Islam: A Call to Life Not a Call to Death
"O, our Lord, make us surrender ourselves unto Thee, and make out of our offspring a community that will surrender itself unto Thee, and show us our ways of worship, and accept our repentance: for verily, Thou art the Acceptor of repentance, the Dispenser of Grace. O, our Lord! Raise up from the midst of our offspring a messenger from among themselves, who shall convey unto them Thy messages, and impart unto them revelation as well as wisdom, and cause them to grow in purity: for verily, Thou above art almighty, truly wise." (Quran 2:128:129)
These verses, in the form of a supplication, became our prayer since the days of Prophet Abraham, both for ourselves and our generations to come. By uttering these words, the worshipper seeks that combination of faith, worship, vision, knowledge, wisdom and purity that is an elixir of guidance and success in this life as well as through the eternal life of the hereafter. Our need for this supplication and for this awareness was accentuated by the recent flurry of horrific terrorist attacks which have claimed over 130 lives in less than a month.
Two weeks ago, we saw how a group of young Muslims swallowed the bait of fiery rhetoric riddled with out-of-context verses spun in order to serve a nihilistic ideology of anger and despair offered to them disguised as Islam. Within a short period of time, these young men fell prey to the hate-filled dogma and were transformed into beings capable of blowing themselves up, taking with them innocent lives whom God has also blown in them from his spirit and "conferred dignity on the children of Adam" (Quran 7:70) which cuts through barriers of race, gender and creed.
As they commit the crime against themselves and others, they drag with them the reputation and image of the religion they claim to venerate. They not only violate its basic teachings, but disfigure the message of "mercy to the worlds" into a justification for cruel, cowardly and repulsive behavior. In this way, hearts that were supposed to be opened to the word of God got closed and minds that were hoped to have been opened to the light of guidance are shut.
In the face of such a stunning challenge, experts and commentators continue to discuss whether this is a British, American, global, political or security problem. While they may all be correct, from our prospective as Muslims, we believe that this is our very own challenge to tackle. We are now talking about our future generation, a generation that has proven in every way how bright, distinguished and capable it is. If we lose one, just one of them, to this counterfeit Islam it is one too many.
It is our responsibility -- young and old, parents, sons and daughters, teachers and students, leaders and activists -- to rally together to plug the holes through which the distorting predators pass through and push the substances that kill brain cells and fill hearts with despair and hate.
There are certain basic principles of Islam which need to be highlighted, emphasized and shared especially now:
1. This religion of ours is based on thinking. Those who do not think are not addressed by Islam. The message is "Li qawmin yaaqiloon," which means "to people who think". The signs of God are revealed to those who use their brains to reflect, ponder, analyze and contemplate, which are all characteristics mentioned in the Quran as a prerequisite of a believer. Those who cancel their intellect or relegate their thought process to others are reduced to be like animals or even worse. It is in the absence of thinking that people can be misled, blinded by emotions, hypnotized by false prophets, brain washed, tunnel-visioned and deprived of wisdom. Free thinking is an Islamic duty.
2. In this religion of ours, each person is individually responsible, accountable and answerable to God. We are born individually, we die individually and we will be called for the Day of Judgment individually. Each is accountable up to his or her own individual capacity to understand. This ought to protect against mob reactions, herd mentality, and cultist belonging or blind following. No group, party, association or tribe will protect or speak for a person on that Day except for an individual's intention and deeds.
3. Our religion is a call to life and success, not a call to death and despair. The Quran says: "O you who have obtained to faith, respond to the call of God, the Apostle, whenever he calls you unto what will give you life..." (Quran 8:24). Five times a day, the call to prayer calls individuals to success "Hai Al Al Falah", which means "come to success". Our young people are called to life, a gift from God that is to be cherished and appreciated, not trashed and trivialized.
In this life they should reach the peak of success. They should master the skills, power of knowledge and enlightenment. They should be qualified to enjoin what is right and forbid what is bad, evil and unjust, in a constructive guided way that actually and realistically may make a difference. We are people who love life but are not intoxicated by it. During our life on this planet, we pursue happiness and we vie with others to capture goodness as the Quran teaches. We seek life, not death, but if death comes, we hopefully accept it as the will of God who designed the end of the worldly phase. We practice life, we promote it and celebrate it.
We don't go out seeking to die, and needless to say, we don't deliberately bring death on ourselves or on others who are innocent. Martyrdom is a concept that has been distorted to mean nihilism ought to be reclaimed to its truth. A martyr dies against his or her own will. Dies because death has been either an accident or a crime committed against the martyred, who could not avoid it, or maneuver away from it. Instead, you should maneuver to a safe position, or to join another protecting group.
"...for whoever on that day (when the enemy attacks) turns his back on them - unless it be in a better maneuver or in an endeavor to join another troop..." (Quran 8:16)
The Prophet, peace be upon him, taught his followers not to wish for facing the enemy in confrontation but if confrontation is inevitable, they ought to be steadfast. He also said, "Never wish to die!" It is sad to see the gurus of hate programming young people to blow themselves up while the gurus remain in their homes safe and sound.
4. In our religion, we are taught and sensitized to verify, examine and question the statements that we receive. The Quran even invites us to think and reflect upon its own statements. When information is passed to us, we are to pass them through filters of reason, public and private benefit, compliance with the word of Allah, productivity and credibility before we accept them and, needless to say, before we act upon them.
"Oh you who have attained to faith, if anyone gives you news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards repent for what you have done." (Quran 49:6)
Moreover, the Quran warns, "Now there is the kind of man whose speech about this world's life may dazzle thee, and he calls God to witness about what is in his heart; yet he is the most contentious of enemies" (Quran 2:204). This verse is a lesson to us all but particularly to our youth: never let the dazzling rhetoric of a good orator cloud your good judgment or swerve you away from reason and rationality.
5. We should never forget the main item of our religion, what I called before the "highway" of Islam, not the "side streets". The main signs are the oneness of God, mercy, justice, human dignity, freedom, and good manners. In a nutshell, the supremacy of Allah, and the goodness of life.
Of these, we have to notice the emphasis on mercy - the most mentioned word in the Quran and the one that has been described correctly and eloquently by one of the scholars as the mission statement of the prophethood of Muhammad (pbuh). It is obvious that these acts we are referring to truth and justice, which we are ordered to uphold even if the outcome will be against ourselves or the people closest to us. Justice cannot be violated even if the adversary is unfair and hostile. Thus, we stand for justice for the friend and the foe alike.
"O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye
distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do." (Quran 4:135)
"O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do." (Quran 5:8)
In summary, what we need is the combination that Abraham and Ismail asked God for. The surrendering to God alone, the practice of worship, the forgiveness and acceptance from God, the Revelation, the knowledge, the wisdom and the purity.
The points we need to share across generations are:
Thinking is a prerequisite for Islam.
Individuals are responsible and accountable for their actions.
Islam is a call to life and success, not to death and despair.
Muslims have a duty to verify and question, not be dazzled by words and follow blindly.
Our focus is the highway of Islam, marked by the supremacy of good, compassion, justice, and human dignity.
Dr. Maher Hathout is the Senior Advisor for Muslim Public Affairs Council
I am a new convert and I need to learn more about Islam I am here asking people out there to please send more information about our religion: [email protected] I am happy to read any message you may sent.
i did read your artical that you did adress to me through the islamicity.com,its all to my pleasure and joy to hear from individuals like you with such constructive ideas,
many now have hated our religion due to the mispersception they do hold about it.
any sound of the word islam drives the near by non muslim to automatically start a discussion about terrourism if not distancing himself/herself from the so called muslim.
the religion of peace,love,friendship and very welcoming, has turned out to be the most hated,distanced from,most bloody and most feared.
how then will a young man hear of all those negative attributes to islam and join it,the so called terrourists are all muslims,you wake up to here of muslim names like ibrahim,osamah,laden,
mustafah,++++,being blended the leading terrourists worldwide more so from muslim countries.hardly do you hear of a christian terrourist apart from a few.now sincerely speaking, how can a sobber mind hear of that and picks the pleasure to join islam as in a simultitude one can not get close a blasing fire apart from bringing an extinguisher to put it off.
i to add to your voice that;we should always utilise hikma while on Allah`s cause,and the best of the hikma is that, that persuades people to join islam but not creating enemity with it.
still waitng to hear from you.
islam means peace.all the preaching the imam's are doing is about life not about death.because any body who is telling you how you can get you hereafter is not telling you about death.
Another hadith said "He is not a complete believe if he goes to bed ful when his neighbour hungry". This hadith has been able to tell us that we all are our neighbour's keeper.
One who kills and claim its "Jihad", has he forgotten the day of reckoning? the day no man will be able to bail another, the day when a father will not be able to help his son nor the son help the father, a day when an atom weight of an evil deed will be rewarded so also is an atom weight of good deed. Has he forgotten al this?
This day he will stand before his creator to give account for all he has done on earth both his bad and good deeds. Today a day he can not but tell the whole truth.
Islam teaches peace... Muslim are suppose to be the most peaceful. Th prophet enjoyed to live as if we'll die in the next minute......This is to make us do no evil to make us remember God always and do good deeds.
Why do those who are not of Islam claim to be Islam? it very painful to hear that muslims are the one's bombing and killing innocent people. its very painful. Whatever happens Islam Means peace.
Their brother and sisters in Islam, let us all join our hands to stop those people who are out to drag the name of Islam in mud through supplications and other means like writing against them and telling them the teaches of Islam coz i feel they don't know that why they are doing it. Ignorance is an not an excuse of the law so also is it not an excuse in the sight of Allah (S.W.A).
Islam is Peace and Peace is Islam.
A non-Muslim writer in Nigeria puts this way: "But it will serve no useful purpose glossing over the horrendous crime committed by the US and Britain in Iraq while hollering over similar violent killings in Europe and America. After all, as Livingstone said, if positions were to change and the aggressors become the underdogs in this deadly global contest for power and wealth, Europeans would be worse terrorists. Anybody who is in doubt should ask the Irish Republican Army (IRA)".
To me, its not religion we should address but politics of the west with double standards. Those of us who feel strongly about these double standards must find a less virulent solution and there must be POLITICAL WILL on the part of western leaders (political and apolitical) TO ALSO NOT USE THEIR MILITARY MIGHT TO TO SUBDUE THOSE THAT DO NOT SUBSCIBE TO WESTERN DEMOCRACY. For me, the West is IMPOSING their will on those who are foreign to democratic processes. I may be wrong here, but a lot of those whom i speak/discuss with are of the same view. The islamic morality, ethics and behaviour are in a few instances are poles apart from those of the secular west. True Islam rejects nudity (even as an Art form), rejects promiscuity, rejects union outside marriage (even with opposite sex) more so with same sex, rejects alcoholism. Those "islamic countries" that condone such behavours are definitely not in conformity with the religion of Muhammad s.a.w. and its "people's power" that we see rising up to oppose these matters. Then we talk about economics - globalisation is a product of the west to largely benefit the west - this is another issue which needs to be addressed, not only by poor Muslim countries but the the poor corners of the world as a whole. I definitely reject suicide bombers as being blessed muslims and they are in fact the misguided ones being used by people with their own political agendas.
How funny, person body is blown up into pieces but there id were intact..
there was no evidence shown in regard to 9/11 and no evidence for 7/7 but our Muslim leader are coming out accepting that it was done by Muslim... Have they been shown some secret evidnece which has been show to us (public)
When American can make up a false video about landing on Moon... imagane what they can do to rule the world by power.
We Muslim don't support killing of innocent people (muslim/non muslim)... that is full stop.
That is our regilion... that is our believe.
But why should we accept something we didn't do.
Even we accept it was done by misguidance muslim, even then we don't need to blame ourself and come out start acting like it is our fault.
I didn't see any christan or American leader come out blaming christane or American when timmoy Mcbay blown up building in Okloma.
Stop playing in the hand of Non Muslim and ask quesiton rather than taking blame.
that is why now in Italy and france are sisters has been told not cover there faces and heads...
Please it is time to stand up and bow our heads in fornt of Non Muslim... as Allah SWT said they have no mercy for you.
It is necessary to reflect on WHY people engage in these desperate actions. Actions never happen in a vacuum. To condemn those who react to injustices that Muslims suffer without condemning those who perpetrate them against us is one of the reasons that our Ulama and establishment figures are disregarded by those whose concience is pricked by the daily images of innocent Muslims being terrorised. Where were these Ulama when elderly wheelchairbound muslims were being exterminated by F16 helicopter gunships in Palestine? Where were they when muslim women and children were being terrorised by "shock and awe" carpet bombings in Baghdad, Falluja and Afghanistan? Indeed, where were these Ulama when 8,000 innocent Muslims were massacred in cold blood by Christian Serbs; when innocent Muslim detainies in Abu Ghraib were raped and sexually molested; when the Quran is flushed down the toilet in Guantanamo Bay. That young mulims have to take these actions that everyone finds easy to condemn is a damning indictment of the failure of the Muslim Ummah, including its Ulama, to stand up for the rights of Muslims around the globe. That these youth have now got the WHY question firmly on the agenda could certainly be regarded as the silver lining in this cloudy affair.
The only comment I care to make about this interesting article is that it is onesided. It fall short of directly or indirectly addressing the root cause of the problem at hand. The article should answer the following questions:
What would be the fate of thousands of Muslims that are being killed daily in Afghanistan, Iraq, Phillipines, and probably in Iran in the near future by the American, British and their Allies? Does Islam really condones the Muslims to just watch while their brothers are being killed like pigs without responding or protecting themselves? Has not Allah encourages us not to transgress or to offend someone but only to respond in equal proportion whenever the unbelievers attacked us? Is Islamic brotherhood limited to prayers in mosques but no more in the battlefields to support our brethen when they are being marcilessly killed? Are we forgetting the attrocities against Islam and Muslims being committed by the Americans in Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and most recently in Pakistan, all in the name of Democracy and freedom, but only in disguise? I think Islam has progressed not only by enforcing on us five daily prayers, but also by making both human and material sacrifices such that the unebelievers have no option but to live us to exist as Muslims. Today there is no leader in any Muslim country that can raise his hand and speak as a Muslim protecting the sharia. We should therefore allow our young ones who have the means and capabilities to tell the unbelievers that we are still in existence, to do just that. If not, they will one day attempt to stop us from performing even our five daily prayers, fasting, zakkat or performing pilgrimage.
Alhamdiulillah, wassalatu Wassalam ala nobiy,
My major comment is that we muslim has to very carefulb in being apologetic to the kufars: though the articles is somehow corrects but fail to mention ll the atrocities that the kufars(UK, USA) are doing to our brothers and sisters in iraq, afganistan, khasmir, chenchenya,palestine etc even if he has to appeal to them. Doesn't he read it in the HOly Qur'an that persecution is worse in the sight of Allah than death. As for I am a strict Ahlu-sunnah so I believe and follow nothing except its strict in line with the thinking of Ahlu-sunnah waljamaah. I believe it is not enough for any islamic organisation to call the muslim to donate to the suffering muslims but we should make sure we let the kufar know that what they are doing is wrong and against humanity and even against the charter of united nation.If we can warn the mulim youth not to allow themselves to be decieved by anybody then justify it by telling the kufar to stop persecuting, killing and destroying the mulims right inside thier land. Lastly,As for me and my family, we shall never fear no one except Allah the Sole Creator of everything, The Judge and Master of the day of recorning.And we are telling the kufar that they and their progeny are going to suffer for all the attrocities they have done to the muslim and our lands as recompence though it might be after sometime: Did fir'aon not commited his attrocities for over 400yrs? and after several warnings it was a single punishment from the Almighty Allah. The muslim should not fear but they should rather hold tightly on to sunnah for that is the only things with which lies safety and security from all evils. and the muslim should remember that whether life or death we should not submit to perpetual persecution and oppression.
Wassalam Alaekun Waramotullah Wabarakatuhu
abdlatif adetunmbi for
004.089 They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks;-
004.090 Except those who join a group between whom and you there is a treaty (of peace), or those who approach you with hearts restraining them from fighting you as well as fighting their own people. If Allah had pleased, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you: Therefore if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (Guarantees of) peace, then Allah Hath opened no way for you (to war against them).
004.091 Others you will find that wish to gain your confidence as well as that of their people: Every time they are sent back to temptation, they succumb thereto: if they withdraw not from you nor give you (guarantees) of peace besides restraining their hands, seize them and slay them wherever ye get them: In their case We have provided you with a clear argument against them.
Al-Qur'an, 004.089-091 (An-Nisa [Women])
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selected in a manner to confer upon the reader that Islam is
a religion of peace, goodwill, knowledge seeking and
tolerance. and extolling the role of the martyr who doesn't
kill himself deliberately. True.
But, dude, Islam means justice. If you steal from me
deliberately and repeatedly, and when I resist your pillaging
my stores of energy, my treasure, I have every right to
resist, "for Oppression is worse then Death." And I will fight
you. Your helicopter gunships, your cowardly crude
missiles that hit from a distance, your incessant bombings,
from F 16's which kill hundreds of thousands of innocent
We don't have artillery nor ordinence, but we do have men
who penetrate the US and its Iraqi collaberators with the
the mission of driving out the enemy, at the cost of their
own lives. Sunnis, Shias,and Kurds are all doing it, and for a
powerful reason. The Theft of our property, the anguish of
our families, and the brutality of the occupation must stop
The London bombings were evil. The perpretrators should
be put to death immediately.
But come to your senses, dude ---don't be a pathetic
apologist to the Western community.