A: The Almighty Allah says in the Qur'aan, "O you who believe! stand out firmly for
Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others make you swerve to
wrong and depart from justice. Be just, that is next to piety, and fear Allah. For Allah is
well-acquainted with all that you do." (al-Maaidah : 8)
Thus no matter how much we may be offended by certain entities, their deeds and policies,
the Quraan's command remains the same – testify to truth irrespective who the parties are.
The sublime example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a shining testimony
to this. The incident of him ruling in favour of a Jew in a dispute with a Muslim is well-
known. He did not rule on the basis of political or religious affiliation, but on the facts
of the matter based on TRUTH & JUSTICE.
The wars with the Romans started during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be
upon him) who prophesied its final conquest eight centuries later. Yet the noble
Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) wore a ROMAN outer robe. 800 years of bloodshed
was not a reason to declare Roman products Haraam. Similarly wars with the Persians and
Jewish tribes of Arabia did not render their products Haraam. The crops of the Jews of
Khaybar were exported to Madinah.
The Halaal status of a product is determined by the Law of Allah. Extraneous
circumstances, however deplorable, do not make a product Haraam.
"Why should you not eat of (meats) on which Allah's
name hath been pronounced, when He hath explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you?"
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his illustrious Companions (may
Allah be pleased with them) understood this. Those who wish to declare substances Haraam
when they are not, in fact contradict these noble examples and the Quraan itself. Abdullah
bin Salaam (may Allah be pleased with him) wished to abstain from camel meat on the
basis of his prior Jewish belief. Upon this, verse 208 of al-Baqarah was revealed,
"O you who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly;
and follow not the footsteps of Satan; for he is to you an avowed enemy."
The authority to legislate the lawful (Halaal) and unlawful (Haraam) is
vested in the Almighty Allah alone as quoted above. No human being irrespective of their
financial status, nobility, piety or profession, position in Government, whether king,
peasant, butcher, baker, religious leader or a certifying body can usurp this right. It would
be akin to ascribing a partner to the Almighty Allah and places one outside the fold of
SANHA's mission is bound by this Divine ordinance and it presents relevant information
accordingly, to enable the public to make informed choices in keeping with their own
religious responsibility. It cannot and will not trade this injunction for political
expediency from whatever quarters and even if it may be unpalatable to some.
In the case of the sacred land of Palestine which is home to Masjid al-Aqsa, the third
most holiest site in Islam, we shall never recognize its occupation and we pray for its
liberation. Anyone who is not affected by the sufferings of our Palestinian brethren is at
best, weak in faith. Whatever actions our Ulama and leadership suggest should be followed and
encouraged within the bounds of Shariah.
What cannot be condoned is injustice and
changing the Law of Allah.