THE UMMAH’S HUMILIATION — A MANIFESTATION OF ALLAH’S PUNISHMENT

By Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa

"Then when there came the first ofthe two promises (of Divine Punishment), We sent against you servants unto Us who were most powerful in warfare. Thenthey penetrated the homes. Indeed it was a decree executed." (Surah Bani Israaeel, aayat 5)"When the final promise(of Divine Punishment) came, (it came) so that they could (the kuffaar) disfigure your faces and enter the Musjid (i.e.Musjidul Aqsa)as they had entered the first time, and so that they could utterly destroy whatever they overran."(Surah Bani Israaeel, aayat 8 )

In these Qur'aanic verses, Allah Ta'ala refers to His punishment which He had inflicted o­n the Muslims of former times. The specific community referred to in these verses is Bani Israaeel. Two occasions of punishment are mentioned here. o­n both occasions Allah Ta'ala used the kuffaar to overwhelm, punish and humiliate the Muslims. The punishments had taken the form of kuffaar atrocities-pillage, plunder, killing and humiliating the Muslims, as well as the desecration of Musjidul Aqsa.

The aayat specifically mentions the destruction which the kuffaar wrought to Musjidul Aqsa. Allah Ta'ala allowed the kuffaar to invade Musjiful Aqsa —to defile and violate its sanctity. The then Muslims were just as helpless as present-day Muslims. They had to suffer the punishment and humiliation without being able to offer any response and unable to defend either themselves or their holy places.

ALLAH'S SERVANTS

It is significant that in the aayat, the Qur'aan refers to the kuffaar who had defiled and destroyed Musjidul Aqsa and who had ravaged the Muslims of the time, as `servants unto Us'. This style of expression conveys that the kuffaar were appointed by Allah Ta'ala to inflict the punishment, atrocities and humiliation o­n o­n the Muslims who are supposed to be the true and obedient slaves and servants of Allah Ta'ala.

This style of expression implies that the domination of the kuffaar over Muslims is in actual fact a manifestation of Allah's punishment. Throughout the history of the world, this has always been the case. When the Muslim Ummah had transgressed all bounds of disobedience and had firmly resolved to adopt transgression, sin and kuffaar life style as their way of life, then Allah Ta'ala unleashed His punishment which sometimes came in the form of natural disasters and sometimes in the form of kuffaar brutality and domination.

THE CAUSE

In this age too, Muslims have degenerated to the lowest level of fisq and fujoor (transgression and immorality). The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has been jettisoned right out of our lives and the life style and concepts of the kuffaar have become the complete culture and code of life of Muslims. It is for this reason that Allah Ta'ala has manifested His punishment o­n us in the form of kuffaar atrocities and domination over the Ummah. He has made us the slaves of the very kuffaar whom we have appointed as our intelectual masters whose lifestyle Muslims are emulating in entirety. Therefore He has o­nce again sent His kuffaar `ibaad' (servants) to punish and disgrace us as he had done with Bani Israaeel when they had reached the point of no return in their transgression.

Thus, the cause of our degradation, humiliation and of the calamities which are befalling the Ummah, is not America or the shaitaan. Rather, these events via the agency of the kuffaar are Allah's punishment. It is He Who has chosen America to punish and humiliate the Muslims. It is He Who has chosen the Yahood to inflict such terrible acts of brutality o­n Muslims.

TRUTH

Muslims have failed to understand this Qur'aanic truth. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has informed the Ummah in no mistaken terms that when Muslims abandon

the Deen, they will be overwhelmed by the kuffaar. Hence, he o­nce told the Sahaabah that the Ummah will be at its weakest when Muslims are as numerous as the bubbles o­n the ocean. Numerically Muslims will be in a strong position, but they will be bereft of spiritual fibre and mettle. When the Sahaabah asked whether the Qur'aan will not be with the Muslims to guide them. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied in the affirmative and commented that they would be reciting the Qur'aan in the same way as the Yahood and Nasaara recite their scriptures. That is, recite without giving practical expression to the teachings of the Qur'aan.

LOVE OF THE WORLD

On another occasion Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that a time will dawn when Muslims will be like the muck brought down by floodwaters. They will be buffetted and humiliated by the kuffaar who will devour them just as people sitting around a table consume food. Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) attributed this state of degradation of the Muslims to two spiritual maladies: (1) Love for the world and (2) Fear for Maut.

Fear for death is the consequence of worldly love which leads to the abandonment of Allah's Deen and to the adoption of the lifestyle, concepts and cultures of the kuffaar. In its wake comes the Divine Punishment in the form of kuffaar persecution, atrocity and domination.

THE PUNISHMENT

What has happened in Afghanistan and what is happening in Palestine, India and elsewhere in the world to Muslims, is Allah's punishment. It is, therefore, unintelligent as well as diversionary to make America or the shaitaan or any other kaafir force the scapegoat for our humiliation and defeat.

Shaitaan has succeeded in his plot to deceive Muslims and to divert their minds from the actual cause of the Ummah's fall and disgrace. The satanic plot is to keep Muslims in their state of degeneration so that they perpetually remain the slaves of the kuffaar and follow the evil ways of kufr of the kuffaar masters. Muslims therefore look at mirages and imagine a variety of causes for their humiliation. But they remain blind to the clear cause mentioned in the Qur'aan and Ahadith. The cause is nothing but abandonment of Allah's Shariah.CRITICISMRegardless of the amount of criticism Muslims heap o­n America; regardless of the thousands of pages which are written o­n the international conspiracies of the U.S.A. and Zionism—nothing will solve the problems of the Ummah besides obedience to Allah Ta'ala and adoption of the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

THE SAME ALLAH

The very same Allah -Azza Wa Jal – Who had aided the Sahaabah in all their battles against the kuffaar, exists today. The very same Allah Ta'ala Who had bestowed resounding victory and success to the Sahaabah, making them the rulers and the masters of the world, exists today. But He withheld His aid from the Muslims of Afghanistan. He is withholding His aid from Muslims in the various arenas of the world.

The stark ignorance of so-called Muslim leaders and learned men who are totally blind to the reality of our situation and condition, and who miserably fail to detect the causes of our disgrace, is indeed shocking and lamentable. They have all united in a chorus of meaningless condemnation of shaitaan as if shaitaan is to be blamed for our woes and misery. They all blame America and shaitaan, but fail to see that we ourselves are to be blamed. The cause of our degenerate condition is our own corruption which has led to the domination of the kuffaar over us.

DEFEAT

To attribute the defeat in Afghanistan to America's airforce and superior military potency is to imply that Allah Ta'ala Who had aided the Sahaabah in all their battles, lacks the power to do the same for Muslims in this age— Nauthubillaah! This implication of kufr is tantamount to saying that Allah Ta'ala could aid o­nly in wars waged in primitive ways, not in modern and nucleur wars. People of Imaan cannot think along such lines of kufr.

Where there is Allah's aid,the sophisticated military equipment and technology of the kuffaar will become ineffective. The o­nly reason for the kuffaar to be able to display military prowess is the Decree of Allah Ta'ala. The o­nly way to gain Allah's aid is to heed what the Qur'aan says:

"If you aid (the Deen of) Allah, He will aid you and He will plant your feet firmly (against your enemies)."

[ "The Majlis" ]

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