Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
Some of them listen to you; but can you make the deaf hear, even though they don't understand? And some of them look at you; but can you guide the blind, even though they do not see? [10: 42,43]

Hadith of the Day:
You are all guardians, and each of you shall be asked to account for his subjects. [Bukhari & Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Keep the company of the scholars; love them; benefit from them; be humble before them; and make your children accustomed to that as well, for the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. [Sheikh Bayanuni]

Guidance of the Day:
Today in the twenty-first century of the common era, every country is presumed a priori to be at peace with every other country, with the need for armed struggle arising only when the territorial integrity of the lands of Islam are threatened. When Jihad as armed struggle is called for, it must accord with the legal rulings of Islam, not the whims of extremist groups.

War is conducted under the banner of a legitimate leader, who in these days will be the head of the state of which one is a citizen. A head of state is the only one permitted to declare war. And only in the context of an unequivocally just cause are people allowed to rally under his banner for Jihad. But if the war has no legal justification, then Muslims must refuse to participate in it, whatever the consequences. Examples of this are Saddam Hussain's criminal attacks against Iran and Kuwait.

As for terror, no reputable Muslim scholar worthy of the name can condone attacks against civilians. When an objective, unemotional reading of the Sacred Law by qualified scholars leads to the conclusion that killing civilians is explicitly forbidden, then we should not allow our anger to overrule the legal verdict.

Finally, let us stress that the battle for preeminence is primarily intellectual, which brings us back to Da'wa and the duty of every individual Muslim to acquire the knowledge necessary to steer himself and others to safety in these troubled times. As a rule of thumb, to know if any course of action will be sanctioned by the Sacred Law, see if it serves or hampers Da'wa, almost everything that does so will be found to be forbidden. [Key to the GARDEN]

Food for Thought:

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. Disregard your complaints and discover your gratitude. Release your troubles and restate your blessings.

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