• when • the • Prophet • was • mentioned •‏

narrated by Ibn Taymiyyah in Kitaab al-Waseelah p. 92

al-Imaam Maalik (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said:
“I have seen Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir – and he was the leader of the Reciters of the Qur’aan – that he would never be asked about a hadeeth except that he would weep, until we had calmed him down.
And I have seen Ja’far ibn Muhammad who used to smile alot, yet whenever the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was mentioned to him, he would turn pale. I have never seen him narrating the hadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam except in a state of purification.

And when times deteriorated, I never saw him except in one of three conditions: either praying, observing silence, or reciting the Qur’aan. He never uttered a word having no significance, and he was one of the scholars and worshippers
who had great fear of Allaah.

Whenever ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn al-Qaasim mentioned the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, he turned pale as if the blood had been drained from his face, and his tongue dried-up due to reverence for Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

I went to ‘Aamir ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn az-Zubayr, and whenever the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was mentioned to him, he would weep so much, until he was unable to weep any longer.
I saw az-Zuhree – and he was from the kindest of people, and closest to them – that when the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was mentioned to him, he would not be able to recognise you, nor would you be able to recognise
him (from his intense weeping).

I came to Safwaan ibn Sulaym – and he was one of the mujtahid scholars and worshippers – that whenever he mentioned the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam he would weep, and he would not stop weeping, to the extent that the people would have to get up and leave him.”

In the biographical sketch of Muhammad al-Arghiani, one finds a touching display of love and awe for the words of Allah’s Messenger

In the biographical sketch of Muhammad al-Arghiani, one finds a touching display of love and awe for the words of Allah’s Messenger:

“He is the memorizer, the genius, the traveler, the ascetic, the example, Muhammad bin al-Musayyab bin Ishaq al-Arghiani.

He was born in the year 223, and he died in the year 315. May Allah have Mercy upon him.

Abu ‘Abdullah al-Hakim said: “He was one who exerted himself in worship, and he was one who traveled widely to learn Hadith. He was a very truthful and devout person. I heard many of our scholars recalling that he said: “I do not know of a single pulpit from the pulpits of Islam that is left that I have not entered to learn Hadith.”

And Abu ‘Ali an-Naysaburi said: “Muhammad bin al-Musayyab al-Arghiani would walk around in Egypt with 100,000 ahadith in his pocket.” So, it was asked of Abu ‘Ali: “How was this possible?” He replied: “Each packet of ahadith was small and written in very small handwriting, and each packet contained a thousand of them, and he would carry a hundred of these packets with him. This became a famous trait of his.

And when he would read a hadith and would get to the part where he would say ‘The Messenger of Allah – صلى الله عليه و سلم – said,’ he would begin to weep to the point that we would have to calm him down! He even became blind because of how much he would weep!

May Allah be Pleased with him.””

[‘Tadhkirat al-Huffadh’; 2/789]

Beautiful story about justice and forgiveness

Jarir b. ‘Abdullah al-Bajali reported that in a battle there was a man with Abu Musa al-Ash’ari who was very brave and damaging against the enemies. After the battle they collected the booty. Abu Musa granted the man only a portion of the booty he deserved and not all. The man refused to accept anything less than what he deserved. As a result, Abu Musa gave him ten lashes and shaved off his head. The man collected his hair and went off to ‘Umar as he was sitting in his gathering. He struck ‘Umar’s chest with his hair and said, ‘I swear by Allah! If it wasn’t for the fire of Hell, I would have dealt with your deputy myself!’ He then related to him what Abu Musa did to him. ‘Umar then wrote to Abu Musa saying, ‘To proceed; So-and-so has related to me such-and-such. If you did this to him in public, then I swear you must also sit in public view so the man could exact revenge. If you did this to him in private then you may sit privately.’ The man took the letter to Abu Musa. The people said, ‘Forgive him.’ ‘By Allah, I will not leave him for anyone!’ said the man. When Abu Musa sat down for him to exact revenge, the man looked up at the sky and said, ‘O Allah, I have forgiven him.’

 Sirat ‘Umar b. al-Khattab by al-Baltaji 97-98.

A Week in the life of Babar Ahmad

‘Masjid Yusuf’ (above) was made by Babar Ahmad in prison using approximately 25,000 matches.

Fighting extradition to the US, Babar Ahmad has been detained in Britain without charge since 2004. He details his prison life.

Prison life consists of routine, routine and more routine. This is what turns days into weeks into months into years, before you realise it. My winter routine begins at 5.30a.m. This serene period is my private time for prayer, supplication and reflection. I have a long list of people that I pray for, including others detained unjustly throughout the world and all those that have supported me and my family over the last six years.

After a light breakfast I usually exercise for up to an hour. Some days I use the rowing machine. Other days it is weight-training. Exercise is vital in prison to maintain healthy blood circulation and prevent muscle wastage.

Following exercise I phone my family and sometimes, solicitors. Having committed solicitors lightens the prison experience enormously because they are always there for you. However, prison phone rates are several times more expensive than a street phone box. Most of my weekly expenditure goes on phone credit. I am known as a “phone warrior” to other prisoners – sometimes they joke that I should have bought shares in British Telecom!

I read The Guardian and The Times every day. I also read periodical newspapers and magazines from Islamic and non-Islamic publishers: left-wing, right-wing, Arabic and English. Some of these I pay for, others are paid for by the prison or publishers themselves. I like to know what is going on in the outside world. I keep a file containing media articles about me going back the six years that I have been in prison.

I also read a variety of Islamic and non-Islamic books, especially on history, law and current affairs. I enjoy reading prison memoirs and real-life stories of people who have overcome extreme hardships yet they survived to tell the tale. Such books renew my hope and inspire me.

I make time in the week to answer letters. I received one this week from the actress Vanessa Redgrave writing how much she enjoyed her visit to see me. I fall short in replying to all the mail that I receive, but I always try my best to respond to letters from fellow prisoners elsewhere in the Prison System. Words from one prisoner to another are very special because both relate to each other’s suffering.

This week I had the monthly body-strip and cell search that all Category A prisoners are required to undergo. As usual, nothing illicit was found on me.

I have been held in isolation since December 2008 and only permitted to associate with six other prisoners. The legality of isolating un-convicted prisoners for no valid reason is being litigated through the courts but it is a slow process.

My parents visit me every week. Members of my local community have organise a rota amongst themselves to bring my parents to see me. They wait in the prison car park throughout the visit then drive them three hours back to London. All in all, it is an 11-hour round trip, longer if there is traffic. Others frequently give my parents envelopes of cash to help pay for visits’ expenses. It is unsung heroes such as these that I pray for every single night.

2009 was a good year for me. After five long years of legal proceedings the Metropolitan Police finally admitted that, during my arrest in 2003, they subjected me to “grave abuse tantamount to torture”. My family’s press statement outside the High Court on that sunny March afternoon made news headlines around the world. Relatives phoned the family home from near and far, whilst others brought flowers with congratulations. When you have suffered setbacks and disappointments for years on end, winning for once makes you feel on top of the world.

In the late hours of ever night I listen to the faint sound of prisoners in neighbouring cells reciting the Qur’an. Last Ramadan, within our small, isolated unit of seven prisoners, the Qur’an was completed over 30 times. Many pleas went up to The Almighty that month. Every night, when I lie down to sleep I wonder whether this will be my last night in captivity.

You can write to Babar at:

Babar Ahmad A9385AG

Detainee Unit

HMP Long Lartin

South Littleton


Worcs. WR11 8TZ

FREE Babar Ahmad

Taken from: Emel.com
Issue 65 February 2010

U.S. Planning To Avert Pakistani Children From Islam Through TV

The United States is planning a television programming project targeting Pakistani children in what many describe as an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the younger generation and neutralize growing anti-American sentiments.

“This project is nothing new. It’s the old wine in new bottle,” Z.R Jafri, a veteran writer, told IslamOnlione.net.

“The aim of this media invasion is to settle down in the minds of our children that the religious-minded people are behind terrorism, therefore they must stay away from religion.”

The US Aid Agency for International Developments (USAID) has recently advertised the plan in local newspapers seeking proposals from Pakistani and US firms involved in the making of children programs for developing television and multi-media programming for Pakistani children.

A sum of Rs 1.5 billion (20 million dollars) has been allocated to the four-year program.

The purpose of the program, according to Sohail Hummayun, one of the USAID officials involved in this project, is to develop the language, problem-solving and critical thinking abilities among Pakistani children.

Many are suspicious of the project.

“There is no free lunch in America,” says Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, a former parliamentarian and central leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI), which represents the powerful Dubendi school of thought in Pakistan.

“It doesn’t invest anything anywhere without any interest. Therefore, whatever America is investing here, is not at all without any interest.”

The US embassy spokesman in Islamabad Richard Snelsire avoided commenting on the proposed plans.

“The contract has not been awarded yet so we are legally restricted in what we can say,” he told IOL.

He denied accusations that it is a politically-motivated program to win the hearts and minds of Pakistani children.

“No it’s a development program.”


Some believe that though the three main objectives of the project seem to be clear and harmless, their far-reaching effects would be dangerous.

“Language is the most important tool of the social and mental development of a child. A child starts thinking and speaking through this tool,” notes Shahnawaz Farooqi, a renowned thinker and writer.

“If the language model is American, then automatically the way of thinking will also be American.”

Farooqi, who writes about social and political issues, is also critical of the problem-solving objective of the American program.

“Apparently, there is no harm in teaching the children problem-solving. This is a very good thing. But here are two lists of the priorities in life. One list is Islamic, and the second list is western. Do you think, America will teach our children about Islamic list of priorities in life?”

Although he believes in the importance of critical-thinking, Farooqi is still suspicious about its inclusion in the TV programming.

“Keeping the behavior of the West against Islam in view, the development of critical thinking abilities among Muslim children means to develop the ability to see the Islamic belief and tenets with a critical eye.”

Jafri shares the same concern.

“They are trying to establish that every bearded person, who offers prayers five times a day, actually supports this terrorism, which is totally wrong.”

Ahmad, the JUI leader, believes the basic purpose of the project is to counter growing anti-US sentiments.

“Youths and children have been developing anti-US sentiments because of its unjust and uncalled for policies all over the world, especially in Muslim countries,” he told IOL.

“I believe this is an effort to counter this phenomenon.”

But he believes the project will not work out.

“Instead of investing such huge amounts to brainwash Muslim children, America should reconsider its policies to win the hearts and minds of our children.”

“Such kind of cosmetic efforts have neither worked in the past, nor will they do in the future.”

Source: Islam Online

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark says…

We are being challenged by Islam these years – globally as well locally. It is a challenge we have to take seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we are tolerant and lazy. ‘We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Daily Telegraph, U.K.
April 15, 2005.


Man charged with bigamy

A MAN suspected of being married to two women at the same time has been charged with bigamy. Restaurateur Fazlur Rahman, of Gowers Street, Heybrook, was arrested at Manchester Airport on Thursday night and charged with bigamy and an immigration offence. It is believed that police swooped as the 42-year-old flew back into the country from Lanzarote, where he owns a restaurant in Fuerteventura. He was arrested by officers from Greater Manchester Police on behalf of the Cumbria Constabulary’s immigration crime team and taken to Workington Police Station, Cumbria where he was interviewed and charged. Mr Fazlur, who is also believed to own five restaurants in Cumbria, made his first appearance at West Allerdale Magistrate’s Court in Workington on Saturday and was remanded in custody to reappear yesterday (Tuesday 26 Jan). _with_bigamy

Interesting word..

petrichor (PET-ri-kuhr) noun

The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

[From petro- (rock), from Greek petros (stone) + ichor (the fluid that is supposed to flow in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology). Coined by researchers I.J. Bear and R.G. Thomas.]

“Petrichor, the name for the smell of rain on dry ground, is from oils given off by vegetation, absorbed onto neighboring surfaces, and released into the air after a first rain.” Matthew Bettelheim; Nature’s Laboratory; Shasta Parent (Mt Shasta, California); Jan 2002.


The ultimate measure of a man …

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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