Time for a New Image of Islam
21st, April, 2013; 10th Jumaada al-THaany, 1434 A.H
Dear Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. We write you passionately from the MuslimsAgainstTerror.com brotherhood inviting you to a most important matter in our duty as the representatives of the noble Deen al Islam, conveyed to us by the most dignified prophet, Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
It is time for the invigoration of a new image for Islam. It is time to stop being dis-concerned about the state of the image of our deen and the situation of our brothers, sisters, family and friends, but to carry out our duty zealously to preserve the dignity and purity of Islam.
We can sit and feel we have no part to actively play in the collective responsibility to rectify the values of Islam in our family and the society at large, continually blaming others or expecting others to carry out this task, or we can fulfill our obligations as Muslims to restore the image of Islam, the religion of peace and the pure, righteous path.
The recent bombing in Boston and the wars in Syria and other Muslim nations, where Muslims fight Muslims, should make us realize that the sermon in mosques every Friday, the message we give our friends family and children must highlight the importance of righteous character and defined attitude of Muslims and the larger Islam.
The parents of the bombers are fighting off the catastrophe by stating that their children were framed. Allahu Alim. But is it the behavior of a righteous Muslim if framed or entrapped to run from the law?
Yaa ay-yuhal-ladhiyna aamanuu aTiy’Ul-laaha wa aTiy’Ur rasuula wa ulil amri minkum
“Believers! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you…” (Qur’an 4:59)
Why should some of our children be involved in any way in matters like this, when we as Muslims should be the farthest away from such matters as is dictated by our noble deen? This means we are spiritually weak and unprotected and the devil has gained access to us.
Islam has provided us weapons to use against mischief. Stern warnings and prayers. Verily the advice for Muslims to recite Al Qursy and the four Quls before bed is there to protect us from the whisperings of Asshaytan(The devil), from among the Jinns and mankind. If we remind our loved ones to recite this, they will not be involved in matters that are a stain to our faith.
Chapter 114 – Surah An-Nas ( Mankind )
Say : I seek refuge with (Allah ) the lord of mankind, The king of mankind, The Ilah (God) of mankind, From the evil of the whisperer (devil who whispers evil in the hearts of men), who withdraws ( from his whispering in one’s heart after one remembers Allah ), Who whispers in the breasts of mankind , Of jinns and men.”
Chapter 113 – Surah Al-Falaq ( Dawn )
Say : I seek refuge with ( Allah ) the Lord of the daybreak, From the evil of what He has created; And from the evil of the darkening ( night ) as it comes with its darkness; ( or the moon as it sets or goes away ). And from the evil of the witchcrafts when they blow in the knots, And from the evil of the envier when he envies.
Dear brothers and sisters in Islam. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The light of Islam can never be extinguished. We have a collective responsibility as those fortunate by Allah(s) Will to be on the right path, to promote what is right and condemn what is wrong. We must take this serious within our communities, that Islam can again shine bright with the light of Allah. Masha Allah(S). Truth stands clear from falsehood. Let us be loudly clear with the truth of Islam, the Deen of Peace.
There is no place for Terror in Islam. Our condemnation should be regular, clear, unambiguous, loud and unreserved.
During Europe’s “dark ages,” which were the “Islamic Golden Ages,” Islam was at the forefront in global innovation, development, science and medicine. We held the torch and preserved science that re-flourished to spread around the world as it obtains today. During Europe’s persecution of Jews, Islamic nations were their safe haven, as we also were for the Christians during the era of Persecution of the Church. The prophet of Islam presented the world with the first explicit laws on women’s rights and protection, the first treaties on environmental conservation, on animal and even plant rights and protection, on inter-national respect and relations, which the UN today tries to emulate. It is time to restore who we are.
May Allah(S) have mercy on the victims of the bombings, and the victims of all Shaytan-inspired atrocities in the world today. May He give us the strength and ability to preserve the true peaceful nature of Islam and may He in His ultimate wisdom protect and guide us. Ameen
Let us be proactive, Masha Allah.
Brother Isa Ibrahim
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