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A Strange Meeting: Wahabism finds an unexpected counter with a Sufi

17 Sep

A Strange Meeting

Wahhabism finds an unexpected counter

Ali Khan

Times of India 17th Sep 2009


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A village in Barabanki district is a microcosm of the struggle between the Barelvi Sunnis and those with Wahhabi inclinations. The town’s population is largely Sunni with a Shia minority. Before partition, the rulers of the estate were Shia and a collateral branch of the Mahmudabad family. Mahmudabad’s Muharram processions are famous all over India and in some parts of the world. When proces
sions were banned in Lucknow, people flocked to Mahmudabad. Bilehra always had smaller processions but the thing that stood out was that most of the crowds were Sunni Muslims. 
With the arrival of funds from some Middle East countries as well as returning migrant workers, some of whom had spent years away from home and were influenced by their surroundings, Bilehra gradually saw the rise of Wahhabism. The crowds in Muharram diminished and the number of people who attended prayers at the Barelvi mosque also fell.

According to one young man, for a number of years the people who subscribed to the Barelvi school of thought would outwardly show loyalty to the Wahhabis.


The Wahhabis – with their puritanical behaviour and insistence that some Sunnis and all Shias are essentially infidels – have polarised Muslim societies worldwide. Their literalist interpretation of the Quran is reductionist and does not allow scope for debate, analysis or a contextual, historical and consequently nuanced understanding. They strictly forbid music, religious or spiritual, and the veneration of holy men amongst many other things.


A number of urs, gatherings around the tomb of a Sufi pir where music is performed and poetry is read aloud in remembrance of
the Prophet, his family and the pir, are held in and around Bilehra. People who attended these functions are now subject to the taunts of students at the Wahhabi mosques. During Muharram, people would be afraid of going to processions or keeping a tazia, a paper replica of the shrine of Imam Hussain in Iraq, in their houses since these acts would also mark them out for heckling and jeering. The less powerful Barelvis could not match the money or resources thrown at them. But it is not power or money that has shaken or caught by surprise the Wahhabis.

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Earlier this year an individual ignored and labelled a madman roaming the streets of Bilehra became the crucial factor in the

resurgence of the Barelvis. Mastaan Baba was homeless. People remember him wandering around, sleeping under trees, eating what little he was given and never trying to gather any worldly possessions. About six months ago, he was asleep as usual underneath a mango tree in the fields adjoining the Kerbala, where the tazias are brought after the processions and buried. A little girl came and lay down next to him and when he noticed her he got upset, pushed her and asked her to go away. Apparently, when she got up, her back had straightened
and she was no longer a hunchback. 
People flocked from villages all around to see the girl and to see this man. He continued to wear what he had always worn, a dirty white kurta, a black lungi or cotton towel wrapped around his legs like a sarong. He carried a little satchel tucked under his arms. The little brick room in which he sometimes slept has now become a beehive of activity. People have set up shops around the room, a power cable that was meant to be laid a long time ago is now finally in place and there is a constant throng around him.


Politicians, IAS officers and many other officials have all come to him in different capacities. Since that night he hit the girl,
there have been more stories about his powers and how he has changed people’s lives. Hindus and Muslims both are seen around him. This article is not about whether following him is permissible in Islam. It seems that people are desperate to seek out men who have not been ‘corrupted’ by the material world. The rise of Mastaan Baba in Bilehra has had an inadvertent effect on Bilehra’s Muslims. 
People who had gone over to the Wahhabi mosque and others who had hidden their true sympathies with the Barelvis have started to drift back. Whereas the Barelvi mosque used to be nearly empty with about 30 people, recent Eid prayers saw close to 300 people in attendance.

Wahhabis in Bilehra who openly condemned anything involving the veneration of living or dead men as innovations in Islam, have found themselves drawn to a quiet, wandering man. A few refuse to acknowledge Mastaan Baba but, according to people who live there, their wives and daughters regularly and secretly go to visit him!


It seems there are now a couple of more people in Bilehra who claim to be Mastaan Baba. Regardless of whether this man is genuine or not, it seems he has managed to single-handedly and unintentionally stall the rise of Wahhabism, in and around Bilehra.

The writer is a religious studies scholar.

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Largest Ramzan gathering in Swalath Nagar,Malappuram (Kerala)Sep 16

11 Sep

By IANS,

12 Sep,2009

Malappuram (Kerala) : Islamic charity organisation Ma’dinu Ssaqafathil Islamiyya is gearing up to host the country’s biggest Muslim prayer congregation Sep 16 at Swalatha Nagar near here.Syed Ibrahim Bukhari during Swalat Nagar Meet

The organisation’s chairman, Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleelul Bukhari, said that they expect about 600,000 people from various parts of the country and abroad to attend the congregation, which will fall on the eve of the 27th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramzan.

“This annual meeting is also considered as one of the largest Muslim gatherings in the world after Mecca and Medina in Ramzan. This is the 24th anniversary of the Swalath Meet and as part of it, the congregation will host a mass pledge where the participants will declare their commitment and solidarity to the fellow citizens, society and nation,” he said.

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Apart from the main venue, 20 grounds have been set up to accommodate the people, spread across 10 km on either sides of the NH-212. The program would be telecast live and special screening centres are set up in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi in India and major cities in the Middle East.

“The night long prayers will begin on Sep 16 afternoon with Iftar meet, in which about one lakh (100,000) believers would attend. Everything is put in place for the group feast of Ramzan in the evening,” said Pary Muhammed, the organisation’s secretary.

Ma’dinu is one of the leading educational and charity initiatives among Muslim community in Kerala. It has now grown into a mass movement with more than 25 educational institutes from primary to the post-graduate level.

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10 Sep

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Attack on Mosques/Dargahs of Sufi-oriented Sunni Muslim

30 May

Mainstream, Vol XLVII, No 23, May 23, 2009

Ideological and Development War Ahead

Attack on Mosques/Dargahs of Sufi-oriented Sunni Muslims

by Kunal Ghosh, 23 May 2009

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Abdullah Haroon made a link in the UN between Darul Uloom Deoband in India and terrorism in Pakistan’s NWFP and FATA areas where the Al-Qaeda and Taliban ideology flourishes. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind protested to the MEA, Pak High Commission and UN Secretary-General against Pakistan opening this new front. (Ref: ‘Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Protests Pak Link’ The Times of India, Kanpur, New Delhi, December 19, 2008) In the aftermath of the Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack, when India put forth incontrovertible evidence that the terrorists were trained in and came from the Pakistani soil, there was a debate in the UN General Assembly and Abdullah Haroon said:

Some of you may not be aware that how this matter has taken root in a deep way, led entirely by Mullahs in India in Deoband. I am not pointing a finger. I am coming up with a very good suggestion. It is for the clerics in Deoband, who wield great influence in the North West Frontier territories of Pakistan and in FATA, to come to Pakistan, get together and embed, offer a Fatwa in Pakistan against suicide bombing.

Haroon’s was a sincere attempt to draw attention to the need for an ideological offensive against terror. The Government of India, petitioned by the Mullahs, misunderstood and thought it to be a red herring for diverting attention toward India. Facing a lot of criticism in India the Deoband seminary responded by organising conferences and rallies against terrorism and the first such conference was in February 2008. However, the pronouncement in the conference was that ’unjust violence’ is un-Islamic. It stopped far short of naming specific outfits or actions. Why cannot the Deoband clerics go to the Taliban controlled areas of the NWFP in Pakistan and organise such a conference?

Arif Mohammad Khan, who had been a Cabinet Minister in Rajiv Gandhi’s government in the 1980s and resigned on the issue of the regressive stand taken by the government on the infamous Shah Bano legal/judicial case, wrote a scholarly article, ‘Sending a Wrong Message: There’s a Disconnect between the Clergy and the Common Muslims’ in The Times of India, September 30, 2008, New Delhi. He examines the syllabus of the Darul Uloom seminary of Deoband on the question of jihad and forcible conversion to Islam and shows that the syllabus prescribes the sword even when the infidel is not the first aggressor and is at complete variance with the Holy Quran; in fact the syllabus is based on Hedaya, a 12th century text. He mentions that he wrote to the Deoband authorities pointing this out but received no reply. He further says:

This syllabus is not confined to Deoband, the seminary that was established in 1866, but is prescribed in more than 5000 of its affiliates across the country (India) and thousands of madrasahs in Pakistan, run by former students of Deoband. It is curious that for admission into these madrasahs no formal application is needed; instead madrasahs send recruitment teams to very poor and backward areas emphasising that the education, food, lodging and clothing provided by the madrasah are all free.

Further, Arif Mohammad Khan cites a published case study by a Pakistani psychologist, named Sohail Abbas, based on personal interviews of 517 arrested jihadis, which concludes that almost all the jihadis belonged to the Deobandi school of thought.

Development and Education on War Footing

The recruitment strategy of the madrasahs, as mentioned by Arif Mohammad Khan, should be an eye-opener for the political leaderships of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Boys from very poor half-starved families, not getting any form of education whatsoever, are being targeted by a certain group of madrasahs that seem to be flushed with finance. Therefore the first task before the governments is to provide development and free education to the poor all over the Indian sub-continent. Extremism in any form, be it of the religious or Naxalite variety, flourishes only in dire abominable poverty. The situation in Pakistan’s North West frontier is fast spinning out of control and there is no time to lose. We need development on war footing, and that is why I call it a developmental war. If we lose the developmental war, we are sure to lose the ideological war to the extremists.

Attack on Shrines of Sufi-oriented Sunni Muslims

Muslim Extremism: In the last one month two important mosques have been attacked and bombed by the Taliban in the NWFP of Pakistan. The Rahman Baba mosque in Peshwar was bombed because of its Sufi connection. A famous Sufi Dervish, called Rahman Baba, had established this mosque and the complex includes his mausoleum where thousands of devotees offer obeisance everyday. Even now most of the people of the NWFP are of Sufi-Islam persuasion, but that is sought to be changed at the point of the gun. The Taliban attacked the Jamrood mosque at the Khyber Agency of the NWFP soon after they attacked the aforesaid Rahman Baba mosque. Initially I was puzzled as to the reason for this attack because, according to newspaper reports, that mosque is an ordinary Sunni mosque and contains no mausoleum of a saint. I found a clue in a recent article by Syed Salim Shahzad, Asia Times Online’s Pakistan’s Bureau Chief. Shahzad, in his article, ‘US Strikes at Taliban’s Nerve Centre’ (Thursday, April 2, 2009 7:55 am (PDT)), talks of drone attacks by the NATO in Orakzai area and says:

Orakzai is important for another reason. The Taliban chose it as a base from where to send fighters into Khyber Agency to attack NATO supply convoys. The Taliban don’t have roots in Khyber Agency, where the people are mostly traders and being Sufi are not religiously like-minded with the Taliban, so the militants have been unable to set up bases.

So the mosque was attacked because people of the area are of Sufi-Islam persuasion. In Shahzad’s statement it is also implied that the Taliban are anti-Sufi. We observe that Pakistani spokesmen and Indo-Pak writers are repeatedly drawing attention to an ideological fault-line in Sunni Islam and are pointing fingers at Deoband. It is well known in Pakistani circles that the Taliban and their associates, such as Lashkar-e Tayaba, Sipah-e-Salar, Jaish-e-Mohammad etc., follow the Deobandi interpretation of Sunni Islam and are against veneration of Sufi saints and the Sufi institutions such as Dargahs and Khanekas. Deobandis also hold the Shia and the Ahmadiya to be un-Islamic. True to their ideology the Taliban have been attacking Sufi-oriented Sunni mosques and Shia mosques in the NWFP.

Incidentally, I have come across several Muslim gentlemen, who are good citizens of India in every perceptible way, who candidly admit that they follow the Deobandi interpretation of Islam and hold Sufi practices such as visiting saints’ Dargahs and offering flowers or Chadar there as un-Islmaic. So all Deobandis are not terrorists, but all terrorists seem to be Deobandis. The connection between Deobandi and Wahhabi thoughts are given later in this article. The Al Qaeda, head-quartered in the secret hideouts of the NWFP, is an avowedly Wahhabi organisation led by a Saudi Arabian, Osama bin Laden. Since the Deobandi Taliban is aligned with the Al Qaeda, there must be some ideological affinity between the two.

In 1996 Aruna Asaf Ali (awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously) wrote in her article titled, ‘An Agenda For National Renewal’ (published in Mainstream, New Delhi, September 26, 1996, pp. 13-17):

Fanatical indoctrination imparted over the years in hundreds of schools run by the Jamaat-e-Islami in Kashmir is widely believed to have been a potent factor in the growth of fundamentalist and secessionist forces in that state.

The Jamaat-e-Islami is a well-known political party of Deobandi persuasion, founded in Lahore by Maulana Maudoodi. The Jamaat in Bangladesh or India is a sister organisation of the Pakistani Jamaat and the madrasahs in Kashmir are manned by former students of Deoband. So it is no wonder that the militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, who had been indoctrinated by the Jamaat and been fighting a secessionist war in Kashmir against the Indian Army, occupied and eventually burned down the Dargah of Saint Nuruddin Noorani at Chrar-e-Sharief. Separating Kashmir from India is not their only aim. They also aim to destroy the Sufi-oriented Sunni Islam of Kashmir. (It should be recalled that the Bangladeshi Jamaat sided with the Pakistani forces and took part in the genocide during the liberation struggle in 1971.)

Hindu Extremism: The story of the attack on Sufi Dargahs will remain incomplete unless we mention what happened during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Tens of Dargahs in Ahmedabad alone were destroyed or vandalised. These Dargahs were the symbols of Hindu-Muslim syncretism where the two communities mingled in harmony and where on occasions vegetarian food was prepared by Muslims to be served to Hindu devotees. It is often said that it is only the Hindus who visit (Sufi) Muslim shrines and there is no reciprocity vice-versa. This simply is not true and here are a few examples.

During the recent Gujarat riots, a Hindu mob burned down the tomb of noted classical singer Ustad Faiaz Khan near Ahmedabad. It is well known that Faiaz Khan Sahab used to start all his recitals by saying “Om Ananta Narayana Hari”. He obviously believed in the philosophy of “Ishwara Allah tere naam (Ishwara and Allah are thy two names)”. He was a religious person and known to maintain all the observances of a good Muslim. Among India’s musicians there are many like him. Late Ustad Alauddin Khan, father of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and guru of Pandit Ravi Shankar, often visited a Masjid and a Mandir on the same day. The Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan used to play in a Banaras temple and has repeatedly talked about his gaining a spiritual experience while performing there. Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam wrote poetry on the goddess Kali. Noted classical singer Pandit Ajay Chakraborty and many other Hindu singers of Bengal sing a song written by the same poet in praise of Prophet Mohammad, “Noor Nabi Mohammad”. The list is endless. The purpose of mentioning all this is to urge both Hindus and Muslims not to abjure the path of syncretism which is so rooted in the culture of this land. Muslim Indians of eminence should work for upholding the Chishtiyya tradition and in particular for restoring the kalashes on the spires of the Chishti dargahs of Ajmar and Fatehpur Sikri; these kalashes had been present for more than six centuries as symbols of Muslim-Hindu syncretism and have been removed between 1975 and 1997, a span of 22 years. As a gesture of friendship the Hindus of Ahmedabad should re-build the tomb of Ustad Faiaz Khan and all vandalised Dargahs.

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.

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Dr. Zakir Naik – Defame And Destroy

25 Feb

JAMSHED IQBAL

Courtesy: IndianMuslims.in

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One comes across several interesting comments from the people who have been defending Mr. Zakir Naik on Indian Muslims Blog. Most of my brothers and sisters are impressed by his “immense knowledge” without knowing that his kind of knowledge (database or retention) has nothing to do with religion at all. In other words the knowledge he and his fans boast of is irreligious in its very essence, for any true religion is an ever-flowing fountain of “wisdom” not “knowledge”.

However, Mr. Naik is not an only man basking under this false impression but, it is pity that most of our so-called Muslim scholars are making the profits of same deceptive notion. And it is about this “subtle subversion” that Muslim world or Muslim identity has suffered a great deal. Therefore in this article, I would talk about a whole range of “scholars” of this nature and use the name of Mr. Naik as an “all-purpose unit” to bring my point home.

A wise man may have some knowledge but “it does not necessitate that every knowledgeable man is wise”. For knowledge comes with analysis but wisdom with synthesis. Analysis demands scattering the whole into parts and pieces, on the contrary, synthesis demands uniting and reassembling the parts, once again, into a whole. Men of knowledge without wisdom are far more harmful for human family than mad men. For knowledge without wisdom lacks comprehensiveness of vision, feelings, beauty and empathy. Therefore it is not beneficial at all, and in religious terms, it is irreligious! How? A man of knowledge studies the composition of the atom from a disinterested desire for knowledge, and incidentally places it in the hands of powerful lunatics as the means of destroying the human race. In such ways the pursuit of knowledge may become harmful unless it is combined with wisdom; and wisdom in the sense of comprehensive vision is not necessarily present in specialists in the pursuit of any kind of knowledge.

The point is “so-called men of knowledge lack comprehensive vision that is necessary to make them wise”. Ask, for example, a man of science to define human being! If he is sociologist he will tell you that, “man is a social animal for he cannot live without society”. Ask the same question to a physicist and he would brief you about “material composition of a human being” and reduce it to material hump. Raise this question before a chemist and get ready to listen that “man is nothing but product or composition of different chemicals”. A chemist would also open your eyes by telling that “man is a chemical animal and his emotions and character is mainly controlled by chemical balance or imbalance”. Go to a biologist to listen, “human being is an organism composed of different organs”. See a human being have been dissected into piece and lost! Even if all of these definitions cannot include what makes a human being a human being! Definitions, I mean to say, are the foundations of analytical thinking and they always fail to spot the core—the essence.

For example, in above definition of human person, what makes human person a human person is nowhere, as no definition could be holistic! Moreover, in definition, metaphor or simile, as logic demands, is not allowed to make analytical thinking free from feelings but religious wisdom or morality is absurd or impossible without feelings! There is no room for aesthetics (beauty) in analysis and morality or wisdom gushes from these two springs as well!

I think Islam is very clear about this point as: “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty”. Allah (The Supreme Reality) is truth and truth cannot be revealed unto those whose whole effort is demystification and dissection! Has analysis anything to do with “love”? Isn’t beauty a mystery so beyond the logic (Allah Him/Herself)? Have analytical sciences, from so-called Enlightenment Age onwards, not been trying to demystify the mysterious phenomenon of existence or being? Was it not an organized effort to obliterate God from human consciousness? Has sciences (knowledge not wisdom) not been consciously trying to omit suggestiveness from natural phenomena to make it dull and ugly! There have a tendency among Quranic scholars—the tendency to count! For example word (or Ism-e-Zat) Allah has been used so many times in Quran.

Mr. Zakir Naik, and others of course, can safely claim 10 GB memory containing these types of calculations. But, so far as I know, no one has told that how many similes and metaphors are used in Quran. How many attributes of Allah (the beneficent the merciful) reflect rationality and others feelings or emotions? Mr. Zakir Naik could not deny that Prophet Mohammad’s (May peace by upon him) holy life is an evergreen epic of compassion and empathy—the gift “to feel” with others! Remember once my Lord was running for milking the sheep to feed a crying cat when West was not familiar with “animal rights”! Was it analysis or feeling—feeling with and for the whole creation? Islam is known to be the highest point of Abrahamic tradition and Prophet Abraham dived into the fire! A rationalist or an analyst (or a man of knowledge) would never think that fire could behave otherwise! In short the whole range of knowledge mounted up by sciences is of analytical nature, and therefore today, world is rich with knowledge but poor in wisdom. For if it were rich in wisdom we would have been living in paradise!

The main problem with our age is that our age far surpasses all previous ages in knowledge (rotted data) but there is a correlative “famine” of wisdom. Since wisdom includes not only intellect but also feelings, and this world is mostly steered by those whose knowledge is wide but feelings are too narrow! Therefore they have made it a hell of hatred! One of my brothers, Mr. Wasif, wrote about Zakir Naik’s comments about Sufi saints.

According to him Zakir Naik says: “Sufism is an alien plant in the soil of Islam” These are actually the words of Allama Mohammad Iqbal (1877-1938) who, no doubt, was an extraordinarily profound and inspiring poet—but as a philosopher, he used to wear several hats of intellect like Herbert Spencer in Western philosophical tradition. Actually, as I think, his poetry and thought begins in trivial metaphors, pretty metaphors, then culminates into “grace metaphors” and finally goes on to profoundest thinking that we have. Mr. Zakir Naik should note that in his profundity—Iqbal himself is a Sufi!

For example: Ik Danish-e-burhani, ik Danish-e-ruhani Hai Danish-e-burhani hairat ki frawani (One the one hand there is an argumentative/logical wisdom, and, on the other hand spiritual wisdom! But argumentative/logical wisdom is nothing but surplus of wonder…….) Qadhe khirad froze keh Frang dad mara Hama aftab lekin asar-e-sahar na darid (The shining wine cup of rationality offered by the West is the full Sun but powerless/impotent to bring into being lime light of the morning) Iqbal used to call himself a disciple (mureed hindi) of Jalal-ud-Din Rumi—the great Persian Sufi poet! Therefore, he was highly impressed by Persian influence on Islamic culture, community and thought. For example, in his famous chapter, The Muslim Community, in The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam, Iqbal writes: “The conquest of Persia gave to the Musalmans what the conquest of Greece gave to the Romans. But for Persian, our culture would have been absolutely one sided”. It is doubtless that Mr. Zakir Naik is advocating and pushing exclusively soulless, fanatical and chauvinistic Saudi (Wahhabi) version of Islam that has become a disgusting scar on the face of highly inclusive Islamic teachings! It is duty of Wahabism to wage war against teachings of great Sufi saints who kept the divinely prophet-consciousness alive not by preaching the truth but living like truth! Naik’s grudge towards Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) is a clear sign that he is an agent of un-Islamic Saudi state employed to save her from Hussain who exposes and challenges Yazid of every age!

Wahhabism is troubled by Sufism for it is a message of inclusiveness and tolerance! Wahhabism wages war against it for it is a message of freedom and core of Islam that is, in its essence anti- hierarchy and anti-establishment! Wahhabism is afraid of Sufism for it shows a beautiful face of Islam but Saudi’s allies (especially United States) are funding her to prove it ugly and dangerous for peaceful coexistence! Mr. Zakir Naik and all his friends are stakeholders in the highly lucrative and hideous business of a great conspiracy “Defame & Destroy”. For it is duty of Wahhabism to promote blameful and reproachably bigoted religiosity for facilitating its funders to wipe Muslims from the face of the earth by declaring them potentially dangerous creatures!

May Allah save my innocent brothers and sisters in Islam from felling a prey to a vicious alliance! May Allah help us to show our non-Muslim brothers and sisters that Wahhabism is not the real face of Islam! Islam is one of the most inclusive religions wherein “ink of a scholar is holier than blood of a martyr” and “killing one human person is killing humanity”! Islam—that is a religion of heart, love, empathy and compassion! Amen!

Jamshed Iqbal is a student and teacher of English literature and philosophy.

STUDENT’S CONFERENCE & NAAT COMPETITION

7 Jan

 

                   M.S.O UNIT BAREILLY SHAREEF

                           ORGANIZED  BY: KANZUL IMAAN ISLAMIC   LIBRARY

The natia compititoin was held on 1st january 2009 at Taj palace in bareilly it was organized by M.S.O Bareilly unit members the naat compititation Alham-du-lillah went very successful this compititoin was organized to promote motivate and to bring the listners and lovers of reciting naats having beautiful voices in front of the muslim society.                                                                                                    

Alham-du-lillah approximatly 100 students participated in it from which 17 beautiful & extraordinary voices were choosen by organizing four audition. A speical Thanks to Mufti Sayyed kafeel Ahmad, Maulana Sageer Akhtar Misbahi, Mufti Farooq Sahab were among the judges who gave their precious time in taking the auditions of the student. The name of the students who won the competition:-

 

In group A(5-10YEARS):-

MUHAMMAD FURQAN AALAM(1ST)

SAHIBA KHANAM(2ND)

NAVADUL HASAN QADRI(3RD)

 

IN GROUP B(11-18YEARS):-

MUHAMMAD MISHKAT HUSSAIN(1ST)

MUHAMMAD BILAL(2ND)

MUHAMMAD QAMAR MUNEER(3 RD)

 

IN GROUP C(19-AND SO ON):-

MUHAMMAD TAYYAB RAZA(1ST)

MUHAMMAD NAEEM TEHSINI(2ND)

TAUSEEF RAZA KHAN(3RD)

 

 

 

These successful candidates were honoured by the prizes, trophies & certificates distributed  by the   hands of Hazrat Sha-ul-hameed Sahab (South Africa) Mufti Haneef Khan Sahab (president M.S.O unit Bareilly) and Maulana Hassan Raza Khan (Sajjada Nashin Khankahy Tehsini Bareilly Shareef).

Besides these successful candiates a  basic book of Islamic ShariaH named as Nizam-e-Shariat was given as a consilation prize to each & every student who participated in the comptition .

 

STUDENTS’ CONFERENCE

The student conference started soon after the naat compititoin on 1st jan. 2009 at Taj palace.

Topic Under Discussion Or Main Themes Of The Conference:

1.) To Inaugrate tHE unit of M.S.O IN Bareilly.

2.) Introduction of M.S.O in Bareilly.

3.) Agenda against terrorist activities.

4.)To motivate Students to work for the muslim community by joining M.S.O .

5.)To give information about the various works & activities going under the BANNER of M.S.O.

M.S.O MEMBERS PARTICIPATED

1.) Shujat Ali Qadri (Asstt  Gen. Secretary M.S.O of India)

2.)Zohar-ud-din (Treasurer)

3.)Najmul Hasan Barkati (West U.P President)

4.)Irfan Khan

5.)M.S.O Sambhal unit president

6.)yunus Malik (MSO Pilibhit Shareef)

7.)Musharraf (Jamia Hamdard)

8.)MohtasHim (M.S.O Member)

9.)AshrafulKausar (Jamia Millia Islamia)

10.)Muhammad Z Barkati (Chif Editor Mahanama Kanzul Imaan)

GUEST,VIP’s & EMINENTS PERSONALITIES

1.)Mufti Haneef Khan Sahab Rizvi (Director Imaam Ahmad Raza Acadamy)

2.)Mufti Sayeed Kafeel Ahmad

3.)Mufti Farooq Sahab

4.)Hassan Raza Khan(Sajjada Nashin Khan-ka-hay Tehsini Bareilly Shareef)

5.)Rizwan Raza Khan( NAIB Sajjada Nashin Khan-ka-hay Tehsini Bareilly Shareef)

6.)Sohaib Raza Khan (PRESIDENT USTAD-E-ZAMAN SOCIETY)

7.)Qazi Shaheed Aalam Sahab

8.)Maulana Sager Akhtar Misbahi (Jamia-Nooria)
SPEECHES

1.)Mohammad Z-Barkati-DiliVered the speech on the intoduction of  M.S.O.

2.)Maulana Sageer Akhtar Misbahi-Dilivered the speech on Kanzul Imaam Tarjama and Fauz-e-Mubeen Written by A’Alahazrat.

3.)Shah-ul-hameed Sahab-Dilivered speech on the importance OF EDUCATION IN THE SOCIETY & roLL of the M.S.O & it’s time to stood up & work for islam.
MEDIA SPOKE PERSONS;

1.)Shujat Ali Qadri : in THE NEWS PAPER CUTTINGS.

2.)Kashif Sabri : Information about library & conference.

3.)Imran Khan : Competetion Anchor.

The conference ended successfully with the distribution of prizes among the successfully candidates of the naat compitition.

IQBAL NOORI SAHAB:THE PUBLISHED THE BOOK FAUZ-E-MUBEEN(WRITTEN BY AALAHAZRAT ON THE TOPIC THE EARTH IS STATIC OR IT IS STATIONARY)ALL THE STUDENTS ARE REQUESTED TO RED THID THIS BOOK IT AWAILABLE IN THE LIBRARY.

 

 

LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST A very special thanks to  M.S.O Bareilly unit member who worked the who month of December in making the conference & comptition a quite successful one by the grace of Allah Subhan-A-wa-Ta’ala.

1.) Mufti Haneef Khan Sahab (President)

2.) Imran Khan (Vice President)

3.)Salman Khan (Executive Secratry)

4.)Abid Tehsini (Tresravr)

5.)Kashif Sabri (Media Manager)

6.)Kashif Noori (Program Executive)

7.)Mohd. Junaid (Member)

8.)Amir Tehsini (General Secretary)

(Report By; Amir Raza Tehseeni Fen.Secretary Bareilly MSO And the whole team of Kanzul Imaan Islamic Library).

Barelvi Sunnis welcome Pak envoy’s remark against Deobandi Ulemas

20 Dec

Virendra Nath Bhatt
Posted: Dec 19, 2008 at 0209 hrs IST

Lucknow The remarks of Pakistan’s permanent representative in the United Nations (UN) about the influence the Deobandi Ulemas have over Taliban militants active in the tribal areas of Pakistan, has triggered a bitter debate among the Deobandis and Barelvis — the two prominent sub-sects of Sunni Muslims.
While Deobandi Muslims are outraged, Barelvis have welcomed the remark, saying that at last truth has been revealed at an international forum.

Pakistan’s permanent representative in UN General Assembly, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, had said: “I have come up with a very good suggestion. The clerics of Deoband, who wield a great influence in the NWFP of Pakistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, should come to Pakistan and issue a fatwa against suicide bombings and the killings of Muslims in Pakistan as well as in India.”

The remark has annoyed the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Saharanpur district and in particular, Maulana Magroobur Rahman, its rector. The seminary has demanded an immediate apology from Haroon.

“The statement is condemnable and we reject it. A responsible officer like the representative of Pakistan in the UN should have refrained from making such an irresponsible statement at an international forum,” read a statement issued on behalf of the rector.

“The Darul Uloom Deoband is of the unanimous view that the Pakistan government should direct its ignorant and rustic official Haroon to tender an unconditional apology for making such a statement, so as to prevent the recurrence of such an act of indiscretion,” it added.

Barelvi Sunni’s, however, have endorsed Haroon’s remark and suggested that the government should keep a watch on what is being taught in Deobandi madarsas.

Maulana Taukir Raza Khan, a prominent leader of the Barelvi Sunni sect, said: “It has been proved beyond doubt that those involved in acts of terror, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, are the Muslims who follow the Deobandi school of thought.”

“We strongly object to the use of word ‘Jehad’ by separatists waging a war against the state in Jammu and Kashmir. It is also true that only the Deobandis are involved in the so called Jehad,” he added.

Maulana Syed Hashim, another venerated leader of Barelvi Sunni Muslims and a Sajjadanashin of Kachaucha Dargah in Ambedkar Nagar district, said: “Only the Wahabis or the Deobandis and the clerics of this sect are involved in acts of terror in India.” The Centre should keep a close watch on the disciplines imparted in Deobandi madarsas and their syllabus should be prepared under the watchful eyes of the government, he added.

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