Monday, 25 August 2014

Beneficial knowledge is acceptable in Islam

As I kept on reading reactions on the recent video shared by Boko Haram on a whatsApp group,Custodian of Information-I frowned, smiled and went on ruminating on the way forward. It gladdens the heart to see dialogues on how to clear misconceptions about Islam.

To start with, a brother wrote "Boko Haram is committing atrocities in the name of Islam and National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA is keeping mum. They are not proactive at all..."

Let us assume they have forgotten their objectives-it is time for us to wake them from their slumber. The Council was estabished to cater for; preserve, protect, promote and advance the interests of Islam and the Muslims throughout Nigeria. We must make them play their role on every issues affecting Islam.

We must read, write and spread all the positive things we know about Islam. Islam is Peace, it doesn't teach terrorism. We must write and make Boko Haram read and understand that Islam promotes the seeking of knowledge.

Our beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim(Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 218).

We know that there are some western knowledge that are not acceptable in Islam but the way to say 'NO' is not by killing ourselves.  The prophet (PBUH) used to supplicate: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: KNOWLEDGE WHICH DOES NOT PROFIT, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard." (Sunan of Abu-Dawood hadith 1543)

Terrorism is not in ISLAM.There is no compulsion in religion. Allah forbids the killing of a SOUL!

You know, I have lived long enough, and got more beards by the way, to know that whether here in Lagos, where I am writing after a wonderful phone call from a SPECIAL ONE, or wherever Shekau presented his script on "Gwosa Caliphate", the truth remains that SALAAM means PEACE.  I AM A MUSLIM AND I AM NOT A TERRORIST.

THINK TWICE AFRICA: GADAFFI'S LAST SPEECH

Many of us truly thought he was mad. I thought he was a dictator who wanted to rule forever. Now I think we were all wrong. The present state of Libya says it all. Now all we say is "Gaddafi was bad but was a great leader.

Below was his last speech, read and ruminate!

For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert, I stood up to attacks from that cowboy Ronald Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter, he was trying to kill me, instead he killed that poor innocent child. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.

I did all I could to help people Understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed "democracy" and "freedom" never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.

No, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us.

Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history, my little African son, Obama wants to kill me, to take away the freedom of our country, to take away our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, called "capitalism" ,but all of us in the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries, run the world, and the people suffer.

So, there is no alternative for me, I must make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following His path, the path that has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters.

I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.
Let this testament be my voice to the world, that I stood up to crusader attacks of NATO, stood up to cruelty, stoop up to betrayal, stood up to the West and its colonialist ambitions, and that I stood with my African brothers, my true Arab and Muslim brothers, as a beacon of light.

When others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah-al-Deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself…

In the West, some have called me "mad", "crazy", but they know the truth yet continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free, may Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free".

My brothers and sisters let's start loving more of each other and stop killing each other cause Europe America and other western world will never want to see sunshine of Africans.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Ebola crisis: Liberia orders curfew and quarantine

Liberia has imposed a night-time curfew and has quarantined an area of the capital Monrovia in a bid to halt the deadly Ebola outbreak.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the curfew would be from 21:00 local time to 06:00 (21:00-06:00 GMT).

She said all movement would be blocked in and out of the West Point area.

Meanwhile, three doctors with Ebola who started taking an experimental drug last week showed remarkable signs of improvement, a Liberian minister said.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said the drug was given to one Nigerian and two Liberian doctors who had caught Ebola while helping to save the lives of other victims of the virus.

In a radio broadcast, the Mrs Sirleaf blamed her government's failure to bring Ebola under control on the public's disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for official warnings.

Liberia already imposed a state of emergency earlier this month, but the number of deaths from the disease has continued to climb.

A mob attacked a health centre in West Point on Saturday, during which 17 suspected Ebola patients went missing.

Ebola has no known cure but the World Health Organization (WHO) has ruled that untested drugs can be used in light of the scale of outbreak in West Africa.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,229 people have died of the virus.

It is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person.

Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas such as eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can cause organ failure.

The outbreak began in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria

>>>Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)<<<<<<

*Fruit bats are believed to be a major carrier of the Ebola virus but do not show symptoms

*Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage

*Fatality rate can reach 90% - but current outbreak has about 55%

*Incubation period is two to 21 days

*There is no vaccine or cure

*Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery

*Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus' natural host

Culled from BBC Africa

Worship during the last months of life

Question:

I have a family member who is suffering from a terminal illness and does not have long to live. I would like to know what a person in this situation should focus on with regards to their Islamic worship during the last months of life e.g. seek forgiveness, making up fasts?

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question. I ask Allah Most High to make it easy for your loved one and the family.

A person with a terminal illness should prepare to meet Allah. This means rectifying themselves and their life by doing whatever Allah has enjoined on them that they had not been doing thus far, and refraining from what He has prohibited against that they haven’t yet left off. They should keep up what good they were doing with even more sincerity and focus as best they can.

They should take account of and fulfill any outstanding duties owed to Allah (such as making up missed prayers, compensating for missed fasts, zakat, Hajj, etc) and to people (debts, trusts, borrowed items, etc). If these cannot all be fulfilled, they should still intend to do so while striving their utmost, and seek forgiveness for what remains from Allah, and from the people they owed to.

Such a person should make tawbah (repentance) from all previous sins and resolve never to return to them. They should make peace with everyone around them, apologize to those they ever hurt, and completely forgive those who ever hurt them. Not a grain of negativity against any human or selfish desire from the world should remain in their heart.

They should prepare inwardly by increasing in remembrance (dhikr), gratitude and intimate discourse with Allah. They should work to free their hearts of any bitterness or complaint against what Allah had decreed for them in life, thinking only the best of Allah, and hope for the best from Him in what is to come. They should strive to understand the wisdom behind what they are going through, and approach Allah with serenity and peace of heart.

If possible, they should not leave off being productive in their daily lives: they should continue to pursue constructive endeavors with excellence, maintain a good appearance and diet, and enjoy Allah’s blessings. We are only on this earth for some time to please Allah in whatever we do.

Finally, we must remember that everyone’s life is terminal: the end is near for all of us. Allah Most High says, “Every soul shall taste death,” [Quran 3:185] and so this is a reminder for each of us. I ask Allah Most High to make things easy for your loved one, and your family, and keep everyone strong.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Abdullah Anik Misra
SeekerGuidance

Culled from SeekersAnswer: http://www.seekersguidance.org/ans-blog.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

GAZA: MSSN LSAU AMIR URGE MUSLIM YOUTH TO DEFEND ISLAM

Being the text of the Amir of the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit delivered at Press Conference/symposium on seeking enduring Peace to Israel/Palestine crises on August 10, 2014

As-Salaamu Alaykum WarahmatuLLAHI Wabarakatuhu

All Protocols duly recognised and observed.

I welcome you all to this auspicious occasion, organised by the Muslim Awareness International to boost awareness over the Palestinian crisis.

I must warn us all that Palestine is of paramount concern to all the 2 billion Muslims of the world, our humble selves inclusive, and not just the people of Gaza. Indeed, recent happenings in Gaza have internationalised the Palestinian struggle, breaking barriers of religion, ideology and race.

Just yesterday, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign UK mobilized a whopping 150, 000 people in the United Kingdom, to demonstrate in favour of the Muslims of Gaza. Oddly enough, the Chair of the Campaign, Hugh Lanning, is not a Muslim, nor is the vast majority of the demonstrators!

200, 000 predominantly non-Muslim people also demonstrated in favour of Gaza in South Africa. Largely Catholic Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina and Ecuador have all expelled their Israeli ambassadors and mounted a water-tight boycott of Israeli goods. The Bolivian President even went on to officially declare Israel a terrorist state. Non-Muslims are at the forefront of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, delivering painful economic damage to Israel and its allies.

The question of the moment thus is, “where are the Muslims”?

Because the Abu Bakrs of our time have refused to rise to the occasion, speak up and defend Islam at the intellectual, mass mobilization and media frontlines, the Abu Talibs of our time have, and they will, because Allah will always protect Islam by the limbs of those amongst His slaves he chooses.

This is a clarion call to Muslim youth, who have beyond doubt borne the brunt of the onslaught of Israel, the West and its allies the most. Shake off your laxity, timidity and intellectual emptiness. Rise to the occasion, and defend Islam and Muslims, so as to gain a slot on the train of Islam on its way to Jannah.
Pray fervently for the people of Gaza, and the whole of the Muslim world. Seek correct and true information about your global Muslim brethren. Defend Islam vigorously on Facebook, Twitter and the likes, by broadcasting, sharing and uploading indisputable facts about the oppression of Muslims worldwide. Be at the forefront of the BOYCOTT MOVEMENT, by refusing to buy, sell, use or associate with Israeli goods, and encouraging others to do same.

The struggle for the soul of Islam is at an all-time high, and the Muslim youth are lagging behind. Let’s pick up the baton of intellectual, political and organisational Jihad, and race together as such to Jannah

Maa salaama
Alhaji Kaamil Kalejaiye
President, Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit