DARK CLOUDS OF ALLAH’S PUNISHMENT
[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
Inciting racial hatred and violence against Indians, a non-Muslim political leader in Kwazulu-Natal, disgorged:
“We as Africans have remained silent for far too long whilst Indians continue to exploit, abuse and monopolize in the land of our forefathers. Just like our forefathers in 1949 and 85, we now also have to rather die than to be the symbol of poverty in our own land. A curtain of blood must veil the whole of KZN so that the blood of our ancestors can attain justice or we die fighting for it. This Indian hegemony must end.”
While this statement is clearly hate speech and incitement to commit violence and murder which is unlawful, it is not our concern. It is our belief that if the whole of mankind and jinn-kind unite to benefit us, they will be able to benefit us only to the degree ordained by Allah Azza Wa Jal. Similarly, if the whole of mankind and jinn-kind unite to harm us, they will be able to harm us only to the degree ordained by Allah Azza Wa Jal. All creation is powerless and can act only in accordance to Allah’s Will. We should not fear creation. Our first fear should be our own evil, and our first concern should be our own reformation. Then Allah’s Nusrat (Aid) will be for us, and then only shall we have Aafiyat (Safety).
Reminding us of this Truth, the Qur’aan says:
“If Allah aids you, then there will be none to defeat you. And, if Allah withholds His aid from you, then who is there besides Him to help you?”
Allah Ta’ala is in control of our destiny and the destiny of the entire creation. He makes the laws and the decisions, not His creation. The threat uttered by the chap in Kwazulu is a sign of the gathering of the dark clouds of Athaab. Allah’s Punishment assumes a variety of forms. All creation is the army of Allah.
The Qur’aan Majeed states:
“No one knows the armies of your Rabb, except He.”
For Muslims the factor of focus should not be the ‘threat’ made by those whose objective is only looting, pillaging and plundering which are given justification with hallucinated grievances. Muslims are supposed to regard such threats and the widespread anarchy and crime prevalent in the country plus the many other forms of mischief, corruption and disturbances as Divine Warnings of the Impending Divine Punishment which is to strike us as sure as day follows night. These threats and disturbances are also from Allah’s Mercy. These are signs for us to wake up, abandon our lifestyle of immorality – fisq, fujoor and bid’ah, and to turn to Him with Taubah and Taa-at (Obedience).
Without this realization and reformation, we say, Wallaah!, there will be no succour, for the Qur’aan declares:
“Turn to your Rabb with repentance (and obedience) and submit fully to Him before there comes to you the punishment, then you will not be helped. And, follow that most beautiful (Shariah and Sunnah) which have been revealed to you from your Rabb before there suddenly comes to you the punishment whilst you do not understand.” (Az-Zumar, Aayats 55 & 56)
In this Aayat and in other Aayaat and in numerous Ahaadith, we are warned about Divine Punishment which will overtake the entire community as a consequence of our flagrant, naked and immoral misdeeds and transgressions. The Divine Punishment has innumerable forms among which some are the earthquake, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, uncontrollable fires, pestilence, droughts, famine, political havoc, uncontrollable crime, kuffaar domination, xenophobia attacks, etc., etc.
All of these calamities are among the armies of Allah Ta’ala. The Qur’aan is explicit in confirming this fact. The causes for Divine Punishment are spilling out from all the bodily apertures of the Muslim community. Fisq and fujoor – immorality, obscenity, shamelessness, vice of a variety of kinds, shaitaani extravagance, trampling on the Huqooq of Allah and people, almost total abstention from Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar by the ulama, ulama having become the worst scum under the sky, ulama having become the worst pedlars of dhalaal (deviation and misguidance), the total elimination of haya from Muslim women on a massive scale, flagrant and lovable Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar to the degree of deep penetration into the “lizard’s hole”, widespread zina, even wife-swopping, halaalization of carrion, universal consumption of carrion, legalization of riba by the miscreant molvis, etc., etc. – these are the causes which have caused the dark clouds of Divine Punishment to gather ominously above our heads.
Among the worst acts of rebellion and discarding of Islam is that 90% or more of the Muslim community do not perform regular Salaat. What can be expected of a community which has destroyed its Deen in this callous and reckless way? The barometer to measure the percentage of Muslims performing regular Salaat is Fajr and Isha when all people are usually at home. Salaat is the Central Pillar which upholds the entire structure of Islam. Minus Salaat, there is no Islam. Minus Salaat, the Muslim’s mind becomes befuddled with kufr, fisq and fujoor. Muslims must wake up and understand before it is too late.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) warned us that when Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar is abandoned, then Allah Ta’ala will appoint such cruel and murderous tyrants over us, who will show neither respect nor mercy. The old, the young and even the babies will be brutally pillaged, plundered and ravaged.
At such a time, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said,
“your pious will supplicate (make dua) for help and safety, but their supplications will not be answered.”
The time for dua will then be too late. The khanqah ‘buzrugs’ indulging in their bid’ah singing and dancing, the moron ‘ulama’ of the jaahil jamiats’, and the people of the darul ulooms have today become the worse culprits engineering the destruction of the Muslim community. But, their worldly and nafsaani objectives have blinded their spiritual vision and calcified their intellectual perception, hence they continue in a drunken stupor with their haraam activities paraded as ‘deeni’ programmes and projects. They may choose to wake up when it is too late. May Allah have mercy on us.
‘BEWARE OF SUCH A PUNISHMENT WHICH WILL OVERTAKE NOT ONLY THE TRANSGRESSORS AMONG YOU.” – QUR’AAN