From politics is to leave off politics

This is a famous statement made by Shaikh Naasir Ud Deen Al Albani wherein he demonstrated that delving into international politics is not for everyone. Rather, it is for those who specialize and are experienced in these matters. This past weekend, Donald Trump’s Riyaadh visit definitely displayed the vast difference between seasoned diplomats and armchair politicians.

If one looked at the whole anti-terrorism conference one would have noted the following:

  1. The hospitality that himself and his band of merry men were treated with in Saudi Arabia.
  2. The fact that before Trump’s speech King Salmaan criticized those who discriminate against others based upon nationality (and this was a hallmark in Trump’s campaign)
  3. That Trump was invited to speak in front of over 50 Muslim heads of state. And Trump HAD to be diplomatic and said the following:

i. That terrorism has no religion

ii. That most of the victims of terrorism are Muslims

ii. That Islam is one of the world’s great religions and a religion of peace

iii. That there is land in Saudi Arabia which is sacred

4. Trump himself had to hear about the anti-terrorism efforts made by Muslim             nations and meet several heads of state.

In other words, through extremely sharp and astute diplomacy King Salmaan was able to bring Trump to nullify months of anti-Muslim rhetoric within 30 minutes. And I am sure that this sent shock waves throughout the Right Wing establishment who will definitely see Trump as a traitor who has annulled  their cause for white power.

It is a possibility that as Western Muslims we may not understand the wisdom of such diplomacy because as a minority our diplomacy may have been based upon political confrontation. But at times we have to keep an open mind and understand that there may be different ways to get the same result.

Notwithstanding the fact that there are issues where constructive criticism is warranted (and this is done in front of the ruler not on the internet and the streets) we have to have a proper understanding regarding the possible relationships that Muslims and Non-Muslims can have according to the legislation. And once we build our understanding of this issue upon knowledge rather than street talk and rhetoric a proper judgment can be made.

Hence, although I dislike Trump and his racist, narcissistic, bullying mentality we should not make our dislike of individual propel us to opposing the injunctions of Islam.

And Allah knows best.

Poem against Anti-Black racism

Assalamu Alaikum,

This poem is called “Raising the status of the Africans” which is based upon a book by Imam As Suyuuti. I composed it because there is a lot of anti-black racism in the Muslim community. Hence, in these lines I made mention of the contributions of Africans to Islam the world over.

https://app.box.com/s/aaqhby594tj3jec876e47rwxul4ncrv2

Choices and holding onto the Sunnah

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله

From the belief in Allah’s decree is that mankind, in addition to being under Allah’s decree has choice. And the choices we make in each moment in our lives determines as to weather righteous deeds or evil deeds are written for us.

As Muslims we supposed to make choices in accordance to what Allah has commanded in his book. Practicing tawheed, the sunnah, engaging in acts of righteousness and distancing oneself from evil are choices that we must make in order to gain Allah’s pleasure. It is important that we make a conscious decision to completely submit to Allah ta’ala in order to obtain aid, certainty and fortitude from him.

But what are the instruments that would make us submit completely to Allah’s will?

These instruments are the two revelations which Allah has sent; his book the Qur’an and the Sunnah of our beloved Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in accordance to the understanding of our companions and the scholars who nurture the Ummah upon sound knowledge. Every good comes from following them and every evil comes from abandoning them.

Hence all the evils of Shirk, innovations, partisanship, decadence, preference of the intellect over the texts etc. all come from us not holding on firmly to the Sunnah.

My next point is that amongst ourselves who say we are Salafi there is a prevalent misconception wherein we view the scholars as our target of submission rather than what Allah has sent down. Hence, instead of the scholars being in the position of stars (or a compass) which direct us to the correct understanding of the Qur’an and the Sunnah (in other words a means to an end) we take the scholars as the destination instead. And as Imam Ash Shatibi mentioned this is misguidance.

Now, some idiot may try to insinuate from my speech, and they know themselves well, that I am calling to the abandonment of the scholars. In no way I am advocating that but rather what is being advocated in these paragraphs is for the Salafis not to blind-follow anyone, whoever it may be.

And to do this, we must read more of the Qur’an and its Tafseer and the Ahadeeth and their explanations and we must take from reputable sources when understanding both. It is inappropriate and downright disheartening when someone sees the position of the Salaf and reputable scholars in plain sight and simply rejects it in order to aid and adhere to his/her group. Various words are used and a plethora of tricks are devised in order to steer others from the way of Allah. Information control, fellowships based upon sin and transgression and total disregard for valid scholarly opinions are features of such a sad state of affairs SIMPLY because we choose not to memorize, revise and reflect upon that which was revealed by Allah.

May Allah bring this as a guidance to many.

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.

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?

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 it until you return to your religion.”

In this Hadeeth you have 5 major points:

(1) The Muslims would engage in widespread major and minor sins and would employ trickery to make it seem that they are blameless in doing such.

(2) The Muslims would hold stringently unto the life of this world and would forget the hereafter.

(3) The Muslims would leave off acts of obedience and from these acts is legislative Jihaad (not the ISIS, Al Qaeeda suicide bomber, killing innocent people type).

(4) That humiliation and its removal of it is in the hands of Allah. And the reasons for such humiliation has been elaborated upon in points 1,2 and 3.

(5) That the means to remove such humiliation is by returning to the religion. By doing acts of obedience, staying away from acts of disobedience and directing one’s life to the hereafter rather than this world.

The second Hadeeth which is in Abu Dawud states:

“… (Allah) will put into your hearts Wahn (weakness). The companions asked: “And what is weakness?” He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Love of this world and hate of death.”

This demonstrates our weakness in military prowess. During and after the Prophet’s death the Sahabah faced armies that were far more militarily advanced than themselves. In the battle of Badr the Quraish had far more weaponry and personnel. So to in the battles against Persia, the Eastern Roman Empire and the Visigoths of Spain. But the difference was that they had Imaan, righteous deeds and hearts that were directed toward the hereafter rather than this world.

 

Another thing also we have to stop this narrative of “they”. We often hear that “they” are suffering in Palestine or “they” are suffering in Alleppo or “they” are suffering in Burma. No, we are all suffering in Palestine, Alleppo, Burma, Kashmir etc. But what do we have to do? What is the solution?

Do we protest on the street?

Do we go to Syria to join the Cartoon Caliphate of ISIS?

Do we go and speak ill of our Muslim rulers?

No, rather what we have to do is be better Muslims, every single one of us and that is the first step to victory as a people. Secondly I ask that Allah ta’ala brings one united voice among the current Muslim rulers either to defend those who are being oppressed or direct stern words toward their oppressors.

Lastly, this is not new to the Ummah. The Crusaders filled the streets of Jerusalem with blood, the Tatars filled the streets of Baghdad with blood and now the Nusairis and Shi’a are filling the streets of Alleppo with blood. The challenge is will our current response be that of Salahudeen Al Ayyubi and Ibn Taymeeyah or would it simply be protests, consolations and blame directed to our rulers (which is against the creed of Ahlus Sunnah)?