Reasons for Allah’s Athaab (Punishment) upon the Ummah


Allah Ta’ala declares with great clarity:

*“Whatever calamity befalls you, is the consequence of your own misdeeds.” (Surah Shura)*

*“Corruption (strife, hardships and anarchy) has appeared on the land and the sea because of the deeds of mankind so that Allah may cause them to taste the consequences of some of their deeds. Perhaps they will return (to the path of righteousness.)” (Surah Rum)*

*“NEVER will you find a change in the Sunnah (Way) of Allah.” (Surah Fath)*

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, Trump, 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  (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

*“…O People! Indeed Allah commands: ‘Enjoin good and prohibit wrong-doing before [a time comes] you will do Du’a to me but I will not answer you, and you will ask me [for something] but I will not give you, and you will seek help from me, but I will not help you.” [Musnad Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and others. Tirmidhi classed his version of the above Hadeeth as authentic. Numerous other corroborants raise its auhenticity]*

Numerous statements of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) convey a similar meaning. For example, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) 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 will soon 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 who is invariably installed by Allah), 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 of Allah 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. the Tyranny of Tyrants] will be warded off.”*

The verses of the Qur’an, Hadeeth narrations, and statements of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen make clear vividly, without the slightest ambiguity, the *only* solution for the muslims today, the *only* way to avert His Punishment, and the *only* way to deserve His Mercy and Nusrat (Divine Help).

Muslims are supposed to have Yaqeen (conviction) in the following emphatic guarantee issued by Allah:

*“And, if you have Sabr (patience) and adopt Taqwa (abstain from all Haraam and Doubtful matters), their (the kuffaar) plots will not harm you at all. Verily, Allah encompasses whatever they are doing.” (Surah al-Imraan)*

As soon as Muslims adopt Sabr and Taqwa, and remove the causes of Allah’s Punishment, then Allah WILL turn the tables and change our current state of self-inflicted disgrace and humiliation.

*”Verily! That is easy for Allah” (Al-Quran al-Kareem)*

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