MUSLIM “INACTION”

A Brother from the U.S.A. writes:

Q. Muslims get attacked while other Muslims do absolutely nothing. Then they conveniently  choose to say: “This is the will of Allah.”, to justify their inaction. Even Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had sent  out war  contingents over the death of one Muslim. Now, today in this age, the kuffaar, mainly the U.S.A. slaughtered thousands of Muslims, and there is no response to   such atrocities.

  When Muslims in the U.S. overlook the actions of this government, it is an absurdity, cowardice or even nifaaq. When Muslims suffer financial hardship, they take action, even haram action to get more money. But when it concerns  the tyranny of America on Muslims, there is no action. All of a sudden it is the  divine decree.

   Please elaborate. I don’t want to be holding on to erroneous and kufr views. If I am wrong, correct me.

ANSWER

At the outset, understand well, that in this age Muslims are not Muslims.  The vast majority of the Ummah consists of  zanaadaqah, modernists, munaafiqeen and  such persons whose Imaan is grossly deficient.  Morally Muslims are bankrupt. Thus they lack  spiritual stamina  (roohaaniyat).

   While  your sentiments are correct and a sign of healthy Imaan, you have  not  comprehended the practicality of  instituting action against the kuffaar by ordinary people. Consider your own example. You  quite rightly  are concerned and emotionally feel for  Muslims suffering under kuffaar  oppression. Despite this, you are unable to  do anything against the kuffaar oppressors, and  according to the Shariah you as an individual are not required to do anything besides Sabr (Patience) and Dua.

   The very same applies to all other individuals who, despite suffering emotionally  for  the oppressed Muslims, find themselves impotent to react. The obligation of  aiding Muslims  against kuffaar oppression is the incumbent duty of  Muslim  rulers and governments. But unfortunately  all rulers and governments today in  control of Muslim countries are themselves kuffaar. Instead of  aiding and defending Muslims, they  aid the kuffaar to further oppress Muslims.

   While it is easy to say that Muslims should take action, the question is that in the current scenario how should Muslim  individuals take action? How can individual Muslims such as yourself take action against America  for its tyranny? How can ordinary individuals take action against the American government, military and armed forces?

   Undoubtedly, whatever happens  is by the decree of Allah Azza Wa Jal whether it is  the weakness and impotency of Muslims or the zulm (oppression)  and tyranny of the kuffaar. All of it is the decree of Allah Ta’ala. It is not a case of “a sudden divine decree being the subject matter”.  It is always the decree of Allah Ta’ala. The Qur’aan Majeed states:  “Not a leaf drops (from a tree) but Allah is aware.” “Nothing is hidden from your Rabb be it  the tiniest particle in the earth or in the heaven, but it is  recorded in a Clear Book.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) during the  second phase of Nubuwwat in Madinah was in position to send out expeditions on Jihad missions. But in Makkah, he  was unable to do so, hence the Fardh requisite  during the Makki period was only Sabr, Salaat and self-reformation. Our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah  suffered in silence and with patience the persecution, torture and oppression of the kuffaar for more than a decade in Makkah. They attributed their suffering and their weakness to Allah Ta’ala – to His decree.

   Reminding them of this condition of weakness, the Qur’aan Majeed states:

        “And, remember when you were a small band, oppressed in the land. You feared that the people (the mushrikeen)  would snatch you (uproot you), then Allah gave you succour, and He aided you with help from Him, and He  provided  for you Tayyibaat (wholesome food) so that you be grateful.”

    So weak and fearful  was Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah  during the initial phase of Nubuwwat in Makkah  that they would perform Salaat in secret in a house, without  reciting the Qiraa’t  audibly. That is why the Qiraa’t to this day in Zuhr and Asr is recited inaudibly. What practical alternative is there for individuals – ordinary lay people  – besides Sabr? Sabr was the advice of  Nabi Musa (Alayhis salaam) when Fir’oun was engaging in slaughtering all the male babies of Bani Israaeel. They were helpless.  Their helplessness imposed Sabr and Dua on them, and this was by the decree of Allah Ta’ala.  Allah Ta’ala has willed such inaction of Bani Israeel at the time when they were being brutally oppressed, persecuted and slaughtered. The Qur’aan is replete with the command and advice of Sabr.

FROM AL-HAQ #63

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