O You Who Believe

“O you who believe! What is the matter with you that when you are asked to go forth in the Cause of Allah, you cling heavily to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter.” (TMQ 9:38)

Allah demands that we be sincere believers in Islam. That we believe in all of the tenets and principles of Islam. Moreover, after belief, we are judged upon our actions in Islam. We cannot give mere “lip service,” and expect to enter Jannah, for our actions must be consistent with our beliefs. As brothers and sisters, we must encourage one another to strive to be more than mere Muslims who have submitted to Islam, but believers in what we have claimed to believe. Only true believers  will respond to the Call of Allah with action.

“Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and  not be tested?” (TMQ 29:2).
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The Love Of Allah

From “In The Shade Of The Quran” By: Sayyid Qutb

“Say: ‘If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Much Forgiving, Merciful.’ “Say: ‘Obey Allah and the messenger.’ If they turn their backs, Allah does not love the disbelievers.” (TMQ 3:31-32)

True love of Allah is not a mere verbal claim or a spiritual passion. The claim and the passion must be confirmed with a conscious following of Allah’s Messenger and implementation of the Divine way of life. To be a true believer is not to repeat certain words or to experience certain feelings or to observe certain rituals. True faith is total obedience to Allah and His Messenger, and a conscious implementation of the constitution conveyed to us through Allah’s Messenger.

Imam Ibn Kathir comments on the verse which states: “Say: ’If you love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Much Forgiving, Merciful.’”
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National News

Muslim Cab Drivers Prohibited from Praying
A recently-issued policy from the City of Cleveland prohibits Muslim cab drivers from praying at Hopkins International Airport while waiting for fares in the taxi queue.  Other policy directives ban the Muslims from using airport restrooms to make ritual ablutions (wudu) and from praying in the airport chapel while on the job.

The policy states that if Muslim Cab drivers observed ‘praying’ in the queue by the cab starter may be sent out for the day and be considered in violation of the airport security and possible permanent banning from picking up fares.  The Muslim drivers claim that if they must exit the queue in order to pray they will suffer significant loss of access to fares, and that they are forcing them to choose between their faith and their financial means.
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Final Word

The “Change” Strategy

People elect their leaders to take care of them, govern them by what they want, and do what they like. This, unfortunately, is not the case of today’s Muslims. Under the theme of political participation, benefit of Muslims and lesser of two evils, Muslims voted for different candidates in different U.S. elections. In the past election, some Muslim “leaders” and organizations made this case extreme saying it is an absolute “obligation” to participate in the U.S. general election.

With facts known to everyone, from the continued attacks on Muslims to the unlimited support of Israel, Barak Obama enjoyed over 97% of Muslim votes. Barak Obama never was hesitant to show his infinite support to Israel, before and after he was elected, evident in his words and deeds, “Today I’ll be speaking from my heart, and as a true friend of Israel. And I know that when I visit with AIPAC, I am among friends. Good friends. Friends who share my strong commitment to make sure that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow and forever… But 60 years later, we know that we cannot relent, we cannot yield, and as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel’s security… Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values. Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines. And I will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”
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World News

China Calls for New Global Currency
China is calling for a new currency to eventually replace the dollar as the world’s standard reserve, days before the G20 financial summit in London. Some analysts say the move demonstrates China’s growing discontent with American dominance of the world economy. In an online essay Zhou Xiaochuan, China’s central bank head, said the global financial crisis had exposed the danger of relying on one nation’s currency for international payments.

Zhou Xiaochuan had strong language this week, when he said the global financial crisis reveals flaws in the international monetary system. Zhou did not specifically mention the U.S. dollar. But, in an essay posted to the People’s Bank of China website, Zhou said an international reserve currency should not be tied to the interests and economic conditions of any one country.

Zhou said the proposed new currency should also be used for trade, investment, pricing commodities and corporate bookkeeping.

“A super-sovereign reserve currency managed by a global institution could be used to both create and control global liquidity,” he wrote, adding the changes would ”significantly reduce the risks of a future crisis and enhance crisis management capability.”
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Behind Closed Doors

“The best of your rulers are those whom you love and who love you, who invoke God’s blessings upon you and you invoke His blessings upon them. And the worst of your rulers are those whom you hate and who hate you, and whom you curse and who curse you.” Sahih Muslim

The Arab League Summit, which took place in Kuwait City, Kuwait early in January 2009 is a shameful depiction of leadership in the Muslim world. In it, the leaders of 22 Arab countries discussed ways to advance the conditions of the Arabs including education, technology research, unemployment, water shortages, and of course the crisis in Gaza. But instead of coming to any real conclusion, the meeting ended up in bickering and finger pointing. Looking deeply, some would even say that they are celebrating the destruction of Gaza as the former Israeli ambassador to the UN said:

“… many countries in the Arab world who are publicly objecting to Israel’s self-defense operations are privately – when the doors are closed – rooting for Israel and hoping Israel puts a real damper at Hamas’s capabilities”
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Racial Confusion

“O people, your Lord is One, and your father is one: all of you are from Adam, and Adam was from the ground. The noblest of you in Allah’s sight is the most godfearing: An Arab has no merit over non-Arab except by Taqwa. Have I given the message? O Allah, be my witness.”Prophet Mohammad (saw).

People in the United States have just finished celebrating a series of three ethnic events that supporters of this society will suggest prove recent progress in race relations.

First of all, the country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20th. This federal holiday commemorated the birthday of Dr. King, an African-American activist who was a key leader of the Civil Rights movement and led non-violent protests in the 1950s and 1960s to challenge legalized racism before being assassinated under mysterious circumstances in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. Dr. King became famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech that culminated the 1963 March on Washington to demonstrate for racial equality, and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his activist efforts.

Secondly, on the following day, the U.S. inaugurated Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Although there have been confirmed reports of previous U.S. presidents with biracial backgrounds, Obama is widely recognized to be the first U.S. President who is publicly and personally acknowledged to be of African-American descent. Many proponents of racial progress point to Obama’s inauguration as the realization of Dr. King’s “Dream” of racial equality.
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Pyramid of Junk (2)

This article is a continuation of the prohibited means of ownership and its implications.

Deceit in Trade
The sale contract is binding once the contract of offer and acceptance between the seller and the purchaser is completed and/or executed. To eliminate disputes, the Shar’a made it prohibited for the people to deceive in trading, and it made the one who deceives sinful whether he was the seller or the purchaser.

The deceit of the seller regarding the commodity is by hiding the defect from the purchaser, while he knows about it; or by covering the defect from the purchaser in a way which implies to the purchaser that there is no defect, or by covering the commodity in a way which shows that it is good. Deceit by the purchaser in the price is by counterfeiting the currency or by concealing a forgery while he is aware of it. The price (of the commodity) could vary according to the sold (commodity) because of the deceit in it; and the purchaser may be encouraged to buy a commodity because of the deceit in it.

Such deceit in all types is Haram according to what Abu Hurairah narrated from the Messenger of Allah (saw), who said:
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