Monday, October 8, 2012

Response to Karbala: When the Skies Wept Blood


Bismillah Irrahman Irraheem

From minute 5, it makes claims that the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, salawatu rabbi wa salamuhu alayh, may Allah be pleased with them, were conspiring while he was on his deathbed to get power for themselves. This is the most dishonest and least defensible accusation that can be made against the most honourable generation of all humankind. 

You know what the strongest argument for why we know the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him is a prophet? You know why a Muslim who knows his prophet, will never fall for the lies and misconceptions that surround him? Because of his life. His life and character bear the greatest testimony to his truth. His sacrifice of all the things a human can hold dear in this life - his wealth, his property, his city, his family, and how he withstood being insulted and humiliated - all for what? To call people away from the worship of creation, to the worship of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth and all things in between. 

That same rationale is how we know the integrity of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Never in history has any group of people, besides the messengers themselves, sacrificed for Allah's deen more than the companions of the Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam and may Allah be pleased with them. ESPECIALLY the muhajireen - those who became Muslim in the first years of Islam and then emigrated with the Prophet Muhammad SAWS to Medina. These were people who sacrificed everything they had for this message - they left behind their wealth, their property, their people, their tribe, their city!! The Arabs at the time of the Prophet were an extremely tribal people and the greatest thing they took pride in was their ancestors and their tribes, and the most honourable of all cities in Arabia was Makka. These people chose to be outcasts from their tribes by declaring Islam in front of their people and leaving their city behind. If you come from a traditional country, you know how hard it is to "bring shame" to your people. Abu Bakr whom the Prophet SAWS called "the extremely truthful one" was one of the very first people to accept Islam and was his staunch victor from day 1. 
The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said that everyone whom he gave dawah to would ask questions except Abu Bakr, the truthful one; he immediately accepted Islam. Abu Bakr was a lifelong friend of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, and so he was the first person, after the Prophet’s family, who the Prophet called to Islam after receiving revelation. 

The first people to embrace Islam suffered a great deal because they were outcasts. They were tortured and/or ostracized by their people. That is why there was not a single 'hypocrite' amongst the Makkans because you gained absolutely nothing worldly from becoming a Muslim in those first days, and you had everything to lose. What was the message they were accepting? La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasool Allah. People who accepted this message were choosing the life of the Hereafter over the life of this world. They were leaving behind the pride of their forefathers and the religion of their forefathers, and the love of their community and the support of their tribe for the sake of Allah.

From his first day in Islam he began to give dawah to his friends, and several of the greatest companions became Muslim because of his dawah. Abu Bakr used to read the Qur'an out loud in those first days for dawah. Can you read Qur'an out loud in the Quad? Abu Bakr, the truthful one, once found the Makkans pushing the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him around and he went to his defense - while others were afraid - and he was pounded to a pulp so much so that they could not tell the front of his face from the back of it (figure of speech) and he fell unconscious. He was taken home and the first thing he said when he woke up was "what happened to the Prophet?"!! His mother said, look at you! Take care of yourself first, then worry about the Prophet! He replied, I will not eat or drink anything until my eyes are cooled by seeing the Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. 

Abu Bakr, the truthful one, the one who the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him chose to be his companion to migrate to Medina. SubhanAllah what an honour! When they stopped after a day's travel and they wanted to rest in a cave, Abu Bakr said, 'wait, O messenger of Allah' and he went in and checked lest there be something that would bite or sting the messenger. When they were walking, sometimes he would walk in front of the Prophet, sometimes behind him, sometimes to his left, sometimes to his right. The Prophet asked him why do you do this? He replied, I remember the enemies from behind us and I walk behind you, and then I remember the enemies in front of us so I walk in front of you, and then I remember those to your left and right! Look at his love!! If it was you or me we would be sweating out of fear for ourselves!!! For that, his companionship was mentioned in the Qur’an, 
“If you do not aid the Prophet - Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, "Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us." And Allah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah - that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.”

He gave everything for this message. One day the Prophet was collecting donations for the army and Abu Bakr came with his money. The Prophet SAWS asked him, 'O Abu Bakr, what did you leave for your family?' Abu Bakr replied, 'I left them Allah and His messenger'. It was his modest way of avoiding saying that he left them not a single penny. What for? What did he give his money to? Because the only Muslim community on Earth was being attacked from all around it. These, the companions, were the people who built the foundations of this nation with their wealth and their lives, for the sake of the message "La ilaha illa Allah" They understood that that meant that Allah is more dear than the money they own, their family, their property, their lives. 

Allah SWT praises ALL the companions in the Qur'an, but gives those who migrated with the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him a special rank because of what they suffered for His deen. 

"And their Lord responded to them, "Never will I allow to be lost the work of [any] worker among you, whether male or female; you are of one another. So those who emigrated or were evicted from their homes or were harmed in My cause or fought or were killed - I will surely remove from them their misdeeds, and I will surely admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow as reward from Allah, and Allah has with Him the best reward." 

If Allah AlMighty testifies to the integrity of a people, what does it harm them if all the world stands against them? 

These were people who loved Allah and His messenger more than their ownselves. They lived for this message, and they gave everything for this message. Allah SWT praises those people who gave their oath of allegiance to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him in the Qur'an - 

"Certainly was Allah pleased with the believers when they pledged allegiance to you, [O Muhammad], under the tree, and He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquillity upon them and rewarded them with an imminent conquest" 
Among them were those blessed companions Abu Bakr and Omar and Othman who you make accusations against.

Omar ibn Alkhattab, may Allah be pleased with him, was called "alfarooq" - the one by whom Allah separates truth from falsehood with. You know why? Because before Omar ibn Alkhattab became a Muslim, the Muslims were generally in hiding because of the hell they were given by the quraishites. That changed the SAME DAY Omar ibn Alkhattab became Muslim - in fact the first hour. You know when me and you we repent to Allah, we make all these slow transitions and personally even then it was hard and I was shaky and I was so afraid of what people would say. This is the nature of people - always afraid of what people would say. Not Omar ibn Alkhattab! From literally his first hour in Islam, he said to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, "O rasool Allah, are we not upon the truth? and are they not upon falsehood? so why shall we hide?" And so they all left Dar il-Arqam, and with their swords unsheathed as a challenge to the Kuffar, did tawaf around the Ka'aba. Omar ibn Alkhattab's uncle was Abu Jahl - the most influential man in Makka. What did Omar do on his first day in Islam? He knocked on his Uncle's door and proclaimed, "I have become a Muslim!" and his Uncle slammed the door on his face. Look at his courage for the sake of Allah! Look at how we are all cowards when it comes to dawah - but not the companions. They were something else. They didn't care if they lost this dunya. They didn't think twice. You know before Omar became a Muslim, he was the only young man to attend Quraysh's Meeting place (equivalent perhaps to the parliament) as he sat amongst the elders of his community. To tell his uncle he became a Muslim, he knew that meant his position was gone in an instant! He didn't care. From day 1 he lived for this deen and he never looked back. 

And what about Othman ibn Affan. SubhanAllah. The man who the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him gave TWO of his daughters in marriage to. TWO daughters. The first one, Ruqayya may Allah be pleased with her, died and the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him gave him gave him the second, Umm Kulthum, radiya Allahu anha. Surely he must have proven himself worthy! And that indeed he did. Othman ibn Affan was amongst the first 10 people to embrace Islam in Makkah. He was from a wealthy, influential family, and when he embraced Islam he was tortured by his own family. Imagine being from a family that own Astin Martins, and yet you choose poverty and humiliation for Islam. He thus emigrated with his wife, Ruqayya, to Abyssinia. Imagine that. He left his family, left the rich kid life, left his city, and emigrated for the sake of Allah. 

These are the people who the movie accuses of conspiring to gain power. These people who sold this dunya for the akhira. These people whom ALLAH himself praises in the Qur'an. 

My brothers and sisters, Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman are not harmed by your accusations. Allah SWT and His messenger knows their deeds and their actions. But these are the people who gave us our deen. They are the ones who built the foundations of our nation. The companions built this nation with their lives, their property, their wealth. You are at a loss first and foremost for missing out on knowing them, and second of all you are at a loss if after the truth comes to you you continue to make false accusations about people whom Allah and His messenger love.

SubhanAllah, Allah knows there are people who will accuse the Messenger's companions of turning back on their faith and of being hypocrites, but he affirms in the Qur'an that they are TRULY believers,
"But those who have believed and emigrated and fought in the cause of Allah and those who gave shelter and aided - it is they who are the believers, truly. For them is forgiveness and noble provision."

4 comments:

  1. Very great post really it was very important for my knowledge as a Muslim i m very thankful to you..
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  2. Outstanding post and thanks for the real information well i knew many things about that.
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  3. I will not disagree that Muhammed was a prophet, but I will disagree that his teachings were never corrupted. In fact I'd argue that I don't know of any other prophet's teachings who were more warped by conspiracy than Muhammed's.

    But I guess to you I'm just an uneducated infidel Christian who doesn't know the real God? Indeed I don't know a whole lot about Islam, but I know my God. He has spoken to me as friend would with a friend, even as a voice out from the clouds, and I bear witness that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the remission of our sins. He is the son of God, being born of a virgin mother, being the son of Joseph only by the law of adoption. Jesus did come out from among David's seed, but David is not Jesus' father. Or else if he was, why would David call Jesus Lord? Christ's bones were not broken upon the cross because no man can take his life away from Him. Rather He laid it down for us, and took it up again in resurrection for our justification upon our faith in His sacrifice.

    Perhaps you believe me not, but God does still speak men in today's day and age. And I am fully persuaded that he can speak to you also, to give you truth of all things as you search with all sincerity and humility of heart.

    God bless you and keep you. Whether you learn the truth of all things in this life or the next, may things be well with you on the day of judgment for your doing your best to serve God.

    signed,

    A Mormon Christian girl

    Kaitlyn

    :-)

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