Posted by: Dawud Israel | March 15, 2009

Small-minded Muslims Who Judge Giants

Bismillah, alhamdulillah, wa salat wa salam ala rasulullah.

A brother posted this on Facebook and I thought it was really fitting and important. Do take a read!

Small-minded Muslims Who Judge Giants – pious fools and non-pious cools

I will never forget when growing up, how many of my religious peers criticised a hero of mine – Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a man who gave freedom to two hundred million Muslims. They would point to things like, he had no beard, or they claimed he drank alcohol or that he did not do all the things a Muslim should do.

I have heard the same said about so many, many others. Whether it is Hassan al Banna (he was not a scholar), Afghani (he caused much fitna), Iqbal (he was a sinner), Omer Mukhtar (he was not fighting Jihad) and even one of the greatest Muslims in the 20th century, Malcolm X (also for not being a scholar).

I remember thinking then as a young man, how the critic standing before me had never freed a single man from bondage, never sacrificed a single day to free the millions of Muslims who were dying and enslaved around the world. How these tiny, selfish, self-absorbed clots of clay that would soon pass back into the dust, remembered by no man or beast, could think in their small minds to judge men so great who did more for the Ummah in one day, than the men standing before me would achieve in their whole lives.

What did they know of the burdens of heroes? Of fighting an enemy that could kill you, or imprison you, torture you or ruin you financially? What did these small men know about sacrifice for the greater good? To have so many millions of hopes and fears riding on their shoulders? To know if they fail, their people would be destroyed?

They sat in religious circles, gaining knowledge for knowledge’s sake. To them this was the deed of deeds. Then they would strut around for all men to see their piety. But no man ever benefited from it. They suffered no pain for any other but themselves.

What disease these small men had, what giant egos. As if their prayers and outward clothing had made them God’s blessed chosen ones on earth. No good came from them, their rituals instead of being a source and spur to do good on this earth, became an excuse not to. The ritual itself now was Islam – any good or justice that Islam demanded the Muslim spread to mankind was a secondary concern.

I suppose that is why these great men are heroes. Because they fought alone, against a sea of opposition to free men for the sake of Allah, and never have they received a single word of thanks from many of those they died to free.

May Allah protect us from the tongues and judgment of so-called ‘pious’ fools.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


  1. Wow this is amazing,
    I must show my “pious-fool” friends.


    -The Muslim Kid

  2. First time commenting on your site.

    Jazakallahu Khair for this wonderful article and reminder.

    May Allah keep us all sincere in our efforts.

  3. This is precisely how I feel amongst pious fools aka smart-dumb cats hah! People are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on ilm classes but they shy away from invitations to volunteer and help the needy.
    Thanks for sharing Dawud.

  4. This is a great article and was originally written by MPACUK.

  5. I don’t think its about judging. People may have a hard time buying into their greatness perhaps because some of them went against the commandments of Islam. And Allah knows best about everyone’s final destination.

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