Thursday, 19 January 2017

Yazid ibn Mu'awiyah's Rape of Makkah & Madina

The Battle of al-Harrah took place after the massacre of the family of the Prophet (s.a.w.) at Karbala.  The army of Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah attacked Madina whose residents had revolted against his tyranny and outrage over the murder of the Ahl al-Bayt.  In Madina, they massacred 10,000 of the best Muslims then, including 700swahabah who fought valiantly until the end.  Among the dead were the swahabah who had participated in the Battle of Badr.  More than a 1,000 of their daughters were raped and impregnated.  For three entire days, there was no adzan and swalah in Masjid an-Nabawi.  The pillars of the mosques were used by Yazid’s Army to tether their horses and the animals defecated therein, soiling the place.

The pillage was done at Yazid’s explicit order as recorded in the history books.  The people of Madina, theswahabah and the tabi’un, were forced to give bay'ah to Yazid as slaves to him.  When a man from the Answarsaid, “I give bay’ah to him on the Qur’an and the sunnah”, they chopped off his head.

Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.) narrated in his Swahih, that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “My Madina is a Sacred Sanctuary, so whosoever commits crime therein, then upon him is the Curse of Allah, His angels and all people.”  On the strength of this hadits, we curse Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah, those who follow him and we rebuke those who think he is in the right to this day.  And the only group that disregards this hadits and honour Yazid is the Wahhabi sect.  Only a kafir would support a kafir.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Thanks to this Afghan woman, 6,000 imams have taken gender-sensitivity training

Afghani knew the task ahead was not going to be easy. Initially, imams were shown the manual without them knowing it would be used for their own training. Afghani and her colleagues told the imams they wanted input on what they had developed. This is how the discussions began, and suddenly the training was in full swing. “Sometimes women are very clever. More than men,” Afghani laughs.
Some of the imams were immediately receptive to Afghani’s ideas. But with others, some issues proved very difficult. “Women’s political participation was the hardest thing,” she says. “Even ... now, some of the imams are not on the same page as [us].”
Of the 6,000 imams who have been trained by NECDO, one is Mohammed Ehsan Saikal, the imam in Kabul who has kept his mosque open to women for 12 years. He has been working with Afghani during this time and often preaches about the importance of education for girls. “I have three daughters, and all of them are highly educated and go to work,” he says. “The best thing I have received from this organization is enlightenment and awareness.”
Nargis Hamdard, age 20, is a female student at Mr. Saikal’s madrasa, which operates alongside his mosque. Her family used to be against education for women, but since she started coming to the madrasa, their opinion has changed. “I have learned that in Islam, women have the right to work and study. Now my family also believes this,” she says.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Dua for repentance

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The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made the following supplication: "My Lord, accept my repentance, wash away my sin. . .guide my heart, make true my tongue, and draw out malice from my breast." Sunan of Abu-Dawood