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[Ref: New Trend's note on Masjid Rahma]

Well-written and concise. Two corrections: Since the inception of ISB membership=minimum $15 per month or $180 annually has not attracted more than 375-400 members. This year it is down to about 280.

The Petition for Change was a grassroots mobilization outcome. The major facilitator and catalyst behind this was Ali Abdul Kader and his family. They have selflessly devoted a lot of time, effort and resources to this worthwhile cause. Myself, Dr.Ebrahim A.Gaibie, Hussain A.Karachiwalla, Syed Anwarul Haq, Ahmad Ejaz and others have contributed not too much.

Salim Khatib

The host of the "ON WITH LEON" radio show has graciously accepted our request to interview Sis. Karima al-Amin, Imam Jamil's wife. We are glad too that she was able to accept the offer in spite of her tight schedule.

Inshallah, the interview will air LIVE on WOL Radio, 1450 AM in Washington and 1010 AM in Baltimore on May 25 (Sunday) from 2 to 3 PM. Sis. Karima is a long time struggler against racism and for civil and human rights. Herself an attorney, she knows Imam Jamil al-Amin's case in great detail.
Does Hadith Contradict the Qur'an?:

Second question from Sis. Mahjabeen, Canada:
Yes, I did check the Qur'an. You are right: the verse in question was incorrectly quoted by Allama Parwez. It does not say "Qur'an." It says "zikr." Perhaps that was an oversight. But wouldn't you agree that Hadith that contradict the Qur'an should be rejected?

Answer by Kaukab Siddique: No hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) contradicts the Qur'an. If you have seen one like that, or you think it does, email it to me or photocopy it and mail it to me. The Qur'an provides principles and the framework for the Islamic way of life. The Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) shows how the Qur'an is to be UNDERSTOOD and IMPLEMENTED. The Prophet (pbuh) also provided laws which are BINDING but which are NOT in the Qur'an, especially relating to the rights of women. For instance, the PUNISHMENT for RAPE is given in the Hadith ONLY, not in the Qur'an. Those who take the Qur'an ONLY have made the mistake of trying to apply the rule of 4 witnesses to rape. If that were accepted, most men would get away with rape [and that is happening in some cases, with the victim being punished instead.] The Prophet (pbuh) taught that the raped WOMAN's WORD must be accepted , after proper investigation; and after final proof, the rapist must be executed.
Hadith does not contradict the Qur'an. It simply supplements the Qur'an. That's why the Prophet (pbuh) was sent to the people FIRST and then they were given the Qur'an as the basis for guidance.

2003-05-23 Fri 18:36ct