Leaders Lie, Civilians Die and Lessons of History Are Ignored


By Robert Fisk

We’ve got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don’t care any more – providing we don’t offend the Israelis. It’s not clear how many of the Gaza dead are civilians, but the response of the Bush administration, not to mention the pusillanimous reaction of Gordon Brown, reaffirm for Arabs what they have known for decades: however they struggle against their antagonists, the West will take Israel’s side. As usual, the bloodbath was the fault of the Arabs – who, as we all know, only understand force.

Ever since 1948, we’ve been hearing this balderdash from the Israelis just as Arab nationalists and then Arab Islamists have been peddling their own lies: that the Zionist “death wagon” will be overthrown, that all Jerusalem will be “liberated”. And always Mr Bush Snr or Mr Clinton or Mr Bush Jnr or Mr Blair or Mr Brown have called upon both sides to exercise “restraint” – as if the Palestinians and the Israelis both have F-18s and Merkava tanks and field artillery. Hamas’s home-made rockets have killed just 20 Israelis in eight years, but a day-long blitz by Israeli aircraft that kills almost 300 Palestinians is just par for the course.

The blood-splattering has its own routine. Yes, Hamas provoked Israel’s anger, just as Israel provoked Hamas’s anger, which was provoked by Israel, which was provoked by Hamas, which … See what I mean? Hamas fires rockets at Israel, Israel bombs Hamas, Hamas fires more rockets and Israel bombs again and … Got it? And we demand security for Israel – rightly – but overlook this massive and utterly disproportionate slaughter by Israel. It was Madeleine Albright who once said that Israel was “under siege” – as if Palestinian tanks were in the streets of Tel Aviv.

By last night, the exchange rate stood at 296 Palestinians dead for one dead Israeli. Back in 2006, it was 10 Lebanese dead for one Israeli dead. This weekend was the most inflationary exchange rate in a single day since – the 1973 Middle East War? The 1967 Six Day War? The 1956 Suez War? The 1948 Independence/Nakba War? It’s obscene, a gruesome game – which Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defence Minister, unconsciously admitted when he spoke this weekend to Fox TV. “Our intention is to totally change the rules of the game,” Barak said.

Exactly. Only the “rules” of the game don’t change. This is a further slippage on the Arab-Israeli exchanges, a percentage slide more awesome than Wall Street’s crashing shares, though of not much interest in the US which – let us remember – made the F-18s and the Hellfire missiles which the Bush administration pleads with Israel to use sparingly.

Quite a lot of the dead this weekend appear to have been Hamas members, but what is it supposed to solve? Is Hamas going to say: “Wow, this blitz is awesome – we’d better recognise the state of Israel, fall in line with the Palestinian Authority, lay down our weapons and pray we are taken prisoner and locked up indefinitely and support a new American ‘peace process’ in the Middle East!” Is that what the Israelis and the Americans and Gordon Brown think Hamas is going to do?

Yes, let’s remember Hamas’s cynicism, the cynicism of all armed Islamist groups. Their need for Muslim martyrs is as crucial to them as Israel’s need to create them. The lesson Israel thinks it is teaching – come to heel or we will crush you – is not the lesson Hamas is learning. Hamas needs violence to emphasise the oppression of the Palestinians – and relies on Israel to provide it. A few rockets into Israel and Israel obliges.

Not a whimper from Tony Blair, the peace envoy to the Middle East who’s never been to Gaza in his current incarnation. Not a bloody word.

We hear the usual Israeli line. General Yaakov Amidror, the former head of the Israeli army’s “research and assessment division” announced that “no country in the world would allow its citizens to be made the target of rocket attacks without taking vigorous steps to defend them”. Quite so. But when the IRA were firing mortars over the border into Northern Ireland, when their guerrillas were crossing from the Republic to attack police stations and Protestants, did Britain unleash the RAF on the Irish Republic? Did the RAF bomb churches and tankers and police stations and zap 300 civilians to teach the Irish a lesson? No, it did not. Because the world would have seen it as criminal behaviour. We didn’t want to lower ourselves to the IRA’s level.

Yes, Israel deserves security. But these bloodbaths will not bring it. Not since 1948 have air raids protected Israel. Israel has bombed Lebanon thousands of times since 1975 and not one has eliminated “terrorism”. So what was the reaction last night? The Israelis threaten ground attacks. Hamas waits for another battle. Our Western politicians crouch in their funk holes. And somewhere to the east – in a cave? a basement? on a mountainside? – a well-known man in a turban smiles.—Dawn/The Independent News Service

Source: Dawn News

27th August 2 Moons : Myths Vs Facts


Myth : On 27th of August this year there will be two Moons in the sky at night.

Fact: This is NOT TRUE.

The Myth seems to have generated due to a HUGE misunderstanding about an astronomical event that occurred in 2003. Planet Mars came very close to Earth and was visible with the naked eye as a bright star and in the telescope when magnified looked as big as the Moon. As reported in Sky and Telescope:

August 27th” is actually August 27, 2003. Mars did make a historically close pass by Earth at that time, and when magnified 75 times in a telescope, it looked (IN THE TELESCOPE) the size the Moon looks to the unaided eye.”

Some people obviously misunderstood this and thought that Mars will be as big as the moon and thus there will be two moons in the sky! Mars no matter how close it comes to Earth can NEVER EVER appear like the moon. Since the year 2003 the emails and smses have been circulation to view the historical astronomical event of two moons in the sky!

So Please make it very clear that there will NOT be two moons in the sky on 27th August this year or any other year. Mars does pass very close to Earth in thousands of years but no matter what, it can never be as big as the Moon in the sky!

Myth:The last sign of Qayamat (Day of Judegement) is that there will be two moons in the sky and BBC has predicted that on 27th Aug,07 there will be two moons in the sky and this is time when Imam Mehdi will arrive. It is in the Quran that after this last sign, the repentance will not be accepted.

Fact: THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL

The last sign of Qayamat (Day of Judgement) is NOT 2 Moons. There never is any such sign. No 2 Moon sign has been mentioned in the Quran or the hadith.

As I mentioned in the previous point, the Two Moon myth came into existence in the year 2003 due to a huge misunderstanding regarding a historical close pass of Mars from Earth.

The real last sign of the Day of Judegement is that Sun will rise from west on Earth which is mentioned in the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (saw)

I hope this clears up the huge confusion regarding the Two Moons on 27th August. Please stop forwarding this hoax if you receive it in your email or sms. It is a sin to spread news and rumors without verifying it first! Start spreading the truth about the hoax now.

My Previous Posts Regarding this same topic:

27th August Two Moons: last sign of Qayamat Hoax

Mars As Big As The Moon – Two Moons on 27th August?

Sun Rise From west on Mars

Afia Siddiqui : Her picture speaks a thousand words…


Afia Siddiqui Now

Afia Siddiqui Now

Look closely at the two pictures above. Is the picture below really of the same woman? This picture is haunting me, it is telling me stories about the pain and suffering and the torture this Muslim Woman – My Sister in Islam has been through in the past five years of her life.

Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani who graduated from MIT. In 2003, while on her way in a taxi with her three young sons, she disappeared never to be heard of again until recently when she was found in US Custody and the US claimed that they arrested her on 17th July in Afghanistan.[7]

Her Crime :

Aafia Siddiqui allegedly yelled “allahu akbar” and grabbed a soldier’s rifle and fired two shots before she was shot herself in the July 18 incident.Despite being shot, Siddiqui struggled with the officers when they tried to subdue her; she struck and kicked them while shouting in English that she wanted to kill Americans[7]

For her crime she was presented before the court in New York on the 5th of August and her trial is underway in USA.

She is thought to be the ghost lady, the only woman prisoner No. 650 imprisoned in Afghanistan.[1][2] Reports tell of the horrendous trials she went through there screaming and crying all night long.[3] Reports suggest that she was severly tortured, one of her kidneys was removed, her teeth were removed, her nose was broken and improperly set and her recent gun shot wound was oozing blood constantly.[4] He picture testifies to this harsh reality which the US is trying to hide, stating that she was in hiding since the past five years.

Knowing the history of Abuse of the prisoners of Abu Gharib by the Americans, i don’t even want to imagine what she must have gone through there being a woman. It was reported that she was constantly raped and abused, forced to use mens toilets and forced to eat non halal food.

Shame on me. Sleeping comfortably in my home eating and having fun. Living a comfortable life while my Muslim sister is being raped and tortured by the American dogs! Shame on all our leaders and all the Muslims. When will we wake up from our slumber. All our time and efforts are for what? Earning wealth, living luxuriously. Eating, drinking and partying.

There is nothing else in the life of our Muslim youth but”chilling out and having fun” and trying to BE AMERICAN! wanting their way of life, dressing up like they dress up, watching movies they make, doing things they do! When will we open our eyes and realize their deception that they are our enemies! WHEN? When it happens to us personally or to our very own mothers and sisters and daughters?

Look at the picture again. Her story is not to be read, to just feel pity and to be eventually forgotten. It has given me a lot to think about. The deception of the west and their full efforts to make us despise our own religion – to make us into “moderate” Muslims – Just Muslims by name and not in deed and actions. Their fake cries of liberation of women when they can not even respect women. Their glossed up lifestyle and cries of freedeom of expression when they can not even let us practice and preach our own faith.

Look at her picture? It gives a lot to think about and a lot to do. What does it give you?

[1]Yvonne Ridle on the Grey Lady of Bagram

[2]Pakistani Woman in Afghan Prison

[3] Jang : Kia Woh Afia Siddiqui Hai? By Irfan Siddiqui

[4]Afia Siddiqui – Wikipedia Article

[5] Afia Siddiqui Appears in Court- BBC News

[6]Say Allah Willing (Inshallah) then you are a terrorist! by Adnan Siddiqui

[7]US claim that they arrested her on 17th July in Afghanistan

For All the recent updates on Dr. Afia’s Case visit Teeth Maestro

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Dr. Israr Ahmed’s QTV Statement


Dr. Israr Ahmed’s QTV Statement regarding the hadith about Ali Radiallahu Anhuma:

QTV Statement Audio File

There was a lecture of Dr. Israr Ahmed on QTV Channel on 12th June,08 in which he was giving the Explanation of Surah Nisa Verse 43 : O ye who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged, until ye can understand all that ye say…”

Dr. Israr quoted the reason of revelation of this verse, which one sect of Muslims found offensive to their beliefs.

According to Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Tafsir Ibn Jarir and hadiths mentioned in Sunan Abi Dawood and Jama Tirmizi which have been classified as Sahih by Sheikh Nasir Uddin Albani and also mentioned by Mufti Muhammad Shafi : Some companions along with Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) were gathered together and had a few drinks and this was before the prohibition of alcohol. Then time for prayer came and Ali (ra) was asked to lead the prayers in which due to intoxication he made a mistake. Then the above mentioned verse of Surah Nisa was revealed.

SOME FACTS FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE:

Drinking was common before the final order of its Prohibition came:

Before the complete Prohibition of alcohol, the companions of Prophet Muhammad used to drink alcohol and there is nothing to be ashamed about or upset about this fact. Allah’s orders came gradually, first telling the fact that Alcohol has some good in it but it has more harm in it. It was only this second order which forbade the Muslims from being drunk in the state of prayer and the final order came later which completely banned alcoholic drinks. When the final order came, some companions were at that moment drinking but on hearing the order totally threw away their drinks. Then some people started having doubts about the Muslims who were killed before the final prohibition, so Allah revealed the verse that there is no sin on them for what they had in the past before the prohibition order and this has been mentioned in Bukhari

Bukhari : Volume 3, Book 43, Number 644:

Narrated Anas:

I was the butler of the people in the house of Abu Talha, and in those days drinks were prepared from dates. Allah’s Apostle ordered somebody to announce that alcoholic drinks had been prohibited. Abu Talha ordered me to go out and spill the wine. I went out and spilled it, and it flowed in the streets of Medina. Some people said, “Some people were killed and wine was still in their stomachs.” On that the Divine revelation came:- “On those who believe And do good deeds There is no blame For what they ate (in the past).” (Quran 5: 93)

Ali Radiallahu Anhum was a human being and it is human to err

Why is it hard to accept that all Arabs used to drink before Alcohol was prohibited and if Ali (ra) had alcohol so did many other companions and there is no sin on them at all for doing something which was allowed at that time. Also Ali (ra) was a human and it is human to err or make a mistake in recitation of Quran. If it is your belief that he was a super human or an angel who never made any mistakes, then keep your beliefs to your own self. No need to impose your beliefs on others and make others do Explantion of Quran according to your own wishes and desires.

Stop Abusing Dr. Israr Ahmed: It is a sin to abuse and revile other Muslims

After this incident, the disgruntled people started abusing Dr. Israr and writing abuse on the walls of Karachi, making online hate groups against Dr. Israr and insulting him on forums and websites. For those people abusing Dr. Israr and using bad language against him… my response:

Is this what your Imam Ali (ra) taught you, to use abusive and obscene language against others??? You claim to be following the true Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.. Is it the way of Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alayhe Wasallam to use filthy langugae against other humans?

Abdullah b. Amr b. al-As is reported to have said: Verily a person asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) who amongst the Muslims was better. Upon this (the Holy Prophet) remarked: From whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe. Book 001, Number 0064: MUSLIM

Narrated Abu Huraira: that he heard the Prophet saying, “O Allah! If I should ever abuse a believer, please let that be a means of bringing him near to You on the Day of Resurrection.” Bukhari Volume 8, Book 75, Number 372:

Abusing others is an act of Jahalat

Narrated Al-Ma’rur:At Ar-Rabadha I met Abu Dhar who was wearing a cloak, and his slave, too, was wearing a similar one. I asked about the reason for it. He replied, “I abused a person by calling his mother with bad names.” The Prophet said to me, ‘O Abu Dhar! Did you abuse him by calling his mother with bad names You still have some characteristics of ignorance. Volume 1, Book 2, Number 29: Bukhari

Sayings of Ali Radiallahu Anhum regarding the tongue and abusing others

“A man is hid under his tongue.”

“Do not speak in a state of ignorance.”

“That knowledge is superficial which is merely on the tongue. That knowledge is real which demonstrates itself in your practice.” Source (Witness Pioneer)

Hazrat Ali said: “I consider it highly undesirable to abuse and revile others….” [Nehjulbalagha, islamic seminary publications, sermon 211]

Allah has forbidden the Muslims to even abuse and revile the non-Muslims (Kafirs and Mushriks)… let alone Muslims! So how can you abuse other Muslims and Companions of Prophet Muhammad and Muslim Scholars??

It seems like your religion is good for nothing but abusing, cursing, reviling and insulting other Muslims, starting from the best of the companions of Prophet Muhammad saw, his honorable wives the mothers of the believers, sunni muslims, wahabis, salafis, Muslim Imams, scholars, preachers you name it! Arent all these people Muslims who have read the Kalima

Narrated Abu Said:

The Prophet said, “Do not abuse my companions for if any one of you spent gold equal to Uhud (in Allah’s Cause) it would not be equal to a Mud or even a half Mud spent by one of them.” Bukhari Volume 5, Book 57, Number 22:

How can you abuse and curse left right and centre when Allah has prohibited the Muslims from even cursing or abusing non muslims, the mushriks, Christians and pagans?!!

Quran (6:108 )
” Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah…”

Update :(After reading my post I am sure you would be dying to curse and abuse me, as well as abusing Dr. Israr more, but please keep your dirty language insults and accusations off my blog)

What kind of Pakistanis are we?!


The last few days have seen Pakistan turn into a war zone, a battle field with rioting, firing, torching, killing, ransacking, looting and every other crime you can think of!

I am shocked, sad, angry and depressed all at the same time. What are our countrymen upto?! The assassination was not as bad as its aftereffects which are still continuing after two days of the tragic event.

Most of the people were stuck in traffic amongst all the mayhem and the chaos in a state of fear and panic unable to reach home. One of my khaloo was stuck in traffic near gulistan e johar. He then left on foot and walked for more than two hours to reach my mamoos apartment nearby. He described the entire scene to be right from a movie, with cars burning in a line, women and children screaming and crying, smoke everywhere.My mamoo reached home from office by 11:30 and my fiance had to return back to his office  after being stuck for hours in the traffic jam at Balauch colony bridge.A distant relative was at Alladin water park with her children when the miscreants took over their car, threw them out and torched the car! A bride was unable to reach home from the salon and had to take refuge at a relative’s house on her wedding day! The food was sent to the hotel where it went stale and the entire wedding function was disrupted.

More than 200 Banks have been torched, shops vandalized, ATM machines broken and money stolen, factories set on fire, trains set on fire, public buses and cars torche, more than 30 people have lost their lives in the aftermath of the assassination.

It’s like all hell has broken loose! What is wrong with people! What kind of humans are they! What kind of Pakistanis are they?!! destroying and looting their own country? plundering and looting anything they possibly can!

Were they all PPP workers, venting their anger? I think not. Our’s is a land of “opportunity” and whoever gets the opportunity or a chance to loot, steal, plunder would do so, be it a political leader, a sweeper a shopkeeper, a maid or anybody you can think of. Everybody wants to make money, by hook or by crook. In this state of chaos, these miscreants found an opportunity to make money, so they looted the banks, the jewelley stores, shops and factories.

But what i fail to understand is the destruction mentality! Why are they destryoing the very buses and trains they themselves use! the very petrol statations they get fuel from! the streets and shops of their very own city.!! This is madness! this is insanity! this shows how corrupt we are  as a nation. How can such a nation with such civilians prosper?

May Allah have mercy on us Pakistanis. Ameen.

Benazir Bhutto Assasinated


RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Dec 27 (Reuters) Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in Rawalpindi. Dawn News

Assassination of Benazir Bhutto is definitely a great blow to any hope for any kind of peace and stability in Pakistan. Killing, murdering and suicide attacks are heinous crimes no matter who the victim, be it innocent civilians or political leaders.

Majority of the people, non-muslims as well as enlightened Muslims are under the impression that practicing Muslims will be happy with such a thing or that they promote or support such terrorist activities. Already accusations are being hurled that it was done by some Islamist Jihadist etc etc…

Who ever the assassin, I just want to present Quranic Ayats and saying of Prophet Muhammad (saw) so you can see for your self what Islam has to say about murdering.

“…if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder(Qisas), or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.”(Quran 5:32)

The Prophet said, “The biggest of Al-Kaba’ir (the great sins) are (1) to join others as partners in worship with Allah, (2) to murder a human being, (3) to be undutiful to one’s parents (4) and to make a false statement,” or said, “to give a false witness.”(Bukhari 83 : Hadith 10)

The Prophet said, “No human being is killed unjustly, but a part of responsibility for the crime is laid on the first son of Adam who invented the tradition of killing (murdering) on the earth. (It is said that he was Qabil).(Bukhari 83:6)

Allah’s Apostles said, “When a slave (of Allah) commits illegal sexual intercourse, he is not a believer at the time of committing it; and if he steals, he is not a believer at the time of stealing; and if he drinks an alcoholic drink, when he is not a believer at the time of drinking it; and he is not a believer when he commits a murder,” ‘Ikrima said: I asked Ibn Abbas, “How is faith taken away from him?” He said, Like this,” by clasping his hands and then separating them, and added, “But if he repents, faith returns to him like this, by clasping his hands again.(Bukhari 82:800)

The last hadith makes it very very clear that suicide bombing can never ever be accepted in Islam.

When the bomber is exploding the bomb, at that moment he is killing other human beings and according to the hadith the faith is taken away from him. If at this time he is killed himself.. how can he ever enter paradise or be considered a martyr or a jihadi when he died without faith!!??

May Allah forgive her, may Allah have mercy on all of us and on our country Pakistan.Ameen

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Update: Benazir died from gunshots, not suicide bombing! Benazir Bhutoo was in her car returning back, when she suddenly came out of the sun roof of her car to wave to the crowd, there were three gun shots and she was hit, she fell down and then the bomb exploded. This description was given by John Moore, a photographer who was just 20 yards away from Benazir and taking her pics. See his photographs right before and after her assassination here

The assassin must have been an expert hit man to have shot her straight in the head and neck.

Update: For updated news regarding the current situation and mobile pics taken just before the assasination showing the assassin, please visit this blog Teeth Maestro

“Bloody” return of Benazir Bhutto


The celebrations of the return of Benazir Bhutto (BB) turned into a Blood Bath (BB)  at the end of the day. Two bombs exploded near the special truck carrying her which resulted in many innocent and  poor people dying and getting injured.

To be honest, this blood shed did not come as a suprise to me. A big rally or  an event in Karachi without blood shed has sadly become impossible. No matter who it is who is coming or visiting, it is always the poor and the innocents who suffer the most and life in Karachi comes to a standstill.

All i can say to all the political leaders, politicians etc..

we are better off without you and your rallies , your protests or your celebrations. You bring nothing but suffering, deaths and bloodshed to my city. You bring the life of the common  man to a standstill, you keep the children and the youth of this city from going to schools and colleges, you keep the people going to offices and to their jobs… all coz of your own selfish interests. You bring the business to a halt in my city and cause huge financial losses..you  you disrupt the traffic and the routine.. you destroy my city and we don’t need you, we don’t want you, Karachi is better off without you

I pray to Allah to save us from evil corrupt and selfish leaders and politicians and to save us from the terrorists. Oh Allah give us naik, loyal, truthful and sincere leaders. Oh Allah have mercy on the innocent people who died today and give them a place in Jannah.

Praying aboard a Space Shuttle


There is no excuse for missing the 5 daily prayers…not even in Space… read this wonderful article about a Muslim Astronaut and how he will be offering his prayers and celebrating Eid in Space.

an MacKinnon, south-east Asia correspondent
Wednesday October 10, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor during the pre-launch dressing at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor during the pre-launch dressing at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

The average astronaut has plenty to keep him busy. But when the first Malaysian man in space blasts off today from Kazakhstan, the Muslim doctor will have whole new layer of concerns dictated by the Koran.For instance, how will Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, 35, pray towards Mecca when orbiting the earth at 17,000mph? In the closing days of the Muslim month of Ramadan, how will he observe the fast between sunrise and sunset?

Luckily, Malaysia’s Islamic scholars spent a whole year finding solutions to these and other ticklish problems as Mr Muszaphar prepared for his nine-day trip to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.He is not the first Muslim in space. That distinction went to Prince Sultan bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who in 1985 flew on the US shuttle Discovery. Then last year, Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian American, became a space tourist. However, they were both left to decide for themselves how to meet their religious obligations.

Although Muslim Malaysians believe that Islamic rites should be rigorously observed at all times, the doctor and part-time model, chosen from 10,000 applicants, has been given a certain latitude during the flight.

The Islamic scholars’ rulings so fascinated Malaysians – bursting with pride over the mission in the country’s fiftieth year of independence – that newspapers published supplements detailing their edicts.

The astronaut will take the Baikonur launch point as his reference for his five-times daily prayers, ordinarily dictated by sunset and sunrise. Otherwise, with 16 orbits each day, a devout Muslim would be obliged to pray 80 times every 24 hours.

Holding the appropriate prayer position could prove difficult in zero gravity. But the scholars said that this – and praying towards Mecca – need only be performed “according to the capability of the astronaut”.

Ritual ablutions were also an issue due to the shortage of water, but Mr Muszaphar will use a wet towel to achieve the desired effect.

He was given permission to save his Ramadan fasting for his return home, though he said he wished to try. With Eid and the end of the holy month falling in Malaysia on Saturday, a few days into the mission, he has taken special celebratory food to share with his crewmates, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenk and American Peggy Whitson.

“Being a Muslim going to space is a big responsibility for me, not only before the Malaysian people but all Muslims,” he said. “To be close to God’s creation, I will feel more spiritual and I do hope to come back and share all my feelings with other Muslims all over the world.”

Article Source

Ramadan Programs – By Huma Najam


Istaqbaal-e-Ramadan (Welcoming Ramadan)

Venu: Creek Club Hall, Creek Club, Phase VIII, D.H.A, Karachi, Pakistan

( Near Marina Club, Carlton Hotel, Area 51)

Date: 5th September,07

Time: 4:45 – 7:00

For Ladies only

Ramadan Dora e Quran (Explanation of the whole Qur’an in Ramadan)

Venu: The FTC Auditorium, Shahrah e Faisal, Karachi, Pakistan

Starting 1st Ramadan till 27th Ramadan

Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

For Ladies Only.

Huma Najam has extensively studied Quran under Dr. Israr Ahmed and Dr.Farhat Hashmi. She is an eloquent speaker and her beautiful mannerism and style has swayed the hearts of many people. He urdu is beautiful, refined and sweet and i totally love listening to her.

The first time i heard her was quite a few years ago and i was struck.. she was explaining Surah Kahaf and i fell in love with her as well as the Surah.

Since her programs are only for ladies.. would highly recommend the gents to bring their mothers, wives, sisters and all their female relatives to the lectures.

Her Seeratun Nabi Series.. is available online to download here if you want to hear her out.

27th August – 2 Moon Hoax


Why is it that when some information falls into hands of Muslims it gets twisted and turned and mixed and exaggerated and then propagated as facts without any basis or truth or verification..

The 2 Moon phenomenon which is suppose to happen tomorrow night, which i exposed here – that it was nothing but a huge misunderstanding and twisting of facts has taken a new turn as it was fwed from Muslim to Muslims and i was recently asked to verify the following event.

The last sign of Qayamat (Day of Judegement) is that there will be two moons in the sky and BBC has predicted that on 27th Aug,07 there will be two moons in the sky and this is time when Imam Mehdi will arrive. It is in the Quran that after this last sign, the repentance will not be accepted.

Sadly great “Lies” have been attributed to Allah. The last sign of Qayamat is NOT 2 Moons. There never is any such sign. This “sign” has just recently been concocted to sensationalize the event which will never happen.. just to scare people.The real last sign of the Day of Judegement is that Sun will rise from west on Earth, which, believe it or has another hoax attached to it.

It seems that this 2 Moon hoax got mixed up with this last sign of qayamat hoax which i wrote about here which said that sun will rise from west on mars and therefore sun will rise from west on earth too. So people twisted the phenomenon of retrograde to prove this hadith.

It is shameful that we muslims twist FACTS of Science to prove something..

This also sadly shows the ignorance of Muslims that what ever is propagated is readily accepted by them as facts and as their religion and then propagated futher! How pathetic and how shameful.

The ignorant Muslims are applying the same strategy to their Ibadaat and blindly following each other, without any verification or own research. Some good examples of this is the celebration of Milad un Nabi, celebration of ShabeBaraat, celebration of ShabeMairaj etc. All these are bidaat and have no authenticiy.. just like this Moon Hoax.

We should all make dua to Allah to show us the Truth as Truth. This one of my favourite duas..

Dua 1 for seeing truth

19th Aug,08:UPDATE TO CLEAR UP CONFUSION

Myth : On 27th of August this year there will be two Moons in the sky at night.

Fact: This is NOT TRUE.

The Myth seems to have generated due to a HUGE misunderstanding about an astronomical event that occurred in 2003. Planet Mars came very close to Earth and was visible with the naked eye as a bright star and in the telescope when magnified looked as big as the Moon. As reported in Sky and Telescope:

August 27th” is actually August 27, 2003. Mars did make a historically close pass by Earth at that time, and when magnified 75 times in a telescope, it looked (IN THE TELESCOPE) the size the Moon looks to the unaided eye.”

Some people obviously misunderstood this and thought that Mars will be as big as the moon and thus there will be two moons in the sky! Mars no matter how close it comes to Earth can NEVER EVER appear like the moon. Since the year 2003 the emails and smses have been circulation to view the historical astronomical event of two moons in the sky!

So Please make it very clear that there will NOT be two moons in the sky on 27th August this year or any other year. Mars does pass very close to Earth in thousands of years but no matter what, it can never be as big as the Moon in the sky!

Myth:The last sign of Qayamat (Day of Judegement) is that there will be two moons in the sky and BBC has predicted that on 27th Aug,07 there will be two moons in the sky and this is time when Imam Mehdi will arrive. It is in the Quran that after this last sign, the repentance will not be accepted.

Fact: THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL

The last sign of Qayamat (Day of Judgement) is NOT 2 Moons. There never is any such sign. No 2 Moon sign has been mentioned in the Quran or the hadith.

As I mentioned in the previous point, the Two Moon myth came into existence in the year 2003 due to a huge misunderstanding regarding a historical close pass of Mars from Earth.

The real last sign of the Day of Judegement is that Sun will rise from west on Earth which is mentioned in the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (saw)

I hope this clears up the huge confusion regarding the Two Moons on 27th August. Please stop forwarding this hoax if you receive it in your email or sms. It is a sin to spread news and rumors  without verifying it first!  Start spreading the truth about the hoax now.

27th August 2 Moon Hoax /Mars As Big As Moon Hoax!


From Sky And Telescope.com

Its August again and the mars hoax is back…

Emails and smses start circulating as soon as August arrives that mars will be closest to earth in August and will look like as big as the moon!

This can come true if Qayamat (day of judegement) arrives, but under the normal circumstances… this is impossible.

Because of the elliptic oribit of mars and earth.. there are times when the distance between earth and mars is as short as possible.. however..it still looks like a very very bright orangish star but never like the moon.

The Hoax appears to have started in August 2003 when Mars came at a very close distance to Earth but then the facts got twisted, event was sensationalized and now it keeps re-occuring every August.

As reported in Sky and Telescope

“August 27th” is actually August 27, 2003. Mars did make a historically close pass by Earth at that time, and when magnified 75 times in a telescope, it looked (in the telescope) the size the Moon looks to the unaided eye.”

“In late August 2003 Mars came within 35 million miles of Earth, and in late October and early November 2005 it came within 43 million miles. Mars’s next opposition will come in December 2007, when it will be farther still, 55 million miles from Earth. For reference, the Moon orbits the Earth at an average distance of about 240,000 miles, and the average Earth–Sun distance is about 93 million miles.

Last year i received emails and smses to look out for mars-moon.. and this year too. Seems the hoax will just never stop!

Reference: Sky And Telescope: Mars Hoax Returns

FarhatHashmi.com Launched


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Al Huda International’s brand new website www.farhathashmi.com was launched last week. It will run parallel to the old website www.alhudapk.com

Most people are not familiar with the name of Al Huda, however Farhat Hashmi has become a house hold name in Pakistan as well as internationally.

On this website you will find her Explanation of the Quran and explanation of Shahih Bukhari, hadiths as well lectures on many different topics. Explanation of the Quran in English by Amina Elahi is also available online. Some lectures and tafsir by her husband Dr. Idress Zubair is also avaiable as well as his Qirat.

Loads and loads of other treasures are also available to correct your aqaid and strengthen your emaan.

Here i would like to take an opportunity to clarify some misconceptions about Dr. Farhat Hashmi. When i mentioned her in my previos post here, i received some nasty comments about her.

“She is dangerous because of her extremist views. she wants to make muslims barbaric and backwards by liiterally calling for muslims to be like they were in the 7th century literally.she also support beating women, ENFORCEMENT of body hijab, not just the head covering.”

Firstly, Im sure that the person who wrote this comment, being a Male has never ever ventured inside an Al Huda Campus. So how in the world can he make such blatant statements about her!?? This is nothing but slander!

The first time i went to an Al Huda Campus was around 4 to 5 years back. In fact my mother zabardasti took me there coz she had to buy some books from there – i had no intention of going there and listening to a dars but had no other choice. At that time i didnt even wear a duppata on my head – let alone a hijab or a jilbab or any other head covering! No one stopped me from entering, not a single person told me to cover my head or wear a hijab or any such thing! If you are a student, you have to wear a scarf coz thats a UNIFORM of the institute! other people who visit were wearing what ever they wanted! There was NO enforcement of full body hijab. I even listened to Dr. Farhat Hashmi delivering a lecture a number of times and there was nothing extreme about what she was teaching.

Now if you don’t think a 4-5 year old story is applicable.. then i can tell you the current situation as well. I go 2 – 3 days every week to an Al Huda Campus. I wear the head covering ( Scarf) and i dont wear an abaya yet. i.e. “a full body hijab”. No one has ever forced me to wear a scarf or an abaya and no one says anything… so the allegation that she enforces hijab is totally wrong. The decision to wear the hijab (scarf) was totally mine and not due to Farhat hashmi or any other person.

She doesnt enforce hijab.. Allah Subhana Watala has! And when women read whats written in the Quran, they wear the hijab and jilbab happily and willingly. No body can ever force a women to make such drastic changes – the change comes from within after reading Allah’s words!

Another allegation about Dr. Farhat is that she is banned in Canada. For everybody information.. she is currently in Canada doing a Quran course and Alhamdulilah a building has also been purchased for a new Al Huda Campus there.

May Allah reward her for enlightening so many people’s lives with the teachings of Quran and Sunnah

Who were they ? Where did they go? By Dr. Shahid Masood


A must read article by Dr. Shahid Masood. What was hapenning behind the walls of Lal Masijd… how were the burqa wearing girls feeling while they were being bombed? Whether you are with or against the Lal Masjid, one thing is very very clear, the way the government treated them was horrific. Musharaff is now the tyrant of this age…forget saddam husain! Musharraf Vs The Chief Justice or Musharraf against the Lal Masjid, the innocent have to pay the biggest price.

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