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Views on the News- 26/03/09

US preparing to establish internment camps for US citizens In January a bill entitled the National Emergency Centres Establishment Act (HR 645) was introduced in the US Congress. It calls for the establishment of six national emergency centres in major regions in the US to be located on existing military installations. The stated purpose of the "national emergency centres" is to provide "temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster." In actuality, what we are dealing with are FEMA internment camps. HR 645 states that the camps can be used to "meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security."There has been virtually no press coverage of HR 645. These "civilian facilities" on US military bases are to be established in cooperation with the US Military. Modelled on Guantanamo, what we are dealing with is the militarization of F

Q&A Nigeria, Past and Present

بسم الله الرحمـٰن الرحيم Question: Is there any historical information about the advent of Islam in Nigeria and how it was ruled under Islam? What is the current political situation there? Answer: Historical perspective: 1 .Islam entered the northern region of Kanoo in Nigeria very early in the middle of the seventh century and from there it spread to the Hausa and al-Faulani regions in the north and central Nigeria. This spread was a result of trade activity. In the middle of the tenth century, it spread and became prevalent through the scholars of jurisprudence from Spain. These regions became an Islamic ‘Imara and were referred as the ‘Uthmani Khilafah or the Sokoto khilafah after ‘Uthman Danfodio and he ruled for close to a hundred years until the British annexed it in the year 1904 C.E. During the same period another Islamic sultanate was established by al-Rabih bin Zubair and was called the Borno Sultanate. The Maliki school of thought is prevalent in the Shari’ah court

The Treatment of Immigrants in Islam

A recently published Canadian study reveals that working-age immigrants are struggling to find employment compared to non-immigrants despite the fact that immigrants are more likely to be educated. The treatment of immigrants today in the Muslim world is the same if not worse. The example of RasulAllah (saw) in establishing a harmonious society between the Ansar and the Muhajireen and between the Muslims and non-Muslims should be our reference. Only through the resumption of the Islamic way of life, by re-establishing the Khilafah Rashidah in the Muslim lands will we be able to achieve such an enlightened societal structure once again Insha-Allah. A new study by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities concluded that recent working-age immigrants are struggling in their new place of residence. The research found that immigrants to Canada are twice as likely to have a degree as non-immigrants. However, they are four times more likely to be unemployed. Furthermore, the unemployment ra

Article 23, Explanation of the Draft Constitution of the Khilafah

The following is from the draft english translation of the Arabic book مقدمة الدستورأو 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 Article 23 : The State's apparatus is built upon eight pillars. These are: The Khalifah . The Delegated Assistant. The Executive Assistant. The Amir of Jihad. The Judiciary. The Walis. The State Service Departments. The Ummah Council. Evidence of this article is derived from the action of the Messenger of Allah (saw). He (saw) established the apparatus of the State in this shape. He (saw) was the Head of State and he ordered the Muslims to

Chapter1: Principles of Al Fiqh (Usul Al-Fiqh)

The following is the draft english translation from the Usul Al-Fiqh masterpiece of the Arabic book الشخصية الاسلاميَة الجزء الثالث (The Islamic Personality Volume 3 ) by Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. Please refer to the original Arabic for accurate meanings. Chapter 1: Principles of Al Fiqh (Usul Al-Fiqh) Linguistically ‘asl is that which can be constructed upon, whether the construction is tangible, like building a wall upon a foundation, or the construction can be rational, like building the reasoned rule (ma`lul) upon the legal reason (`illah) and like building a verdict (madlul) upon its evidence (dalil). So usul al-fiqh are the principles (qawa`id) upon which the fiqh is built. As for fiqh (jurisprudence), linguistically it refers to understanding (fahm); as in the saying of Allah (SWT): مَا نَفْقَهُ كَثِيرًا مِمَّا تَقُولُ “we don’t understand much of what you say….” [Hud: 91] and in the terminology of jurists it refers to the knowledge of the practical shara' rule

Views on the News- 19/03/09

Muslim parents to be prosecuted over gay education classes Last week the English newspaper The Times revealed that parents who took their children out of school to prevent them being taught about lesbian, gay and transgender relationships were facing prosecution. Around 30 pupils from an east London primary school were absent from a week of special lessons to highlight homosexual relationships. The protesting parents said the content was more appropriate for secondary school pupils. Some of the parents said they informed the Leytonstone School they were removing their children for the week. Pervez Latif, whose children Saleh, ten, and Abdur-Rahim, nine, attend the school, said both Christian and Muslim parents objected to the theme linked to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month. Mr Latif is quoted as saying: “I didn’t want my children to be learning about this.” The school has said that action had been taken against the protesting parents but refused divulge details. UN r

Part 10, The Islamic Rules of Trade - The Pledgee Benefitting from the Pledge

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 THE PLEDGEE BENEFITTING FROM THE PLEDGE Once the pledge is completed, the thing that falls under the possession of the pledgee after its possession is taken. However this does not mean that the pledgee benefits from the pledge; rather the presence of the pledged good in the possession of the pledgee is only to secure from him his debt only. The pledge remains for his owner even if the pledgee deserves the debt upon the pledger. The pledgee in the days of ignorance would own the pledge if the pledger did not pay him what he owed hi

‘Slumdog Muslim’

8 oscars, 14 golden globe nominations, world wide recognition and appreciation, resultant media frenzy. The media frenzy created waves all over the world. Slumdog millionaire brought the harsh reality of a particular country (India) on to the widescreen with elegance, and shocked the audiences with its larger than life cinematic experience. Slumdog Millionaire earned critical acclaim from the biggest media houses and gained unparalleled publicity for its bold picturisation, powerful screenplay and strong message by addressing issues that still dominate India, although India would like to forget such issues or hide it behind its glittering Capatalist aspirations and dreams. Child labour, poverty, beggary, slums, high illiteracy rate, police brutality, racial discrimination and more importantly the hindu-muslim tensions ever since India got independence in 1947. Director Danny Boyle used a plot revolving around the protagonist, Jamal Malik, a ‘muslim’ kid born and brought up in the po

The Long March Episode- Democracy and Dictatorship- Two sides of the same coin?

The weekend in Pakistan saw the much awaited long march take its turn to add itself onto the list of the on-going Political crisis plaguing the country. President Zardari had pledged to reinstate the deposed Chief justice Mr Chaudhry, who had been removed by Musharraf in the November state of emergency, within 30 days of taking office, but reneged on the promise, fearing the justice would re-open the case of alleged corruption by his late wife Benazir Bhutto and him over which immunity was granted by Musharraf in a potential power sharing deal. The election of the PPP in power in January and the ‘in-house’ move of Zardari to Presidency saw him back down on his promise during the elections of re-instating the deposed judges if the PPP won. Whilst Musharraf was in power we saw parties rally around the message that dictatorship was bad for the country and that is should be removed to guarantee ‘real’ progress. The message was not just for Musharraf but anyone with similar ambitions fo

Article 22, Explanation of the Draft Constitution of the Khilafah

The following is from the draft english translation of the Arabic book مقدمة الدستورأو 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 Article 22: The Principles on which the Ruling System is based The ruling system is based upon four principles. These are: 1. Sovereignty belongs to Shari'ah and not to the people. 2. Authority belongs to the Ummah. 3. Appointing one single Head of State is obligatory upon the Muslims. 4. The Head of State reserves the exclusive right to adopt the Shari'ah rules. He has the competence to enact the constitution and all the laws. This article outlin