Thursday, April 10, 2008

Jazakhallah Khair--- Clarification

Jazakallah Khair to the brother who posted, pointing out the facts about the Sunni Path website. May Allah (SWT) reward you for informing your fellow Muslims, myself included-- I very much appreciate the information as I was not aware of it-- My mention of the site was solely because I didn't want to take credit for words that were not mine and I stumbled across the quote while looking for a hadith. I have no problems with accepting what you said and am greatful for your post.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Recent Discussion...

I appreciate everyone who posted their thoughts about whether or not such articles as mentioned in the earlier post should be displayed for all to see. One reader made mention to their thinking that by my choosing not to post I am "turning my back" on such attacks against Islam.
Quite the contrary actually. However my desire is that if I am going to argue against such points I would do it based on my knowledge of Quran and Sunnah and I nor others need to read negative articles against Islam to increase our knowledge that way. In fact it would free up our time to read more of what would benefit us. We as Muslims are commanded to PROMOTE the good and OPPOSE what is bad-- and I consider these articles bad. We are also to follow the Quran which says, "Call to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and good words, and dispute with them in the best of ways." [Qur'an, 16.125]. It is redundant in my saying that the best way to argue what people say is the word of Allah (SWT). I also found something beautiful I want to share from the Sunni Path website. A "number of major scholars, most notably Shaykh Adib Saleh and Mufti Rafi Usmani... made the point that darkness is not dispelled by fighting it, but rather by spreading the light: when light comes, darkness recedes. Allah Most High tells us, "Falsehood is indeed perishing." [Qur'an]

I guess I just still believe as much as I think we are capable of deciding what is in these articles is wrong, I don't want to spread such darkness- Besides that we are also commanded as Muslims not to spread falsehood and slander. If I believe that what these articles say false than indeed I would be participating in spreading such falsehood. And lastly--

"Al-Nawawi says, it is imperative to not talk unless the speech is good, which is that wherein there is some benefit. If a person is in doubt as to whether there will be any benefit, then he should remain silent."

"And, when they hear vain talk, they turn away from it." [Qur'an, 28:55]

"[Successful are] those who shun vain talk." [Qur'an, al-Mu'minun: 3]

"Whoever is present while a Muslim is humiliated before him, and is able to assist him [and yet does not], Allah will humiliate him before [all of] creation." [Ahmad in al-Musnad, 3/487; Suyuti in Al-Jami` As-Saghir, 2/510, #8375]

"Whoever protects a believer from a hypocrite, Allah will send to him an angel to protect him from the Fire of Hell on the Day of Arising. [Abu Dawud in al-Adab, 4/272, #4883]

"Whoever averts [an attack] from the honor of his brother, Allah will avert the fire from his face on the Day of Arising." [Tirmidhi (hasan)]

And Allah (SWT) knows best.