The Rubber band effect

The rubber band is a mundane object used every day in our lives. However for it to fulfil the purpose for which it was made it has to be stretched and twisted. It then gets stronger and fulfils the purpose for which it was made. The Holy Quran elucidates to this precise point and has in place parameters which allow a human being to reach perfection of body, mind and spirit. They too have to be stretched in order to fulfil the purpose of their creation.

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The Holy Quran, the news, the bankers and the boat people

Many in the West say that there is no structure to the Holy Quran. They fall into this mistake because they try and read it like a history book or a story book. One could argue that there is no structure to a book of mathematics; one chapter is about addition, next subtraction, next multiplication etc.
We can only find a structure in the Holy Quran if we understands what it is about. Take the example of news on the TV. We could say there is no structure to them because unlike a film all the items are unrelated. But once we understand that the news are not like a film but tell us the important events of the day from different part of the world we understand the structure. The applies to the Holy Quran.
We also look at the news items from one day; banks being fined for manipulating exchange and interest rates, Muslim trying to flee persecution being turned away by Muslim countries to see if there is a relationship between these items.
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Contradictions in the Holy Quran

Our Sunni brothers say that there are contradictory verses in the Holy Quran and these contradictions can only be removed by declaring some verses to have been abrogated. There is no authority or view about how many verses are abrogated or which verses they are. Some people have said that 512 verses of the Holy Quran are abrogated. Imam Sayyuti discussed these and brought the number of verses down to 21! Hazrat Shah Wali Ullah discussed these 21 and brought the number of abrogated verses down further to 5.

In this podcast we look at and explain why no verse of the Holy Quran is, or can ever be abrogated.

Education in Islam

Many Muslims, and non Muslims alike, claim that Islamic guidance dictates that Muslims only need to gain knowledge of their religion and nothing else matters.

In this Khutba we look at that claim and examine not only what the Holy Prophet (s) told us to do, but what Muslims in the ‘golden age’ of Islam were doing.

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Holocaust and the Holy Qurans warning

On 27 January 1945 Auschwitz was finally liberated by Soviet troops. It still took the world more time to believe that humans could be so evil. This day is now remembered and commemorated as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Holy Quran which addresses the Jews and the Christians as “children of Israel” had warned them in these words:

For this reason We prescribed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a person, unless it is for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he had killed all men. And whoever saves a life; it is as though he had saved the lives of all men. And certainly Our messengers came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them commit excesses in the land. (Ch. 5 verse 32)

People did not heed this advice. And the powerful continued to kill the weak. Time has dimmed memories and except for those directly affected no one will today give even a fleeting thought to the carnage at the three Auschwitz camps. Although a large majority of those killed were Jews, there were many others such as Poles, Romani, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and tens of thousands of people of diverse nationalities. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labour, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments. The exact number of victims at Auschwitz is difficult to fix with certainty, as many prisoners were never registered and the SS destroyed much evidence in the final days of the war.

Shahid Aziz, President of the UK branch of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Associations for propagation of Islam, said:

It is sad that humanity has not learnt anything from these terrible events and has continued to behave a similar way. With memories of the Holocaust still fresh, on the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent millions of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs killed each other at the time of independence. Arabs were killed and uprooted in Palestine. There were, and still are, mass killings in Africa. Even Europe did not learn a lesson from the Holocaust as was evidenced by the massacres of Muslims in Bosnia.

Our hearts go out to those who suffered at Auschwitz and other camps and pray that such terrible events never happen again.

Eid Milad-un-Nabi

‘Holy Prophet Muhammad Day’, marked only by Ahmadis in Lahore, in April 1908

I am repeating, with some revisions, an item I posted here in April 2008, on the centenary of the function that it refers to.

It is reported in Badr, 30th April 1908 (p. 6) that an Eid Milad-un-Nabi function was held at Ahmadiyya Buildings, Lahore. (This was close to the end of the life of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and a few days before he arrived in Lahore from Qadian.)

The function is not called Eid Milad-un-Nabi in this report but Bara Wafat. This was the term used by Muslims in India in those days, meaning “death on the 12th”, referring to the death of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) on this day.

Below I translate the report, which is entitled Life of the Holy Prophet:

A respected friend reports from Lahore that, on the previous day, a Tuesday, on the occasion of Bara Wafat, and for the benefit of the residents of Lahore, a grandly organised lecture was held at Ahmadiyya Buildings, where houses of our Khwaja [Kamal-ud-Din] sahib are located. The ground was very large and was decked with a marque and other necessities. It had been widely advertised in the city.

The poem in praise of the Holy Prophet written by Huzoor [presumably meaning the Promised Messiah] was read out by brothers Abdul Aziz, son of Mian Chiragh Din, and Ghulam Muhammad. Maulvi Sadr-ud-Din gave an explanation of the Surah Fatiha with great zeal and pure sincerity, and went over the events of the life of the Messenger of God, may peace and the blessing of Allah be upon him. Then brother Dr. Mirza Yaqub Baig spoke on the life of the Holy Prophet in a fine speech. The audience included Hindus, Muslims and members of the Brahmo Samaj. All the leading men of Lahore who could come were in attendance. The whole gathering listened patiently and attentively to the highly effective speeches of these young men, who were preaching using this new technique and method, and they went away expressing much praise.”

This meeting was also reported in other newspapers and was generally much liked. Hence the newspaper Watan wrote:

Just as there was great regret that there were no arrangements in Lahore for holding this great occasion of remembrance, there was equal pleasure that on 14th April, corresponding to 12th Rabi-ul-awwal 1326 A.H., on behalf of the Anjuman-i Ahmadiyya Lahore a magnificent meeting was organised by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, lawyer, High Court. Capable speakers delighted the audience by telling them about the life of the Holy Prophet and his excellent and praise-worthy qualities. It is hoped that in future many people in Lahore will organise events for such a sacred remembrance.”

The newspaper Sada-i-Hind expressed a similar opinion.

Comment by Editor Badr: It is indeed essential that the general public should be fully informed about the life of the Holy Prophet. We cannot complain about non-Muslims when most Muslims themselves are utterly unaware of the life of their beloved master. When such ignorant people realise how much we owe to the Holy Prophet, they will themselves want to recite the Darood spontaneously. This is in fact the philosophy of Darood. But I do not consider it right to fix one particular day forever, like Bara Wafat, for this purpose.”

This idea was then taken up by other Muslims and led to the development of the Eid Milad-un-Nabi function.

This article was written by Dr Zahid Aziz and appears on the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement blog

Woman banned from football grounds for ripping up the Holy Quran

The Independent is reporting that;

A woman who ripped up the pages of a Koran at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s stadium has been banned from every football ground in England and Wales for three years.

Middlesbrough fan Julie Phillips, 51, claims she did not know it was the holy book of Islam and was merely trying to make confetti with her friend.

However, a judge at Teesside Magistrates’ Court said she had “underplayed” her role in the incident when passing the order.

A trial at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court in May had found Phillips and another woman guilty of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, fining them both.

Cleveland Police, who subsequently appealed for the widespread stadium ban, said this was just one of a number of incidents involving Phillips.

Football authorities (in the UK at least) work very hard to try and stamp out any forms of racism at grounds from fans and indeed from the players also and its important to note that this action would also have been taken had this women ripped pages from the Bible or the Torah. This is not a case of special treatment because it was the Holy Quran, this is a case of intended racially aggravated behaviour with the intent to cause distress and harm, being spotted and dealt with.

She was only fined in the original court case, but this step, at the behest of the Police, is a punishment she will really feel as a passionate football fan. Will it change her mentality or behaviour? Maybe not but at least it sends a strong message to all football fans across the UK that these sorts of actions can be monitored at grounds and that you will be punished for them.

Al Fatihah – Opening chapter of the Holy Quran

In this podcast Dr Jahangiri explains the significance of Eid ul Adha in the light of the Al Fatihah and shows that Islamic devotions and rituals have both physical and spiritual aspects. Allah Commands us to keep both in mind when undertaking physical devotions. Performing physical devotions without achieving spiritual benefits is meaningless.

Love of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)

Evidence of the deep love and devotion to our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (r) is accused of not caring for the honour for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s). In this short video we translate and read out some short extracts from his writings to show his love for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s).

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Origins of the Human Race

The Holy Quran says that man was created from water

Scientists have recently carried out experiments with fish to see if they can survive on land. After rearing them on land for a whole year they saw that the fish developed different characteristics which are required for surviving on land thus proving the truth of the Holy Quran.

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