An advice for the Imaams in the West regarding the mosque attack in New Zealand

All praise is for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; may peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, his family and companions. Thereafter,

Some brothers from the students of knowledge asked me for an advice, to clarify the best way for the Imaams and preachers in the West to deal with the attack on Masjid Noor in New Zealand.

I therefore quickly write this advice for them before the Jumu’ah prayers, perhaps some of
our brothers can translate it to English and other languages.

The first obligation upon you – the Imaams and preachers – is to not exaggerate and magnify this news. This is an individual incident and there are tens of millions of Muslims living in the West in safety and security. This applies to both the laws and rights [afforded to the Muslims in the West] as well as how the general public interact with them – so all praise is for Allah. As for exaggerating the issue and invoking doom for all the Muslims in general, this will result in harms, including:

  1. A weakening of patience, seeking hope in Allah and bearing difficulties for the sake of Allah the Most High. We should all ponder over the difficulties and troubles the Messenger (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) and his followers faced; they were killed and punished with various forms of harm and torture, however this only increased them in their patience and firmness. Also ponder over the situation of our Muslim brothers in Myanmar (Burma), East Turkistan and other countries wherein the Muslims are being killed and punished.{O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful} [03:200]
  2. It places fear in the hearts of Muslims, with a sense of defeat and being downtrodden, which has a bad effect on the Muslims. In fact, this is exactly what the right-wing extremists want by targeting mosques and exploiting media against the Muslims.
  3. This type of emotional rhetoric has a bad effect on the Muslims, the situation is then exploited both politically and in media, to increase the vulnerability and isolation of Muslims, which is another goal of the perpetrators of this crime

 Therefore, both from a political and Islamic point of view, we must contain this incident within the correct context and not generalize [the crime] to governments and the common public. This is to avoid emotion, inciting Muslims, and arousing their emotions, which may lead them to abusive behaviour.

So the reaction of the Imaams and Du’aat specifically, and the Muslims in the west generally, should be a reaction of pardoning, forgiveness, tolerating harms and trials, and turning away from the ignorant. This is as Allah said,

 {So pardon and overlook until Allah delivers His command. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent}

{Pardon them and over look, verily Allah loves those who do good}

{So turn aside from them and say, “Peace.” But they are going to know}

{So be patient. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And let them not disquiet you who are not certain [in faith]}

The point is that the reaction of Muslims in the west should be one of pardoning, forgiving, tolerating and patience, not a reaction of killings and revenge.

Shaykh Al-Islaam Abul Abbaas Ibn Taymiyyah clarified this (may Allah have mercy upon him), he replied to a number of scholars who considered the above Aayaat abrogated. He mentioned how these Aayat are clearly applicable, these Aayaat are applied in times and places which necessitate it.

He said: “Any believer who resides in a land, in state of weakness, or in a time wherein he is weak, let him implement the Aayah of patience and pardoning to the one who harms Allah and His Messenger (through evil) from those who were given the scriptures and the Mushrikoon.” [Refer to his full statement in “As-Saarim Al-Maslool”]

Importantly, the above advice to forgive, pardon and tolerate does not mean that the Muslims do not demand their rights using the appropriate political channels and legal means , rather as Muslims we should do everything within our ability to protect the rights of Muslims, for the culprits to be brought to justice, for the relatives of victims and the inured to be fully compensated. We should request the Western governments to pass laws against all forms of racism, islamophobia and inciting against Muslims, so others are not swayed by such incidents into committing similar crimes.

Help is sought from Allah, upon His is out reliance, an there is no power nor might except by Allah.

Written by:

[Shaykh] AbdulHaq Turkmani

Friday, 9th Rajab, 1440

Corresponding to: 15th March, 2019.

 

Footnotes

[TN] The above was translated with slight changes in wording with the permission of the Shaykh.

 


 

نصيحة للخطباء في الدول الغربية حول واقعة الهجوم على مسجد النور في نيوزيلاندا

المرجع: http://uqu.edu.sa/page/ar/100813

الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على محمد وآله وصحبه أجمعين.
أما بعد: فقد سألني بعض إخواننا من طلبة العلم عن الطريقة المثلى لتناول حادثة الاعتداء على مسجد النور في نيوزيلاندا من قبل الدعاة والخطباء في الدول الغربية، فأحببت أن أكتب لهم هذه النصيحة العاجلة قبل صلاة الجمعة، ويقوم بعض إخواننا بترجمتها إلى الإنكليزية وغيرها:

فأول ما يجب عليهم عدم التهويل والتضخيم،* فهذه حادثة عارضة، والمسلمون في الغرب، وعددهم بعشرات الملايين، يعيشون في أمن وأمان، سواء من جهة الأنظمة والقوانين، أو من جهة تعامل عامة الناس معهم، والحمد لله تعالى. أما التهويل والتضخيم، والدعاء بالويل والثبور، ففيه مفاسد كثيرة، منها:

– ضعف جانب الصبر والاحتساب وتحمل الأذى في سبيل الله تعالى، وليعتبروا بما لقيه الرسل عليهم الصلاة والسلام وأتباعهم من القتل والتعذيب وألوان الأذى فما زادهم ذلك إلا صبرًا وثباتًا، وليعتبروا أيضًا بأحوال إخواننا المسلمين في ميانمار وتركستان الشرقية وغيرها من البلاد التي يقتل فيها المسلمون ويعذَّبون. قال تعالى:

{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ}.

– أنه يصيب المسلمين بالخوف ويلقي في قلوبهم الرعب ويلازمهم الشعور بالهزيمة والانكسار، وهذا في الحقيقة ما يقصد إليه اليمينيون المتطرفون من خلال استهداف المساجد والحشد الإعلامي ضد المسلمين.

– أن الخطاب الانفعالي المتشنِّج سيكون له أثر سيء على المسلمين، وسيستغلُّ ضدَّهم سياسيًّا وإعلاميًّا، ليزداد المسلمون ضعفًا وعزلةً، وهذا أيضًا من أهداف مرتكبي هذه الجريمة

لهذا فالواجب علينا في ضوء السياسة الشرعية الصحيحة:* أن نضع هذه الحادثة في إطارها الإجرامي المحدَّد، ولا نعمِّم الكلام على الحكومات وعامة الناس، ونتجنب أسلوب الانفعال وتحريض المسلمين، وإثارة عواطفهم، فقد يدفعهم ذلك إلى التصرفات المسيئة.

ومقام الخطيب والداعية خاصة، والمسلمين في بلاد الغرب عامة، في مقابلة هذا الاعتداء وغيره؛ هو مقام العفو والصفح وتحمل الأذى والإعراض عن الجاهلين، كما قال تعالى:

{فَاعْفُوا وَاصْفَحُوا حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ}

{فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاصْفَحْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ}

{فَاصْفَحْ عَنْهُمْ وَقُلْ سَلَامٌ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ}

{فَاصْبِرْ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ وَلَا يَسْتَخِفَّنَّكَ الَّذِينَ لَا يُوقِنُونَ}

والمقصود: أن مقام المسلمين في الغرب هو مقام العفو والصفح والإعراض والصبر، لا مقام القتال والانتقام،

وقد بيَّن هذا شيخ الإسلام أبو العباس ابن تيمية رحمه الله تعالى، وردَّ على كثير من العلماء الذين ظنُّوا أن هذه الآيات منسوخة، فبيَّن أنها غير منسوخة، بل هي محكمة، لها مكانها وزمانها، وقال رحمه الله تعالى: (فمن كان من المؤمنين بأرض هو فيها مستضعف أو في وقت هو فيه مستضعف فليعمل بآية الصبر والصفح عمن يؤذي الله ورسوله من الذين أوتوا الكتاب والمشركين)، وتمام كلامه في (الصارم المسلول) فليراجع.

وهذا لا يعني عدم مطالبة المسلمين بحقوقهم من خلال القنوات السياسية والقانونية، بل يفعلون كلَّ ما هو في استطاعتهم وقدرتهم لحفظ حقوقهم، ومحاسبة الجناة، وتعويض أهالي الضحايا والمصابين، ومطالبة الحكومات الغربية بوضع قوانين للحدِّ من العنصرية والتحريض ضد المسلمين حتى لا ينساق من يتأثر بها إلى مثل هذه الاعتداءات الإجرامية. والله المستعان، وعليه التكلان، لا حول ولا قوة إلا به.

كتبه:
عبد الحق التركماني
الجمعة 9 رجب 1440هـ الموافق 15 مارس 2019م

http://www.SalafiEventsUK.com

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire.

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4 comments

I implore you not to remain so impartial when a tragedy has befallen this umah. Initially you refer to us as “Muslims living in the west” which is simply ludicrous did not Rasullulah sallalahualayhiwassalam refer to us as a nation, there was no divide metaphorically or retrospectively. We are one nation an attack on our brothers or sisters is an attack on us. You sit here apathetically mentioning this as a single incident what of Bosnia, Burma, Afghanistan, iran, Iraq, Pakistan and China where millions of Ughir Muslims have been imprisoned were they not muslim.
We have succumbed to this fantasy, a wicked delusion that as Muslims living in the west this is an anomaly, do you not realise these media outlets fail to mention these terror attacks inflicted on defenceless Muslims, this belligerence has resulted in crimes against our mothers and sisters increasing tenfold, armed white supremacists lie in wait threatening Muslims in America as they pray. This tragedy, ‘single incident’ as you refer to it what shall come of it, senator Fraser Anning has already laid the blame quite clearly on the victims and i quote,’ the growing fear within our community, both in New Zealand and Australia, of the increasing muslim presence.”, “allowed muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”.
It has come common place within the west for those in power to insult islam to add fuel to the fire of hatred. So as words have power and if you are dignified in character you shall realise this is more than a single event this is an ideology which we must combat with words not stand here passively, accepting these atrocities. “The pen is mightier than the sword”.

Maybe you should re-read the article, all you mentioned is in it, it’s clear that Muslim living in countries that are not Muslim state face oppression, you mentioned the pen is mightier than the sword, that’s if you have audience to listen to you, the social media and television is owned by the the west majorly. The best course of action is to have sabr and trust in Allah and not blame other for word of consolation.

Assalamu alaikum,

One of the biggest problems that have befallen the Ummah is common Muslims feeling confident to speak about Islam, or issues which affect the Ummah as a whole. Such issues should be tackled by the scholars of Islam, those who have an understanding of Fiqh, people of age and wisdom. Unfortunately, social media has given every person a platform to speak about major sensitive issues.

There are Ahkaam (legal rulings) in Fiqh with regards to Muslims who are living in non-Muslim countries in peace and safety, whilst at the same time other Muslims are being fought against, such issues are studied in the books of Fiqh and Usool. they are not based on emotions, feelings and political currents.

Also, when the Prophet lived in a non-Muslim state (Makkah), in a situation of weakness wherein the Muslims were being oppressed, Allah would admonish him with patience, tolerance and pardoning – some of the Aayaat are mentioned in the article. He remained positive and optimistic, conveying the religion of Allah, diligent upon Tawheed and the Prayers, showing patience, forgiveness, restraint and good manners. Along with this, consider the reaction of the non-Muslims as a whole regarding the attack, the large majority of them have come out in defence and support of the Muslims. Senator Fraser Anning has also been derided and criticised by many non-Muslims.

Finally, you must understand each article within its correct context; there are other articles/audio on the website which also talk about the oppression against the Muslims.

In conclusion, seek knowledge, learn about the rulings of the Sharee’ah regarding such situations, practice Islam, supplicate to Allah for the Muslim and as common Muslims we must fear Allah when talking about Islam or issues which affect the Ummah, do not be quick to give your ‘opinion’ on this.

Wallaahu A’lam.

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