We certainly need more freedom to question our faith without being accused of rejecting it
by Nesrine Malik
Islam has its share of hypocrites, so much so that Allah revealed Surah Munafiqoon.
Hypocrites were at the time of Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and they are in our times also, doing their job -that is to distinguish light of Islam. But Alah has promised Islam will prevail.
Holy Quran Surah Al-Munafiqun (The Hypocrites)
1. When the hypocrites come to you (O Muhammad ), they say: "We bear witness that you are indeed the Messenger of All?h." All?h knows that you are indeed His Messenger and All?h bears witness that the hypocrites are liars indeed.
2. They have made their oaths a screen (for their hypocrisy). Thus they hinder (men) from the Path of All?h. Verily, evil is what they used to do.
3. That is because they believed, then disbelieved, therefore their hearts are sealed, so they understand not.
4. And when you look at them, their bodies please you; and when they speak, you listen to their words. They are as blocks of wood propped up. They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies, so beware of them. May All?h curse them! How are they denying (or deviating from) the Right Path.
5. And when it is said to them: "Come, so that the Messenger of All?h may ask forgiveness from All?h for you", they turn aside their heads, and you would see them turning away their faces in pride.
6. It is equal to them whether you (Muhammad ) ask forgiveness or ask not forgiveness for them. Verily, All?h guides not the people who are the F?siq?n (rebellious, disobedient to All?h) .
7. They are the ones who say: "Spend not on those who are with All?h's Messenger, until they desert him." And to All?h belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth, but the hypocrites comprehend not.
8. They (hyprocrites) say: "If we return to Al-Madinah, indeed the more honourable ('Abd?llah bin Ubai bin Salul, the chief of hyprocrites at Al?Madinah) will expel therefrom the meaner (i.e. All?h's Messenger )." But honour, power and glory belong to All?h, His Messenger (Muhammad ), and to the believers, but the hypocrites know not.
9. O you who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of All?h. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers.
10. And spend (in charity) of that with which We have provided you, before death comes to one of you and he says: "My Lord! If only You would give me respite for a little while (i.e. return to the worldly life), then I should give Sadaqah (i.e. Zak?t) of my wealth , and be among the righteous [i.e. perform Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah)].
11. And All?h grants respite to none when his appointed time (death) comes. And All?h is All-Aware of what you do.