Hefazat-e-Islam – how powerful a socio-political force is it?

Secularists control the media. They prefer portrayal of a moderate muslim country if not outright secular. Media wants to prove this country’s secular credentials to the “international community” as one of its justifications to be in the media industry. Stepping outside the written script of western liberalist friends I would like to propose how Hefazate is changing the political map of Bangladesh. 
A unified Islamic state would replace the secular materialistic society with an Islamic society. An Islamic state on the world stage will alter the balance of power in international politics. The “international community” does not want to see a powerful “Islamic community” as its rival in global domination.
In 1947 when muslims united under the banner of Muslim League they divided Hindustan and created most powerful muslim state in the world of that time after the Turkish Ottoman defeat. Pakistan however failed to rise to the occasion, it failed to step into the robes of the Ottomans. Pakistan should have been the new center of Islamic Khilafah after the abolishment of the Ottomans.

Leftist socialist and communist ideology is a religion too. The difference is, there is no God in that religion. It is a godless religion based on materialism, self benefit and sensual pleasures. What makes socialism an ideal enemy is its call for equality.

Islam clashes head on with socialism/communism as the fundamental difference between them is their core belief in God. A disbeliever in God cant be Islamic at the same time without being hypocritical.

The issue of Holy Prophet (sallillahu alihi wa sallam) is a core issue for the believers. It’s the life line of the body of the muslim ummah. By attacking the honor of the Nabi Karim (swm) atheists attacked the very life-line of the Muslim ummah.

Muslim ummah has two options. They could accept the attack and thereby ensure the gradual destruction of the religion itself resembling like a sinking Titanic. Or, they could stand up and unite against this attack and strengthen themselves against atheist attacks.

Common people love Allah, His Rasul (swm), they love their deen , they love the Holy Quran, salah, sawm, zakah, hajj and all the religious festivals. Hifazate Islami has momentarily united muslims on this issue which also happens to be most fundamental and sacred.

The country is divided into two broad groups. Believers on one side. Atheists on the other side. Hefazate Islam enjoys 3 kinds of public opinions.

One is in favor of them. This group includes madrassahs, Islamic institutions, political parties, and other Islamic groups.

Second group is anti Hefazat. This group consists of leftists, communists, socialists, pro-western secularists and atheists.

Third group is neither-here-nor-there confused group. They support Hefazat because they dont support atheists. 

We are seeing a strange situation. Group 1 is not reaching out to Group 3. Group 2 is trying to convince Group 3 to join its cause of “secularism”. Group 3 is just swinging between 1 and 2.

It leads to one conclusion. Group 1 is not able to capture the momentum in its full swing yet. While Group 2 is in the most vulnerable position which Group 1 is not yet exploiting. Group 3 is sadly in desperate search for a leadership to tell it what to do.

Allah SWT and HIS Rasul swm are absolutely sacred in Islam. It is like hydrogen and oxygen are necesary for water. A threat to this most basic and most fundamental concept is a threat to the entire body of Islam and a direct threat to all muslims.

For Group 3 the issue is one of class difference. Middle class urbanites view ‘men of religion’ with reservation. There is the concept of “shikhito bodhrolok” which means an educated professional. But there is special meaning attached to the word “educated”.

It does not include the madrassah educated or Islamically educated person. For eg, a hafize Quran is not usually placed in the “shikhito bodhrolok” group. Imams and khatibs of masjids are not included either. Hafiz,Imam and Khatibs are educated in holy books, laws, shraiah, usul, languages, grammer, etc. Yet, they are placed in a separate class, i.e. the “hujur” class. This is a class differentiation in the society. Much like the caste system of the mushrikin.

The basis of this class separation is CREED (AQEEDA). One who believes in the supremacy of tauhid and sticks to a life style that promotes Islamic culture is pushed out to a lower class tahnks to his AQEEDA being Islam. Whereas, one who believes is pushing aside Islamic way of thinking in exchange for western secular thought is given a warm welcome to the elite “shikhito” group. 

By becoming a member of the shikhito group he gets access to good jobs, business links and financially rewarding posts and positions for himself and for his family. These prestigious positions and rewards are not accessible to the other “lower” class groups.

We can then see an Islamic “lower” class group and a secular “upper” class social grouping. It is the reason why most people dont want to publicly expose their feelings for Islam, for Allah and for Allah’s Rasul swm.

This mentality has affected millions of hard working middle class people. They want to support Hefazat and its cause. They have been brain washed by the system to consider Islamic culture and society as “lower” class. They want to snap out of the class based  absurdities inherited from past colonial systems.

Hefazat’s picture is painted more by leftist media than by millions of supporters. The media shows them as ‘hujurs’ from the “lower” class who dont know anything about the modern world. Media paints the picture of dari-tupi-paan-tasbih hujur who speaks in lower class bangla language unworthy of comparison tight lipped upper class posh intellectuals.

We made up these fake social classes and gave our own silly definitions to them.

HIfazat’s new struggle promises to break the “class” barriers that have so far made few rich and millioons poor. The struggle is pulling low to no educated people from up country villages and small towns. They make up 130 out of 150 million citizens of the state. No government can ignore the rise of common sentiment as a lethal political concept.

Jesus (AS) – as I see him

Was Jesus (as) a Christian or a Jew? But first I want to share a few notes on why I love Jesus (as).

Whenever I read about Jesus (as) the first thing that comes to my mind is a man with long blonde hair, beautiful face, blue eyes, soft spoken, mild manners and an immediate look of gentleness. The next image that comes to mind is of such a kind man sufferring enormously because of his faith in His God. Prophets are often tested at the hands of the disbelieving people but I dont know of another prophet who had to suffer the way this mighty prophet of God did.

Jesus (as)’s story is one of love, tragedy, betrayal, revenge, rebellion, miracles and a continuous struggle between good and evil. He (as) was probably one of the most radical prophets to have walked on earth ever. I say this because he (as) did what would have been blasphemous then as is it is today.

Imagine if a Roman Catholic from the Vatican City declared openly that the Pope was an imposter and corrupted the Vatican was practicing wrongs!!

This is exactly what prophet Jesus (as) did in the holy city of Jerusalem in Palestine.

He (as) reached out to the poor and the neglected class of society, breathed life into them by reading to them the Word, and the Word was God. He (as) went to people whom the world had turned out. He lived with lepers whose families had abandoned them. To the lepers he (as) was more than any ordinary human being, he (as) was like the mercy of God which decended upon them. When there was no love left in the universe Jesus (as) came to them with mercy and kindness.

Jesus (as) did what no one would dare. He (as) took on the might and the prestige of the all powerful religious establishment of his time, the Rabbis and the established clergy. Jesus (as) showed how and where the clergy indulged in corruption. The corruption was ofcourse the self proclaimed holiness of religious men.

Jesus (as) spoke the truth. God did not intend His religion to become a monopoly of religious men praticing complicated rituals. God’s Law was meant to elevate mankind to a higher station; it was not meant to be a weapon for chastisement in the hands of holy men.

My brothers in other faiths talk about miracles. Is’nt this the greatest miracle on earth? A man speaking the truth against the men of God? This is something which easily registers in my heart. That should be enough of a miracle for me.

Was Jesus (as) christian? Well, firstly, I see his holy life as a struggle against the established religion of his time. Jesus (as) followed what prophet Moses (as) followed, who in turn was a Hebrew prophet, a believer of the faith of Abraham. Jesus (as) obviously was not a christian and never practiced the rituals that we see today. He (as) never opened a church or a parish in his holy name. The answer would have to be , no…he was not a christian in as much as we know christianity today.

Was he (as) a Jew? He (as) could not have been a Jew while the Jewish clergy accused him of blasphemy. Jesus (as) had stepped outside the creed of Judaism in as much as the clergy understands the religion of Judaism.

If Jesus (as) was neither Jewish nor Christian what was he(as)? He (as) struggled for the most issue in the world. The question of the existence of God and our relationship with God. Our materialistic world tells us to lock up God within the confines of a temple. This culture Jesus (as) broke with the spiritual revolution of God’s Word.

Jesus (as) was no different than Moses, Abraham, Isac, Ismael, Jacob, Joseph and Jonah (peace be upon all of them). He was a mighty prophet of God in the long line of Prophets from Abraham’s family. Jesus (as) was the Ruhullah the spirit of God, he was a Rasul Allah – Messenger of Allah, and a brother of the last and final Rasul Allah, prophet Muhammad (sallillahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam). All the prophets from Noah preached only one concept of God. The monotheistic, unitary and undivisible concept of the One True God. They were prophets and their last was prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad swm (peace be upon them all) had only one religion from the One and Only God.

From this belief, I would say Jesus (as) was a MUSLIM… 

Thirty proofs – No crucifixion

By Ahmad Deedat

Jesus Christ was neither killed nor was he crucified, as alleged by the Christians and the Jews, but that he was alive! because:

1. Jesus was reluctant to die! He had worked out a strategy of defence to repel the Jews. Because he wanted to remain alive!

2. He beseeched God for help. With strong crying and tears for God Almighty to keep him alive!

3. God ‘heard’ his prayers which means that God accepted his prayers to keep him alive!

4. An angel of god came to strengthen him: In the hope and belief that God will save him alive!

5. Pilate finds Jesus not guilty! Good reason to keep Jesus alive!

6. Pilates wife shown a dream in which she was told that – ‘No harm should come to this just man.’ In other words that he should be saved alive!

7. Supposed to be on the cross for only three hours. According to the system in vogue, no man could die by crucifixion in so short a time which means that even if he was fastened to the cross – he was alive!

8. The other two – his ‘crossmates’ on their respective crosses were alive. So Jesus too, for the same period of time must be alive!

9. Encyclopedia biblica under article ‘cross’ – column 960 says: ‘When the spear was thrust – Jesus was alive!

10. ‘Forthwith’ came there out blood and water: ‘Forthwith’ means straightaway, immediately which was a sure sign that Jesus was alive!

11. Legs not broken – as a fulfilment of prophecy. ‘Legs’ can be of any use only if Jesus was alive!

12.Thunderstorm, earthquake, and darkening of the sun all within 3 hours! To disperse the sadistic mob to enable his ‘secret disciples’ to help, keep him alive!

13. Jews doubted his death: They suspected that he had escaped death on the cross – that he was alive!

14. Pilate ‘marvels’ to hear that Jesus was dead. He knew from experience that no man can die so soon by crucifixion. He suspected that Jesus was alive!

15. Big roomy chamber: Close at hand, and big and airy for willing hands to come to the rescue. Providence was out to keep Jesus alive!

16. Stone and ‘winding sheets’ had to be removed: Only necessary if Jesus was alive!

17. Report on winding sheets. German Scientists who carried out experiments on the ‘Shroud of Turin’ said that the heart of Jesus had not stopped functioning – that he was alive!

18. Ever in disguise! Disguise not necessary if Jesus was ‘resurrected’. Only necessary if he was alive!

19. Forbade Mary Magdalene to touch him ‘Touch me not’ for this reason that it would hurt; because he was alive!

20. ‘Not yet ascended unto my father’ In the language of the Jews, in the idiom of the Jews, he was saying, ‘I am not dead yet’, in other words, ‘I am alive!’

21. Mary Magdalene not afraid on recognising Jesus. Because she had seen signs of life before. She was looking for a Jesus who was alive!

22. Disciples petrified on seeing Jesus in the upper-room. All their knowledge about the ‘crucifixion’ was from hearsay, therefore, they could not believe that Jesus was alive!

23. Ate food again and again in his post ‘crucifixion’ appearances. Food only necessary if he was alive!

24. Never showed himself to his enemies. Because he had escaped death by the ‘skin of his teeth’. He was alive!

25. Took only short trips. Because he was not resurrected, not spiritualised, but alive!

26. Testimony of men around the tomb “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:4-5) That he is not dead, but alive!

27. Testimony of angels “angels who had said that he was alive!” (Luke 24:23) Did not say, ‘resurrected’ but the actual word uttered by the angels was ‘Alive!’

28. Mary Magdalene testifies “they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they believed not” (Mark 16-11).

Mary did not vouch for a spook, or ghost or spirit of Jesus but a Live Jesus. What they could not believe was that the Master was alive!

29. Dr. primrose testifies: That the ‘water and the blood’, when Jesus was lanced on the side, was on account of an upset in the nervous vessels because of the scourging by staves. Which was a sure sign that Jesus was alive!

30. Jesus had himself foretold that his miracle will be the miracle of Jonah! According to the Book of Jonah, Jonah was alive, when we expected him to be dead; similarly when we expect Jesus to be dead, he should be alive!

Factory Collapse in Dhaka – another story of human sufferring (at the hands of free market)

Ethically bankrupt, morally corrupted, are the first signs of business owners almost everywhere in the world but especially so in Bangladesh. Buyers in the garments districts of western capitals are committed to exploit the cheapest possible wages in the world. Their objective is profit by paying less production charges. Factory owners in Bangladesh pretty much treat workers like slaves if not like animals, minus the chains.

The tragic stories of human loss, pains and sufferrings cant be captured in the annual general meetings of big corporations. Earnings is all they really care for. Over here factory owners care more for their shoes than for workers’ safety.

Bangladesh factory collapse: rescue teams hunt for survivors

Rescuers are franctically searching for survivors after at least 159 workers were killed and hundreds more injured when an eight-storey complex, housing a factory that supplies Primark, collapsed in the Bangladeshi capital.

 
Dean Nelson

By , David Bergman in Dhaka

3:41AM BST 25 Apr 2013

 

Hundreds of people were believed trapped in the concrete rubble of the building that collapsed in Bangladesh one day after workers complained cracks had developed in the structure. The death toll jumped Thursday to 149 after searchers worked through the night.

“The death toll could go up as many are still trapped under the rubble,” district police chief Habibur Rahman said.

Searchers cut holes in the jumbled mess of concrete with drills or their bare hands, passing water and flashlights to those pinned inside the building near Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka.

“I gave them whistles, water, torchlights. I heard them cry. We can’t leave them behind this way,” said fire official Abul Khayer. Rescue operations illuminated by floodlights continued through the night.

Survivors said that thousands of workers and residents were inside the Rana Plaza building when it collapsed, but only 600 had been rescued by the afternoon. New Wave Style, a garment factory which occupied three floors of the building in Dhaka, reported that women comprised at least half the casualties and many children were also victims. The company provided crèche facilities for the children of its female workers on the 2nd, 6th and 7th storeys.

As early as Tuesday, cracks were noticed in the structure of the building. Bangladesh’s Industrial Police confirmed they had ordered the evacuation of Rana Plaza, but thousands of people nonetheless reported for work on Wednesday. Some said they returned to the factories on pain of dismissal after engineers working for the building’s owner inspected the structure and pronounced it safe. Some workers returned to their sewing machines just an hour before the whiole complex collapsed.

A Bangladeshi firefighter carries an injured garment worker after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka

Buildings in Bangladesh are often shoddy constructions, built with little regard for strength or safety.

In Wednesday’s incident, all the upper floors of Rana Plaza collapsed, leaving only the ground floor intact. Four garment factories occupied six of the eight floors. New Wave Style, the largest of the factories, lists international retailers like Benetton along with British high street names like Primark, Matalan and Bonmarche among its main buyers.

Primark confirmed that “one of its suppliers occupied the second floor” of the building. The company added that its “ethical trade team” was “working to collect information, assess which communities the workers come from, and to provide support where possible”.

Benetton denied that “people involved in the collapse of the factory” were its suppliers. A statement from Matalan said: “We can confirm that New Wave has been a supplier to Matalan although we don’t have any current production with them. We are deeply saddened by the news and we have been trying to get in touch with our contacts since we heard to check if we are able to assist.” The last time New Wave supplied Matalan was in February, a spokesman added. A stat

A Bonmarche spokesman said: “We are terribly shocked by the news from Bangladesh and our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible tragedy and their families. We can confirm that New Wave is a supplier to Bonmarche and we are currently in touch with our agents there to gather further information and offer our assistance.”

Ordinary people joined soldiers in digging for survivors in the remains of the building yesterday. Witnesses said they could hear those trapped inside reciting prayers and crying out for water. Opposition leaders cancelled a one day anti-government strike in Dhaka.

Woman cries as she talks on a telephone following the eight-storey Rana Plaza building collapse at Savar in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

The incident raises further questions over safety and working conditions in Bangladesh’s £13 billion garment industry, which supplies many high street brands in Britain. Last November, a fire at another Dhaka clothing factory building killed 112 people.

Mostafizur Rahman, the director of the Industrial Police, blamed the Rana Plaza factory owners for ignoring the instruction to evacuate after the first faults were discovered on Tuesday. “We had asked them to operate the factories only after a structural inspection by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. But the factories’ owners ignored our directives and decided to reopen their units on Wednesday,” he said.

Mohammed Sohel Rana, the building’s owner and a local leader of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League, said the cracks had not seemed serious.

Bangladeshi civilian volunteers assist in rescue operations after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka

One survivor, Shaheena Akhter, 23, said that she and her colleagues had returned to work only after being threatened with dismissal. Sobbing and anxious to resume her search for missing friends, she said: “Some of us did not want to work fearing something might happen, but the garment factory people told us that we had to join our work otherwise we will lose our jobs. We started working and at around 9am the building collapsed. Somehow I managed to leave the building. I really am not sure how. I was inside the building and somehow I managed to get out. I can’t describe it. God saved me, somehow how I managed to escape.”

Laia Blanch from War on Want, a charity, said that international clothing brands were ultimately to blame for failing to insist that Bangladeshi suppliers used safe factories. “It is dreadful that leading brands and governments continue to allow garment workers to die or suffer terrible disabling injuries in unsafe factories making clothes for western nations’ shoppers,” she said. “How many more lives must be lost or crushed before ministers and companies act to stop these scandalous human tragedies?”

 

`Ali (ra) passing a judgement on `Umar (ra) during his Khilafah

Giving Dawah to Shia

Written by Hani
Posted by 13S2010

al-Salamu `Aleykum,

While writing my new article:

“Is `Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) an oppressive dictator?”

I dived into books of Hadith and found some interesting narrations about `Umar’s (ra) treatment of his subjects and advisers, I will post an interesting one here for the benefit, I want to see how the most ignorant of people (i.e Shia) explain this one:

عبد الرزاق ، عن معمر ، عن مطر الوراق ، وغيره ، عن الحسن قال : أرسل عمر بن الخطاب إلى امرأة مغيبة كان يدخل عليها ، فأنكر ذلك ، فأرسل إليها ، فقيل لها : أجيبي عمر ، فقالت : يا ويلها ما لها ، ولعمر قال : فبينا هي في الطريق فزعت فضربها الطلق فدخلت دارا ، فألقت ولدها ، فصاح الصبي صيحتين ، ثم مات ، فاستشار عمر أصحاب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فأشار عليه بعضهم ، أن ليس عليك…

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