Islamic Supremacism #2

Are Muslims superior? Where do they obtain that conceit? Examine this hadith from Abu Dawud’s collection.

Abu Dawud Book 2, Number 0421:

Narrated Mu’adh ibn Jabal:

We waited for the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) to offer the night prayer. He delayed until people thought that he would not come out and some of us said that he had offered the prayer. At the moment when we were in this condition the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) came out. People said to him as they were already saying. He said: Observe this prayer when it is dark, for by it you have been made superior to all the peoples, no people having observed it before you.

Muslims are superior because of the night prayer. They are better than we are.

This ayeh tells us that no religion can be better than Islam. It does not tell us whether any can be equal to it.

2:138. [Our Sibghah (religion) is] the Sibghah (Religion) of Allah (Islam) and which Sibghah (religion) can be better than Allah’s? And we are His worshippers. [Tafsir Ibn Kathir.]

This ayeh tells us that believers are better than disbelievers. It is better to marry off your daughter to a believing slave than to a free Mushrikat.

2:221. And do not marry Al-Mushrikat (idolatresses, etc.) till they believe (worship Allah Alone). And indeed a slave woman who believes is better than a (free) Mushrikah (idolatress, etc.), even though she pleases you. And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-Mushrikun till they believe (in Allah Alone) and verily, a believing slave is better than a (free) Mushrik (idolater, etc.), even though he pleases you. Those (Al-Mushrikun) invite you to the Fire, but Allah invites (you) to Paradise and Forgiveness by His Leave, and makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to mankind that they may remember.

In this quote from Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir, we find Moe directing believers to pray that Allah will grant him superiority and send him to be best place in Paradise.

(Whoever, after hearing to the Adhan says, “O Allah! Lord of this perfect call and of the regular prayer which is going to be established! Grant Muhammad the Wasilah and superiority and send him ﴿on the Day of Judgment﴾ to the praiseworthy station which You have promised him,” then intercession from me will be permitted for him on the Day of Resurrection.) Muslim recorded that `Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As said that he heard the Prophet saying, (When you hear the Mu’adhdhin, repeat what he says, and then ask for Salah (blessing, mercy from Allah) for me. Verily, whoever asks for Salah for me, then Allah will grant ten Salah to him. Then, ask for the Wasilah for me, for it is a grade in Paradise that only one servant of Allah deserves, and I hope that I am that servant. Verily, whoever asks (Allah) for Wasilah for me, he will earn the right of my intercession.) Allah said, Commanding Taqwa, Wasilah, and Jihad

In this tafsir, discussing 3:152, Allah is described as granting superiority over Kuffar. It is clear, in context, that it means military victory. Muslims are superior; they are going to win. This is a token of triumphalism as well as supremacism.

(And Allah did indeed fulfill His promise to you when you were killing them (your enemy) with His permission) meaning, by His command, decree, will and because He granted you superiority over them. Allah’s statement, (If they (hypocrites), when they had been unjust to themselves,) directs the sinners and evildoers, when they commit errors and mistakes, to come to the Messenger , so that they ask Allah for forgiveness in his presence and ask him to supplicate to Allah to forgive them. If they do this, Allah will forgive them and award them His mercy and pardon. This is why Allah said, (they would have found Allah All-Forgiving (One Who forgives and accepts repentance), Most Merciful). The Necessity of Obeying the Messenger

In this tafsir, discussing 47:35, he tells the Muslims not to sue for peace while they are winning.

(So do not lose heart) meaning, do not be weak concerning the enemies. (and beg for peace) meaning, compromise, peace, and ending the fighting between you and the disbelievers while you are in a position of power, both in great numbers and preparations. Thus, Allah says, (So do not lose heart and beg for peace while you are superior.) meaning, in the condition of your superiority over your enemy. If, on the other hand, the disbelievers are considered more powerful and numerous than the Muslims, then the Imam (general commander) may decide to hold a treaty if he judges that it entails a benefit for the Muslims. This is like what Allah’s Messenger did when the disbelievers obstructed him from entering Makkah and offered him treaty in which all fighting would stop between them for ten years. Nullifying the Disbelievers’ Deeds and the Command to chase Them

In his exegeses of 9:33, Ibn Kathir lets it all hang out.

(to make it (Islam) superior over all religions) It is recorded in the Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said, This matter (Islam) will keep spreading as far as the night and day reach, until Allah will not leave a house made of mud or hair, but will make this religion enter it, while bringing might to a mighty person (a Muslim) and humiliation to a disgraced person (who rejects Islam). Might with which Allah elevates Islam (and its people) and disgrace with which Allah humiliates disbelief (and its people).) Tamim Ad-Dari ﴿who was a Christian before Islam﴾ used to say, “I have come to know the meaning of this Hadith in my own people. Those who became Muslims among them acquired goodness, honor and might. Disgrace, humiliation and Jizyah befell those who remained disbelievers.” Islam is the Religion That will dominate over all Other Religions

  • Islam will be made superior.
  • Islam will expand to dominate the entire world.
  • Islam makes Muslims powerful.
  • Islam humiliates & disgraces disbelievers.
  • Muslims got spoils, honor and power.
  • Kufar suffered disgrace, humiliation & extortion.

We end this installment with the source of supremacism & triumphalism clearly in mind; they come from Allah’s accursed book.

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