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Da`wah: Significance & Ethics

Source: The Fatwa Bank of IslamOnline.Net

Country Applied: United States

Question: What else should we do as Muslims after fulfilling the five pillars of Islam and treating our fellow humans justly and kindly? What is the importance of da`wah, and how should it be practiced nowadays? May Allah reward you.

Name of Mufti(s): IOL Shari`ah Researchers

Reply:

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for your question and we appreciate the confidence you have in us. We hope our efforts meet your expectations.
Actually your question is quite interesting and very important to every Muslim, though it is hard to cover in one page or even an essay. However, we will try stick to the points you have raised in your question.

First of all, you should know that Islam is not just prayer, fasting, paying Zakah, and going for Hajj. These are the foundations of Islam; however Islam is a very comprehensive and all-encompassing religion that covers all aspects of life. In that sense, Islam is a way of life and a code of teachings and rules that makes life better. Da`wah means conveying the message of Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It is to help all people be always on the right track and guide those who have gone astray to return to the path of Allah the Almighty.

Sheikh Hamed Al-Ali, instructor of Islamic Heritage at the Faculty of Education, Kuwait and Imam of Dahiat As-Sabahiyya Mosque, says:

“In addition to performing Salah, fasting and other pillars of Islam, we need to have the taqwa (consciousness of Allah the Almighty) in our hearts, be this in public or in private life. That means we are required to follow the commands of Almighty Allah and avoid all what He has forbidden. The Qur’an and the Sunnah are the sources of guidance and knowledge for us, and as such, we need to resort to the Qur’an and refer to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in all of our actions and read them regularly to seek guidance. If sometimes we fail to find the guidance in the Qur’an and Sunnah to a particular problem or situation in our life, then we need to approach the Muslim scholars and ask them about things we do not know. This way we will make sure that we are on the right path of Allah Most High.
As far as the issue of da`wah in the sense of preaching is concerned, it is regarded as fard kifayah (collective obligation) on Muslims. But da`wah in the sense of setting a good example is fard `ayan (individual obligation) on Muslims to safeguard their religion and convey its message to Muslims and non-Muslims as well. With regard to the methods of giving da`wah, they are many: wise and gentle approach, giving speeches and sermons, setting good example for others to follow, etc.”

Dr. Su`aad Salih, professor of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, adds:

`Ibadah (worship) in Islam is not restricted to the performance of the five daily prayers, fasting, Zakah, Hajj, and others rituals. The real meaning of `ibadah is very comprehensive and goes beyond these acts mentioned above. Literally, `ibadah stands for submission and showing humility to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, as He is the One Who has given us bounties and favors. Therefore, any act of goodness that is classified under righteousness and piety is considered to be an act of worship in Islam.It is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him): “Do you know what right Allah Most High has on His servants and what right they have on Him?”

He said: "No, Allah and His Messenger know best.” Thereupon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied: “The right people owe to Allah is to worship Him alone and associate no partner with Him. And the right people deserve from Allah is not to be punished if they do not associate any partner with Him.”

This Hadith indicates the broad concept of `ibadah in Islam, and that Allah the Almighty can forgive any sin except taking other partners with Him, Exalted be He.

People are required to strive against themselves and overcome their desires and not to respond to their evil-whispering soul. Allah Most High says:

“And those who strive in Our (cause), We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right.” (Al-`Ankabut: 69)

In addition to this, people should spend in the cause of Allah, give charity to their relatives and others, avoid evils such as backbiting, slander, suspicion, spying, etc. They should abide by truth, honesty, keeping promises, and all Islamic manners that have been stated in the ever-lasting and all-encompassing book, the Qur’an. Allah Almighty says:

“We have not neglected anything in the Book.” (Al-An`am: 38)

As for da`wah, it means to enjoin and call to what is good and forbid and warn against what is evil. It is the obligation of people who are qualified, have profound understanding of the Deen, have good character and manners, and have a broad knowledge of Islam.

Concerning the best method of giving da`wah, it is by wisdom and gentle approach, as Allah (Glorified be He) taught His noble Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in the Qur’an:

“Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.” (An-Nahl: 125)

And He says in another verse:

“Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you; pardon them therefore and ask pardon for them, and take counsel with them in the affair.” (Al `Imran: 159)

And He says elsewhere:

“Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant.” (Al-`Araf: 199)

Highlighting the importance and obligation of da`wah, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, former head of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and member of the Fiqh Council of North America, says:

“We should first understand what da`wah is. Da`wah means to invite people to the way of Allah the Almighty, to call unto them to know the truth and follow it.
Da`wah is done in two ways. The first one is through example, through being a role model. In the Qur'anic terminology it is called "being witnesses towards mankind" (Shuhada' 'ala an-nasi). It is the duty of every Muslim, male or female, young or old, to be a witness of Almighty Allah among the people. When people see a Muslim, they should see a good person, a person of truth, of sincerity and of virtue. A Muslim's life should be an open invitation through which people see the beauty of Islam and find it an interesting code of ethics and teachings to follow. Allah Most High says in the Qur'an: "Thus we have appointed you a middle community in order that you may be witnesses towards humankind and that the Messenger may be a witness towards you… (Al-Baqarah:143). All Muslims must give da`wah through their good Islamic life as individuals, as families and as communities. People who come into contact with them should see Islam as a living and practical faith that makes the life of human beings better.

Another way of giving da`wah is through teaching, preaching, communication, engaging in dialogues, discussions and debates, writing books and articles, giving lectures, etc. Almighty Allah says: “Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. " (An-Nahl: 125) Of course this requires deep knowledge, preparation and training. Muslims should use the most effective and appropriate methods of da`wah in every place and time. Nowadays, for example, da`wah requires modern ways such as the use of radio, television, Internet in addition to the person-to-person preaching and teaching.

I know that every Muslim would not have time to go through this kind of training and give da`wah in this way. But some people must prepare themselves and engage in this field, as Allah the Exalted says: "And the believers should not all go out to fight. Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may gain sound knowledge in religion, and that they may warn their folk when they return to them, so that they may beware." (At-Tawbah 9:122)

Thus, giving da`wah with proper training and specialization is regarded as fard kifayah (collective obligation). That means in every community some people must take the proper da`wah training and should do this work in a systematic and methodical way on behalf of all other members of the community. If some people do this work, then there is no blame on others, but if no one does it, all Muslims of the community are considered sinners. It is the duty of all Muslims to support this work by providing facilities and funds so that it can be done in a proper manner.”

Do keep in touch. If you have any other question, please don't hesitate to write back.

Allah Almighty knows best.

 

 

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  9. من أجل الدعوة
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    ” الذين امنوا وهاجروا وجاهدوا فى سبيل الله بأموالهم وأنفسهم أعظم درجة عند الله وأولئك هم الفائزون يبشرهم ربهم برحمه منه ورضوان وجنات لهم فيها نعيم مقيم خالدين فيها أبدا ان الله عنده أجر عظيم “. – “وتعاونوا على البر والتقوى ولا تعاونوا على الإثم والعدوان ”

    الأستاذ الفاضل/ المديرالعام
    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته..,
    انه من دواعى سرورى أن أكتب لحضرتكم رسالتى هذه متمنيا من الله عز وجل أن تصلكم وأنتم فى أتم الصحة والعافية. اسمحو لى أن أنتهز هذه الفرصة لأوجه اليكم شكرى وامتنانى على مجهودكم الكبير والرائع.
    يسعدنى حقا أن أنضم لأسرة مؤسستكم وجمعيتكم المحترمة. أنا اسمى محمد أبلغ من العمر 42 عاما, حاصل على ليسلنس الآداب قسم الاجتماع عام 1989 بتقدير جيد, وحصلت أيضا على تمهيدى الماجستير عام 2000 وحاليا أكمل دراستى العليا لنيل درجة الماجستير . أجيد اللغة الآنجليزية والكمبيوتر. أعمل حاليا “أخصائى أنشطة تربية اجتماعية” باحدى المدارس. كما يسرنى أن أعلمكم باننى مدير ” نادى أصدقاء المراسلة العالمى” منذ عدة سنوات حيث أن النادى العالمى هو بمثابة ملتقى لأصدقاء المراسلة من جميع أنحاء العالم لتقوية أواصر الصداقة والمحبة والسلام ولتبادل و اكتساب المعارف والثقافات والخبرات المختلفة. من خبرتى فى هذا المجال أتضح لى أن هناك الكثيير من الأجانب(أعضاء بالنادى) لايعرفون شيئا عن الاسلام او يعرفون عنه بصورة مشوههة وغير صحيحية وهناك البعض الآخر يريد أن يعرف ما هو الاسلام؟ وهذا ماأتضح لى من خلال الرسائل الموجه لى وللنادى وأيضا من خلال قرآتى فمثلا تقول سيدة ألمانية:…….ففكرت فى جميع الديانات ثم طرأت لى فكرة أن أكتب عن الاسلام كدين لاأعرف عنه شىء…….,بعد ذلك رغبت فى معرفة المزيد عن هذا الدين الاسلامى أصبح لدى شعور بأننى فى حاجة الى من يقف بجوارى ويساعدنى على فهم دينى أكثر………” وأيضا منذ سنوات جاء أحد الامريكان ليمكث فى مصر فترة من الزمن يتعلم فيها الاسلام, واتصل بالهيئات التى تمثل للاسلام, فبلغت الحيرة منتهاهاعندما أرادت هذه الهيئات اختيار كتاب يتعلم من خلاله الاسلام. وأيضا يقول الامام عبد الحليم محمود فى كتابه”أوروبا والاسلام”:….. وسبب ثالث لعدم انتشار الاسلام آت من المسلمين انفسهم..أيضا,وذلك هو..عرض الاسلام وكتب المسلمين أنفسهم.

    أنا أريد أن أعمل فى مجال الدعوة فى سبيل الله. فأنا ونقودى وصحتى ومجهودى ووقتى و كل شى لله وحده فهو خالقى وأنا عبده أعطانى الكثير والكثير وأنا مهما عملت فى الدنيا فاننى لم أستطيع تسديد ذرة من نعمته على فيكفى انه خلقنى وأعطانى العقل دون أى مقابل لذلك,فله وحده الحمد والشكر.
    أنا أريد العمل فى مجال الدعوة من أجل أرضاء الله سبحانه وتعالى والفوز بسعادة الدنيا والآخرة, فان أهدافى وأعمالى كلها تعتبر لوجه الله سبحانه وتعالى. فكل أعمالى خالصة لوجه الله لاننى على يقين أن كل الماديات سوف تفنى وتنتهى ولايبقى غير أعمالنا التى نقابل بها ربنا فى الآخرة فأتمنى أن ألقى الله عز وجل وهو راضى على ويحبنى فماذا أتمنى أكثر من ذلك؟!(لان يهدي الله بك رجلا واحدا خيرا لك من حمر النعم )

    أرجوا من حضرتكم أن ترسلون لنا كتب للتعريف بالاسلام باللغات الألمانية والروسية و الأنجليزية والألمانيه والأوروبية والروسية والعربية وغيرها, ليتثنى لنا باعطائها للأصدقاء وأعضاء النادى الأجانب لكى يعرفوا الدين الاسلامى بصورة صحيحة.وللأهمية القصوى سوف يزورنا فى مصر قريبا جدا ضيوف يتحدثون اللغة ألألمانية ليتعرفوا على الأسلام عن قرب لذلك أرجوا من سعادتكم التكرم والتلطف بارسال كل الكتب والمطبوعات باللغة الألمانية والسى دى الحديثةCD’s التى تعمل على نظام (ووندوزفيزيتا,ووندوزXP) على أن تكون هذه الكتب والمراجع والمطبوعات موضوعاتها عن:( التعريف عن الدين الأسلامى- كتاب عن لماذا أسلم هؤلاء ؟ الغير المسلمين لماذا دخلوا الأسلام؟ التعريف بالله والتعريف بالرسول محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم-محاسن وحلاوة وجمال الأسلام- كتب عن الجنة فى الحياة الأخرة- مع العلم لقد اتصل بى أشخاص من أمريكا يعاودون طلبهم بأحتياجهم الشديد للحصول على القرأن الكريم مترجم باللغة الأنجليزية مع العلم أنا بفضل الله ساعدتهم بالتعرف على الأسلام وأقنعتهم بالتعرف والدخول وأعتناق الأسلام وهم طلبوا منى احتياجهم الفعلى لدراسة الأسلام كما طلبوا منى كتب عن الأسلام وكذللك القرأن المصحف باللغة الأنجليزية وأود أن أوجه انتباهكم لايوجد أى شخص او جهة تساعدهم فى أمريكا لدرجة انهم اليوم اتصلو تليفونيا بأحد المراكز الأسلامية فى أمريكا لكن للأسف الشديد رد عليهم أحد العاملين بالمركز الأسلامى وقال لهم:اننا لانرسل اى كتب الا فقط للناس فى السجون لذا لم ولن يرسلوا كتب اسلامية لهم لذا هم يعتمدون على فقط لكى أعاونهم وأساعدهم للحصول على كتب تعريف بألأسلام وكذللك ترجمة بالأنجليزية للقران- لذا أرجوا من سعادتك التكرم والتلطف بأمدادنا وأرسال اليوم العديد من الكتب باللغة الأنجليزية للتبليغ والتعريف بالأسلام بصورة صحيحة وسليمة وكذللك نسخ متعددة ومختلفة من جميع القران الكريم مترجم باللغة الأنجليزية -مع أخذ فى الأعتبار من الموضوعات التى يستفسر عنها ويطلبها الأجانب للتعرف واعتناق الأسلام الموضوعات التالية:أرجوا أرسال العديد من الكتب والمطبوعات حول الموضوعات التالية لكى يتثنى لنا أرسالها وأعطائها لغير المسلمين الراغبين بالتعرف على الأسلام والدخول وأعتناق ا؟لأسلام وأيضا لأعطائها لجميع أصدقاء وأعضاء النادى العالمى لأصدقاء المراسلة::أرجو أن يكون موضوعات الكتب والمطبوعات حول الموضوعات التالية:باللغة الألمانية والأنجليزبة:
    (1)القران الكريم والمصحف الشريف مترجم بالغة الأنجليزية والألمانية,-كتب ومطبوعات للتعريف بالأسلام وماهو حقيقة الدين الأسلامى ولماذا الأسلام-القران الكريم مترجم بالغة الأنجليزية وغيرها
    (2)كتب ومطبوعات عن الله ومن هو الله؟-وكتب عن سيدنا محمد رسول الله -وكتب عن سيدنا عيسى وحقيقة سيدنا عيسى>اليسوع-وسيدنا موسى الرسول
    (3)كتب ومطبوعات الجنة ونعيم الجنة وجحيم النار-كتب عن الحياة بعد الموت والدار الأخرة
    (4)ألأعجاز العلمى بالقرأن ربط مافى القران وألأحداث والأكتشفات العلمية الحديثة
    (5)كتب عن الغير مسلميين وقصصهم مع الأسلام لماذا أسلموا ولماذا أختاروا الأسلام دون عن غيره من الديانات والمعتقدات الأخرى فى العالم ولماذا دخلو ا وأعتنقوا بالفعل الأسلام وحياتهم قبل وبعد الأسلام
    (6)الزواج فى الأسلام واهمية الزواج فى الأسلام وحقوق وواجبات الزوج والزوجة فى الزواج الأسلامى
    (7)كتب وأسطوانات سى دى ودى فى دى CD,s +DVD لتعليم اللغة العربية لغير الناطقيين بها للأجانب من أجل تعلم وأجادة اللغة العربية لغة القرأن ولكى يستطيعون الصلاة وقراءة القران باللغة العربية
    (8)كيفية الوضوء وألأغتسال وكيفية الصلاة فى الأسلام كتاب يشرح كيفية أداء الصلوات الخمسة فى اليوم بالشرح والتوضيح خطوة بخطوة مع التوضيح بالصور فى الكتاب باللغة الأنجليزية
    (9)الدعاء وأذكار الصباح والمساء
    (10) تاريخ والسيرة الدين الأسلامى منذ البداية
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  11. SURAH INDEX
    Surah 112. Al-Ikhlas (The Unity, Sincerity, Oneness Of Allah)

    In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    1. Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;

    2. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;

    3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;

    4. And there is none like unto Him.

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  14. Islam is a religion with a very political agenda. The ultimate goal of Islam is to rule the world. But what kind of government an Islamic state would have?

    It certainly won’t be democratic. Islam is not compatible with democracy. Amir Taheri, an Iranian born author/journalist in a debate on Islam and democracy argued that in fact the word democracy does not exist in any of the languages spoken by Muslims. “To understand a civilization,” Taheri said, “it is important to understand its vocabulary. If it was not on their tongues it is likely that it was not on their minds either.”

    Democracy implies equality. But equality is unacceptable in Islam. Un-believers cannot be equal to believers and women are not equal to men. Even the non-Muslims are not deemed to be equal. The People of the Book (Jews and Christians) are accepted as second class citizens and allowed to live in an Islamic state provided they pay the protection tax; Jizyah. But the pagans, atheists and idolaters are not regarded as fully humans. According to the Quran, the idolaters are to be killed wherever they are found. (9:5)

    In the April 9, 2002 issue, The Wall Street Journal published the concept of blood money in Saudi Arabia. If a person has been killed or caused to die by another, the latter has to pay blood money or compensation, as follow.

    100,000 riyals if the victim is a Muslim man
    50,000 riyals if a Muslim woman
    50,000 riyals if a Christian man
    25,000 riyals if a Christian woman
    6,666 riyals if a Hindu man
    3,333 riyals if a Hindu woman

    According to this hierarchy, a Muslim man’s life is worth 33 times that of a Hindu woman. This hierarchy is based on the Islamic definition of human rights and is rooted in the Quran and Sharia (Islamic law). How can we talk of democracy when the concept of equality in Islam is inexistent?

    Of course killing the idolaters “where ye find them” was not always expedient. What would the Muslim rulers in India gain if they killed all the Hindus? Over whom would they rule? So pragmatism often prevailed and Muslim rulers would exert some degree of tolerance towards their pagan subjects. It is hard to find a Muslim ruler as ruthless as Muhammad himself. Muslim rulers killed whenever profit dictated and since live subjects were more profitable than dead ones, exterminations were not total as was intended by Muhammad. Nonetheless, their tolerance was out of political expediency. Muhammad’s butchery of his victims on the other hand, was psychopathological. He would massacre entire populations simply because they rejected him or hurt his narcissistic ego.

    The Christians and the Jews, the so called People of the Book, had some conditional rights. They had to pay Jizyah and buy their protection. Nonetheless they lived in a state of religious apartheid and were subject to humiliating treatments. For example, they were considered najis (impure) and were not allowed to go out in rainy days, lest their impurity rub on a passing Muslim, make him “impure” and annul his prayer.

    Jews and Christians were required to dismount from their riding animals if they met a Muslim on their way and they were supposed to greet him humbly and show submissiveness towards him. The Dhimmis were not allowed to build their houses taller than those of their Muslim neighbors and in some cases they were not allowed to build new churches and synagogues and needed permission to repair the existing ones. This law is practiced to this day in virtually all Muslim countries.

    Taheri says: “To say that Islam is incompatible with democracy should not be seen as a disparagement of Islam. On the contrary, many Muslims would see it as a compliment because they sincerely believe that their idea of rule by God is superior to that of rule by men which is democracy.”

    In an article titled “The Political Framework of Islam,” found on many Islamic sites, the author explains: “In Western democracy, the people are sovereign; in Islam sovereignty is vested in Allah and the people are His caliphs or representatives. The laws given by Allah through His Prophet (Shari ‘ah) are to be regarded as constitutional principles that should not be violated.”

    Taheri quoted several Muslim thinkers who expressed their disdain and disapproval of democracy.

    “Ayatollah Khomeini called democracy “a form of prostitution” because he who gets the most votes wins the power that belongs only to Allah.

    Sayyed Qutb, the Egyptian who is credited to be the ideological mentor of Safalists, spent a year in the United States in the 1950s and wrote: ” America is a nation that has forgotten God and been forsaken by Him; an arrogant nation that wants to rule itself.”

    Yussuf al-Ayyeri, one of the leading theoreticians of today’s Islamist movement, published a book ( available on the Internet) in which he warned that the real danger to Islam did not come from American tanks and helicopter gunships in Iraq but from the idea of democracy and rule by the people.

    Maudoodi, another of the Islamist theoreticians now fashionable, dreamed of a political system in which human beings would act as automatons in accordance with rules set by God.
    He said that God has arranged man’s biological functions in such a way that their operation is beyond human control. For our non-biological functions, notably our politics, God has set rules that we have to discover and apply once and for all so that our societies can be on auto-pilot so to speak.

    The late Saudi theologian, Sheikh Muhammad bin Ibrahim al-Jubair, a man I respected though seldom agreed with, sincerely believed that the root cause of all of our contemporary ills was the spread of democracy. “Only one ambition is worthy of Islam,” he liked to say, “the ambition to save the world from the curse of democracy: to teach men that they cannot rule themselves on the basis of manmade laws. Mankind has strayed from the path of God, we must return to that path or face certain annihilation.””

    So what kind of government Islam is proposing?

    Democracy means the rule of people. This is unacceptable in Islam. The Quran is empathic that “to Allah belong all Dominion and power” (2.165, 35:10, 35:13, 64:1). The words “No judgment but God’s” (la hukm illa li-llah) is based on several Quranic verses (esp. 6.57; 12.40, 67 etc.) This power is vested on His regent known as Khalifat al-Allah.

    The Khalifa cannot legislate. He can only interpret the Law given in the Quran and the sunnah and apply it. Naturally, since the Quran is not a clear book, this allows for a wide range of interpretations and this explains why there are so many Islamic schools of thoughts and sects. “But the bottom line is” says Taheri, “that no Islamic government can be democratic in the sense of allowing the common people equal shares in legislation.”

    Common people are called awwam, and as the saying goes: al-awwam kal anaam! (Awwam are like animals).

    It is up to the “experts” of the Law to interpret the Sharia and let the awwam know how they should live their lives. This endows the “expert” ruler, all the power and allows him to act as the deputy of God on Earth. There can be no opposition to the ruler. You can’t oppose God by opposing his representative.

    In democracies people’s beliefs are irrelevant. They can belong to any religion or no religion and still manage to govern themselves in a secular state. This is not the case in Islam where God is the lawgiver. Christians and Jews have managed to separate the Church from the State. Such a separation in Islam is not possible. The concept of Church (with uppercase C) as understood in Christianity does not exist in Islam. There is no authority like the Vatican or the Church of England in Islam. Mullahs and Imams are average Muslims who through their knowledge of the Quran and Sharia gain reputation among the ummah and their own peers. You can’t separate the Islamic “Church” from politics, because there is no such thing as the Islamic “Church”. Every Mullah can interpret the Sharia in his own way. But he can’t redefine the explicit teachings of Islam.

    Presently, Muslims don’t have a khalifa. Even if they had, he would not have been able to deviate from the Quran and separate Islam from politics.

    Islam’s main goal is to give the dominion of this world to its “rightful” owner, Allah. No authority on Earth can change that. Impeding Islam to achieve this goal is denying its raison d’être and it is tantamount to blasphemy. Islam by definition is imperialistic.

    It must advance, conquer and reclaim the dominion of all the earth or there is no reason for it to exist.

    Democracies are pluralistic. In democracies people have different faiths and are free to criticize, not only each other’s religions but also their own. Islam does not tolerate such a thing. Anyone who criticizes Islam faces severe punishment including execution or assassination. Islam is regarded as the only Truth. Defying this truth is the same as defying God. Challenging the authority of the representative of God on earth is like challenging God himself.

    On May 27, 1999 Rafsanjani, one of the ruling Mullahs of Iran said: “If the Islamic nature and fundamental pillar of the state and the velayat-e faqih (Shiite version of khalifa) are undermined, nothing would be left around.” The same day, Khatami, the so called “reformist” president of the Islamic Republic said in the city of Qom: “Society’s parting with religion and the clergy is the beginning of our fall.” Khatami in July 5, 1998 said: “velayat-e faqih is the axis and pillar of the state,” he reiterated, “velayat-e faqih is the raison d’être of our state. As such, opposing it… is to oppose the fundamentals and pillar of the state….No state would tolerate assaults on its principles and pillars,” he said. [Iran Zamin News Agency]

    Iran-bulletin.org defines the concept of velayat-e faqih, the Shiite version of khilafat and says: “In the theory of velayate faqih none of us can tell the difference between good and bad and, indeed, the whole edifice of the clerical ruler-ship has been constructed to cope with our “ignorance”. The supreme clerical leader is our custodian (qayyem), and we are like sheep that if separated from our shepherd would surely be lost. The velayate faqih embodies every rights and the rest of us are only to carry duties. At its most pithy definition, the system of velayate faqih is the expression of this ignorance and absence of rights on our part in contrast with the all knowing, all powerful, clerical ruler.”

    Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader explained the concept of velaya-e faqih, the position that he himself is occupying, with an uncanny frankness when he said: “the leadership means that point where the insoluble problems of government are solved at his hands. His person lights up the truth for the people and exposes the conspiracies of the enemy.” [ibid]

    In the Islamic state religion is preeminent and God serves as the only legitimate source of legislation. Temporal rulers merely implement the laws of Islam as dictated by God.

    The following article titled “Essential Features of the Islamic Political System” explains the concept of khilafat as understood by Muslims.

    “The political system of Islam is based on three principles: Tawhid (unity of Allah), Risalat (Prophethood) and Khilafat (vicegerency).

    Tawhid means that only Allah is the Creator, Sustainer and Master of the universe and of all that exists in it organic or inorganic. The sovereignty of this kingdom is vested only in Him. He alone has the right to command or forbid. Worship and obedience are due to Him alone, no one and nothing else shares it in any way. Life, in all its forms, our physical organs and faculties, the apparent control which we have over nearly everything in our lives and the things themselves, none of them has been created or acquired by us in our own right. They have been bestowed on us entirely by Allah. Hence, it is not for us to decide the aim and purpose of our existence or to set the limits of our authority; nor is anyone else entitled to make these decisions for us. This right rests only with Allah, who has created us, endowed us with mental and physical faculties, and provided material things for our use.

    This principle of the unity of Allah totally negates the concept of the legal and political independence of human beings, individually or collectively. No individual, family, class or race can set themselves above Allah. Allah alone is the Ruler and His commandments are the Law.

    The medium through which we receive the law of Allah is known as Risalat. We have received two things from this source: the Book in which Allah has set out His law, and the authoritative interpretation and exemplification of the Book by the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him through word and deed, in his capacity as the representative of Allah. The Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, has also, in accordance with the intention of the Divine Book, given us a model for the Islamic way of life by himself implementing the law and providing necessary details where required. The combination of these two elements is called the Shari ‘ah.

    Now consider Khilafat. According to the Arabic lexicon, it means ‘representation’. Man, according to Islam, is the representative of Allah on earth, His vicegerent. That is to say, by virtue of the powers delegated to him by Allah, he is required to exercise his Allah-given authority in this world within the limits prescribed by Allah.

    A state that is established in accordance with this political theory will in fact be a human caliphate under the sovereignty of Allah and will do Allah’s will by working within the limits prescribed by Him and in accordance with His instructions and injunctions.”

    This definition makes clear that the rule of Islamic system of government is not limited to Muslims but to every “organic or inorganic” thing that exists in this universe. This of course includes the non-Muslims. In an Islamic state everyone must live according to the dictates of Islam.

    Khilafat or the velayat-e faqih are not dissimilar to fascism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, defines fascism as: “A totalitarian philosophy of government that glorifies the state and nation and assigns to the state control over every aspect of national life.”

    Characteristics of Fascist Philosophy:

    “Fascism, especially in its early stages, is obliged to be antitheoretical and frankly opportunistic in order to appeal to many diverse groups. Nevertheless, a few key concepts are basic to it. First and most important is the glorification of the state and the total subordination of the individual to it. The state is defined as an organic whole into which individuals must be absorbed for their own and the state’s benefit. This “total state” is absolute in its methods and unlimited by law in its control and direction of its citizens.

    A second ruling concept of fascism is embodied in the theory of social Darwinism. The doctrine of survival of the fittest and the necessity of struggle for life is applied by fascists to the life of a nation-state. Peaceful, complacent nations are seen as doomed to fall before more dynamic ones, making struggle and aggressive militarism a leading characteristic of the fascist state. Imperialism is the logical outcome of this dogma. Another element of fascism is its elitism. Salvation from rule by the mob and the destruction of the existing social order can be effected only by an authoritarian leader who embodies the highest ideals of the nation. This concept of the leader as hero or superman, borrowed in part from the romanticism of Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Carlyle, and Richard Wagner, is closely linked with fascism’s rejection of reason and intelligence and its emphasis on vision, creativeness, and the will.”

    Let us compare that to Islam. Islam is opportunistic par excellence. It is extremely deceptive and despite being a doctrine of war it portrays itself as the religion of peace. It wants to have a universal appeal. It subjugates women and Muhammad was a misogynist of the worst kind but its apologists present him as the champion of women’s rights. The Quran is an asinine book of nonsense, yet its defenders claim that it is a miracle which contains scientific facts. It opposes knowledge and technology, yet it is presented as the religion that encourages learning. Muslims are fond of reminding others that Muhammad said “seek knowledge even if it is China” But the fact is that any knowledge that is perceived as contradicting the Quran is regarded satanic and is to be destroyed.

    The Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt was once the largest in the world. It was founded at the beginning of the 3rd century BC during the reign of Ptolemy II of Egypt. It stored at its peak, 400,000 to 700,000 scrolls. In 640 AD Muslims took the city and upon learning of “a great library containing all the knowledge of the world” the conquering general asked Khalifa Omar for instructions. Omar has been quoted as saying of the Library’s holdings, “they will either contradict the Quran, in which case they are heresy, or they will agree with it, so they are superfluous.” And to be on the safe side he ordered the library to be destroyed and the books burnt.

    This is how Muslims try to portray a false image of Islam so it can have a broad appeal.

    The most important feature of Islamic polity is the glorification of Islamic state and the total subordination of the individual to it.

    Just like in fascism, the Islamic state is defined as an organic whole to which individuals must submit. In Islam “freedom” is in submission to Allah and his messenger. The very word Islam, which Muslims deceptively translate as peace, means submission. What is good for Islam and the Islamic state is good for Muslims and what is bad for Islam and the Islamic state is to be spurned and regarded as bad for the Muslims too. Islam and the establishment of Islam’s dominion are the greater good and the ultimate goal that every Muslim must strive for.

    The Islamic site muslim-canada.org writes: “The highest organization in society is the state. Islam has given to the world the practical form and ideals of statehood. Therefore, the question of how religion should inspire, inform and discipline life, is naturally related to the question of how should it be related to the highest organization of society (i.e. the state).”

    The other ruling of Islam is the concept of Jihad and the necessity to struggle in order to advance the Islamic dominance. The motto that “Islam is a religion of peace” is a preposterous slogan that is part of the strategy of the Islamic “Game of Deception”. Islam does not mean peace, it does not preach peace, it has never been peaceful and it will never be. Islam has advanced through aggressive militarism and regards Jihad and martyrdom as the most meritorious acts. Islam is militant and imperialistic by its very nature.

    Fascism is elitist. Islam is also elitist. The Khalifa or the velayat-e faqih is the ultimate authority on Earth. He is the one who can understand the scriptures property. His word is the ultimate undisputable decree. However, theoretically, just as in communism, anyone can aspire to become Khalifa. The Khalifa in Sunni sect is elected by the populace whereas the velayate-e faqih in Shiism is nominated by a body of the ruling Mullahs called: “The Assembly of Experts”.

    Whether this ruler is elected or nominated, just like in other totalitarian regimes, he occupies his seat for life and responds to no human authority.

    Another similarity of Islam and fascism is their disdain of reason and intelligence. In Islam, the emphasis is on faith and unquestioning obedience to the mandates of God. Reason is rejected as a fallacy. Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, (1058 – 1111 CE), arguably the greatest Islamic scholar ever, in his book “Incoherence of the Philosophers” bitterly denounced Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and other Greek thinkers as non-believers and labeled those who employed their methods and ideas as corrupters of the Islamic faith. He took aim at Avicenna for being a rationalist who drew intellectually upon the Ancient Greeks. By emphasizing on the incompatibility of faith and reason, and by asserting the futility of making faith subordinate to reason, Ghazali gave validity to unreasoned faith and thus glorified stupidity.

    William Montgomery Watt says: “The early period of Islamic thought is dominated by the conception of the unchangeability of true religion and the special Arab and Islamic conception of the nature of knowledge. Knowledge that is important for the conduct of life – and this is knowledge in the fullest sense – is obtained in the revealed words of God and in the sayings of prophets and other specially gifted men. From this conception of knowledge it follows that the work of the scholar is to transmit accurately the revealed text and other wise sayings”. [The Formative Period of Islamic Thought, p.63]

    It is important to note that when Muslims talk about knowledge, they are talking about the “revealed” knowledge and not the secular scientific knowledge that has given birth to our civilization. The word science in Arabic is ilm. The people, who possess this ilm, are called ulama (plural of alim). Alim does not mean scientist. It means religious scholar. Ilm is religious science.

    Islam does not encourage the learning of science. Islamic languages don’t have a word for it. Islam encourages religious learning. This is what Muhammad meant when he said “seek knowledge”. Seeking knowledge in Islam, means memorizing the Quran and the hadith.

    Islam as a Means of Power

    Inspired by the Quran, Muslim groups employ sectarian violence to achieve political ends. The first group was Kharijiyya. The Kharijiyya insisted on two things. First, that the Islamic community must be based on the Quran. The second point emphasized the ascendancy of the Islamic state over the individual rights. Motivated by many verses of the Quran (32.13, 76:29-31, 3:39, 3:159, 16:93, 2:6-7, 4:88, etc.), they maintained that God’s will, must supersede men’s will and claimed the community is the bearer of the values that constitute meaningfulness, in other words men’s life has meaning only if he belongs to Muslim community. These ideas were based on the Quran and were eventually adopted by the rest of the Muslims. This is how fascism defines the position of the individual vis-à-vis the state.

    Muslim rationalists such as Mutazilis placed reason above revelation. They were violent too. Their school was vehemently opposed by more fervent Islamists and became extinct. They were attacked by a group called Ashariyya to which al-Ghazali and the celebrated poet Rumi belonged. Rumi mocked the rationalists and in a catchy verse that left its mark on the psyche of the gullible masses said the rationalists stand on “wooden legs”.

    The Ashariyya glorified irrationality and remained faithful to the Quran. They rejected the rationalists whom, in their view, had forsaken religion and had detracted from God and his revelation. Thus rational objectivism was quashed with mockery and violence, the books of rationalists such as Zakaria Razi were destroyed and rationalists had to hide for their safety. The Ashariyya won because they had the backing of the Quran.

    With Ashariyyah’s unconditional embrace of the authority of revelation, and their glorification of irrationality, rationalism was nipped in the bud and most likely the Renascence that was about to be born 1000 years ago, did not. We will never know the extent of the harm that these celebrated religious zealots caused to human civilization.

    In an article titled: Is Rumi What We Think He Is? Massoume Price quotes Dr. Shaffiee Kadkani who wrote: “unfortunately the emergence of geniuses such as Rumi and other Urafa (religious mystics) who unconditionally supported Ashariyya did not give freedom of thought a chance”. He concludes, “If it wasn’t because of Ashariyya our history might have evolved differently”. [Creation and History, (Afarinesh va Tarikh, p.50)]

    Price contends: “It is not a coincidence that in Mathnavi, Rumi attacks all thinkers including atheists, naturalists and philosophers etc…. When Ibn Khadon [Khaldun] troduction (Mogadameh) [Muqaddimah] t Africans are black because of geographical and environmental conditions, it was the Ashariyya who ended such scientific observations by declaring people are black because God created them as such. When Physicians tried to find the connection between the brain and hand’s movements, it was Imam Muhammad Ghazali who mocked scientific inquiry and stated “hands move because God wants them to move” (Alchemy of Happiness, Kimiyaya Saadat). It was Ashariyya who imposed inquisition culture that still exists today and haunts us even in North America.”

    The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, (Third Edition. 2002) says: “As a rule, fascist governments are dominated by a dictator, who usually possesses a magnetic personality, wears a showy uniform, and rallies his followers by mass parades; appeals to strident nationalism; and promotes suspicion or hatred of both foreigners and “impure” people within his own nation, such as the Jews in Germany.”

    In Islam, the Khalifa does not wear a showy uniform. On the contrary, in accordance to Muhammad’s sunnah, he exerts himself to make a public display of modesty. Modesty is just a show and a hallmark of Islam. The more modest you dress, the more pious you look. But the Friday prayers and the hajj are the Islamic versions of mass parades that are designed to impress the believer, give him a sense of pride and belonging and make him firm in his belief that Islam is strong.

    This parade to Muhammad was so important that in one hadith he is quoted saying:

    “I thought that I should order the prayer to be commenced and command a person to lead people in prayer, and I should then go along with some persons having a fagot of fuel with them to the people who have not attended the prayer (in congregation) and would burn their houses with fire. [Muslim4,1370; Bukhari1,11,626]

    Islam also promoted suspicion and hatred of the unbelievers. Muhammad said that the unbelievers are impure (najis) 9:28 and instilled in them the hatred of the Jews, saying God transformed them into apes and swine. 2.65, 5.60, 7.166

    Clearly, the Islamic system of government is fascistic.

    • It is marked by centralization of authority under a supreme leader vested with divine clout.
    • It has stringent socioeconomic control over all aspects of all its subjects irrespective of their faith.
    • It suppresses its opposition through terror and censorship.
    • It has a policy of belligerence towards non-believers.
    • It practices religious apartheid.
    • It disdains reason.
    • It is imperialistic.
    • It is oppressive.
    • It is dictatorial and
    • It is controlling.

    Islam, like fascism, appeals to people with low self esteem and low intelligence. Both these ideologies are irrational. They disdain reason, and hail devotion and submission to a higher authority. Like fascists, Muslims are triumphalists. They seek power, domination and control. They pride themselves in their strength of number, in their mindless heroism, in their disdain for life and in their willingness to kill and die for their cause.

    Islam is political and political Islam is fascism.

    • Sooooo dont u have anything better to do than sit online and try to convince muslims that islam is a horrible religion? We as muslims know what you do not know so your really not convincing anyone but yourself I guess….

      • Well, It’s good to know that you have this knowledge of islam as well. Therefore when you die and on judgement day, you have absolutely no excuse to plead ignorance(you did not know) that you were following the cult of Mohammed – a peadophile,mass murderer, misogynist, rapist, and narcissist.

        Let me advise you about the narcissist double standards. Narcissists are full of good advices for others. However, what they preach is not what they practice. For example, Muhammad prohibited stealing and ordered the hand of the thief to be chopped, yet he raided and looted entire populations. He told his early followers that they should not be slaves to their masters, but obey only God. But he reduced tens of thousands of people into slavery. He said women should guard their chastity. Yet he raped women captured in wars even though they were married. Muhammad is a perfect example of a narcissist who lives by double standard. A man is great to the extent that his words and his deeds coincide. Those who preach others to do good while they do evil are not good people.

        Women in Muhammad’s time had a lot more rights than after him. Before marrying Muhammad, Khadijah was a wealthy merchant. She had many men working for her. Arabs had female deities – daughters of Allah, which Muhammad thought is degrading to him, and said, “What? For you sons and for Allah daughters? This is indeed an unfair division.” (Q. 53:19-23)

        At the time of Muhammad there was a prophetess named Sijjah who had many followers from her own tribe. Also right after his death a young woman named Salma led an army against Muslims. She was defeated through Khalid ibn Walid’s treachery. That coward wounded the camel of Salma and when her camel fell to the ground he fell on her and slew her. In the history of Islam we don’t find any woman rising to prominence and leadership after that.

        The fallacy consists in claiming that Muhammad was practicing the tradition of the people of his time and hence he is not to be blamed. Muhammad claimed he came to set an example and told others to emulate him. By following the bad practices of the people whom he called ignorant he sanctioned those practices and now Muslims follow them all over the world and for all the times. If he was a prophet of God he should have led a life different from those of his people. Instead of setting a good example, he became the follower of the ignorant people and then told everyone to follow him. Consequently, Muslims everywhere and for all times will be following the evil practices of the Quraish. It is amazing that 1.3 billion Muslims are so brain dead that not one of them thinks about this patent irony. Why Jesus did not follow the evil practice of the people of his time?

        There have been many mad men who swayed millions. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Khomeini, Kim Jong Ill, Genghis Khan, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Sai Baba, the Founder of Heaven’s Gate, Marshall Applewhite are just a few examples. In fact most leaders of humanity were insane. Their insanity was not obvious to the people around them. Take a look at Obama. This man is also a narcissist, and yet he was voted by the vast majority of Americans and everyone in the world swooned for him. In the same way that people were fooled by Obama, they were fooled by Muhammad. Most people are not rational. The majority of mankind are silly and do silly things most of the time. Obama is just as dangerous as all those people I named. He can’t commit mass murder, not because he is incapable of it, but because narcissists operate in their milieu and do only what they think they can get away with it. In America he can’t commit major crimes, but he has committed many fellonies like identity theft for which he can be jailed. He is as fraudulent and as evil as all those criminal leaders I named. Yet the majority of people can’t see through his mask. The same was true about other narcissists, including Muhammad.

        Narcissists are convincing and very persuasive. They can fool multitudes. You never know they are insane until it is late and the damage is done.

    • it is a big shame on you sitting and typing for many hours without achieving any good result. what is the essence of gaining this WORTHLESS world without achieving the good of the hereafter. ISLAM is the way and no other way aside from Islam.

      • Muhibah
        It does not take me hours to sit and type. You view my efforts as worthless but there are millions of non-muslims and open-minded muslims who are beginning to understand what islam truly is – violent, sadistic, merciless and inhumane (evidence of what s happening in Syria). Many muslims are going back to the Koran and hadiths itself to check whether the information I am presenting is true. Many muslims have not really read the Koran and Hadiths themselves. They rely on uneducated mulahs to do this for them. Your nazi fascist attitude of viewing your cult of islam as being superior to all other religions show that you are seriously lacking an open mind and that you are a follower rather than an independent thinker which God created you to be. Which sect do you belong to? Mohammed said of the 73 different sects only 1 will go to heaven. But he did not say which one it is. Chances are you are in the wrong – oddsare 73 to 1. Not a lot but it’s a heavy gamble to take especially as you are convinced that this world is worthless and we should sacrifice our pleasures for the hereafter. Sadly when you get there – you and I might be in the same place – God forbid for my sake – I don’t want share eternity with an idiot.

  15. May Allah give you tawfiq to understand Islam well and give you Hidayah, Siraatul Mustaqeem the straight path. Allah bless you.
    Akm Fakhrul Islam

  16. surah

  17. Thanks for the info,very inciteful.May Allah (Swt) reward you and every other person who benefits from this post and may He forgive us our sins.

  18. That is just the game does be played unsupervised or anyone is considered to be required
    permanently? Give them any kind of chance to speak and then
    you can talk.

  19. Hello. I live in Czech republic and I am very interested in islam. I am looking for muslim friend to meet in Prague and talk about islam. Is there any possibility? I am not prepared to visit mosque yet.

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