Liberalism, Secularism, and Globalization
Explained by Shaykh Uthaymeen (1421 H)
Questioner: Is it permissible to apply the term secularist, or liberal upon the person who boast with these labels and he says he is a secularist, and a liberal and he openly opposes the implementation of Sharia?
Shaykh Uthaymeen: Who is the liberal?
Questioner: The one who calls to absolute freedom without restrictions.
Shaykh Uthaymeen: It is obligatory upon the leaders prosecute the likes of these individuals and sentence them according to what the Sharia requires. Because the person who calls to absolute freedom from every restriction even if it is a religious based restriction; then this person is a disbeliever.
What is the meaning of us saying: You are free, pray or don’t pray, fast or don’t fast, pay Zakat or don’t pay Zakat?
This means the person denies an obligation from the obligations of Islam; rather he denies all the obligations of Islam. He allows fornication and homosexuality, and alcohol; is this not the case? How can this person be a Muslim? This person is an apostate, a disbeliever. This person is to be judged (by the Muslim ruler). He is told to return to the religion of Islam and keephis evil away from the Muslims if he does not do so; then he is executed (by the authority of the Muslim ruler).
As for the secularist; I do not have awareness of them, if you have knowledge of them, then describe them to us and we will judge by what we see is necessary.
Questioner: They are those who view religion and government should be separated.
Shaykh Uthaymeen: These are lesser than those mentioned first; as they are more dangerous.
If the country does not rule by the religion of Islam then it is lost. And Subhana Allah the Exalted, every verse in the Quran and every Hadith from the Sunnah, all of it proves that Islam is the country. Meaning it is obligatory upon the country to apply Islam upon itself and its laws, and its people.
In any case: I advise my brothers who are true believers to be firm in the face of these movements. Because now the disbelievers, due to what Allah the Exalted has given them from industrial power and control over the people they want to remove the Muslims from their religion, by using words that resemble the truth but they are not the truth.
Like globalization for example. Globalization means: All the people are free and they are all the same. The markets in the metropolis of disbelief and the markets in the metropolis of Islam are the same. Sell what you want, buy what you want; you have freedom in everything.
Thus it is upon the Muslim—upon the ruler first and the people second—to combat globalization, and to not easily accept it. Because the end result is it leads to the Jews, Christians, Magians, apostates, Muslims, and hypocrites are being the same; globalization of the world. Thus it is upon us to reject this ideology. And all praises belong to Allah, perhaps if the rulers find pressure from the people he will respond to them; even the rulers who do not care to apply the Sharia. As for the rulers who give importance to applying the Sharia and advocating it in every opportunity, then we hope the cure will come from their midst and they will not require and cure from the outside.
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Some Valuable Advice To Those Using The Internet and How should the woman behave when it comes to the internet?- Shaykh Ubaid Al-Jabiri
Some Valuable Advice To Those Using The Internet
Shaykh Ubaid Al-Jabiri (hafidhahullaah)
The first question oh Shaykh, May Allah preserve you:
What is your advice to those people who use the internet bearing in mind the evils that have occurred there lately?
The internet as it appears to me, rather I am certain that it is a double bladed sword. It is obligatory upon those who use the internet not to be excessive. As some people spend many hours on there. Maybe staying awake for many nights and the time of fajr passes them by or other than it from the obligatory acts.
They might pray Fajr with the congregation but possibly they miss other things which are an obligation upon them. This is a mistake.
Likewise we advise them not to follow everything that it is spread on the internet, as the majority of time what a person spends on the NET is wasteful.
Or he might find that which contains no benefit.
I advise them to benefit themselves with knowledge of the religion and not to fill their time with that which is spread on the NET except if it is religious knowledge that will give them some understanding of the religion of Allah.
This is my advice, may Allah bless you.
How should the woman behave when it comes to the internet?
We also warn the women against spending too much time sitting on the Net because the woman will come across more articles than the men, especially if she visits the different sites and loves to view what is being spread on each web site, and in reality this is very dangerous for her.
Also if she spreads something (upon the net) then she is exposing herself to be harmed by the sick hearted from amongst the men.
I advise those who have the ability to do so, to rarely use this internet. And if she was to use it, then to visit those trustworthy sites where only the Salafis post. And if she was to post (something) then she should only spread that which can be benefited from, like biographies of some of the noble people of knowledge and Imams or a piece of research relating to a fiqh issue that everyone can benefit from.
As for her taking it upon herself to do that which the men undertake from refutations and replying to various statements then this would expose her to an unpleasant result. It is possible that men with sick hearts might enter using female names, and their intent behind that is to harm the believing women.
I hold that it is better for religion and honor not to enter this (arena). Her noble brothers from the people of knowledge will suffice her, but if she uses the internet then with the guidelines (mentioned earlier).
Source : Posted by HassanAs-Somali (hafidhahullaah) on http://www.salafitalk.net
- Abstaining From Discussions On Internet Forums – Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez al-Bura’ee [Transcript]
- The Communication Between Men and Women Over the Internet
- The Ruling On Putting Personal Pictures In Social Networks [like Facebook, Twitter and etc]
- Some of the Muslims spend too much time on the internet. Sometimes they even delay their prayers because of this. What is your advice to them? – Shaykh Muhammad ‘Umar Baazmool – Bakkah.Net
Jabir bin Abdullaah –RadhiAllaahu anhu- said the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- used to teach us al-Istikharah (a prayer said for seeking blessings in carrying out a decision) for all matters, just like he used to teach us a chapter from the Qur’aan, he would say: If any of you intends to undertake a matter then he should pray two Rakah other than an obligatory prayer then he should say the Du’aa of Istikhaarah.
Ibn al-Qayyim -Rahimullaah- said:
‘So the purpose of al-Istikharah is to rely upon Allaah and entrustment to Him and the capability to fulfill the action with Allaah’s Capability, His knowledge. And that Allaah chooses good for His slave, and this is from those things which necessitate being pleased with Allaah as the Lord. As a person will not taste the flavour of Eemaan if he does not have these things (reliance, entrustment etc), and if he is pleased with destiny after al-Istikharah then that is a sign of happiness.’
[Taken from ‘Za’ad al-Ma’aad’ by Ibn al-Qayyim 2/443-445]
Shaykh Muhammad bin Umar Bazmool said:
‘That al-Istikharah is not done when a person is uncertain about the matter at hand; because the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘If any of you intends to undertake a matter’ and that the whole of the Dua’ indicates to this point.
So if a Muslim is uncertain about a matter, and he intends to pray al-Istikharah , then he should make a choice between the two matters and then pray al-Istikharah , and then after al-Istikharah he executes that matter, and if it was good then Allaah will make it easy for him and bless him in that, and if it was not good for him, then Allaah turns it away from him and makes easy for him that in which there is good by the permission of Allaah -Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
[Taken from: ‘Buggeeyat al-Mutattawa’ fee salat at-tattawa’ p.105]
- Benefits From al-Istikharah Prayer – Compiled & Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya [PDF]
- Istikharah – Prayer For Seeking Guidance
A prayer in which a servant if concerned with an affair or is faced with a worldly problem or intends to do something recommended or obligatory in which he has a choice, or when two recommended or obligatory actions conflict each other — which one should he do
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The Tafseer of Imaam As-Sa’dee:
Do they wait until the angels come to them….. [An’aam:158]
Translation: Abu Shu’ayb Omar As-Soomaalee
Allah the most high says,
Do they wait until the Angels come to them, or that your Lord should come, or that some of the signs of your Lord should come. That day, in which some of the signs of your Lord will come, no good will it do a person to believe then, if he wasn’t one who believed before, or gained good with their belief Say: “Wait, we too are waiting”. [An’aam:158]
Imaam As-Sa’dee said:
He the most high says: Do they wait, those who are continuant in their oppression and stubbornness ‘until the Angels come to them’ with the forefront to punishment and The Last Day, that the Angels may come to them to seize their souls, for indeed if they reach such a situation their belief will not benefit, nor righteous actions, ‘or that your Lord should come’ to judge between his servants and to reward the good-doers and the evil doers, ‘or that some of the signs of your lord should come’ pointing to the closeness of the hour. ‘That day, in which some of the signs of your Lord will come’ that go beyond what is ordinary, that by way of it (these signs) you come to know that the hour has drawn close, and that the Qiyaamah (the last day) has drawn closer.
No good will it do a person to believe then, if he wasn’t one who believed before, or gained good with their belief.
Meaning: if some of the signs of Allah come into existence, Eemaan will not benefit the disbeliever (at this point), nor the believer that has shortcomings, that he may increase in good actions thereafter, but that which will benefit is the Eemaan that was with the person before, and that which they had from good (actions) before some of the signs of their lord comes.
And the wisdom in this is apparent, for indeed the Eemaan that is of benefit is the Eemaan of the unseen (Qhayb), and was by the worshippers free will, as for if the signs come into existence, and the affair is one of witness, then no benefit will remain in Eemaan (in believing at this point), because it then resembles Eemaan belief due to necessity, like the Eemaan of the one that is drowning or is under ablaze and the likes, from those that if they saw death they would abstain from that which they where upon, like He the Most High said:
So when they saw Our punishment, they said: "We believe in Allâh Alone and reject (all) that we used to associate with Him as partners. Then their Faith (in Islâmic Monotheism) could not avail them when they saw Our punishment. (Like) this has been the way of Allâh in dealing with His slaves. [Ghafir 40:84-85]
And many authentic narrations have come from the Prophet, that what is intended by ‘some of the signs of Allah’, the rising of the sun from the west, and that when the people see this they will all believe, but their belief will not be of benefit to them, and at this point the door of Tawbah (repentance) will be closed.
And in this verse is proof for the position of Ahlul Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah affirming ‘Actions of Free Will and Choice’, like Istiwaa (ascension) and Nuzuul (descension) and Ityaan (coming) to Allah the Blessed the most High, without Tashbeeh (resemblance) to him with the characteristics of the creation. And this is common in the Book and the Sunnah.
And in it (this verse), the rising of the sun from the west is from the signs of the hour, and that Allah the Most High is Hakeem, and his common tradition, that the type Eemaan that is of benefit is the one that is chosen (by the servant) due to his own free will and not by compulsion, like has preceded.
And that mankind should obtain good with their Eemaan, for indeed obedience and righteousness and piety only benefits and increases if the servant possesses Eemaan, but if the heart is empty of Eemaan, none of these things will be of benefit to him.
Tayseerul Kareem Ar-Rahmaan page 158
"Guidance is from Allah "
All praise is due to Allah, The Lord of all of the creation, and may the prayers and peace be upon our Messenger Muhammad:
Allah, The Most High, said in the Quraan: “Verily, you (Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills.” (Al-Qasas: 56). The great scholar of Tafseer (the science of explaining the Quraan), Ibn Katheer (2) (may Allah have mercy on him) said regarding this verse: “Allah the Most High is saying to His messenger, prayers and peace be upon him, ‘Indeed you guide not whom you like’, meaning it is not for you (i.e. Muhammad) to guide the people. But what is upon you (i.e. Muhammad) is to convey the message and Allah will guide whom He wills.” (3)
Also as it relates to the issue of guidance, Dr. Rabee bin Hadee (may Allah protect him) mentioned: “If Allah, The Most High, makes a person firm upon his religion and firm upon the correct belief, then this is a blessing from Allah, The Most High. So this person should not become arrogant, or boastful. Rather he should humble himself before Allah and be thankful to Allah, Lord of all of the creation, for that blessing of guidance so that Allah, The Most High, will protect his religion and distance him from any danger or deviation.
In addition to this, the person should not become relaxed. Allah, The Most High, said: ‘None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers’ (Al-A’raf:99). Therefore we ask Allah every moment of our lives to make our hearts firm. The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace be upon him) would constantly supplicate to Allah, The Most High, ‘O changer of the hearts, make my heart firm upon your religion’ (5). So ‘Aaisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: ’O Messenger of Allah, you constantly supplicate to Allah with this supplication’. So the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace be upon him) said to ‘Aaisha: ‘Indeed the hearts of mankind are between two fingers from amongst the fingers of Allah, the Most High. If He chooses, He causes a person to go astray and if He chooses, He places a person firm upon guidance’ (6) / (7).”
We ask Allah, The Most High, to make our hearts firm upon His religion and to guide us to that which is pleasing to Him. And may the prayers and peace be upon our messenger Muhammad, his family and all of his companions.
Compiled and translated by:
Abu Saajid Syid Turcks
Umm al-Quraa University
Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Safar 29, 1431 / February 13, 2010
(1) CN: The scholars have explained that guidance is of two types. The first type is the guidance of the heart. There is none capable of guiding a person’s heart except Allah, The Most High. This is the type of guidance being referred to in this article. The second type is the guidance of clarification and directing to the straight path. This type of guidance is not restricted to Allah, The Most High. As Allah Mentioned in the Quraan: “And verily, you (Muhammad) are indeed guiding to a straight path” (As-Shooraa 52).
(2) He is the well known and respected Imaam Ismaaeel ibn Umar ibn Katheer. He is recognized throughout the Muslim world for his Explanation of the Quraan. From amongst his teachers were Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymeeyah (728H) and Al-Imaam Al-Haafith Ath-Thahabee (748H). Ibn Katheer died in the year 774H at the age of 73 years. May Allah have mercy on him.
(3) Prepared by a group of scholars under the supervision of Ash-Shaykh Safee Ar-Rahman Al-Mubaarakfooree. The Shining Light (Summarized version of Tafseer Ibn Katheer). Riyadh: Daar As-Salaam AH1421/2000 pg.1024
(4) Ash-Shaykh Rabee bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee is from the elder scholars currently residing in Makkah. He was the former department head for the College of Hadeeth studies at the Islamic University of Medina. He continues to benefit the students of knowledge by teaching classes on a weekly basis from the privacy of his own home. May Allah protect him.
(5) Reported by Abu Dawud on the authority of Anas. Authenticated by Ash-Shaykh Al-Albaanee hadeeth #2140.
(6) Also reported on Umm Salamah, and Anas. See Abu Dawud #3522. Authenticated by Ash-Shaykh Al-Albaanee
(7) Al-Madkhalee, Rabee bin Haadee. Firmness Upon the Sunnah. Cairo: Daar Al-Imam Ahmad AH1428/2007 pgs. 8-9
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