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To Defend Our Beloved Prophet, Let Us Exemplify His True Ideals Say Imams

Following the shocking murders in Paris, condemned by Muslims all over the world, and subsequent moves to depict the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once again, Imams from around the world have come together to issue the following advice to those concerned about the depiction.

1.    For Muslims, love of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is a NECESSARY part of our FAITH. He is dearer to us than our parents and children. We prefer him to our own self.

2.    Accordingly we regret and are naturally hurt by the depiction of our Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace), a great personality held in high esteem by 1.8 billion Muslims and millions more, in such a manner.

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3.    Muslims do believe in freedom of speech. And they do respect the right for people to say what they believe to be correct. However, freedom of speech should not be translated in to a duty to offend. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that absolute freedom of speech does not exist. There are laws to protect the dignity and properties of people. We urge governments, civil society and our media to foster a culture of mutual respect and unity, not one of division and disdain.

4.    Most Muslims will inevitably be hurt, offended and upset by the republication of the cartoons. But our reaction must be a reflection of the teachings of the gentle and merciful character of the Prophet (peace be upon him).  Enduring patience, tolerance, gentleness and mercy as was the character of our beloved Prophet (peace and Blessings be upon him) is the best and immediate way to respond. With dignified nobility we must be restrained, as the Quran says “And when the ignorant speak to them, they say words of Peace.”

Our aim is to not, inadvertently, give the cartoons more prominence through our attention. Muslims must remain calm and peaceful in their speech and actions. Repel harm with goodness is the Qur’anic imperative and by which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) lived. If we feel strongly, the only course of action to us is with reasoned debate, civil activism and other legal avenues, God willing.

5.Muslims have to remember that by depicting the Prophet (peace be upon him) no one can ever tarnish his image, as he is way beyond what is depicted, as Allah says, ‘We have elevated your remembrance’. We should spend such regrettable moments in supplicating with many litanies and prayers of blessings on the Prophet; may Allah’s mercy, peace and blessing be upon his soul.

6. Engage with others about your feelings. Speak of your love for the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and do not be shy to let your non-Muslim friends know your justified displeasure at the mockery that is made of our faith. People need to know how much love we have for our Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

7.  Learn more and share more about the greatness of the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Hassaan bin Thaabit (may Allah be pleased with him) describes him with the following couplets:

“My eyes have never seen anyone more perfect than you
No woman has given birth to anyone more handsome than you
You have been created free from all defects
As if you were created the way you wished”

8. We should, through our actions and deeds, display the sublime character of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The Prophet faced many great challenges but he exhibited impeccable beauty of character in his actions. He did not react inhumanely or violently. He was attacked verbally and physically in Taif but he forgave the people. His uncle and companions were murdered but he reacted peacefully and in a humane manner. And there are many such examples from the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) we must display.

9. As citizens of our respective countries, we must not allow hate to creep into our hearts due to the horrific incidents of Paris. Muslims, non-Muslims and people of all backgrounds must come together and show unity and solidarity and not let it divide our communities. We must remember the statements of the Prophet (peace be upon him) such as: “Someone who unjustly kills a non-Muslim citizen cannot attain a whiff of Heaven, even though its fragrance is felt from a distance of forty years. (Bukhari), or, “He who hurts a non-Muslim citizen hurts me, and he who hurts me annoys Allah.” (Tabarani) And many other similar hadiths highlighting that Muslims are not allowed to hurt their non-Muslim brothers and sisters in humanity.

10. We must continuously supplicate to Allah that He rectifies our situation. Pray to Him that the chaos, injustice and oppression is lifted from all societies. We should pray to Allah so that He makes Britain, Nigeria, United States, India, United Kingdom, Australia, better, fairer and just countries for all. Pray to Him to aid the oppressed and the victims of the oppressors all over the world. Pray that He allows us to contribute to a more peaceful and just world. Sincerely pray at night and beseech Him to protect our honour and our dignity.

May Allah give us the ability to do what is right and avoid what is wrong. May Allah protect the whole of humanity from trials and tribulations.

Signed:

1. Mawlana Yunus Dudhwala (Head of Chaplaincy, Barts Health NHS Trust)
2. Dr Omer al Hamdoon (Muslim Association of Britain)
3. Imam Abdullah Hasan (Imams Against Domestic Abuse)
4. Imam Irfan Chishti (Chishtia Mosque, Rochdale)
5. Imam Shams ad Duha (Ebrahim College)
6. Sheikh Abdur Raheem Limbada (Tafseer-raheemi.com)
7. Imam Shafiur Rahman (Jibreel Institute)
8. Imam Ibrahim Mogra (MCB)
9. Imam Zuber Karim (Dundee Mosque)
10. Imam Abdul Wahhab (Plashet Grove Mosque)
11. Muhammad Ashraf Hansrot (Thornton Heath Islamic Centre)
12. Mawlana Abdul Mateen (Head teacher and Muslim Chaplain Quwwatul Islam Society London)
13. Mawlana Khalil Laher (Quwwat-ul-Islam Society, London)
14. Imam Sulaiman Gani (Chaplain and Presenter on Iqra TV)
15. Imam Wasim Kempson, West London Islamic Cultural Centre, UK
16. Imam Yahya Adel Ibrahim, Al Kauthar Institute, Australia
17. Imam Ghulam Moyhuddin, Ashton Central Mosque
18. Mawlana Mujahid Ali (Hafs Academy)
19. Imam Saeed Algadi (Almuntada Trust)
20. Dr Abul Kalam Azad (Khateeb, Dockland Community Mosque)
21. Dr Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera, Scholar and Founder Zam Zam Academy, UK
22. Sheikh Zahir Mahmood (As Suffa Institute)
23. Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri, Al-Mustafa Islamic Educational & Cultural Centre, Ireland
24. Mawlana Adnan Qurayshi (Al-Ashraaf Secondary School)
25. Mawlana Zakaria Maljee (Stamford Hill)
26. Imam Ahmed Desai, Masjid Quba, Bradford, UK
27. Mawlana Abdullah Rawat, Musallah an Noor Stoke Newington, London, UK
28. Mufti Sajid (Azhar Academy Ltd/Quwwatul Islam Mosque)
29. Imam Tahir Talati (Imam Zakariya Academy)
30. Imam Ilyas Amin (Azhar Masjid)
31. Mawlana Muhammad Saleem  (Quwwat ul Islam)
32. Mawlana Zenulabedin Yakub (Masjid e Tauheed)
33. Mawlana Said Ahmed (Masjid e Salaam, Preston)
34. Mawlana Ilyas (Masjid e Mahad, Preston)
35. Imam Yusuf Rios, Muslim Chaplain, The Shaukani Institute, United States
36. Mawlana Muhammad ibn Ismail (Newham Ulama Forum)
38. Imam Qari Asim, Makkah Masjid, Leeds, UK
38. Mawlana Imran Ali, BMACC Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland
39. Dr Mansur Ali (Cardiff University)
40. Imam Imtiyaz Damiel (Abu Hanifah Foundation)
41. Sheikh Jaffer Ali Ladak (Hyderi Islamic Cente)
42. Imam Shabir Moosa Adam, Masjid Ibrahim, Australia
43. Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain (Al-Mahdi Institute)
44. Shaykh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour (Resident scholar, Islamic Centre of England)
45. Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli (Noor Trust)
46. Ayatollah Seyed Milani (AlKhoie Islamic Centre)
47. Mufti Salim Ismail (Upton Park Islamic Centre)
48. Moulana Mohammad Shahid Raza, Leicester Central Mosque, UK
49. Sheikh Abdul Qayyum, East London Mosque, UK
50. Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi (World Ahlulbayt Islamic League)
51. Imam Fahimul Anam (Beacon Institute)
52..Imam Fadel Soliman (Bridges Foundation)
53. Dr Jasser Auda, Qatar
54. Imam Muhammad Mustaqeem Shah, Al Mustaqeem Centre, Bradford, UK
55. Imam Abdur Rahman Anwar (Imam, London)
56. Imam Amer Jamil (iSyllabus, Scotland)
57. Mufti Mohammad Ibrahim Qureshi (Islamic Center Northridge), Los Angles, CA, USA
58. Imam Yasuf iban Steven Deardorff
59. Maulana Mohammed Mota, Jame  Masjid  Batley, Birmingham, UK
60. Imam Omar Suleiman- Resident Scholar -Valley Ranch Islamic Center, TX, USA
61. Imam Ajmal Masroor (Palmers Green Mosque)
62. Imam Muhammad Tahir Kiyani, Batley, Birmingham, UK
63. Shybatu Hassan Ibrahim-Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
64. Barrister Unusa Karimu, Banjong Mosque
65. Mawlana Idris Abdus Salam, Darul Hidayah
65. Syed Zafar Mahmood, Zakat Foundation of India
66. Imam Abdul Hakim HamidMuslim Community of Palm Beach County
67. A Mushahid Kadir, Shadwell Jame Masjid
68. Kasali Kehinde, Asst Ameer Akinmorin Jamaa (Adeyemi College Mosque, Ondo) Muslim Student Society Of Nigeria
69. Javaid Ali Khan, Millat
70. Bro. Nassib Said (Abushureim), Director of Outreach,  Coast Muslim Youth Forum (Kenya)
71. Imam Ajmal Masroor (Palmers Green Mosque)
72. Imam Muhammad Tahir Kiyani (Batley, Birmingham)
73. Imam Hassan Rabbani (Zia ul-Quran Mosque)
74.Imam Adil Rehman (Beyond Boundaries)
75. Ustadh Abdur Raheem Green (iERA)
76. Imam Fahim Hammadur Rahman (European Islamic Centre, Oldham)
77. Imam Shams Tameez (Aylesbury Masjid)
78. Imam Abdul Malik Sheikh (Khateeb, Holborn Mosque)
79. Sheikh Shouaib Ahmed  Mirpuri (Abdul aziz ibn bazz masjid banbury)
80. Sheikh Abdul Hadi (Ameer Markazi Jamiat Ahlehadith, UK)
81. Imam Mohammed Ibrahim Mirpuri (Muhammadi Masjid, Bham)
82. Sheikh Hafiz Sharrif Ullah (Al Huda Masjid, Bradford)
83. Imam Hafiz Akhlaq Ahmed (Masjid Ahlehadith, Bradford)
84. Hafiz Abdul Aala (Masjid Muhammadi, Keighly)
85. Hafiz Hamood Ur Rahman (Makki Masjid, Manchester)
86. Sheikh Mustafidh Gani (Beyond Boundaries)
87. Imam Aziz Ibraheeem (Imaan Trust Community Centre, Saint Helens, Merseyside)
88. Imam Rizwan Hussain Al azhari (Imam Bashir Ahmed masjid, Southampton)
89. Mawlana Munawar (Khateeb, Balham Mosque)
90. Qari Ashraf (Tooting Islamic Centre)
91. Imam Choukri Majouli (Finsbury Park Mosque)
92. Imam Mubarak Manya (Zakariyya Jaame Masjid, Bolton)
93. Imam Ashraf Ali, Muslim Welfare Association of Port Talbot, Wales
94. Dato Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Haj, Chairperson JIHAD for JUSTICE, Malaysia
95. Shaykh Muiz Bukhary (Sakeenah Institute)
96. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, USA
97. Imam Anas Hlayhel, East Valley Masjid, Phoenix, USA
98. Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Qalam Institute, TX, USA
99. Shaykh Yase Birjas, Valley Ranch Masjid, TX, USA
100. Imam Nadim Sulaiman Ali, Community Masjid of Atlanta, USA
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25 Comments

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  1. Pingback: TO DEFEND OUR BELOVED PROPHET, LET US EXEMPLIFY HIS TRUE IDEALS SAY IMAMS | PASS THE KNOWLEDGE (LIGHT & LIFE)

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      vewsmith

      January 18, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      Just a question of clarification. I understand that an interpretation of the Qur’an that no pictures or depictions be made of Muhammad was to avoid worship of him as the prophet instead of Allah. This was a very long time ago when books did not exist, nor newspapers, and pictures and words were all hand-written. Christians and Jews are also not in favor of pictures of God or idols, but seem to have no ban on imagined depictions of Christian or Jewish prophets, though I think they would go along with worshipping those pictures of prophets instead of the one God. I am not talking about the fact that many Christians think Jesus is god or part of God as I know in Islam the distinction is clear between Allah and anyone or anything else. I understand is the same one God believed in by all the mono-theist religions such as Islam, Christianity, and the Jewish religion, even though there is that whole Jesus/God confusion which frankly isn’t to the credit of that particular religion. Since there were no photographs back in the day and no drawings done of the prophets at the time , any later depictions would have to be purely based on imagination, so it would not even possible to show any actual likeness of any prophet and someone’s later attempt to do so via cartoon seems in some way to be part of the cult of celebrity that currently runs the world. I also thought that the discouragement, not outright ban of such images of Muhammad was to deal with the cultures of a long time ago, closer to the time the prophet was alive, clearly discouraging undue adoration of him instead of Allah. My question is why such an issue is still relevant since everyone knows there is no way to really depict the prophets who lived so many centuries ago so any attempt to do so would not have any relation whatsoever to any reality. No one I know believes that the endless depictions of Jesus in paintings or drawings are what he looked like-I hope not anyway. Nor any depictions of Moses or other Jewish prophets.
      You are right to make a distinction between the prophet and Allah, but in this day and age I do not understand how it represents an insult, why someone could actually get so angry as to execute a whole room full of people over a drawing that both the drawer and the believer knows not possibly represent the prophet Muhammad nor any of the other religious leaders they drew pictures of. Thank you for listening to the question and answering it if you wish to.

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        Sheima Salam Sumer

        January 18, 2015 at 1:53 PM

        Dear Vewsmith,
        Thank you for your sincere comment and question. First of all I want to say that I and 99.9% of Muslims would never ever defend murder in the name of our beloved faith. Our beloved Prophet was a Messenger of Mercy and disliked bloodshed extremely. I also want to say that yes, Muslims believe in the same 1 God of the Bible, Torah and other books all sent from the same 1 Merciful, Great Creator. Now, I would like to attempt to answer your question, which I understand to be: Why do Muslims today still ban the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) even though such depictions would not accurately represent him and it is unlikely that these depictions would lead people to worship him instead of Allah (Glory be to Him the Most High)? I hope this is the correct summary of your question. My answer as a practicing Muslimah is that Muslims hold the Prophet Muhammad with the highest respect and we consider it disrespectful to draw him or depict him in any form. To my knowledge, Muslims really shouldn’t depict any of the Prophets, because we love and revere them all, including Prophets Jesus, Moses, Abraham etc. So today it’s more an issue of respect, but even today there might be a risk of deifying Prophets.

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      Mark

      June 21, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      I can’t help thinking that the numerous points have over-egged the pie. It only needs two or three.

      After the Danish cartoons and the Charlie Hebdo thing (ie numerous murders), the whole thing was about “Love of Muhammed” and “Limits of free speech”.
      I saw the problem as the “Love of Muhammed” and it being needed to be tackled from that direction, rather than “Free-speech” being the problem, so there is a little light here in that this is the first attempt I’ve seen to do this.

      Points 1 and 3 are still problematic.

      Point 1: Can someone tell me how “we love Muhammed more than our own families,” can possibly translate into any practical use in day to day life? Could it be that a daughter asks her dad to help with her homework, otherwise she will fail an exam, but he says, “no, I have to go to the mosque to pray, so Allah and Muhammed comes first.” I really don’t know, so it seems like empty, impractical words. Otherwise, it could be one of these:

      1. Make people admire the stance? That isn’t going to happen.
      2. An explanation for the murders? That would be mad.
      3. An excuse for the murders? That would be even madder.
      4. A veiled threat, in that “This fervent love isn’t going away, so think twice before you draw that picture, write a book, make a TV documentary,” etc, etc. This one is my favourite.

      But I suppose number 4 is being tackled to an extent in this article.

      Point 3: The problem here is the “however” as always. And as I say, the problem is not from this direction at all. It is with the fervency of the “love of Muhammed,” which can be tackled from that direction. People aren’t born with it, it is indoctrinated. I suppose other religions (of particular types) “love” their religious idols, but there are none at the moment who go as far as what we have seen happen. It is up to those within the religion to put a stop to it and find a balance.

      Finally, I’d say that this article talks of “Muslims” with the implied “all”.
      Surely you know that there is a broader range of people in any given religion, but you seem to be pushing that the orthodox is the only way “Muslims” can go, and that, in my opinion is dangerous.

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    Gavin Volaire

    January 14, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    I’m sure this comment has no shot of ever appearing but here is my two cents. Nobody cares to hear you speak about the depictions at this point. If you must speak and deem to give counsel to your fellow Muslims, tell them to speak against the murders, not the depictions. To focus on the depictions instead of the murders might be construed as missing the big picture.

    An apology to the free world would be a better way to go at this point, boys.

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      Inam Saifi

      January 14, 2015 at 5:25 PM

      Everyone had different level of tolerance, and the two who carried out the attached naturally has no more tolerance left against the offence Charlie committed to offend Muslim world, they didn’t listen to wise advice of 1.8 billion Muslims of not to carry out such offence, but truth is society of west actually think that ‘Freedom of Speach’ is ‘Freedom to Offend’, and to the making mockery of people is their birth right,
      SO you(because you are Charlie), carried on with your act without thinking anybody’s sentiments and consequence, and so did the two, in their frame of mind, being right.
      So don’t be cry baby and please don’t be offended because it is ‘Freedom of Speach’, just a dialogue (that you wanted).

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        aliama mehru

        July 17, 2015 at 1:35 AM

        What pretty words we use to paint pictures of our Man Mohammed, gushing with emotion in our submission to this perfect image that has been painted for us by the men who have gone before.
        what is the difference in using ink and paper to paint images in pictures or words? Is the effect not the same. An artefact that we can associate with and be captured by, and embue with our emotion. The image is not the creation.

        Unfortunately the Arabs wrote their images down, and then fought wars over whose version was the only one. What arrogance and pride. ‘we are special’, ‘it was only given to my ancestors’, ‘my way is the only way and you must all submit to it’.

        Is the creation so feeble and sheepish that it has only been noticed by a single man? No, it is ever present, ever shining, and there are many who bump into aspects of it and occasionally recognise and name it throughout the world on a daily basis. Has it sewn only a single seed in a single location in the history of mankind? No it is virile, and our history is littered with many ways that show how to get closer to the creation.Revelations abound before and after the 6th century.

        Unfortunately It it the nature of man that our attention is captured by our own desires and arrogance and pride and a million other emotions, even love and hate, and we lose these fleeting connections, concentrating instead on the form of a revelation rather than what is being taught. In this way Religions become prisons. and Islam is no different.

        We have created a prison that has ensnared 1.8b people around the world. Our attention is captivated by images that have been written of the perfect prophet and the perfect way. we are so convinced in the superiority of our 6c arab way that we consume ourselves competing with and destroying those who dare to disagree with us and have the audacity to use other ways to get close to the creation, and in our crazy imaginings we dream that this is what the creation wants.

        The door to this prison is not closed, but
        we have become so accustomed to the support and friendship our brothers in this prison, that they have become the bars that hold us in place and prevent us from submitting to the creation instead of submitting to the creation of the Arabs.

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      Aly Balagamwala

      January 15, 2015 at 10:58 AM

      I think this is what you are looking for http://muslimmatters.org/2015/01/09/get-the-muslim-icondemn-app/

      *Comment above is posted in a personal capacity and may not reflect the official views of MuslimMatters or its staff*

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      Ahmad

      January 15, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      Why would the Imam’s or anyone else, apologize for the actions of those. They condemn it as everyone does.

      Just like its not you job to personally apologize for all lunatics that walk about your neighborhood, killing, murdering and doing even worse. Or apologizing for your governments actions in going and killing a bunch on innocent people who have never done any harm to you.

      So if you want to start apologizing for all the crimes committed by, you relatives, neighbors, community members, religious groups, organisations, namesakes or any other body remotely related to you. I will be more then happy to start apologizing for the same. When do you want to start Gavin?

      Also i may remind you that there are a lot of LAW’s limiting free speech, specifically doing what has been done to muslim’s if it was done to Jews the Magazine would have been fined and the cartoonist jailed. So please dont go about preaching Free Speech. As we speak there are people(non-Muslims) being brought to criminal courts just because they spoke out against what the magazine did.

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        Gavin

        January 19, 2015 at 7:46 AM

        You must not have heard about the lowlifes who killed a bunch of innocent people over a cartoon, M. Mahmud.

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        Gavin

        January 19, 2015 at 7:50 AM

        How about everyone who wants to focus on the cartoon instead of the murderous psychopaths who killed innocent people apologize to the entire world for their incredibly stupid, rude, belligerent attitude?

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        M. Mahmud

        May 6, 2015 at 1:31 AM

        Gavin I repeat-none of us owe you an apology. If you want an apology, try to run in-front of me when I’m driving or something. Barring that, you won’t get an apology so get off your knees and stop begging for one. It’s undignified.

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      M. Mahmud

      January 15, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      None of us owe you an apology.

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      Haider Rehman

      June 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      Why should I apologize for a crime some other person committed? I can only condemn it, and that’s what I do.
      Non-Muslims used to disrespect prophet PBUH, but he tolerated them. We educate people that they are not following prophet PBUH by murdering people who disrespect him. But I do NOT owe you an apology if a particular group does not heed to it.

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    Haig McCarrell

    January 17, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I am a Christian and after these attacks I tweeted: “Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo”, I am not Charlie Hebdo. Why? I find the cartoons to be gratuitous and that they were offensive, immature, peurile and in the end, irresponsible. Mere offence is not satire. Satire is intended to criticize, expose hypocrisy or complicity and tends to take on “untouchables”. It has intent to illicit discussion and to challenge those given or having power. Just the same, commentary, even offensive commentary, does not justify taking life, which was also wrong.

    As you note this is not Muhammad’s way, nor is ti Jesus’ way. On the cross, he asked his Father in heaven to forgive those who killed him, saying that they did not know what they were doing. When we foment hatred, unrest, slander and intolerance, we disobey God’s will for us. When we kill another, we desicrate his image in which we are all made.

    Where do we go from here? I hope leaders in our communities, elected officials, those in authority, Muslims, Christians and others can discuss inclusion, understanding and mutual respect. In North America, a very high percentage of Muslims identify as American and Canadian. National identification is a very low number in some European countries such as France and maybe the UK too? How are immigrants and minorities being included and integrated? How do they have opportunity and hope for a better life.

    This is a problem elsewhere too. This is a human problem. The discussion ought to be expanded to discuss the fate of Christians and other minorities including Muslims in the Middle East for example. When we come together and advocate for each other, and permit unfettered freedom of religion without compulsion in all countries, we will live out God’s call to foster the dignity of each person.

    I hope you agree and you will be an advocate for this inclusion without fear as well. Peace.

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    Truth

    January 25, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    White people are trying to demonize the Muslims to make their murder of them fair-seeming and justified – the same as white people did to the Natives of every continent and island before they slaughtered them and stole their lands and resources!! Muslims are the final feast for these white satanic BEASTS! As prophesied!

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      Haider Rehman

      June 18, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      I think you have a problem against white people, which I as a Muslim and a human, find disturbing.

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    arshad bin zakir

    March 2, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    peace be upon all,,,,,,,,,,,
    I wonder that some people only only these few people who are killing people (as they are killing even muslims) nowhere is such thing to kill people, while more than 1.8 billion muslims condemn this shameful act.

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    iftekhar

    May 6, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    assalam
    the best way to protest is to introduce all human beings about Prophet (SWS) and his teaching.

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    Sheima Salam Sumer

    May 31, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    http://www.islamicity.com/articles/articles.asp?ref=ic0811-3718

    To Jalalaa: First, scholars of Islam have shown that our beloved Prophet (s) actually married Aisha (r) when she was around 17. You can view the above link. And even though some scholars said that she was younger, you need to understand that in that time and culture, marrying young was very normal. The Quran and Islam teach that both people need to be at the age of maturity when they get married:

    “Test the orphans until they reach the age of marriage ; if you then find sound judgment in them, release their property to them… When you release their property to them, take witnesses in their presence.” (Quran, 4:6)
    In this passage, marriageable age is equated with sound judgment–an age at which a person can responsibly handle his or her wealth & possessions. Common sense, then, would dictate that a person has not reached marriageable age until adulthood, since children could hardly be expected to look after their possessions responsibly.

    This passage is from a great article by Ro Waseem that I recommend you read: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/quranalyzeit/2015/03/08/child-brides-and-the-quran-dispelling-the-misconceptions-on-international-womens-day/

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    Sweetz

    June 22, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Before world leaders marched in Paris, the Muslim world had condemned the actions of the gunmen. But, I guess such actions are overrided by Hate for Muslims in general, rather than for the few Radicals.

    Furthermore, I stand corrected, but Muslims are not permitted to draw anything that depicts life, not even animals. Neither can we pray where such pictures are visible. One won’t find photos displayed in a Muslim home either as we know the consequences.

    Don’t understand the reason that people want to draw The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) other than to provoke pain to Muslims. Has a Muslim drawn anything to upset any other religion?

    The action of extremists cannot be blamed on over 1.6 billion and still growing Muslims.

    THEIR REACTION IS NOT CONDONED!

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      Aliama Mehru

      June 29, 2015 at 3:32 PM

      Seems to me that the Man Mohammed has become an idol! What has been written about idols?

      “Muslims have to remember that by depicting the Prophet (peace be upon him) no one can ever tarnish his image, as he is way beyond what is depicted, as Allah says, ‘We have elevated your remembrance’. We should spend such regrettable moments in supplicating with many litanies and prayers of blessings on the Prophet; may Allah’s mercy, peace and blessing be upon his soul.”

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Help! I Can’t Make Dua For More Than 30 Seconds On The Day Of ‘Arafah

Much emphasis has been given on the importance of fasting on the day of ‘Arafah, but don’t forget, this was a day the Prophet Muhammad (upon him be peace) “made du’a from the time of Dhur til the time of Maghrib on the day of ‘Arafah while STANDING.” (Sahih Muslim)

He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) also said, “The best du’a is that which is made on the day of ‘Arafah.” (Sahih Muslim)

If we can develop the capacity to binge watch on Netflix 5-6 for hours a day, we can develop the capacity to make du’a longer than 30 SECONDS on the day of ‘Arafah.

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I used to be a person who couldn’t make du’a longer than 2 minutes.

3 things changed

1. I started writing my personalized du’as on a mini-notebook

2. I started reading du’as using Hisnul Muslim (The Fortress of the Muslim)

3. I started following the etiquettes of making du’a.

As an Imam, I have numerous meetings with members of my community. Sometimes, at the end of my meetings, I asked the community member to end our meeting with a du’a. It is surprising that many of them do not know the etiquettes of making du’a. By following the above etiquettes of making du’a, you can make du’a longer than 2 minutes inshAllah!

Here are 16 etiquettes of making du’a from the Qur’an and Sunnah

1) Have 100% conviction that Allah will answer you

2) Find a way to praise Allah before making your request

3) Use the proper names of Allah

4) Send salutations upon Muhammad (upon him be peace)

5) Raise your hand like a beggar

6) Face the qibla

7) Be in a state of wudu

8) Cry

9) Be a lone wolf (Be alone)

10) Ensuring that your food is pure

11) Acknowledge your sins (Privately)

12) Repeat the du’a 3 times

13) Start the du’a by praying for yourself

14) Expand your heart, pray for everyone (in particular those Muslims in China who wish they could fast on the day of ‘Arafah, but they are prohibited from doing so.)

15) Say Amin after making du’a.

16) Make du’a during the “prime-times” (From Dhur till Maghrib on the day of Arafah is primetime!)

Bonus tip: If you’re like me, you may get stuck when making du’a. An excellent tip given by our master Muhammad (upon him be peace) is to use the “filler du’a”. This “filler du’a” was actually what Muhammad (upon him be peace) and all of the Prophets made on the day of Arafat!

He said, “The best invocation is that of the Day of Arafat, and the best that anyone can say is what I and the Prophets before me have said:

Lā ‘ilāha ‘illallāhu

wahdahu lā shareeka lahu,

lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu

wa Huwa ‘alā kulli shay’in qadeer.

Translation:

None has the right to be worshipped but Allah

Alone, Who has no partner.

His is the dominion and His is the praise,

and He is Able to do all things. (Al-Tirmidhi)

To recap, here are 5 action items you and your family can perform on the day of Arafah.

1. Go over the following hadith with your family members.

“Allah frees far more people from Hellfire on the Day of Arafah than on any other day, and Allah comes closer this day and proudly says to the angels, ‘What do these people want and seek?’” (Sunan an-Nasa’i)

2. Say to your family members or whoever you have influence over,

“The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) made du’a on the day of Arafah from Dhur till Maghreb. How long do you think we can make du’a for on this day?”

3. Go over the 16 etiquettes mentioned in this post.

4. Challenge your family members to make a 10 minute du’a.

     Materials needed

  • Whiteboard
  • Markers
  • A Creative mind
  • Brainstorm with your family members what du’a you want to make and then write them on a whiteboard.

5. Whenever you get stuck and you can’t don’t know what du’a you want to make, make the “filler du’a” the Prophet (upon him be peace) made on the day of ‘Arafah.

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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 19: My Mercy Encompasses All Things

Now that we have learnt about when the angels surround us, let’s now talk about how Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) mercy encompasses all things.

We say بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ  (bismillah Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem) a lot, right? It means ‘in the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.’ 

We say it when we pray, before we eat, and we’re encouraged to say it before we begin any new task. But do we really understand what rahma (mercy) means? 

Question: What do you think rahma means?

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Do you know that the word rahma comes from the root word, رحم (rahim), which means womb? 

Question: Who can tell me what a womb is?

That’s right. A baby is usually in their mommy’s womb for 40 weeks. The baby gets all the nourishment it requires; the temperature in the womb is perfect, the nutrients are always administered, it is safe and warm. All the baby has to do is grow, and alhamdulillah all its needs are being met. 

Question: How do you think the womb relates to Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) mercy?

Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) mercy is constantly surrounding us like a safety net. That doesn’t mean that we’ll never experience any pain, but Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is constantly showing us mercy with every breath we take. Even blinking is a mercy from Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) that we don’t even have to think about. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) even has more mercy for us than a mother has for her own child! 

One day the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was walking with a group of his companions, and they passed by a woman who was frantically looking for her child. She would take any child to her breast and try to feed him/her. Then the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said to the companions: “Do you think that this lady can throw her son in the fire?” We replied, “No, if she has the power not to throw it (in the fire).” The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) then said, “Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is more merciful to His slaves than this lady to her son.”

And guess what? There’s even more mercy in the hereafter than we’re experiencing right now. 

Salman al-Farisi reported: The Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Verily, on the day Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) created the heavens and earth, He created one hundred parts of mercy. Each part can fill what is between heaven and earth. He made one part of mercy for the earth, from it a mother has compassion for her child, animals and birds have compassion for each other. On the Day of Resurrection, He will perfect this mercy.” [Sahih Muslim]

99 parts of mercy on the Day of Judgment! That is one reason why it’s so important to have a good opinion of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)! Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) even tells us in Surat Al-A’raaf:

وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ ۚ

“My mercy encompasses all things” (Surat Al-A’raaf; 156]

And you all, my dears, are all encompassed by Allah’s subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) mercy, alhamdulillah. 

 

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The Inner Dimensions of the Udhiyah

Apart from Ḥajj, the greatest action a Muslim can do in the blessed days of Dhū al-ijjah is to offer the udḥiyah (qurbāni/sacrifice).

‘Āisha raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) reports that Rasūlullah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “A human does no action from the actions of the Day of Naḥr [slaughtering; refers to the day of Eid al-Adḥā] more beloved to Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) than sacrificing the animal. On the Day of Judgement, it will appear with its horns, and hair, and hooves, and indeed the blood will be accepted by Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) before it even falls upon the ground, so let your heart delight in it.” [Tirmidhī]

Although we all know that this is an action that is traditionally performed on Eid al-Adā, a lack of understanding of its reality has led some to question the importance of doing it in the first place. In past years, and increasingly during the current pandemic, many have been asking, “Can I give ṣadaqah (charity) instead?”

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To answer this, it is necessary to understand the following.1 Everything in this world is comprised of an outer form – an appearance and a desired outcome – a “soul.” These two are intertwined in such a way that separating them is impossible. One cannot survive without the other. The clearest example of this reality is in ourselves.

سَنُرِيهِمْ آيَاتِنَا فِي الْآفَاقِ وَفِي أَنفُسِهِمْ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ ۗ

“Soon we will show them Our Signs in the horizons [external] and in themselves [internal] until it becomes clear to them that it is the Truth.” [Surah Fussilat; 53]

We are made of a body, which is comprised of several parts, and a soul, which fills the entire body and allows each part to fulfill its unique function. Without a body, our soul cannot survive, and without a soul, our body cannot survive. Additionally, if any part is missing, the whole person will be considered to have some deficiency. Likewise, the same principle applies to our n. Our n has an outer form, which is comprised of the actions that we perform, and a soul as well. The fact of the matter is that our goal in life is to achieve a complete connection with Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). The Quran identifies this quality with the word taqwā. The soul that permeates our entire n and therefore, all our individual actions is taqwā. All these actions display a different aspect of taqwā and together form complete n in a person. If anything is missing, a person’s n will be deficient.

For example, the soul of ṣalāh is the portion of taqwā that relates to expressing humility in front of Allāh. The soul of fasting is the portion of taqwā that relates to suppressing one’s desires for Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). The soul of is adaqah is the portion of taqwā that relates to curing one’s love for wealth by donating in the path of Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Each of these things is necessary, and although they are all types of taqwā, they are not interchangeable. To expand on this, imagine that a person had $100 in cash, $100 worth of food, and $100 worth of furniture.2 The values of all three would be the same, but the functions they perform are different. None is more important than the other but all are necessary.

Similarly, a person cannot discard the outer form (different forms of ibādāt) and say that the only thing that matters is the soul (taqwā). If this were the case, our entire religion could be discarded. Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

لَن يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَٰكِن يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَىٰ مِنكُمْ ۚ

“Neither their flesh reaches Allāh nor their blood (the udḥiyah animal); it is your taqwā that reaches Him.” [Al Hajj; 37]

There goes udḥiyah. Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“Oh you who have believed, fasting has been prescribed on you as it has been prescribed upon those before you so that you may become people of taqwā.” [Surah Al-Baqarah; 183]

There goes fasting.

 إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ ۗ

“Verily ṣalāh prevents indecency and sin” (in essence, taqwā) [Surah al-‘Ankabut; 45]

Ṣalāh can also be put to the side.

لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَٰكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ ذَوِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَالسَّائِلِينَ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ وَالْمُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِهِمْ إِذَا عَاهَدُوا ۖ وَالصَّابِرِينَ فِي الْبَأْسَاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَحِينَ الْبَأْسِ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُتَّقُونَ

“Virtue is that one sincerely believes in Allāh, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets and, out of His love, spend of one’s choice wealth for relatives and orphans, for the needy and the wayfarer, for beggars and for the ransom of slaves, and establish ṣalāh and give zakāh. And the virtuous are those who keep their pledges when they make them and show fortitude in hardships and adversity and in the struggle between the Truth and falsehood; such are the truthful people, and such are the people of taqwā.” [Surah Al-Baqarah; 77]

There goes our entire dīn.

The soul of udḥiyah is that portion of taqwā that expresses our total submission to Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). “O Allāh, my life is in your Hands. Do with it whatever you wish!” The actual command was to sacrifice the thing that is most dear to you – a life. And in Ibrahīm 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) case, the life of his only child. The life of the child who for decades, he prayed and hoped for. Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) commanded Ibrahīm 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) in a dream to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismā’īl 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him). Ibrahīm 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) said, “My beloved son, I have seen that I was sacrificing you in dream. What do you think?” Without hesitation, Ismā’īl 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) responded, “O my beloved father, do as you have been commanded. Inshā Allāh, you will find me among the patient.” When Ibrahīm 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) tried to push the knife on his son’s neck, it became dull and “We called on to him, O Ibrahīm! You have surely fulfilled your dream. This is how we reward those of excellence. Indeed, this was a clear test. We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.” [As-Saffat; 100-107]. From that day until the end of time, Muslims have and will continue emulate this sacrifice of Ibrahīm 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) as a reminder of what true submission is.

When standing before Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), we will need to present all types of taqwā. If we were to have a surplus of one type, for example, ṣadaqah, we would be rewarded for it, but that would not change the fact that something else is missing. If we were to tell our child to make sure that their room is clean for Eid and, instead of doing that, they cooked a delicious meal, we would thank them for their gesture, but then say that there is a time and place for everything and this time is for cleaning your room.

The purpose of ṣadaqah is to cleanse our hearts from the love of wealth by giving it to the poor. Although it is recommended to give a portion of the sacrifice to the poor, it is not the purpose, nor is it a requirement for its validity. The purpose of udḥiyah is to follow the command of Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), in the way that He commanded it. In the past, and even now in some agrarian societies, the most beloved belonging to many people was their animals. This is because unlike other wealth, animals serve many purposes. They are a means of milk and clothing, a status symbol, a means of breeding, and also can be sold or eaten. To sacrifice an animal was truly a great sacrifice.

However, times have changed. Yet due to this very reason, udḥiyah is still a sacrifice, especially in America. We are used to the comforts of our home and would much rather donate money than take a day off from work and spend time, money, and energy in going to a farm and performing the udḥiyah. This is our sacrifice. We cannot abandon this great act.3,4

May Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) preserve our pristine religion in the manner it was practiced by Rasūlullah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and his companions.

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

“Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allāh alone, the Sustainer of Universe. He has no partner. This is what I have been ordered, and I am the first to submit.” [Al-An’am; 162]

و ما توفيقي إلا باالله عليه توكلت و إليه أنيب

[1] The concept of actions having an outer form and inner soul were expanded upon in the Khutbāt of Hakīm al-Ummah Mawlāna Ashraf Alī Thanvī (throughout volume 16 – Barakāt e Ramaḍān) and Hakīm al-Islām Qāri Muḥammad Ṭayyib رحمهما الله تعالى رحمةً واسعةً . Qāri Ṭayyib specifically spoke about this concept in relation to the udḥiyah (Sunnat e Khalīl ‘Alayh al-Salām, volume 3, page 211). I benefited from these works immensely in the course of writing this article and hope the readers appreciate the depth and foresight of our pious predecessors’ foresight.

[2] This general idea – actions of being of the same value but different types – is proposed by ‘Allāma Ibn Taymiyyah and mentioned by Muftī Rashīd Aḥmad Ludhiyanvi رحمهما الله تعالى رحمةً واسعةً  in Aḥsan al-Fatāwā in relation to another topic, but the concept fits here as well.

[3] This article is not meant to say that having someone else perform your sacrifice by sending it overseas is invalid. Its purpose is to explain that the sacrifice itself is an important part of our dīn, and its full benefit will be realized when we perform the sacrifice by ourselves. It should also be noted that perhaps the reason that there is confusion over why the sacrifice cannot be substituted with ṣadaqah and thus, the distinction between the two is not clear.

[4] This article was started before the current pandemic. In a situation like this, if someone does not feel comfortable from a health perspective to perform the sacrifice on their own, they can appoint someone else to perform it for them, whether here or overseas. However, the current situation does not allow for ṣadaqah to be given in place of the sacrifice. Many ahadith (Bukhārī, Ahadith 968, 984, 985; ‘Ilā al-Sunan 17:212-217) indicate that the sacrifice is wājib. A wājib act cannot be substituted based simply on our thoughts or opinions. For more details on the obligation of the sacrifice, please read Muftī Abdullah Nana’s upcoming article about the fiqh of the udḥiyah.

* Two more points should be kept in mind. First, despite the pandemic, people have not stopped eating meat. In the current climate, if one is not able to perform the sacrifice by themselves, having it done in another country will also be a means of helping others. In fact, for many, Eid al-Adhā is the only time of the year that they able to eat meat. Second, we must broaden our thinking about charity. Our charity should not be restricted to only those things that are obligated upon us by Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) such as zakāh and udḥiyah. If Allāh subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has blessed us with the means,  we should strive to give ṣadaqah above and beyond these obligated act.

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