:bism:(In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful)
:sl: (Peace be upon you)
Tbh, I think there should be more khutbas (sermons)
on this issue, though not because the government is paying the mosques because do we really need to be paid to say and do the right things? If so, that's just disgusting. To the credit of many Muslim scholars and/or speakers - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, Shaykh Haithim Al-Hadad, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Yasir Qadhi, Nouman Ali Khan - they have patently spoken out against Daesh
and illegitimate jihad
. However, I truly feel that famous Muslim figures should not be the ones only speaking on this issue but rather the everyday imams in mosques because are they are there to lead the prayer and provide spiritual edification. For example, the mosque that is nearest to my home covered this subject of how Muslims should know terrorism is haram (forbidden);
more mosques should start doing this because we cannot just say that we're doing our best and keep failing in averting disasters like this attack. I would think these things are common sense, but due to the sophisticated presence of terrorist ideology on the Internet, I'd say these things are no longer common sense, especially to Muslims who are newly attuned to their shortcomings as a nonpracticing Muslim and want to become a better Muslim and end up being radicalized online because they have no idea of the true teachings of Islam and end up on sites propagandizing violence.
I'd also want the government in U.S. to offer free mental health services to all peoples or at least at a low cost because we do not have any system currently in place to deal with people who feel alienated and are thinking that the way to go up in history is through committing mass shootings - non-Muslim or Muslim - because unfortunately in U.S. both kinds commit atrocities and non-Muslim ones were Sandy Hook and Aurora shooting. And it's frustrating because the issue of mental health is not addressed at all, not to mention that I also think the government should offer free deradicalization or deescalation programs in which persons of their own free will can go if they feel they're heading in a bad direction. Tbh, I also think it's a reflection on society any time an a mass shooting or attack regardless happens because somewhere we're failing to reach out to alienated persons and make them feel as if it's okay to seek counseling: Mental health issues are still stigmatized in our society - because hey, a crazy person is still at the end of the day a crazy person! Yet a person can feel crazy and not be crazy in the sense of being mental and we need to build a society that actually wants to make people safe about self-reporting these mental health issues so that they can get the help they require.
Tbh, I do believe Muslim scholars for the longest time were not speaking about jihad
and the reason from my understanding is that after 9/11 it became a sensitive issue and they didn't want their mosques marked for peddling terrorism; yet this matter should have been addressed, because the Internet has had no such qualms and there are in fact jihad
-type manifestos available online that do talk about this issue. Basically, if there's a vacuum left by good people (scholars/speakers) not explaining what is and what is not jihad
so as to make sure that the gullible do not engage in terrorism in the guise of jihad
, then the bad people are able to fill that vacuum with distortions and half-truths. Also, tbh, the other issue that I think is of just as much importance, though naysayers would deny is that Salafism in the West has allowed for the gullible to be brainwashed into believing that jihad
can be done in a cherry-picking way, and the fact of Daesh
considering themselves oriented in Salafism and intelligence agencies knowing them to be Salafi is entirely lost on non-violent Salafis in the West who are trying to bury their heads in the sand like ostriches in regards to this issue. As Muslims, we should know this type of burying-our-heads-in-the-sand never works, because the reality of the situation remains.
I do agree with you that we're currently living in the Last Days before Armageddon, because many big signs have appeared and only some signs still need to appear, after which there will be no doubt WWIII happening just as predicted in all holy books and then begins the return of Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him)
joining forces with Mahdi (peace be upon him)
to defeat Dajjal (Anti-Christ)
and his satanic forces.
I suppose as Muslims the only thing we can do is resist all winds for bad changes and evil like a mountain and stand our stance because no harm can come to us without the will of God, and if it truly is the will of God, then we have to bear with patience things that are to come to our way regardless of what happens.
:wa: (And peace be upon you)
Originally Posted by muslimah_B