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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The So-called Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be Upon Him

The title of this post has likely implied my understanding of what is known as the Mawlid an-Nabawi, Mawlid Nabi, and even Eid Mawlid Nabawi. Whatever the implications, I will not explicitly state what I understand to be reality concerning this issue but rather I will elaborate on the issue itself, in a manner that is befitting of my level of my limited knowledge.

  • ALLAH only legislated two Eid's for the Muslims

    • An Eid is any annual celebration or festivity.
    • The prophet peace be upon him entered upon Muslims celebrating something other than the two legislated Eidayn (two Eids), which they had in their cluture; he peace be upon him informed them that ALLAH has only permitted the Eidayn that He legislated.
    • Other festivities that are held arbitrarily or those which are done as good things occur in one's life are permissible, but they should not be on the same calendar date every year. For example, a wedding celebration, celebrating the Aqeeqah, celebrating a new job, or a completed degree, etc.
    • Anyone and everyone's birthday celebration comes under the category of the linguistic meaning of the Arabic word Eid, and therefore is not permissible, because only the Eidayn are legislated by ALLAH and are exclusively permissible.

  • The prophet peace be upon him never mentioned anything about this day.
  • The historians of al-Islam do not agree on the date or even the month that the prophet peace be upon him was born.

    • There is not hard proof for when he was born (hijri); we only know that he was born on a Monday. Only his death-date (hijri) is known with certainty and is recorded.

  • Because he was born on Monday, he, peace be upon him, would fast on Mondays as part of is sunnah; he did not leave the issue of Monday in honor of his birth something open for the Muslim to venerate with acts of choice (i.e. celebrating). Rather, he established the option fasting on Monday as the sunnah for the Muslim to follow.

    • No other preference or recognition of the prophet's birth was ever present for the first 300 years of al-Islam. No companion every said anything about it, and none of us could love the prophet peace be upon him more than the companions did. ALLAH be pleased with them.

    There is more to say, but I am not qualified nor skilled enough to elaborate on it with justice. It has been mentioned by more credentialed and experienced educators in the English speaking world.

    Here is a good summary of the issue itself:

    Here is a more historical account of the history of the so-called Mawlid an-Nabawi

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    What is so bad about Salafi People (a hypothetical question)?

    I really wanted to avoid using this word on my blog because of people's biases around it. However in the effort of dismissing stereotypes, it cannot be ignored, especially since it has become a topic of interest to non-Muslims. Have a listen to this interview with a former (more or less) associate of the movement. For a non-Muslim, or very lay, secular, or vastly westernized Muslim (and I seek refuge in ALLAH from being all three), this is quite accurate, but not appropriate for a Muslim who knows the religion well enough to make a proper distinction.

    For the Muslims, a better explanation is as below, and I personally endorse this understanding as a Muslim:

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Neglecting The Prayer

    It is accepted by Muslims that the Sallah is part of the religion. To what degree of importance is it? Is Sallah only for people who try to be good Muslims? Is it a basic for being Muslim? Can Sallah be trivialized? With as much flexibility as there is around performing the Sallah with concessions for different situations, is it appropriate for it to be skipped? In these times it can be said that we've seen and heard it all.

    The messenger of ALLAH, peace be upon him, said that Islam is built upon five pillars, and Sallah is one of them. The word for pillar in Arabic is Rukun, and the famous "five pillars of Islam", are the Arkaan of Islam. In Shari'ah, a rukun is something that is essential for something to be, analogous to a structure that needs a certain number of pillars so that it will not collapse. Without all of the Rukun of Sallah, the sallah is not sallah, and is void and unaccepted, and must be repeated properly. The same applies to a rukun of Haj. So what about a missing Rukun of al-Islam? There is question about whether a person with no Sallah is Muslim. It is a classical topic and one which deserves to be addressed.

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    A Mouthful...of Problems!

    I laugh as I remember that as teenagers in America, we wondered about proving that ‘cussing/cursing/swearing’ is impermissible (I have found that proof). I have noticed that non-native English speakers learn cuss-words when they are reading dictionaries and watching entertainment in English to improve their fluency, without realizing that they are not socially appropriate or acceptable. That is because it has become common place to speak like this in western cultures, whereas in eastern cultures, it is strictly undignified to allow these words to be spoken or written on television, in film, or in public. The same went for us in America, as our public school teachers would reprimand us, even for using Ebonics (the slang of African-Americans/blacks) and other slang in the classroom, calling it a display of ignorance; add some curse words to that, and we’d get a disciplinary referral.

    It should be understood that these words are evil, and the Sunnah clarifies they do not belong on the tongue of a Muslim seeking the pleasure of his or her Lord. Additionally, we cannot even use offensive speech towards others. The Messenger of ALLAH, peace be upon him said
     لَا يَنْبَغِي لِصِدِّيقٍ أَنْ يَكُونَ لَعَّانًا
    “It is not befitting the truthful that they curse others.”(Sahih Muslim 2597, Sahih) Muslims at every level of society use harsh speech against each other and often say things like “may he be cursed”, or “may ALLAH break his back”. Are they unaware that gentleness was made an obligation on the Muslims by order of the prophet peace be upon him when he said,
    عَلَيْكِ بِالرِّفْقِ وَإِيَّاكِ وَالْعُنْفَ وَالْفُحْشَ
    “Your duty is to be gentle and beware of harshness and bad words.” (Sahih Bukhari 5683, Grade: Sahih) The description of bad words used in these statements of the prophet is “fahsha”, which means lewd, or foul, and is often used to describe sexual indecency, fornication, adultery, and filth. As English speakers we should understand this (fahish speech) to be those words which we are taught since childhood not to say in polite company, or around ladies, etc. The F-WORD, S-WORD, B-WORD, P-WORD, D-WORD(S), etc. One of the companions said
    لَمْ يَكُنْ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ سَبَّابًا وَلَا فَحَّاشًا وَلَا لَعَّانًا كَانَ يَقُولُ لِأَحَدِنَا عِنْدَ الْمَعْتِبَةِ مَا لَهُ تَرِبَ جَبِينُهُ
    “The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would not abuse others, he would not use obscene words, and he would not curse others. If he wanted to admonish anyone of us, he used to say: What is wrong with him? His forehead be dusted!”(Sahih Bukhari 5684, Grade: Sahih).
    لَيْسَ الْمُؤْمِنُ بِالطَّعَّانِ وَلَا اللَّعَّانِ وَلَا الْفَاحِشِ وَلَا الْبَذِيءِ
    The believer does not taunt others, he does not curse others, he does not use profanity, and he does not abuse others. (Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1977, Grade: Hasan)
    It can be understood that taking small steps, such as cleaning up our language, can orient us towards seeking the rectification all of our problems, by the mercy of ALLAH. Good things exist on good foundations. A building with a strong foundation stands against harsh odds, by the grace of ALLAH. Algebra is a basic which becomes the language for Trigonometry, and they both are the languages for Calculus, and Physics, and Chemistry; you cannot be a proficient practical scientist without grooming basics first. This is something universal. The things which make Muslim societies succeed are hindered by not refining human character. Having bad character and manners plants the seeds of pride, arrogance, and will not leave room for Ikhlaas (the sole intention of pleasing ALLAH alone) in the hearts of Muslims. Without basic good character and Iklaas, we will never be able to
    •          Promote education and minimize ignorance
    •          Advise each other to truth
    •          Unite on the authentic Sunnah and leave innovation in worship and theology
    •          Adhere to ALLAH’s shari’ah     Remove corruption from our governments (by virtue of      characteristic and adherence to shari’ah)
    •          Minimize theft
    •          Minimize racism
    •          Minimize poverty
    •          Minimize domestic abuse
    •          Maintain the honor of ladies
    •          Restore the world’s recognition of Palestine
    •          Contain and bring extremist and renegade militias to justice

    These are problems that are gargantuan in magnitude. Is it logical to expect or even fathom that a people, who can’t stop cussing and notoriously verbally abuse others (even within their own kin) can possibly pioneer a resolution for anything listed above? For the Muslim ummah to be respectable in the world we need to be generally good human people, who are kind, and not unpleasant to be around in terms of manners and social interaction; this is part of what will make us good Muslims. To be GOOD Muslims we have to be GOOD PEOPLE, and the proof for this is stated in the Sunnah.

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    The Modern Day Khawarij explained by Abu Usamah Adhabi

    I share this in an effort to clarify to the world the position of orthodox Muslims who believe in and act by the Qur'an and the authentic sunnah as it relates to some of the groups that are, to say the least, troublemakers in society. The Khawaarij were a group mentioned to us by the Messenger of ALLAH, peace be upon him, and he mentioned them by this name, "Khawarij". They are understood to be renegades, and act according to radical and unfounded, or insufficiently founded notions. They undervalue human life, and do not understand the goals and objectives of al-Islam. For more information see this letter addressing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Don't re-invent the Wheel! Just Maintain it!

    I have been a part of some (possibly) insightful discourse recently. I gave an advice to adhere to a particular command from ALLAH, and it was disputed first by a non-Muslim- which is totally understandable, and then by a Muslim; the latter is also understood, but not acceptable. In the discourse, the other party believed that advising the public about this, imposes a (my) rigid understanding of al-Islam, and it is offensive to a demographic to which I do not belong.
    In the dialogue, I was asked if I believe that my interpretation of the Qur’an and Sunnah is the only correct understanding. I clarified that the particular issue we were discussing is a basic one, and does not require additional interpretation. I then had my own questions, but I kept them to myself, to address here:
    • Why does everyone have to have their own interpretation? Is the truth what it is, or what we want it to be?
    • If there is so much about the Qur’an and Sunnah on a face value that is so distasteful, why are we Muslims?
    • To people who do not like following Islam according to authenticated tradition really believe in Islam as it is read in the Qur’aan and Sunnah?
    •  Why do the above mentioned people not create a new religion of their own that is loosely based on Islamic virtues but permits those things which they but which Islam forbids, and not call it Islam? Why do they want to be called Muslims if there is so much they hate about it?

    It may appear that this inquisition could encourage apostasy, when in fact, it is encouraging internal reflection, repentance, and admittance of wrong doing.
    In that discussion I had, I did not mention that I once belonged to a different demographic, and one which might have been offended by my message. They way I once thought of being a Muslim before and also during my adolescence was different, but during those times, I went through some developmental changes because I had an intention to do what ALLAH loves, whatever that was, provided proper evidence was presented. Umar Ibn al-Khattab, may ALLA H be pleased with him, reported that the Messenger of ALLAH, peace be upon him, said “Actions are but by intention and every man shall have but that which he intended. Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His messenger, his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated."(Bukhari and Muslim; Hadith 1/40, an-Nawawi) Good intention is the first half, not the whole. If the intention to please ALLAH were all we needed the prophet would not have said what was narrated on the authority of his wife ‘Asisha, the mother of the believers-may ALLAH be pleased with her, “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours that is not a part of it will have it rejected.”(Reported by al-Bukhaari, Fath al-Baari, no. 2697) From this and others proof it is understood that ALLAH only accepts those deeds which are intended to please him and what is already according to the established Shari’ah, the Qur’an and Sunnah. I cannot recall if I knew both of these ahadeeth when I was part of my former demographic, but I understood that as being commonly sensible if I wanted to practice a religion that I did not create. I understood Islam to be the correct path, for various reasons, and I knew that this path was established by ALLAH and his Messenger, and the companions knew him and what he taught best. In spite of this, there were circumstances present which can hinder adherence to or corrupt this understanding, because after all humans are influenced by their environment. The demography of my former environment was comprised of:
    • Growing up since birth in what is believed to be the best Western and vastly non-Muslim country in the world.
    • Not having many close Muslim friends in my circle of peers; more inclined to follow the more dominant group (non-Muslms)
    • Being in a non-Muslim school
    • Subscribing to non-Muslim mass media
    •  Not understanding basic Arabic
    • Being under elders who varied in their understanding of Islam
      • Some valued argumentative (philosophical) thought over sound proof
      •    Some valued proof, but did not have communication skills to convey to westernized youths
      •    Some dismissed the authenticity of hadeeth, believing them to be compromised, which dismissed the obligation to adhere to a ruling brought in them (a refutable notion; see my second blog post “Basics in Understanding the Religion of al-Islam”)
      • Some had very radical views, and valued emotional response with the intention to please ALLAH and defend the honor of Muslim people, over everything
      • Being a young person in post 9/11 America.

    Parents can only do so much to influence their children when they have an entire country to compete with. It is only by the mercy of ALLAH that a child can understand on an intellectual level
    • why eating pork is bad, even though the majority of people around them on a daily basis eat it
    •  why they do not get Christmas and birthday presents
    • why they cannot date girls or boys, and have to wait until they are married to enjoy romance, and cannot be close friends with members of the opposite gender (due to danger of pre-marital romance)
    • why they have to pray and fast so much when their friends don’t even go to church anymore
    • why all the other girls can look pretty outside, and I have to cover so much
    • why so few people in the world are Muslims, and most of the world is something else and has such a free lifestyle
    There is of course an answer and a reason for all of this, and that is the reality of ALLAH’s existence, and what he has said to mankind. There are numerous ways to prove this, but ALLAH did not say that everyone will be a Muslim. Not everyone will be in paradise nor all in hellfire. I mention this because, I do not expect all to believe as I do, and I understand what keeps them from that. I want to reach people who have the sincerity to please ALLAH, and help them understand that ALLAH and his messenger already explained what pleases ALLAH. No man or woman can tell you that, but it if person brings you something correct from the Qur’an and Sunnah, you should not reject it if they prove it.

    There are extremes to be wary of. There are sincere Muslims who:
    • accept anything that someone they trust presents to them and says that it pleases ALLAH, without proof, and without knowledge
    • who do not take anyone’s word, and try to learn everything by themselves without guidance of experienced traditional scholars, and who are affected by invented controversy about traditional Islamic scholarship and it not being suitable for the present and future, and are overly skeptical about issues which are in contrast to certain aspects of secular and western life
      • a subset of this extreme are those who believe the Qur’an and Sunnah are not permanent and can be changed to allow those things which it forbids, simply because it is common practice to do them today; these people imply that opposing this notion also opposes advanced and innovated technology, but this is a rejected and extreme notion because ALLAH and his messenger were specific enough when they forbade something, and some issues of daily human life had no such legislation applied to them
    • who put so much faith in scholars, they do not apply thought to the religion at all, and remain in perpetual ignorance, with later manifests into stubbornness
    These extremes are prevalent in Muslim communities globally. The resulting problems can be accurately hypothesized. I leave it to you, my readers, tell me what the correct way should be considering all of this. I challenge you all to explain it without controversy and without trying to satisfy any people – only speak about pleasing ALLAH himself.

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Varying Secularism

    Focus here should not be on Dr. Bilal Philips but rather trying to point out that religious people are not stupid or naive. Muslims also have to realize that ALLAH explains in His book, that not everyone is going to understand and believe; only those whom he allowed from His mercy and wisdom (it makes them deprived, but not stupid). ALLAH has said:

    سَأَصْرِفُ عَنْ آيَاتِيَ الَّذِينَ يَتَكَبَّرُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَإِنْ يَرَوْا كُلَّ آيَةٍ لَا يُؤْمِنُوا بِهَا وَإِنْ يَرَوْا سَبِيلَ الرُّشْدِ لَا يَتَّخِذُوهُ سَبِيلًا وَإِنْ يَرَوْا سَبِيلَ الْغَيِّ يَتَّخِذُوهُ سَبِيلًا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا وَكَانُوا عَنْهَا غَافِلِين(7:144)َ

    Which means,

    "I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them." (7:144)

    Please heed this disclaimer: DO NOT USE THIS TO PICK A FIGHT WITH A DISBELIEVER! If you are challenged by a disbeliever, keep calm, and keep it simple. Determine if this person even has an interest in Islam being truth, and will even entertain the possibility that he or she is wrong; some people have no desire for Islam to be good, so they will use controversy to digress from reason and fundamentals. It is a waste time to argue with a fitnah maker. But it is beneficial to engage in peaceful and meaningful discourse. ALLAH knows best.

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Feedback needed

    After 20 posts, I seriously wonder what thoughts are going through my readers'minds. Feel free to comment and tell me where I need to improve. Polite and tactful comments will not be censored. You may follow this blog and share it if you think my wriring is worth it inshaALLAH.

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    The Benefits of Small Deeds

  • The small deeds can accumulate to outweigh the big heavy deeds

  • Keep the religion as easy as possible without abandoning obligations one key to success

  • Saturday, August 9, 2014

    A trend of blame in the Muslims Ummah

    There is something I have noticed, which I believe Muslims have given too much preference to, especially over self correction and affirmation of proper belief and worship.

    Regarding this trend among the Muslims to boycott Israel by not doing business with them and buying their products, there is good in this. People who do this are telling the world that they are not satisfied with the situation of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and are declaring manifest disapproval.They should, however, note, that not all of what they boycott is obligatory to avoid; thus, they must be cautions of another trend among Muslims today, which is to blame the one who does not join in boycotting, and accuse them of being sinful and supporting the murder of Muslims. To make the right decision in this matter, one must understand how the Prophet, peace be upon him, dealt with Jews and/or the Children of Israel, during like situations.

    The conclusion, supported by the facts below, is that it is only obligatory to boycott that which directly funds the provisions of military force, i.e. weapons, explosives, and anything else that is used to wage war on the Muslims. If it is not confirmed as such, as for instance, if the revenue is only being sent as humanitarian aid to help civilians, or to fund other things, the patron is not a sinner if one chooses to continue consuming these products, until confirmation that these transactions paid revenue to the enemy's armed forces, at which point (only), this transaction is HARAAM. Shaykh Saalh al-Fawzaan was asked:

    Question: "Oh noble Shaykh, in the newspapers these days it is written that there is a call to boycott the American products, and to stop the buying and selling of these products. Also, from this is the claim that appeared in one the newspapers that the 'Ulamaa. (scholars of Islaam) have called for the boycotting of these products and that this is something that is obligatory upon every individual Muslim, and that buying even a single one of these products (produced in America) is forbidden, forbidden (haraam, haraam), and that the person who does this has done a major sin (Kabeerah), and that he is helping these people (the Americans) and helping the Jews in their fighting against the Muslims. So I hope from your eminence that you can give some clarity regarding this matter due to there being a need for that. And is a person rewarded (by Allaah) for this action (of boycotting American goods)?" 

    Response:" Firstly, I request a photocopy of this statement in specific from the newspaper that is mentioned here by the questioner. Secondly, this is not correct. The scholars have not given a fatwa (religious verdict) declaring the goods produced by America to be forbidden (haraam), and the goods from America are still being imported and sold in the market places of the Muslims (i.e. in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and these products that you buy from America are still available. There has been no religious verdict issued against this. Cutting off relations and boycotting is not to be done unless there is a decree issued by the Muslim authorities. If the authorities issue a decree calling for the prohibition (of particular goods) or boycotting a country from among the many countries, then it is obligatory to boycott that country. However, in reference to individuals who want to do this or they give religious verdicts that this is something forbidden, then this is a declaration of forbiddance that Allaah has not allowed. It is not permissible to do this. Yes. "

    From the early scholars, 
    Imam al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

    Chapter: Buying and selling with the mushrikeen and people who are at war with Islam. 

    Then he narrated (2216) that ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: We were with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) then a mushrik man came with some sheep that he was driving. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Are they for sale or a gift?” He said: “For sale.” So he bought a sheep from him

    Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Saheeh Muslim (11/14): 
    The Muslims are unanimously agreed that it is permissible to interact with ahl al-dhimmah (non-Muslims living under Muslim rule) and other kuffaar, so long as the object of the transaction is not haraam, but it is not permissible for a Muslim to sell weapons or tools of war to those who are waging war against the Muslims, or anything that helps them to support their religion. 

    Ibn Battaal said: dealing with the kuffaar is permissible, except for selling things to those who are at war with the Muslims that may help them against the Muslims. 

    It was narrated in al-Majmoo’ (9/432) that there is scholarly consensus that it is forbidden to sell weapons to people who are waging war against Muslims. 

    The reason for that is obvious, which is that these weapons will be used to fight the Muslims.

    Later scholars have said other things, but what is available in English of their statements does not compare to the above referenced daleel, and ALLAH knows best, and may he have mercy on ALL the scholars of the Muslims ummah.”

    Indeed ALLAH alone knows best.
    #boycottisrael #boycottproducts

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    My Take on Palestine vs Israel

    Firstly, I have not been appropriately charismatic as my brethren in Islam are; may ALLAH forgive me for what I lack and increase me and reward those who show due concern.

    I can only speak with justice about the issue of killing, as I have not read enough of the history to explain in detail how this situation came to be. What I know is that it is wrong for Israeli's to treat the Arabs in Palestine as less than human.

    Palestinians, remember this and refresh your imaan, your iti'bah to the sunnah, and establish ikhlas in your hearts and actions, or you will fail. ALLAH has said,

    يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ حَرِّضِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَلَى الْقِتَالِ ۚ إِنْ يَكُنْ مِنْكُمْ عِشْرُونَ صَابِرُونَ يَغْلِبُوا مِائَتَيْنِ ۚ وَإِنْ يَكُنْ مِنْكُمْ مِائَةٌ يَغْلِبُوا أَلْفًا مِنَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِأَنَّهُمْ قَوْمٌ لَا يَفْقَهُونَ

    Which means

    "O Prophet, urge the believers to battle. If there are among you twenty [who are] steadfast, they will overcome two hundred. And if there are among you one hundred [who are] steadfast, they will overcome a thousand..."

    You can win, but you must fight fair, you must maintain piety and ikhlaas. Please be smart. Do not taunt armed soldiers to open fire on civilians by throwing stones just because you hate to see them. Be smart and safe.

    It is known that Hamas plays dirty, and thinks that Jihaad in the Shari'i way is idealistic and fantastic. This is wrong, and as such, people of the Sunnah cannot support them. The greatest scholars in recent times have explained the need for Palestine to cease their divisions and unite upon the truth. Shaykh Muqbil, said this in an excellent way:

    “It is obligatory upon the people of Philisteen, and specifically those from the members of movement Hamas to take hold to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and to traverse upon the way of As-Salafus-Saalih, and to know that it is the Sunnah of Allah that there is no aid, or victory, or strength except by aiding Allah. 

    And the aid of Allah is by the aiding His religion, establishing His legislation, and traversing upon the methodology of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and his companions, and what the three praiseworthy generations were upon, the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, and purifying the religion of Islam from everything that has been attributed to it from foreign beliefs, introduced ideologies, and newly invented matters, and rearing the people upon the pure Islaam. 
    And as for those who turn away from this way, then he is not from those who are victorious. 
    Allah says: “O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your feet firm.” (Muhammad: 7)
    And He says: “Verily, Allah will help those who help His (cause). Truly Allah is All-Strong, All Mighty. Those who, if We give them power in the land they establish the prayer, pay the Zakah, and they enjoin the good and forbid the evil. And with Allah rests the end of all matters.” (Al-Hajj:40-41)
    And His statement, “And as for the believers it was upon Us to help them.” (Ar-Rum:47)
    He says, “Verily, We will indeed make Our Messengers and those who believe victorious in this life, and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth.” (Al-Ghaafir:51)
    And He says, “Allah has promised those among you who believe and do righteous deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession in the land, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them authority to practice their religion which He has chosen for them. And He will surely, give them in exchange safety after their fear (provided) they worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Faasiqun.” (An-Nur: 55)
    And the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “There will not cease to be a party from my Ummah upon the affair of Allah, they will not be harmed by those who oppose them, or forsake them until the affair of Allah is established and they are victorious over the people.” (Saheeh Muslim)
    And if we all consider his statement, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, “If you deal in interest, and hold on to the tails of the cow, and are content with agriculture, and abandon Jihaad, Allah will place upon you a humiliation, and will not lift it until you return to your religion.” (Collected by Abu Dawud, and Imaam Ahmad, and authenticated by Al-Albaanee in As-Saheehah no. 11)
    We will find that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, made the return to the religion, in creed and worship, the foundation of victory and strength, and that if the Muslims do not return to their religion then they will remain in a state of humiliation and lowliness and their large numbers will be of no avail. 
    The proof for this is what was narrated by Thawbaan, may Allah be pleased with him, from the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that he said, “The nations will soon summon one another to attack you, as people when eating invite others to share their dish.
    Someone (of the sahaba) said, ‘Because of our few numbers on that day??’
    He (the prophet) answered, ‘Nay, you will be numerous on that day but you will be like the foam of the torrent and Allah will remove the fear of you from the hearts of your enemies, and will place al-wahan in your hearts.’
    Someone (sahaba) asked, ‘And what is al-wahn??’
    He (the prophet) said:), ‘Love of the wordly life and dislike of death.'” (Collected by Abu Dawud, and Imaam Ahmad, and authenticated by Al-Albaanee in As-Saheehah no. 958)
    In this hadeeth [is proof] that large numbers and gathering together is of no benefit, unless this gathering is upright upon the haqq, uniting upon it. 
    And therefore the members of the Hamas movement know that the methodology of which they implement is the methodology of Al-Ikhwaanil-Muslimeen, a methodology in contradiction to the true manhaj of Allah.
    How is it not when it is a manhaj built upon fighting the correct aqeedah and its people.

    • A manhaj built upon abandoning the way of the salaf and bringing near the people of innovation.
    • A manhaj built upon uprisings, and revolting against order, and the rulers.
    • A manhaj built upon takfeer of the Muslims, and following the way of the Khawaarij.
    • A manhaj built upon ignorance and and bringing near the people of ignorance, and fighting the scholars (salafiyyah) and chasing people away from them.

    So a manhaj the likes of this one, has lead its people to humiliation and lowliness, as the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “And humiliation and lowliness has been placed upon those who oppose this affair of mine.” (Collected by Ahmad and authenticated by Al-Albaanee in Saheeh Jaami no. 2831)."
    Shaykh Muqbil also said, “As for Hamas then it will not be a help to Islam, in it is the Shi’ee, and the Hizbee Ikhwaanee it is a group of hizbiyyah, they don’t enjoin the good or forbid the evil. Instead they rebuke ahlus-sunnah. And if they received help they would do as was done in Afganistan turning their weapons against one another, because they are not upon one heart.” (Tuhfatul-Mujeeb pg. 228)

    A non-Muslim said about the Paliestinian Israeli war (found on Facebook)

    They're not happy in Gaza ..
    They're not happy in Egypt ..
    They're not happy in Libya ..
    They're not happy in Morocco ..
    They're not happy in Iran ..
    They're not happy in Iraq ..
    They're not happy in Yemen ..
    They're not happy in Afghanistan ..
    They're not happy in Pakistan ..
    They're not happy in Syria ..
    They're not happy in Lebanon ..
    They're happy in Australia .
    They're happy in Canada .
    They're happy in England ..
    They're happy in France ..
    They're happy in Italy ..
    They're happy in Germany ..
    They're happy in Sweden ..
    They're happy in the USA ..
    They're happy in Norway .. 
    They're happy in Holland .
    They're happy in Denmark .
    Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim and unhappy in every country that is!
    Not Islam.
    Not their leadership.
    Not themselves.
    AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like.... THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!"

    End quote. 

    This person is likely someone who, has not canonically read the Qur'an or has no interest in Muslms or Islam being good. However, this observation is to an extent a applies to the masses of Muslims who do not understand their religion, and as such exhibit such ignorant behavior. This is all the more reason to go back to the basics of the religion and to understand what the religion has to do with everything in our own (daily) lives, and stop being people who's goal is to satisfy their personal desires. If you say you live to please ALLAH, read his book (in cannon and entirety) and study the sunnah and the way of the pious predecessors and you will find that acting in this way is contrary to al-Islaam.
    #readthequran #gaza #hamas #aqeedah