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Valentine’s Week – O youth where are you marching towards?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | comments

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By: Iftikhar Islam

You might have stepped into your teens and passed much of your time as teen age. You might have gone to the school and have also seen some of the college life. So you might have distracted from the real purpose of life. You are not born to get lost in this false glamor of the world. You are here to lead; to establish peace and justice on earth on behalf of Allah.

If you celebrate Valentine’s week or be a part of it – in one or the other way – then I would like to remind you the prophetic sayings wherein he said, "The feet of the son of Adam shall not move from before his Lord on the Day of Judgement, until he is asked about five things: about his life and what he did with it, about his youth and what he wore it out in, about his wealth and how he earned it and spent it upon, and what he did with what he knew" (Classified as Hasan by Albani in Saheeh At Tirmidhi 1969). Until you answer about your youth, your feet shall not move from your Lord.

Fear Allah and stay away from the evils that has penetrated in our campuses. Get better education, focus on your dream and strive to earn your livelihood in halaal way, for it Allah who is the best of the providers, so do not cross the limits set by Allah. 

This is the age you feel like restricted, you sense that we try to cut your wings so that you cannot fly. Remember, my dear brothers and sisters, it is the age we have already passed out. We have seen this life much closer than you. We do not try to cut your wings, rather we regulate you. We guide you in a proper manner so that you can fly higher and higher and get successful and achieve your dreams beyond this life.

I remind you of Muhammad Bin Qasim, who was only 16 when he became the Army General and died at the age of 20 in the year 715 CE. We need to revive the Way of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and be a role model for the generations to come. Remember, this life you have is a possession of Allah and we have to answer about it. Do not fall into the traps of this so called glamorous world and ruin your youth. Allah loves you and wants you to be successful in this world and in the hereafter. Work hard and stay away from sins – no matter how small it is.


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My Tribute to the proud son of India - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalaam

Sunday, August 16, 2015 | comments

By: Iftikhar Islam

It was sad to hear the news of the demise of one of the best presidents of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalaam, a man who believed in struggle with simplicity. He worked hard and smart in his life. By his early childhood, his family had become poor. At an early age, he sold newspapers to supplement his family's income. He has seen poverty very closely.

He worked hard to accomplish his dream of becoming a ‘fighter pilot’ but missed narrowly as his place was ninth in qualifiers and only eight positions were available in the IAF. When he was working on a senior class project, the Dean was dissatisfied with his lack of progress and threatened to revoke his scholarship unless the project was finished within next three days. Abdul Kalam completed the task within the given time, satisfied his dean and later received appreciation from him.

He started his career by designing a small helicopter for the Indian Army, but remained unconvinced by his choice of a job at DRDO. In 1969, Abdul Kalam was transferred to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he was the project director of India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III). His research and educational leadership brought him great laurels and prestige in the 1980s, which prompted the government to initiate an advanced missile programme under his directorship.

In 1998, along with cardiologist Soma Raju, Abdul Kalam developed a low cost coronary stent, named the "Kalam-Raju Stent". In 2012, the duo designed a rugged tablet computer for health care in rural areas, which was named the "Kalam-Raju Tablet".

“It was Kalam who had formulated the country's Integrated Missile Programme and propelled India towards emerging as a missile power.” G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister said. "His dreams are never-ending. The greatest tribute we can pay him is to fulfill his dreams and realise his vision for the country," he added.

Saraswat, a former DRDO chief, said “the former President brought in such values among youth that today, every youth gets motivated by the sheer mention of the name ‘Dr Kalam’”

For his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology, he came to be known as the ‘Missile Man of India’. He never owned a television, and was in the habit of rising at 6:30 or 7 a.m and sleeping by 2 a.m.

I haven’t found anyone speaking ill about Dr Abdul Kalam. His simplicity and dedication for his work helped him to achieve extra ordinary goals in life. Even his critics were silent on his death and spoke only positive and acknowledged his achievements for the development of this country. This shows how his personality has even convinced the critics.

Abdul Kalam said “For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool." This is the principle we follow in our organization, GPRF, too. We meet people of other faiths to establish communal harmony in the society. People use religion to divide but we use religion to unite.

We know he has influenced millions of people, but as a human being he too has committed errors. I pray Allah to forgive his short comings and reward him for all the good he has done and grant him the highest paradise. Aameen


  


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Music and young generation – An Islamic perspective

Monday, June 09, 2014 | comments (2)

By: Iftikhar Islam

Nowadays, we see almost all youngsters, including da’ees (obviously females included), are involved in listening music in one or the other way. Music has penetrated in our lives so drastically and we are now in dilemma to recognize whether it is really haram. We are not sure to consider a sin as a sin. The destruction of Muslims start when they no longer consider sins to be sins (and ask what’s wrong in it).

Allah commands the Prophet (peace be upon him) to say “If you love Allah then follow me” and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “I have come to destroy music”. This statement is enough for a practicing Muslim, especially da’ees, to refrain from listening to music; in fact we should stay away from it. Allah says in the Quran “O you, who believed, enter into Islam wholeheartedly and do not follow the footsteps of Satan, for he is to you an open enemy” (Surah Baqarah (2): 201). These commandments are enough for us to stay away from music and utilize our time in research and development of our dawah work. 


But the youngsters who are away from the love of Allah, who don’t love Allah more than their desires, are constantly involved in listening to music. If we check the Personal Computers, laptops, mobile phones, etc. we find vulgar music of latest films, those music and songs which we don’t dare to listen in front of ethical parents. We are not at all concerned about our Aakhirah and how we are destroying it.

Music destroys your spirituality. It makes your heart hard and your eyes stops shedding tears in fear of your Creator. You will lose the art of making dua and asking from Allah. You will lose connectivity with your Salah and the sweetness of Salaah no longer remains. Once you lose your connectivity with Allah, then obviously, without any doubt, you are in connection with Shaytaan, who is an open enemy to you.

The Quran says, " Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves" (13:11). We make hue and cry when our prayers are not accepted, Muslims are not recognized equally, tortured, humiliated and what not; and we spend our precious time in worthless music.

The effect of music is so deeply penetrated into the hearts of youngsters that they listen to music frequently, at home, college, office; they put headphone while driving and so involved in it that they don’t even realize that a vehicle from behind blowing horn, police whistling for him/her to stop. Even in journey they don’t even respect their friend who is sitting next to them but they are busy listening to music. When they walk on road they put headphone and listen to music. This kind of penetration of music into the hearts of youngsters makes them irresponsible and hard-hearted – which helps in going away from Allah.

I have seen people riding bikes with their headphone on with music, with their friends sitting on pillion seat. They don’t even care about their friend sitting behind them asking them something or wants to talk to them. They don’t even realize the importance of friendship and the valuable time spent with friends. This makes them feel that the person is not respecting them and eventually leads to separation or increase of misconceptions.

There were two teen aged girls walking so closely with each other. My friend showed me but I didn’t realized what he was trying to show. Later I saw both the girls were listening to music with the same headphone, they were so involved in listening to music that they didn’t realize who were passing next to them and from where they are going. This is how music has penetrated in their hearts. There are lots of accidents happening due to getting too much involved in listening to music.

The trend is so much pierced in the society that even the laborers who work for daily wages puts on the music and do their work. They claim that they cannot concentrate on their work without music. Every one, almost all, have music in their mobile phones and starts listening frequently.

Even the parents listen to music in such a way that their young children, in fact babies, are prone to listen music. If baby cries the mother puts on the music and then slowly listening to music the child sleeps. This is very dangerous to the child’s spirituality. The parents are the main reason why the child has not grown well in spirituality. We are least bothered when it comes to the spiritual aspect of children.

If a child is made addicted to listen to the Quran he can become Haafiz in very short span. His memory can be increased and the child can become a visionary which can benefit in spreading the message of Allah to the entire humanity.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says “every leader will be asked about his subordinates.” So beware of spreading music in your children’s heart.

The child sits in front of television soon after coming school, college, tuitions, etc. He sits couple of hours daily which makes him addicted to the television. This makes your child go away from Allah and he loses the connection with Salah. Then there will be no difference between your child and the child of a disbeliever.

We are on the same mission which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was on, and he said “I have come to destroy music”. When will you, at least, apply it in your life?

Remember, this life is the test for the hereafter.


  


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Sons' obligation – expecting daughters

Monday, April 14, 2014 | comments

By: Iftikhar Islam

Do you expect the same from daughters what you expect from sons?

In this era of development and advancement where men and women are considered as “equals”, whereas we fail to realize the real potential of girls and boys. When we prepare and get ready to start a married life and have children, we should know about the potentials of having a son and a daughter. Due to physiological, biological, and psychological nature, the attitude of a son differs from that of a daughter. Boys and girls are very different from each other and they need different approach in their upbringing.

It is foolish to expect from the daughters what you ought to expect from sons (and vice versa). We find many parents, when they provide means of sustenance for a daughter the same as a son; they expect and demand the works which are to be performed by a son. Parents should be cautious enough when it comes to the upbringing of a daughter and expect the things which are to be expected from a female and according to her ability.

 
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Even if a daughter is provided with similar means of sustenance to that of a son, we fail to realize the work done by the same daughter at home - she prepares food whenever necessary, she helps in cleaning, she helps her mother; furthermore she helps her siblings and helps them in their studies which goes unnoticed, and in return she gets the scolding of “not doing anything”. On the contrary the son enjoys free roaming facility till late night and gets proper food at time, yet the parents keep the expectations on daughter even of those obligations which are to be performed by sons.

Some of the parents even lay down financial burden on daughters and compels her to work (even by breaking the hijab policies) and continuously taunt her of providing her higher education and other facilities. However hard the father might be working, he cannot even give a hint to a daughter to provide financial assistance when there are sons to help in his cause.

There are parents who force their daughters to work and continuously remind them of the favours they have done to her by “working hard”. It is very disgusting upon the parenthood even to hint at a daughter for financial help. It is very easy to lie down and become a parent, but it is very difficult to stand up and fulfill the responsibilities of father and mother respectively.


It is high time to recognize the potentials of a daughter and their education who, in turn, train and build an ethical society. Remember it is your daughter who will be nurturing the future generation and she requires adequate training and support especially from parents; after all parents arms are the one which gives comfort to a daughter.

However might be her parents she always remembers their favour. She forgets all the hurts and turbulences she faced during her upbringing throughout her life and remembers them in her husband’s home too.

We should realize that even a daughter has her own career far better than sons as she gets education to up bring her children (train next generation) and sons cater on livelihood which Allah promises to give sustenance from.

O’ parents, fear Allah with regards to your daughters. Don’t destroy their career in order to benefit yourself. Parents are known for sacrifices, they will be happy when their children are happy and content in life. It is your responsibility to give her Islamic teachings and convey the importance of hijab and modesty.

Take care of her as Allah guaranteed you a place in Paradise because of her. The Prophet (peace be upon him) confirmed of being a neighbor in Paradise for upbringing a daughter in the most valuable manner. Let her fly and acquire the world within her so that she can share it with her children and nurture them to become the likes of Imam Shafai, Malik bin Dinar, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, Salaahuddin Ayyubi and so on and so forth.

It is an earnest request to parents to be a support, a source of peace, a standing pillar, a comfortable shoulder and a focal point of inspiration for your daughters. She is a means of admitting you to Jannah, take care of her as Allah has given you an amaanah in the form of your daughter. Give her the best of education, and make her the epitome of influential Islamic woman. 



  



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With a Mission: My Dawah Tour to Bangalore

Friday, March 21, 2014 | comments

By: Iftikhar Islam
 

As we are planning to start a school in our city, I (and Aijaz Ahmed, GPRF coordinator) had an opportunity to visit Bangalore, see Al-Basheer International School and attend one-day program on “The Role of Muslims in the field of education”.

Al Basheer International School - Bangalore:
This was my visit to ‘International’ School and I overwhelmed seeing the atmosphere of the school. Girls and boys are separated with proper hijab, lunch timing, playing schedule, etc. The given moral values add another feather to the cap of the students apart from the curriculum which is taught in the class rooms.

The school has its own playing ground wherein the staffs and students play in their respective timing which makes even the staff of the school as a student and gives them a fresh feeling. The prayer hall separated both for boys and girls enhance them spiritually which makes the students offer Salah in the prescribed time in discipline. Separate staff rooms for males and females helped them to be flexible and observe proper hijab, giving them the feeling of peace which helps the work-flow in the Islamic perspective. The school has only 24 students in one classroom and has no less than 17 school-vans reaching across the city.

GRPF and ICGF members along with Brother Abdul Lateef Atear (from ILM Foundation, Hyderabad) were over joyed when Brother Umar Shariff introduced us to the students of III standard. The confidence of the students was marvelous and the skills which they got nurtured in Al Basheer International clearly exhibited how carefully these diamonds were cut and polished from all the sides.

 

When Brother Umar Shariff called the students to perform skit which was performed in last year’s Annual Day. Majority of the students rushed out of the benches and performed the skit so beautifully that astounded us to see them recollecting the steps and perform without hesitation. May Allah bless Br. Umar Shariff and his entire family and team for the hard work and sacrifices they are giving in the cause of Allah.

We used to say that we are in need Muslims’ schools and colleges; then we realize that these institutions did not help the community in any manner but was another form of a profit making business. Then we thought of making Islamic Schools but we found that complete Islam was not there in these schools. Al-Basheer International is not only Islamic School but they have Islam in their school. The Principal of the school rightly said “We don’t want Islamic school rather we are in need of Islam in our schools”; we govern completely by the rules of the creator and implement it in our schools and day-to-day life.

Many more things are to be said about Al-Basheer International but I am not able to pen it here. Br. Adam gave us the required information and answered our counter questions to make us understand.


There were few people whom I could recollect after coming back from Bangalore.

Br. Shaikh Muhammad, Principal of Al Basheer International, a fabulous personality, younger brother of Br. Umar Shariff, delivered a wonderful speech regarding Islamic schools and said even a driver of the school van, a sweeper, each and every one working for the school must follow Islamic guidelines. We cannot accompany or stay with drunkard, murderer, rapist, etc. similarly we cannot stay or accompany with those who commit Shirk – the greatest crime; even a person has thread (amulet) tied on his/her hand (or neck), he/she is not entitled to become a worker at Al Basheer International – Subhanallah.

Br. Abdul Lateef Atear (ILM Foundation, Hyderabad), presented about various Muslim scientist in early era of development; the various scientists who had emerged studied Quran, Ahaadeeth, Fiqh, Seerah, etc. and pondered upon the various Quranic ayaat and Prophetic sayings which helped in their successful research and come up with astounding results. The question remains unanswered (or not fully answered), why are not these scientists coming up in this century?
 
Br. CMN Saleem, from Tamil Nadu, an educationist, presented the History of Muslims in depth. The beautiful presentation about the great history of Muslims shook the entire audience. He presented the slides in one by one till the British rule in India and explained how our real education system was replaced by the existing education system by T.B. Macaulay. He also quoted Maccaulay saying that he did not find any beggar across the Muslim ruled India (which included Pakistan and Afghanistan). The presentation is wroth attending again and again.

Br. Mujeeb Khan, speaker on Leadership, has spoken very well on self-development which motivated the audience who gathered a day before the program in DIET (Discover Islam Education Trust). With his various live examples he thrilled his audience and made them realize that until they do change their attitude Allah will not change them. He also spoke on Leadership in his talk during the program by quoting various motivational true stories. He electrified the audience a day before as well as in the program. The crux of his presentation was to utilize the present situation to make future bright. We are in need of the speakers like Mujeeb Khan who can speak on motivational talks based on Quran and Sunnah.

Br. Dawood Vaid, (CEO, Buruj Realisation, Mumbai), another motivational speaker who dares to change the rules of the game; I was outside the auditorium when he was speaking and could not control to stay there. His powerful speech made me to come in and sit till he finishes. I overjoyed listening to him. Don’t miss the chance to listen him when he is in your city.

Nisaar Nadiadwala, a famous writer on Facebook, no need to describe him he is well known among us. He threw lights on the teachers’ development and gave some advices regarding the development of Islamic schools. We spent some time outside the auditorium for the casual talk and to discuss future projects.

Br. Ashraf Ali Khan, Al Buruj International School – Bangalore, too was jolly and friendly. He is a revolutionary person. We spent time on dinner table discussing various issues. I didn’t get much time to spend with him as I had to come back to soon because of busy schedule.

Br. Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah, (ICGF, Ahmedabad), as you all know a dynamic speaker of Islam and socio-politics shook the audience with his research and presentation. The topic “Safronization of Education” was very beautifully handled by him. (Watch him on Khaas MulaQaat Da'ee ke saath)

Even Br. Zaid Hussein of Alhikamah Institute was one of the good speakers who have command in his speech apart from the material he collects for his speech. I met him after his talk but could not interact with him as I was in hurry to go back to my native place.

Br. Umar Shariff, (DIET – Bangalore), a personality which do not need any introduction; Jolly in nature, down-to-earth as a personality, very humble and clear in his speech, handsome and bright in his appearance, collective and assertive in his leadership. He has combo of good qualities in him. Spirit of doing something not only for Islam but for the entire humanity made him to organize programs in past and stunning projects in hand. He is the person of commitment and forgives very easily for the sake of Allah. He knows to tackle the complicated situations beautifully. The leadership qualities found in him can handle other leaders and have strength to create more productive leaders for the society.

I haven’t met a person like him in my life. The dedication, confidence, sacrifice and what not… He promotes those things which are beneficial for the society, no matter who does it. We have seen for the first time a school advertising another school. This shows how clean he is in his heart. This era is in need of another Umar. I pray that Br. Umar Shariff emerges as Umar III. (Watch him on Khaas MulaQaat Da'ee ke saath)

 
This tour is one of the memorable and most important of my life wherein I pre-pond our plan of opening a school. In’sha’Allah with the help of Allah we will soon initiate the work of establishing a school in our beloved city Belgaum.

I thank Br. Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah who forced me to accompany him to Bangalore. The same day I landed to Belgaum from Delhi in evening and we left to Bangalore at night; and in between we had to shoot for our show which will be coming soon, In’sha’Allah.

I urge you all to remember us in your valuable supplication and pray for our success.


  



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Be Down to Earth - My Dawah tour to Ahmedabad.

Saturday, March 08, 2014 | comments

By: Iftikhar Islam

All praise is due to God Almighty – The Lord of the Universe, I got a chance to visit Ahmedabad for divine purpose. I had received invitation from my beloved brother Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah to deliver a speech on the theme “Protect her Protect Future” and my topic was on Hayaa (Modesty).

The tour was an immense success that not only I delivered the speech but also met my beloved brother after a long time and was overwhelmed to meet his fabulous team. Even after traveling and visiting various centers I have not come across the team like ICGF. The way they work even in their busy schedule, no matter what – their exams, job or business – they are ready on one call of their leader. Allah has blessed Moinuddin a good team and has given him leadership skills which bind every member of ICGF as a family.

Da’wah is not just merely speaking on the stage. It is much more than that. We have to come down and interact one-to-one with the people and try to solve their issues, initiate conversations with people and deliver the message of God. When I visited the most popular mosque in Ahmedabad, I got a chance to interact with the tourists and deliver the message of God to them in the most appropriate manner and explain the beauties created by God Almighty for us and in return we have to recognize him and realize him; worship and surrender to none but Him; and thank him for He alone has created all these things exclusively for us. He is so merciful that he is continuously giving us chances to realize him and is constantly showing us His signs.

Tourist places are the best places for da’wah and to explain the purpose of our existence. People approach the tourist guide and want to know about the creation of God Almighty and you will have enormous time and opportunity to introduce the Creator of these creations.

People are eager to know the right path, they have time to listen to you, but you are not present where they spend their leisure time. People give attention to your words when you meet them in an appropriate place. Grab the opportunities and let your team go to places where tourists come from across the globe and present to them the message of peace and truth about the existence.


Soon I had to move back to my native place due to busy schedule in college and work in my organization GPRF. Again within couple of months I had to visit Ahmedabad for a grand program “Ahmedabad Peace Convention” (APC) organized by the same team ICGF under the leadership of Br. Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah.

I had another great experience of meeting scholars and da’ees like Shaykh Arshad Basheer Madani (of AskIslampedia) and Adv. Faiz Sayed (of IRC, Aurangabad). Both the gentlemen were really very gentle and down to earth.

I got a chance to interact with Shaykh Arshad B. Madani on various issues. An in-depth analysis of Shaykh added several other points to my knowledge. I have written numerous articles on the basis of an in depth discussion on different matters. The points given by Shaykh helped me to write various articles and formulate strong opinions.

Adv. Faiz Sayed, a jolly person and at the same time very silent, has an immense knowledge in various fields. He is so down to earth that we used to spend time with him in his hotel room and don’t even realize the time in mid-night. He is a visionary and has skills of collective leadership. The solutions he provides regarding marriage issues are really fabulous. Those who want to get married soon and facing problems from parents should take his advice and techniques which you will surely enjoy and get benefit from. He is the one who boldly shares the knowledge without any hesitation which solves many unanswered problems and gives much needed solution to youngsters of this society.

Brother Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah, a fabulous person, I know him from the days of Orkut and his life matches with me in many ways so we have a good binding and attachment between us. He too is really down-to-earth and very casual in his behavior as well as appearance. People often go in dilemma when they see him outside and ask “Are you the same person who was wearing suit and delivering talk”. He is so simple that you cannot recognize him walking in the street, a person of his caliber really miss this character. (I regularly advise him to become a bit modern in his day-to-day life.)

I learn a lot when I meet him or have a talk with him on phone, facebook or whatsapp. It is said that a friend should remind us of Allah when we meet him, indeed Br. Moinuddin reminds me of Allah whenever I think of him. He really works hard for his company and organization. He has an aggressive leadership quality which many of us miss. In this era we muslins should develop aggressive leadership quality and Allah has bestowed these qualities to Dr. Zakir Naik and Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah.

There are many things to say about this tour but I conclude it here. I ask Allah to take much work from me and make my presence in the society beneficial to the entire universe. I have learnt a lot from this tour but the best thing I have learnt is “Being down to earth”. 


  



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EXTREMIST - Islam or EDL? Anti-Muslim attacks on rise

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | comments



It is nothing new to this community being attacked for the faith they have. It is continuously being attacked behind the vibrant title of “Freedom of Speech and Expression”. Some have problem with the dress Muslim women wear, some have the problem with the beard, and some hate them for the misconception they have! Problems galore!

Right to Freedom of Speech does not mean Freedom to Abuse, Slander, or Attack on the dignity of any person or faith. Right to Dignity is far beyond than the Right to Freedom and Expression.

Whenever anyone has some problems, a sensible person would go to the root cause of the problem and get solutions easily.

The Times of India reported “Hate crime statistics from police forces in 2011/2012 show that there were 35,816 race hate crimes in the year with 1,621 faith hate crimes being recorded.” More than half of the incidents were linked with the organization called English Defense League (EDL).


“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

EDL thinks that Muslim community has failed to deal with extremism in their minds. I ask EDL what is the definition of “Extremism”? Your definition of “extremism” may not be the same as others. If you cannot win an argument with a Muslim about his faith, you call him “an extremist”! If you cannot discuss or debate the issues, you resolve it to killings and think it as a solution.

As I said before, if you have any issues go back to the source. Before saying “Islam has been at war with its neighbors since its inception.” You should have checked up Islam and its teachings closely with open mind and heart. I don’t think EDL committee has ever read the Qur’an (Koran), Muslim’s holy book, cover to cover. The Qur’an clearly says “Thus, We have made you a balanced (and upright) nation” (2:143). And the Prophet of Islam advised his followers to be balanced in their religion and said: “Never be extreme regarding religion. Many nations have been destroyed before you only because of extremism in religion,” (Nasai 3057)


EDL further says: “It is ridiculous to claim that there is nothing Islamic about Islamic extremism.” Islam and Extremism are two opposites. In fact, Islam is the middle and balanced path as quoted in the above verse of the Qur’an as well as the advice of the Prophet of Islam.

I say, if EDL has not read the Qur’an, they are not ELIGIBLE to comment on matters relating to Islam! A doctor cannot deal with his patients unless he knows his case history, similarly EDL can simply not claim what it doesn’t know!

George Bernard Shaw rightly said “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” And the result is in front of us. Muslims are being attacked less of ignorance and more of false knowledge.

If you don’t believe in a particular belief of a certain community, you should have patience enough to talk to them about the matter in a more just manner. I don’t believe in scratching each other’s back. I follow your way and you follow mine. It is hypocrisy, because the beliefs of one community contradict the other. It is impossible to follow everything. So the best solution is tolerance towards others beliefs. We should learn to live with our differences and make the people aware of what wrong they are doing, in the most peaceful manner!

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Nip the Evil in the Bud - opt for Early Marriage.

Friday, March 08, 2013 | comments

By: Iftikhar Islam

We Muslims are fortunate enough to have Islam as our guide. The commandment which Islam gives in any field is full of wisdom. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “If anyone of you have means to get married then get married”. Islam promotes marriage and gives utmost value to the married life. Marriage is the solution to many problems which occurs in the Social life. It helps youngsters to utilize their valuable time and energy in the right perspective.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also said: “Marriage is half of faith.” In broad sense Marriage eradicates half of the evils of the Society and makes man pure and clear in his thoughts. It helps in Social life as it gives a life partner who shares joys and sorrows, helps in other activities, gives solace and peace of mind.

It not only helps in lowering your gaze and controlling your lust, but also helps in keeping away from sins which are the result of others’ behavior. If a person (of opposite gender) comes to know about you and then knows that you are married then automatically the sinful thinking which sparks in the mind gets terminated. The chance of getting trapped in the sins gets lower and lower. 



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Satan makes the sins beautiful and presents it according to the nature of the people. He brings the like-minded people closer and closer, and makes initial start which ends up in heinous crimes. So if you are married early then the gateway of social crimes is closed.

You may be pious and try to follow the way of Prophet (peace be upon him), but what about the forces which comes from outside. What about those who are filled with lustful desires and flirty nature? What about those who are attracted towards you? They will not be one, there are many who gets attracted towards you, directly or indirectly, for the work you do, for the talent you have, for the personality you possess, or the fame you have obtained.
 
You might have heard the quotes “Prevention is better than cure”, “Better to be safe than sorry”, “Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent” and alike. Similar goes with your social life. You should be protected from the evil of the society. For example: If there are bullets coming towards you, you can avoid it by your movement or wear a bullet-proof garment. If you avoid by moving here and there, there are high chances of you getting bullets, but if you wear the bullet-proof jacket then you are safe, the bullet that hits you will change its way as soon as it hits the jacket. Similarly, you can avoid evil with your behavior but there are high chances of you getting trapped in it. But when you are married then it acts as a shield and protects you from the social evil.

Secondly, you enjoy life when you get married early. It helps you to have more offspring who can be beneficial for your family and society at large. You can have time to enjoy your life as there will be your children to handle your business or work. You can have more time to utilize in other social activities, run NGOs, be a part of Welfare work, and can be a full time Daee (A Person who invites people to Islam). Moreover, if you marry early then you will complete half of your Deen early.

So it is said “As soon as you see a mistake and don't fix it, it becomes your mistake.”




  



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When you don’t value the time of your subordinates, you can’t become a good Leader

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | comments

Time is very essential element in our life. If you are a Leader your time is very much valuable. One of the characteristics of a good leader is that he has much value of time. Leader always carries others time along with him, he should be very careful in utilizing it. He should be always calculative when performing duties.

When a leader comes on time to the meetings, etc., he not only save his precious time but also of his subordinates. But on the contrary, when you make your subordinates or your clients wait for a long time, you may be utilizing your time effectively, however, you have lost their precious time waiting for you. When you don’t value the time of your subordinates, you can’t become a good leader.

If you have to attend the meeting with your ten subordinates, and if you are late by five minutes. May be you have utilized that five minutes of yours, but you have wasted the five precious minutes of ten people. In reality you have wasted 50 minutes of others to utilize the five minutes of yours.

I have seen many people on high post missing leadership qualities. They make their subordinates and clients wait, even if they are not busy, thinking it may have an impact on the client. But they fail to realize the positive aspect of respecting their client. It sends negative impast about your personality as well as of your business (or company). You should always try to minimize the wait of the persons who are waiting for you. Always get the information from the receptionist (or others), why a person wants to meet you. If you realize the meeting is important with him/her then close the works you are doing – keep it on hold – and meet the person immediately. Don’t allow him/her to wait. If you feel your work is important than the meeting, clearly convey them about your 'busy-ness' and the time you get free. 

Leadership always demands discipline. Your discipline shows how good a leader you are. Time management is also a part of discipline and it should be taken care well.

Egoistic behavior has never been a part of a good leader. Ego eats all your good impression you have before your subordinates and clients. You should always be truthful in your speech, obedient in your words, trustworthy in your actions, clean at your heart; well-mannered over all. A good Leader always remembers that people are watching him, he is judged by what he is. If you always come late to the office, why will your subordinate bother to be on time? If you don’t complete your task on time, it is obvious your subordinates be lazy. If you are not soft-spoken, then there will be no coordination with your subordinates. When your subordinates quit jobs regularly, then it is not their fault, there is something wrong in your Leadership attire.

Again I say… “When you don’t value the time of your subordinates or clients, you can’t become a good Leader.”







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Attacks on the Prophet in the Modern World – Nothing New

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | comments


It is not new to the Muslim World about the defamation of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In the name of freedom of speech and expression, people are playing with the sentiments of the Muslims. But the Glorious Quran says “They plotted and planned and Allah too plans, Allah is the best of planners” (3:54).

The whole team who have worked with the production of the film have just conveyed their hatred towards the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is rightly said “If you try to spit on Sun the spit comes back to your face” The status of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has not deteriorated a single bit as the God Almighty has raised his standard and confirms it in the Quran by saying “We exalted you to an honourable position.” Not only in the Islamic scriptures but also those which were sent before. The Bible also confirms about the coming of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


However much anyone tries to defame Prophet and Islam, it opens the gate for new entrants in Islam. If we flip the pages of the History, we comes to know whenever the enemies of Islam tries to defame Islam and the Messenger, it became the source for peace-seekers to enter into Islam and gave a unique strong binding of huge followers.

It is known that Islam is a religion of Peace and is spreading on its own standards. God Almighty rightly says in the Quran “It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is God for a Witness.” (Al Quran 48:28)

ProphetMuhammad (peace be upon him) stands clear as the pen of honest historians have testified his sincerity, his Leadership, commitment, love towards his companions, binding between his wives and above all a great revolutionist. He lived a life as an example to the entire Mankind.

He inspires and is continuously inspiring many young minds who are in search of truth and peace. Even Jesus Christ, “The Prince of Peace”, confirms about the King of Peace – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his coming, in the Bible, by saying “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (John 14:16). And the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is for ever.

So it is said of him “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow…” (Al Quran 33:21)
 


  


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Iftikhar Islam is the Administrator-Founder of Passionate Writers and GPRF (a non-profit org. in Belgaum), incredible author best known for collaborating management strategies with Islamic knowledge for an all-round Islamic development as required in the 21st century. He holds a Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from prestigious IIPM School of Business & Economy; and an ardent of Islam, Comparative Religions, Media and Law. | Know More |

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