Religion is from the Latin word ligare ‘to bind’. It was what bound people to worship of God and His teachings. But those bonds are much looser today or entirely non-existent, and in their place we have other bonds that are powerful indeed: the bonds to the employer, the state and the bank. The new trinity of the new religion.

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Abdassamad Clarke is from Ulster and was formally educated at Edinburgh University in Mathematics and Physics, and in Cairo in Arabic and tajwid and other Islamic sciences. He accepted Islam at the hands of Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi in 1973. In the 80s he was secretary to the imam of the Dublin Mosque, and in the early 90s imam khatib of the Norwich Mosque, where he is currently an imam and teacher. He has translated the Muwatta of Imam Muhammad by Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ash-Shaybani (jointly with Muhammad Abdarrahman), which was published by Turath Publishing at the end of July 2004 and a number of other works from Arabic: al-Qawl al-mu'tamad fi mashru'iyyat adh-dhikr bi'l-ism al-mufrad by Shaykh al-Alawi on the standing in Shari’ah of using the divine name in dhikr, which was published by Diwan Press as first part of The Two Invocations and since republished by Madinah Press, The History of the Khalifahs (the chapters on the Khulafa ar-Rashidun from as-Suyuti’s Tarikh al-Khulafa), the Complete Forty Hadith (translation of Imam an-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith along with the Imam’s explanation of their fiqh and linquistic usages) and Kitab al-Jami’ by Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (published as A Madinan View), Rijal – narrators of the Muwatta of Imam Muhammad, all published by Ta-Ha Publishers of London, Kitab al-athar by Imam Abu Hanifah and transmitted by Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ash-Shaybani (Turath Publishing 2006), The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom (a translation of Jami' al-'ulum wa'l-hikam by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, published by Turath Publishing 2007). In addition he has edited Aisha Bewley's translation of Ibn Hajar's abridgement of at-Targhib wa't-Tarhib, Ibn Taymiyyah's al-Kalim at-Tayyib both published by the UK Islamic Academy, Dr Asadullah Yate's translation of al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah, published by Ta-Ha Publishing and a number of other works. He is currently engaged with Suád Østergaard on a translation of the Qur’an into Danish, the first volume of which translated in collaboration with Jakob Werdelin, comprising Surat al-Fatihah, Surat al-Baqarah and Surah Ali ‘Imran, was recently published as Den gavmilde Qur’an: en fremlægning of de tre første suraer by Havens Forlag of Copenhagen. Translations yet to be published include Traditions of the Sunnah (Athar as-sunan) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Ali an-Nimawi (jointly with Mawlana In'amuddin), to be published by Turath Publishing Ltd. Among his unpublished translations are the Sciences of Tafsir comprising portions of Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi’s Qur’anic commentary at-Tashil li ‘ulum at-tanzil, in particular his introductory sections on the essential elements of the sciences necessary for tafsir. He is author of a number of children’s books, The Year of the Elephant, The Great Victory and The Last Battle all of which are on the sirah of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as well as The Story of Stories about the Prophet Yusuf, peace be upon him, in which he drew a great deal on the commentary of Ibn Juzayy, may Allah be merciful to him. He has also a poem God is Dead published in the Minaret journal of Stockholm, Sweden, and an as-yet unpublished collection of short stories called Tales Are Like That, and a novel called The Wings of the Butterfly. Abdassamad is a teacher of both adults and children in Qur’an recitation (tajwid) and meanings, Arabic language and the deen in general, most recently having organised and taken part in a conference under the auspices of Islamic Events of London on the History of the Islamic Khalifate, and having given discourses in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Jena, Weimar, Copenhagen and the Midlands. 18 April, 2007 0:03

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  1. the font of love
    movin’ 4wd

    verdana or arial or century or san sherif.
    even roman is better than this;
    is gothic any nicer
    or lucinda consoling –
    a new trinity : a new letters

    it is your choice – o bookwright!

  2. Lailatul Adr? So you are Egyptian? But, Sidi, there is still time to go for the Laylatul Qadr, and I don’t think have met it so far this year. We expect Eid on Saturday or Sunday so thank you for the early greetings.


  3. Ya Shor-tiru

    More like a picu-picu eygptian micu whatever, Abdassamad 😉
    17, 24, 27 whatever or there was only one.

    At the moment, I am more into ‘Open Trade’: Islamic Dinar – the Murabbituns’ View, Abdassamad and the pros and cons.

    Can you direct me to the good site that I can access for free, Abdassamad?

    Jazakallahu kathiraan

  4. DnD: Did and Done.

    Softie School vs Hard School

    I am so sorry to troule you, Abdassamad!
    It is just that further to your article on Global Capitalism I have this silly question to ask that is welling in my sudur:

    Is there a view point of how the exempalry economic culture of the Muslim world can be put into practice by a practitioner of the ‘Shaddali-Zarkawwi’ tariqah?

    I have not read Qardawi as I am very Arab language illiterate.
    While brudder Usama in Laden’s method – rather Zawahiri’s – is a bit too rough for me. Hard Schoool bullies to me who is a softie, I would tell anyone how would want to listen. But I do not hate them; just wary.

    In short, I would rather have a ‘Rumi’ or ‘Hafiz’ approach. You can clik on my avatar to see my butt of the joke, Abdassamad. 😉

    How would one make it work? A muslim will have put the faith and belief in the right place and time, don’t you think?

    Thank You.

  5. Is this a new avatar, Mika? You have decided you are no longer Bakri Musa? That is very clever that you can pin your identity on all these unsuspecting folk. But unfortunately cleverness is not the commodity we desire.

  6. Neither is uncleverness, Admin.
    I linked this site to that website so that whoever was there should they desire it visit this site. Perhaps they may find something of value here.

    As cleverness was there and so much of it was presently evident I have decided to let them to their ways. It was a cool site; but now it is too cold for me.

    Now, rantingsbymm is a tiny window to one who is and still is with the belief that the Gold Dinar and Open Trade will work.

    As for being MBakriMusa that I tried twice is not a desirable avatar. You could say MBakriMusa has allowed itself to morph into an anonymous.
    But then is that very vain of me?

    “What is a lecture hall that is out of control of the lectureer?”
    Yes, cleverness is not the commodity we desire, Admin. I however wish for Hikmah. Ameen.

    Is there much of the undesirable commodity here, Admin?

    Terima Kasih.

  7. Dear Abdassamad

    How was eid mubarraq?

    the bonds to the employer, the state and the bank

    Tea Break, O Abdassamad!
    (there is the ketupa and rendang some 🙂 )

    Here is a nice little story of a muslim dutch; followed by a mind-boggling tale of loss in Spain. It is about security rather.

    Jaar beveiliging kost ruim 3 miljoen
    Achtergrond Van onze verslaggever Peter de Waard

    AMSTERDAM – Als Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Nederland door een particulier beveiligingsbedrijf moet worden bewaakt, kost dat meer dan 3 miljoen euro per jaar.
    UitlegBij deze berekening is uitgegaan van vier lijfwachten voor overdag, plus twee in de nacht. Volgens directeur Arie Duijndam van Interseco, het grootste beveiligingsbedrijf van personen in Nederland, kost een lijfwacht 115 euro per uur. ‘Als je uitgaat van 12 uur is dat 5.520 euro. Reken daar nog eens de helft bij voor de nacht, dan zit je op 8.280 euro voor een etmaal’, aldus de veiligheidspecialist.
    Op jaarbasis bedraagt de rekening snel meer dan 3 miljoen euro. Mocht Hirsi Ali 24 uur vier beveiligingsmensen willen hebben, lopen de kosten op tot ruim 10 duizend euro per etmaal – jaarlijks al bijna 4 miljoen…
    ‘Als je een gepantserde auto nodig hebt, kost dat al gauw 750 euro per dag extra. En daar moet je ook nog een of twee volgwagens bij rekenen, want niet alle lijfwachten kunnen in die ene auto. Dat is nog eens vierhonderd euro, zodat je op 1.150 euro per dag voor vervoer zit.’…
    Oftewel weer vier ton bovenop de drie miljoen euro. ‘En dan zijn er nog de kosten van huisvestiging. Is de woning waarin ze zich nu verschuilt gekocht of gehuurd?’ Duijndam kan niet zeggen of de kosten van particuliere beveiliging in de VS hoger zijn.
    Hirsi Ali zal in Nederland niet zoals in de VS beveiligd worden door een particulier bedrijf. Hier zal de overheid een beroep doen op de Dienst Koninklijke en Diplomatieke Beveiliging (DKDB) in Driebergen, een onderdeel van het Korps Landelijke Politie Diensten. Mogelijk werkt die goedkoper. Maar zeker is dat niet…Minister Hirsch Ballin van Justitie wil niet verklappen wat de beveiliging van Ayaan Hirsi Ali kost. ‘Op het moment dat ik mededelingen doe over de kosten van beveiliging kun je daar het niveau van beveiliging uit afleiden. Dat behoort tot de gevoelige gegevens’, zei hij dinsdag…Een woordvoerder zegt dat het DKDB vorig jaar 145 beveiligingsopdrachten uitvoerde, 35 meer dan in 2005. De totale kosten bedroegen 34 miljoen euro. In totaal werd 284 duizend uur persoonsbeveiliging verzorgd door 306 beveiligingsmensen.

    Portugese rechercheur ontslagen na uiting kritiek op McCann’s

    Gonçalo Amaral, de Portugese rechercheur die de zaak rond de vermiste Britse kleuter Madeleine McCann leidt, is ontslagen nadat hij scherpe kritiek uitte op zijn Britse collega-speurders en de ouders van Madeleine. ‘De Britse politie onderzoekt alleen tips die in de kraam van het echtpaar McCann passen’, aldus de speurder.

    De man doelt met zijn uitspraken vooral op berichten in de Britse pers over een anonieme e-mail die is toegekomen op het bureau van de Britse kroonprins Charles. Daarin wordt de theorie naar voor geschoven dat Madeleine door een kamermeisje uit het vakantiehuis in de Algarve zou zijn gekidnapt.

    Amaral beschuldigt de ouders Gerry en Kate McCann ervan achter deze e-mail schuil te gaan. ‘Iedereen kan zich wel voorstellen van wie deze mail komt’, klinkt het. ‘Het verhaal over een ontvoering door een kamermeisje is een nieuw verzinsel van de McCanns’.

    De speurder verwijt zijn Britse collega’s dat ze dergelijke tips -die in Portugal als compleet ongeloofwaardig worden beschouwd- natrekken. ‘De onderzoekers in Groot-Brittannië vergeten dat de ouders ervan verdacht worden betrokken te zijn bij de dood van hun dochter’. Eerder deze week had ook de vakbond van de Portugese gerechtelijke ambtenaren de McCanns ervan beschuldigd valse sporen uit te zetten om zo het onderzoek te belemmeren.


    now why is that? well, this new trinity – if indeed new at all – has opened its door to an old garden:
    Where is the Muslim in all of these – eh, Abdassamad?
    Do you know the history of Bani Israel well?

    The way I see it it’s as if I am taking a gentle stroll with a thousand stops to smell the flowers.

    Terima Kasih

  8. Salams, Eid was indeed mubarak, and what would we be without this month and this deen and this gift of Islam?

    Of Dutch I know nothing and of Ayaan Hirsi Ali slightly more, but not a great deal. The Danes are going to welcome her in, pay her bills and lodge her in some small city where she will go slowly mad starved of the oxygen of publicity. There are few places quieter than small Danish cities.

    As to the bonds that bind, the new trinity’s ropes become much slacker when one tends those that bind one to the Lord of the Worlds. Either way we are bound, but to very different masters.

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