Figure 1A: We might not be receiving the full picture on North Korea.


The following is a documentary on North Korea conducted by RT. What is significant is that although there are diplomatic disputes between these two countries on a host of issues, the documentary team seek to give a fuller and less biased view of North Korea. Examples include the haircut. The US media began running a trope that everyone must have the same haircut as their leader or face death for disobedience. Yet we see men and women with all different kinds of haircuts.

We can also see in the documentary mobile phones masts, internet cafes and activity and most of the things that we would expect to see in any large city in the world. The fact is the rest of the world is trading and making agreements with North Korea, the only exception being the US and its devotees.

The world is moving on without the US, which means that 100+ countries are coming to their own conclusions and their citizens – in increasing numbers – are visiting the “most secretive society on earth.”


Are we missing valuable details about the Syrian uprising?

Below is a video discussing the fact that Bashar Al-Assad has pardoned some of those who have risen up to topple him in addition to holding elections and entering into negotiations. What the future holds is unsure but it seems more likely than anything that some sort of coalition government or numbered seats in parliament is on the way.


Figure 1A: Symbol of Surrender. The Palestinian flag being illustrated in similar fashion to the Iwo Jima soldiers raising the flag.

The video below shows that as the Palestinian movement for a state loses momentum, it is morphing into more of a lifestyle or political/cultural stance, complete with rap music, graffiti, flags and something familiar to poplocking. Any movement that goes into a folkloric phase is at the end of its more vibrant phase and will not recover.


The following video is a very different look at the situation in the United States, left-right paradigm, racism, the black legal codes and much more. I thought that RT did a very well thought out presentation in a way that people in the United States could not. They interviewed people that were agreeable, disagreeable, reprehensible and commendable. All of them are part of the discussion on race. Please take a look.


No Truer Words…

The following video below establishes what men have known for millennia and legal codes have long established: the propensity for women to lie and hurl charges of sexual abuse out of vindictive retribution. It is for this reason that although the Revealed Law in Islam has set down the death penalty for rape, the machinery of proving it is so strict.

It is known that women commit some of these crimes that are so grisly, men can be killed or often lose their family, livelihood and personal safety. Listen to the cunning nature of such women that Allah, Exalted be He, describes when the regional governor of Egypt finds that his wife has falsely hurled accusations of rape at the Prophet Yusuf, peace be upon him, (who as an adolescent was taken in as a foster son):

Quran, Surah Yusuf, Ayat 28

So when the regional governor saw that the long shirt was torn from the back, he said, “Yes, this is from your cunning and snare. Your cunning and snare is strong indeed.” Surah Yusuf (12), ayah 28

Understand that the Arabic for their cunning or snare is in the plural; this means that ALL women have the propensity to visit such horror upon men who are innocent of such a charge. It is also for this reason that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Beware of entering into the presence of strange women.” One of the men from the Ansar said, “What about in-laws?” He, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “The in-laws are death.”Al-Jami` bain As-Sahihain, Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Section 4: Maqsad Ahkam ul-Usrah,  vol.3, pp. 46-47

Furthermore, the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “I have left behind no greater test for men than women.” Al-Jami` bain As-Sahihain, Al-Bukhari and Muslim, Section 4: Maqsad Ahkam ul-Usrah,  vol.3, pp. 45-46

And it is for this reason that men have to always be careful, as they were told by the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, about being (1) alone with strange women, (2) speaking to strange women, (3) engaging in pre-marital sex or relationships with strange women and (4) marrying women we know knowing about.

The times are not worse. They are the same as they have always been. The difference is that more men have become heedless. Men have to be careful and always exercise stern and wise judgement.

Until next time,


Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far Al-Hanbali


The round table below shows a very real situation forming in which impoverished communities are coming together to sell marijuana that has been legalised in areas where it was formerly illegal. Drug dealers, addicts and all their illicit behaviours are now being blessed in the most impoverished communities.

Only time will tell how destructive this will be in the future to everyone involved. If China is anything to look at during the opium wars, a revolution will be needed to remedy the ills that come from all of this madness. It will take a long time before people realise that cocaine, opium, speed, mescaline, crack, marijuana are not in and of themselves medicine.


Quran, Surah Al-Maida, Ayat 90

You who believe, intoxicants, gambling, stone alters for sacrifice and divining means are all filth from the actions of Shaitan. Avoid all of this so that you might be successful. Surat ul-Ma’idah (5), ayah 90.


Figure 1A: The grand marja` and Shaikh ul-Azhar of the past, Imam Muhammad Al-Khidr Hussain (1293-1377).

Imam Muhammad Al-Khidr Hussain (d. 1377 AH), may Allah have mercy upon him, said the following:

The translation of the Qur’an depends on certain considerations. The Qur’an has within it decisive ayat that indicate its meanings clearly and without elaboration needed. The Exalted One said,

You should know that there is no god but Allah. Then seek forgiveness for your sins.[1]

There is also the statement of the Exalted One:

Allah has taken neither child and nor is there with him any other god.[2]

Then there are ayat which indicate the Oneness and Uniqueness of Allah, most of the ayat of creed, judicial punishments, commands and the like. Consider the words of the Exalted One:

So establish the prayer and discharge the Zakah.[3]

These ayat can surely be translated according to their meaning and someone who does not know Arabic can easily establish the understanding and glean what is being said.

There then ayat which cannot be translated except by their commentary, an example being an ayah that is dual in meaning that carries an indication for another meaning. An example of this would be the statement of the Exalted One,

Those that have received the pronouncement of divorce shall wait for three quru’.[4]

The single of quru’ is qar’ and it has two meanings: (1) the monthly cycle and/or (2) the period of purity. So does the meaning in the ayah indicate three monthly cycles or three periods of purity?

The one who will translate it will render it based on one of those two meanings. And this translation will be based on the meaning he understood from the commentary of the ayah of the Qur’an.

I have already written on this subject in the Al-Azhar magazine in the first year I worked on it.

(extracted from: Majallat ul-Islam, no.7, Year 8)

[1] Surah Muhammad (47), ayah 19

[2] Surat ul-Mu’minun (23), ayah 91

[3] Surat ul-Baqarah (2), ayah 43

[4] Surat ul-Baqarah (2), ayah 228




Figure 1A: The grand marja` and former Shaikh ul-Azhar, Imam Muhammad Al-Khidr Hussain (1293-1377 AH).

Imam Muhammad Al-Khidr Hussain (d. 1377), may Allah have mercy upon him, said the following:

The prophets, peace be upon them, are indeed infallible from all sins as they are prevented from committing such acts by way of proof and indication. The Exalted One said in the matter of the Prophet Yusuf, peace be upon him,

Had he not seen a sign from his Lord, he would have succumbed.[1]

So they are rewarded for this striving as they prevent themselves from temptation and they abandon falling into all acts of disobedience.

(extracted from: Majallat ul-Islam, no.6, Year 8)

[1] Surah Yusuf (12), ayah 24