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.