Dear Brothers and sisters, this is getting ridiculous. We are so “curious” as to why non-Muslims from across the globe challenge us on the truthfulness about the claims we make about our religion. We continue to be “baffled” and often “disheveled” because our religion of peace is seen as anything but.
Are we blind? Do we not see what is being done in our name?
For the longest I have been somewhat silent when it comes to direct criticism of Muslim groups. I know that the overwhelming majority of Muslim groups are political and often reflect the anti-thesis of the word Muslim. However, after reading the news regarding the prisoner swap with Israel I have to admit that what Hezbollah and now Hamas has done and is planning to do as it relates to Israeli prisoners it makes me sick to my stomach.
Certainly, the evil actions against innocent civilians in of itself is sickening, but to continue the illusion of being honorable or just Muslims, all the while parading and celebrating as they hand over slaughtered Israeli soldiers so they can get in return murderers, makes me truly ask:
What is wrong with us?
I don’t blame these groups for being who they are. It’s quite apparent who they are. But what is wrong with us that we are so full of cowardice that we continue to allow them to speak for us?
When have we ever looked to the example of the Prophet (saw) to say with 100% confidence that these actions are OK? When has it ever been OK to slaughter innocents, slaughter POW’s while they are defenseless, and celebrate the mourning of others?
Where is the honor in this?
Hezbollah has made a jack-ass of themselves and we are going down right along with them. Until we seek Allah (swt) and submit as we truly should, we will continue to be regarded in this world and the next as hypocrites. If we truly loved Allah (swt) we would not be afraid to speak out and against these groups. We would liberate ourselves from their “influence” and declare them as the heretics that they are.
A Muslim is supposed to be one in whom their neighbors feel safe. A Muslim is supposed to be the example of honor, truth, and piety. These thugs are none of the above.
Anytime you forsake your religious obligations for political aspirations and use them as a justification to do the things that are directly against your religion, you my friend are a hypocrite and guilty of shirk.
Furthermore, if you support these groups either in public or private, you are one of them.
Lastly, if you don’t have the faith and courage to speak out against them you too are also of them.
For any Muslim to see this disgrace and not at the minimum hate it in their heart then that can only mean two things as far as I am concerned:
Either you truly have no love of Allah (swt) and your religion, or I truly don’t understand Islam and it’s not what I thought and maybe I should be the one that should leave.
However, I guarantee there are more centuries of scholarship to back my positions than the opposite.
So what am I proposing?
We need to declare a Jihad against all of these groups. I’m not advocating violence as that would make me a hypocrite, however if we denounce, refuse them shelter, criticize, and be globally vocal against them, we will help marginalize them and dry up their support.
It is actually our duty to rid ourselves of this cancer. Either we can sit idly by, or we can go down with them. The choice is ours, but we should have enough moral clarity and strength of character and in faith to recognize right from wrong. How can we not be disgusted when a guy who killed and innocent man and maybe a toddler while his wife watches and accidentally kills their other child, is lauded as a hero and the murder of soldiers in captivity is justified?
Even “IF” we hated Israel, Israelis, and everything Jewish, that STILL DOESN’T JUSTIFY THEIR ACTIONS!
5:2 O you who have attained to faith! Offend not against the symbols set up by God, nor against the sacred month of pilgrimage, nor against the garlanded offerings, nor against those who flock to the Inviolable Temple, seeking favor with their Sustainer and His goodly acceptance; and only after your pilgrimage is over are you free to hunt. And never let your hatred of people who would bar you from the Inviolable House of Worship lead you into the sin of aggression: but rather help one another in furthering virtue and God-consciousness, and do not help one another in furthering evil and enmity; and remain conscious of God: for, behold, God is severe in retribution!
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تُحِلُّواْ شَعَآئِرَ اللّهِ وَلاَ الشَّهْرَ الْحَرَامَ وَلاَ الْهَدْيَ وَلاَ الْقَلآئِدَ وَلا آمِّينَ الْبَيْتَ الْحَرَامَ يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلاً مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرِضْوَانًا وَإِذَا حَلَلْتُمْ فَاصْطَادُواْ وَلاَ يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ أَن صَدُّوكُمْ عَنِ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ أَن تَعْتَدُواْ وَتَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى الْبرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَلاَ تَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى الإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ (5:2)
5:8 O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity; and never let hatred of any-one lead you into the sin of deviating from justice. Be just: this is closest to being God-conscious. And remain conscious of God: verily, God is aware of all that you do.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ لِلّهِ شُهَدَاء بِالْقِسْطِ وَلاَ يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَى أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُواْ اعْدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ (5:8)
How can we read our glorious text and not see the guidance, wisdom, and truth in it? Many of us are no better than a donkey carrying books on their backs! You have the book, but fail to read the contents thereof, but then again what should we expect with the Middle East boasting some of the highest illiteracy rates in the world!
Again Muslims this is our fault! We allow murderers, crooks, and criminals to “educate” the masses in our absence and wonder why they have support and “credibility”. We escape to the promises of the West for a better life while our lands implode more and more each day. We do nothing while they do everything and more. We are cowards and hypocrites. We are a billion weak and we are nothing. How do we dare claim to be Muslims and followers of Muhammad (saw) yet allow these acts of injustice to occur in our name by our “brethren”?
Oh Muslims WAKE UP!
Reclaim our Deen while we still have a chance!
Take up the banner of the true and just Jihad and enjoin what is right and forbid that which is not.
May Allah (swt) reward us for our efforts,
As Salaam Alaikum