The Danish newspaper behind the publication of the infamous cartoon depicting Muhammad (saw) as a terrorist has decided to reprint the inflammatory drawing. It justified its decision by claiming it as a protest against an alleged murder plot of the cartoonist behind the offensive ‘cartoon’ and in order to ‘uphold freedom of expression’. This hostile action was repeated by multiple newspapers across Denmark, showing solidarity with their fellow journalists.
We at Khilafah.com have the following points to make:
1. The reprint should not be seen in any other way but a deliberate provocation against Muslims throughout the world. In the past few years since the declaration of the ‘war on terror’ the west has continuously spread propaganda against Islam. This propaganda is aimed at establishing hatred against Islam and Muslims and reigniting the sense of liberal superiority in the West needed to fight an ideological war. The comments by the Pope, the recent comments and media uproar in Britain made by the Anglican Archbishop, the accusations against Shari’ah, Islamic practices, Masaajid and the hijab, are all deliberate and calculated attempts to smear Islam.
2. The West wants to change the thoughts and emotions of Muslims. When it comes to the Islamic thoughts, they work to call for the secularisation of Islam, the abandoning of its societal elements, the limiting of jihad to a personal struggle, the abandoning of hudud and the well known rules of apostasy and the emancipation of women based upon debased western standards.
They do all this in the name of ‘modernising’ Islam, bringing it to ‘contemporary life’, establishing ‘tolerance’. When it comes to the Islamic emotions, Islam established a host of emotions in the believers such as the emotions of happiness, anger, displeasure, approval, love and hate which Muslims show when obeying Islam. One such emotion is the emotion of anger shown against anyone ridiculing and abusing the beloved Messenger of Allah (saw). When Muslims respond with anger against this slander they are told to be ‘moderate’ and accept ‘scholarly and academic enquiry’!
The Messenger (saw) means more to a believer than any living human being, the sahabah (ra) sacrificed their lives for him, and would prefer meeting the torture of the Mushrikeen rather than see any harm brought to the Messenger (saw).
Anas (ra) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
“None of you would be considered a believer until I become more beloved to him than his family, wealth and all the people.”
And An-Nawawi reported in his commentary (Sharh) of Sahih Muslim the meaning of loving the Messenger (saw) on the authority of Sulayman al-Khattabi which states:
“You will not be true in your love for me until you exhaust yourself in my obedience, until you prefer my pleasure over your whims even if it may lead to your death.”
This anger is part of the Islamic emotions, yet the West, hateful of Islam and recognising the potential of Islam’s return to the world works to eradicate the Islamic emotions and accuse Muslims who exhibit them as anti-modern. Yet all societies have common emotions, whether that is displayed towards national flags, ideas or people. Muslims place Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saw) above all of these things, yet they are told to be dispassionate towards these flagrant attacks on what we find sacrosanct.
3. The hatred of Islam in Europe is deep and goes back centuries.
This hatred has not been dampened by the adoption of the so-called liberal democratic values, in fact these values have only added to this hatred. This hatred was seen in the ‘Reconquista’ of Spain culminating in the fall of Granada in 1492. This hatred was felt in 1648 when European princes signed the Peace of Westphalia to settle their differences in order to show a united front against a common enemy – Islam and Muslims. This hatred was the reason behind the foundation of the so-called International Law by these European states.
It was this hatred that was behind the pronouncement of Lord Allenby, the commander of the campaign when occupying Jerusalem (al-Quds): "Now the Crusades are over". It was this hatred that led to the dismantling of the Khilafah state by the British, ending its formal destruction on the 3rd March 1924, with the declaration of Lord Curzon, “The situation now is that Turkey is dead and will never rise again, because we have destroyed its moral strength, the Caliphate and Islam”. It was this hatred that was behind the establishment of the State of Israel, granted by the British to the Zionists.
This hatred is seen today in the so-called ‘new’ European Union, that blocks Turkish accession to the EU – albeit a misguided goal pushed forward by the Turkish political elites – on the pretext that ‘Europe is Christian’. This hatred was what came from the ‘academic enquiry’ of Pope Benedict XVI when he quoted the views of the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus when he said “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached”. This hatred of Islam will continue, with some Muslims in the West, under the guise of integration utilized to call for a Muslim reformation or a secularization of Islam.
In 1913 when the Uthmani Khilafah was in a weakened state, the English author George Bernard Shaw contemplated the writing of a book against the Prophet Muhammad (saw). But the existence of the Khilafah was enough of a deterrent to stop him from this.
In Shaw's diary of 1913 he writes: “I had long desired to dramatise the life of Mahomet. But the possibility of a protest from the Turkish Ambassador – or the fear of it – causing the Lord Chamberlain to refuse to license such a play, deterred me” [Hesketh Pearson's biography of George Bernard Shaw].
We must carry the da’wa to Islam, re-establish the Khilafah with Allah’s help and Mercy and establish the truth once again in the world. Then the Kuffar will fear the strength of unity of the Muslims.
“O you who believe! Take not as (your) Bitanah (advisors, consultants, protectors, helpers, friends, etc.) those outside your religion since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made plain to you the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses) if you understand. Lo! You are the ones who love them but they love you not, and you believe in all the Scriptures. And when they meet you, they say, "We believe". But when they are alone, they bite the tips of their fingers at you in rage. Say: "Perish in your rage. Certainly, Allah knows what is in the breasts (all the secrets)" [TMQ Ale-Imran:118].