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Sunni Namaz: Lifting hands

20 Jul

1. When making Takbeer-e-Tahrirna (to begin one’s Salaah), it is Sunnat for men to raise their hands until their ears. Doing so is proven by many Ahadith. For the sake of brevity, we present only a few:

1. Hadrat Maalik ibn Huwairath رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ states, “When the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم used to make Takbeer, he would lift his blessed hands until his cars.” 33.1 Other words of Hadith state that he lifted them until his earlobes. – Bukhari. Muslim, Tahaawi

2. Hadrat Baraa ibn Aazib رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ narrates, “I saw the Holy Prophetصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم lifting his hands until his ears when beginning namaaz, After that, he would never lift his hands (until his ears) again during the Salaah.’.33.1a -Abu Dawood

3. Hadrat Wail ibn Hajar رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ says, “I saw Rasoolullahصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم lift his hands when entering narnaaz.’ 33.2 Another narrator states that he used to lift them to his ears and thereafter cover his hands in his clothes.-­Muslim

4. Hadrat Abu Qulaaba رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ states, “Maalik ibn Huwairath رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ saw the Holy Prophetصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم lift his hands until his earlobes when making Takbeer-e-Tahrirna and lifting his head from Ruku.’ 33.3 – Bukhari, Abu Dawood, Nasaa.

5. And Hadrat Anas رضی اللہ تعالٰی عنہ to narrates, “I saw the Prophet lift his hands until his ears when he made the Takbeer-e- Tahrima of Narnaaz.’ 33.4 _ Mustadraq, Daar Qutni, Baihaqi



Sunni Conference :Neither the Leadership nor the Imamat of Wahabi is accepted

6 Jan

Moradabad: The All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board on Sunday alleged that Sunnis were being ignored by the state and Central governments.

Addressing a Sunni conference at Company Bagh here, the Board President Syed Mahmood Ashraf said that they were being ignored by the Centre and state government at every level of development.

All the benefits meant for them (Sunnis) were being “hijacked” by the Wahhabis, Ashraf claimed.

He rejected the proposal that a meeting between Sunnis and Wahhabis be organised to overcome the rift.

The Sunni leaders at the conference demanded the removal of Wahhabi Muslims from Wakf board and from all government organisations dealing with Muslim affairs.

LUCKNOW: The age-old animosity between the Deobandi and Sunni schools of thought among Sunni Muslims resurfaced in Uttar Pradesh with moderate Sunni serving an ultimatum to hardline Deobandis to give up control over Muslim religious places during a Sunni conference.

The fight is over control of more than one lakh madrassas, dargahs, graveyards and other historical monuments. Under the control of Sunni Waqf board, these properties — excluding, of course, the historical monuments — in UP alone are worth at least Rs 10,000 crore. The figure would be substantially higher if properties in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal, Bihar, MP and Chhattisgarh were to be included.

A demand to free all the ‘idaaras’ (religious places) from ‘wahabis’ — read Deobandis — was raised at the conference hosted by All-India Ulema Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) in Moradabad last Sunday. General secretary of the board, Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichowchhwi, accused the “13% minuscule, manipulative minority with hijacking all minorities bodies in UP and the national level”.

Talking to TOI, Maulana Kichowchhwi said this was a fight between moderates and hardliners. “Since the latter do not have faith in patron saints of ‘dargah’ or ‘mazar’ and have condemned the practice, logically they must not be considered for management of Ajmer Sharif or Deva Sharif. The government must ensure that the chairperson and members of the Sunni Waqf Board come from among 80% of the population of moderate Muslims who follow the Sufi tradition,” he said.

This apart, the board also demanded representation in Central Haj Committee, Urdu Academy and other minority related institutes, said Babar Ashraf, secretary of AIUMB, who accused Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband, Nadava Jamate, Islam Jamait-ul-Ulema, et al, of trying to dominate Sunni “on the strength of petro-dollars”. “Members of Waqf board in the past have systematically captured our mosques and madrassas,” he said, and added, “The board would launch a public agitation to liberate our properties.”

The gathering of ulema, imams and intellectuals also demanded “a rightful share and representation as per their population percentage in all government and semi-government bodies” and appealed to the government to ensure the enforcement, failing which the board would take the fight to the public.

URDU News from 4th Jan 2010

Merits of Ramadan

9 Sep

As-salato as-salamo alaika Ya Rasulallah
Assalamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu



Believers, fasting is ordained for you — as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may practice self-restraint — for a certain number of days; and for those among you who are sick or on a journey, a number of other days, while incumbent upon those who can afford it is expiation by feeding a needy person. To do good willingly is better for one, and to fast is better for you if you did but know. [2:183-184]

Some of the Merits of the Month of Ramadan

The greatest bounty, the highest degree in this lower world of ours, is the faith we owe to the assistance, favor and kindness of Allah. Upon us has been conferred the unique honor of being made His servants and the Community of His dearly beloved, and of being addressed by Him and given a place in the Qur’an.

Now let us count another blessing: Once every year comes the month of Ramadan, of which “the beginning is mercy; the middle, forgiveness; the end, deliverance from the Fire.”

When Ramadan comes, appreciate it! It passes very quickly. Life itself passes very quickly too, as does the time for prayer. Do not say: “Ramadan will come again,” because a Ramadan that has gone will never come again. Next Ramadan is a different Ramadan. Maybe Ramadan will keep coming around until the Resurrection, but this Ramadan may be your last. Do not say: “I missed that prayer but another will come.” Perhaps this prayer will be your last.

Do not say: “Let me retire and draw my pension, then I shall devote myself to worship!” Perhaps you will take your last ride before you draw your pension. They will dress you in a shroud, tying you up with rope or chain; so gird yourself for action right away. Make copious lamentation for your sins. Spend sleepless nights with heart aflame. Keep vigil for your Lord, reciting the Qur’an. Pay homage in His Presence. Ponder your own transitory nature, remembering that He is everlasting… Ponder your own weakness, remembering that He is strong…

What a beautiful thing, to meet with the Lord! How can I get the taste of it across to you? One may speak to the blind about color, to the deaf about music and to the impotent about the joys of sexual intercourse, but can they be made to understand these experiences? Since the blind man cannot see, how can color be described to him in words? How can one show an unseeing eye the many-colored flowers, trees, sun and sky, and fish dancing in the stream? To one who has no smell, how can we describe the scent of the rose, the fragrance of the hyacinth or the jonquil’s perfume? How can we tell the deaf about the chirping of the birds, the gurgling of running waters or the cadeness of the Qur’an and the call to prayer?

If you spend time alone with your Lord, one day the veil will be lifted from your eyes and you will see the colors. You will acquire the sense of smell and detect the fragrance of roses, hyacinths, jonquils and narcissi. You deafness will disappear and you will hear the constant remembrance of Allah. The ear of your heart will open and you will delight in recitation of the Qur’an. Beneath the songs of the nightingales and the gurgling of the waters, you will hear the sound of the affirmation of Divine Unity.

These are the bounties you will be able to attain in this world and one day they will come to an end. As for the bounties you will achieve in the Hereafter, they have no end, but are everlasting…

When Ramadan came, could you hear the Voice calling nightly: “Does no one want Us, does no one love Us? We would love him, too!” This call is given every evening and every night in our lives. This is another divine bounty peculiar to the noble month of Ramadan. See what conversations the Prophet Moses enjoyed. Moses, the converser with Allah, used to go to Mount Sinai. You have your own Mount Sinai at the time of breaking fast, when you can hold a thousand and one conversations. When Moses said: “O my Lord, You speak with me, You address me. Will You not show me the beauty of Your countenance? Let me see Your beauty!” he received the reply: “You shall not see Me.” [7:143]

“Moses, how can you see My beauty when there are seventy-thousand curtains between us? You are incapable of seeing Me. But near the Resurrection I shall give a month as a gift to the Community of My beloved Muhammad. That month shall be called Ramadan. To the Community of Muhammad that fasts during that month, I shall so manifest Myself at the time of breaking fast that, whereas between you and Me there are now seventy-thousand veils, there will be no veil at all between Us and the fasting Community of Muhammad at the time of breaking fast.”

In a Sacred Tradition, the Exalted One says: “The fast is for Me and it is I who reward it.”

The reward of the fast is the vision of Divine Beauty. The emblem of Ramadan is forgiveness. Fasting should be done with sincerity and ardent affection. Our blessed Master said: “If my Community knew what success and salvation reside in Ramadan, they would beg Allah to let them spend their whole lives in that month!”

Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi(ra)

“And the Quran was decended in the Holy month of Ramadhan”
Journey through Ramadhan Introduction
Purpose of Ramadhan

Virtues of fasting and More

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.

Tablighi Jamat Penetrated in the blessed land of Yemen

19 Jun

06/17/2008  by Abu Bilal

The Tableeghi Jamaat have entered into new terrority in Yemen using their age old methods of penetrating Shaikhs of Tassuwuf. In this case they are using the Habib Omar madrassa to promote themselves as mainstream. Thier new victims are Habib Omars pool of international students. Here they have a pools of lame duck students to convert to their devient ways. Many Sunni youngsters are going to Tarim and coming back brainwashed Sula-Kuli, semi tableeghi zombi like fashion, giving presidence to actions, ‘unity’, so called dawa over the aqeedah of the Ahl-e-Sunnah.

These new recruits after been brain washed in Tarim are then followed up in the UK by making them feel the elected elite of 1 of 5, chosen people of the Habiab to extend the Dawa. This way the newly recruited semi-tableeghi now becomes a dedicated zombified machine. It is time for the Sunni’s to stand up and reject Habib Omar position. TJ, Deos, Wahabi are deviant, we need to safeguard our imaans and not to mingle with the deviants.

Say no to the new sect of neo-tableeghi’s, reject the new age unity sect in the name of mercy, mercy, love, love, Mawlid, Mawlid and Dawa Dawa…This is the new Shatian ploy…Stick to the Ahl-e-Sunnah behind our imaam Ahmad Rida Khan (RA).

This TJ strategy has proven so successful, much of Indonisa has been impacted due to Habaib connections. To the extent one of the senior Habiab in Indonsia has now become a Salafi. A masjid in Tarim has been taken by the Wahabi’s.

Many senior scholars have bought this to light to Habib Omar and Habib Ali Jafri but they prefer to turn the blind eye, at the expense of thousands of people having thier imans robbed by the parasites of TJ.

TJ and Neo-TJ (Unity Habaib sect) becoming increasingly impossible to destinguish. Be warned.

Read this Hadith with regard to them-

Hazrat Ali (Radiallhu Anhu) once narrated: “I swear by Allah that to fall from the sky to the Earth is very simple for me, but to utter one false word in reference to the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) is a very difficult and impossible task for me.”

Hazrat Ali(Radiallhu Anhu) then narrated as follows:

“I heard the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying that as the Day of Qiyamah approaches there will appear a group of youths with a low mental capacity and understanding, apparently they will talk of good but their Imaan will not go beyond their throat and they will leave the true Deen like an arrow leaves the prey. Wherever you find them, you should make Jihaad with them. (Bukhari Shareef, pp/1024)

The first-ever complete translation of the Noble Qur’an into the Nepali language

18 Jun

DHAKA — The first-ever complete translation of the Noble Qur’an into the Nepali language is finally seeing the light as part of efforts to spread kno (more)

DHAKA — The first-ever complete translation of the Noble Qur’an into the Nepali language is finally seeing the light as part of efforts to spread knowledge of Islam among Nepal’s Muslims and Nepali-speaking people across South East Asia. “We have taken the initiative to send the message of Allah to Nepali people through the translation of Qur’an to the Nepali language,” Maulana Nazrul Hasan Falahi, President of the Islami Sangh Nepal organization which did the translation, told IslamOnline in a phone interview.The Nepali translation of the meanings of the Qur’an was launched on May 31 in a special ceremony in the capital Kathmandu.

It was attended by Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders as well as hundreds of media figures, politicians, diplomats and community activists.

The launch made headlines in all the major print and electronic media outlets.

Islami Sangh, a leading Muslim organization in Nepal, has begun the project five years ago with funding from the Al-Quran Academy London, an international organisation engaged in Islamic research and publication.

It took Nepali scholars and linguists years of hard work to bring this unprecedented translation to light.

Previously there were only translations for short parts of the Muslim holy book published in Nepali.

The complete translation comprises a total of 1,168 pages with the original version of Qur’an in Arabic language.


The translation of Islam’s holy book is meeting the religious need of Nepalese who are thirst for understanding the meanings of Qur’an.

“The Nepali translation will provide a unique tool to know Qur’an for the Nepali people,” Hafiz Munir Uddin, Director General of Al-Quran Academy London, told IOL.

Khadiza Akhter Rezaee, a scholar and a women rights activist from Britain who attended the launch ceremony, agrees.

“Qur’an in the main source of Islamic knowledge, so the Nepali version of Qur’an is a golden opportunity for Nepali Muslims.”

Nepal was the world’s only Hindu state till 2006 when the parliament amended the constitution and declared it a secular state.

According to the CIA World Fact Book, Muslims constitute 4.2 percent of the country’s 28-million population.

Jamila Marium, of Nepal Islami Sangh, believes the translation will help many, Muslims and non-Muslims, to understand Islam.

“Qur’an translation into the Nepali language is good event for Nepali Muslims and the Nepali people in general,” she says.

“Now we know the message of Allah through our own language.”

The project sponsors hope the new translation will also serve Nepali-speaking people across South East Asia.

Beside being the lingua-franca language spoken in Nepal, Nepali is also spoken in Bhutan, Myanmar and some parts of India.

About 2000 copies of the new translation of the meanings of the Qur’an have so far been printed in New Delhi.

“Qur’an is a complete code of life and true guidance for all human being,” said Faizan Ahmad, Secretary General of Islam Sangh Nepal.

Dr.Usha Sanyal ; Introducing the Ahle Sunnat Movement of South Asia

10 Jun




Tel.:  (704) 544-3337 , Email: 




Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Wingate University

Part time Lecturer,  Queens University of Charlotte

Ph.D.  History (1990) Columbia University  Awarded with Distinction. 

Dissertation: “In the Path of the Prophet: Maulana Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and the Ahl-e Sunnat wa Jamaat Movement in British India, c. 1870-1921”

Committee Chair: Prof. William R. Roff.


M Phil. History, Columbia University

South Asia and Southeast Asia

 MA in Southeast Asian Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK

 BA (Honors)  in  Sociology, minor in Economics, Delhi University, India


 Ahl-i Sunnat or “Barelwi” Madrasas in South Asia.

 “Traditionalist” reformist women, especially those of the Ahl-i Sunnat or Barelwi movement, through the study of the “Sunni Bihishti Zewar” and related texts.

 Connections between the sufi elements of Shah Wali Allah’s thought and the Ahl-i Sunnat movement.


 Ahmad Riza Khan: In the Path of the Prophet. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2005.

 Devotional Islam and Politics in British India: Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and His Movement, 1870-1920. 2nd edition. New York and Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999.


  •   “Ahl-e Sunnat Madrasas: The Madrasa Manzar-e Islam, Bareilly, and Jamia Ashrafiyya, Mubarakpur.” In Jamal Malik ed., Madrasas in South Asia. Routledge, forthcoming 2008.
  •  “Sufi Ritual Practice among the Barkatiyya Sayyids of U.P.: Nuri Miyan’s Life and Urs, Late Nineteenth – Early Twentieth Centuries.” In Barbara D. Metcalf, ed., Islam in South Asia in Practice. Series ed. Donald S. Lopez, Jr. Princeton University Press, forthcoming.
  •  “Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi.” Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2007.

  •  “Tourists, Pilgrims and Saints:The Shrine of Mu`in al-Din Chishti of Ajmer”  In Carol Henderson and Maxine Weisgrau, eds., Raj Rhapsodies: Tourism, Heritage and the Seduction of History. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., U.K., 2007.
  •        “Barelwis.” In Jane D. McAuliffe, ed., Encyclopedia of the Quran, vol. 1, pp. 201-203. Leiden:E. J. Brill, 2002.
  •  “The [Re-]Construction of South Asian Muslim Identity in Queens, New York.” In Carla Petievich, ed., The Expanding Landscape: South Asians and the Diaspora, pp. 141-152. New Delhi: Manohar, 1999.
  •        “Generational Changes in the Leadership of the Ahl-e Sunnat Movement in North India during the Twentieth Century.” Modern Asian Studies 32, 3 (1998): 635-656.
  •  “Are Wahhabis Kafirs? Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and His Sword of the Haramayn.” In Muhammad Khalid Masud, Brinkley Messick, and David S. Powers, eds., Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and Their Fatwas, pp. 204-213. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1996.
  •        “Barelwis.”  In John L. Esposito, ed., The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, vol. 1, pp. 200-203.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  •  “Pir, Shaikh, and Prophet: The Personalization of Religious Authority in Ahmad Riza Khan’s Life.”  In Contributions to Indian Sociology 28, 1 (1994): 35-66. (Also published in T. N. Madan, ed., Muslim Communities of South Asia: Culture, Society, and Power, pp. 405-428. New Delhi: Manohar, 1995.)

 The book, “Devotional Islam and Politics in British India: Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and His Movement, 1870-1920” is currently out of print. Efforts are under way to get it republished in India. An Urdu translation is also planned.

 The book,  “Ahmad Riza Khan: In the Path of the Prophet” is part of a series of short books on Muslim leaders and thinkers worldwide, called “Makers of the Muslim World.” The series editor is Patricia Crone. This is available on  or in hardcover.

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Hazrat Abubacker Siddique (RadiAllhuanho)

9 Jun

He is Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, ‘Atiq ibn Abi Quhafa, Shaykh al-Islam, ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Uthman ibn ‘Amir al-Qurashi al-Taymi (Radiallahu anhu) (d. 13H). Alone among the companions, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (Radiallahu anhu) led the community in prayer in the lifetime of the Prophet (Sallallahu Walaihi Wassallam). [As narrated from Abu Musa al-Ash’ari by Bukhari and Muslim. Note: Abu Bakr did not lead the Prophet (Sallallahu Walaihi Wassallam) in prayer. When the Prophet (Sallallahu Walaihi Wassallam) came out to pray in congregation for the last time, Abu Bakr moved to give him his place as Imam, but the Prophet (Sallallahu Walaihi Wassallam) told him to stay where he was and prayed sitting to the left of Abu Bakr] Umar faith outweighs the faith of the entire Umma.” [Narrated by Umar with a sound chain by Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak in al-Zuhd, al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Iman and al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi in Nawadir al-Usul. The Prophet said “I am excused, before each of my friends, of any intimate friendship with anyone. But if I were to take an intimate friend, I would take Ibn Abi Quhafa (Abu Bakr) as my intimate friend. Verily, your Companion is the intimate frend of Allah!” [Narrated from Ibn Mas’ud by al-Tirmidhi who said it is hasan sakeh] The Prophet said “It is impermissible for a people among whom is Abu Bakr , to be lead by other than him.” [Narrated from A’isha by al-Tirmidhi who said it is hasan] The Prophet said “Take for your leaders those who come after me: Abu Bakr and Umar .” [Narrated from Hudhayfa and Ibn Mas’ud by Ahmad with several good chains, al-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah. Al-Tirmidhi said it is hasan) The Prophet said to Abu Darda’ “Do not walk infront of your better. Verily, Abu Bakr is the best of those upon whom the sun rose or set.” [Narrated from Abu al-Darda’ by al-Tabarani and Ibn ‘Asakir with a fair chain.]
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