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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Shariah comp-LIEnt investments- Exploiting the widespread ignorance

Do you remember when you were a kid your parents brought you a coin box to save any extra pocket money which was left with you? Savings is a good thing and its one of the part of planning for building a future. But, is savings the most primary thing or there is something more to it? Kids are initially reluctant to drop their coins into that coin box or 'piggy' bank as it is popularly known, which no longer comes only in the 'pig' shape but also seen in the form of fruits, cartoon figures and objects to attract the kids' interest. Soon, the parents succeed in training the kids in the habit of saving money by giving them examples of how they could benefit from it and luring them to save with an expectation of a bigger reward in the future.

When the kids grow up with such a habit of saving, they do not indulge in spending excessively. But, in Islam everything is done in moderation this applies also to savings. When the kids become adults, the savings concept has also grown up to become an 'investing' concept. The money in the coin box does not increase no matter how long a period we keep it in there. But, an investment made into a business has chances of growth over time ! So, the savings money is then transferred into business investments with careful planning. Some people have another way of earning which is the least risky i.e., earning regular interest on the deposited amount. Whereas in the former option the potential to earn is unlimited but it comes with a risk and investment has to be done with careful planning about the company and market conditions. In the second option the risk is minimized but the returns are not as high as investing in business directly. Gradually over time people master the skill of investing, sometimes suffer losses but nevertheless a careful planning yields good returns.

Now, this post is not to educate people about the basics of investing rather to ponder upon a topic which is of vital importance to the believers. Can we invest in any company? Although, I have personally come across some Muslims who have no objection in investing in any company but it is purely their personal opinions and not derived from the Shariah so its useless to argue over them. They are others who do believe that certain things are haram and hence we cannot invest in some companies, like those who produce haram things, process pork or sell alcohol et cetera. These people have a basis for their opinion from the Shariah derived from the Quran and Sunnah. Hence, with the spread of Islamic awareness after a period of ignorance and oppression we find many investment companies came up with the slogan 'Shariah Complaint Investments / Halal Investments, etc'. On one website I found the company claiming this - I quote verbatim 'We screen all the listed companies based on the Shariah guidelines and do not deal in the ones involved in Haraam businesses like production and sales of alcohol, tobacco, obscene entertainment, banking / finance companies and companies involved in operations that are detrimental for our environment and ecosystem'. And people are happy to invest their earnings into these companies thinking that they have finally found an 'Islamic Investment Company'.

But, please wait a minute. Is not involving in production and sales of alcohol, tobacco, obscene entertainment enough to make the company shariah complaint? Or have we neglected something more vital than alcohol and tobacco? As some of you might have guessed, the issue neglected is of Riba / Usury/ Interest. But, we aren't taking interest from the company, we are investing it and earning the profits, which is purely trade and trade is halal isn't it? But, wait a minute, is the company earning only from selling its products? One thing I learnt in Financial Management and Market Economics is that companies invest part of their surplus retained earnings into long term investments to generate capital, and what does this mean? In simple terms, they put this money in the banks and earn regular interest over a period of time thus earning from interest and this practice is almost everywhere in the Capitalist economic system. Hearing this, a lot of people stopped earning from such companies which practice this; but, there will always be those who will not be ready to sacrifice their dollar dreams just for a simple concept of Riba, and hence they will try to justify their investments and earning by changing names or terms, while in reality it still remains riba and they know it themselves. Lets see what is Riba, what does the Quran say about Riba and what did the Prophet (saws) had to say about it.

Quran Speaks:
O you who believe! Be mindful of God and give up what remains of al-riba if you are believers. If you do not do so, then receive a declaration of war from God and his Messenger. But if you repent, you shall have your capital sums (ru`us al-amwal). You do not deal unjustly and you are not dealt with unjustly (2:278-279)

Al-Baqarah 275. Those who eat Ribâ (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: "Trading is only like Ribâ (usury)," whereas Allâh has permitted trading and forbidden Ribâ (usury). So whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and stops eating Ribâ (usury) shall not be punished for the past; his case is for Allâh (to judge); but whoever returns [to Ribâ (usury)], such are the dwellers of the Fire - they will abide therein. 276. Allâh will destroy Ribâ (usury) and will give increase for Sadaqât (deeds of charity, alms, etc.) And Allâh likes not the disbelievers, sinners.

One of several Ahadith on Riba:
Hazrat Jabir r.a. has reported that the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him cursed the devourer of usury, its payer, its scribe and its two witnesses. He also said that they were equal (in sin).

Riba is one the most major sins in the sight of Allah and His Messenger. And Allah has already said that there will be some people who will say 'Riba is just like trading' and Allah mentioned the fate of such people in the Quran clearly.

It is unfortunate, that in spite of having 50+ countries calling itself 'Islamic', none of them have a Islamic economic system, or companies not dealing in Riba. Although, some claim that their companies have 'Islamic Banks' and 'Riba free' Investment, a closer look at these companies show that they are just using a different name while selling the same product, yes they are rarely some companies which are riba free but since they are unable to compete in the market of capitalists, they do not give as much returns and hence people are happy to invest in other companies giving higher returns under the label of 'shariah complaint'.

The investment firms claim that they invest in only those companies which do not involve in haram like alcohol, tobacco and pork but no one ever mentions about not investing in companies which directly earn from interest and this profit is passed on to us as dividends and makes us direct earners of riba, and claiming ignorance is not an excuse because no one invests without finding out about the company and ignorance about the company is not the reason but ignorance about the Shariah. The company releases an annual report every year and quarterly financial reports for its investors and in it they list all the earning and source of earnings, and if they do earn from long term investments and interest on savings, then we get a part of that haram money and since by investing in the company we are direct owners of a share, it is a direct earning of Riba on our part (It is NOT a wage\salary earned for services, rather a part of profits for being a part of owner (shareholder\investor). Unfortunately, today we do not have our system ruling in our own nations. But, to live according to Islam, Muslims have no choice but to implement the Islamic system of governance which includes economics and social laws, this is an obligation upon us and not an option. Only when we re-establish our own system in our lands and discard the kufr systems left over by the previous imperial British\French\Portuguese masters will we be able to prosper in the right sense and the blessings of Allah will be upon our earnings. We cannot ask a capitalist system to arrange for Islamic banking for us, because its like mixing oil and water. Even if we get an Islamic bank, it will only solve 5% of the problem, because 95% of the problem exists in the system of capitalism by which the whole nation is run.

"And whosoever does not rule by what Allah (swt) has revealed, such are the Kafirun (disbelievers)." [TMQ 5:44]

"And so rule between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires..." [TMQ 5:49] "The command (or the ruling) is for none but Allah." [TMQ 12:40]


There will always be people who will claim to be more 'progressive or logical' and they will claim that its impossible in todays world to invest without dealing in Riba and hence they should not be stopped or we won't progress. Well thats their statement and it should not be a justification of a sin. If there is no system conducive to our way of life, we should demand a system in our lands instead of flowing with the water as foam, we should stand up for our rights as a Muslim. In our own lands we are deprived of the fruits of Islam, and we succumb to the evil fruits of man made systems such as capitalism, communism , democracy and secularism which are inspired by nothing more than 'vain desires of man'. Progress comes from Allah, and that is the Aqeedah of a Muslim, investments are only a means to progress and when we invest by waging a war against Allah and His Prophet(saws) how can we expect Allah to put progress into such earnings? (O you who believe! Be mindful of God and give up what remains of al-riba if you are believers. If you do not do so, then receive a declaration of war from God and his Messenger....2:278-279).

Islam does not stop societies from progressing, rather it guides it to progress while maintaining a vital balance in the overall development of a society and nation and cares for the right of every creature in the jurisdiction of Islamic Shariah. The history of Islamic civilization is enough proof to the statement above. The world has seen a tremendous development in science and technology under the Islamic Khilafah, while Europe was in dark ages, Muslim scientists were pondering about sea routes, stars, world maps and medical sciences. The Islamic civilization was the one to hand over the torch of science and technology from the ancient to the modern age, itself being the vital link. Our system is not made by us rather in Islam, the system by Allah makes us !

By watering an apple tree and expecting it to bear mangoes on its branches, we are wasting our time, effort and resources and unintentionally making the unwanted tree stronger and stronger.



May Allah guide us all and give us the strength to carry forward the dawah of His deen to whole mankind so that everyone shares the fruits of prosperity, justice and equality like they were shared under Islamic Spain when even the Jews had their golden age under an Islamic System, and like under Umar (ra) when Africa became a richest continent with no one eligible to accept Zakah ! Ameen.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Halt tegen het lasteren van Islam - HALT! AGAINST THE SLANDERING OF ISLAM


The western 'thinkers' have lost the war of ideas and concepts against the Islamic world. In centuries of colonization, dividing and corruption spread in the Muslim lands could not eliminate the words of God from the minds of Muslims. They could brainwash everyone else, the Hindus have bowed to their corrupt systems, the Buddhists are happy, the communists have lost due to their illogical concepts, the Christians are happy singing hymns in the Church while oppression and tyranny reign in the world. The gap between the rich and poor is ever increasing, morality and social justice is thing of the past. Only the Muslims were not taking their 'dye' and retained their Islamic color. Something had to be done, so instead of scholarship, research, dialog and analysis they now use the tactic which was used since the birth of Islam, succeeded in the short run, but failed miserably in the long run. They use, lies, deceit, hatred and false propaganda to defame and present Islam as something it isn't. Misquoting the Quran, without quoting verses which come before and after those they quote, never mentioning the context of those verses, and relating those verses to political and economic struggle led by those they oppress. Europe has once again proven, that freedom of speech only means freedom to say lies, while the same nations are trying their best to curb the same freedom from the Muslims to voice their opinions, and wear their clothes with the Hijab ban in France and European supporters of it.

The Muslims of Holland have launched a peaceful, scholarly and informational campaign to respond to those allegations and slandering against Islam and the Prophet (saws). You can visit their website and online petition at http://www.haltlasterenvanislam.nl/content/view/39/87/

May Allah accept their services,
and ofcourse Allah said " ..when truth is hurled against falsehood, falsehood perishes, for falsehood by its nature is bound to perish.."

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Saved Sect - Direct Ticket to Jannah !

The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said, "There will not cease to be a group from my Ummah manifest and upon the truth not being harmed by those who forsake them neither by those who oppose them" and he (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) also said, "And this Ummah will split into seventy-three sects, all of them in the Hellfire but one". They said, which one is this O Messenger of Allaah? He replied, "They are those who are upon what I and my companions are upon today".

Of the infinite issues we are facing today, one of the major and vital ones is 'sectarianism' in Islam. Although, a blog is not a place to write in detail about sects and how they are formed and what purposes they serve (even if negative). Today, I would only like to 'refute' the claims of a sect which is busy 'refuting' the whole ummah who do not accept their conditions. They are busy calling others a 'khwariji' which is a softer way of saying 'kafir'. Point to be noted is, I do not adhere to any sect, so my words do not represent any sect or this is not a sectarian dialogue, rather a monologue aimed to analyze the claims of those who believe in sectarianism and divisions.
Today we have dozens of 'sects' in Islam, each claiming to be the saved sect. And one more I came across quite often is the 'sect' which calls itself 'xyzfi and boasts openly to be the 'saved sect'. (You can refer their websites and books to know more). The basis of their claim is that, according to the hadith quoted above, they follow the path of the Prophet (saws) and his companions (ra).

First things first, does the Quran say anything on this topic? Yes it does !
The Glorious Qur’an says: "And hold fast, All together, by the rope Which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves;" [Al-Qur’an 3:103]. Further the Quran says, "As for those who divide Their religion and break up Into sects, thou hast No part in them in the least:Their affair is with Allah:
He will in the end Tell them the truth Of all that they did." [Al-Qur’an 6:159] and "Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger"[Al-Qur’an 4:59]
... Surah Al-Mu'minun (23:52-53):"And verily this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah and I am your Lord, so keep your duty unto Me. But they have broken their religion among them into sects, each sect rejoicing in its tenets."

Did the prophet (saws) say anything about sects ? Sure he did...
According to Tirmidhi Hadith No. 171, the prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said, "My Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects, and all of them will be in Hell fire except one sect." The companions asked Allah’s messenger which group that would be. Where upon he replied, "It is the one to which I and my companions belong."

"Awf ibn Malik reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, 'The Jews split into 71 sects: one will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians split into 72 sects: 71 will enter Hell and one will enter Paradise. By Him in Whose hand is my soul, my Ummah will split into 73 sects: one will enter Paradise and 72 will enter Hell.' Someone asked, 'O Messenger ofAllah (Peace be upon him), who will they be?' He replied, 'The main body of the Muslims (al-Jama'ah).' And in another version of this Hadith the Prophet (Peace be upon him) goes onto say that the saved sect, "...Are those who follow my and my Sahaba's path" (Tirmidhi, vol. 2, pg. 89)

It is amusing, that the sectarians use this very hadith to prove that their sect is the saved sect. How? They claim that we will be divided, and only our sect is on the true path whereas all others will go to hell, for e.g. the 'xyzfis' are very open in calling everyone else as 'khwariji' and 'deviant' unless they accept the label as 'xyzfi'.

Analysis:

The Quran is crystal clear, it prohibits all divisions in clear words as you can read in your Quran using the references given above.

The hadith said By Him in Whose hand is my soul, my Ummah will split into 73 sects: one will enter Paradise and 72 will enter Hell. The Prophet (saws) said, WILL be split, he did not say 'should be split'. If something is going to happen, does not mean that we start making it happen or help it by dividing our deen, because in the verse quoted from Quran, Allah asked us to do the opposite. So, just because it 'will' split, does not justify our people's efforts to split it actively and distribute labels.

Now, the analysis about the second part of the hadith; the Prophet (Peace be upon him) goes onto say that the saved sect, "...Are those who follow my and my Sahaba's path" Please make a note, the Prophet (saws) DID NOT give a name of this sect, he gave a quality of the people of this sect. It might as well be an unofficial 'sect\group', how ? Do you remember, the 10 people who were given the glad tidings of paradise in this world itself ? we have a name for their group, we call them as 'Ashra Mubashra'. But, it was an imaginary group, they did not have a label or did not have special characteristics, it was a group based on their 'quality' not joining or affiliations. Similarly, among the 72 sects, can't there be a 'sect' of people who follow the prophet (saws) and his sahaba (ra) and still may not be a real 'sect'. It might as well be people from various sects, but the condition will be they have right aqeedah, right character and follow the ways of the Prophet and Sahaba (saws , ra). Now, as far as the claim 'join us we are saved sect', by saying so, that sect is claiming that anyone outside their sect is going to go to hell and is misguided! While, they find members of their own sect, some of them drink alcohol, gamble, earn haram incomes, involve in lots of haram, some are fasiqs, and they say they are saved, which implies that they mean to say that they "are those who follow the Prophet (saws) and his sahaba (ra) : astaghfiruallah, can they be really those who follow ? Just because they name a name for their sect and it claims to be saved ? Irrespective of their actions ? Its something for you to think.

Now, how necessary is it to call ourselves as 'xyzfi , abcdfi etc' ?
The 'xyzfi' are the most staunch, when it comes to sticking self-printed labels on self. They encourage the idea, that one should make sure to say one is 'xyzfi Muslim' and not just a Muslim. Okay point taken...

Argument: But, Allah called us Muslim in the Quran, how can we change the label or add to the label ? "Who is better in speech Than one who calls (men)To Allah, works righteousness, And says, ‘I am of those Who bow in Islam (Muslim)?’ "[Al-Qur’an 41:33] It is mentioned in chapter 3 verse 52 of Al-Qur’an that Jesus (pbuh) was a Muslim.Further, in chapter 3 verse 67, Al-Qur’an says that Ibrahim (pbuh) was not a Jew or a Christian but was a Muslim. Say ye: "Bear witness That we (at least) Are Muslims (bowing To Allah’s Will)." [Al-Qur’an 3:64] ??? Isn't it wrong to add-on to a label given by Allah ?

Sectarian \ xyzfi's explanation (I personally got): During the time of the sahaba there were no sects, so it was not needed for them to call themselves by any label. But, today we have everyone calling themselves Muslims, while they have beliefs far from Islamic Aqeedah. So, to make the other person know that you are on right track, you should use a label ' xyzfi Muslim', its a madhab of xyzfiyyah. Just calling ourselves 'Muslims' is not enough anymore.

My analysis: Firstly, during the time of the sahaba itself, there arose many difference of opinions among the sahaba themselves, they even had fights but did not have any label other than 'Muslim'. There were also 'sects' which started spreading misinformation about Islam, some did open kufr, some mixed Islam with kufr, so what did the sahaba and the salaf do? Instead of making a label for themselves, the sahaba and salaf, called those misguided people as 'khwariji' and they themselves retained the title of 'Muslim'. And thats the reason, there were no 'sects' during their time. Its like saying, "they did not shave because they had long beards", while the truth is, they had long beards because they did not shave, not vice versa. They did not have 'sects' because they did not 'invent' them, although they had difference of opinions, they retained their label as 'Muslim' or calling the misguided people as 'Khwariji' they did not add-on words to their titles as ABC Muslim or XYZ Muslim, to distinguish from those misguided people.

Do these people know more than Allah, about what those who call people towards truth should call themselves ? If they have a Quran, please read what Allah wanted such people to call themselves.
“Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works
righteousness, and says, ‘I am a Muslim" Quran 41:33
Did Allah have no knowledge that later the Muslims will divide in groups? Did Allah not know they will be among the Muslims, who will not be really Muslims, like some of our honorable salafi fasiq kings directly responsible for millions of death, tortures and rapes of my sisters in Afghanistan ,......, ......... and Iraq.

Muslim was the label for people who call others towards Allah's path. Irrespective of some people using it wrongly or justly. A man cannot come along and start changing what Allah put in.

Just for arguement sake, lets agree the xyzfi is right, although its illogical and baseless reasoning.
So, suppose today there are 100,000 people calling themselves 'xyzfi Muslim', years pass and then we have difference of opinions among the xyzfi sect itself (because when humans use minds, difference of opinions occurs in their thinking and reasoning). Like today we have, Madkhalis xyzfis, Sahwi xyzfis and xyzfifi Jihadis. Now, what does a xyzfi say when you argue, which of them is on 'true' path of 'sect' 'xyzfi' ? He will quickly say, those are imposters and misguided, they are not xyzfi etc etc. Hey hey, why double standards? When it came to true path of Islam, you wanted an add-on label to the label given by Allah as Muslim. And, now when it comes to true 'xyzfi' instead of further classifying your sect into 'abc xyzfi' and 'xyz xyzfi', you are removing others from your sect ? Like you made Muslim as xyzfi Muslim, why dont you make xyzfi as Abc xyzfi and Xyz xyzfi to show that your on truth of madhab of xyzfiyyah? (In reality, we already have them.) Some xyzfis may even agree to do so, because of a brainwashed mentality to divide and further divide with labels which serve no purpose, because labels are rendered meaningless in time, only label we accept is 'Muslim', because that was the label given by Allah. So, by now we have 'Abc xyzfi Muslim' and Xyz xyzfi Muslim'.... we go further 25 years and each sect has new scholars and new difference of opinions, so will they further divide each sub-division to show what they 'truly' believe ? .. If they did, we'll have something like "123 Abc xyzfi Muslim' and "789 Xyz xyzfi Muslim" . . . imagine what will happen after 25 more years and new scholars and a little more difference of opinions ?

One more characteristic of most xyzfis I met is, they swear blind allegiance to the kings of Saudi. And they quote a reason for their belief... they say " Ash-Shahrastaanee defines a Khariji as: Anyone who walks out against (seeking to overthrow) the true appointed Imam (leader) upon whose leadership the Jamaa'ah is in agreement is called a Khariji." And hence, we should support the Saudi Kings as they are our Imams.
My point is, who appointed the Kings of Saudi ? Do they claim to be a khalifah? Did they ever take 'bayah' from the public? Is a 'truly appointed Imam' just because he is born to another king, become 'truly appointed' ? Does, Islam appoint leaders based on birth only? Those kings, invest billions of dollars in Riba based (Interest based) companies in USA (like Citigroup), UK and Europe (This fact is open for you to investigate). Some rulings about Riba,

Al-Baqarah 275. Those who eat Ribâ (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: "Trading is only like Ribâ (usury)," whereas Allâh has permitted trading and forbidden Ribâ (usury). So whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and stops eating Ribâ (usury) shall not be punished for the past; his case is for Allâh (to judge); but whoever returns [to Ribâ (usury)], such are the dwellers of the Fire - they will abide therein. 276. Allâh will destroy Ribâ (usury) and will give increase for Sadaqât (deeds of charity, alms, etc.) And Allâh likes not the disbelievers, sinners.

Ahadith on Riba:
Hazrat Jabir r.a. has reported that the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him cursed the devourer of usury, its payer, its scribe and its two witnesses. He also said that they were equal (in sin). Further says Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that riba is a conglomeration of 70 major sins, the lightest of which is like committing adultery with o­ne’s own mother.

So, if you find out that those rulers involve in interest based companies which Muslim would want to give support to such a ruler, who is using the land's wealth as a king (not even as appointed ruler), and helping the kuffar riba based companies ? I leave it to the public.

SecondlyQuran says, "And whosoever does not rule by what Allah (swt) has revealed, such are the Kafirun (disbelievers)." [TMQ 5:44] "And so rule between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires..." [TMQ 5:49] "The command (or the ruling) is for none but Allah." [TMQ 12:40]

Further says,

"0 you who believe! Take not as (your) Bitanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, etc.) those outside your religion since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you, they desire to harm you severely." [TMQ 3:118]

"Those who take disbelievers for 'Auliya' (protectors, helpers, friends) instead of believers, do they seek honor, power and glory with them? Verily, then to Allah belongs all honor, power and glory." [TMQ 4:139]

"0 you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as 'Auliya' (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but 'Auliya' to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as 'Auliya', then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (wrongdoers, oppressors)." [TMQ 5:51]

"0 Prophet (Muhammad)! Keep your duty to Allah, and obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites." [TMQ 33:1] "And obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and harm them not (until you are ordered). And put your trust in Allah, and sufficient is Allah as a Wakil (Trustee, or disposer of affairs)." [TMQ 33:48]

"0 you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth (Islam, the Qur'an, and the Sunnah), and have driven out the Messenger and yourselves because you believe in Allah your Lord! If you have come forth to strive in My Cause and to seek My Good Pleasure, (then take not these disbelievers as your friends). You show friendship to them in secret, while I am All-Aware of what you conceal and what you reveal. And whosoever of you (Muslims) does that, then indeed he has gone (far) astray, (away) from the Straight Path." [TMQ 60:1]


Is this your 'truly appointed' imam which you do not want to speak out against ? He is not an Imam, nor 'appointed' nor did anyone give 'bayah or pledge' to him other than blinded 'xyzfis' who are sponsored by those Kings, and in turn preach their King-slam not Islam of Mohammed (saws). It is a parasitic relationship, they support a sect with money and the sect supports them with brainwashing people to bow down to them, while the money is coming from haram income from companies which deal in riba and owned by the kuffar, and they justify this saying that 'its for bigger good of the ummah', can you do haram and defy Allah and then assume you are doing a bigger good for the same people, against whom you are helping the kuffar?

Saudi Arabia, under those fasiq rulers has bases for American and Kuffar soldiers, provides comfortable amenities for kuffar troops, provides oil and fuel to those aircraft which go and bomb fellow Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, please re-read the verses above in this context.

One Creator One Quran One Ummah One Aqeedah One Label Muslim

Allahu Alim


Stated ‘Abdul-Azeez bin Abdur-Rahmaan Aal as-Sa’ood, "Indeed I am Salafi, my aqidah is Salafiyyah, by whose requirements I traverse upon the Book and the Sunnah". (Stated during the pilgrimage of 1965, ‘Al-Mushaf was-Sayf’ p.135).

Shaikh Saalih Aal ash-Shaikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs of Saudi Arabia, stated, "Muslims are of two groups: Salafis and Khalafis. As for the Salafis, then they are the followers of Salaf us-Saalih (first three generations of Muslims). And as for the Khalafis, then they are the followers of the understanding of the Khalaf and they are also called Innovators - since everyone who is not pleased and satisfied with the path of the Salaf us-Saalih, in knowledge and action, understanding and fiqh, then he is a khalafi, an innovator." (Haadhihi Mafaaheemunaa, Chapter on Ascription Salaf and Salafiyyah).

IF PICTURES SPEAK MORE THAN 1000 WORDS, these pictures can speak much more !

The Beginning of a gameplan when the Ottoman Khilafah existed, and applied Islamic Shariah system for its people. ....





















"I make sure you remain in power, you make sure you accept my policies, we can be a great team !"

"0 you who believe! Take not as (your) Bitanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, etc.) those outside your religion since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you, they desire to harm you severely." [TMQ 3:118]










"Did u get the speech our president wants you to give to your public ? Speak a lot about how much you love Islam, and make sure you get your emotions right. Don't forget the dinner and CitiGroup is thankful for your Prince Bandar's investments to save it from going down ! Keep investing or we stop supporting, look what we did to Saddam, when he stopped assisting."

Al-Baqarah 275. Those who eat Ribâ (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitân (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: "Trading is only like Ribâ (usury),




"I wish every Muslim leader realized, how much fun it is to shake hands with us. We can rule, and I won't talk of democracy in your land as long as you support my countries demands. Democracy is only when the rulers are not in my pocket. And I know, how to have my man be elected in democracy, its an old game leaders play."

"And whosoever does not rule by what Allah (swt) has revealed, such are the Kafirun (disbelievers)." [TMQ 5:44]







Did the salaf welcome enemies in this way? Or what procedure or policies did they have when holding talks with enemies?










"0 Prophet (Muhammad)! Keep your duty to Allah, and obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites." [TMQ 33:1] "And obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and harm them not (until you are ordered). And put your trust in Allah, and sufficient is Allah as a Wakil (Trustee, or disposer of affairs)." [TMQ 33:48]











"0 you who believe! Take not My enemies and your enemies as friends, showing affection towards them, while they have disbelieved in what has come to you of the truth (Islam, the Qur'an, and the Sunnah), and have driven out the Messenger and yourselves because you believe in Allah your Lord! If you have come forth to strive in My Cause and to seek My Good Pleasure, (then take not these disbelievers as your friends). You show friendship to them in secret, while I am All-Aware of what you conceal and what you reveal. And whosoever of you (Muslims) does that, then indeed he has gone (far) astray, (away) from the Straight Path." [TMQ 60:1]



“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke






At the same time, what was happening in Iraq, Afganistan, Kashmir, Chechnya, Gauntanamo Bay Prison, Prisons in Iraq, and a dozen more countries ? I do not want to post those pictures here...

.... Nothing mentioned in this post, is intended to be forced down your throat. It is only a line of thinking, inviting you to think a little outside your limits of sects or stereotypes... think.. and sincere research will give you results of knowledge, which when applied, results in fruits.


Allahu Alim

Disclaimer: This blog and its author, do not encourage nor condone violence or terrorism in any form, in uniforms under a national flag, or in masks with a weird organizational label. Killing an innocent person including elderly, women and children, who are not involved in active combat is not allowed in Islamic rule of war, and torturing prisoners of war is considered barbaric and inhuman.

The process to change is by changing ideas, because ideas are stronger than bombs... You can kill a man, but you can't kill his ideas. The ideas of Islam, the Prophet (saws) and the sahaba will always remain, they just need to be spread and ideas change nations, bombs are only used to defend and protect it from barbarian invaders\occupiers\imperialists\colonialists\etc.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Is this a new thing ?

In recent years, the world has seen an apparently new phenomenon. A chain of events in which either a book is written against Islam in a very derogatory way, or someone makes a cartoon to incite hatred and protest from 1.5 billion Muslims around the world and lately I found people talking about a movie which is to the same effect. The common thing in all the events are:

1) The events, authors, or publishers are well supported by the European and Western governments.
2) Irrespective of their previous literary accomplishments or the lack of them, and ignoring the junk quality of their literary works, they are showered with awards and international recognition and suddenly a loser becomes a hero in literary circles, not without the disgust of the real gems of the literary world.
3) Every such event, book or movie, elicits lot of reaction from the Muslim world and some of this leads to violence and loss of lives.
4) And after every such protest, those governments and groups promptly issue statements about how violent and savage Muslims are and how they were right about what they show in the movies.
5) And every such shameful act is justified in the name of 'freedom of speech' while they openly deny that same freedom to Muslim women who want to cover their own heads in France, by imposing a ban on head scarf, hypocrisy !

Now, is this a new phenomenon ?

The history of western animosity to Islam is centuries old. A French writer, Count Henri Decastri, wrote a book in 1896 entitled ‘Islam' in which he stated;

‘I cannot imagine what the Muslims would say if they heard the tales of the mediaeval ages and understood what the Christian orators used to say in their hymns; all our hymns even those which emerged before the 12th century emanated from one concept which was the cause of the crusades, these hymns were filled with hatred towards the Muslims due to the total ignorance of their religion. As a result of those hymns and songs, hatred against that religion became fixed in people's minds, and the erroneous ideas deeply rooted, some of which are still carried nowadays. Everyone used to regard the Muslims as polytheists, disbelievers, idol worshippers and apostates.'

A quick glance at history shows us that, this is nothing new and nothing creative. This was happening since 1400 years. During the time of the Prophet (saw) the propaganda against Islam started very early on during the Makkan period. Once the Da'wah started to take root in Makkah and shake the societal relationships, the Quraysh initiated a relentless campaign of libel and propaganda against Islam. This propaganda was not just confined to Makkah but spread to neighbouring tribes and even abroad to Abyssinia.

The Quraysh carefully planned how they could best discredit Islam especially during the Hajj season when Makkah would receive a huge influx of visitors. After a lengthy debate, the government of Quraysh agreed to accuse the Prophet (saw) of being a sorcerer possessing the Sihr al-Bayan (magic of words) and went around telling those in Makkah not to listen to him. Abu Lahab, the Prophet's (saw) hateful uncle followed him around everywhere telling people not to listen to his message.

Since, the birth of Islam the western world has looked at Islam as an enemy because Islam was accepted by the world like no other religion before. In a decade after the formation of the first Islamic Khilafah, one third of the world was being ruled by Islam. People entered into Islam community by community, nation by nation and this was seen as a threat by the Church ruled theocratic Europe. People loved Islam because, an Islamic state was not ruled by a Pope or theocratic system, nor was the system oppressive to anyone. Islamic state had rights for Muslims, rights for Non-Muslims and security was ensured for everyone. The generosity and the never seen beauty in any system can be seen in the way, Islamic state treated the Jews. While throughout centuries, the Church led oppression on the Jews always increased, they were homeless and eventually took refuge in Islamic Spain. The Church, was oppressive and barbaric to various sects in Christianity which did not believe as the Pope wanted them to believe, and this religious fanaticism and barbaric cleansing was termed as 'inquisition' which has nothing comparable in the history of mankind. The same Jews which were homeless for centuries had their 'Golden Age' of literature and culture under the fruitful system of Islamic Khilafah in Andalusia. Science and technology, art, literature, medicine, architecture and cultural development were at their best while under the system of Khilafah. Europe was in the dark ages, and the Church led rule, gave no hope. The power hungry priest rulers, started a campaign against Islam, using lies and deceit right from that time. Rumors were spread about how barbaric and uncivilized the Muslims are, and how backward their lands are, and how they mistreat the Christians in their lands. Thus, by spreading hatred and lies, they managed to gather the largest armies from Europe to bring bloodshed and misery to a growing and far superior civilization. They started their bloody 'crusades' and spared not even the Christians living in Jerusalem who were from a different sect of Christianity. Blood flowed in the streets of Jerusalem when the barbaric crusaders came in the name of their religion to 'liberate' Jerusalem. They were awestruck with the splendid city, the medical hospitals, the markets the system and prosperity, the only good thing they got from the crusades was a spark to cause renaissance in their backward barbaric and theocratic Europe, this period would first bring the Europe of Dark ages face to face with the Islamic world, the books were translated, arts exchanged, languages learnt, and thus Islam was still giving light to the dark theocratic Europe.

In the 11th century the propaganda against Islam was used to fuel the crusades against the Muslim holy land of Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem). The savagery and hatred of these ‘religious' crusaders is well documented. On their entry into Jerusalem they slaughtered so many inhabitants that according to the account of one of the crusaders "the slaughter was so great that our men waded in blood up to their ankles."

Despite the atrocities of the crusaders, when Salahudeen Ayyubi re-opened Jerusalem two centuries later he did not take revenge on them and instead gave them safe passage back to Europe. His actions exemplified the objective of jihad , which is to make Allah's (swt) word the highest and not to simply slaughter and kill people in an indiscriminate holy war.


Since, the first said lies and deceit had worked against Islam, it never ended. Every years we have seen people write a book, make a movie or publish something derogatory to Islam. So much that even their present Pope could not stop himself from following the footsteps of his predecessors in this shameful display of lies and deceit.

In 1917 when Britain occupied Palestine, General Lord Allenby planting his sword in the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, boasted "Now end the Crusades!"

In July 1920 when the French general Henri Gouraud took charge of Damascus, he strode up to Salahudeen's tomb next to the Grand Mosque, kicked it and exclaimed, "Awake Saladin, we have returned. My presence here consecrates the victory of the Cross over the Crescent."

Islam is a religion, which has grown inspite of centuries of efforts to stop it, they can crush people, bomb homes, blast Mosques, blaspheme the Prophet, sabotage the media but can they stop hearts from being guided when they look to find the truth ? Muslims love every Prophet of God, right from Adam to Moses to Jesus to the final Messenger Mohammed (peace be upon them all), Muslims love their Messenger more than they love themselves, and is this the way you use 'freedom of speech' ? Abusing the Messenger is more hurtful to a Muslim than abusing his mother, and you do it repeatedly and when someone reacts in anger, you show that as a sign of his barbaric nature ?

If it was really 'freedom of speech' these people really honored. I would like to ask, if hurting a billion and a half people is justified in the name of 'freedom', why can't they let a Muslim girl cover her own body in the schools of France? Why can't a Muslim woman have the 'freedom of expression' when she wants to wear clothes as a human, isn't this hypocrisy, while you encourage abuse and hatred against 1.5 billion Muslims, you cannot accept that a woman has a right to wear her own clothes when she herself wishes to do it? And, they talk about liberating 'Muslim women' ! alas, when will you realize, Muslim women are more liberated then your women. Muslim women have the right to cover their own bodies and they do not enjoy displaying their bodies for you to feast upon, its your women who have no choice, your system exploited woman to the extent that it reduced her to a display piece and a physical 'thing' to be used.

How should the Muslims react ?
We all know the main aim of those derogatory works is nothing about literary value or contribution to research, rather the aims are all political. By inciting violence, they want a chance to show Muslims in the way they want the world to see us. Involving in blind violence against unknown civilians is not the Islamic way, nor did our Prophet teach such a thing. Had there been an Islamic Khilafah existing today, it would have raised it voice as a nation representing us, but alas we destroyed our khilafah ourselves by fooling ourselves with kufr concepts of nationalism, secularism, capitalism and democracy. Our lands are full of Muslims but led by people who have no backbone nor any interest in the affairs of the Ummah. Muslims, should speak out in the best way possible, use every means, write, speak, demonstrate but do not assume that this is the solution, it is only a temporary thing. At the same time, Muslims must work towards uniting, spreading awareness about the Islamic system, they should work towards implementing the Islamic khilafah governance in their lands and uproot the British\French\Portuguese gifted kufr systems left behind when they left our lands after looting it for centuries. Advancement and development does not come from kufr, but from Islam. The Islamic world was at the pinnacle of science and technology in every sector when the Islamic system of governance was implemented, and not to mention the social justice provided by laws revealed by Allah Himself.

Moreover, it is not for these reasons that Muslims should implement Islamic system. Being a Muslim itself, it becomes obligatory upon every Muslim to strive to implement the laws of Allah because Allah says in the Qur'an "He who rules by anything other than what Allah has revealed is a disbeliever 5:44" today the whole Muslim world is ruled by something other than what Allah has revealed? what do you make of it ? How could we ignore such a vital obligation and made ourselves busy in fighting over the length of the beard and how many rakah for taraweeh and about issues over which Islam is so flexible, while ignoring vital obligations and fard actions?
Allahu Alim, may Allah guide us. Allahhumma Ansurna Alal Qawmil Kafireen, alal Qawmidh'Dhalimeen, alal Qaemil munafiqeen, Ameen.