In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
A Brief Reply to a Blind Follower – at The Media Lane and Jerusalem Post – Called JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS And His Quotes From Julie Coleman, Dr. Michael Barak and Colin P. Clarke Regarding Integration, Extremism, Salafism, Salafists, The Muslim Brotherhood and Sufism
The main reason behind this rebuttal is due to the following statement quoted by Joshua Robbin Marks – the blind follower or slanderous shaytaan:
“The problem is that in Western Europe there is more penetration of radicals and also preachers from the background of the Muslim Brotherhood, or they belong to Salafism(a Sunni reform movement advocating force to re-establish a caliphate),” Barak explained. [End of quote]
First, we remind Joshua of the fact that it is obligated on a person to seek knowledge from its sound sources before speaking, so that one can distance himself from conjecture, speculation, distortion, exaggeration and blindly following so called experts, who confound truth with falsehood whilst speaking about Islaam, terrorism, radicalization, Salafiyyah etc.
Allaah [The Exalted] said:
وَلَا تَقۡفُ مَا لَيۡسَ لَكَ بِهِۦ عِلۡمٌۚ إِنَّ ٱلسَّمۡعَ وَٱلۡبَصَرَ وَٱلۡفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ كَانَ عَنۡهُ مَسۡـُٔولاً۬
And follow not that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).
[Surah Al-Israa. Aayah 36]
Allaah [ The Exalted] said: [إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا ٱلظَّنَّ وَمَا تَهۡوَى ٱلۡأَنفُسُۖ – They follow but a guess and that which they themselves desire].
Salafi Shaikh, Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr [may Allaah protect him] stated regarding this verse:
A tremendous benefit is derived from this verse and that is the fact that the person who is deprived of sound Islamic faith and creed is either corrupted in his knowledge or intent– corruption in knowledge occurs as a result of following conjecture and corruption in one’s intent occurs as a result of following desires or both of them maybe found in a person. Another benefit derived from this verse is that the rectification or well-being of a person cannot be attained except by way of two affairs: Upright knowledge and sincere intention. This is why Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated in Miftaah Daarus Sa’aadah that a person is in need of two things: ‘Sound Knowledge by way of which he is rightly guided and lofty aspiration by way of which he is urged towards that (sound aspiration), because it maybe that a person has beneficial knowledge, but he is deprived of sincere intent and sound aspiration. Therefore, one cannot be upright except by way of upright knowledge and intent. Sound knowledge is corrupted through following conjecture and sound intent is corrupted through following the desires of one’s soul. [Ref 1]
Therefore, JOSHUA and others must seek knowledge from its sound sources before speaking about Islaam, extremism, sects, Salafism and sufism, otherwise one will definitely fall into conjecture. This sound source of knowledge can only be acquired from the upright Salafi scholars and Salafi students of knowledge – neither from western ideologues and demagogues, nor from so called experts, otherwise one will definitely blindly follow or parrot the ideas and concepts of the era without thorough observation and study.
Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:
And when it is case that the true followers of the Prophets [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon them] are people of knowledge and justice, therefore the speech of the people of Islaam and the true adherents to the Prophetic Tradition regarding the unbelievers and the proponents of religious innovations has to be based on knowledge and justice – neither conjecture nor what the soul desires. And because of this, the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “The judges are three – one will go to Paradise and two to Hell. A man who knows the truth and judges with it will enter paradise, a man who knows the truth, but judges with the opposite will enter the fire, and a man who judges for the people based on ignorance will enter the fire’’. [Reported by Imaam Abu Dawud 3573]
And when it is the case that the one who judges between the people in affairs of wealth, blood [i.e. murder cases, physical violence etc] and honour will enter the hell fire if he is not a just scholar, then how about the one who passes judgements – without knowledge and justice – on creeds, religions, the fundamentals of belief, divine knowledge and the general fundamental principles related to different subject matters?! This is case regarding ahlul bidah wal ahwaa [the people of religious innovations and desires]- those who follow the ambiguous doubtful matters, abandon those explicitly clear texts that have transmitted by the Prophets [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon them], cling to affairs that share an ambiguous similarity by way of mere analogy and opinions, and then present affairs whose differences can neither be reconciled nor equated, just as is the case with the unbelievers, the proponents of religious innovation and followers of desires. [Ref 2]
In an article written by JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS dated NOVEMBER 6, 2020, he stated:
Quote 1: Joshua stated: Analysts who spoke to The Media Line a day after a deadly attack by a convicted Islamic State supporter in Austria’s capital of Vienna attributed multiple factors to the Islamist extremist violence seen in Europe recently but not in the United States.
Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, a dual Austrian and North Macedonian national, was shot dead by police Monday night, but not before killing four people and injuring 22 in the rampage, including a police officer who attempted to get in the way of the attacker, according to authorities.
The suspect was convicted in April of last year for attempting to travel to Syria to join Islamic State as a member and was released early from a 22-month prison sentence in December.
“Yesterday’s attack was clearly an Islamist terror attack,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said. Nehammer also referred to the suspect as an “Islamist terrorist.” [End of quote]
ISIS’s religious innovations and barbaric methodology is well-known to all Muslims who establish their religion based on clear proof, as opposed to the methodology of those who are submerged in ambiguity, speculation, exaggeration and misinterpretation.
As for Joshua’s statement regarding ‘Islamist extremist violence, Islamist terrorist, Islamist terror attack….’, then indeed these are expressions by way of which Joshua and his companions amongst the human devils seek to confound truth with falsehood, because indeed the words extremist, violence and terror cannot be attributed to Islam. Therefore, this necessitates that one seeks to acquaint himself with the meaning of the term Islamist. Who is an Islamist? Read here: islamist
Quote 2: JOSHUA stated: “There seems to be less integration amongst the Muslim communities in Europe than in the United States,” Julie Coleman, senior research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, told The Media Line. “Integration is not perfect in the United States, and this is not to say that anti-Muslim sentiment is not a problem in the US. But Muslim communities are not marginalized to the same degree as we see in many European countries.” Coleman added that Europe is seemingly caught up in a cycle where every time there is an attack perpetrated by an Islamist extremist, it increases anti-Muslim sentiment that makes integration harder and radicalization easier. It is the second- and third-generation European Muslims who are vulnerable to radicalization because they can feel alienated from the larger society and are exposed to incitement by religious leaders, Dr. Michael Barak, senior researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, told The Media Line”. [End of quote]
In the above there are few issues as follows: integration, anti-Muslim sentiment, the marginalization of Muslims in European countries etc
First, what is integration? It is the action or process of successfully joining or mixing with a different group of people. Therefore, if this is the meaning of integration, then indeed the religion of Islaam teaches the most perfect upright moral conduct whilst we are living with non-Muslims. Read here: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Living-with-Non-Muslims.pdf
As for the problem of marginalization and anti-Muslim sentiment, then it is not only Muslims who face discrimination, rather it is a problem in society. However, regardless how a Muslim is treated in Europe or any other place, he refers the matter to the state authorities – neither allowed to take the law into his own hands nor violate his covenant. Read here regarding what is obligated on a Muslim regarding covenants in Non-Muslim countries: covenant
Quote 3: JOSHUA stated: Barak said that in Austria, for example, there are Muslims living there mainly from Turkey, Albania and Bosnia who are listening to imams sent by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to several states in Western Europe who promote the Muslim Brotherhood ideology.
“The problem is that in Western Europe there is more penetration of radicals and also preachers from the background of the Muslim Brotherhood, or they belong to Salafism(a Sunni reform movement advocating force to re-establish a caliphate),” Barak explained.
“And in the United States there is also a movement of the Muslim Brotherhood but you can find in the United States also other players, Islamic players, that are trying to diminish or to counter the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood for example, and of course the Salafists,” Barak continued. [End of quote]
In the above quote, he mentioned the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafism, Salafists and Caliphate.
First, who are the Muslim Brotherhood? They are none else but a deviant sect that was founded by a Soofee called Hasan Al-Bannah: Must read here: http://www.ikhwanis.com/index.cfm
Second, what is Salafism and Salafists? Read here:
Third, what is Caliphate:
There is no doubt that the Khilaafah is from Islaam, however the methodology of the true Salafiyyah in this subject matter is different from that of the innovated methodology of ISIS, Daesh and their ilk. As for the statement that the Salafists are those who want to re-establish the Caliphate by force, then indeed this statement is enough to make a cat laugh. The one who utters this statement is either a very ignorant person or a wicked liar and a malicious slanderer – a spiteful enemy of Islaam who uses his pen to disseminate slander, deception and falsehood. Read here:
Quote 4: JOSHUA stated: Sufism is a moderate form of Islam that has been promoted by succeeding administrations since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“From the Bush Administration, we are witness to an increase of the Sufi school playing the role, particularly in the United States, of trying to counter the radical ideology of these radical movements,” Barak said.
Geography also plays a role in why violent Islamic extremism seems to be worse in Europe than in the United States, according to analysts, given that the US is separated from the Middle East and North Africa by the Atlantic Ocean. [End of quote]
In the above quote, Sufism has been suggested as an alternative by the deceitful demagogues, ideologues and ignorant writers. What is Sufism? First, read why the so-called experts want to replace the barbarism of the terrorists and radicals with the insanity of the Soofees, modernists and other deviants: origins
Then read regarding the evil reality of Sufism:
As for the terms ‘Islamic extremism’ and ‘violent extremism’, they are nothing else but a distortion, because the religion of Islaam is free from the extremism and violent behaviour of the terrorists of ISIS and their ilk. Read here:
The Khawarij Past and Present: ISIS Daesh in Iraq & Syria: Ibn Kathir (died 774 AH): If The Khawarij Ever Gained Strength in Iraq and Syria, There Would Be Mass Killing
Terrorism Is Never Islamic: A Refutation of Terrorism Based on the Texts of the Quran and Sunnah, and the Sayings of the Scholars (eBook)
The Islamic Condemnation of Extremism and Terrorism. An eBook presentation for non-Muslims and for Da’wah.
The above information is enough to expose those spiteful liars and slanderers who claim that Salafists are those who want to re-establish the Caliphate by force.
Also, although Joshua did not make a statement regarding so-called non-violent extremists, however this is another term utilised by the spite slanderers. Read here: nonviolent
Quote 5: JOSHUA stated: “Given Europe’s geographic proximity to the Middle East and North Africa, there have been large numbers of European Muslims that have traveled to Iraq and Syria as foreign fighters. This in and of itself has a radicalizing component, especially if there is cachet that comes with joining a group like al-Qaida, ISIS, or any of their affiliates,” Colin P. Clarke, an adjunct senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation whose research focuses on terrorism, insurgency and criminal networks, told The Media Line.
Even though the so-called experts, the demagogues, ideologues, the spiteful and slanderous journalists seek to defile the Salafi methodology, however it is well-known that the Salafi scholars and students of knowledge were the first people to refute ISIS’s call to Jihaad, because the stance of the Salafi towards Jihaad in our present era is well-known. Read here:
So, yes indeed joining ISIS and their ilk is a path to extremism and terrorism, however the spite slanderers, deceitful journalists and ideologues desperately seek to either misconstrue Salafiyyah or associate them with violence, or seek to categorise them into groups. All this is a handiwork of the devil, because Salafiyyah and Salafists are nothing else but followers of the Qur’aan, the authentic Prophetic Tradition and the understanding of the disciples of the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] – free from ISIS, Daesh, Jabhat An-Nusra, the soofees and all other deviant sects and groups. Read here again:
Also you’ll hear the term Wahhabism or Wahhabis from the mouth of every deviant, ill-informed journalist or deceitful so called experts on terrorism and extremism – whether Muslim or non-Muslim. See here:
The Wahhābī Myth lecture by Abu Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him]
Indeed, after referring to all the links provided, you’ll realise that Mr JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS is either a blind follower who parroted everything he heard or he is just another shaytaan amongst humankind who is seeking to confound truth with falsehood.
Finally, Our Mashaayikh in the West are well known for their staunch stance against the extremists and terrorists. Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [hafidhahullaah] has already clarified this matter five years ago.
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
We are innocent of the deeds of the terrorists and the immoral cartoonists
Must read this book:
To be continued InShaaAllaah
[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Sharh Kitaab At-Tawheed. Lesson 4. Slightly paraphrased]
Ref 2: An Excerpt from Al-Jawaabus Saheeh Liman Baddala Deenul Maseeh. 1/26-30. Slightly paraphrased]