Anti-terror police question schoolboy for wearing pro-Palestine badge

Teenager referred by his teachers after trying to raise money to help Palestinian children

From Matt Broomfield in the Independent;

A schoolboy has been questioned by anti-terrorism police because he wore a “Free Palestine” badge to school.

Rahmaan Mohammadi’s teachers at Challney High School for Boys in Luton referred him to police under Prevent – the >controversial government anti-radicalisation programme, which critics have claimed is heavy-handed, discriminatory >and ineffective.

As well as wearing pro-Palestine badges and wristbands, Mohammadi was in possession of a leaflet advocating >Palestinian rights by pressure group Friends of al-Aqsa. He had also asked for permission to fundraise for children >affected by the Israeli occupation.

Questioned by Police for trying to raise money to help save the lives of little children? Whilst the Police were following procedure having received a report under the Prevent scheme, this seems a gross overstep by the teachers and administrative staff at Challney High School for Boys.

Internal police statistics obtained via a Freedom of Information request suggest only 20% of people referred to >Prevent are assessed as at risk of radicalisation.

Action should be taken against the teachers to stop frivolous reporting in the future, but as the statistics above show the mentality of gather up everyone and hope for the best is the one that prevails under the Prevent Programme.

Q&A: More Than One God in Islam?

The Question

A reader asks – In Islam the name of God is The God or Al Ilah. Does this mean there are many Gods and He is The God?

The Answer

As Salaam Alaikum and thank you for your question.

This is a common question arising from a lack of knowledge of Arabic. The name of God in Islam is Allah – one word; and not Al Illah – two words. Allah is the Divine Being’s personal name and it is not a combination of the definite article Al (meaning The) and Illah (meaning God). Let me explain;

Arabic alphabet is divided into sun letters and moon letters. This refers to a rule of how to pronounce words that follow the definite article Al or the.

Moon is called qamar in Arabic. So all the letters, which follow the same rule of pronunciation as Al Qamar, are called moon letters. This rule says that if the word that follows Al starts with a ‘moon’ letter then the letter ‘l’ in Al is pronounced in full. So ‘the moon’ will be read out as Al qamar. Thus, Al Qamar is pronounced as it is written here.

The word for the sun is Shams. So all the letters, which follow the same rule of pronunciation as Al Shams, are called sun letters. In this case, the sun is written Al Shams but pronounced Ash shams i.e. the letter l of Al is not pronounced, A of Al joins the s (sheen) of shams but it is pronounced twice – so we have Ash shams.

Let us now apply this rule to the word Allah to decide whether it is Allah or Al illah. If separated into two words, we find illah starts with a moon letter. This means it should be pronounced as Al Illah with Al being pronounced in full and not Allah. This shows that Allah is a word in its own right and not a combination of two words.

Partial Belief

The Holy Quran warns Muslims that they will be punished in this World

This is the third and final part of this series on being a Muslims.

In this speech we look at where the Holy Quran asks a rhetorical question of Muslims which is whether they ‘pick and choose from the Holy Quran what they believe in’. It then warns us that those who only believe in selected parts of the Holy Quran will be disgraced in this world and punished in the next.

Don’t like video? Then you can listen to the podcast below.

Q&A: Wives must obey their husbands without question?

Is it true that in Islam wives must obey their husbands without question?

It is correct that this is the traditional interpretation put forward but in our view this is not what the Holy Quran says. This is a misinterpretation by our non-Ahmadi brothers of a part of verse 34 of chapter 4 of the Holy Quran.

Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali has translated this verse as:

“. . . So, the good women are obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded.”

Imam Ibn-I Kathir, a classical interpreter of the Holy Quran and a jurist, wrote a commentary of the Holy Quran. The translator of the commentary also added a translation of the verses of the Holy Quran to it. He too gives the same translation (Tafsir Ibn-I Kabir, volume 1, page 590) as Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali. However, the Imam gives a long footnote at this point in which he says wives must obey their husbands without question.

Maulana Maudoodi another, more recent commentator of the Holy Quran says at this point (vol 1, page 349):

“In hadith it is said that the Holy Prophet (s) said: ‘The best wife is the one who, when you see her, pleases you, when you command her she obeys you, and when you not at home, she guards your property and her chastity.’ ”

However, he goes on to say that the wife is only obliged to obey lawful commands.

I go further than this because the whole of this verse is addressed to men and not to women. In an earlier part Allah tells men that they are responsible for maintaining the household and bearing its expenses as well as supporting their wives with all the qualities Allah has given them.

It then says that good wives are obedient to Allah in that they obey Him and guard their chastity. So, the husband must not expect the wife to obey him unconditionally because obedience of Allah comes first. In fact, in my view this verse is actually telling the exact opposite of the classical interpretation.

The Holy Quran tells Muslims:

“And those who respond to their Lord and keep up prayer, and whose affairs are (decided) by counsel among themselves, and who spend out of what We have given them;” (42:38)

This is a general command to everyone in the Muslim community, whether it is the whole community or husband and wife. It has to be remembered that Islam treats the family as an organization unit, which has to have management and an allocation of duties. In an organization, each individual has a specified role and duties assigned in accordance with that role. And each organization has a person who makes the final decision if an agreement is not forthcoming. Without this the organization cannot and does not function. This does not mean that this person is superior human being to others in the organization. For example, is the headmaster a superior human to the teachers in his school? is a supervisor or foreman a superior human to workers? The answer, of course, is no.

What the Holy Prophet (s) is saying in the hadith quoted above is that if a man and wife cannot agree on a certain matter, then as the husband is the final decision maker she should accept his decision. It does not say that wives should obey their husbands without question.

[Video] A Question to the Qadiani Jamaat

In a telephone question the Qadiani jamaat were asked if they believe the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) to be the LAST prophet. Their representative replied that the verse khatam un nabiyeen is a part of the Holy Quran and Qadianis believe in the whole Quran. They have complete faith in the verse Khatam un nabiyeen. However, what he failed to tell us was what these words mean. The Qadiani jamaat believes that the word khatam means the seal and the whole term means seal of the prophet. They go on to say that this means that new prophets will be made with the Holy Prophet’s “seal”. The rest of the Muslim world believes the opposite – that is that seal stands for last so the term means the last of the prophets. It can be seen that the Qadiani representative did not answer the question he was asked and tried to deceive the caller by side tracking the issue.


Sunnis fail to defend The Holy Prophet

We were hurt when a brother Sunni sat quietly as a Christian priest said that the Holy prophet Muhammad (s) is NOT in heaven during an episode of the BBC Big Questions show.

There was no rebuttal from our Sunni brothers sitting there and it made Ahmadis feel sad and ashamed. We discuss what happened in the video below.

Sunnis fail to protect the honour of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s)

In the Big Questions, a programme aired by BBC1 on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am on 29th May 2011 a Christian preacher was asked whether the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) was in heaven. His answer, and may Allah forgive us for saying so, was NO. There were a number of Sunnis present, one the imam of the Sunni mosque in the Tooting area of London, who were totally silent. They said nothing. They did not speak out to condemn this statement. They did not defend the Holy Prophet. In short, they did nothing at all. These are the people who accuse us of dishonouring the Holy Prophet (s). How disgraceful is such behaviour! It seems to us that the Sunnis are only concerned with using such excuses to further their political agenda and are not really bothered if our beloved prophet is dishonoured by people. May Allah save us all from such hypocrisy.

Missionaries of Islam

The Big Question programme is televised by BBC 1 on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Two weeks ago it aired a programme about Islam. It invited four Muslims to comment on how non-Muslims in the UK see Islam and what the answers to objections against Islam are.

Apart from one Muslim, Taj Hargay from Oxford, the others had no idea about the Islamic teaching on various topics. We say this not because they presented a different interpretation of Islam from us but because they could not recite any verse of the Holy Quran or hadith to justify what they were saying.

It brings to mind a proposal put to the Promised Messiah that some English speakers should be hired and sent to the West to propagate Islam. He opposed it saying that just knowing English is not enough. If these people don’t have a deep knowledge of Islam they well be unable to propagate it. Therefore, he said it is better to write good literature about Islam and to disseminate that. Of course he was correct but some people say that this means that we do not need missionaries just books which can be distributed. However, this was not what the Promised Messiah was saying. The answer was about a particular kind of person being sent as a missionary, not in general. If this was a general statement of principle why did he ask people like Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali to devote their lives for the sake of propagation?