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26 Raby' al-Thaany 1436 a.H - February 15 2015 issue # 59, Newsletter # 1589
Hadith of the Week
Narated By abu Huraira:
"Allah's Apostle used to keep silent between the Takbir and
the recitation of Qur'an and that interval of silence used
to be a short one. I said to the Prophet "May my parents be
sacrificed for you! What do you say in the pause between
Takbir and recitation?" The Prophet said, "I say,
'Allahumma, ba'id baini wa baina khatayaya kama ba'adta
baina-l-mashriqi wa-l-maghrib. Allahumma, naqqim min
khatayaya kama yunaqqa-ththawbu-l-abyadu mina-ddanas.
Allahumma, ighsil khatayaya bil-ma'i wa-th-thalji wal-barad
(O Allah! Set me apart from my sins (faults) as the East and
West are set apart from each other and clean me from sins as
a white garment is cleaned of dirt (after thorough washing).
O Allah! Wash off my sins with water, snow and hail.)"
Sahih Bukhari Volume 001, Book 012, Hadith Number 711
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Silver Spring, Maryland and
Baltimore County, Maryland.
February 13, 2015. After Juma;, documents from Jamaat
al-Muslimen were given to 125 Muslims at MCC in Silver
Br. Kaukab Siddique's Khutba: Cartoons of the Prophet,
pbuh, will not be tolerated. Beware of anti-Islam and pro
homo-sex propaganda on TV.
Boycott Coca Cola and all pro-Israel businesses.
Anti-blasphemous cartoon rallies all over Pakistan by
Jamaate Islami, JamatudDawa, Tehreeke Insaf. Multan city
supports Kouache brothers.
Anti-blasphemous cartoon rallies in Algeria, Somalia,
Sudan and Niger. The crowds in Niger became violent and
attacked French outlets and European established
Death in US custody of Abu Anas al-Libi [mujahid leader
from Libya] and Phil Africa [MOVE leader from Philadelphia].
Analysis by Sis. Karin.
Alsoo on February 13, after Juma,
Jamaat al-Muslimeen documents were given to 92 Muslims at
Masjid Noor in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Br. Kaukab's khutba denouncing blasphemous cartoons as
well as media campaign trying to present mujahideen forces
Imam Badi Ali's thought provoking points on Jordan's
alliance with the West and the burning of the pilot.
Point by point notes on the complete 20 minute video on
the burning of the Jordanian jet fighter pilot.
Rallies all over Pakistan against the occupation of
Kashmir by the Indian army. [Speeches by Siraj ul Haq, JI
Br. Kaukab's analysis on mosque for women only: Islam
does not oppose it but working together with men is desired
Rallies in African countries against blasphemous cartoons
of the Prophet, pbuh. Riots in Niger.
Iran: Ganging up with the US to Destroy the Islamic State.
Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei sent Obama secret letter:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded
to overtures from U.S. President Barack Obama amid nuclear
talks by sending him a secret letter, the Wall Street
Journal reported on Friday.
Citing an Iranian diplomat, the paper said the Iranian
cleric had written to Obama in recent weeks in response to a
presidential letter sent in October.
Obama's letter suggested the possibility of U.S.-Iranian
cooperation in fighting Islamic State if a nuclear deal was
secured, the paper said, quoting the diplomat.
Khamenei's letter was "respectful" but noncommittal, it
quoted the diplomat as saying.
Both the White House and the Iranian mission at the United
Nations declined to comment on the report.
Khamenei said this week he could accept a compromise in the
nuclear talks and gave his strongest defense yet of Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani's decision to negotiate with the
West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.
The nuclear talks with the United States, Russia, China,
Britain, France and Germany are aimed at clinching an accord
that would ease Western concerns that Tehran could pursue a
covert nuclear weapons program, in return for the lifting of
sanctions that have ravaged the Iranian economy.
Negotiators have set a June 30 final deadline for an accord,
and Western officials have said they aim to agree on the
substance of such a deal by March.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due to
address the U.S. Congress on Iran on March 3 - to the
annoyance of the Obama administration - has vowed "to foil
this bad and dangerous agreement."
President Obama's Strategy for Muslims: Demonize the "bad",
send in the "good."
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
Republicans are pressing President Obama to send more troops
to Iraq. ISIS too is provoking him to send in troops they
can fight instead of having to fight America's proxies.
Obama is too sharp to accept Republican pressure and though
provoked by ISIS is astutely refusing to send in his
Obama's strategy seems to be to use Muslims against Muslims,
Arabs against Arabs. In a simplified form it looks like
He says, and keeps repeating, that Islam is a religion of
peace. All of his followers pick up that message and keep
repeating it. It implies that all those Muslims who are
fighting America are not real Muslims because "Islam is a
religion of peace."
He diligently arms those rulers who want to fight the
Islamic groups, such as the Pakistani generals, the kings of
Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and the Shaykhs of Kuwait, UAE and
Qatar, the regimes in Iraq and Lebanon, and of course
General Sissi of Egypt and the democrats of Tunisia.
He wants Syria's tyrant to survive, even though barely,
despite the fact that Russia, Iran and Hizbullah violate
international law by weekly airlift of weapons to him. In
the case of Iran and Hizbullah, ground forces are involved
in fighting the mujahideen. Iran has even air lifted Shias
from Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria where some of them have
died fighting the mujahideen.
Iran is very important for USA because it can send in
endless Shia reinforcements into Iraq and Syria and help to
divide the Muslims of Pakistan.
In DIRECT ACTION, Obama keep up the hight tech bombing of
ISIS and to a lesser degree al-Nusra and the Pakistani
Also, in direct action, he keeps Israel heavily armed and
funded despite a splat with Netanyahoo who works with the
Republicans much to Obama's chagrin.
In Kobani, Obama did more daily bombing than anywhere
else though he was assisting YPG Communists. So anyone
fighting the Islamic State is okay for him.
The media assault on ISIS is extremely important for
Obama. The Islamic State is being accused of every possible
human rights violation without any evidence or restraint.
This assault is similar to what was carried out against
President Saddam Hussain. Muslims could see that every
possible Zionist Jew was condemning Saddam but they still
could not believe that Saddam was being smeared. The same is
happening in the case of ISIS.
[The problem for the media is that young converts to Islam
in Europe are not buying the propaganda. Perhaps they don't
watch mainstream TV.]
[Jihad movements in Libya, Sinai, eastern Yemen, Afghanistan
are potential supporters of ISIS and are negating American
The Republicans just don't get it.
Spotlights & Guidance
Fallout from the Triple Murder of Muslim Students in Chapel
Live in the present moment . Be effective and reach out.
Honor your faith and serve the community.
Why do we give the best effort we have for our job and
for earthly things. and not for our faith. Why do we
sacrifice our time to do our daily work but cannot get up
Spend a few minutes thinking of the Ummah and how to
improve the condition of the Ummah. Take responsibility for
what you can do.
The tragic three murders n Capel Hill remind me that
mostly we react strongly and then forget what happened. We
forget even the worst tragedy.
Look at the 4 statues in Greensboro. The African American
community was so deeply conscious of their struggle that
they made the statues to honor their heroes. All that is
left is the museum. The Black people lost both their
interest and their rights. Will that happen to us.
Ask yourself how the tragedy of Chapel Hill can benefit
the values of our community. This should not be used for
personal publicity or for the publicity of an organization .
Use it for the Ummah. Help the Ummsh.
If you are carrying this light, share it so that we all
Most imams lack the patience and the empathy . What is
wrong with this picture? Don't keep your good at home.
Stop copying those who are on TV. Work with those who are
Be generous. Improve your mental and physical
Scholars should not think that they know everything.
Don't brag. Don't judge.
The media are in a way responsible for the murders, as
is Hollywood, in particular the American Sniper movie.
We need a hero who can sue Fox, the Sniper movie and
others who made these murders possible.
I am worried about COPYCATS owing to the atmosphere
created by the media. Remember the school shootings? Once
they started, they kept spreading.
The leaders should know that such victimization can
create conflicts for other minorities too.
- Imam Badi Ali is a Palestinian American who leads a large
congregation in Greensboro, North Carolina
From a Top African American Scholar
Republican Invitation to Netanyahoo regardless of Israeli
Genocide & Apartheid.
Hubris, Arrogance and the Violation of Separation of
by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III
"He (the President) shall have Power, by and with the Advice
and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties...shall appoint
Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls..."
Constitution of the United States, Section 2.
"...he shall receive Ambassadors and other public
Ministers..." Constitution of the United States, Section
There are two interesting and powerful concepts that make
the Constitution of the United States unique. One is
"separation of powers" and the other is "checks and
balances". The United States government has three co-equal
branches with defined separate powers and authorities. Each
branch is provided with the ability and authority to check
the powers of the other branches.
It is clearly delineated in Article II of the Constitution
that the Executive Branch (President) is America's
preeminent foreign policy maker as evidenced by his
diplomatic, treaty powers and his role as
commander-in-chief. In 1936 the Supreme Court confirmed this
role by stating in United v. Curtiss-Wright, "... the
president is the sole organ of the federal government in the
field of international relations." It is also important to
note that it is the Senate not the House of Representatives
that is first in line to consult with the President on
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has taken it upon himself
to ignore the clearly delineated powers in the Constitution
and has extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister
Netanyahu to address a joint session of congress on March 3.
Boehner has three objectives; first, continue to humiliate
the first African American President of the United States.
Second, impact the ongoing negotiations between the Obama
administration and Iran in the favor of Israel. Third, throw
Netanyahu a lifeline two weeks before Israeli elections as
his political position in Israel flounders. According to The
Times of Israel, "...poll finds dramatic swerve to pessimism
among young voters and the right, trends that should worry
Israel's second-longest serving prime minister."
To their credit a growing number of Democrats are planning
to skip Netanyahu's address. Most notable of those are
President Obama, he will not meet with Netanyahu and VP
Biden will be "on travel".
To date the following members of the Congressional Black
Caucus (CBC) are on record intending to boycott the address,
G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), head of the CBC, John Lewis
(D-Ga.), James Clyburn (S.C.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and
Gregory Meeks (N.Y.). According to The Hill Rep. Butterfield
said the move marked an "unprecedented overreach of the
Speaker's authority" that "goes beyond the traditions of his
office." Rep. Lewis stated, "I think it's an affront to the
president and the State Department what the speaker
Kudos to those who are standing up and boycotting this
insult to the office of the president and the overreach by
Speaker Boehner but what about boycotting Netanyahu because
he represents a government that is engaging in genocide and
apartheid? According to Nobel Prize Laureate, The Most
Reverend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu "I have witnessed the
systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children
by members of the Israeli security forces...Their
humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were
corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the
security forces of the apartheid government."
Boycott Netanyahu because Israel's aggression towards Iran
will become the sequel to the failed disaster film we've
already seen, Iraq.
It's great that members of the CBC are boycotting
Netanyahu's planned speech but what about the CBC as an
organization? The CBC should stand together on the side of
morality and speak with one voice in opposition to Boehner
and his henchmen. According to The Hill Reps. Hank Johnson
(D-Ga.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) say they're still on the
fence while they push for a postponement.
Note to Reps. Johnson and Ellison; Tutu was correct when he
said, "People who are denied their dignity and rights
deserve the solidarity of their fellow human beings," Tutu
said of the Palestinians. "Those who turn a blind eye to
injustice perpetuate injustice. If you are neutral in
situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the
oppressor." Dr. King, said "the ultimate measure of a man is
not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
You are still on the fence between justice and injustice
choosing political comfort and convenience? Really?
I have issues with a lot of the policies that have been
supported and implemented by the Obama administration but I
have even bigger issues with hatred, bigotry, and
oppression. I can't sit by as an African American man and
allow bigots like Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) to say "you lie" or
former Speaker Gingrich and Dinesh D'Souza to say, "What if
(Obama) is so outside our comprehension, that only if you
understand Kenyan anticolonial behavior can you begin to
piece together (his actions)? Just as an aside, why
shouldn't the Kenyan's and all colonial subjects oppose
One must never underestimate the blindness that attends
hubris and arrogance. Hence, those like Boehner and his ilk
will blindly ignore established protocol and violate the
Constitution that they have sworn to protect in order to
insult the first African American President and support an
apartheid regime like Israel. Failing to speak out with a
unified voice and for the right reasons will only lead us
further down the rabbit hole of hatred, bigotry, ignorance
and eventual annihilation.
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the Sirius/XM
Satellite radio channel 126 call-in talk radio program
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Why are India's Disruptive Activities not being Stopped? JI Leader asks.
LAHORE, Feb.13: Deputy Chief of the Jamaat e Islami, Hafiz
Muhammad Idrees, has said that when it was in military's
knowledge that terrorism in the country was being engineered
by India, why was the matter not being raised at the
international level and what prevented direct and
straightforward talks with New Delhi for controlling the
evil. He was addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora
Hafiz Muhammad Idrees said that the military spokesman had
in categorical terms, held India responsible for terrorist
all over the country including Khyber P and Balochistan. He
said the nation was not unaware of the India's evil designs
against this country, however, the rulers in Islamabad
despite being fully aware of this, were keen for friendship
with India and were ready to accept her supremacy.
He said that the Foreign Ministry should produce evidence of
India's involvement in terrorism before the International
Court of Justice.
The JI deputy chief appreciated the military spokesman's
regarding the JIT report on the Baldia Town factory tragedy
and said it had been proved beyond doubt that the factory
fire was a terrorist activity of the MQM. He stressed that
all those nominated in the JIT report must be proceeded
against immediately lest someone else was made the scapegoat
to save the real culprits.
Hafiz Muhammad Idrees said that US President Obama's phone
call to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was a conspiracy to
create misunderstandings between Pakistan and China before
the Chinese President's visit to this country. He said that
actually Washington desired that Pakistan should remain a
victim of India's aggression and an obedient servant to the
The JI deputy chief congratulated the nation on the
discovery of vast mineral wealth at Chiniot. He said that
Allah Almighty did not like the faithful to beg from the
infidels. However, he said, the Pakistani rulers had never
tried to introduce the Islamic order in the country. On the
other hand, they were still pursuing the policy of pleasing
Washington at the cost of Allah's displeasure. He said the
rulers had never framed policies that could benefit the
general public from the natural resources. Instead, the
masses had always been burdened with heavy taxes.
He said if the rulers tried to dole out this mineral wealth
to their favourites as in the past, the fruit of this
discovery won't reach the masses.
JI urges EC to stop use of money in Senate election
LAHORE, Feb. 13; Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul
Haq, has called upon the Election Commission to explain what
measures it was taking to prevent the use of money in the
upcoming Senate elections. He was talking to the media after
filing his nomination papers for the Senate seat in Peshawar
Sirajul Haq said that the Senate elections had been made a
trade and a game of the feudal lords, vaderas and
capitalist. However, he said, it was the responsibility of
the Election Commission to hold fair, free and transparent
elections and to stop the use of money for purchasing
Referring to the JIT report on the Baldia Town factory
tragedy, Sirajul Haq said this was the report of the
country's most responsible agencies that had been field
before the court, and it had clearly named the MQM for the
factory fire, and had mentioned that the factory owner had
been asked to pay Rs. 200 million as extortion. He said that
after the report, the eyes of the whole nation and the
workers were at the government and the courts as the people
were anxious to know if justice would be done to the
families of the unfortunate victims of the tragedy.
Sirajul Haq said it was surprising that the PPP talked much
of the workers' rights but the PPP government in Sindh was
bargaining with the MQM for the Senate elections instead of
supporting the cause of the factory workers in this case. He
said that terrorism, done in any name and by any
organization, racial, ethnic or sectarian, must be
Sirajul Haq said that the JI could not tolerate a system
wherein a poor vendor and labourer was dealt with an iron
hand for a minor lapse, but the big wigs responsible for the
destruction of major state institutions like WAPDA, Steel
Mills, PIA, were saluted.
The JI chief deplored that the US President Obama, the
champion of human rights and democracy, and the NGOs busy in
the same propaganda, had not uttered a word on the murder of
three Muslims by a terrorist at their own home, in a US
LAHORE, Feb. 13; Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul
Haq, has strongly condemned the suicide attack at the
Peshawar Imambagah and said the enemies of Islam were
targeting this country and wanted to shatter the national
He said that the incident could be India's reaction over the
statement of the military spokesman.
The JI chief expressed deep condolences with the bereaved
The JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has also condemned
the suicide bombing and the huge loss of life there
Pak Taliban re-Emerging.
In the Kurram area near Afghanista, Pak Taliban hit a
military unit with a roadside bomb killing 4 soldiers. [Feb.
In the city of Kohat, south west of Peshawar, 5 customs
officers were killed at night by gunmen who escaped. [Feb.
In Peshawar 19 Shi'ites were killed in a sectarian
On February 15, an Ahle Sunnah wal jamaa leader was gunned
down in Rawalpindi, ostensibly by Shia gunmen.
Robert Gates: Destroying ISIL 'unrealistic' and
By Trevor Eischen
President Barack Obama's goal to destroy the Islamic State
of Iraq and the Levant is "unrealistic" and "unattainable,"
former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, the former
Pentagon chief under both Obama and President George W. Bush
said U.S. forces should should not focus entirely on
eradicating the terrorist group but should create an
operation that contains the spread of ISIL militants and
"denies them the ability to hang onto territory."
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"The president has set an ambitious and, I think under
current circumstances, an unrealistic goal when he talks
about our intent being to destroy ISIS," Gates said. "With
the means he has approved so far, I think that's an
And, he said, special forces will be needed in Iraq and
Syria to assist with the airstrikes that are being conducted
by the U.S. and its allies.
A "re-invasion of Iraq with large ground forces is a false
set of options," Gates said, but "a few hundred troops"
should be stationed in the region.
IS Captures Sirte, arrests Copts. General Hifter Attacking
February 12: Southern Islamic fighters of IS [Islamic State]
moved out and captured the city of Sirte.
February 14. IS fighters arrested 20 Egyptians belonging to
the Christian Coptic church. IS alleges that Copts have
kidnaped and raped Muslim women in Egypt.
Copts are abusing the Prophet, pbuh, on their web sites,
they say. They are staunch allies of General Sissi who has
killed more than 1500 unarmed Muslim cdemonstrators in two
[Late News: Feb. 15. Al-Jazeera reports that IS has killed
the 20 Copts arrested in Libya.]
An oil pipeline is on fire in Libya. Italy says it will
militarily intervene in Libya if IS succeeds.
Boko Haram on the Offensive in Chad, Niger, Cameroon and
deep into Nigeria
February 12. In response to military attacks by Chadian
troops on Boko Haram, the Islamic fighters crossed Lake Chad
in boats and attacked a town in Chad., BH
February 13. Supporters of BH in Niger are being arrested
after the Islamic group took over border areas of Niger.
February 14. Boko Haram forces drove deep into Nigeria and
attacked the city of Gombe. After intense fighting with the
army, BH withdrew. [BBC says it was not beaten back but
Areas of northern Cameroon have come under BH control.
Major Victory for Islamic State [IS].+ Many Neutral Sunnis
Executed by Shia Militia.
February 14: Islamic State forces attacked and captured the
city of al-Baghdadi north west of Baghdad.
In heavy fighting, despite air support by US jet bombers,
the Shi'ite forces were routed with heavy casualties.
IS forces are now only five miles from al-Asad air base, a
huge facility which now has 300 US military specialists om
Also, on Feb. 14, Shi'ite militia arrested a leading Sunni
leader with 7 of his main supporters and 15 others and
executed all of them.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Next four items.
Murder of Three Muslim Students - Press Release
Triple Murder of three Innocent Muslim students at Chapel
Hill. Atmosphere of hate created by FOX TV and
glorification of the American Sniper Movie
People of conscience in North Carolina and Muslims across
America are shocked by this heinous triple murder.
These students, two hijabi women and a man had done no harm
to the shooter or anyone else. This was hate directed at
Islam and Muslims. Muslims, especially students, are well
respected and liked in North Carolina. They are people who
live lawful lives, working hard, and are honest and decent
in their daily lives. They care for their neighbors and
people of all religions.
Muslims in North Carolina have not offended anyone and
nothing like this horrible triple murder has happened
before. We are glad that the shooter has been arrested and
we urge that justice be not delayed.
However, it is noticeable that the atmosphere of hate has
been created by FOX TV which has viewers across America.
People like O'Reilly, Hannity, the Geller women, and others
have been spewing hatred against Islam and Muslims almost on
a daily basis. Judge Janine and numerous Fox contributors
present Islam and Muslims as a threat to every American.
They also defend guns.
Every effort to create an understanding of Islam is shot
down by Fox in a variety of ways. Even the study of a small
chapter of the Qur'an is strongly opposed by Fox which has
become a hate site, certainly not a source of information
Both Fox and CNN have been touting the American Sniper
movie. The killer of 160 people is presented as a great
hero. Is it at all strange that people instigated by the
Geller girls and Hannity, etc. would try to be shooters and
snipers right here in America, targeting innocent US Muslim
students who look a little like Iraqis.
We urge our readers to become media conscious and rebut the
hate and incitement which can easily turn into a triple
Muslims for a Better North Carolina
For more information contact:
Powerful Response from Sis. K.....[name withheld].
Why do we keep Looking for Good from Kuffar? Read Allah's
Guidance. We Should Expect Hostility and Hate. Don't be
This was certainly a terrible event and my prayers are with
the families of the three victims. The world would certainly
be a better place if we did not live among evil, but we do.
We can't dream or hope or expect the world to be absent of
hatred between good and evil. The fact is this: Allah has
nurtured belief in some but withholds it from others; and
among the nonbelievers there will always be those who hate
the believers and choose to make war against them...whether
that be a "war" of hate-filled words or a "war" with
weapons. And likewise, true believers will always have
hatred for the nonbelievers (Surely the vilest of animals in
Allah's sight are those who disbelieve. 8:55); and there
will be appropriate times for both types of "war" against
the nonbelievers as well.
We should not expect Fox News to stop "shooting down every
effort to create an understanding of Islam" (Indeed, those
who disbelieve - it is all the same for them whether you
warn them or do not warn them - they will not believe. Allah
has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and
over their vision is a veil... 2:6-7) Let Fox News hate
Muslims! Why would a believer want Fox News to like them?
The line between believers and nonbelievers is supposed to
be bold and solid....not faded and weak.
And let Fox News continue to "defend guns"! I certainly
defend my right to own a gun...as long as the evildoers have
access to guns, I certainly want access to them as well! We
must remember: Guns don't kill people. People kill people.
Allah allows choices. If eliminating the choice between
right and wrong was a good option, Allah would have done
that a long time ago.
And we should never expect that Fox news or any other
hostile nonbeliever will stop hating us or slandering us or
wanting to eliminate us or boasting when they defeat us.
That's not going to happen. As the younger generation would
say "It is what it is. Deal with it". While we can certainly
hope for the best, and we can hope that everyone suddenly
chooses belief in God, and we can hope that Fox viewers are
not weak enough to believe lies, and we can hope that all
nonbelievers are mild mannered instead of hostile towards
believers, and we can certainly do our part to plant seeds
of peace and understanding; but we fail to fully believe and
trust in Allah and what He has told us if we don't prepare
to deal with the hatred and hostility that instinctively
exists between good and evil. Our belief should lead us to
stop trying so hard to eliminate the hostility and learn to
deal with these hostile "wars" (of words and of weapons)
according to the Laws of Islam; and sadly that means
preparing the hearts and minds of believers to expect
Both Imam Badi and Sis. K ..... are Right. Look at historic
precedent from 1972.
by Sis. Aisha [New York city.]
I like Sis. K's response and Imam Badi 'Ali's to the
horrific murders in North Carolina. I think it is important
that Imam Badi pointed out the reason for such a climate. Of
course, the government is to blame as well, having equated
Islam to terror and the criminalization of Muslims visiting
other Muslim countries or sending aid to these places!
However, I have always felt that the Muslim community in
America needed strengthening. From my experience,
unfortunately, these bootlicking Imams foster distrust among
the jamma'at during jummah. They talk about spies in the
mosque and how the boogey man is out to get us. They sound
like typical scared Hollywood banjo-eyed stereotypes of a
'fraidy cat! This is why what Sis. K said about us learning
how to live in this hostile environment is important,
This is not the first time Muslims have been targeted by
society....but, we can always fight back with Allah's help.
A sore spot for many NYPD officers is an incident that
occurred at the 116th Street Lenox Ave Harlem mosque now,
known as Masjid Malcolm Shabazz. On April 14, 1972, five
police officers stormed the mosque with guns, which is
illegal in America to do. Law enforcement cannot bring guns
into a place of worship nor charge into it. If a suspected
criminal is inside then, the police will wait him/her out!
The story is that someone placed a fake 911 call about a
Detective needing assistance in the mosque.
Fake calls to stir up drama between mosques and the
community have happened before and after 9/11/2001!
However, during this incident, a rookie cop, Phillip
Cardillo, charged into the building and upstairs to the
musallah [prayer area.]. However, neither he nor the
additional armed officers arriving on the scene made it that
far because the Muslim brothers worked fearlessly to secure
their mosque and protect the sisters. Some how Officer
Cardillo wound up shot to death by his own gun. Ballistics
never concluded if it was his gun or someone else's. The
officers were forced outside of the mosque. However, some of
the officers identified Louis 17X (Dupree) as being the man
standing over a dying Cardillo with the gun in his hand.
Minister Louis Farrakhan and, surprisingly, Congressman
Rangel threatened a riot if Louis 17X Dupree was not
released. He, along with 12 other men, was released. But,
Dupree was, eventually, charged with Officer Cardillo's
murder. In spite of an informant's testimony, Dupree's trial
ended in a hung jury. During the second trial, Dupree was
acquitted with his lawyer arguing that either Officer
Cardillo shot himself or was shot by another officer.
Fighting to defend yourself and family is a right Allah
gives His believers! This is a different time. The enemy has
sophisticated weaponry but, Allah's message is still the
same: Fear Me Alone! It is not easy but, it is something
worth working on. Sometimes, Allah gives us strength in
times of need even when we don't think we have it. Be
prepared, but not paranoid.
President Obama Should Take Some Responsibility.
by Shamim Siddiqi [Long Island, New York]
It is a very sad and tragic incident - the dire consequence
of the State's hate campaign against Islam and Muslim
States. Our President Obama should take some responsibility
for this sad consequence of his frequent anti-Islam hate
May Allah bless their soul and give them all, Jannatul
Firdaus and SABR and Sakina to their dear ones..
I humbly request our Muslim Leadership to appeal the Muslim
community to remain calm and unagitated with SABR and pray
to God for the Maghfirah of the departed souls ..
Br. Shamim is a distinguished adviser to Jamaat al-Muslimeen
and a veteran daee of Islam in America. A shipment of his
book GLOBAL ISLAMIC MOVEMENT: Why and How has arrived .
Justice in America Moves Slowly: Pedophiles when Jewish like
Woody Allen can get away. Do Women have rights against the
Rich and the Famous?
by Sis. Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen]
New York City - On 2/10/2015, a Brooklyn NY grand jury
handed down an indictment to charge a New York City police
officer in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed man
whose only crime was to take the stairs to exit a building.
Rookie cop Peter Liang was indicted on second-degree
manslaughter charges for shooting Gurley. The indictment is
one that has not been handed down in a very, very long time
in New York City and may be that is due to a few
A new Black district attorney who is still not familiar with
the "rules", yet.
The Gurley Family told "Rev." Al Charlatan to stay away from
This could all be a ruse to quiet the Black community. The
trial has not begun, yet, folks! There's still time to throw
it. (Courtesy NYDailyNews.com)
The grand jury convened on February 4th and a decision to
indict was announced on February 10th. This is how a grand
jury investigation is supposed to be handled. An
investigation does not take months and should not be
conducted as a criminal trial would but, with the shooting
victim being cast as a defendant. Only time will tell what
will happen in this case.
I still do not trust this Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson
because he made his ambitions known while "defending"
Dominique Strauss Kahn's rape victim. Politics is a very
corrupt game tat all Muslims are forbidden to play! When the
rape indictment came against Dominique Strauss Kahn,
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance illegally decided against trying
him and got the indictment thrown out. Just imagine how
difficult it would be for Brooklyn DA Thompson if he went
after Cyrus Vance, who is now a fellow prosecutor, and his
own boss, the NY State Attorney General, for not following
protocol! These type of attacks could only come from people
who are on the outside of politics.
Legendary singer Prince, who has gone au natural in an
effort to reconnect with his African roots, The two part
Tavis Smiley interview was very interesting, said, "Albums —
remember those?" Prince said before handing out the Grammy.
"Albums still matter. Albums, like books and black lives,
still matter." while presenting the award for Album of the
Year during the Grammy's live broadcast. This is a slogan
made famous during the nationwide anger over George
Zimmermann's acquittal for murdering Trayvon Martin. Now,
this slogan is seen on many signs at anti-police criminality
protests. (Courtesy of Yahoo! News)
Jewish/Rapist Sportscaster Allowed to Celebrate
Long time sports broadcaster and convicted rapist Marv
Albert will have celebrated a milestone in sports at this
Sunday's NBA All Star game (2/15/2015). It will be his 20th
NBA All Star game broadcast.
Albert plead guilty to assault and battery of a female
friend in a hotel room, in 1997. Albert was originally
charged with forcible sodomy. He claimed to have taken the
plea deal to protect his family from hearing about his
strange sexual proclivities. He served 10 months and true to
their word, NBC dismissed him and he resigned from
broadcasting NY Knicks games. However, in spite of being
charged with rape, NBC had allowed Marv Albert to continue
broadcasting games until his guilty plea. Shortly after his
release, Albert was retained by TNT Sports (A Turner
Broadcasting channel), to broadcast NBA games. He is
celebrated by colleagues and fans alike as if nothing
From convicted rapists like Roman Polanski, accused
pedophiles like Woody Allen, and others, it is proof that
Hollywood Jewry support each other and form strong alliances
without any shame or remorse. Zionism affords them that
"right" in the good old USA.
Bosnian Woman Arrested for Helping IS Raises Fist in US
February 9: The US government brought to court six Bosnian
Muslims living in Illinois. They were arrested for sending
supplies of various kinds to Islamic groups including the
Islamic State [IS]
They face long prison terms but were quite defiant in
"Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34 and one of six Bosnian
immigrants charged Friday, raised her fist and smiled at
relatives as she appeared at the bond hearing in Chicago.
Standing in orange jail clothes and with her hair covered,
she also signaled for them to keep their chins up." [AP]
Sectarian attack on Hadith to make the Claim that Umar,
r.a., disobeyed the Prophet, pbuh, to deny Ali, r.a., his
[Shias have become very aggressive in attacking mainstream
Islam, Out of politeness, most Muslims do not respond to
Shia attacks. Muslims in the West particularly do not have
the scholarly resources to answer trained Shia
The Shias are trying to twist authentic hadith to give them
the meaning which would undermine basic Islamic
The Shias try to claim that the Prophet, pbuh, in this
hadith wanted to appoint Ali, r.a., as his successor.
The Shias want to claim that Ali, r.a., and Umar, r.a.,
were not friends and that Umar, r.a.,wanted to stop Ali,
r.a. from being ordained as the successor to the prophet,
The Shias want to convey the sense, indirectly, that the
Prophet, pbuh, was so weak that he was overawed by Umar,
The shias have carried out attacks on this hadith for so
long, and on so many groups of the Internet, that it is time
that they be answered in English. Here we have a
distinguished scholar of Pakistan answering the Shi'ite
allegations, step by step. We thank Mustansir Zaman for the
translation. These allegations were also answered by Maulana
Maudoodi, long ago, but we could not get an English
translation. -- editor New Trend.
[See my brief comment after the entire discussion...
The Hadith of the Pen and Paper and the Allegations of the
The belief of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah in respect to
the noble companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and
blessings be upon him) has been clearly outlined by Ibn 'Abd
al-Barr (d. 463 AH) as follows:
They are the best of generations, and the best of nations
taken out for the benefit of mankind. Their uprightness is
established by the praise of Allah and His Messenger. No one
can be more upright than those whom Allah selected for the
companionship and assistance of His Messenger. This is the
greatest form of approval and the most complete form of
The Sahabah have undoubtedly secured a lofty rank in the
court of Allah, which is described in the following
And the first forerunners [in the faith] among the Muhajirun
and the Ansar and those who followed them with good conduct,
Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him,
and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers
flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great
Accordingly, to disparage or slander any of the Sahabah, let
alone the high ranking among them, is unacceptable and
The following is a response by Mufti Taqi 'Uthmani to
allegations leveled by the Shi'ah against our leader 'Umar
ibn al-Khattab (Allah be pleased with him) regarding the
Hadith of the Pen and Paper.To make the article more reader
friendly, an idiomatic translation was adopted in many
The Hadith of the Pen and Paper and the Allegations of the
By Mufti Taqi 'Uthmani
Translated by Muntasir Zaman
'Abd Allah ibn 'Abbas mentions:
When the demise of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him) drew near, there were people in his house, among whom
was 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (Allah be pleased with him). The
Prophet said, "Come, I will write a document for you, after
which you will not go astray. Thereupon Umar said, "Indeed,
the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) is
deeply afflicted with pain. You have the Qur'an with you;
the Book of Allah is sufficient for us." Those who were
present in the house differed: some of them said, "Bring
(what the Prophet requested) so that he may write a document
for you, after which you will never go astray," whilst some
supported the view of 'Umar. When they caused a hue and cry
in the presence of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him), he said, "Go away."
'Ubayd Allah said, "Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him)
used to say, 'A great loss, indeed a great loss, that the
Prophet was unable to write a document for them due to their
dispute and noise.
The Rafidah Shi'ah have employed this hadith as a pretext to
disparage the Sahabah (Allah be pleased with them all), in
particular our leader 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (Allah be pleased
with him) from the following angles:
'Umar and those who agreed with him disobeyed the
instruction of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings
be upon him) by refusing him an inkwell and paper when he
They deprived the Ummah of their right, because the
information which the Messenger of Allah (peace and
blessings be upon him) was going to write contained what
would preserve them from deviance. Not writing this
information led to innumerable differences between countless
groups of Muslims, which was due to the person who prevented
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)
intended to appoint 'Ali as the khalifah, due to which 'Umar
interfered and prevented him from doing so, as it would
result in the family of the Prophet taking over the
'Umar accused the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be
upon him) of insanity by saying, "Is the Messenger of Allah
delirious?" even though he was free from insanity, delirium,
and other such disorders.
Answering the first allegation
Firstly, we will provide a brief and rhetorical answer for
the first and second allegation, after which we will present
a detailed and academic answer:
If not bringing an inkwell and paper in such a situation
will be regarded as a sin (we seek Allah's protection), then
'Umar was not alone in this. Rather, all those present in
the house at that time were also involved; hence, all would
be equally guilty.
In particular, our leader 'Ali would also be guilty because
he did exactly what 'Umar did. Imam Ahmad narrates on the
authority of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib:
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) instructed me
to bring him paper, so that he may write that by which his
Ummah will not deviate after him." He said, "I feared that
he will pass away, so I told him, "I will (rather) memorize
and retain it." The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him) said, "I advice you regarding Salah, Zakah, and that
which your right hands possess."
Undoubtedly, this narration uproots all the objections of
the Shi'ah, as it is explicit in that there was no
difference in that situation between the approach of 'Umar
and 'Ali (Allah be pleased with them). If the
above-mentioned incident is the same as the one under
discussion, then they both prevented the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) from writing in consideration of his
condition. It was for this reason 'Umar said, "Indeed, the
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) is
deeply afflicted with pain" and 'Ali said, "I feared that he
would pass away." If the above-mentioned incident is other
than that being discussed, the same objections posed by the
Shi'ah against 'Umar will be directed to 'Ali in the
narration recorded in the Musnad of Ahmad. Whatever answer
they will provide on behalf of 'Ali will be equally
applicable in defense of 'Umar.
Furthermore, this narration shows that the bequest of the
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) at that
time had no connection with the issue of khilafah; rather,
it was to emphasize the importance of Salah, Zakah, and the
rights of slaves etc.
Detailed answer to the first objection:
'Umar and those who agreed with him did not go against the
instruction of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
out of stubbornness. Rather, they felt it inappropriate to
exhaust the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in
such a critical state. Ibn 'Abbas explicitly mentions in the
beginning of the hadith that the Prophet's illness worsened
on that day and that his companions and family only gathered
to visit and tend to him. When a person intends to do
something during his illness, how often does his family not
prevent him for fear of his illness worsening? No one will
regard this treatment as disobedience; on the contrary, it
is praise-worthy in such a situation, because it is a sign
of their care and attempt to prevent him from exhausting
'Umar only did what he did because he was laboring under the
impression that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him) will not pass away until he puts an end to the
hypocrites and elevates the Word of Allah above the Persians
and Romans. Thus, he assumed that if the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) refrained from writing in this
critical state, he could carry it out when his health
improved. According to his assumption, even if the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) never wrote anything, this
Ummah would not be deprived. This is supported by the
following narration of Ibn Sa'd in his al-Tabaqat via the
route of al-Waqidi, from Ibn 'Abbas:
During his final illness, the Prophet (peace and blessings
be upon) said, "Bring an inkwell and paper that I may write
for you a document, after which you will never deviate."
Thereupon, 'Umar remarked, "Who will deal with those cities
of Rome? Surely, the Messenger of Allah will not pass away
until we conquer them."
It is established in numerous reports that 'Umar was not
willing accept the death of the Prophet. Thus, he said, "The
Messenger of Allah will never pass away until he puts an end
to the hypocrites" as narrated by Ibn Sa'd in his
al-Tabaqat. On the following day, he said, "I desired
that the Prophet would outlive us." Narrated by al-Bukhari
in (the chapter of) al-Ahkam.
This shows that it never crossed 'Umar's mind that the
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) will pass away
during that specific illness, and that he believed that the
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) will recover and
live until he puts an end to the hypocrites and overcomes
the Persians and the Romans, until he is the last to pass
away in his era. From another angle, he believed that the
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would not abandon
anything he was instructed to convey to the Ummah. If there
was anything he intended to bequest, he could have done so
after his health improved. There was no need to hasten in
such a dire situation wherein it was feared that the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) could weary himself.
Therefore, he stated, as it is recorded in the narration
under discussion, "Indeed, the Messenger of Allah is
afflicted with intense pain, and the Qur'an is in your
possession; the Book of Allah is sufficient for us."
How often did our leader 'Umar not express opinions in the
presence of the Prophet, to which he concurred? Likewise,
this was an opinion he voiced. Had he erred in his judgment,
the Prophet would not approve. Since the Prophet never
objected, it is evident that 'Umar did not do it out of
Even if we hypothetically assume that his opinion was
incorrect, it was based on judgment (ijtihad), in which he
was not alone. All those present in the house were also
involved by not bringing the inkwell or paper, as 'Umar
never physically restrained anyone; he only held an opinion
which he expressed. Since no one carried out the
instruction, it is clear that it was not mandatory according
to all those present in the house; otherwise, those who felt
it was mandatory would have carried it out in spite of what
the others felt.
While discussing the criticisms of the Rawafid leveled
against our leader 'Umar, Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah has
presented an excellent answer:
Even if a particular issue was unclear to 'Umar and
afterwards it became clear, or he doubted some issues, it is
not as severe as the one who exercises ijtihad and passes a
verdict wherein the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him) passed a contrary verdict which he (the former) was
unaware of. This is because uncertainty regarding the truth
is lighter than conviction upon error.
These are based on legitimate judgment. At most, it will
regarded as an oversight which Allah has pardoned, just as
'Ali (Allah be pleased with him) ruled that the pregnant
widow whose husband died should observe 'iddah for the
lengthier of the two periods. This was in spite of what has
been recorded in authentic narrations that when the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) was informed that Abu
al-Sanabil ibn Ba'kak passed a similar verdict for Subay'ah
al-Aslamiyyah, he said, "Abu al-Sanabil has erred. Your
'iddah is complete, so marry whoever you wish."
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) declared that
the person who passed this ruling erred. Abu al-Sanabil was
not qualified to exercise ijtihad nor was he suited to pass
a ruling in the presence of the Prophet. As for 'Ali and Ibn
'Abbas, even though they passed a similar verdict, it was
based on ijtihad and was after the demise of the Prophet,
and the incident of Subay'ah did not reach them. Similar is
the case of all those Companions who are qualified to
exercise ijtihad: when they exercise ijtihad, pass a
verdict, and give a ruling wherein the Sunnah is contrary to
that and the Sunnah has not reached them, they will be
correct in their ijtihad.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)
never rebuked or punished anyone who prevented him from
writing, save his statement, "Go away" even though during
his final illness he rebuked his family for treating him
with al-ladud (medical drops) under the assumption that he
suffered from pleurisy (dhat al-janb). When he was informed
what had occurred, he did not suffice on rebuking them, but
he also instructed everyone except 'Abbas to take al-ladud.
If not writing at that time was wrong, the Prophet would
have rebuked them.
Answering the second allegation
What the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon
him) was going to write could only be one of the
Something that was necessary for him to convey, the
ignorance of which will be a definite cause of deviance.
Something that emphasizes a matter he already conveyed,
which he intended to write so that the effect may remain
If it was from the first category, then it is not possible
for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)
to abandon the propagation of something he was instructed to
convey due to opposition. It is known that he would covey
what he was ordered to convey even if it cost him his life,
wealth, and hometown. How could he abandon the explanation
of a matter the absence of which will lead to the deviance
of the Ummah, merely because some of his companions
prevented him from doing so?
Towards the end of his book, Dala'il al-Nubuwwah, al-Bayhaqi
If he intended to write what the Ummah was in need of, he
would not have abandoned it due to their differences or due
any other reason for that matter, because of the verse of
the Qur'an, "Convey what has been revealed to you." Just as
he never abandoned the propagation of other matters due to
the opposition or animosity of his enemies.
Furthermore, the Prophet lived for approximately four days
after this incident. The incident occurred on a Thursday,
and he passed away on a Tuesday. Therefore, if what he
wanted to bequest was necessary, he would have done so in
these days when it is proven that he issued several
injunctions in these days. It is proven through numerous
narrations that during this period his health improved.
Therefore, if the bequest was concerning a matter that the
Ummah was in need of, he would not have abandoned it.
If it was from the second category, the bequest would not
have been any new information that he was to convey to the
Ummah; it would only be an explanation of what he already
conveyed. Therefore, there is no reason to criticize those
who were against the idea of writing in view of the severity
of his illness, because in reality they have not deprived
It is evident from the above, that what the Prophet (peace
and blessings be upon him) intended was either a mere
emphasis of what he already explained and thus he abandoned
it sufficing on the previous explanation, or it was an issue
not necessary for him to convey but he intended to do so out
of compassion for the Ummah. Thereafter, it became evident
to him by judgment or revelation from Allah that it is
preferable to abandon it.
Answering the third allegation
The third allegation is merely a claim that cannot be
substantiated. From where have they received knowledge that
the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)
intended to write concerning the khilafah of 'Ali? If this
is what he intended, no human nor jinn could have prevented
him. How could he refrain from expressing the truth merely
because of our master 'Umar's opposition? Did he fear
'Umar?We seek Allah's protection. He never feared 'Umar ibn
al-Khattab, whereas no one was stronger and braver than him
during his period of disbelief. Therefore, how could he fear
him after accepting Islam?
Do these critics not realize that their criticism is not
only directed to 'Umar; rather, it is an objection to the
propagation, message, bravery, and zeal of the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him). It is in this manner that
enmity blinds the sight of men, and fanaticism impairs ones
If the intent of the writing was to appoint a khalifah, it
would definitely be Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (Allah be pleased
with him), because he was appointed by the Prophet for hajj,
to lead the prayers during his final illness, which was a
clear indication of appointment for the greater leadership
(i.e. khilafah). It was for this reason that 'Ali said,
"When the Prophet passed away, I pondered and thus it was
apparent to me that Salah is the hallmark of Islam and
foundation of din. Therefore, We were pleased to hand (the
affairs of) our world to the person whom the Prophet was
pleased with (the affairs) our religion, so we pledged
allegiance to Abu Bakr."
In Gharib al-Hadith, Ibn Qutaybah narrated via the route of
al-Rabi' ibn Nafi' al-Halabi, from Ibrahim ibn Yahya
al-Madini, from Salih Mawla al-Taw'amah that 'Ali (Allah be
pleased with him) said, "By Allah, Abu Bakr accepted Islam
while I was still young; I can speak but it will not be
heard, so how can I be more suitable for Abu Bakr's
It is reported on the authority of Sa'id ibn al-Musayyib
that he said, "'Ali ibn Abi Talib came and pledged
allegiance to Abu Bakr. He then heard the statement of the
Ansar, so he said, "Which one of you will put back the
person who the Prophet put forward?" 'Ali al-Muttaqi
mentioned this in Kanz al-'Ummal in the chapter of khilafah,
and gave reference to al-'Ushari, al-Lalaka'
It is proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon)
that he told 'Aishah (Allah be pleased with her), "I
intended to send a message to Abu Bakr and his son that I
assign (i.e. the former) lest some people make claims or
some people aspire. Thereafter, I said, "Allah will not
allow otherwise and the believers will prevent it from being
otherwise, or (she said) the believers will not allow
otherwise and Allah will prevent it from being otherwise."
Narrated by al-Bukhari in the chapter of al-Marda and
Why is it not possible that the Prophet (peace and blessings
be upon) intended to write about the khilafah of our master
'Abu Bakr, after which it became apparent that leaving it as
a matter of consultation between the Muslims would be
better, as he knew that the believers would not allow other
than Abu Bakr?
It is also established in some books of the Shi'ah that our
master 'Ali ibn Abi Talib acknowledged that the Messenger of
Allah (peace and blessings be upon) never assigned him
anything, and only took a promise from him to pledge
allegiance to Abu Bakr. It is mentioned in Nahj al-Balagah
that he said:
We are pleased with Allah's decree, and we have submitted
His affair to Him. Do you think I will lie against the
Prophet? By Allah, I was the first to believe in him, so I
will not be the first to lie against him. Thus, I pondered
over my affair, and it became apparent that my obedience
superseded my allegiance, and the promise around my neck is
for someone else."
It is clear that he was referring to his allegiance to Abu
Bakr, and that he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr and
fulfilled a promise with which the Prophet apparently
entrusted him. Allah Most High knows best.
Answering the fourth allegation
As for the fourth allegation i.e. 'Umar ibn al-Khattab
accused the Messenger of Allah of insanity by saying, "Is
the Messenger of Allah delirious?" I have not come across a
single authentic narration that supports the claim that the
one who uttered these words was our master 'Umar ibn
al-Khattab. Ibn 'Abbas only stated that the Companions
differed; some said, "Is the Messenger of Allah delirious?"
without any specific reference to 'Umar as the one who
uttered these words. Accordingly, these words will have one
of the following interpretations:
Among the interpretations is what 'Allamah 'Abd al-'Aziz
al-Dihlawi states in his work in Persian known as "al-Tuhfah
al-Ithna 'Ashariyyah": these words were uttered by those who
felt the Messenger of Allah should write for them a
document. Their question was rhetorical, i.e. it is
necessary for us to carry out the instruction of the
Prophet, for he (peace and blessings be upon him) does not
utter senseless speech, and he is serious in his instruction
to write. It was as if they told 'Umar and those who agreed
with him, "According to you, is the Prophet delirious,
because of which you refuse to comply to his order? The
intent is that he is not delirious, but rather he is serious
in his instruction. Accordingly, there is no objection
against anyone, because no one accused the Messenger of
Allah of nonsensical speech; it was merely a rhetorical
Among the interpretations is that it was the statement of
'Umar or the statement of someone who agreed with him,
inquiring whether his instruction was deliberate or it was
due to the severity of illness just as sick people often
utter speech that is not taken serious. They only inquired
because illness does not prevent the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him). During that time, he was severely
ill. It is not possible for us to conceive the extent of
agitation the Companions were going through at the time. The
most important matter in the sight of the Companions was the
Prophet's recovery and that nothing worsens his illness.
From another angle, they were certain that he (peace and
blessings be upon) was not deficient in conveying the
message and passing the trust.
From a third angle, they knew that the Prophet disliked
writing anything besides the Qur'an except in dire need so
that nothing gets confused for the Qur'an. In such a
situation, one of them assumed that his instruction during
such a severe illness was not definite and thus they
inquired whether his instruction was a definite matter or a
dismissive statement. It was not regarded as the slightest
amount of ill conduct; rather, it was only a natural
agitation the Companions were suffering from in that extreme
Among the interpretations is that the word "hajara" in this
statement is in the meaning of "departing" and not in the
meaning of "delirium." Linguists have expressly mentioned
that the verb, "hajara yahjuru" is also used for
"abandonment" and "departing." Accordingly, the meaning
would be: they inquired, "Will the Messenger of Allah depart
from us, because of which he is instructing us to write his
bequest? This is supported by the answer we provided for the
second allegation, i.e. 'Umar was laboring under the
impression that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him) will not pass away until he puts an end to the
hypocrites and elevates Islam above the Persians and the
Therefore, if 'Umar or any other Companion wanted to ask
him, "Has the time come for him to depart?" there would be
no objection against any of them, because this statement was
uttered out of extreme love for the Messenger of Allah
(peace and blessings be upon him) and displeasure of
separating from him.
Thus, all of their objections have been answered. All praise
is for Allah.
Ibn 'Abd al-Barr, al-Isti'ab, vol.1, p.2
Surat al-Tawbah, verse 100
'Uthmani, Takmilat Fath al-Mulhim, vol.2, pp.85-89
Ahmad, Musnad Ahmad, vol.1, p.90. Its chain contains the
narrator, Nu'aym ibn Yazid regarding whom there is no
biographical information, as is mentioned in al-Tahdhib.
However, al-Hafiz (Ibn Hajar) mentions a portion of this
narration in Fath al-Bari (vol.1, p.186) without criticizing
it, which shows that it is acceptable according to him. In
any case, the Shi'ah deduce from narrations the chains of
which contain narrators who are less known than him.
Ibn Sa'd, al-Tabaqat al-Kubra, vol.2, p.244
Ibid. vol.2, p.264
Ibn Taymiyyah, Minhaj al-Sunnah, vol.3, p.136
Al-Nawawi, al-Minhaj Sharh Sahih Muslim, pp.89-92.
Ibn 'Abd al-Barr, al-Isti'ab,vol.2, p.242
Ibn Qutaybah, Gharib al-Hadith, vol.2, p.124
Al-Muttaqi, Kanz al-'Ummal, vol.3, p.141
Al-Bukhari #5666, #7217
Nahj al-Balaghah, vol.1, p.89.
Al-Zabidi, Taj al-'Arus, vol.3, p.611
Comment by Kaukab Siddique: According to the Qur'an, the
Prophet, pbuh, could neither read nor write. He was the
unlettered prophet, nabi' al-Ummi:
'Say (O Muhammad): O mankind! Lo! I am the messenger of
Allah to you all - (the messenger of) Him unto Whom
belongeth the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth.
There is no Allah save Him. He quickeneth and He giveth
death. So believe in Allah and His messenger, the Prophet
who can neither read nor write, who believeth in Allah and
in His Words, and follow him that haply ye may be led
aright." [Sura al-Aaraf: 158]
So Umar, r.a., was right, Alhamdulillah.
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