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13 Jamada al-Thani, 1438 A.H.- March 12, 2017 Issue # 11, Newsletter # 1697

Hadith of the Week

Islam praises many Women but these three are top of the line.[r.a.]

"The Prophet, pbuh, said: The perfect women among all women have been, Mary, pbuh, and Asiya, r.a., the wife of the Pharoah,and the superiority of Ayesha, r.a., over all women is like the icing on the cake."

[ surreed in Arabic- editor]

[Hadith narrated by Abu Musa al-Ash'ari, r.a. in Musnad of Ahmed ibn Hanbal, #19904]

Comment by Kaukab Siddique: Mary, pbuh, was the mother of Jesus, pbuh. A chapter of the Qur'an is devoted to her. Asiya,r.a., had the supreme courage to oppose the Pharoah of Egypt who was the cruelest dictator of his time. Ayesha, r.a., the beloved wife of the Prophet, pbuh, has many verses of the Qur'an devoted to her where through her suffering Allah prohibited slanders against chaste women [see chapter 24 of the Qur'an] The verse about tayamumm [ablution for prayer without water] was also owing to her as were hadith removimg male negativity about menstruation. The greatest tribute to her is that Allah has purified her as "ahlul bayt" [sura Ahzab] and gave her and other wives of the Prophet, pbuh, the choice of leavimg the Prophet, pbuh, if they wished.

She is the greatest narrator of hadith, the second main source of Islam. She had the ability to question the Prophet, pbuh, about verious verses of the Qur'an. She was consulted in matters of interpretation of the Qur'an and Islamic Law [Sharia] by Companions of the Prophet, pbuh, who were themselves great scholars. She was a poetess famous for her appropriate verses and for her knowledge of geneology which was crucial in Arabia. She led women in prayers and led both men and women in the famous battle known as the Battle of the Camel. Her leadership is well known as she came came out to punish the brutal murderers of Usman, r,a., the third rightly guided Caliph.

May my life be sacrificed for the honor of her name.



15 Executed in Conditions of Extreme Secrecy, Torture & Violations of Human Rights.

On March 4, the Jordanian regime executed 15 Jordanians secretly in prisons. Ten of them for "terrprism" and 5 for other offenses. Some of those executed were allegedly for an attack 14 years back, 2003, on the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad.

Human rights group Amnesty International condemned the executions by hanging, saying they had been carried out in "secrecy and without transparency."

"The scale of today's mass executions is shocking and it's a big step backwards on human rights protection in Jordan," Samah Hadid, deputy director of Amnesty International's Beirut regional office, told Reuters.

Hadid said the death penalty was "problematic because in some cases confessions in Jordan were extracted under torture or duress", echoing widespread complaints by human rights activists.

Political Prisoners :


Big Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Falls Church, Virginia.

March 10. There are three juma' prayers at dar al-Hijra in Virginia. At two of these a a special Jamaat document on the passing of Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman was given to a total of 224 Muslims. It included the following items:

  1. Hadith on those who die in the way of Allah: Re: Shaykh Omar.

  2. Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman's imprisonment & death in Captivity [Nadrat Siddique]

  3. Betrayal and treachery in the suffering of Shaykh Omar. [Br. Kaukab] Siddique]

  4. Concern & care from Sis. Ayesha & Br. Ali Randall for the Shaykh.

  5. Extreme violence returns to Pakistan. [Media Monitor]

  6. Trump should not scare Muslims. Don't forget Obama's Deception. [Br. Kaukab]

  7. Battles against Assad, Iran & Russia across Syria. [Monitor]


Why is Lynne Stewart Important for Muslims?

by Kaukab Siddique

The activist attorney Lynne Stewart passed away on the night of March 7. She was 77. She had a track record of helping poor Black people and other weak and suffering people in their court cases for many years, The Left-liberal groups are writing about her passing away with much praise. Strangely enough they are not celebrating her greatest achievement: her consistent pro bono support for Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman also known as the Blind Sheik [this is how they spell it]. He appears only as a marginal note in their obituaries. In fact some of them claim, like the corporate media, that he was involved in the first bombing of the World Trade Center [WTC], which is absolutely not true. He was neither tried for it nor indicted for it.

Lynne Stewart supported him throughout his ordeal and continued to visit him after he had been sentenced for a conspiracy claim concocted by the persecution with the backing of the Egyptian tyrant Hosni Mubarak.

In America, attorney-client relationships have always been respected. However, after the 9.11 attacks the government, in violation of the US Constitution brought up rulings known as SAMS which prohibited any discussion of the issues other than the strictly law-related conversations between the attorney and the client Lynne Stewart did not believe that these restrictions were valid and constituional. After meeting Shaykh Omar, she openly told the media what he had said about the conflict between the illegal Egyptian regime of Mubarak and the Gamaa al-Islamiyya which took the Shaykh as its spiritual leader.

After Lynne disclosed what the Shaykh had said, she was arrested and sentenced to 28 months in prison. Instead of being cowed down, Lynne questioned the legality of her arrest and sentencing. Such an attack on an attorney, a leading attorney of international fame at that, is quite rare, if not non-existent, in America.

At that, the government revoked her bail and sentenced her anew, this time for 10 years!

She was unwell in prison and started deteriorating with cancer. She was released when it appeared that she would die in prison.

It is true that the liberal left protested her re-arrest and new sentence. As usual the establishment Muslims of New York, led by Siraj Wahhaj, remained silent as they had during the trial of the Shaykh. This does not take away from the fact that Lynne was striving all the time for the rights of the Shaykh and then gradually for Islam itself. It is reported that she embraced Islam before she passed away. The Left did not consult with her Muslim supporters and buried her as a Christian!

When will Muslims wake up. They don't stand for any of the victims of the American power structure.
May Allah accept Lynne's commitment to Islam and to Muslims.

Latest Khutba

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

In the Trump era, do not be fooled by the Concept of the Lesser Evil. Islam does not permit Cooperation with Oppressors.

The Peace of Hudaibiya has been misunderstood by many Muslims. The Prophet, pbuh, rejected lesser evil. Evil is Evil.

On March 10, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma khutba and led prayers at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Central Baltimore. Here is an outline of the khutba for distribution on line.

Text #1:

He hath forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swine flesh, and that which hath been immolated to (the name of) any other than Allah. But one who is driven by necessity, neither craving nor transgressing, it is no sin for him. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. [The Qur'an 2:173]

Text #2:

[A scene of extreme hostility from Hudaibia where kuffar & Muslims met.]

"Urwa kept on talking to the Prophet (ﷺ) and seizing the Prophet's beard as he was talking while Al-Mughira bin Shu'ba, r.a., was standing near the head of the Prophet, holding a sword and wearing a helmet. Whenever 'Urwa stretched his hand towards the beard of the Prophet, Al-Mughira would hit his hand with the handle of the sword and say (to 'Urwa), "Remove your hand from the beard of Allah's Messenger (ﷺ).' [Sahih Bukhari, kitab al-shuroot]

  1. Muslims are commanded by Allah to follow the Qur'an and the Example of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh.

  2. If we are unable to do good, or are too ignorant or sinful to follow authentic Islam, that does not give us the right to claim that we are following the lesser evil.. We should simply admit that we are too sinful or ignorant or unable to do good.

  3. Some Muslims use 2:173 to claim that we are allowed to follow the lesser evil. The verse however is about FOOD. It is not about evil. If we are stuck in a situation in which we are starving, we are permitted to eat forbidden food provided we sense that we are doing wrong and want to discontinue it as soon as possible.

  4. The prophet, pbuh, never taught that Muslims can choose between Abu Jahal and Abu Lahab or even Abu Sufyan, three opponents of Islam. Muslims choosing kuffar to be their leaders is simply unthinkable in Islam. It's a form of apostasy. See sura 16:106.

  5. Some misleaders of Muslims choose Hudaibia as an example of the "lesser" evil. This was a cease fire agreement, certainly not an agreement to accept the leadership of the kuffar or to cooperate with the kuffar in their endeavors.

  6. Being kind to non-Muslims or doing business with them or being part of civic discipline is permitted in Islam. We must accept the laws of the land which we are pledged to accept for the efficient use of facilities. We do not cheat or steal or deceive. We do not indulge in liquor, drugs, criminal behavior, racism or gambling.

  7. Cooperation with the oppressors in any shape or form is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN in Islam even if the oppressors claim to be Muslims.

  8. SHIRK or associating others with Allah in authority, power or ownership of resources puts one outside Islam. Shirk is shirk, regardless of how great or small it is.

  9. Through his protecting uncle Abu Talib, the Prophet, pbuh, was offered the lesser evil of accepting the way of life of the oppressors. They even offered to let him worship Allah in peace, along with a whole list of goodies. as long as he would not condemn their gods. The prophet, pbuh, rejected this lesser evil out of hand in the strongest terms.

  10. Those Muslims who consider something a LESSER EVIL and accept it, after a while get so used to it that they forget that it is evil. Look at what happened in the previous presidency of this country. The abomination of homosexuality was foisted on Muslims along with abortion on demand and support for Israel, and many American Muslims did not oppose these strongly because they had accepted the regime as the lesser evil as compared to Bush.

O Allah! help us to study the Qur'an every day. Help us to study the hadith every day. Give us Islamic spouses and children. Help us to unite the Muslims of this masjid, this city, this country on the Qur'an and the authentic hadith. Ameen

An Invitation to Think from Br. Robert Solano

 Br Robert Solano

What Americans Should Know about Islam & Muslims. We are not allowed to tell lies and deceive people.

On March 5, Br. Robert Solano's letter was published in the Brownsville Herald of Texas. He was answering attacks by a person who really did not know Islam but wanted to vilify it.

Here are Br. Solano's main points:

  1. Muslims do not practice dissimulation [taqiyya] in their daily lives. Only a small sect known as Shias practice it. Most Muslims are Sunnis. There are 300 million Sunni Muslims in Indonesia alone while shias are mailnly in Iran: 75 million.

  2. Falsehood and lies are not allowed in Islam.
    American Muslims are decent people. They do not have anything against their non-Muslim neighbors.

  3. I was a non-Muslim for 50 years. When I was dying of a heart attack, my life was saved by a Syrian Muslim doctor. This man pays more taxes than most Americans. He is a good Muslim and a good American. Most Muslims in America are like that.

  4. We respect other religions and we expect them to respect Islam.

  5. We focus on respect. We respect even our enemies, but we do not turn the other cheek or love our enemies.

Br. Robert Solono lives in Texas and is a member of the Jamaat al-Muslimeen leadership team. He's conducted da'wa over the past several decades to the Hispanic community and given the Spanish translation of the Qur'an to more than 500 people.


Secularist bloggers Blaspheming the Prophet, pbuh, and abusing Islam, Should not be tolerated. Jamaate Islami Leader calls for action.
by Qaiser Sharif

LAHORE, Mar.12: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has stressed upon the Prime Minister not to link terrorism with Islam and the Ulema to please colonial powers and instead trace the factors behind the menace and adopt a solid policy to tackle these.

Talking to the media at Mansoora on Sunday, he said the Prime Minister had full powers and he should not simply make advices and sermons or mere condemnation of terrorism.

The JI chief further said that instead of seeking separate Fatwahs from the Ulema, the Prime Minister should make arrangement for a collective Fatwa. He said it would be better to appoint a Grand Mufti as in Saudi Arabia to guide the government on important issues.

Sirajul Haq demanded immediate arrest of the bloggers indulging in blasphemy of the Holy Prophet and deterrent punishment to them. He said that such a heinous crime was being committed under the nose of the rulers but they were unconcerned. He said the nation would not spare any sacrifice for safeguarding the sanctity of the Holy Prophet.

The JI chief said that the execution of Mumtaz Qadri was a big crime of the rulers for which the masses could besiege the residences of the rulers.

Sirajul Haq said that terrorism was the result of joining the US war on terror and said all the Ulema had opposed this step. He said the man who plunged the country into this war was sitting comfortably in Dubai while the country and the nation were facing the consequences.

He said that the Ulema, madrassah and mosques were the target of terrorism and those holding them responsible for the menace were agents of the enemy powers. The enemy wanted to divide the Ummah in sectarian and factions groups and to push them against one another in order to sell its arms and occupy the resources of the Muslim world.

The JI chief said the enemy was targeting mosques, shrines and madrissas. It was the government's responsibility to foil the enemy plans but the rulers were themselves advancing the enemy agenda.

He further said that the enemy was trying to destroy the Islamic civilization and values and to promote its obscene and nude culture. The colonial powers that destroyed the unity of the Ummah in 1923 by eliminating the Khilafat- the symbol of Muslim unity- was now busy in making the Islamic faith and norms controversial but unfortunately, the Muslim rulers stood on the enemy side and are advocating the enemy stance.

War News

 War News

Audacious Attack on Kabul Military Hospital

March 8: Gunmen fought security forces for hours after breaking into the main military hospital in Kabul with the help of a human bomber. Reuters reports that the death toll has risen to 49 killed and 63 wounded. The hospitsl is in the maximum security zone next to the American embassy.

Last year American air strikes hit a "Doctors without Borders" hospital in Kunduz. Earlier this year, an American air strike killed 14 civilians including children in Afghanistan.

Islamic State [IS] has taken credit for the attack. Break away elements of the Taliban and of the Pakistani Taliban have joined IS despite the US bombing of Nangarhar province which killed scores of the fighters.

March 10: A Taliban infiltrator killed 8 police officers in his unit and jined the Taliban. [Zabul province]

Military Admits the Mujahideen are back. Clashes break out.

The Pakistani military strictly controls the news of fighting. This time the fighting was big enough for the military to admit that 5 of its troops were killed in Mohmand agency and 3 in Swabi [which is not on the border.] Only the mujahideen dare challenge the military which is highly trained.

Masses of people in the frontier with Afghanistan and now in southern Punjab support the mujahideen. It is the uprising of the poor and downtrodden Islamic masses. Severe army action and executions [plus mass evictions] have failed to stop the uprising of the poor. Somtimes violence seems sectarian but Shias and Ahmadiyya Qadianis are closely associated with the Pakistani power structure.

Al-Raqqa Preparing for Massive attack by 3 armies.. IS Captures Land near Israeli occupation, bombed by Israel.

Biggest Hit on Center of Assad's capital, Damascus.
Clashes Across Syria. Assad's helicopters dropping Barrel Bombs.
Iranian losses revealed.

As the Russian/Iranian/Assad forces from the outh, SDF Kurds from northeast and Turkey from north move against the Islamic capital of al-Raqqa, the city is preparing for a big battle which could be as big as the ongoing assault on Mosul [Iraq]. IS has stopped the Russian-Iranian assault for a whole week, but the Kurds under American air cover are slowly but surely advancing towards al-Raqqa.

The Islamic State has sent 400 family members of the mujahideen from the daily bombing of al-Raqqa to the city of Deir-ez-Zor which is largely under IS control. [March 11]

In turn reinforcements of 230 mujahideen from areas north of Hama, which are under ISIS control, have arrived in al-Raqqa. These are from Jund al-Aqsa, some are Palestinians, who have joined IS. March 11]

On March 10, an al-Qaida affiliate bombed the center of Assad's capital, Damascus. The latest count by SOHR is that 74 were killed and 120 injured. Of these 54 were Iraqi Shias and 20 were Assad's troops. [Iraqis and other shias come to support Assad in the garb of pilgrims.]

Hizbullah artillery and Russian planes are bombing the Islamic suburbs around Damascus.

Heavy clashes between Assad's troops and mujahideen groups are going on in Deraa, Syria's southern province. Deraa city itself is being bombed by Assad's helicopters with barrel bombs. [March 12]


Further south a militia opposed to Assad known as Jaish Khalid ibn al-Waleed which joined ISIS has been firing on Israeli occupation forces, including a successful ambush of the Israeli Golani brigade elements. Israel responded with a huge bombing of ISIS positions but the area is still under ISIS control.


Assad's forces hit al-Waer Islamic neighborhood of Homs with artillery and missiles. Clashes between Lebanese Hizbullah and IS are going on around the oil fields controlled by IS north and east of Palmyra. Russiab air force is bombing IS forces. [March 10 to 12.]

Iran. Losses revealed.

Funerals in Iran have brought out the extent of the Iranian involvement in the defense of the mass murderer Assad. Iran has revealed that more than 2100 of its troops have been killed in fighting the mujahideen in 3 years. [Iran calls them takfeeris.]

A sophisticated alliance of anti-Islamic forces has emerged. Here is the information from Foreign Policy Situation Report of March 7 which is an inner document for American policy makers.

Russian, American, Turkish, Assad Coordination vs Islamic State [and rivalry]

Foreign Policy Situation Report [with thanks to Sis. Teresa]

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford will meet with his counterparts from Russia and Turkey to talk military operations in Syria. The meetings will take place in Antalya, Turkey, and include Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valeriy Gerasimov, and Chief of the Turkish General Staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar. According to a statement from the Pentagon, "the purpose of this meeting will be to enhance senior-level military communications and improve operational deconfliction of our respective military operations in Syria."

American, Russian, and Turkish troops are face-to-face around the Syrian city of Manbij, which is under the control of the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council (MMC), a coalition of Arabs and Kurds formed to fight the Islamic State. Last week, the Syrian regime sent a "humanitarian convoy" to the city to head off a drive by Turkish troops and their Syrian proxies to take it -- a convoy the Pentagon says included Russian troops and armored vehicles. In response, the Pentagon sent U.S. special operations forces to the area in a visible show of force, while the MMC continues to block the Syria/Russian column from entering the city.

"This is a new effort, this is the first time we've had to do something like this, which is to ensure that we are out there as a visible symbol that the enemy is cleared out of Manbij," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Monday. The MMC has also struck a deal with the Syrian regime to hand over control of some villages near the city in order to block the Turkish forces.


Mosul: Week 21. Trump: Week 7

US-backed Armada Enters Western Mosul and is Beaten back by Islamic State Counterattacks

During this week the Shia armada supported by the US airforce and other western air forces entered West Mosul but were beaten back by Islamic State [IS] counter attacks.

The Baghdad regime makes claims of victory every day which cannot be substantiated, as was noted by the daily Independent, but are publicized around the globe by western media. It takes research to find out what's going on because IS's media appears to have been knocked out by the US air force.

After attempting two offensive during one week, the Shia armada is now ouside West Mosul and on the defensive against the tiny ISIS force.

Here are the facts.

March 7 offensive:
"Although soldiers raised the Iraqi flag over the government compound, in the Dawasa neighborhood, they were later forced to retreat under heavy fire from Islamic State militants, The Associated Press reported."

March 10 offensive:

Daily Telegraph March 11.
"Soon after sunrise a large dark circle of smoke appeared like a halo over the Old City of Mosul - a sign to advancing troops that Isil was not about to give it up without a fight.

The Iraqi army had hoped to surprise the jihadists by launching an operation to recapture the historic quarter under cover of darkness on Thursday night.

But Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had a surprise of their own - burning miles of cloth sheets that had been covering the market, cars and even houses just as daylight broke, to obscure the view of coalition warplanes.

Then came their counterattack. Waves of suicide car bombs and mortar fire so fierce the elite police units were forced to turn back and hold their position on the outskirts.

"Just when you think they are looking weak, they come back stronger," said Serg Alaa Hassan, watching from a position two miles south of Mosul.

The battle for the Old City is expected to be the toughest yet. Densely populated with narrow streets, troops will have to abandon their humvees for house-to-house fighting."

At latest reports, the attacks by extremist Shia militias to capture Tal Afar have also failed. Baghdad has been claiming that the road through Tal Afar has been cut and now ISIS cannot escape. Shia media have also been spreading atrocity stories and claims that the Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed or wounded or has "escaped" and was "seen" looking very thin. [Take your pick.]

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US


Oscar Winner is Ahmediyya [Qadyani] not real Muslim. Hollywood Supporting negative group.
Observations from Sis. Teresa Rollins

A writer says on facebook. Mahershala Ali is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a community that is responsible for bringing Islam to America in the late 19th century -- they were the primary Islamic missionary link to the emergence of Black American Islam and proto-Islamic movements that brought about Malcolm X. People know this widely in the Muslim community today.

Sis. Teresa responds:

Ahmediyyah Muslims have outright declared war on all other Muslim Communities that are not of them or with them.

Point is the Ahyymadiah Muslim Community Introduced the Black community to their style of Islam as well as their interpretation of the Quran which referred to calling whites, as white devils. The Ahymaddiah came to African American Community to bring rebellion against American's oppression of the African Americans via their Quranic interpretation, this is where Minister Elijah the leader f Nation ofIslam embraced. The Nation as well as his son left the Ahymddiah Community teachings as well as their interpretation of the Quran . Now with Prominent African Americans have been learning Arabic directly and leaving the plantation of Ahymaddiah Interpretation in the dust..

Malcom X-Malik Hajj Shabazz studied under a Sunni Shiek and learned Arabic himself and turned the tide of African American Muslim engagement with Islam in America

Ahymadiyyah Muslim's Group have openly declared war against Muslim who are not of their group. I was once married to an ahymaddiah thinking it was not a too different Islamic group. That was wrong as they held me as hostage abused me and tried to force me to sign Immigration papers of people I did not know so they can get into the USA. I REFUSED!

I was held captive, left in a cold house without heat, no food, no money and was left to starve, I escaped begging for food from a Pizza shop of Sunni Muslims. It was my contact with Kaukab Siddique, and the Federal Authorities that saved me . This group located in the Virginia Area and Maryland, they practice a lot of illegal immigration.

New York
Why is Sexual Assault so Common in America?
Hijab with tight clothes does not make sense.

by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen]

New York City - Every woman from icons, such as Oprah Winfrey and Jane Fonda, to our neighbors or unfortunately, our family members, have been victims of rape. Every other day a female celebrity is coming out and announcing that she too is a rape survivor. It is so interesting how there are these campaigns to teach males about consent and that "No means no!" But, these campaigns mean nothing, if the parents or guardians do not instruct their children, male and female, about sex and consent.

When people think of rape they see a man in a ski mask committing this crime. A complete stranger. But, in reality many of these women have been raped by a trusted male family member or a "friend!" Some American males' mindset towards women is grossly dysfunctional. They really believe that women were created to serve them instead of Allah (God).

The purpose of rape is to humiliate and punish the victim no matter who is the assailant. Any progress made in changing male attitudes towards women ad rape has been minuscule for a few reasons:

If we are to destroy these dysfunctional and destructive attitudes about women and male/female relationships then, we need to address it across racial and cultural lines. Public media campaigns help but, these are made ineffective when competing with news reports with male chauvinist overtones, music videos, reality shows, etc...For some reason male athletes are more brazen in displaying their male chauvinist beliefs.

Islam is the only solution to this kuffar problem. Allah's guidelines are our point of reference with historical proof that it works. You cannot reason with a kafir mindset because they have no point of reference. Just as the Qur'an says they invent lies and believe them. When secular Muslims behave in a kuffar manner their arguments have easily been destroyed by using the Islamic point of reference: the Qur'an and Authentic Hadiths.

The main goal is to seek and destroy these unnatural myths about male/female relationships in America by using verses from the Qur'an and examples from the Authentic Hadiths to prove that these male chauvinistic arguments are all fallacies. The beauty of Islam is that it will also encourage women to love and respect themselves, as well.


Instagram Hijabi's Picture Taken Down

A young Indiana Muslim girl, going by the name Muse on her Instagram account, was upset that one of her pictures was taken down, recently. Apparently, some Muslims were offended by her selfies because she wore tight clothes that revealed her curvy hips in some of them. Some of her critics did not like the fact that she wore a hijab wearing tight jeans. Muse's response is that it s not her fault that she is curvy and she is no longer going to hide her curves. She did not understand why there were so many complaints since she was dressed from head to toe and no skin was showing.

I have seen hijabis wearing tight jeans. In some Muslim communities, the men are only concerned about and focus on the wearing of the hijab. They don't stress much else in their strange dress code, which has more to do with their desires than Allah's. One can dress conservatively or modestly wearing Western clothes. The problem with Muse's pics was that her vanity was apparent. Instagram has many uses but, for most people it is to post images of their bodies to show it off. I just think Muse went a little overboard. Unfortunately, she has lost sight of the meaning of the hijab and its power.





The Muslims' Downfall: A Review
Dr. Firoz Mahboob Kamal

[We are thankful to receive this astounding analysis from a leading Bangladeshi intellectual. This should be a MUST READ for every Muslim. - editor NT]

The non-existent ummah!

The Muslims as an ummah are now non-existent. They exist only as some national, racial or linguistic identities, not as ummah. A human body can't survive with its truncated skeleton. Likewise, the body of the ummah can't survive with divisive maps, flags, walls and borders. This is why, causing division among Muslims is haram (forbidden) in Islam; it is the job of the most evil enemies. The Qur'anic command "la tafarraku" (don't be divided) is obligatory on every Muslim; only those who are stubborn disobedient to Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la can ignore such stern warning. Islam is all about full submission to His all orders; and any disobedience to any order is kufr. The current political map of the Muslim World is indeed an accurate indicator to show how deep such disobedience runs among the Muslims today. It also reveals how far they have deviated from the legacy of the prophet (peace be upon me) and his rightly guided companions. No amount of religious rituals like 5 times prayer, month-long fasting or haj can hide such failure. It also shows, how the obsession with ethnic, linguistic, tribal and other parochial interest has undermined the concept of ummah and dismantled Islam's most powerful institution like khilafa. Now the same process of disintegration has started in newly formed states like Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

In comparison to Muslims' divisive obsession, the non-Muslims show far better political sagacity and wisdom. The South Asian Hindus could form the united India, the European colonialists could form the European Union and the American imperialists could forge the United States. But the Muslims have created 57 states. Despite the same language, the same ethnicity and the same geographical landmass, the Arabs have formed 22 states. When the Muslims had the glory of the most dominant World Power, they had only one state. Dividing and diminishing this World Power has always been the strategy of the enemies of Islam. They have always been in the forefront to support militarily, politically, intellectually and financially to cause its disintegration. To impose such disintegration, they even did bloody wars. In 1917, the British and the French launched wars in the Middle East to dismantle Osmania Khilafa and to create more than 20 Arab states. In 1971, the Indians with the Russian help did war against Pakistan to dismantle this largest Muslim country of the contemporary world. Now in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the US-led coalition is doing the same to precipitate the full disintegration of Islam's heart land. The enemies of Islam are so arrogant that they do not keep it hidden that their core security interest lies in the divided map of the Muslim World. Again and again, they have shown their full commitment to protect this disintegration. This is why, while Saddam Hussain took Kuwait -the former integral part of Iraq, the whole western block launched war against him. But when India took Kashmir, Israel took Palestine and China grabbed Tibet, they didn't do anything. Although they call it the stability of the status quo; but it is indeed the strategy to keep the Muslims disintegrated and powerless.

Ummah is a pure faith-based construct; it doesn't bear any racial, ethnic or national connotation.

The physical existence of the ummah is the most distinguishing marker of muslimness of a people. For knowing the true belief of the Muslims, it doesn't need any soul-searching effort; it gets expressed through their political polity, identity, ambition and actions. Ummah is indeed the collective embodiment of the Muslims. It is the trans-ethnic common global identity of the believers with a solid foundation on their identical faith, values, laws, and political cum civilizational ambition. It provided the early Muslims the much needed huge infrastructure to emerge as the global civilizational power. Only because of such a faith-based infrastructure, the Muslims with the diverse ethnicities like the Arabs, the Persians, the Kurds, the Moors, the Turks and others could work together to bring victories in Asia, Africa and Europe. In the whole history of mankind, such united endeavours of different ethnicities never happened before. Otherwise, there is nothing new in conquering lands and establishing empires; the Mongol hordes, the European colonialists and the US imperialists could also conquer lands. But they couldn't build any trans-ethnic brotherhood, higher values, sound laws or civilisation. Instead, they could build massive infrastructures for genocides, ethnic cleansing, slave trading, economic exploitation, famines, wars and World Wars. Because of their moral void and dehumanised rule, millions of Indians, Red Indians, Africans, Aborigines, Maoris, Incas and many others perished from the surface of earth. The catalogue of their crime is huge. The imperialistic mission of occupational wars, killing and economic exploitation still continues.

The Muslims had their own awful internal problems.
The Muslim ummah can't survive conceptually and physically even a short-lived starvation of the Qur'anic knowledge. The Muslims must have the constant feeding of Islamic thoughts, vision, mission and objective. Such knowledge is the vital life-line for the ummah. Hence in Islam, seeking knowledge is a life-long obligation -no less important than seeking shelter, foods and drinks. Seeking Qur'anic knowledge was made obligatory 11 years before the obligatory 5 times prayer. In absence of that, the institutions like Muslim ummah or khilafa can't survive. This is why, the enemy's war always feeds on ideological war that aims at dismantling the educative cum nourishing process of Islam. The Muslims have badly lost the ideological war; this owes to their long starvation of Qur'anic knowledge. In the name of education, such starvation was imposed during the colonial occupation of the Muslim countries. The colonialists have left; but the political power is grabbed by those who got fully brainwashed by the secularised education of the colonial era. So, they continue with the same de-Islamisation project of the enemy. As a result, the ummah ceased to survive.

With the demise of ummah and its political infrastructure called khilafa, the Muslims now face the most catastrophic calamity in the whole history.
It is much more catastrophic than any political or economic crisis. In absence of political cum military infrastructure of khilafa, the Qur'anic guidance and the prophet's tradition remain ineffective. Such a divisive state of affairs has indeed generated a perfect recipe for further occupation, exploitation and killing. Hence hundreds of trillions of unearned petrodollars of the Middle East and about 1.5 billion population couldn't help them come out of the current quagmire. Rather, day by day they are sinking down to a new low. They are growing only in number, but not in faith and commitment. Like a diseased man, they are the seat of their own disease and rotten from inside. The crisis is so deep that the Muslims are no more known for their adherence to Qur'anic guidance. The Qur'anic laws, the pan-Islamic brotherhood, the trans-ethnic institutions like khilafa and jihad in the way of Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la find no place in the Muslim World. They have embraced ideas, laws, values, cultural practices, warfare and the concept of state-building based on concepts of pre-Islamic jahiliya. So their states and communities, culture and education, laws and regulations, political visions and missions present little dissimilarities from those of the kuffars. They build states only to promote nationalistic or racial division and bias. They themselves appreciate the kuffar laws and denies the practice of sharia. Their educational institutions work to distract students from Islam and force-feed the established lies. They spend money, take training and fight wars shoulder to shoulder with the enemies to protect the hegemony of the imperialists over the Muslim World. The cases of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria give testimony to that.

The acquired dissimilarities of today's Muslims from the early Muslims are not in the field of religious rituals, names and nomenclature, but in the purpose of survival, understanding of Islam, political priorities and institutions. The early Muslims, at its zenith, didn't have a huge population; nor did have a big army. Neither did have trillions of dollars of unearned wealth like today. But they didn't experience the similar scale of occupation, genocide, rapes, destruction and eviction as it continues now in Palestine, Kashmir, India, Myanmar, Uighur, Bosnia, Mindanao, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Rather, they made history of miraculous successes. Even the Mongol hordes couldn't do such destruction, death, rapes and humiliation of the Muslims that they face today. The Muslims are now the most defenceless people on earth. Although they have armies and weapons, but these are only to protect the despotic rulers and bomb the freedom-seeking people -as currently happening in the Middle East.

The strategy of collaboration
The enemy's crusade against Islam and the Muslims never ends. It only changes the strategy. They start new wars on new frontiers. The First World War ended in 4 years. The Second World War ended in 5 years. But the US-led new war against Islam and the Muslims doesn't show any sign of ending even in its 16th year. They are inventing more clues and new narratives to enter into new territories. The current crusade -declared exactly as crusade by President George W. Bush, started in Afghanistan in 2001 to dismantle the Islamic rule of Taleban. It has now expanded to Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and other territories. It is also true that the enemies of Islam have stopped winning any war. They can only continue the killing and the destruction. Even the US President Donald Trump acknowledged the fact in one of his recent speech. Even the US-led coalition of 60 countries couldn't gain control over 20 per cent of Afghanistan in last 16 years. The same is true in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. They can only prolong the war to delay Islam's resurgence as a global power. So, the current war will continue for many more decades to add more devastating miseries. Hence, there exists little doubt that more difficult days are lying ahead for the Muslims. Many more Muslim countries are in the queue to receive the same brutalities, deaths and destruction as happening now in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. This is the price that the Muslims are now subject to pay for their division, deviation and servile adherence to the established enemies of Islam. Such a punishment is indeed an unfaltering Qur'anic promise. For failing to do the assigned job, more severe punishment is awaiting for them in the hereafter.

Now it is the policy of President Donald Trump and his cronies to reinforce their war machines to drop more bombs, drones and missiles on the Muslim heads. He has announced a huge increase in the US defence budget and desperately searching for new killing machines. Russia, China and India are doing the same. Now the whole Muslim World is under constant surveillance of the multi-racial imperialists. They have divided the area of influence among themselves. What Israel is doing in Palestine, India is doing the same in occupied Kashmir. And China is doing the same in occupied Eastern Turkistan called Uighur or Xing Xiang. More bombs are dropped in Syria than were dropped in any single like German, Japan, France, or England in the First or Second World War. Whoever raises head in the name of Islam is labelled as the enemy; his home is marked for drone attack. He doesn't need to engage in any war in the US or European soil. This is the new reality imposed on the Muslim World. In the name of fighting the Islamists, cities after cities are now bombed to rubbles. Drones are hitting homes in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia; and thousands of innocent men, women and children are being killed. About sixty countries are drawn into US-led war against the Muslims; such a huge number of states were not involved even in World Wars. Therefore, apart from occupations, destructions and killings, they have attained a spectacular success to create a global ummah of kufr. This ummah of kufr is also glued together by similar faith, values, political aim and commitment.

To resist the resurgence of Islam, they are ready to do any war in any part of the world. In order to solidify their own occupation and to install their own cronies in the occupied lands, they have imposed a policy of forced eviction on people from their own home -as Israel did in Palestine. It is a new phenomenon; and it is new in the Muslim history, too. The Muslims do not have any strategy to face it. Instead, they are busy only with the surrender. They are even searching ways to work as the partners of occupation, arson and genocidal massacre. So President Erdogan of Turkey decided to work with killer President Vladimir Putin. In the past, Sheikh Abdullah of Kashmir, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh and Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan followed the same strategy of collaborating with the occupiers. Lust for worldly gains let them forget the consequence in the hereafter. Likewise, millions of de-Islamised Muslims have joined the US-led ummah of kufr to kill the fellow Muslims. Many of them have joined the intellectual war against Islam and the Muslims. Pharaoh, Nimrod, and the Arab infidels couldn't think of such recruitment of Muslim as their own foot-soldiers in the past.

The enemies of Islam didn't make any error in discovering the real source of Muslims' strength. They discovered that it is the holy Qur'an and the unity of the Muslims. So, they at war on both the fronts. During their colonial rule they built religious schools to create a class of ulama who will encourage people to recite Qur'an and not to understand it. And they imposed and also reinforced sectarian and geographical division all over the Muslim World. Now they have bombing to destroy the physical infrastructures like roads, bridges, homes and hospitals. Thus they are doing everything to block the emergence of the Muslims as a united and viable ummah. As a parts of the same project, Israel is not the only enemy creation. The countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Oman, Yemen and Bahrain are also the creation of the same conspiracy. Before the British and the French occupation of Muslim heart land in World War I, like Israel, these states were also unknown in the Muslim history.

Like Israel, these artificial states, too were given readily recognition by the imperialist countries, the imperialist-owned League of Nations and later on by the UN. The map of the Arab World was drawn by the imperialists for the imperialists. Never a plebiscite took place to know the opinion of the people living there. This is the type of democracy that the imperialists prescribe for the people in the occupied Muslim lands. In each of these Arab states, they installed a dynasty of the most submissive and servile clients who never show any willingness to give any share of the political power to the citizens. The US-led coalition of the imperialists take the full burden of protecting these despots as well as the divisive map. They have already shown their readiness to fight any war to protect them. In return, the rulers of these oil-reach Arab states follow a strategy of full collaboration with the imperialists. Protecting the economic and strategic interest of the western imperialists is the core agenda of their rule. Hence, the US could build bases for its Air Force, Land Force and the Navy in the heart of Muslim World. From these bases, they can easily target any Muslim city, industry, bridge or home with better precision. And the western companies enjoy the monopolistic access to drain oil and gas from these countries. As a result, major portion of hundreds of trillion of unearned wealth of the Muslims do not stay in the Muslim lands, rather go directly to those who have already declared an unending crusade against Islam. The US dollar could attain the status of an international currency only because of this Muslim money funnelled into the US economy. Due to continuous flow of this Muslim money, the US could sustain the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, an area much larger than the whole Western Europe, and for a period longer than the World Wars.

In the creation of these new states, the imperialists had other sinister objective too. It was to prevent the spill-over of their unearned huge wealth to the poor Arabs living in neighbouring Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Sudan, and Mali. Such dispersion of wealth to the poor would have reduced the share of western imperialists; hence could badly damage their economic interest. Restrictive borders of these oil and gas-rich states thus provide the huge protected wealth for the imperialists' consumption. This is why, the US and its ally do not hesitate to tell that the economic interest of the West as well as their national security lie in this Middle Eastern oil and gas. As if, these oil and gas do not belong to these powerless states alone, belong to the western companies as well. To keep this ownership, the imperialists are keen to protect these servile rulers, at any cost. Thus, an extreme western selfishness works here to protect this ugly status quo. Unless the oil and gas reserve get finished, there is a little chance that the imperialists and their cronies will come to the sense to remove this disastrous division of the Arab World and end the ongoing war. Whoever protest against this robbery of the Muslim wealth and stand for democratic right of the people are blamed terrorist. Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 2 hundred thousand people in Syria; half of the population are driven out of their home. He used chemical bombs, cluster bombs and barrel bomb on civilian population. The western countries who lecture on human rights didn't throw a single stone against his army. Now they are lecturing to make peace with him.

Bashar al-Assad is not the only dictator engaged in genocidal mission. Israel is doing the same crime for more than 65 years. Other despots in the area are ready to commit the same brutal massacre if the people come down to the streets for their democratic rights like the brave Syrians. Their hatred against human right and people's participation in politics is not unknown. Like Bashar al-Assad, these despots are fearful of their own people. Hence, they are highly fearful of Arab Spring. The US-led coalition is worried, too. Hence, it is the common strategy of these despotic rulers and the US-led imperialists to dismantle or contain the Arab Spring. So, they got common ground to celebrate the overthrow of Egyptian President Dr Mohammad Morsi ­-the first elected President of the country. In order to stop the wave of Arab Spring, the King of Saudi Arabia and UAE rulers gave billions of dollars to Egyptian Army and other anti-democratic forces in Egypt to overthrow him. Along with other despots, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi -the brutal killer, too, is taken as a partner to kill the Islamists.

The betrayal of civilizational mission

Downfall of the Muslims not only owes to colonisation of Muslim lands and minds by the evil enemies, but also owes to their own insanity towards politics -especially of those who claim to be religious scholar or ulama. In the community of the so-called puritan Muslims -called traditional ulama, politics is a highly detested taboo. As if, politics is a tool of distraction from ibadah and the Qur'anic straight path. As if, it is an exclusive domain of dirty worldly people. Because of such a conceptual epidemic in the Muslim World, most of the religious scholars and the common Muslims stay out of politics. As a result, an empty space was voluntarily created for the foreign or home-grown anti-Islamic forces to occupy the driving seats of almost every Muslim country. Even when the Muslim lands were occupied one by one by the kuffar colonialists these so-called ulama remained confined inside their own religious seminaries. The enemies of Islam thus could take control of the whole Muslim World without fighting a single significant war. It is indeed the most calamitous event in the whole history of Islam. They terribly failed to understand the importance of politics. For others, politics is a tool for grabbing power and pursuing the selfish interest. But for Muslims, it is the holy mission for attaining Islam's civilizational vision. Therefore denial of politics is indeed the betrayal of Islam's humanising and civilizational objective. How such betrayal can be reconciled with the Vision of Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la that entails that His deen should prevail over all other faiths or religions?

Even now, the antipathy to politics is playing the most damaging role to speed up the ongoing downfall of the Muslims. Such a conceptual collapse of the so-called ulama could only happen due to total deprivation of an ideological cum political understanding. It is their utmost intellectual incompetence that owes to their utter ignorance of Islam's early history and its sociological and philosophical concepts. Because of such conceptual incompetence and ignorance, they proved totally unfit to have any leadership role in the Muslim World. They have totally withdrawn even from the ideological frontline and captured the back seats. Whereas in the early days of Islam, ruling and leading the ummah always remained the exclusive domain of the most religious people. As long as the prophet (peace be upon him) was alive, such a key role was always in his hand. After his death, the role was undertaken in succession by the next most religious man in the ummah -like the rightly guided four khalifa. Therefore, it is the legacy of the prophet (peace be upon him) and his rightly guided companions that the best Muslims must be in the central stage of the state and must take the driving seats in every steps of its governance, defence and expansion. Hence, withdrawal from the politics is indeed the betrayal of the core legacy of the prophet (peace be upon him) and his best companions. Such betrayal always causes the most disastrous consequence. In fact, because of such betrayal, the whole Muslim World now stands seized from all sides by the worst enemies.

Like a weapon, politics can be used by the evil people to do evil things. For that, politics can't be blamed. The good people direly need it, too. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught not only the holy Qur'an and its science of religion, but also sociology, psychology, philosophy, politics and other social sciences. His own teacher was Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la. In those days, there was no college or university in Arabia. His mosque based school in Medina was the only educational institute. In those fateful days of Islam, the best governors, best administers, best judges and the best general of human history were produced from his institute. It was his sociological concept that every human is born as a pure Muslim; but grows up as a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew or an idolater depending on societal influence. Such a concept generates an indispensable need for political, educational and cultural engineering that would create the most refined people on earth. The early Muslims therefore understood that for making proper Muslim, it needs a proper Islamic state. In corrupting or correcting souls, the environment nurtured by a ruler and its political, cultural and educational institutions play the most decisive role. This is why, state institutions of Pharaoh could make the people man-worshipping criminals. They chased Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) and his people to annihilate them. Likewise, the Indian Hindu rulers and the priests could make the people cow, snake or idol worshipping psychopaths. But the success of the western imperialists and their institutions went further down such dehumanising route; they could make their people perfect ethnic cleanser, slave traders, gas chamber operators and atomic bombers. These flag bearers of modernity could kill 75 million people only in two World Wars.

Therefore, whoever understand Islam and the prophetic concept, can't ignore or detest politics. Politics is not only about ruling a country; it is also about governing the people's faith, culture and life style. It is about framing constitutions, building institutions, enforcing laws, doing the good things and eradicating the evils. It is about educating the people, protecting and promoting the ideas, securing the securities for the citizens and the state. It is about mobilising the people, building and cementing the bondages, protecting the borders, making friends with the neighbours and conducting war against the enemies. Hence, politics is everywhere. It is about implementing Islam and promoting the Vision of Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la. It is all about ibadah. Without engaging in politics, how one can practise Islam? How can one implement sharia, hudud, shura, jihad and other obligatory Qur'anic basics? Politics is indeed embedded in every step of practising Islam. All great civilizational achievements in human history like human rights, women's rights, abolition of slavery, abolition of colonialism, end of enemy occupation and many others owe to political actions of the people. The great iconic personalities of Islam like Imam Hussain (RA), Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Ahmed Hanbal, Imam Ibne Taimiyah, and many others had to suffer severe persecution, some of them even martyrdom, due to their political thoughts.

But it is a sad reality that those who are insane can't understand the worth of life saving medicine. They run away from treatment. Those are conceptually insane they do not behave differently either. They detest and keep themselves away from politics. It owes to their inadequacy of knowledge not only on political science but also on other social sciences. Since such sciences are not taught in religious schools, such ignorance is quiet deeper among the so-called ulama. Hence they fail to realize that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his rightly guided khalifa were not only the religious leader; they were the political leader of the ummah, too. They were the head of the state. How a Muslim can reject their sunnah? Without engaging in politics, is it impossible to be a full Muslim? Such incomplete muslimsness has indeed brought the Muslims to the current quagmire.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle described humans as the political animals. According to him, a man can't qualify as human if he doesn't possess the political instinct. Such an instinct propels humans to sacrifice their time, wealth, energy, even life to bring changes in the country where they live. Animals do not possess such instinct, they survive only to eat, drink and to procure. Hence people with animal instinct can't build civilisation. A Muslim needs the political instinct to fit into Islam's own framework of vision, mission and objective. Only those who fit into the Vision of Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la can engage in jihad and attain shahadah (martyrdom). The Vision is li'yuzhirahu aladdini kullihi; it means that His prescribed code of life (deen) should prevail over all other deens. That was true for the companions of the prophet (peace be upon him). That is why all of them joined jihad and majority of them attained shahada. But those who claim to be the traditional ulama or moderate Muslim they have taken a different path. In their path, there is no Islamic state, no jihad, no shahada and no place for sharia and khilafa. So, it runs far away from the path of the prophet (peace be upon him) and his rightly guided companions. So, no drone or missile falls on their head. Rather, all the despotic rulers of the Muslim World keep their door open for them. Even the enemies of Islam spread prayer mats for them.

The crime of inaction

In the golden days of Islam, building and defending an Islamic state called khilafa always occupied the central part of the Muslims' agenda. They used to spend wealth, fight wars and sacrifice life for that. Today, it is a very peripheral issue of the common Muslims and a non-issue for the so-called ulama. Some people think casting a vote in every 4 of 5 years is enough to do the job. They have little or no role in islamisation of the state. As a result of such inaction, most of the Muslim states stay unfit or incapacitated to do any meaningful service to Islam and the Muslims. Inaction is not the part of Islam; Muslims pleases Allah Sub'hana wa Tala only through benevolent actions. Muhammad bin Qasim - a brave Muslim general hurried with his Army to save the oppressed Hindu people of Sind from a tyrant ruler. But now the Muslim rulers and their armies stand silent while the Muslims are persecuted in their neighbouring countries. Sometimes, they become part of the persecution. Such collaborator of evil are huge in the Muslim World. For example, the former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf and his cronies collaborated with the US invasion in Afghanistan and helped arrest hundreds of innocent people to feed Guantanamo Bay prison. The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak didn't allow even the injured Muslims of Gaza to enter Egypt while they were heavily bombed by Israel. The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn't allow the boats of tormented Rohynga Muslims to get nearer to the sea shore of the country. And the Syrian and Iraqi refugees didn't receive any easy access to Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich gulf states; as a result, they needed to sail their unsafe boat to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of them died on the way and many women were raped. These are the harsh reality of the Muslim World. It tells a lot about the total incompetence cum criminality of the rulers who now rule the Muslim World.

Under any despotic rule, a Muslim country never works as a safe haven even for Islam and the Muslims. Instead, such a country, like any other kuffar country, turn equally hostile to full practice of Islam. And how one can practise full Islam without practising sharia, hudud, shura, khelafa and jihad. Islam as a complete code of life can never be fully practised in a hut or a cave. It needs a conducive and enabling space of an Islamic state. So, the prophet of Islam and his companions had to build a state. How can a Muslim ignore such a great legacy? Communism ceased to exist as a political power after the collapse of the Soviet Russia in 1991. Communism now survives only in the Marxist books. The same has happened to Muslims after the ruin of the core Islamic state. Now, sharia, hudud, shura, jihad, khilafa and other Divine prescriptions are found only in the holy Qur'an and in the books of Islamic fiq'h. These have no place in Muslims' life; nor in any Muslim country! Surprisingly, after all these grotesque deviation from the prophet's (peace be upon him) legacy, they still think Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la is pleased with them and they will enter paradise! In the holy Qur'an, Allah Sub'han wa Ta'la depicted the same funny belief of the Jewish people to warn such erroneous Muslims They were given sharia in Torah; they were asked to establish a state and practise sharia. They betrayed the decree of Allah Sub'hana wa Ta'la. But still they claim that they are the chosen people of the Lord and will enter paradise. 10/03/17 (to be continued)


Favoritism among Injustice indeed
by Asma bint Shameem

"My brother is the only one in the house who gets any attention. He always gets everything he wants!"

"My Dad prefers our oldest sister to the rest of us. He always praises her, and no matter what good we do, he never appreciates it!"

This is a common problem that we see among many Muslim households today. And that is the problem of favoritism among children.

Parents may show their favoritism for many reasons. Favoritism could be shown to the oldest or the youngest. It could be a preference of a son over a daughter or the preference of a child more beautiful than the other or simply for no apparent reason at all.

Favoritism comes in many ways. It could be in the form of showing more affection to a child, or excessive praise of one to the neglect of others, giving gifts to one child only or giving better, more expensive gifts to one child in preference to others. It can even be favoritism by simply ignoring one child as compared to the others.

Yet, Islaam condemns all kinds of biases and injustices and indeed, favoritism is a kind of injustice. A person is not being just if he shows favoritism.

Allah says: " Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and doing good, and giving (help) to kith and kin." (Surah an-Nahl: 90).

Justice must be maintained in everything we do, even in how often we look at or speak to each of our children. The following Hadeeth shows us how important it is to avoid favoritism when dealing with our kids.

Nu'maan ibn Basheer said: " My father gave me a gift of some of his wealth, but my mother, 'Amrah bint Rawaahah, said, 'I will not approve of it until you ask the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) to bear witness to it.' So my father went to the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) to ask him to bear witness to the gift. The Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said to him, 'Have you done the same for all of your children?' He said, 'No.' He said, 'Fear Allaah and treat your children justly.' So my father came back and took back that gift." (Bukhaari, Muslim)

In fact, it is one of the RIGHTS of our children that we treat them equally.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: " Your children have the right of receiving equal treatment, as you have the right that they should honor you." (Abu Dawoud)

And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) also said: "Do justice among your sons (kids),' and repeated it thrice." (Muslim)

Why is it wrong??
Showing favoritism is wrong no matter how you look at it. It is injustice to the child who is being neglected, it is injustice to the one who is being preferred over the others and it is even injustice to the parent showing the favoritism in the first place.

How is that?
If we show preferential treatment to one child over the other siblings, this will nurture a kind of jealousy and even hatred in the heart of the one being neglected. They will secretly resent the one being preferred, even if they don't show it or express it. And as the experts tell us, this may lead to various psychological and social problems that can last well into adolescence and adulthood.

And the one who is always preferred and praised over the others may think he/she is somehow superior or better than others and lead him/her to being arrogant, self-centered and spoiled.

And surely that is not fulfilling our responsibility in raising our kids in accordance with the way Islaam requires us to raise and educate them.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: " There is no person to whom Allaah has given responsibility and dies neglecting that responsibility, but Allaah will deny him Paradise."(Muslim)

Subhaan Allaah! What a HUMONGOUS responsibility!
Just think about it! Being denied Jannah, because of failing to fulfill your responsibility!

By showing favoritism, we are being sinful and not fulfilling our duty as a parent according to the teachings of Islaam.

In the meanwhile, if we, as parents are showing this favoritism, we are also not being just to our own selves either since we are supposed to be fair to ALL our children and we are answerable to Allaah as to how we treated our family.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: "Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.....A man is the shepherd of the members of his household and is responsible for them. A woman is the shepherd of her husband's house and children and is responsible for them......Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock." (Bukhaari, Muslim)

Are you one of them??
Many mothers and fathers who show preferential treatment to some of their children do so without realizing it.

They do so unconsciously and if asked about preferring one child over the other, they will immediately deny it.
However, since it is a matter about which we will have to answer to Allaah one day, each of us parent has to sincerely look deep into our souls to see if WE are guilty of this injustice or not.

Look at this beautiful hadeeth of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), who said: " The just will be with Allaah on thrones of light ....those who are just in their rulings and are fair with their families and those of whom they are in charge."(Muslim)

Remember my brother/sister, the Muslim parent is the one who fears Allaah in his dealings with his children, one who is just in his speech and judgments, the one whose sayings, actions and dealings with his children are based upon justice with no degree of discrimination or preference. Carve these words in stone for yourself and let the above hadeeth motivate you to be absolutely fair and just to all, especially your own children.
"O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones..." [Surah al-Tahreem :6]

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