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Kirklees’ Muslim Community needs to reassess its leadership…

In Huddersfield the Kirklees’ Muslim Action Committee, claiming to represent 15,000 Muslims, is deeply upset at a Muslim group that held an Exhibition on the Holy Qur’ān (see Newspaper report HERE).

Surprisingly, the spokesman of the Action Committee, Mr. Amar Usman Ali, is reported to have said:

“We believe that it is time the Muslims of Huddersfield did not allow a local group to use our name to hold any future exhibitions, and have been hurt and deeply upset over the lack of consultation with the Muslim community prior to holding this event.”

The Qur’ān Exhibition held in Huddersfield Town Hall was attendede by the Mayor of Kirklees and a Member of Parliament.  Notably, Mr. Ali’s statement seems highly irrelevant and shows an immense lack of maturity… Read the rest of this entry »
Deenport Forum Users - Stifling debateDeenport is a forum for muslims (mostly British Muslims) who pride themselves in their enlightened, somewhat traditional, and ‘rooted’ outlook on Islam in the classical and modern age.

Unfortunately, my experience with Deenport has been much less enlightening – more stifling, and restrictive.

Mawahib al-Rahman (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (peace be upon him  عليه السلام)) – Part 1

 

Having read and re-read some of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani’s (peace be upon him عليه السلام) works recently with a serious eye and with a host of prayers for a deeper understanding of them, I will be starting a new series of posts in which I will translate and post quotes, wisdom, and poignant words of advice from the writings and discourses of the Imam Mahdi, the Mujaddid of the 14th century of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar and the second advent of the Messiah as awaited by the followers of many revealed religions.
 
I pray that they are beneficial for readers and that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى  Glorified be He, the High) pentrates our hearts and minds and imbibes us with the colour and spirit of his chosen people.
 
*Please note that these translations are not official translations of the works of Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (peace be upon him عليه السلام), but are my own personal efforts at translating the arabic and urdu works.  Readers should refer to the original for an accurate and untainted version – which I shall endeavour to put alongside any translation.

For the Original Arabic Works please go to http://www.islamahmadiyya.net
For the Original Urdu Works please go to http://www.alislam.org and then to Library – Books – Urdu Books

  

1.     ‘Light and Darkness’

 

“اتبعوا النور و لا تؤثروا السُّرَى، وانظروا اِلى وجه الله و لا تنظروا اِلى الورى”

 

“Follow the light and do not give preference to darkness; Look towards the countenance of Allah, and look not towards the created beings.”

 

 

[مواهب الرحمن، 80، مرزا غلام احمد القادياني]

[Mawahib al-Rahman, p.80, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani]

 

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 Along with all the talk of Islam undergoing or needing reform or a re-reading of the texts from every edifice of the internet all the way to Turkey, There are some unnecessary points being made, and also some vital points being missed.

Take, for example, the recent project undertaken by Zia-uddin Sardar through which he ‘asks’ some questions and invites answers from those who claim to be in the know, as well as offering his own admittedly ‘academic’ opinion.
This received commendations and standing ovations from advocates of ‘modern islam’ or ‘moderate islam’ from all over the world.  However, it also received, and continues to receive intense criticism from the Muslim intelligentia, and those who advcoate a ‘traditional route to analysing the texts’ only by those who are well versed with the texts themselves and their relative interpretative methodologies.
A certain Abdallah Hassan wrote a strongly worded letter to Zia-uddin Sardar making known his grievances here: http://maqasid.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/blogging-the-quran-letter-to-ziauddin-sarda/
I have to say although I complement Zia-Uddin Sardar on his stance in defence of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in face of the persecution and vitriolic abuse that Ahmadi Muslims suffer from certain elements of the Islamic Community, I must disagree with him and Madeleine Bunting on their approach of “interpreting the Qur’an” purely with their thoughts and intellect and without recourse to the classical methodologies which are necessary pre-requisites for the understanding and exposition of the Qur’anic verities and subtleties.

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Islam in LondonIn the aftermath of the media-frenzy over the comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury about the possible inclusion of certain aspect of the Shari’ah or the Islamic Law into English Law, it was observed by many commentators and academics that the media had, for the most of it, been totally ignorant of the concept, definition, remit and application of the Shari’ah.

There is much information on this topic from both reliable and non-reliable sources. 
See here for a good basic introduction of the Shari’ah and its essential sources that constitute it, aswell as a brief introduction as to the application of the Shari’ah and what it is designed to achieve.
 (If the link does not work, you can download the article directly here: The Shari’ah – an introductory glimpse into the divinely ordained path)
For other interesting articles, also see:
http://www.alislam.org/whats-new.html
http://www.alislam.org/library/articles/
  Dr. Rowan Williams
The article in the Times by Robin Griffiths-Jones and Ian Edge on Islamic Law and English law was a forerunner to the lecture of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams. (click here to download a transcript of the Lecture)
I was at the lecture given by Dr. Williams, which, contrary to my earlier post on this topic was at the Royal Courts of Justice. 
As a British Muslim, and one who has had some significant exposure to Islamic Law and Islamic Jurisprudence, as well as training as a Barrister in English Law, I found myself interestingly placed to receive the enlightening lecture and the interesting points made by the Archbishop.
Unfortunately, however, I feel that those who have called for the resignation of the Archbishop and also those that have read the transcript of the Lecture and yet assume that he called for the inclusion of the complete Shari‘ah within the English Legal System, have totally missed the purport of his Lecture.  

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 In an article on the TimesOnline Website, Ian Edge and Robin Griffiths-Jones ask the question as to whether Islamic Law and English Law can ever meet, and if so, would English Law be able to accommodate the ‘extravagancies’ of the former!!

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24th Muharram 1429 AH

Saturday 2nd February 2008

Books of Hadhrat Sayyidna Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (as) in Arabic

 Sayyidna Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (qaddasa Allaho sirruhu)

السلامُ عليكم و رحمة اللهِ تعَالَى و بَرَكاتهُ

Peace be upon You and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings

الحمدُ لِ اللهِ رَبِّ العَالَمِين

All Praise Belongs to Allah – Lord of the Worlds

نَحمَدُهُ وَ نُصَلِّي عَلَى رَسُولِهِ الكَرِم

We Praise Him and invoke blessings upon His Noble Messenger (saw)

This short Information page was provoked at the request of ‘nazimtableegh’ which can be read here.

I was very pleased to hear that many more people from the land and lingua-franca of our Noble Prophet (saw) are responding and are being blessed by Allah by guiding them to the Imam of this Age. 

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This is a brief excerpt from correspondence I had with some people in regards to the recent actions that the Government of Indonesia, under compulsion from the Islamic Political Parties,  took against the Ahmadiyyah community.

It was reported in the Jakarta Post, and on the ‘Indonesia Matters’ Blog that Ahmadiyya Leaders in Indonesia ‘caved in’ to pressure from national political and religious leaders and diminished the status of Sayyidna Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (qaddasa Allahu sirruhu) as demanded by them.

Below is a brief excerpt from som correspondence I partook of, on the Blog. Read the rest of this entry »

Khatam-un-Nabuwwah

Ahmadiyya; End of the Prophets 

I would like to begin by stating that the author of this document is a simple person and by no means a scholar.

He compiled this brief document of his own volition, not on behalf of Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiya Al-Ahmadiyya, as he felt that misrepresentations had been made about the claims of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (The Promised Messiah, Imam Mahdi & Reformer of the 14th Century). 

There are a few point which I would like to address concerning the following video posted on youtube, 

 

Whilst the above video might be a sincere and polite attempt to bring into question some of the Ahmadi tenets there are several items I would like to bring to the attention of its author… Read the rest of this entry »