Recently, a Muslim brother who goes by the name “Marc” wrote a disgruntled comment to my harsh critique of the westerner Eteraz. I have, for sometime now, wanted to get a message out. I wasn’t really sure of how I could solidify my thesis, but thanks to this response from the disgruntled brother, I have been given the chance to elaborate as well as get the message that has lingered deep in my mind, for what seems to be ages, out to those readers of Seekingilm.com. Let me first say that what I am about to say is perfectly observable to you all, if you only open your hearts and minds to see. Secondly, I do not know Marc or Eteraz personally, and I am certain if I met them I would treat them the same as any person I meet, kindly. I have no PERSONAL hard feelings toward any of these two individuals. However, I do have baraa’ for Eteraz and his allied cronies. I also disagree, respectively, with Marc as well. I will not, however, be going into a tit-for-tat with either of them. What I intend to do here is to expound on a much greater worry than what Marc tries to forward in his post. It is a worry that haunts this Ummah, and was foretold by prophecy by the wise tongue of our beloved Sayyid Rasulullah (‘alayhis salaam).
Let me then begin by quoting what Marc had to say and I shall comment thereafter:
I think one aspect that some of the critics of Eteraz miss or don’t even look at is why does Eterez say that things that he does. Why do “liberal Muslims” say the things they do. To be sure, there are some who may have fallen into the trap of post-Enlightenment religious thinking and that is to make religion subservient to personal desires – in other words, jettison whatever is inconvenient or doesn’t reinforce our ill-perceived independence of God.
But Muslims today are under tremendous pressures from the dominant society to author and practice a version of Islam that caters to their fears, prejudices and proclivities and not towards what Muslims think is pleasing to God. As Muslims, we should be very much cognizant of this and take this into account when we have truck with our fellow brothers and sisters.
From the 1700s-1800s within Europe, a dramatic event occurred in the Jewish world. The Jewish reform movement was born. The pressures of the “enlightened” Christians of Europe persuaded many Jews to join the fold of either Christianity, or to “reform” their religion. In order to please the European bigots, the reformists decided to drop a few of their core beliefs; they began denying that the Torah was given to Jews by God at Mount Sinai (a challenge to 3,000 years of orthodox belief) as well as changing the customs of the Jews to befit the caprice of the German Christians. They abandoned circumcision-an act many Muslims and Jews died for in early christian Spain. They abandoned Saturday as the Sabbat and chose the day of the Christians. They began playing musical instruments in the temples, an act NEVER done in Jewish history on the Sabbat.
The first Reform service was conducted by Israel Jacobson in his school chapel in Seesen, Germany in 1810, and it was adopted by the first Reform synagogue which opened in Hamburg in 1818. The Reform service had a choir, robes, and an organ; it was conducted in German with German songs and German prayers in a deliberate attempt to emphasize nationalistic loyalty and identity and to make synagogue worship resemble as much as possible to the mainstream German Protestant service. The New Israelite Temple Association-Hamburg Dec. 1817: …the worship service shall be conducted on Sabbath and holy days….Specifically, there shall be introduced at such services a German sermon, and choral singing to the accompaniment of a organ….it shall apply to all those religious customs…which are sanctified by the church. ((To read more examples and reasons go to the following link: http://www.aish.com/literacy/jewishhistory/Crash_Course_in_Jewish_History_Part_54_-_Reform_Movement.asp))
The “reformist” movement even forbade reading the torah in hebrew, leading to the removal of Orthodox Jews from entire communities, simply to forward their goal of mass assimilation. “Progressiveness”, “Reform”, “Liberalism”, all anti-traditional stances.
What is the point of me mentioning all of this? Well, if the reader hasn’t already figured out, this same trend is occurring in the Muslim Ummah. Have a read of what the ‘western’ individuals who claim the same as their predecessors, the ‘reformist jews’. They claim they are “defending Islam and the Muslims”. “Standing up for Muslim rights”, and yet, at the same moment they attempt to please the Muslim crowds, they turn their pens against their fiqh and creed. The “reformists” invent new theories, in hope to please the same European elite that the Jewish Reformist fought so hard to please. Some examples of the modernist “Muslim” movement:
The list goes on and on…
So what is really happening? An attempt by westerners to infiltrate Islam, demolish its fundamentals, and make it a weapon against the Muslims instead of for the Muslims. This, brethren, is an attempt to REFORM Islam. Did our Nabi (‘alayhis salaam) predict this?
The Nabi (‘alayhis salaam) stated,
“You will surely follow the ways of those who came before, inch by inch and hand-span by hand-span, such that if they were to enter into the hole of a lizard, you would follow them (in it).” They (the Companions) said: “(Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said: “Who else?” [Agreed upon]
The prophecy was also met in previous generations by the Muslims of Spain. We saw exactly what happened to them when they became “acceptant” with the ideologies and customs of the European pagans.
Back to brother Marc’s words:
Before I continue, I should point out that I have not agreed with everything that Ali Eteraz has written. In truth, I have not read many of his posts in a while as I feel out of touch with what it was he was writing – but to say that he’s not entitled to write it, well, I think we have to tolerate and debate in a way that would uphold the ethics and standards of our Beloved Example. Simply trashing Ali Eteraz and making comparisons between him and Shaytan is in my opinion, ridiculous, unwarranted and uncouth.
Before commenting on someone’s posts, maybe it would be wise of one to read them. Anyhow, any attempt to challenge the words of the Nabi (‘alayhis salaam), to stand against the Ijmaa’ of this Ummah, to forward bida’aat that are so heinous in crime to attempt to change the law of Allah ta’alaa, is satanic. I am not sorry that you take issue with such a comparison, and you should know that our Lord has stated in the clearest terms:
وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَى وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّى وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ وَسَاءتْ مَصِيراً
“And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers – We will give him what he has taken and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination.”
Let it be known, that Eteraz specifically but moreso the “Reformists”, oppose the Ijmaa’ of the Ummah - following other than the way of the Mu’minin. To deem his opinions satanic is hardly an overstatement.
Marc continues to discuss “love between Muslims”. I say to the brother that love and hate, in the religion of our Lord, are based upon Allah’s love and hate of acts and individuals – period. I need not waste space explaining this issue. Further elaboration can be found in the works of Iman by the scholars. The reformist movement has nothing to do with the principles of Islamic tradition. Eteraz is a very simple example; he imitates the poor arguments of Abu-l fadl and other “reformist” cronies, displaying signs of presenting a case for the west and apologists, just as the earliest reformist jews sought to do with the Germans.
Lastly, he claims no one has attempted to talk sense to Eteraz. Yursil sufficiently squelches such a notion in the comments to Marc’s post. The fact is, speaking with him does not change the overall conspiracy by the “Reformist movement”. They want to “liberalise” Islam. To make it more “progressive”. All of these terms are loaded by western fundamentalism and their egocentric flawed sense of reality, and I mean that in the Sufic nomenclature. The bottom line: It is time that the Muslims step up to the plate and fight the anglo-euro-western retroactive fundamentalist mentality that they have the right to change Islam to befit their hawaa, and that we are not supposed to lie down and take it without a fight.
We are the nation of commanding good and forbidding evil. Good and evil are defined by the Qur’an, Sunnah, and Ijma’ of the scholars. If anyone, including Abul-Fadl and the parrot Eteraz, attempt to lie upon Islam, manipulate its texts then it is waajib for the Muslims to command the good and forbid the evil. Thus, Seekingilm.com will continue to respond to the atrocious and baseless arguments of the “reformist” clique and their satanic callings.
This is a call to Islamic Vigilance!