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EDITORIAL

So That We Know Each Other 

Taken from a post at "Turtle Island's Native Muslims" Yahoo! group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ti_muslims/message/23

Salaam 'alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuhu,

Na'm, we are Muslims first and foremost.

There is room for nationality and color in Islam, walhamdulillaah, because Allaah ta 'ala say in the Qur'an:

"O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you with Allaah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa. Verily, Allaah is All-Knowing, All-Aware." (Al-Hujurat 49:13)

So we should be pleased with the way Allaah created us in our colors and our nationalities. But like Allaah says.. it is the person with
the taqwaa who is most honorable in the Sight of Allaah.

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What there is no room for is nationalism and racism. Many of the Sahabah radi' Alaahu anhu ajma'een were known by their tribes and nationalities and even by the virtues of their tribes and nationalities like Abu Musa Al-Asharee, Salman Al-Farsee, etc. And after embracing Islam, many Sahabah were commissioned by the Rasoolullaah salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam to convey the message of Islam to "their people". Also many of the 'ulema were known by their tribes and nationalities, like Khateeb Al-Baghdadi, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab At-Tamimi, etc. Just a very small example. There were great scholars of Islam living in tents, huts and yurts among native populations from which they, themselves, were from, benefiting Islam with their knowledge, and teaching "their people" the Islam.

But nationalism is a call of Jahiliyyah. It is when you make this baatil allegiance to your people for the sake of your people and not for the Sake of Allah, so that you help them in both goodness and sin and transgression just because they are your tribe, your race or your countrymen.. . so you follow them upon dalalah, like that baatil saying "my country, right or wrong".

Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) - rahimahullaah - said (Majmoo'ul-Fataawaa (3/456)): "Everything which is outside the call of Islaam and the Qur'aan, with regards to lineage, land, nationality, schools of thoughts and ways, then it is from the calls of jaahiliyyah. Indeed, even when the Muhaajirs (those Companions who migrated from Makkah to Madeenah) and the Ansaars (those Companions who aided and supported those who migrated) argued, such that one of the Muhaajirs said: "O Muhaajirs! (implying; rally to my aid)." And one of the Ansaar said: "O Ansaar!" Upon hearing this, the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "Is it with the calls of jaahiliyyah that you call, and I am still amongst you!" And he became very angry at that." (Related by al-Bukhaaree (8/137))
 

So we aren't going to call to this Jahiliyyah call to nationalism or racism, we are going to call to qalla Allaah, qalla Rasoolullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and to the Qur'an and the Sunnah, inshaa Allaah. This isn't a group for a "Native Americanized Islam". This isn't a group to exclude other Muslims. In fact, to the contrary, this is a group to include all Muslims so "that you may know one another". Because, some of the best da'wah is the upright character of the Muslim... and this is so true. Whole nations have embraced Islam just upon witnessing the Muslim character. But the thing here is... how many Muslims interact with the native people? Many natives stay in out-of-the-way rural areas, and the only way they may meet a Muslim is on television.. . and you know how they portray us on television. And unfortunately, in many Muslim's minds, we are (as natives) the way that the trespassers, the invaders, these colonizers have portrayed us on television and their factious stories of us... we are savages and irrelevant relics of the past. It is almost like
we don't exist in the Muslim's minds.

When Muslims come to this land from abroad, how many do you think think to themselves "this is native's lands". That they are taking, directly or indirectly, benefits from resources what rightfully belongs to the natives. That the natives deserve our good treatment and help and the right to hear about "La ilaha illallaah, Muhammadar Rasoolullaah" . For the most part, these things would never cross their mind... and that is the real purpose of this group... to educate Muslims about natives and natives about Islam. This group is
that tool inshaa Allaah.

So just because a group comes together, upon birr and taqwaa inshaa Allaah, and mention a nation, a people or tribe, and they want to focus on something regarding those people like da'wah, or sadaqah, or education... they don't automatically fall into nationalism, or racism, or splitting the Ummah of Muhammad sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. You have to look at what they are calling to to really determine that, inshaa Allaah.

As far as what is on the homepage of the group: "The only Yahoo! group by the American Indian / Native Americans / First Nations Muslims of Turtle Island, about them and for them." I felt that was necessary because there were other Muslim groups focused upon Native Americans that were not managed or moderated by natives, who themselves were misinformed about natives, and would allow people to say whatever they like about both natives and Islam . So that statement cuts them off from the very beginning and they will know they can't come here and "pull the wool over our eyes" and say whatever it is they want to say about natives and Islam.

And even though we have this Yahoo! group and we have a website... we are not a group that makes walaa and baraa upon our group. We are just trying to bring the people together and work towards certain goals. I am working right now with my tribe and the brothers at my masjid to get some donations from 'udhiyah to distribute among the natives of my tribe. And we are working to get a private question and answer session with the 'ulema on issues specifically related to natives. Some very good, knowledgeable brothers have agreed to help on this and they didn't see it as asabiyyah. The only prerequisite is that we are serious and that we as natives come together for this.

So I hope this explains our position good enough inshaa Allaah.

wa Salaam 'alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

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