Aligning with the enemies and the lowest low of Muslims’ decline
Dr. Firoz Mahboob Kamal
Embracing the enemies
The Muslims have reached a new low in history. In the early days of Islam, even the Arab kuffar didn’t invite contemporary world powers like the Roman or Persian empires to occupy their land and kill the Islamic compatriots. But, things now have changed. The so-called Muslims are now inviting and embracing the known enemies for invasion into their own lands. In 1917, the Arab nationalists under the leadership of Sharif Hussein –the rebel Osmania Governor of Hejaz Province invited the British imperialists to destroy the Khilafah. In 1971, the Bengali nationalists under the leadership of Shaikh Mujibur Rahman embraced the Indian Hindu leadership for breaking down Pakistan. In the seventies, the Afghan communists invited Soviet Russia for occupation of Afghanistan. In 2001, the Northern Alliance of predominantly Tajiks and Uzbeks in Afghanistan cooperated with the US invasion. In 2003, a large number of Iraqis cooperated with the US to destroy Iraq. Since the Camp David Treaty, Egypt has been cooperating with Israel to break the backbone of the Palestinian resistance. And the oil-rich Arab countries are financing the US-led war on Islam all over the Muslim World. Along with monetary aid, the autocratic rulers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman have allowed the US to set up offensive military bases in their lands. Many Muslim countries are also contributing soldiers to the US-led coalition forces –as Turkey did in Afghanistan. So, the occupation, killing, and destruction in the Muslim countries could be easily done with the Muslims’ collaboration. Every bomb that is being dropped on Muslim cities and villages is indeed made with the Muslims’ financial contribution.
In the golden days of Islam, the Muslims made jihad even in distant foreign lands to free non-Muslims from tyranny. The campaign by Muhammadbin Qasim against King Dhahir -the tyrant ruler of Sindh is an example. But now the situation has changed. Most of the Muslims stay under the occupation of the worst despots. And there exists hardly any jihad to end the evil occupation. There are Islamic parties. But the leaders of the so-called Islamic parties show moral collapse and complacency. They even make political alliances with the home-grown secularist enemies for a share in the political power structure. The objective of most Muslims has been reduced to mere physical survival; issues like the implementation of sharia, hudud, khelafa, Muslim unity, and jihad have no place in their life. So it looks that their submission to the commands of the Almighty Lord is very limited. They look more fearful of the US-led coalition than Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. Since the US-led imperialists detest Islamic state, sharia, hudud, khilafa, Pan-Islamic Muslim unity, and jihad, these so-called Muslims also stay tongue-tied to talk about these Islamic basics.
The Muslims have badly failed to follow the right roadmap for victory. They have also failed to find the real source of formidable strength and dignity. The oil-rich Arabs think that the source of political power and honor lie in petro-dollar. But it has been proven totally wrong. The enormity of the wealth of the Arabs has only increased their defeat, disgrace, and dependence. The rich Arabs are so weak that they can’t stand up against tiny Israel. Victory comes only from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala -it is one of the most fundamental elements of Islamic belief. It is revealed: “wa ma nasru illa min indillah.”-(Surah Anfal, verse 10). But Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala doesn’t help everyone; there is a pre-condition. For getting His help, it needs to be a helper in His cause. It is revealed: “O you who believe! If you help in the cause of Allah, He will help you and make your foothold firm.” –(Surah Muhammad, verse 7). So, the roadmap for victory is simple; it is to follow the Qur’anic roadmap. Therefore, whoever follows the Holy Qur’an, doesn’t work alone; Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala with His army of angels stands with him. This happened with the Muslim armies many times in the past. Whenever Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala helps, who can defeat?
So, the bottom line is very simple and clear. The promised victory can only be achieved by becoming the helpers of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. The early Muslims followed this Qur’anic methodology and got huge success. In those days, the Muslims were poor in wealth and manpower, but with the help of All-Powerful Allah, they could quickly become a formidable force. They became the number one World Power. But today, the Muslims have taken the opposite route. Instead of obeying the Qur’anic orders, the Muslims regard it as a book of mere recitation. They don’t take any heed from the history of the early Muslims. Instead of becoming the helpers of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala, they become the collaborators of the US-led anti-Islamic coalition. Therefore, 1.5 billion Muslims with their huge wealth couldn’t earn any glory or dignity for the ummah. Rather, the situation has gone so low that millions of Muslims stand ready to serve as mercenaries for the kuffar. In the past two World Wars, more than a million Muslim mercenaries fought in the army of the European imperialists.
For moral development, it needs an effective value-adding process. Humans get those added values from family values, figures of highness, cultural inheritance, and books of knowledge, teachers, and mentors. But what can be the best book of knowledge than the Holy Qur’an? And who can be the best teacher or mentor than the great prophet? The Muslims are the only people on earth who possess the Holy Qur’an –the only key to success both here and in the hereafter. A costly car doesn’t help reach the destination, the need for a right road map is crucial. Likewise, a huge amount of unearned petrodollar of the Arab Muslims didn’t help them attain any strength or glory. They are as weak as were the pre-Islamic Arabs. About 350 million Arabs stay defeated by 7 million Jews. The early Muslims didn’t get any unearned wealth, but they could attain the glory of the most powerful civilizational force on earth. That was possible only because of the Qur’anic roadmap. The ongoing downfall of the Muslims indeed owes to the fact that they didn’t make use of the highest gift of the Almighty Lord.
Failure to be a Muslim
The agenda of survival truly defines the character and quality of man. All people live on the same planet, but do not live with the same agenda. One can’t claim to be a Muslim only because of his name, dress, or rituals. Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala not only created man but also assigned an agenda to this great creation. The agenda is nothing else but ibada of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. It is the full submission to the Qur’anic path called siratula mustaqeem. A human doesn’t have any choice for his physical format but has full liberty to select an agenda of his survival. In fact, here lies the most crucial test in life. Whether he will reach paradise or the hellfire wholly depends on this choice. One can claim to be a true Muslim only if he takes the Divinely assigned agenda as his own survival agenda. Aligning with such an agenda has wider implications. His prayers, politics, business, behavior, culture, judiciary, warfare, and all other activities must show the full alignment with the path revealed in the Holy Qur’an -as followed by the final Prophet (peace be upon him). Any mismatch or non-alignment definitely takes a deviant path towards hellfire. It is so crucial that Islam didn’t keep any ambiguity in it. In fact, it is the central point of the Holy Qur’an. This is why the true distinctiveness of a Muslim from the non-Muslims has never been in his name, nomenclature, dress, rituals, or customs. It is indeed in his agenda of survival. When the Arab people accepted Islam, they didn’t change their names or dress. They changed their agenda of survival. The disbelievers also survive and make efforts. They do politics, make sacrifices, and even die for their cause. They die either for selfish interests or to serve their racial, national, tribal, or party interests. But a Muslim strives, makes sacrifices, and dies only to serve the agenda of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala.
The agenda of Allah Sub’hana encompasses all areas of human life. A Muslim needs to comply with His agenda everywhere; otherwise, he proves to be fake in his iman. In the field of politics, the sovereignty of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala must prevail in every domain of governance. No man, no king, no people, and no parliament has the right to challenge His sovereignty. A Muslim must not accept the sovereignty of a king or parliament or people. It is incompatible with his iman. In the field of the judiciary, no judge has the right to run the court except according to sharia law. If anyone goes against it, as per Qur’anic revelation he turns to be a ka’fir, zalem and fasik. (Surah Maida, verses 44, 45, and 47). In warfare, no army or a soldier has the right to do any war except in the way of Allah Sub’ Hana wa Ta’ala. Muslims’ every war must be a full jihad. He can’t fight a war to promote any nationalist, racist, or tribal cause. Since his own life is sold only to serve his Almighty Lord –as per a Divine deal revealed in the Holy Qur’an (Surah Tawba, verse 111), how can he spend it to serve other causes? Neither can he raise any divisive wall and state in the name of race, tribe, land, and language. Causing division in the polity of ummah goes against the agenda of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. The Holy Qur’an, the traditions of the prophet (peace be upon him), and the history of the early Muslims are replete with these basics. But the Muslims’ failure in abiding by these fundamentals of Islam is huge. And such failures have restricted them to be a full Muslim. And such failure gets vividly displayed in the Muslim World especially in the fields of education, moral values, politics, state-building, judiciary, culture, and warfare.
Aligning with the enemy
The Muslims have gone to a new low in history by taking a position180 degrees opposite to that of the early Muslims. It is the history of aligning with the agenda of Shaitan or non-Muslims and betraying the agenda of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. In the early days of Islam, it was impossible to think that a Muslim will offer five times prayers behind the Prophet (peace be upon him) and will run the judiciary as per kuffar laws that legalize extramarital sex and protect prostitution as a lawful profession, and allow banks to operate on riba. But it is the common practice in almost all of the Muslim countries! What a betrayal! In those days, could a Muslim ever imagine that the government will open the sea beaches, establish hotels and run clubs, pubs, and casinos to promote haram (forbidden) practices? The prostitutes usually run their business hidden from the public eyes. But the rulers of the Muslim countries like Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Indonesia, and many other hot-spot countries of tourism have set a new level of shamelessness –much uglier than the prostitutes. They openly run such businesses of sin as part of their national economy. And the Muslim citizens –even those who go to the mosques, keep fasting, perform hajj and give zakat show no less shamelessness and hypocrisy either. They sleepwalk with the secularist rulers and wilfully pay taxes to give police protection to such enterprises of pure sins. With such full alignment with the Shaitanic agenda, how one can claim to be a true Muslim? In fact, the Muslim World is inundated with such fake Muslims. And here lies the real problem of the ummah.
But how to start the treatment? In this regard, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala showed His Own Sunnah (tradition). All-Wise Almighty Allah started with the Holy Qur’an. The Muslim must align with the Qur’anic agenda and its roadmap. The full alignment with the Qur’anic agenda can’t grow or sustain on ignorance. One can’t follow a roadmap while he doesn’t understand it. Hence, removing ignorance must be the most essential element of Muslims’ education and that should be done through Qur’anic literacy. Seeking such education is obligatory in Islam. It is far more important than reading, writing, or numeracy skills. Even the most advanced reading, writing, and numeracy skills and even a Ph.D. may not help align with the Qur’anic agenda; hence his education may not save one from the hellfire. Such life-saving knowledge is the exclusive domain of the Holy Qur’an –the final Book of guidance from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala.
More than a hundred thousands prophets were sent to mankind not to teach technology, business, or medicine. They were sent to eradicate the most mischievous ignorance that hides the core agenda of life. Those great teachers came to demonstrate how to align with the vision, mission, and agenda of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. They showed the path of paradise. Almighty Lord’s agenda is indeed the agenda of Islam. A Muslim must take His vision and mission as the life-long vision and mission. Only then a Muslim can play the desired role as His viceroy on earth. As a result, he can find a place in paradise. Otherwise, despite his five-time prayer, month-long fasting, charity, hajj, and umrah, he may align with the enemy’s agenda and may engage in war against the agenda of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. The current defeat of Islam even in Islam’s heartlands owes to these internal enemies. They are the people who have shown their betrayal by forging a coalition with the known enemies of Islam. They have already caused immense calamities in most Muslim countries. Their stubborn animosity against the resurgence of Islam is no less than the known kuffar! Because of them, the anti-Islamic forces could thrive and capture political power even in predominantly Muslim states. They are the people who cast their votes, donate money, and take arms in support of the secularists, nationalists, racists, despots, and other anti-Islamic forces who have already aligned with the US-led global coalition against Islam. Such a damaging trend has already overwhelmed the whole Muslim World.
The wrong diagnosis and the wrong treatment
Due to poor understanding of the problem, Muslims feel that their downfall owes to the poor standard of housing, agriculture, industry, trade, roads, highways, and science. They can’t see the inadequacies of their own. Hence, they spend hundreds of billions of dollars to construct new houses, roads, airports, and high-rise buildings even in seas and hostile deserts –as seen in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and other Gulf states. Thus they are adding value to their sandy deserts, gulf straits, and open skies. But they invest very little to enhance their own human and moral values. Instead, they have devalued themselves to the level of the pre-Islamic Arabs. They have successfully revived the tribal values, tribal politics, and tribal culture. Therefore, like the pre-Islamic Arab era, there exist divisive walls on tribal, racial, and geographical fault lines in the Arab World. So they are divided into 22 pieces. Through such divisive walls, they have succeeded to restrict the flow of their unearned wealth to the needy Muslims of Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Mali, Mauritania, and other impoverished Muslim lands.
Educational: the most powerful tool
Educational failure is the mother of all failure. For physical survival, one needs food and drink. For moral survival, one needs knowledge. Here comes the importance of education. When the education system fails, the people fail to know even the most basic things like why they have been here on the earth. They even fail to set the right survival agenda. With such ignorance, people can qualify only for the hellfire. Then, the invaluable embedded endowment like talent, time, and abilities get spent to bring the victory of the evil forces. In fact, the decisive war between the forces of Truth and the forces of evil does not take place in war fields, rather in the field of education.
Ignorance of the Qur’anic knowledge can only breed betrayal of the Divine agenda and cause deviation from the Qur’anic straight path. Hence it is a major sin in Islam. Moreover, it is a major crime to run an education system that keeps the Qur’anic knowledge hidden from the students’ minds. Education is the most powerful tool to make the best as well as the worst changes in humans. Only through education a Muslim becomes martyrdom-ready. That means: he is ready for paradise. Because such a man makes every necessary sacrifice for the cause of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. This way the Qur’anic education plays the most crucial role to take people to paradise. In the early days of Islam that exactly happened in Muslims’ life.
On the other hand, the Shaitanic forces make people ready for the hellfire in the name of education. So the ongoing war in the arena of education is crucial. Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala has also called it a great war (jihadan kabiran) and His suggested weapon for winning the great war is the Holy Qur’an. So it is revealed, “So do not obey the disbelievers, fight a great jihad against them with the Qur’an.” (Surah Furqan, verse 52).In fact, fighting with the Holy Qur’an is a great sunnah (tradition) of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. This is why seeking the Qur’anic knowledge was made the first obligation on every man and woman. The five-time prayers and month-long fasting came more than a decade later. And Iqra (read) is the first word of the Holy Qur’an.
Shaitan also knows the strength of the Holy Qur’an. This is why it is the prime strategy of the Shaitanic forces to take away the Qur’anic weapon from the Muslims. So, whenever they occupy land, they restrict the dissemination of the Qur’anic knowledge. Hence, in most of the countries under secularist rule, the study of the Qur’an is kept out of the school and college curriculum. It was quite draconian in the communist countries like Soviet Russia and China and also in the radical secular countries like Turkey and pre-revolutionary Iran. The European colonialists used the education system as a powerful corruptive tool in their colonies like India. Because of it, they could effectively kill the Islamic conscience in Muslims. The conceptual corruption was so massive that the European colonialists could easily recruit thousands of mercenaries to prolong their brutal occupation in the Muslim lands. Whereas in Islam, it is haram to join a kuffar army. A Muslim with an iota of iman can’t do that.-(Surah Al-Imran, verse 28; Surah Mumtanahana, verse 1). According to one estimate, by the end of 1920, more than 200 thousand Indian Muslims served in the British Colonial Army to serve the British interest. They also fought in the World Wars. This shows how effectively the education system could kill iman and make Muslims collaborators to the kuffar cause. The colonial rule has ended, but the same colonial legacy still survives in the Muslim countries with minor changes. Hence, the same ignorance vis-à-vis Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala agenda and the Muslims’ role still survive. As a result, the ruling anti-Islamic forces in the Muslim countries still thrive on such ignorance.
Much harm is done in the name of Islamic education too. The European colonialists -like the British wanted to corrupt the Muslim mind with the help of the so-called ulama. So they needed to create a class of subservient ulama. For that, the British colonialists established a production site in the name of a religious madrasa called Kolkata Aliya Madrasa. Most of its principals were English. Their strategy was to hide the most important issue of Islam like jihad by huge hypes of trivial and peripheral issues like differences between various madhabs or sects. Their main emphasis was on teaching the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) narratives (Hadees) to prove the superiority of their own sect over the other. Since Qur’an doesn’t talk about madhabs and sects, they gave less attention to understanding Qur’an. In their learning discourse, jihad, ending the foreign occupation, rule by shura, implementation of shariat, and pan-Islamic Muslim unity were never an issue. This type of madrasas could only fortify the beliefs of the conflicting sects. And Islam’s own agenda of bringing an overwhelming victory –as wished by Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala still remains badly defeated in Muslims’ own lands.
The recipe of failure
Belief or disbelief in Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala and in His deen never remains hidden. Every man or woman showcases beliefs or disbeliefs through his or her utterances, actions, culture, and politics. Taqwa is the most distinctive marker of a believer. It is the fear of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala that makes a Muslim fully compliant with His every command. As a consequence, Islamic obligations become integral parts of his or her life. He or she can’t live without Islam. A Muslim thus showcases the Islamic prescription and values at all levels –be it in private or public life, in politics or culture, and in legislation or warfare. This is why a man with an iota of taqwa can’t contemplate a life -private or public without full submission to sharia, hudud, shura, khilafa, jihad, and other obligatory basics of Islam. The absence or deficiency of taq’wa never remains hidden either. It expresses through disobedience to the Qur’anic guidance. In absence of taq’wa, kufr (rebellion against Divine prescription) becomes the norm. Then, it overwhelms the fields of law, politics, ideologies, faith, culture, and even occupation. In such a void of submission towards Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala, evil ideologies like nationalism, tribalism, fascism secularism, monarchism, despotism, capitalism, and socialism show their dominance.
But now, the Muslims show non-compliance with the rule of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala in almost all Muslim countries. They indeed showcase rebellion against Almighty Allah through practicing kufr law, dismantling khilafa, secularising state, engaging in riba-based banking, and standing shoulder to shoulder with the kuffar to block the resurgence of Islam. Surprisingly, they also make supplications. But how can Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala accept the supplication of these rebels? Acceptance of supplication is very conditional, and a believer must fulfill the precondition. It is the norm that the Almighty Lord responds to the call of those who respond to His Call too. So it is revealed, “I answer the call of the caller who calls upon Me, but let them respond to Me and believe in Me…”-(Surah Baqarah, verse186). But how many people truly believe in Him and His Quranic prescription? How many people rightly respond to the Call of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala? In fact, most of the Muslims respond to His Call through rebellion. Because of the rebellion, His Vision of bringing victory for His deen stands defeated in every Muslim land.
Should Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala accept the supplication of the rebels and help them glorify the defeat of His deen? That never happens. So, the tearful cries of more than a billion Muslims, even in the night of Lailatul Qadr and in the field of Arafah, go unanswered. Instead, such insurgency against Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala makes them qualify for stern punishment –as promised in the Holy Qur’an. Such punishment comes in the form of enemy occupation of the Muslim lands. And every occupation has horrendous consequences. As a result, deaths, destruction, and humiliation run unabated in the Muslim World. 1st edition 20/06/2017; 2nd edition 16/05/2021.