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Feb 18 • 29 tweets • 5 min read
Short term success is often linked to long term failure.
A small group or sect can achieve a very strong group identity by having a uniform and rigid doctrine, but when it uses this power to expand quickly, it is unable to accommodate a broader base of different streams...
...of thought, leading to internal conflict and purges, alienating members and leading to fractures.
Likewise, when seizing territory, disregarding local power dynamics enables rapid expansion, but results in generating a lot of enemies, weakening the defensive position...
Feb 18 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
It's probably not a coincidence that the European states most known for their social welfare systems are more aggressive in stealing the children of Muslims. I've mainly heard of such cases from Germany and Sweden, whereas in France and the UK it seems to be less common.
My theory is that each European country brings a different contribution to the war against Islam, and since France and UK undertake direct military actions in Muslim lands, they don't do as much with their social systems, where Germany and Scandinavian countries use NGOs...
Feb 4 • 26 tweets • 5 min read
The worst Islamic scam story I've heard is from Egypt.
Apparently the people in a village were trying to collect money to build or renovate a masjid after salah, and they needed something like 20 or 30 thousand pounds, maybe 4 or 5 thousand dollars at the time.
There happened to be a businessman in town who just spontaneously gave them the whole sum of money they were asking for. It wasn't a rich village, and it was a big amount of money for them so they were overjoyed.
The people wanted to express their gratitude to the man...
Feb 2 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Husn adh-dhun is part of nobility. It is an act of self-sacrifice for a greater good.
Suspicion can be a sin. It can mean violating the rights of others for selfish interests.
When we assume good about others, we may sometimes end up getting cheated or disappointed.
When we are suspicious of others, we may protect ourselves, but we can end up harming others.
For example, if you think someone might be a scammer, so you try to avoid them or treat them harshly, you may protect yourself, but you could hurt them in this process.
Feb 2 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
As deep fake become more common, verifying news first hand with trusted Muslim sources is more important than ever.
In the same ways that hadith have chains of narration, ideally we should try to get trusted chains back to every current event we want to spread or act upon.
And just as with hadith, if we are reporting news with weak chains of narration we should disclose that when relating news.
In any case, it would be better to try to avoid news with clear group/corporate/national backing as much as possible, because one of the most...
Feb 2 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
I was wondering why the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, is named Nayib, which is an unusual name in Latin America.
As it turns out, his laternal grandparents were Palestinian Christians, but his father embraced Islam and founded the first masjid in El Salvador.
Nayib was photographed praying salah in a masjid, which caused some controversy during the election. I also saw photographs of him making du'a with open hands in the Islamic style, but when asked about religion he is evasive and says he doesn't identify with any religion...
Jan 30 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Friendly Saudi-British relations go back further than I thought, when Faisal bin Turki authorized an official visit to Riyadh by British officer Lewis Pelly in Ramadan of 1281 AH. Faisal asked multiple times about British assistance agains the (Uthmani) Turks.
Faisal has been imprisoned by the Dawla Uthmaniyya in Egypt for a number of years, so his desire to get revenge on the Turks is understandable.
However, this indicates that the Saudi idea that it is acceptable to ally with the kuffar against murtadin...
Jan 25 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Extremism leads to extremism.
Kuffar tried to inject democracy into Islam, and many deviants and zanadiqa helped them in this.
Now some Muslims go to the other extreme by labelling anyone who acknowledges the importance of politics in asymmetric, modern war as democrats.
There's not really a substantial difference between someone who calls politics in asymmetric war kufr and somebody who calls using advanced math in designing rockets kufr.
There is kufr contained within both of these disciplines as a whole, but there should be no...
Jan 24 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
You know what's even better than getting Muslims out of prison? Not getting them put in prison in the first place.
A fundamental principle of fiqh is that prevention of harm takes precedence over gaining of benefit.
...large amounts of IS's already doubtful takfir further into doubt, or rather exposed the invalid foundations of much of their takfir.
Many of the compromises made for the sake of siyasa sharia by ahl us sunnah in Idlib were made in light of the situation of extreme...
Jan 23 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Some hadith that come to mind are the hadith on 'eena, a type of riba which is hidden behind a sale, the hadith that mentions the ummah will be in a state of humiliation when they abandon jihad and deal in 'eena, the hadith prohibiting combining multiple contracts...
...in a single contract (and combining multiple contracts is how the modern day equivalent of 'eena is achieved), the fact that 'eena is technically legal, but 'Aisha told one of the veterans of Badr that he had nullified all of his battles with Rasulullah ﷺ by...
Jan 23 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
@SafdarAlam is correct that using conventional banking is a better than "Islamic" banking according to Islam.
In either case, use should be limited to the absolute minimum necessary, but the only advantage of Islamic banking is not investing in industries like...
...alcohol, tobacco, pornography, and this is far outweighed by the enormous sin of lying about Allah's religion, and using deception to label the haram as halal.
Furthermore, all of this deception costs money, so Islamic banking is just less efficient and more expensive...
Jan 15 • 26 tweets • 6 min read
During the early formation of the Nigerian struggle, there was a dispute between two leaders, Muhammed Ali and Muhammed Yusuf, about the excuse of ignorance and establishment of proof.
Ali made takfir on Yusuf over the disagreement and began the struggle without hujjah...
...and the effort was largely a failure.
Later on Yusuf took over leadership of the movement, and delayed actually fighting until he had established proof about secular law to all of the local leaders, and then began the struggle. The effort was more successful...
Jan 12 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Muslims should treat any international sporting competitions such as FIFA or the Olympics as any other innovation in the religion, because they reinforce artificial identities designed to divide and weaken the Muslims.
The Olympic games were originally an act of worship for pagan Greeks. The games were part of a festival honoring Zeus, the chief god of the Greek pantheon. They are named for Mt. Olympus, which was the home of the gods in Greek mythology.
Jan 12 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Airstrikes don't win wars. 7 million *tons* (7 billion kg) of explosives were dropped during the Vietnam war, about 3.5 times more than the total droppes in WW2 in all theaters.
Children reached their teens rarely seeing natural daylight.
The reason the US still couldn't achieve its objectives is pretty simple. The will to fight of the North Vietnamese people was much stronger than any of the forces fighting them.
There are two important lessons here (among others).
First, the appearance of power...
Jan 12 • 23 tweets • 4 min read
The argument that Sirajuddin Haqqani or Abu Muhammed al Jolani must be American agents since the US doesn't launch drone strikes against them is pretty shallow.
The US is actually legally bound not to use military force except with congressional authorization or...
...in case of self-defense.
This is somewhat similar to Israel's policy vis-a-vis Hamas, where they directly retaliate to any hostilities, by tracking rockets and launching air strikes on the locations they are launched from. It's a tit for tat policy.
Jan 11 • 17 tweets • 3 min read
A brother who is very active on here supporting IS and who has a lot of knowledge about history suggested there is no evidence for bin Laden working with Iran on the US embassy bombings in East Africa, so I thought I'd post some.
He was trying to craft an idealized Taliban/AQ 2.0 narrative and then contrasting them to the current Taliban/AQ leadership, but there is actually a fairly high degree of consistency throughout the history of both movements.
Jan 7 • 23 tweets • 5 min read
The word "aqeeda" (عقيدة) comes from the same root as 'aqd (عقد) meaning to tie or knot. 'Aqd also refers to a contract, a binding obligation.
Aqeeda is our bond to Allahﷻ but also to ahl us-sunnah, just as the link to the mother and father links brothers and sisters.
Beyond this, it is an obligation to act, like a contract. To affirm the aqeeda of ahl us-sunnah means to carry the obligation to act in accordance with it, and belief is by actions, not only words, and both are important.
Yet there are some who will affirm that belief...
Dec 17, 2021 • 22 tweets • 4 min read
Since modern national governments are, generally speaking, tawaghit, it surprises me that most Muslims accept interactions with them as necessary, even for minor things.
In America I used to have contact with the "rainbow family," which some people might describe as...
..hippies, but this really would be too simplistic of an explanation.
The movement emerged for the most part out of the hippie movement, but now includes a lot of Christians who (rightfully) believe that the American government is Satanic.
A lot of them believe...
Dec 16, 2021 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
The brother asked me making takfir on a group of men *engaging* in riba would be extreme, while the kufr ibn Taymiyyah is talking about would be a group with established structures of governance *permitting* riba.
If we accept his understanding, it would be necessary to make takfir on every group of Muslim bandits in history, since they were armed and allowed violating the sanctity of the lives and property of Muslims and dhimmis for themselves.
Dec 15, 2021 • 44 tweets • 8 min read
Since the topic of the taifa mumtani'ah (abstaining sect) is so central to a lot of takfir, I'm going to clarify my understanding of why I have a lot of difficulty accepting IS's application of it, and maybe someone can correct me.
The abstaining group is a label that can be put on a group that accepts Islam, but then rejects the implementation of some aspect of sharia and actively fights against those that try to implement that aspect of sharia. It could be zakat, the prohibition of wine...
Dec 15, 2021 • 24 tweets • 5 min read
Saudi's stance on jamaat at tabligh is completely hypocritical, but they really should not get a free pass on their mistakes out of solidarity/sympathy (nor should any of us).
Using hadith about the path of Allah to describe their khurooj is dishonesty against Allah...
...and Allah's religion. These hadith refer to fighting to defend Islam and the Muslims, killing and being killed to make Allah's word the highest.
That is an act with far more virtue and more hardship than traveling and verbal preaching.