I’ve been trying to resist writing, speaking or giving my opinions of the conference which took place on the 24th September 2011. Now, before i go on to say my views or heart-felt emotions of the event, i would like to clarify one thing. Which is, i do not hold any ill feelings against anyone. Be that a scholar or a layman. What ever anyone does, he/she will have to answer for that in the court of Allah. As he (swt) is the judge and no one else. The reason why i had to resort to writing about this conference was, i saw new things done/happening in a ‘Islāmic’ conference. Something which i usually thought was exclusively done at the pop concerts and celebrations. Standing up and waving the hands in the air is one such example amongst the numerous others! – Something which was approved by the “shaykh ul Islam”.
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You see, even if someone does a lot of good, this can be over shadowed by the ‘negative’ which he/she chooses. Espically if that individual chooses to display it on a global scale. Once a great man of Allah said “No matter how much zamzam water you may have in a glass, if you pour a drop of alcohol in it. The whole glass will become impure. The good ceases to exist. The impurity of the drop of alcohol overshadows the good of the zamzam water!”
Since the event, a number of videos of the event has been uploaded on the internet, from the various international television networks which were present at the conference. Without me trying to form an opinion for you, ill let you see some of the videos and let you decide for yourself.
Before i finish however, one major thing which i find rather baffling is when the key-note speaker said. “we will take this from the Torah, we will take that from the bible, and we will take some from the Quran”. (paraphrased) I understand that, what he was implying towards was the original messages which the prophet ISA and MUSA (as) brought and not the texts as they stand now. However, you must understand that there will be (in such a massive and international) event people who are completely new to Islam. Or, those who barely know the rights from the wrongs of Islam. When these brothers and sisters will hear such words, undoubtedly they will resort to accepting the Torah and the bible as being the word of Allah. Since a ‘world renowned’ scholar is willing to accept them in the given circumstances. Now the issues of clapping and female and males audiences sitting next to each other, have become a feature of nowadays ‘Islāmic’ gatherings unfortunately. So i wont make it an issue out of this, on this occasion. The standing up and waving the hands in the air was a new one for me. Hence the special mention. As someone mentioned in another website, it appears that more and more Islāmic organizations, institutions are bending over backs just to please the ‘white skinned non – Muslim of the west’. In the event exclusive references were made on the “Islāmic extremism and terrorism” by the mentioning of 9/11 and osama. However such “world renowned” scholars have failed to even mention the state sponsored terrorism which is being played out in front of our very eyes, on a daily basis! let alone exclusively mention them as they did with “Islamic extremism and terrorism”.
Last week we saw how the USA and Israel went to great lengths to veto the legal approach which the Palestinians took. To make Palestine an internationally recognized, independent state. Now the oppression they have been facing for the last 60 years is a known fact which everyone keeps silent. Secondly, on the unjust killings of over 3 million Iraqis over the war in Iraq. Which now everyone agrees was an illegal! Just in the pretext for dismantling the terror network – al qaeda and the revenge for the killings of 2,900 Americans. In the event nothing of the sort was even hinted towards.
Finally, i am aware of the episode in which the prophet (saw) allowed some Christians to pray in the blessed masjid of the prophet (saw), when a delegation came to him. Please note however, they were allowed to PRAY which means not singing!
At one point during the event, a dozen of teenage choir girls were allowed on the stage, semi nakedly dressed. Whom, seizing on the opportunity, sang their hymns/verses in a melodious and harmonious voice. At this point me and some of the other brothers who went solely for the purpose of dawah and tableegh, left the auditorium. I understand that one must do dawah with wisdom. However this does not mean we totally compromise on our principles in order to appease others. Yes, we can compromise on the approach we take to doing dawah, but on on our principles for which we stand! When the delegation from the quraish came to the prophet (saw) saying “o Muhammad (saw) just agree that you will worship our lord one day and we will worship your lord the next”. What did the prophet (saw) do? did he yield at their request? compromising his principles for which he stood? No! Then why must we. Sura Kafiroon was revealed as a consequence:
1 Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)to these Mushrikoon and Kafiroon): “O Al-Kafiroon (disbelievers in Allah, in His Oneness, in His Angels, in His Books, in His Messengers, in the Day of Resurrection, and in Al-Qadar, etc.)!
2 “I worship not that which you worship,
3 “Nor will you worship that which I worship.
4 “And I shall not worship that which you are worshiping.
5 “Nor will you worship that which I worship.
6 “To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islāmic Monotheism).”
When doing dawah we can consider taking different approaches to meet the situations, but we must not do this to our principles.
It is quite clear that the 9/11 episode has caused many of the Islamic organizations, institutions, scholars and the like, to take an alien approach to doing dawah as compared to our pious predecessors. The height of anti Islam bigotry and hatred was during the first few years of the proclamation of Islam. The makkans were ruthless in prosecuting anyone found to be Muslim. During these hard times, how did the companions manage still to hold firmly on their principles and yet do dawah? I’ll let you decide on that. The answer is clear, for anyone to see and implement.
May Allah save us from going astray in these times of confusion and turmoil. When even the so-called ‘ulema’ are in a limbo as to how to fit Islam within the modern world. May Allah help us to strengthen our Islam on the approaches taken by the prophets and the companions. – Amin!