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November 8, 2014

American Muslims vehemently con­demn the murderous campaign of ISIS and those who have

falsely attributed its leadership to anyone in the family of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The founder and Imam of The Muslims of America, Inc., His Eminence El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gillani El Qadri El Hashmi El Hassani wal Husseini, a member of Ahli Bayt, or direct descendent of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), appeals to the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, to aid in restoring peace in the world.

 

Honorable President, bloodlines cannot be changed and in your family runs the blood of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him); therefore, we, The Muslims of America, appeal to you to expedite the realization of peace by bringing Muslims and Christians together against those who spread hate and those who support the genocide being committed by ISIS.

No Muslim and no descendant of the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, would ever tell people to commit crimes against humanity as is being perpetrated by the treacherous ISIS. Islam stands for peace. The Holy Qur’an explicitly forbids murder against unarmed citizens, priests, synagogues and churches. Islam does not sanction killings and suicide attacks.

 

It is documented that in the time when the Great Caliph Hazrat Umar (peace be upon him) set out to take over Jerusalem, a letter was composed wherein it was stated that the non-Muslims would unequivocally receive just treatment. “Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed. Neither they, nor the land on which they stand, nor their cross, nor their property will be damaged. They will not be forcibly converted,” read the treaty. This provided safety and security for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to worship and live in peace and prosperity under Muslim rule. This  policy of peace was often repeated and written in the authentic traditions of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him). He (peace be upon him) reinforced the sanctity of the relationship between Muslims, Christians and Jews by saying: "He who wrongs a Jew or a Christian will have myself as his accuser on the Day of Judgment." (Al-Bukhari)

 

When Islam was thriving, Najran was the biggest center of Christianity in Arabia. It was at this time that the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, wrote a pact with the Christians that can be referenced to affirm the commitment of Islam to protect the innocent. An excerpt of the letter states:  “Najran has the protection of God and the pledge of Muhammad, the Prophet, to protect their lives, faith, land, and property… They need not change anything of their past customs. No right of theirs or their religion shall be altered. No bishop, monk or church guard shall be removed from his position. They are not held in suspicion and they shall suffer no vengeance killing. If any one of the people of Najran demands his rights, justice shall be done between the plaintiff and respondent. Neither oppression shall be allowed to be perpetrated on them, nor shall they be permitted to oppress anyone…”

 

This same level of respect and peace between Muslims and Christian can and is being accomplished in places such as Pakistan, a Muslim country, where there is a Christian college on 300 acres with all living as brethren to each other. If Muslims and Christians can live peacefully, then surely, should not Muslims be safe from the hands of other Muslims?

ISIS abuses the name of Islam when they actually follow their own deviant religion, wahhabism, and their Imam, Ibn Wahhab. ISIS and its Wahhabi roots use the media and the money of its financial supporters to spread the lie that they represent Islam, when in actuality, they are enemies of Muslims. Moreover, it is the descendants of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) who are the most oppressed people in the world suffering at the hands of these wahhabis. ISIS is insulting the name and honor of Ahle Bayt when, in fact, all Muslims are commanded by the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) to respect, protect and treat well his beloved family. Unfortunately, ISIS and the Wahhabis pay no reverence to Ahle Bayt and instead harbor the worst hatred, with the ruthless and vile intent to kill them, demolish the homes, tombs, shrines and sacred places of the Holy Last Messenger’s descendants, peace be upon them all.

 

The family tree of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) is well known. Members of Ahle Bayt can be found in Jordan, Pakistan, Senegal, and Mali. At least 60% of the Muslims in Senegal are Qadri and even in Mali there are Jilanis. Yet, in Mali, these extremist Wahhabis, called Al-Qaeda, have begun to spread their venomous falsehood and commit terrible acts against Muslims and non-Muslims alike attributing the violence erroneously to Islam. Through this deviant religion, wahhabism, no country or people are safe. Their aim is to spread chaos and pit brother against brother, Muslim against Christian, creating and cultivating a clash of civilizations.

 

Our Iman, El Sheikh Gillani, has made it compulsory that North American Muslims participate in the United Muslim Christian Forum (UMCF), whose goal is to unite Muslims and all mankind on the common ground of belief in the One Almighty God.  People have been reminded and directed to cultivate good relations with their Christian neighbors in an ongoing effort to replace unfounded hate with peace and understanding. However, there is a third “hidden hand” that continues to spread baseless allegations and inflame an incessant hate campaign against Muslims in order to cause riots, prejudice and havoc. How can followers of Jesus, son of Mary (upon him peace) hate the people, Muslims, who also believe in and follow him? It is a historical fact that when Jesus, son of Mary (upon him peace) came to the Romans, he too was persecuted, accused of being a terrorist, and made out to be a threat to humanity. Nowadays, this same hidden group, who never believed in any holy book, is doing a similar thing to Muslims in order to instigate a conflict. Yet, Muslims are the only witnesses that Jesus, son of Mary (upon them peace) was and is a pious holy man, the Word of God and born of the chaste Mary. The Holy Qur’an defends his mother as a virtuous and pious lady. Muslims believe that Jesus, son of Mary, was not a result of illegitimate birth.

 

The United States and Canada should win back the confidence of the Muslims. We know, by and large, that Americans are very simple people, they’re not shrewd, cunning and cruel. They mind their own business. Therefore, this ‘hidden third hand’ is the real enemy of the United States of America. Let Muslims and Christians continue to work alongside one another by holding peace rallies and celebrating together the birthday of Jesus son of Mary and the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon them) because it cannot be done in other countries. It is not possible to be done even in Saudi Arabia, which claims to be a Muslim country, lest the people be put to death.

 

As American Muslims, we remain loyal as America is our birthplace, homeland, and residence, in which our many generations have helped establish this great nation. This is part of the mission of the followers of Ahle Bayt and of El Sheikh Gillani, who initially came to America on a humanitarian mission to introduce the El Gilani Methodology (EGM) for the  healing of physical and nonphysical diseases. EGM is a standardized system that utilizes select portions of the Holy Qur’an, supplications, and spiritual exercises to cure so-called incurable diseases. EGM was pioneered by El Sheikh Gillani in 1976 as a result of a scientific and clinical experiment performed under the auspices of the World Health Organization in Taif, Saudi Arabia at the behest of their government. EGM has been scientifically proven to heal those suffering from AIDS, schizophrenia, depression, chronic and acute physical illnesses, cancers, and neurological disorders, to name a few. Healing with EGM has continued for decades in America under the expert spiritual guidance of El Sheikh Gillani.  “I am not an ordinary person, I was sent directly as a guide with signs from Almighty God,” El Sheikh Gillani explains.

 

One monumental, miraculous sign is the  appearance of  personal name of Almighty God, Allah, in Arabic script on the wall of the masjid in Hancock, New York at the headquarters of The Muslims of America, Inc. This masjid, now dedicated to Hazrat Ghaus ul Azam Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani (may God be pleased with him), has shown this miraculous sign which continues to shine luminously on the wall of the masjid since August 2010 - over four years later.  “I’m not speaking on my own,” El Sheikh Gillani continues, “this has been authorized by Almighty Allah, The Glorified and Exalted and the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) for me to guide people on the straight path. Neither I, nor any of my followers, have committed any violence.” As a matter of fact, El Sheikh Gillani is grateful to the US State Department for clarifying his innocence in the unfortunate case of Daniel Pearl, which has been falsely attributed to El Sheikh Gillani by the enemies of peace.

 

ISIS and those who have This is our statement, for all over the world. Our motto is ‘Mankind is the Family of God’ and we never tell anyone to commit any wrong.

November 8, 2014

Over the course of approximately a year, the world has witnessed a circus of conspired events orchestrated by a hulligan by the name of “Tahir-ul-Qadri”, a politician who heads an organization named “Minhaj-ul-Quran,” as well as an Iranian-funded political party under the name of “Pakistan Awam-e Tehreek” (PAT). He has openly declared his wish to instigate “a revolution like the one in Egypt and North Africa” in Pakistan—a nuclear-armed nation—which could only have catastrophic consequences. It is imperative to know the background of such a person, because--in light of the failures of his organized activities--he wishes to bring his operations to the shores of America and continue to exploit the privileges his Canadian citizenship has given him.

Prominent religious authorities, including Ulama from Al-Azhar, have already exposed this liar for his fraudulent usage and self-titling of highly revered and respected Islamic titles such as “Shaykh-ul-Islam”. Operating under the name, Tahir-ul-Qadri, asserts that he is a member of the Qadiri order of Sufis; however, he has been disowned and rebuked by Mashayekh of the Qadiri Order and His Eminence El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah El-Gillani, the head of the Qadiri order, who denounced Tahir-ul-Qadri as “a fake Qadri...”, who “abuses our family name!” He is neither a Qadiri, nor is he considered to be a Muslim, as he surrounds himself with Shiite extremists,  continuing his lies and fake promises on their behalf. Tahir has blatantly disrespected the blessed name of Sayyidina Al-Imam Al-Hussein by naming his greedy march and civil disorder in Pakistan as the ‘Husseiniat’, wherein anyone who leaves will be martyred and anyone who instigates warfare with the government will be martryed—even though he himself ran away.

The Pakistani High Court of Lahore has declared him “a liar,” “dishonest,” “hungry and greedy,” and “a person responsible for making dramas”. A High Court verdict still stands against him for which he failed to plea in any court. Numerous exposés have been written about this politician-turned-cleric by Ulama from Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, uncovering and condemning his criminal behavior, exposing him as a fraud, con man, and a Shiite operative whose deal with Iran is to give equality for Shiites in Pakistan if he is put into power—thus garnering major funding from that nation. Videos of him conducting Shi’ah gatherings have aired on the TV1 channel.

Tahir’s shameless revolution attempts have occurred twice in Pakistan. The aim and primary goal of these acts of civil disobedience were to “start a revolution like the ones that have happened in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia.. and Syria.” Ironically, this demented man has the audacity to liken himself and his marches to that of the venerable Al-Imam Hussein and his martyrdom on Karbala, respectively—strangely enough with the title of his actions deemed “Hussainiat.”

Understanding the honorable history of Imam Hussein (blessings of Allah upon him), it is totally offensive to Al-Islam that Tahir-ul-Qadri compares himself. In the first of Tahir’s charades in Pakistan, he likened the government and its officials to that of Yazeed; however, in a sudden twist of events—with him in a plush office and his followers braving the elements of the weather—he struck an under-the-table deal with the so-called “Yazeed” government officials. Interestingly enough, while Imam Hussein did not give allegiance to that of a polytheist, Tahir-ul-Qadri gave allegiance to a polytheist, the British Queen, in order to gain Canadian citizenship. The point to be reiterated is quite clear: Imam Hussein never gave any oath of allegiance to a polytheist; however, “Tahir-ul-Qadri” did the exact opposite.

A more recent farce of Tahir's in Pakistan was the exploitation of it lower-class citizens, mostly women and minors, to be used as either shock troops to invade government buildings, human shields in clashes with government security forces, or suicide fighters whose meaningless deaths would be leveraged to gain media attention and garner sympathy and funding —regardless of the civil war that would have been the natural result.

The current state of Tahir’s image is that of an embarrassing failure and impotent revolutionary, to such an extent that he, in his own words, now wishes to tour the poorer regions of Pakistan in order to “garner support from the impoverished.” These tactics have resulted in the injuries of nearly 100 policemen and scores of unwitting protesters—most of whom were forced to fend for themselves in harsh, unaccommodating weather conditions, while he himself remained comfortable with all of the amenities his Iranian financing could afford him at the time.

Tahir should be considered dangerous and a security threat to America and its citizens—both Muslim and non-Muslim—as he has no intention of anything more than the exploitation of American resources he finds at his disposal, which has the high possibility of dragging America into the political mayhem that he is orchestrating for Pakistan all for the sake of his personal gains and Iranian control.

In addition, he wishes to rebuild his ego via these trips to North America, with the intent of establishing a PAT party in the United States.  

Combining the above information with an American physician’s assessments of Tahir concluding, “this man is one who suffers from delusions of grandeur,” we reiterate the urgency of the matter that this individual is not welcomed to North America and it is urged that such a person who surrounds himself with extremists and has demonstrated—for the world to see—his propensity for provoking civil disobedience be denied any possible entry to the shores of the United States of America.

Let it be known that neither Tahir-ul-Qadri, his mafia, not his PAT party, is welcome in America and the American people neither need nor deserve the hazards that this miscreant brings, because it is well established that he is a danger to America. We demand from the authorities—especially Homeland Security—that Tahir-ul-Qadri be denied entry to America and that he take his political party, thugs, and saboteurs with him elsewhere.  

 

August 31, 2014

August 31, 2014
Contact: Matthew Gardner
(877) 726-0412
public.relations@iqou-moa.org

NEW YORK, NY -- A delegation of American Muslims representing the International Quranic Open University has visited the United Nations in response to media reports of imminent danger and lawless revolution being instigated by Tahir ul Qadri, a Canadian citizen, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The group is petitioning that the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon address the precarious situation of thousands of women and children who have been suffering in the elements since August 14, without proper accommodations, before the violent confrontation that Qadri is threatening endangers the lives of these innocents who have been deceived and brainwashed into engaging in a suicidal storming of the Parliament building.

Tahir ul Qadri is using the well-known tactics of the ‘Mullah mafia’, which is very active in Pakistan. Their strategy is to bring innocent women and children in the forefront of
potentially violent situations hoping that when their lives are sacrificed it will garner international sympathies and enable the Mullahs to achieve their objectives. This was
done in Islamabad at the Red Masjid in 2007, when the Mullahs intentionally allowed their students to become gun fodder for the army’s attack. That resulted in the current unending insurgency and violent uprising of Taliban in Pakistan. Similarly, it was unnecessary for the female staff of Tahir ul Qadri’s school to guard the premises and fight with the police, resulting in deaths, which are being used to register a case against the government. The individuals who have joined Qadri’s procession are mainly the staff and students of his private university along with their children. He is endangering their lives hoping that the imminent carnage will bring life to his cause. In reality, it will usher in an unending wave of bloodshed and civil strife throughout Pakistan. The government has become helpless and powerless to save those innocent lives from perishing under the harsh open skies, lack of food and shelter and finally death, when they are ordered to  attack the parliament house. This must be stopped immediately.

The American Muslim scholars of Al Azhar University have passed a fatwa exposing the fact that Mr. Qadri is a fraud. Dr. Jemille Smith, MD, well-known psychiatric practitioner has stated,  “ I have been observing him and watching his speeches and judging from his behavior and talks, it is evident that he suffers from paranoia and delusions of grandeur. He should immediately be committed to a mental institute, and the lives of thousands of innocent people be saved before he uses them as human shields.” The Staff and Students of the International Quranic Open University at Islamberg, New York demand that the UN steps in to save innocent lives before it is too late.”

The United Nations is hereby requested to take immediate action to rescue the thousands of helpless women and children of Pakistan who have been misguided, deceived and brainwashed with incendiary political rhetoric by ordering Tahir ul Qadri to desist from his inflammatory threats of a bloody revolution.

International Quranic Open University
Department of Human Rights

November 16, 2013

In Guardian interview, Robinson says he will talk to police to help them investigate dangerous racists in far-right group

The former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, has apologised for causing fear among British Muslims and for issuing bigoted, anti-Islamic statements during his time with the group.

In an interview with the Guardian, Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, said he was sorry for helping to create a culture of "us and them" and for frightening the UK Islamic community.

Pressed as to whether he now believed it was wrong to blame "every single Muslim" for "getting away" with the 7 July bombings, and for calling Islam a fascist and violent religion, he held up his hands and said: "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."

Robinson, 30, who this week dramatically quit as leader of the extreme rightwing group known for thuggish street protests and openly racist followers, also said he would now talk to police to help them investigate dangerous racists in the organisation.

"I apologise for [creating] that fear," he said, "but there's fear in my house too." The people he had represented in the EDL and his home town of Luton were afraid of what they perceived to be growing Islamic radicalization, he said.

Explaining past inflammatory statements, Robinson said they had often been fuelled by alcohol and the adrenaline rush of "leading the biggest street protest movement in Europe", as well as by anger over the murder of drummer Lee Rigby.

Sitting beside Maajid Nawaz, a former prominent member of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, Robinson said he had been sobered by his stint in prison and would now work to stem such angry and "ill-judged" outbursts.

Nawaz, who heads the deradicalization think tank the Quilliam Foundation, and is also a prospective Lib Dem MP, said he had refused to sit with Robinson after being approached during the filming of a BBC documentary last week.

"I shook his hand and said I'm sorry, I'm not going to sit with you … until you're ready to talk about leaving the EDL. I can't give legitimacy to the EDL."

Nawaz revealed that, off-camera, Robinson indicated that he was willing to depart, and last weekend they began a series of lengthy conversations.

"We spent the weekend talking over the phone, and then he came in [to the foundation] all day Monday and all day Tuesday."

That Tuesday night, Quilliam held a hastily arranged press conference at which Robinson announced his departure. However, until Thursday's Guardian interview, Robinson had refused to express any remorse for his past behaviour.

Asked to define the concept of "Englishness" he had professed to defend during city street protests that often descended into brawls with police, Robinson said it was a feeling that people had about being attached to the nation and that he was passionate about his country.

Prompted by Nawaz, Robinson appeared to agree with a vision of multiculturalism inclusive of a variety of ethnic and religious groups, but said he did not want to see some groups receiving "special treatment".

Nawaz said he would work to introduce Robinson to his own contacts in government and the Home Office in an attempt to procure government funding. Robinson said his future work would involve taking on radicalism on all fronts, although he could not support anti-fascist groups because they also subscribed to "communism" or were "anarchists".

When pressed as to whether he would work with the police to root out criminal racists in the group he helped form four years ago, he agreed he would now talk to the authorities.

Robinson, whose financial assets have been frozen because of ongoing criminal proceedings for public order offences, said he did not doubt he would be successful again in any endeavour he pursued as long as he was passionate about it. (The Guardian)

November 16, 2013

When Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an education it sent shockwaves around the world.

Straight away the Western media took up the issue. Western politicians spoke out and soon she found herself in the UK. The way in which the West reacted made me question the reasons and motives behind why Malala's case was taken up and not so many others.

There is no justifying the brutal actions of the Taliban or the denial of the universal right to education, however there is a deeper more historic narrative that is taking place here.

This is a story of a native girl being saved by the white man. Flown to the UK, the Western world can feel good about itself as they save the native woman from the savage men of her home nation. It is a historic racist narrative that has been institutionalized. Journalists and politicians were falling over themselves to report and comment on the case. The story of an innocent brown child that was shot by savages for demanding an education and along comes the knight in shining armor to save her.

The actions of the West, the bombings, the occupations, the wars - all seem justified now, "See?  We told you. THIS is why we intervene to save the natives."

The truth is that there are hundreds and thousands of other Malalas. They come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places in the world. Many are victims of the West, but we conveniently forget about those as Western journalists and politicians fall over themselves to appease their white-middle class guilt, also known as the white man's burden.

Gordon Brown stood at the UN and spoke words in support for Malala, yet he is the very same Gordon Brown that voted for the war in Iraq that not only robbed people of their education but of their lives. The same journalists that failed to question or report on the Western wars in an intelligible manner now sing the praises of the West as they back Malala and her campaign without putting it in context of the war in Afghanistan and the destabilization of the region thanks to the Western occupation of Afghanistan.

Malala's message is true, it is profound, it is something the world needs to take note of; education is a right of every child, but Malala has been used as a tool by the West. It allows countries like Britain to hide their sins in Afghanistan and Iraq. It allows journalists to report a feel good story whilst they neglect so many others, like the American drone strikes that terrorize men, women and children in Pakistan's border regions.

The current narrative continues the demonization of the non-white Muslim man. Painting him as a savage, someone beyond negotiating with, beyond engaging with, the only way to deal with this kind of savage is to wage war, occupy and use drones against them. NATO is bombing to save girls like Malala is the message here.

Historically the West has always used women to justify the actions of war mongering men. It is in the imagery, it is in art, in education, it is even prevalent in Western human rights organizations. Amnesty International's poster campaign coinciding with the NATO summit in New York encouraged NATO to 'keep the progress going!' in Afghanistan.

Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz were also shot along with Malala, the media and politicians seem to have forgotten about them. Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi - how many of the Western politicians and journalists know about this name? She was the 14-year-old girl violated by five US soldiers, then she and her family, including her six-year-old sister were murdered. There are no days named after her, no mentions of her at the UN, and we don't see Gordon Brown pledging his name to her cause.

I support Malala, I support the right to education for all, I just cannot stand the hypocrisy of Western politicians and media as they pick and choose, congratulating themselves for something that they have caused. Malala is the good native, she does not criticize the West, she does not talk about the drone strikes, she is the perfect candidate for the white man to relieve his burden and save the native.

The Western savior complex has hijacked Malala's message. The West has killed more girls than the Taliban have. The West has denied more girls an education via their missiles than the Taliban has by their bullets. The West has done more against education around the world than extremists could ever dream of. So, please, spare us the self-righteous and self-congratulatory message that is nothing more than propaganda that tells us that the West drops bombs to save girls like Malala.

November 12, 2013

  Each year Muslims throughout the world anticipate the coming of  the New Year, welcoming the sacred month of Muharram.  Within it is a day like no other, the Blessed Day of Ashura.  Below is an excerpt from Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth, by Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani detailing these many blessings of Muharram and Ashura.

As we are reliably informed by Shaikh Abu Nasr Muhammad ibn al-Banna, Allah's Messenger once said: If someone observes a day of fasting during Muharram, for every such day he will be credited with thirty days.

According to another traditional report, transmitted by Maimun ibn Mihran on the authority of Ibn Abbas (May Allah Ta'ala be pleased with him and his father),  Allah's Messenger also said: If someone fasts on the day of Ashura in Muharram, he will be granted the spiritual reward of ten thousand angels. If someone provides a believer with a meal to break his fast on the night of Ashura, it will be just as if the entire community of Hazrat Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had broken fast as his guests, and had filled their stomachs to capacity."O Messenger of Allah" , his listeners exclaimed, ' it would seem that Allah ta' ala has given preference to the day of Ashura over all the other days!' "Yes," said he as he went on to explain: Allah (Exalted is He) created the heavens on the day of ' Ashura'. He created the mountains on the day of ' Ashura. He created the oceans on the day of ' Ashura'. He created the Pen on the day of Ashura. He created the Tablet on the day of Ashura. He created Adam (peace be upon him) on the day of 'Ashura', and He caused him to enter the Garden of Paradise on the day of Ashura.

Abraham (peace be upon him) was born on the day of 'Ashura, and Allah Ta'Ala delivered him from the fiery furnace on the day of Ashura, then He redeemed his son from being sacrificed on the day of Ashura. He caused Pharaoh to drown on the day of Ashura. Allah (Exalted is He) relieved Job [Ayyub] (peace be upon him) of his trials and tribulations on the day of Ashura. Allah [Exalted is He] relented toward Adam (peace be upon him) on the day of Ashura. Allah [Exalted is He] forgave the sin of David [Dawud] (peace be upon him) on the day of Ashura. Jesus {Isa] (Peace be upon him) was born on the day of Ashura. The Day of Resurrection will occur on the day of Ashura.

According to another version of this report, likewise transmitted on the authority of Ibn Abbas ( may Allah have be pleased with him), “If someone strokes the head of an orphan with his hand on the day of Ashura, for every hair on the orphan's head, Allah ta' ala will promote him by one degree in the garden of Paradise.

"O Messenger of Allah,” exclaimed Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), Allah (Exalted is He) has treated us with favor, by granting us the day of Ashura !" The Prophet then said: Allah (Exalted is He) created the heavens on the day of Ashura, and the earth likewise. He created the mountains on the day of Ashura, and the stars likewise. He created the Heavenly Throne on the day of Ashura and the Pedestal likewise. He created the Tablet on the day of Ashura, and the Pen likewise.

He created Gabriel on the day of 'Ashura, and the angels likewise. If someone performs the major ritual ablution on the day of Ashura, he will never experience any illness, apart for the sickness of death. If someone anoints his eyelids with antimony on the day of 'Ashura, he will not suffer inflammation of the eyes throughout the entire course of the year.

If someone pays a visit to a sick person on the day of Ashura, it is just as if he had visited all the children of Adam. If someone gives [a thirsty person] a drink of water on the day of 'Ashura, it is just as if he had never disobeyed Allah ta'ala for a single instant.

If someone performs four cycles of ritual prayer on the day of 'Ashura, reciting in each cycle the Opening Sura of the Book, one time, and the Sura that begins with "Qul Huwa 'llahu Ahad, “ ‘Say: He is Allah,’ fifty times, Allah (Exalted is He) will forgive him the sins of fifty bygone years, and of fifty years that are still in the future.  The most meritorious fasting, after the month of Ramadan, is fasting in the month of Allah which they call the Sacred Month al-Muharram. And the most meritorious ritual prayer - after that which is prescribed as an obligatory duty, and that which is performed in the middle of the night - is the ritual prayer of the day of Ashura.

Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah ennoble his countenance) is reported as having stated that the Holy Last Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be on him), said: “In Allah's Sacred Month, Allah ta'ala has relented toward certain people, and He will also relent toward others.

Concerning the Origin and Significance of the Term “Ashura”

According to some of the scholars, it came to be called Ashura because it is the day on which Allah Ta Ala bestowed ten tokens of special favor upon ten of the Messengers (peace be upon them all).  According to some however, it came to be called Ashura because it is the tenth of the tokens of special favor by Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) upon this community of ours.  The day of Ashura, on which fasting counts as the atonement of one whole year.

Ashura has thus come to be on a par with the rest of the noble days, such as the two Eids, Friday, the day of congregation, the day of Arafat, and so on.  Moreover, if it had ever been permissible to observe this day as the day of tragic misfortune, the companions and the successors (may Allah be well pleased with them all) would have observed it as such, because they were more closely in touch with it than we are, and better qualified to understand its true significance.  In actual fact, as we know from traditional reports about them, they used to urge people to treat their dependents with special generosity on that day, and to observe it as a day of fasting.  To cite one example, Al Hasan Al Basri (may Allah bestow Him mercy upon him) is reported as having said:  “Fasting on the day of Ashura is an obligatory religious duty.”  Hazrat Ali (may Allah bless his countenance) is also reported as having said: “Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:  “if someone spends the night of Ashura in vigilant worship, Allah will let him live as long as he wishes.”

November 12, 2013

This was the time when Muslims had started building mosques and schools all over Spain and eminent divines and jurists of Islam had come over to this country.  In the capital, Cordova, the Islamic system of teaching and training had been introduced.  Ziad b. Umar was a highly learned traditionist, philosopher and interpreter of the Holy Quran.  At the same time, he had no equal in offering prayers and due to his integrity, purity, and unostentatious prayerfulness, he was held in great affection throughout Spain.  He would spend his days in teaching and at nights he would attend gatherings of divines and officials of the government.  His house was adjacent to the University of Cordova and so after Isha prayer,  those interested in learning gathered at his house.  

One day while this meeting was in progress and eminent divines and men of letters were present, Ziad b. Umar came.  All stood up in his respect.  After they were seated Ziad enquired after everyone’s health and then addressed Umar Lahmi.

Ziad b. Umar:  May Allah fructify your efforts!  You have conveyed the message of truth in the very home of unbelief and humbled unbelievers!

Umar Lahmi:  I am just an ordinary weak Muslim and this has been possible because of your prayers; Isabella has accepted Islam in her heart.  She was desirous of meeting you, so she has come here for an audience.

Ziad b. Umar:  Oh! Is Isabella present here?  

Umar Lahmi:  Yes, she has been put up in the adjoining house and if you permit she may be brought to your presence.

Ziad:  Yes, certainly.  If she has come to meet me, let her come.

Asad (one of those present):  By Allah, sir, this is very great!  There is a great commotion among the Christians of Cordova.  But is it Isabella alone who has been attracted to Islam or are there others also with her?

Umar Lahmi:  About this you will hear from Isabella herself.

Another of the audience:  I have heard that Christians intend to kill Isabella.

Umar Lahmi:  So far, Isabella has taken great care to keep it secret.  No one has found out that she has embraced Islam or intends to do.  So the rumour of the intention to kill her is premature.

Ziad: Now call Isabella here.  We shall hear the interesting details from her own lips.

Shortly after, Isabella enters and seeing Ziad b. Umar sitting at a prominent place, raises her hand to salute him and sits in a corner while all those present congratulate her on her great courage and firmness.

Zaid:  Daughter Isabella, I congratulate you on your love of truth;  Allah has taken you out of the darkness of unbelief and granted you the boon of Islam, relieved you from the labyrinth of Trinity and put you on to the Straight Path beset with dangers!  To remain firm on it is the task of a very brave person.  But those in whose hearts Islam has firmly established itself would not mind the greatest trouble of the earth.  Allah guides them.

Isabella:   Revered father….

Ziad:  Daughter, you have to give up such words too.  There is no papacy in Islam.  Islam has not given its divines the position which Christians have given to their priests.  There is perfect equality in Islam.  The only duty of the divines is to guide Muslims in the light of the Holy Quran and sacred Traditions of the Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him).  It is the duty of Muslims to act on that guidance and not to deify them or make them masters of all their affairs.

Isabella (ashamed):  Now will  you, yourself teach me how I should address you and other leaders of Islam?

Ziad:  Address me and other Muslims just as brothers, but if you desire to add anything, just say “sir”. To be continued

Isabella:  Very well, sir, I will obey all your orders in future.  Oh sir, it is a great benevolence and grace of God that He showed this humble servant the path of truth and justice and took me out of the course of trinity and worship of the cross.  The means of any guidance is my spiritual preceptor and benefactor Umar Lahmi, who preached to all the priests of Cordova in their own homes and, through him, the call of truth reached my ears.  I wholeheartedly pray that God grant him all the boons of this world and the next and by prayer my life and death be on Islam.  

All those present cried: Amin!

Ziad:  Daughter, Allah wants to take from you great service and surely Muslims will be greatly benefited through you.  But say if you have converted any one of the other ladies.

Isabella:  Yes, sir, I have four other friends of mine who have lost their faith in Christianity and are inclined to Islam.  God willing, I will bring them with me tomorrow or the day after, that they may have grace from you and any doubts that may still lurk in them are removed.

Umar Lahmi:  Sister, who are these friends of yours?  By Allah, we have no knowledge of them and you never mentioned them to me.

Isabella:  One of them is the daughter of Michael, my teacher in theology, and there are  three others.  All these have been listening to all the discussions.

Umar Lahmi:  Have they really become Muslims and see through the weaknesses of Christianity?

Isabella:  The weaknesses of Christianity have become manifest to all of them, and they have recognised the truth of Islam, but they have not yet mustered enough courage to give up their  ancestral religion and declare their adherence to Islam.

Ziad:   Well, Allah will give them the necessary courage.  We shall also pray for them.

Umar Lahmi:  Bring Michael’s daughter also some day so that her doubts may also be removed.

Isabella:  Tomorrow or day after I will surely bring her with me and if all the four girls do not come, I will bring at least this one (Michael’s daughter) with me.

Ziad:  I tell you, daughter, again that you should accept Islam after clearing all your doubts and never, by any greed or deception, for Allah wants sincerity and the Quran says that a Muslim’s life and death, prayer and devotion, sitting and standing, sleep and waking everything should be for Allah and the pleasure of Allah should be the aim of our life.

Isabella:  Oh sir, I say it and bring God to witness that no lust or greed has brought me to the threshold of Islam, nor the acquisition of wealth and power is my aim.  You yourself know the honour my father enjoys in Cordova and throughout Spain.

Ziad:   May Allah reward you, give you firmness and shower His bounties on you.

Umar Lahmi:   Islam is the only religion which by accepting it Allah’s bounties are showered on man and all his sins are forgiven!

Isabella: (smiling);  All my sins are forgiven every week by the priest of Cordova, who is in charge of the Department of Inquisition and (bowing her head) I am already sinless and innocent.

Ziad:  What is this Department of Inquisition and what is the meaning of the priest forgiving sins?  Can any man also forgive sins?

Isabella:  (with shame and humility):  Oh sir, this story is most interesting and probably quite novel to you, as you are not aware of the inner working of Christianity.

Ziad:  Will you inform us of these matters?  Such interesting facts should certainly be worth knowing and no one can relate them better than you.

Isabella:  Oh sir! Christians go before the altar of the Christ in the presence of the head priest every week and confess their sins which the head priest forgives as, according to Christian creed, the head priest has power to do that as he is considered to be the representative of Saint Peter.

Ziad:  La hawla wala quwwata illa billah! [There is no power or authority except with Allah].  Allah forgive us!  Can any man forgive sins except Allah?  This is why the Holy Quran has accused Christians that they have made their priests and elders their Rabb (fosterer) besides Allah:  (In surprise) Have the priests the authority to forgive all sins?

Isabella:  Yes, provided the sinner confessed all his open and secret sins before the priest.  If he has concealed anything it will not be forgiven.

November 12, 2013

This was the time when Muslims had started building mosques and schools all over Spain and eminent divines and jurists of Islam had come over to this country.  In the capital, Cordova, the Islamic system of teaching and training had been introduced.  Ziad b. Umar was a highly learned traditionist, philosopher and interpreter of the Holy Quran.  At the same time, he had no equal in offering prayers and due to his integrity, purity, and unostentatious prayerfulness, he was held in great affection throughout Spain.  He would spend his days in teaching and at nights he would attend gatherings of divines and officials of the government.  His house was adjacent to the University of Cordova and so after Isha prayer,  those interested in learning gathered at his house.  

One day while this meeting was in progress and eminent divines and men of letters were present, Ziad b. Umar came.  All stood up in his respect.  After they were seated Ziad enquired after everyone’s health and then addressed Umar Lahmi.

Ziad b. Umar:  May Allah fructify your efforts!  You have conveyed the message of truth in the very home of unbelief and humbled unbelievers!

Umar Lahmi:  I am just an ordinary weak Muslim and this has been possible because of your prayers; Isabella has accepted Islam in her heart.  She was desirous of meeting you, so she has come here for an audience.

Ziad b. Umar:  Oh! Is Isabella present here?  

Umar Lahmi:  Yes, she has been put up in the adjoining house and if you permit she may be brought to your presence.

Ziad:  Yes, certainly.  If she has come to meet me, let her come.

Asad (one of those present):  By Allah, sir, this is very great!  There is a great commotion among the Christians of Cordova.  But is it Isabella alone who has been attracted to Islam or are there others also with her?

Umar Lahmi:  About this you will hear from Isabella herself.

Another of the audience:  I have heard that Christians intend to kill Isabella.

Umar Lahmi:  So far, Isabella has taken great care to keep it secret.  No one has found out that she has embraced Islam or intends to do.  So the rumour of the intention to kill her is premature.

Ziad: Now call Isabella here.  We shall hear the interesting details from her own lips.

Shortly after, Isabella enters and seeing Ziad b. Umar sitting at a prominent place, raises her hand to salute him and sits in a corner while all those present congratulate her on her great courage and firmness.

Zaid:  Daughter Isabella, I congratulate you on your love of truth;  Allah has taken you out of the darkness of unbelief and granted you the boon of Islam, relieved you from the labyrinth of Trinity and put you on to the Straight Path beset with dangers!  To remain firm on it is the task of a very brave person.  But those in whose hearts Islam has firmly established itself would not mind the greatest trouble of the earth.  Allah guides them.

Isabella:   Revered father….

Ziad:  Daughter, you have to give up such words too.  There is no papacy in Islam.  Islam has not given its divines the position which Christians have given to their priests.  There is perfect equality in Islam.  The only duty of the divines is to guide Muslims in the light of the Holy Quran and sacred Traditions of the Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him).  It is the duty of Muslims to act on that guidance and not to deify them or make them masters of all their affairs.

Isabella (ashamed):  Now will  you, yourself teach me how I should address you and other leaders of Islam?

Ziad:  Address me and other Muslims just as brothers, but if you desire to add anything, just say “sir”. To be continued

Isabella:  Very well, sir, I will obey all your orders in future.  Oh sir, it is a great benevolence and grace of God that He showed this humble servant the path of truth and justice and took me out of the course of trinity and worship of the cross.  The means of any guidance is my spiritual preceptor and benefactor Umar Lahmi, who preached to all the priests of Cordova in their own homes and, through him, the call of truth reached my ears.  I wholeheartedly pray that God grant him all the boons of this world and the next and by prayer my life and death be on Islam.  

All those present cried: Amin!

Ziad:  Daughter, Allah wants to take from you great service and surely Muslims will be greatly benefited through you.  But say if you have converted any one of the other ladies.

Isabella:  Yes, sir, I have four other friends of mine who have lost their faith in Christianity and are inclined to Islam.  God willing, I will bring them with me tomorrow or the day after, that they may have grace from you and any doubts that may still lurk in them are removed.

Umar Lahmi:  Sister, who are these friends of yours?  By Allah, we have no knowledge of them and you never mentioned them to me.

Isabella:  One of them is the daughter of Michael, my teacher in theology, and there are  three others.  All these have been listening to all the discussions.

Umar Lahmi:  Have they really become Muslims and see through the weaknesses of Christianity?

Isabella:  The weaknesses of Christianity have become manifest to all of them, and they have recognised the truth of Islam, but they have not yet mustered enough courage to give up their  ancestral religion and declare their adherence to Islam.

Ziad:   Well, Allah will give them the necessary courage.  We shall also pray for them.

Umar Lahmi:  Bring Michael’s daughter also some day so that her doubts may also be removed.

Isabella:  Tomorrow or day after I will surely bring her with me and if all the four girls do not come, I will bring at least this one (Michael’s daughter) with me.

Ziad:  I tell you, daughter, again that you should accept Islam after clearing all your doubts and never, by any greed or deception, for Allah wants sincerity and the Quran says that a Muslim’s life and death, prayer and devotion, sitting and standing, sleep and waking everything should be for Allah and the pleasure of Allah should be the aim of our life.

Isabella:  Oh sir, I say it and bring God to witness that no lust or greed has brought me to the threshold of Islam, nor the acquisition of wealth and power is my aim.  You yourself know the honour my father enjoys in Cordova and throughout Spain.

Ziad:   May Allah reward you, give you firmness and shower His bounties on you.

Umar Lahmi:   Islam is the only religion which by accepting it Allah’s bounties are showered on man and all his sins are forgiven!

Isabella: (smiling);  All my sins are forgiven every week by the priest of Cordova, who is in charge of the Department of Inquisition and (bowing her head) I am already sinless and innocent.

Ziad:  What is this Department of Inquisition and what is the meaning of the priest forgiving sins?  Can any man also forgive sins?

Isabella:  (with shame and humility):  Oh sir, this story is most interesting and probably quite novel to you, as you are not aware of the inner working of Christianity.

Ziad:  Will you inform us of these matters?  Such interesting facts should certainly be worth knowing and no one can relate them better than you.

Isabella:  Oh sir! Christians go before the altar of the Christ in the presence of the head priest every week and confess their sins which the head priest forgives as, according to Christian creed, the head priest has power to do that as he is considered to be the representative of Saint Peter.

Ziad:  La hawla wala quwwata illa billah! [There is no power or authority except with Allah].  Allah forgive us!  Can any man forgive sins except Allah?  This is why the Holy Quran has accused Christians that they have made their priests and elders their Rabb (fosterer) besides Allah:  (In surprise) Have the priests the authority to forgive all sins?

Isabella:  Yes, provided the sinner confessed all his open and secret sins before the priest.  If he has concealed anything it will not be forgiven.

November 12, 2013

Introduction

Since my childhood, each year on the 11th of Rabi us Sani, I have been attending the proceedings of the anniversary of the passing of Hazrat Ghaus E Azam Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani (Jilani), Rehmat Ullah Alayh (Mercy of Allah be on him), the Sultan of Awliya*, ( friends of The Almighty) the ‘Royal Falcon’ of the mystic way.  The proceedings invariably commenced with Tilawat (recitation of the Holy Qur’an), recitation of Durood Sharief (an invocation asking blessing of Allah upon the Holy Last Messenger) and few naats in the praise of the Holy Last Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) held in the courtyard of our house.

My late grandfather often presided and before offering Fatiha (the first chapter of the Holy Qur’an), some learned elders would narrate a few events of the life and teachings of the Sultan of Awalia, .  Later, food and alms were distributed among the poor.  

After the death of my grandfather, my mother continued to offer Fatiha with depth and fervor of her devotion. The ladies enclosure was always separate.  I am proud to be a Gilani (Jilani) - a descendant of the Sultan of Awalia, Rehmat Ullah Alayh.  I have studied many books about his life, teachings, visits to various places, homage paid to him by great Awalia, and his charismatic miracles - karamat, whereas, only Messengers of Allah had been blessed with miracles - Mujizats.

Often, even well-read people (friends and colleagues etc.) would ask the difference between Jilani and Gilani.  The real name is Gilani.  In Arabic ‘G’ (Gaff) is inserted with (Jeem); therefore in the Arabic speaking world it is called Jilani.  The Sultan of Awalia was born in Gilan, a province situated in the south of Caspian Sea - Iran.

In this article, effort has been made to narrate, briefly, the following salient events pertaining to the fascinating personality of the Sultan of Awalia, Hazrat Ghaus E Azam, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, Rehmat Ullah Alah.

    1.   Parentage

    2.   Birth

    3.   Journey to Baghdad

    4.   Spiritual Guides

    5.   Homage by the great Awalia

    6.   Teaching

    7.   Karamat

    8.   Traits and Habits

    9.   Passing away

   10.   Reality of Giarhavin Sherief

Parentage

Hazrat Abu Salih Jani Dost, father of Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, was descendant in the direct line of Hazrat Imam Hassan (11th in line), mercy of Allah be on them.  His mother, Syeda Fatima Ummul Khair, was a descendant of Hazrat Imam Hussain.  He is therefore, Hassani and Hussaini and progeny of the Holy Last Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him.

Sheikh Abdullah Sumi was the maternal grandfather of Ghaus E Azam, and an accomplished awalia and prominent for his piety, who lived in Gilan.  Hazrat Abu Salih was a native of Naif in the district of Gilan, south of the Caspian Sea.  He was a God-fearing, seeker of truth and fond of fighting against the infidels.  He was a man of courage and would not hesitate to publicly condemn the wrongdoings of even the Caliph in power.  One day he saw a few servants of the Caliph carrying pitchers full of wine on their heads.  He broke all the pitchers, but no one dared to intervene on account of his extreme respect in the society.  He was summoned in the court and when asked by the Caliph as to why he had broken the pitchers, he replied, “I am Muntasib, it is my duty to execute Divine laws.”  The Caliph asked, “who appointed you Muntasib?” Abu Salih boldly replied “The Lord who appointed you Caliph, taking pity on you and liberated you from humiliation in the world and hell fire. I broke the pitchers!”  The Caliph immediately appointed him as the Muntasib and from that day he was called “Jangi Dost”.

One day, while sitting on the bank of a river in the pursuit of Divine light, he saw an apple floating down the current.  He had not taken any thing for several days, he picked the apple up and ate it, but immediately his conscience pricked as he had eaten the apple without permission of the owner.  He got up and walked up stream in order to trace the owner of the apple.  He reached an orchard where he saw apple trees hanging over the river.  He deducted that the apple he had eaten must have fallen from the same tree.  His inquiry took him to Hazrat Abdullah Sumi and begged his forgiveness for having eaten the apple without his permission.  During conversation it was revealed that the boy was a descendant of Hazrat Imam Hassan and perceived that he was extraordinarily virtuous and a seeker of truth.  He said, “I am ready to forgive if you agree to work in my orchard for twelve years.”

The young man accepted the condition.  After the completion of the period, he asked for permission to leave.  Hazrat Sumi said, “I shall forgive you, but you will have to marry my daughter who is blind, deaf, dumb and crippled.”  The young man agreed and the marriage took place.  At night when he entered the chamber of the bride, he was surprised to see an extremely beautiful and flawless lady, having no sign of disability on her.  In confusion, he left the chamber thinking that he had entered the wrong chamber.  The next morning he went to see Hazrat Sumi.  Upon seeing him, Hazrat Sumi understood this man’s predicament regarding his bride.  He called him, and explained to him the reasons behind his claims.  Hazrat Sumi stated that “my daughter was blind because she had never seen any man with whom she could be married; she was deaf because she had never paid any attention to falsehood; she was told to be paralytic because she had never touched any unlawful thing; she was told to be lame as she had never stepped towards any unjust act.  Hearing Hazrat Sumi, Syed Hazrat Abu Salih Jangi Dost felt spiritually enlightened.  Her name was Ummul Fatima.

Birth

It is said that Hazrat Abu Salih saw the Holy Last Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him) at the night of Ghaus E Azam’s birth in a dream, along with the companions present in his house.  The Holy Last Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “O Abu Salih! Allah has bestowed a son to you who is my son.  His rank amongst the Awalia is like that of mine amongst the Messengers.”  The night in which Ghaus E Azam was born, all the women of Jilan gave birth to eleven hundred males, all of whom turned Awalia.  In the middle of his shoulders a sign of the footprint of the Holy Last Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) was visible.  He was born during 470 AH (1077-78 C.E.), in the holy month of Ramadan and according to his illustrious mother, never sucked during fasting hours.

According to some eminent Awalia like Imam Hassan Askari, Hazrat Junayed Baghdadi, Hazrat Mansur Bathie, Sheikh Abu Bakr Bin Harrar, Sheikh Mohammad Shambky and some others, had predicted the advent of Hazrat Abdul Qadir Gilani during the fifth century B.H.(before Hijrah) who would be the chief of all the Qutbs, spiritual polestars or axises of the world.  His foot would be on the neck of all the foremost and later Awalia, meaning his rank would be the highest amongst all the Awalia.

At the age of one year, his father returned to Allah, therefore his basic religious education was imparted under the care of his mother and maternal grandfather Hazrat Sumi, who showered all the love, affection and spiritual blessings on him.  But when Hazrat Sumi did returned to Allah, he was left alone with his mother.  When he was five years old, his mother sent him to a local school in Jilan, where he completed his basic education in religious sciences.  Allah had endowed him with extraordinary brilliance, insight, a refined disposition and excellent memory.  He memorized the Holy Qur’an at a very young age at his native school in Jilan.

Journey to Baghdad

The thirst for knowledge was raging in his heart.  He requested his mother to allow him to go to Baghdad, which in those days was  world famous as a center of learning for higher education.  The aged mother - according to historians she was 60 years old when she had given birth to Abdul Qadir, which is considered past the child bearing age - with a heavy heart, tears in her eyes and broken voice, accorded permission to her son to embark upon the journey for higher studies.  His mother advised him to observe strictly the following instructions:

1.   Always speak the truth come what may.

2.   Obey Almighty’s Commands.

3.   Abstain from unlawful and forbidden acts.

4.   Always be pleased with the Divine Decree.

His mother had at that moment 80 dinars left by her husband for Abdul Qadir and his brother.  Abdul Qadir took 40 Dinars and left 40 for his brother.  His mother sewed 40 dinars into the armpit of his garment and with trembling hands she embraced her son and kissed his forehead and said, “I entrust you in the protection of the Great Protector who will protect you.  I separate myself from that which is dearest to me for Allah’s Sake.”

Abdul Qadir joined a trading caravan destined for Baghdad.  But near Hamdan, a band of 60 robbers attacked the caravan, looted their belongings, money and whatever they had been carrying.  No one came near the Ghaus E Azam, thinking that the boy was penniless.  One robber asked him if he had anything.  The boy gave a fearless answer that he had 40 dinars sewed into his garment, but the robber thought it to be a joke.  A few more robbers came and enquired but Ghaus E Azam gave them the same reply.  They reported the matter to their chief named Ahmad Alafi, who summoned the boy, who gave the same reply and indicated the place where the 40 dinars had been sewn.  The garment was cut open and the dinars were found.  All the robbers were amazed at the courage and truthfulness of the young boy.  The chief asked what made him tell the truth.  The young boy replied, “My mother had advised me to speak the truth whatever circumstances confront me.  I cannot disobey her advice.”  This reply shocked the chief so that tears came into his eyes.  He said, “You have not disobeyed your mother, but I have been breaking the commands of Allah all my life.”  He instantly vowed to give up banditry, returned all the belongings to the travelers and all of them became true Muslims.  This incident is clear karamat of Ghaus E Azam at the school-going age.  

After traveling nearly 400 miles of dangerous journey, he reached Baghdad during 488 AH (1098 C.E.).  It was the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate and a great centre for learning.  Here he was a complete stranger, left with a small amount of money that was utterly insufficient to meet his needs.  The state was not paying any grants to the institutions, therefore every student had to make personal effort to earn his living and bear the expenses for his education.  For higher education at Jamia he experienced unending hardship.  He had no money for his needs.  He never stretched his hand to anyone for help.  During bitter hardships he would be on the ground facing the heaven and recited.  “So verily with every difficulty there is relief. Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.”

By reciting the above verse his sufferings would diminish.  As a student of Fiqh, Islamic Jurisprudence,  he often went to a jungle, for hours walked on thorny and stony ground to test his determination.  He used to eat the vegetables grown on the bank of the river Tigris.

Once the fellow students urged him to go with them to see a great scholar Sharif Yaqoobi.  The nobleman cast a spiritual glance at him.  His eyes revealed to him the personality of Ghaus E Azam.  He said, “Seekers of truth and pious people never beg, they do not stretch hands before anyone.  You are specially graced and favored by the Most Gracious!”  These words left a deep impact and he immediately withdrew from the company of other students who had gone to collect charity from a rich landlord.  Also, he never allowed his students to beg from others.

While roaming into deserted area, he saw the ruins of old palaces where he found seventy Divinely guided persons hungry and searching for something to eat.  Without disturbing them, he returned to Baghdad.  On the way, he met a stranger who belonged to this area who gave him a piece of gold saying that his mother had sent this for him.  He immediately went back to the ruins, kept a small sum for himself and distributed the rest amongst the hungry awalia.

Weeks and weeks passed and Ghaus E Azam would stay in deserted areas for studying his lessons.  During the famine in Baghdad he was hungry and penniless, in this state he went to the River Tigris to pick up some vegetables thrown as garbage by the people.  He found many people there, searching for food but he did not interfere in their search and came back to Baghdad in extreme hunger and entered a mosque and sat in a corner.  In the meantime, a young man entered carrying bread and roasted meat and started eating.  On seeing the weak condition of Ghaus E Azam, the man offered him to take some food, but he refused the offer.  The stranger however persisted for him to accept his offer.  During conversation, Ghaus E Azam disclosed his identity.  The young man became perturbed.  He said, “Your mother had given me eight dinars to hand over to you, but for a number of days I could not trace you.  During this period, my money was spent, as I had no food for two days and to save my life I bought food with your money.  I am sorry and seek your forgiveness.  This is your food and the balance of your money.”  On hearing his explanation, Ghaus E Azam consoled him, pardoned him, kept two dinars for himself and advised the stranger to keep the balance to meet expenses of the journey and food.

Spiritual Guides

During his stay in Baghdad, the Ghaus E Azam used to see the awalia and holy men in order to gain Divine knowledge and blessings of their company.  He met Hazrat Hammad Al-Dabbas, who recognized Ghaus E Azam and cast a glance of love and affection, which created unbreakable spiritual light in him.  Sheikh Hammad was always kind to discuss mystical problems and solutions.

Soon, the Ghaus E Azam got admission for higher education at some prestigious institutions.  He got admission to the Jamiah of Sheikh Abu Saeed Mubarik Bin Ali Makhzoomi in  Baghdad.  There were several eminent scholars in this school.  He had already memorized the Holy Qur’an.  He studied Fiqh (Islamic Laws),  Tafseer (Hadith) under Abu Qasim Ali and Abu Zakariya Yahya Tabrizi, Principal of Jamiah Nizamia and writer of many books.  There were 14 other eminent scholars under whom he had studied.

At the time of his graduation from the Jamiah, the certificate included the following citation:

“Oh Abdul Qadir, we hereby confer upon you the degree in all kinds of knowledge acquired by you.  You are a genius and your capability of understanding the subject was so excellent that on several occasions we ourselves were benefitted by your interpretation of Hadith.”

He had taken nine years from 488 AH to 496 AH at the Jamiah of Abu Saeed to complete university education.  Abu Saeed appointed him as a teacher in his Jamiah and finally handed over the institution to his care before his death in 513 AAH.

He had great respect for all the great Muslim jurists.  He was made guardian of the tomb of Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa (mercy of Allah be on him) for some time.  For him it had become a daily routine to issue fatwas, rulings on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority.  There used to be several clerks to deal with his work as day after day he received legal questions from all parts of the Muslim world.  All the famous scholars and jurists would wonder at the speed and ease by which Ghaus E Azam would give his decisions in the legal matters.

Various Titles of The Ghaus E Azam

His name is Abdul Qadir, his nickname is Abu Muhammad.  Later he gained the title of Muhiyuddin, that is,  the reviver of religion.  His other titles are Sultan of Awalia, Hazrat Qutb-Al-Aqtab, Syed Us-Sadat, Qutb-Al-Wajoo, Pir Piran, Mir-Miran, Sheikh Al-Syed Muhiyuddin Samdani, Abu Muhammad Abdul Qadir Jilani, Al Hasani, Wal Hussaini, Al Baghdad.

Note: Bibliography will be mentioned in the end of Part II of the article.

About the Author

Initial schooling was from Military College Jhelum.   Mr. Gilani completed Aeronautical Engineering from the United Kingdom or UK. After on the job training, he was granted Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License by the Civil Aviation Authority, UK.  Mr. Gilani returned to Pakistan to serve with Pakistan International Airlines also known as PIA, which at that time was one of the best airlines in the world.  After acquiring Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License, Syed Nokhez Gilani Qadri was busy advancing his professional status and was promoted and transferred as Engineering Manager to Quetta, Pakistan.  He served with PIA for 12 years, then with Emirates International Airline in Dubai.  Mr. Gilani attended and passed professional courses with distinction at Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and General Electric Aero Engine.

* The difference between Awalia (Friends of Allah) and the term ‘Saint’ is that the title Saint has been used by the Pope, as he desires and for whomever he chooses.  The qualities or characteristic of the person are not taken into consideration.  You cannot compare a Wali (Friend of Allah), whom Allah holds in high esteem and carries excellent characteristics, with a Saint.

November 8, 2013

WASHINGTON - Pakistani survivors of American drone strikes who live in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwest Pakistan, spoke to members of the US Congress Tuesday, and called for an end to killing civilians with weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles.

Rafiqur Rehman; his son Zubair (12); and daughter Nabila (9) told a packed room in the Rayburn House Office Building that Momina Bibi, who perished on October 24, 2012, while working in a field near their home in North Waziristan, was “the string that held the pearls of our family together, and that string has been broken, and we are all lost”.

Congressman Alan Grayson, a Democrat, invited Rafiq to speak in Washington about the strike last October that killed his 67-year-old mother who, he said, was recognized around the region as a midwife, not a militant. Regardless, a weaponized CIA drone executed Momina in front of her grandchildren on Oct 24, 2012.

The US has not formally acknowledged the attack, nor taken responsibility.

“Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day,” Rafiq said during the Tuesday morning panel. “Only one person was killed that day. A mom, grandma, a midwife.

“The string that holds the pearls together. That is what my mother was,” Rafiq said in an emotionally choked voice. “Since her death, the string has been broken and life has not been the same. We feel alone and we feel lost.”

Speaking before members of Congress, Rafiq thanked Congressman Grayson for the invitation and said it was reassuring that some members of the US government were willing to try and shed light on a gruesome operation rarely acknowledged publicly in Washington.

If he has the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama, Rafiq said, he will ask him to “find a peaceful end to the war in my country, and end these drones.”

Rafiq said he has seen people living peacefully in the United States and wants a similar peaceful environment in North Waziristan and dreams that his children would be able to complete their education and help rebuild Pakistan.“We can achieve peace through education,” he said.

The US and Pakistan should work together to resolve the problem, he said.

“I am a teacher, my job is to educate,” said Rafiq. “But how can I teach this? How can I teach what I don’t understand?”

Rafiq’s 12-year-old son, Zubair, told Grayson and the few congressional colleagues that joined him on the Hill Tuesday that he was with his grandmother last year when she was killed shortly after the buzzing of a drone was heard hovering above them.

“As I helped my grandma in the field, I could see and hear (a) drone overhead but wasn’t worried because we’re not militants,” Zubair said. “I no longer like blue skies. In fact, I prefer gray skies. When sky brightens, drones return and we live in fear.

“We used to love to play outside. But now people are afraid to leave their houses so we don’t play very often,” the boy added.

Zubair’s sister, Nabila, was picking okra in a field with her grandmother at the time of the attack. She testified that she heard the noise from above. “Everything was dark and I couldn’t see anything, but I heard a scream...I was very scared and all I could think of doing was just run,” she said.

They were joined at the hearing by Robert Greenwald, a filmmaker who has been working in Pakistan over the past several months on a project related to the ongoing US drone strikes. Testifying on his own behalf, Greenwald suggested that the ongoing operations waged by the US as an alleged counter-terrorism operation are breeding anti-American sentiment at a rate that makes Qaeda jealous.

“Yes, there are 100 or 200 fanatics, but now you have 800,000 people in this area who hate the US because of this policy,” Greenwald said. Greenwald added that the research he’s seen indicated that 178 children have been killed in Pakistan by US drone strikes. “We’ve gone from being the most popular country among Pakistani to, according to the polling I’ve seen, the least popular,” Grayson said. “And if you ask people why, the reason is this program.”

“I hope that by telling you about my village and grandmother, you realize drones are not the answer,” pleaded 12-year-old Zubair.

Congressman Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat, said at the hearing that she would bring up the witnesses’ plight with the White House. Grayson said that “friends of the military industrial complex” in Washington would likely keep a full discussion from occurring immediately in Washington, adding that “I don’t expect to see a formal hearing conducted on this subject anytime soon.”

October 16, 2013

 

Let us see what Isabella had been doing in connection with these discussions and what were her activities in the meantime.  In fact, all this time her mind was filled with the subject matter of these discussions and all other engagements and social entanglements were relegated to the background. After the discussion between the priests and Umar Lahmi she had come to the conclusion that the priests had no answer to the objections of Muslims and her belief in Christianity had been shaken and no argument could keep her firm on it.  During this time she had often secretly met Umar Lahmi and sought information about the Muslim creed.  The talk between Umar Lahmi and her father (the head priest) had also concluded at her house and more than a month had passed on it.  Nevertheless she continued her inquiry.  She had also met several times Ziad b. Umar, the Qasi of Islam in Cordova, through Umar Lahmi and got consolation from him.  Ziad b. Umar, besides being a profound scholar of Islam, was a God-fearing man of piety.  Muslims of Spain revered him as a Wali Allah (Friend of Allah), Isabella’s mind was greatly affected by several visits to him and she became attached to Islam and Fully realised that Islam is the true religion while Christianity is a mixture of misguidance and disruptions.  The head priest had asked Umar Lahmi in the cathedral to come to his house next day and had also invited all the priests.  So early next morning Umar Lahmi with some of his associates and divines reached the house of the head priest and was treated with respect and given refreshments in a separate room  Then more than forty Christian divines also arrived and the head priest then addressed Umar Lahmi.

Head Priest:  I know the questions which you will ask, but I do not want to go into details and prolong the talk.  I will say just a word or two which may lead to the result in minutes instead of hours.  What I mean is that Islam and Christianity may be tested by their basic teachings and whichever teaching is best the religion which taught it will be true.  Is it not so?

Umar Lahmi:  I have no objection to anything and I am prepared to discuss on any lines that you choose.  Surely, it is by the teachings of Christianity and Islam that truth and falsehood can be known.

Head Priest:  Bravo, bravo! Surely the help of the Holy Ghost is on your side and you will soon come from the wrong path to right guidance.  Now, that you have agreed to the lines suggested by me, let me proceed.  In every religion there are basic principles and matters of detail.  I want to put before you the essences of Christianity in just one word and desire that you will also give the essence of your religion in one word.  Do you agree?

Umar Lahmi:  Yes, you may proceed.  I agree to whatever you say.

Head Priest:  (to the priests), “See, this is the way to talk!  Just one word decides the issue, (to Umar Lahmi:) Now listen.  The essence of Christianity is “Love”.  Christianity has been condensed in a single word.  Now, you have also to give the essence of Islam in one word.

Umar Lahmi: I am proud to say that Islam has also condensed the essence of its teachings in a single word which covers all basic principles and details.  The root of Islamic principles and teachings is Tauhid (unity).  

Head Priest:  If the essence of Islam is Tauhid (unity), then love has been excluded from it.  Besides, we also say “unity” to be the essence of our religion.

Umar Lahmi:  If Tauhid were the essence of your religion, you should have said so.  Why did you say that love is the essence of your religion?  Now, it is quite wrong to say that by accepting “unity” as the essence of religion, “love” is excluded from it.  On the other hand, the fact is that “love” comes from “unity”.  If “unity” is not taken with all its requisites, love will be a meaningless word.  To accept ‘love’ as the essence of religion means total denial of ‘unity,” or not to take it as the essence of religion.

Head Priest:  The thing is that “unity” comes from “love.” and not “love” from “unity”.

Umar Lahmi:  This is an example of perverted logic.  If unity comes from love, then love is quite a meaningless word.  Because without unity, that is, want of knowledge of Allah, love of Allah will be excluded from it as love of Allah depends on the knowledge of the divine, and unity is but the true recognition of the divine.  Mere love does not prove love of Allah.

Head Priest:  You have started a long discussion.  What I mean is that love has no place in Islam.

Umar Lahmi:  If love has no place in Islam, then love does not exist at all in the world.  It can, on the other hand, be said that there is not the least trace of love in Christianity. Where love is merely a verbal claim, it has neither any standard nor proof.

Head Priest:  Look here.  It is a well-known slogan of our Scriptures that God is love.  Is it not the proof of love?

Umar Lahmi:  It is nothing but merely a verbal claim.  Unless there is a standard of love, the prescribed theory of love will not be acceptable.

Head Priest:  Now, you define the standard of love.  Have not our Scriptures called God father?  Does not father love his children?

Umar Lahmi:  Mere repetition of the word love leads us nowhere unless all its conditions are fulfilled.  If anyone loves another, he should prove it by the sacrifice of his life and possessions and then only can he be said to have loved truly.  Therefore Islam has prescribed obedience and service as the criterion of love which is another name of sacrifice of life and possessions. The Holy Quran says to the Messenger: (peace and blessings be upon him)  “Qul in kuntum tuhibbun Allah fat-tabi’uni yuhbibkum Allah”  [Say:  If you love Allah, follow me:  Allah will love you].* Thus this verse has prescribed a standard of love which has discriminated between true and false love.  But in your religion there is no criterion of love.  Any pretender can stand up and say that he loves Allah.  

Head Priest:  You have again started a long discussion.  I want that everything should be comprehensive so that the decision may be arrived at quickly.  However, If your Holy Quran has also called God father, which is the highest position of love?

Umar Lahmi:  If the Quran had used the word father for God, it would have been the greatest proof of its deficiency.  Islam never used this misleading word for God but, on the other hand, has used such words as have the most sublime significance as compared to the term father.  

Head Priest:  You are very impudent, calling the word “father” misleading.  Now, tell me quickly what better word Islam has used instead of father.  (The head priest’s neck at this time became stiff and foam cane from his mouth in great anger).  

Umar Lahmi:  There is no reason for the loss of temper.  I have called the word “father” misleading because it has become the basis of assigning partners to Allah, and people invented a son to Allah.  Christians also believe in the divinity of Christ.  As to the better word in place of father used by Islam, that word is Rabb (fosterer), which implies a Being who fosters from beginning to end and his fostering care never ends.  So by using the word “fosterer” Islam has taught that Allah’s fostering love is never withdrawn.  But the concept of father implies that father will care for his child up to a certain time and will then become indifferent. Besides, a father can care for his child only in optional matters but not in matters beyond his control.  If the child falls ill, father cannot cure his illness while the fostering of Allah is no so; He has power over everything and in nothing is He helpless and His fostering care is everlasting.  This proves that, instead of father, fosterer is more suited to the Dignity of Allah and, besides, fosterer is indicative of “Unity of Allah,” while father is the source of assigning partner to Allah in the world.  

Head Priest:  The effects of the fosterer as indicated by you find no proof in the world while you cannot shut your eyes to father’s love.  So how can one accept a word without meaning which has no proof in the world, while you cannot ignore the effects of father’s love.

Umar Lahmi:  Unfortunately, the creed of Atonement has clouded your vision, otherwise you could not have said so.  We see every day that a child is fostered in its mother’s womb and in childhood and youth and old age the fostering care continues.  That is, His fostering continues from beginning to end.  It is not the work of the Rabb (Fosterer) which we see every day?

Head Priest:  The Bible says that God has such a love with the people of the world that He sacrificed His only child for the sake of men.  What better proof can be of love that father sacrifices his dearest thing for love.

Umar Lahmi:  This very statement of the Bible refutes your claim.  You mean that the father is one who sacrifices his pure and innocent son for the sake of impure and sinful men.  That is, father’s love was manifested thus that he killed his innocent son.  But the fosterer is one who is not unjust to anyone.  On the other hand, He punishes the unjust.  The Holy Quran says:  “Wa la tuziru waziratun wizra ukhr” [And no burdened soul can bear another’s burden]. **  But your father killed his own child.  If to crucify and kill one’s innocent and sinless child is love we cannot touch such love with a pair of tongs.

Head Priest;  (to other priests):  I had thought that this man was inclined to Jesus Christ, but he is a stiff “unbeliever”.  Everything that I have said is of high order but how can these people understand them?  (to Umar Lahmi):  Your heart has turned black.  Christ does not want to accept you.  Now, you go away from here.  I have nothing todo with you.  You just came to annoy me.  (To the priests):  You should also have no concern with these people.  You have seen that they are so hot-headed, they would not agree to anything.

Umar Lahmi:  But, sir……………

Head Priest:  Shut up, now.  I have seen for what purpose you came here and with what object you talk to us.  So saying the Head Priest, exhibiting his Christian manners, left for his room on the upper storey.  Umar Lahmi and other Muslim divines came out raising the cry of “Nasrun min Allah wa fathun qarib” [Help from Allah and victory is a hand].***  

Voicing the slogan of victory, Umar Lahmi and other Muslim divines returned to their respective homes.  Isabella had attentively listened to the talk of both sides.  With her were her friends and other respectable Christian ladies.  In the evening when Isabella’s friends gathered again comments started on the morning talk.  Whatever little faith Isabella had in Christianity was shattered and she full realised that the Christian creed was just a sham which had neither any basis nor any principle.  Earlier meetings had left her with the impression that Michael, Peter and others were not well informed, but her father, the head priest, had profound knowledge of the reality of Christianity and, therefore, if these people were unable to meet the questions of Muslims, she had thought, her father would be able to silence them.  But after listening this last talk she was thoroughly disappointed and had left no alternative but to conclude that the basis of Christianity was no better than the spider’s web.

A month had passed and a great revolution had come in the mind of Isabella.  She had secretly beeen meeting Umar Lahmi and, through him, other divines like Ziad b. Umar in Cordova.  She was not more devoted to the study of the Holy Quran and the truth of Islam was taking deep root in her mind.  She made a comparative study of the Holy Quran and the Bible to find out which of the two had greater truth and which was just a mixture of superstitions.  She had given thought according to her lights to the problems of Unity of Allah, Messenger Hood, the Holy Quran, salutation, atonement, intercession, meaning of sin and human acts and their consequences.  

She was no longer a devotee of Christianity, but had bowed her head to Islam.  But often she was perturbed with the idea of giving up a religion she had followed from her birth.  What trials and tribulations she might have to face on going over to Islam.  She will have to forsake her father, mother, sisters and relatives.  How shall her future life be?  But, immediately it struck her that trials and troubles have to be encountered in the path of truth and if, after recognising the truth, she did not openly declare it she will be guilty in the sight of Allah.

When Umar Lahmi Learnt of her perturbation he secretly sent word to her to recite then times each morning and evening the verse of the Holy Quran:  “Rabbi adkhilni mudkhala sidqin wa akhrijni mukhraja sidqin waj ‘al-li minladunka sultaman nasire” [My Lord! make me enter a truthful entering, and make me go forth a truthful going forth, and grant me from Thy presence an authority to help (me)]. ****  Allah willing, her anxiety will be relieved.

So Isabella followed this advice.  By reciting this verse morning and evening she felt as if some mysterious power was giving strength to her heart and removing her fears.  This prompt effect of the verse further strengthened her faith in Islam and she became more devoted to the Holy Quran and Islam.  

October 11, 2013

The Holy Qur'an is the ‘Word of Allah’ and this Divine book was revealed in the Arabic language.  It is obligatory for those who wish to fully understand Holy Qur'an to study and know Arabic well, otherwise, one would not have scratched the surface of it's meaning. The Holy Qur'an was sent down to the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) not only as guidance for mankind, but as the fountainhead of all knowledge. Arabic, at the time of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an, was the richest language on the face of the earth and still is today.

There are many translations of Holy Qur'an that have been undertaken in order to give Muslims who don't speak Arabic a chance to understand some of what the Holy Qur'an teaches. These translations are far from perfect and should only be taken as an attempt to give a basic understanding of the Divine Text. Some of these translations were not even written by Islamic scholars; instead, these people maliciously or ignorantly misinterpreted the Holy Qur'an.

The munafiqun and the Jews,on countless occasions throughout history, tried to change the Words of Allah, the Most High, for their own selfish benefit. To change the Words of Allah is a heinous crime and those who commit this crime, Allah the Most High says of them in Surah Maidah, Ayah 41: He "does not intend to purify their hearts. For them in this world is disgrace, and for them in the hereafter is a grievous punishment."

One recent example of this is the The Qur'an DVD series for reciter Muhammad Khalil Al Husary, in which very derogatory words are used in the translation of Suratul Duha when referencing Rasulullah (peace be upon him). In this series’ translation of Suratul Duha, line number seven, “wa wajadaka dhaalin fa hada”, this line is translated as: "We have found you in search of Allah, and We showed you the way" or “You were looking for a way, and you didn't know it, We showed you". Additionally, this flawed translation uses words like, “We found him distracted…”, when words like "distracted" are used when describing mental patients. This is totally and completely incorrect, as clarified by the best commentators of Holy Qur'an. The appropriate translation of this ayah or line means: “and We found you unaware of the laws that are not easily understood.” The videos containing these erroneous and misleading translations should be immediately confiscated!

In Arabic, one word may have many, many meanings depending on context, situation, speaker and audience being addressed. Due to the richness of the Arabic language and the perfect dialect spoken by the Meccan Arabs, the Holy Qur'an was revealed in this most perfect style and beautiful language so unique and incomparable, that even the Arab scholars of that time were astounded!  The Holy Qur'an can only be understood by using the language in which it was revealed.

Today, there is much evil being perpetrated by those who target the Holy Qur'an and distort its meanings.  Previously, there were similar incorrect translations of Holy Qur'an by Jamiat-ul-Qur'an, an organization that is selling their imperfect products to western countries such as America, without any right to do so. By claiming to be of Ahli Bait -  the blessed family of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) - many Holy Qur'ans are printed with translations taken out of context. Yet, they were paid to kill Ahli Bait, to lead people in error- English speaking people who can’t read in Arabic. Due to their misguiding, misinterpretation, and misleading in the name of Holy Qur’an, such people are worse than Terry Jones, who tried to burn the Holy Qur’an.

One of the miracles of the Holy Qur'an is that innumerable populations of Muslims have memorized it since the time of the Holy Last Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) in order to preserve the Words of Allah in their original state. This will continue until the Last Day, as Allah the Most High has promised in His Qur'an:

“If you are in doubt about what We have revealed to Our servant, then bring a Surah similar to this, and do call your supporters other than Allah, if you are true. But if you do not - and you will never be able to - then guard yourselves against the Fire, the fuel of which will be men and stones. It has been prepared for disbelievers.” (Surah Baqara, ayat 23,24)

October 6, 2013

The controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday in Polk County, Fla., before he could burn almost 3,000 Qurans.

The county's Board of County Commissioners had denied on Tuesday Jones's request for a permit to burn 3,000 Qurans — the holy book of Islam — in a local park to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Florida pastor Terry Jones has been charged with the unlawful carrying of fuel for allegedly planning to burn almost 3,000 Qurans, one for every victim of the 9/11 attacks. He has been taken into custody and faces felony charges.

Jones was arrested on felony charges after a traffic stop, a spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

According to NBC Miami, Jones was riding in a pickup truck with kerosene-soaked Qurans inside the truck bed. Additional bottles of kerosene were found in the truck bed.

He faces charges of unlawfully transporting fuel and openly carrying a firearm, NBC Miami reported.

Jones's website said he wanted to burn 2,998 Qurans at 5 p.m. "in memory of the 2,998 victims of Islamic jihad who were murdered on September 11th, 2001."

Jones, 61, is a pastor of Dove World Outreach Center. He was arrested along with another pastor, Marvin Wayne Sapp, Jr.

His church has famously staged Quran burnings in the past, the move at one point earning Jones the condemnation of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. (NBC News)

October 6, 2013

Americans must not tolerate extremism in any form and therefore must stop those who incite hatred in order to cash in on the spread of Islamophobia. According to the Center for American Progress’s report, Fear, Inc., tens of millions of dollars has been pumped into front organizations in the United States with self-styled representatives leading a crusade against Islam. There is a long list of parasites who imbed themselves into society, posing as patriots, but who in actuality have nefarious plans to wipe out Muslims and Islam from America. However, these enemies of America are instead bringing harm to the American people and our interests at home and abroad.

No one can stop the progress and peaceful spread of Islam. The socially rejected, known criminals, cheats and frauds continue to cash in on Islamophobia for the money, popularity, and attention while making millions. Terry Jones, Martin Mawyer, Sam Bacile others receive funds from aware and possibly unaware donors in the name of their organizations, which spread Islamophobia creating hatred between Muslims and Christians in America. Sam Bacile produced a very offensive, sacrilegious film against Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), causing uprisings around the world. What was his objective?

Americans must not capitulate to the actions of such extremists who wish to burn holy books. In his yearly attempt to garner attention for his hate campaign, the so-called Pastor Terry Jones, and former waiter, attempted to again set fire to Holy Quran, but was instead arrested. According to the Tampa Tribune, before Jones’s attempted his stunt, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, telephoned to convey his concern “that such activity is disrespectful to Muslims and needlessly puts innocent civilians and US military members in the Centcom area of responsibility at greater risk.” If such an act of barbarity is allowed, the world will continue to see the repercussions and negative implications which can only harm American soldiers abroad, diplomats, government officials and embassy workers.

No longer will Americans play into hands of these charlatans who were robbing people in the name of healing and, finding they were exposed, now set out to indulge in a most horrendous pursuit that is isolating America from the rest of world and inciting violence against Americans and American interests.

What reason do leading Islamophobes give for this constant attack on Muslims? Muslims did not destroy the World Trade Center, but instead culpability for the tragedy lies in the Zionist Israeli regime. Why victimize Muslims for a crime they did not commit?  Instead, the American people should stand up and put end to the unholy war against indigenous American Muslims who have done no harm to their country, revere the Holy Bible as the book of God and love Jesus, son of Mary, the second to last messenger of Islam.

September 27, 2013

Cairo - Egypt’s latest crackdown on Morsi supporters and sympathizers now affects the country’s mosques. Fifty-five thousand “unlicensed” imams will be prohibited from giving sermons in mosques and small mosques are being closed. “Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Goma said the ministry would limit prayers to mosques controlled by the ministry, allow only Al-Azhar-qualified imams to preach in mosques, shut down small mosques that are often led by independent imams, and ban donations from inside mosques that "go to those who do not fear God,” Al Ahram reported.

“The ban will mainly target small unlicensed mosques or random praying areas. The idea is to spread a moderate message of Islam and keep Egyptians away from radical ideas,” Egypt Independent Newspaper reported. This decision has caused a stir amongst the Nour Party—Egypt’s largest Salafi party. “Sherif Taha, spokesperson for the Nour Party, criticised the move, claiming mosques were already crowded during Friday prayers and it would become worse if small, neighbourhood mosques were closed,” according to Al Ahram.

Morsi’s largest supporters, the Muslim Brotherhood, are suffering another setback in it’s mission to restore democracy to Egypt. “Egypt's army-backed government has decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a registered non-governmental organization, a state-run newspaper reported, pressing a crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Morsi's movement,” Egypt Independent Newspaper reported. The Egyptian interim government discussed disbanding the Brotherhood in recent months; however, the decision comes after a bomb exploded injuring more than 20 people on a major thoroughfare in Cairo. Authorities say it was an assassination attempt on Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim. The Brotherhood denies involvement and condemned the attack. "We reject any attempt to assassinate any leader or politician, and our ideology stands against violence and murder," Brotherhood leader Mamdouh al-Husseiny told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

“A Suez military court has given 11 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters life sentences relating to charges of violence following the dispersal of pro-Mohamed Morsy sit-ins in Cairo and Giza recently,” according to Egypt Independent Newspaper.  The crackdown began with a wave of mass arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members for a variety of charges—the most commonly cited charge is incitement of violence. Egyptian security forces continue carrying out arrests of the group’s leaders and members. “Egyptian police are making "extensive efforts" to overcome “extremist hotbeds," Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said,” Al Ahram reported.

Prior to his recent arrest for charges including incitement of violence at the Republican Guard Headquarters, organizing a terrorist gang and murder, Mohamed El-Beltagy—who was hiding from authorities at the time—said in a video aired on al-Jazeera station, “Egyptian authorities have no shred of evidence the group engaged in any terrorist acts, as alleged by the Egyptian government,” Al Ahram reported.

 

El-Beltagy exposed contradictions in Army Chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s actions toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi promoted el-Sisi to defense minister, yet it begs the question, how could he accept working in a parliament alongside ministers who were members of the Muslim Brotherhood—an alleged terrorist group? "Why hadn't he noticed anything related to the terrorism of the Brotherhood all these years?" El-Beltagy asked in the video. "How was he head of military intelligence and yet allowed a member of a terrorist group to be nominated for president," reported Al Ahram.

The constant barrage of media propaganda against the Muslim Brotherhood has incited people to form lynch mobs or become neighborhood vigilantes; therefore, people are always on guard. “The ouster of Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has set off something of a witch hunt against those perceived as being his supporters. The campaign has been fed by domestic media, which has broadcast around-the-clock images of bearded gunmen allegedly firing at security forces during demonstrations.” according to Egypt Independent Newspaper.

Clinging to their demands in recent demonstrations and rallies—though in smaller numbers—Morsi supporters continue calling for the return of democracy and protesting against the military. With such continued public defiance, it remains to be seen what further measures will be taken against the government-dissolved Muslim Brotherhood and other pro-Morsi groups and how such actions affect the rest of Egypt.

 

September 27, 2013

A Russian Islamic organization has called upon the Muslims of Egypt to protect Coptic Christians who are being victimized by terrorist extremists seeking to sow discord between the Christian and Muslim population in Egypt who have co-existed peacefully for centuries.

Mufti Salman Farid, head of the Ulema Council of the Russian Association of Islamic Accord, which is also known as the All-Russian Muslim Board, called on the Egyptian Muslim population to maintain the safety of churches in the country, to protect Muslim and Christian clergy and to "severely punish the extremists who sowed the seeds of chaos and revolt,” as reported by Interfax-Religion news service.

The mufti’s comments were made in response to atrocities being committed by Wahhabi extremists and mercenary terrorists gangs who have “burned down several dozens of churches and have looted monasteries recently in an attempt to further fan the flames of this fratricidal war, [Muslims are called upon to ] cease the efforts of those to desecrate, destroy and loot numerous mosques and madrasahs."

In the Holy Qur’an, the revelation sent down through the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, Almighty God declares that Christians and Muslims are close in spiritual kinship:

“…nearest among them in love to the Believers you will find those who say: "We are Christians"; because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant. “ Qur'an 5 : 82

The Ulema Council leader recounted that  there was a strong heritage of  abiding  fellowship between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East and Africa, and in Egypt, in particular.  The Copts once "opened the gates of Egypt to Islam and Muslims," and Allah ordered the Muslims to take care of this country, its heritage and people,” he said.

 

"We urge the brave Muslim sons of Egypt to always remember that Almighty Allah put you in charge of this blessed land and that you bear the responsibility for its residents, especially the Copts," he said.

 

The mufti accused the Muslim Brotherhood movement of using pseudo-Islamic slogans to "open the gates of chaos and disaster: people are being killed, beaten or assaulted, mosques and churches are being set on fire and desecrated, museums are being looted and the heritage belonging to all civilizations is being destroyed."

 

"The modern history of Syria, the Palestinian territories, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt today vividly demonstrates what happens to countries when an unholy, false movement called the Muslim Brotherhood appears," he said.

September 24, 2013

Most American Muslims—especially the indigenous Muslims and converts, make an honest effort to practice Al-Islam in letter & spirit— and thus abide by the Islamic dietary laws. The laws have a foundation upon clear, Divine commands in the Holy Qur’an and unambiguous examples of their implementation via the Sunnah (traditions) of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him). Unfortunately, greedy business owners and corporations have waged a full-scale exploitation of the ignorance of the masses, combined with store-bought “scholars” brought in from overseas issuing purchased fatawa (rulings) to justify illegal means of slaughter to achieve higher profit margins. To facilitate the mass consumption of chicken, these scholars, along with companies posing as Halaal meat-producing entities, have fraudulently made “halaal” what is haraam - that is, the machine-slaughter of chicken.

 

Substantial research has been conducted on the wholesale poultry distributors and slaughterhouses that claim they are distributing halaal poultry. Most of the facilities are owned and operated by non-Muslims, polytheists and/or atheists who have contracts or deals with “halaal certification” companies to provide their seal of approval. The major distributors that are owned by Muslims supply smaller markets and restaurants with machine-slaughtered chicken, which is haraam. The methods they employ, in an attempt to quell the concerns of inquiring Muslims who adhere to Islamic dietary laws, range from “blessing” the machine that slaughters the animals, “blessing” the shackles that restrain the birds, playing a cassette recording of the Tasmiya (“Bismillah Allahu Akbar,” meaning “With Allah’s Name, Allah is Greatest”), or (literally) driving around the slaughter facility and “blessing” it in the process. This is not only a mockery and direct insult to common sense and reason, but a blatant disregard for the Qur’anic commands that Allah Ta’ala has given and the perfect practice of the Sunnah—all for the sake of profit margins built upon the intentional corruption of Islamic dietary standards.

 

Allah Ta’ala establishes the dietary standards for mankind, saying: “O mankind! Eat that which is halaal and good from the earth! And do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed he is an open enemy to you!” (Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 168) From this Ayat, we know, without a doubt, that all foods consumed by a human being (regardless of religion) must be lawful and there is no ambiguity in this. Allah Ta’ala further clarifies the meaning of halaal food, when He says: “They ask you what is halaal (lawful) for them (as food). Say: Halaal to you are (all) things good and pure and what you have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah. Eat what they catch for you and pronounce the Name of Allah over it.” (Surah al-Ma’idah, Ayah 4)

 

Allah’s Name being mentioned is mandatory, to such an extent that the disregard for this is a transgression: “Do not eat of [meats] over which Allah’s Name has not been pronounced! For that would be a transgression.” (Surah Al-An’am, Ayah 121) and “And why should you not eat of that upon which the Name of Allah has been mentioned, while He has explained in detail to you what He has forbidden you, excepting that to which you are compelled. Indeed do many mislead through their inclinations without knowledge. Indeed your Rabb knows best of the transgressors.” (Surah Al-An’am, Ayah 119)

 

From the Sunnah (traditions) of the Holy Last Messenger (blessings and peace upon him) and the Blessed Companions (May Allah be pleased with them), it is clear that pronunciation of Allah’s Name over the intended animal, in conjunction with the cutting of the jugular vein, establishes the halaal slaughter of an animal. Rafi ibn Khadij (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Sayyiduna Rasulullah (blessings and peace upon him) said: “If the killing tool causes the blood to gush out, and the Name of Allah is pronounced, then eat (of the slaughtered animal).” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith 5498) This Hadith Sharif is a clear refutation to those who eat the meat of animals that have been slaughtered by the inhumane ways of mass-production, which include stunning, goring, electrocution, and the use of machines for mass slaughter.

 

Eating halaal is not to be taken lightly, for the prayers of a human, along with the establishment of salaat, depend on the belly being nourished with halaal provisions. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Holy Last Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace upon him) said: “Surely, Allah Ta’ala is Pure and accepts only that which is pure. Allah commanded the believers with what He commanded the Messengers. And the Almighty has said: ‘O Messengers! Eat from the pure things that which we have provided you and perform righteous deeds.’ And Allah Ta’ala has said: ‘O you who believe! Eat of the pure things We have provided you.’” Then he (blessings and peace upon him) mentioned the man who journeyed far, was disheveled and dusty and who stretches out his hands to the sky (saying): “Ya Rabb! Ya Rabb!!” while his food is haraam, his drink haraam, his clothing haraam, and he is nourished with haraam. So how can he be answered! (Sahih Muslim)

The Islamic standard of slaughter has been in existence for more than 1,400 years and has been thoroughly outlined by every school of Islamic jurisprudence for Muslims who have lived in Islamic and non-Islamic environments—such as North America. Thus, we refer to the righteous scholars of Al-Islam, not paid-off clerics, to validate the proper position.

From the school of Al-Imam al-A’zam Abu Hanifah An-Nu’man (May Allah be pleased with him), Imam al-Haskafi (Allah’s Mercy upon him) has written: “An animal slaughtered by someone other than Ahl al-Kitab, such as a fire-worshipper, idol-worshipper, etc. will not be halaal. Likewise, the animal on which the Name of Allah was intentionally not pronounced (will be haram); however, if it was omitted due to forgetfulness, it would be halaal.”

 

From the school of Al-Imam Malik ibn Anas (May Allah be pleased with him), Shaykh-ul-Islam Al-Imam Ahmed Ad-Dardir Al-Azhari (May Allah bless him) has written in his Al-Sharh al-Kabir: “Tasmiya (the pronunciation of the Name of Allah Ta’ala) is necessary at the time of slaughtering the animal or sending for hunting if one remembers and is capable of doing so. Thus, it is not necessary for a person who forgets, neither on a person who is incapable and neither on the one who is forced not pronounce it.”

 

The statement of Shaykh-ul-Islam has been elaborated by Imam Muhammad ibn Yousuf Ad-Dassouqi Al-Maliki (Allah's Mercy upon him), with the assertion: “The meaning of the Ayah: ‘Do not eat of [meats] over which Allah’s Name has not been pronounced! For that would be a transgression,’ [Surah Al-An’am, 121] is that on which the Name of Allah was intentionally not pronounced with having capability of doing so. However, if the Name of Allah was not pronounced due to forgetfulness or incapability, then the animal would be halaal. An individual ignorant of the ruling will be treated in the same manner as the one who deliberately and intentionally omits the Tasmiya.” (Hashiyat ad-Dasuqi Alaa Ash-Sharh Al-Kabir, Volume 2, pages 167-168)

 

It is clear that the standard and accepted sources of Islamic jurisprudence substantiate that every single (non-fish) animal for consumption must absolutely be slaughtered individually with the pronunciation of Tasmiya and neglect of this process is unacceptable. What has been discovered, upon researching these so-called “halaal” distributors and slaughterhouses, is practices contrary to all of the above-mentioned prerequisites for Islamic slaughter. Depending on the size, these facilities reportedly slaughter as many as 100-140 birds a minute using machines. How can they guarantee that the recitation of the Tasmiya has been said for every bird that has been slaughtered?

In speed and precision experiments performed by simply holding a string of beads, the average number of times the Tasmiya was correctly recited was 63 recitations per minute. This was not done with a sharp knife in the hand in front of a moving, live bird about to be slaughtered. So, how can a company claim that the proper slaughter of a chicken—with the recitation of the Tasmiya done by the slaughterer every time a laceration is to be made—can be performed 100-140 times in a minute?! Or (hypothetically), if a machine is improperly used to perform the slaughter, how can a human tongue keep up with that many birds per minute? For the aforementioned number of birds per minute, the slaughterer would literally have to recite the Tasmiya approximately two times a second. Compound that with a standard 8-hour workday, and you see a literally impossible scenario, even if the company was playing a cassette. Nevertheless, a machine cannot replace the mandated hand-slaughter of chicken. This is haraam, according to Holy Qur’an, Sunnah of the Holy Last Messenger (Allah’s blessings and peace upon him and his family) and the Ijma’ of the Ulama of Haqq (May Allah bless them all). If one wishes to achieve the mass-slaughter of chickens, then he or she can simply employ the necessary staff to perform the job properly, thereby saving themselves in the Akhirah and guarding the rights of their fellow Muslims as well, by doing that which is halaal and shunning that which is clearly haraam and blameworthy.

 

The person slaughtering and the method of slaughter present two facets of halaal, but another is the condition of the animal being slaughtered.  Sayyiduna Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (ra) said: “If you were to pour alcohol down a well, and the fill the well up with dirt and grass grew from that well. If a sheep were to eat the grass from there, I wouldn't eat the meat of that sheep." Chickens raised for halaal slaughter have very few feed regulations, which means they are fed items containing haraam meat, blood and toxic chemicals. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) admitted last August that a feed product known as Roxarsone, manufactured by Pfizer, is routinely fed to chickens and contains arsenic, a known human carcinogen. It is obvious as shown in the lack of concern for any of the requirements of zabiha that these companies care nothing about providing halaal chicken. Rather, their prime concern is financial and  therefore they have compromised the Islamic ways of slaughter for the sake of better profit margins.

These facts lead to one conclusion - Muslims in North America be warned: companies who claim to sell halaal chicken, but in actuality sell haraam are exploiting you. It is insufficient to sit back and say “so-and-so said it is halaal, so the sin is on him, not on me.” Woe unto those who follow that thinking, because you have doomed your own selves with the statement alone. Shaitan (we seek refuge from him) is an open enemy and his attacks can come in many forms. The disestablishment of Salaat is one of the tools he uses, because Salaat cannot be established with a belly full of haraam provisions, therefore it is imperative to take a keen interest in the origin and slaughter methods of animals identified as halaal. Jabir al-Ansari (May Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Last Messenger (blessings and peace upon him) said: “Every person nourished with haraam is deserving of the Nar (Hell-Fire).” (Related by Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal)

August 23, 2013

Between 2001 and 2008, mainstream media outlets predominantly featured anti-Islam organizations, leading to altered “contours of mainstream discourse.” That’s according to North Carolina Professor Christopher A. Bail’s study that used “anti-plagiarism” software to examine the coverage of Muslims in the mainstream American press. Bail surveyed more than “1,084 press releases about Muslims produced by 120 civil society organizations to 50,407 newspaper articles and television transcripts” during the seven crucial years after 9/11.

Bail told the British Wired magazine that journalists became enamored with the those spouting anti-Muslim rhetoric, and that even though “the vast majority of organizations competing to shape public discourse about Islam after the September 11 attacks delivered pro-Muslim messages,” journalists so closely followed extremists that the groups became perceived as “mainstream.” Muslim groups, as a result, were sidelined and became less influential. Bail painted a disturbing picture for Wired, saying:

“I think most Americans are exposed to anti-Muslim messages in the media and elsewhere. The danger, I believe, is that many Americans have not been exposed to the positive messages of Muslim organisations because they receive so little media coverage.”

An August 2011 Center for American Progress study, Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,  Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney and Pamela Geller are  featured prominently in  the study, three of the anti-Muslim, Islamophobia movement’s most paranoid propagandist, revealed that seven different organizations have given $43 million over 10 years to a small, interconnected group of individuals and organizations responsible for mainstreaming fear, bigotry and hate against Muslims and Islam in America. The money helped Islamophobic messages take hold.

The Wall Street Journal’s Muslims: Representing Islam in American Print News Media by Suad Joseph and Benjamin D’Harlingue, University of California, Davis points out the negative impact the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)  “Op-Eds,” had in shaping public opinion of Muslims and Islam prior to September 11. The articles during January 1, 2000 to July 31,2007  construct an unbridgeable difference between Muslims and the West. In the commentaries, Muslims, whether citizen or foreign, are frequently portrayed as “not us,” as the embodiment of the illegible, inscrutable other reflecting the binary of Samuel Huntington’s (1996) clash of civilizations – two cultures, two religions, two civilizations. This notion of unbridgeable cultural difference, traceable across multiple WSJ commentaries, portrays Islam as inscrutable and almost unintelligible to Judeo-Christian theology and philosophy.

As an example, in an April 8, 2003 article,  authored by Noah Feldman, entitled “Muslim Democrats? Why not!,” He writes: “Separation of church and state is an excellent idea, even, even a constitutional necessity, in a religiously diverse country like the U.S. Where almost everybody in a country is Muslim, however, a democratic state may nonetheless have a religious character”. The authors of the research note “Moreover, it assumes that a state governing predominantly Muslims is inherently more likely to have a religious character.”

What  the Journal pointed out is the discrete use of words and the hidden effect they have on the reader in planting seeds of discord and fear, to bring about a clash between Muslims and Christians.  Feldman's writings plaid partner in creating the Anti Sharia movement. The theme across the WSJ articles is anti- modern anti-democratic, repeatedly presenting Islam and Muslims as a threat to American standards of living and values.

As noted in the Study, in a reference from Pierre Bourdieu (2005), he argued that the journalistic field has an increasingly powerful hold on the production of meaning.  He explained, “...the journalistic field, which is increasingly heteronomous, in other words, increasingly subject to the constraints of the economy and of politics, is more and more imposing its constraints on all other fields, particularly the fields of cultural production such as the field of the social sciences, philosophy, etc., and on the political field” .

Over the past few years, the Islamophobia network - the funders, scholars, grassroots activists, media amplifiers, and political validators - have worked hard to push narratives that mosques are incubators of radicalization, and that “radical Islam” has infiltrated all aspects of American society — including the conservative movement.

And the network has had its effect. “The groups that were getting the majority of the attention, especially after 9/11, were some of the least representative groups, or what I call fringe groups,” Bail said.

Islamophobia Studies Journal, Spring 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1, UC Berkley

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project,

Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley.

July 25, 2013

According to reports, the Chinese Authorities have forbidden Uyghur Muslims who are returning from summer vacations from fasting in the month of Ramadan and taking part in religious activities. ”Before the fast began, they were extracting guarantees from parents, promising that their children won’t fast in Ramadan,” Sweden-based spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress (WUC), Dilxat Raxit said in a radio interview.

The restrictions state that Muslim students under 18 years of age are banned from fasting and taking part in the religious activities during the month of Ramadan. Students failing to abide by the orders are being reported to and punished by the Chinese Authorities.

“They have also made groups of 10 households responsible for spying on each other, so that if a single child from one family fasts for Ramadan, or takes part in religious activities, then all 10 families will be fined,” Raxit said, ”It’s called a 10-household guarantee system.”

In Beijing and Xinjiang, security crackdowns prevent Muslims from gathering to observe prayers and other religious practices which are required during Ramadhan. A human rights group reported that Uyghur Muslims are being sentenced to prison terms for engaging in religious studies and government employees, teachers, and students are being fined if they observe the Ramadan fast

July 13, 2013

The Vice Chancellor of the International Qur’anic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gillani, delivers a dynamic statement to the world to address disturbing lies forged by the patrons of Islamophobia who wish to paint a picture that is contrary to his lifelong mission as a teacher, reformer and guide. In 1979, His Eminence El Sheikh Gillani, a noble direct descendant of Ahlul Bayt, which is the family of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), traveled to America. The lineage of El Sheikh Gillani can be traced to his noble grandfather, the world-renowned and revered Ghauzul Azam El Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani (b. 1077 c.e.) (ra) of Baghdad. As head of the distinguished and influential Gillani family in Pakistan, His Eminence El Sheikh Gillani has continuously performed his noble duties to uplift and protect God's servants. Over thirty years later, El Sheikh Gillani emerges as one of the world’s greatest humanitarians, going wherever there is a cry for help.

 

When arriving in America, El Sheikh Gillani met a devoted group of indigenous American Muslims whose hearts were yearning for a leader and guide dedicated to the practice of Al Islam at a time when the deviant Wahabi ideology infiltrated the American Muslim mainstream. El Sheikh Gillani found this earnest group of American Muslims in an unlikely place- the depressed ghettos of the inner cities where drugs, crime and violence were rampant.  As unlikely as it seems, these Americans had prayed to Almighty God for relief, and after witnessing many Divine miraculous manifestations supporting El Sheikh Gillani’s mission, this group of American Muslims soon formed a devout community of faithful Muslims becoming known as The Muslims of America, Inc.

 

Today, in contrast to the horrifying ghettos of the inner cities, The Muslims of America, Inc., have established peaceful rural villages, where they live a clean life, focus on education, serve in local communities, partake in an agricultural lifestyle and raise the fourth generation of children who have benefitted from the care of His Eminence. Regardless of this great progress, in a post 9/11 America, there are those who have manufactured new careers and made vast fortunes masquerading as Christians, but who are actually peddlers of Islamophobia and not followers of the second to the last messenger, Jesus son of the Chaste Mary. Instead, they are bent on distorting the truth, spreading lies and falsehood, and attempting to bring about unrest and violence between unaware Christians and Muslims. El Sheikh Gillani remains steadfast under the attack of such frauds who have attempted to degrade years of service to mankind by using books and web pages filled with propaganda as well as deceptive editing of thirty-year-old videos to incite the panic that American Muslims are planning to harm  their fellow neighbors- an outright fabrication.

 

Coinciding with his travels to America, in the early 1980’s, another cry was heard from halfway around the globe as the innocent people of Afghanistan were invaded by the former Soviet Union (USSR) sending shockwaves throughout the world.  An immediate reaction rang out from the humanitarian community including the United Nations as well as a strong response from the United States of America who supported the “Mujahideen”, also called freedom fighters, so that the people of Afghanistan could repel the communist aggressors. El Sheikh Gillani, his American followers and Muslims from all over the world joined the international community in confronting the Soviets to drive them from Afghanistan. In the State of the Union Address Delivered Before a Joint Session of the Congress on January 23, 1980, President Jimmy Carter stated:

 

…at this moment, massive Soviet troops are attempting to subjugate the fiercely independent and deeply religious people of Afghanistan.…The integrity and the independence of weaker nations must not be threatened. But now the Soviet Union has taken a radical and an aggressive new step. It's using its great military power against a relatively defenseless nation. The implications of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan could pose the most serious threat to the peace since the Second World War.

The vast majority of nations on Earth have condemned this latest Soviet attempt to extend its colonial domination of others and have demanded the immediate withdrawal of Soviet troops. The Moslem world is especially and justifiably outraged by this aggression against an Islamic people. No action of a world power has ever been so quickly and so overwhelmingly condemned. But verbal condemnation is not enough. The Soviet Union must pay a concrete price for their aggression….

 

As El Sheikh Gillani continued his efforts to help the people of Afghanistan, the devastation in that country over the next five years was horrific.  According to Amnesty International, “about 1 million Afghans died”. The United Nations News Centre reports, “…About 3 million refugees fled to Pakistan and 1.5 million to Iran. Many people were also driven from the countryside to Kabul, and in total more than half of the population was displaced…”.

 

In a radio address to Americans on December 28, 1985, President Ronald Reagan reiterated American support for the freedom fighters, the Mujahideen, who were instrumental in finally expelling the former USSR from Afghanistan:

 

 

In 1985, when the Mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan were invited and honored at the White House, President Reagan went so far as to say about the Mujahideen: "These gentlemen are the moral equivalents of America's Founding Fathers."

 

As Imam of The Muslims of America, and Vice Chancellor of the International Qur’anic Open University, Inc., El Sheikh Gillani has consistently performed the noble work of teaching and reforming those whose founding fathers indeed built America. Instead of paying due regard for the sacrifices and recognizing the successes of El Sheikh Gillani, forces who are against America have instead launched a barrage of media assaults falsely accusing The Muslims of America, Inc. as enemies of their fellow countrymen.

 

In the forefront of this assault is the President of the so-called Christian Action Network, Martin Mawyer, who released a book in 2012 titled Twilight in America, which prompted The Muslims of America,Inc. to file a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit in federal court. In addition to the book, Mawyer was responsible for the publication and propagation of a deceitful film portraying El Sheikh Gillani’s heroic efforts in Afghanistan and Indian-occupied Kashmir as training camps against Americans.

 

The best medicine for lies is truth.

 

El Sheikh Gillani takes a journey through time as he delivers a timely policy statement detailing the history of his mission, the victories and the current struggles as the enemies of Islam persist in their attack of innocent American Muslims who have done no harm to their own country.

 

His Eminence El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gillani:

 

I issued a Victory Letter in English. In it is written that Almighty Allah spoke to the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and informed us that Allah ta Ala is going to dismember the USSR. In the Victory Letter, I gave a declaration to everyone to come and fight the Communists and that they would be successful. It was in that time that I was encouraged by the Pakistani government and the Reagan Administration to help Americans to fight against the Communists.

 

In America, I held Jihad conferences in New York and New Jersey, which were very known and public. I had letters with me encouraging people to go and fight the Communists. Then, I went back to Pakistan and gave a decree of Jihad in Peshawar where we signed to wage a holy war against the Soviet Communists. During this time, one of my partners was so respected by U.S. President Reagan that when he went to America, Reagan himself came to the airport and took him from the airplane in his car. The Americans gave us overwhelming respect and honor. Our family cousin A. Shah Gilani is still a very strong man there. I soon found out that people responded to the decree, the Qadris, particularly those lovers of Ahl Bayt, and followers of Abdul Qadir Gilani (ra). They heard my call and came out in the hundreds in Peshawar to volunteer to fight the Communists who were occupying Afghanistan. However, they suffered heavy casualties because they were unskilled, so I needed someone to train them.

 

I requested some of my American followers, such as Husain Abdallah and honored American Muslim veterans to come help me and help America, by training those who came forward so that they could go and successfully fight the Communists. As a Holy Man, a member of Ahl Bayt, I was a spiritual guide to people, making prayers and encouraging them to go and fight. A group came to Pakistan to the mountains of our Murree campus, a place where you can go today and still see the same backdrops and same scenery. It was in Murree that a video was made. For the sake of the video, I put on fatigues and a jacket to invite people in Pakistan and all over the world to come fight the Communists who had illegally invaded the country of Afghanistan. Do you understand that we never had any training camps against America? America is your homeland. My whole family are Americans. Everything that was done was supported by the United States of America, not against the United States of America.

 

Instead of doctoring the video to look like training against Americans, why don’t you instead honor those who are sitting there on both sides because they sacrificed much by going to Pakistan to try and fight the enemy of America? Those are American Muslim Veterans.  Similarly, when the country of Kashmir was illegally occupied, I did the same by going to the Kashmiri camps to make prayers and tell them to expel those who occupied their country illegally in spite of the UN resolution of 1948, which said Kashmiris would obtain the right of plebiscite to choose to be a part of India or Pakistan.

 

They have a video showing me as I visit the Kashmiri camps. My family is in Kashmir. Ninety percent of Kashmiris follow my ancestor’s Qadri (sufi) order. Kashmir is occupied illegally by India. Of course I will have to help the Kashmiri cause when 90% of Muslims have been occupied illegally by India. Why hasn’t the United Nations done something in Kashmir? They went to Timur Island, created rights for the people, and then sent the United Nations army and separated the island to bring peace. The United Nations did the same in Sudan. This is what they are doing everywhere, why not help the people of Kashmir?

 

The situation in Afghanistan was created as a vehicle to transplant the Jews from the USSR to the illegal state of Israel. They used America, Americans, American money and Muslims to fight their war. In the book, Al-Islam in America, there is a photograph that depicts these events. It attests to the large amounts of money, millions and millions of dollars, spent. It was the Jews’ war yet, now it is thought that some of our followers, and Muslims in America, are actually a danger for them and a threat to their existence.  They are not a danger to the United States. Martin Mawyer, the Christian Action Network and others of their ilk are the enemies -not of the Muslims-, but of the United States of America. That is why they have people like Martin Mawyer and others who burn books and make Hollywood movies in an attempt to degrade Islam. There should be some end to injustice. The most unfortunate thing in America is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who first chooses people as their friends to get their work done and then they terminate them. This is their ongoing policy.

 

As a matter of fact, not only Muslims in America, but the American people are under siege.  They are no longer independent. They are put into proxy war after war.

That is why I myself established the United Muslim Christian Forum (UMCF). Peace in America depends on Muslim- Christian unity and both having understanding. So, is Martin Mawyer following the teachings of Jesus son of Mary (as)? If he were, he would not lie or falsely accuse anyone as Jesus son of Mary never did. I tell the world – Muslims are the only one who brought the book, Holy Qur’an, which is the only Divine evidence that Jesus son of Mary was the result of legitimate birth. His mother was “Siddiqa”, a pious virtuous virgin who gave birth according to the Almighty’s plan. She was given glad tidings of his miraculous birth. The Holy Quran is the only book that establishes that Jesus son of Mary spoke in the cradle and told all that Allah has “made me a prophet”. In burning Holy Qur’an, Terry Jones in actuality burned the revelation according to Jesus, for the Holy Quran contains the pure and summarized form of the Holy Gospel found in Surah (chapter) Ali Imran and Surah Maryam. Holy Qur’an also contains, in condensed form, the Torah found in Surah Al Baqara as well as mentions the whole account of Moses (peace be upon them all). The truth is that those making fortunes on Islamophobia, their first aim is to bring about a clash between Muslims and Christians in America and their second objective is to use it as their means of livelihood. It is a big, ongoing business to abuse Muslims, falsely accuse them, attack their beliefs and then ask for a donation from here and there. All of them are the riff-raff, dropouts, drug addicts, scammers and frauds of society who have taken up the business of slandering Muslims who are American citizens. Such people are the cancer of society, enemies of the United States who do not wish to strengthen but instead want to weaken America by bringing strife between Muslims and Christians.  They know, as do I, that Muslims and Christians are brethren and will be united through Imam Mahdi. Not only do I know Imam Mahdi, but I have introduced him to some of my followers. Imam Mahdi is going to come and he is the one who will join Islam and Christianity under one religion. He will single out the common enemy who conspired to crucify Jesus Son of Mary and hurled false accusations against his blessed, chaste mother by calling him of an illegitimate birth. That is the purpose of Imam Mahdi- to deal with these people posing as Christians who have no resemblance to the followers of Jesus, son of Mary.

 

Martin Mawyer’s Christian Action Network (CAN) threw leaflets from an airplane to the earth bringing false accusations against me even after the U.S. State Department has acknowledged that I have had nothing to do with anything. Yet he continues to incite citizens and law enforcement to take action against me and members of The Muslims of America, Inc. Is there any law? Well, law is with Almighty God right now. Are Martin Mawyer and other people out there blind?

 

In our Muslim village of Holy Islamberg, New York, Almighty God’s personal name, Allah, is shining in the Holy Shrine. What does it mean? It is a sign of Almighty God. Those who oppress Muslims want to deny the existence of Allah and burn Holy Quran, but can you stop Allah Almighty?

 

Whenever Almighty God shows some sign there is always a reason. It is a stern warning for oppressors and glad tidings for the believers. Fear Almighty God. Think about what had happened to those people who denied and rejected the signs of Almighty God, they were destroyed. He destroyed the people of ‘Ad. He destroyed the people of Thamud. He sent tornado after tornado and wiped them out of existence. Now these signs can be observed here in America. Islamberg has become one of the holiest places in the world. Allah’s name had never shown in any part of the world in past history. Allah’s name has been shining for the last three years, and continues to shine up until now. It will keep on shining until Islam dominates. Allah will teach lessons, so take heed.  Respect the law. Why is there no justice? American Muslims are under attack because anyone is allowed to do anything. Not only do people have freedom of speech, they have freedom of action. What are Martin Mawyer's motives for publicly posting the address and then freely directing people to go to locations of The Muslims of America, Inc? Subsequently, one of our locations is attacked by a gunman while other locations have trespassers and intruders." What have American Muslims done? There are so many other communities living independently on their private properties. We are not an exception.

 

Also, respect international law. Innocent people, mostly children, continue to be killed by unlawful drones from above. Do you not see if you destroy one house in Pakistan, Allah sends a “drone” to destroy hundreds of houses through wraths like earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. This process will go on until your drones go home. His wrath has already been substantiated, but it is attributed to Mother Nature. There is no such thing as mother nature. It is Divine wrath and it is striking repeatedly. It will continue occurring. Try to stop it if you can. I am warning all to fear Almighty Allah for He destroyed many nations before.

 

I am responsible for continually guiding Muslims. Allah has presented miraculous sign after sign acknowledging and honoring me as the rightful Imam of the Muslims. Rainbow after rainbow has appeared and people see them and make not that it is still happening. It is my duty to guide the Muslims wherever they are and I will do so. Save yourself from the wrath of Allah. Leave Muslims alone. Let Muslims and followers of Jesus son of Mary become closer to one another without hindrance. No Muslims in America have committed crimes against the United States of America. No American Muslim has committed acts of terrorism.  

 

I am the one who, for the last 30 years, has been reforming and carving American youth- men and women both, into respectable citizens. Today, the fruits of my labor have materialized as I watch proudly a fourth Muslim American generation who are doctors, engineers, lawyers and businessmen. They have better cars than I have. They have more income than I have. I have lived with them, slept in their homes, ate with them. I helped their families purchase land as a gift that would keep giving. The third and fourth generation of Muslim Americans that were raised on these lands are the doctors, lawyers and teachers of today!   Who has done this before? What organization teaches young people lost in the ghettos to be straightforward, honest, ambitious, hard-working, independent, and to become good Americans? Has anybody done it before? No, because their educational and social system says let them do whatever they want to do.

 

No matter the contribution, anything Muslims do is totally rejected. We introduced the El Gilani Methodology. Our doctors, MDs, went to California to discuss this methodology designed to heal mental patients with select verses of Holy Qur’an. It is scientifically proven and successful.  The doctors of EGM spoke, showed and proved to them the recorded cases of healing of incurable mental diseases. We provided them the evidences from the Sufic Research Institute. Many rejected it because it came from the Muslims. In 1976 and 1977 under the auspices of WHO (World Health Organization), I proved the effects of healing with Holy Qur’an in Saudia Arabia in the presence of doctors from eight countries who were eyewitnesses to the success including the chief head of the international organization, Dr. Dennis Leigh and others who were from Egypt, Sudan, England, America and Pakistan. Did the WHO acknowledge the success and immediately begin to help people? Did they thank me as a scientist for my scientific research and methodology? No, because psychiatrists said they would be out of business if EGM was allowed to propagate. My books were even prescribed by the Saudi government for their university, but were taken off the shelves by these people. The methodology I invented, EGM, cures the incurable and it is saving lives. I revived a brain dead patient in Germantown hospital with EGM. Seek out Dr. Davis if you wish to know more.

 

We do not beg for anything from anyone. We are strangers to this world. Those who have tried to tell people to attack us should know that we love going back to Allah a million times more than you love your wine and women. We do not belong to this world. We came from Allah and unto Allah we will return. We do not look to our right we do not look to the left. We do not care what you say. Do what you can do.  Do it! You will be humiliated as Allah’s wrath is falling on you and it will continue to fall more and more as it seems there is no law, no humility, and no decency left in this world. Lying has become fun, an art. Media is no exception as Fox television lets everyone do and say whatever they want. Open your eyes and see, former Islamophobe Arnoud Van Doorn, the Dutch politician helped make a blasphemous film about the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon, and now, Van Doorn has become a Muslim. He was formerly a patron of Martin Mawyer, giving money and support.

 

All should know and understand that Muslims are the only people who acknowledge Jesus son of Mary as the second to the last messenger; his status is both loved and revered.

 

This is my message and this is my statement.  It can be taken any way you like.

July 12, 2013

During the blessed month of Ramadhan, the fast is performed with vigor by over one billion Muslims worldwide along with special nightly Tarawih prayers that hold great merit. According to Hazrat Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be on him), when he was asked about the virtue and reward of Tarawih, he said, “He who does it on the eve of the first night, becomes as spotlessly clean as when his mother bore him.  No trace of sin remains.  Except only where the rights of man or beast are concerned.  What is due to them must absolutely be discharged. If you do the prayer on the second night, Allah will forgive your parents if they died in faith.  If a person does it on the third night, an angel proclaims from beneath the Throne: “Your deed was pure”  That is to say, he gives the good news that it has been accepted by Allah, and that your past sins have been pardoned.  He who does it in the fourth night obtains a reward like that for having read the Holy Qur’an, the Gospel, the Torah, and all the enlightening books. Performance on the fifth night is given the reward for one who prays at the Sanctuary of the Ka’ba, the Holy Last Messenger’s Masjid, and the Al Aqsa Masjid.  For one who does the tarawih on the sixth night, the reward is that of having circumambulated the Prosperous House, and rocks and trees seek forgiveness on his behalf, and on the seventh night, you are rewarded as if you had aided Hazrat Moses (peace be upon him), in his dispute with Pharaoh and Haman.  The reward given for the eighth night is of that given to Hazrat Ibrahim (Abraham) peace be on him, the special friend of Allah, that is, being crowned with the crown of Intimate Friendship.  He who performs it on the ninth night, becomes the beloved of Allah.  Allah loves that servant, and on the tenth night is endowed with the goodly provisions of this world and the Hereafter.  One who performs it on the eleventh night will reach his Lord on the day he returns as spotlessly clean as when his mother bore him.  He who performs it on the twelfth night will come to the Place of Resurrection a happy and fortunate person as radiant as the moon seen on the fourteenth night of any month.  The thirteenth night of performance he will stand secure from fear on the Plain of Arafat.  All the angels witness the prayer of one who does the tarawih on the fourteenth night; that person escapes the reckoning on the Day of Resurrection.  

July 10, 2013

A lawsuit filed against the NYPD accuses the city’s police of regularly violating the civil rights of Muslims. The suit claims that the NYPD unconstitutionally profiles and intimidates them, thereby discouraging them from practicing their religion.

“Our mosque should be an open, religious, spiritual sanctuary, but NYPD spying has turned it into a place of suspicion and censorship,” Hamid Hassan Raza, an imam named as a plaintiff in the case said.

The lawsuit was filed by civil rights lawyers on behalf of numerous religious and community leaders, mosques, and a charitable organization that were victims of the NYPD’s  surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers. The lawsuit requests the court to declare such spy initiatives unconstitutional and order the destruction of records related to the program.

The document lists Mayor Michael Bloomberg, police commissioner Raymond Kelly and deputy commissioner of intelligence David Cohen as defendants. Bloomberg has long defended the controversial spy program, claiming that it helps thwart terrorist attacks. But victims of the surveillance believe the NYPD has gone too far, prompting them to change their lifestyles to avoid becoming a target.

“When a police department turns law-abiding people into suspects because they go to a mosque and not a church or synagogue, it violates our Constitution’s guarantees of equality and religious freedom,” Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project.

The suit describes the fears held by Muslims like Raza, who works as a spiritual leader of Brooklyn’s Al-Ansar mosque. Afraid that he would be misquoted or that his sermons would be taken out of context and scrutinized by the NYPD. He avoids bringing up controversial topics and has witnessed a lagging attendance at mosques, due to the Muslim Surveillance Program.

“The surveillance program has prevented me from fulfilling my duty as an imam.” Raza said.

The lawsuit accuses New York City of violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Widespread domestic surveillance initiatives have left some Americans terrified, particularly Muslims whose daily activities are being secretly monitored by the NYPD.

July 10, 2013

Ray Waddle, a former religion editor for The Tennessean, discusses themes in a new documentary produced by a Christian group in Nashville, TN:

Baptists and Muslims talking together, facing problems together, is the theme of a new documentary airing on ABC-TV and other stations through February 21. Different Books, Common Word, produced by EthicsDaily.com in Nashville, challenges hostility toward Islam in American society and sanctuaries.

Spoiler alert: The hour-long documentary reveals Muslims as human beings. These American Muslims value friendships with non-Muslims. They come to the aid of non-Muslims in crisis. They admire America 's pluralism. They have a sense of humor. And Baptists reciprocate.

If such revelations sound jarring, it's a measure of how lazy and underachieving inter-religious relations are today.

"We hope the documentary provides positive narratives for relationships between Baptists and Muslims, narratives that begin to challenge the negative narratives that dominate American culture," says Robert Parham, who heads the Baptist Center for Ethics, which operates EthicsDaily.com.

EthicsDaily.com has previously produced videos aiming to reconcile spiritual and political conflict. This is the first to reach national TV.

The program underscores how rare it is to see goodwill interfaith relationships get publicity.

Profiled are five Muslim-Baptist friendships across the country, including Columbia, Tenn., where a mosque was burned in 2008 by white supremacists. In each case, mutual wariness eventually yielded to a more honest commitment to caring for the neighbor, a command both religions hold in common. In the documentary, we hear Baptists talk about misplaced fears of their Muslim neighbors and how they received emergency help from local Muslims when other civic leaders hesitated. We hear Muslims praise Baptists for their commitment to pluralism as something Muslims should learn from.

The documentary focuses on face-to-face human encounters. Left out are many of the seething forces driving the global conflict — the Mideast stalemate, the war against two Muslim countries, the economy of militarism, the delusional anti-Semitism, the sick gullibility that leads lonely young men to terrorism.

But the fact is many American Christians regarded Islam as an enemy faith long before 9/11. It suits the ideological purposes of many a preacher to unify flocks through sermons that reinforce prejudice and boast heavenly superiority.

The believers featured in Different Books, Common Word reach for something more courageous, a call to healing and patience. “If we can't be friends in Oklahoma ,” one minister says, “how can we be friends in the Middle East ?"

After the documentary has its TV run, vicious extremism will still exist. The world jostles between hope and hopelessness. But no one religion has the monopoly on terror. Timothy McVeigh was no Muslim.

July 8, 2013

Many Americans are unaware of the honored position Jesus son of Mary (peace be upon him) holds in Islam, wherein there is no dispute of his immaculate conception as commanded by Almighty God.  His mother, the blessed Mary (Maryam in Arabic), was a virgin and an honored lady.  There is no discrepancy among Muslims regarding these facts because Holy Quran is the only book that delineates the virgin birth, it being a miracle and personal handiwork of God.  Numerous chapters throughout Holy Quran provide proof of Jesus son of Mary’s birth and mission.

The ignorance of Islam’s reverence for Jesus, son of Mary is now being seized and manipulated by individuals posing as Christians in order to wreak havoc against the citizens of our great country.  These religious zealots and criminals seek to dissolve Christian-Muslim unity in the United States, and all over the world, by spreading false propaganda, fabricating outright lies and using media to disseminate their anti-Muslim and anti-religious agenda. Individuals like Martin Mawyer and Rev. Robert Spencer; organizations like the Christian Action Network and the American Thinker’s, who promulgated a “Step-by-Step Guide to Smiting Muslims”, are all guilty of this.  The machinations of these individuals and groups include egregious lies such as labeling the shoe bomber, Richard Reid, a Muslim. Sensational stories have increased the popularity of these groups, which has allowed them to obtain financial support for their so-called crusade against Muslims.

Irrespective of the efforts of God’s enemies, truth will always rise above falsehood. Each day brings to light their notorious and evil schemes with the Almighty rendering their plots fruitless.  As American Muslims, we appeal and invite Churches, our Christian brothers, Muslims, friends and neighbors to stand firm with us against these conspiracies and promoters of hatred, Islamophobia and intolerance.  Our creed is enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong.  We denounce those who claim to be Muslim, but whose actions are against Islam and its teachings of peace, tolerance and respect of all faiths. Groups such as the Wahabis, Taliban and Takfiris are currently murdering Christians and Muslims who attempt to safeguard their lives according to Islam’s teachings as recently witnessed in Homs, Syria.  Evil and barbarism have no place in our world.  The United Muslim Christian Forum (UMCF) teaches by example how Christians and Muslims can impact the world and invoke positive change together.  Let the joint commemorations of the birth of Jesus son of Mary and Muhammad the Holy Last Messenger of God (peace be upon them) at both churches and masjids become a testament to what can be accomplished when believing people unite under the banner of Almighty God.

We appeal to every Christian leader, Muslim and American that loves Jesus son of Mary, to honor his teachings and examples by working diligently towards peace between people of all faiths. Defy the ways of his enemies and the enemies of the United States of America by opposing anti-Christian ideologies. Speak out against those who have hijacked Christianity and perverted it to support their ominous agenda that includes threats of a planned assassination of President Barack Obama and mass carnage through use of Weapons of Mass Destruction right here in the U.S. as proven in the recent radiation X-ray machine arrests of Glendon Scott Crawford and Eric J. Feight in Albany, New York.

Do not fall prey to the lethal practices of Martin Mawyer, Christian Action Network or any other individual or group whose agenda and behaviors are contrary to the teachings of Jesus son of Mary himself.

For more information, contact Matthew Gardner  (434) 825-2283 or info@umcforum.org.