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#526 [Permalink] Posted on 29th April 2016 06:35
BHAII Episode


One of the things we painfully learned on Sunni Forum was that internet communication is a bit difficult.
You simply get no inclination about the emotional content of a post, even after liberal use of emoticons.

We are already aware in daily life that communication is always tricky.
Internet only makes it worse.

We have our weaknesses.
So do have others.

Mostly our attitude towards weakness is the following.
Everyone should ignore and look over my weaknesses.
I will not forgive even slightest weakness in other, I have high principles.

Above paradigm is only one of the so many paradigms that operate together in our interaction with others, on internet as well as in real life.

There is an obvious unjust bias in the above paradigm.
Yet we are most of the time not aware of our own bias.

And as mentioned above this is only one of the paradigms.

Clearly we have a problem at our hands.

Yet we have the duty to work for the Ummah of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).
This task has to be done in spite of all the hurdles we face.

Time and again it has dawned upon this sinner that all of the Ibaad, Servents of Allah, do better than this lowly self in managing these issues.

On one hand this is most humbling while on the other hand this is a painful realization that this lowly self can not do as much as others.

Even in this there is this pleasant feeling that at least some people still keep doing their bit.
My salute to all these brothers and sisters.
Personally I most of the time cut only a sorry figure on these issues where it is meant to do some service to Ummah.

That brings me to the matter relating to brother BHAII.

He has to sort out the issue of how to approach others while discussing issues of Ummah.
They all are human and have corresponsing sensitivities.
This is just one problem and this has to be navigated.

I most of the time find myself caught in the same problem every moment of my life.
Every step is a struggle, even moment is so.
It is difficult, painful and so frustrating.
But the option to give up is simply not there.

Another painful realization is the following - our problem are simply too overwhelming to be managed by us.
Allah swt is simply dumping overloads on us.
We may not like it but at least to me this is how the things look like.

And as I said above - the option to give up is simply not there.

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Our Elders simply do not talk about specifics of these problems of worldly type that we face.
Many of us turn away from Elders because of this.
Some are irritated and frustrated with them.

But it is clear as daylight that it does not help at all.
They must have gone through all the frustration that we are going through.
After that only they must have given up.

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Our theological intellectuals fair similarly on the worldly issues that we face.

But they took the task preserving the teachings of Islam upon themselves and they have done thei job rather well.
There are failures on their part too and these failures are serious ones but our own failures are even worse.
We, the worldly kind of people, should have solved the worldly problems of Ummah.
We have not.

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I shall mention one more painful realization.
When someone points out a weakness of ours it is extremely unsettling.
It is so difficult to take on chin.
I personally keep struggling with that.

I suppose this will be the same with many others.

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Yet we do not have the option to give up and we must keep doing our bit.

Luckily we are not responsible beyond our capabilities.

Unfortunately success comes only after Allah swt's help arrives.
Much after our efforts have dissolved into thin air.

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That is how I understand the things.
Brothers or sisters having better clues about these issues may kindly enlighten us further.

Personally I get enormous amount of Taqwiat from everybody.
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#527 [Permalink] Posted on 7th May 2016 08:28
Professor Saud Alam Qasmi


Just met Professor Saud Alam Qasmi in connection with my under progress book on Orientalism. He is at present Chairperson of the Department of Sunni Theology, Aligarh Muslim University. Though a graduate of the Darul Uloom, Deoband he is a Jama-at-e-Islami worker. He usually treats this sinner both affectionately as well as regard though he is much senior person. In this meeting too he was of very encouraging disposition as well as full of optimism.
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#528 [Permalink] Posted on 20th May 2016 06:58
Taking Current Reality into Account


(1) David Cameron apologises to Mufti Sulaiman Ghani

(2) New Canadian PM makes several friendly gestures towards Muslims

(3) Barack H. Obama makes several speeches about Muslims in positive direction

(4) Several European countries take numerous Syrian refugees

We have make use of these gestures in the fullest possible way.
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#529 [Permalink] Posted on 26th May 2016 08:20
How to switch into a positive mood?


I am just asking the question, not proposing a solution.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a statement in Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations that the USA as a superpower is declining. Now that book is more than two decades old. We should have noticed that decline by now ourselves.

We have one additional indication of that decline.
In Syria Russia looked more assertive than USA.
That gives a clear clue about US military health.

Some how I still do not see the end of our problems.
I am talking about those problems that owe their existence to the west.

Yet the other data, decline of the USA, should not be ignored.

I suppose we can switch into a positive mood and start talking about devising the ways to bring Muslim Ummah out of present miserable condition.

We can think the ways to do that only if we join our heads together.
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#530 [Permalink] Posted on 26th May 2016 09:30
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How to switch into a positive mood?
I am just asking the question, not proposing a solution.

It works for me and I'm hardly ever in a bad mood :)
“Hasbunallahu Wa Ni’mal Wakeel”
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#531 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd July 2016 07:53
What happened to Neo-Cons?


A neo-con, neo-conservative, are the political thinkers in the US who, beginning in the sixties of the last century, thought that the US should was losing her colonial grip and should tighten it and use raw force to keep her hold on world power.

When you take the oriental branch of colonialism you get some idea about the vice that the Muslim world faced from US.
In particular the disaster they wreaked in Iraq, just to name one of the many horrifiq examples.

But suddenly they seems to have disappeared from the forefront of political game plan in the US.
Last time I remember Charles Krauthammer not being serious about the war - waging the war in Afghanistan.

We can not afford to be lax when you keep a watch on the residual orientalism but all the same there seems to be a lull for good in the neo-con group.

If this is true then this will, post facto, be amongst the biggest achievements of Barack H. Obama.
The western media will not tell us this - I am.
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#532 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd July 2016 21:24
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Unfortunatley it seems the NeoCons in their war against muslims have switched tactics and funding deviants from every avenue to try and dismantle Islam... Here is the latest Joker who has produced his own version of the Quran... www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/04/rewriting-the-quran...

La Hawla Wala quwwata Illah Billah.

We have others who were several decades ago defending Islam but have fallen to the Propaganda or seduced by the wealth and fame on offer and are now working ardently against Islam. It is difficult not to feel despondent, we are being attacked from all fronts with a Tsunami of propaganda, It is harder knowing towards which propaganda to mount a defence against.

HabunAllah Wa Nimal wakeel.

May Allah have mercy upon us, and protect the Imaan of our future generations ameen.


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#533 [Permalink] Posted on 21st August 2016 09:44
Have Some Dignity, Dear Pakistani Muslims


The same beseeching is applicable to all Muslims the world over.

Please have a look at this short video.

Professor C. Christine Fair, author of Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War, give the most shabby treatment to a Pakistani Full Bright scholar. It is really astounding that she was allowed to get away with that.

And brothers do not be smug that it did not happen to you.
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#534 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd August 2016 06:19
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As-salam-alaykum Professor sahab:

Forgive my insolence. The tone of the author was certainly a little disrespectful, but did her answer carry factual weight? Or, is the narrative of the pakistani caller more factually correct? I ask out of genuine ignorance.
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#535 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd August 2016 07:19
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One of the things she says is that Pakistan kept cuddling up with Mujahideen even after the US had stopped engaging with them and hence Pakistan has no business criticizing the US.

This is problematic. The Mujahideen are good people as long as US needs them. After that they are terrorists and no one should be seen talking to them.

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#536 [Permalink] Posted on 24th August 2016 05:43
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#537 [Permalink] Posted on 27th August 2016 15:22
Haryana Assembly


They began their monsoon session by arranging a sermon by a naked man.

No kidding, no metaphor, no exaggeration, no euphemism.

The sermonizer was a Jain Muni, Tarun Sagar. A Muni is a sage.
And this sect has them naked.

Jainism is religion different from Hinduism.
Buddhism, Jainism and Ajivak Dharma were born in India about more than two millenia ago as a reaction to the corruption that had set in the main religious stream - the Hinduism.
Then the empire hit back.
It completely obliterated Ajivaka Dharma. You do not hear of that today.
It completely banished Buddhism.
It decimated, greatly reduced, the Jain Dharma.

That saga is a sordid one, a story seldom narrated today.
So much so that Jainism today behaves as a sect of Hinduism.
About foundred years ago Sikhism was born in India as a reaction to the advent of Islam, to defend Hinduism.
But Sikhs today simply do not accept as being part of Hinduism.

Thus the majority community today has no fears of Jains.
And no qualms to call their sages as chief guests on the opening day of assembly, state parliament, session.

And there is nothing odd about it.
The odd thing is still called Islam.
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#538 [Permalink] Posted on 4th September 2016 16:35
A Martyr Passes into Oblivion


BD hanged Jamat-e-Islami chief.
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#539 [Permalink] Posted on 6th September 2016 05:12
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#540 [Permalink] Posted on 6th September 2016 15:14
World without Muslims


Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?

Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:

Coffee
Cameras
Experimental Physics
Chess
Soap
Shampoo
Perfume/spirits
Irrigation
Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons
Combination locks
Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)
Surgical instruments
Anesthesia
Windmill
Treatment of Cowpox
Fountain pen
Numbering system
Algebra/Trigonometry
Modern Cryptology
3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)
Crystal glasses
Carpets
Checks
Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.
University
Optics
Music
Toothbrush
Hospitals
Bathing
Quilting
Mariner’s Compass
Soft drinks
Pendulum
Braille
Cosmetics
Plastic surgery
Calligraphy
Manufacturing of paper and cloth
It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.

It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.

It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.

It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.

It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.

It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.

It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey

It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.

It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.

The list goes on………..

Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Anders Breivik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!

Source : Indian Express
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