of the insulting and offensive cartoons is to be entirely expected from
the enemies of Islam.
the insults which the kuffaar hurl at Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi
wasallam) are hurting to every Muslim, there should be no surprise in
our ranks when the crusaders engage in invective and vilification.
Qur’aan clearly informs of the attitude of enemies such as the godless
editors who are spiritually bankrupt and morally decadent. About their
hatred for Muslims, the Qur’aan Majeed:
People of Imaan! Do not take as bosom friends (confidants) those besides
your own people. They leave no stone unturned (to harm you). They desire
that which will cause suffering to you. Verily, hatred (for you) has
poured from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is worse. Verily,
We have explained the Signs to you, if indeed you have intelligence.”
(Surah Ibraheem, Aayat 118)
is therefore no need for Muslims to express surprise and astonishment
when the kuffaar desecrate our holy relics and insult our holy personages
with their blasphemous utterances, depictions and caricaturing.
should understand that their own misdeeds are worse than the cartoons
of the enemies.
than the insulting cartoons is the vile appearance of clean shaven faces
of Muslim males. Such appearances are more abhorrent than the cartoons.
While the kuffaar cartoons cause no hurt to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi
wasallam), the razor the Muslim man puts to his face to shave his beard
cuts at the heart of Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
than the insulting cartoons are the women of Islam who have abandoned
their homes for prowling on the streets like their lewd western counterparts.
The wanderings and meanderings in the streets and the markets, in flagrant
violation of the Qur’aanic prohibitions pain the heart of Rasulullah
(sallallahu alayhi wasallam), not so the insulting cartoons.
than the insulting cartoons is the abandonment of Hijaab by Muslim women
than the insulting cartoons is the emulation of the styles and fashions
of the kuffaar and fussaaq. Dressed in the styles of the enemies, the
appearance of Muslims is worse than the appearance of the cartoons.
than the insulting cartoons is the wholesale slaughter of the Institution
of Salaat by Muslims. Ninety percent of the Ummah have abandoned regular
performance of Salaat. This destruction of the central Pillar of Imaan
causes the greatest grief oof Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
The cartoons recede into oblivion in relation to the treacherous neglect
of Salaat by the Ummah.
than the insulting cartoons is the Bid’ah in which the Ummah is wallowing
Worse than the insulting cartoons are the Ulama-e-Soo’ who subvert
the Deen; who undermine Islam with their false interpretations for the
sake of worldly and nafsaani motives.
than the insulting cartoons are the evil Ulama who practise Kitmaanul
Haqq (Concealment of the Truth of the Ahkaam of the Shariah).
than the insulting cartoons is the total abandonment of Amr Bil Ma’roof
Nahy Anil Munkar (Commanding righteousness and prohibiting evil) by
even those Ulama who are supposed to belong to the Fraternity of Ulamae-Haq.
than the insulting cartoons are the Muslims who enter kuffaar universities
for gaining cheap scrap degrees for so-called Islamic studies.
than the insulting cartoons are the droves of Muslim girls and boys
attending the immoral secular institutions of western learning where
Muslim female modesty and Akhlaaq in general are prostituted.
than the insulting cartoons are the Muslim women in long flowing gowns,
and Muslim men with beards and kurtahs frequenting the immoral dens
of vice—the casinos.
Worse than the insulting cartoons are the numerous other acts of
flagrant transgression, immorality, treachery, dishonesty, riba, consumption
of haraam, etc., etc. perpetrated by both the elite and the masses of
HURT & GRIEF
comparison to the gruesome insult Muslims pile on the Nabi and Islam,
the insult of the cartoons is of mediocre standard.
the insult of the cartoons of the kuffaar cause grief to us Muslims,
not to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). What hurts and grieves
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) every Monday and every Friday
evening when the A’maal (deeds) of the Ummah are presented to him
for viewing is the wholesale massacre of the Shariah and the defilement
of the Ahkaam of Allah Ta’ala committed by this rebellious and treacherous
Ummah which claims to stand up to defend the honour of Allah’s Nabi
(sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
are the limits of Allah. Do not transgress these limits.” (Qur’aan)
pain, grief and anger which Muslims feel and suffer when any facet of
Islam is subjected to insult and vilification, are understandable and
in fact necessary. A man whose heart is not grieved by any kind of insult
directed against Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cannot be a
Muslim. If he verbally professes to be a Muslim while his heart is not
jarred by the invective and insults inveighed against Rasulullah (sallallahu
alayhi wasallam), he should understand that Imaan has departed from
Islam is insulted, the immediate and spontaneous reaction of Muslims
is naturally anger and a burning yearning for revenge. But, at the same
time we have the Divine Shariah to contend with. Allah Ta’ala has
prescribed limits for everything.
is a systematic and a codified sacred Law. It is not a concept of anarchy.
Actions and reactions have to be compulsorily channelled within the
bounds of the Shariah. Exceeding the limits is never lawful.
fact, transgression of the Divine limits and proscriptions is a punishable
The desire to do something and to avenge the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu
alayhi wasallam) sullied by the insulting cartoons of the godless editors
of slut newspapers, is perfectly understandable and cceptable. However,
the excesses committed in the aftermath of the protests are unacceptable
and intolerable in Islam.
the Truth even if it be bitter.” — Hadith
truth is generally unpalatable. But it must be told. The Ummah should
understand that the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
and of Islam cannot be redeemed by acts of hooliganism and thuggery.
The riotous behaviour of the mobs of protesters, is not a service to
Islam. It neither enhances nor upholds the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu
the acts of hooliganism perpetrated by the protesters in Pakistan are:
of buses and cars
Ships and building
- Targeting Europeons in general
are not really an imperative requisite for understanding the immorality
and hurmat (prohibition) of these acts of thuggery and hooliganism.
the first instance, whose buses, and cars were gutted by the protesters?
The rampaging mobs burnt vehicles and property belonging to Pakistanis—Muslims.
By what stretch of sanity and Islamic logic is the burning of Muslim
property justified for an act of insult perpetrated in Denmark by a
godless editor five months ago? And, even if the property belonged to
non-Muslims, by which principle or teaching of the Shariah is it permissible
to burn and destroy the property of non-Muslims in Pakistan for a crime
committed by a hooligan in Denmark?
Extracting vengeance from people unconnected with the crime is transgression
of the divine limits. It is a cruel sin, a grave act of injustice inflicted
on innocent people.
buses, cars, trucks, property and injuring non-Muslims living in a Muslim
country for the crime of the editor of a Danish paper are not permissible
acts of protest. In fact, the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi
wasallam) and Islam are defiled and desecrated to a greater extent than
the insulting cartoons.
The Qur’aan Majeed strictly forbids zulm (injustice and cruelty).
It is a despicable act of cowardice totally at variance with Islamic
honour and chivalry to gang up against a minority non-Muslim community
living in peace in a Muslim country, and subjecting them to fear and
terror. Such conduct is expected of non-Muslims—of Bush and Blair,
not of those who truly follow the beautiful pattern of life taught to
the wor ld by Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
should be borne in mind, that in a Muslim state, the life, property,
blood and honour of non-Muslim citizens are accorded the same sanctity
and protection by the Shariah as it does to Muslims notwithstanding
the betrayal of Islam by the fussaaq rulers holding the reins of government
in Muslim lands.
Beirut, in addition to torching the Danish embassy, stones were lobbed
at a Christian church and a priest was killed in Turkey. Similar disturbances
occurred in Syria and elsewhere in the Muslim World.
role did the church and the priest play in the publication of the offensive
cartoons in Denmark five months ago by an atheist editor? Why was the
priest murdered , and why were churches attacked for a crime committed
in another country by another man?
in a valid Jihad campaign, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade
molesting and killing of priests, women, children and people unconnected
with the fighting. The horrible acts of hooliganism committed by the
protesters never represent Islamic justice nor do they redeem the honour
of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) nor do they defend any institution
acts of wanton destruction and cruelty are perpetrated to satisfy the
bestial lusts of the evil nafs of man. The sad dimension of the hooliganism
and thuggery is the religious façade with which the zulm is draped.
perpetration of zulm and the commission of acts of thuggery under the
slogan of Allahu Akbar!, and the Name of Allah Azza Wa Jal, do not confer
legality and religiosity to the criminal acts of the protesters. On
the contrary, the commission of such crimes in the name of Islam is
in fact profanity, outrageously unjust and an insult to Islam.
the light of the Shariah, what is the ruling regarding the stoning,
damaging and burning of the Danish and Norwegian embassies by Muslim
mobs in Muslim countries?
NEITHER subscribes to nor tolerates kangaroo courts and mob justice.
Islam has its own lofty Divine Code of Justice which operates on the
basis of defined and strict rules and regulations.
embassy of a foreign country, including non-Muslim countries, in a Muslim
land enjoys the protection of the state. The presence of an embassy
signifies the existence of a treaty or pledge between the Muslim and
the non-Muslim state.
is haraam for the Muslim state or its inhabitants to treacherously violate
the terms of the treaty/ pledge, and attack or damage the embassy or
its staff. It is furthermore, haraam to attack , kill or injure any
non-Muslim who lives legally in the Muslim state. In fact, it is haraam
for the ordinary people in the land to harm or kill even a non- Muslim
who lives unlawfully in the Muslim state. Due process of the Shariah
will takes its course and mete out the correct punishment decreed by
ordinary Muslim citizen who takes the law into his hands and injures
a non-Muslim or damages his property is guilty of grave crimes for which
the Islamic court will mete out the appropriate punishment prescribed
by the Shariah for such cowardly and dastardly offences.
Islam there is absolutely no room for rampaging mobs running amok, driving
fear into the hearts of people, pillaging and plundering. What we are
witnessing today in Muslim countries by way of strife and anarchy re
the fruits of western civilization. Muslims have adopted western culture,
hence they act in emulation of the barbarism which they have inherited
from the West. The stoning and burning of building and vehicles in the
aftermath of the insulting cartoons are not teachings of Islam. Yes,
the anger is fully justified. It is simply the Muslim spirit and the
love of Islam which impel us to react with spontaneous anger. But this
holy anger does not justify the acts of anarchy we have observed taking
place in Muslim countries. Islam commands its adherent to restrain themselves
and prevent their anger from spilling beyond the prescribed confines
and parameters of the Shariah.
Shariah is a sacred concept— a glittering way of life. Islam targets
all mankind with its mission of Tableegh and Da’wa t (Propagation).
Islam has come for the salvation of mankind—for the betterment of
mankind on earth and for its everlasting salvation in the Hereafter.
Elsewhere in this issue of Al-Haq the episode of Hadhrat Amr Ibnul Aa’s
(radhiyallahu anhu) graphically portrays the character expected of Muslims.
who profess to be devotees of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
render the Deen and its goals devastating disservice with misdeeds which
are expected of only barbarians or characters like Bush and Blair who
wantonly and calculatingly commit genocide, murdering tens of thousands
of unarmed civilians with their chemical and cluster bombs.
and the Shariah
the capital sins of blasphemy in Islam is to revile and insult Allah
and His Messenger, Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Such blasphemy
is punishable with death.
a conviction for blasphemy and execution of the punishment are lawful
only after the due process of the Shariah. Only the Qaadhi (the Islamic
court) is empowered to try, convict, sentence and execute the accused.
No institution other than the Qaadhi, has the right or the power to
invoke the Islamic Penal Law to punish the blasphemer.
The blasphemer cannot be punished on the basis of a fatwa issued by
a Mufti nor by the decision of any private tribunal or committee of
Ulama, whether in an Islamic state (Darul Islam) or in a non-Muslim
country (Darul Harb).
the decree of the Qaadhi in an Islamic state is valid for the crime
committed within the borders of the Land of Islam.
An essential requisite for the jurisdiction of even the Qaadhi (or an
Islamic Court of Law) is that the court must be a properly constituted
court in Darul Islam. The jurisdiction of the Islamic Court does no
extend beyond the geographical boundaries of the Islamic state.
an Islamic Court in an Islamic state does not have the power nor the
status to try, convict and sentence a man who commits blasphemy in a
this position of the Shariah, it will be understood that ‘edicts’
of death such as the one which the Ayatullah Khomeini of Iran had issued
against the apostate, Rushdie, and the calls of death for the blaspheming
editors who had published the insulting cartoons, have no Islamic legality.
It is haraam for Muslims to respond to such Islamically illegal edicts
our indignation, anger and grief when our Deen is insulted is permissible.
This right is not contested. But the methods of protest have to be within
the bounds of the Shariah. Even peaceful, non-violent methods will not
be permissible if any of the limits of the Shariah are transgressed.
Qur’aan Majeed states: “These are the limits of Allah. Therefore
do not transgress them. Those who transgress the limits of Allah, verily
they are the oppressors.” (Surah Baqrah)
Thus, a protest march in which females participate is haraam. The perpetration
of a haraam act in the name of Islam is haraam. It is not permissible.
The Qur’aan commands women:
remain steadfastly in your homes, and do not make an exhibition (of
yourselves) like the displays of the (times of) Ignorance.”
A protest which involves interfaith prayer services is not permissible.
Islam does not apologise for its claim that only Islamic Tauheed is
the sole repository of salvation in the Hereafter. Islam teaches that
all religions besides this Deen of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
we are required to refrain from showing any disrespect for the religion
of others, it is not permissible to jointly participate with them in
their prayer services.
photos, shouting profanity against others, reviling their religions
and their holy personages, injuring people, damaging property, hurling
stones, reprisal acts targeting innocent people who may be related to
the criminals by race, looting and similar acts of anarchy are all haraam.
protest marches are not Islamic nor admirable ways, nevertheless, if
maintained within the bounds of the Shariah, will be permissible.
permissible ways are trade boycotts, petitions, legal action, and any
method which is lawful in the country of protest, and which does not
conflict with the Shariah. ---
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