The CHOICE of SADAQAH

The question asked of me is complex. The person has quoted the Qur’anic verse: “My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term, so I could give charity (Sadaqah) and be among the righteous,” (Surah Munafiqun 63:10). The questioner adds that the verse does not say Umrah nor Salat or Saum (fasting). The questioner states that scholars say that the dying person chooses Sadaqah due to the great effect it has after his death.

I am of the view that there is ALWAYS a need to take in the wider picture when discussing Islam and NOT just some aspect or feature of it. It is IMPORTANT to maintain an overall picture of reality as it really exist with Allah. Understanding the MAINFRAME of any issue is IMPORTANT. Answering a direct question produces specific answers without taking in the wider picture. (https://islamqa.info/en/42384)

In Surah Najm 53:39 Allah has revealed: “And that the human being can have nothing but what he has earned (good or bad).” This is the MAINFRAME of this subject. This is Allah’s position on reward. What you have after this are POSSIBILITIES mentioned by the Prophet (s.a.w.). ONE should NOT assume that these possibilities will work out. They are CONDITIONAL. A corrupt person at the time of death may declare that all his wealth should be given out in charity to benefit from an option (Hadith) but there is NO guarantee that it will work! Why? If everyone took a SHORTCUT in Islam, it (Islam) would end up a mockery! That is why the Wahabees clearly state that once a person dies, everything come to an end. The door is closed! Even if you perform Hajj or give out Sadaqah for the deceased (which of course is good), its acceptance lies with Allah. Please remember that even the Shafa’ah of Rasulullah (s.a.w.) in any matter is subject to “bi-iznillah” (by His permission). Everything is SUBJECTED to His Permission! Ask yourself, if you were the Prophet, would you simply intercede for anyone? Would you NOT fear and respect your Lord? The most you would do is to PLEAD, to seek His CONSIDERATION, COMPASSION, MERCY AND FORGIVENESS FOR THE DECEASED but the outcome STILL remains with ALLAH! 

Commenting on this verse, Ibnu Kathir, rahimahullah, said, “Imam ash-Shafi’i concluded from this ayah that reciting the Qur’an does not benefit the dead, because it is not from their doing and earning. For this reason, Allah’s Messenger, upon whom be peace, did not recommend it to his ummah, encourage them to do it, or guide them to it with a text or a hint. Nor was such a thing reported from any of the Sahabah. Had this been any good, they would have preceeded us in doing it. Matters of worship must be limited to the texts, and are not liable to modifications based on analogies and opinions.” [Tafsir Qur’an il-‘Adhim] (http://sunnahonline.com/library/beliefs-and-methodology/83-things-that-benefit-the-dead).

Any good deed that a Muslim starts during his lifetime, and that is of renewed benefit and ongoing use for the Muslims, will continue to benefit him and augment his record of good deeds, even after his departure – as long as its benefits continue to reach others. Allah Almighty has revealed, “We record that (deeds) which they have put forward and their traces (that which they have left behind),” (Surah Ya-Sin 36:12). (http://sunnahonline.com/library/beliefs-and-methodology/83-things-that-benefit-the-dead).

The Prophet (s.a.w) said, “After the death of a person, his actions stop, except three things that he leaves behind: First, continuous charity, Second, a knowledge from which some benefit may be obtained, Third, a virtuous son who make dua (pray, supplicate) on his behalf,” (Sahih Muslim). It is important to note that the context of this message deals with AFTER THE DEATH of a person, ALL ACTION on his/her part (the acquiring of rewards or sins) have STOPED except THREE things. The FIRST deals with CHARITY undertaken by the person when he/she was ALIVE. The SECOND, the  knowledge that a person delivered during his/her lifetime and its benefits (rewards) that continue to pour in after death, (do think about the evil you spread and which is continued by those who took your advice). And the THIRD, to possess VIRTUOUS RIGHTEOUS children, whose supplications can benefit the deceased.

Please remember that whatever the Prophet (s.a.w.) said is VALID. Whether you accept Ahadith (plural for Hadith) or not, that is your choice. However, what is important is VIEWING whatever he said in the RIGHT CONTEXT, taking in the wider picture and NOT any approach (shortcut), which is INCONCLUSIVE.

Your LIFE is like a REPORT CARD at school. It lists many subjects. Some you excel in while other you fail! The FINAL results show that you either have passed or failed. If YOU are a person who is JUST concerned with PASSING, that is NOT good enough. It is not the RIGHT APPROACH or ATTITUDE. One MUST strive for PERFECTION and if one fails, at least you TRIED!

What scholars say are valid because they are based on what has been said. It is VALID in that context BUT when you view it in a WIDER context, the opinions lose their ORIGINAL glamour! The OVERALL situation has to be ADOPTED!

Having said all this, do you think that giving out Sadaqah or holding a Qur’anic recital at home or at the grave of the deceased will benefit him or her? Only Allah knows the answer. However, I can say this much:

  1. We do so with the HOPE that Allah will forgive and reduced the burden of the deceased. There is NO guarantee that it will be accepted.
  2. We do so as AMAL because of good intentions; as a reminder to ourselves.
  3. We do so with the HOPE that others will make supplications (doa) for us when we are gone. Who knows…maybe the supplication of a righteous person MIGHT be heard by Allah. EVERYTHING is possible with Allah but we should NEVER assume that it will take place, because the Qur’an has NOT said so!

THE UNVEILING OF ISLAM

Let me offer you a simplistic view of Islam from nature. A coconut consists of a covering known as the HUSK. Inside this outer layer is a SHELL and inside this shell lies the KERNEL (a thick layer of white flesh). This kernel is kept alive by WATER (Coconut — water).

Coconut HuskCoconut kernel 1

Islam can be viewed in this context. You can approach it from the outside (husk) or you can begin from the inside (kernel). The husk plays an important role in preserving the coconut. It represents the SHARI’AH of Islam. It is the framework upon which Islam is established (the rules governing every aspect of human conduct and behaviour, reward and punishment, halal and haram etc).

This aspect or phase deals with the EXTERNALITIES of Islam. We learn to read/recite the Qur’an; to understand it it relation to Allah, the purpose and meaning of existence, and to succeed as good righteous Muslims, seeking heaven as our final abode. At this stage, we learn about the Five Pillars of Islam (Rukun Islam). The Qur’an refers to this acquisition of knowledge as ILMUL YAQEEN (Knowledge of Certainty). It is knowledge based on ‘rewards’ through performance; It is a RITUALISTIC  endeavour that purely deals with PERFORMANCE and EXTERNALITIES. It is RITUALISTIC and TRADITIONAL in nature.

Do not misunderstand me. Acquiring this aspect of knowledge is important. It forms the basis and foundation of Islam. Without it, you will not know the rules governing solat, saum, zakat and hajj. It is the Shari’ah that determines what is permissible and what is prohibited. Without it, we will be inspired by Satan through all kinds of justifications. However, Islam does NOT end here. This is just the foundation or structure of a house. You need to go beyond it. You need to transcend to the level of ‘AINUL YAQEEN. You need to move on from the husk to the shell.

I can assure that INTELLECTUALISM through ILMUL YAQEEN can help you understand the meaning of existence BUT it will be devoid of FULFILMENT. You can speak about the ‘King of Fruit’ (the durian) to a westerner, but it will make NO sense to him until he has tasted it! Even when he/she does, there is no guarantee that he/she will like it.

To attain this level of perception you will need a spiritual guide, who has undertaken this journey and has passed the test, NOT some half-baked Sufi intellect or Tasawwuf book (manual). An ‘ustad’ cannot do the job because he/she is a person of ILMUL YAQEEN, not ‘ANUL YAQEEN and HAQQUL YAQEEN. Just as there are phony Sufi Shaykhs, there are also ‘ustads’ who will sell the word of Allah for a miserable price.

In Suran Hujurat 49:14: “The desert Arabs say, ‘We believe.’ Say, ‘You have no faith (Iman); but you (only)say, ‘We have submitted our wills to Allah,’ For not yet has Faith (Iman) entered your hearts. But if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not belittle aught of your deeds: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’.” RUKUN ISLAM represents this. We have not attained a credible level of Iman (belief in Allah, the Angels, the Last Day etc). There is NO EVIDENCE here, just pure belief and acceptance. It is the submission of Nabi Ibrahim (a.s.), to he point that even the fire of Namrud could not burn him! Our level of Iman is just Ilmul Yaqeen, because if we did possess it, we will submit ourselves to every command of Allah (in the right context) in the Qur’an and not end up being rebellious or SELECTIVE in our obedience and submission to Him.

When the Saint Shibli stood in front of the Ka’bah for the first time, he said to this effect, “Ya Allah, if this is your House, I have seen better houses than this.” The following year, he stood in front of the Ka’bah and said, “Ya Allah, I have not come to see the house but the Owner of the house.” After hajj, he stood in front of the Ka’bah again and said, “Ya Allah, how can there be this house, You and me…this is shirk (attributing a thing to Allah). It was then that the Qur’anic verse reached his heart: where Allah states: And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honour.” (Surah Rahman 55:27). This is the Reality of Existence (HAQQUL YAQEEN)

Just reflect upon these THREE STATES and ask youself, what level are you at? Are you like most people turning up for Umrah, calculating the number Umrahs you have done; the number of rewards they have acquired for performing prayer at Masjidal Haram and Masjidal Munawarah? These are the people who live by their calculators. The measure up every performance in a PHYSICAL SENSE.

How old are you now? Sill learning to recite the Qur’an or has NOT done so to date? If you are OLD and still at this level of ILMUL YAQEEN – you will still go to heaven, BUT what level of heaven? Ponder upon the FACT that even Nabi Musa (a.s.) had to follow Khidir (a.s.) to acquire Haqqul Yaqeen! And do you think that you can do so by attending Qur’anic Tafsir classes? My friend, you need to find a ‘PERFECTED SPIRITUAL GUIDE’ (not an ADVERTISED Guide with commercial interests, claiming this or that)!

There are many level of perception concerning HAQQUL YAQEEN. An example would be to look at the events surroung the Prohet (s.a.w.) at Taif. He went there to deliver the message of Islam. He was stoned until his slippers were soaked in blood. Alllah Almighty sent Jibra’il (the Angel Gabriel) to him. But instead of using the power of Allah invested in Jibra’il (a.s.), the Prophet turned to Allah seeking His forgivenness, over his inability to succeed. Instead, of destroying the people of Taif, the Prophet (s.a.w.) supplicated Allah, with the hope that they would enter the fold of Islam (to that effect).

You will note that the Prophet (s.a.w.) NEVER abused his position, status or power. He ALWAYS remained a human being: Say, O [Muhammad], “I am only a man like you to whom it has been revealed that your god is but one God; so take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness,” (Surah Fusilat 41:6). The Prophet (s.a.w.) used to say that he was His Servant and then His Messenger. The Prophet (s.a.w.) ALWAYS submitted to the divine will of Allah.

The Reality of Existence can be best viewed in the events surrounding the Battle of Badr. The Muslims were on the verge of defeat. The Prophet (.s.a.w) took a handful of sand in his hand, made a supplication to Allah and cast it into the air. It resulted in the Muslims being victorious. After some time, their pride over their success went to their heads. It caused Allah to reveal, “It was not you who slew them. When you threw that handful of dust, it was not your act but Allah’s…..” (Surah Anfal 8:17).

If you can understand the Reality of Existence as it exist in Islam, then you would have reached the summit of realisation: that everything begins and ends with Allah; nothing takes place without His consent; and that you were created along with the Jinn to serve Him. You can FILL UP THE GAPS IN WHATEVER WAY YOU LIKE, whether it is physical, traditional or cultural; whether you begin from the Shari’ah or Tasawwuf – all these paths MUST reach HAQQUL YAQEEN!

Please do NOT take a train journey enjoying the scenery. It is a WORLDLY DISTRACTION. Keep in mind your ULTIMATE DESTINATION – in short, keep the world in your pocket and Allah always in your heart. Hadrat Shibli when making supplication (doa) to Allah said, “Ya Allah, people ask You for all kinds of things, I only SEEK closeness to You,” (Alchemy of Happiness).

We go through many phases/stages in life. We have to struggle to suvive. We do so in many ways, some lawful, some sinful. We turn to Allah in prayer but place our confidence in ‘other than Allah’. We then think that by ‘balancing’ our good and evil acts, through charity, building a mosque, supporting an orphanage etc, things will work out fine in the end. These are ALL HUMAN ASSUMPTIONS! Remember, whatever wealth you have, it was bestowed upon you to serve humanity. It NEVER belonged to you! The CHARITY you perform is an OBLIGATION upon you, NOT an act of greatness or fame and acknowledgement on your part. Do NOT lead a life based on the notion that oil and water do not mix but can co-exist. 

If you have you have reached the age of 40, please transcend to the level of ‘Ainul Yaqeen and Haqqul Yaqeen. Find a spiritual guide who can do so. Do NOT waste time any longer viewing the beauty of the coconut externally, but dive deep down into the coconut, to enjoy its milk (nectar). Rasulullah (s.a.w) was alredy known for his magnificent noble character before he became Allah’s Messenger. On doing so at the age of 40 – within 23 years, he fulfilled his mission. He is both the ‘lover’ and ‘beloved’ of Allah. Everyday, he would supplicate Allah to fill him with NUR (light). Acquire layers of coconut kernel to enjoy a spiritual perspective of what Islam is all about.

Coconut Lyers

Always remember that there should be NO expectations (rewards) on your part over your submission and servitude to Allah. You live for His sake, seeking His pleasure, seeking closeness to Him. You belong to Him; He owns you and He knows best! 

[It would be good to read the ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS by Imam Ghazali]

The US and Democracy

What you see, view or hear, does not represent the truth. The western mass media has a way of presenting news to serve their goals and ambitions. CNN, BBC and RT.com. report their version of the truth! All these so-called champions of the truth are owned and directed by a single race.

Evidence of this “ownership of a nation” can be viewed in its foreign policy. Haley, the US representative at the UN recently called for Hamas to be banned a terrorist organisation [http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Haley-calls-for-UN-resolution-to-condemn-Hamas-as-terrorist-organization-497460]. “We should name Hamas as the group responsible when rockets are fired from Gaza, or when fresh tunnels are discovered.” We all know who the REAL terrorists are!

Recently, the US has also called for Hezbollah to be banned, not because it is Shi’a or Iranian (that’s the image presented) but because it is a threat to Israel. The truth is: Israel is the real threat to the whole Arab World. It dominance, firepower and nuclear power in the region is NEVER questioned and CANNOT be question. If King Hussein of Jordan is unable to have a nuclear plant for energy purposes due to Israeli objections.

Illegal Jewish settlements, confiscation of Palestinian lands, destruction of Olive trees, genocide of Palestinians etc has been an ongoing affair with intensity. Every step taken by the Israelis is considered a “security step”. Even the recent incident at Al Aqsa is referred to as a Jewish site. Every effort taking place there has ONLY one goal, the annexation of Palestine to establish the Jewish state. And all this is done with American-western consent. You NEVER get CNN or BBC reporting anything because it is an embracement to western democracy. What we are witnessing is hypocrisy and double standards at its highest level!

On the side-lines, we are distracted by CNN over Trump. Every day, the news is full of Trump. It’s a distraction and a deception. The truth is: whether it is Trump or Hillary, the outcome of US Foreign Policy is still Jewish! The BBC in turn is preoccupied with Brexit, another distraction and deception. You NEVER get to know what is really going on. Instead, every day the western news media churns up news about ISIS with interviews and reports about how horrifying it was under their rule.

I am not a fan of ISIS, HAMAS, FATAH or HEZBOLLAH but I can assure you that BUSH and BLAIR are even worse! We have seen this in Iraq, Libya and now in Syria. All these proxy wars in support of Israel was meant to reduce these nations to utter poverty and dependence on western handouts. Jeremy Corbyn was not totally wrong when he pointed out western involvement in Libya etc. However, the news as usual, gave it a twist and even reported that he laid a wreath of a Palestinian terrorist! Note the carefully crafted word “appears” in this statement published in the Daily Mail UK: “While the Labour leader appears to have attended a wreath laying ceremony at the grave of one of the Palestinian terrorists behind the 1972 Munich massacre.” How appropriate don’t you think so? Whose interest was this paper really serving? [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4549398/Jeremy-Corbyn-blamed-West-murder-Alan-Henning.html]

Any organisation that does NOT serve US interest is a TERRORIST organisation. Saddam Hussein was set up to counter the Ayatollah of Iran. When he grew too big for his boots, he was packed off! Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki, the first Shi’a prime minister was deposed because he did not comply with US policy. ISIS was initially set up to deal with Maliki. It was ONLY after 4 years that the world came to know about ISIS. By that time, ISIS had like Saddam Hussein, grown too big for its boots!

If you can’t understand this, let me bring it down to a lower scale. When deforestation takes place in Malaysia, where large tracks of forest are cleared of timber…just imaging such an operation, the equipment involved, and ONLY later is it made public…. who do you think is really involved? Your guess is good as mine. The same thing took place with the creation of Saddam Hussein and ISIS!

The latest spate with Qatar, is nothing but the same on-gong game of hypocrisy and double standards observed by the US. It supports despotic regimes such as Egypt and Saudi in return for loyalty and support for Israel. It is unfortunate that Arab countries have been reduced to such decadence. Call it SURVIVAL on their part but in truth it amounts to nothing but a sell-out of honour and dignity!

Qatar is the ONLY Arab nation whose leader which supports change in the region which of course is viewed as terrorism. It supported the Ikhwan Muslimin in Egypt, which of course became a great concern to Israel and the US. Through a carefully constructed scrip with western media support, Morsi was deposed as an undemocratic elected president of Egypt. The UN did nothing about it. Western governments PRETENDED to be concerned, but it was ALWAYS American-Israeli interests that mattered most!

The recent effort to contain Qatar is part of a wider plot to serve Israeli goals and objectives in Palestine. Accusation by the U.A.E. over “terrorism” is nothing but a pretext to serve American-Israeli interest. The UAE got American support to act against Qatar. It was originally intended as a reminder to all Arab states to toe the line. The bottom line is that the US will not want to lose Qatar to the Russians. It has the BIGGEST air and naval base there! The Egyptian and Saudi leadership in turn do not realise that their “games” are subject to US approval. They cannot dictate terms!

Getting Qatar out of the way is important because Al Jazeera is the ONLY global network that reports things that CNN and BBC will not report. Qatar and Al Jazeera keep exposing Israeli goals in Palestine. Qatar is accused of supporting Hamas and revolutions (actually a call for change) in Egypt, Saudi etc. What does this show us? It indicates that some Arab leaders are willing to do whatever it takes just to remain in office!

What makes the US the most unreliable partner in any political relationship throughout the world? The answer is simple: it cannot be TRUSTED! The civil war in Syria is a proxy war serving Israeli interest. It was NOT staged for democracy or freedom; it was staged so that the US could be next to Iran! It FAILED miserably because it did not SUPPLY the Syrian Free Army with the weapons it needed. The Syrian opposition, like all Arab political organisation, were typically arguing over who should be in charge. These IDIOTS did not know who they were serving! They did not serve God nor their nation but ONLY viewed their self-interest. Those groups that were Islamic, were considered terrorists! Anyway, understanding who really is Islamic is another mind-boggling issue these days!

When you view the way, the US conducts itself around the world, notably in the Middle East; when you view its foreign policy and support for Israel and its behaviour at the UN, anyone or any nation relying on its support needs to think twice. Turkey recently experienced this and as usual the western mass media keep demonising anything that represents “independence” from US policy!

The ONLY reason why Russia succeeds is that it has a clear-cut policy and I must say that it is doing a better job than the US. However, we should NOT be fooled by Russian. Like the US, it serves its own interests! It is in agreement that ISLAM and MUSLIMS have NO place in the political system, except to tag along! The Axis of evil remains firmly entrench that Islam and Muslims must NEVER be allowed to rule the world.

Countless vetoes at the UN in support of Israel only encouraged Russia and China to adopt the same policy when it came to their own interests. Like all western institutions, the UN is a disgrace. The Russian play the same game over Syria and for the first time, the US is realising that it cannot continue bullying every nation the way it used to do before!

What the American people need to realise is that they need to take possession of their country and put an end to it being run by the elite. What Arab leaders need to realise is that their honour and dignity lies with Allah. Muslims in turn need to take a good look at themselves. Until they do so, they will end up being served on the menu for sacrifice!

The Decline, Destruction and Misinterpretation of Islam

Today, we are witnessing the destruction of Islam not only from our enemies but also from within our ranks. Islam has been distorted, misinterpreted and abused to such an extent that it has become difficult to distinguish truth from falsehood. Islam which was a ‘way of life’ has now become a formality. We reign in numbers but lack character, personality and direction.

What happened to us? History will show that we abandon scientific progress and instead got bogged down with dogma and religious technicalities. English got into print but Arabic did not. The end result, we got left behind in a developing word. The same disease continues to command our existence even today. We are consumed by dogma, fight for selfish causes, establishing our own ideologies and interpretations of Islam, and kill one another in Allah’s name. Just imagine, we have NOT been able to recover an inch of the Golan Height but we excel in killing one another to shout of “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great!) – over what? Just to prove I am Sunni and you Shi’a! Every Muslim defender of the faith today fights for his RACE first and then his religion.

Today, we have become ritualistic models of Islam. We are engrossed in the externalities of Islam i.e. reciting/reading Qur’an, dressing, BUT possess no character. We turn up for prayer on Fridays and park our cars in the middle of road. We fulfil our obligations according to hukum but end up with ZERO rewards. Why does this take place? It takes place because we have NOT been taught to relate our acts of worship with responsibility. All we know is that we MUST do this or that in Islam because it is compulsory (wajib). We NEVER seem to view what we do in terms of RESPONSIBILITIES and CONSEQUENCES. We fulfil our ritualistic obligations to Allah, without reflecting upon the consequences of our actions. Are we robots? Do we NOT possess a sense of judgement, fairness and honesty? Why do we NOT place yourself in another person’s shoes? How would you feel if someone did an injustice to you, but you consider it alright to do so against another person!

What happened to ‘adab’ (etiquettes) in Islam? Islam is full of ‘adab’. It is based on respect, honour and dignity, yet most do NOT possess it. We do not raise our children in this manner and as a result of it they have no CHARACTER, no MANNERS, no RESPECT for anything.  Instead, we believe in western approaches to raising kids. Most do NOT even look after their health, wealth and the environment, nor are they grateful to Allah for bestowing such blessings upon them. Life is NOTHING but a selfish perception of PERSONAL DESIRES and WANTS. We all want to educate others on Islam, which is good, but we do NOT reflect on the need for self-examination and self-improvement!

Many turn up for Congregational Prayer or Tarawih, feeling great by bringing their kids along. What they fail to REALISE is that these kids distract and disturb fellow worshippers when they run around, weaving themselves in the congregation or standing in front of a worshipper who is praying, looking at him etc. Such conduct does NOT incur rewards. Instead, it incurs the displease of those praying, which in turn incurs Allah’s displeasure. Just what kind of mentality do such people possess? Some will answer you by quoting a Hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.). The truth is, they either had to bring their kids along because there was no one to look after them. Or they just did what they liked on the basis of their egoistic thinking. Just what does this depict? It depicts irresponsibility and selfishness! It is sinful! Avoid doing such. In the old days, there was a sign stating that children should to the back of the congregation; that they could not occur the front if they were NOT circumcised! Today, a parent has the same level of intelligence as his kid!

This is not all, often, we have someone praying besides us reciting his Fatihah aloud. I do not know whether he is deaf or maybe he has this notion that he needs to do so to possess concentration. What he did not realise is that it is HARAM to do so in congregation. He can do so on his own at home. NEVER become a source of discomfort to the person praying next to you! Closing ranks according to the Hadith does NOT mean leaning on or cramming the person who is praying next to you. How can you ENJOY concentration or nearness to Allah under such circumstances? Avoid doing this. The congregation out of politeness refrains from saying anything but BEWARE, in their hearts, they curse you and your lack of ADAB! It is equally DISGUSTING to see people using their hand-phones throughout Friday Congregational Prayer. They did Not serve Allah, nor benefited themselves in any way. They served Satan! The Hanafees like jamming up lines, while the Shafi’ees take up too much space; the Arabs in turn spread out their feet to keep the next person at bay! What we have is ignorance made into law.

CLEANLINNESS is emphasised in Islam. Many turn up for prayer STINKING! Their trousers drag along the floor and when they sit down you can see the cleavage of their bums! One wonders what in heavens name are the Islamic authorities doing in educating the Ummah. Why are Friday Sermons not dealing with the basic fundamental principles of Islam? Instead, it is full of garbage, dealing with politics, loyalty, terrorism, upholding Islam etc. On the subject of cleanliness. It may sound physical but the truth is: If you are not ‘clean’ how can you ever gain spiritual attainment! CLEANLINESS is a wholesome product. It is PART of IMAN, said the Prophet (s.a.w.), which indicates STATUS, POSITION AND IMPORTANCE.

There is an URGENT need to change our perception of life because it belongs to Allah. He created the jinn and you to serve Him. Your goal in life is to serve Him and mankind, to incur His pleasure. Life is about Him, it is NOT about you! Do NOT become a Muslim who complies with Islam according to your whims and fancies. Do NOT become a rebellious person who refuses to submit and then declares that this or that is OUTDATED or no longer RELEVANT today. DO NOT present your JUSTIFICATIONS in the way Iblis did concerning Adam, saying, “I am better than him!” Be humble and repentant over your weaknesses and shortcomings. Seek STRENGTH in Allah to be OBEDIENT. Try your very best to comply with His commands.

Like an iron rod, Islam has been cast into a furnace, heated, bent and twisted into whatever shape desired by opportunists to serve specific causes. Islam has become so distorted, abused and misinterpreted that you can hardly recognise what it really stands for. Islamic values, both spiritual and worldly, have been transformed to represent political ambitions, personal interest, greed for power and materialism. This disease has even extended into Sufism. The first sign of abuse is when a shaykh says he has met Imam Mahdi; when he offers salutations specifically designated to the Prophet (s.a.w.) to Imam Mahdi. This get worse when he abandons the given Hadith stating the name of Imam Mahdi and attributes it to a Shi’a. The late Shaykh Nazim of the Naqshbandi Order did this. Other shaykhs create an image of grandeur. They rob the treasury of their great ancestors to live a life of luxury. In this respect, one needs to read the true lives of the saints in Islam. They lived humbly, often in poverty, did no commercialisation, marketing or banding of their products; they lived just to serve Allah. What we have today is all glamour with the masses in a state of ignorance, falling victims to ‘status’. This decadence has reach such a high level that all you have is a ‘circus show’ of well-dressed people without big turbans, without any ‘makam’ (rank or station). They habitually hoodwink society over ‘kashf’ (unveiling of the unseen) and often use their ‘luggage’ (jinns) which they inherited from their ancestors to manipulate society spiritually!

The decline of the Ummah has been going on for centuries. It began after the demise of the Prophet (s.a.w.). It is now reaching its peak. It will produce a decadent society who only possesses a name without an identity, an Ummah which is self-centred, selfish, greedy, and will to do anything to survive, even if it means sacrificing a loved one. Every day, we hear calls to read the Qur’an, to learn Arabic etc. Did you ever occur to you that the Arabs do so and are in fact far better than us Malaysians in doing so but look at them? What has become of them now? My friend, learning to recite the Qur’an is important BUT understanding the word and living up to its expectations is FAR MORE important!

The call to recite/read the Qur’an is a valid one. It is similar to taking up a L-Driving Licence. YOU cannot remain at this stage all your life. You cannot remain a member of Tabliqh Jamaat all your life. You NEED to TRANSCEND beyond the PHYSICAL word to enjoy its SPIRITUAL state! The Prophet (s.a.w.) himself said that a time will come when they will recite the Qur’an better than you, but it will NOT descend beyond their throats!

Many Muslims spend their time speaking/preaching the ‘word’ of Allah in the Qur’an. They will do so until they die – just SPEAKING and PREACHING the ‘word’ of Allah. When will they EXPERIENCE the ‘word’ of Allah? They all continue to be struck at the level of ILMUL YAGEEN. They have yet to reach ‘AINUL YAQEEN before they can even perceive HAQUL YAQEEN. The Prophet (s.a.w.) was known as a trustworthy person even before he became a Prophet. When he because Allah’s Messenger, he was 45 (if I am not mistaken). How old are you now? This with a L-Driving Licence? Still dealing with the ‘physical word’ of Islam? Wake up man…..you are about to say goodbye to this deceptive world!

At the moment, what we have is INTERLECTUALISM. It is NOT Ilmul Yaqeen, because if you did possess it you would be safe! Current intellectualism represents nothing but a ‘DONKEY laden with books’ (from the Qur’an). This is followed by EGOISM, JUSTIFICATIONS, FREEDOM OF CHOICE etc. Everyone has become a champion of Islam. Everyone wants to speak on behalf of others. What everyone NEEDS to do is to take a GOOD LOOK at themselves before looking at others! It would be a GREAT MISTAKE on the part of an individual to THINK that he/she is a better Muslim that you are because he/she goes to a mosque for daily prayer!

The Prophet (s.a.w.) NEVER made anyone feel that he was above them. He never made them feel inferior, regardless of them being Muslims or not. The Prophet’s uncle, Abbas (r.a.) remain a close ally of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and only embraced Islam after the fall of Mekkah. In contrast, we see Muslims today behaving in such an ungodly manner, claiming their acts to be acts of righteousness. Muslims should avoid passing judgement on others. Instead they should be helpful. The Prophet (s.a.w.) was commanded in the Qur’an to say that he was no more a man like you. The only difference was that he was blessed with revelation.

The ORIENTALIST designed how we should view Islam. They translated the Qur’an into English with the word “KORAN” instead of QUR’AN; they made us believe that the ZABUR TAWRAT are books from the Bible. They presented the INJIL as the GOSPEL! Today, you do NOT need Orientalists to guide you on Islam. We have so many Muslim donkeys doing the job for us. The Qur’an states that they ‘sell the word of Allah for a miserable price!’ (Surah Tawbah 9:9). We have so many institutions guiding us, directing us, moulding us into good Muslims. Like sheep we are herded into pens to serve political interests, political ambitions – towards ways and means to remain in power! Like sheep we have become INCAPABLE of thinking for ourselves.

Today, Islam has become a tool of distortion and manipulation. To understand how it functions, you need to begin with the ‘Master of Deception’ – IBLIS! It all began when he uttered: “I am better than him (Adam)” (Surah Araf :12). (Allah) said: “What prevented you (O Iblis) that you did not prostrate, when I commanded you?” Iblis said: “I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.”]

On that DAY OF DISOBEDIENCE, the nature of Iblis became evident. Allah was aware of it. He created him such; that is his job designation. Allah granted him respite and postponed his judgement. We in turn have been warned to keep a safe distance from him and to seek refuge with Allah from him….it sounds easy…. but believe me…. he owns the world and the world is very deceptive. It makes you feel as if you are going to live forever!

I once was present when an ustad was reciting verses from the Qur’an to expel some evil jinn that had taken over a woman. While he was doing so, the possessed lady recited the same verses in a far better manner. The jinn in the lady then laughed. How many of you have fancy Qur’anic verse framed up in your homes and offices? Have they been able to protect you or keep you safe from Satan?

Do you remember the occasion in Hadith concerning a man stealing food from the Baitulmal of Rasulullah? Every time he was caught, he pleaded to be released. Finally, he divulged a secret. He told his captor that if he recited ‘verses from the throne’ (Ayatul Kursi), Iblis could never be able to harm him. The Sahabah then returned to the Prophet (s.a.w.) who asked him: “Do you know who that person is?” The Sahabah replied that he did not know who it was. The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied: “That was IBLIS”.

Just reflect upon this. Can you imagine Iblis telling you to recite Ayatul Kursi to be safe from him! Just how many of you have this verse framed up in our homes instead of our hearts, and have you been able to keep Satan at bay? Our understanding of Islam is physical; its dogmatic, ritualistic and it ONLY produces individuals with a checklist! (You prayed, fasted in Ramadhan, paid your Zakat and went for Hajj). How many times at Umrah, did a person ask you about the number of times they did Umrah, just to impress you? I usually reply that I have left my calculator behind. The same is applicable with gaining rewards for praying at Masjidal Haram and Masjidal Nabawi. Even at this point, not many would pass the test. This physical performance is JUST the beginning of your journey towards Allah. Just how long are you going to be at this level of realisation? The saint Shibli, when he first stood before the Ka’bah, he said, “Ya Allah, if this is your house, I have seen better ones that this.” Just how many people turn up at the Ka’bah like tourists and then spend all their time shopping. This was due to their physical approach to the Ka’bah. Have you seen a kid with a new toy? How long do you think his attention lasted?

The following year, during Hajj, Shibli said, “Ya Allah, I have not come to see your house, but the owner of the house.” After performing Hajj, he said, “Ya Allah, how can there be YOU, this House and me…this is ‘shirk’ (attributing to other that Allah). It was then Allh made him conscious that ‘ONLY His Face remains’ (Qur’an).

The Prophet Moses (a.s.) had to follow Khidir to acquire WISDOM. Intellectualism does NOT bestow upon you the wisdom of Allah. It provides you with KNOWLEDGE. To enjoy wisdom, you have to develop CLOSENESS to Allah. You need to look ‘INWARD’ Whatever you do, you need to be conscious of Allah’s presence and approval. Today, we see a decline in the quality of knowledge. Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) said, “It will happen when knowledge will be no more. ” Ziyad (r.a.) asked the Prophet (s.a.w.), “How will knowledge vanish despite the fact that we will be reciting the Qur’an and teaching its recitation to our children and our children will teach its recitation to their children up to the Day of Resurrection?” Thereupon the Prophet (s.a.w) replied, “Ziyad, do these Jews and Christians not recite the Torah and the Bible but not act according to what is contained in them?” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi). Did not the Prophet (s.a.w.) say, “A time will come when a man will not care about how he gets things, whether lawful or unlawful. (Bukhari).

In these difficult times of ours, it would be best if you paid more attention to yourself than to spend your time finding fault with others. You can only do so by offering a view or opinion. Whenever, you want to advise a person, ask yourself whether it will be productive or not. Do NOT play God or think that you can solve everyone’s problem. Be practical and realistic; be rationale and logical about your abilities and weaknesses. Improve upon your own conduct through self-examination. Upgrade your level of submission and servitude, Realise your goals and objectives in life. Keep Allah in heart and the world in your pocket! Do NOT simply accept whatever you are told in religion; check it out. Place an intention and seek Allah help to improve. Acquire IMAN, TAQWA, YAQEEN, TAWAKAL etc. Seek Allah’s Forgiveness, Mercy and Kindness and strive with sincerity and honesty to improve. Most all, remember, that EVERYTHING lies in the hands of Allah. Our Prophet (s.a.w.) realised this and submitted to every decision of Allah, regardless of whether it was in his favour or not.

It is NECESSARY to know about many things in Islam BUT you need to look at yourself and whether you have prepared yourself for your final destination. It is irrelevant whether Imam Mahdi arrives now or tomorrow. It is knowledge to know something about him, the signs of that last day etc BUT that is NOT going to be of any benefit to you if your servitude and submission to Allah is lacking! Fulfill your obligations; survive within your means; accept inconveniences and hardship; life is NOT a bed of roses. Learn from your mistakes and know that even the enemy in front of you has been placed by Allah for a reason!

‘Religion’ or ‘Deen’?

A good friend of mine asked me what is my view on “religion” vs “Deen”.

“Do they seek, other than Deenul Allah, even though to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and on earth, which surrenders itself, willingly or unwillingly to Him, since to Him all must return?” (Surah Imran: 3:83)

“If anyone seek a deen (normal translation of deen is religion) other than than self-surrender to Allah, it will never be accepted from him, and in the life to come he shall be among the lost.” (Surah Imran 3:85)

Islam is known as a “Way of Life”. It is also known as “Deenul Islam”, “Deenul Haq” etc. English translation of the Qur’an translate “deen” as “religion”. This is done to simplify things BUT in reality “as a way of Life” Islam is far more comprehensive, all-encompassing that just religion. Becoming a Muslim is not a change of name and dress but it is a whole overhaul of thinking, attitude and approach to life that takes into account both mundane and spiritual life. Unlike the Bible which takes you now a sightseeing trip concerning Jesus’s life, the Qur’an deals with every aspect of life from the day you were created to your final destination, which depends on the “prescribed way of life ordained by Allah and put into practice by the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). As a ‘religion’ it is confined to faith and beliefs only.

English translations of the Qur’an have led many Muslims to believe that the “Injil” is the Gospel or New Testament. None of these books (Zabur, Tawrat, Injil etc) exist today. The Qur’an clearly states that these books have been replaced by the Qur’an. Indirectly Muslims have acknowledged what is believed to be wrong. Added to this is the word “Christianity”. The word “Nasara” represents Nazareens – Jesus of Nazareth. The Nasara were a sect of Judaism NOT Christians BUT we have come to accept the word Christianity. Jesus was a Jew. He circumcised, observed the Sabbath, went to a synagogue! NONE of this exist in modern day Christianity.

Another common fruitless technical debate is whether you are a “revert” or “convert” to Islam. The Qur’an provides us with a classic example. When the desert Arabs came to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and said: “We have believed.” The Prophet was command by Allah to reply, “You have not (yet) believed; but say (instead}, ‘We have submitted,’ for faith has not yet entered your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah Hujurat 49:14).

People who go on like this on an intellectual basis to prove how learned they are, remain so throughout their lives with a ‘L Driving Licence’. They cannot transcend to Ainul Yaqeen or Haqul Yaqeen because they have yet to ‘experience’ the ‘word of Allah’. However, when one is asked concerning such matters, out of politeness one is required to answer for Allah’s sake. All this dogmatic, ritualistic, intellectual and theoretical debate has been the cause for the demise of Islam.

What it means and Takes to Be a Muslim Dog Lover

Before I converted to Islam in the 60s, I had a dog. However, I do not keep one now. There is a lot of misconceptions about Muslims keeping dogs in Malaysia. Of course, Islam has rules and guidelines over keeping dogs. Instead of learning about these rules many Muslims get hung up on western perceptions over keeping pets, animals and dogs. You cannot claim to be a Muslim in the western context. You have to be one in the Islamic context, otherwise just go change your religion.

It’s a misconception to believe that Islam does not care for animals. Muslims may not but often it is out of ignorance. We cannot say that every Westerner or Christian priest or pastor loves dogs better than Muslims do….that’ bullshit! It is a matter of understanding the rules and laws governing dogs. Singapore is a good example….Malaysia is a bad one! We may have laws but they are hardly enforced.

Malay Muslims in particular have a narrow perception of keeping dogs. This is because we are Shafiees (The Shafi’e School of Jurisprudence). Once Dr Tan Sri Yusuf Noor, the then minister in the prime minister’s department gave a talk. He aid that if a pig were to pass by in a Malay kampong it could cause a riot, but Muslims not praying would not, and yet we know that if you come in contact with pork, all you have to do is purify yourself one time with mud, followed by six times with water and you will be cleansed. However, if you miss your prayer it cannot be repaid!

That was in the 80s. Today, things have changed. A pork bristle paint brush etc is ok because it lost its original identity seems to be ok. (B the way, if you suffer from diabetes and only pork insulin works for you, you can take it on the condition of saving your life. It does not become Halal but is necessary due to specific conditions)

However, as Muslims, we do need to keep in mind that there are fundamental principles in Islam that deal with relations with the ‘unlawful’. HARAM is the common word we use but please take some time off to ponder over what I am about to say. The PIG was NOT created UNLAWFUL by Allah BUT MUSLIMS are PROHIBITED from CONSUMING PORK MEAT (Qur’an). Do you think that Allah has nothing else to do…creating HALAL and HARAM animals? Everything He has created has a purpose. However, we are GUIDED not to consume such animals/meats because of their natures and the impact they have on human existence! Reflect upon what I have said. It is rational and logical but it is NOT taught at religious institution!

Every dog has RABBIES and dogs need vaccinations. If the saliva of a dog gets to your mouth you could be in trouble. If it bites you and you get rabbies. When you gt bitten say “salamun qawlam mir-Rabi-Raheen” (peace from your Lord Most Gracious….actually say goodbye!). Of course, we think we are all modern in this scientific age and do not need religion. With today’s advancements, some will argue that the pigs lives in a clean environment and are vaccinated (not in all countries).

We Muslims are so GOOD at justifications, just like Iblis (Lucifer) was and is, we are capable of coming up with LOGICAL arguments that have no Islamic foundations whatsoever! Iblis is the ‘Father of Logic and Reasoning”. His argument against Adam was valid BUT Allah said otherwise! So, there are many Muslim like Iblis objecting to many commands of Allah. The want to be FAGGOTS for western media attention, an if any Muslim country fails to comply, every western institution will be up in arms against it!

Animals in Islam are respected and treated well. You can find sayings of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. on rewards and punishments concerning the treatment of animals. Unfortunately, most Muslims fail to heed the advice.

Some people do pay a great deal of attention to their cats and dogs, at the expense of other humans. They spend more money on their cats and dogs, than they spend on their own family members. Some are known to send their pets to stay in luxurious hotels and bequeath large amounts of money to them. Why? Because they lost faith in humanity? Thank Allah, this is NOT permitted in Islam. Such wills will be revoked in a Shari’ah court!

Who said you cannot keep a dog as a Muslim? You can BUT these rules are to be observed. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said: “Whoever acquires a dog – with the exception of a dog to guard livestock, a hunting dog, or a farm dog – each day a Qirat is deducted from his reward,” [Abu Dawood]. Ibnu Majah narrated from ‘Ali Ibnu Abi Taalib (r.a.) that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image.” (https://islamqa.info/en/69777)

There are conditions for keeping dogs but DEFINITELY not as pets. They are used to guard your house, look after your livestock or taken out to hunt. When it comes to hunting, the dog has to be trained not to bite into the animal or eat a part of it. If it does so, the dead animal cannot be eaten! Many cage their dogs…they must be given an area to roam around. In many countries dog droppings must be picked up. In Malaysian, they can shit on the car porch, left unclean etc… Why? Because we are a great nation, everyone can do whatever they like…?

The dog like the pig was NOT created HARAM by Allah but they are prohibited to Muslims according to rules established by Allah and His Messenger in our interest. If you think your western ideals are better that those of Allah and His Messenger, that is your choice. It will be then up to Allah to enlighten you through someone or reward you with what you deserve, according to your choice! We all enjoy freedom of choice BUT is it Satanic or Righteousness in Islam? Keep a dog if you want but observe Islamic rules governing such. Take into account the cultural environment, the pros and cons, and you will find that it is not a GOOD choice. There are other alternatives. And if you need love that bad and cannot get it from a fellow human, go buy yourself a sex doll and speed your delivery to hell! (Please kindly do not view this article in any other context because I would be wrong in my comments….).

ROOT CAUSE OF TERRORISM: Failure of the US/UK/EU to Address Long Standing Issues.

THE MAINFRAME OF TERRORISM

The root cause of terrorism and extremism has its beginnings in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It has a lot to do with US Foreign Policy towards Palestine in support of Israel. The UN in turn has been a total failure when it comes to upholding Palestinian rights and ending continued Israel aggression and expansion of Jewish settlements etc.. The recent statement at the UN by the US representative clearly mentions Hamas being a terrorist group that should be banned but never uttered a word about Israeli abuses. This age old ongoing injustice has been expanding with proxy wars in the Middle East, the setting up of brutal Arab governments and the continued support for such governments, is a clear indication that things are NEVER going to get better. Some time back the Saudis were blackmailed over having to pay compensation to Sept 11 victims…all of a sudden this fizzled out. The idea was to remind them as to who is their godfather. The recent action against Qatar is further proof of it. The real goal behind these moves indicate the goal of suffocating all support to Palestine for the benefit of a Greater Israel, with Arab leadership consent, as part of a deal for Egypt and Saudi to remain in office and to enjoy continued support. To date, no global institution (especially the UN nor the mass media –BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera etc) has come out in the open to demand an end to Israeli violations. Why? The answer is simple, the mass media is owned and dominated by Jewish interest; whoever wins the US presidency is related or has Jewish connections, and no matter who wins, Israel remains the winner! All these attacks on Trump are just “wayang kulit” (shadow play). Obama was part of the deal and every successor merely takes a step forward for the Greater Israeli Plan to be envisioned. If at all we had a Palestine state, it would be some uneconomical desert strip with Fatah as its leader! Israel has already made it clear what it wants and it is a matter of time before Gaza and Jerusalem is consumed.

MODERATION HAS LED TO FRUSTRATION AND A SURGE IN TERRORISM

There was a time when moderation existed in the world. Muslims as a whole were very tolerant. Their leaders adopted the persuasive approach with the US and the world at large but what did it gain them. It offered them nothing. Instead all these nations and their leaders (the whole Arab/Muslim World), were further bullied and forced into following US policy to stay in office. It is this basic fundamental denial of justice that has created internal turmoil for many countries worldwide. Instead of addressing the root cause, western governments embarked on further supporting western aggression and imperialism, by sending their troops to fight terrorism rather than to fight injustice! Jeremy Corbyn, the British opposition leader, made mention of British involvement in the war in Libya. Look at Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Syria today. Thanks to criminals like Bush and Blair, the whole Middle East is in total destruction – just to serve the wider political picture with Israel in the background!

SPONSORING TERRORISM

Just who is the real sponsor of terror? If you look at Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and now Yemen, it becomes very clear to many what is going on. The news media is the main culprit. It only provides current news as it is viewed with a touch of its own version in unnoticed language BUT fails to take to task the real culprits behind the scenes. Even ISIS is given a make-over. BUT how do we explain a convict becoming a Caliph, operating unchecked for four years, amassing billions, before being brought to world attention? Who actually set ISIS up and for what purpose? Like Saddam, this guy grew too big for his boots and had to be terminated as another angelic cause! It is obvious that the US and its allies are the prime cause behind global chaos! Unfortunately, Arab leaders have failed to live up to expectation and in a certain context are viewed with hatred. This has led to further turmoil within countries in this region. It has opened the door to Islamic fanaticism and extremism.

ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

Terrorism is the result injustices by the world. It has gained a foothold in NEW interpretations of Islam. This is understandable when you view global trends that fail to address the Palestinian issue, Egypt and its overthrow of a legal government, Qatar and its subjugation, the Kashmiri problem, the rights of Muslims in Thailand and the Philippines etc. The neglect of humankind, coupled with suppression and injustice, has only made it clear to many Muslims worldwide that since we are all designated to be sent to the slaughterhouse, you might as well go there before you sent to be exterminated!

I myself am totally against the manipulation of Qur’anic text as witnessed in many British documentaries on home-grown terrorism. I find it dangerous and no one should be allowed to do so whether he is a Shi’a or Sunni. The same is applicable to western right wing movements, who abuse the Prophet of Islam through caricatures etc. BUT when you look at the world today and you witness the injustices taking place through US Foreign Policy; when you look at the demonising of Islam by Christian groups in America; ultimately and regrettably, things are moving ONLY in one direction and its fuel is HATRED for what this so-called civilised world represents! Under such circumstances, what hope do we have? Further restriction of human movement and activity to contain terrorism ONLY produces a similar opposite response which is also filled with determination. When we watch documentaries and we see Muslims behaving in a determined extreme manner (by hatred speech, by beheadings and now recently individual attacks), it shows that they have become engulfed in their own distorted thinking which is the result of what the world has become today!

INDIVIDUAL ATTACKS ON SOCIETY

Today, the trend is to acquire a truck and to ram into people, followed by attacks of stabbing. What makes individual’s end up like this? We may attribute it to Islamic indoctrination but that is just part of the truth. No member of a society turns bad without a reason or a cause. When there is an imbalance in society; when a specific sector is neglected, ignored or even suppressed, any individual from it will respond in some way. When you look at the amount of money spent by governments abroad on wars instead of attending to society at home, you are bound to witness a decline in the standard of living, contentment and happiness. The amount of money spent in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, could have been better spent serving humanity, poverty etc. I already predicted some time back that terrorism will become an individual affair and no matter how much surveillance is conducted it will become a modern day trend of accountability to the suppressed. Addressing this situation is not easy but governments need to clean up their acts and pay more attention at home than go policing the globe! The mass media NEEDS to play a more honest and decent role. It needs to STOP serving private interest and global domination of a few over the majority. Enough of all these bloody reports such as “Terror threats ‘overlooked’ by politicians: The UK government has – for years – failed to take the threat posed by Islamic extremism seriously enough, says Col Richard Kemp. Col Kemp is former chair of the Cobra Intelligence Group, which advises the government on intelligence matters. He was speaking in an interview with BBC Newsnight dated 26 Jun 2017.” Instead it should get down to the ROOT cause of terrorism!

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-40409660/terror-threats-overlooked-by-politicians

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37487149