Forwarding Emails

A common habit in most Muslims, is that they will forward Islamic emails, without doing proper research as to whether the content is correct or not. Most of the times I receive incorrect ‘Islamic’ emails, which have reached me, after passing through hundreds of Muslims. Recently I received an email and when I researched it, I found it to be totally incorrect. What is our responsibility as Muslims while spreading any form of news? In this blog I will explore this subject.

Someone forwarded me an email, telling that Allah has mentioned in the Quran that 9/11 will happen. And said that it was mentioned in Surah 9 Verse 11 (the obvious linkage with 9/11). Only the translation was provided and I copy/paste the exact passage from the email.

Koran ( 9:11 ) – For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; And there was peace.

I found the translation to be a bit suspicious so I just opened the Quran and saw Verse 9:11. Much to my amazement the authentic translation and Aayah were totally different! It was

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I checked the trail of the email and I found it to be a forwarded e-mail with unknown number of re-forwards, and the list of all senders and recipients which was visible to me were Muslims! How quick were we to forward a complete lie, just because it sounded good and favorable to us?

We cannot change a single letter of the Quran, but we changed one complete verse and also forwarded and re-forwarded it to all that we knew! Just because it will tell about the ‘Glory’ of Islam!

Please remember that the glory of Islam is in the exact same message as mentioned in Quran, it is the same thing that our Prophet (peace be upon him), showed to us and is available in the books of Sunnah. We don’t need to change anything in Islam to make it fit the current trends. We don’t need to change anything in Islam to make it more ‘acceptable’? We don’t need to dress up Islam in clothes to make it more appealing! We just need to understand and follow the meaning of Quran and Sunnah and once we accept this fact, the world will see for itself the true glory of islam and the benefits of Islamic Sharia law.

Also we should be careful of such tricks and not forward anything to anyone unless we have checked it thoroughly.

May Allah guide us towards the true path and make it easy for us to walk on it.

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