Friday, 15 July 2016

Is "Humanity" becoming the new shirk?

Without wishing to speak ill of the dead or trivialise the numerous achievements of the late Abdul Sattar Edhi, at the same time, I cannot turn a blind eye to this latest trend of influencing Muslims away from Islam and to this new deity people call "humanity". It's reached a point where even Muslim charities veer away from the old language of "give what you can for the sake of Allah" to the current language of "give what you can for the sake of humanity".

There is a deliberate attempt to use distancing language, language that distances the Muslims from Islam and instead places a greater emphasis on moral/ethical/humanitarian achievements as the measure of goodness instead of Islam. This is part of a larger global secular attack on Islam. I am not accusing Edhi of being part of a conspiracy to secularise Muslims as many Muslims (even practising ones) have fallen into this trap inadvertently. I ask that Allah (swt) accepts and rewards Edhi for his many many good deeds and forgives the bad and does not allow the bad to become a source of misguidance for others- ameen.

Whilst I readily admit that compassion for other human beings is consistent with and integral to Islam, I also cannot deny that the statement attributed to the late Edhi "No religion is higher than humanity" is a statement that has no basis in Islam and the implications of that statement come dangerously close to shirk because it can be interpreted as placing another set of values above Islam. I realise many will say "that is not what Edhi meant"- perhaps that is not what he meant, but that is what he said and that is what it is taken to mean by many and that cannot be ignored. Besides, no one is above being corrected no matter how numerous their good deeds are as apart from the Prophets (as), no human being is infallible. Also, doesn't Allah's (swt) statement in Surah Asr "Verily mankind is in loss" use the term "mankind" to refer to what is otherwise known as "humanity"? So on the one hand, we're supposed to accept that no religion is higher than humanity, when in fact Allah (swt) is telling us that humanity are at a loss EXCEPT for those who believe and do good deeds etc. So Allah (swt) is placing belief, good deeds and calling for sabr as the one thing that will save humanity and prevent it from being at a loss whilst there are people who call themselves Muslims out there saying no religion higher than humanity.

Allah (swt) knows best what Edhi's intentions were behind this statement, whether he meant it or whether it was mistranslated or taken out of context by modernists, but what I have witnessed is how many Muslims have taken this statement and are running with it as an endorsement of placing "humanity" above everything else, including deen as the ultimate criteria to ascertain the difference between right and wrong, just like how many naïve, ignorant or secular Muslims take the kufr criteria of human rights because they have not been taught about its inherent contradiction with Islam.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

White privilege

This post gives a little glimpse that shows only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to silencing voices of non white minorities. A white person can complain about injustice and wrongdoing and it's viewed as a white person complaining about injustice and wrongdoing but when a non white person does the same thing, that person "has a chip on her shoulder" or "needs to get over it" or that old chestnut "if you don't like it then go back to where you bloody well came from".

Thursday, 16 June 2016

How the sellout Muslim talks

Just like you


I'm a Muslim, but I'm just like you
Please accept me like I'm one of you

I drink alcohol, just like you
I am American, through and through

I sing and dance, just like you
Heading for hell? Me too!

You love gays? I'm gay too!
I use the loo, just like you

God forbids it? I'll do that too
Whatever it takes to be like you

I'm a Muslim, but I'm just like you
Please accept me like I'm one of you

(I wrote "Just like you" in response to the video below)

https://www.facebook.com/refinery29/videos/10154314657067922/

Saturday, 30 April 2016

#BritishValues

Didn't David Cameron make some pretentious speech about how British values entailed valuing freedom of speech? Muslims weren't born yesterday. We know how much value he placed on hypocritical double standard freedumbs every time he punished and censored people like Naz for speaking the truth. If only this incident taught her the lesson that is mentioned in the Quran, that rejecting this pretence of good values would have been better. That believing in such values is like building your house on a sand cliff and the sand cliff has the most unstable of foundations.

"Which then is best? - he that layeth his foundation on piety to Allah and His good pleasure? - or he that layeth his foundation on an undermined sand-cliff ready to crumble to pieces? and it doth crumble to pieces with him, into the fire of Hell. And Allah guideth not people that do wrong." - TMQ 9:109

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Opiate of the masses?

Ramadan during the time of the Prophet (saw), the Sahaba (ra) and the early generations was often a time in which the Ummah had to fight battles to liberate lands from the oppression and tyranny of man made laws, to protect the honour and lives of persecuted Muslims.

These days, Ramadan is only talked about in the context of fasting, praying, reading Quran and donating to charities. The comprehensive ideology of Islam is being reduced in peoples minds to an ascetic religion of apologists and pacifists, also known as "moderates". A religion in which they lie that the word 'Zakah' is charity, even though the Prophet (saw) made it a tax and NOT charity. A religion in which they use twisted words to suggest that Jihad, especially "greater jihad" is the battle against the self even though the term Jihad in the context of Quran and Sunnah frequently refers to fighting wars with swords and arrows; in fact in the Quran, the term 'Qitaal' is also used, which is even more explicit.

The ideology (complete deen) of Islam can lift the scourge of misery that the Ummah currently faces; whether it is genocide in Burma and Central African Republic, or the occupation of Palestine, or the drone bombings against Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan etc. On the other hand, the "religion" of Islam is merely an opiate of the masses.

TMQ 2:217 They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Month. Say: "Fighting therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in the sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to prevent access to the Sacred Mosque, and drive out its members." Tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you Turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be companions of the Fire and will abide therein.