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:
Firstly, we have already rebutted Mr Wintour for blindly following the militant secularists in their utilisation of terms by way of which they desperately seek to distort Islaam’s true reality, because there is no such thing as ‘Radical Islaam’. See here: https://salaficentre.com/2020/10/25/france-protecting-its-secular-values-against-radical-islaam-brief-rebuttal-against-a-guardian-journalist-called-patrick-wintour/
Secondly, what is Secularism?
Al-Allaamah Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami [rahimahullaah] said: “Secularism is clear disbelief. Its meaning is the advocacy to abandon all religions, whether Islam, Christianity or Judaism. Secularism is disbelief and the mother of all evil”. [Asbaab Al-Ijaabah: Cassette 2]
Therefore, after one is aware of the fact that this is the satanic creed and methodology of the militant secularists, then indeed we expect nothing but that which we have heard recently from the mouths of the French demagogues and ideologues. Their leader said recently:
“We will not give in, ever. We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We do not accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate. We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values”. [End of quote]
The above statement is nothing else but disguised immorality through sophistry, because indeed how can anyone condone insult directed at the noblest Prophet of the Lord of the heavens and earth, yet claims that he is on the side of human dignity and universal values! And what is even more amazing is that recently France recalled its ambassador to Turkey because they disapproved of the manner in which their president was addressed by the president of Turkey [may Allaah strengthen him and all the Muslim leaders], however these French demagogues and ideologues are the same ones who condone mockery directed at a Prophet of Allaah- showing their displeasure when rebuked by others, but supporting those who mock a Prophet of Allaah, and then seeking to justify such mockery by way of sophistry and adorned speech, saying, “We will not give in, ever. We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We do not accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate. We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values”. Indeed, this is nothing else but intellectual double standard, clear misguidance, disbelief and enmity – in the name of freedom of expression – towards the noblest Prophet, Muhammad [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam].
Allaah [The Exalted] said
وَكَذَٲلِكَ جَعَلۡنَا لِكُلِّ نَبِىٍّ عَدُوًّ۬ا شَيَـٰطِينَ ٱلۡإِنسِ وَٱلۡجِنِّ يُوحِى بَعۡضُهُمۡ إِلَىٰ بَعۡضٍ۬ زُخۡرُفَ ٱلۡقَوۡلِ غُرُورً۬اۚ وَلَوۡ شَآءَ رَبُّكَ مَا فَعَلُوهُۖ فَذَرۡهُمۡ وَمَا يَفۡتَرُونَ
And so We have appointed for every Prophet enemies – Shayaateen (devils) among mankind and jinns, inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion (or by way of deception). If your Lord had so willed, they would not have done it, so leave them alone with their fabrications.” [Soorah Al-An’aam: Ayah 112]
Allaah [Glorified Be He] stated that they aid one another in opposing the command of the Prophets with what some of them inspire others of adorned speech, so that the gullible and feeble minded people are misled by it. He [The Most High] stated the reason behind a perpetrator’s [adorned speech] and the reason why it is accepted by the people; then He [The Most High] mentioned [in ayah 113 Al-An’aam] the effects it has on those ignorant souls. When those souls incline towards such adorned speech and become pleased with it, they carry out what it calls them to do -in speech and action. Therefore, ponder upon these verses and the sublime meanings they convey, for they clarify the roots of false principles and alert a person against them. And if you ponder upon the statements of the people of falsehood, you will indeed find them clothed with expressions and presented in a good light with sophisticated terms, which are quickly accepted by those deprived of sound discernment-to the extent that the wicked sinners would give [good] names to the greatest types of wicked deeds. [Ref 5]
This is what the affair is in reality – an act of disbelief committed in the name of freedom of expression through sophistry and adorned speech!
The committee of senior scholars in Saudi [may Allaah preserve them] recently stated that it is obligated on wise people everywhere in the world to condemn the insults directed at the Prophet because they have nothing to do with freedom of expression or thought, and that these insults only occur due to intolerance and provides an easy opportunity to those people who carry extremist views.
Prime minister Imran Khan [may has strengthen him and all the Muslim rulers] also stated that sadly President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, including his own citizens, through encouraging the display of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam and our Prophet. Mr Macron could have shown a healing touch to deny space to extremists but had instead “chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists. By attacking Islam, clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked and hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe and across the world.
Indeed, All praise is due to Allaah, because 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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Finally, we quote the following reminder by Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee [hafidhahullaah] when this evil affair first occurred in 2006 – Translated by Shaikh Moosaa Richardson [hafidhahullaah]:
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee [hafidhahullaah] said:
All praises are due to Allah, and may Allah exalt the status of the Messenger of Allah and that of his family and his companions, and may He grant them peace.
As for what follows:
Some newspapers and other forms of media have spread hurtful, vicious information that could only emanate from the jealous, arrogant enemies of Islam and its Prophet (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace).
That conduct comprises a calumniation of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah and a distortion of his message by jealous individuals and Christian organizations, as well as envious and irresponsible columnists, like those who write for the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Its writers mocked the best of Mankind and the most distinguished of the Messengers, Muhammad (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace), the likes of whose nobility, honour, justice, and manners the earth has never known of. Neither has it known of a more complete and comprehensive message than his, nor a more just and merciful one.
It is a message that embraces belief in all of the prophets and messengers, honoring them and defending them from calumniation and defamation. It has also preserved an accurate history of the prophets, including Jesus and Moses. So whoever disbelieves in Muhammad and speaks of him in a derogatory manner has disbelieved in all of the prophets and disparaged of all of them.
Recently, some uncivilized miscreants made fun of the Prophet, drawing various pictures of him. Twelve despicable pictures, one of them portrayed him (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) wearing a turban resembling a bomb on his head.
We say to these criminals and their envious supporters in Europe and America: You are accusing others of your very own crimes!
Let it be known that never did Muhammad (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace), nor his righteous successors or any of his honorable companions, ever establish factories for even the most primitive of weapons, like swords and spears, let alone atomic bombs, long-range missiles, or any other weapon of mass destruction.
Never did Muhammad (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) build a single weapon factory. Rather, he was sent as a mercy for the entire creation, to guide all Mankind towards happiness in their worldly lives and in their hereafter, such that they fulfill their Creator’s right upon them, for it is He who created them to worship Him alone. Whoever rejects this is truly a criminal deserving punishment in this life and the next, by the Lord of all that exists, the Creator of this universe and its Master.
As for you- O claimants of civilization! You have constitutions and statutes that destroy upright moral character and permit all kinds of forbidden acts, the likes of fornication and sodomy, as well as usury which destroys the economies of entire nations.. These are some of the means which lead to ruin, and they have been prohibited in all of the prophetic messages.
As for bombs and all other weapons of destruction, war planes, tanks, and long-range missiles, you are the ones who engineered and manufactured them with your satanic minds that only think about transgression, animosity, oppression, attacking, tyranny, conquering entire races of people and enslaving them, spilling their blood, and usurping their natural resources. You think only about annihilating those who oppose you and stand in the way of your greedy aspirations, your oppression and spreading of hatred. All this wrapped up in the name of civilization, human rights, freedom, and justice!
All intelligent people know this about you. For your dark history is overflowing with uncivil and terrorist acts, a history recorded against you by both your enemies and allies alike.
Anyone who does not know this should read about your history and your occupation of numerous nations, or at least read the history and some horrible results of your two World Wars. For example, the number of fatalities in the First World War in Europe reached “More than 10 million, and they were the elite of their nations’ youth. And more than twice this number had incurred serious injuries disabling them for the rest of their lives.” [Refer to: At-Taareekh al-Mu’aasir: Uruubbaa minath-Thawratil-Fransiyyah ilal-Harbil-‘Aalamiyyaith-Thaaniyah, p.505. (Lit: Recent History, Europe from the French Revolution to the Second World War)]
The number of soldiers killed in the Second World War reached: “17 million, along with another 18 million civilian fatalities – all of them killed within a period of only five and a half years. Experts have estimated that the military expenses alone reached $1,100 billion, and that losses caused by the war reached the value of $2,100 billion. Added to this are the number of entire cities destroyed, the amount of earth scorched, the agriculture that was flooded, and the factories and plantations that stopped production, not to mention the number of livestock that were destroyed or lost.” [(Al-Harb al-‘Aalamiyyah ath-Thaaniyah by Ramadhaan Land, p.448-449) (Lit: The Second World War)]
The Hiroshima Bomb
Stated the author of the book, “al-Harb al-‘Aalamiyyah ath-Thaaniyah” (p.446-447) (Lit: The Second World War), “And perhaps it is appropriate to speak about this first atomic bomb. Let us relay what was reported directly from one of the Japanese in his interview with Marcel Junod, a representative of the Red Cross, speaking about the reality of this most frightening explosion. He said: …And suddenly there appeared these intense, muddy pinkish lights, accompanied by an unnatural tremor. This was immediately followed by an asphyxiating wave of heat and violent winds that ravaged everything in their path.
Within only a few seconds, thousands of people who walked the roads or sat in the city’s main streets were burned alive. A great number were then killed by the intense heat that spread all over. Others were left lying on the ground screaming in pain with deadly burns all over their bodies. Anything that had been at the point of impact – walls, homes, factories, and other buildings – was completely and totally annihilated, with all traces of these things sent hurling into the sky in a ghastly whirlwind. Trams were plucked from their steel tracks and flung as if they had lost their weight and substance. Trains were lifted off the ground along with their tracks as if they were mere toys. Horses, dogs, and livestock were all befallen with what befell the people. Every living thing had lost its life in one painful turn of events too difficult to describe. Trees were engulfed in blazing fires, rice fields lost their color, and farms crackled and burned away like dry straw.
As for the surrounding areas that escaped instant death: Homes were crumbled and only piles of wooden boards remained amongst bricks and stone foundations. Everything was crushed as if they were cardboard houses in a zone of destruction 10 kilometers in diameter. Those who survived found themselves totally surrounded by raging fires. The few people who managed to get to any type of shelter in time died painful deaths from gamma radiation within 20 to 30 days. By nightfall on the day of the blast, the blaze slowed down and then died out, finding nothing left to fuel it. Hiroshima had passed away into nothingness.”
These are some of the landmarks of your civilization that you sing and boast about, and become insolent towards Islam and its Prophet with. Yet you continue intensifying every form of oppression and corruption and you go on inventing more and more weapons of destruction, annihilation, and devastation, and this – by Allah – is the utmost limit of barbaric and animalistic behavior.
( Or do you think that most of them even listen or use their intellects?
They are only like cattle, rather, even more astray than that. )
[Soorah al-Furqaan 25:44]
So crown yourselves with your own bombs, including the Hiroshima bomb and its likes, and crown your leaders with them. Consider all other weapons of mass destruction as your fangs and claws that you use to prey upon wild animals and all of Mankind.
( And those who oppress shall see what kind of outcome overturns them. )
[Soorah ash-Shooraa 26:227]
Written by: Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Haadee ‘Umayr al-Madkhalee
1426/12/28 (corresponding to 2006/1/28)
In Defense Of The Prophet – A Response to the Danish Cartoons 2006 by Abu Khadeejah
[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 of Imaam Ibnul Qayyim: 2/438). Slightly paraphrased]