Monthly Archives: December 2009

Abyss of enticement

Here is an excellent short video I came across on youtube.  It captures correctly the struggles and distractions we face on daily basis which keep us away from getting closer to our Rabb and vulnerable to the whispers of Shaytaan. The means by which Shaytaan enters into the human heart is through the blameworthy qualities (sifaat al-madhmuuma), which are innumerous and one of such are the corrupt passions (as-Shahwaa). Whoever follows after his corrupt passions, Shaytan then enters upon his heart and makes these passions seem fair seeming to him until the person is eventually destroyed.

The Veil by Fahad Shaikh

A man finds beauty in the most unlikely of circumstances and follows his heart to become a victim of life’s biggest deception.

Verily the shaitaan is an enemy to you all, so take him as an enemy.
He only calls his followers to be the people of a blazing fire”
(Sura Faatir 35, Ayat 6)

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Sufi Pir on UK tour to fight extremism with dance moves.

Hisham Kabbani the Sufi deciple of Nazim Haqqani and the founder of Sufi Muslim Council is on a UK tour to teach moderation and ‘challenge extremist agendas’.

The tour will see Shaykh Hisham visit mosques in Peckham in south London, Ilford in Essex, Rochdale, Sheffield, Manchester, Bury and Birmingham as well as East Lancashire.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph today, Shaykh Hisham, who is based in the USA but was born in Beruit, said preaching moderation was important because there was a “real concern” that extremists were targeting mosques.

He said: “There are too many violent ideas and anti-Western thoughts being spread to young people in communities in Lancashire.

“There is a radical minority but they must be shunned and ignored.

“The real Islam isn’t bombing and terror but we must discuss the problems so we can avoid them.”

Lancashire Telegraph

Below is the ‘Real Islam’ show Hisham Kabbani and his Sufi Muslim council put up in Burnley in 2007. In this video they are teaching the ‘Real Islam’ to UK police and a local Mayor, no doubt such shows will be put on again with the help of funding from UK tax payers… all in the name of fighting extremism.

Enjoy!!

Islamic banking – Shariah compliant or Scam?

Here is a good article which appeared on the BBC today discussing the stark reality of the fast growing Islamic finance market, nature of its products and fundamentally questioning how Islamic is Islamic banking?

Mufti Taqi Usmani considered ‘Grandaddy of modern Islamic finance’ who sits on various committees overseeing the so-called Islamic financial products is having doubts. What this article outlines is nothing new in terms of the nature of available products but the points about fatwa shopping and how easy it is for bankers to make their product shariah compliant is quiet worrying.

How Sharia-compliant is Islamic banking?

Greeting Non-Muslims on Christmas

As children learning the Qur’an in the mosque we were told, imitating the Kuffar is haram (prohibited). We were taught grave dangers and level of sin involved in not only celebrating Easter, Christmas but even the New Year including exchanges of greetings and gifts during these festivities. It wasn’t only my mosque, there was general reluctance amongst Muslims at school and elsewhere when it came to exchange of gifts, cards or even verbal greetings. It was almost accepted: Muslims do NOT participate in celebrations of Kuffar in any way or form.

But things have changed radically since my school days. I think it was this time last year I found the khateeb at the London central mosque has a different opinion. “Islam is a deen of moderation. We must not be so rigid. We must follow the middle path.” He went on to say, it is obligatory for Muslims living in the west to take part in festivals of their host country, although in moderation. He added, exchanging a few cards, gifts or verbal greetings will not somehow destroy our Imaan. Before I could even start a discussion with my friends about this particular Khutbah, it turned out that a group of ‘credible’ Muslim scholars have already signed and sent to the Pope a letter of Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year. Furthermore, some Muslim scholars in Egypt, Syria, Pakistan and Britain happily participated in Christmas celebrations with their Non-Muslim colleagues as if there were no contradictions in doing so with their religious beliefs. No doubt we will be seeing more of that this year.

All these changes can be very confusing, and adding to this confusion is the variety of fatwas available on the net at our perusal:


First of all, we stress that Muslims are commanded to deal justly and kindly with their non-Muslim neighbors or friends. Therefore, there is nothing wrong in exchanging gifts with them. Muslims are allowed to congratulate non-Muslims on their festive days and this becomes more of an obligation if the non-Muslims offer their greetings on Islamic festive occasions. Allah Almighty says: (When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or at least return it equally…) (An-Nisa’ 4: 86) …. Read more @ Islamonline.net

However, the proper way to give presents during these festive seasons, is to make one’s gesture general or seasonal, rather than relating to their specific religious celebrations. Thus, one would say, for example, “Seasons greetings,” or “Happy New Year,” or other general expressions, as our ulema explain… Read more @ Sunnipath.com

Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam, by consensus….

Congratulating the kuffaar on their religious festivals is haraam to the extent described by Ibn al-Qayyim because it implies that one accepts or approves of their rituals of kufr, even if one would not accept those things for oneself. But the Muslim should not aceept the rituals of kufr or congratulate anyone else for them, because Allaah does not accept any of that at all, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “If you disbelieve, then verily, Allaah is not in need of you, He likes not disbelief for His slaves. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you. . .” [al-Zumar 39:7]  Read more at Islam QA

In my experience, throughout educational and work life I have never found myself in a compromising situation. I have always made it clear to my non-Muslim colleagues in a sensible way that I do not celebrate Christmas, have always declined invitation to Christmas parties and returned greetings with, ‘have a good time’, ‘don’t drink too much’, ‘be good’ etc. I don’t believe it has in any way strained my work relationship with non-Muslim colleagues, on the contrary I always get the feeling they understand. One colleague asked, ‘so you don’t celebrate Xmas do you?’ I was told, ‘lucky you’… when I responded with a no.

All this makes me wonder if the pressure on Muslims to integrate in society in ways traditionally unacceptable (however made legally permissible recently) are real or just imaginative? And are we getting closer to this hadith in response to calls and pressures to integrate?

Al-Bukhari narrated in his Sahih (book) that Abu Saeed Al-Khudri رضي الله عنه reported that Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said: “You will indeed follow the ways of those before you, hand span by hand span, and an arms length after another. Even if they enter into a lizards hole, you will follow them. We asked, is it the Jews and the Christians? He صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم replied, Who else!”