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
Sheikh Yasir Qadhi answers the mind troubling questions of American Muslim Identity: Can you be a Muslim and be an American at the same time? Is there a clash? Is it permissible for a Muslim to have his/her allegiance to a nation-state. What are you first? An American or a Muslim?
Do Muslims have to live in a Islamic State? Can Muslims live in a Kufr State (non-Islamic or non-Muslim State), use the kufr system to defend themselves in the Kufr State? What is the difference between the concept of Ummah and Qaumiyat (nation or community)?
Muslims residing in the Non-Muslim nation-state, can they be patriotic to their country? Is America a Christian State? What American Muslims should say if some one asks them that why are they in America?
Can American Muslims be loyal to America? Is there a clash of loyalty between Islam and America? Can American Muslims be proud Muslims and patriotic Americans at the same time? And is this permissible in Islam?
Sultan Hisham bin Abdur Rahman (d. 180 A.H./796 C.E. ) of Al-Andalus (The Muslim Spain) appointed his son, Hakam bin Hisham as his crown prince and took the oath of allegiance for Hakam from the courtiers.
On this occasion, Sultan Hisham said to his son Hakam:
“You must not make any difference between the poor and the rich. Treat your subordinates with kindness but punish any atrocious governor heavily. Keep full control over your forces and see that these forces are used for serving the country not destroying it; fulfill the promises; make every effort to keep your subjects happy for angry peope pose a threat to the Continue reading
Map of Chechnya- Source: Worldatlas.com
The New York Times covered a story yesterday on March 30th, 2010, on the research done by the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism on the Chechan suicide attacks, especially by the Chechan women.
Its a very important and informative read. It is also important because of the 2 recent bombings in the Subway in Russia, that Russia is calling it to be the works of “Islamic” Extremists. Even though presently, it is not known who is behind the Russian submay bombings but the article tells us the reasons of the suicide attacks by Chechans in Russia.
Chechnya’s leading rebel commanders, Doku Umarov, issued video statements warning of attacks in Russia proper. “The Russians think the war is distant,” he said. “Blood will not only spill in our towns and villages but also it will spill in their towns … our military operations will encompass the entirety of Russia.” He also made clear that his campaign was not about restoring any Islamic caliphate, but about Chechen independence:
“This is the land of our brothers and it is our sacred duty to liberate these lands.”
Read the full article in order to understand further.