Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Egyptian Shaykh: Jihad Is Solution to Muslims' Financial Problems

In this short audio file, prominent Egyptian Salafi Shaykh Abi-Ishaq al-Huwayni explains that Muslims' financial difficulties are due to the fact that they have abandoned jihad. The solution? Go on jihadist raids a few times a year, and bring back prisoners, including women and children, which can be sold in the market like groceries to bring in extra income when times are tough. Unbelievable. The subtitled video is below, and the transcript follows that (thanks to Nonie Darwish for sending this one in):

We are in the era of jihad. The era of jihad has come over us, and jihad in the path of Allah is a pleasure. It is a real pleasure. The companions (of the Prophet) used to compete to (perform jihad). The poverty that we’re in—is it not due to our abandonment of jihad? But if we could conduct one, two, or three jihadist operations every year, many people throughout the earth would become Muslims. And whoever rejected this da’wa, or stood in our way, we would fight against him and take him prisoner, and confiscate his wealth, his children, and his women—all of this means money. Every mujahid who returned from jihad, his pockets would be full. He would return with 3 or 4 slaves, 3 or 4 women, and 3 or 4 children. Multiply each head by 300 dirhams, or 300 dinar, and you have a good amount of profit. If he were to go to the West and work on a commercial deal, he would not make that much money. Whenever things became difficult (financially), he could take the head (i.e. the prisoner) and sell it, and ease his (financial) crisis. He would sell it like groceries. Of those who are--(cuts off)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Egyptian Shaykh: Muslim Scholars Say That FGM Is Either Obligatory or Commendable

Translated from a YouTube video (embedded below) featuring Egyptian salafi shaykh Muhammad Hassan, answering a question about circumcision for women (special thanks to Nonie Darwish for her help transcribing this):
Okay, another question from the letters sent in. The brother says, "Shaykh Muhammad, settle the controversy for us surrounding circumcision." My brother, we have talked about circumcision many times. I counsel every Muslim man on the face of the earth, and also every Muslim woman on the face of the earth: Brother, take the little bit of trouble it requires to get yourself a book of fiqh! Inconvenience yourself a little for Allah's sake. Just take five minutes. Any book--do you have the book "Fiqh al-Sunna" by Shaykh Sayyid Sabiq (may Allah have mercy on him)? Do you have "Al-Mughni" by Ibn al-Qudama, or "Kitab al-Umm" by Imam al-Shafi'i? Do you have Fath al-Bari's explanation of Sahih al-Bukhari? Any of the books of fiqh--I mentioned to you some books of fiqh and some books of hadith--open any of the books of fiqh. Open them. That's it, plain and simple. 
Review the words of scholars. Don't just take the words of Muhammad Hassan, or this shaykh, or that shaykh. Look at any of the books of fiqh from our imams, respected leaders, and scholars--ask them. You will find that our scholars have said that circumcision of women--there are some who say that it is obligatory while others say that it is commendable. Some say it is obligatory, and others say it is commendable. There are some scholars who say it is obligatory, and there are some who say it is commendable. 
To whoever says that circumcision is an ancient Egyptian custom with no origin in the sunna, I say, Brother, review the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Let us consult the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him): "If you touch the male or female circumcision…" This hadith deals with the highest level of community health. In the highest level of health: "If you touch the male circumcision," meaning the circumcision of men, "or the female circumcision," meaning the circumcision of women, "washing is obligatory." These are the true words from the Prophet. It makes no sense at all in Arabic to say, "If you touch the male circumcision for men or the female circumcision for men.” Men, does this apply to you--"male or female circumcision"? Or rather, with circumcision for men or circumcision for women, "washing is obligatory." 
Thus I say before Almighty Allah…that the female Muslim doctor, the female Muslim doctor, decides whether or not this girl needs circumcision. It might be that the girl does not need circumcision. That's an entirely natural situation. But if this news were to get out, it could upset her relationship with husband. It would upset her marital life. The female Muslim doctor might also decide that the girl needs circumcision. 
Of course this does not mean that I am subjecting the religion to inspection from a doctor. No, my brothers, this does not mean that I subject evidence from the shari'a to review from a doctor! But rather, I refer to the doctor because he confirms evidence from the shari'a. Brothers, pay attention to this--I do not subject the shari'a to examination from the doctor, for the doctor to determine whether the shari'a is healthy or not. Rather I refer the evidence from the shari'a, or I refer the case to the doctor, to confirm the object of the evidence from the shari'a. …some of them say it is required, and some say it is recommended. 
I am not saying consult a barber, but consult a female doctor sister. The female doctor will decide, she might say this girl is normal or she might say that this part is excessive then you reduce it. This is justice. I don’t know why a German, British or American entity (thinks it can) come to us to decide for us the circumcision of our daughters! Why should they decide on matters of our girls and women? We base our religion on Allah’s book and the sayings of our beloved prophet and our scholars. Just study the issue in any book of fiqh. If we read the words of our scholars, and we review what the good scholars said, we will see that the issue is not new, and there is evidence for it in the book of our Lord or in the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace be upon him). I ask Almighty Allah to protect our women and girls, for He is capable over all things.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Shaykh Wagdy Ghoneim: Osama Is a Hero and a Martyr, Obama Is an "Anti-Christ," "Liar" and "Apostate from Islam"

This is an excerpt from a 15-minute video posted on YouTube, 2 May 2011, which contains Egyptian Shaykh Wagdy Ghoneim's comments on the killing of bin Laden. I may come back and do a more complete transcript later if I suddenly find myself with gobs of spare time, but I'll suffice myself with the following short excerpt for now:
In the name of Allah Most Merciful. 
This is my comment on the news, if it is true, of the martyrdom of the great ascetic hero, the eminent Shaykh Osama bin Laden
In the name of Allah the Most Merciful, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon the master of the first and the last, as well as upon his family and companions and whoever follows him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment. May Allah be pleased with them all. 
That anti-Christ, the liar named Obama, the apostate from Islam, has attacked us. ...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Islamic Society in Brazil Prays that Allah Will "Reserve the Place for the Great Mujahideen" for bin Laden

This was forwarded to me from my buddy at the excellent Brazilian blog De Ohlo na Jihad, and comes from the blog of the Islamic Society of Maranhao, Brazil, 2 May 2011. My English translation follows:
Peace be upon you. Fitna is when a person sows intrigue among Muslims, causing disunity and enmity. Takfirism comes from takfir, which is when someone declares that a person is not a Muslim, whether done justly or unjustly. Remember that the Prophet (PBUH) said: "Whoever declares a Muslim to be a kafir (infidel), has himself become a kafir." Other hadiths classified as sahih (sound), as narrated by al-Tabarani, include: "Leave in peace those who say that there is no god but Allah. Don't declare them kuffar (infidels) for committing a sin. For whoever declares he who recites that there is no god but Allah to be a kafir, is himself closest to kufr (infidelity)." May Allah reserve the place for the great mujahideen for the Emir Khalifa (Caliph) Osama bin Laden.

Transcript of Hamas' Condemnation of bin Laden Killing

The below is a transcript of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's comment at a press conference on the killing of Osama bin Laden by American forces. This is translated from a YouTube video; I'll see about getting a subtitled video out as well:
But irrespective of whether or not the news is true, we believe that this is merely a continuation of American policy, which is based on oppression and the shedding of Arab and Muslim blood. Regardless of the doctrinal differences within the Arab and Islamic world, we certainly denounce the murder or killing of a Muslim mujahid, an Arab man. We ask Allah to bestow His mercy on him, along with our prophet, friends, martyrs, and all the righteous.

Shaykh of al-Azhar Condemns bin Laden's Burial at Sea; Egyptian Government Has No Comment on Killing

Translated from almoslim.net, 2 May 2011:
The Shaykh of al-Azhar University in Egypt, Ahmad al-Tayyib, condemned what was circulated by media outlets concerning the body of al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden being thrown into the sea after being killed by American commandos in Pakistan. He stressed that this was contrary to all religious values and humanitarian norms.

Al-Tayyib stated that it was not permissible per the Islamic shari'a to treat the dead in this manner, no matter their religion or sect--to honor the dead is to bury them.

For his part, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil 'Arabi said that he "had no comment" on the killing of al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces in Pakistan. He sufficed himself with stressing that his country was opposed to "all forms of violence."

Al-'Arabi said to reporters right after meeting with his British counterpart William Hague in Cairo: "Concerning the announcement of the death of bin Laden, Egypt is against all forms of violence, and the Egyptian government has no comment." ...