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.
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