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#826 [Permalink] Posted on 13th March 2019 08:19
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السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

This is very common in the West. In fact the woman in the pic is quite conservative compared to some hijab wearing girls in the UK. With some people hijab is a complete joke. Many of them don't even wear it as a religious obligation or out of modesty. You will find women who dont cover their hair at all with more modesty than these type of hijab wearers. With some it's more cultural or to make a statement or just for fashion.
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#827 [Permalink] Posted on 13th March 2019 11:13
By now it is about a decade that I have been active on initially SF and later on MS. These ten years have been very excruciating for Muslims in general and those in India. But at the moment I do not know what has happened that I feel so thankful to Allah SWT for my Islam.
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#828 [Permalink] Posted on 1st April 2019 08:20
Can We Free Our Minds in a Postcolonial World?


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#829 [Permalink] Posted on 12th April 2019 02:54
Our Problem is Spiritual. Don't You Think So?


Our problem is not worldly. Our problem is spiritual. As long as we don't leave Wahn, we can't become world leaders and earn our rightful place. The decline of our dunia is a result of the decay of our soul. Lack of worldly progress is not the root cause but it is the outer-manifestation of the real problem which is spiritual immaturity and lack of intellectual clarity and depth.

When I listen loud horns of huge cars on the road, I smell pride and show off in those who are driving them. When I see Indian and Western customs being practiced in marriage and death ceremonies, I smell ignorance of deen and influence of Hindu and Western culture due to the inferiority complex of Muslims who are blind muqallids of kuffar. When I see people arguing knowingly that they are on the wrong and the other person is right, I can sense pride and stuborness. When I see secular minded confused parents quarreling with their Islamic minded children on issues like beard, niqab, finding pious spouse for marriage, learning religious education and swapping the company of the worldly with that of the pious, I can clearly see a disturbing clash of two very different and opposing ideologies under a single roof.

Our actions are a manifestation of our inner condition. This is why I say that OUR PROBLEM IS SPIRITUAL AND NOT MATERIAL. Unless we don't solve our spiritual problem our worldly problems are not going anywhere. Our individual resources and successes can't help the ummah until we don't have a true khilafah. For that we need men of courage who are clear in mind and strong in faith and will. Whether we have scientific knowledge or not doesn't make a difference until and unless we don't sort out our souls and minds first. Our individual and local effort can't bring true global change. We need political authority based upon the teachings of Quran and Sunnah to bring such a change.

So in order to establish a khilafah we need Scientists of Soul (True Aulia) and not Scientists of Nature.
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#830 [Permalink] Posted on 15th April 2019 07:01
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After thinking for a few days I still have to sort it out - it is complicated.

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#831 [Permalink] Posted on 15th April 2019 07:28
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I support you Sir! You are doing what you are able to do and you are doing at the best of your ability. Under your circumstances your strategy is correct. So carry on and don't mind my emotional outbursts. After all, we have a huge age difference and I need to learn a lot. My latest concept to which I have finally settled down is to focus on our own iman and improve our salah. That salah is not just an act of worship but a true institution which can do our tazkiyah. It's a university. We need to recognize it as an instituion by learning dhikr, Quran, durood (Seerah) and true concept of dua. If we focus on these four pillars of salah then we can strengthen our bond with Allah and know how to live and face the challenges of this world. I am also not satisfied with current institutions of Islam like madaris, tabligh and khanqah. I have some difference of opinion. Therefore, we need to strengthen our salah and convert it into a foundational institution of deen and not just an empty act of worship or custom.
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#832 [Permalink] Posted on 16th April 2019 06:12
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Mashallah that is some very deep insight.

However, it is from the Seerah that one effort takes precedence over another depending on circumstances and ground realities. While a perpetual and concerted effort towards spiritual reformation is extremely important, there are pressing matters of immediate concern that need to be tackled side by side, such as political engagement, dawah, economic and social uplift, education, and health, among others. We have various groups who are fulfilling these fard kifaya for the ummah, so we cannot disregard or undervalue any one of them. We need to support these efforts as well, to the best of our abilities, which means that under all circumstances, we should at the minimum engage in dua for all these individuals and their efforts.

Professor Maripat Sahab is an irreplaceable gem for the Ummah in the effort that he has taken upon himself. May Allah taala guide him, and grant him afiyah and success.
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