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Standing United Against Terrorism & Al-Qaeda[using large font size is not allowed]

Salman al-Oudah (with Yasir Qadhi, Yaser Birjas, Tawfique Chowdhury)

 

The following article was originally posted on IslamToday(contact admin if its a beneficial link) by Shaykh Salman al-Oudah (also spelled al-Awdah). The article is reproduced below, and then followed up with comments from MuslimMatters Shuyookh Yasir Qadhi and Yaser Birjas.

 

This article contains some harsh words for those who choose to follow the path of violence. However, I find it necessary to use a harsh tone – which departs from my normal writing style – in order to confront those people who take up arms with the purpose of bringing death to numerous people and reducing societies to ruin.

 

When I wrote about al-Qaeda, some of my dear friends took exception to my doing so, warning me that I would be the brunt of libel and attacks upon my honor, or worse. However, I replied that the situation required that we speak clearly and frankly, and it does not matter what people will say.

 

I have persistently called upon our sincere scholars and preachers – and continue to call upon them – to describe things by their proper names, and to disassociate the word "jihād" (a word rich in meaning which is found in our sacred texts) form the activities of those killing organizations which murder innocent people and undermine security in societies around the world – regardless of whether those societies are Muslim or non-Muslim – since carrying out atrocities and targeting civilians is categorically forbidden in Islam.

 

Today, I must stress how important it is for us to condemn the abominable and criminal acts being perpetrated around the world in Islam’s name and which are being misrepresented as "jihād". We must expose those acts and the people who carry them out by calling them what they really are, whether their perpetrators refer to themselves as al-Qaeda, or a jihad organization, or a militant organization or an "Islamic state". It is not enough to give vague indications and make ambiguous general statements.

 

At the same time, I must stress that it is the right of every country in the world to defend itself against external aggression and to carry out resistance against an invader or occupying power. This is an international right acknowledged by all nations. Nevertheless, carrying out such legitimate resistance neither justifies nor excuses the targeting of civilians and innocents, regardless of where they are.

 

It is not enough that we speak up. Things have gone farther than that. A crisis has rent the intellectual and cultural fabric of our society. Therefore, I appeal to myself and to my fellow preachers to condemn this great evil in the clearest and most unambiguous terms, an evil which is causing bloodshed, destroying society, and blackening Islam’s good name. It is also hampering our development, bringing ruin to our countries, inciting transgression against human life, while violating both the tenets of Islam and the dictates of basic human values.

 

Therefore, we must take care not to confuse our message by discussing other wrongdoings at the same time we discuss this matter, tying them in with each other. Some ignorant people might claim that we are justifying those atrocities or seeking an excuse for them. Indeed, we should not bring up the question of terrorist attacks when we discussing social and political issues, or the media, and say: "This is the cause of that. Avoid these mistakes so as not to give cause for extremism…" This is not a good way to address the matter. It could make some of those people feel, when they see things they dislike, that they have an excuse to perpetrate acts of violence. We need to make a clear distinction between issues, and take care how we speak, so as not to unwittingly have a negative impact upon such people.

 

We should be wary of how we use the words "but" and "however", words which can lead some young people to fall into misunderstandings, as if what we are saying has many angles to it which can be interpreted in various ways.

 

The problem we are addressing is one of blind civil strife, where "every time it seems to come to an end, it just goes on" as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said in an authentic tradition describing the tribulations of the Last Days. The onus of quelling this strife and exposing how it violates Islamic teachings falls upon the sincere scholars and preachers of Islam who do not fear the censure of others and who feel no hesitation in calling a crime a crime, regardless of the consequences.

 

I do not care if some people who dislike what I say are going to accuse me of working for this or that interest group, or of being a "government stooge". I call Allah to witness for what I say. My condemnation of terror stems from my religious faith and my firm convictions. No one has any sway over my beliefs. I am neither for nor against the governments. Regardless of the consequences, I am against deviance, destructive behavior, and acts of atrocity in general, and especially when those acts are perpetrated in the name of religion. I make my position plain.

 

I do not care if my opponents insist on making false accusations against me. I say what I mean, loudly and clearly. These are my religious beliefs, which I have not changed and which have not been any different in the past. However, there is a more pressing need today than at any previous time to reiterate those beliefs and announce them all the more forcefully. Indeed, ever since the outbreak of these violent acts, speaking out against them has become a religious, educational and moral imperative for anyone who cares about the future of Islam, our country, the generations to come, and preserving what little stability is left in the Muslim world.

 

That which is happening in Somalia and elsewhere is a heartbreaking tragedy. Everything is being laid to waste and people are killing each other over the ruins – all in Islam’s name. People have being killed by the droves, without pause, even in the month of Ramadan.

 

I declare that Allah does not make right the deeds of those who perpetrate atrocities. Nor does He bring the plots of the deceivers to right guidance. Those who, in the name of Islam, kill innocents – and very often they happen to be Muslims – or who claim that by doing so they are upholding Islamic teachings, they will not succeed and they will not set things right. Rather, they will face Allah’s punishment and become a warning to others unless they repent beforehand.

 

Al-Qaeda is not what it was before September 11. It has turned into a media phenomenon with many people claiming the name merely for its symbolic value, mobilizing the youth under its umbrella. In this way, the strategy has changed, the evil has shaken loose from its reins and become like shrapnel all over the place, possessing a regional character but making a global noise. Al-Qaeda has become like a trademark that anyone can get hold of and carry out their activities in its name. It is no longer a cohesive organization with strong ties between its leaders and followers.

 

I call upon those who still make excuses and hesitate when they speak to think about the judgment they will face when they will stand before Allah. They should not let the oppressive acts of governments or their policies – like what took place in Algeria – or the embargoes that governments impose upon them, cause them to be unjust. The heavens and the Earth are only set aright by justice.

 

The merciful thing to do is to tell those young people who have been deceived, and those who are set to join their ranks tomorrow, that: "This path you are taking is not going to bring you to your goal. It will not save you from Hell or earn you Paradise. Whoever wants success in this life, salvation in the next, and Allah's pleasure should adhere to the true teachings of Islam and keep far away from bloodshed and strife. Do not attempt to reinterpret the faith so as to justify acts that are clearly and patently evil. In the boldness with which you commit such mortal sins, you engage in crimes far worse in Allah's estimation than those whom you purport to condemn."

 

This should be the message that parents give to their families, that mothers teach their children, that teachers impart to their students, and that preachers address to their congregations. The condemnation of terror should not be connected with any official campaign, media drive, or salaried work. Rather, it should come from an inner sense of religious duty, from our obligation to raise the next generation correctly and to call people to what is right. It should be carried out with the intention of fostering reconciliation in society and building bridges between ourselves and those who disagree with us, which can be achieved on the basis of our shared concern to safeguard our faith and our worldly lives. In our thinking, we need to get beyond defending our individual interests and look to the general good and to the future. Our concern should be for society: its common folk and its leaders, its rich and its poor, those who are righteous and those who are sinners. All of these people are part of our society, and we must share a sense of loyalty with them all.

 

When we talk about this issue, which is of the utmost seriousness, we must not mix it up with talk about other things. Those other matters might very well be equally important, or more important, or less. In any case, those issues can be addressed on other occasions.

 

In all earnest, I call upon our young people to discuss this matter both in person and on the Internet, to uncover the reasons why some people have sympathies for such activities and organizations and how to remedy the causes for those sympathies. I call upon them to hold fast to the clear and explicit teachings of Islam, as set forth in the Qur'an and Sunnah, which warn against sowing dissention, killing, and murder. Indeed, this was one of the last exhortations that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made to his followers at the end of his life, on the occasion of his final pilgrimage.

 

Some sick-minded people have started talking about assassinations as if they were a tradition established by the Prophet. This is more than a misunderstanding – it is delusional. Did the Prophet permit the execution of the leaders of Quraysh in Mecca when they sought to stamp out the Muslims in their midst? No. Or the leaders of the traitorous hypocrites in Madinah when the sought to undermine the nascent Muslim community? No. Did he call for executing the leaders of the Jews when there was a covenant between them? No. Did he ever grant anyone the right to pass personal judgment over others and their faith and carry out punishments? No. Never did he permit such things. What chaos would have been worse than that? But this is what these people today want to reduce us to.

 

I assert, on the basis of certain conviction, that the people who follow that extreme path, if they ever come into power, will bring destruction and ruin to everything. Society, from its civil cohesion, to its family integrity, to its agriculture, would waste away. Those people would foster civil strife and suffer for it in turn. This is because they have deviated from the straight path. They have no understanding of Islamic teachings and the wisdom behind those teachings. They are ignorant of the natural laws that Allah has placed in His creation. Therefore, they will never be successful and never find divine support. That is for certain, as anyone who has understanding can see. Nevertheless, those people are quite successful in spreading chaos and confusion. They are good at misleading the simple-minded and causing discord, and they are given support in this whenever we are silent, mince our words, or withhold judgment.

 

May the peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, who brought the clear message and established the clear proof. And praise be to Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds.

 

Comments by Shaykh Yaser Birjas

 

Sheikh Salaman al-Awda has boldly spoken the truth. His words in his recent article “Standing Together Against Terrorism and al-Qa’eda” truly profess a scholarly assessment, a brotherly advice and putting things, facts and people in their rightful position.

 

Speaking from a personal experience during my four years stay in Bosnia, I can confidently confirm the great misconception young Muslims have had and still having about a noble religious principle in its broader meaning such as Jihad and the mix up between it and the acts of violence done in the name of Jihad and Islam.

 

There is no doubt, calling for justice is a form of Jihad in itself, even if it entails the use of proportional force by those who are in authoritative position and can perform in that capacity. Acts of violence, such as indiscriminate killing, on the other hand can never be attributed to Jihad or Islam simply because the perpetrators chose to give it that name.

 

The message delivered in the article was a strong statement from the Sheikh Hafidhahullah, and definitely was much needed for our time. I personally support it and believe in it.

 

May Allah give the sheikh and us all the strength to remain steadfast against all acts of evil and injustices and use us all in the best way in serving his message al-Islam.

 

Comments by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

 

In the early 90's, a new movement appeared that claimed to follow the teachings of the earliest generations yet were far removed from it in ideology, methodology and manners. They assumed that they and they alone were rightly guided. They deemed all those who opposed them to be deviants and heretics. They made it their religion to go around concentrating on the supposed faults of other people, without actually offering anything of substance to their communities. This group gave such a negative stereotype to anyone who wished to preach an Orthodox understanding of Islam that to this day we are battling the negativity they created.

 

I had plenty of run-ins with them, and they caused many of us much personal grief and problems. I must admit, though, that while the swiftness of their demise did come as a surprise, I knew all along that their fame would be short-lived, and their popularity temporary. I knew this not because I was privy to some unseen knowledge, but because Allah says in the Quran, "So as for the chaff, it leaves in all direction, and as for that which benefits mankind, it stays on earth" [al-Ra`ad, 17]. These people were bankrupt in knowledge, bankrupt in manners, and bankrupt in being of any benefit to society. Their only contribution appeared to be in belittling the contribution of others and mocking their efforts.

 

While that group is now, for all practical purposes, wiped off the face of the earth, a more sinister group has taken their place. Their tactics are the same, but their mannerisms and accusations are worse. Rather than accuse others of being 'deviant' or 'off the manhaj', this new group, following directly in the footsteps of the Khawarij, accuse other Muslims of being hypocrites and disbelievers, government sell-outs and stooges. While they themselves cannot show an iota of positive contribution to the Ummah, they revel in heaping more and more accusations upon those who are actually striving to make a difference. Arm-chair critics against those activists who live in the same lands as they do, they act as cheerleaders for those in other lands who terrorize others in the name of the religion, all the while not seeing the irony of their pathetic situation. Whenever I converse with one of them, a strong sense of deja vu overtakes me. I have spoken to their ilk before, and advised their methodological descendants.

 

Far from awakening true Islamic spirit, all these groups can do is unleash the worst of manners and the most condescending of attitudes and the most arrogant of tones against people who are genuinely striving to make Muslims better Muslims. My advice to them, as it was to those before them, remains the same:

 

* Even if you believe you are 'more rightly guided' than others, do not make your entire religion a negation of 'the other'. No ideology can flourish merely by critiquing others. Do something productive for the community instead of spending all your time criticizing those who are actually doing something productive.

* Realize that those whom you oppose might be sincere people, and if you have wronged them, you will be accountable on the Day of Judgment for those wrongs.

* Err on the side of caution; accusing someone of being a hypocrite is a grave sin, if you have nothing good to say, be silent, that is better for you.

* Realize that none of the senior activists of the West are supportive of your ideologies, even if you wish to claim one as your own. There are people who are more intimately familiar with those who cannot speak for themselves, and know first-hand that such people are supportive of the mainstream activists, and wish to dissociate from extremists and from supporters of groups that cause much evil and bloodshed on Earth.

 

There is much more to be said, but suffice to conclude by stating that the statement of Sh. Salman al-Oudah is a statement that I support 110 %. Sh. Salman is someone whom I know personally, and consider a mentor.

 

While I realize, having experienced the attitudes of the groups before them, that such statements rarely have any impact on the followers of such extremist ideologies (for their zealousness blinds them to anything outside of their limited understandings), I also realize that we have a responsibility to others, Muslims and non-Muslims, to publicly repudiate such extremist ideologies. It is for this reason that we at MuslimMatters proudly endorse this statement and publicly acknowledge this to be our stance as well.

NEW! Comments by Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury

 

Those who have followed the events of recent decades will have noticed the rise of two distinct groups that are fighting for our hearts and minds – vastly different in their positions to the undiscerning eye, but extremely similar in their essence to the intelligent investigator. Like the Murjiah and Khawarij – differing against each other on their positions on Emaan but being similar in the fallacy that led to their differing positions – that of believing that emaan is a whole that does not subdivide nor can it increase or decrease. Today we have the modern version of these two groups that are struggling for our hearts and minds – the modernists calling for total assimilation, reinterpretation, reinvention, rediscovery and liberation from the purity of Islam to the freedom of ignorance vs the takfeeri jihadi cult of Al-Qaeda and those upon their beliefs calling for indiscriminate death and destruction. Though both are diametrically opposed in their positions – they are in fact nothing but two sides of the same coin! That coin being – perversion of the religion from its roots, ideals and traditional scholastic methodology of understanding the Quran and Sunnah. Both of them understand Islam through the same prism of perverted pseudo-scholarship and come to two very distinct conclusions. This is not scholarship. It is perversion, ignorance and distortion of the pristine traditional methodology of the scholars of Islam. The advice of every true scholar of our time and before has always been to be wary of following the paths of the two. And Allah says: “And likewise, we made you a nation on the middle path...”

 

There is no doubt to anyone that our Prophet was a Prophet of mercy. He was a Prophet that forbade in mutawatir ahadeeth to not kill women and children. The Prophetic path of rectification is not to channel our anger at women and children, but at the actual perpetrator. There is no place for vigilantism in our religion. To consider this Jihad is not only a perversion but a clear fallacy. Even those scholars considered to be the sheikhs of the Mujahideen of today such as Abdullah Azzam rahimahullah as considered by some - were opposed to such acts of terrorism and vigilantism. So I advise those brothers and sisters who are persuaded by these thoughts or by these people - to reconsider and avoid a path that has no benefit.

 

I myself have seen numerous examples of mashaikh that have spent their time building the takfeeri jihadi tarbiyyah in their students. Never has this ever led to any good by Allah. These same mashaikh have had to become informants to security agencies to preserve their freedom, their students have been imprisoned after turning on their own mashaikh with takfeer and tafseeq, some of them have lost their lives and many now languish in prisons and their families cry night and day thinking about what went wrong. Others less serious in their levels of misguidance in this matter are plagued with extreme levels of negativity and have varying levels of antisocial personality disorder from the Muslim ummah in general and the greater society as a whole. They do little good and are responsible for little good that sustains the dawah movement today. They stand ready to meet every Islamic endeavour with scepticism and to perform verbal and literary jihad upon every attempt at revival and sustaining the momentum of our dawah. This is the path of deception and destruction.

 

On the contrary, I urge everyone to be the likes of our esteemed mashaikh of the past and encourage everyone to hear the message of our Sheikh Salman Al-Oudah for he speaks with knowledge, wisdom and deep experience in dealing with such people and such mentalities. The path of true success is that of orthodox traditional Islam upon the pure understanding of our great ulema may Allah preserve them.

 

And our last call is that all praise is for Allah the Lord of Mankind.

 

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MuslimMatters jumps on the bandwagon of Salman al-Awdah [using large font size is not allowed]

 

 

Just further (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_muslimmatters(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2009/10/12/standing-united-against-terrorism-al-qaeda-salman-al-awdah-with-yasir-qadhi-and-yaser-birjas/"]proving[/url] whose side they really are on.

 

The problem with such people’s interpretations is that they stop at their experience or limited knowledge or what they see in the news and start assuming from there.

 

When was the last time you saw these Scholars engaging in the works of the modern day scholars of jihad such as Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Abu Yahya al-Libi, Nasir bin Hamad al-Fahd, Abu Qatadah al-Filistini, Anwar al-Awlaki and others?

 

Has anyone ever realized that?

 

Why is it that they shy away from the evidences of these scholars and instead focus on proving that these people are ‘wrong’ and ‘violent’ without ever hitting the critical arguments?

 

Take for instance, in Yasir Birjas’ follow up comment, he talks about his experience in Bosnia. If Yasir knew anything about the jihad today, he would know that the mujahideen have already admitted many of the mistakes made during that era and that they have rectified such matters. I don’t know what he heard and saw when in Bosnia, but it is well-known that the mujahideen have changed some of their ways ever since then.

 

This is the problem with our scholars in the West. They just refuse to update their knowledge as well as properly engage in study and research into the modern day jihadi movement which has taken a lot of steps. I say this because to equate ‘violence’ with someone’s claim to jihad is misleading and ignorant. It is misleading because it makes the Muslims think that any individual act of fighting or isolated incident is not jihad, but violence, even though there are many examples of the Sahaba having fought in isolation. And it is ignorant because they simply just never tackle the issues and evidences that the mujahideen and their scholars bring today; it is this dishonesty on the part of Salman al-Awdah and company that makes me lose a lot of respect for him and his supporters. If Salman and these Westernized scholars actually addressed the arguments of the mujahideen and their shuyookh, then I and many others would be more than happy to respond to their arguments in a healthy and intelligent discussion based on Islamic principles.

 

But as long as they continue bashing the mujahideen and backing up their ‘evidences’ with the personal experiences and whatever news they heard from the media, these people are not worth our time.

 

And sure the dogs will keep barkin’ and carryin’ on, but we’ll keep on movin’ on.

 

In addition, these scholars also shy away from the official statements of the mujahidoon, especially when it comes to matters where they might have made a mistake in where some Muslims were unintentionally harmed or killed; these scholars use such incidents to further strengthen their argument whereas in reality, they are only strengthening it in their minds (and sometimes pockets).

 

Are they ever going to realize this?

 

I mean, if you are going to refute the mujahideen, at least touch upon their evidences! But they don’t even do that; they just like to babble about how the image of Islam is made to look bad through their acts and then quote some ayat to back that up. This has become the modern day method (of such scholars) in addressing critical issues!

 

I sometimes wonder if these scholars would do the same if they were living during the Prophet’s time and witnessed when the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam, ordered the killing of the tribe of Banu Quraydha in where 600-900 Jews were killed; and only a few of their leaders were responsible for the treachery that caused harm to the Muslims. Would they continue babbling about how this can hurt the image of Islam? How would the Prophet respond to such incredibly backward statements?

 

The point is that it is not about fearing the blame of the blamer or what others will think of us or making sure the Kuffar give us the green light in all of our affairs; rather, it is about obeying Allah and His Messenger, and doing what is permitted in the religion and giving victory to it through any means necessary, even though the Mushrikoon hate it [61:9]. I highly doubt the people of at-Ta’ifah al-Mansoorah would sit back from jihad and criticize the mujahideen when they themselves are doing nothing to bring the victory of the religion against its enemies. In fact, their actions only strengthen the victory of the Muslim’s enemies. Is this the at-Ta’ifah al-Mansoorah that our Prophet prophesied?!

 

The likes of Salman and these Westernized scholars have been refuted over and over again in the (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_tawhed.ws/"]works of scholars of jihad[/url]. Will they ever address these arguments or continue babbling in their fancy speeches that the mujahideen are doing acts of ‘violence’ and that we need to stand united against them? Only the most gullible seem to rush to be a part of such a disgraced bandwagon that has broken wheels and no sense of direction.

 

I hope the Muslims are intelligent enough to see through their weakness and falsehood, especially in this time where their voice - even if done so unwillingly - is giving credibility and strength to the Americans and her allies that need this kind of support to continue justifying their occupation and war against Islam and the Muslims.

 

There is a time and place for everything.

 

 

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Brother SaracenSoldier, I don't wish to get into the business of disagreements between scholars. I do however, wish to point out some observations from reading the two articles above.

 

Yes, I believe the article posted by Salman al-Oudah on MuslimMatters(contact admin if its a beneficial link), did not do enough to recognize the effort made by many righteous mujahadeen groups around the world, who are fighting oppression right on their doorsteps. He did not do enough in his article, to distinguish between legitimate Jihad as-sayf, and other wanton and indiscriminate forms of killing. However, I believe that the point he wanted to make, while quoting examples from around the world, was that some people from certain groups, had gone to extremes in defining what was legitimate fighting, and had gone to extremes in labelling others who disagreed with them as hypocrites and disbelievers.

 

I guess Salman al-Oudah chose a subject to write on, and stuck by it. As I've said, perhaps he could have done more.

 

I don't think it was his intention to ignore or blame groups around the world who had taken up arms and fought justly and legitimately, within the bounds of Islam. This can be supported by what he has written here.

 

At the same time, I must stress that it is the right of every country in the world to defend itself against external aggression and to carry out resistance against an invader or occupying power. This is an international right acknowledged by all nations. Nevertheless, carrying out such legitimate resistance neither justifies nor excuses the targeting of civilians and innocents, regardless of where they are.

 

The article you've quoted, does well to highlight that there are groups of mujaheddin have a good cause. The writer, however, did not say which group of mujaheddin were righteous and just in their cause. (I can only say this from what I've seen from his article, whereas the website you've quoted from is more questionable. In the article, he only gave one example of the fighters in Bosnia, and that was in a rebuttal). He also did not address the main point in the MuslimMatters article, which was whether he agreed or disagreed that indiscriminate violence was outside the bounds of Islam. To me, it's really unclear about his stance on this.

 

In the end, both writers should have done more to expand on certain points, to make their stances clearer. From my humble point of view, I believe the two articles were talking about different things, without really addressing one another's points.

 

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Walaikumsalam

 

Brother I agree 100% and in fact believe that indiscriminate killing is wrong. What the Shyookh on MuslimMatters should do is to refute the Islamic evidences brought forward by the Jihadi Shyookh rather than to repeat the terminologies that the kuffar keep using to describe Muslims. But as long as the Shyookh keep blaming and putting down fellow Muslims without getting into a proper Scholarly discussion we will get no where and keep fighting each other and that benefits the enemy.

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I don't think the shaykh contributing on MuslimMatters is against legitimate jihad and those who support it using evidences from Quran and Sunnah. The main article is only against those who support indiscriminate killing.

 

The evidences against indiscriminate killing have been given by many scholars worldwide. We can find them easily online, or by reading books, or by consulting our community leaders in Masjids about them. Perhaps the shaykh had reasons for not mentioning these evidences as provided by other scholars; we can't really deduce them from what he has written.

 

From what I know, you can find many types of articles from MuslimMatters, some are logical and based on evidences, some are more emotional and appeal to our feelings, some are based on reports of current affairs of Muslims, and others are based on what a scholar's thoughts on an issue. Perhaps the shaykh did not want to get into a debate about evidences, he probably just wanted to pen his thoughts down on the article.

 

I believe that yes, for an issue as serious as this, maybe he should have listed evidences. But if this wasn't his intention, we can take what he said with a grain of salt or as reflection, no matter whether we agree or disagree with him.

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assalam aleykum, may I draw your attention to an important msg from Shaykh Salman Al Awdah's article,

 

Some sick-minded people have started talking about assassinations as if they were a tradition established by the Prophet. This is more than a misunderstanding – it is delusional. Did the Prophet permit the execution of the leaders of Quraysh in Mecca when they sought to stamp out the Muslims in their midst? No. Or the leaders of the traitorous hypocrites in Madinah when the sought to undermine the nascent Muslim community? No. Did he call for executing the leaders of the Jews when there was a covenant between them? No. Did he ever grant anyone the right to pass personal judgment over others and their faith and carry out punishments? No. Never did he permit such things. What chaos would have been worse than that? But this is what these people today want to reduce us to.

 

looking back at the history of the Islam and Prophet (peace be upon him) the above qoute is so true, therez no time Prophet(PBUH) orderd killing of the innocents, jihad has its conditions.

 

The merciful thing to do is to tell those young people who have been deceived, and those who are set to join their ranks tomorrow, that: "This path you are taking is not going to bring you to your goal. It will not save you from Hell or earn you Paradise. Whoever wants success in this life, salvation in the next, and Allah's pleasure should adhere to the true teachings of Islam and keep far away from bloodshed and strife. Do not attempt to reinterpret the faith so as to justify acts that are clearly and patently evil. In the boldness with which you commit such mortal sins, you engage in crimes far worse in Allah's estimation than those whom you purport to condemn."

 

This should be the message that parents give to their families, that mothers teach their children, that teachers impart to their students, and that preachers address to their congregations. The condemnation of terror should not be connected with any official campaign, media drive, or salaried work. Rather, it should come from an inner sense of religious duty, from our obligation to raise the next generation correctly and to call people to what is right. It should be carried out with the intention of fostering reconciliation in society and building bridges between ourselves and those who disagree with us, which can be achieved on the basis of our shared concern to safeguard our faith and our worldly lives. In our thinking, we need to get beyond defending our individual interests and look to the general good and to the future. Our concern should be for society: its common folk and its leaders, its rich and its poor, those who are righteous and those who are sinners. All of these people are part of our society, and we must share a sense of loyalty with them all.

 

Its so unfortunate young muslims are given the wrong information concerning the true meaning of jihad, we as muslims, we should try and discuss the issues with an intention of correcting the misconceptions and passing the right information to the youth.

Seeking knowlegde is obligatory to every muslim, but lets be careful with the sources of knowledge, lets base our knowledge from the quran and hadith.

 

May Allah guide us.

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assamu aleikum my dear brothers and sisters.this article has come out clear and truthful in what ever

that is happening in our world today;The word Islam is mis used ,any none-muslim or upcoming Islamic kid will relate Islam with

terrorism and violence.this is caused by daily killing of people then the word jihad is used as justification of killing innocent people in market and even Masjids

for instance what is happenning in Somali it is in deed reduculous to credit it as jihad.two groups fighting, and each one of them claiming to be fighting in the course of Allah.

let such groups come out clear and declare there intentions.they should stop using Islam or jihad as scapegoat and come out creastal clear of the intentions.stop misleading our young boys

there is no jihad in somalia whatsoever!remember worldly pleasures are too short and the hereafter is what matters,peopple of somalia and others who take the lives of innocent people to stop it.I as a young muslim have realised

that your intentions is greed for power, fame or financial power.you will have to answer lords of quistions infront of the Almighty Allah s.w.t tommorow!PRACTICE THE RELIGION AS IT IS WRITTEN IN THE NOBLE QURAN AND HADITH AND STOP COMING UP WITH NEW IDEOLOGIES OR TESTERMENTS.

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Wa Aleykum salaam!i

 

brother in Islam what you are saying is pure truth. in todays world the word terrorist is synonemous with muslims, not because our religions teach us to kill and cause destruction on the earth but its a feeling screated by enemies of Islam. really Islam is against killig but we are also bound to defend ourselves if attacked by an enemy. its true that somalia has been without central government for years but it doesn,t mean every hurry and tom will poke their noise in the our issues in the name of bringing peace to somalia. little you know about infidels who are currently in somalia, they have other agenda save peace. they dont want to hear somalia to become Islamic state, ruled according to the canone law of Islam (sharia). brother read btween the lines and let the somali muslims defend their nation from these kufar who wished to christianize our people, May Allah forbid.

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