As US President Obama seeks congress approval for a full scale warfare with Islamic State, Muslims should ponder what is ahead and how this will impact their lives and their Deen.
Surely, the continuation of the bombing of Islamic States headquarters is not going to stop the escalation of conflict between them. Muslims need to think about how all the plots of the enemies of Islam are coming into play.
Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the verses of the Qur’an and the sayings of the prophet regarding the current situation.
“And when it is said to them(disbelievers): “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peacemakers.”[2:11]
In this verse Allah 3zawajl is telling us that the disbelievers, whenever they claim to be standing for peace especially when they are attacking Muslims, they are actually causing mischief. This can be clearly seen when Israel claims to defend peace, yet they attack the Muslims of Palestine almost wiping them out. Similarly, the US Gov’t who are another set of disbelievers, claim to stand up for peace and justice. They too are attacking Muslims in the name of defending peace. Yet Allah 3zawajl mentions about them that they are nothing more than mischief-makers.
Do not be fooled oh Muslims. The war on Islam is escalating. You are part of this ideological war whether you want to be in it or not. This is the reality foretold by Allah 3zawajl & His Messenger (SAW). And it is coming to light day by day as we see the enemies and their allies gather together in one camp. They are not gathering against a rag-tag army. They are ultimately gathering against you.
On the authority of Thawbaan , the Prophet (SAW) said:
“The People will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their food.” Someone asked, “Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?” He replied, “No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be froth and scum like that carried down by a torrent (of water), and Allah will take the fear of you from the breasts (hearts) of your enemy and cast al-wahn into your hearts.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is al-wahn?” He replied, “Love of the world and dislike of death.” [An authentic hadith recorded by Abu Dawud and Ahmad]
According to US State Dept. some 60 Nations in all have participated in their attack against Islamic State. Whether Muslims support Islamic State or not, we need to realize the grave danger of having all these countries attack Muslims on their land. Countless innocent lives will be taken away. Mothers will be widows. Children will be orphaned.
The US is talking about launching cruise missiles from multiple naval ships. There will be B52 bombers carpet bombing whole cities with large civilian population such as Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. We are talking about leveling what’s left of Iraq and Syria. This will be another Afghanistan. With American track record of ‘liberating’ nations by bombing them into oblivion, they might even drop a small nuclear warhead just to ‘test’ its effect as they did in the first Gulf war and in Serbia. They have a track record of taking opportunities such as this to test out their newest war machines.
If one wants to see what the recent liberation of Kobani looks likes, please look at the latest pictures of the destruction of Kobani by doing a search for ‘destruction of Kobani’. There aren’t any buildings left which aren’t damaged by the coalition bombings.
We Muslims would be naïve to think that this is helping the Syrian and Iraqi cause. Bashar al-Assad who is the original criminal, is laughing at the International World as the focus is shifted away from him and his war crimes. He is rejoicing that all opposition against him is being dealt with by the coalition. This is ultimately helping his cause and making him stay in power.
The ones who have suffered the most and whose genuine cause are being washed away are those Syrians who tried to stand up to Bashar and his tyranny. Now their cause is lost because the world has gone silent and instead of attacking Bashar and ending his tyranny, they have now empowered him.
The people of Mosul, Iraq who have finally seen some stability after the decrease in corruption and crimes when Islamic State took control, now face a massive coalition bombardment from US and its allies. What have they done to the world to deserve this? They are people who are happy to have a better life in Mosul.
How can one consider those who are in the midst of a city, looking after the affairs of the people and tending to their daily affairs as enemy combatants sufficient enough to be bombed? How can one call it a war zone when civilians are there? This is a breach of the Geneva War Convention. And this is also a breach of the verse in the Qur’an:
“…if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all of mankind…”[5:32]
When US & its coalition start to drop bombs in Mosul and Raqqa in the midst of a civilian population to target the Islamic State members who are looking after the affairs of the people they govern, many civilians will die. And if the Muslims of the world stay silent about it, thinking it is an acceptable approach to kill Muslim civilians under the hands of the disbelievers, then indeed they have violated the teachings of Islam and joined the hands of the oppressors.
Allah 3zawajl tells us in the Qur’an:
“O you who believe! Take not as (your) Bitānah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.) those outside your religion (pagans, Jews, Christians, and hypocrites) since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you…” [3:118]
The Ummah has become oblivious to the verses of the Qur’an where Allah 3zawajl tells us NOT to befriend the disbelievers, especially those that have a history of killing Muslims.
Why does it not strike the Ummah that the same gov’t that had starved over 200,000 Iraqis to death is now bombing Muslims in Syria under the banner of fighting terrorism? Does this not strike them as pure evil? How can the Ummah, especially the Imams, scholars, and preachers continue to stay silent about these issues?
Allah chose us as the best nation to be raised upon the whole of mankind:
“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah…”[3:110]
So how come our scholars, preachers, and Imams are not commanding the good and forbidding the evil of the atrocity that is happening? And if they are trying to forbid evil, why are they only picking on Islamic State and leaving out the disbelievers who are bombing Muslim indiscriminately? Have all of us become blind to attack Islamic State without realizing that the Governments such as US, UK, France were the fire starters? They started this mess which led to the rise of Islamic State.
If you look at the Imams, scholars, and preachers here in the West such as Hamza Yusuf or Yasir Qadhi to name a few, they claimed to have confronted the tyrants such as Bush and Blair. But in reality, they never commanded the good nor forbade the evil, setting up a false example for the Muslims to follow.
Hamza Yusuf who was an ‘advisor’ to Bush, never condemned Bush for going to war in Afghanistan which led to the killing of thousands of innocent Muslims. He never warned Bush of the punishment that awaits him as he is going to kill innocents. Rather, he ‘advised’ Bush to change the name of the war to sound less of a Crusade, and make it sound more of a just war. This was his ‘advice’. How can you stand in front of a baby killer and ‘advise’ him?
“Whoso- ever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]
Changing evil with the tongue does not mean you advise someone who is about to commit one of the biggest evil – Waging war on a Muslim country and killing innocent Muslims.
The prophet s.a.w. was never an advisor of a Tyrant. Rather, he cursed Abu Lahab when he recited surat al-Masad to him. He said perish the hands of Abu Lahab and stressed again for Abu Lahab to perish. This is not a nice approach. Rather this is a harsh approach to a tyrant who is oppressing Muslims and claiming innocent lives. But Hamza Yusuf totally took the opposite approach and became an advisor, being part of the advising circle of a tyrant.
Allah says in the Qur’an regarding the Muslims attitude towards the evildoers:
“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves.”[48:29]
Hamza Yusuf sent out the wrong example when he went to advise Bush instead of confronting the evil tyrant who has the blood on innocent Afghanis and Iraqis on his hand.
The same scenario with Yasir Qadhi. The attitude he went with to approach Tony Blair is nothing but deception at best. Yasir Qadhi who went to take a course on “Faith & Globalization” with one of the teachers being the murderer Tony Blair. Yasir claimed to have the intent to confront Blair. As one can read from his own words, he waited until the last day to ask him about the War on Iraq. Instead of confronting Tony Blair for the blood he has on his hands of murder of thousands of Muslims, Yasir waits until the last day to just ask Blair about his feelings on the war in Iraq.
To Yasirs surprise, Blair tells him with a straight face that he has no regret in participating in the war. This is not surprising when one reads the Qur’an where Allah tells the believers of the nature of the evil disbelievers.
Yasir Qadhi even admitted that he ‘was always polite, never argumentative’. How can you be polite to a mass murderer who killed your brothers and sisters? You actually call that an effort just to measly ask him?
Acts like confronting the tyrant isn’t supposed to be a one time basis. It is supposed to be continuous until the tyrant stops. This is the principle behind commanding good, forbidding evil. It is to forbid it until it seizes. Yasir Qadhi acts as if doing this just once was justified and boasts about it. This is the wrong view and method for Muslims to understand.
When Musa approached Fir’aun he went with his head up and cornered the tyrant and warned him of the severe chastisement. When Yasir approached Blair, when one reads the article, he never confronts Blair for the murder of thousands, only on the last session, to which he is surprised by Blairs reaction, and leaves with his head down in humiliation. Yasir does mention in a later video that he told Blair that if Blair believes in God, he would have to answer to Him for what he has done to the people of Iraq.
Again, just saying that statement doesn’t make his action justified as he never confronted him nor challenged him just as the previous prophets such as Musa & Muhammad s.a.w. confronted and challenged the tyrants.
You do not need to sit in a classroom environment taking the role as a student to confront Blair. Tony Blair can be confronted in so many places in the public sphere.
Which brings us to our conclusion:
Where is this confrontation, challenge, and dialogue against the war which is about to be escalated in Iraq & Syria? When Islamic State made an offensive against this war, Yasir Qadhi, Hamza Yusuf, and many other celebrity scholars from the east and the west condemned them. But, they never condemned in the same fashion when America forced other Muslim nations to join its coalition to be under Americas authority to BOMB the Islamic State, thereby killing innocent civilians. If these celebrity scholars feel the necessity to condemn the so-called injustice done under the name of Islam, then how come they don’t feel the necessity to condemn the injustice done on the Muslims? Are the Muslims living and residing in Raqqa and Aleppo not their brothers? Where is the condemnation of the continuous bombings that killed those civilians there?
This stench of hypocrisy from the current celebrity scholars stands out and will stand out for years to come as they stood idle only condemning one side, while silently consenting to the other.
We urge these leaders of the Muslim community to come forward and take a stance. Command the good and forbid the evil continuously.
Narrated Anas: Allah’s Apostle said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.” SahihBukhari: Volume 3, Book 43, Number 624.
If Muslims believe Islamic State is committing oppression, then they should approach them and try to correct them. NOT allow the kuffar to bomb them and attack them, thereby allowing the blood of Muslims to flow. This is not the Sunnah. We do not allow the kuffar to meddle in our affairs. If we Muslims want to correct Islamic State then we should tell the kuffar to stop meddling in our affairs and engage ourselves in dialogue with those Muslims who we consider oppressors. Or set up an Islamic court for trial and arbitration.
That is the Islamic approach. And we urge Muslims to take the Islamic approach of not allying with the disbelievers when they attack the Muslims, NOR allow them to meddle in our affairs. It will only make matters worse. So we urge Muslims before it’s too late to open the doors for dialogue and communication with the Islamic State and to correct them IF they see any mistake.
May Allah grant the Muslims and those who strive in His cause victory over the army of the disbelievers, hypocrites, and apostates.
The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden) [9:71]