ALLAH TAALA states in several places of the Qur’aan Majeed:

“Never will you find a change for the Sunnah (Way) of Allah.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), describing one such unchangeable Sunnah of Allah, states:

“You people should continue to enjoin people towards righteous deeds and you should continue to prohibit them from wrong-doing (i.e. breaking of Allah’s sacred Laws as clarified by the Salaf-us-Saaliheen and upheld by the Fuqaha for 1400 years). Otherwise, Allah will place in authority over you the worst of people amongst you (e.g. Bashar Assad, Burmese Monks, Sisi, Modi, Tramp, etc). Then the most pious amongst you will do Du’a, but their Du’as will not be answered.”

[Tabrani, Bazzar, and others. Imam Suyuti classed it as authentic. The numerous corroborants raise its authenticity even more.]

Rasulullah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said in a Hadeeth Qudsi:

“Allah says:“I, alone, am Allah, and there is no Deity save Me. I am the King of Kings, the Lord of the Lords. The hearts of the sovereigns (kings and rulers) of the world are in my Hands. (And my practice is) that when My servants obey Me [i.e. when Muslims submit to the complete Shariah, adhere diligently to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and adopt Taqwa – abstain from Haraam and Doubtful Matters], then I incline the hearts of their rulers with love and compassion towards them. And when they take to the path of transgression and disobedience, I turn the hearts of their rulers with anger and punishment against them, and then, they oppress them severely [e.g. the genocide in Syria, Burma, Iraq, Palestine, CAR, Mali, China etc. which is soon to spread also to the UK, Europe, USA, South Africa, etc.]. Thus, do not engage yourselves in cursing the ruler, but turn to Me in remembrance and earnest repentance so that I may suffice for you in deliverance from the tyranny and despotism of the rulers.” (Abu Na’eem)

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Your deeds are your rulers.” [Mishkaat Shareef]

The Great Student of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum), Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahmatullah alayh) said:

“The oppression of the Rulers [e.g. Bashar Assad, Burmese Monks, Sisi, Modi, etc.]  is from the punishments of Allah Ta’ala. The punishment of Allah Ta’ala cannot be warded off with swords. Verily, safety (from Allah’s punishment) and warding it off are (possible) only by means of Dua, Taubah, Inaabat (turning to Him with sincere repentance and rectification), and by eliminating sins (abstention from all Haraam and Doubtful Matters). Verily, when the punishment of Allah is confronted by swords (i.e. rebellion against a tyrant ruler whom Allah invariably installs as a Punishment), it (Allah’s Punishment) becomes WORSE.”

Hadhrat Talq Bin Habeeb (Rahmatullah alayh), another Imam of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen, said regarding the brutal tyranny of al-Hajjaaj:

“Save (yourselves) from the punishment with Taqwa. If you are obedient to Allah Ta’ala, then you can hope for the mercy of Allah. If you abandon disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, Allah’s Athaab [i.e. Rulership of Tyrants] will be warded off.”


[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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