NOTHING BUT DISGRACE AND DEFEAT
[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
AT THE END of the first Gulf War, President Gaddaafi’s ambassador visited South Africa to solicit moral support for the defeated Iraq. In fact, the Gulf War was not a war. It was like a big bully kicking an inebriated man sprawled on the ground even before the kicking commenced. The ambassador visited countries in Africa inviting the Ulama for a conference in Libya.
He had a marathon meeting of eight hours with us, discussing a variety of topics. We asked him to explain why Saddam Husain did not put up a valid fight against the U.S. He had the fourth largest army in the world. He had an airforce of a thousand aircraft, and thousands of anti-aircraft guns, etc., etc. Why could he not shoot the American planes out of the sky as they approached Baghdad, and why was his huge airforce so impotent.
The ambassador was very frank and honest. He commented:
“We Arabs are monkeys. Saddam’s entire airforce consisted of Russian aircraft and everything was computerized. The U.S. had all the information. It simply threw an electronic blanket which blocked the entire airforce. Not a single one of the Russian Migs was capable of taking off. If Israel wants, it can take Baghdad within 24 hours, and the entire Arab World will be impotent onlookers. We can be crushed like ants. It is only the U.S. which is restraining Israel from advancing on us”
These were the comments of a man of the Dunya, not of a Molvi. He echoed the lesson which Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had imparted in the Hadith instructing the Sahaabi to discard the Persian bow, and to take an Arabian bow and spear.
Whilst the reason proffered by the ambassador is valid, the actual cause for the ineffable and heart-breaking defeat of Iraq was the atheism, fisq, fujoor and kufr, not only of Saddam, but of the vast majority of the people of that land. The entire population was rotten to the core.
So rotten and so stinking was the immorality of the nation, that Saddam Husain himself closed down a thousand brothels in only Bagdhad. Zina was not banned. Only a thousand brothels in one city were closed. Besides the thousand, many other thousands in Baghdad and the country flourished.
The crime of the people was not only zina. It was total abandonment of the Deen. Kufr was their cult. They were lost and sinking in the abyss of their intoxication of opulence. The opprobrium of their wicked and corrupt lifestyle rendered them valid candidates for the warning stated in the following Qur’aanic Aayat:
“When We intend to destroy a land, We command its affluent ones (i.e. Grant them a free licence to proceed recklessly with their villainy and immorality). Then they (recklessly) indulge in fisq (gross and flagrant transgression). Thus the decree (of the punishment) is established for them. Then We utterly destroy them.” (Bani Israaeel, Aayat 19)
The Divine Punishment came in the form of the U.S. The country was ravaged and demolished with all the heartbreaking consequences of which all and sundry are well aware.
“…….We sent against you (O Muslimeen!) such of Our servants (in the Iraqi context, the U.S.) who are powerful in war. Then they penetrated the homes (of the Muslims)… …….so that they may disfigure your faces and so that they may enter the Musjid (Musjidul Aqsa – as Israel is doing today) as they did aforetime, and so that they utterly destroy whatever they overrun.”
THE EVIL OF TASHABBUH BIL KUFFAAR
Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that (during a battle) in the hand of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhis wasallam) was an Arabian bow. When he saw a man with a Persian bow, he said:
“What is this? Throw it away and make this and its like (i.e. the Arabian bow) obligatory on you, and (also) the Qinaa spear, for verily, with these two Allah will increase for you in the Deen, and establish you in the lands (i.e. grant you victory).”
In another Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to the man with the Persian bow:
“O man with the bow! Throw it away, for verily its bearer is accursed (Maloon).”
This Hadith emphasizes the degree of prohibition of Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar (imitating/emulating the kuffaar and their ways and methods).
In another narration it is mentioned that despite the Sahaabi explaining that the Persian bow was more accurate than the Arabian bow, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered him to discard the Persian weapon and to take the Arabian bow.
In this command Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) imparted the lesson of self-sufficiency and Tawakkul on Allah Ta’ala. Reliance should not be placed on the kuffaar, especially for weapons of Jihad.
The lesson is that Muslims themselves should develop more accurate and better weaponry than the kuffaar. Why was the Persian bow more accurate than the Arabian bow?
Reliance on kuffaar weapons is fraught with disaster. Firstly, Muslims will become dependent on the enemy for weapons. Whilst, they will sell billions of dollars of weapons to Muslims when it suits them, the dangers are:
a. The quality will be inferior
b. Besides inferiority, the mechanisms (and this applies greatly to sophisticated weaponry of this technological era) are tampered with and set to malfunction and render the firing inaccurate.
c. Muslims will become indolent and stupid in this sphere. They will lack the ability to manufacture their own weapons.
d. In times of hostility, the kuffaar will obviously not supply the much-needed weapons and spare parts.
e. There will be no home industry to manufacture weapons, thus denying employment for thousands of Muslims.
Besides these worldly disadvantages, the other great benefit in Muslim-produced weapons, is the Nusrat (Aid) of Allah Ta’ala.
Today, the more than 50 Muslim states are almost 100% reliant on the kuffaar for weapons which they are incapable of using against enemy countries such as Israel, India, etc.
Rather they utilize most of their imported weapons against their own unarmed populations, and other Muslim communities. The brutal Saudi regime is the prime example of a so-called Muslim state brutalizing Muslims in Yemen with kuffaar weaponry.
All the armies, airforces and navies of dozens of so-called Muslim states are hopelessly impotent against the tiny backyard, U.S. surrogate state of Israel.
This is the consequence and the fruit of Tashabbuh Bil Kuffaar.