The Embrology Dispute

Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim

In the Name of Allah, the Most Glorious, the Most Beneficent.

One of many criticisms leveled against the Qur’an in order to discount it’s credibility is the miracle of embrology detailed in the Qur’an. Most of which, in closer examination one will find that these alleged “mistakes” in the Qur’an are little more than innaccurate interpretations or deficient understanding of linguistics.

 
The Blood Clot Dispute
Modern scientists do not agree with the interpretation that one of the embryological stages of development is a “blood clot”. This is derived from a translation of the Qur’an which describes the fetus as a blood clot. This literal translation is not acceptable to scientists in regards to embrology.

Maurice Bucaille wrote,

“This observation implies how great the importance of an association between linguistic and scientific knowledge is when it comes to grasping the meaning Qur’anic statements on reproduction.”

Concerning the verse,

“Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: ” [Surat Al-Alaq, 96:2]

Maurice Bucaille further explains,

“‘Something which clings’ is the translation of the word ‘alaq. It is the original meaning of the word. A meaning derived from it, which one should guard: man has never passed through the stage of this term, ‘adhesion’ which is equally inappropriate. The original sense of ‘something which clings’ corresponds exactly to today’s firmly established reality.”

 

So from this point, one can see the complication is purely from a linguistical perspective. Arabic words can often have more than one meaning connected to them which may vary according to the context by which they are presented. So it is imperative that we give careful consideration to the context when applying a particular meaning to an arabic word in the Qur’an.

 
The Fluid Argument
This originates from an interpretation made by many orientalists that the Qur’an suggests the sperm is created between the backbone and ribs. Furthermore there are such disputers as the christian David Wood who claim that based on this argument, he alleges it proves the Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam to be a false prophet.

 

Regarding the verse,

“Now let man but think From what he is created! He is created from A drop emitted—Proceedings from between the backbone (sulb) and the ribs (tara’ib).”
[Surat At-Tariq, 86:5-7]

Dr. Ibn al-Hashimi wrote in rebuttal of this claim,

“Mr. Wood has understood the verse to mean that both ‘sulb’ and ‘tara’ib’ refer to the male. In other words, the fluid emitted refers to the semen, and it comes out from in between the sulb and the tara’ib. However, the truth of the matter is that the word ‘tarai’b’—according to the Arabic—is actually referring to a female body part. Much like the English word ‘penis’ can only be ascribed to a male, the word ‘tara’ib’ can only be applied to a female.
This is not apologetic modernism or revisionism; the classical works of Quranic commentary throughout the last 1400 years confirm this view categorically. In other words, the sulb belongs to the male, and the tara’ib belongs to the female. This is the view of the Muslims since the last fourteen hundred years, and there is consensus (ijma) on this matter, since the time of the Sahabah (the Prophet’s disciples) until today.
Many non-Arabs misinterpret this verse because they think that sulb and tara’ib refer to different body parts of the male. In reality, tara’ib is feminine, and refers to the female’s body part. For fourteen hundred years, all of the scholars have held this belief, and not a single classical scholar has ever differed on this point. The reason is that the Arabic makes it clear that tara’ib refers to a feminine body part, and not a male one.”

Shaykh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî of IslamToday.com writes:

    “The phrase “mâ’ dâfiq” (emitted fluid) is not restricted in meaning to sperm but is used in Arabic for both the sperm and the egg. Ibn Kathîr, in his commentary on this verse, writes: “It emanates from the man and the woman, and with Allah’s permission, the child comes forth as a product of both.”
    …The words translated as “backbone” (sulb) and “ribs” (tarâ’ib) are not understood in Arabic to belong to the same person. Arabs understand the “sulb” to refer to a part of the male body and the “tarâ’ib” to a part of the female. Ibn Kathîr states: “It refers to the ‘sulb’ of the man and the ‘tarâ’ib’ of the woman…” He then quotes this interpretation on the authority of the Prophet’s companion Ibn `Abbâs. This same understanding is given in all the major classical works of Qur’anic commentary.”

This meaning is further supported in Lane’s Lexicon;

    “Tara’ib: … most of the authors on strange words affirm decidedly that it (tara’ib) is peculiar to women.”

 

All of the major commentaries of the Quran confirm that the tara’ib is peculiar to women.
⦁    Ibn Katheer writes in his tafseer (commentary) of the Quran:
“It (fluid) emanates from the man and the woman, and with Allah’s permission, the child comes forth as a product of both. “
⦁    Tafseer al-Jalalayn says:
 “Issuing from between the sulb, of the man, and the tara’ib, of the woman. “
⦁    Tanwir al-Miqbas min Tafseer Ibn Abbas says:
 “That issued from between the sulb of the man and the tara’ib of a woman. “

 

From the aforementioned evidences we can see that this argument also is an issue of linguistic interpretation. When erroneously attempting to apply this interpretation to the anatomy of a man only, it simply does not work. However when we consider the nature of the linguistics and properly apply it’s interpretation to the anatomy of a woman, then we can once again begin to see that this verse is perfect in it’s representation of the human anatomy with regards to embryology in it’s reference to the womb of a woman.

 

References: The Noble Qur’an, The Bible The Qur’an And Science, Maurice Bucaille, Dr. Ibn al-Hashimi article from http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com, Additional credits to Shaykh Salman al-Oudah of http://www.IslamToday.com and Bassam Zawadi of http://www.call-to-monothiesm.com, Lane’s Lexicon, pgs.301, Tafseers; Ibn Katheer, al-Jalalayn, and Tanwir al-Miqbas min Tafseer Ibn Abbas

 

Common fitnah for the scholar and students..

In the Name of Allah, the Most Glorious, the Most Beneficent.

Though studying Islam as a student of knowledge has its reward, it is not without its own trials and difficult challenges as well. It could be argued that the fitnah faced by the scholar and the student is more than the average muslim faces due to the status and responsibility that comes with the knowledge they acquire. Though it is the people of knowledge who should fear Allah subhana wa ta’ala the most as Allah says;

“Only those fear Allah , from among His servants, who have knowledge. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Forgiving.” (Surah Al-Fatir 35:28)

Regarding “…Those truly fear Allah among His servants are those who have knowledge…”

Ibn Kathir stated that, “The more the knowledge of Allah and His (subhana wa ta’ala) power is complete, the more He (subhana wa ta’ala) will be feared by those who have the complete knowledge.”

This may not always be the case when the intentions of the scholar or student become distracted. And what may once have been the correct intention then becomes striving for something other than the pleasure of Allah subhana wa ta’ala, leading the scholar or student down a path to their own destruction. Some of the common fitnahs facing scholars and students of knowledge today may include:

1)      Prideful feelings for having so much knowledge..
This can generally occur as a student obtains knowledge. They memorize a certain number of ahadith, or memorize the entirety of the Qur’an, a favour which Allah subhana wa ta’ala has bestowed upon them and they begin to attribute this to themselves instead.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says:
“Then he made him and blew in him from His spirit and made for you hearing, sight and hearts. [But] you rarely give thanks.” (Surah as-Sajdah 32:9)

According to Ibn Kathir this meant, “You rarely give thanks for these strengths with which Allaah has provided you. The one who is truly blessed is the one who uses them to worship and obey his Lord, may He be exalted and glorified.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, vol. 7, p. 610)

Then they will gain a high opinion of themselves as a result, what began as sharing knowledge for the sake of Allah subhana wa ta’ala may instead exceed self-respect, turning into bragging and boastful behaviour about themselves and their lives.

Sufyaan ath-Thawree said, “Whenever a worshipper does a good deed in private, Satan keeps whispering to him until he tells other people about it. It then changes from a private act of worship to a public one.” (Tablees Iblees, p.180)

They may begin to show off with comments, statements and achievements that serve no real benefit to anyone or anything but their own personal image. Such as how they have memorized Qur’an, how they have memorized Bukhari hadith, how grand the life of a shaykh is, and other such related examples. All for the sake of praise and showing off, praise is then a fitnah for this type of student of knowledge. They may even begin to feel that they are above correction and cannot be approached even when they make a mistake and easily fall astray as a result. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam referred to such showing off as ar-riya and warned against it.

Abu Bakr related that the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam said: “Shirk amongst you is more hidden than the crawling of an ant, and I shall tell you of something which, if you do it, will remove from you both the minor and the major Shirk. Say: Allaahumma innee a’oothu bika an ushrika bika wa ana a’alamu wa astaghfiruka limaa laa a’lam [O Allaah, surely I seek refuge in you from knowingly worshipping others besides You and I ask your forgiveness for what I don’t know.]” (Authenticated in Saheeh al-Jaami’as-Sagheer, no.3731)

2)      Feelings of superiority due to status or fame..
This can often occur when a person becomes recognized for some work and becomes famous. They will likely enjoy the admiration and are which comes with being popular and may begin to acquire feelings of superiority, causing them to look down on others and think their self above correction as a result.

Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah relates in his Essay on the Heart;
“The most beloved of them to Allaah the Almighty is the most sensitive and pure.” This is a good example, for, if the heart is sensitive and soft, it easily accepts knowledge, and the knowledge then becomes firmly rooted in it and [the heart] is affected by it. On the other hand, if [the heart] is hard and harsh it is difficult for it to accept knowledge.”

So we can see such an attitude can and generally does prevent the student of knowledge from acquiring more knowledge as a result. They may carry themselves with pride, feeling entitled to praise. They might find that the easiest route to secure this admiration is appeasing the masses at the cost of integrity, in order to be accepted and well liked. So they may change their opinions or content based on the audience or individual that is listening, concerning their self with what pleases people more than what pleases Allah subhana wa ta’ala.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says;
“Make not the calling of the Messenger (Muhammad salalahu alayhi wasalam) among you as your calling one of another. Allah knows those of you who slip away under shelter (of some excuse without taking the permission to leave, from the Messenger). And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment (i.e. his Sunnah – legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief,trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant) should befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.”  (Surah An-Nur 24:63)

Allah subhana wa ta’ala also says:
“For that is Allah , your Lord, the Truth. And what can be beyond truth except error? So how are you averted?” (Surah Yunus 10:32)

So we can see that following or conveying the commands of anything beyond Allah subhana wa ta’ala and His Messenger salallahu alayhi wasalam in matters of religion is a clear falsehood. Submitting to the desires of the people over Allah is part of this.

3)      Motivated by desire for wealth..
A student of knowledge may feel inclined toward seeking benefits of wealth through their knowledge. Whether this may occur through outrageous fees for classes on Islamic knowledge, making Islamic knowledge only accessible to the wealthy as a result contrary to early generations which Islamic knowledge was easily accessed by even the beggars. Or whether this wealth is acquired through issuing religious interpretations in order to appease rulers, leaders, or even business owners and receiving favours and gifts in return, which is why the modern phrase “Scholars for Dollars” was coined.

Abu Hurayrah quoted the Messenger of Allah salallahu alayhi wasalam as saying: “Indeed, this world and its contents are cursed except the remembrance of Allah, what helps to remember Allah, the scholar and the student.” (Sunan Ibn-i-Majah, vol. 5, p.413-4, no. 4113 and authenticated in Sahih al-Jaami’ as-Sagheer, vol. 1, pp. 641-2, no. 3414)

From this we can see that when remembrance of Allah subhana wa ta’ala is forfeited for the sake of wealth, then it no longer benefits the student of knowledge.

Each of the aforementioned and commonly encountered fitnah facing the student of knowledge can generally be related back to pride and arrogance.  This is the same sin which guaranteed Iblis an eternity in jahannam. Generally due to attributing the favours of Allah to oneself rather than rightfully giving thanks to Allah subhana wa ta’ala. By extension they end up giving preference to the dunya and the people in it over preference to Allah. Ultimately leading to a form of shirk and a very easy shirk for the student of knowledge to fall into.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says:
“I will turn away from My signs those who behave arrogant in the land, without right. So if they see every sign they will not believe in them. And if they see the path of guidance they will not take it, but if they see the path of error they will take it as a way.” (Surah al-A’raaf 7:146)

Overcoming these kinds of fitnah..
A practical way of developing an awareness for such pride, arrogance, and riyaa is through private acts of worship by which there can be no people to see and to praise you. This way there can be minimal danger of seeking to impress people, nor can the people ruin one’s good deeds with praise. In fact private worship is one of the characteristics of a true believer.

“And in the hours before dawn, they ask Allaah for forgiveness.” (Surah ath-Thaariyaat, 51:18)

When some scholars were moved to tears during their lectures out of fear of Allah, they would wipe their faces and tell their audiences that they had a severe cold. (Talbees Iblees, pp. 150&196)

References: The Noble Qur’an, A Commentary on Ibn Taimiyyah’s Essay on the Heart; Annotated Translation by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, Sunan Ibn-i-Majah, Saheeh al-Jaami’as-Sagheer, Tablees Iblees, Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Woe to Every Unjust Husband – ibn Uthaymeen

In the Name of Allah, the Most Glorious, the Most Beneficent.

Taken from Sheikh Uthaymeen’s tafsir of Sura Al Mutaffiffun (chapter 83)

Allah says what can be translated as

1 Woe to Al Mutaffififun (those who give less in measure and weight)
2 Those who when they have to receive by measure from men demand full measure
3 And when they have to give by measure or weight to men give less than due
4 Do they not think that they will be resurrected (for reckoning)
5 On a great day
6 The day when (all) mankind will stand before the Lord of the Alamin (all that exits)

Sheikh Uthaymeen said concerning the explanation of Chapter Al-Mutaffinfin (Woe) The word woe is repeated in the Quran many times and according to what is most correct it is a statement of threat by which Allah threatens those whom oppose His command or indulge in what He has prohibited them from.

And the prohibition is mentioned in the sentence following the threat. Therefore in this case Allah the Exalted says woe be to Al Mutaffififun

So who are these Al Mutaffififun?

These Al Mutaffififun are explained in the next verse He said :

(Those who when they have to receive by measure from men demand full measure)
(And when they have to give by measure or weight to men they give less than what is due)
(Those who when they have to receive by measure from men demand full measure)

Meaning when they buy from the people that which is weighed they demand from the people their rights in full without any deficiency (And when they have to give by measure or weight to men they give less than what is due) But if they are weighing or they are the ones selling the weighed meat or selling something which is measured they give a weight that is deficient (they give less than what is due) Therefore they demand their rights in full and they are deficient in giving others their rights So they combined two affairs they combine greed and stinginess. Greed in demanding his rights in full without any leniency or forgiveness and stinginess because he does not give the full weight that is incumbent upon him. This example that Allah the Exalted mentions concerning the weigh and measure is just an example therefore it also applies to everything which is similar to this. Therefore everyone who demands their rights in full when they are due to receive rights but they don’t give full rights when the rights are due from them then they are included in these noble verses.

An example of this is the husband who wants from his wife that she gives him all of his rights in full and he is not lenient in any of his rights. But when it is time to give his wife her rights then he is lackadaisical and he does not give her that which is due her. And there are so many complaints from the women about this type of husband. And with Allah refuge is sought.

To the extent that many of the husbands want from their wives that they give them all of their rights but they don’t give their wives all of their rights and possibility the husbands will fall short in giving their wives most of the basic rights such as spending on them and living with them in kindness and other than that.

Verily oppressing another person is more severe than a person oppressing himself concerning the rights of Allah because the person oppressing himself concerning the rights of Allah is beneath the will of Allah if it is a sin other that shirk. If Allah wants to He will forgive the person and if He wants to He will punish the person. But in regards to the rights of the people there has to be compensation given. And for this reason the Prophet peace and blessing are upon him said (to his companions) who do you consider to be the bankrupt person. They said the one from us who does not have any currency or any possessions.

He (the Prophet peace and blessings are upon him) said Verily the bankrupt person from my nation is the one who will come on the Day of Judgment with good deeds the size of a mountain (meaning a lot of good deeds). So he will come with these good deeds but he has oppressed this person and he abused this person and he hit this person and he took the wealth from this person. Therefore this person he oppressed will take from his good deeds and that person will take from his good deeds and this person will take from his good deeds and if his good deeds run out before he repays that which he owes then he will be given the sins of those he wronged and their sins will be flung on top of him and then he will be flung into the fire.

So my advice to those who are lackadaisical or negligent concerning the rights of there spouses is that they fear Allah the Mighty and Majestic because the Prophet peace and blessings are upon him advised with this during the biggest gathering that the Islamic world witnessed during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings are upon him on the day of Arafat during the farewell pilgrimage.

He said fear Allah concerning the women because verily you took them as a trust from Allah and you have been permitted to have intimate relationships with them by the word of Allah.

Also you will find that some of the parents desire for their children to give them all of their rights in a perfect manner. So they want for their children to honor them and give them their rights and to give them money and to give physical help and everything type of honor possible but he is neglectful concerning his children and he does not give his children their rights. We say that this person is Al Mutaf (those who give less in measure and weight) That father who wants for his children to honor him to the maximum all the while he is neglectful concerning their rights we say to him you are Al Mutaf (those who give less in measure and weight).

We say to him remember the statement of Allah the Exalted (what can be translated as)

1 Woe to Al Mutaffififun (those who give less in measure and weight)
2 Those who when they have to receive by measure from men demand full measure
3 And when they have to give by measure or weight to men give less than due

Translated by Rasheed Barbee
The following is a summary translation taken from http://www.ibnothaimeen.com
http://mtws.posterous.com/woe-to-every-unjust-husband

Dispute on the Fast of Ashoora

In the Name of Allah, the Most Glorious, the Most Beneficent.

In these modern times among muslims, there is a clear division and occasional confusion regarding the fast of Ashoora. Such a division which disputes whether it is more accurately a day of commemoration of the day that Prophet Moses alayhis salam lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt and through the divide of the Red Sea. Or whether it is more appropriate to be observed as a day of mourning over the death of Husayn.

When observing the issue, the evidence thereof and the context by which either significance should become applicable. We can find the following;

Firstly; Concerning establishment of Ashoora
Concerning the day of Ashoora, the significance has previously been stipulated explicitly by the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam as to how and why we should observe Ashoora;

al-Bukhaari (1865) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashoora’. He said, “What is this?” They said, “This is a good day, this is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy and Moosa fasted on this day.” He said, “We are closer to Moosa than you.” So he fasted on this day and told the people to fast.

The words “this is a good day” – according to a version narrated by Muslim, “This is a great day when Allaah saved Moosa and his people and drowned Pharaoh and his people.

The words “so Moosa fasted on this day” – Muslim added in his report: “In gratitude to Allaah, so that is we fast on this day.

According to another version narrated by al-Bukhaari, “So we fast it out of respect for it.

The words “and told the people to fast” – according to another version narrated by al-Bukhaari, “He said to his companions, ‘You are closer to Moosa than them, so fast this day.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fasting the day of ‘Arafah I hope Allaah will expiate thereby for the year before it and the year after it, and fasting the day of ‘Ashoora’ I hope Allaah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.” Narrated by Muslim, 1162.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I never saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) so keen to make sure he fasted any day and preferring it over another except this day, the day of ‘Ashoora’, and this month – meaning Ramadaan. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1867.

Secondly; Concerning the loss of Husayn
If it were the case that we should hold a day of mourning for one of the family members of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam, then it would seem appropriate to assign a day of mourning for all of his family members and not just a few. Most of all for the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam himself as he was the Prophet who communicated to us the revelation of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. However this level of mourning is advised against in Islam which leads to the next point;

Thirdly; Concerning mourning
It consensus of scholars based upon clear evidence in the Qur’an and Sunnah that Islam does not teach us to mourn unnecessarily and infact prohibits excessive wailing.

It is reported in al-Saheeh Bukhari that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “he is not one of us who strikes his cheeks, rends his garments and prays with the prayer of Jaahiliyyah.” And he said: “I have nothing to do with those who strike [their cheeks], shave [their heads] and rend [their garments].” And he said: “If the woman who wails does not repent before she dies, she will be raised up on the Day of Resurrection wearing trousers made of tar and a shirt of scabs.”

Furthermore even the daughter of Husayn reported from her father regarding the words of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam in what was the best way to respond to such a calamity;

In al-Musnad, it is reported from Faatimah bint al-Husayn, from her father al-Husayn, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no man who suffers a calamity, and when he remembers it, even if it is old, he says ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),’ but Allaah will give a reward equal to the reward He gave him on the day he suffered the calamity.”

This is how Allaah honours the Believers. Therefore if the disaster suffered by al-Husayn, and other disasters, are mentioned after all this time, it is more appropriate to say “Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),” as Allaah and His Messenger commanded.

Fourthly; Concerning the death in the cause of Allah subhana wa ta’ala
It can only be deduced by the scholars as well as much of the ummah that Husayn, an Allah fearing muslim of honourable character, died in the cause of Allah subhana wa ta’ala insha Allah. And of those who died in His cause Allah subhana wa ta’ala says;

Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem

“And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision,” [Surah Al-Imran 3:169]

If it is the case that he has died in the cause of Allah subhana wa ta’ala, and insha Allah he is with his Lord receiving provision as Allah has promised to those who have died in His cause. Is this a thing which would necessitate excessive annual grieving?

Fifthly; Concerning over praising
The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam cautioned us regarding over praising him the way the christians did for Isa alayhis salam – of whom they also held sacred a day by which they claim Isa died. So then how much more would this be the case for the family of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam?

The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has said: Do not over praise me as the Christians over-praised the son of Mary. I am His slave so say: ‘Allah’s slave and messenger’ [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Sixth and Finally; Concerning departing from the original meaning
So by departing from the aforementioned significance of the fast as told by the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam in order to assign a new significance to it, after it’s original meaning was previously assigned. This is considered a departure from sunnah and thus newly innovated and warned against according to the scholars based upon the Qur’an and Sunnah.

 The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Those of you who live after my death will see many disputes. I urge you to adhere to my Sunnah and the sunnah of my rightly-guided successors (al-khulafa’ al-raashidoon) who come after me. Hold onto it as if biting it with your eyeteeth. Beware of newly-innovated matters, for every innovation is a going astray.” (narrated by Abu Daud, al-tirmizi and he said: the hadeeth is hasan sahih. Also narrated by al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak said: This hadeeth is sahih. This is approved by al-Zahabi).

Likewise it is also repeated every Friday jumah as a consistant reminder to the believers insha Allah;

 “… The most truthful speech is the Book of Allaah. The best way is the way of Muhammad. The worst of affairs are the novelties and every novelty is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the Fire.” [Saheeh according to Sheikh al-Albaanee in Saheeh Sunan in-Nasaa'ee (no. 1487)]

May Allah subhana wa ta’ala guide us to do and say only that which is pleasing to Him and not to ourselves and that many sins have been expiated during Ashoora. Ameen.

Rise Up Australia’s policies…

If anyone has been following Australian politics they’ll know that a political party called “Rise Up Australia” is campaigning and driving for votes with freedom of religion while utilizing anti-Islamic slogans and promoting immigrant reduction through an immigrant speaker. Sounds absurd, right?

Well, I thought so too. I rarely concern myself with political affairs for obvious reasons, but this is a direct attack on the Muslim community which could consequently do a substantial amount of harm to not only the Muslim community, but possibly the Jewish community as well. Bear in mind that many Islamic practices and especially the slaughter methods are virtually the same, so you’d better believe that is halaal meat goes, kosher meat will go out right behind it.

Not to mention there were a number of contradictions and factual errors in the proposals made, and though I posted feedback on their site here; http://riseupaustraliaparty.com/
Based on the fact that my post is “still awaiting moderation” I would deduce that it will likely never grace the face of the page due to the contradictions it reveals in it’s campaign.
For that reason, and that reason alone I have brought my reply onto my blog a public platform (with some minor additions for clarifications) so that the public can clearly see the absurdities and atrocities that are being proposed by this campaign. All the while being perpetrated under a “Australia for Australians!” veil of allegedly pure Australian “culture”.

Regarding the Policies of Rise Up Australia;

What is shocking and appauling to me about this political movement is the absolute hypocracy and justified bigotry that is being promoted.

Firstly,
To promote harmony, freedom and tolerance among Australians; specifically we oppose multiculturalism; we rejoice that Australia is multi-ethnic, and that people who come here are free to celebrate (at their own, not taxpayers’ expense) their own diverse backgrounds, while respecting Australian culture and complying with Australian laws;

They oppose multiculturalism but then suggest it’s good to celebrate diverse backgrounds? Did the author read this after it was typed? Or perhaps someone just forgot the definition of “culture” perhaps? If so, please allow me to refresh their memory:

cul·ture
[kuhl-cher] Show IPA noun, verb, cul·tured, cul·tur·ing.
noun – Commonly addressed as,
5. the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: the youth culture; the drug culture.

If their true intention is to promote Australian culture and decrease multiculturalism then I would advise beginning with shipping every non-aboriginal out and giving the land back to the people who resided in Australia first, the aboriginals. That was the original “Australian Culture”.

And then they promote this;

“(m) To protect religious freedoms; this means that no religion or religious practices are to be forced on another person, and that faith-based schools have the right to employ persons with values consistent with their faith-basis; we interpret the phrase “separation of church and state” in the sense in which the originator of that phrase, US President Jefferson, used it:- namely that the state shall not favour any particular church; he did not intend that churches and Christian values should not influence the formulation of governmental policies and laws, because these are never conceived in a moral vacuum, being always based on some person’s system of values;

I don’t know what history book they read but according to the American history books I studied in school at home in the USA, this is exactly what that statement meant. And the reference made here is actually neglecting a large context of what President Thomas Jefferson originally said;

Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. The original text reads:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.

Jefferson reflected his frequent speaking theme that the government is not to interfere with religion. The phrase was quoted by the United States Supreme Court first in 1878, and then in a series of cases starting in 1947. The phrase “separation of church and state” itself does not appear in the United States Constitution. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Conclusively this meant the Church will not interfere in governmental affairs and likewise the government would not dictate religious affairs as was practiced in the former monarchy systems that the U.S.A. sought to break away from.
Additionally I should point out that by encouraging this notion that the church should have influence in state affairs, this is a form of forcing a religious belief or law onto a person in the form of an institutionalised law thus contradicting their claim;

To protect religious freedoms; this means that no religion or religious practices are to be forced on another person

I find it strange that while promoting Judeo-Christian beliefs, the State of Israel would be supported when infact it is contrary to the very Judeo-Christian scriptures as the Jewish people were exiled from Israel and awaiting their Messiah. Maybe they skipped over that fact, but I’m sure an Orthodox Rabbi would be glad to point it out for them. Infact, I’ll help in that endeavor and point them in the right direction to ask; http://www.nkusa.org/

Finally, the last absolute absurdity to me is the concept that they are allegedly promoting “freedom of religion” and yet in their speeches, on their media pages they are frequently slandering muslims and pointing fingers claiming them to be a threat and a problem who are prepared to unseat Judeo-Christianity and take over Australia with shariah law.

But the striking factor to me is that this is not the first time this argument has come across the board, infact this same argument is being used in Sri Lanka in order to boycott halaal businesses, oppress muslims, all in the name of achieving a “pure state” as stated in this article;

Still reeling from the after effects of a long-standing civil war Sri Lanka seems poised for yet another, this time with another face attributed to the enemy – the minority (9%) Muslim population of the island.
For rising tensions, the result of a freshly administered hate campaign against the Muslims minority by fringe groups of the extremist Buddhist variety, have challenged cosy notions of post-conflict harmony finally taking root.
At a rate that is worryingly escalating, said fanatical nationalist groups have taken to the streets as well as social media forums to denigrate Islam by picketing scaremongering slogans, all claiming ludicrously that the Muslim population is plotting to unseat Buddhism as the official state religion of Sri Lanka.
In true doomsayer-esque fervour, these supremacists warn of the infiltration of Halaal certified food into mainstream eating outlets as a threat to a pure Buddhist state, and in keeping with the times have even taken to posting inflammatory material on the internet mobilising the online community for a nation-wide boycott of all Muslim-owned businesses. More ambitious allegations include claims that madrasas are serving as breeding ground for terrorists, and that Sharia’a law is out to take over the island with its ‘draconian’ implementation of law and order.” -Shahima

Halal Boycott; (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=333680946742449&set=a.298030160307528.70932.298024446974766&type=1&theater)

So the question that continues to turn-over in my mind is, how can a measly number of 9% infiltrate and unseat the main religion of a country? They do realise that muslims are also the minority in Australia as well, right? So then the same question carries over here.

Additionally there is the proposal that the number of muslims must decrease because “all muslims who follow the koran are radicals“. What was that about freedom of religion again? Just how do they plan to decrease the number of Australian muslims when a large number of them are infact Australian-bred citizens?

Perhaps they are proposing to repeat the “ethnic cleansing” which became known best through the Holocaust of the Jews by Adolf Hitler. A brutal and bloody concept which continues to rampage throughout other countries such as Syria, massacres of the Rohingan muslims along with others.
Are they hoping to extend that civil war for “ethnic cleansing” from Sri Lanka over into Australia? If so, I think they need to revisit those Judeo-Christian scriptures and understand how extraordinarily non-Judeo-Christian that notion really is.

Blind Following and Who does it?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Glorious, the Most Beneficent.

What is known as taqleed…
Linguistically it means, “Placing something around the neck, which encircles the neck.” Technically it means, “Following one whose saying in itself is not a hujjah(proof).” The term is most commonly used to refer to the unquestionable following of one of the four math-habs in all affairs, (Shafi’i, Hanafi ,Hanbali, or Maliki). However it isn’t necessarily limited to just the math-habs either.
Really taqleed can occur in any number of forms by which it is characterized by blind following, following without questioning, or following a weaker statement or opinion over a much stronger provided evidence.

They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allah), and (they also took as their Lord) Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary), while they (Jews and Christians) were commanded [in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] to worship none but One Ilah (God — Allah) La ilaha illa huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Glorified is He (far above is He) from having partners they associate (with Him).” Qur’an 9:31

The Criteria for Right and Wrong…
With regards to the question whether it is a requirement to follow a particular math-hab in Islam, the reality is, there is more than one math-hab and not all of the math-habs agree on every given point. Where there is a difference in opinion there is one major thing that we are instructed to do in Islam.

O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.” Qur’an 4:59

When observing the sources Allah subhana wa ta’ala instructs us to observe, a quick look into the Sunnah informs us of what is required in Islam in order to be called a believer.

  • Abdullah ibn Umar radi-Allahu anhuma reported that the Prophet sal-Allahu alayhi wasalam said,“Islam is built upon five: The testification that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and establishment of Prayer and giving Zakah and the Fast of Ramadan and pilgrimage to the House for him who is able to do so.”
    Reported by al-Bukhari (1/49). Muslim (1/176-177), an-Nasaa’ee (8/107-108) at-Tirmidhee (5/5-6), al-Baihaaqee (4/199) and al-Humaydee (2/308)
  • Hurayrah reported; “A man came and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Guide me to an action by which, if I do it, I will enter Paradise.’ So he (sal-Allahu alayhi wasalam) said, “That you testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, that you establish Prayer, pay Zakah and fast Ramadan.” So the questioner  said, ‘By Him is whose hand is my life! I will not do any more or less than that.’ Allah’s Messenger (sal-Allahu alayhi wasalam) said, “He has succeeded is he has spoken the truth.”” Reported by al-Bukhari (3/261) Muslim (1/176-177) Ahmad and an-Nasaa’ee (4/122, 8/118)

As shown in these ahadith, Islam is built upon the shahada (testification), Prayer, Zakah, Fast of Ramadan, and pilgrimage to Makkah when one is able. Nowhere in the Qur’an and the Sunnah does it suggest that following a math-hab is compulsory in order to complete your Islam. What we do find, however, is evidence advising against it.

  • Verily those who divide their religion and break up into sects, you (O Muhammad sal-Allahu alayhi wasalam) have no concern in them in the least.” Qur’an 6:159
  • Be not of those who worship others along with Allah; of those who split up their religion and became sects, each sect rejoicing in that which is with it.” Qur’an 30:31-32

Contradicting the spirit of the math-hab claiming to be followed…
It is worth noting that even the founding Imams Shafi’i, Hanifa, Hanbali, and Maliki each utilized the shari’ah as specified in the Qur’an and Sunnah as the base criteria of their rulings. They also did not hesitate to overturn their own rulings if they found it to be in contradiction of an authentic hadith.  These great scholars of jurisprudence have stated as follows;

  • Muhammad ibn al-Hassan reported that Imam Abu Hanifa said: “If I have made a ruling which contradicts Allah’s book or the Messenger’s (salallahu alayhi wasalam) hadith, reject my ruling.” -Al-Fulani, Eeqadh al-Himam, al-Mureeriyah 1935 p.50
  • Ibn Adul-Barr reported that Imam Malik said, “Verily I am only a man, I err and am at times correct; so thoroughly investigate my opinion, then take whatever agrees with the Book and Sunnah, and reject whatever contradicts them.” -Ibn Adul-Barr, Jami Bayan al Ilm, Al-Muneeriyah, 1927, vol 2, p. 32
  • Imam ash-Shafi’i was reported to have said; “The muslims were of unanimous opinion that one who comes across an authentic Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger (Salallahu alayhi wasalam) is not allowed to disregard it in favour of someone else’s opinion.” -Ibn al-Qayyim, I’lam al-Mooqi’een, Beirut, Dar al-Jeel, vol 2, p. 361
  • Ibn-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah reported that Imam Ahmad said; “Whoever rejects an authentic hadith of Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alayhi wasalam) is on the verge of destruction.” Ibn-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, al-Manaqib, Beirut, Dar al-Afaq al-Jadeedah, 2nd ed, 1977, p.182

So it is easy to see how suggesting to follow any one of the above mentioned math-habs without first understanding how they came to their ruling and weighing it against the Qur’an and Sunnah is against the very spirit of the math-hab itself.

Conclusively…
Stating that one must follow a math-hab as part of their deen is also suggesting that it is, or should be a part of the religion. Thus introducing and institutionalizing an innovation.

  • Ibn Omar said; every innovation is misguidance even if the people think it is good [al-Ibaanah, P.205 by Imam Ibn Battah al-Akburi, Bayhaqi in al-Madhkhal]
  • Ibn Omar said; O people if you see any innovation, follow the original command from the Messenger sal-Allahu alayhi wasalam [Daarimi, Vol.1, P.61]

“When it is said to them: ‘Follow what Allah has sent down.’ They say: ‘No! We shall follow what we found our father’s following.” Qur’an 2:170

Taqleed not only harmful to the ummah, but also contrary to the spirit of Islam and the math-habs themselves, and Allah says,

Let those who contradict your order be warned that they will be afflicted with trials and a painful punishment.” Qur’an 24:63