Sunday, September 28, 2014

Temporary Autonomous Zone to Permanent Autonomous Zone and Surah al-Kahf

an imaginal portrait of the companions of the cave

 According to contemporary Islamic Scholar and expert in Islamic Eschatology Sheikh Imran Hosein, Surah al-Kahf, the 18th Chapter of the Quran is the quintessential Chapter to access the sacred knowledge of the later days or last age. This subject is known as 'Ilmu Akhir al-Zaman.

While reflecting on the 18th Chapter of the Final Testament, the Qur'an called al-Kahf or the Cave, it becomes clear that there both the Temporary Autonomous Zone and Permanent Autonomous Zone are to be discovered in that brilliant and mystical chapter of the Qur'an.


WHAT ARE TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS ZONE & PERMANENT AUTONOMOUS ZONE


The term Temporary Autonomous Zone (T.A.Z), and the concept was first used in his book by writer and philosopher Hakim Bey (Peter Lamborn Wilson). It is a concept of temporary spaces that elude formal and wordly structures of control which eventually has become synonymous with corruption, delusion, oppressive power and hagemony than anything else. It is to create a non-hierarchical system (in exact opposite to how the worldly power is obsessed with) and to concentrate on the present and on releasing one's own mind from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on it.

While this is the classic concept of T.A.Z but in Islamic point of view Temporary Autonomous Zone is something much more Deenic (religious & spiritual way of life) oriented as well as practically implemented. An archetypal example of such Temporary Autonomous Zone is to be found in the Chapter of the Cave of the Last Testament.

The City State of Median - that very early community of Muslims fleeing persecution was a successful Temporary Autonomous Zone to begin with, and the best example already established on earth by the Last Prophet himself as its founder, administrator, chief executive, law-giver and spiritual and religious guide at the same time. Thousand of salutation and divine blessings be upon him.


Surah Kahf speaks of two kind of Autonomous Zone, here Autonomous with capital A represent Autonomy of the Most High, the Divine Authority, not any fake authority.


THE QUINTESSENTIAL SURAH OF LATER AGE


Surah al-Kahf is identified perhaps as the most important Surah to understand the emerging phenomena of the later age. The surah itself was revealed to the Last Prophet when the pagan Arabs asked the Jews living in Medina about signs that could enable them to recognize his claim to be a Prophet of God. Since the Children of Israel or the Israelites always had a Prophet among them for very long time, they knew the exact signs, the hidden knowledge that a Prophet must possess in order to prove his claim. So the Surah contains subject matter which none could know except a Prophet of God who had direct revelational link with the Unseen world. The Jews of Medina very carefully asked questions which themselves were wrapped in multiple layer of meanings so that their true intention was camouflaged. Never the less revelation came down and those questions were answered. For detail of this background please read Sheikh Imran's book Surah al-Kahf and the Modern Age

The subject matter of the Surah covers story of the companions of the cave (18:9), the travel of a myterious historical figure who is known as Dhul Qarnain (18:83) or one who has impact in two ages and Khidr or the mysterious companion of Moses who is the archetype of a being who is guided by inner vision (18:65), not simply external observation. The Surah also hints what strategy to take when society become utterly corrupt in every sense. The story of the companions of the cave also carry encoded hints for multi-dimensionality of time dimension and the reality of a ten dimensional universe in which we live in.

The Surah provide hints what it will mean to associate with God and remind that Authority (18:44) and Legislation belongs to God (18:26), not with man. When man follow his base desires and limited understanding, he is bound to go astray when governing himself and society through man made law devoid of Guidance from the Highest Authority.

The Surah also speaks of a comparison between two person, one who was given much wealth which caused him to forget true reality and eventually he became among those who have gone astray. His ungrateful attitude was, "I do not think that this (wealth, material possessions) will perish - ever. And I do not think the Hour will occur. And even if I should be brought back to my Lord, I will surely find better than this as a return." (18:35-36) This is the reality of the materialists of today and every age. They become permanently obsessed with impermanent world and its material glitters. For them a parable is present of the present life with the easily understood parable of rain, earth's vegetation and its becoming dry and scattered by wind (18:45). Even theology is distorted to the degree that it makes people falsely believe that they can do anything in life, violate and abuse every Law and will not be help accountable by the Most Accountable God. Western Christian theology has removed itself infinitely far from teachings of Christ and the original Church (18:4).

While revealing about Dhul Qarnain, the Surah also reveals about God and Magog who are the greatest corrupter and mischief maker on the face of the earth before the end of history. Gog and Magog are signs of the last age as well.

One of the primary agency of disbelief in the Later age will not be worship of idols like past, but taking others as allies and lords - in terms of law, governance, politics and so forth (18:102).


MERITS OF SURAH AL-KAHF


The prophetic tradition mentions a number of merits and links it with the later age.


“Narrated by Abū Sa’īd: The Prophet said: If anyone recites Sūrah al-Kahf on Yoūm al-Jum’ah (i.e., ‘Friday’ of the pagan world), a light will shine brightly for him till the next Jum’ah.”

“Abu Sa’īd al-Khudri reports that the Prophet said: Whoever recites Sūrah al-Kahf on Jumu’ah will have illumination from the light (of the Sūrah) from one Jum’ah to the next.”

“Ibn ‘Umar reports that the Prophet said: Whoever recites Sūrah al-Kahf on Jumu’ah will be blessed with a light that will rise from underneath his feet to the peak of the sky. This will be a light for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven for what is between the Jumu’ah, i.e., or the day of the congregational prayers [and the next] Jumu’ah. “

Abū Darda reported that Allah’s Messenger said, “If anyone memorizes the first ten verses of Sūrah al-Kahf, he would be protected from Anti-Christ (Dajjāl).”

Anti-Christ or Dajjal is one of the biggest sign of the later age, and the Prophet's mentioning that this Surah works as a protection against the Dajjal is quite significant because those who can receive light from the Lord Most High will be able to read between the lines and formulate and be guided to certain strategy so that they will be protected from the illusions, charm, magic and falsehood of Dajjal in these massively trying period in human history.


THE TWO AUTONOMOUS ZONES



So in this Surah we find there are two autonomous zone, one made autonomous by the Highest Authority in the Highest Place and the other need to be created by his deputy on earth, by His help indeed.



Permanent Autonomous Zone



This is described in this particular Surah as the following:

...give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward in which they will remain forever. 18:2-3

Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds - indeed, We will not allow to be lost the reward of any who did well in deeds. Those will have gardens of perpetual residence; beneath them rivers will flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and will wear green garments of fine silk and brocade, reclining therein on adorned couches. Excellent is the reward, and good is the resting abode. 18:30-31


Temporary Autonomous Zone


Behold, the youths betook themselves to the Cave: they said, "Our Lord! bestow on us Mercy from Thyself, and dispose of our affair for us in the right way!" 18:10

Then We draw (a veil) over their ears, for a number of years, in the Cave. 18:11

And they remained in their cave for three hundred years and exceeded by nine. 18:25



The cave of Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, modern day Turkey / credit

In the light of the Quran, specially surah Kahf in this age of deception and corruption, the best strategy for individual and community is to create one's own Temporary Autonomous Zone just as the companions of the cave flee or took refuge to one such. And at the same time knowing that there is a greater Hijrah (migration) waiting for us, that Hijrah or travel or migration is, by Allah's permission and enabling, to move from any Temporary Autonomous Zone to the Permanent Autonomous Zone, Our Original Homeland, the Beautiful Garden.

And finally, metaphysically speaking, when we taken into account the true reality of things, then we must also never forget the higher truth that both in Zahir and Batin, both in apparent and unseen reality, its equally true that:

walan tajida min doonihi mul'tahada

And never will you find a refuge except Him.  18:27



May we all find our refuge in the Truth and with the Real. Ameen.



# Further:
* Surah al-Kahf and Modern Age
* Ilmu Akhir al-Zaman ~ Teachings and Discourses of Sheikh Imran Hosein
* T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone
* Seven Sleepers


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Monday, September 22, 2014

This Being Unconditionally Grateful


..1..

You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more.
~ Morpheus to Neo in the movie Matrix


Have We not shown man the two ways?
But he has not attempted the way of ascent..
~ The Quran 90:10,11


Verily, We showed man the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful - the choice is his.
~ The Qur’an 76:3



..2..

this
being
unconditionally
grateful

is
the secret
ingredients
that
make
life - this
being alive

taste 
so
sweeeeeet!

so
very
incredibly
sweeeeeet!




..3..

Shaykh 'Abd al-Haqq recently made a comment by writing:

Sufism and Islam, if one would like a simple path, are extremely simple.
Just respond to whatever you think, feel, and perceive (including your sense of self) at each moment with the intention of being unconditionally grateful, over and over (and if one believes in God, being unconditionally grateful to Allah, who encompasses and pervades anything in one's consciousness). Not only will this increase the likelihood of tranquility and love filling one, but it will also increase the likelihood of making wiser decisions in one's life.
There are, however, numerous Sufi and Islamic practices, doctrines, and institutions  that can facilitate cultivating the attitude noted above. If one wishes to make use of these practices and doctrines, they can make one's Sufism and/or Islam more complicated. But often people feel that they need such practices, doctrines, and institutions, and so Sufism and Islam provides them.
In addition, another complicating factor is that most people have a whole slew of conditions and questions that they feel a need to pursue, conditions and questions the pursuit of which causes them at various times to abandon making the intention to be unconditionally grateful at each moment, which I noted at the outset.
May we all become conscious of the merciful ocean of God's infinite and all-encompassing blessings and peace.

This brief message of his is worthy of reading again and again, for it contains very important wisdom on the Path. Specially this bit:

Just respond to whatever you think, feel, and perceive (including your sense of self) at each moment with the intention of being unconditionally grateful, over and over.

In essence he is providing us the very haqiqat of the transformation and disposition that is expected when every Muslim again and again when he she utters and repeatedly utter the word "Alhamdulillah", sometime inwardly (silently) and other time in vocalization at the beginning of their salat, their prescribed connection and renewal of bond with the Beloved and link for blessings (salawatun).

When we have a disconnect between the words of our prayer and ourselves, then we often miss the transformative power of those words. Alhamdulillah is one such word which a Muslim says again and again and yet because of that disconnect we miss the opportunity to practice what we are called to practice, which is unconditional gratitude.

When we practice becoming unconditionally grateful in every thought, every feeling, every action, every perception - then we have indeed arrived an important station in the Way. This practice can not be a disconnected, discreet one but has to be continuous.

Like Therese of Lisieux (1873 - 1897) who practiced the "little way," as she called it and believing that "trifles" or small things please God. She put all of her effort and love into doing the most simple chores of her monastic life, like washing dishes, cooking, cleaning toilets. When we do, then the awe of the everyday is always here waiting for us to notice. As we begin to notice the small things with unconditional gratefulness in our heart and mind, and if we allow ourselves to relax enough, we can begin feel a sense of connection with everything. And lest we forget, Allah is Encompassing everything.

As we settle into this we may notice how nourishing this connection is. One way to practice is to express this nourishment as gratefulness--this nourishment is not just for us, but by expressing gratefulness, we share it with others. In a book by Regina Sara Ryan, the author writes about gratitude: "Another reason we turn logical with our gratitude is that it is terrifying. The wonder of a moment in which there is nothing but an upwelling of simple happiness is utterly awesome. Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting. That kind of letting go is fiercely threatening. I mean, where might such gratitude end?"

According to Islamic Cosmology, Shukr or gratefulness has no end. Even towards the finality of history as we are transmitted, in the Kingdom of God, the praise and gratitude continues.

wa akhiru daAAwahum ani al-hamdu lillahi rabbi al-AAalameen

And the their final call will be, "Praise to Allah , Lord of the worlds!" (10:10)

or said in full context in another way:

Their prayer shall be, "Glory be to you Lord," and their greeting, "Peace be with you," and the only other words they will speak will be, "It is God, Lord of the Universe, who deserves all praise." ~ The Quran 10:10


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Shukr, giving thanks, is a knowledge and an encouragement. It makes you aware of the source of life and it reminds you that He is the Answerer of prayers.

Its first degree is thanks with the tongue, which is dhikr. (It is the hand at the beginning of every salat, the recitation of Alhamdulillah). Its second degree is thanks with the whole body, which is service to Allah both in the prescription and in assisting His creatures. The third degree is thinks with the heart, which is thanks in the Presence of Lordship, and recognition in the audience chamber.

Shukr is the act due to the devotee, servant. According to us shukr should never be expressed unless it is preceded with hand. For hand, praise, belongs entire to Allah, it is His and the slave has no portion in it. Thus it is more fitting to present to Allah what has none of the slave in it before presenting what is entire from the slave. It there has been du’a, then the shukr follows His answering it. If there has been no supplication then He has given the servant even without asking.

The dhikr of shukr therefore begins with hand in every case.

Alhamdu lillahi wa-sh-shukurlillah.

~ The Hundred Steps by Shaykh 'Abdalqadir al-Murabit


..5..

A Gratitude of Recognition


On the subject of ‘gratitude’ (al-shukr), al-Qushayrī relates a remark by al-Shīblī that it consists of "seeing the Benefactor, not His beneficence". This definition coincides with that given by Ibn 'Arabī on shukr 'ilmī, ‘knowing gratitude’, which he distinguishes from that which is manifested in words or deeds (the French word ‘reconnaissance’ [i.e. gratefulness by recognition] would undoubtedly be the most appropriate translation of the Arabic expression).

Clearly, this has nothing to do with a theoretical knowledge, but is a knowledge based on evidence: whatever might be the apparent agent, the benefit must be seen as coming from God. Here again, however, a duality remains which betrays the imperfection of this maqām, however elevated it might be. It must, then, be given up in order to attain to tark al-shukr, which consists in seeing God as being at the same time both al-shākir and al-mashkūr, the ‘grateful’ and the one to whom all gratitude is addressed. (credit)


..6..

Just respond
to whatever
you

think,
feel,
and perceive

at each moment

with the intention
of being unconditionally grateful,

over
and over.



..7..

There are a thousand ways to prostrate,
Contemplating meanings to be thankful is one.

- Lounès




..8..

Fabi-ayyi ala-i rabbikuma tukazziban


So which of the gifts of your Lord would you deny?

~ The Last Testament, 55:13

fa azkuru alaa Allahi la’allakum tuflihun


So in gratitude remember the favors of Allah that you might succeed.

~ The Last Testament, 7:69




# RELATED:
* Allah Misses you
* Are you thankful?

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Who is Sheikh Imran Hosein? Top 10 Reasons Why We Should Listen to Sheikh Imran


Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein or Shaykh Imran N. Hosein




.. We might teach him the interpretation (ta'weel) of events.
~ The Qur'an, 12:21


The writing is on the wall,
if you can read the writing.
~ Sheikh Imran Hosein




Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein (born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1942) is a contemporary Islamic scholar, thinker, philosopher and expert in Islamic Eschatology and International Monetary System. His knowledge in a number of subjects related to Islamic Eschatology is phenomenal and unparalleled in any time in Islamic history. He has for more than fifteen years been the lone voice crying in the wilderness now on the subject of Islamic Eschatology exposing the works of the agents of Gog and Magog, explaining how almost every Signs pertaining Later Days or End Times as mentioned in the Final Testament and by the Last Prophet are visible and how economic and political oppression have taken control over mankind by the works of the agents of Gog and Magog and how humanity is fooled in masses through grand deception of the archetype of deception (Masih al-Dajjal).


What is Islamic Eschatology?


Islamic Eschatology is the branch of Islamic scholarship that studies the knowledge of the Later Days or Final Age (‘ilmu akhir al-zaman) dealing with the end of history of humanity (the what and hows) with the culmination of the Day of Judgment or Day of Standing before the Creator or Day of Resurrection. In fact the subject of Islamic eschatology even though has been such an important part of the Prophetic teachings in Islam and yet so far mostly ignored or misunderstood by the mainstream Islamic scholarship and credit has to be given to Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein for not only to present this branch of knowledge to the world but also to present it with beautiful clarity of knowledge, broad understanding of contemporary world events as they are unfolding now as well as with subtle wisdom that touches the heart.

There is no single Prophet or Messenger of God, peace be upon them all, who didn't warn his people about the nasty tests and trials of the grand deception or the false messiah or Anti-Christ. Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, being the final Prophet of God did so with far more urgency and in much more clearer terms of reference. These tests and trials will be so nasty that majority of humanity will become entangled in it unknowingly, they will lose their faith, they will commit blasphemy out of ignorance, they will indiscriminately disobey God's command by doing, consuming what is prohibited etc. This nastiness will drown humanity into universal consumption of usury, universal propagation of adultery and universal spread of oppression to enslave humanity in endless suffering.

The Prophet during his lifetime warned his companions so much on the Anti-Christ that sometime they would fear that the Dajjal is probably hiding in nearby palm gardens. Prophet himself in one occasion did think of someone as the Dajjal himself (which later turned out not to be the case). This was precisely because during the lifetime of the Prophet Gog and Magog was released (according to authentic traditions) and marked the beginning of Akir al-Zaman, the Later Age.

As days progress and we are inching towards the end of history (only Allah knows and decides it's dynamic moment), the subject of Islamic Eschatology is only increasing in importance. Significantly enough the mainstream Islamic scholarship hijacked by the agents of deception hardly ever talk about it and when they do for a little, they inundate it with misinformation and misinterpretation to keep the entire humanity in complete blackout of the subject.

Sheikh Imran's Background and Credibility


Anyone who is interested to understand the reality of the world today must listen to this man, Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein. This is our sacred time and Sheikh Imran is one of the most important voice of this sacred time to recognize the Signs and Proofs of truth and falsehood.

Sheikh Imran's background has put him in a perfect position for the exposition at this moment in time. He is a graduate of the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in Karachi and has studied at several institutions of higher learning including the University of Karachi, the University of the West Indies, Al Azhar University and the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Switzerland. He worked for several years as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago which gave him a good insight on how the world really works. He gave up that official position in 1985 to devote his life to the mission of Islam.

The credibility and high stature of Sheikh Imran need no further proof than his already achieved excellence in service to the Ummah both in education and missionary activity. He is a former Principal of the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies, Director of Research of the World Muslim Congress in Karachi, Pakistan, Director of the Islamic Institute for Education and Research in Miami, Florida, and Director of Dawah for Tanzeem-e-Islami of North America. He has traveled continuously and extensively around the world on Islamic lecture tours since graduating from the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in 1971 at age 29, and he has also written more than a dozen books on Islam and contemporary world events. All of his books can be downloaded free of cost from his official website ImranHosein.org.




TOP 10 REASONS WHY THE WORLD SHOULD LISTEN TO SHEIKH IMRAN NAZAR HOSEIN


Here are top 10 reasons why we should listen and learn from Sheikh Imran Hosein. May Allah grant him long and sound life and may Allah protect and preserve him. May Allah send better understanding to all those who listen to him. Ameen.



The Scholar who Can Explain Islam in Its Totality


As the completion and finality of Abrahamic faith, Islam came as a complete code of life and encompasses individual and social moral code, theological beliefs, economic principles, political principles, guideline for establishing of international relations and even ethics for war - that is to say virtually every aspect of individual and social life. And yet there have been sects and groups who reduced their understanding of Islam to simply few rituals. This happened in the past and happens now, something that the Qur'an itself predicted:

Like as We send down for those earlier people who make divisions in religion,
Those who break the Qur’an into shreds and parts…
- Qur'an 15:90-91

When people shreds Scripture, accepting some parts and rejecting others, natural way of life as Divine prescribed is destroyed. In Islam this also happened when people embraced Protestant versions of Islam, which see with only one eye, read Scripture only literally and understand only letters but no more. When the Dajjalic agents enforced Usury or Riba which is made haram (prohibited) by Allah, they made it halal (permissible) and accepted it universally, when Qur'an declares that Sovereignty belongs to Allah, they accepted a secular country as sovereign, when Allah said humanity is but one community, they embraced nationalism and divided humanity; when only Allah can create wealth, it is they who introduced bogus FIAT money that creates out of nothing and reduce humanity to destitution and poverty.

All of these happened not by accident but by design of the deceptive system and the so called Muslim scholars are completely neither able to see for themselves nor can they warn others. So they made compromised, cosmetic Islam.

Sheikh Imran offers to explain Islam in its totality by first exposing how Islam has been hijacked by those who see only with one eye, interpret things only with external knowledge. Sheikh Imran's analysis and explanation help understand Islam again in its totality and one can arrive at the complete picture of the level of guidance present in Islam be it economics, politics, legislative, environment, community and every other aspect of life of humanity. The Deen or 'the Divinely Prescribed Way of Life' has been perfected and completed and its high time that Muslims rediscover Islam in its totality. Sheikh Imran is the voice of our sacred time to explain Islam in its totality.



Making Islam Relevant Again


When a religion continue to live in the past and through deception convince its followers that religion only means private ritual of worship while divorcing every other aspects of human life such as guidance for society including justice, legislation, economic activity etc. then very soon such a religion become a corpse while its vitality and spirit leaves its shell. Every religion began as a social revolution calling to establish social justice including call to dismantle oppression, calling for unity of people and the establishing a just society - thus at the heart of every religion there are very real issues that has to do with suffering of both individual and collective. Religion has the role to free people from oppression but over time almost all religion including Islam, the last of the Abrahamic faith tend to make it irrelevant by reducing the scope of its to how individual worship and nothing else. But that was not what religion is all about.

There are many so called scholars out there who deliberately choose such subject matters of the past which never exposes their hypocrisy, their allegiance with corrupt power structure and which cunningly avoid any subject of oppression or injustice. Such scholars by accepting the corrupt as their master and check-payer is forced to make Islam irrelevant.

Sheikh Imran tackle subjects which are absolutely relevant, very present in the present moment and at the same time fresh. He is not someone who talks about the past tense Islam. Study shows that around the world many young Muslims leave Islam (and same is true to young people of other religion) because Islam (or Christianity or Judaism) is no longer relevant, for thanks to the failed leadership and scholarship, religion no longer explain their lives, religion no longer can offer explanation and solution to the contemporary world and its reality. For them Islam (or any religion in that matter) has become a stagnant river of 'do and don't's for them. Sheikh Imran makes Islam relevant again, specially to those young minds who wish to understand the world today through the light of the Qur'an and Tradition and Sheikh Imran alhamdulillah, praise be to God is bestowed with a great gift in terms of making Islam relevant and contemporary again by interpreting the present and contemporary world events as they unfold.


Studied not only Islam but also Important Subjects such as International Monetary System


Those who control the world today and have managed to enslaved a majority of mankind into extreme poverty and destitution do so through their oppressive and unjust control of the monetary system. This mechanism of how this monetary system works is understood by very few people and needless to say, this understanding is not found among most of the so called scholars. Thus the world is taken on a ride by oppressive Zionist organizations such as the Federal Reserve System, Central Banks, International Monetary Fund (IMF) or World Bank. For example the IMF which openly declares in its article haram what Allah declare halal, namely using gold as money. Sheikh Imran studied monetary system in two universities and thus have a deep understanding of this subject, perhaps more deeply than any other contemporary Muslim scholar.

Economy was a subject that never escaped the attention, instruction and guidance of the Prophet of Islam. In fact some of the most direct guidance of the Qur'an is about economy, be it personal or collective. The very last verse of the Qur'an is also on economic matter (verse on Riba and commandment to make all interests null and void).

Its not by accident that most of the countries which have Muslim majority population, a big number of them live in substandard living quality, in extreme poverty and destitution because they have fallen into the trap of the Dajjalic banking system based on Riba and hence they profit at the expense of the masses. Muslim scholarship failed miserably in understanding this haram and fraudulent economic model that Bank of England and their agents planted everywhere in the world including in the Muslim world that deals with what Allah and His Messenger declared as Haram. Usury is prohibited by the God of Abraham, and yet Catholic Europe which until the French Revolution could fight Usury gave itself up and accepted Usury based Banking system which is mostly responsible for debt and destitution.

It is by listening to Sheikh Imran Hosein that one begin to understand such fraudulent monetary system that no one else is talking about it with so much intensity that he does. And it is by listening to him that one can begin to understand how poverty is created, kept alive, regenerated again and again around the world, no matter how hard people work, no matter how hard people struggle.

If anyone who is interested about Enlightenment, one can not be indifferent to Suffering and in today's world, for some time now, the single most responsible mechanism used to cause massive suffering to huge number of humanity is the oppressive and unjust Monetary System which help the rich grow richer and poor become poorer. Usury is such a system which benefit a small number of bankers and people at top by ripping off rest of humanity. Richest 2% in the world now have half of the world's wealth - and this didn't happen by accident but by the mechanism of Usury / Riba (no wonder it is prohibited in Old Testament, New Testament and the Qur'an). The heart of today's Monetary System is Riba or Usury or Interest and there are hardly any other scholar who is more clear and authoritative on this subject than Sheikh Imran Hosein.



International Relations and Present World Reality Explained with the Light of Qur'an and Hadith


There was certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Never was the Qur'an a narration invented, but a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of all things and guidance and mercy for a people who believe. ~ Qur'an 12:111

And We have revealed the Book to you which has clear explanation of everything, and a guidance, mercy and good news for those who submit. ~ Qur'an 16:89


The Qur'an very clearly and in a number of places declare that it is a Book that explain everything, every single matter that goes on in human history. Not everyone can read the Qur'an and understand as it suppose to be understood, but those who are blessed by the Lord Most High with light of faith and Divine guidance for them Qur'an indeed become a Book that explains everything (tibyanan likulli shay-in).

In the Surah Yusuf Allah mentions His favor on Prophet Joseph in teaching him the interpretation of narratives and events:

And thus will your Lord choose you and teach you the interpretation of narratives and complete His favor upon you .. ~ Qur'an 12:6

And thus, We established Joseph in the land that We might teach him the interpretation (ta'weel) of events. And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know. ~ Qur'an 12:21

Unlike other Muslim scholars who have wrong methodology, Sheikh Imran employs Systemic Meaning to study Qur'an and Hadith and also his ta'weel is similar to Prophet Yusuf's ta'weel taught by Allah that interpret things not with their external value and appearance but by their symbolic as well as inner meaning.  Sheikh Imran has this amazing ability to interpret world events in the past, present and future with the light of the Qur'an and also the Prophetic traditions. He is a kind of scholar who will make you see the truth of that Sign and Declaration of the Qur'an by explaining every single international event unfolding in front of our eyes in this contemporary world using the Qur'an and Hadith.

Be it the conflict of Ukraine, Russia and Nato over Crimea or Arab uprising or Israel's aggression on Palestine. The corruption in the world has been spread by the same group of people about whom the Qur'an is very clear and they are busy spreading corruption in all fronts be it environment, economics, human relationship, politics, you name it. Sheikh Imran will help you understand the 'why' and 'how' of world reality through the clear lens of the Qur'an and Hadith.


Expert in Islamic Eschatology


Sheikh Imran undoubtedly is the leading scholar of Islamic Eschatology in the world today, a subject that he has studied and researched very deeply for many years now. His eschatology is not based on wild guesses or predicting things out of whims but all of them are first of all based on Quranic Systemic Meaning (totality of meaning) as well on sound interpretation of the hadith literature on Islamic Eschatology. Also one can not see the deception of today's world unless one has training in important subjects that run the world such as monetary system, history of the world politics and western civilization - and Sheikh Imran also have studied those subject along with Islam which makes him the most successful scholar to connect all the dots in the light of Islamic Eschatology.

His expertise on the subject of Islamic Eschatology is quite comprehensive and is not fragmented. The interpretation he gives are extremely logical and at the same time aligned with the Islamic sources. None has made the clarify before him regarding the stages of Dajjal, different dimension of time and space in playing out the role of Dajjal that it will play etc. He has positively identified the identity of Yajuj and Majuuj or Gog and Magog, he has positively explained Dhul Qarnain, the mysterious character (!) mentioned in the Qur'an, he has also pain painstakingly explained the role of Holy Land or Jerusalem in our time and time to come in his book "Jerusalem in the Quran" - book that should be read not only Muslims but also Christians and Jews, for it is equally important to all. 

As part of subject of Islamic Eschatology Sheikh Imran has put together the baffling zigsaw puzzle about the hadith regarding different phases of Dajjal as well as the spreading out of Gog and Magog. His explanation if anyone listen with a open mind and without running away at the intensity of the truth contained with them, within a very short period of time will become convinced about the explanation of Sheikh Imran Hosein.

The Prophet (s) mentioned in the Sermon of the Farewell Pilgrimage saying:

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others, and those to others again. And may be the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly.


When it comes to the subject of Islamic Eschatology, there have been scholars in the past who could not analyze the Prophecies of the Prophet regarding Akir al-Zaman simply because they didn't have sufficient data. As a result they couldn't see what is coming. But thanks to modern age where many of the Prophecies have manifested and data is available, Sheikh Imran is able to put together the zigsaw puzzle in full. That is why the Prophet said "the last ones may understand my words better than those who listen to me directly."

So in this time if any one wish to understand the reality of the world today, the reality of Muslim world, why how things are as they are, what one need to do to return to the original model of Islam practiced by the Prophet and his guided companions, there is no one else better to listen to than Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein. And this I (Sadiq M. Alam) can testimony with full conviction and may Allah protect us from errors. Ameen.


Predicting World Events with Astounding Accuracy


We are living in a very dangerous time where the World Trade Center building 7 collapsed in free fall in only 6.5 seconds without anything hitting it. Then we are spoon fed lies after lies. We end up killing thousands of innocent lives around the world. We are living in a dangerous time where money is created from thin air by just saying "let it be done" and hence we call it FIAT money (the latin word fiat means let it be done) and that money is hoarded in millions of banks only to benefit the ultra rich and bankers at the cost of robbing rest of humanity. We are living in a dangerous time where Al-Qaeda is manufactured, and when lies are exhausted then ISIS / ISIL is manufactured with training, money and weapons only to create more military bases only to plan destroying another country, more innocent lives because how otherwise could you keep your industrial military complex going?

The events that unfolded in our own eyes, in our life time are not by accident. They were carefully planned and executed by the mastermind of those who are agents of the Anti-Christ or agent of the Satan. Events such as Arab Spring Yankee or false Jihad in Syria that has now morphed into monster ISIS or ISIL, conflict of NATO with Russia. All of these events where predicted and analyzed at various time before they occurred and as they unfolded by Sheikh Imran. He has been mostly accurate in his predication, thanks to his insight and knowledge of the Quran that explains everything. He predicted the Arab Spring years before it manifested and top political analysts were scratching their heads, he predicted that Libya will become a NATO controlled failed state which it eventually did, he predicted bogus Jihahists will emerged out of Syria conflict and indeed ISIS emerged as a by product of Western Funded Syrian Rebels to topple Syrian regimes.

If anyone listen to the talks by Sheikh Imran over last few years on subjects such as Arab Spring, Syria, Russia - Ukraine, ISIS, Libya and so on, one will be left amazed to see how a man can predict world events not only accurately but also with detail exposure of its wider implications. No other political analyst let alone religious scholar in today's world can come close to the truthful, honest and extremely brave analysis that Sheikh Imran is continuously presenting. All of these are open in public domain via youtube and other social media with original dates where Sheikh Imran made those speech.



Expert on the Dangerous Subject of Riba and Involvement of Riba in Modern Banking


Riba or Usury or Interest is the most dangerous weapon of Dajjal or Anti-Christ. Islam has an uncompromising place for Riba and it not only Prohibits Riba it the most strong language but also it finishes the Divine Revelation by warning against Riba because mankind will be enslaved by the snare of Riba in this End Time. As the Prophet said, in the end time there will be universal consumption of Riba and those who dont directly consume Riba, the dust of Riba will be upon their head.

Sheikh Imran has been lecturing, warning, educating people about Riba, the teachings in the Quran and Hadith and the danger of Riba for many many years now. Whereas other scholars of Islam mostly by pass this subject either fully knowing its importance or by ignorance, Sheikh Imran has been very vocal about Riba which is the weapon used upon mankind to enslave them.

Christ himself declared war against Riba, Prophet Muhammad himself declared war on Riba and yet both Christians and Muslims are made fools in adopting this very system in masses by the fraudulent banking system of Anti-Christ that makes it universally accepted. 

Sheikh Imran will remind you that what Allah made haram (prohibited) and if you make it halal (acceptable and permitted), which is the case of Riba and all governments in the world including Muslims, this is shirk as well according to the Quran. Needless to say that it is Riba that rip off mankind. This being such an important subject and yet most traditional and popular Islamic Scholars chose to remain mostly silent on this subject - but not Sheikh Imran. He is not only an expert but very vocal for a long time, even when he was living and giving sermon in NY, USA. He has left USA for many years now but he is a relentless in raising voice against this dangerous weapon of Riba. This is the biggest tool of oppression and suffering for humanity and hence its an important subject to understand for common people so that they can save themselves from this grave danger. And Sheikh Imran is the best person to listen to on the very important subject of Riba.


His Insights are not only for Muslims but for Non Muslims As Well


Since the later age is identified in the Abrahamic tradition as the age of Anti-Christ and this is a common thread for Jews, Christians and Muslims. All of them are aware that Anti-Christ will bring great suffering and destruction to humanity. This is all out there in the domain of Eschatology. The subject of Gog and Magog, the subject of Armageddon, the subject of Jerusalem, the return of Jesus Christ the Son of Mary at the last part of end of history - are all common to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The Western Christianity have long been corrupted. There are still more broader traces of truth in Orthodox or Eastern Christianity and Sheikh Imran's analysis of Islamic Eschatology has very remarkable similarity with the understanding of Orthodox Christian Eschatology as admitted by Orthodox Christian expert of the subject.

For those who have failed to recognize the first coming of Christ (the Jews) and those who are waiting for his second coming (Christians and Muslims) have long been made to forget the subject of Eschatology and thus the fresh and insightful analysis of Sheikh Imran is extremely valuable to the non Muslim world as well. In fact they are precious gift to humanity. This is spiritual and religious sustenance for anyone who believe in One God, unity of humanity, the Last Day and the Kingdom of God.


He doesn't Give his Allegiance to, or Speak for, any Government or Interest Groups


There are many scholars, the so called scholars who command great audience, are very popular in the world and are but puppet scholars who take fat pay checks from this government or that group so that they speak subjects of less controversy and keep their mouth shut against injustice, oppression and violations of Islamic ethics / principles. Sheikh  Imran is not the kind of scholar who give his allegiance to any government or to any other interest group. He is not one of those scholars who have put a price tag on his scholarship so that he can be bought and sold at a price in exchange that he speaks only those subject that cause no or little uneasiness among the corrupts, the hypocrites and those who cover up truth.

Thanks and Praise be to Allah that he is an independent scholar with backbone made of steel who speak for truth for the sake of Allah and His Messenger. He doesn't support any government in the world and free from such biases.


Has been Offering both Macro and Micro Solution for both Muslim Leaders as well as Individual and Muslim Communities



Sheikh Imran is not a scholar who just talks theory and offer no practical solution. A responsible man of wisdom and insight can never do that. He has been not only analyzing and endlessly traveling and teaching but also have been offering very practical solutions which are exactly what the Prophet has guided mankind to in this Akhir al Zaman or Later days.

His idea of Muslim Village, his idea for Muslims governments to form allegiance with Russia, bypassing corrupt banking system as much as possible, establishing market based on gold and silver - the sunnah money - are some of the solutions he is offering. He has outlined extensively the model of a Muslim Village as solution and to move away from big cities. This advice is given in direct reference to Quranic of destruction of big cities as well as hadith on Akhir Az Zaman where the Messenger said the best friend of believers will be his land, his animal and he must go to place of high altitude where rain is plenty. He has interpreted Surah al-Kahf brilliantly and identified it as a Surah that outline strategy for Akhir al-Zaman. These are not ordinary advices, they have precise logic and wisdom behind them for those who can read between the lines and who understand the nature of corruption and destruction that awaits mankind as part of destruction and trial of the Anti-Christ.


WHERE AND HOW TO LISTEN TO SHEIKH IMRAN HOSEIN?


According to spiritual understanding of transmission from one human being to another, the best transmission occur in the presence, thus being near to the teacher works best. After that in this modern age the next best is to watching and listening to his voice directly through a medium such as a video, and when that's not possible the next best is to listen to him via audio only. Thus its highly recommend to get in touch with his teachings through the youtube videos made available by his students. For detailed study of the subjects, his books are definitely the next stop. Below are some resources to begin your journey into this fascinating subject of Islamic Eschatology.


+ VISIT YOUTUBE CHANNELS AND FOLLOW THE CHANNEL

+ VISIT AKHIR AL-ZAMAN WEBSITE FOR COLLECTION OF HIS TEACHING VIDEOS

+ VISIT SHEIKH IMRAN.ORG FOR PDF BOOK DOWNLOAD FOR FREE

+ VISIT SHEIKH IMRAN.COM TO ORDER PHYSICAL COPY OF HIS BOOKS FOR YOURSELF OR FRIENDS

 


May Allah bless Sheikh Imran Hosein for his tremendous effort, may Allah grant him good and long life and preserve him, may Allah protect him from harm. Ameen. May Allah continue to benefit this ummah and future generations to come from his teachings. Ameen. 


Sadiq M. Alam
Dhaka, Bangladesh


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Friday, September 05, 2014

Dr Fazlur Rahman Ansari - Portrait of an Outstanding Muslim Scholar

The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets.

The people of spiritual wisdom (hukama’)
are the inheritors of the Prophets.

~ Sacred Tradition


“As matters stand in the Muslim world today, it is the decline of religious leadership from the Islamic standard in a serious measure that constitutes a major cause of its inability with regard to its emergence from the abyss into which it has been descending since some time. The remedy for the situation is obvious.” - Fazlur Rahman Ansari, ‘The Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society’.



Dr Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari (1914-1974) was an outstanding theologian & philosopher of the Muslim World. His broad knowledge of the modern sciences together with his Islamic learning and insight enabled him to expound on Islam in a manner that was inspiring to both the masses and the intellectual elite.

As a missionary, Maulana Ansari (ra) inspired Muslim minorities with fresh faith & zeal. During his five world missionary tours he affiliated 40 organisations to the World Federation of Islamic Missions. The Muslim minorities in Latin America, Africa, South East Asia and elsewhere were confronted by a hostile, non Muslim majority. Their only defense was their sentimental attachment to Islam. Ansari's (ra) intellectual exposition of Islam gave the bright young Muslims some hope that Islam, as a dynamic religion, can withstand the challenges of the twentieth century. He knew that Muslim minorities could not respond to the challenges of secular modernity unless their religious scholars were conversant with modern thought. This is why he established the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in Karachi where subjects such as philosophy and psychology were also taught.

His Character


In relation to the different schools of Islamic thought, such as Barelvis, the Deobandis and the Ahl al-Hadith, Maulana Ansari (ra) had a braid outlook. Although he had Berelvi schooling, he was tolerant towards others schools of thought. In fact, when assumed the headship of the Aleemiyah institute, he publicly announced, "I am neither Berelvi nor a Deoband, but simply a Muslim". His eminence was not inclined towards indulging in the theological polemics of the day. This is what divided the Muslim society in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, and this is what also divided the Muslim community of South Africa, especially on the Kwazulu-Natal and Transvaal. This is why we will never find him condemning any specific Muslim group in any of his lectures. He was far too magnanimous for that, even if he disagreed with the orientation of a particular school.

His Eminence would display this tolerance and compassion towards all people, even in the work situation. He is always polite and respectful when addressing people, even to his subordinates. Its is said that he would gently, and with a warm smile, request his workers to complete a task. And even if the task is delayed, he would continue to be gentle and patient, even if it would cause him much loss.

His family traced their linage back to the companion of the Holy Prophet, Khalid Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (ra), who is distinguished for his hospitality and at whose house the Holy Prophet (saw) stayed after his migration.


Dr. Fazlur Rahman Ansari

His Education


In 1921, at six, the young boy memorised the Quran at the Madrassah Islamiah Muzaffar Nagar, U.P., India. In 1933 Maulana Ansari (ra) enrolled for his BA degree at the Aligarth Nuskim University, and majored in English, Philosophy and Arabic. Concurrently with his studies at this institution, he did the Dars-e-Nizami course under the tutorship of Prof. Hazrat Maulana Syed Sulaiman Ashraf, Chairperson of the Department of Theology. Here he studies Islamic studies including the Quran, Hadith, Kalam (theology), and Tasawwuf (Islamic Spirituality). By 1937, Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (ra) had sent him on his first missionary errand to Singapore and Malaysia. Here he presented Islam with forceful eloquence, and combated the aggressive missionary activity of non-Muslim. To this end, he edited the English Islamic journal Genuine Islam and became the first director of the All-Malaya Muslim Missionary Society.

In 1939 he obtained a scholarship to go to Germany for higher studies, but the Second World War put an end to his studies in Germany. Thus, he completed the Bachelor of Islamic Theology in his own country in India, and then pursued his MA degree. He graduated with distinction for his Masters, and majored in metaphysics, Ethics, Psychology, and classical Islamic Philosophy. After working for five years on his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Dr S.Z. Hasan of the Aligarh University, his supervisor had settled in Karachi just before Pakistan was established in 1947, and passed away soon there after. Another misfortune that occurred was when Maulana Ansari (ra) migrated to Pakistan in November 1947, his library was looted at Amristar, and in the process his thesis got destroyed. His Eminence lost years of his painstaking and valuable research as Dr Hasan remarked: âFor some time he has now been working with me on a philosophic-religious theme for his doctorate which I am sure is going to be a great dissertationâ. Dr Sir Zaiuddin, the celebrated mathematician and vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University said on 11th August 1945: "I have great pleasure in testifying to the character and attainments of Mr Hafiz Fazlur Rahman Ansari who has made his mark as a scholar of exceptional talent and ability".

From 1933 to 1947, Maulana remained in Aligarth, and as an undergraduate student, he used to read five hundred pages of literature a day to broaden his knowledge in all fields of study including medicine. On 29th September 1966 he was registered as an authorised Practitioner of Homeopathy.

In 1970 he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Dr M.M. Ahmed, Chair person of the Department of Philosophy, University of Karachi. His topic was The Islamic Moral code and its Metaphysical background. One of the external examiners commented: "It is, indeed, a comprehensive account of the moral code provided by the Quran, a like of which, to my knowledge, has not been formulated with such extensiveness by anyone in the history of Muslim literature".

His Missionary Activity


In 1935 Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (ra) was disturbed by an article written by a Christian priest located in Singapore. The article maligned Islam, and Maulana Ansari (ra) responded to it. Maulana Siddiqui (ra) was extremely happy with this reply, and since then that special bond of love between them developed. In 1936 this bond was further cemented when Maulana Abdul Aleem (ra) gave his eldest daughter to him in marriage.

Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui,
Murshid of Dr. Fazlur Rahman Ansari
In the very next year, Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (ra) wrote a letter stating that none of his sons , being still then at tertiary school, are in a position to carry on with his missionary work, and that his one capable student, appears to have forsaken him. On reading this letter, tears flowed freely from Maulana Ansari (ra) eyes. To this day, that tear stained letter stands testimony of the love and loyalty he had for his eminence Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (ra). Since then Maulana Ansari (ra) became a murid (spiritual disciple) of Maulana Siddiqui (ra) and the former was initiated into the Sufi orders, including the Qadariyyah, Chistiyyah, Naqshabandiyyah, Suhrawardiyah and Shadhiliyyah. At the haram, near the Kaâbah, Maulana Abdul Aleem (ra) transmitted to his son in law the ijazah (authority) in all spiritual matters. Since then Maulana Ansari (ra) became Maulana Siddiqui (ra) right hand man in all Islamic missionary activities.

Thus Maulana Ansari (ra) travelled the world in the service of Islam; most notable was his historic visits to South Africa in August 1970 and to Seychelles in December 1970.

His eminence was a writer who wielded his pen with a mighty force. At the age of 18 he wrote his first books, The Beacon light (published 1932). In here he replied to a vicious attack on Islam by a Christian priest in Hong Kong. Many other works followed after this, but his most important book is his The Quranic Foundations and structure of Muslim Society (1973), a two volume work, covering more than nine hundred pages. Six months after the launch of the book, Maulana Ansari (ra) passed away in 1974. His five round world tours took him to about forty different countries in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. His profound knowledge combined with his distinguished oratory created a lasting impression on the minds of all â educated and uneducated, young and old, Muslim and non-Muslim. (credit)

Blessed resting place of Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari

al-Fatiha to the noble soul of Dr. Fazlur Rahman Ansari and may Allah grant him the highest companions and highest station in the Paradise. Ameen.


Shaykh Imran N. Hosein is a direct student and successor of Dr. Fazlur Rahman Ansari and the works of Shaykh Imran N. Hosein can be found at his official website: ImranHosein.org and ImranHosein.com. Also a collection of his teaching videos can be found at Ilm Akhir al-Zaman website.


# Recommended Reading:
* What is Islam by Maulana Dr Fazlur Rahman Ansari
* Review of The Quranic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society
* Download the Book Quranic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Invitation of the Straight Way

Often the self becomes stuck in a state of self-blame (al-nafs al-lawwama) imagining that the key to returning to the Unity is depriving oneself of things that gives it pleasure or relief.

While on the one hand it is certainly true that things that give us pleasure or relief can become addictive and harmful when we habitually use them to avoid receiving certain of our experiences by taking a sip of unconditional gratitude to God; on the other hand, simply depriving ourselves of whatever gives us pleasure or relief is not going to heal us and return us to the Unity.

Such deprivations, instead of going directly to point A, involve a detour, imagining that by going first to point B, we can then get to A.

The straight path, however, is returning, straightaway, to God, directly, without any delay or detours, by receiving this moment's invitation of alastu bi-rabbikum?! (Am I not your Lord-Sustainer?) 

and responding to it with an unconditional "Bala" (Yes!); namely by sipping whatever wine that the Beloved pours into our cup at this moment (irrespective of the outer form that appears in the cup of our consciousness, i.e., irrespective of its taste), receiving it with the unconditional surrender that is unconditional gratitude to God for the taste of such wine at this moment.

Furthermore, in contrast to what people who have not tasted the straight path fear, going direct to point A, i.e, returning straightaway to God, actually decreases the likelihood that one will succumb to various compulsive avoidances and addictions and will increase the likelihood that one will act wisely, ethically, and humanely.

May all of us receive the ocean of God's mercy, blessings, and peace with which God is bathing us at this moment and at every moment.


~ 'Abd al-Haqq via Sufis Without Borders Yahoo Group


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