REPENT O! Muslim Militant: Drop the Gun, Carry A Book (Part 3)
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
“YOU ARE indeed the best community that has ever been brought forth for [the good of] mankind: you enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and you believe in God.” (Qur’an: 3:110)
Are we truly the best community to serve God and mankind?
No one alive today can truthfully and honestly say Muslims are the “best community” given the current tumultuous conditions in the Muslim world where there is little true faith, little peace, little health of mind and body; but much poverty, illiteracy, hostility, antagonism, disunity, corruption, violence, civil wars, and terrorism where Muslims are killing fellow Muslims.
In fact these are the worst of times in the Muslim world. The “We” of Islam has been replaced by the materialistic “Me” leading to a mass decay of moral conduct, anarchy, and corruption of the soul.
Across the Muslim world the “Islamists” claim they are indiscriminately fighting and killing their fellow Muslims (and the foreign invader and occupier which is legitimate and a duty for all Muslims) so that they may establish an Islamic State.
Such is the madness of their minds and a hardening of their hearts.
Wouldn’t the first requirement for such a goal be to know and live by Islamic principles and morals; the first being you should not kill a life made sacred by God?
Are these militants so blind, dumb, deaf, and so brain washed that they can’t even consider the possibility that they their ways are in error and in direct opposition to God’s message in the Qur’an and against Prophet Muhammad’s teachings?
Are they so arrogant as to believe that they are infallible, incapable of error, and their way is the only way to salvation and Paradise?
In Islam such heresy is called “Bid’ah”, i.e. an illegal innovation of thought or deed that contradicts the Qur’an and the teachings of our beloved Messenger Muhammad?
“Verily, the vilest of all creatures in the sight of God are those deaf, those dumb ones who do not use their reason.” (Qur’an: 8:22)
Prophet Muhammad said of them:
“He who innovates (commits Bid’ah) or gives protection to an innovator, there is a curse of Allah and that of His Angels and that of the whole of humanity upon him.”
Hence, any Muslim who aids these militants whether by supporting them financially, providing weapons, food, water, medicines, or shelter (except to those who are fighting invaders and occupiers of their land like the Palestinians) is supporting innovation and thus God has cursed him.
REPENT, ask for Forgiveness, and Return to the Straight Path of Islam.
BUT, Oh Muslim Militant, our God is the Most Merciful, Most Forgiving, and Most Accepting of the Repentance of all who’ve sinned against themselves or sinned against others. The beauty of our faith as God and the Prophet have told us is that God’s door to those who repent is always open. He is a loving, merciful, and forgiving God.
Repent our lost brothers and sisters before it’s too late, before you die, and before you stand in front of God on Judgment Day to account for your deadly actions against the innocent.
Please read these Qur’an verses carefully and believe, understand, and trust that you have a path back to God’s mercy; all you need to do is sincerely repent and ask for forgiveness Every single human being from Adam and Eve till the end of time commits sins but with God’s love of His creation He offers us His mercy and forgiveness. God loves those who repent.
“Say (thus speaks God): “O My servants, who transgressed against themselves, do not despair of God’s mercy. For God forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, the Merciful. Repent to your Lord, and peacefully surrender to Him, before the retribution comes to you. Then you cannot be helped.” (Qur’an: 39:53-54))
“He it is who bestows His blessings upon you, with His angels [echoing Him], so that He might take you out of the depths of darkness into the light. And, indeed, ever Merciful is He unto the believers.” (Qur’an: 33:43)
“O you who believe! Turn unto God in sincere repentance: it may well be .that your Sustainer will efface from you your bad deeds, and will admit you into gardens through which running waters flow, on a Day on which God will not shame the Prophet and those who share his faith: their light will spread rapidly before them, and on their right [and] they will pray: “O our Sustainer! Cause this our light to shine for us forever and forgive us our sins: for, verily, you have the power to will anything!” (Qur’an: 66:8)
“And most surely I am most forgiving to him who repents and believes and does good, then continues to follow the right path” (Qur’an: 20:82)
“Verily, God’s acceptance of repentance relates only to those who do evil out of ignorance and then repent before their time runs out:15 and it is they unto whom God will turn again in His mercy – for God is all-knowing, wise;” (Qur’an: 4:17)
Repent, O Muslim Militant, Repent before you die for you do not know the time of your death.
“BUT, repentance shall not be accepted from those who do evil deeds until their dying hour and then say,16 “Behold, I now repent”; nor from those who die as deniers of the truth: it is these for whom We have readied grievous suffering.” (Qur’an: 4:18)
Prophet Muhammad’s teaching:
“There is a medicine for each pain; and the medicine for sins is repentance.”
“Whenever you repent, ALLAH the Almighty will be pleased just as you get happy when you find something you have lost.”
Every Muslim must repent to God for all his/her sins. It is not just the militants who must repent from their ways of evil deeds, but all of us Muslims must repent for losing our faith, abandoning the Qur’an and the Prophet’s teachings, and for the conditions and circumstances arising out of our own failures that have led to wars, violence, terrorism, poverty, ignorance, brother killing brother, and so much more.
God in the Qur’an informs us that through time there will be some among Muslims who will live and act in ways that are contrary to the Qur’an as if they have abandoned it.
“AND [on that Day] the Apostle will say: “O my Lord; Behold, [some of] my people have come to regard this Qur’an as something [that ought to be] discarded!” (Qur’an: 5:30)
Fear has intimidated Muslims across the spectrum of society from Governments to the media, academia, and ordinary citizens against speaking, protesting, and acting to defeat the non-repentant Muslim militants. Fear and apathy, not courage, reigns over the Muslim world like a dark cloud.
Who should we as Muslims fear, God or the Militants?
God tells us in the Qur’an to fear no one and nothing but Him:
“You shall not fear them, but fear Me; so that I may complete My blessings upon you and that you may be guided.” (Qur’an: 2:150)
Prophet Muhammad taught Muslims to always be courageous, truthful and virtuous whether facing an unjust tyrant or those who cause mischief in the land.
“The best Jihad is to speak a word of truth to a tyrant ruler.”
“Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.”
I shall now discuss the last two more wrongful beliefs held by Militants against women’s rights and their total misunderstanding on the punishment of Adultery.
Islam changed and elevated the status and rights of women for the first time in history. It granted women equal rights to men in all manners of worship, the right to an education, ownership of property, inheritance, the right to work, to vote, to fight in wars, to participate in public affairs, and to equal rewards and accountability for their actions.
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Fourteen hundred years ago Omar Al Khattab the second Caliphate (successor to Prophet Muhammad) appointed a woman to oversee the City of Medina’s marketplace thereby dealing and ruling on issues concerning businessmen.
The rights of Muslim women granted to them in the Qur’an and by Prophet Muhammad’s teachings are today sadly absent and denied by ignorant men who’ve made women in the Muslim world second class citizens victimized by abuse, denial of their human and religious rights such as the right of women to worship in mosques, even raping and killing women with the mildest of legal accountability, if at all.
This is an ugly affront to Islam that is larger in scope and impact than terrorism.
“It is only in the last twenty years that Christian England has recognized the right of woman to property, while Islam has allowed this right from all times. It is a slander to say that Islam preaches that women have no souls.”
–Anne Besant; “The Life and Teachings of Mohammed”, 1932.
Qur’an on Women’s Rights and as Wives:
“The believers, men and women, are helpers, supporters, friends and protectors of one another, they enjoin all that is good, and forbid all that is evil, they offer their prayers perfectly, and give Zakah (Obligatory Charity) and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will bestow Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” (Qur’an: 9:71)
“Surely the men who submit and the women who submit, and the believing men and the believing women, and the obedient men and the obedient women, and the truthful men and the truthful women, and the patient men and the patient women, and the humble men and the humble women… Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward.” (Qur’an 33:35)
“Never will I allow the loss of the work of any worker amongst you, male or female; you are of one another.” (Qur’an 3:195)
“And among His wonders is that He creates for you mates so that you might incline towards them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you. In this, behold, there are messages indeed for people who think!” (Qur’an: 30:21)
“And live with them (your spouses) in kindness.” (Qur’an: 4:19)
Prophet Muhammad’s Teachings on Women:
“God enjoins you to treat women well, for they are your mothers, daughters, aunts.”
“The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained in the rights assigned to them.”
“Women are the twin halves of men.”
“The world and all things in it are valuable; but the most valuable thing in the world is a virtuous woman.”
“Beat not your wives.”
“Whoever does good to girls, it will be a curtain to him from the hell-fire.”
“The world and all things in it are valuable; but the most valuable thing in the world is a virtuous woman.”
In fact both in the Quran and in Prophet Muhammad’s teachings women (as mothers) are more honored and hold a higher position than men given their extraordinary maternal duties beginning with pregnancy.
“We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth.” (Qur’an: 4:15)
“Heaven lies at the feet of mothers.”
An entire Chapter in the Qur’an is entitled “Women” that spells out many of the rights, protections, and duties of women. Another Chapter in the Qur’an is named “Mariam” after the Virgin Mary.
A brutal illustration of the ignorance of the Taliban of the Qur’anic teaching on the crime of adultery is their tragic killing of a woman whose husband, alone, accused her of adultery. After the execution a Taliban member said of the execution; “God tells us to finish her. Her husband has the right to kill her.”
In chapter 24 of the Qur’an titled “The Light” the first ten verses deal with the subject of Adultery, its legal definition, its punishment, and accusation by a man or a woman against their spouse.
In order to legally punish a man AND woman who commit adultery there must be FOUR adult witnesses who actually saw the act in person, which is nearly impossible unless the adultery is committed in public. That is because God wants to preserve the honor, dignity, and integrity of Muslim men and women and thus prevent any callous slander and accusations against them.
Secondly, the punishment for adultery is ONLY public lashing of the man and woman legally found to be guilty of adultery (as above), but never is killing one or both ever allowed.
Thirdly if a husband or wife accuses the other of adultery without presenting four witnesses to the crime; all the accused has to do is take a legal oath denying the accusation and the matter is dropped.
“The woman and the man guilty of unlawful sex (adultery or fornication), flog each of them with a hundred stripes; let not compassion move you in their case in a matter prescribed by Allah if ye believe in Allah and the Last day; and let a party of the believers witness their punishment.” (Qur’an: 24:2)
As for the false accuser, male or female, he/she is punished publicly with eighty lashes. Islam puts the highest premium on a human being’s honor and dignity.
With their God given rights guaranteed in the Quran and Prophetic teachings; by what conceivable right do Muslim men abuse, punish, kill and oppress women?
The Majesty of Islam’s Call to Prayer (Athan)
Across the world the Call to Prayer (Athan) is proclaimed five times a day calling the faithful Muslims to come in unity to pray at a mosque, at home, at work, or individually.
In the Call, after witnessing that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, are the two defining majestic calls that encapsulate the essence of worship and life — if one worships, serves, and prays to God alone, that person shall find success in the world and in the hereafter.
“Come to Prayer”
“Come to Success”
“O you who believe, answer the call of God and His messenger when he calls you to what will grant you life. And know that God comes between a person and his heart, and that to Him you will be gathered.” (Qur’an: 8:24)
God forbids us to lose hope or become apathetic in our faith and lives. Today the Muslim world is experiencing its worst time of turmoil and uncertainty, but Islam is God’s faith and it will never falter nor disappear.
We must never lose hope for God tells us that:
“Let there among you arise a community (of people) who invite unto all that is good, and enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong: and it is they, they who shall prosper and attain to a happy state.” (Qur’an: 3:104)
Surrender and Submit to God and He will grant you success in this world and reward you greatly beyond any one’s imagination in Paradise.
Why don’t you and I be among those blessed few who will arise and carry out this divine order. Let us begin with changing ourselves to becoming true faithful Muslims in words and deeds. Then we can work to similarly change our families, friends, neighborhoods, community, nation, and God willing bring the loving peaceful message of Islam to the world. If God is with us, who can be against us.
“Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves.” (Qur’an: 13:1)
We are Muslims, believers in the only faith – Islam — that God accepts. Islam has been and will always be God’s greatest blessing and gift to humanity.
“Behold, the only [true] religion in the sight of God is self-surrender (Islam) unto Him.” (Qur’an: 3:19)
May Allah (swt) grant us the knowledge and wisdom of our faith, Islam, and may He forgive our sins, bless us with His mercy, and guide us to always be conscience of Him in all we do, and to the doing of what is good and beneficial to mankind, and to forbid evil and oppression anywhere, beginning within our own homes.