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Friday, 17 November 2017

MUSLIM SPORTSMEN: The True Role-models And Ambassadors.

Symbols of Compassion & Generosity
Muslim Sportsmen:
The True Role Models
And Ambassadors
(M. Javed Naseem)

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All Blacks (New Zealand) rugby team’s
centre Sonny Bill Williams (a Muslim)
has given away his World Cup winner's
medal to a young fan in a heartwarming
show of generosity and compassion!
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Sharing is caring! We are commanded to share good things in life with the less fortunate and the needy. This is an obligation but it does not require you to sacrifice an arm or a leg. Just share whatever amount you can afford to bring smiles on the sad and gloomy faces of mankind. And that sharing is not limited to money alone; it goes for anything that eases up the hardships of others. That’s the human spirit – care and share!
لِيُنفِقْ ذُو سَعَةٍ مِّن سَعَتِهِ وَمَن قُدِرَ عَلَيْهِ رِزْقُهُ
فَلْيُنفِقْ مِمَّآ آتَاهُ ٱللَّهُ لاَ يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفْساً
إِلاَّ مَآ آتَاهَا سَيَجْعَلُ ٱللَّهُ بَعْدَ عُسْرٍ يُسْراً
“Let the man of means spend according to
his means; and the man whose resources are
restricted, let him spend according to what
Allah has given him. Allah puts no burden
on any person beyond what He has given him.
After a difficulty, Allah will soon grant relief.
(al-Quran 65:7)

New Zealand’s Rugby Hero:
Sonny Bill Williams is a New Zealand rugby legend. And he is a Muslim. Recently, New Zealand defeated Australia in the final of Rugby World Cup by 34-17. The mainstream Western media never mentioned his religion! He was in the news for giving away his World Cup medal to a 14-years old youngster out of compassion. The media never gave any reference to his faith – Islam. Why? Because it was a positive and constructive thing and it would bring only good/positive feedback about Muslims and Islam. They don’t want that! They have a mindset; they have an agenda and they are implementing an international plan that calls for Muslim-bashing (or promotes Islamophobia). So much for the Western ‘free speech’, ‘objective reporting’ and professional honesty!
According to 5-Pillars, UK, in an amazing example of compassion and generosity, New Zealand’s famous Muslim rugby star, Sonny Bill Williams gave away his World Cup winner’s medal to a young fan.
14-year-old All Blacks fan Charlie Lines is now the proud owner of a Rugby World Cup winner’s gold medal.
Williams acted after seeing a security guard rugby-tackle the boy, who had run on the pitch during the All Blacks lap of honor following their 34-17 Rugby World Cup final victory over Australia.

Dilly’s Desk adds:
When a Muslim does something praiseworthy, there's no mention of their religion.
However, when an individual does wrong and it has absolutely nothing to do with Islam, rest assured that "Muslim" will be mentioned at every given opportunity.
Sonny Bill Williams is a legend.
See the short video:

A couple of years ago, while visiting Pakistan, I saw a strange thing on TV. A money-making commercial TV channel (???) was telecasting live the event of Henna ("Mehndi ki Rasm") of a cricketer's bride. This was a cheap and mean show of wealth, a mockery of Islam, mockery of journalism and an insult to the TV Live Broadcasts! Money buys all rules, regulations, principles, ethics and codes. The easy money, coming from match-fixing and by selling the honor of the motherland, could be spent so carelessly without feeling any pain? It was hurting to see the whole scene ('Tamasha'). This money could have been spent on the wedding of some poor girl who could not get married because of poverty. This money could have been spent on orphans, the needy, the poor, the victims of floods and earthquakes! This money could have been spent to get medical aid, medicines and hospital treatment for hundreds of poor patients. This was really a shameless exhibition of Jahaalat that continued for hours on TV. That was business with Shaitan!
There is a saying (it has also been attributed to the Prophet’s companion Ali ibn Abi Talib) that goes like this:
“When every business (or commerce) fails, then do business (commerce) with Allah!”
And what is the best way of doing any business or commerce with Allah? Let’s see what Allah, the Almighty, says about it in the Quran:
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يَتْلُونَ كِتَابَ ٱللَّهِ وَأَقَامُواْ ٱلصَّلواَةَ
وَأَنفَقُواْ مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ سِرّاً وَعَلاَنِيَةً
يَرْجُونَ تِجَارَةً لَّن تَبُورَ
“Those who rehearse the Book of Allah,
establish regular prayer, and spend (in charity)
out of what We have provided for them,
secretly and openly, hope for a commerce
that will never fail.”
(al-Quran 35:29)

That’s the warranty from Allah: “A commerce that will never fail”. Is there any warranty better than that? No, absolutely not! So, for best rewards and gains, share!

Algeria’s World Cup Football Team:
Remember the FIFA World Cup Football in Brazil last year? Algeria’s Muslim team made history to reach the final 16 and then donating the bonus money to the Palestinians! Subhan-Allah! What a beautiful and heart-warming gesture!
In 2014, according to quotes attributed to Algeria’s star striker Islam Slimani, the Algerian national football team had announced to give up (donating it to the Gaza/Palestine victims) all of the estimated $9 million bonus money they received as valiant losers in the round of 16, in Brazil.
Yet speaking at a reception in Algiers, where the team had returned to a hero's welcome, Slimani apparently said: “They need it more than us.” 
Now, that’s some gesture of compassion and generosity! Those players were the real winners!

German Muslim footballer Ozil’s charity
epitomizes the spirit of Ramadan
By: Amaar Abdul-Nasir, Ummah Sports, July 21, 2015
In the final days of this year’s Ramadan, Germany’s soccer star Mesut Ozil performed an act of charity of so grand that it made international headlines. Ozil, a 26-year-old midfielder who plays for Arsenal in England’s Premier League and for Germany’s national team, personally paid for 11 children hospitalized in Brazil to receive potentially life-saving surgery.

It was a gesture Ozil first made last summer, when he and the German national team were in Brazil winning the FIFA World Cup championship. In addition to promising to donate his World Cup bonus paycheck to charity, Ozil paid for 23 Brazilian kids to receive needed surgery — equal to the number of players on the German national team. This year, he did the same for 11 children in need — equal to the number of players in a soccer team’s starting lineup — at a hospital in the city of Maranhao (Brazil).
Beyond the rewards he may receive from the Most High (Allah), and the praise he has received from the rest of us on this planet, Ozil’s act epitomizes the spirit of Ramadan.
Ozil could have paid for 23 Brazilian kids to have surgery last year while he was in that spotlight and in that moment, left Brazil and never thought of that country again, and he’d still be considered a hero. To repeat his act of charity for 11 more Brazilian kids this year, when it was unexpected and out of the spotlight (until the media caught on and the spotlight came to him), Ozil is proving truly mindful of not only his privilege but the plights of others, and genuinely caring for the sick and needy.

Tyson, Shaq and Kareem:
Taking Islam seriously
By: Amaar Abdul-Nasir
While some celebrities like boxing legend Muhammad Ali and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Yusuf Islam leave no doubt about their religion, there are others (Janet Jackson, Ice Cube and Casey Kasem among them)  who have been rightly or wrongly associated with Islam through nothing more than rumors, hearsay and assumptions.
In a recent article for the Nigerian publication ‘Pulse’, author Oge Okonkwo lists six celebrities who are, as far as we know, Muslims who take their faith seriously via acts of charity and philanthropy.
Three of the celebrities listed are athletes: former  heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O’Neal. 

Mike Tyson: 
Former boxer Mike Tyson rediscovered himself while serving time behind bars. During this time, he found the Muslim religion and a new purpose for life. Shortly after his release, Tyson founded “Giving Kids a Fighting Chance.” The organization provides innovative centers that support comprehensive needs of kids from broken homes. The foundation’s representative said, “These needs may include health care assistance, shelter, school assistance, mentoring, job placement assistance and such other needs as determined by the center for the overall well being of the child.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 
Hall of fame NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar supports a number of charities centered around implementing sports and education into the lives of under privileged children. Abdul-Jabbar has also supported organizations like “Stand Up To Cancer” and “American Association of Retired Persons.”

Shaquille O’Neal: 
Shaquille O’Neal is known for his unbelievably successful NBA career, his success as a sports broadcaster and graduating with his doctorate. Many may not know that O’Neal works very closely with two charities – O’Positive Foundation and Green My Parents (GMP). The O’Positive Foundation focus on the needs of children and helps impoverished families get the education and necessities that they need to make it. While Green My Parents is an organization developed around the environmental economic movement. GMP focuses on the importance of a healthy environment, energy consumption and how to engage children and parents into making eco-responsible changes within their homes and lifestyles.

British Muslim Athletes
Why British Muslim Sports Stars Are Important?
By Ayaz  Sumra, ‘Artefact’ Magazine
Amir Khan, Mo Farah and Moeen Ali all have one thing in common beyond the fact they are all successful sportsmen at the highest level – their Muslim faith.
At a time when negative perceptions of the religion are rife, fuelled by media coverage of ISIS and acts of terror carried out in the name of Islam, this talented trio are role models for a tolerant, multicultural Britain.
Welterweight boxer Amir Khan does much for charity and has also established his own foundation to help disadvantaged young people around the world as well as supporting emergency aid following natural disasters.
When the Bolton boxer of Pakistani heritage fought and beat Devon Alexander in Las Vegas last December, he wore 24-carat gold-embroidered boxing shorts worth £30,000.
He had recently visited the school in Peshawar, Pakistan, where Taliban extremists killed 145 people, including 132 pupils, and after his fight with Alexander donated the valuable shorts to raise funds for those affected.
He also visited a hospital where two injured students were still recovering, and told The Daily Star: “With what terrorists are doing to the image of Islam and to the image of Muslims, there is a time to stand up and speak out.
“I’ve got a daughter myself now. I went [to Peshawar] because I wanted to tell those kids they need to overcome fear and get back to school. That’s how you make something of your life. You can’t let terrorists win.”

England cricketer Moeen Ali:
England cricketer Moeen sparked headlines last summer when, during a Test match, he wore wristbands in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip at a time when hundreds were being killed in the conflict between Hezbollah and Israeli forces.
(Moeen Ali of England)
He was warned against doing it again by the International Cricket Council, whose rules do not allow ‘political, religious or racial messages’ to be worn during matches.
Moeen told The Huffington Post that being a Muslim is “everything to me. It means so much to me, my relationship with the Creator, following the Prophet.”
The cricketer has been named an ambassador for the charity British Asian Trust’s work in Pakistan.


(Hashim Amla of South Africa)
Mo Farah:
Like Khan, Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion Mo Farah has also established a charitable foundation that bears his name.
The Somali-born athlete told The Independent: “You’ve got to believe in God. Everything happens for a reason, so you shouldn’t get wound up. I think the way I am, the way I’m chilled out, has a lot to do with being Muslim and having faith.
“It also says in the Quran that you must work hard in whatever you do, so I work hard in training and that’s got a lot to do with being successful.”
Sports fans have become used to the sight of Muslim athletes praying, and many clearly feel spiritual strength plays a role in their success.

Qais Ashfaq:
“With a personality such as Amir Khan, others look towards him and say ‘He is he a Muslim, we want to be like him, he’s a good representative of the religion’. That also puts a lot of pressure on the likes of Khan to be good representatives.”
Hoping to follow in Khan’s footsteps, both in the ring and as a Muslim role model, is England’s 2014 Commonwealth Games boxing silver medallist Qais Ashfaq.
“Before and after every fight,
I pray – it makes me feel so much
better, it helps my nerves”.
-- Boxer Qais Ashfaq

The Leeds fighter told Artefact: “First and foremost, we have to thank Allah (God). To be honest, Islam has done a lot for me, especially in terms of boxing because it has always made me believe in myself.
“Before and after every fight, I pray – it makes me feel so much better, it helps my nerves. It make me mentally confident and physically confident. Little things in that belief in God it makes a difference and makes the world a better place.”
Ashfaq has already got his eyes on more success in the ring and hopes to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games before turning professional and taking the path of Khan, Farah and Moeen.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

ISLAM ITSELF IS DESTINY And Will Not Suffer Destiny: Allama Iqbal


Remembering Iqbal (Nov. 9)
“Islam Itself Is Destiny
And Will Not Suffer Destiny”
– Allama Iqbal
(M. Javed Naseem)
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“Nations are born in the hearts
of poets, they prosper and die
in the hands of politicians”
– Allama Iqbal
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An independent state (Pakistan) for the Muslims of South-Asia was the brain-child of Muhammad Iqbal, (commonly known as Allama Iqbal), the spiritual disciple of Rumi. I cannot find words to pay him enough tribute worthy of his contribution not only to the creation and history of Pakistan but also towards the motivational and inspirational poetic literature of Urdu and Persian languages.
9th of November was the day when Iqbal was born 138 years ago (in 1877). And I would like to take this opportunity to remember this great personality of the East, and, at the same time, remind the new generation of Muslims about the legacy of Iqbal. His message is universal and alive. He wanted you to wake up and take charge of your own destiny. You and only you can change the plight of the Muslim Ummah!
I feel great pride in having the honor of ‘once’ (in 1970) affiliated to the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, from where Allama Iqbal had received his Ph.D degree. His statue was still there in the park in front of the university. I studied German language there as I was registered at that University for my M.A. (Economics) – ‘Diplom-wirtschaft’, but six months later I moved to Cologne University (Koln am Rhine) as I had landed a job in Cologne as ‘international broadcaster’ with the (West) German radio ‘Deutsche Welle’ (The Voice of Germany)’s Asian-Urdu service.
(Iqbal Ufer: A boulevard named after Allama Iqbal in Heidelberg, Germany)
(Allama Iqbal's memorial plaque in a garden near Heidelberg
University, Germany, where he lived in 1907)
Allama Iqbal:
As per Iqbal Academy, Pakistan, Iqbal is the best articulated Muslim response to Modernity that the Islamic world has produced in the 20th century. His response has three dimensions:
1. A creative engagement with the conceptual paradigm of modernism at a sophisticated philosophical level through his prose writings, mainly his ‘The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam’, which present his basic philosophic insights.

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“The main purpose of the Quran is to awaken
in man the higher consciousness of his manifold
relations with God and the universe.”
--- Allama Iqbal
(From: The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam.)
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2. His Urdu and Persian poetry which is the best embodiment of poetically meditated thought, squarely in the traditional continuity of Islamic literature and perhaps the finest flowering of wisdom poetry, or contemplative poetry or inspired poetry in the modern times.
3. As a political activist/ social reformer – rising up to his social responsibility, his calling at a critical phase of history.
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‘Why have You made me born in this country,
The native of which is content with being a slave?’
--- Iqbal
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Western Democracy:
“Woe to the constitution of the democracy of Europe!
The sound of that trumpet renders the dead still deader;
Those tricksters, treacherous as the revolving spheres,
Have played the nations by their own rules, and swept the board!”
“Robbers they, this one wealthy, that one a toiler,
All the time lurking in ambush one for another;
Now is the hour to disclose the secret of those charmers –
We are the merchandise, and they take all the profits.”
-- Muhammad Iqbal
(From: Divine Government, Javid-Nama)

The Open University, UK, adds:
Mohammad Iqbal was born in 1877 in Sialkot, Punjab, to father Sheikh Nuruddin Mohammad, a tailor by profession and of Kashmiri background, and mother Imam Bibi. He was educated at the Scotch Mission College, where he also took up poetry, and later, in 1895, at Government College, Lahore, where he would come into contact with Sir Thomas Arnold. In 1903, he published a treatise on economics entitled “Ilmul-Iqtesad”, and in 1904, he wrote the Indian patriotic song “Sare Jahan se Achccha Hindostan Hamara”.
He would once again work with Thomas Arnold when he was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, as a student of Philosophy in 1905. He obtained his degree at Cambridge and went on to Munich University where he obtained a doctorate; his thesis was entitled, ‘The Development of Metaphysics in Persia’.
He later qualified as a barrister. In London, he delivered a series of lectures; his lecture at Caxton Hall was widely reported in the papers. While in Europe, Iqbal became influenced by Kant, Bergson and especially Nietzsche.
In August 1908 he returned to Lahore where he joined the Government College as a part-time professor of philosophy and English literature while also practicing as a lawyer in Lahore High Court. After a while, he resigned from the College and focused on law. Besides law he found time to develop his poetry in the 1920s, but he was also drawn into politics by his friends, Jogendra Singh, Zulfikar Ali Khan and Khawaja Shahabuddin.
His Persian ‘masnavi’ sequence ‘Asrar-i-Khudi’ (1915), (‘Secrets of the Self’, 1920), and ‘Rumuz-i-Bekhudi (1918), ('The Mysteries of Selflessness', 1920) were the foundation of Iqbal's philosophical poetry. In them he combined his ideas of the ego striving to achieve freedom and to develop a fuller personality with the moral, spiritual and intellectual values of Islam. He continued to develop these ideas in his poetry for the rest of his life. It is on the basis of these that he is known as the poet-philosopher of Pakistan.
From 1926 to 1930 he served on the Punjab Legislative Council and was President of the All-India Muslim League in 1930. That same year, he gave evidence before the Simon Commission, and in 1931-2 he was a delegate to the Second and Third Round Table Conferences, visiting London again.
By the mid-1930s, his health had deteriorated so much that he had to decline to give a series of Rhodes lectures at Oxford in 1935. He continued to write poetry but died on 21 April 1938. He is buried near the Shahi Mosque in Lahore.

The ‘Magnum Opus’:
Javid-Nama
‘Iqbal’s magnum opus’, writes his biographer S. A. Vahid, ‘is the Javid Namah. Within a few years of its publication the poem became a classic, and. one great scholar proclaimed that the poem will rank with Firdausi’s Shah Namah, Rumi’s  ‘Mathnawi’, Saadi’s ‘Gulistan’ and the ‘Diwan’ of Hafiz. Nor was this tribute an exaggeration, as subsequent criticism showed ... In judging a poem we have to consider two things: the style and the substance.
So far as the style is concerned, Javid Namah belongs to the very first rank of Persian verse. It is unsurpassed in grandeur of expression, in beauty of diction and in richness of illustration.
As regards theme, the poem deals with the everlasting conflict of the soul, and by telling the story of human struggle against sin, shows to mankind the path to glory and peace. In every line the poet makes us feel that he has something to say that is not only worth saying, but is also fitted to give us pleasure. Thus, as regards style as well as theme the poem is a masterpiece.’
The ‘Javid-Nama’, having been frequently reissued in lithograph – the edition on which the present translation is based was published in 1946 at Hyderabad (Deccan) – was first translated, into Italian, by Professor Alessandro Bausani under the title II Poema Celeste (Rome, 1952).
A version in German verse, Buch der Ewigkeit (Munich, 1957), has come from the pen of Professor Annemarie Schimmel.
A French version, by E. Meyerovitch and Mohammed Mokri, has the title Le Livre de l’Éternité (Paris, 1962).
In 1961 a translation in English verse was published in Lahore, ‘The Pilgrimage of Eternity’, by Shaikh Mahmud Ahmad. The poem has thus reached a truly international public, and has already taken its rightful place amongst the modern classics of world literature.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

BELIEVER? WHAT DO YOU DO FOR ALLAH'S SAKE?



Are You A Believer?
What Do You Do For
Allah’s Sake?

The Almighty Creator Has
Rights Over His Creation

(M. Javed Naseem)


“They ask you how much they are to spend;
say: "What is beyond your needs."
Thus does Allah Make clear to you His
signs in order that you may reflect.”
(al-Quran 2:219)

When God taught us Faith, He based it on His own qualities like Mercy, Love, Forgiveness, Charity and Hope – all Good and no Evil! He told us not to follow the Devil as he was our enemy. We were strictly commanded not to spread corruption and evil in the Earth so that we could enjoy Lord’s bounties and a happy life in this world. But when we were enjoying happy life, we ignored God’s commands and started play god on earth; hence all the corruption and evil. Out of greed and jealousy, we started depriving other humans of those bounties that we were enjoying.

People have a share in your wealth whether you accept it or not; whether you like it or not. That’s the verdict of the Lord Almighty. Share your wealth with the needy and the orphans and widows, and you would be rewarded manifold.


Thousands of times, we were warned via Scriptures through Prophets and Messengers but only a few paid heed. Most of us ignored those teachings and warnings although we were informed of the fate of the earlier nations who disobeyed the Lord. Love, peace and harmony can only be created by sharing with others. Allah says in the Quran:

“And spend of your substance in the cause
of Allah, and make not your own hands
contribute to (your) destruction; but do good;
for Allah loves those who do good.”
(al-Quran 2:195)

“For, Believers are those who, when Allah is
mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and
when they hear His signs rehearsed, find their
faith strengthened, and put (all) their trust in
their Lord; who establish regular prayers and
spend (freely) out of the gifts We have given
them for sustenance.”
(al-Quran 8:2-3)

“Whatever you shall spend in the cause
of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and
you shall not be treated unjustly.”
(al-Quran 8:60)

“To those whose hearts when Allah is
mentioned, are filled with fear, who show
patient perseverance over their afflictions,
keep up regular prayer, and spend (in charity)
out of what We have bestowed upon them.”
(al-Quran 22:35)

“Twice will they be given their reward,
for that they have persevered, that they
avert Evil with Good, and that they spend
(in charity) out of what We have given them.”
(al-Quran 28:54)

“Those who rehearse the Book of Allah,
establish regular prayer, and spend (in
charity) out of what We have provided
for them, secretly and openly, hope for
a commerce that will never fail.”
(al-Quran 35:29)

“Believe in Allah and His messenger, and
spend (in charity) out of the (substance)
whereof He has made you heirs. For, those
of you who believe and spend (in charity),
for them is a great Reward.”
(al-Quran 57:7)

“So fear Allah as much as you can; listen
and obey and spend in charity for the benefit
of your own soul and those saved from the
covetousness of their own souls, they are
the ones that achieve prosperity.”
(al-Quran 64:16)

“Let the man of means spend according to
his means: and the man whose resources are
restricted, let him spend according to what
Allah has given him. Allah puts no burden
on any person beyond what He has given him.
After a difficulty, Allah will soon grant relief.”
(al-Quran 65:7)

God’s Message is divine and it was delivered to us by all Messengers. Only we, the humans, corrupted and altered it.

The Bible says:

“One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed.” – (Proverbs 19:17)
 
“And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.” – (Isaiah 58:10)

"Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” – (Matthew 5:42)

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.” – (Matthew 25:35)          

"But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” – (Luke 14”13)

“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” – (1-Timothy 6:18)


In 630 AD, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), decided to lead an expedition to Tabuk on the Syrian border. In order to finance the expedition, Muhammad (s.a.w.) invited contributions and donations from his followers. Othman (r.a.a.) provided ten thousand camels. Umar (r.a.a.) made a liberal contribution. When Muhammad (s.a.w.) asked him how much he had left for himself and his family, he said that he had given one half of his wealth for the cause of Allah and had left one half for himself and his dependents. Then came Abu Bakr (r.a.a.) loaded with his contribution and Muhammad (s.a.w.) asked him the same question as to how much he had left for himself and his family. Abu Bakr (r.a.a.) said, "I have brought all that I had. I have left Allah and His Prophet for myself and my family".
This episode has formed the theme of one of the poems of the poet philosopher of the East, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (a.k.a. Allama Iqbal). The last verse of this poem reads:

“For the moth the lamp, and
for the nightingale the flower;
For Siddique, Allah, and
His Prophet suffice.”

After the death of the Prophet (s.a.w.), when Abu Bakr was elected as Caliph of the Muslims, he addressed the community and said:

“O People! I have been chosen by you as your leader, although I am no better than any of you. If I do any wrong, set me right. Listen! Truth is honesty and untruth is dishonesty. The weak among you are the powerful in my eyes, as long as I do not give them their dues. The powerful among you are weak in my eyes, as long as I do not take away from them what is due to others".
“Listen carefully! If people give up striving for the cause of Almighty Allah, He will send down disgrace upon them. If people become evil-doers, Almighty Allah will send down calamities upon them."
“Obey me as long as I obey Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad, s.a.w.). If I disobey Allah and His Messenger, you are free to disobey me.”


After Abu Bakr (r.a.a.) had assumed the Caliphate, he distributed all that was in the ‘House of Charity’ (‘Bait-al-Maal’ – the funds in the State account reserved for the poor) among the needy and the poor. He had a House of Charity at al-Saneh area with no guards to watch over. One day someone asked him, ‘O Caliph of the Messenger! Would you appoint someone at the House of Charity as guard?”
Abu Bakr answered, “There’s nothing to worry about. We have given away everything that was in it. There’s nothing left.”

When Abu Bakr died, he had no valuable possessions. He had no Dirham or Dinar at home. Everything that was beyond his daily needs, he would donate it in charity. It’s not that Allah wants us to go that far. It’s our love for Allah and our spirit of spending in Allah’s way that determines our actions of charity. And that comes from a strong Faith, i.e., Islam.

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

THE ESSENCE OF ISLAM: Righteousness And Justice.



The Essence Of Islam:
Righteousness
And Justice

(M. Javed Naseem)


What is Islam? Islam is righteousness and justice! As a matter of fact, social justice is a part of righteousness. You can’t be a pious or a righteous person without being just and fair in your dealings. You must be an honest and just person in every walk of life to be rightly called ‘righteous’. The best definition of ‘righteousness’ comes directly from the Almighty God in the Holy Quran. Allah says:

“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces
towards east or west; but the righteousness is to
believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels,
and the Books, and the Messengers; to spend of
your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin,
for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for
those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to
be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity;
to fulfill the contracts which you have made; and
to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and
adversity, and throughout all periods of panic.
Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing.”
(al-Quran 2:177)

God is gracious! You take care of people around you and God will take care of you! What a beautiful bargain, only win/win situation!
Allah commands the believers in the Holy Quran to be just, honest and kind to others so that there is no injustice, inequality and indecency.

“Allah commands justice, the doing of good,
and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all
shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion. He
instructs you that you may receive admonition.”
(al-Quran 16:90)

The Bible Says:
But let justice roll on like a river,
Righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
(Amos 5:24)


A society based on social justice and equality is a peaceful and happy society. But we need to train ourselves to be content with whatever we have earned honestly and legally. No greed, no injustice!

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as
witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your
parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or
poor; for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the
lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you
distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah
is well-acquainted with all that you do.”
(al-Quran 4:135)

You see the level of piety and righteousness in the above command of God about justice! The words “even as against yourselves” or against your family, would take you to another level of moral achievement which is rarely seen in today’s material world. That’s true justice and that’s true Islam!

It is not easy to deliver justice or to maintain justice in a fast changing society where interests always clash, even in the family. With so much crime and injustice around us; with so much corruption in the society, with so much selfishness, we have lost confidence in people. We don’t trust people easily. There is always suspicion. The irony is that we are suspicious about others because we are judging them by our own yardstick and not by universal standards. At the same time, we don’t like to be judged by the same yardstick. We easily find faults in others but see no fault in ourselves. We criticize others but hate it when others criticize us as we feel insulted.

Here’s what the Bible says:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the
judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and
with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's
eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take
the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in
your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out
of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to
take the speck out of your brother's eye. ...”
(Matthew 7:1-29, ESV)


 “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality
to the poor or favoritism to the great,
but judge your neighbor fairly.”
(Leviticus 19:15)

The Quran says:
"But whoever believes, and works righteousness,
he shall have a goodly reward, and easy will be his
task as We order it by our Command."
(al-Quran 18:88)

God, the Almighty, wants a just and peaceful society on Earth that’s why He commands believers to consult the Book, the ‘How To’ manual in the discharge of their daily affairs. And social justice is one of the most important field.

“We have sent down to you the Book in
truth, that you may judge between men,
as guided by Allah …”
(al-Quran 4:105)

“Except those who repent and believe, and work
Righteousness, for these will enter the Garden and
will not be wronged in the least.”
(al-Quran 19:60)

The Bible says:
 “The Lord loves righteousness and justice,
the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
(Psalms 33:5)


Those people are blessed who get righteous leaders and rulers. Such rulers existed in every era. In the early age of Islam, the rulers were exemplary. They were the best role-models for anybody who wanted to serve his people and establish the rule of law.

The Western world considers the famous Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, as the most influential personality of the twentieth century. In some quarters he is treated like a saint. Indians, in general, and Hindus in particular, claim Gandhi as the greatest ‘son of India’. He always preached righteousness through modesty and non-violence. In 1937, while addressing the Indian Congress government’s cabinet of ministers, Gandhi advised all cabinet members to lead simple life. He said:

“I cannot give you the examples of Ram Chandra and Krishna, because they were not the historical personalities. I have no other choice to give you the examples of Abu Bakr and Umar (bin al-Khattab) – the first two Caliphs of Islam – as symbols of modesty and simple life. They were the rulers of a great empire but all their lives they lived like beggars.”
(Quote from ‘Hareejan’, dated 27th July, 1937).

Amazing, isn’t it? The funny thing is that non-Muslims appreciate the teachings of Islam, whereas we Muslims don’t even care about it. As Muslims, we are terrible role models for others. It is time to get up and play the role we are supposed to play for the sake of our future generations. We should act with care and responsibility.

Now, the question is: Why would Gandhi refer to the Caliphs of Islam (Umar and Abu Bakr)? What did he see in their characters that convinced him that they were the best role-models as rulers and governors? It was their righteousness and modest living; their fear of God and their sense of responsibility in promoting justice; their obligations towards community to guarantee the rights of the poor.

 Let’s see how Abu Bakr fared in his life and during his short tenure as the 1st Caliph of Islam.
He was the first free and independent (not a slave) mature man who accepted Islam the very moment Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) invited him to the Truth. (But he was not the first PERSON who accepted Islam, the first person being Khadija, Prophet’s wife).
He was given the title “Siddique” by the Prophet (s.a.w.) himself. Siddique means ‘the true friend’, the one who ‘embraces the Truth’. His obedience to Allah and loyalty to the Prophet (s.a.w.) were exemplary. The stories of his righteousness and piety are numerous. According to a Hadith (sayings of the Prophet, s.a.w.) quoted by Tirmidhi (and Ahmad), the Prophet (s.a.w.) said about Abu Bakr:

"If the Iman (faith) of Abu Bakr was put
on one side of the scale and the faith of the
entire nation of Muslims on the other, the faith
of Abu Bakr would outweigh the others."

 Abu Bakr was a businessman, one of the richest in Makkah. But after accepting Islam, he devoted all his money, efforts, labor and resources to the service of mankind just to please Allah. He used to buy slaves from the pagans and set them free. He would help the needy, the widows, the poor and the victims of injustice. He would sacrifice all his wealth for the cause of Allah.
  


Once, people of the area suffered from drought and then famine struck. People started suffering, so they came to Abu Bakr, who was the Caliph of the Muslims at that time. They said: O’ Caliph of the Messenger of Allah, the sky no longer brings down rain and the land no longer brings up crops or plants, and people fear a disaster. What are you going to do?
Abu Bakr replied, “Go now and be patient. I hope that Allah will bring His subsistence by the evening.”
When they went down the road, they saw one thousand camels laden with corn, oil and flour, standing near the house of Othman (r.a.a.), who was taking care of the supplies. When the merchants of the area heard of the food convoy, they came to see Othman (r.a.a.) for buying goods.
“What are you looking for?” He asked them.
“You know what we want,” they answered.
Othman (r.a.a.) asked them: ‘How much profit will you give me?’
“Two Dirham of profit.”
“I was offered more than that”, said Othman (r.a.a.).
“Well, four Dirham.”
“I was offered more.”
“Then five Dirham.”
“I was offered more than that”, declared Othman (r.a.a.).
“We are the only merchants in town, so who offered you more than we did?”
Othman (r.a.a.) replied, “Allah offered me ten Dirham for every single Dirham; do you offer more than that?”
“No”, the merchants answered.
“Then you bear witness that I give away all these camels along with the goods in charity in the cause of Allah for the sake of the poor and the needy.”

Now, that’s righteousness and piety! That’s charity; and that’s caring and sharing. In fact, that’s Islam.

(From my latest book, "Remember Me, I'll Remember You!")

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN: Are the Khazarian Jews of Israel fake Jews?



The Bible Talks About
Synagogue of Satan
And Fake Jews

Are the Khazarian Jews
of Israel referred to as
‘fake Jews’ in the Bible?

(M. Javed Naseem)


In real life, we all tell lies, some more, some less. Some are forced to lie to get out of a situation and some are tempted to lie to get benefit from the situation. Politicians and lawyers are habitual liars and they are never ashamed of it. General people lie off and on and sometimes they feel ashamed, embarrassed and regret it too.
God is Infinite Truth and loves truth. God’s people never lie but that’s not the case with those people who claim to be God’s chosen yet live in a shell of lies. They build a web of lies and deceits around them and feel safe or secure inside it. As they say: Truth always prevails! Truth is the Light and the Falsehood (lies) is the Darkness. And when the light comes, the darkness vanishes.

Both Prophet Moses and Prophet Jesus promoted the truth as they tried to spread the Word of God in the world. Here’s what the Bible says:

Leviticus 19:11
“Do not steal! Do not lie! Do not deceive one another!”

Colossians 3:9
“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.”

Proverbs 12:22
The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy.”


Hosea 11:12
“Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, Israel with deceit. And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One.”

Both Prophets (Moses & Jesus) were aware of the people and the preachers who were hypocrites and were deceiving others with their lies. We find the following two verses also in the Bible:

Revelation 2:9
“I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.”

Revelation 3:9
“Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie – I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you.”

Now, that’s bombshell! People pretend to be the Jews while in reality they are not (both ideologically and physically). Some researchers and scholars (including Jews) claim that Israeli Jews are not the real Jews. They are not the descendants of Abraham, as they claim, but are Khazarian converted Jews.


American Christian preacher Texe Marrs of the “Power of Prophecy” says:
“Sadly, almost nowhere in the established Christian Church can be found a pastor or evangelist today who has the spiritual wisdom, or even the common sense, to ask the cardinal question, "Who is this Synagogue of Satan that God warns about in the book of Revelation?" And nary a soul seems to ask the correlating question, "Just who are these wicked imposters of whom God warns ‘will say they are "Jews" and are not’, but do lie?"

“The Synagogue of Satan” in the bible at Revelation 2:9 and 3:9, refers to the liars and hypocrites. They were never the real Jews in the first place. The whole real history about the Jews has been altered and screwed over by the “Luciferians” and the Vatican to promote their own versions.

Following are the two advertisements of books from Texe Marrs’ web page, Power of Prophecy:


The ‘Synagogue of Satan’ is the first book ever to document the secret history of the evil conspirators responsible for wars, revolutions, and financial debacles around the world. It is a virtual encyclopedia of fresh new information and facts unmasking the Jewish Illuminati elite and their sinister goals and hidden influence. A powerful indictment! Truth that cannot be ignored!

Some of the secrets you will discover in this eye-opening book include:
Rothschild draws up plans for the creation of the Order of the Illuminati and entrusts Adam Weishaupt with its development.
Rothschild gains control of America’s money system by setting up a central bank.
The Rothschild’s use their money power to foment the bloody U.S. Civil War.
N.M. Rothschild & Sons seize control of world’s gold markets and begin fixing daily gold prices.
Noted researcher states, “England is under the invisible Jewish dictatorship...”


Today, DNA science reveals that almost all the Jews in the world come from Khazaria. They are not of the blood lineage of Abraham and the prophets, but of King Bulan and the pagan peoples of the Caucasus. The ancestors of today’s Jews are not Israelites but are Khazarians.
Khazaria’s people, in the 8th century, converted from paganism to Judaism. In the 10th century, these Khazarian “Jewish” converts emigrated to Eastern Europe, and especially Poland and Lithuania.
In 1948, the Khazars, erroneously believing themselves to be “Jews,” arrived in the territory of Palestine and set up the state of Israel. DNA science joins recent discoveries in history and archaeology to present the world with a correct and remarkable picture of the Jewish people. Now, everything changes!


The American priest, Texe Marrs of the ‘Power of Prophecy’, narrates the following on his web page about the book “The Synagogue of Satan”, written by the British author Andrew Carrington Hitchcock:
“One group and one group alone is responsible for virtually all wars and bloodshed on the face of this planet. This evil cabal is few in numbers but, like a deadly octopus, its tentacles reach out to grip and strangle untold multitudes of innocent victims. The initiates of every secret society and internationalist organization, from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Jesuits to the Bilderbergers and the Order of Skull & Bones, obey the dictates of this sinister group and tremble when standing before its leaders.”
“The Cabalist group I refer to is the Synagogue of Satan, an ancient, yet modern, elite so politically powerful and so fabulously wealthy that even past history has been twisted, reshaped and revised to meet its preferred version of humanity's gloomy, totalitarian future.”
“Religious in nature, the Synagogue of Satan is, at its essence, a grotesque, satanic cult. Its high council is composed of High Priests of Lucifer; these are men who literally worship death while practicing sexual magic and occult rituals of the blackest nature.”


Fanatical Support By Zionists

“Regrettably, this Luciferian cabal of high priests is supported by the vast majority of over eighteen million people around the globe who call themselves "Jews." Some of these people, a great many, are fanatical in their support of the Synagogue of Satan. They go by the name, "Zionists." Other Jews provide the Cabal with only token, often nominal, support.”
The millions of Zionist Jews are joined in their zealous embrace by a great number of Gentiles who are also boastful of being Zionists. While these Gentile supporters are, on the whole, woefully ignorant of the horrific, ultimate goal of the Synagogue of Satan, their support and service to the cause of Lucifer helps drive the global Synagogue of Satan's never-ending successful campaigns of revolution, war, famine, financial calamity, and bloodshed.
Thankfully, there are a few Jews—but only a few—who have been able to escape the almost irresistible spiritual impulse to ally themselves with the Synagogue of Satan. But, watch out! I have discovered that many Jews who claim to be "Christians" are actually Zionist deceivers. Masquerading as "Messianic Jews," in fact they are covert propagandists for the Synagogue of Satan. "By their fruits ye shall know them."

Courage Required to Expose this Group

Given the proven fact that the elitist High Priests of Lucifer who comprise the Synagogue of Satan and their servants control Big Brother's police and spy organs and possess ownership of every major book publishing firm in the world, rarely is a book or volume ever printed that has the courage and audacity requisite to expose the ongoing conspiracy of this monstrous group.


I am, therefore, extremely pleased to recommend to thinking men and women an excellent, new volume, The Synagogue of Satan, by Britain's Andrew Hitchcock. You will find it to be a useful, revealing, and accurate historical guide to the sinister crimes and dark events that have propelled the Synagogue of Satan to the precipice of world power. So impressed was I with Mr. Hitchcock's new book that I volunteered to write the introduction for an American edition, which Power of Prophecy, is pleased to publish and distribute under our RiverCrest Publishing imprint.
The term Synagogue of Satan is biblical in origin. As Mr. Hitchcock notes, the book of Revelation in the Holy Bible minces no words. God warns us of the horrendous and diabolical power to be wielded in the last days by the entity identified as the "Synagogue of Satan." - Texe Marrs.

Jews Who Are Not Jews

What is most fascinating, however, is that the scriptures clearly tell us that the evil leaders of this entity are not Jews! Yes, they say they are Jews, and the world recognizes them as Jews, even as "Israel," but they lie! Listen to what God's Word reveals:

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"I know the blasphemy of them
which say they are Jews, and are not,
but are the Synagogue of Satan."
(Revelation 2:9)
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Mind-boggling, isn't it? These wicked, world power-brokers want us to believe they are Jews; they boastfully lay claim to Israel as their heritage. But, in reality, they are blasphemous liars. What is going on here?
The masters of the Synagogue of Satan today possess extraordinary influence over the media. Most people believe in the pro-Zionist propaganda that gushes forth daily from Hollywood, New York, and Washington. It therefore stands to reason that the average world citizen easily falls for the Lie. People everywhere trust these great and beneficent leaders who say, "We are Jews" to be exactly that: Jews. No wonder the Apostle Paul warned that Satan's disciples come disguised as "ministers of righteousness" and as "angels of light."

In the case of the minions of the Synagogue of Satan, they come to us disguised as "God's Chosen," as "Israel," as the One Race selected by God to produce in the future a Messiah (not Jesus!) for eternity. We are Jews, they proudly boast while, at the same time, they suggest that others—that is, the defective lower and inferior races—are obligated by God to bless them, to follow the Jews' lead, to bow down and serve them as "God's Chosen."
"Yes," they arrogantly explain, "we are Jews, and you are goyim (cattle), and we have been chosen by divine edict to rule over you and over the entire planet."

So complete is Jewish domination of the media that Americans are left totally in the dark about Jewish hate crimes and atrocities. In 1994 in Hebron, Israel, Baruch Goldstein took a machine gun into a Moslem mosque during worship. Goldstein, a believer in the Jewish holy book, The Talmud, which teaches that Jews are a superior god race, but Gentiles are like insects and cattle, savagely massacred 29 unarmed worshippers and wounded 125.


DNA Unearths Stunning Secret :
Jews Are Khazars

The undeniable evidence of this has become clear with the advent of DNA research. In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim and her team at Tel Aviv University released their study which found that the “Jews” were mainly Khazars, from Khazaria, a Caucasus country which is now called Kazakhstan, Georgia, and other names. The Khazarians converted from pagan religions to talmudic Judaism after the 8th century, but of course, racially they remain Khazars.

The Khazars were and are a genome that is mainly Turkish and Mongolian blood.
Thus today, when you see a “Jew,” what you are actually encountering is a Khazar who practices Judaism. The Khazar has no Israelite blood. His ancestors are not the Israelites of the Bible. They did not worship the God, Jehovah, but instead literally were a phallic cult. They worshiped Satan by means of the male penis idol. The Khazars were never in the land of Israel. They are not the seed of Abraham. They have no promise from God. Now we know this as absolute scientific fact.


In late 2012, yet another Israeli-born scientist, Dr. Eran Elhaik, of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Science, Johns Hopkins Medical University, published his research in The Journal of Biology and Evolution. Considered by geneticists worldwide as the “definitive study” and peer-approved, this authoritative research confirmed Dr. Oppenheim’s earlier findings and went even further.

“There are no blood or family connections among the Jews,” reported Dr. Elhaik. “The various groups of Jews in the world today do not share a common genetic origin. Their genome is largely Khazar.”
“Whatever Israelite blood the Khazar Jews have,” added Dr. Elhaik, “is miniscule.”
Like Dr. Oppenheim, Elhaik’s research connected today’s Jews to the Turkic clans of Khazaria, in the Russian Caucasus.

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