Witnessing the utter devastation of the December 2004 Tsunami takes my breath away each and every time. I have continually stressed that the faith-affiliations of the victims is completely immaterial. White, black, yellow, brown; Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist; it makes absolutely no difference. Fellow human beings have suffered tragic deaths, and it is our obligation to help them.
That being said, it has not escaped my mind's eye that the majority of victims are Muslim. They are my brothers and sisters, as the Quran tells me: "The Believers are but a single brotherhood..." (Quran 49:10). Whenever a Muslim suffers, it is my duty to help them as well. Why? Because the Muslims are one nation, or ummah: ""Verily, this nation (lit., "ummah") of yours is one nation (lit., "ummah") and I am your Lord, therefore serve Me" (Quran 21:92).
The Quran stresses this fact again and again: "Verily this nation of yours is one nation, and I am your Lord, therefore fear Me" (Quran 23:52). Also read: "The Believers, men and women, are protectors of one another..." (Quran 9:71). The sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) are full of traditions that detail how the Muslims are supposed to care about one another. In one of these, the Prophet said, "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself" (Bukhari, Muslim). In another saying, the Prophet said: "A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he neither oppresses him nor does he fail him..." (Muslim). In fact, the Prophet characterized the "ummah" as one body, and when one part is injured, the entire body feels the pain.
This fact explains why I was deeply offended by the comments of a RAND Corporation senior analyst. During a day long program sponsored by the New America Foundation and the NYU Law Center entitled, "Al Qaeda 2.0: Transnational Terrorism After 9/11," he said that one of the problems of today's Muslims is "Ummah-itis," a phenomenon of Muslims caring about what is happening to other Muslims around the world. The ending "itis" is Greek for "inflammation," and the connotation of "Ummah-itis" is that this caring for Muslims on the part of other Muslims is an affliction, a disease. Moreover, I understood his comments to mean that this "Ummah-itis" contributes to transnational "Islamic" terror.
Therefore, according to this analyst, my distress here in America at the murder and rape of Muslims in Bosnia; my disquiet for the oppression of Muslims in Palestine; my deep melancholy at the deaths of Muslims in Darfur; all these things are symptoms of a disease called "Ummah-itis." A complete fallacy. My concern about the suffering of other Muslims is an act of compassion for fellow believers that are denied their human rights. Caring about the welfare of fellow Muslims around the world is not an affliction, but an affirmation of faith and an integral part of the religious requirements of Islam.
This is not to say that Muslims, therefore, are free to care less about the suffering of human beings who are not Muslim. Too many Muslims have taken the verses which speak about the brotherhood of the believers to the extreme and concluded that the suffering of non-Muslims is unimportant. In fact, some even go as far as to say that a hurricane in Florida is "God's revenge" for the injustices America has committed against Muslims. I have said before--and say again--that this is callous and wrong.
Five times a day Muslims all over the world turn in prayer towards the first house of worship (the Kaba) in Makkah in submission to God.
On the contrary, Muslims must take their compassion for fellow Muslims to the next level and work to stop injustice and oppression wherever it may rear its ugly head. An injustice committed against anyone anywhere must be an affront to every Muslim everywhere. The Quran says that the Muslims are "the best nation brought forth for humanity" because they enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong and believe in God (Quran 3:110). Notice that the verse says Muslims were brought forth for "humanity" and not just Muslims.
Part of the reason Muslims may have to take up arms in a just war, according to the Quran, is to protect churches, synagogues, and mosques from destruction (Quran 22:40). The Quran is unflinching in its demand for Muslims to stand up for justice for all and not just other Muslims: "Believers! Stand out firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others for you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear God. For God is well-acquainted with all that ye do" (Quran 5:8).
Furthermore, the religiously-mandated concern about the welfare of other Muslims must never become a pretext for committing acts of violence and terrorism. Just because the Muslims of Chechnya have been oppressed by the Russians, this in no wise justifies the wanton murder of innocent schoolchildren, their parents, and their teachers in Beslan. Just because the Muslims of the Occupied Territories have been oppressed by the Israelis, this in no wise justifies the murder of innocent civilians in a pizza parlor or on a commuter bus in Tel Aviv; this in no wise justifies attacks on synagogues and Jewish cemeteries across the globe. Just because innocent Muslim civilians in Iraq have been killed because of the Anglo-American invasion, this in no wise justifies the vicious and brutal beheading of Nicholas Berg and Ken Bigley. This point cannot be under-emphasized.
I truly hope I misunderstood the RAND Corporation analyst when he spoke of "Ummah-itis." Perhaps he meant "Ummah-itis" to be the phenomenon of which I just spoke: justifying acts of murder and terror against all Westerners because of past and present oppression of Muslims by some Westerners. If this is indeed the case, then I wholeheartedly agree that "Ummah-itis" is a problem that needs to be solved.
If, on the other hand, he meant "Ummah-itis" to be the sincere concern and worry on the part of Muslims about the suffering of other Muslims across the globe, then I vehemently disagree. If my shedding of tears of pain at the sight of Muslims being killed in Darfur is "Ummah-itis"; if my deep concern about homeless survivors of the Tsunami is "Ummah-itis"; then, I don't want to be cured.
Hesham A. Hassaballa is a Chicago physician and writer. His forthcoming book, "The Beliefnet Guide to Islam," is due to be published by Doubleday in 2006. His blog can be visited at: www.hassaballa.org
By the way, Muhammad bin Abd' al-Wahhabi al-Tamimi an-Najdi was not born 150-200 years ago, it was more than that. You are telling me I don't know about the fitnah brought forth from this man, yet you yourself don't even know your information properly. Go and browse through the previous articles before this and go and read what I know about his fitnat al-wahhabiyya. the Uthmaniyya Ottoman rulers of the Islamic world cursed him, his own BROTHER, and his own FATHER wrote books against him saying that he was making his own sect, and further to that, Muhammad bin Abd' al-Wahhabi al-Tamimi an-Najdi stated cursed Imam al-Adham Abu Hanifa, and he further than that went and said that he (ibn Wahhab) was a better Mujtahid than Imam Abu Hanifah. Be careful in what you say, and make sure you know what you're talking about before you say anything. I do not have time to debate in comments sections with internet road ragers. If you want to have further discussion about this, take it to the Islamicity Forums.
Sufism and any other -ism = leads to Shirk against Allah (SWT) = leads to Kufr
Kufr = Hellfire for eternity.
So brother Akbar Khan desist form this kufr and worship Allah (SWT) alone by following the Quran and authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as documented in sahih Bukari and Muslim. These are the only two completely authentic books of Adheeth.
You would like to give the impression that you speak from a position of knowledge about Islam. But nothing could be further from the truth. You speak from a position of utter ignorance about Islam. Answer a few questions, AND PROVIDE THE EVIDENCE FROM THE QURAN AND THE SUNNAH OF THE PROPHET (pbuh): 1)Was Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) a Sufi or did he say now become Sufis or after my death become Sufis? 2)Were his companions, who Allah (SWT) called the best of mankind, Sufis? 3)What did Umar bin Khattab say to the people in the Masjid who were doing dhkir using pebbles to count? 4)Sufis celebrate the Prophets (pbuh) birthday. Did the Prophet(pbuh)and his companions do this during the life time of the Prophet (pbuh)? 5)Did the companions do this after the Prophets, (pbuh) death? 6)Did the Prophet (pbuh) say pray to me or any other person for you prayers to be answered by Allah (SWT)instead of directly to Allah (SWT)? 7)Did the Prophet(pbuh))say that when I am dead and in my grave pray to me or other pious dead people to have your prayers answered instead of Allah (SWT)? 8) Did the Prophet (pbuh) give tahwiz or any of his companions give tahwiz? 9)What do you read when you read Surah Fatiha in every rakah of every prayer? Here's a clue since you lack knowledge:- Ayat 4 and 5; You Allah (SWT) ALONE WE WORSHIP AND YOU ALONE WE ASK FOR FORGIVESNESS AND HELP. Not some 'saint' living or dead, nor the Prophet (pbuh) in his grave or any of his companions in their graves, or any other graves no matter how pious the people buried in them were. Nor do we adorn tahwiz, which is shirk.
If any of you have a problem with tassawuf, it is because you don't read books. All you keep doing is reading hadiths and qur'an on your own, and acting as if you know exactly what they mean. You know what a Muhaddith is. It is a person who is qualified in telling you the meaning of a hadith. You know what a Mufassir is? It is a person who is qualified in telling you the exegesis or explanation of a Qur'anic ayat. These people attain their levels of undersanding Qur'an and Hadith because they can give you a correct understanding of these hadiths of qur'anic ayats based on what is permissible to conclude from them. If a Qur'anic ayat says "Smite their necks," can I go by myself and without anyone else and tell everyone that the Qur'an allows the beheading of non-Muslims? NO....
I don't know how mnuch more I can stress this...it is mind boggling to me and I am literally shocked out of my mind that not ONE PERSON, NOT ONE PERSON, who is a Muslim on this website, has come out openly and talked about even following a madhab. I am shocked. The only person who has any understanding of having respect for what sunni scholars have said in the past before us, is PETER. No one else is even willing to understand that 80 percent Muslims in the world are HANAFI'S. Salaam.
3) Third type of knowledge is Fiqh which is of specific details of Islamic practice. Anyone can understand the first two types of knowledge, but not the third. An example is as follows I relate this hadith:
Anas ibn Malik (ra) said:
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, "Whoever prays the dawn prayer (fajr) in a group and then sits and does dhikr until the sun rises, then prays two rak'as, shall have the like of the reward of a hajj and an 'umra." Anas said, "The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: 'Completely, completely, completely'" (Tirmidhi, 2.481).
- Now a person could see this hadith, and say, oh well this means that I am not bound by my obligation to go and perform hajj and I have also done umra, so I do not need to go and perform my hajj now. But is that what this really means? In fact the difference here, if you read what a Sunni Islamic jurist has said, is that you may be getting the reward of performing hajj and umra, but there is a difference between getting the reward of something and lifting the obligation of Islam by actually performing the hajj. So dear Stober, if you take just that one single hadith, and try to tell me that is disproves the permissibility of tawassul or tassawuf, well I am sorry but it not only doesn't mention anything about them, so you have self servingly concluded that even though this hadith clearly states that no one is to be worshipped except Allah, it does not in any way disprove of the permissibility of seeking the intercession of the Holy Prophet Sal' Allahu 'Alaiyhi wa salam, or the Awliya Kiraam.
The hadith you mention is not being disputed, I agree with it. But Amir al-Mu'mineen Hadhrat Umar ibn al-Khattab (radi'Allahu anh') said those words at a certain time and for a certain reason. You have to understand that verses of the Qur'an and Hadiths of the Prophet (saaw) were said in accordance to a specific time and place, and for a specific purpose.
When you mention "whoever worhipped Muhammad, know that he is dead; if you worship Allah, then know that is everlasting and will never die," was said first of all by Amir al-Mu'mineen Khalifa Hadhrat Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (ra), and not Amir al-Mu'mineen Khalifa Hadhrat Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra). Abu Bakr (ra) said this statement to calm down Umar (ra), because upon the death of Rasool-Allah Muhammad (saaw), Umar (ra) was in such a disasterous mental state that he was going around threatening to cut off anyone's head who would utter the words that the holy Prophet (saaw) had left this duniya. It is established from this that Abu Bakr (ra) said those words to bring calm to Umar (ra) and anyone else who would raise Muhammad (saaw) to the status of Allah (swt).
I am a convert to Islam. I was raised Roman Catholic, but grew up in an area of the US that where Protestants were the vast majority of the population. I have to tell you, the divisions between Catholic and Protestant are wide and very often rather bitter. Hundreds of years ago the two sides warred with one another; many have died and the coflict is really a sad and unneccesary thing that has produced much suffering.
I mention this because some of the issues of the division are very similar (the same, really) to what I see going on here now and in the umma in general.
On the one side, we have Sufism, which has an inner, mystical dimension and a wisdom tradition.
On the other, we have those who feel that the Sufis try to place saints and mystical mumbo-jumbo between the Muslim and Allah. I won't discount this concern and we should all be careful that our practise is based on sound Islamic jurisprudence. However, I don't think that any real Sufi would tell you that you must follow them, their way or place saints between oneself and Allah or engage in special practices to aquire super powers (ha-ha). By the same token, I totally understand if some want a simple (I mean that in a good way) and straight-forward style of worship that makes sense readily and is practical for life in this world (taking the easy way, as Mr. Hussein put it).
I really think that it depends on which style works for you. As long as you maintain the 5 pillars, I see nothing wrong with doing extra or not doing extra (so to speak, I hope I am coming across the right way).
The reason why I say this is that I think further divisions within the umma is something we should avoid, and we should be tolerant of each other and work together in a spirit of community.
Brother Hudd, if you look through these posts, never ever did I want to shove anything down anyone's throats. Go back to the comment of the individual named "Muslim" and see my response. At that point, Mr. Akbar Hussein took it upon himself to openly declare that he wants me to be recruited by the US Military and die in Iraq? Now who is really pushing what down people's throats here? If you really lift the veil from your eyes brother, with no disrespect, then you will find that if someone wishes not to seek the intercession of Rasool-Allah (saaw), and other righteous Awliya, then that is their right. But at least stick to Sunni Aqeedah!
In the Sufi texts and practices that I have read, they have all focused upon placing the attention of the Muslim upon Allah; and by this I mean going above and beyond the obligatory duites of our 5 salahs with extra dua'as and meditations upon Allah. Surely, there is nothing wrong with meditating in prayer upon Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala. Bismallahir Rahmanir Rahim.
I wish you peace :) Salaam
He (Muhammad saaws) replied:
'Allah has defended the earth from consuming the flesh of Prophets,'
and if his body was not in his grave he would not have given this answer."
By Ibn Hajar al-Haythami in al-jawhar al-munazzam.
5)Rasul (saaws) said:
Man zara qabri wajabat lahu shafa`ati.
"Whoever visits my grave, it becomes incumbent upon me to intercede for him."
Narrated by al-Daraqutni, al-Dulabi, al-Bayhaqi, Khatib al-Baghdadi, al-`Uqayli, Ibn `Adiy, Tabarani, and Ibn Khuzaymah in his Sahih, all through various chains going back to Musa ibn Hilal al-`Abdiyy from Ubayd Allah Ibn Umar, both from Nafi`, from Ibn `Umar.
Dhahabi declared this chain hasan (fair) as narrated, in "Mizan al- i`tidal," vol. 4, p. 226: "Huwa salih al-hadith" which means:"He -- Musa ibn Hilal -- is good in his narrations." Al-Sakhawi confirmed him in the "Maqasid al-hasana", while al-Subki declared it sahih according to Samhudi in Sa`adat al-drayn 1:77. Ibn `Adiyy said: "He [Musa ibn Hilal] is most likely acceptable; other people have called him 'unknown' and this is not true... He is one of the shuyukhs of Imam Ahmad and most of them are trustworthy." al-Kamil fi al-Du`afa (6:2350). Albani declared him "thabit al-riwaya" (of established reliability) in his Irwa' 4:338. About `Ubayd Allah ibn `Umar al-`Umari: - Dhahabi calls him "saduq hasan al-hadith" [truthful, of fair narrations] al-Mughni 1:348; - Sakhawi says of him "salih al-hadith" [of sound narrations] al-tuhfat al-latifat 3:366; - Ibn Mu`in said to Darimi about him: "salih thiqat" [sound and reliable] al-kamil 4:1459.
This is one of the proof-texts adduced by the ulama of Islam to derive the obligation or recommendation of visiting the Prophet's grave and seeking him as "wasilat" (intermediary/means). See the chapter on visiting the Prophet's grave in Imam Nawawi's bk "al-Adhkar"
inn-Allaha qad Harrama `ala al-arDi an ta'kula ajsd al-anbiy'.
"Allah has defended the earth from consuming the bodies of Prophets".
A sound (sahih) tradition related on the authority of Aws ibn Aws al-Thaqafi by: Imam Ahmad in his Musnad, Ibn Abi Shaybah in the Musannaf, Abu Dawud in the Sunan, Nisa'i in his Sunan, Ibn Majah in his Sunan, Darimi in his Musnad, Ibn Khuzaymah in his Sahih, ibn Hibban in his Sahih, Hakim in the Mustadrak, Tabarani in his Kabir, Bayhaqi in Hayat al-anbiya', Suyuti in Anba' al-adkhiya, Dhahabi who confirmed Hkim's grading, and Imam Nawawi in the Adhkar.
Another version in Ibn Maja has this addition:
fa nabiyyallahi Hayyun yurzaq
"And the Prophet of Allah is alive and provided for."
Bayhaqi mentions it also in the Sunan al-kubra.
2)Rasul (saaw) said:
al-anbiy'u aHy'un fi qubrihim yuSalln
"The Prophets are alive in their graves, praying to their Lord".
A sound (sahih) tradition related on the authority of Anas ibn Malik (r) by: al-Bazzar in his Musnad, Abu Ya`la in his Musnad, Ibn `Adi in al-Kamil fi al-du`afa', Tammam al-Razi in al-Fawa'id, al-Bayhaqi in Hayat al-anbiya' fi quburihim, Abu Nu`aym in Akhbar Asbahan, Ibn `Asakir in Treekh Dimashq, al-Haythami in Majma` al-zawa'id (8:211), al-Suyuti in Anb' al-adhkiya' bi-hayat al-anbiya' (#5), and al-Albani, in Silsilat al-ahadith al-sahihah (#621).
3) Rasul (saaw) Said:
(laylata usra bi) marartu `ala Msa wa huwa q'imun yuSalli fi qabrihi
"(The night I was enraptured to my Lord) I saw Msa standing in prayer in his grave".
A sound (sahih) tradition related on the authority of Anas and others by Muslim, Nasa'i, and Bayhaqi in the dala'il al-nubuwwa and the Hayt. Some mention the beginning (in parentheses), while others omit it. Nawawi said in his explanation of this hadith: "The work of the next world is all dhikr and du`a" (sharH Sa
"[h]is fault was to be satisfied with his own view; had he paused he would have realized that there is no view superior to that of Allah's Messenger..."
Imagine...what is wrong with Muslims that we have started being satisfied with just our own reading of things, that we all of a sudden know Qur'an, ahadith all by ourselves? Refer to numerous hadith's of the prophet (saaw) concerning his actions, and how not only did ALL of his companions pledge bay'at (allegiance) to him, but furthermore they imitated him in every aspect of his actions. Further, the Sahaba's would always ask the prophet (saaw) to make du'a for them to Allah (swa). This is what was done during the life of the prophet (saaw). How can you worship Allah without recognizing the entire Kalimah as-Shahadat?? It is not just La ilaha il Allah!
If you wish to stop asking Allah's forgiveness because you cannot recognize LOVE for Allah's beloved (Muhammad (s)), then you might as well change your shahadat to just La ilaha il Allah.
I say NEVER, it is La Ilaha Il Allah, Muhammad ar-Rasool Allah, forever.
When you pray Salaah FIVE times a day, do you know what you're saying?
Assalaamu'Alaiyka, Ayyuha nabiyyu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
-Oh Prophet! May the peace and blessings and mercy of Allah be upon you.
This is INTERCESSION.
Further u say in Salaat:
Allahumma salee Ala Muhammad (s) wa Ala Alee Muhammaden Kama salayta, ala Ibrahim (as) wa ala Alee Ibrahima Innakka Hamidum Majeed.
=O Allah, shower mercy upon Muhammad (s) and his family, the way you showered mercy upon Ibrahim (as) and his family. You are Praiseworthy, Glorious.
May Allah also forgive "Akbar Hussain" in having such unfounded suspicions about any Muslim.
What concerns me "Akbar Hussain" is that you have a weird preconceived notion that just because I believe in Ihsaan as an integral part of my deen, that you assume that I am not hard working. You've never met me, why do you throw insults, did I do something to you personally? I've never met you? Does is click yet?
Actually I've worked many jobs. A waiter in a restaurant from 11 am - 11 pm 5,6 days a week for almost 10yrs and started when I was 14. I've worked as a salesperson, I've even cleaned up dog feces. My question to you "Akbar Hussain" is who are you to judge anyone? What makes you think that what you say will magically become true, just because you said it? LOL I honestly get a good laugh when I see a person such as yourself talking the way you do. It is very sad that you have so much anger and hatred inside of yourself, that you are not decent and civilized enough to prove yourself with fair and clean langauge, and further, you cannot even back up yourself when you say things. But the reality is "Akbar Hussain," that what you do and what you SAY are what make you who you are. That is why I prefer not to bark back at you the way you have been at me for a week! I rather let you take a deeeeep breath, and think over the kind of things you have posted. If you were so sure of yourself and your self prescribed belief system, you wouldn't be getting violent and defensive whenever I talk about Ihsan, would you? Remove your veils of hatred.
You're welcome to continue your personal attacks, but don't think that you are going to get your desired reaction. Be wise, not otherwise.
All respect to you, it is not me interpreting this hadith in my own way. This hadith was interpreted by the four fuqaha (Jurists of Islamic Jurisprudence), or otherwise known as the four jurors of the four schools of thought among Sunni Islam. I never claimed nor do I claim to be interpteting any hadiths on my own. Far from your claim, this is the last thing that I would want to do. Like I mentioned, if you read the writings of these four Sunni Jurists, you will find the same thing that I have. I too used to be skeptical of Sufism, Tasawwuf, Zuhd, Ihsaan. But when you begin to read about the practices of the Tabi'een and Tabi' Tabi'een (those who lived close to the time of Prophet Muhammad (saaw), and further look back even to the practices of the holy prophet's (saaw) companions, you will find that the concept of intercession has always been a part of Islam. No one says that you worship any graves. What you have to remember is that the status of a person in their grave is known as Barzakh. They are at a level where they are closer to the realm which Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala has concealed from the living people on Earth. This is the main reason why people ask for the intercession of pious Muslims who have passed on, because for one thing, they are closer to Allah than we are right now, and the second point is that when you visit a grave, you are reminding yourself of death, and to remind yourself to eventually prepare for the inevitable - that all of us will be facing death from this world sooner or later. This is not grave worship, please do not get the wrong ideas from what I am conveying about what Muslim scholars have said throughout Islamic history. You can read any books by classical sunni scholar. Let me begin with Qur'an:
"O you who believe! Fear Allah and seek a means (wasila) to him" (Sura al-Maida, 5:35)
What you fail to understand "Akbar Hussain" is that your concept of Islam is something that did not even exist during the time of hte prophet (saaw). In fact, Rasool-Allah (saaw) DID do the practices of Sufism - the major component of it being known as Ihsaan. Read Hadith Qudsi of Gibraeel (as):
Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 2, Number 47:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, "What is faith?" Allah's Apostle replied, 'Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection." Then he further asked, "What is Islam?" Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan." Then he further asked, "What is Ihsan (perfection)?" Allah's Apostle replied, "To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you." Then he further asked, "When will the Hour be established?" Allah's Apostle replied, "The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.
1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.
However, I must speak in defense of Akbar Khan, he is a good Muslim, and his beliefs are well-grounded in Islam; he can back up what he says and believes. But more than that, he is indeed a good man that I count as friend. Perhaps you don't agree with his philosophy (Sufism), that is fine; but the disagreement needn't be an overarching and personal condemnation (in my opinion). There is enough room in the world for multifarous views and beliefs and while we may not agree on everything, I think it is important to understand (or maybe remember would be a better word) that we have far more in common than different: We believe in One God and that Muhammad was His Prophet. I wish you peace and in no way mean to come across as confrontational or mean-spirited.
On the authority of Ibn Mas'ud, radiyallahu anhu, who said: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, said:
"The blood of a man who is a Muslim is not lawful (i.e. cannot be lawfully shed), save if he belongs to one of three (classes): a married man who is an adulterer; life for a life (i.e. for murder); one who is a deserter of his religion, abandoning the community."
[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
I suggest that you be careful in wishing that death come upon other Muslims, because this is not the teaching among the people of the Sunnah. Do not leave the majority of the Ummah in the world, the Ahl' as-Sunnah, and start wishing that death come upon people who simply wish to live their lives in peace, and affect a change in more meaningful manners than doing something the way you have prescribed, such as going to Iraq and all that other nonesense you are babbling on about. It is not permissible in Islam to shed the blood of another human being, and more importantly it is a great great sin to shed the blood or wish to shed the blood upon another Muslim like yourself. I would suggest to you to please refrain from such statements, and not because you think that I support American policies, but because it is plain and simple, it is against Islam and is forbidden by Allah subhanau wa ta'ala in the Qur'an.
Book 001, Number 0159:
Anas narrated from the Apostle (may peace be upon him) about the major sins. He (the Holy Prophet) observed: Associating anyone with Allah, disobedience to parents, killing a person and false utterance.
Have fun sitting in yoru halaqa inventing Islamic rules, when you know nothing about what most likely the madhab your ancestors followed, you don't even know what Imam Abu Hanifah says.
I feel pity for you that you say such insane things. May Allah guide you towards the straight path.
What is more, Sufism is a wonderful, erudtite expression of Islam that has absolutely nothing to do with the US. Sufism was here (on earth) long before the US; and Insha Allah, will be here for a long time to come. Shukram.
No one would castigate compassion. And no one will castigate the efforts of Muslims throughout the Ummah to improve and make more holy our communities, our families and our selves. But this path of jihad -- not against others but for the improvement of our selves -- is much less certain, much less finite, and much more diffiuclt.
It is our path.
The concept of one Ummah is an affirmation of the Islamic obligation for political, social and spiritual unity of the Muslims, especially in the face of adversity and challenges.These have been in great supply over the last few decades with the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Chechnya, Bosnia,Palestine etc which without exception have been aggressive wars by external powers against the body of the Ummah.
So the concept of caring for the issues of the Ummah is not simply a humanitarian issue (which we as Muslims must also extend to non-muslims) but a matter of ensuring the unity and cohesiveness of the Global Islamic society.
We must remember that in origin the Muslim Ummah was united in one state with a single leader for many centuries before the colonialisation of the Islamic world and the advent of nationalism that led to the creation of 50+ divided states, thereby weakening the Ummah as a whole.
Hence the RAND corps. description of this concept as 'Ummah-itis' is simply another attack against the concept of universal Islamic brotherhood and Unity amongst Muslims, when in reality this is an obligation on us.
Feeling for the suffering of those of one's own faith and ignoring or down-playing the suffering of others is admission of one's lack of the very values we are laying claim to. In other words, our claims are hypothical and bankrupt.
If we believe in Justice, it must be Universal Justice. If we claim that we must fight against injustices done to our person, community or nation and at the same time turn a blind eye to the injustices done to the rest among us then we must step down from our moral pedestals. For such an attitude helps unjust acts to flourish further in our world. Such a stance is neither religious nor ethical.
These errors are being committed not only by Muslims around the world today but also by non-Muslims everywhere who choose to create such false, artificial demarcations.
As Mulims, we need to turn to the Qur'an and our own selves to comprehend the marvellous balance and depth with which concepts such as Justice, Tawheed and Deen have been dealth within it.
And the voices that tell us that we may not use our reason and intellect to comprehend our Faith or the Qur'an must not be allowed to drown the clear and unambiguous Voice of the Word of Allah, Lord Almighty. In these discussions, we need to ask ourselves the question: Who gains, who loses?
Muslims need to learn to trust themselves more and professional, know-all religious leaders less.
Post 9/11 has given Muslims a wonderful opportunity to rethink their Deen and their lives. Let us make the most of it for ourselves and for all others--both Muslims and non-Muslims!
While we are on the subject of the tsunami ,I invite our readres to read the various disgusting statements made by christian Missionaries(see -latest Tsusanami news fromC&MA Canada, Christ for the island world etc.) where these Evangelists call Indonesia the land of Satan, resistent to Evangelism for centuries.In other places they say that the Lord has blessed them with a breakthrough in this region!So much for their "humanitarian"effort!
Manytimes, I wonder why expressions like these aren't broadcast in today's post 911 era when Islam is coming under attacks from many christian apologetics who often misquote or misapply muslim beliefs. For example: "... Islam just wants to kill ALL Christians and Jews...", " ... Islam is all about works or do's and dont's ..." and the old cliches of women being 2nd class citizens. We are to remind not only them, but muslims that Islam confirms, supports, and guards previous scriptures (Injeel-Gospel and Taurat-Torah) not replace or eradicate them. Suras 2:97, 3:3, 3:199. A true muslims does not call every Christian or Jew an infidel; only those fitting certain categories. Blatant ayats are 2:62, 5:69.
However, I rarely hear defenses such as these when western or christian apologetics hurl these statements at Islam.
I do agree that ones own interpretation and relationship with the Most Mericiful is key, but as muslims we are reminded to seek quidance from Allah SWT when we read the scriptures
Finally, because I live a majority christian society in the Southern USA, I often hear apologetics say that we do not worship the same G_d as they do. For once I would like to hear the follow response in defense of that: a true muslim's claim to his/her faith is not whether we worship the same G_d as you do, but we do claim and defend that we worship the same G_d as Jesus-Isa Son of Mary, David, Moses, Abraham-Ibrahim, Joseph, and all the patriachs mentioned in the Old Testament.
Your article so fittingly dissected the political landscape who try their hand in their hand at religion.
What bortheres and pains me is that the qualified amongst us are not taking the right steps to either neutralize such sarcastic and deregotary articles re our religion OR pay them back in the same coin!
The doctors diagnosis may be rigth but the treatment will have no affect on "them".
I have advocated and used a technique on the forums which is quite effective.As we the muslims are NOT enjoined to turn the other cheek for punishment, we pay them back in the same coin.
English language is very pliable and could be effectively used to reply to evoke the same feelings that they plan and plot to give us.
For eg , we publish their article and our answer-article should follow AND we must PUBLISH this to
teach OUR UMMAH not to take it lying down !!!
A few egs to illustrate the technique:
1. Use christianists when the use islamists
2. If they allude to terror , we allude to their crusades.
3. If they say we are killing our own people, we tell them the IRA killed their own people for over 40 yrs now.
4.We unaimously KEEP UP the a mass islamic theme:
" If you want to shake our hand in peace THEN YOU disarm your letheal nuclear arsenal first".
5. WMD are unsafe in THEIR HANDS coz they used it in Japan .....that decimation is still UNMATCHED !!!
Our media MUST HAVE A COMMON HIT BACK STRATEGY. What is painful, our media propagate THEIR words/concepts....islamist & now ummah-itis. We are pathetic followers !
I HOPE that your site would AT LEAST work on my suggestion insha'Allah
jazak Allah Khairan
Like all, I agree to disagree.
I happened to be watching the C-SPAN show, and like Hesham's, my blood boiled too when the said analyst mentioned this imbecilic term.
If I were at the meeting, I would have asked the analyst if he came up with the term himself. Then I would I would have told him "You just don't get it, and if I were your boss, I'd fire you for coming up with a superficial analysis." The mere use of such a term bespeaks his lack of understanding of the religion and its followers.
In business and investment circles, we we talk endlessly about the world being global. In the same vein, Muslims are global citizens, and our religion, expects us to care for our communities thoughout the globe.
Salaam to all.