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Friday Bulletin

The Weekly Muslim News Update

Matiang’i pledges to address Muslims’ concerns in education

E ducation cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has pledged to address the concerns of Muslim in the edu-

cation sector and ensure the rights of Mus- lims are respected and protected.

He said the government acknowledges the role of Muslims in education and recog- nizes the Muslim community as partners in national development and is committed to work closely with the community in the realization of the country’s agenda in edu- cation.

Addressing a delegation from Muslim Edu- cation Council (MEC) that paid him visit on Wednesday at his Jogoo house offices,

Matiang’i, promised to ensure the concerns of Muslims are fully addressed and imple- mented.

He went on to state that he will engage with the Council on finding a lasting solution to the myriads of problems affecting Muslims in the education sector adding that his min- istry aimed at addressing the education needs of all Kenyans.

“The Education Act recognizes the par- ticipation of Muslims in the development of education and we will ensure that the con- cerns of Muslims are addressed,” he said as he emphasized that he will see to it that Muslims are represented in the County Ed-

ucation Board across the county.

The CS pointed out that the issue of wear- ing the hijab in schools and shortages of Islamic Religious Education and Arabic teachers will critically be addressed in or- der to provide space for spiritual guidance and development.

He called on Muslim parents to be at fore- front in encouraging their children to take teaching as a profession and enroll for IRE teaching to address the scarcity.

Earlier, Muslim leaders brought to his at- tention the challenges faced by Muslims in schools and petitioned his interven- Continued To Page 2

Education cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i (Middle) and education Principal secretary Kipsang Bellio (far right)

Education cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i (Middle) and education Principal secretary Kipsang Bellio (far right) with a delegation from Muslim Education Council (MEC) at his jogoo office on Wednesday.

Hajj 2017: Slots up as SUPKEM calls for early preparations

More pilgrims are expected to undertake Hajj, the journey of a life time after the Saudi Arabia government increased Ken- ya’ quota from 4500 to 6000, the highest number in the history of the country.

With the increased number of hajj slots, Muslims intending to make the pilgrimage this year to Makkah have been urged to start early preparations to avoid last min- ute rush which could adversely affect their ability to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam.

The vice chairman of Kenya Hajj Mission Sharrif Hussein Omar advised prospective pilgrims who do not possess passports to

apply for the travel documents to facilitate visa issuance.

He pointed out that in the current visa ap- plication system, details of the pilgrims are required to be submitted early online for the processing of the visa by Saudi authorities. “The ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia re- quires the names of hujjaj (pilgrims) in ad- vance by 29 Shaaban which corresponds to May 26,” he said during a press conference last Saturday.

Sharrif Hussein who is also the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) na-

tional organizing secretary further advised Continued To Page 2

pilgrims to be conscious of their health and go for full vaccinations process to protect themselves against infections.

He said the threats of the deadly Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Vi- rus required one to be vigilant and advised pilgrims to take adequate medical prepa- rations which will allow them to undertake the Hajj rituals and other spiritual obliga- tions with ease.

Among other vaccines, pilgrims are re- quired to be inoculated with are Yellow fe- ver, Meningococcal meningitis and Hepa-

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Court orders hawkers out of Eastleigh

A Nairobi court has set aside orders allow-

ing hawkers back on the streets of Eastleigh Business District.

The temporary reprieve given to the hawk- ers was short lived after senior resident Magistrate Isaac Orenge on Monday barred the hawkers from conducting business along First and Second avenues. The senior magistrate said the parading of wares along road reserves by the street ven- dors violated Nairobi City’s Planning laws and advised them to find alternative places for their business activities. Magistrate Orenge refused to hear the plea by Eastleigh Hawkers Association to be al- lowed to conduct their businesses on the streets of Eastleigh until a designated area

is built for them.

The earlier order was issued last week pending the hearing and determination of

the case only for it to be challenged in court by the Nairobi county government and East- leigh Business District Association with the latter arguing that the hawkers were hurting their businesses by selling wares in front of shops. On its part, the Nairobi county government argued that the presence of the hawkers heightened insecurity in the area and also made it impossible for the county govern- ment to collect revenue. Shop owners and hawkers have had a long running dispute regarding working space in the commercial hub. Last week the Eastleigh business com- munity closed all the shopping malls in the area in protest at the hawkers’ return. The move ignited clashes and chaos which bought business operations to a standstill. Normalcy has since returned to the com- mercial hub.

Muslims’ concerns in education to be addressed

Continued From Page 1 tion to find lasting solutions to the problems which despite complaints have not received adequate attention from policy makers in the government.

The Muslim Education Council in its memo- randum presented to the cabinet secretary pointed out various areas of concerns which among others issues include the discrimina- tion of Muslim students in schools due to their Islamic faith, a matter which they af-

firmed was an affront to constitutional right

of freedom of worship.

The memorandum also enumerated the ban on the wearing of the hijab by Muslim female students and also forcing Muslim students to

attend church services and taking Christian Religious Education (CRE) lessons. The Council urged the minister to see to it that the directive contained in a circular from the education ministry requiring all schools

to respect the Muslim dress code for girls is

adhered to.

“We are still concerned about the mistreat- ment of some Muslim girls’ in educational institutions who due to their religious obliga- tion wear the hijab,” read the memorandum

The council noted its concerns as to why the issue of hijab has not been addressed even

after the Appeal Court sitting in Nyeri ruled that Muslim girls have a constitutional right to wear the hijab and directed the ministry to put in in place policy measures for its im- plementation. “We hail the recent ruling by Court of law that ordered all public schools to respect the religious rights of followers of the seventh Day Adventist and wonder why the religious rights of Muslim students are still not recognized,” the memorandum fur- ther stated.

Pertaining to the current IRE teachers shortages, Muslim Education Council rec- ommended that Madrassa teachers should be employed as untrained teachers and allowed to teach IRE in both primary and secondary schools to give Muslim students guidance and counselling for spiritual de- velopment.

Among those in attendance included the principal secretary in the education minis- try Kipsang Bellio, Director of Basic Edu- cation Habat Sheikh Abdi. The MEC del- egation comprised of Board members Dr Ahmed Yusuf,Ibrahim Lethome and MEC executive director Munawar Khan. Others Were Professor Abdullatif Essajee, Idris Farah,Ibrahim Hussein and retired educa- tionist Bashir Mchangamwe.

6000 Kenyans to make Hajj journey

Continued From Page 1

titis B vaccines before traveling to Makkah.

The organizing secretary further explained that official registration of those intending to travel for Hajj will begin on 30 Rajab corre- sponding to April 27 where the prospective pilgrims are required to file their personal details and make the required payments by 29 Shaaban which corresponds to 26th

May,2017.

Issuance of Visa by the Saudi Arabian em- bassy in Nairobi is expected to start on Shawwal 15 which corresponds to July 10 and the last day for issuance of the Visa is Dhul Qa'adah 25 which corresponds to Au- gust 18. The first batch of Kenyan pilgrims

will depart for Makkah to perform the annual pilgrimage in fulfillment of the fifth pillar of Islam on July 30 while the last flight is ex- pected to leave on Dhul Hajj 4 which cor- responds to August 26.

The hajj is the largest mass gathering of humanity and it brings together millions of Muslims from virtually every corner of the world.

It is an obligation for all able-bodied Mus- lims of financial means to take part in the pilgrimage at least once in one's lifetime. This year's hajj is expected to be undertak- en in the last week of August.

Concerted efforts to end extremism- MP

To address the threat of violent extrem - ism, it is imperative for the government

to join hands with various stakeholders in

taming the vice which is a threat to peace

and stability of the country.

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir said increased cooperation between the public, security agencies, civil society and religious organisation is the key to preventing youth people from being re- cruited into extremist organizations.

Speaking at the Mombasa county Coun- ter Violent Extremism Strategy Conven- tion, Abdulswamad stressed that without the involvement of the affected communi- ties the war on radicalization and violent extremisms will be far from being won.

The legislator further noted that affected communities have a huge role to play in strategies of counter violent extremism but this can only be achieved with im- proved working relations with other ac- tors especially security agencies.

“It is crucial that the authorities and all the stakeholders engaged in countering violent extremism work in cohesion with the people. Community partnership is vi- tal,” he said during the convention organ- ised by coastal based rights group Haki Africa.

He said mass security swoops and ex- trajudicial killing and enforced disappear- ances in the guise of fighting terrorism are some of the aggressive approaches employed by security agencies that push young boys and girls into extremism.

In addition, he pointed out adding that addressing historical and social injustic- es and creating employment and educa- tion opportunities will prevent youth from being recruited into criminal gangs.

The MP said his constituency has put in place several measures aimed at em- powering young people and dissuading

them from be lured into criminal and il- legal activities that include building com- munity libraries and organizing football tournaments among other measures. “We also have been able to do the Skillz Mitaani initiative which seeks to give

a chance to those students who don't

make it to universities to enroll in various training opportunities of their choice” said Abdulswamad.

Haki Africa which has over the years been actively involved in countering vio- lent extremism in the coastal region said

it will continue to partner with relevant

stakeholders to curb the threat of violent extremism.

The lobby group is currently engaged

in consultative meetings with the stake-

holders to draft up a counter extremism

strategy for Mombasa county.

The gathering which took place last week brought together security authorities, civ-

il society, donors, private sector, youth, women and persons with disabilities.

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DA'WAH

Jamadal Ul-Thaany 11,1438/March 10, 2017

Important Lessons for the Muslim Ummah

Imam Ibn Baz and Dr Saleh As-Saleh

The tenth lesson – The Sunan acts of prayer The sunnan (supererogatory) acts of the prayer:

• The opening call of the prayer;

• Placing the right hand over the left one

with both over the chest while in the stand- ing position;

• Raising the hands up to the level of the

shoulders or near the ears with the fingers being close together (not separated) when saying “allahu akbar” at the beginning of the prayer, when performing the ruku, when resuming the standing position after ruku, and when standing to begin the third unit of the prayer;

• Saying “subhana rabbi al-adhim” and

“subhana rabbi al- a’la” more than once in ruku andsujud, respectively;

• Saying “rabighfir li warhamni wahdini war- zuqni wa’afni, wajburni” (Allah, my Lord, grant me forgiveness, have mercy on me, guide me, provide me with your blessings and console me) more than once between the two prostrations;

• Bowing down, making the head and back

on one level. This is the position of ruku;

• While prostrating, the arms should not be

brought close to the sides nor the abdomen to the thighs or the thighs to the legs;

• Raising the arms in sujud;

• Praying for the Prophet and the family of Muhammad, Ibrahim and the family of Ibra- him (as in tashahud);

• Performing the early morning prayer and

the first two units of the sunset and the evening prayer with an audible voice;

• Sitting between prostrations on the outer

side of the left foot (i.e. laying it flat) keep- ing the right foot erected with the internal parts of the toes touching the ground. The same position is to be taken while sitting in the first part of tashahud;

• Taking the position of tawarruk during the

recitation of the full tashahud – the person sits on his left foot laid down with his right foot erected;

• Making du’a (to invoke Allah) following the recitation of the last tashahud;

• Whispering the recitation in the dhuhr

(noon), ‘asr (late afternoon), the third raka’h ofmaghrib (sunset) prayer, and the last two raka’at of the isha’ (evening) prayer; and

• Reciting another passage from the Holy

Qur’an after the opening surah of al-Fati- hah. The eleventh lesson – Invalidation of the prayer Any prayer is invalid and nullified if any of the following acts are committed – Inten- tional talking, laughing, eating, drinking, uncovering the parts of the body of which are not allowed to be uncovered during prayer, excessive alteration in the direc- tion towards the qiblah, excessive moving outside the regular acts and movements of prayer, without a proper reason and nullify- ing the ablution. The Twelfth Lesson – The Conditions for Ablution

The ten conditions for performing ablu- tion are:

1.

Islam;

2.

Sanity;

3.

Maturity;

4.

Intention;

5.

its continuity (i.e. the person should not

intend to discontinue his ablution before its completion);

6. If one performs istinja’ (cleaning the ar-

eas of natural discharges with water) or with stones, tissues, leaves etc. (istijmar) before ablution;

7. Water must be pure and mubah (i.e. it is

not stolen or taken by force);

8. The removal of all things that prevent

water from reaching the parts of ablution such as mud;

9. Those who continually lose their ablution

(for example due to release of gas, urine, or any reason that nullifies ablution), must make prior to prayers; and

10. Causes that requires ablution (e.g. urine, eating camel meat, sleep, etc.) The Thirteenth Lesson – The Obligatory Elements of Ablution

The obligatory elements of ablution are:

• Washing the face, including rinsing out the mouth with water and cleansing the nostrils of the nose;

• Washing the two hands up to and includ- ing the elbows;

• Wiping the whole head including the two ears;

• Washing the two feet including the heels; and

• Doing the ablution in the prescribed se- quence, without delays.

The Fourteenth Lesson – The Six Nullifying Acts of Ablution The six nullifying acts of the ablution are:

1. Natural excretion, such as urine, feaces,

gas, etc.;

2. Any unclean substance excessively dis-

charged from the body;

3. Losing one’s reason due to sleep, loss of

consciousness or otherwise;

4. Eating camel meat (because the Proph-

et, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, ordered so);

5.

Rejection of Islam; and

6.

Touching the sexual organs with hand

(without any barrier: clothes and so on). Notice: Washing the dead does not nullify the ablution except for that the washer’s hand touches (without any barrier) the sex- ual organs. Kissing women with or without desire does not nullify ablution because the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, once kissed one of his wives and prayed without performing ablution.

This holds as long as there is no associ- ated sexual excretions (e.g. semen). As for the saying of Allah, Most Glorified: “… or you have been in contact with women (by sexual relations) … “ [Al-Qur’an 4: 43] The contact with women is the involvement in a full sexual relation as related by Ibn

Abbas (companion) and others, and it is the correct opinion. The fifteenth lesson – Recommend mor- als The recommended morals for every Mus- lim are truthfulness, honesty, abstinence, modesty, courage, generosity, loyalty, refraining from everything that Allah had made unlawful, being a good neighbor, helping the needy, and other morals stated either in the Holy Qur’an or in the Proph- et’s, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, tradition. The sixteenth lesson – Islamic decen- cies Islamic decencies – greeting, cheerful- ness, eating and drinking with the right hand, adhering to the Islamic conduct in entering and leaving homes and mosques and while traveling, dealing kindly with par- ents, relatives, neighbors, the old man and the young; congratulating, lamenting, and other Islamic ethics. The seventeenth lesson – Warning oth- ers Warning against shirk (association) and against other wrongdoing such as witch- craft, murdering, taking the money of the orphan, dealing with interest (riba), escap- ing on the day of Jihad, speaking evil of faithful women, disobeying parents, break- ing up with one’s relatives, false witness- ing, harming neighbors, committing out- rage upon others, and other warnings as declared by Allah and His messenger, sal- lallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The eighteenth lesson – The funeral prayer Washing the dead body and performing the funeral prayer:

a) Washing the dead:

When a Muslim is confirmed dead his eyes must be closed and his jaws brought to- gether. When washing the dead body, the whole body beginning with the exposed parts of ablution must be washed. The abdomen is gently squeezed and followed by washing of the anus and the sexual organs using a wet piece of cloth. Normal ablution will then be performed. The body is washed starting with the head and beard using water mixed with the leaves ofsidr (lote tree, if available). The right side must be washed before the left side and the body must be washed three times. Each time the abdomen is squeezed as above. The mustache and the nails are clipped, and when the body is clean, it is wrapped in three white cotton sheets cov- ering all parts of the body and perfumed with incense. If the body is still unclean, ablution must be extended to 5-7 times after which the body is dried with a clean cloth. Men’s hair should not be combed while that of a wom- an is to be braided into three chains and left hanging down behind her (as done to the Prophet’s daughter). It is preferred to shroud men with three Continued To Page 6

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WOMEN

Jamadal Ul-Thaany 11,1438/March 10, 2017

Theresa Corbin

Six realities about women in Islam

As an 18 year old, non-Muslim American,

the first time I met a raised-Muslim woman,

I came face to face with misconceptions I

held about Islam and Muslims … literally.

I looked into the gorgeous eyes of an In-

dian Muslim woman who could only be de- scribed as the inspiration for Jasmine from Aladdin.

I watched her kind manners, listened to her

intelligent conversation and boisterous fer- vor for life, and decided that this woman couldn’t be like all the rest or “them”. She couldn’t be like all those sad submissive

and oppressed women from “that” part of the world.

How could she? As I got to know this mysterious woman, who I thought had defied all the traditions of her religion and culture, I came to realize this idea of her was a part of my own mis- conceptions, and all the myths I had held to be true about Islam’s view and treatment of women began to fall away one by one. She was so self possessed. She was gra- cious. She even had impeccable style all while wearing “that thing on her head”. Myth: In Islam women are less than men Reality: When the religion of Islam was re- vealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), woman was not defined in rela- tion to man, as she had been in so many societies and religions before. She was not a mutilated version of man, as the Greeks had claimed. She did not carry the responsibility for the downfall of man, as men in other religions decided. She was not killed or abandoned simply because of her gender. In Islam, woman was her own individual- believing woman. Allah tells us that women are on equal footing as men:

{I will not allow the deeds of any one of you

to be lost, whether you are male or female, each is like the other.} (Quran 3:195) No spiritual superiority exists in the male role or the female role. Men and Women are complementary to one another and should not be defined in relation to one an- other, except by our piety and deeds.

who she marries Reality: In no uncertain terms, every bride must consent to her marriage. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“The widow and the divorced woman shall not be married until their order is obtained, and the virgin shall not be married until her consent is obtained.” (Al-Bukhari) The Prophet also said: “When a man gives his daughter in marriage and she dislikes it, the marriage shall be annulled.” Once a woman came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said that her father had married her to a man against her wish. The Prophet gave her the right to repudiate the marriage. Myth: Muslim women aren’t allowed to get an education Reality: Muslim women not only have the right to obtain an education, they have the obligation. The Prophet Muhammad said: “Seeking knowledge is incumbent upon every Mus- lim” (Ibn Majah) Every Muslim must instill in mind a desire to seek knowledge. Allah instructed His Prophet — and thus all Muslims — to ask Allah to increase him in knowledge. {And say: My Lord increase me in knowl- edge} (Quran 20:114) Myth: Islam considers women to be sec- ond class citizens Reality: During his lifetime, Prophet Mu- hammad took counsel with and encour- aged over 600 women who were scholars, warriors, nurses, businesswomen, teach- ers and students. Muslim women and all women have the right to good treatment. The Prophet Muhammad even proclaimed that: “The best of you are those who are best to women”. (At-Tirmidhi) Allah tells us in the Quran that He has cre- ated man and women to share love, mercy, and live together in peace not so that they could treat each other as “less than”:

{And among His signs is this, that He creat- ed for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your hearts. Undoubtedly in these are signs for those who reflect.} (Quran 30:21) Myth: Muslim men Make women cover their hair Reality: The first and most important reason Muslim women wear hijab is to please Allah out of her own free will and sincerity. She does not wear hijab to please man. In fact if she does so, this is the considered the biggest sin in Islam- idolatry (shirk). No man or women is allowed to make any act of devotion toward anything but Allah alone. Both men and women are asked by Allah to guard their modesty. But since our bod- ies are different, women and men dress

differently. It is important to note that Allah has asked women to cover their hair to be recognized as believing women. We rec- ognize nuns, Mary the mother of Jesus by their mode of dress, as women of faith. It is the same for Muslim women who wear hijab. Women have been victims of ruthless pow- er struggles for centuries in all societies and cultures around the world. But Islam came to free societies and culture from this oppression and way of thinking about women. So whenever any Muslim person or government lowers the status of or re- moves Allah given respect and rights from women, it is only in a direct violation of core Islamic values. On international women’s day, as I look back on what I thought about Muslim wom- en, what I came to learn, and what I came to believe, it saddens me to think that much of the Western world still holds all these same old misconceptions that I did. It hor- rifies me to see what some of the Muslim world does to women in direct contradiction to Islam. It’s time we remove the narrative that Islam oppresses women. It’s long past time to re- claim women’s rights.

Theresa Corbin is a New Orleans native and Muslimah who converted in 2001 af- ter many years of soul searching and re- ligious study. She is a freelance writer, editor and graphic artist who focuses on themes of conversion, integration, soci- etal stereotyping and bridging gaps be- tween cultures and religions.

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Myth: In Islam a woman Is completely dependent on man Reality: In Islam men and women are dependent on each other:

In Islam men and women are dependent on each other: {Men and women are protectors of

{Men and women are protectors of each other} (Quran 9:71) Muslim women in the 7th century in the de- sert of Arabia gained the right to be their own legal entities. Women voted, gave advice on all matters from political to re- ligious, owned property, signed contracts, and inherited- all rights promised to them through the religion of Islam. Women were not property handed from father to husband, something the Western world would not realize until the 19th. and 20th. centuries. Myth: A Muslim woman can’t even say

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YOUTH

Jamadal Ul-Thaany 11,1438/March 10, 2017

Umm Rashid

Fitnah of internet: Islamic tips for spending time online

MUSLIMS are spending a great deal of their time online – according to Professor Gary Bunt, author of ‘Virtually Islamic’ and ‘Islam in the Digital Age’, there are over a 100 million Muslims online globally – and the line between ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ life is getting blurred for many. What brings Muslims online, besides the need for communication? The Internet has plenty to offer: Islamic resources in the form of books and lectures; beneficial websites featuring articles, live interaction with counselors and scholars; a reference database of fatwas and sermons; internet forums, matrimonial sites and social net- working sites that provide a semblance of ‘social life’ to the socially restricted; blogs which allow people to indulge in various pursuits – from sharing beneficial knowl- edge and showcasing one’s writing skills and daily life, to social activism to una- bashed self-indulgence. On the darker side, there are the well- known perils of pornography; sick criminals preying on unsuspecting youngsters and vulnerable women; free-mixing leading to extra-marital relationships, rabid extrem- ism and deviancy leading to the dreaded phenomenon of “cyber-jihad.” Besides these obvious and major harms, Muslims who use the internet a great deal may develop certain other patterns of be- havior that may be insidious, but are no less harmful from the spiritual point of view. 1. Wasting time How many times do we find ourselves getting online with the intention to quickly check on our e-mail, and wind up hopping from one website to another, only to glance

at the clock and discover that several hours

have gone by? Speaking about the habits of the early Muslims, Al-Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, “I saw those people (the early Muslims) and how they were more careful about their time than about their Dirhams and Dinars (i.e. their money).”

There are several ways we can safeguard our time online – if we are past the stage of dragging ourselves off the computer within

a reasonable amount of time, we could al-

ways get people to remind us to get up af- ter a certain period of time or even set an alarm (there are services available online).

2. Lapse in Islamic manners Looking up obscene content, chatting sug- gestively and flirting with members of the opposite gender are just a few obvious ex- amples of un-Islamic behavior. Other, more subtle, but equally dangerous lapses of Adab (good manners) include tak- ing advantage of anonymity on the internet to slander and tarnish people’s reputation, verbal harassment, unprovoked rudeness, sarcasm and condescending behavior. Recently, while listening to a lecture on Adab Shar’iyyah, based on a poem called Mandhumat Al-Adab, codifying Islamic be-

havior based on Islamic jurisprudence (writ- ten by a Hanbali scholar called Ibn Abdul Al-Qawi in the 13th century), I was struck by the lecturer’s explanation of Adab as: “A science that teaches one how to behave in- ternally and externally; how to react inside when some good comes, or some calamity befalls, and how to react externally when faced with trials, tribulations… this science tames the soul and keeps it in balance and firm like a lofty mountain firmly rooted in the earth, unshaken by earthquakes of what- ever magnitude.” This is certainly food for thought for most of us, who discard good manners at the first sign of temptation and (real or perceived) intellectual intimidation. 3. Vanity and vain talk It’s tough to resist talking in vain on the in- ternet when there are so many cues every- where encouraging one to leave comments and get into discussions (that more often than not regress into diatribes). Two verses of the Qur’an are especially meaningful in this context: “Indeed, suc- cessful are the Believers, those who in their prayer have Khushu’ (fear of Allah) and those who refrain from vain talk.” (Qur’an, 23 : 1-3) “Not a word is said except that there is a watcher by him ready to record it.” (Qur’an,

50:18)

Another aspect of vain talk is indulging in self-praise, showing off and other atten- tion-seeking behavior that, ironically, may be apparent to everyone except the per-

petrators themselves. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The faith of a servant (believer) is not put right until his heart is put right, and his heart is not put right until his tongue is put right.” (Musnad) 4. Superficiality and belittling sins While surfing social networking sites, one comes to the conclusion that they give rise to a culture of banality and lead to trivial- izing sins. Why else would Muslims put up pictures

of themselves indulging in blatantly un-Is-

lamic activities, if they were not under the (mistaken) impression that it was “cool” to do so? Why else would people congratu- late them and positively encourage them in their antics?

These may seem like minor issues when compared to the situation of the majority of Muslims today, but the Prophet (peace be upon him) warned us against belittling sins – even minor ones – in his Farewell Ser- mon: “Satan despairs that he should ever be worshipped (or obeyed by means of leading people to associate partners with Allah in obedience) in this land, but he is pleased that he is able to lead you astray through your small misdeeds, so be aware of him for the sake of your religion.” Abdullah Bin Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased

with him) used to say, “A believer treats a sin as if it is a mountain over his head that may fall on him any moment. Whereas

a habitual sinner looks at it as a fly that perches on his nose and he waves it away with his hand.” (Bukhari)

CAIR blames white house ‘islamophobes’ and ‘white supremacists’ for new travel order

The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday blamed “Islamophobes” and “white supremacists” in the White House for President Trump’s new travel executive order – or what CAIR has dubbed “Muslim ban 2.0.” “The driving force behind this Muslim ban are the Islamophobes and the white su- premacists employed by the Trump ad- ministration, including [counterterrorism advisor] Sebastian Gorka, [chief strategist] Steve Bannon, and [senior policy advisor] Stephen Miller,” CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad told a press confer- ence at the group’s Capitol Hill headquar- ters. “This order is just a preview of future anti- Muslim, anti-immigrant policy proposals being fed to President Trump by his Islam- ophobic advisors,” he added. Earlier in his remarks, Awad described the fact the president had to issue a new order – after federal courts placed holds on his original issued in late January – as a “major defeat” for the administration. “As White House advisor Stephen Miller promised, this watered-down Muslim ban 2.0 was retooled to achieve the same un-

constitutional policy outcome as the first deeply-flawed order,” he said. “We believe this policy outcome is the fulfilment of now- President Trump’s campaign pledge to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.”

In December 2015, then-Republican candi-

date Trump called for Muslims to be tempo- rarily banned from entering the U.S., “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” The new executive order bars citizens and nationals of Syria, Sudan, Iran, Libya, So- malia and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Green-card holders and citizens of the six countries who have valid U.S. vi- sas issued before the date of the original order, January 27, are exempt. A seventh country in the original order, Iraq, was excluded this time. The administration says the Iraqi government has agreed to “increase cooperation with the U.S. gov- ernment on the vetting of its citizens apply- ing for a visa to travel to the United States.” “This administration is actively working to undercut religious liberties and the free- dom of American Muslims, despite consti- tutional protections that guarantee freedom of religion to all,” he said.

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Important lessons for the Muslim Ummah

white sheets without a gown or amamah (head cover); children in one up to three sheets and women in five sheets, these sheets are:

Dir’: a loose outer garment with sleeves slit in front. Khimar: covering head and face. Izar: a sheet wrapped around the waist, and Two overall wrapping sheets. Young girls can be wrapped with a gown and two sheets. The one who has the most right to wash the dead body of a man is his chosen guardian (if any) then his father, his grandfather, then the closest of his relatives. The woman is best washed by her chosen female then the mother, the grandmother, then the closest one of her female relatives. The husband can wash the body of his wife and vice versa because Abu Bakr, may Al- lah be pleased with him, was washed by his wife; and Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, washed his wife, Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with her. b) The funeral prayer (salat ul-janazah):

Saying takbir (allahu akbar) four times. Re- citing al-Fatihah after the first takbir. Fol- lowing the second takbir, one prays for the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, as he does intashahud. Then after saying allahu akbar for the third time, one recites what is usually said in other prayers like asking Allah to forgive all Muslims or any supplications he knows, preferably this:

“Allahumma ighfir li hayyina wa mayyitina, wa shahidina wa ghaibina wa sagheerina wa kabeerina wa thakarina wa unthana. Al- lahumma man ahyaytahu minna fa ahyihi ala al Islam, wa man tawaffaytah u minna fa ta- waffahu ala al-iman. Allahmma la tahrimna ajrah, wa la taftinna badah.” “O Allah, grant forgiveness to our living and to our dead, and to those who are present and to those who are absent, and to our young and our old folk, and to our males and our females. O Allah, whomsoever you grant to live, from among us, help him to live in Islam and whomsoever of us you cause to die, help him to die in faith. O Allah, do not deprive us of the reward for patience on his (her, their) loss and do not make us subject to trial after him.” Or one could say: “Allahumma ighfir lah u warhamhu wa’afihi wa’fu anhu, wa’akrim nuzulahu wa wassi’ madkhalahu, wa’ghsilhu bil mae wathalgi walbarad, wanaqihi mina al- thunoubi walkhataya kama unaqa athawbo alabiado mina addanas, wa abdilhu daran khairan min darihi, wa ahlan khairan min ahlihi, wa adkhilhu al-jannah, wa aidhu min adhabi al qabr, wa adhabi an-nar; wafsah lahu fi qabrihi, wanawir lahu fehi. Allahumma la tahrimna ajrahu, wa la tudhlilna ba’dahu.” “O Allah forgive him (her, them) and have your Mercy upon him; protect him and par- don him, receive him with honor and make his grave spacious; wash him with water, snow and hail, and clean him from sins and wrong-doings as is cleaned a white garment from impurity; requite him with an abode more excellent than his, and with a mate

better than his mate. Admit him to the

Garden, and protect him from the torment

of the grave and the torment of the Fire;

widen his space in his grave and bring him light therein. O Allah don’t deprive us from his reward and don’t let us go astray after him.”

Then after saying Allahu Akbar for the fourth time one turns his head to the right (making taslim) and thus ending the fu- neral prayer.

It is best to raise one’s hand while saying allahu akbar. In the case when the dead

is

a child or an infant, the following du’a

is

made:

“Allahumma ejalhu dhiktan liwalidayhi, washafeean mujaban. Allahuma thaqil bihi mawazeenahuma wa a’dhun bihi ujo- rahuma wa alhiqhu bi salih al-mu’minin, waj’alhu fi kafalati ibrahim alayhi as-salam, waqihi bi rahmatika adhaba al-jahim.” “O Allah make him a preceding reward and

a reserve treasure (on the Day of Judg-

ment) for his parents; a one whose inter- cession would be granted. O Allah make of him an excess in the measures and in the rewards (granted by Allah) to his parents. Let him join the company of the righteous

believers and make him under the care of Abraham (may the peace of Allah be upon him), and protect him, by Your Mercy, from the torment of the blazing Fire.” The tradition is for the Imam to stand right next to the head of the body if it is a man, and to the middle of the body if it is a wom- an. If the dead were many, men, women, male and female children in one funeral, the following positions are to be taken:

The men right in front of the Imam. The women further towards the qiblah. The male children are between the men and women and more towards the men while the female children follow women further down in the direction of qiblah (all of the dead bodies are to be laid parallel to those praying). The bodies are to be arranged such that the head of the male child lies next to that of a man while the middle of a woman lies next to the head of a man. The head of the female child lies next to the head of a woman. The followers of Imam are to stand behind him just as in other prayers. It is accept- able for one to stand to the right of the Imam if he finds no place behind him.

Letters to the editor

Magnificent Umrah experience in Saudi Arabia

I would like to commend the Saudi Arabian authorities and also extend my apprecia- tion to the Custodian of the Holy sites of Makkah and Madina, King Salman bin Ab- dulziz al Saudi. This appreciation follows my recent visit to Saudi Arabia for Umrah (the lesser pil- grimage). The pilgrimage is a unique expe- rience to any Muslim in view of its scared place in the faith and its actual physical performance. To ensure that the ritual are performed in a tranquil atmosphere, Saudi authori- ties have gone out of their way and put in place elaborative measures which have transformed the pilgrimage sites ensuring that the millions of visitors who make the momentous journey, undertake the rituals in an atmosphere of ease and tranquility. While many have written about the pil- grimage, I wish to share my observation on the hospitality and the services offered to the guests of Allah by the Saudi govern- ment. While preparing for our journey, my wife and I felt a lot of anxiety for our safety and security as ordinary citizens. Generally, headlines in local and global media are dominated by stories on terror- ism, radicalism, fundamentalism and oth- ers. Many of the stories have often cast the Middle East and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in bad taste. All of the above were at the forefront of our minds as we set out to board the plane following successful process of visa appli- cation. Upon our arrival at Jeddah and Madina airports, we were pleased at the warm hospitality and welcome offered by the officials. The humbleness and the good gestures amid thousands of people of dif- ferent ages, race and gender from across the world was quite heartening. The virtue of patience and humbleness

were very clear on the Saudi officials who took pains to ensure that the visitors felt at home. My wife and I found ourselves at ease. There was not even a slight element of insecurity. After expediting our arrival, we checked-in for our accommodation again with ease and with good amenities and physical convenience. We went on to perform our prescribed rights with calmness and tranquility. The Haram of Makkah and the Kaaba proved to be a magnificent experiencing and performing the Sa’ee in the air-condi- tioned marble-tiled walkways of Safwa and Marwah made this specific act very comfortable. Access to space, water for ablution and Zamzam water to drink, access to toilets/ bathrooms, all of the above are readily available and always clean. All along, we were amazed at the ex- emplary and impeccable condition of the Masjid Al Haram and the Prophet’s mosque, the Haram in Madina. Maintaining the very large crowd of mil- lion of Muslims and Muslimas in a con- trolled, orderly and sublime way on a 24 hour basis is very professional and won- derful. One could casually overlook the meticu- lous management and operation of the Holy sites. However, for one who is in- volved in the administration of a Mosque, it is something that cannot be overlooked or taken for granted. I am both humbled and honored to thank the Custodian of the Holy Sites and all His administrators for their dedicated and tireless efforts toward providing exem- plary services to the pilgrims. My prayers to Allah is to reward and bless all of those involved – AMEEN Murad E Murad Chairman – Madina Cen- tre Mosque, Nairobi

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Give parents their due rights, advises Imam

Muslims have been called upon to adhere to the teaching of Islam and not forsake the cardinal obligations towards their parents. These remarks were made by the Jamia Mosque Imam Sheikh Muhammad Swal- ihu who expressed concern that due to un-Islamic influence and teachings, some Muslims were neglecting their obligations towards their parents as stipulated in the Qur'an and teachings of the Prophet. He warned that disobeying parents was among the grave sins and told Muslims es- pecially the youth to ensure that their par- ents were accorded the best treatment and care as they played a vital role in nurturing them when they were at a tender age.

Addressing worshippers at Jamia Mosque

in his Friday Khutba (sermon), Sheikh Swalihu said it was regrettable that some Muslims had abdicated their role to honour and look after their parents especially after they attained old age. “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age

in your life, say not to them a word of disre-

spect nor shout at them but address them in an honourable manner,” he said quoting the Noble Qur'an. “Even if your parents are non-Muslims you are required to obey and honour them as this is their divine right upon you. But in the

event the command disobedience to Allah the right of obedience is disallowed but ad- dress them with dignity,” he added. He pointed out that respecting, honouring and appreciating parents is not a one day affair but it has to be made on a regular basis. The Imam emphasized that among the things that could be done for parents after their death are performing dua (supplica- tions) and asking forgiveness for them on a regular basis, fulfilling their pledges and honouring their relatives and friends At the same time Sheikh Swalihu urged Muslim youth to uphold the tenets of Islam on dressing code and keep away from un- Islamic influence and traditions which he said would endanger their faith. Sheikh Swalihu advised the youth to change their behaviours by embracing the teachings of the Noble Qur'an and the tra- ditions of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him for guidance.

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Invest in integrated schools, Busia Muslims told

Muslims in Busia County have been urged to invest in education sector by setting up Islamic integrated schools to address their education needs. Making the call, the Western region Da’wah Group (WEDAGRO), vice chairman Sheikh Amir Kassim, stressed on the need to have more integrated Muslim schools saying that the integrated system of education has proved to be a success and is the way to go. Amir Kassim said the system is best suit- ed to address the need for wholesome education and is capable of producing all rounded and morally upright members of the society. “We want an integrated system of educa- tion where the child is brought up in all spheres of life. It is in this system where we will produce bright and religious stu- dents who will spur this country to devel- opment,” he said when he spoke at Butula Jamia Mosque in Busia County over the weekend at a fundraising ceremony in aid of the proposed Butula Muslim Integrated School. Chairman Matungu Muslim Association Ramadhan Ombutie made similar senti- ments by calling for double efforts in the establishment of more integrated schools. The religious leaders implored parents to

take advantage of the educational oppor- tunities provided by the integrated system of education as well the country’s environ- ment that allows Muslim students to fully practice their religion without undue inter- ference from the government. Renowned Busia scholar and Imam Sheikh Musa Salim made a rallying call to parents to educate their children in both the so- called secular and religious stressing that

it is saddening for some parents to stress

more on secular education while neglect- ing religious studies.

He said the so-called secular education will only be beneficial to children who have a better understanding of Islamic knowledge and disciplines such as Fiqh, Hadith and Seerah noting that such disciplines will go

a long way in improving the general perfor-

mance of the students. The proposed Integrated Islamic school is set to be constructed at Bwaliro area within Busia County and already one acre piece of land has been acquired and set aside for the project. During the event to raise fund for the con- struction of the Butula Muslim Integrated school over Sh 82,000 was raised . The national Chairman Majlis Ulamaa Ken- ya Sheikh Khalfan Ismail Khamis pledged to support of the project.

Mt Kenya to host first Islamic Da'wah conference

The first Islamic conference in Mt Kenya region which is expected to bring together top Muslim scholars is planned for Embu next month. The two-day “Mercy to the World Confer- ence” is planned for April 15 and 16 at Embu County Stadium. The event is organ- ised by Islamic Da’wa Group (IDG). The conference will showcase Islamic val- ues as well as promote a better understand- ing of Islam among Muslims and people of other faiths. “The conference is poised to bring Muslims and people of other faiths together to appreciate the sublime Islamic teachings and diesel the misconceptions fanned by ignorant and malicious media,” said he IDG chairman Abdallah Ndope.

“This will inshallah be an annual event and through this we hope to reawaken da’wah workers and Muslims to proudly and confi- dently live Islam and play their rightful role as citizens of Kenya,” he added. Among speakers at the event will be prom- inent Tanzanian preacher Sheikh Nurdin Kishki, Sheikh Abu Hamza who is also Imam Masjid Al-huda in Mombasa, Sheikh Badru Jaffar from Nairobi, Sheikh Ahmad Athman Imam Landhies Mosque Nairobi and Prof. Abdullatif Essajee lecturer at the University of Nairobi. The conference will also feature Sheikh Ri- shad Rajab (Mombasa), Sheikh Yusuf Abdi (Mombasa) and Sheikh Ibrahim Adan Has- san among other guest speakers.

UN raises alarm as hunger crisis worsens in Somalia United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

UN raises alarm as hunger crisis worsens in Somalia

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged in- ternational support to alleviate Somalia's worsening hunger crisis during an emergency visit to the country. The UN chief issued the appeal on Tuesday after witnessing the suffering of malnourished Somalis and cholera victims during his first field trip since becoming the UN chief. He said the hunger crisis requires a massive response as six mil- lion people, or almost half of the population of the Horn of Africa country, need assistance. "Every single person we have seen is a personal story of tremendous suffering. There is no way to de- scribe it," Guterres said after seeing skeletal men, women and children in a cholera ward in Baidoa, 243km northwest of the capi- tal, Mogadishu. Somalia's prolonged drought has caused widespread hunger, and the shortage of clean water has resulted in cholera. "People are dying. The world must act now to stop this," he said on Twitter on his arrival in Somalia. "We need to make as much noise as possible. Conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a night- mare." In Baidoa's cholera wards, adults and children had sunken eyes and protruding ribs. Because of the cholera-induced diarrhoea, medical workers sprayed the wards with chlorine to disinfect the areas. Guterres also visited a camp with hundreds of families displaced by the drought and Somalia's battle against al-Shabab, the armed anti-government group. He saw hungry families seeking shelter under flimsy plastic. Somalia is part of a $4bn aid appeal launched last month for four nations suffering from conflict and hunger. The others are Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan. (Aljazeera)

The others are Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan. (Aljazeera) Chaplaincy services in hospitals When someone is

Chaplaincy services in hospitals

When someone is ill and cut off from their daily life, a visit or call or note from someone reminds them they are remembered part of a community and are cared for. Dealing with Muslim brothers, sisters, friends or relatives who are very sick — or fear they might be dying can be a challenge. Most people want to know what to say to them. Do you try to cheer them up? Reassure them that things will be all right? Pray with them? Tell them about your own experiences with something similar? Ask if they would like to be in touch with someone you know who had the same illness? Help them to see that they may grow even stronger through experiencing the illness? Should you ask them for details of their condition? Is it okay to ask questions? How can you be a good listener? Is it better to ignore the whole matter and act as if nothing serious has happened? Sheikh Subki Shee of Ummah Foundation has all the answers to these worrying questions. He takes the example of Omar bin Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) who never left the sick, ill, hungry or destitute before they smile. This is the spirit of feelings for others as we all know the same condition can face anybody. Recently, after receiving a questionable and confusing diagnosis, a dear friend told the Sheikh one day, "I’m furious of what has befallen me. I'm scared of the inevitable. I try to keep smiling to ward off all these." People who are ill often feel dependent and often resentful about that dependence. When you are conscious of these issues and appreciate the fact that Allah swt has destined all these as a test, you will more likely respond in a sensitive way. Sheikh Subki as he goes round the hospitals delivering the good news of Daawah, encouraging the sick and offering supplications for them comes along with a lot of changes in people’s lives after they leave the wards. Those who recover have had a lesson and reflect upon the mercy of Allah swt who saw them through the turbulent times. For non Muslims Sheikh’s visits gives them an opportunity of un- derstanding what Islam values and emphasizes. In summary the visits are a daawah program that targets all. In the corridors of sickness, the nurses, doctors and ward assistants are also privi- leged to see Islam in practice. Kenyatta National, Nairobi, Mba- gathi, Care Hospital, Gertrude Children and Ladnan hospitals are the main medical facilities that the Sheikh frequents every week. The Program has given route to other humanitarian activities like providing kaffans and according a decent burial for our departed brothers and sisters. Most parents undergo serious trauma and anxiety that Muslims should take a leading role in providing these services. Other faiths have already found space and we appeal to our Muslim brothers and sisters to follow suit and make our presence realised. Um- mah Foundation has been leading in the forefront in promoting and enhancing these social welfare activities from the time of its inception. Our role is to help people make the connection between them- selves and the creator, and help develop their spiritual life. In a hospital setting Sheikh Subki meets with people who are involved in the experience of illness, whether it be patients, their families, staff, or volunteers, or the community. The focus therefore is on relationships and counselling and the service is offered to anyone, regardless of who they are, or how they view their life. With your support we can achieve a lot. Currently we are in discussion with Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, Jaramogi Odinga Referal Hospital, Kisumu General, Kakamega General, Busia General and St Mary’s Hospitals to have the same chaplaincy services delivered in their wards. We believe this will add more value to our work and more will benefit Inshallah. Contact us:

Ummah Foundation Village Plaza,2nd Floor Ngara Road P.O.Box 58717-00200 , Nairobi, Kenya Tel:+254-20-2680610/13, Mobile: +254734845277 E.Mail: info@ummahfoundation.net

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