The Survival Challenge and the Muslims’ Betrayal
The marker of faith
A Muslim has never been free from challenges since the day one of his appointment as the viceroy of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la on earth. Because, the devilish powers never sit idle against the Divine agenda. It is indeed the survival challenge as His khalifa. In order to survive against the challenges, the Muslims have no option but to follow the Qur’anic roadmap. And, Jihad –the holy war against the enemies, is the indispensable part of the roadmap. In human history, war always played the most decisive role in defending, destroying or transforming the human lives, societies or civilisation. Indeed, wars were used to commit the worst crime on earth. In fact, all genocidal cleansings are done by the warmongers; more than 75 million people are killed only in two World Wars. Hence, such genocidal and devastating wars are forbidden in Islam.
On the other hand, engaging in some wars are the best deed on earth. Such war promote Divine plan; and save lives, religion, and the Islamic state on earth. Hence, sacrifice of life in such wars takes one directly to the paradise. Therefore, such holy war matters hugely in human life. One must know when to make war and when not to make or join a war. Awfully, most of the people show their total ignorance vis-à-vis such crucial matter. So, millions of people join as mercenaries of the wickedest forces on earth. Because of them, the colonialists, imperialists and the tyrannical thugs didn’t suffer from shortage of foot-soldiers in their genocidal wars or in wars of occupation. In recent years, even millions of Muslims joined such warfare.
Wars that are launched against the evil forces and to promote the cause of Islam are called jihad. Participation in such war is indeed the most defining marker of iman. The prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) made that point very clear by saying: “Those who have never fought any jihad in the way of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and nor does intend to do so are munafiq (fake Muslim).” Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la made this point very binding in the holy Qur’an. Islam is not about mere belief in Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and in His prophet and performing religious rituals like five time prayer, month long fasting, haj and giving charity. It is much more than that. A believer needs to buy a place in paradise by fulfilling a solemn pledge with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. The pledge with Almighty Allah tells that he will fight for His cause and will be ready even to die for that. Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la reveals the text of His solemn transaction with the believers in the following verse: “Certainly, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties in exchange for that they will have a place in paradise, that they will fight in Allah’s way, so they kill and are killed. It is a true promise binding upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and in the Qur’an. And who is more faithful to his promise than Allah? Therefore, rejoice in your transaction which you have made; and it is that which is the great attainment.” – (Sura Taubah, in verse 111).
An infinite life in paradise is indeed the greatest gift from Allah Sub’hana wa Tala. No one can think of such an achievement with all of his life-long prayers and good deeds. With all of his good deeds, he can’t even pay the price of all the niamah (bounties) that he enjoys for his life-long sustenance as human. He can’t even buy another heart or a lung or a kidney or a brain by all of his life-long earning, let alone pay the value of the whole body. Who can pay the price of oxygen that he consumes in his life time? Who can pay the price of an unthinkable comfort in paradise? It is beyond the capacity of any human: even the whole earth full of gold can’t match its worth. So, Allah Sub’hana wa Tala tells about the absurdity: “Even the whole earth full of gold will not be accepted from one of them (disbeliever) if offered as ransom (to get released from hellfire and for a place in paradise)” –(Sura Al Imaran, verse 91). Truly, only the forgiveness from Allah Sub’hana wa Tala and His great mercy can help get a place in paradise. For that, even all prophets will need His mercy and forgiveness.
The gateway of blessing
Therefore, a believer must search very passionately for the prescribed gateway for the Divine blessings and forgiveness. The blessings come as per Qur’anic promise when a human complies fully with the deal of transaction with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. The above verse is indeed gives the details of such a transaction. The fulfilment of this holy transaction indeed opens the window of great opportunity to get the promised blessing and forgiveness. How important is the war in the way of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la, the above verse also gives a clear emphasis on that. Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la didn’t make such pledge of transaction with the believer who does a lot of good deeds but do not intend to sacrifice their life in the way of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. It was indeed the greatest wisdom of the companions of prophet (peace be upon him) that they took the full benefit of the above pledge. For getting His mercy and forgiveness, and ultimately a place in paradise, they didn’t rely solely on their prayers and good deeds. Rather they moved much beyond to fulfil the pledge. Hence, more than 70 per cent of companions sacrificed their life in jihad. But today, the Muslims have taken a different route. They pay little importance to fulfil the pledge. They think that the declaration of faith, five times prayer, month-long fasting, haj and charity will be enough to please Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and to get His mercy and forgiveness. As if, the companions of the prophet (peace be upon him) were short of such stuff!
Since war is an inevitable and an integral part of the Muslims’ life, they need the crucial guidance from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la vis-à-vis the correct agenda of war and the correct conduction of war. So, it is revealed: “Those who believe (in Allah), they fight in the way of Allah and those disbelieve, they fight in the way of Shaitan. Therefore, fight against the friends of Shaitan; surely strategy of Shaitan is weak”–(Sura Nisa, verse 76). In the above verse, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la made it clear that the war in His way is the integral part of a Muslim’s life. Almighty Allah also exposes the agenda of Shaitan in any warfare. It is also made clear that a Muslim must not have any war except the war in the way of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. All other wars that are fought to promote tribal, racial, national or secular agenda or personal whims of a despot are indeed the satanic wars for falsehood. A true Muslim must not a part of it; rather must stay away from investing his wealth, energy and life from such evil enterprise. In the above verse, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la draws a confrontational scenario of the bipolar world; and shows how the forces of Truth must stand face to face against the forces of falsehood.
The obligation & betrayal
In the above verse, a Muslim is commanded only to fight against the forces of evil. Since such a fight is obligatory and a war is always a life and death issue, a Muslim must know not only the prayer timings and prayer rituals, but also his role and position in this confrontational bipolar world. In absence of such understanding, even those who offer five times prayer, keep month-long fasting, perform haj and give charity may join the evil forces to harm Islam and the Muslims. It is indeed the most catastrophic ignorance in life. With such ignorance, people sacrifice their time, skills, wealth and even life to serve the agenda of the evil forces. It is indeed a common scenario in the Muslim World.
Although jihad in the way of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la attracts a very few in the Muslim World, millions of lives are being lost and billions of dollars are being spent in the Muslim World to promote tribal, national, secular, monarchical and other satanic agenda. This way, they show the ugliest betrayal of the pledge that was made with Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Because of such betrayal, the most corrupt despots and the occupying kuffar forces get huge servile manpower in their rank. And Islam remains ignored and defeated. Therefore, how the people perform their religious rituals is not the only important issue. How and where to deploy themselves in the ongoing bloody war is more crucial. It indeed decides the ultimate fate of an individual both here and in the hereafter. What could be the worst crime of a man or woman than investing the most invaluable endowment of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala like his time, wealth, intellect and even life in the service of evil forces? It is indeed the criminal misuse of physical, material and intellectual amanah and the ugliest khiana (betrayal) of the assigned role as His viceroy. The question arises, how long the Muslims can avoid the punishment of such crime of betrayal? 20/08/2017