Downfall of the Muslims: A Review (Part-3)
By Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal
The betrayal of the objective
The early Muslims gained unprecedented successes. Their success were not confined in war fronts or civilisation-building. They achieved successes almost in all fields. They could add record speed to the spread of Islam. They made Muslims the most reckoned World Power within decades. They raised higher values, established rule of law and promoted equality between all races, colours and ethnicities. Today’s Muslims are making history, too. But, it is the history of decadence, defeats and enemy occupation. Why such an awful contrast between two brands of the people who claim to be the believers of the same Creator, the same prophet (peace be upon him) and the same Qur’an? The failures of today’s Muslims do not owe to any climate or environmental change or any disaster. It is due to their full blown betrayal of the objective of the creation. They also made the ugliest betrayal of the highest blessing of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la -the holy Qur’an by ignoring its teachings. The path they follow in politics, statecraft, warfare, culture, judiciary, education is far away from the Qur’anic roadmap; and rather mimic that of the kuffars. (Note: the term kafir and kuffar are the vocabularies used by Allah Sub’hana Ta’la again and again in the holy Qur’an to describe the deniers and the enemies of Islam, hence these jargons are used in this article to align with this Divine description). Such betrayals of the objective and such deviation from the straight path (sirataul mustaqeem) are indeed the gravest crimes against the All-Powerful Creator. Other crimes are indeed the offshoots of these major crimes.
Humans are created not for the sake of creation. The Almighty Lord has His specific agenda in raising this best and the most intelligent creation on earth. All the Divine Books and the prophets are very explicit on it. Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la’s narrative on His objective comes as follows: “And I did not create the jinn and the mankind except that they should do ibadah unto me.”–(Surah adh-Dhariyat, verse 56). It is indeed the most pivotal revelation from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. It prefixes the role of every man and woman in every arena on earth. It gives an unequivocal signal to every human that he must set his own agenda only to fulfil the agenda of his Supreme Lord. Such congruence of his own objective with the objective of his Almighty Lord is vital for his success both in this world and in the hereafter. This is the only way to save one’s life from the hellfire. It is so important that thousands of messengers were sent and the Divine Books are revealed to help people understand this most crucial issue in life. Nothing is more important in education, culture, politics or spirituality of people than understanding this revealed agenda of the Almighty Lord. Hence, the greatest crime of the kuffar occupation is not its economic exploitation, subjugation or oppression, but driving people away from the assigned agenda of the survival and forcing on them a project that takes them to the hellfire. This is indeed the greatest crime of a non-Islamic state. The kuffar colonial occupation has ended, but the secularist occupation all over the Muslim World is committing the same crime by continuation of the same colonial legacy.
In the above verse, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la didn’t assign any religious rituals like five times prayer, month long fasting, haj or charity as the prime agenda of life. It is ibadah; hence the verb “le’yabudun” has been used. The word ibadah isn’t mere worship in the form of some rituals; it has much deeper and wider connotation. At the time of revelation of the holy Qur’an, the terms ibadah, abd or ubudiah were not unknown in the contemporary Arabic language; hence the meanings must be understood how they were used and understood by the contemporary Arabs. The word abd means slave; and ibadah or ubudiah mean slavery. Hence the word ibadah gives a defining role to every man. It is indeed a way of life that gives a sense of complete servitude to the Supreme Master. In those days, ibadah or slavery was not a part-time role of a slave; nor was any duty confined within a certain premise with specific job description. It was indeed an all-time lifelong assignment.
The most catastrophic ignorance of the humans is not the ignorance of science and technology, nor even illiteracy. It is indeed the knowledge of his Creator’s objective vis-a-vis his creation. The greatest wisdom in human life indeed builds up on this knowledge. Ignorance on science or technology will not harm anyone in the hereafter; but ignorance of his Lord’s objective regarding his creation will definitely take him to the hellfire. Because, such ignorance leads him to live a life totally incongruent with his Lord’s objective. How can one make any action plan for his life with such ignorance? A man exhibits his greatest ignorance and commits the greatest sin by committing betrayal of the Divine objective. Such betrayal is indeed the ugliest and the most fundamental crime of every kafir; it breeds numerous other crimes, too. Then, all of his wealth, abilities and talent become tools for doing more crimes on earth and make him fit only for the hellfire. So, Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la says, “It is the kuffar (the disbelievers) who are the zalim (wrongdoers)”–(Surah al-Baqara, verse 254). In the early days of Islam, the Muslims didn’t have any college or university, but could successfully eradicate such ignorance from Muslims’ mind. That worked as a master key to open the door of success both here and the hereafter. Such knowledge prompted them to invest their wealth and ability –even life, in the fulfilment of the Divine objective.
A Muslim’s slavery
A true Muslim is known for his slavery (ubudiah) for Almighty Allah Sub’hana wa T’ala. A kafir is known for his rebellion. Here, the rebellion is against Almighty Allah’s prescribed code of life. Hence, to understand Islam one needs to understand slavery in the context of the contemporary Arabs who practised it while the holy Qur’an was being revealed to them. Since the Arab men and women were familiar with the norm of slavery, they didn’t find any difficulty to understand the implication of the Qur’anic vocabularies like ibadah, a’bed and ubudiah. In those days, a slave didn’t possess any right to have his own wish or agenda; used to be an exclusive tool of his master to execute his agenda. In slavery, slave’s own life and family stay irrelevant, he lives a life only to please his master. He had to take his master’s friend as his own friend and his enemy as his own enemy. He had to fight a war and sacrifice his life only for his master’s cause. The master possessed the right to punish and even kill his slaves without any accountability to anyone.
Islam abolished slavery of a man for another; but established slavery as ibadah exclusively for Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’al. Those who accept such slavery (ubudiah) are called Muslim. In those days, one could buy slaves by paying money only to the slave-owner. The slaves didn’t receive any share in the transaction; and never considered a beneficiary of the deal. Like a commodity, used to be handed over from one owner to another. But, Islam introduced new ethics of universal equality; made all men and women the equal slave of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Hence, none was made owner of another. The Almighty Lord makes the direct transaction with His slaves, hence becomes the beneficiary of the deal. For a role as a faithful and humble slave of the Almighty, a Muslim gets a place in the paradise for an infinite life. It is the greatest deal that a man can think of. No one can buy it; and gains only as a reward. The whole earth full of gold can’t match its worth -as revealed in the holy Qur’an: “Surely, those who disbelieve and die while they are unbelievers, the earth full of gold shall not be accepted from one of them, even if he offer to ransom himself with it. –(Sura al-Imran, verse 91).
The Qur’anic text of the ground-breaking transaction between a believer and his Lord comes in surah at-Taubah, in verse 111. As per transaction, a believer needs to perform his role to get the promised reward from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. The rule of engagement is made clear and simple. More a believer invests in His way, more he receives as the reward. He receives the highest rank as a martyr if sacrifices his life in His Cause; and the victory comes to such believers as a bye-product. Today, such slavery for Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la seldom exists in Muslims’ life. Rather, they show rebellion against Him. And the old form of slavery has returned in a new form with new masters. They have turned slaves of their own whims. The absence of sharia, hudud, khelafa, shura, the Muslim unity and jihad in Muslim country tells a lot about such rebellion. Instead, they show full alignment with the kuffars. The corruptive state and its institutions, the riba-based banking, the non-sharia laws, the prostitution as legalised trade and the coalition with the kuffar in war against Islam are indeed the markers of such alignment. They recite the Divine law (sharia), but these laws have no place in their daily life. Thus, they stand distinctively different from the early Muslims; and follow a path altogether different from them.
A man needs Divine blessing for his ultimate success. But to qualify for such blessing, one needs to follow the revealed roadmap in every step of his life and avoid every deviation. A Muslim –like the early Muslims, must excel in his compliance. And it needs to be holistic. Hence a Muslim must not limit his religious practices within the religious rituals like five times prayer, month-long fasting in Ramadan, haj and charity. His politics, education, culture, law, judiciary, warfare and all other segments of life too, must fall in line with the Qur’anic guidance. It is indeed the believers’ slavery. But today, the Muslims made history in deviation. Instead of compliance with the holy Qur’an, they show sheer rebellion. They are more focused on worldly gains and stand far away from the Quranic straight path.
A class of neo-donkeys
Today, the Muslims are known for failures in almost all fields. Whereas, they are given the roadmap for sure success. They are also given the largest treasure of unearned wealth on earth that worth hundreds of trillions of dollars. These are the oil, gas, solar energy and other resources. The Muslims didn’t invest even a single day or the slightest effort to produce such huge asset. But today, the Muslims terribly failed to draw any benefit from such enormous Divine gift. They still stand as the most defenceless, the most defeated and the most humiliated people on earth. Their countries are occupied, the cities are bombed to rubbles, millions of Muslim men and women and children are either killed or stay evicted from their homes and now wander as the vagabond refugees in the streets of foreign lands! Their failure can only be compared with that of the people of Israel. The unearned wealth of the Muslims can be compared with manna and sal’wa –the unearned food staff that came down from the sky to feed several hundred thousands of the Israeli people during their 40 years’ stay in the desert of Sinai Peninsula where they had nothing to eat and drink. But such blessing didn’t help the people of Israeli tribes to enhance their servitude or gratitude to Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la; rather increased their deviation, greed and arrogance. Their deviation from the Divine Truth went so far that they started worshipping a self-made statue of a cow –while they were still surviving on manna and salwa from the sky. Today, the failure of the Muslims to use the unearned wealth for moral, educational, spiritual and economic wellbeing of the people is also catastrophic. It is very calamitous that they fail even in using the legal (sharia) and the punitive (hudud) prescription of Almighty Allah –as revealed in the holy Qur’an.
The sharia law and hudud are not the simple gifts of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. These are indeed the greatest blessings of the Almighty Allah for the mankind. Sharia was given to the great prophet Musa (peace be upon him) in Torah. Another great messenger Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) also came to the world to revive the same sharia that was revealed to Prophet Musa (peace be upon him). But both the Jews and Christians have fully ignored the teachings of these two great prophets; as a result, the sharia law revealed in Torah stay fully abandoned. The sharia and hudud were finally revealed to the last prophet of Islam Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the holy Qur’an. Such laws are more important than any foods, drinks or any other material endowments. Foods and drinks are given even to the animals. But that do not add any civility and moral highness to the animals. Many of the kuffars also receive a lot of foods, drinks and material endowments. But that do not help them either.
Law of a country is the most authentic marker of wisdom, sagacity and moral highness of a people; not any tower, pyramid, or scientific achievement. Even the worst people on earth could achieve a lot of wonders in the past. In the court of Almighty Allah, these will have no value. The people who are morally low and indulge in racism, nationalism, colonialism, imperialism, fascism, paganism and other wickedness are exactly known by their immoral laws. All kuffars indeed showed such moral, spiritual and conceptual disabilities in all ages. So, they could convict the greatest people of the history like Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), Prophet Isa (peace be upon him), Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and many others as criminal; and did everything to kill them. Those old kuffars died; but their legacy still thrives. So, the enmity against Islam’s roadmap still continues. This is why, the self-sacrificing Islamists who fight against the enemy occupation and for implementation of sharia get killed as terrorist. And the enemy occupation get eulogised as liberation -as happened with the US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Such moral sickness is so global that even the brutal occupation by the imperialists get endorsed by the UN. Therefore, when the British Army occupied Palestine and Iraq in 1917, and the French Army occupied Syria in 1922, such colonial occupations were given the legal mandate by the League of Nations –the fore-runner of the UN. Following the footsteps of the imperialists, the Israeli terrorists, too, used terrorism as a tool for illegal state building. They occupied Palestine, evicted its original people from their homes and established Israel as an apartheid state only for the Jews. Since the UN itself stands under the occupation of the imperialists, such a criminal act of occupation never got condemned in its forum. Rather, Israel was given the quick recognition as a legal state.
Islam’s highest glory doesn’t lie in mosques, minarets or other artefacts. The real perfection and strength of Islam lie in its sharia and hudud. Because, these are not any human inventions, rather directly come from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. This is why, Islam’s every law and punitive prescription reflects the greatest wisdom of the Most Wise -Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. It works as a tool to enforce the Divine justice on earth and eradicate the crimes. It is indeed the humanising arm of Islam. Hence, without implementing sharia, Islam can’t deliver its benefit to the mankind. The Muslim Ummah does not run any shortage of people who perform the religious rituals -more than a billion do that regularly all over the world. But that rituals didn’t add any glory to Islam and the Muslims. The Muslims can stand as the best people on earth only because of enjoining the good deeds (a’maru bil maruf) and eradicating the crimes (nehi anil munkar) –as indicated in sura al-Imran, verse 110. For that, it needs the full enforcement of the Divine instrument called sharia. The state that implements sharia becomes the safest haven on earth –as happened in the early days of Islam. Therefore, those who stand against sharia, they indeed stand against Allah –the Almighty. It is a rebellious move to look for peace and success without the Qur’anic roadmap. On such pretext, these rebels launch a criminal war to dismantle the most crucial civilizational instrument of Islam. Because of them, the Muslims now terribly suffer from an ongoing huge internal war. This way, they could contribute more speed to the continuing downfall. This is why, in the golden days of Islam, such ruthless enemies of Islam used to get capital punishment for their heinous crime.
Allah –the All-Knower never overlooks the crimes of these monstrous enemies of Islam. So, in the holy Qur’na He depicts these enemies in real colours. Those who do not run the judiciary according to the revealed sharia and do not apply hudud on the convicts are branded as kafir, zalim and fasiq.-(Sura Maidah, verse 44, 45 and 47). Five times prayer, month-long fasting, haj and charity of these criminals can’t undo such labelling. Awfully, these are the people who currently run the Muslim countries. As a result, the Muslims are deprived of the blessing of sharia law and hudud. It is the greatest deprivation of the Muslims; it is indeed the utter deprivation of guidance. Satan and his followers can easily claim leadership of these ideologically lost and confounded people. Which is why, even the infidels and evil ideologies get millions of followers in the Muslim countries. With such deprivation of moral guidance, how the Muslims can move forward in the right direction? Therefore, like a blind man, they fall again and again in the same hole.
A donkey -like any other animal, can’t understand the worth and importance of sharia- the highest gift of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Nor is it capable of showing any interest to implement it -although it can carry a holy Book day and night for years on its back. The people of Israel didn’t show any better sense towards sharia and other Divine guidance either. They were given sharia in Taurat. They could carry it as book, too; but they failed to understand its worth and importance. As a result, they didn’t show any interest to implement it. For such a sheer lack of sense and responsibility, Allah Sub’hana wa Tala made a comparison of these people of Israel with an animal like donkey. It is revealed, “The likeness of those who were entrusted with the Taurat, then they do did not take it on is like that of a donkey who carries (volumes of) books. Wretched is the example of the people who deny the signs of Allah. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” -(Surah al-Jummah, verse 5). The unearned manna and salwa that they received in Sinai Peninsula for years couldn’t help them take the guidance, rather increased their greed and cowardice.
Sharia can’t be implemented in any land that stands occupied under the enemies. The enemy occupation needs to be dismantled. For that, it needs jihad against the enemies and the sacrifice of lives and wealth –as was the case with the prophet of Islam and his companions. Because of withdrawal from jihad, their land remained occupied by the enemies and the sharia revealed in Taurat didn’t get any chance for the implementation. It was indeed one of the ugliest betrayals of an assigned mission; and invited the Divine punishment. They had to roam as refugees in the cities and villages of various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. During their stay in Arabia, they also showed their deadly enmity against Islam. They even aligned with the pagan infidels to dismantle the only sharia-state at its nascent stage in Medina. Awfully, the Muslims, today, are going down the same route. They recite Qur’an, but do not bother to understand it. Nor do they bother to abide by it. They are showing the same incompetence to understand the worth and importance of sharia. Like any kuffar, they too, stand firmly against the implementation of sharia in any Muslim land. They also show full alliance with the global coalition of the kuffars to dismantle any sharia-compliant state in any part of the World. They look like a class of neo-donkeys in the modern world. So the Christians, the Jews and the Hindus are not alone in their fight against Islam and the Muslims, the new generation of donkeys have joined their rank too. Before the colonial occupation of the kuffars, it was unimaginable that the Muslims will run the judiciary according to laws that are incompatible to sharia. In those days, the Muslims didn’t know any other law apart from sharia. Now, it is exactly the opposite. As an ummah, they also move to the opposite direction: the direction of defeat, decadence and humiliation.
The deprivation of the religious right
It is an extreme tyranny that the Muslims are deprived of the religious right even in the Muslim lands. It is the worst calamities of occupation by the secularist enemies of Islam. In the early days of Islam, the Muslims had to engage in bloody jihad to get their religious right from the kuffar occupiers. But now the so-called Muslim states under the so-called Muslim rulers do not provide any peaceful option to enjoy such right either. The Muslims fight wars, sacrifice live and build states -not only for the voting rights, civic liberty and other worldly gains. These are not the distinctive specifics of a Muslim state. Even in kuffar states, one can enjoy plenty of such rights. The religious right of a Muslim doesn’t entail only the right of religious rituals; it is much more than that. It is the full freedom to perform the full slavery to their Supreme Lord Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala –the sole reason for creation of the mankind. Such slavery to the Almighty Lord includes the full practice of His revealed law (sharia), hudud, shura, khelafa, jihad, Muslim unity and other obligatory Islamic fundamentals. The right to perform these Islamic obligation is million times more important than other civic rights. Voting rights, economic rights or cultural rights wouldn’t save humans from the hellfire. In absence of his full slavery to Almighty Allah, a Muslim runs the real risk of entering into hellfire –the holy Qur’an is very explicit on that. But how can a Muslim perform the full slavery to his Supreme Lord when he is not allowed to practise His revealed sharia and can’t dismantle the divisive walls in the Muslim World? How can he claim to be full Muslim when he can’t establish khilafa and can’t do jihad in His way? Compliance with a non-sharia state is indeed a clear marker of deficiency in faith and gross deviation from the Qur’anic straight path. Such deviation can only add more speed to the Muslims’ ongoing downfall; and bring more disgrace both here and in the hereafter. Those who really worried about life in the hereafter, how they could be oblivious or callous about this serious issue?
In the days of rightly guided Caliphs, there was no electoral process like today; but the people enjoyed the full civic liberty as well as the religious right to practise full slavery to Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Hence they could give birth to the best civilisation on earth. Now in most of the Muslim countries, one can practise adultery, gambling, obscenity, riba and other evils but can’t be full Muslim! Annihilation of slavery to one Almighty Allah –as is the norm in kuffar and secularist occupation, opens the flash gates of slavery to other extreme evil forces. In the Muslim World, thus emerged the satanic rule of tyrannical despots. It is an irony that the Muslims show more submission to these criminal despots than to the laws of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. The voting rights of the common people now proved to be a mere façade for more sinister agenda of the evil forces. So the established liars, killers, robbers, rapists, fraudsters, and manipulators enjoy a free rein to bully and bluff the people for easy electoral victory. An honest and propaganda-shy man can’t compete these devils. Hence, people like Adolf Hitler, Norendro Modi, Donald Trump and many other evil-mongers could easily use the electoral process as a ladder to grab the topmost post. In India, the voting rights couldn’t protect even the survival rights of the minorities. The Muslims get beaten to death even on the suspicion of eating beef –as happened to many Indian Muslim men and women. The democratically elected governments, the party cadres and the law-enforcing agencies jointly take part in genocidal massacre against the minorities. It happened against the Muslims hundreds of times –more despicably in Gujrat (in 2002), Bombay (in 1992-93), and Muzaffarnagar (in 2013). Such massacres also took place against the Sikh in Delhi (in 1984) and against the Christians (in 2008) in many Indian provinces.
It is an irony that the disease in not confined within the enemies. It has also badly affected the people who believe in Islam and perform religious rituals. The symptoms appear through the wrong setting of their priorities. Even many pro-Islamic parties and their leaders are focussed more on achieving the voting and civic rights; and give little importance to getting the full religious rights. As if, getting a Muslim elected as the President of the country or becoming a minister or an MP is a great victory for Islam. It has proved to be a great distraction from the real Islamisation methodology –as prescribed in the holy Qur’an and practised by the prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) and the early Muslims. This is why, elections in Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and many other Muslim countries and the participation of the so-called Islamic parties didn’t help getting the basic religious rights for practising the full slavery of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Because of the failed strategy, the Islamic parties couldn’t show any success to take politics, judiciary, administration, education and culture onto the Qur’nic roadmap. Therefore, even repeated exercise of voting rights do not help fulfil the core purpose of survival; rather strengthen and legitimise the secularists’ occupation. Under such occupation, the whole state infrastructure does everything to take people to the hellfire. Therefore, what else could be worst catastrophe for humans than such evil occupation? Such occupation now survives in a Muslim country through Muslim vote, Muslim taxpayers’ money and Muslim manpower!
(To be continued)