By Nishthar Idroos –
“Verily the people of innovation are more harmful to Islam than external enemies, why? Because they destroy from the inside and afterwardsopen the door to the enemies and say “Enter” – The Noble Scholar of Islam Sheikh Rabee
Suicide attacks are a religious innovation in mainstream Islam yet it seems recurrent feature of many conflicts around the world. Sri Lanka in particular received the brunt of such attacks over a period of thirty years. The brutal reminder of the war sends shivers down the spinal column. Warfare heroism and martyrdom as a strategic deployment to prevent large scale fatalities are allowed in certain circumstances in times of war but not in Islam. This may shock some but this is the reality. The world has seen much of the extremist version and not the true prescribed methodology. Islam is not a pacifist religion but everything in it has an order and a methodology. Those who overlook or circumvent it cause chaos in society.
Kamikaze the Japanese special attack units of military aviators did it and made it a cult. But from a strict Islamic point of view a suicide bomber might be committing at least five crimes. Killing civilians, mutilating their bodies, violating the trust of enemy soldiers and civilians, committing suicide and destroying civilian objects or properties. One of the senior most scholars of Islam once said “What you call suicide bombings in my view are illegitimate and have nothing to do with jihad in the cause of God. I am afraid it is another form of killing oneself.”
Oh Muslims let’s try and understand the times we are living in and let’s put into perspective the trials and tribulations that are descending on us and Muslims in general all over the world. These are indeed days of patience. These are not minor fitn (trials and tribulations) they are quite major affecting our lives, families, properties and businesses. To compound matters there is no succor or solace from the government. Even the right to protection which the constitution guarantees is proving illusive. In fact the politicians are busy covering up their own sins and hurling allegations at each other. What truly can one expect from a government when its own forces are complicit in acts of arson and vandalism? This is simply mind blowing.
Ever since these dastardly acts of terrorism were carried out by a bunch of cowards a feeling of depression and melancholia had gripped all Muslims of Sri Lanka whether they lived in Sri Lanka or abroad. This religion of Islam is peace and no Muslim will buy the narrative of the extremists however much they strive to misquote and abuse its scriptures. We Muslims wouldn’t hesitate if need be to ascend the highest mountains to scream that this is a peaceful religion which did not come for Muslims only but to all mankind.
Every truly practicing Muslim without a shred of a doubt would proclaim, pronounce and promulgate not just to its message being peaceful but to its Messenger as well. He was sent as the final Messenger to all mankind and God called him “Rahmathul Aalameen” mercy to all mankind. Also name a single religion on planet earth which greets one another with this beautiful attribute of peace, mercy and blessing? Then why on earth violence surrounds this beautiful way of life?
The quotation at the beginning of this article is a scholarly statement from a great Islamic scholar concerning the issue at hand. Its imperative Muslims read and understand what it means. His wise statement pregnant with wisdom and relevance vis a vis acts of violence committed by “terrorists” which is nothing but a novelty introduced to the religion of Islam. When they wantonly and unjustly violate the rights of other people they pave the way for “dark forces” to carry out double if not triple the amount of attacks and frame them. They are quite oblivious to the far reaching consequences of their actions. Their adrenaline is their warped and twisted ideology.
This scholar along with other senior scholars have been dealing with this ominous reality for a long time especially in the Muslim world. Most notably during the so called “Arab Spring” they pleaded with the Arab youth virtually begging incessantly not to force themselves into the trial as it was a trap and would consume them.
The Arab youth never listened they went in anyway perhaps bedazzled by the intoxicating eloquence of the then President of the US Barack Hussein Obama. A 100,000 of them perished. The irony that happened in Egypt quite unique. Its septuagenarian president is still alive and kicking and those in the prime of their youth succumbed wholesale. They ran to the foray and it consumed them.
In the religion of Islam sticking to the scholars is always the path of safety and security. They are truthful and trustworthy. The Quran categorically states “Ask the People of Knowledge if you know not.” [Al-Quran 21:7 and 16:43] And according to the Sunnah the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said “The scholars are the successors/ inheritors of prophets. Verily, prophets did not leave gold and silver rather knowledge.” Source: Musnad Al-Bazzār 10/68 Grade: Sahih (Authentic)
These senior scholars clarify every matter Muslims encounter whether they are issues pertaining to the creed of the religion or pernicious conspiracies targeting Muslims which they always encourage to stay away. They relate every such adverse incident that befell the Muslim nation in the past and how the Messenger and companions faced it, negotiated it and how such adversaries and adversities were neutralized with Allah’s help.
The scholars have informed us that the most dangerous sect in Islam were the Kharijites (al-khawārij). They have existed since the very early period of Islam and they will continue to cause strife in the Muslim nation until end of time when they will join forces with the False Messiah (al-dajjāl). Already they have joined various power blocks and are extensively “lubricated” with funds. These individuals as per the prophesy were young in age and foolish in outlook, thus making them vulnerable and malleable. Their extremism is an attendant impairment and anyone could use them. So many have done just that – chivalry sans knowledge.
Our scholars urge us to understand and beware of their pernicious ideology and characteristics in order to protect the Muslim nation from unwittingly supporting their destructive behavior. The Kharijites earned their name (from the root kh-ra-ja meaning “to go out”) because they exited Islam and the Muslim community due to their heretical innovations. As the prophet of Allah said “They will recite the Quran but it will not go beyond their throats” meaning it will not enter their hearts and they will not understand it. Their acts of worship will send the worship of any other into insignificance but yet they will leave the fold of Islam as fast.
To be continued…