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Gaza Q&A

A Q&A on Gaza from the always excellent Siyasah Press http://www.siyasahpress.org/gaza-qa/

Weapons of Allāh

Salahadeen al Ayubi fulfilled the saying of someone who once said to his mother while she was pregnant with him that “in your womb there is one of the weapons of Allāh”.

This is why the Zionists kill children and women. And It is no different to why Firawn killed all the new born from the people he enslaved.

[via https://www.facebook.com/sahar.rauf.7]

'Running Orders' by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

warpoetry:

They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
The phone rings
and someone who knows my first name
calls and says in perfect Arabic
“This is David.”
And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies
still smashing around in my head
I think “Do I know any Davids in Gaza?”
They call us…

66 years of occupation

66 years of occupation
Now a bombing campaign and ground invasion

Endless days of Israeli violence
Western media is strangely silent

They bomb from the sea and with F15s
They drop poison gas on Filistine

They sit beneath their Iron Dome
Cheer from hilltops while they bomb our homes

Israel claims that it’s the victim
It’s like Jmmy Savll blaming children

Even if a boycott lost Israel millions
Aid from the West is in the billions

Gaza, Gaza, we are with you
We need an army to come to the rescue

Egypt holds the southern border
Where Muslim troops watch Muslims slaughtered

They won’t send troops across the border 
To save our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters

Sisi is a Western stooge
Blocks escape, medicine, aid & food

Motivated by our imaan
We stand today with one demand

Muslim army, rise for Islam
Save al-Aqsa, save as-Sham

No 2 state solution, no back room deals
We call for the imam, we call for our shield

Oh Muslim army, obey Allah
Ignore Sisi and cross Rafah

Oh Muslim army, Israel fears you
Rise up now and come to the rescue

La ilaaha illallaah, Muhammadur RasoolAllah
La ilaaha illallaah, Israel has gone too far

My brother, Moinul Abu Hamza from The Qur’an Initiative [https://www.facebook.com/TheQuranInitiative], providing profound insight into Surat ul Baqarah 183 in a tafsir for Ramadhan Radio Slough 

Sujood is a wonderful thing

Sujood is a wonderful thing

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

Do you love your prison and forget that you were created for better things? 

Do you love your prison and forget that you were created for better things? 

Distraction

I see concentration camps soon hosting ‘enemies of the British state’
Terrorism charges for quoting ayahs; get accused of spreading hate
Secret evidence in secret trials that have predetermined your fate
Hide your beliefs or be sold out by those you thought were your mates

How long do you think before that day comes around?
When the da’wah for revival has to be conveyed underground?
Stopped and searched on the tube if you’re young, bearded and brown?
When all around us see the injustice but no one dares make a sound?

Have you seen how Muslims are depicted in the newspapers and TV?
Seen much about us feeding the poor and the needy?
Or is the narrative about dehumanising us completely?
About how Muslims are criminals; violent, lazy or greedy?

So much smoke, there must be fire. It’s all biased, don’t believe me?
They had practice, demonising blacks and Irish; make it look easy.
Spy on conversations, co-opt Vodafone, Google and BT
Try to lock us up or make us go home like we’re ET

It’s like Orwell wrote; ‘crimethought’, ‘unperson’, Big Brother
Fascist democratic state wants us to spy on one another
Warning: don’t trust your Muslim neighbour. Sleeper cell. He’s just undercover
Grooming gangs, cruelly slaughter animals for supper

They say beware of Muslims, they’ll take over your schools
Segregate your classrooms, weddings, restaurants and swimming pools
They want special treatment and to rewrite your rules
Halal meat, Shari’ah courts, they think we’re all fools

No, the West imposes beliefs on non-believers
Shave your beards, you offend the teachers
British values summarised “me, me, me; finders keepers (losers weepers)
Lost an empire, no longer world beaters

Herman and Chomsky said they need to manufacture enemies to distract from their flaws
They distract us from economic hardship and the growing gap between rich and poor
So we don’t see only Capitalism wins from an endless war
So they can invade our lands, install puppets and subvert shari’ah law

While a thousand Brits are dead ‘cause of recession, bedroom tax, inflation and gas price hikes
The rest of us are facing water cannons and homeless spikes
but you’re distracted, all you care about is retweets and facebook likes
and whether you should buy adidas stan smiths or air max 90 nikes

Tactics taken straight from the secrets of the magic circle instruction book
A magic trick, sleight of hand, like Nas; made you look
They stir so much they’re like Jamie Oliver; expert cook
They’re jealous of our yearning for eternal youth; Captain Hook

Don’t fall for their games, uncover their lies and deceit
Rise, unify your ummah, get them onto their feet
Make Islam relevant, demonstrate their deen is complete
Turn the tables, let the West taste intellectual defeat

In defence of Islamic Politics

Many Muslims deny politics. Many avoid it, laugh at it, discourage others from it and oppose those who practice it. They do so in the belief that it’s pointless and distracting.

In this short piece I will attempt to prove otherwise.

Some confuse politics with ruling and think it must mean governments, parliaments and elections but this is clearly not the only way politics takes place or we would never hear of ‘office politics’. We know politics between people is universal since it is not restricted to only one race, religion, tribe, nation or continent but what is the definition? A well-known trick is to list what politics is not so we can see what is left.

So we can agree the opposite of politics is individual work which means working one-by-one, in isolation from other people and away from the public eye. It is personal, exclusive and private.

So politics is public. It is about having an impact on others through public work. It is more than working on a one-by-one basis.

The opposite of politics is to focus inwards on the individual. So politics is about focusing on other people and what they do, say, feel, decide or agree to as a society, group or as a collective body.

When people come together it is because they have a shared interests, issues or problems. They form ‘societies’ based on the long-term issues they have in common. If the opposite of politics is all about individuals in isolation from others then politics is about resolving issues together. So politics is about solving common or social problems.

We could keep going but it is perhaps easier for me to present my most basic definition. Whenever problems arise the general masses look for leadership. It is natural. I define politics as working to get others to view or think about common issues a certain way so they agree to solve them a certain way. It does not have to be following someone directly. It’s about agreement and uniting people on issues.

Politics is therefore also about leadership where one or many influence, lead and direct others. The phrase ‘family politics’ makes more sense when we realise the family is a collection of people with permanent relationships (a mini-‘society’). These relationships mean problems are often shared and it makes sense to find common solutions. Therefore societies (whether families, offices or larger societies) always need someone to practice politics to influence, to decide, to direct and to lead towards a single direction with a shared goal.

From this it becomes clear that politics is completely natural and everyone engages in it, in some form, in their lifetimes. Ask yourself if you have ever attempted to influence or encourage a collection of others to do things the way you want them to.

If you have then you’ve entered politics whether you like it or not.

Here’s some basic examples. Please consider if each is political.

  1. Ten young men, all good friends, have to decide what to do on a Bank Holiday. One suggests playing videogames at his place. Another suggests playing 5-a-side football at the local park. Abdur Rahman tries to get people on his side by privately persuading them. Ibrahim only tries to persuade Ashraf who is influential amongst the others. Ibrahim also encourages Ashraf to speak up when the topic is discussed as a group. Ibrahim wins. Political?

 

  1. There is uproar when the council approves a store selling Adult material right in front of the big masjid on the local high street. Some suggest speaking to local counsellors while others suggest a campaign that includes getting community support, leaders of other faiths, interested personalities like the local comprehensive school headmistress and lots of media attention. A sticker campaign, door-to-door discussion, a few appearances on local radio, a press conference, articles in the local newspaper and the distribution of 10,000 leaflets adds to the effect by generating awareness. They also advertise a protest after Friday prayers when the masjid will be full of worshippers. The khutbah (sermon) that day also touches on the issue by focusing on the Islamic obligation of enjoining all the good and forbidding all the evil. 3,500 Muslims and hundreds of non-Muslims congregate to express their disapproval in a good-natured demonstration with talks from the local Imam and a few others. The press reports this widely and favourably. All of this acts to put pressure on the council, show the depth of feeling and illustrate the influence of the Muslim community. The shop has its license quietly revoked. The Muslim community celebrates by praising Allaah (SWT). Political?
  1. The Arab tribes of Quraish have rebuilt the Ka’aba but argue over who will place the sacred Black Stone into the new structure. No one wants another to have that honour alone. They finally agree that the next man to enter the Holy Sanctuary will decide. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) enters and all cry out that he is trustworthy so all agree to abide by his decision. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) has not yet received revelation but is highly regarded for his outstanding character. He (SAW) places the Stone on cloth which is then carried together by all the influential men while he (SAW) finally places the Stone. All the tribal chiefs are satisfied they played their part and the reputation of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is even higher than before. Political?

 

  1. A young boy is in the supermarket with his mother when he sees the sweets he wants. He already knows his mother won’t allow him the sweets as he asked twenty times at home but, deep down, he knows he might get his way if he makes a scene in public. After screaming and crying for six minutes his poor mother eventually gives in to stop the noise and public embarrassment. The child smiles and eats all the sweets. Political?
  1. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is commanded via revelation to proclaim Islam openly. He (SAW) climbs Mount As-Safa, a vantage point in Mecca, in the daytime and calls out to the tribes nearby saying: “You see, if I were to tell you that there were some horsemen in the valley planning to raid you, will you believe me?” They said: “Yes, we have never experienced any lie from you.” He (SAW) said: “I am a warner to you before a severe torment.” Abu Lahab, the uncle of the Prophet (SAW) and a very influential man amongst the tribes, promptly replied: “Perish you all the day! Have you summoned us for such a thing?”. The crowd who were first ready to listen now follow Abu Lahab and disperse. Political?

 

  1. An older man is unhappy about young Muslims leafleting outside the masjid about the War on Terror demonising Islam and Muslims. He is unable to persuade or force them to stop even though he threatened to tell their parents. He decides to run for a position on the masjid committee to give himself a wider platform for his views. He wins, shifts public opinion against the youngsters and then has a sign placed in front of the masjid warning people not to hand out leaflets without prior permission of the masjid committee. The older man goes home knowing that he’s beaten the youngsters. Political?
  1. The Muslims of Mecca are unable to pray or proclaim Islam openly because of the injustice of the idol-worshippers. Then two men became Muslim, Hamzah (RA) and Umar (RA). They lead a public demonstration of their faith. Mujahid, on the authority of Ibn Al-‘Abbas [RA], related that he had asked ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) why he had been given the epithet of Al-Farouque (he who distinguishes truth from falsehood). Umar (RA) replied: After I had embraced Islam, I asked the Prophet (SAW): ‘Aren’t we on the right path here and Hereafter?’ The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) answered: ‘Of course you are! I swear by Allah in Whose Hand my soul is, that you are right in this world and in the hereafter.’ I, therefore, asked the Prophet (SAW) ‘Why we then had to conduct clandestine activism. I swear by Allah Who has sent you with the Truth, that we will leave our concealment and proclaim our noble cause publicly.’ We then went out in two groups, Hamzah leading one and I the other. We headed for the masjid in broad daylight when the idol-worshippers of Quraish saw us, their faces went pale and got incredibly depressed and resentful. On that very occasion, the Prophet (SAW) attached to me the epithet of Al-Farouque. Ibn Mas‘ud [RA] related that they (the Muslims) had never been able to observe their religious rites inside the Holy Sanctuary except when ‘Umar (RA) embraced Islam. [Ibn Hisham; Tareekh ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab, p.13; Mukhtasar As-Seerah p.103]. Political?

 

  1. A woman is upset that no one at her workplace cares about the environment. She tries to convince a few people but without success. She gets management approval to put up posters to request that all staff switch off their monitors when leaving for the day and that the last one out of the office switches off all the lights. She also sends out an email to everyone suggesting she’ll politely ask people on their return to the office why they didn’t switch off their monitor screens if need be. No one complains. Soon no one needs asking. Political?
  1. The Muslims are told by colonial powers that there is no such thing as a single Muslim Ummah (nation). This robs Muslims of the right to view themselves as a single community with common problems. If the problems are not common then there is no need for shared solutions and a single direction/leadership i.e. politics. At best Muslims are left with politics on a small scale. This makes it easy for colonial powers to divide the Muslims into countries and states with more than fifty cowardly rulers, rape the resources and invade. Political?

 

  1. The Muslims are told by colonial powers that their deen (way of life) is all about living as individuals and that politics is bad. This is aimed at making Muslims focus on themselves and their families but never work to solve common problems by public work. Once Muslims have been convinced of this they lock themselves out of political action. This means the political sphere is only occupied by the colonial powers and their agents or at best only those they tolerate in the political sphere since they represent no threat to the colonial plan or even act to advance it without realising. The Muslim world will remain colonised since no one acts to unite Muslims politically or offers the ruling Islamic system as a solution. The colonial powers win again. Political?
  1. Some Muslims, understanding the colonial plan, decide it is time to revive the Ummah of Muhammed (SAW) by working to make the Muslims see themselves as a single body, with a permanent relationship built on the belief of Islam, with a shared history and common issues, hopes, dreams and fears, with mutual problems and therefore requiring unity, shared solutions and single direction under single leadership or an ‘Amir. They work publicly and politically, with ideas and without violence, to inspire the Muslim Ummah to re-enter the political sphere of life, remove colonial influence and re-establish Islam as the basis of ruling in a Khilafah. This is to return to the situation when Muslims were united, moving together and able to solve common problems using Islam alone while led and protected by a leader who only fears Allaah (SAW). They call others to work with them to expose the colonial plan and explain how only using Islam in ruling can solve the problems of the Muslims. Political?

 

All of this is to show that politics is not just natural; it is necessary. We all participate in politics even if we never run for parliamentary elections. It is unavoidable.

There is a problem in the Muslim world but the truth is that is not a problem with Islam. The problem is the lack of Islam, which is actually missing when people do come together to find a shared direction to common problems. It is not enough to dream and it is not enough to work in our own little corners in the hope that things will turn around. Work is required. The solution then is to work to bring back Islam completely, defend it and propagate it. For this Muslims must view themselves as a single body with common issues, shared solutions in order to reach the same purpose.

Isn’t that politics?

The real question is whether we Muslims will begin to practice politics for the sake of Allaah, the First, the Last, the Most-High, which means we do it to bring Islam back to ruling so we can look after the people to please Him (SWT) alone.

And Allaah ‘azza wa jalla knows best.

There’s something wrong here #Fail

There’s something wrong here #Fail

Gaza Q&A

A Q&A on Gaza from the always excellent Siyasah Press http://www.siyasahpress.org/gaza-qa/

Weapons of Allāh

Salahadeen al Ayubi fulfilled the saying of someone who once said to his mother while she was pregnant with him that “in your womb there is one of the weapons of Allāh”.

This is why the Zionists kill children and women. And It is no different to why Firawn killed all the new born from the people he enslaved.

[via https://www.facebook.com/sahar.rauf.7]

'Running Orders' by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

warpoetry:

They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
The phone rings
and someone who knows my first name
calls and says in perfect Arabic
“This is David.”
And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies
still smashing around in my head
I think “Do I know any Davids in Gaza?”
They call us…

66 years of occupation

66 years of occupation
Now a bombing campaign and ground invasion

Endless days of Israeli violence
Western media is strangely silent

They bomb from the sea and with F15s
They drop poison gas on Filistine

They sit beneath their Iron Dome
Cheer from hilltops while they bomb our homes

Israel claims that it’s the victim
It’s like Jmmy Savll blaming children

Even if a boycott lost Israel millions
Aid from the West is in the billions

Gaza, Gaza, we are with you
We need an army to come to the rescue

Egypt holds the southern border
Where Muslim troops watch Muslims slaughtered

They won’t send troops across the border 
To save our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters

Sisi is a Western stooge
Blocks escape, medicine, aid & food

Motivated by our imaan
We stand today with one demand

Muslim army, rise for Islam
Save al-Aqsa, save as-Sham

No 2 state solution, no back room deals
We call for the imam, we call for our shield

Oh Muslim army, obey Allah
Ignore Sisi and cross Rafah

Oh Muslim army, Israel fears you
Rise up now and come to the rescue

La ilaaha illallaah, Muhammadur RasoolAllah
La ilaaha illallaah, Israel has gone too far

My brother, Moinul Abu Hamza from The Qur’an Initiative [https://www.facebook.com/TheQuranInitiative], providing profound insight into Surat ul Baqarah 183 in a tafsir for Ramadhan Radio Slough 

Sujood is a wonderful thing

Sujood is a wonderful thing

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

If Michael Gove cared about those children he’d let them focus on their exams #TrojanHorse #SelfishBritishValues 

Do you love your prison and forget that you were created for better things? 

Do you love your prison and forget that you were created for better things? 

Distraction

I see concentration camps soon hosting ‘enemies of the British state’
Terrorism charges for quoting ayahs; get accused of spreading hate
Secret evidence in secret trials that have predetermined your fate
Hide your beliefs or be sold out by those you thought were your mates

How long do you think before that day comes around?
When the da’wah for revival has to be conveyed underground?
Stopped and searched on the tube if you’re young, bearded and brown?
When all around us see the injustice but no one dares make a sound?

Have you seen how Muslims are depicted in the newspapers and TV?
Seen much about us feeding the poor and the needy?
Or is the narrative about dehumanising us completely?
About how Muslims are criminals; violent, lazy or greedy?

So much smoke, there must be fire. It’s all biased, don’t believe me?
They had practice, demonising blacks and Irish; make it look easy.
Spy on conversations, co-opt Vodafone, Google and BT
Try to lock us up or make us go home like we’re ET

It’s like Orwell wrote; ‘crimethought’, ‘unperson’, Big Brother
Fascist democratic state wants us to spy on one another
Warning: don’t trust your Muslim neighbour. Sleeper cell. He’s just undercover
Grooming gangs, cruelly slaughter animals for supper

They say beware of Muslims, they’ll take over your schools
Segregate your classrooms, weddings, restaurants and swimming pools
They want special treatment and to rewrite your rules
Halal meat, Shari’ah courts, they think we’re all fools

No, the West imposes beliefs on non-believers
Shave your beards, you offend the teachers
British values summarised “me, me, me; finders keepers (losers weepers)
Lost an empire, no longer world beaters

Herman and Chomsky said they need to manufacture enemies to distract from their flaws
They distract us from economic hardship and the growing gap between rich and poor
So we don’t see only Capitalism wins from an endless war
So they can invade our lands, install puppets and subvert shari’ah law

While a thousand Brits are dead ‘cause of recession, bedroom tax, inflation and gas price hikes
The rest of us are facing water cannons and homeless spikes
but you’re distracted, all you care about is retweets and facebook likes
and whether you should buy adidas stan smiths or air max 90 nikes

Tactics taken straight from the secrets of the magic circle instruction book
A magic trick, sleight of hand, like Nas; made you look
They stir so much they’re like Jamie Oliver; expert cook
They’re jealous of our yearning for eternal youth; Captain Hook

Don’t fall for their games, uncover their lies and deceit
Rise, unify your ummah, get them onto their feet
Make Islam relevant, demonstrate their deen is complete
Turn the tables, let the West taste intellectual defeat

In defence of Islamic Politics

Many Muslims deny politics. Many avoid it, laugh at it, discourage others from it and oppose those who practice it. They do so in the belief that it’s pointless and distracting.

In this short piece I will attempt to prove otherwise.

Some confuse politics with ruling and think it must mean governments, parliaments and elections but this is clearly not the only way politics takes place or we would never hear of ‘office politics’. We know politics between people is universal since it is not restricted to only one race, religion, tribe, nation or continent but what is the definition? A well-known trick is to list what politics is not so we can see what is left.

So we can agree the opposite of politics is individual work which means working one-by-one, in isolation from other people and away from the public eye. It is personal, exclusive and private.

So politics is public. It is about having an impact on others through public work. It is more than working on a one-by-one basis.

The opposite of politics is to focus inwards on the individual. So politics is about focusing on other people and what they do, say, feel, decide or agree to as a society, group or as a collective body.

When people come together it is because they have a shared interests, issues or problems. They form ‘societies’ based on the long-term issues they have in common. If the opposite of politics is all about individuals in isolation from others then politics is about resolving issues together. So politics is about solving common or social problems.

We could keep going but it is perhaps easier for me to present my most basic definition. Whenever problems arise the general masses look for leadership. It is natural. I define politics as working to get others to view or think about common issues a certain way so they agree to solve them a certain way. It does not have to be following someone directly. It’s about agreement and uniting people on issues.

Politics is therefore also about leadership where one or many influence, lead and direct others. The phrase ‘family politics’ makes more sense when we realise the family is a collection of people with permanent relationships (a mini-‘society’). These relationships mean problems are often shared and it makes sense to find common solutions. Therefore societies (whether families, offices or larger societies) always need someone to practice politics to influence, to decide, to direct and to lead towards a single direction with a shared goal.

From this it becomes clear that politics is completely natural and everyone engages in it, in some form, in their lifetimes. Ask yourself if you have ever attempted to influence or encourage a collection of others to do things the way you want them to.

If you have then you’ve entered politics whether you like it or not.

Here’s some basic examples. Please consider if each is political.

  1. Ten young men, all good friends, have to decide what to do on a Bank Holiday. One suggests playing videogames at his place. Another suggests playing 5-a-side football at the local park. Abdur Rahman tries to get people on his side by privately persuading them. Ibrahim only tries to persuade Ashraf who is influential amongst the others. Ibrahim also encourages Ashraf to speak up when the topic is discussed as a group. Ibrahim wins. Political?

 

  1. There is uproar when the council approves a store selling Adult material right in front of the big masjid on the local high street. Some suggest speaking to local counsellors while others suggest a campaign that includes getting community support, leaders of other faiths, interested personalities like the local comprehensive school headmistress and lots of media attention. A sticker campaign, door-to-door discussion, a few appearances on local radio, a press conference, articles in the local newspaper and the distribution of 10,000 leaflets adds to the effect by generating awareness. They also advertise a protest after Friday prayers when the masjid will be full of worshippers. The khutbah (sermon) that day also touches on the issue by focusing on the Islamic obligation of enjoining all the good and forbidding all the evil. 3,500 Muslims and hundreds of non-Muslims congregate to express their disapproval in a good-natured demonstration with talks from the local Imam and a few others. The press reports this widely and favourably. All of this acts to put pressure on the council, show the depth of feeling and illustrate the influence of the Muslim community. The shop has its license quietly revoked. The Muslim community celebrates by praising Allaah (SWT). Political?
  1. The Arab tribes of Quraish have rebuilt the Ka’aba but argue over who will place the sacred Black Stone into the new structure. No one wants another to have that honour alone. They finally agree that the next man to enter the Holy Sanctuary will decide. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) enters and all cry out that he is trustworthy so all agree to abide by his decision. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) has not yet received revelation but is highly regarded for his outstanding character. He (SAW) places the Stone on cloth which is then carried together by all the influential men while he (SAW) finally places the Stone. All the tribal chiefs are satisfied they played their part and the reputation of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is even higher than before. Political?

 

  1. A young boy is in the supermarket with his mother when he sees the sweets he wants. He already knows his mother won’t allow him the sweets as he asked twenty times at home but, deep down, he knows he might get his way if he makes a scene in public. After screaming and crying for six minutes his poor mother eventually gives in to stop the noise and public embarrassment. The child smiles and eats all the sweets. Political?
  1. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is commanded via revelation to proclaim Islam openly. He (SAW) climbs Mount As-Safa, a vantage point in Mecca, in the daytime and calls out to the tribes nearby saying: “You see, if I were to tell you that there were some horsemen in the valley planning to raid you, will you believe me?” They said: “Yes, we have never experienced any lie from you.” He (SAW) said: “I am a warner to you before a severe torment.” Abu Lahab, the uncle of the Prophet (SAW) and a very influential man amongst the tribes, promptly replied: “Perish you all the day! Have you summoned us for such a thing?”. The crowd who were first ready to listen now follow Abu Lahab and disperse. Political?

 

  1. An older man is unhappy about young Muslims leafleting outside the masjid about the War on Terror demonising Islam and Muslims. He is unable to persuade or force them to stop even though he threatened to tell their parents. He decides to run for a position on the masjid committee to give himself a wider platform for his views. He wins, shifts public opinion against the youngsters and then has a sign placed in front of the masjid warning people not to hand out leaflets without prior permission of the masjid committee. The older man goes home knowing that he’s beaten the youngsters. Political?
  1. The Muslims of Mecca are unable to pray or proclaim Islam openly because of the injustice of the idol-worshippers. Then two men became Muslim, Hamzah (RA) and Umar (RA). They lead a public demonstration of their faith. Mujahid, on the authority of Ibn Al-‘Abbas [RA], related that he had asked ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA) why he had been given the epithet of Al-Farouque (he who distinguishes truth from falsehood). Umar (RA) replied: After I had embraced Islam, I asked the Prophet (SAW): ‘Aren’t we on the right path here and Hereafter?’ The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) answered: ‘Of course you are! I swear by Allah in Whose Hand my soul is, that you are right in this world and in the hereafter.’ I, therefore, asked the Prophet (SAW) ‘Why we then had to conduct clandestine activism. I swear by Allah Who has sent you with the Truth, that we will leave our concealment and proclaim our noble cause publicly.’ We then went out in two groups, Hamzah leading one and I the other. We headed for the masjid in broad daylight when the idol-worshippers of Quraish saw us, their faces went pale and got incredibly depressed and resentful. On that very occasion, the Prophet (SAW) attached to me the epithet of Al-Farouque. Ibn Mas‘ud [RA] related that they (the Muslims) had never been able to observe their religious rites inside the Holy Sanctuary except when ‘Umar (RA) embraced Islam. [Ibn Hisham; Tareekh ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab, p.13; Mukhtasar As-Seerah p.103]. Political?

 

  1. A woman is upset that no one at her workplace cares about the environment. She tries to convince a few people but without success. She gets management approval to put up posters to request that all staff switch off their monitors when leaving for the day and that the last one out of the office switches off all the lights. She also sends out an email to everyone suggesting she’ll politely ask people on their return to the office why they didn’t switch off their monitor screens if need be. No one complains. Soon no one needs asking. Political?
  1. The Muslims are told by colonial powers that there is no such thing as a single Muslim Ummah (nation). This robs Muslims of the right to view themselves as a single community with common problems. If the problems are not common then there is no need for shared solutions and a single direction/leadership i.e. politics. At best Muslims are left with politics on a small scale. This makes it easy for colonial powers to divide the Muslims into countries and states with more than fifty cowardly rulers, rape the resources and invade. Political?

 

  1. The Muslims are told by colonial powers that their deen (way of life) is all about living as individuals and that politics is bad. This is aimed at making Muslims focus on themselves and their families but never work to solve common problems by public work. Once Muslims have been convinced of this they lock themselves out of political action. This means the political sphere is only occupied by the colonial powers and their agents or at best only those they tolerate in the political sphere since they represent no threat to the colonial plan or even act to advance it without realising. The Muslim world will remain colonised since no one acts to unite Muslims politically or offers the ruling Islamic system as a solution. The colonial powers win again. Political?
  1. Some Muslims, understanding the colonial plan, decide it is time to revive the Ummah of Muhammed (SAW) by working to make the Muslims see themselves as a single body, with a permanent relationship built on the belief of Islam, with a shared history and common issues, hopes, dreams and fears, with mutual problems and therefore requiring unity, shared solutions and single direction under single leadership or an ‘Amir. They work publicly and politically, with ideas and without violence, to inspire the Muslim Ummah to re-enter the political sphere of life, remove colonial influence and re-establish Islam as the basis of ruling in a Khilafah. This is to return to the situation when Muslims were united, moving together and able to solve common problems using Islam alone while led and protected by a leader who only fears Allaah (SAW). They call others to work with them to expose the colonial plan and explain how only using Islam in ruling can solve the problems of the Muslims. Political?

 

All of this is to show that politics is not just natural; it is necessary. We all participate in politics even if we never run for parliamentary elections. It is unavoidable.

There is a problem in the Muslim world but the truth is that is not a problem with Islam. The problem is the lack of Islam, which is actually missing when people do come together to find a shared direction to common problems. It is not enough to dream and it is not enough to work in our own little corners in the hope that things will turn around. Work is required. The solution then is to work to bring back Islam completely, defend it and propagate it. For this Muslims must view themselves as a single body with common issues, shared solutions in order to reach the same purpose.

Isn’t that politics?

The real question is whether we Muslims will begin to practice politics for the sake of Allaah, the First, the Last, the Most-High, which means we do it to bring Islam back to ruling so we can look after the people to please Him (SWT) alone.

And Allaah ‘azza wa jalla knows best.

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