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Published On: Fri, Nov 28th, 2014

Muslims, the issues and the truth (1I)

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Muslim PrayingIslam Explained By Husain Zakariyya Yawale

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Allah says: 

“The unbelievers are protectors, one of another: unless ye do this, (protect Each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief.”[al-Anfaal: 73]

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise is due to Allah! We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our evils and bad deeds. Anyone who is guided by Allah is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and final messenger to mankind. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon His last and final Apostle, his Household, his companions and all his followers till the end of time.

Last week we started enumerating the numerous serious issues de-Islamizing the Muslims today. We have seen how lack of proper comprehension of the Shari’ah which is compounded by their lack of benefiting from the modern education. The so called Islamic renaissance did not come with positive benefit to even the common Muslims rather with profanity without regard to anyone. This negative trend can not be unconnected with the radical ignorance which characterized the entire processes. They chose to use the destructive aspects of the modern knowledge rather than benefiting from the positive aspects of it.

An In-depthstudy of their methods and approach to establishing an Islamic state; a state characterized by and governed by the Shari’ah; the version they expounded directly from their shallow understanding of the sacred contents devoid of impartial discourses that surround the imports of language unit which help to determine its intendedinterpretation by the first Muslim scholars of the Islam’s glorious generations. The outcome of their conclusion are also independent of the acceptable set of facts and circumstances that surround a situation or event before, during and after revelation and legislation. The type of Islam they present to the world completely lacks sensibility and responsiveness at the time Islam was first preached by the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) to the Arabs. While that Islam was appealing due to its inherent mercy and sensibility, theirs is marked by hooliganism, barbarism, murder and destructions.

In fact, to understand the style of their Islam from Nigeria to Somalia and Mali, to the ISIL, the summary executions, rampages and carnage are identical, inprocedure and form; shooting on the head at point-blank range!

They use mass destructive and assault weapons to cause maximum havoc and untold damages on the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the world at large. They also present to the world analien Islam; one that is unprecedented in its disparaging nature and radical in its content.While in the real world they portend Islam as incompatible and adaptable religion with modern set up of our present societies. That Islam is segregating and disruptive way of life which does not assimilate other cultures and civilizations; a religion characterized by unrests, disorders or noncompliance with human responsiveness even in matters of discretion and clemency.

The true Islam to which I am thankful to Allah, I believe appropriate, explicitly decreed that human life is sacred and sacrosanct. It should not be at the discretion of any human being. The Qur’an has clearly and in ambiguous terms warns on indiscriminant taking of anybody’s life without recourse to proper scrutiny and procedures carried out by well competent and unbiased jurists whose instinct is controlled by deep and sincere fear of Allah and the Last Day!

There was a moment when in the sixth year of the Hijrah which corresponded to 628 A.D.,the Prophet wanted to go Mecca and perform lesser Hajj and was blocked and denied access by the meccan tribe leaders. Though he did not intend to attack them, he was highly competent looking at the number of his followers and their state high spiritual readiness to venture into any mission and succeed. But, Allah in His infinite mercy did not sanction battle with the meccan leaders at that material time for many merciful and clemency reasons in relation to life and properties. Allah says:

“They are the ones who denied Revelation and hindered you from the sacred Mosque and the sacrificial animals, detained from reaching their place of sacrifice. Had there not been believing men and believing women whom ye did not know that ye were trampling down and on whose account a crime would have accrued to you without (your) knowledge, ((Allah) would have allowed you to force your way, but He held back your hands) that He may admit to His Mercy whom He will, if They had been apart, we should certainly have punished the unbelievers among them with a grievous punishment.”[al-Fathi: 25]

This verse has gone in great details to enunciate the expanse of Allah’s mercy humanity and the sacrosanct of their lives. This was at a time when numerous idols of different shapes and sizes were seen dotted all over the Sacred House of Allah. But, for the sacredness of human life, and in disregard to religious differences, everybody was preserved and protected by this verse above. Allah did not want indiscriminant and sporadic killing for fear killing the innocents mistakenly or unknowingly.Thus, in addition to the preservation of the believers’ lives which was central in giving the decree, notwithstanding, the non-believers also benefitted with respites of time elongation for re-thinking and subsequent repentance in the future. Therefore, Allah did not allow them to force their way into Mecca to perform the Umrah that year.

Similarly, the respite was given out of Allah’s mercy in whoseKnowledge the guidance from eternity whom He will He will guide or not. Indeed it is Allah alone Who admits to His mercy whom He will at any particular time. Thus, guidance is solely in the Hand of Allah. He decreed that there should not be compulsion in religion.

The activities of the so-called and self-acclaimed purists is causing relentless shrill and coarse broad-brushing on the gentleness and mercy of Islam, and eventually sending away prospective converts, in return for equally radical islamophobia and intense hatred.

However, for the discerning and enlighten minds the ignorance with which Islam is being portrayed is pathetic and alarming in style and content. The only way to set Islam free from the hands of these radical illiterates in the garbs of religious people will continue to pose serious threats to the central Islam unless and until we move in unison and reclaim it.

May Allah continue to save His religion by guiding us unto the straight parth!

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