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ICNA Shariah Council Responds to Al Awlaki

ICNA Shariah Council Responds to Al Awlaki

Mar 18, 2010

Imam Omar Ahmad Suleiman, member of ICNA’s Shariah Council appeals to the Muslim youth in response to Anwar Al Awlaki’s audio message:

 

“In the name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful.

 

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His final messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

First and foremost, everything that is written is in assumption that the messages from Imam Anwar that have recently surfaced are indeed from him and no one else.

 

As American Muslims, many of us used to wonder at how Allah has blessed Imam Anwar with such a degree of eloquence, and the gift of storytelling if you will, that he could move you to tears within 5 minutes of his lecturing. The news that he was detained a few years ago in Yemen brought many of us into a state of shock and depression. We invoked Allah (SWT) to free our beloved Imam nightly until we heard the wonderful news that he had been freed on December 12, 2007. I remember all the text messages, emails, and blog posts with ecstatic Muslims around the country praising Allah for his release.

 

Then something happened. Slowly, we began to see the post-prison Anwar Al Awlaki express strange radical views. Lectures that were as fiery as ever were being published on various websites that called on Muslims to join the “global jihad.” Out of our blind love for him, most American Muslims simply dismissed his new lectures and writings as tainted by his frustration with what had happened to him in prison. As a community, we were willing to forgive him for his new bitter and pessimistic attitude towards the world because of the ordeal he had faced.

 

On November 7, 2009, 2 days after the Fort Hood shooting, the love affair between conscience American Muslims and Imam Anwar suffered a huge blow. Although Imam Al Awlaki was sounding increasingly radical in his lectures, he never once before condoned terrorism. In fact, he very clearly denounced the attacks of 9/11 in various interviews and sermons both within public and private circles. This time was different. He not only condoned the Fort Hood shootings but even went so far to say that Muslim organizations and scholars in the United States were guilty of cowardice, treason, and hypocrisy for condemning the shootings. As American Muslims who loved the old Anwar Al Awlaki so much, most of us immediately declared that these words were probably forged in his name to create dissension amongst the community. Then as the interviews started to come out, we couldn’t believe what was happening. Some of us probably questioned our own faith and principles because of our attachment to Imam Anwar. We watched Imam Johari of Dar Al Hijra, where Imam Anwar once delivered a powerful condemnation of 9/11, as he had to stand and denounce one of his former closest friends and a man who captured our hearts for so many years.

 

Then came Imam Anwar’s praise of the failed Christmas day terrorist plot of Umar Farouk AbdulMuttalib. This left us even more baffled since this was an attack intended to kill 278 innocent airline passengers, many of whom were Muslims. How could an Imam who once seemed so level-headed now be a proponent of such a clear transgression of Islamic law?

 

Our search for answers and excuses for Anwar Al Awlaki have run out. Today we are hearing the words of hate and violence in the voice of the very same Imam which used to bring us so much good through the stories of our prophets and the remembrance of the hereafter. His call today for us as American Muslims to take up arms against our own country serves no other purpose but to wreak havoc and destruction. It is the same call of the kharijites that has been repeated so many times that feasts on the frustration and uncontrolled emotions of vulnerable youth that do not have the foundation or knowledge to recognize its illegitimacy.

 

In the next few days, I sincerely hope that American Muslim scholars will repudiate this call of hate using the injunctions of the Quran and the authentic Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). In the long run however, as Muslim communities and organizations we must seek to offer avenues of positive energy, in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah, for our zealous youth. We also should not shy away from repudiating calls of violence and hate that recklessly ignore the manhaj (methodology) of our pious predecessors. It is only through the dissemination of authentic knowledge of our religion that such calls can be drowned.

 

To our dear young brothers and sisters who grew up listening to the lectures of Imam Anwar and are overcome by emotion, I can only advise you with the words of the late Imam Al Ghazali (ra): “Islam is a commitment to principles, not people.” Think about the repercussions of this call to the religion of Allah. Will yielding to this pessimistic view of world destruction bring about any good to the ummah? Will it really end the occupation of Palestine or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or will it simply make matters worse than they already are. Allah desires from you that you bring about a positive change in your society, not chaos and destruction that will only further jeopardize an already delicate situation.

 

As for the Imam Anwar of today who spreads messages filled with hate and violence, perhaps no one could refute you more effectively than the Imam Anwar that was so beloved to our community who once said in a sermon back in October, 2001: “We as Muslims… we want to bring an end to terrorism more than anyone else. Our position needs to be reiterated and needs to be very clear. The fact the US has administered the death and homicide of over 1 million civilians in Iraq, the fact that the US is supporting the deaths and killing of thousands of Palestinians, does not justify the killing of 1 US civilian in New York City or Washington DC.”

 

I sincerely ask Allah to guide Imam Anwar back to the path of moderation, and enlighten him to renounce this new methodology which stands contrary to the Quran and Sunnah. May Allah protect our community and allow us to be amongst those who call to guidance and are guided, and not amongst those who call to misguidance and are astray. Ameen.”

 

Imam Omar Ahmad Suleiman, New Orleans, LA
Member of ICNA’s Shariah Council

 

ICNA Scholar’s Committee was renamed as Shariah Council in 2009. Among it’s various responsibilities, the council plays a key role in advising the organization on matters of religion.

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Inaya Shujaat
Inaya Shujaat
11 years ago

Asalaamu Alaikam,
MashAllah, very well said! This is a time where moderation must be stressed, especially to our youth.

abu ahmed
abu ahmed
11 years ago

nice article…Jazaka’Allah khair.

imd
imd
11 years ago

Jazak-Allah khair for the insight.

Z
Z
11 years ago

very well written

Abdullah
Abdullah
11 years ago

Great article! I really appreciate ICNA taking such a positive and proactive stance on this issue.

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Muhammad
Muhammad
11 years ago

This is absolutely preposterous. Do you actually believe what CNN is telling you? Why should we dare make such a judgment of the Imam based on assumptions?
Just because the word ‘Jihad’ is incorporated in a speech we suddenly become so defensive. This article relates to the physical approach which is not necessarily what the “so-called” recording alluded to.There is corruption in the society and until we wake up and realize that our ‘Jihad’ as Muslims is to change this corruption in accordance with the sunnah, starting with ourselves, we will continue to be ridiculously defensive in our approaches.
Jazakumallah Khair.

Asim
Asim
11 years ago

Muhammad – Did you read the Imam’s blog before it was shut down? These were his own words, not CNN’s.

Niaz
Niaz
11 years ago

Salam alikum,
this is very very politically correct and i didnt expect ICNA to officially say this.
Who ever talks about armed resistance is not a terrorist. Violence doesn’t equate to terrorism and It is haram to kill an innocent, no matter muslim or not. Shk Awlaki has rightly condemned 9 11 (which btw, more n more ppl have started to believe is an insider job) . but I don’t see how it equates to fort hood, since I am yet to understand the concept of American soldiers being innocent, unless one believe they are in Iraq / Afghanistan to build schools and liberate women.
Quote from article “…. His call today for us as American Muslims to take up arms against our own country serves no other purpose but to wreak havoc and destruction….”, One may realize it or not, but America is killing our brothers and sisters everywhere. So I am not surprised, if there is a campaign for jihad, America would be among the top in the list of enemies of Islam and humanity. It may boil down to whether one is a Muslim first or an American first, but that is something one can answer to Allah SWT
Quote from article “….Will yielding to this pessimistic view of world destruction bring about any good to the ummah? Will it really end the occupation of Palestine or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or will it simply make matters worse than they already are….” I am surprised how ICNA felt that Shk Awlaki have a pessimistic view of world destruction. Resistance against a mighty oppressor is not world destruction and need very great sense of optimism and trust in Allah SWT.
Quote from article “….He not only condoned the Fort Hood shootings but even went so far to say that Muslim organizations and scholars in the United States were guilty of cowardice, treason, and hypocrisy for condemning the shootings.” I would really love to know how he is wrong there.
Quote from article “….In the long run however, as Muslim communities and organizations we must seek to offer avenues of positive energy, in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah, for our zealous youth.” meaning?: let us try change focus of our kids to more important topics such as..
I don’t agree with his alleged support of the Christmas Day bomber, but I am yet to hear anything about that other than thru US intelligent officials who spoke on “condition of anonymity?”. Also, Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, said he had been told by credible sources that the U.S. government knew Abdulmutallab – the Christmas day bomber was “involved with al Qaeda” for at least a couple of months (he have diluted his statements since then too) And he was also in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database since couple of months before the incident. so I wont be surprised if this is another staged attack for obvious purposes to bring back focus to Al Qaeeda.

a
a
5 years ago
Reply to  Niaz

you’re disgusting, he was a murderer and called on the genocide of innocent people

Haji
Haji
11 years ago

I wonder why nice and decent people turn in to monsters despite have great knowledge of Islam. Why don’t they realize that by spreading hate they are harming.
This article although lenghty, but is worth reading.
We should have some seminars for youth telling them that Islam is not revange or hate, it is peace and love.
Regards,
.Haji.

abulsayf
abulsayf
11 years ago

People starting to realize this on their own, I don’t see why you need to directly “refutre” al-Awlaki except for the purpose of making yourself innocent to the West. He has his errors, but the complete disavowal you make is going too far.
How about a refutation of the “gay muslims” of CA? How about the “Muslim Canadian Congress” opting for a niqab ban in Canada? Or would refuting them not be worth it since it’s not pleasing anybody?

Niaz
Niaz
11 years ago

Br Haji, Salam alikum. violence and hate are not synonyms, and many a times one need to resist a tyrant oppressor in any way possible to bring back peace. May it be battle of Badr, or Battles between Salahdeen Ayyubi and Crusaders or even be in freedom struggles in many previously colonized countries in the world. Islam do recommend Jihad, but also prescribes the rules in engaging in one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jihad#Warfare_.28Jihad_bil_Saif.29

Shawn Rally
Shawn Rally
11 years ago

wow guys…this is what Muslims have come down to. Has anyone asked what would the Prophet (SAW) had done? Would he had united the Muslims and amassed an army against the oppressors as had all the Prophets before him done…or would he had hidden under his eloquent words of self defense and shame? You answer it ICNA?

Rashid
Rashid
11 years ago

This posting seems to reflect ICNA’s primarily concerned with political correctness, no critical analysis of Al-Awlaki’s views was offered. INMHO this posting is a typical example of the naivety of many Muslim leaders in terms of understanding the complexity of the American system and much less offer a platform to influence it or the foreign policy component, this includes Al-Awlaki himself. The Muslim community in the US is still nascent and yet to get its act and resources together . The paramount responsibility lies with Muslims in the Muslim-majority countries to reform their governments and establish Independence, economically and politically, and not blame the US for wars that their own governments assisted in and enabled.

Mohamed
Mohamed
11 years ago

Has it occurred to anybody to VERIFY whether these messages were actually coming FROM Sh. Anwar? Especially if it is NOT characterstic of him? Have we done so with reasonable certainty? Especially in today’s age of electronic spoofing and identity theft?

Zainab
Zainab
11 years ago

Asalamu alykum,
I am quite perplexed at the moment too, first I thought it was just the western media propagating their hatred through the opinions. Now ICNA?
I don’t know which to take and which to leave?
Confused Young Muslim

Syed
Syed
11 years ago

This is the best and most Islamicaly sound viewpoint. The author seems to had done reasonable research on Imam Al-Awlaki’s background.
Keep in mind that the very first point of this article is that it ASSUMES that the statements are from Al-Awlaki.

Ahmed
Ahmed
11 years ago

The authenticity of the statements is no longer relevant. I don’t care if Imam Al-Awlaki is being paid by the CIA just like Bin Laden was during the 80’s or if he is being framed or if he really has joined Al Qaeda.
What I care about is that a tiny minority of our youth are heeding these hateful statements and ending up killed or in prisons across the world, causing endless misery to their own families, the families of thousands of Muslims who they kill and frustrating the positive work of Muslims across the world.
We have no time to do research on these statements but to respond quickly to our youth. In this respect I salute ICNA for taking the timely and courageous step of speaking out against hate, despite the possible backlash from those with extremist interpretation of Islam.
Keep it up Imam Omer and ICNA. Our prayers are with you.

Alqysee
Alqysee
11 years ago

AA
For what is worth and a humble opinion, most of so called our leaders do not know what they are talking about or what they are doing and the result is clear as we see it every day. I respect ICNA and what they do and I think they should stick with that and let others take the lead.
Every where we go we see in our small communities too many unqualified chefs and so few qualified Muslims and the Qualified leaders of our communities are either too humble to lead or do not want to for one reason or the other.
I like the question was asked “what would our Profit (SW) would have done
if He was here with us.
when we agree on the answer we will agree on the direction we need to take May Allah Tabark wa Talaa guide us to what is the best.

Ansar
Ansar
11 years ago

The killing of innocent women and children should never be acceptable in islam. The following verse in The Holy Qur’an emphasizes the high value that Islam places on humanity.
“For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind…..” [Surah 5 Verse 32]

muhammad ali
muhammad ali
11 years ago

MashAllah, this is an excellent article. I think some people seem to be missing the point. There are young vulnerable muslims who hear these messages and act upon them. Whether the messages have been verified or not, its crucial to act quickly and not be silent so that noone does anything stupid.
May Allah reward ICNA and Imam Omar for this timely piece. I for one can truly appreciate it

Azeem
Azeem
11 years ago

If you click on the CNN link in this article there is a video embedded on the bottom left. It has an audio excerpt from Awlaki in which he calls for Jihad against America. So there is no hearsay or slander involved here. Click on it and listen for yourself.
He really has gone over the top. Back in 2007 he put out an audio in which he praised an al-Qaeda militant Amrozi so anyone who has been paying attention to him would know that he went to the dark side a while ago. The link to that audio was originally here: http://www.mujahideenryder.net/2007/12/17/imam-anwar-al-awlaki-has-been-freed-released/ you can follow the comments. So this is nothing new.
His blog also praised extremism and militancy against Muslims as well i.e. he supports the violent/armed revolution against the Yemeni government. He actually said: “May this be the beginning of the greatest Jihad, the Jihad of the Arabian Peninsula that would free the heart of the Islamic world from the tyrants who are deceiving the ummah and standing between us and victory.” So he has clearly gone off the deep end and is officially looney tunes.
You can also see the transcript of his al-jazeera interview in which he praises Nidal Hassan. http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/02/2010271074776870.html
Prophet Muhammad (S) said(paraphrased): “verily my ummah will not agree upon error”. Muslims have to follow the leadership of the ummah and look at their consensus which has been to categorically condemn extremism, terrorism, the killing of innocents.

Azeem
Azeem
11 years ago

Also just take a look at his facebook fan page: http://bit.ly/cYOcfs look at the type of messages being posted there coming from him. And look at the type of following he is attracting.

Syed
Syed
11 years ago

Its a good article, As per the Quran, we are in any case not allowed to kill innocent people.
And as far as attachment to a particular man, it should based on how strictly he is following the Sunnah, we should not blindly follow any person but should check whether his sayings are as per Quran and Sunnah and if they are then we can follow him otherwise not.
The Jihad was also performed by our Messenger PBUH and his companions but it was not like this as some people doing today. We should adhere to the methodology of our Messenger PBUH and follow the way of the Companions in establishing a Islamic state.
Al-Awza’e (d. 158H) said, “Patiently restrict yourself to the Sunnah and do not go beyond the limits held by the decisions of the Companions; and speak with what they spoke with, hold their positions and avoid what they avoided. Hold to the path of the pious predecessors (As-Salaf As-Saalih), for verily what was sufficient for them is sufficient for you.” Itiqaad Ahle Sunnah wal Jamah by Laalikai No. 315

AbdulHakeem
AbdulHakeem
11 years ago

jazakumAllah khayr… I hope that people will heed this message. May Allah reward you. ameen

El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

Salaams to all: Insha’Allah, I plan to send Imam Suleiman’s well written critique to our listserve accompanied by our own brotherly critique. There are major points of agreement, and minor points of disagreement that I have with the imam’s perspective.
The Ft. Hood attack, for example, was not an act of “terrorism,” it was an act of war on the soldiers of a military installation (at war in the Muslim world). It also constituted – from the government’s point of view – an act of treason; but it was not “terrorism” as universally defined.
I am disappointed by the offensive tone of Azeem’s criticism. We can criticize our brothers without resorting to the type of verbal defamation that our enemies routinely employ, whenever a committed Muslim has been targeted for character assassination.
With some of the alleged personality changes that Sheikh Awlaki has undergone since his political imprisonment (and post imprisonment targeting), I am reminded of the Qur’anic ayah that reads: “Oppression is worst than slaughter.”
This enables me to empathize with the caustive factors behind my brother’s behavior, even while I may strongly disagree with one or more positions taken.
Finally, for purposes of this writing, the call for a global jihad is warranted; according to the Book of ALLAH (SwT) and the sunnah of the Prophet (saaw). The question is what type of jihad for Muslims in America?
I sincerely believe that our jihad in this part of the world should be the jihad of the heart, and the jihad of the tongue. Ours should be a NON-VIOLENT, WELL ORGANIZED RESISTANCE in the court of public opinion.
Muslims in America should be leading the charge against genocidal U.S policies that are causing death and destruction throughout the world. We should also be leading the charge in defense of Muslim political prisoners, both here and abroad. The foremost among these being our sister: Dr. Aafia Siddiqui!

Abdullah
Abdullah
11 years ago

Not to attack anyone…but i have some points i would like to say, not really regarding the article, but peoples comments:
For those calling Al Awlaki names, be careful since it could be considered backbiting in a way. So refrain from saying he is this way or that. Because only Allah knows what is in his heart. and whatever we say, its is just an assumption.
For those who are saying that Al Awlaki has changed his view point or become “radical”, consider this, if you were put in a prison and tortured, what would your feelings be when you come out? just something to ask yourself. Put yourself in his shoes.
For those who are saying that “think about what the Prophet would do”. Well, there are may things that the Prophet did, he attacked nonBelievers, and he also forgave them. it all depended on the situation. And it is all there in his seerah. anyone can find any form of “proof” to support their claim if they look hard enough.
Overall, I think ICNA’s stance is a very good one and taking out this kind of article is good timing. Also, Imam Omar made it very clear that what we are hearing in the media is and ASSUMPTION that these things are coming from Al Awlaki.
May Allah guide us all to the correct way of practicing Islam. Ameen

Catch
Catch
11 years ago

Typical statement from our “mickey mouse Muslim” leaders. They support their kuffar masters instead of supporting their brothers and sister who are being killed. I say we as Muslims should renounce and completely divorce ourselves from such hypocritical organizations like ICNA.
3:118 O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.

Ahmed
Ahmed
11 years ago

Dear Catch,
Majority of the people being killed today in the name of Islam and Jihad are Muslims. The killers of these Muslims are inspired by Muslim scholars like Al-Awlaki.
So who is supporting the brothers and sisters being killed and who is supporting the killers of our brothers and sisters?
ICNA’s efforts like these will inshallah help save Muslim lives while statements like yours will cause more Muslim bloodshed. May Allah give you the wisdom as mentioned in the verse you quoted above.

Syed
Syed
11 years ago

Assalamualaikum,
For our brothers and sisters who think that the above statement by ICNA Shariah Council is to please the west or sound politically correct, please note that this is NOT a press release. It is a statement to the Muslim youth in America to guide them in making right choices.
Please note the ASSUMPTION part at the start of the statement. Irrespective of whether they are from Al Awlaki or not, they do have an impact on Muslim youth.
ICNA is working towards a specific goal (please refer the “About ICNA” section) and has adopted a strategy that it thinks is closest to the Sunnah in the current context. And ICNA will resist any efforts, ideologies, conspiracies, etc. that are detrimental to achieving its mission. Whether they are the forged statements from media or genuine statements of scholars.

History Repeats Itself
History Repeats Itself
11 years ago

One thing I would like to draw your attention to, is Anwar al Awlaki’s comment regarding the situation of Muslims in America. He compared it to the situation of Muslims after the Fall of Granada in 1492. He said:
“The Muslim Community in America has been witnessing a gradual erosion and decline in core Islamic principles, so today many of your scholars and Islamic Organisations are openly approving of Muslims serving in the US army to kill Muslims, joining the FBI to spy against Muslims and are standing between you and your duty of Jihad. Slowly but surely your situation is becoming similar to the embattled Muslim Community of Spain AFTER THE FALL OF GRANADA. Muslims of the West, take heed and learn from the lessons of history.”
We may disagree with what he has to say, but what you cannot disagree with is history. When something is documented time and time again, it has been set in stone. So please, if you are sincere and honest and truly searching for the truth then at least read your own history.
I’ve found a book which is SPECIFICALLY dedicated to the situation of the Muslims Post Fall of Granada, written by a Muslim author himself. This is the first time I’ve seen a Muslim perspective on the situation of Muslims post 1492. You can access it here- http://historyofandalus.wordpress.com/
By 1492CE, the Muslims who used to control the whole of Andalus (Islamic Spain), were forced to give up whatever remaining and superficial control they had over it i.e. Granada. This was the last stronghold of the Muslims. When Abu AbdAllāh Muhammad the 12th handed over the Keys of Granada to the Spanish Crown of Castille, the Muslims were given many false promises, such as the Capitulations of Granada which “allowed the Muslims that remained in the Emirate, full freedom of worship and protected their rights, (going as far as even promising to punish anyone who peers into a Muslim household). The agreement seemed to be made binding upon the Spanish Crown of Castille but as we shall see, it was broken within ten years after the agreement was put into effect.”
Read more about the Muslims of Andalus post 1492 here: http://historyofandalus.wordpress.com/chapter-2/muslims-in-spain-from-1492-1568/

Jason Abu Sayf Alnur
11 years ago

This is indeed a time of confusion and deception amongst the people of the world. May Allah guide us down the straight path and shine the light of truth upon us. Ameen. As for Anwar, our brother in faith, I cannot say anything against him. May Allah bless him for his service and guide him down the straight path.
We have not been through what Anwar has been through or seen what he has seen. All we do know, is that he probably knows the Qur’an and Sunnah better than most of us and has made his decisions with that knowledge in mind.
America is waging a war on the world, to spread democracy and preserve the American way of life at the cost of any who stand in their way. If he is calling the people to do what they can to stop the American War Machine, then we should heed his call.
The Muslims living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine and the rest of the “Muslim” world have a right and obligation to defend themselves and their fellow man against the aggression they are facing. Would you not defend your country if an aggressor invaded, trying to force their government upon you?
The Jihad of the Muslims here in America is much more difficult than a physical Jihad. We must fight the war for hearts and minds of the American people. We must actively call the people of America to Islam. If we are not participating in Dawah then it is incumbent that we leave this country for “Muslim” lands.
We must also devote our lives and our wealth to re-establish Khilafah on the Earth so that it can once again be a source for the propagation of true Islamic knowledge and values. The governments currently ruling the Muslim lands are tyrannical, and must be replaced with Khilafah.
May Allah have mercy upon us and grant us Jannat al Firdaws. May Allah free us from the shackles of our own Nafs, and from the tyranny of oppressors. May Allah make our feet firm against our enemies and guide us down the path of righteousness. Ameen.

Soulafa
Soulafa
11 years ago

Masha Allah, this is well written. May Allah (swt) reward ICNA.

Mujahid
Mujahid
11 years ago

Have we become so weak as to actually think that aggression against Muslims can be stopped by words or writing letters to drunken politicians?
Muslims do want terrorism to stop, but I think our “scholars” fail to truly realize that we are the nation that is being terrorized. It is the right of every human being to defend his/her rights and there is nothing sinister about it.
Shame on all those scholars who are afraid to speak the truth. We look up to you for leadership, but the vast lot of you are leading us to the slaughterhouse. I thank God that the vast majority of our youth see through your charades and weakness.

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trutheseeker
trutheseeker
11 years ago

I’ve yet to see such a substantive repudiation of the egregious policies and acts of some of the developed nations towards the Muslim populace. Frankly speaking, ICNA’s Sharia body is a sham, a mere council of indo-paks seeking not to disrupt their attempts at obtaining the American dream. Thus, their focus is problematizing the misunderstandings of Muslims, while prodding ordinary Muslims to become as docile and subdued as they are.

Uthman
Uthman
11 years ago

This article is no more than an emotional appeal for us to not be emotional!
All this old awlaki v the new awlaki, messages of hate, radical, kharijites…is just emotional points, using politcally-charged subjective words, which are irrelevant.
What is relevant, and missing, is for whoever disagrees with the opinion of another scholar to bring forth their evidence for their position and show why the evidences used by that scholar are incorrect.
Further, we don’t ‘assume’ that someone says or believes something and then attack them on the basis of that assumption. If we know that a person holds X and then hear unsubstantiated claims that he nows holds Y, our job is first to establish this, not to start warning people of this person on the assumption that he holds Y.
If one wants to warn about certain ideas, go ahead and do so, but that doesn’t require attacking the person.
Furthermore, even if we make the unjustified assumption made in the article, the result is that a brother of ours, a scholar at that, espouses wrong views. In this case as the Prophet (saw) said we have to support him by stopping him, advising him etc, not by labelling him, speaking of him as he is ‘the other’ – a radical, a kharijite – and in sum selling him short.
The saddest part is that orgs like ICNA and ISNA don’t address the vital issues of the Ummah like Khilafah and Jihad,removing invasion, implementing the Shari’ah, etc. and when someone else does, all they can do is pick on the parts they got wrong.

Amantullah
Amantullah
11 years ago

As salaamu alaykum:
What do you expect ISNA & ICNA organizations to do when they are groups owned,growned and controlled by the ZIONIST who want to pacify and neutralize ISLAM as was done to CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM! They too will be removed like all other MUNAAFIQOON ( Hypocrites)!

Kamran Hosain
Kamran Hosain
11 years ago

These are verily times of great confusion and deception. We ask Allah to guide us to the straight path and allow us to see the Truth as the Truth and Falsehood as Falsehood.
I think the fundamental question that us American Muslims have to face is: are we Americans first, then Muslim or Muslim first, then American? The prophet(sws) said “The believers are like one body, if the eyes are in pain, the whole body is in pain and if the head is in pain, the whole body is in pain.”

dennis thurman
11 years ago

what we need to ask ourselves here is why he thinks the way he does or what changed his thinking about the u.s a place he was born and grew up?it is very sad but i think it comes from seeing the u.s being in every country political workings or involved in some way in the whole world goings and comings.as a american i believe our goverment needs to worry about our people and problems not everyone elses if we did that i think terroist would for the most part leave us alone and destroy theirselves in fighting amongst themselves for what power they can grab so this is what i think about his mind set

Riiz Evans
Riiz Evans
5 years ago
Reply to  dennis thurman

You are so naive, Dennis…I hope, by today, you already know what your country intends and what they intend is only to serve the zionist..you would find now a days Cristian Zionism..your country is indebted by a shy $18 trillion and the boss in the west bank is establishing settlement after settlement..hell, if you for a worldly reason could try to convert as a Jews, It would be far better. But Judaism wont accept you..SORRY.. so, spare the hope that everything will be settled and within a country one can live easy while the rest of the world is under blazing fire..there is something like repercussion. and while US created the fire of destruction by allegedly attacking Afghan, it will be the foremost loser..

Asadullah
Asadullah
11 years ago

I recommend you watch Shaykh Anwar’s latest interviews where he exposes the ICNA councils motives. They have put America above Allaah and His Religion.

Ahmed
Ahmed
11 years ago

Where are those “latest interviews”? Please provide a link.

IMAM BILAL IBNMUHAMMAD
IMAM BILAL IBNMUHAMMAD
10 years ago

BISME ALLAHI….LET US AS MUSLIMS BE (ALLAH) CONSCIOUS & (QURANICALLY) MINDFUL, REGARDING COMMENTS ON REPORTS OF EVIL-DOERS..
EVIL TERRORISM DEEDS HAVE BEEN & ARE CONTINUING TO OCCUR BY (SO-CALLED)
“MUSLIMS” & “NON-MUSLIMS”….
TO CONDEMN (TERRORISM) CONDUCTED IN THE NAME OF (ALLAH) & TO CONDONE (TERRORISM)CONDUCTED IN THE NAME OF (SHAITAN) IS (ISLAMICALLY) HYPOCRITICAL..
WHEN “BAD MUSLIMS” DO EVIL; “GOOD MUSLIMS & “NON-MUSLIMS” ARE CONDEMNING IT.
LIKEWISE WHEN “BAD NON-MUSLIMS” DO EVIL; “GOOD NON-MUSLIMS” MUST BE JOINED BY “GOOD MUSLIMS” TO ALSO CONDEMN SUCH EVIL.
____________________________________
A RECORD IS ALWAYS KEPT ON ALL EVIL (TERRORISM) & ON ALL CONDEMNATIONS)
WE CAN NOT FOOL THE (AMERICAN) PEOPLE; WE CAN NOT FOOL THE (MUSLIMS)OURSELVES;
& WE CERTAINLY CAN NOT FOOL THE ALL-KNOWING (ALLAH), WHO IS A WITNESS THAT (TERRORISM) IS OCCURING ON BOTH SIDES..
WHEN SUCH IS THE CASE…CONDEMNATIONS MUST APPLY ON BOTH SIDES…EVERYONE IS NOW WATCHING..

wandering exile
wandering exile
10 years ago

Let us use logic:
You accuse and allege Anwar Awlaki of speaking in support of violence against civilians and you are asking Muslims to turn their back on him and to not even listen to him, much less support him or associate with him.
You acknowledge and report some, just a few, of the well known actually committed crimes of the U.S. government.
But do you encourage Muslims to leave the U.S.? To stop paying taxes and supporting or listening to U.S. politicians or laws?
Why propose such severe dissociation from Mr. Awlaki and yet no problem with flag waving the bloody stars and stripes?
I can’t believe, I even have to say this, but I do not support killing of innocent civilians, and that is why I won’t pay taxes or support the U.S. Federal Government.
Quoting Niaz below
“I don’t agree with his alleged support of the Christmas Day bomber, but I am yet to hear anything about that other than thru US intelligent officials who spoke on “condition of anonymity?”. Also, Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, said he had been told by credible sources that the U.S. government knew Abdulmutallab – the Christmas day bomber was “involved with al Qaeda” for at least a couple of months (he have diluted his statements since then too) And he was also in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database since couple of months before the incident. so I wont be surprised if this is another staged attack for obvious purposes to bring back focus to Al Qaeeda.”

word of thought
word of thought
10 years ago

knowing Imam awlaki one knows he’s not dumb enough to make sucit h statements – willfully. Something must have happened to him will he was detained that turned him like this or could be a conspiracy against him – since demise of the prophet(s) measures have been taken to infiltrate islam- and continue to to be taken.

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Javid
Javid
9 years ago

Assalamu Alaikum,
I love Imam Anwar. Whatever changed him i don’t know. But i sincierly ask Allah to grant him Jannah and make him of the martyrs. And ask Allh to bless him people. We had many good from him.

Abderrehman Ibn Farouk
Abderrehman Ibn Farouk
6 years ago
Reply to  Javid

He never changed. He was still the amazing man he always was. He never advocated killing people. All that is just propaganda spread by western media and these munafiqs.

3ly
3ly
6 years ago

he advocated jihad learn about it it still exists
and we need more of it now more than ever

Abu Yahya
Abu Yahya
9 years ago

I personally don’t see anything wrong with his statement, nor do I see anything wrong with the actions of our brother Nidal Hassan. However what I see as the major issue here is that we live among the disbelievers, and thefore start to show them the sympathy that they are not deserving of.
Allah (swt) says:
“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves. _” (Quran; 48:29). PLEASE READ TAFSIR IBN KATHIR.
I ask you all, by ALLAH, if this verse is not reffering to those American soldiers that wage war on our brothers, sisters, and children, and openly show their anamosity toward’s our Deen, in their media, government foreign and domestic policy (such as their bias anti terror legislation which targets Muslim’s and destroy’s families), and how can we forget their detention centers those known to us like; Guantanamo Bay, Bagram, and Abu Graib, and their many black sites they have scattered around the globe, in which they violate the honor of Muslim’s, young and old, male and female, innocent or “guilty”. Within these prisons honors are violated, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, men and women are bothe subject to rape and sexual humiliation, idiological and mental torture, the list of treatment that our fellow Muslim’s have been made to endure is to numerous to go into in detail. (You can research that yourselves).
After all this, are you in any doubt about whether or not the above mentioned verse is reffering to these american soldiers?
“_for persecution is worse than killing. And they will not cease fighting with you until they turn you back from your religion, if they can; and whoever of you turns back from his religion, then he dies while an unbeliever– these it is whose works shall go for nothing in this world and the hereafter, and they are the inmates of the fire; therein they shall abide.” (Quran; 2:217).
“_those who disbelieve desire that you may be careless of your arms and your luggage, so that they may then turn upon you with a sudden united attack_.” (Quran; 4:102).
“O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if you will understand.” (Quran; 3:118).
“If they were to get the better of you, they would behave to you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you for evil, and they ardently desire that you may disbelieve. (Quran; 60:2).
“Many of the followers of the Book wish that they could turn you back into unbelievers after your faith, out of envy from themselves, (even) after the truth has become manifest to them; but pardon and forgive, so that Allah should bring about His command; surely Allah has power over all things.” (Quran; 2:109).
“Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.”
“Allah only forbids you respecting those who made war upon you on account of (your) religion, and drove you forth from your homes and backed up (others) in your expulsion, that you make friends with them, and whoever makes friends with them, these are the unjust.” (Quran; 60:8-9).
“And if they break their oaths after their agreement and (openly) revile your religion, then fight the leaders of unbelief– surely their oaths are nothing– so that they may desist.”
“What! will you not fight a people who broke their oaths and aimed at the expulsion of the Messenger, and they attacked you first; do you fear them? But Allah is most deserving that you should fear Him, if you are believers.”
“Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.”
(Quran; 9:12-14).
“Those who believe fight in the way of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the way of the false gods. Fight therefore against the friends of the Shaitan; surely the strategy of the Shaitan is weak.” (Quran; 4:76).
And if the words of our Lord were not sufficient for you;
Countless american spokesmen, and even an Ex-Guantanamo Bay guard has openly declared that we are faced with a war on Islam, (not terrorism, as they might like to have you think).
So, Oh servant of Allah (swt), weep not, nor be sad regarding those who went foward in anamosity towards your religion, rather rejoice and be happy that maybe a great evil has been prevented.
P.s. I’m sure many deluded Muslim’s will differ with me, and argue that not every soldier shares this anamosity towards Islam, and I will respond to them by telling them that numerous times have the Mujahideen attemted to reach out to these individuals through their media outlets, and has been urging them constantly not to support the Masonic, pro Zionist agenda of their governments.
Here is one of them occassions:
http://evideo.alarabiya.net/ShowClip.aspx?ClipID=2007.02.01.01.35.01.210
Most importantly, in the time of our Prophet (saw) who said that every disbeliever in the army of Quraish were anti-Islam?
But did that prevent the Muslim’s from waging war against them?
“O you who believe! if any from among you turn back from his Faith, soon will Allah produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him,- lowly with the believers, mighty against the disbelievers, fighting in the way of Allah, and fearing not the blame of any blamer. That is the grace of Allah, which He will bestow on whom He pleaseth. And Allah encompasseth all, and He knoweth all things.” (Quran; 5:54).
As-Salam-Ylakum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuh.
Your brother, Abu Yahya.

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