Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Prove to me you are not misleading people..!
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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.
Beloved brother in Islam, the norm of this world and even in Shariah is that: one is innocent till someone proves his guilt.
Misleading or misguidance would be if we have advocated anything which is against the Guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah. The evidence of literally tens of thousands of pages written by us are available on the website; and if there is anything that we have written which is against the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, we would be indebted to you or any well-wishing brother or sister who would point out our shortcomings to us so that we may amend our belief and our conduct in the life of this world, rather than carry the burden of our error and be held Accountable in the Just Court of Allah Subhanah on that Inevitable Day.
Man is indeed weak and prone to error; thus we really would appreciate, if for no other reason than to win the Pleasure and Good Will of the Lord Most Merciful, that our brothers and sisters on the forum point out our mistakes or our shortcomings to us and give us the opportunity to amend ourselves to serve this noble cause to the best of our ability.
Your Statement: Prove to me you are not misleading people..!
Beloved brother in Islam, the Supreme and Ultimate Judge of who is guided aright and who is astray, will and should be none other than the Lord of the Worlds. The All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord is aware of the intentions and deeds of each and every one in creation, and nothing is hidden from His Infinite Knowledge.
Allah is our witness, we provide this humble service for absolutely no other reason than to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of the Lord Most Merciful. If our humble and modest efforts have helped even one brother or sister to get closer to Allah and His Deen of Truth, then we would consider ourselves indeed fortunate to have been given this opportunity by the Lord Most Merciful to serve in His Cause. We hope, beg, and pray the Merciful Lord accepts our humble and weak efforts, forgives us our shortcomings, and saves you, us, and all the believers from the torment of the Hell Fire. Ameen.
If one were to intentionally mislead people away from the Truth, especially in the shadow of the Quran and the Sunnah; Allah is our witness, there would be no bigger sinner and criminal in the sight of the All-Mighty Lord than such an evil person.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 79: Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say: "This is from Allah" to traffic with it for a miserable price! Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 17: Who can be a greater sinner than the one who himself forges a lie and ascribes it to Allah, or falsifies His Real Revelations? Indeed, the criminals can never attain true success.
Thus lets examine who are the kinds of people and/or what possible motives they could have to dare take upon themselves the Wrath of the All-Mighty, and intentionally mislead others from the Straight Path! We would put in our few words of defence in our effort to prove our innocence to you, Insha Allah.
Possible Motive 1: They demand a price or some monetary or worldly gain for their services.
Allah Subhanah is our witness, we have never requested or asked for even one cent from anyone for this humble service. The brothers and sisters who help moderate this forum have, without exception, selflessly and voluntarily served with their time and their humble efforts for no other reason than to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of their Merciful Lord and Creator. Not a single brother or sister who helps with his/her time and efforts to bring this forum to fruitation has demanded or gets any renumeration whatsoever; and even when offered some compensation for their countless hours of efforts, these noble brothers and sisters unanimously declined the offer for they wanted no reward except the reward of the Hereafter.
Beloved brother, you decide whether we are guilty of seeking any worldly gain for our humble services!
Possible Motive 2: They seek fame in the life of this world.
We have tried to provide this service in absolute anonymity, and other than my own first name, we have never ever disclosed or advertised the names of the other noble brothers and sisters who selflessly serve the forum. The Ameer of the forum, the various brothers and sisters who spent countless hours editing and formulating the thousands of questions and answers, the scholars who give their valuable advice, the brothers who do research to help formulate the answers, etc. are in reality the ones who are responsible for the continuing existence of this forum. These noble brothers and sisters work selflessly for countless hours in absolute anonymity for no other reason than in the hope and fear that their Merciful Lord knows their striving, has Mercy upon them, and the humble hope that the acceptance of their efforts by the Lord Most Merciful might save them from the torment of the Hell Fire on that Inevitable Day.
In my own defence, I would like to add that I insisted that they give me a pen-name so that I too would get the honor in the Presence of the Lord which my other brothers and sisters were seeking in anonymity; but our brother and leader, the Ameer insisted that at least the name of the writer be given so that the readers might know whom they are addressing, if only in the first name!
It is indeed an irony and a paradox that the one who does the least has his signature on the forum, and the real heroes who do the most have claimed anonymity so as not to dilute their reward in the Presence of their Majestic Lord. It is the ardent prayer of my heart, that the Merciful Lord accept and honor these His humble and anonymous slaves in His Presence, and grant them the highest level in His Gardens of Al-Firdaus which is reserved for the Righteous and the Truthful.
Beloved brother, now you decide whether we are guilty of seeking any worldly fame for our humble services?
Possible Motive 3: We belong to an organization or subscribe to a particular school of thought whose mission might be to misguide the believers from the Straight Path.
The Shayaateen of the world have gotten together and have tried almost everything in their power, and have opened the flood-gates of misguidance in the name of freedom, civilization, modernism, fashion, entertainment, etc., to destroy and dishonor this way of life called Al-Islam. It is nothing but the Mercy and Grace of Allah Subhanah, that He has blessed some amongst the believers to stand up and defend their faith of Truth.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verses 32-33:
32 Fain would they (the disbelievers and enemies of Islam) extinguish Allah's Light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His Light should be perfected, even though the disbelievers may detest (it).
33 It is He who hath sent His Messenger (Mohamed (saws)) with guidance and religion of Truth to proclaim it over all religions, even though the pagans may detest (it).
Allah is our witness, we do not claim to belong to any organization, nor do we subscribe to any sect or school of thought, nor do we advocate anything which is against the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah. We are simply proud to be recognized by the name Allah Subhanah has Himself chosen for the believers: ie. Muslims.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 77-78: O you who have believed, do rukooh (bow down) and do sajdah (prostration), and worship your Lord Allah Alone, and do righteous deeds: it may be that you attain true success! Exert your utmost for the cause of Allah, as one should. He has chosen you for His service, and has not laid on you any hardship in your religion. Therefore, be steadfast in the religion of your father Abraham. Allah had named you muslims before this, and has named you (muslims) in this Quran also, so that the Messenger may be a witness in regard to you, and you may be witnesses in regard to the rest of mankind.
The internet provided us with an opportunity to serve the Ummah in our own humble way by answering the various questions and answers and even challenges to Islam. If our humble and modest efforts have helped even one brother or sister get closer to Allah and His Deen of Truth, then we would consider ourselves indeed fortunate to have been given this opportunity by the Lord Most Merciful to serve in His Cause.
Beloved brother, now you decide whether we are guilty of propagating a particular sect or organization or a school of thought through this forum in any way.
My beloved and dear brother in Islam, if there is anything else we can say or portray to prove our innocence to the accusation of intentionally misguiding people from the Quran and Sunnah, we would be more than happy to defend ourselves to your satisfaction.
In Allah Subhanah do the believers put their trust, from Allah we have all come, and to Him Alone is our final return.
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,