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Q&A: The Mufti Mentality

The following is are extracts of a translation from an Arabic Q&A from the time of Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Answer and question Question: The Hizb says in some of its answers and questions that the Hizb does not give Fatwaas and that the Shabaab are not Muftis (those who give out legal verdicts) and if he was to be asked for a Fatwaa then he should respond frankly by saying that we are not Muftis. And this opinion means that we turn the people away from asking us about the Ahkaam Ash-Shari'yah and this means withholding knowledge and both of these are not correct to come from us. This is because turning the people from the Hizb is not correct because one of our most important aims is to make the Ummah embrace the Hizb and to make the ideas of the Hizb dominant upon the people. And because withholding knowledge is not permissible due to the statement of the Messenger (saw): < > so how do we reconcile between the opinion of the Hizb a

Spread Hope and Tawakul Not Just Despair

Every few minutes of the day, on our TV, smartphones and via the internet, we receive the latest news and videos of atrocities facing our Ummah in the areas where we live and abroad. The latest massacre in Syria, the latest verbal assault on a Muslim woman on a bus in London and the latest UK government policy targeting our Mosques and madrassas. The constant barrage of bad news through the forwarding of these messages and videos is leading some to despair and choose to become silent or even change their appearance and aspects of our Deen – due to not seeing a way out of the many tests that are facing us on many fronts. Comment: The ability – via social media and smartphone apps – to forward distressing news of the latest plots, attacks and policies against Islam and Muslims is leading some to despair. In a single day, some of us receive so many videos one after another that the bad news can become overwhelming and paralysing. They seem to further reconfirm the power of our enem

Q&A: Surveillance Cameras - Sheikh Ata Abu Al-Rashtah

Question: As-Salaam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakaatuhu Best Wishes and Eid Mubarak to you our respected Amir, may Allah protect you… My question is: What is the ruling on using public surveillance cameras and in stores? Is it permissible to criminalize the person by using the captured camera images as evidence if the person is caught stealing on camera? From Dr. Bassam Ash-Shab’an Answer: Wa Alaikum us Salaam Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakaatuhu Your question is composed of two parts: in the first you asked about the ruling of using surveillance cameras, and in the second you asked about the images captured by the surveillance cameras if they can be considered as Shariah evidence or not? The answer to the first part of the question: Cameras falls under the Shariah principle: “In origin things are permitted unless there is prohibition evidence” taken from the verse of Quran: أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُمْ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ “Do

The West has lost the battle for hearts and minds

The battle has been lost. It began whilst the embers of the last Khilafah State were still burning, soon to be extinguished. Whilst the poet’s ink was fresh on the page, when he cried, The wedding songs turned into echoes of mourning, And your death was announced within the signs of joy, You were shrouded in the night of wedding with its dress, And you were buried at the time of morning break, You were escorted to your burial in horror, with the tears of a laughing (person), In every area; and with agony of drunkenness of a conscious (person). Minarets and minbars shouted for you, Kingdoms and provinces cried on you, India is bewildered and Egypt is sad, And she cries on you with flowing tears. Ash-Sham, Iraq and Persia ask, Is there anyone who wiped the Khilafah from our lands? All the great and the good attended your funeral, They sat there in the seats of mourning, O men! Watch a murdered noble-born (lady), She was killed without sin or guilt. Th

Generating Atmospheres Within the Muslim Community in the West

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ In recent times we have seen the acceleration of efforts of the Western nations to assimilate Muslims. The death of multiculturalism, open calls from politicians for a Western version of Islam and the narrative of countering non-violent extremism has prompted many pertinent questions raised by carriers of the Islamic Da’wah such as: How do we counter the resilient campaign within an ideological nation to assimilate Muslims?  Whilst the potential exists to influence and culture Muslim individuals who will not assimilate and will hold onto the Islamic ideas about life, is it feasible to generate an alternative atmosphere within Muslim communities that oppose the strong public opinion that dominates society founded on the fundamental ideas of capitalism?  What are the prerequisites required to achieving tangible results in this domain? What are the necessary actions and core elements needed to achieve this?  In order to answer these questions i