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Part 2, The Islamic Rules of Trade

Due to the current global financial crisis there is increasing interest in the Islamic Economic System, the most comprehensive book on this topic is 'The Economic System of Islam' by Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. However as people have many questions relating to the Islamic rules of trade we will be posting related extracts from the draft translation of the Fiqh masterpiece 'The Islamic Personality, Volume 2' by Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. It is not allowed to sell what you do not have It is not allowed to sell a good before completing its ownership so selling it in this situation is a void sale. This is verified in two situations. Firstly, that one sells the good before he owns it. Secondly, he sells it after buying it but before he completes owning it via taking possession in that whose completion of ownership is conditioned upon taking possession. This is because the sale contract only occurs upon owned property so that which is not owned yet or is purchased but

Article 9, Explanation of the Draft Constitution of the Khilafah

The following is from the draft english translation of the Arabic book مقدمة الدستور أو الأسباب الموجبة له (Introduction to the constitution and the evidences that make it obligatory) published by Hizb ut-Tahrir 1382 Hijri (1963 CE). Please refer to the original Arabic for accurate meanings. Please note some of the adopted opinions of the Hizb have changed since the time the book was published so any of the adopted literature published after this book which contradicts what is mentioned in this book abrogates those specific points. Ijtihad is a duty of sufficiency and every Muslim reserves the right to perform Ijtihad provided he meets all its prerequisites. Explanation and evidences: The Islamic Shari'ah has made Ijtihad to deduce the Shari'ah rules from the address of the Legislator i.e. from the Shari'ah texts, revealed by Allah (swt) to the Messenger of Allah (saw), an obligation upon the Muslims. The fact that Ijtihad is an obligation has been confirmed through

88.5% people believe in Islamic system - Al Jazeera poll

The following is the translation of a poll on the Al Jazeera website. After the outbreak of the global financial crisis, what financial system do you believe it is best for the world to follow? - The Capitalist financial system: 4.9% [1457 votes] - The Communist financial system: 6.5% [1915 votes] - The Islamic financial system: 88.5% [26069] Total no of votes: 29441 Source: http://www.aljazeera.net/Portal/KServices/supportPages/vote/vote.aspx?voteID=2352&yourAnswer=0&actionType=0&dispType=1

PK: America’s presence is the cause of our insecurity and instability

The Muslims are suffering from immense insecurity and instability in recent months. People are scared to venture into the public places where the crowds gather, for fear of bombings and attacks. American troops have killed Muslim women and children within the tribal areas and their unmanned aircraft continuously fire missiles into Pakistan. And America continuously demands that the Pakistan Army fights in the tribal areas, regardless of how many Muslims are killed on both sides. America’s attempts to distance itself from the chaos are pathetic. On 20 October 2008, during his visit to Islamabad, US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, declared like a convicted criminal protesting his innocence, “Every time something explodes there, the US is accused of doing it.” He then justified America’s continual attacks in Pakistan and demands upon Pakistan’s army, “The only way we’re going to be able to solve this (tribal areas problem)... is dealing with this from both sides (of the bor

Views on the news - 23/10/08

Powell’s comments sway Muslims Stressing that Obama was a lifelong Christian, Powell denounced Republican tactics that he said were insulting not only to Obama but also to Muslims. “The really right answer is what if he is?” Powell said, praising the contributions of millions of Muslim citizens to American society. He further added:” We can’t allow ourselves to become a society where “Muslim” or “Arab” is a dirty word.” Whilst his comments have infuriated those on the right of American politics, many Muslims have been swayed to vote for Obama. Muslims in America must realize that whether the president is republican or democrat, black or white America’s foreign policy towards fighting Islam is not going to change. The messenger (s.a.w) said, “The Muslim should be sharp so that he is not stung from the same hole twice.” Germany’ spy chief reveals that Islamists think the West can be beaten Ernst Uhrlau, the head of the BND, the German equivalent of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

Part 1, The Islamic Rules of Trade

Due to the current global financial crisis there is increasing interest in the Islamic Economic System, the most comprehensive book on this topic is 'The Economic System of Islam' by Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. However as people have many questions relating to the Islamic rules of trade we will be posting related extracts from the draft translation of the Fiqh masterpiece 'The Islamic Personality, Volume 2' by Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. Trade Trade linguistically is exchange in an unrestricted manner, and it is opposite to purchase. Trade is also used for purchase, just as purchase is used for trade. So it is said he (ba’a) from him meaning he bought it, and they (shara) to them meaning they sold it so each of them is used for the other and the connotation specifies the meaning. As for trade in the Shar’a, it is exchanging property for property by placing in possession and being placed in possession via the way of mutual agreement. Trade is permitted by the Book

Capitalism in Crisis

The following is the transcript of a talk delivered on this subject recently. مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ كَمَثَلِ الْعَنْكَبُوتِ اتَّخَذَتْ بَيْتًا وَإِنَّ أَوْهَنَ الْبُيُوتِ لَبَيْتُ الْعَنْكَبُوتِ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ “The likeness of those who take (false deities as) Auliyâ' (protectors, helpers) other than Allâh is the likeness of a spider who builds (for itself) a house; but verily, the frailest (weakest) of houses is the spider's house – if they but knew” [TMQ 029:041] Allah speaks about the home of the spider and says that the weakest of the homes is that of the spiders. Although in reality the capitalist system looks sophisticated and complex but it is the weakest of the systems as Allah (swt) said in the ayah. The last few weeks saw the collapse of many of the largest and oldest banks in the western world. First it was AIG which declared bankruptcy and then the government bought it over and after that it was the Lehman Brothe

PK Government should stop Geo TV Network from telecasting blasphemous play

Date: 19 Shawwal 1429 AH No: PR08039 18th Oct 2008 CE PRESS STATMENT Government should stop Geo TV Network from telecasting blasphemous play On 13th October an ad sponsored by Geo TV network was printed on page 11 of The NEWS International (Lahore edition) about its upcoming plays for the next quarter. According to the ad Geo TV network would telecast a drama serial by the name of “Habibi Habiba” from 20th October. In this ad a man and a woman are shown to be dancing and holding each other while the text reads: “Markazi khayal, mabni barqissa Hazrat Yousuf (A.S.)” (i.e. central theme taken from the story of Hazrat Yousuf (A.S.) ) This is not the first time Geo network has aired programme attacking Islam and Muslims. It is the very network which provides daily air-time to Voice of America (VoA) for US propaganda. And it is the same network which proudly screens obscene Indian films in its bid to promote Hindu culture in Pakistan. All this is carried out under

Views on the news - 16/10/08

Anti-Muslim DVD rattles US voters in key battleground states On 12/10/2008 morning just weeks before the presidential election, Priscilla Linsley opened her local Denver newspaper and discovered a DVD inside. "I was shocked at the content and horrified that this had been in my Sunday paper," said Linsley, a 74-year-old Democrat, who watched about half of the video before throwing it in the trash. The hour-long film on DVD, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," was made by Israeli filmmaker Raphael Shore and shows disturbing, sometimes violent images. In September, some 28 million of the "Obsession" DVD's were distributed as advertising inserts in 70 newspapers, primarily in critical swing states such as Colorado, Florida and Ohio. The distribution of the DVD clearly demonstrates how desperate the supporters of Republican Party have become. The clearly believe that by emphasizing Islamaphobia over policy will win over voters in key sw

The Capitalist economy is self-destructing

The following is a translation of an Arabic leaflet. The Capitalist economy is self-destructing, just as Socialism-Communism before it . Only the Islamic model is the cure and prevents economic crises The real-estate crisis exploded in America and engulfed mortgages, rendering debtors unable to pay their loans. Major banks and financial corporations either collapsed, or are on the verge of bankruptcy. Incited by attractive subsidy packages and public announcements of anticipated heavy profits, international banks and investment funds rushed to this sector. So, the collapse of American banks and financial establishments, globalised, spreading to the world. It is as if America sneezed, infecting the entire world, which has now caught its cold. Some financial sector sources have estimated the losses incurred, due to the real-estate mortgage crisis, at 300 billion dollars in the US alone, and another 550 billion dollar outside America! Therefore, affected nations, particularly the wea

Remembering Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

The following is a touching letter written by a sister in Pakistan regarding the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui Just at a walking distance from my office is present the house of a family in terrible suffering, a family who needs the state to which they paid their taxes to ensure their safety, peaceful living and sense of living normal life like any other; a family who is now a question mark to where we all pay our taxes? The family needs well-do support from people of the state known as Islamic Republic of Pakistan, who needs attention of Ummah but are now forced to rely on only prayers. The seventh biggest army of the world and pride of Muslim Ummah has now become a real question mark to every common family who lived under and paid taxes to the state which has a leadership and system both but yet no shame and honor. Yes I am talking about the family of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui; her name is not new for any of us. We all know what has happened to her and the terrible ordeal she along with her th

The Islamic Economic System as an alternative

The following is the transcript of the speech delivered by a brother on Saturday 11th October 2008. Allah (swt) says: 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” [Ali-Imran 3:110] Allah (swt) has blessed us as being the best nation raised up from humanity because we enjoin the good and forbid the evil – we need to realise our responsibility of speaking our against the evil and injustice that we see globally today. One of these great evils we see around us is the economic injustice and oppression caused the world over by the current capitalist world order The current financial crisis has seriously eroded confidence in the Western world and has exposed the free market. However the Western world when looking at alternatives only see remnants of Socialism or some