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)