Dr Farhat Hashmi, daughter of the (late) scholar Abdur Rehman Hashmi, is a mother of four, and comes from the Indo-pak subcontinent. She received her Ph.D. in Hadith Sciences from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation, established in 1994, is the brainchild of Dr Farhat and her husband, Dr Idrees Zubair, both of whom are actively involved in promoting their brand of (Saudi style) Islam in the world.
‘Pakistani factor’ in Canada terrorism
Twelve Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have been arrested in Canada before they could allegedly cause an explosion three-times bigger than the one in Oklahoma by the American terrorist Timothy McVeigh in 1995. The police recovered three tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser from the suspects in a Toronto suburb. Some members of the group had allegedly attended a “training camp” north of Toronto where they had made a video imitating military warfare. The suspects had allegedly acquired weapons and decided upon their targets in Ontario. The group is being charged under new anti-terrorism legislation introduced into the criminal code in December 2001.
It has been revealed that the explosive material was planted on the would-be terrorists as part of an elaborate sting operation by Canadian police. No matter. It is saddening that the Pakistanis were planning on using it for purposes of terrorism. A Bangladeshi angle has existed ever since the Afghan jihad and the training of Bangladeshi mujahideen in camps located in Afghanistan and on the Pak-Afghan border. On May 29, a Bangladeshi court sentenced two such trainees to death. The convicting tribunal ruled that “Bangla Bhai” and Abdur Rahman were responsible for killing two judges in a bombing in the south of the country in November last year. The two were also believed to have been the masterminds of a series of other attacks, including a coordinated terrorist attack in August last year in which 500 tiny bombs exploded almost simultaneously in 63 out of 64 districts of Bangladesh. The two were veterans of jihad with credentials from a Karachi seminary and were now “Talibanising” Bangladesh.
On Saturday, London police attacked a house with a 300-strong anti-terrorist posse to catch a Bangladeshi family making a “chemical” bomb similar to the one planned in Toronto, but thankfully found that its intelligence on the house was faulty. Earlier, two Muslims were indicted in London for trying to make a fertiliser bomb. This year London also put behind bars Abu Hamza Al Masari, the Egyptian-born former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque who had gained notoriety for his fire-and-brimstone preaching against the “non-believers” and for his links with terrorists. When detectives raided the mosque in January 2003 they found an arsenal of suspect items, including a stun gun, CS spray, chemical warfare-protection suits, blank-firing pistols, false passports, knives, radio equipment and an encyclopaedia of terrorism associated with Al Qaeda. Among the protesters against his arrest were Pakistanis carrying the banner of the Al Fuqara organisation whose chief in Pakistan was allegedly involved in the murder of Daniel Pearl.
Canadians need to worry but anything they do will have a negative fallout for Pakistanis needing to do business or visiting their relatives in Canada. In 2004, Abdur Rahman Khadr testified in a court hearing in Canada that he and his father were linked to Al Qaeda. Khadr, a 21-year-old Toronto man who underwent weapons and explosives training at four camps in Afghanistan, said that he had given CIA agents the names of several Canadians who had trained at camps in Afghanistan. His father Ahmed Khadr was the central figure in the Canada-based Al Qaeda and raised huge amounts of money for Abu Zubayda, the Al Qaeda number three caught in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Ahmed Khadr himself was caught in Pakistan for blowing up the Egyptian embassy on orders from Al Zawahiri but was sprung from jail by the then Canadian prime minister after an appeal to his Pakistani counterpart. Ahmed Khadr was finally killed in Peshawar in 2003. Two of his sons have landed in Guantanamo Bay.
Pakistan needs to worry too because of the image its Islamists are giving it. Pakistan’s “rich man’s preacher” Farhat Hashmi, after making a lot of money off the penitent upper crust, has landed in Canada and bought property for her big Islamic institution. The school is the latest extension of Al-Huda International which Dr Hashmi founded in Pakistan in 1994 after graduating with a PhD in Islamic studies from the University of Glasgow. The school now counts more than 10,000 graduates and she has offered lectures to women in Dubai and London. She has moved to Toronto with her husband and family “in response to demand from young women in the city to gain a deeper understanding of Islam”. For a nominal fee of $60 a month, students attend classes four days a week for five hours a day. The moderate Muslims of Canada call her Wahhabi because of her unbending doctrines.
“Hardline” political Islam has been leveraged in Canada with Saudi-Wahhabi funds. A 2004 study found that millions of dollars were funnelled to extremist Islamic institutions. It said Saudi Arabia spent hundreds of millions of dollars to fund 210 Islamic centres and 1,359 mosques around the world, including in Canada. It cited an official Saudi report in 2002 that stated “King Fahd donated $5 million for the cost of an Islamic Centre in Toronto, Canada, in addition to $1.5 million annually to run the facility.” The Saudi factor has since faded away but the “zone of contact” of Pakistanis with their Arab brethren remains the mosque, facilitated by the English language, not available as effectively in the Arab world where a large number of expatriate Pakistanis live.
Pakistan is trying hard to clean up its international image so that it can get its economy to move forward and its trade gap to narrow. In Canada there is a strong moderate Muslim organisation, which protects the rights of Muslims while opposing the extremist elements among its own community. It has thanked the Canadian authorities for capturing the latest gang of alleged terrorists and for their vigilance, and assured them that “such elements do not represent the Muslim community or Islam”. Its leader was fearful that “unless we eliminate from among our ranks people with such distorted thinking and utterly erroneous interpretations of Islam, I fear the future of Muslim communities in the West is riddled with uncertainty”. It hardly helps if the extremist in Pakistan is pacified but expatriate Pakistanis and Muslims remain radicalised because of the conditions in which they live and the hardline ideologies that are still being instilled in them by the proponents of Wahhabism.
The Islamist Role in the 2008 Canadian Elections
by Raheel Raza
November 8, 2008
If you are Canadian and Islamist, you probably voted for the New Democratic Party (NDP), which won 18.2% of the vote on October 14, 2008. This was an increase in of about 1% in the vote and led to seven more seats from the 2006 elections. However, the party could not budge itself from its permanent 4th place in Canada’s parliament. Endorsed by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), the left-leaning NDP has shown an incredible lack of understanding of the Islamist agenda and how soft jihadis are using democratic institutions by manipulating our respect for multiculturalism.
As a political ideology, in the long-term Islamism seeks to establish an Islamic state in the North America, but this is barely mentioned by the suave and polished young Islamists who appear in expensive suits and with a flourish of legalese and the right disarming accents. While a Taliban style overthrow is unlikely, in the short term, Islamists hope to fundamentally change western foreign policy in favor of the foreign governments that fund them and organizations they ideologically adhere to, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
Recognizing this threat, Marc Lebuis, who runs “Point de Bascule”, invited moderate Muslims Tarek Fatah, Salim Mansur and me to participate in a conference in Montreal to address the infiltration of Islamists into the Canadian political system, where the first real arena has been the NDP.
The NDP was founded by social democrats, and was originally, as noted by Mansur, a critical opponent of Communism, and a key element in “denying communists in Canada the opportunity to acquire any shred of legitimacy by posing as defenders of the working people.” Today, however, it allows itself to be used by an equally potent ideological enemy, radical Islamism. The working class in the West now includes immigrants, who as ethnic and religious minorities complain of the classic oppression against which the NDP wishes to be a voice of protest.
But, the NDP fails to distinguish between the socio-economic concerns of Muslim immigrants in Canada and the well-funded, ideological organizations that purport to speak for them.
The Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) is one such organization. The President of CIC, Mohammad El-Masry, is notorious for his anti-Semitic statements, his call for Sharia courts in Canada, and agitation for an anti-Israeli foreign policy.
Canadian Muslims mattered in this national election because they were, some argued, a swing vote in certain ridings. El-Masry endorsed the NDP, and encouraged voter registration to bolster it. Jack Layton should have repudiated Elmasry’s support but did not.
Toronto NDP candidate and lawyer, El Farouk Khaki caused a stir recently when he defended a Muslim youth convicted for his involvement in a terrorist camp in Canada. After the judge threw out the youth’s defense that “no real Toronto terrorist group existed because its goals were too fanciful to be achieved,” Khaki stated that if you are Muslim in Canadian courts you will be presumed guilty until proven innocent. He went on to accuse the judge of having an anti-Muslim bias. This plays into the victimhood complex Islamists want Muslims in the West to fall into. Khaki was not chastised by NDP leader Jack Layton or any other party candidate.
In Montreal, the NDP paraded Samira Laouni, as “the first veiled candidate,” in the province. She ran from the riding of Bourassa and made no attempt to hide her support for what she referred to as “real Shariah.” She did not win. Jack Layton should have vetted out NDP candidates who favor Sharia like Laouni, whom Mansur has called a “CIC operative.”
It seems strange that with Canadian forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, the same support for Taliban style orthodoxy is allowed in Canada. Besides pro-Sharia politicians like Laouni, Islamists are spreading their message on the street. In Mississauga, Ontario, a woman by the name of Farhat Hashmi runs an Islamic school for girls. Hashmi wears a full niqab (face covering) and encourages young girls to emulate her. She is known for promoting a very conservative Islamic ideology that is based on Wahhabism. She, like other Islamists is in favor of Sharia in Canada.
The results of the Canadian election were an eye-opener because all Muslim candidates from all parties lost, with the exception of Yasmin Ratansi, who for some time has been trying to distance herself from her Muslim identity despite being the first Muslim woman to get elected to the Canadian parliament..
This is a clear indication that because of the incessant and unreasonable demands by Islamists, Canadians punished all Muslims. Most ordinary Canadians, well-meaning and decent folks, are fed up with demands for unreasonable accommodation and are no longer willing to put up with politics disguised as religion in the public sphere. Although Canadians are politically correct and diplomatic in public, the election result shows their true feeling about the trend that Muslims who may have an Islamist agenda are not welcome in Canada. Of course, the usual suspects are already screaming Islamophobia – again.
There is no rampant Islamophobia in Canada – only an attempt at gradual Islamization. Yasmeen Ratansi was first elected in 2004 but when she sought the nomination of her party, some Imams denounced her as not being Muslim enough because she did not cover her hair and wore skirts. She is currently Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of women.
In two districts (ridings as they are called in Canada) the Muslim candidates who lost were openly hostile to the Islamist agenda. Wajid Khan in Toronto and Rahim Jaffer in Edmonton. It is rumored that the full force of the Islamist establishment and the mosque structure came out to defeat these two Muslims because they were seen, in the words of one cynic “too good looking to be considered authentic Muslims”.
Elsewhere, a leading supporter of the Islamist causes and past Member of Parliament, Omar Alghabra, was defeated. He has previously condemned Canadian newspapers that called Hamas and Hezbollah “terrorist” organizations, advocated the complete repeal of Canada’s anti-terrorist laws, and supported Sharia law in Ontario. Throughout the urban districts of Canada, many Islamists tried to sneak through but met with thumping defeats. Along with the Islamists, many secular and liberal minded progressive Muslims were also trounced in what may be described as “collateral damage.”
The lesson for all Muslims is written on the wall: If they are unwilling to stand up to the Islamists in their communities and stop the influence of Saudi Arabia and Iran, we will all suffer because of the actions of a few.
Raheel Raza writes for Islamist Watch, a project at the Middle East Forum.
Here is the actual Globe and Mail report on Farhat Hashmi. Read and reflect.
October 29, 2005
Islamic School for Women: Faithful or Fundamental?
By Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Globe and Mail, Toronto
In a modest industrial park near Lester B. Person International Airport in Mississauga, 150 women varying white head scarves and long, black Saudi style coats called abayas sit in a medium-sized classroom listening attentively to their teacher.
This morning’s lecture includes a perspective on the recent earthquake in Pakistan. “We must understand why such calamities take place,” says Dr. Farhat Hashmi, addressing the room in Urdu. “The people in the are where the earthquake hit were involved in immoral activities, and God has said that he will punish those who do not follow his path.” He students nod and murmur in agreement.
The classroom walls are pinned with interpretations of passages from the Quran, giving instruction on how Muslims should live their lives-guidance on when to smile, cry, tell the truth, when to be angry. Outside the front door, a sign reads, “no men allowed without prior permission.”
Since April, 2005, women from across Toronto and as far way as Australia have come here to the Al Huda Islamic Centre of Canada to take a 20-month course called Taleem-ul-Quran; the “education of the Quran.” Its teacher, and the school’s founder, Dr. Hashmi, says she has come from Pakistan to enlighten young Muslim women about their religion.
Her critics in the city’s South Asian community say she is encouraging women to cover up, stay at home and accept outdated gender roles.
The school is the latest extension of Al-Huda International which Dr. Hashmi founded in Pakistan in 1994 after graduating with a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Glasgow. Through her teachings, she has since become a well-known Islamic scholar, specially among middle and upper-middle-class women in Pakistan. The school now counts more than 10,000 graduates and she has offered lectures to women in Dubai and London.
She has moved to Toronto with her husband and family, she says, in response to demand for young women in the city to gain a deeper understanding of Islam. For a nominal fee of $60 a month, students attend classes four days a week for five hours a day.
During a typical class, students p=recite prayers from the Quran, then follow up with a long session reading the Urdu translation of the Holy Book with Dr. Hashmi.
In order the non-certified diploma, students are expected to learn how to translate the 30 books of the Quran. Her lessons are also available on CD.
“My Canadian friends invited me here because they feel that there is an need to educate young Muslim girls in this society,” explains Dr. Hashmi in an interview conducted in Urdu. “They come to me for answers,” she says. “I teach them the Quran, and they leave with a sense of peace.”
The young women who have come to the Al-Huda Islamic Centre seem to agree. They say there experience learning with Dr. Hashmi has transformed them.
Sada Mohsin, 17, says she wore jeans and t-shirts and often stayed out partying with friends in her senior year of high school in New York. “I was like an average high school student,” she says. “I would go with the flow, listen to music, have both guy and girl friends.”
When her father suggested that she move to Canada to go to the Al-Huda Islamic Centre, she initially resisted. “I knew that my parents were angry at me for pushing them away. They felt that I was becoming too American in my ways,” she says.
But over the past few months, Ms. Mohsin has enjoyed the classes so much that he has stayed out of choice. “I’m giving up my old American friends and making new ones here in class. My whole life is changing,” she says. “I’ve started wearing the abaya, and its this new environment and these new friends that have helped me do that.”
Dressed in a denim jacket, white pants and a head scarf, Ayesha Awan, 20, makes her way to class every morning. She has cut her studies at York University to part-time to attend Al-Huda’s 20-month course. “I wasn’t religious when I started her class. I didn’t cover my head before, but now I do,” she says.
Her perspective on the role of women has also changed. “I agree with Dr. Hashmi that women should stay at home and look after their families,” she says.
Ms. Awan was so impressed with Dr. Hashmi’s sermons that she convinced 10 friends to enrol in the course. She believes that people who don’t agree with Dr. Hashmi’s message change their mind after they attend her classes.
“It takes time to get used to everything, because we are not sued to segregation and covering up,” Ms. Awan explains. “But there are a lot of people in Canada who practise it, so it is possible to do so.”
But Tarek Fatah, the communications director of the Muslim Canadian Congress is highly critical of Dr. Hashmi’s teachings. “Her concept is a grave threat not only to Canadian values, but also to Canadian Muslims. She is segregating society and encouraging the ghettoization=of the South Asian Muslim community and making it very difficult for them to integrate into mainstream society,” Mr. Fatah argues. “She is completely brainwashing these educated, middle-class women top stay at home.”
His concerns are echoed by Ms. Kausar Khan, 37. “It has taken (Muslim women) so long to come out of our homes,” the Brampton business owner says. “We have had to fight for an education and the right to work and Dr. Hashmi’s message is negating all that.”
“She is encouraging our women to stay home and be submissive to their husbands, and that settle well with the rest of us.”
The reason that Dr. Hashmi’s students are embracing her interpretation of the Quran, Ms. Khan argues is that most of them are not well versed in Islam and cannot question her authority. “These young women are naive,” she says.
Dr. Hashmi, who considers herself an Islamic feminist, disagrees. “I don’t force anyone to do anything. They don’t have to listen to me if they don’t want to.”
Furthermore, she says that she is only helping her students better understand Islam. “People accuse me of preaching my views, they are confused,” Dr. Hashmi says. “I refrain from using my personal opinion in my lesson. I just translate the word of God. So people don’t have a problem with me, because my message is from the Quran, they have a problem with God.”
She applies this explanation in response to the interpretation some put on her teachings that she preaches polygamy-a common accusation her critics direct at her. Dr. Hashmi denies the claim, but notes, “Islam gives women rights, so that a man cannot take advantage of her. If a man has relations with a woman outside of marriage, the Quran orders him to marry her.”
Her student Sadaf Mahmood, 18, agrees with this logic, arguing that Western society accords less respect to women, allowing men to have affairs without taking any responsibility. “There are more women than men in this world,” Ms. Mahmood adds. “Who will take care of these women? It is better for a man to do things legally by taking a second wife, rather than having an affair.”
On the issue of women working, she again point to the Quran, asserting that women must recognise their own abilities and circumstances when entering the work force. “Women that should understand the limits set by Islam,” she says. “Whichever field fulfills both the requirement of the individual and Islam, that would be the appropriate career.”
But Canadian Muslims point to the Prophet Muhammad, the messenger of Islam from God, whose own wife was a business woman and renowned for her skills.
Muslim Canadians such as Kausar Khan are most alarmed at the possibility that the next generation of South Asian girls are embarking Dr. Hashmi’s teachings. “We live in a secular society, where there is separation of religion and state. Then why is this woman being allowed to bring her extremist views to our country? She poses a danger to us and our Canadian way of life.”
Dr. Hashmi insists her message will not confuse these young girls who are a product of western world; “Islam is for all times. Why does the environment here have to change the young girls, why can’t they change the environment?”
Students such as 18-year old Madiha Khokar see the change. “I was a feminist…But after taking her classes, I don’t think that way. I think that women have a place in society, and their rights are accorded to them by God in the Quran.”
The earthquake in Kashmir and immoral activities?
November 1st, 2005 @ 9:40 AM
Grr. Someone go to Canada right now and (legally prosecute) this woman. I’ll fund you, don’t worry.
From Daily Times
Farhat Hashmi, the controversial Pakistani Islamic fundamentalist, says those who died in the October 8 Pakistan earthquake were punished by God for their ‘immoral activities’. In a weekend interview with a correspondent of the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper, she said, ìThe people in the area where the earthquake hit were involved in immoral activities and God has said that he will punish those who do not follow his path.î
Hashmi was immediately criticised by Tarek Fatah, communications director of the Muslim Canadian Congress, who said, ìWhat sort of a sick mind would suggest that the over 20,000 Pakistani and Kashmiri children who were buried alive in their schools were ëinvolved in immoral activitiesí?î
• Tanveer Zaidi on November 1st, 2005 @ 11:39 am
Huma, am with you, if you need some help in gathering the fund.
This woman is sick, if am not mistaking, she is the same lady who used to give sermon in Pearl Continental (Karachi), I heard her once and have only two words to say “TOTAL LUNATIC”.
• Saadie on November 1st, 2005 @ 12:33 pm
Serious issue with her, canadians should keep her there.
• Sam iShah on November 1st, 2005 @ 2:10 pm
I loathe her. Always have. Funded by the Saudi government, she espouses that oh-so-enlightened-lets all-go-back-to-living-in-tents-and-humping-camels philosophy that is Wahabiism.
I swear next crack that opens up in the earth better swallow her whole.
• Tanveer Zaidi on November 1st, 2005 @ 3:26 pm
I agree with SAM ISHAH, all what she preaches is Wahabiism, but I dont understand one thing that why these saudi-funded-self-proclaimed-mullas only give their sermons in five star hotels and interviews to foreign channels. How may time does any one watched Farhat Hashmi on ARY, GEO or PTV. But in Canada, where they have to pay for air time, you will find them on channels whole day long.
• Salman on November 1st, 2005 @ 7:38 pm
Well..being from Canada, this news was very shocking. I still dont believe that she is lunatic or has a hidden agenda but such a comment about the people effected by the quake was uncalled for.
I have attended her lecture once and my wife has done it several times and we were all very impressed. I dont know why these comments.
• Imtiaz on November 1st, 2005 @ 9:34 pm
Its not about Wahhabism or otherwise…
its how half baked mullahs in Pakistan get away with just anything and everything!
We have so many different sects and schools of thought in Pakistan. and all this is because we as a nation are so gullible.
At a place where i used to work earlier, my colleague refused to pray behind any of the Imams of the near by mosques.
He used to head to keamari to atend his own prayers, or would pray them individually i office, upon enquiry, hsi method of prayers had nothing different from mine….but yet, there was the difference in belief. he used to say “In logon ka Imaan kharaab hai”….
who are we to judge??
He actually asked me to refrain from offering “dua” after my namaz. when i asked why, he said its not supported by any of the ahadees or written in the Qur’an that one may do so.
• Syed on November 1st, 2005 @ 9:41 pm
For one, my Canada is a free country that gives you freedom of speech. For two, Farhat Hashmi is not wrong. If any of you have ever tried to understand the book of ALLAH will know that she is not wrong at all. The last but not the least, what is “Whabiism”?
• zeeshan on November 2nd, 2005 @ 1:01 am
i dont understand why people relate
Allah’s Jalal to natural disaster if that
was Allah’s jalal then there are places
where most of the people are invoved in worst immoral activites why they are not beign punished
and what i have seen because i have been to azad kashmir several time prior to the quake that those guys were true muslim far far more better than those who are giving fitwa that this was punishment infact may be this was Allah ways to keep his beloved people away from this worldly shit.
i requst people please dont hurt already hurt kashmiris by giving that kind of stupid comment because we dont live in the city of angels
• Karachitte on November 2nd, 2005 @ 3:14 am
i agree with zeeshan in that comments like these hurt already hurt people, which is something no religion advocates.
i personally am shocked by this statement, its hard to believe it came from her. shes really not a fundamentalist wahabbi as some people have written. and i think her org is doing a great deal of relief work etc from all their centres in pak.
has any one got the full story from the Globe and Mail? (cos you have to have subscription/purchase the article)as im not too sure of the authenticity of these comments. perhaps it was an interpretation of what she may have said to a reporter.
either way, blatant remarks such as these are untimely and can prove very damaging and hurtful.
• Adnan Siddiqi on November 2nd, 2005 @ 9:46 am
i dont understand why people relate
Allah’s Jalal to natural disaster if that
was Allah’s jalal then there are places
where most of the people are invoved in worst immoral activites why they are not beign punished and what i have seen because i have been to azad kashmir several time prior to the quake that those guys were true muslim far far more better than those who are giving fitwa that this was punishment infact may be this was Allah ways to keep his beloved people away from this worldly shit. i request people please dont hurt already hurt kashmiris by giving that kind of stupid comment because we dont live in the city of angels
You are repeating the words said by Dr.Israr, whatever he said was against the islamic belief? are we smart enough to dictate Allah what should He do or not? Dr.Israr came up with theory that Karachi and Lahore are more evil then why Allah didnt put some Azab on those cities? its like challenging God that why didnt He do something else..totally pathetic and against Islamic belief,God knows better and NOONE could figureout Maslihat behind that.
I woudn`t comment what farhat said or other saying,whethher its azab,or ghazab-Elahi,let me share some points
1)Farhat is wahabi or not,i don`t know butwhatever she said dont reflect the Wahbism,you can find wahbism all over in KSA,but did u find any statment by Saudi Govt or Saudi Scholars to pass any fatwa that this EQ was a punishment by God?i was watching at time of Sahri when Imam of Ka`aba was praying socially for people of Pakistan,if that was azaab ,they never bothered to make such prayers,so its lame to target an entire Maslak on the basis of act of a single person,this is something similar which is common for Shias that is kill them and get ticket of Jannah and by the way Neither I am wahabi nor i am a Shia .
-one of my brother made comment that people of Azaad Kashmir were religious,they would be,Allah knows the best,but you might not know,when the EQ came,group of Ulemas and tableeghi groups went to affected place,they were curious that why did all happen in the month which is just filled with blessings,what they were told,if it was true then horrible,
-Interest was very very common over there,like even among people,here we don’t have such practise,only in banks.
-what “Immoral Activities” farhat was mentioning..sigh,it was nothing but the activites which were common at the time of Prophet Lut(AS),that is instead of women,they were fond of men,they used to keep small children for such sick act.
these are not my words,but things i heard by heard by many people,regarding why lots of children and innocents died,if two above mentioned points are true ,m sure not the whole community would be sinner,specially children,but if you have read/heard ancient time stories in Quran or in Qasasul-Ambia,nations who suffered azab were wiped out with Children and innocents,they were not childless people,WHY Allah did that with Kids,I dont know,He knows the best,why others who might not be involved were killed?so many of you would have read in quran or in Islamic Book that there are 3 levels of Iman,if you see some evil act 1)stop it by your hand or body if can`t 2)stop it by your words and if you cant do that then 3)atleast consider it evil and condemn it in your heart.
What if one dont consider an evil act is evil?its the last stage of Iman that is out of Islam.its not so complicated theory at all..even if one dont consider that telling lie is a SIN then he shoudnt consider himself that hes still with islamic belief.
-the other point raised by lots of so called experts in media that EQ was a scientific process,hence it cant be azaab and one of them came up with a lame theory that other planet face several hundreds similar EQ daily on other planets wheere there might be no living creature exist then who suffer azaab over there?such pseudo intellectuals who know neither Islam nor science completly cant figureout the fact every act of Allah follow some phenomena,the Birth of a child is a scientific procedure,should we say that Godforbid its just a scientific method and there was no Allah`s role in it?offocurse Allah creates us but the procedure He invented is nothing but a “scientific act”.
One shoudn`t forget that we r not pious,dont u read in papers tht some blah blah person raped an infact or some pervered Mulla was found involved in child molesting?remember,we r not christians who believe in tat Jesus brought all of their sins along with Himself.what we will do in this world,we will be accountable for tht,whether in this world or after death.We cant change the rules of Allah.
Again,I don`t say that it was azaab but i told you the background.Ppl like Israr Ahmad whos just used to preach in posh areas of Karachi,gives fatwa to please the elite class,as i read,ppl after reading his fatwa feels themselves light,as if Israr is Godforbid a god?
instead of reacting like fools,one should himself/herself go into the reality and reason behind every act,many reader of my comments might consider me similar like Farhat or some extreemist,but I dont care,i told what was mentioned in Quran,also we shoudn`t forget what Caliph Omar(RA) hit on land of Madina when it was shaken due to earthQuake and asked ,”Isn`t omar doing justice on your back” and history tells that earth didnt move after hearnig His words and from that day,there was no earthquake in medina.
• TEE BEE on November 2nd, 2005 @ 8:55 pm
I dont who this lady is but all i know is that these kind of people create a negative and quite a lot of vague thoughts about religion in the minds of people, hence making it further hard to follow the principles laid down in the book called ‘Koran’. Rather than praying for the departed souls and begging for mercy, these fanatics just come up with their BS comments to get an exposure thru media. By the way if it was meant to be the ‘Azab-e-Ilahi’, it shud have been on western cities as their sins is way farther than of those innocents died in the 8/10 EQ.
God Bless us All
• Syed on November 2nd, 2005 @ 9:06 pm
For the first time in my life, I was about to agree 100% to somebody but alas!!! 95% is not that bad. Adnan, you are on right track. Only thing that I would like to add is that from Quran you will find that the major sin committed by all those who suffered wrath of ALLAH was “SHIRK”. Beside all that they did in their lives the only thing that all of them did was SHIRK.
One more thing, children….. Somebody has to go to Heaven as well. I dont know why so many people are worried about them dont they know who created them???? What about those who died in wombs? Or those who never ever gonna have a life? Is there anyone to challenge ALLAH for that. Hey!!! did you ask ALLAH to give you birth or it was just HIS blessing upon you? Would you have come to earth on your own or ALLAH gave you this chance??? And what can you or your parents and friends and all that you know can do if ALLAH puts you into a misery????
COME ON GUYS just surrender to ALLAH your GOD. And dont act smart. HE is more merciful than all of us. HE knows better than us. Infact, HE knows that we can not even think or dream.
Just say that “MY PRAYERS AND MY SACRIFICE AND MY LIFE AND MY DEATH IS FOR ALLAH, GOD OF THE UNIVERS.”
and say that “OUR LORD FORGIVE US FOR ALL THE SINS WE HAVE COMMITTED AND PARDON US FOR ALL THAT WE DID KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY. O LORD DONT LET US GO STRAY ONCE WE BECOME PIOUS. O LORD YOU ARE GREAT FORGIVE US, FORGIVE US, FORGIVE US.”
• moiz on November 2nd, 2005 @ 9:58 pm
all bulshit….total crap….
one shudnt follow any israr’s or farhat’s shud go for Quran if he/she needs guidance
AOA Tarek Fatah,
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The communications director of the Muslim Canadian Congress is highly critical of Dr. Hashmi’s teachings. She is segregating society and encouraging the ghettoization=of the South Asian Muslim community and making it very difficult for them to integrate into mainstream society,” Mr. Fatah argues. “She is completely brainwashing these educated, middle-class women top stay at home.”
Kindly note I am a working women in a higly reputed organization and is easily integrated with the mainstream, even with my Hajib and as per your comments a negative outlook to the masses and also note the wife Monia Mazigh of Mahar Arar is completing a Ph.D. in finance at McGill and is easily integrated into the society with her Hajib and Jalbab looks.
Note that to be successful in canada you have to be well educated,and highly professional, and well respectful and patient of others.Get a Canadian Qualification and experience and positive approach, we are in a highly multicultured society and should respect diversity of the environment around us.
Our home is our first priorty ( Don’t you want your mother/Wife take interest in the home, or you prefer she would be out managing a business, while when you come in without any warm food or clean house….. analysis what you look for in the home and why you call it home, not forgetting your part of job around the house to be done too). NAH YOUR GENERATION WOULD PREFER FAST FOOD AND MINE AND MY AS YOUR MOTTO. SEND YOUR ELDERS TO OLD PEOPLES HOME AND FORGET ABOUT THEM.
It is true that Islam does not forbide Women to work, and Dr Farhat Hasn’t taught that all, so stop mis-interpreting the messages.
I am ashamed of today’s Muslims Like Kausar Khan,
Who thinks that if their Daughters, Mothers, Sisters ,if they embrace The Quran and what Islam provides them as a Women, then it is dangerous to our society, well sadly not when their own daughters would wear Mini skirts, come running in with a boyfriend and spend weekends at the parties and listen to the ipod 24 hours a day. Chating about all the vulgarity in the world on the internet, then we are an Advance and Modern nation (the Canadian way of Life). Yes then if that is the Canadian Way of life ,it is a danger.
We are creating a new generation of Muslims, who will only be muslims by name or birth, an arrogant , impatient nation ,which is the cause behind the fall of so many muslim nations.
Wake up you all people and spread a message which when you analysis to your own self , seems meaning ful and joyful. Think about your purpose right now , even as young as 10 years old and plan a successful, well educated future for yourself and others.
Don’t waste time on discussing people or happenings around the world, but the inventions you can create and solutions you can bring to the whole world, create a generation to lead and not to follow others.
May Allah be with all towareds the good deed and Inshah Allah they will achieve the rewards. Amen.
• METEORITE on January 5th, 2006 @ 2:23 am
Farhat Hashmi has a PhD in Islam from University of Glasgow UK. I am not surprised if her non muslims teachers and our former colonial rulers could not teach her any better.
The existence of people like Farhat Hashmi is a reflection of tolerance civilized society has for absurd ideas that God punished 20,000+ innocent children for their “immoral” activities. Farhat Hashmi should have courage to define what immoral activities these children were engaged with.
On a separate note, I wonder what Farhat Hashmi has done causing her migration from an Islamic country? Is it comfort of life in the Western world of sinners, or a desire to portray a picture of an angry God?
From: Hasan Mirza sailani_4@…
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 23:34:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [Writers Forum] Farhat Hashmi: God punished quake victims as they “were involved in immoral activities”
No doubt, this is the height of a sick mind when it only discovers hell in heaven. It reminded me of an anecdote that a person who used to clean toilets passed through a bazaar of perfume sellers and fell unconscious as soon as he smelled the perfume. Yes, when there is too much filth in the mind then Compassionate God simply gets eclipsed behind the veil of an arrogant piety. Such ‘khudai khidmatgaars’ are simply trying to produce a generation of robots within the Islamic world who could only be controlled through the remote control with no conscience of their own. They create an ugly God, who appears more like a beast. They seem to capitalize on the fear of people so that the shop continues to grow. It involves the same marketing tactics when products are sold by touching the nerve of fear in a person. Otherwise, people like Farhat Hashmi could easily focus on the attributes of Allah where He is Jabbar (the Restorer), Rahman (the Compassionate) for the people who have suffered so deeply that one cannot even imagine. I wonder, why a Quranic scholar could not find in the Quran:
There is no doubt that Allah is the Lord of All-encompassing beneficence and He has treasures of Rahmat [38:9];
His Rahmat encompasses all things (40:7)
Why to focus on Allah’s punishing side particularly when thousands of innocent children have gone through so much pain and anguish. Why cannot she see, that Allah’s Compassion is flowing from survivors to victims.
I wonder when her followers realize the mockery of Islam being conducted under the disguise of stagnant stinking pool of religion.
Mulla Nasruddin arrived in a village and threatened people with an authority to serve him, otherwise he would do the same what he did to the people of the previous village, since they did not serve him. The innocent people felt afraid and while considering him a saint, served Mulla with a lavish dinner. Later, a few people approached Mulla and asked, “What did you do to the people of last village.” Immediately came the reply, “Oh! I left them and if you had not provided me with the food, I would do the same to you and gone to the next village.”
Hasan N. Mirza
Tarek Fatah wrote:
Farhat Hashmi, the controversial Pakistani Islamic fundamentalist, who has moved to Canada, suggests the people who died in the Pakistan earthquake were punished by God for their sins.
In an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper, she says: “The people in the area where the earthquake hit were involved in immoral activities and God has said that he will punish those who do not follow his path.”
What sort of a sick mind would suggest that the over 20,000 Pakistani children who were buried alive in their schools were “involved in immoral activities.”
Yes, exactly, why did this ‘pious’ and ‘self-righteous’ woman move from an Islamic country where she ruined many a marriage by inculcating bigotry and intolerance in normal, moderate Muslim women via her shreiking ‘daras?’ Was it under a divine obligation to convert the Canadians to her ‘Wahabi’ form of Islam or to run away from those who might have sinister designs on her for her own misdeeds?
Anyone who can utter such nonsense deserves to be in the rubble herself! It’s a mean thing to say but that’s the best and the kindest I can be to her.
Ladies, beware of this monstrosity!!
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Mohsin sahib: Thanks for the clarification. Where those incidents happen (in which part of Pakistan?)
I have not personally attended any of FH’s lectures neither have met her in my life. From what I have read on this forum and else where that she teaches women total submission to Allah and after that to their husbands, fathers & brothers. How that thing can lead women being disobedient and demanding divorces? I am confused.
Mohsin Hafeez wrote:
I wouldn’t just shoot through the breeze about such serious matters. I know of at least two personal friends, one of whom ended up getting divorced, and the other utterly miserable while still in.
The self-righteous woman, who claims to be a stalwart of Islam and morality, is directly responsible for the preceding two debacles. The couples, because of the spellbinding effect on the wives via her diatribe against modernity and progressiveness, drifted apart to a point of no return. These are two examples I know of. God alone Knows how many more have been adversely impacted courtesy the self-professed prophet.
Any person uttering the kind of nonsensical stuff on the earthquake is capable of the worst crimes against human dignity. Too bad for the Pakistanis that she may be asked to return because of her illegal status in Canada. I’ll be happy to forewarn the Dept of Homeland security here in the US about her plans to cross over, if she has any.
— Munir Pervaiz wrote:
It has been reliably learnt that the fundamentalist Muslim preacher Dr. Farhat Hashmi, has been in Canada illegally and may be asked to leave the country.
The question that needs to be answered by all Muslims is as to how one can trust a Hijab/Burqa clad Muslim woman preacher to teach the difference between right and wrong, halal and haram, when she herself follows an illegal act.
It is also reliably learnt that Dr. Farhat Hashmi requested some one to privide illegal certification so that her husband could find a better job in Canada.
How can such people propagate, Amr bi al Marouf, wanahi an al munkar.
May be a learned friend like Dr. Ahmad Faruqui help solve this riddle.
Thanks and regards.
— In Writers_Forum@yahoogroups.com, mianwaheed
Those are some serious allegations (“where she ruined many a marriage by inculcating bigotry and intolerance in normal, moderate Muslim women via her shreiking ‘daras?’”). Are there any solid proofs for that doing?
> > Mohsin Hafeez wrote:
Yes, exactly, why did this ‘pious’ and ‘self-righteous’ woman move from an Islamic country where she ruined many a marriage by inculcating bigotry and intolerance in normal, moderate Muslim women via her shrieking ’daras?’ Was it under a divine obligation to convert the Canadians to her ‘Wahabi’ form of Islam or to run away from those who might have sinister designs on her for her own misdeeds?
Anyone who can utter such nonsense deserves to be in the rubble herself! It’s a mean thing to say but that’s the best and the kindest I can be to her.
Ladies, beware of this monstrosity!!
> > — “Zafar Iqbal, Ph.D.” > Original Message:
> > > —————–
> > > From: Hasan Mirza sailani_4@y…
> > > Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 23:34:27 -0500 (EST)
> > > To: Writers_Forum@yahoogroups.com
> > > Subject: Re: [Writers Forum] Farhat Hashmi: God
> > > punished quake victims as they “were involved in
> > > immoral activities”
> > >
> > > Dear Friends,
> > > No doubt, this is the height of a sick mind when it only discovers hell in heaven. It reminded me of an
Mohsin sahib: Thanks for the clarification. Where those incidents happen (in which part of Pakistan?)
I have not personally attended any of FH’s lectures neither have met her in my life. From what I have read on this forum and else where that she teaches women total submission to Allah and after that to their husbands, fathers & brothers. How that thing can lead women being disobedient and demanding divorces? I am confused.
For your information, the incidents took place in Karachi, Pakistan. For the sake of privacy protection, the names and addresses along with other personal details of the victims shall remain undisclosed. Hope that sits well with you.
I have neither met her nor attended (God forbid) any of her lectures either. Let’s define what total submission to Allah or God means. Also, is it fair for any person in the world to interfere (even as a catalyst)with others’ unions? If converting a spouse to her decadent and literal form of Wahabi Islam at the cost of throwing a wrench into the otherwise well run spokes of a relationship is doing a good deed, may God help us all.
Mian Shb, spousal relatonships are complex and best dealt with between the two parties. A third party only complicates matters. Now, how this self-professed prophet comes in as a third party is her influence on the younger women of the society by instilling fear which, as you’d know, is not a tool in our religion. It’s a tool, however, that has been adopted by the current Wahabi mullah class to incite insecure emotions.
I am at work, so unable to really delve into; anyway, the less said about a peraon holding such asinine views on the earthquake, among other things, the better.
I apologize if I have hurt anyone’s feelings with my own against a human being that deserves not to be referred to as such!!
Schims occur in families when spouses begin to subscribe to opposing or conflicting ideologies. Pakistan is basically a moderate/liberal Muslim country. The kind of fundamentalism Farhat Hashmi preaches has caused many husbands consternation, as they probably do not espouse the rgidity of viewpoint thier wives come to adopt.
I think it is very unfair to apply the rules, laws and etiquettes on others, but when it is our turn the “reasons and circumstances are different” come into play so they don’t apply.
I am no fan of Dr. Farhat Hashmi but neither am I her foe. Being judgmental on hearsay is an uneducated and unfair behavior. I have heard her interpretations myself on her website I have disagreement with her interpretations on some issues, but most of her work is in line with any other interpretation that I have researched and at times better thought out. I have heard her to encourage her students to read and research themselves and has corrected or changed her position on issues.
Definition of a moderate or progressive Muslim is very relative. In my experience most self proclaimed moderates (including myself) do not follow the prescribed path in Quran, will not pray/fast/huqooq al Ibad and the list goes on…So when Dr. Hashmi tells my wife that it is a sin not to pray and fast and my wife tries to correct me, it certainly brings a conflict in my house, because I am not ready to give up my fort. Same for Hijab, it’s a prescribed way of life for a Muslim woman in Quran, cursing Farhat Hashmi for teaching this is unfair.
Marrying more than one woman and Allah’s wrath on disobedient nations is written in Quran, but I do not interpret it the way she is reported to have. It is not for us but for Allah to judge this calamity, we should pray to Allah for the unfortunate victims and learn that we could be gone in a moment. We can argue about her being judgmental (It was sad to hear Maulana Edhi telling Dr. Shahid of ARY the same interpretation) but calling and wishing for her departure is against the rules of a free society. I would urge those who feel threatened by her to read and research Quran themselves and her interpretations and point out the anomalies in her interpretations and allow her to correct her position.
I haven’t divorced my wife and neither has she left me, we discuss if there is a need otherwise we are happy in our world.
We are educated and know how to be honest and what it means to be honest so let’s be honest.
In case of Farhat Hashmi and such, it is not about the civility of argument. It is about incitement to break law: She has said that she supports Polygamy in Canada in a major interview. Her trainees agree with her.
She asked while she was preaching in Pakistan, that each mother should offer one son for Jihad. (The real violent one, not the internal quiet one)
BTW we are also opposing Ariel Sharon entry in Canada.
Would you agree that any one who is accused to be criminal or inciting to break law, can only be tackled by harsh manners.Specially the law of a country that is welcoming and allowing Muslims to prosper and also to parctice their religion without hindrance.
Sharon may turn around and say I am only indicted and not declared a criminal yet.
You know very well , where the lines of arguments are drawn and stopped.
At another message, I pose an Analogy. Would toy argue and watch if someone is trying to commit suicide, or would you take some action.
Would you stop a Pied Paper from leading innocents to an Abyss?
I have no issue with the woman pontificating on what’s right or wrong, as long as she is not being judgemental or a phony. In her case, she is being both, and then some.
The stream of email messages on FH started with her statement on the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan, indicating that they deserved this fate. Now, this is what I have a major issue with. True, some of the right-wingers here suggested something along the same lines with regards to Katrina, and I was equally vocal against them. Do you not believe that she’s crossing the line a little here?
Conducting her shreiking dars sessions in closed rooms and spreading her form of bigoted Islam has less to do with freedom of expression and more to do with exploiting the weak and the vulnerable of the society. Holding an opinion is one thing; propogating it as a rule of law in something as personal a matter as religion is quite another. She is doing no favor to Islam by having a spell-binding effect on the young women of the society and disrupting the equilibrium they have achieved in life with their spouses. Leaning to one end of the continuum or even shifting positions on emotionally charged subjects like religion is a death sentence for any union, especially when the new stance takes precedence over everything else in life. That is precisely what her objective is……she focuses on the rituals of the religion rather than the spirit.
As earlier stated in one of my messages, I know of two personal friends who have been through the most excruciating experience of their lives courtesy FH’s preaching. This was about five to six years ago. Now, we can take the position that it must have to do with the insecurity of the young wives that split them up (in ways more than one )from their husbands. One ended up in a divorce when the husband found the wife to have changed beyond recognition and the other stayed on for possibly masochistic reasons. However, if it wasn’t for the void in their lives being filled by equally hollow hyperbole against moderation and modernity, which I consider the norms of the present society, the situation could have been different and in all probability we wouldn’t have had a broken home.There are tons of other expamples but I speak from those closest to my heart.
If teaching mere rituals of the religion is all she does, then she is being redundant and superflous. Any basic text of Islam can teach us that. We don’t need a preacher for it. If she has any interest in reforming the Islamic society with respect to women, her core audience, she needs to think a little bigger than this,, and also be hands-on, as opposed to migrating to a country which espouses nothing she teaches.
I am all for the rights of anyone in this world; but I am not going to condone the annihilation of the social fabric of the society via a la ‘Zia-ul-Haq’s’ style of
dogmatism and fanaticsm. After all, to make a difference in society, one needs more than just superficiality…we need depth and integrity of purpose and I find both sorely missing in FH!
There is no mention of “hijab”as a piece of cloth tied around the hair in the Quran. There is no prescribed seclusion of women as such, in the Quran either. The terminology employed in verses dealing with “hijab”is general and vague and lends itself to several interpretations. Farhat Hashmi is imposing her rigid interpretation on women who are not capable of evaluating its validity, because they have not made an attempt to understand the Quran on their own. But I concede, it is their choice if they still wish to adopt her views.
However, you must also bear in mind that she is being asked to leave because she endorses wife battery and polygamy–both crimes under Canadian law. It is no longer a matter of freedom of expression.
This woman should not be allowed to disseminate her views whether it is Pakistan, Canada or US as you rightly point out. Anyone who endorses wife beating or legitimized philandering known as polygamy, must be stopped. This is not about freedom of expression. It has more to do with trampling on the rights of the weak and vulnerable of society..
I agree with Farzana. It is a matter of exploitation of the insecure and the weak…..is that fair? Freedom of speech, or the First amendment as it is referred to here in the US, has nothing to do with us..it’s not about freedom of expression. It is an intentional trampling of the rights of the vulnerable, as Farzana put it, to satisfy her own ego.
BTW, any thoughts on misrepresentation on visa/status matters in Canada? Is she in any position, then, to pontificate what is right and/or wrong? She’s only a product, a paid one at that, of the Saudi Wahabi clan out there to spread their form of religion in other parts, and find a haven in Pakistan, of course, after the marde-Momin, Marde-Haq, Ziaul- Haq welcomed all kinds of rigidity in the society, thereby totally annihilating the social fabric of the country. There is no denying it as it’s there to see and observe, and with much pain and sorrow.
Quake God’s punishment for ‘immoral activities’: Farhat Hashmi
By Khalid Hasan
WASHINGTON: Farhat Hashmi, the controversial Pakistani Islamic fundamentalist, says those who died in the October 8 Pakistan earthquake were punished by God for their “immoral activities”.
In a weekend interview with a correspondent of the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper, she said, “The people in the area where the earthquake hit were involved in immoral activities and God has said that he will punish those who do not follow his path.”
Hashmi recently moved to Canada with her family and has since set up teaching classes. She told her class of around 150 mostly young Pakistani women, all in white headscarves and black abayas, “We must understand why such calamities take place. The people in the are where the earthquake hit were involved in immoral activities, and God has said that he will punish those who do not follow his path.”
Hashmi was immediately criticised by Tarek Fatah, communications director of the Muslim Canadian Congress, who said, “What sort of a sick mind would suggest that the over 20,000 Pakistani and Kashmiri children who were buried alive in their schools were ‘involved in immoral activities’?”
He said Hashmi has now brought her wahabbi teachings to Canada where she has opened a private school for girls. She encourages segregation and defends polygamy. One of her students, a teenager, told the Globe and Mail: “It is better for a man to do things legally by taking a second wife, rather than having an affair.”
Fatah said, “Many Muslim Canadians are upset that this woman from Pakistan has been allowed to come into Canada to spread her message.” One such critic, Kausar Khan, a businesswoman, told the newspaper, “…why is this woman being allowed to bring her extremist views to our country? She poses a danger to us and our Canadian way of life.”
However, Hashmi is not without her admirers, one being Sheema Khan, president of the Canadian chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who told the same newspaper last year, “Ms Hashmi’s soothing style articulates a message of personal reform. She reminds listeners of God’s mercy and forgiveness – in stark contrast to the dire warnings of hellfire favoured by some mullahs.”
Fatah asks how the self-styled evangelist’s view on the earthquake victims be considered as “soothing” or reflecting “God’s mercy and forgiveness?”
Hashmi offers a 20-month course she calls Taleem-ul-Quran, claiming that she has come from Pakistan to enlighten young Muslim women about their religion. She counsels Muslim women to cover up, stay at home and accept their essentially subservient role when contrasted with men. She set up Al-Huda International in Pakistan in 1994 after taking a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Glasgow. He clientele in Pakistan – as in Canada – consists of middle and upper-middle-class women. She claims that 10,000 students have “graduated” from her course. She also travels to London and Dubai. She told the Canadian newspaper that she had moved to Toronto with her husband and family in response to demand for young women in the city to gain a deeper understanding of Islam. She charges a nominal fee of Canadian $60 a month. Five-hour classes take place four times a week.
She told the Globe and Mail correspondent, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinnoy, “My Canadian friends invited me here because they feel that there is an need to educate young Muslim girls in this society. They come to me for answers. I teach them the Quran, and they leave with a sense of peace.” Her impressionable young students appear to accept her highly conservative and textual interpretation of Islamic texts.
However, Kausar Khan feels alarmed at the possibility that the next generation of South Asian girls are embarking Dr Hashmi’s teachings. “We live in a secular society, where there is separation of religion and state. Then why is this woman being allowed to bring her extremist views to our country? She poses a danger to us and our Canadian way of life.”
She’s an idiot for saying that. She doesn’t no squat-all about who died and who didn’t…deport her, she’s useless.
BUT Tarek Fatah is an idiot who labels ANYTHING remotely related to conservative Islam as “wahabbi”, and constantly cries to the media…not just for things like this, but for other things like our stance on homsexual marraiges and what not. He’s a player…a face man…has no links to the community, and constantly directs his message to those on the outside.
If it was a punishment for immoral activities, why did lil kids die? Why dint it happen in karachi or lahore, where many mor “immoral” activities take place in the name of being “modern” and “enlightened” and emulating the West?
One person came up with a good point. Whoever wrote the article might be biased against farhat hashmi and might be trying to slander her. She might never have said those words. Its quite common for the media to misreport statements and put words in peoples’ mouths or change a tone of an issued statement.
On the other hand, from watching some of her lectures on ARY…I do believe that she is quite extremist in her views. The only thing I really have a problem with is sometimes she’ll give these lectures without quoting Quran ayahs or Sunnah and explaining how she comes up with her theories. No real scholar will refuse to quote in a lecture or to publish their theories backed up by references.
She definitely does tend to captivate the female audiences. Her lectures on women’s issues are overall not offensive to women’s lib, from the lectures I have heard. If she’s said anything offensive, I haven’t heard or seen those lectures.
I do tend to think her niqaab is a bit overdone.
PCG – do you think she sounds like a man? I cannot listen to her voice. It is so manly that I cannot digest it. My mother has some of her lectures and from what I’ve heard from my mother, she has some good stuff to say. She is very conservative (Farhat Hashmi). For example, she is against birth control of all kind. But a lot of women do follow her strictly.
I didn’t know she was against birth control. I heard one of her lectures where she said she is against domestic abuse, and the such.
You know, to be quite honest, I think she’s a quack. I think she goes very overboard on some issues, and I don’t encourage anyone to follow her. She has a charisma though, and people follow her like blindly devoted followers. Its a bit scary to see how “deewani” some of these girls become after her. People need to learn to evaluate what various scholars say, because each one will say something slightly different from the other. But this idea of teaching people to think for themselves is almost devoid from our Islamic scholars. Its more like “here, this is a code of morality and you must believe it”. There is minimal emphasis on evaluating texts on your own, and people leave this up to “scholars” and then blindly believe these people.
Its scary, and Farhat Hashmi is no different from any other scholar that is out and about professing their version of Islam to be the right one.
I’m not saying everything she says is wrong. But I am saying her attitude is dogmatic like most scholars. She’s controversial in Pakistan because the mod-crowd is against her since she’s so extremist (I wont use the term fundamentalist). She’s also disliked by many male scholars mainly cuz she’s a woman and she has dared to speak out against abuse and other topics, and because females flock after her and listen to her as if she’s a walking Quran.
Fatwas and facts about Dr. Farhat Hashmi
Following are the Fatwaas issued by Ulemas about Farhat Hashmi. The fatwaa of Banori town is authentic with Seal and Stamp. Newspaper article is also attached.
Fitnah of Dr Farhat Hashmi
Answers to some queries about Al-Huda International:
By Mufti Taqi Usmani - Judge Shariah Applet (Supreme Court of Pakistan), Vice-President Jamia Darul-uloom Korangi (Karachi, Pakistan), Vice-Chairman Islamic Fiqh Academy (Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Question: Dear Respected Mufti Saheb, Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, I (the questioner) has completed a one-year diploma course in Islamic studies from “Al-Huda International” in Islamabad, I joined the institute in search of Islamic knowledge and was unaware of their hidden and secretive beliefs, however even after the completion of one year diploma I am still unable to ascertain and authenticate some of the beliefs hence decided to contact the respected scholars of Islam in order to clarify the ideologies & creed (of “Al-Huda International” ) and obtain a Fatwa to safeguard and protect the daughters of Islam from falling into misguidance. A summary of the ideologies of our teacher and rector of “Al-Huda International” Dr Farhat Hashmi are as follows:
1) To move away from Ijmah (consensus of opinion amongst the Muslims) and adopt a new path
Note: Ijmah (consensus of opinion amongst the Muslims) is binding on Muslims as per the Qur’aan, Hadeeth and consensus of Muslim ummah (for details see “Fiqh main Ijmah Ka Maqam” by Mufti Rafi Usmani)
2) Supporting Non-Muslim & anti-Islamic elements and movements
3) Attempts to interweave and intermingle the “Truth” and “Falsehood” (to confuse the masses)
4) To create doubts in matters of Fiqh
5) To create an “Easy Islam”
6) To disregard and abandon etiquettes (Aadaab) and recommendations (Mustahabbat)
The details of these ideologies are as follows:
1) To move away from Ijmah (consensus of opinion amongst the Muslims) and adopt a new path:
a. Denial of Qadha Salah:
If someone has missed Salah in their lifetime then merely repenting from the sin is sufficient and they are not required to make up the missed Salah. Note: This is indeed a monumental exaggeration and defiance to disregard one of the greatest obligations (Faraidh) of Islam i.e. Salah
b. To count 3 Talaqs as one pronounced in one sitting:
Note: To count 3 Talaqs as one is against the Qur’aan, Hadeeth, and overwhelming opinion of Sahaba (RA), Taba’een (RA), Taba-Taba’een (RA), and the agreed upon opinion of the four Imams (i.e. Abu Haneefa (RA), Malik (RA), Shaf’ae (RA), & Ahmed Ibn Hanbal (RA)), (for details see “Teen Talaq Ka Saboot” by Maulana Shahabuddin Nadwi & “Umdatul-Athath Fi Hukmit-Talaqut-Thalath” by Maulana Muhammad Sarfaraz Khan Safdar)
c. To stress upon and make arrangements for the gathering of women for optional (Nafil) acts of worship e.g. for Salatul-Tasbeeh, and during the odd nights of the last ten days (particularly 27th night) of Ramadhan
Note: There is no doubt in these actions being Bid’ah
2) Supporting Non-Muslim & anti-Islamic elements and movements:
a. Ulama are distant from Madaris and Arabic language
b. Ulama make the religion hard for people and involve laymen in useless and futile arguments concerning Fiqh, as a matter of fact she said on one occasion that if you cannot find an authentic narration regarding an issue then act on a weak narration but don’t consult the Ulama
c. A long time is wasted in the Madaris teaching grammar, and principles of Fiqh, it is a not requirement to learn Arabic, just teach people the translation of Qur’aan; she said on one occasion that 7-8 years of study in the Madaris are spent in trying to prove the authenticity of their own Fiqh (hinting towards Dars-e-Nizami i.e. the curriculum taught in the Madaris) and all these years of study are unable to instil and the true spirit of Islam
d. Books of Waheed-uddin Khan are considered the best for students and adopted as part of the curriculum and sold, when the negative opinion of contemporary scholars was mentioned about him and his books, she replied, “Words of wisdom are the lost property of a believer (Tirmidhi)”
3) Attempts to interweave and intermingle the “Truth” and “Falsehood” (to confuse the masses):
a. Taqleed is Shirk!
Note: The instances where Taqleed becomes praiseworthy or blameworthy were never explained
b. To act on a weak Hadeeth is presented as if it is an criminal offence, and it is reiterated that when Saheeh Bukhari is a collection of the most authentic traditions then why should weak narrations be accepted?
4) To create doubts in matters of Fiqh:
a. More importance is placed on refuting other scholars & Madaris then promoting their (Al-Huda’s) message and stressing points of agreement (amongst scholars)
b. Instead of teaching basics of Salah, fasting, Hajj, Zakat (Faraidh, Sunan, Mustahabbat), matters of disagreement (in Fiqh) are discussed at length under the garb of spreading the “knowledge of Saheeh Ahadeeth” and under the banner of being unbiased (i.e. not sticking to a Madhab etc.)
c. Overwhelming importance is placed on disagreements in Fiqh i.e. Rafa Al-Yadain, reciting Fatihah behind the Imam, reading one Rakat of Wit’r, encouraging women to attend Mosques, congregational prayers for women; all in the name of following “Saheeh Ahadeeth”
Note: For evidence on these matter please see “Hadeeth Aur Ahle-Hadeeth”, Tajalliyat-e-Safdar”, “Rasul-Akram (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) ka Tareeqa-e-Namaz,”
d. Erroneous issues (Masa’il) are being taught about Zakat as women don’t know Tamleek
5) To create an “Easy Islam”:
a. Islam is easy but has been made difficult by the scholars. Take any issue (Mas’ala) from any Imam and you will still remain within the confines of Islam
b. Hadeeth tells us to adopt the easiest way therefore take the easiest (& most convenient) opinion of any Imam
c. There is no authentic narration about reading Yaseen daily
Note: Since the virtues of Surah Yaseen are noted in many Ahadeeth therefore many Ulama have adopted its daily recital as their routine and practise. Surah Yaseen has been called the heart of Qur’aan (Abi Dau’d, Ahmed, Nasai, Ibn-e-Maja & Hakim). Ata bin Rabi (RA) narrates that it has reached me from Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) that whoever recites Surah Yaseen at the beginning of the day then all their needs of the day will be fulfilled (Sunan Ad-darimi). It is narrated that whoever recites Surah Yaseen daily at night and then dies will have the death of a martyr (Mazahir-e-Haq). Yahya bin Katheer (RA) relates that it has been mentioned to me by a man (who tested this) that whosoever recites Surah Yaseen in the morning will be happy and content till the evening and whoever recites Surah Yaseen in the evening will be happy and content till the morning (Ibn-Farees, Mazhari, for details see Maariful-Qur’aan Vol7/Pages 362-363). Sayyidina Jundub (RA) narrates that Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said, whosoever recites Surah Yaseed in the night (for the pleasure of Allah) will be forgiven (Malik, Ibn-e-Hibban) and in another narration it is mentioned that whosoever recites Surah Yaseed in the night will see the morning in the state of forgiveness (Dar-Qutni, At-Targheeb Wat Tarheeb)
d. There is no such thing as “Isharaq” or “Awabeen”
Note: On the contrary “Isharaq” is mentioned in the following Ahadeeth:
a) ‘He who performs Fajr Salat with Jamaat and remains seated in the same place while engaging in Dhikr until after sunrise and thereafter performs 2 Rakaats Nafil Salat, (Ishraaq), he will obtain the Thawaab of one Hajj and one Umrah.’ (Tirmidhi).
b) ‘Whoever keeps seated after performing Fajar and utters nothing but good from his mouth and then offers 2 Rakaats of Salat al-Ishraq, all his sins will be forgiven even though they are as much as the foam of the sea.’ (Ahmed)
Scholars have considered “Ishraq” and “Shasht” as two separate prayers.
Similarly “Awabeen” has also been mentioned in the Hadeeth:
a) One who offers six rakaat prayer after Maghrib prayer speaking nothing but what is good in between the two prayers, will earn reward equal to the worship of twelve years. (Ibn-e-Maja, Ibn-e-Khuzaima, Tirmidhi)
b) Aisha (RA) narrates that Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said that Allah (SWT) will build a house for the one who prays 20 Rakat after Magrib Salah (Tirmidhi)
Ulama have stipulated that “Awabeen” consists of a minimum of “six” and a maximum of “twenty” Rakaat and they have assigned this name to the optional Salah after Marghrib and it has been there practise to read these prayers. The disagreement over the name “Awabeen” will have no bearing on the validity and virtues of these prayers.
e. There is no prohibition in Islam for women regarding their hair cut, as one of the Umahatul-Mu’mineen (Mother of the believers) had her hair cut
Note: There is ample evidence from the Qur’aan & hadeeth regarding the prohibition of women getting their hair-cut and the permissibility is expressly granted at the time of Hajj/Umrah (length of the pores of a finger). There is a chance of resemblance of men in cutting/trimming hair therefore the Ulama have considered it Haram. The interpretation and deliberate manipulation and twisting of Al-Huda International of a Hadeeth from Saheeh Muslim is false because:
a) Their interpretation contradicts with the interpretation conveyed by the narrators of the hadeeth
b) The narrator is not stating his “personal” eye-witness account
c) The narrator was not a Mahram of Umahatul-Mu’mineen (Mother of the believers), therefore unable to expressively verify the length of the hair
d) The narrator has neither mentioned someone’s “personal” eye-witness account nor mentioned the opinion of a Mahram of Umahatul-Mu’mineen (Mother of the believers)
e) The words in the Hadeeth “Kal-Wafira” can be interpreted in many different ways, therefore it is incorrect to expressly permit an act based on many interpretations when the prohibition is mentioned in many authentic narrations (Imdadul-Fatawa Vol4/Page 218)
f. Women MUST leave their homes for spreading the Deen
g. Her own actions are considered binding for the students as she undertakes Tableeghi missions (without a Mahram), goes on journeys to establish Qaiyamul-Layl and appears on media (Radio, TV etc.)
7) To disregard and abandon etiquettes (Aadaab) and recommendations (Mustahabbat):
a. Women touch and read the Qur’aan in the state of impurity and they are oblivious of placing the Qur’aan at a higher level (for respect)
Note: It is impressible for the women to touch or read the Qur’aan during the state of menstruation:
a) Hakim bin Hizam (RA) narrates that when Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) appointed him as the Governor of Yemen he enjoined, “…And you should not touch the Qur’aan except in the state of purity…” (Dar-Qutni, Mustadrak Hakim)
b) Abduallah bin Umar (RA) narrates that Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said “Quraan should not be touched by any man expect in the state of purity” (Tabarani)
c) Anas (RA) narrates that when Umar (RA) set out with a sword in his hand to assassinate Rasul-ullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam), he was directed to his sister & brother-in-law and when he reached there a man by the name of Khubab (RA) was present and they were reciting Surah Taha. When Umar (RA) asked for the book which was being read, his Sister told him that he was impure and he must stand and perform Ghusl (or Wudhu), thereupon Umar (RA) performed Wudhu and then read Surah Taha (Dar Qutni)
d) Abu Wail (RA) used to send his maid (in the state of menstruation) to Abu-zain and she used to bring the Qur’aan (holding it by string). (Bukhari)
It is the consensus of opinion of four Madhahib and scholars that purity (Tahara) is a pre-condition for touching the Qur’aan and to act in contradiction to it is a sin, Tahara includes for the hand to be clean (& to be in a state of Wudhu) and not to be in the state of Janaba (needing Ghusl) and this is the Maslak of Ali (RA), Abdullah Ibn Masood (RA), Saad ibn Abi Waqas (RA), Said Ibn Zaid (RA), Ata (RA), Imam Zahri (RA), Ibraheem Nakhai (RA), Hammad (RA), Imam Malik (RA), Imam Abu Haneefa (RA) & Imam Shaf’ae (RA) (for details see Maariful-Qur’aan Vol8/Pages 286 in the Tafseer of verse, “that is not touched except by the purified ones (56:79)
8) Miscellaneous Matters:
a. To encourage self-Ijtehad after reading the translation of the Qur’aan
b. To consider the perquisites (as described by scholars) required for the correct understanding of Qur’aan an Hadeeth innovations, foolish and hatched-up conspiracies
c. When an issue (Masail) is discussed in front of a “graduate (of Al-Huda), they question its authenticity and ask for evidence (from Saheeh Hadeeth)
The end result is branches of Al-Huda sprouting up everywhere and “graduate” women teaching the Deen and engaging people in debates/arguments of Fiqh while ignorant of even the basics of Tajweed! Questions Summarised:
a) Please elaborate on the stated points in the light of Islamic Shariah?
b) What is the Shariah ruling/status of the afore-mentioned procedures and PhD. of Dr Farhat Hashmi from Glasgow University?
c) What is the Shariah ruling/status of attending these courses, participation and encouraging others to do the same?
The ideologies described in the question are incorrect regardless of the personally adhering to it. Some of them e.g. to disregard Ijmah, to consider repentance (only) sufficient for missed prayers, to declare Taqleed as Shirk, are open misguidance and one can only conclude from them that the majority of Ummah (who has been doing Taqleed) were Mushriks, Some of these ideas are against the consensus of opinion e.g. to regard 3 Talaqs (in one sitting) as one, Some of these ideas are Bid’ah e.g. congregation for Salatul-Tasbeeh, to encourage people and exhort them to come out of their homes to perform Qiymul-Layl and to encourage women and exhort them to pray Salah in congregation. Some of these ideas are gross misguidance and dangerous e.g. encouraging self-Ijtehad after reading translation of the Qur’aan, encouraging masses to adopt opinions from any Madhab and to declare ones personal actions as binding. Some of these ideas are evil e.g. to defame the scholars and institutions of Islam (who have been engaged in the Service of Islam), and to devalue them in the hearts and minds of people and to consider a short course as sufficient to be able to derive rulings directly and denounce rulings from earlier scholars (which they have obtained after years of careful study and contemplation). An institute which adheres to there ideologies and beliefs and propagates them is destructive and a cause of disunity and chaos amongst the masses of Muslim. A Muslim who comes closer to Islam (and practising it) due to the concessions on offer (i.e. adopt the easiest and most convenient opinion) will be prone to error and misguidance. To cooperate or encourage cooperation in the lessons (courses) on an individual or institution which engages in such mind-making techniques cannot possibly be deemed permissible and the degrees and qualification of the person in question is irrelevant. Islamic degree from Glasgow university is irrelevant (according to Islamic standards) and the efforts of Non-Muslim universities in producing orientalists who create doubts and apprehensions in the hearts and minds of Muslim masses (in the name of Research) has been ongoing for sometime, their curricula is designed to produce such individuals who create havoc and chaos (except a few). Therefore a degree from Glasgow University is not sufficient for someone to be classed as an Islamic scholar, by the same token it shouldn’t be held against someone as there have been examples of individuals who have gone to these (Non-Muslim universities) and were immune to the poison. The answer given is in the light of ideas and beliefs described in the question and the responsibility to ascertain if the person in question actually adheres to such ideas and beliefs is not on the one answering the query.
Videos exposing Farhat Hashmi:
Fitna of Dr Farhat Hashmi The evil of 21st century
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Other General Comments
rozaiba on November 6, 2004
Recently heard Najam Shiraz singing his new naat. The words of the naat were altered for religious purposes but the tune and title was the same as the great song from his album `roop nagar` called `na taira khuda koi aur hai`…I had to close my ears.
The touching song had metamorphosed into an overdone me-too religious gibberish. I mention this becuase it reflects the larger perverse mentality that has taken root which tries to justify everything through religion. Logic is good because religion says its good. Every action needs justification from religion. Music, art, literature…etc. cannot be good in and of themselves. They need religion to knight them after being thoroughly observed at every step. Worse, to be a good person, you have to be religious.
I mean, the discussion you hear on religious programs with religious personalities are so freakin` stale and meaningless `let`s all pat each other on the back why don`t we?` The questions Farhat Hashmi`s audience ask are retarded to say the least.
As for how all this is now marketed (`Haj ka safar, Tang kay saath!` WTF!!) by the marketing gurus, eventually all this will come to head. It`ll probably get worse before it falls upside down. Like it won`t be long before Dr. Israr Ahmed is heard saying `This Hadis from Sahih Bukhari has been brought to you by Peak Freans Biscuits and Ding Dong bubble gum!` or with Farhat Hashmi`s program, sponsored by some cooking oil, has the audience asking which cooking oil would be the best according to Islam and Farhat Hashmi naturally responding!! I can`t wait!!
And of course, the new TV channels will more than happily project all this religious nonesense as it sells!
Farhat Hashmi has a very wahabi attitude……in her cassette of surah number 7 she translates the verse of the Qur’an i think it is 35th or so..i don’t have the Qur’an in front of me…..where Allah swt is tell Prophet Mohammad s.a.w.s. that even if you dig a tunnel and climb heavens you will not be able to convince the nonbelievers……aside from the literal translation she adds …..her own commentary by degrading the status of Rasul Allah….s.a.w.s. ….she says something to the extent that Allah swt says to Rasul Allah if you cannot bear the burden of this (prophecy) than you can go do something else……i am not surprized that some ulema’s are not liking what she is saying…..as she is far removed from tasawuf which is traditional islam…..in Rasul Allah’ s.a.w.s.’s hadith he had mentioned that the best time (of Islam) is his and then the one after him and then of those who follow the ones after him…..Tabit at Tabieen (sp) ….the commentaries of the “ancient” and “modern” ulema’s is based on the work and research of the older generations……such as Imam Bukhari r.a. and the likes of Imam Suyuti r.a……Farhat Hashmi is herself often quoting some of the great sufis ..in her lectrues…but denies the shafaat of saints…..she has a PHD but she does not have the ijaza to spread ISLAM…….this is the catastrophe for muslims…..where different views and so many are creating confusions…..
…..the medresseh/madrassas were the hub of muslim culture were not only the sciences of the Qur’an were taught but arithmetic, philosophy and astronomy etc.. …and the preservation of the Qur’an through recitation and memorization …….along with many eastern languages …..the khana-gah ..the chilakhonas were all part and parcle……..
..someone recently approached Farhat Hashmi and asked her about the tawasul of Rasul Allah s.a.w.s…and she answered by saying that she did some research and found out that yes there is tawasul of Rasul Allah s.a.w.s…..my question to her is …….does she think her research has ended there ….and who has given her the authorization to teach and speak about Islam……what is her take on Ihsan that hadrat Gabriel a.s. had asked Rausl Allah about…has she practiced it?????
‘A sane voice in a mad world’ says:
The International Islamic University at Islamabad was funded by the Saudis, and has always been a Salafi oriented one, and I have always seen the campus with a large number of women.
The al-Huda Institute was founded and headed by Dr. Farhat Hashmi, a Salafi, and she is still very much in charge. The institute has branches at Karachi and Lahore.
I visited one of the other instiutes that I mentioned, that too is a Salafi one. I forget the name, but the person running it is a scholar by the name of Bashir.
The Salafis are much maligned, and I hope this info will cause the antagonists to modify their views.
Dr. Farhat Hashmi, that wahabi preacher who makes a long and winding sermon about Muharram and says that Ashura is for fasting and all sorts of things but makes absolutely no mention of Imam Hussain whatsoever!!! isnt it so absolutely amazing!!! How can she claim to love the Prophet when her heart is void of the love of the Prophet’s family?
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Brother Fatah, I live in Canada too close to the masjid where Dr. Hashmi and her husband teaches, and I have heard several of Dr. Farhat Hashmi’s lectures. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with anything that she teaches.
The molvi you quoted above is probably ‘hanafi’ and that’s why he believes that Dr. Hashmi’s who is (Ahl-e-hadith/Salafi) teachings are wrong.
Umm Abdullah says:
Wa Alaykum As-Salaam
Yes brother brutal_33, i have heard many of Dr Farhat’s lectures online on PalTalk & haven’t found anything object-able yet. She seems like a Salafi teacher.
There is a difference of teaching style in Dr Farahat & her husband Dr Idrees. Dr Idrees in many of his lectures have openly talked against Shia believes & called their acts Kufr, suggested them to stop this type of acts that he was critisizing at that time.
On the other hand, i have never heard Dr Farhat talk against any school of thought (not even against Shias), but she tell her students to gain knowledge to find the right & wrong for yourself. Her tafseer for “specific” verses misinterpreted by the Shias is not in support of them but the Muslims.
What about CDs by Farhat Hashmi?
Recently somebody gifted me a set of cds on quran tajweed and tafseer the speaker being a female by name of Farhat Hashmi.I want to know the school of thought of the speaker and whether it is ok to hear them?Anybody having any information please help.
Muhammd Ali Munir:
They are called “Al-Huda”, and mainly follow the salafi/ahl-e-hadeeth methodology.
For more details about Farhat Hashmi please check this website
Assalam Alaikum! I don’t understand– why do you advice avoiding Dr Farhat Hashmi and what are these fatwas against her for– I hear she is very well renowned in Pakistan and Canada and there is a huge following of Al Huda in UAE too…Can you pls clarify? JazakAllah Khair!
Walikumasalam. Actually the problem is nowhere but with the open mindness and not following the Ulemas and having no respect for the knowledgeable people. Ulemas are for sure the people on whome we can trust… becuase they are the Waris of Anbiya AS. and our beloved prophet(SAW) also emphasized alot on respecting the Ulemas and those who have the authentic source of knowledge. On the blog which I posted please see the comments from someone. It contains the link of the university from where She graduated… all the teachers are non-muslims… do you think that we can learn our DEEN from someone who is not even a muslim…
Its just like to have our medical checkup from a computer engineer ! …
Read 2 Rakats … for ALLAH Almighty and ask HIM the power to decide between the right and the wrong.. inshALLAH then read the articles again and see what mistakes Ulemas are pointing out in Her…. if these are really mistakes (which infact are) then we should avoid her…. thats only what I can say on this issue.
You can also download a detailed book reagarding Alhuda from here
Thanks a lot for your time to read this post.
Read “The Fitnah of Dr Farhat Hashmi” by Mufti Taq Usmani