The right to fight back Part 3

Developing Just Leadership

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Shawwal 22, 1431 2010-10-01

Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family. Dear Committed brothers, dear committed sisters,

The condition that we, the Muslims, are in require our attention- obviously. The circumstances that we are struggling through demand solutions that we in the absence of Allah do not have. You and I- brothers and sisters- have been living these years and we have throughout these years been put in a position today to feel, (think about the majority of us of course), either inferior/apologetic/passive/indifferent, (as it were). If we were to summarise what we have done to ourselves and what others have done to us and look at ourselves frankly/objectively/with open eyes/minds we would discover that we are meant not to respond to what is being done to us. That’s what everyone who has power wants us to be. At the core of all of this issue is our immunity/strength. If we no longer have an immune/muscular system to our bodies we become the play things or anyone/everyone. To put this into social terms- to go beyond just the body, immune system and muscles- what everyone who harbours no goodwill towards us wants us to do is forget about the issue of fighting. This word is taken out of our vocabulary. We can’t defend ourselves/fight for our rights/express ourselves with words that mean struggle/sacrifice. Brothers and sisters- we know that in our expectations no one wants to fight/fight back/shed blood/kill anyone- that’s the way a fantasy world would be but we don’t live in a world of fantasia. We live in the real world. We don’t know of anyone who had any impact in this real world- whether they were Prophets/Apostles/Saints/men of influence- who took the language of jihad out of their vocabulary. It doesn’t exist. We know from Allah’s guidance to us that we are not supposed to be sheep that are taken to nationalist slaughter houses/into the carnage of warfare. Allah didn’t create us so that we can be gunned/mowed down/eliminated without us having the right to live freely and with, (at least), a modicum justice. Even when humanity wasn’t the six-and-a-half billion that we have today- when humanity was just several individuals around- there was a tendency to kill. Not coming from the good nature in man but coming from the deviation in the deep recesses of the good nature of man. We notice, (if we read and think), two brothers… These are not enemies far away with all of the divisions of language/sect/race or all of these things between them that play. Two brothers! How close do you want two people to be? Now for people who want to live in a world of imagination and make believe this ayah doesn’t exist- an ayah that’s just trying to open our minds on the genesis of evil- the only thing we can ask of them is to come back to reality/the real world/what Allah is saying to us.

وَاتْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ نَبَأَ ابْنَيْ آدَمَ بِالْحَقِّ

And serialise for them the news of the two sons of Adam with the facts or the proof… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 27)

(Can’t) you see? Allah doesn’t want us floating around like today’s inferiority complexed Muslims! They can’t even speak! Forget about doing it, speaking it they are unable to do. So what did these two sons of Adam (alaihi as salaam) do?

إِذْ قَرَّبَا قُرْبَانًا

… they gave a sacrifice… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 27)

Many people skip over this very simple sentence. It’s within an unpolluted human nature to sacrifice of what they have. (If) Allah has given you wealth, sacrifice of that wealth; (if) Allah has given you produce, give of that produce. Whatever Allah has given you in abundance you give from it. The two individuals in the beginning of human history who were brothers understood this by their nature, so they were giving individuals and Allah did not fault them for giving, (whatever the details of that giving was),

إِذْ قَرَّبَا قُرْبَانًا

… both of them gave of what they had… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 27)

Now our human nature today is corrupted to a degree that we no longer feel impulsively to give! We have to be institutionalised to give! What the world and its establishments have has done to us is institutionalised us in the other direction i.e. not to give. This comes with human nature. It was at the beginning of human history. Up to here everything is fine. (Then), we begin to detect the flaw in human nature that gives way to crime.

فَتُقُبِّلَ مِنْ أَحَدِهِمَا وَلَمْ يُتَقَبَّلْ مِنَ الْآخَرِ

… so it was accepted from one of them and it wasn’t accepted from the other… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 27)

So what happens here?

فَتُقُبِّلَ مِنْ أَحَدِهِمَا وَلَمْ يُتَقَبَّلْ مِنَ الْآخَرِ قَالَ لَأَقْتُلَنَّكَ

… when the person who gave something realised that his offering was not accepted he turns to his own brother and he said to him “… I am most certainly going to kill you”… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 27)

Now for those brothers who are living somewhere in an Ivory Tower who don’t realise that this criminal attitude still lives on, at that time this criminal attitude was in one character; now this criminal attitude is in millions of characters. How can it be/does it make any sense (that when) Allah wants us to identify the criminal attitude in one individual but when this same criminal attitude is manifested by a host, an establishment and a power bloc of individuals we’re supposed to look the other way and say “well, there’s nothing really happening.” This cannot be.

قَالَ لَأَقْتُلَنَّكَ

… He didn’t just say “I am going to kill you”… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 27)

He said la aqtulannak…- meaning my intention to kill you comes from the depth of my existence and convictions because he is saying it with emphasis. The lam and the nun at tawkeed is an emphasizer which tells us- as much as some of us are living in a dream land- that that intention to kill is present in the depths of human nature. So what do we do when we wake up? Hopefully we will wake up and not remain as inferior/apologetic as we have been. When we wake up and realise this fact what do we do? Obviously we are going to have to protect ourselves. So if we have the notion to protect ourselves, how do we go about doing that? In this case- just two brothers, one of them killing the other…

قَالَ لَأَقْتُلَنَّكَ

… his nafs rationalised to him and made him as flexible as to kill his own brother so he killed him… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 27)

Now we have this criminal psychology that has its rationalisation to it transferred from one criminal and it is now dwelling in the policies/propaganda/procedures/presentations of millions of people. So how does Allah speak to us about this i.e. when the intention to kill comes our way with militaries/bombs/broad verbiage of rationalisations and seems to make sense? What’s our response? Did Allah leave us to ourselves? “You take care of yourselves” or was there a type of discipline for us to respond to this? Another ayah says

أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا

Permission has been given to those who have been offended (or) dealt injustice to fight back (and) engage in war… (Surah Al Hajj verse 39)

Now we know some of you are not very familiar with the words of the Qur’an- Allah says

أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا

Permission has been given to those against whom war has been made… (Surah Al Hajj verse 39)

You see- Allah didn’t say Permission has been given to those who are being killed… No! Before the final moment of being killed there’s a process. There are forces who are engaged in this process, so permission is given to us to fight the process/those who are busy executing that process.

أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا

… the rationale of fighting back is dhulm… (Surah Al Hajj verse 39)

Dhulm- the very well known word that needs no translation. When people find themselves in a lifetime of dhulm- they are living years of dhulm- within institutions/frameworks/programs/militaries, the ayah says because of that

أُذِنَ لِلَّذِينَ يُقَاتَلُونَ بِأَنَّهُمْ ظُلِمُوا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ نَصْرِهِمْ لَقَدِيرٌ

… they have the license to fight back and indeed Allah is able to provide them with help and victory. (Surah Al Hajj verse 39)

There’s a long way to go between where Muslims are today who don’t even want to mention these ayaat/words much less to think about them (and) even much less to have them as social behaviour. We have been given the right to fight back those who are fighting us. It is not blameworthy/a matter of accusation for Muslims to have weapons. You can have all the arsenals/weapons you need that you can procure- obviously through your own means. You don’t depend on those who are spilling your blood to provide you with means of protection. This doesn’t make any sense. The fault is when people have weapons and use it for aggression/war crimes/a murderous attitude. Just like there is no fault in having money; the fault is in hoarding the money/the monopoly that comes out of having that money that is where the fault is. The fault is not in having it. The fault is in the way you behave after you have it. The same way is with weaponry and arms. There’s no fault in having it but how do we behave with it if we have it. Now we are not even permitted to think about having our own means of defence/material things to protect ourselves with. We can’t even think about that. They’re taking the ayaat that speak about this vital issue away from school text books. In Muslim countries there are committees that are making their rounds here-and-there that say “no you can’t teach these types of ayaat- take them out from the school books.” Even some books that have long been popular in some areas of the Muslim world, particularly in the Arabian Peninsula, have been taken out of circulation and no one speaks about this. This is what hurts. We can’t even talk about the real things that are happening. We’re not inventing things/taking off with wild words/imaginations. All we want to do is to look at the facts and they don’t want us to have the self-confidence to look at these facts as they are. Besides we, the Muslims, are not the only ones that Allah ordered to carry arms/fight aggression/roll back hostilities. Allah says in another ayah

وَلَوْلَا دَفْعُ اللَّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ لَّهُدِّمَتْ صَوَامِعُ وَبِيَعٌ وَصَلَوَاتٌ وَمَسَاجِدُ يُذْكَرُ فِيهَا اسْمُ اللَّهِ كَثِيرًا

… if it wasn’t for this fact that Allah has given permission (and) the right for those who have all types of Temples of devotion for Allah- which includes the Jews, Christians (and) Sabi’ah and all others who received word and revelation from Allah- to fight back then we wouldn’t have had any of these Houses of devotion on Earth… (Surah Al Hajj verse 40)

So it is not us alone. In another ayah Allah says

وَعْدًا عَلَيْهِ حَقًّا فِي التَّوْرَاةِ وَالْإِنجِيلِ وَالْقُرْآنِ

… this is a pledge and promise due from Allah expressed in the Torah or Old Testament, the Injeel or Bible or New Testament, the Qur’an … (Surah At Tawbah verse 111)

So why do we end up in the end of the day with all fingers pointing at us and our psychology requiring in ourselves not being able to speak truth to power? Then they tell us “oh Muslims are terrorists.” This is a scare tactic. How dare people speak like this? We are terrorists? Some of them say “they are civilized.” In their Holy book it says “if someone hits you on the right/left or whatever cheek you turn the other cheek” and then they want to give credit for this statement without even behaving/implementing the meanings of this statement. A here we, the Muslim, have been turning that cheek for a century and we don’t even get credit for it?! If they were consistent with themselves they would say “look- the Muslims are behaving the way our religious text tells us to behave. Jesus (peace be upon him) says turn the other cheek.” (Take a) look around in the world- who’s turning the other cheek? The Muslims are turning the other cheek but they don’t get credit for that?! Has anyone ever thought: OK- let’s say the Muslims in the world have to be disarmed; it’s haram for the Muslims to protect themselves/fight for your rights even though it’s in the International Laws that guarantee all of that; but let’s say Muslims don’t defend their rights, their lives, their families and their homelands. They don’t do any of that. Doesn’t this mean that we are giving credibility to aggression? If no one is going to stand up and protect themselves that means that aggressors, hostile powers and political and military criminals can get away with their wars. Has anybody ever thought about it like that? But no! We are not supposed to think to begin with! So sure no one is going to think about it like that.

Allah says in another ayah in Surah Ash Shura

وَجَزَاءُ سَيِّئَةٍ سَيِّئَةٌ مِّثْلُهَا

The match for a sayyi’ah is another sayyi’ah of its own kind… (Surah Ash Shura verse 40)

No one is trying to say that war is a hasanah. OK- if we refuse to use that language and say war is a hasanah. Let’s call it by what it is- it’s a necessary sayyiah. When we go to war, we don’t do so because that’s the only thing we can do. When these people want us not to use our military language- which is in the Qur’an and Sunnah- they don’t just make studies about it; they are out in the field. They go and create these false fronts. Yes! In the 1980’s when the Intelligence Services of the CIA/Mossad and all of these were in high gear- what were they doing? They were coupling themselves with some groups of Mujahideen and now we see the results. The results are what? The results are Muslims are scared stiff! They don’t want to speak about this issue. Why? Because the counter Muslims have done their home/field work and because we don’t think for ourselves their propaganda carry the majority of us into the shameful silence/apologetic language that many of us use today. We parted altogether from Allah and His Prophet and we want to “look good” so we go to them with a language/script that says “no-no-no. We are very peaceful. We are not concerned with these types of issues. There are radicals/terrorists…” Yeah- there are radicals/terrorists and the radicals/terrorists that are trying to smear the meanings of our self protection are their own agents! But because we don’t think we don’t have a filter/distinguish between their agents and the true Muslims out there who are doing the hard work of rolling back aggression and bloodshed.

Brothers and sisters, committed Muslims…

We can recall a few years ago (that) we tried at this time of taqwa- Friday/Al Jum’ah in particular are heightened moments of taqwa which means the only thing I will think about is Allah’s power presence. These other drifters/opportunists will come-and-go. I am not concerned with them. I am concerned with Allah’s ever present/everlasting power presence- that is taqwa- and therefore I try to shield myself from the consequence of having a run-in with Allah’s power presence. Years ago, (even though it is a sensitive and delicate issue), we opened up what has become a sectarian profile. The powers that always pre-empt us because we choose not to put our brains in Allah’s book/Allah’s words/the life of His Prophet. Right now we witnessed another one of this sectarian profile’s peaks. There are times when it peaks/goes up and there are other times when it comes down and does not show much activity. We have this issue that has reared it’s head, (we don’t know, it must have been two/three weeks ago), and this has occupied many pages in newspapers/media and all of this. There was a some type of get-together in London, England. That doesn’t surprise us. That’s the hot-bed of the enemies of Islam. In London, England there was some individuals who say “they belong to the Shi’i version of history” that had their meeting/session. Our guess is that was the last week of Ramadhan if we can recall correctly. In that session they began to use the worst words and foulest language against Umm Al Mu’minin Aisha the Prophet’s wife (radi Allahu anha) and some of the Prophet’s closest associates/companions (radi Allahu anhum). If this was done behind closed doors and no one is hearing all of this we wouldn’t have known about it. (But it’s) as if it was meant to spread like fire in the haystack. It made its rounds all over the Muslim world. Of course, the sectarians love this- whether they are sectarians on the Shi’i/Sunni side of the issue. Now they feel boosted that the true nature of things are beginning to appear. Let us look at this with the facts… We don’t care who you are- if you’re an average Muslim/whoever is listening- take a look at the people you know- whether they are learned/just the average people/laymen. Whichever way you want to look at them you’re going to find two types. You’re going to find in both of these sections fanatics and very common sensed/reasonable people. But we ask you: how many are the fanatics on both sides and how many are the reasonable and common sensed people? Do your own counting. Our experience tells us, (and we say this very humbly), that those who are reasonable, common sensed and open minded people in both these segments of society are the overwhelming majority- that includes both Sunnis/Shi’is and then we have that fringe element all around. Why can’t we people of goodwill/common sense isolate these types of individuals? Once again because there is a dual/double fault. One is the internal- we ourselves haven’t educated ourselves enough. We haven’t developed the common knowledge/public mind that can speak back to them with one language that says its bottom line “fanaticism is not welcome.” That attitude/public mind still doesn’t exist so the fanatics have a hay-day. We don’t know how much you are tuned in/out of the public information that goes back-and-forth but this is one of the times in this past couple of weeks where the fanatics have been riding high on both sides. OK- this is part of the stimulus that is needed for us to rethink ourselves. This is like the invitation/germ that enters our body- it’s supposed to stimulate your immune system. These types of fanatical words that are exchanged between both sides are the types of words that should go into ourselves but our response to that should be- if the knowledge that comes to us from Allah and His Prophet- to exclude/preclude these types of individuals. Brothers and sisters- after the invasion/occupation of Iraq we began to sense that the fanatical types have gained more traction on both sides and what we have when it comes to Islamic State and the Islamic Movement in the world what is an Islamic State that is not giving in to fanaticism even though it has fanatical types around it. We have an Islamic Movement in the world that has not given in to fanaticism but it’s centre in Saudi Arabia is the hotbed of fanaticism. This is the irony of it- a Government and authority of Islam in the world that is not fanatic in-and-of-itself but plagued by fanatics around it and an Islamic Movement in the world that has the open mind of not being fanatic but it is played because it reports back to the centre of fanaticism in Saudi Arabia. When will the time come when these facts will be presented with this clarity?

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