Islamic Association of Lincoln condemns terrorist attack but…you know the rest.

Posted on June 12, 2017

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LinclonshireLive reports:

Professor Tanweer Ahmed, chairman and trustee of the Islamic Association of Lincoln, said: “We strongly condemn the horrific attack on innocent people and teenagers.

“We are shocked and saddened by such cowardly attack. There were many children including Muslims and young people at the concert in Manchester and there is no religious justification in Islam for killing innocent people under any circumstances.

As usual, no terrorism supporters there.

If you visit the Deobandi mosque’s website you’ll find this:

“Most of the Friday sermons are attached in the link below. The sermons are held in the University of Lincoln Chapel.”

And if you follow the link you get directed to a bundle of their sermons in PDF. Here’s a few of them:

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You should know that with regard to speaking ill of your Muslim brother and putting him down in front of a non-Muslim, this is bad manners and is often indicative of a problem with one’s own ‘aqeedah. Many Muslims are enchanted by non-Muslims, because of what they appear outwardly to be, then if they see from another Muslim something that they dislike, they criticize him for his shortcomings and think that a non-Muslim is better than him.

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In fact, this is the expected outcome of mentioning the bad deeds and faults of the Muslims in front of the others. It ends up with the one who says that preferring them over the Muslims, especially when he starts to compare them; what usually happens is that he reduces all characteristics to one, which he exaggerates to the exclusion of others and bases his judgement of people on that one characteristic.

The wise person should beware of helping Non-Muslims against his brother or being a fitnah to the disbelievers by mentioning the faults of the Muslims in front of them, because by doing so he is barring them from the religion of Allah and turning them away from it.

That might explain why it’s impossible to get some Muslims to condemn one of their own (unless it’s a terrorist of course).

Sadly, this next one’s all too common. Be nice to, but don’t befriend, non-Muslims. And not for the sake of being nice, in order to get them on board the cause:

Calling to Islam الدعوة إلى الإسلام

There is nothing wrong with visiting Non-Muslims in order to call them to Islam.

Also, It is permissible to accept their gifts because the Prophet (peace be upon him) accepted gifts from some of Non-Muslims, such as the gift from al-Muqawqis the ruler of Egypt. But it is not permissible to congratulate them on the occasion of their festivals because this implies befriending them and approving of their falsehood. Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa al-Shaykh al-Fawzaan, 1/255.

So if a Muslim treats them with kindness and gentleness in the hope that they will become Muslim and will believe, there is nothing wrong with that, because it comes under the heading of opening their hearts to Islam.

And keep your bleeding charity:

Charity and zakaah الصدقة والزكاة

It is not permissible to give zakaah to non-Muslims.

Here’s one that does the rounds once a year. Imagine you’re sitting in your local church and the vicar starts going on about an Islamic custom or celebration, saying it’s foolish and full of evil and that kids must stay away from it. One – you’d be thinking why the fuck is he talking about this? Two – what’s he got against Muslims? Three – no one’s forcing me to take part in it, dickhead!

Love and Valentine_s Day الحب وعيد الحب

Valentine’s Day is a jaahili Roman festival, which continued to be celebrated until after the Romans became Christian. This festival became connected with the saint known as Valentine who was sentenced to death on 14 February 270 AD. The disbelievers still celebrate this festival, during which immorality and evil are practised widely.

It is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate them in anything that is uniquely a part of their festivals, whether it be food, clothing, bathing, lighting fires, refraining from a regular habit, doing acts of worship or anything else. It is not permissible to give a feast or to give gifts, or to sell anything that will help them to do that for that purpose, or to allow children and others to play games that are part of the festivals, or to wear one’s adornments. To conclude: the Muslims should not do any of their rituals at the time of their festivals; rather the day of their festival should be like any other day for the Muslims. The Muslims should not do anything specific in imitation of them. Majmoo al-Fataawa (25/329).

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri narrated the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم (said, “You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit (i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure, you would follow them.” We said, “O Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم !( (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said, “Whom else?” Al-Bukhari 7320

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about celebrating Valentine’s Day and he answered? Celebrating Valentine’s Day is not permissible for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is an innovated festival for which there is no basis in Islam. Secondly, it promotes love and infatuation. And thirdly, It calls for hearts to be preoccupied with foolish matters that are contrary to the way of the righteous salaf (may Allah be pleased with them). Therefore, it is not permissible on this day to do any of the things that are characteristic of this festival, whether that has to do with food, drinks, clothing, exchanging gifts or anything else. The Muslim should be proud of his religion and should not be a weak character who follows every Tom, Dick and Harry.

The ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ bit was a nice touch, though.

The evils of witchcraft and adultery had to get a mention sooner or later:

The seven major limitations السبع الموبقات

Such a person [practitioner of witchcraft] is one of the disbelievers. It was proven from Ameer al-Mu’mineen ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that he wrote to his governors in greater Syria and elsewhere, instructing them to execute every practitioner of witchcraft, male or female, because of the great extent of their evil and the danger they posed.

Killing a soul, or murder, is one of the most serious of crimes, but it is a major sin of a lesser degree than shirk (associating others with Allah). It is a major sin like fornication/adultery, theft and so on. The one who does that is not a disbeliever unless he regards it as permissible to do that.

Cases dictated by Islamic law include execution of the previously married adulterer, by stoning; execution of a person who kills another, when both are of equal standing; execution in cases where there is a legitimate reason for executing the criminal, such as banditry, in which the criminal tries to harm travellers by seizing their wealth on the road, or beating them or killing them – he is to be executed because of his great evil.

The Lincoln Mosque recommends a visit to IslamQA, saying:

This site aims to provide intelligent, authoritative responses to anyones question about Islam, whether it be from a Muslim or a non-Muslim, and to help solve general and personal social problems. (12 Languages)

If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting IslamQA before, it’s the website of Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid, famous for his fatwas on mermaids and Mickey Mouse. It contains these lovely words of wisdom:

Non-Muslims

Clarification of the important rule: it is haraam to take kaafirs as close friends and protectors

“Taking them as friends in general terms, taking them as helpers and supporters, and throwing in one’s lot with them. Allaah forbids all this, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as awliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but awliya’ to one another…” [al-Maa’idah 5:51].

From these texts it is clear that we are forbidden to appoint kaafirs to positions whereby they could find out the secrets of the Muslims and plot against them by trying to do all kinds of harm.

Similarly, we should not employ them in Muslim homes where they can see our private matters and they bring our children up as kaafirs. This is what is happening nowadays when kaafirs are brought to Muslim countries as workers, drivers, servants and nannies in Muslim homes and families.

Neither should we send our children to kaafir schools, missionary institutions and evil colleges and universities, or make them live with kaafir families.

Staying in their countries when there is no need to do so. Allaah forbade the weak and oppressed Muslims to stay among the kaafirs if they are able to migrate

Nobody will be excused for staying in a kaafir country except for those who are truly weak and oppressed and cannot migrate, or those who stay among them for a valid religious purpose such as da’wah and spreading Islam in their countries.

It is forbidden to live among them when there is no need to do so. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I disown the one who stays among the mushrikeen.”

Praising them and their civilization and culture, defending them, and admiring their behaviour and skills, without taking note of their false ideology and corrupt religion. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them (disbelievers), the splendour of the life of this world that We may test them thereby. But the provision (good reward in the Hereafter) of your Lord is better and more lasting.” [Ta-Ha 20:131]. It is also forbidden to honour them, give them titles of respect, initiate greetings to them, give them the best seats in gatherings, and give way to them in the street. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not be the first to greet a Jew or a Christian (do not initiate the greeting), and if you meet one of them in the street, then push him to the narrowest part of the way.”

These examples should give a clear picture of what is meant by the prohibition of forming close friendships with the kaafirs. We ask Allaah to keep our belief sound and our faith strong. And Allaah is the Source of Help.”

Is it permissible for Muslims to vote for kaafirs who seem to be less evil?

“No one should imagine that anyone who says that it is OK to vote is thereby expressing approval or support for kufr. It is done in the interests of the Muslims, not out of love for kufr and its people.”

Is it permissible to swear allegiance to a kaafir ruler?

“Islam (i.e., the ruler should be a Muslim), because this is a condition of testimony being acceptable and guardianship being valid, which are much less serious issues than rulership. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And never will Allaah grant to the disbelievers a way (to triumph) over the believers” [al-Nisa’ 4:141]. And rulership, as Ibn al-Qayyim said, is the greatest of such ways. And he is to take care of the interests of the Muslims. End quote. 

Based on this, it is not permissible to swear allegiance to a kaafir ruler, and if the ruler becomes a kaafir then he should be deposed, according to the conditions that are known to the scholars.”

Blasphemy

Ruling on one who insults the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

The scholars are unanimously agreed that a Muslim who insults the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) becomes a kaafir and an apostate who is to be executed.

Insulting the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is one of the worst of forbidden actions, and it constitutes kufr and apostasy from Islam, according to scholarly consensus, whether done seriously or in jest. The one who does that is to be executed even if he repents and whether he is a Muslim or a kaafir.


Women

Is it permissible in Islamic sharee’ah for a woman to be a ruler?

“…the man is in charge of the woman; he is her leader, the ruler over her who disciplines her if she goes astray. 

“because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other” means, because men are superior to woman, and a man is better than a woman. Hence Prophethood was given only to men, as is the role of caliph, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No people will ever prosper who appoint a woman in charge of them.” 

Rationally speaking, women should not be given positions of public office, because what is required of the one who is chosen for such a position is that he should a man of great resolve, determination, smartness, will power and good management skills. These characteristics are lacking in women because they have been created with weakness in their intellect and thinking, and with strong emotions, so electing them to such positions is not in the interests of the Muslims and does not help them to achieve greatness.”

Homosexuality

What is the punishment for homosexuality? Is there any differentiation between the one who does it and the one to whom it is done?

The Sahaabah were unanimously agreed on the execution of homosexuals, but they differed as to how they were to be executed. Some of them were of the view that they should be burned with fire, which was the view of ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) and also of Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him), as we shall see below. And some of them thought that they should be thrown down from a high place then have stones thrown at them. This was the view of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him). 

Some of them thought that they should be stoned to death, which was narrated from both ‘Ali and Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them). 

After the Sahaabah, the fuqaha’ differed concerning the matter. Some of them said that the homosexual should be executed no matter what his situation, whether he is married or not. 

Some of them said that he should be punished in the same way as an adulterer, so he should be stoned if he is married and flogged if he is not married. 

Some of them said that a severe punishment should be carried out on him, as the judge sees fit.”

Why is the one to whom a homosexual act is done to be executed like the one who does it?

“The reason why the one to whom such an act is done should also be executed is because he is a partner in the sin, because this sin can only be committed if both parties take part, so it is only just to carry out the punishment on both of them. Similarly in the case of zina (adultery), the punishment is carried out on both the man and the woman. Moreover there is nothing good to be gained from letting the one to whom it has been done remain alive, because of the great evil that has befallen him and because of the great evil that may result from his presence.”

Muslim attitude towards the sin of homosexuality

“There is no doubt that this act, which goes against the pure human nature created by Allaah, by making men content with men and women with women, destroying families, adversely affecting the birth rate, causing the spread of killer diseases, harming the innocent when children are raped, and generally spreading corruption on earth, should be uprooted and stamped out.”

 But all is well. The mosque is committed to inter-faith dialogue and understanding:

The Islamic Association of Lincoln, City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire County Council, The University of Lincoln, Just Lincolnshire, JR Halkes Settlement and other Lincoln Faith Communities organised a Faiths Festival in Lincoln between the 21st April 2017 – 1st May 2017.

The aims of this festival were:

• To celebrate the diversity of Lincoln’s faith communities and their contribution to the wider community
• To provide opportunities for people to increase their religious literacy (that is, to support their ability to be able to hold informed conversations about religion and belief

ial.jpgPerhaps followers of other faiths could have one of those ‘informed conversations’ with

the Islamic Association of Lincoln now that a light’s been shone on the kind of views they

hold towards others.

 

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