O Allah , separate me from my sins as You have separated the East from the West. O Allah, cleanse me of my transgressions as the white garment is cleansed of stains . O Allah , wash away my sins with ice and water and frost.
Okay so I just found this poster here on tumblr with well over 200k notes, and subsequently lost my shit a little. I mean, I agree that no idea should be beyond criticism. What I don’t understand is why this poster is picking on Islam to make a general statement about human rights, ideas, and freedom of speech. Like wtf is this shit?
I’d like to point out as well how SNEAKY this poster is too bc the focus on Islam and Islamophobia is in the fucking tiny script at the bottom. If you don’t bother to read that and you buy into this general statement and reblog it, you are GOING to be reblogging something specifically Islamophobic. Bc this appears to be an attempt to get permission to be Islamophobic by arguing “there is no such thing bc ideas don’t have rights”, whatever the fuck that actually means…
The reality is that Islamophobia is alive and well and it lives in (among other places) this poster. See, no one is saying you cannot criticize Islam. We’re just saying be respectful of Muslim people and their human rights when you do so, like you’re supposed to do in ALL your dealings with other human fucking beings. This is why people who want permission to be Islamophobic are really just saying they want permission to treat Muslim people like sub-human garbage. Well, you do not have MY permission, that’s for fucking sure.
Narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
Ask me (about matters pertaining to religion), but they (the Companions of the Holy Prophet ﷺ) were too much overawed out of profound respect for him to ask him (anything). In the meanwhile a man came there, and sat near his knees and said: Messenger of Allah, what al-lslam is? To which he ﷺ replied: You must not associate anything with Allah, and establish prayer, pay the Zakat and observe (the fasts) of Ramadan.
He said: You (have) told the truth. He (again) said: Messenger of Allah, what al-Iman (the faith) is? He (ﷺ) said: That you affirm your faith in Allah, His angels, His Books, His meeting, His Apostles, and that you believe in Resurrection and that you believe in Qadr (Divine Decree) in all its entirety.
He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth. He (again) said: Messenger of Allah, what al-Ihsan is? Upon this he (ﷺ) said: (Al-Ihsan implies) that you fear Allah as if you are seeing Him, and though you see Him not, verily He is seeing you.
He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth. He (the inquirer) said: When there would be the hour (of Doom)? (Upon this) He ﷺ said: The one who is being asked about it is no better informed than the inquirer himself. I, however, narrate some of its signs (and these are): when you see a slave (woman) giving birth to her master - that is one of the signs of (Doom); when you see barefooted, naked, deaf and dumb (ignorant and foolish persons) as the rulers of the earth - that is one of the signs of the Doom. And when you see the shepherds of black camels exult in buildings - that is one of the signs of Doom. The (Doom) is one of the five things (wrapped) in the unseen. No one knows them except Allah.
Then He (ﷺ) recited the following verse:
“Verily Allah! with Him alone is the knowledge of the hour and He it is Who sends down the rain and knows that which is in the wombs and no person knows whatsoever he shall earn on morrow and a person knows not in whatsoever land he shall die. Verily Allah is Knowing, Aware.
He (the narrator, Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه) said: Then the person stood up an (made his way).
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: Bring him back to me. He was searched for, but they (the Companions of the Holy Prophet ﷺ) could not find him. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ thereupon said: He was Gabriel and he wanted to teach you (things pertaining to religion) when you did not ask (them yourselves).