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Mumbai Attack; Remembering the Heroes

2 Dec

 

by Inam Abdi Amrohvi

November 30, 2008

The city of Mumbai is slowly recovering from the terrible shock of the Wednesday gone by. Many of the dead have been buried. Families and friends of those who lost their lives in the Mumbai siege are slowly coming to terms with$ the reality. The firing is over but the lives of Mumbaikers transformed forever.

This is the time to pray for the deceased souls and a time to remember the brave people who saved many. Some of those brave men are lucky to be alive today, othere were not so lucky.

Hemant Karkare- The moment the ATS chief heard of the attack he took his constable’s helmet, wore a bullet proof jacket, took a service revolver, and headed straight to face the terrorists. This one act summarise the brave man who never shied from his duty under any sort of circumstances. The 58 year old IPS officer was well informed and a vociferous reader as shared by Hassan Ghafoor, the Commisioner of Mumbai police, on NDTV.

Though his death is in no way related to the Sadhvi Pragya case but he did receieve death threats in connection with the same. A man of few words when questioned about the death threats to his life, he just gave a smile. The smile will live on as the brave man’s name will.

Ashok Kamte- A product of St Xavier’s College, Bombay, he was the additional commissioner of Mumbai Police. Kamte also served in the United Nations peace-keeping police force. He also represented the country at the junior power-lifting championship in Peru in 1978. During the communal riots in Karad, Maharashtra, he himself led the police lathicharge. He was again in the midst of action on the fateful wednesday, 26th November 2008, only to die in the line of duty.

Vijay Salaskar- The encounter specialist who reportedly killed around 75 dreaded criminal was heading the anti-extortion wing of the crime branch. He joined the police force as a sub inspector. He once said in an interview, “In a shootout, no one has time for niceties. Either you kill or you get killed. I am plain lucky to still be alive.” He was until this wednesday.

Salaskar yearned for recognition and official acclaim during his life. He got it all but a trifle too late.

Karambir Singh Kang- The general manager of Taj Mahal Hotel lost everything in the hotel he worked for. His wife and two sons aged 14 and 5 perished as a result of asphyxiation in the hotel. Inspite of all this he stayed back to help those stuck in the hotel.

CST railway staff- The scene at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus could have been even more dreadful had it not been the proactiveness of the railway staff. The staff at the inquiry desk used the public address system repeatedly to warn people from using the front gate, and instead use the last gate. They were lucky enough to survive the bullets.

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan- An NSG commando, Unnikrishnan was an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He was the only son of an ISRO official. Coming from the Bihar regiment to the NSG, his sacrifice should also give Mr Raj Thakery a reason for some serious introspection on his policies.

Gajender Singh- A hawaldar with the NSG, Singh also lost his life fighting the terrorists. He was a member of NSG’s 51 Special Action Group.

Mumbai Fire brigade- The firemen of Mumbai had to brave both fire and bullets to rescue lives, something they never experienced before. Their services were even used by the NSG commandoes to gain access to the Taj hotel.

The list is not exhaustive. There are many others whose names don’t figure but their sacrifice is equally commendable.

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44 Muslims dead, 35 injured in Mumbai terror attacks

30 Nov

By TwoCircles.net news desk,

New Delhi: In the bloodiest ever terrorist attacks in the country, 195 people were killed in the attacks at hotels Taj, Trident and Oberoi, and Nariman House and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai. The dead include 44 Muslims and of 300 injured 35 are Muslims.

This shows that the terrorists, whatever their faith may be, had no religion in their mind when they were on a killing spree. They wanted to kill as many people as they could and thus terrorise the countrymen.

Don’t brand Muslims as terrorists: Ibrahim

21 Oct

 

Mangalore : “There are about 20 crore Muslims in India and if about 100 persons are involved in terrorist activities, why do you brand all Muslims as terrorists?” questioned former minister C M Ibrahim. Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, he said that Islam never encourages terrorism and there is no link between Islam and terrorism. Flaying the arrests of innocents, Mr Ibrahim warned that there are all possibilities of such people turning a criminal after they were released. He also flayed the police for conducting repeated narco-analysis tests on same persons (especially when the police fail to get any evidence), and said that there are records to prove that the repeated tests have serious mental imbalance on the person. He also appealed to the media to give equal publicity when a person arrested on some charges is released after he is proved innocent. Speaking on the occasion, All India Sunni Scholars’ Federation General Secretary A P Aboobakker Musliyar Kanthapuram sought to know how a religion is responsible if some persons have done some mischief. Stating that terrorism is an enemy of humanity, he called upon the youth to fight against evil forces. At the same time, he regretted that Muslims are made scapegoats in the name of Jehad. He also urged the authorities concerned not to arrest the innocent youth in the name of “suspected terrorists.”

 

Islamic Cultural Centre Chairman Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi regretted that Muslim terrorists who are hardly about 100 in number were bringing disgrace to a population of 20 crore Muslims in India. “Their indiscriminate killings of innocents are polarising the whole society. Consequently, the Muslims are losing their jobs and finding it difficult to get houses for rent,” he said and added that more depressing fact is that they tarnish the image of Islam by misquoting the holy text.

 


 

 

Pir Saqib sahibs challenge to Yazid’s lawyer Dr Naik

16 Oct

Official response from Kanz ul Huda regarding the speculative threads on the debate between Pir Saqib Shami Sahib and Dr. Zakir Naik


In response to the recent threads with regards to the aforementioned matter, Kanz ul Huda would like to clarify and outline the whole issue in order to avoid public confusion and speculation.

Approximately two months ago the Ullema of India, who have substantial links to the religious community in Karachi, asked Pir Saqib Shami Sahib to refute in written form Dr. Zakir Naik’s argument on the issue of Yazeed.

Pir Saqib Shami Sahib responded to the challenge and submitted a pamphlet on 10th August 2008 to the Ullema in Karachi detailing the thorough refutations on Dr. Naik’s opinion on Yazeed. The pamphlet included extensive rebuttals that discredited Dr. Naik’s arguments and exhorted him to either repent from making grossly false arguments on Yazeed or submit a written refutation to Pir Saqib Shami Sahib’s response. The pamphlet was posted by the Ullema of Karachi to Khutbate Zakir Naik Karachi and receipt of this pamphlet and it being forwarded to Dr. Naik was confirmed by the organisation on 17th August 2008

 

 

 

After no response was received by Dr Naik, the Ullema of Karachi insisted that Pir Saqib Shami Sahib challenge Dr Naik to a debate in order to quell his growing arrogance which has led him to openly challenge scholars to a debate on the issue of Yazeed. On 24th September 2008 Pir Saqib Shami Sahib wrote to the Ullema of Karachi stating that he is ready to debate Dr. Naik provided that two conditions are met, as follows:


1) The Shari’at-e-Munazzara must be negotiated by both parties. This involves the debate proceeding according to the classical Salf us-Saliheen method of debating and not according to Dr. Naik’s modern equivalent, whereby one speaker delivers his arguments at length followed by a lengthy rebuttal by the other speaker, followed again by a question and answer session; and

2) Dr. Naik, when quoting from the Hadith or classical texts, must have the source (i.e. the hadith), at hand, read in Arabic without the i’rab (i.e. the fatha, damma and kasra), and not simply mentally repeat the chapter and verse reference in English.


As yet no response has been received.

In late October, Pir Saqib Shami Sahib is Inshallah going to Pakistan to deliver a series of lectures at both the International Azmat-e-Auliya Conference in Azad Kashmir and the Jashne Fareed in Pak Pathan Shareef. The Ullema of Karachi have insisted that Pir Saqib Shami Sahib publicly accept the challenge made by Dr. Naik during these talks. This, it is hoped, will notify the public about the challenge being accepted by the Ahl-e-Sunnah scholars.

As for the allegation that the threads were a public stunt, Pir Saqib Shami Sahib strictly ordered his mureeds to not mention anything regarding the potential debate until it became official. Kanz ul Huda has no knowledge of the identity of the mureed who is alleged to have spread the story. Furthermore, Kanz ul Huda is aware that Dr. Naik is in India; if indeed the debate does take place, it will do so in that country.

Kanz ul Huda will further publish information on this event if there is any progress or any changes.

Jazaakumullaahu Khayran


Kanz ul Huda

Kerala Muslims pledge to fight terrorism

7 Oct

Kochi: More than 500,000 Muslims took an oath to eradicate the menace of terrorism and work for world peace at an annual prayer at Swalath Nagar in Malappuram district on Friday mid-night. The prayer was organised by Ma’dinu Saquafathil Islamiyya that runs a number of institutions, including schools, in Kerala. The prayers started from 9.30 p.m. on Friday night and went on till 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, which was lead by Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleelul Bukhari, the chairman of the society and a spiritual leader.
Bukhari pledged that Muslims should respect other religions and should not associate with such activities that will become a threat to the nation. The pledge reads: “In thought, word and deed, we pledge to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of our nation. As citizens of India, it is our duty to safeguard the loyalty of our motherland as part of our faith. We cherish with pride that we are citizens of India. We will not tolerate any harm to our fellow citizens and we will wholeheartedly resist, with all our might, any such evil attempts. We also will strive to ensure that not one innocent is punished even if a thousand criminals are let off, It is our duty as true citizens of the country and as Muslims to inform our fellow-citizens of this threat. In this holy night, we pledge we will do our duty in the great tradition of the noble souls of the nation”.
The famous Swalath Nagar on the Palakkad-Malappuram route is the annual prayer and meeting place for lakhs of Muslims who come from major parts of India. It is said to be the largest congregation in the Muslim world, outside Mecca and Medina, during Ramzan. The annual meet takes place on the 27th night of the holy month of Ramadan every year. This year’s Friday night was observed as the ‘night of power’ (Lailat-ul-Qadr). The belief is, whoever prays the Night of Qadr with Eemaan (faith) and hoping for its reward, Allah the almighty will forgive him of all his previous sins. (ANI)
. 27/09/2008

POLICE STORY CHALLENGED in Jamia Nagar Shoot out

24 Sep

Patrolling heightened in Jamia Nagar a week before the encounter, say residents who saw shootout
By Karanjeet Kaur in New Delhi

Jamia Nagar Police Encounter

TWO eyewitnesses of the September 19 Special Cell action at Jamia Nagar have presented a version of the event that is at complete variance with what has been offered by the Delhi Police.
Their reconstruction of the event, which indicates a scuffle had probably taken place before the shots were fired, may also explain why Jamia Nagar residents are not buying the police theory that the team led by Inspector M. C. Sharma had either eliminated or arrested the men allegedly behind the bomb blasts in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
This version, given to MAIL TODAY on the condition of anonymity, squares up with the hitherto unreported autopsy report on Sharma and the nature of the wounds on the bodies of the two young men killed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police. The autopsy report on Sharma, which is with Headlines Today , says he was shot at
from extremely close range, no more than a few centimetres from him. He was hit by three bullets.
of them entered through the back and followed top- to- down trajectory.
The body of one of the ‘ terrorists’ bears injury marks, sharp wounds and multiple internal injuries in the stomach. Doctors say such injuries usually attributed to a scuffle, actually a violent physical assault. Someone may even have stamped on him. His flatmate Mohammed Sajid, also dead, was apparently shot in the head. Could death too have occurred during the scuffle? Further, could Inspector Sharma have been injured during the fisticuffs that ensued between alleged Delhi bombers and the policemen who were raiding supposed terrorist hideouts? Is it possible that he suffered the injuries when a bullets went off accidentally during the scuffle? There is no way to find out the kind of bullet injury that Sharma suffered. No bullets were found on his body during his autopsy. The medical bulletin of Holy Family Hospital, where he was taken first, said no “ foreign bodies” were found in chest and abdomen.
Mail Today took exhaustive eyewitness accounts the police action on September 19 to unravel events of the morning of September 19. Eyewitnesses, who live in the immediate vicinity of L- Batla House – the alleged IM hideout – said the Special Cell team that raided the scene of action brought two young men to the ground floor from their fourth- floor flat. They had a verbal altercation with the two men and killed them after some them realised Sharma had been shot.
Jamia Nagar residents had been seeing heightened activity by policemen in civilian clothes for about a week before the police action. Yet, they were taken aback when a group of policemen in civvies surrounded L- 18, Batla House, on September 19, for they had not seen any suspicious activity in their building. It is hard to keep secrets in the rabbit war- of apartment blocks in Jamia Nagar.
member of the Special Cell first went up to the fourth- floor flat occupied by Atif and Sajid, pretending to a cellphone salesman. The young men inside the flat did not receive the undercover policeman cordially. They entered into an argument with subinspector Dharmender, who was pretending to be the salesman.
All this took place in front of the neighbours, who had come out onto the balconies of their flats on hearing the commotion.
Reacting immediately when the arguments started, the policemen waiting downstairs rushed up.
None of them had their guns out.
Clearly, they were not expecting any armed resistance. One of the men, whom the eyewitnesses were able to identify after seeing his images on television, was Sharma.
Speaking from behind a grill that covers the fourth- floor staircase at L- Sharma yelled at all the neighbours who had come out of their houses to go indoors because they could get hurt in the “ firing”. Residents of the area followed his instructions.
But the eyewitnesses, being quoted by Mail Today, watched the goings- on from behind their toilet windows.
The saw only two men in the flat.
That leaves the man who was arrested from the spot, Mohammed Saif, and the two men who reportedly escaped during the police action unaccounted for.
They saw Sharma’s men drag Atif and Sajid to the ground floor landing.
The two men, who were subsequently killed, appeared to be in panic and unarmed at the time. No one could see what happened thereafter as the partly covered ground floor landing was not in their line of vision.
The eyewitnesses could hear the policemen hurling abuses at the two young men. This was followed by gunshots.
Then someone shouted, “ Sahab ko goli lag gayi ( the boss has been hit).” The young men could not be heard in this commotion. After some time, the eyewitnesses hear more gunshots. The policemen came into the view of our eyewitnesses.
They were dragging the bodies of the two men upstairs.
Around the same time, they saw sub- inspector Dharmender, and another policeman leading Sharma out of the building. The eyewitness couldn’t figure out the extent of Sharma’s injury from what they saw.
The bodies of the two young men, meanwhile, were dragged up to their flat by the policemen. Then they wrapped the bodies with cloth.
According to the eyewitnesses, after the two bodies were taken away and piled into a police van, a group of policemen materialised out of the blue with three young men they had rounded up, seemingly from within the L- 18 flats. They were unable to make out where the men came from. One of them, it appears now, was Mohammed Saif. He is now in police custody.
This reconstruction by the eyewitnesses poses some questions. Why did the two young men, and their alleged accomplices, not flee the scene or clean up their laptops even after everyone in the neighbourhood was aware of the heightened police presence in the area? Why did the policemen not have their guns out when they rushed up to the flat after the argument broke out between sub- inspector Dharmender and the two men? Was Sharma shot at by the alleged terrorists, or was he a victim of collateral damage because he happened to be in the line of a ricocheting bullet?

The ‘Spiritual’ Fasting by Ghouth al-Azam Shaykh Abd’al Qadir Jilani (RA)

17 Sep

The fasting perscribed by the religion is to abstain from eating and drinking and sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset, while spiritual fasting is, in addition, to protect all the senses and thoughts from all that is unlawful. It is to abandon all that is disharmonious, inwardly as well as outwardly. The slightest breach of that intention breaks the fast. Religious fasting is limited by time, while spiritual fasting is forever and lasts throughout one’s temporal and eternal life. This is true fasting.
Our Master the Prophet (SAW) says, ‘There are many of those who fast who get only hunger and thirst for their efforts and no other benefit’. There are also those who break their fast when they eat, and those whose fast continues even after they have eaten. These are the ones who keep their senses and thoughts free of evil and their hands and their tongues from hurting others. It is for these that Allah Most High promises, ‘Fasting is a deed done for My sake, and I am the one who gives its reward.’ About the two kinds of fasting, our Master the Prophet (SAW) says, ‘The one who fasts has two satisfactions. One is when he breaks his fast at the end of the day. The other is when he sees.’

those who know the outer form of the religion say that the first satisfaction of the one who fasts is the pleasure of eating after a day of fasting, and the meaning of the satisfaction ‘when he sees’ is when someone who fasted the whole month of Ramadan sees the new moon marking the end of the fast and beginning the festivities of the holiday. The ones who know the inner meaning of fasting say that the joy of breaking the fast is the day that the believer will enter Paradise and partake of the delights therein, and the meaning of the greater joy of seeing is when the faithful sees the truth of Allah with the secret eye of his heart.

Worthier than these two kinds of fasting is the fast of truth, which is preventing the heart from worshipping anything other than the Essence of Allah. It is performed by rendering the eye of the heart blind to all that exists, even in the secret realms outside of this world, except the love of Allah. For although Allah has created all and everything for man, he has created man only for Himself, adn He says ‘Man is My secret and I am his secret’. That secret is a light from the devine light of Allah. It is the centre of the heart, made out of the finest matter. It is the soul which knows all the secret truths; it is the secret connection between the created one and his Creator. That secret does not love nor lean towards anything other than Allah.

There is nothing worthy to wish for, there is no other goal, no other beloved in this world and in the hereafter, except Allah. If an atom of anything other than the love of Allah enters the heart, the fast of truth, the true fast, is broken. Then one has to make it up, to revive that wish and intention, to return back to His love, here and in the hereafter. For Allah says: ‘Fasting is only for Me, and only I give its reward’.

Ya Gouth-al Azam al Madad

The Virtues of Ramadan and the Qur’an

2 Sep

The Virtue of Ramadan and the Qur’an
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RAMADAN AND FASTING

Allah says in the Quran: O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain God-consciousness. In the month of Ramadan the Quran was revealed, a book of guidance with proofs of guidance distinguishing right from wrong. Therefore, whoever of you is present in that month, let him fast. But who is ill or on a journey shall fast a similar number of days later on. Allah desires your well-being, not your discomfort. He desires you to fast the whole month so that you may magnify Him and render thanks to Him for giving you His guidance. (2:183-185) Accordingly, the month of Ramadan is called the month of the Quran. Therefore, Muslims have a tradition of reciting The Quran frequently in this month.

THE OBLIGATION OF FASTING

Allah says in the Quran:

“O uou who have faith! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you – so that hopefully you will have taqwa.” – Al Baqarah(2):183

Meaning that hopefuly you can safeguard yourselves from the Fire through Fasting; fasting is a means to the forgiveness of sins, and sins lead one to the fire.

The two sahihs record the hadith in which the prophet (pbuh) said:

“Islam is built upon five: that you worship Allah and reject the worship of anything else, to establish the prayer, the giving of Zakat, performing pilgrimage to the house and Fasting the month of Ramadan.” [This is the wording of Muslim, Bukhari has the first sentence as 'that you testify none has the right to be worshipped save Allah'].

THE VIRTUES OF FASTING

Fasting carries with it a number of benefits, amongst which are: the elevation to ones rank, the expiation of sins, the breaking of ones desire and lusts, the increase of charity, the multiplication of actions of obedience to Allah, giving thanks to the one who knows the hidden matters, and preventing oneself from even contemplating the commiting of sin.

THE ELEVATION OF RANK

With regards to the elevation of rank, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

“When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paardise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are locked and devils are chained.” [Bukhari]

He (pbuh) also said, relating from his lord Mighty and Magnificient,

“All of the actions of the son of Adam are for him except the fast for that is for me and I will reward it. Fasting is protecting sheild, so when it is the day when one of you are fasting, let him not behave or speak indecently; if someone tries to abuse him or fight him, let him say, ‘I am fasting’. By the one in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, the smell emanating from the mouth of the one fasting is better with Allah then the smell of musk. The one fasting has tewo time of joy, when he breaks his fast he is happy and when he meets his lord he will rejoice at his fasting.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

The prophet (pbuh) also said:

“Every action that the son of Adam does, [its reward] will be multiplied, a good deed will be increased tenfold. Allah Mighty and Magnificient says, ‘except for the fast, for that is for Me and I will reward it for he left his desires and food for My sake’” [Muslim]

The prophet (pbuh) also said:

“In paradise there is a gate which is called ar-Rayyan through which the people who fasted will enter on the day of Judgement, and no one else shall enter along-side them. It will be asked, ‘where are those who fasted?’ and they will walk through it, and upon the entry of the last of them, it will be locked, and no one else will walk through it.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

With regards the ‘opening of the gates of paradise’, this is a phrase that points to the increase of actions of obedience that in turn lead to the opening of the gates of Paradise. ‘Locking the gates of Fire’ is a phrase that points to the decrease, and lack of therewith, of sins which in turn leads to the locking of the gates of the Fire. ‘The chaining of the devils’ is a phrase that points to the termination of their whisperings, and temptations, to those who are fasting because they give up hope of receiving a favorable response.

His saying, “All of the actions of the son of Adam are for him except the fast for that is for me, and I will reward it,” fasting has been specifically adjoined to him in the order of Honour it because the hidden nature of fasting prevents ostentation entering it, and moreover, hunger and thirst are not used as means to draew closer to any king of this world nor any idol.

Ramadan Mubarak 2008

1 Sep

Allah gives special reward for SAWM.

Gates of HEAVEN open, Gates of HELL closed.

SHAITANS chained.

Allah FORGIVES previous sins.

Fast to learn SABR, RAHMA, TAQWA.

Month QURAN was first sent down in.

LAILATUL QADR- Night of Power – a night better than 1000 months.

GOOD DEEDS worth more = 70x’s.

TARAWEEH special night prayers.

Best SADAQAH – charity in Ramadan

IFTAR  – giving food to others same reward.

Battle of BADR and other victories occurred in Ramadan.

UMRAH in Ramadan = to Hajj.

Eating SUHOOR has special blessing.

Muslim Students Organization of India MSO Organized All India Students Meet

28 Aug

MSO, a Students body of Jamat-e-AhleSunnat Organized All India Students Meet in New Delhi on 24th August in the MP’s Club North Avenue.Students  from Various Universities and Cities Participated in the Meet and Vowed to spread the Peaceful Message of Islam far and Wide. Guests Includes Mufti Mukkaran Ahmad Shahi Ima m of Fatehpuri Masjid and Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission Mr.Kamal Farooqui.

Following Members were Selected to Serve for National Executive Committee

Dr.Abdul Hakeem Al Azhari  President

Abdul Latif                            Vice President

Shahnawaz Warsi                 Gen.Secretary

Shujaat Ali Qaudri               Joint Secretary

Najmuddin Ahmad            Joint Secretary

Suhairuddin                     Treasurer

MSO Meet

MSO National delegates Meet 2008 in New Delhi


MSO National Meet Delegates

MSO Meet Delegates

Jb.Jamal Farooqui Sb Chairman Delhi Commssn of Minorities

Jb.Jamal Farooqui Sb Chairman Delhi Commssn of Minorities

National Executive Members

Allama Shahidul Qaudri          Bengal

Najmul Hasan Barkati            U.P

Sabir Rizvi                            U.P

Irfan Qadri                          Uttarakhand

Khalid Ali Khan Barkati     Delhi

All the Invited Personalities Promised to give full support in MSO activities.

Full report will be Published soon.InshAllah

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