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  1. Egypt Coup Prime Minister Interview Cites 'Exceptional Times Where Atrocities Are Committed' He thinks that muslims that don't support his coup deserve a genocide. Reporter: But the prime minister acknowledged the brutal crackdown could mean prolonged bloodshed, which is exactly what worries america, in a country, an ally that's been vital to the stability of this region. Are you worried that the muslim brotherhood is going to radicalize? That this will drive them problem? I think this is a risk. Reporter: And the killing of the supporters of the democratically-elected president, the prime minister compared it to the u. S. Involvement in world war ii and vietnam. There are times when atrocities are committed. But this does not mean that this is a way of life. You people went to the world second war. Reporter: A really stunning comparison. But the egyptian prime minister says he has no remorse for what has happened here. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/egypt-news-prime-minister-interview-cites-exceptional-times-20020918
  2. salam alaikum http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/130823-restituting-the-world-s-perception-of-egypt-an-exclusive-interview-with-egypt-s-deputy-fm i24news is a 24-hour news and current affairs television channel based in Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv, israel. It broadcasts in English, French and Arabic.
  3. "Zionist" Egyptian Presidency spokesman to "israeli" channel: Hamas is a terrorist group Ehab Badawi, Spokesman of Egypt's interim presidency, is on a mission to rebrand Egypt post-coup and spoke to i24news in an exclusive interview. "The international community calls Hamas a terrorist group, but not the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood, it is the armed wing of the brotherhood settled in Palestine," Badawi continued. The Gaza-based terror organization Hamas was founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and until June 2011 received a large percentage of its funding directly from the Egyptian mother organization. "So why does the world want to make the Muslim Brotherhood the victims?"
  4. Islam/christianity. Which Is The Oldest Religion?

    Hello http://islamicnafahat.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/all-prophets-were-muslims/
  5. Muslim-Christian Debate, Here

    Jesus or the anonymous John ?
  6. What excuse do you give to someone who burns an entire masjid on fire along with all the worshippers?!!! I saw the pictures and I will not upload them as they are way too graphic!! The corpses were burnt alive while they were reading the Quran. The Quran pages are all burnt over their bodies. Ya Allah. May Allah raise them from the Shuhudaa.
  7. The brave egyptian army: new massacre Initial photos:(graphic) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BRni_f4CMAAjqQ3.jpg:large
  8. Egypt under attack ! israel Launches First Deadly Drone Strike Within Egypt's Borders Sinai bombing is in collaboration with Egyptian military and police crackdown - Sarah Lazare, staff writer In what is believed to be israel's first drone strike in Egypt's borders, israeli Air Force drones fired missiles on Egypt's Sinai peninsula Friday, killing at least five people, Egyptian authorities report.(Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP) israel reportedly collaborated with Egyptian military and intelligence on the attack, as Egyptian military and police forces escalate deadly attacks in the Sinai. Egyptian officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that the people killed were suspected militants, but these reports could not be verified. israel's military has so far refused to acknowledge the attack, though one anonymous israeli source told Haaretz, "We are aware of increased activity of the Egyptian military against terrorism across Sinai." The bombings follow a statement earlier this week from Egyptian military spokesman Ahmed Ali that, since July 5, the military and police have 'cracked down' on alleged "terrorists and jihadists" in Sinai, leaving at least 124 people dead or injured and destroying at least 102 tunnels connecting Egypt to Gaza. The Egyptian military attacks accompany an aggressive israeli military buildup. Last month, the israeli government announced it had installed rocket launchers and military helicopters in the Sinai Peninsula, in keeping with what israel says is allowed by its peace treaty with Egypt. Critics charge that unfounded claims of terrorist targets have long been used by the israeli and Egyptian governments to justify military buildup in the Sinai Peninsula and impose collective punishment on nearby Gaza. The israeli government has heavily lobbied the U.S. to continue military aid to Egypt, despite U.S. laws prohibiting aid for military coups.
  9. Misunderstanding Homosexuality

    ‘Identical Twin Studies Prove Homosexuality is Not Genetic’ Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last two decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way. http://bloggingtheology.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/identical-twin-studies-prove-homosexuality-is-not-genetic/
  10. Muslim-Christian Debate, Here

    1. JESUS (PBUH) "IS A WORD FROM Allah" NOT "THE WORD OF Allah" The Qur’an mentions in Surah Ali ‘Imran Chapter 3 verse 45 "Behold! The angels said: O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus. The son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those Nearest to Allah. [Al-Qur’an 3:45] Jesus (pbuh) is referred in the Qur’an as a word from Allah and not as ‘the word of Allah’. "A word" of Allah means a message of Allah. If a person is referred to as "a word" from Allah, it means that he is a Messenger or a Prophet of Allah. 2. THE TITLE OF A PROPHET (PBUH) DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT EXCLUSIVELY BELONGS TO THAT PROPHET (PBUH) Different titles are given to different prophets (pbut). Whenever a title is given to a prophet (pbuh), it does not necessarily mean that the other prophets do not have the same characteristic or quality. For e.g. Prophet Abraham (pbuh) is referred to in the Qur’an as Khaleelullah, a friend of Allah. This does not indicate that all the other Prophets (pbuh) were not the friends of Allah. Prophet Moses (pbuh) is referred to in the Qur’an as Kaleemullah, indicating that God spoke to him. This does not mean that God did not speak to others. Similarly when Jesus (pbuh) is referred to in the Qur’an as Kalimatullah, "a word from Allah", it does not mean that the other Prophets were not "the word," of Allah. http://www.ilovezakirnaik.com/misconceptions/d04.htm
  11. Their problem: SPIEGEL: …when the military overthrew and arrested democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi… Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy: …I no longer wanted to abdicate my responsibility. As a patriot, I had no other choice. Former President Morsi refused to entertain calls for new elections and wanted to establish an Islamist regime. We couldn't allow that, so we turned to the military. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/egypt-foreign-minister-fahmy-discusses-unrest-and-muslim-brotherhood-a-914854.html Sissi: The Egyptian military does not make coup d’états. The last coup was in the fifties. There is a very special relationship that binds the Egyptians and their military. The dilemma between the former president and the people originated from the ideology that the Muslim Brotherhood adopted for building a country, which is based on restoring the Islamic religious empire. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/washington-post-interviews-egyptian-gen-abdel-fatah-al-gen-sissi/2013/08/03/6409e0a2-fbc0-11e2-a369-d1954abcb7e3_story.html
  12. BBC report -The day of the massacre : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so2fj8rwdII
  13. when hypocrites are not worthy to be called animals.
  14. (Carl Bildt is Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden -osama is egyptian ambassador)
  15. Protests across Turkey condemn Egypt Massacre Non-governmental organizations across Turkey are planning protests against the Egyptian army’s attack on an anti-coup crowd which left 120 dead and 4,500 wounded http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=113971 About 28 Egyptian state and private channels have dedicated their airtime Friday to cover mass rallies by supporters of army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s call, while ignoring anti-coup protests. About 28 Egyptian state and private channels have dedicated their airtime Friday to cover mass rallies by supporters of army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s call for a popular mandate to “confront violence and terrorism.” Marches and protests by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were largely ignored by the same channels. State-run and privately-owned channels cancelled their Ramadan programing, which features soap operas and religious shows to cover the pro-army rallies. “Egypt against terrorism,” was the coverage theme of the privately-owned Dream channel. “July 26…Egypt against terrorism” CBC, another privately-owned channel, themed its coverage. Al-Sisi, who is also Egypt’s defense minister, has urged Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday to give him mandate to “confront violence”. The channels, however, did not cover the recent massacre in which security forces opened fire on anti-coup and pro-Morsi protestors at Rabaa al-Adawiya, killing 120 people and injuring 4500, according to the figures given by the Sahra Hospital. Egyptians had to access news of the massacre from channels such as Al-Jazeera. Egyptian channels had been ignoring the pro-Morsi protests, broadcasting only short shots from Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, where thousands of Morsi supporters have been camped out for almost four weeks. Morsi supporters are staging rallies on Friday to denounce the military coup against the elected president and demand his reinstatement. Pro-Morsi rallies were only broadcast on foreign channels such as the BBC Arabic, Al-Jazeera, Jordan’s privately-owned Al-Yarmouk, Palestinian privately-owned channel Al-Quds and Tunisian channel Al-Zaytouna. Egypt has been in the throes of a political crisis since the powerful military ousted Morsi on July 3 after mass protests against his regime. Since then, Morsi loyalists have been staging daily demonstrations and sit-in to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement. Egypt premier joins pro-army protests in Ittihadiya Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem al-Biblawi joined protesters gathering outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace to show support for the army. Al-Biblawi was surrounded by protesters who tried to shake hands with him. http://www.expatcairo.com/egyptian-channels-mobilize-pro-army-rallies-ignore-massacre/ Death toll in Egypt massacre reaches 200 "They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill," Gehad El-Haddad said regarding the security forces opening fire on pro-Mosri protestors. "The bullet wounds are in the head and chest." World Bulletin/News Desk Accoridng to the lastest numbers, 200 people were killed and 4,500 injured on Saturday when security forces opened fire on a protest by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo. "They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill," Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said. "The bullet wounds are in the head and chest." The Health Ministry, meanwhile, increased its recognized death toll from 21 to 46 people, while claiming that 649 people were wounded. The violence erupted on the fringes of a round-the-clock vigil being staged by backers of Morsi, who was ousted from power earlier this month by Egypt's military following mass protests against his first year in office. Al Jazeera's Egypt television station showed medics desperately trying to revive casualties arriving at a field hospital at the Brotherhood sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya, a Masjid in northeast Cairo. El-Haddad said police started firing repeated rounds of tear-gas at protesters on a road close to the Masjid sometime after 3.00 am (0100 GMT). Shortly afterwards, live rounds started flying, hitting people at close range. The bloodshed came the day after supporters and opponents of Morsi staged mass rival rallies across the country, bringing hundreds of thousands into the streets and laying bare deep divisions within the Arab world's most populous country. Spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed al-Baltaji called for aid for the injured people, and said, "We are expecting aid from everybody. The International Red Crescent should immediately take action to save the lives of hundreds of people wounded by real bullets." Sahra Hospital officials also told AA that number of wounded people exceeded thousands and at least 300 of them were shot by real bullets in the head or chest. Well over 200 people have died in violence since the overthrow of Morsi, most of them Brotherhood supporters. There was no immediate word from the security forces about what they thought had happened at Rabaa early Saturday. Crackdown The Brotherhood is bracing for a broad crackdown by the army to wipe out a movement that emerged from decades of persecution during Egypt's 2011 Arab Spring uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak, only to be deposed after a year in government. The investigation into Morsi centres on accusations that he conspired with Hamas to escape from jail during the 2011 uprising, killing some prisoners and officers, kidnapping soldiers and torching buildings. Morsi has said local people helped him escape during the upheavals, and the Muslim Brotherhood denounced the accusations levelled against him. Hamas challenged investigators to find "one piece of evidence" that it had meddled in Egyptian affairs. "At the end of the day, we know all of these charges are nothing more than the fantasy of a few army generals and a military dictatorship," Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said. "We are continuing our protests on the streets." Witnesses say Egyptian police opened fire on pro-Morsi protesters Witnesses who were wounded in clashes at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, the site of pro-Morsi demonstrations, told reporters that police used live fire against protesters late Friday, while interior ministry official denied the claim, saying security forces only used tear gas. Ahmed Mohamed Ali (25) said he came from Mansoura city in order to attend the demonstrations at the square and at 11.00 pm around Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, policemen threw tear gas canisters on the protesters and Baltaji, former pro-Mubarak thugs, assaulted protesters with shotguns. Ali said police drove their armored vehicles towards protesters, adding that sharpshooters on rooftops simultaneously opened fire on them. " "There was a big chaos. We knew the demonstrations were to be suppressed and we were determined not to step back." Another witness Ahmad al-Sayyed (22) said he was attacked by Baltaji the police, and that he suffered a gunshot wound at the 6th of October Bridge. "They have poured live ammunition on us and burned down protesters' vehicles." A high level state official from Egyptian Interior Ministry rejected reports of using live fire on pro-Morsi protesters. Speaking to the official news agency MENA, the official said security forces had fired tear gas and birdshots to disperse Morsi supporters, who responded by throwing stones at the troops and erecting barriers to prevent police armored vehicles from advancing. Egypt's army salutes Tahrir protesters An Egyptian army spokesperson published a brief statement on his official Facebook page, posting a "thank you" message to the Egyptian people, in the first reactions to mass protests on Friday in response to a call by army chief and Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. "To the great Egyptian people: salute and thank you from your armed forces," read the brief statement. It was accompanied by a picture of al-Sisi giving the military salute while looking at a picture of the iconic Tahrir Square filled with protesters. Thousands of people converged on Tahrir Square and the Ittihadiya palace in response to al-Sisi's call to give him mandate to "combat terrorism and violence." Military and political experts believe that armed by the support of Egyptians who took to the streets nationwide on Friday in great numbers, the military now has a full range of options which include a stepped up crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and declaring emergencies in specific areas of the country. Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said sit-in staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza would be dispersed soon "within the law." The powerful army removed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against him. It suspended the constitution and installed Adly Mansour, the head of the constitutional court, as interim president. Ever since, Morsi supporters have been staging daily mass demonstrations and sit-ins protesting the military coup against the elected president and demanding his reinstatement. Morsi supporters besieged again in Alexandria Opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are, for the second time Friday, besieging his supporters inside the Qaid Ibrahim Masjid in the coastal city of Alexandria.
  16. The Coptic pope celebrate killing "muslim terrorists" with his followers- answered by a christian:"they die & u thank the killer, u r against christ's teachings"
  17. Pro-cc , masjid under attack right now !!!!!!!!!!!!! Pray for the brothers in Alex. There are many trapped in al-Qaed Ibrahim Masjid and the Masjid is being besieged by thugs. The Qiyam prayers was cancelled for the first time in alex history.
  18. I Need Advice About Some Concerns.....

    If u refer to marriage; http://quran.com/5/5 Sahih International This day [all] good foods have been made lawful, and the food of those who were given the Scripture is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them. And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers. And whoever denies the faith - his work has become worthless, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.
  19. I Need Advice About Some Concerns.....

    welcome to the forum, From the Islamic view, there is nothing like that, it's ok to have christian wife that respects Islam.
  20. The Failure Of Islamic Gradualism

    By Abdullah al Andalusi In Islamic Revivalist thought, the concept of Gradualism is the belief amongst Muslim revivalists that the method to re-establish Islamic government (Khilafah) lies in a gradual (re-)implementation of Islam in a Muslim country. Gradualists typically achieve this by seeking to gain power in a system, and gradually phase out of the pre-existing political system until the full implementation of the Islamic system has been achieved. However, this pragmatic approach, represents a shallow way of thinking – looking at how to carve out a niche for Islam in the current reality, instead of how to carve the current reality to fit the Islamic niche. Therefore it is common to notice that gradualists make the status quo the object of their thinking, not the subject of their thinking. The shallow thinking that leads people to employ gradualism, creates a fundamental lack of understanding about the reality of human society, ideology, geo-politics and Islam. Understanding how to change a Human Society The first mistake made by gradualists, is an inaccurate understanding of human society. All human societies are based upon transactions of its members seeking their needs. In order for society to be effective, all transactions are regulated by a common set of agreed values (Arabic: furqan) for determining permissible actions, prohibitions, forms of communication and expectations of duty. This is called a ‘way of life’ (Arabic: Deen), or ‘culture’. A way of life can derive from either tradition, imitation of external civilisations, or from a worldview/belief, or a combination of all three. Since some individual humans may act against their own culture, each society will create Laws to preserve some aspects of their way of life necessary for the preservation of social order. Law will be preserved by a specialist faction of that society devoted to the preservation of order in society. This is the ‘Enforcement faction’ (e.g. Military, Police or in ancient times, most male members of a tribe), and they generally possess a monopoly on the application of force. The ‘Enforcement faction’ generally underwrites the ruler(s) of a society, and no ruler can possess power without their consent, or the consent of their commanders, These Commanders are the ‘kingmakers’ (in Arabic they are called the ‘Ahl Hal wa Aqd’). Gradualists, using a pragmatic approach, attempt to gain power by using whatever processes or traditions exist within a society, in order to rise to government. However, any group attempts to change society by rising to power and then applying new laws based upon a different way of life, it will be resisted. The people will always reject something they don’t understand or believe in. In order to change a society, you must change its beliefs or understandings about what it should want for a way of life. Muslims should not assume that because the people of a Muslim country believe in the some of the original sources of their culture (e.g. Allah and his Messenger), that they will believe in the applicability of the Islamic laws emanating from these sources. This is because many Muslim populations no longer make Islam the only source for their culture, but have mixed it with other sources, and actively use those other sources as a basis for their transactions and political affairs (e.g. Nationalism). But seeing as Muslim populations have knowledge that they emanated from an extensive Islamic Civilisation, how could they justify this to themselves? Take the example of the Chinese and Italians who revere their Imperial pasts and the achievements of Chinese and Roman culture and civilisation. Yet, they do not believe that laws of those civilisations are still applicable. Likewise, the Pagan Arabs of Arabia believed in Abraham as their revered ancestor, and they believed in Allah (swt) as the Chief God, but they rejected the Message of the Prophet Muhammed (saaw) when he told them that this shared belief means they must turn away from their immoral customs and polytheism, live by Allah’s laws, and desist in their spiritual practices of seeking intercession through idols.
  21. The Failure Of Islamic Gradualism

    What would the Prophet Muhammed (saaw) do? There came a time when Muhammed (saaw) had the opportunity of gaining leadership over his pagan tribe of Quraysh. In response to his invitation to Islam, and his social critique of Quraysh customs, traditions and practices, they made him an offer. His Uncle Utbah said to him: “O my nephew, if you want, by this matter which you have brought, money, we will collect to you from our monies until you shall be the wealthiest of us. If you want, by it, honor, we will make you the master over us that we shall not decide anything without you. If you want, by it, authority, we shall make you the ruler over us” [ibn Hishaam / Kanz al Ummal] This could have been an opportunity for Muhammed (saaw) to avert persecution, and gradually implement Islam over his tribe, bit by bit. But no sooner was the offer made, then Muhammed (saaw) rejected it outright. He suffered greatly afterwards at the hands of the Quraysh, but he never compromised his Message – and maintained his faith in his mission, and that God would eventually bring him victory, or he would die trying: ‘“O my uncle! by God if they put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left on condition that I abandon this course, until God has made me victorious, or I perish therein, I would not abandon it.” Ibn Hisham And indeed, many years later when he peacefully marched back into his town at the head of 10,000 Muslims, was his decision against gradualism vindicated. The Islamic (and rational) method to re-establish the Islamic state (i.e. Khilafah) is to explain clearly to Muslims in post-colonial countries: what the Islamic laws are – in detail, with their subtleties how they are derived from the Islamic Creed (Aqeeda), how they work and compliment each other, how they alone can effectively solve human problems,especially ‘modern’ ones How they are superior to Communism, Socialism, Nationalism, Liberalism and Secularism and why they are are urgently required for immediate re-implementation. When these matters have been made clear to all the Muslims in the Muslim world, and a sufficient portion have declared their acceptance and desire for the return of the Islamic laws – including from a portion of those who are military commanders, an effective (and co-ordinated) regime change can be planned and occur within one day. The group or party responsible can then set about a rapid implementation process once all government institutions are secured – and the Islamic State will have been re-born. The Islamic state is not a supernatural state; it does not require angels descending from the heavens to achieve a regime change, or the Secular dictators turning into pillars of salt by miraculous intervention, or the Mahdi or Jesus reappearing (we should note, that they will not have any special powers when they come in the future anyway). The return of the Khilafah will be no different in appearance to any of the historical revolutions, coups or regime changes – except that it will be based upon justice. And after the change, the current ‘Abdullah ibn Ubayy’s’ of the Muslim world will wake up the next morning and find themselves deposed. This is the method of the Prophet, and the method is the only effective one. Gradualism ultimately is self-defeating and counter-productive. Serving to re-enforce the culture it seeks to change, rather than actually changing it. Employing Gradualism, is like deliberately choosing to sail on a boat with a hole, hoping to remove the surging water. It is better to take a slower but sturdy boat that gets you to your destination without sinking – then taking a faster, but leaking, boat – that takes you quickly to the bottom of the sea.
  22. The Failure Of Islamic Gradualism

    Understanding the Geo-political situation One of the biggest mistakes that Gradualists make is to assume the existing system remains passive while they are free to implement ‘gradual changes’ unopposed. This ignores the fact that there exist foreign factions with strong vested interests in Muslim societies, that will take pro-active steps to resist the re-establishment of Islam, especially if they themselves are advocating an opposing ideology that they are trying to spread and implement throughout society, like the U.S’ promotion of Liberal Democracy and Secularism. This means that not only are many Muslim societies going to resist change from those calling to a comprehensive implementation of Islam, but there is an active external competitor seeking to implement its own new way of life in that society – and do so as quickly as it can, with a lot of resources at its disposal. Can gradualists really afford to take the slow road? Understanding the requirements of Islam The sad truth of the matter, is that Gradualists are themselves the products of colonialism. The idea of gradualism is the result of Muslims attempting to take a pragmatic approach to undoing the colonialist destruction of the governance of the Islamic way of life. This is because what makes gradualism acceptable to its followers, is the unconscious concept imbedded in the mind of some Muslims, that Islamic rule is a condition of preference, but not an immediate necessity. The lack of an Islamic state is not viewed as an urgent matter of life or death for these Muslims, but merely a desired end-state. While gradualists believe they should strive for it, it is not viewed as too problematic to embrace the status quo temporarily – as long as a intention is present to pursue a ‘perfect’ end result. Consequently, gradualism does nothing to inculcate Muslims with a sense of urgency in the matter, so Muslims do not exert themselves in the manner required to address the problem. Secondly, Utilitarianism’s willingness to judge immoral actions as good, if they lead to a ‘greater good’, leads to a morality of doing ‘necessary evil’ when circumstances deem it beneficial – which is no different to the morality of materialistic cultures that Islam contests against. Islam requires that human’s are witnesses to God’s sovereignty, His commands, and His values. By seeking to use contradictory methods, Muslims undermine their witnessing to those things. For example, many Muslims believe that since Democracy is popular in the world, and used by many post-colonial Muslim countries, it is the only way to achieve power for Islam. This is despite the fact that democracy (which means that the people are the sovereign’s of a country, and are the ultimate determiners of legitimacy) contradicts the Islamic principle that God alone is the sovereign (law giver) and the revealed laws are the determiner of whether a ruler is legitimate or not: ‘[say], “Then is it other than Allah I should seek as judge while it is He who has revealed to you the Book explained in detail?’ [Quran 6:114] ‘So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth…Do they then seek the judgement of Ignorance (pre-Islamic society)? And who is better in judgement than Allah for a people who have firm Faith’ [Quran 5:48] O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result….Have you seen those (hyprocrites) who claim that they believe in that which has been sent down to you, and that which was sent down before you, and they wish to go for judgement (in their disputes) to the Taghut (false judges, etc.) while they have been ordered to reject them. [Quran 4:59-60] Narated By ‘Abdullah : The Prophet said, ”A Muslim has to listen to and obey (the order of his ruler) whether he likes it or not, as long as his orders involve not one in disobedience (to Allah), but if an act of disobedience (to Allah) is imposed one should not listen to it or obey it. (Sahih Bukhari Hadith No. 203, Vol. 4)
  23. The Failure Of Islamic Gradualism

    The key issue is belief. The Muslims of post-colonial countries believe in the origins of Islam, but do not believe that Islam (in its totality) is applicable in their societies. It is not the issue of whether or not these people are virtuous, or whether they pray regularly, that prevents them from establishing Islam in politics – but it is their belief that Islamic law cannot be applied to politics (or at most parts of it), that cause them to not call for it. However, once they have been persuaded through proofs and arguments to believe in the applicability of a holistic Islam, that change becomes imminently possible. But society would not reach this possibility for change if you focus only on spiritual matters, nor would society change even if the people became fully observant in their prayers (e.g. just look at Saudi for evidence of this). Until a society begins implementing a new way of life, its people will always follow the last officially applied way of life (or aspects of it) – regardless of whether most don’t believe in it anymore. An example of this, is the UK keeping the Royal family. In the UK, the belief that no one is above the law, is accepted in the way of life in that society, and that the people are the ultimate sovereigns. However the Royal family acts as the traditional pillar for the state, and (currently) the citizens of the UK cannot agree as to what would replace them and attract the same national stability and respect from the people, if the UK became a republic. Because of no alternative being implemented, people keep the pre-existing tradition, even though they do not believe it can be justified according to their beliefs in equality and sovereignty to the people (democracy). So it is belief together with the application of a new system based upon the new beliefs, that cause real changes to society, not whether or not people change their personal actions, like praying more or less. This is because private actions are not what creates a society’s way of life, but beliefs, which are the basis behind social actions: “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” [Quran 11:13] However, this cannot be done by using the way of life against itself. The reason for this is because a way of life is preserved by humans continuing to act according to it, and hence acting according to the culture is only continuing to preserve it, not change it. Any group who rises to power using the existing way of life to give it authority, will only continue to have authority on the condition that it implements the existing way of life. As soon as it veers away from that culture, the group will be resisted by the people – and will be perceived as outside the bounds of the current way of life (i.e. extremists). Furthermore, if the ruling group attempts to overturn the way of life, without the the law ‘Enforcement faction’ supporting them to do so, then they will be overthrown by the enforcers – who perceive them as going outside the bounds of the current (i.e. extremists). In order to change a society, you must understand how your worldview differs from the society you live in. Then you make your group’s alternative worldview known to the people, to get a sufficient portion of them to believe in it – and to agree to live by the new way of life once it is implemented. Society will then only be changed once a critical mass of people in the ‘Enforcement faction’, and a critical mass of the general population, agree to accept the rules, and give your group power, being prepared to overcome/deter the dissenting factions who attempt to attack you once the change has occurred. To change a modern society a group needs the belief and backing of the people, and the Army/Police force. This is the method of the Prophet Muhammed (saaw). He established the first Islamic state in Madinah upon this sound method. Muhammed (saaw) met the powerful commanders of the two leading tribes of Medinah – the Aws and Khazraj, and invited them to pledge their belief in him (saaw), to worship only one God, to obey Muhammed (saaw), and agree to give up their past practices, and perform the Islamic practices (i.e. prayer and charity). However, it should be noted they were not expected to be perfect, for the Prophet Muhammed (saaw) was reported to have said to them: “Allah has prepared Paradise and guarantees rewards for those of you who fulfill his pledge. If someone commits one of these misdeeds out of human error and is punished in this world, that punishment will be considered atonement. And whoever commits one of these out of human error and conceals what he has done and does not reveal it, then it is left to Allah to decide to forgive or punish him.” Ibn Hisham After the commanders made their pledges, Muhammed (saaw) did not then command the change of power to himself. Instead, understanding the need for the general people to accept Islam in their belief, and understand and be willing to know what this commitment entails (even if they aren’t perfect), he sent his companion, Musab Ibn Umayr to Madinah (then called Yathrib), to teach and educate people about Islam. This occurred until it was said that ‘there was not a house where Islam was not talked about’, although many people had not converted to Islam, a sizeable group had enough to form a critical mass of support. When Muhammed (saaw) learned of this, he met the commanders of the two tribes, and requested their pledge for protection and fighting – indicating that they would not only believe him, and obey him as an authority, but also back up that authority with force against domestic and foreign enemies. They said to Muhammed (saaw): “O Allah’s Apostle, every invitation has a way. That way can be either be easy or difficult! The invitation you make is a difficult one for the people of today to accept. You invited us to your religion and to abandon the religion we used to follow. This was a very difficult task. Despite this, we accepted your invitation…We testify to our Lord and your Lord. Allah’s powerful hands are upon our own hands. Our blood is with your blood, our hands are you with your hands. We will protect you as we protect ourselves, our children, and our wives. If we break our promise, then let us be grief-stricken people who have broken Allah’s promise.” Ibn Hishaam Muhammed (saaw) then left for Madinah, and upon his arrival, the Aws and Khazraj’s fighters put on their war clothes (animal skins) and publicly received the Prophet Muhammed (saaw), indicating to the rest of Madinah that the power of Madinah had changed, and none of the other factions of Madinah would be allowed to take up arms and fight this new reality. Abdullah ibn Ubayy (sometimes known as ‘ibn Salul’), who was marked to be the king of Madinah, suddenly discovered he had been deposed – and pretended to convert to Islam in order to keep his social standing. He and a significant group of dissenters against Islam, officially became Muslim, but remained self-interested individuals who later became known as the ‘hypocrites’. It is noteworthy to mention them, since although they did not believe in the new way of life that was being implemented in society – they could not deny it had gained currency – and so they accepted it as the new political situation (albeit not without causing much trouble later). Understanding how to establish an Ideology (A way of life emanating from a creed/worldview) An ideology is a way of life based upon an intellectual foundation (Arabic: Deen min mabda) from which the entire way of life is constructed. This foundation is its worldview (Arabic: Aqeeda), and will only gain currency in a society as a way of life (and not just a mere personal belief) if it can be demonstrated that it can solve human problems and have a plausible justification for its worldview (i.e. Creed). A sad irony of gradualism, is that this method is the result of the Colonialist idea of utilitarianism present in the mind of the Gradualist, namely the end result justifies the means. As long as the end goal is ‘righteous’ or ‘noble’ or for the ‘greater good’, then a pragmatic method is selected in the mistaken belief that it is the most expedient choice. The problems with utilitarianism, of course, primarily consist of the impossibility of knowing the future to judge whether an action will lead to the desired result – so to judge wrong actions as permissible, merely due to the hope they may create a good result is unprovable and therefore morally unjustifiable. However, the main harm occurs in that, by doing the most expedient actions, you undermine, in the public eye, the very reasons for which you claim to be re-establishing. For if Islam can be dispensed with for perceived interest, then why should it be followed in other things that bring a clash with personal interests? Secondly, if the only way Islam can achieve anything in politics, is by using the politics and ideas of other ways of life, then what use is Islam in the first place? In essence, contradicting Islam to get Muslims in power ‘in order to establish Islam’ – leads only to Muslims in power, not Islam in power. Which was no different to the previous power arrangement in Muslim countries.