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Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in the US Supreme Court

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Not many people know, but there is a marble image of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) perched above the press seating area inside the U.S. Supreme Court chamber.  The statue is sculpted in a frieze.  It depicts the Prophet (s.a.w.) carrying a sword and the Qur’an and stands in the company of more than a dozen other great lawgivers of history.  They range from Moses (a.s.) to Confucius to Napoleon to John Marshall.
At one time, it was a controversy among Muslim groups, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Muslim groups writing to the court to urge that the statue’s face be sandblasted.  Fortunately, then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist refused, issuing a letter that said it would be “unlawful to remove or in any way injure an architectural feature in the Supreme Court building.”
Shaykh Thaha ibn Jabir al-Alwani (r.a.), the noted Shafi'i jurist and exegete of the Qur’an, and founder of the Fiqh Council of North America, issued a fatwa

The Nikah is Not a Transfer of Responsibilities between Men

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The irony here is where Nouman Ali Khan said, “Islam empowers women with honour and dignity” after talking about nikah like a transfer of livestock.  The nikah is not a transfer of responsibilities.  We are not buying cattle, and women are not owned.  The nikah is a contract before God between two equal parties.

Rev. John Shelby Spong on the Nature of Organised Religion

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The retired bishop of the American Episcopal Church, Rev. John Shelby Spong, said, “All religion seems to need to prove that it is the only truth.  And that is where it turns demonic.  Because that is when you get religious wars and persecutions and burning heretics at the stake.”
It was said anonymously, “The worst thing you can do to a dogma is give it an empire.”  And that has been much of our experience with every faith.

Speaking in the Name of Jesus (a.s.)

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Jesus (a.s.) said, as recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew:
Matthew 15:7-9 7 “You hypocrites, it was a true prophecy Isaiah made of you, when he said, 8 ‘These people do me honour with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  9 Their worship of me is vain, for the doctrines they teach are the commandments of men.’”

The Reformed Cannibal

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General Butt Naked is a former commander of forces under the wider control of Liberian warlord Roosevelt Johnson.  His real name is Joshua Milton Blahyi.  He was known for his violence and atrocities during the First Liberian Civil War in the early 1990s.
Blahyi is a member of the Sarpo tribe in Liberia, and claims to have been initiated as a tribal priest at age 11.  He said he participated in his first human sacrifice then, part of a three-day Krahn ritual.  Blahyi said that he had a vision in which he was told by Satan that he would become a great warrior, and to continue to practice human sacrifice and cannibalism to increase his power.  He was later appointed a high priest, and the spiritual advisor to Liberian President Samuel Doe.  The Krahn system of beliefs is a syncretic faith of Christianity, and various African remnant religions and spiritual beliefs.  Blahyi’s personal idol was Nyanbe-a-weh, and he believed he was an aspect of Satan.  B…

Rev. Martin Luther King on Countering Hate with Hate

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We do not put out fire with fire.

Edward R. Murrow on Prejudice

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The American news networks are hardly impartial.  Edward R. Murrow said, “Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.  No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognise them.”  He also said, “No one can terrorise a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”

Dr. Isaac Asimov on American Anti-Intellectualism

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Dr. Isaac Asimov said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

Muslims & Free Speech

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All this talk of free speech when Muslims and Islam are insulted is disingenuous.  It is a fact that Muslims are easy targets in places like Europe and the United States.  But why are we in this wretched state?  It is because we do not know how to organise, and how to engage with the non-Muslims, which is particularly important when we are the minority.  And it because we have taken upon ourselves the role of the underdog and are unfamiliar with addressing policymaker and stakeholders.
This state of disenfranchisement delegitimises our leaders and feeds the rhetoric of extremists.  We should learn from the experience of the Jews.  Otherwise, we will learn that lesson through our own Holocaust.  The quote below is from Col. Oliver North.

The Hijab is a Recent Phenomenon

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The first photograph is our previous mufti, Habib Syed Esa Semait with his wife.  And on the right, are some of the people from Kampung Radin Mas, including many of our religious luminaries and community leaders.
Until the 1950 and 1960s, the majority of the women did not wear the hijab.  They included the wives of our scholars, and women who were recognised asatidzah themselves.  In the 1950s, the United States experienced an economic boom brought about by the Baby Boomer generation and society changed and became more open and less conservative.  American fashion began to sweep the world, and this as the era that gave us the bikini, named after Bikini Atoll, where atomic and hydrogen bomb tests were held.  Al-Azhar changed the fatwa on the hijab then to what we are familiar with now in response to this.  They panicked.
In the 1970s, Saudi Arabia became a major player in the oil market and a major voice in the cartel, OPEC.  This is the beginning of …

George Carlin on Arguing with Idiots

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George Carlin said, “Never argue with an idiot.  They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

Pat Robertson: "Prophet" of Our Time

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Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson is a former Southern Baptist minister, the son of U.S. Senator A. Willis Robertson.  His father's influence ensured he never saw combat during the Korean War.  He did claim to have seen combat, but was exposed.  He is the quintessential Christian false prophet, making outlandish claims throughout the years and being proven wrong constantly.  Rather than bring a caller to Christ (a.s.), he is a caller to hatred and falsehood.  That never stopped him from amassing tremendous wealth and influence.
Deuteronomy 18:20 20 If anyone is so presumptuous as to prophesy in My Name when I have Given him no message to deliver, or prophesy in the name of alien gods, his life must pay for it.

Pope Alexander VI: The Most Corrupt Pope

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The Catholic Church has an excellent pope, a man of God, in Pope Francis.  It has not always been so, particularly in the era of the Papal States.  Pope Alexander VI was born Roderic Borgia, on the 1st January.  He was Pope from the 11th August 1492 until his death.  He is one of the most controversial of the Renaissance popes, partly because he acknowledged fathering several children by his many mistresses, themselves the wives of other men.  Therefore, his Italianised Valencian surname, Borgia, became a byword for libertinism and nepotism, characterising his pontificate.  This was in the periods when the Catholic Church was corrupted as an institution.
Contemporary accounts suggest that Rodrigo was a handsome, intelligent man with an appreciation for the arts and sciences.  He was a “political priest”.  He was a gifted speaker, extremely eloquent, and “so familiar with Holy Writ, that his speeches were fairly sparkling with well-chosen texts of th…

The Hard Fight for What is Right

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Rev. John Watson once wrote, “This man beside us also has a hard fight with an unfavouring world, with strong temptations, with doubts and fears, with wounds of the past which have skinned over, but which smart when they are touched.  It is a fact, however surprising.  And when this occurs to us we are moved to deal kindly with him, to bid him be of good cheer, to let him understand that we are also fighting a battle; we are bound not to irritate him, nor press hardly upon him nor help his lower self.”
And this somewhat, is echoed in Rev. Martin Luther King’s quote here, with the addition of justice for all.

Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Chance for Peace

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, on the 16th April 1953, now called “The Chance for Peace,”.  He said, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.  The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.  It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.  It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.  It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.  We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.  We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.  This is, I repeat, the best way of life t…

Commentary on the Hadits of the Blind Man's Intercession through the Prophet (s.a.w.)

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There is a direct and explicit order of the Prophet (s.a.w.), recorded in Sunan ibn Majah, to make tawaswswul upon the Prophet (s.a.w.).  It was narrated from ‘Utsman ibn Hunayf (r.a.) that a blind man came to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and said, “Pray to Allah to Heal me.”
The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “If you wish to store your Reward for the Hereafter, that is better, or if you wish, I will supplicate for you.”
He said, “Supplicate.”  So, the Prophet (s.a.w.) told him to perform ablution and do it well, to pray two raka’at and to say this supplication: “Allahumma innii as’aluka wa atawajjahu ilayka bi nabiyyika Muhammad, nabiyyi rahmati.  Ya Muhammad inni atawajjahu bika ilaa rabbii fii haajati hadzihi li tuqdhaa lii Allahumma fashaffi’hu fiyya,” meaning, “O Allah, I ask of You and I turn my face towards You by virtue of the intercession of Muhammad, the Prophet of Mercy.  O Muhammad, I have turned to my Lord by virtue of your intercession concerning th…

Mark Twain on Entry to Heaven

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Mark Twain aptly said, “Heaven goes by Favour; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

Dr. Noam Chomsky on Stopping Terrorism

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Dr. Noam Chomsky said, “Everyone is worried about stopping terrorism.  Well, there is really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”



Senate Enquiry on the Saudi Monarchy & Wahhabism

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In a senate enquiry, former American ambassadors to the Middle East struggle to deny that Saudi Wahhabi ideology is the same ideology of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.  In truth, Wahhabism is the underlying foundational doctrine of their “global jihadist movement”, in effect implying correctly that Saudi support of this heretical ideology is the root cause of much of violence and Islamist terrorism.



The Al-Qaida & ISIS Philosophy of Unrestricted Warfare

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Abu Bakr an-Naji might not even be one person, but a committee.  That name is attached to a book, Idarah at-Tawahhush, “Management of Desolation”.  This book sets out the political and military policy of Al-Qaida and its affiliates, such as Jabhat an-Nusrah, and splinter groups such as ISIS.
It states explicitly that the “Salafi Way” is the only and essential way, and expands on what Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab and later, people like Sayyid Quthb, wrote, dividing the post-caliphate ummah into the “colonised” and the “free”.  Only “true Muslims”, people with their Wahhabi ideology, are free.
Besides indicting foreign powers, extra-national agencies and corrupt civil administrations throughout the Muslim world, blame is given to the Muslims, and especially the scholars of Islam, who “lead people astray”.  It is written, “Notice we say that the masses are the difficult factor.  We know that they are not generally dependable on account of the situation; …

Dabiq: Operations in Bangladesh

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The May 2016 edition of ISIS’ Dabiq magazine devoted a significant portion to discussing its operations in Bangladesh, and how they hoped to expand operations to Burma.
Page 50 of this included a profile of a young Bangladeshi named Abu Jandal al-Bangali.  Abu Jandal was killed during a battle in Ayn Issa, northern Syria.  Just like the perpetrators of the Dhaka attacks, Abu Jandal came from an affluent family in the capital city of Dhaka and his family had military connections.
He was an avid reader of the works of Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.) and significantly, books of ‘aqidah authored by Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, the arch-heretic and founder of the Wahhabi sect.  Dabiq also published a short letter by Abu Jandal himself, addressed to “brothers in Islam,” whom he encouraged to be prepared to join ISIS.

Dabiq: Takfir upon All Muslims

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ISIS are very transparent on where they get their religion from.  In the May 2016 issue of their magazine, Dabiq, page 15, they quote one of the earlier, discredited fatwa of Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah (r.a.), totally divorced from context, declaring Muslims who refuse to embrace their ideology are kafirun.  And on page 16 of the same issue, they quote the heretic, Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, declaring takfir on Muslims.
It should be pointed out that the material ISIS use is the same as that used by the Saudi state and its clerics.  This is not a coincidence.  It is also not a coincidence that a large proportion of ISIS fighters are Saudi nationals.  The underlying ideology is the same.

An Overview of the Wives of the Prophet (s.a.w.)

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There is a lot said about the marriages of the Prophet (s.a.w.), and much of it is outright slander.  The following is a summary, and an attempt to address some of the contentions raised.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) was monogamous for the first 25 years of his married life.  He was married to Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (r.a.), the first person to convert to Islam, and 15 years his senior.  He was 25 and she was 40 when they got married.  She was the one who proposed to him.
The Prophet’s (s.a.w.) second wife was Sawdah bint Zam’ah (r.a.).  She was a large-sized, black woman.  She was also one of the first Muslims to hijrah to Abyssinia.  Her husband then passed away, and she was left impoverished.  This marriage is proof that there is no consideration for skin colour, wealth or beauty, which was not what Sawdah (r.a.) was known for.  Rather, she was known for her humour, her piety, her compassion and her overall excellence of character.
There are claims that th…