Wednesday, 31 December 2008
“ 'When will the Help of Allah arrive?' Unquestionably, the Help of Allah is near! ” – Part 1
As the world stands by witnessing yet another episode in the ongoing war of terror on Muslim occupied land, the true believer stands watching in a state of awe, between grief, rage, and hope. With more than three hundred killed and over a thousand injured, Ghazza moves into its sixth day of Israeli bombardment.
Although the Palestinian issue is not a new one, in the last few decades the world has seen an escalation of aggression against the Muslim world as a whole. Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosova, Afghanistan, and Iraq are just to name a few. As this aggression increases over time the believers wonder when the aid from Allah will arrive. In the Qur'an, Allah (SWT) teaches us a lesson. That lesson is that as hardship and affliction escalates, ease and alleviation draws nearer and nearer. Allah says:
“For indeed, with hardship will be ease. Indeed, with hardship will be ease.” [Ash-Sharh 94:5,6]
And He says:
“They continued until, when the messengers gave up hope and were certain that they had been denied, there came to them Our victory, and whoever We willed was saved. And Our punishment cannot be repelled from the people who are criminals.” [Yusuf 12:110]
It is also in times like these that Allah wishes to bring out the true colours of individuals. This serves to purify the ranks of the true believers so that when the victory comes it is handed to the few who remained firm and did not back out. Allah says:
“Allah would not leave the believers in the state you are in presently until He separates the evil from the good.” [Aali 'Imran 3:179]
And we see this happening before our eyes. The traitors and hypocrites who were embedded within the ranks of the believers are now becoming exposed. They have turned their backs on our brothers and sisters in Ghazza. Those who are familiar with the Seerah of the Prophet (SAW) will find that this same incident took place in the time of the Prophet (SAW). It was at the battle of Uhud when the Muslims marched out to the battlefield that the hypocrites led by their leader Ubay bin Sulul decided to turn back with nearly a third of the army.
To conclude, although the Ummah is feeling severe pain over the events unraveling in Ghazza, let us not forget that Allah has not abandoned us. Allah says:
“And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare in horror.” [Ibrahim 14:42]
It may seem that the enemy is far stronger and mightier than us at the moment, but as they plan their plots Allah too plans. Allah (SWT) revealed to the Prophet (SAW) when the disbelievers of Makkah plotted to get rid of him:
“And remember, when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” [Al-Anfal 8:30]
And let us not consider the events in Ghazza as being negative for the Ummah, Allah says:
“Do not think it bad for you, rather it is good for you.” [An-Nur 24:11]
So do not despair Ya Ummat-ul-Islam, for there is light at the end of the tunnel signaling that victory is near.
“And it does not grieve me that a man or a woman or a child from Chechnya dies, because Insha Allah they are martyrs. However, by Allah, what grieves me greatly is the silence of the Muslim countries regarding this. Otherwise, it should have been mandatory to sever relations with Russia from every angle, and if they had done that Russia would have halted at its limit, and they would not have harmed them at all. However, unfortunately the Muslim countries – and by that I mean the leaders of the Muslim countries, forget the general public, the general public may have fervor and enthusiasm however they do not have the capability – they are silent and have said nothing. This is, by Allah, what grieves me. A Muslim republic, young and fresh, has these types of acts committed against it and we remain silent?”
(Shaikh Muhammad bin Salih Al-'Uthaimeen)