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Wake Up, Oh Ummah!

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

An insight into our recent history & where we are heading to get an understanding our our Global position today.

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This is a documentary produced by Hizb ut-Tahrir Denmark about the situation of the Muslim Ummah today. It begins by showing historical footage relating to the destruction of the Islamic Khilafah State and the carving up of our Ummah by the colonialists, and then shows the past 80 years of suffering by the Ummah without her protector the Khaleefah. And finishes with some footage showing the Ummah striving for the return to the Islamic Khilafah System, may Allah (swt) bring it about soon, ameen.

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “It is very close, that different nations will invite one another against you, just as people seated around a platter of food invite one another to consume that food.”

Someone asked the Prophet: “Will we be few in number that day?”

The Prophet said: “No you will be many, but you will be like the rubbish of the flood. Allah will extract from the hearts of your enemies their fear and Allah will cast in your hearts wahn.”

Someone asked the Prophet: “What does wahn mean?”

The Prophet said: “The love of the dunya (the world) and the dislike (fear) of death.”

Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 37, Number 4284

How do the Zionists control America & the World??

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The one who controls the money, controls the world. Although the solution presented in this video may not be the ideal Islamic solution, however, this video exposes the role of the Elite corrupt financial powers who manipulate the market, rulers, countries to fill up their pockets with $$, at the cost of exploiting everybody else. An excellent documentary worth watching.

Taken from the website:

Intro

“In 1996, in a documentary called “The MoneyMasters”, we asked the question why is America going broke. It wasn’t clear then that we were, but it is today. Now the question is how can we get out of this mess. Foreclosures are everywhere, unemployment is skyrocketing – and this is only the beginning. America’s economy is on a long, slippery slope from here on. The bubble ride of debt has come to an end.

“What can government do? The sad answer is – under the current monetary system – nothing. It’s not going to get better until the root of the problem is understood and addressed. There isn’t enough stimulus money in the entire world to get us out of this hole.

“Why? Debt. The national debt is just like our consumer debt – it’s the interest that’s killing us.

“Though most people don’t realize it the government can’t just issue it’s own money anymore. It used to be that way. The King could just issue stuff called money. Abraham Lincoln did it to win the Civil War.

“No, today, in our crazy money system, the government has to borrow our money into existence and then pay interest on it. That’s why they call it the National Debt. All our money is created out of debt. Politicians who focus on reducing the National Debt as an answer probably don’t know what the National Debt really is. To reduce the National Debt would be to reduce our money – and there’s already too little of that.

“No, you have to go deeper. You have to get at the root of this problem or we’re never going to fix this. The solution isn’t new or radical. America used to do it. Politicians used to fight with big bankers over it. It’s all in our history – now sadly – in the distant past.

“But why can’t we just do it again? Why can’t we just issue our own money, debt free? That, my friends, is the answer. Talk about reform! That’s the only reform that will make a huge difference to everyone’s life – even worldwide.

“The solution is the secret that’s been hidden from us for just over 100 years – ever since the time when author L. Frank Baum wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

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The Future of Money – By Imran Hosein

September 29, 2010 2 comments

This is an interesting paper about the current Riba filled Financial system, control and manipulation over the World economy & politics by few Financial elites, the Islamic stance on currency etc. Although I may not agree with the Author on all his Islamic stand points,in this paper he brings into light a lot things that the common Muslim is unaware about. I’ve posted a snapshot. You can view the entire article here:

http://www.imranhosein.org/media/books/dinarbook.pdf

HE GOLD DINĀR AND SILVER DIRHAM:
ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF MONEY
CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
Abū Bakr ibn Abi Maryam reported that he heard the
Messenger of Allah say: “A time is certainly coming over
mankind in which there will be nothing (left) that will be of
use (or benefit) save a Dinār (i.e., a gold coin) and a
Dirham (i.e., a silver coin).” [This prophecy clearly
anticipates the eventual collapse of the fraudulent monetary
system now functioning around the world.]
(Musnad, Ahmad)
It is both strange and embarrassing that even at this late
hour when enemies are about to weld into place the final iron
gate of a financial Guantanamo, so many Muslims remain
ignorant about the devilish nature of European-created money
in the modern world. One has even criticised this writer for
having “funny” views concerning money.
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There seems to be little understanding of the role that a
European-created money-system has been playing in delivering
to enemies of Islam the capacity to engage in massive legalised
theft of the wealth of mankind. Nor is there realization that
those enemies have designed a monetary system that would
eventually deliver to them financial dictatorship over the whole
world. They have already succeeded in enslaving millions of
Muslims (as well as others amongst mankind) with slave wages
and even destitution, while pursuing a sinister global agenda on
behalf of the Euro-Jewish State of Israel. It is truly pathetic to
listen to those who blame Pakistanis and Indonesians for
miserable poverty in Pakistan and Indonesia.
The news media, even in countries that declare ‘Islam’ to
be the State religion, is notorious for blanking out all news
reports concerning this important subject. An example of such
was the important ‘International Conference on the Gold Dinār
Economy’ that was held at Kuala Lumpur’s Putra World Trade
Center on July 24th and 25th 2007. An excellent keynote
address, delivered by a former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, set the stage for two days of intensive
deliberations on the subject of ‘money’. This booklet is an
expanded version of our paper entitled “Explaining the
Disappearance of Money with Intrinsic Value” which we presented
at the conference shortly after the feature address. Readers may
wish to assess the coverage of that conference in the Malaysian
English-language newspapers.
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What is far worse than the news blackout is that classically
trained scholars of Islam (i.e., ‘Ulamā) seem to share with
ordinary Muslims this strange and highly embarrassing state of
ignorance, or silence, concerning the fraudulent nature of
modern money. Even when they realise that there is something
dangerously wrong about modern money, so many in this
strange modern age lack the courage to denounce the monetary
system of non-redeemable paper money as fraudulent and,
hence, Harām.

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Time Management Tips

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

These are notes that I found, taken from the “Time Traveller” workshop by Mohammed Al Shareef. I have also purchased this series. It is very benificial in helping us organize our lives, relationships, time, priorities etc. to help us chase our dreams and maximize our positions in the next world, bee idn Illah. You can purchase the entire set here:

http://www.timetravelmaster.com/

Here are some of the notes:

10 Time Tips
1. Aim higher EVERY DAY. Better than day before. Start day with intention to make day best of your life. Push self.
2. Get things off of mind immediately, so you can use it for other important things. Mind is prime real estate. Only leave room for best knowledge in brain. Other things write down and get off of mind right away.
3. Write things down in places where you will come across it again.
4. Praying fajr in masjid every single day. Create habit of staying awake after fajr everyday. Baraqa after fajr time during morning.
5. Oxygenate blood in morning. Ex: Deep breath, cardio exercise, recited Quran after fajr.
6. Choose when next break will be and write it down. That way focus on work only during work time, and focus on break only during break time.
7. Delete distractions. Ex: TV, minimize internet (choose times during day when no internet allowed)
8. Never multi task. Only focus at what is at hand. Pay full attention to people you are talking to. Don’t check phone/email while talking to them. Finish work first if you have to, then talk to them with complete focus (Sunnah and adhab of a Muslim).
9. Start on the right foot. Start day with most important things so day goes right. Don’t check random emails/chat.
10. Get a mentor/life coach for accountability. Must be someone you respect, “fear” or feel embarrassed to tell you didn’t accomplish tasks, and must be knowledgable enough to ask you the right questions.
The feet of each slave of Allah (swt) will not move on the day of judgement until four questions will be asked:
1. How did you spend your life?
2. How did you spend your youth?
3. What did you do with your knowledge?
4. How did you make your wealth and how did you spend it?
Time should be the most precious thing to you in your life.
A scholar (didn’t catch the name) said that every night you should hit your bed so exhausted from the work you did that day that once your head touches the pillow you fall asleep right away.
Start with good intention to MASTER time to do more for family, memorized Quran, wealth, etc.
Make dua to MASTER time
People will not get anything except what they strive for.
Perfection or an oustanding life will not happen by accident. Ex: God exists b/c world is perfect. Therefore. a perfect life can’t happen w/o intelligence.
Average Life:
Sleeping 30 years
Work 10 years (work should be life mission and something you love)
TV 10 years
Internet 6 years (could be even more now)
Eating 4 years
Standing in line 4 years
Driving 3 years
Bathroom 3 years
Others: Household chores, daydreaming, phone, etc.
Save years
Make job life mission: gain 10 years
Remove TV: gain 10 years
Wake up for fajr and start day right after: 10 years
1. Clean brain out of junk
2. Focus on what is important/best, and delete things that are even just good and obviously bad
3. Big dreams require delegation. Must use teamwork and deal with other people.
4. Can’t get anywhere unless know where you are going.
5. Excellence and ihsan is never an accident. Must have plan and intention.
Get out of comfort zone. Become slightly uncomfortable

Categories: Success Strategies

Islamic Online University – A life changer!

September 25, 2010 2 comments

I just wanted to share this excellent initiative by Dr. Bilal Phillips to complete a Bachelors of Arts in Islamic Studies Online! And did I mention it is tution free!! I had enrolled in April (2010) and am currently in the second semester. All I can say is  Ihave learned so much benificial knowledge in this short period of time, knowledge that will not only benifit me in this duniya, but also in Akhira, bee idn Illah. It is very flexible and you can choose how many classes you want to take every semester. I encourage you all to enroll and be a part of this wonderful initiative.

We Don’t Go to Bars, Why Do We Go to Banks? By Douglas Kelly

September 22, 2010 3 comments

An excellent article that every Muslim should know about:

We Don’t Go to Bars, Why Do We Go to Banks?

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/summer-nights/we-don%E2%80%99t-go-to-bars-why-do-we-go-to-banks/

We Don’t Go to Bars, Why Do We Go to Banks? (Part II)

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/we-don%E2%80%99t-go-to-bars-why-do-we-go-to-banks-part-ii/

When I recently consolidated a student loan I had taken out many years ago, I noticed that the amount I owed was more than double what I had originally borrowed.  I’m still in school, so I don’t have double the education from when I first took out the loan.  I definitely don’t have double the income.  Even before I knew anything about Islam and how it forbids usury, I knew something was wrong with that picture.  And that there was a bigger picture involving a whole world in debt crisis.

I had a “eureka” moment when I first read the warnings in the Qur’an and Sunnah about usury.  The logical connection I made between those warnings and the global economic crisis can only be described in terms as simple as a children’s adventure story—lest they go right over all our heads like so many complex derivatives transactions and we as an Ummah fail to make the one simple transaction that might finally begin to change our condition in the world.

Like “putting two and two together,” it’s as if I had been walking around my entire life with the broken half of a ring inscribed with a secret message that couldn’t be read without the other half.  The first half of the message of that ring was my experience on Wall Street.  The missing half, the key to the secret, I finally found a generation later in the Word of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala – exalted is He) as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

I am neither a scholar nor an Imam.  I only embraced Islam, and read the English translation of the meaning of the Qur’an for the first time four years ago.  I can only recite 13 surahs (chapters) from memory, and I am still both a student of the Islamic  financial  system and a student of the Deen of Allah (swt).  But 20 years ago I was an NASD-registered stockbroker with an investment banking firm known for its IPOs (Initial Public Offerings).  I have sold life insurance and annuities and bought investment properties.  And I had a front-row seat for an economic crisis that wiped out the value of a portfolio of prime real estate I took a decade to build, which in January 2006 appraised at 1.2 million US dollars.  I know first-hand how banks operate.  And it’s nothing like what the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said that Allah (swt) prescribed for mankind.

The prohibition of interest and the laws of halal trade and lending that Allah (swt) revealed in the Hadith, as well as in the Qur’an itself, appear to me to describe a system of shared profit and loss between lenders and borrowers.  A system that looks a lot like what we know today as Investment Banking of common shares of stock.

The foundation of Wall Street, and every financial market on the planet, is the principle of risk is proportionate with reward.  Just like, “In God We Trust,” the very words “risk is proportionate with reward” imply a leap of faith.  The entire world does business according to this un-provable, unscientific law of sowing and reaping.  You cast thy bread upon the waters of commerce with the understanding that thy bread may never return; or that it may come back multiplied many times over—like a handful of loaves and fishes that end up feeding the multitudes.  The greater the chance of loss, the greater the potential profit.  The more you can afford to lose, the more you stand to gain.  Just like in life, nothing is guaranteed but death.

(Continue reading this excellent article by Douglas here: http://www.suhaibwebb.com/summer-nights/we-don%E2%80%99t-go-to-bars-why-do-we-go-to-banks/)

Woman Imam: Progress or Digress?

September 11, 2010 2 comments

March 18th 2005. A controversy stirred through the Muslim world as the unthinkable had happened: A woman, the infamous Amina Wudud, lead a mixed –sex Friday Jumah prayer, which stirred international media attention. It was attended by around 60 women and 40 men.[1] What led to such a state in the Ummah, where practices established by Prophet Muhammad PBUH, and confirmed by Muslim jurist through the ages were challenged in the name of reinterpreting the Quran and going back to sources? Is it ok to abandon completely the rigorous Islamic scholarship in the field of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), spanning more than a 1000 years? Where does one draw the line between blind following of the classical scholars and completely abandoning them? In a modest attempt to answer some of these questions, I will dig deeper into the “Amina Wudud” controversy and draw some lessons from this incident.

While the Amina Wudud incident was not the first woman imam to have led men in prayer, she was the one that attracted so much international attention to this issue. There are many instances in Canada, as well as established sermons, with the push of Progressive Muslim organizations such as Muslim Canadian Congress.  A woman, disguised as man, had sneaked in and started delivering the Friday Khutba in Bahrain. Her ploy was exposed and the police arrested her, while she tried to flee the mosque.[2]

The female imam incident can be traced back to a few movements that were gaining steam in Northern America: The influence of ideologies of feminism to certain so called Islamic reformers and the establishment of Progressive Muslim groups, with overt goals of reinterpreting the Quran to blend in with the North American secular, capitalistic society.  The influence of feminism into minds of certain Muslims can be traced back to a 19th Century Egyptian scholar, Qasim Amin, the author of book Women’s Liberation (Tahrir al-Mar’a).[3] He criticized established Islamic practices, with roots in Quran and Sunnah and upon which Islamic scholars have agreed upon, such as polygyny, the veil, hijab, gender segregation in Islam and actually condemned them to be not Islamic. With the Muslim populace significantly increasing in America, and being the birthplace of feminism, there was a ready audience to inculcate such a deviant interpretation without having a solid understanding of principles of Fiqh.

The common textual reason given by these feminist-oriented scholars is that there is no verse in the Quran overtly forbidding a woman leading men in prayer. This ultra-modernistic view can be traced back to abandoning the ground work that had been established as the principles of deducing rulings in the study of Islamic Jurisprudence – Fiqh. The sources of Islamic law that most major classical schools of thought utilized with some variations: Firstly, going to the Quran, then to the Sunnah, Opinions of Sahabas, Qiyaas (Deductions) and Istihsan (Legal preference).[4] While the four schools of thought should not be blindly followed (taqleed), the other extreme of completely rejecting the scholarship is also highly discouraged. This is because this extreme leads to interpreting the Quran however we want, without having a ground in the religion. While the Quran is the word of Allah, the Sunnah (traditions of prophet Muhammad SAW) helps us decipher the implementation of Quran in our lives.  Allah has commanded us in the Quran to obey Him and His messenger, implying that obedience to the messenger of Allah is obedience to Allah.

With these principles in mind, let us look at some of the established Hadith that refute the notion of “Woman Imam” in the sunnah: Ibn Majah (Kitab iqamat is-salat was-sunnati fiha) #1134, narrated through Jabir ibn Abdullah: “A woman may not lead a man in Prayer, nor may a Bedouin lead a believer of the Muhajirun or a corrupt person lead a committed Muslim in Prayer.”

Abu Huraira said: “The best rows for men are the first rows, and the worst ones the last ones, and the best rows for women are the last ones and the worst ones for them are the first ones.”[5]

Additionally, there are no reports of woman leading a prayer during the life-time of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Nor is there any report of such an incident during the lives of the companions of prophet. All the major schools of Islamic thought unequivocally reject this based on the rigorous methodology of Islamic legal analysis outlined earlier. This is one of the areas where there is “Ijma” or consensus among the companions of the prophet and among major scholars around the world in the past and present. In other words, it is as good as set in stone. [6]

The root cause of this issue is the lack of Islamic Scholarly knowledge of those attempting to go back to the sources and reinterpret legal rulings. One can interpret the Quranic versus to suit their opinion, if taken out of context or without utilizing the guidelines and training given by Prophet Muhammad SAW to his companions. Furthermore, Prophet Muhammad SAW had referred to his companions as the best of generations. The Quran was revealed in their period and dealt with the issues facing the early development of Islam; the companions were inarguably the best in interpreting the intended meanings, especially pertaining to moral, legal, spiritual and intellectual matters.[7] The classical Islamic scholarship, with slight variations, took extensive concern to extract correct rulings based on authentic texts and reasoned analysis while direct instruction was absent.

Allah has mentioned in the Quran:

“Allah has favored some of you over others with sustenance…” (Quran 16:71)

“Remember, O’ Israel, the blessings which I bestowed on you by favoring you over all mankind” (Quran 2:47) [By sending abundance of divine guidance via prophets]

“Men are guardians of women by that which Allah favored some of them over others…” (Quran 4:34)

By these verses, Allah has favored some of his creation over others and with this favor comes a responsibility and a test, to which one will be held responsible on the Day of Resurrection. Additionally, Allah has commanded his slaves to: “not wish for that with which We have favored some of you over others…” (Quran 2:253) So following the roles and responsibilities that the Lord of the universe has assigned to Humans, will maintain the balance reflected in the different systems around us: Water cycle, food cycle, reproduction system, respiratory system, planetary motion, etc.

Inorder to avoid deviant rulings such as promoting woman imams to lead men in prayer, in the name of reinterpreting the Quran and Sunnah to fit the “modern times”, we should rather look to the years of classical scholarship in the field of Islamic Jurisprudence with an open mind; and also promote capable scholars to deduce new rulings (when needed) utilizing a similar framework. On the other extreme, where we have new evidence that contradicts views held by early scholars or school of thought (madhab), we should not blindly hold on to the opinion of a certain Madhab.  Maintaining this balance will aid the Ummah in keeping the field of Fiqh alive to tackle modern day problems without compromising authentic implementation of Divine guidance.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_as_imams

[2] “Woman ‘Imam’ Held in Bahrain Mosque” Arab News. 2004-11-15. Retrieved 2008-06-09

[3] Leila Ahmed. Women and Gender in Islam. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992. pp.159,161.

[4] Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips. Te Evolution of Fiqh. Pp. 82-83

[5] Hadith #881 of Sahih Muslim

[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_as_imams

[7] Speech on Quranic Tafseer. Syed Iqbal Zaheer

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