The assumption held by non-Muslims when Muslims are seen to be performing public prayer, they are praying peacefully, even though most people do not understand the recitations.
Displays of public prayer are seen outside government buildings, in the streets, council managed and Royal parks and blocking roads whilst preventing the normal flow of traffic and movement.
During prayer Muslims are ordered to stand in straight rows as if a military operation, preparing for war.
“O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.” (3/200)
“Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly.” (61/4)
Tafsir are the explanation by scholars of what the verses in the Qur’an mean, tafsir is also known as the unveiling of the Qur’an.
Ibn Kathir tafsir 61/4
(Verily, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in rows (ranks) “Before Allah’s Messenger began the battle against the enemy, he liked to line up his forces in rows; in this Surah, Allah teaches the believers to do the same.” He also said that Allah’s statement,
(as if they were a solid structure.) means, its parts are firmly connected to each other; in rows for battle. Muqatil bin Hayyan said, “Firmly connected to each other.” Ibn `Abbas commented on the meaning of the Ayah,
(as if they were a solid structure.) by saying, “They are like a firm structure that does not move, because its parts are cemented to each other.”
This is what it says in the hadith about forming rows during prayer.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:
“The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Set the rows in order, stand shoulder to shoulder, close the gaps, be pliant in the hands of your brethren, and do not leave openings for the devil.
If anyone joins up a row, Allah will join him up, but if anyone breaks a row, Allah will cut him off.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
A Muslim is obligated to practice Islam to the best of their ability and always remember one day they could be called upon their personal obligation to fight in the way of Allah.
“So fear Allah as much as you are able…” (64/16)
“Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”
An imam will give the instruction for Jihad and will incite Muslims to fight, just as Muhammad did in the scriptures.
The imam also leads to the prayer.
In 2017 Clichy Council (Paris) decided not to renew the lease on a room which Muslims had been using for prayer. Clichy council offered the Muslim community a 2000 square foot facility. The Muslim community refused the offer, stating the mosque would be too far away, plus inadequate for their needs.
Muslims would not leave the facility and police were brought in to remove Muslims from the temporary mosque. This was not an easy task and took a team of over well over a hundred police to remove the worshippers amongst, shouting, lying on the ground and refusing to move, throwing items and violence.
When this was dealt with, it led to Muslims praying in the street in protest. Muslims occupied the streets of Clichy for up to eight months.
Below is a video of Muslims praying in the streets of Clichy. Length of video 50 seconds.
Why are Muslims – who are supposedly performing peaceful public prayer – taking direction from an imam who is reciting the below verse?
“… And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively And know that Allah is with the righteous [who fear Him].” (9/36)
I suppose what adds insult to injury, this is happening under the protection of French armed police, all whilst blocking the roads in Paris.
Another relevant thing to note is a Muslim is permitted in the shari’ah to physically assault anyone who enters the prayer space within regular prayer, the prayer mat is the boundary.
If the boundary is crossed, then it is recommended the Muslim push the person back. If this action does not have the desired effect and the person persists then the Muslim can push back as hard as necessary. If this action results in the death of a person, then the Muslim would not be subject to retaliation/punishment, nor be required to pay any blood money within Islamic law.
(The prayer, f7.0, Umdat ul Salik, Reliance of the traveller, classical islamic law)
It is evident from the primary islamic sources every prayer is an incitement for – future – war, within every prayer the first Surah al Fatiha is recited (17 times a day), which reminds Muslims to standfast to Allah and do not tread the path of the ones who have angered Allah.
Al Fatiha is included in the fear prayer, which is a prayer made whilst on Jihad, where rules from prayer can be omitted, I will write about this in the future.
When Muslims pray in the street non-Muslims rarely know what they are reciting, nor the meaning.
So when an ideology whose primary aim is to make Allah’s word the highest in all lands, by stealth or by the sword, is it advisable to allow public displays of worship and should our authorities be taking more notice of what is recited and taught in mosques all over the west?
The penultimate verse of the chapter (As-Saff/The ranks) which orders Muslims to stand in rows and remain stationed says this,
“And [you will obtain] another [favor] that you love – victory from Allah and an imminent conquest; and give good tidings to the believers.” (61/13)
For more information on Islamic prayer, please please read, Islamic Blueprnt, Prayer
For more information on the call to prayer, please read, Islamic Blueprint, Call to Prayer