DISCLAIMER: This reminder was originally delivered in Arabic on Friday, 20 November 2015. Any meanings lost in translation are not to be attributed to the speaker as reminders are translated by volunteers. The mosque has no official translator and volunteers often have no formal qualifications to translate on the day. Please forgive any errors as they are from our human weakness and any right guidance is from God.
The message of Islam is a global message, of mercy to all of mankind that joins us all together under the banner of human brotherhood. As we hear the messenger calling the people and saying:
‘ O people, indeed you lord is one and your father is one’.Prophet Muhammad (SAAW)
Alluding to the origin of all human’s as being the same. As the wording is ‘ O people’ rather than ‘ O people of the book’ ,this does not only apply to the people of the book, meaning the Jew and Christians , but rather the whole of mankind. However with regards to the people of the book, the Quran ordered us to discuss with them using the best of manners, and did not allow anyone to force somebody to leave his religion, but rather left them to choose for themselves.
So in light of all of this, we see the actions of some Muslims completely neglecting these beautiful teachings of Islam. How can we compare what we see today, of the murder of innocent people, to the descriptions that Allah used to describe His messenger and his Ummah after him.
Allah SWT says:
‘‘O Prophet (Muhammed)! Indeed, we have sent you as a witness and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner, aAnd as one who invites to Allah by his permission, and as a source of light, spreading light.’’
‘‘O Prophet (Muhammed)! Indeed, we have sent you as a witness and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner, aAnd as one who invites to Allah by his permission, and as a source of light, spreading light.’’Quran - Al-Ahzab (33:45-46)
A ‘shining lamp’ that guides those who are lost and misguided like a light would guide those who are lost in darkness. This is how the Messenger (saw) was, my dear brothers and sisters. He came with the light of guidance for all of mankind, and the whole world.
Allah (swt) did not send His Messenger except as a mercy to the whole of Mankind, as he mentioned in surah Al-Anbiyaa. For the Muslims and the Non-Muslims. That is because the teachings of Islam are for the benefit and improvement of mankind as a whole in this life.
Allah (swt) says:
“O You who believe, fulfil your obligations…”.
“O You who believe, fulfil your obligations…”.Quran - Al-Maeda (5:1)
From the teachings of this religion is that whosoever lives in a non-Muslim country, be it Europe or America or anywhere else , he is required to keep the treaty and agreement that is in place that allows him to live in that country that he accepted when he was given his visa or passport. And likewise while under this agreement it is forbidden to betray, or cheat or steal or endanger people’s lives or wealth.
The scholars of Islam have said that betrayal is not permissible under any circumstance, and that treaties are a way of differentiating a righteous person from a corrupt person
So if a person is living amongst non-Muslims, then he has agreed to the safety of all those around him. And spilling the blood or stealing the money of anyone is betrayal on his behalf. And as mentioned, betrayal is forbidden with a Muslim or non-Muslim.
‘ The Prohpet peace be upon him said:
‘ Whosever promises safety to another person, then kills him, I am free from him. Even if the one who is killed is a disbeliever. ’Prophet Muhammad (SAAW)
And he also said:
‘Whosoever kills somebody who he has a treaty with, he will not smell the fragrance of Paradise. And indeed the fragrance of Jannah can be smelt from a distance of 40 years of travel. ‘
‘Whosoever kills somebody who he has a treaty with, he will not smell the fragrance of Paradise. And indeed the fragrance of Jannah can be smelt from a distance of 40 years of travel. ‘Prophet Muhammad (SAAW)
The recent killings in Paris that we have all seen and heard of, are evil and criminal acts. And those who committed these acts are nothing but criminals, or stupid deluded people who have no sound understanding.
By associating themselves with Islam they have caused great harm and created many problems, as Islam is the one that will be in the spotlight for the actions of these individuals.
And even within their own twisted ambitions they have ended up causing more harm to the side they claim to be represented. And as the old saying goes ‘A clever enemy is much better than a stupid ally’.
These people no nothing other than killing innocent people and spilling blood. These types of actions are from those that oppose and anger Islam and Muslims, and at the same time give those who wish to show enmity to Islam and Muslims a source of justification.
And we would like to conclude with the statement of the European Council for Fatwa and Research;
The statement of the European council for fatwa and research with regards to the attacks that took place in France in light of the teachings of Islam is as follows;
The European council for fatwa and research strongly condemns all acts of terrorism that spill the blood of innocent people, claim the lives of civilians and spreads corruption in the earth, in the name of any religion it may be.
Our pure religion of Islam teaches us that human life is sacred and forbids all types of murder and has made it one of the greatest sins. As Allah Says:
‘… If anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder , or to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved all the life of mankind… ‘
‘… If anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder , or to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved all the life of mankind… ‘Quran - Al-Maeda (5:32)
So based upon this the European council for fatwa and research emphasize that these types of crimes are not approved by Islam, its teaching and its law. We were shocked by what we saw on the television and internet of the killing of innocent people in France.
The council condemns all forms of terrorism, whether it be from a country, an individual or a terrorist organisation. And we call the whole word to peace, respecting human rights and rejecting aggression, which creates a criminal environment that prevents societies form living in peace and prosperity.