REFLECTIONS

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Quarterly: Issue No 35

Rajab 1426

 

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BIRTHPLACE OF OUR PROPHET TO BE DEMOLISHED

It is my humble request to all people of Imaan to sign a petition that have started worldwide for the preservation of the library which marks the birthplace of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. The Saudi government wants to demolish this building. I myself spent several hours in every umrah trip reading books and thinking about the Prophet in that library which was open to the public until last year. Although the Saudi government allowed this monument to remain intact all of these years, it seems now that economic interest is pushing for its demolition. This seems to be the only motive, no other theological reasons are given. May Allah give them guidance to save the birthplace of His Beloved Messenger. Ameen! Please sign at: http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/SaveTheBirthplace/
The petition will be delivered in print to the Saudi Ambassador in New York on a weekly basis by the Council of Islamic Organizations in the USA.

MOSQUES “WILL BE ENTERED”

The following appeared in an article written by Paul Osbourne on 24 August 2005 in an Australian newspaper (see website:
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16368129-421,00.html:
MOSQUES and Islamic schools will be targeted by intelligence agencies as the Federal Government tries to stamp out (so-called) home-grown terrorism and extremists. On top of trying to promote Australian values in Islamic schools, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said the Government would monitor what was said in certain schools and mosques to ensure they did not foster terrorism. Mr. Howard was blunt when asked whether he was prepared to "get inside" mosques and schools to ensure there was no support for terrorism: "Yes, to the extent necessary," he said on Southern Cross radio. "I have no desire, nor is it the Government's intention, to interfere in any way with the freedom or practice of religion. We have a right to know whether there is, within any section of the Islamic community, a preaching of the virtues of terrorism, whether any comfort or harbour is given to terrorism within that community."

Mr Howard met Muslim leaders in Canberra on 23 August 2005, when they agreed to work on a national strategy to address intolerance and the promotion of violence. New ASIO head Paul O'Sullivan was involved in the talks, which included some discussion of improving links with the Muslim community.
Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network convenor Waleed Kadous said there was no evidence to suggest there was a terrorist problem in mosques or schools. "I don't know why he is resorting to such tough kind of measures when frankly he could consult with members of the community," Mr Kadous said. "He had the opportunity to do that yesterday, but he chose not just to ignore radicals, who are a very small minority, but a broad section of the community and, for example, he didn't invite anyone from the schools sector. Such hard-line talk only isolates some parts of the Muslim community even further, and makes it harder for cooperation between the Muslim community and the Government."

Islamic School of Canberra chairman Iqbal Patel believed current checks on what schools taught, and who taught in them, were rigorous. "Every school in Australia, whether in the ACT or other states, has to go through the rigorous process of registration with the Education Department," he said.  Opposition Leader Kim Beazley said conditions should be put on school funding to ensure young Australians were not taught inflammatory material.  "Labour believes funding for schools should also be conditional upon ensuring students are not exposed to extremist material or teachings," Mr Beazley said.  Education Minister Brendan Nelson and Citizenship Minister John Cobb will spend the coming weeks meeting Islamic leaders to flesh out the summit's proposals, including ways of training imams in Australia, and ensuring schools teach Australian values. Dr Nelson said steps were needed to ensure the minds of students in Islamic schools were not poisoned by fundamentalism.

He will also propose plans at a meeting with vice-chancellors and Muslim leaders next month to support more imams being educated in Australian universities. Dr Nelson said: "This is so that muftis and imams we have teaching the Islamic faith and values in Australia, whether in schools or any other place, are people that are Australians, understand, know and live Australian values and have been taught in an Australian environment," He also said that Muslims in Australia who did not want to accept Australian values should "clear off".

TUNISIA MUSLIMS TO CARRY ID CARDS TO MASAAJID

The following was reported in an article appearing in the Sawtul Haq newspaper dated 22 August 2005.

When we receive news reports of this sort, we don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The absurdity of making Muslims wear ID cards to enter a mosque for prayers is beyond comprehension. The new government of Tunisia has become a pioneer in innovative approaches to state security. They have recently unveiled their latest invention to enhance security of the government of Tunisia. According to Al-Hadi Mehanna, Tunisia's new Interior Minister, any one who wishes to pray in a Mosque will have to apply and obtain a personal magnetic ID card. The minister continued by saying: This is part of the national policy adopted by the man who is leading the way of "changes for the better" (he meant the President) - and this is done to regulate praying activities in Mosques, preventing rowdiness, and eliminating chaos.
Here are the steps that must be followed by all parties involved:

1. Various local ministry offices will process applications and issue a picture magnetic card to each applicant. The card will identify the applicant, which Mosque is he to use for prayers (the nearest to his house). If the nearest Mosque happens not to be one of the Mosques designated for Friday prayers, the individual must submit a separate application for a second card to be used for Friday prayers.

2. The Imam of each and every Mosque must verify that each person inside the Mosque is in possession of a valid card authorizing him to perform his prayers in that Mosque. Any person fails to produce a valid magnetic card or caught attempting to pray in Mosque that is different from his assigned Mosque must be expelled by the Imam.

3. The new ID card is personal and cannot be used by or assigned to any person other than the person the card was issued to.

4. Should the owner of a card decide he no longer wishes to pray he must surrender his card to the nearest police station.

5. All Muslim visitors to Tunisia who anticipate performing prayers in the country should obtain their magnetic cards at the border. Muslim tourists’ magnetic cards are valid for all Mosques across the country.

6. All Mosques will be fitted with magnetic card reader machines to record attendance. Each praying person must check in and out each time he attends his designated Mosque.

7. Records of attendance must be collected by the Imam of each Mosque and handed over to the local authority once each month.
It is worth noting that a Jew can travel to Tunisia and visit any place of worship any time without any ID card. Foreign non-Muslim Tourists can also visit Mosques any time not only without a card but without a specific dress code either.

ISLAM & PORNOGRAPHY

Allah (Glorified be His Name) says:

Verily! Allah enjoins justice and kindness, and giving to kinsfolk, and forbids lewdness and abomination and wickedness. He exhorts you in order that ye may take heed. (Qur’an An-Nahl: 16:90). This ayah of the Noble Qur’an is repeated in every Jumu’ah Salaah by the khateeb when he concludes his sermon.
Pornography has all the three elements which Allah has prohibited in the above verse of the Qur’an: Fahshaa, Munkar, Baghi. Here is a bit of terminology before we review the rest of the evidence prohibiting pornography.

FAHSHAA:
According to the Al-Mawrid Arabic-English dictionary, Fuh-sh is obscenity, vulgarity, indecency, shamelessness and something that is dirty, filthy and foul. Al-Mawrid's English-Arabic dictionary translates pornographic as Fahish. The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic adds monstrosity, abomination, vile deed and fornication to its meaning as well.

Fahshaa, translated as anything shameful, is a Qur’anic term which, in the Qur’an and Hadith, has been used widely for unIslamic sexual behaviour, as mentioned in the above quoted verse. It is a set of vices that embraces the whole range of evil and shameful deeds. Scholars of the Qur’an have included every vice which is intrinsically of a highly reprehensible character into this category whether it is fornication, nudity, public foreplay as depicted in films and photography, pornography, hurling abuses and curse words, promiscuous mixing, or dresses designed to expose the body and its shape. At the highest level of Fahshaa, Allah has included adultery as Faahishah (Qur’an Al-Israa: 17:32) and same gender sex (Qur’an Al-A’raaf: 7:80; An-Naml: 27:54).   All scholars agree pornography is included in the term Fahshaa.

MUNKAR:
Al-Mawrid English-Arabic Dictionary describes Munkar as grossly abominable, detestable, atrocious, outrageous and flagrant.  As a major Qur’anic term, it means something which is universally acknowledged as bad and immoral. This category includes all evils which have been unanimously condemned by the human conscience and which have been forbidden by Divine Law in all ages.  People of all faiths abhor pornography. Even the norms of Western society do not allow its propagation in mainstream newspapers and prime time TV, forcing it to hide in dark alleys. Those who are addicted to pornography try to watch it mostly discreetly. This indicates that it is a universally accepted immoral act which the Qur’an calls al-Munkar.

BAGHI:
According to Al-Mawrid English-Arabic dictionary, this term means wrong, injustice, outrage, and transgression.  Al-Baghi in the Qur’anic terminology means transgression and trespassing into the space and the rights of others, whether those rights are of Allah or of a fellow human being.

Pornography is a transgression towards Allah as well as towards human beings and animals. The pornographic industry trespasses on the rights of women especially by turning them into sex objects. Think about your mother and sister. Disgusting right? Exactly. No one in his right mind would look at his mother or sister the way pornographic magazines and websites depict women. Statistics prove that pornographic emails trespass the private email boxes of people at least four times a day worldwide.  Allah is against pornography (fahshaa) whether open or hidden. Allah says: Tell them (O Prophet): My Lord has forbidden indecent acts, whether overt or hidden. (Qur’an Al-A’raaf: 7:33).

Therefore, watching pornography or other indecent acts in the privacy of the home or hotel or on the internet are all forbidden. Allah even asks us not to go close to it:
"Tell them (O Prophet!): … do not even come near to things shameful – be they open or secret". la taqrabul fawahisha ma zahara minha wa ma batan (Qur’an Al-An’aam: 6:151 partial). In this ayah, Allah has mentioned this prohibition along with shirk and murder which means that Allah considered shameful things like pornography among the major sins. Allah knows His creation the best. He knows that we are weak. Therefore, He likes us to stay away from shameful things.
Speaking about believers who promote shameful things, Allah says: "Verily those who love that indecency (faahishah) should spread among the believers deserve a painful chastisement in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah knows, but you do not know." (Qur’an An-Noor : 24:19). The Arabic word “faahishah” used in this ayah embraces all the various forms that might be used to spread shameful and lewd behaviour through any means, be it through slander, pictures, films or the internet.
Allah warns us: "Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands … (Qur’an An-Noor: 24:30-31). Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: No man or woman should look at the naked body of each other (unless married). (Sahih Muslim).

Therefore, if someone is looking at others committing Zina (sex outside of marriage) whether it is in movies or pictures or in real life, it is all Haraam.  May Allah protect us from this filthy lifestyle. Ameen!

May Allah guide us all on Straight Path with sincerity. Ameen!

Requesting your humble du'aas!

 

I request your humble du'aas.

Abdul Haq Abdul Kadir

Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

South Africa