“Surely, Allaah is All-Aware of what they do..”

10 Apr

While reading the comments posted on the Globe and Mail news article: “Isolation of terror suspects ‘apalling’..” I came across one comment [pasted below] that, well.. didn’t really take me by surprise considering how ignorant some people can be. But I thought, I might as well exercise my right to “free-speech” in further commenting on it, since the writer [of that comment] had his liberty in doing so.

Richard Roskell from Naramata from Canada writes: “We could behave like the Taliban, and just behead them and thier lawyers.”

I mean, come on now. Who’s inciting violence here? Shouldn’t people who incite violence be arrested? How can it be, that when a Christian or a Jew spews hatred against Muslims, its their right to free-speech. But when a Muslim expresses his or her own sentiments, he or she is condemned, labelled a terrorist and worst yet, locked up. How is Canada, or any other democratic country for that matter, really a democratic [democracy: a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges] country when its apparent laws negate the very essense of democracy?

Isn’t it about time that Muslims – and yes, including the “moderate” muslims – realize this fact and stop pointing fingers at their fellow muslims, and instead stand as a unified voice against this bigotry and injustice?

I find it very sad that certain Muslim leaders, or ex-leaders such as Tarek Fatah, would rush to condemn Muslims and rinse their hands off them, considering their job well-done and feeling no guilt or responsibility towards those who are subjected to discrimination and inhumane treatment, be it the accused or their families in the case of Toronto 18. This is why we will never succeed. Because the problem lies within us. We no longer fear Allaah, nor share the level of Imaan as did our forefathers. We’d rather distort the meanings of the aayaat of the Qur’aan to fit our own desires, so we don’t have to face any hardship in the path of Allaah, because really, hardships = extremism = fundamentalism = terrorists. Right? I bet if Tarek Fatah was reading this, he would be vigorously nodding his head in agreement.

Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq (radiyAllaahu `anhu) reported: “O you people! You recite this Verse: `O you who believe! Take care of your ownselves. If you follow the guidance [and enjoin what is right (Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbid what is wrong (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden)] no hurt can come to you from those who are in error.’ (5:105) But I have heard Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) saying: “When people see an oppressor but do not prevent him from (doing evil), it is likely that Allaah will punish them all.”

[Abu Dawood and at-Tirmidhee]

Islaam teaches us to speak up against tyranny wherever that may be. Because if we don’t, we will be replaced by another nation that will, as has been promised by Allaah in the Qur’aan. A shame it is, how we are so fearful of speaking the truth without any fear except fear of Allaah that we let our rights be trampled over. If we’re being degraded today, its because of this. The very core of our Imaan has rotten away over the past couple of years and we have become numb to what our fellow Muslims go through. There was an instance when a jew approached `Alee ibn Abi Taalib (radiyAllaahu `anhu) and said to him with regards to khushoo` (concentration during salaah) that they (the jews) have no trouble gaining it (khushoo`) whereas, the Muslims often complain about the lack of it. `Alee (radiyAllaahu `anhu) replied to him saying that shaytaan had destroyed their deen, so he did not need to bother with their khushoo` but because Islaam has been established as the correct and final deen without any distortions, he (shaytaan) tries his best to attack the khushoo` of a Muslim. I know I’ve done a poor job of paraphrasing this incidence but I hope the message in it is clear enough.

Fact is, we have lost our deen and we have strayed from the only true guidance that exists. We have lost our love for the Qur’aan, and our hearts have been overshadowed with love for all that is finite. We will never cease to be humiliated until we go back to the teachings of the Qur’aan and stand by the religion that Allaah has ordained for us.

“..So after the truth, what else can there be, save error?..” {Soorah Yoonus; 34}

2 Responses to ““Surely, Allaah is All-Aware of what they do..””

  1. Editor April 12, 2007 at 7:55 am #

    as-salamu ‘alaykum

    Jazakillahu khair, Kawla McFrawla. Just yesterday I was out and I saw this girl wearing a camouflage-print skirt and I thought hey that’s kinda cool (if worn modestly). But I figured a Muslim/ah wearing army prints like that would bring a different sort of reaction than a non-Muslim would. At the same time though, I realised that we shouldn’t take such a victimised stance to it either and hence cower from what we intend to do simply because of the possibility of being condemned. Ironically, speaking out is one of those things.

    Unfortunately though, sometimes when we do speak out, our voice is heard on smaller issues, that have importance too but tend to cloud over more pertinent ones. So ultimately, as you’ve said, it’s really our weakness that we need to overcome.

    Anyway, on the issue of treatment comparison, I also liked this post from sis Muhajirah:
    http://theinsanityofthesane.wordpress.com/2007/04/07/their-prisoners-compared-to-ours/

  2. Umm Khawla April 17, 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    wa`alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    A very good point. I remember this one time when I was wearing a camoflage bag, someone (a Muslim) pointed out to me that I shouldnt be wearing this because it makes me look like more of a terrorist. I was stunned by that comment. I mean, non-Muslims even wear army print sandals and they don’t look extreme. How does it make a difference if a Muslim does?

    Jazaakillaah khayr for the link btw. It was a good read : )

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