Responding to an Anonymous Cpmment on Reliance of the Traveller
Responding to an Anonymous Cpmment on Reliance of the
of the Traveller: Handbook of Shari’ah
was published to provide information about Islamic law, known as
Shari’ah. It focuses on Reliance of the Traveller, the most widely
known and accepted codification of fiqh. That post has been
receiving about four hits per day for several months. I guess
that interest in Shari’ah is being aroused by the controversy over
proposed legislation to exclude foreign law from domestic court
A lengthy anonymous comment on the post needs more
attention than the comment format permits. I am therefore
blogging it here with a post of its own. The comment is reproduced
below, unedited. My point by point response follows below the
comment on your post “Reliance
of the Traveller: Handbook of Shari’ah“:
You are far from Jesus’ teachings, and especially his message of love.
You harm your self and spread hatred with your falsehoods.
You could actually benefit from the truth and the beauty of the
teachings you are slandering.
The kufar are not Christians and Jews. They are “people of the book”
meaning people who have received revelations from God, however much
they ignore them or distort them. Kufar are idol worshippers. If you
honestly read the Quran or the Hadith, leaving behind the prejudice and
hatred, you might recognize that the revelations in the Quran, the life
and teachings of Muhammad, s.a.w., and the ways laid out from these in
the shariah, flow from the same Divine sources as the best of the old
and new testaments, and the examples and teachings of Jesus, s.a.w. and
the Prophets, s.a.w..
Indeed, I found the truth of Islam first by studying the words and
actions of Jesus s.a.w., the prophet, the guide, the good shepherd, the
teacher, the lover of all men and women, good and bad, the one who
prayed, who fell down on his face in worship, and in complete
submission to God, who asked forgiveness and help from his Lord and our
Lord, his Father and our Father.
This is Islam. There is nothing more to it. This is the real Shariah as
well, as developed by Muslim lawyers from the Quran and the teachings
and example of Muhammad s.a.w, as well as the example and teachings of
the other prophets in the Quran: Ibrahim, Moses, and Jesus among others.
As for the particulars of your errors, there are too many to mention in
less than a book, but for starters:
Zakat can and was given to dhimma during the time when there were
actual Muslim countries that followed Shariah. It is mandatory, not
just allowed. (If anyone was following Shariah).
Dhimmis (non-Muslim loyal citizens of a Muslim country) were not
required (or allowed) to be in the army under shariah. They also did
not pay the Zakat (state tax) which paid for the defense of the Muslim
state. They paid a substitute tax, which was approximately the same,
and they shared in all of the benefits of the state (today the
Republicans would call them “socialist” because the state assured the
health, welfare and education of all of its citizens.)
The Quran, and Islamic Law
forbid offensive wars, and allow only
defensive wars. Self-defense is a natural right. From its beginning
Islam and Muslims have been under attack starting with the pagan
Qureish and the Jews of Medina, then the Christian Emperor of Rome and
the Persian fire worshippers. Later it was Crusaders, and now the
Zionists and the Christians who defame and bring war to Muslim lands.
For centuries Jews, Christians, and other faiths were protected. Jews
and Christians sought sanctuary in Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria,
Palestine) from the Inquisition. They were received by Muslim rulers
and lived peacefully for centuries with Muslims until the UN created
Israel displacing Palestinians.
The oldest Christian churches and
Jewish synagogues still operate and
serve in Muslim majority countries. They thrived there while those
countries lived under shariah law. Their ancient churches and
monasteries still operate despite the despotic regimes now prevalent.
No Muslim country has followed shariah in two hundred years. The
imperial powers eliminated it along with Islamic education, politics,
trade, and finance systems. So today Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq,
Iran and other “Muslim” countries in their institutions and law ignore
the teaching and example of the prophet Mohammed, s.a.w., the Shariah,
just as you ignore the teaching and example of the prophet Jesus Christ
My reply will not be published, so it addresses only you.
I pray that God guide you to the truth, and that the example of Jesus
with his love for all, the sinner and the saint, soften your heart and
lead you to see, and I pray respect the truth, and quit propaganda.
Posted by Anonymous to Islam
Exposed at 5:38 PM
Invoking Jesus to defend Islam and attack
disbelievers is a common tactic to which I attach the label: AssWholliness.
My supposed remoteness from the teachings of Jesus is argumentum
adhominem; an irrelevant logical fallacy. The facts and opinions I
utter & publish stand on their own merit, not on my own lack of
What is the relevance of Christ’s universal
benevolence to a blog post about a codification of Shari’ah?
None, of course; a Muslim is trying to defend the indefensible by
attacking me with my own savior. There is one little problem: the
attack has no merit; its malignant malarkey.
Search the Qur’an for “Allah loves”. I tried the
Hilali & Khan translation and found seven surahs containing
matches. At the risk of boring you to tears,. I present the relevant
ayat, with highlighting to bring out important points and links so that
you can check the context. In a few important cases, I include the
context here. .
And spend in the Cause of Allâh (i.e. Jihâd of all kinds, etc.) and do not throw yourselves into
destruction (by not spending your wealth in the Cause of Allâh),
and do good. Truly, Allâh loves Al-Muhsinûn(the good-doers).
- 2:222. They ask you concerning menstruation. Say:
that is an Adha (a harmful thing for a husband to have a sexual
intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore
keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they have
purified (from menses and have taken a bath). And when they have
purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allâh has ordained for you
(go in unto them in any manner as long as it is in their vagina).
Truly, Allâh loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves
(by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private
parts, bodies, for their prayers, etc.).
- 3:31. Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you
(really) love Allâh then follow me (i.e. accept Islâmic Monotheism,
follow the Qur’ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you
of your sins. And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
- 3:76. Yes, whoever
fulfils his pledge and fears Allâh much; verily, then Allâh loves those who are
Al-Muttaqûn (the pious – see V.2:2).
- 3:134. Those who spend [in Allâh’s Cause –
deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who
repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allâh loves Al-Muhsinûn (the
- 3:146. And many
a Prophet (i.e. many from amongst the Prophets) fought (in Allâh’s Cause) and
along with him (fought) large bands of religious learned men. But they
never lost heart for that which did befall them in Allâh’s Way, nor did
they weaken nor degrade themselves. And Allâh loves As-Sâbirin (the
patient ones, etc.).
- 3:147. And they said nothing but: “Our Lord!
Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to
You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the
3:148. So Allâh gave them the reward of this world, and the excellent
reward of the Hereafter. And Allâh
loves Al-Muhsinûn (the gooddoers – see the footnote of V.3:134).
- 3:156. O you who believe! Be not like those who disbelieve (hypocrites) and
who say to their brethren when they travel through the earth or go out
to fight: “If they had stayed
with us, they would not have died or been killed,” so that Allâh
may make it a cause of regret in their hearts. It is Allâh that gives
life and causes death. And Allâh is AllSeer of what you do.
3:157. And if
you are killed or die in the Way of Allâh, forgiveness and mercy from
Allâh are far better than all that they amass (of worldly
3:158. And whether you die, or
are killed, verily, unto Allâh you shall be gathered.
3:159. And by the Mercy of Allâh, you dealt with them gently. And had
you been severe and harshhearted, they would have broken away from
about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allâh’s) Forgiveness
for them; and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a
decision, put your trust in Allâh, certainly, Allâh loves those who put their trust
- 5:13. So because
of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them, and made
their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their (right) places
and have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them.
And you will not cease to discover deceit in them, except a few of
them. But forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds). Verily, Allâh loves AlMuhsinûn
(gooddoers – see V.2:112).
- 5:42. (They like to) listen to falsehood, to
devour anything forbidden. So if they come to you (O Muhammad ), either
judge between them, or turn away from them. If you turn away from them, they
cannot hurt you in the least. And if you judge, judge with
justice between them. Verily, Allâh
loves those who act justly.
- 5:54. O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back
from his religion (Islâm), Allâh will bring a people whom He
will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers,
fighting in the Way of Allâh, and never afraid of the blame of
the blamers. That is the Grace of Allâh which He bestows on whom He
wills. And Allâh is AllSufficient for His creatures’ needs,
- 5:93. Those who believe and do righteous good deeds,
there is no sin on them for what they ate (in the past), if they fear
Allâh (by keeping away from His forbidden things), and believe and do righteous good deeds, and
again fear Allâh and believe, and once again fear Allâh and do good
deeds with Ihsân (perfection). And Allâh loves the gooddoers.
- 9:3. And a declaration from Allâh and His
Messenger to mankind on the greatest day (the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah – the
12th month of Islâmic calendar) that Allâh is free from (all)
obligations to the Mushrikûn (see V.2:105) and so is His Messenger. So
if you (Mushrikûn) repent, it is better for you, but if you turn away,
then know that you cannot escape (from the Punishment of) Allâh. And
give tidings (O Muhammad ) of a
painful torment to those who disbelieve.
9:4. Except those of the Mushrikûn with whom you
have a treaty, and who have not subsequently failed you in aught, nor
have supported anyone against you. So fulfill their treaty to them to
the end of their term. Surely Allâh
loves Al- Mattaqûn (the pious – see V.2:2).
9:5. Then when the Sacred Months (the Ist, 7th, 11th, and 12th months
of the Islâmic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikûn (see
V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and
prepare for them each and every ambush. But if they repent and
perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and give Zakât, then leave their
way free. Verily, Allâh is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
- 9:7. How can there be a covenant with Allâh and
with His Messenger for the Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, pagans,
disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh) except those with whom you made a
covenant near Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (at Makkah)? So long, as they are true
to you, stand you true to them. Verily, Allâh loves Al-Muttaqûn (the
pious – see V.2:2).
- 9:108. Never stand you therein. Verily, the mosque
whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety is more worthy
that you stand therein (to pray). In it are men who love to clean and
to purify themselves. And Allâh
loves those who make themselves clean and pure (i.e. who clean their private parts
with dust [i.e. to be considered as soap) and water from urine
and stools, after answering the call of nature].
- 49:9. And if two parties or groups among the
believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both, but if
one of them rebels against the other, then fight you (all) against the
one that which rebels till it complies with the Command of Allâh; then
if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be
equitable. Verily! Allâh loves
those who are equitable.
- 60:8. Allâh does not forbid you to deal justly and
kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and
did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allâh loves those who deal with
- 61:4. Verily, Allâh loves those who fight in His
Cause in rows (ranks) as if they were a solid structure .
Allah loves those who do not throw themselves to
destruction by shirking jihad. How sweet. Allah will love you if you emulate Moe… a murdering
lecher, pirate & pedophile. Whoever fulfills his pledge is a
reference to the Pledge of Ar-Ridwan: to fight to the death for
Islam. Allah loves those who spend in his cause; a reference to
jihad with their lives and their wealth. Allah forgives those who
get killed in his wars. Allah loves those who wipe their butts
with sand. Where is Allah’s love for mankind in general;
for sinners? 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life. (King James Bible, John)
Islamic love and charity are for Muslims only. Muslims are commanded to shun their fathers and
brothers if they are not Muslims.
When you invoke Jesus Christ to condemn the facts I
utter and publish,. you have a big problem, because I do not pull my
punches. Allah denies Christ’s patrimony, deity, crucifixion,
death & resurrection. Moe’s prophesies depict Jesus as
less worthy than himself and a genocidal warlord who will return to
kill the remaining Jews & Christians. I refer doubters &
dissenters to: The Defamation of Jesus Christ
for full documentation.
I do not knowingly utter & publish falsehoods; I
expose falsehoods! There is nothing false in my post about
Reliance of the Traveller.
truth and beauty
If the truth & beauty of the teachings of Islam
could be crystallized, the crystal would not be sufficient to plug a
people of the book
Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians & Sabeans are
classed by Allah as disbelievers. Allah commands Muslims to wage war against them
until they are converted or subjugated and extorted. The command
is confirmed by confirmed by hadith and codified in Shari’ah.
the real Shariah
- Noble Qur’an
- Sahih Bukhari
- Malik’s Muwatta
- Reliance of the Traveller
- Hedaya Volume I
- Hedaya Volume II
Zakat given to dhimma
The law codified in Reliance explicitly forbids
it. I will quote it again and provide a direct link to the page.
are to be reconciled. If they
are non-Muslims, they
are not given zakat, but
if Muslims, then they may
be given it (0: so that their certainty may increase,
or if they are recent converts to Islam and are
alienated from their kin).
Those to be reconciled include:
(1) the chief personages of a people (0: with
weak Islamic intentions) whose Islam may be
expected to improve, or whose peers may be
expected to enter Islam;
(2) or the heads of a people who collect zakat
for us from Muslims living near them who refuse
to pay it, or who fight an enemy for us at considerable
expense and trouble to themselves.
hS.24 It is not permissible to give zakat to a
or to someone whom one is obliged to
support (def: m12.1), such as a wife or family
Risala agrees 31.3a1
to the poor of the dhimmis, it
is not allowed, as is the case
Hedaya agrees: Volume 1, Book I, Chapter VII, page 21
of it to an improper person.-IF
a person were to bestow Zakat on another.
erroneously supposing him to a
objeot of ~ its application,
and should afterwards discover
tun to be rich or a Hashimee,
or an 1nfide1,…Zakat
is considered to be fully
discharged, and no
longer to remain due.-
Nobody became a Dhimmi without first being conquered
or intimidated by Muslims. Islam is a protection racket. Dhimmis
paid Moe to protect themselves from him, and in one case the jizya was
one half of their annual crop yield. I direct the attention of
doubters & dissenters to this hadith which describes Moe’s orders to his
commanders in the field. ” If
they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree
to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to
pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them...”
Quran, and Islamic Law forbid offensive wars
There is no al-Taqiyya more offensive that this
direct deception. Offensive conquest is commanded, not
forbidden! The two principle jihad imperatives make no mention of
being defensive or in response to attack. Read them and their tafsirs;
bring forth facts with which to prove me wrong.
- 8:38. Say to those who
have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief) their past will
be forgiven. But if they
return (thereto), then
the examples of those (punished) before them have already preceded
(as a warning).
8:39. And fight
them until there is no
more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others
besides Allâh) and the religion
(worship) will all be for Allâh Alone [in
the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides
Allâh), then certainly, Allâh is All-Seer of what they do.
- (And fight them
until there is no more Fitnah…).” Ibn `Umar said, “We did
that during the time of the Messenger of Allah, when Islam was weak and
the man would be tried in religion, either tormented to death or being
imprisoned. When Islam became stronger and widespread, there was no
more Fitnah.” When the man realized that Ibn `Umar would not agree to
what he is saying, he asked him, “What do you say about `Ali and
`Uthman” Ibn `Umar replied, “What do I say about `Ali and `Uthman! As
for `Uthman, Allah has forgiven him, but you hate that Allah forgives
him. As for `Ali, he is the cousin of the Messenger of Allah and his
son-in-law,” and he pointed with his hand saying, “And this is his
house over there.” Sa`id bin Jubayr said, “Ibn `Umar came to us and
was asked, “What do you say
about fighting during Fitnah” Ibn `Umar said, “Do you know what Fitnah
refers to Muhammad was fighting against the idolators, and at that
time, attending (or residing with) the idolators was a Fitnah (trial in
religion). It is nothing like what you are doing, fighting to gain
leadership!” All these narrations were collected by Al-Bukhari,
may Allah the Exalted grant him His mercy. Ad-Dahhak reported that Ibn
`Abbas said about the Ayah,
The caliph fights all
other peoples until they become Muslim
(O: because they are not a people with a Book, nor honored as such, and
are not permitted to settle with paying the poll tax (jizya) ) (n:
though according to the Hanafi school, peoples of all other religions,
even idol worshippers, are permitted to live under the protection of
the Islamic state if they either become Muslim or agree to pay the poll
tax, the sole exceptions to
which are apostates from Islam and idol worshippers who are Arabs,
neither of whom has any choice but becoming Muslim (al-Hidaya
sharh Bidaya al-mubtadi’ (y21), 6.48-49) ).
- 9:29. Fight
against those who (1) believe
not in Allâh,
(2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden
by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the
religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among
the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with
willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
- The Order to fight People of the Scriptures until They
give the Jizyah
- This honorable Ayah was revealed with the order to fight the
People of the Book, after the pagans were defeated, the people entered
Allah’s religion in large numbers, and the Arabian Peninsula was
secured under the Muslims’ control. Allah commanded His Messenger to
fight the People of the Scriptures, Jews and Christians, on the ninth
year of Hijrah, and he prepared his army to fight the Romans and called
the people to Jihad announcing his intent and destination.
- O9.8: The Objectives of Jihad
The caliph (o25) makes
war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians
(N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and
practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social
order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o11.4)
-which is the significance of their paying it, not the money
itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O:
and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the
non-Muslim poll tax (O: in accordance with the word of Allah Most High,
“Fight those who do not believe
in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His
messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth,
being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax
out of hand and are humbled” (Koran 9.29),
the time and place for which is before the final descent of Jesus (upon
whom be peace). After his final coming, nothing but Islam will be
accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until
Jesus’ descent (upon him and our Prophet be peace), which is the
divinely revealed law of Muhammad. The coming of Jesus does not entail
a separate divinely revealed law, for he will rule by the law of
Muhammad. As for the Prophet’s saying (Allah bless him and give him
“I am the last, there will be no prophet after me,”
this does not contradict the final coming of Jesus (upon whom be
peace), since he will not rule according to the Evangel, but as a
follower of our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) ).
Allah said “fight them… until”. Not those who
attack you; them.
The smug, smarmy, self-righteous Muslim, convinced of the superiority
of his demon and himself, while substituting his anus for the brain
Allah has eaten, supposes us to be so stupid, ignorant and indolent
that we can neither discover nor comprehend objective factual
reality. There is no greater arrogance than that which asserts
that offensive conquest is harram!
Defensive jihad is covered in Surahs Surah Al-Hajj 22:39
and Al-Baqarah 2:190.
In Reliance, O9.0 defines jihad as war against non-Muslims. O9.1
defines the communal obligation. Offensive jihad is fard kifaya, only
defensive jihad is fard ayn. The minimum requirement is one
ghazwat in every year, without which, if it were possible, all who know
of it are sinners.
O9.1: The Obligatory Character of Jihad
is a communal obligation (def: c3.2). When enough people perform it to
successfully accomplish it, it is no longer obligatory upon others
(O: the evidence for which is the Prophet’s saying (Allah bless him and
give him peace),
“He who provides the equipment for a
soldier in jihad has himself performed jihad,”
and Allah Most High having said:
“Those of the believers who are unhurt but
sit behind are not equal to those who fight in Allah’s path with their
property and lives. Allah has preferred those who fight with their
property and lives a whole degree above those who sit behind. And to
each, Allah has promised great good” (Koran 4:95).
none of those concerned perform jihad, and it does not happen at all,
then everyone who is aware that it is obligatory is guilty of sin, if
there was a possibility of having performed it. In the time of
the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) jihad was a communal
obligation after his emigration (hijra) to Medina. As for subsequent
times, there are two possible
states in respect to non-Muslims.
The first is when they are in their own
countries, in which case jihad (def: o9.8) is a communal obligation,
and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, “Jihad is a
communal obligation,” meaning
upon the Muslims each year.
The second state is when non-Muslims invade a Muslim
country or near to one, in which case jihad is personally obligatory
(def: c3.2) upon the inhabitants
Exactly what part of that does Anonymous not
comprehend? Perhaps Al-Shafi’i can clarify it for him.
least that the imam must do is
that he allow no year to pass without
having organised a military expedition by himself, or by his
parties, according to the Muslims’ interest, so that the jihad will
only be stopped in a year for a (reasonable) excuse.”
- The destruction of the
incurred by infidels, although they be not the first aggressors,
appears from various passages in the sacred writings which are
generally received this effect.
- War must be carried on
against the Infidels, at all times, by some party of the Muslims
The anonymous liar says that offensive conquest is harram. Allah, Moe
& the jurists say it is required. Whom do you believe?
Dhimmis are not permitted to build or maintain
churches, display crosses, ring bells or pray aloud in public.
See Reliance O11.5.
No Muslim country has followed shariah
Oh? Since when are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia &
Iran not Muslim? What is the primary source of law in the
Constitutions of Afghanistan & Iraq?
Anonymous, your comment was not only published, it
has been blogged; refuted point by point with ample evidence from
Islam’s canon of scripture, tradition, exegesis &
jurisprudence. May the Almighty Creator grant you a moment of
insight and an hour of sanity so that you can free yourself from
slavery to Satan.
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