These past few days the world has seen unprecedented actions of thuggery and looting perpetrated by a segment of the British society. From amongst the victims of these criminalities were three young Muslims who were mercilessly mowed down whilst protecting their community . Shaykh Zahir Mahmood gives us an insight of the true reality behind these violent riots from an Islamic perspective, and how Muslims should always enshroud themselves with higher values and morals even in the face of reckless barbarism.
“That which is lawful is plain and that which is unlawful is plain and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which not many people know. Thus he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, but he who falls into doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Truly every king has a sanctuary, and truly Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibitions. Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it be whole, all the body is whole and which, if it be diseased, all of it is diseased. Truly it is the heart. — Narrated by Al-Numan bin Basheer, Bukhari and Muslim