The following article was written 10 years ago by one of the admins. We reproduce it today as it has become eerily and increasingly relevant. It also highlights that the attacks on Muslim children and practices have been long in the planning.
A time to protect our children from the mischief of foreign ideas
In a generation, the west and their collaborator Muspha Kemal virtually wiped out Islam from the minds and lives of Muslims. A people who were once the subjects of European envy became strangers to their very own great civilization, losing their spiritual connection in the running of daily affairs. Secularism was forcefully imposed in place of the divine system; Islamic education was banned in schools; The Islamic dress code became an object of ridicule; The wearing of Islamic symbols criminalised; The Arabic language replaced with Latin, and the Adhan no longer allowed to be called in Arabic. The generation to follow was to be raised without knowing the justice of Islam.
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
“Islam began as a something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers.” It was asked, “Who are those strangers, O Messenger of Allah?” He Replied, “Those that correct the Sunnah when the people become corrupt.”
Today, in the west, the call for Muslims to accept western values is trumpeted louder than ever, Australia being no exception. Following the events of the London explosions, the Australian propaganda machine has concentrated its efforts in creating public opinion to thwart any re-attachment to Islam. In a show of sheer desperation and ideological weakness, the west have: begun to clamp down on any form of legitimate political dissent, indicated an unwillingness to engage in intellectual debate over ideologies and values, and initiated the ‘discussion’ over clamping down on Islamic practices, such as the wearing of the Hijab.
History testifies that it is not an easy task to change the thoughts and ways of a people. However, one may argue, that if what is being offered was intellectually superior, then there should be no fear in engaging with all sections of a community without having to resort to intimidating and ‘suppressive’ means.
Statements made by sections of the media and policy makers leads one to conclude that in fact a change in mentality and sentiments of the current generation is not what is being sort, but the focus will be upon the younger generation of Muslims. Of particular interest are four ideas that are now being debated.
- Deporting and denying entry visa’s to those who preach against “Australian values”.
The Federal Education Minister Dr Brendan Nelson said “…basically if people don’t want to support and accept and adopt and teach Australian values then, they should clear off.”
Federal Treasurer Peter Costello went further to say “There are some clerics who have been quoted as saying they recognise two laws. They recognise Australian law and Sharia law. There’s only one law in Australia, it’s the Australian law.”
Apart from abandoning a core principle upon which the nation was built, this demonstrates an intention that aims only at allowing, in the Muslim community, the propagation and existence of ideas and values that conform to those of Western Liberal Capitalism.
- Clamping down and monitoring what is being taught in Muslim schools.
Dr Brendon Nelson was quoted as saying “We want to make sure that not just those schools, but all schools that educate Australian children, including Islamic children, are focused on Australian values, to make sure that not just the students – but also the teachers – fully understand our values, our beliefs and the way we relate to one another and see our place in the world.”
The implications of which will result in the Muslim child believing that what he/she has acquired from the Muslim School conforms to Islam and that the values of the wider society and the Islamic Values are one in the same.
- Preventing the sincere Islamic Movements who bring to light the reality of western foreign policy in the Muslim lands, who maintain the natural sympathies of the Muslims to their brothers and sisters abroad, and who advocate the comprehensive implementation of Islamic Law in the Muslim World, from influencing the Muslim youth.
After a Summit held between invited delegates of the Muslim Community and the government, John Howard said that relevant government ministries would take charge of smaller sub-committees to work out new initiatives for weeding out radicalism. It is important to keep in mind that one of the issues raised, highlighted concerns that various Islamic groups influenced the youth.
The Muslim community must never separate herself from the sincere movements, for they are an inextricable part of the Ummah, which moves her in the path of Islamic revival.
- Banning of the Islamic dress in schools.
Sydney MP Bronwyn Bishop, when commenting on her proposal to ban the Hijab in public schools, said “Its not just a headscarf, it is a challenge to our freedoms and way of life”. She further went on to say, “this has really been forced on us because what we’re seeing is a clash of cultures”.
The Muslim community must seriously move to ensure they are able to fulfill their individual Islamic duties in this land, implementing strategies early in the debate so as to effectively thwart any attempt to tear away the Hijab from the Muslim Women. The Muslims should also know that the loyalty to and pleasure of their Lord is the only pleasure and loyalty worthy of consideration. We must not fall into the trap of framing the debate around western values such as freedom. As we witnessed in France and as we see today, the west is quite prepared to abandon their sloganised values. The western powers will, however, think a thousand times if it is made clear that the Muslims are serious about wearing the Hijab, not because they are free to do so, but it is an obligation from their Lord, an obligation that will not be abandoned for any price.
The Muslim parent shares a great responsibility of bringing up the future carriers of this Deen. Allah(swt) makes it clear that our children are, at one and the same time, a blessing, a trust, and a test from Allah(swt)…
Allah(swt) says “O you who believe! Betray not Allah and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amanat (things entrusted to you). And know that your possessions and your children are a test, and that with Allah is a mighty reward” (TMQ 8:27/28).
In these difficult times, when the west has intensified its campaign to inject dangerously foreign ideas into the minds of our children, the Muslim parent must turn to his/her creator seeking guidance and help. Every effort must be exhausted to ensure the child that we send off to school does not return a stranger, developing an identity other than that of Islam and disturbing the tranquility that had been established. We can only expect that if we fail in protecting and using our trusts wisely, that we will surely be asked about these favours standing before The Owner of Judgement Day.
A great responsibility of the Muslim father and mother is to provide the correct training and education for their child. This education must be deeply entrenched within the child, enough not only to fend off a foreign culture, but to show the strength and confidence of who they are.
The Messenger of Allah(saw) said “A father gives his child nothing better than a good education”. (tirmidhi and Baihaqi)
Mu`adh ibn Jabal(ra) reported that the Prophet (saw) instructed him to do ten things. Among them, the 9th was, “Do not refrain from using pressure for training them,” and the 10th was, “Instill in them god consciousness”. (Ahmed)
The Messenger of Allah(saw) also said, “The one who cares for three daughters, disciplines them, marries them off, and does good to them, for him is paradise”. (Abu Dawud).
The Muslim parent indeed desires that their offspring will be among the seven shaded on the day when there is no shade but that of Allah’s(swt),
“… a young man who has been brought up (from childhood) in the worship of Allah…” (Bukhari)
Indeed, a blessing it will be, knowing that we have fulfilled our trust before Allah(swt). That we had cultured, trained and educated our children to utter the better speech, inviting to Allah(swt) and declaring “I am one of the Muslims.”
“Who is better in speech than one who calls to Allah, works righteousness, and says, “I am one of the Muslims”” [TMQ 41:33]
Allah willing, with this, we would return to our lord knowing that the generation we left behind had been prepared to contribute to the success of Islam in the world and as a source of success for our Hereafter, through the mercy of Allah (SWT).
The Prophet (SAW) said. “When a person dies [the benefit] of his deeds ends, except three: a continuous sadaqah, knowledge from which benefit is derived, or a pious child invoking Allah for him.”(Ahmed and Muslim)
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