The Global Peace And Unity Event (24th & 25th November 2007) at Excel London

The Global Peace & Unity Event – a family oriented extravaganza which is entertaining, educational and full of activities. This event includes high profile international speakers and celebrity guests and features an array of entertainment from live performance to the grand exhibition of the two holy mosques.

  

Other highlights of this spectacular event include: a vibrant souk area, various exhibitors from around the world, international cuisine, a selection of workshops and seminars, kids area full of activities, competitions and lots more.

The Global Peace & Unity Event is designed exclusively to provide an uplifting exchange both educational and entertaining underpinned with strong messages promoting global cohesion across all communities. The content, the activities and the diverse gathering, all come together to create a rich and challenging environment in pursuit of the goal of global peace and respect for all communities.

The annual Global Peace & Unity Event has been successful in bringing together various International speakers and performers from all backgrounds to share the GPU platform and promote the global message of understanding and bridge building for a better future.

This family event also seeks to break barriers and build bridges between the variety of cultures and groups that follow the Islamic faith, as well as with other communities with whom we share our space.

The Global Peace And Unity Event (24th & 25th November 2007) at Excel London

Ramadan Message from Mercy Mission and AlKauthar Institute

Last week I have received this email from Tawfique Chowdhury (director of the Mercy Mission and AlKauthar Institute).

Dear student and friend,

Assalamualiakum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

It is truly by Allah‘s immense blessings that we are alive for yet another Ramadan. Words cannot describe our gratitude to Allah and the joy in our hearts as we ease into this Month of Mercy. What an amazing time this month will be! A month of forgiveness and safety from the fire; a month in which there is a special dua that He accepts every day at the time of breaking our fast; a month in which we remember our poor and our brothers languishing in the depths of the prisons away from their families; where the wretched devils are chained; and the beautiful angels descend; where evil is destroyed and goodness prevails; a month of great victory for the ummah at the battle of Badr, the conquest of Makkah, the tremendous victory of the valiant Tariq bin Ziyad over the lands of Andalusia, the victory of brave Salahuddeen over the Crusaders, the victory of the gallant Salahudden Qutz and his Muslims knights in the plains of Ain Jalut in that epic battle over the Mongols – all of this in the month of divine help and glory: Ramadan; a month of devotion to Allah and prayers upon His noble Prophet; a month of friendship and love with our beloved ummah; a month of charity and Zakat and cleansing; a month of the Quran and wondering in its wisdoms; a month of journey every night into the gardens of prayer to a Lord that is delighted to see His slaves begging and asking for His bounty; a month with days of seclusion with Allah in the corners of His mosques to remember and remind us of the imminent seclusion in the belly of the grave; a month of the most powerful night of all when the angels descend with mighty Jibraeel alaihis salam to spread peace and tranquillity until the morn. What a shame that our non-Muslim colleagues fail to realise our sheer joy at the coming of this month. Truly, it is just as the pious predecessors used to say: The people of worship in their worship are more joyous than the people of frivolities in their playfulness.

I would like to take this opportunity to greet you, to congratulate you on the advent of Ramadan, to make my sincere dua for you, to express my deepest friendship and love for you and my sincere care and support for you and your families with the sincere hope that Allah makes this month a means to ease your worries, to replace it with goodness and transform your world into a Jannah in this life. May Allah give you what your heart desires and amaze you with His bounty and grace. Today, with the Ummah in the grips of wars and military aggression, earthquakes and natural disasters and a constant intellectual war on our way of life and our Islamic ethics and values – at a time like this, we are in need of a divine intervention. In times like this, Allah the most high has equipped us with a weapon more powerful than anything known to man. A weapon that we can use any time, where ever we may be, having unlimited ammunition and unlimited strength – it is the weapon of every believer: Dua. I urge you to use that divine weapon in this month; to fortify yourself from every evil and trial and use it to replace the honour and glory that is rightly for this Ummah. I ask Allah that He makes this a month of unity and strength and honour and glory and forgiveness and hope for you, me and all Muslims. Ameen.

My friends, the key to success in this Ramadan, will not be the performance of major deeds in some of the nights rather than others. It is and always will be the performance of those little things, but with precise regularity. Such will be the path to our spiritual revival, the means to have every gate of Jannah to bear our names and the way to making Allah amazed and content with us. It is in with this in mind that I have designed a list of activities and deeds that a Muslim should endeavour to do in Ramadan. If you stick to it and do as much of it as possible, then I have no doubt that you will qualify for being a true and exemplary believer. http://www.alkauthar.org/downloads/Ramadanchecklist.pdf

Also, in the last few months, Islam Channel in the UK was kind enough to film a series of heart warming lectures by myself in Europe’s first Muslim only graveyard – the Gardens of peace. The series will have started to show already on Islam Channel daily. I encourage you to make some time to see every episode in that series since I myself have been profoundly touched ever since I did that series in that amazing graveyard. I hope that it will help you to put your life in perspective and to realize that in the grand scale of our Journey to the Hereafter, we are only here for a fleeting time.

Lastly my friends, if there is anything at all that I can do to help you or to make Ramadan more enjoyable for you and more successful for you, then please do not deny me the honour of aiding you in it. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you wish, or use the forums for any non-personal issues and questions that you may have: http://forums.alkauthar.org I hope to see you again sometime soon inshaAllah.

Wassalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Tawfique Chowdhury
DirectorMercy Mission and AlKauthar Institute
alkauthar.org

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Friday Khutbah (02 Feb 2007): Response to David Cameron’s Demonising of the Shariah

Response to David Cameron’s demonisation of the Shariah

[audio:friday-khutbah-02-feb-2007.mp3]

On Tuesday 30th January a report published by the Conservative Group on National and International Security – one of several policy groups set up by Mr Cameron once again demonising the Muslim community. This follows a day after an article in the Daily Telegraph citing a report by the Policy Exchange think-tank implying that Muslim Youth want to impose Shariah Law in Britain. The report went on to say that multiculturalism is causing Muslim youth to become more religious than their parents.

The following points need to be made to clarify this matter to the Muslims at Jum’a so that we know what to say to our non-Muslims colleagues, neighbours and friends.

  1. The rise in the number of youth turning to Islam is not a British phenomenon due to multiculturalism, but a global phenomenon driven in part by the injustices around the world perpetrated by British and US foreign policy.
  2. The demonisation of the Shariah is deeply offensive to all Muslims and a mischievous attempt to misrepresent the Islamic body of Law. The Shariah is there to protect the life, property, mind, belief and lineage of all citizens in an Islamic State; which due to colonialism and the support of tyrant rulers does not exist.
  3. The Shariah is a legal system that was implemented for many centuries. This body of law created a harmonious society in which both Muslim and non-Muslim communities shared the same system enjoying peace of mind and tranquillity.
  4. The Shariah rules necessitate that the people who are ruled should be looked upon from a human point of view and not a racial, tribal, nationalistic or religious one. Hence discrimination between Muslim and non-Muslims is forbidden under the Shariah.
  5. The Shariah we recognise is that implemented during the Caliph ate and not the pseudo implementation of Islamic law in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. History bears testimony to the progress, peace and coexistence the Shariah applied to the lands it was in.
    1. Muslims and non-Muslims have lived in harmony over centuries under Shariah law. Where as in the West, not-whites are always considered as foreigners.
  6. Rather than attack the Shariah, it would be better for the politicians to reflect on the body of law applied in Britain where prisons are filled to over capacity and ponder if they are in a position to preach to others.

At the end of the audio imam made announcement for donation to Mosque Refurbishment Project. Please donate generously.

May Allah Protect You and Guide You All.

Muslim clerics emphasize Islam is religion of peace

By EDD K. USMAN

Five top Muslim clerics or “muftis” in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have reiterated that Islam, being a religion of peace, has nothing to do with terrorism as they asked those who link it with violence “to look deeply into its teachings…and peaceful message.”

The clerics, who head and serve as guardians of Darul Iftah (House of Opinion) in ARMM â?? three of them, Mufti Omar Pasigan (represented by Ustadz Esmael) of Maguindanao, Mufti Abdulwahab Tunggal of Basilan, and Mufti Abdulwahid Inju of Tawi-Tawi â?? stressed that “Islam is highly incompatible with violence in the wake of the continuing attempts to connect Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Allaihi Wassalamâ??s religion with terrorism. ”

Muslim clerics in the ARMM delivered the “khutbah” or sermon in mosques last Friday, Jan. 26, and will be read again in various mosques around the country, possibly in a simultaneous delivery.

The crafting of the “khutbah” was due to the unceasing linking of terrorism to Islam, which is also due to some misguided Muslimsâ?? penchant for committing violence and justifying these un-Islamic acts as permissible.

ARMM muftis were also alarmed by a purported interview with slain bandit leader Khaddafy Janjalani, leader of the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), where he said Islamâ??s prophet ordered the commission of kidnaping.

“Nothing is further from the truth,” Islamic religious leaders said. In the “khutbah” titled “Islam Condemns Terrorism,” the muftis said the phrase “Islamic terrorist” is a contradiction.

“Islam and terrorism should not even sit in the same sentence together. Islam has nothing to do with terrorism,” they said.

“Islam is, indeed, a religion spread all over the world, recognized and accepted by the world as a religion that always advocates peace, security, and harmony and has nothing to do with terrorism,” the Muslim clercis said.

“It is, therefore, high time for those who associate Islam with terrorism to look deeply into the teachings of Islam and peaceful message of Islam.”

The religious leaders lamented that in Western thought, Islam and terrorism have been closely tied together because of “people with ill agenda, who seek to discredit the good name of Islam, and who consider Islam as a threat to their global ambitions.”

Meanwhile, a Mindanao-based party-list said yesterday that President Arroyoâ??s pronouncements last Monday of the final days of terror in Mindanao undermines the real â??â??peaceâ??â?? issues of the Bangsamoro people and the minorities of Mindanao.

“The portals leading to the end of what we were told as terror in our land would not greet the people of Mindanao and the entire archipelago until the root cause is understood and identified,” Deputy Secretary General of Suara Bangsamoro Party-list Zaynab Ampatuan said.

Ampatuan added that “it is becoming apparent that the Arroyo administration, as with its predecessors, is missing, once again, the point.”

“Itâ??s as if the peace conflict in Mindanao is brought about by these â??annihilatedâ?? leaders of the Abu Sayyaff Group,” he said.

Ampatuan said that Mrs. Arroyoâ??s statements is subscribing to a very naive solution to a deeply rooted issue.

She also commented on attempts of the government to solve the peace conflict in Mindanao through “all-out war” campaigns, including joint military exercises with the United States.

“In these attempts, the government failed. The wars launched in Mindanao against so-called terrorists had only led to forced displacement of more civilian populace,” she said.

source: Manila Bulletin

Friday Khutbah (26 Jan 2007): Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil: Combining The Foundation and the Methodology

All praise is due to Allah the Lord of the worlds. Peace and blessings of Allah to His Messenger Muhammad, his family and followers until the end of the World.

The foundation

In Islam enjoining good and forbidding evil is one of the duties of a Muslim. Allah said:

You [true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Maâ??ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah. And had the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) believed, it would have been better for them; among them are some who have faith, but most of them are Al-Fasiqun (disobedient to Allah – and rebellious against Allah’s Command).

Al Imran (3) 110[1]

In another verse,

Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Maâ??ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful.

Al Imrân (03) Verse 104.

In his Tafsir, Ibn Kathir[2] said: Allah said, (Let there arise out of you a group of people) that calls to righteousness, enjoins all that is good and forbids evil in the manner Allah commanded, (And it is they who are the successful.) Ad-Dahhak[3] said, “They are a special group of the Companions and a special group of those after them, that is those who perform Jihad and the scholars.” The objective of this Ayah is that there should be a segment of this Muslim Ummah fulfilling this task, even though it is also an obligation on every member of this Ummah, each according to his ability Tafsir Ibn Kathir Vol 2 Page 232 (Darussalam English Translation)

The Consequences

This duty is so important such that neglecting on acting upon it is equated with the collective punishment of Allah upon the people, whether they are good or bad if those who are good amongst them neglect to implement it. Imam Bukhari collected a hadeeth narrated By Zainab bint Jahsh:

The Prophet got up from his sleep with a flushed red face and said, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. Woe to the Arabs, from the Great evil that is nearly approaching them. Today a gap has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog like this.” (Sufyan illustrated by this forming the number 90 or 100 with his fingers.) It was asked, “Shall we be destroyed though there are righteous people among us?” The Prophet said, “Yes, if evil increased.”

Vol 9, Book 88. Book of Afflictions and the end of the world. Hadeeth number 181[4]

And its fulfillment is connected to our safety:

O you who believe! Take care of your ownselves, [do righteous deeds, fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. If you follow the right guidance and enjoin what is right (Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbid what is wrong (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden) no hurt can come to you from those who are in error. The return of you all is to Allah, then He will inform you about (all) that which you used to do.

Al Maaidah (5): 105

â?¦and Allah will grant us power in the land:

Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) order for Iqamat-as-Salat. [i.e. to perform the five compulsory congregational Salat (prayers) (the males in mosques)], to pay the Zakat and they enjoin Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism and all that Islam has forbidden) [i.e. they make the Qur’an as the law of their country in all the spheres of life]. And with Allah rests the end of (all) matters (of creatures).

Al Hajj (22): 41

The Methodology

The methodology of enjoining good and forbidding evil is enshrined in a hadeeth collected by Imam Muslim:

It is narrated on the authority of Tariq b. Shihab: It was Marwan who initiated (the practice) of delivering khutbah (address) before the prayer on the ‘Id day. A man stood up and said: Prayer should precede khutbah. He (Marwan) remarked, This (practice) has been done away with. Upon this Abu Sa’id remarked: This man has performed (his duty) laid on him. I heard the Messenger of Allah as saying: He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue, and if he has not strength enough to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart, and that is the least of faith.

Book 1 Faith. Hadeeth No. 79

In another narration:

It is narrated on the authority ‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud that the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) observed: Never a Prophet had been sent before me by Allah towards his nation who had not among his people (his) disciples and companions who followed his ways and obeyed his command. Then there came after them their successors who said whatever they did not practise, and practised whatever they were not commanded to do. He who strove against them with his hand was a believer: he who strove against them with his tongue was a believer, and he who strove against them with his heart was a believer and beyond that there is no faith even to the extent of a mustard seed.

Sahih Muslim. Book 1. Faith. Hadith 0081.

It is done according to position and authority

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar had said, “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘All of you are guardians and responsible for your wards and the things under your care. The Imam (i.e. ruler) is the guardian of his subjects and is responsible for them and a man is the guardian of his family and is responsible for them. A woman is the guardian of her husband’s house and is responsible for it. A servant is the guardian of his master’s belongings and is responsible for them.’ I thought that he also said, ‘A man is the guardian of his father’s property and is responsible for it. All of you are guardians and responsible for your wards and the things under your care.”

Sahih Bukhari Vol 2, Book 13. Friday Prayer. Hadith 018

Implementing the Methodology with Wisdom

Enjoining good and forbidding evil is essentially inviting people to Allah. In this regard, Allah said in the Qurâ??an:

Invite (mankind, O Muhammad) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islam) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur’an) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided.

Surah/Chapter 016 – An-Nahl. Verse 125.

Implementing with wisdom means we must make sure according to the best of our abilities that when we enjoin good or forbid evil, the end result would be beneficial. In other words a greater good should be achieved or a greater evil is prevented.

There are many circumstances when we want to do good yet the result is harm. One example is praying the Tahajjud prayer but neglecting to pray the Fajr prayer due to exhaustion. One does not do the voluntary acts of worship in lieu of the Waajib. Because of this one does not pray the Sunnah prayer once the Iqaamah has been announced.

Likewise there are also circumtances where we want to avert harm yet the result is greater harm. To illustrate this point, we will mention the hadeeth narrated by Anas bin Malik in Sahih Muslim:

A Bedouin came and passed urine in one corner of the mosque. The people shouted at him but the Prophet stopped them till he finished urinating. The Prophet ordered them to spill a bucket of water over that place and they did so.

Vol 1 Book 4 Ablutions Hadeeth no. 234

Had the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam did not prevent the people from stopping the man from urinating, that man would have had splashed his urine all over the place, or in peopleâ??s clothings instead of confining it only to the place where he is urinating. Further, abruptly stopping the urination process could have other bad effects to a personâ??s health. Thus a greater harm was prevented by allowing some lesser harm to occur.

Ask Allahâ??s help

There is a Sunnah prayer called Istikhaara prayer. One is supposed to perform this prayer if he/she is going to decide on something.

Finally enjoining good and forbidding evil should be done for the sake of Allah alone. Further it should be done according to the way of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam.

We ask Allah that if we perform this obligation, we will be from those who are rewarded and be those whose scale of good deeds in the Judgment Day is heavy.

Narrated By ‘Amr bin Al-‘As: That he heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “If a judge gives a verdict according to the best of his knowledge and his verdict is correct (i.e. agrees with Allah and His Apostle’s verdict) he will receive a double reward, and if he gives a verdict according to the best of his knowledge and his verdict is wrong, (i.e. against that of Allah and His Apostle) even then he will get a reward.”

Summary Muslims are required to enjoin good and forbid evil. Its implementation and neglect are linked to our success and failure respectively. Its effectuation is done with wisdom and according to oneâ??s authority. Finally it is Allah who grants success.

[1] All Qurâ??anic quotations are taken from islamsoft solutions. Downloadable free from http://www.islamtomorrow.com/
[2] A Great Scholar of Qurâ??an interpretation. http://www.tafsir.com/
[3] A Great Scholar amongst the early generations of Muslims.
[4] All Hadeeth quotations are taken from islamsoft solutions.

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