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Today Quran Hadith 30 April, 2017

Islam - 8 hours 34 min ago

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MISCONCEPTIONS OF SHA’BAAN

Islam - 9 hours 29 min ago


Sha’baan is here, and there’s little time left before Ramadan. Everyone is preparing in their own little ways, awaiting the blessed month of spirituality. Sadly, some preparations have nothing to do with the Sunnah and are based on pure innovations. The biggest one during this month is the various rituals that are performed on the 15th of Sha’baan, or more commonly known as Shab-e-baraat, laylatul-baraa, or laylatu-nisf.

Many believe that on this night Allah particularly descends to the first heaven to forgive our sins.

The truth is, that the Prophet peace be upon him informed us, “Every night when it is the last third of the night, Our Lord, the Superiror, the Blessed, descends to the nearest heaven and says, ‘Is there anyone to invoke Me that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Collected by Bukhari and Muslim)

When ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubaarak was asked about the descent of Allah on the night of the fifteenth of Sha’baan, he said to the one who asked him: “O weak one! The night of the fifteenth?! He descends every night!” (Narrated by Abu ‘Uthmaan al-Saabooni in I’tiqaad Ahl al-Sunnah, no. 92)

Our Lord descends every night in a manner that befits His Majesty to answer our supplications, to grant us our needs and to forgive us. His forgiveness and descent is not limited to the 15th of Sha’baan.

For a more detailed discussion regarding this matter, please see https://islamqa.info/en/49678

Others believe this is the night when our fate, lifespan and provisions are decreed.

Everything that is to happen or that has happened has already been written. The hadith that state that decrees are written on this night are all weak.

In the authentic hadith collected by Muslim, the Prophet said, ‘when the drop of (semen) remains in the womb (of the mother) for forty (days) or forty nights, the nagel comes and says, ‘My Lord, will he be good or evil?’ And the angel says, ‘My Lord, would he be male or female?’ And both these things are written. And his deeds and actions, his death, his livelihood; these are also recorded.’

( For a more detailed discussion on this matter please see, https://islamqa.info/en/113939)

Another belief is that our deeds are taken up to Allah on this night.

This true due to the following hadith: Usaamah ibn Zayd said: I said: O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting as much in any month as you fast in Ramadaan. He said: “That is a month concerning which the people are heedless, between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which good deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds, and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” (An-Nisa’i, Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’.

However, deeds are also shown to Allah twice daily, ‘deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.’ (Tirmidhi, classed as Sahih by Sh Al-Albaani in Sahih Al-Targheeb)

And also twice weekly, “Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “People’s deeds are shown [to Allah] twice each week, on Monday and Thursday, and every believing slave is forgiven except a person between whom and his brother there is a dispute, and it is said, ‘Leave these two until they reconcile.’”

Hence there is nothing specific to Sha’baan to be done on this occasion, and neither is it the end of the year.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allah preserve him) said concerning commemorating the end of the year: “There is no basis for that, and singling out the end of the year for specific acts of worship such as fasting is a reprehensible innovation (bid’ah).” End quote.

All the above beliefs lead many individuals to partake in various acts of worships, including extra nawafil, believing that they hold extra weight and will yield extra reward if performed on this night. But there is no authentic hadith, or any other evidence to support this claim and belief. Some pray 6 rak’aat with the inteion of warding off calamity and having a long life. But this has not been proven from the sunnah, nor from the ways of the righteous salaf.

Similarly some believe that it is recommended to fast on the 15th of Sha’baan, again because it has a great reward in the sight of Allah. There is no report to single out the 15th of Sha’baan specifically for fasting. However, there is a general Ahadith concerning the 3 white days of every month, which would include the 15th. The Prophet peace be upon him said, ‘If you fast any part of the month, then fast the 13th, 14th, and 15th.’ This hadith is not specific to the month of Sha’baan.

This is the night when the souls of departed ones return to their families: Souls can never return to the world; as when the soul departs the body it goes into the barzakh. I guarantee you that if you see a soul who has passed on it is the jinn playing with you, and Shaytaan deceiving you!

Another innovative belief, is calling the final days of Sh’abaan as ‘Al-sha’baniyyah’ meaning bidding farewell to food, and eating as much as possible before the onset of Ramadaan. This practice only encourages gluttony and greed. Some scholars are of the opinion that this originated from Christendom, where Christians would stuff themselves before Lent. Hence, this practice has no basis in Islam.

An argument put forward by many who engage in these practices is that there are so many people who partake in these rituals, surely they are not wrong?

My dear brothers and sisters, if you follow the majority of people, you will end up the hellfire! As Allah says in the Quran (The translation of which is), “and if you obey most of those in the earth, they will lead you astray from Allah’s way; they follow but conjecture and they only lie.” (6:116)

This is just a of a few of the many innovations that occur on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan. If you are ever unsure about a practice, research it.
Better to be safe than sorry.

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Busying Oneself with Seeking Knowledge

Islam - 9 hours 55 min ago

Some of the people of the past would busy themselves soo much with knowledge that they would eat and have a book in their hand so they could read at the same time.

It’s narrated that Shaykh Bin Baaz (rh) memorised a 1,000 line poem whilst doing wudoo and would finish teaching books from the walk to his house and car.

The purpose of these examples is to show that a person needs to busy themselves, as much as possible, with seeking ilm as it really is from the best of actions!

Every second should be devoted it.

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The rise of fame-hungry Muslim Youtubers

Islam - 10 hours 20 min ago

Awesome, this is definitely a positive and constructive post. Gracefully fashioned too, inshaAllah they are guided and shown the truth of what is good for them and those that reach out to them. It is easy to forget ourselves when another motive comes knocking, whether it is provoked or intentional. As Muslims today, we are constantly under scrutiny by both Non-muslims and Muslims alike. It may seem like a great deal of pressure to get the fit just right, however this is what you must be prepared for if you place yourself in the public’s eye. Constantly question your intentions and ask yourself why you are doing what you do. If the reason ever becomes “for the people” in any shape or form… I think it is time to take a step back. Losing our Iman and purity of heart is not worth the fame and fortune of this world.

Omar Shahid

It is narrated that a group of dancing youth were passing by with alcohol in their hands and a spiritual master and his followers were present. The followers suggested to their spiritual master that he raise his hands to pray against them. So the spiritual master raised his hands and replied, “O Allah, the way these youth are happy in dunya, make them happy in the hereafter.”

Over the past few years, a huge market has emerged for Muslim Youtubers and entertainers. Fuelled by a new generation of young Muslims who are desperately seeking halal content in a world that seems to offer nothing of the sort, coupled with the dearth of Muslim role models in the public eye, young Muslims are flocking towards anyone online who possesses some creativity, humour, has a decent camera and looks well polished. It’s an exciting and interesting time, but also a time that is…

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Menjadi Non-Kafir yang Menempatkan Kafir pada Tempatnya

Islam - 10 hours 45 min ago

By Khadafi Ahmad

Pernah diunggah di Mojok.co pada 25 Desember 2016

 

Semakin masifnya barisan pemuda-pemuda pembela Islam di media televisi dan media sosial, sedikit banyak membuat ujaran-ujaran semacam “kafir, liberal, munafik, dan sebangsanya” semakin mudah ditemui di mana saja. Bagi saudara-saudara di barisan pembela Islam, penyebutan kata-kata ini—terutama pada kata “kafir”—harus diakui bukanlah sesuatu yang istimewa.

Itu biasa saja, Bung. Tuhan menyebutnya demikian juga (setidaknya menurut mereka), jadi kenapa harus cari kata ganti yang lain?

Nah, karena penyebutan kafir dianggap sebagai kewajaran dan kebenaran, maka perkara orang lain merasa tersakiti disebut demikian, itu bukan urusan. Yang penting, mereka sudah menyampaikan dan tunduk pada kebenaran. Titik. Itu.

Masalah muncul kemudian. Di status Facebook yang sempat viral, bersumber dari sebuah pesan di grup whatsapp, ada bahaya akan pembiasaan ujaran “kafir” di kehidupan sehari-hari. Saya kutipkan sebagian kalimatnya:

Pagi ini hati saya sangat sedih sekali mendengar anaknya Lila yang bernama Sasi, anak kelas 2 SD Negeri di Jakarta Selatan, bertanya, apa artinya kafir, apa artinya najis.

“Kata teman2, aku tidak boleh ditemenin karena aku Kristen. Katanya aku kafir. Aku najis. Ih Sasi Kristen … Ih Sasi kafir … Jangan temenin, Sasi najis ….. Nanti kalau aku ulang tahun, aku enggak undang Sasi soalnya Sasi Kristen …..” .

Astaga, anak SD kelas 2….!! Bagaimana propaganda liar melalui media sosial sudah meruntuhkan nilai2 Bhineka Tunggal Ika. Sudah menghancurkan nilai2 persatuan Indonesia …. Betapa anak2 SD sudah diracuni sedemikian rupa.

Ini mengerikan sekali di mata saya. Terutama karena saya pernah sekolah di SD Negeri dengan beberapa kawan masa kecil yang berbeda keyakinan, ada Kristen maupun Hindu, dan saya berkawan baik dengan semuanya.

Siapapun yang mengajarkan pada teman Sasi di sekolah (seperti cerita di atas) bahwa kata “kafir” merupakan kata biasa saja adalah orang-orang yang menggemaskan dan menyebalkan. Sebab, bahkan dalam pikiran paling liar saya saat berusia sama dengan Sasi sekalipun, tidak pernah sedikit saja terbesit untuk memanggil teman saya sendiri dengan sebutan “kafir”.

Bagi saya, mereka sama halnya dengan saya. Keluarga mereka, sama saja dengan keluarga saya. Bahkan, ketika saya melihat lambang salib di kamar kawan saya yang Kristen, saya membayangkan itu sama saja saat dia melihat tulisan Allah dan Muhammad di kamar saya. Sama saja.

Agama adalah sebenar-benarnya urusan masing-masing, karena sekolah saat itu memang mengajarkan toleransi yang demikian. Untung, dulu tidak ada media sosial, beda dengan sekarang.

Yang harus jadi sasaran tembak tentu bukan teman-teman Sasi, tapi orang tua teman-teman Sasi. Dipikirnya mungkin yang penting anak-anaknya bisa baca Alquran yang benar dan hafal beberapa doa. Beres urusan. Ealah, tentara ISIS juga ciamik kalau cuma baca Alquran, Pak, Bu, tapi lihat sendiri kelakuannya macam begitu.

Awalnya, penyebutan kata kafir semacam ini mungkin cuma dianggap sebagai lucu-lucuan saja. Lambat laun anak-anak ini bakal meniru. Digunakan ke teman-temannya sendiri sebagai bahan ejekan, sebagai bahan ketawa-ketiwi. Sampai pada titik tertentu, sebutan kafir ini akan menjadi kebiasaan. Menciptakan kelompok-kelompok eksklusif yang berdasar hanya pada agama orang tuanya masing-masing. Duh, membayangkannya saja sudah ngeri sekali.

Memang betul interpretasi untuk diksi kafir adalah sebutan untuk orang bukan Islam. Hal yang benar juga jika kemudian kebenaran harus disampaikan walaupun rasanya pahit. Namun jika hanya dasar itu yang digunakan, maka jelas ada yang bermasalah dengan nalar etika kita.

Bahkan di kitab Riyadhus Shalihin karya Imam Nawawi, Nabi sendiri membolehkan berbohong di tiga perkara. Untuk mendamaikan sebuah perseteruan, menyelamatkan nyawa (dalam peperangan), dan kebohongan (pujian) suami atas istri atau sebaliknya. Artinya, tidaklah benar bahwa apapun mengenai kebenaran harus disampaikan begitu-begitu saja.

Ada pertimbangan-pertimbangan yang harus dikaji di mana dan kapan waktu yang tepat untuk mengatakan kebenaran tersebut. Terlebih dalam menyebut orang lain sebagai kafir.

Ini seperti pengertian amar ma’ruf nahi munkar yang sejatinya tidak boleh kita telan mentah-mentah begitu saja. Amar ma’ruf bil ma’ruf walaisa nahi mungkar bil mungkar. Mengajak kebaikan haruslah dengan kebaikan, dan tidak bisa menjauhi kemungkaran dengan menciptakan kemungkaran baru.

“Pelabelan” kata kafir memang sebuah kebenaran, tapi “penyebutan” kata kafir di hadapan orang yang tidak seiman adalah perkara lain. Ini bukan lagi soal nahi mungkar, namun sudah mengarah pada nahi mungkar bil mungkar. Niat hati mengajak menjauhi kemungkaran tapi malah dengan cara kemungkaran juga.

Menyebut orang lain yang tidak seiman dengan panggilan “kafir” laksana memanggil orang yang tidak punya kaki atau orang yang tidak bisa melihat dengan panggilan; “pincang” atau “buta”. Iya itu semua benar, betul-betul fakta. Namun masak iya mau nyebut begitu?

Seorang dokter menghadapi pasien yang menderita kanker, pada faktanya si pasien sulit sekali untuk sembuh. Masak iya si dokter akan bilang, “Pasrah wae mas, bariki yo modar,”

Penyebutan kafir atau bukan merupakan pilihan manusia. Sedangkan dilahirkan dari orang tua muslim atau tidak, bukanlah pilihan manusia. Hal semacam ini terjadi di luar kehendak. Situ bisa saja dilahirkan dari rahim seorang ibu beragama Hindu, Buddha, Agnostik, bahkan mungkin Atheis.

Jangan terlalu bangga dulu dengan ke-Islam-an kita. Bisa jadi Islam kita ini karena memang ikut-ikutan agama orang tua saja. Dan hanya karena dilahirkan dari keluarga muslim, kita seenak sendiri menyebut kafir di depan muka anak orang lain yang kebetulan lahir dari garis keturunan yang bukan Islam. Kebiasaan kafir-mengkafirkan ini seolah-olah menganggap bahwa setiap manusia bisa memilih dilahirkan dari keluarga mana saja saat masih jadi ruh.

Lebih menyebalkannya lagi, ketika ajakan macam ini makin sering muncul: Tidak mau dipanggil kafir? Makanya masuk Islam. Ha ndasmu mlocot.

Bukanlah tugas kita memberi hidayah. Tugas kita adalah menampilkan wajah Islam yang baik. Kalau memang yakin Islam benar, ya sudah jangan dibenar-benarkan secara terus-menerus. Yang berlebihan itu ndak baik. Ingat apa kata mas Freddie Mercury, “Too much love will kill you.”

Lagipula, sekuat apapun berusaha, seseorang tidak akan menjadi Islam jika memang bukan pilihannya sendiri. Dan di tahap ini, manusia sudah tidak lagi punya kuasa apa-apa. Yang bisa dilakukan ya hanya mendoakan saja.

Sebab tidak ada yang tahu juga, takdir siapa yang nanti mati khusnul khotimah dan siapa yang su’ul khotimah. Bisa jadi, orang yang situ sebut kafir sepanjang hidupnya mendadak mendapat hidayah di akhir nafasnya, dan orang yang situ anggap saleh sepanjang hidup, jebul mati tepat ketika melakukan maksiat terbesarnya.

Berat poro rawuh, berat…

 

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Sikh Awareness - Compelling

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 23:59

Wherever you live – UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Holland, France, Germany – you  need to be aware that brave souls like Andrew Norfolk have been giving a voice to victims of Muslim grooming gangs.

If you have a daughter who is approaching puberty, be on the look out for her being the target of such gangs, who operated undisturbed for over 20 years in the UK.

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Ghusl Session 2 - Laila Nasheeba

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 23:51

Lecture speaks of the situations in which Ghusl is not obligatory but highly recommended such as before the Friday and Eid Prayers. Also washing a deceased and entering Mecca and Arafat. PowerPoint: http://sunnahfollowers.net/ppt/Ghusl/Ghusl-2/img0.html

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School Board Favors Islam

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 23:12

The local school district held a 2-day public meeting to present its plans to deal with the perceived tide of Islamophobia.

There was a huge public outcry as the school board voted to add the subject of Islam to the district’s mandatory social studies program.

In addition, Muslim holidays are to be added to the school’s calendar, and safe zones established for Muslim students.

Though students will now be permitted to observe Ramadan, you will not see Christian holidays on the school calendar as Christmas and Easter were long ago replaced with Winter/Spring Break.

Parents have retained a Constitutional law attorney to determine what recourse they have to reverse the school board’s decision.

Their complaint is that public education has increasingly become politicized. The attorney’s preliminary assessment is that the policy is unconstitutional in that it favors a specific group over the aggregate student body.

The broader issue is that we are witnessing the Islamization of the West. France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and England are under increasing pressure to accommodate Sharia law in Muslim neighborhoods.

Muslim immigrants have displaced the working-poor from public housing throughout Europe. Said one Imam, “We will have more children than you, and Europe will become Muslim.”

Christianity is in retreat. In America it is mocked, demeaned and ridiculed. There are only pockets of resistance in parts of Africa and Latin America.

It is out of favor to teach the Christian roots of our Founding Fathers. Said one Hispanic student, “Why do I need to learn about dead white men?”

America was supposed to have been a great melting pot. The reality is that this experiment has always failed. Assimilation is a pie-in-the-sky fantasy.

The nation lost all semblance of common sense when it banned the Bible from public discourse. But now, for the sake of diversity and inclusion, students will be taught the Koran?

In my opinion the Department of Education should be abolished, and public schools closed. Vouchers are a cheaper option than a public education; and private schools can be trusted to teach your children academic skills rather than Transgenderism 101, or Islamic Studies.

There is a veil of deception that has blinded the eyes and hardened the hearts of the majority of our citizens. It permeates our institutions, and is a sign of God’s judgment.

Our only hope is prayer that God will be merciful, and pour over our nation a spirit of revival and restoration.

Notes:

The school board also voted to not conduct business with contractors who build the border wall. Aside from the fact that it would be illegal to discriminate against any contract bids, the greater issue is that Mexico poses a national security threat to the United States. Poverty, drugs and disease are flowing across the border unchecked. It is a burdensome problem threatening the health and safety of the American public.

Ranchers, who live on the border, have lost control of their lands to smugglers and drug cartels. The United States government has the obligation to protect its citizens.

That is the issue — the sovereignty and security of our border. We spend billions to defend the borders of other countries, but we can’t protect our own territory?

That’s insane.

And cut the crap with the bogus arguments about immigration. We’re not talking about Ellis Island. Millions of people, portrayed as victims, have crossed the border illegally.

Illegally.

Without consent of the United States government they simply broke in. Some of these were ISIS terrorists disguised as Nicaraguans. Did they bring across a dirty bomb?

I don’t know which is a greater danger — a porous border, or bleeding-heart liberals who see no threat.

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

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Episode 6: The Interview I

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 22:55



So, I found this interview in my archive. I remember quite all right when it was conducted, sometimes last year, by an online based medium. After they got to know about the “journal of a student-mother”. 
Reading through it again made me realize that the information in it is still as relevant as ever, I then decided to share it in this episode of the journal. 

Q: WHAT WILL YOU LIKE TO TELL THE WORLD ABOUT YOURSELF, YOUR IDEOLOGY AND BELIEVF ABOUT LIFE?

I: I’m a young mother of two who believes being a mother shouldn’t hinder one’s educational pursuit. I’m also a passionate writer, an Award-winning poet and a dilettante journalist. I believe in youths’ empowerment and good leadership. In addition, I’m an aspiring Senior Advocate of Nigeria, currently studying law at the University of Lagos. I believe life is to be lived in preparation for the hereafter. Hence, I strive to live a good life and pray for a better end and the best hereafter.

Q: TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I: I had my primary education at Sesame Kiddies, Surulere, Lagos. Then I attended Al-Hikmat College, Alimosho Lagos, for my Junior secondary education. I later attended Sango Senior Secondary School where I obtained my Secondary School Leaving Certificate. Afterwards, I attended Marcazul Uloom, Otubu, Agege Lagos, there I obtained an Idaadiyah Certificate in Arabic and Islamic studies because I have to seek knowledge about my pristine Islam. I later got admitted into the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), where I had a National Diploma Certificate in Journalism.

Q: DID YOUR FAMILY BACKGROUND INFLUENCE YOUR GROWTH?

I: My family background influenced my growth in a positive way because, I’m from a family where knowledge is valued, especially the Arabic and Islamic knowledge. I remember my father telling us at a very tender age the Hadith of the prophet (SAW) that says “seeking knowledge is compulsory upon all able Muslims” and “seek knowledge even if it as far as China”. With that, and countless other advices and admonitions, day and night, I grew to become a lover of knowledge and a woman of so many passions and righteous dreams.

Q: AS A YOUNG MOTHER OF TWO, HOW DO YOU COPE COMBINING YOUR MARITAL LIFE WITH EDUCATION AND ISLAM?

I: Maa Shaa Allah, it has been Allah’s mercies so far. And with a supportive husband and parents who have always been there, Allah has been making it easy. My mother has been helping with taking care of the children, so my mind is always at ease to study well while at school. And my husband has been very understanding and selfless in allowing me pursue my dreams at the expense of his marital pleasures. And my father has been a wonderful backbone all the way, never ceasing his financial and moral support, and always there to admonish me and put me back on track. 

Q: IS MARRIAGE AN OBSTACLE THAT AFFECTS ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE? PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE.

I: Marriage is in no way an obstacle affecting academic excellence, this I say with all honesty. In fact, I believe it is a means to attain academic excellence because, you have more (things) to challenge and inspire you, especially a supportive spouse. By Allah’s grace, I was one of the best students during the years I spent as a National Diploma undergraduate, and I’m working and praying towards becoming one now as well.

Q: CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR HUSBAND IN FEW WORDS‎?

I: My husband is a selfless Muslim and a kind man.

Q: WHAT WERE THE STRATEGIES THAT WORKED FOR YOU?

I: Strategies that worked for me includes, leaving home worries at home or locking them in a safe somewhere in my heart as soon as I reach my school gate, and never taking school worries home, aside assignments. I do most of my serious academic works at night.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR SCHEDULE YOU ADHERE TO STRICTLY?

I: I’m not exactly a routine person, so there’s no particular schedule I adhere to “strictly” except for my after ‘Salat Adhkar’. Although, there are some things I do in a particular way most times, I gladly welcome the change when it occurs.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A DRIVING FORCE AND WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS?

I: My children and siblings are my number one driving force, they inspire me and make me strive to be among the best. My parents are my mentors, especially my father because in him, I see examples of the Prophet’s teachings’.

Q: HAVE YOU EVER REGRETTED TAKING ANY ACTION?

I: I have only deeply regretted not taking some actions when I ought to. Like, not standing up  for Islam when I should. Or not defending the rights of the oppressed when I can. And not speaking out against hateful insinuations about Islam by someone or a group of people.

Q: YOU ARE A FORMER AMEERAH OF MSSN-NIJ, WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE?

I: Being the former Ameerah of MSSN-NIJ was a remarkable albeit tasking experience for me. We had very little resources and even lesser or next to nothing percentage of Muslims in the school due to some internal factors in the school. However, we give all thanks to Allah that our tenure was able to thrive and hand over to another bright-minded executive who’ll ensure MSSN-NIJ survives despite all odds.

Q: WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO STUDY LAW AFTER A NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN MASS COMMUNICATION?

I: Studying Law was a dream I intended to pursue, due to some personal events and experiences in my life and the lives of people around me. However, after two failed attempts to secure admission into the University, I decided to pursue journalism, being a woman of several passions which included writing. I then decided to seek admission again, to study my dream course after the completion of my ND, and Allah gave His consent.

Q: WHO IS YOUR MOST PREFERRED SAHAABA (FEMALE)?

I: Sayyidatuna Aa’ishah – She’s my most preferred female Sahaabah because she was an epitome of wisdom, bravery and piety. She was one of the Prophet’s wives, a female scholar and also a courageous woman.

Q: YOUR ADVICE TO MUSLIM SISTERS?

I: My Advice to Muslim sisters is that they should live a good life, pray for a better end and the best hereafter. And please, get married early, it is the teaching of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Thanks for reading this episode of the journal. 

Kindly drop your thoughts in the comments box below. 

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ENDNOTE: Kardashian disrespects Christians

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 22:51

2017-Apr-29

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/04/22/kim-kardashian-sparks-backlash-over-release-new-virgin-mary-kimoji.html

SCANDAL
Kim Kardashian sparks backlash over release of new Virgin Mary kimoji
et-online Published April 22, 2017

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While many of Kardashian West’s kimojis exist solely on her messaging app, the “Kim candle” is available in real, tangible, candle form — and will ship in one week for the price of $18.

Though the mother of two touted her candle on social media, some of her fans weren’t so receptive to her new merchandise, calling the candle sacrilegious, distasteful, disrespectful of Christian culture and appropriating the veladoras of Latinx culture.

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Ever notice that the Hollywood celebrities NEVER insult Islam.

Now I know that not everyone agrees that there is a war by the “Secular Progressives” on Judeo-Christian values, but I think there is.

The now disgraced Bill O’Reilly and the much maligned “borders, language, and culture” Michael Savage always asserted that there is “war” going on.

I’m not sure how anyone can say there isn’t that war going on and, for the most part, the “values” side has lost.

Argh!

I can point to many things that have led to the downfall, but the primary one is Gooferment Skrules. When we let the Gooferment propagandize future voters, all is lost.

Remember the TRUE purpose of Gooferment Skrules, who adopted the Prussian system of eddykation, was to: cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite!

Nothing has changed!

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A warning from a former Muslim

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 18:06

I was born and raised as Muslim. My whole family is still Muslim. I know every genetic code of Muslim. I know Islamic brain. I live and breath with them. I am an insider. I left Islam when I understood that Islam is a sick and evil religion. The following are the Islamic message to the West.

To the infidels of the West:

The Constitution for the new Islamic Republics of EuroArabia and AmerIslamia is under construction.

We will fight the infidel to death.

– Meanwhile American laws will protect us.
– Democrats and Leftist will support us.
– N.G.O.s will legitimize us.
– C.A.I.R. will incubate us.
– The A.C.L.U. will empower us.
– Western Universities will educate us.
– Mosques will shelter us
– O.P.E.C. will finance us
– Hollywood will love us.
– Kofi Annan and most of the United Nations will cover our asses.

Our children will immigrate from Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Indonesia and even from India to the US and to the other Western countries. They will go to the West for education in full scholarship. America is paying and will continue to pay for our children’s educations and their upbringing in state funded Islamic schools.

We will use your welfare system. Our children will also send money home while they are preparing for Jihad.

We will take the advantage of American kindness, gullibility, and compassion. When time comes, we will stab them in the back. We will say one thing on the camera and teach another thing to our children at home. We will give subliminal messages to our children to uphold Islam at any cost. Our children in America will always care more about Islamic Country’s interest than US interest.

We will teach our children Islamic supremacy from the very childhood. We will teach them not to compromise with Infidel. Once we do that from the very early age our children won’t hesitate to be martyr. We will take over the Europe first and then US will be the next. We already have a solid ground in the UK, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, and now in the US.

Our children will marry Caucasian in Europe and in America. We will mixed with intricate fabric of the Western society but still will remember to Jihad when time comes. Who are we?

We are the “sleeper cells”.

We will raise our children to be loyal to Islam and Mohammad only. Everything else is secondary.

At the time of the real fight we will hold our own children as our armor. When American or Israeli troops shoot at us the world will be watching. Imagine,… Imagine the news in the world “Death of Muslim babies by infidels”.

We know CNN, ABC, CBS are broadcasting live. Al-Jazeera will pour gasoline on the fire. The news will spread like wildfire. “Americans killed 6 babies, 10 babies”. “Jews killed two women”,
Keep your Nukes in your curio cabinets. Keep your aircraft carrier or high-tech weaponry in the showcase. You can’t use them against us because of your own higher moral standard. We will take the advantage of your higher moral standard and use it against you. We won’t hesitate to use our children as suicide bomber against you.

Visualize the news flash all over the world, …Moslem mother is sobbing, ….crying. ….Her babies are killed by Jews and Americans, the whole world is watching live. Hundreds of millions of Muslims all around the world are boiling. They will march through Europe. We will use our women to produce more babies who will in turn be used as armor/shield. Our babies are the gift from Allah for Jihad.

West manufactures their tanks in the factory. We will manufacture our military force by natural means, by producing more babies. That is the way it is cheaper.

You infidels at this site cannot defeat us. We are 1.2 billion. We will double again. Do you have enough bullets to kill us?

On the camera:

– We will always say, “Islam is the religion of Peace.”
– We will say, “Jihad is actually inner Jihad.”
– Moderate Muslim will say there is no link between Islam and Terrorism and the
West will believe it because the West is so gullible.
– Moderate Muslim all over the world will incubate Jihadist by their talk by defending Islam.
– Using Western Legal system we will assert our Sharia Laws, slowly but surely.
– We will increase in number. We will double again.

You will be impressed when you meet a moderate Muslim personally. As your next-door neighbor, coworker, student, teacher, engineer, professionals you may even like us. You will find us well mannered, polite, humble that will make you say, “wow, Muslims are good and peaceful people”, But, we will stab you in your back when you are sleeping as we did on 911.

There will be more 911 in Europe and in America. We will say, “We do not support terrorism but America got what it deserved.”

Muslims, CAIR, ISNA, MPAC and other international Islamic Organization will unite. We will partner with Leftist, ACLU, with Koffi Annan, and the UN, and if we have to then even with France. Fasten your seatbelt. The war of civilizations has just begun.

We will recite Quran and say Allah-Hu-Akbar before beheading infidels, as we have been doing it. We will video tape those and send it to all infidels to watch. They will surrender – ISLAM means surrender.

We will use your own values of kindness against you.

You are destined to loose.

Source: A warning from a former Muslim

Categories: Islam

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Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:52

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میاں محمد سعید شاد

Categories: Islam

Islam and Extremism: What is Underneath

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:36

[ Gatestone Institute, November 1, 2012.  Revised and expanded, February 23, 2013. ]

By William DiPuccio, Ph.D.

An excursion into the blogosphere reveals the polarization which attends Islamic issues.  Comment areas are populated with readers who seem to think that Islam is a monolithic belief system.  This myth, maintained by both “Islamophiles” and “Islamophobes,” has overshadowed any nuanced discussion of Islam.

Islam is a diverse religion.  Many Muslims who have immigrated to America and Europe have adopted Western ideals of free speech and religious toleration.  Those in the United States have done particularly well in assimilating these values.[1]  In a democracy, in which the individual is regarded as the basic unit of society, a person is judged not by his ethnic or religious associations, but by his ideas and behavior.

Although nearly half (42%) of the American public, as well as the U.S. government, believe that Islam is no more likely to encourage violence than any other religion,[2] the radical tendencies which exist in Islam are unambiguously present and they continue to fuel terrorism and supremacist ideologies, such as Islamism, on a scale not seen in other modern religions.  This fact, though politically incorrect, has not escaped the notice of Muslims here in the U.S.  According to a 2011 Pew survey, 60% of Muslim Americans are concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S., and 21% feel that there is significant support for extremism in the Muslim community.[3]

Americans and government officials who deny that there is a religious link between Islam and terrorism face a disconnect between their idealism, which seeks the good in all things, and the hard edge of historical reality.  Western liberal optimism places its faith in reason and the essential goodness of mankind.  According to this worldview, Islam is a religion of peace, and, given favorable political and economic opportunities, even terrorists can be persuaded to live in harmony with the rest of the world.

By seeing Islam through this lens, American idealists and their European counterparts are projecting Western democratic values upon the Islamic world in the sincere belief that in the end, reason and human goodness will triumph.[4]  As many of these values, discussed in detail below, are at the core of America’s identity, errors in judgment can have grave consequences for American foreign policy, domestic security, and even our constitution.

Islam and Democratic Values

There is a popular belief, especially in America, that all people, deep down, want democracy, individual liberty, toleration, peace, and equality under the law. While undoubtedly true of many, this modern ideal assumes that everyone is the same; that anyone who is educated in the ways of Western democratic, ideals will embrace them if given a chance, and that inequalities in the world are the product of bad governments, not bad people.

The reconstruction of Germany and Japan after WWII, and the successful adoption of democracy by those countries, appeared to validate this notion and emboldened the U.S. to employ the same nation-building strategy in the Mid East.  Among these Muslim nations, however, universal democracy has proven to be an illusion leading to over a half century of misguided foreign policy that has repeatedly failed.  In what can only be characterized as an embarrassing display of ignorance, the U.S. has consistently underestimated the depth and determination of Islam’s political ideology.[5]  Nazism, Japanese imperialism, and Soviet brand communism were a mere flash-in-the-pan compared to Islamic supremacism, the roots of which go back fourteen centuries.  Islamism is here to stay.

U.S. military and economic intervention in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and even Afghanistan have failed either to hold Islamists at bay or to establish stable Islamic democracies.  The so-called “Arab Spring,” which re-energized hopes of establishing democracy in the Mid East and Africa, has turned icy; in every country, fascist regimes collapsed under the pressure of popular uprisings, only to be replaced by radical Islamic governments.  It is clear that many Muslims either prefer Shariah law to democracy, are willing to acquiesce to the will of militant Islamists[6], or have no capability with which to fend off the militant Islamists.

Globally, the story is the same.  Out of the 57 nations which comprise the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, only three rise to the level of flawed democracies, according to the 2010 Democracy Index by The Economist.[7]  With the exception of communist and former communist countries, Islamic nations impose the highest level of government restrictions on religion.  Among the predominantly Islamic countries in the Mid East and North Africa, 80% have anti-blasphemy laws and 60% of these nations enforce them.[8]  Democracy, individual liberty, free speech, toleration, and equality are simply not consistent – or even compatible – with traditional Islamic theology and Shariah law.

Freedom of Religious Expression

While many Muslims, especially those who have embraced Western ideals, just want to practice their religion and live in peace like other people in America and Europe, that view is positively contrary to the directives of the Quran and especially to the beliefs of Muslim supremacists whose numbers, though small, are increasing rapidly throughout America and Europe.

The very concept of religion in traditional Islam differs considerably from Christianity, Judaism, and most other world religions.  Since the time of the Enlightenment and the rise of secular governments, Americans and Europeans have looked upon religion primarily as a personal affair of the heart.  They want to live in a tolerant society that reflects their common values, and where they are free to practice their religion without compulsion or hostility.  But Islamism is not just a religion; it is also a totalitarian ideology. It regulates not only religious practice, but also civil law, public speech, dress, diet, marriage, family, economics, education, property, and defense.  Totalitarian control does not stop there, those who choose to leave Islam are often threatened with death.  Unlike Christianity, which recognizes the divine legitimacy of secular government (see Paul’s letter to the Romans 13:1-7), Islamism recognizes only one legitimate form of government:  Theocracy.  The imam is effectively, if not actually, the head of state.

Islamists cannot co-exist indefinitely with other religions in a pluralistic society as simply one of many.  As Muslims have become more numerous in Western countries, especially in France, Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, their strict adherents agitate for greater social control, often at the expense of the individual liberties of others.  Criticism of their religion, their prophet, or their holy book is often met with threats, intimidation, and sometimes violence.  This is especially true in the dozens of so-called “no-go zones” throughout Europe – Muslim-controlled areas that are off limits to non-Muslim citizens and even law enforcement officers.[9]

Islamists in America and Europe have already succeeded in eroding the rights of free speech, and are working to erode it even further.  These include the right of Christians to proclaim their faith to Muslims, the right of non-Muslims to wear religious jewelry and clothing, and the right of Muslims to leave their own faith (under Shariah law apostasy is punishable by death).   Those who dare practice their First Amendment rights of free speech in America by questioning Muhammad or the Quran, are branded “Islamophobes” or “racists,” or, as with Nick Berg or Daniel Pearl, even place their lives at risk.  Offensive speech in America is sometimes punished by injuring or killing Americans abroad. In 2012, a poorly made, 13 minute You Tube video on the life of Muhammad provoked a long succession of violent protests against Americans by Muslims throughout the world.[10]

These threats and violent responses have created a chilling effect on the exercise of free speech.  Islamic supremacists have come to realize that they do not have to change the First Amendment to suppress criticism of their faith, they only have to render it ineffective. Over the past few years there have been several highly publicized instances of self-censorship by the American media.[11]  Even academic inquiries, once a stronghold of free speech, operate under the fear of Islamic reprisals.  In 2009 Yale University Press refused to reprint any cartoons of Muhammad in a book by Jytte Klarsen about these cartoons.  A similar incident took place in 2012 in the United Kingdom when a British television station decided to cancel the screening of a controversial documentary on Islam by a British writer and historian.[12]  National Geographic, as well, was forced to increase security at its headquarters after threats were made over its recent documentary, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden.”[13]

In Europe and Canada, hate-speech laws are invoked against those who are perceived to have offended Muslims or their religion.  Proving such accusations can result in lengthy and expensive court trials for defendants.  Dutch Parliamentarian, Gert Wilders, endured three years of litigation in Dutch courts before he was finally exonerated.[14]  And at the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has promoted “defamation of religion” resolutions that would criminalize speech deemed offensive to Islam.  A watered down version of these resolutions, ostensibly to combat religious “intolerance,” has been passed by the U.N. Human Rights Council, but the OIC has made it clear that their ultimate goal is to criminalize any criticism of the Quran or Muhammad.[15]

Islamic supremacism is tooled for a multi-generational struggle with the West, a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” which, as the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood explains, “is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”[16]  Many Muslim leaders who live in the United States refuse to accept the separation of mosque and state.  Organizations such as CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), the Muslim Brotherhood, and the AMJA (Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America) are resolved to bring American law into compliance with Shariah law, at the expense of the U.S. Constitution.[17]

Even more alarming, perhaps, are the results of a recent scientific poll of Muslim Americans which found that 39% of Muslims in the U.S. believe they should not be judged by U.S. law and the Constitution, but by Shariah

standards even in American courts.  Nearly one third of those polled (32%) believe that Shariah should be the supreme law of the land.[18]

Attempts to soft-pedal Shariah law are pervasive among Islamist attorneys who dissemble to avoid revealing both Shariah law’s inequities and its incompatibility with universal human rights.[19]  Currently, the Center for Security Policy has tracked some 50 U.S. court cases involving “conflict of law” between Shariah and American state law.  According to the Center, this is only a sample of the total number of possible cases.  The report concludes “that Shariah law has entered into state court decisions, in conflict with the Constitution and state public policy.”[20]

In Britain, at least 85 Shariah courts are already in operation.[21]  U.S. legislation designed to prevent undue accommodation to foreign laws (including Shariah) by American courts has been passed in several states without a constitutional challenge.  ALAC, American Law for American Courts, is vehemently opposed by CAIR as unconstitutional and anti-Islamic.  CAIR’s resistance is itself an indication that its leaders are reluctant or unwilling to accept the authority of American law.[22]

Universal Human Rights

The American founding fathers rightly believed that equality, free speech, and religious freedom, are universal and inalienable human rights.  Such rights are granted by God, not by government.  Consequently they cannot be abridged or revoked by government.  On the contrary, Islamists maintain that equality, free speech, and religious freedom are not granted by Allah.  They are neither universal nor inalienable and cannot be condoned by Islamic government.

In defiance of the U.N.’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,[23] Islamists recognize only those rights which are narrowly granted under Shariah law by the Quran and the Hadith (the traditional account of the life and sayings of Mohammed, written many years after his death.).  This alternative view of human rights was clearly set forth in the 1990 Cairo Declaration, endorsed by all 57 nations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.[24]  In Shariah compliant cultures, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, inequalities between men and women, or Muslims and non-Muslims, are the rule rather than the exception.  Women, Christians, Jews, polytheists and especially atheists are regarded as socially, legally, and even mentally inferior to Muslim men.[25]

While Christianity and Judaism teach that all people should be treated with kindness and respect because they are created in God’s image (see Matthew 5:43-44, 1 John 4:20), the Quran forbids friendship with unbelievers (Quran 5:51)[26] and considers it unlawful even to give them charity (zakat).[27]  Non-Muslims are forced to embrace Islam or be reduced to dhimmis – second-class citizens.  Under Shariah law, dhimmitude is a form of subjugation, which limits the social, religious, legal, and economic rights of non-believers, and imposes a special tax burden on them as a penalty for rejecting Islam.

Religious Tolerance and Free Speech

The traditional Western model of coexisting with observant Muslims has been one of respect and religious toleration, on the assumption that such gestures of kindness and accommodation would be reciprocated.  Tolerance and accommodation, however, necessitate compromises which enable opposing parties, religions, and ideologies to live in peace with each other.  You may not agree with the Muslim or Hindu down the street, but you believe he has a right to practice his religion and discuss it freely in the public square.  In order to create a tolerant society, this right needs to be reciprocal.

While many American Muslims have happily adopted this principle of reciprocal respect, Islamic supremacists in the U.S. have taken advantage of its openness to disseminate their beliefs, with no intention of reciprocating.  In their view, such a compromise is not possible even in non-Muslim nations. Guided by Islamic law, which imposes severe punishments for both Muslims and non-Muslims who criticize, question, or oppose either Islam or Muhammad,[28] Islamic extremists use shouts, threats, lawsuits, and even violence to shut down any speech that is perceived as disrespectful of Islam regardless of its intent.[29]

In a recent scientific poll on the beliefs and attitudes of American Muslims, 46% of the respondents said that Americans who offer criticism or parodies of Islam should face criminal charges.  Nearly 12% said they think those Americans who criticize or parody Islam should face the death penalty, while another 9% said they were unsure on the question.  Nearly half (42%) said non-Muslims do not have the right to evangelize Muslims.[30]

As religious freedom in America hinges on the First Amendment, by effectively eliminating dissent, Islamists hope to propagate their ideology without being inconvenienced by a vocal opposition.  Historically, the control of information – using government power to silence “offensive” speech – is one of the first steps in establishing a dictatorial or totalitarian rule.

Following a chain of violent, overseas protests last year against a YouTube video, “The Innocence of Muslims,” the imam of Michigan’s largest Islamic center in Dearborn, condemned the violence but also urged the American government to stop the producers and promoters of the U.S. made video. “Somehow, they should be stopped,” said Hassan Al-Qazwini. “The U.S. response should be much more stronger than verbal condemnation.”  Mohammad Qatanani, one of the most prominent imams in North America, suggested that limiting free speech is a matter of national security and called upon the Department of Homeland Security to suppress all speech critical of Islam.[31]

Recent First Amendment lawsuits against heavy-handed Islamist tactics may signal the beginning of an alarming trend already underway in Europe.  In the instance of Florida Pastor, Terry Jones, who gained notoriety for burning copies of the Quran,[32] both the city of Dearborn, which is over 40% Muslim, and the Dearborn District Court, were complicit in systematically denying Pastor Jones’s constitutional right to protest Islamic beliefs and practices (Jihad, Sharia Law, the radicalization of American Muslims) on public property in front of Dearborn’s Islamic center.  But, the Wayne County Circuit court finally decided in favor of Jones, despite the offensive content of his speech.[33]

At the international level, the religious liberties Muslims enjoy here in America are also not being reciprocated by most Islamic nations.  Instead, Christianity and Judaism are suppressed; Christians and Jews are sometimes harassed, persecuted, jailed, and even killed. The Saudis, for example, are permitted to fund the building of U.S. mosques and Islamic centers, and to supply anti-Semitic and supremacist-based curriculum material to American Muslim schools.[34]  In Saudi Arabia, however, it is illegal to build a church or even gather as Christians to worship.[35]  A declaration from a Saudi cleric last year, called for the destruction of all churches on the Arabian peninsula.[36]

Islam’s Radical Fringe

Out of roughly 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, Islamist radicals are but a tiny minority.  Many Americans would like to believe that there are vast numbers of moderate Muslims who will rein in the small factions of radical Islamists.  Unfortunately, this blissful view of the Islamic world is contradicted by the facts.

Although there are few Muslims who are willing to strap a bomb around their waist, extremists nevertheless enjoy an extensive base of moral and material support.  Countless international polls show that approval for Islamic violence, especially anti-Semitic violence, is widespread.  A 2011 Pew global research poll revealed that even though support for al Qaeda is declining, support for the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah is still strong in Islamic countries – 42% – 61% in Jordan, Egypt and Palestinian territories; 33% – 38% in Lebanon and Indonesia, and 5% – 14% in Turkey and Pakistan.  Among these same countries, support for suicide bombings against civilians ranged from 4% to 68% – averaging 23.5% for all seven nations.[37]  These percentages add up to tens of millions of potential aides and sponsors of terrorism from these countries alone.  Globally, the number could be in the hundreds of millions.

Support for terrorism does not stop at U.S. shores.  A 2011 study published in the Middle East Quarterly concluded that of 100 U.S. mosques surveyed, a total of 81% had literature that either directly advocated violence (51%), or supported violence (30%), in the interest of spreading Islam and implementing Shariah law.[38]  Also, although Muslim-Americans are apparently more culturally assimilated than their religious leaders or their European counterparts, a 2011 Pew research poll found that a total of 13% of Muslim-Americans believe that suicide bombings against civilians can be justified – 5% rarely, 7% sometimes, and 1% often.[39]  With an estimated American Muslim population of 2.75 million,[40] this translates to 220,000 Muslims (8%) who sometimes or often support suicide bombings.  Vigorous efforts are underway to recruit these as potential terrorists from the fringes of the Muslim community.[41]  In view of the 9/11 attacks and the Fort Hood shooting, their impact could be much larger than their small numbers suggest.

Moderate Muslims will not rein in radical Islamists because extremists are the ones who drive the train.  In many Muslim countries the majority does not rule.  Instead, a fervent minority imposes its agenda on large populations through persuasion, or, failing that, through intimidation – often justified by appeals to Islamic tenets.  This model was developed in the seventh century by Muhammad and the first generation of Muslims: a relatively small band of followers conquered and converted the entire Arabian peninsula by the sword in fewer than 30 years, during which thousands of Arabs and Jews were slaughtered.  The promise of democracy, heralded by the so-called Arab spring, has already been extinguished by the sword of Muslim supremacism.  If there is a large majority of moderate Muslims, they are either unable or unwilling to resist the advance of Islamists.

To put this “tiny minority” of extremists in perspective, consider the numbers.  Muslim world population is approaching two billion.  Even a “tiny minority,” say 1%, would number 20 million (not to mention the tens of millions of willing adherents).  Though scattered throughout the world, this is an army sufficient to destabilize governments, subvert cultures, and terrorize millions of innocent people. Since 9/11 there have been tens of thousands of documented terrorist attacks carried out by this “tiny minority” of Islamic supremacists.[42]

Religion and Deception

Most Muslims in the U.S. feel free to speak candidly about their beliefs because they have adopted western democratic values and enjoy constitutionally protected free speech and religious tolerance.  However, Muslim supremacists in the U.S. and elsewhere often disseminate their subversive agenda by more covert means. Islamists are sanctioned by Shariah law to propagate their radical faith by stealth and deception if necessary.  This practice, which is known as taqiyyah (dissimulation), or kitman (concealment), is deeply embedded in the history of Islam, and forms an essential first step in jihad – the holy war on unbelievers.[43] Yet, many in the Western press continue to take the words of Islamic leaders at face value without adequate scrutiny.

Consider recently elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi.  When addressing his followers he promises to establish a strict Islamic state and renew hostilities with Israel.  But when addressing the nation he talks about democracy, inclusion, and honoring international treaties.[44]  Islamists often refrain from discussing the unsavory aspects of their faith such as the degradation of women, the suppression of free speech, the killing of apostates, the death penalty for adultery, homosexuality and “blasphemy,” and amputation for crimes of theft.  Some even deny that such problems exist.

A number of major Muslim organizations in America with clouded histories have had and may still have affiliations, clandestine or otherwise, with international Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who originally spearheaded the so-called Ground Zero mosque, condemns terrorism, but then equivocates when pressed to denounce specific terrorist organizations such as Hamas.[45]  The AMJA, a high profile association of Muslim attorneys, instructs its members to engage in legal deception in order to eventually supplant U.S. laws with Shariah.[46]  CAIR, which presents itself as the face of moderate American Islam, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator for funding Hamas terrorists in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial.[47]  The FBI severed its relationship with CAIR shortly after.  These Islamic organizations all appear to engage in concealment, lies and half-truths, possibly to propagate subversive agendas.

The Religion of Peace

There are many Muslims throughout the world who would prefer to live in peace and have no desire to spread Islam by force.  Some have fled to the U.S. and Europe to escape the violence and oppression imposed in their native countries by Islamists and Shariah law.  Historically, however, Islam has always been a religion at war with the world and even with itself. As traditional Islamic teaching attests, there are only two abodes in the world: Dar al Islam – the Abode of Islam, where the edicts of the Muslim faith are fully promulgated; and, Dar al Harb – the Abode of War, where infidels have not yet been subdued by Islam. For the believer, this distinction leaves one either inside Islam, or at war with non-Muslims, to bring them under Islamic rule.

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks of 2001, President George Bush announced to the world that the United States was not at war with Islam as it is a “religion of peace.” His successor, President Barack Obama, has continued to advance this policy.  Driven either by a sincere belief in that definition, or the fear of being accused of “racism” and “Islamaphobia,” or possibly deferring to a bloc of well-funded special interests, the U.S. government has pursued a politically correct doctrine which willfully turns a blind eye to any connection between terrorism and Islam.  A prominent example of this doctrine is the labeling of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting by Major Nidal Hasan as “work place violence.” Hasan not only came under the influence of radical Islamic teaching, but had “S.O.A.,” Soldier of Allah, printed on his business cards, and according to witnesses shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is Greater!”) as he gunned down 13 people.[48]

Those who maintain that traditional Islam is a “religion of peace,” labor under the naïve assumption that jihad (Islamic holy war) is only permitted in self-defense, so Muslims would never strike unless they are threatened or attacked first.  But, what constitutes a threat or an attack – or any perceived “offense” – can be a cartoon, a movie trailer, or even children in kindergarten naming a toy teddy bear, Mohammed.[49]  Throughout Islamic history, the invasive nature of jihad was so evident as to be beyond all question.  But modern Muslim apologists have muddied the water with interpretations of the Quran which obfuscate or sanitize the original meaning.  According to the widely respected Dictionary of Islam (1885), which is still available from Islamic publishers, jihad is defined as (emphasis mine):

A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad.  It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and of repelling evil from Muslims… [Quoting from the Hanafi school, Hedaya, 2:140, 141.], “The destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors, as appears from various passages in the traditions which are generally received to this effect.”[50]

If infidels refuse the call to Islam and do not agree to pay the dhimmi tax, called jizya, in recognition of their subservience, Muslims are required to make war upon them, “set fire to their habitations … inundate them with water and tear up their plantations and tread down their grain,” to weaken their resolve.[51]  Muslims are directed to engage in a perpetual holy war against unbelievers until they submit to Islamic rule. This longstanding historical interpretation is fully supported by modern Islamists and serves as the propelling force behind their aggression.[52]

When Islamists call their religion “a religion of peace,” they mean something quite different than the commonly received Western understanding of “peace” or harmony among people of differing loyalties. Saudi Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid explains in his fatwa (religious ruling), “Yes, it is the religion of peace but in the sense of saving all of mankind from worshipping anything other than Allaah and submitting all of mankind to the rule of Allaah.”[53]  In other words, once the world submits to Islam, there will be peace – Pax Islama.

Terrorism and Western Oppression

When one hears that Islamic terrorism is a reaction to Western political and economic oppression, and American foreign policy,[54] the assertion seems reasonable enough to merit credibility.  American and European foreign policy – support for Israel, meddling in Mid East politics, infidel feet on Islamic soil, and the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan – have put the U.S. in the cross-hairs of Islamists and have likely stepped-up the frequency of terror attacks on Western targets.  Terrorists skillfully use American and European foreign policy to justify or rationalize their aggression and to evoke sympathy for terrorist acts against innocent civilians of all faiths (including other Muslims), thus turning criminals into victims.

Unfortunately, however, there is nothing the West can actually do to achieve peace with Islamic extremists, short of becoming Muslim or paying the dhimmi tax under Islamic subjugation.[55]  Islamists use the United States, the “Great Satan,” as a foil for their hatred of “decadent” Western civilization and Christianity; and they use Israel, the “Little Satan,” as a foil for their hatred of Jews, who, according to the Quran (5:60),[56] were cursed by Allah and turned into apes and pigs for their disobedience. The stated goal of Islamic extremists is not simply to free Arab lands from Western interference and to annihilate Israel (which has no right to exist in their view), but to consolidate the global “Ummah” (Islamic nation), and establish a Muslim empire ruled by a universal Caliph.  While this may seem rather improbable, if not unbelievable, to Westerners, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hamas, and the Mujahideen regard the restoration of the Caliphate as one of their main objectives.[57]  These organizations have outspokenly devoted themselves to a violent, never-ending struggle to bring about this end.  In the well-known words of the Muslim Brotherhood’s creed, “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”[58]

Another cause of terrorism among Muslim factions is internal strife.  Islamists seem to be driven not only to establish the hegemony of Islam by supplanting secular governments and legal systems, but also by enforcing religious purity according to their own standards.  Violence between Sunni and Shiite extremists has been ongoing in Muslim countries for over a millennium.  Wahhabi and Salafist purists export violence and terrorism to Islamic states and Muslim communities around the world, while imposing strict compliance with Shariah law on other Muslims.  Over the past five years, 82% – 97% of terrorism victims worldwide have been Muslims.  Most of these casualties were the result of Islamic factional violence.  Last year, the greatest number of major terrorist attacks (that is, involving 10 or more deaths) took place in Muslim-majority countries.[59]

Most of the violence carried out by Islamic supremacists has no direct connection to Israel or the U.S., and little or nothing to do with economic and political oppression.  If both Israel and the U.S. were to disappear today, Boko Haram (the name means, “Western Education is Forbidden”) terrorists would continue to slaughter Muslims and Christians in Nigeria and burn churches to the ground.  Islamists in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh would still persecute and kill Hindus, as they have for centuries.  The Janjaweed Islamic militia would carry on its genocidal slaughter against Christians in Sudan.  Iraq’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish factions would persist in their violent struggle for power.  The persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt would press ahead uninhibited.  Oppression and violence against Muslim women under Shariah law would most likely increase. The Taliban in Afghanistan would keep on poisoning and shooting Muslim girls for attending school and affirming their right to be educated.  The cadence of misery inflicted upon the world by Islamic extremists would not miss a beat.[60]

As Robert Durie Osborn, a British major who served in India during the nineteenth century, put it: “They are strong only for destruction. When that work is over, they either prey upon each other, or beat themselves to death against the bars of their prison-house.”[61]

Indifference is Not an Option

Islamic supremacism likely poses a multi-generational threat to the existence of Western civilization – perhaps the greatest threat it has ever faced.  As members of American society, Muslims – most of whom were undoubtedly fleeing abuse, not trying to bring it with them – should of course be treated with respect, and their religion afforded the same deference we extend to other religions.  But our civility should not blind us to the potential for extremism in the Muslim community – a concern shared by 60% of Muslim Americans – or to the religious connections between Islam and terrorism.  Considering the magnitude of the threat, we can no longer afford to entertain the naïve and dangerous premise, which argues that all religions are essentially the same:  Islam is different.

William DiPuccio holds a Ph.D. in religious studies and has authored numerous articles and essays on both religion and science.  He has also worked and taught in both fields.  You can find his blog, Science Et Cetera, at scienceetcetera.blogspot.com

Footnotes

[1] Pew Research Center,  “Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism.”

[2] Pew Research Center,  “Continuing Divide in Views of Islam and Violence,”; Daniel Greenfield, “Behind the Culture of Terrorism Denial,” Canada Free Press (January 3, 2010).  See also Raymond Ibrahim, “Are Judaism and Christianity as Violent as Islam?,” Middle East Quarterly (Summer 2009).

[3] Ibid., Pew Research Center.

[4] Julia Duin, “Islamic dissidents warn humanists to beware radicals,” Washington Times (2003-04-13).

[5] Mark Silverberg, “America’s Middle East Delusions,” Family Security Matters (July 31, 2012).

[6] Despite positive views of democracy, polls show support for Shariah is still strong.  See survey by Pew Research Center, “Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms, and Islam in Political Life”;  John Bradley, “As hated leaders are replaced by even more brutally oppressive regimes across the Middle East, the Arab Spring has become a sick joke,” Mail Online (28 June 2012); Raheel Raza, “Arab Spring vs. Women’s Rights” Gatestone Institute (June 21, 2012).

[7] http://graphics.eiu.com/PDF/Democracy_Index_2010_web.pdf.  Even Indonesia, often extolled as a model Islamic democracy, has restrictions on religious freedom.  See “Indonesia Regent Orders Closure Of Churches,” BosNewsLife Asia Service (July 1, 2012).

[8] See The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, “Rising Restrictions on Religion,” Executive Summary and Laws Against Blasphemy, Apostasy and Defamation of Religion.

[9] Soeren Kern, “France Seeks to Reclaim ‘No-Go’ Zones,” Gatestone Institute (Aug 24, 2012).

[10] Tiffany Gabbay, “More Than a Movie: Experts Claim Real Reason for U.S. Embassy Attacks Is Much More Sinister”The Blaze (Sep 13, 2012).

[11] Adam Turner, “RIP: Free Speech about Islam,” American Thinker (July 8, 2012).  Robert Spencer, “Suicide of the Western Media,” Assyrian International News Agency (July 16, 2012); David J. Rusin, “The BBC Broadcasts Its Own Dhimmitude,” PJ Media (May 8, 2012); Joe Piazza, “Islam Becomes Taboo Topic on TV in Wake of ‘South Park’ Threats and Times Square Scare,” Fox News (May 7, 2010); also see numerous references at Quoting Islam.

[12] Patricia Cohen, “Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book” New York Times (Aug 12, 2009); Liz Thomas, “Screening of controversial Channel 4 documentary on history of Islam cancelled after presenter is threatened,” Mail Online (Sep 11, 2012);

[13] Ian Mohr, “NatGeo TV on terror alert,” New York Post (Oct 17, 2012). The Taliban has also threatened major media outlets for their sympathetic coverage of Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year old Packistani school girl who was shot by the Taliban for her outspoken defense of girl’s education: Emily Senger, “Taliban upset at coverage of Malala Yousafzai murder attempt,” Macleans.ca (Oct 17, 2012).

[14] Adam Turner, “February was Hate Speech Month in Europe,” The Legal Project (Mar 14, 2011); “Trial of Geert Wilders,” Wikipedia.

[15]Defamation of Religions,” The Legal Project; Patrick Goodenough, “Islamic Bloc Revives Drive to Outlaw ‘Religious Defamation’ Worldwide,” CNS News (Sep 20, 2012); Diaa Hadid, “Islamic group calls for ban on offending prophet,” Associated Press (Sep 30, 2012); “Algeria at UN: Limit free speech‚ protect Islam,” The Himalayan (Sep 30, 2012); Patrick Goodenough, “Obama Administration Welcoming Islamic Group to Washington for Discussion on ‘Tolerance’,” CNSnews.com (Dec 9, 2011).

[16] Mohamed Akram, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” The Investigative Project on Terrorism (May 19. 1991).

[17] See “Mainstream American Muslim Jurists’ Blueprint for Undermining America’s Legal System,” Andrew Bostom (March 14th, 2012); Tiffany Gabbay, “More Than a Movie: Experts Claim Real Reason for U.S. Embassy Attacks Is Much More Sinister,” The Blaze (Sep 13, 2012); Lisa Gardener, “American Muslim leader urges faithful to spread Islam’s message,” San Ramon Valley Herald (July 4, 1998); Art Moore, “Did CAIR founder say Islam to rule America?,” WND (12/11/2006).

[18] Bob Unruh, “Guess who U.S. Muslims are voting for,” World Net Daily (October 30, 2012).

[19] See, for example, ShariainAmerica.com.

[20]Shariah in American Courts.”

[21] Steve Doughty, “Britain has 85 sharia courts: The astonishing spread of the Islamic justice behind closed doors,” Mail Online (29 June 2009 ).

[22] See American Public Policy Alliance.

[23]  See http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/.

[24] See The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam,” Aug. 5, 1990, U.N. GAOR, World Conf. on Hum. Rts., 4th Sess., Agenda Item 5, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.157/PC/62/Add.18 (1993) [English translation].

[25] See Raheel Raza, “Arab Spring vs. Women’s Rights,” Gatestone Institute (June 21, 2012 ).

[26] See also the fatwa by Saudi Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajid, “Can a Muslim be a sincere friend to a kaafir?,” Islam QA (fatwa 21530).

[27] Reliance of the Traveler, H8.24.  Fortunately, there are a number of international Muslim charities which provide services to all people, despite these restrictions.

[28] Reliance of the Traveler, O8.7, O11.10.  Under Islamic law, although Christianity and Judaism are sometimes tolerated, Christians and Jews are never permitted openly to express their faith, especially to Muslims.

[29] See Joe Newby, “Christians stoned by American Muslims in Dearborn as police watch,” Examiner.com (June 26, 2012).  Of course most people would  not approve of the offensive tactics used by these Christian protesters, but they are within their constitutional rights; Joe Slezak, “Man accused of driving at Christian protesters accepts plea, gets probation,” Advisor & Source (Oct 9, 2012); Ali Watkins, “Islam conference, hosting controversial speakers, sparks protest,” The Temple News Online (April 24, 2012).

[30] Bob Unruh, “Guess who U.S. Muslims are voting for,” World Net Daily (October 30, 2012).

[31] Niraj Warikoo, “Dearborn imam: Violence not what Islam preaches,” Detroit Free Press (Sep 15, 2012); Tiffany Gabbay, “Free Speech That Mocks Islam Is National Security Threat for U.S., Prominent NJ Imam,” The Blaze (Sep 20, 2012).

[32] Cindy Swirko, “Pastor burns holy books in protest of imprisoned clergyman,” The Gainsville Sun (April 28, 2012).

[33] See numerous articles at the Thomas Moore Law Center; Alan Kornman, “Have You Ever Been Inside a CAIR Civil Liberties Lecture?, Family Security Matters (June 20 2012).

[34] See “Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques,” Freedom House (2005);  “Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance,” Freedom House; “U.S. Islamic Schools Teaching Homegrown Hate,” Fox News (February 27, 2002); also see North American Islamic Trust and explanatory article in Wikipedia.

[35] U.S. State Department, “International Religious Freedom Report.”

[36] This would include churches in Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (there are no churches in Saudi Arabia).  Simon McCormack, “Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah, Saudi Islamic Leader, Says Churches Should Be Destroyed,”

Huffington Post (April, 2, 2012).

[37] Pew Research Center, “Arab Spring Fails to Improve U.S. Image”; also see the less comprehensive 2012 survey, “Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms, and Islam in Political Life.”

[38] Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi, “Shari’a and Violence in American Mosques” Middle East Quarterly (Summer 2011, pp. 59-72).

[39] Pew Research Center, “Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism.”  Doug Sanders, author of The Myth of the Muslim Tide, cites comparable numbers among Westerners in support of civilian killings.  However, these numbers do not translate into real world violence as they do among radical Muslims who have demonstrated both the will and religious incentive to kill.  See Doug Sanders, “10 Myths About Muslims in the West,” Huffington Post (Sep 10, 2012).

[40] Pew Research Center, “Muslim Americans” Section 1: A Demographic Portrait of Muslim Americans.

[41]Officials Say Terrorist Recruitment Effort in US On Rise,” Voice of America (August 4, 2010);  Steven Edwards, “Envoy’s call to Iranians in Canada raises fear of terror recruitment,” Fox News (July 9, 2012).

[42] The U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Terrorism 2011” counted more than 10,000 attacks in 2011 alone, resulting in more than 12,500 deaths. Over half of these attacks were perpetrated by “Sunni extremists” according to National Counterterrorism Center statistics. The Religion of Peace, reports only 20,000.  The actual number is much higher since not all attacks are documented by local authorities or reported by the media.  See also “Al Qaeda gaining ‘operational capability’ despite core losses, report shows,” Fox News (Aug 1, 2012).

[43] See Louis Palme “Knowing Four Arabic Words May Save Our Civilization from Islamic Takeover,” Islam Watch (July 31, 2012).

[44]  See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqhzT3FhizA&feature=g-all-u.  For a similar example involving a Tunisian leader, see Mounir Ben Mahmoud, “Tunisia’s Ghannouchi Condemns Salafists Only to Foreign Press,” Al Monitor (Sep 28, 2012).

[45] Tom Topousis, “Imam terror error:  Ground Zero mosque leader hedges on Hamas,” New York Post (June 19, 2010).

[46]Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America Cautions Muslims Against Participating in American Legal System; Urges Them to “Hate It in Their Hearts,” Translating Jihad (March 14, 2012).

[47]DOJ: CAIR’s Unindicted Co-Conspirator Status Legit,” The Investigative Project on Terrorism (March 12, 2010); Joe Kaufman, “CAIR Features Imam with Ties to Hamas,” Gatestone Institute (Oct 26, 2012).

[48]Lawmakers Blast Administration For Calling Fort Hood Massacre ‘Workplace Violence’,” Fox News (Dec 7, 2011); Patrik Jonsson, “Will Fort Hood shooting trial find motive – or link to terrorism?,” (Christian Science Monitor, Oct 19, 2010).  For other examples, see Cliff Kincaid, “Obama Neuters War on Islamic Terrorists,” Accuracy in Media (May 23. 2012).

[49] Rob Crilly, “The Blasphemous Teddy Bear,” Time World (Nov 26, 2007).

[50] “Jihad,” A Dictionary of Islam, Thomas Patrick Hughes (1885).  See also the classic manual on Islamic sacred law, Reliance of the Traveler, O.9.8 – O.9.9; James Arlandson, “Sixteen Reasons Why Islam Is Not the Religion of Peace,” American Thinker (Sep 16, 2012); Raymond Ibrahim, “Are Judaism and Christianity as Violent as Islam?,” Middle East Quarterly (Summer 2009).  On the historical development of jihad doctrine, see Robert Spencer’s lengthy essay, “Bible and Qur’an: equally violent?,” Jihad Watch (March 14, 2009).

[51] “Jihad,” A Dictionary of Islam, quoted from the Hanafi school, Hedaya, 2:140,141.

[52] Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajid, “Was Islam spread by the sword?,”  Islam QA (fatwa 43087); “Full text: bin Laden’s ‘letter to America,” The Guardian (November 24, 2002).  Note how the call to Islam (Q2.1) is one of the seven conditions of peace.  “If you fail to respond to all these conditions, then prepare for fight with the Islamic Nation.”

[53] Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajid, “Was Islam spread by the sword?,”  Islam QA (fatwa 43087).

[54]Senate body urges West, EU to shun Islamophobia,” Daily Times (March 6, 2009); “Nigeria: Terrorism Caused by Injustice, Oppression – Islamic Scholars,” All Africa (February 28, 2010); “International Terrorism,” Global Focus; Ron Paul, “Foreign Occupation Leads to More Terror.”

[55] See fn. 51 and 52 above.  Many Islamists believe that any place historically occupied by Islam is waqf: forever under Allah and the rule of Islam, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, and southern Spain. On the causes of American hatred, see Barry Rubin, “They got it right: America is their enemy,” The Jerusalem Post (Oct 21, 2012).

[56] Anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in Islamic history and theology.  See Bernard Lewis, “Muslim Anti-Semitism,” Middle East Quarterly (June 1998).  On the reputed materialism, barbarism, and sexual degeneracy of the West, see Sayyid Qutb’s impassioned article, “The America I Have Seen,” summarized in Peter Farmer, “The Muslim Brotherhood, Part IV – Sayyid Qutb,” Family Security Matters (Sep 13, 2012).  Qutb was one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s most influential theorists.

[57] Karl Vick, “Reunified Islam: Unlikely but Not Entirely Radical,” The Washington Post (January 14, 2006); Soeren Kern, “Islamic Jihadists Using Switzerland as Base,” Gatestone Institute (July 9, 2012).

[58] See Peter Farmer, “A Brief History of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Family Security Matters (Feb 22, 2013).

[59] National Counterterrorism Center: Annex of Statistical Information, U.S. State Department (July 31, 2012).

[60] See, for example, Raymond Ibrahim, “Muslim Persecution of Christians: May 2012,” Gatestone Institute (June 28, 2012).

[61] Robert Durie Osborn, Islam under the Arabs, p. 93 cited in “Muhammadanism,”  A Dictionary of Islam, Thomas Patrick Hughes (1885).  Though Osborn’s summation of Islamic history may not have been flattering, he did admire “all the elements of greatness” found in Islam.  But in the end, these heroic qualities, “faith, courage, endurance, self-sacrifice,” always succumb to the radical and destructive tendencies which permeate traditional Islam.

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Pope Benedict XVI Condemns Radical Islam

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:15

As Pope Francis made his way to Egypt, Pope Benedict broke his silence and made a hard stance against Radical Islam saying that it is becoming an “explosive situation”. With the rise of Radical Islam in Europe, it may be a grim future if peace is not somehow achieved.

The Australian

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Confronting Sexism Head-on - Part 2

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 16:35

Having tackled some of the errant stuff recently posted by David Tee, I am now confronted with a passive-aggressive offering from Paul Williams of Blogging Theology. Paul and I have exchanged quite a few curt words of late (which culminated with him comparing me to Nazis – yes, really), and his latest post on the subject of women’s rights is another attempt, in my view at least, to mislead.

The post leads with this picture:

And Paul added this:

We live in a sad world where people are offended over a woman holding a child and doing house work

To my knowledge, no one who is serious about feminism and equality is going to be offended by this. The point of feminism is freedom of choice, so that a woman can live a traditional life, or do something different. That last part does appear to greatly offend some elements of the conservative religious right, and that would certainly appear to be the case here. What Paul is doing here is setting up a Strawman argument. Are there people who might get offended at traditional roles? Perhaps. Are they more likely to be offended because they have no choice? That’s the part that is quietly omitted.

My opening reply:

No one is offended if that’s what people choose.

Paul’s response:

But the pressure is on women to be like men.

As I would later say, this is a misleading (and frankly baffling) distortion of feminism. 

I thought it was obvious to everyone unless one had been living in a cave for the last 50 years.

The aggression begins.

From the snark in your response, I take it you have no meaningful reply? However, let’s see if we can guess what is meant by your statement.

You (incorrectly) believe feminism is about getting women to behave like men. Quite how you have arrived at that conclusion is anyone’s guess, however, it is completely in error. Feminism exists to advance equality between the sexes. There IS pressure on women – pressure on them to conform to antiquated notions of femininity – and the same outdated social mechanisms also put pressure on men to be ‘manly’.

Feminism is a cancer on society.

Right, unfortunately, this is where Paul shows his true colours on this issue. Later, he would post a video pupporting to show how evil feminism is, and how it’s about (among other things), hating men. He indulges heavily in the No True Scotsman fallacy to justify this, whilst ignoring a host of examples for why feminism remains relevant.

If  you wish to follow the rest of the discussion, you can find it via the link above. Suffice to say, I am disappointed that he is prepared to be so selective in his sources and so determined in his willingness to ignore evidence.

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My sensitivity

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 16:27

I’m really sensitive to the things that people say and do around me, if it doesn’t fit with my model of how people should be and the way they live their lives. 

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine expressed her sadness at the end of block. I told her to “toughen up”, not really thinking it was a big deal. She played with my comments, being more sarcastic about her views and joking about them herself. I didn’t think much of them.

A couple of weeks later, we were talking and I said I felt sensitive after our session on psychotherapy. She told me that she could tell me to toughen up but didn’t think that was very useful. I apologised for my lack of empathy and said we all had our different sensitivities. She replied by saying that most/all people would think that telling someone to pull themselves together would trivialize their feelings.

At that point it hit me how she had felt. I felt more awful, knowing that I had been insensitive. I sincerely apologised and explained where my thoughts came from and that I should have been more sensitive.

She accepted my apology and told me to chill out, saying she was completely fine about it. 

Anyway, what this episode has helped me to further realise is that I haven’t really been a great friend to her. Looking back, when she explained to me that she was an extreme empath and that she couldn’t distinguish between her own feelings and those around her, I said “that sounds crazy”, making a joke about it.

I’m probably not a great person to talk to about feelings. Sometimes I feel like they are invalid if they are not based on something rational or correct. But the truth is, that’s what feelings are – they can’t always be explained. And the fact that another human being is feeling something in response to their environment, then I should try to feel what they feel. I need to remove my own agenda from my interactions and really listen to a person and try to understand things from their perspective when I currently don’t. I have a very strong moral compass where the voice inside my head is constantly condemning what I see around me and I find it frustrating when I can’t control that environment around me.

I fear that the above is affecting my relationships with people and that makes me feel low about myself. I’ve realised that I value friendship/connections more than I thought I did because work won’t always provide that satisfaction for me, so it’s good to not place all of my eggs in that one basket – the basket of academia and my career goals.

I can be quite ruthless but I don’t want to be anymore. I don’t want to be so harsh on myself and the people around me. However, I don’t want to be vulnerable either. I’m confused.

May Allah grant me greater clarity.

Ameen.

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“As I made my way along the

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 16:11

“As I made my way along the street [Drottninggatan in Stockholm, Sweden where an Islamic extremist had mowed down 4 people with a truck on the 7th of April, 2017], I was aware…of the crosswalks – of the entire, generally unheeding, pedestrian ritual of crossing the street. Coming to an intersection; stopping; waiting for the “walk” light to turn green; waiting for an oncoming car to slow down; taking the car’s slowing as a signal that I could begin to cross, trusting that the driver’s foot would stay on the brake and not move over to the accelerator – it sounds melodramatic, but you couldn’t not think about it, walking down that street where candles were still burning around mounds of flowers at certain places, one at a corner, one near a doorway, one and then another and another in the middle of the pavement. Crossing at the crosswalks, I found I was conscious of being at the mercy of the drivers.” – Walking in Stockholm, at the mercy of the drivers by Joan Wickersham for the Boston Globe April 28, 2017.

 

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Love, Friendship & Enmity

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 15:18

Three things that I take very VERY seriously are love, friendship, and enmity. I haven’t included ‘Hate’ in this because I really cannot hate on someone, I just can’t. I believe there are only two reasons for someone to keep your brain occupied, you know times when you’re constantly thinking about that person and you just can’t stop yourself from thinking about him/her…..yeah, the only reason you’re thinking about that person is because you either love him/her or hate. I don’t have enough time to hate someone, I really don’t, 30% of my brain’s usually occupied with business ideas or building strategies to beat my enemies and the other 70% is usually me thinking about how I’m gonna break down when I achieve success or ways of changing this terrible world, or how my parents will be proud of me when I buy them the luxury they’ve been sacrificing for all these years only to suffice my needs (and my brothers and sisters of course).

Love – If love actually is the way I’ve defined it above, then, in that case, I’ve definitely fallen in love but I’ve never admitted it, NEVER. Why? Because I’m only 16, this ain’t the age to fall in love, this isn’t the age to be attached to someone, people move on, NO ONE STAYS, NO ONE. I learned this a long time ago and I’m glad I did and I’m not saying this because it happened once or twice, IT HAPPENS EVERY FUCKING TIME. My best friend died and since then it’s like every time I meet someone I start a mental countdown before he/she distances from me and I’m not even joking, I actually do a countdown, my brain’s just like ‘Okay, I’m giving him 3 months tops, you two just gonna be strangers after that’ and it truly upsets me, It does. Am I cursed? Does everyone who gets close to me realize the destruction the darkness inside me can cause? I’m harmless, I promise.

There have been times when my brain keeps telling me ‘ Shaheryar, don’t, don’t even think about bonding with her/him, he/she’s not gonna stay for long ‘ but then my inner voice is just like maybe this one’s different, maybe he/she’s gonna stay, maybe I should give it a try but then eventually that somebody ends up exiting my life just like everyone else. Sometimes the least expected people exit my life and these are the times when I try to not let that happen but then I can only try holding onto them up to a certain extent, after that it’s all up to them.

Friendship – I take my friendship extremely serious because only when someone chooses to break the chains of friendship does he/she ends up being and enemy or a lover (If it’s a girl obviously). If you’re a friend, I’d go above and beyond to help you get what you want. I’ll bombard you with gifts on your birthday, I’ll make sure you’re happy to have me as a friend. Honestly, I cannot see my friends be harmed physically, my blood boils when someone even tries to cause any sort of physical harm to anyone of my friends but then again I have to control myself, why? Because I’m a Muslim, as a Muslim I’m representing Islam, I cannot let people judge Islam just because of my actions. Already the whole world looks down on my religion, people think that Islam teaches us to be violent, to be aggressive, to kill, but I cannot let this continue. I was born to make a change so I try being the change, maybe my actions are inspiring someone, maybe people will look up to me, maybe I can break the stereotype of all Muslims being violent and I’m 100% sure that I’m making at least the slightest possible change because I hear whispers, I’ve heard people talk good stuff behind my back, I’ve people compliment my behaviour in my absence. 

[Notice how I emphasized on ‘physical harm’, that’s because I really can’t help someone emotionally, I just can’t. ” Listen, listen, listen, I don’t really care, I hope you know that ” that’s what I tell them before they even start ranting yet they continue venting out everything they’re going through, I think the fact that I don’t really care is what comforts them, this way I’m not really gonna judge them in anyway whatsoever but I only say that when they come to me for the smallest of things like how Mr. Rao might be mad at them or how they’re unable to complete certain tasks and just want to give up, otherwise I’m always there to hear anything they’ve got to say :). Although I can never be this rude to a girl, girls are extremely sensitive just like 99.99% of men, I maintain a close relationship with them, I mean, they’ve actually cried in front of me. What if one day I’m just like ” dude, I don’t really care” and she never talks to me about her problems ever again, that’d be upsetting. Also, it’s very hard comforting a girl if she’s just a friend, because when they start crying, you gotta go comfort her, maybe a hug or something and hugs are awkward, on top of that whenever I see someone crying, I start crying too, I don’t know why but it just happens]

Enmity – According to me there’s a big difference between hate and enmity, enmity is just competing against someone aggressively and I low-key enjoy making enemies, it motivates me. I’ve got quite a lot of haters but my enemy count is close to 0. I mean, having enemies is healthy, it gives you a lot of competition, puts you under pressure, trains your mind for future obstacles.

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Dampak Pilkada

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 14:44

Blog ini bukan mau membahas pihak yang menang dan pihak yang kalah yaaa….catet! Saya cuma mau ngeluarin uneg uneg pribadi saya seputar dampak dari Pilkada kemarin.

Sebagai muslim yang bertempat tinggal di wilayah Kelapa Gading-yang notabene adalah minoritas-kini saya tidak lagi memiliki perasaan nyaman bila menggunakan jilbab panjang.

Fyi, saya belum berbusana syar’i, masih berjilbab biasa, namun saya memiliki beberapa jilbab syar’i (kerudung yang ukurannya lebih panjang sehingga menutupi seluruh badan sampai paha). Jilbab model ini biasanya saya pakai kalau hanya pergi di sekitar rumah, dan malas memakai pakaian lengan panjang. 

Sebelumnya saya santai banget pakai jilbab model ini, namun paska pilkada-entah pikiran saya yang parnonya lebay-saya kok ya merasa identitas seperti ini akan mengundang penilaian berbeda dari orang orang di lingkungan sekitar.

Bukan rahasia  umum kalau jilbab panjang menimbulkan kesan kalau pemakainya adalah orang yang fanatik, baik dilihat dari sesama muslim atau non muslim. Sejauh ini sih Alhamdulillah saya belum pernah mengalami hal yang ngga enak terkait penampilan saya, namun perasaan tidak nyaman kini muncul.

Saya menikah dan belum memiliki anak. Tapi saya kok ya khawatir kalau nanti anak saya dibesarkan di negara yang masyarakatnya intoleran. Sebagai orangtua, saya ingin bila kelak memiliki anak, kehidupan mereka harus lebih baik dari kami. Baik itu pendidikan, taraf hidup, kesehatan, pengalaman dan lainnya.

Salah satu hal yang tidak kesampaian di hidup saya yaitu merasakan tinggal/sekolah di luar negeri. Nah kebayang kalau anak saya hanya punya pengalaman bergaul dengan orang yang agamanya sama. Pasti berat sekali hidup sebagai minoritas di negeri orang. 

Untuk itu saya berpikir, anak saya harus mengalami menjadi minoritas dalam hidupnya. Bahkan kalau perlu dia akan saya masukkan di sekolah agama non Islam, untuk merasakan keberagaman kita sebagai mahluk sosial, yang tinggal di negara dimana ada agama lain yang diakui selain Islam.

Ya, berbeda dari saya yang terlahir dari orangtua beda agama, anak saya harus dikondisikan agar rasa toleransinya tumbuh.

Dampak lain yang saya khawatirkan adalah, bila golongan lain pun akan memilih sesamanya juga dalam berbagai hal. Misal, seorang Tiongkok hanya akan memilih sesamanya saat merekrut pegawai. Kristen hanya mau membantu sesamanya yang sedang kesulitan, dst.

Berkaitan dengan adanya kesenjangan kesempatan bagi golongan minoritas pun, akan mungkin terjadi bila orang yang sebetulnya berpotensi, namun memilih untuk pergi ke luar negeri karena menganggap negara tidak akan memberinya peluang.

Dan sampai kapan pun niscaya Indonesia akan tetap menjadi negara berkembang.

Sedih ya?

Categories: Islam

Pentingnya Berbakti Terhadap Kedua Orang Tua

Islam - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 14:14

Ada setumpuk bukti, bahwa berbakti kepada kedua orang tua –dalam wacana Islam- adalah persoalan utama, dalm jejeran hukum-hukum yang terkait dengan berbuat baik terhadap sesama manusia. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala sudah cukup menegaskan wacana ‘berbakti’ itu, dalam banyak firman-Nya, demikian juga RasulullahSallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallam dalam banyak sabdanya, dengan memberikan ‘bingkai-bingkai’ khusus, agar dapat diperhatikan secara lebih saksama. Di antara tumpukan bukti tersebut adalah sebagai berikut:

  1. Allah Subhanahu Wata’alamenggandengkan’ antara perintah untuk beribadah kepada-Nya, dengan perintah berbuat baik kepada orang tua:

“Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala telah menetapkan agar kalian tidak beribadah melainkan kepada-Nya; dan hendaklah kalian berbakti kepada kedua orang tua.” (Al-Israa : 23)

  1.  Allah Subhanahu Wata’alamemerintahkan setiap muslim untuk berbuat baik kepada orang tuanya, meskipun mereka kafir

“Kalau mereka berupaya mengajakmu berbuat kemusyrikan yang jelas-jelas tidak ada pengetahuanmu tentang hal itu, jangan turuti; namun perlakukanlah keduanya secara baik di dunia ini.” (Luqmaan : 15)

Imam Al-Qurthubi menjelaskan, “Ayat di atas menunjukkan diharuskannya memelihara hubungan baik dengan orang tua, meskipun dia kafir. Yakni dengan memberikan apa yang mereka butuhkan. Bila mereka tidak membutuhkan harta, bisa dengan cara mengajak mereka masuk Islam..”

  1. Berbakti kepada kedua orang tua adalah jihad.

Abdullah bin Amru bin Ash meriwayatkan bahwa ada seorang lelaki meminta ijin berjihad kepada Rasulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallam, Beliau bertanya, “Apakah kedua orang tuamu masih hidup?” Lelaki itu menjawab, “Masih.” Beliau bersabda, “Kalau begitu, berjihadlah dengan berbuat baik terhadap keduanya.” (Riwayat Al-Bukhari dan Muslim)

  1. Taat kepada orang tua adalah salah satu penyebab masuk Surga.

Rasulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallambersabda, “Sungguh kasihan, sungguh kasihan, sungguh kasihan.” Salah seorang sahabat bertanya, “Siapa yang kasihan, wahai Rasulullah?” Beliau menjawab, “Orang yang sempat berjumpa dengan orang tuanya, kedua-duanya, atau salah seorang di antara keduanya, saat umur mereka sudah menua, namun tidak bisa membuatnya masuk Surga.” (Riwayat Muslim)

Beliau juga pernah bersabda:

“Orang tua adalah ‘pintu pertengahan’ menuju Surga. Bila engkau mau, silakan engkau pelihara. Bila tidak mau, silakan untuk tidak memperdulikannya.” (Diriwayatkan oleh At-Tirmidzi, dan beliau berkomentar, “Hadits ini shahih.” Riwayat ini juga dinyatakan shahih, oleh Al-Albani.) Menurut para ulama, arti ‘pintu pertengahan’, yakni pintu terbaik.

  1. Keridhaan Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala, berada di balik keridhaan orang tua.

“Keridhaan Allah Subhanahu Wata’alabergantung pada keridhaan kedua orang tua. Kemurkaan Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala, bergantung pada kemurkaan kedua orang tua.”

  1. Berbakti kepada kedua orang tua membantu meraih pengampunan dosa.

Ada seorang lelaki datang menemui Rasulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallam  sambil mengadu, “Wahai Rasulullah! Aku telah melakukan sebuah perbuatan dosa.” Beliau bertanya, “Engkau masih mempunyai seorang ibu?” Lelaki itu menjawab, “Tidak.” “Bibi?” Tanya Rasulullah lagi. “Masih.” Jawabnya. Rasulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallam bersabda, “Kalau begitu, berbuat baiklah kepadanya.”

Dalam pengertian yang ‘lebih kuat’, riwayat ini menunjukkan bahwa berbuat baik kepada kedua orang tua, terutama kepada ibu, dapat membantu proses taubat dan pengampunan dosa. Mengingat, bakti kepada orang tua adalah amal ibadah yang paling utama.

Perlu ditegaskan kembali, bahwa birrul waalidain (berbakti kepada kedua orang tua), lebih dari sekadar berbuat ihsan (baik) kepada keduanya. Namun birrul walidain memiliki nilai-nilai tambah yang semakin ‘melejitkan’ makna kebaikan tersebut, sehingga menjadi sebuah ‘bakti’. Dan sekali lagi, bakti itu sendiripun bukanlah balasan yang setara untuk dapat mengimbangi kebaikan orang tua. Namun setidaknya, sudah dapat menggolongkan pelakunya sebagai orang yang bersyukur.

Imam An-Nawaawi menjelaskan, “Arti birrul waalidain yaitu berbuat baik terhadap kedua orang tua, bersikap baik kepada keduanya, melakukan berbagai hal yang dapat membuat mereka bergembira, serta berbuat baik kepada teman-teman mereka.”

Al-Imam Adz-Dzahabi menjelaskan bahwa birrul waalidain atau bakti kepada orang tua, hanya dapat direalisasikan dengan memenuhi tiga bentuk kewajiban:

Pertama: Menaati segala perintah orang tua, kecuali dalam maksiat.

Kedua: Menjaga amanah harta yang dititipkan orang tua, atau diberikan oleh orang tua.

Ketiga: Membantu atau menolong orang tua, bila mereka membutuhkan.

 

 

وَقَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِنْدَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُلْ لَهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُلْ لَهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا (23) وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُلْ رَبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا (24)

“Dan Tuhanmu telah memerintahkan supaya kamu jangan menyembah selain Dia dan hendaklah kamu berbuat baik pada ibu bapakmu dengan sebaik-baiknya. Jika salah seorang di antara keduanya atau kedua-duanya sampai berumur lanjut dalam pemeliharaanmu, maka sekali-kali janganlah kamu mengatakan kepada keduanya perkataan “ah” dan janganlah kamu membentak mereka dan ucapkanlah kepada mereka perkataan yang mulia. Dan rendahkanlah dirimu terhadap mereka berdua dengan penuh kesayangan dan ucapkanlah: “Wahai Tuhanku, kasihilah mereka keduanya, sebagaimana mereka berdua telah mendidik aku waktu kecil.” (DQ. Al-Isra: 23-24)

Ini adalah perintah untuk mengesakan Sesembahan, setelah sebelumnya disampaikan larangan syirik. Ini adalah perintah yang diungkapkan dengan kata qadha yang artinya menakdirkan. Jadi, ini adalah perintah pasti, sepasti qadha Allah. Kata qadha memberi kesan penegasan terhadap perintah, selain makna pembatasan yang ditunjukkan oleh kalimat larangan yang disusul dengan pengecualian: “Supaya kamu jangan menyembah selain Dia…” Dari suasana ungkapan ini tampak jelas naungan penegasan dan pemantapan.

Jadi, setelah fondasi diletakkan dan dasar-dasar didirikan, maka disusul kemudian dengan tugas-tugas individu dan sosial. Tugas-tugas tersebut memperoleh sokongan dari keyakinan di dalam hati tentang Allah yang Maha Esa. Ia menyatukan antara motivasi dan tujuan dari tugas dan perbuatan.

Perekat pertama sesudah perekat akidah adalah perekat keluarga. Dari sini, konteks ayat mengaitkan birrul walidain (bakti kepada kedua orangtua) dengan ibadah Allah, sebagai pernyataan terhadap nilai bakti tersebut di sisi Allah:

Setelah mempelajari iman dan kaitannya dengan etika-etika sosial yang darinya lahir takaful ijtima’I (kerjasama dalam bermasyarakat), saat ini kita akan memasuki ruang yang paling spesifik dalam lingkaran interaksi sosial, yaitu Birrul walidain (bakti kepada orang tua).

“Dan hendaklah kamu berbuat baik pada ibu bapakmu dengan sebaik-baiknya.”
Dengan ungkapan-ungkapan yang lembut dan gambaran-gambaran yang inspiratif inilah Al-Qur’an Al-Karim menggugah emosi kebajikan dan kasih sayang di dahati anak-anak.

Hal itu karena kehidupan itu terdorong di jalannya oleh orang-orang yang masih hidup; mengarahkan perhatian mereka yang kuat ke arah depan. Yaitu kepada keluarga, kepada generasi baru, generasi masa depan. Jarang sekali kehidupan mengarahkan perhatian mereka ke arah belakang..ke arah orang tua..ke arah kehidupan masa silam..kepada generasi yang telah pergi! Dari sini, anak-anak perlu digugah emosinya dengan kuat agar mereka menoleh ke belakang, ke arah ayah dan ibu mereka.

Sebelum masuk ke inti pembahasan, ada catatan penting yang harus menjadi perhatian bersama dalam pembahasan birrul walidain; ialah Islam tidak hanya menyeru sang anak untuk melaksanakan birrul walidain, namun Islam juga menyeru kepada para walidain (orang tua) untuk mendidik anaknya dengan baik, terkhusus dalam ketaan kepada Allah dan Rasulul-Nya. Karena hal itu adalah modal dasar bagi seorang anak untuk akhirnya menjadi anak sholih yang berbakti kepada kedua orangtuanya. Dengan demikian, akan terjalin kerjasama dalam menjalani hubungan keluarga sebagaimana dalam bermasyarakat.
Gaya bahasa yang digunakan al-Quran dalam memerintahkan sikap bakti kepada orang tua ialah datang serangkai dengan perintah tauhid atau ke-imanan, “Dan Tuhanmu telah memerintahkan supaya kamu jangan menyembah selain Dia“ . Dalam artian setelah manusia telah mengikrakan ke-imanannya kepada Allah, maka manusia memiliki tanggungjawab kedua, yaitu “Dan hendaklah kamu berbuat baik pada ibu bapakmu dengan sebaik-baiknya”.
Jika kita bertanya, mengapa perintah birrul walidain begitu urgen sehingga ia datang setelah proses penghambaan kepada Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala?? Al-Quran Kembali menjawab

حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ كُرْهًا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًا وَحَمْلُهُ وَفِصَالُهُ ثَلَاثُونَ شَهْرًا

Ibunya mengandungnya dengan susah payah, dan melahirkannya dengan susah payah (pula). Mengandungnya sampai menyapihnya adalah tiga puluh bulan”(Al-Ahqaf: 15)

Ketika orangtua berumur muda, kekuatan fisik masih mengiringinya, sehingga ia bertanggungjawab untuk mendidik dan membesarkan anak-anaknya. Namuun saat mereka berumur tua renta, dan anaknya sudah tumbuh dewasa berbaliklah roda tanggungjawab itu.
Para pembantu mungkin mampu merawatnya, menunjukkan sesuatu yang tidak lagi bisa dilihatnya, mengambilkan sesuatu yang tidak lagi bisa diambilnya dan mengiringnya dari suatu temnpat ke tempat lain. Namun ada satu hal yang tidak pernah bisa diberikan oleh pembantu, ialah cinta dan kasih sayang. Hanya dari sang buah hatilah rasa cinta dan kasih sayang dapat diraihnya.

Kedua orang tua secara fitrah akan terdorong untuk mengayomi anak-anaknya; mengorbankan segala hal, termasuk diri sendiri. Seperti halnya tunas hijau menghisap setiap nutrisi dalam benih hingga hancur luluh; seperti anak burung yang menghisap setiap nutrisi yang ada dalam telor hingga tinggal cangkangnya, demikian pula anak-anak menghisap seluruh potensi, kesehatan, tenaga dan perhatian dari kedua orang tua, hingga ia menjadi orang tua yang lemah jika memang diberi usia yang panjang. Meski demikian, keduanya tetap merasa bahagia!

Adapun anak-anak, secepatnya mereka melupakan ini semua, dan terdorong oleh peran mereka ke arah depan. Kepada istri dan keluarga. Demikianlah kehidupan itu terdorong. Dari sini, orang tua tidak butuh nasihat untuk berbuat baik kepada anak-anak. Yang perlu digugah emosinya dengan kuat adalah anak-anak, agar mereka mengingat kewajiban terhadap generasi yang telah menghabiskan seluruh madunya hingga kering kerontang!
Dari sinilah muncul perintah untuk berbuat baik kepada kedua orang tua dalam bentuk qadha dari Allah yang mengandung arti perintah yang tegas, setelah perintah yang tegas untuk menyembah Allah.

Usia lanjut itu memiliki kesan tersendiri. Kondisi lemah di usia lanjut juga memiliki insprasinya sendiri. Kataعندكyang artinya “di sisimu” menggambarkan makna mencari perlindungan dan pengayoman dalam kondisi lanjut usia dan lemah. “Maka sekali-kali janganlah kamu mengatakan kepada keduanya perkataan ‘ah’, dan janganlah kamu membentak mereka…” Ini adalah tingkatan pertama di antara tingkatan-tingkatan pengayoman dan adab, yaitu seorang anak tidak boleh mengucapkan kata-kata yang menunjukkan kekesahan dan kejengkelan, serta kata-kata yang mengesankan penghinaan dan etika yang tidak baik. “Dan ucapkanlah kepada mereka perkataan yang mulia.” Ini adalah tingkatan yang paling tinggi, yaitu berbicara kepada orang tua dengan hormat dan memuliakan.

وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ

“Dan rendahkanlah dirimu terhadap mereka berdua dengan penuh kesayangan…” Di sini ungkapan melembut dan melunak, hingga sampai ke makhluk hati yang paling dalam. Itulah kasih sayang yang sangat lembut, sehingga seolah-olah ia adalah sikap merendah, tidak mengangkat pandangan dan tidak menolak perintah. Dan seolah-olah sikap merendah itu punya sayap yang dikuncupkannya sebagai tanda kedamaian dan kepasrahan .Itulah ingatan yang sarat kasih sayang. Ingatan akan masa kecil yang lemah, dipelihara oleh kedua orang tua. Dan keduanya hari ini sama seperti kita di masa kanak-kanak; lemah dan membutuhkan penjagaan dan kasih sayang. Itulah tawajuh kepada Allah agar Dia merahmati keduanya, karena rahmat Allah itu lebih luas dan penjagaan Allah lebih menyeluruh. Allah lebih mampu untuk membalas keduanya atas darah dan hati yang mereka korbankan. Sesuat yang tidak bisa dibalas oleh anak-anak.

Belaian anak saat orang tua telah berumur lanjut ialah kenikmatan yang tak terhingga. Wajarlah kiranya al-Quran memberikan pengkhususan dalam birrul walidain ini saat kondisi mereka tua renta, yaitu:

1. Jangan mengatakan kata uffin (ah)

2. Jangan membentak

3. Ucapkanlah kepada mereka perkataan yang mulia.

4. Rendahkanlah dirimu terhadap mereka dengan penuh kesayangan

5.Dan do’akanlah mereka.

Kata uffin dalam bahsa Arab berati ar-rafdu (menolak). Jadi janganlah kita mengatakan kata-kata yang mengandung makna menolak, terkhusus dalam memenuhi kebutuhan mereka. Karena pada umur lanjut inilah kebutuhan mereka memuncak, hampir pada setiap hitungan jam mereka membutuhkan kehadiran kita disisinya.
Sedimikian pentingnya perintah birrul walidain ini, sehingga keridhoan mereka dapat menghantarkan sang anak kedalam surga-Nya. Rasulullah saw bersabda “Barang siapa yang menajalani pagi harinya dalam keridhoan orang tuanya, maka baginya dibukakan dua pintu menuju syurga. Barang siapa yang menjalani sore keridhoan orang tuanya, maka baginya dibukakan dua pintu menuju syurga. Dan barang siapa menjalani pagi harinya dalam kemurkaan orangtuanya, maka baginya dibukakan dua pintu menuju neraka. Dan barang siapa menjalani sore harinya dalam kemurkaan orangtuanya, maka baginya dibukakan dua pintu menuju neraka ”.(HR. Darul Qutni dan Baihaqi)

Dengan demikian merugilah para anak yang hidup bersama orang tuanya di saat tua renta namun ia tidak bisa meraih surga, karena tidak bisa berbakti kepada keduanya. Rasulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallammengatakan tentang ihwal mereka

عَنْ سُهَيْلٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- « رَغِمَ أَنْفُهُ ثُمَّ رَغِمَ أَنْفُهُ ثُمَّ رَغِمَ أَنْفُهُ ». قِيلَ مَنْ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ « مَنْ أَدْرَكَ وَالِدَيْهِ عِنْدَ الْكِبَرِ أَحَدَهُمَا أَوْ كِلَيْهِمَا ثُمَّ لَمْ يَدْخُلِالْجَنَّةَ ».

“Dari Suhaili, dari ayahnya dan dari Abu Hurairah. Rosulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallam bersabda : ”Merugilah ia (sampai 3 kali). Para Shahabat bertanya : ”siapa ya Rosulullah?Rosulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallam bersabda :“Merugilah seseorang yang hidup bersama kedua orang tuanya atau salah satunya di saat mereka tua renta, namun ia tidak masuk surga” (HR. Muslim).

Terkait cara berbakti kepada orang tua, memulai dengan perkataan yang baik. Kemudian diiringi denganmeringankan apa-apa yang menjadi bebannya. Dan bakti yang tertinggi yang tak pernah dibatasi oleh tempat dan waktu ialah DOA. Do’a adalah bentuk bakti anak kepada orang tua seumur hidup-nya. Do’alah satu-satunya cara yang diajarkan Rasulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallambagi anak-anak yang pernah menyakiti orangtuanya namun mereka meninggal sebelum ia memohon maaf kepadanya.

Dalam hadits yang diriwayatkan oleh Baihaqi, Rasulullah Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallambersabda : “Bahwasanya akan ada seorang hamba pada hari kiamat nanti yang diangkat derajatnya, kemudian ia berkata “Wahai tuhanku dari mana aku mendapatkan (derajat yang tinggi) ini??. Maka dikatakanlah kepadanya “Ini adalah dari istighfar (doa ampunan) anakamu untukmu” (HR.Baihaqi)

Adapun doa yang diajarkan, ialah sebagaimana termaktub dalam al-Quran :

وَقُلْ رَبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرً

“Wahai Tuhanku, kasihilah mereka keduanya, sebagaimana mereka berdua telah mendidik aku waktu kecil” (Al-Isra’: 24).

Itulah ingatan yang sarat kasih sayang. Ingatan akan masa kecil yang lemah, dipelihara oleh kedua orang tua. Dan keduanya hari ini sama seperti kita di masa kanak-kanak; lemah dan membutuhkan penjagaan dan kasih sayang. Itulah tawajuh kepada Allah agar Dia merahmati keduanya, karena rahmat Allah itu lebih luas dan penjagaan Allah lebih menyeluruh. Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala lebih mampu untuk membalas keduanya atas darah dan hati yang mereka korbankan. Sesuat yang tidak bisa dibalas oleh anak-anak.

Al Hafizh Abu Bakar Al Bazzar meriwayatkan dengan sanadnya dari Buraidah dari ayahnya:

“Seorang laki-laki sedang thawaf sambil menggendong ibunya. Ia membawa ibunya thawaf. Lalu ia bertanya kepada NabiSallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallam, “Apakah aku telah menunaikan haknya?” Nabi Sallallahu ’Alaihi Wa Sallammenjawab, “Tidak, meskipun untuk satu tarikan nafas kesakitan saat melahirkan.”

 

Dalam ayat lain Al-Quran mengajar doa yang begitu indah, ialah doa yang mencakup bagi kita, orang tua dan keturunan kita :

رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَى وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ

Ya Allah.., tunjukilah aku untuk mensyukuri nikmat Engkau yang telah Engkau berikan kepadaku dan kepada ibu bapakku dan supaya aku dapat berbuat amal yang saleh yang Engkau ridhai; berilah kebaikan kepadaku dengan (memberi kebaikan) kepada anak cucuku. Sesungguhnya aku bertaubat kepada Engkau dan sesungguhnya aku termasuk orang-orang yang berserah diri.” (Al-Ahqaf : 15). Wallahu a’lam.

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