Sunday, May 15, 2005

What Defines a Muslim?

I had to write this post in response to the comment left on Dr. Maxtor’s entry on Hussein Ibish. Appartently, the poster believes that we are guilty of bashing the PMUNA because they have a different interpretation or definition of what it means to be a Muslim. The commentor incorrectly pointed out that our major beef with them is that they do not follow our line of thinking.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

There are many sects and pseudo-sects claiming that they are the righteous followers of Allah subhana wa ta ‘ala but making the assertion means nothing if you don’t follow the established criterion. Yes, Islam has established criterion to determine who and who is not a Muslim. Of course, to be a Muslim is to state and believe with all sincerity that there is no God but God and that Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) is His messenger. The PMUNA seeks to eliminate even this distinction amongst other established beliefs and obligations. Why would someone want to call him/herself a Muslim but reject the shadada is a mystery to me but it seems to make sense in their world. There is also an established belief criterion known in this formula as,

“Amatu billahi wa mala-ikatihi wa rasulihi wal youm ul akhiri wal qadri, khayrihi wa sharihi min Allahi ta’ala wal ba’ith be’ed al mowt.”

This phrase is the seven main beliefs or Iman ul Mufassal.

“I believe in Allah (praise is due to Him alone), His angels, his books, his messengers (may they be blessed), the Last Day, Measurement (sometimes translated as pre-determination or destiny), both the good and the bad are from Allah the Exalted, and in life after death.”

This is not the rules and standards established by the writers and editor of Living Tradition. This was established in the earliest days of Islam, as the example of our Prophet (may God bless him), all for the glory of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Unlike the PMUNA, we have the Qur’an and Sunnah as our foundation, whereas they are following 20th century secular humanist values and cafeteria-style, new-age spiritualism.

While we find the aims, objectives and interpretations of the Progressive Muslim Union very problematic and lacking in any substantial, authentic Islamic tradition, that is not our major and only concern with them. If that was the case, we could just easily go after Qadianis, Ismailis, 5% percenters and members of the Nation of Islam. The problem is that Muslims who do not fall in line with their agenda are labeled as fanatics and extremists. The PMUNA has no problems cozying up with those launching violent and decisive policies against Muslims overseas. They invite well known neo-cons, who actually think that bombing of Iraq and Afghanistan are “good” things, on to their board of directors. They go on television and the internet attacking other Muslims groups and organizations who don’t agree them, even going as far as impersonating well known Islamic-American activists as some kind of a sick joke.

Hey, you have to call a spade a spade. The truth is supported and documented through every entry of this blog. Our purpose is to point out their hyprocrisy and corruption so that everyday Muslims can know who is behind this fitnah and how to keep these people from creating further division in the umma.

Or maybe we’re just uptight conservatives who can’t hang.

Allah ta’ala knows best.


Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Just when I think your posts couldn't get any better, I'm proven wrong. LoL.

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Blogger cncz said...

dern good post macha Allah

gosh. So good.

I hate the feeling of not fitting in with "the conservatives" and not fitting in with the "progressives". Can't hang anywhere, I guess.

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Jazak Allah Khairn, guys. :::Risama blushing:::

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