Archive | July, 2007

The Question Which Hides Under the Wing of Apostasy

30 Jul

Many people today tend to ask why we place a line of difference between the Muslims and the Jews and Christians.

One who is sincere should not ask such questions.  How can one claim that there is no difference between Islaam and other religions? 

This is not a new question; rather it has been raised many times.  And such a question has been answered many times too.  In fact these types of questions hide under the banner of apostasy.  It is a type of question which diverts a Muslim from the fold of Islaam to the fold of kufr.  And the carriers of such a question are those who call for interfaith.

The answer is simple to understand and remember…
This call, to bond all religions with Islaam is an evil call which brings apostasy and kufr to the scene.

The idea of interfaith started from the Sufis, from the people of Hulool.  Whereby, such people carried the claim of uniting with Allah swt.  People such as, Ibn Sab’een, Ibn Hood and Ibn A’rabi.  These are the people who permit the Muslims to become Jews and Christians.

It is known in Islaam by necessity, and from the consent of all the salaf and the khalaf, that whoever permits, or declares that it is allowed to follow a deen other then Islaam, or to follow the shari’aah other then the shari’aah of the Messenger Muhammad [saw] he is a Kaafir who has left the camp of Islaam.

Allah swt says:
“Verily the only deen accepted by Allah, is Al-Islaam…”

Sheikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab reported on the issue of ‘the negations of the deen of Islaam’:
“The one who does not believe that the Jews and Christians are Mushrikeen, or he doubts their kufr, or he says their (Jews and Christians) deen is like our deen, then he is a Kaafir with the consensus of all the Ulema’.”

Imam ibn Hazm in his book – Maraatibul Ijmaa’ (The level of Consensus) said:
“The Muslims are the ones who consent: that anyone who calls the Jews and Christians believers and belong to the brotherhood of the Muslims is Kaafir, and he agrees to call them (Jews and Christians) kufaar.”

Qaadhi Iyaadh mentioned in his book Ash-Shifa’aa:
“We declare the takfeer on anyone who follows the deen different then the deen of Islaam.  And we declare the takfeer on anyone who doubts that those who do not follow Islaam are Kaafir.”

This is what the ulema used to believe and declare.  But today we have people coming out with the kufr and because of such people, distortion will occur in the deen unless the sincere Muslims can stop them by continuing to carry the haq.

And Allah swt says:
“Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allâh that is the (only) Guidance. And if you were to follow their (Jews and Christians) desires after what you have received of Knowledge (i.e. the Qur’ân), then you would have against Allâh neither any Walî (protector or guardian) nor any helper.”

May Allah swt protect our tongues from asking the questions which hide under the wings of kufr and apostasy.

Five Innocent Muslim Men Jailed

27 Jul

On Thursday 26 July, 5 innocent young men were jailed for a total of 13 years for allegedly wanting to fight abroad. Mohammed Irfan Raja, 19, Aitzaz Zafar, 20, Awaab Iqbal, 20, Usman Ahmed Malik, 21, and Akbar Butt, 20, were also accused of possessing material for terrorism purposes.

It seems that the British government is adamant on imprisoning anyone who even mentions the word jihad, let alone them trying to propagate it as a fundamental pillar if Islam. The young men were accused of possessing articles as well as ‘songs’ somehow linked to terrorism. The double standards are plainly clear since songs by people like Tupac, 50 cent or Biggy contain nothing except lyrics about murder and killing, which any sane person would equate with terrorism, yet when a Muslim listens to a nasheed which contains lyrics like ‘dear mother I need your prayer, tie a coffin on my head,’ then naturally he must be convicted for terrorism related offences.

The irony is clear cut and it seems that the Government is hell bent in its pursuit in silencing the Muslims, namely those who speak against its oppressive foreign policy in which they justify the brutal murder of Muslims be it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Chechnya or Kashmir, the list is endless. The Government continues in its onslaught against Islam and the Muslims, daily raiding, arresting and imprisoning those who rise to speak against the munkar (evil) that is prevalent in society as well as those who defend the honour of the Messenger Muhammad (saw) when it is violated at the hands of the kuffaar.

It seems that the only crime these young men committed was passionately wanting to study and learn about their religion and zealously wanting to propagate what they learnt, fulfilling the command of carrying their knowledge towards the rest of the ummah.

Remember my dear Muslims that the kuffaar will try everything possible in order to intimidate the Muslims and silence them, hence imprisonment is one of the few tools that they have. However, they can plot and plan for indeed we know that Allah (swt) is the best of planners and for sure the message of Islam will reach all corners of the globe until the name of Allah (swt) reigns supreme. May Allah (swt) make it easy for the brothers and all the other Muslims in captivity, strike the sabr and contentment into their hearts and unite them back with their families sooner rather than later.


The Three Bulls and the One Wolf

23 Jul

“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say ‘we believe’ and will not be tested”   [EMQ 29:2]

The Prophets and the Messengers of Allah [swt] were all tried and tested in their mission to promote Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism).  They faced many trials and tribulations yet they never gave up the noble and honourable duty of removing polytheism and implementing Allah’s laws on Earth.  Today the Muslims all over the world are being subjected to a barrage of attacks by the devils allies; we must never be disheartened rather we should seek inspiration and guidance from our pure and authentic texts.

The last and final Messenger Muhammad [saw] said:
Your likeness is similar to three bulls, who are all together (united) – a white bull, a brown bull and a black bull.  However there is a wolf (kaafir) who wants to eat you up; he knows he cannot do anything unless he separates you or divides you up.  So he attempts to split you up (by enacting an evil plan):

The wolf approaches the white bull and says to him “You are a pretty bull, a very nice bull and your colour is beautiful.  You work very hard but the other two seem to eat (thrive) upon hard labour and do not really appreciate your effort at all so why don’t you just desert them both.”

The white bull replied “How dare you say this to me, if you even think of saying such a thing again all three of us will kill you with our feet. (stampede you to death).”  So the wolf leaves him.

The wolf then makes contact with the brown bull and starts feeding him with bad (fabricated and false) information about the other bulls and succeeds in convincing him to isolate himself from the other bulls.  The wolf then speaks to the black bull and says “You are the slimmest and the most thinnest bull, the other bulls eat up everything and do not really care about you.  They show off a lot but me and you can be friends, let us forget them (and work together).”

The wolf (realises his opportunity) chases the white bull, kills it and eats it.

The wolf goes back to the black bull and tells him “The brown bull is bigger than you, better than you and stronger than you because he eats up most of the grass and leaves you hardly anything.  He also eats the share of the white bull and he wants to be in charge (the leader) over all of you.  So if he is in any form of danger or asks for your help do not help him at all.  I will be your helper (assistance), if you need grass ask me and I will help you get it and I will look after you.”

The wolf then hunts the brown wolf down and eats him.

Having succeeded in isolating and killing two of the three bulls he goes back to the third bull and says “All the grass is yours, I want you to eat all of it.  So you become fat and plump (ripe) so I can enjoy eating you.”

The black bull asks “Why do you want to eat me?  I thought you were my friend!”
The wolf replies “You are not my friend, you are stupid, people like us eat people like you.”
The bull replies by saying “You cannot kill me I am already dead.”
“What do you mean?” asks the wolf.
“I died the day you killed and ate my brother the white bull” says the black bull.

The lesson we can take from this Hadith is that the Muslim community is exactly like this today.  Whereby they please to split themselves into groups as the white bull, the brown bull and the black bull.  The moral of this Hadith is that all three bulls must bond and stick together otherwise be ready to be slaughtered by the wolf (British government and its right hand is the media).

“And hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allah (Qur’aan and Sunnah based upon the understanding of the Sahaabah) and be not divided among yourselves.”  [EMQ 3:103]


Life of Umm Amaarah, Nusaybah

19 Jul

During the life of the Messenger Muhammad (saw) there were many women who pledged their lives, wealth and family for the sake of Allaah (swt). One such woman who comes to mind is Nusaybah Umm Imarah (ra) who was an important Sahaabiyah and a great fighter in Allaah’s cause. Nusaybah (ra) was righteous and devoted to exerting herself for Allaah (swt)’s sake. She was present at the second pledge of al-‘Aqabah at which she swore allegiance to the Messenger Muhammad (saw). Nusaybah was also present at the Battle of Uhud with her husband and her two sons. Her intention had been to give water and tend to the wounded but Allaah (swt) had planned and prepared for her a more rewarding role.

Initially in the Battle of Uhud the Muslims had the upper hand but then they committed a fatal error, seeing the Quraysh on the retreat, they ran towards the booty, ignoring the Messenger Muhammad (saw)’s command to stay on the hill. Khaalid bin Waleed (who had not yet embraced Islaam) took control of the situation and made a charge against the Muslims and suddenly the Quraysh had the advantage.

Nusaybah (ra) participated in the battle physically, as the occasion demanded when the Muslims were being defeated. When the Messenger Muhammad (saw) was being attacked Nusaybah (ra) formed part of the human shield which protected our Messenger (saw). Even when her son ‘Abdullaah was wounded and his blood began to flow she was totally oblivious to his condition until Muhammad (saw) instructed: ‘bandage your wounded’. After dealing with his injury she said to him, ‘rise and fight the people’. Nusaybah (ra) showed great strength, perseverance and courage. The Messenger of Allaah (saw) showed great pleasure on seeing her determination and valour. On seeing this Nusaybah (ra) earnestly requested Muhammad (saw) to ask Allaah (swt) to make her family his companions in the garden. In this battle she was wounded thirteen times and one wound took one year to heal. This was the desire of Umm Imarah (ra) after which she said that she did not care what afflicted her in this world.

Nusaybah’s courageous character earned her the respect of all the Companions, especially the Khaleefs who would visit her and pay special attention to her. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (ra) narrated that on the day of Uhud I heard the Messenger (saw) say, ‘Whenever I looked to the right or left, I saw Umm Imarah fighting in front of me.’

During the time of Abu Bakr asSiddeeq’s (ra) Khilaafah (Islamic rule), Nusaybah Umm Imarah (ra) went to seek permission to join the expedition of Khaalid bin Walid against Musaylamah al-Kadh-dhaab (The Liar), who claimed to be a Prophet in the battle of Yamaamah. Abu Bakr (ra) said, ‘we know your worth in war, so go out in the name of Allaah.’ She was wounded in eleven different places and had her hand cut off. Her son Habeeb was martyred. After the battle was over it was Khaalid ibn Waleed who came to treat her hand with hot oil to seal the wound and stop her bleeding. The hot oil was even more painful than having her hand cut off.

This is the life of Nusaybah Umm Imarah, the warrior who stood firm when many fled, who sent her wounded son back into the thick of the battle, and was prepared to lose her own life to save the life of the Messenger Muhammad (saw). In return, she received the du’aa of the Messenger Muhammad’s (saw) companionship in Paradise.

The question we need to ask ourselves today is whether we as Muslim Women would show such courage, self-sacrifice and perseverance in the face of struggle and would any of us be willing to die for the sake of Allaah (swt) alone? Al-Hamdu lillaah we have these great Sahaabiyaat to take as examples and to learn from the struggle they went through to seek none but Allaah (swt)’s pleasure.   

Life of Umm Sulaym

19 Jul

Even before Islaam was introduced to Yathrib (Madeenah), Rumaysaa bint Milhaan (ra) was known for her excellent character, the power of her intellect and her independent attitude of mind. She was known by various names including Rumaysaa and Ghumaysaa, but these were possibly nicknames. One historian says that her real name was Sahlah but later she was popularly known as Umm Sulaym. Umm Sulaym (ra) was first married to Maalik ibn an-Nadr and her son by this marriage was the famous Anas bin Maalik, one of the great Companions of the Messenger Muhammad (saw).

Umm Sulaym (ra) was one of the first women of Madeenah to accept Islaam. She was influenced by the refined, dedicated and persuasive Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr (ra) who was sent out as the first missionary or ambassador of Islaam by the noble Messenger of Allaah (saw). This was after the first pledge of al-‘Aqabah. Twelve men of Madeenah had gone to al-‘Aqabah on the outskirts of Makkah to pledge loyalty to the Messenger of Allaah (saw). This was the first major breakthrough for the mission of Muhammad (saw) for many years.

Umm Sulaym’s decision to accept Islaam was made without the knowledge or consent of her husband, Maalik ibn an-Nadr. He was absent from Madeenah at the time and when he returned he felt some change had come over his household. Maalik was not pleased when his wife announced her acceptance of Islaam and that she had instructed her son Anas in the teachings and practice of the new faith. Umm Sulaym’s husband was now furious. He shouted at her, ‘don’t corrupt my son!’ She firmly replied: ‘I am not corrupting him!’ Her husband then left the house and it is reported that he was set upon by an enemy of his and was killed. The news shocked but apparently did not upset Umm Sulaym greatly. She remained devoted to her son Anas and was concerned Abut his proper upbringing. She is even reported to have said that she would not marry again until Anas approved.

When it was known that Umm Sulaym had become a widow, one man, Zayd ibn Sahl bin al-Aswad, known as Abu Talhah, resolved to become engaged to her before anyone else did. He was rather confident that Umm Sulaym would not pass him over for another. He was after all a strong and virile person who was quite rich and possessed an imposing house that was much admired. He was an accomplished horseman and a skilful archer and moreover he belonged to the same clan as Umm Sulaym.

Abu Talhah proceeded to Umm Sulaym’s house. On the way he recalled that she had been influenced by the preaching of Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr (ra) and had become a Muslim. ‘So what?’ He said to himself. ‘Was not her husband who did a firm adherent of the old religion and was he not opposed to Muhammad (saw) and his mission?’ Abu Talhah reached Umm Sulaym’s house. He asked and was given permission to enter. Her son Anas was present. Abu Talhah explained why he had come and asked for her hand in marriage. ‘A man like you Abu Talhah’ she said, ‘is not easily turned away. But I shall never marry you while you are a kaafir.’

Abu Talhah thought she was trying to put him off and that perhaps she had already preferred someone wealthier and more influential. He said to her, ‘What is it that really prevents you from accepting me, Umm Sulaym? Is it the yellow and white metals (gold and silver)?’ ‘Gold and silver?’ she asked somewhat taken aback and in a slightly censuring tone. ‘Yes’, he said. ‘I swear to you, Abu Talhah, and I swear by Allaah and his Messenger (saw) that if you accept Islaam, I shall be pleased to accept you as a husband, without any gold or silver. I shall consider your acceptance of Islaam as my mahr (dowry).’

Abu Talhah understood well the implications of her words. His mind turned to the idol he had made from wood and on which he lavished great attention in the same way that important men of his tribe venerated and cared for their personal idols. The opportunity was right for Umm Sulaym to stress the futility of such idol worship and she went on: ‘Don’t you know Abu Talhah, that the god you worship besides Allaah grew from the earth?’ ‘That’s true,’ he said. ‘Don’t you feel stupid while worshipping part of a tree while you use the rest of it for fuel to bake bread or warm yourself? If you should give up these foolish beliefs and practices and become a Muslim, Abu Talhah, I shall be pleased to accept you as my husband and I would not want from you any sadaqah apart from your acceptance of Islaam.’ ‘Who shall instruct me in Islaam?’ asked Abu Talhah. ‘I shall,’ Umm Sulaym replied. ‘How?’ ‘Utter the declaration of truth and testify that there is no God but Allaah and that Muhammad is his Messenger. Then go to your house, destroy your idol and throw it away.’ Abu Talhah left and reflected deeply on what Umm Sulaym had said. He came back to her beaming with happiness. ‘I have taken your advice to heart. I declare that there is not God but Allaah and I declare that Muhammad is His Messenger’.

Umm Sulaym (ra) and Abu Talhah were married. Anas, her son, was pleased and the Muslims would say: ‘We have never yet heard of a mahr that was more valuable and precious than that of Umm Sulaym for she made Islaam her mahr.’ Umm Sulaym was pleased and delighted with her new husband who placed his unique energies and talents in the service of Islaam. He was one of the seventy-three men who swore allegiance to the Messenger Muhammad (saw) at the second Pledge of ‘Aqabah. Abu Talhah was devoted to the Messenger (saw) and took enormous delight in simply looking at him and listening to the sweetness of his speech. He participated in all the major military campaigns.

Abu Talhah and Umm Sulaym (ra) had an exemplary Muslim family life, devoted to the Messenger Muhammad (saw) and the service of Muslims and Islaam. Muhammad (saw) used to visit their home often. Umm Sulaym’s husband, Abu Talhah, died while he was on a naval expedition during the time of the third Khaleef, ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan, and was buried at sea.

Umm Sulaym herself was noted for her great courage and bravery. During the Battle of Uhud, she carried a dagger in the folds of her dress. She gave water to and tended the wounded and she made attempts to defend the Messenger Muhammad (saw) when the tide of battle was turning against him. At the Battle of Khandaq, the Messenger (saw) saw her carrying a dagger and he (saw) asked her what she was doing with it. She said: ‘It is to fight those who desert.’ ‘May Allaah grant you satisfaction in that,’ replied the Messenger (saw). In the face of adversity, Umm Sulaym (ra) displayed a unique calmness and strength. One of her young sons (‘Umayr) fell sick and died while her husband was away looking after his orchards. She bathed the child and wrapped him in shrouds. She told others at her home that they should not inform Abu Talhah because she herself wanted to tell him.

Umm Sulaym (ra) also had another son whose name was ‘Abdullaah. A few days after she gave birth, she sent Anas with the baby and a bag of dates to the Messenger of Allaah (saw). Muhammad (saw) placed the baby on his lap. He crushed the dates in his mouth and put some into the baby’s mouth (made Tahneek). The baby sucked the dates with relish and the Messenger (saw) said: ‘The Ansaar are only fond of dates.’ ‘Abdullaah eventually grew up and had seven children all of whom memorised the Qur’aan.

Umm Sulaym (ra) was a model Muslimah, a model wife and mother. Her belief (and actions) in Allaah (swt) was strong and uncompromising. She was not prepared to endanger her faith and the upbringing of her children for wealth and luxury, however abundant and tempting. She was devoted to the Messenger of Allaah (saw) and dedicated her son Anas bin Maalik (ra) to his service. She (ra) took the responsibility of educating her children and she played an active part in public life, sharing with the other Muslims the hardships and the joys of building a true Islaamic community and living for the pleasure of Allaah (swt).

Four Muslims Jailed over Cartoon Demo

18 Jul


Four Muslim men have been jailed for their part in protests at the Danish embassy in London, against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Mizanur Rahman, 24, Umran Javed, 27, and Abdul Muhid, 24, were each jailed for six years for soliciting to murder.

A fourth man, Abdul Saleem, 32, was jailed for four years for stirring up racial hatred at the protest in 2006.

Please remember the brothers in your du’aas along with their families.

May their hearts be drowned in the wells of Sabr.
Ameen ya Rabb


Demonstration: Sentencing the Cartoon Protestors

17 Jul