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Lebanon Burns…

The following is translation from the Arabic of a leaflet that was circulated in the Muslim world by the workers for Khilafah, with some slight ammendment: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Lebanon Burns… And the Muslim Rulers see its burning as a heating stove, happy that it is alight! O Muslims, Enough is enough! There is no excuse here for the one seeking an excuse, nor any justification for the one seeking to justify. He who turns a blind eye to the treachery and betrayal of Palestine and Lebanon by the (Muslim) rulers is in reality one of them. He who does not expend his effort in mobilising the armies and removing the barriers placed in front of these armies by the rulers, his is a portion of their betrayal. He who does the above indeed supports the debasing of the Ummah at the hands of these rulers who have their hands on its neck, whilst at the same time they support and protect its enemies, and participate in its slaughter day and night! He also indeed assists in the degrading of the arm

Understanding the Method of the Islamic Ideology

INTRODUCTION An ideology can generally be defined as a set of related concepts and beliefs that constitutes the basis of the political, economic, social system. Upon further scrutiny of the fundamentals and essence of any ideology and application, one arrives at the understanding that an ideology invariably includes a method or technique by which its ideas can be realised. Hence, we understand that an ideology consists of two main elements: Idea and Method. In light of this, we must seek to confine all out actions, in the pursuit of the revival, to the method which emanates from our ideology. Failure to do this will result in our carrying out actions which do not emanate from the Islamic ideology, thus negating the Islamic goals and objectives. In order to comprehend the realm of actions considered as part of the Islamic method, we must understand the nature and distinction of what constitutes Means, Style, and Plans as well as the concept of Strategy and Tactics. IDEA (Fikrah) The ter

Imam Shafi And Al-Risala

Introduction As Muslims, obeying Allah and His messenger is a must. Muslims have the obligation to know what Allah wants in order to fulfill this obedience. This knowledge must cover the entire problem that Muslims face. To fulfill this need, a specific knowledge is required in order to reach the correct answer. This includes knowledge of the Qur'an and Sunnah, an understanding of the Arabic language, and an understanding of the method to interpret the Qur'an and Sunnah in order to derive rules for new problems. Initially, Muslims had the ability to derive rules for problems they faced during their time. Later, Muslims started to abandon and neglect this issue. They became unable to derive new rules for new problems, thus becoming stagnant as a result of acquiring more problems and no solutions. Many reasons caused this stagnation and decline, which is going on until now. This decline resulted in the misunderstanding of Usul-ul Fiqh. Therefore, studying Usul-ul Fiqh is a must i

The Shariah rules relating to mixing between the sexes

In Islam, the basic principle of the interaction between men and women is segregation. This means that in all areas of life and in all places whether private or public, contact between men and women is generally prohibited. Many evidences establish the principle of not mixing between the sexes, and there are many ahadith which clarify that this is the case in both public and private areas: Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah said: "The best rows for the men are the first rows and the worst rows for them are the last rows. The best rows for the women are the last rows and the worst for them are the front rows." The last rows are the best for the women because they are farther away from the men as against the first rows that are nearest to men's rows. [This is related by the group except al-Bukhari]  In Abu Dawud, p.284, Hadith No. 4931, it is narrated upon the authority of Aisha (ra) that she said: "I used to play with my friends and whenever the P

How to view the Bombay blasts?

The following are some important points regarding the recent tragic bomb blasts in which many innocent lives were lost: 1. It is not clear who were behind the recent blasts. As with any crime people shouldn't lay the blame on anyone without clear evidence. Unfortunately it is common practise today especially by the media to point the finger at blame without clear proof, trial by media should not be accepted. 2. It should be clear that Islam condemns the killing of innocent civilians wherever they may be whether in Bombay, London or Madrid. Islam prohibits the targeting of civilians even during legitimate wars. This is established by clear evidences in the Islamic texts: Ahmad narrated from Safwan bin ‘Asal who said: The Messenger of Allah (saw) sent us in an expedition and said: “Travel in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight those who do not believe in Allah. Do not mutilate, deceive or kill a child.” Al-Bukhari narrated from ibn Umar who said: “A woman was found kil

Mantuq & Mafhoum

Allah (swt) sent Islam as a final message until the Day of Judgement. Furthermore He (swt) states that is message is complete and contains everything. “It (the Qur’an) is not a forged statement but a confirmation of Allah’s existing books and a detailed explanation of everything” [TMQ Yusuf: 111] “And we have revealed to you the Book explaining all matters” [An-Nahl: 89] However, one sees that the size of the Qur’an and the Sunnah are limited whereas the scope of problems and issues that mankind faces seem endless. Thus, one may ask the question: How can a text that is limited contain solutions to all the problems that mankind from the time of revelation until the Day of Judgement? In order to answer this we must understand the nature of the text of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. 1. Firstly, the Islamic texts are not like the Church views the Bible (i.e. as holy text, not a legal text) which is rigid and its scope limited, rather it is viewed as a comprehensive legal code, enabling rules t