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Dr. Hamad Alshittwy taught me so much knowledge but he also instilled noble principles and a code of honor in me that I have been trying to live by since then. One time I asked him, “Shaykhana, you use to be very critical of so-and-so (well known shaykhs), but now I see you say positive things about them! Did they change or have you changed your position from them?” He said with his well-recognized smile, “Neither! But as you know, those students of knowledge are in jail and their imprisonment was not fair, so their right upon us now is to support them and before they were imprisoned their right upon us was to advise them and to challenge some of their opinions.”
At that moment I realized the great blessing of Allah on me to learn from such teachers and to know how to be just and wise in the way we deal with our brothers and sisters. That was one of the best lessons on Al-wala wa Al-bara I ever had.
Today when I see my brothers talking about Muslim Brotherhood’s mistakes in Egypt and President Morsi’s poor choices while he is under arrest and his group are on the run and they are unfairly treated, I remember what my teacher taught me.
When I see my brothers transgressing, I should condemn their actions and not justify them as we hear sometimes in the cases of attacks on Western civilians by extremist Muslim groups.
That being said, my teacher also used to insist on the differentiation between the person and the idea. You should stand for the truth all the time using the wisdom of how, where, and when to say it. This mentality of black-and-white or hundred percent or zero will never take us forward. We should always try to find a “win-win” situation.
I ask Allah to help all of us to benefit from Ramadan, to worship Him in the way that will please Him and to bring goodness and blessing to our communities and the rest of the world.
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