Brief Rebuttal Against Guardian Journalists- (Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shah Meer Baloch) Regarding Apps Banned By The Pakistani Government And The Islamic Stance On Homosexuality
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Firstly, Obligatory to Obey Muslim Rulers When They Command Good And Forbid Evil
Allaah [The Blessed and Exalted] said:
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَطِيعُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ ٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِى ٱلۡأَمۡرِ مِنكُمۡۖ
O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. [Surah An-Nisaa’ Aayah 59]
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Mad’khali [may Allaah preserve him] said:
The pious predecessors explained the term Ulul Ilm – those who have been given knowledge- to mean Al-Umaraa -those who are in authority, and some of them explained it to mean Al-Ulamaa – the scholars; but what is correct is that the Aayah includes both the scholars and those in authority [i.e. the rulers].
The scholars propagate the Sharee’ah of Allaah, teach the people, give rulings to the people and the rulers; and the rulers implement the rulings – they implement the knowledge [of the sharee’ah] which the scholars possess and propagate. So, the Aayah includes both the scholars and rulers. And due to this, Ibnul Qayyim said that it is obligatory to obey the scholars when they say, “Allaah said and Allaah’s Messenger said’’ in issues related to sound creed, acts of worship or deeds. [Likewise] in affairs related to halaal and haram, if they say, “Allaah said and the Messenger of Allaah said’’ and then they give verdicts and judge based on what the Qur’aan and Sunnah necessitates, it becomes obligated on the people to obey them. If the rulers command [the people] to obey Allaah -in accordance with what agrees with Allaah’s divine legislation, it becomes obligated on the people to obey them. [Marhaban Yaa Taalibal Ilm. Pages 58-60]
Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said:
The Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said, “Any man whom Allaah has given authority to look after the affairs of a people and he dies whilst not looking after them [in the manner obligated by Allaah and His Messenger], he will not smell the scent of paradise”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari’ Number 7150]
Regarding the statement of the Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam]: “Any man whom Allaah has given authority to look after the affairs of a people”; Shaikh Uthaymeen [rahimahullaah] said: This does not only mean the Muslim ruler, his assistant or a minister, or the elders of a people; rather it applies even to a man in his house. If he dies and did not look after his family (in the manner obligated by Allaah and His Messenger), then indeed Allaah will prevent him from smelling the scent of paradise. And those who give their families games (or means of amusement) that corrupt manners and destroy sound creed, then there is no doubt that they have not looked after their families (i.e. in the manner obligated by Allaah and His Messenger in this affair), and if they die whilst being upon this state, it is feared that Allaah will prevent them from smelling the scent of paradise. We ask Allaah for well-being and safety. [At-taleeq Alas Siyaasatish Shar’iyyah. page 35. Slightly paraphrased]
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [rahimahullaah] said:
The sinners [i.e. those who die whilst committing grave sins lesser than major shirk or disbelief] are under the will of Allaah- if Allaah wishes, He will either punish them or forgive them straight away, or He enters them into hell for some time and paradise thereafter, just as Allaah said: [إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَغۡفِرُ أَن يُشۡرَكَ بِهِۦ وَيَغۡفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٲلِكَ لِمَن يَشَآءُ-Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases]. [Surah An-Nisaa’ Aayah 48]
إن أهل المعاصي تحت مشيئة الله، إن شاء الله غفر لهم وأدخلهم الجنة من أول وهلة، وإن شاء عذبهم في النار على قدر معاصيهم مدة من الزمن، ثم بعد التطهير والتمحيص يخرجهم الله من النار إلى الجنة، كما قال الله -سبحانه-: إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يَغْفِرُ أَنْ يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَلِكَ لِمَنْ يَشَاءُ
Secondly, the Rulers Are Commended When They Implement Allaah’s Command, But They Are Not Rebelled Against Or Vilified In Public When They Err, Rather We Follow The Path of Our Pious Predecessors In The Manner They Dealt With The Rulers
We remind Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shah Meer Baloch that when our rulers implement the commands of Allaah and His Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam], we are pleased; and if they oppose the command of Allaah and His Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam], we do not obey them, but we still supplicate for them, as Imaam Fudayl Ibn Iyaadh [rahimahullaah] said, “If I had one supplication to be answered, I would make it for no one but the ruler. If the ruler is righteous, it will lead to the righteousness of the country and the people”. [Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa 8/434]
And we neither rebel against them nor publicize their faults; rather we follow the path that was followed by the pious predecessors in dealing with the rulers.
Read: How to deal with the rulers
Finally, the intoxicated sinners and stooges of the leftists in the Muslim lands always raise objections when the Muslim authorities block dating apps and immoral online content to protect society from sin and transgression. Indeed, Allaah and His Messengers forbid homosexuality, therefore the Muslim rulers are to be commended when they protect our societies. Therefore, we remind the stooges of the leftists as follows:
Islam and Homosexuality: What happened in Sodom and Gomorrah? The Prophet Lot (Loot) and his Daughters: In the Bible and the Qur’an.
Why Homosexuality is Prohibited in Islam. Must read for Muslim parents wanting to raise their children upon traditional family values with clear, firm identities built upon immutable biological realities. http://www.islamhomosexuality.com/hs/
The LGBTQ Movement: Homosexuality and Islam: Understanding Muslim Attitudes To Homosexuality (Islam 5.7)
We ask Allaah to protect us and our families from every path that will lead to transgression against the commands and prohibitions of our Lord Aameen.