Shaykh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong’s recent interview on A9 TV.
Shaykh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong and Shaykh Muhammad Amin-Evans on Faith Forum, Hidayat TV discussing ‘Love not Hate’ with Dr Talib Warsi (24.09.2013).
What is happening in Kenya is abhorrent, it goes without saying to be honest and I will say with full conviction and authority as a Muslim representative in UK that Islam and terrorism are not synonymous!
The growth of Islamist terrorist cells is down to one major factor; Modernist Salafist sectarianism home grown from the likes of Saudi Arabistan and Egypt not surprisingly with the helping hand of that old not forgotten relic the so called “British Empire”. None of these sectarian groups be it shabaab, hamas, hezbollah or taliban have ever represented true traditional Islamic teaching for they all reject it, down to the fact that the vast majority of major scholars in Islam were actually Sufis.
Sufism may I add is not a sect nor a private group of believers, Sufism [Tasawwuf] is the word given by the great scholars of Islam to describe that very science within Islam that deals with the deep spiritual aspects of ones life, plus it’s also a linage of teaching that goes back from teacher to teacher right back to the Messenger of Allah himself, peace be upon him, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah.
Want a stop to these freaks that are not only attacking none muslims, but also muslims? I suggest the key is Sufism! For with Sufism it teaches that we are all ONE, no matter what religion or sexuality we may be. All the freaking mentalist terrorist groups have none what so ever, devoid of any form of deep spirituality and their very actions are the manifestations of that!
The great Sufi teachers have always taught that one cannot reach a true spirituality without love and compassion and that one cannot ever reach enlightenment with any form of hate in the heart. When you change the heart of men you change the world!
Muhammad Hamzah (Celt Islam)
Cultural Director, The Association of British Muslims.
By Dr Talib Warsi
Director of Intrafaith Affairs, AOBM
It is now year 2013, in the Islamic Calendar 1434 AH. Over 1400 years ago a small group of followers of the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed Mustafa (PBUH), sat down to break their day’s fast in the holy month of Ramadan.
During the greater part his life, the great Prophet of Islam, the Messenger of God was harassed, condemned and even ridiculed by his fellow Arabs. But now we can say, ‘O Mohammed (PBUH), the message from God that you brought to the us has indeed reached the entire world,’ Labbaik (لبيك), congratulations to you. O Prophet of Allah, we now try our best to practice what you preached. Some of us reside far away from the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, in a different corners of the world, we live in England, UK is our home. A different continent, different time zone, different climate, different food and even different attire. But we follow your teachings, practice your faith Islam, as best as we can. Fortunately, O Prophet, we are able to do all this with great ease, comfort and freedom here in UK. This is perhaps beyond our belief and expectations when we compare our lives with the lives of fellow Muslims in other parts of the world. How wonderful it is to be living in this country.
While it may have been written 14 centuries ago, the letter Khalifah Ali ibn Abi Talib wrote to Malik Ashtar is just as, if not even more relevant to us today.
May Allah SWT help us return to the noble wisdom of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his loyal companions, may Allah bless them.
Jabir heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) say:
A Muslim is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe. (Muslim 14)
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: A Muslim is one from whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safe and a believer is one in whom people place their trust in regard to their life and wealth. (Al-Tirmidhi 3)
Narrated Abdullah bin Amr:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden.” (Al-Bukhari 1:9)
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem:
“Now among His signs are the night and the day, as well as the sun and the moon: [hence,] adore not the sun or the moon, but prostrate yourselves in adoration before God, who has created them – if it is Him whom you [really] worship. And though some be too proud [to listen to this call], they who [in their hearts] are with thy Sustainer extol His limitless glory by night and by day, and never grow weary [thereof].”
~ Holy Qur’an 41:37-38 (M. Asad)