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"And complete the Hajj or 'Umrah in the service of Allah" (TMQ 2:196) "Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah,- those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures" (TMQ 3:97) "It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety (taqwa minkum) that reaches Him." (TMQ 22:37) The components of Hajj have been elaborated for the Muslims by the Rasool-Allah (Sallalahu alaihi wa Sallam). Ja'far ibn Muhammad reported on the authority of his father, "We went to Jabir ibn 'Abdullah and he began inquiring about the people (who had gone to see him) till it was my turn. I said, 'I am Muhammad ibn 'Ali ibn Hussain'... I said to him, 'Tell me about the Hajj of Allah's Rasool-Allah (Sallalahu alaihi wa Sallam) '... The Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu alaihi wa Sallam) then prayed in the mosque and then mounted al-Qaswa (his she-camel) and it stood er

Regarding the ahadith about isolation

The following is from the english translation of the Arabic book 'The Khilafah' which is an extract from the book The Islamic Personality (Shaksiyyah Islamiyyah), Volume 2 by Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani (rh): To refrain from establishing a Khaleefah for the Muslims is a great sin because it is abstaining from carrying out a very important fard of Islam, upon which the implementation of the divine laws depends, even upon which the presence of Islam in the battlefield of life depends as well. So Muslims as a whole commit a great sin by refraining from establishing a Khaleefah for all Muslims. And if they agreed to remain without a Khaleefah the sin would befall all Muslims in the entire world. If some of the Muslims embarked on working to establish a Khaleefah and the others did not, the sin will drop from the shoulders of those who started to work to establish the Khaleefah, while the fard remains on them until the Khaleefah is appointed. This is so because the involvement in es

The Myth of Israel's invincibility

The following is from the book 'Political Views on Palestine' by Abu Ghazi, although published many years ago it contains some useful points. Since its formation in 1948, the reality of Israel's military strength has been shrouded by a mythical aura of invincibility. This illusory aura has been cast through certain myths that have been propagated amongst the Muslims in order to subdue them into accepting Israel's existence. These myths have not only been actively expressed by Israel, but have been given life by the actions of the treacherous Muslim rulers. The following article seeks to expose the key myths surrounding Israel's strength. In revealing the fallacy behind the myth of Israeli invincibility, we must keep in mind one question: What purpose does the construction of this myth serve ? Israel's defeat of the Arabs in 4 wars Israel' s performance in the wars of 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 against the Arabs has long been seen as demonstrative of Israel. s

India: Our Farcical Democracy

On 15th August 2007, the largest democracy of the world celebrated its 60th birthday. At birth the British christened it with a system of governance called 'Democracy' - modern, civil and benevolent. The British have a constitutional monarchy but thought it beneficial for India to have democracy. We, as a nation are proud to trumpet our self as a modern and civilized society, quick to criticize our neighbouring countries of being dictatorial and therefore primitive and oppressive in governance, be it Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan or Bangladesh. In the first place, our beloved democracy is often a result of elections in which, on an average only 40-45% of the populace votes. The remaining 55-60% does not participate because they do not have the right of negative voting i.e. to say that they don't want a particular individual to be elected. Is this government really BY the people? Then there are innumerable parties and its splinter groups to distribute the booty of those 45% vote

The Fragility of the Financial Markets in Capitalism

With the financial crisis engulfing the developed world a couple of months old its origins, causes and possible effects can now be assessed as many of the underlying factors have become clear. in this two part series will asses the instability of the financial markets in the West and its impact on the wider global economy and what the Khilafah has to offer as an alternative. Panic and turmoil gripped the world's financial markets in August as the US housing market bubble burst. The crisis threatens a worldwide economic slowdown, bringing to a halt more than a decade of increasing prosperity and employment for western economies. Such were the far-reaching consequences its effect was felt in the UK recently as Northern Rock (Britain 5th largest Bank) faced a bank ‘run' where many customers attempted to withdraw their savings in anticipation of its collapse. Its fortunes had its origins from the US housing market crash. Understanding the Banking System The obvious

Turkey’s mlitary operation in Iraq: Limited incursion or full-scale invasion?

Dec 2, 2007 by Abid Mustafa On 2 December 2007 the Turkish military said Saturday’s operation was the first since it had been authorized by the government to launch a cross-border offensive, and that operations will continue “depending on intelligence gathered.” In some quarters there is apprehension that this may mark the beginning of an all out invasion to occupy northern Iraq. To understand the reality of this military adventure it is important review the internal politics of Turkey, especially the tussle between AKP and Turkey’s powerful generals. The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) has become a thorn in Turkish politics that raises its ugly head whenever domestic tensions surface between the Turkish Government and Turkish Army. There are two power centres in Turkey namely: the AKP dominated government and the Kemalists who have a strong representation in the armed forces and some of Turkey’s institutions. Both factions often represent conflicting interests which are shaped by outside