Will the Maldive student in el-Azhar call this is a Pagan
Recently someone who claimed to be a Maldive student at the el-Azhar
seminary in Cairo contacted Majid by chat. It was possible to trace
him electronically to an address in Cairo. He described his institution
as the largest and foremost centre of Islamic learning in the world.
According to him the genealogical material in this site is vain
and Pagan. Genealogy, he added, is a Pagan discipline and therefore
alien to Maldive culture. This is an interesting point of view which
warranted further investigation.
The document shown here on the left is a much-coveted Shehadeh
Nesab or a Certificate of Genealogy confirming one's lineage
from the Prophet Mohamed. This was issued by the Egyptian Syndicate
of the Ashraaf ("Nobility"). This organisation
was founded in 1895 by the Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, Abbas Helmi
Pasha. It was condemned and marginalised to a certain extent by
the Nationalist-Marxist regime of Colonel Gemal Abdel Nasser that
ruled Egypt (1955 - 1970) through the humiliating defeat in war
at the hands of the State of Israel, in which the Arabs lost control
The Syndicate is fully functional again under the pro-Western regimes
of Presidents Anwar el-Sadat and Hosni Mubarak.
to this site make very interesting pronouncements from time
A recent gem addressed to Majid was "your son's name
(Dylan) will never be registered because it is an infidel
Dylan's name is actually registered.
These people do not seem to raise an eyebrow regarding the
"infidelity" of the myriad Hindu names by which
many children in the Maldives are now known.
a Maldive Child |
| Second Degree Apostasy
| Anti-Western sentiments
With the Fatimid accession to power in Egypt, the Commander of
the Faithful (Caliph) Al-Mu'izz Li-Din-illah (reigned AD 973 - 975)
established an organisation charged with keeping a register of the
Ashraaf in Egypt. In subsequent Ayyubid and Mameluke times,
the Ashraaf were recognised as a special group, but enjoyed
no official status.
During the Ottoman era, the Ashraaf once more participated
actively in state matters. Their head in Egypt attended meetings
of the viceregal cabinet.
Today, although the Syndicate of Ashraaf is an autonomous
organisation in Egypt, it usually invites the Egyptian minister
of religious endowments (Awqaaf), the grand sheikh, the grand
mufti, and the chancellor of el-Azhar to their symposia.
The question to the Maldive student in el-Azhar, and others of
similar thinking, is whether or not these esteemed dons are dabbling
in Paganism? Or does he and others apply a different rule when genealogy
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The mosque of el-Azhar Seminary, Cairo
by the Taliban Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the
Prevention of Vice
- Pork, pig oil and lobster
- Movies and photographs
- VCRs,TVs and satellite
- Computers and the Internet
- Kite flying and chess
- Pool tables and firecrackers
- Pet pigeons and sewing
- Clapping at sporting
- Singing and dancing
- "Anything that propagates
sex and is full of music".
- Speaking or laughing
- Riding bicycles or motorcycles
- Showing their ankles
- Wearing shoes that click
- Leaving home unaccompanied
by a close male relative
- Attending school
- Speaking to men who are
not close relatives
- Working (except for a
few doctors and nurses).
The Azhar student and others would
find it a more productive enquiry to reflect on whether
or not the above edicts of the erstwhile Islamic Emirate
of Afghanistan and similar "innovations" by
others are "Islamic".
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A Maldive doctor writes:
The comment from the Azhar student is a typical symptom of the
malady that afflicts the Ummah as it hesitantly totters into the
21st century. The Ulema are busy splitting theological hairs on
frivolous issues, while the burning questions confronting the community
remain on the sidelines.
Take the comment in question. I am sure our friend can quote enough
authorities to justify his point of view. But what is the point?
If genealogy is so bad why does Salahudeen’s Seerath begin with
the lineage of the Prophet (S.A.W.)? And, why does Mohammed Jameel’s
Thaaleem-ul-Dhiyana teach us the same thing? Besides, is this an
While we are talking of Seerath, let us also deal with the related
issue of “Islamic” names. If you read the Seerath carefully you
will notice that with rare exceptions (the names of pagan Gods)
the pagan names of Muslim converts were not changed. Thus common
names like Umar and Ali were originally pagan names.
Azhar claims to be one of the oldest institutions of learning in
the world. However, it is yet to grow out of its ‘seminary’ image
and become a modern university. When will it produce the scholars
who will regain the past glory of Muslims as the most civilized
society on Earth?
“Only the teachers and educators are the saviors of nations.” –Mustapha
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el-Azhar Maldive student exercises his right of reply
The Maldives Royal Family web site thanks the el-Azhar
student who has asked to remain anonymous. He has however,
provided a full introduction of himself. We wish him and
his family all the best in their endeavours
Koranic Arabic text and audio are added by the editor)
Fertility goddess of the Arabs. She was one
of the trinity of Arab goddesses named in the Koran. el-Laat
was worshipped in the Kaaba
In pre-Islamic days of ignorance (el-Jahiliyya) a persons
social and moral status was determined by his/hers ancestors, or
by the tribe s/he belongs to. A person who could boast about his
ancestors or tribe, his social standing was greater and higher than
a person who could not. Consequently, Arabs greatest enthusiasm
was on their family and tribal pride. Generally, Arabs had deep
rooted love and loyalty for the clan to which they belonged. No
wonder a large number of pre Islamic Arabs poetry contained expressions
of fanaticism and tribalism. It is important to note that this belief
(tribal pride) led the tribes to sculpt a special deity of their
own; to it, they glorify to win its favour. For instance, the tribe
named Kalb worshipped Wadd, Quraysh had Yaghuth,
and Khaywan had Ya'uq and so on.
Anyhow, in my belief or any other Moslems, genealogy has no relation
with Paganism or pagan. In fact, genealogy is a fashionable and
reasonable knowledge, which assists us to identify who we are, and
together it helps us to have connections with our own family but
all humanity as well. When I saw Majid’s incredible work on this
website; precise researches, and interesting articles concerning
with his family (most of them) made me to think that majid is boasting
and exaggerating about his family, which I believe as a similar
act of jahilees (pre Islamic pagans). While talking to Majid,
when I said "genealogy is kind of pagan thing" I didn't use the
word “pagan” to intend Heathen or idol worshiping or "el-shirk"
(polytheism) or else. However, what I Intended there is "el-jahilee".
It is apparent in the early Islamic context; the word "pagan" could
mean "el-jahilee". So I believe it’s probably very clear
what I intended by the word "pagan" and by the sentence itself.
Perhaps “pagan” wasn’t the most accurate word. Although I don’t
think, it's an earthshaking issue even, if I have used the word
“pagan” to mean “el-jahilee”.
el-Uzzah the youngest of the three daughters of the pre-Islamic
Allah. She was the patron goddess of Mecca and was worshipped
in the Kaaba.
Nevertheless, we should aware that Islam has forbidden the calls
of jahiliyya and there are many textual evidences (Koran
and Hadith) which prohibit all of the discriminations and manners
of el-jahiliyya and their actions, except the good and respectable
habits which Islam approved. Hence, everything, which is outside
the call of Islam and the Koran, with regards to lineage, land,
nationality, schools of thoughts and ways, it is from the calls
of el-jahiliyya. The prophet (pbuh) said, “indeed Allah has
revealed to me that you should have humility, and that no one should
act proudly and oppressively over anyone else, nor should anyone
boast over anyone else." (Saheeh Muslim 8:120). The truth
is all mankind are the children of Adam, and Adam was created from
clay and there is no excellence for an Arab over a non-Arab nor
a non-Arab over an Arab, nor a white person over a black person,
nor a black person over a white person expect through piety and
obedience to Allah, like the prophet (pbuh) taught us. And which
accords with Allah's saying,
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|O people, we
created you all out of male and female, and rendered you
distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognise one
another. The best among you in the sight of God is the
most righteous. God is omniscient, cognisant. (Surah
el-Hujurat verse 13)