Taking the offensive against Secularism, Anti-Theism and its’ Armies

Figure 1A: Secularism and Anti-Theism are covered in this very important article by the late marja.`
Figure 1A: Secularism and Anti-Theism are covered in this very important article by the late marja.`

Every one of you is a shepherd and responsible for his flock [1]

By Imam `Abdullah An-Nuri

The Missionaries of Secularism and Anti-Theism have waged war against us with their astrayness and they have found in our youth acceptance of their astrayness. The reason for this is that these youth are ignorant of the Religion, knowing neither its’ value nor teachings.

These same missionaries are trying to completely destroy these values and uproot them from the hearts of the babies and youth so that a generation shall come in which these youth will now be men malleable to every call and ready to go to war for them.[2]

Based upon this, the armed West has opened the doors to these missionaries and called the Ummah – both in the East and the West – so that they might replace the current culture with the new one.[3]

The Muslims who are ignorant of their religion rejoice in this squawking and open their hearts in order to take it in, both the hearts and minds of these people begin to take heed of this message.

The Pure and Unadulterated Islam has more right to such acceptance and adherence from the Muslims and that they might enjoin their children to follow it. The same Islam has made each and every individual from the Ummah a shepherd and directly responsible for everyone in his flock.

The One sent with this Religion, the Conveyer and the Teacher,[4] peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Every one of you is a shepherd and each and every one of you is responsible for his flock.”[5]

When the responsible people neglect this duty, the next generation is laid waste. When one lays waste to the future generation this will in turn impact the future of this Ummah.

Let everyone be responsible, righteous and pious – whether it is the father, brother or teacher – to those under his responsibility. Let him command them with righteousness and do so in front of them and not act in a contradictory manner.

This is especially the case with regards to impressionable children, as they are more likely to submit to and follow such a call from Secularist missionaries, whether they are boys or girls.

Impressionable children have a natural level of acceptance towards goodness when they are taught in a manner showing them how to be righteous and the matter is explained where they can come to see the goodness in it.

The guardian teaches the small child truth so that he does not lie, commands him with justice so that he does not commit oppression, forbids him from doing things that are not good. When he forbids him from doing something wrong, he should be sure not to himself commit that same wrong in front of him.[6]

The reason for this is that the small child is a mirror and this contradiction leads the child to do so as the father or guardian is older than him. In circumstances such as these, the child follows the guardian or parent without evidence and knowing the reasons for the said action.

The small child imitates the guardian and believes in the perfection of the one giving him his upbringing. He will boast to his friends about what was taught to him by his father, paternal uncle, maternal uncle or his older brother and what he does or how he imitates one of these people.[7]

Much of the actions committed by the father are internalised in the small son, who upon gaining his majority does what his father had done without reflection, care and without understanding the reason why. He will not even care about the consequences of committing these said actions. He merely follows.

Much of what has damaged the young boys and girls and has corrupted them as young men and women is precisely the imitation of those responsible for them. These young children have followed these adults on account of their not being able to find those who would set them straight after being crooked or take them from their mistakes and show them what is correct.

The father is involved in his delights to his heart’s content but the situation of the sons and daughters of his household does not concern him. He will only come to them – the sons or daughters – bringing food and clothes, thinking that this is all that is required in life.

This same father leaves them free reign to do as they please, so they grow up exactly how he left them. The short term outcome of this is bad for the family and evil for society in the long term.

Where is the one who knows his Religion so that he might rightly raise the one who has no religion? Where is the man committing to memory etiquettes and such while there is someone without any etiquette whatsoever?

And where would he get the understanding to follow his original culture when his parent or guardian is happy to rush towards the very thing that opposes all of what he knows?

And where is the enlightened and upright individual who knows of no error in his Religion and is aware of his obligations and the conditions of the creation around him? How could such a one even exist when the one responsible for him is ignorant of the actual Religion that would teach the child these matters?

This situation does not differ from one place to another. It is as much in the house as it is in the school. It is just as much the blame of the father as it is the teacher.[8] The father or teacher does not command with righteousness but instead command is exercised over him.

He does not forbid the wrong. Instead, he is forbidden to do such things.[9] The visible signs of the Religion are not established in the home or the school, so the child is neither here nor there. What traces remain of the Religion are here and there and nothing complete.

So then here come the missionaries of Secularism and Atheism,[10] ever vigilant and waiting for the slightest chance to administer their poison. They know the poison is ready for injection when they find the two twins of ignorance and neglect present in the same people.

It is even better when the people targeted have a twig’s worth of knowledge of the Religion; this enables the process to be accelerated, the poison to go deep into the heart and find a resting place from which Anti-Theism will later grow.

So what has our generation come to that we seek ‘the good life’ and glory in our deeds, that they might be followed, that those who follow them might boast of them and follow other things as well?

And it is with great sadness and trepidation that I report that our youth have gone into the ways of the Secularists, seeing the light as darkness and right guidance as falsehood to the point that they have changed their virtuous names to disgusting names.[11] They have declared the Religion backwardness and adherence to it as “retrogressive” and “conservatism.”

Each one of these children should receive no blame; the blame is upon those responsible for him. The responsible are to blame as they fled from the Religion or were ignorant of its value or they took hold of harmful customs and culture that are far from the Religion along with exposing this tribulation to the child.

Our Religion – praise be to Allah – is a light in every time and place but we are ignorant of it and put in it what does not belong to it. We declare as part of it what has no part in it out of stubbornness from us and following ignorant and astray imams who have put things in Islam that are not from it. These imams are astray, go further astray and then lead others astray.

Islam, praise be to Allah, is for reflection and thinking in totality. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, came with Islam to a people who think and reflect. It is ease and not hardship, rest and not difficulty. It is guidance without any astrayness in it. Indeed, Islam is just as the Master of the Messengers, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, described it, “…clear guidance, its’ night is like its’ day.”

Dear Muslim brother or sister,

Come to Islam. Salvation lies within. Come with me to the clearest path so that all of our ways and states might be rectified. Let us do this until we come to measure and demarcate by the light we find in order to see if in fact we are truly Muslims. Are we really exemplifying this noble call to Islam?

You who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire that has as its’ fuel men and stones. Angels that are stern and mighty stand guard over it. They do not disobey their Lord in what He commanded them and they do as they are told.[12]

[1] Trans note: Taken from `Ulama’ wa A`lam, vol.1, pp. 632-634, ed. no. 22, Rabi` ul-Akhir 1387

[2] Trans note: Remember that the marja` is writing these in the early 1380s (beginning of the 1960s pagan era). Those referenced that have grown up to be men have now had children. Look at the Arab world and the wider Muslim world and see if this rotten fruit has ripened. As much as he is speaking about this group of people that have already hatched, he is speaking to those in the aftermath who with their understanding can put the pieces together, assess the damage and go on the offensive, moving forward with the faith. That generation previous to them is very much a ‘throw away’ and ‘lost generation.’

[3] Trans. note: Culture here is not referring to just dietary laws and eating habit, but the actual Religion and all matters associated with it.

[4] Trans note: These are all titles referencing the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

[5] Collected by Imam Muslim ibn Al-Hajjaj in Al-Jami` us-Sahih, Book of Leadership, under the chapter of the Virtue of the Just Leader and the Punishment for the Tyrannical Ruler and classed by him as authentic.

[6] Trans note: This means the father has to be on guard so that he is an upright example and not guilty of the same crimes from which he warns his children.

[7] Trans note: This is especially visible in small children. One can often hear them speaking to each other about the things someone has taught them and how they will or will not do it.

[8] Trans note: This is referring to government schools that actively sought to replace the original kuttab system in the Muslim world in order to systematise nationalist rhetoric and feeling. One can know which country of origin these settler education institutions come from just by perusing what language of instruction they teach the pupils in each day.

[9] Trans. note: This means there is some external authority regulating him and controlling him. It will either prevent him from instructing the children or distract him from doing so at crucial points in the child’s life.

[10] A distinction is made between Secularism (Ar. `ilmaniyyah) and Anti-Theism (Ar. ilhad) based on the context they are used in and the words. Secularism involves the equalising of things initially, such as religious indifferentism, moral relativism, androgyny and so forth. Once all religions, social customs are held on one platform, Anti-Theism then comes, aggressive towards all manner of religion and bringing in whatever culture the conquerors or missionaries espouse (i.e. Americanism). This was detained in Imam Muhammad Al-Khidr Hussain’s ground breaking work on the subject.

[11] Trans note: this refers to the practice of some Muslims changing their names to those of the pagans in order that they might imitate the intruding culture and ideas. This has been accelerated through television.

[12] Surat ut-Tahrim (66), ayah 6

A Monumental Achievement – We did it!

Figure 1A: Zad ul-Masir fi`Ilm it-Tafsir. One of the great commentaries of the past 900 years.
Figure 1A: Zad ul-Masir fi`Ilm it-Tafsir. One of the great commentaries of the past 900 years.

Dear readers,

This Friday, 18 Safar 1438, marks the completion of the entire 1,607 page text of Imam Ibn Al-Jawzi’s Zad ul-Masir fi `Ilm it-Tafsir. This monumental four volume commentary (we used the four volumes in one edition, which explains the huge pagination and small print) on the Qur’an was read over a five year period and completed.

We still have a large maqra’ to do in commemoration of the event but I am still reeling from the turn of events that has transpired.

What can I do to fully understand the turn of events? How amazing was this huge journey! When we started out some five years ago, the point of the class was to show what the Qur’an was and what it was not. I did not know if I would complete the task or if I was even up to it.

Remember this was a five year journey. Along the way were death threats against me by different groups, slander against me, takfir made on me by an aberrant group of Orthodox believers, the Institute (at the time that it was open) had one of the windows smashed by a group of practicing Muslims,

then when that was repaired another group of practicing Muslims smashed one on the other side, bouts of illness due to the winter and summer months, vociferous Romanian neighbours that were throwing dirty diapers over the fence that were unfastened, leaving their contents to belch all over the porch of the place, having to move places after to takfir helped to force the shutdown of the Institute.

Then came the Arabs approaching me and telling me that it was time for me to look out for my own people and that I had invested enough in the `Ajam. “These are people of shirk, brother. They were never real Muslims anyway,” one brother offered as consolation during a home visit with me.

I had to move from one home to another as practicing Muslims yet again showed themselves as treacherous. My children were supremely worried and so were a lot of other people. I turned my attention back towards my children, Kinanah, indeed Egypt and vowed to start assisting the villages and looking at my own community first. Then came the Arab uprisings and Egypt’s transformation, 27 family members being arrested and then a jail break happening in the south of Egypt that left 47 cops dead. Good Lord.

But there would always be that brother. Hey, are we starting tafsir again? One would nudge me. They would not always say something. Sometimes it was just their presence. Oh, yeah. I need to do tafsir, I would remember. That it would begin again.

No matter what, it was still there. “Oh, brother. You shouldn’t do the tafsir. I heard…Someone said…they’re weak hadees in that book.”

Right. I would ask them if they were doing any other tafsir and when they had studied the science of tafsir.

“Akee, we need to use hikmah,” the piety pimps would start. They would blather on about what we should and should not do and the “Koran and Hadees.” I lovingly ignored them and continued with the tafsir classes.

We then reached the end of the line. I am both excited and also sad. No one who listens to these 200 classes and thousands of hours can claim that the Qur’an has any ayat that condone murder or wanton violence. With that being said, you also cannot find men and women being addressed as equals in the pages of the Qur’an (simply because they are not).

Neither are children the equals of adults, the ruled the equal of the rulers, the laymen that of the scholars and so forth. Then there were supporting texts. Egypt is mentioned some five times and more in the Qur’an. Certain historical references were made that had to be addressed.

So I would recommend further reading on ancient Egypt, some books in Arabic and some in English. Then came the battle of Issus, the Byzantine march and so many other riveting historical milestones that I would just keep referencing additional works.

Overall, I recommended perhaps 200+ books on various topics from geology all the way to Persian history. No two classes were exactly the same.

And now it’s over. So for the next three weeks (I’m officially on break) I get to reflect on what was accomplished and how great was the achievement. At the end of the class, I issued a challenge.

Any Muslims in the Anglosphere…wherever you are. Bring it. The Slaves of Allah with me that completed the class showed that the entire tafsir of the Qur’an could be completed and it could hold muster with any college course.

We did the same thing when we spent a year completing the entire As-sirat un-Nabawiyyah of Imam `Abdul Malik Ibn Hisham (d. 213 AH). This was after we were told ‘no one can sit through all of that.’

None of the Anglosphere Muslims in the United States, Canada or the UK have recorded (they might have done it but didn’t register it for posterity) a comparable task, so we wait for them to bring their A game. It’s not even a fair fight.

It can’t be braggadocio when you’ve done it and maybe no one else can. Just a friendly challenge. Can Anglosphere Muslims do something besides Rihlahs, Deen Intensives, Inter-Faith directives, Religious Indifferentism Conferences (whose checking for that anyway?!) and so many other gatherings that insult the intelligence of the common man?

If so, it’s time you leveled up and brought your A game. It has to be better than your Z game. It’s time to be the Alif. How long have you been the Ya’?

In a few weeks, when all the classes have been uploaded, you have a water mark for your competition. Let’s see how far you can take it. We just want some friendly competition…someone to compare notes with in the race of life.

May the Almighty Lord over all accept this monumental task from us, forgive us any shortcomings in the recordings, my additional notes, translation and the like and reward our diligence and honesty in bringing it to the people abundantly.

Until next time,

 

Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far Al-Hanbali

A Beneficial Advice

Figure 1A: Shaikh Muhammad Bakr Isma`il, the scholar of tafsir, Usul ul-Fiqh and various disciplines. If not for his lifelong blindness, he would have been a marja`.
Figure 1A: Shaikh Muhammad Bakr Isma`il, the scholar of tafsir, Usul ul-Fiqh and various disciplines. If not for his lifelong blindness, he would have been a marja`.

Below is an advice from the Shaikh Muhammad Bakr Ismail [1] of Al-Azhar University. Here the Shaikh advises a layman with one of the most useful statements that could ever be given, namely, “Talk about what you know. If you don’t specialise in it, don’t speak on it. ”

 

[1] 1355-1426 AH (AD 1936-2006)

 

The Strategic Importance of the Arabic Language pt. 2

Figure 1A: An example of the one of the oldest copies of the Qur'an in existence. This particular sample is on display in Birmingham, England.
Figure 1A: An example of the one of the oldest copies of the Qur’an in existence. This particular sample is on display in Birmingham, England.

The Qur’an, Arabs and Arabic[1]

By Imam `Abdullah An-Nuri

Before and after Islam, the Arabs were the same people but a fundamental change swept over them that would differentiate between how they had been previously and the end product. Allah, Majestic is His Mention, sent His Messenger Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, sent down a book upon them in their language so that he might teach and purify them.

Before the revelation of the Qur’an, the Arabs were in the depths of the age of Ignorance and astrayness that rendered them blindmen. Any one of these men might purposely go to an infant daughter, take her and bury her alive due to the shame of having so many daughters.

These people were in utter scandal, with nothing to unite the hearts or gather the tribes together. They were thus in a perpetual state of war and enmity with one another with habitual bloodshed as the norm.

The society of that day had a class system. The lords and the lorded over, the elite and the low, the free and the slave. The strong devoured the weak and the mighty among them would forge idolatrous images out of dust and seek aid from them. He would prostrate at the foot of the idols and seek help and support from them.

Allah in the Qur’an made reference to this numerous times in many places. Allah, after the Revelation, even reminded these people of the Favour upon them when He united their hearts upon Islam when they had been enemies beforehand.

He permitted for them the pure and wholesome things and forbade them the filthy and unclean things along with meat found dead, blood and the flesh of pig. He also forbade them from the worship of idols and what cannot hear the call and cry of the seeker.

Allah showed the flaw and blame of this when he said,

When any one of them is given the glad tidings of the birth of a female, his face is gloomy and he is filled with grief. He hides away from the people due to the evil of what he has been informed. Will he keep her or bury her deep in the earth? Evil is such a decision being made.[2]   

The Qur’an was sent down to a people who at the time were in darkness and the tribes were in a state of war. The Messenger – by the command of Allah the Exalted – called the people to the Oneness and Uniqueness of Allah, to worship Him Alone, the unification of direction for men and the liberation of man from the slavery to other than Allah.

The call of Islam was that there is no god but Allah and He is One and Unique without partner for Him. This means that Allah Alone is worshipped and none besides and that man has been endowed with nobility that should prevent him from subjugating himself to someone besides the Creator, Sustainer and Shaper for worship.

Man is to be considered the brother of his fellow man, he is not to use his strength to overcome the weaker among mankind. All men were taken to be brothers with no virtue of one man over another except by piety.

So they heard the voice of truth, believed in it, read and recited that which He sent down on His Messenger and thus the purification of the soul began and the path of true righteousness was laid out.

Their faith took them from ignorance and removed them from the mirage of astrayness and they now firmly placed themselves on the path so that they become the first family of the Ummah of the Qur’an. The Arab nation became manifest and known to the world after Islam.

Beforehand they were unknown and Islam then took them from being forgotten about by the world to the world hearing and seeing them and becoming a part of the best Ummah every brought forward for humanity.

They call to good, command with righteousness and forbid from the wrong.[3]

The people referenced in the ayah teach others the truth, command with justice and goodness, command with truth and patience so that they might connect with and bring the good that impacts the whole of creation.

And with Islam the Arabs entered into the full light of history and civilisation. The Book of Allah became a constitution for their state, the law of their judges, the basis of their society, the schoolteacher of the young and old among them.

The Book of Allah is the commander and forbidder in all points in life, whether it be the masjid, the school, at home, trade and work and conditions that pass by mankind or he passes by and this indeed became the reality established by history. No one can deny this except for the arrogant ones who ignore history’s lessons.

We understand from this that Islam is what taught the Arabs the meaning of honour, guided them to brotherhood and affinity towards others, with this leading to them tasting the sweetness of glory and majesty in the end.

These people believed that the Qur’an is the Book of Allah which no falsehood approaches it form the front or the back and the legislation that is within its’ pages is from Allah Alone. They took hold of this and never strayed from the path.

Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, is the One who chose them for this religion and made them armies due to their passion for Allah. He chose for them this religion as a guidance and strength and made them the best Ummah to guide humanity, give glad tidings to the good while knowing that whoever has passion for Allah shall never be conquered and whoever Allah has not given this is counted among those destroyed.

Before Islam, the Arabs were landlocked in Arabia and they did not as a whole go past its boundaries. When the Qur’an came, people came and learned the Arabic language that weren’t even Arabs as the message was in Arabic.

He (Allah) brought them out of being heads over tribes of Arabs to being heads over nations of Arabs and non-Arabs and this all became part of the Islamic and Arabic Ummah. The nations around them spoke different languages, made subscriptions to other religions, but then they learned the language of the Qur’an and came to the religion of the Qur’an.

These nations today speak with different accents – with the one in the east not understanding the accent in the west – but when they gather together they understand the timeless language of the Qur’an.

It is the noble language that Allah preserved with the Qur’an and that which one can access to have eternity is in the Qur’an. So the Arabic language shall not fade away until time itself ceases.

It is due to the Qur’an that we know and understand and we are obliged to gather together and become of one accord. I do not say this just to the Arabs alone; but I say this to the Arabs and all Muslims.

It is a great disservice and shame to abandon the very thing that Allah gave to raise the Arabs from the degradation in which they had been mired. He (Allah) gave them might, taught whoever was ignorant with the Qur’an and honoured them. He then guided them by way of the Qur’an to the right way so that they might use their insight. He also gave them the most amazing story and glory to ever be told in the annals of history.

[1] This was taken from `Ulama ul-Islam, vol.1, pp. 629-630, no.24, Jumada Al-Akhirah 1386 edition

[2] Surat un-Nahl (16), ayah 58-59

[3] Surah Ali `Imran (3), ayah 104