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Islam and Secularism – By Sheikh Salman b. Fahd al-Oadah

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Islam and Secularism

By Sheikh Salman b. Fahd al-Oadah

INTRODUCTION

Praise be to Allah; we praise Him, seek His forgiveness, and turn to Him in repentance. We seek refuge with Him from the evils of our souls and the evils of our deeds. Whomever Allah guides, none can misguide, and whomever Allah leads astray, none can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone without partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

This short treatise began as a lecture that I gave many years ago at the Abû Bakr Grand Mosque in Madinah. My speech was concise and quite general, though the topic itself is vast and multifaceted. I have kept this treatise equally as concise to provide for readers who just need a general introduction to this topic.

For those readers who want to explore this matter further, there are many books available. One of the best, in my opinion, is the book Secularism written by my esteemed colleague

Sheikh Safar al-Hawâlî.

I have organized this treatise into the following chapters:

Chapter One: A Contemporary Manifestation of Jâhiliyyah

Chapter Two: No Place for Secularism in the Muslim World

Chapter Three: How Secularism Came to Islamic Lands

Chapter Four: Defining a Secularist

Chapter Five: The Need to Confront Secularism

I ask Allah to make this effort of mine exclusively for His sake and to accept it from me. I humbly ask Him to reward me for it and to forgive me my mistakes. Truly, Allah is capable of all things.

CHAPTER ONE

A Contemporary Manifestation of Jâhiliyyah

The struggle between Islam and secularism is nothing new. It is just the age old struggle between Islam and Jâhiliyyah1 in a new guise. Jâhiliyyah, the way of ignorance, comes in many forms, has many names, and adopts various symbols, but it always has the same common denominator – polytheism. The conflict between Islam and secularism is none other than the conflict between Islam and polytheism. It is the struggle against the enemies of the Prophets that began in antiquity when Allah sent the very first Prophet to humanity and it will continue until Allah puts an end to the Earth and everything on it.

The Fervor of Jâhiliyyah

When Jâhiliyyah goes to war, it is goaded on by bigotry. It does not do so to elevate the name of Allah. Allah says:

“While the Unbelievers stirred up in their hearts fervor – the fervor of ignorance, Allah sent down His tranquility upon his Messenger and the believers…”[Sûrah al-Fath: 26]

The unbelievers call to bigotry and the ignorance of the times before Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him) expressly forbade us from hearkening to this call, saying: “Do you call to the claims of Jâhiliyyah while I am among you. Leave such claims, for they are truly rotten.”2 Besides the banner of Islam, every banner that is raised is a banner of Jâhiliyyah. Take for example, the banner of nationalism. Nationalism asks us to give our lives for the sake of the ground we walk on. We are told to die for our countries. This is not an Islamic call. It is not what the Prophet (peace be upon him) meant when he said: “Whoever fights so that the word of Allah is supreme has fought in the path of Allah.”3

In truth, the nation has become for many contemporary secularists an idol to be worshipped. One of them went so far as to say: My country! It they fashioned for me out of it an idol,I would approach that idol and kiss it. Another nationalist poet writes: O my country! I meet you after despair,As if I am meeting along with you my youth.

1 The word Jâhiliyyah refers to the times of ignorance before Islam.

2 Sahîh al-Bukhârî (4905). Sahîh Muslim (2584).

3 Sahîh al-Bukhârî (123). Sahîh Muslim (1904).

I turn my face to you before I turn it to the Sacred House When I make my declaration of faith and repent my sins.

Among the banners of Jâhiliyyah are the banners of racism and ethnic bigotry. There are those who take Arabism as their singular and exclusive faith. All of these banners have been trampled in the dust since the time that Allah sent His Prophet Muhammad and made him the criterion for all people. Those who accepted his call were black and white,Arab and non-Arab, noblemen and commoners. All of them proclaimed “There is no God but Allah.” They became a select brotherhood that knew no divisions among themselves.

At the same time, they proclaimed their enmity towards people like Abû Jahl, Abû Lahab, and other members of the Quraysh nobility, in spite of those people being of the highest social status and pedigree.

The Rule of Jâhiliyyah

When Jâhiliyyah seeks to rule, it does so according to the ways of ignorance. “Do they seek after a judgment of the times of ignorance? But who gives a better judgment than Allah for a people whose faith is assured?” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 50]

Secularists in our lands believe that the affairs of people and society can never be set right except by importing systems of law from the East or West. This is why we find the secularists following like beggars behind the East and West. They are only good at blind following. They even bring to us the most wretched problems of those civilizations, claiming that this is the path to development and civilization.

If the Jâhiliyyah of old appealed to the pagan practices of the Arabian tribes for its laws, then the Secularists want us to appeal to the constitutions and laws of other countries that have their own legal philosophies that run contrary to our religion and our view of life, crime, judgment, punishment, and sometimes even our concept of right and wrong.

The Sexual Wantonness of Jâhiliyyah

Though it calls to modernization and progress, this Jâhiliyyah of today is really only calling to Westernization and ruination in the name of personal liberty and the liberation of the woman. If they were more just in their descriptions, they would call it the anarchy that it is. If they want to call this “liberation” by its proper name, they would call it the lewd displays of the old Jâhiliyyah. Allah says: “And make not a wanton display like the lewd displays of the times of ignorance.” [Sûrah al-Ahzâb: 33] Such displays are not governed by ethical considerations nor sanctioned by religion.

The Usury of Jâhiliyyah

If we study the economic thinking and practices of the times of ignorance before Islam, we see that it was founded on interest. The Prophet (peace be upon him) rejected it outright during the sermon that he gave on his farewell pilgrimage. He said: “All the interest owed from the times of ignorance is abolished. The first interest that I cancel is interest owed to ourselves – specifically the interest owed to al-`Abbâs b. `Abd al-Muttalib.”

Secularism, today’s Jâhiliyyah, is reviving this long-dead practice of old by adopting the “modern” international economic system that sees interest as indispensable.

The Suspicions of Jâhiliyyah

Allah says: “A group was stirred to anxiety by their own feelings, moved by suspicions about Allah, suspicions of the times of ignorance.” [Sûrah Âl `Imrân: 154]

Allah tells us more about these people: “You can see how those in whose hearts is a disease eagerly run about amongst them saying: ‘We fear lest a change of fortune bring us disaster.’ Ah! Perhaps Allah will give you victory or a decision from Him. Then they will regret the thoughts that they secretly harbored in their hearts.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah:52]

The original Jâhiliyyah thought that Islam did no have a leg to stand on and that its strength would ebb very soon. The unbelievers of that time could not imagine that the message of monotheism would be proclaimed from every pulpit and every minaret. Allah proved their suspicions false. Steadily Islam grew in power until it embraced many peoples. It has extended into the hearts of Europe and America. The call to prayer is proclaimed all over the world five times a day: “Allah is the greatest. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

The original Jâhiliyyah thought that Islam would have no future. We see that this Jâhiliyyah of today discusses every power in the world and entertains every possibility to the exclusion of Islam which it pointedly ignores. The secularists focus on a small minority of people in our societies who have turned their backs on their way of life, their religion, and their ethics. The secularists try to depict these people as the vanguard of society and as the ideal of cultural advancement. They ignore the masses of people who proclaim day and night that they are not pleased with anything besides Islam and that they live their lives according to Islam and for Islam.

From this it should be clear that the struggle between Islam and secularism, in all of its dimensions, is none other than the struggle between Islam and Jâhiliyyah.

Secularism is Polytheism

The differences between Islam and secularism are substantial. The issue at hand is none other than the difference between monotheism and polytheism.The phrase “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and give unto Allah what is Allah’s” is exactly what the pagans in Mecca were saying when the Prophet (peace be upon him) was sent to them. Allah informs us in the Qur’ân that they used to say: “They assign unto Allah, of the crops and cattle which He created, a portion, and they say: ‘This is for Allah – in their make-believe – ‘and this is for His partners with respect to us’.” [Surah al-An`âm: 136]

“Yet they attribute to some of His servants a share with Him.” [Sûrah al-Zukhruf: 15]

“And they assign unto Allah that which they themselves dislike, and their tongues pronounce the lie that the better portion will be theirs. Assuredly theirs will be the Fire, and they will be hastened to it and abandoned.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 62]

This Jâhiliyyah of today is exactly like the Jâhiliyyah of old. They say that the mosque is for Allah and everything else is for “Caesar”. The schools are for Caesar. The media is for other than Allah. They restrict Islam to the mosque and the prayer room. Everything else is to be governed without resort to Islamic Law. This is outright polytheism. How can we possibly reconcile between the position of secularism and Allah’s command: “Say: verily my prayer, my sacrifice, my life, and my death are for Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds. He has no partner. This is how I have been commanded and I am the first of those who submit.” [Sûrah al-An`âm: 162-163]

How can we reconcile secularism with the meaning of the declaration of faith “There is no God but Allah” which means that no aspect of worship or devotion must be offered to anything or anyone besides Allah? All worship directed elsewhere is polytheism, false and rejected.

Therefore, secularism is polytheism. It states that the mosque is for Allah and everything else is for other than Allah, or as the Christian’s say: “for Caesar”.

CHAPTER TWO

No Place for Secularism in the Muslim World

We established in the previous chapter that secularism, in its very nature, violates the principle of monotheism. Now we turn our attentions to the question of the possibility of secularism existing in the Muslim world. Can a Muslim who prays in the mosque accept secularism?

The mosque in Islam is not a place wherein people recite their prayers and then leave their religion at the door on the way out. The mosque is not only a place of worship for the Muslim, but a place of guidance and learning. It must have a lasting effect on the Muslim that he takes with him when he returns home, goes to work, or shops in the market. When a Muslim’s heart is tied to the mosque, his prayers in the mosque affect his life, keeping him from sin and guiding him to what is best. A Muslim listens to Allah’s laws when he is seated in the mosque, laws that cover all aspects of his life, great and small. The mosque, therefore, should be the starting point of all life’s activities.

Secularism has no place in the lands of Islam for two reasons:

The first of these is that Islam is the religion that Allah sent down to replace the previous manifestations of the faith and to govern all aspects of life. The simplest Muslim can see how Islam explains all matters in detail. It is impossible for a Muslim to feel that the religion that regulates his marital affairs, his business, his eating habits, his manner of sleeping, and even how he goes to the bathroom could ever leave managing the political and economic affairs of society to other than Allah. For Allah says: “We have neglected nothing in the Book.” [Sûrah al-An`âm: 38], “We have sent down to you the Book explaining all things” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 89]

This issue is not open for debate. Islam, as the final religion, has supremacy over all faiths and over every aspect of life. There is no place for secularism in the lands of Islam or among the Muslims.

The second reason is that throughout the history of Islam, it never experienced the troubles that were faced by Europe on account of its corrupted faith. Among the most important of these was the horrific breach that took place between religion and science. Religion fought against science so fiercely that the church burned some scientists to death on the grounds that those scientists went against the word of Allah.

Islamic history contains nothing of the sort. Islam opened the doors to scientific enquiry and encouraged intellectual activity. Scientists were frequent guests at the courts and assemblies of various caliphs and received a fair share of oyal gifts and patronage. The Muslim world never in its long history encountered the persecution and restriction of its scientists. There were no inquisitions like there were in Europe.

Islam never experienced the abuses of a Church that took from the people great sums of money, restricted their intellectual lives, and burned their scientists and thinkers, all in the name of religion. Quite the contrary, Muslim history is one of amicability between science and the religion whose first revelation was “Read in the name of your Lord who created.” Science is one of the fruits of proper adherence to Islam. It is a result of obeying Allah’s command to learn, teach, read, and study. Those who wish to bring secularism to the Muslim world ignore this major difference between the religious history of the Islamic world and the religious history of Europe wherein secularism developed.

CHAPTER THREE

How Secularism Came to Islamic Lands

Many of the Muslim lands have fallen into the hands of the unbelievers. For example,Andalusia, the paradise of the Muslim world, fell to them. Now Palestine has fallen as well. There are those states that were formerly part of the Soviet Union and those that are still part of Russia. Still, these countries and others like them are limited in number and what happened to them is well known.

However, when we ask how many of the Muslim lands have fallen into the hands of hypocritical secularists, we find that they are too numerous to count. In truth, most of the Muslim lands have fallen into their hands and not the hands of the unbelievers. The reason for this is that hypocritical people know how to seize what they want discretely.

They seek out positions of influence so they can have an affect on Muslim lands in order to obliterate their distinctiveness. The adaptability of hypocrites to all circumstances is what makes hypocrisy is so dangerous. They know how to wear many hats and speak with many voices. They can put on a different persona whenever the need arises.

A poet once wrote:

He has a thousand faces after he lost his own face,

So you will never know which face to believe.

This is the case with the secularists in the Muslim world. They present many different faces and have numerous masks. Their hearts are fickle. Therefore, it is necessary to expose them. Allah says about the hypocrites: “They are the enemy, so beware of them. The curse of Allah is on them. How they are deluded!” [Sûrah al-Munâfiqûn: 4]

? Turkey: A Case Study

One of the first countries to fall into the hands of the secularists was Turkey, which at one time was the center of political power for the Islamic world. It fell as a result of what some Christians like to call “the struggle between the Cross and the Crescent”. The thenhead of the Christian secularization missions said: “The fruits of struggle between the cross and the crescent will not come forth in the remote, outlying countries or in our colonies in Asia and Africa. It will happen in the centers from which Islam draws its strength and spread outward from there, whether in Africa or Asia. Since the Islamic peoples who we are confronting look towards Istanbul, our efforts will be of no consequence if they do not bring us closer to demolishing the edifice of Islam in the center of the Caliphate and the capitol of the Muslim world.”

The Christians worked in cooperation with the Jews to bring about the downfall of the Caliphate. It was infiltrated by people like Medhat Pasha, a very influential Jew during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. On occasion, he even had a hand in deposing one Caliph and instating another. He had a role to play in the ratification of the country’s constitution and the granting of freedoms that he had been a vocal advocate for. It became clear later on that his only concern was for the freedom of himself and is fellow Jews and not for the entire populace. Such was the lament of Sultan `Abd al-Hamîd. The Jews prepared for and eagerly awaited the fall of the Ottoman Empire so they could carry out their plans against Palestine. Some of them, like the Jews of Donma, even pretended to be Muslims so they could more effectively influence the country’s politics.

The West hailed Medhat Pasha as “the father of freedom” since he was so vociferous inespousing freedom and pushed for the ratification of a constitution that guaranteed minority rights, including the right of the Jews to conduct themselves as they wished under the protection of the Ottoman Empire. One of their strategies for secularization was to create heroes. A good example of this strategy was the creation of Kemal Attaturk. They involved him in the war against Greece from which he was to come forth as victorious. In this way they primed him and strengthened him for the role that they wanted him to play in bringing down the edifice of Islam and establishing secularism in Turkey. They succeeded through him in separating Turkey from the Muslim world.

Muslims around the world ceased to care what happened in Turkey. Before that time, any  threat to Istanbul worried the hearts of every Muslim on Earth since they saw it as a matter of primary concern for the Muslim world. The Muslims had a strong emotional attachment to the Turkish Caliphate, in spite of all its shortcomings. When the Turkish caliphate fell, the Muslims around the world lost interest in it. Henceforth, Turkeys affairs would no longer occupy the minds and hearts of the world’s Muslims. One of the most important tasks carried out by Kemal Attaturk when he attained power was the persecution, expulsion, and slaughter of Turkey’s Muslim scholars. During this time, the head scholar of Ottoman Turkey, Mustafâ Sabrî, died as a refugee in Egypt after fleeing from his country. Attaturk also destroyed all religious institutions. He even prohibited the call to prayer from being made in Arabic and prohibited writing in the Arabic script, replacing that script with the Latin alphabet. He imposed Western dress upon the people. He attempted to transform the Turkish people and give them an entirely new national identity.

Another strategy was to select a group of people to represent and advance the interests of secularism in Muslim Turkey. The enemies of Islam from among the Jews and Christians were clearly and openly in league with the secularists in the Muslim world. They sponsored many select young secularists to study in Western countries and acquire Western scientific knowledge and advanced administrative skills. When they returned to their own countries, they were truly a distinctive class of people, sometimes described as “cultured” or “enlightened” They were in an ideal position to carry out the task that they were trained for. The West had chosen them then endowed them with valuable skills while keeping the rest of their people in ignorance. Then they could use those select people for their own purposes.

The first task set out for these people was for them to become entrenched in the Ottoman government. They would work from these positions within the government against the scholars and Islamic activists.

These people enjoyed the confidence of the government and could use their position to spread their ideas among the Muslims behind the veil of the government machinery. They could do what they wanted and spread their base ideas and values without fearing any negative response from the government. At the same time, they were successful in blackening the reputation of the Turkish government and in turning the people against it. It was their task to prepare the people for the eventual overthrow of the government. The people grew dissatisfied with the Ottoman government. The religious people hated the government because of the secularist influences that now permeated it. The rest of the population hated it simply because it failed to ensure their welfare. This created a number of dangerous opportunities for the secularists to exploit.

At the same time, they were intent on preventing the religious scholars from capitalizing on any of these opportunities. They recognized that the society contained within it two power bases. The first was of these was the religious power base comprised of the scholars and other religious activists. The other was that of the secularists and hypocrites.

Allah describes both of these groups in the Qur’ân. He says: “The believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is evil.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 71] Describing the other faction, he says: “The hypocrites, both men and women, proceed one from another. They enjoin what is evil, and they forbid what is right, and they withhold their hands (from charity).” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 67]

From their positions within the government, they worked to alienate the government from the scholars and weaken the scholars’ political influence. In this way, the secularists hoped to prevent the scholars from bringing about any political reform while they continued their efforts at increasing corruption and instability from within the government that they were ostensibly a part of. The secularization of Turkey went through the following phases, culminating in therepublic of Attaturk:

The first phase: The secularists applied their western expertise to modernizing and reforming the administration of the Ottoman Empire. In this way they showed themselves to be valuable and indispensable on account of their knowledge and experience.  This was the first, most subtle phase of secularization that most people tend to overlook, since the role played by the secularists at that time was a role that generally could not be carried out by scholars and students of Islamic knowledge. First of all, Islamic scholars were involved in other things. Moreover, Islamically oriented people were not afforded the opportunities those secularists had to acquire such expertise. This made many Muslims oblivious to what was going on at this stage of development.

The second phase: Once the secularists were firmly entrenched in government, they began applying pressure to speed up the disintegration of the state. They were not satisfied with the gradual corruption of religious values. They wanted to speed up Westernization much faster than the general public could ever be expected to accommodate. There was also a reversal of roles at this time between the secularists and the government. During the first phase, the Ottoman rulers were in charge and the secularists were riding their coattails. Now the secularists were in the lead and dictating to the intimidated Ottoman rulers. This state of affairs becomes more aggravated during the next phase.

The third phase: At this point, the secularists began their direct assault on very sensitive matters, including the political values of the state and the religious values of the people. They began openly targeting the religion and religious scholars. They were actively nurturing political tension and general discontent at this point. In their public addresses and published articles, they openly talked against Islamic teachings. In periodicals throughout the Muslim world, they made sure to have something published in every issue that criticized one Islamic value or another or that targeted a prominent Muslim scholar or that cast doubt on a matter of faith or religious practice. They came up with slogans like “Religion is for Allah, but the nation is for everyone”. What made their efforts at this stage so dangerously effective was that they did not present themselves as a single force that could scare people away or mobilize an opposition. They were very subtle in their alliance with one another. They appeared to be just disparate individuals with strange ideas or weakness in their religious faith. They were very successful in hiding the ties that they had to one another. Sometimes, the government would benefit from such people to bring about some form of corruption that it wanted. It would call upon them to introduce a certain vice and give them the green light to do as they liked. They might be allowed to try something out in a particular area. If the population accepted it, they could go to something larger. If, however, the people rejected what they introduced, it was quite easy to backtrack, since the government was never officially involved.The secularists at this time operated like the proverbial thief with a hooked cane who would use the hook to snatch up the possessions of others. If he was caught, he would say that he was unaware that the cane accidentally caught the object. If he went unnoticed, he would make off with his prize.

The fourth phase: In the final days of the Empire – right before, during, and right after the reign of Sultan `Abd al-Hamîd – there were serious military threats and dire political and economic problems. The secularists took advantage of these major crises to advance their aims. At this time, the secularist came out in the open with their true allegiances. They began operating openly as an opposition force in preparation for their eventual takeover. They established organizations and political movements. They produced theirown publications and convened conferences. They allied themselves with foreign enemies of the Ottoman State, like the Jews and Christians, as can be clearly seen in their documentation from that time.

In this way, they ultimately gained total power in Turkey.

Methods Employed to Spread Secularism in Society

There were many approaches employed by the secularists to spread their ideas and their influence throughout Turkish society. Among the most important of these were the following:

1. Stripping society of its Islamic presence, institutions, and values. They started with substituting Islamic values and mores with their own in the media, in education, in economics, and in politics. They did not stop there, since they could be satisfied with nothing less than the total eradication of Islam from society. Therefore, they even targeted Islamic dress, tampered with the language, and changed the call to prayer. These and many other changes were imposed on the people by force in decrees issued by Kemal Attaturk.

2. Effecting social change by targeting women. They realized that women have a definite impact on the dynamics of society. A society could be brought to its moral ruin if its women are morally corrupted, exposed, and encouraged to be licentious. The temptations of women are difficult to resist. A society conducive to promoting suchtemptations will find its moral fabric compromised. This is why the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Be piously fearful with respect to the world and with respect to women, for truly the first temptation of the Children of Israel was through its women.” [Sahîh Muslim (2742)]

The secularists also realized that by focusing on the issue of women, they could divide society. This is because the issue of women is not only a sensitive matter to religious people, but to all people possessing a sense of honor and shame. Indeed, many nonreligious people can be brought to rage when they see their wives, sisters, or daughters behaving in a compromising position with a strange man. The secularists realized that this was a way for them to tear the fabric of Ottoman society apart and divide up its citizenry into clearly distinct groups of various degrees of conservatism.

3. Exploiting ethnic and religious minorities. The secularists used these minorities to put pressure on the Ottoman state in its implementation of Islamic Law. They argued that those minorities were part of society and that they cannot be expected to adhere to Islamic Law. So they could exploit them as a barrier against the implementation of Islamic Law in Turkey, these secularists overlooked the centuries that these minorities lived under Islamic rule with all of their rights protected. The secularists also realized that these minorities would be more sincerely committed to secularist reforms than most of the Muslim supporters of secularism whose commitment to secularism often had its limits and who might very well forsake them in the end.

CHAPTER FOUR

Defining a Secularist

Contrary to what some people think, a secularist is not necessarily an atheist. Some secularists are actually quite regular in their prayers. However, they believe that religion belongs in the mosque and that the role of religious scholars should be confined to presiding over marriage ceremonies and funerals. In no event, should their role be broadened further than that. They see that politics has nothing to do with religion. One of their number, `Alî `Abd al-Razzâq, wrote a book entitled Islam and the Principles of Governance wherein he denies that Islam has any relationship to politics and claims that the caliphate is an institution that has no basis in the sacred texts. He argues that the caliphate was an institution based on custom and personal juristic opinion and that it could easily be abolished. A book entitled From Here We Begin, espousing the very same ideas, was written by Khâlid Muhammad Khâlid, who later publicly recanted for the falsehood and unbelief contained in his book.

Some secularists are indeed atheists, but this does not prevent them from pandering to the religious sentiment of the people. This is why we see that some of the most ardent secularists who initially showed the most hostility to Islam later on started talking about concepts like “Islamic socialism” and “Islamic democracy”. One of them went so far asto claim that there is nothing to prevent the existence of Islamic communism. All of this is clearly evident from their writings. Some of them even made their true intentions explicit, like the one who said: “The issue at hand is that of riding the wave of popular sentiment. Today the people are turning to Islam. Therefore, there is nothing wrong withus raising the Islamic banner so we can ride the current as long as we have to.Afterwards, we will be able to realize our aims and objectives.”

The secularist basically calls for the separation of religion from politics. They claim that religion is too lofty, too pure, to sublime to become involved in politics. In other words, what they are saying is that religion should make a retreat and leave our lives to be governed by a Godless law. Allah says: “Do they seek after a judgment of the times of ignorance? But who gives a better judgment than Allah for a people whose faith is assured?” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 50]

The secularist accuses those who speak in the name of Islam of having ulterior motives. In a book entitled The Crisis of the Arab Intellectual one leading secularists describes religious currents in society in the following way: “Generally, the people behind such religious movements are seeking political power or have their own personal agendas or are ethnically motivated. They seek to realize their goals under the pretence of religion so they can capitalize on the religious sentiments of the people.”

The secularist calls for religion to be removed from education. One of them went so far as to say: “Education in America is of a very high standard because they teach small children to question everything from the time their fingernails are still soft. The child is raised to accept nothing without evidence. As for our countries, we teach our children how to clean themselves after going to the bathroom. We bring a bowl of water and say: ‘In the name of Allah’. This is what they learn. The Americans have a high standard of education, because they teach a child to doubt everything, including religion.”

What is strange is that a number of years ago, a book was published entitled America in Danger that was put together by a committee of eighteen specialists in various fields over the course of a year and a half. One of the most important recommendations given in the book to strengthen the nation and protect it from destruction was to increase religious education and cultivate strong religious sentiments in the American student. This would protect them from the corruption and debasement that prevents them from making their desired contribution to society.

While Americans and others – even the Russians – are asking to bring Allah back into the schools, these secularists in our lands want to remove religion from our children’s education and replace subjects like Qur’ân and Islamic Studies with more sports and science.

The secularists also want to get religion out of the media and even out of the arts. In short, they want to remove religion from every aspect of our lives.

CHAPTER FIVE

The Need to Confront Secularism

It is clear that secularism must be confronted. When we talk about them, we do not want to exaggerate their power and importance. Our religion teaches us that we are stronger than they are. Islam is as firm and constant as the mountains. Many waves have crashed upon the rock of Islam only to be repelled. However, this was only achieved by our efforts. We must confront secularism and resist it with every means at our disposal. Two of the most important of these means are as follows:

1. We must expose and clarify what the secularists are doing. Allah exposed the machinations of the hypocrites and discusses them in many chapters of the Qur’ân. In the chapter of the Qur’ân entitled Sûrah al-Tawbah, Allah discusses many different types of hypocrite. For this reason, the chapter is also called “The Exposition”, since it leaves no hypocrite without exposing him.

We want our scholars, Islamic workers, and students of Islamic knowledge to apply the approach of that chapter of the Qur’ân in exposing the secularists. We need people today who can identify them and expose all of their different tricks and strategies. This is especially important since the secularists are often extremely eloquent in their speech. Allah describes the hypocrites of old in the same way: “When they speak, you listen to their words.” [Sûrah al-Munâfiqûn : 4] Allah says: “When the hypocrites approach you (O Muhammad), they say: ‘We bear witness that you are indeed the Messenger of Allah.’ Allah knows that you are indeed His Messenger and Allah bears witness that the hypocrites are liars.” [Sûrah al-Munâfiqûn: 1]

The secularists must be exposed because they are deceiving much of the general public. They are dressing up their words and ideas with Islamic slogans and are selectively quoting from the Qur’ân and Sunnah and the scholarly works of old, and even citing principles of Islamic Law to spread their ideas. For this reason, many Muslims may follow them.

Exposing them must be accomplished without misconduct, agitation, and anger. It must be conducted in an objective, factual manner so that even your opponent has no choice but to concede to the truth of what you say.

2. We must work hard for our religion. Allah never lets the works of any man or woman go to waste, not in this world and not in the Hereafter. He does not withhold the reward of those who do right. Likewise, Allah does not make good the works of those who spread mischief and corruption. Their works are indeed wasted and their achievements are fleeting. As for the believers, they are assured that their works are preserved, both in this life and in the life to come. Allah says: “Relent not in pursuit of the enemy. If you are suffering, lo! they suffer even as you suffer, and you hope from Allah that for which they cannot hope.” [Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 104]

What we mentioned about the history of Turkey has happened and continues to happen over and over again in many Muslim lands. Sometimes the strategies are the same and sometimes they are different, depending on the circumstances. In any case, the struggle between Islam and secularism goes on throughout the Muslim world and affects its people, just like it did in Turkey.

An Arabic verse reads: “Whoever holds history in his heart has added the lives of others to his own.” We should benefit from the experience of others and realize what the secularists are doing to take over and ruin our societies and make us no more than a small part of the West that reared them.

Source : http://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/islam-and-secularism.pdf

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End of Ramadan – The Last Ten Days of Fasting and Worship

In Islam - A Study on August 31, 2010 at 5:59 am

Ramadan is divided into three parts and the last part is freedom from the hellfire. This is the most important time to worship Allah, ask for His mercy and seek His forgiveness as reported by Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him*).

It is related that the Prophet (peace be upon him*) said concerning Ramadan, “Its beginning is mercy, its middle is forgiveness, and its ending is liberation from the Hellfire.” (Ibn Khuzaymah Vol. 3, Hadith 191).

Read More Quran Daily

Reading the Quran is synonymous with fasting. It is important to read daily one part of the Quran. There are 30 parts total to the Quran, so by reading one part, it is possible to finish the entire Quran by the end of fasting. Many will read more and finish the entire Quran many times before Ramadan has finished because of the intense reward. The minimum anyone should read is ten verses a day as this is what the companions learned during the time of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him*).

The Prophet (peace be upon him*) said, “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” (Tirmidhi)

During Ramadan the reward is more. There are many who read the Quran many, many times during Ramadan. Some have been recorded reading the Quran 17 times in Ramadan, such as The Khalifah, Walid b. Abd al-Malik, who would finish the Quran every three days in Ramadan. Others such as Imam al-Shafi’i who recited the Quran 60 times during Ramadan are to be respected.

Searching for Layalat Al-Qadr

One of the single most important acts during the end of Ramadan is searching for Layalat al-Qadr. Layalat al-Qadr is worth 1000 months of worship or 83 years. It is a night not just of blessing, but of intense prayer to Allah for forgiveness. It is a night so beautiful and serene that all Muslims will be in awe. Sadly, many will sleep through the night not knowing the great reward that was missed. It is a night like no other night.

The best dua is:

“O Allah! You are the Most Forgiving and Most Gracious! You love to forgive, so forgive my errors and sins, oh Forgiver of sins. (Allahuma innaka ‘afuwwun karimun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa ‘afu anni Ya Ghafoor)”

The end of Ramadan is not just a time of extreme worship, but it is a time to weep in front of Allah. Anyone can cry when the thought of the hellfire is visoned. Just imagine how horrible it would be to be dipped in the hellfire for one moment. As the tears come down, wipe the tears on every part of the body. The parts of the body that the Muslim wiped tears on, shall never touch the fire of hell.

Be humble and sincere when praying and yes cry to Allah for help, guidance and forgiveness. It is a time when all the Angels will say Amen. Pray for brothers, sisters, parents and neighbors and never forget to pray for all believing Muslims. The Angels will say Amen to what is asked for and say, “And you too!”

Performing I’tikaf in the Mosque

Part of the Sunnah of fasting (ways of the prophet) of the end of Ramadan is to perform I’tikaf (seclusion in mosque) the last ten days of Ramadan. Mecca and Medina Mosques will have Qiyam prayers after 1am and many local mosques will have the same procedures. It is a time when many mosques will be open for men who want to perform I’tikaf. It is not a time for women to stay in the mosque to perform I’tikaf. Women’s I’tikaf will usually be on the 27th of Ramadan only.

Abu Hurairah, said: “Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him*, used to perform i’tikaf for ten days every Ramadan, then when it was the year in which he was taken (died), he performed I`tikaf for twenty days.” [Bukhari]

Performing Taraweeh Salat (Prayers) During the End of Ramadan

Taraweeh salat is done after the Isha prayer or the last required prayer at night. Mosques will vary in the length of the salat from 8 to 21 rakats and after 4 rakats, it is Sunnah to rest. It is a prayer so intense that it will bring tears to many eyes and after the last rakat, witr is performed. Witr is a long dua imploring Allah for forgiveness and blessings. It is a dua to ask Allah to bless all believing Muslims and especially those in tribulations and trials in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan and Chechnya.

Remembering those who do not have a cover to keep warm with or those in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The pictures of Muslims freezing to death without any socks to cover their feet will bring tears and sadness to any Muslim’s eyes. The end of Ramadan is a time to be thankful, hopeful and humble. It is a time to love Allah and Prophet Mohammad, His companions and His family. It is a time to remember the poor and the needy and it is a time to be joyous at the sighting of Layalat-al-Qadr.

As the month of Ramadan ends and the festivities of Eid Ul-Fitr begin, always pray that Allah allows a successful Ramadan and a happy forthcoming year. After the Islamic holiday of Eid Ul Fitr, there will be fasting of Shawwal for six blessed days.

*Muslims invoke Allah’s blessings on the Prophet Muhammad whenever this name is mentioned.

You Should Wait – By Auria Maqbool Jan

In pakistan on August 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Flood relief efforts by Muslim NGOs – Western View

In pakistan, Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

Pakistani liberal lobby  looks not much worry about flood victims as much they are showing anxiety about activities of Islamic relief missions, here we are providing you a brief visit about how the Muslim world is coming forward to help flood victims and how the Western press seeing and reporting all these efforts

Al-Nidaa’ Launches Aid Fund For Pakistan’s Flood Victims:

he Al-Nidaa’ Welfare Organisation (Al-Nidaa’) Malaysia on Monday launched the “Pakistan Flood Relief Fund” to collect donations for the flood victims in Pakistan.

According to a statement issued by Al-Nidaa’, here Monday, the fund was necessary to ease the sufferings of the flood victims.

The fund would be channelled through Al-Khidmat Foundation Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which had been operating since the formation of Pakistan in 1947.

“More than 16,000 of its volunteers are involved in the humanitarian aid mission in the affected areas including Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshara, Swat and Swabi,” said the statement.

Source : http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=523391

Pakistani Islamic charities have also begun reporting flood relief activities which are not listed as donations by the UN.

The website of the al-Khidmat (Service) Foundation – reportedly the welfare wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan’s largest and most influential right-wing religious party – states that it has mobilised 16,500 volunteers and provided food and medical care to tens of thousands of people.

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11014634

Muslim NGOs take part in Pakistan flood relief

Among the Muslim aid groups busy in flood relief operations prominent are Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Al Rasheed Trust, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Al-Akhtar Trust and over a dozen smaller ones. Though Jamaat-ud-Dawah is not legally banned by Islamabad but the group was outlawed by the UN under India’s pressure in connection with the allegations of its involvement in Mumbai attacks and patronizing Kashmiri freedom fighter groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Al-Rasheed Trust was also banned by Washington for helping out Taliban government in rehabilitation and reconstruction works.
Though Al-Khidmat Foundation is not banned by Washington, yet it is considered as potential supporter of Islamic militants because of being affiliated with country’s top Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

Source : http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/08/20/117141.html

Flood victims crams North West Pakistan highway seeking life saving charity

Most of the organized relief efforts seen during more than 140 kilometers of travel along Kabul River valley roads in the past week came at camps and feeding centers run by the military or by religious charities such as Al-Khidmat, founded by the conservative Jamaat-i-Islami party, and Jamaat ud-Dawa, a banned outfit linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrilla movement.

Those two religious groups have deployed the most extensive civilian relief efforts so far across the northwest, said Ashraf Ali, director of the FATA Research Center in Islamabad, which monitors politics among Pakistan’s more than 25 million ethnic Pashtuns.

Source : http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-20/pakistan-flood-victims-cram-highways-as-army-islamists-battle-for-minds.html

UK-based Islamic charity raises funds for Pakistan floods

he UK-based charity organisation-Islamic Mission- has so far raised 350,000 pounds in response to its appeal for the Pakistani flood victims and said its volunteers are engaged in providing succour to affected persons across the country.Speaking at a news conference at its north London office on Friday, the Mission head Syed Shaukat Ali said the UKIM responded to the disaster promptly and has successfully set up an infrastructure through its partner Al-Khidmat organisation in Pakistan to carry out relief and rescue operations in flood affected areas.He said a large number of volunteers, vehicles and ambulances took part in the relief  operations in different areas and rescued numerous lives and helped in evacuation of stranded population from flooded places.

Source : http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=114014&Itemid=2

Pakistan floods : Islamic fundamentalists fill state aid void

Another Islamic group, Al-Khidmat Foundation, this one perfectly legal, was housing around 380 families left destitute by the floods, in two private school buildings. Al-Khidmat is part of a mainstream but fundamentalist political party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

“The government is paralysed,” said Javed Khan, head of the local branch of Al-Khidmat. “The whole province is in trouble and the authorities are absent.”

Inside the school, Naila Fazli Rabi, an 18-year-old woman who had been given shelter there, said the water had been about 12ft high and had swept her family home away in the nearby village of Arbab Korna.

“Al-Khidmat is helping us, the government has given us nothing,” said Rabi. “We had spent 3m rupees (£23,000) on the house. Now we cannot even dream of rebuilding it. I don’t even have 30 rupees.”

Source : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/03/islamist-groups-pakistan-aid-void

Pakistani Islamic Groups battle US for hero status

Volunteers from the Al-Khidmat foundation handed out food packets stuffed with flour, sugar and tea leaves, while promising to swiftly bring in doctors and medicines for victims of Pakistan’s worst-ever disaster.

At this distribution point (at left) outside the northern city of Nowshera, in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, members of the group forcefully reject concerns from outside the country that hardline Islamic groups are taking up relief work in an effort to spread their particular ideology along with aid.

“That is rubbish. We are here to save lives and nothing else,” Saeed Jamal Khan, a senior Al-Khidmat volunteer told CBS News as he turned to some of his colleagues and handed over a list of supplies to be trucked to another distribution point.

Al-Khidmat, which means “dedicated to serving humanity,” is, however, among the groups suspected by Western governments of being an offshoot of Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, known to have carried out the 2008 terrorist attacks in India’s commercial capital of Mumbai which killed 166 people.

The U.S. and its partners in both the flood relief effort and the war against Islamic militants are unlikely to be convinced by Al-Khidmat’s claim of innocent intentions.

Lali Jan, a taxi driver in Nowshera who found his cab washed away in the flood, agreed without hesitation.

“The Americans and the Pakistani government are to blame. They spend more on their wars but give very little to our people. The Americans may not have caused the floods, but their agenda will always be against us, while our own brothers from Islamic groups are helping us very generously.”

Source : http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20013272-503543.html

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Hasina gives six million non-resident Bangladeshis voting rights

By Rahman Jahangir

DHAKA, Aug 23 (APP)- In a major decision, the cabinet has decided to allow six million non-resident Bangladeshis to vote in all elections in Bangladesh from their country of residence.  The decision was taken at a regular meeting of the cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday.  Her spokesperson Abul Kalam Azad told journalists about the decision after the meeting.

Courageous Pakistani nation has ability to surmount challenges posed by massive floodings

BEIJING, AUG 23 (APP): While donating an amount of RMB 100,000 for Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund, the President of Xinjiang Beixin Road & Bridge Construction Company Zhu Jianguo has said that the Pakistani government and its people have the wisdom, resolve and ability to surmount this challenge in a brave manner.  Xinjiang Beixin Road & Bridge Construction Company is one of the leading Chinese companies operating in Pakistan. It is one of the largest and most competitive companies located in Xinjiang.

Dhaka welcomes plan to involve Bangladesh in Iran-India-Pakistan gas pipeline

Dhaka, Aug 23 (APP): Bangladesh has welcomed the Iranian proposal of tagging the South Asian country with the proposed US$ 7.5 billion cross-border gas pipeline to meet its mounting natural gas requirements in industries and power plants, senior officials said Monday. “We would be very happy to be a part of the proposed multi-country gas pipeline,” chairman of state-owned oil and gas corporation Petrobangla chairman Dr Hossain Monsur said.

UN chief lays out options for prosecuting pirates operating off Somali coast

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 23 (APP): An international tribunal set up by  the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter authorizing the use of force is among several options to prosecute pirates operating off the Somali coast laid out by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a new report.Piracy attacks have escalated worldwide in recent years owing almost entirely to increasing numbers of incidents off of the coast of Somalia since the overthrow of Siad Barre’s regime in 1991, the UN chief wrote.

China donates 1000 tonnes rice for flood-hit people in Pakistan

BEIJING, Aug 23 (APP): The China Asia International Finance Ltd, based in the Sichuan province of China and KASB Finance (Pakistan) have jointly donated 1000 tonnes of rice for the flood affecttes in Pakistan. The total value of this donation is approximately US $8,50,000/-.The Chinese company is making arrangements to deliver the rice consignment to Pakistan. Li Yan, Chairman of China Asia International Finance Ltd said that in view of serious difficulties faced by victims of current floods in Pakistan as well as due to close friendship between Pakistan and China, his company has decided to send rice to Pakistan as their contribution to alleviate the suffering of their Pakistani brothers and sisters. The company is sending this donation in collaboration with Nasir Ali Shah Bukhari, Chairman KASB Finance (Pakistan).
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Flood Relief Fund Soccer Cup from Friday
LAHORE,Aug 23 (APP)- Eighteen prominent clubs of Lahore will show their mettle when Fair Play Flood Relief Fund Football Tournament will be played here at Model Town Football Academy (MTFA) Gound.  Raiders FC in the opening match on Friday,August 27 (5 PM Kick Off) and Malik Saiful Malook Khokhar, MPA will inaugurate the event.  Besides Model Town FC and Raiders FC, other 16 outfits in the event will be Afshan Club, Fatima Memorial, Flying Horse, Garhi Shahue United FC, Gulshan-i-Ravi , Nadeem FC, Pensi Club, Publican Club, Quaid FC, Samanabad FC, Shah Kamal Club, Shaheen Wahdat Club, Usmania FC, Walton FC, Young Shooters FC and newly-formed UMT FC.
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PCB chief congratulates team on its success
LAHORE,Aug 23 (APP)- Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board,Mohammad Ijaz Butt has congratulated the Pakistan cricket team on its victory against England in the the third test match at the Oval. “ The whole team displayed tremendous charachter and professionalism to carve out a deserved victory”,said the Chairman here on Monday.
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Ijaz Butt lauds Pak team’s performance
ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt has lauded Pakistan team’s performance after their impressive win against England in the third test match at the Oval. “The whole team displayed tremendous character and professionalism to carve out a deserved victory”, the PCB chief said in a statement.
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New Zealand deny offer to play in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (APP): New Zealand have denied making any offer to tour Pakistan to help raise funds for victims of the floods that have devastated much of the country over the last month.  Justin Vaughan, chief executive New Zealand Cricket (NZC), said  that though he had sent an email to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), at no point did he suggest that New Zealand would be touring Pakistan, cricinfo reported on Monday.
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Imran Nazir excels as A.O.Blues enters Dr. Shah Night Trophy quarters
KARACHI, Aug. 23 (APP): Imran Nazir produced an all-round show as A.O.Blues Cricket Club propelled into the quarterfinals of Dr. M.A.  Shah Lephone Night Trophy Cricket Tournament when they routed Karbala Heroes Quetta by eight wickets at Asghar Ali Shah Stadium here on Monday.Imran Nazir hammered half a dozen boundaries and three sixes in his hurricane 67 off 32 balls. He also took two wickets for 33 runs with his gentle medium pacer to be named man of the man.

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PIMA:Call for the Flood Victims URGENTLY

In pakistan on August 24, 2010 at 12:34 am

Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA)

Call for the Flood Victims URGENTLY

Through their Zakaat

&

Sadqa/Khairat

Pakistan is facing the worst calamity of its history. Floods have hit almost every part of the country. Our doctors are continuously in touch in the affected areas. They need medicine and funds to raise the infrastructure in the affected zones. Step forwards and help us combat this situation.

Brief Summary of the ongoing PIMA Relief Activities (From July 31st-August 2nd 2010):

·        Number of Camps: 18

·        Number of Patients: 6097

·        Staff Participated: 58

Your donation today can save someone’s life

PIMA RELIEF FUND:
A/C No. 0120-0100075224,
Meezan Bank,
Allama Iqbal Road Branch, Karachi .

For Information & Details Contact freely:

Dr. Sohail Akhter (President PIMA Sindh)

+92-333-3803025                   E-mail:drsa99@yahoo.com

Dr. Rao M. Naeem (GS PIMA Sindh)

+92-321-3897308          E-mail:raomnaeem60@gmail.com

Dr. Ahmed Salman Ghouri (President PIMA Karachi)

+92-321-2022851          E-mail:drsalman_ghauri@yahoo.com

Dr. Zaki-ud-din Ahmed (Vice President PIMA Karachi)

+92-300-8222298          E-mail:citycard@super.net.pk

Dr. Abdul Malik (GS PIMA Karachi )

+92-321-2420231          E-mail: drmaharmalik@yahoo.com

Dr. Shahyan Shadmani (Incharge Relief PIMA Karachi )

+92-321-9230595         E-mail:shayan.shadmani@gmail.com

PAKISTAN ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION KARACHI

PIMA House 201, 2nd Floor, PECHS Community Hall, Shahrah-e-Quaideen, Karachi .

Phone: (92-21) 34534379, Fax: (92-21) 34553891

E-mail: pimahouse01@ yahoo.com

Sukkur:
(In Charge Dr Aziz Memon 0333-7102366)

Four doctors with mobile dispensaries visiting different relief camps in the city daily.
Patients seen around 400 daily.
Space and Doctor/paramedics (salaried) for a Stationery OPD for IDPs in search. InshaAllah to be functional by Monday 23 Aug.

Shikarpur:
(In charge Dr Abdullah Khilji 0333-7271227)

8 doctors visiting relief camps daily with govt teams Doctor and paramedic locally hired for mobile/stationery OPD work to start by 22 Aug Insha Allah

Dera Murad Jamali:
(In charge Dr Hammad Zehri 0301-3693614)

One doctor and two paramedics (hired) doing daily OPD patients seen approx 300 daily IDPs estimated 8 lac plus now; medicines worth 1.7 lac suplied through Quetta on 17 August

Hyderabad:
(In charge Dr Abdul Raheem 0300-3042303, Dr Aziz 0333-2702501)

Full report not available; IDP influx not huge; small numbers residing in some camps Two such camps (housing approx 1000, being looked after by local PIMA doctors daily)

Bin-Qasim, Thatta:
(In charge Dr Abdul Qadir Soomro 0333-2148173)

Razzakabad and other camps in Bin Qasim (with few thousand IDPs) Here medical help already plentiful, hence local PIMA decided to move their human resource and other facilities to Thatta, and adjacent places. Plan is to hold two mobile camps; one at Thatta and other at Jhirk (near Thatta) from 21 Aug Insha Allah

Karachi:
(In charge Dr Shayan 0321-9230595, President Dr Ahmad Salman 0321-2022851)

10-15 camps at various places. Two mobile camps daily in work since 17 August: A team of 3 Dr/paramedic in each camp Sachal Goth: 35 pts (17/08); Gulshane Maymar: 150 Pts (18/08); Bhains Colony 50 pts (19/08); (more planned)

Jacobabad:

(isolated due to flood threats, majortiy of population has migrated. No work since 12-08-2010)

Immediate Needs
More doctors and paramedics needed for 15-30 days on salaried basis
Procurement of medicines (donations, local purchase)
Kashmore/ Kandhkot: Needs professional Help (Doctors/paramedics) Medicines; planned to support by volunteers
AMBULANCE(S): Need of Medical Help appears to be stretched to next few weeks at least. Access easier via own Ambulance, which PIMA Sind has none. So far using Al-khidmat ambulances locally. Planned to buy at least one Hiace/Ambulance but funds so far insufficient.

سیلاب زدگان کی امداد ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ کرنے کا کام

In pakistan on August 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

Independence Day – Deliverance from illiteracy

In Miscellaneous on August 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

By Rehan Ali

Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (City Campus) Alumni commemorated the 63rd Independence Day in a unique way. In pursuit of late Hakim Muhammad Saeed’s vision the alumni funded books, stationery and furniture for the newly established Hilal Public School at Sohrab Khan Goth, a village on the northern by-pass in the outskirts of Karachi.

The school is first ever learning experience for this 200 year old village and its dwellers. Established by the Green Crescent Trust – an organization which is running 50 schools with more than 7,000 children in 15 districts of Sindh – the modest and humble structure stands on the community donated land. This August 14th marked another “freedom” for more than 100 children of the village – liberty from illiteracy.

The day’s proceedings started with Qirat followed by dars e Hadith. The children then recited Iqbal’s infamous lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tammana meri. The children than recited the National Anthem. The fact that the local Brahvi speaking children, who until recently had not even in their sweetest dreams thought about education and schooling, had acquired the discipline to stand in assembly but also learnt the dua and anthem in Urdu.

Muhammad Sarwar, one of the students, sang dil dil Pakistan to the amazement and delight of the visitors who chipped in with vocals and claps.

Children were then given free books, stationery etc while the furniture was moved in a day earlier. The initiative undertaken by a group of recent graduates proved to be an excellent opportunity to interact with fellow countrymen and contribute to the motherland through enlightening the lives of its inhabitants. The group has received plaudits from their peers, colleagues and friends for their effort and there are pledges of support and cooperation for future endeavors.

The day ended with a vote of thanks by the officials of the trust who appreciated the drive and dynamism of the youth and hoped that other groups will follow suit and join hand to help provide education to the most deprived and far flung rural dwellers of Sindh.

Another lie of Pakistani Liberal’s Exposed

In Pakistan's Ideology on August 16, 2010 at 7:40 am

Few months back all of sudden we observed a huge propaganda about Pakistan’s first national anthem on all liberal minded websites.

They claimed that Pakistan first national anthem was created & wrote by late Mr. Jagan Nath Azad- a Punjabi Hindu, later migrated to India.

Liberal lobby also claimed that Quaid-e-Azam requested him to do so.

This propaganda was first started by Beena Sarwar with her article ” Bring back Jagan Nath’s Pakistan anthem” & then we saw the flood of related articles on various liberal minded blogs & website e.g.

http://secularpakistan.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/bring-back-jagannath-azads-pakistan-anthem/

http://beenasarwar.wordpress.com/2009/09/19/bring-back-jagannath-azads-anthem/

http://kidvai.blogspot.com/2009/05/tale-of-two-anthems.html

http://pakistaniat.com/2010/04/19/anthem-jagan-nath-azad/

http://pakteahouse.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/no-priests-needed-%E2%80%93-search-of-a-pakistani-identity/

http://pakteahouse.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/another-time-another-anthem/

They also produce a piece of following poetry that this was the Pakistan first national anthem

On August 14′ 2010 Dawn News  released a 20minute story where renowned  Urdu Poet & researcher  Iftikhar Arif categorically denied that propaganda ( Inshallah very soon clips will be released). Along with him Dr. Safdar Mehmeed also did a complete & through  research on same topic & found that story fake.  His research & learning is here

So, it’s once again prove that Liberal lobby is working with an agenda to weak the Pakistan Ideological roots which is not possible. Inshallah very soon we will release the Dawn report

Muhammad Ali Jinnah: Secular Or Islamist?

In Pakistan History, Pakistan's Ideology on August 15, 2010 at 12:43 am

By Wajeeh Khan

On the Christmas Eve of 2009, there was a statement given by Haji Adeel that stood as the headline of the next morning newspapers. Haji Adeel of ANP made a statement against the Heroic character of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said:

1. Pakistan was meant to be a secular state for all people of Pakistan.

2.  Quaid-e-Azam Mahomed Ali Jinnah did not name Pakistan an Islamic Republic.  Pakistan should become the Republic of Pakistan.

3.  Quaid-e-Azam and Bacha Khan both believed in secularism.

4.   Denying Non-Muslims of Pakistan the right to become president or prime minister is discriminatory, wrong and against the basic principle of Pakistan.

This is not the first time that this kind of conspiracy has been done against Quaid-e-Azam. It has always been a hot topic right from the days he was striving to get Pakistan. It is really unfortunate that even the people belonging to Pakistan are now speaking against the heroic personality.

In 1979, late Chief Justice Muhammad Munir wrote a book named “From Jinnah to Zia” in which he claimed that Quaid-e-Azam never wanted an Islamic state rather he was asking for a secular state of Pakistan. Thankfully, Saleena Kareem has put forward an ultimate rebuttal to this book of Muhammad Munir. Her book’s name is “Secular Jinnah: Munir’s Big Hoax Exposed”.

“The new state would be a modern democratic state with sovereignty resting in the people and the members of the new nation having equal rights of citizenship regardless of religion, caste or creed.” Mr. Munir claims that these are the words of the Quaid from an interview to Reuters’ Doon Campbell. In reality these words appear nowhere in that particular interview, and in fact they appear nowhere at all (I(Saleena Kareem) spent years checking)”

It is really very unfortunate that a misconception is created about the Heroic Islamic personalities over and again. Just because of these misconceptions, the mind of our new generations are so diverted that they ask us WHETHER OR NOT QUAID WAS A MUSLIM?”

This topic has always been in the air. People belonging to no matter what religion or country have been talking about this issue for so long. But its really heart-rending to hear people belonging to Pakistan and Islam saying that Quaid was secular and wanted a secular country.

In response to Haji Adeel, S M Zafar said that Jinnah wanted equality of citizenship and freedom of religion and if that is amounted to secularism,  Jinnah was secular. He however said that under a parliamentary democracy there is nothing wrong with limiting the office of president to Muslims.   However there was no justification for any other office being closed to non-Muslims.

This is indeed the truth. Because actually Muslims are the only ones who actually believe in equality. If the rights to be president were given to Non-Muslims, probably, Pakistan would not have survived. And it is already clear from the era of Sub-continent that Hindus would never work in favor of Pakistan. Pakistan has never been secular but if the rights of presidency were given to the Non-Muslims, it would have been secular within a few years of its creation.

How is history distorted in Pakistan and given a spin to suit the Islamists is perhaps indicated by Aaj TV’s “Blackbox documentary” on Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan.   Jinnah had said‘The tolerance and goodwill that the Emperor Akbar showed to all the non-Muslims is not of recent origin. It dates back to thirteen centuries ago when our Prophet not only by words but by deeds treated the Jews and Christians after he had conquered them with the utmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and beliefs’

Aaj TV translated this as Shahinshah Akbar nay jo rawadari ghair muslimo ko dikhai wo hamaray liye namoona nahi

Its nothing more than a stigma on AAJ TV.

It is indeed illitration. I believe it is just because of lack of knowledge about the true life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. If we look towards the life of Muhammed Ali Jinnah, we will realize that he was a true Muslim of firm faith and character.

We do not demand Pakistan simply to have a piece of land but we want a laboratory where we could experiment on Islamic principles.”(Address at Islamia College Peshawar 1946).

“The constitution of Pakistan will exactly be in accordance to the Islamic Principles”.

“Allah almighty has told us that our decisions regarding to the state will be governed under the light of Quran and Hadith”.

These are some of the qoutes of Quaid-e-Azam which are enough to prove that he had strong belief in Islam. He was not at all secular neither he wanted to create a secular Pakistan.

Apart from these quotations, there are several hundred other quotations proving Muhammad Ali Jinnah to be a Muslim. For instance, Jinnah’s Namaz e Jannazah were led by one of the most famous scholar of that time, Molana Shabbir Ahmad Usmani. Even at that time, there was a lot of rumours about Quaid being secular. So everyone was astonished to know that Molana Shabbir led his Namaz e Jannazah and criticized him. Then he told everyone, that the night before he saw Prophet (S.A.W) in his dream who told him that Jinnah was his companion.

Before his death, in July 1948, in the opening ceremony of State Bank, Jinnah stated that State bank is so important not only for Paksitan but for the entire Muslim world as it is going to establish an Islamic system of banking. Before his arrival to this ceremony, he was really sick and was in a miserable condition. Despite the doctors warning, Jinnah proceeded to the opening ceremony of State bank and advised the nation not to adopt the Western economic system as it was unable to solve the problems of mankind and advised them to lead the system according to the principles of Islam.

This is basically a misconception that Quaid was secular. From the above discussion, it is clear that Jinnah was purely Muslim and called for an Islamic state. From another point of view, it is also a conspiracy. There are several people set out to create misconception about the heroic Islamic personalities so that the new generation would never be able to know their actual worth. Even after 62 years, our youngsters ask us what did Quaid e Azam want? What was his moto? Why did he create Pakistan? What was his role? What was his character?

Is it not enough to prove that Quaid had firm faith in Islam that in England, to study law, he chose Lincoln Inn university just because at its door, he read it written that Muhammad (S.A.W) is the greatest law maker of this world.

These are just misconceptions and conspiracies. Its just that the words of Quaid are interpreted wrongly. His intellectual thoughts are not easily understandable. The way he talked to different kind of peoples and the things he said have deep meanings.

All we need to do is to concern to the intellectuals before spreading these kind of rumors about Jinnah. Becuase a stigma to him is an stigma to all of us. He was our great leader. And we are supposed to pay respect to him. Stand firmly against anyone who say such rubbish about our heroes.

Source : http://thedeepsilence.com/?p=327

The Quaid’s Vision and Ideology- Special article on Pakistan Day

In Pakistan History, Pakistan's Ideology on August 13, 2010 at 9:37 am
The Nation, 18 July 2005

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan first mooted the idea of an independent Muslim nation in late nineteenth century. Subsequently Allama Sir Muhammad. Iqbal in 1930 proposed the establishment of an independent Muslim state in the northwestern part of the Asian Subcontinent. However the idea of Pakistan was first propounded by Mr Ch. Rehmat Ali in his pamphlet “Now or Never” in 1933.

At that time the Muslim League leadership including Mr Jinnah did not support or even consider it. Up till that time Mr Jinnah was an ardent supporter of Hindu-Muslim unity in British India. The Manchester Guardian best describes his attitude and views of that period “Mr Jinnah’s position at the Round Table Conference was unique. The Hindus thought he was a Muslim communalist, the Muslims took him to be pro-Hindu, the princes deemed him to be too democratic, the British considered him an extreme nationalist, with the result that he was a leader without a following.”

Mr Jinnah’s interview to the AP two days after the AIML Council Meeting in New Delhi on April l and 2, 1934 clearly shows that he still hoped for Hindu-Muslim unity. However the conditions changed rapidly after the elections in 1937, when the Congress did not honour its commitment to accept Ministers nominated by Muslim League in accordance with the agreement made before the elections. The policies enforced by the Congress governments and the behaviour of their Ministers in the Muslim minority provinces proved even to the most ardent nationalist Muslim leaders the futility of expecting any fair play by the Congress.

The Muslim leadership finally adopted the demand for the partition of British India by passing the Lahore Resolution on, March 23, 1940 at the Annual Session of the Muslim League. This resolution called for establishment of independent Muslim states, however the Hindu press dubbed it as Pakistan Resolution and eventually the Muslim League also adopted the name Pakistan. History has proved the correctness of the decision of the Quaid and the leadership of the Muslim League; one has to only look at what happened to the constitutional guaranties in Cyprus and the condition of the Muslims in India.

Since the purpose of this study is to determine the Quaid’s vision of Pakistan, therefore his views prior to 1940 and particularly before 1933 are of limited relevance. In recent years some people have been propagating that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted a secular constitution for Pakistan. In support of this view they quote his speech of August 11, 1947, in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State. Now I think we should keep that in front of us as an ideal, and you will find that in course of time, Hindus will cease to be Hindus, and Muslims will cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.” This speech was made while the East Punjab had been engulfed in massive killing of Muslims, and shortly after the Quaid had been informed of the bombing near Bhutinda of the special train carrying Muslim government servants from New Delhi. He was rightly afraid of reprisals against the Sikh and Hindu minorities in Pakistan. This speech is about law and order, and assures the minorities that they have nothing to fear, that, in the administration and justice, the state shall not practice any discrimination.

This speech does not deal with the constitution, nor does it mention secularism. It gives assurance to the minorities that in Pakistan there shall be no discrimination on religious grounds, which is exactly what Islam teaches. The remarks of Mr Hector Bolitho about this speech are, “The words are Jinnah’s; the thought and belief are an inheritance from the Prophet who said thirteen centuries before, “All men are equal in the eyes of God. And your lives and your properties are all sacred: in no case should you attack each other’s life and property. Today I trample under my feet all distinctions of caste, colour and nationality”.

Regarding the treatment of minorities in his speech at lslamia College Bombay on 1, February 1943 the Quaid said,” As far as we are concerned we make this solemn declaration and give this solemn assurance that we will treat your minorities not only in a manner that a civilised government should treat them but better because it is an injunction in the Quran to treat the minorities so.”

It may be argued that in Pakistan the term “Secularism” is used to only mean the separation of religion from politics and statecraft. The Quaid did not subscribe to even this limited definition.

The Quaid was a strict constitutionalist and very particular in the choice of words. He said exactly what he meant leaving no room for interpretation. In this regard the incident on 3, June 1947 in the meeting with Lord Mountbatten illustrates this aspect of the Quaid’s character. Mr Campbell-Johnson recalls the moment, “when Lord Mountbatten presented the leaders with a formidable document entitled, “The Administrative Consequences of Partition”. He suggested that they consider it first, before it was submitted to a ‘Cabinet Meeting’ — a slip of tongue, as the Viceroy had meant to say Interim Government. Jinnah remonstrated, thinking that Mountbatten was referring to the British Cabinet. When the error was explained, Jinnah so meticulous in the use of words — said, ‘A spade should be called a spade” and remarked that his mind always worked on constitutional lines’.”

The incident clearly illustrates that the Quaid called a spade a spade: therefore, his statements and speeches should be accepted as they stand. He never indulged in double talk. Some people consider Mr Jinnah to be secular because, it has been reported by Mr M. C. Chagla that he did not strictly observe the dietary requirements of Islam. It may be noted that both Mr S. S Pirzada and Mr Akbar S. Ahmed discount Mr Chagla’s assertion. This again is irrelevant for the purpose of this study because one is interested in his vision and views and not his diet!

The Quaid did not subscribe to secularism in any of his speeches or any of his writings. He never said that Pakistan shall be a secular state or that Pakistan’s constitution shall be secular. On the contrary, as far back as June 18, 1945, in his message to the Frontier Students Federation the Quaid said, that, “Pakistan not only means freedom and independence, but preservation of Muslim ideology”. In 1946, the Muslim League members were asked to sign their pledges in the name of “Allah the Beneficent the Merciful’. On October 11, 1947, in his address to the officers of the Defense Services, he said, “The idea was that we should have a state in which we could develop according to our own light and culture where principles of Islamic social justice find free play”.

The Quaid being a barrister never left unchallenged a statement contrary to fact or likely to be misinterpreted. On 14, August 1947 Lord Mountbatten in his speech in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan said,” May I remind you that at the time when the East India Company received its Charter nearly four centuries ago, your great Emperor Akbar was on the throne, whose reign was marked by perhaps as great a degree of political and religious tolerance as has been known before or since.

It was an example by which I believe generations of our public men and administrators have been influenced. Akbar’s tradition has not always been consistently followed by British or Indians but I pray, for the world’s sake that we will hold fast in the years to come, to the principles the great ruler taught us.” In order to ensure that these remarks were not misinterpreted in the future the Quaid in his speech, which was delivered immediately after Mountbatten’s said, “The tolerance and goodwill that great Emperor Akbar showed to all the non-Muslims is not of recent origin. It dates back thirteen centuries ago when our Prophet not only by words but by deeds treated the Jews and Christians after he had conquered them, with the utmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and beliefs. The whole history of Muslims, wherever they ruled, is replete with those humane and great principles which should be followed and practiced.” Here the Quaid has again pointed out that in his vision Pakistan will be guided by the words and deeds of the Prophet.

The Quaid in his speech broadcast on 13, November 1939 said, “Man has indeed been called God’s Caliph in the Quran and if that description of man is to be of any significance it imposes upon us a duty to follow the Quran, to behave towards others as God behaves towards his mankind.” In the same speech he further said, “All social regeneration and political freedom must finally depend on something that has deeper meaning in life. And that, if you allow me to say so, is Islam and Islamic spirit.” The Quaid when asked by the students to give a message said, “You have asked me to give you a message. What message can I give you? We have got the greatest message in the Quran for our guidance and enlightenment.” On January 25, 1948 the Quaid addressed the Sindh Bar Association. For some reason this speech has not been included in the compilation of his speeches as Governor General of Pakistan. However it was reported in the Dawn of January 26, 1948, and other English and Urdu newspapers. The speech as reported in the Dawn is enclosed and the first part, which is regarding the constitution, is under noted:

Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah asks Muslims to get rid of their “disease of provincialism”. “Why this feeling of nervousness that the future constitution of Pakistan is going to be in conflict with Shariat laws?” said Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. addressing a Prophet Day meeting of the Sindh Bar Association on Sunday evening. Mr Justice Hassanally G. Agha presided.

The Quaid-i-Azam said he could not understand the section of people who kept on impressing upon everybody that the future constitution of Pakistan should be based on Shariat. “There are people who deliberately want to create mischief and make the propaganda that we will scrap it (the Shariat law),” he added. “Islamic principles have no parallel. Today they are as applicable in actual life as they were 1300 years ago. Islam and its idealism has taught democracy. It has taught equality of man, justice and fairplay to everybody.”

The Quaid was a lawyer and he was addressing lawyers and judges. in this speech he has used the expression Shariat Law after this there should be no argument. In this speech he further said, “No doubt there are many people who do not quite appreciate when we talk of Islam. Some of our non-Muslim friends who do not quite appreciate when we talk of Islam. Islam is not only a set of rituals, traditions, and spiritual doctrines. Islam is a code for every Muslim, which regulates his life and his conduct in all aspects, social, political economic, etc. It is based on highest principles of honour, integrity, fairplay and justice for all.”

In the above speech he has clearly in unambiguous words said that Islam is a complete code of life including politics and economics. With regard to economics, his speech at the opening ceremony of the State Bank of Pakistan on July 1, 1948 clearly shows his views – “I shall watch with keenness the work of your Research Organisation in evolving banking practices compatible with Islamic ideals of social and economic life”.

On February 21, 1948, while addressing the men and officers of the 5th Heavy Ack Ack and 6th” Light Ack Ack Regiments at Malir the Quaid said, “Now you have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and equality of manhood in your own native soil.”

In his speech at a rally at the University Stadium, Lahore on October 30, 1947 he said, “We thank Providence for giving us courage and faith to fight these forces of evil. If we take our inspiration and guidance from the Holy Quran, the final victory I once again say will be ours”. He then said, “You have only to develop the spirit of the mujahids. You are a nation whose history is replete with people of wonderful grit, character and heroism.Live up to your traditions and add to it another chapter of glory”. In the same speech he further said, “All I require of you now is that everyone of us to whom this message reaches must vow to himself and be prepared to sacrifice his all, if necessary, in building up Pakistan as a bulwark of Islam and as one of the greatest nations whose ideal is peace within peace without.” He further said, “Do not be afraid of death. Our religion teaches us to be always prepared for death. We should face it bravely to save the honour of Pakistan and Islam. There is no better salvation for a Muslim than the death of a martyr for a righteous cause”. On March 22, 1940 in the presidential address on the opening of the All India Muslim League 27th Session at Lahore, he said, “ Come forward as servants of Islam organise the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power accepted by everybody”. There is not even the slightest hint of secularism, ‘Islamic Socialism’ or ‘Progressive Islam’ in any of his other speeches. In none of his speeches or writings he has used a prefix or suffix with Islam. The above quotations clearly show that he was opposed to secularism and wanted Pakistan to be the bulwark of Islam, which is possible only as an Islamic State.

The speech of January 25. 1948 are his final views regarding the Constitution of Pakistan. It is significant that while the Quaid addressed the Sind Bar Association in Karachi, the Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan addressed a large gathering in the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on the same day, in which he said. “Let us resolve ourselves that we shall gather light and guidance only from the life and teachings of the great Prophet and not from any leader of political and economic thought like Karl Marx, Stalin or Churchill.”

He further said, “Pakistan nation had no other message to give to the world except that of the great Prophet. The ideology of Pakistan nation should be to demonstrate to the world that the principles of Islam, over 1300 years old, still hold good and furnish the only effective panacea for the numberless woes and miseries of mankind”. It is significant that, both the head of the State and the head of the government in their speeches on 25 January 1948 clearly stated the Ideology of Pakistan.