Due to the recent events that have taken place with the Muslim and non-Muslims through the world I have been asked many questions about these events. One of the questions that comes up all the time is, “Why are the Muslim leaders not speaking out about these issues?” Maybe one is looking for a CNN report of Muslim Leaders speak out against terrorist acts. This may not happen in the manner which some may deem to be the right approach. What I can say is these acts are being spoken out against.
As a Muslim, who tries to protect himself from the misguidance of these various groups, I can say that the senior and reputable scholars from across the Muslim lands have been speaking about, and warning about these groups, the likes of these groups, their origins and misguidance for many years. Long before what we have been witnessing today. Unfortunately, these scholars have come under attack because some of them happen to come from the land of Saudi Arabia. May westerns like to paint Saudi Arabia and its citizens with a broad negative brush. In doing so they sometimes overlook the role these scholars play in speaking out against these act.
I want to provide people with accurate statements from some senior Muslim Scholars. Some of these statements are back dated. To show that this refutation of the Muslim leaders is nothing new. But that they have been speaking up, out and condemning these acts. Some of them have even encouraged the Muslim in the non Muslim lands to work with the authorities in apprehending those responsible for these acts. I want to say, that as a Muslim who follow the sunnah, that there is no place in the true religion of Islam that promotes, commends or encourages the taking the lives of innocent people. Even when those people are provocative.
The first statement is from an Algerian Scholar by the name of Sheikh Abdul Malik ar Ramadani al Jaza’ri, and his statements with regards to the group called ‘Salafi Group for Daw’ah and Combat’, an Algerian group.
“How can, with all of this, making permissible the blood of the police and killing them, be permitted? Then they live on the stolen money which have been ransacked from the people by force! They destroy the souls of the Muslim soldiers…We absolve ourselves for Allah from the group ‘Salafist Group for Dawah and Combat’ and from all those who grasp weapons today in our country against the system or the people.
This is the statement from the Grand Mufti and others denouncing the 2005 London bombing. This article appeared in the Arab News
The Kingdom’s grand mufti yesterday strongly denounced the deadly blast that rocked London, saying Islam strictly prohibits the killing of innocent people. He also censured the terrorists for tarnishing the image of Islam by attaching their heinous crimes to the religion. The explosions that ripped through central London’s transport system on Thursday, “targeting peaceful people, are not condoned by Islam, and are indeed prohibited by our religion.” Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. “Attributing to Islam acts of individual or collective killings, bombings, destruction of properties and the terrorizing of peaceful people is unfair, because they are alien to the divine religion,” said the mufti, who is also head of the Council of Senior Scholars, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority. “Islam is a religion of reforms and righteousness. It envisages the progress of humanity and takes it from darkness into light. It also calls for respecting agreements and prohibits their violations,” the mufti said referring to accords binding governments. “Causing corruption on earth is one of the biggest crimes in Islam.” he explained.
Sheikh Abdul Mushin Al Obaikan, a senior Saudi scholar and a Shoura member, said there was no justification, whatsoever, for the killing of innocent people. Speaking to MBC television, he urged all members of the Muslim community in Britain to cooperate with British authorities in tracking down the criminals behind the attack.
Imam Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen of Saudi Arabia, who is now deceased, gave a talk right before his death and said, with regards to the Muslim living abroad in non Muslim lands. This talk was given during a Tele-Link July 2000 in Birmingham UK. He was a leading scholar and has been addressing this issue for many years.
“Likewise I invite you to have respect for those people who have the right that they should be respected, from those between you and who there is an agreement . For the land which you are living in is such that there is an agreement between you and them. If this were not the case. they cold have killed you or expelled you. So preserve this agreement, and do not prove treacherous to it, since treachery is a sign of the hypocrites, and it s not from the way of the Believers. And know that it is authentically reported from the Prophet that he said. “Whoever kills one who is under an agreement of protection will not smell the fragrance of Paradise.” Do not be deceived by the saying of foolish people who say, Those people are not Muslim. so their wealth is lawful for us.” For I swear by Allah-this is a lie; a lie about Allah’s religion, and a lie that Islamic societies (hold to be true). So we may not say that it is lawful to be treacherous towards people whom we have an agreement with. O my brothers. O youth. O Muslims. Be truthful in your buying and selling, and renting, and leasing, and in all mutual transactions, Because truthfulness is from the characteristics of the Believes, and Allah, the Most High, has commanded truthfulness, “O you who believe-keep your duty to Allah, and be truthful” (9:119) And the Prophet encouraged truthfulness and said, ” Adhere to truthfulness, because truthfulness leads to goodness and goodness leads to Paradise; and a person will continue to be truthful, and strive to be truthful until he is written down with Allah as a truthful person.” And he warned against falsehood, and said, “Beware of falsehood because falsehood lead to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Fire. And a person will continue lying and striving to lie until he is written down with Allah as a great liar.” O my brother Muslims. O youth. Be true to your saying with your brothers, and with those non Muslims whom you live along with – so that by your actions, you will be inviters to the religion of Islam- in reality. And indeed, how many people first entered into Islam because of the behavior and manners of the Muslims, and their truthfulness, and their being true in their dealings.
This is the specific advice to all the Muslims living in non Muslim societies. The call for peace and respect for the laws in those lands.
Where did this modern idea of Islamic Revolution come from? Many people do not know the origins and history of those that spurned these movements. This is just a little education background information for the reader.
The idea of this Modern Islamic revolution began in 1928, in Egypt. This ideology was started by Hassan Al-Banna, who was influenced by a man name Rashid Rida, and was popularized through the writing of Sayyid Qutb. Both of them were killed by the Egyptian government, Al-Banna in 1948 and Qutb in 1966, but the ideology had spread far and wide. The name of this group is the Muslim Brotherhood.
Due to their desire to create an Islamic State they held the belief that all Muslims who had the same goal could join with them. That they should unite upon what they agree on and forgive each other were they disagree. The statement is one that has caused a lot of murkiness, in terms of identifying these various groups.
The main objective of this group is to establish an Islamic State by any means necessary, even by massive bloodshed. The methodology continues today, through groups that attach Jihad to their slogans. They call for the bloodshed of the Muslim rulers, leaders, and innocent people.
What is important to know is that many Muslim leaders have been speaking out against and fighting against these acts for many years now. When a child begins to show problems at home it is a clear sign the child will be problematic outside the home. These Muslim leaders are the first to speak out against this problematic child, as the problem starts in their home, on their land. When the problem reaches our land and citizens it is almost too late.
It is understandable that others show their anger towards Muslims and what they think is Islam but is this the right approach to take. To demonstrate anger with angry acts leads to more anger-led acts. The goal is to remove the anger and hate in order to come to a peaceful medium.
It is not fair to the Muslims when guys such as Anjem Choudhary are given air time on major news networks, such as CNN, to explain the rational, to defend or deny terrorist acts. His ignorant speech provokes more anger and misunderstanding. He is not a representative to the truth and should not be listened to. Let alone taken as a source of Islamic reasoning, whether it be good or bad. It is incumbent for people to resort to those that have the correct knowledge of these affairs for explanations.
In closing, I say and with firm convictions, that these acts are un-Islamic and heinous. These acts have created a hatred for a religion that is peaceful. These acts are to be shunned wherever they are perpetrated, by whomever. I also say that as I write this those Muslim leaders, who many would consider to be hard-line, are speaking against these anti-Islamic acts. They have condemned this acts and have advised the Muslims in this land, and others, to condemn and speak out against these acts.