Black Muslims : In Defense of Prophet Muhammad[peace and blessings be upon him]

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    A meeting was held at the Islamic Institute of Knowledge (IIK) in Dearborn, MI this past April on the subject of defending Prophet (s) from spurious allegations by liars who hate Islam.
    Many prominent local imams were present, including the gathering’s host—IIK Imam Abdul Latif Berry, Shaykh Baqir Berry (also of the IIK), Imam Mamadou Ceesay (the amir of the Gambian Community of the Muslim Center, Detroit), Shaykh Ali Suleiman Ali (imam of the Mosque of the Community of the Western Suburbs (MCWS/Canton)), Shaykh Mohamed Moosa (imam of the Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center), Imam Alsseiny Gueye Abdali (of Masjid As-Salaam in Detroit), Hamid Dana (imam of the Albanian Islamic Center of Harper Woods), and Dr. Sharif Gindy of IAGD, in Troy, and CAIR/MI’s Executive Director Dawud Walid (also of Masjid Wali Muhammad, Detroit)
    A guest from out of town was present, Shaykh Hussein Amadu Ibrahim from Masjid Nasr, New York.
    The imams agreed on several answers to recent slanderous questions regarding Prophet (s). Keep in mind, they said, that answers to the media must be concise and straight forward.
    1) They say that Prophet (s) ordered the slaughter of 800 Jews.
    The Jews who were executed committed treason by breaking their covenant with the nation-state of Medina, siding during hostilities with Medina’s enemies. Sa`d bin Mu`aadh (RA), who was raised as a Jew, was chosen by the Jews to judge in their matter with the Muslims, and Sa’d (RA) sentenced them according to rules from the Torah. Only the men of treason were punished, not women and children.
    2) They say Prophet (s) married Sayyida A’isha when she was very young.
    A’isha, the daughter of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (ra), became a Muslim when her father accepted Islam in its early days. Also, it is reported that she died around the approximate age of 80, which means that she was between the ages of 16 to 19 at the time of moving in with the Prophet (s) during their marriage. This is the age of consent with parental permission currently in America.
    3) They say Prophet (s) did not abolish slavery and allowed Muslims to have slaves.
    Although slavery was a universal system at this time, the Qur`an and the Prophet (s) urged freeing slaves and placed barriers to block slave trading. The Prophet (s) freed slaves and encouraged marriage between ex-slaves and Arabs from notable tribes including his own family members. The Prophet (s) went as far as to say, “None of you should call someone my slave—all of you are servants of God.”
    4) They say Prophet (s) was a man of carnal desires because of his many wives.
    The Prophet (s) was monogamous while married from the age of 25 to 50, during the ages, which men have the strongest sexual desires. Polygamy was a universal practice at this time, which his latter wives fully consented to. His marriages protected the community from tribal warfare due to the new ties that were fostered due to his wives, which were of various tribes.
    5) They say Prophet (s) ordered the assassination of Ka`b bin Al-Ashraf for his slanderous poetry.
    Ka`b’s poetry called for the murder of the Prophet (s), who was the leader of nation, as well as other Muslims, which would be the similar today of a citizen of America calling for the assassination of the President or the commission of a terrorist action. The caller or encourager of such actions is equally guilty as the perpetrator. Muhammad bin Muslimah asked for permission to stifle Ka`b; Prophet Muhammad (s) did not order his execution.
    6) They say Prophet (s) ordered death for any Muslim that decided to change their religion.
    The Qur`an says nothing about killing someone for changing their religion, nor did the Prophet (s) order the execution of anyone based only on their changing of religion. Changing of religion will be judged by God; however, those who change their religion during a time of war and aid the enemy commit an act of treason. All civilized nations recognize that an act of treason that puts national security at risk can bring the possible punishment of execution.
    7) They compare Prophet Muhammad (s) with the Messiah `Isa (as), stating that `Isa (as) was of a higher spiritual level and more representative of a true prophet because he did none of the above.
    Jesus is known among Muslims to be one of the five major prophets of God. All prophets of God came with a particular mission in regards to their environment and time period. Jesus did not come with the law, nor did he govern a society like Prophet Muhammad (s).
    Prophet Muhammad (s) epitomized high spirituality, for instance, when he returned to Makkah and granted amnesty to those who killed Muslims and robbed them of their property because his ultimate goal was to cultivate forgiveness and peace in the society.
    These answers are simplified, of course, not citing specific ayats and ahadeeth. To educate our community relating to these issues, we plan on conducting 2 or possibly 3 events with our imams and scholars giving specific, in depth explanations of these topics.
    Also keep in mind the concern that some media members have attacked Islam on the basis of the dhimmi system, which concerns are not responded to here. Some media representatives claimed this was designed to maintain all non-Muslims in an inferior status within Muslim society.
     
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    Words of Wisdom from Prophet Mohammad
    Fifty hadiths selected by Dr. Shahid Athar

    1.. "Acquire knowledge, it enables its professor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armour against enemies." (widely attributed to the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh))

    2.. "A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity." (Muslim)

    3.. "There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah." (Bukhari)

    4.. "What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured." (Bukhari)

    5.. "The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self." (Bukhari)

    6.. "If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests." (Tirmidhi)

    7.. "When Allah created his creatures He wrote above His throne: 'Verily, my Compassion overcomes my wrath." (Bukhari & Muslim)

    8.. "Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures." (Abdullah b. Amr: Abu Daud & Tirmidhi)

    9.. " 'Son, if you are able, keep your heart from morning till night and from night till morning free from malice towards anyone.' Then the Prophet said: 'O my son! This is one of my laws, and he, who loves my laws verily loves me.' " (Bukhari)

    10.. "Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people." (Baihaqi)

    11.. "Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith." (Muslim)

    12.. "When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less." (Muslim)

    13.. "If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like." (Abu-Masud: Bukhari)

    14.. "O Lord, grant me your love, grant me that I love those who love you; grant me, that I might do the deeds that win your love. Make your love dearer to me than the love of myself, my family and wealth." (Tirmidhi)

    15.. "It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words." (Bukhari)

    16.. "Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms." (Muslim)

    17.. "Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you."(Abu Daud: Tirmidhi)

    18.. "It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss." (Muslim)

    19.. "Once a man, who was passing through a road, found a branch of a tree with torns obstructing it. The man removed the thorns from the way. Allah thanked him and forgave his sins." (Bukhari)

    20.. "Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know." (Bukhari)

    21.. "Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another." (Iyad b. Hinar al-Mujashi: Muslim)

    22.. "Who is the most favoured of Allah? He, from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures." (Bukhari)

    23.. "A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity." (Muslim)

    24.. "A Muslim who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation." (Muslim)

    25.. "Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you. (Umar: Muslim)

    26.. "Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds." (Abu Huraira: Muslim)

    27.. "The best richness is the richness of the soul." (at the field ofTabuk, Syria, Rajab 9 A.H.: Bukhari)

    28.. "Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood." (Abu Daud)

    29.. "Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these." (Bukhari)

    30.. "Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh." (Muslim)

    31.. "Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him." (Bukhari)

    32.. "Once the Prophet was asked:'Tell us, which action is dearest to Allah?' He answered:'To say your prayer at its proper time.' Again he was asked: 'What comes next?' Mohammed said: 'To show kindness to parents.' 'Then what?' he was asked, 'To strive for the cause of Allah!' " (Ibn Masad: Bukhari)

    33.. "When two persons are together, two of them must no whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him." (Bukhari & Muslim)

    34.. "Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man." (Bukhari)

    35.. "All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other." (Abu Musa: Bukhari & Muslim)

    36.. "Strive always to excel in virtue and truth." (Bukhari)

    37.. "You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another." (Muslim)

    38.. "He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother." (Bukhari & Muslim)

    39.. "I am leaving two things among you, and if you cling to them firmly you will never go astray; one is the Book of Allah and the other is my way of life." (Farewell Pilgrimage: Muatta)

    40.. "Allah is One and likes Unity." (Muslim)

    41.. "The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of." (Bukhari)

    42.. "The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry." (Ibn Abbas: Baihaqi)

    43.. "He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful." (Ibn Abbas: Tirmidhi)

    44.. "No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself." (Abu Hamza Anas: Bukhari & Muslim)

    45.. "To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life." (Bukhari)

    46.. "Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest." (Bukhari & Muslim)

    47.. "The proof of a Muslim's sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business." (Abu Hureira: Tirmidhi)

    48.. "Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind." (Muslims & Bukhari)

    49.. "Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow." (Bukhari)

    50.. "The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveller, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way." (Tirmidhi)
     
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    Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam
    :: People are asleep, and when they die, they awake ::

    :: The world is the farmland of the hereafter.
    Whoever plants good in it will harvest joy,
    and whoever plants evil in it will harvest regretm
     
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