Use Sha’ban to Prepare for Ramadan

By Abu Abdullah 

Preparing For Ramadhaan By Using The Month Of Shabaan

MY beloved brothers and sisters, you may ask, and rightly so: what does Sha`ban have to do with preparing for Ramadan?

Before showing the importance of Sha`baan and the connection between it and Ramadan, I want to ask a few questions.

a) Is Sha`ban important to you and why?

b) What preparations have you made for it and how do you plan to benefit from it?

c) Do you really think that Sha`ban is an important month?

If Sha`ban catches you off guard and you do not even realize that it is here and so did not prepare for it, or even worse, you do not even know that you have to prepare, do you think that when Ramadan comes along it would not take you by surprise, just like the beginning of Sha`ban? This is because many people do not think that they have to prepare for Ramadan much less Sh`aban!

Reflect on the years that have gone by: how did Ramadan reach you – were you prepared or unprepared? Procrastinating or well set? Full of regrets or happy that it has arrived?

Let us be honest with ourselves and assess the seriousness of not preparing for Ramadan, and may Allah the Almighty guide us and help us to prepare properly for this glorious month, Aameen!

Picture this!

Were you ever alone and someone who is very special and loved by you (like your mother, father, wife, or even a person of high standing), tells you that they want to visit you? Would you prepare for them or not and how would your preparations be?

Actually, even if you are not alone and the person is not even special but just an ordinary individual who wants to visit you, what would you do? Would you not prepare?

Can you remember the time before you got married and that special guest who was now going to come into your life to live with you? What preparations did you make?

Can you remember when you were expecting your first child? Did you prepare for its arrival or not?

In all of the above situations and many others, did you find yourself preparing for your guest?

Even though the guest might stay for just a day or two, we prepare for them, and the longer they stay, the more preparations we would make for them.

Would you expect any payments from your guests for all the efforts you make to welcome them? Let us suppose your guest rewarded you, how would you feel?

The most honorable guest you could ever host is going to be sent to you very, very soon by your Lord, and whether you prepare or not, it is still going to stop by your humble dwellings and stay with you for a full month.

Ramadan is not just a special guest; it is the most important event of your life – yes, your life – and what is amazing about our Lord Allah, is that in His Generosity He gives it to us once every year.

Ramadan as a special event – the most special event of life, is different from all other special events, since our Lord is sending it to us for our benefit. This amazing guest and all that is associated with it is so special that even if we do not prepare for it and welcome it, its Lord Who sent it, will have it stop by every single person and still bring with it that benefits and blessings that assist them with their lives.

Its Lord has commissioned it to travel with each one of us and accompany us in all our activities for an entire month to train us in a way that makes our lives more meaningful and beneficial; if we are only willing to accept it from Him.

On the other hand, if someone is heedless or rejects it, then it leaves him/her without complain or insult; however, its Lord, Allah the Almighty, gives each one of them just retribution for their ungratefulness unless they repent to Him. May Allah protect us from this serious dilemma! Aameen!

This guest is like no other guest; if we prepare for it, it has so many wonderful gifts in store for us . In fact, even if we were heedless and did not prepare, but are willing to work with him we are still going to find him very kind and generous.

Additionally, although the guest is coming to every one of us, each one of us will be privileged to individual attention from it and actually, it will treat us as if it is our host.

Thus, anyone who tastes its sweetness would find that there is nothing more delightful. This is why when it leaves, there is a great feeling of loss in the hearts of all those who really prepared well for it and honored it.

Do you now realize the importance of hosting Ramadan, this special guest, honorably?

Are you willing to understand what you have to do to prepare for it, since many are willing but they just do not know what they have to do?

If you are willing, then let us make an effort to travel together on the road of the Sunnah of the Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, so that we can prepare for this magnificent guest as he, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and those who followed him did.

Preparing for and honoring our guests is not something strange to us.

Muslims are generally very kind to their guests and they try to honor them because our Messenger sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day let him be generous to his guest.”

When we prepare for our guests, we normally try to find out what they like and what they would want from us so that we can organize it for them.

Similarly, in order for us to benefit from Ramadan we must know that what it wants from us, which sets it apart from other ordinary guests.

Ramadan brings certain special situations and events that it wants us to make proper use of – and if we do, then we would have truly honored it.

Ordinary guests would want delicious food – Ramadan is bringing fasting that wants that you do withhold from eating and drinking.

Other guests want us to take them on visits – Ramadan wants us (men) to visit the masjids five times daily for the obligatory prayer.

Ordinary guests would want us to sit for long hours and reminisce with them – Ramadan wants us to spend our time with it by spending time with what was revealed in it, (the Glorious Qur’an)!

Other guests would not mind if we sit with them talking late into the night –Ramadan has Qiyaam al- Lail (night prayer), so it wants you to spend your nights with it.

An ordinary guest would not mind if you spend all your time with them –Ramadan is bringing `Itikaaf (seclusion) in its last ten nights so that you could search for Lailatul Qadr which has the blessings of a thousand months of worship.

Ordinary guests would not mind if we spend on them – Ramadan wants us to spend too, but on the poor.

And the list goes on…

Other guests have certain wants just like Ramadan and we have to fulfill their wants if we are to treat them with honor, tell me, should we not do the same for Ramadan? So reflect!

Sha`ban is one of the months in which it is stressed that we increase acts of worship and get closer to Allah through voluntary acts of worship.

Golden Principles of Raising Children

By Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (rahmatullahi alayh)

CHILDREN’S INITIAL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND ATTAINMENT OF MORAL VALUES

Adopting an effective method for training children is extremely important and necessary. It is because a child is Allah’s trust in parents’ hands and the child’s heart is like a nice, clean, and simple mirror which, although, is devoid of any types of impressions or shapes, is capable of accepting the influence of all types of impressions and influences and it can be inclined towards any thing you like. Therefore, if good habits are inculcated in the child and if he/she is instructed in knowledge, then the child after gaining such excellent nourishment (upbringing), achieves the real success of this life and of the life hereafter. In this [success], the parents and the teachers of the child become entitled to a share in the rewards [from Allah for good upbringing of the child]. And if bad habits are inculcated (nurtured) in a child and [if the child is] left unhindered (unattended/free) like animals, then he/she gets destroyed after becoming ill mannered. The burden of sin [of such negligence] fells on his/her guardian and caretaker. Allah, the Exalted, has said [in the Holy Quran]:

“O you who believe! Save yourself and your family from the fire of Hell.”

And when the father saves his child from the fires of this world, then as a first priority, it is incumbent (obligatory) upon him to save his child from the fire of the hereafter (Hellfire) and the only way of doing this is that he teaches the child manners and civilization and educate him/her in the best of morals and protect him/her from bad companions and friends and should not let the desire for physical beautification, fine dresses, ornamentation, physical ease, and comfort-seeking settle in his/her heart, otherwise, the child after growing up, will waste his/her precious life in desiring and seeking these lowly things and will get eternally destroyed by them. Instead, it’s incumbent upon the father to keep a strict watch and care from a very early age [of his child].

NECESSITY AND IMPORTANCE OF PERMISSIBLE (HALAL) FOOD

For upbringing of the child and for nursing, [in the absence of the mother] a woman of good character and religiosity should be appointed, who eats lawful (Halal) food because the milk that comes from unlawful food, has no betterment or blessing in it, instead, if the child is brought up with milk that comes from unlawful (Haram) sources, then evil gets permeated into the very fiber (consciousness/psychology/inner being) of the child, and because of that, the temperament of the child gets inclined towards Satanic (evil) deeds. And when [the parent feels that] the child is able to discern between the good and the bad then a complete nurturing of the child should begin. This [phase of child’s life] is indicated by the appearance of the initial signs of shyness (Haya/modesty), because when the child, realizing his/her respect and honor, starts to feel shy and because of shyness starts to leave doing certain things, then this is only the result of the light of intelligence emerging in him/her. This [emergence of the light of intelligence] happens to such an extent that he/she starts to think of some things as good and of some things as bad, and starts to feel shameful about certain deeds and this very realization of shyness (Haya) is a huge favor on the child by Allah, the Exalted. And it’s a clear sign that argues for (clearly shows) his/her moderation of the moral values and the purity of the heart. Instead, we should think of it in this way that this consciousness of the realization of good and bad [in the child], is a glad tiding from the nature (i.e. Allah) that this child upon attaining puberty, will possess perfect intelligence. That’s why a child with shyness (Haya/modesty), should never be left free (liberated), but instead, making use of his/her shyness (Haya) and discernment [between good and bad], a full training should be given to him/her.

AN EXPLANATION OF THE ETIQUETTES OF EATING

The first bad desire that dominates a child, is the greed to eat more; therefore, it’s extremely necessary to teach him/her the etiquettes of eating.

For example, [the etiquettes are] to eat food only with the right hand, to recite “Bismillah” (“In the Name of Allah”) in the beginning, to eat from the front [of the plate], to wait for others to begin before he/she does, to not start staring at the food [when others start first], to not even stare at others who are eating, to not eat in an unnecessary hurry, to chew the food properly, to not continuously [or hurriedly] put morsels of food in his/her mouth [but should do that gradually], to not soil his/her hand and clothes with the food [by dropping it]. Sometimes, the child should be fed only the bread so that he/she does not consider the curry [to go with bread] to be a necessity so as to not even be able to do without it. Likewise, one should narrate in front of the child, the undesirability of eating too much, for example, those who eat excessively should be compared to animals. The child should be told to not follow the kids who eat too much and the kids who eat less and are well trained should be praised in front of the child. The child attention should be drawn towards sacrificing the food for the sake of others [who are less fortunate] by taking care of the needs of his/her companions. The habit should be developed in the child to not care too much about [fine] food and to be content with simple food.

AN EXPLANATION OF THE ETIQUETTES OF DRESSING

Similarly, instead of colorful and silk clothes, the love and desire for simple and plain clothes should be developed in the heart of the child. It should be firmly impressed on his/her mind that to wear such clothes is not appropriate and pious people abhor such ways of dressing. Such things (admonitions) should be told to the child from time to time in a generalized way. And it’s an obligation on the parents that when they see any child wearing silky or brightly colored dresses in front of them, then they should express their disapproval [of such ways of dressing] in front of the child and should instill their undesirability [for such dresses] in the heart of the child. The parents should protect their child from meeting with all those children who are accustomed to prosperity, seeking comforts (comfortable lifestyle), and dressing proudly. They (parents) should also protect the child from the company of all those people who tell him/her stories about such ways of indulgence [like seeking comforts, dressing proudly, etc.]. Any child, who is left unattended [in such things] during his/her initial growth (upbringing), after growing up commonly becomes ill-mannered, liar, thief, tale-bearer, intransigent (stubborn), evil talker, sarcastic, cunning, deceiver, and foolish. The only source of protecting the child from all these evils is good education and training, after that, the child should be admitted into a religious school so that he/she studies Quran and Hadith (traditions of Prophet Muhammad [Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him]), acquires knowledge of the conditions, biography, and traditions of Allah’s righteous slaves so that from the early childhood, the love of the saints (May Allah shower His Mercy upon all of them) get established in his/her heart.

EPIDEMIC OF POETRY

Furthermore, protect the child from romantic poetry and romantic-minded poets and also make him/her stay away from those writers who think that such poetry is an indication of the life of the heart and subtlety of perception [or expression], because such things sow the seeds of corruption (Fasad) and evil in the minds of children.

METHOD OF PERSUADING TOWARDS GOOD AND STOPPING FROM EVIL

Whenever the child displays a good quality or displays a praiseworthy action, then father should praise the child and give him/her such a gift that will make the child happy and should praise the child in front of others. If the child then does something opposite [to his/her praiseworthy quality or action], then it’s appropriate to show unawareness of it and [the father] should not dishonor or humiliate the child nor should he highlight the fault. Instead, the father [or parent] should not even let the child know that he even thinks that the child has the courage to do such a thing in front of him, especially, in the case, when the child himself/herself tries to cover and hide the fault. It’s because revealing the mistakes [of the child] at times, is the cause for the child to become more daring to such an extent that slowly and gradually the child does not even care about his/her faults being revealed. Even after taking such a wise precaution, if the child does the same [bad] thing again, then it’s suitable to rebuke him/her in private and the fault of the bad deed should be revealed to him/her and should be told, “Beware! Do not ever do this bad thing again. God forbid, if this is found by someone, then you will get humiliated in front of the people”, [etc. etc. and other statements can be guessed from this].

HARMS OF EXCESSIVE SCOLDING

But it should be kept in mind that the child not be rebuked excessively, because it creates a habit in the child to listen to condemnation and scolding and increases in him/her the courage to commit wrongs. And slowly and gradually, the value of admonitions diminishes from the heart of the child.

Similarly, it’s necessary for the father that when he talks to the child, he maintains his awe and fear [in the heart of the child] and should rarely rebuke him/her. And the mother should make him/her fear the father when the child is being stubborn and should strictly stop the child from doing bad things.

ETIQUETTES OF SLEEPING

The child should be told not to sleep during the day because it creates laziness but he/she should not be stopped from sleeping at night. However, the child should still be stopped from sleeping on a soft bed so that the child’s bodily organs will get strong and the body will not get disfigured, due to which the child will not be able to live without comforts. Instead, the habits of sleeping on hard beds, wearing non-fine (simple) clothes, eating simple food should be instilled in the child. The child should be stopped from doing things in a clandestine way because he/she knows that it’s bad, that’s why the child hides it. If it’s ignored, then the child will develop the habit of doing bad things.

Similarly, the habit of walking during the day and exercising should be instilled in the child so that he/she does not become lethargic and lazy. However, utmost care must be taken to ensure that the child does not expose his/her head, knees, thighs, etc. Furthermore, the child should not walk too fast nor should keep his/her hands loose [which is a sign of laziness] but instead, the child should keep his/her hands close to the body and should be active.

PROHIBITION OF ARROGANCE AND PRIDE

The child should be prohibited from showing pride on anything from the possessions of his/her parents, his food items, clothes, even from something like his/her writing tablet and ink. Instead, the habit of dealing with all of his/her companions with humility, respect, honor, and having pure (clean/civilized) conversation, should be inculcated in him/her and should not be allowed to take anything from other children. If it’s a child of wealthy parents then he/she should be explained that the honor and rank is in giving and not in taking, instead, taking [from others] has in it [the characteristics of] lowliness, humiliation, and insult. If it’s a child of poor parents then he/she should be taught that to have greed and to take something from others is a cause of one’s own insult and humiliation and it’s the characteristic of a dog that it keeps wagging its tail waiting and being greedy for a morsel [of food]. Similarly, the child should be made to dislike gold and silver and should be made to fear the love of these things worse than the love of snakes and scorpions. It’s because the love and greed of gold and silver, causes far more damage to children and adults than the harms caused by poison [from snakes and scorpions].

ETIQUETTES OF GATHERINGS AND CONVERSATIONS

The child should be taught to not spit publicly, to not pick his/her nose, to not yawn in front of anyone, to not turn his/her back to anyone, to not sit cross-legged, to not sit while putting his/her palm under the chin or while supporting the head with hands because all these are indications of lethargy and laziness, in other words, the child should even be taught the proper manners of sitting. The child should be restrained from talking too much and it should be clearly impressed on his/her mind that all these are shameful things and are not the works of well-mannered children. Furthermore, the child should be completely prohibited from swearing either truely or falsely so that he/she will not develop the habit of swearing from childhood. Similarly, the child should be stopped from starting a conversation first and should have this habit instilled in him/her that he/she should speak only to answer [questions] and that too should be proportionate to the question [asked]. When someone is speaking to the child then he/she should listen very attentively and should get up to create more space for those who are older and then should sit with proper manners in front of them. The child should be stopped from useless (evil) talk, dirty talk, cursing, accusations, verbal abuse and should be prohibited from meeting people who do these things because the evil qualities of [one’s] companions, necessarily influence the child [in a bad way]. And the real secret of [proper] training of children is embedded (hidden) in protecting the children from [the company of] bad companions.

PATIENCE AND FORBEARANCE

It is also necessary that when the teacher punishes the child then the child should neither scream nor shout nor seek the support of intercession (interference) of someone, instead, [the child] should exercise patience and forbearance. In order to make the child understand this, he/she should be told that to exercise patience is the way (characteristic) of the brave ones and to scream, shout, and cry are the works of those who lack dignity.

IMPORTANCE AND BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL EXERCISES

After finishing his/her studies, the child should be permitted to play some good sport, with the help of which, he/she could get rid of the tiredness from the school and to get relaxation. But the child should not be allowed to play so much so that he/she gets tired due to the play [itself]. Because, to completely stop the child from playing and to just keep him/her under the pressure of studies, makes his/her heart dead, makes his/her intelligence nullified and useless, and makes his/her life miserable, due to that, the child starts to look for excuses to get rid of the studies.

ETIQUETTES OF RESPECTING THE ELDERS

It’s extremely important that the child should be taught the obedience to the parents, teachers, and everyone who is older in age than him/her whether this person is a relative or not. And he/she should be told to look at them with the eyes of respect and should abandon play in front of them. When the child reaches puberty, then he/she should not be allowed to have laziness in cleanliness (personal hygiene) and purity and should not be ignored for missing prayers. In certain days of [the holy month of] Ramadan, the child [before acquiring puberty] should be made to fast in some days and should be kept away from silk, and wearing gold and silver. As needed (as it’s suitable according to the need), the child should be explained the limits (boundaries) and laws of the Islamic Shari’ah (Divine laws) and should be made to fear theft, unlawful earnings and food, breach of trust, dishonesty, shamelessness, and all evil things that are born in the temperament (personality) of the child during adolescence. When a child’s upbringing from the [early] childhood will be like this, then by the time the child reaches puberty, he/she will be able to clearly understand the secrets and the wisdom behind these matters.

A GOOD THOUGHT ABOUT FOOD

During this stage (childhood/adolescence), he/she should be explained that whatever permissible (Halal) food is there, is also like medicines and the only purpose of them is that the human beings, after eating them, could be obedient to Allah, the Exalted.

IMPERMANENCE OF THE WORLD

It should also be clearly impressed upon the mind [of the child] that the world itself is not the purpose [of our lives], and [the world] is unreal, without permanence, and has an ending. Death puts an end to these [material] blessings and the world is only a place we are passing by. It is not a place of satisfaction and [is not] a place to settle. But the world of the hereafter is the real station of peace and tranquility and a place of stillness and satisfaction and the death, at all times, is in ambush, to end the life of the world.

WHO IS INTELLIGENT?

In reality, intelligent is the one who provides the capital of reliance (provision needed for one’s journey to the hereafter) and good deeds from this mortal world for the eternal life of the hereafter, so that he/she attains a high rank of acceptance before Allah, the Exalted, and the limitless blessings of the Paradise. If the child’s initial upbringing would have been good, then during adolescence, this discussion will prove to be pleasing to the self (Nafs), effective, get inscribed on the heart like an [indelible] inscription on the stone, auguring well for the child.

On contrary to that, if the child’s mental development had been along the wrong lines, then the qualities of evil, shamelessness, desire for eating too much, greed for fine dresses, ostentation and ornamentation, gaudiness, arrogance and pride, would have been born in him/her, and his/her heart will refuse to accept this fact (i.e. the impermanence of the worldly life and the need to work for the life hereafter) like the dry wall refuses to accept dry soil (i.e. such teachings will not stick to the heart of the child). In summary, these are the initial matters that need to be taken care of to the utmost.

CHILD’S NATURE AND PARENTS’ OBLIGATION

Since the composition of the child’s heart is such that it can accept the influences of both the good and the bad, the righteous and the evil, it’s the responsibility of the father and the mother to incline the [heart of the] child either to good or to evil (Imam Ghazali is not giving us a choice in this matter, but instead, urging us to incline the child towards good otherwise the child will automatically get inclined towards evil due to the parents’ negligence). Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) says:

“Every child is born on the [true] nature [of God] but his/her parents make him/her either a Christian, Jew, or Magian.”

A HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BEST RESULTS OF GOOD UPBRINGING

Shaykh Suhail bin Abdullah Tusteri (May Allah Shower His Mercy upon him) says:

“When I was three years old, I used to get up at night to see the [heart-warming] spiritual view of the Tahajjud prayers [done in the last part of the night which is highly recommended in Islam for spiritual advancement on the Path of God] of my maternal uncle Muhammad bin Sawar (May Allah Shower His Mercy upon him). Once he said to me:

‘Do you not engage in the remembrance of Allah, the Exalted, Who created you?’

I asked: ‘How should I remember Allah?’

He said: ‘At night, when you change your sides [on bed before sleeping], recite the following only in your heart, three times without moving your tongue:

Allahu Ma’iya, Allahu Nazirun Ilaeyya, Allahu Shahidi

Allah is with me, Allah is watching me, Allah is in front of me.’

I did that for a few nights, and then I informed him about it to which he said:

‘Now on every night, do the same thing seven times.’

I did that and informed him about that to which he said:

‘Now do this eleven times.’

I did the same and as a result of that, I started to feel its taste and sweetness in my heart. Then when one year passed by acting on this [every night], he said:

‘The remembrance that I have taught you, you should remember it well, and keep acting on that until you die. This will be a source of benefit to you in this world and in the next.’

I kept doing it for a couple of years, until I started to feel its taste (deep impact) in the deepest recesses of my innermost being. Then one day, he said:

‘O Suhail! Allah, when He is with someone, whom He watches [every single moment], whom He is in front of, could that person ever disobey Allah, the Exalted? Beware! Never [ever] transgress against Allah and disobey Him!’

Therefore, I started to live in seclusion. Then he tried to send me to a school but I said:

‘I feel the danger that my attention [towards Allah] will get divided. But it will be better, if you could get this commitment from the teacher that I will study with him for a while then I will quickly return to indulge in Allah’s remembrance.’

Then afterwards, I went to the teacher and by the time I was six or seven years old, I memorized the entire Quran by heart. I always fasted and until I was twelve, the barley bread was my primary food (diet). During this time, when I was thirteen, I had this need to learn (find out) about a particular religious matter, and then I requested my family to allow me to go to Busra [in Iraq] so that I can ask the scholars there about this matter. Therefore, I came to Busra and asked scholars there about this matter but none of them satisfied me. Afterwards, I went to ‘Abadan [in Iran] to be in the presence of Shaykh Habeeb Humza bin ‘Abdullah ‘Abadani (May Allah Shower His Mercy upon him) and asked him about the same religious matter to which he gave me a satisfactory response. Then I continued to stay in his presence for a long time to gain spiritual benefits (Fayd) from his [book] ‘Mulfoozat al-Qudsiya’ and continued to learn manners from him. Then I returned to [my hometown of] Tuster and apportioned my diet so that one Dirham’s (an old currency) worth of barley used to be grounded for me and bread used to be prepared for me from it. Every night, at the time of Suhoor (Late night meal before starting the fast), I used to eat one Aoqia (an old unit of measure equivalent to one ounce today) from the bread without using any curry with it. Therefore, one Dirham [which is a very small amount] used to be sufficient for me for [the food for] the whole year.

I made progress [in this matter] to such an extent that I used to break my fasts after three nights (in other words, he used to fast continuously for three days and nights), then after five nights, then after seven nights, then I gradually reached up to twenty-five nights. I continued in this way for twenty years continuously. Then I toured the world for many years and returned to Tuster. I used to worship and pray almost all night.”

Imam Ahmad (May Allah Shower His Mercy upon him) says:

“I never received any evidence that he (i.e. Shaykh Suhail Tusteri [May Allah Shower His Mercy upon him]) ever used curry [with his bread when he ate].”

[Imam Ghazali (May Allah Shower His Mercy upon him) did not mention this tradition so that we also raise our children like this in terms of the intense spiritual exercises and extraordinary feats of physical endurance that Shaykh Suhail (May Allah Shower His Mercy upon him) performed from his early childhood. Imam Ghazali’s purpose in mentioning this is to drive home the point that if proper arrangements are made by parents for the child’s proper upbringing, then the child can reach the pinnacle of human potential, otherwise, such intense spiritual and physical exercises is not necessary for all Muslims].

Shia Iran Allied with Israel and their Quest for ‘Super-Iran’

By Javadi ibn Tauseef al-Hashimi

Iran Allied with Israel

  • Introduction
Since the dawn of the so-called “Islamic Revolution” of Iran, the Iranian government has had spiritual relevance to the Shia.  Ayatollah Khomeini claimed, using the doctrine of Wilayat ul-Faqih, that he was the sole representative of the Imam Mehdi in his absence.  Most Shia alive today revere Ayatollah Khomeini as well as his successors.  The question must be asked:  are these Iranian leaders such as Khomeini using the Imam Mehdi to help the Muslims as they claim or are they actually enemies of Islam who exploit the imaginary memory of Mehdi for their own political gain?

 

The truth is that the Iranian military is allied with Israel.  Of course, the Shia lay-person will scoff at this statement and think it absurd.  At first glance, we’d be tempted to agree.  Admittedly, on the surface it does seem that Iran is a country full of anti-Israeli propaganda.  The Iranian Ayatollahs speak out against the Zionist Jews frequently and with full vigor.

However, those in the intelligence community realize that this is a simple cover.  The Ayatollahs are making use of the doctrine of Taqiyyah, which is a part of Shia faith.  Taqiyyah is a Shia concept which allows the Shia believer to lie and use deciet in order to further his life or, in this case, his religion.

Despite what the Ayatollahs claim, the Iranian government is most definitely allied militarily with Israel, and we shall provide the irrefutable proof in this article.  Both Israel and Iran are non-Arab states surrounded by “hordes” of Sunni Arabs;  this is the uniting element between the two countries, both of which cannot see their neighbors, namely the Sunni Arabs, rise to power and question their hegemony.  As such, both Israel and Iran act as satellite nations for the United States, which also fears the rise of an Islamist Sunni rise to power in Arabia.  The two non-Arab countries, Iran and Israel, are thus used by the United States to prevent this from happening.  To hide this nefarious Iran-Israel-US alliance, public officials on both sides (Iran and Israel/US) have engaged in public diatribes against the other.  While their words may seem like their swords are drawn against each other, their actions show that they are indeed allied at the hip.

  • London Observor

The London Observer estimated that Israel’s arms sales to Iran total $500 million annually. This is by far a conservative estimate, and this was in the 1980’s. Over time, with inflation, that number has increased. Current estimates range in the billions of dollars.

  • Global Security

Let us now provide the irrefutable proof. Here is an article from the Global Security website, the respected think tank organization the United States government relies on:

After the Revolution, Iranians continued to buy arms from the United States using Israeli, European, and Latin American intermediaries to place orders, despite the official United States embargo. Israeli sales, for example, were recorded as early as 1979. On several occasions, attempted arms sales to Iran have been thwarted by law enforcement operations or broker-initiated leaks. One operation set up by the United States Department of Justice foiled the shipment of more than US$2 billion of United States weapons to Iran from Israel and other foreign countries. The material included 18 F-4 fighter-bombers, 46 skyhawk fighter-bombers, and nearly 4,000 missiles. But while the department of Justice was attempting to prevent arms sales to Iran, senior officials in the administration of President Ronald Reagan admitted that 2,008 TOW missiles and 235 parts kits for Hawk missiles had been sent to Iran via Israel.

Despite official denials, it is believed that Israel has been a supplier of weapons and spare parts for Iran’s American-made arsenal. Reports indicate that an initial order for 250 retread tires for F-4 Phantom jets was delivered in 1979 for about US$27 million. Since that time, unverified reports have alleged that Israel agreed to sell Iran Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, radar equipment, mortar and machinegun ammunition, field telephones, M-60 tank engines and artillery shells, and spare parts for C-130 transport planes

Source: Global Security Article(http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/intro.htm)

We urge our readers to actually view the original articles themselves by clicking on the links above, since no doubt this is a hard idea to pallate.  This is not a conspiracy theory.  This is a well-documented fact that is known in the intelligence community.  The alliance between Iran and Israel is an undeniable fact.

  • TIME Magazine

Here is an article from TIME Magazine about the military alliance between Iran and Israel:

Or it could be said that the drama started in 1981, just after Reagan came into office, when U.S. officials learned that Israel was ignoring the 1979 American ban on the sale of arms to Iran. At the time Iran badly needed spare parts for the American-made weapons it had acquired during the Shah’s reign. In their hour of need the Iranians looked to Israel, which had also supplied weapons to the Shah.

The Israelis reportedly set up Swiss bank accounts to handle the financial end of the deals. Despite its embargo, the U.S. appeared to look the other way. Administration officials seemed interested in Israel’s notion that the arms sales would help foster ties with leaders in the Iranian military…

…In late August, Israel sent a planeload of arms to Iran. The cargo consisted mostly of Soviet-made weapons that the Israelis had captured in Lebanon

In the fall of 1985 Iran was presumably making payments to Israel through the Swiss bank accounts set up to handle Israeli-Iranian arms sales in the early 1980s. At the same time, Israel was demanding that the U.S. replace the items that had been taken from Israeli stockpiles and sold to the Iranians. But Washington reportedly grew suspicious about the finances. In asking for fresh weapons, Israeli officials claimed that they could not pay full price, but Washington suspected that Iran was paying the Israeli dealers far more than the arms were actually worth. The U.S. urged Israeli officials to drop the arms merchants from the Iran deal and allow Jerusalem to take over the operation…

Israel sold Iran $12 million worth of weapons at a price that included a markup as high as 250%, or $42 million…

Source: TIME Magazine Article, (http://www.time.com/time/europe/timetrails/iran/ir861208.html)
TIME Archives:
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The Russians sold the Lebanese weapons which were used against Israel.  Israel seized these weapons and then gave them over to Iran.  What an irony, considering that this was the same time that the Ayatollahs were making public statements lambasting the Israeli presence in Lebanon.

  • MSNBC

Here is an excerpt from MSNBC:

Reagan would wait and disclose his intentions in private. So it was with the disputed decision in August 1985 to condone arms sales by Israel to Iran. “He called and said, ‘I think we ought to get on with that. Let’s go ahead with that,” McFarlane told the commission.

Source: MSNBC Article,
(http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5165237/site/newsweek/)

This is all very strange, because at this exact same time, the Ayatollahs are publically condemning both Israel and America. And yet, they were actually having heavy arms dealing with their supposed enemies? In fact, we often see Israel publically decrying Iran and then Iranian leaders retorting back, but this is all one big facade to hide the truth: Israel and Iran are very much allied militarily, with the Zionist Jews providing advanced weaponry to the Shia in the hopes of empowering them against the Sunni Arabia.

  • History

Historically, the Kufaar (infidels) have always sought alliances with the Shia nations against the Sunni majority.  During the Crusades, the Shia Fatimids were providing material aid to the Crusaders against the Sunni majority which held the Holy Land.  The Shia Fatimids thus facilitated the take-over of the Holy Land (al-Aqsa) by the Crusaders.  Then arose Salahuddin Ayyoubi (Saladin), the great leader of the Ahlus Sunnah, who first had to crush the Shia Fatimids before he could focus on the Crusaders and liberate the Holy Land.

The Shia also helped the Mongols, allowing the Mongol hordes to loot and pillage the Muslim lands.  The Mongols were invited to attack the Sunnis by the Shia, and the sack of Baghdad consequently ended the Golden Age of the Muslims and heralded the rise of Europe.  When the Ottoman Empire rose to power, again the Shia plotted and planned against the Muslims;  the Safavid Empire was backed by the Western powers who sought to keep it as an ally against the more powerful Ottoman Empire.  Once again, the Shia were allied with the West against the bulk of the orthodox Muslims.

This alliance between the Kufaar and the Shia continued with the Shah of Iran. He was no doubt an agent of America, and Iran became a key ally of Zionist Israel against the majority Sunni Arab countries. Many people thought that this status of Iran as Israel’s stooge ended with the Iranian Revolution and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini. But the truth is, Iran’s alliance with Israel continued in full force.

  • Irangate: The Israel Connection

The book “The Iran Contra Connection” discusses the relationship between Iran and Israel:

The Israeli Interest in Iran

… Though Israel, along with the United States, suffered a grievous loss with the fall of the Shah, its leaders concluded that lasting geo-political interests would eventually triumph over religious ideology and produce an accommodation between Tel Aviv and Tehran. The onset of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980 gave Israeli leaders a special incentive to keep their door open to the Islamic rulers in Iran: the two non-Arab countries now shared a common Arab enemy. As Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon told the Washington Post in May 1982, justifying Israeli arms sales to Tehran, “…we hope that diplomatic relations between us and Iran will be renewed as in the past.” Four months later he told a Paris press conference, “Israel has a vital interest in the continuing of the war in the Persian Gulf, and in Iran’s victory.” Such views were not Sharon’s alone; Prime Ministers Itzhak Shamir (Likud) and Shimon Peres (Labor) shared them too…

The Arms Channel Opens

Israel lost no time supplying the new Khomeini regime with small quantities of arms, even after the seizure of the U.S. embassy. The first sales included spare parts for U.S.-made F-4 Phantom jets; a later deal in October 1980 included parts for U.S.-made tanks…

Notes Ha’aretz correspondent Yo’av Karny “The cloak of secrecy that surrounds Israeli arms exports is so tight that one can compare it to the technique for smuggling hard drugs.” When caught in the act, Israeli officials maintained they were simply selling domestic arms, not embargoed U.S. weapons. “Whenever we would get word of shipments,” one American official explained, “the State Department would raise the issue with Israel, and we would get the standard lecture and promises that there were no U.S. weapons involved.”

…[The Israelis] signed a deal with Iran’s Ministry of National Defense to sell $135,842,000 worth of arms, including Lance missiles, Copperhead shells and Hawk missiles…

In November 1981, Israeli Defense Minister Sharon visited Washington, shopping for approval of similar arms sales [to Iran]. His U S. counterpart Caspar Weinberger, flatly turned him down. Sharon then went to Haig, hoping for acquiescence from the State Department. Again, McFarlane handled many of the discussions with Sharon and Kimche; this time Haig unequivocally opposed any violation of the embargo.

Yet as in 1979-80, Israel pursued its policy anyway, in flat violation of its arms re-export agreements with the Pentagon. In a May 1982 interview with the Washington Post, Sharon claimed that Israeli shipments had been cleared “with our American colleagues” months earlier and that details of all the shipments were supplied to the administration. Later that year, Israel’s ambassador Moshe Arens declared that Israel’s arms sales were cleared at “almost the highest levels” in Washington…

And those shipments would continue to be enormous in size, estimated by experts at the Jaffee Institute for Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv at $500 million in value from 1980-83. Other arms market experts have put the total value at more than $500 million a year, including aircraft parts, artillery and ammunition.

(Source: p.169, “Irangate: The Israel Connection” excerpted from the book The Iran Contra Connection by Johnathan Marshall and Peter Dale Scott, South End Press, 1987, paper)

  • Today 

Iran continues to recieve support from Israel.  On the one hand, the Iranian Ayatollahs make vociferous condemnations of Israel, but on the other hand, they are secretly allied with the Israelis.  This all in the name of religion, in the name of Taqiyyah, and in the name of some Hidden Imam who has made the Ayatollah his sole representative on earth, who has made him the Absolute Authority of Allah Himself.

Ayatollah Khomeini and his government were allied militarily with the likes of such Zionists as Ariel Sharon, the killer of Muslims in Palestine.  The truth is that the Shia have always been allied with the enemies of Islam, which gives away their origins from Abdullah ibn Saba who supposedly converted to Islam from Judaism.  Abdullah ibn Saba sought to create a group that would forever fight the Muslims from the inside, and we see this role being fulfilled by the Shia who claim to want unity with the Ahlus Sunnah but then they betray the Ahlus Sunnah whenever and wherever they can.  The Shia fear that if the Ahlus Sunnah awakens to this threat, then they could easily crush the Shia everywhere due to the overwhelming numbers of the Ahlus Sunnah.  So the Shia have adopted the policy of publically asking for unity and privately waging a war against the Ahlus Sunnah.

It is a huge fraud that the Iranian government claims to be enemies with Israel and yet is supplied arms from this same enemy.  The Shia may claim to be allied with the Muslims, but they are secretly allied with the Zionist Jews and the Crusading Christians.  The Quran says:  “Of the people there are some who say: ‘We believe in Allah and the Last Day,’ notwithstanding their unbelief. Fain would they deceive Allah and the believers, but they only deceive themselves, and realize it not. In their hearts there is a disease, and Allah permitted this disease to increase. Grievous is the penalty they incur, because they are false.”  (Quran, 2:8-10)

Super Iran

  • Introduction
During the Iran-Iraq War, Iran aspired to annex the land of Iraq and thereby expand its borders to form a “Super Iran.”  Publically, the United States declared that it wanted an Iraqi victory;  however, the CIA secretly supported an Iranian victory.  Thus began the ever famous Iran Contra debacle, in which the United States was caught red-handed supplying weapons and arms to Iran.  It was indeed very embarassing to both the United States and Iran that they were publically declaring one thing and privately doing something completely opposite.  During this entire time period, the two-faced Iranian government was publically condemning Israel but recieving billions of dollars worth of military armaments from America via Israel.

The United States had long ago recognized the importance of keeping Persian and Shia Iran as an ally against the Arab and Sunni Arabia.  Both Israel and Iran felt surrounded by “seas of Arabs” and this was the unifying factor between Israel and Iran.  During the Iran-Iraq War, Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon (future Prime Minister of Israel) told the Washington Post in May 1982, justifying Israeli arms sales to Tehran, “…we hope that diplomatic relations between us and Iran will be renewed as in the past.” Four months later he told a Paris press conference, “Israel has a vital interest in the continuing of the war in the Persian Gulf, and in Iran’s victory.”

However, Iran was unable to conquer Iraq and instead the war ended in a draw in 1988.  But the United States quickly came to Iran’s aid and invaded Iraq in 1990.  Once, Iraq had been the strongest force in the region next to Israel.  Slowly, after years of war and sanctions enacted by the US government, Iraq was greatly weakened.  Finally, the United States occupied Iraq, using September the 11th as a pretext.  The US forces then turned a blind eye to the influx of Iranian influence in occupied Iraq.  By allowing their cohort Iran to manage a puppet government in Iraq, the United States would give legitimacy to the new government since Iranian-backed Shia would seem more indigenous than foreign Westerners.

Iran began the process of demographic change and sent thousands of Iranians over the border and into Iraq.  This included many Ayatollahs (who became the religious leaders in Iraq), as well as hundreds of thousands of fighters belonging to armed militias.

  • The Associated Press
The Associated Press declared:

A resounding Shiite victory in next month’s elections will bring Iraq closer to Tehran, forming a “Super Iran” that could change the face of the Middle East, critics say…

Views vary dramatically over what shape Iraq’s political future will take following nationwide elections scheduled for Jan. 30, but few dispute that this Shiite-majority country’s relations with its eastern neighbor — which is ruled by Shiite ayatollahs — will grow closer…

This may embolden Shiites here and throughout the Middle East, some regional analysts say. But Iraq’s likely political shift is also stirring fears of the spread of an Iranian-brand of Shiite power throughout the Sunni Muslim-dominated region.

Jordan’s King Abdullah, a pro-U.S. Sunni Muslim, this month said Iraq’s elections could lead to the establishment of a hard-line Shiite regime based on the model in Iran…

Iraq’s interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite running a separate ticket to the al-Sistani-backed one, accuses Iran of opposing Iraq’s postwar reconstruction. His defense minister labels Iran as his country’s “number one enemy” and calls the United Iraqi Alliance the “Iranian list” that would install a rule of “turbaned clerics” in Iran if it succeeds in the polls…

[Many of the Iraqi Shiites] also look to Iran’s Shiite establishment for religious guidance…

Such a scenario worries people like Iraqi-born Mustafa Alani, director of national security at the Dubai-based regional think-tank the Gulf Research Center.

“The nightmare scenario in the region is the election of an Iranian-influenced Shiite government in Iraq will lead to the creation of a ‘Super Iran’ emerging as a regional superpower” says Alani. “We are talking about a huge shift in the region’s power balance.”

(Source:  The Associated Press,
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1103376461734_84/?hub=World)

  • USA Today

Armed Iranian militias are crossing the border into Iraq.  USA Today declared that there are concerns regarding a recent

…buildup of Iranian spies and militants in Iraq…Iran is trying to influence, and possibly disrupt, plans for a transition to Iraqi rule.

Iran is setting up civilian and armed cells in Iraq to intimidate Iraqis and covertly influence elections, says one of the four officials, a high-level officer with the U.S. military command in Baghdad.

Because the topic is so sensitive, U.S. officials won’t discuss it on the record. Iranian officials deny trying to manipulate the transition…

Since the fall of Baghdad in April, Iraq’s 900-mile border with Iran has not been patrolled as strictly as it was under Saddam Hussein. Thousands of Iranians have entered Iraq, apparently with their [Iranian] government’s blessing…

“The Iranians believe their ship is coming in and that Shiite Islamicists will achieve dominance,” Katzman [a Middle East expert at the Congressional Research Service] says…

“The Iranians are setting up an intelligence infrastructure in Iraq,” Tanter [another Middle East expert at the Washington Institute] says. “They can use it for political influence and/or military action…”

[The Iraqi group, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq] has its own Iranian-trained militia…

(Source:  USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-02-12-iran-iraq-usat_x.htm)

The links between the United States and Iran become apparent when we see that the United States actually shut down anti-Iranian radio stations in Iraq.  USA Today says:

Mindful of Iran’s leverage in Iraq…U.S. authorities in Iraq shut down a radio station operated by the Mujahedin el-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian dissident group that had been harbored by Saddam. U.S. authorities also took DNA samples from several thousand MEK members under U.S. guard in apparent preparation to charge some with terrorist crimes.

(Source:  USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-02-12-iran-iraq-usat_x.htm)

  • BBC News

Moqtada al-Sadr, Ayatollah al-Hakim, Ayatollah Sistani, and so many more Shia leaders in Iraq are really supporters and citizens of Iran.  BBC News said:

Moqtada Sadr’s popularity partly derives from his links to Iran…The more senior Ayatollah Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, a member of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC), is even more beholden to Iran. He is the leader of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), which was established in 1982 in Tehran by the Iranian government. He returned to Iraq after spending 22 years in Iran.

Shia militia

Sciri’s 10,000-strong militia, called the Badr Brigades, has been trained and equipped by Iran.

Ayatollah Hakim underscored his continued closeness to Iran on 11 February, the 25th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. Opening a book fair in Baghdad, sponsored by the Iranian embassy, he praised the Vilayat-e Faqih (ie Rule of Religious Jurisprudent) doctrine on which the Iranian constitution is founded.

Then there is Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the most senior Shia cleric, who is now being routinely described by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) as a moderate, even pro-Western…Ayatollah Sistani was born and brought up in the Iranian city of Mashhad…Most of his nine charitable ventures, primarily providing housing for pilgrims and theology students, are in Iran. So too are the four religious foundations sponsored by him…

Increasing influence

Outside official circles, there are signs of growing Iranian influence among Iraqi Shias…Also, Iranian Shias are pouring into Iraq, which has six holy Shia sites, across the unguarded border at the rate of 10,000 a day.

Covert activities

Then there are covert activities purportedly sponsored by Iran.

Soon after Saddam’s downfall, some 100 “security specialists” of the Lebanese Hezbollah arrived in Basra, at the behest of the Iranian intelligence agency…Since then two groups of Iraqi Shias calling themselves Hezbollah have emerged, one of them allegedly sponsored by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, with its headquarters in Amara and branches in other cities. This is widely seen as a move to establish an Iranian intelligence infrastructure in Iraq…

(Source: BBC News, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3629765.stm)

  • The Washington Post

The Washington Post said that there were

fears that Iran will move in as a major player after months of quietly building networks among Iraqi politicians and religious circles…Iran [has] built up its influence, deploying hundreds of personnel and channeling millions of dollars to secure ties that were impossible during Saddam Hussein’s rule…Iran is using all instruments available to interfere and be a very active player in Iraq…

Ironically, U.S. officials said the United States and Iran share the long-term goal…[to] give Shiite leaders a decisive edge.  Iranian analysts agreed.

(Source:  Washington Post,
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35283-2004Jun11.html)

  • The International Herald Tribune

That the United States and Iran share the same objectives in Iraq.  The Herald Tribune declared:

Paradoxically, it is in Iraq, where U.S. and Iranian interests coincide…The United States and Iran have many common interests in Iraq…Iran can help U.S. economic reconstruction efforts through its ties to the Iraqi merchant community and its own official aid to Baghdad. As for political stability, the United States may have the boots on the ground, but America’s coercive potential must be backed up by Iran’s soft power.

Iran’s seminaries, clerics, politicians and businessmen hold powerful sway over elites in Baghdad as well as local leaders.

(Source: International Herald Tribune,
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/30/opinion/edtakeyh.php

 

  • Conclusion

Details on the increased Iranian influence in post-war Iraq are easily accessible to anyone who has the Internet (and Google) or even a cursory glance at recent newspaper clippings.  In fact, there are too many sources to cite.  The conclusion that is reached is that one of the countries that had the most to gain from the War on Iraq is none other than Iran.  The United States and Iran conspired to take over Iraq;  the United States would conquer the country, and Iran would manage it.  In this manner, the new Iraqi regime would seem to be indigenous, as opposed to being run by a Western power.

Iran has been the historic arch-rival of Iraq and even fought a brutal war that lasted many years and resulted in many millions of Iraqi deaths.  It is thus unprecedented that this same enemy (Iran) is now coming to power in Iraq.

‘MASJID’ OPEN DAYS

By Jamiatul Ulama Northern Cape

Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:

“Verily, the Houses of Allah on earth are the Musaajid.”

 

Many people do not seem to realize that the Musaajid are the Houses of Allah nor do they understand why it is not permissible to participate in ‘Masjid’ Open Days. Either they lack Islamic knowledge, or they fail to apply their minds. Another factor which makes it problematic for the unwary to understand why ‘Masjid Open-Days’ are haraam, are the corrupt and zig zag so-called ‘fatwas’ of the liberal and wayward so-called ‘Muftis’ and ‘Sheikhs’ who belong to the fraternity of the Ulama-e-Soo and who do not seem to have any truck with the Usools (Principles) of Ifta & Fiqh.

If one is simply aware of what really happens at these ‘Masjid Open-Days’, one will not hesitate to say that ‘Masjid Open-Days’ are haraam. For a better understanding,  a few reasons are presented below which explain why it is Haraam to host or participate in the curse famously known as ‘Masjid Open-Days’:

  1. Allowing non-Muslims into the Masaajid.When a paak Muslim may not enter the Masjid without Wudhu, then how can one allow naa-paak Kuffaar into the Masjid??? And it is not just an issue of allowing them into the Masaajid, but it is observed that deviates are actually inviting Kuffaar into the Masaajid!!! The Masjid is a place of Ibaadat – not a picnic spot nor a lounge for people to relax!
  1. Allowing impure people into the Masaajid. It is Haraam for a Junubi (person in a state of ritual impurity) or a woman in Haidh to enter the Masjid! Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Close the doors (of the Masjid), for verily, I do not make it (the Masjid) Halaal for a Junubi or for a Haaidh.”

When a Muslim in a state of impurity may not enter the Masaajid, then how can it be permissible for a Kaafir to enter the Masaajid who is spiritually and physically impure? In this manner the Masaajid are defiled and disrespected. It is stupid to claim that non-Muslims enter the Masaajid in a state of ‘Tahaarat’! Besides Tahaarat, the factor of Imaanis lacking for non-Muslims to visit the Masaajid! A Masjid is meant for Salaah – not for functions, braais, meetings, tours, fundays and conferences.

  1. Intermingling of the sexes. The men and women intermingle. According to all four Math-habs, intermingling of ghair-Mahram men and women is Haraam.
  1. Silly Attendance Register. Outside the Masaajid, an attendance form is filled in with one’s name and contact details. At Moghul Park Masjid in Kimberley, women were sitting in a tent and the men were filling in the attendance register alongside the young Muslim women! This is how sick and immoral the Masjid trustees and the Imaams of some Masaajid have become!
  1. Women at the Masaajid. It is Haraam for women to attend the Masaajid. Allamah Ibn Hajar Haitami Rahimahullah states:

And, no one will hesitate in prohibiting women (from the Musjid, the Eidgah, the shopping malls, and emerging from the home in general) except a ghabi (moron) who is a jaahil, and who lacks ability in understanding the subtleties of the Shariah …………The correct verdict is categorical Tahreem (i.e. haraam for women to come to the Musjid), and this is the Fatwa. And, this in a nutshell is our (Shaafi’) Math-hab.”

The above Fatwa which is the official Fatwa of the Shariah is some good food for thought for the Samnet deviates and all the other morons and ignoramuses who baselessly claim that women may attend the Masaajid.

  1. Women looking at men and men looking at women. This is the stepping-stone to Zina. This Haraam takes place openly at these ‘Mosque Open Days’ hosted by the immoral Shayaateen. They lack Hayaa (modesty), hence they don’t mind if men – and even worse, non-Muslim men – look or stare at their wives, daughters, sisters and mothers and they likewise ogle at the women! And since non-Muslim women also participate in the immoral Open Day functions, their Nafs find enough pleasure in viewing the non-Muslim women! It is Fitnah upon Fitnah!
  1. The entire Hijaab system is violated. Indeed, these ‘Masjid Open Days’ are a mockery of the teachings of Islam. Men and women sit together in the Masaajid! Is this what Islam teaches? Do you think this is acceptable to Allah Ta’ala?
  1. Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar. We have heard of certain companies having ‘Open Days’. Universities have ‘Open Days’. But never ever before was the scourge of ‘Masjid Open Days’ever prevalent. Every now and again, we hear of ‘Masjid Open Days’. The Masjid is treated worse than a church with these Shaitaani Open Days.

“Whoever emulates a nation/people, he is part of them.” (Hadeeth)

  1. Treating the Masjid like a Kaafir tourist attraction. Many people have forgotten that the Masjid is the House of Allah. It is not a Kaafir-type tourist venue. But the Masjid is treated like a tourist attraction by these deviates and Zindeeqs in the name of Shaitaani so-called ‘Dawah’. It is Haraam to use impermissible and un-Islamic methods when making Tableegh and Dawah. When a Muslim woman may not attend the Masaajid, then how can Kaafir women be invited to the Masaajid??? Where is the Aql (brains) of the so-called Sheikhs, Molvis, and ‘Muftis’ nowadays? It is worthless even speaking of the Masjid trustees, committee members and those in control of the Masaajid as 99.99% percent of them are DONKEYS! And the Imaams conduct themselves like Dumb Shayaateen and some even like Vocal Shayaateen!

A SIGN OF QIYAAMAH

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“Soon will there dawn an age when nothing of Islam will remain except its name – nothing of the Qur’aan will remain except its text. The Musaajid will be elaborate (and ornate) structures, but bereft of guidance. The worst of the people under the canopy of the sky will be the ulama. From them will emerge fitnah, and the fitnah will rebound on them (and hem them in).”

This statement of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has materialized in our era. Most Masaajid are devoid of Hidaayat. Majority of the Imaams, trustees, Molvis, Sheikhs, etc. are all deviated. When they don’t have respect for the Masaajid, then what goodness and guidance can ever be expected from such Mudhilleen morons!

ONLY STUPID PEOPLE, MORONS AND ZINDEEQS WILL SAY THAT IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO HAVE MASJID OPEN DAYS. ‘MASJID / MOSQUE OPEN DAYS’ ARE HARAAM!!!

MI’RAAJ AND THE GIFT OF SALAAH

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

While there are many aspects that are related to Mi’raaj, the most important thing that pertains to us daily is the gift that was granted to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the occasion of Mi’raaj. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) proceeded to the seven heavens and beyond and met his Rabb, Allah Ta‘ala, he was granted the gift of salaah.

Such was the importance of salaah that its injunction was not revealed while Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) walked on the earth, like the other injunctions of Deen. Rather it was saved for this special occasion beyond the seven heavens.

Parting Advice:

An obedient child attaches great importance to the parting advice that his father gives him. He will try his utmost to fulfil it and strictly adhere to it. One of the last words that emanated from the blessed tongue of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) before leaving this world was with regard to upholding the injunction of Salaah.

Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to say during his final illness,

 “Safeguard your salaah and take care of your subordinates.”

He kept on repeating these words until his tongue could no longer speak clearly.

As Ummatis of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), we should be asking ourselves, “At the time of Fajar do I remember the impassioned plea of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as he parted from this world with regard to upholding the injunction of salaah?” The same should be considered with regard to Zuhr and ‘Asr – when the tills are ringing and with regard to Maghrib and ‘Esha when other distractions are in the way.

First Question:

Furthermore, the very first aspect that a person will be questioned about on the day of Qiyaamah will be regarding his salaah.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed the first deed which a servant will be accountable for on the Day of Qiyaamah is his salaah. If it is in order, he is successful and saved, but if it is defective, he has failed and lost.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Salaah is a pillar of Deen.” Thus, if a person’s salaah is in order, his entire Deen will be in order, as salaah is like the electric current that gives him a spiritual charge, assisting him and motivating him towards righteousness. If one’s salaah is lacking in any way, the negative impact will definitely be witnessed in the other aspects of one’s Deen.

People understand that they are dependent on electricity and energy in all areas of their lives, and so they attach great importance to paying the electricity bill, anxious that the municipality should not disconnect them from the grid.

We should realize that the disastrous loss incurred through neglecting just one salaah has been likened to a person losing all his wealth and his entire family! Over and above the sin that one incurs, one is ‘cut off from the grid’ and left with a ‘powerless’ imaan. The result is that he feels no motivation and inclination whatsoever to carry out righteous deeds and abstain from sin. Neglecting salaah is thus a sin that causes a breakdown in the rest of a person’s Deen.

‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

When ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was stabbed, Miswar bin Makhramah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to see him. On entering, he found ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) covered with a sheet (and unconscious). Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked those present, “How is he?” They replied, “He is as you can see (unconscious).” Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus advised them, “Wake him up by calling him for salaah, as there is nothing that you can awaken him for that is more urgent and important to him than salaah.” Accepting this suggestion, they called out, “Salaah, O Ameerul Mu-mineen!” As soon as they did this, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) awoke and exclaimed,“Yes! By Allah! There is no share in Islam for the one who neglects salaah!” ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter performed his salaah while blood flowed from his wound.

‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) truly understood the value and importance of salaah in Islam and the life of a Muslim. Hence, even in his final moments, when his wound was flowing with blood, he ensured that he performed salaah. In fact, he even mentioned that a person who neglects salaah has no share in Islam. Furthermore, the fear of missing salaah was so strong in ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that they used the call for salaah to revive him from unconsciousness. Today, there are people who will wake up in the early hours of the morning to frequent the gym, travel to work or catch a flight. Come what may, they ensure that they wake up on time. However, when it comes to the Fajr Salaah, let alone leaving the home and going to the musjid, they fail to even wake up and perform it at all!

Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma):

When ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) began turning blind, he was advised to have it treated. However, the treatment required him to leave out salaah (normally and offering it lying down with signs) for a few days. He refused, saying that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Whoever omits his salaah will meet Allah Ta‘ala in such a condition that Allah Ta‘ala will be angry with him.”

Salaah was so dear to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and meant so much to them that they could bear the challenges of remaining blind for the rest of their lives, but could not tolerate the missing of a few salaah. On the other hand, missing salaah upon salaah for lame excuses is something absolutely normal for us. More tragic than missing the salaah is perhaps the lack of any regret or remorse over missing it, due to having become accustomed to missing salaah often.

Virtues:

The kindness of our Allah Ta‘ala is such, that although salaah is an injunction of Allah Ta’ala and a responsibility and duty upon His servants, he has promised great rewards and many benefits for the one who performs it. Many of these virtues have been recorded by Shaikhul Hadeeth, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahimahullah) in his renowned and exemplary book, Fazaail e Aa’maal. It is essential that we read this book together with our families regularly in order to understand the importance and value the position of salaah in our lives.

Resistance from Sins:

One of the many benefits of salaah is that a person who is punctual with his salaah, together with all its etiquettes and devotion, develops a spiritual strength within him that makes it easy for him to resist and refrain from sin and temptation.

Allah Ta‘ala says in the Quraan Majeed,

 “Recite what is revealed to you of the Book, and establish salaah. Verily salaah restrains one from shameful and evil acts.”

Furthermore, if a person does commit any minor sin, then salaah becomes a means of the sin being forgiven.

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once asked the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “Tell me, if there is a river flowing at the door of one of you and he baths in it five times a day, can any dirt remain on him?” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) answered, “No dirt can remain on his body.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “So exactly like that is the example of the five daily salaah. Allah Ta‘ala erases the sins of a person through these salaah.”

Means of Sustenance:

The concern of most people is that of sustenance. In the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala explains the close link between punctuality on salaah and the receiving of sustenance.

 “Instruct your family to perform salaah and adhere to it yourself. We do not ask you for sustenance, We give provision to you.”

Under the explanation of this verse, the great commentator of the Quraan Majeed, Haafiz Ibnu Katheer (rahimahullah) explains thus: “When you are punctual on your salaah, sustenance will come to you from sources and avenues that you did not even think off.” (Tafseer Ibni Katheer vol. 5, pg. 319)

How unfortunate it is that salaah is often delayed or even totally discarded due to preoccupation in business and seeking sustenance! This is due to having forgotten that we do not sustain ourselves. It is only Allah Ta‘ala who sustains us. Hence to continue to trade at the expense of salaah will most definitely not yield profit in Islamic terminology, since what Allah Ta‘ala declares a loss can never be profit. Hence salaah must be given the first priority even if it means that we have to abandon a hundred customers.

In order for a person to do something, he requires the co-operation of those around him. Hence, instructing one’s family to perform salaah, is a strategy to make one more committed to salaah himself.

Instructing one’s Family :

Together with this, inculcating salaah in the lives one’s family is extremely important. For six months after the revelation of the above aayat, when leaving for Fajr Salaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would announce outside the home of ‘Ali and Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), “(It is the time of) Salaah O my family.”

Similarly, it was the habit of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that after spending a portion of the night in Tahajjud Salaah, when the night would be coming to an end, he would awaken his family for salaah while reciting the above aayat.

Such was the concern for salaah, that one of the du‘aas of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was,

“O my Rabb, make me steadfast in salaah, and my offspring as well.”

Furthermore, Allah Ta‘ala says regarding his son, Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam),

“And he used to enjoin salaah and zakaah upon his family.”

If our child has to lose a large sum of money or cause a loss to the business, we will immediately reprimand him and adopt measures to ensure that it does not happen again. Does it ever disturb us when our children miss their salaah? The one who is responsible for the upbringing of the child has to ensure that the basics of Deen (salaah etc.) are ingrained into the child.

Solution to the Crisis of the Ummah:

While there are many reasons for the present pitiful condition of the Ummah throughout the world, one of the main reasons is the neglect of this fundamental injunction of Deen. While we try doing various things to assist the Ummah, it is of prior importance that we become punctual on the performance of the five daily salaah (in the correct manner) and make an effort to bring the others onto salaah. Without this it will be wishful thinking to expect the degradation of the Ummah to change for the better. With the proper fulfilment of salaah and all the other injunctions of Deen, the help of Allah Ta’ala will be with us. This was the exactly same solution that Allah Ta‘ala had given to the Banu Israaeel when they were being persecuted by Fir‘aun.

 “And We revealed to Musa (‘alaihis salaam) and his brother that have homes for your people in Egypt and make your homes places of worship and establish salaah.”

The reason for them been instructed to make their homes into places of worship was that Fir‘aun had destroyed the places in which they would be worshipping Allah Ta‘ala. (Ma‘aariful Quraan vol. 4, pg. 560) Haafiz Ibnu Katheer (rahimahullah) explains: “When the persecution of Fir‘aun and his people intensified, and they constricted the Banu Israaeel, they were commanded to offer salaah in abundance, as Allah Ta‘ala says,

“O you who believe, seek assistance through patience and salaah.”

It is mentioned in the hadeeth of Sunan Abi Dawood that when anything worried Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he would engage in salaah.”(Tafseer Ibni Katheer vol. 4, pg. 417) Thus, salaah is the real solution to the crisis of the Ummah.

Source: Ibnu Masood Institiute

BITCOIN FRAUD – MORONIC ‘FATWAS’ OF PERMISSIBILITY DEBUNKED

By Mujlisul Ulama

The following article by experts illustrates with evidence the obvious FRAUD of the bitcoin scam – a fraud which was not hidden from people of intelligence. Some moron muftis without understanding what the scam was all about, had stupidly issued fatwas of permissibility. Even ordinary people who lack expert knowledge in the Deeni and secular fields, were able to sense the fraud, but maajin muftis only illustrated their jahaalat with their fatwas of permissibility.

Majority of bitcoin trading is a hoax, new study finds

Published Fri, Mar 22 2019 • 11:58 AM EDT

Key Points

  • Ninety-five percent of spot bitcoin trading volume is faked by unregulated exchanges, according to a study from Bitwise this week.
  • The firm analyzed the top 81 crypto exchanges by volume on industry site CoinMarketCap.com. They report an aggregated $6 billion in average daily bitcoin volume. The study finds that only $273 million of that is legitimate.
  • “People looked at cryptocurrency and said this market is a mess; that’s because they were looking at data that was manipulated,” says Matthew Hougan, global head of research at Bitwise.

A smartphone displays the Bitcoin GBP market value on the stock exchange via the Yahoo Finance app.

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New research is casting even more doubt on the legitimacy of bitcoin trading.

An analysis published by Bitwise this week shows that 95 percent of bitcoin spot trading is faked by unregulated exchanges. The survey, first reportedby The Wall Street Journal, echoes concerns by regulators that cryptocurrency markets are still ripe for manipulation.

Bitwise, an asset manager in the process of trying to list the first-ever bitcoin exchange-traded fund, said it met with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to discuss its application. As a part of the process, it submitted analysis that could help regulators cut through the noise.

“People looked at cryptocurrency and said this market is a mess; that’s because they were looking at data that was manipulated,” said Matthew Hougan, global head of research at Bitwise. “When you cut away the echo chamber of these nonsense numbers, it should be an efficient, well-arbitraged market.”

The analysis showed that “substantially all of the volume” reported on 71 out of the 81 exchanges was wash trading, a term that describes a person simultaneously selling and buying the same stock, or bitcoin in this case, to create the appearance of activity in the market. In other words, it’s not real.

Those exchanges report an aggregated $6 billion in average daily bitcoin volume. The study finds that only $273 million of that is legitimate.

“The idea that there’s fake volume has been rumored for a long time; we were just the first people to systematically look at which exchanges were delivering real volume,” Hougan told CNBC.

The San Francisco-based firm compared at Coinbase Pro, which reports about $27 million in average daily volume in bitcoin. Its median “spread,” or difference between the price a seller wants and the price a buyer wants, for bitcoin was about 1 cent. That scenario passed Bitwise’s test for having real volume.

But in another stark comparison, CoinBene — the biggest reported exchange on CoinMarketCap.com — has a nearly $15 spread. Hougan said they found other extreme examples of exchanges with a spread of more than $300.

“It is surprising that an exchange with almost 18 times the volume of Coinbase Pro would have a spread that is 1,500 times larger,” Bitwise said in the report.

Exchanges may have an incentive to report fake volume. Bad actors may look to attract listings for new initial coin offerings, or ICOs, who want their cryptocurrency on an exchange where more trading goes on, Bitwise said. Those fees can run from $1 million to $3 million per listing, according to data from Autonomous Next.

U.S. regulators have taken a cautious approach to making bitcoin mainstream for traders. The SEC highlighted the risk of manipulation as reason for rejecting applications for other cryptocurrency ETFs. The office of New York Attorney General also flagged the issue in a recent report warning that exchanges are vulnerable. Because most cryptocurrency trading platforms don’t use the same monitoring tools as stock exchanges, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has warned that investors may not get a fair assessment of bitcoin’s price.

“What investors expect is that trading in the commodity that underlies that ETF makes sense and is free from the risk of manipulation,” Clayton said in November at the Consensus Invest Conference in Manhattan. “It’s an issue that needs to be addressed before I would be comfortable.”

Hougan said this also explains why trading volume for regulated bitcoin futures has seemed weak. Chicago-based CME and Cboe began listing bitcoin derivatives at the end of 2017 but have had much lower volumes than the $6 billion reported by unregulated exchanges.

“When you realize the size of the real bitcoin market, the CME starts to look a lot more significant,” Hougan said.

A Trip Down Al-Aqsa Lane

By Hamza Saleem

Recently I had the honour of visiting Palestine, more specifically Jerusalem and its neighbouring areas in arguably a time where it has never been safer to do so. The home of the first Qiblah of our Prophet (salla Allāhu ‘alayhi wassalam) and the second instituted masjid ever created on earth; but a more fitting term for this location in accordance with our religiously charged time is the most militarised state in the world. I hope to convey some unconventional reflections from my trip to provide an insight into the land which the world does not see, nor does it want seen. And perhaps for those sitting on the fence, contemplating whether they should make the trip or not with all the conflict, this article could be the answer to your istikhāra you were praying in that regard.

The words of wisdom and caution we received before travelling brimmed us with hope but also fear, fuelled from doubts we read and heard from friends and stories back home. We arrived at Tel Aviv International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in the country in the late afternoon. Seeing the sheer number of people in the queues was exhausting, paving the way for thoughts to wonder about what could potentially go wrong. When I reached the immigration desk, after a few checks on my passport, I was asked what my father’s name and grandfather’s name was. Happy to comply, I gave them what they asked for but instead of letting me go through, I was then asked to wait in a different area as they had to make some “further checks”, fuelling doubts about whether there were discrepancies in my lineage!

To my amusement, more than half of the group was told to wait here, with no prejudice against age, attire or ethnicity, and almost everyone being asked about their paternal family names even though to this day we struggle to see the correlation. After two hours (apparently a relatively short wait), our passports were returned, and alhamdulillāh we were all granted entry into the country.

On the way to the hotel, our guide shared with us a profound gem to summarise this segment of our journey, one that can be applied to all walks of life; not just when you are travelling to lands of oppression. The scholars of Islām say to help us manage our fear, anxiety and general apprehension of the unknown that “the overwhelming majority of things that we fear for the future, never actually end up happening”. It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that like myself, most of our group was worried we would be refused entry and thus spent money we wouldn’t get back, but if we comprehend the reality of this statement, to place our reliance upon Allāh, our heart will be able to rest. This was the land of all the Prophets and Messengers and they were all men who were reliant upon Allāh.

We had to wait two hours, which in hindsight is nothing compared to those who live near the focal point, Masjid Al-Aqsā, who have never been allowed to pray in it. They can see it, hear it and even smell it, but despite being a stone’s throw away they haven’t had the chance to visit, yet Allāh invited us from the UK and allowed such an easy passage. We were reminded that He had favoured us, and this is a good omen and an indication to make the most of our visit. And the next morning we did.

We headed to Masjid Al-Aqsā for the Fajr Salāh. And as we climbed the steep path towards the compound site, I cast my first sight at the checkpoints and Israeli soldiers I had been warned of back home, but not before I saw a depressing sight. With the Aqsā compound only a few hundred metres away, there were needy Palestinian elderly, women and children, after every other footstep just sitting alongside the wall. My advice for those who are preparing their trip to Palestine is to collect sadaqah from your family and friends with the sole intention of giving it to the Palestinians. Unfortunately, we fail to realise the disparity between our lavish lifestyles in the west in comparison to others. We expect good service in every avenue of life and if we feel we aren’t shown this, we complain. Across the world, they don’t have that right to exercise their opinion on matters due to the struggle between political powers, and they have been relegated to a life of poverty.

Passing the numerous wild cats, we made our way up the stairs with the peak of the golden dome slowly revealing itself in its majestic nature, you couldn’t help to pause to take it all in. No descriptive language or even pictures and videos can replicate what it meant to be within that vicinity. The strike of the sunlight against the dome hadn’t even come, yet we were still greeted by a beautiful sight. As we made our way towards the Masjid, there was a stunning outdoor wudū’ fountain placed between the golden dome and Masjid Al-Aqsā. Just as we were heading into the Masjid there was a man outside giving dates, baklava and tea to all the attendees which further boosted that unified community spirit.

I naturally assumed that although it was a Friday, this Fajr prayer will be the calm before the inevitable storm for the peak of the congregation will be at Jumu’ah. I was wrong. Even arriving in good time, the closest spot I could find was five rows behind the Imām. To give you a visual representation, the Masjid is 184 feet wide and can hold up to 5,000 worshippers.

Later came the time of Jumu’ah and if there was ever a sight befitting of the caption ‘strength in numbers’, it was here. The “Āmīn” was a roar, but a welcome roar. A volume that I myself have never been exposed to with all that is going on in the world and the future of this Muslim civilisation remaining uncertain especially in this part of the world. But Muslims of all different shapes and sizes, ethnicities and origins, hairstyles and beards could come together in one location to remain united in the glorification of Allāh, despite the distractions and external forces lingering outside. However, this blessed day aside, those numbers were sourly missing and it was clear to see the need for many more to travel to this neglected land.

After a quick kick about of football with the local Palestinian children, we were given time to tour the markets. It was heartening to see shawarma shop owners give directions to other businesses selling falafel, knowing full well it was not going to further their business or their financial gains. Actions reminiscent of the people of Salahuddin al-Ayyūbi, the great conqueror who recaptured Jerusalem from the crusaders. When he disguised himself to walk among his people to gauge whether they were ready for battle. He found that the shop owners would direct customers to their fellow shop owners, when they had made enough money to feed their family for the day, so they wished for their neighbours to be able to do the same.

It was also in the market area that I came to see the manifestation of Israel’s mandatory military service. Average people you would find on a high street but give them a uniform and a gun and suddenly they become very intimidating. The “soldiers” weren’t all bad with some clearly seeming like their job was a chore. I still recall the time a young Palestinian child innocently shook the soldier’s hand with a smile and that was the first time I saw their human side before their combative mask.

On my penultimate day in Jerusalem, I bumped into a father of six, who works as a window maker. He casually started a conversation with me while we were both performing wudū’. Just as we were walking to Al-Aqsā for the evening prayers, and seemingly as we were going to part ways I said to him that “we make du’ā for you” to which he said words that will echo with me for a while.

“It is not enough to make duʿā, we have to do our bit. The help of the Muslim countries will come. Not now, but soon. Not yet, later.”

Admittedly, I’ve always had a taste for the theatrical, so his response took me by surprise, but delving past the astonishment, I concluded that this man, in addition to the places I visited in Palestine, was teaching me one thing: Taqwa. We have too much fear in our hearts for regulations and disbelievers, but we should divert this fear towards our Creator. We often ask “what we can do to help the situation in Palestine?” but the answer has always been in the Qur’ān.

“Indeed, Allāh will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Surah Ra’d] 13:11]

We can’t always blame others for the situation that we are in. We need to make it incumbent upon ourselves to rectify our affairs, internally and externally. This is “our bit”; by aspiring to be closer to Allāh and increasing our Taqwa by eradicating our habitual sins – which need to stop if we are truly sincere in our pursuit of helping the Ummah. Because our sins that we commit daily, wherever we are in the world, affect our brothers and sisters in Palestine and the Ummah at large.

To meet this criterion for some includes to strategise and campaign on how to change the situation in Palestine. Sometimes people higher up in the political chain can’t speak about these things, so we, as ordinary working class people must utilise our immense power to speak out without being put down. Then, if in our lifetime, the call for help comes to support our fellow brothers and sisters for the liberation of Jerusalem, we can be part of it.

My parting advice to anyone reading this is to visit the land and don’t fall prey to the political propaganda our screens are feeding us. Al-Aqsā’s past, present and future will always be divisive because this is a sacred area for all major religions. Link yourselves to your heritage, not by being sightseers or visitors of tombs and graves. Go to glorify Allāh (subhānahu wa taʿālā), to give salām and support the locals in their cause, to make duʿā, engage in salāh and to pursue barakah.

Barakah can be loosely translated as ‘blessing’, but as mentioned by an Arabic linguist, it is when something remains where it is. Allāh placed his Barakah around Al-Aqsā and this is proven in the Qur’ān when He speaks about Al-Aqsā; noticeably describing it as a place of barakah for the whole world. In the context of the night journey, Allāh said in the Qur’ān:

“Exalted is He who took His servant by night from Masjid al-Harām to Masjid al-Aqsā, whose surrounds we have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.” [Surah al-Isra’ 17:1]

Allāh placed his barakah around this destination; the centre of monotheism where the cradle of culture meets the cradle of civilisation. Thus, you and I must in our heart have an allegiance and a love towards that which was dwelled in by the Prophets of Allāh.

May Allāh grant the freedom of Masjid Al-Aqsā and to our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

Courtesy of : https://www.islam21c.com/islamic-thought/a-trip-down-al-aqsa-lane/