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Appalled is a word often used in press statements. But today Wifaqul Ulama would like to say that we are numb and have no words to express at the sight of Children who have been gassed by the Syrian regime. The nonreactive pupils of these children are staring at us through galling digital images. The silent eyes of these children are questioning, demanding answers from us. Where is our concern for humanity? Where is our concern for fellow Muslims?
What happened at London was Murder and Murder should be investigated and punished. We are London and we stand together, more united than ever, more resolute than ever. Cowardly attacks will not neither break our resolve, nor divide us.
He was the caller of Prayer for Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) but today the children of his land are calling for your help. His footsteps were heard in paradise, today your footsteps can reach paradise if you answer the call of his people.
We find the ruling of European Court of Justice (ECJ) that headscarves can be banned at workplace disappointing and an increasing encroachment upon personal liberty and freedom. We subscribe to pluralism and affirm that an individual should have the right to practise their belief. Rulings from ECJ in the last few years have been narrowing some of the rights borne out of Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights. We also find it disappointing that this ruling will overwhelming affect the Muslims of Europe.
There are many extremes in this. For example, some people believe that women should not be educated at all; that they should be kept completely ignorant so that they don’t know anything beyond the basics of their faith. This is completely rejected by our deen. Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi, for example, compiled the famous work Bahishti Zewar and aimed it particularly toward women. The comprehensiveness of the book suggests it is a work that ought to live on the bookshelf of every home and used as a guidance for every aspect of a woman’s (and indeed her family’s) life. Indeed, such is the usefulness of the book that it is not uncommon to find muftis using Bahishti Zewar as a reference point nowadays.
Today people think that women are liberated in the West and that the Women’s liberation movement began in the 20th century. Actually, the women’s liberation movement was not begun by women, but was revealed by God to a man in the seventh century by the name of Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, the last Prophet of God. The Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet are the sources from which every Muslim woman derives her rights and duties.
For some individuals, the number of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ are a stamp of approval of their own existential value and self-esteem. After all, an online profile implicitly demands recognition. But, unlike in conventional advertising where we have independent regulators with teeth (like the Advertising Standards Agency and Ofcom in the UK), there isn’t anything like it for social media. Cue the scourge of ‘fake news.’ The click bait culture, that fuels online populism is a well orchestrated money-making scheme.
I believe that this ban not only goes against basic human values of trust, compassion, tolerance and decency but will also prove to be an impediment in the fight against terrorism. I find that many in America such as Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina agree with my assessment. I urge our Prime Minister Theresa May to stand up for our fundamental British values and for her Government to take a much stronger stance in ensuring that this executive order is reversed, promptly. I will be joining the protest in front of 10 Downing Street and I urge all Muslims particularly our Scholars and community leaders to stand with all those who are united against injustice.
Living in the Hijaz, Hadhrat has constantly been involved in enlightening the Arab world about the academic efforts of the Akabir of Deoband and their mode of tasawwuf, which has the distinguishing feature of being in complete agreement to the Qur’an and hadith. Beyond the Hijaz, Hadhrat travels the world regularly — especially to the Indian Sub-Continent, Africa, Europe, North America and the Far East — calling people to tasawwuf. Hadhrat has also passionately been involved in raising the banner of Islam (e’lah kalimat Allah) by tirelessly establishing organisations and providing them with spiritual and moral support. Apart from preparing individuals to serve at madrasahs, mosques and khanqahs, Hadhrat has also prepared countless individuals to serve Islam in various other fields including in dawah and Tabligh.