Saturday, April 17, 2010

Firm Da'wah, Firm Dua

“Their intention is to extinguish Allah’s Light (by blowing) with their mouths: but Allah will complete (the revelation of) His Light even though the unbelievers may detest it.” (TMQ 61: 8)

يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِؤُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ

Firmness in proclaiming the truth to those who aid the tyrants, making them hear the Haqq (true Islam) that they dislike and the criticisms of their false gods, is the best path for those who wish to be from the helpers of the Deen of Allah and of those supporting it. They cannot be harmed by those who oppose them or betray them until the Command of Allah comes while they are in such a state.

It was reported by Imam Ahmad and others from Abi Sa’id al-Khudri that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “A man should not let intimidation by people prevent him from speaking the truth if he sees or witnesses a situation where he should do so. Speaking the truth or mentioning something important will not shorten his life or delay his provision.”

Ibn al-Qayyim said in his book ‘Ighathat al-Lahfan’:

“From the plots of the enemy of Allah (i.e. Satan) is that he makes the believers afraid of his soldiers and allies. So, they do not strive against them; they do not enjoin what is good, and do not forbid what is bad. This is from his greatest plots for the believers, as Allah has informed us:

إِنَّمَا ذَلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءهُ فَلاَ تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

“It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of his allies. So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.” (TMQ 3:175).”

The meaning according to the scholars of Tafsir is that Satan makes you afraid of his allies. Qatadah explained this by saying: “He makes them great and powerful in your heart.” This is why Allah (swt) said: “…So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.” So, the stronger your faith becomes, the weaker the fear in your heart will be of Satan’s allies, and the weaker your faith becomes, the stronger the fear in your heart will be of them.”

When the fear of Allah fills the person’s heart, there will be no room left in the heart for fear of anyone else. If the person realizes the greatness of Allah and that He possesses Great Power, Overwhelming, Mighty, Dominating, Supreme, is the One who controls everyone and that person realizes His presence, then everything else will appear insignificant and all of the powers on Earth will be of no significance to him. So, if all of the powers on Earth do end up gathering against him, this will not push him off the path he has chosen or cause him to turn away from his correct belief. This will only increase him in faith and submission:
الَّذِينَ يُبَلِّغُونَ رِسَالَاتِ اللَّهِ وَيَخْشَوْنَهُ وَلَا يَخْشَوْنَ أَحَدًا إِلَّا اللَّهَ وَكَفَى بِاللَّهِ حَسِيبًا

“…Those who convey the message of Allah and fear Him, and fear none except Allah, Allah is sufficient as a Reckoner.” (TMQ 33: 39).

The Prophet (saw) was the best example in this regard. Reflect over the hadith of ‘Amr bin al-‘As that was reported by Imam Ahmad and others. Reflect over what he (saw) said while standing between all of the disbelievers of Makkah as they were surrounding him while he was in a position of weakness, and how one man grabbed the collar of his cloak while they asked him: “You are the one who says such and such?” – referring to how he would criticize their gods and way of life. So, he replied to them with full clarity and straightforwardness, without fear or hesitation: “Yes, I am the one who says this.” And before this, he had said: “Listen, Quraysh! By the One Whose Hand Muhammad’s soul is in, I have come to you with slaughter!”

He (saw) would keep his Companions firm with the Quran that was being revealed to him, and he would remind them of the stand taken by the people of firmness and strength from the previous nations, saying: “Before your time, there was a man who was taken and had a hole dug for him in the ground, and he was placed in it. A saw was then brought and placed on his head, and he was cut in half and had his flesh combed off of his bones. This would not turn him away from his religion in the least. By Allah, Allah will complete this affair until a traveler will go from San’a’ to Hadramawt without fearing anyone except Allah and the wolves that might attack his sheep. However, you are too hasty.”

The Prophet (saw) struggled against the corrupt thoughts and concepts and exposed their error, falsehood and contradiction with Islam privately and publicly. Today the callers to Islam refute the concepts of democracy, patriotism and capitalism and in doing so never resort to flattery, compromise or accommodation. In fact, the callers to Islam strongly challenge any concept that contradicts Islam. This is a reminder as we carry the dawah in a country that is dropping bombs in the Muslim lands and intimidating Muslims here in America.

The call to Islam is also directed to the Muslims. The dawah is to liberate the Muslims from corrupt and kufr concepts and emotions. The caller to Islam strives to ensure that Islamic thoughts form public opinion, driving the people to act upon them and implement them. It also addresses the emotions of the Muslims, so that they love what pleases Allah and hate what displeases Allah. It is evident from the method employed by the Messenger of Allah that changing the predominant thoughts and emotions is not enough to establish Islam, but that there must also be a seeking of power in order to establish Islam as an authority. This is the reason that the colonialist powers have instructed the agent rulers to use harsh measures to oppose this Islamic dawah. The tyrant rulers have tried all manners of oppression from torture, execution, imprisonment and exile. The kuffar are continuously working to try and prevent the growing call of Khilafah. They have convened conferences and seminars to address the Khilafah, such as America’s Ankara conference. The Heritage Foundation, Nixon Institute, International Crisis Group and the CIA have all published reports about the global call for Khilafah.

The dawah carrier fears only Allah

The methods the tyrants and the enemies of Allah utilize in their war against the believers is to instill fear and the awesomeness of their power.This is a method suggested to them from their leader, Satan. In order to push the believer away from the Truth, Satan always tries to inflate the image of his allies in the believer’s heart and mind. Satan's allies brag about their power and boast of their numbers, such as: the size of their armies, weapons, torture methods and intelligence agencies. They always praise themselves and speak about how great they are, giving the impression that they encompass everything and know every little detail of what is happening in the world.

The believers who stayed true to the pact they made with Allah are not affected by such tyrannical methods and they will not be pushed away from the position they have taken and will not be shaken. Rather, they will only increase in faith and submission:

الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُوا لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَقَالُوا حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ (173) فَانْقَلَبُوا بِنِعْمَةٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَفَضْلٍ لَمْ يَمْسَسْهُمْ سُوءٌ وَاتَّبَعُوا رِضْوَانَ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ ذُو فَضْلٍ عَظِيمٍ (174) إِنَّمَا ذَلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ

“Those to whom the people said: “Verily, the people have gathered against you a great army. So, fear them.” But it only increased them in faith, and they said: “Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the best disposer of affairs.” So, they returned with grace and bounty from Allah. No harm touched them, and they followed the good Pleasure of Allah, and Allah has great bounty. It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of his allies. So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.” (TMQ 3: 173-175).
ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ مَوْلَى الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَأَنَّ الْكَافِرِينَ لَا مَوْلَى لَهُمْ
“That is because Allah is the Protector of those who believe, but those who reject Allah have no protector.” (TMQ 47:11)

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