In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Allaah [The Most High] said:
يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ
They want to extinguish Allaah’s Light with their mouths [i.e. the Qur’an, the pure Islamic monotheism and the guidance Allaah sent Muhammad with] but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the disbelievers hate (it). [Soorah At-Tawbah: Ayah: 32]
Imaam Ibn Katheer [rahimahullaah] said:
They want to extinguish that which Allaah sent His Messenger with of guidance and the religion of truth, merely by way of their arguments and fabrications; so their example in this is that of one who wants to extinguish the light of the sun or the moon by way of blowing at [them] and this [person] can never achieve this. [Ref 1]
Imaam as-Saa’di [rahimahullaah] said:
The light of Allaah is His Religion [i.e. the religion Allaah chose for mankind], which He sent the Messengers with and due to which He revealed the Books. Allaah called it light because it gives light in the (midst) of the darkness of ignorance and the false religions, because it is knowledge of the truth and action upon truth. And that which is other than it is its opposite. [Ref 2]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:
When a proof that supports the truth is manifested and the one who wants to repel it finds no way of doing so, he refrains from mentioning it and thus becomes a silent devil, and sometimes he distorts it. Distortion is of two types: Distorting words and distorting meanings. Distorting words is when one utters a word in a context in which it does not establish the truth – either adding to the word or omitting something from it, or substituting it with something else- to the extent that the listener is made to believe something, whilst something else is intended by it. This is one type of distortion.
The second type of distortion is related to meanings – distorting the wording; giving it an interpretation that is not intended by the one who uttered it and pretending not to know its unintended meaning; or dropping other meanings intended by it etc. Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَإِن تَلۡوُ ۥۤاْ أَوۡ تُعۡرِضُواْ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرً۬ا – and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do]. [Ref 3]
Allaah [The Most High] said:
وَلَا تَلْبِسُوا الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُوا الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth while you know (the truth). [2:42]
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:
Allaah forbade us from mixing truth with falsehood, and thus leading to concealment of the truth. Mixing truth with false is by mixing the two until one of them is confused for the other. This is forgery and deceit by way of which what is made apparent is the opposite of what it is in reality. Likewise, when truth is confounded with falsehood, the culprit manifests falsehood in the image of truth and speaks with a statement that carries two meanings- a correct meaning and false meaning, so the listener is under the illusion that the speaker intends the correct meaning, whilst he intends the corrupt meaning. [Ref 4]
In an article written by Patrick Wintour dated 25 October 2020 regarding a dispute between the Muslim president of Turkey [may Allaah strengthen him and all the other Muslim rulers] and the French Militant Secularists [may Allaah guide them or protect us from their kufr], he stated:
Noble brothers and sisters, it is very important that these reporters either seek knowledge in order to stop speculating or at least refrain from manifesting their repugnant ignorance when speaking about the only infallible religion and way of life until the day of judgement. Islaam can never be described as ‘Radical’ nor is there an Islam called ‘Radical Islaam’.
The word ‘Radical’ in the English language means ‘Believing or expressing the belief that there should be great or extreme social or political change’.
Observation: There is no doubt that the one who ‘believes or expresses the belief that there should be great social or political change’ is not considered blameworthy in the sight of the Creator of the heavens and the earth if he pursues such a change based on the methodology of the Prophets. http://www.troid.org/media/pdf/methodology.pdf
Indeed, the Prophets and Messengers of Allaah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon them], such as Nooh, Ibraaheem, Moosaa, Eesaa and Muhammad brought great changes and well-being, even though their opponents slandered, vilified and mocked at them, and even plotted to kill them. In the view of those hostile polytheists, the great changes desired by these noble Messengers – based on the commands and prohibitions of their Lord – was considered unpraiseworthy, radical and extreme, even though no sane person agreed with their absurd claims. Islaam cannot be described as radical, even though Mr Wintour and many of his colleagues amongst the ignorant devils seek to slander Islaam. Indeed, what is expected from sensible, well-informed and honest reporters is that they use the word radical on its own when either describing terrorists or those who take the law into their own hands whilst pursuing political change, because Islaam is completely free from the actions of such people – those brainwashed by ISIS, the far right and other lunatics.
Therefore, there is no such thing as Radical Islam, rather it is a lie and fabrication of the militant secularists and atheists- those who utilise this term to propagate falsehood about Islaam, as well as innovate false concepts by way of which they seek to vilify the religion of Islaam in the name of fighting extremism and radicalism. Indeed, it is incumbent upon Mr Wintour and his ilk to stop making haphazard attempts to defile the word ‘Islam’ whilst using the Kharijites (terrorists) to disguise their malicious attacks. The Sunnah of the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] is free from every falsehood and blemish, because it is revelation from The All-Wise Creator. The Sunnah commands us to establish a society based on Islamic monotheism and piety, and forbids from everything that is detrimental to society, whether Mr Wintour accepts it or not, and may Allaah guide him to that which is correct Aameen.
Also, Mr Wintour and his companions amongst the slanderous devils should know that the scholars of Islaam [may Allaah have mercy upon them] have addressed this subject matter regarding terms.
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said:
The basis of Banee Aadam’s misguidance is as a result of ‘General Terms’ and ‘Ambiguous Meanings’ [i.e. terms & meanings which can either be utilised for truth or falsehood when not explained in detail and distinguished], especially if they come in contact with a confused mind, then how about when [evil] desires and misguided enthusiasm is added to that? Therefore, ask the One Who keeps the hearts steadfast [i.e. Allaah] to keep your heart firm upon His Religion and not allow you to fall into this darkness. [Ref 5]
The basis of a person’s Islaam is to testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi- wasallam] is the Messenger of Allaah, to believe in Allaah, declare that Allaah is One without partner, obey Allaah’s commands, keep away from what Allaah has forbidden and single out Allaah in worship. And safeguarding this path [necessitates] the prohibition of every expression [term or word] that contains Shirk Billaah [i.e. ascribing partners to Allaah] or Kufr, or will lead to one of the two. [Ref 6] In the Qur’aan, there are many words that are utilised to rebut the words [or terms] that are in opposition to the call of the Messengers, the revelation that was revealed to them and the truth they brought. [Ref 7]
One of the general fundamental principles [in Islaam] is to know that words [or terms] are two types: Words that are mentioned in the Qur’aan and [authentic] Sunnah, therefore, it is obligated on every believer to affirm them – affirm what Allaah and His Messenger have affirmed, and negate what Allaah and His Messenger have negated. The words [or terms] affirmed by Allaah is truth and the ones Allaah negated are [negated] in truth, for indeed Allaah speaks the truth and guides to the straight path. The words [or terms] of the Sharee’ah are sanctified, and it is from perfection in knowledge that one seeks after the [sound meanings] which the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasalam] intended by them, in order to affirm what he affirmed and negate the meanings he negated; for indeed it is obligated on us to believe and bear witness to everything he has stated and follow him in everything he has commanded.
As for the words [or terms] that are neither found in the Qur’am and [authentic] Sunnah, nor did the Salaf hold a consensus regarding whether they are negated or affirmed, then it is not incumbent on anyone to agree with the one who negates them or affirms them until its intended meaning is explained. So, if its intended meaning agrees with the [revelation, commands, prohibitions etc] conveyed by the Messenger, it is affirmed; but if its intended meaning is in opposition to the [revelation, commands, prohibitions etc] conveyed by the Messenger, it is rejected. [Ref 8]
Finally, we remind Mr Wintour and his companions amongst the slanderous devils that despite the fact that the militant secularists – the cartoonists hiding behind freedom of expression – are an immoral people who harbour hatred in their hearts towards the noble Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam], however we deal with them justly, neither harm nor slander them, even though they commit one of the greatest crimes.
As for those who commit violent acts or take the law into their own hands whilst seeking to show their disapproval against the cartoonists, militant secularists and fake proponents of freedom of expression, then indeed Islaam is free from their actions, because their path is a satanic one innovated by the kharijites (terrorists) – ISIS, Jabhat An-Nusra and those influenced by them. This is why our Mashaayikh in this west constantly refute and condemn the un-Islamic actions of those who unlawfully murder their fellow citizens in the name of Islaam. Indeed, the people of Sunnah are innocent of the misguidance of both groups – the militant secularists who belittle the noble Prophet of Allaah and the khaarijites (terrorists) who commit murder. Refer to articles below:
The Salafi Response To The Terrorist Attacks In Paris, France: “Were they forbidding an evil?
Living With Non-Muslims In The West
Informing The Authorities Of Terrorist Plots
Finally, we are free from the misguidance of the khaarijites terrorists and the Militant Secularists.
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[Ref 1: End of quote: See Al-Misbaah Al-Muneer Fee Tahdeeb Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
[Ref 2: Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan]
[Ref 3: An Excerpt from Badaa’i At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim’ Vol 1, page 124. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 4: [Source: Badaa’i At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim’ Vol 1, page 124. Abridged and slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 5: An Excerpt from ‘As-Sawaa’iq Al-Mursalah Alal Jahmiyyah Wal Mu’attilah’ – Vol 3. page 927. slightly paraphrased]
[Ref 6: Excerpt from ‘Mu’jam Al-Manaahee Lil Laf’dhiyyah’ page 34. slightly paraphrased. Publisher: Daar Al-Aasimah. 3rd edition 1996]
[Ref 7: Excerpt from Mu’jam Al-Manaahee Lil Lafdhiyyah’ page 10. slightly paraphrased. Publisher: Daar Al-Aasimah. 3rd edition 1996]
[Ref 8: Excerpt from Mu’jam Al-Manaahee Lil Lafdhiyyah’ page 17. slightly paraphrased. Publisher: Daar Al-Aasimah. 3rd edition 1996]