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Are Elections Haram? Says Who? And Based on What? Part 5

DR.PASHA | May 15, 2005 | Section: Articles | 553 reads


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17. Mindless Kaafirbashing

What followed instead was an insane decade of mindless Kaafirbashing by every little boy with a little bit of knowledge of Islam, precious little knowledge of the world and even less sagacity or commonsense.

Generation after generation of young, bright, talented and impressionable Muslim youth of both sexes were presented as sacrificial lambs by the movers and shakers of Islamic gatherings, meetings, conferences and conventions to these speakers, who told them, over and over again, how bad the West was and how terrible in particular America was.

Generations of Innocent, Defenseless Muslim Children:

To me, it was not a question of what kind of Islam this was that was being presented to the world in general and to American Muslims in particular.

To me it was more a question of what kind of madness this was that was being let lose by people claiming to be Muslims and in the glorious name of Islam and Muslims upon generations of innocent, defenseless Muslim children from the Western Wing of the Muslim Ummah.

Lonely, Heartbreaking Times:

Those were lonely, heartbreaking times for those who did not see eye-to-eye with what was going on.

But it was clear that all too many Muslims in the West had lost all sense of reality, direction and purpose as Muslims.

They seemed to have no clue about their proper role in the West. They seemed to have no sense that Allah had placed them here, in this part of the world, so that they would invite their respective peoples and societies – Qawms – in the West to Allah.

Missing Mission of Taking Islam to Non-Muslims:

As a result, there weren’t too many individuals, organizations or associations among the Muslims of the West that were focused on the mission of taking Islam to the majority of the non-Muslim people of the West.

Nor were there great many institutions dedicated to produce quality literature on Islam for non-Muslims or to train Muslims in inviting non-Muslims to Islam using the best and the most beautiful of means and methods.

Nor did the Muslims in general appear overly concerned about building bridges of understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the West.

Canaries that Won’t Sing:

It was a bit like a houseful of canaries that will not sing.

Allah created the Muslims to sing his message to the world, but they would not. He brought them to the West so that they would sing that message to the people of the West – their new Qawm in the West – but they would not do that.

Muslims call out the beautiful message of Islam from the minarets of their mosques everywhere. But they are yet to learn to coo that message in the ears of the majority of God Almighty’s 6.5 billion human creation.

Because that is what the world needs to hear from the Muslims: the pure divine message of the Qur’an, presented in the most beautiful manner of the preaching of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

One Canary with Special Gift of Song:

In particular, there was one Muslim canary in the West that literally will not sing. I have talked about this elsewhere, but let me mention it again.

As Cat Stevens, Yousuf Islam was among the most celebrated icons of the pop music world in the 1960s and 1970s. Coming into Islam in the late 1970s, that canary completely stopped singing – quite likely, under the sedation of some heavy Muslim Fatwas.

Cultural Rejectionism and its Negative Effects:

These also would have been – if Fatwas were indeed involved in his decision to abandon the world of song – rejectionist Fatwas. But the rejectionism behind them would have been of the more well-intentioned and mainstream kind.

And in this sense, this cultural rejectionism would not have been unlike the political rejectionism of the Jama’at-e-Islami in India in the decades immediately following Indian independence from British occupation.

But the result was that a man whom Allah had blessed with a special ability to make music stopped making it. Even though his music had the potential to touch tens of millions of hearts with the simple message of truth and clean living, as it had done before his conversion to Islam.

Underprared Muslim Muftis:

But underprepared Muslim Muftis without a proper understanding of the world of Allah – if indeed the Muftis had a role in his self-imposed musical silence – stopped the one man who had the ability to impact that world positively from doing it.

Ultimately, these are decisions made by Allah. Every thing that happens in this world is Allah’s decision. But that does not absolve us from culpability, even though honest Muftis (Mujtahids) get one Thawaab from Allah even when they are wrong. They get two when they are right.

The damage, nevertheless, was done. And it was done due to our own inadequacies, ill-preparedness and simple lack of Islamic and worldly smarts.

Returning to Roots:

It is Allah’s blessing that the Cat is now out of the bag. And Mr. Islam has decided to return to his musical roots and sing again.

May Allah pack his songs with the light of his beautiful Deen. And may Allah open the hearts and minds of his fans to the impact of Haqq – truth – in those songs.

A People Created for other People:

So, that is who the Muslims are supposed to be: A people whom Allah created with a special purpose and mission in this world, namely, that of inviting other people to his Deen.

Allah says in the Qur’an that Muslims were a people raised up for other peoples of the world. And their job in this world was to enhance good and mitigate evil and to believe in Allah.

Kuntum Khaira Ummatin Ukhrijat Linnaas!

Muslims’ Western Qawms:

That means various Muslim communities were placed in their respective societies in the West in UK, Europe and America in order to invite the people of those societies – their specific Qawms in the West – to Allah.

But the Muslims of the West seemed to have neither an understanding of this divinely ordained role, nor an inclination to fulfill it.

They displayed no awareness or appreciation of this tremendous responsibility that Allah had placed on their shoulders.

They acted as if they were brought in this world and placed in various Western nations and communities merely to amass wealth and education, enjoy their jobs and families, and live out their lives in comfort and opulence – like the rest of the people of the West.

18. September Eleven: A Wakeup Call?

Considering all this, was the dark day of September Eleven a wakeup call to Muslims? In my view, it was.

It is stating the obvious to say that the events of September Eleven and its aftermath had heaped enormous sadness, despondency and depression on me – as much as on any Muslim or non-Muslim anywhere.

At the same time, I am not surprised that given the way many of us Muslims acted and carried on in the West, over the decades of the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties of the previous century, Allah decided to send us a wakeup call through the traumatic events of September Eleven and thereafter.

Allah’s Way:

For, that is Allah’s way with people!

When people continue to turn their back on the message of the prophets, when they continually neglect their duty, and when they persistently ignore all warning signs that come to them over a period of time, Allah decides to send them a wakeup call if he wants to give them a chance.

If he does not care to give them a second chance, he simply destroys them with whatever means he sees fit.

Divine Punishment:

A review of the Qur’an reveals that some of the means chosen by Allah to punish errant peoples, nations and societies in the past include floods, earthquakes, storms or simply powerful human aggressors who overpowered and destroyed them with their marauding and murderous hordes.

It is also Allah’s law that when people get in the habit of breaking their covenant with God, a general condition of humiliation and helplessness is imposed upon them as a punishment from God.

Wa Duribat ‘Alaihimudhdhillatu Wal-Maskanah!

An Unmitigated Disaster:

What happened to America and to Muslims and to the rest of the world on and in the wake of 9-11 is an unmitigated disaster of the kind that historians will talk and write about for a long time to come.

They will write about what exactly happened, and how and why it happened. And of course they will also write all kinds of details, Agatha Christie-style, about whodunit.

There will be additional data and facts forthcoming. And there will be new theories, models and explanations put forward.

All sorts of relevant and useful information that simply did not exist at the time or that had been labeled classified and removed from public access will be declassified and will become available to public scrutiny.

Rewards of Research:

And all that research will have its rewards.

Professors will get tenure and promotion writing it. Journalists will get Pulitzer prizes producing their investigative and analytical pieces.

Others will get other awards and recognition. And money will flow, even more, into the pockets of the politically deserving.

All of this the future will produce. But what the future will not be able to accomplish is to bring a single dead back to life – whether out of the incineration that overtook the Twin Towers or out of all those other places elsewhere that were incinerated in their name and memory later.

Building a New Future Together:

However, what all of us – Muslims as well as non-Muslims, in the West as well as everywhere else – need to get out of this tragedy is that it is a loud and clear wakeup call for everyone of us from God Almighty.

And yet, in spite of the enormity of all that has happened to us, maybe all of us, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, somehow dodged the real bullet of divine retribution and punishment this time around.

More than anything else, what we need to understand is that neither Islam and Muslims, nor America and the West, are going away anywhere in a hurry. They are both here to stay on this planet for a very long time to come.

So, the real question before both of them now is how they can work out a method of coexistence and cooperation with one another – a modus vivendi – that will ensure the maximum wellbeing of both sides in the decades to come.

And beyond that, how they can innovatively and imaginatively link their lives, fortunes, interests and destinies together to build a new future of peace, security, justice, compassion, felicity, prosperity and blessings for all of planet earth and its many occupants, for at least the remainder of this century.

Wallahu A’alam!

Allah knows best.

Allahummarham Ummata Muhammadin, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!

Ya, Allah! Have mercy on the Ummat of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!

This brings us to the end of Part V of Are Elections Haram? Says Who? And Based on What?

Inshallah, we will bring you Part VI as soon as Allah enables us to finish working on it.

But do bear in mind, however, that our manuscripts are mostly drafts in need of further research and revision, which we are often unable to undertake or complete due to time and resource constraints.

End of Part 5 of 8

Written, January 2001
Modified, 2004, 2005

(To be Revised)

© 2005 Syed Husain Pasha

Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional 
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at] 
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.

 

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