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Angola: The ‘news’, the denial, the confusion, and clarification

Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.

Regular readers must be aware that last night I posted my reflections on the so-called news of Angola banning Islam.

This I did after reading the news in this popular Islamic website and also going through this newsmagazine.

I didn’t verify about the authenticity of this ‘news’ as the scholars’ response didn’t leave any room for any doubt to creep in my mind. 

To my surprise, this morning I read the denial statement issued by Angolan Embassy official in US, and was quite embarrassed for posting such a ‘news’. I even received an e-mail from a brother which is in fact the statement coming from Mufti Ismail Menk that confirms the denial of the Embassy official.

Following is the statement issued by Mufti Ismail Menk, a popular and a reliable scholar of repute:

“Upon verification from Angolan scholars it was found that the story of Islam being banned in Angola is completely fabricated.

Sadly, the demolition of all structures that were built without proper documentation, planning, procedure etc was carried out. This happened to include some religious structures too, amongst them a Masjid. Interestingly the picture doing its rounds is not even from Angola but the Middle East.

This happened quite some time back but is being carried mischievously by some media houses.

It is important that Muslims only build Masaajid after proper approvals etc to avoid this. It has happened in other countries before.

Please clarify the truth with those who have become emotional about the so called banning of Islam in Angola.

May Allah Almighty grant us a lesson and safeguard the Deen. Aameen

Wassalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh”.

So I deleted the previous post saying that the news was false.

To conclude, I would like to mention few points:

1. The absence and non-existence of any reliable international news agency among Muslims – despite the fact that we have more than 50 Muslim countries in the world –  is a cause of grave concern.

2. Most of the times we are being fooled by the media hype and tend to lose our balance in getting to know what is what. I still I do not understand the scholars’ response!! Wal’laahu ‘Alam!

3. I am in media field since more than 20 years and have blogging experience of about five years. This is the first time I got an egg on my face that I really feel sorry about.

4. In this bitter episode, we have two basic lessons to learn:

a. As Allah says in Surah al Hujuraat we need to verify the news before passing on.

“O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done.” (Surah al Hujuraat 49: 6)

b. Once bitten, twice shy. Our glorious Prophet sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam puts it beautifully:

” A believer is not bitten from the same hole twice.” 

This Hadith means that while it is possible for a believer to suffer a bite by a snake or a similar creature because he is taken unaware, the same thing should not be allowed to happen twice. He should always be careful so that he would not commit the same mistake, or be in the same situation of overlooking real danger, more than once.

May Allah forgive us of our sins and guide us on the Right Path. Aameen.

Sal-lal-laahu-‘Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu ‘Alaihi wa-sallam.

Thank you for reading this post. Hope you understand the problem.

Jazakallaahu Khayra.

Also, read this related news

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November 26, 2013 - Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Thank you for clarification

    Comment by Salam | November 27, 2013 | Reply

  2. JazakALLAH Brother Muqeet for the correction. But I still would like to reiterate my stand upon the issue that it is indeed a high time for the Muslims to think with a wide angle of the humanist approach of Islam than being so harsh to the unbelievers and infidels else we must tighten our seat belts to read the same kind of news coming from different corners of the globe in the near future. Though this news was wrong, Alhamdulillah, but it is a clear sign from Rabbul A’alameen to us to become more mild and devoted towards his religion.
    Sahab Shabbir
    Muzaffarpur, Bihar
    India

    Comment by Sahab Muzaffarpur India | November 27, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you for your view point.
      Baarakallaahu feekum.

      Comment by MuQeet | November 27, 2013 | Reply

  3. Brother, your correction is prompt and that is good. You may have missed something (we do not fault you for that) but we do not expect you to totally verify and see ALL angles. On a best-effort basis, we could see that you have that good intention in doing so and you tried your very best. No amount of academic qualifications, experiences and exposures could alter the fact that we are just human beings and that “sometime the runner stumbles.” Keep on the good work and may Allah (swt) grant you and your family peace and blessings. ebrahim c. taki, cotabato city, philippines

    Comment by ebrahim c. taki | November 28, 2013 | Reply

    • Assalamu Alaikum, dear brother.
      Jazakallahu Khayra for your words of wisdom.
      Thank you for your kind motivation.
      Vassalam.

      Comment by MuQeet | November 28, 2013 | Reply


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