We gathered 30 Muslim children from around Sydney to participate in a response to Pauline Hanson’s proposed Muslim Ban and Islamophobic comments. Their reactions are priceless and yet somewhat alarming. Must watch video.[scrolling_box display=”category” category=”13″]
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While many mourn the victims of the tragic London attack, the far right have exploited the victims of this tragedy to further anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Senator Pauline Hanson in particular has urged her followers to not pray for the victims, but to rather pray for a Muslim Ban.
A Muslim man who broke up a street fight in New Jersey is being praised around the world.
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Everyone wants to be famous. It’s a truth that none of us can deny. Everyone wants their name on the tongues of people around the world.
And in all honesty, there’s nothing wrong with this if we’re using fame for the right reasons,
such as bringing about change, justice or to benefit others.
But the problem is when we want to be famous for the mere sake of being famous.
And today with Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter; This message has never been more important.
You see, today we’re actually seeing people who are willing to do anything for a couple of likes. Literally anything.
Even if it means ignoring all our own moral principles or putting our lives at risk. Anything to be famous.
But let me shed some light on this feeling that we’re chasing. For starters, fame is a lie. It’s an illusion. It’s fake. And even if you do achieve some sort of fame, it will be short lived.
And like everything else on this Earth, it will eventually fade away. And if you don’t believe me look at the people of the past. How many of the celebrities from the 50’s, 60’s or even the 70’s can you recall. Let alone the centuries of people before them.
And likewise the people of today, will soon be forgotten tomorrow. It’s a sad reality. But a reality nonetheless that we must come to terms with. But don’t get too upset just yet, because there is some good news.
And there still is a way for your name to be remembered in a way that actually does last forever. How so?
Well, we need to stop searching for fame with the people and start trying to be famous with the Creator of people. Allah.
Because when Allah remembers you and when Allah admires you. Nothing else matters.
So how can you be famous with Allah? Three things.
You need to remember Allah, you need to love Allah and you need Allah to love you too.
For every time you remember Allah, Allah will remember you. And if you want to be sure that Allah loves you, then you have to follow His Messenger Muhammad ﷺ. For when you follow him, Allah will love you to.
As Allah states in the Quran: Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Quran 3:31.
And know that if Allah loves you, He instructs the entire Heavens and Angels to love you too.
So much that His love for you will be manifest on this Earth amongst the people.
As the Hadith in Sahih Muslim states:
Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: When Allah loves a servant, He calls Gabriel and says: Verily, I so and so; you should also love him, and then Gabriel begins to love him. Then he makes an announcement in the heaven saying: Allah loves so and so and you also love him, and then the inhabitants of the Heaven (the Angels) also begin to love him and then there is conferred honour upon him in the earth.
Yes, when Allah loves you, people will love you too and many people will remember you.
Look at likes of Muhammad Ali who used his fame for the sake of God and to benefit humanity. Look at the scholars of the past who we all remember today for all the good they spread. Look at the companions. And lastly look at the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The most famous man on the face of this Earth today.
So if you want to be famous – be famous with Allah. For nothing else matters but Him.
This is the first production under our Talk Islam channel which has just joined the OnePath Network.
There is no doubt that one of the key features of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was his incredible ability to pardon and forgive even his most ardent enemies. In fact, Allah describes the Prophet in the Quran as a “Mercy to all of Creation” (Quran 21:107); a clear testimony to his merciful nature.
Let’s take a look at the following people the Prophet ﷺ was able to forgive despite their past grave offences.
Thumama Ibn Uthal
Thumama was one of the Arab leaders of Yammama and Banu Hanifah. He had once killed a group of the Prophet’s companions in response to a letter he received from the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ inviting him to Islam.
Thumama was eventually captured by the Muslims and tied to a post in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. During his imprisonment, the Prophet ensured he was treated well with sufficient food and drink. The Prophet even instructed his own camel to be milked for him.
For two days the Prophet asked him about his condition, to which Thumama would reply with the same response “”If you want to kill in reprisal, you can have someone of noble blood to kill. If out of your virtue, you want to forgive, I shall be grateful. If you want money in compensation, I shall give you whatever amount you ask.”
After the third day, the Prophet instructed his companions to release Thumama unconditionally. Thumama couldn’t believe he was pardoned, but nevertheless, he made his way out of the Mosque and towards a nearby palm grove.
He washed and watered his camel until he turned around and returned to the Mosque. There he stood before the companions and announced that he was now a Muslim and said the testimony of faith.
Thumama had been inspired by the kindness shown to him by the Prophet, and this is one of the strongest indications of what led him to Islam.
Thumama, in fact, went on to perform the minor pilgrimage Umrah and became the first Muslim to recite the “Talbiyah” around the Kaabah.
Safwan Ibn Umayah
Safwan had once plotted with Umayr Ibn Wahb to have the Prophet Muhammad killed. Although this plot was foiled by the Prophet himself, Safwan nevertheless continued his mission against Islam and the Muslims.
Following the Conquest of Makkah, the Prophet instructed Umayr to inform Safwan Ibn Umayah that he will be given four months’ amnesty to live in Makkah as a free man. This came as a total surprise to Safwan who had already made plans to flee Makkah, fearing persecution for his crimes.
One month later, following the Battle of Hunayn, the Prophet generously gifted Safwan with an entire valley of camels as a reward for his help in providing weaponry. Despite the fact Safwan was not a Muslim at the time, he could not believe the generosity the Prophet had just shown him and thus almost immediately accepted Islam.
Safwan was reported to have said “Oh people believe in Islam, for Muhammad gives as though he does not fear poverty” as is narrated in Sahih Muslim.
Abu Sufyan Ibn Harb
Abu Sufyan was a leader of the Quraish, the most ardent enemies of the Prophet Muhammad in Makkah. He was responsible for leading many armies against the Prophet and the Muslims, including many campaigns that resulted in the persecution of Muslims.
Following the Conquest of Makkah, Abu Sufyan asked for forgiveness from the Prophet and accepted Islam. The Prophet not only forgave him but also showed him the great honour by openly stating “Whosoever enters the house of Abu Sufyan will be safe”
Wahshi Ibn Harb
Wahshi was responsible for spearing and killing the beloved uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, Hamza Ibn Abi Talib, during the Battle of Uhud This killing took place at a time where Hamza was a great support to the Muslims and Islam.
Although this act had hurt the Prophet deeply and caused him great grief, he still forgave Wahshi after he repented and accepted Islam.
Hind Bint Utbah
Hind was the wife of Abu Sufyan Ibn Harb and was a staunch opponent of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam. She would frequently inspire the Quraish to harm the Muslims and the Prophet.
Following the Conquest of Makkah, she too was forgiven by the Prophet after accepting Islam and repenting from her past.
These are only some of the examples of people that the Prophet forgave despite the grave actions they had performed in the past. May Allah make us all examples of such Prophetic forgiveness and allow us to follow in his ﷺ footsteps.
Ustadha Umm Jamaal ud-Din provides Muslim women with a plan on how to respond, not only to the recent EU Hijab ban, but to all tribulations they may face.
Umm Jamaal ud-Din formally reverted to Islam in 1989. Both her father and grandfather were Christian lay preachers in the Church. She has since studied under Arabic Scholars in Saudi Arabia. She has memorised the Holy Quran and is also a mother of five children, three of whom have also memorised the Book of Allah under her guidance.
Is Islam just for Muslims?
Many of us would think that the Prophet Muhammad was sent for the Muslims, or that Islam is a religion simply for the Muslims. However the reality is both Prophet Muhammad and Islam were meant for the guidance and benefit of the entirety of humanity.
In a recent segment by Today Tonight Adelaide, two “Imams” were used as representatives of the Muslim community to make shocking allegations against the Muslim community.
One of the “Imams” used in the segment, Mr. Mohammed Tawhidi made the outrageous claim that Muslims in Australia are planning to create an Islamic State within Australia. Despite providing no proof for such a claim, his interview was aired to audiences around the country and went viral over social media.
Little is known about Mr Tawhidi or his followers, his centre named the “Islamic Association of South Australia” was only set up last year and there is little to no information available about the centre and its attendees.
South Australia happens to be home to a very long established Muslim community, with the nation’s oldest Mosque, built in the 1800’s by Afghan cameliers, standing in the heart of Adelaide city.
When One Path Network approached the Australian National Imams Council, ANIC, for comment, they stated that Mr Tawhidi was “not recognised as an Imam, Sheikh or Muslim leader”. ANIC is the official representative body of all Imams across Australia and has over 250 members, all Imams.
The Imams Council of South Australia was also approached for a comment. Their leader, Sheikh Amin Abousamaha, who leads congregations at the largest Mosque in South Australia, confirmed that “he was not recognised” and “not part of the Islamic leadership in South Australia”.
The other so-called Imam interviewed in Today Tonight’s segment is known as Mustafa Rashed, and is a known imposter and fraud. He has previously claimed to be the Mufti of Australia, and was exposed by ANIC in 2014 for his fraudulent remarks. ANIC released a statement at the time refuting his bogus claims. He has no known credentials in Islamic Studies and neither does he have a centre in Australia or a following.
We encourage all Australians to always fact-check their information. Reputable journalists and media organisations should, at the very least, conduct the simple due diligence to verify the identities and credentials of the people they are espousing to be experts or faith leaders.
We at OnePath Network imagine many Australians would have been shocked and angered by the claims made on Today Tonight by these bogus Imams. Our advice to you is simple – get to know the real Muslims in your area. Ask for a tour of your local Mosque, make an appointment to visit and have a cup of tea with the locals. Through conversation, understanding and mutual respect will grow. You will be able to see with your own eyes that there is nothing to fear form your Muslim neighbours.