Islam has legislated a number of rules that a Muslim should abide by when he talks to others, while always remembering with unshaken belief that everything he says is accounted for and he will be rewarded if what he says is good and will be punished if what he says is evil. Allah (S.W.T.) says in Surat Qaf, (Verse 18), what can be translated as, "Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)."
Read more: Manners of Talking to Others
Written by: Dr. Abdul Wahid
This week Mahmoud Abbas will visit New York to apply to the United Nations for it to recognise the Palestinian authority as a fully-fledged member state.
Well meaning supporters of Palestine have been encouraging people to support a petition demanding statehood; while more seasoned campaigners, who have seen many tricks played by the PLO over the years, are more realistic and consequently more critical of Abbas’s lofty rhetoric.
Read more: The Fallacy of Palestinian Statehood and the Arab Betrayal
Read more: The Fallacy of Palestinian Statehood and the Arab Betrayal
No one knows who killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. We do know, however, that the main witness cited in the UN report, Zuhir Mohamed Said Saddik, "has been convicted of embezzlement and fraud among other crimes" (Der Spiegel) which casts grave doubt on the credibility of his testimony. No problem; the Bush administration has used convicted fraudsters to make their case for war before, particularly in the case of Iraq where the specious claims of Ahmed Chalabi appeared consistently on the front page of the New York Times creating the rationale for the invasion. But, Sadik's trustworthiness is even more uncertain than Chalabi's. "Sources in the UN say that Sadik had undeniably lied" and had received money for his testimony. "According to a statement by his brother, Sadik had called him from Paris in late summer and said, "I've become a millionaire!" (Der Spiegel)
Read more: In-Depth Analysis: Assassinations in Lebanon; Pipelines in Haifa, Haifa oil pipeline through Syria!
As crisis talks are due to start regarding Turkey joining the EU opinion polls from across Europe show a clear opposition to full Turkish membership. In a poll by Sky News over 70% voted no to the question should Turkey be allowed to join the EU? This signals the overwhelming feeling in Europe that Turkey which has a majority Muslim population should not be allowed to join the EU which until now has been made up of only majority Christian populations. In a similar poll carried out in France in 2004 in which the majority of people opposed Turkey joining the EU, 30% of participants objected on the basis of cultural differences. The opposition to Turkey joining the EU is without doubt based on the simple fact that it is a Muslim nation, which also includes a great Islamic tradition as it was for many centuries the centre of the Uthmani Khilafah State (Ottoman State). Even though the current Turkish ruling elite have been committed to a secular system, going as far as banning the Hijab in government buildings such as universities it still sits on the sidelines of European politics. The man responsible for shaping the future constitution of the EU former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing told Le Monde Newspaper in 2002 that Turkey joining the EU would be “the end of the Europe.”
Read more: Turkey’s future lies within the Khilafah State and not the EU
Fatimah was the fifth child of Muhammad and Khadijah. She was born at a time when her noble father had begun to spend long periods in the solitude of mountains around Makkah, meditating and reflecting on the great mysteries of creation.
Read more: Fatimah Bint Muhammad
While America becomes bankrupt and slowly becomes a 3rd world country, it is imperative that we acquire a proper perspective with regard to the state of this nation and its role in the world. While exporting so-called “democracy” and “freedom” via drone attacks, tomahawk missiles, and B-52 car-pet bombers, we can see the fruits of this ideological war to win hearts and minds. September 11, 2001 is a date that has been mired in controversy and remains the driving force of America’s foreign policy and its ever-increasingly draconian domestic pol-icy. For ten years now, American lawmakers have sunk this nation into the depths of debt, unemployment, and a perpetual world war. Thus far, they have offered no viable alternatives to the dreadful social and economic situation that America finds itself in. Those who could afford luxuries yesterday can barely afford bare necessities today. The populace lives in constant fear of economic disorder and collapse. Yet every day, all we hear about is 9/11. Instead of solutions, we hear 9/11. Instead of a way forward, we are reminded of 9/11.
Read more: The Reality of 9/11 and the End of the American Empire!
Read more: 3rd March-The Day of the Destruction of Khilafah
The Muslim is required to be aware, and learn about the plots and tricks of his enemy. Allah (subhaanahu wa-ta'aalaa) says in the Qur'aan:
إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ فَاتَّخِذُوهُ عَدُوًّا إِنَّمَا يَدْعُو حِزْبَهُ لِيَكُونُوا مِنْ أَصْحَابِ السَّعِيرِ
Surely, Shaytaan [Satan] is an enemy to you, so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his hizb [followers] that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire. (EMQ Faatir, 35:6) This verse clearly informs us of who our enemy is: Shaytaan (the devil). Allah (SWT) strictly orders us to treat our enemy as our enemy – not as a friend or ally. Consequently, it is not allowed for a believer to have any sympathy, love, affection, compassion or respect for his enemy. Allah (SWT) says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لا تَتَّخِذُوا عَدُوِّي وَعَدُوَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ تُلْقُونَ إِلَيْهِمْ بِالْمَوَدَّةِ
O you who believe! Take not my enemies [the disbelievers] and your enemies as awliyaa' [friends, allies, supporters, assistants etc.], showing affection towards them… (EMQ al-Mumtahanah, 60:1)
Read more: Knowing Your Enemy
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