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We Need Brotherhood!

Posted in Muhammad Qutb on August 28, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…Allah Said: {“Indeed, the believers are brothers…”} [al-Hujurat; 10]

Brotherhood is from the most beautiful topics that a person can talk about! It is so pure and pleasant like light! It is so rich and beloved to the heart…

However, what is the brotherhood that is referred to in the Book of Allah?

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Between the Superiority of the Past and the Inferiority Complex of Today

Posted in Muhammad Qutb on July 4, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…The Islamic world today is experiencing one of the worst periods in its existence. It would be appropriate to refer to this period as the period of wilderness.

The Islamic world has experienced many crises before – many disasters, in fact. During these periods, the Muslims would lose their positions of power on Earth, or they would lose their sense of safety and security, or they would lose their homes and wealth. However, despite all of this, they never experienced anything as difficult or bitter in their entire history as they are experiencing today.

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Hakimiyyah Was Introduced In Makkah

Posted in Muhammad Qutb on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“And if the Makkan chapters concentrated on the aspect of beliefs (belief in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Books, the Prophets, the good and bad of fate and predistination) and character, and hardly any rituals of worship were obligated in Makkah, then the Madani chapters concentrated intensely on the concept of judgement (Hakimiyyah), and the obligation of applying the Shari’ah of Allah, and considering this to be the prime indicator of true faith, while simultaneously giving due attention to character and other acts of worship that were obligated in Madinah. However, from the clearest of mistakes is to assume that the issue of Hakimiyyah – i.e., admitting that the right of judgement belongs solely to Allah, and that the right of legislation of permissibility, prohibition, allowing, and preventing is a specific right of Allah, with no human sharing that right with Him, and that legislating by other than what Allah Revealed constitutes polytheism, and that obedience to those who legislate by other than what Allah Revealed constitutes polytheism – from the clearest of mistakes is to assume that this concept was introduced in Madinah, when the legislations began in order that the Muslims would run their lives according to them.

Rather, it was introduced in a clear, straightforward manner in Makkah, in more than one Makki chapter, as a principle from the principles of the belief that there is none worthy of worship but Allah.

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Ferdinand Magellan: Explorer of the Crusaders

Posted in Muhammad Qutb on February 9, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

“…and this is just like the other expeditions that were sent out by the Crusaders to the Muslim world for the purpose of learning its ins and outs, and to then return to their government to inform them of the best way to get a foot in the door of the lands of the Muslims. The most famous of these expeditions was that of Magellan, whose purpose was to take over an Islamic land in the Philippines, and subdue it to the rule of the Crusaders. This is the same journey whose story we teach to our children, that it is from the greatest journeys of scientific exploration in history!

As for it being a journey of exploration – yes! As for it being for the purpose of science – this couldn’t be farther from the historical truth!

It was exploration for Europe, as it served to explore lands for the Europeans that they knew nothing about, and had only heard of. As for us, as Muslims, were our lands unknown to us, so that we would wait for Magellan to discover them for us, as we tell our children when teaching them history?”

He also has a footnote on this page, where he said:

“Magellan wrote to the Pope many times, asking him for permission to undertake a journey to the Philippines to subdue the “disbelievers” (i.e. the Muslims) to the rule of the Cross. Finally, the Pope allowed him, and he undertook his journey of “scientific exploration”! When he attempted to raise the Cross on this land of Islam, the Muslims killed him! We teach our children that the “barbarians” killed him, because they did not realize the value of this great journey of scientific exploration!”

[‘Waqi’una al-Mu’asir’; p. 176]