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Vol. No. 27, Issue No. 12December 2019
IN MEMORY OF JALAL-UD-DIN AKBAR IBN-I ABDULLAH, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
Editor: Nasir Ahmad B.A. LL.B.
MOTTO ISLAM: I SHALL LOVE ALL MANKIND
90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAHORE AHMADIYYA MOVEMENT, SURINAME (SIV)
AND 550TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GURU BABA NANAK JI AT THE INDIAN EMBASSY, BERLIN
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90TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAHORE AHMADIYYA MOVEMENT IN SURINAME (SIV) 2 Dr. Robbert Bipet THE QUR’AN AND THE HADITH 5 FROM THE BLOG … (LAHORE.AHMADIYYA.ORG) 9 Dr. Zahid Aziz DOES GOD DISCRIMINATE? 11 Mustaq Ali ACTIVITIES AT THE BERLIN MOSQUE 22 Imam Amir Aziz
90TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAHORE AHMADIYYA ANJUMAN IN
SURINAME - SIV (SURINAME) Dr. Robbert Bipat, president SIV
“The four pillars of the Synagogue and the four minarets of the Mosque symbolize fidelity to faith, harmony in diversity, valuable neighbourhood and sincere brotherhood in Suriname. Divine Revelation connects Jews and Muslims as brothers, just like Isaac and Ishmael. We cannot imagine better neighbours than the Surinamese Islamic Association.” (Mr. Jacques Reeder, Israelite Municipality of Suriname) “Your building (The SIV Mosque) here is a unique monument of tolerance and religious harmony to the entire nation” (Pandit Nandoe).
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the SIV (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at-I Islam, Lahore) chairman, Dr Robbert Bipat stated: “We cherish the diversity in Suriname. It is very heart-warming to celebrate, together with representatives of other religions in Suriname, the 90th anniversary of the SIV at the headquarters at Keizerstraat,
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Paramaribo.” Representatives from all major religions were present, including the Roman-Catholic Diocese (Bishop Karel Choenie), the Sanatan Dharm (Pandit Rabinder Nandoe), Arya Dewaker (Mr. R. Mangre), the Madjlies Moeslimien Suriname (dr. Izaak Jamaludin) and the Israelite Municipality of Suriname (Mr. Jacques Reeder). SIV is the first Islamic as- sociation in Suriname and was established on November 17th, 1929. Barely 13 years after the end of British Indian immigration, 600 Muslims mainly of Hindustani origin gathered together in a theatre to found the first Islamic organization in Suriname. This humble beginning grew into SIV. SIV
is now an active member of the Inter-Religious Council in Suriname (IRIS), an inter-re- ligious dialogue platform.
In his speech, Bishop Choenie emphasized the equality and mutual respect for each other’s faith and working in harmony within the IRIS. “What binds us is faith in that one God who created us all” . “The SIV and Arya Dewaker have a special relationship with each other. Let us ensure that this special relationship never breaks”, was the message from mr. Mangre by Arya Dewaker.
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SIV chairman Dr. Robbert Bipat emphasized the importance of the harmonious union of the religions in Suriname and emphasized the duty of the SIV to actively promote this unifying forum. The chairman underlined the similarities that exist with the dif- ferent religions. Dr Bipat condemned the un-called for violence that is taking place in the world in the name of religion. This violence unfortunately also takes place in the Islamic world. “I invite you to read the explanation of Jihad by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam and his learned companion Maulana Muhammad Ali in the Light of the Holy Qur’an and sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Jihad is not about fighting and killing people as some extremist now claim and do a lot of harm to our religion and the religious harmony. That is not stated in the Holy Quran and nor endorsed by our Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).” Dr. Bipat emphasized obligation of every Muslim to believe in the prophets from Adam to the Last Prophet, Holy Prophet Muhammad to whom the Holy Quran was revealed. All prophets have brought a universal mes- sage, namely peace and complete submission to the will of the Almighty Allah. It is important that all of us as human beings practice these teachings and live in peace with each other and fully submit to the will of Allah.” The Mosque and the Synagogue on Keizerstraat, Paramaribo are a tourist attraction and are, most importantly, cited as a living example of religious harmony and tolerance in Suriname. “Your building here is a unique monument to the entire nation,” Pandit Nandoe remarked in this context.
In his speech, Jacques Reeder emphasized the long friendship between the two munic- ipalities and gave examples of how this friendship works in practice. “The four pillars
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of the Synagogue and the four minarets of the Mosque symbolize fidelity to faith and harmony in diversity in Suriname, valuable neighbourhood and sincere brotherhood. Divine revelation connects Jews and Muslims as brothers, just like Isaac and Ishmael. We cannot imagine better neighbours than the Surinamese Islamic Association, “said Mr. Reeder.
Dr Bipat appreciated the presence of Bishop mgr. Choenie and also the representatives of the Hindu denominations. The SIV has a festive year in which the 90th anniversary will be commemorated at different times. After the official part, prayer followed in which the SIV members and guests participated. This was followed by lunch and a social gathering.
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THE QUR’AN AND THE HADITH As is well known, there are two sources from which all the principles and precepts of Islām are derived: the Holy Qur’ān and the Ḥadīth. The Qur’ān is a collection of revelations vouchsafed by God to the Holy Prophet Muḥammad (may peace and the blessings of God be upon him) and it is the Book of God. The Ḥadīth, using the word in its broader sense, is a collection of the Sayings of the Holy Prophet and of reports about his actions and behaviour. Strictly speaking, it is the former, i.e. the Sayings, which is Ḥadīth, while the term for the latter is Sunnah. Of the two sources, the Qur’ān is obviously more important. The Ḥadīth is subordinate to the Qur’ān, and no reported saying or action of the Holy Prophet in the Ḥadīth is to be accepted as authentic and authoritative which is not in conformity with the letter and spirit of the Qur’ān. However, the importance of the Ḥadīth as the secondary source of Islām is emphasized by the Qur’ān itself. It is written: “Certainly Allāh conferred a favour on the believers when He raised among them a Messenger from among themselves, reciting to them His messages and purifying them, and teaching them the Book and the Wisdom, although before that they were surely in manifest error.” (3:164) From this verse of the Holy Qur’ān it is clear that the Holy Prophet Muḥammad had come to this world as God’s Messenger with a threefold mission: (1) to convey to mankind the messages that were revealed to him by God, to adopt measures to preserve them
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intact, and to spread them to all the corners of the world; (2) to explain the various doctrines and injunctions of the Qur’ān and to apply them to the concrete and partic- ular situations of life; and (3) to set a perfect example for others to follow by practising in their true sense the teachings of the Qur’ān in his own daily life and in his dealings with other people. All prophets, whenever they were raised by God, had come with the same threefold mission. But the Holy Prophet Muḥammad is the last and greatest of the prophets. The Qur’ān revealed to him is the Book of complete and all-embrac- ing Divine guidance for all mankind; and he himself is the perfect exemplar for people in all walks of life and for all times to come. Hence, the importance of both the Qur’ān and the Ḥadīth. The Qur’ān says: “Obey Allāh and obey the Messenger” (24:54), where to obey Allāh obviously means to follow the Holy Qur’ān (the Book of Allāh), and to obey the Messenger means to follow the precepts and examples of the Holy Prophet (i.e., Ḥadīth and Sunnah). The Holy Prophet has been described in the Qur’ān as “an excellent exemplar” (33:21) and “a mercy to all the nations” (21:107), and it is pro- claimed: “O Prophet, surely We have sent you as a witness and a bearer of good news and a warner, and as an inviter to Allāh by His permission, and as a light-giving sun” (33:45–46). The Qur’ān enjoins upon those who love God and long to win His grace and attain nearness to Him, to follow in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet: “Say: If you love Allāh, follow me. Allāh will love you, and grant you protection from your sins, and Allāh is Forgiving, Merciful.” (3:31) Thus, the importance of the Ḥadīth as a collection of the sayings of the Holy Prophet and reports of eye-witnesses about his life and actions cannot be denied by anyone. The Holy Qur’ān, as is well recognized, lays down broad principles of life. It was the Holy Prophet who provided the explanations and details and showed how they were to be translated into practice.
The Qur’ān, as is well known, was written down in the lifetime of the Holy Prophet. As soon as any revelation came to him, he would have it written down, and several of his followers would also learn it by heart. Immediately after his passing away, the revela- tions thus recorded and preserved were collected in the form of a book in the order of sequence that the Holy Prophet had himself determined under Divine guidance. Why were the Sayings and the Sunnah of the Prophet not reduced to writing in the same manner in his lifetime? The ans