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Index

  Editorial

  Bringing an End to the World of Extremism

  Quranic Verses

  Hadith

  Quotable Quotes

  Trust or Mistrust

  Question & Answer

  Have a Glance

  Biography - Dr. Hisham Yaha Altalib

  What Do We Mean By Islamic Movement?

  Bibliography by Maliha Mahboob

  Why Islamic Slaughter is Better??? Scientific Reason

Editorial

With intense pleasure and deep gratitude to Allah (SWT) we are
inviting you to a new dimension of ‘The Window’. From the
current issue, apart from other items, a new section on ‘Question &
Answers’ is being added. The new presentation will help you Insha
–Allah. We are keenly interested to receive your writings,
comments and ideas. So never hesitate to communicate. Your
inspiration is our strength. Thanks heaven for each one of you, we
would hate to be in this all alone.

Bringing an End to the World of Extremism

Fatima Nasreen Hasan
(Continued from the previous issue)
Causes of Extremism:
Occupation with Side Issues: Lack of religious sight and
intellectual shallowness result in an intense interest in marginal
issues instead of major ones, as for example, unnecessary talk
about growing of beard, wearing cloths below the ankle,
acquisition of photographs and so on.
Excessive Extension of Prohibitions: For example, an extremist
due to lack of Islamic knowledge may be seen to force others to
drink while sitting. Since the Hadith, which permit drinking water
while standing, are more authentic as sighted by Bukhari but no
Hadith was cited there which forbade it.
Misconceptions: Misconception is a cause of extremism because
people are unable to realize the difference between absolute Iman
and limited Iman or major facts leading to non-Islam and Kufr of
disobedience between major shirk and minor shirk.
Emphasis on Allegorical Texts: Ignoring the Quranic verses
which are straightforward and clear; and giving more stress on the
allegorical ones is one of the major causes of extremism.[Al-Quran 3:7]
Lack of Insight into History & Reality: The essence of Shariah
causes some people to demand the impossible and unavailable.
Thinking or demanding like this is not related any way to Sunan of
Allah.
Islam: A Stranger in its Homeland: Perhaps the most alarming
& unbearable factor for any ardent, committed Muslim, especially
the young, is a lack of adherence to the teachings of Islam in
Muslim countries where perversion, corruption are rampant. As
such, we see in the media, in addition to the clubs and theatres
spreading obscenities and misconduct. In the opinion of devoted
young Muslims, all the rulers of the Arab and Muslim countries
are mere “pieces on a chessboards” and puppets in the hands of
the secret powers which rule the world. The youth strongly believe
that this rulers only appear to be true national leaders concern for
their people and their religion, while in reality they are no more
than paid agents serving the enemies of al ‘Ummah.
The Impediments Imposed on Daw’ah and Du’at: Another
cause to which we have to draw attention pertains to the freedom –
indeed duty – to call people to Islam. It is a common knowledge
that Islam not only teaches a person to be pious and righteous but
should endeavor to reform others. This is the purpose of the
obligation to call people to righteousness, to command the
common good and forbid that which is evil and undesirable; to
join together in mutual teaching of truth and of patience.
Is it possible for any Muslim – who accepts Allah as his Lord,
Islam as his Deen, and Muhammad as his Prophet – to deny these?
What could Muslims who aspire to live in accordance with the
teachings of Islam do while kufr is prescribed and Iman is
rejected; while haram is made lawful and halal unlawful? Are not
these unnatural situations the root cause of excessiveness and
extremism?
In 1954 and 1965 in Egypt, devout Muslims were subjected to
nightmarish, hair-raising, unbelievable torture and punishment at
the military prison: they were lashed, exposed to flames, their
flesh burned with cigarettes; men, and sometimes even women,
were hung upside down like slaughtered animals, while the
executioners took tern scorching them until their bodies swelled
up in heaps of blood and pus.
Extremism and the tendency for takfir were born in this notorious
prison. The prisoners began by asking simple questions: Why are
we subjected to this torture? What crime have we committed? And
they were certain that those who were punishing them (i.e., the
leaders, soldiers) were all kafir. In this way the tendency to label
individuals and groups with kufr was born and nurtured.
[Source: Islamic Awakening Between Rejection & Extremism; Dr. Yusuf
al-Qaradawi, IIIT]. (To be continued)

Quranic Verses

O ye who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer:
for Allah is with those who patiently persevere. And say not of
those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead”. Nay, they
are living, though ye perceive (it) not. Be sure We shall test you
with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and
the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently
persevere,- who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah we
belong, and to Him is our return”. [Surat Al-Baqarah: 153-156 ]

Hadith

None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother
what he likes for himself.
[Sahih Al-Bukhari; Volume: 1; Chapter: 6; No.: 12]

Quotable Quotes

Politics of Islam is politics of Da’wah, of winning the hearts and
minds of people more than getting votes. It is based on fundamental
truths, not ephemeral interests. That’s how Islam has been winning
people all through history.
[Chief Minister of Trengganu, Ustad Abdul-Hadi Awang, is tipped
to be the future PAS (Malaysian Islamic Party) leader, perhaps,
even the future prime minister of Malaysia.]

Trust or Mistrust

Are we going to trust everyone? Certainly not! We have to be very
careful, since people do act and pretend. Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA)
says: ‘I am not a cheat, but the cheat can not deceive me.’ We have
to listen to others but verify and check, specially, at times of
decision and action; we need to crosscheck the information.
[Source: Training Guide for Islamic Workers, IIIT]

Question & Answer

Q. Explain the Hadith of the Prophet (SAWS) in which
he says that ‘a woman is like a bent rib’.
[Fazle Rabbi, Dhaka]
Ans.: This tradition has been recorded in different ways in
different collections of Hadith: in some it appears that the
Prophet said women are created ‘from a rib’ and in others he
appears to have said, “a woman is like a rib”. It is clear from
explanations that the former is a wrong translation and the
later meaning is right. What the Prophet meant was that just
as a rib is by nature curved and so will break if attempts are
made to strengthen it, so also women have a particular nature
or an inclination and if a man, perhaps the husband tries to
change this nature by force, then like a rib, she will breaksome jurists have interpreted this to mean that there w ill be a
divorce. Thus, the Prophet was not insulting women, but
merely appealing to be tolerant to their female companions:
wives, daughters, sisters. The proof that this is correct
interpretation of this saying is the fact that in another Hadith,
the Prophet is reported as having said, “ Be kind to women
because they are like a rib”.[Source: Islamic Teaching
Course, Vol.-1, Dr. Jamal Badawi]

Have a Glance

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Biography - Dr. Hisham Yaha Altalib

Dr. Hisham Yaha Altalib was born in Mosul, Iraq in 1940. After
finishing his secondary education in Iraq, he obtained a BS in
Electrical Engineering at Liverpool University (1962) and
continued his work in that field at Prude University in Indiana,
where he obtained his MS and Ph. D. (1974).
He has been an active participant in Islamic activities in North
America, being the first full time director of the Muslim Students
Association ( MSA) of the United States and Canada from 1975 to
1977. During this time he conducted many training camps and
seminars in America and abroad. He also served in several
positions in Islamic organizations, such as being the Secretary
General of the International Islamic Federation of Student
Organizations (IIFSO ). He was a founding member of the
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in 1981.
[Source: Training Guide for Islamic Workers; IIIT]

What Do We Mean By Islamic Movement?

Dr. Yousuf al -Qaradawi
By “Islamic Movement”, I mean that organized, collective work,
undertaken by the people, to restore Islam to the leadership of
society, and that to the helm of life, all walks of life.
Before being anything else, the Islamic Movement is work:
persistent, industrious work, not just words to be said, speeches
and lectures to be delivered, or books and articles are indeed
required; they are merely parts of a movement, not the movement
itself. (Allah the Almighty says, “Work (righteousness): Soon will
Allah observe your work, and His Messenger, and the
believers.”)[Surat Al-Tawba: 105].
The Islamic Movement is a popular work based mainly on self –
motivation and personal conviction. It’s a work performed out of
faith and for nothing other than the sake of Allah, in the hope of
being rewarded by Him, not by humans.
The core of this self-motivation is that unrest which a Muslim
feels when the awakening visits him and he feels a turmoil deep
inside him, as a result of the contradiction between his faith in one
hand and the actual state of affairs of his nation on the other. It is
then that he launches himself into action, driven by his love for his
religion, his devotion to Allah, His Messenger, the Quran and the
Muslim Nation, and his feeling of his, and his people’s, neglect of
their duty. In so doing, he is also stimulated by his keenness to
discharge h is duty, eliminate deficiencies, contribute to the revival
of the neglected faridas [enjoin duties] of enforcing the shariah
[Islamic law] sent down by Allah; liberating Muslim territories
from all aggression or non-Muslim control; reinstating the Islamic
Khilafath system to the leadership anew as required by shariah,
and renewing the obligation to spread the call of Islam, enjoin
what is right and forbide what is wrong and strive in Allah’s cause
by deed, by words or by heart – the latter being the weakest of
beliefs – so that the word of Allah may be exalted to the heights.
[Source: Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase;
Dr. Yousuf al-Qaradawi]

Bibliography by Maliha Mahboob

Dr. Najib Kilani, an eminent Egyptian litterateur, has made
important contribution to Arab Islamic literature. His novel
Rihlatoon ila’Allah has drawn the attention to Arab people
immediately after its publication for the writer has
successfully portrayed the oppression of the Egyptian rulers
over the workers of Ikhwanul Muslemun, the vanguard of
Islamic movement in Egypt. The writer by skillful use of
pen has touched the heart of the readers and they feel as if
the rulers upon them have inflicted the pain and agony.
It is very important to introduce the culture of the Muslim of
different parts of the world to each other for developing the spirit
and brotherly feeling among them. From this point of view,
Muhammad Abdul Mabood, a teacher of Department of Arabic,
University of Dhaka, has done a praiseworthy job translating this
monumental work into Bangla as Allar Pather Shainik.
Once the reader starts reading the book, he would not like to stop
before finishing. The cover of the book is attractive and the price
(Tk.65) is reasonable. The book has been published by Bangla
Shahitta Parishad (171, Boro Moghbazar, Dhaka-1217) and can be
obtained from Co-operative Book Society, Newmarket, Dhaka.

Why Islamic Slaughter is Better??? Scientific Reason

Shaddad bin Aous has quoted this tradition of the Holy Prophet
(SAWS): “Allah calls for mercy in everything, so be merciful when
you kill, and when you slaughter an animal sharpen your blade to
relieve its pain.”
Many allegations have been made that Islamic slaughter is not
humane to animals. However, Professor Schultz and his colleague
Dr. Hazim of the Hanover University, Germany, have proved
through an experiment, using the electrocardiogram (ECG) that
Islamic slaughter is the humane method of slaughter, whereas the
captive bolt pistol (CBP) stunning, practiced by the modern
Western method, causes pain to the animal. The result surprised
many.
Experiment details:
1. Several electrodes were surgically implanted at various
points of the skull of all animals, touching the brain
surface.
2. The animals were allowed to recover for several weeks.
3. Some animals were slaughtered by a swift, deep incision
with a sharp knife on the neck, cutting the jugular veins
and carotid arteries of both sides, as also the trachea and
esophagus. This is the Islamic Halal method.
4. Some animals were stunned using a captive bolt pistol.
This is the humane slaughter by the Western method.
5. In the experiment, EEG and ECG were recorded on all
animals to record the condition of the brain and the heart
during the course of slaughter and shooting.
Results and discussions:
ß Halal method:
1. The first 3 seconds from Islamic slaughter as recorded in
the ECG did not show any change from the graph before
slaughter, thus indicating that the animal did not feel any
pain during or immediately after the incision.
2. For the following 3 seconds, the ECG recorded a
condition of deep sleep–unconsciousness. This is due to a
large quantity of blood gushing out from bo dy.
3. After above-mentioned six seconds, the ECG recorded
zero level, showing no feeling of pain at all.
4. As the brain message (EEG) dropped to zero level, the
heart was still pounding and the body convulsing
vigorously (a reflex action of the spinal cord) driving
maximum blood from the body, resulting in hygienic
meat for the consumer.
ß Western method of CBP stunning:
1. The animals were apparently unconscious soon after
stunning.
2. EEG showed severe pain immediately after stunning.
3. The hearts of the animal stunned by CBP stopped beating
earlier as compared to those of the animals slaughtered to
the Halal method, resulting in the retention of more blood
in the meet, which is unhygienic for the consumer.