#HappyMuslims?

Recently, a video has gone viral on the web which shows a group of British Muslims dancing and singing to the son “Happy” by R&B artist Pharrell. Everywhere the video is displayed, the hashtag #HappyMuslims follows (as though you can’t be happy any other way?). This effort by certain British Muslims seems out of place, out of touch, and out of focus in regards to the image problem we are facing in the West today and across the world in general. I disagree with the project not only for reasons in the Sharia, but for reasons rooted in very basic logic and the reality of the society we are living in.

If the intention was to show integration into Western societies with hopes of dispelling common stereotypes, then the message has failed miserably and only justified said stereotypes. If that was not the intention, then it’s confusing that Muslims would create a “Happy” video with only Muslims involved, given that other faith communities find no necessity in doing so, much less have they (I’d be surprised if this was the case). So the video does in fact scream “accept me! Im like you!”. A less desperate effort to accomplish this would simply have been Muslims being in other “Happy” videos without having to make one exclusive to ourselves.

In any case, this video is sending out the message that we must go out of our way to show that we have “conformed” or that we are “not threatening”, thereby playing into the narrative that we are responsible for the unfair stereotypes and that we must correct them, despite the majority of us having nothing to do with terrorism or extremists acts. It also proves how low we are viewed in society and how we are willing to do anything to be accepted — a desperate need for white man’s burden. Even the gay community does not go out of its way to conform. Despite their unacceptable need for us to accept their lifestyle, they at least have the dignity to not try and prove to everyone else how normal (read “straight) they are. So we are actually lower than them in how we respect ourselves because we feel the need to cater to others ignorant perceptions.

Further, there is more than just one stereotype of Muslims. Either you are an “extremist” or you’re a “liberal/moderate”. Most non-Muslims discourse does not see anything beyond these labels. Either you are a staunch secularist (act and believe as everyone else while reserving your religion to the private sphere) and thereby a “liberal/moderate Muslim”, which many non-Muslims will label those in this video…or you’re an “extremist”, which are apparently the rest of us.

This video has only justified those terms and that fallacious dichotomy.

Library Take-Down Notice

Posted: 17/03/2014 in Uncategorized

Just want to inform my readers that I’ve taken down the library indefinitely after several DMCA notices and the possibility of this website being shutdown as a result. As you all may know, I am firmly against copyright, not because I want to steal or because I hate the fact that the producers of these works are somehow being paid for their services, but because I consider the laws of copyright to be against the principles of Islam. Knowledge in Islam is free. It is not to be claimed by anyone or sold for profit. One may ask how the producers of these works are to survive if their materials are spread around for free. Translators, writers, teachers, etc. would never be able to make a living if not paid for their services and time. This is true, which is why I’m not opposed to paying for said services — and the costs of the paper and ink. What I am opposed to, however, is being paid under the guise of ownership of the content. No one owns the Qur’an, but Allah. I don’t care how good the translation is — it isn’t yours. If someone wishes to be paid for the service, then so be it; this is a fair transaction. Under copyright? That’s haram.

Granting “freedom” across the world…

On January 8, 2014, the Coalition of Malaysia NGOs (COMANGO), made up of 54 separate human rights organizations, was judged by the Malaysian Home Ministry as an “unlawful organization” that “champions rights that deviate from Islam” and subsequently banned from operating within the Muslim majority country[1]. Two months prior, the Malaysian Muslim activist group, Jati, had declared “war” on COMANGO for their flagrant disregard of Islamic values and Malaysian sovereignty. Quoted in the Malaysian newspaper The Star, Jati president, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali had declared that COMANGO were “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who demanded a “call for the repeal of the Syariah law, which will eventually see the demise of Islamic laws that are a core foundation in Islam” after the latter had submitted a report to the UN, accusing the ruling party (Barisan Nasional) of human rights violations and suggesting reforms that would drastically alter the nature of the state.[2] COMANGO claims that the accusations and the subsequent banning were unwarranted, though their UN report unashamedly suggested otherwise. For instance, the report calls on Malaysia to fully accede to the Declaration of Human Rights, which though advocates many good measures for mankind, in other ways clearly violates Islamic Law and disregards the historical and cultural differences that make up contemporary Malaysian society. For instance, the Declaration very clearly states in article 16.1 that “[m]en and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family”. To adopt this article, Muslims would be coerced into violating the Sharia by being made to allow marriages between self-proclaimed Muslims of the same sex.[3] Another article (18) states that “[e]veryone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”. In other words, apostasy, which is considered a criminal act under Islamic Law for Muslims, would have to be abolished, and heretical views acting in the name of Islam, would have to be legalized and allowed to publicly challenge orthodox views, thereby undermining the state. The Declaration also calls for full freedom of expression, even if such expression violates the sanctity of Islam (A.19).  It further goes on to state that governments should be chosen strictly by the will of all the people within the nation (A.21.3), regardless of historical or cultural circumstances. This of course is detrimental to nations like Malaysia, which since independence, has declared Islam as the supreme religion of the land and granted Malays full government control. Calls to end the current nature of governance disregard very clear and justified concerns in light of an extreme anti-Islamic and materially privileged minority population seeking power.

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Before getting back to the more pertinent concerns regarding the Enlightenment Project and its vicious attacks on Islam, I thought I would get a bit of practice in after a long time away from this blog. Recently, there has been a popular argument floating around the interwebs in regards to the supposed “illogical nature” of the Qur’an. One such passage that has garnered a lot of attention as of late, is from Surah an-Nisa, ayah 82:

اَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُوۡنَ الۡقُرۡاٰنَ‌ؕ وَلَوۡ كَانَ مِنۡ عِنۡدِ غَيۡرِ اللّٰهِ لَوَجَدُوۡا فِيۡهِ اخۡتِلَافًا كَثِيۡرًا‏

Do they not ponder about the Qur’an? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found in it much inconsistency.

Eid Mubarak (1434 H.)

Posted: 08/08/2013 in Uncategorized

Asalaamualaikum and Eid Mubarak! May Allah (swt) shower His blessings upon all the Muslims that fasted the Holy Month of Ramadan and may He grant them all peace, forgiveness, and pardon from their sins. Amin!

Also, we wil be back online with new articles in the near future, but took a major break over the last month so as to focus more on ibadah. Now that the Holy Month is over, we will commence our mission and do some major updates to the blog, for the sake of pleasing Allah (swt) and bringing knowledge to the ummah. Thank you to all those who have been patient and supportive of this blog since its creation.

A recent article by the daughter of the former power idol of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad, decided she wanted to weigh in on the recent controversy revolving around the future canings of 24 women and 17 men who were accused of committing the crime of adultery (more specifically incest). Writing in The Star, she complains about the recent ruling, but for reasons entirely absent from Islamic thought and even the rhetoric of the more rational elements of the feminist movement. Not only that, but her argument is full of fallacious reasoning, making it apparent that while she certainly inherited her father’s status, she didn’t get the gracious portion of his intellect.

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The Nature of Islamic Law

In Part 1 we covered the scientific anomalies apparent in our detractors understanding of childhood throughout human history, and in Part 2 we attempted to examine the underlying moral philosophy they adopt that colors it. In this final portion, we will attempt to conclude our analysis by showing the true nature of Islamic Law and how it applies to the case of Prophet Muhammad (saws) and his relationship with Aisha (ra), along with how it functions today.

Our detractors may also introduce a number of misconceptions while analyzing this refutation, so we will try to get those out of the way immediately before moving on.

Firstly, it should be noted that this research does not intend to justify contemporary marriages defined as ‘underaged’ and we condemn those practices outright given that current conditions do not allow for justice to be optimally reached for those sort of relationships. As such, we consider such marriages to be unjust. If our detractors attempt to read this as a justification of said marriages in the contemporary period, let them end those doubts here and allow for the research to speak for itself.

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