Preparing for the Storm: NV-Resistance

Preparing for the Storm:

We are facing a storm on the east coast of the United States, today.  Washington, DC area is poised to have potentially two feet of snow overnight.  In our greater struggles we have other kinds of storms.  The winds of change are blowing but we must not face the violence wind by striking it with our swords or weapon systems.  We must take the moral high ground and stand firmly with peace in our hearts and patiently march through the wind and the rain to a brighter day.

Three Responses to Oppression, Violence and Occupation

One could respond to oppression, violence and occupation as a people in many ways and with many means.  The response contain an overall strategy for victory employing a variety of tactics.  I believe that often we confuse strategy with tactics.  Within these considerations scholars have asked people to weigh the concepts of the potential benefit (Maslahah) and the potential harms (Mufsadah).

I believe that the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, did this.  He applied different tactics at different times to achieve the strategic victory.  That victory was to establish a society that was peaceful and just for all of its people.

He deployed the tactic of non-violence in the treaty of Hudaibiyyah and this tactical move allowed the message of his PEACE to prevail and brought to his way dignity even from enemies.

Once moving beyond complacency, people will say that the responses to the assault on a people of faith (i.e.. Muslims) is the following:

  1. All members of the faith worldwide rally to the aid for their brother.
  2. In the West organize, protest and vote to change the foreign policy, while saying that oppressed in their country have the right to self-defense.
  3. Worldwide movement of Non-violent Resistance.

I am in favor of a worldwide movement toward non-violent resistance to establish justice.

A young man was asked the other night in our focus group on radicalization and when asked, ‘what do think about young people going overseas to fight?’, he responded with a question, ‘what would you do if some people killed your family?’.  This response is a nature human reaction.  It is not the highest human response either and this is not jihad, this is revenge.  Revenge is not the method of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh.

This is what is happening in Nigeria as we speak, rioting and vigilante behavior.  This is what we saw in Rwanda (Hutu – Tutsi). This is what we see in Darfur.

The idea that it is okay for Muslims in other parts of the world to engage in warfare as we know it today is not acceptable to me in Islamic terms.  Nuclear and conventional weapons are all weapons of mass destruction – which are not allowed by my understanding of warfare of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh.

We must go another way – the way of non-violent resistance.

5 Responses to Preparing for the Storm: NV-Resistance

  1. Yus from the Nati says:

    mashaAllah. I completely agree.

  2. mohammad says:

    brother johari abdul malik,
    there is a problem with your statements, and that it’s not about what you or I think, it’s about what ALLAH and his messenger sallallahu 3aalayhi wa salaam ordered, and how the scholars of al islam understood it.
    There is ijmaa’ (consensus) amongst muslim scholars that when muslim lands are invaded it becomes obligatory on the people of that land to fight the invaders, and if they need help, it becomes obligatory on neighboring muslim countries, and if they need help the closest muslim countries, etc, etc, until it becomes obligatory on the whole ummah.
    this is the case we have today.
    Now, if somoene is UNABLE to make it to the lands of jihad, with a legitamate excuse, Allah does not burden a soul more then it can handle.

    but for you to say we shouldn’t fight and that we should have a non-violent resistance is not what Allah and his messenger prescribed, and it is doesn’t make sense logically.

    We have to understand that the people who are bombing and killing muslims aren’t the masses. It is the governments, and these governments, no matter what face they show to the muslims and the world have there own agenda. so a non violent resistnce wouldn’t effect the governemnts at all. As a matter of fact that would be exactly what they wanted, a bunch of brain-less muslims “protesting” non violently while they invade muslim lands, kill and rape women, men, and children, steal our resources, demolish our islamic law and replace it with puppet regimes who spread “democracy” instead of SHARIAH!

    And what is with you that you do not fight in the path of God and (in the path) of the oppressed of men and women and children, those who say “Our Sustainer, take us out from this city, its people are wrongdoers, and decree for us a protector, and decree for us a helper”. – Surah an-Nisa verse 75

    God does not forbid that you do good and make justice for those who do not fight you in the religion or drive you out from your homes. Indeed, God loves those who do justice. God only forbids your friendship with those who fight you in the religion and drive you out from your homes and back those who drive you out. And who befriends them, such are wrongdoers. – Surah al-Mumtahana verses 8-9

    Fighting has been prescribed upon you and you dislike it, but it is possible that you
    dislike a thing that is good for you and you love a thing that is bad for you. Allah
    knows and you know not. suraah al Baqarah 216

    I think the problem with muslims in the west, and especially america, is that They are scared of the reactions of the kuffar, and they are scared to realize that they are living in the lands of the enemy! they are scared to admit it, b/c of the “reprecussions”
    I tell you akhi johari, a true believer fears non but ALLAH, and his not scared to stand up for justice and what he believes in.

    The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 3alyhi wa salam) also said, “The believers, in their love, mutual kindness, and close ties, are like one body; when any part complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.” [Muslim],

    “The faithful are like one man: if his eyes suffers, his whole body suffers.” [Muslim],

    May Allah return us to the truth.
    salamaulaikum akhi.

  3. mohammad says:

    Sorry for the double post…

  4. Abdullah says:

    I agree with you Imam. The Prophet (pbuh) used different tactics at different times based on the situation. You don’t always have to respond to an attack with violence. Look at the example of the Prophet in the city of Ta’if when he and his companion were being stoned to the point where blood was streaming from his body yet when he left the city, he prayed for them all to embrace Islam (which eventually happened). Violence is permissable in response to being attacked, but it doesn’t mean that it is the only option and all options should be considered in each situation.

    May Allah guide us to the Straight Path
    Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhuh

  5. JustaDog says:

    “they are scared to realize that they are living in the lands of the enemy” – what horrible hate you preach!

    Some facts about Islam:

    1: It is not a religion, it is an ideology of conquest.
    2: Because of their lust for conquest and control, it is the enemy of the world.
    3: Muslims routinely blow up women and children, and torture and behead innocent people that don’t agree with them.
    4: The next terrorist attack on American soil will be by Muslims.

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