Tuesday, January 29, 2013

‘Relate to us regarding earthquakes, O Mother of the believers!’

Anas ra narrated“I went into the presence of Aishah (RA) whilst someone else was seated with her. The person asked, ‘O Mother of the believers, relate to us regarding earthquakes (as to their cause)’ She turned her face away. I (Anas) asked her, ‘Relate to us regarding earthquakes, O Mother of the believers!’ She said, “O Anas, if I were to inform you thereof, you will live a sorrowful life and you will die in this state of grief and you will be raised on the Day of Judgement whilst this fear is in your heart.” I said, “O Mother, relate to me.” She then said, “When a woman removes her clothes in a house other than her husbands (an indication towards adultery), she tears the veil between her and Allah. When she applies perfume to please a male other than her husband, this will be a source of fire and a blemish for her. When the people then begin to commit adultery, consume alcohol and use musical instruments, Allah becomes enraged above the heavens and orders the Earth to shake them. If they repent and refrain, then it is good for them, otherwise Allah will cause it to fall upon them.” I asked, “Is this their punishment?” She said, “It is rather a mercy, means of blessings and admonishment for the believers, and a punishment, display of anger and torment for the unbelievers.” [Mustadrak al-Haakim (4/561) No. 8575 and Kitab Al-Fitan (2/619) No. 1729]

Monday, January 28, 2013

Explanation of The Three Fundamental Principles (Thalaathatul-Usool) #1 ...

Class #1 on Explanation of The Three Fundamental Principles (Thalaathatul-Usool) #1 - Shiekh Ahmad Musa Jibril

You can download the Arabic book at:

The book in english:
... http://ahmadjibril.com/articles/ENGLSIH3englishprinciples.pdf

Outline of the class:
Brief introduction:
-Knowledge is acquired slowly and surely.
-Ibn Shihab's statement on taking knowledge in a lump sum.
-Be patient if matters get difficult
-Alkhateeb Albaghdady narrates the story of the man who seen water dripping on a stone.
-Becoming a student of knowledge has its own procedure.
*3 level of studying from a teacher:
1) Samaa Mubashir - direct from a Shiekh/teacher.
2) Wasitah - through a mediator
3) Wijadah - through a book
-Studying through the internet is a level between the first and second, possibly closer or right under the first.
*Writing knowledge or taking notes is important. The salaf encouraged it
*Study of the Usool Thalatah beings.
The author starts with Bismallah Allah Alrahman Alraheem, called Basmallah:
1) The aspect of Taweed Al-uluhieh in mentioning Allah's name on anything.
2) The aspect of Taweed Ar-rububieh in mentioning Allah's name on anything.
3) The aspect of Taweed asamaa wassifat in mentioning Allah's name on anything.
4) Arabic grammatical rule: When you say Bismallah it automatically implies your saying - Bismallah I drink in that order.
-Arabic language eliminates the need to mention the act your saying basmalah for.
5) 2nd grammatical rule in Bismallah: Why is it (Bismallah I eat) in that order and not (I eat Bismallah)?
a) To bless your name by mentioning Allah's name prior to mentioning the act itself.
b) In Arabic saying (Bismallah I eat) rather than (I eat Bismallah) limits the action solely for the sake of Allah and no one else.
6) Proof that it's permissible to start your writings with Basmalah.
7) General barakah and virtues on saying Bismallah for everything good.

-Classes will not be broadcast on paltalk as was previously announced because of the lack of help and support in many areas.

Outline and status is posted by (Admin)


Friday, January 25, 2013

The War on Salaah 2 - The Arrogance of Tyrants

 BismIllaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Rahiim,

As-salaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatUllaahi wa barakaatuh,

My name is Abu Talhah Zakariyya Al-Amriikii (legally Zachary Chesser, and I am a prisoner in the American Inquisition being held in one of the two facilities known as Guantanamo North in Marion, Illinois in the United States. The other Guantanamo North facility is in Terre Haute, Indiana. Officially these two units are called Communications Management Units (CMUs). I am writing this to inform you all of the continuing war against the ability of Muslims to pray together in this place.

I am actually writing this article on the first morning after having my e-mail privileges returned to me following a four month period where the American government took it away. They took it from me, because they convicted me of a crime. I did not steal, nor did I assault anyone, nor did I engage in any sort of illicit activity. I spent one third of a year cut off from my wife, who lives overseas and is without a mailing address and whom I cannot afford to call very often, because I was caught praying in a group with my fellow brothers in Islaam. I previously detailed this and other events in an article I wrote on the eve of these sanctions which I called "The War on Salaah."

This was not my first time being severed from my family over this issue. No. I have been convicted of this crime before. In November, 2011, my e-mail was taken for a month when I was convicted. As soon as my sanctions ended I was placed in isolation and lost all communications except one fifteen minute phone call for a month and a half. According to the Case Manager in my unit, Milton Neumann, this was due to things I wrote to the United States Senate criticizing the American government for not allowing us to pray and for a few other things as well.

A few weeks after being released from isolation, I was convicted of being suspected of praying in a group, not even for actually praying in a group, and I was sanctioned for another month. I was also placed in isolation again for a few weeks over the exact same issue as before, when this happened.

In May, 2012, I was again placed in isolation over a question I was trying to get answered regarding certain religious issues. There was nothing violent about the questions, but the prison chose to interpret them as promoting violence, because they automatically assume that anything having to do with Islaam is inherently violent. When I threatened to go to the media and to the courts over this, they expedited my release.

When I was in isolation on this occasion, I began to write a piece detailing a simple twenty-four hour experience locked away. I wrote it in a bit of an artistic manner as opposed to a simple article. The piece detailed our struggle to do things like call the adhaan and pray together in isolation. When I was released from isolation, I began re-writing it as an e-mail to the outside. Shortly after beginning it, while it was still saved in my drafts folder, our Unit Manager, Steven Cardona, and our Case Manager, Milton Neumann, called me into their office and threatened to put me in isolation permanently on fake investigations if I sent the e-mail out. I agreed to delete the e-mail.

I was again caught praying in a group around this time, but instead of writing me an incident report and taking my e-mail, the prison moved me to the cell closest to the office of the guards.

Shortly after this, I was again convicted of being suspected of praying, but this time I lost e-mail for two months. After this, I only had it back for three weeks when they convicted me on this most recent incident when I lost it for four months.

In the midst of this latest sanction, I worked with a brother to craft a lawsuit against the ban on prayer in Guantanamo North. I had to wait a long time, because the prison makes you seek administrative remedies for about a year before you can file a lawsuit. They never answer these remedies, so it is simply a way of deterring lawsuits. In fact, when the American government created this policy, they openly claimed that it was to keep prisoners from using the courts.

Our suit sought relief under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the First and Fifth Amendments. The goal of the suit is to overturn the ban on congregational prayer in the unit, gain compensation for the oppression they subject us to in Guantanamo North, and to punish the people who are responsible for these actions. One of the people I am suing is the guard who, as mentioned in the previous article, threw a padlock at a wafer thin brother while he was sleeping. This brother is wafer thin, has one lung and is suffering from cancer. This guard is being sued, because he has issued incident reports for the prayer on two occasions.

I also hope to have the suit certified as a class action, but this is a bit difficult and I would need an attorney to do it (not that I cannot write the motion myself, but having an attorney is a prerequisite for filing a class action suit. A class action suit is one which applies to all people who fit a certain description, even if they themselves did not file the suit.

A similar suit was filed a few years ago by some brothers at Terre Haute's Guantanamo North facility. In their suit, they simply sought relief under the RFRA, which means that no damages could be awarded. The standard for the RFRA is fairly easy to meet, so this is why they used that instead of a constitutional argument. Eventually, every single plaintiff on this suit was dismissed, except for John Walker Lindh.

The suit was also denied class action, because the extremist Sufi government appointed imaam who believes in Wahdat ul-Wujuud (that everything is Allaah and Allaah is everything) and who supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria wrote a misleading declaration against them. Despite the fact that this man's beliefs and positions are considered extremely heretical by mainstream Muslims, the prison refuses to replace him and uses him to back up whatever position they want to take against the Muslims.

Our arguments are essentially the same, except that in our facility they have been more harsh on the prayer and they have less reasons for restricting it, as there have been a few incidents at Terre Haute which were used to justify the ban. The prison claims that group prayer leads to radicalization, and a "political" view of Islaam. This is why they have banned it. There arguments at each facility are the same.

Al-hamdu Lillaah, our brother at Terre Haute won. The judge in his case saw that the prison was very clearly oppressing them in their religion. Therefore, in shaa-Allaah, within the next two months these brothers will once again be able to pray in a group. However, there is a possibility that this will be delayed as the government appeals the ruling.

As one might imagine, all of the brothers here were overjoyed. It brought tears to our eyes when we saw this brother's victory on the news. Everyone's hopes were raised that maybe we would be allowed to pray together too. However, this was not the case. Despite the fact that the prison has been clearly told that their action was in violation of American law, they refuse to recognize this ruling.

Technically, they do not have to, because the court ruling only applies to John Walker Lindh. However, the ruling also makes clear that anyone who is in the same situation as Lindh ought to be allowed to pray by the prison. This is the case over here, but instead of viewing things from the perspective of right and wrong, the prison has chosen to view them from the perspective of what they can get away with in terms of oppressing Islaam. It would not cost them anything to let us pray together. In fact, it would save them time, money and resources.

They allow us to gather for every worldly purpose: cards, television, movies, food, conversation, sports, games, and so on. However, when it comes to the prayer, all of a sudden we become a threat to their security. Why? Because it is a public manifestation of a religion which frightens them. They see this force which they cannot understand. they see that it moves people to do extraordinary things. It causes men and women to reject those things which they love as immoral and adopt self-sacrifice and perseverance as a means to better the lives of their brothers and sisters. This is why we cannot pray.

Please raise awareness of this issue and please keep us in your du'a.

Abu Talhah Al-Amriiki
Guantanamo North
Marion, IL

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Honorable Qualities of the Ansar

The Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said to the Ansar: “Your brothers have left their wealth and children, and have emigrated to you”, so they said: “We will divide our wealth between us and them”. The Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Is there something else (you can do)?”, and they asked: “What do you suggest, oh Messenger of Allah?” He replied: “They are people who do not know (this type) of work, so will you do the work and divide the harvest with them?” The Ansar replied: “Yes”.

It was narrated by Al-Bukhari, on the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Ansar said: “Divide our date palms between us and them”, so the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “No. You do the necessary work and divide the dates with us.” The Ansar said: “We hear and we obey.”

And it was narrated by Ahmed ibn Hanbal that the Muhajireen said: “Oh Messenger of Allah, we have never seen a people that we have come to who were better in sharing when they have little, or better in assistance when they have much. They have done the work for us and made us partners in the harvest, to the point that we are worried that they will take all the Ajr (reward from Allah) for themselves.” The Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said “Not as long as you thank them and make Du’a to Allah for them”.

It was also narrated by Al-Bukhari that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “No one loves the Ansar except a Muslim, and no one hates them except a hypocrite, and whoever loves them, Allah loves them, and whoever hates them, Allah hates them”.

Al-Bazzar narrated, on the authority of Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Ansar, when they would cut down the fruit of their date palms, they would split each date in two, and place the smaller amount with the palm leafs, then they would let the Muhajireen choose between them. They would then choose the larger amount, and the Ansar would take the smaller amount for the palm leafs, and this continued until Khaybar was brought under the authority of the Muslims. So the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said “You have fulfilled your duty to us. If you wish to keep your share from Khaybar and keep your harvest (from now on), then do so.” and the Ansar said “You had placed conditions on us, and we had one condition that for us is Jannah. We only did what you told us to do so that you fulfill our condition.” He replied: “And it is yours”.

It was narrated by Al-Bukhari that the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, called the Ansar for them to be given the land of Al-Bahrain. They said “(We will not accept), unless you give to our brothers the Muhajireen an equivalent to it”, so the Messenger, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said “No. Be patient until you meet me (in Jannah), for you will have hard feelings otherwise”

It was narrated by Al-Bukhari that a woman from the Ansar came to the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, with her young son, and he said to them “By the One whose holds my soul, you (the Ansar) are the most beloved people to me”. He said this twice.

It was narrated by Al-Bukhari that Abu Bakr and Al-Abbas, radhiAllahu ‘anhuma, passed by a gathering of the Ansar and they were all crying. He asked “Why do you cry?” and they said “ We remembered gathering with of the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam”. So he went to the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and told him about this. The Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, went out and stood up on the Mimbar, and said “I remind you to be good to the Ansar, for they are my family and my dignity. They have fulfilled all their responsibilities, and all that is left is their rights, so stay close to those amongst them who do good, and excuse those amongst them who do bad”.

And it was narrated by Al-Haythami, through a Hasan chain of narration, that the Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said “Iman is Yemen, Iman is in Qahtan. Hardness (of the heart) is in the sons of ‘Adnan. (The tribe of) Himyar is the head of the Arabs and their fangs. (The tribe of) Mudhij is their upper part and strength. (The tribe of) Al-Azd is their back and skull. (The tribe of) Hemdan is their upper back and peak. Oh Allah, honour the Ansar, upon whom the Deen of Islam was established; the ones who helped me, supported me and protected me. They are my Companions in this world, and my group in the Afterlife, and the first to enter Jannah from amongst my Ummah.”

This is the reality of the Ansar with the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, whoever loves them, Allah loves them, and whoever hates them, Allah hates them. They are the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, in this world and his group in the Afterlife. They are the first to enter Jannah from amongst his Ummah.

And hence, will the people who are able to give Nussrah (the armies and those in positions of power and influence) in the Muslim lands not wake up and listen to those who are calling to Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, calling them to that which will protect the honour of the Ummah, and give victory and support to their sanctity, thus becoming the Ansar of the end of times, the same as Al-Aws and Al-Khazraj were the Ansar of the beginning of times?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Tarek's Sentencing Statement (With Leaked Voice and Subtitles)

Asalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah dear slaves of Allah Alhumdu lillah that we are able to hear the words of our beloved brother Abu Subayah HA) may Allah SWT hasten his release Ameen