تخلیق رزق اور تقسیم رزق کا مسئلہ
In this 17-minute video, Bill Maher, who’s in bad odor with Lefists for using the n-word, interviews someone who’s even more demonized: Maajid Nawaz. Nawaz is a man I much admire, as he began his adult life as an extreme Islamist but now runs the think tank Quilliam, devoted to tamping down extremism—especially among Muslims. Because he’s a moderate Muslim in a suit instead of a bearded imam clutching a Qur’an, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named him, along with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as one of several “anti-Muslim extremists”. That decision was ludicrous, and the SPLC really should have reversed it.
Here Nawaz announces that he’s taking the SPLC to court for defamation. I doubt whether that’ll succeed: I don’t really know libel law except that the statement made has to be “knowingly false” and must damage someone’s reputation (for damages, it has to reduce your worth or income). But isn’t it a judgment call to say he’s an “anti-Muslim extremist”? Even if he’s a Muslim, which he is, I suppose some twisted mind can find a way to call him “anti-Muslim”, although you’d have a hard time characterizing Nawaz as an “extremist.”
At any rate, Nawaz’s criticism of the SPLC and its decision is right on the mark. (You can read the SPLC’s indictment of him here and see what you think. Most if its reasons aren’t compelling; I found one of them disturbing, but still not rising to the level of “anti-Muslim extremism”).
Nawaz goes on to indict the high level of homophobia (about 100%) among British Muslims, which should be a matter of concern to liberals, and even more so to what must be the many gay Muslims who must cower in the closet. At 15:25, Nawaz proffers what he sees as “the only long-term solution” to Islamist terrorism.
Say what you will about Maher and Nawaz (I get weekly emails from deranged loons trying to convince me that Nawaz is really a closet terrorist, sympathetic to ISIS), you have to agree that this is a rational and reasonable discussion of the sort you don’t hear on Leftist television and journalism, outlets largely devoted to not uttering “Islam” and “terrorism” in the same breath.
May happiness be with you.
May Allah makes everything easier for you.
Remember, Allah loves you.
Wishing you a very blissful Eid al-Fitr. :)
For any who may be interested :)
tetiba aku mengintip blog lama ku
tahun-tahun penuh makna juga kesedihan
tahun pertama dimana aku belajar, menapaki, dan meraba bagaimana dunia kampus dihidupkan
tahun kedua aku mencoba masuk ke segala lini organisasi, untuk memperkaya pengalaman
tahun ketiga aku melanjutkan amanah yang diberikan, namun ternyata disitu aku terpuruk
tersungkur dan tersandung sebuah masalah
yang aku sendiri berpura amnesia akan masalah yang waktu itu kuhadapi
tahun keempat ku coba bangkit dan perbaiki semuanya
menatap kembali mata yang penuh harap akan sosok gadis yang bercita-cita untuk ke prancis ini
kontemplasi,kiranya aku butuh berkontemplasi
lalu bersiap menyongsong masa depan
dengan keteguha, kekuatan, keuletan, dan tentunya keimanan
mari senantiasa akselerasi diri
karena kelak, anak-anak kita berhak lahir dari rahim seorang wanita yang tinggi ilmu dan akhlaknya
mari menghisab diri sebelum kelak dihisab olehNya
1 syawal 1438 H
Which Religious text writings are more violent, the Bible or the Qur’an (Koran)?
In My Last Post
I stated I will explain the writings of Bible and the Koran. The reason being that both religions believe in martyrs. What is the core differences, and why the Koran can be considered political force rather than a religious force?
Religious Faith Perceptions
Anyone who attempts to compare the teachings of only these two religions and prove that one is more violent than the other is going to spend a long, long, time in pursuit of their quest. Add that if they want to compare other 22 major religions listed by size HERE, good luck.
In my opinion, at the end of their quest, if they are still alive, they will appreciate the saying that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”
Is it wise to question religious matters? This question is not new in history. Here is what King Solomon warned 3000 years ago about discussing the subject of religion.
“Bilqis, the subject of religious matters is volcanic. If a ruler provokes their subjects about this topic they turn sourer than milk curds, and he will have erupted within them to spill out hot anger beyond their limits same as hot lava flows from a volcano.”
“In other words, when you press milk through a cloth, you will produce sour curds. When you press men to anger, you will produce blooded noses and strife. What you press to produce, you must then contend with your makings.” For the making of milk produces curds, and the pressing of the nose produces blood, and the pressing of anger produces strife. (Proverb 30:33)
In our modern computerized world, a computerized analysis based on word text concluded the following:
Old Testament is Most Violent
New Testament Highest in ‘Love’, Quran Highest in ‘Mercy’
“While A LOT MORE can be done with text analytics than what we’ve accomplished here, it appears safe to conclude that some commonly-held assumptions about and perceptions of these texts may not necessarily hold true.”
“Those who have not read or are not fairly familiar with the content of all three texts may be surprised to learn that no, the Quran is not really more violent than its Judeo-Christian counterparts.”
We all know that words alone can be misleading if taken out of context. Throw in personal opinions, culture, education, and a host of other factors. and the subject of various religious faiths may be beyond human mind conceptional capacities. I believe our Constitutional Founders may have recognized this when they originated the First Amendment.
If you are interested, I have selected some Sources that explain the history of both religions. I am not endorsing any of the sources, you decide if you agree with the statements which may or may not be the same as your religious perceptions.
Because of the following current events and issues:
Open ended religious instructions may motivate faith believers to use terror as a means to achieve political objectives.
“Other than” religious perceptions pose Clear and Present Danger to USA citizens.
In My Next Post
I will explain with examples the added element of religious fundamentalist literal interpretations vs. inspired messages of the word of God. I will omit metaphoric, and/or mythological versions of religious beliefs.
Oxford Islamic Studies HERE
History of KJV of Bible HERE
Religions of Peace Comparisons HERE
ternyata ramadhanku sudah mengemas barang-barangnya
ia pergi seiring terbenamnya sang matahari
lirih dan sayup ku dengar tangisan bumi dan langit
gemetar sudah membangunkan bulu kudukku
seraya diperdengarkan lantunan takbir
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar
Laa ilahailallah huwallahu akbar
Allahu akbar walillahilhamd
oh Tuhan, benarkah ini sudah syawal?
rasanya baru kemarin aku sahur pertama
mengapa secepat ini yaRobb?
lalu sejenak aku pun tertegun, bertanya pada diri
apa yang sudah aku lakukan selama 30 hari ini?
amal compang camping
tilawah serat sekali
sedekah fikir berulang kali
tontonan tak jauh dari ftv
sholat sunnah pun tak selalu mengiringi
mau jadi apa dirimu wahai hamba yg dhoif dan fakir?
seiring berjalannya waktu, tak ada yang bisa kuperbuat
melainkan meminta, merengek, sebagai hamba
untuk diampuni dosa dan diterima amal nya
mari, perbaiki segala amal di bulan syawal ini
sungguh, keberhasilan romadhon terletak pada sepeninggalnya
apabila makin baik di bulan berikutnya maka insyaaAllah diterima amal perbuatannya
mari jangan lemah
mari terus perbaiki diri
karena pintu taubat selalu terbuka bagi mereka yang berniat dan bersungguh-sungguh
Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni
pada perjumpaan syawal 1438 H
I love listening to stories about how people got out of darkness and into light; from not knowing Islam to understanding and loving Islam. Other than the fact that they always make eyes watery and my heart burst with all sorts of feels, they always remind me of this beautiful blessing; this irreplaceable gift of Islam that Allah has given me without my asking. The gift that so many seek for all their lives, the gift we born Muslims so often take for granted. And I am ashamed at how these are the very people who possess a fiery determination to embody the practices of a good Muslim – sometimes better than born Muslims do – because of their strong conviction in discovering their true purpose in life.
I have watched how Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan came back to Islam and how Yusuf Estes converted to Islam today while I was on Youtube searching for some videos, and I realize a common denominator that I deduce from all the videos I’ve watched so far about how people discovered or rediscovered Islam – the presence and influence of a good, practising Muslim. How remarkably life-changing it is to simply be amongst good company. The beautiful character of a good, practising Muslim truly can inspire light, soften the hardest of hearts and change the course of a person’s life.
I started reflecting on my own story of how I started to seriously practise my Islam, and how I got back to it after straying away during my teenage years. I realize that one of the main motivating factors in pushing me to become a better Muslim is a strong support system who constantly remind me of Allah, and more often through action than words.
In my case, I am beyond, BEYOND grateful Alhamdulillah to have a family who keeps me grounded, who keeps me rooted to my faith. I cannot stress enough just how crucial it is to have a strong support system who constantly reminds you of Allah in their deeds manifest in their actions and character.
For real, though – the simple act of a Muslim man leading his household in such a fundamental act of worship is powerful. So is a Muslim woman leading her family’s womenfolk in salah – for one’s daughters to hear a woman’s voice rise in the recitation of Qur’an. It is so, so important for children to see & hear both parents/elders of both genders leading them in salah. It will impact them forever. On a spiritual & emotional level, the sight & sound of witnessing & participating in ‘ebaadah together is indelible to a child’s psyche. You’d never guess which moments will stay with them forever… – TSF
Looking back, for me, my most vivid mindreel of childhood memories were the moments when we’re together as a family, remembering Him: listening to bapak’s melodious voice as he recites the surahs during nightly congregational prayers, brother taking his cue to call out the iqamah, listening to bapak’s mini “ceramah” (religious lectures) every thursday nights, cosied up with cushions in the living room before picking up the yellow Yaseen books to read together, observing mama’s lips as she enunciates each harf when she teaches me the qur’an, copying her measured & mindful movements in salah – bowing down, forehead touching ground, standing up – and getting into the motion of prayer, subconsciously listening to the “da’wah” radio station in the background that mama preferred tuning in to, sitting together to recite du’a before breaking our fast…
I now realize the value these priceless “little” things with my family throughout my growing up years bring; these were the moments that has made such a profound impact on me. Without realizing, it moulded & provided me a kind of shield, or perhaps a compass to navigate my way back if ever along the way, I find myself astray. Surely education must start from home. Who else can give a child that quality guidance & undivided attention they need if not their role models, their parents?
I’m also beyond grateful for brothers who have set a good example for me. I know it’s rare that I talk about – let a lone praise – my brothers, for we have a very unconventional relationship and we usually annoy each other a lot! But since we’re talking about this topic, I’ll give credit where it’s due. I’ll admit that I am inspired by my brother. When I was at my most, well, ‘rebellious’ (think emotional teenager) years, my eldest brother did not say much but simply paid for my fees to a Qur’an class. He did not say much yet he simply showed by way of example. I was and still am inspired by his determination to attend many classes. It’s just astounding how he would try to never miss a class even when he was sick. I still remember how my late mom used to worry about him and tell him to take care of himself first, but his thirst for knowledge was stronger and that was really inspiring to me. (Really hoping he doesn’t read this – I want to let him think I still think he’s uncool and annoying lol). On a more serious note, I think siblings have the ability to influence each other. Especially the elder siblings to the younger ones. Even without saying a word, good deeds manifest in character and actions play a huge part in effecting a change in the family.
And when it comes to friends, I cannot thank Him enough for blessing me with good company, especially in university when I decided to join the Muslim society. Fostered relationships with friends who hold the same principles and purpose in life, and I made a mental note to myself to keep these precious gems close to my heart. Because God knows I need them – both in this life and the next. Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky to have friends who remind me of Him… and I remember the prayers my late mom made for me, hoping I’ll always have friends who remind me to be better, and the prayers I silently made, asking Him to grant me practising Muslim friends, from whom I can truly learn to be better. Today, I thank Allah profusely for answering our prayers. The best gift a friend can truly give would be a sincere du’a and company that is never dry of sharing reminders of Him.
As narrated in a hadith by our Prophet ﷺ,
A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breathe in the fumes of the furnace.[Bukhari, Muslim]
May we always be surrounded by perfume sellers all around us and remember to embody one ourselves. May we never take their good company for granted – they are His way of guiding us closer to Him.
A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi
Reza “Rez” Courdee is the son of Iranian immigrants living the good life in Laguna Beach, California. Rez considers himself a typical American teenager, partying, dating girls, smoking pot, and surfing with his friends. When most of his American friends stop talking with him after a misunderstanding while on a surfing trip, he finds himself befriending other local Muslim kids. After several high-profile terrorist attacks on American soil, Rez feels isolated by the quiet suspicion of his schoolmates and neighbors. Feeling rejected by the country of his birth, he begins to withdraw deeper into his Muslim identity. The shift from revisiting his roots towards radicalization is subtle, but Rez soon finds himself walking the path of an extremist.
This was an amazing book. I am still working through everything in it. Khadivi brings us into the life of a typical teenager, and then slowly unravels everything he formerly valued about himself to turn him into something darker. Perhaps the most startling thing for me was the illustration of the knife-edge existence of being “other.” When he is the typical American teen, he is accepted by his peers and neighbors to greater or lesser degrees. Neither he nor his parents are particularly religious, and he lives the life of a first generation American — strict parents who want to see him excel in his studies so he can grow up to fully realize the American Dream.
With the loss of his American friends, he finds himself teased by his new Muslim friends. He is called a poser and a fake; someone who wanted to be American so badly he rejected his Muslim heritage. With the terrorist attacks making every Muslim seem suspect, the path of least resistance becomes sheltering in the one community that doesn’t look at him like he may have a bomb strapped to his chest. This then is the razor’s edge. Is he American or is he Muslim? With his country and community reeling from terror attacks and falling deeper into islamophobia, it appears more and more to Rez that he cannot be both.
With this comes the impossible choice: does he cut himself off entirely from his past, his family’s history, and a large portion of his identity, or does he reject the country of his birth? In this story, Khadivi shows us that it is not necessarily hatred that drives the fall into extremism, sometimes it is hope: hope for a community that will not and cannot reject the seeker. And in trying to find this community, Rez falls afoul of evil men, men who are more than willing to prey on the uncertainty and vulnerability of teenagers to convince them that their hopes and dreams can be found at the end of a gun’s sights.
The book is incredibly moving. We like Rez, we want so much for him to find his place in the world. We practically shout at the page for him not to listen to these people leading him down this dark path. We also see just how difficult it is to fight this kind of radicalization. One character talks of dominoes falling; a terrorist attack breeds new fear, which gives rise to more islamophobia, which pushes more people towards violent extremism. The cycle seems self-sustaining, and the governments of the world have been stymied in finding an effective method of ending it.
This is an incredibly relevant book to read, especially now. In many ways, the book reminded me of Human Acts by Han Kang. The topics it deals with are difficult to face, but it is vital that we tackle this head-on, and try to break this cycle of violence. Perhaps one must ascend the hill traveled down on the path to extremism, and perhaps the climb becomes a bit easier with hope as your vehicle, rather than hatred.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
Here is something that is happening with surprisingly little publicity. At its June 27th meeting (at 7:30 PM), the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) will most likely approve the construction of a big, huge mosque. Here is the agenda.
Where is the site for this big, huge mosque? The 14.89 acre site is located at 12655 Vint Hill Rd., approx. 550 ft. east of the intersection of Vint Hill Rd. & Kettle Run Rd. and west of Schaeffer Ln.
Where does the BOCS meet? The BOCS meets at the Prince William County McCoart Administration Building, Board Chambers, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge.
A local organization, FORCE – Friends of Rural Crescent Energized, is opposing the construction of a mosque in our area. Why? Well, the mosque is big, and it is being built in an area that is supposed to be zoned off from development.
Here is how a newspaper described the proposed mosque.
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), which has 11 chapters around Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, wants to build a 22,400-square-foot mosque on the site in Nokesville, in Prince William County. About 150 to 200 Muslims from the area who conduct Friday prayers in a rented hotel space in Manassas say they want their own place for services, Sunday school, interfaith gatherings and other events.
Opponents say the proposed 500-person facility is not appropriate in the neighborhood of single-family homes, which lies within an 80,000-acre swath created in 1998 to preserve Prince William’s remaining rural areas from suburbanization.
Known as the Rural Crescent, it serves as a buffer between the county’s more developed eastern side and rural Fauquier County to the west. Most residents are required to use septic tanks, lots for new single-family homes must be on tracts of at least 10 acres, and the construction of larger facilities, such as religious institutions, requires a special-use permit from the county. (from here)
Of course, there is the usual charge of Islamophobia from the usual suspect, New PW County Mosque Opponents’ “fears and concerns are not rooted in reality or facts” but in Islamophobia. However, I suspect that if someone built a Walmart at that location there would be a much, much bigger fuss. When someone builds a facility in a residential area with 300 parking spots, the neighbors generally take notice. Oddly, however, here were the only news articles/posts I could find using Google that have been published in the last month.
Kind of odd, to say the least. Why the silence? Anyway, here are some other, old articles, on the subject.
Should the facility be built? I don’t know. I suppose Muslims have the right to build worship facilities just like anyone else. Nevertheless, back in November, Supervisor Jeanine Lawson expressed her disappointment.
I have concerns about the ADAMS proposal as did my predecessor, Supervisor Covington. The Vint Hill Road site is particularly challenging for a religious institution of this size. The transportation impacts to the local community, and the request for public sewer in the Rural Crescent makes support of the application even more challenging. In my initial meeting with the ADAMS representatives last year, I encouraged them to look for land in the development area where they would not face as many obstacles. As a strong defender of the rural area, the fact that they have chosen to proceed to pursue the Schaeffer location is disappointing. (from here)
I don’t consider myself a defender of Islam. I do, however, adamantly support religious freedom, but one doesn’t have to dislike Islam to wonder what that mosque would be doing in the rural crescent. Am I a huge supporter of the rural crescent? Not really, but I do get a bit disgusted when politicians create policies and then immediately proceed to violate them. Because politicians have had so much trouble following any plan, development around this area has been a messy process, to say the least.
It will only continue to spread; these acts of terror from Islam. Its in their book, the Koran. Murder and rape are acceptable, honorable acts when carried out by Muslims against the infidels (all non-Muslims); that is their belief. The Muslim Brotherhood, encourages violent death to the West. Muslim world domination is Islam’s goal, to be carried out with a “whatever it takes” mindset. Islam is not a peaceful religion. Islam is a violent religion/political/cultural mix equaling terror!
The “peace loving” Muslims are camouflage, used by the radical Muslims, to lure us to sleep; to accept them. They are worse than a Trojan Horse. They are worse than wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are here, and that includes North America to destroy Christians and Jews. Convert to Islam or be killed by Islam……….that is a motto they share. Peaceful coexisting life is falsely taught, falsely preached.
I stopped updating this blog due to getting ‘follows’ and ‘likes’ from troll accounts. The former, WordPress allows the facility to remove, the latter it doesn’t. I also realise that I got caught up with the Groupthink, which was the determining factor in the run-up to last year’s referendum, the result of which was as much due to participation – or the lack of – among certain age groups. A year on, it is obvious that the last blog post was full of false optimism and that ‘Brexit’ could only ever have worked in the pre-Thatcherite era, when Britain’s infrastructure and much of Britain’s main industries were still British-owned; hence British identity was nowhere near as fragmented as it is now (and that was before the invention of ‘multiculturalism’). This was the world of Old Labour, which the late Peter Shore inhabited; so it was no surprise that the values of those who grew up in that pre-Thatcherite era formed the backbone of support for ‘Brexit’.
The false optimism of the last blog post was based on the assumption that the government would implement what it had promised, based on the referendum result and do so decisively. It is clear now that everyone who voted ‘Leave’ was led along by a bunch of charlatans for whom it was and is all a game. Two weeks before the referendum I had wondered if it was just a joke between the Bullingdon Boys on all of us, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I shouldn’t have done. I don’t regret voting ‘Leave’ so much as voting at all in a referendum that was a wasteful and costly exercise, which has been recently added to by a general election that few people wanted. A year of dysfunctional government – ‘led’ by a woman whose penchant for wearing heels is appropriate given how good she is at dragging them – has caused a great deal of uncertainty for people and businesses, to the point where no-one in their right mind who isn’t British is going to make any long-term commitment to Britain in terms of investment.
I subsequently started another blog with the intention of getting away from politics but fell into it again and mostly on the same subjects; though I managed a couple of book reviews, a magazine article review, a film review, a tribute to a certain actress and added several pages on miscellaneous subjects; some of which are recycled stuff that I may recycle again. I still believe deep down that the European Union needs to be demerged into an entity which allows individual countries more autonomy, i.e. a ‘Common Market’ for tariff-free trade with co-operation in several areas, including scientific research. This is how Western Europe was prior to Margaret Thatcher signing the Single European Act in 1986. Even after the witch is long since dead, her legacy still haunts us. She and her Tory colleagues wanted an enlarged labour market to suppress wages. The Tories still do want this and if they can’t source it from Eastern Europe then they’ll do so from elsewhere. So we shall still have a high rate of immigration if ‘Brexit’ in any form goes ahead, but it is likely to be from nationalities who are less willing to integrate than are the Poles, Czechs, Hungarians etc.
With or without the European Union, Britain’s Establishment will remain rotten to the core, so ‘Brexit’ will not be a panacea for anything. The mass murder in Manchester by a Muslim misogynist at an event popular with young girls, was an extension to the rape of thousands of girls in Rochdale and other towns by predominantly Muslim ‘grooming’ gangs. None of this can or should be blamed on ‘Europe’. The suicide bomber was part of a group allowed free rein by Britain’s security services, just as the rapists have been allowed free rein by social services in local authorities up and down the country. The contrived ‘migrant crisis’ whereby many thousands of adult male economic migrants – again, mostly of Muslim cultural background – have been allowed to rape their way around Europe, acts to compound a situation that was already bad in the first place. There is a growing backlash and a lot of pent-up anger, but still not enough, from women towards the Feminist Establishment, which has betrayed them, an issue which I summarised on my newer blog.
In summary with regard to that, ‘Brexit’ will make no difference one way or the other and I can’t help but think that conflict with the European Union is trying fight a war on two fronts at once. A Polish couple were among those murdered in the Manchester bombing. Polish immigrants are not our enemies and nor should they ever be treated as such. Whilst I have always had reservations about any kind of ‘pan-European’ movement, Muslims must be pissing themselves laughing at the divisions within Britain over the EU; and within the EU over the apportioning of those economic migrants between countries. Conspiracy theorists might believe that the ‘migrant crisis’ was contrived in order to engender a common European identity in reaction to it; but that seems too convoluted and it hasn’t worked anyway. Islam is a sufficiently serious threat to every secular democratic society which allows it to flourish, so this is not a specifically ‘European’ issue. People who have been brought up with that Islamic ideology that advocates the rape and murder of non-believers need to reject that; and if they don’t then they should not be appeased. Islam is a barbaric ‘culture’ which should never be accommodated. As it is, this weekend, its adherents will indulge in a mass slaughter of animals; the mass slaughter of humans being an extension to that.
“ So it’s no surprise that both parties talk about security. However, the term itself is open to debate. People will point out that cows, clothes and cars kill more people every year than terrorism. Some say the threat we face from jihadi terrorism is unprecedented, while others say that, in historical terms, Europe is in a period of relative peace and that the larger dangers are from our own governments grabbing power in the wake of tragedy. Who’s right? Well … it’s complicated. Security expert Bruce Schneier describes security as both a reality and a feeling. The real risks of your children being the victims of a terror attack are low, but the odds don’t matter when it’s happening live on the news. Certainly, the raw number of attacks were higher in the 70s and 80s. That may be contributing to a greater sense of threat: if our baseline expectation of violence is minimal, attacks have more impact than if they are more regular (…) Westerners and Muslims, of course, are groups of significant overlap. They are not in opposition, but extremists on both sides want them to be. Professor Matthew Feldman, an expert in extremism at Teesside University, explains that an often overlooked impact of extremist activities is that they make the broader community feel forced to pick a side. Seen through this lens, the rush to demand that Muslims condemn the violence, setting up new loyalty tests for ordinary Muslim citizens, reinforces the Isis/English Defence League narrative that Islam cannot be accommodated within European culture (…) The Manchester bomber and the London Bridge attackers were atypical in historical terms but match a recent pattern of Isis terrorists. They weren’t religious extremists who became radicals, but radicals who became religious extremists. Isis is targeting young men who are already angry, disillusioned and rootless, and giving them a focus for that anger ”
Phil McDuff, ‘It’s complex: why the us-and-them approach to extremism won’t work’, The Guardian
Common Traits between Jews and Raafidhah
Sheik al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, said: ‘The sign of this is that the ordeal of the Raafidhah (SHIITE) is similar to that of the Jews. The Jews said kingship can only be in the family of Dawood and the Raafidhah said that Imamate can only be from the children of Ali.’
The Jews said: ‘There can be no Jihad in the path of Allah until the Pseudo-Christ emerges forth and the command to fight is given. The Raafidhah said: ‘There is no Jihad in the path of Allah until the Mahdi emerges and a caller calls from the heavens to fight.’
The Jews delay their prayers till the stars are ablaze at night and the Raafidhah delay the Maghrib prayer till that time at night. The Prophet (r) said:
“My Ummah will be in a state of good affairs as long as they do not delay the Maghrib prayer till the stars are ablaze at night.” (Ahmed, Abu Dawood and Ibn Majah – Hasan)
The Jews distorted the Torah, as did the Raafidhah with the Qur’an. The Jews do not see it lawful to wipe over the socks during ablution, as is the belief of the Raafidhah.
The Jews despise Jibreel, and they say: ‘He is our enemy from amongst the Angels.’ The Raafidhah say: ‘Jibreel made a mistake in giving the Wahi (revelation) to Prophet Muhammad.’
The Raafidhah also agreed with the Christians in relation to the dowry; they do not give their wives dowry, for the Raafidhah believe in temporary marriages and see it as lawful.
The Jews and Christians are better than the Raafidhah, for when the Jews were asked who the best of all Jews were, they replied ‘the companions of Musa’ and when the Christians were asked who the best of all Christians were, they said the companions of Jesus. And when the Raafidhah were asked who the worst amongst them were, they said the Companions of Prophet Muhammad.
The Jews divide people into two categories, Jews and other nations. The other nations include anyone who is not a Jew. The Jews believe that they themselves are the believers. As for other nations, they believe them to be polytheists, disbelievers who know nothing about Allah. It is mentioned in the Talmud: ‘All nations other than the Jews are polytheists’. Their Rabbis inculcate this teaching among the Jews. Jesus himself was not safe from their treachery. In the Talmud it is mentioned that Jesus was a ‘disbeliever who knew nothing about Allah.’
The Raafidhah believe themselves to be the only believers; all other groups other than them are non-Muslim, who have apostatized and have no share in Islam. The reason the Raafidhah impute disbelief to other Muslims is that they do not recognize the Wilayah (guardianship/power) of their Imams. The Raafidhah consider this to be a pillar of Islam. According to them, a Muslim who does not believe in Wilayah is a non-believer, similar to a Muslim who disbelieves in the Testimony of Faith and prayers. The Wilayah is given priority over all the pillars of Islam.
Al-Burqi narrated that Abu Abdullah said: ‘There is no true believer except us and our Shi’ite brethren, and all other people are not true believers.’
In the exegesis of al-Qummi it is narrated that Abu Abdullah said: ‘There is no one on the religion of Islam except us until the Day of Resurrection.’End Notes
 There is a group of Raafidhah who claim that Jibreel was treacherous in delivering the Message and gave it to Muhammad instead. Ali was more righteous than the Prophet in this regard! Dear Muslim look at this flagrant lie, Allah says: ‘The Trustworthy Spirit [i.e., Gabriel] has brought it down’ what do you say about this belief my dear Muslim?
 Minhaj as-Sunnah for Sheik Islam b. Taymiyyah 1/24.
 Badthlol Majhood fe Moshabahtil Rafidhah bil Yahood for Abdullah al-Jamili 2/599 and 568.
O dear heart, you will be alright
for Ramadhan has prepared you for the fight
so go, and face the world with might
until the next Ramadhan, hold on tight
I have ordered two jalabib from the-muslim-store and I wanted to review one of them today to let other Muslimahs know about this website. I’ll review the other one at another time insha’Allah. In my searches thus far, jalabib shopping tends to get quite pricey, especially because of the high shipping costs to the US. This can be extremely frustrating for ladies residing in the states who don’t want to spend every penny they have to wear Islamic clothing. I’ve decided to start reviewing the items I order online to help other ladies achieve modesty without breaking the bank. I purchased the “Afef pants” by Al-Afifa brand in rose clair (light pink).
The Afef jilbab is a two-piece jilbab consisting of a long khimar that reaches past the knees with an integrated tie-back headpiece and a pair of sirwal pants. Mine came with a free pair of grey socks, which was a welcome surprise even though the material makes my feet kind of sweaty. As shown in the picture above, It’s really more of a dusty pink rather than “light” pink, but I love it all the more for it.
There are no tags specifying the composition of the material, but although I don’t know the exact makeup of the fabric, I can tell that it’s made mostly, if not entirely, of polyester. The Afef jilbab has a soft and flexible crepe fabric. It doesn’t wrinkle easily. It’s completely opaque and wonderfully lightweight which makes it very suitable for the atrociously hot and humid climate where I live. I was impressed with the high-quality stitching as well. I’m 5’3″ and weigh about 118lbs (size XS to S) for reference in case you girls want to buy it.
I do have a few complaints about this jilbab. This is a one size, which is usually not a problem for me, but I know it can be a problem for many. I am not tall so I was surprised to find that the pants were actually shorter than I had expected. They don’t droop down very low in the middle, which looks somewhat awkward, so I pull them down as far as I possibly can to fake it. Also, this is clearly meant for very slim ladies, which is also not a problem for me. However, if you do not typically wear an XS or S, these pants will be tight, as they are not very elastic. The website says it is “slightly fitted” but that’s only true if you’re small. I did read that they can sew plus size jilbabs upon request though, so you can contact @muslim_jilbab on Instagram if you would like to ask for that.
I’ve included this picture for more detail and to show the color in different lighting. The sleeves are kept in place with elastic sleeve cuffs, which, much like the waistband, are not stretchy at all. They do serve well to maintain one’s modesty, however. The batwing does not extend all the way to the sleeve cuff- rather, it ends below the elbows where a separate sleeve is attached. Other jalabib on their website do not have this. In all honesty, I’m not sure that I like this feature.
The price of the Afef pants jilbab is $23 alhamdulillah, which is not bad at all. Previously, this company was divided into three websites. I created accounts on all three because I found that there were actually different shipping costs for each one! However, now the-muslim-store only has one site: https://the-muslim-store.com/en/ and the shipping prices are higher than they were when I ordered this jilbab. I paid about $18 for shipping, which is high but can definitely be worth it if you order several items. I’m not sure what the price is now. It seems to vary randomly, as far as I can tell. It differs when you place different items in your cart, and it differs day by day.
I hope that this review has been of some benefit to you girls! Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu