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THE QUACKERY AND GUILE OF THOSE USING MUBARAK AHAADITH TO SUBSTANTIATE THE RUBBISH OF ‘SOCIAL DISTANCING’ AND CONTAINMENT IN THE HOMES

THE MUBARAK AHAADITH CANNOT BE USED TO ‘JUSTIFY’ OPPRESSION (1)

Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Islam began in a forlorn state and will
soon return to a forlorn state. Glad tidings to the forlorn.”
We are witnessing such times where the depravity of this Ummah is being made
manifest for all to see. The era prophesied by Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)
where Muslims will be huge in numbers but they will be (useless and
insignificant) as the trash and muck of floodwaters, is certainly before us. Love
for the world and fear of death is the common trait amongst Muslims and nonMuslims alike. Compounding this pitiful state, the current terror that a simple
virus has unleashed upon the masses, has seen the Ummah being further
filtered into those with Imaan and those with merely a façade of it. Right before
our eyes, Islam is being returned to its initial forlorn state! May Allah Ta`ala
include us amongst those fortunate forlorn ones.
Social media has been ablaze with messages and texts (one such corrupt
message originates from the Jamiat so-called ‘ulama’ South Africa) which
purportedly ‘justify’ (from the Mubarak Ahaadith) people skulking in their
homes. The disbelieving governments may believe they are doing good, but as
Muslims we recognise the injustice in preventing Muslims from openly
practicing on their Deen. Islam teaches that we should abide to the laws of a
country. However, the act of ‘justifying’ un-Islamic practices and ‘justifying’ the
Musaajid being left desolate, is pure satanism! Being forced not to go to the
Musjid by non-Muslims is one thing, but for ‘Muslims’ to justify this heinous
decree is totally something else. Those who justify such acts, using Qur`aan and
Sunnah, have proven that they have no Imaan left. The Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu
alaihi wasallam) clearly states that the weakest form of Imaan is to recognise an
injustice to the Deen and to detest it in the heart. Hence, those who feel nothing
about the Musaajid being shut down, are devoid of Imaan. As for those who
condone this oppression and even go one step further of ‘justifying’ it using our
Qur`aan and Ahaadith, have stooped to a level that even puts shaitaan to shame.

                                                       THE MINI-DAJJAALS

“SITTING IN YOUR HOME DURING AN EPIDEMIC – YOU GET THE REWARD OF A
MARTYR
Prophetic guidance during epidemic Disease: Social Distancing, Quarantine,
Containment.”

An article with this title is currently doing its rounds on social media. This article
is not only misleading, it is extremely deceptive.
The Hadith reproduced in this article is as follows:
ً ليس من رجل يقع الطاعون فيمكث يف بيته ، يعلم أنه ال يصيبه إال ماكتب هللا له، إالكان له مثل أجر شهيد
ً حمتسبا
صابرا
FIRSTLY: The Hadith is incorrectly and deviously translated. The translation they
deceptively put is: “….if a person in the time of an epidemic plague stays in their
home, patiently hoping for God’s reward and believing that nothing will afflict
them except what God has written for them, they will get the reward of a
martyr.”
The actual translation should be: “There is no man afflicted with the plague,
who remains in his home patiently, hoping for reward from Allah, knowing
that nothing will afflict him except what Allah has destined for him, except that
he will receive the reward similar to a martyr.”
SECONDLY: The reference given at the bottom of this Hadith cites Musnad
Ahmed AND Saheeh Bukhaari, trying to give the impression that the same Hadith
appears in both these Kitaabs, whereas the wording of this same Hadith in
Saheeh Bukhaari does not have the words رجل من or بيته يف rather it has the words,
.يف بدله and من احد
So, if they wish to restrict the import of the words “in his house” to be literal –
that one should remain indoors only, as is being done at these lockdowns – then
they should also extend that literality to the word “man” (which appears in this
narration in Musnad Ahmed), and infer that women are not included here. This,
we all know, is not the case. The word “man” is used in the Hadith to refer to
both men and women, and the word, “home” infers
locality/hometown/country, and not literally one’s “house”.
Other Kitaabs have the words عبد من meaning “slave”. The words vary but the
import is exactly the same.
The Hadith can never be taken to refer to the “house” only because it is neither
possible nor practical for every person to remain indoors as long as a plague is
present. Society and life would terminate if this were the case.
Also, when there are such cases in Ahaadith where there appears to be a
contradiction, then we interpret it by finding a rational explanation. The
Ahaadith are NEVER contradictory. The Mufassireen and Fuqaha have clarified
any ambiguity that we may perceive. Since the Hadith in Bukhaari mentions “his
locality” this is the obvious meaning that is also extended to the Hadith in
Musnad Ahmed. The word, “home” in Arabic, and also in English (and possibly
most, if not all, languages) is a general term that refers to one’s locality. The
word “home” could refer to one’s hometown, locality, province and even
country. To deceptively translate and infer that Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)
meant remaining indoors is treasonous because it implies the abandoning of
Jamaat Salaat and other beneficial Deeni congregations.
THIRDLY: The Hadith uses the word يقع which refers to a person already afflicted
with the plague. In that case, the person who is already afflicted, can be advised
to remain indoors for various reasons, mostly relating to his recovery. However,
even if a person is afflicted, the Shariah still does NOT advocate the dajjaali
concept of ‘social distancing’. Islam does not teach us to avoid afflicted people,
unless it adversely affects one’s tawakkul. The Hadith teaches us that there is
NO contagion, except with the permission of Allah Rabbul Izzat.
FOURTHLY: The bogus article gives a small excerpt from Fat-hul Baari (which is
a commentary of Saheeh Bukhaari), thereby perpetuating its deception. The
only sentence they deemed appropriate to add from Fat-hul Baari is: “the
wording (of the hadith) indicates that whoever fulfils the descriptions mentioned
has the reward of a martyr (shahid), even if they didn’t die.” They give the false
impression that whoever sits and skulks in their home during a plague, whether
afflicted or not, will also be rewarded by Allah Ta`ala. They fail to expand on this
discussion.
Let us study what exactly appears in Fat-hul Baari, with regard to these specific
Ahaadith:
“Nabi’s (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)statement, ‘There is no slave’, that is Muslim,
‘who is afflicted with plague’, that is, in the place where he is, ‘and he remains in
his hometown,’ in the narration of Ahmed (the words are), ‘in his home,’ and this
(whether the word is ‘locality’ or ‘home’) refers to whichever place he is in but he
remains therein, and he does not go away from there, that is, he does not leave
the place wherein the plague occurred. [Note here is also explained that the
words ‘بيته and بلده ‘both mean the place where the plague occurs, hence it does
NOT mean a literal home or house].
The word ‘patiently’, means that he is not irritated, troubled or vexed and neither
is he anxious, apprehensive nor restless, rather he is at ease and accepts the
Decree of Allah Ta`ala and pleased with his fate. This is the condition for
acquiring the reward of a martyr for that person who dies of the plague. That he
remains in the place where the plague occurs and he does not flee from there as
the prohibition clearly appeared earlier (in another Hadith).”
[Let us look at this in our present context – the government has ordered a
lockdown. People are anxious. Many are frustrated because their daily
movements have been curtailed. All businesspeople, besides those in the
“essential services” industry, are suffering huge losses during this time. Nobody
is really sitting at home happily or content. Also, the majority are terrified of
moving outside and mixing with others for fear of contracting this virus. How far
– very, very far – is this condition (prevalent today) to that described in the Hadith
of being patient and hoping for Divine Pleasure. Based on the comments of the
Muhadditheen, we can safely declare that this virus is not a mercy to our
Muslims but also a calamity and punishment just like it is for the disbelievers.
Far from displaying patience, Muslims are anxious, apprehensive, restless,
irritated, troubled and vexed. And this is the condition of those not even afflicted
by the virus!!!
The Muhadditheen have explained that the prevalence of plagues is a
punishment for both – the disbelievers and transgressing Muslims. After all,
does Allah Ta`ala not warn us in His Kalaam, “Do those who commit sins think
that We will treat them like those who have Imaan and who do good deeds,
making their lives and deaths equal? (They are wrong!) Evil indeed is the
decision they take.” The fact that we have been barred from our own Musaajid
can never be deemed a favourable circumstance. How sad that even ‘muslims’
feel Musaajid should be closed. As long as there is life, the time for reformation
exists. May Allah Ta`ala have mercy on us all.]
“The statement, “Knowing that most certainly nothing will overcome him except
what Allah Ta`ala has decreed for him,” is the other condition. This is a
conditional sentence which relates to his remaining (in his hometown/country).
However, if he remains whilst he is anxious, apprehensive, restless and regretful
of not having went out (of his locality), thinking that had he went away then he
would not have been afflicted in the first place and also that he was afflicted
because he stayed behind. This (attitude and state of mind) will deprive him of
the reward of a martyr, even if he dies of plague.” [Fat-hul Baari, vol. 10, page
193]
This excerpt from Fat-hul Baari, proves that the little excerpt which appeared in
the deceptive article, is not only misleading but gives a totally incorrect
interpretation of the Hadith.
The above commentary also proves, inter alia, that this Hadith refers more
specifically to the person who is afflicted with the plague and not necessarily to
those who are healthy and fit. The reward of martyrdom is applicable only to
those who are afflicted with the plague and either die or survive. Those who are
not afflicted by the plague/virus, need to continue their lives normally, whilst
also remaining in their hometown/country. There is another Hadith that states
everyone who resides in a place which is overcome with a plague should remain
therein.
Salaat in congregation is not and never was excused for those who are not
afflicted by the disease/virus. ‘Social distancing’ is not and never was an Islamic
teaching. ‘Muslims’ who wish to practice this should never ever believe that
Islam or the Hadith teaches this. ‘Muslim’ men who wish to perform their Salaat
at home, should never ever think this to be permitted by the Shariah due to the
existence of a plague or virus.
This advice of ours should not be misinterpreted as an advocation of civil
disobedience. We merely wish to highlight the point that Muslims should never
trivialise the Deen and they should never misinterpret the Ahaadith of Nabi
(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to give sanction to any disobedience to Divine
Injunctions. True Muslims should never believe that the Ahaadith of Nabi
(sallallahu alaihi wasallam) ever condoned such a state upon Muslim men where
they are not allowed to attend the Musaajid for the Fardh Salaat. The Ahaadith
never condoned the concept of ‘social distancing’ merely out of fear of
contracting a virus. The Ahaadith never encouraged Muslim men to remain
skulking in their homes, thereby abandoning congregational Salaat. If the
government imposes this on its citizens, that is one thing. The Shariah should
not be misinterpreted to give an impression of approval. If Muslims are forced
to remain indoors and threatened with legal repercussions for ignoring this law,
they should exercise caution and not challenge the authorities, however at the
same time, they should not and cannot condone this injustice from an Islamic
perspective.
May Allah Ta`ala have mercy on this Ummah!
5th Shabaan 1441 [30th March 2020]

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CONTAMINATED FOOD

  1. CONTAMINATED FOOD
  2. HARAAM: Haraam foods are such foods in which the prohibition is clear. There is no doubt in its prohibitions, e.g. haraam meat and food in which haraam ingredients are used.
  3. SPIRITUALLY HARAAM: Halaal food, whether meat or any other kind acquired with unlawful money or by unlawful means. While such food remains halaal, its consumption is haraam for the one who has acquired it by foul or haraam means.
  • MUSTABAH: Such food, the permissibility of which is in doubt. Some factors indicate permissibility while other factors indicate prohibition. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commanded abstention from such doubtful foods.
  1. PHYSICALLY IMPURE: Generally, the foods prepared in public places such as cafes, restaurants and hotels fall in this classification. Although halaal, such food is not tayyib (wholesome). Some physical dirt and unclean hands, etc. go into its production, hence its contamination.
  2. SPIRITUALLY IMPURE: Such food which is halaal and ordinarily tayyib, but for people of high taqwa (i.e. for the Auliya) even such halaal tayib food constitutes contamination, and impedes their spiritual progress, e.g. halaal tayyib food served by a faasiq or zaalim, halaal tayyib food served with a contaminated worldly motive.

 

The greater the degree of one’s abstention from contaminated food, the more will on incline towards piety and ibaadat and the converse is also true. Abstention from the first two categories (mentioned above) is Fardh. Eationg such food is a major sin for which Jahannuum is the punishment. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said about those who consume the contaminated food mentioned in these two categories:

“The Fire of Jahannum is more befitting for a human body nourished by haraam.”

The Auliya say that the high stages of piety a man attains are dependent on his halaal and tayyib consumption of food. A man can spend an entire lifetime in abundance of thikr, nafl ibaadat and fasting etc, but as long as the food he consumes is not physically and spiritually pure, he will be deprived of the high stages of taqwa and Divine proximity.

THE NON-MUSLIM SHIAH TEMPLE COMPLEX

On the 1st December 2017, in Cape Town, a non-Muslim Shiah temple complex is set to open. Normally, there is no need for Muslims to comment on non-Muslim events whether of a religious or mundane nature, unless it directly affects Muslims. The same rule would have applied to the non-Muslim Shiah temple complex if it was not for the confusion which the deceptive and cunning Shiahs create by their employment of such terminology and designations which cause confusion in the ranks of the ignorant Muslim masses.

The non-Muslim Shiah event is advertised as a ‘Mosque Complex’ and the temple is named ‘Ahlul Bait Mosque’. The lengthy list of non-Muslim dignitaries who will be attending the opening ceremony of the Shiah temple complex, and the variety of haraam merrymaking activities palpably confirm that the Shiah temple complex is a non-Muslim venture which is being manipulated to confuse unwary and ignorant Muslims for entrapping them into the web of the Shiah religion which has no affinity and no relationship with Islam.

Although the Shiahs name their temple, ‘Ahlul Bait Mosque’, they are the very people who had killed Hadhrat Husain (Radhiyallahu anhu), the grandson of Rasulullah. The Shiahs had at Karbala massacred the entire Family of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), yet they have the naked and shameless audacity of professing ‘love’ for the Ahl-e-Bait (the Family of Rasulullah – Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

In fact, even among the Shiah clergy there are those who have recorded Hadhrat Husain’s curses on the Shiahs. In the Shiah book of theology, Al-Irshaad lil Mufeedah, the following appears on page 241:

“Imaam Husain (alayhis salaam) said in his curse on his Shiah (‘supporters’ who had lured him with his family to Iraq): ‘O Allah! If You condone them for a while, then split them into sects and schisms. Never ever let the rulers be pleased with them. Verily, they (the Shiahs of Iraq) had called us to help us, then they became our enemies and killed us.”

In the Shiah book, Al-Ihtijaaj, Vol.2, page 24, among the curses of Hadhrat Husain (Radhiyallahu anhu) on the Shiahs, is mentioned:

“You are among those who have abandoned us and killed us. Destruction for you! The La’nat (Curse) of Allah is on the zaalimeen.”

In the Shiah book, A’yaanus Shiah, page 34, is mentioned:

“These are the nusoos (explicit statements recorded in Shiah texts) which categorically reveal to us who the real killers of Husain are. Verily, they are his Shiah from the people of Kufa. i.e. our forefathers. So why do we load the issue of the killing of Husain (alayhis salaam) on to the Ahlus Sunnah?”

“For this very reason As-Sayyid Muhsinul Ameen: ‘From the people of Iraq, 20,000 pledged allegiance to Husain, then they betrayed him. They rebelled against him whilst their pledge was on their necks, and they killed him.”

In Al-Ihtijaaj, page 32 (this is a Shiah book), the following is narrated:

“Al-Imaam Zainul Aaabideen (the son of Hadhrat Husain –Radhiyallahu anhu – who had survived the Shiah massacre at Karbala) said: ‘Do you know that you had written to my father, and that you had deceived him, and that you had given to him your pledge of allegiance. Then you fought him and abandoned him? With which eyes will you be able to look at Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) whilst he will be saying: ‘You murdered my family, and you pillaged my honour. You are not from my Ummah.’? Verily, these people (the Shiahs) wail for us. Who other than them had killed us?”

Faatimah As-Sughra. The granddaughter of Hadrat Husain (Radhiyallahu anhu), addressing the Shiahs, the so-called lovers of Ahl-e-Bait, said:

“O you traitors, deceivers and frauds! We are the Ahl-Bait. Allah Ta’ala has cast us into a trial with you, and He has cast you into a trial with us. Then He made our trial beautiful. Then you rejected us and you falsified us. You regarded our being killed as permissible, and our wealth as booty just as you had yesterday killed our grandfather (Hadhrat Husain). Your swords are dripping with the blood of the Ahl-e-Bait. Destruction for you! Await the La’nat (Allah’s Curse) and the Athaab.”

These are a few random excerpts from the Shiah books which acknowledge that the murderers of Ahl-e-Bait were the Shiahs. But with naked audacity and shamelessness they call their temple, ‘Ahlul Bait Mosque’.

Whilst not a single Ulama body, not even the ulama-e-soo’, will attend the non-Muslim Shiah opening ceremony, some murtaddeen and zanaadiqah masquerading as Muslims will be participating in the Shiah event. The ‘loud thikr’ and other Islamically-sounding features of the Shiah ceremony are designed for confusing the unwary and the ignorant among the Muslim community. It is imperative for Muslims to beware of this sinister Shiah trap. Kufr is being presented as Islam. The traitors who had killed the Ahl-e-Bait are parading as ‘lovers’ of Ahl-e-Bait.

Those who profess to be Muslims but sympathize with the Shiahs are among the munaafiqeen. Among these munaafiqeen are the tabloids, Al-Qalam and Muslim News. Radio 786 is another hidden Shiah protagonist.

Sheikh Talib Ihsan, the president of Bogus ‘uucsa’ is also a hidden Shiah supporter belonging to the clique of munafiqeen, and so is Molvi Abdul Khalek Ali, the leader of the kufr interfaith movement in Western Cape. Beware of all these munaafiqs who are out to rob Muslims of their Imaan.

While the Reverend Abraham Bham of the NNB jamiat of Fordsburg is not advertised as a participant of the Shiah ceremony, he is nevertheless among the munaafiqqen. Beware of him. He participated in the kufr national prayer day together with the agents of Kufr. Him being a clandestine Shiah supporter should not be discounted.

All of these professed ‘muslims’ and also the silent Molvis should ask themselves: How shall we face Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) on the Day of Qiyaamah with our support for and silent condonation of the Shiahs – the Shiahs who have murdered and pillaged the Ahl-e-Bait – the Shiahs who slander Hadhrat Aishah (Radhiyallahu anha) accusing her of adultery – the Shiahs who revile in the vilest terms of abuse the Sahaabah – the Shiah who believe that the Qur’aan we have is a fabrication of the Sahaabah?

The enemies of Islam have united in sinister alliance to strangle Islam and the tiny group devoted to the Sunnah. The satanic interfaith movement, the Shiahs, the MJC, the NNB jamiat, Bogus ‘uucsa’, SANHA, outfits such as Radio Shaitaan, Radio Ansaarish Shaitaan, Radio 786, Muslim News, Al-Qalam. The Saudi regime, the Iranian regime, U.S.A. with its evil coalition, India, China and many other dark satanic forces are all in a Shaitaani Alliance tightening the noose around the Neck of Islam and its tiny band of Standard Bearers.

Whilst this vile Shaitaani Alliance plots and conspires, Allah Ta’ala too Plots. And, the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“They plot and Allah too Plots. And Allah is the Best of Plotters.”

ALLAH AZZA WA JAL WILL THWART AND NULLIFY THE EVIL PLOTS OF THE SATANISTS.

9 Rabiyul Awwal 1439 – 28 November 2017

The Latest Attack on Gaza: More of the Same

Following the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, the UAE requested a closed-door Security Council meeting (which took place on Monday, August 8) about the strike on Gaza.

The immediate cause of the current situation was the August 1 arrest of a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) on August 1. A 16 year-old was killed during the operation. By August 5, Israeli caretaker prime minister Yair Lapid—from the center-left Yesh Atid party—decided to launch offense strikes on Gaza, called Operation Breaking Dawn. Israel claims it was under threat by PIJ.

I guess you could say it’s good they care, but what the UAE publicly called for is essentially a return to the status quo, i.e., the open air prison that is Gaza:

“The United Arab Emirates has emphasized the need to restore calm to the Gaza Strip, reduce escalation, and preserve civilian lives”

Sure, you’ve got to first stop the fighting, but there’s little evidence to suggest the UAE will want more than that. Plus, you could make the argument that the more quickly things calm down, the better business will be.

RELATED: Israel, UAE, Turkey: Best Friends Forever?

The Abraham Accords have further normalized relations between Israel and many Arab countries, including the UAE. They are currently enjoying the money coming in from Israeli tourists. From the start of the accords in September 2020 to last October, 250,000 Israeli tourists had visited the Gulf country.

From what the public gleaned from the meeting, the usual positions were given by the usual suspects, points like this one:

“American UN ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield supported ‘Israel’s right to defend its people against terrorist threats’”

The US has a talent for having the most blatant double-standards when it comes to Israel.

RELATED: Disgusting: Pakistani-Americans’ Public “Peace” Tour of Israel

Breaking Dawn A Win for Israel?

Not only did Israel successfully target resistance members, Palestinians lost 44 (the AP reports), which includes 15 children, in three days. Some of those may have been killed by rockets misfired from Gaza—it isn’t clear. It is also reported that almost a third of the roughly 300 who have been injured are children.

The cease-fire reportedly includes a pledge from Egypt to “work for the release of two senior Islamic Jihad detainees held by Israel, but,” the AP notes, “there were no guarantees this would happen.”

Recall that Gazans continue to be cut off from normal life, from using the sea, from making a living. 80 percent of young people are unemployed.

Recall that Egypt and Israel, which have relatively good relations, have a blockade on Gaza.

Recall that the occupation is a constant, enduring threat to Palestinian life. A few days before this recent strike—on July 29—Amjad Nashaat Abu Alia was killed by either an Israeli settler or the IDF (most likely a settler) during a protest against settler violence.

They hadn’t even finished rebuilding Gaza from last year’s war. Now, they have to start again.

RELATED: The Islamic Importance of Palestine’s Struggle Against Genocide

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50 Questions Regarding the Beliefs of the Shia (Raafidah) from Sheikh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah

Precious Gems from the Quran and Sunnah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

50 Questions Regarding the Beliefs of the Shia (Raafidah) from Sheikh Al-Islaam


Question 1: What is the view of Sheikh Al-Islaam regarding the Shia (Raafidah)?

Answer 1:

They are the greatest of the people of innovation in their ignorance and oppression. They are hostile towards the best of the helper’s of Allah after the prophets from the first to embrace Islam from the muhājirūn and ansār and those who followed them exactly (in faith), Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with him. They support the disbelievers and hypocrites from the Jews, the Christians, the polytheists and the kinds of atheists from the Nasīriyah and Ismaīlyah and other than them from the people of misguidance. [Minhāj As-Sunnah (Page 20 Volume 1)]

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Question 2: Do they cooperate with the Jews?

Answer 2:

They’re cooperation with the Jews is a known matter.

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Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā: Biographical Details from the Qur’ān

“And (remember) when the angels said: ‘O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allāh has chosen you, purified you, and chosen you above the women of the world [of her lifetime].
‘O Maryam! Submit yourself with obedience to your Lord [Allah, by worshipping none but Him Alone] and prostrate yourself, and bow down along with those who bow down”[1].
Sayyidunā Ibn Abbās raḍiyallāhu ‘anhuma reports that Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The best of women among the people of Paradise are Khadija bint Khuwaylid, Fatimah bint Muḥammad, Maryam bint ‘Imran, and ‘Asiyah bint Muzahim, the wife of Pharaoh.”[2]
History, and the corrupted scriptures of the past, cannot accurately inform us about the biography of this great woman, described as such by Allāh Ta’ālā and Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The only reliable source for us today is the Noble Qur’ān and the authentic Sunnah. In fact, the Christians, who have made her into a deity – we seek the protection of Allāh Ta’ālā – cannot provide us with an accurate account regarding this noble, chaste and pure woman.
Now, let us stop for a moment and ask:
As a Muslim, how much do I really know about Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā?
How well can I defend the purity and chastity of this great woman from the attacks of the Modernists, Jews, Qādiyānīs, and the irreligious?
RELATED: 8 Bizarre and Offensive Kufri Beliefs from Qadiyanis
The Noble Qur’ān, pure and unchanged, is the word of Allāh Ta’ālā that accords the highest level of respect and honor to Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā, her family, and son. It surpasses the current Torah and Bible in this regard. The Noble Qur’ān has a Sūrah called Āl ‘Imrān, i.e., the family of ‘Imrān, the second longest Sūrah in the book. This is the family of Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā. Secondly, there is a Surah called ‘Maryam’. Glory be to Allāh.
The biographical details of Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā within these two Sūrahs (Sūrah Āl ‘Imrān and Sūrah Maryam) also testify to the truthfulness of Sayyidunā Muḥammad ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam because he could not have extracted them from older scriptures. The older scriptures were – and remain – self-contradictory.
1. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā is mentioned by name 24 times in the Noble Qur’ān. Maryam is the only proper name of a female present in the Noble Qur’ān. All other females have been referred to by honorifics/agnomens.
2. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā is the daughter of ‘Imrān.[3] ‘Imrān is mentioned 3 times in the Noble Qur’ān.
3. ‘Imrān’s family consisted of five members. Details regarding three of them are known: ‘Imrān, his son Hārūn and his daughter Maryam. The Noble Qur’ān does not mention the name of the wife of ‘Imrān and the other children. The great messenger, Sayyidunā Zakariyya ‘alayhi as-salām was married to the sister of Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā. Hence, Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām (son of Maryam) and Sayyidunā Yaḥyā ‘alayhi as-salām (son of Zakariyya) are cousins.
4. This family lived in the Palestine and Jordan area.
5. ‘Imrān was an Imām, he would lead the Banī Isrā’īl in prayer and his wife was upright and pure. Allāh Ta’ālā blessed them with a daughter, Maryam.
6. The wife of ‘Imrān had made a vow that if she delivers a child, she will dedicate it to the service of Allāh Ta’ālā. Subsequently, she delivered a female and named her Maryam.[4] Maryam means ‘worshipper’ in the language of the Banū Isrā’īl. She had also asked Allāh Ta’ālā to accept her baby girl and sought protection for her from Shayṭān, the accursed.
7. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā was not touched or afflicted by Shayṭān in any way. A Ḥadīth in Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī states, ‘All mankind is touched by Shayṭān when they are born, except for Maryam and her son.’
8. Sayyidunā Zakariyya ‘alayhi as-salām accepted that Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā stay within the boundaries of Bayt-ul-Muqaddas and worship Allāh Ta’ālā. No other female had this honor before her. She was pure and righteous from her early years.
9. The wife of ‘Imrān handed Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā over to Sayyidunā Zakariyya ‘alayhi as-salām after she completed the breastfeeding period. Guardianship of the baby girl was given to Sayyidunā Zakariyya ‘alayhi as-salām. This was decided by drawing lots.[5]
10. Sayyidunā Zakariyya ‘alayhi as-salām was kind to Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā. He taught her and nurtured her. He would find that Allāh Ta’ālā was providing for her from His treasures when he would check on her in her chamber.[6]
11. After seeing this miracle, Sayyidunā Zakariyya ‘alayhi as-salām began to yearn for children of his own. He did not desire a child or son except that he was concerned for the people after his demise. He then asked Allāh Ta’ālā to bless him with a child, and in his old age, he was given Sayyidunā Yaḥyā ‘alayhi as-salām.[7] None before him had this name. In this way, he was given a son who was also a Messenger of Allāh Ta’ālā.
12. Sayyidunā Zakariyya ‘alayhi as-salām earned through carpentry and ate of his own earning.[8] He wanted his legacy of Nubuwwah and knowledge to carry on, not any wealth, because the Messengers do not leave inheritance in the form of wealth.[9]
13. Sayyidunā Yaḥyā ‘alayhi as-salām was born miraculously, as his father was very old and his mother had already passed child-bearing age. The same was the case with Sayyidunā Isḥāq ‘alayhi as-salām. If the Christians feel that the miraculous birth of Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām makes him worthy of being a deity, then what about these Anbiyā’? What about Sayyidunā Ādam ‘alayhi as-salām who was created without a father and mother?
14. Allāh Ta’ālā sent an angel to Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā to convey news of a word from Allāh, a son who will be born to her by the name of ‘Isā.[10]
15. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā was pure and chaste. She was shocked at the presence of a stranger and then even more at the prospect of bearing a child.[11] This is testimony to her purity, contrary to the fabricated slanders thrown at her. May Allāh Ta’ālā protect us.
16. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā would remain in her room, a place well-known to this day, and she would not leave, except to answer the call of nature or other necessities.
17. The title ‘son of Maryam’ for Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām is used 23 times in the Noble Qur’ān. This emphasizes that he was a human and counters the claims made by Christians that he is divine. The miraculous birth of Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām demonstrates the great power of Allāh Ta’ālā and negates the theory of evolution too.
18. Whilst Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā had gone into seclusion, the greatest angel, Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām, had come to her to convey the command of Allāh Ta’ālā. She was pure, pious, and chaste. Hence, she was startled at the appearance of a stranger. She immediately sought the protection of Allāh Ta’ālā and told the stranger to fear Allāh Ta’ālā. In the same way, when Sayyidunā Yūsuf ‘alayhi as-salām was tempted by the wife of the ‘Azīz, he immediately sought the protection of Allāh Ta’ālā. He told her that he was a messenger of Allāh to announce the gift to her of a pure son.[12] Jibrīl ‘alayhi as-salām further said that this son will be a sign unto humanity and a mercy from Allāh Ta’ālā.[13]
19. The Noble Qur’ān does not describe how the soul and life was blown into Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā. That is in the knowledge and wisdom of Allāh Ta’ālā.[14]
20. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā went to a distant place, away from the eyes of people. This is reported to be east of Bethlehem.
21. The reports differ on the time period of her pregnancy. Some say it was a natural one lasting nine months. Other scholars say that it was just for a few hours. Others say she gave birth almost immediately after becoming pregnant. Allāh Ta’ālā knows best.
22. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā was alone in a far-off place with no experience and knowledge of what she was going through. She was distressed as there was no one to help her with the delivery. She was in anguish and wished for death.[15]
23. Allāh Ta’ālā sent provision of dates and fresh water for her and inspired her to tell people that she is fasting and should point to the child when asked about the child.[16]
24. The Christians claim December 25th to be the birth date of Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām. However, this is the winter time and dates are not ripe at that time in Palestine.
25. Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām spoke in the cradle and told the people that he is a Messenger of Allāh.[17] The people were in shock and bewilderment and had no idea how to respond.
26. The King of Abyssinia, Najāshi, had verified the verses of Sūrah Maryam when he heard them from Sayyidunā Ja’far Ibn Abī Ṭālib raḍiyallāhu ‘anhu, when the Muslims migrated to his land. He had also embraced Islām. Before this, he was a Christian. The case of Najāshi becoming emotional and embracing the truth of Islām is clear proof that true and genuine Christians recognize the truth and understand the correct position of honor and respect that Islām accords to Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā and Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām.
27. The Noble Qur’ān has immortalized the honor and great rank of Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā. It teaches us many lessons that we can implement in our lives. We realise and understand that one must be true to Allāh Ta’ālā, as the mother of Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā was. Thus, every person must turn to a life of modesty, purity and chastity, as was the case with Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā. This is probably because (and Allāh Ta’ālā knows best) towards the end of time, immorality will increase to inhuman levels. Her remaining pure is a lesson for us all. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā teaches us patience and obedience to Allāh Ta’ālā, without questioning and objecting. The task given to her was tremendous and she fulfilled it in the best way. Moreover, she dealt with accusations against her within her time, and it is only the foolish who perpetuate slander against her.
28. Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā and her blessed mother teach us to ask for pious offspring, to desire that our children be dedicated to the worship of Allāh Ta’ālā and the service of religion.
29. The blessed son of Sayyidah Maryam raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā was sent as a Messenger to the Banī Isrā’īl and he brought glad tidings of the coming of the final Messenger, Sayyidunā Muḥammad Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.[18]
30. Muslims are obligated to accept and believe in the Messenger, Sayyidunā ‘Isā ‘alayhi as-salām. If we do not accept him as a Messenger and servant of Allāh Ta’ālā, our faith is incomplete and we cannot be regarded as Muslims. Muslims believe in all the Messengers of Allāh Ta’ālā, respect and revere them all.[19]
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Sources
Lanterns of Guidance: Biographies of the Ambiyā’ ‘alayhim as-salām, Maulānā Muḥammad ‘Abdur-Raḥmān Mazharī, 2012
Ma’ārif-ul-Qur’ān, Muftī Muḥammad Shafī’ raḥimahullāh, Idārat-ul-Ma’ārif, Karachi, 2008
The Messiah ‘Isā son of Maryam: The Complete Truth, Dr ‘Alī Mohammad al-Sallabi, Asalet, Istanbul, March 202
Notes
Āl ‘Imrān 3:42, 43 
Musnad Aḥmad 
Sūrah at-Taḥrīm: 12 
Sūrah Āl-‘Imrān: 35, 36 
Sūrah Āl-‘Imrān: 44 
Sūrah Āl-‘Imrān: 37 
Sūrah Maryam: 1-6 
Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 
Ṣaḥīḥ BukhārīṢaḥīḥ Muslim 
Sūrah Āl-‘Imrān: 45-46 
Sūrah Āl-‘Imrān: 47 
Sūrah Maryam: 19 
Sūrah Maryam: 21 
Sūrah Al-Anbiyā’: 91 
Sūrah Maryam: 23 
Sūrah Maryam: 24-26 
Sūrah Maryam: 27-33 
Sūrah Aṣ-Ṣaff: 6 
Sūrah Baqarah: 136 
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When Muslims Invented Guerrilla Warfare and Launched Decolonization

Muslims have a military history worth taking pride in.

It begins with the Prophet ﷺ himself, and then his Companions (may Allah be pleased with all of them).

A notable battle was that of Firaz in the year 634 (12AH): Khalid Ibn al-Walid (radiyAllahu ‘anhu) was victorious, which in and of itself is unsurprising (as he never lost), but he did so against the combined strength of both the Persian and Byzantine empires which had formed an alliance to fight against the Muslims.

Islam was such a tremendous force that these sworn enemies⁠—who had been warring against each other for literally centuries⁠—had to put their bloody history aside and join together in order to even stand a chance. Yet, despite vastly outnumbering the Muslims, they still suffered a complete and utter defeat.

Other glorious battles and wars followed throughout Muslim history, and one in particular which is somehow still underrated is the battle of Annual. This battle occurred approximately 101 years ago and lasted for a few weeks⁠—from the end of July 1921 up until the beginning of August 1921⁠.

The battle took place between the Spanish army and the Riffian tribes of Morocco which were under the command of ‘Abd al-Karim al-Khattabi, who in August 1925 appeared on the cover of TIME magazine for his victory.

In sha’ Allah we’ll be taking a look at why this battle was so crucial and why it remains relevant even today.

Western Humiliation

The 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War, which concluded in a Japanese victory, is often seen as a determining moment because it was the first time during the modern period that “non-Whites” had defeated a “White” power. And this too, at the height of European colonialism, when “Whites” seemed to be apparently undefeatable.

The Japanese victory had an effect on the Muslim world too (especially in the Ottoman Empire⁠—a long-standing enemy of Russia). It invoked aspirations. The fact that an “Eastern power” had defeated a “Western” one gave rise to renewed optimism among Muslims. For instance, Zafar Ali Khan, a scholar who represented Muslim nationalism within the Indian subcontinent, had decided to write a play about it.

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Yet despite Japan not technically being a “Western power,” it had still been modernized since the Meiji Era, and thus somewhat crypto-Western. Thus the war between Russia and Japan became the war between two countries trying to modernize rather than a war between a Western and Eastern nation. In order words, it was about trying to ape the West.

This is why the 1921 battle of Annual is a better example of an East versus West conflict. In this case, it was a conflict between Spain, which was a European power, and the Riffian tribes of Morocco, which were seen as being “barbarian Muslims.”

The Riffians are a Berber ethnic group with a patriarchal population living in the mountains. From a Western perspective they were more “archaic” than the Japanese since the Japanese had been on a modernization drive for a long time.

The battle itself was the result of a long process of colonial encroachment by Spain. The Riffian tribes, finally having had enough, decided to revolt.

This article provides some perspective regarding what Spain still considers to be “the disaster of Annual”:

The Battle of Annual, which began on July 21, was an unmitigated disaster – a mixture of ineptitude and vainglorious overreach. “A classic example of military incompetence,” wrote historian Antony Beevor.

The Rifs under Muhammad Abdel Krim al-Khattabi, more commonly known as Abdel Krim and once a civil servant with the colonial regime, routed the invaders.

The Spanish were more than 100km from their coastal base in Melilla with no supply lines or communications, but Silvestre was pugnacious and eager to please the king.

He also went against the orders of his commanding officer and warnings of retribution from Abdel Krim. The upper estimate is that Spain lost 22,000 troops at Annual and in subsequent fighting as they retreated to Melilla, most of the casualties barely literate, ill-trained and ill-equipped conscripts ridden with typhus or malaria. Exhausted and with morale extinguished, their retreat descended into chaos.

By comparison, only around 800 Rif guerrillas were reported dead. Disgraced, Silvestre almost certainly killed himself, although his remains were never found.

So despite being outnumbered, and with Spain having utilized drastic methods, the Riffians had lost far fewer men than the Spaniards. ‘Abd al-Karim would of course lose years later, with the French coming to the aid of the Spaniards, but this is something which reminds us of the Muslim victories of old.

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The article then goes on to show how this humiliating defeat influenced much of Spain’s 20th-century politics, including the dictatorship of Franco.

The Father of Modern Guerrilla Warfare and Decolonization

As mentioned earlier, this battle was a symbolic one. This is because even if it wasn’t the first time “non-Whites” had triumphed over “Whites” during modern times (Russo-Japanese War), it was still the first time that a “modern” European colonial power was defeated by “barbaric” “pre-modern” people.

And this would go on to influence all the later decolonization movements to come, not only in the Muslim world but also far beyond that.

Abd al-Karim’s guerrilla tactics in particular will remain a long-lasting legacy of his.

In a 2015 article titled “Abd-el-Krim al-Khattabi: The Unknown Mentor of Che Guevara,” we read (p. 6):

Scholarly studies on Abd-el-Krim and the Rif War frequently characterize Abd-el-Krim as co-inventor of modern guerilla tactics.

Some of the tactics and methods that are mentioned in the literature with great amazement are as follows: the use of trenches (e.g., on May 3, 1925 General Colombat was unable to break through the Berber trenches encircling Bibane, despite six hours of fighting); caves dug in the slopes; extensive use of granite ramparts, rocks, boulder-strewn summits in the hills as concealment=cover from which to target the enemy; the use of smokeless-powder rifles that made it impossible to locate its user; hiding cannons in caves and using these exclusively at night, which made their discovery impossible.

Worldwide research on the Rif War is unanimous that the war tactics of the Rifis were emulated during other rebellions such as the Druze War of Syria with France (1925–1927), the Algerian War of Independence with France (1954–1962) and the Vietnam War with the United States (1946–1954). Twentieth-century Anti-Colonial revolutionary leaders—such as the Vietnamese leaders Hoˆ Chi Minh (1890–1969) and Vo Nguyen Giap (1911–2013), the Yugoslav leader Tito (1892–1980), and Che Guevera—are specifically mentioned as being influenced by the military tactics of Abd-el-Krim. In this regard, Seymour says, ‘‘a great Muslim anti-imperialist fighter (whose successful tactics would inspire Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara).’’ It has also been alleged that Abd-el-Krim had become an established key figure in the field of politico-military advice for revolutionary leaders during his time in exile in Egypt. Sneevliet, for instance, mentions that, ‘‘Revolutionary leaders of the world always paid him a visit when they came to Egypt.’

So it becomes clear that ‘Abd al-Karim can be considered the spiritual father of decolonization for the following reasons:

  • For being a “pre-modern” force having defeated a “modern” military power, and thus inspiring hope within others; and also
  • Because of the actual tactics employed by them, ultimately giving rise to the very same modern guerilla warfare which would be used during decolonial battles.

It’s also worth noting that Richard A. Gabriel (one of Canada’s most influential military historians) says that the real “father” of guerrilla warfare is none other than the Prophet ﷺ himself, but this could be the subject of another article.

Anyway, it is quite fitting that the decolonial movement was actually launched by a Muslim, since Islam alone can liberate man and societies from all forms of slavery and ensure that submission is to Allah alone.

But what is truly unfortunate is that neither the battle of Annual nor ‘Abd al-Karim are given the place they deserve within public discourse (unlike Che Guevara or Ho Chi Minh for example, who were both directly inspired by him), even among Muslims.

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MUFTI GOOGLE

GRAND MUFTI GOOGLE (???)

While ‘Google’, the American multinational web search engine specialising in Internet-related services and products, celebrated its 17th anniversary recently, let us examine how it has affected our daily lives.

We have to admit that it has made a tremendous impact on our daily lives. For every problem that we encounter, be it an economical, social or health related one, for any reference that we want to make, every time we want to access the international news media for current news or go to the social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc or to open the video-sharing website like YouTube – and for umpteen other reasons – the first button our forefinger clicks is that of ‘Google’! It is the most-used search engine handling more than three billion searches each day! So much so that someone once posed this question: “Will historians look back at the pre-Google era as the Dark Ages of knowledge dissemination?”

Our attachment to Google is so much that we can safely say some of us are, in one way or the other, totally GOOGLISED! Remove ‘Google’ even for a day from our daily life and we would feel we are missing ‘someone’ very dear and very near.

There are negative upshots too! According to a recent study Google is having a damaging effect on our brain! The access to data anytime, anywhere, through Google, is taking a toll on human memory, ultimately altering the way the brain functions. With so much information available, there is less need to remember everything. The result – the Internet becomes an external memory for humans and the storage ability of the brain, which is undoubtedly one the most amazing bounties Allāh has endowed us with, is weakening as everything that we want to remember is literally at our fingertips and not stored in our brains!

However, the more disturbing part for us as Muslims is that Google can also be a means of displeasing Allāh Azzā wa Jal if not cautiously used. It has some ‘slippery avenues’ that can easily lead us into committing harām acts.

There are some websites that are not worthy of viewing, especially because of the images and other contents that they contain.

Then there is YouTube that has an endless number of videos that are almost pornographic and they can easily lead people into getting addicted to the porn stuff. YouTube does have its own set of Community Guidelines that prohibit people from posting things like sex, nudity, hate speech etc. but it is almost impossible to ensure that these guidelines are followed. When there are more than 100 hours of videos being uploaded every minute, some user-created porn videos are bound to creep in.

The major risk, however, is in the social networks. A recent study has revealed that women outnumber men when it comes to using the social networks. For instance, on Facebook, in the 18-24 age group, 63% of the users are women while 37% are men (Source: Rapleaf).

Our Muslim sisters remain shoulder to shoulder with the non-Muslim women in this matter. Unfortunately they do not realise the perils of these social networking sites. The photographs (including their profile pictures and at times even their selfies) and other information like their hobbies and interests and other personal facts they post on these websites can easily be misused (or even abused) by some evil-minded and ill-intentioned online predators.

When we are all aware that no other religion in the entire human history has accorded the status and the dignity that Islām has accorded to a woman then why should our sisters imitate the non-Muslim women and candidly display their pictures on these websites so that the ghair-mahram men can view them, with evil-intentions? Hayā (modesty) is one of the branches of Imān and in this respect our Muslim sisters should be the role models for the women of the entire world to emulate and not vice-versa.

This does not apply to our women alone. The rules of the Islamic concept of Hayā apply to both the genders – male as well as female – and as such even the Muslim men should not post their pictures and other information on these websites. These frivolous acts are all western oriented and we Muslims should distance ourselves from them. Also, we should dictate our terms when using these social networks (and also WhatsApp) rather than becoming their slaves!

Since Smartphones are easily available, WhatsApp has reached every nook and corner of the world. If not used to spread decency and righteousness, WhatsApp can become a major source of Fitnāh. There are so many undesirable messages circulating among Muslim men and women through this modern technology and they can easily put our Imān at risk. Besides being a means of circulating gossip, gheebāh (backbiting), unfounded allegations, objectionable images, shirk (polytheism) – the list is endless – it is also a means of interacting with ghair-mahram (men or women) and also of wasting our time. Every minute of the Muslim Ummāh is valuable and if it is not utilised as per the commands of Allāh Subhānāhu wa Ta’ālā and the Sunnāh of His Nabi (Sall-Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) it will become the means of us being denied Jannāh.

At times people get so carried away by these social networks that they start ignoring their responsibilities. A recent example is really disturbing. A UK woman, Claire Barnett, was jailed for five years for child cruelty. Her crime? Her two-year-old son Joshua Barnette drowned while she was in her lounge with her mobile phone chatting on Facebook.

Our children are also not safe from the sexual predators that are roaming all over the web to hunt for the gullible users of these social networks. Children should not be allowed access to these networks.

We have to admit some of us depend too much on Google for searching on Fiqh (Islāmic Jurisprudence) related matters. It is fine to search matters concerning the religion of Islām in Google but we have got to be vigilant. Most of us are not Ulamā (Islāmic Scholars) and as such depending solely on Google for Islāmic Fiqh and Shariāh based matters can easily lead us astray. No doubt internet has a tremendous amount of material on Islām but the issue is we do not know how much of it is bona fide or reliable. What we get in the internet is information only, it could be haqq (the truth) or it could be bātil (falsehood)! While there are many people trying to spread haqq through internet, there are even more people who are spreading bātil, knowingly or unknowingly. We all know Islām’s enemies are numerous and widespread and most of them have the aim of misleading Muslims. Large numbers of so-called Islāmic sites have been created by these enemies. So what means do we have to safeguard ourselves from these corrupt or shady sites?

Some of our brothers and sisters jokingly address Google as ‘Sheikh Google’. Quite a few of us have gone to the extent of considering Google as ‘Mufti Google’ while others have gone a step further and have conferred upon it the title of ‘Grand Mufti Google!’, nauzubillāhi.

The most distressing thing, however, is that a large number of Muslims nowadays have given Google the status of ‘Imām Google’, nauzubillāhi. They rely more on Google than any one of the Imāms of the four Madhāhib of Islām.

Subsequent to our frequent searches we may acquire some religious knowledge. As a result some of our brothers start judging themselves as Islāmic scholars. A few of them even go to the extent of issuing Fatwās on religious as well as worldly issues.

As stated earlier, what we get in the internet is information only, it is neither very reliable (unless authenticated by genuine Ālims) and nor does it contain the Noor and the blessings that the real, genuine Deeni ‘Ilm contains. The authentic Islamic knowledge can never be obtained by means of the PCs, Laptops or Tablets in the comforts of living rooms and nor can it come through our Smartphones, iPads, or ipods. Real Deeni ‘Ilm, the inheritance of the Anbiyā ‘alayhimus Salām (Prophets), is acquired as a result of going to the Deeni institutions, humbling ourselves and toiling there with all the required discipline.

Let us all pray to Allāh Rabbul ‘Izzat to save us from using Google in a way that would invoke His wrath…Āmeen!

News Flash

According to the latest reports Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister has engaged in talks with representatives of YouTube and Google with a view to censoring videos coming out of the region. So this is how biased Google is against Muslims in spite of the fact that it is the most popular search machine amongst Muslims.

… and Allāh Ta’ālā Knows Best.

a majlis article from december 1, 2015

SIMPLE AND SAFE MEDICINE

SIMPLE AND SAFE MEDICINE

A Sister from Pakistan provides some very beneficial remedies in her letter which is reproduced hereunder:

Assalamoalaikum

This is in reference to the article “Shenanigans of Doctors”. The sister is so right about Doctors prescribing over dosage of painkillers and other medicines.

This Ramadhan the mother-in-law of my grand daughter called me at Sehri and said that my grand daughter had high fever and body pain, should she give her two Panadols (a pain killer). I immediately suggested to her not to give the painkiller, instead make her drink a large glass of water every ten minutes. In an hour she will pass much urine, and her fever will subside and the body pain will be significantly reduced. Continue this the entire day.

However, she put the phone down and called a doctor who advised her to give two Panadols to the “patient’. This she gave at once. My grand daughter started to perspire excessively after 15 minutes and collapsed. The inlaws and her husband panicked, and called me again. I warned them not to take her to any hospital as she will get worse with the emergency treatment, but to give her plain water and boil a teaspoon of Saunf (Fennel) in a glass of water for two minutes and make her sip it hot, she will get better, Insha-Allah.

Saunf is a “Diuretic” and helps to clean kidneys. This is not my prescription but the prescription of great Hakeems. Saunf tea should be given thrice a day.

Alhamdolillah, with this water and “Saunf tea” treatment my grand daughter recovered so fast that she was up and about in a couple of days and Alhamdolillah, she did not need to visit any Doctor.

Mufti Saheb there are such easy and simple Hakeem prescriptions for all ailments but even if informed, people do not pay any heed to it and rush to doctors. A friend of mine had very high blood pressure I suggested that she boils a teaspoon of whole coriander seeds in a glass of water for three minutes and drink it a bit hot (not very) thrice a day and keep on taking this thrice a day for at least fifteen days. Alhamdolillah, her blood pressure became normal in just 3/4 days.

These are prescriptions of great Hakeems of the past, not mine. Taking tablets is easy for all but making and taking these simple but sure remedies, is spurned

.

Shifa is only from Allah Ta’ala, if He wills a sip of water and a pinch of ash can and will give Shifa.

Wassalam

6 Muharram 1444 – 5 August 2022