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Preface to What is the Sunnah and Hadith?

By Umer Sultan| Part 1: Preface to What is the Sunnah and Hadith?

One of the most common topic of discussion among Muslims now a days is about the Sunnah.  Most of us Muslims have heard this word ‘Sunnah‘ and in many discussions we might have heard brothers and sisters questioning, discussing and arguing the following:

If Hadith is the saying of Prophet Muhammad, is Sunnah the actions of the Prophet? What is the significance of either one?

What is Sunnah? What is the authority of Sunnah?

I don’t have to follow Sunnah, I can leave it. It is not like it is Fard (obligatory).

Is Sunnah below the Qur’an? Is Sunnah inferior than the Qur’an?

I don’t understand the difference between Sunnah and Hadith!

Is beard a Sunnah or Wajib (commanded)? I was told it is Sunnah, but others say it is Wajib?  What is the difference? Can both be true at the same time or not? I am confused.

The list, however, continues and I am not here to compile the list. Each of these issues will be addressed piece meal inshallah (God Willing) in the Continue reading

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Indeed the role of women in Islam is misunderstood by Many! *Especially by Muslims themselves

Why its about Men? Men doing this and Men doing that! No let me correct myself. Why its about Muslim Men? Muslim Men doing this and Muslim Men doing that! Why its about Muslim Men oppressing Muslim Women? Why its about Muslim Men segregating Muslim Women?
Why some people being Muslims want to portray it as a Gender issue? Why they measure Islam on the weights of the Secular Western Tradition? Why these “Progressive” Muslims or “Feminist” Muslims fail to see that the Muslim Women wants to pray separate! Muslim Women do not want men to Continue reading

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Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to Pakistan- Part 1

Mr General Retired Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to the Pakistani Politics for the next national elections. He has announced that he wants to provide the 3rd option to the Pakistani people with strong leadership.

Source: swingstateofmind.com

With the incompetency of the present Pakistani administration, and the resulting deterioration of the Pakistani society, Musharraf’s announcement has fulfilled his fan’s hopes. However, there is a concern among many others. The tenure of Musharraf as the dictator of Pakistan was not the era of idealism in the history of Pakistan as Musharraf might have envisioned. His idealism of Enlightened Modernism came back to hound him and led to his resignation in order to avoid the legal consequences of trashing the Pakistani constitution.

That history aside, I have my own concerns. I liked Pervez Musharraf when he took over Pakistan in a bloodless coup in 1999 and I still do for his personality. He has the leadership skills but his ideals and principles are very worrisome.

If Musharraf would run for the Presidency of Pakistan, people will vote him (actually his party) for his personality not for his (or his party’s) ideals. This is the mental plague the Pakistani people are facing today. The problems of Pakistan will never resolve if this mentality of hero-worship continues. People of Pakistan should look at the ideals & principles of the man and party before they vote.

His Values & Principles:

A] His ideals include Enlightened Moderation:-

In the words of Pervez Musharraf:
“The world has been going through a tumultuous period since the dawn of the 1990s, with no sign of relief in sight. The suffering of the innocents, particularly my brethren in faith — the Muslims — at the hands of militants, extremists and terrorists has made it all the more urgent to bring order to this troubled scene. In this spirit, I would like to set forth a strategy I call Enlightened Moderation.” The Washington Post June 1st 2004, A23.
He explained back in 2004 that this strategy is two-fold. First are the Muslims and that they have to shun violence, and extremism and that they need to be moderate in Islam. The second part of the strategy is the West, especially the United States that it needs to deal the issues of global politics with justice.

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International Conference On ‘Islam and Modernity’

ISLAMABAD: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is arranging a two-day international conference on ‘Islam and Modernity’ on June 4 and 5 (Wednesday and Thursday) at new auditorium, Faisal Mosque Campus.

Inaugural session will start on Wednesday at 10:00am. Leading scholars and experts from Pakistan and abroad will deliver their lectures and present papers in working sessions of the conference.

In the first working session, M Shahid Alam, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Noman-ul-Haq, and Khurshid Ahmad will speak on ‘What went wrong: the encounter with modernity and diagnoses of Muslim civilization decline’. Prof Khurshid Ahmed will be the chief guest of this session.

In the second session on the same day, Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan, Tamara Sonn, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Khaled Ahmed and salman Sayyid would present their thoughts on ‘Muslim responses to modernity and globalization: contradictions, tensions and possibilities’. Rector IIUI Prof Manzoor Ahmed would honour the session as the chief guest.

The activities of the second day would start at 11:30am. Misbah Saboohi, Asad Farooq, Suroosh Irfani, Ashis Nandy and M Shahid Alam would speak on ‘towards utopia of modernity’ and development and progress in the Muslim world’. Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari and Dr Khalid Masud would be the chief guests of the session.

Mushahid Hussain, Salman Sayyid, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Fawzia Afzal Khan and Mumtaz Ahmed, in the second session on the same day, would enlighten the audience on ‘fundamentalist obscurantism or laboratory resistance: perspectives on the Islamic revival’. President IIUI Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqiui would be the chief guest of the session.

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