[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]

“Fasaad (anarchy/strife/mayhem) has appeared in the land and the ocean because of the perpetrations of the hands of people. (Thus this fasaad) is for the purpose of giving them a taste of some of their perpetrations, for then perhaps they may return (to Allah’s Path of the Deen).” (Ar-Room, Aayat 41)

The Qur’aan Majeed and the Ahaadith abundantly and with emphasis clarify that anarchy and strife on earth are forms of Divine Chastisement of the lesser kind to jolt people into realization so that they understand their evil and villainy, and return to the Path of Obedience.

Elsewhere in the Qur’aan, this reality is further confirmed:

“We shall surely give them to taste from the lesser Punishment, not the greater punishment (which awaits them in the Hereafter or even in this world at a later stage), for perhaps they will (heed) and return (to the Path of Obedience and Taqwa).” (As-Sajdah, Aayat 21)

The calamitous events which have unfolded and are still unfolding in the Middle East are undoubtedly the decree of Allah Azza Wa Jal. It is the Decree of Athaab (Divine Punishment) for people who have not heeded the “lesser punishment” which they had to bear under the tyrant Assad whilst they were still living comfortably and with relative peace in their homes, i.e. prior to the current conflagration.

The Syrian inferno of Athaab has hitherto claimed approximately 270,000 dead (official figures) and millions displaced from their homes and living in utter squalor and misery. While Allah’s lesser punishment was the bearable oppression of the Shiah Oppressor, Assad, the “Greater Punishment” has been imposed on the people in the current form of genocide since they had failed to heed the lesser punishment and reform themselves by reverting to the Shariah from their life of modernity, kuffaar liberalism and immorality which were the order of the Day prior to the horrendous episodes which have destroyed the peoples of Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi and Syrian Muslims have drifted far, very far from the Deen. They had turned their backs on to Islam. Allah’s Greater Athaab has therefore overtaken them. Our grief and our Duas for the suffering do not change the reality nor should we forget the reality stated in the Qur’aan and Ahaadith.

There is no change in the Sunnah of Allah Azza Wa Jal. The Qur’aan repeatedly warns us of this fact. No community will escape Allah’s Wrath when the point of no return has been reached. No amount of Dua, sympathy and relief aid of all the relief agencies of the world will solve the horrendous imbroglio prevailing in the Iraqi-Syrian theatre of blood and misery.

Only a return to the Deen – to the Sunnah – will change the situation for the better. The mujaahideen or the so-called mujahideen in Iraq and Syria were merely the trigger for the eruption of the Divine Chastisement. The function of these mujahdeen in this scenario of Athaab, was merely to initiate the process of Allah’s Athaab. They are instrumental in causing the misery of the people. These outfits were manipulated by the U.S.A. to bring about the conflagration of anarchy which is wrecking the region today. Had they not embarked on their nonsensical ‘so-called’ ‘jihad’, millions of people would not have been uprooted from their homes.

Anyhow, we all are helpless when Allah Ta’ala decrees. Every occurrence is a cog in the Divine Scheme. But, since we are not aware of the Taqdeer of Allah Azza Wa Jal, and since we are mukallaf of the Shariah, we have to examine issues in the cold reasoning of the principles and laws of the Shariah, and proclaim what the Haqq is.

In a nutshell, the Haqq is: The Muslims of Syria and Iraq for all practical purposes were living like kuffaar whilst professing to be Muslims. Their Ulama had totally abandoned Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar. Their Ulama had become evil slaves of the Nafs and the Dunya. The vast majority of their children was growing up like kuffaar. The majority could not recite even the Qur’aan Majeed, leave alone having a basic knowledge of the Deen.

To remind them of their transgression, vice and immorality, Allah Ta’ala had imposed on them His lesser punishment in the form of the oppression of the kufr regime of Assad. The Muslims failed to heed this and continued their reckless downward slide into the abyss of rebellion, fisq and fujoor. The ultimate result is Allah’s Greater Athaab which the world is witnessing today.

Other Muslim communities elsewhere should not be complacent and feel snug in the safety and comfort which they are still enjoying. Heed the misery of the Syrian and Iraqi Muslims, and return to Obedience. Only then shall we be assured of Aafiyat [safety, security, peace, well-being].

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