Reflections on Lal Masjid Issue
“Either you are with us , or against us” Many points of views that i have read and heard, most people weighed the whole Lal Masjid issue in the above mentioned statement.
If you are not with the Lal Masjid, then you are with the Government.If you are not with the Government, then you are with the Lal Masjid.But things are not always Black and White…
What The Lal Masjid Wanted To Do Was Noble
My previous posts about the lal masjid generated a lot of debate… all over again. I was criticized for not understanding other views…and that i didn’t gain anything from the previous discussions.
And i still stand by what I said… but some people misunderstood me. If i’m not with the Lal Masjid, then im with the government is probably what they thought. I Just want to correct some misunderstandings…
Firstly I am not against the implementation of Sharia? How can i be? Any good muslim with even a little eman dreams of the times of Hazrat Omar ra when shariat prevailed and there was justice and peace.
Am i against “Amr Bil Maroof Wa Yanhauna Anil Munka” i.e enjoin Good and forbid evil…
No im not, how can i be? it is a command of Allah on us in many places in the Quran. Dont i want brothels and obscene movies and evil stuff to be removed from society? Of course i do! No decent human being likes such stuff.
If you read my first post about this issue here, you will see that i said that their way of forbidding evil was wrong and not based on Sunnah.
Are the Lal Masjid people Muslims? Of Course they are, far better than most of us…i never said anything personal about them or call them Mushrik or Kafir or judge their eman…
Is their intention right? Yes they have a noble intention. Implemention of shariat and removal of evil from the society is what every good Muslim wants. They have the passion and determination to serve Islam, this is indeed noble and I never said that this wish of theirs is wrong…i never said anything against implemention of Shariat.
Then what is the fuss all about?
Where They Went Wrong?
It all boils down to the way they wanted to implement the sharia and the methodology they adapted to enforce it and their mannerism of stopping evil.
This is the thing that i disagreed with. Thats why i say everything is not black and white. Think Grey!
Kidnapping women, policemen, taking over public property and burning down buildings is not the way to stop evil. They wanted to stop evil and enforce shariat, which is good but their methodology of doing it was what i disagreed with.
Dr Israr Ahmed also Says in his Lecture on Issue of Lal Masjid:
“Agar app jain or bazaar mai ja ker video shops ko agg lagana shuru kerdain… Yeh Ghalat Hai…”
People said don’t blindly believe the news and the media. So the next point arises that did they actually commit these crimes or not. If they didn’t, then who did. If they didn’t commit these crimes and some one else did, then obviously my whole argument stands void and there is nothing to argue over!
But if they did do all these things, kidnap women and chinese women as well, take over government property – then just because they are good Muslims and their intention is good and their demands valid, i am not going to support them in something which goes against the teachings of Islam. So I repeat, their intentions were pure, demands were valid but methodology wrong.
The Right Methodology from The Sunnah
I gave my proofs from the Seerah of Rasool Allah.
For thirteen years, while the Prophet saw was in Makkah, he did not take his Sahaba and destroy the 360 idols. What can be a greater evil than idol worship… he should have just gone in and destroyed them? But he didn’t… he waited for 23 years and when he had the power, the authority, the soldiers, the weapons then he marched down to Makkah to re capture it and enforce the Islamic Sharia there.
There was some criticism about this example which i replied to here:
It may surprise you that Dr. Israr Ahmed also gave the same example. He says in his lecture:
“Nabi 12 Baras Makkah mai Rahay or Kabay ka Tawaf Kertay Rahay Jiss mai 360 buth rakhay thayy. App Nai kisee buthh ko tora? Nahi…Nahia nil munkar nahi ki…Yeh Koee bari baat nahi thee…raat ko 10 nojawan ja ker toor saktay thayy…baad mai jo hota daikha jata……”
Translation: Nabi saw stayed for 12 years in Makkah and He continued to do tawaf around the Kabah inside which were placed 360 idols. Did he destroy any idol? No. He did not implement “forbid the evil” . It was not a difficult thing to do. 10 young men could have destroyed the idols in the middle of the night. Whatever the consequences were… would have been tackled later…”
Why did he wait for so many years until he had the power and the authority to fight the tyrants of Makkah?If suppose Prophet Muhammad (saw) along with his few sahaba had destroyed the idols while they were in Makkah in the first 13 years… what would have happend?
We can understand this from the Story of Ibrahim (as) Ibrahim as was the only person in his entire area to believe in Tauheed. When he destroyed the idols and rejected polytheism and stopped people from idol worship… what happend? His own people threw him in the fire.
This is exactly what has happend to Lal Masjid people. What were they expecting? if you challenge the position and authority of the government, they wont send you flowers. They will send their troops for a battle to kill you. Please dont think im siding with the governemnt or agree with their actions. Im just talking about the reality…the consequences of their actions were inevitable…
So in the end Maulana Abdul Aziz was humiliated and arrested. Maulana Ghazi was martyred.
Prophet Ibrahim as was saved from the fire by Allah by a miracle. There was no miracle in store for Maulana Ghazi Shaheed.
So my point is that Prophet Muhammad saw waited to fight the tyrant government. He planned well, establish his authority and equip his army before he made the move to attack.
So it is stupidity to try to tackle a tyrant government without any proper planning, any proper methodology and any proper equipment and any control or authority.
Dr Israr Says…”
Jo Process hai ( to forbid evil) Huzoor (saw) sai, wahan sai laina hai jo kuch laina hai…Yeh jo apnay hath mai taqat lai laina hai baghair kisee hukoomat kai…bohat bari ghalti hai”
“The Process ( To forbid evil) has to be taken from Prophet Muhammad saw. Whatever we have to take, we have to take from there (i.e. the seerah) This process of taking authority in your own hands without having any government …is a huge mistake”
He further adds:
“Taqat kai sath mamla kerna mashroot hai taqat o iqtadar o ikhtiar kai sath…jab tuk app Hukumat Mai Nahi Atay, Hukoomat Ko Nahi Badaltay, Uss Waqt Tuk Apnay Hath mai Taqat Lai Kar Tu Yeh Keh Awaam Kai Ander Baddi Ka Intishaar Kernay Keh Liya Maidan Mai Ajana Quwat Kai Sathh Taqat Kai Sathh, Yeh Bohat Barii Ghalati Hai Bohat Bari Ghalati Hai Bohat Bari Ghalati Hai…”
I have translated it as:
” To use force ( in stopping evil by hand) is conditional on authority, power and control. Unless you are in the Government,Unless you change the government, until that time, to take authority into your own hands to stop the citizens from doing evil by jumping into the field with force and power is a HUGE MISTAKE , A HUGE MISTAKE , A HUGE MISTAKE”
The Right Method/Plan for establishing Sharia
Yes i was definitely wrong in one aspect when i said that when people become good, shariat will be established it self. Yes i was wrong in this and i admit openly i was wrong.
Dr Israr Ahmed has in detail given the blueprints of the proper and the correct plan to implement Shariat.
It is based on a number of points. Inshallah i will try to transcribe his points and translate them and put them on the blog.
I can summarize the process that the first step is to do Dawah – Yaqeen Wala Emaan paida kerna. Preach to the people and make them true believers. The second step is to organize the True Believers i.e. those who follow the shariat. You need to properly plan, unite, train and organize these individuals and then the revolution will start…
Since the government is Muslim but not practicing and without emaan and is tyrant, AFTER following all the steps of the revolution… which he explains in his lecture, he states that it will be jaiz and will not be haram to stage a “Musallah Baghawat” .it will be an Armed Rebellion against the governemnt once you have gathered enough strength,enough power, enough man power and when there is certainity that you do have the enough resources to over throw the government.
Audio Lecture By Dr Israr Ahmed on Lal Masjid Issue.
I heard the talk given by Dr. Israr Ahmed on the Lal Masjid issue on the 9th of July and that is where i have quoted from in this article by transcribing some of the parts…
He beautifully and wisely analyzed this entire issue. He has explained the verses of the Quran on forbidding evil and the hadith about stopping evil with your hands…
He stated that Lal Masjid’s intentions and demands were good and correct but their methodology wrong. Only one methodology will work and that is the one which is based on Sunnah and which does not go against the teaching of Quran and Sunnah.
So then how can the shariat be enforced? What are the steps of enforcing Sharia? How to bring about an Islamic Revolution… Listen to the Lecture By Dr. Israr Ahmed here.
I would say it is a MUST LISTEN TO LECTURE to erase our misconceptions, misunderstandings and so that we know the right from wrong and top of it all.. it is high time now that we all know the Right Way of Enforcing Sharia.. the Sunnah Way so we can unite under it. Inshallah.
May Allah Guide Us All.
May Allah forgive the Muslim Brothers and Sisters who died in this tragic episode and grant them a place in Paradise and list them as Shaheed. May Allah help us in removing this tyrant government and establishing His rule. Ameen.
Lal Masjid Operation: Real Audio Lecture By Dr. Israr Ahmed