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[TROID] A Condemnation of the Ottawa Terror Attack and an Advice to Canadian Muslims
A Condemnation of the Ottawa Terror Attack and an Advice to Canadian Muslims
In the name of All?h to whom belongs all praise, may He make good mention of and bestow peace upon His Messenger.Yesterday's brazen attack on the Canadian parliament and the killing of an army reservist has caused a shockwave of anxiety and fear across the country. The lunacy and cowardice of the assailant and whoever may be associated with him is beyond words. Details are yet to emerge as to the background, motives and whether there was indeed a network behind the individual identified. This may become clearer in the coming days or like other many acts of terrorism, it may never become clear. Nonetheless, what has emerged is that a Muslim was involved. He was unsuccessful in his bid to storm the parliament building and was swiftly killed. Whether he was mentally ill or not, a practising Muslim or not, the outward reaction by many in society will be: Islam made him do it
Being aware of all of this, it is important for Muslims who follow the Qur'?n and Sunnah upon the methodology of the pious predecessors to keep the following in mind:
- Qadr All?h wa m?’ sh?’ fa`al - This fateful and evil act was decreed to pass by the Lord of all mankind. It is a trial for all those affected by it and will be a trial for Muslims in Canada at large.
- Do not dwell on reading media reports which often glamorise or chastise for the purpose of selling media. Do not dwell in debating and arguing in comments attached to stories. Do not rely solely on the media to tell you the truth and do not likewise turn to conspiracy theorists to reveal the truth. Simply get on with your life in a positive manner, seeking the pleasure of your Lord daily through righteous actions.
- At this time of increased stress and focus on Islam and Muslims, be proactive. Exemplify the good manners of Islam, show your neighbours, family, co-workers etc. the beautiful code of conduct that exemplifies Islamic manners and morals. Do not shy away and cower; do not be afraid to show your Islam at a time like this, if you do, then groups like ISIS (or any copycat groups) have succeeded in marginalising you in society. Likewise, anti-Islamic movements will be happy with your feeling of ostracisation. When 9/11 happened, we immediately took to the streets of Toronto, wearing identifiably Islamic garments and engaged fellow citizens about Islam, about terrorism, and about bin Ladin. The reaction was very positive; many people thanked us for simply being out there and explaining things. Even though we sought to clarify the reality of extremism and expected some harsh reactions, we generally didn't receive them. People approached us and said: We know Islam doesn't promote these things. One lady became tearful and said she felt sorry for what we would have go through (as Muslims) because of what some extremists may have done in NY. The point being that if you dwell in the gutters of tabloid media and debate with ignorant people who spew hatred towards Muslims on blogs or newspaper comment sections, it will absorb and waste your time. However, if you engage Canadians positively, face-to-face, at the local store, at work, at school etc., it will show them what it really means to be a Muslim. Inform them what our Prophet (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) mentioned about a people who would appear - calling them "kh?rijites" (renegades), isolating themselves and terrorising society, and how they would depart from Isl?m. Teach them the central message of Tawh?d (pure monotheism) and you will likely find a very positive result in sh?’ All?h.
To duck your head, to move around in fear, to become shy about your Islam (as some did around 9/11) will only support the idea that Muslims are outsiders in Canadian society. If you do encounter ignorant comments or harshness, then reply to them with good manners. Even if a person won't desist in his harshness, others will see the behaviour of a Muslim in the face of oppression. Our Messenger, Muhammad (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was most patient in the face of personal attacks or insults. Remember that our Prophet (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “There is nothing heavier in the Scales (on the Day of Judgement) than good character” [J?mi’ at-Tirmith? (2002)]
Consider how vile a presentation of Islam groups like ISIS present. In reality, they are not a representation of us, their behaviour is in sharp contrast to manners of our prophet (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam), as All?h has mentioned, “Verily in the Messenger of All?h you have a fine role model” [S?rah al-Ahz?h, 33:21]. The Prophet Muhammad (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “I have only been sent to complete upright moral character” [Musnad Ahmad (2/381]. So at a time like this, when Islam is being questioned in the hearts and minds of Canadians, even under difficult circumstances, it is an opportunity to show society the purity of tawh?d and the uprightness of the Islamic creed and how it produces an impeccable, upright character. Indeed those renegades who terrorize society only do so because of a corrupt underlying creed that is alien to Isl?m, its Book and its prophet.
The Prophet Muhammad (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “I swear by All?h, he does not believe! By All?h, he does not believe! By All?h, he does not believe!” They asked him, “O Messenger of All?h! Who?!” He replied: “The one whose neighbour is not safe from his atrocities” [Sah?h al-Bukh?r? (6016)]. In a similar narration, Abu Hurayrah (may All?h be pleased with him), mentioned the wording in Sah?h Muslim (46): “Anyone whose neighbour is not safe from his atrocities shall not enter paradise.” The Prophet (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised his beloved wife Umm Salamah, “(The one with) good manners gets the best of this life and the hereafter.”
So it is an Islamic obligation, commanded by our Messenger (sallall?hu ‘alayhi wa sallam), to exemplify the rights of good behaviour with our neighbours and those in society at large. These are codes of conduct we live by. This is what Islam teaches us. These are the textual proofs and evidences that have eluded those misguided youths who have sought Islamic learning by watching YouTube extremist propaganda videos through the hours of the night and not by seeking it from the mouths of orthodox Scholars of Isl?m.
Islam is a religion of fairness, justice and rights; a religion that provides safety and sanctity to society. Those who have sought to enact a jihadist version of Call of Duty on the streets of Ottawa are ignoramuses; misguided individuals who have strayed far away from the merits of Islam. All?h mentions in the Qur’an the likes of those who kill innocent people: “It would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the whole of mankind” (S?rah al-M?’idah, 5:32].
These misguided individuals have distorted the texts of the Qur’?n and the Sunnah to fulfil a politicised objective that is foreign to Isl?m, and that is one of violent revolution, indiscriminate killing and terror. In turn, they harm themselves, they harm innocent people, and they bring about more damage upon the image of Islam than any think tank, conspiracist or disinformation agency could muster combined.
We recommend that our brothers and sisters pay attention to and distribute the following documents and sources. They will help you to understand these issues and to engage Canadians in a positive way:
1. Upright Moral Character
by Shaykh Muhammad ibn S?lih al-‘Uthaym?n
2. Words of Advice Regarding Da’wah
by Shaykh ‘Abul-Az?z ibn ‘Abdull?h ibn B?z
3. The Methodology of the Prophets in Calling to All?h
by Shaykh Rab?’ ibn H?d? al-Madkhal?
4. The Rise of Jihadist Extremism in the West
by Salafi Publications
5. A Glimpse at the Deviated Sects
by Shaykh S?lih ibn Fawz?n al-Fawz?n
-Articles and Audio-
1. The Message of the Prophets
by Abu Uways
2. Wisdom in Giving Da’wah
by Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Anjar?
3. Qualities the Caller to All?h Must Have
by Shaykh Ahmad an-Najm?
4. A Comparison between the Methodology of Ahlus Sunnah in Calling to Allaah to that of the Extremist Terrorists
by Abu Hak?m
5. Manners of the Caller
by Im?m ibn B?z
6. Blood on the Streets of Woolwich: Demystifying the False Claims of the Terrorists
by Abu Khadeejah
7. O Muslim Youth - Do Not Be Fooled by the Rhetoric of the Terrorists!
by Abu Hakeem
8. The Advice of Ibn Baaz to Usamah bin Ladin and A Warning and Advice to those who Traverse his Path
9. Shaykh 'Ubayd al-Jaabiree Warns Against Anwar al-Awlaki
by Shaykh ‘Ubayd al-J?bir?
10. The Khawaarij of the Era
by Shaykh Rab? ibn H?d? al-Madkhal?
1. Islam’s War on Terror: Uprooting the Forces of Evil
2. Combatting 21st Century Violent Extremist Terrorism: ISIS, Al-Qaeda, in Iraq & Syria
3. It Is Criminal and Unjust to Ascribe the Actions of the Kharijite Renegades (Al-Qaidah, ISIS) to Islam and the Muslims
4. Other Da’wah pamphlets
(basic information for non-Muslims)
We ask All?h to raise high the banner of this noble religion and to make us admirable ambassadors for its cause.
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