The Message Of Safar

The Message Of Safar…
“THERE IS NO CONTAGION” ALL Beliefs, Talks & Fear-Mongering Regarding Contagion Is Pure BALDERDASH!!!
This Is The 1400-Year-Old Message Of Safar!
Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) clearly said, “There is NO contagion (of disease), no evil omens (with owls, etc.) and no (bad luck in the month of) Safar.” (Bukhari Shareef)

Khutbah: 20 Years of the War on Terror

Purpose

  • – Build awareness of the 20 year mark of the global War on Terror, which led to the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other lands.
  • – Educate the community on the factually correct narrative around the events of 9/11 to counter mainstream propaganda.
  • – Inspire, empower, and have a positive impact on the community.
  • – Use the 20 year mark to remember and pray for Muslims who lost their lives during the post 9/11 wars.

KHUTBAH

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ وَنَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللَّهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, we seek His help, and we seek His forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and our evil deeds. Whoever Allah guides, there is none to misguide him. Whoever Allah leads astray, there is none to guide him. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah alone, without any partners, and that Muhammad ﷺ is His servant and His Messenger.


قال الله تعالى يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ

Allah Almighty said, “O you who have faith, fear Allah as it is His right to be feared and do not die unless you are Muslims.”[1]

وقال الله وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا

And Allah Almighty said, “Fear Allah, from whom you ask each other, and in your family ties, for Allah is ever watchful over you.”[2]

وقال الله اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعْ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا

And Allah Almighty said, “Fear Allah and speak words as befitting. He will amend your deeds for you and forgive your sins. Whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has achieved a great triumph.” (al-Aḥzāb, 70-71)

إِنَّ أَصْدَقَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابُ اللَّهِ وَأَحْسَنَ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَشَرُّ الْأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ وَكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلَالَةٌ وَكُلُّ ضَلَالَةٍ فِي النَّارِ. أَمَّا بَعْدُ…

The truest word is the Book of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad ﷺ. The most evil matters are those that are newly invented, for every newly invented matter is an innovation. Every innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire. To proceed (and then to begin the sermon):

Allah says:

وَإِذَا تَوَلَّىٰ سَعَىٰ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ لِيُفْسِدَ فِيهَا وَيُهْلِكَ ٱلْحَرْثَ وَٱلنَّسْلَ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلْفَسَادَ

“Whenever he attains authority, he goes about the earth spreading mischief and laying to waste crops and human life, even though Allah does not love mischief.” [3]

Topic of the Khutbah

– This September marks 20 years of a worldwide war that was initiated by President George Bush on 18 September 2001. He declared a ‘crusade’[4] that created a never ending war, turning the whole world into a battlefield for America and its allies.

– This so called global ‘War on Terror’ led to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the CIA torture programme, abuses at CIA ‘black sites’, inhuman treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, drone assassinations, and systematically draconian and Islamophobic laws across the world.

– This global War on Terror fuelled the rise of Islamophobia, which casted Muslims as potential terrorists. Anti-Muslim violence escalated and the targeting of mainstream Islamic beliefs by politicians and the media became normal.

– This global war also accelerated the growth of far right movements across the West, who exploited the hate against Muslims to justify their racism. In these 20 years, we have also seen Eastern governments like China adopt a similar ‘War on Terror’ narrative against the Muslims of East Turkestan. India has done the same to deprive Indian Muslims of their citizenship and also attack Muslims in Kashmir.

– These two decades of the ‘War on Terror’ have led to so many deaths of innocent people, as well as numerous oppressive and unjust statutes and policies targeting Muslim communities. There has been a clear undermining of the rule of law, the presumption of innocence, and due process.

– Many in the mainstream media will be discussing the events of 9/11 tomorrow. Our sympathies are with the families of the 2,977 people that died on that day. And our hearts go out to the nearly one million Muslims[5] that were killed by America and its allies since that day.

“For the Muslim Ummah every single day has been like a 9/11.”

This global war was launched allegedly as a response to the 9/11 incident. In fact, many have come to accept this false narrative, as though history began on September 11th 2001. In reality, the aggression against the Muslim world and destruction of Muslim people began much earlier before 9/11. Here are just some examples:

  1. In 1991: The US and 35 allies bombed Iraq. They even used depleted uranium, which caused almost half a million children to die.[6] More than a decade of financial and medical sanctions were imposed thereafter. This is BEFORE the second invasion that occurred during the Iraq War in 2003!
  2. In 1993, the US invaded Somalia. US troops were expelled in an infamous Black Hawk 312 Muslims were killed and many more were wounded.
  3. For many decades the US and allies have provided unflinching support to Israel in its continued occupation of Palestine and expulsion of Muslims there.
  4. For a very long time, the US has maintained a huge military presence in Muslim countries through military bases. From these bases, war and destruction is launched on other Muslim countries.[7]
  5. Long before 9/11, the US and its allies provided political and economic support to brutal dictators in the Muslim world, whilst singing about democracy.

Effect of this war on Muslims in the UK

This 20-year war has not only been impacting Muslims in distant lands. It has affected us right here directly: in our schools via the Prevent program; at our workplaces experiencing Islamophobia; at airports being stopped under Schedule 7; in the media while routinely being associated with violence and hate…and much more. Because of this false narrative created by the War on Terror, all Muslims are misrepresented as suspects or potential terrorists in our current time.

Our duty as Muslims

– We are part of the Muslim Ummah, and we stand together against injustice taking place against the Ummah from around the world, and also here in this country.

– We should call for accountability for all governments, agencies, and officials that are guilty of war crimes and abuses since 2001. This is a basic duty we owe to our brothers and sisters who suffered.

– We should demand that governments and leaders acknowledge the crimes which were committed in the name of the ‘War on Terror’. At the same time, we should demand restorative justice for victims and survivors of these wars.

– We should work towards the complete dismantlement of the infrastructure which made those crimes possible, including the unjust laws, policies, and practices that were created in this so-called ‘War on Terror’.

Positive & empowering reminder to finish

 The oppressed will one day secure their freedom, as it is a promise from Allah:

وَنُرِيدُ أَن نَّمُنَّ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ ٱسْتُضْعِفُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَنَجْعَلَهُمْ أَئِمَّةً وَنَجْعَلَهُمُ ٱلْوَٰرِثِينَ

وَنُمَكِّنَ لَهُمْ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَنُرِىَ فِرْعَوْنَ وَهَـٰمَـٰنَ وَجُنُودَهُمَا مِنْهُم مَّا كَانُوا۟ يَحْذَرُونَ

“And We wanted to confer favor upon those who were oppressed in the land and make them leaders and make them inheritors; and to establish them in the land; and through them show Pharaoh, Hamân, and their soldiers ˹the fulfilment of˺ what they feared.” [8]

The Muslim is always positive and optimistic; we know our Lord is Allah and He is always in support of His obedient slaves. We must remain steadfast on the path to justice. Those who spend trillions on spreading war and destruction – especially if the goal is to undermine Islam – will never succeed, because their cause is unjust and criminal:

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَٰلَهُمْ لِيَصُدُّوا۟ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ ۚ فَسَيُنفِقُونَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسْرَةً ثُمَّ يُغْلَبُونَ ۗ وَٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوٓا۟ إِلَىٰ جَهَنَّمَ يُحْشَرُونَ

“Surely the disbelievers spend their wealth to hinder others from the Path of Allah. They will continue to spend to the point of regret. Then they will be defeated and the disbelievers will be driven into Hell.” [9]

Many Islamic scholars from around the world have come together to express their solidarity and sympathy with victims and survivors of the wars in the post-9/11 era. You can read their statements here

That website is the home of a worldwide campaign launched by more than 50 organisations to ensure that the stories of the survivors of this war are not forgotten.

RESEARCH NOTES FOR IMAMS

What Does The International Witness Campaign Stand For?

Key Points

After decades of confrontation with the Soviet Union, the US emerged as the sole superpower and immediately engaged in a series of destructive “humanitarian wars” and political meddling. This included starving to death more than 500,000 children in Iraq, which was “a price worth paying”, as infamously stated by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Soon after, US militarism reinvented itself under a new label.

In 2001, US President George W. Bush announced the launch of a “crusade”. Since then, we have witnessed 20 years of premeditated illegal wars, carpet bombings, drone assassinations, arbitrary detention, torture, mass displacement, and rampant corruption in the Muslim world.

As a result, thousands in Western democracies have lost their loved ones in these wars. Many more have suffered life-changing injuries, and an untold number have come home with unseen trauma to their mental health.

Western democracies have also enacted countless statutes and policies targeting Muslim communities and undermining the rule of law for all. This has meant the erosion of basic freedoms, unprecedented waste of taxpayers’ money, and the West’s loss of standing in the global arena.

This infrastructure was built and promoted by ideologically-motivated architects, which included interest-driven politicians, think-tanks, experts, media outlets, and businesses.

It was also facilitated by the liberal complicity in structural Islamophobia and securitisation.

In the process, we saw whistleblowers and truth speakers being demonised and repressed.

However, the dialogue initiated in Doha, as well as President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after facing military and moral defeat, represent a historic moment which deserves much reflection.

More than a contemplative exercise over past events, this campaign seeks to respond to the globalisation of the War on Terror. Unfortunately, most countries in the world have adopted the pervasive 20-year-old rhetoric, laws, and policies to suppress their Muslim populations and dissidents. Thus, it is important for civil society actors to rise to these new challenges and produce a response centred around the empowerment of Muslim communities and changing the status quo.

The International Witness Campaign gathers international partners to commemorate this anniversary and remember the millions of people affected across the globe.

It explores two decades of the War on Terror: its impact, its failures, and its future, while promoting solidarity, justice, and dialogue.

Why Should You Support The International Witness Campaign?

Key Facts

  • – At least 801,000 people have been directly killed in major wars since 2001.
  • – 37 million people have been displaced as a result of America’s War on Terror.
  • – Over 6.4 trillion dollars have been spent on wars by the US alone.
  • – Over 134 countries have been involved in some way with these conflicts.
  • – Dozens of laws eroding civil liberties of all citizens have been passed and implemented.
  • – Private security corporations have been profiting from taxpayers’ funded national security systems.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

For futher reading, click here

[1] Al-Qur’an, 3:102

[2] Al-Qur’an, 4:1

[3] Al-Qur’an, 2:205

[4] https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1001020294332922160

[5] https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-11-13/costsofwar

[6] https://mackdegeurin.medium.com/is-the-price-worth-it-the-crippling-effects-of-u-n-sanctions-in-iraq-481d4a89bdd2

[7] https://5pillarsuk.com/2020/01/09/which-muslim-countries-host-u-s-military-bases/

[8] Al-Qur’an, 28:5-6

[9] Al-Qur’an, 8:36

Muharram, the Hijrah, and the Muslim calendar

By: Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia

Source: ilmgate.org

The Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (upon him be blessings and peace) over a span of twenty-three years. The Prophet recited each verse according to its pre-ordained order in the Lawh Mahfuz, or Protected Tablet. After the Prophet (upon him be blessings and peace) left this world, his Companions compiled, and thus preserved, the Qur’an in the very order it was recited during his life. Muslims have always held the view that this order of recitation was also divinely inspired and that the Companions preserved the pre-ordained order of recitation. The science that inevitably emerged from this is that of understanding the nazm, or literary arrangement, of the Qur’an. In his brilliant exegesis of the Qur’an, Tafsir Azizi, Shah Abdul Aziz, the erudite protégé and son of Shah Waliullah of Delhi, notes the genius of the Companions vis-à-vis their understanding the nazm of the Qur’an and hence their dexterity in fathoming the meaning of the Qur’an itself.

We must understand some historical facts about the pre-Islamic calendar. The year in which the Prophet Muhammad (upon him blessings and peace) was born was known as the Year of the Elephant. The Year of the Elephant was the year in which Abrahah came to Makkah with the intent to destroy the Ka‘bah. He failed miserably, as the Qur’an notes in Surat al-Fil (105). The Arabs used that year as a point of reference to number their years. But they did not agree to any standard when it came to numbering their months, even though their calendar was lunar. Even the period of the Hajj was not specified and, consequently, the sacred month of Muharram was also shifted every year. This meant that some years had thirteen months instead of twelve.

The responsibility for announcing the date of the Hajj was entrusted to a man from Banu Kinanah named Hudhayfah bin ‘Abd Fuqaym (better known as al-Qalammas). He would announce on the occasion of the Hajj when the next pilgrimage was to be performed, and which month the thirteenth month was to follow. The first Qalammas was an individual, but then the name became a title specific to the announcer.

The Arabs regarded the months of Rajab, Dhul-Qa‘dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram as months of peace and sanctity. But, with this calendar, these months also began to undergo changes, and it was one of the responsibilities of the Qalammas to announce what months would be the sacred months in the following year. When it suited the purposes of the warring tribes, the announcer would declare that their idols had prohibited fighting that year in the month of Muharram; and the following year he would announce that the idols had now allowed fighting in the month of Muharram. So the month of Safar (which was not a sacred month) was either postponed or kept on its regular time according to the proclamation of the Qalammas. This was the practice known as al-nasi’ (postponing or transposing) in Arabic; the Qur’an addresses it in Surat al-Tawbah (9:36–37):

“The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year)—so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred: that is the straight ordinance. So wrong not yourselves therein, and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together. But know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves.

Verily the transposing (of a prohibited month) is an addition to disbelief. The disbelievers are led to wrong thereby. For they make it lawful one year, and forbidden another year, in order to adjust the number of months forbidden by Allah and make such forbidden ones lawful. The evil of their course seems pleasing to them. But Allah does not guide those who reject Faith.”

The Prophet, in his address at the Farewell Hajj, announced the abrogation of meddling with the months:

“O people! Time after undergoing a full revolution has returned to its original state,1 the day Allah created the heavens and the earth. The year is twelve months; four of them are sacred. Three run consecutively—Dhul Qa‘dah, Dhul Hijjah, and Muharram—and the other is the Rajab of Mudar, which comes between Jamadul ‘Aakhir and Sha‘ban.”

So the twelve lunar months were ordained. Muharram was left as the first month of the Muslim calendar year. But the determination of the first year of the Muslim calendar did not come about until later. ‘Allamah Sakhawi gives the following details about the origin of the Islamic calendar:2

“A report on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas states that there existed no era in Madinah when the Prophet arrived there. People came to use an era a month or two after his arrival. This continued until Muhammad’s (upon him be blessings and peace) death. Then the use of an era was discontinued, and there was none during the caliphate of Abu Bakr and the first four years of the caliphate of ‘Umar. Then the (Muslim) era was established. ‘Umar is reported to have said to the assembled dignitaries among the men around Muhammad, “The income is considerable. What we have distributed has been without fixed dates. How can we remedy that?” One answer came from al-Hurmuzan. He had been king of al-Ahwaz. After his capture during the conquest of Persia, he had been brought to ‘Umar and accepted Islam. He said, “The Persians have a (method of) calculation which they call mahroz and ascribe to their Sassanid rulers. The word mahroz was Arabized as mu’arrakh, and the infinitive ta’rikh was formed from it.”

Ahmad ibn Hanbal and Bukhari report through Maymun ibn Mihran that “an IOU payable in Sha‘ban was presented to ‘Umar. Thereupon ‘Umar asked, ‘Which Sha‘ban? The last one, the present one, or the coming one? Give the people something that they can understand.’” He then issued a regular directive and founded the present-day calendar in 16 AH, from which time the practice has been followed.3

Suyuti writes, with reference to Bukari’s Tarikh, that Umar asked Allah for Divine Providence (istikharah) for a month. Thereafter he consulted ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib and had the Hijrah dates inserted in all administrative directives two and a half years after assuming the Caliphate, and this became the practice from 16 AH onward.

That ‘Umar deliberated for a whole month and asked for Divine Providence is proof that he attached great importance to making the right choice for the Muslim Ummah. That he consulted his advisors, especially Ali, proves that he had utmost confidence in the assembly with him and refused to act without their unequivocal support. The words of the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) come to mind: “He who seeks Divine Providence [istikhara] will not be disappointed; he who seeks advice [istashara] will not regret.”

There was no doubt that the beginning of the months was to be determined by the crescent. Both the Qur’an, in Surat al-Baqarah (2: 189)4 and the practice of the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) confirm this beyond dispute. But ‘Umar was especially aware of how serious the matter was, since the Qur’an explicitly forbids believers from manipulating time. He wanted to make sure that the both the year he chose and the conference he enacted would stand the test of time—literally.

All nations and civilizations wish to remain constant and consistent in every theory they expound. If a civilization were to choose an inconsistent conference for measuring time itself, it would inevitably succumb to the pressures of time and seek modification and reform. Such was and still is the fate of what is now the “mainstream” Gregorian calendar now in use. The problem with the Gregorian calendar, as one author notes is the following:

“After every four hundred years seasonal changes occur and probably because of this fact the solar calendar requires constant modification. It is just not possible to remove this discrepancy.

“The League of Nations had set up a Special Committee at Geneva in 1923 charged with the formulation of a calendar that would be universally acceptable and would be reconcilable with seasonal changes. One of the recommendations of this Committee was that the year was to be divided into 13 months.5 However, such a calendar would not be devised as the seasons in the hemispheres differ in their periodic occurrence. The proximity and the distance of the sun in the East and the West naturally give rise to substantial differences. Because of this inherent discrepancy, it was not possible for the solar calendar to gain universal acceptance.”6

Having already accepted the lunar cycles as a conference to determine the months, ‘Umar did not immediately find any specific mandate regarding fixing a year from which to chronicle Muslim history. Along with the other Companions, he looked to the life of the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace). They wanted to give Islam its true place in history and that was not possible without revering the Prophet himself. It was their insatiable love for their leader that shook off any and every consideration that was not exclusive to him. They considered the year he was born and the year he died. They could not settle on those years, as the birth of a prophet was not exclusive to the Prophet Muhammad (upon him blessings and peace). Other prophets were born and they all passed away, save one, ‘Isa, who will also pass away after return. They considered the year when the Qur’an was first revealed. They did not choose that conference either, since revelation came to other prophets and was thus not exclusive to our Prophet. After a month of tremendous exertion (ijtihad) and through istikhara and istishara, ‘Umar was guided by the nazm, or order, of the Qur’an’s verses to a unique solution.

The verses in Surat al-Tawbah that speak of the year’s consisting of twelve months are followed by a didactic call toward sacrifice in the path of Allah.

“If you do not help (your leader), (it is no matter), for Allah did indeed help him, when the disbelievers drove him out. He had no more than one companion; they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, ‘Do not grieve, for indeed Allah is with us.’ Then Allah sent down His peace upon him, and strengthened him with forces which you did not see, and humbled to the depths the word of the disbelievers. But the word of Allah is exalted to the heights. For Allah is Exalted in might, Wise.” (Surat al-Tawbah, 9:40)

‘Umar realized that there was a link between the story behind this verse and the previous verses that spoke of the twelve months. He saw the pre-ordained order of recitation as giving him an ordinance for his case. Time for Muslims had to be regulated by an acquired act of a human that transcended time itself. The revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet was not an acquired act. Human beings are not capable of following the act of revelation. Likewise, birth and death are divinely regulated and human beings cannot determine each other’s day of birth or death. Similarly, the Night of Isra and Mi‘raj (Ascension) was not something the Ummah could copy. Being the role model for Muslims in their affairs, the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) showed the community that if they followed his footsteps in matters related to time, they would be universally accepted. ‘Umar thus concluded that the Hijrah of the Prophet, the story of the Prophet’s flight and migration from Makkah to Madinah, was an act that could be and should be commemorated every year. It was a journey into the unknown; it was riddled with so many intangibles that they were almost uncountable. The Messenger of Allah (upon him blessings and peace) threw himself into the infinite mercy of the Unseen and voluntarily left all tangible consequences to the Creator of time (al-Dahr).

Being severely compromised by his own people in Makkah, Muhammad (upon him be blessings and peace), through Divine Providence, instructed his followers to migrate to Yathrib, a small town north of Makkah that later became known as Madinah. Muslims obliged, leaving their relatives and belongings in Makkah and seeking refuge in the unknown dimensions of Yathrib. The Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) and his best companion, Abu Bakr, were among the last to leave Makkah. Their strategy was to hide in a cave south of Makkah called Thawr in the hope that the Makkans, if they launched a search for him, would veer northward. They did not. The Makkans found out that they had headed south and followed their trail all the way up to the mouth of the cave. There was nothing shielding the entrance of the cave except a flimsy spider’s web7that could have been broken by a mere sneeze. The defenseless companions of the cave were ironically guarded by something that cannot protect itself. “If they had entered,” said the Makkans, “they would have broken the web.” But it was their web that was broken.

These moments of extreme exposure had countless consequences for the two companions of the cave. History stood still, but time was re-energized by the words of the Prophet to the concerned Abu Bakr: “Do not grieve, for indeed Allah is with us.” Abu Bakr’s expedited and precarious grief was that if they were caught, history indeed would stand still, as Islam would definitely perish without Muhammad (upon him blessings and peace). The Prophet’s timeless faith in Allah embodied Divine Ordinance and Providence that still relentlessly withstands the test of modern times.

‘Umar saw this event as the axis about which Muslim time would revolve. He read the verse “If you do not help (your leader), it is no matter…” as pushing him to appreciate Allah’s assistance in time over time. From the outside looking in, a neutral observer would have called the end of Islam in the cave of Thawr. From a universal standpoint, ‘Umar observed the infinite powers of the Unseen delivering the living from imminent death in the cave. Islam’s apparent and imminent death was replaced by Islam’s sure birth and unchecked growth. The Qur’an repeatedly reminds us of this phenomenon: “He [Allah] extracts the living from the dead.” The Hijrah of the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) and, by association, of Abu Bakr rejuvenate believers every time they pass by that time of the year.

The story of the Hijrah is preceded by an ordinance not to meddle with time. It would necessarily follow that the Hijrah was already ordained by Allah to be the conference upon which Muslims were to set their calendar. So by reading into the pre-ordained order of the verses of the Qur’an, ‘Umar and the Companions of the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) found order in their world. By understanding the recited order of the Qur’an’s verses, ‘Umar and the Companions wrote their names in the annals of history and time.

Notes

1 This prophetic revelation that time (zaman) itself was in its own orbit (istadarah) is an abstract for those who wish to study the Islamic theory of time.

2 Hakim Muhammed Said, Hamdard Islamicus, 1981.

3 Ibid.

4 “They ask you concerning the new moons. Say: They are but signs to mark fixed periods of time in (the affairs of) men, and for Pilgrimage.”

5 The resurgence of the practice of al-nasi, or intercalation, in modern times?

6 Hakim Muhammed Said, Hamdard Islamicus, 1981.

7 The Qur’an itself states in the Chapter of the Spider: “Truly the flimsiest of houses is the spider’s house” (Surah al-Ankabut, 41: 29).

Umm al Mu’minin Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha

An academic encyclopaedia on Umm al Mu’minin Sayyidah Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha covering, inter alia, her introduction, her family, a journey through her life, her enviable relationship with the Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and her lofty rank in his sight, her relationship with the Khalifas, a list of her sublime qualities, her academic competence, her excellences and virtues, her commendation by the elite of the Ummah, her harmonious relationship with key members of the Ahlul Bayt, the most common fabrications and misconceptions about her coupled with their refutation, and the verdict against one who slanders and insults her.

The Role of Shah Waliullaah and Ulema-e-Deoband in freeing India from the British

1.Shah Waliullaah: in 1731 he was inspired in Makkah to replace the imperialist and corrupt system and replace it with a government based on the principles of equality and justice.

2.Tipu Sultan: he was martyred in the battle of Srirangapatnam on the 4th of May 1799.
3.Shah Abdul Azziz Dehlavi (1746-1824): he was the son of Shah Waliullaah (A.R.) and he issued this fatwa: ‘Our country has been enslaved. To struggle for independence and to put an end to the slavery is our duty.’
4.Sayed Ahmed Shaheed (1786-1831): he fought against the British for six years and was martyred in the Battle of Balakot.
5.Moulana Muhammad Ismail: was martyred, alongside 300 others, in the Battle of Balakot, fighting against the ally of the British imperialists.
6.Ulema of Sadiqpur: they fought in the frontier for two decades (1845-1871).
7.Fatawa on Jihaad in 1857: signed by 34 Ulema.
8.Moulana Qasim Nanautavi, Moulana Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi and Hafiz Zamin Shaheed: they fought against the British in the Shamli field (Saharanpur area) under the leadership of Haji Imdaadullaah.
9.The mutiny, called by the British as ‘Ghadar’, of 1857 failed – of the 200,000 martyed, 51,200 were Ulema. In Delhi, 500 Ulema were hanged.
10.Between 1864-1871 five cases called ‘the Wahabi Cases’ or ‘Ambala Conspiracy Case’ saw the accused sentenced to death or life imprisonment. Most of them were Ulema.
11.After defeat at Shamli, Moulana Qasim Nanautwi and other luminaries founded Darul Uloom Deoband in 1866.
12.Shaikul Hind Moulana Mahmudul Hasan: in 1877 he founded an organization called ‘Samaratul Tarbiyat’ (Results of Traning). The organization’s objective was to prepare an armed struggle against the British. It lasted for thirty years.
13.Shaikul Hind: In 1909 reorganized by forming ‘Jamiatul Ansaar’. Moulana Ubaidullaah Sindhi was called to Deoband to take charge of secretariat. Banned in 1913.
14.Reformed in Delhi under new name ‘Nazzaarul Ma’arif’. Lead by Shaikul Hind and Moulana Ubaidullaah Sindhi, aided by Moulana Abdul Kalaam Azad and Moulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar.
15.Formation of ‘Lashkar-e-Najat Dehinda’ (Liberation Army) with its headquarters in Madinah with its chief as Shaikul Hind. Its international set-up ‘Janooder Rabbaniyah’ (Army of Rabb) was formed.
16.‘Silk Letter Movement’ was disclosed in 1916. 222 Ulema were arrested. Many were arrested in Makkah on 23rd Safar 1355 AH. Sent to Malta via Cairo on 21 February 1917 for 3 years and 4 months. Released and reached Bombay on the 8th of June, 1920. See Aseeran Malta (Prisoners of Malta) for the list of Ulema-e-Deoband, like Shaikul Hind, Moulana Uzair Gul, Moulana Hussein Ahmed Madani, Moulana Ubaidullaah Sindhi, Moulana Mansoor Ansari and Hakim Syed Nusrat Husain.
17.The Indian National Congress was formed in 1885.
18.300 Ulema issued a fatwa against the British. This was published in a newspaper called ‘Nusratul Abrar’ and the weekly ‘Al-Hilal’ of Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad. Al-Hilal was a herald for the freedom struggle.
19.Jamiatul Ulama-e-Hind was formed in 1919 with Mufti Kifayatullaah as the first President.
20.Mufti Kifayatullaah and 20 other Ulema signed against participation in the victory celebrations organized by the British.
21.Shaikul Hind issued a fatwa supporting the non-cooperation movement in July 19, 1920.
22.A detailed ruling supporting the non-cooperation movement signed by 500 Ulema was published in ‘Al-Jamiat on October 29, 1920.
23.On September 18th 1921, Moulana Madani, Moulana Jawhar, Moulana Shawkat Ali, Moulana Nisar Kanpuri, Peer Ghulam Mujadid and Dr Saifudin Lacko were arrested for the publication and distribution of the fatwa of non-cooperation.
24.At the Jamiat conference in Lahore on November 18-20, 1921, Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad passed the resolution to ‘Boycott foreign goods’.

The Demand of Total Freedom:

25.At the 4th Jamiat Conference in December 1922, the resolution to ‘Boycott the Assemblies’ was passed under the presidency of Moulana Habeebur Rahman Usmani.
26.At the 5th Jamiat Conference in Coconada, January 1924, the resolution for the ‘Demand for complete Independence’ was passed under the presidency of Moulana Husain Ahmed Madani.
27.At the 6th Jamiat Conference in Calcutta, March 1926, the resolution for the ‘Complete freedom of India’ was passed under the presidency of Moulana Sayed Sulaiman Nadwi.
28.At the general meeting of Jamiat in Peshawar, December 1926, the resolution to oppose the ‘Simon Commision’ – a sentence from the resolution – ‘freedom is not given on a platter, you have to snatch it’ – sums up the mood of the freedom fighters. This was done under the presidency of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri.
29.Jamiat criticized the ‘Nehru Project’ in Lucknow, 1928, which wanted autonomy under British rule; Congress wanted freedom.
30.Due to supporting Gandhi’s ‘Dandi’ many Ulema were arrested.
31.At the 9th Jamiat Conference in Amroha, May 1930, the resolution of alliance and full co-operation with Congress was passed. The resolution was moved by Moulana Hifzul Rahman and supported by Moulana Hussain Ahmed Madani and Moulana Ataullah Bukhari.

Civil Disobedience Movement:

32.In 1930, due to the ‘Civil Disobedience Movement’, the President and General Secretary of Jamiat, Mufti Kifayatullaah and Moulana Ahmed Saeed Dehlewi were arrested.
33.In 1932, the Jamiat were appointed as organizational arbitrator in the ‘Second Civil Disobedience Movement’.
34.‘Idara Harabia’ (A Center for Struggle) was set up by Moulana Abdul Mahazir Sajjad. Mufti Kifayatullaah was appointed its first arbitrator of Jamiat.
35.Mufti Kifayatullaah led a 100,000 strong men procession on March 11 1932 and gave himself up for arrest at Azad Park of Delhi. He stayed in jail for 18 months.
36.The second arbitrator, Moulana Husain Ahmed Madani, was arrested on his way to Delhi from Deoband.
37.Many Ulema were arrested. Most were jailed for 1-2 years. 90,000 were arrested, half of them Muslims and many of them Ulema.
38.Britian implemented their famous policy of ‘divide and rule’ in 1935. Election on the basis of proportional representation on religious basis. A Hindu was only allowed to vote for a Hindu and a Muslim was only allowed to vote for a Muslim. The result was bloodshed and the partition of India.
39.The ‘Muslim League’ was formed in 1906.
40.In the beginning, the Jamiat supported the Muslim League. Due to extremists on both sides, division occurred. Naturally, the British capitalized on this division.
41.Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind strongly opposed conscription during World War 2 (1935-45). Declared complete non-cooperation with the British in war efforts.
42.Moulana Mohammad Mian’s famous book ‘Ulama-e-Hind ka Sandar Maazi’ was banned and he was arrested.
43.The working committee of Jamiat termed the ban and arrest as a ‘tyrannous step’ on July 13/14 1940.
44.Many Ulema of note were arrested for their opposition of conscription and the British war efforts.
45.Moulana Madani was arrested on the 24th June 1940 for raising the call for India’s total independence. His sentence was 6 months.
46.Moulana Madani’s sentence was increased until the 22nd Agust 1944.
47.The working committee of Jamiat on 5th August 1942 adopted the resolution of ‘Quit India’.
48.Many leading Ulema of India were arrested.
49.Jamiat Ulema were not pro the idea of Pakistan.
50.The likes of Moulana Madani were victims of Muslim League violence.

The above is a glimpse and summary of the prominent role the Darul Uloom of Deoband and Shah Waliullaah played in freeing India. (Taken from ‘Recounting the untold History of Darul Uloom Deoband by Moulana Muhammad Burhanuddin)

PALESTINE-KASHMIR-SYRIA

THE DECREE OF ALLAH
“If Allah aids you, none can ever vanquish you, and if He abandons you, then who is there to aid you thereafter? And, the Mu’minoon should have tawakkul (trust) on only Allah.” (Qur’aan) “There is no aid except from Allah, The Mighty, The Wise.” (Qur’aan)
The Ummah is vastly weaker and more degraded than it was in 1947 when Israel was carved out from Palestine and handed to the Jews and when the Hindus took control of Kashmir. Despite the continuous fighting and hostility of almost 8 decades, Muslims of these lands have attained no successes leave alone victory over the kuffaar. On the contrary, greater suffering and humiliation have been imposed on them. All the so-called Muslim governments in all the Lands of Islam, have in entirety deserted the suffering millions of Palestine, Kashmir, Arakan, Syria, etc. In fact, most of these so-called Muslim countries are in support of Israel. Some such as the Saudi Darul Kufr and others are actively aiding the Israelis in their objective of exterminating the Palestinians. The prolonged horrendous suffering and humiliation of Muslims at the hands of the Yahood, Nasaara, the Mushrikeen of India and China is conspicuous evidence of Divine Abandonment. That is, Allah Ta’ala has abandoned this Ummah. In other words, Allah Ta’ala is inflicting His punishment on us for our treachery, disobedience and rebellion against Him. The vast majority of this Ummah has become kuffaar, not only in practice, but also in belief. Even its ulama have become the scum of people. The Deen has long ago been discarded and is currently being trampled on by even those who are supposed to be its vanguards and the guides of the Ummah, viz., the ulama. The munaafiq rulers and kuffaar governments in political domination in all the lands of Islam are merely the reflection of the evil, villainy and kufr of the Muslim populations in these countries. Allah Ta’ala imposes and afflicts a nation with rulers which are reflections of their deeds and misdeeds. Thus, it is stupid to point the finger of blame for the degradation and misery of the Ummah at the munaafiq and kuffaar rulers and governments. The rot is in the entire Ummah at ground level. The moral and spiritual conditions of the entire Ummah in general is absolutely rotten and beyond the limits of lament. Fisq, fujoor, bid’ah, nifaaq and kufr are the primary attributes of those who profess to be Muslims, and the worst of them are their molvis and sheikhs. While this is the prevalent state of affairs in all Muslim countries, it is worse in Palestine, Kashmir, Syria, Arakan, China and now India must be added to the list. The moral rot and spiritual bankruptcy of these segments of the Ummah are justifying the horrendous Punishment which is engulfing them. Muslim communities elsewhere are not heeding and not deriving any lesson from the conflagrations of horror which have overwhelmed Muslims in these few countries. This attitude of indifference is the sign for more Muslim communities upon whom will fall the axe of Allah’s Athaab. The misery which has engulfed the Palestinians currently is not an accident. It is not a haphazard development. It is not the power of the Yahood and Nasaara. It is by the decree of Allah Azza Wa Jal. The Qur’aan Majeed states:
“Not a leaf drops (from a tree) but He is aware. There is not a seed in the darkness of the earth nor anything moist or dry, but it is recorded in a Clear Book (Looh-e-Mahfooz).” “Nothing is hidden from your Rabb, be it the finest particle in the earth or in the heaven, nor something smaller or bigger, but it is recorded in a Clear Book.” Then Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that if the entire mankind unites to cause harm to you, they will succeed only to the degree that Allah Ta’ala has ordained for you. People of valid Imaan will now understand that whatever is currently happening in Palestine, Syria and elsewhere is by Allah’s command and everything is on course and Allah Azza Wa Jal is in full control and command.


OUR OBLIGATION
The obligation of Muslims is to repent and morally reform themselves. This moral reformation is structured on total obedience to the Shariah and adoption of the Sunnah in all spheres of life. Minus these fundamental requisites there is absolutely no hope for the redemption of Muslims and for casting off the shackles of the kuffaar. Muslims have enshackled themselves with the culture and lifestyle of the kuffaar. Muslims have made the Yahood and Nasaara their leaders, hence Allah Ta’ala has made them our rulers to oppress and brutalize us. That is Allah’s Athaab, and for the Ways of Allah there is no change. The Qur’aan Majeed says:
“Never will you find a change for the Sunnah of Allah.”

MENTAL COLONIZATION

The era of colonialism has not ended. It has only moved into another sphere. While political colonialism has seemingly ended, the aims of colonialism—the aims for which the western countries had colonized the African and Asian 1ands—are very much alive. The same aim which had motivated political colonialism is today the motive of all western conspiracies, in particular American conspiracy.


THE AIM
The African, Arabian and Asian countries were colonized by the western powers to enable them to siphon off the wealth of these lands. The colonial masters were ‘far-sighted. They had realized that the day will come when they will be compelled to relinquish the colonies and hand them over to the local inhabitants. They, therefore, set in motion their well -prepared plot to retain their hold over these territories.


THE PLOT
The pivotal base of the plot was the colonization of the minds and hearts of the slaves whom the colonialists had subjugated. The minds of the Arabs, Africans and Asians had to be transformed or westernized so that while the new rulers would be from the local population, the intelligentsia in control of the affairs of the land would be mental slaves of the colonial masters of the West who will pull the strings. The colonialists have undoubtedly achieved a great success in the implementation of their plot. Today all the countries of the so-called third world—Muslim and non-Muslim—are ruled by westernized minds governing on behalf of America, Britain and France.


THE MUSLIM WORLD

The initial stage of the plot to colonize the minds and the hearts of Muslims was to disrupt and dismantle the Islamic system of education (Ta ’leem and Tarbiyat) which the Ummah had inherited from the Salf-e-Saaliheen. The first move for achieving this end was the repression and elimination of the Ulama who always were the Defenders of the Deen. Thousands of ‘Ulama, especially in India (now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), were massacred. The Madaaris were closed down and the Auqaaf properties confiscated. The growing generations of the Ummah were held in ignorance of their Deen. Then came the final installment in the plot. Western education was thrust onto the populace. The cream of Muslim youth had their minds subverted with kufr and immorality. They were exported to western universities in England and thoroughly groomed and schooled in kufr. Thus came into being a new breed of ‘muslims’ with minds colonized. This breed of pseudo-Muslims returned to rule their lands on behalf of their colonial masters.


THE NEW BREED

This new breed of hybrid ‘muslims’ returned with a hatred for Islam—a hatred for the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). But they were schooled in western diplomacy which made them adept in the exercise of concealing their kufr and presenting a false facade of nafsaani ‘Islam’ which was appealing the ignorant masses of slaves living in the Muslim lands It was this new breed of kuffaar—westernized Arabs and Asians—born in Muslim homes and educated by kuffaar in kuffaar universities masquerading as Muslims under the subterfuge of Islamic names, who dismantled the Khilaafat and introduced the kaafir system known as democracy. It is by the medium of this system of government that the westernized ‘muslims’—the puppets and slaves of the West—entrenched themselves in the seat of government. The West had thoroughly prepared the stage for their protégés to perpetuate their colonial stranglehold on the lands of the Ummah. We therefore see today that all the countries of Islam barring Afghanistan, are thoroughly under western yoke. They are still ruled by the colonialists who have put up their democratic fronts to impose their kufr and immorality on the ignorant Muslim masses. The corruption of the western protégés—those in government in Muslim lands—suits the plan and plot of the western kuffaar. The policies for government are formulated by the West, sometimes directly by America, Britain or France, and mostly through their agents—United Nations, the World Bank and other similar agencies which are all the creations of the western kuffaar.


TASHABBUH

Tashabbuh bil kuffaar (Emulating the kuffaar) is the product of colonized minds and hearts. Everything of the kuffaar appear appealing and progressive while the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) is detestable and retrogressive. It has therefore become convenient and expedient for the pseudo Muslims to attribute the Sunnah to the Ulama so as to find plausible grounds for refuting and rejecting it. The masses are misled into believing that the Shariah is the creation of the Ulama while in reality it is the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. But colonized minds and hearts have made people the slaves of the nafs and the slaves of their colonial masters. This disease is deeply embedded in the hearts of Muslims. It is for this reason that they are still under the yoke of colonialism, albeit in different spheres—mental, social and economical. About these westernized puppets parading as Muslims and milking the lands of Islam on behalf of their colonial masters, the Qur’aan Majeed says: “Those who do not govern according to that which Allah has revealed (i.e. His Shariah), verily, they are the kaafiroon.” This is the situation prevailing in all Muslim lands today—all governments besides the government of the Talibaan, are kufr governments.