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Jamada al-awwal 15,1431/ April 30, 2010 # 18
Meaning of 'AQL and JARIYA in Hadith: Attacks on Hadith
based on ignorance.
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Report on American Zionism by Kaukab Siddique: 3 items.
In response to UNITE Against ZIONISM launched by Jamaat
Zionist counterattack targets Prophet Muhammad, pbuh. How
should Muslims respond?
Here is Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on April 22. He thinks
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, should be parodied. When all other
religions are willing to accept abuse, ridicule and
blasphemy, why shouldn't Muslims, he asks? He was ticked off
by Comedy Central's refusal to show a cartoon of Prophet
Muhammad, pbuh, on the South Park program after a threat was
received from some Muslims.
Jon Stewart is a Jew and a Zionist. He trivializes all
religion but hates Islam above all. Remember, the Jew who is
a Zionist is your worst enemy, be you a follower of
Muhammad, pbuh, or of Jesus. No Muslim has harmed Stewart
but he insists on Insulting the most valuable of all humans,
the best of men, Muhammad, pbuh. This bigotry and hatred is
carried out in the name of "freedom of expression."
It is no coincidence that Jon Stewart does not ridicule the
Jewish holocaust story. Nor does he delegitimize the Jewish
terrorist entity known as Israel. Thus Stewart's claim in
the name of freedom pf expression is no more than a ploy to
defame and blaspheme.
Abu Lahab's wife? Hirsi Ali is carrying on a campaign of
systematic abuse and blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad,
Following the South Park cartoon incident, she was given the
exposure she needed by the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ is
the flagship publication of Zionist capitalism, comparable
to the left wing Zionist New York Times.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal of April 27, Hirsi Ali
urges Americans to make so many pictures of Muhammad, pbuh,
that Muslims would not be able to respond. In other words,
she wants to degrade Islam to the level of other religions
How to respond: Muslims should take these steps:
First: Pray to Allah Almighty to take the fear of humans and
love of dunya out of our souls. Then:
Make it very clear to Americans that no Muslim worth the
name will tolerate any kind of trivialization of Prophet
Muhammad, pbuh. Collaborators of Zionism take the line that
only a few "extremists" are standing against abuse of the
Prophet, pbuh. This is false.
Tell non-Muslims: You cannot be our friend if you show the
slightest disrespect for the best of men, Muhammad ,
The Muslim world should take notice of the Zionist evil in
America. There are 1.7 billion Muslims. For us, if we are
believers, Muhammad, pbuh, should be more important than our
own lives. [I offer my own life. I am willing to die for the
honor of the name of Muhammad, pbuh.]
Relations with America should be linked to America's respect
for our leader Muhammad, pbuh.
Remember that the great majority of Americans respect and
honor Islam and the blessed Prophet, pbuh. The conflict is
being created by the Zionist cliques who have infiltrated
the corporate media.
Challenge the Jewish story of the holocaust at every level.
The holocaust story is the backbone of American Zionism.
Publicize the most outstanding critics of the holocaust
story such as David Irving, Mark Weber, Bradley Smith,
Germar Rudolf, Ernst Zundel and others.
Distribute the writings of eminent Christian writers who see
Israel as a threat to America's national integrity. The most
outstanding are Charles Carlson [whtt] and Mark Glenn
Boycott all businesses which support Israel.
Do not use violence against the Jews or the Zionists.
Remember, the powerful secular state is in the death grip of
the Zionists. They will use it against you, if you show
inclinations towards violence.
Pakistani News Alert
Defamation Campaign Against Khalid Khwaja, Defender of 5 US
Muslims handed over by CAIR to intelligence agencies.
Kidnaper and fake "Taliban" leader are the same, New Trend
On April 28, 2010 New Trend interviewed Sis. Shamama, wife
of Khalid Khawaja, the human rights activist who has been
kidnaped by gangsters in North Waziristan. Sis. Shamama told
us in detail the methodology which is being used by the
kidnapers to defame Khawaja along with threats to kill
Asia Times published a detailed report on the kidnaping
which turned out to be wrong and defamatory. The kidnaper
who calls himself Usman Punjabi pretended to be a Taliban
leader named Umar and called Asia Times' Saleem Shahzad to
create the impression that Khalid is working for the
military against the Taliban. His comments as "Umar"
appeared in Asia Times' report written by Saleem Shahzad.
Sis. Shamama discovered that the calls to her home,
demanding ransom and threatening death, were from the same
number from where "Umar" was calling Asia Times. Saleem
Shahzad now realizes that there is no "Umar." Shahzad is to
be lauded for admitting his error.
Kidnaping of opponents by the Pakistani intelligence
agencies is quite widespread, New Trend reporters say. It
started under General Musharraf and is now totally out of
control. Khalid Khawaja is a real problem for the
authorities because he is standing against American attempts
to arrest the 5 American Muslim youths as "terrorists,"
because he wants Pakistan's High Court to rule on US drone
attacks on Pakistani Islamic villages. and because he filed
suit to deny the handing over of three Taliban leaders to
Pakistan Muslim League wants dictator to be tried. See
charge sheet against General Musharraf for crimes against
Please scroll down.
From Imam Badi Ali [North Carolina]:
Only ONE Spotlight this time: Think! A mind is like a
garden: Feed it and weed it. Take care of your mind. Cleanse
it and clear it.
Unite Against Zionism: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora [item
Letter to Home & Garden TV on Tel Aviv Related Publicity
from Sis. Aisha, Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York City
This is a copy of a letter I had written to Home and Garden
Network (HGTV), a cable television station, after it had
nonchalantly aired a program featuring an Israeli searching
for her own residence:
I viewed the April 4th episode of House Hunters
International about a woman moving into her own apartment in
Tel Aviv, Israel.
You showed great insensitivity by featuring an episode in an
area of the world wrought with controversy. Israel is
really occupying Palestine. The Israeli government
routinely conducts genocidal activities against the
Palestinians to maintain its grip on stolen land!
Airing such an episode shows what a cavalier attitude you
hold about world issues. These Israelis, just like the ones
featured in this episode, have no issue with living on
property for which Palestinians were murdered.
I suggest that you never air such an episode, again!
Unite Against Zionism: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora [Item #
Letter Published in the Herald of Brownsville, Texas from
Shoora leader Roberto Solano
Pro-Israeli Krauthammer's Ideas are anti-people and
Charles Krauthammer wrote an article that at least shows he
is highly confused and a supporter of ideas disloyal to the
American people. Israel has been a source of problems to
the United States since Day One, when it used terrorism to
create the state of Israel.
Israel used terrorism in 1947 to steal land. It used
terrorism in 1967 to seek more land.
It is even to this day terrorizing people like vice
president Biden when he recently visited Jerusalem.
President Clinton got the nearby country of Egypt to stay
friendly with Israel while Israel has done nothing to
While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was talking to Vice
President Biden his staff were planning a Pearl Harbor by
asking for the building of more houses in the territory that
it had been agreed should go to the Palestinians.
And the advocates of Zionism then, like General Custer at
Little Big Horn, are claiming they are the victims. Please
give a break from your Zionist propaganda.
People like them have forced our government to take a second
look at Israel and the U.N. partition of Palestine.
Israel was a 20th century South African apartheid and racism
was a blunder. The South African government was dismantled
and apartheid done away with. The same needs to be done
with Israel's Zionist policies. The whole area should be
made into one democracy (preferably American-style
democracy) where all ethnic groups, races and religions are
treated in a manner in which none gets preferential
Let's correct the mistakes of the past. Let us all work
together toward real peace. A permanent peace that can only
be reached in a spirit of equality and justice.
Unite Against Zionism: Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora [item
WRITE! for Justice, International Law, and Human Rights in
Wall Street Journal & Zuckerman's support for
[From Sis. Caroline, our Christian friend in Florida.]
In a series of op-eds this week, the Wall Street Journal
editorial page has repeatedly sided with the forces of
occupation over Palestinian human rights and international
law. On Monday, occupation loyalist Richard Haass minimizes
the urgency and regional importance of a resolution to the
conflict in 'Palestine Peace Distraction' (4/26). On
Tuesday, Bret Stephens largely faults Palestinians for the
failure to resolve the conflict while maintaining that
'Peace Processes Never Work' (4/27).
In today's op-ed, 'Obama's Jerusalem Stonewall' (4/28)
Mortimer Zuckerman employs a one-sided and false narrative
to support the continued construction of illegal settlements
in occupied East Jerusalem. He argues that "in every peace
agreement that has ever been discussed" that large
settlement blocks in East Jerusalem would become part of
Israel -- when in reality -- virtually the entire
international community opposes such claims in annual UN
Resolutions, not to mention the 2004 ICJ decision and
numerous existing UN Security Council Resolutions.
Please WRITE! and let the Wall Street Journal
email@example.com know that its editorial page should
minimally serve as a forum for serious and informed debate
which includes Palestinian human rights -- and not simply as
a public relations service for those who support the illegal
occupation in almost every respect.
For further information:
Juan Cole: Top Ten Reasons East Jerusalem Does Not Belong to
Gisha: Frequently Asked Questions -- The Threat of
Deportation from the West Bank
NAD-PLO: Israeli Violations of the Road Map -- Annual
UN Security Council Resolution 252 (1968)
Elections in Sudan Confound Critics
By Hodari Abdul-Ali
Special to NEW TREND
As we await the results of the elections held in Sudan April
11-15, 2010, the first multi-party elections in 24 years,
several things are already clear about this milestone event
in the history of Africa's largest country. These
1) The campaigning and balloting process went much
smoother and peacefully than critics of the government in
Khartoum anticipated. Even in Darfur, voting took place
without violence. Despite widely reported criticisms by
European and some U.S. election monitors, those from the
African Union, Arab League, United Nations, Organization of
Islamic Countries and east African regional organizations
reported that the balloting was "free and fair".
2) The National Congress party (NCP) led by President
Omar Al-Bashir enjoys far more genuine support than western
antagonists wanted to acknowledge. While in Khartoum during
the election, this writer saw signs on cars stating in
Arabic "Kulu na Maa ka" (We are all with you!). He did not
have to "rig" the elections in order to win.
3) Because several opposition parties have shallow
support and didn't campaign vigorously, they cried "foul &
fraud", opting to boycott the elections rather than expose
their weakness and disunity. There were some irregularities
to be sure, but these were due primarily to logistical
challenges of getting the right ballots to the polls in a
timely fashion in a huge country lacking good infrastructure
outside of its capital, Khartoum.
4) The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) is a
disorganized and disheartened party, reflected in the mixed
signals sent throughout the electoral process. The inherent
contradiction with the SPLM is that at the same time it is
a) a partner in the government of national unity in Khartoum
with the NCP; b) the ruling party in the government of
southern Sudan (GOSS) in Juba; and c) an ally with several
northern opposition parties.
As a result of these varied agendas, their Secretary General
Pagan Amum announced a boycott of the elections in the
northern part of the country, and then shortly after SPLM
Chairman Salva Kiir announced that the SPLM would only
withdraw its presidential candidate Yasir Arman and not
compete in Darfur.
This partial boycott disappointed its northern opposition
allies who wanted a total boycott. It also disappointed its
supporters who wanted Arman to compete to the end as an
alternative to President Al-Bashir. Nonetheless, Arman
remained on the ballot and reportedly garnered many votes,
particularly in the south. GOSS President Kiir publicly
announced after the election that even he voted for
5) Southern Sudan has real problems that are
becoming harder to ignore and cover up.
Voter intimidation of independent candidates in southern
Sudan, that is those not endorsed by the SPLM, was widely
reported. The only apparent political killings that took
place in Sudan were reportedly at the hands of GOSS
Widespread poverty and hunger is spreading throughout the 10
southern states that would constitute an independent South
Sudan if voters opt to secede in the referendum scheduled
for January 2011. International aid organizations are
already sounding the alarm bells.
Massive corruption and nepotism on the part of the SPLM led
GOSS has caused even international donors to withhold
promised funds to help rebuild and expand the poor
infrastructure in the south. A short visit to Juba left this
writer appalled at how little there is to show for the
billions of dollars of oil revenue that has accrued to the
GOSS since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was
signed in January 2005 ending decades of war and mandating a
split of oil revenues between Khartoum and Juba.
Deadly violence between ethnic groups in southern Sudan is
accelerating, with far more people killed in the south than
in Darfur since the beginning of 2009 up to now.
What all of this portends is that those who have schemed and
plotted for the breakup of Sudan, are having second
thoughts because southern independence would be a disaster
for southerners, as well as Sudan in general and Africa as a
whole. The fraudulent International Criminal Court (ICC)
indictment last year of President Al-Bashir did not have the
intended effect of driving him from power. In fact, it
helped to increase his popularity! In spite of western
sanctions, Khartoum is continuing to grow it economy with
trade with its African neighbors, Arab gulf states, India,
Malaysia and of course, China.
The U.S. and Europe must still deal with President Bashir as
crucial decisions loom ahead concerning the referendum next
year on whether the south will vote to separate or remain a
part of Sudan. President Bashir has indicated that he will
work harder even at this point to encourage unity, but will
accept the results of the vote. Unity is still the best
option for Sudan!
Hodari Abdul-Ali is a prominent African-American Muslim and
a distinguished Peace Activist for Sudan. His book services
are well known in the Washington, DC-Maryland area. New
Trend readers might remember him from our report on his
historic visit to the Muslims and Dalits of India.
Jamaate Islami's comment on Benazir's murder, Suffering of
Masses, Honoring Dr. Israr, Musharraf's flight
by Shamusddin [to New Trend from Lahore]
LAHORE, Apr. 28: The Jamaat e Islami chief Syed Munawar
Hasan has demanded twenty years disqualification for
politicians holding fake degrees along with recovery of all
the benefits drawn by them from the public exchequer.
The legislators holding fake degrees are guilty of fraud and
deserve a strong deterrent action as simple unseating is no
punishment, he said while talking to media after addressing
a reference in memory of veteran Islamic scholar and founder
of the Tanzeem e Islami, Dr Israr Ahmed.
The reference was organized by the Islami Jamiat e Talaba.
Those who paid homage to the great scholar included senior
journalist Mujibur Rahman Shami, Tanzeem e Islami chief
Hafiz Aakif Saeed and IJT chief Syed Abdur Rashid.
Syed Munawar Hasan said the fake degrees should also be a
matter of concern for the political parties accommodating
Syed Munawar Hasan stressed that the elements obstructing
the implementation of the Supreme Court 17- member bench
judgment on NRO should be issued contempt notices. The JI
would hold a mass campaign in support of the Supreme Court
if this judgment was not implemented, he said.
Asked about the UN commission report on Benazir Bhutto's
murder, Syed Munawar Hasan said, the general practice in
such cases was to see who was the beneficiary. He said the
President was putting the blame on others to hide his crime
although previously he had said he knew the assassins of
He said President Zardari had been in power for two years
but had not brought the assassins in the dock. Instead,
Musharraf was given a safe exit with protocol and was made a
Paying homage to Dr Israr Ahmed, he said the life mission of
the deceased was the establishment of Deen and the deceased
struggled for that with the Holy Quran as the pivot
throughout his life.
Hafiz Aakif Saeed said that God Almighty had fashioned Dr
Israr Ahmed to plead for Islam and his father was proud of
Mujibur Rehman Shami said Dr Israr Ahmed was a great
preacher of islam and his services for Deen would be
remembered for ever.
JI condemns proposed raise in POL, gas, electricity charges
LAHORE, Apr. 28: Jamaat e Islami deputy Secretary General Dr
Farid Ahmed Piracha has warned the ruling junta of strong
public reaction against a fresh raise in POL, electricity
and gas rates from May one, on IMF dictation.
During the last two years, the electricity tariff had been
raised by 35 per cent, gas charges by 22 per cent and POL
rates by 30 per cent which had pushed the common man to the
point of starvation, he said in a statement on Wednesday.
Farid Piracha said the rulers were not prepared to cut their
lavish spending, bring back their wealth abroad or give up
US slavery but they were conveniently passing on the entire
burden on to the masses. Accordingly, there had been sharp
rise in poverty, lawlessness, corruption, load shedding and
He said the ruling parties should realize that they had to
go the masses for fresh mandate and the IMF would come to
their help at that time.
Efforts to Put General Musharraf on Trial
General Musharraf Attacked Red Mosque-Jamia Hafsa under
PML - N Prepares Charge Sheet Against Musharraf
By Iftikhar A. Khan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 9 June 2008 (Dawn) - The Pakistan
Muslim League [PML-N] has formulated a 10-point charge-sheet
for a resolution to impeach [criminal, outlaw, tyrant]
Pervez Musharraf and hopes that its [PML-N] coalition
partners [PPP, ANP, JUI-F and others] will move it if Gen.
(retd) Musharraf does not resign.
This was announced by PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
at a press conference at the party's central secretariat
here on Sunday.
The charge-sheet has the following allegations:
1. Gen. Pervez Musharraf imposed [illegal Army] Martial Law
in the country twice, subverted the Constitution and
violated the oath taken by him as Army chief. He kept the
elected Prime Minister [Muhammad Nawaz Sharif] behind bars
in the Attock Fort, [illegally] detained judges of the
superior courts [Supreme Court and High Courts] with their
family members and imposed [military] dictatorship at
2. He planned and undertook the Kargil misadventure,
concealing it from the elected government, sacrificing some
800 [Pakistan Army] officers and men of the Army in the
3. He used Pakistan Army as his personal force, tried to
corrupt it and gave promotion to his blue-eyed officers. He
used the Army for different unconstitutional and illegal
actions meant to prolong his rule, badly affecting the
credibility of the national institution.
4. He pushed the Army into an undeclared war against its own
people without seeking approval from the Prime Minister,
Cabinet and Parliament, which has so far resulted in the
killing of over 1,000 Army men. Suicide bombings in reaction
have also claimed lives of a large number of Pakistanis.
5. He blackmailed and subjected different people to torture
and abuse, using the National Accountability Bureau [NAB] to
form a [PML-Q] political party.
6. He got Nawab Akbar Bugti killed in cold blood to
implement the threat he had earlier hurled on him and
congratulated the people involved in the killing after the
7. Thousands of Baloch political workers were made victims
of enforced disappearance, with their family members still
unaware of their whereabouts. Various Baloch leaders,
including Akhtar Mengal, were implicated in false cases and
8. The Lal Masjid [Red Mosque of Islamabad] was attacked on
the pressure of external powers [the Israeli-Zionist
Bush-Cheney Junta of War Criminals], resulting in the death
of hundreds of innocent boys and girls.
9. Over 650 of the [Pakistani and Afghan] people illegally
picked up from different parts of the country were handed
over to the United States in return for dollars. This he
[Traitor Musharraf] admitted in his book.
10. He set new examples of cronyism, nepotism, corruption
favoritism. During his eight years in power, Gen. Musharraf
made billions of rupees as his close associates got massive
contracts from NHA, OGDC, PIA, besides earning billions of
rupees in defence deals.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said these are not mere allegations,
substantial evidence is available which would be presented
Parliament during impeachment proceedings.
He opposed the idea of giving a safe exit to Musharraf and
said it was a fit case for trial under Article 6 of the
Constitution. He said the reconciliation offer by Musharraf
at this stage is meaningless as it would be a folly to give
more time to an unreliable and controversial person.
He said the PML-N would formally demand formation of a
commission on the Kargil episode during the budget session
so that those responsible for the misadventure could be
brought to book.
He rejected claim by Musharraf that he had not lobbied to
become Army chief, but did not give details.
However, answering a question, he said he was amongst those
who had supported Musharraf at that time. He said the final
decision was taken by the then Prime Minister on the basis
of records provided by the Inter Services Intelligence [ISI]
and the Military Intelligence [MI].
"Nobody had recommended him [Dictator Musharraf] as Martial
Law administrator," he remarked.
7 Point Charge-sheet Against Musharraf
1.He started Kargil without the approval or even knowledge
of the govt., hence effectively derailed the peace process
initiated by the elected govt. It isolated Pakistan and
sabotaged more than 50 years of struggle of the Kashmiris
and the Kashmiri cause .it also neutralized the nuclear
deterrent and demonstrated to the people of the world the
irresponsibility of Pakistani army generals. Kargil has
damaged Pakistan in every which way one can think of.
2.The coup of 1999 was a crime punishable under article 6 of
constitution. It was well planned and well rehearsed. The
subsequent hijacking story is utter bullshit. he controlled
everything from the cockpit of that aircraft.
3.Ok,he was the victor and with help of some corrupted and
immoral generals he was able to overwhelm the elected govt.,
fine he was welcomed by some quarters but whatever he has
done with people of Pakistan during almost 9 years has
compounded his crimes. he screwed the administration system
of the country only for the perpetuation of his rule. the
local govt. system which he installed, resulted to worst
kind of oligarchy and the rural Pakistan is bleeding. Most
of us here on this forum are probably quite unaware of the
havoc this local govt. system has wrecked.
4.He abducted , handed over and sold Pakistani Citizen. The
numbers are in thousands. nobody knows where these people
are. for this crime only he should be hanged several
5. He was criminally negligent after the earthquake. he
showed up at Margalla towers, climbed atop the rubble under
which there were alive as well as dead bodies. Later on he
appointed one of his crony to head the organisation
responsible for rehabilitation and reconstruction,
consequently huge amounts of money was embezzled. That led
to a great human tragedy about which nobody talks.
6. He removed and imprisoned the Chief Justice of Pakistan
on flimsy charges. The supreme court of Pakistan reinstated
the Chief Justice and declared his actions to be
7. He then abrogated the constitution and imprisoned not
only Chief Justice but all other Judges who refused to take
oath under his PCO.
His rule brought innumerable miseries to the people of
Pakistan. He has been the most corrupted, callous ,immoral
and ruthless ruler of the country and people were
subservient to his whims and wishes. It is high time, he be
tried otherwise Pakistan would never be able to get rid of
imprudent, self-righteous Napoleonic idiocy of military
Why the rise in al-Qaeda Attacks in Iraq?
Excerpts from Ned Parker's report.
Secret prison for Sunnis revealed in Baghdad
By Ned Parker
The Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2010
Reporting from Baghdad
Hundreds of Sunni men disappeared for months into a secret
under the jurisdiction of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's
where many were routinely tortured until the country's Human
gained access to the facility, Iraqi officials say.
The men were detained by the Iraqi army in October in sweeps
groups in Nineveh province, a stronghold of Al Qaeda in Iraq
groups in northern Iraq. The provincial governor alleged at
the time that
ordinary citizens had been detained as well, often without a
Worried that courts would order the detainees' release,
obtained a court order and transferred them to Baghdad where
they were held
in isolation. Human rights officials learned of the facility
in March from
family members searching for missing relatives.
Revelation of the secret prison could worsen tensions at a
moment in Iraq. As U.S. troops are withdrawing, Maliki, a
Shiite, and other
political officials are negotiating over the formation of a
Including minority Sunni Arabs is considered by many to be a
preventing a return of widespread sectarian violence.
Already there has been
an increase in attacks by Al Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni
extremist group. The
alleged brutal treatment of prisoners at the facility raised
the country could drift back to its authoritarian past.
Hadith Studies by Kaukab siddique, PhD
Weak Translation of Hadith Misleads Readers: A Comment on
the Meaning of 'Aql and Jariya
In his translation of Sahih Bukhari, Dr. Muhsin Khan
translates hadith number 826 (in volume 3, section XVII, on
Witnesses) as follows: "Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri. The
Prophet said: 'Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of
that of a man?' The Women said, 'Yes'. He said, "This is
because of the deficiency of a woman's mind." The Arabic is
fazalika min nuqsan-e-aqaleha which should be translated as:
"That is owing to her lack of understanding." The
translation of 'Aql as "mind" is incorrect. The term "mind"
is a platonic concept which refers to innate ability. 'Aql
is the word for understanding, sense and wisdom which is
acquired through experience and development of educational
abilities. The mind is fixed and unchanging; Understanding
can be developed. The term "mind" has to do with the idea
that some people are born with intelligence and some are
not: In its essence it is a racist concept.
We can try to define the meaning of the word "aql" by
looking at its usage in the Qur'an. It is used to refer to
an ability which learns from observation and which works
though experiencing the wonders of God's creation:
And of His signs is this: He shows you the lightning for a
fear and a hope, and sends down water from the sky, and
thereby quickens the earth after its death. Surely in that
are signs for people of understanding (liqaumin-yyaqiloon).
The Qur'an 30:24
And the difference of night and day and the provision that
Allah sends down from the sky and thereby quickens the earth
after her death, and the ordering of the winds, are signs
for people of understanding (liqaumin-yyaqiloon).
These verses are meant for the general audience of the
Qur'an. Anyone who is willing to use his understanding and
look at the heavens and the earth can perceive the
underlying power which makes the universe possible. These
verses are not aimed at some special elite which has a
"mind" which others lack. Certainly women are not excluded
from the audience of these verses. No honest commentator
would be able to claim that the signs of God mentioned in
these verses are not available to women because women are
deficient in their "minds"! Any person, man or woman, can
perceive the ayat (signs) of Allah and arrive at conclusions
about God's Oneness, Creativity, Power, and Nurturing Love.
Dr. Muhsin Khan has made a major blunder. He did not realize
that the holy Prophet was actually urging the women to gain
understanding. He was not saying that they are deficient by
nature and will always remain so! When a teacher says to a
student: Your understanding of the book is weak, you are
deficient in your analysis; think, don't cheat, etc; the
teacher is actually urging the student to gain the
understanding which he/she lacks. Islam came to educate
people, to raise them from out of the marshes of ignorance,
not to condemn them.
If Dr. Muhsin Khan had looked at other hadith in the same
chapter of Bukhari's Sahih, he would have realized two
1. The holy Prophet did not reject the witness of one woman
even as opposed to a man's.
2. He did not think that women are deficient in their minds.
In hadith number 827 and 828 we are told that the holy
Prophet abrogated a marriage on the basis of ONE WOMAN'S
WITNESS who had testified that in their infancy she had
suckled both the husband and the wife. The narration
indicates that the male narrator did not want to accept the
woman's witnessing but the holy Prophet would not
countenance his hesitation. (Incidentally the woman was
black and a slave from the Era of Ignorance, which also
indicates the revolutionary Islamic concepts of equality of
all races and peoples along with equality of male and
Further on in the same chapter of Bukhari's Sahih, we have a
lengthy narration of the slander which was spread against
hazrat 'Ayesha (radi Allahu unha) by the hypocrites. In the
narration we find hazrat Ali urging the holy Prophet to ask
for one woman's witness and the holy Prophet going through
the process of asking one woman without saying that two
women are required. (The Qur'an then confirmed this
witnessing by affirming the noble character of the blessed
'Ayesha.) The words of the narration are:
"'Ali ibn Abi Talib said: O messenger of Allah! Allah has
not put restrictions on you, and there are many women other
than she; yet you may ask the young woman (Barera) and she
will tell you the truth. On that the messenger of Allah,
peace and blessing of Allah be on him, called Barera and
asked her: 'O Barera! Did you ever see anything which raised
your suspicion? Barera said: No. By Allah who has sent you
with the Truth, I have never seen anything wrong in her
except that she is young and sometimes sleeps after having
kneaded the dough and the goat comes and eats it. On that
day the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be
on him, stood up to give the khutba and asked the people to
support him against Abdullah ibn Ubayy ibn Salul. The
messenger of Allah said: Who will support me against that
person who has hurt me in the matter of my family? By Allah
I know nothing but good about my family, and they have
accused a man about whom I know nothing except good and he
never entered my house except in my company."
Those who have read their hadith books carefully know that
Barera was a freed slave woman. In fact, she had been freed
by hazrat 'Ayesha and used to spend her time with hazrat
'Ayesha as her companion, friend, and helper. In both hadith
the witness of one woman is accepted by the Prophet, and the
question of their 'deficient mind' is not raised. The reason
for acceptance was that Islamic education had given women
mental maturity and understanding. By the time the slander
against hazrat 'Ayesha occurred, the Muslim community had
strengthened its roots. When the verse about two female
witnesses was revealed in Sura al-Baqarah, the Islamic
community had just begun in Medina. Our male commentators
have built their weak position on Sura al-Baqarah while
completely ignoring Surat un-Noor where hazrat 'Ayesha's
example was used by Allah to indicate the equality of males
and females before the Law for all times to come. Dr. Muhsin
Khan has also slipped in his translation of the word jariya.
He translates it as "woman-servant" which though better than
laundi (female slave), as some Urdu language translators put
it, is still off the mark. The workd jariya simply means a
young woman or girl. Barera was not a slave or a servant.
(Bukhari's Sahih attests that the holy Prophet's household
did not have a servant, male or female) She had been freed
by hazrat 'Ayesha. Somehow Dr. Khan could not see that the
word jariya occurs three times in hadith 829 referring to
hazrat 'Ayesha herself. (As hazrat 'Ayesha points out, she
was a young woman at that time and weighed very little;
hence the camel driver did not know if she was sitting in
the curtained seat atop the camel or not and moved on
without her.) Thank goodness that Dr. Khan does not claim
that hazrat 'Ayesha was a slave girl too! I hope he will
look up the story of Barera and find out that she had been
freed. (Freed slaves often lived with those who had freed
them in a system of wilayya because they had no family
systems of their own.)
I am not trying to condemn all of Dr. Khan's translation.
Readers however should notice how many different factors can
come in to create misgivings and misunderstanding about
Hadith. We all have much to learn. Those who are translating
holy books into English are often very deficient in their
English; however, they are not willing to face the fact that
they are deficient in their understanding of English.
Inshallah, we can learn from each other. Let them tell us
where we make mistakes in Arabic, and let them listen to us
where we point out their mistakes in English. The language
of the people is an essential vehicle for the dissemination
of a message. The Qur'an was revealed in Arabic to a people
who spoke Arabic. Similarly, Islam in America must be
conveyed by people who can speak and understand the idiom of
the American people.
And if We had sent the Qur'an in a foreign tongue, they
would have surely said: if only its verses were expounded
(so that we might understand). What! I foreign tongue and an
Arab?--Say to them (O Muhammad): For those who believe it is
a Guidance and a healing; and as for those who disbelieve,
there is deafness in their ears, and it is blindness for
them. Such are called to from afar.
The Qur'an 41:44
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