[From Al-Haq Bulletien]
“Thus does He (Allah) cast rijs (filth) on those who lack intelligence.” (Yoonus, Aayat 11)
When Muslims sold their souls to the dunya for its miserable crumbs of wealth, fisq, fujoor and bid’ah, then Allah Ta’ala cast rijs on their brains. Their intellect became not only fossilized, but this divinely cast rijs (filth of kufr, fisq and fujoor) eliminated their Imaani bearings. Thus they became the bootlickers of the kuffaar, losing in this satanic process the Fruits of success and victory which they had inherited from the Sahaabah.
When Muslims bartered away the Deen for the dunya, then the glorious legacy acquired from the Sahaabah was ruined and Allah Ta’ala snatched away power and honour from the Ummah assigning them to the serfdom of the kuffaar.
The following episode taken from one of the books of Zulfiqar Ahmed, the protagonist of merrymaking, bid’ah mass mock i’tikaaf illustrates some of the effects of the Rijs which Allah Ta’ala had cast on the brains of Muslims who had in entirety lost focus of the objective for which the Khilaafat of the Khulafa-e-Raashideen had been established. In his book, describing one of his impressions of a visit to Samarqand which at one time in Islamic history was a grand seat of Ilm and Taqwa, he says:
“Islamic Seminaries of the Desert
In the center of Samarqand, there is a historical site popularly known as ‘Desert Square.’ Here are located three grand, tall and beautiful seminary buildings that inspire awe and respect in the onlooker.
This central square used to be the largest market of Central Asia in the time of Taimur. Trade caravans used to stop here, and it was surrounded on all four sides by shops of craftsmen and artisans. King Taimur’s son, Mirza Alagbeg founded the first madrasah here in the fifteenth century. He himself served as a teacher here, and was a renowned mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer of his time.
A century later, Samarqand’s governor, Balang Dosh Bahadur constructed another madrasah on the opposite side of the square. This was indeed a positive step considering the increase in the number of students seeking knowledge of the religion. However, it was a mystery why the main door of this seminary with decorated gates, arches, and pillars would have pictures of lions chasing after deer, which gave the seminary the name of ‘Sher Dar Madrasah’. Such pictures at the door of a religious institution are truly puzzling. On the third side of ‘Desert Square’, another madrasah was erected in the seventeenth century. In its center is a beautiful masjid with a blue dome, whose arch has been decorated with two hundred kilograms of gold, which caused it to become known as ’Tilakari Madrasah.’ The minarets of this masjid were originally built inclined. They were straightened in 1932, middle of these madaris was being used for exclusive official, public functions. The government had converted Tilakari Madrasah into a museum. Excluding only the area around the arch and pulpit, the rest of the masjid was used to exhibit artwork.
(End of Zulfiqar’s impression)
“Seeing these same buildings lying desolate today was painful. During their occupation, the Soviet government had converted these buildings into nightclubs; where once the Holy Qur’aan and hadith were proudly recited, the infidel would dance to the sound of music.”
If Imaani intelligence is correctly employed in the light of the Qur’aan and Ahaadith, one will not fail to understand that the Soviet government and the infidels are not blameworthy for the lamentable desecration and destruction of Islamic artefacts, Musaajid, Madaaris and the Khaanqahs. The real ‘infidels’ who had been the cause for the sad destruction of the glorious Islamic civilization which had been inherited from the Sahaabah, were the Muslims themselves.
The Musaajid and Madaaris were converted into nightclubs for prostitution, liquor, music and dancing by the command of Allah Azza Wa Jal as punishment for the evil and villainy of the Muslims who had abandoned using these glorious Venues of Islam for their intended purposes, namely, for seeking Allah Ta’ala and for making preparations for the Aakhirat.
While the Sahaabah and the Salafus Saaliheen infused their lives with the culture of the Sunnah, the later Muslims who inherited the Islamic empire from the Sahaabah adopted the lifestyle of the Ajam – of the Yahood and Nasaara, hence Allah Ta’ala removed them from their pedestal of power and glory, and handed over the lands of Islam to the kuffaar granting them unbridled freedom to pillage, plunder, desecrate and violate Muslims and their holy institutions. In the Qur’aan, Allah Ta’ala says: “You will never find a change for the Sunnah (Way) of Allah.”
The very same punitive treatment which Allah Ta’ala had inflicted on the Muslim Ummah of Bani Israaeel, had overtaken the Ummah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) when they cast aside the Sunnah and adopted the ways of the kuffaar; when they employed the Musaajid, Madaaris and Khaanqahs for the acquisition of worldly and nafsaani objectives. These Holy institutions have to be utilized for the acquisition of the Aakhirah. But as stated in the Hadith: “The dunya will be pursued with the amal of the Aakhirah”, this was the fate of all the Madaaris which had once upon a time been the bastions of the Deen.
Instead of concentrating on Knowledge (Qur’aan and Hadith) for practical implementation in the manner demonstrated by the Sahaabah, emphasis and pride were accorded to mathematics, philosophy, astronomy and other junk of the dunya.
To Mr. Zulfiqar the haraam pictures and images of lions, etc. satanically adorning the arches, gates and pillars of the Samarqand Madrasah, appear ‘puzzling’, but in reality these artefacts of shaitaan mirror vividly the causes of the destruction of Muslim glory. These evils portray the shaitaani mindset of the Muslim rulers and the masses. The Wrath and Curse of Allah Azza Wa Jal percolating from these evils were quite apparent to those whose eyes were not blinded by the rijs of the dunya.
When Muslims became unworthy of being in charge of the Musaajid and Madaaris, when they committed the zulm of utilizing these abodes of the Aakhirat for the acquisition of the carrion of the world, then Allah Ta’ala handed these to the kuffaar. The Qur’aan and the Ahadith bear ample testimony for this development.
Once when Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) described to the Sahaabah the decline and defeat of Muslims of later years, a Sahaabi asked in surprise: “O Rasulullah! Will it be on account of the paucity of our numbers on that day?”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “On the contrary, you will be numerous. But, you will be trash, like the muck of floodwaters. Allah will eliminate from the hearts of your enemy fear for you, and He will instil wahan in your hearts.” The Sahaabi asked: “O Rasulullah! What is wahan?”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Love of the dunya and dislike for maut.”
It is stupidity and imbecility to blame the infidels for our lamentable plight. We, ourselves are the cause of our destruction and disgrace. Blame not the reflection in the mirror.