Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
My dear brothers and sisters. What is happening these days is that graduates of reputable Islamic institutions (Azhar and Madeenah Universities) are making statements that are even unbecoming for the most ignorant of Muslims. These days the likes of Yasir Qadhi, Suhaib Webb, Omar Sulaimaan, Nu’man ‘Ali Khan and others have added the words ; just add water, to their several concoctions regarding the Qur’an, Hadeeth and the legislation.
This ideological attack pontificated by these speakers and their adoring fans is that which seeks to eat away the very essence of Islam. Orthodox notions regarding scripture, legislation and modesty are now being replaced with an ‘American Islam’. An Islam which sees the Qur’an as being subject to human interference, belittles our pious predecessors and scholars and eradicates the standard boundaries of decency. An Islam wherein one can pose for playboy, stand in solidarity with homosexuals, shave one’s beard completely and even attend the concerts of popular artistes. All of this under the guise of an ‘Islamic ideological evolution’, wherein the constructs of true Islam have to be demolished in order to keep up with modernity.
But food for thought. As a society, citizens of the United States are at loggerheads as to what is American and what is not. Hence, it is quite sad that these so called clerics feel the need to make Islam American when the definition as to what is American has not been decided upon after more than 200 years.
Secondly, Islam has been in the United States for hundreds of years. In the 1960s with the likes of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali it re-emerged. And although some of the things they did were not according to divine legislation (due to knowledge not coming to them) the Islamic stance regarding homosexuality, modesty etc. were not challenged. However, in order for the likes of these speakers (most of them from the Maghrib institute) to reach a mainstream audience (mostly white middle class audience) they need to pander to the whims and fancies of the latter.
In conclusion, this ideological battle is claiming many who are not blessed with the light of practicing Islam according to the Qur’an and Sunnah. And the only way to counter it is through knowledge. Likewise, in order to create a good impression of Islam one does not need to compromise it. Rather, if the adherents of Islam nowadays were to practice that which the Prophet and the companions practiced it would serve as immediate propagation to those unenlightened regarding the teachings of our noble religion.
May Allah protect us from the likes of the Maghrib Institute, its teachers and its affiliates.