Please offer some advice on the following scenario. We are seeing the beginnings of change in the mentality of the UK non-muslim population. Although they dislike the burka, they tolerate it. However, the niqab is something that politicians have openly insulted, with no apology and have been supported surprisingly by previously very quiet non-muslims up and down the UK.
They voice opinions such as it being a security risk as helmets and balaclavas and other face veils are not allowed in public. So currently their hate for it is based on some justification. From their point of view, it is a fair comment and they cannot understand why there is discrimination. You either allow all face coverings in public or ban them, there’s no in-between.
However I am worried as my sisters and mother wear the niqab. May Allah protect them but I am undecided as to what to do moving forward.
1) Do you have any advice as to what I should do when it comes to my mother and sisters who wear niqab?
2) Are you aware of any valid response I can give when it comes to niqab being a security risk, inability to see the face and ultimately laws in the UK which ban helmets and other face coverings but allow the niqab?
In the final analysis everything is the decree of Allah Ta’ala. The Shariah orders women to remain at home and not leave the home precincts without pressing and valid reason.
Most Muslim women, all over the world, regard the Niqaab as a licence to wander and prowl in public places.
In view of this abandonment of true Hijaab – Hijaab of the heart – Allah Ta’ala has decreed the current anti-Hijaab attitude in non-Muslims. But, Muslims themselves are the cause for this attitude of the non-Muslims. It is merely the consequence of Muslim disobedience and transgression.
In view of the hatred for Hijaab displayed openly by non-Muslims, it is hoped that Muslim women will come to their senses and remain indoors to avoid being insulted outside in the streets.
Your mother and sisters should remain indoors. Only if there is a real need should they venture outside. They should not go to shops, supermarkets and the like. The menfolk should see to the needs of the home.
If there is a real and valid need for them to emerge from the home, they should continue wearing their Niqaab as long as they are not exposed to physical violence.
You will not be able to convince non-Muslims regarding the necessity of the niqaab. Just make dua.
If Muslims abandon their rebellious transgression and revert to the Sunnah, Allah Ta’ala will change the attitudes of the kuffaar.[Answered by Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION
With the steady and perfectly natural increase of “islamophobia”, oppression, plunder, pillage and genocide of Muslims in Burma, India, Palestine, China, Chechnya, Syria, and almost all over the world, countless self-appointed and so-called experts and scholars have come crawling out offering a whole variety of “solutions” conjured up from their whims, most of which are utterly bereft of Quranic and Sunnah basis.
Since many of these so-called “experts” and “scholars” are themselves drowning in sins, even committing the infinitely worse crime of halaalizing many of those sins, they are all extremely averse to mentioning the ONLY solution to the plight of the Burmese Muslims and the plight of oppressed Muslims the world over.
Perhaps a feeble whisper, or even a murmur or two on this Quranic solution may be heard extremely feintly from a few of these self-appointed “experts”. However, on the whole these self-appointed “experts” excel in the art of deflecting attention from the actual problem since they all know very well, deep inside, that they form an integral part of the root-cause of the tyranny of brutal rulers and Kuffaar domination which NONE other than Allah Ta’ala has currently imposed upon the whole Ummah.
Contrast the crank ‘solutions’ blabbered on perpetually by the self-appointed “experts” of today with the ONLY solution prescribed by Hadhrat Hasan al-Basri, one of the great students of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum) – a solution that has been authentically transmitted and re-iterated by countless Fuqaha and Ulama-e-Haqq (true scholars) throughout the ages. (See Adab al-Hasan al-Basri of Ibn al-Jawzi, ash-Sharee’ah of Imam al-Ajurri, and other early books recording the statements of the Salaf).
Hadhrat Hasan al-Basri (rahmatullah alayh) states that sincere repentance and rectification of ourselves and each other, are the only solutions to the oppression inflicted by a brutal rulership, and that any other so-called “solution”, such as those prescribed by the crank “experts” of today, will only make matters worse:
“The Oppression of Kings (i.e. governments and rulers) 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 repentance), and by eliminating sins. Verily, when the Punishment of Allah is confronted by swords, it (Allah’s Punishment) becomes worse.” (Adab al-Hasan al-Basri)
Once when the people were complaining about the severe oppression of the ruler, Hajjaaj, Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahmatullah alayh) responded:
“Verily, Hajjaaj is Allah’s Punishment. Therefore, do not (try to) ward off Allah’s punishment with your hands. On the contrary, submission and humility are obligatory on you, for verily, Allah Ta’ala said: “Verily, We have afflicted them with punishment. However, they did not submit to their Rabb nor did they become humble.” (Ahmad, Ibn Abi Dunya)
The Qur’anic verse quoted by Hadhrat Hasan al-Basri, “…they did not submit to their Rabb, nor did they become humble” refers to the Muslims’ stubborn refusal to recognise and acknowledge their sins, to repent sincerely and wholeheartedly, and to rectify themselves, in similar manner to the crank “experts” of today whose “solutions” are satanically designed to deflect attention from their own sins and the sins of their flock which are the root-cause of Allah’s Punishment currently enveloping the whole Ummah.
Hadhrat Talq Bin Habeeb (Rahmatullah alayh), another luminary of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen states:
“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 will be warded off.” (Ahmad, Ibn Abi Dunya)
Taqwa entails abandoning all Haraam and Mushtabah (doubtful) matters. But, today the word “Taqwa” tends to elicit violently allergic reactions, especially from these cranks masquerading as experts and scholars.
In vivid contrast to the “solutions” blabbered on by these so-called “experts”, ALLAH TA’ALA declares Taqwa and Sabr as the solution for defeating the never-ending plots of the Kuffaar enemies of Islam:
“If you adopt Sabr and you adopt Taqwa, never will their (i.e. the Kuffaar) plot harm you at all. And indeed, Allah is ever-encompassing of what they do.” (Surah Aal-e-Imran)
Spiritually barren Muslims who are averse to this Quranic solution, and who are unable to appreciate the infinite wisdom contained in this and other similar verses of the Qur’an, should introspect deeply within themselves, accept the immeasurable damage sustained by their crassly materialistic and sinful lifestyle, and engage in frequent Muraaqabah (reflection) on the One who grants and snatches away Dominion and Power at will, in order to remedy the chronic spiritual cancers which have engulfed their severely diseased hearts.
‘Sabr’ in the context of this verse means complete submission to Allah Ta’ala, repentance, self-rectification and obedience. Allah Ta’ala, the All-Powerful, will then create the circumstances for either the change of the hearts of the rulers, substituting oppression with justice, or He will eliminate the oppressors and tyrants.
Once when a group of people came to Hadhrat Hasan Basri during times of great oppression and anarchy, he advised them with the same Qur’anic solution as follows:
“Remain within your homes and lock your doors. Wallaah! If people had to adopt Sabr when oppressed by their Sultan, Allah Azza Wa Jal will soon eliminate the oppression. However, when they resort to the sword (i.e. rebellion), they are assigned to it [i.e. Allah abandons them to their swords].” (Ash-Sharee’ah of Imam al-Ajurri)
Today, the catastrophic events that have transpired recently in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Arab Spring etc. are testimony to the fact that Allah’s Punishment only becomes worse, if the root-cause of His (azza wa jal) Punishment are not dealt with adequately.
As long as the Ummah fails to adopt and propagate fervently the ONLY solution as prescribed by the Qur’an and Hadith, and as encapsulated in the aforementioned advices of Hadhrat Hasan al-Basri, Hadhrat Talq bin Habeeb, and countless other luminaries throughout the ages, NEVER will the Ummah be able to extricate itself from the reign of brutal tyrants, Kuffaar domination, frequent floods, droughts, earthquakes and other natural disasters which have been dispatched most deservingly upon this flagrantly sinful Ummah by NONE other than Allah Ta’ala, the Most Just.
THE UMMAH WILL ONLY PROGRESS IF THE MUSLIMS BEGIN RE-DIRECTING THEIR ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AT THEIR OWN SINS FIRST AND AT THE INFINITELY WORSE CRIME OF HALAALIZATION (TRANSFORMING HARAAM INTO HALAAL) PERPETRATED BY THE “SCHOLARS” OF TODAY, WHICH ARE THE GREATEST CAUSES FOR ALLAH’S IMPOSITION OF THE MOST BRUTAL OF TYRANTS UPON THIS UMMAH.
We end here with the advice and command of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), who in stark contrast to the crank experts of today, explicitly declares that the imposition of brutal tyrannical rulers is a direct result of our terrible failure to rectify ourselves and each other:
“Enjoin people towards righteous deeds and 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. Burmese Monks, Bashar Assad, Sisi, Modi, Tramp, etc). Then the most pious amongst you will do Du’a, but their Du’as will not be answered.” (Authentic Hadith narrated by Tabarani, Bazzar, and many others)]
The Qur’anic and Sunnah solution for all Muslim communities who are undergoing naturally increasing levels of “islamophobia”, discrimination, and oppression, which inevitably and eventually always culminates in Andalusian-style genocide, is crystal-clear.
“It is only upon us to convey (the Haqq)”