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I’ve seen loads of FB posts and Tweets on #Ferguson comparing the situation there to Gaza and pointing out how Western law enforcement visit Israel to learn tactics etc. [read this to get a picture on just how bad things are in Ferguson http://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/6002917/ferguson-police-expert-interview-fritz]. 

However, what isn’t mentioned enough is the changing role of police all over the Western world. They’re not just increasing in their militarisation as we’ve seen recently in Manchester at a pro-Palestine demo (http://www.5pillarz.com/video/greater-manchester-police-officers-using-excessive-force-at-pro-palestine-demo/) and also ‘kettling’ tactics against anti-Capitalist demonstrators in London a few years back (http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/correcting-the-media-narrative-of-the-g20-protests-on-april-1-2009/). They are being used as a political tool to harass activists and shut down activity deemed as subversive. They are infiltrating groups, spying on people undercover and even sleeping with civilians (http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jan/22/undercover-police-cleared-sex-activists). They are being politicised and weaponised. Prevent has been training doctors, nurses, teachers and even firefighters to identify ‘extremism’ (http://www.cageuk.org/article/gps-told-specify-counter-terrorism-lead-when-applying-enhanced-services-contracts). Muslims should be well aware that every instrument of the state is being used against them. 

This reflects the broader ideological conflict where the state refuses to engage in debating the substantive issues and instead attempts to demonise and intimidate those who have an alternative view. It should only strengthen our resolve to carry our da’wah louder and clearer in society, take control of the agenda and build momentum before it’s too late.

Palestine - a land of dignity (a wonderful poem for Palestine)

Here’s an angle if you’ve been following all of the recent coverage on the caliphate, such as this show from BBC Radio this weekhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024q3r7. How often do you see Islam being associated with the following words/phrases? Extreme, barbaric, savage, fanatical, senseless, mindless, stupid, blind with hate, backward, anti-modern, obscurantist, crazy, virulent, death cult, brainwashed, mad, wild, oppressive, intolerant, narrow-minded, reactionary, irrational…Can you see the agenda?We already know there has long been a secular, reformist agenda to instigate a civil war within Islam between moderates and fundamentalists thanks to reports like thishttp://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monograph_reports/2005/MR1716.pdf by the Rand Corp in 2003.The West is refusing to debate the substantive ideas between our civilisations. Instead the Western approach is just to poke fun, slander, attempt to link Islam to mindless violence and generally insinuate that Islamic belief must be irrational if it leads to such craziness. Much of the recent damage was caused by the New Atheists, such as Dawkins, Harris, Dennett and Hitchens, who tried to make it more socially acceptable to link Islam to irrationality and influence how society should feel about that. For instance, Harris wrote “some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them”.http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/may/07/comment.religion Instead of debating us intellectually in public the secularists promote their subversive ideas in private settings amongst themselves such as a seminar in May this year on Coercive Enforcement of Sharia in the UK and in Europe: An Assessment exposed by the always-excellent Coolness of Hindhttps://coolnessofhind.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/the-new-neocon-subversion-of-islam-undermining-the-islamic-obligation-of-amr-and-nahy/ It is clear that secularists want to shut us down and intimidate us as we’ve seen with the arrest of Moazzam Begg and in Stoke recently with Tayyib Muqeem. They also want to bring in Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for children at five years old and are trying to go even further. Last week the new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, pronounced local authorities must cut off funding to nurseries that “promote extremist views” – including the teaching of creationism - and add the promotion of British values to toddlers (c.f. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11020356/Toddlers-at-risk-of-extremism-warns-Education-Secretary.html). There is an answer. The answer is that we make the case for Islam ever louder, ever simpler, ever more relevant, ever more rational. We have to present our perspective on topical issues and our Islamic solutions in much more compelling and accessible terms. Importantly we have to siege control of the agenda. We cannot allow the attacks to continue on Islam’s thoughts and methods without reply. Surely we have to decide what the topic of discussion is before it is set for us.Where the West will consistently present sensationalist stories of Boko Haram kidnapping schoolgirls, Hamas firing rockets, ISIS oppressing Yazidis, grooming, oppressing women, radicalising toddlers etc. we have to generate a counter-narrative here in the West and do it quickly.If we fail we are simply allowing the West to build the conditions it needs to produce a reformation and promote a British (or European, Australian etc.) Islam, which it will then launch into the heart of the Muslim world and what will happen to us then?The upcoming National Khilafah Conference is therefore of vital importance for those involved or who want to involved in Islamic da’wah in the UK. This is not about groups. This is about how we can work together for Islam.Finally, ponder over these related evidences if you can:We are rational and have been directed to think about the world around us:إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding [Qur’an 3:190]The secularists cannot be appeased and will not give up if we stay quiet hoping it’ll all blow over:وَلَنْ تَرْضَىٰ عَنْكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ ۗ وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ ۙ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allah that is the (only) Guidance. And if you were to follow their desires after what you have received of Knowledge, then you would have against Allah neither any Wali (guardian) nor any helper [Quran 2:120]Allah SWT has expressly Forbidden us from accepting the authority of non-Islam over us:وَلَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلًاAnd never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers [Qur’an 4:141]We have to discuss Islam with the people:ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ ضَلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided [Qur’an 16:125]We have to unite:وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ إِلَّا تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُنْ فِتْنَةٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌAnd those who disbelieve are allies to one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so (i.e. become allies, as one united block with one Khalifah - chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world to make victorious Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism), there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism, etc.) and oppression on earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism) [Qur’an 8:73]Khilafah is the answer given to us by the beloved Messenger (SAW)Muslim narrated on the authority of Abi Hazim who said: I accompanied Abu Hurayra five years and I heard him talk from the Prophet (saw), he said:«كانت بنو إسرائيل تسوسهم الأنبياء، كلما هلك نبي، خلفه نبي، وإنه لا نبي بعدي، وستكون خلفاء فتكثر، قالوا فما تأمرنا؟ قال: فُوا ببيعة الأول فالأول، وأعطوهم حقهم، فإن الله سائلهم عما استرعاهم»"Banu Israel used to be governed by Prophets, every time a Prophet died, another came after him, and there is not Prophet after me. There will be Khulafa’a and they will number many". They said: "What would you order us to do?" He (saw) said: "Fulfill the Bay’ah to them one after the other, and give them their due right, surely Allah will account them for that which He entrusted them with".Attend the conference if you can, details below. The time to work for Islam is now, when it appears hard and difficult, not when it’s easy and comfortable. Don’t worry. Allah SWT is our Maula and He SWT will Help:يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تَنْصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنْصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm [Qur’an 47:7].

Here’s an angle if you’ve been following all of the recent coverage on the caliphate, such as this show from BBC Radio this weekhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024q3r7

How often do you see Islam being associated with the following words/phrases? 

Extreme, barbaric, savage, fanatical, senseless, mindless, stupid, blind with hate, backward, anti-modern, obscurantist, crazy, virulent, death cult, brainwashed, mad, wild, oppressive, intolerant, narrow-minded, reactionary, irrational…

Can you see the agenda?

We already know there has long been a secular, reformist agenda to instigate a civil war within Islam between moderates and fundamentalists thanks to reports like thishttp://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monograph_reports/2005/MR1716.pdf by the Rand Corp in 2003.

The West is refusing to debate the substantive ideas between our civilisations. Instead the Western approach is just to poke fun, slander, attempt to link Islam to mindless violence and generally insinuate that Islamic belief must be irrational if it leads to such craziness. 

Much of the recent damage was caused by the New Atheists, such as Dawkins, Harris, Dennett and Hitchens, who tried to make it more socially acceptable to link Islam to irrationality and influence how society should feel about that. For instance, Harris wrote “some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them”.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/may/07/comment.religion 

Instead of debating us intellectually in public the secularists promote their subversive ideas in private settings amongst themselves such as a seminar in May this year on Coercive Enforcement of Sharia in the UK and in Europe: An Assessment exposed by the always-excellent Coolness of Hind
https://coolnessofhind.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/the-new-neocon-subversion-of-islam-undermining-the-islamic-obligation-of-amr-and-nahy/ 

It is clear that secularists want to shut us down and intimidate us as we’ve seen with the arrest of Moazzam Begg and in Stoke recently with Tayyib Muqeem. They also want to bring in Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for children at five years old and are trying to go even further. Last week the new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, pronounced local authorities must cut off funding to nurseries that “promote extremist views” – including the teaching of creationism - and add the promotion of British values to toddlers (c.f. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11020356/Toddlers-at-risk-of-extremism-warns-Education-Secretary.html). 

There is an answer. The answer is that we make the case for Islam ever louder, ever simpler, ever more relevant, ever more rational. We have to present our perspective on topical issues and our Islamic solutions in much more compelling and accessible terms. Importantly we have to siege control of the agenda. We cannot allow the attacks to continue on Islam’s thoughts and methods without reply. Surely we have to decide what the topic of discussion is before it is set for us.

Where the West will consistently present sensationalist stories of Boko Haram kidnapping schoolgirls, Hamas firing rockets, ISIS oppressing Yazidis, grooming, oppressing women, radicalising toddlers etc. we have to generate a counter-narrative here in the West and do it quickly.

If we fail we are simply allowing the West to build the conditions it needs to produce a reformation and promote a British (or European, Australian etc.) Islam, which it will then launch into the heart of the Muslim world and what will happen to us then?

The upcoming National Khilafah Conference is therefore of vital importance for those involved or who want to involved in Islamic da’wah in the UK. This is not about groups. This is about how we can work together for Islam.

Finally, ponder over these related evidences if you can:

We are rational and have been directed to think about the world around us:
إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ 
Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding [Qur’an 3:190]

The secularists cannot be appeased and will not give up if we stay quiet hoping it’ll all blow over:
وَلَنْ تَرْضَىٰ عَنْكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ ۗ وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ ۙ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ 
Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allah that is the (only) Guidance. And if you were to follow their desires after what you have received of Knowledge, then you would have against Allah neither any Wali (guardian) nor any helper [Quran 2:120]


Allah SWT has expressly Forbidden us from accepting the authority of non-Islam over us:
وَلَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلًا
And never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers [Qur’an 4:141]


We have to discuss Islam with the people:
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ ضَلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ 
Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided [Qur’an 16:125]


We have to unite:
وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ إِلَّا تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُنْ فِتْنَةٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌ
And those who disbelieve are allies to one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so (i.e. become allies, as one united block with one Khalifah - chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world to make victorious Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism), there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism, etc.) and oppression on earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism) [Qur’an 8:73]


Khilafah is the answer given to us by the beloved Messenger (SAW)
Muslim narrated on the authority of Abi Hazim who said: I accompanied Abu Hurayra five years and I heard him talk from the Prophet (saw), he said:
«كانت بنو إسرائيل تسوسهم الأنبياء، كلما هلك نبي، خلفه نبي، وإنه لا نبي بعدي، وستكون خلفاء فتكثر، قالوا فما تأمرنا؟ قال: فُوا ببيعة الأول فالأول، وأعطوهم حقهم، فإن الله سائلهم عما استرعاهم»
"Banu Israel used to be governed by Prophets, every time a Prophet died, another came after him, and there is not Prophet after me. There will be Khulafa’a and they will number many". They said: "What would you order us to do?" He (saw) said: "Fulfill the Bay’ah to them one after the other, and give them their due right, surely Allah will account them for that which He entrusted them with".

Attend the conference if you can, details below. The time to work for Islam is now, when it appears hard and difficult, not when it’s easy and comfortable. Don’t worry. Allah SWT is our Maula and He SWT will Help:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تَنْصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنْصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ 
O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm [Qur’an 47:7].

Why is everyone angry with Israel?

Aim Higher

Spoken word lyrics on Gaza - http://www.siyasahpress.org/aim-higher/

Gaza Q&A

A Q&A on Gaza from the always excellent Siyasah Press http://www.siyasahpress.org/gaza-qa/

Weapons of Allāh

Salahadeen al Ayubi fulfilled the saying of someone who once said to his mother while she was pregnant with him that “in your womb there is one of the weapons of Allāh”.

This is why the Zionists kill children and women. And It is no different to why Firawn killed all the new born from the people he enslaved.

[via https://www.facebook.com/sahar.rauf.7]

'Running Orders' by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

warpoetry:

They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
The phone rings
and someone who knows my first name
calls and says in perfect Arabic
“This is David.”
And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies
still smashing around in my head
I think “Do I know any Davids in Gaza?”
They call us…

66 years of occupation

66 years of occupation
Now a bombing campaign and ground invasion

Endless days of Israeli violence
Western media is strangely silent

They bomb from the sea and with F15s
They drop poison gas on Filistine

They sit beneath their Iron Dome
Cheer from hilltops while they bomb our homes

Israel claims that it’s the victim
It’s like Jmmy Savll blaming children

Even if a boycott lost Israel millions
Aid from the West is in the billions

Gaza, Gaza, we are with you
We need an army to come to the rescue

Egypt holds the southern border
Where Muslim troops watch Muslims slaughtered

They won’t send troops across the border 
To save our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters

Sisi is a Western stooge
Blocks escape, medicine, aid & food

Motivated by our imaan
We stand today with one demand

Muslim army, rise for Islam
Save al-Aqsa, save as-Sham

No 2 state solution, no back room deals
We call for the imam, we call for our shield

Oh Muslim army, obey Allah
Ignore Sisi and cross Rafah

Oh Muslim army, Israel fears you
Rise up now and come to the rescue

La ilaaha illallaah, Muhammadur RasoolAllah
La ilaaha illallaah, Israel has gone too far

My brother, Moinul Abu Hamza from The Qur’an Initiative [https://www.facebook.com/TheQuranInitiative], providing profound insight into Surat ul Baqarah 183 in a tafsir for Ramadhan Radio Slough 

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

I’ve seen loads of FB posts and Tweets on #Ferguson comparing the situation there to Gaza and pointing out how Western law enforcement visit Israel to learn tactics etc. [read this to get a picture on just how bad things are in Ferguson http://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/6002917/ferguson-police-expert-interview-fritz]. 

However, what isn’t mentioned enough is the changing role of police all over the Western world. They’re not just increasing in their militarisation as we’ve seen recently in Manchester at a pro-Palestine demo (http://www.5pillarz.com/video/greater-manchester-police-officers-using-excessive-force-at-pro-palestine-demo/) and also ‘kettling’ tactics against anti-Capitalist demonstrators in London a few years back (http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/correcting-the-media-narrative-of-the-g20-protests-on-april-1-2009/). They are being used as a political tool to harass activists and shut down activity deemed as subversive. They are infiltrating groups, spying on people undercover and even sleeping with civilians (http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/jan/22/undercover-police-cleared-sex-activists). They are being politicised and weaponised. Prevent has been training doctors, nurses, teachers and even firefighters to identify ‘extremism’ (http://www.cageuk.org/article/gps-told-specify-counter-terrorism-lead-when-applying-enhanced-services-contracts). Muslims should be well aware that every instrument of the state is being used against them. 

This reflects the broader ideological conflict where the state refuses to engage in debating the substantive issues and instead attempts to demonise and intimidate those who have an alternative view. It should only strengthen our resolve to carry our da’wah louder and clearer in society, take control of the agenda and build momentum before it’s too late.

Palestine - a land of dignity (a wonderful poem for Palestine)

Here’s an angle if you’ve been following all of the recent coverage on the caliphate, such as this show from BBC Radio this weekhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024q3r7. How often do you see Islam being associated with the following words/phrases? Extreme, barbaric, savage, fanatical, senseless, mindless, stupid, blind with hate, backward, anti-modern, obscurantist, crazy, virulent, death cult, brainwashed, mad, wild, oppressive, intolerant, narrow-minded, reactionary, irrational…Can you see the agenda?We already know there has long been a secular, reformist agenda to instigate a civil war within Islam between moderates and fundamentalists thanks to reports like thishttp://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monograph_reports/2005/MR1716.pdf by the Rand Corp in 2003.The West is refusing to debate the substantive ideas between our civilisations. Instead the Western approach is just to poke fun, slander, attempt to link Islam to mindless violence and generally insinuate that Islamic belief must be irrational if it leads to such craziness. Much of the recent damage was caused by the New Atheists, such as Dawkins, Harris, Dennett and Hitchens, who tried to make it more socially acceptable to link Islam to irrationality and influence how society should feel about that. For instance, Harris wrote “some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them”.http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/may/07/comment.religion Instead of debating us intellectually in public the secularists promote their subversive ideas in private settings amongst themselves such as a seminar in May this year on Coercive Enforcement of Sharia in the UK and in Europe: An Assessment exposed by the always-excellent Coolness of Hindhttps://coolnessofhind.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/the-new-neocon-subversion-of-islam-undermining-the-islamic-obligation-of-amr-and-nahy/ It is clear that secularists want to shut us down and intimidate us as we’ve seen with the arrest of Moazzam Begg and in Stoke recently with Tayyib Muqeem. They also want to bring in Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for children at five years old and are trying to go even further. Last week the new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, pronounced local authorities must cut off funding to nurseries that “promote extremist views” – including the teaching of creationism - and add the promotion of British values to toddlers (c.f. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11020356/Toddlers-at-risk-of-extremism-warns-Education-Secretary.html). There is an answer. The answer is that we make the case for Islam ever louder, ever simpler, ever more relevant, ever more rational. We have to present our perspective on topical issues and our Islamic solutions in much more compelling and accessible terms. Importantly we have to siege control of the agenda. We cannot allow the attacks to continue on Islam’s thoughts and methods without reply. Surely we have to decide what the topic of discussion is before it is set for us.Where the West will consistently present sensationalist stories of Boko Haram kidnapping schoolgirls, Hamas firing rockets, ISIS oppressing Yazidis, grooming, oppressing women, radicalising toddlers etc. we have to generate a counter-narrative here in the West and do it quickly.If we fail we are simply allowing the West to build the conditions it needs to produce a reformation and promote a British (or European, Australian etc.) Islam, which it will then launch into the heart of the Muslim world and what will happen to us then?The upcoming National Khilafah Conference is therefore of vital importance for those involved or who want to involved in Islamic da’wah in the UK. This is not about groups. This is about how we can work together for Islam.Finally, ponder over these related evidences if you can:We are rational and have been directed to think about the world around us:إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding [Qur’an 3:190]The secularists cannot be appeased and will not give up if we stay quiet hoping it’ll all blow over:وَلَنْ تَرْضَىٰ عَنْكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ ۗ وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ ۙ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allah that is the (only) Guidance. And if you were to follow their desires after what you have received of Knowledge, then you would have against Allah neither any Wali (guardian) nor any helper [Quran 2:120]Allah SWT has expressly Forbidden us from accepting the authority of non-Islam over us:وَلَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلًاAnd never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers [Qur’an 4:141]We have to discuss Islam with the people:ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ ضَلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided [Qur’an 16:125]We have to unite:وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ إِلَّا تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُنْ فِتْنَةٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌAnd those who disbelieve are allies to one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so (i.e. become allies, as one united block with one Khalifah - chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world to make victorious Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism), there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism, etc.) and oppression on earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism) [Qur’an 8:73]Khilafah is the answer given to us by the beloved Messenger (SAW)Muslim narrated on the authority of Abi Hazim who said: I accompanied Abu Hurayra five years and I heard him talk from the Prophet (saw), he said:«كانت بنو إسرائيل تسوسهم الأنبياء، كلما هلك نبي، خلفه نبي، وإنه لا نبي بعدي، وستكون خلفاء فتكثر، قالوا فما تأمرنا؟ قال: فُوا ببيعة الأول فالأول، وأعطوهم حقهم، فإن الله سائلهم عما استرعاهم»"Banu Israel used to be governed by Prophets, every time a Prophet died, another came after him, and there is not Prophet after me. There will be Khulafa’a and they will number many". They said: "What would you order us to do?" He (saw) said: "Fulfill the Bay’ah to them one after the other, and give them their due right, surely Allah will account them for that which He entrusted them with".Attend the conference if you can, details below. The time to work for Islam is now, when it appears hard and difficult, not when it’s easy and comfortable. Don’t worry. Allah SWT is our Maula and He SWT will Help:يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تَنْصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنْصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm [Qur’an 47:7].

Here’s an angle if you’ve been following all of the recent coverage on the caliphate, such as this show from BBC Radio this weekhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024q3r7

How often do you see Islam being associated with the following words/phrases? 

Extreme, barbaric, savage, fanatical, senseless, mindless, stupid, blind with hate, backward, anti-modern, obscurantist, crazy, virulent, death cult, brainwashed, mad, wild, oppressive, intolerant, narrow-minded, reactionary, irrational…

Can you see the agenda?

We already know there has long been a secular, reformist agenda to instigate a civil war within Islam between moderates and fundamentalists thanks to reports like thishttp://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monograph_reports/2005/MR1716.pdf by the Rand Corp in 2003.

The West is refusing to debate the substantive ideas between our civilisations. Instead the Western approach is just to poke fun, slander, attempt to link Islam to mindless violence and generally insinuate that Islamic belief must be irrational if it leads to such craziness. 

Much of the recent damage was caused by the New Atheists, such as Dawkins, Harris, Dennett and Hitchens, who tried to make it more socially acceptable to link Islam to irrationality and influence how society should feel about that. For instance, Harris wrote “some propositions are so dangerous that it may even be ethical to kill people for believing them”.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/may/07/comment.religion 

Instead of debating us intellectually in public the secularists promote their subversive ideas in private settings amongst themselves such as a seminar in May this year on Coercive Enforcement of Sharia in the UK and in Europe: An Assessment exposed by the always-excellent Coolness of Hind
https://coolnessofhind.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/the-new-neocon-subversion-of-islam-undermining-the-islamic-obligation-of-amr-and-nahy/ 

It is clear that secularists want to shut us down and intimidate us as we’ve seen with the arrest of Moazzam Begg and in Stoke recently with Tayyib Muqeem. They also want to bring in Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for children at five years old and are trying to go even further. Last week the new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, pronounced local authorities must cut off funding to nurseries that “promote extremist views” – including the teaching of creationism - and add the promotion of British values to toddlers (c.f. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11020356/Toddlers-at-risk-of-extremism-warns-Education-Secretary.html). 

There is an answer. The answer is that we make the case for Islam ever louder, ever simpler, ever more relevant, ever more rational. We have to present our perspective on topical issues and our Islamic solutions in much more compelling and accessible terms. Importantly we have to siege control of the agenda. We cannot allow the attacks to continue on Islam’s thoughts and methods without reply. Surely we have to decide what the topic of discussion is before it is set for us.

Where the West will consistently present sensationalist stories of Boko Haram kidnapping schoolgirls, Hamas firing rockets, ISIS oppressing Yazidis, grooming, oppressing women, radicalising toddlers etc. we have to generate a counter-narrative here in the West and do it quickly.

If we fail we are simply allowing the West to build the conditions it needs to produce a reformation and promote a British (or European, Australian etc.) Islam, which it will then launch into the heart of the Muslim world and what will happen to us then?

The upcoming National Khilafah Conference is therefore of vital importance for those involved or who want to involved in Islamic da’wah in the UK. This is not about groups. This is about how we can work together for Islam.

Finally, ponder over these related evidences if you can:

We are rational and have been directed to think about the world around us:
إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ 
Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding [Qur’an 3:190]

The secularists cannot be appeased and will not give up if we stay quiet hoping it’ll all blow over:
وَلَنْ تَرْضَىٰ عَنْكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ ۗ وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ ۙ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ 
Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allah that is the (only) Guidance. And if you were to follow their desires after what you have received of Knowledge, then you would have against Allah neither any Wali (guardian) nor any helper [Quran 2:120]


Allah SWT has expressly Forbidden us from accepting the authority of non-Islam over us:
وَلَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلًا
And never will Allah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers [Qur’an 4:141]


We have to discuss Islam with the people:
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنْ ضَلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ 
Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided [Qur’an 16:125]


We have to unite:
وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ إِلَّا تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُنْ فِتْنَةٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌ
And those who disbelieve are allies to one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so (i.e. become allies, as one united block with one Khalifah - chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world to make victorious Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism), there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism, etc.) and oppression on earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism) [Qur’an 8:73]


Khilafah is the answer given to us by the beloved Messenger (SAW)
Muslim narrated on the authority of Abi Hazim who said: I accompanied Abu Hurayra five years and I heard him talk from the Prophet (saw), he said:
«كانت بنو إسرائيل تسوسهم الأنبياء، كلما هلك نبي، خلفه نبي، وإنه لا نبي بعدي، وستكون خلفاء فتكثر، قالوا فما تأمرنا؟ قال: فُوا ببيعة الأول فالأول، وأعطوهم حقهم، فإن الله سائلهم عما استرعاهم»
"Banu Israel used to be governed by Prophets, every time a Prophet died, another came after him, and there is not Prophet after me. There will be Khulafa’a and they will number many". They said: "What would you order us to do?" He (saw) said: "Fulfill the Bay’ah to them one after the other, and give them their due right, surely Allah will account them for that which He entrusted them with".

Attend the conference if you can, details below. The time to work for Islam is now, when it appears hard and difficult, not when it’s easy and comfortable. Don’t worry. Allah SWT is our Maula and He SWT will Help:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تَنْصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنْصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ 
O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm [Qur’an 47:7].

Why is everyone angry with Israel?

Aim Higher

Spoken word lyrics on Gaza - http://www.siyasahpress.org/aim-higher/

Gaza Q&A

A Q&A on Gaza from the always excellent Siyasah Press http://www.siyasahpress.org/gaza-qa/

Weapons of Allāh

Salahadeen al Ayubi fulfilled the saying of someone who once said to his mother while she was pregnant with him that “in your womb there is one of the weapons of Allāh”.

This is why the Zionists kill children and women. And It is no different to why Firawn killed all the new born from the people he enslaved.

[via https://www.facebook.com/sahar.rauf.7]

'Running Orders' by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

warpoetry:

They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
The phone rings
and someone who knows my first name
calls and says in perfect Arabic
“This is David.”
And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies
still smashing around in my head
I think “Do I know any Davids in Gaza?”
They call us…

66 years of occupation

66 years of occupation
Now a bombing campaign and ground invasion

Endless days of Israeli violence
Western media is strangely silent

They bomb from the sea and with F15s
They drop poison gas on Filistine

They sit beneath their Iron Dome
Cheer from hilltops while they bomb our homes

Israel claims that it’s the victim
It’s like Jmmy Savll blaming children

Even if a boycott lost Israel millions
Aid from the West is in the billions

Gaza, Gaza, we are with you
We need an army to come to the rescue

Egypt holds the southern border
Where Muslim troops watch Muslims slaughtered

They won’t send troops across the border 
To save our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters

Sisi is a Western stooge
Blocks escape, medicine, aid & food

Motivated by our imaan
We stand today with one demand

Muslim army, rise for Islam
Save al-Aqsa, save as-Sham

No 2 state solution, no back room deals
We call for the imam, we call for our shield

Oh Muslim army, obey Allah
Ignore Sisi and cross Rafah

Oh Muslim army, Israel fears you
Rise up now and come to the rescue

La ilaaha illallaah, Muhammadur RasoolAllah
La ilaaha illallaah, Israel has gone too far

My brother, Moinul Abu Hamza from The Qur’an Initiative [https://www.facebook.com/TheQuranInitiative], providing profound insight into Surat ul Baqarah 183 in a tafsir for Ramadhan Radio Slough 

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

Aim Higher
Gaza Q&A
Weapons of Allāh
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