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Friday, March 21, 2008

"I believe in Quran...but its not practical" sounds a familiar statement ?

First things first, if you are a Muslim who has accepted Islam, I may remind you that rejecting verses of the Quran or the authentic ahadith of from Prophet (saws) removes one from the state of Islam to the state of kufr and these are Islamic limitations. We cannot decide that we are Muslim just by labeling ourselves, it is our beliefs and affiliations which decide what we are. This post is purely intended for the people who are Muslims, those who believe and affirm that the Quran is the final revelation, and that Mohammed (saws) was the final Messenger and whatever he said was from Allah Himself. As a Muslim we do not place our personal opinions and philosophies above the Quran or the Prophet's teachings. No one is forced to be a Muslim, as Islam clearly states 'No Compulsion in religion, truth stands out clearly from falsehood' so, one is free to choose if they want to be Muslim or not, and if they choose to be a Muslim they are obligated by Islam to keep the Quran and Sunnah as their primary sources before any other source including their own 'intuitions' opinions and philosophies. Hence, when the Quran is quoted here, it means its binding on the Muslims to keep it above any other opinion of any scholar, teacher, professor or our own self. If someone does not agree with the Quran then they better call their religion by some other name and leave Islam to what Islam is, instead of forming a version of Islam because 'Islam' is 'copyrighted' to Mohammed (saws) no one has the right to use that term and put their own words into his text or rulings.

If someone gives a valid explanation or shows a command or law from the Quran, it is binding on those who 'choose' to be a Muslim, to submit to that commandment or law unless someone else shows them evidence from the same Quran that the law does not apply anymore. If they think these are not practical laws, then they are free to make their own religion and beliefs but do not ascribe it to Allah or His Messenger, and nor infringe on the copyright of the term 'Islam' because Islam was only from Mohammed (saws) as he taught it, if you disagree with what he had to say, please pick a name for your religion, don't misguide people by selling sand in boxes labeled as gold.

There seem to be a growing so-called 'group' amongst the ummah which is propagating the idea that the Quran and Hadith are not meant to be taken literally but kept as an 'inspiration' metaphorically, in other words, they want to say 'the State is separate from the Church' as the Christians did when they got fed up with the barbaric rudimentary and theocratic church which abolished science and tortured sects of their own religion in the name of 'inquisition' and which was responsible for many bloody wars in the history of mankind which were never repeated by any other nation even till now. This group is more dangerous than the kuffar because, they act like us, while propagate ideas which negate us from Islam. They propagate the idea that following Islam as commanded by Allah in the Quran is impossible in today's world and hence we should become 'moderate' and stop trying in vain. Some are those who do it out of ignorance while there are others who make it their motto of life to 'evolve' islam, while some are planted and watered by the kuffar to program the ummah's mind to sing their tune.

Someone recently a friend told me that he read a book in which the author was inciting the people to kill the disbelievers and take their properties in the name of Islam, and quickly my friend labelled him as an 'extremist'. I said, wait a minute. Does Islam say "kill the disbelievers and take their properties" except in the state of war? and the answer was negative. Then, I said, how can someone who is asking us to do something which Islam does not ask us to do, be a "Islamic\Muslim Extremist"? Because, when I read that term, it implies in simple English that, that person is inspired by Islam to hold such views, while it is never the case ! How can you call a person who kills civilians in the name of Islam during a time of peace as Muslim extremist while he is in fact violating the teachings of Islam ? How can I be an 'extremist mathematician' if I propagate the idea that 2 + 2 = 5 ? would you call me an 'extremist mathematician' ? or a miguided mathematician? so why double standards when it comes to Islam?

My previous post about the label 'extremist' tries to shed some light how this term came into our vocabulary, and has almost stuck itself to 'Islamic extremist' like the term 'terrorist' is always linked to a Muslim. It is unfortunate to see our own people fall prey to this linguo-psychological mass programming initiated by the kuffar leaders to cause divisions in the ranks of Muslims and make us as confused as we were at the time of the battle of Uhud and thus they can win over us while we are busy labeling each other and defining our labels which have no basis in Islam itself and were the labels purely gifted to us by the kuffar leaders and propagated by the literature, movies and television channels sponsored by them.

By picking up religious vocabulary from the Kuffar leaders and propagating them amongst ourselves, and trying to label each other using the labels given by the kuffar, we are unintentionally helping their agenda. While Islam is flexible, yet nor Allah nor His final Messenger (saws) gave us any definitions of a 'Extremist \ fundamentalist \ moderate' Muslim, we are not in a position to make labels and definitions ourselves and stick them to each other's back. The kuffar leaders are not new age prophets to give us our identities, they got no new revelation from Allah that we ought to 'listen and obey' them. They injected racism, then left our nations after centuries of imperial colonization with a venom in our blood called nationalism which still runs in our people, yet Islam still was uniting the world and now the new venom of 'Extremist \ Moderate' which is yet another attempt to divide and rule. The Prophet (saws) gave up his entire life to eliminate 'racism, nationalism, tribalism, sectarianism, mysticism, vandalism and capitalism' to bring the light of Islam into our lands and our hearts illuminated with his divine message. Let us not pollute our hearts and again fill them with things the Prophet (saws) wanted to eliminate, his message was clear, we are one Ummah, one family, so much that he said we are like one single body and each of us different parts of a single body, mashallah !

Differences of opinion will exist forever among Muslims, this shows how flexible and humane Islam is, while Islam makes clear distinction on major issues which clearly define who is a Muslim and who is not, it also leaves space for people to hold opinions, because only when people 'think' do they form opinions, as long as an opinion is based on the two ONLY sources of Islam - Quran and Sunnah they are valid opinions and any opinion with a stronger 'daleel' evidence from the sources can be accepted. But, it does not mean we are left to label ourselves like we want, our label is only 'Muslim' the label given to us by Allah Himself, lets not throw the label given by Allah to replace it with a label by a Bush or Blair or some scholar sitting on a cushion and passing 'fatawa'. Allahu Alim, may Allah guide us all, may Allah remove us again from the darkness of ignorance 'dhulum' to the radiance of truth 'islaam', and grant us proper understanding of His deen. Ameen

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