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Regarding the Explosions In the Lands of the Muslims

Posted in Nasir al-'Umar on February 7, 2008 by Tarek Mehanna

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all of his Household and Companions.

As for what follows:

It has been requested of me to write some words in regards to some of the recent explosions that took place in an Arab African nation. So, I excused myself from doing so, due to my lack of knowledge as to the causes, executors, and reality of the attacks. So, when it was insisted that I do so, I decided to write something in regards to the methodology of explosions, without referring to any particular event or group, as the issue is much bigger than this.

So, with Allah’s Assistance, I say: in regards to these events that are not supported by any logic or Divine Law, it is necessary to ask about the causes and realities when the fingers of accusation are pointed to Islam and Islamic personalities. During the course of asking these questions, it is also necessary to keep in mind the following issues:

  • Does the news of these attacks come by way of trustworthy news sources? Allah has commanded us to confirm any news that comes our way, Saying: {“O you who believe! If a fasiq comes to you with news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done.”} [al-Hujurat; 6]
  • So, if it turns out to be from a trustworthy source, is the reality as they have painted it, or did they fabricate something in accordance with the desires of the ruling powers, without considering the consequences of doing so?

By saying this, I do not call to ignoring the clear and evident realities. However, it is necessary to observe these events with logic, knowledge, and consideration, as it is the case that some criminals might have some actions emanate from them that have no connection to the Shar’, and despite this, they try to beautify their actions in the name of the Shar’. Such a person might do this despite the fact that his actions are the result of his following his whims, or his desire to exact revenge for some wrong that he or his family might have experienced, and will then try to paint his actions as being in accordance with the Shari’ah. This is the affair of every criminal and culprit who commits a crime against those he sees as being criminals, and is then called by his whims, desires, and soul to beautify his actions by clothing the executor of these actions in the garments of the Shari’ah.

It might even be the case that his actions started off with the intention of giving victory to what he assumes to be the Religion, although without any insight or knowledge.

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