Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah,
For the past few months I have been observing the condition which the Western Muslims are in. The predicaments we face in the West range from Islamophobia and ISIS to liberalism and atheism. These problems are indeed not trivial in any sense and are indeed important to tackle. However, these are not the worst of our problems.
The ideological war against Islam has existed for centuries hence it is not surprising that modern day European intellectuals have shifted their goalposts upon launching their attacks. However, what is disturbing is the fact that the Muslims have not equipped themselves with the necessary ammunition in order to deal with such attacks.
If many do not understand my language, I have not become a follower of Yasir Qadhi, NAK or Mufti Menk. Rather, what prompted me to write this was the statement that the time used to clarify a matter of Tawheed/Shirk could have been used more wisely in discussing the state of the Ummah, its youth etc.
The three names aforementioned have indeed set up clear maxims in their da’wah thereby diverting the youth from focusing on that which is most important. They flee from topics which would clarify the proper Islamic belief and distinguish it from its opposite. They dismiss these issues of Aqeedah saying that they are abstract and hence unsuitable to discuss due to modern predicaments. Hence, the clarity which the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم brought to this Ummah regarding its belief and that which opposes it is sacrificed for a superficial pseudo-unity between sects which have diametrically opposing beliefs regarding Tawheed in worship, Asmaa Wa Sifaat, pre-destination etc.
And right there the danger presents itself. If proper emphasis is not giving to ‘Aqeedah then how is it possible to treat with these ideological threats which are meant to dismantle it? The reality is that the majority of the youth who are shaken by these different ideological currents do not understand the difference between Tawheed and Shirk which is the basis of Islam.
Hence, although European nations try their utmost to attack Islam as a religion we find that many prominent international callers to Islam disregard clarifying its essence (Tawheed) in order to gather large numbers. And although some answers are given to pertinent questions, those who listen to these callers are often left vulnerable, bewildered and confused regarding the path which they should thread upon as Muslims. Such destructive propaganda is delivered to large audiences while many of them may have and would remain with beliefs which may be categorized as Kufr or Bid’ah.
May Allah guide us to the straight path.