Disconnection with Allah (SWT): The Mother of All Failures
The failed priority –
The prime agenda of Islam is to connect humans with their Almighty Creator Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Such a connection is indeed the most crucial issue in human life. For a human, nothing is more important than this connectivity with his Supreme Lord. Whether a man will reach heaven or hell is solely decided on this single factor. But now, the Muslims are known for deeper disconnection. Their deeds and behaviour, states and ideologies, politics and warfare, law and constitutions, education and culture show little or no connection with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and His final Book of guidance –the holy Qur’an. With such robust disconnection from Almighty Allah and His holy Qur’an, if the 1.6 billion Muslims had achieved any success, peace or glory that would have easily nullified the need of Islam for the humans. But, that didn’t happen in any part of the Muslim World. Instead, such disconnection has caused terrible deviation from the straight path (siratul mustaqeem); and hence proven to be the mother of all failures in the Muslim World.
In Muslims’ life, the symptoms of such disconnection and deviation are huge. Because of that, the Muslims do not hesitate even to stand against Islam and against the tradition of the prophet (peace be upon him) and the early Muslims. Such disconnection from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la can only lead to spiritual death. Hence, in the Muslim majority countries, those who oppose the practice of sharia, hudud, khilafa, jihad, Muslim unity and other Qur’anic basics are not the kuffars; they are the spiritually dead Muslims. Because of such massive epidemic of spiritual death, the warmongering kuffars are not alone in their war against Islam to kill more Muslims, occupy more Muslim lands, and prevent resurgence of any Islamic state in any part of the world. For the same reason, the imperialist kuffars of the West were not alone to dismantle the Osamnia khilafa in 1917; they could easily get millions of Muslim mercenaries in their rank. The British, alone, could recruit more than a million Arab Muslims. The other imperialists like the French and the Italians also got the similar successes. It is astonishing to know that such a large number of Arab Muslims never fought any war for Islam in any segment of the Muslim history. About half a million of the Arabs gave their lives for the British cause only in the First World War. (Source: Al Jazeera English, the First World War through Arab Eyes). Their spiritual death was so complete that they hated to sell their life in exchange of deathless life in paradise. But they sold the same amanah of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la only for a salary of few hundred pounds per month to the kuffars. Thus the Arab contribution in the disintegration of the Arab World and in the creation of their own enemy –Israel, is immense. The state of the Indian Muslims was not different either. More than 200 hundred thousand Indian Muslims fought as mercenaries for the British in the World Wars. They helped in the occupation of Iraq and Syria. All the ruling military elites of Pakistan like General Eskander Mirza, General Ayub Khan, and General Yahiya Khan started their life as the perfect mercenary of the colonial British. Later on, these proven Trojan Horses of the enemies and the ideological cum cultural converts of the West could easily grab the highest post of the country as its despotic President. While in power, they could cause rapid and immense ideological meltdown of Pakistan – a country that was created with a great Islamic civilisation objective by pan-Islamic coalition of the South Asian Muslims. In a Muslim land, the success of the cow-worshipping Indian infidels were also huge; they could easily recruit millions of Bengali Muslims to kill Muslims and destroy Pakistan in 1971. The USA’s huge success in quick occupation and destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq and now in Syria also owes to the same spiritual disconnection and death of the Muslims. More awfully, millions Muslims and their pro-occupation governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Turkey, and many other Muslim countries have already joined he US-led coalition in its destructive war in the Muslim World. So, rapes, deaths, destruction and eviction in the Muslim lands get more expanse and a new speed.
A Muslim’s strong commitment to Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la’s agenda is not utopian. Rather, it automatically generates from a stronger spiritual connection with Him. Such a strong linkage pulls men or women out of the devilish march and puts them onto the straight path towards the paradise. Such a reality is very explicit in the holy Qur’an: “Whoever holds fast to Allah, he is indeed guided onto the straight path.”–(Sura al-Imran, verse 101). The question arises, how can one hold fast to Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la? Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’al is not visible; but His vision, mission and agenda became distinctly audible and easily recognisable through the holy Qur’an. One gets connected with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la only through fully aligning with those expressed vision, mission and the objective –as expressed in the holy Qur’an. In fact, such connectivity is the true spirituality of a man or a woman. The holy Qur’an works as the rope of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la, Hence, whoever wants to connect with Him, must connect with Qur’anic teaching. Only this way one can build up his true spirituality. A person may spend thousands of nights in sufi khanqa, darwishi circles or shrines; but his disconnection with His vision, mission, and objective proves his spirituality as fake. Such a disconnected man can live a pain-free complacent life even after the enemy occupation, deaths, rapes and destructions in the Muslim lands. He can even celebrate the kuffar occupation, and adapt their culture and life-style. Absence of sharia, hudud, jihad, khilafa and the fragmentation of the Muslim Ummah is not an issue for him. Amidst such disconnection, true Islamic belief can’t survive in their heart; only grows disbelief and hypocrisy. The early Muslims could achieve all their successes only due to strong connection with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la.
Amidst a world of ideological warfare, one can think of neutrality only for those who are infant, insane or dead. It needs little effort to prove that every man or woman takes a side. Those who fail to connect with Almighty Allah and His agenda, definitely connect with the falsehood. They align with the army of evil forces: they differ only with the degree of involvement. And, while connected with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la, a believer receives strong inner motivation to work as His most obedient servant on earth. Only through such connection, a believer feels an inner urge to invest all of his talent, energy, skills and even blood to fulfil the Wish of his Supreme Lord. Due to such connection, more than 70 per cent of the companions of the prophet (peace be upon him) could sacrifice even their life to fulfil the agenda of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la.
The disconnection with the Almighty
The Divine connectivity cum spirituality of a Muslim does not mean mere remembrance or glorification (tasbeeh) of His holy name. Rather, it is the deep commitment to abide by His every Qur’anic decree. True faith of a believer gets expressed only through such commitment. So, a true believer shows his uncompromising attitude to implement His prescribed code of life (deen) in every arena of life. He shows his commitment to run the judiciary only according to the sharia. He never shows any leniency in executing the sanctioned punishment (hudud) on the convicts. And establishing khilafa, Muslim unity and jihad (holy war) in His way become the parts of his life. Absence of such Qur’anic prescription in Muslims’ life indeed presents evidence of their disconnection form the Almighty Lord. No amount of religious rituals can’t repair that disconnection. The ongoing downfall of the Muslims indeed owe to such disconnection. With such grotesque disconnection, how a Muslim can deserve any success or glory? In fact, any amount of success of these disconnected Muslims would have gone against the Divine principle. Moreover, on the top of such awful disconnection from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la, their connectivity with Satan is huge. These are expressed through their character, culture, politics, judiciary, economics, warfare, and religious beliefs. Supremacy of the kufr laws in the judiciary, riba in banking, acceptance prostitution in the society, and nationalism, racism, tribalism and despotism in politics are indeed the examples of such Satanic connection.
Each faith, ideology or religion has its own ways to build the connection with its deities. Hindu faith takes its followers to jungles or monasteries and asks them to do contemplation or yoga in isolation with specific posture and recitation of some specific mantra. But these are only for some special people called guru; the common people are allowed only to go the temple as visitor. The same is true in Buddhism. The Christian faith try to connect people by means of some short-lived weekly congregation in churches. Singing songs and reading pages from bible remain as the practice. All these devices are human interventions; hence do not show any universal procedure or standard. Western hedonism, materialism and liberalism have their own way to connect their followers, too. Pubs, clubs, casinos, brothel houses, opera houses, theatres, drugs, pornography and many other stuff do the job to connect the people to the new life style.
Without a strong connection with the Supreme Creator, a Muslim can’t survive as a true Muslim; nor can be party in His way. Such a disconnected man can’t stand against the strong current of corruptive faiths, thoughts, life styles and cultural cum political forces. Rather gets quickly pulled away from the straight path; and then taken to the hellfire. But such connection can’t be built by mere pronouncement of faith in Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and belief in His books and prophets. Belief needs to be added with deep understanding. Religious rituals of an ignorant man can’t help build such connection; neither does help mere recitation of the Qur’an without any understanding. For a full revolution in character and deeds, it needs a total revolution in the conceptual premise –the birth place of all revolution. For that, it is crucial to strongly connect humans’ body, mind and conscience with the omnipresent and omnipotent Creator -Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’al. Islam has its own methodology to build such a connection. In fact, Islam is the only religion that can successfully connect people with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. And it owes to the methodology devised only by Him. All obligatory religious rituals like 5 time daily prayer, month long fasting, charity, haj are indeed the parts of that methodology. And the most powerful tool to build this connection is the holy Qur’an. The word “Qur’an” means the act of recitation. It is itself a great ibadah. In initial 13 years of prophet hood, there was no obligatory five time salah (prayer) like today. Standing in the middle of night and recitation of the holy Qur’an was the recommended ibadah. So, in one of the earliest chapter of Qur’an it is revealed: “Stand (to pray) all night except a little; half of it or a little less than that. Or a little more. And recite the Qur’an (aloud) in a slow (pleasant tone and) style. Indeed, We will send down to you heavy words (the obligatory prayers, jihad and the sharia laws). Verily, the rising by the night is most potent way to govern one’s self and suitable for understanding the Word (of Allah).” –(Sura al-Mujammel, verse 2-6). Through slow and mindful recitation of Qur’an, mind gets the much needed nutrition for his spiritual growth –crucial to survive as a true slave of the Almighty Lord. An anaemic patient needs regular transfusion of blood for his survival. For the survival of iman, a believer, too needs regular transfusion; and it is the transfusion of Qur’anic knowledge. It works through recitation of the holy Qur’an. The Message, the Vision and the Mission of the Almighty Lord then get direct access to his heart. The knowledge of the unseen world then get the powerful expression through believers’ voice only in His Own vocabularies. While a man or woman recites the holy Qur’an in prayers, indeed the message of the Almighty Lord gets dip down into his soul and recharges his iman. Hence in salah, the best part is the qiyam when Qur’an is recited. Deep understanding of the holy Qur’an (not mere rote reading), five time salah in congregation, month-long fasting in Ramadan, haj, and regular charity in the way of Almighty Lord are the prescribed means to build and continuously strengthen such connection. In the early days of Islam, this Divine prescription worked with tremendous success to build the best people on earth. Five time salah worked as the meeraj of the believer –as described by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Meeraj is the ascension to the nearness to Allah; it the communication of Divine message deep into the heart of the believer. It is the deep integration with His mission. That happens when a believer stands in salah and recites the holy Qur’an with the full understanding of its meaning. In the holy Qur’an, they are described as the people who say “Samey’na wa ata’na” meaning “we listened and we obeyed.” But such a motivation of listening and obeying seldom works in the Muslim mind. Therefore, the disconnection with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la gets deeper.