Not too long ago we invited back the people returning from Umrah, taking in their most essential valuations of such profound experience, we were encountered with sobering vision of who the Muslims are as an Ummah. Like some grand conference of our people from all walks of life and lands, they gather at the House of Allah, to call upon Him and to experience the welcome of a Generous Host. Each story, short or long, to illustrate a Mercy they have received from Him, that they came and found what it was they were looking for, what was hidden in their hearts, in that, they were not disappointed. Our Ummah is one, by our worship of Allah, One; Everlasting; Undivided and Incomparable, and by our obedience to His messenger Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. The sunnah is not just our link to him, it is him, and he is our link to each other. So long as the Sunnah is alive and active, so will be our ummah. We must trust this and safe guard each other and each other’s property as we would the messenger of Allah himself. This is how we love him.

#not in my name campaign

#not in my name campaign

The Muslim community, both forced and willingly participated in a digital, social integration, have found themselves in a quagmire where their identities as Muslims have become blurred and shaped by the media. Hurried hashtags and fashionable Facebook campaigns to anxiously rebrand ourselves a world community of good, praying, god-fearing, law-abiding people. We are NOT extremists, we cry. We ARE human beings. What bad people do in our name is wrong but does that mean that we as a global community (at least a quarter of the Earth’s population and rapidly growing to half taking current fertility rates of Muslims worldwide) may be humiliated, ostracised and hunted down like wild animals because we uphold a traditional life-pattern in contrast to the modern model of mass individualism easily controlled by structured interests. NO.

David Lazaar - Praying in the Market

David Lazaar – Praying in the Market

Visually speaking, we do appear to the subjected and bought media as what can be described as a mob. Uncontrollable, unorganised, emotional and reactionary, whose only predictability is that we will, without fail and without disappointing geopolitical economic agendas, to react exactly in the way they need us to. Fuelling the political jargon that legislates our own repression and targeting as a necessity for life to continue as normal. Thereby leading us back to the same knifes edge of either reacting violently or as in the majority of cases, appealing to democratic tolerance that “INSURGENT” is actually mother; father; sister; brother; son; daughter and bystander. And what can be applied to one group of people in the media can also be applied to another.

Some within the world Muslim community in past and well-remembered years have tried to do this through the use of violence. The language is simple enough for a child to understand. If we hurt, so can you. Given the true nature of the global political and economic status quo: “nothing personal, just business as usual,” violence emanating from points of conflict in the Muslim world, achieves nothing but to further strengthen the repression and intimidation of the whole body of Muslims. And seems to play perfectly to tune of business as usual, except now it is personal because we have world opinion.

Looking back at the past 14 years since 9/11, the launch of the global war on terror has achieved nothing but the further cementing of those motives that placed the Muslim world in the cross-hairs of global business and neighbouring opportunists in the first place. It is ‘global chess’ in a way, and we, as well as many of our ulama and leaders, been made the pawns. In our defence, we haven’t seen a global leadership for over 150 years ever since the exiling of Sultan Abdalhamid II, the Khalif, so it is easy to see the mob, and not the wonderful picture we see in the prayer lines of the mosques. After the fall of the Khalifate, Ibn Saud, was asked by the British Empire if he would take up the mantle of Khalif, too which he refused.

Sultan Abdalhamid II (the last Khalif) receiving and oath of allegiance.

Sultan Abdalhamid II (the last Khalif) receiving and oath of allegiance.

Winston Churchill and Sultan Abdul Aziz Bin Saud

Winston Churchill and Sultan Abdul Aziz Bin Saud

This cannot continue to go on. We must prevent ourselves from reaction and assess truly what is taking place in front of us. We must, in a sense, Re-Discover ourselves, who we are as ‘The Muslims’. Properly speaking there is no such thing as the ‘history of Islam’. For the ‘history
of Islam’ began with the descending of Quran and prophet hood of the noble Muhammad which took place in this month in Ramadan till his famous declaration that he had perfected our Deen for us. What took place after that point – is the ‘history of the Muslims’. From that point onwards is a remarkable history and heritage of a people carrying the blessing of Islam to every shore on earth and effected every aspect of life in what today the West calls the ‘norm’. We must look into our own history to see this. This is who we are. We need to see ourselves not through the eyes of the media but see ourselves through the eyes of Allah. We are His slaves and followers of His noble messenger and this deen we have inherited is His. We follow the Quran and the Sunnah. Inna lilahi wa ina ilayhi rajiun.

The anti-Muslim sentiment in Europe over the past few years, sparked not by a few misguided souls acting against an intolerant European media but the growing concern of European individualism on the increase of a ‘European’ Muslim population. Engendering the old Europe towards a new Islamic identity. It is not that, the Muslims have their own political agenda, nor their own economic system that they are afraid of. It is the fact that at the core, when we come together, Islam becomes Active, Visible and Practiced among people. The attractive, social and natural cohesion this forms, threatens the civic order by replacing it with something natural to people praying, working and trading with each other in a balanced way. A Halal way. By the very practice of the Deen, it effects the social nexus of the community in which the Muslims reside.

The irrational of the French & German reaction, is a resistance towards the magnetic beauty of Muslims coming together. It is the beauty of a beloved and merciful Prophet, May Allah bless him and grant him peace come to setup residence across the street to the point that they cannot turn their heads to not see. I want to wish all our readers a prosperous month of Ramadan ahead, praying that every act we take on for the pleasure of Allah is met with an abundance of Mercy, Forgiveness and Protection from the Fire. By our actions more than our words, may we invite others to the deen of our Noble Prophet.

Amin
Nabeel Abdalhaqq -Editor