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Do You Really Love the Prophet Muhammad?

by | Jan 25, 2021

It has been three months that the Prophet Muhammad (ppuh) has been insulted in France;
obscenities that have been state-sponsored I might add. As far as I know, the French
government did not retract its words or actions, did not apologise, and only renewed its
arrogance towards these degrading caricatures of the OUR Prophet. It is great to condemn these
actions, but what are you going to do about it? We are experts at barking, but this is falling on
deaf ears.

The least one can do is to boycott French products and companies and remind any and every
single Muslim about it. It is only by staying unified against this injustice that things can change.
So do not despair or minimise this action. Conscious injustice only understands two things: force
and money. Unfortunately, force is out of the question since it falls on Muslim leaders to take
such action (and we fully know how corrupt they are)l. However, as individuals, we have the
power to affect the economy, and that is actually often more effective than force.

For instance, to demonstrate how the pocket is sometimes stronger than the sword, I will give
you an example that I witnessed first hand. Where I live, in Quebec (who are the little cousins of
France, they usually try to follow French policy 10 years down the road), there was a bill project
that would disallow animals to be slaughtered without being stunned first. This is under the
pretext that it is more « humane ». Shooting a high-powered piston gun into an animal’s skull is
not what I would call « humane », but I digress. This law project had only one goal in mind: to
eliminate Halal slaughter (what is permissible for Muslims). However, the government can’t just
come out and say that they will ban all Halal slaughter because this is a direct attack on
religious freedoms (thanks to Allah that Quebec is a province of Canada). So it was designed to
circumvent this constraint and was greatly debated at the National Assembly (Quebec
Parliament).

After getting wind of this, a group of Muslims in Quebec started a petition that recorded over
60 000 signatures. However, the government didn’t back down. But there was a certain
monetary incentive involved… The wording of the petition included the provision that the
Muslims who signed the petition would still get their meat the Halal way but would do so in
Ontario (province next to Quebec). Plus, this petition was sent to the UPA (Union de
Producteurs Agricoles, farmers union), so it was the farmers union that took up the battle. You
see, normally Christmas is the biggest holiday for Quebecers in general, but for farmers, it is Eid
al-Adha. It is during those three days that they make the equivalent of their whole year in
income. Most farms in Quebec are still family-run farms who cannot afford to lose a substantial
income and the ruling party at that time has a large number of voters who are from rural areas.
So when you put two and two together… the bill didn’t make it to a vote.

This might be at a small scale, but when you up the ante, the result is only greater. We are
talking about a G7 nation, that insulted the greatest man in history, who is followed by 1,5
billion Muslims… Those are some large stakes, and there can only be one winner. The whole
world is watching, either to follow suite like France, or see the ramifications of their actions and
withhold.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of Muslims (and especially media outlets in predominantly Muslim
countries) that wish to trivialize the boycott: « Do you really think that not buying La Vache Qui
Rit cheese will really bring France to it’s knees? » Yes, because it is not only milk products we are
talking about but whole industries that actually export largely to Africa. And just for the sake of
argument, even if it doesn’t do anything to change the situation, you can at least know that you
did something, even minute, in order to refute this injustice.

What I can’t fathom is how can a Muslim put all the considerations of the world on one side of
the scale and the Prophet Muhammad on the other, and the Prophet does not come out on
top?!?! The Prophet (ppuh) said:
“None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his child, his father and all the
people.”
(Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)

Whether your action is a petition, a demonstration, a dialogue or setting to set the record
straight, do not miss an opportunity to defend the Prophet of Allah. And don’t let anyone
discourage you or frighten you in this endeavor, for:
Say, [O Muḥammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth
which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are
pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihād [i.e., striving] in His
cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly

disobedient people.”

Surat At-Tawbah (9 – 24)

So if you want to know how to determine if a product is from France or belongs to a French
company, here are a few sites with that info.

https://www.reddit.com/r/MuslimLounge/comments/jhsyuo/list_of_all_french_brands_to_boycott_due_to/

Barcode Prefixes and Product Country of Origin – Barcoding, Inc.

Moreover, there are a lot of products that are made in countries other than in France, but the
company is a French multinational. So it is often good to read the back of the label or check the
barcode number for the country of origin.

And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers.

Surat Adh-Dhariyat (51 – 55)

So please do the same and share your deeds with your brothers and sisters in Islam. So spread the word, just like the Prophet Muhammad did for 23 years of his life.

The Boycott is still on!!!

A Muslim in France

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

Is there Anything Bad in the Quran? – Existential Questions

When I mean bad, I mean something that everyone will agree to as fundamentally wrong. I don’t mean what is acceptable to modern standards, but fundamentally evil. Not only there is no evil within what is ordained, but it can only be depicted as righteous and good when looked at as a whole. Here are some Islamic principles that are listed in the Quran:

Say, “Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them. And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed. And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right. This has He instructed you that you may use reason.”

And do not approach the orphan’s property except in a way that is best until he reaches maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not charge any soul except [with that within] its capacity. And when you testify, be just, even if [it concerns] a near relative. And the covenant of Allah fulfill. This has He instructed you that you may remember.

And, [moreover], this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 151-153)

Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 90)

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”

Your Lord is most knowing of what is within yourselves. If you should be righteous [in intention] – then indeed He is ever, to the often returning [to Him], Forgiving.

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.

Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].

And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.

And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.

And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.

All that – its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested.

That is from what your Lord has revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of wisdom. And, [O mankind], do not make [as equal] with Allah another deity, lest you be thrown into Hell, blamed and banished.

Surah Al-Isra (17 – 23-39)

Most of the accusations come from people who do not agree with the standard of morality or virtue that is ordained in Islam. For instance, the Hijab for women; not being allowed to have a sip of wine or not even having a girlfriend… These practices have become customary in “modern” civilizations, yet they are considered illicit in Islam. Society is always faced with dumbing down standards and laws to curtail the desires of the majority. But the fundamental question remains; what makes it right now but made it wrong before (and vice versa)? This type of thinking induces decadence. Virtues and morals become trivial, unattainable utopias, unrealistic… mockeries.

This was the same discourse used by the people of Lot thousands of years ago when they wanted him and his family out of their city.

But the answer of his people was only that they said, “Evict them from your city! Indeed, they are men who keep themselves pure.”

Surah Al-Aaraf (7 – 82)

Wow! Accused of being too pure… It’s like someone who says: “Ah! He gets on my nerves because he is too polite.” or: “look at her; she thinks she is so superior! She doesn’t even want to dress like us.” and the classic: “Look at that geek; he thinks that his A+ is going to stop him from that face pounding.” What is it that makes that person’s conduct wrong in the first place; what did he do to deserve this reprimand? Is it high self-esteem (or lack of it)? Is it because a person is different (where his difference is not accepted)? Is it because of jealousy (or more likely envy)?

It is sad to see that we have reached a point where righteous conduct is ridiculed and marginalized. Someone who gives his seat on the bus is looked at awkwardly; a student who says Mam and Sir is called a suck-up; a 16-year-old virgin is made fun of. But, as we have seen, this attitude has been present for millennia, all depending on the context and stage in which a society is to be found.

But in the end…

And it will be said to those who feared Allah, “What did your Lord send down?” They will say, “[That which is] good.” For those who do good in this world is good; and the home of the Hereafter is better. And how excellent is the home of the righteous –

Surah An-Nahl (16 – 30)

Faith

the process of belief