Wednesday, June 29, 2005


In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Colors of deception; the brightness of which I am blind
Perceptions struggle never ended: Muslims spinning to find.
The fog in thickness uncanny; to see through it lies only through chance.
The responsibilities, which rest on our shoulders, are easily thrown for a little romance.
Our youth once strong with emotion, have been paralyzed with poison of desire.
The reciters of Quran once working sincerely: now singers of songs leading us to the fire.
Our faith once strong and unshaken: now questioning maters of the unseen.
The community, who once would gather in assistance, now distant, cross, and mean.
Our women once covered and respected; are now enhanced by a stylish look.
The Quran that once was our creed is now viewed as…any old book.
The cries of the Ummah so chilling; were once answered in the speed of light.
We’ve forgotten what we’re defending; now giving up without an honorable fight.
Our preachers, who once shed our tears, are now writing without emotion or fear.
The devastation of our religion is only now becoming so clear.
Our Shahadah once said with meaning; now said with only the tongue.
Our actions now depleting: the true tragedy has only begun.
Author: Souladvisor

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Human Tragedy

The reality of life is sadly reflected in one of the sayings of the Jewish leader, Abba Eban (b. 1915). "Men and nations do the sensible thing only after they have exhausted all other options." (Liberty’s Nation)
It is true that no individual or group seems willing to act seriously or sensibly unless and until all irrational and superficial options have failed.
Our world is marred by injustice and dishonesty and all kinds of atrocities at both the individual as well as the communal level. This is because people feel free to do as they please quite unfettered by moral considerations. The wrongdoers renounce such ways only when there is no other option. The freedom—which they abuse—has been given to mankind, because our world is a testing place. And on Doomsday, all without exception will be called to account for how they have used the freedom. If they have ignored and denied the truth in this world, they shall be obliged to accept it on the Day of Reckoning, because all of their options will have run out and subterfuge and pleas for mercy will be of no avail; by that time it will be too late either to beg for forgiveness or to attempt to make amends.
Why do people wait until they are forced to submit to the truth? If one accepts the truth because one is forced to, one’s acceptance has no value. Why again do people wait until they are forced to treat others with justice? Being just to others because one is forced to is likewise an action bereft of honor or human kindness.
Why wait until we are on the brink of Doomsday before we act with human concern for individuals and a proper respect for society? Why wait until the Day of Judgment before we act as bidden in the Quran, as honest, upright, responsible individuals?
By: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Friday, June 24, 2005


MONEY...... Verily I say unto ye..........

It can buy a house
But not a home
It can buy a clock
But not time
It can buy you a position
But not respect
It can buy you a bed
But not sleep
It can buy you a book
But not knowledge
It can buy you medicine
But not health
It can buy you blood
But not life
So you see money isn't everything
And it often causes pain and suffering
I tell you this because I am your friend
And as your friend I want to
Take away your pain and suffering!!
So send me all your money and I will suffer for you!
Cash only please! After all, what are friends for??
I got this in E-mail and wanted to share it with you

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Who is the Creator

Can It Be Matter?
A very popular question among atheists is, ‘Granted that the existence of temporal things necessitates the existence of an eternal cause, why should that cause be the God of religion? Why can’t matter be eternal and be therefore in no need of an eternal creator?’ I shall argue, on an Islamic basis but at the same time also on a rational basis, that the attribute of eternity entails other attributes, which matter does not and cannot have, and cannot, in view of this, play the role of the original and ultimate cause of temporal things. Muslim theologians say that eternity of existence logically implies everlastingness. This is true because, if something is eternal then it does not depend for its existence on anything outside itself. If this is so then it can never pass away, because only those things pass away that lose some of the external conditions on which they depend for their existence. If the ultimate cause of temporal things is eternal and everlasting, it must of necessity be self-sufficient, qayyoom and ghanee. Can there be more than one such creator? The Quran tells us that this is impossible;“God never had a child, nor have there been any gods beside him. (Had there been any), each of them would have appropriated to himself what he created, and some would have overcome others.”This Quranic argument was paraphrased by some Muslim theologians in a way somewhat like the following: The assumption that there are gods beside the one true God leads to false consequences and must therefore be false. If there is more than one god, then (a) if every detail of everything in the world was the result of the action of one of the gods, it cannot at the same time be the result of the action of another god. But if (b) some things in the world were created by some gods, and others by other gods, then each god would rule independently over what he created, which means that nothing in his world can even in principle, be influenced by anything outside it. But this contradicts the observed unity and interdependence of the world. And if that is impossible, then (c) some gods will overcome others, but if that happens then the ones who are vanquished cannot be true gods. There can, therefore, be no more than one creator.How does this creator create? Since He is self-sufficient, He cannot be said to depend on anything outside Himself in any actions, and cannot therefore be said to produce His effects the way natural causes do. But if He is not a natural cause, He must be a volitional agent. And since intention implies knowledge, and knowledge and intention imply life, he must be a living being. Since He is an eternal and everlasting being, all His attributes must reflect this quality; thus He must be not only knowing, but all-knowing, not only powerful, but all-powerful, etc. Since no matter in any form can answer to these attributes, and since all these attributes are implied by the two attributes of eternity and everlastingness, no form of matter can be either eternal or everlasting, and thus no matter of any form can play the role of that ultimate cause. This much of the attributes that an eternal and everlasting creator must have is enough, I suppose, to show that it cannot be matter. But this conclusion can be further confirmed by what modern science tells us about the nature of matter. Why Should He Be The God of Islam?
Some might say, ‘Granted that this god is a personal and living God, and that He has the attributes which you mentioned, why should He be the God of Islam and not, say the Christian or Jewish God?’ The God of Islam is the God of all true prophets of God from Adam down to Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. But it is a basic claim of the religion with which Muhammad came that previous religions (including Christianity and Judaism) have not been kept in their pristine form which those prophets advocated, but have been tampered with and distorted. The only religion whose book has taken upon itself to be preserved from any such distortions is the religion of the last of God’s prophets, namely Muhammad (p.b.u.h.). This is not to say that everything in those religions is false or bad. No! There is much in them that is good and true; it is only those elements in them that contradict Islam which must be false or bad. But even if they were to be purged of everything that is not in consonance with Islam, they would still be less perfect than Islam is, especially in their conceptions of God, therefore unsuitable for being universal religions. Having said this, let me give one example of a non-Islamic religious belief which the Quran considers to be a stupendous blasphemy against God, namely that He has children. At the time of the Prophet, some Arabs believed that the angels were the daughters of God, while some Christians believed that Jesus was the son of God, and some Jews believed that Ezra was the son of God. Just as the Quran gave arguments for the impossibility of there being any gods besides the one true God, it also gave elaborate arguments to show the impossibility of Him having a child, whether male or female. If the Creator is one and self-sufficient, then He is also unique, ahad, “Nothing is like Him.” But if so then, “He neither begets nor is He begotten.” “How can He have a child if He has no consort, and if He created everything?” The Quran is here saying that the claim that God has children contradicts the facts (acknowledged by those who make this claim) that He is the Creator of everything, that He is Self-sufficient, and that He has no spouse. Now if He is the creator of everything, this necessarily includes the one who is claimed to be His child. But if this is created by Him, it cannot be His child; it has to be one of His creations. One does not create one’s child; one begets it. If it is insisted that the child is actually begotten and not created by God, this will entail the following false consequences:
The begotten child must be of the same nature as its father, in which case God will not be unique or one.
God will not be the creator of everything.
God will have to have a spouse, who must of course be of the same nature as He is, otherwise they cannot beget anything.
But in that case the number of beings who are of the same nature as God will be raised to three.
If the child is begotten then it cannot be eternal, i.e. it cannot be of the same nature as the father.
It must therefore be temporal; but in that case it has to have a creator. But if the God who is its father cannot at the same time be its creator, then there must be its creator, then there must be another creator besides that God the father; but in that case, this other creator will be the one true creator because it was through his power that the first one was able to beget its son. This will raise the number of gods to four.
No wonder than that the Quran said about those who claimed that Allah has a child. “You have indeed come with something most monstrous, of which the skies almost burst, the earth split asunder, and the mountains fall down in utter ruin. All this because of their attributing a child to Allah." By: Dr. Jaafar Shaikh Idris Source:

Iraq War

Iraq (invasion march 18,2003)
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched every rocket fired signifies in the final since, a theft, form those who are hungry and not fed. Those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labors, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron." Dwight Eisenhower April 16, 1953 he describes what war does and who it affects. War creates orphans; war brings destruction; war kills a generation; in an event of war all other possible alternatives must be looked at. However this was not the case with Iraq war. We went to Iraq for WMD & Everything was rushed during war which has cost us countless lives. It has devastated our economy, & has wounded our soldiers physically and psychologically.
Many people think that we went to war with Iraq because Iraq was involved in 9/11; however it is not true. Bob Graham, former Chairman of the Select Intelligence Committee, stated in an interview with CNN's Larry King Live on March 19, 2004:"As former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I can tell you there's no evidence that Saddam Hussein had any role in September the 11. B.GRAHAM Richard Clarke, former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the National Security Council stated on CNN's American Morning broadcast on March 23, 2004: "the white house is papering over facts such as in the week immediately after 9/11, the president signed a national security directive instructing the Pentagon to prepare for the invasion of Iraq. Even though they new at the time form me, from the FBI, from the CIA, that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11." R. Clarke.
The main reason why we went to war with Iraq was WMD. We believed that Iraq was developing weapon of mass destruction there for we rushed a war. (N. Korea.) There were no WMD found in Iraq. The Commission of the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (CICUSRWMD), a presidential committee, stated the following in their final report issued on March 31, 2005: "Extensive post-war investigations were carried out by the Iraqi Survey Group (ISG Iraq Survey Group1,200 experts form the US, Britain, & Australia. In charge of Searching for WMD in Iraq.). The ISG found no evidence that Iraq had tried to reconstitute its capability to produce nuclear weapons after 1991 Gulf war; no evidence of biological weapon (BW) agent stockpiles or of mobile biological weapons production facilities; and no substantial chemical warfare (CW) stockpiles or credible indications that Baghdad had resumed production of CW after 1991 Gulf War." If we know in the beginning that there was going to be no weapon found then why did we invade Iraq? The Iraqis say it was for Oil: Iraq is the largest Arab country in the Gulf region, contains the world's second largest oil reserves, Iraq produces 64 percent of oil; there is $5 trillion worth of oil above and in the ground in Iraq whatever the cause be it is not worth 22,000 civilian lives. The preemptive strike violated the international law. The UN did not approve the use of force against Iraq, but we ignored them and it cost us our credibility.
Speaking of cost Iraq war cost: $ 180 billion
1. Instead, we could have hired 3 million additional public school teachers for one year.
2. Instead, we could have provided 8.5 million students four-year scholarships at public Univ.
3. Instead, we could have fully funded global anti-hunger efforts for 7 years.
4. Instead, we could have fully funded world-wide AIDS programs for 17 years.
5. Instead, we could have ensured that every child in the world was giveimmunizationizations for 57 years.
The cost of war doesn't matter compare to the soldier who have been harmed by the war b/c you cannot put a price tag on a human life. According to more than 10,000 Returnees form Iraq have been harmed psychologically. They suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Lt. Goodrum is one of them. During his interview with BBC he said, "My nightmares are so intense I woke up one night with my hands fianced my fiance's throat. So now I sleep on the couch until I can get my sleep, my nightmares, more under control. When I am in crowds I tend to watch people's hands. The smell of diesel takes me back to Iraq." He went on to say "It is easier to accept and understand a physical injury than a psychological one."
Physical injuries are difficult to describe with words only pictures can describe it.
Henry Emersion. "I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses, for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for starvation that stalks after it.
Iraq has become a breeding ground for terrorists. We are left with only one solution. We should take the case to the U.N. and tell them it was our mistake. Handover the control of Iraq to U.N. and the UN then will ask other nations to volunteer with the security of Iraq (like Afghanistan) and nations who want to build Iraq can do so by donating money for rebuilding Iraq. This way the Iraqi don't see themselves being invaded by US and our soldiers won't die unjustly. So far I have discussed the reason why US went to war with Iraq and how the war has impacted the lives of Iraqi civilians and American soldiers. "Justice will never be done for all of the soldiers and Iraqi civilians who lost their lives needlessly." These are the unseen consequence of a war that will change lives long after the last bullet has been fired and the last soldier has returned home. We have made a mistake, should admit it and learn fojustificationfy it for justificatification leads to nowhere.


When I say Jihad; the memory of 9/11 should pops up in everyone’s head because According to CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS & RESEARCH MINISTRY no author or date listed “The term "Jihad" Among Westerners often brings up images of Muslim terrorists killing people who disagree with them. Jihad is an emotionally charged word that is heralded by the Western news media in descriptions of Middle East activities.” However jihad is interpreted by Muslims differently. Jihad is an Arabic word whose root is Jahada which means “to strive” or “make effort” for a better way of life. Other nouns that are closely related are Juhd, Mujahid, and Ijtihad. The other meanings are strain, exertion, effort, and diligence. There are 3 levels of Jihad personal jihad, social jihad and physical jihad and I will discuss these in detail.
PERSONAL Jihad is the highest degree of Jihad in Islam. The purpose of personal jihad is to attain perfect faith. Personal jihad is when a person is making struggle against himself to submit to God/Allah and fight evil within one’s self to achieve higher moral standards. In personal jihad one has to try his best to control his ego, lust and selfishness. Taking care of the needy and homeless are a form of personal jihad. In personal Jihad one is to sacrifice his time money, knowledge, wisdom, and energy to please God, and make people live in peace and harmony among themselves. One has to be humble and friendly to all, irrespective of color, nationality, ethnicity, background, gender, language, or religion. The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad(S) said:
"... the mujahid (one who carries out jihad) is he who strives against himself for the sake of obeying Allah, and the muhajir (one who emigrates) is he who abandons evil deeds and sin." In collection of Sahih Ibn Hibban #4862 NO DATE
SOCIAL Jihad is struggle against evil, injustice and oppression within one’s family and society. Conveying to others to worship one God alone the creator of the universe is a form of social jihad. Social jihad is a struggle to put Allah ahead of our loved ones, our wealth, our worldly ambitions and our own lives and tell others to do the same.
PHYSICAL Jihad is an armed struggle. Only under 2 conditions can physical jihad be carried out.
(if one is attacked) they are to fight back in self defense. Fighting in self defense includes fighting for one’s life for protection of the family, property and religion.
(if one is oppressed) An armed struggle against the oppressor tyrant must be carried out to promote justice. Physical Jihad is to free people form tyranny, fear, crime, and exploitation by oppressive systems and replace them with divine morality, peace and education.
Since The word Jihad is associated with Islam therefore to make the definition more clear let’s look at some of the hadith, sayings and actions of Muhammad PBUH which will show an Islamic perspective of the word jihad. Aisha, wife of the Muhammad(S) asked, "O Messenger of Allah, we see jihad as the best of deeds, so shouldn't we join it?" He replied, "But, the best of jihad is a perfect hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah)." (1st type)Sahih Al-Bukhari #2784 compiled the saying of the prophet. No specific Date listed.
At another occasion a man asked Muhammad(S):
"Should I join the jihad?" He asked, "Do you have parents?" The man said, "Yes!" The Prophet(S) said, "then strive by (serving) them!" Sahih Al-Bukhari #5972
Yet another man asked the Messenger of Allah:
"What kind of jihad is better?" He replied, "A word of truth in front of an oppressive ruler!" Sunan Al-Nasa'i #4209 (2nd and 3rd type)
Qur’an is the single most important authority in all of Islam. And there is nowhere in the Qur’an mentioned Jihad as War; Quital is the actual word that is used for fighting or warfare. During war there is law and rule to be applied. Noncombatants are not to be killed, nor is the enemy’s property to be destroyed. From an Islamic perspective according to the definition of jihad 9/11 was acts of terrorism not jihad because the terrorist were neither attacked nor oppressed. In fact in it is stated clearly in the Quran that Whoever kills one person as if he has killed human beings at large; and whoever saves one life is as if he has saved the lives all mankind.
In conclusion, Jihad in Islam is Fighting evil, wrongdoing and injustice with all one’s power by one’s hand (physical jihad), with one’s tongue, (social jihad) or at least with one’s heart (personal jihad). True Jihad is to command right and forbid wrong.