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Students of the International Qur’anic Open University to Commence Fall Semester at Al Azhar University, Cairo by Khalida
September 26, 2008, 1:23 pm
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By Abu Rashid Qadri, Islamic Post Staff Writer

The International Quranic Open University (IQOU) takes great pleasure in announcing that three of its most advanced students will travel to Egypt, in late September, with the intent of entering the most renowned Islamic University in the world, Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
Muhammad Mahmud AbdusSabur, Durdana Amatullah Shakir, and Safiah A. Salaam will study Tafsir of Holy Qur’an, AHadith, Fiqah, and Language at the highly acclaimed institute of learning.  Their academic pursuits abroad are scheduled to begin with their entrance into the university in October of 2008 for the fall semester.
For over two and a half decades, the Vice Chancellor of the International Quranic Open University, His Eminence, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, has worked unceasingly to raise the standards of both Islamic and secular education for Muslims here in America. The very first courses and programs initiated concentrated on the very basic rudiments of learning.  Today, through the efforts of this very special pioneer, American Muslims, in particular, have sought and earned certificates, diplomas, and various degrees in a vast variety of subjects, while studying both in the United States, and abroad.
The achievements of these gifted students, and the International Quranic Open University, will serve as a stepping stone to greater academic accomplishments, and Insha’Allah, will result in contributions of greater significance to the global society, for generations to come.

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Dr. Jemille Warns Islamic World of the Falsehood of Modern Medical Science, Proposes Solution by Khalida
September 26, 2008, 1:18 pm
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By Dr. Jemille Wasi, Islamic Post Staff Writer

American Muslim Medical Relief Team Establishing Maternity Clinic

American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT) members Dr. Bashir Abdul Wadud, Dr. Jemille Wasi, and Bilqis Begum Ata Abdallah R.N., will be opening a new prenatal and maternity clinic in the rural upstate New York village of Holy Islamberg, in response to the emergence of a recent and unpublicized medical emergency.
C-Sections: Be Warned.
Over the last couple of months there have been a rash of medical occurrences involving Muslim obstetrical patients.  Many of these ladies have gone to the hospitals to deliver their children and, when faced with the slightest sign of complications, medical staffs have resorted to unnecessary surgery. This body-damaging procedure, the Cesarean Section (C-section), has become routine in most hospitals. Hospitals have moved away from the natural process of childbirth.
According to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, roughly 29 per cent of live births today are by C-section. This figure is escalating due to many factors, among them, inability or failure of the expectant mother to fully prepare physically and psychologically for labor and delivery. There is a subsequent tendency to inhibit the childbirth process due to extreme tension and fear. The 2005 Surgeon General’s report has confirmed that C-sections are usually performed in the doctor’s haste under stressful delivery conditions. There is an obvious lack of knowledge on how to stabilize the patient (See “Success to Life-Threatening Delivery,” this page).
Of concern also is the growing number of abortions in the United States due to the high cost of health care.
C-sections are often conducted in tense environment where practitioner and patient are simultaneously experiencing panic.  This charged atmosphere can in many cases, lead to long-term physical damage  including scar tissue, thin uterine walls, and damage to the bladder and intestines. The procedure also lessens the chance of future, healthy natural deliveries and decreases fertility.
Decreased fertility & population control.
Such population control policies have been put into place with the express intent of decreasing the amount of births, especially amongst people of color.
As regards open anti-fertility methods like birth control pills and injections, Planned Parenthood –which began as the American Birth Control League– has become an effective machine for population control. Planned Parenthood legitimizes and propagates promiscuity, and there appears to be financial gain involved. Pharmaceutical companies have received billions of dollars in government subsidies to provide cut-rate birth control pills to Planned Parenthood, for the sale by the organization to all those who enter their doors.
All of these unethical practices are detrimental to women, and our society as a whole. There is an urgent need to return to viable remedies.
Before the advent of modern medicine people were born into the world and survived in good health.
Regulation or research?
There has been a revival in natural approaches to childbirth, midwifery, and treatment of diseases, but the desire of the majority is being suppressed under the guise of regulation.
A major propagator of healthcare misconceptions is the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is a global organization, established as part of the United Nations from the outset of the UN, and claims to be responsible for “setting norms and standards” in the health industry. This UN body is also engaged in “articulating evidence-based policy options,” and “shaping research agenda.” It would seem, from perusing their objectives, as if there is no other treatment option which, even when based on evidence of formal research, has proven acceptable. El Sheikh, Dr. Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, established a ward in the Taif psychiatric hospital, proving the results of El Gilani Methodology (EGM) under controlled circumstances decades ago, upon the request of WHO-sponsored psychiatrists for the purposes of establishing a spiritual treatment method. But the scientific results led to unscientific responses. One of the psychiatrists involved rejected the research outright upon his stated premise, “I don’t want to believe in God.”
The Islamic Post has been instrumental in displaying the results of EGM over the years. Spiritual and natural remedies have been successfully used by EGM practitioners for treatment of cancer, kidney disease, jaundice, AIDS, and other ailments.
After leaving aside spiritual modalities, WHO’s agenda for traditional medicine now focuses on herb regulation and creating fear regarding remedies unknown to modern medicine.
While history bears testimony that few people have suffered death or accumulated side effects from the use of natural therapies, the same cannot be said of surgery and pharmaceuticals. To completely negate the validity of centuries-tested therapies for decades-old approaches which hinge upon the profit-based sale of unaffordable pharmaceutical products and the edge of the knife to remove an effected organ in a instead of healing it, can be likened to a return to the Dark Ages.
The current condition of the approach to disease is dismal at best in regards to true patient care. Moreover, if the present healthcare movement continues to ignore the full aspect of the nature of disease, which includes the spiritual aspect this is a trend that will continue to spiral out of control. Let us pray that it will not come to that.
EGM.
El Gilani Methodology (EGM) (See the Dr. Jemille column below) is a non-invasive treatment modality in which people have been cured by the word of God Almighty. One recent instance involves a young girl complaining of frequency of urination every 2 hours. A urologist in Lahore examined her and performed many tests to figure out a cause. It was determined that her bladder was too small and couldn’t hold her urine. Special prayers of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad. peace be upon him, and a command from the Holy Quran –“Oh Earth, take back your water, hold it back.”– were written and placed about her neck, along with the last lines of Sura Mulk. A short time later the disease was cured.
Western scientists have deemed many ailments “incurable,” and have no real knowledge of them. This is especially the case with regards to curing aids.

In an attempt to assist the reversal of the negative trend of human suffering, the American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT) has worked fervently in many areas. AMMRT members have placed their lives in jeopardy and selflessly given their monies, time, and medical expertise in the emergency rescue and medical relief efforts of catastrophic disaster sites such as the Ground Zero site in the aftermath of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and the devastating earthquake in Pakistan in 2005.
Today AMMRT is responding to the need of mothers who are put at risk, in an effort to end unwarranted maternal surgery, and to provide a positive childbirth experience.
Towards these ends, three team members will establish a fully equipped and fully staffed maternity clinic along with staff members Nabila begum Muhammad Siddiq, R.N.; Habibah Abdallah, R.N.; and Hakeemahs Khadijah Ansar, Naima Azza, and Razia Abdul Mumin.
The medical facility will specialize in midwifery, childhood illnesses, prenatal care, and general well being. Through this new facility, medical assistance and counseling will be given to all that are in need.
The maternity care and health crisis is urgent, and long overdue. The construction of the clinic is to begin immediately. Over the years the AMMRT has, without prejudice, has answered your calls and pleas for assistance and help and will continue to do so.



Lailatul Qadr & Nisfe Sha’baan Prayer by Khalida
September 26, 2008, 1:07 pm
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, Magazine/ Culture, Religion
Suleiman Muqit

Nisfe Shabaan in Holy Islamville, SC. IP Photographer: Suleiman Muqit

Printed below is the English  translation by  the International Quranic Open University of the Nisfe Sha’baan prayer, which can and does change the decree. This dua is also recited on Lailatul Qadr. It has been handed down from Ghausul Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, may Allah bestow mercy upon him.
For the proper method of recitation, please visit http://www.HolyIslamvilleSC.org

Ya Allah, Thou favors all and needs the favor of no one. Oh Most Exalted and Supreme and Bestower of Rewards, there is no deity save Thee. Oh the “backbone” of those who seek Thy help; and You are the Refuge of those who seek Thy protection; and You are the Abode of Peace for those who are stricken with terror.
Oh my Allah. If you have written my name in Thy Book (Loh -e-Mahfooz) as unlucky, miserable or destitute, or deprived of rizq (provisions) in abundance, then, Ya Allah, delete that.
Ya Allah, for the sake of Thy fadl, may my misery, my depravity, my destitute situation and shortness of rizq be changed in Thy Book (of destiny) and be written as lucky, bestowed with rizq in abundance and may I be the one granted competency to do virtuous deeds because, ya Allah, Thou hast spoken and Thou speakest the Haqq (truth) in Thy revealed Book, (Holy Qur’an), and Thy Messenger has spoken also that, “Allah deletes whatever He willeth, and preserves whatever He willeth; and with Him is the Book of Destiny.”
Ya Allah, for the sake of Thy greatest tajally (Divine manifestation of His Noor, Names or Words), during the midhalf night of Sha’baan in which the Almighty, All Wise gives judgement on every issue (to befall until the next Sha’baan) and fulfills it as well, we beseech and implore Thee, ya Allah, to save us from all adversities, miseries, trials about which we know and don’t know but indeed You are the best Knower, the Most Exalted and Supreme One.
Blessings be upon our  Master, the Last Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his descendents, companions and walees.



Banaatun Noor “Ladies of Light” Annual Ladies’ Summer School 2008, “Birth of a Nation” by Khalida
September 26, 2008, 12:55 pm
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By Nafisah Begum, Islamic Post Staff Writer
Holy Islamberg, NY– Amid the picturesque Catskill Mountains, His Eminence Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani laid the foundation for the intense educational program to be followed during these thirty days by ladies from around the United States and Canada. All have gathered during this holy month of Sha’baan in anticipation of this year’s rigorous program.
One by one, ladies assembled in the designated camping area; radiant smiles, warm hugs, and love were found everywhere as friends reunited, after weeks of preparation and anticipation, in their quest for Islamic knowledge and fellowship. Just days before, the International Qur’anic Open University (IQOU) Men’s Summer School had concluded, so many of the male students left their camping equipment intact. Tips on what to expect in anticipation of the unpredictable weather were being given by seasoned campers. El  Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah  Gilani instituted these summer schools in order to further Islamic education during a time when most are on vacation from their jobs and secular classes.
Each year the curriculum is geared towards the unique spiritual individuality of each student, which will allow them to reach their maximum potential. Like past summer classes, the intensity of the program was met with enthusiasm and zeal by each student.
Three levels of instruction were established in order to achieve the desired outcome: for first-time attendees, the elementary level, the intermediate level which is more challenging, and the advanced curriculum.
El Sheikh Gilani and his family have given endless time and resources in order to assure the highest standard of education. With this in mind, he commissioned top Arabic- speaking teachers from IQOU, some leaving their continued studies in Ayubia, Pakistan,  and the Caribbean Islands campuses, respectively. All of the teachers have been instructed first hand by his Eminence in the science of speaking, writing, and understanding this beautiful and universal language of Islam.
In addition to the intensive Arabic, preliminaries to a separate course, Dars ul Azam, were also added in the interest of furthering the studies of those in the advanced classes. This renowned classical course, which normally requires eight years to complete, has been condensed and formatted into a one-year program of study scheduled for the fall semester by the Vice Chancellor of IQOU, Sultan Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani (See Dars ul Azam, to the left).
Islamic cooking and knitting were two classes greatly anticipated by the students. Due to large numbers, the students were divided into two groups. Outdoor cooking classes were set up on outdoor stoves. Indoors, others were either perfecting or learning to make beautifully knitted scarves and hats.
Cooking on outdoor stoves was a first-time experience for many of the younger students.  The sizzle of garlic, onions, and cumin and other rich spices permeated the air; and smiling faces were seen as students sampled their finished products. Each recipe was dictated the day before each dish was prepared.
Every aspect of the ladies’ well being – proper rest, eating, exercise, health, and recreation- was met with the same careful attention by the staff.  Members of the American Muslim Medical Relief Team (AMMRT), and several hakeemahs, lady herbal-remedy doctors trained to specifically assess a patient’s physical and spiritual condition ( the masculine form being hakeem), were also on hand as part of the initiation of a wellness clinic to be set up in this village very soon.  The  Health and Wellness Clinic aims to provide free health screenings to all students and staff.

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Public Speaking.

Make a 360° Change for the Best!
This year’s focus has become ‘Come prepared to make a 360° turnabout.’ For many, this meant coming full circle; back to their spiritual origin- their unblemished esoteric state, when they were within Allah, Exalted is He. For others, new, heartfelt intentions were made to completely stop old, unproductive or self-destructive habits in favor of a new beginning –enthusiastic and loving re-establishment of Al Islam, in its letter and spirit, in their lives. Attendees became newly inspired, and motivated to excel in every undertaking during enlightening classes on Fiqh (Islamic  law),  tilaawat of Holy Qur’an, and an Introduction to Holy Qur’an;  Islamic History, a study of Mishkat al Masabih and Riyadh As Saliheen, Conversational Arabic, and Arabic Calligraphy. One seasoned camper and staff member, Ms Karima Begum, was heard telling the girls, “My mission is submission!” These words for some were also an expression of their commitment to turning 360° in response to the invitation of their most blessed Imam, to fortify and enrich their lives and the lives of their families as well, with their re-invigorated practice of Al Islam, and to share this beautiful light and knowledge with all. By the end of the day these words could be seen on everything from hats to book bags which the young ladies used to remind themselves and others of their commitment.  As a result of the ladies unwavering pledges to make a 360° turnaround, students are holding conversations in Arabic much to the delight of their teachers, with previous greetings of, “Good morning; how are you?” now heard as, “Sabaa’hal khair, khaifa haluk?”
We all send countless blessings upon Sayideena Rasooli Akram (SAW), Ahli Bayt (RA), and Sultan Mubarik Ali Gilani whose endless love, and concern for our well-being has made this all possible; for it is the desire of our beloved Murshid that all students under his umbrella gain the maximum benefits from attending these once-in-a-lifetime events.



International Quranic Open University Offers Dars ul Azam: Islamic Scholar Program by Khalida
September 26, 2008, 12:34 pm
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, Education, Magazine/ Culture, Religion

By Aisha Muqit, Islamic Post Staff Writer
Holy Islamberg, NY— “Thanks and praise be to the Almighty, Shukr wal hamdulillah! This course is a dream come true,” said Umm Siddiq, one of the students at the annual Banaatun Noor International (BTI) Ladies Summer School. Umm Siddiq is taking introductory classes leading up to the International Qur’anic Open University’s (IQOU) 2008 fall semester classical course in Islamic studies, Dars ul Azam.
Renowned Islamic Universities abroad have offered the intense curriculum, Dars ul Azam, for centuries. The Vice Chancellor of IQOU, Sultan Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, has set a syllabus that condenses this traditional eight year program into a unique one year course of study.
“This particular program (Dars ul Azam) provides a unique opportunity for American Muslims to receive this type of formal Islamic education from their homes; which until now one would have to attend university abroad for an extended period in order to receive this information,” said Umm Siddiq.
“I have often read of great scholars who attended the Universities for in-depth education in Islamic Studies and sciences. Scholars such as Jalaludeen Suyuti (RA) who wrote numerous books, taught at university himself for many years, and also coauthored the famous work Tafsir al Jalalayn, which was written entirely in Arabic. Scholars, such as he, are an inspiration for students such as myself,” she continued.
The preliminary classes from the BTI Ladies’ Summer School included:
Qadoori Fiqh
Mishkat Musabih
Riyadh Saliheen
Introduction to Holy Qu’ran
Uswai Rasooli Akram (SAW)
Islamic History
Calligraphy
Conversational Arabic
The Dars ul Azam program includes the following subjects:
Ilm ul Quran (40 subjects)
Ilm ul Hadith (20 subjects), including Mishkat Misabah and Ma’ariful Hadith
Ilm ul Fiqh (including Qadoori Fiqh)
Islamic History
Khitabahe (Islamic way of  giving discourse and lectures)
Ilm ul Dawah
Arabic Studies (Ilm ul-Tajweed, Conversation, Writing, Arabic Grammar, Sarfwanahr )
Islamic Adaab
Upon completion of the Dars ul Azam program, students will receive their Bachelors in Islamic Studies from IQOU, which will be conferred upon them at next year’s Ladies Summer School.
“El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Gilani leads the way in educating, uplifting, and purifying those American Muslims dedicated to living their lives in the light of Holy Qur’an and Sunnah,” Umm Siddiq confirmed.



Muslim Scouts of America Receive Awards for 9/11 Relief Work by Khalida

Correction: Please note, the awards for the 9/11 relief work and other relief work of the Muslim Scouts of America were sent by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani for the commencement, and handed out by the New York State Police officers in attendance at the event, in honor of the Scouts’ good work.*

Muslim Scouts of America Commencement and Awards

By Abu Rashid Qadri, Islamic Post Staff Writer

The sporadic rain showers and the threatening clouds did not dampen the spirits of hundreds of guests that gathered on the grassy meadow in the Village of Holy Islamberg in Hancock, New York on  Sunday, the 3rd of August  to mark the Commencement Ceremony for the 2008 Muslim Scouts of America’s Summer Program.  The intensive, broad-based program centered on Islamic Studies; but also included such diversified topics as English Literature and a lecture series on “Muslim/Christian Unity” and “Civic Responsibility.”

For close to two decades his Eminence, Imam El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, who is the Vice Chancellor of the sponsoring organization, the International Quranic Open University, has worked tirelessly to make this program a success.  That Sunday, the “fruits of his labor” were given very special recognition.  The Guests of Honor, Lt. James Land and Det. Mike Franz of the New York State Police and Special Agent Eric Boyce of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were pleased to present special awards to those scouts which had been sent by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani. The Scouts who received these awards (correction) exemplified all that the scouting program is about when they sacrificed their monies and time and in some cases their employment to assist in the rescue and relief efforts at Ground Zero following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the quake that devastated Pakistan and the floods in the Southern Tier of New York State.
The ceremony began with recitation from the Holy Quran, a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and an opening address by the Master of Ceremony, Khalifa Khalid Ihsan Abdullah Qadri.  Some 150 scouts received certificates for completing the demanding 30 day course of study.  The ceremony continued with Khalifa Khalid Qadri presenting special awards to the three top finishers in the Qiraat, Naat, Speech and Poetry competitions that were held amongst the scouts. Awards were also given for excellence in sporting competitions which included softball, cross country obstacle course and the ancient wrestling sport of Kabbadi.
One could hear a pin drop when the Program Coordinator, Khalifa Hussein Abu Bakr Qadri, stepped to the podium to present the most prestigious awards.  Sha’ban Ahmed, of the Village of Holy Islamville in York, S.C. received the distinguished, ”Best All Around Award” and Shafi Kaba of the Village of Holy Islamberg in Hancock, New York received the esteemed, “Best Scout Award.”
Following the closing address dinner was served but festivities did not end there.  The main road in Holy Islamberg was lined with vendors exhibiting their wares, food, clothing and crafts.  Two families celebrated the birth of newborns and both held an Aqeeqa and served barbequed and roast lamb and side dishes to all that could navigate the village road to their home. All activities contributed to a worthwhile experience.

Pdf of camp and commencement highlights can be viewed here.

*The awards were not presented on behalf of the New York State police department as previously stated.



Italian Officials Convicted For Abuse Of 2001 G8 Summit Protesters by Khalida
August 18, 2008, 8:49 am
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By Noora Ahmad, Islamic Post Staff Writer

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Police beat demonstrators, who were housed by Genoa’s city council at the Diaz Pertini School –a bloody stairwell of which is shown above. (Photo: Han Soete)

An Italian court recently handed down sentences for 15 officials, including police officers, prison officials and doctors for inhumane and degrading treatment and assault of anti-globalist protesters, who demonstrated in the Italian city of Genoa in 2001 to against the policies of the Group of Eight (G8) at their 27th annual convention.
The BBC reported protesters to have been strip-searched, beaten, then tortured. They were also made to sing songs dedicated to famous fascists.
Apparently the police had mistaken the demonstrators, who had been housed that summer in the Diaz Pertini School by Genoa’s city council, for Black Bloc anarchists who had caused a good amount of destruction in the city earlier that day.
Nick Davies, of the UK Guardian, reported in detail the blood bashing of police officers who raided the school, crushing and beating everyone in sight. “More officers piled in to beat their heads, cutting and bruising and breaking limbs, including the arm of a 65-year-old woman. At the side of the room, several young people were sitting at computers, sending emails home. One of them was Melanie Jonasch, a 28-year-old archaeology student from Berlin, who had volunteered to help out in the building and had not even been on a demonstration.
“She still cannot remember what happened. But numerous other witnesses have described how officers set upon her, beating her head so hard with their sticks that she rapidly lost consciousness. When she fell to the ground, officers circled her, beating and kicking her limp body, banging her head against a near-by cupboard, leaving her finally in a pool of blood. Katherina Ottoway, who saw this happen, recalled: ‘She was trembling all over. Her eyes were open but upturned. I thought she was dying, that she could not survive this.’”
In his report, Davies continued the long list of crimes committed by Italian officials that night – with the above being less sickening than the majority of accounts; yet, according to Italian statutes, those convicted will not actually face jail time until the appeal process is exhausted.
The world leaders who participated in the conference included: Jean Chretien of Canada, Jacques Chiraq of France, Gerhard Schroder of Germany, Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Junichiro Koizumi of Japan, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Tony Blair of the United Kingdom and George W. Bush of the United States. Leaders of international organizations attending the summit included those from the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization.
The G8 have insisted upon their intention to “make globalization work for all our citizens,” despite mass resistance which visits the Summit each year, in whatever worldwide location the conference is held. As of late entire sections of cities are closed off in preparation for the globalist meeting.
In 2001, when all the abuses took place, the G8 stopped just short of apologizing to the innocent demonstrators who were beaten and tortured, calling the situation on the whole deplorable, and expressing gratitude as well as regret to the citizens of Genoa. “We will defend the right of peaceful protesters to have their voices heard. But as democratic leaders, we cannot accept that a violent minority should be allowed to disrupt our discussions on the critical issues affecting the world. Our work will go on,” the statement said.