Muslims! Take lesson from the calamities which have befallen the Muslims in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, India and elsewhere before the Divine Whip strikes us too.
Below are a few articles written by Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai a while ago which contains much that is still relevant to the current tragic situation in Palestine today. While we love to talk for hours on end about boycotting American, Israeli, British, Chinese, etc. goods and we love to come out in kuffar-style protests, we remain purposefully and intentionally oblivious to the real cause of the humilation, degradation and punishment we are being subjected to by Allah (azza wa jal) all over the world i.e. our very own life-styles consisting of numerous Mushtabah (doubtful) indulgences in the dunya, reckless negligence of the blessed Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), and a satanic trait of attempting to make every part of our Deen conform as closely as possible to our desires and to the ways of the Kuffaar.
PALESTINE AND KASHMIR
The lamentable plight of Palestine and Kashmir is clear evidence of Allah’s athaab (punishment) for the unfortunate peoples of these lands. After sixty years of misery and fighting, they are worse off than what they were in the beginning of the hostilities.
The ideologies and the lifestyles of these peoples convince that they have not learnt any lessons from their suffering. Instead of gaining Allah’s proximity, they have moved closer to western kuffaar ideology. They are far, very far from the Deen. Fisq, fujoor, bid’ah and kufr are their ways of life. How can they ever expect to acquire Allah’s Nusrat?
Hamas too is not a Deeni movement. The smattering of external ‘morality’ which it portrays is a farce. Hamas does not stand for the Shariah. Establishing the Shariah is not its objective. Hamas has been in control of Gaza for several years. Despite their control and their suffering, Hamas has by force prevented the establishment of the Shariah. In fact, Hamas has eliminated the group which had been clamouring for Shariah rule. There is only one inference: all these professed ‘Muslims’ are munaafiqeen and kuffaar. The following Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) has full application in the present era: “An age will dawn when Muslims will gather in their Musaajid and Perform Salaat whilst not a single one of them will be a Mu’min.”
Kashmir is more degenerate, Islamically speaking. There is no movement towards the Deen. The name of Jihad is grossly misappropriated for worldly and nafsaani objectives. The fight over there too has no relationship with Jihad. Due to the treason of Muslims who have made the kuffaar their leaders, Allah Ta’ala has appointed them (the kuffaar) to be our rulers. Thus, there is nothing but humiliation and defeat for Muslims in the foreseeable future.
THE UPHEAVALS IN THE ARAB LANDS
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Both the killer and the killed will be in the Fire.”
With the exception of the Mujahideen fighting for the establishment on a Shariah State in Yemen, all the other upheavals which are rocking and destroying the Arab lands from Tunisia to Libya, have no relationship with Islam, and this includes Palestine, both the West Bank and Gaza under Hamas.
The conflagration is fundamentally secularist which has no truck with Islam. The antagonists killing one another come within the scope of the aforementioned Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). None of the groups is fighting from an Islamic platform. The departure of the tyrants who had held their countries under their boots for decades, has merely given way for the rise of other forms of kufr governance. The opponents of Saddam Husain, Zeinul Abideen, Hosni Mubarak and Ghadhaafi, are clamouring and killing for the kaafir system called ‘democracy’. Yemen is the sole exception.
Whilst this is our appraisal of the scenario as it appears on the ground, we should not forget that the true Actor and Dispenser is Allah Azza Wa Jal. The Qur’aan Majeed states:
“Say: ‘Allah is the King of all dominion. You (O Allah) grant honour to whomever You desire, and You humiliate whomever You desire. You bestow political power to whomever You wish and you snatch away power from whomever You wish.”
“And, not a leaf falls (from a tree), but He is aware of it.”
Every one of the astronomical trillions and trillions of leaves on the astronomical number of trees on earth, which changes direction in the breeze and drops off from a tree, does so as a consequence of the direct intervention of Allah Azza Wa Jal. The conflagration and upheavals we are witnessing are the effects of Allah’s decree. It is among the Ways (Sunnats) of Allah Ta’ala, to destroy a tyrant with another tyrant, or one kufr system with another kufr system. Then, He destroys the victorious kufr system with Islam.
The Qur’aan and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) have made it crystal clear that when the Ummah turns its back on the Deen and slides into incorrigible fisq and fujoor, then Allah Ta’ala by way of punishment, overwhelms them (Muslims) with the tyranny of the kuffaar. Brutal kuffaar are appointed as rulers to pummel and terrorize the transgressing Muslims.
Just as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, droughts, etc. are forms of divine chastisement, so too is kuffaar domination a form of Allah’s punishment. Stating this fact with clarity, the Qur’aan Majeed says:
“… We sent against you (O Bani Israaeel!) Our servants who were powerful in warfare, then they penetrated (your) homes………..so that they disfigure your faces, and they invaded the Musjid (i.e. Musjidul Aqsa), and they utterly d e s troyed whatever they over – ran.” (Surah Bani Israaeel)
These verses refer to the invasion of Jerusalem by the kuffaar who destroyed the land, Musjidul Aqsa and enslaved tens of thousands of the Ummah of that time, viz., Bani Israaeel. The phrase, ‘Our servants’ refer to the kuffaar whom Allah Ta’ala sent to punish the Muslims of the time.
Therefore, reviling and shouting curses on America is puerile and futile. The imperative need for Muslims is to understand that the tyranny of the kuffaar is Allah’s punishment for our wanton disobedience and flagrant perpetration of every evil which western civilization has offered us. We have appointed the western kuffaar to be our leaders in life, so Allah Ta’ala has appointed them to be our rulers to brutalize and punish us. This is the simple explanation underlying the conflagration which is destroying the Muslim lands in the Middle East.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that a time will dawn when Muslims will become like the scum and muck which floodwaters bring down. The kuffaar will plunder and pillage them. Literally they will be devoured and ruined by the kuffaar. He attributed this disgraceful state of degeneration of Muslims to the twin diseases of love of the world and fear for death. These diseases are the consequences of transgression and emulation of the kuffaar.
The plight of Iraq and Palestine is vividly encapsulated in the aforementioned aayaat and Hadith of Nabie -Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Muslims should understand and accede to this reality that the disaster which has befallen Iraq and Palestine in the form of the American invasion and brutality is the punishment of Allah Ta’ala for the wanton transgression and abandonment of the Sunnah by the people of these Muslim lands.
Iraq and Palestine are not singled out nor are they exceptions apart from the rest of the Muslim World. They are being mentioned and discussed here because they are currently in the frontline of Allah’s Wrath and Punishment. The other Muslim countries are not lagging far behind in the path of destruction they have chosen.
Can anyone rationally deny that Muslims of the world have become scum and muck for the kuffaar of the world, the western world in particular? That Bush and his cronies in his coalition come within the scope of the meaning of ‘Our servants ‘ chosen for inflicting the Divine Punishment, cannot be denied by intelligent Muslims whose hearts pain for the suffering of the Muslim people of Iraq and Palestine. But this suffering should not obscure Islamic realities from us nor prevent us from intelligently diagnosing the causes of our problems.
If Muslims in Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere choose deliberate blindness and fail to understand what is happening to them, and why it is happening, then obviously, there is no cure for their chronic disease of self – inflicted spiritual blindness. The suffering and disgrace will continue unabated. Only if Muslims can understand their disease of flagrant transgression against Allah’ s Shariah and then reform themselves in accordance with the Qur’aanic and Sunnah prescriptions, then they have Allah’s assurances proclaimed in the following aayat
:“Perhaps , soon will your Rabb destroy your enemy and install you as the rulers of the earth. Then He will watch how you acquit yourselves.” (Aayat 129, A’raaf)
THE KUFFAAR BRUTALIT Y — ALLAH’S DECREE
“And, they (the kuffaar) will invade your cities……..penetrate the Musjid…..disfigure your faces….and utterl y destroy all and everything they over-run…..” Qur’aan, Surah Bani Israaeel )
JUST LIKE THE KUFFAAR
IRAQ is bleeding profusely. A Muslim nation has been dismantled, humiliated and pulverized by the western kuffaar. The entire World of the Ummah looks on as idle, quiescent and even collaborating observers – i.e. all the armies of all the Muslim lands are collaborating either directly or indirectly with the kuffaar in the decimation of Iraq and Palestine. When Mr.Bush cries ‘terrorists’, the Muslim rulers and their armies all cry ‘terrorists ‘ and like miserable dogs feasting on carrion aid and abet the process of destroying entire nations of Islam and their lands.
But we should not forget that the conflagration which is consuming Iraq is the direct consequence of the evil lifestyle and the flagrant transgression of the Iraqi Muslims. And, that goes for Palestine as well. They all have abandoned Islam. The Shariah ha s no meaning in the daily lives of the masses in these lands. The countries are overridden with vice and immorality.
During the first so called Gulf War, more than a decade ago, Mr.Saddam Husain closed down more than a thousand brothels/strip- tease night clubs and the like, in only Baghdad . Saddam’s action was not a response to the call of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Other worldly considerations prompted this move. The closure of the 1000 brothels was not a crackdown on immorality. Thousands of other dens of vices continued to operate right until the American invasion.
Brothels are not the only acts of transgression. The entire country is a region infested with immorality. The people have the external appearance of kuffaar, and their hearts are like the hearts of the kuffaar. There is no semblance of Islam in them. Muslim s in other countries are not trailing far behind Iraq. We should make dua that Allah Ta’ala intervenes to steer this lost and ruin ed Ummah and its lands from the cauldron of destruction and humiliation in which Iraq and Palestine are boiling.
The vices of the people are not restricted to bestial acts of immorality of the nafs. The greatest crime of Muslims – worse than their immoral western – aped lif e- style is their rejection of the Shariah and their mockery of the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Not only do Muslims in this age indulge in flagrant sin and disobedience, they expel Imaan from their hearts by denying the Shariah of Allah Ta’ala. They justify all their western inherited evils and kufr by denying th e Qur’aan and the Sunnah with their utterly baseless and fallacious misinterpretations spawned by their western educational systems.
The Muslims of Iraq and Palestine have become rebels unto Allah Ta’ala, hence He is afflicting them with this terrible punishment in the form of kuffaar domination, cruelty and bru tality. When Muslims abandon the Deen, then according to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the time will dawn when Allah Ta’ala will manifest His Wrath in the form of the domination of the kuffaar over the Muslims. At such a juncture, the Hadith says that the kuffaar will show no respect for our elders nor any mercy for our little ones. Our ‘pious’ people will supplicate for Allah’s aid, but this aid will be denied. Then nothing helps. Allah Ta’ala confirming this says in the Qur’aan Majeed :
“And, if He withholds His aid from you, then who i s there to help you? ”
THE UMMAH’S HUMILIATION
A MANIFESTATION OF ALLAH’S PUNISHMENT
“Then when there came the first of the two promises (of Divine Punishment), We sent against you servants unto Us who were most powerful in warfare. Then they 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regardless 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.
THE UMMAH’S FALL AND DISGRACE
THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE KUFFAAR
There is no gainsaying that the Muslim Ummah of this era is a fallen and a downtrodden people wallowing in disgrace and misery. This miserable condition of the Ummah is up for public display. Self-appointed physicians are trying to diagnose the ills of this Ummah and prescribe remedies and solutions.
But these physicians, themselves corrupt and part of the disease, have no understanding of the problem, hence the solutions they offer for the cure of the Ummah’s maladies of disgrace, weakness and cowardice, are completely ineffective. When they lack understanding of the problem and the malady, how can they correctly prescribe? Their erroneous diagnosis followed by harmful remedies serve to only complicate the already humiliating situation of the Ummah.
The squint-eyed self-appointed physicians, looking at the ills of the Ummah with their oblique vision, have diagnosed the malady of the Ummah to be the superior technology of the kuffaar. In view of the superiority of the kuffaar’s technology and sophistication in every sphere of mundane life, the misguided doctors of the Ummah have concluded that the tyranny and oppression of the kuffaar (the U.S.A., Britain, Israel and the West in general) are the cause of the misery of the Muslim community world-wide.
But this diagnosis is seriously flawed. In fact, it is utterly baseless and in conflict with the Qur’aan Majeed’s and the Ahadith’s diagnosis and with the remedy which Allah Ta’ala and His Rasool (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) have prescribed for the Ummah when it finds itself suffering from the present type of cancer.
The kuffaar with all their superior technology and sophistication are the creations of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Those who attribute the disgrace and misery of today’s Ummah to the kuffaar are unable to understand that the kuffaar domination over the Ummah and their oppression of Muslims are the symptoms, not the causes of our malady.
Those Muslims who emulate and follow the kuffaar lack the intelligence to comprehend that kuffaar domination and the havoc it wroughts when it goes beserk in the lands of the Muslims is similar to the effects and consequences of an earthquake, volcano eruption, hurricane, flood or any other disaster descending at the command of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Just as it is absurd and utterly stupid to criticize and villify an earthquake which has caused its havoc, so too is it Islamically irrational and downright stupid to blame the U.S.A. and other kuffaar for the oppression, brutality and tyranny which they are wroughting in the lands of Islam.
The defective thinking of Muslims and their baseless diagnosis and harmful solutions are the product of a kind of mental derangement which Allah Ta’ala afflicts the mind with as a form of punishment. In this regard the Qur’aan states:
“And He (Allah) casts filth on those who lack intelligence” (Aayat 100, Surah Yunoos)
“…..Verily there has settled upon you from your Rabb rijs (filth) and ghadhab (wrath)….” ( Aayat 71, Surah A’raaf)
“Similarly does Allah afflict with rijs (filth) those who lack Imaan…..” (Aayat 125, Surah An’aam)
On account of this mental derangement caused by a Divine affliction on the minds of those who have appointed the kuffaar as their guides, they are unable to understand what ails the Ummah inspite of the clear directions and unambiguous diagnosis offered by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
Kuffaar domination is a manifestation of Allah’s Attribute of Wrath (Mazhar-e-Ghadhab) in exactly the same way as an earthquake or a hurricane is a manifestation of Allah’s Wrath. Such manifestations of Allah’s Ghadhab is a punishment for our transgression. When the transgression exceeds all bounds and the point of no return has been reached, Allah’s Athaab descends on the Ummah. Kuffaar domination is one such form of Allah’s Ghadhab.Confirming this fact, the Qur’aan Majeed states:
“…..We sent against you Our servants who were powerful in warfare. Then they penetrated the homes (of the Believers). And that (calamity of the kuffaar on you) was a promise decreed (by Allah).” (Aayat 5 Bani Israaeel)
…….”(Then on the second occasion of the transgression)…..they (the kuffaar army) disfigured your faces and penetrated the Musjid (i.e.Musjidul Aqsaa) and they utterly destroyed everything they overran.”(Aayat 7 Bani Israaeel).
The Qur’aan puts it very clearly. There is no ambiguity in these verses. The message is stated explicitly that on account of the then Muslim Ummah’s transgression Allah Ta’ala sent His punishment on the Muslims in the form of kuffaar armies which overran Palestine, brutalized its people, penetrated and defiled Musjidul Aqsaa, and flattened everything in an orgy of anarchy and seemingly senseless violence. But all these episodes of misery were by the Command of Allah Ta’ala enacted as a punishment for the Ummah of Bani Israaeel which was the Muslim community of that time.
The Qur’aanic description, ‘Servants unto Us” or “Our servants” is very significant. Inspite of the kuffaar being the enemies of Allah Ta’ala, the Qur’aan describes them in this aayat as being Allah’s servants. There are two reasons for this description:
(1) They are the creation of Allah Ta’ala.
(2) In the context of this aayat they were constrained to act against the Muslims by Divine Decree which is mentioned at the end of the aayat No.6 of Bani Israaeel.
Since Allah Ta’ala had despatched the kuffaar army (in the way He had despatched the Western Coalition and Alliance of the U.S.A.) against the Muslims, the Qur’aan refers to them as “Servants unto Us.” In other words these kuffaar are a manifestation of “Our Punishment”. Just as the earthquakes, the rain, the wind, etc. are Allah’s servants and act in accordance with His command, so too does Allah Ta’ala sometimes harness the kuffaar as a manifestation of His Wrath to punish Muslims for their rebellion and transgression. This is exactly what is happening today all over the Muslim world.
THE PRESENT SCENARIO
The anarchy and misery presently reigning in Palestine, the humiliating defeat of the Taalibaan, the surrender and imprisonment of the Arab Mujaahideen laguishing in cages in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and the brutal Hindu repression and murder of thousands of Muslims in India, and the defeats which Muslims are suffering on all fronts at the hands of the kuffaar are adequately explained by the two Qur’aanic verses of Surah Bani Israaeel (Aayat 5 and 7).
Muslims are defeated, not because of the superiority of the American military power nor because the Taalibaan lacked air defences, etc. But purely on account of the Ummah’s transgression and violation of the sacred Pledge of Imaan.
Allah Ta’ala had bestowed to the Palestinian Muslims a good few years of peace. During the peace treaty with Israel regardless of the humiliating terms of the pact granting them limited independence and self-rule, it was a golden opportunity to consolidate themselves and prepare. But without Deeni progress—without moral reformation and spiritual development—it is inconceivable that Muslims can ever consolidate their position and prepare themselves to meet the kuffaar head-on.
Instead of emulating the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and turning to Islam, they went overboard in their emulation of the American kuffaar. The kuffaar life-style was adopted in entirety. More and more dens of vice mushroomed in Palestine. Musjidul Aqsaa was neglected and starved of Musallis. only on Jumuah would the Musjid fill up. But for the five daily Salaat, the Musjid stood a silent witness shedding its tears and invoking la’nat on the Muslims who were desecrating and defiling it with their absence and their evil which they perpetrated right within the environment of the Musjid.
The Deen was increasingly driven out and displaced from the lives of the Muslim Palestinians. In almost every aspect they emulated the very Yahood and Christians whom they were supposedly fighting and who were proclaimed as their enemies.
THE DIVINE TEST
In Surah Bani Israaeel the Qur’aan speaks of the defeat, disgrace and destruction of the Ummah at the hands of the kuffaar sent against the Muslims by Allah Ta’ala. After Bani Israaeel was thoroughly humiliated and punished severely with kuffaar brutality, they repented and made many promises of reforming themselves. Allah Ta’ala accepted their Taubah, and granted them victory over the kuffaar. But Allah Ta’ala along with bestowing His mercy on them, warned them of dire consequences should they again lapse into transgression. Thus the Qur’aan Majeed states:
“Soon will your Rabb have mercy on you. However, if you return (to your transgression), then We too will return (to our punishmen).” (Aayat Bani Israaeel)
Generally the punishment which Allah Ta’ala inflicts on Muslims in this world is not the ultimate punishment designed to eliminate them. It is a lesser punishment brought to jolt Muslims into realisation, taubah (repentence) and inaabat (turning to Allah Ta’ala in obedience). The Qur’aan Majeed states in this regard:
“We did not send a Nabi to a city, but We afflicted its inhabitants (on account of their rejection and transgression) with calamities and hardships, so that they become humble.” (Aayat 94 Surah A’raaf)
“Anarchy (and corruption) has appeared on the land and in the ocean because of the (evil deeds) which the hands of people have earned, so that He (Allah) causes them to taste ( the consequences) of some of (their mischief) which they had committed. Perhaps they will return (to the obedience of Allah).” (Aayat 41 Sura Room)
“And We shall most assuredly afflict them with the lesser punishment before the greater punishment, so that they return (to the obedience of Allah).” (Aayat 21 Surah As-Sajdah)
In the wake of inordinate transgression comes Allah’s lesser punishment to jolt people into realisation and to make them humble so that they submit to the Shariah of Allah Ta’ala. But when they ignore this trial, Allah’s Athaab settles on them permanently and effaces them. This was the fate of great and powerful people and empires of the past. The same fate overtook the the Empire and Ummah of Islam. Now in this era, Allah Ta’ala had given some Muslim communities opportunities to reform themselves and turn to Allah Ta’ala in submission. But the Palestinians turned their backs on the golden opportunity which Allah Ta’ala had bestowed to them.
Their peace pact with Israel had the ingredients of Rasulullah’s Treaty of Hudaibiyyah. But they scattered it to the winds and they are today tasting Allah’s punishment in the form of anarchy and misery stemming from the brutality of “Allah’s Servants” (the Qur’aanic description), the kuffaar of Israel.
So utterly demoralising and severe is this punishment on the Arabs that inspite of their great numerical superiority (200 million Arabs compared to 3 million Yahood), and inspite of their military superiority (the combined armies, navies and airforces of a dozen or more countries), the Palestinians and the whole Arab World lay prostrate in disgrace and defeat at the feet of Israeli women. More than half of Israel’s armed forces consist of women. Undoubtedly, the description which Allah Ta’ala Himself gives to the kuffaar armies which He had despatched against the bygone Muslim Ummah, i.e the description of “Ulee ba’sin shadeed” (powerful in warefare) fits the Israeli kuffaar. It now pays no dividends to hurl vituperation against Israel.
Rather, the appropriate action in these circumstances will be self-appraisal, self-criticism and shame for our own humiliation —that we have sunk to such vile and pitiable levels of degradation and cowardice that, we whose forefathers (the Sahaabah, Taabieen and Tabe-Taabieen) had raised the Flag of Islam,on the hilltops of the world and who had crushed the might of the Roman and Christian empires, have become so impotent that we are unable to fight and defeat a handful of Yahoodi girls.
Shame on these disobedient servants of Allah Ta’ala. We deserve the kuffar spitting in our faces. When we, ourselves, have become spineless, jelly-like cowards as a consequence of trampling on the Qur’aan Majeed and mocking the Divine Shariah with our flagrant disobedience. We have no right to vilify those kuffaar whom Allah Ta’ala has sent against us and whom He has designated with the appelation, “Servants unto Us”— to punish us, just as we have no right for vituperation against an earthquake which stikes us as an act of Divine punishment. Why? “For perhaps you, O Believers, will get some sense, open your eyes, return to Islam, repent and take up the Standard of Islam and place it on the hilltops of the world from where the kuffaar have torn it off in disgrace and substituted it with their own flags of kufr.