Syria, Kashmir, Burma, Palestine. The East to the West. The Muslims are being killed, tortured, raped and oppressed. Yes, there is a clear-cut genocide in motion where Muslims are the minority among other religious ideologies. Any one who sees it otherwise ought to check the state of their hearts.
Muslims all over the world, the ordinary concerned Muslims, have been voicing out against the massacres and utter injustice on a daily basis. 5Pillars‘ deputy editor Dilly Hussain, did the same with his Facebook post prompting a much needed reality check.
The oppressed from among the Ummah will no doubt testify against their capable brethren on the Day of Judgement.
If Aleppo falls and the Syrian revolution is quelled, by Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) it is not a defeat or humiliation for the Muslims of ash-Shaam, rather it is a defeat and humiliation for those who were able to make a difference but chose not to.
Turkey borders Syria, yet it can’t send its army to fight Assad but it can do the “compassionate” Islamic thing by helping Israel fight its wildfires.
Pakistan borders Kashmir, yet its soldiers are too occupied fighting their own people, instead of repelling Indian aggression.
Bangladesh borders Myanmar, yet it watches as Rohingya Muslims are massacred by Burmese Buddhists.
Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and the Gulf states neighbour Palestine, yet in reality, these regimes act as the real Israeli Defence Force.
Sending aid, opening borders to refugees and allowing NGOs safe passage is a “nice” and noble thing to to do – I genuinely get that, masha’Allah.
But when the sons of this Ummah are forced to sit idly shining their rifles in the barracks and cantonments, and are only called upon to oppress their own people or to take part in ridiculous military parades, then know that we are an Ummah that are not worthy of Allah’s (subhanahu wa ta’ala) victory and authority on the earth.
And our ulama, the men who we were told are the inheritors of the Ambiya (peace be upon them all). What can one say or do when we see you defend these very regimes by cementing their tyranny and transgression with every fatwa under the sun. What is the Ummah to do when their heart aches and their minds troubled, yet you choose to anaesthetise the believers with sectarian division and ritualistic jurisprudence from the pulpits; the very same pulpits that our beloved Prophet (salla llāhu ʿalayhi wa-alehe wa-sallam), the Kulafah ar-Rashideen, and our great predecessors (may Allah be pleased with them all) addressed the Ummah from.
Just reflect on this well-known Hadith of our beloved Prophet (salla llāhu ʿalayhi wa-alehe wa-sallam), and ask yourself, why was the analogy of a *BODY* used to describe the unity of the Ummah?
An-Nu’man ibn Basheer reported that the Messenger of Allah (salla llāhu ʿalayhi wa-alehe wa-sallam) said:
“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”
[Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5665, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2586]
Undoubtedly, the state of the oppressed Ummah pains those who genuinely feel part of this body, and it goes without saying that if these conscious Muslims were given power of the Muslim regimes around the world, the very first thing that they will do is to send men to defend the Muslims and fight the enemies of Islam.
But, we continue to be humilitated and the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (salla llāhu ʿalayhi wa-alehe wa-sallam) continues to come true where he (salla llāhu ʿalayhi wa-alehe wa-sallam) stated the Ummah will be:
“A time will come when the nations (of the world) will surround you from every side, just as diners gather around the main dish. Somebody asked, ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, will it be on account of our scarcity at that time?’ He said, ‘No, you will be numerous in those times, but you will be as useless as the scum of the sea, and Allah will remove the fear that your enemies used to posses from you from their chests, and He will place al-Wahn in your hearts’, it was said, ‘What is al-Wahn?’, he responded, ‘Love of life, and hatred of death.’”
[Ahmad, Abu Dawud]
So, Oh Ummah of Muhammad (salla llāhu ʿalayhi wa-alehe wa-sallam), know that Allah is not unjust. He gives us leaders as a reflection of the people. If we want leaders like Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhi’allahu anha) and Salahuddin al-Ayubi (rahim ullah), then we ought to be people who deserve such upright leaders. Yes, the current leaders will be held accountable for their shortcomings, and we all on an individual basis will also be held accountable. Victory indeed belongs to the believers of Allah, but constantly reflect upon what Allah says:
“…Verily! Allah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of its heart (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)…”