Final Word

The Defeated Mentality of the Muslim

The mentality of a Muslim is formed based off of the concepts what he or she holds about man, life and the universe. Muslims that have Taqwa of Allah (swt) are in a win-win situation while  dealing with the many obstacles and test Allah (swt) set in their path. However, those who fear other than Allah are subjected to not only actions that contradict Islam but even worst; a mentality that Shaytan loves to have influence over and this is the defeatist mentality.

The best tool an Aggressive Power of any kind can use at their disposal is the defeatist mentality of their opposition. Defeatism is simply the acceptance of defeat without struggle, and currently Islam remains at the center of debate with Kufr in regards to the world’s affairs.  Historically, the United States used these tactics against any ideology or sub-culture that challenged their power. For example, the racial divide has always existed because of the view that Blacks were inferior to Whites, which has held Blacks back and has crippled race relations between the two even until today.

If we look at the history of Islam, we’ll find that it did not spread by having such a mentality, in fact during the early stages of the Dawah Muslims rejected Kufr and challenged it with ideas about Islam. We remember the many instances in Mecca, Jafar ibn Abdul Mutalib’s interaction with Negus of Abyssinia, and obviously the establishment of the Islamic community in Medina all when the Muslims were few in number with no material support.  It was not a defeatist and apologetic mentality that allowed us the victory for Islam to spread as widely as it did. It was a mentality of strength and conviction of the oneness of Allah (swt).

So successful was this nurturing of a victor mentality in the hearts and character of his companions that it continued to bring success to Islam after the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) death. Take for example the refusal of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) to recall the army led by Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him) which the Prophet (peace be upon him) dispatched days before his death. Despite the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the growing rumors of the tribes of Arabia preparing to capitalize on the moment and attack Medina while the army was out, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) insisted that “even if wild dogs were to be snapping at the ankles of the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him), he would not recall an army that Muhammad (peace be upon him) had dispatched”. As the army of Usamah (may Allah be pleased with him) marched forth, the hostile Arabian tribes were in shock at how even though the Prophet (peace be upon him) had died just days earlier, the army was continuing to battle. This show of strength in the face of adversity instilled fear in the hearts of those who were plotting to attack Medina, and caused them to abandon such plans.  Continue reading Final Word →

Boston Explosions

“When it is said to them: ”Make not mischief on the earth, ”they say: ”Why, we only Want to make peace!” TMQ 2:11

This year’s annual Boston Marathon, a relaxing sporting event dedicated to recreational exercise and charitable fundraising, was struck by a horrific bombing incident which killed three people (including an 8-year old boy) and injured over a hundred others.

After recovering from the initial shock. Muslims braced for another sad event where Muslims would undoubtedly be “doubly victimizes” by being both upset about the tragedy and fearful of being “guilty until proven innocent.”
With the tragic loss of life, a  tense atmosphere of fear and paranoia, and no true solution or end in sight. What a mess!

Unfortunately, Muslims again were the “usual suspects.” In a typical rush to judgment that has become common in this era of the so-called Global War on Terror, Muslims and Islam were placed squarely in the cross-hairs of an angry public in the United States. For example, a Fox news contributor Erick Rush immediately blamed Muslims and urged the U.S. government to “kill them all.”

In addition, a 17-year old Muslim, Salah Barhoun, was immediately (and falsely) accused of the involvement by onlookers, mainstream media, and federal investigators simply for looking suspicious, e.g., for being Muslim in the general area. And even though President Obama publicly appealed for calm and restraint in his  public remarks, his administration officials aggressively pursued any links to Muslims, Islam, and the al-Qaeda “bogey man.” Continue reading Boston Explosions →

What is the Rightous Khilafah

Divine Principles Every Muslim Must Know

Through their disillusionment with colonialist policies and rulers over them, Muslims around the world undoubtedly yearn for the return of Islam as a way of life. The Muslims have made their desire for Islam apparent in their recent demonstrations during the “Arab Spring”, through their increased adherence to Islam. But this sincerity to the adherence of Islam also means that groups and political parties with any semblance of Islam immediately garner the Ummah’s attention and eventual trust. Some even go as far as to claim that they are implementing Islam.

For any government to claim that it is “Islamic”, it must completely and immediately implement Islam. Islam can not be implemented “gradually” as some claim. Others claim that they must implement a so-called “civil state”. The problem is that when these same groups attain power, they still don’t implement Islam. This contraction is apparent to the Ummah, who will eventually lose trust and hope in these parties.

So for any nation to claim that it is Islamic, it must immediately implement Islam  and adhere to four principles.

The first principle: Sovereignty is to the Shariah

The supremacy is to the Shariah alone. Every Muslim’s actions are subject to Allah’s commands and prohibitions, from the Khalifah, all the way down to the common citizen. Every action taken by a Muslims must be backed by an evidence from the Islamic Shariah.

“The rule is to none but Allah” TMQ 6:57

“If anyone rules by other than what Allah has revealed, they are kafireen (unbelievers)” TMQ 5:47

“O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and those from you who are in authority; and if you have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the messenger if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and more seemly in the end.” TMQ 4:59

Referring it to Allah and the Messenger means to the Shari’ah. This clearly indicates that the absolute supremacy is exclusively to the Shari’ah of Allah (swt). This means that no law or system can be referred to or placed as equal to the Islamic Shari’ah. For this reason, any nation that refers to international law, nationalism, capitalism, socialism, etc. would never be considered an Islamic State, no matter how much it refers to Islam.

None of the countries in the Muslim world today have adopted the Islamic Shari’ah as the sole source of legislation. They are rather a patchwork of multiple worldviews (capitalism, socialism) mixed with a strong nationalistic undertone. Even the land of the Haramain (Makkah and Medinah) is not considered an Islamic State, because it recognizes international, unIslamic laws and adopts nationalistic principles, particularly with respect to Saudi’s marrying non-Saudi’s or non-Saudi’s owning property, etc. Thus every other Muslim country violates the sovereignty of the Shariah as well. Continue reading What is the Rightous Khilafah →

America’s Education System

Does it Really Educate?

“Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood. Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful. He Who taught (the use of) the pen, – Taught man that which he knew not” TMQ 96: 1-5

The above verses from the Holy Qur’an were the first Revelations from Allah (swt) to The Prophet Muhammad (saw) that began the glorious advent of Islam. These verses focus on comprehensive revolution in human existence that started with revolutionizing the mind. Based and built exclusively on the Divine Guidance of Allah (swt) demonstrated through the pristine example of The Prophet Muhammad (saw), the human mind can develop into a powerful tool that can bring spiritual, material, and technological progress that pleases Allah (swt) while helping humans, animals, and the entire planet.

Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his Companions (raa) made incredible transformations of different disbelieving people who were once ignorant and immoral with a “backward” society into a unified noble Nation (Ummah) who became enlightened and ethical with an advanced civilization. Based on Qur’anic teachings and The Prophet ‘s (saw) example, these early Muslims were wise beyond their Western and Eastern peers in achieving various moral and material advancements, including fully protecting and educating daughters and women, accomplishing various medical and industrial discoveries, organizing systematic free public education (regardless of race or class), and establishing the world’s first degree-granting university (University of Al Karaouine in Fez, Morocco in 859 CE).

The ultimate success of this type of Islamic education is success for humanity in both this life and Paradise (Al-Jannah). Allah (swt) Himself promises these enlightened and productive humans will be honored and rewarded in the highest possible manner:

“Indeed, they who have believed and done righteous deeds – those are the best of creatures. Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them and they with Him. That is for whoever has feared his Lord.” TMQ 98: 7-8 Continue reading America’s Education System →

Glad Tidings for Al-Sham (Syria)

The Special Blessing for Today’s Shaheed

“Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion, the one which He has chosen for them and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: They will worship Me (alone) and not associate any partner with Me. If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.” TMQ 24:55

Today we can see this promise of Allah (swt) Most High coming true with what we have been witnessing in the Muslim lands, specifically in Syria. There are great promises and blessings for the people of al-Sham (Syria and its surroundings) and its blessed land. And inshallah, we will witness the coming of Khilafah from this land. Allah (swt) Most High blessed the land of al-Shâm when He said:

“Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship the neighborhood whereof We have blessed, that We might show him of Our tokens! Lo! He, only He, is the Nearer, the Seer.”  TMQ 17:1

The commentaries are unanimous in adducing the Prophet’s (saw) reports whereby “the Far Distant Place of Worship the neighborhood whereof We have blessed,” is the divine sanctuary in al-Qudus in al-Shâm. Ka`b al-Ahbar said: “Allah has blessed al-Shâm from the Euphrates to al-`Arish [Egypt’s border].”

Allah (swt) Most High also said:

“And We caused the folk who were devised to inherit the eastern parts of the land, and the western parts thereof which We had blessed” TMQ  7:137, meaning al-Sham.

“And We rescued him [Ibrahim] and Lot (and brought them) to the land which We have blessed for (all) peoples,” TMQ 21:71, meaning al-Shâm according to the Salaf as reported by the commentators.

Allah (swt) Most High also said:

“And unto Solomon (We subdued) the wind in its raging. It set by His command toward the land which We had blessed.” TMQ 21:81

“And We set, between them and the towns which We had blessed, towns easy to be seen, and We made the stage between them easy, (saying): Travel in them safely both by night and day.” TMQ 34:18.  The early scholars have identified those blessed towns as al-Shâm.

Allah (swt) Most High also swore:

“By the fig and the olive, By Mount Sîna,” TMQ 95:1-2, meaning by “the fig” al-Shâm and by “the olive” Palestine, which is also in al-Shâm, as is Sînâ. Each of these three symbols and the places they stand for refers in turn to a Prophet, respectively Ibrahim `alayhi as-Salam, `Isa `alayhi as-Salam, and Musa `alayhi as-Salam. Continue reading Glad Tidings for Al-Sham (Syria) →

World News

Bangladesh Building Collapse toll tops 600

Police said Sunday that more that 600 bodies have been recovered from the garment-factory building that collapsed well over a week ago as the grim recovery work continued in one of the worst industrial accidents ever. Sunday night the death toll had reached 622. Well over 200 bodies have been recovered since Wednesday when authorities said only 149 people had been listed as missing.
The April 24 disaster is likely the worst garment-factory accident ever, and there have been few industrial accidents of any kind with a higher death toll. It surpassed long-ago garment-industry disasters such as New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which killed 146 workers in 1911, and more recent tragedies such as a 2012 fire that killed about 260 people in Pakistan and one in Bangladesh that same year that killed 112.
An architect whose firm designed the building said Sunday that it had not been designed to handle heavy industrial equipment, let alone the three floors that were later illegally added. The equipment used by the five garment factories that occupied Rana Plaza included huge generators that were turned on shortly before the building collapsed.
Masood Reza, an architect said the building was designed in 2004 as a shopping mall and not for any industrial purpose. “We designed the building to have three stories for shops and another two for offices. I don’t know how the additional floors were added, and how factories were allowed on the top floors. Government officials say substandard building materials, combined with the vibration of the heavy machines used by the factories, led to the collapse.
The building developed cracks a day before the collapse and the owner, Mohamed Sohel Rana called engineer Abdur Razzak Khan to inspect it. Khan appeared on television that night and said he told Rana the building should be evacuated. Police also issued an evacuation order, but witnesses say that hours before the collapse, Rana told people that the building was safe and garment factory managers told their workers to go inside.
Rana has been arrested, is expected to be charged with negligence, illegal construction and forcing workers to join work, crimes punishable by a maximum of seven years in jail. Authorities have not said if more serious crimes will be added. The government had promised to make the garment industry safer after the November garment factory fire that killed 112 people. Continue reading World News →

National News

US Military Sexual Assaults an Epidemic

Sexual assaults in the US military are a growing epidemic across the services and thousands of victims are still unwilling to come forward despite a slew of new oversight and assistance programs, according to a new Pentagon report. Troubling new numbers estimate that up to 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year, according to survey results released on Tuesday.
The report comes just days after the Air Force’s head of sexual assault prevention was arrested on charges of groping a woman in a Northern Virginia parking lot. And it follows a heated debate over whether commanders should be stripped of the authority to overturn military jury verdicts, such as one officer did in a recent sexual assault conviction. The documents show that the number of sexual assaults actually reported by members of the military rose 6 percent to 3,374 in 2012. But a survey of personnel who were not required to reveal their identities showed the number of service members actually assaulted could be as many as 26,000, but they never reported the incidents, officials said Tuesday.
That above number is an increase over the 19,000 estimated assaults in 2011. The statistics highlight the dismal results that military leaders have achieved in their drive to change the culture within the ranks, even as the services redoubled efforts to launch new programs to assist the victims, encourage reporting and increase commanders’ vigilance. While the latest cases involve Air Force members, the problem extends across all the military services. According to Pentagon documents, the key conclusion of the report is that “sexual assault is a persistent problem in the military and remains vastly underreported.”
The report says that of the 1.4 million active duty personnel, 6.1 percent of active duty women – or 12,100 – say they experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, a sharp increase over the 8,600 who said that in 2010. For men, the number increased from 10,700 to 13,900. A majority of the offenders were military members or Defense Department civilians or contractors, the report said.
In a sharp rebuke on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he has no tolerance for the problem and that he had talked to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about it. He said any military member found guilty of sexual assault should be held accountable, prosecuted and fired. “I don’t want just more speeches or awareness programs or training, or ultimately folks look the other way,” the president said. “We’re going to have to not just step up our game, we have to exponentially step up our game to go after this hard.” Continue reading National News →

Obama: A Policy of Delusional Triumph

“Allah merely forbids you from taking as friends those who have fought you in the deen and driven you from your homes, and who cooperated with others in your expulsion. Any who take them as friends are indeed the wrongdoers.”  TMQ 60:9

According to a recent article published in the Atlantic titled “The Modern King in the Arab Spring” caused a new wave of protests and turmoil in Jordan on the eve of the Obama visit to Jordan. Similar to the Cyrus Vance visit in 1977, Obama must have a big agenda that requires the full and un-diverted cooperation of Jordan’s King. While Abdullah was meeting with Obama, protesters gathered near the Royal Court in Amman. They accused the King of being corrupt, irresponsible, and a robber of the nation’s wealth. The protesters demanded a public apology from the King and warned that he would meet the same fate as that of Mubarak, Bin Ali, Gaddafi, Saleh, and Bashar Al-Assad. With such an environment, it is conducive for Obama to tell Abdullah it is important for him to accept US demands.
The most important part of Obama’s agenda is the situation in Syria. After a long search and covert deals, the US has been able to put together a Syrian National Coalition to form an interim government. This Coalition has approved the appointment of Ghassan Hito as head of the interim government. The Council of the Arab League had accepted Hito to occupy the seat of the Syrian head of state during the Arab League Summit in Doha in  the latter part of March.

The US appears determined to provide the final push to enable the Coalition and the Interim government for the takeover in Damascus. The US plans to use the northern border of Jordan to launch its covert or overt operations into Syria. In order to do that, Jordan must provide full and unobstructed control to the US military commands in the area stretching from Mafraq to Ramtha a city bordering Syria. Moreover, the US must ensure that Jordan does not carry or execute any other plan, especially British backed plans.

It is reported that Jordan is training more than 500 high ranking Syrian officers who defected from the Syrian army during the course of the two year old revolution. These officers are held at a high security camp with very limited access even to Syrian nationals. The camp is also heavily guarded by Jordanian military intelligence.

Obama’s orders to Abdullah are loud and clear. They are similar to former President Bush’s orders to King Fahd in 1991 when the US deployed more than 500,000 soldiers in the Saudi desert. In the same way, the US wants the American military and intelligence to be in complete control of the project. Thus, Jordan’s army and intelligence must operate under the commands and control of the US military. The story is simple: cooperate to the fullest extent or face the consequences of upheaval and turmoil in your own country. Would the King listen and obey? Of course – like father like son. Continue reading Obama: A Policy of Delusional Triumph →