A believer’s response to Burning of the Quran
Nouman Ali Khan
When we come across such stupidity and idiocy what should be our reaction
We need to have clarity and consistency across our community
First of all these tactics are done in a very calculated and precise way to get a reaction out of Muslims and the expected reaction is that will go crazy and become overly emotional and perhaps there will be some riots like for instance in the Danish cartoon controversy there were street riots, cars were being burned down and protests were being held and shops were been torn down and they think
Muslims have to show themselves as barbaric, mindless, Muslim don’t know even how to be civil…
First and foremost if we react in a certain way, we are playing right into their game. We are falling right into their trap and doing exactly what they want us to do. And they do these things over and over just to see how we respond and we have to understand the language of response.
We have to see that this is not the first time that these kinds of inciting attacks – there are two kinds of attacks, you can have a physical, military kind of attack or you can have a psychological, ideological attacks. And these are psychological, ideological attacks. But we need to know that Allah’s Messenger Sal. suffered both of these kinds of attacks in his own lifetime. And the Book of Allah faced both these kinds of attacks in the life time of the Messenger sal.
This is not the first time.
And so when things are horrendous and outrageous things are being said about Allah’s Messenger sal. or His Book, this is something that’s a continuation of the tradition of Quraysh. This is not something new and Allah addressed it in His Book.
If you watch the CNN clip of that weird looking pastor saying “we believe the Quran is from the devil blah blah blah” and you are gonna say how can he say that. This is very shocking language. And yet you find in the Quran Allah makes us understand “Wallahu bi qauli shaythanir rajeem” this is not the word of a devil because this was an accusation made already. The accusations that Allah has talked about in the Quran, they are not coming up with anything new. It’s the same old thing. It’s the same old game. And Allah has given us guidance on how to respond to it.
So when the Messenger was faced with the worst kind of ignorance then he was commanded Fasbir Sabrun Jameela – be patient in the most beautiful form. Show your restraint over your emotions. When we response we should respond intellectually.
I want to address some of the comments even though they were full of ignorance at least for the younger Muslims who get fired up easily or get depressed about these things
Firstly there’s no such as burning the Quran. There’s no such thing.
Allah revealed this book from Lawhul Mahfooz “Bal huwa Quranun majeed fee lawhin mahfooz kithaabun maknoon”.
Allah talks about it as guarded and protected in the 7th Heaven. And when Allah gave His messenger the mission to deliver the message that people wouldn’t take it seriously they would disregard the Quran What did Allah tell His Messenger sal.? this is a powerful reminder whoever wants they can make mention of it whoever wants they can benefit from the reminder and they can and even if they don’t this is from a very high place. This is not some journal or from a magazine
So the fact that you even get to have contact with it, that you get to hear these words is an honour for you and if you don’t want to take benefit from it, that’s your loss. Trying to insult Allah’s Book or harm Allah’s Book is as useless as trying to spit at the sun. its gonna come back on your own face. Its pointless.
The first thing I want to share with you is what they are burning is ink and paper. What they are burning is what is printed in a printing press. They are not burning the Quran. The Quran is with Allah. And then the Quran that came on the earth was revealed on the heart of Muhammedur rasoolullah
“it was revealed on your heart so you can become of those who warn”. After that in Surah Ankabut Allah gives us a beautiful definition of the Quran bal huwa ayaatun baiyyinathun fee sudurillazeena uthul ilm
These ayat that we recite those are miraculous signs, clear miraculous signs that lie in the chests of those who have been given knowledge. So you want to burn the Quran, you will have to burn these chests. This is where the Quran actually lies. They cannot remove this Quran.
The only people who can violate Allah’s Book and not do justice to Allah’s Book more than anyone else is the believers themselves. If we who were given the Quran to keep in our hearts, remove it from our hearts “don’t follow the one whose heart has been made void of our remembrance” and the remembrance of Allah is the Quran. The Quran that was supposed to be in the chest of the believers when its gone from these chests, when we don’t remember the Quran with our hearts . when we have no idea what’s being recited in Salah, when we find it boring and when we are wondering what rakah it is in taraweeh – if that’s the case with us, then we are bigger criminals – so don’t worry about anybody else, let’s worry about ourselves. We owe something to this Book.
And on top of this we very quickly look at non-Muslims and what they have done. Very difficult for us to look in the mirror, and seriously look in the mirror.
How can it be that we have Muslims all over this world and not knocking on any countries we are guilty of it ourselves that we can have decorated pieces of ayat of Quran in our homes and big framed pieces of Qul huwallahu ahad and surathul Asr and next to it is a big screen tv and you are watching movies for like 8 hours a day and next to it Allah swears by Himself that you are running out of time. This is not disrespect of Quran? This reminder is looking at you in the face and you couldn’t care less? The only thing that the Quran is doing in your car is that you don’t have dual side air bags in your car so you keep a copy of Quran in your car while you are blasting filth or whatever it is in your car and you still hang the Ayatul Kursi from the rear view mirror because its gonna protect you some how? This is Quran to you?
And this is a very serious thing that we reduce the Quran to trinkets. And am not saying don’t keep a copy of the Quran in your car and put the reminder on the rear view mirror. I say you should do it. But when the remembrance is gone. When the remembrance for the believer from the Quran, when it doesn’t touch their heart then there’s a very serious problem. More serious than someone trying to burn a copy of the Quran.
What they are trying to do is proving Allah’s point “they are trying to extinguish Allah’s light with their mouth and Allah is going to complete his light”. They can bark all they want. They can have as many barbecues as they want. That’s not gonna change anything. The word of Allah will be complete, the word of Allah will be supreme. “The Speech of Allah, it is Supreme”. He didn’t say it will be supreme or it will become supreme. He said straight, directly “It is Supreme”. You don’t have to elevate it, its already elevated. Its already there, nothing can bring it down.
These attacks are not new.
We ourselves have to have increased dignity of Quran. And when we look at these acts of ignorance, we need to be collected and calm and we need to understand that what they are doing is an exercise in futility. And the attempt of it is to get the emotions of Muslims riled up.
Don’t think we are disrespected by their act. We are because what they are doing is offensive.
But the way we respond is the way we should be responding not the way they want us to respond.
That’s the first point I wanted to make.
The 2nd point I wanted to bring to your intention. In the CNN interview with this pastor he said “we don’t have any problem with the Muslims, but the Sharia Law is from the devil”. And this is something that is being repeated over and over again how barbaric sharia law is in academic circles like Harvard and Columbia University forums are being held how sharia law does not jive with modern civilization.
And they have had seminars in the last few years in a row about how the principles of Islamic law that deal with women and inheritance and idda these are controversial issues and we have to find a way to help the Muslims to re-interpret them, in a way that is more politically correct etc etc. and they have had several forums on this issue at higher academic circles.
How do we respond to that?
How do we respond to the pastor? For yourself
Any law of Islam that is mentioned in the Quran that they call from the devil is already mentioned in the Bible. Allah already revealed it. What Allah revealed to us was a confirmation already revealed to them.
And the things that they call most controversial, they call jihad controversial read about ‘smiting nations’ in the Bible. Which Book has more violence in it and there is no comparison the Bible has far more violence according to their standard. We didn’t say anything.
The bible talks about not sparing a man woman or child and burning down trees and breaking every house. There are passages like that in the Bible. And they conveniently say “we don’t follow our book” what a thing to be taking pride in ? We don’t follow our book.
But they want us to be that way.
The other thing that was made a big controversy is that “o you muslims have this law of Riddah”. i.e. when someone leaves Islam. And they don’t understand the fiqh of it or its interpretation. But they say if somebody leaves Islam you are going to kill him. So really? You don’t know about that. What about when Musa Al. went up to the mountain and the people started worshipping the calf and when he came back what did Allah reveal? Kill your own people the ones who have left Islam. This is in the Quran. It is in the Torah.
The ones who have left Islam and worshipped the calf their punishment is that they should be executed. This is our sharia law. This is the shariah of musa al. and it’s a continuation. Its not something new. This is something in your own Book. You don’t look at that as controversial. Zaalikum khairullakum indha baari’ikum. Allah told them that is better for you (for your nation) as far as your lord is concerned. And He will accept your tauba if you do so. He will punish each tribe of the 12 tribes of Israel and each tribe we are told in Surathul Baqara was commanded to execute those who had left Islam. And we are not saying that we do that with our people actually because there is more involved to this law actually.
But to think that a pastor who teaches the bible can get up on a podium and talk about how these laws are from the devil and yet they are found in his own book that’s fascinating to me. That’s incredible to me.
And the scariest thing is when Muslims are listening to these things and especially the level of ignorance Muslims have reached and I say this over and over again and I don’t get tired of it. The biggest weapon the enemies of Islam have is not the media, it is more powerful than that and it is the ignorance of the Muslims. That’s the weapon they have. They have no other weapon.
If the Muslim is equipped with knowledge if the Muslim is equipped with a proper education of his own Book then the Muslim has nothing to fear.
When I travel a lot I listen to a lot of Christian talk radio – what are they saying about Muslims. I was travelling to Oklahoma and there was this pastor on the radio and he was saying I challenge any Muslim to call us on this station and we have our Quran expert here and he’s gonna tell you what’s what and he’s gonna show you how there are contradictions in the Quran.
I call up like 10 times and they keep hanging up on me. They have these fake callers. They call up and say I used to be Muslim but now I see the light hallelujah and they will celebrate that another one has seen the light. But its all staged and you can tell that its clearly staged because the one who is supposedly Muslim says weirdo things and doesn’t even say Assalamu Alaiykum properly. So you know its all drama and staged. It’s a comedy.
But the scary thing is that there is a Muslim out there listening to this who doesn’t have knowledge. And he is listening to that and its getting into his head. And he’s getting impressed with it. And he’s getting twisted with it.
And its not just Christian radio. Our youth are going to college and part of your requirement is to take a couple of course in philosophy and nowadays a lot of the colleges are offering Islamic history of course being taught by non-Muslims with very non-Muslim agendas.
I had the opportunity to meet with a head of History Dept in Valencia College Florida and he got fired because he refused to teach the book Classic Civilizations because they were trying to push this idea that Muslims and Christians and western worlds were supposed to clash and fight. And he said “I don’t believe in this idea, there are other texts that we can teach”. Got fired.
So what they pretend to be open minded academics and we look at things analytical but its all hog wash and our youth are going to university. Am not saying they shouldn’t go to university. But they are getting exposed to this and they don’t have a response from the Muslim side.
They take 2 philosophy classes and they get messed up in their heads. They think they know philosophy – they don’t. they don’t get their answers to their questions from their families or from their local masjid.
When a nation is not aware it cannot survive.
Our Ummah we are not defined by our knowledge. We are not a knowledgeable community. The masajid have now to serve the role of not just being the places of worship but now the centres of learning which is why its so important that we further the institutions that we already have and create more institutions that can serve more needs.
We have to be equipped, we have to be ready.
The bani Israel were told to believe in what Allah send down
We have to take this seriously
The religion for everyone else is just a culture. Something their parents handed down. For us this is a mission. Our religion, our dheen is a missioin. The mission of your life is not to get a promotion. The mission of your life is not to open a 2nd store or buy that car that you were waiting for. Those are not missions. Those are just side things. Your mission is this this dheen. Your life your death
My prayer, life my sacrifice and my death are for Allah
When we understand that, that is my mission then we will begin to do justice to this book.
Don’t be distracted by stupid things in the media. You should be reciting and understanding Allah’s Book.
Be productive engage in the masjid, listen to the halaqa. Learn and ask questions. Learn more about your religion.
You have to become engaged.