We stress here again the fact that Japanese
people enjoy good character. In fact, when a Japanese person reads about Islam
he finds that it largely conforms to the ideals adopted by his or her society.
If Allah (S.W.T.) wishes him or her guidance, He paves the way for him or her
to embrace Islam. See the appendix on the good traits of Japanese people which they have inherited
from Al Samurrai, members of a powerful military class in Japan
in the past.
A young man sent us an e-mail saying that he
had studied Islam and would like to embrace it. Should he learn how to perform
the prayers before his declaration of faith or vice? Is circumcision
obligatory? If so should only a Muslim doctor undertake it? Otherwise he is
ready to get circumcised at any nearby hospital.
A lady also wrote us a letter saying that she
had studied Islam in order to submit a paper on the subject to her university
and found it to a great religion. She also said that she wanted to invite
students in her college to Islam in a "scientific way”. "I know that the
prohibition of pig meat is somehow
related to hygiene" she said. Then she asked us if there are any
scientific facts in Islam which modern science has confirmed so she would call
students in college to Islam based on these facts.
for Muhammad Dawud, he visited Jerusalem and Gaza two years ago and loved
Islam. When he came back to Japan, he contacted Sister Zeba Kume, the well
known Japanese caller to Islam. She taught him about Islam and he ultimately
embraced it. I must say here that Sister Zeba may be equal to one hundred men,
if not one thousand men, when it comes to Islamic activity.
Uthman is a student in the second year at the
university in Kyoto. He visited Turkey for a week and fell in love with
Islam. When he came back to Japan, he read the books of Islamic Center-Japan he
obtained from Sister Zeba Kume, and he later converted to Islam.
Nakasone is a young girl studying in Bedford, England. She used to be
Christian. She converted to Islam when she made friends with a British Muslim
sister of Asian descent who talked to her about Islam. She now wears the full
face veil even though she is in Britain.
Another lady e-mailed us from America saying
that she wanted the meanings of Holy
Qur'an in Japanese and we sent her what she wanted. When we asked her about the
Muslim community in her area she said that she was among one hundred Japanese
girls and that she was only Muslim lady and that she was looking forward to
having a Mosque built in her area. She
also mentioned in her e-mail that she was a music therapist in one of American
Russian Victoria also wrote us from
inside Japan saying that she was looking for an Islamic bank in which to keep
her money in order to avoid dealing with usury (riba), and we sent her
address of Pakistani National Bank. We also talked to her on the phone to where
she resides not far from Tokyo and we found out that she was married to a
Japanese Muslim. We questioned her with appreciation that after seventy years
of Communist rule, we could now see a Russian Muslimah who was interested in
keeping her money in a bank that did not deal in riba. That was indeed one of the miracles of Islam.
We then sent her a copy of translation of the meanings of Holy Qur'an in
Japanese as well as the Center's publications so that her Japanese husband
would read them, and she thanked us for that.
Sheikh Nimetullah Yurt called one of the
neighbors of Tokyo Mosque while it was still under construction one morning to
Islam and gave her a copy of Al Maududi’s What is Islam? which bore the
e-mail address of the Center. Later on, she sent us the following letter:
"I was brought up as a child in a house near Tokyo Mosque…The view of its
shiny dome before sunset was really captivating…I felt very sad when the Mosque
was demolished…Now that the Mosque is being built, I am really elated with
joy…" She wrote this e-mail in a green background, which Japanese believe
is the symbol of Paradise. In fact, such incidents occur on a daily basis in
Islamic Center-Japan, Arab Islamic Institute, Tokyo Mosque, Kobe Mosque as well
as in the other Islamic societies and associations.
fact, many Islamic gatherings in Japan pave the way for new Muslims to visit
them and learn about the Islamic way of life there. Islamic Center-Japan is
rightly a beacon of guidance which helps guide whomever wishes to know anything
about Islam as well as Muslims who come to Japan. Our website is easily
accessible. Anyone who types us the words "islamcenter.or.jp” in the search
engine will immediately get it. We promptly respond to queries and requests. We
retain all e-mails that we receive, and all correspondents thank us for our
Arab student from Seattle in west central Washington State wrote to us that
there were many Japanese students in his college who were interested in Islam
and requested us to send him books on Islam in Japanese. He also mentioned that
a Japanese female student returned to Japan and requested us to send her some
Islamic books to her address which he mentioned in his letter. We promptly sent
the translation of the meanings of Holy Qur'an in Japanese and some Islamic
books both to him and to Japanese student. In reply, he thanked our prompt
response, saying that in one million Muslims there was one like you who does
Our Islamic Center-Japan is also considered to
be one of the oldest Islamic Centers in Japan and is known to the Japanese
government, the media, the universities, schools and religious groups, making
it a major source of Islamic knowledge in the country. We thank Almighty Allah
for affording us the opportunity to call to His religion and carry out this
collective duty on behalf of the Muslim Ummah. We also thank all those
who have given us assistance and support to facilitate our duty. The Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "That Allah guides through you one man
is better for you than the red camels” (which were the most precious property a
man would wish to have in those days). Another narration mentions: "that doing
this is better than the entire world”.
The Second Generation of Muslims: Their Problems and Future:
The most important problem facing Muslims in
Japan is that of the second generation children who come from mixed marriages:
non-Japanese Muslim men with Japanese Women, non-Japanese Muslim women with
Muslim Japanese men and the children of Japanese Muslims in general.
in Japan is mandatory and essential, and there is not a single Islamic school
in Japan while there are thousands of Muslim children who need education in an
Islamic environment. If we do not provide something for them to acquire Islamic
education, they will certainly dissolve in this non-Islamic society. What
actually happens is that a Pakistani or Bangladeshi man sends his Japanese wife
and children to his country for education purposes, and due to the huge
economic and social differences between Japan and these countries, many
problems arise, leading in some instances to marital breakdowns, hence the
importance of solving this problem.
Center-Japan is now considering the establishment of first Islamic school in
Japan. It has purchased a land neighboring Tokyo Mosque and intends to build an
Islamic school on it in order to remove the barrier of hesitating to build
Islamic schools in the country, as it removed the barrier of hesitating to
build Mosques in the country before. If
we concern ourselves with the second generation children, they will certainly
present Islam to Japanese people far better than us, for they are Japanese and
their language is Japanese as well, and these two factors are very important
indeed. We thank His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for
the assistance his charitable society has given towards the purchase of the
land for building the school. Thanks also go the Islamic Development Bank in
Jeddah for offering to assist with one third of the construction costs.
A Word of Thanks:
Finally, I would like to thank Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia for the assistance it has, and is still, extending to Islam and Muslims
in Japan. In fact, a large part of Islamic work in Japan is a blessed seedling
plated by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We also thank the Gulf countries and the
other Arab countries for their support of Muslims in Japan.
would like to thank Japanese academics and professors who are concerned with
Islamic culture and try to present it to their own people in an objective and
impartial manner without being affected by any Western influences. We would
like to thank the leading academics and professors, such as Professor Itagaki,
Professor Katakura, Professor Komatsu, Professors Sugita who share the same
surname from Tokyo University and Professor Goto as well as the rest of the
academics and professors. I would also like to thank the Japanese government
for giving Muslims in Japan complete freedom and for caring about them and
trying hard to deepen understanding between Japan and Muslim world. In
particular, we would like to thank His Excellency former Minister of Foreign
Affairs Mr. Kono and Japanese police in general for their readiness to
cooperate with Muslims, individuals and groups. We also thank Japanese people
who revere Islam and receive its publications with great respect. In fact,
studies conducted by Japanese government on foreigners in the country have
shown that Muslims are the coolest and most collected community with the least
praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.
Dr. Salih Mahdi S. Al Samarrai
Traits of Samurai, the Warrior Class in Japan
traits were mentioned by His Excellence Dr. Musa Muhammad Umar on 04 March,1978
during a meeting held by the Muslim Youth Association in Kanazawa, on the Sea
of Japan opposite Korea. The association comprised one hundred Japanese Muslim
youth who were the students of the late Mustafa Komura, who assisted the late
Umar Mita with translation of the meanings of Holy Qur'an into Japanese and
authored a huge encyclopedia on the history of Islam in Japan. In fact, he sent
some of these youth to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Qatar, and now
they are occupying posts in universities, companies, and free trade in all
parts of Japan. We Muslims admit that we have neglected the duty of keeping in
touch with them. Dr. Musa was and still is one of the directors of Islamic
Center-Japan and was the Sudanese ambassador to Japan.
About the Samurai:
They do not forget favors.
abstain from alcohol, women and overeating.
They respect their parents and obey them and
never feel annoyed no matter what they do to them.
They wash their hands and feet in the morning
and in the evening. They also take a warm bath and like to keep their bodies
and appearance nice and clean.
They never preoccupy themselves with things
that do not concern them or even talk about them.
They take an interest in discipline and
They feel duty bound to engage in good works
and acceptable actions and avoid unacceptable and wrong actions.
They are trustworthy not out of fear of people
or that they might be caught out doing something that contradicts their
They have to take an interest in studies and
the acquisition of knowledge and never waste their time.
They lead a dignified life, do not do harm to
others, nor are they dependent upon them.
They do not get into bad company.
This is a copy of a
document Dr. Salih Mahdi Al Samarrai received from the late Bakir Barq, one of
the leaders of Annoor Group in Turkey who worked as a broadcaster for a long
time for the Turkish program in Saudi Arabian Radio, Jeddah.