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  1. For an alternative view of what's presented in this thread about Khomeini, please view the following work by Shaykh Manzoor Nomani: Khomeini, Iranian Revolution, and the Shi'ite Faith (click on the highlighted green title for a free PDF copy) It's a detailed expose of this matter. Additionally, please watch the following 4-minute video to gain a slightly broader perspective of this issue. I personally don't agree with the sarcasm of the host. However, that doesn't negate the validity and importance of the information presented. Please note: This is not intended as an attack on any individual. It is intended to make unsuspecting good-hearted Muslims aware of the ramifications of accepting the Shia Ayatollahs as credible Islamic leaders and sources of knowledge. This is not about hating or breaking ties with anyone. It is about becoming aware of deception and safeguarding your beliefs from becoming corrupted.
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    Muslims Forum

    Assalamu alaikum Everyone, Now you can have two homes. Those initial posts are intended to be Islamic topic resources that can serve as discussion starters. Since we're just starting out, we thought it would be a good idea to make that an option for our Members. It's a sort of ice breaker if you will. Awesome! Please come on over.
  3. The last father-son dialogue always makes me choke up and brings tears to my eyes. I was like the "kid" in this video growing up. Someone intervened and helped me out later in life. I can relate to those that feel betrayed by people who call themselves Muslim. It is a real problem. True Muslims don't push people away from Allah through their un-Islamic actions, they attract them towards the love of Allah through emulating the beautiful character of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
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    The Siege of Makkah, ...in 1979

    36 years ago, on 4 December 1979, one of the most tragic events to unfold in Islamic history came to an end. Of many things, it is a case study in relation to delusions of grandeur. The following is one report on it. When the Ka’ba Was Held Hostage – The Grand Mosque Siege On Nov 20 1979, Masjid al Haram in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam, was taken over by extremists in one of the most spectacular, controversial and heavily-censored events in modern Islamic history. The dissidents declared that the Mahdi had arrived in the form of one of their leaders, Mohammed Abdullah al-Qahtani, and called on Muslims to obey him. The seizure shocked the Islamic world as hundreds of pilgrims were taken hostage, and hundreds of militants, security forces and hostages caught in crossfire were killed in the ensuing battles for control of the site. The siege ended two weeks after the takeover began with militants and the mosque cleared. Following the attack, the Saudi state implemented stricter enforcement of Islamic code. Juhayman al-Otaybi The seizure was led by Juhayman al-Otaybi who declared his brother-in-law Mohammed Abdullah al-Qahtani to be the Mahdi. Otaybi was a preacher, a former corporal in the Saudi National Guard, and a former student of Sheikh Abdel Aziz bin Baaz, who went on to become the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia. Juhayman had turned against Bin Baz and began advocating a return to the original ways of Islam, a repudiation of the West, an end to education of women, the abolition of television and the expulsion of non-Muslims. He proclaimed that the ruling Al Saud dynasty had lost its legitimacy because it was corrupt, ostentatious and had destroyed Saudi culture by an aggressive policy of Westernization. Juhayman al-Otaybi Al-Otaybi and Qahtani had met while being imprisoned together for sedition, and during that time al-Otaybi claimed to have had a vision sent by God telling him that Qahtani was the Mahdi. Their declared goal was to institute a theocracy in preparation for the imminent end of the world. Many of their followers were drawn from theology students at the Islamic University in Medina. Other followers came from Egypt, Yemen, Kuwait, and Iraq, and also included some Sudanese. They preached their message in different mosques in Saudi Arabia without being arrested as the government was reluctant to confront them. In fact, members of the ulema questioned Otaibi and Qahtani, but they were subsequently released as being traditionalists and not a threat. Because of donations from wealthy followers, the group was well-armed and trained. Some National Guard troops sympathetic to the insurgents smuggled weapons, ammunition, gas masks, and provisions into the mosque compound over a period of weeks before the attack. Seizure In the early morning of 20 November 1979, the imam of the Grand Mosque, Sheikh Mohammed al-Subayil, was preparing to lead the prayers for the fifty thousand worshipers who had gathered for prayer. Around 5:00 am, he was interrupted by insurgents who procured weapons from under their robes, chained the gates shut and killed two policemen who were armed with only wooden clubs for disciplining unruly pilgrims. Arms were also smuggled into the mosque in empty coffins to avoid detection. The number of rebels has been given as “at least 500″ and “four to five hundred”, which included several women and children who had joined al-Otaybi’s movement. Members of Juhayman’s group after capture At the time, the Grand Mosque was being renovated. An employee of the organization was able to report the seizure to the outside before the insurgents cut the telephone lines. The insurgents released most of the hostages and locked the remainder in the sanctuary. They took defensive positions in the upper levels of the mosque, and sniper positions in the minarets, from which they commanded the grounds. No one outside the mosque knew how many hostages remained, how many militants were in the mosque and what sort of preparations they had made. At the time of the event, Crown Prince Fahd was in Tunisia for a meeting of the Arab Summit and then commander of National Guard Prince Abdullah was in Morocco for an official visit. Therefore, King Khalid assigned the responsibility to Prince Sultan, then Minister of Defense and Prince Nayef, then Minister of Interior, to deal with the incident. Siege Soon after the seizure, about a hundred security officers of the Ministry of Interior attempted to retake the mosque, and were decisively turned back with heavy casualties. The survivors were quickly joined by units of the Saudi Arabian Army and Saudi Arabian National Guard. By the evening, the entire city of Mecca had been evacuated. Prince Sultan appointed Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, then head of the Al Mukhabaraat Al ‘Aammah (Saudi Intelligence), to take over the forward command post several hundred meters from the mosque, where Prince Turki would remain for the next several weeks. However, the first order of business was to seek the approval of the ulema, which was led by Abdul Aziz bin Baz. Islam forbids any violence within the Grand Mosque, to the extent that plants cannot be uprooted without explicit religious sanction. Bin Baaz found himself in a delicate situation, especially as he had previously taught al-Otaybi in Medina. Regardless, the ulema issued a fatwa allowing deadly force to be used in retaking the mosque. With religious approval granted, Saudi forces launched frontal assaults on three of the main gates. The assaulting force was repulsed, and never even got close to breaking through the insurgents’ defences. Snipers continued to pick off soldiers who showed themselves. The mosque’s public address system was used to broadcast the insurgents’ message throughout the streets of Mecca. An elite Pakistani unit called “Rahbar” was rushed to Mecca, under command of General Pervez Musharraf (then a Major) from Pakistan on Saudi Government’s request. Masjid al Haram under attack In the middle of the day, Saudi troops abseiled from helicopters directly into the central courtyard of the mosque. The Saudi soldiers were picked off by insurgents holding superior positions. After failure of this exercise, Pakistani commandos split/showered water all over the Grand Masjid floors even in minarets. This situation was very surprising for the insurgents who did not know what was going to happen next. On having water all over the floors of the Grand Masjid, Pakistani Army Commandos released electric current in the water and insurgents suspended their activities and start changing their positions to save themselves from the electric shocks. During this time Pakistani Army Commandos were dropped by helicopters into the Grand Masjid in different locations and they easily captured many of the insurgents alive. Officially, the Saudi government took the position of not aggressively taking the mosque, but rather to starve the militants. Nevertheless, several unsuccessful assaults were undertaken, at least one of them through the underground tunnels in and around the mosque. By 27 November, most of the mosque had been retaken by the Saudi National Guard and the Army, though they suffered heavy casualties in the assault. In the catacombs under the mosque, however, several militants continued to resist and tear gas was used to force them out. Several of the top militants escaped the siege and days later sporadic fighting erupted in other parts of the city as authorities tried to capture them. The battle had lasted for more than two weeks, and had officially left “255 pilgrims, troops and fanatics” killed and “another 560 injured … although diplomats suggested the toll was higher.” Military casualties were 127 dead and 451 injured. Aftermath The rebels’ leader, Juhayman, was captured, and he and 67 of his fellow rebels – “all the surviving males” – were tried secretly, convicted and publicly beheaded in the squares of four Saudi cities. The executions were decreed by King Khalid after the edict issued by ulema. This sad incident in modern Islamic history goes to show what extremes people can go to in the name of religion. No matter how noble the cause or intention, we mustn’t allow ourselves to fall into extremism. If we do not follow the correct guidance and we follow our whims and desires, we may end up being misguided by Shaytan along the path of destruction. May Allah guide us all and save us from all forms of extremism. Ameen. Source: http://ilmfeed.com/kaba-held-hostage/ Here is a 20-minute clip on the siege and its ending. The Arabic commentary is accompanied by an English translation of it. Interested readers can click on the image below to be directed to an additional resource on this issue that may be availed of.
  5. 4Every Muslim is proud to announce a new course Uloom Al-Hadith with Shaykh Dr. Mateen Khan In a day and age where the word hadith is on every Muslim’s tongue, it’s imperative to learn its definition and the science behind it. 4Every Muslim proudly presents our new course: Uloom al-Hadith taught by Shaykh Dr. Mateen Khan. After this course, you will understand the role of Hadith in Islam and its ‘behind-the-scenes’ usage in fiqh. Topics Covered: * Why do we need Hadith when we have the Qur’an? * Definitions of the terminology and types of hadiths. * The need for a principled approach (Usool al-Hadith). * How exactly did the hadiths get collected and passed down to us? * What makes a hadith Saheeh or Da`eef? * Biographies of Famous Hadith Scholars (male and female). Who is this for? This course is suitable for students, scholars or anyone who wishes to have a more detailed understanding of the Sciences of Hadith. Gain insight into the effort put behind these sciences and an appreciation of the Hadith and its scholars in ways you didn’t know existed. How long is the course? The duration of this course will be a total of 15 classes which will be about 40 minutes each. Each class will be released twice a week and will be accessible 24/7. Who’s teaching it? The introductory lesson will be taught by Shaykh Ibrahim Madani and the rest of the course will be taught by Shaykh Dr. Mateen Khan. Shaykh Dr. Mateen Khan was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He completed his medical degree from Temple University Medical School, and specialized in Emergency Medicine. As he began practicing as an Emergency Medicine physician, Shaykh Dr. Mateen simultaneously enrolled in the prestigious seminary program at Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo, where he spent six years intensively studying core disciplines of the traditional Islamic sciences, such as Arabic, Quranic Exegesis (tafsir), Prophetic Traditions (hadith), Jurisprudence (fiqh), and other related subjects. As the new branch of the seminary opened in Chatham, Ontario by the name of Darul Uloom Canada, he relocated to it and completed his graduation there, gaining ijazas or authorizations to teach the various subjects, most notably, the six most authentic books of hadith, namely, Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Sunan an-Nasai, Sunan ibn Majah and Sunan Abu Dawud. His teachers include Shaykh al-Hadith Abdul Moiz, Shaykh Mansoor Memon Madani, Mufti Husain Ahmed, Shaykh Asim Ahmed and 4Every Muslim’s very own Shaykh Ibrahim Madani How much is it? $30 Registration fee When does it start? January, 2016 Where do I register? 4everymuslim.com
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    Why Islam is prohibited Haram food?

    Here's a video on this. It just blows me away.
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    Seerah of The Prophet (SAW)

    Here is a link that'll lead you to a free PDF on the life of the Prophet (PBUH): Muhammad Rasulullah: The Apostle of Mercy by Shaikh Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (RA)
  8. In my opinion, I think this article is a comprehensive and precise response to the issue of homosexuality. I just wanted to share it with everyone. Check it out by clicking on Debating Homosexuality.
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    Does Higher Education Make People Less Religious?

    As a professor I can attest to the fact that secular higher education has the potential to make people less religious. Professors are teachers. The education they impart is based on their perceptions. These perceptions are a product of the professor’s education and experience and cannot be assumed to be based on fact. Based on experience, I have seen that most secular professors do not have an Islamic background that would contribute to their being able to develop a contextual perception of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the teacher of the Ummah. His (PBUH) perceptions are based on Divine guidance from Allah. Part of this guidance advises us of the limits of our intellect and ability to comprehend matters. For example, there are certain questions regarding aq ‘aid (beliefs) that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave explicit instructions to avoid the speculation of. Please watch the following video for an illustration of this. Please visit the following links for articles and videos that present intellectual discussions on various topics on Islam that have been authored by Islamic scholars of the classical tradition. http://www.ilmgate.org/ http://deoband.wpengine.com/ http://www.zamzamacademy.com/view/view/articles/ http://darulmaarif.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/inkofscholars In addition to the above, the following link has a small sample of Islamic scholars who have not failed in their duty to make Islam something meaningful and worth considering. Click on their profiles. https://rayyaninstitute.com/instructors/ In need of duas.
  10. The 4 volume work Saviors of Islamic Spirit by Shaikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (RA) is something you may want to check out. It's comprehensive for what it covers. In my opinion, you won't be disappointed. All 4 volumes can be downloaded for free at https://archive.org/details/SavioursOfIslamicSpiritByAbulHasanAliNadwiall4Volume.
  11. Assalamu alaikum, 4everymuslim.com is pleased to announce the launch of an online learning initiative. Taught by Shaykh Ibrahim Madani, a well-rounded Islamic research scholar of the classical tradition, Essentials of Islam is intended to give students a firm understanding of the basics of Islam. Registration is open to anyone who would like a better understanding of topics such as tafseer, fiqh, seerah, hadith, and aqeedah in an easily understandable and comprehensive manner. Check it out, inshaAllah, at 4everymuslim.com!