Islamic Renaissance

A Voice for the Muslim Freedom Struggle

Who is a Colonised Muslim?

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When it comes to speaking about the violence towards Muslims, he says “But brother, perfect yourself first!” & “Do you even wake up for fajr?” And he forgets about every commandment of God that says uphold justice and fight oppression, and the stories of the prophets who fought tyrants.

When it comes to violence from Muslims, all of a sudden he is the champion of human rights, holding khutbas on the matter, organising talks, producing videos and memes quoting every ayah in the Quran that states killing innocent people is wrong and narrates every story where prophets showed mercy.

Do not be fooled by such a Muslim. If he truly valued human life, he would show consistency, speaking about all injustices. The colonised Muslim is reactionary, only speaking when he is under fire, fearing for his own safety.

This type of Muslim is in servitude to our oppressors, not God. God commands we speak the truth and stand for justice regardless of who it’s for or against. There is no clause, no small print, no condition attached.

Our oppressors on the other hand, expect us to speak the “truth” when Muslims react violently to their violent foreign policy and expect us to remain silent when they commit terrorism in the Muslim world. And that is what the colonised Muslim does, quoting the verses of the Quran when Muslims react violently – never when we are brutally murdered.

This is why newspaper help to make trends like #YouAintNoMuslimBruv and #NotInMyName go viral.

It conditions us to dance to the tune of our oppressors – it teaches Muslims how to react. As long as we’re apologising and reinforcing the its-an-interpretation-of-Islam narrative we will not be whipped by our colonial masters, but if we step out of line and highlight it had nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with foreign policy, be prepared to be labelled an “Islamist”, “Jihadist”, “Extremist” and any other propaganda word that will make it easier to discredit you at best, or at worst exile and drone you.

So all those Muslims trending the apologetic hashtags, shouting at the top of your lungs “Islam means peace” – whilst we are the biggest victims of terrorism – give yourself a pat on the back. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, you just reinforced a narrative that justifies the killing of Muslims.

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If God exists, why does poverty?

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From time to time we hear those who are in doubt of God’s existence, ask the question; If God exists, why does poverty? How can God, if He exists, the creator of the heaven and earth, not eradicate poverty? Since poverty exists, it must mean God doesn’t. The answer to many will be difficult to accept, as the reason lies somewhere much closer to home.

First of all, we must ask ourselves if there is enough food on the planet to feed its population, or did God create the circumstances for poverty to always exist? Currently, the estimated population of the world is approximately 7 billion, and there is enough food in the world in this moment of time, to be able to feed 10 billion people.

So if there is enough food in the world to fulfill the need of every human being, and more, then why does poverty exist? Nelson Mandela would like to answer the question: “Poverty is not an accident, like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

You see, in 2012 alone, the world’s top 100 richest people earned enough money to eradicate extreme poverty four times over. Poverty does not exist because God does not exist. Poverty exists because of the actions of human beings, because of your action. Yes, you. “Did you think you would enter the Garden without God first proving which of you would struggle for His cause and remain steadfast?” [Quran 3:142]

There is a reason you and I are here. There is a reason we exist: “Did you think we had created you in vain, and that you would not be brought back to Us?” [23:115] There is a mission we must fulfill. What is that mission? It is the same mission that the Prophets of God were sent with; “We sent the Messengers with clear signs, the scripture and the balance, so people could uphold justice.” [57:25] Our purpose on earth is to live for a cause greater than ourselves, a cause for justice. This is our purpose, our mission on earth.

If human beings strove to fulfill this purpose then poverty would not exist. If we strove to implement institutions that safeguarded the basic rights of every human being then justice would prevail. This is why the institution of Zakaat (the redistribution of wealth) is a central component of Islam. It is ordained “So that wealth does not circulate among your rich people only” [59:7]

The institution of Zakaat has the potential to solve the problem of global poverty, just as it did in the 8th century under Umar Ibn Abdulaziz, who had eradicated poverty from society, to such an extent that when there was no one left to claim Zakaat, the money was used to feed the birds of his empire.

It’s time we stop blaming the Creator for problems we have created ourselves, and strive to restore the balance we have disturbed.