I wanted to wait until all the chaos died down before I made my written contribution to the “Obama” topic. I love you guys, but I know you can be a bit emotional at times. Hopefully now, after a few days of sobering silence, you can hear what I have to say and feel me a little bit on the subject. But before I begin I would just like to say, “THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT!.”
Thank you for:
- Allowing me to show my children a real, live example of hero worship and how this is haram in Islam.
- Helping me teach my children how easily it will be to follow the dajjal when he is presented to mankind. (Even for the Muslims)
- How emotions can easily take over from good old common sense and even the hardcore facts.
We didn’t even know it was election day at my house. We were having a really casual day of lazing around. I got online and noticed that the stupid poling thingy looked different on Yahoo, but I wasn’t interested enough to see why. I was too busy following an auction on ebay (strategy: gotta keep watching until the last second). My husband says later on, “Do you see this, it looks like they are really going to elect the dude!” We had already suspected this would be the case. Back when they let him speak at the democratic convention, you could see the set-up begin. We watched the throngs of people gather in Grant Park screaming and crying like the second coming of Jesus. I couldn’t believe how everyone was behaving. We allowed the children to watch, too, pointing out religiously significant issues along the way. We listened to the acceptance speech and marveled at how eloquent Obama is and how ugly his wife’s dress was. But, when I reflected upon what was happening, trying to be in the moment, because it was a historical moment, I realized that I reall felt numb. I was not excited, I didn’t feel that it was a life altering event for me personally, either. The hardcore facts remained:
1. American politics are such that, no one leader makes the rules or policies for government and unfortunately, the US government is so busy being “Friends of Isreal,” they could care less about the fate of Muslims, or the general citizen.
2. We learn through our great religion that the better man has nothing to do with race or color. We only judge a man by his commitment to Allah. Obama is a Kafir, nuff said.
3. How does this have anything to do with Muslims or Islam. We are no longer patriots, our banner is La Illaha Il’Allah (there’s no god but the Creator, Allah). We are no longer Afrocentric or racially motivated, we are one world and our people are whoever follows the way of Muhammad.
Others have expressed this ideal, more eloquently than I. A comment was posted over on Sililoquies by Daud:
November 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm@ Imanubillah
RE: But does the historic aspect of his nomination show people of African decent that they no longer should sit on income support and sell drugs and call that living?
The Book of Allaah, which was revealed long before Obama’s election, told believing men and women that they can no longer “sit on income support and sell drugs”!!!30:46 And among His Signs is this, that He sends the winds as glad tidings, giving you a taste of His Mercy (i.e. rain), and that the ships may sail at His Command, and that you may seek of His Bounty, in order that you may be thankful.The Muslim knows the risq is from Allaah, alone!!!RE: “..ignore from the point of view of what has happened to us as a race of people…”
So what, our ancestors were taken into slavery. It was African tribes from Nuba (i.e. fir’awn) who enslaved bani Isra’eel. What is beneficial to the Muslims is knowing what caused them to be taken from their lands and enslaved. Everything starts out in goodness from Allaah, and Allaah does not change this good to evil unless the people changed their hearts from good to evil. Allaah punished our ancestors for their sins. No one was ever expelled from their lands and taken into slavery except that they earned the wrath of Allaah upon themselves. Muslims should know this, and should rejoice in the fact that Allaah, in His Mercy upon us, freed us from the shackles and tethers of the false belief that people today are negatively affected by historical events that happened centuries ago. Allaah is Al Adl (the Just), and he said,
2:134 That was a nation who has passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you of what you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.
RE: a lot of what has happened to me and others due to our heritage has led us to Islaam.
Allaah knows best.
RE: “…Lineage is important in Islaam is it not?…”
Lineage is important regarding your family blood-line. In jaahiliyyah the pagan Arabs were fiercely loyal to their tribes, but the Messenger of Allaah refuted this asabiyyah in such strong words that he told them to “bite the head of your father’s penis because that’s where you came from”–and told the narrator of the hadith not to “sugar coat his words”!!!!!!!! It is well known that the Messenger of Allaah forbade tribal loyalties by replacing it with loyalty to Islaam. He didn’t just legislate this. He taught the people Tawheed and the pure Islaamic Aqeedah first, for thirteen years; then he taught them the rulings. It was the effect of Tawheed and the pure Islaamic Aqeedah that stopped the 100 year war between two tribes, not the legislation.
There are so many Ayaat and ahadith that prove this. One hadith says that,
“The Deen is sincerity. When asked “sincerity to whom”, he said, “Sincerity to Allaah, His Book, His Messenger (salallaahu alayhi wa salam), the leaders of the Muslims, and to the general Muslim”. Notice he didn’t say anything about anyone’s tribe or nationality.
“…we cannot just expect that learning certain aspects of the Deen will totally reform some of the people who have lived in these environments around negative elements their entire lives…”
Be careful here because this could be a statement of kufr. The Qur’an is a cure for every illness. Allaah said,
13:28 Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allâh, Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest.
It is only Allaah that removes addictions. The people have to enter Islaam wholeheartedly like we were commanded.
“…The brothers and sisters coming into the Deen need to cleanse themselves of their ma’asi first before they can really worship Allah the way He deserves to be worshiped….”
NO! Brothers and sisters coming into the Deen need to learn its foundations, and implement them in every aspect of their lives. Then they will have the ability to turn away from sins. All tawfeeq comes from Allaah, alone!!!!!!