It was with great pleasure I attended the special Iftar that the Civil Service Islamic Society and Crown Prosecution Service Staff Network organised in the Holy month of Ramadhan.

I have got to know about the high esteem with which the CSIS and CPS Staff Network are held, not just since my promotion to a Minister in the Prime Minister’s first reshuffle in June 2007, but also in my role as MP for Tooting since 2005. Recognition of the reputation you have is illustrated by the fact that Richard Devereux, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Transport and Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the CPS, both joined us to open our fast. It was also good to see non-Muslims from the CPS fasting for the day to show empathy, solidarity and friendship with their Muslim colleagues. I can’t think of a better example of integration in action!

I have a huge soft spot for the CPS; not just because in my previous life I was a lawyer but also because the CPS sponsored last year’s Muslim News Award for Excellence – where I was honoured with an award!

Civil Servants play a really important role in our society. Whether it be working in job centres, acting for the CPS or saying “Yes” to Ministers(!) you have a crucial role in ensuring our society is working. A healthy country needs to have a good and efficient Civil Service and that includes having one that truly reflects the society they wish to serve.

The organisation of Muslims within the Civil Service and CPS, the mentoring and support you provide each other as well as the leadership and friendship role you perform are a credit to the Civil Service, the CPS, our communities and yourself.

I am really proud, as a Muslim and a Minister that our Civil Service has such role models within the organisation who are encouraged to flourish.

I look forward to continuing the various projects I am involved in with the CSIS and to working with the CSIS patron, Sir Gus, to continue to make year on year progress.

Best wishes and good luck for the future

Sadiq Khan MP

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You may find the following website helpful and a useful resource http://www.alketab.com . Amongst other things the site has online copies of the Quran translated into in many different European and Asian languages.

6th Annual Laylatul Qadr Event (LQE 2007)

Theme: ”Indeed After Hardship Comes Ease’

All night event for brothers and sisters.
Sisters on the 4th floor

Saturday 20th Sep – Sunday 28th Sep 2008
11:00pm till Fajr

Speakers:
Sheikh Abu Ahmed Sheikh Haitham al Haddad
Jalal Ibn Saeed Imam Shakeel Begg
Murtaza Khan Sheikh Adil al Dhahiri
Imam Ahmed Saad

Venue: Muslim World League (Mosque)
46 Goodge Street, London W1T 4LU (see website for directions)

Snacks and Suhoor will be provided. Suhoor is limited, tickets for which must be collected during the event. For more info:

Website: http://www.lqe.org.uk/
email: info_lqe@yahoo.co.uk
Mobile: 07956449111 or 07863349007

In another well written article, Imam Zaid makes a bid for the American Presidency here.

I’ve long maintained that for a nation to be truly democratic, it needs to offer a vote to all those who have a stake in its future: when the biggest impact of a change in presidents is on foreign policy (everything else tends to vary only at the margins) on what grounds can foreigners be denied a voice? Of course that leads to a discussion about whether the administration would have a right to collect taxes from those voters…

Incidentally you can catch Imam Zaid on Zaytuna’s podcasts here where he’s doing a series called “The Benefits of Ramadan” and on his own website here with a series on the Ahkam of ‘Ata Allah.

I posted previously on Gai Eaton’s “Islam and the Destiny of Man” here and here. I’m still working through the book, and remain as impressed now as I was upon first picking it up.

On the contrasts between the Abbasids and the Umayyads (who preceded them as leaders of the Islamic empire, as then was):

“The Abbasids were a different breed of men in the exact sense of the term. For the Arabs, nobility derived as much from the mother as from the father… but, for the new regime, woman was no more than an incubatory for noble seed, and of all of the Abbasid caliphs [rulers], only three were of free-born mothers. All the rest were the sons of slave-girls… It is no wonder that Arab traditions meant nothing to them”

I can’t help but wonder how this has shaped gender roles in the Orient in the years that have passed since then.

Sir Gus O’Donnell has asked us to convey the following message to all Muslims in the Civil Service–

 

“I would like to wish Muslim colleagues Ramadan Mubarak.  I’m sure you will all rise to the challenges Ramadan brings”

 

Furthermore, The CSIS management team would like to wish all our many Brothers and Sisters an auspicious and heartfelt Ramadan Mubarak.

Assalaamu’alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatahu

This is a further reminder to all those who have yet to fill in the CSIS Survey to please help us by taking a few moments to fill this in. We will be closing the survey site very shortly in order to begin analysing the results and so please hurry to give us your thoughts if you want to play a role in ensuring that Muslim civil servants have the same opportunities as others.

 

For a link to the survey please email us at the following address, using your work email account info@civilserviceislamicsociety.org and please forward the link to other Muslim civil servants, whether or not they’re members of the CSIS so that we can get a wide a representation of views as possible.

If you would like to see an example of how we’ve used the results from the 2006 survey, follow this link:

https://csislamicsociety.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/civil-service-live-again/

 

Jazakallah khair

The CSIS is pleased to announce its forthcoming annual iftar, in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service Muslim Staff Network and Emerald Network. InshaAllah we will be raising money for the Muslim Youth Helpline and for Interpal.

Please see the events page (http://CSIslamicSociety.wordpress.com/events) for details, including how to book tickets. Those wishing to apply for the CSIS members discount should email either the CSIS or the CPS MSN

217. Chapter: On the obligation to fast Ramadan and clarification of the excellence of fasting and what is connected to it*

Allah Almighty says,/ “You who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you..”/ to His words /”The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Qur’an was sent down as guidance for mankind, with Clear Signs containing guidance and discrimination. Any of you who are resident for the month should fast it. But any of you who are ill or on a journey should fast a number of other days.” /(W2:182-184; H2:183-185)
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