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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Apologetics rush to apologize and condemn with no evidence

Alhamdulillah, all praise be unto Allah Who has created us and guided us to the truth of Islam. Islam is a unique religion and ideology, in one hadith the prophet of Allah (SAWS) is reported to have been said, "The Muslim Ummah is a unique Ummah among the whole of mankind: Their Land is ONE, their War is ONE, their Peace is ONE, their Honor is ONE and their Trust is ONE." (Ahmed). Allah says in the Noble Quran, "And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allâh (i.e. this Qur'ân), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allâh's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islâmic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allâh makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided....And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment." Quran 3:103, 105.

Inspite of the reminders from Allah and His messenger today we find ourselves in a serious position of conflict of interest with regards to the place we live in and the deen we claim to follow. The kuffar have made it clear when one of the former presidents of a nation had said, "You're either with us, or you're with them". It cannot get simpler than that, the Muslims are being asked to make a choice and Allah has clearly mentioned in His final revelation, "Enter into the fold of Islam completely, and follow not the footsteps of the Shaytan." [Qur'an Al-Baqarah:208] and also when He says,
"Do you believe in a part of the Book and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except humiliation in this life, and on the Day of Resurrection, they will be consigned to the most grievous torment !" [Qur'an Al-Baqarah:85]

The Muslims living in most of the countries face this challenge on a daily basis, irrespective of whether they are in a western kafir country or a Muslim secularized nation. Different Muslims choose a different way to resolve this conflict of interest. Various books have been written by Muslims and NonMuslims alike about how Islam is 'compatible' with western kufr concepts like democracy and secularism, liberalism and capitalism, etc. A detailed study with Islamic sources of ruling shows that these concepts are not only alien to Islam, they are infact nullification of Islam and completely kufr ideas from the deen of kafirs and cannot be accomodated in the fold of Islam. This article does not attempt to analyze how the kuffar attempt to filter and guide our organizations on their agenda. But, they have succeeded in putting the self-appointed Muslim leaders in a defensive apologetic position, always ready to apologize for something which is not even investigated.

A recent tragic incident in the US and the alleged article by a famous Islamic scholar condoning the killing of several US soldiers by a Muslim US military officer are all around the news world. Muslim organizations and scholars all around the world have taken no time in apologizing and condemning the Islamic scholar who is supposed to have encouraged the killing of US soldiers. The president of the US has warned the general public from jumping to conclusions because no investigation has been done yet and the actual cause or motive of the incident has not been confirmed. Regardless of the lack of information and evidence, once again the Muslim organizations have shown their apologetic attitude by quickly condemning the incident and the renowned scholar who has allegedly written in support. I cannot give an opinion by either condemning or condoning anyone without having the knowledge of the reality and facts. I only like to point out a few concerns regarding the issue:

1) The kuffar themselves do not have the full information yet to confirm the motive or details of the incident. How come Muslims already take the blame and start apologizing even before being put to trial?

2) Allah says in the noble Quran, "O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done. " 49:6 and further He says, "And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning). " 17:36. Most of the Muslims are reacting to an event of which they have no knowledge nor understanding about. Based on CNN? BBC? Fox? Allah, has warned us from jumping to conclusions in the verse quoted above and this is what we are doing when we react to this incident, the news of which maybe far from what really happened or far from the real motive behind the incident.

3) The Islamic scholar has not done any blasphemy or kufr to have received such a cold shoulder from the apologetic Muslim organizations and to have been cornered and alienated from the Ummah. The scholar has given an opinion based on Islamic principles and those who think that Islam is a total-nonviolent religion lack the knowledge of both Islam and Islamic history. Islam would not be a practical religion if it believed in such an impractical philosophy of religions like buddhism. Islam does allow the use of violence when required and it has laid down strict principles of how to conduct warfare to curb aggression and eliminate oppression in the world.

4) I have quoted verses from His last revelation at the beginning of this article. If a Muslim really believes in the Quran and authentic Ahadith, do we not see that our land is one, our peace is one, our war is one and our trust is one? How do you expect a person claiming to be a Muslim to go and kill other Muslims anywhere in the world? Did any apologetic organization condemn the Muslims joining the various armies of kuffar or Muslim nations who are openly massacring thousands of Muslims every day? Why is it that the apologies and condemnation is so strong and united when a few kuffar soldiers are killed while we have a cold shoulder for thousands of innocent civilian Muslims are massacred on a daily basis?

5) Regarding the person who actually conducted this act of violence, did anyone confirm the motive behind this act? Did the person actually leave credible evidence about the reason to go to the extreme step of killing enemy soldiers (yes, enemy soldiers- if he believed that Muslims were one Ummah and our war is one too).

6) Why did the several Muslim organizations did not take this opportunity to point out to the kuffar that Muslims believe in one Ummah and it was really cruel of them to force the Muslim officer to be sent to kill other Muslims when he was trying to get out of the army since three years according to their own records. Would these apologetic Muslim scholars and organizations be so strong in condemning the actions of the same man if he had gone and killed the same number of Muslims in their lands?

7) Why hasn't any organization talked about the real and basic reasons for such an incident to happen? Which could be the US foreign policy and aggression in the Muslim world, the open looting and massacres and the concept of the Islamic Ummah and the bond of Islam which is stronger than the bond of blood, race or nationalism.

In the end, I believe... the kafir president was right... the Muslims have no choice but to take a side. We're either with them or we are Muslims. No matter how much they attempt to neutralize Islam and convert it into a philosophical, theoretical and ineffective system like Christianity or Hinduism; Islam is the truth and it will always be the driving force for Muslims all around the world.

And only an Islamic system established with Islamic principles of ruling and governance can provide a real solution to the dilemma faced by the Muslims worldwide. When our beliefs are at conflict with the systems we live in, our hearts cannot find tranquility nor can this further the cause for true Islamic dawah and the promotion of justice and truth in this world.

1 comment:

famywamy said...

Fantastic blog and writing, i applaud you for the way you see the world and yourself. i pray to God that i get to be as strong as you :)