This event was organised by Majlis Ansarullah Huddersfield and was held on Sunday 12th March 2017 at Baitul Tauhid Mosque. It began at 3.15pm with Tilawat and English translation by Amir Shahzad. The Acting Regional Nazim, Rashid Sadiq Amini then gave an introduction to the event welcoming the guests and introducing the speakers.
The Regional Missionary Maulana Sabahat Karim gave a PowerPoint presentation on what role extremism plays in Islam. He started by saying Islam means peace and that the media is very selective on what information it provides to the public, which can portray Islam in a negative light.
Islamophobia can be described as making your opinion without visiting a mosque, or meeting or talking to a Muslim to understand what Islam actually is.
ISIS is on the news a lot today. But these Muslims to do not represent the true Islam. One French journalist was captured for 10 months by ISIS before escaping. When released, the journalist said they didn’t practice Islam and they didn’t even have a copy of the Qur’an. He also stated that the actions of ISIS are totally against Islam. ISIS has killed more Muslims than anyone else, so they are not true Muslims, as they are harming other human beings.
The Regional Missionary explained how Huzoor has visited parliaments in Canada, UK, USA, Holland, Brussels and Ireland and addressed them to promote the peaceful teachings of Islam and condemn terrorism.
The Regional Missionary continued explaining that the word Qur’an means that which is recited again and again, which is what happens to the Holy Qur’an. He then quoted some verses from the Qur’an:
“Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these truly believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.” (2:63)
“…whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.” (5:33)
“There should be no compulsion in religion.” (2:257)
“For you your religion, and for me my religion.” (109:7)
“Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression.” (16:91)
The Regional Missionary then narrated some sayings of the Holy Prophet: “The best person among you is the one who respects women.”
A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: ‘Your mother.’ The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: ‘Then your mother.’ The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: ‘Then your mother.’ The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: ‘Then your father.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)
“Paradise lies at the feet of your mother.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
“Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to people.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
The Regional Missionary stated that Jihad means to struggle and is not about picking up a sword and fighting. The Holy Prophet said the biggest Jihad is the fight within oneself to be a better person. He defined a Muslim as, he from one whose hands and tongue other people are safe.
Qais ibn Sa’d reported: A funeral passed by the Messenger of Allah, and he stood up. It was said to him, “It is a Jew.” The Prophet said, “Was he not a human being?” (Bukhari and Muslim)
The Regional Missionary ended with some facts, that there are 52 Muslim countries in the world and 1.6 billion Muslims in the world which is 23% of the world. These figures are provided by an American research center who also said by 2050, the biggest religion in the world will be Islam, as it is growing rapidly. The Regional Missionary concluded by saying extremism has no religion.