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8 Signs of Extremists According to the Prophet ﷺ | Yahya Ibrahim

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Muslims are struggling to understand that people can murder in their name and the Name of our Lord.

It is easy to simply say that these are just crazy people, or had a troubled upbringing or are paid by others to do this to make Muslims in general look bad or be a catalyst for imperial invasion of lands populated primarily by Muslims, or that people are pretending to be Muslim to make us look bad. The reality is that those of us who study the sacred texts KNOW that these sinful, corrupt, murdering renegades ARE found, within our societies and communities. Their emerging pattern and behaviour was witnessed by the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and their offshoots and variants were fought after his death sala Allahu alihi by his Sahabah.

This is a murderous ideology that masquerades as sincere love for Islam, Islamic leadership and sympathy to everything Islamic. However, when you LISTEN to the rhetoric and cut through the calls to emotional reactionism you seem it is a perverted, misconstrued understanding of Islam and its Maqasid (objectives). They speak a word that resembles TRUTH but intend by it FALSEHOOD of action

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Here are some of the signs that are clearly visible to those who know the danger signs. Following are some of the signs of extremists collected from the sayings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the warnings of his companions.

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1. They will be young in age

Ali raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) said I heard the Prophet ﷺ saying,

“In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas.” (Al-Bukhari 5057)

This may seem arbitrary. Rather it is a very important statement. The Kibaar (Major/Elder Scholars) are the noble conveyors of knowledge. When you see a group of people huddled around young individuals with little positions of trust, responsibility and life experience then know that if they agree on something that others around them far and wide dispute, then these foolish youngsters are to be turned away from. Although they may sound eloquent and sincere, their understanding is immature and baseless.

When ALL scholars, from all sections of the Islamic World, condemn an action, then that is the truth of the matter and you fall in line and turn away from the youngsters. If you have major scholars from every corner of the world denouncing criminality and the renegades, then the few youthful voices are to be ignored. That is the way of Ahlus Sunnah.

2. Angry and foolish

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) described their demeanour as harsh, volatile and prone to impudence. They speak before thinking, contradict without prior learning and assume the understanding they have is singularly the TRUTH and those who oppose it, by necessity, must follow them or their way to find salvation.
It is a hallmark of extremism that the cause they champion is just, but their anger over it is beyond the limits of the law and morality. It is for this reason that the killing of 12 people for example can be seemingly be justified by their anger over the ridicule of Rasul ul Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)– which we all are angered by. However our anger is channelled in legitimate means, not murder.
So anger and hasty foolish actions underpinned by immaturity become a consistent trait in them.

3. Arrogant and boastful

Anas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said to me:
“… the people will be amazed by them and they will be proud of themselves, and they will go out of the religion (discard Islam) as an arrow goes out through the game.” (Musnad Ahmad).
When they see others struggling to become better Muslims, they are harsh in their condemnation and feel and display a sense of elitism. They feel exclusive and better than others and show it in the way they talk, walk and act. Labeling others with disbelief and hypocrisy is common and easily pronounced, without consequence of what that implies.

4. Abundant in worship

Anas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said to me:

“There will be among you a people who will struggle in worship of Allah, … and they will go out of the religion (discard Islam) as an arrow goes out through the game.” (Musnad Ahmad).

Ali raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)  narrated that I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying: “There will emerge some people from my Ummah who will recite the Quran, your recitation would seem insignificant in comparison to theirs, and your prayer would seem insignificant in comparison to theirs, and your fasting would seem insignificant in comparison to theirs.” (Muslim 1066)

The fact that these young, immature, foolish people are sincere is not in doubt. They love God and have a desire to give victory to faith. They BELIEVE in what they are doing. The tragedy is that although their prayer is better than ours, and their reading and memorisation of the quran is more than us, they DO NOT CONNECT TO ITS TRUE MEANING.
It remains on the tongue and never touches the heart. It does not pass the throat. They do not UNDERSTAND the overarching meaning of the text but focus more on the one-liners. This leads them to misinterpretation.

5. Misinterpretation of the Quran

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “They will recite Quran but it will not go any further than their throats.” (Muslim 1066). And he (ﷺ) said: “The will recite the Book of Allah fluently, but it will not go any further than their throats.” (Muslim 1064).
Slogans, chants, etc are all emotional outbursts that do not provide a clarity on what is meant to reside in the heart. The Quran teaches an overwhelming message of Love, fidelity, Compassion and peace. This is all missed by those who focus on one aspect of Faithfulness.

6. Eloquent in speech

Ali raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrated that I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying: “There will emerge some people from my Ummah who will recite the Quran, your recitation would seem insignificant in comparison to theirs, and your prayer would seem insignificant in comparison to theirs, and your fasting would seem insignificant in comparison to theirs.” (Muslim 1066)
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “There will be people who will speak well but act badly.” (Sahih Abu Dawud, Albani 4765).
Its difficult arguing with an extremist. They are passionate and who can deny that the ummah is suffering. They are usually prepared with vague references of incidents to justify some atrocity that they support. If you condemn a crime they say what about the crimes done to us. If you condemn the killing of innocents, they say what about the drones. All this was witnessed with the killing of those innocent school children in Peshawar. After they massacred children they said, well ours are killed too.

7. Passing out fatawas of disbelief against Muslims and considering their blood as lawful

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “They will kill the Muslims.” (Al-Bukhari 7432).
It is amazing  to see that those who plea love for Islam KILL MUSLIMS MORE THAN ALL OTHERS.
Bombs in market places, kidnappings, storming schools, shooting those who oppose their methodology.
In Yemen, al Qaidah attacked a hospital killing everyone. In Peshawer, they stormed a school killing 146 children. Bombings of mosques of other sects and arbitrary claiming the disbelief of those who disagree with them.

8. Slandering the scholars

When you mention the ulama / scholars, they are labled as Scholars for dollars, petrol scholars, scholars of fiqh not Jihad…etc

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Imam Yahya Ibrahim, Director of Islamic Community Service; A/Principal of the Langford Islamic College, Perth & Head of Islamic Studies. Imam Yahya Ibrahim is also Curtin University & University of Western Australia's Muslim chaplain and sits on the Human Research Ethics Committee at St Charles Gairdner Hospital for Western Australian Health Services. Imam Yahya is also an instructor for the world-renowned AlMaghrib Institute. His initiatives in Australia and internationally include diversity training, cultural sensitivity programs, educational lectures, and media presentations. His expertise is sought by schools, universities, and a wide range of government & non-government organizations. In recognition of his valuable contribution, Imam Yahya was awarded the West Australian Multicultural Community Service Award for Individual Excellence. He currently oversees a unique educational Online project through https://YahyaIbrahim.com/School and his social media outreach.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Shahid

    November 15, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    We need all Muslims to see and realised this.

  2. Muslim

    November 15, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Hypocrite you are.

    • Mustafa

      November 17, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      Thanks for proving the Ustadh’s point.

      *This comment was edited by the MM Comments Team in order to comply with our Comments Policy*

    • KB

      November 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      Read the article properly, you have not. Remember, young Jedi: There is no try, there is only do.

    • Zaid

      November 28, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      After comparing ur proposed(moderate) Islam to non moderate Islam for years (by Allah’s sake I am speaking from my heart the truth) I have only found out what u say is wrong I.e moderate Islam is wrong and whoever follows moderate islam is not following real Islam I am no scholar but truth is truth and truth is clear if u have the courage to find out

  3. Aafia

    November 16, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    Masha allah I have studied about it and it is true.I would like to add How Islamic States fits in the frame and why we should call it daesh and ISIL and not Islamic States.I have also read that the teacher of Bukhari had made a prophecy of ISIS in his book Al Fitan.You can read about it here :http://islamhashtag.com/islam-and-terrorism-in-islam/

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  6. Zaid

    November 28, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    This is true but they also quote Quran and hadith and give proofs like,it is written that in end times ulemas will be the worst of creation and they also have counter arguments which sometimes are stronger narrations than u have given in this article &u people in this website only see faults in Muslims and don’t say anything about non muslims,u r harsh against believers and soft on disbelievers

  7. Jo ser

    March 24, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    This 8 signs of extremism, is not well concluded, something not well concluded leave us with incomplete understanding.

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