Letter to the All Muslims
Unfortunately, Muslims deserve part of the ill-reputation that plaques Islam. How long can we blame the Westerners OR their media before looking inward? Pay attention to our own people - so many give others reasons to believe Islam is oppressive and unjust. Consider the husband who won't let his beaten wife apply for a passport, the "Islamic Government" that won't let women drive, the "jihad-ers" who attack men with inadequate beards, fathers who circumcise their little girls and the bearded immigrant who thinks blowing up public buildings, killing innocent people - even women and children, is going to prove anything besides their own irresponsibility.
Our Ummah increasingly needs to not only study but apply the Quranic principles of peace, love, forgiveness, brotherhood and rights of women before we "lecture" others; or else WE ARE ALL CULPRITS IN THIS WAR AGAINST ISLAM. Let's not be living examples of horrid misconceptions and lies about Islam - let's be examples that will invite Non-Muslims to learn about the TRUE Islam. The world around us has just ushered in the new Millenium. More than 1400 years have passed since the Holy Prophet Muhammad was sent to set any example for mankind but how very far we have deviated from it.
The Internet is a VERY powerful tool. Click here to read about it.
The Prophet was limited by land and water yet still spread Islam to all the continents within his lifetime. Today our means are unlimited. With the click of a button we can send the message of Islam to any non-Muslim home via a computer.
Murder comes from Hate,
Hate comes from Fear,
Fear comes from Ignorance.
Islam is wrongly accused of instructing its followers to be backward, violent, illiterate and extremist. When the truth of the matter is that Islam is pure but Muslims with distorted practices are not!
Misinformation is prevalent in text books, fiction and non-fiction material, reference books, encyclopedias, magazines, journals, newspapers, television and radio shows.
Let us look at a few examples:
Obviously adults and children who read the kind of material would not want to know anything more about Islam.
Our responsibility is to help open the minds of people so that they read and learn the truth about Islam before they even think about accepting it.
The responsibility of Muslims is to make efforts to remove such fabricated material from circulation so that the minds of people are not poisoned about Islam but rather opened to Islam and the atmosphere becomes more amenable to Muslims.
This is a Fard Kifaayah, if no one does it the entire Muslim Ummah, particularly those living in the West, will be accountable to Allah for their collusion with anti-Islamic forces through their inaction (i.e. losing by default)
It is our responsibility to change this very wrong opinion. We have to show that Islam is NOT represented by a small group of fundamentalists.
Please encourage able Muslim brothers and sisters to use this very powerful tool to defend and spread Islam.
Currently there are about 10 Christians for every 1 Muslim on the Net. It is a Muslim obligation to perform Daw'ah and the Internet is a very fast, fun and powerful way to do it.