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Bismillahir Rehmanir Rahim – In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Women and Chastity in Islam and Christianity

Jesus said or did nothing to humanize the Mosaic laws of War or to abolish slavery or to raise the status of women or to restrict the existing polygamy. In Christianity, women is a temptress, blamed for the fall of man and the genesis of (original) sin (as in I Timothy 2: 11, 14; I Corinthians 11: 8, 10). St. John Damascene, a canonized saint of Christianity says: “Woman is a daughter of Falsehood, a sentinel of hell, the enemy of peace; through her Adam lost paradise.” On the other hand, Islam rejected “Original Sin”, cleared women, vindicated her honour and dignity, raised her status to make her man’s equal, exalted her position and impressed the sacredness of womanhood: Qur’an 2:228, 9: 71, 16: 89, 33: 35, and Hadith:  “women are the twins –halves of men” and “paradise lies at the feet of the mother “says the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.). Fourteen hundred years ago, Islam gave Women for the first time the right to inheritance of the property and wealth of her father and husband and to acquire, own and dispose of wealth as she wished. Without these economics rights she had no true freedom and dignity (Qur’an 4:7, 32). Qur’an further describes (30:21) women as a companion of her husband, an object of love and source of peace and solace to him (as he is to her), an equal and free partner (in sacred contract of marriage with the consent of both). No other religion contains the injunctions about the prevention and restraint of the carnal desires, evil instincts and worldly pleasures and about the protection of the chastity and character of women as are found in Islam: Dress decently, modestly (with only the face and hands open). Be never alone with a man, boy-friend or girl-friend in a room or private place. Do not play music because it leads to sex and so does alcohol which takes away the faculty of reason and is prohibited in Islam.

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Chalo Azad Maidan 22 April : All India Muslim Personal Law Board Convention

All India Muslim Personal Law Board has decided to hold its 20th General Convention in Mumbai on Sunday, April 22, 2012 5:00 pm. People are requested to attend 22nd General Session of Board and to see that it is successful.

Tahaffuze Shariah which was established forty years ago, now has plans to enter the arena of new challenges with and correct intention and renewed ambition, with constancy, steadfastness. This is because the Board has a fund of good wishes for Muslims, which is one of the defining characteristics of the ‘khaire ummah’ so that not only our society but the whole country may be illuminated with the light of Shariah.

RTE, Income Tax Law, Legacy Rule in Agricultural Property are new challenges facing the Board, and if Muslims of India in general and Muslims of Mumbai in particular stand by All India Muslim Personal Law Board in the same way as they did forty years back then the day is not much far when Muslims will obtain their lost position and leadership rather than languishing in the slather of victim hood. Insha’Allah!

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Simplicity, Rationalism and Practicalism in Islam

Simplicity, Rationalism and Practicalism in Islam

Islam is a simple, rational, intelligible, moderate, reasonable and practical religion. It has no myths, no superstition, no irrational beliefs and dogmas, no priesthood, and no life-denial. Islam (and not Christianity) awakens in man the faculty of reason, inculcates the spirit of inquisitiveness and exhorts him to use his intellect to see things in the light of reality. “To seek knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim, male and female” said Muhammad (S.A.W). Qur’an tells us to keep praying for more and more knowledge (20: 114), and that those who are ignorant or bad and those who are knowledgeable and pious can not be equal (39: 9, 7: 179, 6: 98, 99, 2: 260, 2: 30, etc.). Islamic Faith is the very mainspring of life and Islam is a practical religion which does not indulge in idle speculations and futile theorisations or mere lip-serivce. Keep in mind that “Allah does not appreciate mere belief, if it is not manifested through deeds, and Allah does not accept a deed, if it does not agree with the belief”. (Hadith)

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Islam a Revealed Religion and Not a Man-Made System

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The Islam ideology is based on revelation (Qur’an and Hadith) and hence without weakness, loop-holes, imperfections and contradictions. Qur’an is in Arabic, the text is absolutely pure, and the whole world has failed to meet the challenge of writing even a verse like it. If you are asked in the West to explain the conduct of the rulers in a Muslim State, tell  them politely and clearly that you are wrong  in assuming that Islam s that which Muslims practice! Qur’an is the only Divine Book that has not undergone any change with time whatsoever.

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The Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

The Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Delivered by Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu-Alayhi Wasallam in the Valley of Arafat.

O people, perhaps you shall not see me again after this. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

O people, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that he will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived …

Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things; so beware of following him in small things.

O people, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. If they abide by your rights, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with anyone whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery.

O people, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over another except by piety and good action. Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

O people, no Prophet or Apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore O people,  understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example the Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray. All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people.”

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Universalism and Humanism in Islam

Universalism and Humanism in Islam

Islam is international in its outlook and approach, and addresses the conscience of humanity and banishes all false barriers of race, status and wealth. The message of Islam is for the entire human race (See Qur’an 1 : 1, 7 : 158, 25 : 1, 21 : 102 for Universalism and Humanism). Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: “All creatures of Allah from the family of Allah and he is the best loved of Allah who loves best His creatures”. (Hadith)

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Unity of Matter and Spirit

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Unity of Matter and Spirit – Bahishti Zewar

Unlike Christianity, Islam does not stand for life-denial or asceticism but for life-fulfillment regarding life as a unity where you live piously according to Sharii’a and Sunnah without renouncing the world. Thus, there is no separation between “matter” and “spirit”, “material and moral”, “mundane” and “spiritual” and everything that the Sharii’a does not forbid is permissible, and with the good intent of the pleasures of Allah all life-activities of a Muslim can be a source of piety and closeness to Allah. Islam teaches:  “Our Lord! Give us the good in this world and the good in the Hereafter”   (Qur’an: 2 : 201), “Eat and drink but exceed not the limits” (Qur’an: 7 : 31), “…..for your body has a right over you, and your eyes have a right over you, and your Wife has a right over you,…” (Hadith).

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Balance Between Individualism and Collective in Islam

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Bahishti Zewar - Heavenly Ornaments

A unique feature of Islam is that it neither neglects the individual nor the society but establishes harmony and balance between the two assigning to reach its proper role and creating the spirit of co-operation and collaboration among individuals which forms the basis of the positive social structure of the Muslim community and society. Islam belives in the individual personality of man and holds everyone personality responsible and accountable to Allah. No mediator, no priesthood, no confession to a priest, no dying for the sins of others, etc. in Islam. Islam guarantees fundamental rights to the individual and does not permit anyone to tamper with them. Man must not lose his individuality in the collective social life or in the state but properly develop the personality according to Sunnah (Qur’an 13:12). The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) has said: “The example of believers in their mutual affection and Mercy on each other is that of the body: when an aspect of it complains, all the other organs sympathize with it by remaining awake”, “He is not a believer who takes his fill while his neighbor starves”, and “He who has extra food should give it to those who have no food”, etc. Congregational prayers, Zakaat, charity, good treatment of neighbours, generosity with guests, doing good to blood relations, extension of loan, helping -people out of their distresses truthfulness, and prohibition of lying, back-biting, calumny, false charges, false witness, false oaths, confiscation of other’s property etc. are virtues leading to happy social life and the miraculous wide-spread of Islam in a remarkably short interval of time.

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Finality and Perfection of the Message, Complete, Guidance, and Islam a Complete Way of Life

Jesus  Christ  himself admitted that  he had not come with the  final or complete Divine messages for the time was not yet ripe for it and someone else after  him will guide  you into all truth (John 16 : 12, 13). He was Muhammad (S.A.W.),  the last and final Prophet and the Qur’an (5 : 3) says : ”This day have  I perfected your  religion for  you and completed  My favour unto you, and have chosen for you Islam  as the religion .” Islam alone  gives  guidance  in all  walks of life : individual  and social, material  and moral, economic  and political, legal and cultural, national and international ,private and others, purification of the soul and the reformation  and the reconstruction  of society  on the eternal and all–embracing  principles sets forth in the Qur’an and the life example  of Muhammad (Sunnah). Islam alone gives complete  guidance  concerning a man’s relation with Allah (as in worship  or ‘Ibaadah’) or  a man’s relationship  with his  fellow –man (as in business or Mu’amalah), or a man’s relationship with his  society (as in way of life  or  Mu’asharah),or  a man’s relationship with himself (as in morals, Tasawwaf, Akhlaq and Islamic Mysticism), or the deeds of one’s heart (beliefs or ‘Aqaid) and body ,etc. Complete guidance for the public on these Islamic subjects can be obtained by reading Bahishti Zewar (Heavenly Ornaments) by Maulana Mujaddid Ashraf Ali Thanwi. It is possible for the Christians to produce such a complete book for the public providing definite guidelines in all walks of life.

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No “Chosen” People in Islam

No “Chosen” People in Islam

 

Christianity believes that the Israelites are a “chosen” people and acknowledges the prophets of Israels only. Only Muslims are broadminded enough to accept the prophets and scriptures of all nations (see Qur’an, 35, 24, 10: 48, 40: 78, 2: 213 and 2: 136). Unity of Allah, unity of mankind, and unity of all races and creeds in a singles all –embracing faith and brotherhood is the teaching of Islam alone.

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