Happy New Year and What is the Muslim Times doing for You?

Epigraph: So go on reminding; surely, reminding is profitable. (Al Quran 87:10)

2015

By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor

Happy and a prosperous new year to all our readers, from the whole of our Editorial Team.

The Muslim Times is promoting universal brotherhood and sisterhood in a world, which is divided by nationalism, religion, race, social class, gender and last but not the least, obfuscation created by illegitimate use of reductionism of science, taking away a wholesome understanding.

It is bringing out the urgently needed Separation of Mosque-Church and State in every country of our Global Village.

Sixty different editors of the Muslim Times are collecting the beautiful and the fragrant flowers, created by the international media, into an appealing bouquet every day.

We want to applaud the good writings of all the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews, the agnostics and the atheists and others, by sharing them with our readers.

The Muslim Times presents the peaceful image of Islam and aims to diffuse Islamophobia on one hand and Islamomania of short sighted Muslim fundamentalists, on the other. It tries to aggregate all positive activities in all the Muslim communities, irrespective of the sect, to bring out what Islam can contribute to our contemporary society, our Global Village.

What is the purpose of our universe? What is the relationship between science and religion? In addition to this and related questions, the Muslim Times frequently examines the roots of the Abrahamic and other faiths and whether they can coexist. All these and many other issues are the focus of the Muslim Times.

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The Muslim Times is providing a forum, for open and peaceful dialogue between the Muslims and the Christians on one hand and the Muslims and the agnostics, on the other. It is also catering to a dialogue between the Ahmadi Muslims and moderate non-Ahmadi Muslims, without falling prey to human vulnerability to stereotype and lump everyone, in the opposite camp, in a group together. We want to distinguish between moderate Muslims from different sects and the extremists.

We want to remain humble and keep our voices gentle and our attitude friendly, as the Holy Quran reminds us:

Allah likes not the uttering of unseemly speech in public, except on the part of one who is being wronged. Indeed, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.  (Al Quran 4:149)

Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from His way; and He knows those who are rightly guided.    (Al Quran 16:126)

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  1. بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
    محترم ضیا شاہ صاحب السلام علیکم و رحمتہ اللہ و برکاتہ
    سال نو آپکیلئے بھی خاص طور پر احمدیوں، پاکستان کیلئے اور عالم اسلامکیلئے نیز باقی دنیاکیلئے عموما امن اور سلامتی کا سال ہو۔ آمین۔
    بہت خوب شاہ صاحب۔ای نیوز کی پالیسی بہت اچھی ہے۔ قرآن مجید بھی فرماتاہے : ہاتو برہانکم انکنتم صادقین: اپنی دلیل لے آئو اگر تم سچے ہو۔ اور جو دلیل کیساتھ زندہ ہوتاہے وہ زندہ ہو جائے اور جو دلیل سے مرتا ہے اسے مر جانا چاہئے۔مسلم ٹائم کے پھلنے پھولنے کیلئے اور اسکی خدمت انسانیت و مذہب کیلئے دعا گو ہوں۔ دی مسلیم ٹائمز زنداباد۔والسلام
    ظریف احمد

  2. Salat: Friday Prayer (Jumma)

    Friday Prayer is offered in congregation. It is offered in place of Zhuhr Prayer. Each week on Friday, Muslims are required to take a bath, dress in their best clean clothes, wear perfume and assemble in the mosque for Friday Prayer. The Holy Quran and the Sunnah speak highly of the blessings of Jumm’a Prayer. If a Muslim spends Friday in the remembrance of God Almighty, supplicating before his Lord, he is abundantly rewarded by Allah.

    Friday Prayer is an occasion for the assembly of the Muslims of a whole city or a town. In a large city, Friday Prayer can be offered in more than one place for the convenience of the Muslim community. It gives them an opportunity to meet together to discuss and solve their individual as well as community problems. Getting together once a week develops unity, co-operation and cohesiveness among Muslims. Friday Prayer is also a demonstration of Islamic equality.

    It gives the Imam a chance to advise all Muslims at the same time on urgent matters that face them. The Imam’s sermon gives them guidance in Islamic teachings. Friday Prayer is an obligatory Prayer for every adult male Muslim. However, those who are sick, blind or disabled, those on a journey, and women, are exempt from the obligation of attending the Prayer at the mosque. They can join in the Prayer if they so wish, but if they cannot attend the Friday Prayer, they have to offer Zhuhr Prayer instead, as the Friday Prayer is offered in place of Zhuhr Prayer.

    There are two Adhans for Friday Prayer. The first Athan is recited when the sun begins to decline and the second is recited just before the Imam stands up before the congregation to deliver his sermon.

    The sermon consists of two parts. In the first part the Imam, after the recitation of Att’-awwuz and Sura Fatiha, advises the gathering to act upon the commandments of Allah and also about the duties they have to perform to become good Muslims. The sermon can also deal with any other matter of importance. This part of the sermon can be delivered in any language.

    After delivering the first part of the sermon, the Imam sits down for a short while, then stands up again and starts with the second part which is in Arabic and which reads as follows:

    Transliteration:

    Alhamdu lillahi nahmaduhu wa nasta ‘inuhu wa nastaghfiruhu wa nu’ minu bihi wa natawakkalu ‘alaih. Wa na ‘uThu Billahi min shururi anfusina wamin sayy ‘ati a ‘malina. Man yahdihillahu fala mudhilla lahu wa man yudlilhu fala hadiya lah. Wa nash-hadu alla ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu wa nash-hadu anna Muhmmadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluh. Ibadallah rahima-kumullah. Innallaha ya’muru bil ‘adli wal-ihsani wa itai Thil-qurba. wa yanha ‘anil fahshai wal- munkari wal-baghyi, Ya ‘izhkum la ‘allakum taThakkarun. UThkurrullah yaTh-kur-kum wad ‘uhu yastajib lakum. Wala Thikrullahi akbar.

    Translation:

    All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled, none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves to be worshipped except Allah. He is alone and has no partner. We bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits revolts against a lawful authority.

    He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He too will remember you; call Him and He will make a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance is the highest virtue.

    Muslims are required to listen to the sermon attentively. Any type of conversation during the sermon is prohibited. After the Imam has delivered the second part of the sermon, the Iqamah is recited and the Imam leads the congregational two Raka’at of Jummah Prayer.

    The Holy Prophet of Islam, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, did not approve of a person telling others to refrain from conversation while the Imam is delivering his Sermon. In unavoidable circumstances, a gesture by hand or with a finger can be made to draw the attention of someone to stop talking. In case the Imam asks something during the sermon, then he should be replied to.

    It is preferable that the person who delivered the sermon should lead the Prayer. The Imam should recite Sura Fatiha and some verses of the Holy Quran in a loud voice during the Jummah Prayer. One should offer four Raka’at of Sunnah Prayer before the Friday congregational Prayer and four Raka’at of Sunnah after the congregational Jummah Prayer, but two Raka’at of Sunnah after the congregational and Fardh Jummah Prayer are also allowed instead of four, as mentioned in the famous book of Traditions called Sunan Abu Daud (Kitab-us-Salaat bab Assalaat ba’ad al Jummah wa sharah AlSunnat, Vol.3 page 449). The two Raka’at of Sunnah Prayer to be offered before the Fardh are compulsory and are not dropped even during a journey.

    A person who comes to the mosque during the sermon should not steer his way to the front by jumping over the shoulders of the people already sitting. As the sermon has already begun, he can if he wishes, offer two Raka’at of Sunnah quickly during the sermon. If a person is late for Friday Prayer and joins the congregation in the final Qa’dah, he should complete his Prayer individually after the Imam has finished leading the Prayer. If, however, he misses the congregational Prayer completely, such a person should offer Zhuhr Prayer instead.

    http://www.alislam.org/books/salat/10.html

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