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What's the matter with you? Are you made for the virtual world or the real world?

Read some of the possible instances and reflect over the scenarios:

If you watch a horror movie, you get scared and terrified at the graphic scenes. But you don't get scared about the life after death when you hear about it. There's something wrong with you.

You watch melancholy in movies and sympathise and cry for the deprived characters there. But you don't get moved to the tears of the underprivileged people who live in your localities. Compassion not consistent?

You feel romantic when the actor misses his girlfriend in a scene. But you don't show happiness when your spouse serves you with the morning tea. She's meant to do her duty?

You cheer at the father who shows extra care for his children in the serials. But you rarely take your children out on a holiday. The father in you is busy?

You get motivated by the daringness and gallantry that the actor shows. But you have a laid back attitude when someone reminds you of your duties. You don't believe that you could do it?

What's happening dude? Why is that all your emotions are running through the movies, and are missing in action in your real life. It appears that most of the people have considered movies to be the real life where all emotions are expressed, while they sit numb to all the real life experiences around them. I think over-dosage of the movie-time has made people insensitive to the happiness that they can mint from the loving and caring people around them.

Let's value everything around us. The people who are near and dear, who've sacrificed their comfort for your comfort need to be acknowledged for their self-effacing deeds that are priceless. They say that a smile is worth more than a million dollar. How about sharing that with people! You have it in you. It takes just a second to press that button of smile. What's that button btw? The button of 'self-consciousness'; to do the right thing at the right time. Take control over yourself. Do not let the virtual world take control over you. Yes it's a reminder for all of us. Let's bring about some fantastic outcomes to everything around us. Let the humane touch make the difference. Yes we can in'shaa'Allah. Not just smile; but something beyond.

Few days ago in Ullal, a city near Mangalore, I delivered a talk at the occasion of the inauguration of Masjid Furqan.

A public program was organised on the ground adjacent to the masjid, wherein dignitaries such as U.T. Kader (MLA, Congress) Chadra Has Ullal (Corporator, BJP), Shaikh Hussein Mad'oor (KNM, Kerala) and others were also among the speakers. I happened to express my thoughts during that session. Here are the highlights of my talk:

* Muslims have a responsibility of maintaining and working for peace in the society. And Masjids are places that emanates peace to the society. Prayers help people to stay away from evil and obscene acts.

Let me give an advise to my fellow Muslims first. We must be sensitive to the needs of the people around our Masjids. If the people around the Masjids are only Muslims, then even if you have volume in high decibels, the neighbourhood will not complain about it. But if the neighbourhood comprises of non-Muslims in majority, then it is our responsibility to be sensitive to their needs. Sometimes we can even reduce the volume during the Azaan - the call for the prayer. Our elders before a few decades were of those who considered the loudspeakers in the masjids to be an innovation. But over a period of time we have understood the loudspeakers to be useful tool to reach out to the larger audience. But let us not go into extremes in using them. We must use them in appropriate manner while respecting the needs of the neighbourhood.

During the Prophet's (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) lifetime the Azaan was given by a single man calling for prayers, without any loudspeaker. And that was sufficient for people to hear and reach to the masjids. But today, even when the Azaan is given through the loudspeakers, people are lethargic to answer the prayers in the masjids. So, we must work on our Eemaan - Faith, more than blasting the jarring speakers through the eardrums.

In some of the localities, when 4 masjids in one neighbourhood gives Azaan at one go through the loudspeakers, it becomes really hard for people to answer the Azaan by the dua' - the supplication that the Prophet taught. If the volumes were reduced, or if one masjid in that neighbourhood gave the Azaan through the speakers, while the other masjids give Azaan without the loudspeakers, then the Azaan will be soothing for all there, and the Sunnah of giving Azaan from all the masjids will also be fulfilled. That's actually implemented in a town in Kerala. By the way, it was voluntarily done by the Muslim community there.

If we get considerate to others around us, then the natural outcome of this would be that the people around us would want to hear to us. We can also ask them to avoid loud processions on the roadsides. We can stop the road blocks during other festivals that causes inconvenience to the common men. Can you imagine a pregnant lady stuck in the traffic, suffering to reach the delivery ward during those processions! We must think about these things. We as Muslims must care for every life on Earth.

* Yes, we are Muslims. We call people to the worship of One God. We believe that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah.

I was once invited to attend an event in Bangalore. In that occasion there was a person seated in the room, whom a lot of people considered him to be God, and they even fell on his feet. I enquired a person there as to why the man was just seated, and didn't walk. I was given to understand that the man whom people considered to be God was a patient whose both of his kidneys had failed and was soon to die. At that point I mentioned to the person next to me that, "how can he cure your illness, when he cannot even cure his illness?" The man was stunned at this question.

Allah says in the Qur'an that if the people and gods whom people worship, come to the purpose of creating even a fly, they will all fail. Hence the real God Who created the entire universe is worthy of all worship; whom people call in different languages by different names. That's exactly what even they say in Kannada - Devanobba Naama Halavu - God is One. Names are many.

* We must encourage all to show kindness to all people of all cultures and religions. When a hunter shoots a crow; and when the other crows see it fall dead, they all scream and taunt the hunter through unbelievable noise. The crows can show such solidarity; then why not man? But man sees if the one dead is from his land or religion or community and then thinks if he has to raise his voice or not. That's making man worse that most of the animals even. Let's live life with honour and great responsibility to establish justice on Earth. And that can happen only through selfless service to the people of the world. We all are creations of One God; and we are all children of one common parents Adam and Eve. May good sense prevail. Thanks.

- Umar Shariff
President, DIET

As I was walking by the street after the Fajr Salaah - the morning prayer, I found a young boy riding a bicycle whisking through the lane and parking by the side.

The tricycle was having a big gunny bag that appeared to me a garbage bag. Yes, the boy was a garbage-collector who was seen picking the things littered around by our incivil civic-society.

To my amazement I heard him saying "Salaam" to me. I was now all the more curious to know more about him. I went to him and started a conversation.

I asked him: Were you the one who said Salaam to me?

He said: Yes.

Then I asked him: What's your name?

He said: Taasil.

Then I asked him: Where are you from?

He said: Kolkata.

I then asked: Do you pray?

He said: Yes, whenever I find time.

Then I asked him: How much do you earn a month?

He said: Rs. 15,000/- (Fifteen thousand rupees).

And I was happy for him and left the place as the boy was busy with his business, very actively picking up those specific things he wanted to.

Some learnings from this incident:

Looks are deceptive at times. Here we found a man who doesn't look like a Muslim. But is a praying Muslim, who initiates Salaam before others could say Salaam to him. Just for this act, if Allah is pleased with it, he will enter paradise by the mercy of Allah.

He is hardworking and dedicated. He looked serious, content and self-reliant. He looked confident and uncomplaining; filled with Gheerah - self esteem. The boy was determined to make a living through hardwork. He is on duty early in the morning; unlike many who will see the morning when the sun's above their heads. Indeed, the hardworking people will find their way to success bi'iznillaah - by the permission of Allah.

I felt happy that he is earning Rs. 15,000/-. Believe me, in Bangalore, many office going men and women too earn more or less the same amount. They are the ones who are generally just below the middle class.

Lastly, I got reminded of our duties to help these scavengers develop a better working culture with tools and dresses to maintain better health and hygiene during such works. All that we can do is pool-in some thousands and buy masks, gloves, boots, uniforms and caps for them to keep themselves clean while doing these jobs.

Some side points here to reflect over:
In Bangalore there's a huge maafia under the garb of political clout that controls the waste management. I'm told that the maafia doesn't allow others to clear the garbage from the streets, since there's dirt-gold embedded in it. So, there's a monopoly there. I'm wondering if that is ethical. Under the right to life and livelihood, doesn't the scavengers have the right to make a couple of bucks for their survival?

And lastly to the people of Bangalore. Be conscious about the place you live in. We all have the responsibility to keep it clean. Clean places are places where angels visit. And unclean places are flooded by the devils. So, keep them clean to keep our city away from diseases that are spread through unhygienic environment.

On the flip side of your actions, such junk-collectors are making a living. So may I conclude by saying that everything has a cause and an effect. Let's do the positive ones.

All I can say now is, we all have a great role ahead. Yes we can make our world a better place to live, in-shaa-Allah; God-willing.

- Umar Shariff
President, DIET

Muslims & Marwadis in Bangalore Met to Discuss about the Gau Rakshak's Attack on a Muslim Family for Slaughtering Bull.

Last week the Indian media reported of an incident in Bangalore, wherein some goons claiming to be the Gau Rakshaks, by the tipoff of a Marwadi neighbour, trespassed into the farmhouse of Mr. Nazeer Ahmed and disrupted the sacrificial rituals during the Eid-ul-Ad'haa (Bakrid) festival. The members from the Marwadi community were involved in giving false information about the sacrifice to the Police, by saying that the Muslims slaughtered "cow" during the ritual. Evidences prove that the Muslim family sacrificed bull that is permitted to be slaughtered under the law in Karnataka. There was nothing unconstitutional done by the Muslim family during the occasion. However the Police filed a SuoMoto case against the Muslim family for violating the law; and this was done under the pressure exerted by the goons outside the station. The irony is that the Muslim family went to the Police station to file a case against the goons who trespassed into Mr. Nazeer Ahmed's farmhouse; but the Police succumbed to the external pressure. The members from Mr. Nazeer Ahmed's family were also manhandled by the goons, the car glasses were shattered and also threatened by the Police.

The news was flashed in the media, reporting the entire episode, by condemning the Gau Raksha Dal that time and again makes news for taking law in the hands to harass the law abiding people.

The Muslim leaders in bangalore from various organizations and associations conducted extensive meetings to sort out the issue at hand. All the Muslim leaders unanimously agreed upon one thing by saying: "we will peacefully sort out this matter while legally and democratically pursuing the case".

The Police authorities are apprised of the matter. Actions are taken against the Policemen who have violated the process of law. Media is well informed of the truth. And the members of the Marwadi communities were invited to discuss the matter at length to bring in peace amidst the communities here in Bangalore.

Yesterday, the PR group of the Bangalore's Muslim leaders held a meeting with the leaders from the Marwadi community and expressed their thoughts with them. Mr. Feroze of Feroze's Estate said: We must work for the cause of humanity. And that must be a great priority.

Mr. Iqbal from the Karnataka Muslim Muttahida Mahas said: the Muslims have neither taken law in their hands; nor have they created chaos; but hoping to see both the communities rectify the issue amicably.

Noorul Ameen seized the foundation and surprised everyone by gelling with the marwadis in their own marwadi language by clearly saying: how maturely we Muslims stopped a riot, as all our people had almost reached the area of conflict, yet observed patience to keep the law and order in place. On hearing to this, one of the Marwadi leaders Mr. Uttam said in humour: "Bhai, Marwadi ko sirf Musalman Jamta hai" - only a Muslim can get along with a Marwadi.

There was more which Noorul Ameen bhai spoke in an effective and proficient way that made the members there understand the seriousness of the situation. Later Mr. Umar Shariff, representing DIET & AIDCA concluded by giving them a solution for action towards peace by asking the Marwadi leaders to give a press note, either owning up the responsibility for what those goons did, or disown them by condemning their actions in public, so that the masses know that the Muslim and Marwadi Association is for the policy of 'Live and Let Live'. The Marwadi leaders agreed saying that this was the best solution, and in 3 days time they would meet their community members, to form a conclusion to identify and take action against the goons, so that never again will this be repeated; for the Muslims and Marwadis to maintain peace all over India in-sha-Allah.

The forum also decided to strengthen the "Muslim Marwadi Association" to meet regularly and understand each other's cultures and traditions to let peace prevail across our Indian sub-continent.

Maseeh & Umar

Umar Shariff the President of Discover Islam Education Trust

On Tuesday, 9th August 2016, at the BIFT HALL, Bangalore, at the occasion of the launch of Haj Service of Ibrahim Pinto, Umar Shariff the President of Discover Islam Education Trust shared the dais with Shaikh Ejaz Nadwi, Shaikh Ibrahim Pinto, Shaikh Abdul Qayyum Omari and member representing Jamaat-E-Islami and others.

Umar Shariff expressed his thoughts to unite for justice and peace. He said: The importance of unity is so crucial at this point in time when the media and government authorities are violating the basic principles of law and order. At a time when our religious heads and preachers are targeted for no crime of theirs, while they are demonised and defamed to take actions against them for no crime of theirs, it is very much a need to unite for the cause of putting law and order in place.

He also expounded about the need to start business ventures and projects that will make the Ummah stronger. In the light of a hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam), he explained the incident when the Prophet asked a beggar to cut woods and sell them in the market, until the beggar became a trader. He said: Alhamdulillah, this is the Deen - the religion that Allah has bestowed us with. Islam discourages begging, and encourages trading. So let's come out with innovative ideas to make good business that would empower the Ummah with strong economy and job opportunities.


On the 14th of June 2016, Al Basheer International School commemorated the inaugural of its first Science Lab. The guests of honour for the day were Sh. Abdus Salaam Madani – Ex-Professor of Preston International College (Chennai) and Br.Mohammed Mansoor Khan-the Chief Executive Officer of I Monetary Advisory (IMA).

The session was anchored by Vaiz Khan of grade 10 and commenced by the recitation of the Quran by Zaid of grade 9.The guest speaker Sh. Abdus Salaam Madani addressed the students about the importance of knowledge and highlighted the achievements of the great Muslim scientists whose discoveries and inventions are accepted till date. He advised the students to look up to them as role models and not neglect or forget the great heights they achieved. It was followed by an inspiring speech by Br. Mansoor Khan about the services that IMA would provide for the Ummah in future, he briefed the audience about the importance of Zakah and advised them to strongly implement on the teachings of Islam. He also mentioned that in the next five years IMA would provide the masses with support to establish institutions with affordable higher education within the circumference of Islam. The session was finally concluded with a few words from the CEO Br. Umar Shariff and the vote of thanks by the Principal Br. Shaik Mohammad.

Alhamdulillah, Al Basheer now successfully has a well equipped, high-end science lab to nurture its young minds.

- Article by
10th Std,


Stop Blaming Modi For All Your Shortcomings.

Of late I've come across many articles and lectures in the social media criticising the incompetent current Indian Central Government headed by its leader Mr. Narendra Modi. I do agree with most of what the articles talk of the poor strategies and policies that have been part of the problem for the development of our country. But I don't agree to say that India is struggling only because of Mr. Modi. I want to reiterate my statement by saying: We are all to be blamed for what we are going through. Let us not blame only Mr. Modi for all our shortcomings.

I've come across the opposition party blaming Modi. I've heard the leftist blame Modi. I've heard the Muslims, Christians and lot many Hindus too blame Modi. Can one man take all of the blame for all the outcome of the country? I feel no. Modi has also been part of the failure system. But he himself is not the system. The system is what all of us contribute to the polity.

We must consider that the progress of a country depends on its Socio, Politico, Religious, Economic and Educational concepts of its country men. Unless and until the people have a sound knowledge towards putting the above in order, we cannot expect any change through any leadership. The need of the hour is "Mass Leadership". When I say Mass Leadership, I intend to mean that the masses must take leadership within their domain to influence and impact the people and the atmosphere around them. This can again be achieved only through using the mass media to reach the masses with the clear orientation and program towards achieving the desired goals.

Goal Setting.
One has to first set the goals in place. What is that we want to achieve? Do we want our GDP to increase, or do we want peace to prevail? I'm sure most of you might get irritated with such a question. Let me then reframe the question: Do we want our GDP to increase, at the cost of losing peace in the society? Ahh, this is more clear. It is part of the nature to find the increase in GDP as a sign of progress. But it is not the only sign of progress. Every country must desire for its economic growth. But must not focus only on the economic growth, while ignoring the other aspects of growth. When a people of a nation just desire for their country's economic growth, then one should understand that the country will soon head towards destruction. People would start getting greedy and in-compassionate to one another. People would want to take pride in being rich; and they would want to make a wanton display of the riches to each other; which would lead to hatred and jealousy among themselves. People would want to accumulate riches only to be identified for their richness in the society. Hence concentrating only on economic growth is like building a house without roof, doors and windows. It is just an incomplete mission. And a system based on such policies are not free from major dangers. Hence we must first set the right goals. What must be an individual's goal in a country like India, wherein people live in a pluralistic society, with so many differences in theology, cultures and traditions? The primary goal must be to achieve "Peace". But what is Peace? Many have defined Peace in various manners, such as: Not being in a state of war is peace. Not seeing oppression is peace. Fulfilling the basic needs is peace. Free from danger is peace. Safety and security is peace. What the hearts find within, in a state of tranquility and serenity is peace. The sense of benefiting and helping one another with compassion is peace. I agree to all the proposals for peace. But how do we achieve them? We can achieve them only if we set right our Socio, Politico, Religious, Economic and Educational policies in place.

So, the primary goal that I want to set is - Peace to be achieved through Socio, Politico, Religious, Economic and Educational policies.

What are the options in hand?
Many ideologies have discussed about their dogmas and policies towards achieving peace. Let us quickly get to the specifics of each factor.

1. Socio Progress:
A country like India, that has hundreds of languages and cultures must first start to acknowledge each individual as equal to every other individual. The President of India is equal and honoured as any other citizen of the country. By virtue of birth, no man is superior to another; and by virtue of birth, no man is inferior to another. (That's E.V.R Periyar's statement). People must be considered with honour and mutual respect. No scope for high caste and low caste phenomenon. All are equal; and all must get equal opportunities. There must be no special reservations to any community. But consideration to avail government benefits must be given to those underprivileged from any community. Again, there must be no reservations based on the place, time or house one takes birth in. All are considered equal. Every individual must be given the freedom to choose the lifestyle he wants to live. He must be given the freedom to choose his/her religion. Since India is a democratic country, no application of any religious law on the subjects is possible. Hence a sense of tolerance towards people of other faiths is very essential. All the personal beliefs and personal rituals must not be affecting the daily life of the general masses. The sound systems, the processions and other rituals by any community must be standardised and must not be done in such a way that it affects any person. For example: Using sound systems in public places beyond a limited decibel must be barred. Using sound systems in public places after 8pm must be totally restricted. These things must be brought into application. Unless and until we achieve equality in these matters, it would become very difficult to achieve peace.

2. Politico Progress:
Politics is all about managing the people and their environment with a culture that suits their well being. Providing basic needs such as clean and abundant water, spacious and pit-less roads, job opportunities, low taxation, safety and security are all the things that the people of a nation aspire for. If people get to politics with a mindset to serve the people, then that's the way ahead for a prosperous nation. In the current context of the democratic system, people of all communities must engage in active or passive politics to ensure that their right to avail the basic needs are fulfilled. If good people don't get into politics, then the mean ones would play politics. It is about time that the well meaning educated and sophisticated people enter into the field of politics and keep the uncouth ones at bay.

3. Religious Progress:
Indians must get to dialogue on the issue of religion and faith. People must constructively hold inter-religious and intra-religious dialogues to put forward each other's beliefs in God, Salvation and the Straight Path. One must get to be more academical and less emotional while discussing these matters. It is not necessary that the people accept what one wants to convey. But is highly necessary to understand the beliefs of the fellow men living in the neighborhood. Such interactions would make one another aware of the veracity and the authenticity of certain faiths. It will also help people to differentiate between reality and mythology. Many superstitious activities done in the name of religion and faith will perish if people hold discussions on the subject of theology.

4. Economic Progress:
Unless and until the nation gets economically strong, it cannot work towards strengthening and fortifying the borders. Economy is the backbone of any country. The taxation system in the country must be free from corruption. And the taxation must be simple and transparent to let people wholeheartedly make their contribution for their country. Interest based loans must be abolished, and investment based projects must be encouraged.

5. Educational Progress:
The country must ensure that every child gets to study in a school, and learn skills to make his livelihood. It is only through education can we learn values and etiquettes.

I've just mentioned things that we've learnt in our school books. But then, when we get reminded we feel that it is very sad that we haven't been able to achieve our targets. We have collectively failed because, we don't take responsibility for the development of our country. Many of them say one thing, and do exactly opposite. People are hypocritical in their actions. Their speeches and their actions are often in contradiction with each other. Under such a scenario we can't expect progress.

I strongly believe that the country India has great potential to become a peaceful country. But that can happen only if the people make quick resolution to objectively analyze and choose the best practices that the people of knowledge acknowledge.

So, pls, don't just blame Modi. You too take some blame for failing in many aspects. And not to forget, we all have failed in getting a worthwhile leader for our country.

Thank you

Umar Shariff
(President, DIET)

AHIMSA - Who preached it by actions first?

The one who preached Ahimsa (non-violence) even centuries before MK Gandhi was none other than Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam.

For 13 years in Makkah he asked his companions to self-restraint, while the believers were being killed, persecuted, banished, boycotted and humiliated.

When his enemies stoned him in Taaif, to the extent that his sandals collected blood in it, he supplicated to God to forgive them, and prayed that their offsprings be guided to the straight path.

Even when the enemies came to attack the Muslim lands, he released the captives of war after taking ransom.

He made the treaties with the Jews when he entered Madina, and agreed to live together in the same land with peace and harmony.

He had peaceful relations with the then Christian King of Abyssinia Negus, and even sent his companions to the land of Christians to find asylum.

He even made a compromising treaty with the idolaters of Makkah, when they stopped him and his companions from performing Umrah - the smaller pilgrimage to Makkah. Never in the history can one find an incident like the treaty of Hudaibiyyah. The man strengthened by the Angels, gave up his rights to let peace prevail. That's our Prophet - the best and the most merciful among the mankind.

He stood up for the cause of the victims of the Banu Khuza'a, the idolaters who were killed by the allies of Quraish (another set of idolaters). And he marched towards Makkah for bringing justice to those idolaters when their men pleaded for help.

Even during the conquest of Makkah, he gave public amnesty to the entire non-Muslim people of Makkah. And he didn't take revenge at the people who boycotted and killed his men.

At the farewell sermon he exhorted the Muslims to be fair with the slaves, and encouraged to treat them well by clothing and feeding with what the Muslims use. In the house of Islam, the captives of war were given bread, while the captors ate only dates during the aftermath of the Battle of Badr. This was our Prophet's teachings.

Even on his death bed, he talked about the rights of the Dhimmis, the non-Muslims living in Muslim lands. He warned the people of oppressing anyone. Have you ever found anyone's personality to contest with this great one?

He was the best man in the history of mankind, whom the believers love more than their own selves. And my hero was undoubtedly the leader of AHIMSA.

He encouraged using strength to protect the lives, honour, property and the religion of the believers. And he even used strength to stand up for the cause of the non-Muslims. Jihaad is a noble institution that lets one protect themselves from the oppressors; not to oppress the innocent Muslims or the non-Muslims.

O people of the world, don't search for any role model in this planet, while you have the best example in the life of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam, the last Messenger of God, Allah.

- Writer: Umar Shariff (President, DIET)

Sheikh Ahmed bin A’li At Turky's Visit to Al Basheer International School

Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu to all Brothers and Sisters in Islam

Alhamdulillah, it was a day of great honor and pleasure for Al-Basheer International School-Madrasa to see a Noble Islamic scholar and Philanthropist from Arabia, Sheikh Ahmed bin A’li At Turky visiting the school.

The Sheikh was on an invitation visit to India by Al-Ameen Educational Institution on the eve of it’s Golden Anniversary celebration. He visited Al-Basheer International School-Madrasa the other day.

Sheikh Ahmed bin A’li At Turky is a prominent A’alim of Arabia, who relates back to Qur’an and Sunnah to whatever is said, of down-to-earth, modest personality. He is known to generously fund towards humanitarian activities. Br Umar Shariff, CEO of Al-Basheer said that there was much for us to benefit through him.

On his visit, the Sheikh exclaimed that he was much impressed by the ambience and Islamic atmosphere of the school. He observed that the school maintained values of utmost discipline and cleanliness. He felt happiness when addressing to the school children, and said that Al-Basheer was the best of the schools he ever saw. He motivated the children and did Du’aa for the children, for every one of them to grow up with visions as similar to Al-Basheer International School-Madrasa in future.

He said that the visit was motivation to him to establish a school with Al-Basheer serving as a role model. This remark of the Sheikh strengthened the morale of Al-Basheer International School-Madrasa to endeavor further towards its vision to nurture moral generations. InshaAllah.

The Cultural Challenges and The Islamic Solutions

Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu to all Brothers and Sisters in Islam

On 26th December, 2015 Br Umar Shariff (President D.I.E.T) had been to Tamil Nadu at a place called Virudhunagar, wherein a public speech was delivered by him. It took place under the guidance of Shaikh Mujeeb -ur -Rahmaan, a well known Islamic scholar, to the Tamilian Muslim masses. The topic of the speech was "The Cultural Challenges, and the Islamic Solutions". The event was scheduled at Masjid At-Tawheed, a Da'wah center, from 6:30 pm to 8: 00 pm.

Br. Umar Shariff addressed the Tamilian Muslim folks on the impacts the cultures of the world have on the Muslims today. During the course of his talk he enlightened them on what approach does the religion Islam takes, when it is confronted by the various cultures of the world.

He said that Islam is accommodative when it is the question to maintain balance while getting together with the various cultures prevalent today. He said that Islam is not against any of them, provided the high Islamic morals are not compromised. Br. Umar said that we find Indian Muslims to be following the Indian food culture of eating traditional Indian foods like Idlis, Dosas, Vadas, Biryani etc. and nowhere from past till date we find any Islamic Sharee'ah verdicts refraining us from having them as they are all Halaal. Likewise the Indian Muslim have adopted to traditional Indian dress wears like Kurta, Pyjama, Salwar, Dhotis, Lungis etc. in tandem with the Indian culture, when they are found to not reveal the awrah of the Muslims as they now preserve Islamic moral of observing chastity.

Similarly we find that Muslims eat western foods like Pastries, Sandwiches etc. and western dresses such as Blazers, Ties, Trousers and Shirts etc. are worn by the Muslims, both of which are borrowed from the western culture. But, he said, that Islam prohibits the same, when a dish with an additive of haraam ingredient like pork fat or a mini-skirt that uncovers the Awrah , as the Islamic morals of cleanliness and chastity are not preserved.

Br Umar told that today, the media is playing havoc by projecting actions that are good and Islamic as evil and immoral. Likewise, they project actions that are evil and immoral as good and social. He said that today, media shows the Muslims sporting beards and Muslimahs wearing Hijab, in a bad light, presenting to the world, the symbol of beard and Hijab as evil. It has succeeded in creating a stereotype that bearded men and Hijab clad women are anti-social elements.

A striking example which Br. Umar gave, to this effect, was that of filming of a cartoon called Poppye wherein the villain is a bearded man and the good man in it has cleanly shaved face, which would make the young minds of the children to think that having a beard is an evil act whereas to shave is good.

In dispelling these misconceptions which the media has made the world to believe, Br. Umar said that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s), Prophet Jesus (p.b.u.h) and rest of the prophets, rishis and even the current Prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, Man Mohan Singh too had beards and there is nothing to think it as evil. Also the mother of Jesus (p.b.u.h) Maryam (p.b.u.h), great humanitarian like Mother Teresa would have their faces scarved, as a mark of chastity.

I QUIZ 2015 is a National Level Quiz Competition

IQUIZ 2015 is a National Level Quiz Competition, held in collaboration with UNESCO and International Year Of Light 2015, a global initiative coordinated by UNESCO, as the UN General Assembly declares the year 2015, to be the International Year of Light, 2015 of the world’s contribution towards Light and Light based technologies.

Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu to all Brothers and Sisters in Islam IQUIZ 2015 is India’s National level campaigner as a part of a high-profile International Education campaign called “1001 Inventions and the world of Ibn Al-Haytham” launched in honor of the great Arab pioneer in the science of Optics, Ibn al-Haytham, as the year 2015 earmarks the 1000th anniversary of his remarkable treatise on Optics called Kitab al-Manzir written by him.

IQUIZ 2015 envisages to encourage the youth, particularly the school-going children to have an increased awareness of the contributions made to the world of Science, Arts & Culture by civilizations that are unrecognized, of the medieval ages from 7th – 16thcentury, remembered as the Golden Age of Science.

With D.I.E.T (Discover Islam Education Trust) being the implementation partner and Ahmed Shariq as the City representative for Bangalore, IQUIZ 2015 entered the Phase I of its Competition, at the District level.

It was an Intra School competition, for the secondary school students with 5 schools participating in the Quiz from Bangalore. Total of 83 students enrolled as candidates to the event in which 59 appeared in the competition. The event was held in two venues, at the D.I.E.T Hall and Al-Basheer International School – Madrasa, on 26th of December, 2015. The results would be announced in 2nd week of January, 2016. If it is a Co-Ed school, top 4% of the candidates from Girls and top 4% from the Boys in the event would qualify to Phase II of IQUIZ 2015. Whereas if it’s a Girls/Boys school then top 8% of the candidates would qualify for Phase II.

Representative, Ahmed Shariq felt, that the low statistics of the event were not a disappointment, given the fact that the event was first of its kind in the city and hence there was no much awareness about IQUIZ 2015 amongst the city schools. He said, the participant count would surge in the coming years, as they would be launching a more extensive campaign in the city.


Assalaamualaikum to all Brothers and Sisters in Islam.

Discover Islam Education Trust - DIET, Alhamdulillah is pleased to let you know that it organized a seminar on “ISLAMIC INTEGRATED CURRICULLUM PLANNING” presented by IMA (I Monetary Advisory) at D.I.E.T Hall, on 13th December, 2015.

Br.Umar Shariiff, President (D.I.E.T), Br.Syed Basheeruddin Imran and Sis. Moqheeta Mehboob from Edutop, were the prominent speakers on the occasion. Teachers, Parents with their children from different schools participated in the one-day seminar.

The seminar was for the attention of Muslim Educationists, Founders of Islamic schools, Teachers who are passionate for the growth of Islamic schools that impart school academics with Islamic studies as an integrated school curriculum, not to mention our muslim parents who desire to educate their loved ones in a Islamic atmosphere hoping them to grow as an ideal muslim and muslimah . It was an opportunity for all conscious Islamic schools to get introduced to the holistic perspective of Islamic schools.

Br. Syed Basheeruddin Imran and Sister Mohqeeta Mehboob spoke on topics such as

“Why do we need Islamic Schools?”
“How should Islamic Schools differ from Regular Schools?”
“What is an Islamic Integrated Curriculum?”
“Why to have an Islamic Integrated Curriculum?”
“Who should have Islamic Integrated Curriculum?”
“How to prepare an Islamic Curriculum?”

The seminar concluded with an Interactive round with the audience sharing their thoughts and ideas of an Islamic school. Let us all pray to Allah to accept the efforts of all those involved,making it a cause for the growth of Islamic generations in future.


Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu to all Brothers and Sisters in Islam

On Day 2, Br. Nisaar Nadiadwala spoke on the topic “Peep before you leap – How to choose a Career” focusing on Career guidance.

He said today students become victims of false trends they are bounded by in deciding a career. He figured out them as:

Because we just like it
Because we see many others opting it
Because there is status in it
Because our parents want us to

Br. Nisaar said that our choice of career should appeal to our mind more than our heart’s desire for it. He said that alike to the attractive market of shiny junk foods but of low nutritional value commonly seen, students are also widely exposed to the glamorous junk careers as well today, which may not be the right career choices for them. He said habits and passions also count much in a career choice.

After having taken the audience through the procedure for a career choice he cautioned the students to not get hyper about it as only what Allah has predestined would overtake and he is the Razzak. He quoted an ayah of Quran that says “Allah will not let the effort of a believer go in vain”, for the students to be confident about their career choice.

Br. Nisaar said that the Muslim community should today focus more on opting Teaching as a profession seeing it as a noble profession and cautioned not to make it a source of lucrative business. He strongly recommended our Muslim sisters to opt Teaching as an ideal profession for them as there is a lot of moral corruption in the corporate world today for them to work as employees.

One of the highlightable statements of the talk was that no profession should be looked down upon, even if it be a humble profession of a Sweeper or a Cobbler as it is, as important, as of a Doctor because a sweeper maintains cleanliness which is the prescription of a doctor, whereas cobblers in America have been seen to have earned fortunes in their profession. This statement by Br. Nisaar well explained Dignity of Labor.

Br. Nisaar cut short his talk for the audience in order to explain the questions they had in their minds. Br. Umar spoke for a short while later in which he reminisced about his school life as a student when he was impressed by the teaching methodology of a Professor named Dr. K.S. Padrao, who was from a Brahmin community. His teachings made Br. Umar develop interest in his studies and made him lead in the academics. Later Professor K.S. Padrao went on to secure Br. Umar admission into a reputed Pre-University College. Taking this incidence of his life as an example, Br. Umar called on the Muslim community to endeavor more into the field of education with the objective to benefit not just their community but also to the whole of humanity.

Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu to all Brothers and Sisters in Islam

A 2-Day Education-Centric, Orientation program organized by DIET and presented by IMA was held at IMA Hall, on 28th and 29th of November, 2015.

The event was moderated by Br. Umar Shariff, President (D.I.E.T) and veteran Public speaker and Da’wah trainer Br Nisaar Nadiadwala was the speaker of the event. The program was attended by students, parents and people in the education field.

Br Nisaar Nadiadwala has a prolific record of grooming around 300 average speakers into top class Orators from different parts of world – Tanzania, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Malaysia, many of whom are Professionals today and some in prominent Da’wah centers and the rest in electronic media. He is an author of 1000 notes, 3 books and a host of hundreds of workshops which makes him a popular figure on Facebook and other social Medias in the field of socio-education today.

The program was aimed to motivate the children to develop a concrete ambition coupled with passion and preparation, focused on education and career guidance.

Day 1 saw Br. Nisaar enlightening the audience on the topic “Are good grades enough”.

He related an incident of an elderly man, plainly dressed but wore a blazer and was apparently fatigued at a business hub in Dubai who approached him, literally pleading for a job. His curriculum vitae showed that he was a good achiever in academics and a writer and speaker as well. Stunned at this, Br Nisaar questioned why he was desperate for a job then, to which he exclaimed “are good grades enough?”. These words went piercing into Br Nisaar’s heart and he decided to delve on this topic in his public speeches which was one of the causes for the event to be held.

Br. Nisaar explained how the education system in India when under the British rule was designed to create a rat-race competition for scoring grades to meet their criteria for employment as civil servants under British administration rather than serving the country or the later shift in the education system acquired through them today, that has lead to a new crop of youths persuading for degrees and admissions into reputed Institutions to be hired only as mere employees by the corporate rather than training them to become successful entrepreneurs. Moreover it only qualifies them to produce curriculum vitae for an interview to seek a job.

But Br. Nisaar Nadiadwala said the actual purpose of education is to empower the youths to become a good citizen, a potential businessman, a potential spouse and a good neighbor which leads to a successful life. He emphasized on an education system that develops communication skill, persuasion skill through good reasoning, helping attitude and other extra talents and skills right through the school days to be able to build and maintain prospective relations in the corporate world and succeed.

A notable answer to a question posed by a sister in the Q & A session that followed his talk, was as to how well or bad it would be to admit our children in the Christian missionary schools which are widely found today. Br. Nisaar replied that it’s the question of how good the parents do tarbiyyah of Islam to their children that matters more than being concerned about the kind of school they are admitting their children into. He cited the example of Dr. Zakir Naik and some of his colleagues at IRF who grew to become propagators of Islam today although they had their schooling done in a Christian school named St. Peter’s.

Why the animals are sacrificed on the day of Eid'ul Ad'haa? - A question from a vegetarian.

The symbolic sacrifice of the sheep and cattle during the Eid is to remember the sacrifices done by Abraham, one of the Prophets of God.

Prophet Abraham, whom the Jews, Christians and the Muslims revere, was born in a family of idolaters. His father used to make idols and sell them in the market.

Once Abraham as a kid, went to his dad an enquired saying: O my dear father, why do you worship a thing that cannot help you or harm you; and the things that cannot guide you. His father was enraged with Abraham and said: Abraham, if you do not stop this preaching, I shall kill you.

So, this boy was the one whom we remember greatly during the Eid Ul Ad'haa.

As Abraham started growing, he went to his people of his land and talked to them about God. He used to get revelations from the God from the heavens. But his people were persistent in worshiping the idols. Once Abraham got into the worship place of the idolaters when they were not there, and broke all the idols there, except a big one there. The people when they returned back saw the idols broken and were angered. They doubted Abraham of this, and called him to the assembly. When they enquired him of his involvement, he said that he saw the idols fighting each other, and that the biggest idols destroyed all the other idols. The people were amused at this and said: How can the idols do? Abraham said that this is what he was trying to say. The idols have no power to help or harm.

So Abraham did man sacrifices. He left his family in a barren place in Makka, when there were no inhabitants to take care of his wife and baby, as God had commanded him to propagate the true message of God. Water and milk got exhausted, while the hungry baby was crying. God helped the family by letting water gush out from the ground, which is still giving water to the city of Makkah, and to all the hajj pilgrimages who go there for hajj.

Abraham had a debate with the polytheist king, and was abandoned by his people. And was asked by God to sacrifice his own son Ismail. But when Abraham went to fulfil God's command, God stopped that and sent a sheep to be sacrificed instead. This is in short. Abraham's life in detail would let one understand the relevance of EidUl Ad'haa, and the history of the three major religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the right perspective.

During Eid, the meat of the sacrificed animals are shared with the poor and the needy, the relatives and friends. Meat is considered to be a rich food. So, when the poor gets a good share from the rich, that bonds the relationship. Islam teaches sharing the good things with the poor and the needy.

The blood and the flesh of the animal doesn't reach God; but the piety with which the sacrifice is done reaches God.

Meat is not forbidden in Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. All the world's major religions permit the eating of meat. Except a few religions, almost all the world's religions permit the eating of meat.

So, the bakras are slaughtered every day in India and elsewhere. Irrespective of whether it is Eid or not, the cattle is slaughtered and eaten every day.

India is a place where people eat snakes, cats and dogs in Mizoram and Nagaland. And in Haridwar and Rishikesh, even the dead copses of human beings are eaten by the Aghoris. The issue of cow slaughter is just to polarise a community. India is still the largest exporters of beef to the world market! That's ironic isn't it. Btw, the cows and sheep are slaughtered everyday and exported to the other countries.

So, there's nothing unique to the Muslims, when it comes to slaughtering the cattle and eating its meat. The meat eaters of the world are the majority. And the rest of them are a minority. So let the debate on this be done while knowing the world's demographic in mind.

Stampedes during hajj, what's the reason?

Firstly, I make dua' to Allah, that He accepts the dead as martyrs.

Now coming to the reasons for stampedes. I remember when I had been for Hajj in 2005 (still feels like yesterday:)). When our members were walking on the bridge, while approaching the stone in Mina to throw the stones, some Haajis were getting into the pushing business. They were pushing one another to finish their rituals soon. They were pushing so badly that I almost fell down and was screaming to maintain patience. However, my screams were not understood by many of them; for they were smiling at me while I was screaming out of suffocation. One of my friends was pushed by all the sides, and he almost was lost in the crowd for a long while with the parcel of food with him. We were worried of him, until he got out his head out from the crowd gasping for air. It was like being in the midst of ocean, standing helplessly without a way to get out of that place. By the grace of Allah, the crowd slowly was proceeding and we are still alive:) My experience says that the Haajis must carry patience with them all the time. If they could hold onto the patience, then such things can be avoided inshaaAllah.

I've seen people blaming again the King for the death of the Haajis in Makka. I would want to know what they want the King to do? Earlier it used to be a narrow bridge to pass; and now it is widened. There used to be single floor; and now we have 3 floors to finish the rituals. What else do we ask the rulers to do? If people felt that the preparations for hajj was insufficient, then they could have identified the flaw before the mishap; not after the mishap. So that proves that it was an accident. And accidents that lead to stampedes are due to various reasons. Sometimes a rumour may initiate the people to run for their lives; and that would lead to deaths. Sometimes when the people lose patience, it can lead to stampede. So, unless we know the reality on grounds, it is not appropriate to comment unnecessarily to spread hatred towards anyone at this moment.

Makka is always getting ready to host many guests every year. There is enough water facilities, trains connecting Mina and Makka, buses, food, medical camps, etc etc around every corner. Specially made fire proof tents and security systems in the hotels are truly commendable. After all of this, when Allah decrees a matter, no one can stop that. I wouldn't say that the King and his team can relax. They need to strategise to avoid such deaths in the future, by planning more inshaaAllah. But let's not be of those who wait to blame others for every calamity on earth. We must question the efforts and the preparation; not the results which are not in our hands.

Bangalore News Today

A 28 year old married lady embraced Islam few months ago. Her family didn't give her the freedom to practise Islam. Her husband even threatened to kill her. Hence the lady has left her home and has reached DIET to seek the help from the Muslim community to grant her protection. InshaaAllaah we have documented her statements, and will be working through legal process to get her the rights to practise the religion she wants.

Members of DIET are discussing with the Police, and will soon be meeting her family members in the evening InshaaAllaah. InshaaAllaah will keep you all posted with the developments soon. "Mission Possible for Justice and Rights" will be helping DIET in this matter inshaaAllah.