I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but something has to be said about our religion of peace. Please do not think that in my sarcasm, I believe Islam is anything other than the religion of peace, but as I have so often commented in the past, it appears more and more everyday, that what Islam teaches and what Muslims actually do are two different things.
How long can we maintain our argument about the peaceful teaching of Islam when we are not even peaceful to one another? We have Muslims right now as I type these words dying in the streets of Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, and many other places. Who are the killers? More often than not it’s not the so called “infidel” or the “kuffar” it’s the so-called Muslims.
So called, because how can we call ourselves that when we allow the killing of fellow Muslims? When did Allah (swt) or the Messenger (saw) ever advocate that it was OK to kill your fellow brothers and sisters?
Oh but you say it’s OK because they are Sunni or Shia, or it’s OK because they collaborate with the Americans. I say you are full of it! Those are excuses, any and all that believe “La Illaha IllAllah” are to be respected, protected, and DEFENDED, by the Ummah. This should go without saying.
How is blowing a market up by roadside bomb, suicide bomb, etc. justified? Oh you want to kill a couple of Israeli’s or American’s you say….well guess what? For every one or two “infidels” you kill, ten or twenty MUSLIMS end up being killed. Even if you wanted to justify fighting occupation, when, please tell me when did Allah (swt) or the Messenger (saw) advocate the killing of civilians, women, and children? It doesn’t matter what their ethnicity, religion, or nationality, if they are non-combatants, it should go without saying that they are off limits.
We don’t need a “convert” like me to tell of things many of us already know. No I don’t speak fluent Arabic, and what little I do speak and understand I need work. However, I’m certain Yusef Ali, Maulana Ali, Pickhall, and Asad knew a “little” about Arabic, all of whom translations I own and have read and own. From Surah Al-Fatihah to An-Nasr, I have yet to come across any justification for this madness in either Koran or Sunnah for that matter.
We sit around everyday arguing with the non-Muslims, trying to prove to them how our religion doesn’t advocate this or that. How do we “prove” this to them? Oh I know, we dissertate, contextualize exegete, be philosophical, and be theological, all these things are good, but what are we actually DOING to stop this violence and show them by ACTUAL ACTION?
I have said it many times, all the energy that we spend burning effigies of the Pope, Bush, the US flag, etc. should be and can be better spent fixing our own problems. You would think that we love Israel and America more than we love Allah (swt). We are fixated on complaining and whining about what they have done to us. But what have we done to ourselves?
Who is responsible for the Muslim that blows up a market in Baghdad that kills 30 Iraqi’s? Can the US presence be responsible? In theory maybe, but if I sell you a gun, is it really my fault if you actually use it? So it’s supposed to be OK that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are being slaughtered by Muslims, because Americans are there? It’s supposed to be OK that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are killed by fellow Muslims directly and indirectly, because of the Israeli presence? Who’s the scape goat for the situation in Darfur?
I Am not absolving the actions of the US or Israel….absolutely not. But I have to use the same reason and wisdom that Allah (swt) has given me and apply it to all circumstances.
Here in the inner cities of America, there is a similar problem. We call it black on black crime. Certainly we realize that there are socio-economic realities that help create the environment, but the mark of a person of reason is that we transcend our reality or our environment and use our skills to make that environment/reality better. I grew up in the inner city; I had every opportunity to sell/use drugs, kill, steal, rape, etc. I knew where and how to get access to these things, but because it was there it didn’t mean I had to succumb to it.
No man can bear the burden of another, that is Koran, so who’s fault is it the gun manufacturer or the one pulling the trigger? Who’s fault is it, the woman for having beauty or the rapist? Who’s fault is it the store owner with the cash, or the robber? It’s called personal responsibility.
We are 1.5 billion WEAK. You mean to tell me with all the oil in the Middle East and Africa, much of it in the hands of so-called Islamic States, with all the wealth and resources, we can’t build up our lands? You want a Palestinian State? Lets place about 100,000 multi-national Muslim troops on the agreed upon boarders. Let put billions of Muslim dollars into Palestine and build infrastructure. I mean at some point we have to face the facts: ISRAEL IS GOING NO WHERE!!! It’s put up or shut up time. Are we supposed to continue to let generation after generations suffer, because we don’t agree with 1948? Is land that valuable? What’s so bad with the land we have?
In real-estate, the mantra is “location, location, location” Israel is only as great as they make it the same is also true for Palestine. If we just established the boarders of what we currently have and build it up, before you know it, everyone would rather live in Palestine than Israel anyway.
The same appies with Iraq, stop the fighting and build it up. The same applies for every one of our lands. We are fooling ourselves if we think that protesting the “West” is going to change our reality. We have to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves.
The ugly truth which we don’t want to face is that no one is truly interested in being Muslim. Because if that was the case, we would come to the table and try to actually resolve things, because peace is better than war, is it not? We would actually care about Muslims the world over instead of select groups. We would stop applying lip service to the Muslims in need.
We love the Palestinians so much, but not one Muslim nation has decided to take control of the situation. We love Iraq so much but how many Islamic nations are telling them to stop killing one another and let women and children be safe enough to go to school or the market? We love Islam so much, yet we turn a blind eye to Muslim women being raped gathering firewood in the Sudan, and don’t get me started again on domestic violence in general.
How can we continue to lie and say that we love Allah (swt) and the Prophet (saw), when we allow all these limits to be transgressed? Whatever happened to the Islam of action? The one that detested all the things Allah (swt) detests? It’s our entire problem including me. Anytime a Muslim child is harmed, anytime a Muslim woman is harmed, anytime a Muslim is in distress, and we are not actively doing something to prevent it, we are responsible. Anytime we turn a blind eye because they are Arab, African, Iraqi, Shia, Sunni, etc. this is unacceptable and unIslamic. All these hyphenated titles we love to claim are nothing more than tools of Shaitan to keep us divided and off the straight path. Allah (swt) never said that we are Arab Muslims, African Muslims, Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, etc. He commanded us to just be Muslim.
Islam is the religion of peace if we practice it. Peace is maintained by strength, not just the ability to blow things up or behead people, we seem to be very good at that, but the type of strength that allows you to resist the carnal desires to do those things. Peace is maintained by the type of strength that gives us the courage and ability to work toward making our community and all mankind better. If not, then what was Ramadan for? What is physical fasting needed for, if we don’t utilize the spiritual principles of restraint? What ever happed of repelling evil with good?
Muslims are supposed to be the beacon of what submission to Allah (swt) truly means. We should stand out regardless of race or religion. We stand out today, but not in a way that would please Allah (swt).
It’s about time we re-evaluate what it means to truly be a Muslim. Islam is not about how often you offer salah, give zakat, or make it to Hajj this year or not. Islam is not about how much Koran you can memorize or recite, or if you wear Hijab, a beard or not. Islam is the system from our Rabb, which through practice, will bring about peace. Peace is only sustainable through actively engaging in the activities to bring about that peace.
A system can only be judged in the context of those who use it. So how can we get mad when non-Muslims say what they say about Islam? We know its not the truth, some of them even know it, but would you believe me more if I said I was a good husband, or if you saw me and my wife together happy and getting along?
2:177 True piety does not consist in turning your faces towards the east or the west – but truly pious is he who believes in God, and the Last Day; and the angels, and revelation, and the prophets; and spends his substance – however much he himself may cherish – it – upon his near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and the beggars, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage; and is constant in prayer, and renders the purifying dues; and truly pious are they who keep their promises whenever they promise, and are patient in misfortune and hardship and in time of peril: it is they that have proved themselves true, and it is they, they who are conscious of God.
لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّواْ وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَـكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَالْمَلآئِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ ذَوِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْيَتَامَى وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَالسَّآئِلِينَ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَأَقَامَ الصَّلاةَ وَآتَى الزَّكَاةَ وَالْمُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِهِمْ إِذَا عَاهَدُواْ وَالصَّابِرِينَ فِي الْبَأْسَاء والضَّرَّاء وَحِينَ الْبَأْسِ أُولَـئِكَ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَأُولَـئِكَ هُمُ الْمُتَّقُونَ