15 Of the Most Beloved Deeds to Allah , by Imam Luqman Ahmad

6/21/19 I’m selling my car to visit my terminally ill brother in the hospital. See details at the end of the this blog post.

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1.      The most beloved deen: The Prophet said: “The most beloved religion to Allah is the Al-hanafiyyatu sam’ha”. (Easy going religion). [Collected by Ahmad]

2.      The salat in its proper time. The Prophet said, “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are: the salat in its proper time, goodness to the parents, and striving in the way of Allah”. [Collected by Bukhaari and Muslim]

3.      Belief in Allah: the Prophet said: “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are: belief in Allah, then, keeping your ties with family, then, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil”. [Collected by Abu Ya’lah]

4.      Consistency in good deeds: The Prophet said, “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small”. [Collected by Bukhaari and Muslim]

5.      The remembrance of Allah: The Prophet said: “The most beloved of deeds to Allah is to die while your tongue is moistened with the remembrance of Allah”. [Collected by Tabaraani}

6.      The masaajid: The Prophet said: “The most beloved places to Allah are the masaajid, and the most hated places to Allah are the marketplaces”. [Collected by Muslim]

7.      Speaking the truth in the presence of an unjust ruler: The Prophet said: “The most beloved jihaad to Allah is speaking the truth in the presence of an unjust ruler”. [Collected by Ahmad].

8.      Truthful speech. The Prophet said: “The most beloved of speech to me is that which is most truthful”. [Collected by Bukhaari]

9.      The fast of David: The Prophet said: “The most beloved fast to Allah is the fast of David; he used to fast one day, and break fast one day, and the most beloved prayer to Allah is the prayer of David; he used to sleep half the night, pray a third, and sleep a sixth”. [Bukhaari and Muslim].

10.   Plentiful hands in the food plate: The Prophet said: “The most beloved meal to Allah is that in which many hands partake from the plate”. [Collected by Ibn Hibbaan]

11.   Saying Sub’haana Allah: the Prophet said: “The most beloved of speech to Allah is for a servant to say; Sub’haana Allah wa bi hamdi’hi”. [Collected by Muslim].

12.   The four most beloved words: The Prophet said: “The most beloved words to Allah are four; sub’haanallah, al-humdu lillaah, wa laa ilaaha illa Allah, wa Allahu Akbar”.  [Collected by Muslim].

13.   Good character: The Prophet said: “The most beloved servant to Allah is he who has the best character”.  [Collected by Tabaraani]

14.   The best names: The Prophet said: “The most beloved names to Allah are, Abdullah and Abdul-Rahmaan”. [Collected by Muslim]

15.   Benefiting people:  The Prophet said: “The most beloved people to Allah are those that bring most benefit to other people, and the most beloved of deeds to Allah be He Exalted and Glorified, is bringing happiness upon a Muslim or removing a worry from him, or to pay his debt, or to remove his hunger, . It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother to fulfill his need, than if I spent i’tikaaf for a month in the masjid, and whoever holds back his anger, Allah will cover his faults, and whoever keeps his anger to himself, and if he wants to just let it go and lets it go, Allah will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Judgment”. And whoever walks with his brother to fulfill his need until he secures it for him, Allah will secure his feet for him on the day when feet are unsteady, and bad character will spoil a deed just like vinegar spoils honey”. [Collected by Abu Ya’lah]

Righteousness does not have to be complicated. Consider all these good deeds beloved. All of these actions are sanctioned by our beloved Prophet (SAWS) and loved by Allah be He Exalted and Glorified, and all of these are easy to accomplish in sha Allah.  Wal Allahul Musta’aan

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

imamabulaith@yahoo.com

The Book: Miskaat al-Masaabeeh; A reunion with My Childhood Friend, By Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

mirkatGrowing up in Philadelphia, my father, Sheikh Abdul-Karim Ahmad had a lot of books in the house, mostly about Islam. We had a lot of children’s books about Islam as well that my parents used to teach us or have us read as lessons. The first so called adult book of hadith that I actually read with seriousness is one that I took from my father’s library and adopted as my own, called “Mish’kaat al-Masaabih” (A Niche of Lamps). This was the first recollection that I have of actually reading hadith of the Prophet (SAWS). I was about 11 or 12 years old at the time. Back then I had no idea about hadith terminology and didn’t know what was meant by good (hasan), sound (sahih), or weak (da’eef), and I was totally oblivious about the meaning of the term “agreed upon” (muttafiqun alaihi[1]) which would appear at the end of many ahaadeeth in Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh.

The truth of the matter is that at the time, I wasn’t really interested in what those terms meant. I just liked reading the hadiths of the Prophet (SAWS). Many of them I didn’t fully understand and I would occasionally ask my father about this or that, but mostly I just kept on reading as there were many that I understood well on face value. The copy of the Mishkaat in our house that I read from was in Arabic with the English translation right under it. I didn’t know Arabic at the time so of course I read the hadith in English but there was something fascinating to me about reading hadith of the Prophet; a love and a fascination that has not left me even until today, more than forty years later.   The light of Muhammad Rasoolillaah (SAWS) is a light that never dims, and it is a knowledge that never goes out of relevance, and it is a hidaaya (guidance) that never wanes.

It wasn’t until I became an adult that I came to appreciate the value of this book that I “borrowed” from my father’s library and made a home for it on my nightstand. What is so outstanding is how I, in my Philadelphia bedroom as a child, was benefiting from the work done by a scholar centuries earlier and how the sacred knowledge of prophetic tradition has been so carefully preserved, generation after generation until this very day.

Collecting prophetic tradition is one of the most prestigious and loftiest of scholarly pursuits, and the scholars of hadith (al-Muhaddithoon) are counted among the intellectual elite of our Ummah.  The assembly of illustrious personages by whom Allah has preserved prophetic tradition amounts to no less than a miracle. The sunna of the Prophet (SAWS) is an indispensable tool in understanding our great religion. Their faith, their love for Allah and His Messenger, and their dedication to the detailed and painstaking task of naql (transmission), dabt (accuracy), and bayaan (clarity) with respect to Prophetic tradition is the fuel that energized them to collect and preserve the sunna of the our beloved Prophet Mustapha (SAWS). Imam al-Hakim [died 403 A.H.] who was considered one of the Imams of the Muhadditheen, and the Imam of the Muhadditheen of Khursaan who authored many important works, started writing his most famous work; “al-Mustadrik alaa Saheehain” when he was 72 years old.

The scholars and preservers (huffaadh) of tradition employed various methods of chronicle in collecting [la1] and recording ahaadeeth of the Prophet (SAWS). Some of them would record authentic (sahih) hadith exclusively and place them in one collection such as Imam Bukhaari and Imam Muslim in the two sahihs (as-Sahihain).  Some of them would compile hadith according to the companion that narrated it. Such compilations are called ‘musnad’ as in the Musnads [musaaneed] of Imam Ahmad, Abu Ya’la, al-Bazzar and others, and there were others who gathered hadith and recorded them in a book according to the subjects of fiqh (sacred law), such as the Muwatta of Imam Malik and al-Bayhaqi’s as-Sunan al-Kubrah. Some scholars compiled books of hadith on a particular topic such as Abdullah ibn al-Mubaarik [died 181 A.H.]  in “az-Zuhd” (asceticism), and  Ibn abi Dunya in “Adab ad-Dunya wa Deen”.

Which all brings me back to the book of my childhood; “Mishkaat al-Masaabih” by Shaykh Waliyuddeen Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Khateeb at-Tabrizi {died 741 A.H.], is a highly valued book containing ahaadeeth of the Prophet (SAWS) that has been read, taught and prized as a premier collection of prophetic tradition by countless Muslims. It is considered by scholars past and present to be a bona-fide compendium of the sunna. The basis of “Mishkaat al-Masaabih” is taken from the book; “Masaabih as-Sunna” which was a collection of about 4434 ahaadeeth written by the famous Shaafi’ee scholar and jurist Imam Abu Muhammad al-Husayn ibn Mas’ud ibn Muhammad al-Farra’ al-Baghawi who died in the Hijra year of 516. It was a valued work, and contained ahaadeeth from the six major collections of hadith; Bukhaari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah, at-Tirmithi and an-Nisaa’i, as well as ahaadith[2] from the Musnad of Imam Ahmad, the Sunan of ad-Darimi, and ahaadeeth from Shu’b al-Eemaan (Branches of Faith) by al-Bayhaqi [died 458 A.H.]. I remember as a child, not knowing anything about him, how the name al-Bayhaqi resonated with me, and how I thought it was an interesting name of an important person. However, in “Masaabeeh as-Sunna”, Imam al-Baghawi did not mention the isnad of any of the hadiths he recorded nor did he mention the name of the narrator.

According to prophetic tradition, one of the signs that Allah loves a person is that he gains acceptance in the earth by the righteous of the ummah[3], Imam al-Baghawi’s “Masaabeeh as-Sunna” received great acceptance from the scholars of his time and hence forward. They regarded it as an important work, and wrote appendages for it, abridgements of it, and commentaries on it.

Abu an-Najeeb Abdul-Qaahir ibn Abdullah as-Sah’roorudi [died 563 A.H.] wrote an abridged version of “Masaabeeh as-Sunna” which he entitled; “al-Masaabeeh”. Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Abul Hasan al-Khaawaraani [died 571 A.H.] wrote a commentary on it which he entitled; “At-Tal’weeh fi Sharh al-Masaabeeh”. Shaabud-deen Fadlallah[la2] [la3]  ibn Hasan at-Turbishti [died 600 A.H.] wrote “‘al-Maseer”.  Ali ibn Abdullah ibn Ahmad, also known as Zainul-Arab wrote three commentaries on it known as “al-Kabeer, al-Awsat”, and “al-Sagheer” (The Big, the Medium and the Small respectively). Taqiyyudeen Ali ibn Abdul-Kaafi as-Subki [d. 756 h.] wrote a commentary on it which he called “Diyaa al-Masaabeeh” (Light of the Lamps) and Shaykhul Islam al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani [died 852 A.H.] wrote a book called “Hidaayatul Rawaat ilaa Takh’reej al_Masaabeeh wal Mishkaat”. However Al-Asqalaani didn’t merely write a commentary, he appended an exposition of the narrators (rawaat) of

Of all the commentaries, abridgements, and literary works produced from “Masaabeeh as-Sunna”, the most famous and most enduring is the “Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh” written by Imam al-Tabrizi. Al-Tibrizi took “Masaabeeh as-Sunna” to a whole different level. He added 1511 ahaadeeth to the ones already contained in “Masaabih as-Sunna”, he added the isnad to the individual ahaadeeth which were omitted from al-Baghawi’s Masaabeeh as-Sunna, he added the names of the companions of the Prophet (SAWS) who reported the hadith and he added a notation to each hadith of the collection from whence the hadith was collected. The process of attributing unattributed hadith to their respective collection; Bukhaari, Muslim, Abu Dawood and so forth is called “takhreej”.  He also expanded and organized the book into 29 chapters. Imam Tabrizi finished this task during Ramadan in the year 737 of the Hijra calandar.

Many scholars endeavored to write commentaries on Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh.  Hasan Ibn Muhammad at-Teebi [died 743 A.H.] wrote a commentary on Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh entitled “Al-Kaashif an Haqaa’iq as-Sunnan”, Ibn Hajar al-Haytami [died 974 A.H.] wrote, Fat’hul ilaah fi Sharh al-Mishkaat. There were others as well who wrote commentaries or abridgements to Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh. However, the explanation of the Mishkaat that has endured and is in good circulation in today’s time is the monumental work of the well known 17th century hanafi scholar Mullah Ali al-Qaari [died 1014 A.H.] called Mir’qaat al-Mufaateeh Sharh Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh (Stairwell of Keys; Explanation of Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh), which exists in 11 volumes. It is a masterfully written, detailed explanation of Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, and it a tribute to its title, in that it is like a stairwell of keys, with each key opening up yet another door of knowledge into the reality of prophetic tradition.

Thus years later when I opened the box which contained the full set of Miqaat al-Mafaateeh, it was as if a childhood friend had returned to me, albeit all grown up, seasoned and mature, to befriend me once more, and be my companion. By Allah! I am fortunate to have this book in my library. It is the most recent addition to my humble family of books, which have kept me company and been my constant companions for the entirety of my adult life. I have ardent love for Rasoolillah, and love for those who narrated about him, clarified his words and preserved his sunna by Allah’s permission. I only ask that Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala elevate the scholars of hadith, and reward them for preserving the sacred inheritance left behind by the Prophet (SAWS) and for being the vehicles by Allah’s divine decree by which we  are delivered the message of our beloved Rasoolillaah (SAWS).

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ibn Abdulkarim Muhammad Ahmad


[1] Meaning a hadith to which both Imam Bukhaarri, and Imam Muslim agree to its authenticity and appears in their collections respectively.

[2] Plural of hadith.

[3] In the hadith of Abu Hurraira, the Prophet said, (Verily, whenever Allah loves a servant of His, He calls Jibril and says, “O Jibril, verily I love so-and-so, so love him.” Thus, Jibril will love him. Then, he (Jibril) will call out to the dwellers of the heavens, “Verily, Allah loves so-and-so, so you too must love him.” Then the dwellers of the heavens love him and he will be given acceptance in the earth. [Collected by Imam Ahmad in the Musnad]


 

A Worldwide Open Letter from Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad to the Muslim Protesters and Demonstrators Against the negative film about the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[1],

                        Al-humdu lillahi Rabbil aalameen wa salaatu wa salaam alaa Rasoolillah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam wa alaa aali’hi wa sah’bihi wa salaam. amma ba’ad

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh, dear beloved Muslims throughout the world. I pray that this message reaches you with open minds, receptive hearts and that Allah guides you and us all to the best of this life and the hereafter. My first advice to you and to myself is to fear Allah and have taqwa, for surely taqwa is the best provision.  [O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and (always) say a word directed to the Right: 33:70]

As Muslims, we all love the Prophet (SAWS) dearly and we hold him very close to our hearts. Loving the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) is a principle of our faith; as our beloved Prophet (SAWS) has said, “None of you (truly) believes, until I am more beloved to him that his son, his father and all other people”. No Muslim wants that the Prophet (SAWS) is vilified, called names, or disparaged, and it distresses us all that people would make fun of the Prophet (SAW) and assail his noble character.

There will always be people who mock the Prophet (SAWS) and who speak ill of our great religion. You should not be surprised by this; [Mocked were (many) apostles before thee: but I granted respite to the unbelievers, and finally I punished them: Then how (terrible) was my punishment! 13:32]  Allah be He Exalted and Glorified, has decreed that people will be different. They will have different beliefs, different cultures, different political views, and different loves and hates.  However, demonstrating in the streets in my view has done nothing to change the negative views in the western world, of our Prophet (SAWS), and of the religion that he has come with. On the contrary, it only embellishes the image that Muslims are a people with very little control of their anger, and a weak moral resolve.  I advise you all to let Allah deal with those who scorn and mock the Prophet (SAWS); He is well Aware of what they say, and Capable of protecting the dignity of His Messenger (SAWS); [O Messenger. proclaim the (message) which hath been sent to thee from thy Lord. If thou didst not, thou wouldst not have fulfilled and proclaimed His mission. And Allah will defend thee from men (who mean mischief). For Allah guideth not those who reject Faith. 5:67]

Dear beloved Muslims of the world; we recognize that many of you have lived under terrible dictators and ruthless leaders in the past and still now in the present, some of you endure under tyranny, greed and corruption. We pray to Allah that He relieve you of the weight of oppression, the burden of poverty, and the melancholy of despair, and that He gives you leaders that will deal with you justly, and grants you the liberty whereas you can pursue what is good and lawful to you.  As your brethren in faith, we remind you that our Lord, be He Exalted and Glorified, will not change the condition of a people until they change the conditions of themselves. [Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). 13:11.]

The images that are streaming around the world of Muslims rampaging in the streets, and the reality that accompanies it; burning cars, burning flags, and destroying property, do a disservice to the true cause of Islam, and to the legacy, and dignity of our beloved Prophet (SAWS). Such actions undermine the purpose of life and death; which is to see who is better in deeds. [He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving; 67:2]– The Prophet (SAWS) did not sanction such behavior which amounts to a waste of time and energy, and a shameful loss of life, property and honor. Some of your leaders have said that you must show the world your anger and your rage. I am saying to you that you must temper your anger and temper your rage, and direct your energy towards ridding your countries of corruption, Muslim on Muslim killing, and on working towards peace and justice using permissible means. If you follow the guidance of the Prophet in this matter, outsiders will not harm you; [O ye who believe! Guard your own souls: If ye follow (right) guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. the goal of you all is to Allah. it is He that will show you the truth of all that ye do. 5:105]

In the United States, and in other parts of the Western World, there are Muslims who believe in the Prophet of Allah (SAWS) and love him as you do, there are those who do not believe in the Prophet (SAWS) and there are many others who do not know him. Your calls for death to America include those who are believers, and who are people of the book [Jews and Christians] who live here, and others, who have done you no harm. People in the Western World will not change their negative views of Islam, Muslims, and the Prophet (SAWS) because of your shouting, your demonstrations in the streets, and your rampaging. They will not hear your voices; they will only see the shaking of your fists in the air, and the wanton violence and destruction of property, none of which represents the patience and forbearance of the Prophet of Allah, who you claim to defend.

The hearts of men belong to Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala; He guides whom He please and He leads astray who He please. However, we advise that you vent your frustration, your pain, and your concern about the defense of the Prophet (SAW) to Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala, who hears all supplications whether it is the loud thunderous voices in the streets or the almost silent, hushed voices that cry out in the still of the night. The legacy and dignity of Rasoolillah (SAWS) lives through our actions and is carried on in following his way of tolerance for those who disparage him, and in bringing the light of faith and strong moral foundation to the world. The Prophet (SAWS) is under no threat from any human being; he is safe with Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala, and in the best company. Billions of Muslims praise him and send salutations upon him, and his position with Allah is secure. There is nothing that anyone can say, write, or put on film that will ever change that. The rage, the anger and the violence that result from demonstrating in the streets, only threatens to extinguish the true light and guidance of the Prophet (SAWS) who was sent as a mercy to mankind.

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ibn Abdulkarim Muhammad Ahmad

Imam and Executive Director, Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center,

Sacramento, California, The United States of America

You may contact Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad @ imamabulaith@yahoo.com.


[1] [May the peace and blessings of God (Allah) be upon him)

Defend the Prophet (SAWS) by following His Way, not by Following Our Emotions, by Imam Luqman Ahmad

Some Muslims have come into the modern world with the expectation that Muslims, and the religion of Islam which we profess, are not to be offended. This is a false and unrealistic expectation, as Allah has decreed otherwise; [Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a determining factor in all affairs. 3:186].

People are free to either believe in the Prophet (SAWS), and what he has come with or to disbelieve in him, [Say, “The truth is from your Lord”: Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it) 18:29] The Prophet (SAWS) withstood all kinds of verbal abuse, accusations and invectives from the disbelievers and the polytheists while he was alive, and he endured, owing to his lofty character and high moral constitution [And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character. 68:4] When the Prophet (SAWS) was negotiating the famed treaty of Hudaibiyyah, the Meccan delegate Suhail ibn Amr did not accept the Prophet’s title (Muhammad Messenger of Allah) to be written on the contract and only agreed to the Prophet’s name; Muhammad ibn Abdullah, on the document. Suhail justified the slight by saying; “If we actually thought that you were indeed the messenger of Allah in the first place, we would not be fighting you”. If everyone on earth believed that the Prophet (SAWS) was the Messenger of Allah, then no one would criticize him. However, that is not the case, and many Muslims need to accept that, and move on.

Muslims around the world can either keep on working themselves up into frenzy every time someone criticizes or makes fun of Islam or Muslims, and keep pretending that this is the proper method to defend Islam, and the Prophet (SAW), or we can opt to follow our own scripture on the matter (Quran and Prophetic tradition), and save ourselves a lot of anxiety, frustration and misdirection; [“And endure with patience whatever people may say [against thee], and avoid them with a comely avoidance. 73:10]  Patience and magnanimity is better than carrying on in the streets, as if we are devoid of guidance. The Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) is dead, and his place with Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala is assured by the word of Allah Himself; [Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect. 33:56]

Following our raw emotions when religious texts dictate otherwise, does not represent what our religion is about.This insulting film about Rasoolillah (SAWS), which people are clamoring about, is not the first time that the Prophet (SAWS) has been disparaged, and it will most likely not be the last time. Defending the Prophet (SAWS) entails believing in him, obeying him and following his way. Not demonstrating in the streets, burning cars, chanting slogans, or killing people. Knowing what we know about the life and struggle of the Prophet (SAWS), he would not sanction the amount of visible rage, rioting, slogan chanting, and wanton destruction that some of us resort to in different parts of the world any time one of the many criticisms leveled against the Prophet (SAWS) mysteriously comes to surface.

If anyone wants to defend the Prophet (SAWS) from those who would criticize him, and assail him, then they would be better served by making every effort to live up to the standards of devotional worship, good character, kindness to the neighbor and the neighbors, charity and upright living that was practiced by the Prophet (SAWS). The legacy and dignity of Rasoolillah (SAWS) lives through our actions and is carried on in following his way of tolerance for those who disparage him, and in bringing the light of faith and strong moral foundation to the world. The Prophet (SAWS) is under no threat from any human being; he is safe with Allah sub’haanahu wa ta’ala, and in the best company. Billions of Muslims praise him and send salutations upon him, and his position with Allah is secure. There is nothing that anyone can say, write, or put on film that will ever change that. The rage, the anger and the violence that result from demonstrating in the streets, only threatens to extinguish the true light and guidance of the Prophet (SAWS) who was sent as a mercy to mankind.

A Muslim is not responsible for anyone’s negative opinion of the Prophet (SAWS) except when that Muslim engages in misguided actions in the name of Islam, and in the name of following the Prophet (SAWS). People can become more alienated and more antagonistic of Islam when they see the unfettered outpourings of rage and anger in different parts of the world resulting from a stupid, ill-conceived film about the Prophet (SAWS).

Historically, these demonstrations and rampages has done nothing to lessen the criticism and negative attitudes that people have towards Muslims and or Islam, and have only buttressed the view that Muslims have an unhealthy appetite for rage and violence.  Many, if not most times, Muslim rage has only resulted in innocent people, most of whom have been Muslim, being killed or injured. This current incident has not only resulted in the deaths of the American Ambassador to Libya along with three others of the diplomatic staff; there were a number of Libyan Muslims killed while trying to defend against the onslaught, and in addition, four [Muslim] protesters were killed in Yemen and at least nineteen people were injured in Cairo as of this writing.

In the din of condemnation of free expression of a negative statements and views directed towards Islam and Muslims, we forget to condemn as well, the misguided overreactions of the world’s Muslims to criticisms of our faith that is only meant as a test of our own moral resolve. Even if we win the battle of expression with our large and boisterous demonstrations and condemnations, we lose the war of faith and moral resolve in the process. The Prophet (SAW) was dispatched as a mercy to mankind and a bearer of glad tidings. It is ironic that so many are repelled from Islam due to our inability to bear criticism. Misguidance is misguidance, no matter who perpetrates it, and I remember being taught even before I entered grade school; that two wrongs don’t make a right. The true irony of this whole matter is that many of us have arrived to a point where we actually believe that the proper way to defend Islam is to go out in the street and disgrace it with our actions. I wonder what the Prophet (SAW) would say about that? Wal Allahul Mus’ta’aan.

Imam Luqman Ahmad

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, a Philadelphia native,  is a writer, a researcher and Imam of the Islamic Society of Folsom, in Northern California. He is a former executive committee member of the North America Imams Federation (NAIF), and the CEO of ‘Mosque Without Borders’, an organization that address Muslim sectarianism. He is also and the author of the new book, “Double Edged Slavery “, a critical and authoritative look at the condition of African American and convert Muslims in the United States, and the book: “The Devil’s Deception of the Modern Day Salafi Sect “, a look at the ideological underpinning of modern Salafist extremism. He blogs at imamluqman.wordpress.com, and can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com.

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