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A womans honour dishonoured

3 Oct

The case of Afia Siddiqui and her imprisonment has truly exposed the values in which America strives for and highlights to the world that America is at the head of aggression. This noble sister has been subjected to horrendous torture such as rape, mental torture, removal of her body organs as a war trophy, having been seperated from her children to the extent that one was brutally murdered all occurring under the guise of her being an alleged terrorist. This event openly shows the extent of the  emnity America has towards Islam and Muslims and they will not persist in their vile Crusade even if it be directed towards a defenceless woman.

Should they gain the upper hand over you, they would behave to you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you with evil, and they desire that you should disbelieve. 60:2

This is just a typical tactic adopted by the enemies of God in order subdugate Islam and Muslims especially with their evil Crusading foreign policy perpetuated in Iraaq and Afghanistan to name but a few. It is absurd knowing that a cold blooded murderer from the US Army can be acquitted for the war crimes committed against Muslims whereas Afia Siddiqui was presented with an 86 year old sentence for being a practicing Muslimah. This further examplifies the double standards and hypocricy committed by the aggressors.

What is more shocking is that the lack of  Muslim voices raised in her defence in particularly the Imaams of the Masjid during thier khutbah. How is that these Imaams and intellectual think thanks fail to do anything for our sister in particularly those that usually come out defending these tyrants? The honour of Islam is being violated and Muslim blood is being desecrated but they feel that this is of no great concern for us whereas if we look to our great illustrious leaders of the past and its easily perceived there is a vast contrast between them and the useless ruwaiybaidah that have taken a position of authority for themselves. Look to the pages of history and see the brave expedition laid out by Mu’tassim Billah when he responded to the cry of one woman who was incarecrated by the Christians also the expedition of Hakam ibn Hisham along with his soldiers who set out for the release of a Muslimah incarcerated by the Christian king in Umooriyah.

At their hour of need we cannot abandon them (muslim prisoners) so the question needs to be asked is what are we willing to do in order to remove the burden from our necks? This is a huge responsibility in which the whole Islamic nation needs to mobilise in demanding the release not only for our noble sister Afia Siddiqui but also others who are not mentioned.

We should invest our wealth in the release of these pisoners as we know from the words of Caliph Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez that purchasing a single Muslim from incarceration is as though purchasing Islam.

Messenger Muhammad (saw) said in regards to the prisoners:

“Secure the release of the captives.” Buhkari

Imaam Malik said: “It is obligatory upon the people to ransom the prisoners with all what they possess…”

The state of humiliation will continue to befall upon us as long as we remain in this stagnant position so it is vital that we return back to the exclusive worship of Allah and work towards reviving this deen so that it establishes itself on state level whereby the rights of the oppressed are returned and leader of the believers will be responsible in freeing all those that are tested in prisons of the tawagheet in the Muslim lands and in the lands of the kaffireen.

Allâh has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islâm). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fâsiqûn (rebellious, disobedient to Allâh).24: 55

Taken from the following site:

http://www.izharudeen.com/honour-dishonoured-article.html

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The Prophet’s Giving of Glad Tidings In the Hardest of Situations

3 Oct

What we Muslims need today is a change of understanding; we need to step out of our time and place and see our situation in light of the laws that Allah placed in His creation, and the guidance that He sent His Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, with.

“And don’t be weak in the pursuit of the enemy; if you are suffering (hardships) then surely, they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah (for the reward, i.e. Paradise) that for which they hope not, and Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.” [An-Nisaa’ (4):104]

We see in the Seerah of the Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, that he would give glad tidings in the hardest of moments.

We may think at times there is no exit for the Ummah, but we have to remember, Allah has promised victory to this Ummah, a victory He will bring when He wants, due to His Wisdom. Our situation is one of weakness and we know it will change to one of strength. Imam Ahmad was quoted as saying that the Falsehood will not be manifest over the Truth until our hearts leave the Truth. We are certain, when we fulfill the conditions of victory, that the Truth will be manifest over the Falsehood. We know it is near, though it may not be two weeks. With Allah, it is close, as even the Day of Judgment is referred to as “Tomorrow”. [Al-Hashr (59):18]

The following are three dire situations from the Prophet’s Seerah during which he reassured and gave glad tidings to his followers.

The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, in Ta’if

“When the harm and plotting of the Quraish increased, after the deaths of the Prophet’s, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, uncle and wife, he headed to Taif hoping that he might find in this trip greater attentivenes and support for his message. Instead, they turned him away in a very impolite manner. They encouraged their boys to stone him. They stoned him until he bled from his noble feet.” [Al-Sibai, “The Prophet’s Seerah, p. 36]

“Given this support and auspicious start, depression, dismay and sadness that used to beset him since he was driven out of At-Ta’if, he turned his face towards Makkah with fresh determination to resume his earlier plan to expose people to Islam and communicate his Message in a great spirit of zeal and matchless enthusiasm.

Zaid bin Harithah, his companion, addressing the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, ‘How dare you step into Makkah after they (Quraish) have expatriated you?’ The Prophet (Peace be upon him) answered: ‘Hearken Zaid, Allâh will surely provide relief and He will verily support His religion and Prophet.'” [Al-Mubaarakfuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, “The Third Phase Calling Unto Islam Beyond Makkah”]

The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, With Abu Bakr During the Hijrah

“The notables of Makkah convened an emergency session to determine the future course of action and explore all areas that could help arrest the two men. They decided to block all avenues leading out of Makkah and imposed heavy armed surveillance over all potential exits. A price of 100 camels was set upon the head of each one. Horsemen, infantry and tracers of tracks scoured the country. Once they even reached the mouth of the cave where the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and Abu Bakr were hiding. When he saw the enemy at a very close distance, Abu Bakr whispered to the Prophet (Peace be upon him): ‘What, if they were to look through the crevice and detect us?’ The Prophet (Peace be upon him) in his God-inspired calm replied: ‘Silence Abu Bakr! What do you think of those two with whom the Third is Allâh.’ It was really a Divine miracle, the chasers were only a few steps from the cave.” [Al-Mubaarakfuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, ” Migration of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)”]

“…In a version by Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him), he said: “We emigrated while the Makkans were in pursuit of us. None caught up with us except Suraqah bin Malik bin Ju‘sham on a horse. I said: ‘O Messenger of Allâh, this one has caught up with us.’ The Prophet (Peace be upon him) replied: ‘Don’t be cast down, verily, Allâh is with us.’ [Al-Mubaarakfuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, ” Migration of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)”]

The Battle of the Ditch

“It was the winter season, the air was cold and there was a food crisis in Medina, which was about to come under a brutal siege, and there is nothing more deadly to the spirit of resistance than despair, for if the besieged were to be exposed to its violent bouts, the way of humiliating surrender would be the only alternative. For this reason, the Prophet strove hard to arouse the moral strength of his men to the highest pitch so that they’d feel certain that the triral which faced them was just a passing cloud which would soon disperse, and thereafter Islam would resume its march and people would enter into it in large numbers, and the strongholds of tyranny would crumble before it and no plots would come from them nor would any evil be feard from them. It is a rule of politics that this wide hope should accompany the stages of ceasless effort.” [Muhammad Al-Ghazali, Fiqh us-Seerah, p. 308]

“Another illustrious preternatural example went to the effect that an obstinate rock stood out as an immune obstacle in the ditch. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) took the spade and struck, and the rock immediately turned into a loose sand dune. In another version, Al-Bara‘ said: On Al-Khandaq (the trench) Day there stood out a rock too immune for our spades to break up. We therefore went to see the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) for advice. He took the spade, and struck the rock uttering ‘in the Name of Allâh, Allâh is Great, the keys of Ash-Shâm (Geographical Syria) are mine, I swear by Allâh, I can see its palaces at the moment;’ on the second strike he said: ‘Allâh is Great, Persia is mine, I swear by Allâh, I can now see the white palace of Madain;’ and for the third time he struck the rock, which turned into very small pieces, he said: ‘Allâh is Great, I have been given the keys of Yemen, I swear by Allâh, I can see the gates of San‘a while I am in my place.’ The same version was narrated by Ishaq.”

[Al-Mubaarakfuri: Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom, “Al-Ahzab (the Confederates) Invasion”]

“So when the confederates swept down upon Medina and laid a tight siege around it, the Muslims did not give up in despair but faced the bitter reality with unshakeable hope in a noble future.

‘And when the true beleivers saw the clans, they said: this is that which Allah and His Messenger promised us. Allah and His Messenger are true. And it increased them only in faith and acceptance.’ [Al-Ahzab (33):22]

As for the weaklings, the doubters and the sick of heart, they made fun of the promises of victory and thought them to be the desires of deluded people, and they said to the Prophet:

‘He tells you that he sees from Yathrib the palaces of Hirah and the city of Kisra, while you are there digging the ditch and you cannot pass stool (for fear).’

About them Allah says,

‘And when the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, were saying: Allah and His messenger promised us naught but delusion.’ [Al-Ahzab (33):12]

[Muhammad Al-Ghazali, Fiqh us-Seerah, p. 310-311]

Twelve or thirteen years later, the Prophet’s promise about Persia came true.

Maybe it should be noted here that the hypocrites of today are also telling us that Allah has promised us nothing but delusion – those hypocrites who want removal or change of the Shari`ah. Beware of them, because they promise us nothing but delusion.

“Allah is predominant over his affair, but most of the people do not know.” [Yusuf (12):21]

The Soul Shall Rise Tomorrow: The Story of Marwan Hadid

17 Jul

By ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam

“It was the year 1963 when it was announced in Damascus:
I believe in the Ba’th as a Lord, without any partners
And with Arabism as a religion, with no religion other than it”

And the Ba’this and Nusayris began to attack Islam. In Hamah, it happened that a professor spoke against Islam, so, one of the youth got up and hit him. The rest of the youth then got up and beat him to death inside the classroom. So, the police officer came and killed the youth. When Shaykh Marwan Hadid requested the officer so that he would implement the punishment of relatilation on him, they said to him: “One for one (meaning, the boy was killed for killing the teacher).” Marwan replied: “No, the boy was a Muslim, and the teacher was a disbeliever! His blood is permissible! As for the Muslim, then his blood must be avenged!”

The state refused, so, Marwan said: “OK,” and went and gathered the youth who were around him. There was a mosque right at the foot of his apartment building where the youth would usually sleep, as he would bring them up and teach them there. He went to Masjid as-Sultan and gathered them, each one of them carrying a grenade and a gun. Some of the youth were still in high school! They began saying ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and announcing their fight against the state. So, the tanks came to Masjid as-Sultan and fired on it, with the youth standing on the minaret. The minaret fell with the youth in it, and the mosque was demolished with them inside.

By Allah, some of the trustworthy residents of Hamah narrated to me – and Allah Knows best – that, after a few days, when they were removing the rubble from on top of these youth who had been killed, they could hear tasbih and takbir from underneath the rubble.

Anyway, it was Written for Shaykh Marwan that he remain alive, so, they took him to court. This was done in the open, so that the Ba’this could claim that they implement justice. They allowed some foreign journalists to attend the hearing. The judges in this case were Mustafa Tallas and Salah Jadid. Mustafa Tallas was the defense minister in Syria, and Salah Jadid was the most powerful Nusayri to have any position in the country.

They said to him: “Why did you carry weapons and go against the state?”

Shaykh Marwan answered: “Because there is a Nusayri dog named Salah Jadid – he is saying this to Salah Jadid! – and there is a dog who ascribes himself to Ahl as-Sunnah named Mustafa Tallas, and they desire to kill off Islam in this land, and we reject and will fight against Islam being wiped out in this land as long as we’re alive.”

He then dared the Revolutionary Guards to kill him inside the courthouse, but the police guarded Shaykh Marwan in front of the foreign journalists, so that it would not be said to the world that he was killed in the courthouse.

They said to him: “You are working for someone else.”

He replied: “I am working for Allah, the Mighty and Exalted. As for the one who is serving others, then he is the leader of your party.”

They said: “You say that Muhammad al-Hamid is with you, but he hates you.”

Marwan replied: “{“But if they turn away, then say: ‘Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship except He. Upon Him I depend, and He is the Lord of the mighty Throne.'”} [at-Tawbah; 129]”

It was a powerful court case. He was sentenced to death along with a group of the youth. Some of the youth were acquitted, however. Those who were acquitted began to weep, and those who were sentenced to death began to smile. The foreign journalists were in a state of shock: those who are acquitted are weeping, and those who are sentenced to death are smiling? So, the youth sentenced to death said to them: “We are being granted Paradise, and they are being prevented from Paradise,” and they were taken to prison to await their executions.

Shaykh Marwan later said to me: “I never lived a time in my life that was sweeter to my heart and soul than those days in which the youth and I were awaiting our executions.” And it might have been during those days that Shaykh Marwan wrote:
The soul shall rise tomorrow * And it shall meet Allah at its appointed time
These are the words of Marwan Hadid. Anyway, one of the scholars of Hamah, Shaykh Muhammad al-Hamid, went to Amin al-Hafidh – who was the Syrian president at the time, from Hamah, as well – and said to him: “What do you want to do with Marwan Hadid?”

He replied: “We sentenced him to death.”

Muhammad al-Hamid said: “Are you saying this with a sane mind? Do you think that Hamah will remain silent against you if you execute Marwan Hadid? You will face unending problems!”

Amin replied: “What do you think, Shaykh?”

He said: “I think you should release him and acquit him.”

Amin said: “Go and release him yourself.”

Shaykh Marwan Hadid later said to me: “So, Shaykh Muhammad al-Hamid came and said: “My children – and he was their teacher, whom they all loved – come!” They said: “To where?” He said: “The state has acquitted you.” So, we said to him: “May Allah Forgive you, as you have prevented us from Paradise.””

Shaykh Marwan returned, and he knew no rest. He was basically a bomb about to explode…he was quite strange. In the year 1973, they announced a new constitution in which they officially abrogated that Syria is an Islamic republic. So, Marwan Hadid got up and said: “Who will give me the bay’ah for death in the mosque?” When Shaykh Marwan began to preach, the people began to exit the mosque, one by one, as his words were quite dangerous, and to hear his words were also dangerous. The mashayikh left, one after the other. Some of his followers, from the zeal that they had, pulled out guns and began firing off shots inside the mosque.

I heard the tape myself, yes. I can recognize those who fire guns who are from Hamah. The people of Hamah are just like the Afghans. They are bedouins who do not play around, just like the Afghans.

Anyway, after a while, he disappeared, only to reappear in Damascus. He lived in an apartment, and began to gather and collect weapons. Allahu Akbar – he did not know of something called free time or boredom, and he did not know of fear. He gathered machineguns and grenades. Whenever he would hear of a place in Damascus where there was a grenade available, he would send one of the youth to go purchase it.

At this time, the intelligence was searching for him – ya Salam! – and at this time, I was at the University of Damascus. I was seeking to complete my degree at the university; I got my Bachelor’s in Shari’ah from Damascus, and my Master’s and Doctorate from al-Azhar. While I was standing in the university, a youth – one of Shaykh Marwan’s students – came up to me and said: “Do you wish to see Shaykh Marwan?” I said: “What? Right away!” So, I went to him and entered his residence, and I looked at a face that did not belong to the people of this dunya. It was so pure and strange; the light emanating from his face. The first words he said to me – and he knew me from our days in Palestine – were: “O Abu Muhammad! Do you not long for Paradise?” And this was the last time I ever saw him.

Anyway, the police were searching for him, and what was he doing? Gathering weapons. He was searching for weapons that he could use to get rid of the Nusayris. One day, the intelligence discovered his apartment and surrounded it. Shaykh Marwan had two of his students with him, as well as his wife, with whom he had not yet consummated the marriage. He had said to her: “I do not wish to consummate with you, as I feel that this would prevent me from other things,” so, he remained a virgin. Yes, he married, but did not consummate.

One of his students went down to buy some breakfast for them. He saw the cars waiting outside, so, he retreated. He saw six cars used by the intelligence, waiting. He tried to go back into the apartment building, but they caught him. This youth was carrying a pocketknife – the residents of Hamah usually carry knives in their back pockets – and the car was filled with six intelligence officers. So, his youth stood next to them, pulled out his knife, slaughtered each one of them, then he escaped. The sirens then began going off all over Damascus. The police began chasing him until they finally caught up with him in a building, where he jumped from the third or fourth floor to escape. He managed to get away from them, finally making it to Jordan.

Back to Shaykh Marwan: the police cars began surrounding his apartment building after the Fajr, and they began calling out through the microphone: “O residents of this building! Get out, as there is an Iraqi spy who we wish to arrest!” – at this time, there were disputes between Syria and Iraq. So, Shaykh Marwan grabbed his own microphone (he had his own microphone that he would use to call to prayer), saying: “O intelligence officers! O police! O you who are surrounding the building! We will give you fifteen minutes, and you must leave within these fifteen minutes. After this, we will begin fighting you if you do not leave.” And he actually waited fifteen minutes, and after fifteen minutes, he began with the grenades and machinegun fire. Calls were being made to local police stations, and, eventually, over 1,000 police and intelligence officers were surrounding the house, against Marwan and one other brother with him, along with his wife. They tried entering the building, so, the other brother went down and met them at the entrance with some TNT. They then tried entering from above, landing on the building’s roof with a helicopter – but who would be the brave one to enter first? One thousand against two.

By the time it was afternoon, they were still unable to enter the apartment building. They would fire from below, and he would fire back from above. After the afternoon, they finally entered the apartment. This was the excuse of Shaykh Marwan: he became injured in his hand, rendering it useless. He came out with his head up high. They took along with them his wife, who he had not consummated his marriage with.

The news was relayed to Hafidh al-Asad, who went crazy, as many officers were killed in the process. Hafidh al-Asad said: “I wish to solve this with him personally.” So, he went to him personally, saying to him: “O Marwan! Let us open a new page with each other! Let Allah Forgive what has happened, and we will not take you to account for anything you did, with one condition: that you abandon your weapons.” Marwan replied: “I agree, with one condition: that you assist me in establishing an Islamic state in Syria.” Hafidh al-Asad gathered himself and left the room.

The Military Council gathered, including Naji Jamil – the commander of the Air Force – and Mustafa Tallas was also present, as well as a large group of the Nusayri officers and generals. They came to Shaykh Marwan. He sat down, looked to Naji Jamil and Mustafa Tallas, and said: “Woe to you, you dog, Naji Jamil! Do you think that we will let you live? I made the youth promise that they would start with you, you and Mustafa Tallas. Because of you, you dogs, we have been humiliated by these Nusayris; they violated our honor. As for you, you Nusayri generals, I made the youth promise that they would kill at least 5,000 of you.” Naji Jamil said: “Take this insane man; take him away from me.”

Afterwards, they would bring his wife into the cell next to him, trying to violate her while he was in captivity, and his soul began to tighten. Someone like this, with a free and honorable soul, sees her honor being violated, and he can do nothing about it. He is in captivity.

He lost so much weight that he reached 45 kg (99 lbs), and his weight used to be around 100 kg (around 220 lbs).

He finally died in prison, without anyone knowing whether he was killed or had died a natural death. Towards the end, his veins would not even accept glucose. When he died, they sent to his father to take his body. He asked them: “Did you kill him?” They replied: “No,” and they buried his body in a graveyard in Damascus, with a hundred soldiers guarding his funeral, out of fear that the youth would take his body and demonstrate in Damascus.”
[‘Fi Dhilal Surat at-Tawbah’; p. 21-25]

The 4 swords

13 Jul

Ibn Kathir mentioned in his tafsir that it is narrated from Ibn Abi Hatim from Sufyan Ibn Uyaynah from Ali (ra) said:

“RasulAllah (saw) was sent with four swords.

– A sword for the mushrikin (polytheists): “Freedom from (all) obligations (is declared) from Allah and His Messenger to those of the Mushrikin, with whom you made a treaty. So travel freely (O Mushrikin) for four months (as you will) throughout the land, but know that you cannot escape (from the Punishment of) Allah, and Allah will disgrace the disbelievers. And a declaration from Allah and His Messenger to mankind on the greatest day (the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah) that Allah is free from (all) obligations to the Mushrikin and so is His Messenger. So if you (Mushrikin) repent, it is better for you, but if you turn away, then know that you cannot escape (from the Punishment of) Allah. And give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful torment to those who disbelieve. Except those of the Mushrikin with whom you have a treaty, and who have not subsequently failed you in aught, nor have supported anyone against you. So fulfill their treaty to them to the end of their term. Surely Allah loves al- Mattaqin. Then when the Sacred Months have passed, then kill the Mushrikin wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform as-Salaat, and give Zakaat, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (at-Tawbah 9/1-5)

– A sword for the people of the book: “Fight against those who believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e., Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (at-Tawbah 9/29)

– A sword for the transgressors: “But if one of them rebels against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which rebels.” (al-Hujurat 49/9)

– A sword for the munafiqin (hypocrites): “O Prophet! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be severe against them, their abode will be Hell, and worst indeed is that destination.” (at-Tahrim 64/9)”

(Tafsir, Ibn Kathir)

Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (ra) said:

“And what is apparent is that in the Qur’an there are four swords:

– The sword against mushrikin (the polytheists) until they accept Islam or are restrained. Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e., free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam).

– And the sword against Munafiqin (the Hypocrites) and zanadiqah (the Heretics). And Allah has ordered with Jihaad against them and harshness with them in Surah Baraa’ah (at-Tawbah) and Surah at-Tahrim and the end of Surah al-Ahzab.

– And the sword against Ahlu’l-Kitaab (the People of the Book) until they pay the Jizya (Islamic tax).

– And the sword against Ahlu’l-bid’ah (the people of Transgression), as it is mentioned in Surah al-Hujurat.

And RasulAllah (saw) did not apply this sword during his life, and it was applied during the ruling (khilafah) of Ali (ra). And he used to say: “I am the one who has taught the people fighting the people of the Qiblah!”

And RasulAllah (saw) had other swords: From them: His (saw) sword against Murtadin (the people of apostasy) and they are those who he (saw) said about: “Whoever changes his religion then kill him!” And it was applied by Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (ra) during his rule upon those who apostated from the tribes of the Arabs.

And from is the sword against the Maariqin and they are the people of innovation such as the Khawarij.

And it has been affirmed as an order from him to fight them with the differing of the scholars in their disbelief. And Ali (ra) fought them during his rule with his statement: “They are not kuffar (disbelievers)!” And it was reported from Ali (ra) that RasulAllah (saw) ordered with the killing of the Maariqin and the disloyal ones and rebellious and Ali (ra) burned a group from the Heretics. So Ibn Abbas (ra) approved of their killing but denounced burning them with fire. So Ali (ra) said: “Beware Ibn Abbas, for looking for mistakes!” (al-Hikm al-Jadirah Bi’l-Idhaa’ah min Qawl an-Nabiyy: “I have been sent with the Sword until the Last Day!”

Aby Ayyub at Constantinople

30 Jun

The last campaign Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) took part in was the one prepared by Mu’awiyah and led by his son Yazid against Constantinople. Abu Ayyub at that time was a very old man, almost eighty years old. But that did not prevent him from joining the army and crossing the seas as a graze in the path of God. After only a short time engaged in the battle, Abu Ayyub fell ill and had to withdraw from fighting. Yazid came to him and asked..

“What is it you need, Abu Ayyub?”

“Convey my salaams to the Muslim armies and say to them:

‘Abu Ayyub urges you to penetrate deeply into the territory of the enemy as far as you can go, that you should carry him with you and that you should bury him under your feet at the walls of Constantinople.”‘ Then he breathed his last.

The Muslim army fulfilled the desire of the companion of the Messenger of God. They pushed back the enemy’s forces in attack after attack until they reached the walls of Constantinople. There they buried him.

29 Oct

“Never will they be pleased with you (Muslims) until you follow their Millah (religion, ideology, values and way of Life).” [EMQ 2:120]

The Messenger Muhammad (SAW) said, “Indeed, the best speech is the Book of Allah.”; so with that I begin. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’aan:

“And who turns away from the Millah (religion, ideology, way of life, values) of Ibrahim except him who befools himself?” [EMQ 2:130]

The Millah of Ibrahim (AS) is a divine, legislated way of life. It is an excellent example, not just for the followers of the Messenger Muhammad (SAW), but also for the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) himself. Allah (SWT) says:

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“Indeed, there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people, ‘Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah! We have rejected you, and between us and you is hostility and hatred forever, until you believe in Allah Alone.” [Al-Mumtahinah, 60:4]

This was the da’wah (preaching) and hikmah (wisdom) of Ibrahim (AS) and his followers – who, if alive today, would undoubtedly be accused of preaching hatred. His da’wah was not diluted or sugar-coated, to please the authorities or sceptical disbelievers. Rather, his message was a message of hate for those who disbelieved in Allah (SWT) and a message of love, peace and glad tidings for the servants and worshippers of Almighty Allah (SWT).

His Manhaj (method) of da’wah cannot be disputed as it is clearly documented and preserved in the Book of Allah (60:4), until the Day of Judgement.

The da’wah of the Anbiyaa’ (Prophets), which we have been ordered to follow (especially ‘Ulama), will inevitably lead to trials, hardship and persecution. The Anbiyaa’ (Prophets) were the best men to walk the face of the earth. They are pleased with Allah (SWT), and He is pleased with them. Yet they were killed by their people (the prophets of Bani Israel), boycotted, attacked, imprisoned, deported, persecuted, ridiculed and slandered. Allah (SWT) says:

“Or do you think that you will enter Paradise without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken (for fear of the enemy – Tafseer Ibn Katheer) that even the Messenger and those who believed with him said, ‘when will the Help of Allah come?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [EMQ 2:214]

It is further reported in an authentic (Saheeh) hadeeth that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“The saw would be placed on the middle of the head of one of those who were before you (believers) and he would be sawn from his head to his feet, and he would be combed with iron combs between his skin and bones, yet that would not make him change his religion.” [Fath ul-Baari, 6:716]

So these were the consequences, backlash and repercussions endured by the Anbiyaa’ and their pious, God-fearing followers, which they conceal from you, knowingly or out of ignorance.

They are those who are happy to live under the authority of the disbelievers, with their cosy jobs and lifestyles – from among the secular doctors, nurses, solicitors, accountants, bankers, teachers, lecturers, civil servants, social workers, imams on salaries, councillors and so forth.

And because the Millah of Ibrahim and da’wah of the Anbiyaa’ results in hardship, difficulties, persecution and trials, and is of great inconvenience to them, they are unwilling to sacrifice for it and thereby risk losing what they have spent more than three-quarters of their lives chasing – their dream careers.

Consequently, they begin to criticise and condemn this path – of declaring enmity towards the disbelievers and what they worship – and those who are upon it. Instead, they falsely claim that Islam is just a religion of peace and tolerance, and we ought to love all of mankind and God’s creations. And they say we should be wise and not proclaim any hatred for Western (kufr) values and kufr (non-Islamic) ideologies, concepts and philosophies, such as democracy and freedom.

Consequently, they take the disbelievers as their friends, helpers and protectors, instead of the believers who emulate the Anbiyaa’, replicate their da’wah and are labelled by the enemies of Allah (SWT) as extremists, fundamentalists and terrorists.

So you should know, oh servants of Allah (SWT), that the disbelievers will never be pleased with you until you abandon the essence and meaning of the Kalimah – even though you may utter it or decorate your homes with it – and follow their way of life or version of Islam, instead of the Shari’ah.

The Deen of Islam not only requires one to invite the unbelievers to Tawheed (worship and obey Allah alone) with the best styles and means, but also to declare Walaa’ (loyalty and allegiance to Allah (SWT) and the believers) and Baraa’ (hatred for the disbelievers and what they worship besides Allah (SWT)). Do not expect to enter Paradise without facing hostility from the disbelievers. The Anbiyaa’ were not loved or admired by their people (the disbelievers).

From your brother behind bars

July 2008/ Rajab 1429

The Promise of Divine Help and Victory

18 Oct

Allah (swt) says:-
“Verily, We shall indeed help/give victory to  Our Messengers and those who believe, [both] in this world’s life and on the Day when all the witnesses shall stand up.” (Ghaafir 40:51)

“When the Help of Allah comes and the conquest and you see the people enter the deen of Allah in large numbers” (an Nasr :1-2)

“Truly Allah defends those who believe. Verily Allah likes not any treacherous ingrate. Permission to fight is given to those who are fighting them, because they have been oppressed and surely, Allah is able to give them victory. Those who have been expelled from their homes unjustly only because they said ‘Our Lord is Allah’ For had it not been that Allah checks one set of people by means of another monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques wherein the name of Allah is mentioned much would surely have been pulled down. Verily, Allah will help those who help His (cause). Truly Allah is Qawiun A’zeez.”(al-Hajj 22:38-40)

“O you who believe! Be you helpers (ansaar) of Allah as said I’sa ibn Maryam, to the huwaariyoon: ‘Who are my helpers (in the cause) of Allah?’ The huwaariyoon said ‘We are Allah’s helpers’ Then a group of the children of Israeel believed and a group disbelieved. So we gave power to those who believed against their enemies, and they became the uppermost.” (as Saff 61:14)

“Or do you think that you will enter paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said ‘When (will be) the Help of Allah?’ But verily the Help of Allah is near.”(al Baqarah 2:214)

Ubay bin Abi Ka’b reported that Nabi (saw) said “Bring glad tidings to this ummah that it will have the power, the pride, the deen, the victory on the earth. So he who worked to reap the rewards in this life rather than the hereafter he woul have no reward in the hereafter.” (AHMAD [5/114])

In the Musral hadeeth from Hasan it is reported that Rasool Allah (saw) said “Whoever meets death while is search of knowledge to revive Islam, there will be only one degree in Paradise between him and the prophets.” (DAARIMI, Mishkaat [vol.1 p.256])