To My Brother, Maajid Nawaz

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Assalam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Your recent post on facebook prompted me to write this. In fact it has been in my heart to approach you, to reach out to you somehow and relay my words. Though many may believe your words are a temporary pander to readjust your position with regards to funding and MP status, the truth is, Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala knows best the states of the heart. I sincerely pray to Allah that your heart inclines towards Truth and finds solace in the dhikr of Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala, and in turn, you turn your back on this false Crusade.  What I can say is that until you do not disassociate yourself from Quilliam Foundation, acknowledge the damage that has been done to the Muslim community cohesion in Britain and formally rescind such past acts as a dark period in this one-way journey to Allah Most High, the sincerity of your words will always remain questionable from the apparent.

Brother Maajid Nawaz, this is my personal address to you:

I believe you are my brother in Islam. I believe everyone makes mistakes just like you have said, and I swear by Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala, I love you as I would any other brother in Islam.  You have a sharp mind (ma-sha-Allah), and therefore you may be able to dissect a fatwa to justify your own conclusions, but sometimes it is taqwa, not fatwa that we need in our direst moments.  You perhaps know better than I, that it is ma’arifah, not information and knowledge which will make us successful before Allah Almighty.

Imam ‘Abdullah Ibn Mubarak rahimahullah (d. 181/797), the Sufi, the Mujtahid, the Muhaddith, Mufassir and Faqih was once a mere rich, spoiled youth charmed by music and other pleasures. In short Allah was the last on his list of concerns. Then a time came he was revered for piety, character and scholarship so much so that when he entered Baghdad, the entire city came to receive him. From his quarters, Harun al-Rashid heard the clamour and saw the dust clouds raised by the groups of people who rushed to meet the Imam. At this point he realised that though he held the political power, it was ‘Abdullah Ibn Mubarak who ruled over the hearts of the people.

This change came when he was once walking through the streets of Baghdad engaged in the Dunya, seeking its pleasures. He heard a voice reciting the following verses:

“Is it not time that the hearts of those who believe should be humbled to the Remembrance of Allah and the Truth that has descended (through revelation), and that they should not be like those to whom the Book was given before, and whose hearts hardened with the passing of time for many from amongst them are sinful people.” (al-Qur’an, Surah al-Hadid, 57:16)

It hit him with such force that he uttered the words “Yes my Lord, it is time”.  He then went onto become one of the greatest Imams of all time.

Is it not time brother Maajid? May Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala have mercy on you and me.

Wa-salam

Your beloved brother in Islam.

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