Assalamu va alaikum brothers and sisters. I hope that you read this article in the best of health and may Allah swt open up his pathways for you. Ameen.
Before I begin I would like to share with you an incident which took place a couple of days back. My exams got over and I was back at my hometown sitting with two childhood friends of mine. One of them is a hindu and the other is a Sikh turned Atheist. It was really unfortunate to see him fall for the deceptions of this world. As this Atheism thing was new for us and our group, we had a discussion with him (the Atheist).
That discussion almost turned into an altercation but to sum up his arguments, they were
1. All religions are man made and there is no God – if there is one, we can’t say much about him.
2. Islam is the worst of all religions.
3. He even went on to say that the Qur’an must be banned.
4. The Qur’an and Islam promote violence by rewarding the Jihadis with 72 Virgins with tight bosoms.
5. Heaven and hell are just lollipops and they are the worst lies told to mankind.
6. All the terrorists in this world are Muslims.
7. Muslim women are the most subjugated women of all.
8. Allah is a male chauvinist (naudhobillah).
9. The 5 pillars of Islam are worthless and make no sense.
10. If there is Allah, why does he let the Muslims be killed and persecuted?
11. Islamic Sharia is the most ridiculous and draconian laws of all.
12. The word ‘Muslim’ stands for extremism, hatred, foolishness, violence and the list goes on.
To be honest with you all, I had the answers for all of these diatribes but like every other Atheist; he asked questions whose answers he didn't want to listen. I've spent a very long time preaching the true message and defending the honour of Muslims in this world on the Internet so obviously I gave a good fight.
I wonder what would have happened to some other Muslim who would have been caught unaware. Anyone of a weak Emaan would have surely left with plenty of doubts regarding Islam. If this is the fitna which can be caused by a 20 year old Law student, imagine the fitna of Dajjal. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) told us about dajjal that if any of you hears about Dajjal in the neighbouring town, run away from him but don't make the Mistake of facing him. Because a man will come to him thinking that he is a believer and leave as an Unbeliever. We pray to Allah swt to protect us from such a trial and to admit us among the ones blessed with his mercy.
After having a two hour long discussion with him, I couldn't help but ponder. I wondered what would be the end of all this? I thought about the difficulty of being a Muslim in this world. It is so difficult for people to understand the reality and evident facts about these allegations and their deceptiveness, how easily the people are being fooled through the Media.
But then I recalled Imam Awlaki saying, "If Allah swt wants an end to this world, he will create for it the circumstances that would lead to that end." Such problems aren't really supposed to be mended. This is only going to get worse. Each year the West is spending billions of dollars to fight Islam. This will continue and go no till the day that there will be no one left in this world to say, "La Ilaaha Illallah". Islam's conception of the end of the world can be summarized as follows – The whole World fighting against the Muslims. 10 years back when I read it for the first time, I thought, this is something far far away in the future and definitely won't materialize in my lifetime. And now, SubhanAllah, its easy to realize that the plan of Allah was long set in motion.
But the more I ponder on our current situation the more I recall Allah swt saying in this world,
"Yea, to those who take for friends unbelievers rather than believers: is it honour they seek among them? Nay,- all honour is with Allah."Al Qur'an - Surah An Nisa (chp 4) - Verse 139
This is exactly, what the situation of many Muslims today is. They neglect talking about the real issues of our Ummah because they believe that it would be a hindrance to Da'wah. In short, they prefer Non Muslims over the Muslims. Allah has a message for them, "All the honour is with Allah". Those unbelievers won't profit them. And Allah will honour those who look for the Ummah.
Also, he said,
"O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves?"Al Qur'an - Surah An Nisa (chp 4) - Verse 144
This is where I went wrong. Befriending a Non Muslim is like giving Allah a clear proof of treachery against the Muslim Ummah. A Muslim was never supposed to befriend a Non Muslim. Because you see, no matter how good they might be to you now, when the time will come they'll be against you. I won't say that all my Non Muslim friends hate the Muslims, but you see all what it takes for them to get up and persecute the Muslims is one corrupt leader to say, "Muslims are evil people. We must punish them." As a matter of fact, this is exactly what happens in a riot. Being in India, political inovolvement in such communal riots isn't something hidden from the Masses, but still people fall prey to it, as though they chose it specifically.
But the more I ponder over it, the more love for a believer develops inside me. All my life, I've lived with the non Muslims. But now, when I've gained senses, I cannot help but feel and unusual love for any Muslim I come across. It doesn't matter if he lies, it doesn't matter if he is a hard core biddati and it doesn't even matter if he is into intoxicants etc. If he bears witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) is his messenger, it is sufficient for me to love him unconditionally. The weird part of it all is that, I never ever felt like that until I saw the worst of the Unbelievers.
Allah, Most High, told us,
"The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief."
Al Qur'an - Surah Al-Anfal (chp 8) - Verse 73
Also, he said,
"O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust."
Al Qur'an - Surah Al Maidah (chp 5) - verse 51
Allah swt told us this 1430 years ago! Indeed man is rebellious. If only we would have listened to Allah, just this aayah, we would have saved ourselves from the humiliation we're facing today.
My dear, brothers and sisters, just Imagine such a life – a life where your relatives, neighbours and even the stranger you come across the street is willing to die to protect you and your honour just because of the fact that you bear witness to the Unity of Allah. Just imagine such a life, where people would love you, take care of you and your family, your problems become their problems only because you are a Muslim. To me it seems better than Disneyland! Just imagine such a world, where no one would prevent us from making Azaan on the loudspeaker, nobody would prevent our women from wearing the Hijab, our children wouldn't have to be humiliated by labels like fanatics, extremists and terrorists. This is exactly the life the righteous Muslims before us, especially the Sahabas, have lived. Offcourse, they had their own shortcomings and had their disputes and disagreements but when the ultimate aim of life is to please Allah swt, he gives barakah in our lives and hence such disputes also disguised in the form of blessings from him.
Now imagine the situation of Jannah – when Allah swt will put immense love for each other amongst us and everyone, whether it be our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), or Umar RA or any other Sahabi, will have all the time in the world for us. We would sit with them, listen to them and they will answer each and every of our question, InshaAllah. Just imagine such a life, when all the hardships of this world would be wiped off from our faces and Allah swt will raise us in status. He will honour us for the humiliation we've suffered in this world! He will make us reside on a throne like kings of kings on a Day of Absolute Horror. He will give us his shade on a day which is 50,000 years long and the sun would be right above our heads! When I think about such a day, I feel that all the hardships of this world and all the pain, suffering and Humiliation is worth it.
Even though its really disappointing to see all this happening, but the more I face it – the more I fall in love with my people – Muslims.
I recall Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saying,
Narrated Abu Musa: Some people asked Allah's Apostle, "Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?" He replied, "One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands."(Sahih Bukhari, Book #2, Hadith #10)
Also, he once said,
Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, "None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself."(Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 12)
We Must wish for our Muslim brothers and sisters the same wealth, peace and the bounties of this world which we ask Allah for ourselves. How can we live in peace when millions of Muslims are being tortured, persecuted and slaughtered each day? Each day so many Muslim women are being raped in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan and we dare not speak about it. Can we expect Allah to protect our wives, mothers, daughters and sisters while we forsake the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of our brothers in faith? Will we ever have true Emaan?
We must really try to look beyond our ego and personal priorities to understand the plight of today's common Muslim and help him in his endeavours. Let me recall what Allah said, "...Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief." We have to protect the honour of our fellow brothers and sisters. But on the contrary, we cut ties with a Muslim who is falsely alleged of being a terrorist or when he comes with such difficulty. We have to raise our levels of love for each other. We must hide their weaknesses if they are hiding it from us. We must help him from getting grocery for his family to getting a job for his nephew. We must help one another in any other way possible only for the sake of Allah! Brothers, just try giving salam to a Muslim in the masjid you are not acquainted with and just feel the love Allah swt instils in our hearts for each other.
"Allah will establish in strength those who believe, with the word that stands firm, in this world and in the Hereafter; but Allah will leave, to stray, those who do wrong: Allah does what He wills." Al Qur'an - Surah Ibrahim (chp 14) - Verse 27
Indeed the promise of Allah is true, but it will not be unfulfilled until we fulfil our obligation – BE THE ONES WHO BELIEVE; BE THE MO'MINEEN and one of the signs of the MO'MIN is the fact that HE LOVES ANOTHER MUSLIM JUST FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH.
It took Prophet Muhammad around 13 years to establish the authority of Islam on earth and definitely it'll take way long for us. It is almost 93 years since the Abolition of Khilafah but the movement has now taken a global face.
May Allah protect us and our families from the fitna of Ad Dajjal and his established system of Jahilia. Ameen.
With loads of love for the believing men and women,