Thursday, October 12, 2006

Message for Friday - Extremists are enemies to Islam

On the 19th day of Ramadan approximately 1,300 years ago, the Commander of the Faithful Ali bin Abi Talib, cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, was attacked leading the Dawn prayer in Kufah, Iraq. He passed on the 21st of Ramadan due to the wounds inflicted upon him by the Kharijite Ibn Muljam.

Ibn Muljam was from an extremism movement of his time that believed that any Muslim who committed a grave sin should be punished by death if the Muslim did not publically repent for their error. Ali's sin, in their eyes, was that entered into a peace treaty after a brief civil war with a group of Muslims who opposed his leadership as head of state.

Sadly today, there are fanatics who opperate off of their emotions who seek to oppose their standards upon others at all costs with disregard to the revelations of G'd. This can be seen on a personal level, to so called "honor killings" in Pakistan to terrorism by extremists in places such as Iraq.

قوله صلى الله عليه و سلم :" إياكم و الظنّ فإنّ الظنّ أكذب الحديث ، و لا تحسّسوا ، و لا تجسّسوا ، و لا تنافسوا ، و لا تحاسدوا ، و لا تباغضوا ، و كونوا عباد الله إخوانا

The Prophet Muhammad stated, "Avoid suspicion for surely it can lead to the most fallacious speech. Do not spy upon each other, do not engage in [ill-intended] competition among each other, do not envy each other and do not despise each other. Be you, oh servants of G'd, brothers!

Below is a speech given about this topic during Ramadan 2003 in Dearborn, Michigan.
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