October 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in #Manhattan after the horrible attack today.

Whether in Mogadishu, Baghdad, Las Vegas, or Manhattan, the world cannot afford more innocent casualties to senseless violence.

At Least 8 People Killed In Motorist’s ‘Act Of Terror’ On Manhattan Bike Path

“The vehicle struck multiple people on the path,” police said Tuesday. Authorities say the suspect was shot and taken into custody after leaving the vehicle and “displaying imitation firearms.”

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STATEMENT BY Majlisul Ulama Zimbabwe MUZ (Council of Islamic Scholars) on the Mufti Menk issue

We have been following with regret and dismay the news on social media regarding the ban imposed on our Senior Mufti, Dr Ismail Menk, by the authorities in Singapore, who allegedly claimed his preaching to be divisive and unfit for multi-cultural, multi-religious Singapore.

The allegations are based on an inaccurate perception of one of his lectures where they concluded that our Mufti prohibits greeting people of other faiths on their religious festivals such as saying Merry Christmas or Happy Diwali. This, according to them, is deemed divisive.

We would like to place on record that our Mufti has never prohibited greeting others during their festivals. However, he has maintained that the wording should be inclusive to ensure that it is agreeable to all. In his opinion, greetings such as Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Have a Good Day are fine.

To claim that his preaching is divisive because of this is unfortunate, unfair and seems to be done without understanding the middle ground he has always taught in this regard.

We are aware of a very short edited clip that was used to prove the allegation against our Mufti. The entire sermon was not heard. This, we believe is the reason why such a misguided decision was made.

Mufti Menk has been an asset to multi-cultural, multi-religious Zimbabwe where we have never seen any religious tension. Similarly, he has proven his value on the world stage and in similar settings.

Mufti Menk has played a pivotal role in the global war on extremism by maintaining a very balanced approach and educating the Muslims regarding their duty to respect people of other faiths and inclinations.

Among the Muslims too, Mufti Menk has been a breath of fresh air, strongly promoting the respect of other Muslim sects.

Guided by our Mufti, we serve on several interfaith boards working with members of most religious denominations and we enjoy the best relations.

Our Mufti has very good relations with leaders and people of other faiths.

Mufti Menk is himself a graduate of a Christian College in Harare and holds a doctorate of Social Guidance from a Christian University.

We place on record that he has never said it is “blasphemous” to greet others during their festivals. He teaches that everyone has the same right to celebrate their festivals, without any fear or restriction.

We urge those concerned to listen to some of his sermons in full and not an edited clip of a few minutes. These talks are available online. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or instagram to see the moderate path he has chosen.

We stand with our Mufti and are very proud of his achievements and guidance over the last two decades.

Yours sincerely

Shaikh Umar Phiri
President of MUZ

In this episode of Lives of the Khulafaa, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi covers the life of Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas, one of the ten that was promised Paradise(Ashara Mubashara). He was from the small tribe of Banu-Zuhra, along with AbdurRahman Ibn Awf. Banu-Zuhra was the tribe of Amina Bint-Wahab, the mother of the Prophet(S).

Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas was born 17 years prior to the preaching of Islam. He has been described as being short & stocky, not a very strong build, dark complexion, flat nose along with curly hair. He was not known for his looks or physical strength, nonetheless he was known for his intelligence, and especially known for his eyesight, how good his eyesight was. That is why he was well known out of all the Sahabas, Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas had the reputation of being the best marksman, the one who can shoot a bow and arrow and hit the target. Therefore he was the best of the Sahabas in this regard.

Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas was 17 years old when the Da’wah of Islam began. Indeed he was the seventh of the ten Sahabas to convert to Islam, also from the five that converted in the hands of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq. It is also mentioned that when he converted to Islam, he did not even have any facial hair on his face.

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I was asked to join this historic cruise to Banda Aceh earlier this year. The organisers were planning the first fully halal cruise and wanted me to be a part of it. I agreed.

My work permit issue with Singapore in Nov 2015 is common knowledge. Since then, I have had no issues coming into Singapore as a tourist.

To imply that I was using the cruise “to get around the ban by preaching instead on cruise ships which operate to and from Singapore” is erroneous.

I have never been on a cruise before, let alone give lectures on board. This was purely for a humanitarian mission to Banda Aceh.

I will not be joining the cruise now for reasons not within my control.

For those who have booked cabins, I wish you a beautiful journey and may the Almighty accept it from you.

I was asked to weigh in on what needs reform in Islam as a reflection on the Protestant reformation. My answer was condensed and included in the piece below. Would love your thoughts!

Imam Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and Islamic Studies professor at Southern Methodist University:

“The Protestant Reformation revolved around Christians challenging papal authority and demanding their own direct access to religious texts. For that reason the event, and the word “reformation,” are seen through modern eyes as success — liberation from an oppressive religious institution. This is not how “reformation” is seen in the Muslim world.

Historically, rather than keeping power and knowledge to themselves, Islamic scholars shared both with the masses — facilitating education and the promotion of independent thinking, known in Islam as ijtihad. And while Islamic scholars have generally been strict regarding essential principles of the faith (such as belief in God, Mohammad as his messenger), peripheral issues (such as how economic transactions work) have always been considered matters of debate and discussion.

It’s only in the past century that this has changed dramatically, as the Muslim institutions that oversaw such decisions were violently dismantled by colonial powers prior to the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. That led, eventually, to groups like ISIS.

Today, for Muslims in America (and elsewhere), the term “reform” conjures not enlightenment but chaos and destruction by groups like ISIS who claim they are “reforming” Islam through their horrific actions.

In Islam, the reform we want is more of a revival of our faith’s traditional fundamental principles — equity, harmony, compassion — in the face of a modern aberration. Then the Muslim community can serve humanity according to the Prophetic example.”

Perspective | The Protestant Reformation was 500 years ago. What needs reform in American religion today?

To mark the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, The Washington Post asked faith leaders and readers: “What do you think needs reforming in the practice of religion in the United States today?”

There are many pieces that make up our lives: Moments that break us. Moments that raise and shape us. Decisions we make to hold on. Or let go. People who enter our lives and leave us changed forever. The ones we love, the ones that hurt us, or heal us, or leave us. Sometimes we don’t understand these pieces—or even despair over them. It’s only when time goes by and we look back, that we suddenly can see our whole life like a perfectly designed puzzle.
Don’t be afraid of the puzzle piece you’re in now. It will fit perfectly…just like the rest. How could it not? The Designer is perfect.

“I do not see a big difference between someone who employs religion in furthering their political wishes and someone who employs ‘human rights’ in the same way. The latter gets more attention in our time, especially since the former consumed whatever deposits of religion were left in people.
However, both of them have played with a thing – religion – that should be above being played.
Both of them have been complicit in projecting images, narratives and ideas that were distortions of the real situation, and both of them are complicit in hurting humanity and harming the world.”
– Habib Ali al-Jifri

In this episode of Lives of The Khulafaa, Shaykh Dr Yasir Qadhi covers the life of AbdurRahman Ibn Awf, one of the ten that was promised Jannah(Ashara Mubashara) He was originally from the tribe of ‘Banu-Zuhra’, which is the same tribe as Amina Bint-Wahab. In addition, AbdurRahman Ibn Awf was actually a distant cousin of Amina.

From the ten that was promised Jannah, five of them converted to Islam in the hands of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq. Ibn Hajar mentions one of the reasons of his conversion, that Abdur Rahman was a traitor. He would travel to Yemen regularly and he would be hosted by one of the elders from the tribe in Yemen.It is mentioned that the year the Prophet(S) started preaching, his host was a very old man who asked him about Makkah. He also told him that Allah would send a Prophet in his own tribe who will have a revelation from Allah, that will preach against Idolatry. So when he returned he met AbU Bakr As-Siddiq and was told that the Prophet has indeed been sent, so he immediately converted.

Abdur Rahman’s original name was indeed Abdil-’Ka’aba. So when he accepted Islam, the Prophet(S) advised him that his name should be changed to AbdurRahman. So AbdurRahman is the prophetic name that was given to him. He was described as fairly light skinned ,tall with a slender neck with long eyelashes. As well as a good amount of hair that he would tie in a knot at the back of his head. At that time, tying it in a masculine knot was the style of the Arabs.

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