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HOW TO STOP THE ARROGANCE IN YOU? How Can You Identify Conceit?

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Modesty is a great virtue. The famous Islamic scholar, Imam Abu Hamed Al-Ghazali, defined conceit as the feeling that you are better than any other creation of God. The cure is to compare yourself to those above you and better than you and strive to improve yourself continuously.

Simply, the more you really know yourself and know God, the less you are a victim of arrogance, because you start realizing your actual status and position in this world, and know that the universe does not revolve around you or your dreams and disappointments.

Good Muslims are not supposed to be a vain, know-it-all show off. They do not practice boasting and bragging. Conceit, vanity, smugness, arrogance, snobbery, pretentiousness, condescension, and self-importance haughtiness are not among their characteristics, simply because they are always mindful of God.

You are permitted to off-set your blessings in gratitude to your generous Lord, and as inspiration for others:

{But the bounty of your Lord; rehearse and proclaim!} (Ad-Duha 93:11)

SIMPLE ADVICE TO MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS

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At all times, we must resist from attacking individuals or countries or nationalities, and refuse to make statements or judgments that may sound racist or stereotypical.Having said this, however, I must also point out: every Muslim has the right to express indignation at the deplorable state of the Ummah. No one can deny some of the facts in regards to Muslim divisions in Uganda.Let me cite here the insightful statement of the pious caliph `Umar, “The Muslim decline will begin when their rulers do not welcome criticism and the people are afraid of offering it.”

Allah Almighty knows best.

Significance of 40 days after a Muslim passed away?

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There is no basis for observance of 40th day of the passing away of a person; it is a reprehensible innovation, which should be discouraged. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “It is not allowed for a person who believes in Allah and the last day to mourn for a dead person for more than three days.” The only exception is that of a widow undergoing the waiting period of four months and ten days.

Having said this, I should also point out the following:

Offering charities and good deeds on behalf of the dead is a good practice, albeit it is not bound by any time restrictions.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Sending Condolences on the Death of a Non-Muslim

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Islam commands us to be good to all people: establishing good neighborliness, reciprocating kindness with kindness, and recognizing the good in all people. Islam is all about justice and compassion. Allah commands us to be steadfast in upholding these virtues at all times. It is permissible, as far as Islamic Shari`ah is concerned, to extend condolences to our friends among Christians and others who have lost a family member or friend or a leader of their faith. We are also allowed to attend their funerals and memorials in order to extend our sympathies to the bereaved.

We are told, (O you who believe! Be steadfast witnesses for Allah in equity; and let not hatred of any people make you swerve from justice. Deal justly; that is nearer to God-fearing) (Al-Ma’idah 5: 8).

The Qur’an further tells us that there are among the Christians those who are full of love and compassion: (And We placed compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him (Jesus)) (Al-Hadid 57: 27). And we are also told, (And you will find the nearest of them in affection to those who believe (to be) those who say: “We are Christians.” That is because there are among them priests and monks, and because they are not proud) (Al-Ma’idah 5: 82).

Prophetic precedents for reciprocating kindness with kindness and his magnanimity, even with his foes, are too numerous to count. He visited non-Muslims who were sick, he was extremely generous with his food and provisions to all of his neighbors, including Muslims and non-Muslims, he welcomed the Christian delegation in his mosque and served them, he extolled the pact of virtue that the pagans had formed in pre-Islamic times, and said that he would gladly hasten to join any similar ventures in Islam, no matter who takes the initiative. We also know from the traditions that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stood up to honor the funeral procession of a Jew. Inspired by these and other precedents, his Companions used to attend the funerals of non-Muslims, including those of the People of the Book.

Muslims and Non-Muslims at Each Other’s Funerals

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When a Muslim dies he/she should be buried in an Islamic way. This means washing the body according to Islamic rules, putting on the shroud, offering the Janazah (funeral) prayers and then placing the body in the grave according to the Sunnah. All these are acts of `Ibadah (worship) and only Muslims can perform them. Thus, the general principle about burying the dead is that Muslims should bury Muslims. However, there is no prohibition if non-Muslim relatives and friends want to attend the funeral of a Muslim as long as Muslims bury the Muslim according to Islamic rules. There is also no prohibition if a non-Muslim drives the dead body of a Muslim to the mosque for Janazah prayer or to the cemetery for burial. There is no prohibition according to Islam if a non-Muslim funeral director supervises the burial or non-Muslim cemetery workers dig the grave or close it. Such services are very common in America and they should be acceptable to Muslims without any reservations.

Muslims are also allowed to attend the funeral of their non-Muslim relatives or friends without participating in the funeral prayers of non-Muslims. Muslims only pray in the Islamic way. There is no non-Islamic way of prayer permissible for Muslims.

Since we are living in a non-Islamic society the question also comes whether it is permissible for Muslims to be employed in non-Muslim cemeteries and supervise or help in the burial of non-Muslims in non-Islamic ways. I cannot say that it is forbidden (Haram) but in my opinion it is better for Muslims to avoid such jobs. It is indeed Makruh (non-recommended) if not Haram.

DON’T POST BAD MESSAGES ABOUT AK-47(RIP) ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A MUSLIM

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Some people may believe that Islam incite Muslims to hate people of other religions or those who are following no religion. Others may mistakenly relate the violent actions take place here or there to Islam’s teachings.

Unfortunately, this belief is due either to some people’s unawareness of Islam’s teachings or to attributing such wrong, un-Islamic actions to Islam itself.

In fact, Islam does not only condemn violence, but it also calls to mutual understanding and respect, tolerance, peace, freedom, and security.

Muslims are of course allowed and even recommended to make du`aa’ for the wellbeing of all, Muslims and non-Muslims. Islam’s universal values aim at pleasing all peoples of the world.

A Muslim is Islamically ordained to be just, fair, kind, and friendly with all people, irrespective of their faiths, cultures, and races.

Therefore, Muslims are certainly allowed and even recommended to make du`a’ for living non-Muslim relatives, neighbors, and friends. We, Muslims, can pray for their health, wellbeing and guidance. The most important prayer that we can do for them is to pray for their guidance to the straight path; we must do so on a continuous basis.

Muslims are to maintain good social and friendly relations with all people. Caring for the poor, the needy, and helpless is recommended for all. Islamic universal values such as justice, kindness, mercy, etc., are meant to please all people, Muslims and non-Muslims.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.

US Professor of Comparative Religion Finds Islam

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My name is James Frankel.I’m a professor of comparative religion. I teach classes of Islam also at the University of Hawaii. I’ve been living in Hawaii now for just over 2 years and I’m just entering my third year. In reading The Bible I came to develop a very strong feeling of love and respect for Jesus. But they wanted me to make an extra leap; to accept Jesus as my lord and my savior, and that’s what I couldn’t do. Jesus for me was like a big brother or like a teacher. Jesus for me was a Jew, and I couldn’t accept the claims they were making about him, but as I said I did develop strong feeling of affection towards him. I thought OK I’m not going to find any answers to my questions.

At some point i started reading the quran too.The Quran moved me in a way that other books hadn’t, certainly in a way that The Bible didn’t due to the Quran’s directness and the fact that the lord of the worlds, the creator as the book describes, the author, is speaking directly to you, very directly and very intimately. It moved me in a way that I had not felt before. I can’t tell you when or where exactly, I know that there were times that I would read it and I could feel tears in my eyes running down on my face. Sometimes I would read it and the hair of my arm would stand up and on the back of my neck. I can’t pinpoint precisely the time and the place, but at some point I think I had realized that I was reading the words of God.

Well, in January 1990, I was out with some friends from high school. We were having coffee and we were just talking about what’s going on in our lives. They asked me “What do you believe in these days?!” Because they knew me when I was a communist and then when I went through many different phases as a young person and they knew me as someone who didn’t really believe in anything. So they asked me and I said “Well, I believe in God.”

WE ALL FEAR DEATH

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From the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) comes the account of Prophet Moses’ death:

“The Angel of Death was sent to Moses. When he arrived Moses punched him in the eye. The Angel returned to his Lord and said, ‘You have sent me to a slave who does not want to die.’ God said, ‘Return to him and tell him to put his hand on the back of an ox and for every hair that will come under it, he will be granted one year of life.’ Moses said, ‘O Lord! What will happen after that?’ God replied, ‘then death.’ Moses said, ‘Let it come now!’ Moses then requested God to let him die close to the Holy Land so that he would be at a distance of a stone’s throw from it.” (Al-Bukhari, 3407)

In the history of the world, who has killed maximum number of innocent human beings?

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1) “Hitler” Do you know who he was? He was a Christian, but media will never call all Christians terrorists.

2) “Joseph Stalin called as Uncle Joe”. He killed 20 million human beings including 14.5 millions who were starved to death. Was he a Muslim?

3) “Mao Tse Tsung (China)” He killed 14 to 20 million human beings. Was he a Muslim?

4) “Benito Mussolini (Italy)” He killed 400 thousand human beings. Was he a Muslim?

5) “Ashoka” In Kalinga Battle, killed 100 thousand human beings. Was he a Muslim?

6) Due to the embargo put by George Bush on Iraq, 1/2 million children were killed in Iraq alone!!!

Why these people are never called terrorists by the media?

Today the majority of the non-Muslims are afraid of hearing the words “Jihad”. While “Jihad” is an Arabic word which comes from root Arabic word “Jahada” which means “to strive” or “to struggle” against evil and for justice.

It does not mean killing innocents.

The difference is we stand against evil, not with evil.

You still think that ISLAM is the Problem ?

1. The First World War, 17 million dead (caused by non-Muslim).
2. The Second World War, 50-55 million dead (caused by non-Muslim).
3. Nagasaki atomic bombs 200000 dead (caused by non- Muslim).
4. The War in Vietnam, over 5 million dead (caused by non- Muslim).
5. The War in Bosnia/Kosovo, over 500000 dead (caused by non-Muslim).
6. The War in Iraq (so far) 12,000,000 deaths (caused by non-Muslim).
7. Afghanistan, Burma etc (caused by non-Muslim).
8. In Cambodia 1975-1979, almost 3 million deaths (caused by non-Muslim).

MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS AND TERRORISTS ARE NOT MUSLIMS. If you agree, then must Share.

ISLAM TOUCHES BOTH THE HEART AND SOUL OF MANKIND

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In essence, the overwhelming majority of Islamic commands are unequivocally logical. They all cater to a moral responsibility towards the individual and the collective, and a hierarchy of causes. This includes the preservation of faith, life, lineage, intellect, and property.

The most logical of these are the ones shared with other monotheistic religions. The Ten Commandments, prohibition of alcohol, adultery, praying, and charity are among many other examples. The rationales behind all these acts are unambiguous.

A good example here that will explain this further, is the prohibition on drinking alcohol. Of course, drinking can make one vulnerable to behaviors and acts which one would not otherwise do if they were sober.

It surely leads to family and social ills. But what does Islam say about someone who is determined to buy just a bottle of liquor for one time, locking himself up in a room without a chance of harming or even contacting anyone until they are fully sober? Why would that be considered a sin in the eyes of Islam?

The answer is simple; Islam does not focus on appearances only. It is not only a religion of the outward, it is a religion of the inward as well. The reason why Islam prohibits alcohol is also because of the effect of committing such a sin on the soul and on the heart.

SOME MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE ECLIPSE

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Solar eclipse is the partial or total cutting off of the sun’s light when the moon comes between it and the earth.

Before Islam, people used to associate this unusual phenomenon with some superstitious reason. It happened that the sun eclipsed on the day the Prophet’s son Ibrahim died in Madinah, so some people attributed that to his death.

Hence, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) took the opportunity to correct the people’s mistaken notion about the solar eclipse saying, “The sun and the moon are two signs of Allah; they are not eclipsed on account of anyone’s death or on account of anyone’s birth. So when you see them, glorify and supplicate Allah, observe the Prayer, give alms.”

There is a long tradition of calling time on the world.

Basing his calculations on prophetic readings of the Bible, the great scientist Isaac Newton once cited 2060 as a year when the planet would be destroyed.

US preacher William Miller predicted that Jesus Christ would descend to Earth in October 1844 to purge mankind of its sins. When it did not happen, his followers, known as the Millerites, refereed to the event as The Great Disappointment.

In 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult, believing the world was about to be “recycled,” committed suicide in San Diego to board an alien craft they said was trailing behind a comet.

More recently, American radio host Harold Camping predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011, later moving the date forward five months when the apocalypse failed to materialize.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses: A Muslim Perspective

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Kusoof, or solar eclipse, is the partial or total cutting off of the sun’s light when the moon comes between it and the earth. People used to associate this unusual phenomenon with some superstitious reason.

It happened that the sun eclipsed on the day the Prophet’s son Ibrahim died in Madinah, so some people attributed that to his death. Hence, the Prophet took the opportunity to correct the people’s mistaken notion about the solar eclipse.

The Prophet ordered someone to announce “as-salatu jami`ah,” that is that Prayer is to be convened in public. When people gathered, he led them in Prayer after which he stated: “The solar or lunar eclipse is only a sign of Allah. They do not take place for the death or life of anybody. Whenever you see them, hasten to the Prayer.” (Reported by Muslim)

Salat al-kusoof (solar eclipse Prayer) is sunnah mu’akkadah (confirmed sunnah) for both male and female believers. It is better to offer it congregationally in the mosque. Its time is from the beginning of the eclipse till it clears away. There is no adhan for the Prayer, but it should be announced, as stated earlier, with “as-salatu jami`ah.”

During the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), a solar eclipse happened. People hurried to link this to a worldly event, namely, the death of the Prophet’s son, Ibrahim. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) explained the truth of this matter to them. In his Sahih, Imam Muslim reported that `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: There was a solar eclipse in the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him). He stood up to pray and prolonged his standing very much. He then bowed and prolonged very much his bowing. He then raised his head and prolonged his standing much, but it was less than the (duration) of the first standing. He then bowed and prolonged bowing much, but it was less than the duration of his first bowing. He then prostrated and then stood up and prolonged the standing, but it was less than the first standing. He then bowed and prolonged his bowing, but it was less than the first bowing. He then lifted his head and then stood up and prolonged his standing, but it was less than the first standing. He then bowed and prolonged bowing and it was less than the first bowing. He then prostrated himself; then he turned about, and the sun had become bright, and he addressed the people. He praised Allah and lauded Him and said: “The sun and the moon are two signs of Allah; they are not eclipsed on account of anyone’s death or on account of anyone’s birth. So when you see them, glorify and supplicate Allah, observe the Prayer, give alms. O Ummah of Muhammad, none is more indignant than Allah when His servant or maid commits fornication. O people of Muhammad, by Allah, if you knew what I know, you would weep much and laugh little. O Allah, witness, I informed them.”

According to the hadith, narrated by `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), salat al-kusoof is two rak`ahs; however, the worshiper bows twice in each rak`ah instead of once.

In the first rak`ah, after al-Fatihah, one recites a long or short surah. One then says “allahu akbar” and bows down in a long bowing. As one rises up, one says: “sami` Allahu liman hamidah, rabbana lakal-hamd.”

One then says “Allahu akbar” and bows down a second time but not so long. As one rises up one says, “sami` Allahu liman hamidah, rabbana lakal-hamd.”

As one resumes standing straight, one says “allahu akbar” and then falls down in prostration. One begins the second rak`ah by saying “allahu akbar” The second rak`ah should be observed like the first one. After the Prayer, the imam may give a guiding sermon.

Salat al-khusoof (lunar eclipse Prayer) is the same as salatal-kusoof (solar eclipse Prayer). The recital of al-Fatihah may be performed aloud or silently.

Museveni exploiting rivalry to finish off Muslims

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On January 3 this year, President Museveni, for the second time in less than a month, featured on Capital Radio’s Capital Gang talk show to which I am a panelist.

When my turn to speak came, I told the president his undoing was to elevate himself to a level of a project that is competing with Uganda for the few available resources. I reminded him of his flamboyant entry into South Sudan in 2011 at the inauguration of that country. Three other MPs and I had been dispatched by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to represent parliament.

The function was attended by over 60 presidents but Museveni stole the show because of his extravagance. He flew in by his Shs 70 billion jet. His Shs 20 billion chopper had arrived earlier. The distance between Juba airport and the venue is approximately three kilometres but there was a 30-motor-vehicle convoy to deliver Museveni.

South Sudan had provided three brand new Land Cruisers for each head of state but Museveni declined the offer. That is why this financial year, we have spent Shs 35.5bn on his travels within the country, Shs 15.5bn on his travels abroad and Shs 7bn to maintain his vehicles.

The state house budget totals to Shs 246bn while that of the Office of the President is Shs 97bn. In total, the country will this year spend Shs 340bn on Museveni’s office and residence alone.

Yet the same country doesn’t have Shs 40bn for ambulances, Shs 4bn to repair scans and ultrasound machines in general referral hospitals or Shs 10bn to dig boreholes for poor people in rural areas. These are the issues that I put to the president.

“Are you a Tabliq?” Museveni asked me. “Yes, I am a Tabliq,” I replied.

Was my being a Tabliq the answer for this luxurious lifestyle of our head of state? No. He explained that the reason he moves in a 30+ motorcade was because Tabliqs want to kill him. That statement didn’t bother me alone. It bothered thousands of Muslims in the country. But it personally helped me confirm what the president thinks of us.

Therefore, the ongoing wave of arrests targeting Tabliq Muslims of the Salafiya group has something to do more with what the president thinks of them than their linkage with Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

The president and his system have taken advantage of the recent murders of prominent Muslim leaders and factionalism to settle an old score. The Tabliqs had been one group before the invasion of Old Kampala mosque more than a decade ago. Their leaders, including Jamir Mukulu (ADF leader), were jailed for the invasion.

Sheik Sulaiman Kakeeto, who had been a junior cleric at their Nakasero mosque, exploited the vacuum and took over control of the mosque and established his administration. He enlisted the support of the president.

When Kakeeto lost follower-ship and also leased the Nakasero mosque to Mutasa Kafeero and the more than 10 acres of Muslim land at Clock Tower, the regime abandoned him. The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has made it very clear that he didn’t want the Tabliqs to join Col Kizza Besigye and Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago during the walk-to-work campaign of 2011.

The group that didn’t pay allegiance to Kakeeto formed the Tabliq Salafiya and baptized their leader Amiir Ummah under the late Sheik Sulaiman Ssekimpi. Kakeeto became Amiir Daula.

The Ssekimpi group, the Salafiya, got divided after his death. One group announced parallel administration under Makerere lecturer Sheik Haroon Jjemba and the other remained under Sheik Yunus Kamoga who is currently on remand in Luzira.

The two Salafiya groups then started battling over the William Street mosque which all of us had fought so hard to rescue from Drake Lubega. Lubega had bought it from Mufti Shaban Mubajje.

The killing of Sheik Mustafa Bahiga in January exacerbated the rivalry between two Tabliq Salafiya groups – Sheik Kamoga’s versus Sheik Jjemba’s. That is how Kayihura swung into action. In between, we had also lost the leader of Shia Muslims, the amiable Sheik Abdu Kadir Muwaya of Mayuge.

If there is anybody who understands the strength of the Tabliqs, it is Museveni. These Tabliq leaders, because of their vulnerability, invited or allowed Museveni to come on the table.

Their latest rivalry coupled with murders they may not have committed has given him a timely and perfect opportunity to decimate them. And by allowing Mubajje and Kakeeto to use their misfortune to regain lost territory, the Salafiya group has blundered. Some of us parted company with Mubajje on principle.

He embraced the NRM culture of looting. The Salafiya should, therefore, allow us fight for their rights that are being violated without having to first embrace Mubajje. I know some Muslims joined and are working with ADF but closure of our schools and mosques is very provocative. I know the Americans and their allies have for a long time targeted mosques and schools, dubbing them jihadists recruitment centres.

Closure of schools and mosques in Uganda is part of that wider campaign and has nothing to do with our internal security. In fact, even before the murders, police had closed some Qur’anic schools in Kalangala and Kireka.

Yes, Sheik Bahiga was murdered, Sheik Ssentamu was murdered and lots of other people. Let the suspects be produced in courts of law, charged and prosecuted. But to use murders of our people to persecute our people is unacceptable. And to our dear sheiks, if you didn’t know how Museveni pays, I am sure you now know.

semugs@yahoo.com

The Author is Kyadondo East MP and member of UMBS forum, Ibrahim Nganda Ssemujju

A Christian Priest’s Response to Dutch PM on Islamopobia

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This is a very interesting letter from a Catholic Priest of UK talking about Islamophobia in Europe . I thought everyone here would like.
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Open Letter to Islamophobe Dutch MP Geert Wilders

FATHER FRANK’S RANTS

Open Letter to Islamophobe Dutch MP Geert Wilders

Dear Mr Wilders,

They say you can only take a horse to the water, you can’t make it drink. But human beings are not horses. Unlike animals, they can be reasoned with. I offer these few remarks in the faint hope you are amenable to reason.

It is about your recent speech to the Alliance of Patriots in New York. In which you paint an apocalyptic picture of ‘the Islamization of Europe’. You describe some European cities with Muslim neighbourhoods in lurid terms. It is a world ‘where women walk around in figureless tents…Their husbands, or slave holders, if you prefer, walk three steps ahead’. Mr Wilders, I live bang near one of those areas in West London. I often visit Whitechapel and Edgware Road – parts of our colourful Londonistan – I have never seen a Muslim woman walking behind her husband. Rather, the mothers stroll about in a proud, dignified manner, alongside the men. Nothing in their behaviour suggests a subordinate role, let alone slavery. And there are tons of lively, even feisty Muslim girls wearing all sorts of gear. True, they may not, as a rule, behave like permissive, liberated females, baring the flesh, hugging and kissing partners in public, no. I would even

guess most of them don’t sleep with boys before marriage. But since when are chastity, modesty and self-restraint so bad? The traditional, Christian mores of the Western civilisation which you claim to uphold used to prize such things, no?

’25 per cent of the population of Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now’. Lies, damned lies and statistics, someone said.. But if you want native Europeans to stay numerically supreme, how about encouraging them to have more children? To urge them not to use contraceptives, the pills? To give up abortion? To bolster family values? Stop bashing Islam. Embrace the Christian religion in its conservative, sound traditions and all will be kosher.

‘Thousands of mosques across Europe. With larger congregations than churches’, you notice. Well, whose fault is that? Do perhaps Muslims stand at church doors, stopping the eager faithful from worshipping the Lord? Methinks you should rather address yourself to Christians. ‘Look at Muslims’ you should say. ‘Look at how many regularly pray. How keen they are on the observances of their religion. You should do the same.’ Exactly. The flourishing of mosques across Europe should serve as a stimulus to Christians. A window of opportunity. As an urgent reminder to get back to their vital, life-giving roots – the worship of the One True God. Why blame pious Muslims for the faults of lukewarm or nominal Christians, eh?

In Amsterdam ‘gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims’. Awful, if true. Funnily enough, I recall the words of Pym Fortuyn, the gay right-wing politician murdered by a fanatic. ‘I have nothing against Moroccans – I have slept with so many of them.’ From Andre Gide to William Burroughs, the Arab world has been one of artistic gays’ favourite fun destinations. Tangiers’ nickname was ‘Sodom on Sea’. Homophobia can’t be all that endemic amongst Arabs, I should imagine.

‘The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.’ How bizarre. First, a godson of mine has been to Auschwitz, on a school trip. Part of a programme to learn about wartime horrors. School curricula in Britain do in fact include projects about WWII and persecutions of Jews and other people. London’s Imperial War Museum has a holocaust section, which I viewed just the other day. What’s more, TV channels force-feed viewers with a daily, obsessive dose of films and programmes about the war and Germany’s crimes. If anybody should complain about this state of affairs, it should be Germans. It fuels Germanophobia, the lurking, masochistic English vice. Do today’s Germans deserve such constant pilloring? After all, isn’t Germany amongst the strongest supporters of your beloved state of Israel?

The Prophet Muhammad. Had he been ‘a man of peace…like Ghandi and Mother Teresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was…’ I won’t quote the rest, as it would be distasteful. Muhammad certainly did not found a religion like the Quakers, no. And he is definitely different from figures like Buddha and Jesus. However, why you did not compare him to a prophet and lawgiver like Moses? Muhammad had the Jewish tribes of Banu Qurayza slaughtered, you write. Well, Exodus 32:25 has Moses ordering the Levites to slay those who had worshipped the Golden Calf, about 3000 men. ‘Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of the Lord’ Moses told the slayers. Hardly like Gandhi, would you agree?

You are silent about Moses, I suspect, because in your speech you wrapped yourself in the mantle of defender of Israel. Mr Wilders, this Anglican priest is opposed to the destruction of the state of Israel. Because I am a Christian, Jews are rather important to me. I support both a Jewish state and a Palestinian state. A modest-sized Jewish Vatican in the Holy Land is the realistic solution. Bernard Wasserstein’s thoughtful book, ‘Israel & Palestine’, points the way. Wasserstein shows how your fantasy of Israel as a heroic outpost of the West against the incoming Jihad is nonsense. Indeed, Israeli society today needs immigrants as much as Europe does. And they won’t be Jewish immigrants. Despite your astonishing garbage about rising anti-Semitism in France (headed by a Jewish President!), Jews worldwide are happy where they are – they not migrating to Israel – or should I say ‘Isra-hell’, as my Israeli friend Ronen once wrote?

Ok, you don’t like Muslims. Yet they are not going to go away. Your case is analogous to that of the man whose garden was infested by ladybirds. They were everywhere. He didn’t like them. He tried several methods to get rid of them. Sprays, insecticides, this and that. Nothing worked. The ladybirds kept being around. Indeed, they multiplied. The guy was getting obsessed with them, growing paranoid, bitter, haunted. Eventually, he sent an e-mail to a wise old friend, an experienced gardener: ‘What should I do about the damned ladybirds?’

The reply came: ‘I suggest you learn to love them’.

Revd Frank Julian Gelli
“May Peace Be With You”

Germany Gets First Islamic Bank

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Offering German Muslims a better chance for investment, reports said that Germany is about to grant license to the first fully operational Islamic bank in the European country, which will operate under the guidelines of Islamic Shari`ah.The new bank will be called KT Bank AG and use Frankfurt as its base, aiming to tap Europe’s second-largest Muslim community, many of whose members are of Turkish descent.

Kuveyt Turk, the largest Islamic bank in Turkey and 62 percent owned by Kuwait Finance House, set up a financial services branch in Mannheim in 2010 and applied for a full banking license in 2012.

At the time, the lender said it would invest initial capital of 45 million euros ($48.7 million) in the planned German unit.Islam forbids Muslims from usury, receiving or paying interest on loans.

MENGO HAS TO QUICKLY DIALOGUE WITH SHEIK MUZAATA AND MUSLIMS!

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By: Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Many have been angered and outraged by what Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata said but I think Mengo has to quickly dialogue with Brother Muzaata and Muslims, instead of encouraging people to attack him. The issues he raised are representing the views of certain people(both Muslims and Non-Muslims) and they shouldn’t just be ignored.I suppose in my own stumbling way, I am trying to speak for some Muslims who feel aggrieved with some stuff going on in Mengo. We should have a national dialogue on religion,culture and trust, and focus on how we can support each other.

Interestingly, Sheikh Muzaata sounds so calm and composed while on the phone. I spoke to him once when he visited London a couple of years ago. May be, he uses that kind of language with the intention of driving his point home……just think about it: why are we all of a sudden having an intense debate about Etofari yet such sentiments have been around for a while? Muzaata’s language is obviously below the belt but he is very good at using mind control techniques to force a debate on an issue. I just hope that we concentrate more on the issues he raised rather than the way he presented them.

This topic is being shared with all not to insult but to advice.

Byebyo ebyange!

A non-Muslim View on the ‘Muzaata- Etofari’ comments!

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” Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, my understanding of etoofali is that it has origin in several overt and covert acts of the Central government towards Men go including (a) the nearly 2 year closure of CBS and subsequent censureship of the broadcast content (b) the deliberate refusal to effectively honour the ebyaffe (c) the burning down of the amasilo and it’s aftermath and (d) the targeted dismemberment of Buganda by encouraging/ building / formenting cessation in Buruli, Kayunga and Kooki. This had the effect of crippling the Kingdom economically.

The etofaali was one way of demonstrating that Buganda can unite and restore her glory in the eye of a storm.I have said elsewhere that I have nothing against Sheikh Muzata. I take his words as he says them. He acknowledges the success of etoofali. He hates it that Moslems have contributed to this project so much but not to the building of mosques in Butambala which are of such a standard that he cannot enter with his white tunic! I will not repeat what he says about Churches in the area, He hates it that the money has been given and used for the different projects of Buganda like amasilo and not health centres. He wonders where the Moslems will gain in these projects.

I am not aware of any grand fundraising launched by Sheikh Muzata for building mosques in Butambala or health facilities that Baganda and others have refused to contribute towards. But I may be mistaken.If Muzata was not a Sheikh I would have said he has enugu(malice) against the Katikiro and the establishment that commissioned the etofaali. But then being a Sheikh I expect he is above such pettism.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba that is why I pray you put up the clip of Sheikh Muzata’s address so that we all draw conclusions based on facts rather than sentiments.I hope we all learn lessons. The enemies of Buganda may not be far from abaana enzaarwa. But also may be it’s time we extended etofaali to improving health and education in Buganda and Uganda”

-—JOSEPH TUMUSHABE VIA THE UAH-FACEBOOK PLATFORM

Using a Condom to Have Intercourse with a Menstruating Wife

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Sexual intercourse with or without a condom is haram (unlawful) when a woman has her menstrual period. Allah says in the Qur’an: “They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such time and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 222)

During menses it is permissible for the couple to be close to each other and enjoy intimacy but there must not be any sexual intercourse (jima`).”

It also should be highlighted here that women are not unclean during their menstrual periods or post-partum bleeding. They do not have to stay in separate quarters or eat from separate dishes apart from their husbands, as was the case with the ancient Jews. They can retain their normal daily interactions and intimacies with the exception of sexual intercourse.

Allah Almighty knows best.

TREAT YOUR RELATIVES NICELY EVEN IF THEY DON’T DO THE SAME

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They maintain good ties as long as their kindred do the same, but otherwise they sever them. Real cherishing of blood relation is not observed in anticipation of equal reaction on the part of one’s kin; but the ties should be maintained for Allah’s sake only, maybe this is done from one side only while neglecting the behavior of the other side in its return. `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas quotes the Prophet, peace be blessings be upon him, as saying: “Al-Wasil (one who maintain good relation with his kinship) is not the one who recompenses the good done to him by his relatives, but Al-Wasil is the one who keeps good relations with those relatives who have severed the bond of kinship with him.” (Reported by al-Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah quotes a person as saying: “O Messenger of Allah, I have relatives with whom I try to have close relationship, but they sever (this relation). They return my good treatment with bad behavior, my kind approach with harsh manner. Upon this he (the Prophet) said: “If it is so as you say, then you in fact throw hot ashes (upon their faces) and so long as you adhere to this (path of righteousness), Allah will always help you and He will protect you against their mischief.” (Reported by Muslim)

Maintaining good ties with one’s kindred is bound to earn one Allah’s mercy, affluence and deliverance from distress, in addition to amity, attachment and spirit of cooperation that will envelop the whole atmosphere of the family in both adversity and prosperity. It goes without saying that severance of kinship ties melt away all these benefits and sow the fruit of discord among relatives.”

Allah Almighty knows best.

Is Surgery Permissible for Abnormal-Sized Nose?

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Generally speaking, a Muslim is not allowed to change Allah’s creation. However, if one has any abnormal or anomalous part of a body, he is allowed to have a surgery to adjust that part as long as an honest physician has stated that.

Changing the creation of Allah is forbidden. It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “May Allah curse the one who does tattoos and the one who has a tattoo done, the one who plucks eyebrows and the one who has her eyebrows plucked, and those who file teeth for the purpose of beautification, changing the creation of Allah.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

We should be satisfied with how Allah fashioned us. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saw a man dragging his garment because he was ashamed of his deformed legs, he (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Raise your garment for all of the creation of Allah is beautiful.” (Al-Bayhaqi)

Lastly, if the difference lies outside of the normal spectrum of human diversity, then it would be considered a disease, and may be treated surgically. The physician decides what is considered anomalous.

Plastic surgery is thus allowed as a treatment to correct an actual abnormality, whether that abnormality is congenital or acquired. If your nose is anomalous, then you should not hesitate to have it treated. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Seek proper cure [for your diseases] O, servants of Allah.” (Ibn Majah and Abu Dawuud)

Allah Almighty knows best.

SHEIKH MUZATA IS WRONG TO EMOTIONALLY ABUSE ANYBODY

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Emotional abuse truly damages and hurts as much as physical abuse does.While the meaning of physical abuse is rather obvious, the meaning of emotional abuse might not be, and the abuse itself may be more insidious. Emotional abuse includes name calling, belittling, using threats, e.t.c.Even frequent teasing, though it starts in fun, may become a type of abuse if it takes the form of sarcasm or demeaning remarks.

It is common for some people when they are angry to call others names or belittle them. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) advised us to control our anger, not to call each other names, not to use vulgar language, and not to point a weapon at another person.

These general guidelines are established by the Qur’an in the following verses: “O ye who believe! Let not a folk deride a folk who may be better than they (are), nor let women (deride) women who may be better than they are; neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoso turneth not in repentance, such are evil doers. O ye who believe! Shun much suspicion; for lo! some suspicion is a crime. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Ye abhor that (so abhor the other)! And keep your duty (to Allah). Lo! Allah is Relenting, Merciful.” (Al-Hujurat: 11-12)

Moreover, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “It is not lawful for a Muslim to scare his fellow Muslim.” (Reported by Ahmad & Abu Dawud)

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet also said: “None of you should point his weapon at his brother, as Satan may provoke him (to hurt his brother) and as a result, he would fall into a pit of Fire.” (Reported by al-Bukhari) In another version: “He who (even) points at his brother with a piece of iron is cursed by the angels until he puts it down, even if the other was his blood brother.” (Reported by Muslim)

it is very important to assure that Islam ordained goodness and the best relationship with every human, especially the People of the Scripture (ahlul-kitab), Jews and Christians.Here are some Qur’anic verses advising Muslims to perfect their speeches and actions with people:

{And [recall] when We took the covenant from the Children of Israel, [enjoining upon them], “Do not worship except Allah; and to do good to parents and to relatives, orphans, and the needy. And speak to people good [words] and establish prayer and give zakah.” Then you turned away, except a few of you, and you were refusing.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 83)

In another verse Allah Almighty says,

{And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.} (Al-`Ankabut 29: 46)

The Qur’an taught Muslims not to hurt people either by tongue or action.

Even the idols that were worshiped besides Allah, He Almighty forbade Muslims from cursing the idols of the disbelievers “mushrikeen”:

{And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.} (Al-An`am 6: 108)

We should avoid cursing or abusing them or even their ‘gods’. We are clearly prohibited to do that in the Qur’an. Allah Almighty says, (Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance. Thus unto every nation have We made their deeds seem fair. Then unto their Lord is their return, and He will tell them what they used to do.) (Al-An`am 6: 108)

Basically, the coleration is in the language Sheik Muzata uses while preaching to people. It hurts others emotionally.

YES, THERE SHOULD BE QUICK DIALOGUE BETWEEN MENGO AND MUSLIMS/ MUZAATA

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True Muslims are always willing to try their best to clarify whatever form of distortion is practiced against them, and this should be done only with those who are launching attacks due to their ignorance. In this case, the role of Muslims is to clarify the truth before those who are willing to know it, and are really searching for it although they missed the way and were driven to abuse.

A Muslim, as described by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), is not foul-mouthed. Even when insults are hurled against him, he is supposed to resort to the best course of action. What is the best behavior here? Surely, it is to strive to have a kind relations with the person hurling insults in a bid to make him realize the true manners of Islam. Let us contemplate the following Qur’anic verses, (The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. But none is granted it save those who are steadfast, and none is granted it save the owner of great happiness.)(Fussilat 41: 34-35)

The Qur’an goes to a further extent, teaching Muslims the principles of dialogue and disagreement:

{Say, “Who provides for you from the heavens and the earth?” Say, “Allah. And indeed, we or you are either upon guidance or in clear error.” Say, “You will not be asked about what we did in crime, and we will not be asked about what you do.} (Saba’ 34: 24-25)

When you reflect on these two verses, you will find the highest level of guidance in talking to people who disagree with you. In the first verse “ayah”, the Qur’an doesn’t say “you are misguided while we are guided”; it instead reads, {… we or you are either upon guidance or in clear error.} In the second verse, Allah used the word “crime” referring to us “Muslims”, while he used the word “do” to others.

Prophet Muhammad once was sitting with his Companions while a funeral of a Jew passed by them. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stood up out of respect. The Companions said, “But he is a Jew!” Then the Prophet said, “Isn’t it a soul of human being?”

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The believer does not slander, curse, or speak in an obscene or foul manner.” In another hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “It does not befit a man of truth to be a curser.”

Ultimately, it is important not to be upset if your friend tells you that you are wrong, based on his own convictions, because it is a matter of differences among people. And we have to respect each other regardless of these differences.

In this matter, every one of us has to think and look for the truth which is an obligation in every faith.

So, the dialogue between Mengo and Muslims over various issues(as proposed by Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba) is the way forward rather than sweeping issues under carpet, and every side should respect the views of the other.The true Muslim is the one who is really keen to treat all people with kindness.

When it comes to hurling insults, the treatment should be more and more kind so that the other party knows the manners of Islam and true Muslims. This does not rule out that Muslims can resort to legal channels to regain their usurped rights or restore their dignity. Stressing this, Allah Almighty says: (The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. But none is granted it save those who are steadfast, and none is granted it save the owner of great happiness.) (Fussilat 41: 34-35)

Allah Almighty knows best.

Non-Muslims in Hell Forever?

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It should be clearly known that no human can judge that a given person will be in paradise or go to hell. As this is none of humans’ business, rather it is a divine matter that Allah only can decide; He Almighty knows a person’s heart, intention, speech, and actions.In fact, it is not allowed in Islam to specify hell for any human being, no matter what his or her beliefs are.

For Muslims, Islam is the final religion that Allah has sent for all peoples. So, it is our belief, as Muslims, that Islam is the final message of Allah that people should correctly follow and apply in order to lead a happy life in this world and in the Hereafter.

There are Qur’anic verses which generally indicate that the believers will enjoy the eternal blessings in paradise while the disbelievers will be punished in hell forever. However, a Muslim is not entitled to judge a given living person to be in hell or paradise forever. Ibn `Abbas, the well-known scholar of the Qur’an, comments on the Qur’anic verse {In the day (of Judgment) when He will gather them together (He will say): O you assembly of the jinn! Many of humankind did you seduce. And their adherents among humankind will say: Our Lord! We enjoyed one another, but now we have arrived at the appointed term which You appointed for us. He will say: Fire is your home. Abide therein forever, save him whom Allah wills (to deliver). Lo! Your Lord is Wise, Aware} (Al-An`am 6: 128), “This verses implies that we should leave the question of judging the disbelievers’ fate to Allah”. (Al-Qurtubi, Al-Jami` li Ahkam Al-Qur’an, 7: 84)

Given the above, it is our duty, as Muslims, to deliver Islam’s message to all people through dialogue, good manners, and translating Islamic teachings into practice.

It is also the duty of every person to look and search for the truth and convincingly follow and call for it.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.

Can a Non-Muslim Wife Inherit Her Muslim Husband?

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we’d like to make it clear to you that basically, non-Muslims are not allowed to inherit Muslims. But a Muslim can donate or bequeath some money that does not exceed the third of his property to a non-Muslim. If a bequest that exceeds more than the third of the property is given to someone, it is up to the heirs, either to agree or not.

Moreover, Muhammad bin Al-Hanafiah, `Atta’a and Qatadah construed the Qur’anic verse “…except that ye should do kindness to your friends” (Al-Ahzab: 6) as referring to the bequest of a Muslim to a Christian or a Jew. Said reported, on the authority of Sufyan, quoting Ayyub, who quoted `Ikrimah as saying that Safyyah bint Huyay sold her rooms to Mu`awiah for 100,000 dirhams or dinars. Having a Jew brother, she called him to Islam so that he could inherit her, but he refused. Hence, she made a will that he should be given third of her money.

From this we derive that it is permissible for a Muslim to donate or bequeath some of his money to a person from the People of the Book and, in fortiori, the bequest of any of those to their brothers in faith or to Muslims is permissible.

However, it should be stressed that such cases of bequest are all governed by the same regulations that govern Muslim’s bequest to his brother in Islam. Thus, if a non-Muslim (from People of the Book) bequeaths some money to one of his heirs or makes someone a beneficiary to more than the third of his property, it will depend upon the inheritors’ approval, with the same conditions to which Muslims are subject.

Allah Almighty knows best.

May Allah have mercy on Sheikh Kisaame Aphan the former chairman of MUMSA and KAMSA

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Innah Lillah Wa Inna Illaikhi Rajiuna, have now confirmed our former Sheikh Kisaame Aphan, the former chairman of the Makerere University Muslim Students Association (MUMSA) passed away last week. May Allah have mercy on his soul, multiply the rewards of his good deeds and forgive him with whatever went wrong in his life, Allahuma Ameen.
I checked my Facebook account and the last post he sent me was on February 6, when he was trying to break my silence and inquire about the progress of my second book, which I had told him was coming soon.
As a friend and junior colleague who worked under his adminstration for both Kawempe Muslim Students Association (KAMSA) and MUMSA, am grief stricken that I could learn of his passing so late, and that I had no chance to stand in prayer for his Jannazat.

Recalling the good memories of Aphan, he was a man of strong rhetoric with a good choice of English vocabulary words. From Kawempe he used to address the students weekly Assembly as the Muslim leader and almost for every assembly, he was the man of the show. For every Assembly he had some new words and students cheered as they scribbled each word on their book covers to be memorized or cross checked in the dictionary, latter.

At Makerere University, Aphan balanced religious and secular leadership, being a chairman of MUMSA and a cabinet minister at the students Guild. Still, his strong rhetoric was a great asset. Whether he was giving a speech in Luganda or English, Aphan would sway crowds. At University he also emerged as a master of words not only in speeches but also in writing. Here, the press releases he wrote for MUMSA were referred to even in newspapers like The Monitor as “strong words”. Googling his name after the news of his death, some of these releases turned up and reading one of them, I felt guilt that I can’t find the right words that match his rhetoric for even his own eulogy.

Sheikh Aphan also recited the Quran in the Matrud style. He was deeply loved for this sweet recitation, though please, he is not the Sheikh with whom I had great rivalry at school mentioned in my book “The Ambitious Struggle”. In fact am now feeling the great omission in that book. It would have rectified the false, though not entirely, perception among most Kawempe students, that I was jealous and always against those who perfected and read the Matrud style better than me. Allahuma Ghafiruh Warhamuh Wasikinuh Fasiha Jannatuh.

YASIN KAKANDE VIA UMBS FORUM

SORRY FOR ALL THOSE IN PAIN

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As Muslims we should all strive for the mental fortitude and unwavering hope that Allah will make a way for us. There are several verses in the Quran that emphasize the importance of not falling into despair and giving up hope. Allah says in the Quran:

“Say: ‘Nothing can happen to us except what Allah have ordained for us. He is Our Master. It is in Allah that the believers should put their trust.” (Surat at-Tauba 51)

Everything happens for a reason and we are not in control of his master plan.

Getting Married Secretly Without Witnesses

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A secret marriage without witnesses is nothing more than illegitimate sexual intercourse.Announcing the marriage is one of the conditions that make a marriage valid. The presence of witnesses to the marriage contract is another condition as well as the presence of the girl’s wali (guardian) in case she did not marry before.

Secret marriage is considered illegitimate sexual intercourse

How has Facebook been used negatively?

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1.Without doubt, there is much evil that takes place on Facebook. Some Muslims are interacting with members of the opposite sex. Parents who are normally worried about their children mixing with the wrong crowd on the streets are unfortunately unaware that this could also take place indoors in front of a computer. This ‘free-mixing’ which takes place on Facebook could be a path that leads to Zina, something the Holy Quran has strongly warned people against. One particular feature, ‘poking’ the use of which is only to alert someone else that they have been ‘poked’ could be interpreted as if someone is being physically ‘nudged’ or ‘eyed-up’ – this frequently takes place between members of the opposite sex.

2.Many people use Facebook to promote illicit music by posting YouTube videos of music artists – a culture which Muslims should stay away from because every evil that you preach, you will incur the evil deed if someone else watches it and is inspired by it.

3.Facebook is used by some people to post useless information such as their life diaries or some useless activity they did in the day – words which have no benefit. Sometimes a person reveals his sins on Facebook in a manner which he doesn’t consider it to be a sin; it is said that Allah will not forgive a person who Allah had concealed his sins which he did in private but he exposes them by telling others. In the opposite end, a person may reveal his good deeds on Facebook and will lose the blessings of that deed.

4.We also have to ask ourselves how much time were spending on facebook and other social networks. Are we missing Salah and neglecting other important duties in Islam because we’re spending excessive number of hours on facebook daily? Yes facebook can be used as a da’wah tool, but when it effects your duties it will lead to being something that is haram to use!

Germany Reverses Teachers’ Hijab Ban

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Reversing a Twelve-year-old ban on the Islamic headscarf, a German high court has overturned a state law banning teachers from wearing hijab in Europe’s largest economy.In 2003, six out of 16 German federal states have banned hijab for school teachers.

The ban was criticized by international rights groups as being “discriminatory” against Muslim women who feel being targeted by laws that violate the very essence of their rights.

Reversing the ban, the judge said that “blanket bans on the headscarf, or other religiously mandated clothing, violated the constitutional right to religious freedom”.

He added that bans on religious symbols could still be imposed on the grounds of a “concrete danger, or the disturbance of school peace”.

The ruling came in response to an appeal by two female Muslim teachers from Northrhine-Westfalia.

Beheading Civilians… Islamic?

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Islam has nothing to do with these beheadings, even though it is a distressing fact that some people, who said they were Muslims, carried them out.The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him), forbade his Companions during their battles from attacking anybody who is not armed. And when he (peace be upon him) saw a woman from the enemy, who did not look like a fighter, lying dead in the middle of a battleground, he was enraged and said in anger to his own Companions, “Why was she killed? She was not a fighter!”

And even if we agree, hypothetically, to the weak argument that says that those civilians who serve the invading troops are partners in the transgression, these hostages would then be “prisoners of war” (Arabic: asraa). And beheading is not the way that the Qur’an, to quote it again as a reference, dealt with prisoners of war. Among many verses, there are verses that virtually every Muslim memorizes in Surat Al-Insan 76, describing true believers, saying what means:

*{And they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive of war,- [Saying:] “We feed you for the sake of Allah alone: no reward do we desire from you, nor thanks. We only fear a Day of distressful Wrath from the side of our Lord.” So, Allah will deliver them from the evil of that Day, and will shed over them a light of beauty and joy}* (Al-Insan 76:8-11)

Therefore, it is an Islamic duty to feed the captives of war, treat them well, and to respect their humanity. Another verse that specifically talks about prisoners of war gave Muslims two alternatives: either to free them or to ransom or exchange them. The Qur’an says what means:

{When you [Muslims] have overcome them [the fighters], then make them prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them be ransomed, until the war terminates.} (Muhammad 47:4)

In Islam, ends do not justify means. So, although rejecting occupation is an end that Islam approves, killing of innocent people is a forbidden mean that is, simply, non-Islamic, even if carried out by Muslims and even if these killers shout some “Islamic” slogans while carrying out their crimes.

Wear rings or exchange rings between husband and wife on the day of marriage just like Christians.

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Wearing rings is permissible or both genders in Islam. Women wear jewelry and the prophet SAAW himself did wear a ring.With this in mind I do not see any haram in exchanging rings at wedding at all.For those who like to relate it as a non-Muslim practice, I say that this is not a religious ritual but rather a human and social practice that could be practiced in any community.

Wearing an engagement or wedding ring is not considered unlawful in the Islamic perspective, as there is no religious text that determines this.It is also not considered as a form of imitating unbelievers. We know in any case that such imitation is forbidden, especially on something contravening the teachings of Islam.If the ring is silver, there is nothing wrong in both men and women wearing it. But if the ring is made of gold, women can wear it, while men cannot. At-Tirmidhi relates through the authentic chain of narration that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Wearing gold is forbidden for male Muslims, but it is allowed for female Muslims.”

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) permitted men to wear silver rings. On the authority of Ibn `Umar, al-Bukhari reported the former saying, “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) wore a silver ring. After him, Abu Bakr and then `Umar and `Uthman wore it, until it fell off his finger into the well of Arees.” (Reported by al-Bukhari) As for other metals such as iron, there are no sound texts prohibiting them. On the contrary, in the Sahih of al-Bukhari we find that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) advised a man who wanted to marry a woman to, “Present her with a gift, even if it be ring made of iron.” On the basis of this hadith al-Bukhari inferred the permissibility of iron rings.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Mixed Marriage: Can Children Be Exposed to Christianity?

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Mixed Marriage: Can Children Be Exposed to Christianity?

Generally speaking, we would like to stress that Islam has ordered parents to take care of their children and to bring them up according to Islamic manners. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “Every child is born on fitra (or innate sound nature) and his parents make him a Jew, a Christian or a fire worshipper.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

As a Muslim father, you must do everything possible within your means to raise your children according to the Islamic faith and practice. Once you have done your part, you must leave the matter to Allah. You cannot prevent your wife, who is a Christian, from exposing her children to her beliefs so long as she does not force them to adopt them. After they have attained adulthood, it is up to them to choose the religion of their choice; you are not accountable if they exercise the choice wrongfully. The Qur’an says: “There shall be no compulsion in religion; the truth stands out clearly from falsehood.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 256)

Allah says elsewhere, “…We have only the duty to convey the message.” (Ash-Shura 42: 48)

If the children are exposed to points of the Christian theology that directly contradict Islam, you have a religious obligation to clarify the Islamic viewpoints as persuasively as you can, but always exercise rifq or gentleness and hikma or wisdom in teaching your children. It is our firm conviction that all of the essential Islamic beliefs and practices are fully compatible with common sense and reason and can be readily accepted by anyone with sound mind, whereas the man-made theologies are based on intricate, arbitrary rational arguments which can be rejected by the fitra or innate sound nature.

Also never stop praying to Allah to guide your wife and children to the true path.

Allah Almighty knows best.

ISLAM is not recognised as a state religion in Italy

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ISLAM is not recognised as a state religion in Italy but it is the 2nd Largest Religion in Italy.Figures from the national statistics agency “Istat tell us that there are currently about 1,700,000 Muslims in Italy.There are over 700 mosques.Muslims account for 4-5% of national GDP.The lack of official status means Muslims organizations are not eligible for funding through the Italian law that allows taxpayers to allocate part of their taxes to a religious group of their choice.

Efforts to recognize Islam in Italy, even unofficially, are often slammed by the separatist Northern League.

Sydney Muslims have launched a $1 million television studio

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Taking a step forward towards defending their true faith, Sydney Muslims have launched a $1 million television studio to counter wrong depiction of Islam in mainstream media.Launched under the title One Path Network, the western Sydney studio films and edits videos for its YouTube channel, including interviews with local sheikhs about Islamic teachings and current affairs.The project was endorsed by a wide range of prominent Muslim figures, including the grand mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, and Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla from Griffith University who appeared in a promotional video.

Known as a dawah initiative, the studio aims to spread the word of Islam among Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Temporary Contraception is Permissible but not permanent one

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1. Giving birth is the right of both husband and wife, and neither one of them has the right to deprive the other from doing so.

2. It is prohibited to take any measure, which would permanently prevent pregnancy, or cause infertility. It is permissible, however, to use temporary birth control methods to delay pregnancy, as in the case of delaying pregnancy for the two years of breastfeeding the first child.

3. It is prohibited to use any birth control method which would harm the body, as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘Do not (impose) harm, nor (inflect) harm.'”

The common method of contraception at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was coitus interruptus (withdrawal of the penis from the vagina just before ejaculation) thus preventing semen from entering the vagina. The Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) engaged in this practice during the period of the Qur’anic revelation. Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said, ‘We practiced coitus interruptus during the time of Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) while the Qur’an was being revealed.’ (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

In a gathering at which `Umar was present, someone remarked, ‘Some say that coitus interruptus is a minor form of burying a child alive.’ To this `Ali replied, ‘This is not so before the completion of seven stages (of reproduction): being a product of the earth, then a drop of semen, then a clot, then a little lump of tissue, then bones, then bones clothed with flesh, which then become like another creation.’ ‘You are right,’ said `Umar, ‘May Allah prolong your life.’

Haks Express Transactions with Drake Over Muslim properties

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Assalam alaikum, we have had back and forward discussion about the issue of William Street and what exactly happened. Let the documents speak for themselves. They should be read together with the earlier lease documents i shared. Thanks.

AHMED WETAKA
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MUSLIMS SHOULD TAKE M7 TO COURT FOR CABINET DISCRIMINATION

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First, for an objective observer, it is not news that Muslims in Uganda are not fairly and equitably represented in cabinet appointments at least since the ‘fundamental change’ in 1986. This is a historical and undisputed practice which constitutes unfair discrimination, marginalization or otherwise undermines or has the effect of nullifying or impairing equal opportunities.

Second, excelling in business, education (and any other sector) can never be a legitimate or proportionate justification for manifestly systematic discriminatory treatment in political appointments against members of any particular religion. It is common knowledge that policies governing business, education etc are formulated at a cabinet level.

Third, Article 32(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995 (as amended) oblige the State (including obviously the Head of State when making cabinet and other appointments) to ‘take affirmative action in favour of groups marginalised’ on several grounds including gender, age, disability and ‘any other reason created by history’ (such as historically entrenched religious discrimination) for the purpose of ‘redressing imbalances’ which exist against them. This clearly includes deliberate imbalances in cabinet appointments against members of a particular religion.

Finally, the almost near-exclusion of qualified Muslims from key political appointments including cabinet appointments in Uganda is a manifestation of a much wider problem. Certainly, Muslims in Uganda deserve more than simply being invited to attend Ramadan Iftar dinners at State House. Those who will be invited to attend State House Iftar dinner in June-July 2015 should not just report on their development activities. They should focus on key issues affecting Muslims including making it explicitly clear that Muslims are questioning, among others, their systematic disproportionate representation in key political appointments including systematically being at the margin in cabinet appointments.

To borrow from the language used in Article 32(1) of the Constitution, is it not long overdue to take ‘affirmative action’ in favour of Muslims as a marginalised group so as to redress the imbalance, which exist against them in key cabinet appointments? Or are Muslims simply ‘second-class citizens’ in Uganda?

In Wudu’: Can a Woman Wipe over the Headscarf?

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wiping over the head is one of the pillars of Wudu’. Scholars say that one may wipe over even few hairs. Wudu’ without wiping over the head is invalid. So, you need to rub even some hairs under the headscarf with water.

Allah says in the Qur’an, “O you who believe, when you rise for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows and lightly rub your heads and (wash) your feet up to the ankles.” (Al-Mai’dah 5: 6)

Based on the above Fatwa, it becomes crystal clear that rubbing some hairs with water is a must. Also, one cannot rub the headscarf, for the Sunnah permitted Muslims to wipe over socks, not headscarves.

Perth Muslim TV Defies Misconceptions

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Aiming to give a voice to Australian Muslims, an online channel has been launched by Perth Muslims to correct the image of Islam, filling an important void in the Australian media.Launched a few months ago, Roots TV aims to offer an alternative to mainstream media that rarely cover Muslim issues.

The Muslim online channel tackles various topics ranging from politics to sport, technology, travel and comedy.All the programs are uploaded online to Roots TV, which started to gain more viewership.

Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population.

Currently, about 5.7 percent of the ADF’s 57,000-strong permanent force identify as coming from a non-English speaking background.

About 5.4 percent were born overseas in countries other than New Zealand, Britain, Canada and the US.

French Universities Double Islam Courses

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In a bid to counter the rise of extremist ideas about Islam, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced a decision to double the number of university courses teaching Islam, promising not to issue any laws controlling the religion practiced by a large minority.The PM added that the new courses will be funded by the state.He added that the government will not push for new laws to define Islam, leaving this freely to the Muslim community.