Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Muslim in This World

The Muslim in this world is free and was born free. The Muslim should live free and die free. The Muslim in this world should never accept humiliation, oppression, and defeat. The Muslim never bows down to the Taaghut and oppressor even in the worst situation. How can oppression, humiliation, and such lowly states be connected to the Muslim when Allah swt created him free and honored him/her with the greatest of blessings, Islam?! How can the Muslim walk with his head lowered knowing his tawheed is the only thing lighting up this world? How can the Muslimah with her hijaab of honor and dignity walk with her head lowered in embarrassment knowing she is the daughter and descendant of the likes of Maryam Bint Imraan, Aasiyah the wife of firawn, the Mothers of the believers, and such great women who all practiced this hijaab? The women who are truly dishonored and humiliated are the disbelieving women who have no dot of Emaan in Allah in their hearts. What will their ending be? 

The word "humiliation" and "oppression" should not be tied to the Muslim when he is the best of people in this Dunya,having been honored with this mighty religion.  O Muslim, whether you are pious or corrupt remember you have a greater status in the eyes of Allah  than the greatest disbeliever! Why? Because of "la ilaha illa Allah!" Yes, because of your Tawheed. If you are pious and more God fearing than you are also more beloved to Allah than your fellow Muslim who is not practicing the Deen as he/she should be. This is what our prophet (sala allahu alayhi wa sallam) said; 

The strong beliver is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, and there is good in both." [Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim]

The Muslim is honored by being a follower of the best of creation to walk this Earth, Muhammad ibn Abdillaah (sala allahu alayhi wa sallam). He is the  best of prophets and seal of prophethood, the most beloved of Allah and the leader of mankind on the Day of Judgment. The Muslim should be honored to be a part of the best of nations brought forth for mankind, the ummah of our Rasul (sala allahu alayhi wa sallam)  like the Most High said;

You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah . If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient. [Surah Aal Imraan ayah 110]

We are the last ummah but the first on the Day of Resurrection as our Prophet (sala allahu alayhi wa sallam) has informed us, "We are the last (but) we would be the first on the Day of Resurrection, and we would be the first to enter Paradise…" [Sahih Muslim from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayra]

O Muslim, are you not proud to be a descendant of the best of people after the prophets? The sahabah and their followers? What is it then that makes you walk with your head lowered in humiliation? Is it because you have realized that we have failed to follow in their path and are living in the worst of humiliation now? Yes you are right. This is the greatest shame for us. 

How is that a few centuries ago this ummah was leading the world and filled the Earth with guidance and light and now it is being attacked from every corner and has become the lowest of nations? Whose fault is it? How did we fill this world with justice and guidance and now it is rampant with falsehood and the darkness of oppression and injustice roams its different corners? 

O Muslim, do not point fingers at the enemy first but look to yourself first. We left the guidance and so Allah humiliated us at the hands of our enemies. The prophet told us that if we stick to two things we would never go astray, " The Book of Allah and My sunnah." Look at the state of the ummah now. Many Muslims do not even pray 5 times a day, we are all chasing the Dunya, and how many of us end up selling our Deen for a little temporary gain and enjoyment? Wallahi what a great loss for one who says "la ilaha illa Allah Muhammadur Rasul Allah."

O Muslim, We need to turn back to our Deen, we need to turn back to our creator and master. Now is the time for change. If not now then when? Do we honestly think Paradise is that cheap? 

Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while Allah has not yet made evident those of you who fight in His cause and made evident those who are steadfast? [Surah Aal Imraan ayah 142]

The prophets and awliyaa of Allah where tested in the greatest forms. Some prophets were killed by their own people such as the many messengers and prophets who were sent to the Bani Israail. Some of the followers of the prophets like the Ashaabul Ukhdood (People of the Ditch, refer. Surah al Buruj) were killed by their evil tyrannical king. Many of the sahabah were tortured and killed by the Mushrik Arabs like Sumaya who was brutally killed by Abu Jahl, Bilal who was tortured and had a stone placed on his chest by Ummayah ibn Khalaf or like Az-Zubayr who would be taken out to the outskirts of Makkah and whose uncles tortured him there. And of course we have Khubayb ibn Adiy who was crucified by Quraysh in the midst of everyone. And there are many more examples. They were sincere and firm in their Islaam and they lived and died for La ilaha illa Allah.  So we ask Allah to make us follow in their footsteps and to give us firm belief and yaqeen in Him and in His promised victory. 

The point is, Jannah is not cheap. It is expensive and if we want the good of both this temporary world and the everlasting eternal one then we should focus on our Deen. Allah swt created us for one main purpose and that is to worship Him.

And I did not create Jinn and Mankind except to worship Me. [Surah al Dhaariyat ayah 56]