Friday, June 29, 2007

Muslim Identity

Many Muslims in the West bring up the issue of having an “Identity Crisis” since trying to fit in can be difficult. It is especially difficult for those who have at least a mustard seed of Iman but want to associate themselves with the kuffar. They only do this so that they can feel “comfortable”. They don’t have to worry about people looking at them strangely, labeling them with offensive terms and so on. They fear the people. They have taqwa of the people and have no regard for Allah. Ask yourself: are you one of these people that seek to please the people more than pleasing Allah?

There is no identity crisis for al Muslimeen fe kulli makaan. Wherever Muslims live, they must live according to Shari’ah. This includes their private life that nobody knows about except Allah, and their public life. Their private life should be one of a slave of Allah that spends time purifying the heart through many tunnels such as reciting Qur’an, studying Qur’an, praying nafl and tahajjud, giving charity and so on. Their public life should be a life of Da’wah and Jihad fe Sabeelillah. They will go out to call the people to Islam and repel the enemies that have invaded Muslim lands (and offensive Qitaal when necessary). Obviously, more importance goes to repelling the enemies since not repelling them would mean letting them take over the land and establish kufr. Shaykh ul Islam ibn Taymiyyah wrote, “The first obligation after Iman is the repulsion of the enemy aggressor who assaults the religion and the worldly affairs.”

Some Muslims take this Identity Crisis way to far. For instance, a brother who has a lot of status in both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities will not grow a fist length beard since he feels he might be labeled something or that he will get less followers. SubhanAllah, there is no compromise in this Deen. Did Musa (as), ‘Isa (as), or even Muhammad (s) compromise this Deen for the kuffar? Did they shave their beards because they were afraid of what the kuffar would say? Did they stop doing da’wah because they were afraid of what so and so will say? No they had taqwa of Allah and fulfilled their Islamic duty. If one wants to play with the religion of Allah, let him or her play with the harsh Malaaika (Angels) who guard the gates of Hellfire on the Day of Judgment. Let that person try to fool Allah into thinking that there really is an “Identity Crisis”. That person is only fooling themselves. To many Muslims, this is the case for other situations. Oh Muslim! Where is your ‘Izza (honor)? Where is your strength? Where is your Iman and Yaqeen? Where is your desire for Shahada? If all these things were really in you, you wouldn’t have a problem even if the worse happens because you know that what path you are on is the haqq and that there is no other haqq except the Siraatul Mustaqeem Allah has blessed us with. Some people say that you can loose your job if you’re firm on Islam; so what? Do you not believe that Allah provided you that job so that you can get Rizq from Him? If He wills, He will take it away when you least expect it; even if you are acting like a kafir or seeking the pleasure of the people, He can still take it away and leave you in the dust.

If you are a brother that doesn’t have the full beard, grow it. If you are a sister that doesn’t wear hijab and jilbab (properly), wear it. If you are a Muslim that beats around the bush when it comes to talking about Islam in front of the kuffar, quit it. If you are a Muslim that looks down upon Qital fe Sabeelillah and have no desire to do it, know that you have been intimidated by ash Shaytaan ar Rajeem. He will fool you into believing that Qital is harmful to yourself, your family, your community, and so on. He will tell you that Qital should not be done today but instead you should be “Progressive” and “Active”. SubhanAllah, what is “Activeness” without Qital Fe Sabeelillah? It is a recipe for humiliation. Why do you think Rasoolullah (s) said:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar: I heard the Apostle of Allah, (sallallaahu `alayhi wa-sallam) say: “When you enter into the in a transaction, hold the tails of cows, are pleased with agriculture, and give up conducting jihad, Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your original Deen (i.e., True Islam).” (Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 23, Number 3455)

’Umar ibn al Khattab (ra) burned down a farm of two Sahaba. They complained. What did ‘Umar say? He said, “This (farming) is the job of Ahlul Kitaab. Your job is Da’wah and Jihad.” My dear Muslim! This is not “The strict Salafi path” or Salafism or Sufism. This is Haqq. Allah has ordained this for us so we listen and obey.

On a side note, may the pigs and monkeys of Israel be humiliated by Allah. Ameen.

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