Escalation of War upon the Ummah of Muhammad

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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]

ITS Podcast 5: Dire Implications of Obamas Speech on Violent Extremism.

ITS Podcast Session 5: Dire Implications of Obamas Speech on Violent Extremism by Abu Mujaddid on Mixcloud

Interview Q&A with Mashable regarding NYPD Surveillance

Below are the interview answers we gave to the questions posed by a Mashable.com journalist regarding NYPD Surveillance. It is being posted here so the general audience can read what we’ve stated in case our words are taken out of context.
Start of response:

Greetings of peace to you Colin,

My name is Abu Yusuf and I am a long term member of Islamic Thinkers Society. I, on behalf of Islamic Thinkers(ITS) will answer your questions below. You are free to publish these answers under the condition that you do not misquote nor misrepresent our views. To see that doesn’t happen, after this email is sent to you, we will also publish the answers to your questions on our website. That way, we can make sure our words were not twisted to suit your article. If you can agree to that, then you can publish them.. This email will serve as a notary to that. To proceed:

Question 1: What are the goals of the Islamic Thinkers Society?
Answer 1: The goals of Islamic Thinkers Society(ITS) are the same goals of any Muslim living under a system of oppression. It is to follow, obey, and abide by the rules of Islam while speaking out against oppression. The oppression of man-Made Law. We are non-violent intellectual & political Islamic organization that invite non-Muslims to worship one Creator, highlight the sharee’ah as an alternative to their way of life and also remind the Muslims of their duties which they are neglecting while living under this oppressive system. To achieve these goals, we hold public stalls to bring awareness to Islam, highlight sharee’ah as an alternative lifestyle, hold rallies and protest the oppression of Man Made Laws whether it be the economic system or the wars being waged, and engage Muslims in the mosques of NYC to join us and fulfill their duties.

Question 2: How many members does the Islamic Thinkers Society have living in the United States?
Answer 2: ITS does not have an official estimate but we have members and supporters all over US as well as Europe, Asia, & Middle East. Our numbers are constantly growing as we represent the voice of the oppressed and of the true message of Islam comprehensively without doing deception and lying about Islamic issues just to be ‘politically correct’ or to appease the masses.

Question 3: The Islamic Thinkers Society has been mentioned in a few articles I’ve read about police monitoring Muslim organizations, especially the New York Police Department. Have you noticed this monitoring at all? If so, how has the police monitored/contacted you?
Answer 3: We are a public organization. Though we have nothing to hide, nor do we plan/plot to do something harmful to the community(nor will we ever), the NYPD in cooperation with the FBI has been monitoring us for quite some time. Monitoring is not the issue; it’s the harassment that has escalated by them. For example:

* They send out informants to penetrate our private or public gatherings. These informants spend some time with us acting as if they are part of us, then they try to incite us to say something incriminating OR do something incriminating.

* They(JTTF/FBI) threaten the Muslim community members to not allow us to speak or gather in their mosque to speak about the issues which we usually speak about. For example, back in 2003 they threatened the Imam of a mosque with deportation if he continued to host us in his mosque. Or in another incident, they threatened to demolish one of the mosque under the pretext of false building permit, if the mosque committee continued to host us in their mosque. They also threatened another mosque by taking away their 501c3 non-profit status if they allow us in the mosque.

These are just some of the examples by which they try to harass us through monitoring.

Question 4: Are you worried that statements made online by you or the group will get members of the group in trouble with the law? Have some statements already gotten you in trouble?
Answer 4: We are objective minded. Our biggest worry is how we are going to answer to our Creator when the world has gone silent against the mass atrocity and genocide of the Muslims committed by the US Gov’t which we live under such as the Afghanistan War and Iraq War under which more than 200,000 innocent people died? That’s our worry. So we speak out against the mass murderers who are at the White House & the Pentagon. The statements we make are to present or highlight the missing narrative from the media propaganda against Islam. That does not mean we support any group local or foreign who aims to harm the civilians that we are living with. There is no doubt that the US Gov’t is trying to pressure Muslims against speaking out for their rights. They are trying to suppress Muslims from speaking out against the war that the Gov’t is waging. So we will continue to speak out against them as long as we are able to. If the US Gov’t says they are allowing freedom of speech and freedom of press, then we will do so. As soon as the US Gov’t makes an official statement banning Muslims from free speech and free press, then we will respect that and stop. At that point we will have fulfilled our Islamic obligation and leave this land.

Those who are officially part of ITS have not been arrested for making statements. However, some individuals who were known to frequent our public rallies, protests, and demonstrations but were never part of ITS were arrested. They were arrested for various reasons. But none of them were officially part of ITS. They just used to attend our public protests just as any person would come to a public cause-oriented protest or demonstration. We never instructed anyone to commit any crimes in the society we live in as it is not part of our belief nor method to do so.

Question 5: Do you feel that “freedom of speech” applies to what you say as much as it does to what is said by other people living in America?
Answer 5: Freedom of speech has never been equally applied to Muslims, especially to us or individuals like Tarek Mehanna. When we are speaking out against the injustice of American Government’s foreign/domestic policy or trying to show support for the freedom fighters who are trying to liberate their homelands from foreign occupiers, our freedom of speech gets taken away. That’s because the government does not like the truth to be told against the War on Islam which they are waging under a deceitful pretext.

Question 6: Why does the Islamic Thinkers Society feel the need to clearly state that it is not affiliated with any organizations, foreign or domestic?
Answer 6: The need to highlight the fact that ITS is not affiliated with any organizations is because there are some rogue individuals and extremist anti-Muslim organizations within USA that would like to have us arrested by any means possible, even if it means lying about us. They are constantly trying to affiliate us with groups or organizations that are waging war against America. By doing so, we would become a terrorist organization. That’s what they want. Just because an individual or a group residing in another country may share similar views as us on certain Islamic subjects, these rogue individuals and anti-Muslim organizations want to label us as an affiliate of that individual or groups. Hence the importance of clarifying this matter.

Question 7: How would you describe the Islamic Thinkers Society’s views on the Islamic State?
Answer 7: ITS views the Islamic State as THE ONLY legitimate “Islamic State” that exists today which follow the teachings of Qur’an & the prophetic traditions of an Islamic authority. They are not a Utopian state. We, just as any other Muslim, do not buy into the narrative of the US Gov’t and their stance. We believe there is a lot of confusion being created in the media and we need to verify these matters before jumping into any conclusion. Since none of us are there, we do not know what the real story is. But as Muslims, it is part of our belief to take the words of a Muslim over the words of a disbeliever, such as Obama, the U.S. Government, or Brain Williams, Fox News, CNN, etc. In the midst of all the information, there is propaganda from both sides. Once again, we are objective minded and critical thinkers of Islam. We are not afraid to challenge the narrative of US Gov’t as they are the fire starter. We are also not afraid to critique the Islamic State if verified news comes to us of injustice and unIslamic acts which were committed by them. We may differ on some of the practices of Islamic State due to difference of opinion but the Islamic State have their legitimate justifications of their judicial/social practices in the Qur’an & prophetic traditions. As Muslims our criteria is Qur’an and traditions of the prophet. Not any state or individuals. There is a war going on between them. And we need to take that into perspective and understand the scenario and not think based on emotions or partisanship.

We hope that answers all of your questions. Thank you and peace be onto you. – Abu Yusuf.

 

 

ITS Podcast Session 3 – Hisbah (Commanding Good, Forbidding Evil)

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ITS Podcast Session 2

ITS Podcast Session 2 by Islamicthinkers on Mixcloud

ITS Podcast Session 1

The topics discussed were the following:
1. Hypocrisy of Freedom in the Western World.
2. Reflection on Islamophobia in France.
3. Hypocrisy of the Muslim Leaders.
4. The dangers of losing eeman over sympathizing with the disbelievers.

We also hosted guest speaker Abu Baraa from UK on our talk show. His discussion starts around 50:00 minute mark.

Blasphemy – The Islamic Response

Reflecting on the wisdom of the Qur’an and watching the events in Paris unfold, should give Muslims a boost of confidence about the truth of Islam. The truth which Allah mentions about the deceptive nature of the disbelievers and their plots against the Muslims. The truth about how they want to push us towards accepting their corrupt way of life.

“They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.” [9:32]

This was clearly visible on the aftermath of the Paris Attacks when the leaders of the disbelievers, including the baby killer Benjamin Netanyahu all gathered to show solidarity with their ideology.

French Hypocrisy of Freedom

In France, the representatives of 40 nations gathered to show their solidarity in light of the Paris attacks. Each of these nations are enemies to each other, but are keen to unite when they can pin the blame on Islam and the Muslims. Their superficial unity only reveals their nature as opportunists. They gathered to wave their Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Speech, despite each and every one of these leaders violating these so-called principles in their own countries by gagging journalists and censoring “free speech” itself.

Muslims Raped by CIA

The majority of people understood that torture was used on Muslims in Guantanamo Bay, Poland, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and many other rendition (better known as kidnapping and interrogation) sites around the world. In fact, most people even supported these things because, in their gullible and media-manipulated minds, torture was even justified. The double standard is laughable. Any prisoner in America, no matter the extent of his crimes, is given due process at the very least. Yet there are people who are held in Guantanamo and CIA prisons throughout the world for years without charge or trial, as though someone locked them up and threw away the key for simply being Muslim. For some odd reason, so-called “Human Rights” and due process do not apply to these Muslims. Despite the absolute horror of their torture,

Most Commonly Used Arguments to Justify Voting in American Elections(SHIRK)

1. The participation of Prophet Yusuf, upon whom be peace, as a minister in the Government of the King of Egypt

Allah, the Most High, said:

“And the king said: “Bring him to me that I may attach him to my person.” Then, when he spoke to him, he said: “Verily, this day, you are with us high in rank and fully trusted.” [Yusuf] said: “Set me over the storehouses of the land; I will indeed guard them with full knowledge.” Thus did We give full authority to Yusuf in the land, to take possession therein, as when or where he likes.” 20

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