Makki Masjid’s stand against hatred and division needs some work

Posted on June 17, 2017

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Makki Masjid is a Salafi mosque in Longsight, Manchester. It released this statement on its Facebook page immediately after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in May:

Makki Masjid and the Muslim community of Manchester are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of these events, quite literally on our doorstep, in the beautiful, multicultural and peaceful city of Manchester.

As a community we stand united in condemnation of those who sought to bring fear and division to our city, and our country through this terrorist act.

Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones and we hope those responsible for this heinous act are brought to justice.

For anyone doubting the sincerity of the statement, the mosque is clear that suspicious behaviour should be reported to the authorities:

In light of the events that have taken place since yesterday, we urge our brothers, sisters and youngsters to stay safe, stay vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the relevant authorities immediately without hesitation.

That’s all good. It also says:

Now more than ever, it is crucial for community and faith leaders from across this diverse city to stand united against hatred and division.

The talk of uniting against hatred and division isn’t at all in line with the views of some of the speakers at the mosque – the first three names that came up being Dr. Wasiullah Abbas, Abu Taymiyyah Jeylaani and Abu Usamah at-Thahabi, while Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, laid the mosque’s foundation stone:

Sheikh Sudais, Imam of Masjid-ul-Haram, laying foundation stone of Expansion Project, July 18, 2010.

Al-Sudais has form. On Jews:

What do our Quraan and Sunnah as well as our faith affirm? What does our history of the issue recorded which vividly confirmed that the war between us and the Jews is the war of faith, identity and existence?

Read the history to know that yesterday’s Jews are evil predecessors and today’s Jews are worse successors. They an ingrate people, they altered God’s words, worshipped calf, killed Messengers and denied their Messages. They are exiled people and the worst of mankind. Allaah cursed them and cast His wrath upon them. He turned some of them to monkeys and pigs and worshippers of creatures. They are worst in position and are astray from the right path.

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History of Jews is full of deception, trickery, rebellion, oppression, evil and corruption. They always seek to cause mischief on the earth and Allaah loves not the mischief-makers.

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Let all Muslims know that these are a people whose history has been exposed and their record is full of evil deeds.

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We should also abstain from evils and protect the Muslim youth against the plot of the Jews as well as from all kinds of moral corruption.

Christians and secularists are no better:

“The worst…of the enemies of Islam are those…whom he…made monkeys and pigs, the aggressive Jews and oppressive Zionists and those that follow them: the callers of the trinity and the cross worshippers…those influenced by the rottenness of their ideas, and the poison of their cultures the followers of secularism…”

Why not just go to war with everyone?

“Our war with Iran…is truly sectarian. If it was not sectarian, we will make it sectarian… The Jews and cross” – meaning Christians – “I swear by Allah that they will have their days…The prophet said that Rome will be conquered…Our disagreement with Rafidha” – another word for Shiites – “will not be removed, nor our suicide to fight them… as long as they are on the face of the earth….”

The mosque’s website says:

In our multicultural, multiracial and predominantly non-Muslim society, Makki Masjid aspires to lead as an exemplar place of worship and learning and hopes to help remove the misrepresented image of Islam in our society.

Perhaps its speakers could clear up that misrepresented image of Islam.

Dr. Wasiullah Abbas on non-Muslims:

The obligation of Muslims not copying the Non Muslims in their culture and religious etiquette is equally important as the importance of ensuring the Non Muslims don’t imitate the Muslims thereby wiping out the Muslim’s identity.

`Umar (radhiallahu `anhu) ordered the disbelievers (living in a Muslim country) to keep the forelocks shaved, to wear the belts, and they should ride animals keeping both legs to one side and back to the other side.

Abbas is referring to the Pact of Umar, the body of limitations and privileges entered into by treaty between conquering Muslims and conquered non-Muslims, and usually seen as authentic in Salafi circles. The Wikipedia page is clearer on these particular points (full version of the pact at the bottom of this post):

Obligation to identify non-Muslims as such by clipping the heads’ forelocks and by always dressing in the same manner, wherever they go, with binding the zunar (a kind of belt) around the waists.

Prohibition against riding animals in the Muslim custom, and prohibition against riding with a saddle.

Abbas continues:

Imagine the danger of  turning a liberal or westernized version of a Muslim in the way you eat, you greet, you THINK, etc. !!!

Yeah imagine that. Horrifying. Jeylaani agrees that Muslims should not be adopting ‘western’ ways:

Beware of those westernised liberalised “sheikhs” who r today coming out belittling the importance of Aqeedah

Abu Usamah is a little more direct when discussing non-Muslims:

“We call them stinking kafir, dirty. But, of course, akhi [brother], if that’s going to run them away from al-Islam, we don’t say that to them in front of their face.”

“…part of being a non-Muslim is that they are liars, usually…I don’t find that strange. Kuffar, part of their religion is kadhib [lies].”

Abbas is also unimpressed with other religions, and atheists:

“…let the Atheists remain in delusion that God does not exists, and the secular ones to think that separating Islam from state level will in any way improve morality, and the Christians to solve the problem of trinity!

What do we have? Worship and excellence! What do they have? Alcohol and filth! That is their religion, full of lust and desires. We have purity, forgiveness, moral excellence and organised marriage contracts. What do they have?  Homosexuality, prostitution and illicit sex!”

A non-Muslim leader is totally unacceptable:

“…voting in Islam is not from the general public but from the knowledgeable ones. Because they would choose the righteous and just ones…Majority of the people would want dancers and singers to become their leader. For this reason, such voting is haram.

A stupid and a scholar carry equal weight! So, this form of voting is not permissible. Any individual or group that tries to make a Islamic government in this way is condemned. Democracy has no status in Islam…obviously majority would choose a kaafir!

The kuffar have –

“…legislated strange homosexual marriages between men with men, and female with female.”

Jeylaani warns:

Beware of Secular Atheism and Homosexuality promoters indoctrinating Homosexuality to Children.

Abu Usamah gives it a thumbs down too:

“It is amazing that in so-called Christian countries, Jewish countries, they come and allow homosexuality. In the law it’s allowed, which is an indication of their hypocrisy and their kufr.”

“Those kuffar should hear our opinion about issues like this [homosexuality]. We should have enough organisation, enough leadership to let those people know this is not tolerated in our community.”

But he has a solution:

“…the zina of homosexuality and the zina of lesbianism. The Prophet (SAW) said (Arabic) ‘Kill the one who does it and the one who it’s being done to.’ (Arabic) Kill the one who was on top and the one who was on the bottom whether it’s a man or a woman. And this is going to come, inshallah…”

Simply living amongst non-Muslims is too much for Abu Usamah:

“Dawah is one of the reasons that a person is allowed to live with the kuffar. But living with the kuffar is a major sin…As we sit here ikhwan we have to hate it in our hearts, living with these kuffar.”

Jeylaani says that Muslims who do not point out the sins of other Muslims are suffering from –

“a sickness the kufaar have injected into the Muslims”

and that Muslims who take part in the celebrations and festivals of non-Muslims (Mother’s Day in this case) should be opposed –

“…one should oppose the mushrikeen in participating on this day with anything that is associated to them.”

Abu Usamah is in agreement:

“Christmas is an assault on our children right now. There is an assault, especially during these days. These days we have to get involved with sitting those children down and telling them it’s not permissible for the Muslim child to participate in any aspect of Christmas celebrations, from A-Z, impermissible.”

Assault? Bit harsh!

Muslims would be looking over their shoulders if Abbas had his way:

One must realize that the punishment for abandoning Salah is very big, rather it reaches to the level of Kufr! No doubt that many scholars considered it kufr in actual sense i.e., becoming a kafir. It is not allowed for Muslims to meet, enjoy, or eat with such a person. And his wife becomes divorced, and his children don’t inherit anything from him. This has been the fatwa of many previous scholars. But others considered it to be one of the biggest major sins, without reaching the level of Kufr. But Imam Abu Hanifa considered him to be deserving of execution. Be it even out of laziness.

And a narration of Imam Abu Hanifa also mentions that such a person be imprisoned for life, until he repents. Such are the fatawa of our Imaams on the issue of abandoning Salah.

And God forbid a Muslim chooses another religion:

But if a man leaves Islam after accepting it, then this is a Murtad (apostate) who will be judged to be executed. And this man as well will be buried, but only so that the smell of the decayed body does not spread (causing diseases). If this was not the case, he would be left alone (without being buried)!

Seconded by Abu Usamah:

“…the Muslim man or woman who changes their religion from Islam to anything else, kill them in the Islamic state because he has made a form of shirk and that he has legislated for himself what Allah (swt) said was haram. And it’s haram for him to change his religion. So the Muslim who changes his religion, the penalty for that is death because he said it was halal.”

Abbas on the punishment for adultery:

A married man or woman who commits adultery deserves to be killed by rajm (stoning)…if a woman is pregnant and commits any crime, then she is not to be punished until the child is born (this is one of the many barriers to punishment that the shariah gives).

But execution by stoning is not something simple. It is comparatively easier to behead directly. It may be that an individual is stoned for an hour! You may have witnessed this here (in Makkah), it hits the head, or chest, or eye. However, this is not a matter of pity or mercy…When it has been prescribed, then implement it! Then, the doctor comes and checks the criminal (sinner) if the is still alive. If he (or she) is alive, the doctor will command to continue the stoning.

A view shared by Abu Usamah:

“The one who is married and he commits zina he is stoned to death. The one who is not married and he commits zina he is flogged one hundred times and he is put out and expelled from the city for a year…”

Abu Usamah and Dr. Wasiullah Abbas

Here’s that Jewish/Christian conspiracy against Muslims again, this time from the paranoid mind of Jeylaani:

“The Jews and the Christians they won’t be happy with you until what? You follow their religion…they will keep fighting against you until what? They make you renegade from your religion. Until they make you turn back on your heels…many People of the Book, what do they wish? That they take you away from your religion due to the hasad, the envy they have for you.”

Abu Usamah believes that Muslims who deny the concept of offensive jihad in Islam are being paid by non-Muslims:

“…apologists who say there’s no jihad in al-Islam unless the Muslims are attacked…that’s a lie.”

“So is it permissible for any speaker, any Muslim to come today and to say there’s no jihad?…no one says that except someone who doesn’t know the religion or someone who is being paid by the kuffar.”

He explains the objectives when launching such a jihad:

Allah (SWT) mentioned in the Quran about the middle course of al-jihad, and it is from our deen (Arabic) ‘Fight them so there will be no fitnah and the religion will be for Allah.’ Fight them so there won’t be any fitna, shirk won’t run rampant on the earth. It’s your responsibility to stop that.

Muslims should be preparing themselves for when the time comes:

“Everyone in this place, in this masjid, to some degree and to some level, we have to make an effort to prepare ourselves for the jihad of al-Islam, the real jihad of al-Islam.”

“So join a gym, ikhwani. You older men from amongst us, the elders, we have to start to become more conscious about what we’re eating, how we’re resting, and we want to prepare ourselves for the real jihad, the jihad of the Quran and the Sunnah, when the time comes. As it relates to jihad, no one in the United Kingdom has the authority to claim this is jihad or that’s jihad. Jihad is determined by the scholars of al-Islam.”

And it’s bollocks to the koofs:

“And when they [scholars of Islam] determine it, and they claim it, then we don’t care what these kuffar have to say about that.”

Abbas rates jihad as it’s the best way to get a few quid in the pocket, as well as putting non-Muslims in their place:

“Superior to that [working in agriculture to acquire wealth] in things that are done using one’s hands is what one acquires of the wealth of the kuffaar through jihad. This is how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the companions earned wealth and it is the noblest way of acquiring wealth, because it is making the word of Allaah supreme, suppressing the word of His enemies, and brings benefit in the Hereafter.”

If you happen to be a country minding your own business and Abbas and his pals come a-knocking, inviting you to Islam, you better let them in unless you want your head kicked in:

“That when someone becomes a barrier on the way to truth – No one has that right to stop the truth from spreading, yet if someone becomes a barrier by force, it is then that Allah ta’ala permitted that you fight them, and Allah’s help will be with them. This is the truth about Jihad. Meaning that when we invite other countries to Islam, if anyone becomes a barrier and stops us from proclaiming the name of Allah, then if we don’t have power we shall spend our lives in patience, and if we get the power, we’ll fight them out. This is Jihad!”

Abbas, Abu Usamah and other scholars who advocate launching offensive jihad against ‘non-Muslim countries’ for the ‘crimes’ of being quite content with their own religion/no religion or committing shirk, cannot see the hypocrisy in calling for a state that prohibits non-Muslims from propagating their religion or worshipping in public, and executes Muslims for choosing another religion.

Makki Masjid should be able to see where the views of Abbas, Abu Usamah and Jeylaani don’t fit in with its stand against hatred and division.

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