November 2015

There is much discussion these days on social media regarding the rise of ‘Perennialism’, which is the belief that ultimate truth transcends any one religion, and that all religions lead to salvation.

I have spoken about this concept in detail, and published an academic paper as well.
You can find the video, along with a transcript, at the link below.

http://muslimmatters.org/2014/04/11/salvific-exclusivity-i-shaykh-yasir-qadhi/

The article that I wrote was entitled ”The Path of Allah or the Paths of Allah? Revisiting Classical and Medieval Sunni Approaches to the Salvation of Others.”

It was published in an edited volume entitled ‘Between Heaven and Hell’, by Oxford University Press (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/between-heaven-and-hell-9780199945412?cc=us&lang=en&#).

I shall summarize some salient features of my article in the next few posts.

Salvific Exclusivity – Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

Lecture by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi | Transcript by Hayley B. The following is the video and transcript of Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s lecture “Salvific Exclusivity.” The transcript includes slight modifications for the sake of readability and clarity. Thank you very much. It’s very daunting to come on stage af…

Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali speaks some words of wisdom here.

It is very difficult to criticize one’s ‘own’ base. Takes a true man of courage to do so. May Allah bless him and all of us to speak the truth, no matter the consequences!

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

“Eliminate Wabbism/Salafism, you’ll eliminate ISIS.” Though I strongly disagree with this assertion, it is the sentiment of a many Muslims today. The underlying assumptions of the above statement are the following: 1) ideology “alone” radicalizes; 2) any person or group endorsing /justifying violence will “inevitably” act violently; 3) Wahhabis/Salafis are the “only” Muslims who justify violence against others; and 4) if we eliminate the ideology, we will eradicate senseless violence from the planet. Muslims who promote such ideas overlook/omit the following: 1) it was Sufis who endorsed suicide bombings against Israelis and others, while Wahhabis were largely against them; 2) non-Wahhabi Muslims who say Islam means “peace” (even though it really means “submission”) were often the first to put their support behind the Arab spring, the “violent” overthrow of their governors, and called for armed Western intervention; 3) prior to the Arab Spring, Wahhabis were largely apolitical and focused all of their attention on trying to “correct” the understanding of Muslims in general; 4) it was the Sufis and other Muslims calling for the overthrow of Arab governors with fatwas justifying spilling their blood on the basis of them being “apostates” or “unbelievers” i.e. the same principle (takfir = anathematization) often identified as being the root of the Wahhabi threat; 5) if the existence of an ideology is what makes it a threat, this would corroborate the claims of Islamophobes that “Islam” is the real threat to world peace, not simply ISIS, Qaeda, or Wahhabis. In other words, Muslims who live in this imaginary world without nuance indirectly endorse an ideology which can potentially undo Islam completely; 6) Not every Wahhabi/Salafi is the same. While Muslims are constantly asking the non-Muslim public not to overgeneralize about us and Islam, we turn around and do the same thing to Wahhabis/Salafis; 7) an endorsement of this assertion is to fundamentally paint non-Wahhabis as the “good” Muslims and them as the “evil-doers.” So non-Muslims need not worry about us as long as they use all of their military might to rid the world of them; and 8) to insist that Wahhabi ideology is the root of the emergence of ISIS is to absolve western governments from the major role they played in making it possible for ISIS to rise to power, starting with the dismantling of the Iraqi regime. There are more things I could list. But, this list of contentions should hopefully highlight the contradictions and inconsistencies in this form of reasoning. Some of us are so blinded and obsessed with championing our own ideology, they overlook how they dehumanize their opponents and threaten the lives of so many innocent souls. Think. Reflect. Repent.


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A la liste des journalistes approximatifs, qui mêlent la mauvaise foi à la compétence relative, vous pouvez ajouter désormais M. Baudouin Eschapasse (avec quelques autres faussaires notoires). Je n’aurais donc réagi que 4 jours après les événements m’imposant une étrange “cure de silence” et finissant par me dévoiler en dénonçant les perquisitions excessives, brutales et incohérentes (j’aurais donc tort, il n’y aurait eu que quelques bavures). Encore une fois, ce serait la preuve de ce double visage, Dr Tariq et Mr Ramadan… Voyez ci-dessous son accroche mensongère et ma prise de position quelques heures après les événements…

M. Eschapasse, je ne vous ferai pas l’honneur de commenter davantage votre article insignifiant. J’avais juste cette envie amusée que les internautes connaissent désormais votre nom, à défaut de pouvoir identifier le visage, unique et définitif, de votre malhonnêteté professionnelle.


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I once had a thousand questions. But in one deafening silence, they were all answered. Finally. Letting go isn’t easy. But often what keeps us bound, is the ambiguity of a situation–of where we stand, and where we’re going. As soon as that ambiguity is lifted, we find clarity. That is when the chains are broken, and we finally become…
Free.

My believing that Islam is the true path to salvation doesn’t make me intolerant. So long as I believe that you have the same right to pursue and live in accordance with what you deem to be truth, there is nothing to apologize for. Our desire to coexist with others while still being Muslim should not lead us down the dangerous path of compromising the very fundamentals of what makes us Muslim in the first place. We have to stay true to our text while being aware of our context.

For all of those that are complaining about the difficulties they are undergoing. Read Surah Al balad verse 4.

From the outset; childbirth (suffering for the mother and the new born) to growing up – struggling to learn how to live with other humans, in difficult environs to the pain and suffering of learning to live through lose of love ones and health and to the ultimate end – death indeed – and yet we are an incredible creation, born to struggle, to survive and other come challenges.

Indeed:
“So many live their lives feeling unloved, unseen,
unrecognized, unappreciated. So very many. You may
not know who they are because we are all conditioned to hide our truth below a bushel of shame. But they are everywhere. When you make an effort to share your love, you don’t always know where it will land. But be sure that it does. Sometimes it lights a torch for others to follow. Sometimes it gives them reason to believe that there is a better life waiting for them after a lifetime of disappointment. Sometimes it builds spirits and sometimes it actually saves lives. We just have to keep giving the love wherever and whenever we can. You never know how far it will travel.”
–Jeff Brown

If this is true…

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