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Ramazan 1434: An evening at great Sufi Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia’s dargah

25 Jul Roza iftar at dargah

at dargah Roza iftar at dargah

Sultan-ul-Mashaikh, Mehboob-e-Ilahi, Hazrat Shaikh Khwaja Syed Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya R.A (1238 – 3 April 1325) (Urdu: حضرت شیخ خواجہ سیّد محمد نظام الدّین اولیاء‎), also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the Indian Subcontinent, an order that believed in drawing close to God through renunciation of the world and service to humanity. He is one of the great saints of the Chishti order in India.[1] His predecessors were Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Bakhtiyar Kaki and Moinuddin Chishti. In that sequence, they constitute the initial spiritual chain or silsila of the Chisti order, widely prevalent in the Indian subcontinent.

Nizamuddin Auliya, like his predecessors, stressed love as a means of realising God. For him his love of God implied a love of humanity. His vision of the world was marked by a highly evolved sense of secularity and kindness. It is claimed by the 14th century historiographer Ziauddin Barani that his influence on the Muslims of Delhi was such that a paradigm shift was effected in their outlook towards worldly matters. People began to be inclined towards mysticism and prayers and remaining aloof from the world.

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Jama’at-e-Islami and Islam

18 Jul Delwar Hossain Sayedee

Ashutosh Sarkar

Although the Jamaat-e-Islami had claimed that Islam was its ideology, no proof of humanity and tolerance was found in its activities during the Liberation War, International Crimes Tribunal-2 said yesterday in its verdict against Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.
Terming the pro-liberation Bangalee people “miscreants”, “agents of India”, and “enemies of Islam”, the Jamaat had opted to wipe them out only in the name of preserving Pakistan, noted the tribunal judges.
“The nation will be failing to acknowledge the sacrifices of millions of people who had laid their lives and honour for the cause of our hard-earned independence if individuals like the present accused [Mojaheed] are not brought to book for their notorious role and active contribution and endorsement for committing systematic atrocities in 1971 in the territory of Bangladesh,” they added.
Reiterating the observations made in the verdict against another Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman in May this year, the tribunal said the victims and sufferers of the diabolical atrocities do have the right to know the Jamaat’s role in 1971.
The ICT-2 handed death sentence to Mojaheed, secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami, for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War 42 years ago.
The same tribunal had found Kamaruzzaman, one of the key organisers of the infamous Al-Badr, guilty of committing crimes against humanity and sentenced him to death.
Yesterday’s verdict also said, “The Jamaat-e-Islami had played a substantial role in formation of the Al-Badar [Al-Badr], Razakar, al-Shams and peace committees and of course not with the intent to guard the civilians and their property.”
The Al-Badr was an “action section” and “armed wing” of the Jamaat-e-Islami, which was formed mainly with the workers of the Jamaat’s student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha, observed the judges.
The Jamaat, they said, had indulged in indiscriminate massacre of their political opponents belonging to the Bangalee nation in the name of liquidating “miscreants” and “infiltrators” for which it had used Razakars and Al-Badr.
The tribunal further held that the Jamaat had allowed the creation of Al-Badr and Razakar to operate an assembly line of incalculable atrocities in the territory of Bangladesh in 1971.
This party cannot be relieved of the accountability of unspeakable mayhem, atrocities and murders committed by the Al-Badr, which was created by it (Jamaat), stated the court.

The incoherence of the mesmerized

9 Jan

Hujjut-ul Islam Imam al Ghazali (radi Allahu anh) wrote the Incoherence of the philosophers during a time of great confusion, where Muslims were presented with conflicting versions of Islam. I won’t go into too much detail regarding that period in history, but just want to mention parallels between his time and ours. Imam al Ghazali (radi Allahu anh) articulately, and successfully, defended the articles of faith against a tide of philosophical thinking that was based on incorrect and unscrupulous sets of thinking. Today, we have two camps who are challenging the orthodox traditions.

First are the liberals, who tend to avoid or shun certain religious practices and beliefs that do not fit within their pre-conceptualised secularist mindset. They support the western versions democracy, freedom, equality, etc.

Secondly, we have the Salafis/fundamentalists. They see everything in black and white. To them there is no compromise; no areas of discussion; no grey area. They do not tolerate much that does not fit within their framework of thought.

I want to ask these people a question. What do you make of this video?

If you do not feel sick after watching this, then shame on you. How much are we willing to sacrifice for so called freedom and democracy? What sort of Muslim, forget that; what sort of human being vandalises the grave of a deceased?

Go ahead and have your party. But remember, reality dictates that awareness of injustice is fruitless without sound grounding. Without the real understanding and application of Islam, nothing truly tangible will be achieved.

As a brother on a forum said, “some people ask why Sunnis cannot make peace and truce with Salafis…. here in this simple video is your answer”.

If you want to see real politics, then have a read of the this. We are nowhere near the standard of Sayyiduna Umar bin Abdul Aziz (radi Allahu anh).

Deoband Fatwa Missile issued Fatwa against MiladUn Nabi S.A.W,an act of creating Fitnah in the community

8 Nov

New Delhi.8 Nov 20011.
Now Darul Uloom Deoband has created a new fitnah by commenting against celebration of MILAD of Hazrat Muhammad Salallahoalaihiwassalam.The rector of Deoband Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani said that Celebration of Milad is forbidden at Darul Uloom Deoband and celebration of Sir Syed Day at Aligarh Muslim University ,Aligarh is not allowed in Islam (read in wahabism).
Actually Deoband which imports wahabi salafism from saudi Arabia ,tries to create schism in the Muslim community by issuing such fatwas which are against established rules of Islam.
This statement is also once again an attempt to create a new fitnah among the Muslims who all over the world Passionately celebrates and observe the day of Nabi Kareem .

Reacting sharply on the above said statement Syed Muhammad Ashraf,General Secretary of All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board ,an apex body of majority Sunni Muslims ,said that Deoband is neither followed in India,nor anywhere of the world. We along with majority of Indian Muslims rejects this fatwa and would like to said that each and evry small town of the country will celebrate this Festival as is the practice since hundreds of year. The Milad is official Public Holiday in all the Muslim countries except Wahabi Saudi Arabia.

Sunni Dawat-e-Islami’s Ijtema at Mumbai 2011

21 Oct

Mumbai/New Delhi 21 oct 2011

21st Annual International Sunni Ijtema – Mumbai

 

The 21st Annual International Sunni Ijtema (Three Day Congregation) of Sunni Dawate Islami is going to be held at ‘Wadie Noor’ - Azad Maidan, Fort, CST, Mumbai from 21st Oct – 23rd Oct 2011.

 

21st Oct Friday 3pm to 9pm: Female Congregation

Sunni Dawate Islami is the only Islamic Organization around the world which takes the pride for holding the biggest Congregation of women every year in Azad Maidan. More than 100000 women attend this Ijtema to listen the lectures from World Renowned Islamic Scholars. They acquire Islamic knowledge; understand their responsibilities as a Muslim woman, prepare themselves in accordance to the Islamic teachings for the creation of a moral society.

 

22nd Oct Saturday – 10am to 23rd Oct Sunday – 10pm: Male Congregation

More than 200000 men are expected to attend this event. It includes both common men and Scholars from across the globe. They acquire knowledge of Islamic ideology, prayer methodology, Islamic principles to be followed from world renowned Islamic Scholars and Preachers.

Various activities and interactive session are held apart from Religious discourses by various Islamic Scholars from both India and Abroad. Open Question-Answer session is one of the important session of Ijtema along with practical demonstration of how to perform Namaz and Hajj.

 

Important topics and events of the Ijtema

 

Friday 21st Oct

Ø  Status of Women in Islam

Ø  Role and Responsibilities of Women

Ø  Empowerment of Women

Ø  Etiquettes of communication and its impact

Ø  Question and Answer Session

Ø  Mass Prayer in the end

Saturday 22nd Oct

Ø  Islamic concept of Human Rights

Ø  Prophet’s concerns for Humanity

Ø  Roles and Responsibilities of Muslim Youth

Ø  The Chivalry of Youth

Ø  Cause of Global Poverty and Hunger

Ø  Question and Answer Session

Sunday 23rd Oct

Ø  Path of Success for Muslims

Ø  Islamic Solution for achieving balance in a troubled world

Ø  Islamic Solution for Eradication of Global Poverty and Hunger

Ø  The Hajj-Its Spiritual And Social Significance and its Practical Demonstration

Ø  Islamic Graduate Convocation Ceremony

Ø  Question and Answer Session

Ø  Mass Prayer in the end


World Renowned Islamic Scholars to attend

 

Ø  Allama Qamruzzaman Khan Azmi (Secretary General – World Islamic Mission – UK)

Ø  Allama Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi (Founder Darul Qalam – New Delhi)

Ø  Allama Mohammed Ahmed Misbahi (Islamic University Al-Jamiaitul Ashrafiya – UP )

Ø  Mufti Nizamuddin Misbahi (Chief Mufti – Islamic University Al-Jamiaitul Ashrafiya – UP)

Ø  Mufti Naseem Ashraf (South Africa)

Ø  Sayed Moin Ashraf (Community and Spiritual Leader – Mumbai)

Ø  Allama Abdul Mubeen Nomani (Al-Jamiaitul Ashrafiya – UP)

Ø  Maulana Muzahid Husain Habibi (Kolkatta)

Ø  Mufti Faiyaz Sahab (Rajasthan)

Ø  Mufti Abdul Qadir Amzadi (Rajasthan)

Ø  Mufti Zubair Ahmed Misbahi (Hadith Scholar – Al-Jamiaitul Gausiya – Mumbai)

Ø  Maulana Shamsuddin (Rajashtan)

Ø  Maulana Salman Nazmi Azhari (Karnataka)

Ø  Maulana Irshad Nazmi Azhari (Karnataka)

And many other scholars are participating in this Ijtema.

One of the main attractions of this Ijtema is the mass prayer in the end for peace and prosperity of whole humanity. The Ijtema sends the message of Peace and Communal Harmony and vows to instill greater Humanitarian Values in the people.

 

 

About Sunni Dawat e Islami:

 

Sunni Dawate Islami is an International Non-political Religious Organization founded in 1991 under the leadership of Maulana Mohammed Shakir Ali Noorie. The primary objective of this organization is to revive the true love of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) and to implement the teachings of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in the life of the Muslims along with the task to spread the message of Islam across the globe.

 

It’s already prominent in countries like India, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Portugal and Saudi Arabia.  Its International centre is at Ismail Habib Masjid, 126, Kambekar Street, Mumbai 400003. For more information please visit www.sunnidawateislami.net.

Sunni Dawat-e-Islami Ijtema at Azad maidan 2010 , a great success

1 Nov

20th Annual International Sunni Ijtema – Mumbai

 The 20th Annual International Sunni Ijtema (Three Day Congregation) of Sunni Dawate Islami is going to be held at Wadie Noor – Azad Maidan, Fort, CST, Mumbai from 29th Oct – 31st Oct 2010.

 29th Oct Friday 3pm to 9pm: Female Congregation

Sunni Dawate Islami is the only Islamic Organization around the world which takes the pride for holding the biggest Congregation of women every year in Azad Maidan. More than 1 Lac women attend this Ijtema to listen the lectures from World Renowned Islamic Scholars. They acquire Islamic knowledge; understand their responsibilities as a Muslim woman, prepare themselves in accordance to the Islamic law for the creation of a moral society.

30th Oct from 10am to 31st Oct Sunday 10pm: Male Congregation

It is attended by more than 2 Lacs devotees which includes common man and Islamic Scholars from across the globe. They acquire knowledge of Islamic ideology, prayer methodology, Islamic principles to be followed for whole life from world renowned Islamic Scholars and Preachers.

Various activities and interactive session are held apart from Religion discourses by various Islamic Scholars from all over India and Abroad. Open Question-Answer session is one of the important features of Ijtema along with practical demonstration of how to perform Namaz and Hajj.

Important topics and events of the Ijtema

 

Friday 29th Oct

  • Womanhood, an Islamic Perspective and Solutions to their Problems
  • The Rights & Responsibilities of Marriage
  • Family Life in Islam
  • Open Questions and Answers session
  • Mass Prayer in the end

Saturday 30th Oct

  • Vision of Islam
  • Purpose of Shariah, the Sacred Law
  • Islamic System of Law and Justice
  • Islam’s Contributions to Human Civilization
  • Natural Calamities – Causes and Solutions
  • Destiny Of Man
  • Problems Due to Misuse of Tongue
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Relatives and Neighbors
  • Open Questions and Answers session

Sunday 31st Oct

  • Loving the beloved (Peace be upon him), and Purification of heart
  • Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him), The Best of Creation
  • Allah And His Messenger (Peace be upon him), In Our Lives
  • Islam and Modernity
  • Misuse and Abuse of Modern Media and its Harmful Consequences on Youth
  • The True Spirit Of Islam
  • The Hajj-Its Spiritual And Social Significance and its Practical Demonstration
  • Islamic Graduate Convocation Ceremony
  • Open Questions and Answers session
  • Mass Prayer in the end

 

World Renowned Islamic Scholars to attend

 

  • Allama Qamruzzaman Khan Azmi (Secretary General – World Islamic Mission – UK )
  • Allama Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi (Founder Darul Qalam – Delhi)
  • Mufti Nizamuddin Misbahi (Chief Mufti – Islamic University Al-Jamiaitul Ashrafiya – UP )
  • Sayed Moin Ashraf (Community and Spiritual Leader – Mumbai)
  • Khwaja Muzaffar Hussain (Expert on Multi-Discipline Islamic Subjects)
  • Mufti Abdul Sattar (Chief Mufti – Rajasthan)
  • Mufti Faiyaz Sahab (Mufti – Rajasthan)
  • Mufti Zubair Ahmed Misbahi (Hadith Scholar – Al-Jamiaitul Gausiya)
  • And many more other scholars are participating in this Ijtema.

One of the main attractions of this Ijtema is the mass prayer for peace and prosperity for the whole humanity. The Ijtema sends the message of Peace and Communal Harmony and vows to instill greater Humanitarian Values in the people.

 About Sunni Dawat e Islami:

 

Sunni Dawate Islami is an International Non-political Religious Organization founded in 1991 under the leadership of Maulana Mohammed Shakir Ali Noorie. The primary objective of this organization is to revive the true love of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) and to implement the teachings of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in the life of the Muslims along with the task to spread the message of Islam around the globe.

It is already prominent in countries like India, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Portugal and Saudi Arabia.  Its International centre is Ismail Habib Masjid, 126, Kambekar Street, Mumbai 400003. For more information, visit us at www.sunnidawateislami.net.

Sunni Dawate Islami – Media Wing (mediasdi@gmail.com)

Hijab,Naqab,Veil or Parda the Symbol of Modesty of Muslim Girls

28 Jul

Bismillaah, wal-hamdulilaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillaah.

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu

“O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed.

Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.

Surah (33); 59-The Parties (Al-Ahzab)

And when you ask them (the Prophet’s wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and their hearts.’

(Surah (33); 53-The Parties (Al-Ahzab)


The Muslim Woman “Unveiled”
By Izdehar Albowyha

You look at me and call me oppressed,
Simply because of the way I’m dressed,

You know me not for what’s inside,
You judge the clothing I wear with pride,

My body’s not for your eyes to hold,
You must speak to my mind, not my feminine mold,

I’m an individual, I’m no mans slave,
It’s Allah’s pleasure that I only crave,

I have a voice so I will be heard,
For in my heart I carry His word,

“O ye women, wrap close your cloak,
So you won’t be bothered by ignorant folk”,

Man doesn’t tell me to dress this way,
It’s a Law from God that I obey,

Oppressed is something I’m truly NOT,
For liberation is what I’ve got,

It was given to me many centuries ago,
With the right to prosper, the right to grow,

I can climb mountains or cross the seas,
Expand my mind in all degrees,

For God Himself gave us LIB-ER-TY,
When He sent Islam,
To You and Me.

Behind the veil I am the queen..
I have a body that nobody seen..
Many people think I am oppressed-
And wonder how I got myself into this mess..

My veil is my cure..
And makes my heart pure..
It earns me my love from Allah my Lord..
And makes me strong against any sword..

Behind my beautiful veil lies..
My savior from the temptation of guys!
‘Behind my veil,’ I begin to say..
‘Is where I shall forever stay!’

“Salaam” To You All…

“Therefore remember Me  I will remember you, and  be Thankful
to Me, & do not be Ungrateful to Me”

(‘Quran 2:152)




New Scheme for Women by Indian Govt

25 Apr

Centre launching scheme for Minority Women
 
By A Staff Writer (New Delhi)

The Ministry of Minority Affairs (MMA) has announced launching of a ‘Scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women’ from the current year to ensure that the benefits of growth and development reach the women of the minority communities. It has recast and renamed the existing ‘Leadership development for life, livelihood and civic empowerment of the minority women’ for the purpose which had been in operation since 2007.

The recast scheme is being taken up in pursuance of the Rajinder Sachar Committee Report on which had highlighted the educational and socio-economic situation of the Indian Muslims. However, the new scheme will include a representative mix of 25 per cent of non-minority communities like Scheduled castes and tribes and other backward communities (OBCs) ‘to strengthen the mosaic of plurality of the society’. Efforts would be made to persuade elected women representatives (EWR) from any community under the panchayati raj institutions as trainees.

The background paper of the ‘Leadership Development of Minority Women’ states that the objective of the scheme is to empower and instill confidence in women, by providing knowledge, tool and techniques and skills for interacting with Government system, banks, cooperatives and intermediaries at all levels. It aims at emboldening them to move out of the confines of their homes and assume leadership roles and assert their rights, collectively and individually, in accessing services, facilities, skills and opportunities besides claiming their due share of development benefits of the government for improving their lives and living conditions.

The scheme will be implemented through registered societies, public trusts, non-profit companies, universities and colleges and panchayati raj institutions.

The leadership training modules would invariably cover issues and rights relating to women, education, employment, livelihood etc. under the Constitution and various Acts; opportunities, facilities and services available under the schemes and programmes of the Central Government and State Governments in the fields of education, health, hygiene, nutrition, immunization, family planning, disease control, fair price shop, drinking water supply, electricity supply, sanitation, housing, self-employment, wage employment, skill training opportunities, crime against women etc. It would also cover role of women in panchayati raj and nagar palika, legal rights of women, Right to Information Act (RTI), National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGA), household surveys and Below Poverty Line (BPL) list, office structure and functions, redressal forum and mechanism etc. The training module would be structured in such a manner that training inputs are given in short phases.

The scheme will be implemented throughout the country with special focus on districts, blocks and towns/cities having a substantial minority population. It is proposed to cover 182,800 women from 2009-10 to 2011-12. For 2009-10, 32,950 women will be targeted with an outlay of Rupees eight crore. The fund requirement for the scheme for a period of three years of the Eleventh Five – year Plan is Rs. 48 crore. Full details of the scheme can be downloaded from the following website:

Sufism: The Heart of Islam by Sadia Dehlavi

5 May

By Suanshu Khurana, “Sufi Potpourri” – Express India – India Saturday, May 2, 2009 The legendary Amir Khusro’s verse set to strains of Sufi music was the appropriate backdrop for the launch of Sadia Dehlvi’s book, Sufism: The Heart of Islam (HarperCollins), held at Delhi’s Le Meridien on Thursday. The book provides insight into the lives of great Sufi mystics like Baba Bulleshah, Baba Farid, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti apart from a range of poetry written by them. “The book would have been incomplete without these detailed profiles that had a huge impact on people converting to Islam. Since song and dance is such an integral part of Sufism, their poetry adds depth to the book,” said Dehlvi. In the book, she has lucidly described the Sufi path with an interesting assessment of Sufism’s connect with Muslim and non Muslim societies, in turn also highlighting the widespread misunderstanding about Sufism as a faith which separates it from Islam. “Sufism is not an innovation but a continuation of Islam that leads to the Prophet,” she added. “Sadia’s transformation is commendable. Her perspective on Sufism and spirituality is unique,” said author Khushwant Singh. Professor Mushirul Hasan, VC of Jamia Milia Islamia, launched the book along with Singh, while artists Arpana Caur and Sudhir Dar looked on.

Mother’s Day ; Islamic Perspective! Mother and Islam

11 May

 

The Islamic Perspective – Honouring the Mother

”In Islam Each Day is Mother’s Day So Muslims Respect their Mother’s More than any Community of the World ” Anonymous

Muslim women

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Worship Allaah and join none with Him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masaakeen (the poor), the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allaah does not like such as are proud and boastful” [al-Nisa' 4:36] And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him.

And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour” [al-Isra' 17:23] It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “A man came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, who among the people is most deserving of my good company?’ He said, ‘Your mother.’ He asked, ‘Then who?’ He said, ‘Your mother.’ He asked, ‘Then who?’ He said, ‘Your mother.’ He asked, ‘Then who?’ He said, ‘Then your father.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5626; Muslim, 2548) Al- Haafiz ibn Hajar said: “Ibn Battaal said: what this means is that the mother should be honoured three times more than the father. He said, that is because of the difficulties of pregnancy, then giving birth, then breastfeeding.

These are hardships that are experienced only by the mother, then the father shares with her in raising the child. This is also referred to in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): ‘And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years’ [Luqmaan 31:14] So the recommendation to be dutiful and good refers to both parents, but the mother’s share is greater because of the three things mentioned above. Al-Qurtubi said: what is meant is that the mother deserves a greater share of her child’s honour, and her rights take precedence over those of the father in cases where a choice must be made. ‘Iyaad said: the majority of scholars were of the view that the mother takes precedence over the father in terms of honouring one’s parents.

And it was said that both must be honoured equally, and this was narrated by some from Maalik, but the former view is the one which is correct.” (Fath al-Baari, 10/402). Indeed, even if one’s mother is a mushrikah (polytheist), the wise and pure sharee’ah of Islam encourages one to uphold ties of kinship with her: It was narrated that Asma’ bint Abi Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: “My mother came to visit me at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and she was a mushrikah. I consulted the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), saying, ‘My mother has come to visit me for some purpose, should I uphold ties of kinship with my mother?’ He said, ‘Yes, uphold ties of kinship with your mother.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2477) It is extremely unfortunate that Muslims throughout the world have begun to adopt and practice western ideas and understanding when it comes to the quality of relationship between the mother and child.

For Muslims to begin to selfishly adopt a single day out of the whole year to express gratitude and show a materialistic form of affection. Islam has no need of things that are innovated by others, be it Mother’s Day of anything else. Its teachings on the honouring of mothers mean that it has no need for an innovated Mother’s Day. Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas issued a statement: It is not permissible to celebrate the so-called Mother’s Day and similar innovated festivals because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (Islam) that is not part of it will have it rejected.” He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not celebrate Mother’s Day and neither did any of his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) or the salaf (earliest generations) of this ummah. Rather it is an innovation (bid’ah) and imitation of the non Muslims.

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” [al-Maa'idah 5:2] Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 3/86 In light of this, Muslims should be aware that honouring and showing sincere affection and gratitude to the mother is a full time duty that should be practiced each and everyday of ones life, to merely set aside a single day and feel you have fulfilled their rights is a gross misconduct to the parents and the teachings of the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). “And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination” [Luqmaan 31:14] And Allaah knows best.

 

Paradise Is At the Feet of Mothers

From Joshua Brockwell, CAIR

Loving their Baby

A man once consulted the Prophet Muhammad about taking part in a military campaign. The Prophet asked the man if his mother was still living. When told that she was alive, the Prophet said: “(Then) stay with her, for Paradise is at her feet.” (Al-Tirmidhi) On another occasion, the Prophet said: “God has forbidden for you to be undutiful to your mothers.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

One of the things I have always appreciated about my adopted faith is not only its emphasis on maintaining the bonds of kinship, but also the high regard in which women, particularly mothers, are held. The Quran, Islam’s revealed text, states: “And revere the wombs that bore you, for God is ever watchful over you.” (4:1)

It should be obvious that our parents deserve our utmost respect and devotion – second only to God.

Speaking in the Quran, God ays: “Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is thy final Goal.” (31:14)

The fact that God has mentioned parents in the same verse as Himself shows the extent to which we should strive in our efforts to serve the mothers and fathers who sacrificed so much for us. Doing so will help us to become better people.

In that same verse, God says: “We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him.”

In other words, the debt we owe to our mothers is magnified due to the difficult nature of pregnancy – not to mention the nurturing and attention paid to us in infancy.

Another narration, or “Hadith,” from the life of the Prophet Muhammad again shows us just how much we owe to our mothers.

A man once asked the Prophet to whom he should show the most kindness. The Prophet replied: “Your mother, next your mother, next your mother, and then your father.” (Sunan of Abu-Dawood) In other words, we must treat our mothers in a manner befitting their exalted position – and, again, revere the wombs that bore us.

The Arabic word for womb is “rahem.” Rahem is derived from the word for mercy. In Islamic tradition, one of God’s 99 names is “Al-Raheem,” or “the Most Merciful.”

There exists, therefore, a unique connection between God and the womb. Through the womb, we get a glimpse of the Almighty’s qualities and attributes. It nurtures, feeds and shelters us in the early stages of life. The womb can be viewed as one manifestation of divinity in the world.

One cannot help but make the parallel between a Loving God and a compassionate Mother. Interestingly, the Quran does not portray God as exclusively male or female. As a matter of fact, by revering our mothers, we are paying respect to God.

Each of us should appreciate what we have in our mothers. They are our teachers and our role models. Every day with them is an opportunity to grow as a person. Every day away from them is a missed opportunity.

I lost my own mother to breast cancer on April 19, 2003. Though the pain of losing her is still with me and her memory lives on in my siblings and me, I sometimes worry that I might forget what a blessing she was for me.

For me, Islam is the best reminder of my mother’s presence. With daily encouragement from the Quran and the living example of the Prophet Muhammad, I know I will always keep her memory close to my heart. She is my rahem, my connection to the divine. On this Mother’s Day, I am grateful for the occasion to reflect on that.

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