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“The State of the Education System in the Muslim World” | Mufti Taqi ‘Uthmāni

The State of the Education System in the Muslim World

Shaykh al-Islām Mufti Taqi ‘Uthmāni

Translated by Umer Ansari | Ann Arbor, Michigan

Translator’s Foreword:

The following is an English translation of a thirty-minute Urdu talk by Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni given at an “Adā-i Shukr” ceremony on March 15, 2016 that was organized by the Hira Foundation School, which is a division of Dār al-ʿUlūm Karachi. Link of the original lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skb–ane5Xk. To learn more about the Hira Foundation, click here for their Facebook Page.

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Mufti Taqī ʿUthmāni said:

[After salutations, peace and blessings upon Prophet Muḥammad]

Peace be upon you all,

Today we have gathered here at the Hira Foundation for the ḥifẓ program ceremony. What is the background of the Hira Foundation? The president of the university (Dār al-ʿUlūm Karachi) and Grand Mufti of Pakistan, my respected brother Mufti Rafīʿ ʿUthmāni has stated on numerous occasions, and I have also been able to mention what my father (Mufti Shafīʿ ʿUthmāni) had once stated at a gathering: after the creation of Pakistan, we need a new education system.

Before the creation of Pakistan, there were three major education systems that were in effect (in South Asia): the system of Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband, the system of Aligarh Muslim University, and the system of Dār al-ʿUlūm Nadwat al-ʿUlamā. Continue reading

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What is the Purpose of Learning Hadith?

By Umer Sultan | (6/17/2015)

The Prophetic Traditions, known as Hadith (pl. Ahadith), are very near and dear to the hearts of the Muslims. The Muslims are often found quoting the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad, the Last Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him).

Here we try to answer why Hadith is so important to Muslims and what is the purpose of learning these Prophetic Traditions?

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Observations on Chapter 1 of Karen Armstrong’s book “Islam: A Short History”

This review has opened my eyes.

Waqar Akbar Cheema

Islam A Short History
The following is a reproduction of some observations I made while reading the first chapter of Karen Armstrong’s book “Islam: A Short History” well over a year ago.
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All quotes and page numbers are from the e-book here
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She writes;

” … the opposition grew, led by Abu al-Hakam (who is called Abu Jahl, “Father of Lies,” in the Quran), …” (p.12)

The Qur’an no where mentions Abu Jahl explicitly, what to say of giving him this title.

Islamic tradition would later assert that there had been 124,000 such prophets, a symbolic number suggesting infinity.” (p.8)

Clear reflection of the mythological orientalist belief that Hadith is a later “invention”

“On one occasion his most intelligent wife,Umm Salamah, helped to prevent a mutiny.” (p.16)
This is a reference to short lived reluctance of the companions to put off ihram at the eve of Hudaybiya. Giving it…

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Political Genius of Caliph ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab

Beautiful Arabic calligraphy that says "Umar Al-Farooq"

Beautiful Arabic calligraphy that says “Umar Al-Farooq” Source: Unkown

Khalifah ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab was truly a genius. He was a natural leader and had a great political acumen. Following are few examples to briefly explain this point.

Khalifah ‘Umar had established an inquiry commission to ensure that his governors and other state officials abide by the rules and do not transgress a tiny bit. The Chief Inquirer was Continue reading

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Common Legends About Muharram and ‘Ashura by Mufti Taqi ‘Usmani | Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi’s comment

Here I have summarized the key points of Mufti Taqi Usmani from his book “Islamic Months: Merits and Precepts.” In this post we will understand what is Muharram all about, what are the opportunities to perform virtuous acts and clarify the common legends that make rounds every year during the month of Muharram and the day of ‘Ashura. This is your simple guide to the month of Muharram.

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New Trend of Amateur Islamic Thinkers in Pakistan

Few quick thoughts/ concerns as below…

There is a new trend in Pakistan that I am noticing. I may be wrong, I wish to be wrong in this case.

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When The Bee Was Inspired


‎”And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.”

[The Noble Qur’an, Surah An-Nahl ‘The Bee’ 16:68-69]

© Umer Sultan. The Sultan’s Corner

'The Bee' © Umer Sultan 2012.

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My Mawlid Story

By Umer Sultan| Loudspeakers were set, and the entire neighborhood was echoing…

This post is not like the other Mawlid posts debating whether it is appropriate to do it or not. I am not qualified to speak on such topic, however, I do want to share a story of mine from last year. Before that a little about what is Milad/Mawlid for people who don’t know.

Mawlid (or Milad as known to South Asians) is celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, on the 12th of Rabi‘ al-awwal (ربيع الأوّل) the third month of the Islamic Lunar Calender. It is similar to the Christmas by Christians, okay may be not similar but the same concept, hence similar. People gather in Mawlid to praise the Prophet. Mawlid gatherings differ by cultures. Other Muslims consider it to be having no basis in Islam thus an Innovation (Bidah) in religion, hence condemned. That is the brief intro to what Mawlid is for those who heard this word for the first time.

My Story:

So last year I was in Karachi around this time of the year. There was  a Mawlid gathering in our neighborhood and my father was invited as well.  At first I did not want to go because there are a lot of wrong and unfounded practices that usually take place in such gatherings at least in South Asian Mawlid gatherings. However, some family members told me to attend as I will learn something new since I was very young when I moved out of Karachi. So I tagged along with my father to experience it. An Experience it was indeed…

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Brown Guy + Beard = Terrorist

What do you call a Brown Guy with a Beard??

If you have read my blog post that I wrote last year on January 11th 2011, then you would know the story and the answer. Not much has changed since then except in the person who was name calling. If you missed it then the link is given at the end.

So this teacher asked me smilingly “Are you from Saudi Arabia?” in a class full with students.

I asked him smilingly “Are you serious, do I look like an Arab? You should know that.”

He responded “I don’t know- Saudia Arabia or Afghanistan.

Me: “Are you kidding me, just because of the beard.”

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Fatwa: Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid

By Umer Sultan| Dignity is in adhering to the Qur’an and Sunnah, as understood by the Sahaba-the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad-the Seal of the Prophets.

As some of you may know, I have been following this cult of Zaid Hamid in Pakistan. I also posted twice on this subject at my blog (here and here last year), both of which were re-posted by the Zaid Hamid Exposition [ZHE] team at their website.

After more than a year of exposing and consolidating evidences against him by the ZHE Team, on November 30, 2011, the Ulema (Islamic Scholars) of Pakistan at Jamia Binoria, a well-known and leading Islamic Seminary, gave a detailed verdict (Fatwa) that Zaid Hamid, also known as Zaid Zaman Hamid, and those who follow him are outside the fold of Islam, hence ‘Kafir’ or dis-believers. Thus adding the word ‘Kazzab‘ meaning liar with Zaid Hamid’s name.

Those who can read Urdu, link to the detail verdict is given below. I will talk about it soon in shaa Allah (God willing) but let me give a brief history on Zaid Zaman Hamid-Kazzab.

Who is Zaid Hamid?

Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid-Kazzab

Zaid Hamid presents himself as a defense analyst, calls himself a Mujahid (claims to participate in the Jihad against Soviet Union in Afghanistan), calls himself Aashiq-e-Rusool (having immense love for Prophet Muhammad), and is known for dropping war mongering rhetoric against India and American forces in Afghanistan. He has repeatedly said that the Khilafah needs to be established in Pakistan (something that Ulema-Islamic Scholars never preach).

He is always seen in public with a red hat of a soldier, and often in military jacket. He is eloquent and mesmerizing, hence was shooting to his fame last year when few unknown Continue reading

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