Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Maslak Ala Hadrat.

Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……
Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……
Sabse afzal dhikr hai tera, baqi sab hai jhol….
Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……

Kaise Sunni* hain qabron pe jaakar sheesh jhukate hain,
Chadhe Chadhawa jo qabron par, wo usko kha jaate hain,
Teeja-Duswaan kha kha kar ye, ho rahe gol-matol….

Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……
Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……
Sabse afzal dhikr hai tera, baqi sab hai jhol….
Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……

Shama-e-Risalat ke parwaanon, ye baat tumhe samjhani hai,
Tawhid-o-Sunnat ki da’wat ghar ghar mein pahunchani hai,
Khud Maslak-e-Ala Hadrat** ka…………Khud Maslak-e-Ala Hadrat ka
ho jayega bistar gol…

Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……
Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……
Sab se afzal dhikr hai tera, baqi sab hai jhol….
Allah hi Allah bol pyare, Allah hi Allah bol……

Deobandi Tarana.

*Sunni: In this case the Barelwis whose shi'ar is bid'ah but have appropriated the title of 'Sunni' for themselves.
** Ala Hadrat: Maulwi Ahmed Reza Khan, the founder of Barelwiyyah and defender of Bid'ah and Shirk. His followers are shrinking in numbers day by day.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Kill Bashar Assad: Shaykh A'idh al Qarni.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
Islamic propagandist and thinker, Dr. Aidh al-Qarni, said that the Syrian army should reject killing orders by "the tyrant butcher" Bashar al-Assad, as that is obedience to a creature incurring wrath of the Creator.
"Syrian People, under religious duty, must carry arms in the face of this regime," said Qarni. He quoted Dr. Abdul-Kareem Bakar, a Syrian religious scholar, as saying that he intends to issue a statement to be signed by 500 religious scholars with a fatwa stipulating that people must carry arms against the Syrian regime.
He added, "It is supposed that scholars and preachers say the truth in front of massacres committed by the Syrian regime," asserting in a statement to Al Arabiya TV channel that the Syrian regime and Bashar al-Assad lost legitimacy and he is perishing and drowning and the Syrian army should save itself from this damaged boat.
Qarni considered Bashar al-Assad with no legitimacy and he is a killer and should be prosecuted and killed, adding that if anybody finds a way to kill him he should do that due to fatwa of Muslim religious scholars.
Dr. Qarni sent a message to the Syrian army that its duty to protect homeland and the Golan Heights not to turn to kill its people. Qarni spoke to Bashar as saying, "Do you have a whit of shame and drop of blood. You rule Syria and vote in the referendum of constitution after what you have done"
He as well issued fatwa that those who can bear arms should not hesitate in doing so and fight against Assad and his regime, because Association of Muslim Scholars issued fatwa on that jihad is obligatory for Syrian People.
Wa salam.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

2 US Troops Despatched By 1 Afghan.

TWO US advisers who were shot dead in the Afghan interior ministry by a colleague had been mocking anti-American protests over the burning of the Koran, a government source has said.
The description of events behind the withdrawal of all NATO government advisers came as police said a protester was killed and seven US soldiers were wounded in a grenade attack on their base in a sixth day of anti-American protests.
"The advisers were scolding the protesters and calling them bad names", as they watched videos of demonstrations in Kabul, the source said, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
"They called the Koran a bad book in the presence of the guy. After all this the guy had verbal arguments with the advisers and was threatened by them. He gets angry and shoots them. Eight rounds were fired at them.
"He then sneaks out and disappears. No one knew about the incident for more than an hour because the room is soundproofed."
Asked about the account of events, a spokesman for NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said: "The investigation is ongoing."
Government sources said police were hunting for an Afghan intelligence official suspected of killing the two Americans, while the interior ministry confirmed that "the suspect is one of the employees of the ministry and he is at large".
Local television quoted a source which named the suspect as 25-year-old Abdul Saboor, who had studied in Pakistan and joined the ministry as a driver in 2007 before being promoted.
The attack came amid anti-US protests over the burning of Korans in an incinerator pit at the Bagram airbase. Taliban insurgents have called on Afghans to kill foreign troops in revenge for the incident, and claimed to have been behind the shooting deaths of the two US advisers.
NATO, which has a 130,000-strong US-led military force fighting the Taliban insurgency, has advisers throughout the Afghan government but commanding officer General John Allen ordered them all to be withdrawn.
"Despite being pulled from the ministries, the military advisers remained in contact with ministry personnel," ISAF spokesman Lt Col Jimmie Cummings said.
"We will not let this incident divide the coalition," he said on ISAF's Twitter feed.
But analysts said it had plunged relations between Afghans and their Western allies to an all time low.
'Alaykum Salam.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Those Who Seek To Create Differences.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.

Agar koi shakhs jama’t mein tod ki baat karta hai to samajhlo ke:
 ya to woh naadaan hai.
 ya woh bika huwa hai.
 ya woh sihr-zadaa hai.
 ya woh qadiani hai.

If you see someone trying to create rifts and differences in the Jama'h (tabligh), then know that:
Either he is simple-minded.
Or he has sold out(to the enemies of Islam).
Or he is under the effect of black magic.
Or he is a Qadiani.

Haji shakil(db)’s majlis, Sunday 19/2/12.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Al-A'mash's Ironic Sense Of Humor.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
He was a Tabi'i and his given name was Sulaymaan ibn Mihran. He was a pious and trustworthy muhaddith and his ahadith have also been narrated by Imam Bukhari in his Sahih. These ahadith are as follows:

Found in: Rubbing hands and feet with dust (Tayammum)

Hadith no: 343

Narrated: Al-A'mash*: Shaqiq said, "While I was sitting with 'Abdullah and Abu Musa Al-Ash-'ari, the latter asked the former, 'If a person becomes Junub and does not find water for one month, can he perform Tayammum and offer his prayer?' (He applied in the negative). Abu Musa said, 'What do you say about this verse from Surat "Al-Ma'ida": When you do not find water then perform Tayammum with clean earth? 'Abdullah replied, 'If we allowed it then they would probably perform Tayammum with clean earth even if water were available but cold.' I said to Shaqiq, 'You then disliked to perform Tayammum because of this?' Shaqiq said,'Yes.' (Shaqiq added), "Abu Musa said, 'Haven't you heard the statement of 'Ammar to 'Umar? He said: I was sent out by Allah's Apostle for some job and I became Junub and could not find water so I rolled myself over the dust (clean earth) like an animal does, and when I told the Prophet of that he said, 'Like this would have been sufficient.' The Prophet (saying so) lightly stroked the earth with his hand once and blew it off, then passed his (left) hand over the back of his right hand or his (right) hand over the back of his left hand and then passed them over his face.' So 'Abdullah said to Abu- Musa, 'Don't you know that 'Umar was not satisfied with 'Ammar's statement?' " Narrated Shaqiq: While I was with 'Abdullah and Abu Musa, the latter said to the former, "Haven't you heard the statement of 'Ammar to 'Umar? He said, "Allah's Apostle sent you and me out and I became Junub and rolled myself in the dust (clean earth) (for Tayammum). When we came to Allah's Apostle I told him about it and he said, 'This would have been sufficient,' passing his hands over his face and the backs of his hands once only.' "

Found in: Pilgrimage (Hajj)
Hadith no: 806
Narrated: Al-A'mash
I heard Al-Hajjaj saying on the pulpit, "The Sura in which Al-Baqara (the cow) is mentioned and the Sura in which the family of Imran is mentioned and the Sura in which the women (An-Nisa) is mentioned." I mentioned this to Ibrahim, and he said, Abdur-Rahman bin Yazid told me, 'I was with Ibn Masud, when he did the Rami of the Jamrat-ul-Aqaba. He went down the middle of the valley, and when he came near the tree (which was near the Jamra) he stood opposite to it and threw seven small pebbles and said: 'Allahu-Akbar' on throwing every pebble.' Then he said, 'By Him, except Whom none has the right to be worshipped, here (at this place) stood the one on whom Surat-al-Baqra was revealed (i.e. Allah's Apostle).' "

Found in: Sales in which a Price is paid at once for Goods to be Delivered Later (As-Salam)
Hadith no: 454
Narrated: Al-A'mash
We argued at Ibrahim's dwelling place about mortgaging in Salam. He said, "Aisha said, 'The Prophet bought some foodstuff from a Jew on credit and the payment was to be made by a definite period, and he mortgaged his iron armor to him."

Found in: Loans, Payment of Loans, Freezing of Property and Bankruptcy
Hadith no: 578
Narrated: Al-A'mash
When we were with Ibrahim, we talked about mortgaging in deals of Salam. Ibrahim narrated from Aswad that 'Aisha had said, "The Prophet (SAW) bought some foodstuff on credit from a Jew and mortgaged an iron armour to him."
What he is famous for however is his sarcastic sense of humor. Here are some incidents from Dhahabi's Siyar 'Alam al Nubala and Abi Nu'aym's Hilyat al 'Awliya:
1 - Al-A'mash went out to some neighborhood one day, and some people came up to him to ask him regarding Hadith. His companions said to him: "Won't you narrate to these poor souls?" al-A'mash replied: "Who would hang pearls on pigs?"

2 - Some people came to al-A'mash one day, and he came out of his house to greet them, saying: "Were it not for the fact that there were people in my house that I hate more than you, I wouldn't have come out to see you." Abu Dawud al-Ha'ik asked him: "Abu Muhammad, what is your opinion on praying behind al-Ha'ik?" al-A'mash replied: "No problem, as long as one doesn't have wudu'." He also asked: "What do you say about accepting his testimony?" al-A'mash replied: "Only if it is accompanied by testimony from two trustworthy people."

3 - The governor 'Isa bin Musa sent a notebook along with a thousand dirhams to al-A'mash for him to write down Hadith in it. So, al-A'mash wrote: 'بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم, قل هو الله أحد' (In the Name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful: Say: 'He is Allah, One') and sent the book back to him. He sent to him, saying: "Do you think that I don't know any Qur'an?" al-A'mash sent back, saying: "Do you think that I sell Hadith?" He kept the money for himself.

4 - 'Abdullah bin Idris said to al-A'mash: "What prevents you from getting a haircut?" He replied: "The cuppers talk too much." So, he said: "I will bring you to a cupper who will not say a word to you until he finishes cutting your hair." He brought him to a Junayd, a cupper who was also a Muhaddith. So, 'Abdullah warned him not to talk to al-A'mash, and he agreed. However, when he had cut half of al-A'mash's hair, he said: "O Abu Muhammad, what is the status of the hadith of Habib bin Abi Thabit regarding menstruation?" So, al-A'mash got up, screamed, and ran away, sitting for a month with only half of his hair cut.

5 - A knowledgeable man with a long beard came to al-A'mash and asked him a basic question about the prayer. So, al-A'mash turned to us and said: "Look at him! His beard could carry four thousand ahadith, and he asks a question that the children in school would ask!"

6 - It is said that al-A'mash had a son who was very slow, and he told him: "Go buy a rope for us to hang our clothes on." The boy asked: "How long do you want it to be, father?" He replied: "Ten cubits long." The boy then asked: "How wide do you want it to be?" al-A'mash replied: "As wide as my bad luck with you!"

7 - Husayn bin Waqid was reciting Qur'an to al-A'mash, and asked him: "How do you like my recitation?" al-A'mash replied: "Better than the recitation of any disbeliever."

8 - One time, al-A'mash got up at night and could find no water. So, he rubbed his hands on the wall and performed tayammum and went back to sleep. He was asked about this, and he said: "I am afraid to die without being in a state of purity."

9 -
 One time, al-A'mash went out in the morning and passed by the mosque of Bani Asad. They were about to start praying, and he went inside and prayed. The imam recited 'al-Baqarah' in the first rak'ah, and recited 'Al 'Imran' in the second. When he finished, al-A'mash said to him: "Will you not fear Allah? Did you not hear that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: "Whoever leads the people in prayer should go easy, as there are those behind him who are old, weak, and have needs to tend to."" So, the man said: "Allah Said: {"…and it is heavy except on those who have khushu'…"} [al-Baqarah; 45] So, al-A'mash said: "I am a messenger sent from those who have khushu' telling you that you are heavy."

10 - One time, a soldier wanted to cross a river. He came across al-A'mash, who was standing near the river, so he jumped on his back and had him walk through the water. When he jumped on al-A'mash, he recited 'Glory to Him Who has provided this for us' (سبحان الذي سخر لنا هذا - the supplication for riding a vehicle). When al-A'mash had gotten half way across the river, he threw the soldier off of his back, recited {"…My Lord! Cause me to land at a blessed landing-place, for You are the best of those who bring to land…"} [al-Mu'minun; 29] and left him in the river and ran away.

11 - One day, Shabib bin Shaybah and his friends came by to see al-A'mash, and they stood at his door yelling: "O Sulayman! Come out!" From inside, al-A'mash said: "Who are you?" They replied: "We are {"…those who call you from behind the dwellings…"} [al-Hujurat; 4] So, al-A'mash replied: "And {"…most of them have no sense…"} [al-Hujurat; 4]

12 - One time, he wore an inverted sheepskin, such that the wool was on the outside. Someone said to him: "O Abu Muhammad, why don't you wear it so that the wool is on the inside? This would be warmer for you." al-A'mash replied: "Why don't you go suggest this to the sheep?"
* Al-A'mash means the bleary-eyed.
'Alaykum Salam.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Palestine Non-Existent For American Red Cross.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.

The American Red Cross was hosting a blood drive at my university today so a friend and I stopped by. I would find out an hour later that my identity as a Palestinian was unverifiable.
Before donating any blood, nurses drew a blood sample and, following standard procedure, asked me a series of questions about my medical and travel history. When asked if I had traveled out of the United States within the last three years, I told the nurse that I had spent time in the Gaza Strip in Palestine. She couldn’t find it in the database.
For the next fifteen minutes, the nurse searched every plausible variation of the words Palestine and Gaza and even searched entire geographical regions.
“I remember seeing it there before,” she told me just as she called a field office for technical support.
By this time, she had committed the details of my travels to memory. “The donor flew to Cairo and took a four hour car ride to Gaza, in Palestine. He stayed there for four weeks and then returned, by car, to Cairo.”
The call lasted for quite a while. The nurse was put on hold repeatedly as managers on the other end of the line searched for themselves.
After just under an hour of waiting, the Red Cross’s support line instructed the nurse to list my travel destination as Israel. I had finally been verified to donate blood — but only at the expense of my own personal, cultural, ethnic, and political identity.
According to the nurse, the Red Cross updated the software system used by its mobile units a few months ago. One of its changes apparently includes the removal of Palestine from its database of international travel destinations.
I doubt that the Red Cross no longer recognizes Palestine or its people but in today’s climate, when Presidential hopefuls liberally deny Palestine’s existence and international news agencies such as the BBC actively defend their censorship of the word Palestine, I’d be hard-pressed to rule this conclusion out completely.
The Red Cross has an extensive history of working with the Ramallah-based Palestine Red Crescent Society (equivalent to the American Red Cross) and has even gone as far as pledging financial support to hospitals in Gaza. This non-recognition is therefore rather surprising. But it is also quite telling of how far reaching the effects of an illegal occupation can be.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Who Are The Barelwis (Razakhanis/Quburis)?

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.

A question that frequently crops up among the wider Muslim community is of the identity of the Barelwis. The Deobandis are well-known throughout the Islamic world because they are a scholarly group and their books have carried their identity far and wide. Since the Barelwis are a non-scholarly group, usually operating locally at a sub-intellectual level with no connection to the Qur'an and Sunna, their beliefs and acts are often incomprehensible to the Muslims outside the Indo-Pak region. Mawlana Ilyas Ghuman has written a book on this firqa-e-batilah and put it online for Urdu readers. I hope that an English translation will come up soon. 

Found this helpful post on

A new book has been put online by Mawlana Ilyas Ghuman, dealing with the Barelwi sect: 

The book consists of 617 pages. It is divided in 10 chapters. 

The first chapter deals with the founder of the Barelwi sect: Ahmad Raza Khan and his so-called mastery of the Islamic sciences.  

The second chapter(p. 210) mentions the specific beliefs of the Barelwi sect:  1. Knowledge of the Unseen 2. Present and Seeing 3. Mukhtar Kull 4. Nur and Bashar 5. Calling others than Allah for Help. 

Third chapter deals with the filthy and offensive beliefs of the Barelwis.  

Chapter 4 deals with the teaching of the Barelwis and innovations such as building over graves, putting clothes on graves, kissing the thumbs, performing chaleeswa, performing dua after the funeral prayer etc. 

Chapter 5 deals with the shameless stories prevalent in the Barelwi literature.

Chapter 6 deals with the Barelwi views surrounding the 2 holy places.

Chapter 7 deals with Barelwism and their view of the movement for the creation of Pakistan. 

Chapter 8 deals with the takfir of Muslims by Barelwi scholars. Takfir of the scholars of Deoband, Nadwa, Khilafat movement etc. 

Chapter 9  deals with the views of scholars about Barelwism and mentions the quotes about Barelwis being in favour of the British. 

Chapter 10 states the list of those books written against the Barelwi sect. Books written by Ml. Chandpuri, Ml. Manzur Nu’mani, Ml. Sarfraz Khan, Ml. Khalid Mahmud, Ml. Muhammad Ramazan Nu’mani and others.

'Alaykum Salam.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Where Ignorance Is Master.

Why the Islamists win elections in Arab countries

By Dr Lawrence Davidson

There are plenty of special interests out there in the West pushing an Islamophobic message
There have now been two democratic elections in the Middle East as a consequence of the Arab Spring. One was in Tunisia in October 2011, and the recent staggered elections of December 2011-January 2012 for a lower house of parliament in Egypt.
In both cases Islamist parties did the best. In Tunisia it was the Islamist Annehda (Renaissance) party that got 41 percent of the votes. In Egypt it was Hizb Al-Hurriya wa Al-Adala (Freedom and Justice Party), affiliated with country's Muslim Brotherhood, that got 47 percent of the votes, while the hard-line Salafi group, Al-Nur (the Light) party got 29 percent. In Tunisia the liberal parties came in a collective second with 34 percent of the votes, but in Egypt they did poorly. The liberal Egyptian Bloc Coalition only managed 8.9 percent of the vote.
Actually, the biggest surprise was the good showing of the liberals in Tunisia, and not the fact that relatively fair elections put the Islamists in positions of power. No one should be surprised at this result. Why? It has to do with history. While what I describe below is simplified for the sake of brevity, it gives a basically accurate picture of how the past has given us the present we now witness.
The Middle East has been the home of an evolving Islamic civilization since the 7th century. Civilization means more than just religion and religious practice: It means values, outlooks, mannerisms, habits of thought and behavior. The dynamic nature of this way of life was such that up to, roughly, the 16th century every outside invader that pushed its way into the Middle East ended up being “Islamized.” That is, whether they were Turks, Mongols, Crusaders, etc. most ended up adopting an Islamic way of life. But this changed sometime in the late 1500s.
It was about then that the military and economic balance of power between the Islamic world and Christian Europe shifted. From that point on European power allowed incursions into the Middle East by Western invaders who saw Islam and its civilization as inferior. These invaders proved not to be susceptible to “Islamization.” In fact, it was at this point that Western ways began to draw at least a certain class of Middle Easterners away from their traditional lifestyle. Those who became Westernized were largely the people who politically, economically, militarily and educationally interacted with the increasingly powerful Europeans. Many of them became secular in their outlook and some developed principled positions supporting liberal, open societies. Some sought to meld Western technology and educational techniques with Islamic tradition. Others, however, obtained leadership positions in which they behaved (and still behave) in corrupt and dictatorial ways.
It is a mistake to think that this process penetrated deeply within Middle Eastern society. One way to think of the result is in terms of a volcanic landscape. Here you have a thin crust of surface material beneath which is a deep pool of magma under building pressure. When the pressure gets high enough the magma breaks through. The thin crust represents Westernized elites, the magma is the great mass of Middle Easterners who have always identified with Islamic civilization and increasingly resent the penetration of Western culture into their lands. Historically, the resulting occasional volcanic eruptions, if you will, have occurred in the form of revolution, a modern example of which is Iran in 1979.
Of course, Tunisia and Egypt had their own brief revolutions which led to democratic elections. You can think of these elections as controlled breakthroughs of the Islamic magma. Given the state of society in the Middle East, the results were predictable. On Jan. 22, 2012 Juan Cole wrote a revealing piece on his blog, Informed Comment. It was entitled “South Carolina & Gingrich, Egypt & the Muslim Brotherhood.” What Cole notes is that you can get a large number of religious fundamentalists swaying the primary election in South Carolina and the media hardly consider it an event to be looked into. But let religious fundamentalists do well in elections in the Middle East and it automatically generates stereotyping and shallow, inaccurate analyses. Thus, Cole notes:
1. “ is implicitly deemed illegitimate for Egyptians to be religious or vote for a religious party. But it is legitimate for South Carolinians to be religious, to vote on a religious basis, to seek to impose their religious laws on all Americans.”
2. What if Egyptians voted for religious parties for reasons other than just religion? Given the shallowness of US media coverage, how would we ever know? Yet, polls in Egypt indicate that many Egyptian voters chose the Freedom and Justice Party because the Muslim Brotherhood has a reputation for honesty and a commitment to social justice.
3. And finally, “almost no Egyptians think that the revolution against (the military dictatorship of) Mubarak was made to establish a religious state.”
None of this makes much difference to US politicians who usually know little or no relevant history and are therefore oblivious to reality in the Middle East. They are, however, deeply committed to ideologically-driven stereotypes and conventions. And there are plenty of special interests out there pushing an Islamophobic message.
How can one ever create reasonable and workable foreign policy under these conditions? The answer is, you can't. You end up thrashing around this way and that, running scared and talking yourself into war-like scenarios. This is utterly crazy and utterly typical.
Let's end with a quote from a religious leader who does have a penetrating sense of history, the current Dalai Lama: “Where ignorance is our master there is no possibility of real peace.” Alas, that is reality!
— Dr. Lawrence Davidson has done extensive research and published in the areas of American perceptions of the Middle East, and Islamic Fundamentalism. His two latest publications are Islamic Fundamentalism (Greenwood Press, 1998) and America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood (University Press of Florida, 2001)
(Courtesy: Redress Information & Analysis)
Taken from Arab News.