On the Islamic Circle of North America
So I did some reading from an organisation called the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and found their handy guide to Jihad. They’re an offshoot of the Muslim Students Association of America (MSA). Their teachings may indicate a need for further investigation into their activities.
According to their web site:
Purpose: To seek the pleasure of Allah through the struggle of Iqamat-ud-Deen [establishment of the Islamic system of life] as spelled out in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of [Muhammad]
Let’s have a look at their manual, perhaps we will be educated as their adherents and young students are. I especially loved their definition of Jihad at 113, below. They are distinct about their intentions and deserve to be further investigated. This is a mainstream organisation involved in “dialogue” with other faiths. Do they discuss this specific agenda during these “dialogues”?
Islamic Circle of North America – Tarbiyah Guide (Education & Upbringing Guide)
Overemphasizing certain conspicuous works, even to the point of going against the Sunnah: Some people become fixated on a certain type of work to the point where Satan can incite them on account of it to go against the Sunnah or to violate Islamic law. Take jihad for instance, since some of our young people today have become very interested in it. No doubt it is a great act of devotion. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There are one hundred levels in Paradise that Allah has prepared for those who engage in jihad for the cause of Allah. The distance between any two levels is like the distance between the sky and the Earth.”111
He also said that the pinnacle of Islam is jihad in the way of Allah.112 Allah makes jihad the greatest of works when he says: “Do you consider the giving of drink to the pilgrims or the maintenance of the Sacred Mosque equal to the service of those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and strive113 with might and main in the cause of Allah? They are not equal in the sight of Allah; and Allah guides not those who do wrong. Those who believe and emigrate and strive with might and main in Allah’s cause with their wealth and their lives have the highest rank in the sight of Allah. They are the people who shall achieve success. Their Lord gives them glad tidings of mercy from Himself, of His good pleasure, and of Gardens for them wherein are delights that endure. They will dwell therein forever. Verily with Allah is a great reward.
[Sûrah al-Tawbah: 19-22].
110 Ibn al-Jawzî, Talbîs Iblîs (280-283). Al-Minbariyyah Publishers.
111 Sahîh al-Bukhârî (2790).
112 Musnad Ahmad (21542). Sunan al-Tirmidhî (2616). Sunan Ibn Mâjah (3973).
113 The word Allah used in Arabic is: wa Jaahada Fee Sabeelillah – meaning: made Jihad in the path of Allah. It is incorrect to translate the word Jihad to mean strive/striving because Jihad is a legal terminology with a specific meaning, and that is, fighting in the path of Allah and the struggle therein. Translating the word Jihad to mean ‘Striving’ is misleading as it gives a meaning different to the intending meaning in the verse. Unfortunately, this error has become a common practice amongst the translators, so let them be careful from falling into such errors.
They go on to say:
“He it is Who has sent His Messenger with the guidance and the Deen of truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all Deens, however, much the idolaters may be averse.” (Al-Qur’an 10: 33)
(Sahih Intl: It is He who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although they who associate others with Allah dislike it.
Pickthall: He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion, however much the idolaters may be averse.)
This means that Allah has sent His Messenger with the true Deen for the purpose that should end the sovereignty of all false authorities and make man so emancipated that he should become servant of none except that of the Lord of the universe no matter what hue and cry the unbelievers and polytheists may raise against it because of their ignorance.
“And fight them until persecution is no more and Deen (religion) is all for Allah.” (Al-Qur’an 8: 39)
This means that you wage war so that the evil sovereignty of beings, other than that of Allah is wiped out. And only the Law of God operates in the world. The sovereignty of God alone is acknowledged and man becomes submissive exclusively to God.
The Islamic Movement: Its Task, Characteristics, And Tools
The duty of the Islamic movement is to help people submit to Allah as individuals and groups by working for the establishment of an Islamic community deriving its rules and teachings from the book of Allah and His Prophets’ Sunnah.
The General Task: Universal Outreach
The Islamic movement is a universal organization that reaches out to encompass the workers in the Islamic field all over the world. This outreach is a precondition for success in conveying purely and clearly the Islamic message in ways relevant to the needs of the
present time. This outreach is designed to call people to Islam, strengthen their belief in it, and organize them to work and to wage jihad in its cause.
The Islamic Movement is rooted in some basic principles, namely, that:
3- Islam alone can provide the power for Muslims to liberate oppressed peoples from the control of those who worship the false gods of modernist and postmodernist cultures, namely, from taghut, so that these false gods will no longer be in a position to persecute or put obstacles in the way of sincere people and so all religion will be exclusively for Allah.
Hasan Al-Banna (founder of the Ikhwan/Muslim Brotherhood) summarized the Islamic movement’s general task of universal outreach as follows:
Our task in general is to stand against the flood of modernist civilization overflowing from the swamp of materialistic and sinful desires. This flood has swept the Muslim nations away from the Prophet’s leadership and Qur’anic guidance and deprived the world of its
guiding light. Western secularism moved into a Muslim world already estranged from its Qur’anic roots, and delayed its advancement for centuries, and will continue to do so until we drive it from our lands. Moreover, we will not stop at this point, but will pursue this evil force to its own lands, invade its Western heartland, and struggle to overcome it until all the world shouts by the name of the Prophet and the teachings of Islam spread throughout the world. Only then will Muslims achieve their fundamental goal, and there will be no more “persecution” and all religion will be exclusively for Allah.
Original document: https://app.box.com/s/fh3amyj26qvkemz94aa052yols7p88co