Exonerating the Salafi Da'wah from the Jihadi Narrative of CTI Luton's Video|
Tuesday, November 25 2014 - by Abu.Iyaad
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The video runs for around 2 mins and 30 seconds. An unnamed speaker expresses the following sentences over a backdrop of scenery shown in the first five to six pictures below. In addition, a nasheed commences and runs throughout most of the video, adding a strong "Jihadi" vibe.
Brothers and sisters, ever since the destruction of our khilafah state, our ummah has not witnessed a single day of happiness. Our lands were divided, our fathers humiliated, our brothers [disheartened], our mothers and sisters dishonoured. Our ummmah has had to face occupation, disunity, colonialism.
As this speech is being played the following scenery is shown. First a title page is displayed, after which the speech cited above commences.
Then there is scenery of men on horseback carrying flags.
Then we see pictures of tanks.
Then pictures of explosions taking place in Muslim lands.
Then a picture of destroyed buildings.
Then pictures of destroyed or burning vehicles.
A little later we see scenery of fighter planes.
Then more scenery of destroyed buildings.
Then a picture of a globe with a horseman carrying a black flag.
Then there is scenery of a man walking over the horizon raising hight and then firmly planting a flag on the globe.
After a mention of those cooperating in the organization of the event [which include al-Hikmah Project (Keighley), Markaz al-Sunnah (Leicester) - who are the followers of Zulfiqar Memoni (affiliation with Madeenah.Con) - Croydon Islamic Community Trust, Taybah Centre, Islam Nelson to which Naveed Ayaz of Madeenah.Con is connected, Dawah Manchester and then a couple of sponsors], the Luton Islamic Center (CTI) is featured right at the end, and they are the main organizers.
The opening speech by the unknown speaker (MP3) at the beginning of the video is speech that is not known from the Salaf or the Scholars of the Ummah. Rather, they trace all calamities back to the deeds of the servants. This type of speech is a complaint about al-qadaa wal-qadar and the wisdom in the actions of Allah, the Sublime. We do not know of the likes of this speech from the scholars of sound Salafi creed and methodology, Allaah knows best. Further, the association of these calamities has been made with "the destruction of the khilafah state." This is further Tahriri, Jihadi phraseology and is compounded with statements of ignorance, "Our ummah has not witnessed a single day of happiness" - this is kadhib (a lie) - what informed him of that? Does he have all-encompassing knowledge about the days of the Ummah? For Muslims experience days of joy and happiness despite all the calamities they face, whether these calamities are in their own lives or those of other Muslims, whether in proximity to them or remote from them. For they rejoice on the days of Eid and they rejoice on the days of Hajj as these are days of happiness and they have other days of happiness, and they rejoice with faith (imaan), no matter what the circumstances.