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Sha'ban 26, 1428. September 8, 2007. #69.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News], P.O. Box 10881,
Baltimore, MD 21234 [next 3 items only]
Outreach 1: North Philadelphia:
"In Ramadan, Remember your Muslim Brothers in Prison."
Most Positive Response from All-Arab Community
September 7, 2007: Jamaat al-Muslimeen gave its new card about
political prisoners to 205 people after Juma' at a masjid
located in densely populated north Philadelphia. Almost all
the people here were from Arab countries. The khutbas
were entirely in Arabic. For the sprinkling of
Indo-Pakistanis and African-Americans phone hookups with
English translation were available.
The card produced by Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Shoora
member Sis. Karen English profiles Imam Jamil al-Amin,
Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman and
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar
on one side and Dr. Ali Timimi and Masaud Khan on the other.
During the distribution, about a 100 times this message was
given verbally: "Don't forget your brothers in prison during
Ramadan." The response was the most positive received so far
by the Jamaat. The community seemed starved for news of
Islamic leaders in prison. A number of people wanted to take
cards to distribute to their friends. This community is well
organized with a fine lunch service and food store at
To join Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Philadelphia write or call:
P.O. Box 5396
Philadelphia, PA 19142
Telephone: (267) 349-6065
African-American Activist Embraces Islam, Marries Political
Prisoner Hasan in Ohio
Readers may remember our efforts to publicize the tragic
outcome of the Lucasville prison uprising in Ohio. One of the
people we focused on was Br. Siddique Abdullah Hasan, the
imam of the prison community who is on death row in Youngstown,
Ohio. Now a dynamic new element has come into this struggle
owing to the efforts of a young African-American student in
Toledo, Ohio. At the age of 13 she joined the Nation of Islam.
Early in 2007 she took the shahadah and embraced
orthodox Islam. More recently she married Br. Hasan and
travels three hours each way to meet him every couple
Saadiqah Amatullah Hasan is an up-and-coming
self-motivated and dynamic activist who is aspiring to follow
in the footsteps of General Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells
who built the mass anti-lynching campaign. Saadiqah works in
Ohio with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty while
supporting an increasing awareness on her husband's case,
Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Hasan is on death row as a result of
the 1993 prison rebellion which rocked the maximum-security
prison in Lucasville, Ohio. Hasan was in an honor block area
of the prison and less then one year from going before the
parole board when the chaos at Lucasville occurred. His
dominant and unyielding leadership qualities as the Imam of
the Sunni Muslims at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
allowed for him to be the prime target of the States'
indiscretion and massive injustices, leading to his wrongful
conviction. It was an erroneous conviction, that has Hasan,
Saadiqah and several activist fighting to save his life and
fighting for his rightful freedom back into society and home
to his family.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen sent a parcel of Islamic clothing to
Sis. Saadiqah as a marriage gift. She will present the case
of Br. Hasan to Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Shoora at its
next meeting on October 20, inshallah.
More Phone Calls to Sis Lisa Sattar's Bank which Closed
On September 7, more phone calls were made to Sovereign Bank
which closed the accounts of Sis. Lisa and her son Ali
WITHOUT EXPLANATION. Detailed protest messages were left
with the bank. Under Zionist control, America is becoming
like the Soviet Union, with the authorities victimizing the
families of political prisoners.
Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar
never did anything against America but his family is
suffering because he was convicted of opposition to the
terrorist regime of the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak who
is closely allied to the U.S., second only to Israel.
Correction to the September 3, 2007 Issue of the New Trend
Magazine. Article : Houston Imam Wazir Ali is refusing to
let Br. Curtis Sharif enter the masjid.
"Houston Imam Wazir Ali is refusing to let Br. Curtis Sharif
enter the masjid after he questioned Wazir Ali's business
dealings which are said to have cost the community heavily."
Correction: "Houston Masjid of Al-Islam Resident Imam Wazir
Ali is refusing to let Br. Curtis Sharif enter the masjid
after he questioned Former Resident Imam Qasim Ahmed's
accountability in a lawsuit which are said to have cost
the community heavily."
Osama Alive: Attacks Capitalism, sees Iraq Victory
A "Younger" Osama Urges USA to Accept Islam, Read Chomsky
and Scheuer: Refers to Kyoto, Sarkozy, Kennedy story
New Trend Report
September 7, 2007: The new Osama video has been a deep
disappointment for the Bush administration and numerous
others who had declared him dead or forgotten. Not only is he
alive but he is talking directly to the American people,
urging them to accept Islam. It's a weird video with Osama
bin Laden looking much younger, having, seemingly, dyed his
The speech he made seems to have been put together by a
committee. Perhaps Dr. Al-Zawahiri and the American convert
to Islam from Orange County, Adam Gadahn, put it together.
Osama seems to have research assistance.
What's typically Osama about the video is his global Islamic
vision and opposition to America on all fronts. He thinks he
is winning and sees the 19 mujahideen who struck America on
9.11 as having turned the tide of history. He says, every
move America makes is in the light of the terror generated
by Mohammad Atta and others who struck carefully chosen
targets, the Twin Towers, symbols of America's economic
might, and the Pentagon, the heart of America's war-generating
industry. The world will never be the same again.
In the video soft spoken Osama condemns the Democratic party
for having betrayed the trust voters put in it. He compares
Bush to Brezhnev, the Soviet leader who wouldn't admit that
military victory was not possible in Afghanistan. Finally,
the Soviets withdrew unilaterally and Osama thinks the same
may happen in Iraq.
All the TV media channels have been condemning Osama's latest
message without discussing it much. The appearance of the
video is a serious blow for the U.S. The Islamic leader who
has global support is not only alive but is lecturing the
U.S. Only recently the U.S. increased the bounty on his head
from $25 million to $50 million. Till now, no takers.
However, the U.S. snatched the video from the Jihad web
sites forcing them into a quick retreat. The source of the
video could not be traced.
ISNA's Guest of Honor
For Those who Might not Know Rabbi Eric Yoffie, speaking
to Jewish Americans he supported Israel's attack on Lebanon
and condemned Hizbullah's resistance. He stands unambiguously
with Israel. Here is his quote from Reform Judaism's blog:
"And finally, to embrace Israel in her hour of need.
Because Israel is a cause for thanksgiving and rejoicing; a
bastion of democracy in a very bad neighborhood; a friend of
America and an enemy of terror; and an inspiration to Jews
and to Christians everywhere. Israel is not a perfect
country. It is a contentious country that is as complicated
and as difficult as the Jewish people themselves. But it is
also a country where most of the time, and certainly now, the
best impulses of her leaders and her people determine her
direction and give us hope.
And so where do we stand at this moment? We stand proudly
with Israel ."
Sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department, Addressed by
USA's biggest Zionist Rabbi.
Shameful Mockery of Islam: Native Deen, Hamza Yusuf,
Siraj Wahhaj at Play
New Trend report based on eyewitness accounts
ISNA has a track record of support for the American power
structure. During the Clinton years, ISNA-CAIR groupies had
iftar in the White House while children in Iraq were dying of
malnutrition and disease owing to U.S.-imposed sanctions.
From the Abu Lahab of Clinton, ISNA-CAIR moved to the Abu
Jahal of Bush. Its Fiqh Committee concocted a "fatwa"
legitimizing voting for a kafir power structure. The result
was a bloc vote for Bush. Thus ISNA-CAIR proved that it was
incapable of rational Islamic thought.
After being kicked around by Bush, now these opportunists want
Abu Lahab again and this mental incapacity was displayed in
ISNA-CAIR's latest Convention [August 31-Sept 3. 2007] held
in an exclusive suburb of Chicago.
The nose of the proverbial camel had come into ISNA-CAIR's
tent when these groupies decided to let the FBI set up its
booth in their Convention soon after 9.11. This time,
ISNA-CAIR decided to go the whole hog and its Convention was
sponsored by the Justice Department. Looks like the
entire camel is inside the tent.
The Convention's Keynote Speaker was the biggest Zionist
Jew in American, Rabbi Eric Yoffie. He boasted that that he
represents 1.5 million American Jews in 900 congregations.
Yoffie lectured ISNA's crowd, more or less dictating the
terms of peace with Israel.
Yoffie described Israel as a "democratic" state and expressed
his love of the Palestinians by his desire to give
Palestinians a "democratic" state as well. He conveniently
forgot that the Palestinians have voted for an Islamic state
by endorsing Hamas.
Yoffie went through the entire spectrum of right wing
propaganda against Islam by describing the opponents of
Israeli and American policies as "extremists." He described
the Islamic resistance as "terrorists" and as bombers who
kill civilians forgetful of Israel's bombs and planes.
The ISNA-CAIR crowd lapped up the garbage the Rabbi was
emitting. ISNA-CAIR have endorsed Israel's claims of
"Holocaust" by Hitler owing to which Israel supposedly
deserves special treatment.
HAMZA YUSUF was there. He claims that if Muslims don't accept
the holocaust Jewish story, then the Qur'an will lose its
credibility. How a sane person can make such a stupid claim
is anyone's guess. Yusuf loves the Jewish oppressors of the
Muslims. He got his Holocaust=Qur'an article published in a
Jewish elitist magazine, Tikkun, and then proudly
posted it on his own Zaytuna web site.
A sister observed Hamza Yusuf's activities at the ISNA
Convention. She says that Yusuf attracted crowds of
gawking immigrants. Suffering from inferiority complex, these
fast-assimilating brownies find a White man who knows Arabic
so attractive as to be a celebrity for them. Yusuf, she says,
said a lot to say nothing. It was just a lot of bombast.
Another witness , a senior brother, says Yusuf was busy
selling the products of the outlet he has set up called
Zaytuna. He styles himself a "scholar." In Islam, such
self-glorification is a clear sign of Satan.
So subservient is the ISNA crowd, sort of like Qadianis, that
they dared not ask Yusuf, how can you be a Muslim and compare
the credibility of the Qur'an with the credibility of
Another interesting character at the Convention was SIRAJ
WAHHAJ, the man who helped a Jewish judge, Michael Mukasey,
put the great scholar of Islam, Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman
in prison for LIFE. This so-called imam then boasted to the
Wall Street Journal about his slander of the blind
Shaikh. ISNA proudly announced that Siraj had prayed for the
Congress [which waged war against the world of Islam]. This
crowd is quite proud of such kufr activities.
Siraj has set up a little African-American group of his own
called MANA. His job in this Convention was to try to bring
African-Americans into ISNA [to help the government
control both groups]. He failed, but our witness says, again
the ISNA crowd was lapping up his wind-bag speeches, and ISNA
put him on the stage again, and again and again.
Muslims of America, African-Americans in particular,
already have a genuine leader in Imam Jamil al-Amin.
Instead of joining Imam Jamil's movement, Siraj is setting up
his own splinter group. This is fragmentation and COINTELPRO
type of activity. What can be the validity of MANA? Siraj
Wahhaj has served the ISNA groupies for DECADES. ISNA loves
to publish his photos presenting him as some kind of a sage.
Now ISNA has Siraj in its Convention, trying to create a MANA
linked to ISNA. Does he think African-Americans will be
fooled by this game?
ISNA-CAIR's game is up. Many innocent people come to ISNA's
Convention to meet friends, to visit the bazaar, to find
spouses for their children. These innocents are gradually
realizing that the formal business of ISNA is devoid of
the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith. ISNA-CAIR's groupies
are mocking Islam. Imagine inviting Keith Ellison as an
elected "Muslim" leader when he just returned from his
holiday trip to the terrorist entity known as Israel.
CLEVER RABBI: ISNA's Rabbi was concerned that for Muslims "
Israel is portrayed as 'a dagger pushed into the heart of
Islam.' " He wants Muslims to think that Israel is merely "a
nation-state disputing matters of land and water with the
Palestinians." Rabbis are known for telling lies but this one
was a real whopper. Is it possible that he has forgotten the
armed usurpation of Palestine by Jewish terrorists and the
genocide committed against the Palestinian people? The Jews
cannot forgive even an alleged ordinary guard, Demjanjuk, who
worked at a concentration camp and the Rabbi wants us to
forget the daily existence of Palestine as a concentration
camp guarded by International Jewry and funded by
Letter: Re: Native Deen or Deal?
Sister who missed some New Trend issues criticizes us.
dear New Trend
i'm concerned about some of the recent new trend issues i've
been receiving. lately, in almost all of your recent issues
their is an article about some brothers in the community
(locally and nationally) who you have some issues with about
their activities and behavior. my concern is this....there
seems to be quite a bit of name calling and comments about
their actions and behavior that in my mind may or may not be
accurate. my question is this....have new trend attempted to
make any contact with these brothers to get their side of the
issues before these articles have been printed and why have
you reduced youselves to all of the name calling, which by
the way, that in itself is not Islamically correct. it
appears to me that new trend has not followed the Islamic
protocol for dealing with disputes or disagreements between
muslims. if i have missed something let me know and correct
my observations. there are quite too many of these type of
problems existing within the muslim community perpertrated
primarily by out brothers. it is very disheartening to see
the so called leaders of the muslim ummah behave in such a
way. the men are the leaders, protectors, and maintainers of
women and children, if we can't count on our brothers to
treat each other with respect and brotherhood then where
does that leave the remainder of this ummah. i know what
i'm talking about is not just a local or national problem.
this problem transcends all national and international
borders. please, if you have issues with these brothers
you have written about, contact them and discuss the issues
and do not print anymore of these type of letters until all
the facts are clear.
Nadirah Rasheed [Washington, DC]
New Trend response: Dear sister, we do not have
personal problems with Native Deen or anyone else which should
be discussed at the personal level. Native Deen was sponsored
by the State Department and the U.S. embassies in Tanzania,
U.K. etc. In Islam that is kufr [working for the
killers of Muslims.] In another of your posts, you said you
had read only the first item about Native Deen. You did not
read the one in which we quoted from Joshua's blog. Read it.
He is the oppressors' boy. Make no mistake about it. Native
Deen has NOT denied any of our info. Why are you defending
them? In fact Joshua has told the money grubber known as
Mauri Salaakhan that what we wrote is correct but he thinks
there is nothing wrong with his activities. Dear sister
Islam is not such a confused Deen that one can
go out on trips organized by taghoot and not
know that it is HARAAM. That is not Native Deen
but Native Deal.
Muslim Woman Leads in Sheltering Program
Food for the Needy
Helping the Needy, Providing Shelter to Immigrant Women:
The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. is close to receiving funding
from a foundation and another private source. The shelter
program that is managed by the organization has applied for
funding from four foundations. One of the foundations have
responded in a very positive manner. We have heard from one
of the two International Muslim leaders about being funded
and his response to us is very promising. As we wait for the
money to actually be presented we are in need of funding that
should come from the Islamic community. It is a small amount
($4,000 per month) that we ask our Muslim community to give.
This money is used to help women and children (primarily
Muslim women and children) not be on the street due to leaving
an abusive home. Some US reports state that half of the
homeless population in America are women and children who
have left abusive homes. Many of these homeless people
are Muslim women and children. It is not unusual now for us
(Baitul Salaam) to get phone calls from representatives of
the Task Force for the Homeless organization asking us to
assist with a Muslim who has made it to there agency asking
Since we have a sister that is not in danger at this time we
are going to share some of her story with you. We picked up
a sister from the Task Force waiting area a month ago. She is
from another country. She has divorced her husband. Her
community after several talks with those who appear to be
leaders has not offered to help her. We even went as far as
to send out a public appeal for assistance for her. No one
has responded who has identified themselves from her
community. We have not received one loaf of bread or one thin
dime from them to help her. No one from that community will
make a statement as to why they are not helping.
She does not speak English well enough for us to know
exactly what the exact problem maybe. It is like she does not
exist to them. This unfortunate situation is not uncommon
in our community. We have too many women like this that are
just literally tossed a side. Some are fortunate they can
find a sister who will take them in or a family. The few who
can't find a family or friend come to us. We have the same
situation happen in a more subtle manner among American
Muslims. Out of sight out of mind.
We have people who care and I never want it to appear as
though we do not appreciate the donations from those people.
We have people who give from their hearts $2-$5 or more per
month. We have small communities who are in trouble themselves
give consistently. They could use the money due to they are
really poor. These people and communities who give the small
amounts of money faithfully give and have no regrets. I have
had people tell me if they do not eat one meal a month it
will not hurt them to give what they would spend on a meal to
our organization. Allah will provide for them. We also have
some conscious medium size communities who also give. We have
conscious people of means who also give. I never want to
appear as though I do not notice or appreciate all who have
been so faithful and so kind to me and this organization.
Yet, we have others much better off who for some reason find
this programs and others like it a nuisance. They are very
critical of the attempts for us to serve those in need, etc.
It is not all men who are negative A lot of the negativity
comes from women. There are some mean spirited people among
us and this organization is praying for them to soften their
hearts to those in need.
As we prepare for Ramadan we are praying to Allah to remain
humble, compassionate and just persevere. We know that Allah
never forsakes and that the funding that is very promising
from a foundation, will be given to us, insh'Allah. We are
also praying for the opening of the hearts of our people and
we are praying for the ability to expand the program to pay
salaries by the year 2009, insh'Allah. We must begin to think
of charity in the way others do. Other religious communities
know that if people are going to care for people daily they
need to be able to put gas in their cars, eat lunch or dinner
while they work and be able to provide for their families.
When Muslims start building institutions like Catholic,
Methodist and Jewish Social Services we will see some true
progress in our communities.
When we can pay a person who is willing to dedicate one to 20
years or more to direct service to others a decent salary we
will be saying to the world that we of the Islamic faith are
ready to step up and do our part in taking take care of our
own and help the others outside of our community as well. It
is time for us to stop being irresponsible as a people and do
for our people in need and be there to assist others outside
of our community if they should come to us. No excuses can be
made for what we are not doing to assist the poor. There is
no excuse for the lack of support of projects like Food
Pantries and other services needed in our community. There is
no excuse for the apathy shown by some leaders and sheer
contempt by others to people who want to serve at this level
in our community.
Allah is Akbar and we know throughout the struggle that Allah
will shower down blessings to those who can be patient and
wait on his mercy.
The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. needs to raise a minimum of
$4,000 per month to keep the shelter program afloat in metro
Atlanta. The program serves many throughout the US and has
assisted those not from America. For more details about the
or call (404) 366-6610
Monday-Thursdays 7 am-11 am. To send a donation make your
check payable to: Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. and mail it to:
PO Box 11041, Atlanta, GA 30310.
*Hadayai Majeed is a survivor of domestic abuse in the Islamic
community who lived and worked in a shelter in metro Atlanta
for five months (two separate times) in the mid 90's. She is
the co-founder and present administrator of the Baitul Salaam
Network, Inc. She has served in this capacity for nearly
eleven years. She has a team of wonderful volunteers who
assist with security, case management and house management
and wants them to know how much she really cares.*
Lebanon: After three months of Assault,
Fatah al-Islam Dispersed, Killed
The Arab world watched in silence over three months,
May-August 2007, as the Lebanese government, backed by the
U.S., attacked the Fatah al-Islam group in Nahr el-Bared
Palestinian camp near Tripoli, northern Lebanon. Each assault
by the Lebanese army was beaten back by the Islamic group but
the defenders suffered from the heavy artillery used by the
pro-U.S. forces. Both leaders of Fatah al-Islam, Shaikh Absi
and Abu Huraira were killed.
Fatah al-Islam faced a spate of propaganda from supposed
friends of Muslims. Seymour Hersch claimed that it was backed
by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia to undermine Hizbullah. It was a
false analysis. Robert Fisk, etc, wrote similarly but did not
apologize when they turned out to be dead wrong.
After all out assaults by the Lebanese army, ending in total
failure, the army was re-supplied by the U.S. to continue to
the assault. The Palestinian people in the camp were forced
to leave by the daily Lebanese bombardment. Palestinian women
demonstrated in support of Fatah al-Islam but were pushed
The U.S. went further and branded Fatah al-Islam a
The position of HIZBULLAH was interesting. It called on
Lebanon not to send its troops into the camp, but when
Hizbullah saw that Lebanese attacks had failed, it kept quiet
and allowed the bombardment to continue. Hizbullah missed
an unusual chance to show support for a Sunni Islamic
resistance movement. Hizbullah's total inaction over a
THREE MONTH PERIOD of army action against the followers of
Islam creates the perception that Hizbullah is a Shi'ite
sectarian movement. It fights well against Israel when it is
attacked but remains silent when other Muslims are attacked.
Hizbullah's front remains silent during Israeli attacks on
Gaza and the West Bank as well.
ALGERIA: Fascist Regime Under al-Qaida Attack
Within 48 hours, September 6-8, the Salafi movement in Algeria
said to be linked to al-Qaida struck two serious blows at the
regime linked to France and the U.S. In the first attack, a
crowd welcoming the fascist ruler of Algeria, Bouteflika, was
targeted. Casualties were heavy. There were rumors that
Bouteflika had been killed. He was shown on TV to assure his
foreign supporters that he is alive.
In the second attack, Algerian military forces were targeted.
Again it was a successful attack with heavy military losses.
The Al-Qaida related attacks began in April with serious
losses for the regime. Algeria has the most oppressive and
bloodthirsty regime in Africa which makes Egypt's Hosni
Mubarak look like a choir boy. With support from France and
the U.S. [massive World Bank funding], the regime has
committed horrendous crimes against humanity, including the
butchery of countless women and children.
Archive: Answering Sectarianism: Allah does not say
and the Authentic Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) are
Safeguarded by Allah.
Evidence From the Qur'an to Refute those who Think the Qur'an
alone is Safeguarded.
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Question: Sis. M writes from Canada: I read your article in
which you say that Jewish scholars attacked Hadith and
rejecters of Hadith are influenced by them. I have the book
MAQAME HADITH by Allama G.A. Pervez in which on page3 he
quotes God's words from the Qur'an: "Surely We revealed this
Qur'an and surely We are its Guardian." (15:9) Then on page 4
he compares the Qur'an with the Hadith and writes: "Allah
Almighty has not taken the responsibility for safeguarding
anything other than the Qur'an." How can you disagree with
that? Allama Pervez is right and you are wrong. Qur'an is
full of certainty, Hadith is a human product.
Response by Kaukab Siddique: Dear sister. Asalamu alaikum.
Surah 15, verse 9 itself indicates that the entire edifice of
the rejecters of Hadith is built on a false premise. The
verse does NOT use the word "Qur'an"; it uses the word
"Zikr." In Arabic it says: "Inna nahnu nazzal-naz-zikra wa
inna lahu la-hafizun." Thus the correct translation is:
"Surely We revealed the Zikr and surely We are its Guardian."
Yusuf Ali has translated az-Zikr as "the Message." The word
is used numerous times in the Qur'an and these usages
indicate that Zikr is not only the Qur'an but the entire
Islamic way of life implemented by the Prophet (pbuh).
As we shall see, when Allah says that Allah is the Guardian of
the Zikr, it's a reference to the WORDS of the Qur'an, the
MEANING of the Qur'an [explained by the Prophet, pbuh], the
way of life of the Prophet , pbuh, [documented in Hadith],
the entire system of Islam transmitted by the Sahaba, the
spirituality, the Law. ALL these are safeguarded by Allah.
Let us look at the Qur'an's use of the word "Zikr."
Surah al-'Araf 7:63 uses the word not for the Qur'an but for
Allah's message sent to Noah as a reminder to the people.
"Do ye wonder that there has come to you a reminder from your
Lord [zikrum-mir-rabikum] through a man of your own
people, to warn you,-so that ye may fear Allah and perhaps ye
may receive His Mercy."
Thus the "reminder" and "warning" aspect of Allah's message
to others than Muhammad's (pbuh) people is also called Zikr.
Where Allah uses "zikr" as referring to the Qur'an, Allah
makes it clear that it is to be explained to mankind by the
Prophet (pbuh), which is precisely the role of Hadith:
"(We sent them) with clear signs and scriptures, and We sent
down unto thee (O Muhammad) the Zikr, that thou MAY EXPLAIN
CLEARLY to MANKIND [li-tubayinna lin-naas] what is
sent for them, and that they may give thought." [16:44]
Notice that the Prophet's explanation of the Qur'an is not
given in the Qur'an itself but in the Hadith. For Muslims,
the words in the Qur'an are SEPARATE AND DISTINCT from the
words of the Prophet, pbuh.
At places Allah differentiates clearly between the BOOK and
the MEANING in that book (which as seen above was explained by
the Prophet, pbuh):
"We have revealed for you a Book in which is your ZIKR. Will
you not then understand." [21:10] or "Zikr for you."
It is this "zikr" within the Book which is explained by the
Prophet, pbuh, and is enunciated in Hadith.
Then Allah widens the meaning of Zikr and applies the word
to cover all the sanctities of Islam, the entire spiritual and
physical life of the believers, of which formal prayer and
zakat are only a part. The Qur'an is the center of this
Zikr, but the Zikr covers the entire area of life itself:
"...people whom neither sale nor trade can divert from the
ZIKR of Allah, nor from regular prayer, nor from paying zakat.
Their only fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be
turned about." [24:37]
The Islamic way of life, as established by the Prophet,
pbuh, includes the Qur'an and the entire way of life based on
prayer (salat). All of it is Zikr and is safeguarded by
Allah, as in 15:9. Note well this comprehensive meaning
"Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee (o
Muhammad), and establish regular prayer, for prayer restrains
from shameful and evil deeds: and ZIKR of Allah is the
greatest without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that
ye do." [29:45]
Among the Qur'an's content is a strong element of admonition
as well as of good news. The Qur'an connects the Prophet's
role of being a warner (nazeer) and Bashir
(bringer of good tidings) with its own purpose. The verse
about admonition also indicates clearly that the ZIKR is the
meaning of the Qur'an and not the WORDS of the Qur'an:
"Sa'ad: By the Qur'an, full of Admonition [ZIKR], but the
unbelievers are steeped in self-glory and
opposition ..." [38:1-2]
Every Muslim, man and woman, is involved not only in reciting
the Qur'an but in the process of life enunciated by the
Prophet (pbuh). Hence the true believers, MEN and WOMEN are
"ZAKIRIN Allaha kathiran- waz- ZAKIRAT." [33:35] [Men and
women who engage much in Allah's remembrance.]
Once we have clarified the fact that by safeguarding ZIKR,
Allah is safeguarding the entire Islamic way of life,
including the Qur'an, let us note that the Qur'an sanctifies
the example of the Prophet (pbuh) as essential to Islam and
hence blesses and safeguards the Prophet, the sahaba (r.a.)
and the authentic role model enshrined in the Hadith:
THE ZIKR OF MUHAMMAD (pbuh) At a time of great stress and
difficulty, the Qur'an prophesied for Muhammad (pbuh) that
his Zikr or remembrance would be raised high in exaltation:
"And We raised high your ZIKR." [94:4]
Thus we find the name of Muhammad (pbuh) honored and exalted
next to Allah's in Adhan, iqama, khutba, kalima-e-tayyaba,
attahiyat, etc. Of special significance is the ZIKR of
Muhammad (pbuh) in the Adhan, the call to prayer, which takes
place FIVE TIMES A DAY around the world, from Nigeria to
Morocco to Sudan, from Arabia to Pakistan to Indonesia to the
Philippines. This call in which the ZIKR of Muhammad (pbuh)
is exalted is referred to in the Qur'an but neither the
command to give the Adhan nor the words of the Adhan are
given in the Qur'an.
IF THE ADHAN WERE NOT ENSHRINED IN THE HADITH, the entire
fabric of the Islamic world, which is knit into UNITY by the
adhan would not have existed. The ZIKR of Muhammad (pbuh) is
a telling proof that Allah safeguards the Prophet's ZIKR
(pbuh) as much as Allah safeguards the Qur'an.
THE PATTERN of EXCELLENCE and
THE ROLE MODEL for CHARACTER
The Qur'an gives Muslims the example of Muhammad (pbuh) as
the pattern of excellence.
"Surely in the messenger of Allah, ye have the pattern of
excellence for one whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day,
and who does much ZIKR of Allah." [33:21]
Allah reassures the Prophet (pbuh) and the believers who
follow his example:
"And thou are endowed with an exalted standard of character
(and morality)." [68:4]
All Muslims believe that the Qur'an's teachings are for ALL
time to come. Like yesterday and today, tomorrow too Muslims,
following the Qur'an, will NEED to know that pattern of
excellence of the messenger of Allah (pbuh). Same is true of
the Prophet's (pbuh), personal character and morality. Other
than in hints and references, it is NOT given in the Qur'an.
If that pattern and that character were not SAFEGUARDED by
ALLAH, Muslims would not be able to follow these important
teachings of the Qur'an.
In the HADITH, Allah has safeguarded both the pattern of
excellence and the standard of character. How Muhammad (peace
be on him) lived and died, how he prayed and fasted, how he
fought and made peace, how he treated women and children, how
he dealt with slavery and oppression, how he distributed
wealth and transformed society, the SHARIA, the Law and its
application .... all that is SAFEGUARDED by Allah in the
Hadith. All that is part of Zikr of Muhammad (pbuh) and part
of the LARGER ZIKR which encompasses the Muslim's entire life.
The Qur'an and the Hadith are intertwined and impossible to be
cut off from each other.
The SAHABA (companions) of the Prophet are the people who
transmitted BOTH the Qur'an and the Hadith. The way of the
Sahaba [with whom Allah is well pleased] is SAFEGUARDED by
Allah, otherwise how could they have successfully transmitted
the Qur'an and the Hadith to future generations.
Thus when the Jews attack Hadith and the Pervezis try to say
that the Qur'an is safeguarded by Allah and the authentic
Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) is not safeguarded by Allah, they
are flying in the face of the Qur'an and are actually saying
NO to the ENTIRE ISLAMIC WAY of Life. They are denying Zikr of
Allah and the Zikr of Muhammad (pbuh). They must be confronted
and defeated on the battlefield of ideas.
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