Archive | April, 2008

The way to help the believers

20 Apr

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: `Ameen! May it be for you, too’.” [Muslim].

Then I remind you with the following words about our obligations to our brothers and sisters who are being humiliated and oppressed at the hands of the crusaders, first from our Prophet, and then from our salaf.

In the Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, it is narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet Muhammad said, “A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He does not wrong him, forsake him or despise him.”

Imam Nawawi commented on this hadith in Sharh Muslim (16/120) saying, “the scholars said, “forsaking him is leaving him when he is in need and despising him means, if he asks for help to remove an evil in his life, he must help him if he can and if he does not have a legitimate excuse not to”.

Ibn Rajab said in Jami Al-Ulum Wal Hukum, p. 333, “by this, a believer forsaking his brother, it means that the believer is commanded to help his brother as the Prophet said, “help your brother, whether he is the oppressed or the oppressor”. He was asked, “O Messenger of Allah, help the oppressed but how do I help the oppressor?” He said, “by preventing him from oppressing. This is how you help him”. Narrated by Anas.

Abu Dawud mentions the hadith narrated by Abu Talha Al-Ansari and Jabir Bin Abdullah, that the Prophet Muhammad said, “No man forsakes a Muslim when his rights are being violated or his honour is being belittled except that Allah will forsake him at a place in which he would love to have His help. And no man helps a Muslim at a time when his honour is being belittled or his rights violated except that Allah will help him at a place in which he loves to have His help”.

Ahmed reported that Abu Umamah Bin Sahl narrated from his father that the Prophet (SAW) said, “He in whose presence a Muslim is humiliated and who does not help him, being able to help him, God will humiliate him before all creatures on the Day of Judgment”.

There are many other obligations we have towards the prisoners that the scholars are agreed upon, such as the obligation to use all our wealth in pursuit of their freedom. So what is wrong with us that we don’t even use the greatest weapon a sincere supplication to Allah, in the last third of the night dedicated to our brothers?

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Illusions of Freedom

10 Apr

No slogan has been paraded as much as ‘FREEDOM’. The idea of ‘Freedom’ is continually propagated by pop songs, Hollywood films, soaps and even politicians. “It’s my life, I’ll do as I please!”, is a typical phrase used in many films and soaps to hammer this idea of freedom in to the minds of the people. Question anyone about freedom and they will rise to defend it, whether they are a socialist, capitalist, Christian or an atheist.

Many people in today’s society carry the idea of freedom without ever thinking what it actually means. How can a capitalist and a communist be both calling for freedom when one is the sworn enemy of the other? It seems that everyone has their own idea of freedom! A purist would say freedom means that a person is only accountable to himself, no one has the right to tell him what to do. Western secular societies claim to be built on freedom. Freedom means: – Freedom of ownership, Freedom of belief, Freedom of expression, Freedom of the individual.

Effects of Freedom

According to the belief of freedom, people are free to own what they like. Therefore water and gas can be privatised in the name of freedom. Whenever we buy something we pay for it. Who do the water companies pay when they take the rain water for nothing and then sell it to us for huge profits? Freedom of ownership means a prostitute can sell her body. It means a person ‘owns’ their life and can do what ever he or she pleases. They can abuse it with drink and drugs or they can commit suicide if they so wish – all in the name of freedom. In the name of freedom of belief, everyone can believe in what ever they like and it doesn’t need to be justified. It is permissible if someone wants to believe that a rat, a dog or a cow is a God. People are free to be satanic worshippers. Freedom of expression means that people are free to invent lies, false allegations and slander against others. It is allowed for people to produce films like “The Last Temptation of Christ”, to insult and hurt the feelings of millions of people world wide. In the name of personal freedom people can have sex with anyone or anything. A man can have sex with as many partners as he likes. Personal freedom can give rise to all sorts of things like child sex rings. Even animals are not safe, since personal freedom can extend to them as well.

The Problems with Freedom.

The fact of the matter is that Freedom does not really exist. In reality everyone is subjugated by someone or something else. Since freedom leads to chaos and a breakdown of society, certain ‘patches’ are put in place to protect people from…..freedom!! So on the one hand people are told that they are free, but on the other, they are not. For example, bodies like OFWAT and OFTEL exist to limit the freedom of various companies. The monopolies commission exists to curtail the freedom of ownership. The government legislate to limit personal freedom by passing laws like the criminal justice bill. The government also bans the use of drugs to curtail peoples freedom. Freedom of expression does not exist either. Various institutions ban Muslims from holding debates on issues like the legitimacy of Israel. So really freedom does not exist, because someone or somebody decides for you what you can and cannot do. Some will say this is fine. One is free as long as they don’t infringe on someone else’s freedom. But who gives anyone the right to define for someone else what is or is not freedom?

After all, according to freedom no one can tell anyone else what to do. Freedom is thus a myth. ‘Freedom’ is the false god of the western world to which it is dogmatically attached. It is a myth that has been sold to the people which keeps them drugged up and stops them from thinking. It is this illusionary idea of ‘Freedom’ that produces people with an immunity to responsibility. It stops anyone from telling anyone else what to do. Each individual is responsible to only them self. It should therefore be of no surprise why so many people cheat on there partners, why rape is on the increase, why crime and violence is on the increase. One mans freedom is another mans misery!!! The heart of the matter is who defines what we can and cannot do? In Britain, a small group of limited human beings pass laws telling the rest of the nation what is legal and illegal. If you disobey them you are punished, thus making men slaves to other men. The fruits of man-made laws are clear for all to see.

What is the Alternative?

If we reflect on our surroundings, we see that nothing is free or isolated. Everything that exists in the universe has a purpose and follows a certain law, from the stars in the night sky that guide the traveller, to the leaves on the trees which help to purify the air. The way the Earth orbits the Sun, the way the birds fly south in the winter, the way the rain revives barren land! The whole of creation follows a certain law, resulting in a harmonious existence. If the universe was free there would be chaos. The Creator of the universe is also the Creator of mankind. Allah designed a system by which mankind should live and this is called ISLAM. The truth is that the only One who can define what is legal and illegal for us, is the one who created us in the first place. Islam liberates men from becoming slaves to other men and gives obedience to Allah, the Creator of the universe. We invite the reader to throw away Freedom the false god and look to Islam for liberation from man-made laws.