Trump and the spread of Islam.

“It is possible that you may dislike something but it is better for you.”

This is a quote from chapter two of the Qur’an and nothing demonstrates this more than the Trump presidency in the United States.

A great scholar of Islam once that those who are opposed to his da’wah (call to Islam) spread it more than he and those who assist him spread it. With the recent ban of Muslims from seven countries I have seen the following:

1. Much of the American public has shown solidarity with immigrant Muslims to the point that in some airports they have shielded the Muslims when they were praying.

2. Many of the Muslims who were afraid to even speak Arabic in an airport are now unafraid to pray in droves in these same airports.

3. American public awareness of Islam as a religion is growing even though media outlets try to besmirch its image.

Hence, having patience and being upright rather than being fearful and anxious is the means to victory. And as the Salaf said: Be patient until the evil becomes dormant.

Trump will only be there for 4 year (or less if he gets impeached) and Allah, who controls the heavens and the earth remains.

It is not like this Oh Linda Sarsour that you tie a camel!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين و الصلاة و السلام على رسوله الكريم على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم

Right now the Muslim world is facing a number of crises. Firstly, that which comes from those outside of the fold of Islam and secondly that which comes from those within the fold of Islam.

Regarding the second crisis it is obvious that in this time Muslims in the west are face to face with an “American Islam.” A concoction of western liberalism with a splash of Muslim identity. Such a wretched innovation in our beautiful religion directs many western Muslims, especially the youth to:

Reject the way of the Salaf

Reject the scholars

Categorically reject the culture of Muslim countries (although some aspects of culture is categorically rejected)

Full embrace of “American” and “British” values.

Dismantle the foundational principles of the religion.

And from those foundational principles is that Islam directs the Muslim to lofty moral character and prohibits immoral actions. to this Allah has said regarding his Prophet:

“ِAnd verily you are of high moral character.”

And the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) himself said:

“I have been sent in order to complete lofty moral character.”

That being said, homosexuality is a major sin and a characteristic of those of lowly moral character. According to all religious texts it is an ungodly abomination and an affront to the natural disposition of human and animal species. Allah has said regarding this:

“And Lut when he said to his people do you commit an evil that no one else before has committed.Verily you approach men with desires other than women , rather you are a people who are an evil people.” [A’araf 80-81]

If we really reflected upon the Qur’an we would see the following:

  1. That this action of homosexuality is an evil.
  2. That it was unprecedented before the time of Lut.
  3. The fact that Lut informed them regarding this abomination.
  4. That they approached men rather than women which is contrary to how Allah has created mankind.
  5. That those who commit acts of homosexuality are a people who are evil.

Then comes Linda Sarsour, an American Muslim who is a political activist who said on her twitter feed:

“Opposition 2 gay marriage today is same as opposition 2 interracial marriage 50 years ago. Majority folks will get over it. #marriageequality.”

Gay marriage is a new phenomenon which hasn’t existed until modern times. Now, in the passage of the Qur’an there was clear disapproval of homosexual relationships outside the fold of marriage. Hence, it becomes even worse when such a reprehensible, abominable act becomes sanctified as a lawful relationship between two parties.

Secondly, gay marriage is not a case of marriage equality it is a case of western decadence, degeneration and immorality.  Activism and fighting for the rights of human beings doesn’t mean that one should fight for that which is morally wrong.

Thirdly, gay marriage should never be equated to interracial marriage. Interracial marriage is the union of a man and a woman of dissimilar ethnic groups. Gay marriage involves an immoral union between two men of similar or dissimilar ethnic groups.

In the first case there was no moral justification to condemn interracial marriage except bigotry, conflated stereotypes and racism. In the case of the marriage of two men there is clear moral justification from scripture (such as the Qur’an) to condemn such a union.

And those who don’t know their history should be cognizant of the fact that although racist white America disapproved of racial mixing within marriage they were involved in a similar process during and after slavery outside the boundaries of marriage (many white men had black mistresses and fathered mulatto children). However, during the post-reconstruction period of American History the black man was characterized as a sexual predator whose aim was to hunt down white women and upon that irrational fear of the union between black men and white women interracial marriage was banned in many states.

Additionally, and I do indeed say additionally, where are these activists when it comes to real issues of discrimination in American society such as police brutality toward unarmed African Americans? It is a travesty that we who claim Islam can fight for an immoral, abominable cause and keep silent regarding a real human rights issue. Maybe such moral stances is based upon what is fashionable and not what is correct.

As Muslims we need to abandon willful ignorance and return to the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the blessed Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Furthermore, we need to avoid liberalism under the cover of eloquent speech and Islamic identity.

Allah’s help is sought.

Shirk among Muslims in Trinidad.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين و الصلاة  و السلام على  رسوله الكريم على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم.

Among the serious problems we have in Trinidad is Shirk in Tawakkul (reliance upon Allah عز و جل). There are those in the Muslim community who engage in acts which are clearly contradictory to Tawheed. From them are:

1.The use of talismans (ta’weez) which have other than Qur’an on it. I saw one which had the names of Muhammad, Jibreel, Israfeel, Izra’eel (who supposed to be the angel of death), Mikaeel, ‘Ali and Faatimah.

2. The use of Jinns to take out Jinns. This is popular in Trinidad among the so called “jinn men” who upon hearing about a situation send their Jinns to assess it and use them to remove Jinns from the possessed person.

3. Those who do healing through “spiritual language” which is not understood by the layman. Their ignorance is so compounded that some even believe that the spiritual language may not necessarily be Arabic. There was even the case where one devil recited half the Faatihah in Arabic and half in Hebrew.

Additionally, many Muslims in Trinidad have the belief that Qur’an, Masnoon Du’as and Prophetic Medicine are not enough to heal the one possessed. Rather, their belief is that one must go to someone who has the “ability” to the point that the issue of making partners in Allah does not take precedence in their minds. The verse in Surah Yusuf where Allah says:

“و ما يومن اكثرهم بالله الا و هم مشركون”

That most of them don’t believe in Allah except that they make Shirk. (Yusuf: 106)

And from those who engage in their actions and encourage them are men who are supposed to be learned and have been given titles like “Mufti” and “Maulana” and “Haafiz” within our community. They are paid thousands of dollars for their quackery with individuals and families entering into Shirk from the front door.

And Allah’s help is sought.

Jarh and Tadlees spubs style

After it was said that Sh. Fawzaan warned from the likes of Yahya Al Hajoori by Amjad Rafeeq on this link:

http://www.manhaj.com/manhaj/articles/xbajs-shaykh-saalih-al-fawzan-warns-from-studying-with-the-likes-of-al-hajuri-who-have-no-firm-grounding-in-knowledge.cfm

And after Mustafa George made various analogies regarding Sh. Fawzan’s visit to Sh. Yahya saying maybe Sh. Fawzan went to advise Sh. Yahya about his errors and bid’ah. This phone call took place between someone in the United States and Sh. Fawzaan:

https://safeshare.tv/submit?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D5MlPM-wo5to

On this juncture the request to spubs is as follows:

1. PUBLICLY apologize for writing and speaking contrary to that which has occurred.

2. Leave off their Jarh and Tadlees for the following reasons:

(i) Sh. Fawzaan doesn’t mean that he is unknown (majhool). Rather the audio shows that  he doesn’t personally know him and has only heard good about him relayed by others.On the flip side if one were to say that Sh. Fawzaan praised a person who was completely unknown regarding his condition this would be an improper accusation to level at the Shaikh.

(ii) This is seen as an appraisal (Ta’deel) as he relied upon the statements of others (who he sees as trustworthy) to say: “Listen to him.” And in the books of Jarh Wa Ta’deel one would find that scholars would build their praise or disparagement upon what was relayed to them by trustworthy individuals. 

(iii) As for the disparagement of some scholars and spubs it was built upon lies, half truths and statements taken completely out of context.

Truth be told if they can say that Sh Yahya praises the Shia, loves others to overpraise him, has spoken ill about the Sahabah more than anyone else (Shamsudeen of Daar Us Sunnah), and has spoken ill of the Prophet (which constitutes Takfeer), and furthermore indirectly implicate Sh. Fawzaan in their shenanigans then it would be easy for them to spin around Sh. Fawzan’s recent speech to mean other than that which was said.

#spubs Jarh Wa Tadlees

 

 

 

 

Hamza Yusuf in a nutshell and racism.

Well in a nutshell in case we forgot:

Hamza Yusuf is a Sufi, Ashari, promoter of Shirk (Qaseedah Burdah) and Bid’ah in the West who said that the most sacred place on earth is the grave of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم). He is also an extreme Muqallid of the Maliki madhab and associates with the likes of Habeeb Jifri; who calls to the worship of graves and shrines and the likes of them. That should be enough for us to be outraged, to distance ourselves from him and to warn others from his misguidance.

His comments regarding the struggles of African Americans also shows his extreme ignorance regarding the political, social and economic history of the United States as it relates to African descendants. Making foolhardy and rash statements that satisfy the white political oligarchy as well as many Muslim American immigrants who wish not to associate with the lower echelons of American society is not from the Sunnah. Rather the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) addressed it head on without any room for interpretation.

For the record the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Upon you is to hear and obey even if it is an Ethiopian slave as if his head is (dark) like a raisin.”

Some foolish orientalists have interpreted this statement as one of racism. However, this is how he chose to address the Arabs as they disliked those of African descent. So he demonstrated that one’s skin colour was not a deficiency.

He also said to Abu Dharr when he called Bilaal the son of a black woman: “Did you find deficiency in him because of his mother. Verily you are a man who has Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance).”

He also said as narrated in Adab Al Mufrad by Imam Al Bukhari: “Whoever takes pride in his ancestry then let him bite unto the private part of his father.”

He also said: “There is no preference of an Arab over a non Arab or a white over a black…”

Hence, unlike the soft and tamed responses of many Muslims toward Hamza’s remarks (and racism in general) the Prophetic methodology was to take this matter head on in the face of those who have racism within their hearts. He also said as narrated in Saheeh Muslim:

“Three things from Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance) would remain in my Ummah. Taking pride in one’s lineage, cursing those of others and Niyahah (screaming and ripping off clothes at the death of someone).”

Hence, the one who is racist is not only ignorant but has an aspect of pre-islamic ignorance. The phrase Jahileeyah affected the companions so much that the great Sahabee, Abu Dharr, upon hearing the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) went to Bilaal, put his head to Bilaal’s feet, apologized and asked Bilaal to stamp on his head.

But to Hamza racism is just another sign of ignorance which in itself proves the extent of his ignorance regarding Islam’s stance on racism.

And for the information of those out there who don’t know there were many Africans (yes black people) who played a very important role in early Islam. Just to name a few:

Bilaal Al Habashi, the first Mu’addhin.

Summayah the first matyr of Islaam

Najashi, the king of Ethiopia and his priests.

Mahajja the first matyr of Badr.

Bareerah who was freed by ‘Aisha.

Umm Barakah the first one who nursed the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) after his mother died.

Aslam the servant of ‘Umar Ibn Khattab.

Zaid Ibn Aslam who was one of the narrators of Muwatta’

Sa’eed Ibn Jubair who was seen as the most knowledgeable of the Tabi’een.

‘Ataa Ibn Rabaah who was a scholar of Tafseer.

Usama Ibn Zaid who led Muslim armies at 17 years old after the death of the Prophet.

Wahshi who killed Musailamah Al Kaddhab.

Naafi’ the servant of Ibn ‘Umar who brought to us the two recitations of Qaaloon and Warsh.

And there are many more who I didn’t mention and are found in a book called the raising of the status of Africans (Arabs used to refer to all Africans as Ethiopians) by Imam As Suyooti.

The Sahabah didn’t see race as an issue. Africans, as is observed by the list I wrote here, were prominent in the intellectual, political and social development of the early Islam. The likes of this took place with Malcolm X in the 1960s who by Allah’s will made Islam a household name and even presented it as a solution to America’s racial problems!

It is disturbing to see that in 2016, almost 50 years after the assassination of brother Malcolm that immigrant Muslim Americans have compressed themselves into a bubble wherein they boisterously applaud their ambivalence and nonchalance regarding the struggles of those who were pivotal in the development and existence of Islam in the U.S.

Sadly enough, amidst this ambivalence and nonchalance all and sundry cry foul when Trump is selected!

SMH!

#RIS2016

 

 

 

Diseases of the Ummah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين و الصلاة و السلام على رسوله الكريم على نبينا محمد و على اله  و صحبه و سلم

My dear brothers and sisters,

This is a very long topic that can be spoken about and has been spoken about by many of the scholars and students of knowledge of the past and the present. In this post I will just attempt to summarize them in order that the reader has a brief synopsis regarding this matter.

Firstly, the origin of these diseases are two as Imam Al Barbahari mentioned in his book Sharh Us Sunnah. They are ignorance (resulting in doubts) regarding the religion which can be cured by knowledge and desires which can be cured by struggling against oneself, doing good deeds and befriending the righteous.

Secondly it is upon each individual to look within himself to see as to whether or not one or both of these diseases exist within his heart.

Thirdly, one can divide the diseases as follows:

1.Diseases wherein opposition to the Sunnah becomes manifest. And these are the primary diseases of Shirk (associating partners with Allah) and Bid’ah (innovation).

2. Diseases wherein one oppresses himself such as witnessing evil, tabbaruj (when women dress in a manner which doesn’t go according to the requirements of hijab), engaging in illegal transactions such as Riba etc. Some of the other diseases which are included within this category may not manifest themselves but rather dwell within the heart. Diseases such as pride, arrogance, selfishness, jealousy, hatred, love of power, extreme love of money, racism etc.

3. Diseases wherein one oppresses himself and another person by stealing from them, hitting them, back-biting, slandering, swindling them etc. And at times diseases of the heart can be manifested through the limbs.

Additionally, let us look at this scenario.

If someone is sick in bed because he has many physical diseases such as arthritis, H1N1, Ebola etc. and someone attacks his house he would be unable to defend it. He may have to crawl out of bed being barely able to even lift himself up.

So how about an Ummah that has so many spiritual diseases within them?!

We cry for Allepo and Burma but we supposed to cry more because we are incapable of helping them why?

Not because of the lack of military power, or lack of strategical expertise. Also it is not wise to throw the blame on the rulers because the reality is that they are ruling citizens whose souls are ridden with diseases and weaknesses that only ourselves and Allah know.

Why are we not able to give da’wah, give charity, do extra deeds of worship, seek Islamic knowledge, treat our womenfolk and children well and be exemplary Muslims?

Our sins.

Our souls are like the bodies in the hospitals that are bedridden with little activity. We are bedridden with the evil of ourselves and our actions and no eloquent speech or rounds of ammunition (as the cartoon caliphate thinks) would change that. It is a must that we return to Allah ‘Azza Wa Jall.

Furthermore what is worse is that the Salaf hid their sins and we are emboldened by them.

We take pride in being rude boys, gunslingers and players. And our sisters take pride in being fashionistas.

Many take pride in doing their innovation and Shirk.

Many embolden themselves with pride, boastfulness and overt racism.

And… we want to make Islam GREAT again.

Remember that physical diseases and epidemics destroy and annihilate human beings. However, these spiritual diseases have destroyed the Ummah. We must understand that advancing Islam does not come through:

-Unification with those who have opposed to Allah and his Messenger.

– Eloquent speech.

-“Modernising” Islam.

Note: There is nothing wrong with learning the worldly knowledge of any civilization and in fact the Muslims supposed to be the game changers in these worldly sciences. However, our ideological constructs must remain constant which is to follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf.

– Arms and Ammunition.

-Protests and marches.

-Sloganism etc.

Rather it is a must that the Muslims firstly recognize that all power is with the creator of the heavens and the earth. Secondly, we as individuals and an ummah at large must recognize that these diseases are present and thirdly we must find a solution to our individual and societal malaise using the book of Allah and the Sunnah.

و الله اعلم

Why Alleppo?

Correction added

Musa Millington

A lot of us are shocked and saddened at the atrocities going on in Alleppo currently. Thousands of people have been barrel bombed and are currently being massacred on site by Shia militias from both Iran and Hizbullah (something which Unitarians like the Ikhwaan Ul Muslimeen don’t want us to acknowledge). But what is the reason why the Ummah is so weak and impotent that military aid is not forthcoming from the Ummah?

Again we have to look at the Hadeeth of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said regarding this:

1. The Hadeeth in Abu Dawud wherein he said: “If you trade in ‘Eeenah (a type of interest), and hold unto the tails of cattle and become pleased with farming and leave off Jihaad (fighting for the sake of Allah according to how he has legislated) then Allah would bring humiliation upon you and he would not remove…

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