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The Muslim Brexit: What Now?

Following the panic that ensued when the Brexit vote results were announced, the tide has calmed and reflective analyses are slowly being formed. One question circulating the forums is what the likely impact of the vote to leave the European Union will be on the Muslim Communities here in the UK. I use the word communities not in a negative way but as an acknowledgement of the diversity that exists between us.

It is easy to say that the Brexit was a vote against uncontrolled immigration and of course there is a plethora of other reasons but some of these prominent arguments for Brexit are underpinned by a pernicious ideology which raised it ugly head during the debates leading to the June 23rd vote and for some time after the result was announced.

A colleague, friend and fellow journalist of mine, Dilly Hussain, mentioned to me, “Not everyone that voted Brexit was a racist, but every racist voted Brexit.” I was struck by his comment. Sadly, racism and Islamophobia manifested itself in the circle of hate that we saw in the aftermath of the decision. Certainly, a racist ideological stance is not present in every white British person or every non-Muslim, it would be absolutely ridiculous of me to suggest that this is the case and equally ludicrous for anyone to claim that this is what is being said here, but it is an ideology which I believe has significant traction in the corridors of power.

Brexit was as much about nationalism versus globalism as it was about repairing the fragile identity of some British people, perhaps it would be fairer to say some English people, and leaving the EU.  It is fair to say that it is never easy to accept or to see yourself as a diminished power. Losing the power you once had and enjoyed hurts. For some, the breakdown and loss of the British Empire has had a traumatic effect on their sense of worth and their sense of Britishness. We are constantly hearing about how things have changed; it is this perception of self, the nostalgic link to a lost empire and factors in this nationalistic ideology that spews racism and Islamophobia.

The slogan ‘taking back control’ was the beginning of the unspoken, jingoistic Donald Trump-like phrase ‘to make Britain great again’. What does making Britain great again even mean? We need only look to the architects of the Brexit campaign, Messrs Gove and Johnson, to better understand what their brand of ‘nostalgic nationalism’ means.

Let us look at what they have written about their own views and ideology and remember that Allāh tells in the Qur’ān,

“Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater.”[1]

Writing in his book, The Dream of Rome, the former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, wrote on the idea of empire: “it would be good to recapture that enormous public spirited creative energy of the Romans, to say nothing of the efficiency that allowed them to rule an empire of 80 million with 150 officials”.

Before I am accused of quoting Mr Johnson out context, let us take what he says about Britishness. He writes: “in the wake of Enoch Powell’s racist foray no one had the guts to talk about Britishness or whether it was a good thing to insist on a basic loyalty of immigrants to the country of immigration.”

“we need to acculturate the second generation Muslim communities to our way of life and end the obvious alienation they feel.”

I am not going to go into a great deal of interpretation and analysis, I would rather leave the readers to make up their own minds. I do, however, believe that this dream of empire remains and it is a nostalgic one peppered with colonial, racist undertones.

There is an entire list of directly racist statements that the Tories’ most popular MP has said. In 2002 he described black people as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles.” While occupying the role of Editor in The Spectator he wrote that blacks have ‘lower IQs’ and that Caribbeans were “multiplying like flies.” Johnson also famously asserted that Obama had an ancestral dislike of Britain because he was part Kenyan. At this point I would refer once again to Allāh’s words. What they have in their hearts is worse then what they say in their tongues.

I am reminded that the new government under Theresa May is one of the most right-wing governments that have been in power for some time. This is not to suggest that this ideology does not exist on the left. There are many from the Parliamentary Labour Party that proudly espouse nostalgic visions of empire. The Chilcot report, too, inadvertently addresses this idea of the lost Empire.

I would like to focus briefly on the discredited Michael Gove. His book, Celsius 7/7, employs Samuel Huntingdon’s and Bernard Lewis’ ‘The Clash of Civilization’ theory and describes global Islamism as a ‘totalitarian ideology’ threatening the West. Celsius 7/7 has been described as misleading and dangerous. Geoffrey Wheatcroft points out: “Gove’s Muslim bashing diatribe Celcius 7/7 is given to every lucky person who joins – The CFI (Conservative Friends of Israel).”

Crispin Blunt says of Gove’s book,

“You will find that people are driven into being black because they are invited to choose between black and white. That is to say, if there is a Trojan Horse subverting our values and helping terrorism then, perhaps, its name is Michael Gove.”

His ideas are best summed up by a school teacher who resigned her post when Gove was in charge of our education policy:

“Gove was unable to relate to anyone or any belief system outside of his very narrow range of experience, and yet, due to his changes, all young people in Britain (regardless of gender, ethnicity, class, or individuality) are now expected to relate to the white, middle-aged, upper-middle class values which he decided were the right values. There is, apparently, no literary merit in any writer beyond these boundaries… intellectual snobbery [is] soul destroying.”

What you should know is these are subliminal, underlying, covert and sadly overt messages that were being conveyed in the media during the Brexit campaign, its fruition and it has continued to underpin certain policies. The long and short of it is that Britishness, for the small percentage of the elite, is to exclude those who do not look British or those who cannot be acculturated into Britishness. Brexit has set the stage for this pernicious ideology to flourish and it threatens, more than ever before, the Muslim communities.

There are those who would argue that nothing will change as a result of the Brexit. Personally, I believe this to be wishful thinking. Brexit has already emboldened those who share this racist and Islamophobic ideology to commit more hate crimes than ever before and at every milestone you can expect this cancer to grow deeper and ever more pernicious.

The next milestone is triggering Article 50.

We need a strategy to deal with narratives that will continue to isolate, target and marginalise Muslim Communities.

What are the main principles of our strategy?

Our inspiration must forever be the words of Allāh and our beloved Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam). In many ways, the situation that we face is as that of the people in the early Medīnan period. Muslims had begun to arrive there from different parts of Arabia and found themselves under attack from the anti-Muslims. I use this phrase to differentiate between those who are non-Muslims but happy to coexist with Muslims and/or defend the rights of Muslims, and the anti-Muslims who would rather we went away.

Many have pointed out that Muslim-hatred exists all over the European continent. Indeed, there are those countries that ban hijāb or ḥalāl meat. I cannot, however, agree that by leaving the EU we can somehow avoid those laws coming to the UK with the belief that the British are more tolerant. The Brexit impact strengthens far-right politics and makes it more likely, not less, that Britain will move in such a direction.

We must devise a strategy.  By exploring the writings of Maulana Maududi we find, what I believe are, some 5 important calls to action:

The Community should work with the utmost zeal to propagate its ideology and win over to its side the greatest possible number of people.

It should expose its opponents so as to leave no room for doubt in the mind of any sensible person that they were adhering to an absolutely wrong position.

It should infuse in its members (the majority of whom were homeless and indigent and surrounded on all sides by enemies) that courage and fortitude which is so indispensable to their very existence in the adverse circumstances in which they were struggling and prepare them to face these boldly.

It should also keep them ready and prepared to meet any armed menace, which might come from any side to suppress and crush their ideology, and to oppose it tooth and nail without care for the overwhelming numerical strength and the material resources of its enemies

It should create in them that courage which is needed for the eradication of evil ways and for the establishment of the Islamic Way instead.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Al-Qur’ān, 3:118

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19 comments

  1. Sorry, spelling mistake noticed. Oops! Xenophobe, not zenophobe.

  2. Dear Khalid, “Take back control” means exactly what it says, not some cunning plot by professional politicians like Gove and Johnson, who were late-comers to Brexit, when most of us have been wanting it since the EU project ordered us not to burn leaves in our back gardens.
    Take back control simply means to take back control of our law-making and our borders.
    That doesn’t mean that we hate immigrants; I’m married to an East-African Sikh, who has 500+ relatives in this country, and they’re all welcome, as are all groups who do not threaten the cohesion of this nation. Whatever you say, this country is one of the most tolerant and free to live in worldwide (although it badly needs electoral and constitutional reform).
    Taking back control means getting control of our fishing grounds under law-of-the-sea regulations, so we have 100% possession, not about 30% as at present. Have you any idea how many £billions we have lost since, or how many fishing communities have been devastated since our stupid politicians handed our seas over to the Europeans?
    Take back control means stopping people like the pychopathic Balt, who already had one murder conviction, from coming here unchecked and murdering the girl on the canal in Brentford.
    Our immigration system is dysfunctional and unfair (eg our son and his partner who has a Phd cannot come to live here together from Taiwan because of ridiculous income conditions that she cannot achieve, even if they get married), but it could not be reformed to allow a more rational system until we got our country back
    Why is it that so many commentators accuse people with whom they disagree as phobic, eg “zenophobes”, “homophobes”, “Islamophobes”, maybe next “teddybearphobes” ? IT IS NOT NEUROTIC TO HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION TO OTHERS. A PHOBIA IS AN IRRATIONAL FEAR, NOT A PERSONAL OPINION.
    Finally I notice that your true agenda, openly admitted in the last sentence of your piece, is the “eradication” of opposition to the establishment of “the Islamic way”, which I assume is the “way” that most Muslim countries are governed at present, ie as theocratic, military, authoritarian or monarchistic dictatorships, with systematic persecution by Sunnis of Shias, and vice versa. Wonderful!

  3. bedayah w nahayah

    personnaly I am paying/giving back my credit card, no matter what. they keep sending it but I do not want it. so have it back.

  4. We seek refuge with Allah from the accursed devil and his whisperings.
    ‘In the name of Allah/the one and only God, the most Merciful , the most Gracious’
    Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth exalts Allah , and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
    O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?
    Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.
    Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly
    And [mention, O Muhammad], when Moses said to his people, “O my people, why do you harm me while you certainly know that I am the messenger of Allah to you?” And when they deviated, Allah caused their hearts to deviate. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.
    And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, “This is obvious magic.”
    And who is more unjust than one who invents about Allah untruth while he is being invited to Islam. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.
    They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.
    It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allah dislike it.
    O you who have believed, shall I guide you to a transaction that will save you from a painful punishment?
    [It is that] you believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is best for you, if you should know.
    He will forgive for you your sins and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence. That is the great attainment
    And [you will obtain] another [favor] that you love – victory from Allah and an imminent conquest; and give good tidings to the believers.
    O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah , as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, “Who are my supporters for Allah ?” The disciples said, “We are supporters of Allah .” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant.
    ‘As always Allah spoke the truth’

  5. Mr Br-entrance

    Bism Allah…..the most merciful, the most Gracious

    Allah Akbar! God the Greatest!

    Brothers and sisters…..sorry to say……but I was laughing/smiling….don’t know why!..most definitely not in a bad way!,,,main thing al-Hamdullah we all know the real joke is on them i.e. satan and the dupes and ultimately the last laugh is always best, whether here or on our thrones in the highest place. May we all have the best of endings. Ameen.
    As to the two parties of muslims…etc. In a way may it be soon. Just so that we can see/recognise the satanic sleeper/spy cells in our midst, whether at work or in our places of worship or where ever else.
    As to doing dawah, could anybody give any guidelines on how and what to do and what not to do in terms of spreading the message of the greatest gift we have ever been given i.e. the truth of Islam! Because, personally I have been thinking of some quite extreme unorthodox methods of doing so (-just for the record- I would like to state that I am not one of those who have been radicalised/ indoctrinated by any government cells-even though their policies are enough to make any one go mad and become radicalised-albeit, I conform to the idea that Islam is the way to peace and is a peaceful way of living).

    To the other side of the ocean- whether it will be a trumpnation/ or hilary nation..will it still be an obamanation?? ( sorry to mention songs, but that was from the sound of the struggle).

    May I ask a question? To what extent can things be taken? i.e. abu al-hikmah was called abu jahl /ignorance…etc. And as it advises us in the Quran not to insult what they falsely worship…etc, and sorry to be pessimistic myself too, and i am sure it is known, but we have not seen nothing yet…i.e. the insults and harm from the current day mushrikeen and what may start to pour out from what is in their darkened breasts. Allah al-Mustaaan ala ma yasifoon.

    As to those who may still remain here in Britain or in the west, it is true- we are going to have to have steady/ firm feet and plenty of patience and unity and supporting of one another…etc. As to anyone that may or may not leave or even get exiled- there’s the ending of abu Ayoob al-Ansari’s seerah to look forward to and also ubadah ibn samit’s wife’s seerah and even better and in no way lesser to be amongst, and Allah knows best in all things, but even if we return with our heads down and all wearing black hats/ caps and in-sha-Allah those cowards who are so brave as in surat al-Hasr who just push buttons and use mob rule mentality will be brought to justice once and for all. But even better, let us not under estimate the POWER and GLORY and SUBTLENESS of our MAKER, who is able to do a major taleef or mualafa of the hearts of the nation/s. Subhanak ya Allah, truly no matter what ma qadarnak ya Elah al kul.

    ‘No compulsion and no compromise’
    Let’s pray that al-Nasr w al-fath comes not just into the worlds but also in our own little worlds.Ameen.

    AStugfurAllah al-Hayy al-Qayuum w natoob elayhi (I seek forgiveness from Allah, the All Living the Independent Self Existing and we repent to Him alone).W salat w sallam ala al-mubaoth Rahmat lil alameen (and peace and blessings on the one sent as a mercy to the worlds-Our Beloved and soon to be the world’s Beloved –Muhammed p.b.u.h).

    peace

    • @Mr Br-entrance

      Your comment about Abu Jahl from Abu Hikmah.
      Abu Jahl was an exception, for example we all know Abu Sufyaan RA fought against the Muslim at Uhud, no derogatory name was given to him. Could name so many others, Khalid bin Walid RA
      Abu Jahl due to him being one of the strongest enemies of Islam was an exception to the rule. Meaning, we are not going to start making insulting names for people.
      We should have adab and the Messenger SWS and Sahaba RA had the best adab.

      You may find this of benefit In’sha’Allah

      Abu Jahl, Amr ibn Hisham was from the nobles of Quraysh; the same tribe as the Muhammad ﷺ. He was the flag bearer of disbelief and hatred towards Islam and Muslims. His hatred and enmity as to such an extent that the Muhammad ﷺ gave him the title of: ‘THE PHARAOH OF THIS UMMAH’.

      He was from the Banu Makhzum family and had great name and fame in all of Arabia for his generosity and hospitality of guests. He was also from amongst those elders to whom people turned to for solving issues and deciding their affairs.

      He was so respected and honored that the day of his death was made a public day of mourning and remembrance.

      Unfortunately, his motive for generosity and giving was a bit different. He wished to be the talk of the town and gain a position and status amongst the people.

      Abu Jahl means ‘father of ignorance’.

      It was well-known amongst the idolaters of Quraysh that Abu Jahl had the title of ABUL-HAKAM, the father of wisdom. This was what he was referred to in the special assemblies of the senior and elders of his tribe.

      The rule of these private assemblies was that a person had to be at least forty years old to be allowed to attend. But Abul-Hakam, at the age of 30 already attended them, because he had deep wisdom, intelligence and understanding which made the elders of Quraysh trust his opinion and relied on him as an elite member of their assembly.

      But when Muhammad ﷺ was chosen as the Messenger of Allah and sent to guide his people and the world from darkness to light, he became known as Abu Jahl: the father of ignorance.

      This title was given to him by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ due to his hatred, enmity and cruelty towards the message of Islam and the Muslims.

      Muhammad ﷺ disliked that a good title should be given to a wicked person and an evil title should be given to righteous person.

      Muhammadﷺ said, “It is only Allah who is the possessor of infinite wisdom and justice (and no one else is entitled to this name). To Him returns the final decision of all affairs.” [1]

      He ﷺ also said, “He who calls Abu Jahl (the father of ignorance) – Abul-Hakam (father of wisdom), then he has made a serious mistake. He should seek forgiveness from Allah for this.” [2]

      ● We learn from all of this that name and fame for the sake of worldly benefit and reputation is an evil quality that Allah dislikes.

      ● We learn that all actions should be done for the sake of Allah.

      ● We learn that wicked deeds deprives us having a good name.

      ● We learn that wealth and nobility cannot benefit us if we do not have faith and righteousness.

      ____

      F.N.

      [1] Abu Dawūd
      [2] Ansabul-Ashraaf

      ____

      SOURCE:
      Lessons From the Lives of Those Who Went Astray
      Lesson 4: Amr ibn Hisham

      • br-entrance trigger

        @Muslima
        Salaam alayki sister,

        Jezaki Allah kul khair.
        Main thing is that the real Hakeem/Hakaam..i.e. the WISE the JUDGE the JUST will send Jesus (peace be upon him) as just judge to judge/separate and implement their paraphrased quotation of luke 19:27.

        Your sincerely,

        Abu Harb if you wish…..as to fame or infamy..no one lives for ever…I certainly do not wish even to be here.

        Peace and love and harmony and may Allah’s love/luck and force be with us all.

      • br-entrance trigger

        sallam alaikom sister Muslima,

        #La howa w la Qowa ila billah..

        Please accept my apologies dear sister and anybody else. my reply above was..(……)! Apologies though. It may have been for one reason or another, i.e. what was written. But jezaki Allah kul khair for the dispensing of knowledge and reminder.
        may I remind not just me but you too. Obviously as you al-hamdullah mentioned actions should be for Allah’s sake alone and also intentions stem form them…etc. Sometimes, even though and probably…many intentions can be gathered. Thank you though for directing your reminder to my initial reply.

        generally speaking intentions as we know even by thought can be rewarded and even better if carried out.

        I have learnt and been re-reminded of many things. barak allah feeki manifold.

        sorry if the above does not fully express what I intend it to mean.

        Barak Allah feeki and may Allah guide me, you, the Ummah and those who Allah sees best to guide.

        sallam alaikom

  6. According to democracy persons would get both sides of the argument before making up their minds on any matter. Just to be clear, getting the Muslim point of view does not mean listening to godless immoral elements on the fringes trying to pass off their noise, gossip & innuendo as a serious contribution to the discourse. Let the tabloid gutter editors/ arrogants nazis & war mongers and their worshippers wallow in the gutter. As much as they would like to delude themselves that they are qualified to speak, we all know that they are not (sorry to bring you back to earth with a thud). So those looking to practise democracy might want to get both sides of the issue/ check out the Muslim point of view, before they take a view…. God bless.

    Must Read-Listen-Watch/ Recommended material:
    1. ‘Towards Understanding the Qur’an: Abridged Version of Tafhim Al-Qur’an’ by Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi (Author), Zafar Ishaq Ansari (Editor)/ Islamic Foundation, Markfield, UK.
    2. ‘The Quran’ – A new translation by M.A.S Abdel Haleem/ Oxford World Classics.
    3 ‘Muhammad – His Life Based on the Earliest Sources’ – Martin Lings/ The Islamic Texts Society
    4. ‘The Message’ – DVD/ Blu-Ray – Moustapha Akkad
    5. ‘The Bible Quran & Science’ – Dr Maurice Bucaille
    6. “An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith” – Ibrahim Izzuddin & Denis Johnson Davis
    7. ’30th Juz (section) of the Holy Quran’ – CD – Sheikh Muhammad Al-Minyaoui & Yusuf Islam.

  7. O Muslims – Keep Calm & Carry On. At the end of the day those godless/ satans dupes who are fool enough to weave a web of gossip & innendo only ensnare themselves in their own lies & immorality. Did the likes of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Sarcozy, Bush leave their offices on a postivie or in disgrace. Probably wasn’t a good ideas for the war mongers/ war criminals to make up lies about Islam/ Muslim. Probably wasn’t a good idea for the UK establishment to support/ sponsor international terrorism (Israeli state terrorism/ bombing of Palestinians/ Gaza for daring to ask for their lands & homes back. I am still waiting for the trials of the war mongers and terrorists that killed 2,000 Palestinian children since yr 2,000 for daring to ask for the lands & homes back). ‘The one who invents a lie about God fails miserably/ utterly/ abject.’ Quran(20:61)

  8. I was surprised to see Michael Gove put himself forward for PM. He has all the poise of a school boy just out of high school. I thought politics had hid rock bottom some time ago, but obviously I was wrong.

  9. MUSLIMS THE TRUE UK PATRIOTS: Those who fail to learn the lesson of history are doomed to repeat it. I would encourage UK Muslims to continue to be the true UK/ British Patriots and continue to work for securing the future of the country despite some shallow ill informed immoral godless elements chasing gossip & innuendo (ie. notiions that don’t stand up to scrutiny/ have no basis in truth/ facts).

    ‘And unto Midian (We sent) their brother/ fellow citizen, Shu’eyb. He said: O my people! Serve God. You have no other God apart from Him. Lo! a clear proof/ evidences have come to you from your Lord; so give full measure and full weight and wrong not people in their goods, and work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering thereof. That will be better for you, if you are believers. Lurk not on every road to threaten (wayfarers), and to turn away from Gods way him who believes in Him, and to seek to make it crooked. And remember, when you were but few, how He did multiply you. And see the nature of the consequence for the corrupters (those who spread disorder, chaos, tumult, oppression)! And if there is a party of you which believeth in that wherewith I have been sent, and there is a party which believes not, then have perseverance until God judges between us. He is the Best of all who deal in judgment. The leaders of his people, who were scornful/ arrogant, said: Surely we will drive you out, O Shu’eyb, and those who believe with you, from our township/ country, unless you return to our religion. He said: Even though we detest it? We should have invented a lie against God (by changing the definition of right & wrong) if we returned to your religion after God had rescued us from it. It is not for us to return to it unless God our Lord should (so) will. Our Lord comprehends all things in knowledge (ie the way of life God has proposed is the true way based on knowledge, insight, wisdom. It is balanced and sustaainable and in tune conformaty with deep universal truths and moral values). In God do we put our trust. Our Lord! Decide with truth between us and our folk/ fellow citizens, for you are the best of those who make decision. Yet the leaders of his people, who were disbelieving, said: If you follow Shu’eyb, then truly you shall be the losers. So the earthquake seized them and morning found them prostrate in their dwelling-place. Those who denied Shu’eyb became as though they had not ever dwelt there. Those who denied Shu’eyb, they were the losers. So he turned from them and said: O my people! I delivered my Lord’s messages to you and gave you good advice; then how can I sorrow for a people that rejected truth/ facts?’ Quran(7:85-93)

  10. MUSLIMS THE TRUE UK PATRIOTS; The conversation taking place in the gossip & innuendo circles of the gutter press and the extremist politicians is the same conversation that took place at the time of Noah (and the like) just prior to God calling time on the criminal, immoral, depraved elements in the society at that time. So the parallel is that Muslims/ Believers in God call the nation to belief in God and morality and salvation, the while the godess elements/ Satans dupes call the country to self destruct. Muslims are indeed the true UK/ British patriots as they endevour to save the country, the while the likes of extremist politicians (lack lustre, immoral, miss guided individuals such as Michael Gove and Borris Johnson) chase after shallow ideas and shadows that line the road to self destruct. I would like to congratulate and shake the hands of UK citizens of Muslim heritage for working to save the country from self destruct, even as some misguided godless individuals work for its destruction. It never ceases to amaze me that given the choice between Gods mercy/ forgiveness/ redmeptioin, and his justice/ wrath, that some would chose the latter over the former.

    ‘Not even God can sink this ship’ – Chief Engineer/ Titanic

    ‘Have perseverance on what they say (there is a lot of nonsense being banded about). Glorify your lord, and praise him before the rising of the sun & before its setting. Also, during periods of the night, and at the two ends of the day so that you might find solace/ inner peace.’ Quran(20:130)

  11. ameela momoniat

    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

    It’s my humble opinion, that, all of this Nationalism that you are referring came about a long time before any talk of Brexit. It started with the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. “Our boys at war” etc etc. Nothing like a good old war to get the masses patriotic! Especially the uneducated in our society. Like you said, they dream of the days gone by, when the British ruled the waves……???!!!

    And I personally, think all the hype and xenophobia of Brexit will die down, in time, when the reality of Brexit starts taking effect. There is going to be free movement, because they need free trade. So we are going to end up like Norway. No no big revolution, folks!

    And as for Muslims, we are the “enemy within” with or without Brexit. One more Paris like attack, and we will see a spike in Muslim attacks, aimed primarily at sisters, or an elderly man. They’re cowards and don’t have the minerals, to go after someone their own gender, size and age! They look for easy targets, pathetic cowards.

    And I hate to sound pessimistic, but, it’s only going to get worse. So you can sell out your religion or you can stand firm. There isn’t a third option.
    We know the Messenger صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم said, towards the end of time, there will only be two groups, iman and kufr. The munafiqeen will have abandoned a long time ago due to the hardships put upon Muslims. And we are witnessing that today, it’s not easy to find a Muslim upon the Qur’an and Sunnah nowadays. I miss the days when you could walk into a room full of Muslims and find like-minded people, those days are gone.
    And we also know, by sound ahadeeth, that there will always be a group of the Ummah upon the haqq until yawmil Qiyyamah. It goes without saying, a sincere Muslim should strive to be in that group.

    Maulana Maududi is basically saying, in a nutshell, do da’wah to the masses and be prepared to stand for whatever comes. Good naseeha.
    جزاك اللهُ خيرًا

  12. Looking up m.mawdudis rahimhuAllaah writings/works .
    Having lived in British India during the Sykes picot time, I guess he would only be too familiar with their divide and conquer nature.
    Can only reiterate,we have our perfect way of life islaam and inshaa’aAllaah,that’s where our hearts and minds reside.

  13. ‘Losing the power you once had hurts’
    Wont be admitted,but is there and exists.
    ..’breast conceals….’
    We Muslims are experiencing a déjà , worse had happened to the Muslims at the crusades,we do need to remember our history and take decisive action. Not wait placidly as ‘nothing much post brexit happening.
    JazaakaAllaahu khayraa for much needed article. L am

  14. Fatimah Jammeh

    As salaam Alaikom warahmatu Allahi wabarakaatu brother. The deafening silence for me are the Muslim children attending public school. My son is being watched due to his fasting; and the banning of him wearing his cap even in winter! The unfortunate observation is that the Muslim teachers are the ones who seem to be reprimanding him and causing the distress. Correct in saying we Must earnestly lead by example to bear witness of the Way of Islam through deed-Islam in itself is a political party and we must remember this..

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