Saturday morning was one of those mornings where after hearing upsetting news, you lose all motivation for the day and just want to remain in bed and contemplate about life and escape the reality of what’s happening.
I remember waking up all smiles. I had felt genuinely happy because Allah had given me another chance. I could see the sun rays peak through my curtains, beautifully illuminating the room. I reached out for my phone and checked for anything I might have missed the night before. I stumbled upon a message and my brows immediately furrow. Paris? What happened in Paris? Prayers being sent? What did I miss? It sounds really bad, natural disaster bad. I needed answers.
I closed the social media app and hurriedly opened my news app. I did not have to search too hard; its news was all over the place. My beautiful morning came crashing down. My eyes blur and looses its focus. Am I reading the numbers right. . . at least 129 dead? That many people?
Who is so evil? Not that it takes away from what happened but oh please let no muslims be involved with this, I thought. I read on and my fears were confirmed.
This is definitely going to remain on the news for a long time. For the first time since I started veiling, I feared a little for my safety. If I go out will anyone attack me? I knew I was being paranoid but it was a fair thought. When innocent blood is shed the only way its atoned for is by the shedding of more innocent blood. History tells me so.
I forced the morbid thoughts out of my mind and soon became furious. What is wrong with these muslims? I’ll rephrase these ‘alleged’ muslims? How in the name of Islam (since that’s what they are claiming) is their sinister act justified? It’s heartbreaking because back in the days, if you were to see a muslim brother with his beard and thobe, you would see a man of mercy, compassion, people trusted them, they were honest people, but now if you are to see a muslim brother with a beard and a thobe you think of people that behead others.
Does islam really endorse such unlawful killings? The answer is NO. I’ll keep my personal thoughts aside and let the Quran do all the talking. Earlier on today I was listening to Suratul Israa and when I got to the 34th ayat of the quran, I paused the recitation and contemplated on what I had just heard.
Allah said “And fulfil (every) promise. Verily! the promise, will be questioned about.” (17:34)
In another hadith the Prophet (saw) said:
“Four traits whoever possesses them is a hypocrite and whoever possesses some of them has an element of hypocrisy until he leaves it: the one who when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise, when he disputes he transgresses and when he makes an agreement he violates it.” [Bukhari]
The hypocrites are said to be the worst kinds of people and according to the Prophet saw will be in the lowest part of hell. Why do I bring this up? It’s important because as muslims we have to ask ourselves have we made a promise to the disbelievers that live amongst us? If we made a promise or had an agreement with them saying they would receive no harm from us, then its a really big thing and we HAVE to fulfil that promise according to Allah’s Quran (whether we live in their land or they live in ours).
The Prophet saw said “whoever kills a Mu’ahad (a person you have made a promise to) with no justification, Allah will forbid Paradise to him and he will not even smell its fragrance.” Even though its fragrance cant be smelt 40 years away.
Imam Ahmad and Ibn Taymiyyah said if you shake the hands of a disbeliever or you gesture to him in anyway to communicate that he has protection from you, (even if you did not intend to make such a promise but he understood it to be so) it counts as a contract/promise/covenant.
I had to stress that, now put handshakes to the side. The Paris shooters were muslims according to the reports given and they are not french locals. Some of them might have been given citizenship and most if not all got into the country with a visa.
These killers do they not own a passport? Have they not been given a visa? A visa that allows them to live with the French and they would abide by some of the most basic rules of their country; that is don’t break their laws, steal, harm or spill their blood. Is that not what they understand by giving you a visa? If that’s what they understand by welcoming you into their home, then you are NOT allowed to harm them.
I will not in my right senses, invite you into my home if I knew you were going to kill me.
If this killers were real muslims they would fear Allah and obey His commands, but for some twisted reason they believe what they are doing is right that is, doing the very opposite of what islam says.
Allah in suratul Mai’dah said “…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” (5:32).
Have you ever wondered why Allah said it’s like the killer has killed the whole of mankind? It’s very serious don’t you think? Imagine someone killing Adam… they’d be no mankind and if you kill any other man or woman, you’ve killed their line of generation. Similarly if you save any human, you’ve saved a whole generation that would have descended from them.
So who is that wretched person that would want to stand in front of Allah with the blood and weight of the whole of humanity resting on his shoulder?
Enough about covenants and promises and more on suicide. The boko haram group, many of these ‘muslim’ men blow themselves up, killing many others and just before doing so shout la Ilaha Illallah or Allahu Akbar; like it would take away the sin. It’s ridiculous and only Allah can avail them.
Suicide is a major sin in islam and the Prophet saw said: ““Whoever throws himself down from a mountain and kills himself will be in the Fire of Hell, throwing himself down therein for ever and ever. Whoever takes poison and kills himself, his poison will be in his hand and he will be sipping it in the Fire of Hell for ever and ever. Whoever kills himself with a piece of iron, that piece of iron will be in his hand and he will be stabbing himself in the stomach with it in the Fire of Hell, for ever and ever.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari
Imagine these suicide bombers, their punishment will be to blow themselves up over and over again in hellfire?
Apart from all that’s been said, as a decent human being can’t one keep from harming others? The truth is theres nothing islamic about all of them, the only religion they practice is a religion without a conscience, one that has a following of people that has lost a sense of their humanity. Their evil act is only going to give leaders and their people the excuse to orthodox islam. We muslims have to do something; be people of spectacular character. Go out of our way and let people know we are NOTHING like that. Islam is a religion of peace and we cry alongside them.
Sometimes I wonder are we really the people the Prophet (saw) stayed up all night crying his eyes out for calling out to Allah my ummah! my ummah! I’m now only starting to understand why he was so worried about us; it’s because of people like ISIS and boko haram, muslims who actually believe what they did was right or a less of two evils, muslims who remain silent and do not condemn such evil actions and do nothing to try to improve the delicate condition of the muslim ummah.
May Allah unite and guide the whole muslim ummah and give us the ability to fix what people of the past and current have broken. I pray He removes all those that spread corruption, that abuse his book and try to tarnish the beautiful image of islam, and may Allah grant the family of those who have lost their lives unjustly in the hands of any muslim, peace and mercy. Ameen.
Have a marvellous week ^.^