Friday, 29 August 2014

CII Interview: Time to speak up against the Muslim betrayers of Gaza

 Below is transcript by Br Ebrahim Moosa of the end part of the interview he conducted with me  on 26 Aug 2014.

It has also been reproduced by Jamiatul Ulama KZN

At the time of this post I am not aware of a full podcast being available yet.


 سليمان الكندي
 Twitter: @sulayman_Kindi

 

Time to speak up against the Muslim betrayers of Gaza


Ebrahim Moosa – Cii News | 28 August 2014/02 Dhul Qa’dah 1435
The Egyptian regime role in the siege of the Palestinians in Gaza is an oft-neglected dimension of the suffering of the Palestinians and urgently needs to be addressed by Muslims, Cii Radio has heard.
Describing the response of solidarity activists as possibly tantamount to a double standard, scholar and author Moulana Sulaymaan Kindi told Ulama In Focus that Gaza was not only hemmed in by Israel but also by a ‘Muslim’ country, Egypt.
“How utterly shameful that a so-called Sunni Muslim country is part of the siege against the Palestinians that food, supplies, medicine is not reaching these people – innocent women and children, civilians – not because of a Zionist siege on Gaza, but because Sisi’s Egyptians have blockaded Gaza,” he said.

Kindi opined that Saudi Arabia bore a direct responsibility for this state of affairs due to its bankrolling of the oppressive Egyptian regime.

“Who put Sisi in power?” he asked. “Who has donated 20 billion US dollars to organise the coup that removed a pious Muslim Mohammed Morsi?”

Kindi drew attention to a series of  “disgusting and nauseating” recent pronouncements relating to Gaza emanating from the Saudi royals.

“King Abdullah made a public statement of August 1 that the massacre in Gaza was caused by Hamas. Non Muslims, Jews have shed tears – even gone in the streets condemning the massacre of the Palestinians – and this man, ruler of the Haramain, can blame Hamas?” he asked in disdain.
He further slated the Saudi monarch for endowing a medal of honour to the Egyptian strongman, even while Gaza was being relentlessly bombed.

“A medal of honour for laying siege to Muslims?”

Kindi said Muslim activists would often cite sentiments from Western politicians of the ilk of Madeline Albright(regarding the genocide in Iraq) as evidence of callousness, but inadvertently turn a blind eye to those Muslims who are part of the nexus.

“Which country allowed the siege of Iraq and allowed half a million Muslim children to starve – the same Saudi family which takes its orders from America.”

He said efforts to isolate and boycott Israeli supporting entities in South Africa and worldwide should be commended, but other parties complicit in the oppression of Palestinians should be punished too.
“Why does nobody mention our Muslim brothers laying siege to Gaza, and the Muslim Saudis sponsoring to the tune of 20 billion US dollars to help massacre the Palestinians. This is a double standard..why do we keep quiet on one wrong, and we go all out on others? This is a wrong that can be rectified.”

Kindi added the Saudi regime only existed because of the goodwill and quiet of Muslim organisations and individuals who take finance and “free Hajj tickets” from the royals.

“A little pressure Insha Allah can go a long way to reforming them or removing them,” he said. “But silence is simply not the answer”

Monday, 25 August 2014

CII Interview: Crusades and current situation

 Br @ebrahim_moosa of Channel Islam International will interview me on Tuesday night, 26 August 2014. Topic: Crusades and current situation. Time: 20:30-21:30 GMT+2

سليمان الكندي


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Friday, 22 August 2014

Radio Islam Podcast: Muslim in Crisis

Podcast of Panel discussion on Radio Islam held on 15 August 2014. Mawlana Muhammad Kara hosted Mawlana Yusuf Abed and myself.
Questions which were posed to me:
  • What are your reflections on the current situation Mulsim across the world?
  • Gaza, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and other parts of the Muslim World are in turmoil and chaos   –  Do we need to use divine logic to make sense of events.
  •  We receive most of our information from western media outlets.  Are most people being given the correct representation of what is really happening?
  •  Is there an Ideological vacuum within the Muslim Ummah?
  • There has been rising elements of ‘extremist’ in certain parts of the Muslim World. Are they causing more damage?
  •  What directives have Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam given us - as to how we should conduct ourselves at the times of Fitna?
  •  How should the Muslim Ummah be responding to the current crisis?
سليمان الكندي

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

When Muslims deny their wrongs



A comment on my article on the abuse of Muslim woman
http://kindi313.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/shattering-the-glass-vessels-of-the-nabi/#comment-151


Assalamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullah Hadhrat,
You addressed an excellent point, which concerns me for a long time now. Maybe you can help me further expand my thoughts on it. Whenever Muslims are faced with any type of criticism, we witness too often that the first reaction is complete denial. Rather than acknowledging that the global Muslim community are really plagued by serious issues. Often we hear in our communities defensive arguments like “When a Muslim does a crime Islam is blamed and when a Jew/Christian does the same his religion is not made an issue.” There definitely exist people in whos interest it is to portray Islam in a bad and evil way and install hatred for Islam and Muslims, but is this situation not (partially) also our fault? Muslims today after committing most heinous crimes, take the cheap letout of abusing Islam to defend themselves and their crime. This trend according to my limited observations is only common amongst lay Muslims – not Jews or Christians.
I wish we as a Muslim community could rise up to the challenge and tell the rest of the world, that we are able to sort out the black sheep amongst us ourselves. We are not in need of their false understanding of liberty and freedom to solve our own issues. Maulana, so what was the way the Ummah used to sort out the black sheep amongst them in the past? I really wish you can further elaborate on this point…

REPLY

Wa ‘alaykumus salām wa Raḥmatullāhi wa Barakātuhu

Although the problem you refer to is collectively found in the global Muslim community, ultimately every collective problem has individual roots. If Muslims individually refuse to acknowledge their errors – which is the first step in repentance – such an attitude will obviously reflect on a collective basis. If one chooses to look at matters the other way around, and say that it is a top to down problem, that having leaders with such an attitude problem will reflect upon the community, I would reply that leaders do not come out of a void. The community produces the scholars and leaders. I have witnessed people of knowledge placing far greater emphasis on their home values and traditions (which might even be good values) to a far greater extent than what they place on the commands of Allāh and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم . Then there are issues of ego and human weakness which we all suffer from and which lead to the current discussion. Perhaps this quality of being honest when wrong is a quality Muslims should consider when choosing their leaders. Thus it still boils down to individuals choosing the right or wrong paths. 

In response to your question on how Muslims acted in the past, the fact is that Muslims have acted correctly in this regard and also incorrectly. Obviously I cannot mention great details, so shall suffice with the examples of those whom we should follow.

Since the dawn of time


There have always been personalities and leaders who have erred. Some immediately admitted their errors; whilst others vilified and opposed those who spoke the truth. This is not just in our recent history, but since the dawn of time. The first to rebel against Allāh was Satan when he refused the command to bow to our father, Ādam عليه السلام . The door to repentance was not closed. Yet Satan showed an example which our leaders and community still follow – justify the wrong!
قال أنا خير منه خلقتني من نار وخلقته من طين
He said, “I am better than [Ādam]. You created me from fire and You created him from earth.” [al-A‘rāf]

It is our father, Ādam عليه السلام  who showed us the correct example of what to do when we commit a mistake. We admit it!!!
قالا ربنا ظلمنا أنفسنا وإن لم تغفر لنا وترحمنا لنكونن من الخاسرين
[Ādam and his wife] said, “O our Cherishing-Lord! We have certainly wronged ourselves. If You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we shall surely be amongst the losers.” [al-A‘rāf]

Which example do the Muslims follow? Self-justification or admission of wrong? 

(A slight diversion – neither the Qurān nor even the Christian scriptures mention what Ādam عليه السلام  ate. The myth of the apple was popularised in European art. This is just another example of our mental subservience).  

Other Prophets


For the Qurān to give us a single example should suffice. Yet the point is emphasised not just in commands to repent, but through several examples of the pure Prophets. These elevated personalities committed no sin.  Yet even upon uttering a word or acting in a way less to their station, they immediately turned to Allāh in repentance. For example, Nūḥ عليه السلام  interceding for his disbeliever son when all the disbelievers had been condemned and Yūnus عليه السلام  leaving the people of Nineveh without explicit instruction from Allāh. 

The greatest Prophet


The biography of Muḥammad صلى الله عليه و سلم  shows an example to the Muslims of a leader who is not shy to declare that his decision might not have been the best. For example, he was advised that there was a better placement for the Muslim camp at Badr than what he had commanded. Allāh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم  agreed and changed his decision. Similarly his inviting the chiefs of Quraysh to Islām, when an ordinary Muslim sought his attention was no wrong deed, but ‘Abdullāh bin Umm Maktūm رضى الله عنه had far greater status in the sight of Allāh and Allāh revealed ‘Abasa

It is only the arrogant, who do not admit to mistakes, that will think that these incidents detract from the status of Muammad صلى الله عليه و سلم . They are blind to the fact that his humility in admitting when there was a better option to his first choice, only adds to his status and to him being the perfect paragon for all mankind.

He also taught us to help others when wrong.
عن أنس قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " انصر أخاك ظالما أو مظلوما " . قيل : يا رسول الله ، هذا نصرته مظلوما ، فكيف أنصره ظالما؟ قال : " تمنعه من الظلم ، فذاك نصرك إياه "

Allāh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Help your brother whether he is the oppressor or the oppressed.”
“O Messenger of Allāh,” someone asked, “He is to be helped when oppressed, but how do I help him when he is an oppressor?”
He replied, “Prevent him from oppression. That indeed is your help to him.” [al-Bukhārī]

His Companions


‘Umar رضى الله عنه  commanded that a woman be stoned to death and ‘Alī رضى الله عنه  advised him that that decision was wrong. ‘Umar رضى الله عنه  did not react the way we do, but remarked, “If not for ‘Alī, ‘Umar would surely have been destroyed.” This incident does not prove him a weak leader as the Rawāfiḍ would like us to believe, but shows him to be a human leader, capable of erring, but also humble enough to rectify himself as per the example he learnt from his master صلى الله عليه و سلم . Note also his use of the word, “destroyed.” He openly admitted that his hereafter could have been destroyed, and his appreciation to another Muslim who pointed out his error. 

I do not know of any similar incident in history to the following incident of Mu‘āwiyah رضى الله عنه  . During the final days of a truce with the Byzantines, he began advancing towards their territory with the intention of attacking as soon as the truce expired. Enemy territory was thus captured. An old man rebuked him that the march, even without attacking troops, was a violation of the word of the Muslims. Mu‘āwiyah رضى الله عنه  immediately admitted his error in interpretation and ordered a withdrawal, abandoning all the territory which had been acquired. 

A Rāfiḍī once “cursed” me, “You will be resurrected in the company of ‘Uthmān and Mu‘āwiyah.” I ask every reader to say Āmīn to that “curse”.

I do not see a change happening in the near future to the arrogant leadership Muslims live under. What we can do is adopt the attitude taught in the Qurān and Sunnah and which the pious inculcated in their lives.




سليمان الكندي

Twitter: @sulayman_Kindi

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Ataturk, Snowden & Dajjal - Age of Deception



QUESTION: 


requesting you to write something about #snowden , would like to hear your #perspective on the #issue, Insha'Allah


REPLY:
Your questions serve to reveal my ignorance. My reply is that I do not know the reality of this man. However, as you enquired on my perspective I shall share some thoughts on how I view current events.

The past century of deception


In studying ancient history, I find that the question marks, the unknowns, are due to lack of records, sometimes deliberate. For example, if memory serves me right, it was almost 20 years ago that I looked up the voluminous Cambridge History of Persia. It details 5 millennia of history, yet is mysteriously silent on the details of 1502 when Shāh Ismā‘īl proclaimed the land Rāfiḍī. It bothered me that there was no names to the regents ruling Persia in the name of the psychopathic butcher little boy. (Yes, I probably started reading at birth and my childhood spent in reading upset my mother for some reason).  Yet as we approach our own times, when the minutest statistic is recorded, question marks and confusion increase rather than decrease. We are living in the age of deception. To me it appears that there was a growing trend of deceptive history round about WWI. The trend keeps amplifying and will probably reach a peak with the appearance of Dajjāl. I do not believe that he will appear in all his evil in sudden bang. Rather, his followers have laid the foundation for his deception and confusion for at least a century. Thus many events cannot be fully analysed at the moment. It is only in hindsight that the truth can be ascertained.

The demonic entity known as Ataturk


Turkey provides a sad yet excellent example of the above. The demon Ataturk began his campaign in the name of Islām! He deceived the masses loyal to Allāh, who hailed his supposed victories as a return to the days of the Righteous Khulafā. Had we been living in those days and you asked my perspective, might I not have exhorted you to support the great servant of Islām, Ataturk?  It is only afterwards that he revealed his true colours, but some still refuse to discuss him being a Jew. It was also only after his death that analysts were able to piece together a picture showing the connivance of the British so-called enemy in allowing the demon to seize power.
Yet the Masons who ruled before him had set the groundwork. They were even more deceptive in their apparent zeal for Islām. Even the sincere scholars of the time thought them to be good Muslims and tried to cooperate with them in the Silk Letter Conspiracy. So again, this is an era in which it is very difficult to see through the fog. During my formal student days, I looked up to a certain scholar as the epitome of Muslim leadership. Today, my heart is convinced that he is in the pay of the CIA.

Who was Hitler?


Mainstream media, NOT conspiracy websites, carried a report in 2009 on the DNA tests on the skull which Soviet troops recovered from Hitler’s bunker. They revealed that the skull was in fact that of a woman under 40. In other words, it was not Hitler’s (unless something very bizarre was hiding under that moustache). In yet other words, Hitler did not die in the bunker. Yet every standard history book maintains the lie that he did. His rise to power, his false death and the fiction of the holocaust are events that have shaped our past century of deception and confusion. Never before have we had so much data and yet been so confused.

Snowden


I do not see any evidence for separating Snowden from this pattern of history. I am ill at ease with facts surrounding his story and how he magically has a new exciting story at opportune moments. That is my admittedly ill-informed perspective and as I said, I do not know the reality of this man.
 


 سليمان الكندي
Twitter: @sulayman_Kindi