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India: The Biggest Democratic Failure

May 16, 2014 Leave a comment

India: The Biggest Democratic Failure

Friday, 18 April 2014 09:44 Kasim Javed

From the 7th April to May the 12th the world’s largest democracy will be having the world’s largest elections – arguably the largest democratic event in history. Over 800 million people inImage India will go to the polling stations to elect the next parliament of India. The sheer size of the population (the average constituency size is 1.3 million people) and the convolutions of such a big electoral process has created euphoria around the world. ‘people Power,’ ‘transparent governance,’ ‘accountability’ etc have become the mantra of newspaper headlines, however, beyond the surface of this event, democracy is in fact the virus that has infected India and turned it into another basket case of democratic failure.

Since India’s opening era in 1991, which was predicated with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990 India has been analysed by economists, geopolitical experts and futurologists as an emerging power. It was recognized as one of the BRIC nations and a state that is today success story of global capitalism with a $1.7 trillion economy. Whilst the Chinese economy has been characterized as “The World’s Workshop” due its large manufacturing sector, India is known as “The World’s Back Office” due to the large IT services sector that generates 54% of the nation’s wealth. But like all capitalist countries, the wealth of India is concentrated in a handful of individuals with the 100 richest Indians worth $259 billion. The wealth that the country has generated has not trickled down to the rest of the population with 32.7% of the country living in extreme poverty of less than $1.25 per day, and although not considered as poverty, 96.3% live on less than $5 per day highlighting the sheer wealth disparity that exist and the failure of capitalism to distribute wealth. Today India is home to a third of the world’s poor. Read more…


Fear No One

March 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Fear no one

Monday 03 March 2014
Written By: Yvonne Ridley


In these treacherous times it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the heroes from the villains, the right from the wrong and even the oppressed from the oppressors. Friends have become enemies and old allies are fractured and broken.

Long held trusts have shattered and there have been few constants in a world in turmoil, and it’s not just the Muslim lands where there is chaos, death and misery.

But one voice which has remained true and pure throughout these dark times is that of Moazzam Begg. His focus has always been steadfast and unwavering; never politically motivated or financially driven he has remained with those in need.

Long before he walked in to the Cage offices in London a free man from the gulag that is Guantanamo, his commitment in life was to help those less privileged than himself. Even in his darkest hours, in the darkest dungeons of Bagram his prayers and thoughts were for those around him including the young taxi driver he saw being beaten and kicked to death by mocking US soldiers.

And he also experienced the brutality of that regime but still Moazzam’s thoughts were not for himself, they were for others – especially for the blood curdling screams of a woman we now know to be that of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Her screams still haunt him today. Read more…

What is really happening in the Central African Republic, and what can we do to help the Muslims there?

February 22, 2014 Leave a comment

What is really happening in the Central African Republic, and what can we do to help the Muslims there?

by Musa Cerantonio


Many of you will have read about the recent massacres being carried out by Christians against Muslims in the Central African Republic. Some of you might have shared the statuses with others, some maybe left a comment, others will have put some time aside to make du’a for the Muslims there. Besides making du’a which is one of the greatest things that a Muslim can do, I dare suggest that almost none would have done anything practical to help the Muslims there. The reason why is not too difficult to explain – It is because almost none of us know anything about what is going on, and even fewer have any idea what needs to be done to help the Muslims there.

Don’t believe me? Then honestly ask yourself the following questions –

Before you read about the events there, did you even know that a country named the Central African Republic existed?

Can you locate it on a map? (despite the fact that the country’s name practically gives away its location, I have found that most still cannot locate it)

What are the major languages of the CAR, and which are the influential tribes? To which tribes do the Muslims belong, and where are they mostly located? What percentage of the country is Muslim?

Who are the Séléka and who is Michel Djotodia?

If you could not answer all or even any of these questions do not feel bad, as most could not answer them simply because most who live outside Sub-Saharan Africa know very little about the area. Don’t be proud of this ignorance however as it is a large reason for why such wars and massacres take place in the region, because most of us simply lack concern for this part of the world, sometimes to the point that we act as if it does not exist. We as Muslims must be concerned for the Muslims of Sub-Saharan Africa and we must be doing our part to support them not just in times of fighting and hardship but also in times of peace. They are are brothers and sisters and they deserve our support just as much as any other Muslim, regardless of where they may be.

So how did this all begin? Why are Muslims being massacred in the CAR? Read more…

Muslims Massacared, flee Central African Republic

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

A huge crisis unfolds in Central African Republic as the mobs, and others are finding any Muslim and killing them. Muslims are fleeing to Chad en mass and BBC Radio mentioned that at this rate, within a few weeks, there won’t be any Muslims left in CAR! SubhanAllah, this is a crisis and a lot of the major news channels are not highlighting this.

See this AlJazeera article for more details:

Never Shed Your Leaves – Tariq Mehanna

September 7, 2013 Leave a comment


In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

The believer is like a tree, always at war with the wind. To survive the wind, the tree must possess certain qualities. For example, its seed must be planted in fertile soil that allows it to grow strong. This is described in the Qur’an:

{“Muhammad is the Messenger of God, and those with him … their description in the Gospel is like a seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, and it becomes thick and stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers, so that He may enrage the disbelievers through them …”} (al-Fath, v. 29)

And here is that description in the Gospel referenced in the above verse:
“The sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. Other seed fell into the good soil and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great …

Now, the parable is this: the seed is the Word of God. Those beside the road are those who have heard, then the Devil comes and takes the Word from their heart so that they will not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy, and these have no firm root: they believe for a while, and in times of temptation, fall away. The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way, they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the Word in an honest and good heart, hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” (Luke 8:5-15)

So, the heart is likened to fertile soil in which a seed is planted. Ibn al-Qayyim likewise said, in ‘al-Fawa`id’ (p.70): “The soil of one’s natural state is fertile, accommodating whatever is planted in it. If the tree of faith and God-conciousness is planted, it will bring forth an eternally sweet fruit. If the tree of ignorance and desires is planted, all its fruits will be bitter.”

So, when you make your heart fertile for the seed of faith, that tree will grow strong and bear sweet fruit. The particular methods of making your heart fertile will be discussed later.

At this point, an angry wind will blow in your direction, because as the aforementioned verse notes, the strong tree will “enrage the disbelievers.” Nothing infuriates this wind more than a strong Muslim. This has been a reality since ancient times. When Pharaoh was hunting Prophet Moses and his followers through the deserts of Egypt, he specifically complained: Read more…

‘The Best Arrows’ (Reflections on Egypt by Tarek Mehanna)

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment

egypt__s_flag_by_booode-d39eejwI received the latest issue of Time magazine today. There is a photograph on the sixth page titled ‘The Protector.’ The caption of the photograph reads: ‘An Egyptian woman stands in the path of a military bulldozer as it bears down on a wounded man near the Raba’a al-Adawiya mosque during deadly skirmishes in eastern Cairo on Aug. 14.’ I would not do it justice to describe it in words, but under the caption, it’s indicated that you can view the photo at Please have the photo displayed before you while reading this article.

This photo could’ve been taken in Syria, Palestine, or Iraq. But it was taken in Egypt, and when I came across it, I was reminded of Egypt’s past. Egypt has been credited with much throughout its history. Many of those qualities came and went. But one remains. The great scholar Ibn ‘Aqil once said: “If you want to assess the value of Islam in the hearts of the people of the times, do not look to their crowding of the entrances of mosques or their shouting to answer the call to Hajj. Rather, look to their confronting the enemies of the Shari’ah.”

The Muslims being gassed, shot, and burned to death by secularists today in the streets and mosques of Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere are being targeted for just one reason: Islam. And what is happening is not but the latest in a series of events stretching far back into Egyptian history, which is replete with the stories of men and women whose lives revolved around guarding Islam and confronting its enemies. History gives context, and now is as good a time as ever to reach into it and highlight some relevant milestones along the path.

As the ‘protector’ in the photograph is an Egyptian woman, we likewise begin with an Egyptian woman – one who lived thousands of years ago: Read more…

Sheikh Ahmed Musa Jibril’s Life in Prison

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

This letter is amazing, SubhanAllah –  How people of ilm transform the situation around them!



Brother Abdelbari:
A’sslamu Alykum’
We ask Allah SWT that this reaches you and all the brothers in the best of Eman.

Brother I would like to thank you for remembering us in this Ramadan with your cards. It means very much to us.

You asked many questions relating to our status here and I will respond to some of them and will respond to the rest in the future Enshallah.

Don’t be discouraged if some brothers do not respond there are many reasons for that so please excuse us and don’t let it deter you from contacting us, as it means very much to us that we hear from our brothers and sisters outside.
I did see similar cards like the unique one you sent me in the hands of many other brothers during mail call the same day I received mine so that indicates that many brothers received your cards even though I did not ask them.

Brother our situation here is great during this Ramadan. We are blessed by Allah SWT the one whose grants are uncountable.

As to the brothers you specifically mentioned and our day to day life I’ll mention sme of that.

We had a new addition which many in the outside world know. Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril is now with us in the CMU. Prior to his arrival we had many internal problems. Muslims with each other, Muslims with non-Muslims and Muslims with staff.

The problems among the Muslims themselves stem from the diversity of the brothers here; we have modernists, we have nationalists who fought with the PLO in the 80’s, we have Salafis, we have Ikhwan, we have very young brothers….etc

As soon as this blessed Shaykh arrived we all seen in his apparent taqwa(and ALLAH SWT knows what’s in the hearts), vast amount of knowledge, charisma and personality a man who will change our situation.
The Muslims here for the first time since the CMU opened and I was among the first to come to this unit when it opened all agreed by consensus for the first time that he should be our Amir days after he arrived. Everytime we had an Amir election it was with problems, this time it was by 100% enthusiastic hope of change that Shaykh Ahmad should take the Emirah.
He refused but it was imposed upon him by us.

Everyone here is very unique Islamically. Everyone has a special characteristics but this brother is truly amazing.

He is graduate of Al MAdina so he knowledge in Islam is shore-less. He memorizes the Koran and most of the books of Hadith( many which I heard he memorized in his years in solitary), his khutab make every last one of us cry every Jummah. This is the 3rd Jummah of Ramadan and every last one of us left every jummah of Ramadan in tears.

He is also a graduate of Law from Michigan so he knows how to deal with the staff and their intrusions upon our rights!! I’m not sure if it’s respect or fear(I lean more to the latter) but he is running this unit by the blessing of Allah SWT.
It may also be that for the first time we are all unified behind him and his decision making.

We now have halaqat he is teaching us on daily basis; a class in Fikh, another in Hadith, another in Seerah, another Aqeedah, another in Tajweed and a Koran class.
He started a systematic in depth study and when these are finished there is additional topics he plans to start on. The purpose is to leave each of us with an amount of knowledge as if we graduated from Medina.
This is done on daily basis 7 days a week.
We take in depth organized notes, memorize and review.
With these classes he teaches us we have no time to do anything but study. This may be a reason why many of the brothers do not have time to respond.
We are taking advantage of this great Imam before we loose him.
We were deprived of having any gatherings like this but by the blessings of Allah SWT we now hold them in public.
This is the first Ramadan ever where we place our carpets out in the prayer area at Asr and sit in his halaka until Taraweeh prayer breaking for Salah and Iftar.

Shaykh Jibril and those of us who also have Koran classes barely ever sleep. There is several of us -Alhamdulilah- who in addition to attending those daily classes with Shaykh Ahmad also memorize 4-6 pages of Koran daily with him so he can give us his Ijaza before he leaves. Some who memorize a bit less than that.

In addition to teaching, the Muslims, non-Muslims and staff by Allah have agreed to let him resolve all internal disputes that arise among inmates or inmates and staff. We call his cell #24 Dar-ul-Khilafah. “smile
By Allah he has gotten acceptance in the hearts of Muslims, non-Muslims and staff like I never seen before.

By Allah By Allah by Allah I can say about him what Ibn ElQayyim said about his Skahykh Ibn Taimieh. When we feel down we go to Ibn Taymieh and it’s merely moments or a few words we hear that boost and re-ignite our Iman to levels we never thought possible. That is Shaykh Ahmad to us with not an ounce of exageration.

We anticipate going to Jummah by the minute to hear those Iman boosting words that ignite and revive hope and Iman to each and every one of us. His Jummah to us is a dosage of faith and in between Jummas is his halaqat and advice to those facing difficulties are a true blessing from Allah SWT.

In his early Jummah’s when he arrived he quoted from Ibn Taymieh’s life in prison in how he deterred other inmates from wasting time and committing sins such as playing to Chess and other matters to becoming students of Elm.
It’s quite unique because just as Ibn Taymieh -rahimahu allah- had issues with sins and Chess in particular we had those similar problems.
Shaykh Ahmad did here what Imam Ibn Taymieh did in the prisons of Syria centuries ago cleaning this unit of apparent sins and changing it into a stronghold of learning and teaching, growing of beards and implementing the Sunnah to best of our ability.
Please make dua’a this continue brother as we really fear they will end this one way or another.

Basically my brother his knowledge, generosity, leadership abilities, and taqwa(and only Allah SWT knows whats in the hearts) are amazing and I can write page after page on him.
I might expand upon that if we remain in touch inshallah.

As to the 2nd brother you asked about brother Yahya (John Lindh Walker) he is another amazing brother. A true student. We never used to see that brother unless it was to go down to eat in the dinning hall, during Jummah or rare circumstances because he stays to himself in his cell reviewing Koran, reading Hadith, and gaining more Islamic Knowledge. He has also been taking regular correspondence classes that occupy his entire time and he is not very social due to his love of reading and studying, he has not a minute to waste nor a vain word to utter – may Allah SWT bless him.

Again, after Shaykh Ahmad Jibreel’s arrival he has began to join our halaqat and is very social with Shaykh Ahmad. Actually he has been here approximately 4 years -a year after me- and I have never seen him interact with anyone as he interacts with the Shaykh.
He attends both bro Jibreel’s general classes and because Jibreel loves him more than us “smile” he gets special classes – we are jealous Shaykh Ahamad’s love for him.(smile)

Brother Yahaya is upbeat and very strong.
We get some of the articles written about him, but he cares less.

When I see those two brothers in particular I really see as if I’m looking at salaf of previous times living in this age.

There is more I wanted to tell you about this brother in particular and the rest of the brothers you asked about, however it is getting very late and I need to return to reviewing Koran.
Please continue to respond to me and I will give you more on our situation.
May Allah SWT reward you for your concern over us.

*I have no problem with you publishing any of our correspondence but I do prefer that my name not be mentioned.

Dated: Aug 20, 2011
Comment from recipient ABDELBARI- I recieved this letter 12/3/11

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