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01-20-2008, 10:39 PM
Take Pride in Islam
Al-Jumu'ah Magazine

In face of the attacks on Islam by the disbelievers, some Muslims turn to
the defensive with an inner feeling of defeat as they try to show that
the Islamic values are no different from the western ones. If they are
told that the Islamic political system is dictatorial, they respond by
trying to show it is democratic. If they are told that Islam spread
with Jihad, they respond that Muslims fought only to defend themselves
when attacked. If they are told that there is a problem with the status
of women in Islam, they try to prove that Islam allows polygamy only
under strict conditions which most men do not fulfill and hence they
conclude it is virtually not allowed! Such apologetic attitudes should
be put behind.

Islam is a way of life given to us by Allah, it cannot
be put on the same level as other man-made ideologies or corrupted
revelations. Muslims should have enough confidence in themselves to go
on the offensive rather than stay on the defensive like an accused
person. When Quraysh accused the Muslims of violating the sanctity of
the sacred months on the occasion of the fight between the Muslim
brigade of Abdullah bin Jahsh and the disbelievers, Allah subhanahu wa
ta`ala revealed: “They ask you concerning fighting in the Sacred Months
(these are the 1st, 7th, 11th and 12th months of the Islamic calendar).
Say: ‘Fighting therein is a great transgression but a greater
transgression in the Sight of Allah is to prevent mankind from
following the Way of Allah, to disbelieve in Him, to prevent access to
al-Masjid al-Haram (Makkah), and to drive out its inhabitants, and
polytheism is worse than killing. And they will never cease fighting
you until they turn you back from your religion if they can. And
whosoever of you turns back from his religion and dies as a
disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this life and in the
Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They will abide
therein forever.” (Qur’an 2:217) This is how the Qur’an argues with the
disbelievers. The Qur’an starts by attacking them on their greatest
crime: their disbelief in Allah and their association of partners with
Him. One should not present a false interpretation of our religion for
the purpose of pleasing the disbelievers.

Some Muslims try to hide their Islamic identity for fear of being labeled as
“fundamentalist”. Men are shaving their beard and women are trying to
make their hijab look like the latest fall fashion. If presented with
food or drink that is haram, they say we are full at the moment, or
they say we do not like the particular food. Only few say that they
cannot eat it because it is unlawful in Islam. This is not the way of
the companions of the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, behaved.
When the companions accepted Islam, they became proud of it and felt
that all other ideologies and ways of life are inferior to what has
been revealed to them from above seven heavens.

In the battle between the Muslims and the Persians, Rostom, the leader of
the Persian army, asked to negotiate with the Muslims. Sa`d ibn Abi
Waqqas, the Muslim leader in that battle, sent a group of companions
among which was Rabi`e ibn Amir. The Persian leader prepared a
magnificent reception in order to impress those “Bedouins” and weaken
their position. The Persians asked Rabi`e to enter without his arms. HE
refused and entered with his arms and his horse and tied his horse next
to Rostom. Rstom asked: “What brings you?” Rabi`e said: “Allah has sent
us to convert mankind from the worship of people to the worship of
Allah and from the narrowness of this life to its wideness and from the
oppression of the religions to the justice of Islam. Allah has sent us
to His creatures with His religion. Whoever accepts it, we accept from
him and whoever refuses, we fight him until we get the Promise of
Allah?” “And what is His Promise?” asked Rostom. “Paradise for those
who die and victory for those who survive” answered Rabi`e. Rostom
said: “Can you delay this matter until we think about it?” Rabi`e
answered: “Yes. How many days you need, one or two?” Rostom said:
“More. Until I write to my people.” Rabi`e said: “We can’t. Our Prophet
does not authorize us to delay our enemies more than three days. So
make up your mind."

This companion came from a society which was materially far behind the
Persian empire. Nevertheless he had in himself the seed of Truth and
righteousness that allowed him not to be distracted or impressed with
the glamour surrounding the Disbelievers. Civilization starts with the
correct belief and faith. The material aspects of civilization will
come later as a by-product. On the other hand, the disbeliever, no
matter how materially advanced he might be, is an uncivilized person
and bears in his soul the germs of his own destruction. This is why you
should take pride in your religion. This is why you should take pride
in Islam.



Courtesy Of: Islaam.com
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