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Saudi Government must reconstruct Jannatul Baqi cemetery in Madina :MSO of India

16 Aug

Saudi Government must reconstruct Jannatul Baqi :MSO

New Delhi: 16th Aug 2013.The 8th Shawwal is demolition day of Jannatul Baqi cemetery in Madina Shareef  Saudi Arabia which has caused continuous grief and pain the hearts of millions of Muslims all over the world irrespective of sects.The Saudi act of demolition of pious cemetery in which Holy companions and family members of Holy Prophet are buried is an act of high level of condemnation. Successive governments after Khilafate Rashida preserved them and protected them through out history.

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(1) All Islamic Heritage buildings destroyed by Saudi Royal Family should be restored to their pre 1900 position. Particularly, we want memorials of Jannatul Baqi in Madinah, and Jannatul Mu’alla in Makka without wasting any more time.

(2) Saudi authorities should publicly apologize to the Muslim world for the destruction of the Islamic Heritage and insults meted out to Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), his family members and Sahabah, during their dynastic rule. The wrongs committed in the past should be apologized publicly and a new beginning made by restoring the Baqi and Mu’alla sanctuaries and other heritage buildings. They should initiate a master plan to restore all Islamic Heritage buildings that have been destroyed in Arabia.

(3) Killing of Muslims in several Muslim countries  specially in Egypt by Egyptian government should  be stopped immediately and Muslims’ life and property be protected in the whole world.

(4) Shia -Sunni sectarianism must not be encouraged and Saudi govt. through its Imams must  build an atmosphere of harmony and brotherhood in Muslim World. It must leave Anti-Iranian  and Pro U.S Policies.

(5)Saudi Mutawwa Police must not interfere in the prayers of Sunni-Shia piligrims at Holy Places in the name of Shirk and Biddah.They must understand traditional majority Muslims don’t follow their ideology of Salafism.

Shujaat Ali Quadri ,National Secretary , MSO of India

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Saudi Arabia and its Unholy nexus with Zionist Israel and U.S

14 Aug

By Syed Zubair Ahmad,

One of the most memorable events in the friendship was the exchange of gifts between US President Franklin Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz. The president gave the king a Dakota aero plane and the latter handed the US a maintenance contract for T.W.A. This was the beginning of Saudia. (Arab News, 20 September 2002).

obama-saudi-arabia5Is it just a coincidence or a part of great conspiracy! One thing could be said for sure that the most important Muslim country in the world has collaborated and are aligned with Antichrist imperialist forces headed by the US. It is a direct or indirect surrender to one of the worst enemies of Islam, Muslims and mankind in general. The world knows that the terrorist state of America is ravaging Afghanistan, Iraq and by proxy Palestine. It is invading Muslim lands, enslaving civilians, maiming innocent people, killing youngsters, starving infants, destroying civilization, bombing hospitals, schools, and marriage parties on daily basis. Its enmity with Islam is not a secret, but a declared government policy. Ignoring all, the Saudi rulers even today express solidarity to and maintain a ‘historical’ friendship with America. They use phrases like ‘most loyal ally’, ‘strategical partner’, ‘a privileged and most dependable friend’, ‘oldest friend’, ‘a time tested friend’, etc. to describe America. On the other hand general public opinion is outrageous over this meek and submissive gesture of Saudi rulers. Ignoring all these, the Saudi rulers continue to overlook interest of Islam and the Muslims in favor of their own selfish interests.

‘Americanism’ is apparent everywhere in Saudi society. It must be reminded here that the US is a creator, protector and torchbearer of the Zionist state Israel. American civilization is a Jewish (Antichrist) civilization by its nature and origin. Founder of the Saudi kingdom, King Abdul Aziz established friendship with America. His descendants are stuck to that foreign policy till date. As the Prophet’s saying goes ‘ Annaaso Ala Deen e Mulukihim’; (people’s lifestyle, thoughts and etiquettes etc. are that of their rulers), we can notice that the ruling elite and a large chunk of upper class is running after everything that comes from America. Be it politics, trade, education, tourism, medicine, fashion, foods etc., and the Saudi society looks towards America. Even today America provides them with all kinds of luxuries and in lieu of these America gets big business contracts. Here it must also be kept in mind that America not only provides with instruments of debauchery but advertise rather promulgate American culture too.

In fact, Saudi rulers are responsible for present state of affairs. Don’t they know that America and Israel are two sides to the same coin? Isn’t it a fact that the existence of Israel in the heart of Arab peninsula is the greatest tragedy and the biggest defeat of the twentieth century Muslim Ummah? In spite of these facts the Arab rulers and the so called custodian of two holiest mosques preferred to remain a natural ally of the oppressor and imperialist forces. In past, they conspired against the Ottoman Caliphate and collaborated with the Americans and the British to disintegrate the Caliphate and get small territories to establish Sheikhdom in place of Caliphate. They succeeded in their nefarious design. This is not a debatable issue. This is the plain truth beyond any doubt. In fact, the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire paved the way for the establishment of an illegal and illegitimate Israel on the occupied Arab land. At a time when multi-dimensional conspiracies against Ottoman Empire were in full swing to establish an illegal Israel in the heart of Arabian Peninsula their only concerns were throne and Sheikhdom. Israel was not born out of an accident but, it was the result of well-planned and well-calculated move of western powers. Now the US is the biggest protector of Zionist interests and the mentally westernized Arab rulers are safeguarding its interests directly and indirectly.

American policy makers and the Zionist think-tanks knew it well that in the Gulf region American and Zionist interests are not safe until the ruling elite and populace are mentally westernized and physically “paralyzed”. They dexterously played their game and now on international affairs, Arab rulers are mere pawns in the hands of America which sacrifices them at its will to safeguard its larger interests. Walking in the footsteps of their rulers, a large section of Arab population too is westernized inwardly as well as outwardly. Though I am talking explicitly about Saudi society, the situation is more or less the same in the entire Gulf region.

Even today, contracts to discover or newly discovered oil fields are given to American companies on preferential basis. It won’t be an exaggeration if we say that the U.S. takes the petroleum from Arab nations at nominal prices. The crude oil, which sells for 60-70 dollar a barrel in international market, America buys it for two dollars a barrel from Saudi Arabia. Different newspapers reports, based on financial experts’ opinion, indicate that the royal family’s eight trillion dollars are lying in American banks and financial institutions which are promoting interest system of banking all over the world. And it is a known fact that most of American and European Banks are owned by Jews and Zionists. The book ‘Big Oil & Their Bankers In Persian Gulf’ by Dean Henderson is an eye opener on this subject.

It is an open secret that money deposited in World Bank and IMF etc. is utilized by imperialists to enslave suffering people of the Third World countries by giving them aids at high interest rates with certain conditions such as mortgaging their sovereignty in the hands of American capitalist administration to get the so-called financial assistance. Jews and Neo-con capitalists take the maximum benefit of it.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest buyer of the American weapons. These weapons are given on the condition that they will not be used against American ally i.e. Israel. This is also a fact that US tends to sell these weapons but not the technology and so Saudi Arabia has a large numbers of F-15 and F-16 fighter jets but these planes are only operated by American pilots, besides it also extracts large sums of money from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in the name of maintaining and updating those outdated weapons on regular basis.

Most suitable destination of investment for Saudi capitalists is America, where in banks and hotels they invest enormous amount of money. America’s largest bank City Financial Corporation’s 40% shares are owned by a Saudi prince who is nephew of King Fahad. Every year affluent Saudis spend 15 billion dollars on tourism and their preferred destination is America, so most of these funds are spent in America. Be that an ordinary technical training or higher education the first choice is again America. If Saudis need minor or major medical treatment on government expenditure, the government would send them to the US while such education, training and treatment facilities of the same quality and standard are available at a much lower cost in other developed or developing countries. Saudi Arabia’s largest company is ‘Aramco’ which is run in the partnership of US. Saudi Arabia’s largest bank is Saudi American bank. Saudi Arabia is the biggest market of American cars and so Saudi streets are full of Cadillac, Caprices, Fords and Lincolns etc. The largest fast food chains of Saudi Arabia are Pizza Hut, Pizza in, Domino Pizza, Burger King, Taco Bell, Chill, KFC, McDonald etc. The most popular selling cosmetic brands are Clinique, MAC, and Estee Lauder CK, DKNY etc. Likewise the most preferred perfumes are Eternity, Obsession, Contradiction, Escape, Truth, etc.

New generation of Saudi Arabia takes pride in wearing DKNY jeans. The Arabs who call non-Arabs ajmi or dumb feel pride in talking with their children in English and that too in concocted American accent. Saudi supermarkets are flooded with edible goods whose being Halal has always been doubtful and debated. Even on bottles of tomato sauce one can find ‘made in USA’ tag. If you take a look at AC boxes you would discover that it is of York, Gibson or Carrier. In markets signboards read like this, shop of American cars, shop of American mattress, shop of American furniture, shop of American vessels, etc. It is considered a symbol of status to pay through American dollar or American Express card. There are three channels of Saudi government among which one is altogether dedicated to broadcast American films and absurd American shows. People all over the world go to America in search of better livelihood, but more than forty thousand Americans are working in Saudi Arabia and getting an average pay of 40-50 thousand riyals per month. Engineers of Indonesia and Malaysia are world famous in their precision and profession but if they come to Saudi Arabia they come as drivers or housemaids as visas for top class engineers are meant for Americans.

When a Bangladeshi, who earns 240 riyals a month, calls his home, the Saudi government charges 4 riyals per unit from that poor but if a 40-50 thousand riyals earner American calls his home he pays less than 1.5 riyals per unit.

After the US attack on Afghanistan a slight decline is felt in import of American products and some Saudi capitalists have transferred their savings from American to European banks but this is too mild a beginning. Some people have started boycotting American products but majority of them are not capable of buying an American car. Yes! They do drink some other soft drink than Pepsi and smoke some other cigarette than Marlboro.

One day I asked a Saudi friend why Saudi people don’t boycott American goods. He said how they could do so. Majority of American companies’ agents are Saudi princes and boycotting them is against the policy of the government. Prince Naif (home minister) also issues royal decree from time to time that boycotting of American products is not in the interest of Saudi economy while royal imams in their Friday sermons would cry ‘it is Sunnah to trade with the Jews and Christians’ loudly.

A proverb is famous in Saudi Arabia: ‘Amriki mian mian’ means anything from America amounts – 100% out of 100%”. During a few years of my stay there I came to understand quite well the lingual, practical and psychological connotations of this proverb.
The Arab rulers have not only accepted political, financial and cultural slavery of west but they are proud of it.

(From ” Zionist Conspiracies in the citadel of Islam)

Destruction of Holy sites in Syria:Pakistan summoned Syrian envoy

23 Jul

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday summoned a senior Syrian diplomat to strongly condemn what it called the ‘deliberate and wanton’ attacks on holy sites in Syria including recent attacks on Sayyeda Bibi Zainab’s shrine in Damascus.The foreign ministry conveyed Pakistan’s deep concerns over such ‘reprehensible acts.’According to the foreign ministry spokesperson, the government of Pakistan urged upon Syrian authorities to ensure safety and security of all holy shrines and buildings in Syria.

“The trend of desecration of the holy sites has hurt the sentiments of Muslims in Pakistan as indeed the world over. Such violations, which also fan sectarian strife, are most reprehensible,” the spokesperson added. Pakistan also called upon all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to observe the international humanitarian law and help protect the common heritage of mankind respecting the sanctity of the holy buildings and places of worship.

Islamabad summoned the Syrian envoy a day after countrywide protests against the desecration of holy sites.

Protesters also staged a sit-in outside the foreign office on Sunday, urging the government to denounce the attacks and take up the matter with concerned authorities.

On Monday, reports emerged that the mosque where Khalid Bin Walid, a companion of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and commander of Muslim forces known for his military prowess and conquests, had been buried in Syria, had been damaged by military shelling.

Saudi Govt. detained Sunni Muslims for showing respect at Medina Shareef:Raza Academy protested

22 Jul

Mumbai:22nd July

Prominent organization of Indian Sunni Muslims,Raza Academy has written a protest letter to Saudi King Abdullah to change its governments behavior towards Sunni pilgrims who pays respect at Roza-e-Rasool Sallallaholaihiwasalam (Holy grave of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad) in Medina.Raza Academy in its protest letter has attracted King Abdullah’s attention towards a  regular feature in which religious Mutawwa Police of Saudi Arabia harasses Muslim pilgrims at Holy places in and around Masjid-e-Nabwi and makkah Shareef.

Press Release

It should be rembered that Mutawwa Police is regulated by Salafi ideology in Saudi Arabia which consider it to Biddah and Shirk means against Islam to pay tribute and respect at Holy graves of Jannatul Baqi and Jannatul Moalla as well as at Roza-e-Rasool Sallallahoalihiwassam .Thousands of pilgrims regularly complain these harassment by Mutawwa Police in Saudi Arabia but Kingdom shows no attention towards it.This Police is very  controversial Police which works on unreasonable and illogical laws and rules made by Wahabi -Salafi Board.

Raza Academy has attarcted attention of Saudi King towards an incident where two Muslims of India were harrased and detained by this Police on false and filmsy grounds.According to letter they were just paying tributes at holy places and Mutawwa argued with them and arrested them with out any reason.Raza Academy has demanded immediate release of both of these Muslims.

The copy of the letter has  been sent to Saudi Embassy in New Delhi,Mumbai and to Indian government for necessary action.

Builders erase Mecca’s history

11 Jul

 

“Dr. Al Alawi : We are destroying physical links to our past and turning our religion and history into a legend”

 

 

 

Some of Islam’s historic sites in Mecca, possibly including a home of the Prophet Mohammad, are under threat from Saudi real estate developers and Wahhabi Muslims who view them as promoting idolatry.

 

 

 

Dr. Irfan Al Alawi, an expert on the region’s Islamic architecture, said 1,400-year-old buildings from the early Islamic period risk being demolished to make way for high rise towers for Muslims flocking to perform the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city.

 

 

 

“We are witnessing now the last few moments of the history of Mecca,” Dr. Al Alawi told Reuters. “Layers of history are being bulldozed for a parking lot,” he added.

 

 

 

Dr. Al Alawi estimated that over the past 50 years at least 300 historical buildings had been leveled in Mecca and Medina, another Muslim holy city containing the prophet’s tomb.

 

 

 

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia‘s dominant doctrine which promotes a strict narrow interpretation of Islam, was largely to blame, he said.

 

 

 

“They (Wahhabis) have not allowed preservation of old buildings, especially those related to the prophet. They fear other Muslims will come to see these buildings as blessed and this could lead to polytheism and idolatry.”

 

 

 

The Washington-based Saudi Institute, an independent news gathering group, says most Islamic landmarks have been destroyed since Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932. It cited a 1994 edict by the kingdom’s senior council of religious scholars which ruled that preserving historical buildings might lead to polytheism.

 

 

 

Dr. Al Alawi, who founded the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation to study and preserve Mecca and Medina’s rich history, claims to have identified a home of the Prophet Mohammad. But he is reluctant to publicise its location fearing it would be demolished like Dar al Arqam – the first school in Islam where the prophet taught.

 

 

 

Dr. Al Alawi’s views were echoed elsewhere.

 

 

 

In London, Mr Geoffrey King, Islamic art and archaeology specialist at the School of Oriental and African Studies, said the fate of Islamic historic sites in Saudi Arabia was “depressing”.

 

 

 

“The religious authorities have failed to appreciate the significance of these buildings to Muslims and scholars worldwide,” said Mr King, who taught for several years in the kingdom and stressed many young Saudis agreed with him.

 

 

 

Followers of  Wahhabism say Muslims should focus on Mecca’s Grand Mosque, which contains the Kaaba – an ancient structure that more than 4 million Muslims visit each year as part of  Haj and Umra pilgrimages.

 

 

 

Real estate firms see massive demand for new accommodation to house up to 20 million pilgrims expected to visit Islam’s holiest city annually over the coming years as authorities relax entry restrictions for pilgrims.

 

 

 

“The infrastructure at the moment cannot cope. New hotels, apartments and services are badly needed,” the director of a leading real estate company said, estimating that developers are spending around 50 billion riyals ($13 billion) on projects in the city.

 

 

 

Dominating these is the 10 billion riyal Jabal Omar scheme. Covering a 230,000 square yard area adjacent to the Grand Mosque, the seven-year project consists of several towers containing hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants.

 

 

 

Dr. Al Alawi said these developments will dwarf Mecca’s Grand Mosque and are a sign of crasscommercialisation.

 

 

 

“Mecca is being treated like a bad copy of any city when it is a sanctuary. The house of god is beingcommercialised and these developments are disrespectful and totally out of proportion.”

 

 

 

But the Jabal Omar Development Company, the firm behind the project, said it was changing Mecca for the better, not least in demolishing more than 1,000 poorly built homes that clung precariously to the hillsides around the Grand Mosque.

 

 

 

The firm said around 70,000 residents from 29 different nationalities used to live on the Jabal Omar site before selling up and moving into better quality housing elsewhere.

 

 

 

The residents of a similar neighborhood close by seemed to be equally eager to attract developers.

 

 

 

Mr Ali Hussein, a 38-year-old originally from Myanmar, lives in a cramped house deep within a network of unpaved, rubbish-strewn alleyways. “The people that moved away now live in nice homes,” he said as a stray cat skipped over a puddle of sewage nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

“This is a very poor area. We hope another investor will come,” said Mr Amin Rafie, a local community ombudsman, adding that residents would likely be offered a handsome price for their disheveled homes in Saudi Arabia’s oil-driven real estate boom.

 

 

 

But Dr.Al Alawi wasn’t convinced of the developers’ motives.

 

 

 

“We have to accommodate these new pilgrims, but do we have to do it in high rise towers? Making money seems to be the bottom line here,” he said.

 

 

 

“We are destroying physical links to our past and turning our religion and history into a legend,” he said.

 

Sarkar Khawaja Gharib Nawaz R.A

7 Jul

Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti, 

 
Rahmatu Allahi alaih (May the Mercy of Allah be upon him)

 


Love towards all
Malice towards none

(excerpted from “The Greatest Preacher of Islam & A Messenger of Peace and Love”
from the committee of the Dargah Sharif, Ajmer, Rajistan, India) [1]To print this article in PDF format (4 pages): click here

Historical Sketch

It is a well known historical fact that in spreading the ethical and spiritual values of Islam, major and effective contributions have been made by the walis (saints) of Allah. It was their humanism, disposition and piety which won over the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people. They contacted the masses directly. They served and loved them. They lived with them and inspired them in the realisation of Eternal Truth. The proof of this is more than evident from the history of the growth of Islam in India. Although India was penetrated in the first century of Hijra, the noble task of inspiring the people to its tenets and values was accomplished by Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, r.a. popularly known as Khwaja Sahib and Khwaja Gharib Nawaz. He did it all through his own great moral power, glorious and appealing character, with love and dedication to mankind, without any worldly resources of wealth, power, force or support.

Khwaja Sahib was a scholar of great repute. He interpreted the true Islamic message of love for mankind and through that, love for the Almighty Creator. He preached the Qur’anic philosophy of unity of religion and worked out its potentialities for the whole of humanity. He was the greatest mystic of his time. He laid the foundation of the liberal Chishtia order of Sufis in India, and inspired millions of souls to be his followers, and thus served the masses of the Indian sub-continent.

Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti (r.a.)

Birth: Early life and Education

Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, r.a. was born in Seistan (East Persia) also known as Sajistan, around 533 Hijri (1138-39 A.D.) in a well respected family. His father, Khwaja Ghayasuddin, r.a. and mother, Syeda Bibi Ummalwara (alias Bibi Mahe-Noor), were the descendants of Hazrat Ali, r.a. through his sons Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain. Khwaja Sahib lost both his father and mother at an early age of sixteen years. He inherited an orchard and millstone which were his means of livelihood. One day when Khwaja Sahib was working in his orchard, a pious dervish and majzoob, Ebrahim Qandoozi, came and took his seat under the shade of a tree. When Khwaja Sahib saw him, he brought a bunch of grapes and presented it to his guest. The visitor ate the grapes and was delighted. He then took something out of his bag, chewed it, then offered it to his young host. Khwaja Sahib ate it without any hesitation, and at once the light of wisdom and knowledge dawned upon the young Khwaja. Immediately he disposed of all of his worldly belongings and distributed the money amongst the poor. Having thus broken all the ties with worldly affairs, he set off for Samarkand and Bokhara then the great centres of learning for religious education and knowledge.

Spiritual Guidance

When Khwaja Sahib had acquired the best knowledge and wisdom of the time, he travelled widely in search of a Pir (spiritual guide) who could provide him with the best spiritual guidance. He came to know of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni , r.a, who was the greatest scholar and unrivalled spiritual guide of that period. In the very first meeting, Khwaja Sahib completely submitted himself to his Murshid and remained in the company of this great divine spiritual leader, for twenty years and served him devotedly, passing through the various stages of spiritual life. Thus the great Murshid trained and elevated Khwaja Sahib to the highest spiritual attainments.

Hajj and the Prophet’s (s.a.w.s) Command

As the great Khwaja Sahib became accomplished and perfect in every respect, the divine tutor honoured him with the robe and took him to Hajj. Both then proceeded to Mecca and performed the Hajj, and then went to Medina and stayed there for some time, to receive blessings from the prophet of Islam (s.a.w.s.)

One night, while in a trance, he was ordered by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.): “O Muinuddin! you are a prop of our faith. Proceed to India and show the Path of Truth to the people there.” In compliance with the above spiritual command, Khwaja Sahib left Medina for India. He continued his journey, passing through Isfahan, Bokhara, Herat, Lahore and Delhi meeting several prominent Sufis of the period. He arrived at the barren and desolate land of Rajputana which is now known as Rajasthan. On his way to India, he enrolled large numbers of people into his fold and blessed thousands of others with spiritual power.

Khwaja Sahib at Ajmer, India

Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, r.a., arrived in Ajmer at the age of 52 years around 587 A.H. (1190 A.D.), on his divine mission, unique in the annals of Islam. His only armour for the success of his great mission was the greatest “invisible power” that pervades and sustains the whole universe. At that time, Ajmer was ruled by Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the famous Rajput king. In his court, he had a large number of powerful magicians with Ajai Pal as their leader. Khwaja Sahib stayed on a hill close to Ana Sagar lake now known as the Chillah Khwaja Sahib. When the news spread that a very pious Dervish had come to Ajmer, people began to flock to him in increasing numbers. Whoever came to him, received the kindest treatment and blessings. People were so much inspired by his divine teachings and simplicity that they began to embrace Islam. Many became his disciples. Even Ajai pal submitted himself to the divine powers of Khwaja Sahib, gave up all his magic and became his disciple.

Meanwhile, Shahabuddin Ghori again attacked India, in 1192 A.D., and in the famous battle of Tarain, defeated Prithvi Raj. When Shahabuddin Ghori came to know of the presence of Khwaja Sahib at Ajmer, he personally came to see him at his place, and enjoyed the grace of his meeting.

Khwaja Sahib continued his noble magnificent mission, showing the Path of Truth to the people. He also sent his disciples and successors to the different part of the country who also served the people and preached the tenets of Islam. A few of his prominent successors are:

1. Hazrat Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Khaki, r.a. (Delhi. ob. 1236)

2. Hazrat Shaikh Fariduddin Ganj-e-shakar, r.a., (Pak Pattan ob. 1265)

3. Hazrat Shaikh Nizamuddin Awlia (Delhi, ob. 1325)

4. Hazrat Shaikh Nasiruddin Chiragh Delhi (Delhi, ob. 1356)

Khwaja Sahib Breathes His Last

After achieving the objectives of his mission and complying with the command given to him by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.), his noble soul left the mortal body on the 6th of Rajab 633 A.H. (March 16, 1236) at the age of 97. He was buried in the same cell which was the centre for his divine activities, throughout his stay at Ajmer. Today his tomb is popularly known as The Dargah Sharif (holy tomb). People of all walks of life and faith from all over the world, irrespective of their caste, creed and belief, visit this great shrine to offer the flowers of their esteem and devotion. The rich and the poor stand side by side to pay homage and respect to this divine soul.

Mission and Teaching of Khwaja Sahib

The life and mission of Khwaja Sahib have been of an exceptional character as compared with any other saints in India. His simple teaching penetrated even the stoniest of hearts, his affectionate look silenced his fiercest of enemies. His matchless piety and blessings knew no distinction and his “Spiritual Power”, amazed and defied his bitterest adversaries who came in order to harm him, but were inspired instead to embrace Islam and become his devotees for the rest of their lives. He brought the message of Universal Love and Peace. He chose the way of non-compulsion in the true spirit of the Holy Qur’an, which says:

Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from error; whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.” [Qur’an 2:256]

Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, r.a. followed this dictum strictly throughout his mission. It is because of this that he became popularly known as Gharib Nawaz, which means ‘the one who shows kindness to the poor’. This was later reinforced by succeeding Chishti Sufis, who became religious pioneers in national integration in the country. They fulfilled the objectives of bringing together the various castes, communities and races, elevating humanity from the swamp of materialistic concerns, which is leading mankind to destruction even today.

The teachings of Khwaja Sahib have been recorded in several books on mysticism. The essence of his teachings are:

The true friend of Allah is one who has these three qualities:
1. A friend of God must have affection like the sun. When the sun rises, it is beneficial to all. All persons derive heat and light from it irrespective of whether they are Muslim, Christian, Seik,
Hindu, etc.
2. A friend of God must be generous like an ocean or a river. We all get water from the river or sea to quench our thirst. No discrimination is made whether we are good or bad or whether we are a relation or a stranger.
3. A friend of God is one who has the quality of hospitality like the earth. We are raised and cradled in its lap, and it is always spread below our feet.

The noblest of characters is possessed by one who is:
1. Bountiful in poverty.
2. Content in hunger.
3. Cheerful in grief.
4. Friendly in hostility.

The surest way to ward off the eternal punishment of hell is:
1. To feed the hungry.
2. To redress the aggrieved.
3. To help the distressed.

Sacred Sayings of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, r.a.

1. Without performing Namaz (prayer), none can approach Allah (God), because Namaz is the climax (mi’raj) in the process of such an approach for the pious.

2. If all the rules of Namaz were not followed properly, it is struck back on the face of him who offers such a Namaz.

3. The heart of a lover (True lover of Allah) constantly burns with the fire of love, so much so that whatever intrudes upon its sanctity is burnt to ashes.

4. A sin committed does not harm an individual so much as looking down upon one’s own fellow human beings.

5. Of all the worship that pleases Almighty Allah, the most is the granting of relief to the humble and the oppressed.

6. Performance of charity is the key of attaining the estate of a philanthropist.

7. The one who does not perform devotion of Allah is engaged in the career of earning a sinful living.

8. There are four cardinal virtues of the individual self: (i) refraining from begging in the state of penury; (ii) showing the attitude of being well-fed when feeling hungry; (iii) maintaining a cheerfulness in the time of sorrow; and (iv) befriending the enemy.

9. That man is a true devotee of Almighty Allah, who resigns with pleasure to the misfortune that comes from his beloved (Almighty Allah).

10. The path of Love of God is such a path that whosoever steps into it, loses himself.

11. For a follower of the path of Truth, it is worse than sin to disdain or look down upon anyone.

12. Those who are true Lovers of God give away both of the worlds for the sake of their Beloved and even then feel that they have done nothing worthy.

13. Perfection in faith is evident by three things: (i) Fear, (ii) Hope, and (iii) Love

 
Notes:[1] A book entitled “Muinul Arwah” (in Urdu), written by Nawab Gudri Shah Baba,
describes the life of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, r.a.


Salalah – City Of The Prophets

1 Jul

Written by Inam Abidi Amrohvi

 

June 24, 2008

Tomb of the Prophet Imran [PBUH]

The first time I heard of Salalah was through a friend of mine in Dubai who, like me, is very found of exploring new places. When I saw the pictures of the place I was quite impressed with the greenery. Think of Middle East and images of desert and the date palm trees comes instantly to the mind. Salalah looked different with its virgin beaches, coconut and banana trees, and some stunning views of waterfalls. That was how I made up my mind to go to Salalah.

The wait was finally over when I visited the place with my family early this month!

The city strikes you the moment you land at the airport. The airport itself is small but green. The mountains in the distant backgound adds to the beauty. The weather even in June was pleasant. UAE by this time is scorching with temperatures in the mid 40s (degree celcius). I took some pictures outside before we went in for the Visa formalities. It was late afternoon.

Unlike UAE, Oman is more grounded in its traditions and the use of Arabic language. It’s not easy to communicate in English when you are in Oman. The formalities took a while even when there were passengers from one flight only. The Dubai airport has probably spoiled us when it comes to time efficiency.

After buying some riyals we hired a taxi to take us to ‘Haffa House’ hotel. It is an old hotel. The pretty impressive arabic architecture inside tells you that the owners must have quite a vision. Unfortunately the vision will be lost soon if the sub-standard maintenance continues!

Salalah in PicturesAfter a shower we went out for an evening stroll. There was one place in my mind that I was eager to see ever since the plan to Salalah was conceived – the resting place of the Prophet Umran [PBUH]. Prophet Umran or Imran [PBUH] was the father of Mariyam (biblical Virgin Mary) mother of the Prophet Isa [PBUH] (biblical Jesus). As per the Bible he could also be the father of the Prophet Musa [PBUH] (biblical Moses). It was my good luck that his tomb was a minute walk from our hotel.

There is no words to describe the feelings when you see something like this. I mean a sinner like me is standing inside the tomb of a Prophet after whom there’s a whole chapter in Qur’an (Chapter 3, Surah Aal-E-Imran or ‘The Family of Imran’). I was a little overwhelmed by the sight. The grave was nothing like what I was used to – it was thirty metres long! I had seen the picture but seeing something in person is a whole new experience. There was a small mosque and a park surrounding the tomb. The entire place was serene, something entirely different from the atmosphere at Hazrat Nizamuddin and other shrines in India. There were just one person sitting and reciting Qur’an. It could also be because of the time of the year. Normally visitors throng Salalah during the Khareef season when it rains, which was just a month away.

I recited Surah Fatiha (the first chapter of Qur’an) for the blessed soul. My wife could only visit the place on the third and final day of our visit.

There was another landmark nearby, of a different kind though – Lulu (arabic for pearl) Hypermarket. The name may not ring a bell for those not living in the Middle East. It’s a chain of super/hyper markets across the Gulf run by this year Padma Shri awardee UAE-based Yusuf Ali. I think it was the only big retail outlet of the area.

We stopped by a restaurant for a bite. Oman in my opinion offers the best food. You could try any of their dishes (non-veg offcourse), they all taste good. We had a grilled chicken sandwich and fresh avocado juice. It was all very delicious!

We took a cab for the old Haffa market, which is a small traditional market for perfumes. For us it was a welcome change from the big, glamourous, and freezing cold malls of Dubai. There was not much to buy anyway, the chinese seems to have taken over the local handicraft as well. Even the ‘Khanjar’ or the Omani dagger sold in the souvenier shop read ‘made in China’. We spent some time at the Haffa beach. I was looking for the local tea but the language barrier made sure that we had a cup of regular tea which tasted worse even.

It was a long hectic day. By the time we reached our hotel the two of us were exhausted, but our son was still raring to go. The dinner was a quite affair at the hotel restauraunt itself. I can’t recall the name of the omani dish that I ordered, but it was made of minced mutton mixed with vegetables having a half-fried egg on top. It was a local favourite and rightly so! A much needed sleep followed.

Day two started with a nice buffet style breakfast at the hotel before we hired a taxi for the whole day. Since we arrived in Salalah before the start of the Khareef season we could only see the spots which would become waterfalls in the days ahead. The caves in such spots are pretty cool and serve as nice picnic spots. The roads were in complete harmony with the nature. You could see camels roam around every now and then, the trees too lined the roads in patches. We could just imagine how green and pretty the place would become when it rains.

Tomb of the Prophet Ayub [PBUH]Our next stop was the tomb of another Prophet, Ayub [PBUH](biblical Job). In the Muslim world there are two names that come up immediately when the word ‘patience’ is mentioned, one is Husain bin Ali (grandson of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH]) and the other is Prophet Ayub [PBUH](a descendant of the Prophet Ibrahim [PBUH]). He was a very rich man before thieves attacked his big farm, killed many of his servants, and ran away with his cattle. After some time the roof of his house gave in, resulting in the death of many of his family members. A few years later a skin disease caused ulcers on his face and hands. His sores were full of worms. It is said that when any of those worms fell down he used to pick them up and put them back inside. Even his wife under the influence of Iblees (Satan) left him. But he remain patient and never lost his faith in God. And he was rewarded for it. Allah cured him and restored his old status.

The tomb was located at a small hill with gardens surrounding it. It weather was quite pleasant with strong, cool winds blowing! We stayed for a while before heading off to Mughsail beach. There was another tomb, of Salem bin Ahmed bin Arabia, which we visited on the way.

Mughsail is a popular beach of the region. It is well known for its blowholes. Blowhole is actually a cavity formed in the ground at the inland end of a sea cave through which water gushes through, reaching several metres in height. It is a spectacular sight, one that has to be seen to be believed. The area had some stunning cave formations. The temperatures dropped below the caves. A small wooden bridge connects you to the blowholes side of the beach. The blowholes were covered by strong mesh like iron frames. The water comes out in the form of a spray from such holes. My wife had a lot of fun but my son got scared with the noise of the waves. We had to leave the place early against our wishes.

Our lunch was a typical Omani affair at a restaurant located at the foot of the staircase leading to the ground. The chicken piece put in as a whole in the biryani was unlike anything that I’ve eaten before. It was all very delicious. We offered our prayers at a nearby mosque before heading back to the city centre.

I wanted to see the Al Baleed Archalogical park but we couldn’t go in because of the timings. Al Baleed was mentioned by Ibn Battuta in the 13th century as one of the important Omani harbours trading in arabian gold, frankincense, horses and other to goods to Indian harbours. Today, it is the only one excavated and being turned into an archaeological park.

We stopped for some fresh coconut drink at a local fruit shop. The shops lining around the road had banana and coconut trees in the background. It looked like a scene straight from a village in Kerala, India.

The last spot of the day was Al Baleed beach. As the name suggests it was close to the park. Compared to the adjacent Haffa beach, it was cleaner and looked pretty with all the coconut trees providing a nice resting place. The Omani beaches are strikingly very natural with little or no commercial development. The maddening race for development has yet to hit Oman. Perhaps that makes it a very peaceful place to live in. After an hour or so at the beach we left for the hotel. We had to leave Mohammad, the taxi driver, as well. He was a well mannered soft spoken guy who worked at the Airport Police department. Taxi was his part-time job.

Our final dinner in Salalah was at a nice restaurant at the Al-Salam street.

Day three started a bit early. This was also to be the last day of our visit. We checked out of the hotel after breakfast, and waited for Mohammad. He was a bit late. Since my wife couldn’t go to the Prophet Umran’s [PBUH] tomb, she did that day. There’s another spot close to the tomb, it has a rock containing the footprint’s of Prophet Saleh’s [PBUH] camel before it was killed.

Footprints of the Prophet Saleh\'s she camelProphet Saleh or Salih [PBUH] was known for his wisdom, purity and goodness and had been greatly respected by his people before Allah’s revelation came to him. Most of them did not believe him and tried to put him off by asking him to perform a miracle if he was a true messenger of God. It was to let a unique she camel issue from the mountains. The almighty granted him this miracle and a huge, unique, she camel appeared from the direction of the mountain. Yet most of them didn’t believe in him. They started plotting to kill the camel. Three days after they finally killed it against the Prophet’s warning, a severe earthquake destroyed the entire city and its habitants. Those who believed in the message of Saleh (PBUH), were saved because they had left the place. The story finds a mention in the Qur’an as well.

We couldn’t visit the Prophet Saleh’s [PBUH] and the Prophet Hud’s [PBUH] tombs due to lack of time. Both were at a fair distance from Salalah.

From the camel spot Mohammad took us to a nice green spot which had water flowing through it. It was a good 30-40 kms from Salalah city. The spot had a cave as well. There were quite a few teenagers bathing and having fun in the water. We took our lunch at a nice restaurant in the main city on our way to the airport. Muhammad the taxi guy was kind enough to escort us to the main departure area. We took off from the Salalah airport only to expect the hustle and bustle of a city called Dubai.

Orthodox Jewish youths burn New Testaments in Israel

29 May


The Associated Press
Published: May 20, 2008

JERUSALEM: Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.

Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material.

After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and drove through the neighborhood, urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it.

The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue, he said.

The Israeli Maariv daily reported Tuesday that hundreds of Jewish religious school students took part in the book-burning. But Aharon told The Associated Press that only a few students were present, and that he was not there when the books were torched. Not all of the New Testaments that were collected were burned, but hundreds were, he said.

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He said he regretted the burning of the books, but called it a “commandment” to burn materials that urge Jews to convert.

“I certainly don’t denounce the burning of the booklets,” he said. “I denounce those who distributed the booklets.”

Jews worship from the Old Testament, including the Five Books of Moses and the writings of the ancient prophets. Christians revere the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, which contains the ministry of Jesus.

Calev Myers, an attorney who represents Messianic Jews, or Jews who accept Jesus as their savior, demanded in an interview with Army Radio that all those involved be put on trial. He estimated there were 10,000 Messianic Jews, who are also known as Jews for Jesus, in Israel.

Police had no immediate comment.

Israeli authorities and Orthodox Jews frown on missionary activity aimed at Jews, though in most cases it is not illegal. Still, the concept of a Jew burning books is abhorrent to many in Israel because of the association with Nazis torching piles of Jewish books during the Holocaust of World War II.

Earlier this year, the teenage son of a prominent Christian missionary was seriously wounded when a package bomb delivered to the family’s West Bank home went off in his hands.

Last year, arsonists burst into a Jerusalem church used by Messianic Jews and set the building on fire, raising suspicions that Jewish extremists were behind the attack. No one claimed responsibility, but the same church was burned down 25 years ago by ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/20/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-New-Testament-Burned.php

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