Riba? Riba berarti menetapkan bunga/melebihkan jumlah pinjaman saat pengembalian berdasarkan persentase tertentu dari jumlah pinjaman pokok, yang dibebankan kepada peminjam. Riba secara bahasa bermakna: ziyadah (tambahan). Dalam pengertian lain, secara linguistik riba juga berarti tumbuh dan membesar . Sedangkan menurut istilah teknis, riba berarti pengambilan tambahan dari harta pokok atau modal secara bathil. Ada beberapa pendapat dalam menjelaskan riba, namun secara umum terdapat benang merah yang menegaskan bahwa riba adalah pengambilan tambahan, baik dalam transaksi jual-beli maupun pinjam-meminjam secara bathil atau bertentangan dengan prinsip muamalat dalam Islam.
Secara garis besar riba dikelompokkan menjadi dua.Yaitu riba hutang-piutang dan riba jual-beli.Riba hutang-piutang terbagi lagi menjadi riba qardh dan riba jahiliyyah. Sedangkan riba jual-beli terbagi atas riba fadhl dan riba nasi’ah.
Banyak kita jumpai orang yang yang secara tidak sengaja dan menyenggajakan diri untuk menjadi pelaku riba dengan berbagai alasan dan dalil yang mendukung perbuatan mereka. Ada yang menggatakan kalau tidak pinjam uang di Bank maka usaha tidak bisa berjalan. Ada pula kalau tidak membeli barang dengan model ini maka akan lama untuk mempunyai barang tersebut. Ada juga yang berdalih tak ada pekerjaan lain selain menjadi pekerja di sistem yang menjalankan riba. Malah ada yang bilang bekerja disistem riba lebih keren dan menjanjikan toh kita tidak meminjamkan uang cuma jadi pekerja saja. itulah sederet argumen yang biasa kita dengar berkenaan dengan masalah riba.
Di antara bahaya dan bencana yang ditimbulkan oleh riba bagi pelakunya adalah sebagai berikut:
1. Hilangnya keberkahan pada harta.
Allah ta’ala berfirman:
يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ
“Allah memusnahkan Riba dan menyuburkan sedekah.” (QS. Al-Baqarah: 276)
2. Orang yang berinteraksi dengan riba akan dibangkitkan oleh Allah pada hari kiamat kelak dalam keadaan seperti orang gila.
Allah ta’ala berfirman:
الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ الرِّبَا لا يَقُومُونَ إِلا كَمَا يَقُومُ الَّذِي يَتَخَبَّطُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنَ الْمَسِّ ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا الْبَيْعُ مِثْلُ الرِّبَا وَأَحَلَّ اللَّهُ الْبَيْعَ وَحَرَّمَ الرِّبَا فَمَنْ جَاءَهُ مَوْعِظَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِ فَانْتَهَى فَلَهُ مَا سَلَفَ وَأَمْرُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَمَنْ عَادَ فَأُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
“Orang-orang yang makan (mengambil) riba tidak dapat berdiri melainkan seperti berdirinya orang yang kemasukan syaitan lantaran (tekanan) penyakit gila. Keadaan mereka yang demikian itu, adalah disebabkan mereka berkata (berpendapat), Sesungguhnya jual beli itu sama dengan riba, padahal Allah telah menghalalkan jual beli dan mengharamkan riba. orang-orang yang telah sampai kepadanya larangan dari Tuhannya, lalu terus berhenti (dari mengambil riba), Maka baginya apa yang telah diambilnya dahulu (sebelum datang larangan); dan urusannya (terserah) kepada Allah. orang yang kembali (mengambil riba), Maka orang itu adalah penghuni-penghuni neraka; mereka kekal di dalamnya.” (QS. Al-Baqarah: 275)
3. Orang yang berinteraksi dengan riba akan disiksa oleh Allah dengan berenang di sungai darah dan mulutnya dilempari dengan bebatuan sehingga ia tidak mampu untuk keluar dari sungai tersebut.
Diriwayatkan dari Samuroh bin Jundub radhiyallahu anhu, ia berkata: Rasulullah shallallahu alaihi wasallam bersabda menceritakan tentang siksaan Allah kepada para pemakan riba, bahwa “Ia akan berenang di sungai darah, sedangkan di tepi sungai ada seseorang (malaikat) yang di hadapannya terdapat bebatuan, setiap kali orang yang berenang dalam sungai darah hendak keluar darinya, lelaki yang berada di pinggir sungai tersebut segera melemparkan bebatuan ke dalam mulut orang tersebut, sehingga ia terdorong kembali ke tengah sungai, dan demikian itu seterusnya.”. (HR. Bukhari II/734 nomor 1979).
4. Allah tidak akan menerima sedekah, infaq dan zakat yang dikeluarkan dari harta riba.
Hal ini berdasarkan sabda Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam:
أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ طَيِّبٌ لاَ يَقْبَلُ إِلاَّ طَيِّبًا
“Wahai manusia, sesungguhnya Allah itu maha baik dan tidak akan menerima sesuatu kecuali yang baik.” (HR. Muslim II/703 nomor 1015, dari Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu anhu).
5. Do’a pemakan riba tidak akan didengarkan dan dikabulkan oleh Allah.
Di dalam hadits yang shohih, Rasullullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam pernah menceritakan
ثُمَّ ذَكَرَ الرَّجُلَ يُطِيلُ السَّفَرَ أَشْعَثَ أَغْبَرَ يَمُدُّ يَدَيْهِ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ يَا رَبِّ يَا رَبِّ وَمَطْعَمُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَشْرَبُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَلْبَسُهُ حَرَامٌ وَغُذِىَ بِالْحَرَامِ فَأَنَّى يُسْتَجَابُ لِذَلِكَ ».
Bahwa ada seseorang yang melakukan safar (bepergian jauh), kemudian menengadahkan kedua tangannya ke langit seraya berdo’a, “Wahai Tuhanku, wahai Tuhanku!” Akan tetapi makanan dan minumannya berasal dari yang haram, pakaiannya haram dan dikenyangkan oleh barang yang haram. Maka bagaimana mungkin do’anya akan dikabulkan (oleh Allah)?”. (HR. Muslim II/703 no. 1015).
6. Memakan harta riba menyebabkan hati menjadi keras dan berkarat.
Allah ta’ala berfirman:
كَلا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ مَا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ
“Sekali-kali tidak (demikian), Sebenarnya apa yang selalu mereka usahakan itu menutupi hati mereka.” (QS. Al-Muthaffifin: 14)
Diriwayatkan dari An-Nu’man bin Basyir radhiyallahu anhu, ia berkata: Aku pernah mendengar Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam bersabda:
أَلاَ وَإِنَّ فِى الْجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إِذَا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ ، وَإِذَا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ . أَلاَ وَهِىَ الْقَلْبُ
“Ketahuilah di dalam jasad terdapat sepotong daging. Jika ia baik, maka baiklah seluruh badan. Namun jika ia rusak, maka rusaklah seluruh badan. Ketahuilah sepotong daging itu adalah hati.” (HR. Bukhari 1/28 no. 52, dan Muslim III/1219 no.1599)
7. Badan yang tumbuh dari harta yang haram (hasil riba, korupsi, dan selainnya) akan berhak disentuh api neraka.
Hal ini sebagaimana diriwayatkan dari Ka’ab bi ‘Ujroh radhiyallahu anhu, bahwa Rasulullah shallallahu alaihi wasallam bersabda:
يَا كَعْبُ بْنَ عُجْرَةَ إِنَّهُ لاَ يَرْبُو لَحْمٌ نَبَتَ مِنْ سُحْتٍ إِلاَّ كَانَتِ النَّارُ أَوْلَى بِهِ
“Wahai Ka’ab bin ‘Ujroh, sesungguhnya daging badan yang tumbuh berkembang dari sesuatu yang haram, akan berhak dibakar dalam api neraka.” (HR. At-Tirmidzi II/512 no.614. dan dinyatakan Shohih Lighoirihi oleh syaikh Al-Albani di dalam Shohih At-Targhib wa At-Tarhib II/150 no.1729).
8. Orang yang berinteraksi dengan Riba dilaknat oleh Allah dan Rasul-Nya.
Hal ini berdasarkan hadits shohih berikut ini:
عَنْ جَابِرٍ قَالَ : لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- آكِلَ الرِّبَا وَمُوكِلَهُ وَكَاتِبَهُ وَشَاهِدَيْهِ وَقَالَ هُمْ سَوَاءٌ
Dari Jabir radhiyallahu anhu, ia berkata: “Rasulullah shallallahu alaihi wasallam melaknat pemakan riba, pemberi makan riba, dua saksinya dan penulisnya.” Dan Beliau bersabda, “Mereka semua sama (kedudukannya dalam hal dosa). (Diriwayatkan oleh Muslim III/1219 no. 1598).
9. Memakan Riba Lebih Buruk Dosanya daripada Perbuatan Zina.
Hal ini berdasarkan sabda Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam:
دِرْهَمُ رِبًا يَأْكُلُهُ الرَّجُلُ وَهُوَ يَعْلَمُ أَشَدُّ مِنْ سِتَّةِ وَثَلاَثِيْنَ زَنْيَةً
“Satu dirham yang dimakan oleh seseorang dari transaksi riba sedangkan dia mengetahui bahwa yang didalamnya adalah hasil riba, dosanya itu lebih besar daripada melakukan perbuatan zina sebanyak 36 kali.” (HR. Ahmad dan Al Baihaqi dalam Syu’abul Iman. Syaikh Al Albani dalam Misykatul Mashobih mengatakan bahwa hadits ini shahih).
10. Paling Ringannya Dosa Memakan Riba itu Seperti Dosa Seseorang yang Menzinai Ibu Kandungnya Sendiri.
Hal ini berdasarkan sabda Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam:
الرِبَا ثَلاَثَةٌ وَسَبْعُوْنَ بَابًا أيْسَرُهَا مِثْلُ أَنْ يَنْكِحَ الرُّجُلُ أُمَّهُ وَإِنْ أَرْبَى الرِّبَا عِرْضُ الرَّجُلِ الْمُسْلِمِ
“Riba itu ada 73 pintu (dosa). Yang paling ringan adalah semisal dosa seseorang yang menzinai ibu kandungnya sendiri.” (HR. Al Hakim dan Al Baihaqi dalam Syu’abul Iman. Syaikh Al Albani mengatakan bahwa Hadits ini shahih dilihat dari jalur lainnya).
Demikianlah beberapa bahaya dan bencana besar serta pengaruh buruk yang akan dirasakan oleh setiap orang yang berinteraksi dengan riba.
Semoga Allah Ta’ala melindungi kita semua dari berbagai macam bentuk riba dan bahayanya. Dan semoga Allah menganugerahkan kepada kita rezeki yang halal, banyak lagi penuh berkah. Amiin.
Berikut adalah beberapa video berkaitan dengan bahaya riba
Lives ended by Faith.
Death for being not like Him.
There is no Allah.
My thoughts and best wishes are with the families and the victims of the most violent of crimes against humanity. Killing for God.
It is a fundamental human right to be able to access information about what is going on in your country and the rest of the world. In social economic well-developed countries we have access to news from all over the world from thousands of sources. We like to think that the information that we are given through news cooperation’s gives us a truthful and correct image of situations and conflicts going on in the world; however this is not necessarily the case.
News cooperation’s like CNN and BBC are some of the world’s biggest news sources. Most of us wouldn’t even question their reliability when it comes to covering news stories, but if we take a closer look we can see that they are actually being influenced by the society and the people behind the organisations.
It is the western world that controls most of today’s media and therefore they choose what stories to cover based on their interests. I don’t know how many times I have seen articles and stories about someone who has done something terrible where it is extremely important to point out that he or she is a Muslim. It seems like because people in the western world have roots in Christianity it is easy to blame what someone’s actions based on what religion they belong to.
It could be someone who raped or even murderer someone because of a mental illness, but it seems like it is still extremely important to point out if they believe in Allah. It seems like they often try to blame Islam for crimes people have committed. This never happens if it is a Christian who has committed the crime, because it is not relevant for the story.
So why would it be relevant if a person is a Muslim? This is one of the things that create prejudices towards people who has a different background than us. People who read the news stories start to develop thoughts about how Muslims must be like and how terrible their religion must be. But did you know that both Christianity and Islam are built on the same principals and values. In fact the two religions hold more similarities than differences.
Our prejudices are results of the medias interpretation of Islam and how Muslims are being used as scapegoats in our society.
Do you agree Donald?
“If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy,” Erdogan told a group of local journalists in Ankara on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi assumed head of ISIS in 2014 as a Muslim caliphate and after brilliant success, with the help of The Rendon Group and the Pentagon’s Highland Forum, finds itself the victim of an action of which the US military is incapable: rounding them up and killing them.
Last July, Turkish President Erdogan, while away for the weekend, was informed by the Russians that his country was undergoing a coup, which offered the perfect excuse to purge the country of opposition prior to next month’s referendum, granting him vast new powers. The recent sendups of Merkel as Hitler are designed to fire up those abroad who might vote for the new Sunni Caliph.
Regardless, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, humiliated by Syria and the Kurds, wants to ride the tiger of Islam, and constrained as he naturally is by Russia, might prove less prone to be-headings. Indeed, Caliphate 2.0 offers an opp for Hollywood to ratchet down the blood and gore, now that one of their own is the Mayor of London.
It’s important to recognize that as much as the Zionists want a caliphate to stir the pot, they also fund daft gits like Maajid Nawaz, who preach secularism.
(((Reposted today after the Westminster Attack in London 3/22/17. Playing politics with real people’s lives)))
Reblogging on the Recovering Know It All. I’m not a Trump supporter or a person who voted for him, but I think Tom is right here in his assessment. Please read the post with an open mind. Predisposition to Hating Trump are just as bigoted as irrational hatred of all Muslims, which he doesn’t seem to be guilty of at all. -kia
Protesters holding signs outside terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport protest (from here)
Well, I suppose it is better late than never. It seems that the Democratic Party has once again — now that they are a minority party and the party that hates President Donald Trump — rediscovered the Constitution. However, they have not given up on their victim hunt. So it is that when President Donald Trump decided to ban refugees and residents from seven Muslim nations (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen) Democrats went predictably bonkers.
The news media, of course, went looking for victims, and so Trump had to defend his policy.
And in Iraq, a man who had risked his life working on behalf of the U.S. government bleakly wondered about his future and that of his wife and three children. Visas in hand, the family was due to fly…
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I am linking to this story because it plunges a dagger deep into the heart of the liberal narrative about Islam. We always hear carpet-munching morons screaming about supposedly moderate Muslim countries condemning terrorism whenever it raises a head. In this case the president of allegedly secular Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is threatening all of Europe with physical violence if the insane objectives of Islamic domination are not acceded to. His words are real, folks. The Matrix is no excuse.
If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets.
How will European governments respond? With more liberal immigration policies, perhaps?
” …to be critical… is one thing. To reduce them to something which is violent extremism, and to acknowledge and to accept the rhetoric of the Egyptian president Sisi and before hi Mubarak: that’s not going to help any country. Because these people (the Muslim Brotherhood), you challenge them with democracy and with arguments, not with repression and torture (…) Islam doesn’t need a reformation, but Muslims need to reform their minds, their interpretations of Islam, which is not exactly the same as what you went through because we don’t have a church ”
David Shariatmadari, ‘Tariq Ramadan: Muslims need to reform their minds’, The Guardian
Lecture speaks of what it means to change the creation of allah as taught and explained by the Prophet and his companions. Extravangance as defined by our prophet and allah is given as well as what the true meaning of Pride is. PowerPoint: http://sunnahfollowers.net/ppt/Tawheed/Prohibitions/Prohibition-11/img0.html
Once he was pronounced dead at the hospital, it was widely reported that the London terrorist was Abu Izzadeen, but now the media is suddenly claiming Abu is in prison with his buddy and couldn’t be the suspect, even though they haven’t seen him. I say – prove it! Produce an interview with Abu or his partner in crime.
When I first heard this new twist, I was shocked because if you look at all the photos of the suspect on the stretcher – there is no doubt he is Abu Izzadeen. Especially when you look at Abu’s youtube videos and photos on the web. Since Abu is a political celebrity in the UK, it’s easy to find interviews, news stories and other media with featuring him. Although the BBC and other UK news sites first reported the perpetrator was Asian, the photos got released so fast that they couldn’t hide the fact that he was a black male with a middle eastern Muslim look. Within hours, everyone knew who the suspect was or at least they thought they did? If they didn’t know the difference between an Asian and this guy, why believe a word the fakestream European media reports?
I’ve got sources in the UK that claim there’s something bigger going on. Maybe they are nuts, but maybe they are right? They say Abu is not in prison although he was supposed to be. They claim he was lost in the system and that many pro-Islamic bureaucrats accept bribes to make sure certain people are “accidentally” released from jail or never serve time at all.
Looking at all the photos and video between the London terrorist and the known Abu, I believe he is not in jail and the government is covering something up in the UK. Although there were news articles about Abu being arrested, there were never any articles about sentencing. Also, there are videos showing Abu preaching on the street supposedly shot when he was supposed to be in jail. This is a guy that has been all over the UK media for a decade and so if he is in jail – Show us an interview!
The headlines are dominated by stories of today’s brutal attack in London, yet not a single article, news organisation, or politician has suggested what the motive for this attack may have been. Was this an example of radical Islam rearing its ugly head on Europe’s shores once more and is it racist or Islamophobic to even suggest that it may have been? Many of us are thinking it.
Today, four people have been killed and at least twenty have been injured in what is the first terrorist attack to occur in Britain since Lee Rigby was murdered outside his army barracks, four years ago in 2013. While it is too early to know with any certainty details of what has happened, for those of you who have seen the picture of the alleged attacker on a stretcher, it seems to me as if it won’t be long before more information about the murderer will be made public.
It is interesting to wonder what the attacker’s last words may have been. Is it too controversial to suggest that his last words may have been something along the lines of “Allahu Akbar”? One thing that seems quite obvious is that the abject failure of anyone to even mention the possibility that this was an act of Islamic terror is yet another example of how political correctness has rendered the media impotent to consider what is clearly a question running through many people’s minds right now. Journalists will tell you that it would be reckless to discuss such a sensitive issue while so few facts have been released to the public. But the reason for this apparent diffidence is simple. Anyone who dares to think that the violence we saw today could possibly be caused by those who practice what we are constantly being told is “a religion of peace,” should be shunned by the hyper-tolerant society that we now live in.
I completely concede that the news is not intended to deal with supposition and conjecture, and assumptions about this attacker may well be premature, though one would have assumed that at least one person may have publicly acknowledged the fact that today’s shocking attack bears some similarity with the Islamic-motivated attacks in both Berlin and Nice, where a vehicle was used to inflict maximum damage on innocent bystanders. It could be that I am wrong and this attack has nothing to do with the particularly pernicious strain of Islam that is currently sweeping across Europe. I certainly hope that this was just some madman acting without motive, yet I fear that it was not. Years ago, when Daniel Hannan was asked on The Big Questions what is meant by the term “British values,” he responded with this wonderful thought:
“You tolerate objectionable behaviour up to the point of incitement; you tolerate eccentricity up to the point of madness; you tolerate offensiveness up to the point of harassment.”
Was not this heinous crime incitement? Was it not madness? Was it not a direct assault on British liberal values conducted outside the building where these values are translated into law? Today we, as a society, face a choice, do we tolerate and ultimately become overcome by this rising tide of anti European intolerance or do we act? Perhaps one model to follow is that of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, who has become very unpopular with the liberal tolerati, who wince when one points out the inherent incompatibility of Islam with Western values of freedom and secularism.
My sincerest thoughts go out to those bereaved and I hope that the fear of offending doesn’t impede the pursuit of justice.
Sadiq Khan, the Trump hating, terror tied muslim mayor of London sent out two tweets long after the police in London called the islamic attack today TERROR. He labelled the terror attack an “incident“, which so far has left 5 killed and 20 wounded, 10 of whom have “catastrophic injuries”.
The attacker, a fellow muslim and convert named Abu Izzadeen (according to the INDEPENDENT) drove into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster bridge, then proceeded into the Parliament estate of Westminster Abbey, where he crashed his car. He then proceeded to attack a police officer with two knives before he was shot by armed police. The police officer received CPR from the Minister for Counterterrorism, Tobias Ellwood but later died of his wounds.
Wednesdays are particularly busy in the Parliament with all members of the House of Commons in session for voting. Today’s session was suspended as a clerk rushed into the meeting with the news that shots had been fired and the Parliament was in lockdown.
Prime Minister Theresa May was only 40 yards from where the attack stopped, and she was quickly rushed to a car and evacuated by her security detail to her residence at number 10 Downing Street.
Today’s attack happens on the day one year after the attack in Belgium. This is – as always with islamic attacks – significant.
We can expect to hear the usual lies from Mainstream Media “Nothing to do with islam”, “Islam is a religion of peace” “Lone wolf” “Mentally disturbed” “Isolated Incident”. It’s already started.
Norway4TRUMP is not afraid to call this out for what it is: Islamic Terrorism.
Sources: Fox News, Independent, Sky News, NRK
5|94|يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَيَبْلُوَنَّكُمُ ٱللَّهُ بِشَىْءٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلصَّيْدِ تَنَالُهُۥٓ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَرِمَاحُكُمْ لِيَعْلَمَ ٱللَّهُ مَن يَخَافُهُۥ بِٱلْغَيْبِ ۚ فَمَنِ ٱعْتَدَىٰ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فَلَهُۥ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌۭ
 Wahai orang-orang beriman! Demi sesungguhnya Allah akan menguji kamu dengan sesuatu yang mudah ditangkap oleh tangan kamu dan tikaman lembing-lembing kamu, supaya Allah mengetahui siapakah yang takut kepadaNya semasa dia tidak dilihat manusia (bersendirian). Oleh itu, sesiapa yang melampaui batas sesudah yang demikian itu maka baginya azab yang tidak terperi sakitnya.
5:94 O you who believe, God will test you with some game within reach of your hands and your arrows (during pilgrimage). God thus distinguishes those among you who observe Him in their privacy. Those who transgress after this have incurred a painful retribution.
As a humanitarian and a decent human being, it hurts my heart badly to hear about the recent London attack. I am deeply saddened, hurt, angry and upset. The way the world is right now is terrifying and horrible.
4 innocent people lost their lives today. These people had a family, a home, friends. The ones who cared about them are probably in disbelief right now, they may be crying their eyes out and screaming for them to come back. These 4 people had their lives taken away from them. And the 20 people who have been injured, who are conscious and are experiencing immense pain right now…they are scared. Everyone is scared. I am scared.
Seeing the trend on twitter, I feared the worst when I clicked on it. And I was right. Less I saw people being compassionate, and more I saw the words “Islamic terrorism” and hatred.
Terrorism and Islam do not go hand in hand. They never have, and they never will. Every group of people in the world right now is being targeted in some way, and Muslims are no exception. With Trump’s recent travel ban and the increasing number of Islamophobic attacks, Muslims are being treated as scum and they feel like they do not belong. They feel unwanted and somehow responsible. Please, I beg of you, do not confuse a true Muslim with one who kills people in the name of Islam. These terrorists, they have taken a religion of peace and love and they have tainted it with their own sick interpretations. They have carved out their own religion and named it “Islam”. Do not confuse peace and terrorism. Do not hold Muslims accountable.
As for the Muslims reading this, don’t you dare be apologetic for something you cannot possibly control. These people who blame you for the actions of some monsters, they are being illogical and they are uneducated and scared. Approach them with peace, as your religion has taught you, and represent yourself, not all of Islam.
I awake every day with a desire to see the world in a better shape and I am trying my best to help with that. Hatred will get us nowhere. The victims of the London attack are in my thoughts tonight.
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
By now you have all seen the news of the London attack this afternoon.
As I am writing this 4 people have died and twenty more have been injured. The attack has been categorised as a terrorist attack but the suspects have not been identified and no terrorist group has been affiliated with this tragic event.
As a Muslim I am deeply saddened by this loss of life. I have been brought up to believe that killing one innocent person is the same as killing the whole of humanity. I chose to be a Muslim because Allah is Merciful and Forgiving as should mankind be.
I personally don’t know anyone that can begin to understand the anger and hatred that a person has to have for his own life and the life of others in order to commit such a violent act. Or maybe it is distress, hormonal imbalances, mental health problems? Whatever it is these terrorists bring devastation to all of us and we all know they do not in any shape or form represent us. They certainly do not represent me.
At a time of crisis there are a lot of little things we can all do in order to make life just a little bit easier.
Accept that emotions will be running high and that people will say things they don’t mean or act in a way that may seem personal to you. Don’t react, try to rationalise it and excuse it. If you are still upset after a month discuss it with the person who has upset you in as delicate a way as you can.
Get to know your neighbours.
Invite them over, bake a cake make some tea and talk about Islam and how far removed it is from this and any other act of terrorism. Make friends with your neighbours and make yourself available to them for help and support. If you need support regarding how to discuss these matters with your neighbours, contact your local mosque and ask for advise.
Don’t handle this alone.
Talk to a friend, visit your local mosque and ask for support, ask a sheikh questions, contact me. Don’t ever feel alone or isolated or ashamed of your beliefs. You, like everyone else on this planet, have a right to think and feel and choose your religion, own your choices. You don’t need permission to feel empowered you are a strong and powerful being, with the ability to reflect and make choices, own them and share them with others.
Sometimes we just need more than words.
If you feel that you are finding yourself overwhelmed by this incident, tell a friend that you feel will help you through it. One that will support you in seeking professional help without judgement. Bravery is knowing when to seek help and support, not suffering through it. Our brains are fragile little things that can get imbalanced and at times we may need help overcoming our problems. This help can come in the form of counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and/or medication among other alternatives.
Talk to your children
Talk to your children about the incident. Give as much information as you are comfortable with. If you don’t they might hear it at school and become fearful of their religion, question their identity and feel isolated. Children are our hope and our future so you need to be confident in your delivery, answer any questions they have and if you can’t answer them get back to them at a later date. Ensure they know to come to you with any questions and concerns ask them how school is going and make sure to contact the school and discuss any concerns you may have. Schools are now trained in ensuring children are not bullied or isolated because of their religious beliefs.
I Pray for those who have died, have been injured, their families and all victims of this attack, including the people stuck in the London Eye Pods. I Ask Allah to give the dead a place in heaven and make this trial easy for their loved ones. I Ask Allah to help people overcome this nightmare and this difficulty, for speedy healing and recovery and to guide them in the right path. Most of all, I ask Allah to bring some good and hope out of this very sad and tragic situation.