Category Archives: Divine Punishment Upon the Ummah



With the steady and perfectly natural increase of “islamophobia”, oppression, plunder, pillage and genocide of Muslims in Syria, Burma, India, Palestine, China, Chechnya, CAR, 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” and “call to action” 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 faintly 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” and ambiguous “calls” 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 becomes far 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.


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)”


The Material Forms of Our Misdeeds

By Mujlisul Ulama

WHEN NAADIR SHAH invaded India, he let loose a reign of terror and killing. He ordered a general massacre of the people in the city of Delhi. The people asked a Buzrug (Sage) of that time: “Why did Allah Ta’ala impose on us such a cruel king as Naadir Shah?” The Buzrug explained: “Just as pious deeds assume an external form, so too do evil deeds.”

Naadir Shah was thus the external manifestation of the evil deeds of the people. When the evil of the people transgresses all bounds and there remains no longer hope for their reformation, Allah Ta’ala transforms their evil into a variety of forms for punishing them.. Sometimes their transgression assumes the form of a natural disaster, e.g. floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. Sometimes the evil is transformed into a cruel tyrant who oppresses and persecutes the people over whom he has been imposed.

In Qiyaamah too, our deeds will assume different forms. For example, according to the Hadith, the wealth of the miser will be transformed into a huge poisonous serpent which will coil around his neck, biting him and exclaiming: “I am your treasure. I am your wealth.” This will transpire throughout the age of Reckoning in Qiyaamah.

One Buzrug was standing at a graveside after the burial of a man. After all the people had departed, he heard a loud explosion inside the grave which suddenly split open, and a huge, black dog jumped out and began running away. The Buzrug exclaimed: “May Allah destroy you. What are you?” The dog responded: “I am the evil deeds of the mayyit.” The Buzrug said: “‘What was that loud sound.?” The dog replied: “I intended to bite and torture the mayyit. But then suddenly his Qur’aan Tilaawat appeared and struck me. That is the sound you heard, and I am therefore fleeing.”

There are innumerable episodes which testify that our deeds assume some material form. This occurs in this world, in the grave as well as in Qiyaamah.

Spain – The Seeds Of Destruction

“Do you construct palaces as if you will be living forever (on earth)?” [Qur’aan]


Four miles from the City of Qurtuba (Cordova), on Mount Al-Uroos, Sultan Abdur Rahmaan had constructed a most ‘glorious’ palace which he named after his beloved slave girl, Az-Zahra’. This is a veritable city, not merely a building of pomp and splendour. Az-Zahra should not be mistaken   and understood to be a slave in the popular meaning of the term. She was not a slave doing menial labour in some kitchen. On the contrary, thousands of servants were at her beck and call. She was a veritable queen of queens. The Sultan was captivated by her, and it was for her sake that he built this palace which is better known as Medinatuz Zahra (the City of Zahra).

This palace was completed in 25 years. Within the limits of its compound lived many thousands of soldiers and workers. Its fortified walls had 15,000 massive and powerful gates. The length of this palace was 4 miles and its breadth 3 miles. For 25 years, daily 10,000 artisans and labourers, and 4000 camels and mules worked in the construction of this palace. The palace was   constructed on 4316 massive pillars which were of a variety of precious stones. Some of the pillars were sent as gifts by the Christian kings of France, Constantinople and other European countries who sought the favour of the Sultan.

Two wonderfully constructed fountains were established in the palace. The bigger of the two was so adorned with gold-plating, giving the impression that the entire fountain was made of gold.

‘Beautiful’ (satanic in terms of Islam) statues of humans were constructed in this fountain as part of the decorations. 

The smaller fountain was built with green marble stone which was acquired from Syria. Twelve water outlets in the form of animals and birds built with precious stones and studded with  diamonds, etc., from whose mouths and beaks water constantly gushed were erected at this fountain. Even European historians who had seen these fountains conceded that words could not do justice to the beauty and wonder of these constructions.

One section of the palace was known as Qasrul Khulafa’ (The Palace of the Khulafa). History books authored by westerners should be read to understand   the splendour of this section. It will suffice to give an idea to mention that this section of the palace alone had 13,750 servants. From these, 6,314 were in the constant service of the queen of queen, Zahra, the beloved slave girl of Sultan Abdur Rahmaan.

Daily 12,000 loaves of bread would be fed to the exotic fish in the Pond of Zahra.

Besides Qasruz Zahra (the Palace of Zahra), there were also other palaces such as Qasrul Ma’shooq (The Palace of the Beloved One), Qasrus Suroor (The Palace of Happiness), Qasrut Taaj (The Palace of The Crown), Qasrud Damishq (The Palace of Damascus), etc., etc., which were all unique. There was nothing on earth to match the embellishment and adornment of these palaces.

The Sultans of Spain had emulated Shaddaad who had attempted to build ‘jannat’ to vie with the Jannat the Nabi of the time had spoken of. These Sultans sought happiness and pleasure on earth completely oblivious of Maut and the Aakhirat. Not a single one of their herd of palace ulama had advised them about the impending evil and of the disastrous consequences which would follow in the wake of this insane pursuit of the dunya – a pursuit which   had made them oblivious of Allah Ta’ala.

When the Sultan first visited the  palace with his beloved Az-Zahra, on seeing the huge form of the black mountain in the background of the palace, she commented: “This palace is like a beloved sweetheart in the grips of an ugly man.” The Sultan immediately issued orders for the mountain to be demolished and its very roots be uprooted. To satisfy his beloved one, he was prepared, like Iblees, to stand as an adversary to Allah Azza Wa Jal. Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullah alayh) said that when a man is trapped in love with a woman, then 80% of his brain cells become inoperative. Finally when the wise men of the palace explained that it was an impossible task and that only Allah Ta’ala could destroy the huge mountain, the Sultan came to his senses. Nevertheless, he issued orders for transforming the entire mountain into a massive orchard of fig trees, almond trees, pomegranates, flowers, etc. The mountain was soon transformed into a ‘garden of paradise’.

Thus, the Muslims themselves planted the seeds of their future destruction in Spain by courting the Wrath of Allah Azza wa jal. They had forgotten about Allah Ta’ala and the Deen. Their ulama, instead of admonishing and advising the Sultans, totally abandoned Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar. On the contrary, they fabricated fatwas to halaalize the evil and the shirk of statues in the same way as the molvis of this era have halaalized pictures of animate objects, digital pictures and television. 

All of this satanism culminated in the final destruction of Muslim rule and the forcible conversion to Christianity and the expulsion of every single Muslim from Spain. “You (O Allah!) grant honour to whomever You will, and You humiliate whomever You will.” (Qur’aan)

Allah Ta’ala snatched away Spain from the Muslims and handed it over to His kuffaar Ibaad (servants), the Christians. Allah is Independent and Unique.

Upheavals – Allah’s Taqdeer

By Mujlisul Ulama

“WHAT! Do you not see (realise) that Allah has created the heavens and the earth with Haqq (i.e. not in idle sport). If He Wills, He can eliminate you and substitute you with a new creation (to inhabit the earth).” [Ibraaheem, Aayat 19]

The massive political, economic, social, moral and natural upheavals occurring in this world are not fortuitous or accidental happenings devoid of purpose and direction. All these upheavals are created by Allah Ta’ala. Everything, down to the most infinitesimal particle acts and happens by His Command.

“Not a leaf drops (from a tree),  but He is aware.” [Qur’aan]

The primary concerns of Muslims are the disastrous upheavals which have emaciated, humiliated and disempowered this Ummah in every sphere of life. While Muslims, even the Ulama of this era, are seeking for the causes and searching for solutions, their focus is in entirety diverted from Allah Ta’ala, The Actual Cause. The Qur’aan and Ahaadith conspicuously spell out the earthly or secondary cause for these upheavals.

However, despite the awareness of the Ulama of the diagnosis and prescriptions of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, even they fail to understand the relationship between these upheavals and Divine Ordainment.  Thus even the Ulama resort to humiliating bootlicking of the kuffaar in search of solutions for remedying the disgraceful state of impotency and decadence of the Ummah.

Due to abject Imaani deficiency, they fail to realise that all these upheavals are created by Allah Ta’ala as punishments for the treachery of the Ummah, the worst treasonists being the Ulama about whom Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Soon there will dawn an age when the worst of the people under the canopy of the sky will be their Ulama. From them will emanate fitnah, and the fitnah will rebound on them.”

The preaching and the supposedly ‘deeni’ activities of the Ulama – their Darul Ulooms, Khaanqas, Tablighi Jamaats, Jalsahs and so-called ‘deeni’ functions will be FITNAH which they will present to the ignorant Ummah in Deeni guise to further ruin their morals and Imaan. With their fitnah will they aid the zanaadaqah (deviates and blasphemers) to undermine Islam.

They scan over all the Qur’aanic aayaat and Ahaadith which state with the greatest clarity that the calamities befalling Muslims are the consequences of their treacherous misdeeds, and that these calamities are Allah’s punishment which he administers to Muslims in a variety of ways such as kuffaar domination, natural disasters, crime, etc.

The Qur’aanic aayat cited in the  beginning as well as many similar Aayaat and Ahaadith state with clarity that Allah Ta’ala is in control. If He so wishes, He has the power to eliminate in a second all mankind and replace them with another creation.

Similarly, He can change the condition of the Ummah overnight from defeat to victory, disgrace to honour and weakness to power. But whilst the pre-condition for this success is the full adoption of the Sunnah and submission to the unadulterated Shariah as it has reached us from the Sahaabah, this Qur’aanic prescription has become meaningless for the Ummah of today. While Muslims are knocking at the door of aliens and bootlicking the kuffaar for honour and worldly prosperity, Allah Ta’ala says in His glorious Qur’aan:

“What! Do you search for honour from them? All honour belongs to only Allah.”

Allah Ta’ala further informs us:

“Say: Allah is the King of Mulk (the lands and the world). You grant Mulk to whomever You will, and You snatch away Mulk from whoever You will. You honour whomever You will and You humiliate whomever You will. In Your Power is goodness (success, prosperity, honour, etc.). Verily, You have power over all things.”

But, Alas! This Aayat and numerous other Qur’aanic verses and Ahaadith of this theme have become antique for Muslims.

Remember and understand that whatever we desire is obtainable from only Him. But the condition for its obtainment is obedience. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whatever (of goodness which) is by Allah, is obtainable only by means of obedience.” Obedience is only in the Shariah and the Sunnah.

Understand well that in all the upheavals overtaking us, there is Divine purpose and direction. The kuffaar have no inherent power. They are being automated by Allah Azza wa Jal.

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)*



[By Mufti ‘Abdur Rahim Lajpuri (rahimahullah)]


This  article,  REASONS FOR ALLAH’S ANGER AND WAYS FOR ITS REMEDY,  written  by  the  Grand  Muftí  of  Gujarat,  India,  Hadhrat Shaikh  Muftí  ’Abdur-Rahím  Lájpurí  Sáhib (rahimahullah),  was  first published  in  England  in  1999  by  Ashraf  Publications. It  was  translated  from  the  Urdú  kitáb,  “Wabál-e-Iláhí  Ke  Asbáb Aur  Unká  Iláj”,  by  Sayed  Ilyás  Pasha  M.A.  It  was  subsequently re-printed  in  South  Africa. By  the  year  1999,  the  suffering  of  Muslims  had  already  been witnessed  in  places  like  Palestine,  Kashmír,  Bosnia,  Chechnya and  Afghanistan.  The  Muslims  in  India  had  also  been  attacked by  rioting  Hindu  mobs  dating  back  from  1948,  with  the  Babri Masjid  being  attacked  in  1993.  The  Iran-Iraq  War  had  already taken  place  (1980-1988),  with  the  subsequent  attack  on  Iraq  by the  U.S.A.  (The  Gulf  War  1990-1991).    Thus,  Muftí  Sáhib  was not  unaware  of  the  distressing  position  of  Muslims  in  different parts  of  the  world. Since  then,  Muslims  have  suffered,  and  are  still  suffering, even  to  a  greater  extent.  Subsequent  to  9/11,  there  has  been the  invasion  of  Afghanistan  by  the  U.S.A.  and  allied  forces,  the overthrow  of  Ghaddafi  in  Libya  and  civil  war,  the  persecution of  Muslims  in  China,  Burma  and  the  Central  African  Republic; not  forgetting  the  fighting  in  Egypt,  Somalia,  Nigeria,  Iraq and  now  Syria  –  and  the  subsequent  Refugee  Crisis  that  has risen  from  these.  Other  problem  areas  that  confront  Muslims, together  with  other  communities,  are  high  rates  of  crime,  drug abuse  and  other  social  ills.  If  there  was  a  need  for  this  article  in 1991,  there  is  a  greater  need  for  it  now,  in  2016!


What are the reasons for the distressing plight of muslims?

Question: The Religious Scholars (’ulemá) are requested to shed light  upon  the  factors  behind  Muslim  distress  and  suffering  all over  the world.  Muslims are facing riots  and massacres at many places:  Why  is  this?

The answer is manifold Answer:  There  are  several  reasons  for  this  sad  state  of  affairs in  the  Ummah.  Among  the  more  prominent  ones  are  the following:

•  Lack  of  true  faith  in  Alláh  Ta’ala.

•  Increased  disobedience  towards  Him.

•  Increasing  timidity  among  us.

•  Love  of  the  material  world  (Hubbe-e-Dunyá  wa  Mál).

•  Open  disobedience  of  the  Sunnah  of  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). Following our own innovated (bid’ah) practices and customs:

•  Neglecting the  rights  of  Alláh    (huqúq-Alláh),  and  the rights  of  creation  (huqúq-ul-’ibád).

•  Our  complete  ingratitude  towards  the  innumerable blessings  showered  upon  us  by  our  Benefactor,  despite  us  being totally  unworthy  of  these  blessings.

•  Disregard for the selfless  advice  given  to  us  by  our  noble ’ulemá  in  relation  to  our  religion.

Almighty  Alláh  sums  up  the  reasons  for  our  suffering  in Surah  42:30.  of  the  Holy  Qur’án:

Whatever  misfortune  happens  to  you,  it  is  because  of  the things your hands have wrought, and He forgives much.

A  further  elaboration  on  this  point  is  found in  30:41

Mischief  has  appeared  on  land  and  sea  because  of  what  the hands of man have caused; that He may give them a taste of some of their deeds; in order that they turn back (from evil).

Severe punishment for certain types of sins Indulging  in  disobedience  and  committing  sins  anger  Alláh  , but  certain  sins  are  such  that,  if  committed,  will  invite  a  very swift  and  severe  punishment. Among  these  types  of  sins  are:

•  Unjust  decision  making  and  the  breaking  of  pledges  – these  await  the  imposition  of  tyrannical  rule.

•  Short-weighting and short-measuring by traders – await the  punishment  of  famine,  inflation  and  oppression.

•  Widespread  betrayal  of  trust  will  cause  the  imposition of  tyrant  rulers.

•  Fearing death and inclining towards materialism (dunyá) will  result  in  timidity  and  fear  among  the  faithful  and,  at  the same  time,  the  kuffár  forces  will  receive  encouragement  and strength. – (Jazá-ul A’mál).

The  companion,  Hadhrat  Thawban (radhiyallahu anhu)  narrated  that Muhammad Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said:

“A  period  will  come  when  the  non-believers  will  come  closer  by calling  one  another  for  annexing  the  nations  of  the  believers,  just like  how  people  call  one  another  for  eating  food  when  it  has  been prepared.”  Someone  then  asked  as  to  whether  the  Muslims  will  be  few in  number  then?  Rasúlulláh  is  reported  to  have  replied: “You  will  be  large  in  number,  but  will  be  like  hay  before  a  flood  of water.  Your  enemies  will  not  fear  you  because  you  will  be  so  weak and  timid.”  One  companion  then  asked  the  reason  for  this  decline,  and Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:  “Life  (and  its  luxuries)  will  become  dearer to  you  and  you  will  dislike  death,  (and  facing  Alláh  Ta’ala)”.  –  (Mishkát Sharíf    p.459.  Chapter  on  Taghayyur-Un-Nás;  Abú  Dawúd  p.242.)

Creating  fear  in  the  hearts  of  the  enemies,  which  is  a  blessing from  Alláh ,  can  only  be  achieved  through  adopting  the  pious life  prescribed  by  the  Sharí’ah,  and  by  following  the  practical life  of  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).

Regarding  this  last  point,  it  is narrated  in  a  Hadíth  Sharíf  thus:

Whosoever  emulates  my  way  of  life  and  adheres  to  my  Sunnah,  Alláh  will  bless  him  with  four  favours:– 

– The  love  of  such  a  person  will  be  instilled  into  the  heart  of  virtuous people.

–  Sinners  and  disbelievers  will  fear  such  a  person  in  their  hearts.

–  His  livelihood  and  good  fortune  will  be  increased  for  him.

–  Alláh  will  strengthen  him  in  religion.  –  (Sharh  Sharí’at-ul-Islám, Sayyed  Alí  Zadah.  p.8.)

Alláh  has  warned  of  dire  punishment  for  those  who  do not  order  people  to  perform  virtuous  deeds  and  prevent  them from  committing  evil  and  disobedient  acts.  He  states  in  the Qur’án  Sharíf:

And  fear  affliction  which  cannot  fall  exclusively  on  those of you who do wrong, and know that Alláh is severe in punishment. (8:25.)

This  verse  is  explained  in  “Tafsír-e-Ma’áriful  Qur’án”  as follows:

Hadhrat  ’Abdulláh  bin  Abbás (radhiyallahu anhu)  has  said  that  Alláh  Taala has  ordered  Muslims  to  prevent  immorality  and  disobedience in  their  towns  and  villages.  Furthermore,  not  preventing  such actions,  despite  having  the  power  to  do so, will  definitely  result in  severe  punishment  on  all,  irrespective  of  whether  they  be pious  people  or  immoral  people.

Imám  Bagháwí  has  noted  that  in  “Sharí’ah-Al  Sunnah”  and “Ma’álim”  appear  narrations  from  Hadhrat  ’Abdulláh  bin Masúd (radhiyallahu anhu) and  Ayeshah  Siddiqah  (radhiyallahu anha) that  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallan) said:

Alláh  does  not  send  His  punishment  on  all  the  people  for  the  sins of  a  certain  group  of  immoral  persons  when  He  sees  the  virtuous people  preventing  the  wrongdoers  from  their  activities.  In  case  they do  not  prevent  them,  then  Alláh  will  certainly  send  and  spread  His punishment.  (Ma’áriful-Qur’án  Vol.  4.  p.  212.)

The  Sahábí,  Hadhrat  Hudhaifah  (radhiyallahu anhu),  has  narrated  that the  Nabí  Muhammad  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

I  swear  by  Alláh,  the  One  in  whose  hands  my  life  is,  continue  to  order and  guide  people  towards  virtuous  deeds,  and  prevent  people  from immoral  acts  and  sins.  Otherwise,  Almighty  Alláh  will  surely  send His  severe  punishment  upon  you.  If  you  then  turn  to  Alláh  and  pray, your  prayers  will  not  be  accepted.  –  (Mishkát  Sharíf,  p.436.  Chapter on  Amr-Bil-Ma’rúf.)

Declaration  of  war  by  Alláh    upon  degradation  and  insult  of pious people and the truthful scholars of islám. The  act  of  degrading  and  insulting  the  truthful  scholars  of Islám,  the  pious  and  the  virtuous,  immediately  calls  for  the descent  of  the  wrath  of  Alláh .  It  is  narrated  in  one  of  the Divine  Hadíth  (Hadíth-e-Qudsí)  that  Alláh  has  warned  the Ummah  in  the  following  manner:

Whosoever  tries  to  harm  My  friend  (walí)  will  surely  declare  war upon Me. Alláh  certainly  comes  to  the  aid  of  such  Alláh-fearing persons  immediately  upon  seeing  them  harassed  or  targeted for  insult  and  ridicule. 

It  is  further  reported  that  He  becomes furious  and  declares  war  on  those  committing  such  heinous crimes  against  His  authority,  by  insulting  and  harming  His pious  servants;  and  when  there  is  any  dealing  where  interest is  charged  upon  money.  May  Alláh  protect  us  all  from  these! Ámín.

Hadhrat  Mauláná  Ashraf  Alí  Thánwí  Sáhib  has  narrated a  Hadíth-e-Qudsí  from  “Tafsír-e-Mazhari”,  in  which  Alláh  says:

I  will  become  angry  upon  the  insulting  and  degrading  of  my  pious slaves, like how a lion becomes furious when its cubs are harassed.

A Persian  poet  has  described  this  in  one  of  his  couplets  which mean:

We  have  witnessed  in  this  world  of  revenge  that  whosoever  has teased and insulted the pious people;

Alláh  has  never  put  any  people  to  hardship  unless  they  have  hurt  the feelings of someone who had been fearing Him.

Many  cities  and  nations  have  perished  due  to  their  ill treatment  of  certain  pious  people.

When  asked  about  the  cause of  earthquakes,  Ayesha  Siddiqah  (radhiyallahu anha) is  reported  to  have said:

When adultery, drinking wine, singing, dancing and the use of various types  of  musical  instruments  become  common  and  fashionable among the people, then the self-respect  of  Alláh  also  comes  into  effect. If  the  people  immediately  rectify  their  mistakes,  it  stops.  Otherwise,  a vast  area  of  people  and  grand  buildings  are  razed  to  the  ground  and turned into heaps of mud. – (Fatáwah Rahímiyah Vol.3, p.207.)

When  we  look  at  our  lives,  we  are  agreed  that  all  these  vices exist among us today. We know all too well how little importance we  attach  to  the  guidance  of  the  ’ulemá,  the  weakness  of  our faith  in  Alláh  and  in  adhering  to  the  teachings  of  Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  Most  of  us  have  knowledge  of  religion,  but  display our  weak  ímán  in  our  lack  of  practise  upon  that  knowledge.  The attitude  seems  to  be  that  the  less  we  talk  about  our  adherence to  an  Islámic  way  of  life  today,  the  better.

Take  salát  as  an  example,  the  symbol  of  a  Muslim  and  the bedrock  of  Islám.  Despite  it  being  obligatory  five  times  a  day, we  find  that  the  masjids  are  devoid  of  worshipers.  And  the state  of  our  womenfolk  in  their  homes  is  just  as  pitiable.  In  fact, the  home  has  become  a  haven  for  many  innovated  practices and  customs,  immorality  and  non-practising  of  purdah  (hijáb) by  our  women.  Some  of  the  most  damaging  tools  of  Shaitán are:  Television,  DVD’s,  the  internet  and  mobile  phones!  All these  are  considered  to  be  essential  items  in  every  home.  The fact  that  is  these  have  become  the  main  cause  of  widespread singing,  dancing,  music  and  adultery  in  society  at  large.  We fail  to  recognize  how  dangerous  these  vices  are  in  life,  not to  mention  the  consequences  which  we  are  storing  up  for ourselves,  when  we  have  to  face  Alláh. The  following  saying  of  Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  is  food  for thought:

“My  followers  will  also  face  incidents  of  sinking  in  the  ground, disfigurement  and  the  raining  of  heavy  stones  from  the  heavens.” One  of  the  companions  asked  when  these  incidents  would  manifest. To  this  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam  replied:  “When  the  evils  of  singing, dancing,  music  and  drinking  liquor  will  be  common.”  –  (Tirmidhí Sharíf.)

Another  Hadíth  of  Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  reports  him  as stating:

“During  the  last  days  of  my  followers,  people  will  become  monkeys and  pigs.”  Those  present  inquired  as  to  whether  these  people  will  not have  faith  in  ‘La  Ilaha  illalah,  Muhammadur  Rasúlulláh’?  Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to  have  said: “It  is not  so. They will  become  so because  of  their  engagement  in  the  profession  of  singing  and  music.” – (Fatawá Rahímiya Vol. 2. p.323.)

A  recent  Urdú  poet  has  described  the  present  prevailing conditions  in  society  in  the  following  way:

The  present  conditions  which  we  are  facing  today  remind  us  of  the foretelling  of  our  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).

  He  has  been  reported  as saying  that  people  will  not  hesitate  to  usurp  properties  belonging  to others; 

they  will  indulge  in  immoral  acts  and  will  feel  no  remorse  or regret; 

quarrels  and  enmity  will  be  common  among  close  relatives, like  brothers,  sisters,  parents  and  their  wards; 

daughters  will  be  born to  mothers  as  their  enemies  and  mistresses; 

the  feeling  and  fear  of the  presence  of  Alláh  will  become  rare  among  the  faithful; 

people  in congregational prayer will forget what they are doing.

The  disobedience  of  Alláh  and  the  rejection  of  the Sharí’ah  will  create  a  very  dangerous  situation,  calling  for severe  punishment,  as  has  happened  to  past  nations  which transgressed.  Alláh  has  described  these  events  in  the  Qur’án Sharíf at various locations. One such verse is:

Each  one  of  them  We  seized  for  their  crime,  against  some of them We sent a violent tornado; some were caught in a blast;  some  We  caused  the  earth  to  swallow  up;  and  some  we drowned; it was not Alláh who injured them; but they injured their own souls – (29:40)

Alláh  explains  to  the  believers  how  severe  was  His  response to  these  crimes of  spreading evil and challenging His Law. Those who  seek  His  protection  and  mercy  should  become  obedient servants  and  always  submit  to  His  orders.

The  following  prayer is  to  be  found  in  “Darse-Qur’án”:

0  Almighty  Alláh!  Despite  having  been  shown  a  very  clear  path  of living  a  successful  life  by  Your  Rasúl  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  as  desired  by  You, yet  we  have  been  committing  the  mistake  of  disobeying  Your  orders openly.  0  Alláh!  You  certainly  punished  the  people  of  former  times for  their  rebellion  against  their  rasúls.  Some  were  finished  in  floods while  others  perished  in  hurricanes;  some  had  to  face  earthquakes and  some  were  drowned  and  killed.  O  Great  and  Merciful  Alláh!

You  are  the  most  merciful  and  beneficent.  Those  rebels  were  cruel to  their  souls.  Their  hard-heartedness  made  them  cruel  and,  thus, they dared to  rebel  against Your  authority. 0  Merciful  Alláh! Bless us all  with  Your  Mercy  and  make  us  learn  the  lessons  from  their  most tragic  termination,  so  that  we  can  follow  the  right  path  shown  to  us by Muhammad  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). Ámín! – (Darse-Qur’án Vol. 8. p.278.)

What should muslims do in such a situation? Alláh  has  said:

And  never  give  up  hope  of  Alláh’s  truly  soothing  mercy;  no  one despairs  of  Allah’s  soothing  mercy  except  those  who  have  no  faith. (S.12.87).

In  a  further  áyat  Alláh   states:

So, lose not heart and do not fall into despair, for you must gain mastery if you are true in faith. (3:139).

An  Urdú  poet  has  rightly  depicted  this  in  his  couplet  as  under (the  meaning  of  which  is):

It  is  the  same  world  all  around  us.  Even  the  Almighty  Alláh is  the  same,  the  Most  Merciful.

If  anything  has  changed  it is  ourselves.

It  is  our  indifferent  attitude  towards  religious teachings  which  has  stopped  Allah’s  aid  reaching  us.

It  is  indeed  desired  that  we  should  seek  guidance  from  the pious  and  the  truthful  scholars  who  are  experts  in  these  affairs, and  then  follow  their  advice. The  following  is  a  portion  of  some  of  this  guidance,  which  is deserving  of  our  immediate  attention  and  practise:

1. Turn to Alláh 

The  best  cure  for  all  ills  and  suffering  today  is  that  we  should turn  to  Alláh   and  express  our  sincere  regret  and  apology for  our  misdeeds.  We  should  pledge  to  keep  away  from  His disobedience  in  future,  and  begin  to  offer  our  five  daily  salát regularly.  Men should attend the masjid punctually, and women should  offer  their  salát  in  their  homes  as  per  the  Sharí’ah.  Even children  should  be  taught  to  cultivate  a  habit  for  salát.  Alláh لاَعَت   has  emphasized  in  the  Holy Qur’an:

O  Believers!  Seek  help  with  patient  perseverance  and  prayer, for Alláh is with those who observe patience. (2:153).

Hadhrat  Mu’ádh  bin  Jabal  (rashiyallahu anhu) narrates  that  he  once heard  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) saying:

A  person  who  does  not  go  for  salát  after  hearing  the  adhán  is committing  a  great  wrong,  and  is  doing  an  act  of  blasphemy  and hypocrisy.”

The  renowned  saint,  Hadhrat  Shaikh  ’Abdul  Qádir  Jilání  (rahmatullah alayh),  has  said:

You  people  have  been  totally  negligent  and  careless  about  Alláh.  It is  high  time  that  you  wake  up  and  connect  yourselves  to  the  Mosques and  the  path  of  the  righteous  ones.  Make  sending  Durúd  Sharíf  on Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  a regular habit and binding upon yourselves.”

Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  has  been  reported  as  saying:

If  Alláh  sends  the  fire  from  Hell  (to  punish  the  guilty),  it  will  not touch  those  who  are  connected  with  the  masájids.  Therefore,  the  act of  neglecting  salát  will  disconnect  you  outright  from  your  link  with Alláh,  and  such  a  person  will  be  deprived  of  His  closeness  and  mercy. As  Rasúlulláh  ملسو هيلع للها لص  said  that  a  servant  is  closest  to  his  Creator whilst  in  the  act  of  prostration  (sajdah).  –  (Al-Fatha-Al-Rabbani, p.2.)

2. Need for istighfár and taubah

We  must make a point  to  regularly  offer  repentance  for  our  sins and  seek  Allah’s  forgiveness.  The  Qur’án  Sharíf  mentions:

But Alláh was not going to punish them while you were among them, and He was not going to punish them while they sought forgiveness. (8:33)

In  the  explanation  to  this  áyat  it  is  said:

When  the  seeking of  Allah’s  forgiveness  by  the  non-believers  can  ward  off punishment,  then  the  seeking  of  forgiveness  by  the  faithful  is definite  to  bring  His  mercy  on  all.

Hadhrat  Abú  Músa  Ash’ari  (radhiyallahu anhu)  narrates  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  as  saying:

Surely  Alláh  has  blessed  my  followers  with  two  symbols  of  peace: firstly,  myself  and,  secondly,  the  act  of  seeking  forgiveness  (istighfár), Remember!  When  I  will  no  longer  be  in  this  mortal  world,  I  will  be leaving  behind  the  act  of  seeking  forgiveness.  It  will  help  you  all  to save yourselves from Allah’s punishment.

It  is  reported  in  another  Hadíth: Shaitán  has  said  to  Alláh:

“I  swear  by  Your  honour  that  I  will  keep on  misguiding  your  servants  as  long  as  they  live,”  to  which  Alláh responded:  “I  swear  by  My  dignity  that  I  will  forgive  them  all  as  long as they continue to seek My pardon.”

In  an  explanation  of  the  above  Qur’ánic  verse,  it  is  said  that some  of  the  Sahábah  were  unable  to  undertake  the  migration to  Medina  and  remained  in  Makkah.  Through  the  barkat  of their  act  of  continuously  seeking  Allah’s  forgiveness,  no punishment  descended  even  upon  the  disbelievers,  despite their  misdeeds.  Through  the  act  of  pious  people  seeking forgiveness,  even  the  sinners  are  saved  from  Allah’s  wrath and  punishment.

3. Encourage the giving of charity

Rich  people  must  pay  their  zakát  annually,  as  per  the  Sharí’ah, in  order  to  purify  their  wealth.

In  addition,  regular  voluntary alms  (sadaqah)  should  be  made  to  the  poor  to  prevent  the occurrence of hardships and misery. Wealth should be regarded as  a  gift  and  trust  from  Alláh   and  for  which  one  will  be answerable.  They  should  desist  from  spending  upon prohibited items  and  should,  instead,  use  their  wealth  to  assist  the  needy or  for  the  promotion  of  Allah’s   religion. It  is  common  to  see Muslims  indulging  in  wasteful  and  questionable  expenditure. In  the  Qur’án  Sharíf  such  people  Alláh  has  clearly  termed as the brothers of Shaitán:

Verily, spendthrifts are the brothers of the evil ones. (17:27)

4. Increase the tiláwat of the Qur’án Sharíf

We  should  make  a  habit  of  reciting  the  Qur’án  Sharíf  and engaging  in  the  remembrance  (zikr)  of  Alláh  Ta’ala,  recitation  of Durúd  upon  Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  and  making  abundant  du’á. Collective  offering  of  du’á  for  women  and  children  may  also be  arranged  in  their  homes.  The  prescribed  recitation  of  the Áyet-e-Karímah  may  also  be  organised  now  and  then.  It  is reproduced  below:

There is no god except You! You are glorified! I have been a wrong doer.   (21:87)

5. Stop the disobedience of Allah Ta’ala

We  must  try  to  stop  people  in  our  locality  from  indulging  in the  disobedience  of  Alláh .  The  instruments  of  music,  singing and  dancing  must be removed from our homes, as these attract the  wrath  of  Alláh  very  quickly.  The  act  of  adultery  and its  means  must  be  eradicated.  Women  should  observe  purdah from  non-mahram  males,  and  stop  offering  their  services  in schools,  offices  and  businesses,  as  these  lead  to  the  spread  of vice  and  immorality.  Peace  and  tranquillity  in  the  family  and society  are  eroded  through  these  activities  and,  ultimately, lead  to  the  erosion  of  human  values.

A  mere  glance  at  the happenings  in  today’s  society  will  confirm  this  state  of  affairs. If  circumstances  require  womenfolk  to  earn  a  living,  they can  then  take  to  teaching  small  children  at  home,  do  some handiwork  or  other  petty  trade  from  within  the  confines  of their  own  homes.

The  intake  of  liquor  and  any  type  of  drug and  intoxicant  must  be  avoided  by  all.  We  should  all  try  to eradicate  these  vices  from  our  society. Listed  below  are  some  vices  which  we  should  avoid  at  all  costs are:

Usurping  the  properties  inherited  by  orphans;  avoiding  the sharing  of  inheritance  with  daughters;  oppression;  backbiting; not  fulfilling  promises;  telling  lies  and  taking  false  oaths; breaches  of  faith  and  treachery;  desisting  from  fulfilling  the rights  due  to  Alláh   (such  as  performing  salát,  fasting  during Ramadhán, paying zakát and performing Hajj);  robbery;  taking, giving  and  witnessing  interest-based  transactions;  not  advising people  towards virtuous  acts  despite  having  the  means  to  do  so; making  false  allegations;  behaving  with  arrogance  and  pride; engaging  in  gambling  and  various  types  of  modern  lotteries; bribery  and  corruption;  insulting  and  degrading  religious scholars  (’ulemá);  etc.

6. Implement proper díní education in the makátibs

Children  must  be  given  proper  education  and  training  in religious  knowledge.  The  principles  of  faith  (ímán),  Divine duties  (fará’idh),  Islámic  manners  and  etiquette  must  be taught  first.  They  should  know  how  valuable  this  knowledge is,  and  the  consequences  of  its  neglect.  Alláh  لاَعَت  has  ordered the  believers  (S66.6):

O you believers! Save yourselves and your families from a fire.

Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  has  further  warned: Remember,  everyone  from  among  you  is  responsible  and  accountable for those who are subordinated to you.  Hence,  it  is  vital  that  we  make  arrangements  for  the  religious upbringing  of  our  children  in  every  village  and  town.

7. Reconcile disputes and differences

All  types of disputes and differences should be stopped. Internal disputes  are  bound  to  cause  serious  damage  to  both  religious and worldly interests. Alláh Ta’ala states in the Qur’án Sharíf:

And  obey  Alláh  and  His  apostle;  and  do  not  fall  into  disputes, lest you lose heart and your power departs; and be patient and persevering, for Alláh is with those who patiently persevere.” (8.46.)

In  another  áyat  Alláh  Ta’ala says: َ

۪And hold fast, all together, to the rope which Alláh (stretches out for you) and be not divided among yourselves. (3:103.)

8.  Seek  guidance  only  from  the  ’Ulemá  and  establish  links  with them

We  should  establish  links  with  the  ’ulemá  and  seek  guidance from  them  in  all  our  dealings,  and  resolve  to  follow  their  advice scrupulously.  Never  degrade  or  insult  them. In  Tirmidhí  Sharíf,  Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) is  reported  to  have said:

The ’ulemá are the heirs to the Ambiyá.” Thus  –  like  complying  with  the  teachings  of  our  prophets  –  it  is equally  obligatory  upon  the  faithful  to  follow  the  instructions of  the  ’ulemá.

The  knowledge  of  the  Sharí’ah  is  the  legacy  of the  prophets;  and  the  ’ulemá  are  its  custodians.  Hence  their instructions  are  to  be  treated  as Rasulullah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)  has  said:

A  religious  scholar  (’álim)  is  superior  to  a  worshiper  in  the  same  way as myself to any ordinary people among you.‒ (Mishkát Sharíf)

The  renowned  scholar  and  theologian,  Shaikh  ’Abdul  Qádir Jilání  (rahmatullah alayh) said: When  you  seek  the  guidance  of  the  ’ulemá  you  must  follow  their advice,  as  you  will  be  accountable  for  this  before  Alláh.  Remember!  It is  as  you  sought  the  advice  of  Rasúlulláh  (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and  when  it  was given to you, you neglected it” ‒ (Al Fath-Al Rabbani.)

Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) warned  those  who  fail  to  keep  contact with  the  ’ulemá  and  who  do  not  bother  to  heed  their  advice. He  said: A  period  will  soon  be  upon us when my followers will avoid the ’ulemá.

Alláh will then punish such people in three ways:– 

– Barkat  (blessing,  abundance)  will  be  taken  away  from  their  lives, making it difficult for people to make daily ends meet.

Cruel rulers will be thrust upon them.

– They will leave the world without ímán in their hearts.

May  Alláh  Ta’ala  save  us  all  from  such  an  end.  Ámín!

Hadhrat  Alí  (radhiyallahu anhu) has  reported  Rasúlulláh (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) as having  stated: When  my  followers  start  hating  the  ’ulemá,  (and  they)  turn  towards (the  construction  of)  huge  buildings  and  prefer  richness  to  piety when proposing marriage, Alláh will punish them by four methods:

– Drought and famine will become frequent.

– Rulers will resort to oppression.

– People having authority and power will indulge in treachery.

– Enemies will attack continuously.

A  glance  at  the  world  today  and  looking  at  the  condition of  the  Ummah  leaves  little  doubt  that  the  times  mentioned in  this  Hadíth  Sharíf  are  upon  us.

These  conditions  are  only brought  about  by  our  own  mistakes  and  misdeeds.  There  is no  need  to  blame  others!  We  must  learn  to  respect  the  ’ulemá and  treat  their  presence  among  us  as  a  great  gift  from  Alláh Ta’ala.  We  should  strive  to  seek  their  guidance  and  benefit  from their  company  and,  under  no  circumstances,  should  we  show them  any  disrespect.

9. Create an atmosphere of brotherhood

Sincere  efforts  must  be  made  to  create  the  atmosphere  of fraternity  and  the  brotherhood  of  Islám.  We  should  also  take care  that  the  rights  of  all  humans,  are  honoured  irrespective  of their  affiliations.  Always  try  to  avoid  any  act  which  may  lead to  misunderstanding  and  dispute.  We  should  keep  ourselves away  from  quarrels.

The  true  Islámic  character  of  tolerance and  fortitude  (sabr)  should  be  developed.  When  faced  with  any mischief,  we  should  affectionately  try  to  desist  from  it.  If  the other  party  does  not  desist,  then  do  not  run  away,  but  protect yourselves  with  full  vigour.

The  following  principles  must  be  remembered  and  followed when such situations arise:

1.  Never  harm  old  people  (if  they  do  not  join  the confrontations).

2. Never  harm  women  (if  they  do  not  join  the confrontation).

3. Never harm children.

4.  Never  show  disrespect  to  the  places  of  worship  of  other people.

5.  Never  attempt  to  cut  off  the  noses  and  ears  of  people  who confront  you.

6. Never cut trees bearing fruit.

7. Never harm standing crops.

8. Do not burn any living animal.

9.  Do  not  harm  milking  animals  like  cows,  goats,  etc.

10. Make the world aware of the beauty of Islám We  should  make  our  fellow  citizens  aware  of  the  teachings  of our  faith  and  make  them  understand  the  reality  of  Tauhíd  and Risálat;  strive  for  them  to  be  blessed  with  the  beauty  of  ímán and  save  them  from  the  eternal  punishment  of  Jahannam.  This is  a  right  they  have  over  us.

The  Prophethood  of  Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) was  for  all  mankind,  not  only  for  Muslims.  So  let  us consider  this  also. May  Alláh  Ta’ala bless  us  all  with  His  mercy,  make  us  united, strengthen  our  ímán,  and  turn  us  to  His  Authority.  May  Alláh Ta’ala  save  us  from  all  types  of  evils  and  disputes.  Ámín!


The Destruction of Mosques-Who should we blame??

      The Destruction of Masaajid

[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai d.b]

Thousands of Masaajid all over the world, especially in India, lay desolate and destroyed. Muslim communities which once lived around the Masaajid have been pillaged, plundered, uprooted or killed. Millions of Muslims had to flee from their homes and abandon their Masaajid and whatever they had possessed.

Innumerable Musaajid in India have been converted into stables, storerooms and even temples housing Hindu idols of worship.

The destruction of a Masjid occurs in two phases. The first phase is Muslim enactment. The second phase, namely, the physical destruction by the kuffaar, is the consequence of the destruction committed by Muslims.

The first phase of destruction is on a spiritual plane. The Muslim residents of the Masjid neighbourhood by far and large abandon the Masjid. They do not perform Jamaat Salaat in the Masjid. The Masjid stands vacant, bearing silent testimony to violation of its Huqooq(Rights) and the murder of its Rooh by the Muslim community around it. Only a handful of Muslims makes use of the Masjid on a daily basis. The Masjid is neglected and deprived of its sustenance which is Musallis performing Salaat inside it.

When the Masjid is discarded by Muslims, then according to the Hadith, it invokes Allah’s La’nat (Curse) on the community which has spiritually destroyed it. It supplicates to Allah Ta’ala to uproot and destroy the community which has so cruelly destroyed it (i.e. the Masjid).

Allah Ta’ala accepts its Dua. Its fulfilment is ordained by Allah Azza Wa Jal in the form of the physical destruction wrought to the Musjid by the kuffaar whom Allah Ta’ala dispatches to punish the transgressing Muslims.

It should be understood and remembered that the Masaajid are first spiritually destroyed by Muslims themselves. Thereafter follows the physical destruction at the hands of the kuffaar who execute the command of Allah Ta’ala. Thus, Muslims should blame themselves, not the kuffaar when they see and hear of Masaajid being pummelled, desecrated, and destroyed by the kuffaar. The kuffaar merely complete the unfinished villainous task initiated by the Muslims themselves.

Masjidul Aqsa is a classic example of such destruction perpetrated by Muslims. According to the Qur’aan Majeed, Allah Ta’ala had sent “His Servants” (who were kuffaar) to capture and destroy Masjidul Aqsa as punishment for the wickedness and transgression of Muslims. Seven times in its history did Masjidul Aqsa pass into the hands of the kuffaar who had thoroughly defiled and ruined the Masjid as a punishment for the immorality, rebellion and transgression of Muslims.

It is therefore senseless to revile and abuse the kuffaar when they inflict insult and humiliation on Muslims by way of desecrating and destroying our Masaajid and other sacred relics. In doing so, we behave like the moron who reviles the mirror when he views his own ugly face in it.

“And when the second Promise (of Divine Punishment) came they disfigured your faces, entered the Musjid (Musjidul Aqsa), and they utterly destroyed everything which they had overrun.” (Qur’aan)