Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ir-Raheem (In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful the Most Benificent)
Asalaamu ‘alaikum (Peace be upon you) my friends. I bear witness that there is no God except Allah and Muhammad is His last Messenger.
Welcome to Al-Mujahadeen blog!
The purpose of this blog is discuss the propaganda of violence that is promoted by the western media, the Islamophobic hate industry and Muslim extremists. It is to speak against hate on all sides, Muslim or not. Whether one is Jewish, Christian, Muslim, black, hispanic, white, gay or straight, male or female, we all deserve respect, dignity and equal treatment in society and I will take those issues head on to the best of my ability in anything that I write. I am politically Independent, not Conservative nor Liberal, nor am I a Muslim ‘reformer‘. I am someone who sees that Islam throughout the ages has been pliable among the societies and cultures in which it has come to play a role. The case I try to make in my arguments are based in over 1400 years of Islamic history and religious teaching. Islam can coexist and play a productive role in any society. I believe that us Muslims simply need to apply critical thinking skills and work hard to solve problems peacefully. The golden rule of Judaism and Christianity is also the golden rule of Islam.
Leviticus 19:18, “Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am HaShem.”
Matthew 7:12, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Qur’an 41:34, “Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as and old and valued friend”
I will be relying on my extensive history and experience with multiple situations in many religions and more particularly the Islamic faith that I have professed since New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1996. The thoughts and opinions presented here are my own, based on my own findings, experiences and research. I will also be posting opinions on American politics and social issues (perhaps also from around the world).
About my blog name
Al-Mujahadeen, means “The defenders of the faith”. A Mujahid is one who defends the faith. The term is derived from the word “Jihad”, which is erroneously translated as “Holy War” by those in the west who love to distort Islam. Jihad literally means to “struggle against”, i.e. by any means necessary (even peaceable) within the confines of Justice and Righteousness. Jihad is a struggle against injustice. In the Qur’an, military jihad was a last resort when diplomacy failed and carried out against those people who attempted to kill the Prophet (pbuh) and destroy the Muslim community (attempted geonocide). In the Sahih (authentic) hadith (sayings, teachings and writings of the Prophet Muhammand (pbuh)), jihad is not a violent act but also carried out by peaceable means. Jihad of the pen or of the mouth to win hearts and minds and/or invite people to accept Islam and become Muslim.
When I was a practicing Christian, I was very involved with my church youth group. We held “Crusades” to promote and defend our faith. We were “radical warriors for Christ” who believed in non-violent social change based in the better aspects of biblical teaching. Similarly, I have given considerable time as a Mujahid by peaceable means. Violence in the name of Islam is more often committed by what we call Takfiri groups. ‘Takfiri’ refers to the characteristic of those groups who practice Takfir, which is one who declares ordinary Muslims (who don’t believe in their misguided dogma) apostates in order to attack and harm them.
The characteristics of Takfiri is unlike any other group who claim Islam as their faith. They don’t just commit violence against Muslims who they have declared ‘disbelievers’ (or non-Muslims) but commit horrific crimes of terrorism against real non-Muslims, sometimes in an attempt to force convert people in acts strictly forbidden in Islam.
Violence against anyone (Muslim or not) by people who claim to be Muslim is not Islam, but contravenes the core principles of Islam. Just like many Christians or people of other faiths have done at times in their history or even today, these Takfiri groups are acting outside of the boundaries of the faith of Islam even as they claim to profess it.
Qur’an 2:256, “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong.”
Qur’an 4:135, “O ye who believe! Be ye staunch in justice, witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourselves or (your) parents or (your) kindred, whether (the case be of) a rich man or a poor man, for Allah is nearer unto both (them ye are). So follow not passion lest ye lapse (from truth) and if ye lapse or fall away, then lo! Allah is ever Informed of what ye do.”
Qur’an 5:32, “…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.”
Qur’an 6:151, “And that ye slay not the life which Allah hath made sacred, save in the course of justice.”
Takfiri are the types of people benefit from our hard work in defending Muslims from onslaughts by racists and bigots from other faiths (and non-faith) who want to round up peaceful Muslims into concentration camps, deport us or worse. They often hide behind the peaceable Muslims, using them as ideological or literal human shields. They are often recluse and benefit from many societies they live in while plotting to against them. Furthermore, the very fact that they practice Takfir endangers their ability to be considered Muslims at all.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “If a man accuses another man of deviance or accuses him of disbelief, that accusation will come back on him if his companion is not as he said.”
In this blog I will explore my opinions and feelings. I will clarify the concept of a true Mujahid differentiating from the thugs that falsely claim to be Mujahadeen. I will discuss those who turn a blind eye or acquiesce criminal (terrorist) behavior. Like the terrorist gangs of Al-Qaida or ISIS, to use their names in conjunction with the word “mujahid” or “scholar” is an oxymoron. They proclaim the doing of evil as good and that those who do justice are evil. In fact, they are the real traitors to Allah, their fellow Muslim brothers, their country and humanity. The only thing in which they are successful is giving Islam a bad name and causing governmental authorities around the world to unjustly oppress Muslims in the effort to keep peace and security in their respective societies.
My Muslim brothers and sisters, and non-Muslim friends, Muslims are in a time of Great Fitna (trials) and I will explore how and what to do to regain our pride and live in our societies peacefully.
May the peace and mercy be upon you all! Ameen.
Please also see my bio for more detailed information on me, including my work with the Islamic Circle of North America and Whyislam.