Monthly Archives: June 2014

‘Islamo-Fascist’ States Only Exist in a Modern (Muslim and Non Muslim) State of Mind

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Was the Prophet’s Madinan ‘State’ (the first Islamic ‘State’), which is frequently hailed as the model, the ‘ideal state’ for devout practitioners of Islam (practicing Muslims), an Islamo-Fascist State?

No.

Please click here to see why the first Islamic State was not even a ‘State’ as we understand it.

So in terms of all those modern Muslim nation-states we have nowadays, where does the appellation ‘Fascist’ come from?

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The First Islamic State was NOT a ‘State’

Did a ‘State’ as we understand ‘State’ even exist in the first Islamic ‘State’?

No.

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WHAT?

O.K., let’s begin again.

Dr Khalid Blankinship wrote an article called ‘The History of the Caliphate‘. In this, he was actually responding to a question about whether the khilâfah (Caliphate) had a continuous existence till the office was terminated by the newly founded, modern, secular state of Turkey (1342 AH/1924 CE).
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Can you spot the difference between Propaganda and Public Information? [Media 1 of 6]

 

How can we tell the difference between Public Information and Propaganda? With the increased use of social media, how are politicians using Facebook and Twitter to influence you in this techno-savvy age? The importance of the answer is all to do with our awareness (or lack thereof) of the manipulations by the state, for instance, to ‘get into’ (that is to say, ‘to influence’, ‘to control’) our minds. Does this not bother you?

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The Old ‘Punishment for Apostasy is Death’ Chestnut

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It is easy to watch the above video for just 23 seconds (to hear that in Islam, apostasy means death) then stop, pack our bags, go home with our understanding that Islam is a wicked religion and have our prejudice against Islam, confirmed.

If we continue to watch after 23 seconds, suddenly we realise there is a bit more to understand.

This is Assim Al-Hakeem and in summary, the content of his talk after 23 seconds is as follows:

1. Not anyone can mete out the judgment for apostasy.

2. The ‘procedure’ must be understood first.

3. He gives an example: If a random person says ‘I don’t believe anymore’, can we kill him? No.

4. The ‘Procedure’ = i) check that the condition has been fulfilled; ii) check that the criteria can be made to NOT apply to this person [as a fail-safe].

5. How is the ‘Procedure’ performed? a) a panel of Muslim judges/scholars to question the person, first, to try and persuade them out of apostasy; b) if he still insists to apostatise, the verdict is given ONLY by the Muslim ruler (the ‘Imam’, meaning ‘leader’ – not ‘Imam’, meaning ‘the normal guy that leads the prayer’); c) then the Muslim ruler must make a decision.

6. Al-Hakeem then gives random, modern anecdotes of people applying and meting out judgements against perceived-apostates on a day-to-day level. This is blatantly wrong. The doer of that action could end up in hell! Because the layman does not have the right to issue takfir (identify and confirm in a legal sense that a person is a kaffir (‘The one that covers the Truth’/  ‘unbeliever’/ ‘disbeliever’).

7. Never do anything without knowledge. One must be really careful when dealing with these things.

Now, there is something very important that is not noted in this video. Check out the next link to contextualise the issue: Continue reading

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The Killings of Tony Blair

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“Some people make a living, others make a killing” – an exclusive new documentary on Tony Blair which will break unexplored ground.

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Watch George Galloway’s MUST-WATCH Promo TRAILER, here, which includes updates in the form of text and videos.

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The film will chart three killings of Tony Blair:

1. His killing of the Labour Party;

2. His killing of more than a million people in Iraq and Afghanistan;

3. His financial killing – the money he’s making from it all!

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The enterprise is hoped to be the first step to try Tony Blair for War Crimes at the Hague. Continue reading

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Did you know there were over 9,000 female scholars in early Muslim history?

 

What happened?

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Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi, who completed a monumental 57-volume work on the lives of female scholars of Hadith in Islamic History (May 2010) explains that there was, once upon a time, over 9,000 female scholars across the length and breadth of an enlightened Muslim civilisation.

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This pro-active approach to knowledge, he explains, was a direct result of Prophet Muhammad’s efforts [peace be upon him]. Continue reading

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Introduction to Islamic Texts

This video is a ‘trailer of sorts’ outlining what the course at Cambridge Islamic Network Worldwide covers delivered by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi.

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My paraphrase of his introductory words with embedded thoughts of my own:

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People cannot challenge anything if they are not trained to argue, to debate, to think and so to understand. Muslims (who are all supposed to be practitioners of Islam) – and only if they possess the ability – must understand their own heritage that is available ‘out there’ – to grasp the depth and nuances already contained within that heritage in order to assertively, intelligently, eloquently, morally (not defensively) address the modern challenges of today.

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We need to know what Muslim scholars have already done. People mention Bukhari – but what has he done? We must understand how sophisticated these thinkers were/are. So let us refrain from ascribing to our superficial understanding/notions. We must at least help each other to understand what we already have prior to our attempts to produce something of this calibre, which is a certain necessity.

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Students will analyse the following texts: Continue reading

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