Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|The Snakes and Fakes|
|12/19/01 at 10:55:17|
|As Salamu Alaykum,|
This morning I heard some rather disturbing interviews and statistics on Chicago version's National Public Radio.
A reporter said that of those muslims surveyed 43% were against the bombing campaign and the U.S. military action, and 57% were for it!!!
There was also an interview of an Imam from a North Suburban Islamic center. He proceeded to say "...(eventually) we will have to wage jihad against fanatics and extremists (within Islam)..." He said that as Muslims we will have to fight against other Muslims who are extremists and fanatics.
I know who this Imam is, and have heard his khutbahs. I have heard him make requests from the masjid for "toys for children", and not just any toys but brand new toys for donation. And the amount of sympathizing that goes on regarding U.S. 'victims of attacks' is ludicrous, when not matched or exceeded with empathy and audibles for our Muslim victims of religicide. In this particular masjid, women are allowed to come with face paints(make up), trousers, and can be heard calling out to their children and shaking hands with the men. I am all for women and men making salaat in the same masjid, but only with adab. And not that any of the above mentioned items are forbidden, I wouldn't know, I am sure they are not what is becoming of such mixing. I mentioned it only because if the shepherd wanders from the path, so do the sheep.
The news report also made it a large point of not only the diversity of nationalities and backgrounds within Islam, but also the division of the Muslim into camps, where Arab members look surprisingly at African American Imams, and the separation that occurs along language and cultural barriers.
Another Imam from the southside of Chicago mentioned that we should act more like a family of Muslims. He said" my wife should know your wife.." " people come together from all backgrounds at the masjid, but when it is over, we all go off to our own homes and places." Its true you know. Muslims at the masjid I attend close to my house are always telling me how I should attend masjid more often, and always invite me to bring my wife to their homes to spend time with their wives. But when I come to the masjid with my wife, and go knocking on doors, I am treated as an unwelcomed intruder, and many times, I feel like I am pushing my wife onto people, like an unwanted sample from a salesman. My wife refuses now to go with me, and not wanting to leave her at home alone, as I often get wrapped up for hours at the masjid, I have stoppped going except for Friday salaat. Needs to be more like a family......
To incite Muslims to fight each other is reprehensible, and denotes how much the Ummah needs to police itself and discount the imamate of those who make such remarks. However much Muslims like this guy, trying to suggest that any kind of sympathy and recompense is deserved by the kafir, makes me really agnry instead. I know there are hadith where if people among the followers of the imam did not like the imam, and the Prophet, salallahu alayhis wa salam, had the imam replaced with another that the people respected. When this happens today, it is usually because the imam said something that the ruler does not like, or something against the regime, and then they are replaced and repressed.
I am so tired of hearing all these muslim voices saying that 'saying or doing anything against the rulers is against sunnah!' The sunnah and Quran tell us that fighting is permissible for the oppressed and wronged, and there are no conditions on that statement. So fight against oppressive and corrupt Muslim rulers we must. Its funny how there was also a report about how Muslim states and countries are behind the world in freedoms and rights of the individual. Pfew, I had a good laugh at that! They mean, the muslims in those 'backward' places are not free to absorb the Western culture, become indentured consumers and manufacturing workers, or become slaves to alcohol and zina.
I remember the ayah of the Quran, " and treat harshly the unbeliever..." Our mercy and compassion must be reserved for the Ummah before it is lavishly bestowed upon those who suffer from the evil they sent forth.
"And let them call together all of their people and witnesses, and we shall call together our own, and let us make an oath to what we say, you and I, and call upon ourselves the curse of Allah SWT, the maalikat, and those of men allowed to curse, if we are not truthful..." With Europe in an unusual Artic blast, the U.S. allies in Asia and elsewhere suffering earthquakes and flooding, Bush suffering from lesions on his face, the populace being exposed to unexplainable disease, Churches catching fire from their stores set up within them, I cannot feel sympathy that such things are happening. I have heard of them happening before in the Quran, and I know very well the consequences of certain actions. My heart belongs to my family and the Ummah alone, my worship and ransom to Allah SWT, my dua for those of our Ummah suffering.
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