AUDIO: Jihad of the Tongue

Prophet Muhammad (Prayers & Peace be Upon Him & His Family) reportedly said, “Jihad pertains to three: Jihad with the hand, with the tongue and in the heart.” [Narrated by Al-Hakim At-Tirmidhi in Nawadar Al-Usul Fi Ahadith Ar-Rasul]

Today’s khutbah was given at the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs (Canton Mosque) regarding the Jihad of the Tongue, meaning the struggle of articulating intellectual arguments against the corruption of deen (loosely translated as religion) and resisting the introduction of blameworthy innovations (bid’ah).

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VIDEO: ‘Dangers of Extremism’

The following video is of a lecture that I just gave this past Thursday titled, “The Dangers of Extremism,” which was given at the Dearborn Community Center/Masjid As-Salam.

The talked touched on the following:

1)      The ideological similarities of those extremist Muslims who kill fellow Muslims in this time with the “Khawarij” who martyred Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (KW) approximately 1,300 years ago.

2)      The meaning of the hadeeth, “Whoever changes his religion, kill him,” and its meaning that is related to committing treason not simply changing ideology to aethism or Christianity.

3)       The agreement/covenant that American Muslims have in protecting the society.

4)      Al-Islam’s position against vigilantism.

5)      The sanctity of all human life.

6)      Steps to take in reporting persons’ coming to mosques or over the internet using extreme rhetoric irrespective if the persons are authentic extremists or informants.

7)      The responsibility that all Muslims have to be informants regarding seeing any criminal activity going on in society.

8)      The sacred command that Muslims have been given not to spy in persons’ private matters and affairs.

9)      Productive ways of challenging bad governmental policies such as being civically engaged and speaking up against injustices per the hadeeth, “The best struggle [jihad] is to speak a word of truth/justice to an oppressive leader[ship].”

On Al-Jazeera today discussing Al-Qaeda, racial profiling

Our comments condemning Al-Qaeda are scheduled to shown on Al-Jazeera (Arabic) today at 11 AM Eastern time and will be playing throughout the day.

Television coverage of our condemnations & concerns of racial profiling:

FOX 2

WDIV Channel 4

WXYZ Channel 7

TV 20

Also see Detroit Free Press story Area Muslims: Don’t link us with Al-Qaeda:

Walid said the failed attempt to blow up Flight 253 from Amsterdam as it landed in Detroit is not “jihad,” or “striving in the cause of God.” Instead, attacks are “irhab,” or “terrorism,” and “hirabah,” or “unlawful warfare,” according to Islam’s holy book, the Quran, he said.

“To our fellow Americans, we ask you not to paint all Muslims with a broad brush,” Walid said. “We condemn this type of injustice.”

Walid’s group is launching its own jihad, an online endeavor to provide legitimate information to young, uneducated Muslims who might fall prey to Internet rhetoric from religious extremists. He expects the online presence to launch by spring.

Also see Detroit News story Yemenis, Muslims fear backlash:

“People in the community are just frustrated,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of Michigan’s Council on American-Islamic Relations.

He said that misinformation about Islam abounds after such incidents. Walid said that the vast majority of the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world do not support al-Qaida, and, in fact, make up most of the terrorist group’s casualties in places such as Pakistan and Iraq.

“Killing and targeting civilians is unacceptable in Islam,” he said.

He offered a distinction between Islamic concepts, condemning the incident as “irhab” (terrorism) and “hirabah” (unlawful warfare), and denying that the act constituted true “jihad,” or work on behalf of God.

“These people are not engaged in legitimate jihad, and we should not embolden them further by calling them ‘jihadis,’ ” Walid said.

CAIR-MI statement denouncing Al-Qaeda

The following statement was read in front of the media today on the local, national and international levels.

Al-Jazeera in Arabic should be broadcasting our interview tomorrow.

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Statement by CAIR-MI Director Dawud Walid

American Muslims Condemn Al-Qaeda’s Involvement in Failed Airline Attack Over Detroit

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today strongly condemns Al-Qaeda for its self-acknowledged role in a failed attack on a passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas day.

No faith or legitimate political ideology could ever justify the injuring or murdering of innocent civilians. No cause or grievances can ever justify such wanton violence.

To members of Al-Qaeda and their sympathizers, we say your actions constitute “irhab” (terrorism) and “hirabah” (unlawful warfare), not “jihad” (striving in the cause of G-d).  Murdering innocent civilians is making war against the Quran, the very foundation of Islam, for G-d clearly says that to kill one innocent person is like killing all of humankind.

To our fellow Americans, we ask you not to paint all Muslims with a broad brush and to resist the temptation to label us all as potential threats.

The incidents that took place in Detroit and in Arizona on Sunday in which three men were erroneously believed to have been security threats, primarily because of their ethnicities, are examples of innocent people being profiled and humiliated because of fear.

President Obama addressed our nation yesterday on our need to balance our national security concerns with our civil liberties concerns.

Mr. Obama stated:

“Those plotting against us seek not only to undermine our security, but also the open society and the values that we cherish as Americans…As Americans, we will never give in to fear or division. We will be guided by our hopes, our unity, and our deeply held values.”