STOP DEMONISING ISLAM AND MUSLIMS

CNN, BBC, Al JAZEERA, FOX NEWS and whatever you have, they all have the habit of projecting distorted news and information to serve specific western interest. If you go back in time, you will note that SADDAM HUSSEIN was set up by the US to contain Iran. When Saddam grew too big for his shoes, they got rid of him. Bush and Blair who by right should be at the criminal court in the Hague, continue to roam free, just because they acted on false information provided by some spies (very appropriate) concerning Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMD). Look at Iraq today, what has it turned out to be? Look at Libya…Syria.

The same can be said of ISIS. Who set it up? It started out as a means of getting rid of Malik, the Shi’a PM of Iraq. It started out as a Sunni-Shi’a outfit sponsored by Qatar with US blessings. Once Malik was out of the picture, the equation changed. The Sunni-Shi’a perspective was dumped; it now because a “global issue” (another item on the menu to demonise Islam and Muslims). The US and the West like to keep this rhetoric going on forever. They are the ones who create proxy wars, reduce Arab nations to poverty in support of Israel and their cronies (Egypt, Saudi, Jordan etc).

Suddenly the whole world has awoken to the threat of ISIS. Regrettably as was the case with Saddam, the news begins now with ISIS and not how it came into existence. Muslim minorities and Muslims in general have to now live with the “current image” of ISIS. The world at large has to view repeated pictures the “cruelties” of ISIS (the beheading of journalists etc) but a DRONE sent out to wipe out innocent people in Afghanistan is “lawful, legal and halal”. Just what kind of justification is that? The truth is: We are duped into believing what appears to be the truth.

The scenario does not end here. Muslims throughout the world are suddenly the victims of a “security risk” while thousands of Palestinians are killed legally. We are advised about adhering to “fatwas” issued; whether they are applicable to our countries and situations; we have to make adjustments…which are all fine and good BUT I have YET to see and ARAB or MUSLIM leader or ruler coming forward to say, “ENOUGH is ENOUGH!” This is the weakness and disease of the Global Muslim Leadership! They are only concerned with NARROW POLITICS; how to remain in office at whatever cost! Our innocent Muslim youth are led to the slaughter house believing that they are fighting for God’s cause – instead they are fighting for the Devil’s cause.

If you look up the Qur’an, you will come across Prophet Moses killing a soldier of Pharaoh. Why? Because he could no longer put up with what was going on. Now ask yourself: How long are you going to be good, sit back and be patient over what is taking place against Muslims globally? Everything has a breaking point and when that point is reached, reasoning no longer exists. Its an issue of being killed or kill. So why is the global community continuing to support such criminal injustices in the name of peace and security? Why should Islam and Muslims be demonised? We were once the most tolerant peace-loving people in the world. What turned us into monsters? It is your foreign policy; your interference, your greed, your domination by the Jews, that made us what we are today. Do not stretch it too far because the consequences are terrifying. We are already witnessing a lack of compassion, mercy and reasoning on the battlefield; it will become worse in the future.

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Following Just the Qur’an and Sunnah

Often we come across Muslims saying that they prefer just keeping to the Qur’an and Sunnah. They do so to avoid being a follower of this or that (madhabs, salafiyah, wahabi etc). They quote the Hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.) where he said to this effect, that he was leaving behind two things i.e. the Qur’an and his Sunnah and those following it would not go astray.

GENERAL CONTEXT

Though this is valid in a general sense, one needs to understand it is a wider context. In a general sense it means following the message of the Qur’an in a literal sense. You read and follow what you find in the Qur’an; you read and follow what you find in Ahadith. This is ‘blind following’ without wisdom. Satan becomes your guide and he is known to take on the form of many human beings. Let me off you this example. My daughter sent me a lengthy Hadith on  fasting the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. She said that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said that fasting a single day is like fasting a whole year. One  days = 10 years!. Why bother to fast the month of Ramadhan which is only for one month when you can do 10 days and earn 10 years! This is how Islamic preaching is done today (dakwah). Everyone is offered a Qur’anic verse or Hadith in a distorted manner to become rich, prosperous or a martyr etc. This what happened to many innocent Muslims from Britain and around the world when they joined the fight in Syria. This is how the Ikhwan Muslimin of Egypt lost Egypt. Look at the Arab World today.

LACKING WISDOM

Just what do people mean when they speak about Qur’an and Sunnah? Do you think that keeping a beard and wearing a turban is Sunnah? Please go and study Fiqh. The length of a beard needs to be the length equivalent to that of Nabi Harun (.a.s.) as when Musa (a.s.) took hold of him by his beard and definitely not some hairy growth on one’s chin! As for the turban. In those days it took on the form of one’s shroud, not some one metre piece of cloth forming a turban. So when one speaks about the Qur’an and Sunnah, he or she needs to understand it in-depth and not just end with “imitation branded goods”!

Just following the Qur’an and Sunnah is not good enough. You need to possess wisdom. Take the example of Sayyidna ‘Umar (r.a.). A man had heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) saying that “whosoever recites there is no god but Allah, will enter paradise.” ‘Umar (r.a.) dragged this man back to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and asked the Prophet whether he had said such a thing. The Prophet (s.a.w.) said he did. ‘Umar (r.a.) responded that if such was allowed, Muslim would not strive but just rely on this (to this effect). The Prophet (s.a.w.) was firm, however, we do find other sayings of his which elaborate this situation i.e. that this level of faith amounts to an atom’s weight of faith, which will see one through to heaven after a lengthy period of time in hell!. Once when conducting a class, a new French convert told me that it was time for the Zohor Prayer. He was right but he lack wisdom and adab (etiquettes). Though it is good to perform prayer on time, Allah has provided a time frame for it. You can’t expect a surgeon to abandon his patient on the operating table just because the call to prayer has been announced! A little knowledge is extremely dangerous.

One needs to possess a great deal of wisdom, not corrupt wisdom, not manipulative wisdom. Being an intellect is just “Ilmul Yaqeen”. You need “Ainul Yaqeen and “Haqqul Yaqeen” (refer to Qur’an); you needed a dedicated teacher of total submission, not some emotional guy with a sword of vengeance, the result of ‘sour grapes’. If you are just a pure follower of the Qur’an and Sunnah, you are still driving around with a camel, because if I Prophet (s.a.w.) was present, he would be going around in a jet!

One of the major reasons for backwardness is the lack of wisdom. It is this lack of wisdom that has prevented Muslims from meeting the challenges of the modern world. They are stuck with rotten unIslamic local culture and cultural imperialism. There are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration. It not a straightforward situation. There are many external forces as well as the state of iman amongst Muslims. Today, we think that as soon as we achieve power, we must implement “hukum”. Please go back and study the Seerah of the Prophet (s.a.w.); the era of Mecca and the era of Medina. It takes a certain type of people to form a state; not some imitators of fashion, outwardness but people of principled character!

Muslims need to return to the basic foundation and that is: Only Allah exists; we exist by His permission. Nothing takes place without His consent. Evidence of this can be found in the Qur’an. At the Battle of Badr, the Muslims almost lost. The Prophet (s.a.w.) took a handful of sand, recited a supplication and threw it in the air. Allah then sent His hosts to help the Muslims succeed. However in Surah Anfal verse 17 Allah says, “It was not you who slew them; it was Allah…”

We live on two parallel railway tracks; one is dunya (this world) and the other akhirah (heaven). If you just follow your ‘nafs’ (ego), you will not be able to see the wider picture. Allah will not dominate it; it is all about you. However, if Allah dominates your existence, whether you like it or not, you will have to submit to His divine decree. Even the Prophet (s.a.w.) did this at Taif. He did not take up Allah’s offer presented to him by Jibra’il (a.s.). If you follow the worldly path, you will be manipulated through the same Qur’an and Sunnah but if you follow the “Path of Muhammad” (Surah Shura verse 53), then he is “Siratal Mustaqeem” (the Straight Path – Allah’s Path)!

Finally, How come 313 ill-equipped Muslim could defeat 1,000 Quraish? How come, with the Prophet’s presence at Uhud, they lost? Why are the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab World unable to achieve success? The answer is in what I have already stated. In short, you were created along with the jinn to serve Allah and until you do so for His sake sincerely, you will not achieve success. Have no expectations in your servitude; just do so out of reverence and humility. END

The Decline of Muslims

The decline of the Muslims happened when Shari’ah scholars became dogmatic theologians instead of scientists; Muslim scientists in turn abandoned being Shari’ah scholars. Now there is no link between the two.

When you see Palestinians youth throwing stones at Israeli tanks you see a snapshot of the weaknesses of the Muslims. We live on SLOGANS, RHETORIC, EMOTIONS, LACK WISDOM and therefore get USED, MANIPULATED, KILLED at will, and end up serving narrow interest. When are we going to wake up to existing realities? When are we going to possess character, discipline? When are we going to give up being robotic, ritualistic Muslims? Have any boycotts achieved any results? We are poor examples of leadership; we migrate to run away from our failure to reform our own countries and then want to reform the country of migration.

Instead it takes will and determination to focus on one goal i.e. to live as Muslims in accordance with ONE simple reality: ONLY Allah exists and NOTHING takes place without His permission. Everything begins and ends with Him. We were created to serve Him and not our “nafs”. Muslims in general begin at the second phase: not with Allah. We are like the archers of Uhud, not Badr.

UNWINDING JIHADISTS

The issue of Muslims being misled into jihad is a serious matter. The outcome is dangerous and frightening. Once indoctrination sets in, a person becomes hardcore. Overcoming this situation requires efforts on a wider scale. It cannot be done by government led institutions because their approach serves their interest. It has to be undertaken by an independent body.

The whole issue is related to global politics and there is no way we can run away of existing realities. Unless we acknowledge these, the whole process of detoxification of jihadists will be one-sided and lopsided. We have to acknowledge injustice and realities, and from there begin to present Islam for what it really is and not some concocted version to serve political goals.

The crux of the issue lies with the failure of the US-EU to permanently resolve the issue of Palestinian statehood on a fair and just basis. It has to be imposed upon Israel. This is the root cause of terrorism. Likewise, Muslims in India, Myanmar, Kashmir and China are being persecuted and killed at will with nothing being done by the UN or the Hague. Bush and Blair continue to be free while others are dragged to the Hague to face justice. Israeli Settlements are expanded; the Palestinians are suffocated and eliminated on the basis of “justified” actions by Israel. Under such circumstances why should Muslims not end up becoming extreme jihadists? What hope do Muslims have worldwide over justice? Has it paid being moderate? On top of this we have decadent Muslim rulers and leaders who sell off the Ummah to remain in office. Extremism is the outcome of these injustices. The only way this situation can be righted is to re-instate justice. You can suppress Muslims; you can kill them; but the end result will be even more frightening. Muslims are fed-up with being labelled as “terrorists”. They are fed-up with being manipulated to serve western ideals. They just want to live in peace and to sort things out themselves.

The second approach is to improve Islamic education. It has gone astray and failed the Ummah to meet modern-day challenges. It has become too Shari’ah orientated; too dogmatic, ritualistic, manipulated and distorted. People have the habit of picking verses at random and exploiting them without taking in the wider picture. Their interpretation is also narrow in outlook. This is due to a lack of basic fundamentals. We need to reinstate these basic fundamentals.

The basic foundation upon which humanity is built upon centres on the recognition of God for who He is and what He is and what our relationship is with Him. In Islam, this is known as Tawheed (the unification of everything in God). Today Muslims begin life at the second level i.e. on how to live, family life etc but no one really knows God. Life is all about us, not God. This is where we have gone wrong and astray. Muslims have become robotic ritualistic followers without character or identity and this is how it gets filled up by Jihadists who are fed-up with hypocrisy and double standards. They start off by going to fight the enemy but end up fighting everyone else who does not share their views. Oppression only leads to desperate acts of vengeance.

Life is precious. It is a gift from God. It does not belong to you, nor do you own it. It is a like a ‘loan’ that requires settlement. So use it wisely, be grateful, because He is the One that determines every outcome. If you are a self-centred person, an egoistic person, who thinks he is great; non compromising, lacking in respect for others….I feel sorry for such a person because life is like a bicycle wheel; when it reaches its final turn, accountability catches up with you, there is no forgiveness but only payment for misdeeds…that is when you sit back and reflect on what you should have done, which of course is too late. Repentance does not bring a clean slate. Adam and Eve had to pay the price for an ordained act, So treat life with respect and raise your family to respect it, to treat it with justice.

The global lack of will to firmly resolve the Palestinian issue will definitely lead to the hardening of souls. It will lead to further bloodshed. When this point is reached expect no mercy because by then even lukewarm Muslims would have given up on the system. It is the current system that has failed mankind but we still can save it positively.

LIBERALISM and ISLAM

Liberalism exists within the context of the Qur’an. It exists when there is no explicit command. This means that one is offered options within the framework of the Qur’an. However, where it is explicit, there are no options. You must obey to qualify as a ‘true believer’.

When it comes to intoxicants (wine, alcohol), there are several phases in the Qur’an. In the beginning one could drink but could not turn up for prayer (solat) in an intoxicated state. Later this Qur’anic verse was abrogated (replaced) by a total prohibition of alcohol (wine).

If a Muslim tells me that he still drinks and prays; that is not acceptable according to Qur’anic law.

If he says, he used to drink but does not do so now. I will reply, “Alhamdulillah!”

If a person says that it is ok to drink and that in due time (by Allah’s grace), that person will quit just as he did; that is unacceptable to me. What is prohibited remains prohibited. The individual must make a serious effort to quit! When the command came from Allah to do so, a Hadith states that the streets of Medina were flowing with wine!

Hadrat Shibli used to utter, “Allah, Allah, Allah…..” A murid said, “Why don’t you say: ‘La-ila-ha-ill-lallah” (There is no god but Allah)?” Shibli replied: “I am afraid that I might die saying: “There is no god!” – before saying “but Allah”. DO NOT TAKE CHANCES; DO NOT ASSUME that you will be given the opportunity to repent! DO NOT MAKE WHAT IS WRONG appear to be RIGHT! You are condoning and approving something that has not been approved by Allah.

The lines are straight in Islam. The Prophet (s.a.w.) himself has made mention concerning the lawful and unlawful, and the shaded area in between. Whenever in doubt the command is to refrain; to abstain; to avoid it so that your faith is not contaminated.

Liberalism does exists in valid instances. One such area deals with the consumption of food. Your decision depends on your state of Iman. The answer is found in Surah Baqarah. Do not end up like the Jews. They were commanded to sacrifice a cow. They then asked Moses (a.s.) whether it should be young or old, brown or white and in the end made it miserable for them. You remain loyal to what is lawful to consume and you make adjustments under varying circumstances, otherwise why would Allah allow you to consume a miserable piece of pork to keep you alive under dire circumstances! A Muslim diabetic can take pig insulin if nothing else work for him.

However, liberalism does not exist in this example. Once in Canada, I was offered ‘chicken wings’ which I consumed unknowingly. Later I was told that they came from McDonald’s. I asked whether they were ‘halal’. A person replied, “A chicken has TWO FEET, not four, and as such, is not an animal (cow etc). I asked, “Where did you get this fatwa (Islamic edict)? This form of liberalism does not exits in Islam. You cannot distort the law to suit your ‘nafs’!

NOTE: What’s so halal about Ramli Burger when it contains so much FATS! It may be lawful from the point of processing but the contents are questionable!

Any form of liberalism MUST remain within the context of the Qur’an. Any view is an opinion if has no substance in the Qur’an. It cannot replace Allah’s word and anyone doing so will face His wrath!

MALAYSIA: Muslims and the Issue of Christmas

Every year in Malaysia, you will come across many Muslims who will tell you that celebrating Christmas is HARAM! It is indeed amazing to witness this. I myself find it absurd. To begin with, Muslims do not celebrate Christmas or any religious festival for that matter. However, we do greet those doing so. Does wishing one for Christmas make you a Christian? Does it lead to SHIRK?

Muslims are a joke. It is this kind of mentality that reflects the current state of the Ummah. On the whole many Muslim nations live on handouts, rely on non-Muslims to remain in power, fall prey to their whims, fancies and threats, kill one another in God’s name just because one is a Shi’a and the other a Sunni, while the Jews and our enemies sit back and laugh. Look at Egypt, Libya, Palestine and now Syria. We are so engrossed in nitty-gritty issues, overlooking the real issues at hand.

We turn up for congregational prayer on Friday, dump our cars obstructing traffic to fulfil an obligation to God without any character, respect or decency. On one hand, we receive a reward for performing prayer and at the same time lose it for lack of character and discipline. The traffic jam we cause ends up in us being cursed and abused. In the meantime, we think that we are the only ones going to heaven with the rest going to hell.

On the whole there is no Muslim nation on earth that conducts its affairs in a righteous manner. Their rulers or leaders are despotic, corrupt and ruthless. Muslims on the whole enjoy no respect worldwide. They are bullied and killed at will and here we have some idiot saying to you that it is haram (unlawful) to greet a Christian for Christmas. Muslims should take a good look at themselves and try to regain their honour and dignity through discipline and character. Developing such does not depend on slogans and rhetoric speech; it is lived the way the Prophet (s.a.w.) did through example.

Once a funeral bier of a Jew passed by the Prophet and his Companions. The Prophet (s.a.w.) stood up. A person remarked that he was a Jew, to which the Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “Does he not have a soul?”  The Prophet (s.a.w.) was not honouring him, but rather respecting the existence of the soul which was created by God. Once Dr. Yusuf Nor, a former minister in the PM’s Department, said during a talk that if a pig passed through a Muslim village there would probably be a riot but if a Muslim missed his prayers or did not do so, it would not matter. In case you came in contact with pork meat, you can cleanse yourself but in the case of prayer, it is lost for good. But this is how most Muslims function.

Get your intentions right; Don’t be a hypocrite practising double-standards; don’t only abide by that which suits you and don’t act like a learned person without sufficient education on Islam. If you sit with politicians, religious manipulators, you brain with be replaced with theirs. Today, we have three categories of religious scholars. The first are “Ular-mak” (the Malay word for “mother of snakes”. The second, “Ulamak duit” (they sell religion for a miserable price) and the third, “The Righteous Scholars”, who seek only God pleasure, expecting nothing in return. They are the ones who guide and help people along the way without saying that they are this or that. Servitude is their goal.

Don’t give me any bullshit that it is OK to wish someone “Happy Chinese New Year” because it is just a new year and not a religious festive occasion. That is a whole lot of bull because a Muslim has his own new year without an animal in the zodiac to usher it in for him! Lets do away with the hypocrisy! Either you do not greet anyone on any non-Islamic festive season or you do so with the intention that it is a mere greeting to maintain good relations. And if you do not want to greet any non-Muslim just because it is wrong, then I hope every non-Muslim will not greet you on Eid or help you in need.

Muslims worldwide should ask themselves that if they were truly on the path of God, why they have not achieved success. The answer is simple: They serve their ‘nafs’ in God’s name and not God Himself!

Orientalism and the Destruction of Islamic Knowledge

“Any open-minded person embarking on a study of Islam, especially if using books written in European languages, should be aware of the seemingly inherent distortions that permeate almost all non-Muslim writings on Islam.  At least since the Middle Ages, Islam has been much maligned and severely misunderstood in the West.  In the last years of the Twentieth Century, it does not seem that much has changed even though most Muslims would agree that progress is being made.  I feel that an elegant summary of the West’s ignorance of Islam and the motives of Orientalism are the following words by the Swiss journalist and author, Roger Du Pasquier:

The West, whether Christian or dechristianised, has never really known Islam.  Ever since they watched it appear on the world stage, Christians never ceased to insult and slander it in order to find justification for waging war on it. It has been subjected to grotesque distortions the traces of which still endure in the European mind.  Even today there are many Westerners for whom Islam can be reduced to three ideas: fanaticism, fatalism and polygamy.  Of course, there does exist a more cultivated public whose ideas about Islam are less deformed; there are still precious few who know that the word Islam signifies nothing other than ‘submission to God’.  One symptom of this ignorance is the fact that in the imagination of most Europeans, Allah refers to the divinity of the Muslims, not the God of the Christians and Jews; they are all surprised to hear, when one takes the trouble to explain things to them, that ‘Allah’ means ‘God’, and that even Arab Christians know him by no other name.” (refer: http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/orientalism.html – for complete article from Unveiling Islam by Roger Du Pasquier)

Muslims have been made to believe that the INJIL is the GOSPEL/New Testament; the TAURAT (Old Testament; the ZABUR (Book of Psalms). This is a fabrication. The Zabur, Taurat and Injil no longer exist and in a Qur’anic verse have been replaced by the QUR’AN.

In my book, A-Z Guide to the Qur’an, I have mention that the NASARA were NEVER Christians. They were a Sect of Judaism. Like Jesus (a Jew), they circumcised, abstained from pork, observed the Sabbath and went to a synagogue – NOT a church. It was Paul (a Jew) who created CHRISTIANITY. Jesus came from Nazareth and his followers were Nazareens.

The Orientalists through their translations of the Qur’an, established the word KORAN. They attributed the books of the Qur’an to be those of the Bible to establish validity of the Bible and we (dumb Muslims) fell for the gimmick. Only now are Muslims awakening to these realities. According to the late Ahmad Deedat, the Bible is not the word of God.

The alphabet “QAF” is used to spell the word “Qur’an” not “KAF”. If you want to translate it into English, you say “Qur’an” not “Koran”! If you are an Arab or know Arabic, I consider it a disgrace and stubbornness if you still want to use the word “Koran” instead of “Qur’an”.

The word NABI stands for Prophet and not APOSTLE. Why? Because Paul, the corrupter of Christianity is an apostle! The word RASUL stands for Messenger. The Orientalists rejected this saying that it means ‘someone delivering a message…better Apostle. The truth is: Our Nabi and Rasul (s.a.w.) was nothing more but a MESSENGER! – The Deliverer of the Truth.

Many Muslims go to Western universities to acquire Islamic degrees from Orientalists scholars, who know Islam better than Muslims, but yet do not enter the fold of Islam..Why? After knowing the Truth, why do they not embrace Islam? The answer is: They are like Abu Jahal and Abu Lahab.

UPDATE: On the issue of the word ALLAH, it must be remembered that no matter whoever uses it, it represents the ONE and ONLY living God, who is God of Creation and Mankind; Under such circumstances the TRINITY does not exits and it never did exists. Jesus was a Jew. He circumcised, abstained from pork and observed the Sabbath. So the argument of Allah being the God of Christianity does not exists. It existed once upon a time and ended with the Old Testament of the Bible. It only exists when there is NONE other but him! If you discuss the matter geographically and refer to Malaysia, then the Christian approach of wanting to use the word Allah in Malay contains ulterior motives because it is a colonial practice only in Sabah and not even a cultural one.

UPDATE 26 Nov 2013: I wish to thank the response from Christians Are Ignorant About Islam | findingdoubt. I have not accept it because I do not want to lose my perspective on the issue I have presented.

If you study the various Communication Theories, you will end up in confusion because every theory is valid in its own way, religion too suffers from it. Islam today has been interpreted physically, literally and spiritually. You can’t do this, word for word, without taking into account environmental factors and situation etc. You will end up with “apologetic Muslims, fanatical Muslims, lukewarm Muslims and practical realistic, who believe in moderation within the framework of Islam.

In Cognitive Complexity, we need to understand why people adopt such approaches rather than to view what is being said. The current attitude due to Islamic indoctrination is wrong. Today, Muslims refer to themselves as Sunnis or Shi’a. They kill one another in God’s name in Syria but yet the Golan Heights remains unclaimed and untouched in the hands of Israel. This is the irony of Muslims today in their viewing of the Qur’an; that they fail to take in the wider picture; to realise that they are being used; that proxy wars are being made to reduce these nations to poverty. How is it possible for God to grant them victory? To sum up the disease: They do not serve God but their own selfish interest! We refer to it as the “NAFS”!

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