety of international Muslim cuisine will pleasantly
surprise you. Greetings of Ramadan, Ramadan Karim!
The local police and other law enforcement agencies should
take extra precautions, during this month around the local
Masjid / mosque / Islamic Center and where the Eid
Congregation will be held, for the safety of Muslims and
their facilities. The Muslim Communities across the nation
appreciate the local police officers and the law enforcement
agencies for looking after their safety. They are also
thankful of interfaith volunteers who have provided support
and vigilance. Thank you! May Allah, the Creator, look after
you in your hour of need! Amen!
© Imam Ali Siddiqui
P.S. Muslims should call their local Masjid for the
beginning and end of Ramadan. Additional information can be
acquired through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imam Ali Siddiqui serves the North Bay Muslim Community, CA.
His other responsibilities include President, California
Muslim Institute & Center for Interfaith Studies, Santa
Rosa, CA; Co-Coordinator, North Bay Jewish Muslim Dialogue;
Member, Sonoma County Interfaith Council and Japanese
American Citizen League, Florin, CA. Previously, as an imam,
he has served the Southern California Muslim Community. His
other engagements were the Chairperson, Peace with Justice
Center of the Pomona Valley; Member of the Board, Clergy and
Laity United for Economic Justice, Los Angeles and UNA of
Pomona Valley; and the President, Corona-Norco Interfaith
For additional information about author's involvement,
please visit onenationforall.org and/or Google: "Imam Ali
Other publications by the author:
Zakat-ul-Fitr is Wajib
Zakat al-Maal - the right of the Poor
Lai-la-tul Qadr - The Night of Mercy and Peace
Eid al-Fitr - A True Thanksgiving
The Significance of Eid
A PowerPoint presentation About Ramadan for schools is also
Imam Siddiqui is also available for speaking engagements.
Please contact him at Siddiqui[at]aol.com; 707-5455234.
Published by California Muslim Institute & Center for
Bridging the gap of understanding between the Muslims and
the community through teaching about Islam, Muslims, and the
California Muslim Institute & Center for Interfaith Studies,
1841 Vermillion Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95403;
Pakistan: Biggest Ever Floods Ignored by Ruling Junta
Zardari's joyrides sprinkling salt on flood affectees'
Jamaate Islami supports education
Report by Shamsuddin (Lahore)
LAHORE, Aug. 6: The discovery of President Zardari's King's
palace in France is tantamount to sprinkling salt on the
wounds of the flood affected people but the rulers seemed to
be devoid of any sense of shame or humanity, Jamaat e Islami
chief, Syed Munawar Hasan, said here Friday.
In the backdrop of British PM David Cameron's tirade against
this country and in the midst of British Media's taunts of
"Mr. Ten Per cent", self respect and the national honour
required President Zardari to call off his visit to Britain,
he said in his address to the Friday congregation at
The JI chief said that the Pakistani nation was facing
difficult situations one after the other. The 2005
earthquake caused heavy losses of both life and property.
Subsequently, around five million tribal people were forced
to leave their homes due to military operations and now the
torrential rains and floods had killed thousands of people
and uprooted hundreds of habitations. Crops over hundreds of
thousands of acres of land had been washed away and the
business of the people had been destroyed.
In such a dismal situation, he said, the rulers were busy in
photo sessions, setting up fictitious relief camps and
issuing bogus checks. The President was busy in joyrides
abroad, visiting his palaces purchased with the looted
He said as the government and the bureaucracy had abandoned
the flood affected masses in distress, the nation must face
the calamity with a sense of unity and dedication. He said,
the JI workers and Al-Khidmat Foundation volunteers were
busy providing relief to their brethren in distress,
thinking it a religious duty.
Karachi, he said, the mini Pakistan, had no government worth
the name. The tug of war between the ruling parties and the
tussle for grabbing lands and areas had made the life of the
Karachi people miserable. The police and the rangers were
helpless and were protecting the criminals and killers
instead of the citizens. The property of the poor people was
being burnt as the PPP government both in the centre and the
Sindh province was being blackmailed by the MQM.
He said the Karachi situation could be controlled only
through rule of law and by cleansing the port city of arms
Liaquat greets position holders in different education
LAHORE, Aug. 6: Jamaat e Islami Secretary General, Liaquat
Baloch, has congratulated the position holders in the
matriculation examination of all the eight education Boards
in the Punjab and said the brilliant youth were the pride of
In a statement here Friday, he said the grand success of
these students was the result of their own hard work under
the supervision of their able teachers and the invocations
of their parents. He also felicitated the parents, the
teachers, and the heads of their institutions.
He expressed the hope that these students would continue
their hard work so as to achieve prominence in their
academic career and later serve the nation.
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