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and LIVING THE DEEN and FINDING THE BALANCE.....

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shekhar gupta [ndtv] with DR.Zakir Naik



Saturday, February 27, 2010

Reservation for Indian Muslims


By PROF. S.A. QUDSI


It is well said that “large kingdoms and small hearts do not go together.” This holds good with India when it comes to reservations for Muslims in Parliament, Assemblies, employment and education. Come elections, all parties including BJP try to appease Muslim-voters like giving lollypop to a crying child. The trump card of Muslim reservations is played by ruling parties at the Centre as well as in the States. Commissions are appointed, recommendations are made, hollow promises are made just to mollify Muslims and garner their votes. After elections are over, some legal faults are found in the committee reports to put the issue on the back burner. This is the track record of reservation for Muslims to this day.

Cases in point are those of Sachar Committee Report and Ranganath Mishra Commission report. Both the reports have made a strong case for reservation to uplift Muslims from their socio-economic plight. But still unwanted debates and discussions are going on, wasting time and resources and playing with the emotions of Muslims.

The UPA Government also does not seem to be whole-heartedly and genuinely interested in eradicating Muslims’ socio-economic backwardness. Otherwise it could have promulgated an “ordinance” and get it done. There is no need of introducing a bill in Parliament and passing time in debates and discussions. If the UPA Government does so, hardly any party save and except the Hindutva parties will oppose it.

The Congress Party seems to have taken the Muslim voters in its stride. The time is coming for the Muslims to show that they carry some political weight and political acumen. They cannot be so easily fooled. So far Muslims have voted to the Congress Party to defeat the communal parties like BJP and Shiv Sena, etc. Now the time has come for Muslims to take promise from the UPA in advance and vote it to power. Let not Muslim voters be swept away by hollow-promises and catchy sloganeering.

At present the need for reservation for Muslim MPs and MLAs on a par with SCs/STs is very much urgent because the delimitation of constituencies is so calculatedly done that thickly populated Muslim areas are so divided that not a single Muslim candidate gets elected. It is a political betrayal done to Muslims in the name of reorganisation of constituencies. Muslims are not so naïve as not to understand this political gimmick played on them. This is the core reason that the strength of Muslim MPs and MLAs is decreasing in the political corridors. Muslims therefore should not demand anything less than political reservations if they have any iota of political acumen.

Therefore Muslims should awake and arise and read the writings on the wall. They simply should not be satisfied if any party gives them some tickets to contest. The need of the hour is to see that some seats are reserved for Muslims on a par with SC/STs. This could be the only lasting solution for Muslims to come to the political mainstream.

Muslims should note that once their strength in Parliament was 82 and now it has come down to 29 and if we do not demand for reservation in Parliament and Assemblies it may slip down to nil. That could be an end of political saga of Indian Muslims.

In all forthcoming elections Muslims should unite and see that they do not fall prey to any kind of cosmetic populist gimmick। They should not rest until they get reservation in politics, employment and education. We are a major-minority .Our voice needs to be heard by any party that wants to come to power. Muslim votes are tilting votes. They are king-makers and they should muster their political weight for reservation otherwise reservation will simply become a mirage.


[Prof. S.A. Qudsi is former Principal and Lecturer in Political Science, Anjuman Arts, Science and Commerce College, Bijapur, Karnataka]


with thanks radianceweekly.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Grandson of Mr. N.D. Tiwari, ex-chief minister of of Uttranchal and Uttar Pradesh) accepts Islam.




About the Video: Shankar acharya of Banaras (Varanasi) - Acharya Sanjay Dwivedi- embraced Islam after researching Quran and Vedas he come to conclusion that islam is truth and Prophet Muhammed(PBUH) is the kalki avatar mentioned in Vedas not krishna or vishnu as our hindu brothers believe. His islamic name is Ahmed Pundit now he devoted his life to do dawah among hindus and other non muslims. His grand father is current chief minister of Chattisgarh.
Report from "Seraj Akram" , based in Riyadh, KSA: Last Thursday (12-Oct-2006) I was invited for a small event at the Residence of my colleague। (Mohsin Shabandri, http://www.bhatkallys.com). The event was organised to felicitate Mohammed Abdul Muneem, popularly known as Ahmed Pandit. He is a converted Muslim. Formerly known as Acharya Sanjay Dwivedi.

What is important about this person is he is a well educated person in Hindu Dharma/Vedas. He attained the status of "Acharya", The highest degree in the teaching of Hindu Vedas / dharma. There is no other degree above it. In the speech he mentioned that after that he could become one of the head of the 4 peets (Like kanchi sankaracharya) . At the age of 15 he as appointed as head priest of Birla group of temples and also president of All India Brahmin's Association.
As far as the political influence of his family is concerned, his grand father is the current chief minister of Uttaranchal , N।D. Tiwari. His mother Shri Kamla Devi has served as education minister of Uttar Pradesh for over 9 years.

What turned him toward Islam, Because of which he lost so many things in this world. (He told in the meeting that if he goes for a marriage as a priest, his fees will be around 51/- lakhs, yes 51 lakhs., such was his level among Hindus.) Now he is living the life of an ordinary Muslim. But nonetheless he has taken up the mission of spreading Islam. Currently he is President, Al Hidayah, Hyderabad.

What initiated his journey to the truth?

It is nothing but a strict observation of prayer by a fellow Muslim student at the school. (Ahmed Pandit used to attend regular school for a brief time to give the board exams). The school in which he was studying was a very strict one with rules. If anybody comes late for example for 5 minutes he will receive 5 beats. The fellow Muslim student called Imran used to be late for about 20 minutes in the afternoon and used to receive 20 beats daily.
When Ahmed Pandit enquired the teachers about this they told him that " He is a Muslim, he goes to prayer and always comes late, He will never improve. Taking pity on him Ahmed pundit asked him "why don't you pray to your God after returning from School or why don't you do that early at least.
Imran replied "Excuse me Panditji, You are controlling your God, you keep him at house, office etc. and offer pooja at your convenient. For us we are controlled by God, if I don't offer prayer at the established time, I will be punished in the next world. The punishment, of this world is nothing for me compared to the punishment of the next world.
Ahmed Pandit said that this set a spark on him, which ultimately led him to Islam.
He said on one occasion he visited Imran's house, there he saw Imran's father praying. (Imran's father was not a common man. He was chief justice of Bhopal . Ahmed Pandit said that despite his position where he can easily amass his wealth by bribery, that man led a simple life, staying in an ordinary one bedroom flat. He was also conducting Dars-E-Quran to his collegues, advocates and other professionals at his home).
The conversation between them went on like this. Just keep in your mind that Ahmed Pandit was admitted to the Hindu university at the age of 4 and he was not much exposed to the outside world, hence he knew nothing about Islam.

Ahmed Pandit: " Uncle if you don't mind can I ask one question?"

Imran's father: " Go ahead son."

Ahmed Pandit: "What type of yoga you were doing?"

Imran's father: "I was not doing any yoga, I was praying to God."

Ahmed Pandit: " Don't make fun of me uncle, if you are praying to God, where is the God, there is nothing in front of you, it is just the wall. We used to pray in front of God, who is colorful and well decorated"

At this point Imran's father said nothing he asked Ahmed Pandit, "do you know Hindi well?", Ahmed Pandit replied that he is proficient in Hindi and Sanskrit. Imran's father went inside his house and returned with a copy of Quran with Hindi translation. He handed it over to Ahmed Pandit and told him to go through it.
After the exams are over, Ahmed Pandit returned to his "Gurukul" and he said there is a private area which are only reserved for the student there. No one can enter there without permission. There he took his time and went through Quran.

He said While going through Quran many bells rang within him.

He came across many words which were exactly matching the Vedas he learned, specially the word "Mohamed, Ahamed". (He said that while teaching the Vedas his teachers said that Ahamed in the Veda refer to Krishna , a clear lie...)
He said the words of Imran "The punishment of this world is nothing in front of the punishment of the next world" keep on repeating in his mind. He decided to escape from the Gurukul and become a Muslim, which he ultimately did.
He talked in length the details of his becoming Muslim and the turmoil he underwent. Giving further details here will make this mail more lengthy. Full details are available in the audio and video format (in Hindi) at http://www.urduaudio.com. If anybody wants more from me (if they don't understand Hindi) ("Seraj Akram" ) InshaAllah I will write again as second part. He also noted that if Muslims are filled with the likes of Imran and his father, the whole world will be filled with Muslims.
Remember he was in such a position where every VIPs and VVIPs will visit him to get his blessing. He bared it all for the sake of Islam. Now he is in a mission of inviting Hindu brothers towards Islam.
Pray to Allah in this Ramadan to give him success in his mission and make his life easy in this world and to grand him high position in the Paradise .
Coincidently this event was held on 20th of Ramadan and he told that he became Muslim on the same day (20th of Ramadan) in Mumbai. Also let us try to invite others to Islam not only by our saying but also by our doing, We have a good example in Imran and his father.

thanks to bihar anjuman

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Friday, February 19, 2010

prayer.....दुआएं

Dr. ZAKIR NAIK :Most Powerful Indians in 2010

Dr. ZAKIR NAIK is ranked No. 89.

From amongst the few Muslims in this list of 100, Dr. ZAKIR NAIK is the ONLY MUSLIM ISLAMIC PREACHER / SCHOLAR / ORATOR. The others being a Political Secretary, a Politician, a Government Official, a Business Magnet and 3 Film Personalities.

Amongst the “Spiritual/Religious Gurus” though he was the only Muslim and No. 3 in 2009 list, this year (2010) Dr. Zakir Naik TOPPED the List of Spiritual / Religious Gurus at No. 89, for preaching of Islam, followed by Jaggi Vasudev (at No. 94, for his trees planting work), Baba Ramdev (at No. 99, for his Yoga work) and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (at No. 100, for his Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique work) respectively.

In the 2nd Most Populous country in the world, having more than 80% Non-Muslim population, India, a Muslim ‘preacher of Islam’ like Dr. Zakir Naik is ranked practically the most powerful “Spiritual/Religious Guru” is mainly due to Allah (swt) and His Grace and Mercy.

Naik was recently also selected and listed in “The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” (without rankings) published by the George Washington University, USA. .


Monday, February 15, 2010

Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi




(1244 AH – 1323 AH) (1826 AD – 1905 AD)

Hadhrat Maulana was known as Qutbul Irshad and Alim-e-Rabbaani. Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) was an Ayyubi. He is from among the descendents of Hadhrat Abu Ayyub Ansari (Radiyallahu Anhu). When Nabi Kareem (Salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) made Hijrah, Hadhrat Abu Ayyub Ansari (Radiyallahu Anhu) hosted him.

These Akaabir of Deoband were the children of Sahabah, one a Siddiqi, the other a Farooqi and now an Ayyubi. Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) was born in 1244 AH (1826) and he passed away on 1323 AH corresponding with 1905. Hadhrat Maulana was approximately 79 years of age.

Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) acquired education at a very young age and many of his Asaatizah (teachers) were those who were also the Asaatizah of Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) and some were also the Asaatizah of Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alayhi).

A common personality between them is Hadhrat Maulana Mamlook Ali (Rahmatullahi Alayhi). He was the father of Maulana Yaqub Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) who was the first Sadr Mudarris (head teacher) of Darul Uloom Deoband. Whilst discussing the life of Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi), it has been mentioned already that both Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) and Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) studied hadith together under Sheikh Abdul Ghani Muhaddith Dehlawi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi).

It is important to mention that Hadhrat Maulana lost his father at a very young and tenderage of seven. So Maulana was actually raised as an orphan. The maternal uncles of Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) nurtured him and took great care of him. They were great Ulama.

When Hadhrat Maulana was 21 years of age, he married his cousin. Generally it is noticed that when a person gets married, his life before marriage is different from his life after marriage.

Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) was not a Hafiz before marriage but surprisingly soon after marriage within a period of one year Hadhrat Maulana became a Hafiz all by himself. Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) memorized the Quran in approximately one year and in the following year, he performed Taraweeh.

Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) like Hadhrat Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) took bayat on the hands of Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alayhi). When he went to take bayat, his intention was to stay for a very short while but he remained there for forty-two days. He became very attached to Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alayhi).

He went with a very sincere quest to gain the recognition of Allah Ta’ala, treading the path of sulook, piety, taqwa, tahaarah, and on the eighth day Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki made a statement that “Whatever Allah Ta’ala has bestowed upon me, Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) has all of that.”

On the forty second day when Maulana was leaving, Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) also walked with him and instructed him, “If anyone requests to take bayat upon your hands then don’t refuse him.” basically appointing him as a khilafah.

Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) said, “Hadhrat, who will come to me?” Hadhrat Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) told him, “What are you worried about who will come to you? All I am telling you is that when anyone comes to you, you must not refuse him. You don’t worry about who will come to you and who won’t come to you. Do what I am telling you to do.” Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) used to say, “Within myself, I don’t like to give bayat to anyone, but what can I do? Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) told me that I should not refuse anyone.”

There’s so much to mention about Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) that require volumes upon volumes but for the sake of brevity we will only mention a few points.

His Ilmi Maqaam (status in knowledge):
His depth and insight in Ilm was very great and very high. Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) stated that Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) is Abu Hanifa al Athar, (the Abu Hanifa of this time).

Hadhrat Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) was a miracle from the miracles of Allah Ta’ala. He was known as Chalta Pirta Kutub Khana (a rotating library). Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) states that if Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) is not higher that Allamah Shami then he is not lesser either. Any Alim who knows Shaami will know what is the maqaam of Shaami otherwise known as Raddul Muhtar.

Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri’s statement shows the great Ilmi maqaam of Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi). Whenever the Ulama were stranded and had any Ilmi ishkaals (questions), they would present it to Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi). He would give them such answers that would satisfy them. One very great Alim, Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ganj Muraadabaani (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) said that Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) is such a personality that he has taken in oceans of Ma’rifat (recognition) of Allah but he doesn’t even belch.

One day someone asked Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) “Hadhrat, if during the day if someone had some zikr to make, and he was unable to do that during the day and did it during the night, would he get the same reward as doing it during the day?” Hadhrat Maulana mentions, “Why not?” and immediately his tongue went to the verse,

“He (Allah) is the one who has made the night and the day as deputies for he who intends to remember Allah or express gratefulness.”

How apt and adequate is this proof! Allah Ta’ala says that Allah has made the night a deputy of the day. What he forgot to do in the day he can do it in the night for that person who wants to make zikr or for that person who wants to express shukr.

One of his famous compilations is Fataawa Rashidiyyah. Hadhrat Maulana served the line of Fataawa very diligently and responsibly. When anyone used to ask him a question, he would give him the answer quickly as that person is in need of some guidance in Shariah.

Hadhrat Maulana’s Akhlaq:
Hadhrat Maulana used to be very tolerant. Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan Barelwi was a contemporary of Hadhrat Maulana. In his writings, very often he would condemn Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) with very rude and harsh words.

The friends and associates of Hadhrat Maulana were waiting for the order or instruction of Maulana to reply to Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan. They just waited an indication and they were prepared to give a detailed answer to Ahmad Raza Khan.

One can imagine that if he was put in the same situation where someone is attacking him, attacking his personality and his integrity as though he is the worst of creation. This was the expression of Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan’s about Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) through his writings. Despite this, all Maulana would say is “Don’t respond.”

Normally, when a person condemns one, he has the fervor to show a point to that person. Thereafter he would take out all the time apply all his energies to give a word for word response to that person. But what is that for? It is only to cool the nafs down and to satiate the nafs.

Hadhrat Maulana’s approach was different. In spite of his hurt he said, “Don’t respond”. In fact he even said that by responding, you are wasting your time as well because Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan would not listen.

When one person is condemning another and he will not listen to the response, then what is the point in responding? The enemy will be even more cheerful. He will be doing all this to pierce the heart of the enemy and yet it doesn’t even prickle him.

If one only knew that all of his energies have been exerted to hurt his enemy and later he comes to know that it never even pierced him, he just took the paper and threw it in the dirt bin, how would one feel then? This is just the right thing to do and this is exactly what Hadhrat Maulana did.

He did not follow his nafs. He exercised restraint. This is a very good and beautiful example for us. At one stage, he mentioned when a person asked him permission to respond to Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan, “Instead of responding to Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan on my behalf and giving him answers, you rather sit in one corner and make zikr. That time that you will use making zikr of Almighty Allah will be more beneficial in relation to responding to Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan where you will not even benefit at all.” How appropriate an answer! How often do we abuse our time in things that do not benefit us?

Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan became ill with leprosy. Many people became happy and they felt that this was the azaab and punishment of Allah Ta’ala upon Ahmad Raza Khan for swearing at Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi). However, when Maulana heard that Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan became ill with leprosy, there were signs of sadness on his face.

One should sit back and think that if he were to hear bad news regarding his archenemy, how would he respond? Immediately he would think, very good very good. However, this was not the response of Hadhrat Maulana. Hadhrat Maulana showed signs of displeasure and disappointment on his face. He further mentioned to his friends and associates “When someone is in pain and difficulty, one shouldn’t get happy.” He even said, “Only Allah knows what our final hour and end will be.” What is the point of laughing at someone? Will one be certain that at the end he will laugh? What if his condition is worse than his enemies? It would be premature to laugh at someone even though one disagrees with that person.

Hadhrat Maulana’s was also a Hakeem:
It would be surprising to know that apart from Hadhrat Maulana being a very powerful Alim, and a person who reached the heights of spirituality, he was also a hakeem and doctor.

Once a woman from his family got sick and she told to Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) that “You are a learned person, I want you to look at some books and see if there is any cure for me.” All the doctors and hakeems had failed.

Then Hadhrat Maulana started searching the books of medicine. One of his uncles was also a hakeem. When Hadhrat Maulana felt that he had diagnosed what the sickness was and what the cure was, he went and presented his findings to his uncle. His uncle knew the insight and the wittiness of Hadhrat Maulana. When he looked into what Maulana had presented he said, “ Yes this is the cure.” Then they gave the cure to the woman. Alhamdulillah the woman was cured.

This message spread far and wide and people would come to Maulana for cure. His son, Hakeem Masood followed his footsteps and became a renowned hakeem in India as well.

Various points regarding Hadhrat Maulana:
Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) was a close friend of Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi). He would assist Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) in issues of Darul Uloom Deoband.

He also had a hand in establishing Mazaahirul Uloom Saharanpur. Both of these Darul Ulooms were blessed with the guidance of these two great luminaries of Islam. It has been mentioned previously that Maulana Qasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) had passed away at a young age and then the head of Darul Uloom Deoband was Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi).

Darul Uloom Deoband and Sahranpour were very close to the heart of Hadhrat Maulana and he was always excited to see the success and prosperity of these two Darul Ulooms.

Hadhrat Maulana performed several Hajj and after his third Hajj Hadhrat Maulana decided to conduct lessons of Sihah Sitta, the six famous books of Hadith. In one year he would teach all six books himself and great Ulama would participate in this. The last lessons were conducted in 1895 due to him losing his eyesight.

In 1905 he had passed away. It was in the last lesson that Hadhrat Sheikh Zakariya’s (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) father Hadhrat Maulana Yahya Kandalwi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) participated and compiled Maulana’s talks of Tirmizi Shareef and Bukhari Shareef in Kaukabi Durri and Laamiu Daraari.

Hadhrat Maulana passed away in Gangohi in 1905 at a very blessed time on a Friday after the Jumuah अज़ान

Source: Al Mahmood

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Non-Muslim Girl wins competition on Prophet











Priyanka wins essay

competition on
Prophet Mohammad's life



Mumbai: In an impressive show of performance, Priyanka Deepak Shinde - a non-Muslim girl-student from Marathi Medium School, outsmarted other participants to win the essay competition organised on the life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).



The achievement of Priyanka Shinde, who came from Adarsh Vidyalay, Mumbra becomes more profound as she had to compete some of the Muslim students in her category before securing the first place in the competition.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cartoon about our Holy Prophet



plz vote for BAN

An Australian News Channel by the name of National Nine News doing suevey to telecast a cartoon about our Holy Prophet Mohammad (SAWS) so this news channel is at the moment carrying voting at the website whether to telecast this cartoon or not. Could you please kindly visit the voting web page of this news channel and click on YES to ban the telecast of that cartoon. This statement which you will read in brackets in yellow colour, I was unable to confirm (About 300,000 YES votes are needed to stop the telecast of that cartoon because near 90% viewer of this news channel have already voted that the cartoon has to be telecasted). I went to the website and yes voting survey is taking place and 313278 Yes votes are for BAN and 68726 are for No to telecast, so please forward this e-mail to your relatives and friends to vote YES to ban the telecast.






I would like to thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation.

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