To Amend the image of Islam and the Muslims

By Imam Lavdrim Hamja – Kenosha, April 1, 2011

All praise is due to God, Creator and Sustainer of the worlds, the All powerful, the Most Merciful. We send greetings and salutation to our beloved prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his companions and to all those who follow his path until the day of judgment.

فَاسْتَمْسِكْ بِالَّذِي أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ إِنَّكَ عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ (43) وَإِنَّهُ لَذِكْرٌ لَكَ وَلِقَوْمِكَ وَسَوْفَ تُسْأَلُونَ (44)

“So hold you fast (O Muhammad) to that which is revealed to you. Verily! You are on a straight path. And verily, this (Quran) is indeed a reminder for you and your people, and you will be questioned (about it). (Zuhruf: 43-44)

Thus Allah directs His messenger, Muhammad (a-s), telling him to continue the path of revelation because you are just and undoubtedly on a right course. And then, with this message I have honored you and your people O Muhammad, which is an honor and pride, however, to be sure that you will be questioned about this message or revelation as to how you have acted upon it.

Respected brothers and sisters in Islam, we are witnessing daily a war that is ensuing in today’s media against Islam and Muslims.

As a consequence of this war, people have created or formed the idea and opinion that Islam and Muslims are the enemies of mankind or humanity, portrays them as people which desire war, people that commit crimes and kill without just cause, that they are terrorists, extremists, ignorant, backward people and label them with many other despicable qualities which neither inwardly nor outwardly, these negative labels have no relation with Islam or true Muslims.

Indeed throughout the world we see a circulation of various “Islam” and “Muslims”. We see in different parts “Islam” and “Muslims” in such a form that is most slanderous and hateful, which are the creations formed in different circuits of society. These types of so-called Muslims are portrayed and publicized in today’s modern media tools of communication such as television, newspapers, journals or magazines, books, internet and so on.

We see Muslims in a form of different nationalities, in form of nationalism where Muslims of different nationalities have been given this “deen” this religion of Allah a negative and different meaning, dividing it, according to their nationalism such as, Islam of Arabs, Islam of Albanians, of Pakistanis, Indian, Turks and so on.

But Allah tells us otherwise:

وَإِنَّ هَذِهِ أُمَّتُكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً وَأَنَا رَبُّكُمْ فَاتَّقُونِ (52) فَتَقَطَّعُوا أَمْرَهُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ زُبُراً كُلُّ حِزْبٍ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ فَرِحُونَ

“And verily! This religion is one religion, and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to me. But people have broken their feelings, between them, into groups: Each group rejoices in what is with itself.” (Muminun: 52)

Then we see Muslims only by their names, even then it becomes difficult to make a distinction among them since they have altered their identity in the places where they live and work. They have no other interest in this world besides only eating, drinking and sleeping. Their knowledge and practice of Islam is limited or perhaps nonexistent and a word might be uttered of them that “swine is haram”. That is the extent of their knowledge.

We also find Muslims who can be labeled as “egoists” which little do they practice the pillars of Islam. For example, they might pray, when they pray, they pray to themselves only, as a routine, but they do not deem this religion to be of such seriousness to try and give some light to others. That is because they have forgotten and neglected the words of our prophet and messenger where he says:

الإيمان بضع وسبعون شعبة

Belief is made of over 70 parts . . .” (Muslim)

Whereas Islam and the Muslims of a high caliber of that of Prophet Muhammad and his companions, which spread the light, this divine light throughout the world, even though they had less means than we do today, but with a firm conviction and belief they did. With Muslims today this has become virtually extinct on the face of earth.

Dear brothers and sisters, we Muslims today are similar to that of a sick person who does not react until injected with a syringe. Similarly, Muslims today don’t react unless someone makes an accusation towards us, then we try to defend ourselves, even then we don’t do it right because we lack manners and education.

Where are Allah’s servants or people whom Allah says in the Quran?

وَلْتَكُنْ مِنْكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى الْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنْ الْمُنْكَرِ وَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الْمُفْلِحُونَ (104

“And from among you there should be a group who invite to good and enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful.” (Ali Imran: 104)

Where are Allah’s peoples where Allah states in the Quran?

كُنْتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنْ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ

“You are the best peoples evolved for mankind enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah.” (Ali Imran: 110)

Where are my Arab brothers whom Allah revealed in the Quran in their own language?

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآناً عَرَبِيّاً لَعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ

“Verily! We have sent down (this Quran) as an Arabic Quran in order that you may understand.” (Yusuf: 2)

Then in another verse, Allah says:

) وَلَوْ جَعَلْنَاهُ قُرْآناً أَعْجَمِيّاً لَقَالُوا لَوْلا فُصِّلَتْ آيَاتُهُ أَأَعْجَمِيٌّ وَعَرَبِيٌّ قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ

“If we had sent this Quran in a different language they would have said: “why are not its verses explained in detail (in our language)? What! Not in Arabic? Say: (o Muhammad) It is for those who believe a guide and healing.” (Fusilet: 44)

What about other Muslims? Where are they; knowing that Allah’s religion is for all peoples regardless of ethnic or national distinction.

Have they not heard the declaration of our prophet where he says?

لا فرق بين عربي أو أعجمي إلا بالتقوى

“There is no distinction between an Arab or non Arab, except in piety.” (Muslim)

Or have they not heard Allah’s words, in the Quran where He says:

لا تَجِدُ قَوْماً يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ يُوَادُّونَ مَنْ حَادَّ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَوْ كَانُوا آبَاءَهُمْ أَوْ أَبْنَاءَهُمْ أَوْ إِخْوَانَهُمْ أَوْ عَشِيرَتَهُمْ

“You will not find any people who believe in God and the Last Day, loving those who resist God and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred. (Mujadala: 22)

My respected brothers and sisters, Allah has guided us in Islam but no to be selfish of this guidance, but we must call and explain this “deen” this divine light to others as well. But in order to achieve this, we must first and foremost rectify our manners, our behavior and our actions. We must be true believers as it is required by Islam and not to be of these believers of their desires and lusts. If we lapse in this duty then for surely we will be punished twice; firstly we will be punished because we have broken the bond or the covenant with Allah and secondly because we are the cause that non Muslims have distanced themselves from us and because of this they despise Islam and Muslims.

That is why, everyone of us has a duty to unfold the true Islam to all people wherever they might live. We are obligated to show the world that Islam and Muslims have no other enemies except Satan.

Quran says:

إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ لَكُمَا عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ (22

“Verily! Satan is an open enemy unto you.” (Earaf: 22)

Whereas to other peoples, we wish them well in this world and in the hereafter. We say this because we heed to examples of our messenger where even when he was under physical attack, covered in blood, still he would pray saying:

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِقَوْمِي فَإِنَّهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ

“O my Lord, forgive my people, because they know not.”

When a believer with a short patience wanted to curse the idolaters he would say:

وروى مسلم من حديث أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قيل: يا رسول الله! ادع على المشركين، فقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: (إني لم أبعث لعاناً وإنما بعثت رحمة

“O Prophet of Allah, curse the idolaters. The Prophet would respond: “I’m not sent as a curser rather I’m sent as a Mercy.”(Muslim)

Prophet would pray even in this manner:

‏عن ‏ ‏ابن عمر ‏ أن رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏قال ‏ ‏اللهم أعز الإسلام بأحب هذين الرجلين إليك ‏ ‏بأبي جهل ‏ ‏أو ‏ ‏بعمر بن الخطاب ‏ ‏قال وكان أحبهما إليه ‏ ‏عمر

“O my Lord, strengthen Islam with the most beloved to you, one among them were Ebu Xhehl, or Umer Ibn Khatab. The most beloved to God was Umer.”

Whilst Umer, himself, during the last moments of his death, when he found out that the person who fatally wounded him was not a Muslim, he ordered the Khalifa who preceded him, while saying:

” وَأُوصِيه بِذِمَّةِ اللَّه وَذِمَّة رَسُوله أَنْ يُوَفِّي لَهُمْ بِعَهْدِهِمْ , وَأَنْ يُقَاتِل مِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ وَأَنْ لَا يُكَلَّفُوا إِلَّا طَاقَتهمْ “

“I order you to be careful with the protectors of Allah and His messenger. Keep the covenant which you have given to them, while protecting them against their enemies and do not burden them more than what they can bear.”

Therefore, brothers and sisters, people today speak against Islam, because they have no knowledge of Islam, the chosen religion of Allah for all mankind.

فَاسْتَمْسِكْ بِالَّذِي أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ إِنَّكَ عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ (43) وَإِنَّهُ لَذِكْرٌ لَكَ وَلِقَوْمِكَ وَسَوْفَ تُسْأَلُونَ (44)

“So hold you fast (O Muhammad) to that which is revealed to you. Verily! You are on a straight path. And verily, this (Quran) is indeed a reminder for you and your people, and you will be questioned (about it). (Zuhruf: 43-44)

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