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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 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

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.

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 7, 2013

The life that evolved in the mosques of the Muslim world spread outward to put its mark upon influential circles everywhere. The mosque played a great part in the spread of education in Islam.

The Holy Qur'an urges the faithful to think, ponder, reflect and acquire knowledge that would bring them closer to God and to His creation. This is the purpose of education. In the solitude of the mosque, the mind is released from the constraints of the mundane, is open to enlightenment, and enabled to align thought to reach its full spectrum of creativity.

The Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), commanded knowledge upon all Muslims, and urged them to seek knowledge as far they could reach, and also to seek it at all times. Following these commands and traditions, Muslim rulers insisted that every Muslim child acquired learning, and they themselves gave considerable support to institutions, particularly mosques, to foster learning. This contributed largely to making elementary education almost universal amongst Muslims. It was this great liberality, which the Muslims displayed in educating their people, that was one of the most potent factors in the brilliant and rapid growth of Islamic civilization.

The association of the mosque with education remains one of its main characteristics throughout history. The school became an indispensable appendage to the mosque. From the start, the mosque was the centre of the Islamic community, a place for prayer, meditation, religious instruction, political discussion, and a school. And anywhere Islam took hold, mosques were established, and basic instruction began. Once established, such mosques could develop into well known places of learning, often with hundreds, sometimes with thousands of students, and frequently containing important libraries.

Education was so universally diffused that it was said to be difficult to find a Muslim who could not read or write.

The first school connected with a mosque, was set up at Medina in 653, whilst the first one in Damascus dates from 744, and by 900 nearly every mosque had an elementary school for the education of both boys and girls. 


Teaching and learning in most large mosques became a fully fledged profession, and the mosque school took on the semblance of an academy or even a university later on. So important were the mosque schools as centres of higher learning, indeed, that many of them still exist today as the oldest universities in the world. Amongst these, Al-Qayrawwan and Al-Zaytuna in Tunisia, Al-Azhar in Egypt, and Al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco. As places of renown, they attracted great names of Muslim scholarship, either as students, or teachers, or both. Many among the graduates of the mosques of Muslim Spain were Ibn Roshd, Ibn Al-Sayigh, and Ibn Bajja. In Basra (Iraq) Al-Khallil Ibn Ahmad gave lectures on philosophy at a mosque, and one of his students was Sibawaih who later became one of the most renowned Arabic grammarians of all times. From the beginning of the 9th century until our time, `the glory’ of the Qarawiyyin, it is held, was its body of scholars (ulama).  The renown of such places attracted large numbers of students.


In the early Islamic era, the mosque was used for the teaching of one or more of the Islamic sciences and literary arts, but after the mid- ninth century, more and more came to be devoted to the legal sciences and scientific subjects. The mosques gradually took on wider functions on top of learning. Tracing this evolution, in the tenth century there was a flourishing of a new type of college, combining the masjid with a khan or inn to lodge law students from out of town. The great patron of this second stage in the development of the college was Badr ibn Hasanawaih (d. 1014/1015), governor of several provinces under the Buyids, and to whose name 3,000 masjid-khan complexes were credited over the thirty-year period of his governorship. Assistance for students in the various mosques was substantial. At the Qarawiyyin, for instance, students were not only exempt from paying fees but were also given monetary allowances periodically. The rulers played a major part in the endowment of mosques for education purposes. At the Qarawiyyin were three separate libraries, the most prestigious of which being the Abu Inan Library, founded by the Merinid Sultan, Al-Mutawakkil Abu Inan. In more than one respect Islam influenced Europe and subsequently the rest of the world with its system of education, including universality and its methods of teaching and granting diplomas.  The influence also came in the form of the many translated books of Islamic scholars which formed the core of European education in their first universities (Montpellier, Bologna, Paris, Oxford…), which all were founded in the twelfth-thirteenth centuries.


Islam and knowledge are inseparable, and from the very early stages. Other than the urge of the Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which prompted people to learn, the concrete symbol of Islam, the Mosque, was the centre of learning. And, indeed, until now, in most parts of the Islamic world, the word Jamia means at once both mosque and school, even when they are separate buildings, most often distant from each other. Finally, `Jamia’, the word for university in Arabic derives from Jami, mosque. No similar derivation exists in any other language or culture; there exists no better association between Islam and higher learning than this.

By means of the religious education, a Muslim develops the faculties to modulate the knowledge acquired through secular education by a process that provides spiritual and psychological maturity. This unlocks the mental and physical potential of human beings to fulfill their obligations to Almighty God, as well as their responsibilities toward humanity.

July 4, 2013

It was difficult for me to find a wall plaque containing the Ten Commandments for sale in 2010. I searched twelve stores, including four Christian centers, periodically over several months, to no avail. The store attendant’s responses were always, “We are out of stock,” or “I didn’t even realize that the last plaque was sold.” Sometimes I even heard, “It’s quite a while since we got some of those”. I was raised Catholic, but became Muslim in 1989. Today, I live by the teachings of the Holy Qur’an (the last revealed book of guidance for mankind) and the Hadith (way of life) of the final Messenger  from Almighty God, Muhammad, peace upon him,  to whom the Holy Qur’an was revealed. My quest for a copy of the Ten Commandments was to remind me of God’s unchanging Divine laws for living.

Today, Christians can please Almighty God by following the simple laws brought by the holy Messenger Moses, upon him be peace, to whom the Ten Commandments were given to convey to his people. Those sacred laws also represent common ground for dialogue between Muslims and Christians. They remind us that Almighty God is One, that we should not worship idols or commit adultery, or covet what belongs to our neighbor. As a child growing up in the Caribbean, Christian homes traditionally had a copy of the Ten Commandments on the living room wall for all to see. They were committed to memory and used to admonish or remind friends and family members when they were going astray. My grandmother often repeated to us children, “Do not call the name of the Lord thy God in vain!”

So, where are the Ten Commandments today? In my search in Trinidad, what I found for sale instead were copies of plaques with man-made compositions like- “The Virtues of a Mother” or “A Marriage Creed” or advice for “Success” or “Friendship”. As I lookfor the Ten Commandments, I soon realized that there were also lots of books by popular male and female televangelists whose pictures were adorning paperback covers in varied colors and styles. Book titles included topics like, “How to Serve God and Make Money” or “It’s Time for You”. I even saw a new Bible that contained special highlights and explanations for those who loved the author or read the Bible. While inspirational, man-made texts could serve a purpose, I got scared when I realized that there may be a creeping trend to replace spiritual guidance from God’s laws with man-made alternative spiritual best sellers!

Eventually, I found an inexpensive wall-hanging with the Ten Commandments at a Muslim- owned variety store that was holding a closing-down sale. Unfortunately, the colors on the floral design and print were a bit faded as it was an old plaque that remained unsold for many years. I just wondered if my experience with trying to locate a copy of the Ten Commandment was unique. Perhaps we should all ask for the Ten Commandments at national bookstores, Christian bookstores and variety stores. After all, the Ten Commandments serve as a timeless guide for all the faithful, be they Muslim or Christian. Almighty God knows we need His Guidance today more than ever.


July 3, 2013

Imam Al Ghazali may have lived over 900 years ago, but in the true spirit of Islam, his work, analysis and thoughts are as relevant today as they were when the scholar waited for his ink to dry on the paper on which he wrote, in the 11th century.

We may like to think of ourselves as continually evolving over hundreds of years as the world around us also transforms, but essentially, we are the same as our ancestors. We have similar hands and feet, eyes and ears, a heart, lungs, a mind and a soul.


Imam Al Ghazali’s analysis of people and society is based on the Holy Qur’an, the hadith and Islamic history. His ability to break down complex information and ideas about our very nature makes his books powerful tools, which are breathtaking to read. People of all faiths have, over the centuries, talked about Al Ghazali’s brilliance, but the impact can only be fully felt when his books are opened and his thoughts are shared.


On the basic subject of a person’s character, he writes: “Goodness of character was the attribute of the Master of Messengers, peace be upon him, and is the fruit of the pious and self-discipline of the people of constant worship. Bad character is a mortal poison, which set a distance between man and the proximity of the Lord of the Worlds, and induced him to follow the path of Satan the accursed. Foul characteristics are the very sickness of hearts and the diseases of the soul, constituting an illness which deprives man of everlasting life. It is reported that the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace,  was once told that a certain woman fasted all day and prayed all night, but was possessed by bad character, so that she injured her neighbours with her words. ‘There is no good in her,’ he said, ‘she is of Hell’s people’. It is also reported that the last of God’s Messengers , peace be upon him, said ‘You will not be able to suffice all people with your wealth; suffice them therefore with a cheerful face and a goodly character.’”


So what is good character? In his search for the answer, Imam Al Ghazali turns to a host of ahadith, including, ‘A man once asked the Messenger of God, peace and blessing be upon him, about character, and he recited His statement: “Hold to forgiveness, and enjoin kindness, and turn aside from the ignorant ones.” Then he said, ‘It is that you should seek reconciliation with those who avoid you, give to those who withhold from you and forgive those who deal with you unjustly.’

“Therefore the fundamental good traits of character are four in number: wisdom, courage, temperance and justice. By ‘wisdom’, we mean a condition of the soul by which it distinguishes true from false. By ‘justice’, a condition of the soul by which it controls anger and desire. By ‘courage’, we refer to the irascible faculty of the intellect, while by ‘temperance’ we have in mind the disciplining of the intellect and the Law. It is from the equilibrium of these four principles that all good traits of character proceed. When the intellect is balanced, it brings forth discretion, excellence and an understanding of the subtle implications of actions and the hidden defects of the soul. When unbalanced, in excess, then cunning, swindling, deception and slyness result. An example is thus: ‘Courage’ gives rise to nobility, endurance, dignity and suppression of rage. When unbalanced, this same trait can give rise to recklessness, arrogance, conceit, pride and quickness of anger. ‘Temperance’ is a quality that gives rise to generosity, modesty, patience and tolerance, but in excess it leads to greed, cupidity, ostentation and immorality.”

“All human traits constitute branches of Wisdom, Courage, Temperance and Justice and a perfectly just equilibrium in these four has been attained by no one but the Emissary of God, peace and blessing be upon him; other people are of divergent degrees of proximity and distance from them.”

Even though Imam Al Ghazali identifies the various aspects of character, he also considers the excuses people use for not adopting good character and changing traits about themselves. He tackles this issue head on.

“Know that the man who is dominated by sloth will consider unpleasant any spiritual struggle and discipline, or any purifying of the soul and refinement of the character. He will claim that the traits of a man’s character cannot conceivably be altered, and that human nature is immutable. Firstly, he will say that character is the form of the inward in the same way that the created form of man is the form of the outward. No one is able to alter his external appearance: an ugly man cannot render himself handsome, and vice versa; and thus a person who is ugly on the inside, cannot change. Secondly, he will assert that goodness of character proceeds from suppressing one’s desire and anger, and that he has tested this by means of a long inward struggle which demonstrated to him that these things are part of one’s character and nature, so busying oneself with such struggling is profitless and a waste of time.

To such an objection we would say: Were the traits of character not susceptible to change, there would be no value in counsels, sermons and discipline, and the Holy Last Messenger , may God bless him and grant him peace, would not have said, ‘Improve your characters!’ It is possible to improve the character even of an animal: a falcon can be transformed from savagery to tameness; a dog from mere greed for food to good behaviour and self-restraint, and these constitute a change in character.”


Al Ghazali practically informs us that certain human traits like anger and desire cannot be entirely suppressed or dominated, but we can make these characteristics obedient and submissive through means of self-discipline and struggle. He says we must endeavour to control these traits as “we have been commanded to do, for it constitutes the means of our salvation and our coming to God.”


However, Imam Ghazali believes we have been weakened when it comes to dealing with ourselves because we have been “plunged into the desires of the world and fallen into slumber.” This was his view of Muslims over 900 years ago, since then we have seen the rise and fall of a Muslim empire; Muslim scientists and philosophers leading the world through their knowledge; and Islam spreading to every part of the world.

It is evident that Ghazali was able to identify the tiny roots of a widespread problem centuries before it would take root in the form we have today. The world may be a very different place to the one it was hundreds of years ago, but our personal challenges and distractions have remained enclosed within us. They are still waiting to be challenged - with the help of the books, moral parents, teachers and spiritual guides that we are still fortunate to have. May the Almightly suffice Mankind, the Family of God, allowing us to reach high plateaus.

Extracts taken from Al-Ghazali on Disciplining the Soul and on Breaking the Two Desires. Books XXII and XXIII of The Revival of the Religious Sciences, first published by the Islamic Texts Society 1995.


June 22, 2013

Editor’s Note: Physiognomy has been defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the art of discovering temperament and character from the outward appearance; inner character or qualities revealed outwardly.”

The personality and character of the Holy Last Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him constituted a model example for mankind. His life represents not only the practical demonstration as to how we should practice the teachings of the Holy Quran but also constitutes the perennial sources of guidance and inspiration.

Muslims scholars have taken pains to preserve all relevant material about the life,character, and career of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa, peace and blessings be upon him, the Messenger of Islam. Sheikh Hafiz Abu Isa Muhammad Ibn Isa Tirmizi says: “The traditional reports regarding the Holy Messenger’s (peace and blessings be upon him) physiognomy are as follows: Allamah Qurtabi (mercy be on him) says that the whole of the Holy Messenger’s (peace be upon him) handsomeness had not been manifested as otherwise the people would not have been able to cast a glance at him. A Persian poet has remarked truly, that all the handsomeness that was possessed by different messengers and apostles had found consummate expression in the Last Holy Messenger (peace be upon him). While the Messenger Yusuf ‘s (Joseph) handsomeness had no veil over it, there was a veil over Muhammad the Chosen Messenger’s elegance, peace be upon them both.

It is indeed the noble companions’ (Allah bless them) great obligation over the Ummah (community) that they not only recorded and transmitted the Holy Messenger’s (peace be upon him) sciences, but they also made an effort to describe his physical features and succeeded in this effort (to an appreciable extent).

Hazrat Br’a ibn Azib, peace be upon him, says that he never saw any person more handsome than the Holy Messenger, peace be upon him. In another tradition, says Hazrat Ali (Allah bless his countenance), that a eulogist of the Holy Messenger would say that he never saw anyone more handsome, wither prior to him or subsequently. His auspicious face shone like the full moon.

Hazrat Jabir, may he be blessed, reports that once, during a moonlit night, “I was looking at the Holy Messenger, peace be upon him, as well as at the moon, but, according to my opinion, the Holy Messenger’s [face] was more beautiful than the moon.”

Hazrat Abu Huraira, may he be blessed, reports that the Holy Messenger, peace be upon him, is so white that it seemed as if he had been made out of silver.

Hazrat Anas, may he be blessed, used to say that the Holy Messenger, peace be on him, is neither very tall nor very short (and his complexion is neither absolutely white like lime nor sallow), his auspicious hair is neither absolutely straight nor absolutely curly (like those of African descent). Allah bestowed Messengerhood upon him, upon him be peace and blessing of Allah, when he was forty years of age.

Note: regarding complexion - [The blessed complexion] was not white... not as white as lime. Similarly his complexion was not wheaten. The meaning is that his [blessed complexion’s] whiteness had a touch of redness.

Allama Ibrahim Baijori, mercy be upon him, writes in his Mawahib (page 7) that in this world, this color looks very graceful; that there may be redness with whiteness and in the Hereafter, there may be paleness with whiteness. So the Holy Messenger’s, peace be upon him, white complexion had a touch of redness and there was a luster in it.

Hence, the Imams have stated that “if someone says that the Holy Messenger’s (peace be upon him) complexion was black, we will issue a fatwa (opinion) of infidelity for him because he insulted and disparaged the Holy Messenger, peace be upon him, and the insulting and disparaging of a [Holy} Messenger amounts to infidelity; and since it is a falsification of a number of continuous ahadith (traditions) by which his, [the Holy Last Mesenger, peace be upon him] being white in complexion is proved, we shall call the man who denies continuous ahadith an infidel” (Mawahib page 8). Also, please note that the color black in this case has nothing to do with skin, but condition of sinners.

It is quite true. From Hazrat Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, mercy be on him, Hazrat Ali’s (God bless his countenance) grandson, that whenever Hazrat Ali described the Holy Messenger, peace be upon him, [he] is neither very tall nor very short but had a body like that of the medium-sized people. His hair is neither quite straight nor quite curly, but besides being straight was somewhat wavy. The body was not thick; similarly, the face was not round but was oval.”

–To continue in the next edition

June 22, 2013

“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or more attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say, “My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy, even as they cherished me in childhood.” (Surah 17: 23,24)

“We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth.” (Surah 46:15)

The Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him, is reported to have said:

Umar b. Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: ‘Worthy amongst the successors would be a person who would be called Uwais. He would have his mother (living with him) and he would have (a small) sign of leprosy. Ask him to beg pardon for you (from Allah)’.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 31: Hadith 6171)

Usair b. Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that a delegation from Kufa came to ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) and there was a person amongst them who jeered at Uwais. Thereupon, Umar said: “Is there amongst us one from Qaran?” That person came and Umar said: “Verily Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) has said: ‘There would come to you a person from Yemen who would be called Uwais, and he would leave none in Yemen (behind him) except his mother, and he would have the whiteness (due to leprosy) and he supplicated Allah and it was cured, except for the size of a dinar or dirham. He who amongst you meets him should ask him to supplicate for forgiveness (from Allah) for you’.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 31: Hadith 6170)

The great Saint Owais of Qaran was presented the blessed cloak of Rasulullah (Sallal Laahu Ta’ala Alaihi Wasallam) on the Holy Last Messenger’s (peace and blessing of Allah, The Most Exalted,be upon him) instruction. It is preserved in Istanbul, Turkey. He reached his [high] spiritual status due to obedience to his mother.

Owais (may Allah be pleased with him) was from the village of Qaran, in Yemen. He had asked his mother’s permission to visit Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), and she said: “You have my permission to go, see him once, and come straight back. If the Messenger is at home, you may meet with him; if not, come straight back here.” Owais made a journey of three months on foot, from the Yemen to Madinah the Illuminated. When he reached Rasulullah’s (peace and blessings be upon him) house, he knocked on the door and Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with him), wife of the Chosen Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and Mother of the Believers (Hazrat Aisha) opened the door. She told him that Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) was in the Masjid. Owais (may Allah be please) remembered his promise to his mother and replied: “Please convey my salaams to my Beloved Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him). Kindly inform him that Owais came from the Yemen, did not find him at home, and is returning to the Yemen, since he does not have permission from his mother to meet him in the mosque.”

When the Holy Rasul (peace and blessings be upon him) came home from the mosque, he found the radiance of Owais in his house. Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) told him what had happened, and conveyed Owais’s salutations. His blessed eyes looked towards Yemen and the blessed Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The fragrance of our friend is reaching us.” The noble Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) asked: “If Owais is your friend, why did he not stay to see you?” Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) replied: “He complied with a promise given to his mother and he is serving her.”

The Holy Prophet (peace and blessing s be upon him) said “Owais will come back to Madinah the Illuminated, to meet me, but we will not meet physically, for I shall then be united with my Lord “

Rasulullah (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said that when Owais (upon whom be peace) came back to Madinah he was to be given his cloak, and asked to pray for the Community of Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) [and] also mentioned that a light was visible on one of Owais’s hands. During Hazrat Umar’s Caliphate (may Allah be pleased with him), a number of Yemeni’s visited Madinah, the Illuminated, and Hazrats Ali and Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) approached them and enquired about the Saint Owais (upon whom be peace) from the village of Qaran. The Yemenis said they knew of no such saint, but they did point out that a camel herd from that village, who seldom mixed with other people, preferring to spend his time in worship, alone among the camels. Hazrats Ali and Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) then approached Hazrat Owais (upon whom be peace), greeted him, conveyed the greetings of the Holy Last Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him), and presented him with [the] blessed cloak. But he was reluctant to accept. “Surely there is some mistake!” he exclaimed, in his desire to hide himself. Seeing the light upon his hand, however, they cried: “You are the saint described to us by Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him), for he told us about the light on your hand.” They also reported to him the wish of the Blessed Messenger (peace and blessing be upon him) that he should pray for the Community of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Hazrat Owais (upon whom be peace) rubbed the blessed cloak over his face and eyes and kissed it. Then he asked to be left alone. When he was alone, he held the cloak and began to pray: “0 Allah! This cloak is the cloak of Your beloved Messenger. He has presented it to me, but I refuse to wear it unless You pardon the Community of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) .” He then repeated his prayer in exactly the same words. As he was about to repeat his prayer a third time, Hazrats Ali and Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) came beside him. He cried: “Oh, you came too soon! Upon my first supplication, Allah granted me forgiveness for one third of the Community; on my second, He forgave two-thirds of the Community. In my third request I was pleading for pardon for the entire Community of Muhammad (Sallal Laahu Ta’ala Alaihi Wasallam)- then you came along!” As with people in every age, the Yemenis were unaware of the presence, in their midst, of such a saint, whose prayers were accepted. They imagined him to be an ordinary camel herd. The Friends of Allah, do not seek fame, and as such hide themselves away from other people. Those who serve their mothers with love will be resurrected with Hazrat Owais (may Allah be pleased with him). Those who are good to their parents will be happy in this world and the Hereafter. In conclusion, according to one of the Hadith-e-Qudsi, the following is reported about the status of parents: “God has commanded that if anybody prays equal to the invocations performed by the messengers, such prayers will do no good if that person has been cursed by his or her parents.” It has also been related that the very first words which have been written on the Lauh-e-Mahfuz (The Heavenly Preserved Tablet) are: “I am God, and there is no deity except Me. I am pleased with those with whom their parents are pleased, and I am displeased with those with whom their parents are displeased.”

June 17, 2013


The Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (Rasulullah), peace and blessings be upon him, ate cooling fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, melons, and squash during warm weather. Hazrat Aisha, peace be upon her, narrates that Rasulullah, peace and blessings be upon him, ate watermelon with fresh dates. Hazrat Abdullah Bin Abbas, may Almighty God be pleased with him, narrates that Rasulullah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Watermelon is diet as well as drink. It washes and purifies the urinary bladder...” Watermelon also has medicinal uses; it relieves jaundice and kidney pain, clears the stomach, increases facial beauty and immunity, and has cooling effects.  Squash has many medicinal uses; it aids in the treatment of arthritis, headache, fever, and heart diseases.

June 16, 2013


He who knoweth his own self, knoweth God.

· He will not enter hell who hath faith equal to a mustard seed in his heart, and he will not enter Paradise who hath a single grain of pride, equal to a mustard seed in his heart.

· Muhammad, p.b.u.h. said: “That person will not enter Paradise who hath one atom of pride in his heart.” And a man present said, “Verily, a man is fond of having good clothes and good shoes.” Muhammad p.b.u.h. said, “God is Beauty and delighteth in the beautiful; but pride is holding man in contempt.”

· God’s kindness towards His creatures is more than that of a mother towards her babe.

· Do not say that if people do good to us, we will do good to them, and if people oppress us, we will oppress them. Instead determine that if people do good to you, you will do good to them; and if they oppress you, you will not oppress them.

· No man is a true believer unless he desireth for his brother that which he desireth for himself.

· He who believeth in one God and the Hereafter, let him speak what is good or remain silent.

· Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.

· Whoever suppresseth his anger, when he hath in his power to show it, God will give him a great reward.

· The greatest crimes are to associate another with God, to vex your father and mother, to murder your own species, to commit suicide, and to swear a lie.

· Whoso openeth unto himself the door of begging, God will open unto him the door of poverty.

· A man asked, “Are there rewards for our doing good to animals and giving them water to drink?” Muhammad, p.b.u.h. said, “Verily there are heavenly rewards for any act of kindness to a live animal.”

· The best of alms is that which the right hand giveth and the left hand knoweth not of.

· There are seven people whom God will draw under His own shadow, on the day when there will be no shadow; one of them will be a man who hath given alms and concealed it, so that his left hand knew not what his right hand did.

· The best of almsgiving is that which springeth from the heart, and is uttered by the lips to soften the wounds of the injured.

· All actions are judged by the motives prompting them.

· The most excellent Jihad [trans.:striving] is that for the conquest of the self. [i.e., the carnal self or ego]

· The exercise of religious duties will not atone for the fault of an abusive tongue.

· Keep yourselves far from envy because it eateth up and taketh away good actions, like a fire eateth up and burneth wood.

· God is gentle and loveth gentleness.

· What is Paradise? Muhammad p.b.u.h. replied “It is what the eye hath not seen, nor the ear heard, nor ever occurred to the mind of man.”

· He is not a perfect man of fortitude who hath not fallen into misfortunes; and there is no physician but the experienced.

· Every good act is charity; and verily it is a good act to meet your brother with an open countenance, and to pour water from your own water bag into his vessel.

· Guard yourselves from six things, and I am your security for Paradise. When you speak, speak the truth; perform when you promise; discharge your trust; be chaste in thought and action; and withhold your hand from striking, from taking that which is unlawful, and bad.

· Feed the hungry and visit the sick, and free the captive, if he be unjustly confined. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.

· Speak to men according to their mental capacities, for if you speak all things to all men, some cannot understand you, and so fall into errors. Abuse no-one, and if a man abuse thee, and lay open a vice which he knoweth in thee, then do not disclose one which thou knowest in him.

· Whoever doeth good to girls, it will be a curtain to him from hell-fire.

· Whoever hath a daughter, and doth not bury her alive, or scold her, or prefer his male children to her, may God bring him into Paradise. [Note: this refers to the practice of female infanticide which was common in those days. The Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. abolished this practice]

· God enjoins you to treat women well, for they are your mothers, daughters and aunts.

· Do not prevent women from coming to the mosque.

P.B.U.H. is short for “peace be upon him” which is an expression used by Muslims to indicate reverence towards the holy Prophet Muhammad.

June 15, 2013

  Honey is the oldest sweetener known to humans. Historically, honey was seen as a symbol of contentment and prosperity, and earned the name “liquid gold”.  Ancient peoples, such as the Egyptians and Greeks, prized honey and used it in many remedies and applied it to wounds.  

Although honey is a sweetener, it is different from simple sugars in that it provides good nutritional value. This complex food made up of mostly glucose and fructose, and small amounts of sucrose; it also contains carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes and vitamins B and C. Honey also contains antioxidants, which are the parts of cells that get rid of detrimental particles of metabolic functions, such as free redicals, which can cause cancer. These antioxidants –one of which, Pinocembrin, is found only in honey- can contribute greatly to the prevention of cancers and heart diseases.

Most amazing about honey is that it does not accommodate the growth of bacteria, and will not spoil if left for a long period of time. When used to sweeten cakes and breads, it improves the shelf life and allows the baked goods to stay moister longer due to honey’s water attracting properties.

It takes the nectar of 1 ½ million flowers to make just a pint of honey, which was the cause of its expensive price and limited availability in the past. But presently, honey is readily available in most countries around the world. But while people may take advantage of its dietary use, much of its curative power is not used to the fullest extent.

Allah, Most Exalted, says in Holy Quran of the bee:  “Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees, and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).  There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying color, wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.” (Surah Nahl or The Bee: 68-69)

In this statement, “a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men”, Allah tells us directly that there are curative properties in honey, many of which have been proven in medical tests. Honey has also been used in the prophetic medicine. The Holy Rasul, peace and blessings be upon him, said “If anyone licks honey three mornings every month, he will not be afflicted with any serious trouble.”

The benefits of honey can be seen in that it is used in cold remedies, to sooth sore throats, coughs, flu, to prevent bedwetting, and as part of treatment for alcohol poisoning. The anti-inflammatory action of honey when applied topically reduces the swelling around a wound and reduces pain.

In a well known hadith, a  man  came to the Holy Messenger, peace be upon him, and said, “My brother has got loose motions. The Holy Messenger, peace be upon him, said “let him drink honey.” The man again came and said, “I made him drink (honey) but that made him worse.” The Holy Messenger, peace be upon him, said, “Allah has said the truth, and the abdomen of your brother has told a lie. Let him drink honey.” So he made him drink honey and he was cured.

From this we can clearly see that honey is a miracle mentioned in Al-Quran and a superior dietary aid.

June 13, 2013

Since the blessed eve of the 2nd August 2010, Allah, The One Almighty Creator continues to show His personal name, Tajjaliyat Azam, in bright and clear luminous Arabic letters without the assistance of any outside medium's contributing to His personal signature. Prior to the miraculous appearance, which cannot be explained other than by realizing that only Allah could have caused this, some 200 participants in the summer program were almost constantly, throughout the day and night, calling on the Almighty Creator through numerous acts of prayer, remembrance and worship in the masjid now known as Masjid Baitullah Tajalliyat Azzam. 

The significance of this is that the biggest and greatest miracle shown to mankind has happened in North America, a Divine Act which has not graced even the holy sanctuary in Makka-tul-Mukkaramah, the Kaaba. This shining manifestation, still present in Masjid Baitullah Tajalliyat Azzam, was the Almighty's response to the hundreds of worshipers engaged in most intense supplication to Almighty God and is a sign of its acceptance. This karamah (miracle) was preceded by the appearance of the holy name of the Almighty Creator Allah, and rainbows of light in the residence in Holy Islamberg which has since become Holy Khanqah Gilaniyya - Sufi Lodge # 2 - one of the holiest locations in the world. 

The spiritual irridations emanating from this miraculous manifestation – the name of the Sustainer and Fosterer of all, appearing as if etched in light in a three-dimensional form - have inspired the hearts of the young and old of all persuasions who have converged upon this most honored house of prayer and remembrance, with the intense desire to worship and know Him with deepest sincerity, being overcome with tears of love, gratitude, and awe; producing utterances of praise and adoration from hearts overflowing with the certainty of His Sovereignty and Majesty.

Our Almighty Creator has chosen, in eras past, to manifest His Grandeur and Might to those of his servants and worshippers as He so selects. Such was the manifestation of His Power, which was cast upon the mountain of the Holy Messenger Moses, peace be upon him; and that mountain was rent asunder; similarly, the manifestation of His Power in the voice heard by Moses apparently coming from a burning bush. Rarely have such miraculous appearances occurred in our modern era; however, hundreds more worshippers have been blessed and honored to witness similar manifestations of Divine Light in Holy Islamville, South Carolina, U.S.


Upon the completion of classes in Islamic Law, Arabic and recitation of Holy Qur’an, and the study of its meanings, by ladies attending a camp held in 1996, a faxed message containing blessed du’as for the 15th of Sha’baan was followed by the appearance of the name of Almighty Allah most High, and His Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him, glowing and vibrating in rainbow colors. Since that time, an abundance of similar manifestations of Divine Light –shimmering and luminous have appeared continuously in the Holy Khanqa Gilaniyya there. Thus, in numerous ways, all miraculous in kind, the Most Merciful Creator grants His highest creation signs to quicken, enamor, and inspire the hearts of human beings, to follow His Guidance, to remain obedient to His Laws, and to be steadfast in His sincere worship and service.

Most significantly, this continuous miraculous manifestation of the Almighty's Name, Allah, and rainbows over America are a strong warning and reminder to the wrongdoers, and glad tidings to the believers.  Do not take it lightly, nor ignore it because it is sign of Allah Almighty God, the Creator, God of Abraham, Joseph, David, Solomon, Jesus, son of chaste Mary, and the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon them all).  Such a sign has not been shown before to anyone. He let his light appear as a fire in the bush, for sometime, for Moses. When Moses took 70 people up on Mount Toor/Sinai, the tajalliy of Almighty's personal Name, when it fell on it, caused the nearby mountain to turn to dust and all 70 people died on the spot. In this time, Allah has raised the competency of people to behold His Name without fainting or dying. It appears in sublime tranquil light of His personal Name, but it resists any move to capture it on camera/video because people must come to pay homeage and glorify on their knees, be they Muslim, Christian or Jew. 

This greatest miracle of all times has appeared as a support and a karaamah of our Imam of the American Muslims who is also know as Abu-Father of the American Muslims. It is glad tidings to the most oppressed people in the world, the American Muslims who had been dehumanized, deculturalized and demonized by the settlers who abducted them, ongoing for 300 hundred years. Seventy percent of the ten million slaves abducted were Muslims. The same story of the people of pharaoh is being repeated here; they too were poor and oppressed in the land. Despite sign after sign they were still oppressed, until the oppressors were drowned. Non Muslim Americans do not realize that tornadoes after tornados, floods, fires, mudslides, horrible incurable diseases, cancer, AIDS, etc occur because of the destruction of the moral fibre of society, and these things come as part of the wrath of Almighty Allah. Our Imam who has been sent with signs, along with rainbows that accompany him has warned American people to stop worshipping Satan, and come back to belief in One Almighty God as mentioned in the Old Testament, and follow the Ten Commandments. "You are warned; if you keep on allowing and tolerating homosexuality and worshipping Satan, your fate won't be different from the people  of Sodom and Gomorrah. Come back to Allah Almighty One God, seek his forgiveness and stop killing innocent people, committing crimes of genocide against people in other parts of the world because these things can come back to you according to the immutable law of Allah.

June 12, 2013



By G. N. Abdullah

Islamic Post Staff Writer

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) says it is “a matter of serious concern” that the Obama Administration rebuked the recent announcement of settlement expansion as “a deeply negative signal.” AIPAC is calling “on the Administration to take immediate steps to defuse the tension with the Jewish State,” after an ill-timed announcement made by the Israeli government during the height of US Vice President Joe Biden’s Middle East tour that settlements in East Jerusalem would increase by 1600 persons.

But perhaps more troubling is a lesser known declaration made by Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu that the Tomb of the Patriarchs is being made into a national heritage site by his administration, according to Aletho News and agencies. There is a fear that the rehabilitation project scheduled for the mosque of the father of three religions may become reserved for one religion only.

The site, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque, is believed to contain the grave of the Holy Messenger Abraham -who is the father of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Located in Hebron, the Ibrahimi Mosque also lies within Palestinian territory, in the midst of uncontested land.

The Holy Messenger Joseph, or Yusuf, in Arabic, is also believed to be buried in the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The Biblical and Qur’anic patriarchs after which the tomb is named, however, are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as three matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah.

These holy sites -and others such as the resting places of the Holy Messenger Job, or Ayyoub, and the Holy Messenger ‘Imran, the father of Mary, mother of the Holy Messenger Jesus (peace be upon them all), in Oman; the Holy Messengers Jonah, or Yunus, and his father Amittai, whose name is Matta in Arabic, as well as the Holy Messenger Lot -also in the Hebron area; Ezekiel or Zul Kifl in Iraq; Aaron, or Harun, in Jordon; the Holy Messenger Seth, or Sheeth, in Lebanon; and the father of mankind, the Holy Messenger Adam and his wife, our mother, Eve are said to be buried in Saudi Arabia - have all been maintained for almost 1000 years, with respect and love, by Muslims.

The Ibrahimi Mosque has been in existence since 1206. In the 12th century, after capturing almost every other Crusader city, the world renowned Muslim general, Salahhuddin Ayyoubi, advanced on Jerusalem. The city surrendered, Salahhuddin, whose name is commonly spelled Saladin, invited the Jewish people to return to the city. In Hebron, Christians were also allowed to worship freely at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

But in the modern age, Israeli forces began restricting Palestinian visits to the Mosque as far back as May of last year, as reported by Ma’an News.

Dr Elias Akleh, a Palestinian author living in the United States, considers the announcement of Mr Netanyahu’s decision regarding the Tomb of the Patriarchs -like the declaration regarding more settlements during Vice President Biden’s visit- untimely. The decision to make the Ibrahimi Mosque an Israeli national heritage site “coincided with the sixteenth anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre perpetrated by the Zionist Israeli terrorist Baruch Goldstein, who murdered in cold blood 29 Moslems while kneeling in prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque,” writes Dr Akleh in his article, “Netanyahu Re-igniting Religious War in the Holy Land.” Dr Akleh continues: “After the six-days-war in 1967 the Israeli government took control of the Ibrahimi Mosque, and provided protected and free entry to extremist Zionist Jews to pray while limiting access to Moslems’ prayers, who have to go through electronic gates and body search[s] before entering.”

Israeli journalist, Avi Shavit, condemns recent acts of Prime Minister Netanyahu not only as ill-timed, but “insane” in Haaretz: “Our need for the United States is unprecedented at this critical juncture; any national interest should be subservient to the supreme interest of strengthening this alliance. But now of all times, at the most sensitive moment, Israel chooses to act insanely… The continuation of the occupation makes Israel disfigure itself and its image; with its own hands it undermines the legitimacy of Zionism.”

In the wake of more uncertainty surrounding the not quite fledgling peace process, it was not Muslims or Jews, but Christians, who convened from all over the world in Bethlehem to discuss a way forward during a seminar entitled “Christ at the Checkpoint,” at Bethlehem Bible College on March 12-17. The point of the week long meeting was not only stated as gaining understanding of “Holy Scripture as related to the Palestinian context, but “to discuss the theological importance of Peace and Justice.”

June 11, 2013


Translation from the Arabic

By Safiah A. Salaam

International Qur’anic Open University

For the first time in the world, healing with the Holy Qur’an has been proven [scientifically]. A complete wing has been established in the Shahar Mental Hospital, Taif, where this type of therapy is being practiced. This project commenced last month [1976] under the supervision of a group of qualified doctors, headed by one Dr. Osama Radi, who are healing various [mental and physical] conditions through selected lines of the Holy Qur’an.

Dr. Mubarik Jilani* is the physician who has formulated this Qur’anic therapy. Dr. Munir Jaber is the assisting general physician, and Professsor Abdullah Taufeeq, who controls the research development and serves as the project registrar. Mrs. Ahlam Midah is the project nurse. Another group of doctors and nurses are cooperating with the members of this project.

Invitation to the Islamic Ulema and Ummah

 “Healing Through the Holy Qur’an” -this was the topic on which Sheikh Saleh bin Lehyan lectured last Monday [also in 1976], and many notables were present. This topic, for the first time, opened the way for such scientific investigations. The Honorable Sheikh Mubarik Jilani also successfully removed all doubts which had been raised by some people about the therapy. Following this, details of the formation of the new project laid down a month ago in Shahar Hospital were narrated [during the lectures.]

I was thinking [writes the author], after the lecture, that although this type of therapy has been known since the days of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), what would be its shape nowadays? Before I could put my question, Dr. Osama Radi announced that whosoever wished to participate in the completion of the research project should cooperate with the medical group to whom it had been assigned.

But when would this wing be established? When would the healing start? What would be the results? What type of diseases would be cured? I asked many such questions, as I was eager to receive their immediate reply. [Below are the eventual answers to the author’s query.]

Case Study: Patient Suffering From Continuous Epileptic Fits Healed Through Holy Qur’an

A person suffering from severe epileptic fits for one full month was rendered speechless, nor could he take any foods or liquids. He was unable to walk or attend to his own hygiene. With his first Qur’anic Therapy treatment, the patient showed immediate improvement. After the second treatment, he was able to speak and take meals. Normally, the conventional treatment for such a condition –the use of electric shock and medicines– would take up to one full year to show improvement, yet this patient became normal in some weeks’ time.

By virtue of Allah’s Might, and the effect of the Wisdom contained in the Holy Qur’an, clear results were achieved.

Case Study: Experiment Conducted on Two Trees

During my visit to Pakistan, I met my friend, Dr. Mubarik Jilani who is a physician in this department. He conducted an experiment before witnesses, myself one of them, using two plants of the same species grown in the same soil. Dr. Jilani began reciting lines of Holy Qur’an over one plant, and something other than Holy Qur’an over the other plant. The plant over which Holy Qur’an was read grew to double the size of the other, although their nurturing and care was identical.

This tangible experiment was conducted during my visit in Pakistan and I witnessed it with my own eyes.

The Beginning of the Project

Dr. Osama Radi states: “This experiment began, here [in Saudi Arabia], after an in-depth study by the Mental Health Conference which was organized by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in Cairo, Egypt from the 24th to the 26th of Safar, 1396 A.H., which clarified all doubts and stood in defense of Qur’anic treatment. The Mental Health Conference supported the research procedures for this treatment and the resolution was adopted to continue research in this method of healing and present the findings at the next conference, God willing. We are to present modern, literary, scientific means to continue this noble research.”

Saudi Arabia Instead of America

Dr. Mubarik Jilani received many invitations from American institutions and universities, inviting him to conduct his research proving the benefits of healing the sick with Holy Qur’an.

So what happened?

Dr. Radi further elaborated; “He (Dr. Jilani) wrote to me regarding going to America and completing the experiments there. I requested him to carry on here [at the Institute in Taif]. He is, of course, working solely for Allah’s pleasure, and is not taking any fees or salary.” In reality, [Dr. Jilani’s stay] was due to the treatment with the Holy Qur’an, which demands the majority of his time.

[At this point, more doctors joined the research project, and the qualifications were deliniated.] A physician cannot read except on eight conditions. Every condition has its specific lines and special recitation. When Dr. Jilani presented this to us from our respected scholars who have these capabilities, we welcomed them, and extended to them this sacred opportunity. We have professors of psychology and they are Dr. Zaki Hassan and Dr. Muhammad Choudry who are, without doubt, beneficial in this scientific field.

What are the kinds of cases currently being treated? –A. Panic, Schizophrenia, Chronic Depression

1- Chronic Mental Schizophrenia: From these cases, as was previously discussed, a patient was experiencing a reoccu,rrence of chronic schizophrenic seizures dozens of times over, but with the treatment this debilitating condition was stopped. El Sheikh [Jilani] read [specific portions of Holy Qur’an] over him and gradually the [psychiatric] drug treatment was put to an end. Now that his condition has improved, the patient has commenced work in the hospital cafeteria without treatment.

2 - Chronic Depression: Another patient was treated with a host of drugs which cured him to a certain degree, but after a number of sessions with El Sheikh [Jilani] his condition improved greatly to the degree that his drug treatment also came to a halt.

3 - Chronic Anxiety: A soldier was diagnosed with extreme panic, or fear, of wearing his uniform. His fear increased whenever he donned his uniform. He was treated with drugs, but his condition did not improve. When he underwent Qur’anic treatment his condition improved and he returned to his previous job.

Furthermore, Dr. Sheikh Mubarik Jilani was assisted by Dr. Radi in translating the explanation of the Jilani Methodology into English. Dr. Jilani said, “I respectfully invite every one who wants confirmation of the effectiveness of this methodology to visit this department and observe the patients’ therapies before and after treatment. Indeed, with Holy Qur’an I am able to conduct any conceivable experiment even on iron.”

[El Sheikh Dr. Jilani]  continued [to explain the reason many become afflicted with spiritual ailments]: “You know, Satan is more active outside the Islamic countries. In Europe and America, he is definitely present in many places, as there are quite a few who worship him. Sorcery returned and Satan was firmly established through priests outside of Islamic countries, [whose inhabitants] began following these people –the real mediums of Satan... They began to overpower the masses by spreading evil, to steer people away from religion. There are hosts of Satan who work with all of their might in the United States and in other places to wage war on Islam and disrupt the people.

“Satan made some of his worshipers –who were the original heretics– call to the people claiming that they were reformers and modern-day prophets. Many people followed them and thus Allah, the Most High, became angry with His servants [i.e., mankind] who left the true religion.” [Hence those who leave the true religion by adopting ways that are contrary to it, are the first to fall prey to the designs of Satan.]

[Dr. Jilani continues by explaining] that Qur’anic therapy, in essence, stands up against the] “originators of destruction and tyranny and... reaffirms the scientific research regarding the influence of the abilities of Holy Qur’an: that it is the Word of Allah, the Most High, sent down to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)” [as a Mercy to the entire world.]

“Also, from the affirmation of this research, [we have confirmed] that the knowledge of Holy Qur’an is the source from which all important sciences evolved, and all of the advancements of modern sciences originate from the Holy Qur’an. The  Holy Messengers of Islam [i.e., all the Messengers sent by God] were informed of this knowledge before the world knew of it.

“Holy Qur’an is the solver of all modern day problems and the spreading of degradation. Those who attempt to stop the Mercy of Holy Qur’an and the belief in it as a sacred book that heals all of the worldly, political, social, medical and scientific problems will never be successful, and we will confirm that [Holy Qur’an can effectively heal and solve these problems] scientifically in from any panel, from any part of the world. We will confirm the miracle of Holy Qur’an by the Will of Allah, the Most High. We will continue this unique medical experiment, and we hope with all of our hearts for its dazzling success, in order to respond to Allah, the Most High, Who says, “And we sent down the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe [in monotheism and act on it].”

*Jilani is the Arabic spelling of His Eminence, Dr. Gilani’s name.

June 9, 2013

For decades, El Sheikh Gilani has pioneered and introduced the El Gilani Methodology to the American public, a method of spiritual therapy which consists of the audition of specially selected portions of the Holy Quran and blessed prayers of Holy Messengers of the One Almighty Creator that, by the Power of The Almighty, heal physical and non-physical ailments.  From time to time, El Sheikh Gilani’s diagnosis of the cause of such types of ailments requires the understanding of non-physical elements and their role in the causes of disease.

In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in patients suffering from mental illness and satanic possession.  These occurrences are often brought on through the reading of satanic literature, music, television and pure magic, like that found in juggling balls and so-called supernatural things. What is shown on various popular magic shows is nothing but the use of jinns who are non-human beings that can take on a physical or non-physical form, and who can make things seem to appear and disappear, or transfer objects  from one person to another.

Many evil people have gained control over and indulge in partnerships with these jinn by observing certain rituals and rites and by the use of various formulas. People are advised to stay away from such activities, and such people, because they will eventually suffer from spiritual and mental diseases for which there is no cure. Practitioners of these phenomena can force people to do things against their will, such as committing murders, and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, bleeding from various parts of the body, sensations of red hot pins and nails in the body, and have numerous negative effects on children.

The ‘Black Sciences”  have been known to man and have existed since the time of the Holy Messenger David, peace be on him.  It is quite common that evil entities were frequently engaged by the freemasons. These evil entities can easily break things and become quite destructive. Levitation, or the act of floating and rising in the air, is another well known phenomenon known to the Eastern world for the last 3,000 years. It is a kind of spiritual magic achieved with the aid of jinn beings who would lift a person, or take him to various places. It is still being practiced today.  A television program aired here in Pakistan on the 25th of November, that demonstrated how these practitioners apparently raise themselves off the ground.

Perhaps the most well known personality to use the jinn in his stunts is an Israeli magician by the name of Uri Geller, who himself suffers from jinn possession. During his act, which has appeared on a number of television networks including the BBC, Geller caused forks and spoons to bend without coming into physical contact with them.  He was also able to influence, through the medium of television, occurrences in the homes of his television audience.  Presently, things have advanced so much that  many television shows, movies, and video games show satanic mediums and sensitives, and spread psychic diseases; yet no one seems to realize or care.  Remember the thousands of Japanese children that suffered seizures after viewing a particular cartoon, and also the jinn possession suffered by many who read Henry Potter’s black magic, sorcery novels.

During his research, El Sheikh Gilani was able to confront Professor John Taylor of the London University, who was engaged in an investigation of the Geller phenomena.  El Sheikh Gilani, who was quite familiar with this, simply identified it as a classic example of jinn possession.  Of course, Professor Taylor was not eager to accept El Sheikh’s clear explanation, since to do so would mean an immediate end to the fraud that was a source of the financial grants that provided him with a lucrative income.

El Sheikh Gilani has decided to expose this fraud in his upcoming lecture on the jinn, which will be made available through the Abdul Qadir Gilani Institute of Sufic Sciences, Department of Jinnology. Much of El Sheikh Gilani’s memoirs can be likened to experiences written about in the 1001 Arabian Nights.  There are very few things written about in these tales that he did not experience in his youth. In his upcoming lecture entitled the “Science of Jinns,” El Sheikh will detail how Muslim jinns carry his servants from one place to another.

Yes, there are many human beings that are possessed, or whose physical bodies are occupied by jinn, and they speak and talk to and through the possessed person. The jinn eat the food of the victim, and even share their women, and other elements of their daily lives.  Out of our concern for Muslims and non-Muslims, and the welfare of our fellow Americans, we warn you to keep away from these evil sciences. We know the formula to counter this evil, and when these jinn are in the company of, or around a Muslim, they cannot produce or rise up one centimeter. At one time Uri Geller was challenged to bend a fork or spoon that was inscribed with portions of the Holy Quran, and he quickly refused realizing that Holy Quran is the only effective defense from satanic influences.

In this so-called modern era,  there is a proliferation of call-in psychic networks that are being aggressively marketed through the mass media with endorsements by well known Hollywood stars. Pick up almost any magazine, and there are numerous advertisements for all types of occult activities as well as magical props and trinkets that promise strange powers.  In addition, there are those who pursue the dollar via direct junk mailings offering charms, and the like, to ward off misfortune, attract good fortune and many other promises. Be careful! These evil devices are dangerous weapons in the hands of sorcerers and satanists, many of whom are psychiatrists and advocates of mind control.

Note:  For more information on this important material, please read the Ultimate Fraud of the Freudists and Psychiatry: The Ultimate Betrayal. published by Zavia Books.

June 8, 2013

Do you own the book Ar Raheeq Al Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar, Biography of the Noble Prophet –peace be upon him) by Saifur Rahman Al Mubarakpuri? How about a particular edition of Riyad us Saliheen, the famous An Nawawi compilation of holy traditions with commentary by Hafiz Salahuddin Yusuf? If so, you are hosting texts on your bookshelf by Darussalam Publications which has been known not only to inject false text into the English translations of sayings related from the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and shown utmost disrespect to the Beloved of Allah, but also to have distorted Islamic history –specifically with regards to the descendants of the Holy Last Messenger who are known as Ahli Bait. They demonstrate a complete rejection of the authentic scholars of Islam and even advocate for the killing of pious Muslims, based on scholarly claims proven to be erroneous.

El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani Hashmi, himself a descendant of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), advises the Muslims at large: “Keep away from all of their works, including their books, history, even hadiths –traditional sayings of the Holy Last Messenger, everything. They have distorted things, disrespected and dishonored the Holy Last Messenger and his family (peace be upon them all).”

Darussalam Publications promote themselves as a multilingual international Islamic publishing house based in Riyadh, with outlets on all continents. The publisher claims to present “books free from sectarianism and in accordance with the Qur’an and the Sunnah (the way of the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him).” However, it cannot be imagined how much division is created when the works presented by Darussalam claim the majority of Muslims have abandoned Islam, and that their blood is lawful to shed.

Darussalam Publications uphold distortions of Islam and mistranslate the holy traditions. The resulting works are used to accuse the community of polytheism. In one such instance, it is found that the publishers mistranslated a hadith wherein a companion of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him, narrated to the Beloved of Allah his experience setting up a tent in a place not knowing there was a grave underneath, and hearing Surah Mulk from Holy Qur’an being recited from it. The Darussalam translators instead write that it is the visitor who recited Surah Mulk. This was done presumably because to acknowledge pious people to be alive in their graves contradicts the teachings of Ibn Abdul Wahhab, the founder of the Wahhabi (or some say Salafi) movement in 1713. The publishing house’s website refers to Ibn Abdul Wahhab “Imam,” or leader. According to Ibn Abdul Wahhab, who is believed by historians to have been in collusion with a British spy known only as Hempher, declared that Muslims who visit the graves of the pious people with the intention of gaining benefit from them, have abandoned monotheism and deserve death. It was on this premise that thousands of Muslims were massacred in the Najd uprisings against the Ottoman Empire, which established the current kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The works of Abdullah bin ‘Abdul- ‘Azeez bin Baz, the grand mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1992-1999, also confirm the teachings of his imam, Ibn Abdul Wahhab, in his various books and in erroneous commentary on the books of others, many of which are widely distributed by Darussalam. In just one example, Bin Baz slanders a companion of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), Bilal ibn al-Harth in his remarks on the text Fath al-Bari. Bin Baz claims the visit of Bilal ibn al-Harth to the grave of the Mercy to all of the Worlds, Muhammad (peace be upon him), and his asking the Almighty for the sake of the Holy Last Messenger to bestow rain was “aberrant” and “an avenue to polytheism.”

By these things, the publishing house misleads the Muslims with interpolations. However, similar aims are equally achieved by their omissions. While volumes upon volumes have been written by authentic scholars on Islamic history, Darussalam works and books –comparatively short texts-- intentionally delete the history of the descendants of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (may the peace of Allah be upon him and upon his family). This effort to negate the contributions and legacy of the Ahli Bait is in direct rejection of the well-established tradition passed down from the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, which commands the Muslims to cling to his family and descendents after him, peace be upon them.*  For example we find in one text called Commanders of the Muslim Army, by Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar, chapters are dedicated to different personages, yet no mention is made of the greatest commander and cousin of the Holy  Last Messenger, Ali ibn Abi Talib, nor of his son, the king of martyrs, Hussein ibn Ali. This could be due to the fact that Wahhabis and Salafis, who produce the majority of the works at Darussalam, bear allegiance to the Umayyad clan.

The Umayyads during the time of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), swore vengeance upon the family of the Beloved of Allah for the Meccan pagan chiefs who were killed during the first battle of Islam, the Battle of Badr, in which the fledgling Muslim state in Madinah defended themselves against the torture and aggression of the Umayyads. Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Lion of Allah, killed 70 of those chiefs. The Umayyads, via Yazid son of Muawiyah son of Abu Sufyan, the main enemy of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him and his family), carried out a most bloody and brutal massacre in which Hussein the son of Ali, and the majority of the descendents of the Holy Last Messenger, were martyred. Needless to say, although Imam Hussein continued to fight valiantly, even after suffering extreme hunger, thirst, and witnessing atrocities against his beloved children, his blessed name is not included in Commanders of the Muslim Army.

It seems being free from sectarianism demands the murder of all those who do not agree with the Umayyad, or Wahhabi, philosophy.

Muslims are hereby warned to guard their imaan --the faith foundation which allows the upholding of true Islamic principles—by rejecting all works published and products sold by Darussalam Publications. Thereby, Muslims can hope to not only safeguard themselves and their families from false ideologies, but also take a firm stand against the divisive spread of such teachings in the Muslim community at large. Muslims should be aware that every cent which goes into the coffers of this Saudi-based publishing group is used to distort Islam around the world, in the eyes of Muslims and non-Muslims, for which the entire Muslim world pays.

June 8, 2013


The above hadith sherif is heard, recited and memorized all over the Muslim world. While the every day interpretation of the text is accepted by most as, “I should feed my neighbor if he is without food,” the wealth of Islamic information available makes the understanding even clearer.

Before clarifying what the treatment of the neighbor should be, one should first understand exactly who is the neighbor that is being referred to.

Al Adab Al Mufrad, a collection of hadith shareef from Imam Bukhari, quotes Al-Hasan (may Allah ta’ala be pleased with him) as having been asked who is the jaar, or neighbor. Al Hasan said, “The term ‘neighbor’ includes the forty houses in front of a person, the forty houses behind him, the forty houses on his right and the forty houses on his left.”

Thus, it can be said that the term “neighbor” actually refers to a person’s entire neighborhood.

For those living in an un-Islamic society, this may seem to limit the donor to whatever Muslim neighbors may be at hand. Not so.

Also from Al Adab Al Mufrad there is a hadith reported by Mujahid who said: A sheep was slaughtered for ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr. He asked his servant, “Have you given any to our Jewish neighbor?? I heard the Messenger of  Allah (peace be upon him) say, ‘Angel Jibril kept on recommending that I treat my neighbors well, until I thought that he would order me to treat them as my heirs.’”

Therefore, the neighbor’s right of honor, help, and hospitality, is meant for all neighbors, regardless of their religious or cultural background.

This point was made very clear by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, in the video commentary of the book Kashful Israar, which was written by Hadrat Ali Hajweri. El Sheikh narrated an incident, during the discourse, in which Hadrat Ali Hajweri spiritually assisted the Hindus who lived near  his holy tomb, by praying for the well-being of the family’s dying son, who was brought back to health by virtue of Hadrat Ali Hajweri’s presence and supplication. He said, “You are my neighbor.”

In line 36 of Sura Nisaa’ in the Holy Qur’an, Allah ta’ala (the Most High) says, “Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to neighbors who are related to you and neighbors who are not related to you.”

Ibn Kathir related that Mujahid was reported to have said that Allah ta’ala’s statement, “the neighbors who are not related to you” also refers to one’s companion during travel.

Thus we are left with a clear definition of jaar. All the people who live in one’s neighborhood or village, be they Muslim or non-Muslim, family or not; or, a traveling companion would be understood as such.

This being the scope of the word neighbor, it then becomes necessary for Muslims to broaden their perspective  in order to conform to the teaching and life pattern of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon he and his family).

Everyone knows that the Holy Last Messenger, (peace be upon him), preferred the next life to this one, and was in no way attached to worldly wealth and charm. We hear the stories of his sleeping on a simple mat, tying a stone to the tender side of his stomach to alleviate hunger, and of his wives fasting and giving away their evening meal, which would be used to break the fast. Why all of this? The Holy Last Messenger and his blessed Ahle Bait, or members of his household, could not stand to see others suffer and go hungry, whether the afflicted persons were Muslim, Christian, Jew or polytheist.

It is not that the Honored and Beloved Messenger, (peace be upon him), was without wealth, but the Holy Last Messenger (Allah’s peace be upon him) made it a point to never keep wealth in his hands. Once, the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, gave a man “so much gold that he could not carry it,” as related in Ash Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad. The narration continues to say that in another instance, 90,000 dirhams were brought to the Holy Last Messenger, (peace be upon him), who placed them on a mat and then got up and distributed them, not turning away anyone who asked until he had given it all away. “It is mentioned that Mu’awwidh ibn ‘Afra’; said, ‘I brought the Holy Messenger, (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), a plate of fresh dates and cucumber [as a gift], and he gave me a handful of jewelry and gold.’”

In this, we see the true spirit of Islam in the overwhelming generosity of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, (peace be upon him), who not only honored, helped, and gave great hospitality to his neighbors, but also condemned those who were crude, disrespectful and hurtful to their own neighbors.

Muslim reported that the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him, said “Taqwa is here!” pointing to his breast three times, “It is enough evil for man to scorn his Muslim brother.”

People with little understanding of the way of Islam, are quick to scorn those who are impoverished as somehow undeserving of the bounty of Allah ta’ala. Yet Allah ta’ala speaks of this very mentality in Sura YaSeen. Ibn Kathir comments, on line 47 of Sura YaSeen: “And when it is said to them, ‘Spend of that with which Allah has provided you,’’’ means that when they are told to spend of that which Allah ta’ala has provided to them on the poor and the needy, they say, “Shall we feed those whom, if Allah willed, He (Himself) would have fed)?” (Holy Quran) In ignorance, such people feel that if Allah ta’ala had wished, He would have fed the poor people. Thus they fail the test which was created to “see who amongst you performs the best deeds.” (Holy Quran)

What is more sad is that these people, while discarding the magnanimous pattern of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), think that they are united with the will of Allah ta’ala in His dispensation of provisions to the people. Allah ta’ala save us from becoming ignorant and hard-hearted, as this is a plague that is left over from the days before Islam.

How is it that in one home there is an abundance of food with every luxury and amenity of life, while just next door, or up the road, another home eats at the bottom of the food pyramid, if at all, and has no running water, nor even electricity?  

In another noble tradition (hadith), Ibn ‘Umar said, “There was a time when no one was more entitled to a person’s money than his Muslim brother. Now people love their dirhams and dinars more than their Muslim brother. I heard the Holy Last Messenger, (may Allah  bless him and grant him peace), say, ‘How many a neighbor will be brought together with his neighbor on the Day of Rising! He will say, ‘Lord, this man closed his door to me and refused to show me common kindness!’”

In Riyadhus Saaliheen, Abu Hurayra reported that the Holy Last Messenger, (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), said, “By Allah, he is no mu’min! By Allah, he is no mu’min! By Allah, he is no mu’min!” It was asked, “Who is that, Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Someone whose neighbor is not safe from his mischief!”  

In Al Adab Al Mufrad, Thawban said, .”..There is no man who wrongs his neighbor, to the extent that he forces him until he makes him leave his home, who is not destroyed.”

In such a situation, those people whose hearts are dead as such to the needs of their neighbors, have traded their iman for their comforts and riches. For this bad neighbor, his salat and ibadah to Allah ta’ala is not accepted until he helps his neighbors, according to the commentary of El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani on the Arbaeen Jami hadiths. “[Helping one’s neighbor] is the very gist of ibada in Islam.”

El Sheikh has said elsewhere that the purpose of ibada, or worship, is  to cultivate the true spirit of sacrifice in a human being. Therefore, if there is no spirit of sacrifice, one may clearly see that the worship of such a miser helps him not at all.

June 5, 2013


The American people have failed in their attempt to understand  Islam and the Holy Quran. The American people should come closer in understanding their Muslim brethren. Without doubt, this is the solution to the major problems between the government, the American people and the American Muslim.

The Holy Quran was and still is the common denominator in the heritage of mankind at large, especially of those people of the Book - the Jews and Christians. The Holy Quran contains revelations, messages, signs, explanations of law and the Books [of earlier Divine revelations sent to previous Messengers], including stories revealed to Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, Moses, Jesus, son of Mary and the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, peace and blessing be on all of them.

However, the enemies of Islam have not spared any stone to be unturned in their constitutional conspiratory approach to defame and take the words in Holy Quran as a book of terrorisms. One such instance is the translation by A. J. Arberry, who is taken as a moderate and a kind of friend to Al-Islam. Yet, he has done an immense amount of damage in misquoting and misinterpreting the Holy Quran, as have others such as Yusuf Ali, Muhammad Ali, Pickthall. Arberry, in his translation of Surah Muhammad, misquotes the ayat  "When you meet the kafirs (unbelievers) kill them. And when you overpower them tie them.” This very language has lead many ignorant non-Muslims to believe that the Holy Quran is a book of terrorism.

Most Muslims know that this ayat in Surah Muhammad was sent down during the Battle of Uhud, on 3rd of Dhul Hijjah, when the Meccan kafirs  attacked the Muslims. It was there and then that the Muslims were urged to confront them. The Muslims were told that before they were killed [by their enemies] to kill them (the kafirs) and take the captives prisoners . This line of Holy Quran was [revealed to the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him, by Divine revelation through the Angel Gabriel] and then related to the Muslims at the time.

The Holy Quran cannot be translated into any other language and those who try, without knowing the science of Quranic Arabic, do great damage to the Book. Those translators who take on this venture and do not possess the ilm (knowledge of religion) have taken on a burden and incur sin upon themselves. Holy Quran cannot be justly translated without observing the following:

  1. Each and every word must be explained in the context in which it was sent down, [understanding] why and for what cause it was sent down. Then, and only then, can a person start to understand Holy Quran.

  2. One must know of the ayaats [lines] that are the foundation of the book and the ones that are secrets, whose meanings are known only to Allah, His Holy Messenger (peace be upon him) and those whom Allah has given immense knowledge.

  3. One who has the understanding and knowledge of the canceller and the cancelled ayaats [lines of the Holy Quran which were abrogated, and the event or action which caused them to be abrogated].

Last, but not least, the [language of the] Holy Quran is the only living language;  and that is not a matter of belief -  but a matter of fact.

Take for example, the spoken English language. You must agree that the English spoken 400 years ago is not the same language spoken today. That language is dead and forgotten. Whereas, the Holy Quranic language spoken today is the same language spoken by the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him) and exactly the same as written in the Book. It is still the same living language used in the entire Arab world, and it has not changed, nor has it died. Without doubt - this Holy Quran is from the Almighty Creator, for all time to come!

It is a general command for Muslims, for all times, to know that those who call themselves Christians are closer to the Muslims than any other religious denomination of the world. The Muslims give reverence to churches, synagogues, temples and the places where Almighty God is remembered. Therefore, Muslims are forbidden to destroy places of worship.

When Jesus, son of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( peace be on them) was preaching a discourse about making lawful some of the things that were forbidden before (which is included in the Injil, the Gospel of Jesus), the lawyers and Rabbis [the keepers of the Torah] classified Jesus as a terrorist and [his message, eventually written as] the Injil,  also a message of terrorism. Even then, these Jews used the Romans to take action against Jesus, son of Mary, by forging lies against him and his blessed mother, therefore subjecting the Romans to bring him to trial and supposedly crucifying Jesus, son of Mary, on the cross.

The Holy Quran is the only book which contains an authentic account of Jesus, son of Mary (peace be on him) and completely refutes the false allegations against Jesus being a liar or a terrorist.

Nowhere in the Holy Quran has a Muslim been commanded to kill non-Muslims without a just cause. Even in war, they are not allowed to kill the elderly, women, children, priest, etc. It is illegal in Islam to carry out first attacks and acts of terrorism. Acts of sabotage, which might kill the innocent or the like thereof, are also forbidden.

Let the world know - if they really want to learn about true Islam, then they should learn from authentic Muslim scholars. One such scholar and direct descendant of the Holy Last Messenger of Allah Almighty (peace be upon him) is El-Shaikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani. Do not look to those agents planted to destroy Islam, i.e. M. Ahmad [Qadiani], Wahhabis, Shiites and others who project Islam with the false ideologies and theories of Freud and Darwin.

In the Holy Quran, Surah tus Saad, Ayaat 29, Almighty Allah says: “This is the blessed Kitab (Book) that we have revealed to you, (ya Rasullulah!) [Last Messenger of Allah] full of blessings, that the people may ponder over its ayaats (signs), and so that the intelligent ones may take heed.”

June 4, 2013

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning): “Those who recite the Book of Allah, establish regular prayer, and spend (in charity) out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for commerce that will never fail” (Surah Fatir 35:29)

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-As, a companion of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, (May Allah bless him),  reported that the Holy Last Messenger,  (Peace be upon him) said, “The one who was devoted to the Qur'an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: “Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.'' [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

This Hadith mentions the merit of those who memorize part or all of the Holy Qur'an. Some scholars, in explaining this Hadith, have mentioned that the number of ranks (levels) in Paradise is equal to the number of ayahs (lines) in the Holy Qur’an, and that a believer will rise one rank for each ayah that he or she memorizes.  In another Hadith, Hazrat Othman ibn Affan, (May Allah bless him)  reported that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, "The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur'an and teaches it.'' [Al-Bukhari].

Listed below are a few hints regarding the memorization of Holy Qur’an, some of which were presented to us by the knowledgeable Sheikh Osama Abdul-Azeem of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.

  • First, make sure to correct your tawbah (repentance to Allah), as sins do not leave any room for the Words of Allah. The Imam Al-Shafie has a famous verse of poetry in which he complained to his scholar about having difficulty in memorizing. His scholar advised him to abandon sins.

  • Have your intention ready, and bear in mind the reward and virtues of this great deed as mentioned in the Hadiths above. Ask Allah sincerely to assist you in accomplishing this.

  • Dedicate a specific time each day (or every couple of days) for memorizing. This should be a time when you are not busy with other things.

  • Use the same copy of the Qur’an each time. This is because your mind takes a ‘snapshot’ of the pages.

  • Start with the surahs that are easiest to you. Many people recommend beginning with the last five juz’s (the 30th, then the 29th, and so on).  Other surahs to begin with are those that you enjoy reciting most of all, and those that you frequently listen to and thus, probably already know part of by heart.

  • The younger you are, the easier it will be. As you grow older, you get busier and your capacity for memorizing decreases. However, it’s never too late, InshaaAllah. If you haven’t memorized a lot during your childhood or teens, you can still catch up.

  • After completing a couple of ayahs, recite them in the next nafl (voluntary prayer) that you pray. Alternatively, practice them with a friend or your spouse.

  • Finally, it might be a good idea to work in groups, encouraging one another. If you are trying to get your children to memorize, you might want to create a sense of competition among them and then provide some reward to whomever memorizes best.

May Allah guide us to all that pleases Him, Ameen.

May 30, 2013

MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party Arnoud Van Doorn visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to pray and say sorry for becoming part of a blasphemous film.

Doorn was among the Freedom Party leaders who produced the blasphemous film, “Fitna”. Last month he reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the religion and the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

He said that the worldwide outrage against the film made him study about the Holy Last Messenger (pbuh) and that eventually led to his conversion.

He headed for Makkah to perform Umrah after meeting the two imams of the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Ali Al-Hudaifi and Sheikh Salah Al-Badar, who enlightened him on how to lead the life of a good Muslim and confront challenges facing Islam in the West.

A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague City Council, Doorn announced his decision to accept Islam on his Twitter profile. He also posted a tweet in Arabic declaring that “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet.”

At first, other users took the news as a joke. After all, an active supporter of a notorious Dutch hater of Islam, Wilders, he repeatedly approved Islamophobic statements and public actions, and personally participated in them.

But Doorn, who now serves as a regional adviser at the City Hall in The Hague, personally confirmed his decision to practice Islam in an official letter to the city mayor.

Most recently, the politician filed a formal application to the mayor of the city to allow him to perform prayers obligatory for Muslims during his working hours.

“I can understand people are skeptic, especially that it is unexpected for many of them,” Doorn told Al-Jazeera English satellite channel.

“This is a very big decision, which I have not taken lightly.”

“In my own close circle people have known that I have been actively researching the Qur’an, Hadith, Sunnah and other writings for almost a year now,” he said.

“In addition, I have had numerous conversations with Muslims about the religion.”

Driven by his party’s anti-Islam discourse, Doorn decided to dig in for the truth about the religion himself.

“I have heard so many negative stories about Islam, but I am not a person who follows opinions of others without doing my own research,” he said. “Therefore, I have actually started to deepen my knowledge of Islam out of curiosity.”

The 46-year-old has continued on The Hague Council as an independent candidate since splitting from Wilders’s party. Doorn’s decision to embrace Islam has won mixed reactions in the Netherlands.

“According to some people I am a traitor, but according to most others I have actually made a very good decision,” he told Al-Jazeera.

“The reactions are generally positive and I also received quite some support via twitter.

“It feels good that people who do not know me personally have understanding of my situation and support me in my choice.”

Asked if he now regretted joining the Freedom Party, he replied: “I have learned that every experience in life has a purpose. However, with the knowledge I have today, I would have undoubtedly made a different choice.”

For the Dutch politician, finding Islam was finally guiding him to the true path in his life. “I have made mistakes in life as many others. From these mistakes I have learned a lot,” Doorn said.

“And by my conversion to Islam I have the feeling that I finally found my path. I realize that this is a new start and that I still have much to learn as well.”


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May 24, 2013


When the Holy Messenger Abraham, peace be upon him, left his wife, the Lady Hajra and their son, Ismail, peace be upon them, in the valley of Makkah, in accordance with Allah’s Will,she asked her husband if Allah had commanded him to do so. When he replied yes, she became content with her condition. This is what makes the difference between a wife and a companion:  a wife has rights of which she can complain.  

Lady Hajra was concerned about finding water for herself and her son. She ran back and forth between the two hills of Safa and Marwa looking for water. Allah, the Most High, sent an angel who dug his foot into the sand and the spring of Zam Zam welled up, providing cool and refreshing water to mother and child. To this day and for all times to come, millions upon millions of Muslims,  as one of the religious rites of the Hajj pilgrimage ,  run between Safa and Marwa in emulation of  Lady Hajra and drink from the same spring of Zam Zam because Allah has so honoured the companion and mother of Messengers. Yet, she herself was not a Messenger.  

Praise and thanks be to Almighty Allah, the Lord of Mankind, Who sent His Messengers as guides for humanity, and their illustrious consorts who exemplify the honor, dignity, and high status that He, the Exalted, has bestowed upon all women!