The Official Campaign Site to Put Babar Ahmad on Trial in the UK

Babar Ahmad is a 37 year old British Muslim and the longest detained-without-charge British detainee held as part of the global ‘war on terror’. In December 2003 Babar was arrested at his London home under anti-terror legislation. By the time he reached the police station Babar had sustained at least 73 forensically recorded injuries, including bleeding in his ears and urine. Six days later he was released without charge.

In August 2004 Babar was re-arrested in London and taken to prison pursuant to an extradition request from the US under the controversial, no-evidence-required, Extradition Act 2003. The US has alleged that in the 1990s Babar was a supporter of “terrorism”. Babar denies any involvement in terrorism. He has now been in prison for six years even though he has not been charged in the UK.

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Madeenah.com Responds To The Unfounded Accusations

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Uncovering the Absurdities behind the Claim of ‘Attacking the Salafees
Regrettably, it appears that our silence has only served to embolden those making these unjust accusations, as they have misinterpreted our patience as acceptance, and deceitfully presented their false accusations as fact, using this method and other disgraceful intimidation tactics to discourage others from benefiting from the translated works of our scholars, and six years of patience, as most would agree, is more than sufficient.

Caged Lions and Our Responsibility

In the wake of the attacks on New York and the Pentagon in September 2001, the Republican Administration of George Bush, capitalising on the climate of fear and chaos, introduced a raft of repressive new security measures that undermine civil liberties. The PATRIOT Act 2001 enables the US Government to arrest and detain people in conditions of secrecy for indefinite periods if there are ‘reasonable grounds’ that may constitute a threat to national security. As an aftermath of the ‘war on terror’ many injustices are befalling the Muslim Ummah, and the battle between Truth and Falsehood has transpired, as the world continues to witness the oppression of Muslims whom are stripped of their dignity, their honour, and their freedom of faith.

Throughout history the oppressors have used incarceration as a means to silence the voice of Truth. As Ibn Taymiyyah is known to have stated, “What can my enemies do to me? My paradise and garden are in my chest, and do not leave me. My imprisonment is seclusion with Allāh, and my death is martyrdom, and my expulsion is tourism. If the people who imprisoned me were given the equivalent of this prison in gold, it would not do them as much good as what Allāh has given me with this prison.”

One of the most influential of Muslim writers of recent times, Sayyid Qutb, was executed, and before his execution, he would repeat his famous statement: “Verily, the index finger that testifies to Allāh’s Oneness in the prayer rejects that it be used to write a single letter acknowledging the rule of a tyrant.” (‘Sayyid Qutb: Min al-Milād ilā al-Istishhād’ (p. 61-62, 462, 474, and 481))

The horrendous gulags set up world wide, in order to torture the believers, in an attempt to eradicate the ‘terror’ threat. The current day tyranny dehumanises the oppressed, and terrorises the innocent. If one was to know the duties of the Ummah over the Muslim Captives, then by Allaah, there would not be one single unjust imprisonment of a Muslim anywhere in the world. If one was to know the real meaning of the concept of ‘brotherhood’ in Islam, then by Allaah, the Ummah of Muhammed would not be in the state it is today.

Ibn Abbas reported that Umar (May Allaah pleased be with him) said, “Every Captive who is in the hands of the disbelievers, then the ransom to free him will be paid from the treasury of the Muslims (Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah in his ‘Musannaf’; 6/497)

Ibn Abi Shaybah also reported that Umar narrated, “For me to rescue a Muslim from the lands of the disbelievers is more beloved to me than the entire Arabian peninsula.” (Musannaf; 6/496)

Islam has demanded the freeing of the Muslim Captives from the hands of the enemies. It is from the Islamic rights and obligations which must be fulfilled in regard to Muslim Prisoners. Therefore if a Muslim falls into the prisons of the enemies then it becomes incumbent upon the Muslims to do all they can within their capacity to free the Muslim Captives, as the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) has stated, “free the prisoner, feed the hungry, visit the sick.” (Narrated by Bukhari).

The significance of the Muslim Prisoners is apparent, thus it is our duty to do as much as we can in order to assist them. One can be alone, but not lonely, thereby offering letters of support and keeping in constant communication with the prisoners, allows them to be empowered, and hold onto their sanity. It gives them hope and strengthens their faith. This is the least an individual can do. To ignore the plight of the prisoners is an abhorrent offence. To turn a blind eye whilst our brothers and sisters are kept alone in a cell is in direct violation of Tawheed.

“But, if you remain patient and become pious, not the least harm will their

cunning do to you. Surely, Allāh surrounds all that they do.” (Āl ‘Imrān; 120)

Muslims fear no one but Allaah. Many people neglect the Muslim prisoners because they are either too frightened of the authorities or they are too lazy to act. Such people need to reaffirm their emaan, and study the deen inherently closely. It is the responsibility and duty of every Muslim to defend his brother and sister in Islam. So what of the Muslim Captives? Our incarcerated Muslim brothers and sisters who spend years confined within the same four walls. The obligation of brotherhood in the Qur’an and Sunnah is unmistakably clear. We must be extremely cautious in correctly upholding this concept to prevent transforming this sacred relationship into a superficial bond, thus lacking the true essence of Islamic brotherhood.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “You will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not guide you to something which if you carry out you will love one another? Spread salaam amongst yourselves.” [Muslim]

It is necessary to let the Muslim prisoners know that we care for their well-being, that we sincerely love them as we do our own blood brothers, and that we are ready to help them in any way we are able to.

“And they plotted, and Allāh plotted, and Allāh is the best of plotters.” (Āl ‘Imrān; 53)

Surely, victory is with the believers. It has been narrated by Al-Bukhari in Al-Adaabul-Mufrad that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “If one of you loves his brother for Allah’s sake, then let him know, since it causes familiarity to endure and firmly establishes love.”

Preserving our Muslim character is both an obligation and a challenge at the same time. It is paramount for Muslims everywhere to remain attentive of the notion of brotherhood as a most critical tool in striving to keep their distinct identity. Therefore, it is an obligation to follow the lead of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and his Companions in this manner and do whatever is required to maintain it.

“Surely, Allāh wrongs not even of the weight of an atom. But, if there is any

good done, He doubles it, and gives from Him a great reward.” (an-Nisā’; 40)

“O you who have believed, when you encounter a company [from the enemy forces] stand firm and remember Allah much that you may be successful.” (Al Anfaal 45)

Verily the reward of the Muslim Captive lies only with Allaah.

 

Virtues of Various Chapters of the Qur’an

Here are some ahadith regarding the virtues of various chapters of the Qur’an, collected from some of the books of Shaykh al-Albani (may Allah have Mercy upon him):

1 – ‘al-Fatihah’:

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated:

“While Jibril was with the Messenger of Allah, he heard a noise from above. Jibril lifted his sight to the sky and said: “This is a door in the Heavens being opened, and it has never been opened before now.” An Angel descended from that door and came to the Prophet and said: “Receive the glad tidings of two lights that you have been given, which no other Prophet before you was given: the Opening of the Book, and the last verses of ‘al-Baqarah.’ You will not read a letter of them except that you will gain its benefit.””

[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’; # 1456]

2 – ‘al-Baqarah’:

“Whoever recites Ayat al-Kursi (verse # 255) after every obligatory prayer, then there is nothing between him and his entrance into Paradise except his death.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 6464]

“Verily, Allah Wrote a Book one thousand years before He Created the Heavens and the Earth; from this Book descended the last two verses of ‘al-Baqarah.’ These verses are not recited for three nights in any home except that no devil can come near it.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 1799]

3 – ‘az-Zumar’ and ‘al-Isra”:

‘A’ishah said:

“The Prophet would never sleep until he had recited ‘az-Zumar’ and ‘Bani Isra’il’ (i.e., ‘al-Isra”).”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 641]

4 – The Glorifiers:

al-’Irbad bin Sariyah said:

“The Prophet would not sleep until he had recited ‘al-Musabbahat’ * (the Glorifiers), and he would say: “In them is a verse that is better than a thousand verses.”

[‘Sahih at-Tirmidhi’; # 2712]

*: ‘al-Musabbahat’ are those chapters that begin with “سبح” or “يسبح” and they are: ‘al-Isra’,’ ‘al-Hadid,’ ‘al-Hashr,’ ‘as-Saff,’ ‘al-Jumu’ah,’ ‘at-Taghabun,’ and ‘al-A’la.’

5 – ‘al-Kahf’:

“Whoever memorizes the first ten verses of ‘al-Kahf,’ then he will be protected from the trial of the Dajjal.”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 582]

“Whoever recites ‘al-Kahf’ as it was revealed, he will have a light on the Day of Resurrection that will reach from wherever he is all the way to Makkah. And whoever recites the last ten verses of it, and the Dajjal emerges right after, then he will not be harmed by him. And nobody makes ablution, then says: ‘Glory and praise be to You, O Allah. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but You. I seek Your forgiveness and turn to You in repentance’ [Subhanak Allahumma wa bi Hamdik; ashhadu an la ilaha illa Ant. Astaghfiruk wa atubu ilayk] except that it is written on a tablet and permanently transcribed on that tablet, and that tablet will not be broken or damaged until the Day of Resurrection.”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 2651]

“Whoever recites ‘al-Kahf’ on the night before Friday, then a light will be lit for him between wherever he is and the Ka’bah.”

[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’; # 736]

6 – ‘al-Mulk’:

“There is a chapter in the Qur’an that is made up of thirty verses. It interceded for a man until he was forgiven all of his sins, and that chapter is ‘Tabarak.’

[‘Sahih at-Tirmidhi’; # 2315]

7 – ‘al-Ikhlas’:

“Whoever recites ‘Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad’ and completes it ten times, Allah will build a palace for him in Paradise.”

[‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’; # 589]

Ways to Increase the Memory

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

الحمد الله

 

Seek Istighfaar For Your Sins And Have Taqwaa

“So be afraid of Allaah; and Allaah teaches you. And Allaah is the All Knower of each and everything.” 2:282

Rasoolullaah said, “By Allaah, I seek forgiveness and I repent to Allaah more than seventy times a day.” He also said, “O people repent! Verily I repent to Allaah one hundred times a day.” Muslim 4/2076
The Prophet also said, “Whoever says, Astaghfirullaahal-ladhee Laa Ilaaha Illaa Huwal Hayyul Qayyoomu wa atoobu ilaihi, Allaah would forgive him even is he was one who fled during the advance of an army.” Meaning: “I seek Allaah’s forgiveness, besides whom none has the right to be worshipped (in truth) except HE, The Ever Living, The Self Subsisting and Supporter of all, and I turn to HIM in repentance.” At Tirmidhee 5/569 Al Haakim authenticated it, Imaam Adh Dhahabee agreed.

 

Have Sincere Intentions

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree , said,“We do not know of anything better than seeking knowledge with (a sincere) intention (for the sake of Allaah).” Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Vol. 7, Pg 244
Jaabir narrated that Allaah’s Messenger said: “Do not acquire knowledge in order to compete with the scholars, nor to argue with the ignorant, nor to gain mastery over the gatherings. Since whoever does that, then, The Fire! The Fire!” Reported by Ibn Maajah (254) and others. This hadeeth has a witness from the hadeeth of Ka’b ibn Maalik reported by at-Tirmidhee (2654) and others and also from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah reported by Ahmad (2/338) and others.

 

Seek Refuge In Allaah From Ash Shaytaan

Allaah ‘Azza Wa Jall said,

“So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one).” An-Nahl 16:98

 

Guidelines For Acquiring ‘Ilm

Imaam Ash Shaafi’ee said, “I complained to Al Waakee’ about poorness of my memory, so he directed me to abandon disobedience. He informed me that Knowledge of Allaah is Light, the Light of Allaah doesn’t guide the disobedient.”

There are 6 matters to acquire ‘ilm:

• Intelligence
• Zeal
• Striving
• Competence
• Companionship of a teacher and
• A long time

lbn Mas’ood said: “Indeed I hold that a person forgets knowledge that he used to know because of sins that he commits.”[6]

Wakee’ (d.197H) said: “I seek help in memorization by abandoning sin and disobedience.”[7]

Maalik (d.179H) said to Ash-Shaaf’ee when they first met: “Indeed I see that Allaah has placed a light upon your heart so do not extinguish it with the darkness of disobedience and sin.”[8]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee (d.204H) said:“Whosoever loves that Allaah Should open up his heart for him and grant light to him, then let him abandon speech about that which does not concern him, and abandon sins and turn away from acts of disobedience. Then there will be between him and Allaah a hidden treasure of good actions. So if this is done, then Allaah will open up such knowledge for him, that will pre-occupy him. And indeed in death is the greatest pre-occupation.”

 

Study Time

Study before and (or) after Salaatul Fajr. Allaah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’Aalaa said,

“Verily, the rising by night (for Salaatut Tahajjud) is very hard and most potent and good for governing oneself and more suitable for understanding the Word of Allaah.” 73:6

This is the best time to study and memorize. The Prophet said, “The nearest the LORD comes to HIS servant is in the middle of the night, so if you are able to be of those who remember Allaah at that time, thenbe so. At Tirmidhee 3/183

 

Companionship

Keep good, pious, studious companions. Maalik Ibn Anas said, “Whoever does not love knowledge, then there is no good in him. So, there should not be any acquaintance between you and him, and nor any friendship.” Al Khateeb in Al Faqeeh Wal Mutafaqqih Volume 1, Page 15, Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al Fatwa Page 12.
Sufyaan Ath Thawree said, “Hence you must take to the original affair, hold tight to it, and you should take to being unknown, for indeed this is the age to remain unknown. And take to remaining aloof, secluded, and associating little with the people, because when people used to meet, some of them would benefit the others. But as for today, then that has gone and in our view, salvation lies in abandoning them. Related by Aboo Nu’aym in Al-Hilyah (6/376-377)

 

Fruits

Shaykh Fawzee Al Atharee, said that apples, and grapes (raisins) increases the memory. White raisins are better than the brown ones.

 

Al Hijaamah

Al Hijaamah: Cupping also known as bloodletting (phlebotomy). Cupping increases the memory tremendously. Al Hijaamah is a cure for ALL illnesses:

Saheehul Muslim: Book of Transactions #3830 – On the authority of Humaid, that Anas Ibn Malik was asked about the earnings of the cupper, he said that the Prophet got himself cupped. The cupper was Abu Taiba, the Prophet commanded (someone) to give him 2 sa’a of corn. He talked to his family, and they lightened the burden of tax for him. He said, “The best treatment that you can take is cupping.”
In another narration, the Prophet said that healing is found in 3, cupping, a gulp of honey and cauterization (branding with fire). I forbid my followers to use cauterization. Bukhaaree 5317 in the Book of Medicine.

Shaykh Fawzee recommends the new cupping kits (pumps), as they are safer (no fire needed).

Do not practice Hijaamah unless you are qualified to do so.

Aboo Dawood 39/4570: ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez said, “Some people of the deputation which came to my father reported the Prophet of Allaah as saying, Any physician who practices medicine when he was not known as a practitioner before that and he harms (the patients) he will be held responsible. ‘Abdul ‘Azeez said, Here physician does not refer to a man by qualification. It means opening a vein, incision and cauterization.

Shaykh Abu Anas was asked about Hijaamah, and replied by saying that it is not a Sunnah of the Prophet it is a medical practice.

 

Rest & Exercise

Get plenty of rest, exercise and water. All these things help your overall well being. You can not retain much if you are tired. Rest, water (healthy diet) and exercise revitalizes you and increases your energy and mental perception. Study in a place that is quiet (if you can). This way you can focus completely. If you can’t set aside a full hour to study, begin small, try 10 – 15 minutes a day Bi Idhnillaah. Keep to your study schedule as much as possible.

 

Al Miswak (Siwak)

Miswak literally means tooth brushing stick. Miswak is the root of the Arak tree (salvadora persica), more commonly known as the ‘toothbrush tree’. The Arak grows in Saudi ‘Arabia, Sudan, Southern Egypt, Chad and Eastern parts of India. In other parts of the Muslim world where the Arak tree is not found, other trees are used for the same purpose. Strips of bark are used in Morocco and the Nim tree in India.

Ahadeeth From Saheehul Bukhaaree Regarding Miswak

Narrated Abu Hurairah, the Prophet said, ‘If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with siwak for every prayer.” Kitaabus Salaatul Jumu’ah #845
Anas that the Prophet said, “I have told you repeatedly to use the Siwak.” He put emphasis on using Siwak. Kitaabus Salaatul Jumu’ah #846

‘Aaishah said, “The Prophet died in my house on the day of my turn while he was leaning on my chest closer to my neck, and Allaah made my saliva mix with his Saliva. ‘Aaishah added, ‘Abdur Rahman came with a siwak and the Prophet was too weak to use it so I took it, chewed it and then gave it to him and he cleaned his teeth with it.” The Book of 1/5 of War Booty # 2890

 

Miswak Improves The Memory & More

Dental research has discovered interesting information about the miswak. Chemical analysis revealed that it contains a total of 19 natural substances which are beneficial to dental health. Its natural antiseptics have a bactericidal action, killing harmful micro-organisms in the mouth, the tannic acid it contains has astringent qualities which protect the gums from disease, and its aromatic oils increase salivation. Because of its built-in antiseptics, the miswak needs no cleaning, and because its bristles are parallel to the handle rather than perpendicular, it can reach more easily between the teeth, where a conventional toothbrush often misses. The Miswak improves one’s memory as well.

 

Revision

Az-Zuhree, said: Indeed knowledge departs due to forgetfulness and leaving off revising. Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Vol. 5, Pg 337. It may help you to do the following:

1. Read from the same book, (same mushaf, matn, etc) every time you study. Constant use of the same book creates a picture in your memory. You will able to close your eyes and see the image of the page as clear as the actual book, In Shaa Allaah.

2. Try writing out the aayat, ahaadeeth, or parts of the matn three to five times a day, and say each word as you write it out. This will increase your memory, strengthen your vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and penmanship of the ‘Arabic language. Start off small. Date each entry. This will allow you to see your study habits. Do not cheat yourself.

3. If you have a voice recorder, then record your recitation (no peeking). Check your recitation by playing back the tape and follow it with the text. Listen carefully. Be sure that every Fathah, Dhammah, Kasrah, etc., are in place, In Shaa Allaah. It helps to have someone familiar with the ‘Arabic language (and the various texts) listen to your recitation just incase you do not pick up on your own errors.

4. Listen to a proficient recitor of whatever it is that you are studying. If you have a cd player, put it on repeat. The repetition helps tremendously. Do not stress over trying to memorize things. Allow the cd to play while you are cooking, cleaning, etc. You will find that after hearing the recitation about three or four times, some words you can actually say along with the recitor without much effort.

5. Share what you have learned with others. Teaching is a form of revision. Ibn Hazam Al-Andalusee mentions: A man who is a miser with his knowledge is worse than a man who is a miser with his money, for the money miser is afraid of using up what he possesses, but the knowledge miser is being mean with something which does not get used up and is not lost when it is given away. (Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar)

6. Take advantage of your youth. Hasan Al-Basree said: Seeking knowledge when one is young, is like etching on a stone. The narrator said, “In other words, the knowledge which one memorizes when one is young will be so strong in one’s memory, that it is as if it had been etched on a stone, Wallaahu Aa’lam.” Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al-Fatwa – Page 28

7. Attend the gatherings of dhikr as much as you are able. Do not allow Ash Shaytaan to divert you by whispering excuses to you like “its raining,” or “it’s hot outside.” The Salaf would walk (and sometimes crawl) in the desert heat for long periods of time for one hadeeth, becoming tired, dehydrated, and fainting along the way. This shows us the love, zeal and respect that they had for seeking knowledge.
8. Take ‘ilm from the trustworthy only. Muhammad Ibn Sareen said, “Indeed this ‘ilm is the Religion, so look and see from whom you are taking your Religion.” He also said, “They had not used to ask about the chain of narration but when the fitnah (the fabrication of hadeeth) occurred they said, “Name your men to us.” So, as for Ahlus Sunnah, then their narrations would be accepted, and as for Ahlul Bid’ah, their narrations would not be accepted. (Introduction of Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh with a saheeh isnaad.)

9. Do not be shy when seeking ‘ilm. The Messenger of Allaah said: “One who is shy will never gain knowledge, nor one who is proud.” The narrator adds, “What is implied here is one who is shy of asking questions, Wallaahu Aa’lam.” Bukhaaree, Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al-Fatwa – Page 25

10. Be patient while seeking ilm.

 

Do Not Take ‘Ilm From Four

Shaykh Fawzee Al Atharee said, “Do not take ‘ilm from four,” A fool, a liar, a person of desires and one who has goodness and virtue but he doesn’t know what he is talking about. (Take from the recorded lecture, “Who is the innovator.” 06/23/02)

 

Seek ‘Ilm And Allaah Will Raise Your Rank

Shaykh Saalih As Suhaymee said, The word Soorah means chapter, elevation and height. The reader moves from one stage to another. Aayah means sign or pause. It’s a wonder because mankind is unable to produce something like it. The plural form of aayah is aayat, aayy, and aayay.

Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen said, “There is no comparison between one who has knowledge and one who does not, just as there is no comparison between the living and the dead, and one who hears and one who is deaf, and one who can see and one who is blind. Knowledge is light with which one is guided, and with it removes one from the darkness (of ignorance) to the light (of knowledge, i.e. Islaam). With knowledge, Allaah raises the ranks of whom He wishes from His creation.” Kitaabul-’Ilm.

Allaah has said,

“Allaah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge.” Mujaadalah, aayah 11.

 

Make Du’aa

Allaah said,

“And Say, My Lord Increase Me in Knowledge.” 20/114

(Author Unknown)

Christmas and Islam

Quite a number of Muslims today, especially those living in Christian dominated countries or those influenced to a large degree by western culture, have been led to consider that taking part in the Christmas celebrations of friends and relatives is, at very least, a harmless pastime if not a legitimate source of pleasure for children and adults alike. In many instances, pressure to conform with the practices of society is too great for those of weak resolve to withstand. Parents are often tempted to give in to the pleading of children who have been invited to a party or who are unable to understand why they alone are being prevented from joining the festivities they observe all around them or why they cannot receive gifts on this occasion like the other children.

Indeed, the Christmas season has been aggressively promoted in every aspect of business, in schools, in every public place. High pressure sales tactics have invaded the home through television, radio, magazine and newspaper, captivating the imagination with every
kind of attraction day and night for a month or more every year. Little wonder that many of those thus targeted so persistently succumb to temptation. Among earlier generations, Christmas was an occasion which was still basically religious in orientation. Gifts, trees,
decorations and feasting assumed lesser roles. But now all of this has changed. As noted in an American publication, Christmas has gone the way of many other aspects of society, becoming one more element in the mass culture which every season enables manufacturers
and merchants to make millions of dollars through an elaborate system of gift exchange which comes more often from mutual expectations that “must” be fulfilled than from the heart. The commonly accepted notion that happiness is derived largely from possessions and
entertainment is the driving force behind the month-long preparations and festivities which continue on through the end of the year. This fact, although blameworthy in itself, has led many Muslims into the delusion that Christmas is no longer a religious occasion and therefore
does not conflict with Islamic belief.

The materialistic atmosphere surrounding the celebration of Christmas is, in reality, a manifestation of pagan culture (Jaahiliyyah) at its worst. It can only be seen by the conscious Muslim believer as a rat-race designed and implemented by Shaytaan to accomplish a great
waste of time, effort, money and resources while countless families barely subsist in a state of poverty throughout many areas of the world. In addition to the commercial side of Christmas, although less obvious to the casual observer, are certain religious aspects to be
noted. The celebration was and still is intended by practising Christians as a remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) who is considered by many of them as God incarnate or the second person in a trinity, and thus they celebrate the birth of “divinity.” The
word itself is an abbreviated form of “Christ Mass,” i.e., sacrament in commemoration of Christ. Although taken by Christians to be the birthday of Jesus, the actual date of celebration, December 25th, cannot be traced back any further than the fourth century after
Christ. Ironically, this day is also considered to be the birthday of the Hindu god, Krishna, as well as Mithra, the Greek god of light. It also coincides with the annual Tree Festival which had long been celebrated in Northern Europe before the Christian era and which has been recently revived in some Arab countries in an attempt to encourage celebration by disguising the religious significance of the day.

The Christmas tree is the most obvious aspect of that pagan celebration which was incorporated along with its date of observance, December 25th, into church rites. The evergreen tree, because it keeps its green needles throughout the winter months, was
believed by pre-Christian pagans to have special powers of protection against the forces of nature and evil spirits. The end of December marked the onset of a visible lengthening of daylight hours – the return of warmth and light and defeat of those evil forces of cold and
darkness. At a particular stage of its development, the church is known to have adopted certain of the popular pagan practices into Christianity for political or social reasons.

Thus, in more aspects than one, the holiday is deeply rooted in the worship of different forms of creation rather than the Creator Himself. A Muslim cannot possibly approve of such beliefs or the practices which stem from them. Anyone with a minimal knowledge of Islam
would surely reject kufr (disbelief) and shirk (association of partners with Allaah) in every form. Only through ignorance or unawareness could one continue to participate in activities that reflect the acceptance of both. Muslims must be firm in refusal of all which is contrary to the concept of “Laa ilaaha illallaaha (there is none deserving of subservience except Allaah alone).” Consideration for others is well and good on the condition that Islamic principles are
not compromised.

Allah (subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa) says:
{If you obey most of those upon the earth, they will lead you away from the way of Allaah} [An’aam 6:116]

And He commands:
{Follow what has been revealed to you from your Lord and do not
follow any patrons other than Him} [A’raaf 7:3]

Although some, in all honesty, admit their weakness in the face of continual social pressure, others defend their participation by the strange assertion that they observe the occasion through regard for Jesus (‘Isa), a prophet of Islam. If such an observance, with its
semblance of Islamic atmosphere, is invalid for Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), how then can it reasonably be valid for other prophets who neither observed nor encouraged such practices, which were later devised by those who abandoned prophetic teachings for their own
inclinations and preferences?

{Have you seen him who take as his god his own desire, and Allah has left him astray through knowledge} [Jaathiyah 45:23]

Again, the Muslim is reminded of the hadiths in which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) warned against imitating the non-believers and encouraged distinguishing oneself from them in dress and manner. Whether taken from the materialistic or the religious standpoint, Christmas can
have no place in the Muslim’s heart nor in his home. Any Muslim, young or old, who has a secure place in an Islamic community or group which has regular activities and affords

companionship will find little difficulty in rejecting that which is harmful to himself and his family, in spite of the apparent attractions. In some societies, refusal and resistance may require actual jihad, but those who seek the acceptance of Allah and fear Him will undertake
the task with knowledge that they are striving for salvation and will thus be firm and resolute. For Allah (subhaanahu wa ta’aalaa) calls to believers, saying:

{O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones} [Tahreem 66:6]

And in the avoidance of Hellfire lies Paradise.

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Ten Phrases That Are Short, Easy & Light

Ten different phrases that are short, easy, and light, but will give you what no eye has seen, no hear has heard, and what no mind has imagined.

Enjoy (and implement):

1 – “Whoever says: ‘Glorified is Allah, the Most Great, and praised is He’ [Subhan Allah al-‘Adhim wa bi-Hamdih] will have a date palm planted for him in Paradise.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #5531]

2 – “Whoever is stricken with sadness, grief, sickness or hardship and says: ‘Allah is my Lord, without any partners’ [Allahu Rabbi, la sharika lah], then it will be removed from him.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6040]

3 – “Whoever ate something, then said: ‘Praise be to Allah who has fed me this food and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’ [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi at’amani hadha wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins. And whoever wears a garment and says: ‘Praise be to Allah who has clothed me with this garment and provided it for me without any strength or power on my part’ [al-Hamdu lillah aladhi kasani hadha at-thawb wa Razaqnih bi ghayr hawlin minni wa la quwwa] is forgiven his past and future sins.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6086]

4 – “Whoever enters the marketplace and says: ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah who has no partners, for Him is the Dominion, and for Him is all Praise, He brings life and He causes death, and He is Alive and does not die, in His Hand is all good, and He is able to do all things,’ [La ilaha ill-Allah, Wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-Mulk, wa lahul-Hamd, yuhyiyy wa yumit, wa Huwa Hayyun la yamut, bi Yadihil-Khayr wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadir] then Allah will write one million good deeds for him, and will wipe away one million of his bad deeds, and will raise him one million levels and will build a home for him in Paradise.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6231]

5 – “Whoever controls his anger when he is able to act upon it, then Allah will call him to come in front of all of the Creation so that he would let him choose from the Hur al-‘Ayn and marry from them whomever he pleases.”
[‘Sahih al-Jami” #6518]

6 – “Whoever asks Allah for Paradise three times [Allahumma inni as’aluk al-Jannah], then Paradise will say: “O Allah! Enter him into Paradise!” And whoever seeks protection with Allah from the Fire three times [Allahumma najjini min an-Nar], the Fire will say: “O Allah! Protect him from the Fire!””
[Reported by at-Tirmidhi, and it is authentic]

7 – “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and the believing women, Allah writes for him – for every believing man and woman – a good deed.”
[Reported by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad, and it is authentic]

8 – ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: “Whoever reads ‘al-Mulk’ (chapter 67 of the Qur’an) every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah, it is a chapter which – whoever recites it every night – has done very well.”
[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’ #1475]

9 – “Whoever asks Allah sincerely for martyrdom [Allahumma inni as’aluk ash-shahadah], Allah will cause him to reach the status of the martyrs even if he dies in his bed.”
[‘Sahih al-Bukhari’ #1909]

10 – “No one witnesses that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and that I am Allah’s Messenger – truthfully, from his heart – except that Allah makes the Fire of Hell forbidden to touch him.”
[Reported by Muslim, Ahmad, and al-Bayhaqi]

I saved this on my desktop long time ago and don’t remember where I got it from, may Allaah reward the one who complied this.

You should know this man

You may be an atheist or an agnostic; or you may belong to any of the religious denominations that exist in the world today. You may be a Communist or a believer in democracy and freedom.

No matter who you are, and no matter what your ideological and political beliefs, personal and social habits happen to be. You must still know this man.

Encyclopedia Britannica confirms: “…a mass of detail in the early sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men.” (Vol: 12)

Bernard Shaw said about him: “He must be called the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much-needed peace and happiness”. (The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936)

He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth. He preached a religion, founded a State, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms, established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behavior for all times to come. His name is Muhammad .

Born in Arabia in the year 570 CE, he started his mission of preaching the religion of Truth, Islam (submission to One God) at the age of forty and departed from this world when he was sixty-three.

During this short period of 23 years of his prophethood, he changed the entire Arabian peninsula from paganism and idolatry to the worship of One God; from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion; from drunkenness and wickedness to sobriety and piety; from lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living; from utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence. Human history has never known such a complete transformation of people or a place before or since – and imagine all these unbelievable wonders took place in just over two decades.

La Martine, the renowned historian, speaking on The Essentials or Human Greatness, said: “If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the (then) inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls … his forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death — all these attest not to an impostor, but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold, the unity of God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what God is, and the latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with the words.

Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad. As regards all the standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?” (La Martine, Historic de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp. 276-277)

The world has had its share of great personalities. However, these were one-sided figures who distinguished themselves in one or two fields, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives and teachings of these great personalities of the world are shrouded in the mist of time. There is so much speculation about the time and place of their birth, the mode and style of their life, the nature and detail of their teachings and the degree and measure of their success or failure that it is impossible for humanity to reconstruct accurately the lives and teachings of these men.

Not so this man. Muhammad, , accomplished so much in such diverse fields of human thought and behavior in the fullest blaze of human history. Every detail of his private life and public utterances has been accurately documented and faithfully preserved to our day. The authenticity of the records so preserved is vouched for not only by the faithful followers, but also by his prejudiced critics.

Muhammad, , was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide, an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion, a devoted husband, a loving father – all in one. No other man in history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different aspects of life – but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad, , to achieve such incredible perfection.

Mahatma Gandhi, speaking on the character of Muhammad, , says in Young India;

“I wanted to know the best of one who holds today undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle.

When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life”.

Thomas Carlyle, in his Heroes and Hero-Worship, was simply amazed as to: “How one man single handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation.”

Diwan Chand Sharma wrote: “Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him.” (D. C. Sharma, ‘The Prophets of the East’, Calcutta, 1935, pp. 12).

Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous poetess of India, Sarojini Naidu says:

“It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: God Alone is Great.

I have been struck over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother.” (S. Naidu, Ideals of Islam, vide Speeches & Writings, Madras, 1918, P. 169).

The world has not hesitated to raise to divinity, individuals whose lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically, none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad, , accomplished. And all his striving was for the sole purpose of uniting humanity for the worship of One God on the codes of moral excellence. Muhammad, , or his followers never at any time claimed that he was a Son of God or God-incarnate – but he always was and is even today considered as only a Messenger chosen by God.

Michael H. Hart in his recently published book on ratings of men who contributed towards the benefit and upliftment of man writes: “My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels”. (M.H. Hart, ‘The 100: A ranking of the most influential persons in History’, New York, 1978 pp.33).

Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of Muhammad, , have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating humankind’s many ills, which they did when he was alive. This is not a claim of the followers of Muhammad, , but also the inescapable conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history.

The least you could know as a thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask yourself: Could these statements sounding so extraordinary and revolutionary be really true? And supposing they really are true and you did not know this man Muhammad, , or hear about him, isn’t it time you respond to this tremendous challenge and put in some effort to know him?

It will cost you nothing but it may prove to be the beginning of a completely new era in your life.

We invite you to make a discovery of this wonderful man, Muhammad, , the like of whom never walked on the face of this earth.

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