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Islamic Supremacism #3


This third episode opens perversely, with a story of Jewish supremacy.  Allah made the Jews superior to the surrounding Arabs, but because they rejected Moe, he will bring them lower.

Musa, the son of `Imran, peace be upon him, whom Allah spoke to directly, (perhaps they may reflect.) and avoid Bal`am’s behavior, for Allah has given the Jews knowledge and made them superior to the bedouins surrounding them. He gave them the description of Muhammad which would allow them to recognize him, as they recognize their own children. They, among people, have the most right to follow, aid and support Muhammad , in obedience to their Prophets who informed them of him and commanded them to follow him. Therefore, whoever among them defies the knowledge in their Books or hides it from the servants, Allah will place disgrace on him in this life, followed by humiliation in the Hereafter.

Story Bal`am bin Ba`ura

Observe these two tafsir fragments which mention certain followers being made superior.

(55. And (remember) when Allah said: “O `Isa! I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify ﴿save﴾ you from those who disbelieve, and I will make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve till the Day of Resurrection. Then you will return to Me and I will judge between you in the matters in which you used to dispute.” (56. “As to those who disbelieve, I will punish them with severe torment in this world and in the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.”) (57. And as for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, Allah will pay them their reward in full. And Allah does not like the wrongdoers.) The Jews Plot to Kill `Isa

(And I will make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve till the Day of Resurrection. Then you will return to Me and I will judge between you in the matters in which you used to dispute. As to those who disbelieve, I will punish them with a severe torment in this world and in the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.)

This is what Allah did to the Jews who disbelieved in `Isa and the Christians who went to the extreme over him. Allah tormented them in this life; they were killed, captured, and lost their wealth and kingdoms. Their torment in the Hereafter is even worse and more severe,  (And they have no Waq (defender or protector) against Allah) ﴿13:34﴾. (And as for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, Allah will pay them their reward in full) in this life, with victory and domination, and in the Hereafter, with Paradise and high grades, Threatening the Disbelievers with Torment in This Life and the Hereafter

In 3:55, Allah tells Jesus that his followers will be made superior to disbelievers. Both of these tafsir share that expression. Pay close attention to the last two sentences of  Threatening the Disbelievers.

  1. Who are the “true followers” of Jesus?
  2. What happened to the disbelievers?
  3. Who did it to them?
  4. What reward did Allah give the Muslims in this life?

If you can’t answer those second and third questions, review 33:26-27. Here are some highlights from those ayat.

  • …Allah brought them down from their forts and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed, and a group (of them) you made captives.
  • He caused you to inherit their lands, and their houses, and their riches, and a land which you had not trodden…

If you can answer the fourth question above, you know the fountainhead of Islamic supremacism: Allah’s reward of victory & domination. He made the Jews superior, they wasted their inheritance so he transfered it to the Muslims.

Allah said:

3:139. So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers.[ The Wisdom Behind the Losses Muslims Suffered During Uhud]

Now that we have seen the spring from which Islamic supremacism flows, let us examine its consequences. The consequence of Islamic supremacism is that Kuffar are killed, lose their wealth, families, lands and kingdoms.  Conquest and everything it carries with it is a consequence of supremacism & triumphalism.

Loss of liberty is one of those consequences. Conquered atheists & pagans are killed or enslaved; “people of the book” are subjugated and extorted.  Because Allah is sovereign, he alone has the right to rule, which he delegated to Moe and his Caliphs. Examine the Introduction of Book 20 of Sahih Muslim. I have picked out a few references to the Qur’an.

  • 12:40. “You do not worship besides Him but only names which you have named (forged), you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority. The command (or the judgement) is for none but Allah. He has commanded that you worship none but Him (i.e. His Monotheism), that is the (true) straight religion, but most men know not.
  • 7:3. [Say (O Muhammad ) to these idolaters (pagan Arabs) of your folk:] Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord (the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah), and follow not any Auliya’ (protectors and helpers, etc. who order you to associate partners in worship with Allah), besides Him (Allah). Little do you remember!
  • 5:44. Verily, We did send down the Taurat (Torah) [to Musa (Moses)], therein was guidance and light, by which the Prophets, who submitted themselves to Allah’s Will, judged the Jews. And the rabbis and the priests [too judged the Jews by the Taurat (Torah) after those Prophets] for to them was entrusted the protection of Allah’s Book, and they were witnesses thereto. Therefore fear not men but fear Me (O Jews) and sell not My Verses for a miserable price. And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, such are the Kafirun (i.e. disbelievers – of a lesser degree as they do not act on Allah’s Laws ).
  • 24:55. Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah).

One ayeh distills this down to its essence; lets turn to it now.

  • 33:36. It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.

Allah and his Messenger have the first and final word; their decision is final in any matter; you can’t question it and must obey. Moe rules the world.

Previous installments in this series:

  1. Islamic Supremacism #1
  2. Islamic Supremacism #2

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Religion, Religion of Peace | , , | Leave a comment

Islamic Supremacism #2


Are Muslims superior? Where do they obtain that conceit? Examine this hadith from Abu Dawud’s collection.

Abu Dawud Book 2, Number 0421:

Narrated Mu’adh ibn Jabal:

We waited for the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) to offer the night prayer. He delayed until people thought that he would not come out and some of us said that he had offered the prayer. At the moment when we were in this condition the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) came out. People said to him as they were already saying. He said: Observe this prayer when it is dark, for by it you have been made superior to all the peoples, no people having observed it before you.

Muslims are superior because of the night prayer. They are better than we are.

This ayeh tells us that no religion can be better than Islam. It does not tell us whether any can be equal to it.

2:138. [Our Sibghah (religion) is] the Sibghah (Religion) of Allah (Islam) and which Sibghah (religion) can be better than Allah’s? And we are His worshippers. [Tafsir Ibn Kathir.]

This ayeh tells us that believers are better than disbelievers. It is better to marry off your daughter to a believing slave than to a free Mushrikat.

2:221. And do not marry Al-Mushrikat (idolatresses, etc.) till they believe (worship Allah Alone). And indeed a slave woman who believes is better than a (free) Mushrikah (idolatress, etc.), even though she pleases you. And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-Mushrikun till they believe (in Allah Alone) and verily, a believing slave is better than a (free) Mushrik (idolater, etc.), even though he pleases you. Those (Al-Mushrikun) invite you to the Fire, but Allah invites (you) to Paradise and Forgiveness by His Leave, and makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to mankind that they may remember.

In this quote from Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir, we find Moe directing believers to pray that Allah will grant him superiority and send him to be best place in Paradise.

(Whoever, after hearing to the Adhan says, “O Allah! Lord of this perfect call and of the regular prayer which is going to be established! Grant Muhammad the Wasilah and superiority and send him ﴿on the Day of Judgment﴾ to the praiseworthy station which You have promised him,” then intercession from me will be permitted for him on the Day of Resurrection.) Muslim recorded that `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As said that he heard the Prophet saying,  (When you hear the Mu’adhdhin, repeat what he says, and then ask for Salah (blessing, mercy from Allah) for me. Verily, whoever asks for Salah for me, then Allah will grant ten Salah to him. Then, ask for the Wasilah for me, for it is a grade in Paradise that only one servant of Allah deserves, and I hope that I am that servant. Verily, whoever asks (Allah) for Wasilah for me, he will earn the right of my intercession.) Allah said, Commanding Taqwa, Wasilah, and Jihad

In this tafsir, discussing 3:152, Allah is described as granting superiority over Kuffar. It is clear, in context, that it means military victory. Muslims are superior; they are going to win. This is a token of triumphalism as well as supremacism.

(And Allah did indeed fulfill His promise to you when you were killing them (your enemy) with His permission) meaning, by His command, decree, will and because He granted you superiority over them. Allah’s statement,  (If they (hypocrites), when they had been unjust to themselves,) directs the sinners and evildoers, when they commit errors and mistakes, to come to the Messenger , so that they ask Allah for forgiveness in his presence and ask him to supplicate to Allah to forgive them. If they do this, Allah will forgive them and award them His mercy and pardon. This is why Allah said, (they would have found Allah All-Forgiving (One Who forgives and accepts repentance), Most Merciful). The Necessity of Obeying the Messenger

In this tafsir, discussing 47:35,  he tells the Muslims not to sue for peace while they are winning.

(So do not lose heart) meaning, do not be weak concerning the enemies. (and beg for peace) meaning, compromise, peace, and ending the fighting between you and the disbelievers while you are in a position of power, both in great numbers and preparations. Thus, Allah says, (So do not lose heart and beg for peace while you are superior.) meaning, in the condition of your superiority over your enemy. If, on the other hand, the disbelievers are considered more powerful and numerous than the Muslims, then the Imam (general commander) may decide to hold a treaty if he judges that it entails a benefit for the Muslims. This is like what Allah’s Messenger did when the disbelievers obstructed him from entering Makkah and offered him treaty in which all fighting would stop between them for ten years. Nullifying the Disbelievers’ Deeds and the Command to chase Them

In his exegeses of 9:33, Ibn Kathir lets it all hang out.

(to make it (Islam) superior over all religions) It is recorded in the Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said, This matter (Islam) will keep spreading as far as the night and day reach, until Allah will not leave a house made of mud or hair, but will make this religion enter it, while bringing might to a mighty person (a Muslim) and humiliation to a disgraced person (who rejects Islam). Might with which Allah elevates Islam (and its people) and disgrace with which Allah humiliates disbelief (and its people).) Tamim Ad-Dari ﴿who was a Christian before Islam﴾ used to say, “I have come to know the meaning of this Hadith in my own people. Those who became Muslims among them acquired goodness, honor and might. Disgrace, humiliation and Jizyah befell those who remained disbelievers.” Islam is the Religion That will dominate over all Other Religions

  • Islam will be made superior.
  • Islam will expand to dominate the entire world.
  • Islam makes Muslims powerful.
  • Islam humiliates & disgraces disbelievers.
  • Muslims got spoils, honor and power.
  • Kufar suffered disgrace, humiliation & extortion.

We  end this installment with the source of supremacism & triumphalism clearly in mind; they come from Allah’s accursed book.

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Islam, Religion, Religion of Peace | , , | Leave a comment

   

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