ABUSING THE WORD ISLAM
The Qur'an and Sunnah are the only two sources for the essential beliefs of those people who call themselves Muslims. What are those beliefs? There are many. However, the most important one is that there is no god other than Allah. This is the first half of the attestation of every Muslim, the second half being that Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, is Allah's Prophet. This paper is dedicated to those who insist on misusing the names of "Islam" and "Muslim" either intentionally or in ignorance. In this, we try to briefly show how many so-called "religious" groups around the world who use the name of Islam are in fact clearly and absolutely in violation of certain basic principles contained in the Qur'an and Sunnah.
The following groups are addressed:
Nation of Islam- The followers of the Nation Of Islam believe in (all quotes taken from their homepage or their publications) ...one God (Allah) and that Allah (God) appeared in the Person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, July, 1930; the long awaited 'Messiah' of the Christians and the 'Mahdi' of the Muslims...
However, the Qur`an states in chapter 4, verse 36, "Serve Allah, and join not Any partners with Him; ... ". And according to a hadith narrated by Masruq, in Sahih Bukhari, 'Aisha said, "If anyone tells you that Muhammad has seen his Lord, he is a liar, for Allah says (in 6:103), 'No vision can grasp Him.'...".
The followers of the Nation Of Islam further believe "in the resurrection of the dead--not in physical resurrection--but in mental resurrection. We also believe that the so-called Negroes are most in need of mental resurrection; therefore, they will be resurrected first."
But the Qur`an states in chapter 20, verse 55, "From the earth did We Create you, and into it Shall We return you, and from it shall We bring you out once again." Even more pointedly, the Qur'an also states in 64:7, The Unbelievers think that they will not be raised up (for Judgement). Say: "Yea, by my Lord, Ye shall surely be Raised up: then shall ye Be told (the truth) of All that ye did. And that is easy for Allah.
Besides the above
two differences, the followers of the Nation of Islam also believe in
other things contrary to Islam as defined in the Qur'an and Sunnah, such
as: We, the Black Muslims, believe "in the truth of the Bible,
but we believe that it has been tampered with and must be reinterpreted
so that mankind will not be snared by the falsehoods that have been added
to it. The problem with this belief is that
"That we who declare ourselves to be righteous Muslims, should not participate in wars which take the lives of humans. We do not believe this nation should force us to take part in such wars, for we have nothing to gain from it unless America agrees to give us the necessary territory wherein we may have something to fight for". The problem with this belief is that the Qur'an and Sunnah are crystal clear on the necessity of going to war when the situation demands it.
The Nation of Gods and Earths (5% Nation of Islam) - The Nation of Gods and Earths (5% Nation of Islam) is apparently an offshoot of the so-called Nation of Islam. Like its parent, this group's beliefsclearly identify it as being fundamentally outside the pale of Islam.
Specifically, and we quote (from their homepage): The original man is the Asiatic Blackman, the maker, the owner, the cream of the planet Earth, father of civilization, God of the Universe. ...the blackman is god and his proper name is ALLAH.
Arm, Leg, Leg, Arm, Head. This is in clear contradiction with one of the essential axioms of Islam, namely that Allah (God) is Creator and all else (including men - asiatic blacks or otherwise) is created. In chapter 25, verse 54 of the Qur'an, Allah says that He has created man, therefore it is logically impossible for man to be Allah. The second quote above is a prime example of a tendency of the "Nation of Gods and Earths" to conjure up beliefs that are, to a large extent, highly confused. Some examples of these beliefs that have nothing to do with Islam are "supreme mathematics and alphabet", an evil person named Yacob, a prophet named W. D. Fard, and a belief that black people are superior in some way.
The true Prophet of Islam refuted this last racist belief in his Farewell Address,O people! Verily your Lord is one and your father is one. All of you belong to one ancestry of Adam and Adam was created out of clay. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab; nor for white over the black nor for the black over the white except in piety. Verily the noblest among you is he wh is the most pious.
For a deeper expose
of this group and its parent (the Nation of Islam), the interested reader
might wish to examine the autobiography of the late Malik Al-Shabaz (Malcolm
Among their erroneous beliefs is their denial of the finality of Prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah on him), an article of faith endorsed by the Qur'an and Hadith reports as well as the consensus of the Companions and scholars.
The Qur'an states
(translation): "O people! Muhammad has no sons among ye men, but
verily, he is the Messenger of Allah and the last in the line of Prophets.
And Allah is aware of everything." (33:40) The true Prophet of Islam,
Muhammad, observed: "The tribe of Israel was guided by prophets.
When a prophet passed away, another succeeded him. But no
The Ahmadiyyas are
followers of a certain Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian who lay claim to prophethood
and used fabricated Hadith reports and twisted meanings of some Qur'anic
verses to support himself. However, the true Prophet of Islam warned of
this danger explicitly, "The Hour will not come ... until nearly
thirty "dajjals" (liars) appear, each
Shortly after the
death of Prophet Muhammad, a man named Musailama, a claimant to prophethood,
was fought against together with his followers for their apostacy. It
is worth noting that Musailama did not deny the prophethood of Muhammad
(peace and blessings on him) and nor did his followers. It is also worth
noting that it was misinformation that led
This is evidence enough to declare the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims. For a more thorough treatment of this subject consult this article. Another example of the Ahmadiyya's rejection of the Qur'an and Sunnah is their contention that Jesus died, and that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was an incarnation of Jesus.
In fact, according
to the 1985 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be
not only Jesus but Prophet Muhammad, the Mahdi, and the Hindu god Krishna.
It suffices to refer back to the essence of Islam which is the Uniqueness
of God: any concept of man becoming god, worse yet a Hindu god who is
one out of many, is false according to the
Finally, the Ahmadiyyas also rejected jihad, a tactic which was designed to eliminate Muslim resistance to British colonialist rule. For a more detailed exposition of the Ahmadiyyas, refer to the "Anti Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam Homepage".
Community of Submitters - The Submitters are followers of the late
Rashad Khalifa, a man who claimed to be a Messenger of Allah. This claim
in itself is sufficient to remove the Submitters from Islam as the Qur'an
states (translation): "O people!
The true Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, observed: "The tribe of Israel was guided by prophets. When a prophet passed away, another succeeded him. But no prophet will come after me; only caliphs will succeed me." (Sahih Bukhari)
Much of Rashad Khalifa's
misguidance can be traced to his obsession with numerology, an obsession
which has misguided many different people throughout history. Khalifa
alleged that the Qur'an contained a mathematical code which revolved around
the number 19. He went to the extent of removing two verses from the Qur'an
because according to him
By rejecting a single
verse of the Qur'an, the Submitters bring themselves under the judgement
of another verse, ... Do you believe in part of the Book and disbelieve
in another part? And what is the reward of those who do so save ignominy
in the life of the world, and on the Day of Resurrection they will be
consigned to the most grievous doom
The Submitters also
reject the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (saws)- not part of it, but the
whole of it. For the Submitters, the Sunnah is not a source of Islam.
The problems this presents are overwhelming, for by doing so the Submitters
have effectively destroyed their ability to perform: Salaat (obligatory
prayers), the second pillar of Islam Zakat (obligatory tax), the third
pillar of Islam Sawm (fasting), the fourth pillar of Islam Hajj (pilgrimage),
the fifth pillar of Islam . With four out of the five pillars of Islam
removed, the Submitters have
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