Boycotting Facebook

After the cartoon controversy on Facebook, some Muslims removed/deleted their facebook accounts while most continued to use their accounts on one pretext or another. I was one of the users who removed their accounts from facebook. But I found that my fellow Muslims, rather than appreciating or encouraging this move, started raising questions, making fun and even fighting with me on this move! I tried to answer them to the best of my abilities, but was not able to convince many, infact anyone ūüôā So much so, that I started wavering a bit as well. I found this excellent fatwa on askimam.org, which made me come back on the track, Alhamdolillah. Hopefully for some of you, it might be helpful to take the decision to quit facebook.

Click here to read, AskImam’s detailed reply on the initial and continued boycott of facebook.

I have switched to Google+, if you want to add me, find me through my email, amad.uddin@gmail.com

The State of Our State

The state of our beloved Pakistan is known to all. We just have to follow news for a day to realize how grave our problems  have become. Is there any solution for us? Can we come out of this mess? Does anyone have any idea of what the solution might be and how we can become a formidable state as envisaged by our fore fathers? In this blog I attempt to look into one solution which are available to us.

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Friendship With Kuffar

In various Aayahs in Quran, the Muslims are asked not to befriend the Kuffar. These Aayahs are used by people of other faiths to slander the Muslims that your Quran stops you from having good relations with people of other faiths and generates animosity between Muslims and followers of other religions.

We also find a lot of examples where our Prophet and the Khulfa-e-Rashideen treated the Kuffar very well. In fact one delegation of the Kuffar was accommodated in Masjid-e-Nabvi, when they came to Madina. So apparently there is a contradiction between the Quran and the Sunnah.

In this blog, I will try to explain the parameters of having relationships with the Kuffar, in light of Maariful Quran, which is one of the most famous Urdu Tafsir, written by Mufti Muhammad Shafi.

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Enter Into Islam Completely

How often, while asking our sisters to do Hijab and our brothers to come to Salah or to keep beard, the instant reply is that though our outer self might not be entirely as per Islam our inside is pure! And then we are treated with a stream of examples of some ‘Bay Haya’ Hijabi sister and a liar brother with a beard. More scary are the times when we believe that some rituals of Ibadah like Salah, or some traits related to physical appearance like Hijab, beard etc, are all that there is to Islam, and we don’t need to do anything more. ¬†Recently I spent some time reading about Surah Bakra : 208, which bridges this gap.

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Why is Music Haraam?

Well the simple answer is that Allah and his Prophet (peace be upon him) said so. In Qassas Ul Qnbiya a lecture series delivered by Maulana Makki Al Hijazi, he talked about how Music and singing was introduced by Shaitaan to sway men and women from the paths of Allah. And how the various Prophets (peace be upon all of them) came and destroyed such instruments, practices and customs. In Holy Quran and Hadith it is mentioned very clearly and May Allah help me and you to walk on the straight path.
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Let’s Begin

For more than a few years I have been blogging without any intent or purpose. Just writing what I feel like or what I have been going through. But somewhere deep inside of me, there was a wish to make my blog and blogging more purposeful, and if Allah wills, more popular. So I figured out that the only way that can happen is to accept that nobody wants to read about me! Therefore I decided that I will write about something which I am most passionate about, and also which would, hopefully be, readable to others as well. In a way I will have the best of both the worlds! I would be writing about something I want to write about and you would be reading what you would like to read or are interested in.

The Name Of the Blog

The name of the blog is ‘Accepting Islam’. I chose this name simply¬†because, I am extremely impressed by the Sahaba-e-Karaam (may Allah be pleased with all of them), for they accepted Islam for what it was, not for what they wanted it to be. They didn’t change Allah’s Quran to suit themselves. Sahaba’s life was totally different than ours as they were only pleased with what was liked by Allah, therefore Allah mentioned in the Quran that ‘they are pleased with Allah and Allah is pleased with them’. So the blog will encorage me and you to accept Islam as it is. Nobody is perfect but we can at least call our sins as sins and make dua to Allah to help us in becoming someone whom Allah will be pleased with. Ameen.

I am not an Aalim

Please note that I am not an Aalim. Yes I know most of the Ulema don’t call themselves as Aalim as well rather they call themselves as mere students. But I am really not an Aalim as I have had no formal education in Deen. Actually I am fond of listening, reading and sitting in the company of ¬†some of the most prominent and knowledgeable Ulema of our times. Such as Mufti Taqi Usmani, Maulana Tariq Jameel, Maulana Mehboob Elahi, Maulana Makki Al Hijazi, Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, Mufti Abdur Rauf Sakhravi, Maulana Aslam Shaikhupuri etc. Also I try to attend the Weekly Ijtima of Tableeghi Jamat in Subhan (Kuwait) markaz. Whatever I know is from these sources, but obviously I possess neither their oratory or their writing skills.¬†Therefore I try to remember and reproduce whatever I hear from them or read in one of the many books written by them.

Therefore I would appreciate if my readers can communicate to me, any mistake etc they find in my writings, so that the same can be corrected immediately.

Accept Islam for what it is, not for what you want it to be…