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Study Tour of Mrs. Shaheena Khatib
May/June 2005


“We have sent you O Mohammed not, but as mercy for all the Worlds.”

(From Holy Qur'an 21/107)

It is indeed an irony that the Prophet of Mercy – this is how God Almighty describes Prophet Mohammed in the Qur’an, should have amongst his follower’s brokers of doom. Jihad, which means struggle, can never be synonymous with terrorism. Unfortunately, with the intellectual degeneration of the Muslims, their apathy towards acts of despicable violence by a section of the Muslims in different parts of the world, and at times, more often than not, tacitly approving these heinous acts has created an impression that Islam permits, condones or even appreciates terrorism.

The history of the Muslim has two facets — political history and cultural history. Unfortunately the religious lessons taught in the Madarsas are so heavily loaded with political history that the individual personalities have acquired a pride of place and thus the values and lessons fed to the impressionable minds evolve and revolve round those personalities. No wonder, sects thrive on the false notion of self-righteousness and leave no room for tolerance. The most damaging aspect is the consciously or unconsciously indoctrinated perception to achieve the universal supremacy of Islam and therefore logically the complete political victory of the Muslims which to my understanding is contrary to the declaration contained in the Qur’an, chapter 6 verse 107/108 and chapter 22 verse 17 wherein God Almighty says:

“If it had been ALLAH’s will, they would not have taken many gods besides Almighty GOD. And WE have not made you O Mohammed, watchful over them, nor are you imposed over them to dispose their affairs.”

(From Holy Qur'an 6/107-108)

“Those who are Muslims, who are Jews, the Sabeans, the Christians, the Zoroastrians and the Polytheists, verily ALLAH will decide among them on Resurrection Day. Behold, ALLAH is witness unto everything.”

(From Holy Qur'an 22/17)

There is a perverted attempt by few sections of people who claim to be Muslims to justify horrendous acts of violence. Twisting, misquoting and misinterpreting the Qur’an in a way that suits them, has been an effective tool to muster support from ignorant and stupid mobs. The duty of all fair minded Muslims who seek guidance directly from the Book of ALLAH and the Sunnah of the Prophet is to call all the Muslims to the Heavenly Revelation to restore the real image of Islam. The ignorant followers should be enlightened and exhorted to be in direct communion with the Heavenly Revelations and that would definitely leave the vested interests isolated.

The Muslims must realize that the label ‘Muslim’ which they inherit by virtue of being born to Muslim parents neither grants them any superiority over others in this world nor a passport to paradise in the hereafter. It is only righteous conduct with due humility which can see them through the test of this life.

“…..the Day when certain of the signs of your LORD will appear, believing will be of no avail to any human being who has not believed in them already, nor did good and noble deeds while professing the faith….”

(From Holy Qur'an 6/158)