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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

You may have heard that RESPECT, whose public figurehead is George Galloway MP, has made some major gains in the local elections in Bradford. Five seats were gained on Bradford Council and even the Leader of the Council, Ian Greenwood lost his seat to Respect candidate (and now councillor), Alyas Karmani.

The win is a significant one for the party, which had no seats in Bradford prior to George Galloway winning the by-election and becoming MP for Bradford West. It was done by mobilising the youth and securing their votes by making promises, as all political parties do. However, will all this make any difference whatsoever? Is there any point to this?

In my humble opinion, no.

Respect has no track record of actually achieving any change and change is exactly what RESPECT has promised to the youth of Bradford. What will the new RESPECT councillors in Bradford do when they realise that they can’t actually make real change? The youth may become more disillusioned and this could really backfire on the party. Councils are notorious for being… well… ineffectual – more change is made by people who get off their behinds and go and do something, rather than suited politicians arguing in a meeting behind closed doors, and who only come out to visit you during elections. That may just be a rude awakening for the new councillors, when they get a taste of what council politics is all about.

I really do hope that the opposite is true but at the end of the day, when you take a good look at things, what impact have councillors made? What impact have political parties made? I don’t think people can easily reel off a list of achievements that they are proud that their elected councillors have done for them. The whole electoral system doesn’t work and is all about giving people the illusion that their vote counts and that they are making change by putting their cross on a ballot paper. This system just doesn’t work and RESPECT would do better to move away from wasting time electioneering and move into mobilising people to make real change. If voting was worth anything, the Prophet (pbuh) would have practised it and instructed us to follow suit. But it isn’t worth anything and is another misguidance thrown at people, believers and non-believers. Voting for political change doesn’t work, but Islam does – RESPECT would be best to remember this, especially the Muslim councillors, as they are trying to capitalise on Muslims to vote for their empty promises.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

The news about Syria is across the world and has been broadcast since the conflicts started over a year ago (from the date of this post). Many Muslims have been killed. Who by? An invading non-Muslim army (as in the case of Afghanistan and Iraq)? No, Muslims are being killed by the government of Syria, a regime that has oppressed it’s population – these are the Firauns of our time and as Muslims, as an Ummah, we cannot allow this to continue. We should NOT be condemning this from the comfort of our armchairs!

My Muslim brothers and sisters, you can act to stop this. Spread the word about what is happening in Syria, so that it reaches those who will do something about it. Visit the Muslim charities and donate your money to ensure that Muslims are safeguarded and looked after when they flee their country and their home for their lives. But don’t just sit there and do nothing! This is not what the Ummah is about.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

It is one of the most important days in the Islamic calendar. The virtues and blessings of this day are immense. There is no other day like it and millions of Muslims turn to Allah on this day. It’s the Day of Arafat; Saturday 5th November 2011.

Many Muslims around the whole world will be fasting this day, in search of forgiveness and the Forgiveness and Mercy of Allah is amazing. Fasting on this day is expiation for two years of sin. So I encourage all Muslims to fast on this day. We are surely in need of much forgiveness and how can we do without this amazing day that Allah Has Given us?

VIRTUES OF THE DAY OF ARAFAT

It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s Favour was completed. 

In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

It is a day by which Allaah swore an oath. 

The Almighty cannot swear by anything except that which is mighty. Yawm ‘Arafaah is the “witnessed day” mentioned in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“By the witnessing day [Friday] and by the witnessed day [the Day of ‘Arafaah].” [al-Burooj 85:3].

It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The promised day is the Day of Resurrection, the witnessed day is the Day of ‘Arafaah, and the witnessing day is Friday.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

It is the “odd” [i.e., odd-numbered, Witr] by which Allaah swore in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“And by the even and the odd” [al-Fajr 89:3]. Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “The even is the Day of al-Adhaa [i.e., 10th Dhoo’l-Hijjah] and the odd is the Day of ‘Arafaah [i.e., 9th Dhoo’l-Hijjah] This is also the view of ‘Ikrimah and al-Dahhaak.

Fasting on this day is an expiation for two years. 

It was reported from Abu Qutaadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Narrated by Muslim.

This (fasting) is mustahabb for those who are not on Hajj. In the case of the one who is on Hajj, it is not Sunnah for him to fast on the Day of ‘Arafaah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast on this day in ‘Arafaah. It was narrated that he forbade fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah in ‘Arafaah.

It is the day on which Allaah took the covenant from the progeny of Adam. 

It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah took the covenant from the loins of Adam in Na’maan, i.e., ‘Arafaah. He brought forth from his loins all his offspring and spread them before Him, then He addressed them, and said: ‘Am I not your Lord? They said, ‘Yes, we testify,’ let you should say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Verily, we have been unaware of this.’ Or lest you should say: ‘It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allaah, and we were (merely their) descendents after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Baatil (i.e., ploytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allaah)?’ [al-A’raaf 7:172-173 – interpretation of the meaning].” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani. And there is no greater day than this and no greater covenant than this.

It is the day of forgiveness of sins, freedom from the Fire and pride in the people who are there: 

In Saheeh Muslim it was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which Allaah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of ‘Arafaah. He comes close and expresses His Pride to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’”

It was reported from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah expresses His Pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

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