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November 2014 / Muharram – Safar 1435 AH
Volume 24, Issue 10
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Pursuit of knowledge and scholarship is a part of Muslims heritage it
should be a way forward for Muslims all around the world. Books, monographs, articles and magazines are published by Muslim scholars from
time to time, we would like to see same happening in Canada.
Imam Dr. Zijad Delic, who is well known and respected in the Kingston
community, has recently published his book “Canadian Islam: Belonging
and Loyalty”. It is a blessing to see some scholarly work on Canadian
Muslims by a Canadian Muslim; I hope it is the beginning and this quest
will continue.
After introduction the book starts with the chapter of Canada & Canadian Muslims. It provides brief historical review about the arrivals of Muslims in Canada and includes concise statistics about the Muslims in Canada. Graphical depiction clearly illustrates that from 1981-2011, Muslim
population in Canada grew exponentially from about one hundred thousand to 1.1milions. Chapter two has detailed discussion on Canadian Muslim identity, and categorizes various factors which influences identity,
how identity can be multiple in nature and evolves in second generation.
This chapter concludes with “Muslims belong to Canada as much as Canada belong to Muslims”.
Next chapter is on constructive integration. It appropriately starts with the other extreme “systematic exclusion “of Bosnian Muslims in Balkans and explains it succinctly for a new reader the ruthless suppression
and aggression toward ethnic cleaning of the nineties. It also takes up the case of French strategy of
“Assimilation” for its Muslim population. Captive mind syndrome is described as one of the obstacle to integration in Canada which is supposed to be related to thought process from the countries of origin and
applying it to Canadian social context. Author describes Canadian multiculturalism and its merits and
pleads Muslims to make a place for themselves with this cultural framework. It follows by explanation of
the concept of multiculturalism through Qur’anic verse (49.13) where one human kind and multiple nations
and tribes are mentioned so that they can know each other. There is no doubt that Canadian multiculturalism had played a useful role for various Canadian ethnic groups, but at present its future validity and
worth is increasingly questioned by various multiethnic groups. Under faithful Citizenship section of this
book, there is a lengthy discussion on Darul Islam (Territory of Islam) and Darul Harb (Territory of War)
with various categorizations. This academic part makes an interesting reading on different views, however, one wonders if it has any practical application for majority of the Muslim who immigrated to Canada
for economic reasons. Some people, both Muslims and Non-Muslims will find the last part of the books
which includes sections on social contract, betrayal of social contract, and Islam facilitates citizenship in
action, as debatable. For Muslims it will be informative to know if they are less loyal or less law abiding
citizens than any other Canadian, and for Non-Muslims thinkers is the state loyalty is a must to establish a
just society. Moreover, the books cover Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa, but for some reasons completely
overlooks at our neighbor US.
At the end Dr. Delic hopes that this work will, inject fresh air into current conversation and policy maker
will have resource to turn to for accurate information. To be fair, I think the book meets both these expectations at least at Canadian level. The title of book of the “Canadian Islam” limits the universal nature
of Islam to nationhood, and on personal level I could have been more comfortable with another title. The
book is in ISK library and community members are encouraged to borrow. I am sure it should be also available in Canadian bookstores.
Islam’s recent history knows scholarly name like Syed Qutub, Abul Aala Moudodi, Dr. Qardawi, and Taqqi
Usmani to name only a few. Further names like Tariq Ramadan, Edward Said and Moustafa Bayoumi have
been added to the list in Europe and North America respectively. In Canada Dr. Delic discourse opens up
the door for Muslims social scientists to work on what Canadian Muslims offer to Canada socially, economically and in political terms; and what they get in return.
May Allah SWT increase our knowledge.
Mohammad Saleem
President ISK
[email protected]
November 2014 / Muharram – Safar 1435 AH
Volume 24, Issue 10
Understanding Islam: Beliefs and Teachings
There are so many claims about who Muslims are and what they believe in that it can be confusing at times to
know what’s real and what’s not. One of the most difficult things to do is to separate the religion from the politics, especially since the two seem to be intertwined so much, but they’re really not. In this guide we will look
at the religion of Islam—what it is, and what it isn’t.
The Foundation for Islamic Beliefs
Muslims have an organized religion with clear cut teachings drawn from two primary sources. These sources are
the Qur’an—which Muslims believe is the revealed word of God—and the hadith, or personal sayings of the
Prophet on various topics and issues. Muslims believe that the two sources compliment each other, but also that
only the Qur’an is holy and infallible.
The Main Teachings of Islam
Muslims have seven main beliefs. These are as follows:
A belief in a single, unitary God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and without any children or family
of any kind.
A belief in angels who are made of light and who can assume any form they wish, much like a hologram.
A belief in revealed scriptures (oral or written) that are given to prophets. These include the Torah
of Moses, the Psalms of David, the Gospel of Jesus, and the Qur’an of Muhammad.
A belief in the concept of prophets, or chosen guides who are contacted by God and given a mission
to teach and/or lead.
A belief in a last day for the earth, when it will all end and then all souls will be brought back to
God for a review of their record of beliefs and actions.
A belief in the foreknowledge of God regarding the future.
A belief in a next life. The soul will live on after judgment day and exist in either Paradise or Hellfire. Some souls, whose sins are minor, will be allowed to leave Hellfire and enter Paradise after
their punishment has been served.
The Islamic Way of Life
The Islamic way of life encompasses acts of worship, the doing of good deeds to all living things and the opposition to injustice and evil. Here is a partial list of some of the practices that Muslims are supposed to make a part of
their lives:
Declaring faith in God. Muslims must remind themselves daily about their beliefs to reinforce for
themselves their purpose in life and whose example they must follow. They do this by repeating a
simple phrase that says, “I declare God is one, and I declare Muhammad is His messenger.”
• They must pray five times a day at fixed points. This serves to remind them who they are supposed
to live for, and what is most important in life.
• Muslims must fast for an entire month, neither eating nor drinking from sunrise to sunset, but more
importantly, also refraining from telling any lies, getting angry, or doing any bad deeds, in an exercise designed to help them avoid sins throughout the rest of the year.
• Finally, Muslims are obligated to struggle for the good and to oppose evil. This struggling is called
“Jihad” which in our modern times is a loaded word, but it doesn’t mean what you may think.
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Understanding Islam: Beliefs and Teachings (Continued)
Do Muslims Believe in Violence?
One of the most damaging claims against the Islamic religion is that it promotes or somelerates the use
of violence in the promotion of its goals. This claim is bolstered by those who lift a handful of verses
from the Qur’an out of their context and present that as proof. In context, however, those verses talk
about specific situations that faced the Muslim community of the time, and involved vastly superior
forces that were seeking to vanquish the small monotheistic movement known as Islam. The Qur’an
puts it this way:
And why shouldn’t you fight in the cause of God and in the cause of those who, being weak,
are mistreated: the men, women and children whose only cry is, “Our Lord! Deliver us from
this land whose people are oppressors. Send us someone from You who will protect us, and
send us someone from You who will help!” [4:75]
Any battles fought under the leadership of Muhammad were defensive in nature and occurred only after hostilities were already declared against the Muslims. The Qur’an and the
policies of Muhammad delineated the proper justifications for war, and also imposed rules
for its humane conduct. These rules include such things as non-combatants are not to be
harmed, wanton destruction is forbidden, quarter must be given to surrendering troops, and
peace negotiations when offered must be accepted.
When critics of Islam use the few verses of the Qur’an that talk about war out of context, they are just as dishonest as the few
our midst who also twist the meanings and give them an interpretation that is unknown in traditional Islam.
The truth of the matter is that the turmoil you see emanating from the Muslim world is not
based on religion, but rather on serious political grievances and issues of social justice.
Sometimes religion is used as a cloak for this or that cause, but the underlying factors that
fuel the conflicts are no different than those that cause upheaval and revolution in any other part of the world.
This quick guide only scratches the surface of Islam, a religion that is as rich and varied as the Muslim
culture itself.
Reference: hp://"c/quickguides/religionspirituality/understanding-islam-beliefs-andteachings.html"
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Volume 24, Issue 10
Ten Principles of Success in the Light of Sirah
By Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah
and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah. (Al-Ahzab 33:21)
Prophet Muhammad -peace and blessings of Allah be upon him- was Allah's messenger. He came to guide all humanity to the right path. His mission was to show the way of success in this world and salvation in the hereafter. He gave us the best example in his own life and those who followed him truly and sincerely they were the
most successful people. By studying his life (Sirah) we can learn many important principles for living a successful life here and achieving the eternal success in the life to come.
Few years ago in one of our Sirah Conferences Maulana Waheeduddin Khan, a prominent Muslim thinker and
writer from India, spoke and gave us ten principles of success in the light of Sirah. Today I would like to remind
us these principles. They are useful in all situations and should be kept in mind always.
1. First Principle: To begin from the possible
This principle is well explained in a saying of Sayyidah A'ishah -may Allah be pleased with her. She
said: "Whenever the Prophet had to choose between two options, he always opted for the easier choice." (AlBukhari) To choose the easiest option means to begin from the possible; and one who begins from the possible will
surely reach his goal.
2. Second Principle: To see advantage in disadvantage
In the early days of Mecca, there were many problems and difficulties. At that time, a guiding verse in the Qur'an
was revealed. It said: "With every hardship there is ease, with every hardship there is ease." (94:5-6). This
means that if there are some problems, there are also opportunities at the same time. And the way to success is to
know the problems but also to avail the opportunities.
3. Third Principle: To change the place of action
This principle is derived from the Hijrah. Hijrah was not just a migration from Mecca to Medina. It was to find a
more suitable place for Islamic work, as history proved later on.
4. Fourth Principle: To make a friend out of an enemy
The Prophet -peace be upon him- was repeatedly subjected to practices of antagonism by the unbelievers. At that
time the Qur'an enjoined upon him the return of good for evil. And then, as the Qur'an added, "You will see your
direst enemy has become your closest friend" (41:34).It means that a good deed in return of a bad deed has a
conquering effect over your enemies. And the life of the Prophet is a historical proof of this principle.
5. Fifth Principle: To turn minus into plus
After the Battle of Badr, about 70 of the unbelievers were taken as the prisoners of war. Some of them were educated people. The Prophet (saw) announced that if any one of them would teach ten Muslim children how to
read and write he would be freed. This was the first school in the history of Islam in which all of the students
were Muslims, and all of the teachers were from the enemy rank. A British Orientalist remarked about the Prophet, "He faced adversity with the determination to wring success out of failure."
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Ten Principles of Success in the Light of Sirah (cont’d)
By Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
6. Sixth Principle: The power of peace is stronger than the
power of violence
When Mecca was conquered, all of the Prophet's direst opponents were brought before him. They were war criminals, in
every sense of the word. But the Prophet did not order to kill
them. He simply said: "Go, you are free." The result of this
kind behavior was miraculous.They immediately accepted
7. Seventh Principle: Not to be a dichotomous thinker
In the famous Ghazwa of Mu'ta, Khalid ibn al-Walid decided to
withdraw Muslim forces from the battlefield because he discovered that his army was disproportionately outnumbered. When
they reached Medina, some of the Muslims received them by
the word " Furrarun (O deserters!)"
The Prophet said "No. They are Kurrarun (those who will return and advance)." Those people of Madinah were thinking dichotomously, either fighting or retreating. The Prophet
said no. There is also a third option, and that is to avoid war
and find a time to strengthen yourself. Now history tells us
that the Muslims, after three years of preparation, advanced
again towards the Roman border and this time they won a
resounding victory.
8. Eighth Principle: To bring the battle in one's own favorable field
This principle is derived from the incident of Hudaibiyya. At that time, the unbelievers were determined to
engage Muslims in fighting, because obviously they were in an advantageous position. But the Prophet, by accepting their conditions unilaterally, entered into a pact. It was a ten-year peace treaty. Until then, the meeting
ground between Muslims and non- Muslims had been on the battlefield. Now the area of conflict became that
of ideological debate. Within two years, Islam emerged as victorious because of the simple reason of its ideological superiority.
9. Ninth Principle: Gradualism instead of radicalism
This principle is well established by a Hadith of Al-Bukhari. Sayyidah Aishah -may Allah be pleased with her- says
that the first verses of the Qur'an were related mostly to faith, to heaven and hell. And then after a long time
when people's hearts had softened, the specific commands to desist from adultery and drinking were revealed
in the Qur'an. This is a clear proof that for social changes, Islam advocates the evolutionary method, rather
than the revolutionary method.
10. Tenth Principle: To be pragmatic in controversial matters
During the writing of Hudaibiyya treaty, the Prophet -peace be upon him- dictated these words: "This is from
Muhammad, the Messenger of God." The Quraysh delegate raised objections over these words. The Prophet
promptly changed the word and ordered to write simply Muhammad, son of Abdullah.
These were the principles through which the Prophet -peace be upon him- gained success and if we follow
them today seriously and sincerely, we can also achieve success.
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Only few slots are available for the advertisement and it
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Send your adversement in Power Point Format (single slide) to
November is ISK Internaonal Bazaar Month.
2014 Bazaar is scheduled on Saturday
November 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It’s ISK major Public Event and a fundraiser. Its success
depends upon all of us. Once again, we need your presence at the Bazaar, your generosity and assistance
with the following:
1. Cras and miscellaneous new items
Handicras from your country of origin.
Cras made as a hobby.
Clothes, jewelry, kni%ed items, painngs and or any new items.
2. Food items (Savory and/or Desserts)
3. Time from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 to 4:00
Jazak Allah Khairan for your help. May Allah reward you abundantly
P.S. We have placed boxes in the Community Hall. Please drop off stuff [item 1(a, b and c)] in these boxes
at your earliest convenience. This would assist the organizers to prepare items for sale.
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Islamic Center of Kingston
(1477 Sydenham Rd)
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exotic International Foods
International Hot and Cold Beverages
Henna Hand Painting
Exquisite Crafts
Boutiques from Around the World
And much, much more....
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