Rich Muslim vows to pay all French burka fines

Masha’Allah, may Allah (swt) reward this brother. Read the original published article here.

On the eve of tomorrow’s Bastille Day celebrations, there is more revolution in the air in France and this time the ringleader is a flamboyant Muslim businessman called Rachid Nekkaz. The 38-year-old property developer is incensed that France has moved one step closer to banning the burka, with women caught wearing the full veil in public liable to a €150 fine and anyone convicted of forcing a woman to cover up facing a fine of up to €30,000 and a year in prison.

The first stage in passing the controversial law was today approved in the National Assembly with members of the Lower House voting overwhelmingly – 335 votes for to one against – to introduce the ban. If the French senators in the Upper House ratify the proposal in September, it will become law by the spring of 2011.

Nekkaz (above), along with the majority of France’s five million Muslims, is furious at what he sees as a persecution of his religion, pointing out that fewer than 2,000 French Muslims actually wear the full veil.

He has begun a campaign to fight the law and he’s pledged one million euros of his own money to pay the fines of any Muslim convicted. Speaking outside the National Assembly, Nekkaz said: “One million sounds a lot, but to protect one’s liberty it’s not much, and I hope that others in this country who hold the constitution dear and want to protect our fundamental liberty will join me in fighting this law.”

The debonair Nekkaz, a shining example of an integrated, modern French Muslim (he was born in France to Algerian parents), has set up a campaign group called ‘Hands off my Constitution’, and plans to raise the €1m by selling some of the properties he owns in the Parisian suburbs.

In front of the cameras he wrote a personal cheque for the seven-figure sum before describing the proposed law as ‘Anti-Constitutional’ and demanding that President Sarkozy shelves the idea.

That seems unlikely. Not only has Sarkozy described the full veil as degrading to women, but it’s an issue that has the overwhelming support of his UMP party. Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said last week that wearing the veil “amounted to being cut off from society and rejecting the very spirit of the French republic that is founded on a desire to live together”.

And the likes of Nekkaz haven’t been helped in fighting the law by the muddled approach of the opposition Socialist Party. They would like to see a ban restricted to state institutions. But that notion was ridiculed by Alliot-Marie, who said it would be “legally incoherent” and impossible to enforce. “How could we convince the French people that freedom, equality and respect for the dignity of women begins in the train station but stops at the exit?”

The Socialists abstained in today’s vote in the Lower House and have said they will adopt a similar stance in September’s Senate vote, in which case it seems certain the law will be written into the French Constitution. But the country’s police force is bracing itself for a backlash. Security was increased at the National Assembly ahead of today’s vote and there are fears of street riots if the bill is passed.

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Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (ra): Speech After Conquering Jerusalem

After receiving the surrender of Jerusalem and completing the tour of Syria when Caliph Umar was returning to Madina he led the prayer at Jabiah. On this occasion he delivered an address which is preserved in history. The major part of his address was:

“O ye people I counsel you to read the Qur’an. Try to understand it and ponder over it. Imbibe the teachings of the Qur’an. Then practise what the Quran teaches. The Qur’an is not theoretical; it is a practical code of life. The Qur’an does not bring you the message of the Hereafter only; it is primarily intended to guide you in this life. Mold your life in accordance with the teachings of Islam for that is the way of your well being. By following any other way you will be inviting destruction.”Fear Allah (The One True God), and whatever you want seek from Him. All men are equal. Do not flatter those in authority. Do not seek favors from others. By such acts you demean yourself. And remember that you will get only that is ordained for you, and no one can give you anything against the will of God. Then why seek things from others over which they have no control? Only supplicate God for He alone is the sovereign.

“And speak the truth. Do not hesitate to say what you consider to be the truth. Say what you feel. Let your conscience be your guide. Let your intentions be good, for verily God is aware of your intentions. In your deeds your intentions count. Fear God, and fear no one else. Why fear others when you know that whatever sustenance ordained for you by God you will get under all circumstances? And again why fear when you know that death is ordained by God alone and will come only when He wills?

“Allah has for the time being made me your ruler. But I am one of you. No special privileges belong to ruler. I have some responsibilities to discharge, and in this I seek your cooperation. Government is a sacred trust, and it is my endeavor not to betray the trust in any way. For the fulfillment of the trust I have to be a watch-man. I have to be strict. I have to enforce discipline. I have to run the administration not on the basis of personal idiosyncracies; I have to run it in public interest and for promoting the public good. For this we have the guidance in the Book of God. Whatever orders I issue in the course of day to day administration have to conform to the Qur’an. God has favored us with Islam. He sent to us His Messenger (Muhammad, pbuh). He has chosen us for a mission. Let us fulfil that mission. That mission is the promotion of Islam. In Islam lies our safety; if we err we are doomed.”

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Alpha-Him Jobe – Marriage: What makes it work?

Masha’Allah very entertaining and beneficial lecture on marriage. Click the link to watch the video.

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“Would That I Knew…” – Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Ash-Shinqitee

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The way to seek Knowledge, Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

The way to seek knowledge

Question: Briefly, what is the way to seek knowledge, and may Allaah reward you with good?

Response: Briefly, in point form, the way to seek knowledge (is as follows):

1) Take care to memorise the Book of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) and allocate some time every day to memorise and read, such that your recitation is with reflection and understanding. And if you come across a beneficial point whilst reading, then make a note of it;

2) Take care to memorise that which is easy (for you) from the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and from that (I recommend) memorising (the book) ((‘Umdatul-Ahkaam));

3) Take care in concentrating and confirming (whilst seeking knowledge) such that you do not take a little knowledge from here and a little from there. This is because this wastes your time and (unnecessarily) busies your mind;

4) Start with the smaller books and study them well, then move on to that which is above this (in level) until you obtain knowledge little by little in a manner which makes firm (the knowledge) in your heart and to that which you are at peace (comfortable) with;

5) Take care to understand the fundamental issues, their rules and the limits of all that passes by you, as it has been said:

((Whoever does not take care to learn the fundamentals/principles, then he has prevented (himself) from arriving at the conclusion/goal));

6) Discuss issues with your Shaykh or someone who is known for his knowledge and (practise of the) religion based upon the conditions you know. (Even if you are mentally able to discuss the issue).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Kitaabul-‘Ilm – Page 119, Question 17

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Making “MOOZ-lum”

Masha’Allah looks promising. I look forward to watching it.

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Yasir Qadhi: A Journey of Worship in 24 Hours

  • Angles worship nonstop = most quantity
  • However, Muhsin (ihsan) worship less but reach higher level b/c of QUALITY
  • Can’t differentiate muhmin and muhsin outwardly
  • Most rewarding deeds are obligatory
  • Most beloved are punctual deeds, you always do them continuously
  • Hasan al-Basri speaking to Tabieen: Abu Bakr (ra) did not elevate above them b/c of his deeds, but b/c of something that settled in his heart and consciousness

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