The Islamic Identity in The West Threats
By Br. Amir Abdullah
they gain the upper hand over you, they would behave to
you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their
tongues against you with evil, and they desire that you
should disbelieve. [Qur'an Al-Mumtahinah 60:2]
The Islamic identity
of Muslims in Australia is rapidly being dissolved in the melting
pot of this society. Clearly our identity is under threat as we
see our ideologies, beliefs and manners give way to the ideologies,
beliefs and manners of the Kuffar. The preservation of the Islamic
identity has become a challenge rather than something we can take
for granted. What makes this challenge unique, however, is that
there is no Islamic leadership, no Caliphate and no country in which
protection or guidance can be sought.
For a multitude of
reasons, most of which are not in accordance with Islam, Muslims
have been flocking to non-Muslim countries. Some come as refugees,
many come for a better standard of living, others to get education,
be near to their relatives, and some for Da'wah. The result of this
is a new problem, which has not existed for centuries - Muslims
are being exposed, on an unprecedented scale to non-Muslim cultures
and beliefs. In fact, many are now born in these countries, and
instead of being raised with a sound Islamic identity, many are
taking the Christian values of their 'adopted home'. It is of little
surprise that we see many Muslims turn from Islam in later life.
This article aims
to expose some of the sources of misguidance for Muslims living
amongst the Kuffar, as well as some solutions and defences we can
The Islamic Identity
Firstly, it is necessary
to define what is meant by the term "Islamic identity"
. The Islamic Identity is taken to mean the way of life of the Muslim
- an all-encompassing set of beliefs, practices and ideologies as
derived from the Qur'an and the example of Muhammad (saws). The
Islamic identity is that which separates us from the Kuffar.
The education system
is typically where the indoctrination process begins. Muslim school
children are sent off by their parents to Kafir schools with good
intentions of an education and a chance at a better life (in this
world, at least). The children are placed in an environment where
the mixing of sexes is not only tolerated but encouraged through
the placement of children in multi-gender sporting teams and class
groups. These children grow up to believe such behaviour is normal.
This leads, in most cases, to the m passing off the Islamic requirement
of segregated sexes as 'old fashioned' or 'backward'. After years
in an environment as free as this, it is no surprise that we see
so many young Muslims with 'boyfriends', and 'girlfriends'.
A major component
of the education system is to turn the students into 'good Australians'.
To be a good Australian means to obey the laws of the land even
if they conflict with the laws of Allah. We see this from the earliest
stages of the child's education in the form of flag-raising ceremonies
each morning in which the children sing the national anthem and
stand in respect as the flag of the non-Muslims is raised over their
In later stages,
the indoctrination becomes more advanced through subjects such as
politics and legal studies. In these studies, the 'benefits' of
western-style democracy and the Westminster system of government
are taught. The children are taught that Shirk is the best form
of government. They are taught that being a "good citizen"
is about voting and participation in this Shirk-based system. By
the time the child passes through the digestive tract of the Kaffir
educational system, he or she will probably see him/herself as an
Australian first and a Muslim second. The effect on the Islamic
identity is that it is replaced with, in best case scenarios, a
watered-down Islamic identity, and in the extreme case, a total
Every subject taught
to the Muslim has a hidden agenda - to foster disbelief and moral
decline. In Human Education, our children are being taught that
being promiscuous is a 'natural part of growing up'. These enemies
of Allah are even equipping our children with contraceptive devices,
under our noses, giving them their tacit approval to commit adultery.
These same classes teach that homosexuality is something that 'cannot
be helped' and as such is a perfectly 'normal' kind of behaviour.
In History, we see
a euro-centric view of the world in which the Christians are viewed
as the only people worthy of any respect or any admiration. It is
rare that mention is ever made of the great contribution made to
the Occidental world from the Orient. It is even rarer that the
names of the great Muslim scientists are mentioned. It is no wonder
that many Muslim children end up with a sense of shame in being
Muslim. This shame is often shown in their refusal to use their
'Muslim names', e.g. suddenly Muhammad becomes known as 'Mike'.
When the Christians
(according to their curriculum) have done all the "good things"
can you honestly blame them? These seeds of shame planted in the
mind of the Muslim child will bear the sour fruits of disbelief
in later life and serve to ensure the Islamic identity is destroyed.
s claims of being a secular society, the education system places
a heavy, though largely invisible, emphasis on Christian beliefs
and practices. In the lead up to Christmas it is not extraordinary
for even government-run schools to hold nativity plays, or make
the students engage in Christmas-based activities, such as making
Christmas cards or so forth. This coupled with the fact that the
Muslim student is probably a minority in a school full of Kaffirs,
serves to pressure the Muslim child into adopting practices that
are clearly not from Islam. The Muslim child will see his or her
friends exchanging presents at Christmas and may expect the same
at home. Often the schools present these Christian practices in
such a way that the child may even be unaware that they are acting
out the behaviour of the disbelievers. It is important that parents
are aware of this and take the necessary steps to prevent it or
at least ensure it does not impact the child.
Of course whilst
the empirical source of this is the Kuffar and his puppeteer, the
Shaytan, we cannot blame them entirely. We must also look to ourselves.
Muslim families, having lost much of their Islamic values, have
sold out to the West. By sending our children to kindergarten and
child care centers we are sending our children to be suckled by
the Shaytan. One need only look at the high number of child molestation'
s that occur in these places to see the truth of this. It is out
of neglect for our Islamic duties, and a love of dunya , that we
neglect our children. Muslim mothers are choosing to work rather
than stay home and ensure their children are educated Islamically.
The so-called "woman's liberation movement" has indeed
succeeded in " liberating women" - liberating them from
the shackles of responsible parenting. Fathers, drunk on western
commercialism, are emphasizing economic and material growth of the
family unit over spiritual growth. If these children received the
proper Islamic education at home, perhaps the wolves of disbelief
would not find them such easy prey.
Proper Islamic education
should counter the lies and the corruption fed to the children in
school. It should be presented in such a way as to engender a feeling
of pride in Islam. Furthermore, it should cover Islamic history
to offset the lies taught in History, Islamic law to offset the
lies taught in Legal Studies. Parents must take responsibility for
arming their students with correct Aqeedah and sound knowledge to
defend themselves from these wolves and the decline of the Islamic
M E D I A
The media plays a
critical part in non-Muslim society. Not only does the television
serve as a window to the outside world, but for many families it
also serves as a defacto baby-sitter. Muslims need to be aware that
the view of the world presented by the television and indeed other
mediums is through the eyes of a non-believer.
We can see this non-belief
represented in a number of areas, particularly in the coverage of
the news and in the moral bankruptcy of much of the media content.
The news provides
us with an insight into the world around us. A world where Mujahideen
are called 'terrorists', where the Straight Path is called ' Islamic
fundamentalism', and where all Muslims are misogynistic wife-bashers.
Over time, this can engender a feeling of self-hatred in the adult
and child Muslim viewer. It creates a feeling of shame if constantly
the word Muslim is used synonymously with everything bad in the
world. When a Muslim no longer feels pride in Islam, then the progression
to disbelief is easy. Adult Muslims should be sure to watch the
news with a critical eye. They should be aware that what they are
seeing is often far from reality, and they should use their understanding
of Islam as a benchmark for determining the truth from falsehood.
Perhaps, the television's
most significant effect is to take filthy, evil and unIslamic behaviour
and give it a cloak of respectability. It serves to convince the
Muslim viewer that what they are seeing is the social norm. A good
example is the so-called love scene that forms such a crucial element
in the Kaffirs' movie o r TV show. They paint the picture that somehow
in some sort of sick way that zina equates with love and
is a 'natural' behaviour. It is only to be expected that after years
of constant bombardment with this message that the initial disgust
a Muslim feels subsides to acceptance.
Next time your children
have the television on, be warned that what they are watching contains
messages designed specifically to enter the mind of the child or
young person. In the case of many cartoons, for example, we see
elements of idol worship couple d with the taking of partners with
Allah Ta'ala. So many of these cartoons have a mythological underpinning
with a focus on idolatry and false gods. All of these cartoons and
so forth are laying the foundation for turning the children into
Mushriks. For example Superman, where people in need call out to
this caped Kafir in his underwear to save the day with his god-like
powers. How many Muslim children spend their formative years acting
out imagined scenes from Superman or other similar cartoons? This
is something in direct opposition to the principles of Tawheed that
we, as Muslims, should seek the help of Allah alone.
Many young people's
shows also focus heavily on parental-child conflict and often attempt
to paint this sort of behaviour as a 'normal' part of growing up.
Typically, the solution to this conflict is either to fight back
or to run away. In either case it teaches the children an Islamically
inappropriate response to any conflict.
Aside from showing
us the outside world, the media dictates how we look at ourselves.
It provides a benchmark for judging ourselves and others. The media
shows us how others live, or how others behave. It defines how we
view success, what qualities we see as admirable, what behaviour
we see as normal. Take for example the so-called lifestyle shows
that feature so prominently on TV. We see expensive houses, lavishly
decorated with all the trappings of dunya and this is pushed onto
us as the Australian ideal. If we are not strong in Islam then these
media-generated standards get adopted as our own. We' ll start to
equate success with owning an expensive car or living in a big house.
We'll start to think that beauty is dependent on how we look. We'll
start to forget about the paradise that Allah has promised those
that believe, and we'll start trying to create a 'paradise' right
here in dunya. This is one of the major threats to our Islamic identity.
The best solution
to the threat of the media lies in active censorship and in education.
Active censorship means to be aware that what we are viewing is
not necessarily the reality but rather a Kafir view of reality.
We should constantly be evaluating the message or the content of
a particular piece of media against our understanding of Islam to
determine if it is right or wrong. Contrast this to a passive approach
where the viewer sees the media as an infallible source of information,
accepting blindly the message being presented without questioning
its appropriateness in an Islamic sense. As adults we should likewise
apply this to our children's viewing. We should pay close attention
to the messages being fed to our children and be sure to counter
anything unIslamic with sound evidence from the Qur'an and hadith
as to why such-and-such is not good. This goes hand in hand with
the education of the children to think Islamically and to know that
what is Halal and Haraam to a Muslim is not necessarily what is
good and bad in a Kafir's view.
Mixing With the Kaffirs
It is a fact of life
that we must, to some extent, keep close company with the Kuffar.
This is almost unavoidable given that we work, study and, unfortunately,
play with them.
The Prophet (saws)
said that whoever is with a people for 40 days or more begins to
take on some of their characteristics. As such, we must be very
careful of mixing with the Kuffar because, whether we realise it
or not, we are assuming some of their behaviour and beliefs.
Possibly this represents
the biggest threat to the Muslim in this country because the media
and education can easily be censored. Also, the indoctrination is
far more open and direct, whereas through mixing, our Islamic identity'
s erosion is far more sublime.
There are many ways
in which too much contact with the Kuffar will lead to us losing
our identities. The taking of Kuffar for close friends is something
that Allah has clearly warned out in the Qur'an yet it is something
so many of us do. With any friends, Kuffar or Muslim, it is natural
that we will seek to please them. Allah tells us that the Kuffar
will only be happy once we disbelieve. It therefore follows that
the way that a Muslim pleases his Kuffar friend is to exhibit signs
of disbelief. The Kaffir is probably not even aware that he is leading
his friend astray, and probably neither is the Muslim.
If a Muslim associates
with the Kuffar, he will make efforts to 'fit in' with this group.
In order to 'fit in' we must act like Australians. Fitting in typically
consists of adjusting our Islam to a religion more acceptable to
the Kuffar we are associating w ith so intimately. It is this that
gives rise to what Sayyid Qutb would call an apologetic mindset.
Where Muslims feel inclined to explain every 'strange behaviour'
to the disbelievers. " Well, those people who blow up busses
in Israel.. they are not real Muslims".
Often the first thing
Muslims will modify is their style of dress. Whilst a seemingly
trivial change, it often represents more than what it seems. When
a Muslim sees the Kafirs dressed in a certain way, and chooses to
imitate them to 'fit in ', it's a compromise. Once a Muslim has
compromised once, it becomes easier to compromise again. The beard
gets shaved. The Hijab comes off. Halal meat gives way to Haram
meat. Perhaps even a drink with his 'mates' after work becomes permissible.
Eventually the Muslim is left with a watered-down, Kafir-friendly
Islam that often bears more resemblance to the beliefs of the Mushrik
than the Mo'min.
Muslims must be aware
of the hidden effects of this. Furthermore, the best protection
is to keep amongst other Muslims. Whilst it is a necessity for some
contact with the Kuffar, we should limit it to the bare minimum
and make sincere efforts to offset it with contact with other Muslims.
This is an important part of keeping our Islamic identity and indeed
keeping Islam alive in this country.
The points mentioned
are a few of many. Every aspect of Kafir society is designed to
mislead us from the straight path, even if we cannot see it.
Narrated Samara bin
Jundub, Allah's Messenger (saws) said:
" Anybody (from
among the Muslims) who meets, gathers together, lives, and stays
with a Mushrik, and agrees to his ways, opinions, etc. and enjoys
his living with him (Mushrik) then he (that Muslim) is like him
(Mushrik)" [Sunan Abu Dawud - The Book of Jihad]
There is a defense
that can be applied that will render every effort by the Kuffar
useless, and serve to keep our Islamic identity intact. This defence
is knowledge. The Muslim should arm himself with a correct Aqeedah
and an awareness of what it means to be Muslim. Any attack, any
attempt to subvert or mislead will then be in vain. If the Muslim
knows the true nature of this society and if he can see how it is
designed to mislead, then he will not fall into its traps. This
ability to distinguish from right and wrong and chose right comes
from a correct Aqeedah.
The strength of the
family unit is also a defence. The father is the shepherd of the
household and like any other shepherd he should protect his flock
from the wolves. In this case the wolves are the Kuffar, and the
protection is to pass the knowledge onto the children and his wives.
The children should be provided with a sound Islamic education outside
of their schooling. This is imperative if the children are to be
strong enough to avoid the many pitfalls they w ill face. They should
be taught that the only truth in this world is the Qur'an and the
Sunnah of the Prophet (saws) and that all else must be judged against
these two noble criterion.
Finally, there is
a solution guaranteed to remove the risks, and that is to remove
oneself from amongst the disbelievers.
It is therefore unavoidable
that as long as we live here we will, through a process of cultural
osmosis, take on some of the characteristics of the Kuffar. The
likeness of Islam and Kuffar is like that of fresh clear spring
water and water brought up from the bottom of a suburban sewer.
If even a drop of the filthy water enters the clear water, the clarity
diminishes. Likewise it only takes a drop of the filth of disbelief
to contaminate Islam in the West. If we have it within our means
we should therefore consider moving to a Muslim land whereby we
can at least live amongst our brethren and within an Islamic society
free from the contamination of the disbelievers.