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« on: October 28, 2006, 04:07:06 am »

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Excerpts from the lecture of Brother Steve Rockwell  (Saturday 26 November, 2005) at ‘Call of the Minaret’ aired on Vision TV, Toronto.  Brother Steve is the student of the enlightened late Sheik Ahmed Deedat, and was officially appointed by Sheik Deedat as his successor.
 
The following wise words from Brother Steve  provide an excellent opportunity to those with depth and careful perception to appreciate the light of guidance still better.

 
 
Dividing our Faith:
 
Our imams and sheiks are responsible for the type of leadership they provide us.  Too many of them get away with giving incorrect guidance and it’s our responsibility to bring them to justice.  Such religious leaders often divide us through their thoughts and fatwas and carry us away from the originals of Islam and Allah’s commandments.  They divide Allah’s religion into sects and madhabs and tell their followers that they are different from other groups of Muslims, thus dividing and sub-dividing Allah’s religion.  But the days of blindly following the speeches of such imams and sheiks are over and we need to hold them responsible for the numerous divisions in our Faith today that has led to so much violence. 
 
Differences and divisions have gone to the extent that even during the Holy month of Ramadan, all Muslims often do not begin fasting on the same day, and neither do they always observe Eid-al-Fitr on the same day.  This is because each one follows their own group or imam, thus making a laughing stock of themselves before the world ! 
 
The situation in Iraq at present is a clear example of such deep divisions where Muslims are killing Muslims .. Sunnis killing Shiias and vice-versa.  Thus, we’ve become our own worst enemy.  For how long should the Ummah tolerate such violations ?  How much longer must the Ummah keep bleeding ?  How many more of our sisters must become widows or orphans ?  We claim we follow the Glorious Qur’aan and the beloved Prophet (Salallah Alayhi Wassalam), yet we are so oblivious even of the basic dictates of the Qur’aan and authentic prophetic traditions.  We see nothing wrong in shedding the blood of our own brothers and sisters .. this is the extent to which we've reduced ourselves through our own intolerance. 
 
"It is not for a believer to kill a believer unless (it be) by mistake.
Whoso slayeth a believer of set purpose, his reward is Hell for ever.  Allah is wroth against him and He hath cursed him and prepared for him an awful doom."  [2:92 & 93]  ‘An-Nisa’

 
The Glorious Qur’aan says that entire mankind is a single community – the children of Adam.
 
"Lo! This your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.
And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them, (yet) all are returning unto Us.
Then whoso doth good works and is a believer, there will be no rejection of his effort.  Lo! We record (it) for him."  [21:92-94] ‘Al-Anbiya’

 
 So why is the hatred within the Muslim community so deep?  The Prophet had mentioned that we cannot enter Jannah unless we have Faith and we cannot have Faith unless we love each other. 
 
All those who embrace Islam carry a single ‘label’ - MUSLIM.  They all have one Allah, one Messenger, one Qur’aan and one Sunnah.  No matter which part of the world they belong to, that’s a geographical issue and has no importance.  They could be sunnis or shiias, reverts or born in Muslim families, makes no difference.  It's about time for the Ummah to wake up and realize that the beloved Prophet was neither a sunni nor a shiia nor a Hanifi nor a Malki, nor a Shafi.  He (pbuh) was simply a Muslim who had surrendered his purpose to Allah (The Most High).  Therefore, if someone inquires about the 'madhab' we follow, the appropriate response must be that we follow the madhab of Muhammad bin Abdullah (Salallah Alayhi Wasallam).  It must be made clear that those who are today dividing the Ummah into groups are committing a major sin, and the Glorious Qur’aan clearly tells us that we should have nothing to do with them.  Their affair is with Allah, and He will deal with them. 
 
"Lo! As for those who sunder their religion and become schismatics, no concern at all hast thou with them.  Their case will go to Allah, who then will tell them what they used to do." [6:159] ‘Al-An’am’
 
"And lo! this your religion is one religion and I am your Lord, so keep your duty unto Me.
But they (mankind) have broken their religion among them into sects, each sect rejoicing in its tenets.
So leave them in their error till a time."  (23:52-54) 'Al-Muminin'

 
All we need to do is to ignore the ignorant and be firmly focused on the beautiful values of our Faith highlighting unity, peace, compassion and humility.
 
"And hold fast, all of you together, to the cable of Allah, and do not separate .."  [3:103] ‘Al-Imran’
 
The beloved Prophet (Salallah Alayhi Wasallam) said that we must want for our brethrens what we would want for ourselves.  He (pbuh) mentioned to his companions to overlook the superficial issues that divide them, and be focused on the important aspects that unite them. 
 
It’s an important responsibility of every Muslim to remember the above-mentioned verses of the Glorious Qur’aan and the last sermon of the beloved Prophet (pbuh), and reject all groups & sects that have divided and weakened the Ummah. 
 
JazekAllah Khair



PLEASE ALSO READ "THE WARNING OF ALLAH FOR THOSE WHO DIVIDE THE RELIGION OF ALLAH"
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2006, 04:11:15 am »

Ah! so u r also a fan of Br. Steve .. that makes the 2 of us Smiley 

this is a very useful topic.  unfortunately our ummah todays is too lost to grasp such important ideologies.

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007, 09:08:35 pm »

Somehow I never go around to responding but I've read this dynamic lecture many times and each time I've been deeply struck by the correctness of its logic.  Alhamdulilah.  I even sent it around to many in my mailing list - no less than 30 to 40 people.  Believe it or not, but I only got one reply of appreciation.  About a dozen wrote back expressing deep disagreement justifying sectarian aloofness, completely ignoring the Quranic quotes.  The rest didn't respond which could either mean disagreement, apathy or simply fearful of commenting despite of agreement which too is quite common considering the autocratic hold of the demagogues on the vulnerable and blind 'faithfuls.'  Neither of the three are much to be proud of.  Yet, I keep watching and hearing all such people asking Allah for guidance, progress, power and failure of their opponents.  What an amazing one-track perception they have!  They aren't just averse to the Quranic verses on divisions but the Quran's dictate on upholding justice and avoiding double standards angers them just as much.  They will point out the shortcomings of others loudly, use the harshest of words, curse and swear and hurl insults even on those of their own community who suggest rationality.  They condemn others for acts they've themselves been committing for ages deeming it correct.  Correct for themselves but wrong for others.  As if this isn't enough, they will pacify their guilt by making their own stories of forgiveness for themselves and punishment for others on the Day of Judgment!  This is the personality of the so-called 'Muslim' of today.  I call it the '2nd Islam.'

I'll explain what I mean by that.  At present we have 2 Islams in this world.  The 2nd one is a lot more popular.  The 1st Islam is the real one, the Divine Islam - original and pure, beautiful and compassionate, as revealed by Almighty Allah and conveyed by the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).  It lasted for only about 150 years (or perhaps 200 years at most), a very short period and pleasantly reminiscent of our glorious past in just about every walk of life.  Then came the period of the 9th, 10th, 11th century onward imams and clerics following the trend of the catholic church, using faith to achieve political motives and establishing changing social & legal infrastructures.  It became necessary to abandon the Glorious Quran and write new laws.  These new laws began coming up 'selling' like hot cakes and were given the name "hadith," to implement blind following, crush the approach of thinking & reflecting, yet being manipulative enough to link these new laws falsely to the Prophet to influence naive minds faster without any fear of rejection or revolt.  Thus began the era of the 2nd Islam - the forged and man-made 'islam.' 

Almighty Allah helps and guides those who make an effort to grow, not those who can barely look beyond arrogantly gloating in their own selfish pride.  Yet our ummah only keeps asking from Allah, without paying any heed to what He has asked from us.  Aren't we a bit too, too greedy?

For more information on the emergence of the '2nd islam' and the abandonment of the original Islam, read the brilliant article Hadith: A Re-evaluation.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2007, 10:18:09 pm »

That's sooo true about first and second Islam.  ~~ sigh ~~  and it's sooo sad  Cry
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2007, 01:54:09 am »

Another important verse from the Quran warning us about the consequences of divisions and sectarianism which the Ummah has so dearly embraced.

And be ye not as those who separated and disputed after the clear proofs had come unto them. For such there is an awful doom, (3:105)
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2010, 08:16:55 am »

Recently me and my circle of friends decided that once every month we will arrange a lecture on the Quran at the home of one of our friends.  So far we've had 2 lectures.  The third one will be on the following Saturday.  Topic is 'the curse of sectarianism.'  That's why I needed to read this article again.  Thanks for putting it up.  It's really a very useful topic and this write-up is most comprehensive.  JazakAllah Khair.
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2010, 05:52:10 am »

Recently me and my circle of friends decided that once every month we will arrange a lecture on the Quran at the home of one of our friends.  So far we've had 2 lectures.  The third one will be on the following Saturday.  Topic is 'the curse of sectarianism.'  That's why I needed to read this article again.  Thanks for putting it up.  It's really a very useful topic and this write-up is most comprehensive.  JazakAllah Khair.

Maash'Allah brother PT, this is such a great idea.  May Allah (Subhana Wa'Tala) shower loads of blessings on you and your circle of friends for making such a wonderful decision.  We hear of friends and families of people making regular plans for so many activities of life e.g. going for picnics once a month, playing soccer, hockey or cricket etc. at least once a month, watching a movie at least once a month .. and most of these people never even think that they have never bothered to talk about Allah and thank Him at least once a month. 

InshAllah, I pray you and your friends are able to continue arranging this gathering at least once every month for a long time and earn lots of sawab from Allah, ameen.

Do keep giving us feedbacks for the useful matters you discuss. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2010, 12:31:30 am »

Recently me and my circle of friends decided that once every month we will arrange a lecture on the Quran at the home of one of our friends. 

MashAllah, keep it up brother
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