It would be fair to say and something which is on the minds of muslims at large, is that Islam is under attack. Now, I don’t mean to sound alarming or cause an uproar. All i am doing is penning down what people are thinking, secretly harbouring and quietly discussing. The assumption is however, Islam is being attacked from the outside in. That, non-muslims especially the islamaphobic lunatics are hellbent on destroying the image of Islam. If not, completely, demolishing the ‘cult’ of Islam as it were, in their eyes. Frankly, this is nothing surprising or new to me. They are doing their job whether openly, discreetly, or indirectly. They are playing their part in doing the ‘dawah’ for Islam. It is a different matter whether it is a positive one or otherwise.
I believe there is a far greater demon at play. A far greater, more subtle and dangerous catalyst working behind the scenes at destroying image Islam. This harm is more detrimental than the attacks (as we may call it), from the outside. It is not the outside externalities which i have a concern of, it is the harm from inside out that is a matter of concern for me. The disease which is slowly infecting the internal organs of Islam. The internal bleeding, which on the outside seems to be causing no harm or discomfort. Only in reality, to be eating away the vital organs which allow the body of Islam to function properly.
This harm which i am referring to is, the contradictory messages being spewed out by the so-called islamic scholars, the intellectuals and the ‘benefactors’ of Islam as they are known as these days.
For example; When we have ulema who are delivering speeches in front of a whole hall filled with women, and there is no sense of barrier in front of the speaker or the scholar is not maintaining his gazes, then this attitude is more harmful than anything else at curbing the message of Islam. As the contradictory nature of the situation only serves to bring out the evil of the gathering and the benefit of such a gathering is lost on people. People who attend or watch such gatherings will go away thinking ‘why didnt the shaykh/pir maintain the lowering of his gazes. Or, address the crowed properly with the high codes of ethics Islam has laid down? why does he have a free permit to willfully gaze at all the women in the gatherings, addressing them directly by looking them into the eye? Almost ‘wolfing’ at them, savagely devouring them with their gazes. Yet, these molvi’s (scholars) tell us to lower our gazes when we happen to come across a person of the opposite gender?’. People see the contradictions more than the messages being delivered.
All that remains on the minds of people are these mainframes of thinking, and the message of Islam or what was said is completely lost on them. They slowly but surely begin to see the ‘lawfulness’ as it were, of openly looking at women/men. The proof being ‘well, that pir/shaykh/scholar allows us to look at anyone we wish. He even does it himself when we are there in his gatherings!’ You see, this then severely beats down the true beauty of the message of Islam. People begin to see the teachings of Islam as ‘mere instructions from an ancient’, and backward book. That is out of touch with modern times. “Since the molvi’s are doing it then why can’t we” becomes the mantra, the attitudes of people. With that, the moral teachings of Islam is lost on the masses. People then no longer begin to see the applicable nature of the teachings of Islam in a ’21st century world’.
This is why we, on a daily basis are seeing the call for a reformed and re-invented version of Islam become the widespread discussions in the media, events and talks! (nauzibillah!). Several years back i once heard sidi Hamza Yusuf mention a anecdote which brilliantly illustrates my points.
Once during a discussion man was asked ‘why dont you grow a beard like the prophet (saw) had?, You claim to love the prophet (saw) so much that you write poems after poems praising him (saw)’ The man replied ‘well, i have a teacher, and he is a real lover of the prophet (saw). He always praises and loves the prophet (saw) so much, that i have not seen anyone like him!. Yet, despite that, he does not have a beard. So, seeing this i am following him, and taking that to mean, i can also be a lover of the prophet (Saw) without having the need to follow the sunnah’. Although it may seem bizarre to me and you, unfortunately, this is the reality. People see the contradictory messages gushing out of the people who are supposed to be a role model and are accepting their shortcomings as legal and justified actions. In any situation where you have a mixture of the truth and evil being allowed to flourish the evil will always has a greater effect on the people more than the good. The good is lost and evil dominates the arena. Similarly, when you have proponents of Islam, showing a contradictory message people lose the valuable teachings being mentioned and only go away with the evils they have seen emanating side by side the ‘good’.
For several years, and even up to today, i highly would recommend Harun Yahya books to people and hold him in high regard. They are brilliantly simple to follow yet eloquently delivered. The realities of life in this world and the other topics he (Adnan okhtar known as Harun Yahya) delivers in his books are profound and tremendous.
However, in the video interviews he does, the teachings and lessons he gives is lost on people due to the contradictory nature in which he chooses to deliver his messages. There are no boundaries set in the discussions he has, where an attitude to willfully to ‘do all and be all’ is clear. No moral codes of adab is observed. Where scantily dressed women are used to pin-up his ideas and deliver his thoughts. This really hammers his messages from having a positively lasting impressions on people.
See for yourself.