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Re: Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation September 24, 2007

Posted by Sis Shaykha in Announcements.
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 Asalaamu Alaaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

Here are my Thoughts on the Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation

Posted at the MM blog:

http://muslimmatters.org/2007/09/22/pledge-of-mutual-respect-and-cooperation/

After giving this some consideration…insha’Allah me and my blog will sign on. I see that this is an effort for cooperation, and unity & respect between both sides. Neither side will “drop” or “integrate” their beliefs, but will just cooperate with each other, and fight/stand together in public, against those who are trying to defame islam, and will insha’Allah also continue their respetive debates/arguments in private…by those who are qualified to do so. As a young Muslim living in the west, who does not count herself amongst the knowledgeable (not even close), i really liked this part of the agreement:

“- Urge our brothers and sisters in faith to concentrate on enriching their lives by deepening their practice of Islam through properly learning the basics of the faith, adopting a consistent regimen of Qur’anic recitation, endeavoring to remember and invoke Allah in the morning and evening, learning the basics of jurisprudence, attempting to engage in voluntary fasting as much as possible, studying the Prophetic biography on a
consistent basis, studying the etiquettes that guide our interactions with our fellow Muslims, and the performance of other beneficial religious acts, to the extent practical for their circumstances;”

I can speak for myself that i and many others around me have engaged into far too much useless bickering between this person and that group, while at the same time failing to see how low our imaan is/was, and how little our acts of worship are/were. This is I believe a very important reminder posted in the “pact”. We need to engage in these things FIRST and foremost before we go running off into debates.  Also mentioned  in the agreement is that we should leave the debates/discussions to the knowledgeable amongst us. I agree to this as.

I also agree with that we need to stop making takfir (or atleast leave it up to those who are knowledgeable enough (and who are in the position) to label a person or group as kaffir/kuffar.

The last part was very crucial as well, we should fight this campaign against Islam together.

Insha’Allah this agreement is succesful,

 May Allah guide the astray and deviant amongst us, whoever they might be, May Allah clear our heart of any shirk, nifaaq, or kufr and May Allah guide us all to that Path which pleases Him MOST, AMEEN

jazaakAllahum Khair Sheikh Yasir, and all the Shayookh who signed. I hope that this agreement works for the better.

Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah

EDIT: Astaghfirullah I meant to say: we should fight, rather inform, and teach these people, (and all Americans & other Western people) who are making campaigns against islam or who have misconceptions about islam….together. DMa’Salaama

Edit: Read Sh. Yasir’s Last Post!

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