Monthly Archives: May 2016

BE FIRM – SHEIKH IBN UTHAIMEEN

Sheikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen رحمه الله

“Be FIRM, and DO NOT change (your stance) because of the large number of attacks on you nor due to (their) being offended by your words. As long as you are upon the TRUTH then be firm, for truth is never budged (by falsehood). Thereafter, defend (the truth) if you are in a weak position. There is nothing lesser than defending (the truth).

But if you are in a strong position, then upon you is to attack (the falsehood). For the days take turns (sometimes in your favor and sometimes otherwise).
But (remember) the most important thing is that even if you are in a weaker position, then you should remain firm. And never say: ‘Oh, all the people are in opposition to this.’ Rather, be firm, for Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى aids His Deen, His Book, His Messenger throughout the ages.
No doubt that you will face harm (from the people).

Here is Imaam Ahmadرحمه الله , he was dragged by a mule in the market and was whipped. But he was patiently firm.
And here is Sheikh-ul-Islaam (Ibn Taymiyyah)رحمه الله , who was driven around in the market on a cart and was thrown in the prison, but he remained firm.
It is not possible that the earth will always be a carpet of roses and flowers for a person who clings to the Sunnah (for he will face opposition and will be harmed by the people).”

[Sharh al-Nooniyyah of Ibnul Qayyim by Sheikh Ibn al-`Uthaimeen (3/270)]

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BABAR AHMED – AN AFTERNOON WITH SHAKER AAMER

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By Babar Ahmed

The other day I spent the afternoon with former Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer, one of many such days I have spent with him since his release 6 months ago. Whenever we travel together on the bus or train, he is always helping the disabled, elderly and mothers with pushchairs get on and off.

It is a testament to his open heart and strength of character that this man has no anger or bitterness in his heart, despite what he has been through.

Looking at the way this man lives, one would never know that this man spent 14 years in Guantanamo Bay without charge. That the scars on his smiling face were caused when he was repeatedly rammed against barbed wire by his captors. That his captors threatened to violate his then 5-year old daughter.

They failed to turn him into an angry, bitter person full of hatred and revenge.

Not once does he complain about what happened to him. All the stories that he relates to me from his time in Guantanamo Bay relate to humour or humanity. All of our conversations are about how beautiful life, and freedom, is.

Despite what he has been through, this man has not allowed himself to be defined by victimhood. In that is a lesson for us all. We cannot always choose what others do to us. But we can always choose whether we want to be defined as victims. Or survivors.

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SELFIE HIJABI AT A FAR RIGHT PROTEST

I’ll not re-post the picture or the story here, but I am sure many of you saw the internet 15 minutes of fame sensation of the sister who took selfies at a far right rally which has got the social media types all happy and righteous in the past few days.

But I want you to sit back, think about her actions for a minute, especially those of you who may have shared these images yourself, just ask yourself is her deed in any way in accordance with the teachings of Islam?

If you think a sister showing off in public, taking selfies at a far right rally is helping the Ummah because it is ‘brave’ or ‘helps breaks down stereotypes’ then you are deluded and you don’t understand why Allaah has placed us in this mess or what the problems are in the Ummah in the first place.

These images are going to be seen by tens if not hundreds of thousands of ghair mahram men around the world through the media and net, yet so many Muslims, people who consider themselves politically or socially aware and active in the Muslim community are cheering her on in her sinful deeds and also therefore encouraging others to do the same.

The solution to our problems is returning to the deen of Allaah, correcting our mistakes, correcting the mistakes of others, not in aping the worse aspects of culture of the disbelievers.

As Malik bin Anas (d.179AH) rahimahullah said, “The last of this nation will not be corrected except by what corrected the first of this nation.”

UNISEX TOILETS IN SCHOOLS – THE NEW LGBT BATTLEGROUND?

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The humble toilet; a place of privacy, a place of personal grooming, and a place to relieve yourself. Well, not for many schools inspired by the LGBT movement. A number of schools that have undergone new build programmes or are planning to do so in the future are taking the opportunity to remove their segregated male and female toilets and replace them with ‘unisex toilets’. The usual form of these toilets is not literally a communal bathroom shared by both sexes – that would be too outrageous for the majority of parents. The usual form is a communal wash-basin area which is not an enclosed room and is largely visible to the main corridor of the school. The toilet cubicles themselves are fully enclosed from the ceiling to the floor but can be used by either gender.

The reasons for this change are often couched by schools in terms of cost savings exercises and improvements to behaviour. Of course the floor space needed for a ‘unisex toilet’ is considerably lower than the floor space required for two separate, enclosed toilets. It is claimed that having a wash-basin area visible to the corridor will reduce incidents of bullying and vandalism by virtue of staff walking past in the corridors. It is also claimed that forcing girls to share facilities with the generally more rowdy and messy boys will encourage boys to be cleaner and better behaved. But one of the main drivers, if not the main driver, is the relentless onslaught of the LGBT movement in schools to impose their outlook on sexuality on the rest of the community. They consider that having segregated toilets clearly demarked as male or female creates anxiety for transgender students who do not want to be assigned to the sex they were born as. The LGBT movement is not even prepared to tolerate separate male, female, and ‘unisex toilets’ for the fear that embarrassment will be caused to transgender students who are seen walking into the ‘unisex toilets’.

The argument that ‘unisex toilets’ improve behaviour in schools is a very lazy one. Putting boys next to girls does not automatically improve their behaviour and cleanliness. All it does is lead girls to feel more vulnerable and intimidated. If schools have a problem with vandalism or bullying in segregated toilets it is their responsibility to deal with it as it is their responsibility to deal with it in any part of the school through an effective behaviour policy supported by sanctions and rewards. CCTV cameras can be positioned to monitor behaviour around the wash basin areas of segregated toilets and regular cleaning of toilets should occur throughout the day where cleaners can report problems and CCTV images can be checked for culprits of vandalism. If schools have an effective anti-bullying policy all students will know who to talk to if they are targeted in an enclosed segregated toilet. The idea that having a unisex wash basin area open to the corridor that can be effectively supervised by staff casually walking pass from time to time and peering over is naïve.

The reality is that little thought has been given to the well-being of children when considering this proposal. The founder of Childline, Esther Rantzen, described the proposals as a ‘recipe for disaster’ and stated unequivocally, ‘Unisex toilets in schools should be avoided at all costs’.[1] Children in secondary schools in particular are often extremely self-conscious over the changes their bodies are going through during puberty. Menstruating girls in particular need their privacy and the last thing they need is to feel fear and anxiety in heading towards a shared facility. Consider an 11 year old girl having to negotiate her way past a group of strapping 16 year old lads in full swing with their bad language and banter. Imagine the humiliation she would feel if she needs to deal with some facial blemish like acne or readjust her blouse at the mixed wash basin. Now consider an 11 year old boy dying to relieve himself and finding a group of cackling 16 year old girls applying make-up and resenting his presence. In both cases there are likely to be large numbers of boys and particularly girls who refuse to use the shared facility and would rather wait until they reach home. This will be extremely unhealthy for them, as well as leading to lack of concentration in class and greatly reduced participation in after school activities. We have not even begun to discuss how ‘unisex toilets’ completely ignore the need of Muslim women to wash before the prayer and remove their covering. They will now be faced with the intolerable choice of exposing themselves to the opposite gender in clear contradiction with their faith or, worse still, abandoning the prayer, again in clear contradiction with their faith. The problems it creates are numerous and the only perceived benefit is that the extremely rare case of a student who is struggling to come to terms with their sex or gender will no longer have to feel the slight unease before walking into a segregated toilet.

The segregated toilet is one of the last places in our society where the natural desire for certain types of separation of men and women is still tolerated. It allows men and women to relieve themselves in comfort without the embarrassment of having to share a facility with the opposite sex. At the heart of this proposal is a strong desire by the LGBT movement to blur the lines between the sexes and remove any sense of mysticism which exists about the opposite sex. They want to blur the distinction between sex and gender, and transform sex into a spectrum rather than its binary division and what better place to start than the young, impressionable minds of our children?

It is the responsibility of every parent to take an active interest in the conduct of their school and vehemently oppose unisex toilets. Parents should join forces with other parents and raise their objections directly with the Headteacher. This is an issue which pans across different groups in society: men and women who want to preserve their dignity; different religious groups with a faith or value-based objection; people who see these proposals as morally objectionable and an attack on the social fabric of society; or just people who feel that some in the LGBT movement are imposing their views on sexuality in an aggressive, uncompromising manner.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/unisex-toilets-in-schools-should-be-avoided-at-all-costs-9206081.html

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HOW CHRISTIANS TRY TO TRICK MUSLIMS TO CONVERT – YUSHA EVANS

Many Muslims take other religious people at face value, assuming that the teaching of lying being a sin that almost every religion claims to uphold would mean they wouldn’t dream of lying to promote their faith.

In our deen it is totally forbidden to hide our beliefs, to lie to spread our faith but there are many Christians, claiming to be ex-Muslims, yet almost every single one of them is a fraud and liar.

Anyone active in Dawah comes across these jokers, and you will quickly learn not to take them at face value but for everyone else who make be taken in by these evil liars here is a lecture from brother Yusha Evans explaining how many of the fake ex-Muslims we meet out there are liars.

Not only are they liars but they are trained liars, taught and tutored to deceive and that such lies in the modern times at least can be traced back to the Anglican Bishop of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) who wrote a book ‘Call of the Minaret’ on how to try to convert Muslims to Christianity through trickery.