Leaders of the world today

For the past one month, we have seen how general people in few muslim countries have become fed up with or disgusted with their current leaders and finally ousted them from their offices. This what we have seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and now Libya. Why? All these happenings because those leaders does not follow the Quran and Sunnah. It is not easy to become a good leader.

It is a well-known fact that the Prophet of Islam SAW was the supremely successful man in the entire human history. According to the Qur’an, he was the best example for all mankind. He has shown us the way of achieving supreme success in this world. By studying the life of the Prophet SAW, we can derive those important principles which were followed by the Prophet SAW. Indeed, the Prophet SAW was a positive thinker in the full sense of the word. All his activities were result-oriented. He completely refrained from all such steps as may prove counter-productive.

This vision of the Prophet SAW has motivated Muslims for more than a millenium. At one point, the Muslim Ummah had to wait 700 years for Constantinople to be liberated. The vision still energizes Muslims. But when one leader does not follow the Quran and Sunnah, then all problems shall occurs and this bring the wrath of Allah and finally the general people will also rise for a change.

The Prophet SAW said:

“Allah does not punish the individuals for the sins of the community until they see the evil spreading among themselves, and while they have the power to stop it, do not do so.” (Ahmad)

Hadith – Sahih Muslim 4569, Narrated Umm Salamah, r.a.

The Messenger of Allah SAW said: In the near future there will be Amirs (rulers) and you will like their good deeds and dislike their bad deeds. One who sees through their bad deeds (and tries to prevent their repetition by his hand or through his speech), is absolved from blame, but one who hates their bad deeds (in the heart of his heart, being unable to prevent their recurrence by his hand or his tongue), is (also) safe (so far as God”s wrath is concerned). But one who approves of their bad deeds and imitates them is spiritually ruined. People asked (the Prophet): Shouldn’t we fight against them? He replied: No, as long as they say their prayers.

The Duty of the Muslim to Give Sincere Advice to the Corrupt Ruler.

“The master of martyrs (sayyid al-shuhada) is Hamzah r.a., and a man who stands up to a tyrant ruler and gives him nasihat (advice). And so the ruler kills him”

The Prophet (SAW) continued to say : ‘By Allah you have to enjoin good (Ma’ruf) and forbid evil (Munkar), and hold against the hand of the unjust ruler (Zalim), and force him on the truth strongly, or you have to limit him to the truth’. By this evidence, which is the hadith commenting on the verse, Allah (SWT) has prohibited us from remaining silent against the evil (Munkar), and He commanded us to remove it. Allah (SWT) commanded the Muslims to enjoin Ma’ruf and deny Munkar, and made it a duty upon them to do so. Allah (SWT) said; ‘Let it be from among you a group who call to the good, enjoin Maroof and deny Munkar’. Allah (SWT) also said: ‘You have been the best nation (Ummah) brought to the people, because you enjoin Ma’ruf and deny Munkar’. [Musnad of Ahmad]

So in this uprising, we need to do it with hikmah and not with solely anger. The best is we follow certain etiquette:

  1. Stand up to a corrupt leader by first calling him to Islam in hopes that he will repent and correct any haram (Islamically forbidden) behavior or teaching. If this does not work, consider it the collective jihad of the community to address the problem.
  2. An Imam of a Masjid can be replaced, but a governmental leader cannot be overthrown as long as he is Muslim. In both cases, sincere advice based on Quran and Sunnah (not feelings) should be given to the Imam or Sultan.
  3. Facts are not established against a person until that person is allowed to defend themselves against all accusations. A person is truly considered innocent until proven guilty in Islam.
  4. Enjoin the good and forbid the evil.

UM Cracks Top Tier in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

“UM Cracks Top Tier in U.S. News & World Report Rankings” is really a great statement. Why? Because I am an ex-Hurricanes myself. I was there in 1984 till 1988. Here is the detail press release. I have few words to say, “I am proud to study at The University of Miami, we are ‘Numero Uno’ forever”

August 20, 2009 — Coral Gables — University of Miami students returning to campus for the new academic year will have another source of pride as ’Canes—their university has cracked the top tier of what is annually one of the most anticipated college ranking lists in the nation.

UM has been ranked No. 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which hits newsstands on Monday. It rose from No. 51 last year and has moved up 17 slots in the past eight years, making it one of the fastest-rising institutions in the ranking of national universities.

The editors of U.S. News & World Report have ranked the nation’s top universities and colleges for the past 26 years.

“I am delighted with this recognition,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala, who added that she is proud of the University’s significant accomplishments as measured in student achievement, retention, and graduation rates as well as the caliber of faculty and facilities and the living and learning environment the institution provides.

Video: UM President Donna E. Shalala comments on the top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report is at this link and read the full story, http://www.miami.edu/index.php/news/releases/um_cracks_top_50_in_us_news_and_world_report_best_college_rankings/

My old school at Engineering Department now known as ECE (Electrical & Computer Engineering), http://www.ece.miami.edu/

Engineering Department at UM

Swine Flu Outbreak: Echoes of 1918

Today I read that Swine Flu or the authority rename it to Influenza A (H1N1) is getting worst in the US. In an evening newspaper I am worried reading an article with the title “Echoes of 1918”. What happened in 1918? It says that in 1918 (The Great Influenza/Spanish Flu) victims sometimes died within hours, blood coursing from noses and mouths; coffins piled high on city streets. Worldwide, multitudes succumbed – 40 million, 100 million, no one knows for sure. Could this history repeats? Experts say it is not likely. The Spanish Flu epidemic was, in the words of writer Lynette Iezonni, “the most catastropic season of death in human history”. The cause was a new virus with a special talent to slaughter; scientists literally did not know what they were dealing with. Mass movements of men fight in World War I helped spread the disease, while government officials eager to keep wartime morale high, and panic low, downplayed the disaster.

The Great Influenza (1918-1919)

Now we live in a different time. This is 2009! No one knows whether the new swine flu will develop into a major killer, but viruses are better understood. US health experts say the new strain’s genetic make-up doesn not show specific traits that showed up in 1918. Are we so sure?

But we have to remember that we nowadays move around a lot more than our greatgrandparents did in 1918, taking planes to distant cities and our cars to neighborhood cities. Viruses tag along!

One statement that we need to ponder very seriously even now we have modern medicine, modern facilities and superb communications tools. Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University says, “No matter how well we prepare, there will be illness, there will be death“.

Latest News:

  1. WHO: Swine flu outbreak ‘serious’
  2. US ‘very concerned‘ about swine flu outbreak
  3. US sees ‘encouraging signs’ in swine flu outbreak

Lastly, I would like to remind all my friends and all muslim readers, please seek forgiveness from the Allah and recite a lot of the Holy Quran to seek guidance from this disease or outbreak. Listen to this video.

Fear of great plague: Swine Flu

Oh! Allah do help us in this current crisis. After economy crisis we humankind is fear of this current Swine Flu. I recently read about this on our local newspaper and am very worried when The World Health Organization raised its global alert level on the spreading swine flu virus Monday, but stopped short of declaring a global emergency — even as the U.S. said it was acting as if the outbreak would grow into a full pandemic.

Then I search the internet and found this interesting topic about this potential pandemic.

1976: Fear of a great plague

By PAUL MICKLE / The Trentonian

On the cold afternoon of February 5, 1976, an Army recruit told his drill instructor at Fort Dix that he felt tired and weak but not sick enough to see military medics or skip a big training hike.

Within 24 hours, 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Mass., was dead, killed by an influenza not seen since the plague of 1918-19, which took 500,000 American lives and 20 million worldwide.

Two weeks after the recruit’s death, health officials disclosed to America that something called “swine flu” had killed Lewis and hospitalized four of his fellow soldiers at the Army base in Burlington County.

The ominous name of the flu alone was enough to touch off civilian fear of an epidemic. And government doctors knew from tests hastily conducted at Dix after Lewis’ death that 500 soldiers had caught swine flu without falling ill.

Any flu able to reach that many people so fast was capable of becoming another worldwide plague, the doctors warned, raising these questions:

Does America mobilize for mass inoculations in time to have everybody ready for the next flu season? Or should the country wait to see if the new virus would, as they often do, get stronger to hit harder in the second year?

Thus was born what would become known to some medical historians as a fiasco and to others as perhaps the finest hour of America’s public health bureaucracy.

Only young Lewis died from the swine flu itself in 1976. But as the critics are quick to point out, hundreds of Americans were killed or seriously injured by the inoculation the government gave them to stave off the virus.

According to his sister-in-law, John Kent of President Avenue in Lawrence went to his grave in 1997 believing the shot from the government had killed his first wife, Mary, long before her time.

Among other critics are Arthur M. Silverstein, whose book, “Pure Politics and Impure Science,” suggests President Gerald Ford’s desire to win the office on his own, as well as the influence of America’s big drug manufacturers, figured into the decision to immunize all 220 million Americans.

Still, even the partisan who first branded Ford’s program a fiasco, says now that it happened because America’s public health establishment identified what easily could have been a new plague and mobilized to beat it amazingly well.

To understand the fear of the time you have to know something about the plague American soldiers seemed to bring home with them after fighting in Europe during World War I.

The Great Plague, as it came to be called, rivaled the horrid Black Death of medieval times in its ability to strike suddenly and take lives swiftly. In addition to the half million in America, it killed 20 million people around the world.

It got its name because it was a brand of flu usually found in domestic pigs and wild swine. It was long thought to have come, like so many flus, out of the Chinese farm country, where people and domestic pigs live closely together.

Recent research has shown, however, that the post-WWI flu was brought to Europe by American troops who had been based in the South before they went to war. Medical detectives, still working on the case in the 1990s, determined that a small group of our soldiers took swine flu to Europe and that it spread to the world from there.

How the swine flu got to Fort Dix in 1976 still hasn’t been tracked down. At the time, Dix military doctors knew only that a killer flu had made it to the base and that they were lucky more men hadn’t died or been sickened seriously.

Weeks after Lewis died, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and other federal public health officials were meeting in Washington, trying to decide if they should recommend the government start a costly program of mass inoculations.

One doc later told the authors of “The Epidemic that Never Was” that he and others in on the meetings realized there was “nothing in this for the CDC except trouble,” especially because a decision had to be made fast to get the immunizations manufactured by the fall.

“…The obvious thing to do was immunize everybody,” the doctor said. “But if we tried to do that … we might have to interrupt a hell of a lot of work on other diseases.”

The doctors knew they faced complaints if the epidemic broke out and vaccines weren’t ready, as well as criticism if they spent millions inoculating people for a plague that didn’t happen.

“As for ‘another 1918,’ 1 didn’t expect that,” the doctor continued in the book. “But who could be sure? It would wreck us. Yet, if there weren’t a pandemic, we’d be charged with wasting public money, crying wolf and causing all the inconvenience for nothing … It was a no-win situation.”

By mid-March, CDC Director Dr. David J. Sencer had lined up most of the medical establishment behind his plan to call on Ford to support a $135 million program of mass inoculation.

On March 24, one day after a surprise loss to Ronald Reagan in the North Carolina Republican presidential primary, Ford decided to make the announcement to the American public.

Congress still had to appropriate the money, of course, and that wasn’t going to be easy. Even before official congressional consideration of the plan was taken up, there were forces arguing against it.

Another big hurdle was the drug makers, who were insisting the government take liability for any harmful side effects from the vaccine. During congressional hearings in the spring and early summer, lawmakers heard some naysayers who noted that the swine flu of last winter never got beyond Dix and that only one death had been reported.

The president and his experts prevailed, however, and on Aug. 12 Congress put up the money to get the job done. The mighty task was put into the hands of a charismatic 33-year-old physician for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Dr. W. Delano Meriwether, a world-class sprinter who still competed in track meets.

Now he was in a race for life, or so he thought. Meriwether was given until the end of the year to get all 220 million Americans inoculated against swine flu.

By Oct. 1, the makers had the serums ready and America’s public health bureaucracy had lined up thousands of doctors, nurses and paramedics to give out the shots at medical centers, schools and firehouses across the nation.

Jim Florio, then an ambitious rookie Democratic congressman supporting Jimmy Carter for president, didn’t use the situation to take a shot at Ford. He lined up and was the first Jersey resident to take the inoculation.

Within days, however, several people who had taken the shot fell seriously ill. On Oct. 12, three elderly people in the Pittsburgh area suffered heart attacks and died within hours of getting the shot, which led to suspension of the program in Pennsylvania.

Jersey pressed on with inoculations, however. Through the fall, even as more bad reports about the side effects of the vaccine came out, thousands of mostly older people in Greater Trenton lined up outside health centers, schools and firehouses to get the shot, sometimes waiting for an hour.

One of them was Lawrence’s Mary Kent, a 45-year-old mother of two teenage boys who couldn’t tie the ribbons on Christmas presents only days after she got her shot at the Trenton War Memorial in early December.

On Dec. 16, increasingly concerned about reports of the vaccine touching off neurological problems, especially rare Guillain-Barre syndrome, the government suspended the program, having inoculated 40 million people for a flu that never came.

By year’s end, Jack Kent knew his wife was seriously ill and started reading all about the side effects of the president’s flu inoculation, especially nerve problems like those his wife was experiencing.

Even before Mary Kent died an invalid at age 51 in January 1982, Kent had joined the hundreds of Americans who filed suit against the government on behalf of children left without a parent due to fatal side effects from the swine flu vaccine.

Kent’s sister-in-law, also named Mary Kent, recalled the other day that Jack Kent died in 1997 still angrily blaming the government for giving his wife Guillian-Barre, leading to her death.

The swine flu case of 1976 forever reduced confidence in public health pronouncements from the government and helped foster cynicism about federal policy makers that continues to this day.

Citing the swine flu fiasco, for instance, one scholar recently authored a report suggesting the threat of AIDS has been similarly overblown.

Yet Joseph Califano, one of the earliest to use the word “fiasco” in describing the swine flu affair, came to the conclusion that it all couldn’t have been avoided. Califano, whom President Carter appointed Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare after beating Ford in the November election, said the doctors had no choice but to err on the side of the caution.

In “The Epidemic That Never Was,” Califano said that faced with the threat of another killer plague with the potential to end millions of lives, the doctors were right to seek an inoculation program.

Get more update from WHO website, http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.htmlMy question is “Will this be the end of the humankind in this modern world?”. Let’s ponder on this.

Oil may fall below $100 a barrel

This is fantastic! I read this at The Times of India. They made a bold projection that global crude oil prices are on a downward spiral and analysts said that the price could slip below US$100 per barrel mark by next month. The article says, Oil will fall below $100 a barrel“.

The analyst said that global demand for oil is expected to come down as major economies like US have hiked interest rates to contain inflation, adding that a similar situation prevails in China as well as India.

Even in the US it is reported that Oil prices finished at a new three-month low Monday after briefly dropping below $113 a barrel mark, as the dollar extended its rebound and more signs emerged that China’s energy demand could be leveling off.

See the Latest Crude Oil Price chart here.

So if this happen, then we will see whether the government will review the fuel prices to us consumers.Another factor was the significant rise in the value of the US dollar against major currencies – the sharply rising prices of crude oil and other commodities were previously cited as hedges against the falling of the US dollar.

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