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Destruction by extremists

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I have regularly been following your page and you are indeed doing a good service to a lot of confused Muslims. I have always been able to identify with what you write and it strengthens my belief and convictions. With due apologies, the answer about fundamentalist was not entirely convincing. I strongly beleive a true fundamentalist is what you describe, and he follows the dictates of Islam. But the so called fundamentalist you see these days and who are disliked not only by westerners but also by good and genuine Muslims(not moderate) are doing a great disservice to Islam. The course they are following is just atrocious and is never allowed in Islam. They can be far more succesful in their objectives by love and by appealing to the intelligence. Wanton destruction of life and property is I am sure not allowed in Islam. Correct me if I am wrong?

 

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Destruction by extremists

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

When the enemies of Allah Subhanah and His deen of Islam brand the believers as fundamentalists, their connotation is towards any true believer who follows the fundamentals of Islam, who believes in the Quran and the Sunnah in its entirety! This term of fundamentalist is something invented and propagated by the pagans and the enemies of Islam; not a name chosen by the believers who wish to live their lives within the boundaries laid down by Allah and His Messenger (saws).


 

According to them, every believer who adorns a beard is a fundamentalist! Every believing woman who proudly covers herself in her Islamic attire is a fundamentalist! Every believer who strives to enjoin the good and forbid the evil is a fundamentalist!

 

There is absolutely no doubt, and it is absolutely unacceptable in Islam that a band of zealots get impatient and worked up and blow a couple of buildings, or indiscriminately kill and murder civilians, women and children! Such behavior is absolutely against the teachings and principles of Islam! Not only does it harm the cause of Islam, it portrays the aggressors as the victims, and the true victims as the aggressors!

 

Islam has not, will not, and cannot be spread and propagated by the planting of a few bombs, and the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians! The Message of Islam is the epitome of peace, love, brotherhood, and harmony amongst all creation of the Creator. Allah has commanded the believers to invite all mankind in the following manner:

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran: Chapter 16, Surah An-Nahl Ayat 125: Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and excellent admonition and argue with people in the best manner. Your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Way and who is Rightly guided.

 

It might take tens and even hundreds of years of dedicated work to truly propagate Islam to mankind; but that is the wise command from the Lord, All Wise, All Knowing! For some zealots this program and plan of Allah Subhanah seems too long and too tiring; and in their ignorance and their impatience, they have chosen the path of causing terror and fitnah amongst mankind, which does nothing but hurts the Cause of Islam!

 

If one only looks at the seerah or life of the Last Prophet of Allah (saws), especially his life in the early Meccan period of severe trials and tribulations at the hands of the disbelievers and enemies of Islam; one would know the example to follow!

 

Can one even imagine the plight and state of this great and noble Messenger of Allah (saws), when he sees in front of his very eyes, his friend Hadrat Bilaal (r.a.) being mercilessly tortured by the enemy of Islam, Ummayah ibn Khalaf! Can one even imagine the plight and state of the Prophet (saws) when Hadrat Ammar bin Yassir (r.a.) was brutally tortured, and his father Hadrat Yassir (r.a.) and his mother Hadrat Sumayyah (r.a.) were murdered in front of his very eyes!

 

How difficult was it for the Prophet of Allah (saws) to send someone like Hadrat Ali or Hadrat Umar or Hadrat Hamza (r.a.) to take care of these cowardly enemies of Allah and Islam? But all he (saws) said to Hadrat Ammar (r.a.) was Patience O family of Yassir! Patience! Paradise is your reward guaranteed!

 

In the trying times which the muslims find themselves in today, we must, I repeat, MUST follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and use him and his companions as our role models and examples.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 153: O ye who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance, and prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.

 

May Allah Subhanah help the muslim Ummah, have Mercy on them, guide them, bestow upon them patience and perseverance, and unite the Ummah in the obedience and worship of the One True Lord Alone. May the Lord Most Merciful divert and save the believers from the evil plots of the enemies of Islam, help us, unite us, and guide us all to the path that is Straight. Ameen.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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