Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Muslim Scholar Advises Muslims in Charlie Hebdo Aftermath

Have you ever wondered what the Muslim leaders and scholars are telling Muslims in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack?

Here is the advice by Sheikh Abu Eesa Niamatullah (taken from his FB)

The continuing intentional insulting of the Prophet (upon whom be peace) and the Muslims, coupled with the utter hypocrisy of people claiming freedom of expression and yet rapidly criminalising the freedom of Muslims, enrages us. And correctly so, because it is pathetic, blatant and unrelenting.

But we have to try and be cool and collected. We have to work within the system to make our position clear to them. We have to use legitimate tools and avenues to work towards legislative change in order to stop them. We have to show that we will not be provoked by them. We have to be better than them. We have to educate them. We have to purify hearts and minds - us and them.

We can't let anger dictate our agenda and then take the law into our own hands, and we certainly can't claim to enact out a law which is incorrect and/or illegal such as displayed by terrorists.

When our community goes through difficult times, we should remember that having patience isn't just alleviating, but it is *obligatory* as well. Remember that, like medicine, sometimes you can't see the benefit but you are forced to have it in order for you to not miss out on that benefit.

Ibn al-Qayyim said,

"To actively express patience is obligatory, by consensus of the Nation. In fact as Imam Ahmed said, "Allah has mentioned being patient over 90 times in the Qur'an." (Madarij al-Salikeen, 1/84)

We *have* to be patient. At the very least you will get some reward out of this mess!

And no, being patient isn't defeatist or cowardly or "establishment" or secular or selling out. But it *is* hard. And it is what we are tested on. And it's not easy especially when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. But that's ok because we aren't Charlie. We are Muslim.

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