Towards understanding Islam Part 9

Ensuring Socio-economic Justice

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Rabi' al-Thani 12, 1434 2013-02-22

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,

In the past half of a year almost, with Allah’s help and guidance, we tried our best to explain to our hearts and to our minds together that we are not the images that are fabricated by the mainstream media. As in over the past twelve years or so there has been an incessant and obsessant drive to present Muslims as violent impulsive, irrational, backward creatures. We tried to explain all of that away with words from Allah and from our beloved Prophet. Even though the time span we have today is short because of weather conditions it would be noteworthy to recall the statement that was made after that event of September eleventh- the President at the time of the United States said something to the effect that “this is a Crusade.” Ever since that time there has been bits and pieces of news information indicating that all of that September eleventh event was contrived, all of it was fabricated. Also a reminder of a statement- these are not Muslims speaking- of the papal person who was responsible for defusing what was at the time becoming an eminent war in Iraq- he said something to the effect that this type of war that was planned and strategized by Imperialists and Zionists, (these two words have been absent from the Manabir in all of these years simply because Muslims, or at least their spokespersons on Fridays, don’t have the courage to express the words of truth to the structures of power. This person- a Chaplain, a Christian a Vatican person, (so to speak), said “this type of war is going to lead to a dark future and it’s going to undermine the dialogue between Christianity and Islam.” There was another high ranking official, religious personality in Egypt who said “Bush is using Christ as a shield and Christianity as a façade in defence of the US or American materialistic interests and he, (meaning Bush), meant exactly what he said when he referred to a Crusade and it wasn’t at all a slip of the tongue.” Remember, this is not a Muslim speaking. Ex-President Jimmy Carter spoke about this new war on terror as it was dubbed at that time and since then “as a theological component of the Southern Baptist Convention but has its own futuristic view of Israel, the bible and the end of times.” Now, brothers and sisters- after some reminders and there’s plenty others; but we committed Muslims on this day of taqwa can ask, (after plenty of time i.e. eleven or twelve years or so), why has there not been a convening of an international conference to discuss how to define terror because anyone can use this word fast and loose and apply it to whomever they wish for whatever economic or political or military or religious purposes they have in their agendas. We, Muslims, are in a position that we are going to have to defend Judaism, Christianity and Islam as they were expressed by Allah, not as they were undermined by men. We’re going to have to express the truth about this. In this highly charged religio-politico atmosphere we say for the record that Judaism as revealed by the Almighty is not terroristic even though the Zionists have produced much evidence that would indict those of the Jewish faith as terrorists. We know better. Judaism is one thing and Zionism is something else regardless of what they want to brainwash us with, i.e. the barrage of information that wants to equate Zionism with Judaism. We remind ourselves of a couple of ayaat in Surah Ta-ha. Allah says to Musa and Harun (alayhima as salaam). These ayaat make it very clear that

فَقُولَا لَهُ قَوْلًا لَّيِّنًا لَّعَلَّهُ يَتَذَكَّرُ أَوْ يَخْشَىٰ

قَالَا رَبَّنَا إِنَّنَا نَخَافُ أَن يَفْرُطَ عَلَيْنَا أَوْ أَن يَطْغَىٰ

قَالَ لَا تَخَافَا ۖ إِنَّنِي مَعَكُمَا أَسْمَعُ وَأَرَىٰ

Musa and Harun were told by Allah to go to the Pharoah and to speak to him in a mild manner and to tell him to release the Children of Isra’eel from his bondage (and) from his system that considered them second and third grade citizens. They answered but we fear. He said don’t fear, I am with you; I can hear and I can see all that is going to develop. (Surah Ta-ha verse 44-46)

So this is the genesis of the Judaic belief. Musa in this position was the one who feared. He wasn’t out there terrorizing anyone. Zionism took the rituals of Judaism and placed it in the heart of the Pharoah and gave us the problems that we are suffering from today. Where are the Muslims to express this truth? Then we go on to Christianity. We think we don’t have to spend much time- Christianity in its origins was not meant to propagate wars, promote wars (and) contrive policies of seek and kill as is the case with Imperialism today. Who in his right mind can place Christianity and Imperialism in the same spirit and in the same body? Well, they wanted us to believe that is the case eleven or twelve years ago when they mentioned the Crusade and then they tried to cover that up saying “the President didn’t mean that.” And when officials in this country say “that this war can continue for over a hundred years” now are hiding; you rarely see them in the media. Where did they go? They were loud mouths twelve years ago, where are they today? Can they not live with the consequences which they created and set into motion?! A motion which only Allah can calculate its ending. And here we come to the key issue. The key issue is the word terror. They take that word and they say- we have to give it to them (because) these are minds that are at work; they think before they speak (and) they plan before they move- “look at Muslims. Look at them in their Holy Book. Then they come along with the ayah in Surah Al Anfal.” They don’t take the ayah before it or the ayah after it, they don’t put it in context, they are very selective about choosing a particular ayah and then they are very selective about translating it for us! Here is where we begin to notice our own discrepancy. Who are they, first of all, to go into our Qur’an and then come out of it with their own interpretation and explanation of it and tell us “we are terrorists.” What’s this ayah? Allah is saying to the Muslims

وَأَعِدُّوا لَهُم مَّا اسْتَطَعْتُم مِّن قُوَّةٍ وَمِن رِّبَاطِ الْخَيْلِ تُرْهِبُونَ بِهِ عَدُوَّ اللَّهِ وَعَدُوَّكُمْ

And prepare war mounts against them whatever is within your reach of the means of force and power and then by the accrements of discharging that i.e. whatever the generation of the nature of technology of society or the times are you will terrorize the enemies of Allah and your enemy… (Surah Al Anfal verse 60)

OK, please brothers and sisters- this is for Allah and for the future of Islam in this world. The word they pick from this ayah is turhibuna. In the ayah, (which we think you’ve heard many times before), the word turhibuna is with a touch of evil, translated as you will terrorize the enemies of Allah and your enemy. With this husbanding of forces and resources you will terrorize your enemy and your enemy. The word turhibuna first of all is not terrorize in the sense and in the contemporary political jargon that they use it in and the way they define it- that’s not what it means. Ar rahba- as you may know, the Arabic language has a root word (and) out of that root word it branches out into other words. The word rahba means awe inspiring. Now there are different shades of the word in English if you take whatever translations there is for this word; and we’re sure there are other selected words besides the word terrorize. There may be another word, you will frighten or you will induce fear into or whatever. Here you will encounter different types of meanings. In the English language these meanings are used to fulfill a political objective within the scope of time that we are talking about. In this instance we are talking about today’s world in which they use this word to say “look- Muslims are commanded by their God, Allah, to terrorize others.” No! That’s not the meaning. We’re not comfortable to say that because Muslims, themselves, don’t think through the meanings and the ayaat of the Qur’an they stand in a reactive position to this accusation. They come and say “look- this is what your ayah says, i.e. you have to terrorize.” It doesn’t say you have to terrorize; what it says is you have to have the aura of power that will take away the aggressive penchant in the enemy. There’s a difference between that and going out on campaigns of violence and random killings and picking on innocent civilians and bombing in areas that are not military objectives, etc. etc. There’s a difference here but this difference is not clear in the minds of the Muslims because they haven’t taken a look at the sequence of ayaat in the Qur’an in which this same word has its counterparts in other ayaat in the Qur’an. Let’s take just one or two examples… Allah says in an ayah in surah Al Maa’idah

لَتَجِدَنَّ أَشَدَّ النَّاسِ عَدَاوَةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا ۖ وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُم مَّوَدَّةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَصَارَىٰ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَانًا وَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ

You will most certainly find those who are most intense in their hostility towards the committed Muslims those who are guilty of Shirk and in addition to that, those who also express intense hostility to the committed Muslims are the Zionists and you will most certainly find those who are closer to affection to the committed Muslims those who say we are Christians; that is because among these Christians you will find Priests and Rabbis who do not display any hubris, any arrogance. (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 82)

The word Ruhbaan which is translated somewhat inaccurately into Monks; the ayah says

لَتَجِدَنَّ أَشَدَّ النَّاسِ عَدَاوَةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا ۖ وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُم مَّوَدَّةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَصَارَىٰ

You will most certainly find those who are more vicious in their enmity to committed Muslims Al Yahud and those who are Mushriks and you will indeed find those who are most in affinity to the committed Muslims those who are Nasara... (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 82)

Nasara is roughly translated as Christians by many translators.

ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَانًا

that’s because among them you will find Priests and Ruhbaan… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 82)

You see the word Ruhbaan that we encountered in Surah Al Anfal, the aura; well this same word is used to describe Christian clergymen who have the awe inspiring aura, not terror! If the word tuhibuna meant terror or terrorists or terrorize then the word Ruhbaan would have had the flavor of terrorism in it and obviously it doesn’t. So (for) these people who are selectively taking ayaat from the Qur’an you counter select the ayaat that will undo their accusations and their innuendo against committed Muslims. Once again we encounter this same word, ruhbaaniyah, in another ayah in the Qur’an says

وَرَهْبَانِيَّةً ابْتَدَعُوهَا مَا كَتَبْنَاهَا عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَّا ابْتِغَاءَ رِضْوَانِ اللَّهِ فَمَا رَعَوْهَا حَقَّ رِعَايَتِهَا

… this Rahbaaniyah contrived, We did not assign it to them, except in seeking Allah’s satisfaction; they didn’t give it its due ... (Surah Al Hadid verse 27)

Ruhbaaniyah here is the state that inspires awe. The point or the citation here is the word Rahbaaniyah from the same word as turhibuna which means awe inspiring. It has the effect of sending a message of respect and honor to those who observe it. So how do they get away with the Rahbaaniyah having a positive connotation when it speaks about them in the Qur’an and then they want us to have a negative connotation from the same word when the word applies to us?! This is the distance that we have between our understanding of the Qur’an, or our lack of understanding of the Qur’an to be precise, and the imposed understanding that is shoved down our minds and into our imagination by the worldwide media of the now and here.

(Brothers and sisters...)

Mention was made a few minutes ago to the distinction between Zionism and Judaism and to the distinction between Christianity and Imperialism. Where’s the distinction between Islam and the government especially the one that occupies Arabia? When you take a close look (and) an observing look at what it is doing, it is fostering… If the Imperialists/Nasara and the Zionists/Yahud are fabricating nonsense about Muslims, in a way that is to be expected- what do you expect?! But that nonsense will remain words on paper if there is no proof to what they are saying; enter Saudi Arabia offering the proof that Muslims are terrorists. Then we remain looking at this unfold for eleven or twelve years now. From outside there are accusations coming at us from expected quarters that we are terrorists. We know we are not and there’s not a grain of truth to that and from the inside we have these types who are supporting with money and with weapons the types of individuals and organizations that give credibility to the accusation that we are terrorists. Add to that that now we are stuck between a rock and a hard place, terrorism and sectarianism. Both of these accusations against us were not possible if it wasn’t for the Saudi Arabian regime. It wouldn’t have been possible. Imagine what they have been saying about us and doing to us without Saudi Arabia in these past twelve or thirteen years. So they need someone like that and someone like that is serving them very very well so they protect them with words and they protect them in warfare. In the middle of this you and I and the rest of the two-billion Muslims in the world are caught in this trap; not being able to be free to liberate ourselves from it simply because there’s no mental contact Allah.

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