"And verily this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah, and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (Alone). "
(Al-Qur'an; Chapter 23, Verse 52)
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  • Preface
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Introduction

It had all started in a small desolate cave on the outskirts of Mecca, over 1460 years ago, when a voice from beyond exorted the last prophet of God, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him):
"READ in the name of thy Sustainer,
who has created man out of a germ-cell
Read - for thy Sustainer is the Most Bountiful One
who has taught [man] the use of the pen
taught man what he did not know!"
(Al Qur'an, Chapter 96, Verse 1 thru 5)


This was the first verse to be revealed to the holy prophet(pbuh). From that moment onwards, and within 150 years Islam was established as the faith of the most advanced civilization in the world. At a time when the rest of the world was immersed in the 'dark ages', the Islamic Empire rose as a beacon of knowledge, scientific achievement and critical thinking. They joined the ancient knowledge of the Greeks, Chinese and the Indian civilizations which was long forgotten and forged ahead with discoveries and inventions of their own. They provided the secure environment where scholar from different corners of the known world could gather and discuss ideas.


"ARE, THEN, they who are bent on denying the truth
not aware that the heavens and the earth were [once] one single entity
which We then parted asunder?
– and [that] We made out of water every living thing?
Will they not, then, [begin to] believe?"
(Al Qur'an, Chapter 21, Verse 30)


Blue Mosque - TurkeyTheir schools, or 'Madrasa' were centers of dispursing knowledge where application of quantification and mathematics to medicine were demonstrated, where seeds of modern chemistry based on organized study of chemical reactions were sowed, where great strides were made in Astronomy and the study of Galaxies. It was here where the first effective treatments for contagious diseases like small-pox and measles were discovered and the circulatory, nervous and structural systems within the human body were studied. It was here where great advancements were made in Phsycology, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology, Botony etc.

 

"...and then We create out of the drop of sperm a germ-cell,
and then We create out of the germ-cell an embryonic lump,
and then We create within the embryonic lump bones,
and then We clothe the bones with flesh
- and then We bring [all] this into being as a new creation:
hallowed, therefore, is God, the best of artisans!"
(Al Qur'an, Chapter 23, Verse 14)

Map of Muslim Empire

It was in these lands that the first shinning examples of tolerance were set, providing refuge to the numerous Christians and Jews escaping the european pogroms and inquisitions. All these were set based on the faith in almighty God, and the guidance they received from the Holy Qur'an:

 

"O YOU who have attained to faith!
Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God,
even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk.
Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God's claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them.
Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice:
for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do! "
(Al Qur'an - Chapter 4, Verse 135)

Status of Women

The earliest part of this civilization saw strong women in the likes of Khadija(ra) first wife of the prophet, a rich business woman and the first muslim, 'Aisha(ra) beloved wife of the holy prophet and the daughter of the first Caliph, Abu Bakr(ra), who was a learned scholar and a primary source of guidance to all Muslims including the first three Caliphs. The list included numerous other scholars like Nafisa bint al-Hasan (taught Imam ash-Shafi'i), businesswomen like Khaula, Lakhmia, Thaqafia, and Bint Makhramah, surgeons and nurses like Rufaidah Aslamiyyah, Umm Muta', Umm Kabashah, Hamnah bint Jahsh, Mu'adhah, Laila, Umaimah, Umm Zaid, Umm 'Atiyyah, and Umm Sulaim, jurists ('Aisha bint Abu Bakr, Umm Salam, Safiyyah, Hafsa, Umm Habiba, Juwayriyyah, Maymuna, Fatima, Zahra, Umm Sharik, Umm 'Atya, Asma' bint Abu Bakr, Haila bint Qanif, Khaula bint Tuwait, Umm al-Darda, Atika bint Zaid, Sahalah bint Suhail, Fatima bint Qais, Zaynabah bint Abu Salamah, Umm Ayman, and Umm Yusuf) and even warriors (Umm Hakim, Asma' bint Yazid, Umm Salaim).

"VERILY, for all men and women who have surrendered themselves unto God,
and all believing men and believing women,
and all truly devout men and truly devout women,
and all men and women who are true to their word,
and all men and women who are patient in adversity,
and all men and women who humble themselves [before God],
and all men and women who give in charity,
and all self-denying men and self-denying women,
and all men and women who are mindful of their chastity,
and all men and women who remember God unceasingly:
for [all of] them has God readied forgiveness of sins and a mighty reward."
(Al Qur'an, Chapter 33, Verse 35)

Steep decline in recent years

Unfortunately, greed and deviating from the pursuit of faith and knowledge has led to the steep decline of this once proud community. We have learned to dwell on past laurels and have forgotten the stark warning the verses of the Holy Qur'an had given us:

But nay! I call to witness [Our being] the Sustainer of all the points of sunrise and sunset:
verily, well able are We to replace them with [people]better than they are;
for there is nothing to prevent Us [from doing what We will].
(Al Qur'an, Chapter 70, Verse 40 - 41)

And indeed as we got more absorbed in chasing after worldly titles, pleasuresand riches,we were replaced at the top byTurmoil in Muslim Areas a communitywho are more focussed, charitable and united than us. For the past century we have spent our time quarreling among ourselves, shedding innocent blood and pining after things that were never ours to being with. Our 'Madrasa' have turned from being centers of dispersing knowledge gained thru years of study and research, both of this world and the religious texts, into factories, producing automatons where children are just taught to memorize verses of the Qur'an without trying to understand; a place critical thinking and research are frowned upon and actively discouraged. Women are once again being treated as chattle, just as in the days of jahiliya! Injustice, intolerance and illiteracy are rampant in our lands and we have severely deviated from the path Islam had taught us:


 

 

 

O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in your devotion to God,
bearing witness to the truth in all equity;
and never let hatred of any-one lead you into the sin of deviating from justice.
Be just: this is closest to being God-conscious.
And remain conscious of God: verily, God is aware of all that you do.
(Al Qur'an, Chapter 5, Verse 8)

This site was created with an aim to provide a unified platform for all Muslims to interact, organize and help those, in our Umma, in need, either professionally, logistically, monetarily or even politically.


“……Verily, God does not change men's condition unless they change their inner selves;  and when God wills people to suffer evil [in consequence of their own evil deeds], there is none who could avert it: for they have none who could protect them from Him.”
[Al-Qur’an,  Chapter Ar-Ra’d, Verse 11]

The need of the hour for Muslims today is to create a unifying voice for our Ummah, right across the globe and bring cohesiveness and unity in our actions. This would involve getting all Islamic organizations on a common platform interacting and coordinanting with each other, setting up and trying to improve educational standards across our global community, helping create new college graduates and helping them get the required professional, career and personal guidance at least thru the initial phase of their career. This would also involve providing guidance to families and individual and helping them coming up with solutions to the daily problems, personally and professionally, as they try to practice Islam in a rapidly changing world. And of-course to fullfill the need to establish a 'micro' media network that would help spread critical information all around without having to go thru biased filters all over, and to organize a response to the mis-information war being wages against Islam.

Our aim here is not to promote one sect of Muslim over another, nor is it to give more credence to one race over another. This would be a strictly unbiased platform where Muslims from all 'recognised' sects recognized universally as being within Islam, will be able to come together to promote development of our Ummah in all aspects of life.

This would involve trying to unify our effort to try to create a presence in different aspects including business, academics, research, politics and sports. And this would also involve trying to establish the real meaning of Islam within own community and spread the true word about Islam among those interested in learning. Help unify the disparate efforts of different organizations, web-site and fora spread all over in order to optimize results.
And most imporatantly this will involve getting back the sense of pride we once had at the priviledge of being able to call oneself a member of the Islamic Ummah.

O you who have attained to faith! Be conscious of God with all the consciousness that is due to Him, and do not allow death to overtake you ere you have surrendered yourselves unto Him. And hold fast, all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart from one another. And remember the blessings which God has bestowed upon you: how, when you were enemies, He brought your hearts together, so that through His blessing you became brethren; and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery abyss. He saved you from it. In this way God makes clear His messages unto you, so that you might find guidance, (Al- Qur'an, Chapter 3, Verse 102-103)

With the above set of aims we have set out to launch and establish two new sites:

  • Muslim World Net - a global network for Muslim individuals and Organizations that would, in future, not only serve as a discussion forum, but also as a platform where we can provide services to organize and interact, not only for Muslim Organizations, Islamic Schools and Businesses, but also for individual and families.
  • Ummah Link - a site that will be in future used to promote and organize a system of micro-media and to organize a movement to oppose the mis-information campaign being waged against Islam and Muslims.

 


Muslim World Network is a not-for-profit effort to bring Muslim from all parts of the world together on a common platform, with a view to interact and coordinate among ourselves and to share knowledge, expertise and resources to resolves the common challenges faced by us in the modern world. Our ultimate aim is to bring all Muslim brothers and sisters together on Islamic binding principles of cohesiveness without consideration to ones sect, tribe, race or creed, and to help each other succeed in our lives both Islamically and professionally.

MISSION

  • To create a unique, global Islamic network supported by web portal that provides guidance, resources and services to the community .

  • To bring all Muslim from all parts of the world together to form a world-wide 'action groups’, with a view to find various ways and means to address the issues faced by our Ummah. This includes providing a platform for students to interact, professional to seeks and discuss opportunities, for businessmen to search for talent and opportunities, to help individuals, businessess and organizations to promote themselves, for schools to better organize themselves etc.

  • To help bring cohesiveness of purpose and action among all Muslim organizations to help alleviate the Ummah from the depth of illetracy, poverty divisiveness and despair it currently finds itself in.

  • To have credibility in content and provide a site where all content is proactively monitored for adherance to basic Islamic principles, making it safe for our young adults.

  • To form a greater network of all Islamic resources on the web that will become a reference for everything that deals with Islam, its sciences, civilization and its people.

  • To promote Islamic values among all the sects and communities and to help promote basic Islamic ideals among the masses.

OBJECTIVES


The following are suggested objectives to be achieved in phased manner:-

  • To launch a global network with different 'sub-networks' for each of the areas listed below (this will be expanded as when a need to form a new sub-group):

    • Professional Network - with sub-groups divided into different areas (Engineering, IT, Medicine, Finance, Small Business etc.) to organize help for budding Muslim Professional and help them excel in their respective fields.

    • Business & Industrial Technical Network - a network of small and medium size business that will help coordinate resources, help share market experiences, pass employment opportunities etc. This group will also be involved in organizing and coordinating between Industrial / Medical / Economical research and development units to develop and promote new ideas and products from among the members. It will also coordinate between industries, Home Industries, Small Industries to generate employment and improve economic conditions in Muslim population centers, and will also help in market and promote product of member industries.

    • Science & Technology - to promote an awareness of latest scientific knowledge and 'scientific curiosity' among the youth and the ummah in general. This group will also work with the respective groups to develop curriculum for Islamic Schools, conduct seminar in youth camps etc.

    • Financial & Banking Network - a unique network of Financial experts that will help create a financial solution for Muslims living in non-Islamic countries that will help them acquire 'micro-loans' when needed in a halaal and Islamically sound way. They will also be in charge of studying various 'loan solutions' available in the market in each country and come up with recommendations and warning regarding the authenticity of the claims of other solutions and 'finance companies' available. They will also help organize and coordinate between Islamic Banks to popularize the concept of Islamic economic system abstaining from interest based-economy

    • Educational Network - Organization and coordination between educational institutions to better manage available resources and funds, develop a unique curriculum that reflects principles of Islam using the tools provided by modern sciences, helping future generations excel in both this world and the hereafter and help usher the newer generation into the modern era armed with the knoweldge of this world and the hereafter.

    • Youth Development & Career Guidance Network - will help organize youth camps in various cities to provide and hone critical skills like personality development, public speaking, writing, sports etc. that will help develop aspects that are critical for future success but are often missing in our youth. This network will also focus on helping the youth develop a new interest in Qur'anic learning but focusing on absorbing its instructions into our day-to-day life. This group will also coordinate with other networks (like the professional network) to organize seminars and workshops for career and personality guidance for young muslims.

    • Family Network - a 'self-help' network for families that will serve as a forum to exchange information and experience in living and bringing up children in an ever changing world.

    • Social & Political Network - a network to share latest political happenings in the world and help promote involvement among muslims in the political process of the countries they live in and to unify behind causes that will cause a positive impact for the Ummah. This group will also seek to develop and promote the idea of political activism, to get Muslims more involved in the process of forming governments and other political processes in the areas they live in across the world and to better coordinate their activities in this realm.

    • Women's Network - a network that will help the sisters discuss their unique issues, share information and experiences on relevant subjects.

    • News & Media Network - this will comprise of Muslims concerned about the 'media war' being waged to malign the image of Islam and to promote a negative image of our community worldwide. Members of this group will be involved in monitoring and preparing responses to negative articles in famous news and media outlets. This will also be involved in organizing the 'micro-media' effort that will be launched as a part of 'Ummah Link' gathering information from various sources and helping to 'broadcast' is all over.

    • Dawah and Islaah Network - a network that will focus on helping Daees and Imaams with unique modern resources to help coordinate their work and help spreading their word around. This network will also help coordinate and broadcast regular 'webinars' on various topics relevant to modern life as per the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. This will involve helping get various questions (that members may have) answered and if needed get relevant rulings (fatwa) to clarify matters from respected Islamic Univerties around the world.

  • To strive to achieve the following goals: 

    • To provide a common platform where individuals and organizations, dedicated to working for the Ummah can interact and coordinate their efforts to achieve better results.

    • To provide web based self help groups in different areas of life, like Education, Professional guidance, Business, Finance, Tarbiya (specially of our kids).

    • To work for the good of humanity as per the basic teachings of Islam.

    • To work to uplift the Ummah, specifically and humanity in general.

    • To support the principles of freedom, justice, equality and human rights.

    • To reinforce values and morals at the individual, family, and community levels.

    • To expand the circle of introducing Islam; present its comprehensiveness and the way its system and laws complement each other; to affirm its balance, fairness and applicability in all places and times; and present the tolerance and the humanity of its laws.

    • To strengthen, the ties of unity and affiliation between the members of the Islamic community and support informational and cultural exchange.

    • To expand awareness of important events in the Islamic and larger worlds.

    • To build confidence and a spirit of hope among Muslims.

    • To prepare the future generation of Muslims achieve better success and to help them reverse the steep decline the previous generations have left them with.

Muslim World Net is being launched strictly as a not-for-profit grass-roots level network.We have undertaken a task that is a gigantic proportions and can succeed only if all caring Muslim contribute in any way they can. At this point we are calling for individuals who can help create and promote and eventually monitor this network.
If you would like to be a contributor or would like to be involved in its launch, promotion and its work, please click here.

Ummah Link has been floated as a platform where news from any corner in the world can reach us (via. internet) without having to pass through the filters of commercial media or local government censorship. This platform is being developed in a way where members can directly submit their news articles or video coverage of local events, and this can directly be published to our news portal real time. All that will be needed would be access to high speed internet.


The main aim of 'Ummah Link' would be to organize our members in a way to -

  • To promote a media platform where News can be captured and promoted real time, by our members, without any filters or agendas promoted by the current 'for profit' media agencies that dominate all other outlets.

  • Promote communication and interaction within our community in order to be able to pass information from one corner to another without being dependant on un-sympathatic government or corporate controlled media.

  • To derive and promote a system of 'micro-media' where information (in the form of write-ups, audio and video files) on local events and happenings can be posted and spread across the world.

  • To organize a systematic response to the negative stereotypes being promoted in the regular media outlets in the form of letters, calling into radio and television talk shows etc.