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What is happening in Kenya?

The following has been adapted from a political analysis article issued before the elections. Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) claims that last month's election was rigged in favour of President Mwai Kibaki. Protests have led to over 900 deaths nationwide and more than 250,000 people have fled their homes. According to the official results, Mr Kibaki won with a tiny margin of 230,000 votes out of a total cast of some 10 million. There were various discrepencies in the elections, such as: The results were delayed for more than a day, at a time when ODM candidate Raila Odinga was leading Many thousands of people seem to have only voted in the presidential election but not the parliamentary or local polls held at the same time Some of these results came from areas known to be pro-Kibaki In the parliamentary race, Mr Odinga's ODM won twice as many seats as Mr Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) Results in some constituencies were different when announc

The Indian stock market crash, an Islamic perspective

The following is the transcript of a circle given on this subject. وَيْلٌ لِلْمُطَفِّفِينَ “Woe to the defrauders” [TMQ 83:1] • Today Inshallah I want to discuss with you some aspects of the problems and the turbulence to the stock markets that occurred in India due to problems in the US economy which has had a worldwide impact. • Before I discuss this topic and go into some detail, I want to discuss the way that we should view this topic and approach it. We must approach this topic for the correct motive. • Some Muslims may discuss this issue because they are just interested in the economic affairs or as just for academic reasons, e.g. some Muslims I know discuss the economic affairs merely to write essays for their courses. We should not approach this topic in this manner, the manner of an economics lesson or lecture. • Other people may not see the relevance of discussing such a topic, they may say: “what’s the point of going into detail about the subject” or

Q&A: What statements indicate divorce?

The following is a translation from an Arabic Q&A: Question: What statements uttered by the husband leads to divorce. I.e. if the husbands says to his wife to leave his house, is this equivalent to a divorce or is it only when the word ‘talaq’ is used? Answer: The expression used for divorce is the word ‘divorce and its derivatives’ such as when the man says to his wife ‘You are divorced (anti taaliq) or ‘I have divorced you (tallaqtuki) and the like from the derivatives of the word ‘divorce’. If he said this then the divorce will take place in its correct form according to the Sharee’ah rules. In this situation the intention is not considered. If the divorce was pronounced with seriousness or jokingly the divorce will take place. The Messenger (saw) said: Three things should be taken as serious and their joking is taken as serious and they are: marriage, divorce and Raj’ah (taking the wife back after the revocable divorce [Talaq raj’i]) Reported by Tirmizi and he said it is Hasan

Islam & Modernity: Selling out?

Nothing but tales of the Ancients The claim that Islam is not “modern” is not a new one. In fact, Quraish presented a similar argument to Prophet Muhammad (saw): “When it is said to them, "What is it that your Lord has revealed?" they say, "Asateeru al-awwaleen” (Tales of the ancients)!"” [TMQ 16:24] As revealed in this Ayah, Quraish used to dismiss Islam as simply being stories that belonged to ancient times. In other words, Quraish were implying that they were “modern” and Islam was a relic of the past. The Islamic Shariah encompasses all the actions of man, completely and comprehensively, at every time and place. Unfortunately, some Muslim speakers are now issuing calls to modernize our understanding of Islam. The claim is that Islam was silent on issues and that Islam left room for man to govern/legislate in certain areas. This would therefore require the need for a “new Fiqh” (Islamic jurisprudence); where ultimately we do what we feel is right. This idea threa

Hindi & English Poster: Need for Khilafah

The Role of Muslim Women in Daw’ah

كُنْتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ “You are the best of the nation raised up for mankind because you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in Allah” [TMQ Ale-Imran: 110] There many evidences in the Qur'an and Sunnah that obligates ALL Muslims, men and women to do da'wah, and enjoin good and forbid evil. The Qur’an and Sunnah have expressed the idea of da’wa with the terms; tableegh (delivering the call), enjoining the good (ma’ruf) & forbidding the evil (munkar), recommending one another on the truth (tawaasi), being sent to give good tidings and to warn, clarifying the truth, advising (naseeha) and reminding the people, and debate and discuss with the people in the manner which is best and the struggling to make the Deen prevail. ادْعُ إِلَى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ Allah (swt) says, “Invite to the

Urdu poster: Need for Khilafah

This is a nice poster brothers have produced to aid the Da'wah.

Q&A: Bush's Middle East Tour

The following is a translation of an Arabic Q&A: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Question: American President George Bush begins his Middle East tour tomorrow, Wednesday. He starts from Palestine on 9th January, 2008, then proceeds to Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE , Saudi Arabia and then to Egypt on 16th January before returning to Washington (D.C). This visit has come amid publicity campaigns especially by Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority that Bush visit is aimed at forming a sovereign state with authority for the Palestinian Authority side by side with the Jewish state. How far are these reports authentic? Answer: Any observer who has keenly followed Bush’s visit will notice as follows: Bush’s visit comes in the US election year when the president has the least authority to take decisions on international issues. This is why during the 1950’s and 60’s when Britain was US’s direct rival in the international arena, it used be very active during the election year when the US presidents and

New Urdu booklet on Democracy by Naveed Butt

A new Urdu booklet is available to download in PDF, it is entitled جمہوریت مسائل کی جڑ ، خلافت مسائل کا حل (Democracy - the source of problems, Khilafah - the solution to them) by Naveed Butt, the official spokesman of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Pakistan. It can be downloaded from:

Scholars of the Ummah Call for Khilafah

The following is a translation from Arabic . Report by the Information Committee of Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia The Khilafah Conference held in Indonesia which was attended by over one hundred thousand, proved to be highly effective in focusing on and highlighting the issue of Khilafah and the Hizb ut-Tahrir to the Muslims there. While at the same time, the hearts of the secularists who raise the banner of Capitalist democracy were filled with rage. It will be pertinent to remind them of Allah’s words: قل موتوا بغيظكم "Say: "Perish in your rage.” [TMQ Aal Imran : 119] The Muslims, both individually as well as their organizations are now more concerned than ever about their great Islam and the Khilafah about the restoration of which the Prophet (saw) had given glad tidings in an authentic narration. The Islamic parties there organised a seminar there under the theme: The Khilafah on the model of the Prophet (saw) or American Capitalist Democracy? This was organised under the patr

America campaigns for democracy so as to eradicate Islam

بِسْمِ الله الرَّحمَنِ الرَحيم هَذَا بَلاَغٌ لِلنَّاسِ وَلِيُنذَرُوا بِهِ “This is a Message for humankind, so that they take heed of its warning.” [Surah Ibrahim 14:52] Even whilst the Muslims of Pakistan faced the violent upheaval that came after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, with many deaths, much destruction of private property and shortages in fuel and food, the Americans vigorously campaigned for democracy in Pakistan. On 28 December 2007, US Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice said, “But obviously, it’s just very important that the democratic process go forward.” And on the same day, US Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Boucher, said, “We want to see smooth and safe elections go forward.” However, America’s campaign for democracy is not for a truly representative government in Pakistan, rather it is an attempt to prevent the rise of Islam. The Muslims of Pakistan have faced the oppression of dictatorship for a long time. In this situation, America tries to make t