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#91 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd September 2017 02:16
Whatever the case at times like this we see what kind of fitnah resides in our own hearts and thoughts. May ALLAH forgive us.

A Believer’s Attitude During Fitnah

SADAF FAROOQI

TIMES are difficult. Peace and security are scarce and fleeting. Humankind frequently suffers tribulations such as natural disasters, war and tyrannical rulers. Social and economic problems such as unemployment, divorce, permissive youth culture, terrorism, rampant crime and lack of education and morality, abound.

However, out of all problems, dissension, division and discord seem to rule the roost.

Ibn Al-A’rabi summed up the meanings of fitnah when he said: “Fitnah means testing, fitnah means trial, fitnah means wealth, fitnah means children, fitnah means kufr, fitnah means differences of opinion among people, fitnah means burning with fire.” (Lisan Al-‘Arab by Ibn Manzoor)

During fitnah, a Muslim is often left confused about what to do; how to keep despair at bay and remain hopeful; whose side to take during a conflict, and who to blame or condemn? The haqq (truth) becomes blurry with baatil (falsehood).

Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) prophesied the onslaught of fitan near the end of time, i.e. when mankind will be in its last part. He said: “Time will pass quickly, good deeds will decrease, miserliness will be thrown (in people’s hearts), fitan will appear, and there will be much Al-Haraj.” The Sahabah (Companions) enquired, “O Messenger of Allah! What is Al-Haraj?”. The Prophet replied, “Killing! Killing!” (Sahih Al-Bukhari: 88, 183)

Notwithstanding whether we are in those times or not, the fact remains that the frequency of fitnah has increased exponentially since even the last hundred years.

The question is: What should a believer do when faced with trying situations?

Deliberation and patience
Whenever civil strife, killing, or conflict between ethnic or religious groups take place; or an all-encompassing natural disaster destroys tens of thousands of livelihoods and homes, the believer tries to deliberate and slowly take it all in at first.

It was narrated that Al-Zubair Bin ‘Adiyy said: “We came to Anas Bin Malik and complained to him about what we were suffering at the hands of Al-Hajjaj. He said, “Be patient, for there never comes to you a time but what follows it is worse, until you meet your Lord. I heard this from your Prophet (pbuh).” (Sahih Al-Bukhari: 7068)

When fitnah is intense, groups on opposing sides pressurize religious heads and people occupying posts of authority take sides immediately. Silence and deliberation is taken as betrayal; the silent Muslim’s faith and loyalty to Islam is questioned.

It is about such times that the Prophet (pbuh) warned us: Narrated Abu Hurairah, the Prophet (pbuh) said: “There will be fitnah (civil strife) which will render people deaf, dumb and blind regarding what is right. Those who contemplate it will be drawn by it, and giving rein to the tongue during it, will be like smiting with the sword.” (Abu Dawud: Book 30, 4251)

Not taking sides immediately
In obedience to the Prophet’s advice, the cautious Muslim keeps his mouth shut and absorbs the information streaming in from all directions with a clear mind and sound heart. He refuses to react and jump to conclusions on the basis of obscure, conjectural media reports, or inflammatory opinion pieces penned by emotionally charged, hype-seeking journalists.

Not expressing opinions

Often, during civic strife or politically chaotic events, the ever-present, multifaceted, round-the-clock media channels invite all and sundry to express their opinions regarding specific individuals, institutions, governments, convicted criminals or even figures in authority.

Twitter and Facebook become awash with deluges of curse words, abusive language, hate-festering and public denunciation of organizations or individuals, especially rulers and politicians. Whether the stimulus is someone’s conviction for a crime, or the stance of Islamic fiqh regarding the nature of the crime itself, television, radio, online media and even cell phones issue forth discussions, articles, fatwas and heated op-eds.

Confusion, chaos and no less than jurisprudential anarchy result. Difficult though it is, a wise Muslim tries to avoid forming or voicing fixed opinions immediately when he or she hears of an event, as this will cause no benefit; rather, they know that it will just add fuel to the fire.
Turning to Allah

Since Islam exhorts that one should never jump to conclusions about an event or person unless clear proof or eyewitness accounts exist, a believer as usual, turns to his Lord in earnest dua, or supplication; in dhikr – remembrance of heart and tongue, and in qiyaam – soulful prayers late at night, in order to seek the stance he should take; to beseech the Almighty Allah to make the haqq and baatil, both, become crystal clear to him.

Staying neutral
The times today are such that, while we are still blessed with a multitude of Islamic scholars and people of knowledge, the ‘urf makan – customs of a particular place – vary from place to place, and each scholar is not equipped to give verdicts regarding situations faced by Muslims in another geographical area of the world. Hence, verdicts or fatawa that apply to Muslims at one place might not apply to those in another. This is not taken into account by laymen when they shoot off fatawa from one scholar to counter those given by another during civil strife or war. Result? Confusion and dissension.

The recommended attitude of the common Muslim is that of silence and aversion to rolling off fatawa from the tip of his tongue at the merest of provocations or demands. The role of qualified, expert Islamic scholars and certified muftis should be left to them.

If Muslims adhere to the advice meted out to them by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and by his noble Companions, they’d find peace in their hearts and relief from the distress caused by frequent and varying tribulations, or fitan.

The Prophet (pubh) said, “Whoever among you lives (for a long time) will see many dissensions. I urge you to follow my Sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided Caliphs who come after me. Hold on to it firmly…” (Musnad Ahmad, 4/126) and Al-Tirmidhi, 2676)
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#92 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd September 2017 03:51
His explanation makes a lot of sense. I read that the brother who claims to be his friend and released the first post on this issue has some questionable views. Not sure how true that is. No one clarified what is meant by inappropriate behaviour. It is best to wait and see what happens. May Allah forgive us all.
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#93 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd September 2017 20:53

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This issue is known to Dallas Muslims for a while. We should give NAK full benefit of the doubt, nevertheless picture the whole situation.

The community has been dealing with this silently for about a year. The sisters (allegedly) affected by the matter have their own reputation in tatters. Them and their families wish to be left alone and want some privacy.

NAK and Bayyinah have access to solicitors and anything marginally malicious will be hit with a lawsuit. Under the circumstances, the only compromise was to have some sort of control on the situation and everybody hoped that (for the sake of Islam) a compromise was reached.
What NAK has (allegedly) done isn’t a crime (in America) but defamation is a matter open to civil litigation.

You cannot reveal details without brining testimonies of Sisters (allegedly involved) to public knowledge. Which Muslim sister do you know how would want to be Monica Lewinsky?

At the same time, Muslims have to be warned some how

We have people in UK who are guilty of child pornography (PROVEN) and yet they come on facebook issue a few statements, do an Interview and things go back to normal.

In a highly charged (American legal system) which itches to sue you for damages, it is extremely difficult to deal with issues like this. I know, because I have seen it in Masjids. Most Mosques don’t want to pay damages so they try to wash their hands off and the Imam moves away.

Abu Usamah (Green Lane Mosque) was proven guilty beyond doubt of multiple fornications. If he would have stayed in America, he would have been killed (that was the only solution), he simply moved to Birmingham (UK) and started again and nobody knows any better.

It’s all good and proper to say that all details should be revealed but its not that simple. Yes there is every chance that NAK is being framed but people like Navaid Aziz WILL NOT come out in public and say things if there was no smoke to this.
  

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May Allah Ta'ala reward you for even consider my post.

Now consider this.

In a Sunnah run mosque you will NOT have access to any woman, let alone come anywhere near her to be looking at anything. That's the whole point.

 

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#94 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd September 2017 22:08
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I think you misunderstood my post.... My post was in response to the feministas, and the Munafiqeen. Who latched on to the revelations with glee and started posting all over social media making statements about Moulvis being rapist. And NAK has not been accused of sexual assault or rape rather by those exposed him, rather consensual but inappropriate behaviour.

The article I posted above about Fitnah was in reference to the huge activity on social media, in particular the backlash directed towards Shaykh Navaid Aziz.

As for NAK never felt comfortable with him, or rather the cult of celebrity surrounding him. Reminded of the cult of celebrity surrounding Harun Yahya/ aka Odnan Oktar in the early 2000's a seriously deviant character.

One of the aspects of this cultish mindset is that people will only follow or listen to one person at the exclusion of all others. with statements like " Only person I listen to is NAK he is the best".

Beyond that I am also aware of the rumours surrounding a certain speaker or speakers on social media, for over a year although names were not being mentioned the most obvious person who seemed to fit the criteria was NAK.

As for the youth reading this thread,over the last 24 hours Individuals who have expressed reservations about NAK on social Media directly or indirectly by retweeting stuff or mentioning about staying strong in fitnah and corrupt speakers without mentioning Nak, Shaykh Omer Suleiman, Shaykh Yasir Birjas, Ustadh Abdur Rahman Murphy, Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Shaykh Yasir Qahi, all people who know NAK very well.

The Only individual who has come out in support is Muft Abu Layth, a seriously controversial and shady character himself.

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#95 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd September 2017 22:32
But having said that rumours are rumours and an individual is innocent until proven guilty. We cannot throw someone under the bus, because of unsubstantiated innuendo, or based on suspicion.

We have had cases were false allegations were made with individuals being shunned and ostracised as a result.
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#96 [Permalink] Posted on 24th September 2017 02:31
The following advice from Mufti Abdullah Nana are sufficient taken from his twitter page.

Mufti Abdullah Nana


"Don't pursue that which you have no knowledge of." It's sad to see so many people online speculating & ranting about a case w/o knowledge

Contrary to popular perception, we don't HAVE to comment on every current issue on social media,take sides, & debate #silenceisgolden

"An indication of the beauty of a person's Islam is avoiding those things that do not concern him/her." Say no to gossip & speculation

(1/2)Dhahabi says,"When tribulations occur, then hold fast to the Sunnah & be silent.Do not delve into matters that don't concern you..."

(2/2)"...If you are in confusion [regarding the tribulation],then refer it back to Allah & his Messenger, & stop & say,'Allah' knows best.'"
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#97 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2017 14:45
Naveed aziz shouldnt comment and spread the smoke further. Either you are pregnant or not, there is nothing like smoke of pregnancy. In Islam spreading such news base on "smoke" is haram. Just before sister X doesnt wanna come outside we should not spread news that brother Y is guilty or people should be careful about him. Such news can be spread in the name of any scholars or random person.
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#98 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2017 17:46
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Maybe if speakers acted in accordance with guidelines, set by the Ulemah for centuries there would not be an issue.

Which is when preaching to the opposite gender do so from behind a screen. Where they cannot see you and you cannot see them.

When corresponding via email or letters avoid direct contact, use a female intermediary in your own family, your wife or sister, who reads all mail from opposite gender and corresponds on your behalf.

When speaking over the phone ensure her mahram is present on the otherside of the phone is aware of the communication and a female mahram is present on your side. To ensure everything is above aboard.

If you engage in this Happy Clappy New American Islam, big conferences in huge arenas with mixed audience, and if you hold-classes with mixed audience of male and female students with all students and Teachers going for day trips in the countryside, or going for burger and fries to the local fast food joint your opening door to fitnah.

I heard a Christian methodist preacher who converted to Islam.....He stated as a Christian when he used to preach in front of an audience when looking at the females in the gathering , he used to get lustful thoughts and felt a hypocrite....One of the things that attracted him to Islam was the segregation of the genders.






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#99 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2017 19:56
The hippy scholars have destroyed the concept of segregation. The concept is done. Anyone who even mentions it is considered backward who doesnt understand the deen and has no knowledge of the sunnah. Go figure...
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#100 [Permalink] Posted on 26th September 2017 21:07
Omer M Muzaffar was the individual behind the expose is also the individual behind the whole case involving Maulana Abdullah Saleem, similar blueprint in which he created a blog post in order to protect victims as he claimed, this individual is University Chaplain and a Movie critic.

Daniel Haqiqatjou did an article on the contradictions in that case a year ago.
muslimskeptic.com/2016/09/18/making-a-sex-offender-the-no...
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#101 [Permalink] Posted on 7th October 2017 09:19
I still have this strong urge to have a go at the crux of the matter but how to read those ten thousand comments on NAK's FB status and three thousand on OM Muzaffer's post and then thousands on other places.

But brothers and sisters please do not ignore this issue for the implications are far reaching. More later, Inshaa Allah.
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#102 [Permalink] Posted on 7th October 2017 10:49
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Here is the Crux of the matter.

(1) There are those who feel issues of abuse get swept under the carpet, within the muslim community and are not tackled thoroughly, and often the victim is ostracised if they come forward. So we need to be more rigorous.

(2) There are those who believe every issue should be dealt with on a case by case basis and within Islamic guidelines to name or shame an individual with ambiguous accusations on Social media without stating what exactly the accusations are and without any due process or the opportunity for the accused to defend themselves is Calumny, and the reputation of the accused even if they are innocent will be tarnished permanently it will also open the door to people making accusations against other personalities for various agendas . That is the statement of Dr Akram Nadwi on this issue and co-signed by other Scholars.

(3) There are those from the Progressive Islam, or Reform Islam camp, who have jumped on this bandwagon, and have been trying to tarnish the Image of Traditional Sunni Islam so they can put forth their modernist interpretation of Islam. They constantly make statements that their are probably hundreds of Scholars out there abusing people and thousands of victims and that the Orthodox Sunni Muslims with their backward and medieval Islam are unwilling to address this. These individuals are launching a campaign for so-called other victims of celebrity Scholars to come forward so they can target them on social media... Their objective is to tarnish mainstream Islam and sow distrust in the hearts of the youth for Ulemah and Islamic Scholarship and to detach them from Sunni Islam ... so that they can influence them with their modernist agenda.

(4) Then we have the blind followers with a cultish mindset....Who will not budge in their support for a personality no matter what evidence is brought forward.

(5) Then you have those who empathise with the argument mentioned in point number one above but feel that in the way this whole episode has been played out publicly there is a clear nefarious agenda at foot (1) to defame Islam, (2) Individuals with ulterior motives who want to seek out a career as analysts on Islam within the media. The Anti-Islam Media market is saturated with anti-terrorism experts the "Maajid Nawazs" of the world . So they want to create a new avenue for themselves as experts on hidden abuse in the Muslim Community these individuals are fairly active on social media have been so for years but yet to transfer this into main stream media as they would like, but a well known celebrity Scholar being accused will help them profit from this.
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#103 [Permalink] Posted on 7th October 2017 14:00

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My dear brother in Islam,

I have asked you this qeustion in the past, I am asking it again (with respest).

Elgin has thousands of Muslims around and these stories don't happen in vaccum.

Sister Eman Ally is a well known (Deobandi Social worker) in Chicago and the first complaint was through her. Her Islam, her family background is known for decades in the area.

She is neither Salafi, nor Modernist, nor Feminist  and she didn’t gain a penny out of the whole scandal.

Maulana Abdullah Saleem was one of our elders and well known for decades as well. He (ABSOLUTELY) deserves benefit of the doubt and NO assumptions should be made.

At the same time, those from the community making accusations and people like Sister Eman Ally are also well known and their reputation and background is also known.

In a fair and unbiased (non Hazrat worshipping world) Chicago Ulama (who know very well what happened) would come forward and advise the community.

However, the focus of our Ulama is to protect the Darul-uloom and the school. They believe that people's Eeemaan will be affected so they will brush anything and everything under the carpet with the intention of protecting "Islam".

My question to you (as before), is there a reason why you tend to ignore local community members and tend to get your news from Social Media from people who don't have access to on the ground facts but rather speak from a (removed) principled point of view?

The reputation of NAK, Maulana etc should be protected and they should be given the benefit of the doubt BUT it doesn’t mean that we throw the reputation of normal Muslims under the bus. (Local) communities tend to know people best, for example people have known me for decades and if I ever make such accusations there are hundreds who can testify about my character, my motives.

Of course people change and there is every possibility that a good, upright sincere person can all of sudden make false accusations for fame or money BUT in Chicago area where there is a lot of tradition a woman really has to be getting a billion dollars to destroy her reputation and that of her family.

One again, I end by saying that NAK and Maulana should be given the benefit of the doubt but it should also be extended to those who are making allegations.

P.S: I have very close family in this area.


 

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#104 [Permalink] Posted on 7th October 2017 15:28
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Here is Shaykh Akram Nadwi.

The Islamic position to be taken by individuals who are not privy to the exact details of the case.

www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1...

As for the rest I have not got a clue what you trying to say, I just laid out all the variables out there in my above post.
Secondly you state NAK and this Maulana should be given benefit of doubt which I am doing...Then you are saying I should trust local community members...I dont know any community members and know there reputations even if I did and if they were related to me I would still need substantive proof to take a personal position.

Otherwise from I can see from the advice of Scholars the principled position is to be neutral.

Finally just because someone lives in a city does not mean they have any intimate knowledge in the affairs of others, I lived in Birmingham almost all my life I could not tell you anything much about any scholar other then whats in the Public domain.
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#105 [Permalink] Posted on 7th October 2017 15:50

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I have read this before and I read it again, in case I had missed something previously, here is a better link:

www.change.org/p/say-no-to-slandering-of-scholars-on-soci...

I agree that NAK should be given the benefit of the doubt and also agree that the matter shouldn’t be given to exaggerations and fanciful imagination.

In the past few decades, I also know very well how easy it is to get petitions and endorsements from senior Ulama (if you are in the circle).

My answer to all of the above is what I have said before.

Just because NAK has been to Shaykh Akram Nadwi and asked “curious questions” and therefore deserves benefit of the doubt. So does the Sister. In this case, there has been no (US) criminal violation but inappropriate (Islamic behaviour) so it’s we can speculate that there will be no criminal proceedings or FBI investigation because there is nothing to investigate. There will not be any independent investigation for us to fall back on. All I am saying is NAK and the Sister both deserve our sympathy. Just because NAK is a celebrity and Ulama have joined (hands together) to defend someone from their fraternity doesn’t mean that the Sister is lying! There is every possibility that she could be lying (note the distinction).

None of those who have signed this statement (so far) have any idea what has been happening in Dallas for close to a year! Many of these personalities (I know very well).

By saying NAK has come to my house and asked curious question, these individuals have not been impartial and it’s crystal clear from comments. They should have just spoken against slander and left the matter. They have actually praised NAK  (repeatedly) thus showing bias and thus taking the reader in a specific direction.

My point is that BOTH deserve benefit of the doubt.

My question (directly to you) is entirely different and on a different topic. Maulana Saleem Saheb is/was an elder and once again Ulama will jump to defend him and tell us to give him benefit of the doubt. My question to you, “What makes you dismiss well established and good decent people who have made the allegations against him or supported in bringing them to light?” You often quote TED or philosophically stilted opinions but why not look into the community and see what is actually happening on the ground?

I asked the same questions about Didsbury Mosque (Manchester) and I am asking again about Elgin (Chicago). Both of these are well known Muslim communities and it isn't very difficult to investigate and try to get actual facts from those close to these incidents.

By quoting Daniel on the Chicago story you have actually not been impartial but tried toast doubt and that is my point. If you want to be impartial, say you don’t know the facts and wouldn’t like to speculate and leave it at that.

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