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  Editorial

  Islamic Movement: Political Freedom & Democracy

  Bibliography

  Glimpse from World Press

  Jewels of Al-Quran

  Gems from Al-Hadith

  Quotable Quotes

  Internet-based Islamic Library : A Noble Urge

  Have a Glance

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Editorial

This is the 8th issue of “ The Window”. We have come a long way.
Praise to Allah (SWT) and thanks to the brothers and sisters for
kind cooperation and encouragement. This issue of “The Window”,
in addition to news and other items, includes an article by Dr.Yusuf
al-Qaradawi (Islamic Movement: Political Freedom & Democracy
extracted from his book: Priorities of the Islamic Movement In The
Coming Phase) and a review of the Martin Lings’ book
“Muhammad” which shall InshaAllah immensely benefit Dawah
workers. In the next issue of “The Window” we intend to publish
more interesting articles. Be in touch with us and never hesitate to
contact.
Ma ’As Salam.

Islamic Movement: Political Freedom & Democracy

Dr.Yusuf al-Qaradawi
It is the duty of the (Islamic) Movement in the coming phase to
stand firm against totalitarian and dictatorial rule, political
despotism and usurpation of people’s rights. The Movement
should always stand by political freedom, as represented by true,
not false, democracy. It should flatly declare it refusal of tyrants
and steer clear of all dictators, even if some tyrant appears to have
good intentions towards it for some gain and for a time that is
usually short, as has been shown by experience.
The Prophet (SAWS) said, “ When you see my Nation fall victim
to fear and does not say to a wrong –doer, “You are wrong”, then
you may lose hope in them.” So how about a regime that forces
people to say to a conceited wrongdoer, “How just, how great you
are. O our hero, our savior and our liberator!”
The Quran denounces tyrants such as Numrudh, Pharaoh, Haman
and others, but it also dispraises those who follow tyrants and
obey their orders. This is why Allah dispraises the people of Noah
by saying, “ But they follow (m en) whose wealth and children
give them no increase but only loss.” [Surat Nuh; 21]
Allah also says of Ad, people of Hud, “ And followed the
command of every powerful, obstinate transgressor”. [Surat Hud:
59]
See also what the Quran says about the people of Pharaoh, “ But
they followed the command of Pharaoh, and the command of
Pharaoh was not rightly guided.[Surat Hud: 97] “Thus he made
fools of his people, and they obeyed him: truly they were a people
rebellious (against Allah).” [Surat Az-Zukhruf: 54]
A closer look at the history of the Muslim Nation and the Islamic
Movement in modern times should show clearly that the Islamic
idea, the Islamic Movement and the Islamic Awakening have
never flourished or borne fruit unless in an atmosphere of
democracy and freedom, and have withered and become barren
only at the times of oppression and tyranny that trod over the will
of the peoples which clung to Islam. Such oppressive regimes
imposed their secularism, socialism or communism on their
peoples by force and coercion, using covert torture and public
executions, and employing those devilish tools that tore flesh,
shed blood, crushed bone and destroyed the soul.
We saw these practices in many Muslim countries, including
Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, (the former) South Yemen, Somalia
and northern African States for varying periods of time, depending
on the age or reign of the dictator in each country.
On the other hand, we saw the Islamic Movement and the Islamic
Awakening bear fruit and flourish at the times of freedom and
democracy, and in the wake of the collapse of imperial regimes
that ruled peoples with fear and oppression.
Therefore, I would not imagine that the Islamic Movement could
support anything other than political freedom and democracy.
The tyrants allowed every voice to be raised, except the voice of
Islam, and let every trend express itself in the form of a political
party or body of some sort, except the Islamic current which is the
only trend that actually speaks for this Nation and expresses its
creed, values, essence and very existence.
However some Islamists still have their reservations on
democracy, and are even wary of the word “democracy” itself.
What I wish to tress here is that Islam is not democracy and
democracy is not Islam and that I would rather that Islam is
not attributed to any principle or system. Islam is unique in
its means, ends and methodologies, and I do not wish that
Bibliography
Western democracy be carried over to us with its bad ideologies
and values w ithout us adding to it from our values and ideologies in
order to integrate it into our comprehensive system.
However, the tools and guaranties created by democracy are as
close as can ever be to the realization of the political principles
brought to this earth by Islam to put a leash on the ambitions and
whims of rulers. These principles are: shura (consultation), good
advice, enjoining what is proper and forbidding what is evil,
disobeying illegal orders, resisting unbelief and changing wrong by
force whenever possible. It is only in democracy and political
freedom that the power of Parliament is evident and the people’s
deputies can withdraw confidence from any government that
breaches the Constitution, and it is only in such an environment that
the strength of free Press, free Parliament, opposition and the
masses is most felt.
The fears of some people here that democracy makes the people a
source of power and even legislation (although legislation is Allah’s
alone) should not be heeded here, because we are supposed to be
speaking of a people that is Muslim in its majority and has accepted
Allah as its Lord, Mohammad (SAWS) as its Prophet and Islam as
its Religion. Such a people would not be expected to pass a
legislation that contradicts Islam and its incontestable and
conclusive rules.
Anyway, these fears can be overcome by one article stipulating that
any legislation contradicting the incontestable provisions of Islam
shall be null and void because Islam is the religion of the State and
the source of legitimacy of all its institutions and therefore may not
be contradicted, as a branch may not run against the main stream.
It should be known that the acceptance of the principle that
legislation or rule belong to Allah does not rob the Nation of its
right to seek for itself the codes necessary to regulate its everchanging life and earthly affairs.
What we seek is that legislation and codes be within the limits of
the flawless texts and the over all objectives of Sharia and the
Islamic Message. The binding texts are very few, while the area of
“permissibility” or legislative free space is quite wide and the texts
themselves are so flexible and capacious as to accommodate more
than one understanding and accept more than one interpretation,
which leads to the existence of several schools and philosophies
within the expansive framework of Islam.
I perused some laws that were passed in Qatar recently, and have
found them to include scores of articles that rest on realizing
interests and removing evils, but we re not directly introduced by
texts except for one or two of them.
The most serious danger threatening the Muslim Nation and the
Islamic Movement is the rule of the Pharaohs who believe that their
opinion is infallible and is right itself that can never go wrong. Such
rules adopt Pharaoh’s logic, “ I but point out to you that which I see
(myself); nor do I guide you but to the path of right.” [Surat Ghafir:
29]
To these rules, every opinion that runs against theirs is rejected,
even accused, just like Pharaoh spoke of Moses, “ What I fear is
lest he should change your religion, or lest he should cause mischief
to appear in the land!” [Surat Ghafir: 26] *
*The above article (Islamic Movement: Political Freedom &
Democracy) has been lifted from Dr.Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s book
Priorities of the Islamic Movement In The Coming Phase
that has been published by Dar Al Nashr, 41 Sherif Street,
P.O.Box 1347, Cairo 11511, Egypt. A widely traveled eminent
Islamic scholar from Egypt, Dr.Qaradawi is currently working
as Dean of the Faculty of Shairah, Qatar Islamic University.

Bibliography

Martin Lings’ book ‘ Muhammad’ unlike many other books on the
life of the Prophet (SAWS) is based on the earlier Arabic sources
of the eighth and ninth centuries. He has an unusual gift for
narrative and has adopted a style extremely readable and reflects
both the simplicity and grandeur of the story. The result is
something that can be read with equal enjoyment by those already
familiar with the life and works of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)
and those coming to it for the first time. Despite the vastness of
the subject, this biography makes easy and absorbing reading for
any one interested in religion as such. For those interested in Islam
in one way or another it is mesmerizing. For its superb quality, the
book was awarded a prize by the Government of Pakistan and the
author received a decoration from the President of Egypt.
Published by The Islamic Texts Society, 5 Green Street,
Cambridge, CB2 3JU, U.K., the book has so far been translated
and published in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Arabic,
Turkish, Malay, Sinhalese, Urdu and Tamil languages. This
monumental work of Martin Lings known among the Muslims as
brother Abu Bakr Siraj Al Din has been translated into Bengali
recently by brother Abu Jafar in most ornamental, fascinating,
lucid and soothe language. The 552 pages hard bound book
Mahanabir Jiban Alo (cost Bangladesh Tk.350.00) has been
published by Hakkani Publishers, Momtaj Plaza, House No. 7,
Road No.4, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205. Tel: 9661141-3. Fax: (88
02) 9662844. 8610774. E-mail: aahcl@bangla.net

Glimpse from World Press

The Microscopic Quran: Quran on a Card
Muslims can now carry the Holy Quran like a credit card, thanks
to Borther Talal Itani, who perfected a technique to individually
“write” the text of Quran on the card using a computer-controlled
light beam. The card is scratch-resistant, and the text is written
deep below the surface. Each card comes with its own optical
quality durable metal magnifier. The real test is for the users to
read such small print. Brother Talal Itani says that the miniature
edition is a powerful Dawah tool where interest in the Quran can
be created by offering such a novel edition. For information check
out Website: www.dallassignal.com [Islamic Horizons (USA)]
No Hijab In German School
Ms.Anischa Schavan, Minister of Culture in the State of BadenFortenbridge, Germany has defended her refusal to employ a
Muslim teacher, Farhat Lodin, saying that if she had allowed her
to go into class with her Hijab headdress, it would have had a
negative psychological effect on the young students. Germany has
now over 700,000 Muslim children attending German schools
which represent a third of the total number of school children in
Germany, the German Minister said.[The Message
International(USA)]
Human rights Violated in Tunisia
Tunisian Government is harassing political opponents particularly
with Islamic loyalties, the members and supporters of Ennadha
Movement for their views, withdrawing work permit because of
political convictions and putting then behin d the bar. The glaring
example of human rights record in Tunisia is that recently Ali Ben
Sghrairer, a former school teacher, out of desperate situation
placed himself in the middle of the main market in the town of
Douze in Tunisia together with his wife and two of the youngest
of his seven children with a placard: ‘I have no permission to
work, I am hungry. Does anyone wish to buy my children’?–
reports Impact International,UK.
Persecution of Dawah Workers
Some 550 members of Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwanul
Muslemoon) Egypt have been arrested in recent months of whom
170 are still in detention; 20 leaders were on trial in a military
court, reports Impact International, UK. Egypt has been in
permanent state of emergency where political cases are disposed
of in military courts. Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by
Hassan al-Banna, is totally dedicated to reform society according
to Islam and strictly follows constitutional lines.

Jewels of Al-Quran

It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards east or west;
but it is righteousness –to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and
the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your
substance, out of love for Him, for the kin, for the orphans, for the
needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of
slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and give Zakat, to fulfill the
contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain
(or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic.
Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing. (Surat AlBaqarah:177)

Gems from Al-Hadith

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAWS) said: When a
man dies, accrual of merits in his favour from good deeds ceases
except from three actions-(1) a charity which continues after his
death, (2) knowledge left behind from which men continue to
benefit, (3) righteous off-springs who pray for him [Muslim].

Quotable Quotes

“Terrorism has assumed many forms: sanctions, resort to brutal
force, the threat to use such force, nuclear weapons, and arms of
mass destruction, as well as the conditions imposed by the World
Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade
Organization. It is imperative that a distinction be made between
actual terrorism and the struggle engaged in by the persecuted
groups against their persecutors, which is seen by some as
terrorism.”
[Abdurrahman M. Shalghem, Libyan Secretary for Foreign Liaison
and International Cooperation]

Internet-based Islamic Library : A Noble Urge

Witness-Pioneer (www.witness-pioneer.org), an Internet-based
non-profit Islamic organization focusing on research and education,
is developing an Internet-based Virtual Islamic Library that will be
comprehensive and authentic source of knowledge about Islam.
Currently books in the library are primarily in the English language.
In the later phases of the project, there is plan to add books/ articles
from other languages. If you have time, a computer (a scanner will
be excellent, but not required) and an Internet connection, you can
join this group and help it to materialize this noble effort. You will
really enjoy spreading the knowledge of Islam. Please let them
know your decision by sending e-mail to wp-vil@egroups.com. If
you know someone who may be interested in this noble effort,
please forward this message. For further details contact Hafiz
Abdur Rahman, Virtual Islamic Library Coordinator.

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