Saturday, July 30, 2011

She Doesn't Like It

Hina Rabbani Khar visited India.
The media covered the event.
And focused on her looks.
May Allah Most High forgive your poor Alig for reporting this.
And the media focused on her fashion.
She has a taste for the expansive-does not allow money to be distraction when it comes to it.
When she landed back home the media there focused on the focus that was in India-her fashion.
She did not like it.
Truth some time bites.
Pakistan is in a bad state.
So are the Pakistanis.
Except a few. And they are shamelessly oblivious to it.
Classic case of people unfit to rule.
Just like the people in our courtyard.
And then there is one thing that no body is pointing out.
That is shaking hand with some one who is not your mehram.
Islam taken as a religion of convenience.

What narrow minded person you are.

Ek din marna hai,
Aakhir maut hai.

One we have to die,
Finally death is there.

And then we have to account for our actions.

Quote of the Day(July 30, 2011)

Pamela Geller is a terrible bigot because she believes that Islam is an intrinsically evil system, and that everyone who adheres to this system is intrinsically evil.
Jeffrey Goldberg, Journalist and author of the book Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror
Source : The Atlantic Magazine  via Dr Abu Tamim

Friday, July 29, 2011

Prominent Economist

You must be a prominent economist if you teach economics at Harvard.
Like Subramanian Swamy.
He is also former Union Minister of Government of India.
He is also president of Janata Party.
He is also promiscuous-politically speaking.
So why is he news?
He proposed solution to Islamic terrorism. See here.
But his Islamophobia is not a news to Muslims in India.
The twist this time is that Harvard people have woken up to his professorship at Harvard not being compatible with his ideology.
They do not want him to teach there. See this petition.
Interesting situation.
Harvard has a problem at hands.

Via :  TCN

Salam AMU Doctors

Muslim family shares nation's grief in Norway. (Al-Jazeerah via London Muslim via Islam in Europe).
Of course the family in news too lost a precious life.
And then we have India and Muslims in India, say, in our beloved Alma Mater.
Sharing pain of the nation is a way of life here-particularly in the medical field.
Once your poor Alig was far away and there was a very devastating train accident ( most probably near Firozabad). Since it was in the same geographical region the thought came to to mind that AMU doctors should reach there to offer their services.
And next day's newspapers told it in black and white that our medicos were in situ-at the accident site.
And that was not an exception or a one time patriotic gesture.
It has been a regular observation that these energetic professional are among the first once to respond to medical crisis of disaster level.
So dear doctors, I mean, respected doctors you fill the hearts with warmth.
You are an inspiration.
Salam to you.

The cloud that will arise from here shall rain on the whole world.

What Happened To Aligarh Network?

Aligarh Network used to be a vibrant discussion group of Aligs on Yahoo Groups.
It has disappered now. How? Why?
The questions are rhetoric only because we have not enabled the comments to the blog.
No this poor Alig, this sinner is not missing it. No disrespect to the respective moderators. You were putting in lots of work-it is appreciated. The point is that there are still too many Alig Groups to manage a regular browsing. What about starting your respective blogs dear Aligs? You can avoid all the bickering that is going on the groups because you'll be too busy in maintaining your blog to indulge in any act response unless it is very urgent.
So there-at the most two discussion groups and as many Alig blogs as you want.

The cloud that will arise from here shall rain on the whole world.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Come On Aligs

It is true that the most viewed post here at An Alig's Armchair is about a prototype of and Alig, that is, our late beloved Miyan. But look at the most viewed gadget on the right panel of the blog and you'll see that the second most viewed post is the one that was posted very recently and it is not about an Alig! And it was a borrowed post-just to rub the salt on the wounds. So what are dear Aligs doing? Come on go for it!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Populationally Speaking

2005 Figures in Millions
China                     1308
India                       1103
USA                         298
Indonesia                  223
Brazil                       186
Pakistan                   158
Russia Bangladesh    142  
Nigeria                      131

(Based on Wikipedia)
Muslim population of India, with very conservative and official looking estimates, for the same period will be around 190 millions-above not only Pakistan but Brazil too.

What a shame it is that this group makes negligible contributions to world civilization-in fact it can not even take care of itself. No wonder that present Minister of State for Foreign Affairs E.Ahmed had, nearly a decade ago had taunted during his AMU visit that the great leaders of Muslims of India after independence have been Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, VP Singh and Mulayam Singh.

Developing a Tilt

The introductory Welcome statement has been modified to make room for a tilt towards discussing issues related to Islam and Science.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dr Liaqat Ali, Bhubaneswar

Since we are honoured by one visitor from Orissa it triggers lots of memories of that Land of Utkal, Odisha, Kalinga. Too numerous to encompass. In fact overwhelming. So what to talk about? We'll take up, to say few words about, Dr Liaqat Ali. He is currently Secretary, Orissa Urdu Academy. Yes-that is it. The language that has been systematically killed in its birthplace has some life there. As expected the Urdu has its own accent there. Oh those sweet words! Some of the speakers are gone some are there by the grace of Lord Most Hugh. (Talking of personal experience and not the status of the language Urdu in Orissa.) Dr Liaqat Ali got his Ph.D. in Chemistry at AMU and has served as Director of Education and other capacities in Bhubaneswar. He is an Alig to the core and an active one-keeps working on keeping the Alig connection alive there in Orissa. Love and respect Liaqat Sahab-you are an inspiration.

Professor Jamal Khwaja

Here is his home page.
More professional home page then the home page of Computer Science Department.
A philosopher, former parliamentarian and a man with family deeply interwoven into Indian National Congress.
He has written many books.
One day he came to meet Miyan.
This should be taken as a gesture of honour and kindness towards Miyan-a professor, even if retired, visiting him.
But this requires some explanation. Professors (and hence Readers and Lecturers) visiting Miyan was a routine thing. But there was a rub too. Most of these visitors visted because of non-academic reasons. Miyan had a complain that intelligentsia of Aligarh will never accept him as an intellectual. In a sense he was right. In fact he was right to a very large extent. There were not many people who measured up to his level in  in many academic matters-particularly Aligarh Movement. Many times, because of the problems associated with Minority Character of the university, it so happened that people will end up with him-no one had his perspective. But they never gave him credit for all the input he gave. That is life. Some bricks simply go into the foundation and disappear.

And hence the honour when a real academician turns up at the door of Miyan's room in Old Boys Lodge.
Professor Khwaja was disturbed. This was after his retirement ( and settlement in Shimla, as Miyan later told). The matter was academic. How could Mujaddid-e-Alf-e-Sani Shaikh Ahmed Sirhindi (RA) claim that he has reached the Qaiyoom state? To boot a person to whom Khwaja Sahab had presented his objections rejected them. How can people not accept the truth-he was outraged.

Anecdote over. Here is what a friend from Sunni Forum Dr76 says about Qaiyoom state. Italicization of non-English words and parenthetical words were inserted by your poor Alig.

.I told him see.. the whole alam is a mazhar of Tajalliyat e ilahi.. now someone has to be tajalliyat e sifaat mazhar..he is known as the ‘qayyum ‘ in isteyla of tasawwuf.. like when the sun draws close to a river .. the river absorbs its heat and gets hot.. but it never becomes the sun.. nor the sun becomes the river.. so in a limited frame a human imbibes the divine sifaat.. yet remains abd in the strictest sense..

Got it? If yes you are ahead of the personality of this post. And guess what. If you do not understand above then you are after him. Actually it is a win-win situation.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Europe is Not Dead

Via Islam in Europe we here some sensible words from European Union:
Penalising women who wear the burqa does not liberate them, Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, said today in a written statement.
Source : EurActiv

Mourning Maulana Yunus Patel (RA)

The Closing of a Chapter
A brief biography of Moulana Yunus Patel (Rahimahullah)
Muhammad Badsha
The passing away of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) in the precincts of the Ka’bah in Makkah Mukarramah on 12 July 2011 heralds the closing of a unique chapter in the history of Islam in South Africa. An Aalim who had a hand in most of the different works of Islam in the country at some point or the other, Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) is acknowledged by Muslims across the spectrum in South Africa as a great personality. This write-up merely serves to highlight a few aspects from his life and cannot do justice to the many facets of half a century of unparalleled service to Islam. There could be mistakes in the facts written here and ask that any corrections be forwarded to us. Many facts are missing and will be made public as and when they come to light.

Moulana was born in 1946 in Stanger, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He did his primary schooling and, in 1962 as a youngster he volunteered to be in the first Tabligh Jamaat with Haji Bhai Padia (rahimahullah) in Grey Street Musjid, Durban. He used to go in the initial Tabligh Jamaats that used to work in South Africa.

Moulana used to also go with his uncle, Chota Mota Desai (rahimahullah), the author of Taleemul Haq, to the indigenous areas and Moulana recounts that numerous people accepted Islam at their hands.

In the early 1960’s Moulana went to Darul Uloom Deoband in India as one of the early group of youth from South Africa, to study the Aalim course. Moulana was an outstanding student and also a confidante of many of his illustrious teachers.

On returning to South Africa around 1969, Moulana served the community of Mooi River as Imam and teacher. He went there despite being offered more lucrative posts in Transvaal because there was not a single Aalim between Pietermaritzburg and Newcastle. Moulana recounted to us how he used to hitchhike with his wife and baby from Mooi River to Stanger to visit his parents. He lived in a tin shanty home in Mooi River. The notes on Fiqh that he made while there formed the basis of the famous manual of Islam for Maktabs, the Taleemul Haq.

Moulana used to take many students up to Mia’s farm with Chota Mota (Haji Shabier Ahmed) rahimahullah to study Hifz and the Aalim course, laying the foundation of generations of Ulama and Huffaaz who served Islam in South Africa. Moulana was also involved in the discussions when the first Darul Uloom in South Africa in Newcastle was set up.

After four years, around 1973, Moulana moved to Durban and was instrumental in establishing the first offices of the Jamiatul Ulama Natal. For many years Moulana served the community under the Jamiat, later becoming the secretary general and president.

At the Jamiat, Moulana was at the forefront of establishing and laying the foundation of the different activities of community service, including the supervision of Halaal and the setting up of an Iftaa department. In fact, Mufti Ebrahim Desai, a senior Mufti whose Fatwas number in the thousands and are followed around the world, states that his taking up of the post initially at the Jamiatul Ulama in 1993 was at the encouragement of Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah).

During the famous Qadiani Dispute in Cape Town in the early 1980’s, Moulana was part of the team of expert Ulama who prepared the required expert evidence required in the court case to defend the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah.

Moulana established the first girls’ Madrasah in Asherville, Durban in 1982. It is now a flourishing institute.

Moulana served as the Imam of Musjidun Noor in Asherville, Durban for many years until his demise.

In recent years, Moulana strove for the unity of the Ulama and went out of his way to harmonize relations between them.

Moulana is the author of several books and his lectures and writings are available on his website.

Moulana traveled to many countries like USA, UK, France, Mauritius, Reunion, Kenya, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and southern Africa, as well as around South Africa, preaching Islam.

Moulana also had regular programs on local Muslim radio stations like Radio Al Ansaar, Channel Islam International and Radio Islam International. Through this and audio streaming from his website, Moulana touched the lives of thousands of people locally and internationally.

Moulana was granted Khilafah in spiritual reformation from Mufti Mahmoodul Hassan Gangohi (rahimahullah) and Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb. The last decade of Moulana’s life saw an emphasis of spiritual reformation of the community and hundreds of people became his adherents.

Moulana loved the Harams of Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Muawwarah and visited them many times for Umrah and Hajj.


As an indication of his extreme humility, Moulana used to tell me when I asked for his biography, that his life story could be fitted on the back of a postage stamp! Nothing could be further from the truth.

It was the great good fortune of Port Elizabeth that Moulana’s daughter and her family settled in Port Elizabeth. This brought Moulana, who had great love for his family, to our city many a times. Moulana used to not give the Ulama a chance to come and visit him first as he used to go and visit the junior and senior Ulama alike at their homes and places of work. The Ulama of Port Elizabeth benefited tremendously from Moulana’s advices especially with regards to setting up the Council of Ulama Eastern Cape.

Moulana generally did not like to have a program prepared in advance in Port Elizabeth. His talks, announced late, drew good crowds for the city. A unique feature was that the audience always consisted of a large percentage of Ulama.

Moulana loved the poor and once, on a visit to Port Elizabeth, I pointed out to him a poor student from one of the countries in Africa who sacrificed a lot to come and study Islam. Moulana called him aside in secret and gave him some money.

On one occasion, the maid of Moulana’s landlord needed to go to hospital to deliver her baby in the middle of the night. When the landlord refused, Moulana, together with his wife, took the maid to hospital and waited for her to be discharged before bringing her back home.

Moulana practically demonstrated the Islamic teachings of anti-racism and many a person from a different race group was won over by his impartial respect that he showed to one and all.


Anyone who saw Moulana for even a little while would be impressed by Moulana’s adherence to the Sunnah and wonderful character. His granddaughter mentioned that in the months in which she lived with him, Moulana never once expressed anger towards his wife.

Moulana recounted that all his maids who worked for him over the years accepted Islam, with three months being the most time required.

Moulana lived a very simple, frugal life. He was accessible to people from all walks of life at all times.


The death of Moulana was an indication of his love for the holy cities of Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah. Moulana performed Tawaaf, read Maghrib Salaah and experienced a heart attack in front of the Ka’bah in the Mataaf area. He breathed his last in the Haram. His Janazah Salaah was performed by Sheikh Shuraim at the Ka’bah. Moulana was buried in Jannatul Mualla, the blessed graveyard of Makkah Mukarramah, where Hazrat Khadijah (radhiallahu anha) is buried. This is extraordinary in itself as foreigners are not normally buried here.

Moulana was 65 when he passed away. He had two daughters and a son.

Moulana was not only a fountain of knowledge, wisdom and piety, he was also a pillar of strength for all, Ulama especially. I personally know many Ulama who relied on Moulana’s advices and support to continue their service of Islam. In fact, while the Muslims of South Africa in general feel at a loss on the demise of Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah), it is the Ulama who feel totally orphaned. Moulana had a knack of encouraging Ulama and directing them to better service of Islam. He was the confidante of the innermost feelings of many an Aalim.

The adoration of his followers is a reminder of how the Sahaabah adored the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). The sadness and shock at the news of his passing makes one think of how the demise of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) affected those who loved him, the Sahaabah.

He guided even the biggest sinner with a marvelous hand of wisdom.

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘Allah does not take away the knowledge by taking it away from (the hearts of the) people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray.’ (Bukhari 1:32)

‘This saint with Madinah Muawwarah’s love at heart,
His praises we cannot fulfill; merely start.
His character a reflection of he (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) who lies,
Under the green dome, beneath Arabia’s skies.’
(From: An Ode to Moulana Yunus Patel rahimahullah)

We make dua with a sore heart that Allah Ta’ala unite us with Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) in Paradise and we can enjoy his blessed, graceful company once again, in the presence of his and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

The Muslims of South Africa, from all their ranks and files, salute a man who gave his life to preserving and promoting Islam in this country. Many generations and a large portion of the Muslims of this country owe their adherence to Islam to this noble personality, this humble saint, this embodiment of living Islam. He evokes feelings in his bereft followers and those who loved and knew him that no king or president can even aspire to.

Source :  Sunni Forum

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

American Psychiatrists and Psychologists

Alias people disconnected with reality.
Evidence : Calling religion a mental disease. Case Closed.
And, if you are left unconvinced, see how gullible they are-somebody fooled them about unnatural acts of intimacy.
A Manifestation : Hell Breaking Loose on Remarks by Ghulam Nabi Azad.

This community that, as expected, got the minister to retract very quickly must be very powerful. Surprising thing is that this community must obviously be very minute. Compare it with a significant minority called Muslims-who are completely insignificant when it comes to their issues in social, political, cultural and economic spheres of life in our country.

Damage to Islam and Muslims

Who has done more damage to Islam and Muslims-erstwhile USSR or USA?
We can not answer this question at the moment.
The reason is two fold.
Firstly the damage by the US of A is still continuing and any stock taking, while a worthwhile academic exercise, will be only temporary. (No offense meant to the people who are suffering.)
Secondly we do not have an objective assessment of the damage done by the erstwhile USSR.
We have some hints about the latter in the following sources.
Travelogue of Pir Zulfiqar Ahmed Naqshbandi Sahab (DB).
Travelogue of Mufti Taqi Usmani Sahab (DB).
Courtesy : Brothers at Sunni Forum

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Longest Bridges

Here is a collection of photographs of longest bridges (1,2,3,4)..


The question is have we thanked our Lord Most High for this all? Or is it going straight to our brain?

George Galloway Takes Chritopher Hitchens To Launderette

 Christopher Hitchens does not loose debates. See, for example, how he, together with Stephen Fry, cleans the floor with Catholic Church people. (One, Two, Three, Four, Five). A blogger termed this debate Slaughter at the Podium.

And then there are exceptions. Half a decade ago, one day, George Galloway had Christopher Hitchens for snacks. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12).

Lord Macaulay

1st Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay, Member of Her Majesty (The Queen of England)'s Most Honourable Privy Council (25 October 1800 – 28 December 1859)'s Minute on Indian Education on February 2, 1935 has the following, by now very infamous, quote:
We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern,  --a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.
 Reference: Bureau of Education. Selections from Educational Records, Part I (1781-1839).  Edited by H. Sharp.  Calcutta: Superintendent, Government Printing, 1920. Reprint. Delhi: National Archives of India, 1965, 107-117. 
By now this is known to nearly everybody in India that he had some hideous plans for intellectual subjugation of Indians. The irony is that by and large Indians in general and Muslims in particular are following the same route-the algorithm proposed by Baron Macaulay. And shamelessly. Your poor Alig would like to say a few things, in later posts, about Macaulian Blogs by Muslims, Lord Most High willing. For now a single comment will be sufficient. Both the Wikipedia page on this ideologue as well as his infamous Minute have the same sugar coating that is so widely used by the US of A and his allies to keep Islam and Muslims under their thumb-including their resources. The differences are very very minor. At that time they were protecting our interests and now they are protecting their interests. For the record tiger has indeed changed its stripes. To conclude if they are protecting their interests shouldn't we have the right to protect our interests? This is a simple idea but from the state of affairs it, for sure, will not sound very sweet to the ears of the beleaguered west.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Muslims Are Coming!

Please make a judgment for your self but your poor Alig thinks that the west has gone, long back, hyper with its Islamophobia. The example we'd like to take in this post concerns blogs by Muslims. MI5 is only one of so many intelligence agencies of the world that are working overtime to put Muslims in a spot. In 2008 they commissioned a study to make an assessment of most influential Islamic sites. Twenty were chosen but soon the study was made public.
Here is the news report by Heide Blake.
Here is that list of Twenty Most Influential Islamic Sites.
Here is the document that was made public last year in 2010.
The study was based on traffic flow to and from various Islamic sites.

But the UK intelligence is really bust. Reason being that at least one of the blogs was not Islamic at all. It was just an academic blog by a woman called Esther Bin Dawud-most probably a Jewish person. The blog is called Islam in Europe and it appears in the blog roll here.

Nevertheless effect of this study was there. Everybody, or nearly so, became circumspect. You do not want to be in the bad books of MI5 and the like-all of them cooperating more than ever imagined. So Islam in Europe has changed its head mast picture. Have a closer look at it. May Allah forgive us.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fake and Genuine Islamic Sites

The fakes are here.
The genuine are here.

Courtesy: Syed Sirajuddin Suhail

Islamic Time Management

Time management

I asked him a question on how should I be managing my time. I have always been such a failure at it! He gave the following crisp advices:

-          Go to sleep right after Isha salaat and wake up in tahajjud. Complete all your reading and writing tasks at that time. That has been the routine of our akaabireen.
-          Never attend any gatherings after 9 pm. If there is a gathering at your place, make sure its ends before 9! He further said that nowadays most of the gatherings are not segregated so one can easily apologise the host beforehand for not being able to attend it. Secondly, one could very well visit earlier, give a present and politely inform the host why they needed to leave. The biggest ‘calamity’ that has befallen the urbanites in this day and age is that they have stopped sleeping early, and the be-barkati this produces in one’s life, and time, is clearly evident in our messed up daily routines.
-          Keep away from mobile phones! Only answer text messages and keep a separate time slot for this activity. Do not let your cellphone’s message beep distract you when you are at work. Let your acquaintances know politely that you do not attend to phone calls because if you simply stop answering the phone without letting them know beforehand, that would be a very rude gesture. [This is a very important tip for all those teachers out there who are constantly being contacted (read: bugged) by their students for one reason or the other. Attend to their queries, but do not let your time get washed down the drain!]
Source :  Traveler in Desert

Internet Muslimah

Naeema A is an inspiration. She manages to do the things that are at the core of the present blog, that is, to remain connected with Islam in the present fitnah filled environment. Her blog appears in our blog roll at Thus Spake Hazrat Shaikh. In the next post we intend to copy some time management advise skimmed by her.

Life of a Muslim

Moulana Yunus Patel (1946-2011)

(Article for Daily News paper in Durban, South Africa – written mainly for non-muslim readership)

The sudden demise of a leading, renowned and well-respected Durban Scholar and Cleric, Moulana Yunus Patel on a pilgrimage journey in the holy city of Makkah has plunged the community in deep grief and sorrow. Aged 65, Moulana Patel (1946-2011) is survived by his widow, two daughters, a son and their spouses and children.

He was a dedicated, selfless, community service-orientated person, who stayed up till the late hours of the night, almost everyday of his life to render assistance to all who called upon him. Never was any person turned away from his door. In the recent years, despite suffering a series of heart attacks and the resulting impact on his health, he continued serving the community and humanity without any consideration for his own wellbeing.

He was a much-sought-after-person in the community, in his capacity as a social counselor, especially for solving marital problems, youth-related problems, family disputes, depression and the like.

Imam (Prayer leader) of the Masjid-un-Nur (Mosque Congregation) in Asherville, Durban with a magnetic appeal, he was very moderate and balanced. Open hearted towards all and sundry, Moulana Patel will be sorely missed by the thousands whose lives he had touched.

Moulana Patel served the Jamiatul Ulama KZN (Council of Muslim Theologians) in various positions over several decades. He served as the President of the Council for a number of years and resigned due to ill-health towards the latter part of his life.

He was particularly passionate about providing guidance to the community on living a life based on morality, ethics, justice, honesty, mercy and kindness towards one and all. He emphasised the great importance of compassionate and loving treatment of husbands towards their wives and advocated strongly the importance of the family unit. He travelled extensively around the country and to many parts of the world - USA, UK, France, Mauritius, Reunion, Kenya, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and neighbouring states to preach and advocate this very message, where his message was well received and greatly appreciated.

His was a familiar voice on numerous radio stations - the local Radio Al-Ansaar, Channel Islam International & Radio Islam International among others. Through his popular radio programs as well as audio-streaming from his very popular website, he was able to touch the lives of thousands of people nationally and internationally.

Indeed, immediately upon his demise, messages of condolences began pouring in from around the world from thousands who mourn the demise of a person who was so well-loved and respected.

He was a man who lived by his words, and practiced what he preached. He lead a verysimple, frugal life. He was an embodiment of humility, selflessness, generosity, mercy, kindness and concern for others. He was extremely accessible for the most ordinary of people at all times.

He dedicated many years of his life towards education, which was a burning passion of his life. Moulana Patel established a girl’s school as well as a boy’s school in his community where hundreds of learners have studied and continue to do so. Besides this, he was regarded as a patron and a spiritual guide to scores of organisations, institutions and societies.

He was also the author of numerous books and his book titled “Kick the habit” is very popular in motivating drug addicts to give up drugging, alcoholics to give up drinking, gamblers to give up gambling and smokers to give up smoking. His very popular website is a wealth of information on moral and spiritual upliftment.

Through his extensive travels and services, he put Durban on the map. The city of Durban and the country at large will be poorer at the loss of a person who advocated the principles of good citizenship and peaceful co-existence between communities in almost every talk, lecture and sermon that he delivered. His demise has indeed left a deep void that will be difficult to fill.

We take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, associates and congregation in their moment of grief and bereavement. May the Almighty continue to bless his soul and shower him with divine mercy, love and benediction.

Mufti Zubair Bayat

President, Darul Ihsan Community Centre, Durban, South Africa

Source: Darul Ihsan
See Also : TSHS, SF

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

From DB To RA

Dear Alig (second person singular),
Do you feel irritated when Islamic topics are introduced?
You should not. Aligarh Movement is part of Islam. Completely. This is what is meant by the Crown of Unity of God on your head.
So to introduce the sad news-a well known Caliph of Hazrat Hakim Akhtar Sahab (DB) passed away in Makkah Al-Mukarramah yesterday after Maghrib Prayers. He was Maulana Yunus Patel from South Africa whom we used to call Damatbarkatuhum (DB) till yesterday and now we have to call him Ramatullah Alaihi (RA). See here, here, here, here and here.

Verily we are for our Lord and unto Him is our return.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tipu Sultan

Dr Abu Tamim is an inspiration.
He digs out the most interesting and most relevant information for you.
For example he found the link to the Rohingya Muslims.
Before that to Pasmanda Muslim Forum.
And today for Islam in Kerala.
There is a nice article on Tipu Sultan on the last site. And more, of course.
Thank you Doctor Sahab.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Muslims and Morality in Russia

Muslims adhere the most to morals. See here.
And all Praise is to Lord Most High for that.

Balancing Act

When one has bad habits one is in trouble.
One needs self correction in this situation.
This self correction does not come from self help books. One must go to a Shaikh.
There is even more difficult thing. That is balancing. To learn that, or even to identify situations whether it is the situation that requires balancing or self correction, one again has to go to Masha-ikh.
As a bonus for reading so far here is a saying from Hakim-ul-Ummat Hazrat Thanwi (RA) where a situation requiring balancing is identified.
I neither like pride nor have any affinity for such humility in which there is disgrace. I do not house (in this khanqāh) anyone who is haughty, nor does a displayer of false humility find any place here, nor such a person who adopts such humility in which another becomes acquainted of his being selfless. This is also one branch of pride.

Everything should be balanced, and an easy way to attain that is that one neither adorns a style which instills pride, nor forces humility upon oneself. Be free in your disposition and do as per ones natural habit. This manner will be devoid of both pride and false humility otherwise whichever side one inclines toward will yield that quality.*
  Malfuzāt Hakīmul Ummat Malfuz # 176 – vol. 8 pg. 179
*i.e if one inclines more towards pride then it will yield the quality of pride in him and he will transgress its bound and vice versa.
 Source: Q.A.F.I.L.A.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hu Songshan

Islam in China is a favourite topic with your poor Alig. So here is the opening paragraph about Hu Songshan  at Wikipedia.
Hu Songshan (1880–1956), a Hui, was born in 1880, in Tongxin County, Ningxia, China. His father was a Gansu ahong belonging to the Khafiya menhuan. When he was 18 he joined Wang Naibi of Haicheng. He became imam of the Yihewani (Ikhwan in Arabic) sect at age 21 which was founded by Ma Wanfu. He opposed cash payments for religious services, and wasteful rituals. Being a member of the Yihewani, he was against Sufism and the menhuan, so much that he destroyed his own father's gongbei built at Tongxin
Though it looks difficult to comprehend but it is clear that he was a Salafi. During Haj he was mistreated (again as per Wikipedia) and so he turned nationalist. No Islamic China but Nationalist China was his later attitude.

Now what will you say about those Muslims who mistreated him during Haj? For sure these people took the historical step. And they shall answer their actions before Lord Most High.

Divide and Rule

British had this hideous policy in India-divide and rule.
It back fired rather badly.
Indians united and gave the exit pass to the British. And Indian Movement for Freedom became a legendary phenomenon. A phenomenon that is still baffling the people who should understand and describe it.
But the hideous mentality of the materialist colonial masters (club them with the rest of Europe and the US) was not frozen.
They continue the their colonialist ambitions by other means. Media and diplomacy.
One division they have created is the division of man and woman.
Women in society are prone to end up in disadvantageous situations. This is a social problem. Should be solved socially. Those who ignore these problems do so that only to their own loss and consternation. And they are answerable on the Day of Judgment.
This situation, that women have problems that are peculiar to them, has been thoroughly exploited to rule the Muslims. Here is a news article, from some time back, where this situation manifests itself.
See how perfectly Lord Macaulay succeeded? The reporter is either Indian or of Indian origin and the activist too is Indian, a Muslim and a woman to boot.

Verily we are for our Lord and unto Him is our return.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Can Spring Be Far Behind?

If winter comes then can spring be far behind?
The guys get down to brass tacks at Sunni Forum.
The current topic is dowry. This link is about Dr Abu Tamim's reaction to the issue.
Here is the Sunni Forum thread.
This menace is consuming the Muslim society too-in a full fledged way. It is scary.
Somebody said that if you do not become a person who invites (dayee) then you will become an invitee (madoo). If you do not invite people to be away from social illness then you shall be invited to social illness.
That has happened in case of dowry. Muslim society has gulped it hooks and all.
Prevention is better than cure but the prevention stage is far behind and the cure is also in desperate state.
This is winter talk.
What is spring?
The solution to the curse of dowry was designed in the form of article 498A of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
This article itself is draconian. Many unscrupulous people have used it to destroy whole prospering families. This problem is present at the moment at somewhat similar level of seriousness as the dowry problem-the problem that it was designed to solve.
A single statement by the daughter-in-law like I'll show you can send the whole in laws family into chill. A single complain to the police can destroy a career shaped with years of hard work at medical college combined with management institute-reducing the groom to casting pebbles in a pond.
Take the example of a boy from a very respectable family. The wife did it to him-complained to the police. The police acted on weekend combined with holiday. Once the action is taken it is irreversible. For a whole week the boy and the family did not get bail. Everybody on girl's side was a lawyer-or too many of them were lawyers. Mercy of Allah Most High so acted that bride's cousin's marriage proposal got canceled-boys got scared to marry in that family. But not all are so fortunate.

Silly Fuller

Here is the paragraph from Alhumdulillah:

Some facts you may not know about Turkey:

"Jews have a long history within the Ottoman Empire. They found refuge there after they were expelled, along with Muslims, from Catholic Spain in 1492. In fact, as Soner Cagaptsy states, 'in the seventeenth century more Jews lived in the Ottoman Empire than in the rest of the World collectively.' For Jews the historical experience of life in the Muslim world was generally much more positive than it was in large parts of Europe."

Over 120,000 Jewish people live in Turkey today and continue to support the Turkish State, to the extent that the Turkish-Jewish community in Israel remains overly pro-Turkish.

(Fuller, G. 2009. The New Turkish Republic, p. 155)
What does this author expect? They should betray the country they live in?

Qurratulain Hyder

The cover, badly reproduced Education Book Company, of original Urdu novel called Co-Travelers of the End of Night (Aakhir-e-Shab Ke Hum Safar) has the signature Hyder. She painted herself. May be she was great painter, may be not but the cover looks as professional they used to be. Or as they are. This is only a tidbit from her creativity.

Today's Urdu daily Roznama Rashtriya Sahara has a full page article on Qurratulain Hyder by Farooq Argali in his series on Pride of Women (Fakhr-e-Khawateen). The front page anchor for the article created a flutter-will the author be able to do justice to Anny Apa-that was her nick name. Or Annie-as they would call her in the English journalism circles. Somebody reminded her that Annie is an anagram of inane-they sole cross-word puzzles, these English journalists, when they are not bringing the governments down. But Anny Apa was anything but inane.

Your poor Alig did not get a an opportunity to say salaam to her but it was known that she was not an easy person to get along with. That is just as well. The reason is that the amount of research and physical work that went into creating her work was stupendous. It can give inferiority complex to a main stream research worker in history and archeology.

So coming back to the article under consideration-the author proved the suspicion to be wrong in the middle of the first paragraph. Here are his words:
Here a unique professional Muslim women was born who with her extra ordinary intelligence, knowledge and creativity divulged, in her novel and story writing, such a wide ranging historical, social and political understanding and understanding of human awareness and insight that in the subcontinent no other community could produce a person like her.
(To be finished.) 

Professor Abdur Raheem Kidwai

Abdul Majid Daryabadi was not a Maulana.
But perceptive Maulanas revered him as a Maulana.
Mostly people use the title Maulana before his name. This is amply justified. In fact Nadwa accepted him as an honorary Nadwi.
Now the matter of fact is that he had for daughters.
And his brother had four sons. Clear?
Good now the home work is where did he marry his four daughters?
You got it right. Four daughters married to four of his nephews.
Son of one of those daughters is now a Professor at the English Department of your beloved Alma Mater.
He is professor A.R.Kidwai.
His research work is on Byron-because he has used some concepts that are taken from Islam-or something like that.
And then there is some more work that he has done.
Or much more work.
Like the book, with Manazir Ahsan, on Muslim response to Rushdie. Very civil response to an obscenity.
And the constant book reviews that appear in Muslim World Book Review. This periodical is a fitting tribute to Islamic scholarship where Muslim scholars use the Muslim idiom to analyze the things around us, the books, from a Muslim perspective at a level that sooner or later will bust the orientalist juggernaut.
Lord willing.
Then there is his work on English translations of the Holy Qur'an. We have an old article, from 1993, at a Middle East journal where he has taken stock of English translations of the holy book.
This article has developed into a book now was published way back in 2007, in excellent production quality, from Saudia. Unfortunately there is outlet on the internet from where it is available. Some enterprising person should do something to make it available to the masses. (Please leave the author to do his work.)
Here is a link covering his lecture on this matter at Oxford.

Farooq Argali

Lately your poor Alig has started liking a writer named Farooq Argali.
We do not know whether he is an Alig or not. Will be nice to know.No we are not familiar with his earlier writings. (Alright?)
We got familiarized with his writing with his series in Roznama Rashtriya Sahara called The Pride of the Nation in which he out lines the life and times of many Muslims who made notable contributions and sacrifices.
It saves you lots of time and effort. His was not a deep analysis but a simple narration-in deed any deep analysis would only destroy the purpose of that series.
Those articles were published in a book form that was recently released with some fanfare.
Another introduction with the same author, for your poor Alig, was with the book What is There in Islam? (Islam Nain Kya Hai?). This was a collection of life stories of those, mostly western, people who came to Islam. This too requires extensive reading to put such a book together. And the subject matter has to be put in a light sort of manner because though the journey back to Islam is most rewarding but it is most excruciating also. And that is what he managed to do.

Like a Research University

There are nearly half a dozen detectors and hence research groups at Large Hadron Collider at European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) at Geneva.
A group might contain 1500 scientists.
Ken Bloom puts the things in perspective by telling that it is like a research university in its own right.
Compare the number with the total number of university faculty at AMU that is around 1200.


Blogger Madni is educating us about polygyny here.
The number of posts on that blog, as of writing, is five.
Number of followers is seventeen.
Now that is tremendous popularity.
This brother has stumped two of our favourite blogs Islam in Europe and The Reference Frame (both painful to visit) in the follower vs number of posts ratio.
Now do not cry yourself hoarse-calling the subject matter an anachronism. Take this opportunity to get yourself familiarized with a concept from Islam. The benefits are more than the harms.