During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking…and its good our self


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Tolerance in Islam (Lessons from history)

Tolerance in Islam (Lessons from history)

Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall


In 1927 Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall gave eight lectures on several aspects of Islamic civilization at the invitation of The Committee of “Madras Lectures on Islam” in Madras, India. This was the second in the series, the first one was held in 1925 on “The Life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).” Parts of Pickthall’s lectures were made available in India at various times. All of his lectures were published under the title “The Cultural Side of Islam” in 1961 by Sh. Muhammad Ashraf Publishers, Lahore from a manuscript provided by M.I. Jamal Moinuddin. The book has gone through several reprints since then.

An abridged version of his fifth lecture on “Tolerance in Islam” is presented below.

One of the commonest charges brought against Islam historically, and as a religion, by Western writers is that it is intolerant. This is turning the tables with a vengeance when one remembers various facts: One remembers that not a Muslim is left alive in Spain or Sicily or Apulia. One remembers that not a Muslim was left alive and not a mosque left standing in Greece after the great rebellion in l821. One remembers how the Muslims of the Balkan peninsula, once the majority, have been systematically reduced with the approval of the whole of Europe, how the Christian under Muslim rule have in recent times been urged on to rebel and massacre the Muslims, and how reprisals by the latter have been condemned as quite uncalled for.

In Spain under the Umayyads and in Baghdad under the Abbasid Khalifas, Christians and Jews, equally with Muslims, were admitted to the Schools and universities – not only that, but were boarded and lodged in hostels at the cost of the state. When the Moors were driven out of Spain, the Christian conquerors held a terrific persecution of the Jews. Those who were fortunate enough to escape fled, some of them to Morocco and many hundreds to the Turkish empire, where their descendants still live in separate communities, and still speak among themselves an antiquated form of Spanish. The Muslim empire was a refuge for all those who fled from persecution by the Inquisition.

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Can only Muslims be terrorists?

Kamran Memon and Parvez Ahmed Special to Hernando


Published: Jun 26, 2003


Robert Jay Goldstein is not a “Jewish terrorist.”

After all, neither God nor his prophets ever condoned

the murder of innocent human beings. If a Jew engages

in terrorism, the blame falls on him, not on his

religion. That much we can all agree on. But that is

where our paths diverge.

In August 2002 ,Goldstein was arrested near his home

in St. Petersburg, Florida. In his possession were 40

weapons, 30 explosive devices, a list of 50 mosques

and a detailed plan to bomb an Islamic school.

Contrary to the suggestion from defense lawyers that

Goldstein is mentally ill, sheriff’s Detective Cal

Dennie characterized him as “a smart guy” who “knew

his stuff.”

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A Quiz on Terrorism

A Quiz on Terrorism

[Editor’s note: The following quiz is intended to show that terrorism is not limited

to a single race, color, ethnicity or religion. We must speak out and shun terrorism,

regardless of who commits it. Stereotyping justifies no one but the wrong doers and

the oppressors.]

1. In 1881 the tsar of Russia was assassinated by:

a. a Russian terrorist

b. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1886 a bomb exploded at a demonstration in Chicago killing seven police

officers and demonstrators and injuring 67.

Who was responsible?

a. labor extremists

b. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. Between 1889 and 1909 over 1700 African-Americans were lynched in the

United States by:

a. white Southern extremists

b. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

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Types of Jihad


First, we would like to state that Islam does not call for violence; rather it abhors all forms of violence and terrorism, whether against Muslims or non-Muslims. Islam, moreover, calls for peace, cooperation, and maintaining justice, and provides for the happiness and welfare of humanity as a whole. This fact is declared in the Qur’an when Allah says: “Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.” (An-Nahl: 90)

Islam makes it obligatory upon Muslims to stand by the oppressed regardless of their race, color, religion or affiliation and say NO to the oppressor and ask him to respond to the voice of reason and justice.

Jihad is not restricted to fighting aggressive forces. Rather, there are various kinds that most of people are not aware of. For example, striving against the evil desires of the soul is a kind of jihad that every Muslim should carry out.

For more elaboration on the point, we cite the following fatwa issued by Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Islamic lecturer and author:

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The Search for Inner Peace



Dr Bilal Philips


2011 – 1432


The Search for Inner Peace


The topic of inner peace addresses a universal need. There is nobody on this planet that does not desire inner peace. It is not a desire that is new to our time; rather, it is something that everybody has been searching for throughout the ages, regardless of colour, creed, religion, race, nationality, age, sex, wealth, ability or technological advancement.

People have taken a variety of different paths in trying to achieve inner peace, some through accumulating material possessions and wealth, others through drugs; some through music, others through meditation; some through their husbands and wives, others through their careers and some through their children’s achievements. And the list goes on

Yet the search also goes on. In our time we have been led to believe that technological advancement and modernisation will produce for us physical comforts and through these we will attain inner peace.

However, if we were to take the most technologically advanced and most industrialised nation in the world, America, then we would see that what we have been led to believe is not factual. The statistics show that in America some 20 million adults suffer from depression yearly; and what is depression but a total lack of inner peace? Furthermore in the year 2000 death rate due to suicide was double the rate of those who die from Aids. However, the news media being what it is, we hear more about those who die from Aids than we do about those who die by committing suicide. Also more people die from suicide in America than from homicide, and the homicide rates themselves are massive.

So the reality is that technological advancement and modernisation have not bought inner peace and tranquility. Rather in spite of the creature comforts that modernisation has brought us, we are further away from inner peace than our ancestors were.

Inner peace is for the most part of our lives very elusive; we never seem to get our hands on it.

Many of us mistake personal pleasures for inner peace; we achieve elements of pleasure from a variety of things, be it wealth, sexual relations or other than that. But these do not last, they come and go. Yes we have personal pleasures from time to time and we are pleased with various things from time to time, but this is not inner peace. True inner peace is a sense of stability and contentment which carries us through all the trials and difficulties of life.

W need to understand that peace is not something that will exist in this world around us because when we define peace according to the dictionary definition it states that peace is freedom from war or civil strife. Where do have this? There is always a war or some sort of civil unrest happening somewhere in the world. If we look at peace in terms of the state level then peace is freedom from public disorder and security, but where in the world do we have this in a complete form? If we look at peace on a social level, family and work, then peace is freedom from disagreements and arguments, but is there such a social environment that never has disagreements or arguments? In terms of location, then yes, we can have a place which is calm, peaceful and tranquil, some islands for example, but this external peace only exists for a small amount of time, sooner or later a storm or a hurricane will come.

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One Hundred Weak or Fabricated Traditions (attributed to the Prophet) famous among Khatibs and Speakers

One Hundred

Weak or Fabricated Traditions

(attributed to the Prophet)

famous among Khatibs and Speakers

Compiled by Shaykh Ihsan Al-‘Utaibi (May Allah preserve him)

1 – ((Whosoever Worship/Prayer does not prohibit him from the excessive and the disapproved, has no increase from Allah except of distance.)) and in another narration: ((then he has not Worshiped/Prayed)). Al-Dhahabi said: Ibn Al-Junaid said: a lie and falsehood. And Al-Hafiz Al-Iraqi said: its chain is loose/soft (Layin), and Al-Albani said: void and false (Baatil) from both its chain (Sanad) and its text (Matn). “Meezaan Al-I’tidaal” (3/293), “Takhreej Al-Ihyaa” (1/143), “Al-Silsilah Al-Da’eefa” (2/985)

2 – ((Talking in the mosque devours good works as cattle devour grass)), and in another narration: ((Talking in the mosque devours good works as fire devour wood)). Al-Hafiz Al-Iraqi said: I found no base for it. Abdulwahab ibn Taqi Al-din Al-Subki said: I found no chain for it, and Al-Albani said: It is baseless (La Asla Lah). “Takhreej Al-Ihyaa” (1/136), “Tabaqaat Al-Shafi’ya” by Al-Subki (4/145), “Al-Da’eefa” (4)

3 – ((Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow)). Al-Albani said: Cannot be traced directly to the Prophet (La Yasih Marfu’) i.e. not authentic of the prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him). “Al-Da’eefa” (8)

4 – ((I am the grandfather [forefather] of every pious person)). Al-Suyuti said: I do not know it, and Al-Albani said: It is baseless (La Asla Lah). “Al-H’awi” by Al-Suyuti (2/89), “Al-Da’eefa” (9)

5 – ((I was only sent as a teacher)). Al-Iraqi said: its chain is weak, and Al-Albani said: Weak (Da’eef). “Takhreej Al-Ihyaa” (1/11), “Al-Da’eefa” (11)

6 – ((Allah Almighty and Exalted told the lower world, Serve the one who serves Me and tire the one who serves you)). Al-Albani said: Fabricated (Mawdu’). “Tanzeeh Al-Sharee’a” by Al-Kinani (2/303), “Al-Fawaid Al-Majmoo’a” by Al-Shawkani (712), “Al-Da’eefa” (12)

7 – ((Beware of the green dung (khadra’ al-diman). It was asked: What is the green dung? He said: The beautiful woman with an evil origin)). Al-Iraqi said: Weak, and it was also weakened by ibn Al-Mulqin. Al-Albani said: Very Weak. “Takhreej Al-Ihyaa” (2/42), “Al-Da’eefa” (14)

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