AFIC Under The Spotlight

We sat down the new President of AFIC, Keysar Trad, to confront all the public allegations. [gap height=”40″][scrolling_box display=”category” format=”” category=”122″]

Sheikh Shady Response

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Do All Lives Really Matter?

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Do All Lives Really Matter?

With so much oppressive behaviour occurring around the world, and only a selected few have been given the platform to share these horrific occurrences. While there are bombings continuously occurring in Syria, the attack in Nice, France was given full coverage. This has happened many times and people are outraged. So do some lives matter more than others?

Do All Lives Really Matter?
Do All Lives Really Matter?

It may seem so but isn’t the Muslim community doing the same? Aren’t we promoting injustice as well? In Islam all lives matter to Allah, and that is what is promoted, whether the individual is of a different faith, race or culture, Islam promotes equity and equality. This is reinforced by the Prophet .

The Messenger of Allah   said, “Fear the prayer of the oppressed, even if he is a disbeliever, for there is no barrier (between it and Allah).”

Ahmad

We must always be just in our dealings, whether the other party is Muslim or not , this is also a form of dawah, as you are showing a non-Muslim the way a Muslim is supposed to behave. Even if your parents are acting unjustly you must stand up to the oppressors and advise them of their wrongdoings. Allah says,

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not (personal) inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort (your testimony) or refuse (to give it), then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”

Quran 4:135

Another verse from the word of Allah states,

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let that hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed Allah is Acquainted with what you do.”

Quran 5:8

Always be sure to treat everyone equally no matter who they are or where they are from, as we are all equal to Allah.

Know Allah’s Forgiveness

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Know Allah’s Forgiveness

We are humans and are prone to sin, we are not perfect and make mistakes and sin daily, but by sincerely asking for Allah’s forgiveness makes us from those who Allah loves. This question of has Allah forgiven me for my sins, is a reflection of the state of your Imaan and is a positive sign.

Know Allah's Forgiveness
Know Allah’s Forgiveness

The Prophet said, “If your good deeds make you happy and your bad deeds make you sad, then you are a believer.”

Ahmad

We learn from the Quran and Sunnah that the words repentance (astaghfirullah) and regret (tawbah) are two keywords that if followed and done properly can lead to Allah’s forgiveness. In Surah Hud, we learn that the Prophet Hud states by seeking forgiveness and repentance that Allah will be pleased with us

And (saying), “Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, (and) He will let you enjoin a good provision…”

Quran 11:3

The marriage of the two is necessary, first ask for Allah’s forgiveness, sincerely, then make tawbah by pledging to Allah that you will not fall into this sin again. When asking for forgiveness you have to feel it meaning, that you are reforming, when you repent there needs to be sincere guilt. One of the 99 names of Allah is Al-Wadud, The Affectionate, He loves those that repent to Him, through repentance you become closer with Allah.

On the authority of Anas, who said, “I heard the Prophet ﷺ say, ‘Allah the Almighty said, ‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask for Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the Earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it’”

al-Tirmidhi 

Allah accepts our repentance even though He knows we may fall into that same sin again, but by seeking forgiveness sincerely, Allah will constantly forgive.