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    Hold fast the Scripture & Muslim’s Position Towards Western Civilization

    The Muslims have been migrating to and settling in western countries for a long time, and this phenomenon has been increasing in recent years. In some cases this migration may be justified according to shareeah, but in most cases these migrants have not settled in the west for legitimate shari reasons, but because of their whims and desires, or personal and social circumstances.

    Studying the intellectual, social, ethical and psychological circumstances of these migrants should be a top priority of Islamic centres in the west, so that this study by the grace of Allaah might form the basis for dawah and educational programs.

    One of the most prevalent phenomena in the Muslim community is the weakness or complete lack of a distinctive Islamic identity in their beliefs and conduct. The influence of the western environment is quite obvious in their case, especially among the youth who have been born, brought up and educated in the west. This phenomenon is an inevitable result which does not need to be examined, researched or proven. What does need to be pondered and examined is the case of the Islamic activists in particular, many of whom are not free of the influences of the negative environment. One example will suffice here, which is the failure to adhere strongly to many rulings of shareeah, especially in matters pertaining to women. I am not referring here to the famous differences among fuqaha as to whether the hands and face are awrah or not; the matter is more serious than that, because unfortunately, in some cases the hijaab has become no more than a theory with no substance to it. It is simply a form of modernity and civility, no more than a flimsy kerchief which covers part of the hair, accompanied by the wearing of tight pants and wearing all kinds of adornments and perfumes. Mixing, shaking hands with non-mahrams and taking part in mixed sports are matters that have become ordinary, everyday occurrences.

    If anybody speaks out against such things, they will quickly be accused of being fanatical and extremist, and of being ignorant of the realities of life in the west and the social circumstances in which people live. He will be told that he is looking at America or Europe through the eyes of a simple Bedouin who has no understanding or insight. I heard one of our enlightened thinkers waving his hands about before an audience of Islamic activists, telling them to raise their intellectual standards and be positive in their interactions with the circumstances created by modern civilization, warning them against being inflexible and falling into the mire of backwardness and darkness. He said all of that because he had heard one of them reciting the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): I do not shake hands with women (narrated by al-Nasaai, hadeeth 4110)!

    What is strange indeed is that you can find some of those thinkers and daaiyahs who consider themselves entitled to issue fatwas justifying this laxity by means of distorting the daleel. I remember one of the contemporary shaykhs at an Islamic conference in America opening his lecture with a heavy attack on the organizers of the conference who had segregated men and women, and criticizing this intellectual backwardness and primitive thinking which was still prevalent among us even in America (!!). At the end of the talk, the organizer of the conference stood up to comment, and we thought that he would defend the way things had been organized, but instead he admitted his mistake, apologized to the brothers and sisters, and said that the reason for the segregation had been logistical, not intellectual. He promised to correct the matter the following day, and he kept his promise!

    When Muslims live in a western environment, it leads to an incredible degree of assimilation of the Muslim personality, a great dissolution of adherence towards the rulings of shareeah and an obvious tendency to look for concessions (the easiest options) without any understanding or insight. In many cases the description given in the Quraan is true, where Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    And among mankind is he who worships Allaah as it were upon the edge (i.e. in doubt) [al-Hajj 22:11]

    The irony is that new Muslims of western origin are often more courageous and more sincere in their adherence to the rulings of shareeah; they are proud of them and are not embarrassed to show them before the people!

    I remember visiting an area of the USA where there are many people from a Christian Protestant sect called the Amish, who believe that one of the causes of the misery in which mankind is living is this materialistic civilization which is dominating western man and has led him to this swamp of immorality and depravity. Hence they have withdrawn from society and forsaken all forms of modern civilization, refraining from using all modern technological inventions. They have established their own communities, including schools supervised by their church, and they work in farming and raising livestock using the primitive means that are available to them. They also refrain from drinking alcohol and committing adultery! What is remarkable is that their women still wear long, covering dresses and scarves on their heads, and they do not mix with men. Despite the fact that some of their fellow Americans look down on them, they are proud of their principles and their ways!

    I am not here to analyze the phenomenon of these Amish. My point here is that although these people have seen their country reach the pinnacle of modern material advancement, they have withdrawn from them and are practising their beliefs and morals in a proud manner. Why do we Muslims who believe with certainty, praise be to Allaah, that we are following the true religion not have the strength to be proud of our faith and practise its principles, adhering firmly to them and holding our heads high with pride in our beliefs and morals and manners?

    Being enjoined to follow the rulings of shareeah is one of the ways in which a mans faith is tested. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    Who has created death and life that He may test you which of you is best in deed [al-Mulk 67:2]

    This religion is a serious matter, it is not a joke. The worst thing that we can commit against ourselves is to regard the laws of Islam as a game, taking only those which suit our whims and desires, or letting the realities of this deviant intellectual or social environment be the guidelines which dictate to us whatever they want. We have clear evidence in the Quraan in which there is no ambiguity or confusion, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allaah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision [al-Ahzaab 33:36]

    Being defeated in ones outward appearance is a sign of being defeated at heart. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) issued a stern warning against that, when he said: Whoever imitates a people is one of them. (Narrated by Abu Dawood in al-Libaas, hadeeth 3512)

    Ahmad Abd al-Rahmaan al-Swiyaan

    From al-Bayaan magazine, issue #155, Rajab 1421, pp. 74-75


    http://www.islam-qa.com


    http://63.175.194.25/words/hold_fast...cripture.shtml



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    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"
    (11:55-56)

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

    #2
    Muslims Position Towards Western Civilization

    by Salaah Al-Budair

    translated by www.alharamainonline.org


    All praise is due to Allaah. May His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his household and companions.



    Brothers in faith! Fear Allaah, for that is the best earning and obey Him. Be dutiful to Allaah and hope for the reward on the Last Day and commit no mischief on the earth.



    O you who believe! Fear Allaah as He should be feared and die not except in the state of Islaam. (Aal Imraan: 102).



    Fellow Muslims! We are nowadays confronted with a relentless war waged by the materialistic western civilization and culture that burns its producers and afflicts them with calamities, misery, immorality, disruption, suicide and all kinds of evils. It is in fact, a civilization that turns their conducts upside down, disorganizes their affairs, exposes them to toil and corrupts their minds. It is a civilization that knows no difference between lawful and unlawful, useful and harmful. It is full of useless markets, clubs and vacant minds! A civilization that is incapable of protecting individuals honor nor capable of providing them with meaningful sense of happiness in their life. Such is the reward of those who turn away from the Lord of all the worlds. Theirs is a civilization that is destroyed by its own products. It is a civilization that races towards creating all means of trouble, disturbance and destruction.



    Allaah says what translates as, They destroy not but their own selves, yet they perceive (it) not. (Al-Anaam: 26).



    He also says what translates as, Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle nay, they are even farther astray from the path (i.e. even worse than cattle). (Al-Furqaan: 43).



    He also says what translates as: They know only the outside appearance of the life of the world and they are headless of the Hereafter. (Ar-Room: 7).



    The above are some of the characteristics of the disbelieving (Kaafir) societies and their immoral cites.



    Today, dear Muslims, the disbelieving (Kaafir) world is exporting its woes to the Islamic world by attempting to deprive Muslims of their identity and forcing them into subjection in matters of faith, intellectual, social and moral affairs.



    Allaah says what translates as, They wish that you reject faith as they have rejected (faith) and thus that you all become equal (like one mother). (An-Nisaa: 89).



    He also says what translates as: Should they gain upper hand over you, they would behave to you as enemies and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you with evil and they desire that you should disbelieve. (Al-Mumtahinah: 2).



    They will never cease pursuing this vicious goal with all their efforts. Allaah says what translates as, And they will never cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion if they can. (Al-Baqarah: 217).



    The hearts of disbelievers are full of hatred and fear for you and it is these that spur them to fight Islaam and attempt to eliminate it. Allaah says what translates as, They intend to put out the Light of Allaah with their mouths. But Allaah will bring His Light to perfection even though the disbelievers hate (it). (As-Saff:8).



    One of these enemies said: When the Quraan and the cities of Makkah and Al-Madeenah are wiped out of Arabia, it is then that we can see an Arab man gradually adopt western culture, far from Muhammad and his book. Such is their evil plan and what their hearts conceal.



    Fellow Muslims! The enemies of Islaam have amassed whatever they can of different types of invention in order to fight this Deen (religion) and its adherents and to conquer them ideologically and intellectually. Their action says: A cup of alcohol and a songsters can do to Muslims more than what a thousand machine guns can do, therefore, plunge them into the depth of materialism and lusts. These enemies lay siege on Muslim countries through mass media and modern technology and attack them through devilish and lustful satellite channels, which ruin morality and chastity. They aim at destroying our youths, by arousing their passion and spreading immorality within their ranks, making them thereby searching for all possible way to satiate their already aroused lust. The Muslim woman is also not safe from this devilish plan. They wage war against her Hijaab (i.e. covering of the Muslim womans body and head) and they strive to deceive her through those repulsive fashion houses, they encourage her to mix freely with men, making thereby ignominy and distress her lot.



    There are also misleading call upon Muslims to visit countries of disbelievers and spend their leisure time there. The purpose of these calls is to deceive Muslims and expose them to things that can damage their morality and religion. It is therefore unfortunate that some Muslims, in spite of all these obvious dangers, travel to these countries with their wives and children in order to be regarded as cultured and civilized people.



    Brothers in faith! No one can avoid these trials and destructive situation except by strictly and sincerely adhering to the Book of Allaah and Sunnah of His Prophet.



    Brothers in Islaam! How can the Muslim nation voluntarily go to those who fight her? How can she happily surrender to him who wants to butcher her? Who can she emulate her enemy in his manners, understanding and thoughts? Who can she turn away from Islaamic teachings and start emulating the Kuffaar? Surely, real loss and destruction lie in following the disbelievers and sinful people. Allaah says what translates as, O you who believe! If you obey those who disbelieve, they will send you back on your heels, and you will turn back (from faith) as losers. (Aal-Imraan: 149).



    Fellow Muslims! Islaam does not forbid taking the useful of modern inventions and technology. It only rejects its negative aspects.



    Dear brothers! What is the benefit of a civilization in which mans standard falls and he himself degenerates so much so that he worships other beside Allaah, that he becomes a slave of his money, lust and desire thereby falling into misery and decay. The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said: Wretched is the slave of gold coins, wretched is the slave of silver coins; wretched is the slave of money and luxurious clothes. If he is given of these things he is pleased but is he is denied them, he becomes displeased. Let such a person perish and relapse and if he is pierced with a thorn, let him not find anyone to take it out for him. (Bukhaari).



    It is actually sad to see some of our tribesmen who speak our language act as middlemen for the west over-praising it and calling to its emulation. These are callers to destruction, error and westernization.



    They are callers at the door of hell; whoever answers them, they cast him into Hell-Fire. These people call to emulating the west as if they are ignorant of the cries made by wests intellectuals themselves warning of the danger of this soul-less civilization and calling unto reforming and salvaging it before it is too late. Allaah says what translates as, And when it is said to them, make not mischief on the earth, they say, we are only peacemakers. Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not. (Al-Baqarah: 11-12).



    Brothers in Faith! It is incumbent on all Muslims, to know the foundations of this civilization and acquaint themselves with its goals, objectives, harms and all things that relates to it. If not, repugnant customs and manners and un-Islamic habits that are products of enemies of Islaam will creep in and establish themselves in Muslim societies and homes. The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said: The most detestable to Allaah of all people are three: the one who causes transgression in the Sacred Mosque, the one who introduces to Islaam a custom of the time of ignorance and the seeker after someones blood in order to shed it with no just cause. (Bukhaari).



    Dear Muslims! You are a community that possesses a divine law that guarantees for those who hold fast unto if perpetual bliss, progress and development. It is a law that illuminates the darkness and it is a Light upon Light.



    Islaam is the only religion capable of salvaging mankind from its misery and despair it is the only guarantor of its happiness.



    Our religion is] the religion of Allaah (Islaam) and which religion can be better than Allaahs? And we are His worshippers. (Al-Baqarah: 138).



    Be therefore proud of your religion and beware of corruption and falling into Hell. Protect yourselves and your families, take refuge with Allaah from things that scares you, use your God-given wisdom to ponder over the consequences of your deeds and prevent these trials and temptations by being careful, for Satans arrows are penetrating. The heart gets affected with powerful harm as eyes get irritated with a small particle.



    Fellow Muslims! The Prophet has taught as knowledge by which we can get guidance during trials. He sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said about the trial of Dajjaal (anti-Christ): Whoever hears of him should keep away from him. By Allaah! A man may meet him, assuming himself a believer and yet follow him (the anti-Christ) as a result of the evidences that he will show. (Aboo Daawood and others).



    Allaah says what translates as, O you who believe! Ward from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stone, over which are (appointed) angels stern and severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are Commanded. (At-Tahreem: 6).



    Brothers in Islaam! Fear Allaah, be conscious of Him and do not disobey Him. O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah and be with those who are true (in words and deeds) (At-Tawbah: 119).



    Brothers in Faith! Indeed, every Muslim who is concerned about his religion will feel a great pain when he sees that Muslims are being influenced by Zionist and Christian attacks and the pain becomes greater when one notices that the effect of that attack is increasing every day. Such is Allaahs decree upon His slaves. He says what translates as: And surely, We shall try you till We test those who strive hard (for the cause of Allaah) and the patient ones, and We shall test your facts. (Muhammad: 31).



    Dear Brothers! It is by test and examination that treasures are distinguished. It is during severe wars that proud and lofty minds become distinct from lowly ones. People are like treasure, some are precious jewels while some are just valueless metals; some are like healthy and fertile land that produces good plants and pure profits while some are just like bad dung that wastes its seed and destroys its crops.



    Fear Allah, reform yourselves and adhere to the worship of your Lord. The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said: Worshipping Allaah during the time of commotion and disorder is like making a Hijrah to me (in reward). (Muslim).



    O Muslim youths! Rise up your heads and be proud of your religion. Do not imitate the disbelievers in their repulsive habits, traditions. Beware of evil aspects of this civilization. Allaah says what translates as, Say (to idolaters and unbelievers): O disbelievers! I worship not that which you worship. Nor will you worship that which I worship. And I shall not worship that which you worship. Nor will you worship that which I worship. To you belong your religion, and to me my religion. (Islamic monotheism). (Al-Kaafiroon: 1-6).



    Summary



    The reality of western civilization.
    Western civilization has no spirit (materialistic).
    Western civilization has more harm to it than benefit.
    The eagerness of the west to dissolve Muslim's identity.
    The west utilizes their civilization to attack Islaam, and to finish Muslims.
    Islaam calls for taking advantage of anything beneficial, and refuse anything evil.
    http://www.alminbar.net/english/khutbaheng/2108.htm



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    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"
    (11:55-56)

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

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      #3

      Wow, it must be such a relief to lead such a righteous life. How arrogant it is for this mullah to put himself so far above western society. To call the west evil, corrupt, immoral and repulsive. Yet this author claims it is Islam that is being attacked. He is doing more attacking and judging of other cultures than I've ever seen by any westerner. It is such hateful and intolerant attitudes that divide the world. And to claim to be so pious. Ha!

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        #4
        I do agree with seminole here, we shouldn't judge an entire culture by whatever little we know of it. I think as a muslim we should try to be steadfast on our deen, ignore the wrong influences(and not the western influences, but just anything that contradicts islam), and be a little tolerant.

        Sitting on two sides of a fence and calling names never has a good outcome.

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          #5
          Unfortunately, the lack of education has led to this very closed minded xenophobic attitude among the mullhas. Instead of opening upto the world and learning all the new sciences and mysteries of this Universe, it is sad to see this coiling into a closed shell. What are you afraid of? The openness of America is doing more to revitalize the communication among muslims than the autocratic and authoritarian attitude of the old mullhas. Start calling anyone who disagrees kaffir, yahoodi, hindi, etc. Look and see how the muslims in Canada and America are interacting amongst each other regardless of where they come from. You see the ideal of the Muslim Ummah.

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            #6
            Its kind of funny really you say that the West is attacking you?

            And you can stand up on any street corner and preach about Islam in the West.
            You can build mosques. IM not quite sure but I think you have state funded Islamic schools in England?

            Can you do that in Muslim countries? If I went to Saudi do you think they would give me money to teach people about Christianity or Buddhism.

            no you kill Christians and any other religion that doesn't agree with you .
            you blow up other peoples shrines like you did with the Buddhists statues in Afghanistan

            That's what you did in Jerusalem a 1000 years ago which started your wars with Christians which we call the crusades which you lost.

            And now when people who you've managed to keep obeying your rules by lying to them and stopping them hearing anything but what you say choose not to follow you you get angry.

            what do you suggest we do for you to make Muslims living the west obey should we have a religious police force like in Iran. whip people to pray what

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              #7
              Assalamo Alaikum,

              I agree with most of the replies to these articles. This is why the Ummah is suffering because we blame others for our problems and totally forget about our responsibilities. We can't solely blame the West for our downfall. We need to stop blaming others for our problems and start following our deen properly to be at where we were during the time of the Prophet (SAW) inshAllah.

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              "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"
              (11:55-56)

              "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

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                #8
                johnny2mad

                reread your history again, if you are going to talk about religious intolerance than everyone has had their fair share of it.

                what do you gain by being so antagonistic and hateful.. its irresponsible attitudes and approaches on all sides which feeds hate.

                As an educated and civilized person, i dont fight hate with hate. because it only breeds more hate.

                When you grow up, try the same.
                The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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                  #9
                  I have to agree with Pir Sahib even if he is a fraudia. You have heard about the Spanish inquistion, and all the horrors that go along with it? There used to be a Grand Inquistor (he was in charge of all the little inquistors in the various provinces and other countries like portugal etc.) who was personally responsible for either killing or ordering the torture and death of many many tens of thousands of jews, muslims, protestents, etc. What happened to this awfully horrible person? Anyone knows? (Hint: You may want to look up who Saint Pope Pius V was and why he was first elevated to be a pope and then a Saint. He still is a saint.) It is interesting to read about his life because it gives you a front row seat on how to put a spin on any event.

                  [This message has been edited by OldLahori (edited August 08, 2002).]

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                    #10
                    if you think that I dont know about the awful things that christians have done your wrong .
                    but if spanish catholics were torturing muslims to make them convert to christianity like in the middle ages .
                    ID be against it .
                    most of the stuff muslims have done we have done to .
                    in fact in the last century because we had better technology we have done a lot worse.
                    we used to kill people who changed from mainstream christianity to another religion or protestantism .
                    just like muslims do
                    and if someone wrote something that differed from the mainstream christian viewpoint we would burn them .
                    if you had tried teaching people about islam in a christian kingdom in the middle ages I imagine you would not have lived very long
                    but we changed

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jonny2mad:
                      if you think that I dont know about the awful things that christians have done your wrong .
                      but if spanish catholics were torturing muslims to make them convert to christianity like in the middle ages .
                      ID be against it .
                      most of the stuff muslims have done we have done to .
                      in fact in the last century because we had better technology we have done a lot worse.
                      we used to kill people who changed from mainstream christianity to another religion or protestantism .
                      just like muslims do
                      and if someone wrote something that differed from the mainstream christian viewpoint we would burn them .
                      if you had tried teaching people about islam in a christian kingdom in the middle ages I imagine you would not have lived very long
                      but we changed
                      Thank God that "we changed". I would hate to see the world go through another Crusade-Jihad episode. As a muslim who grew up in America, I can tell you that personally I think that we, muslims, do have a problem. I find that if I try to critique some of our 'culture' face to face, the more conservative muslims do tend to get quite emotional and riled up. Believe me, it is not the easiest of easy tasks to bridge cultural gaps that span centuries. But if there is one place on earth where it can be done, I am positive that it can be done here in America.

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