Abu Said al Khudri heard the Prophet (saws) say;
“Let none of you despise himself!” The Sahabah asked “O Messenger of Allah, how can one despise himself?” The Messenger (saws) replied “He sees the command of Allah on him about which he should say something and then he says nothing about it. So Allah will say to him on the Day of Rising ‘What prevented you from saying such and such for My sake?’ and the person will say ‘the fear of the people’. Allah will say to him ‘It is I alone that you should more have feared more!’ [Ahmad and Ibn Majah]
Indeed the kufr regimes and their branches ranging from the immoral and hate filled media outlets to the secularist so called religious establishments have all presented before the Muslim Ummah many evils. Evils that no person of iman can overlook! We have seen the repeated attempts to vilify the honoured last Messenger, Muhmmad (saws), by drawing obnoxious caricatures of a foul nature. The kaafira, who authored the Jewel of Medina, described the mother of the believers with the most nasty and reprehensible descriptions. The American soldiers in Iraq riddled the Quran with bullets. They drew the cross of the Christians upon the Quran. In Guantanamo Bay the American soldiers have flushed the Quran down the toilet to intimidate the captives. The leaders have smothered their words of malice and spite for the Islam in sugar coats by openly disregarding the Message of the Messenger Muhammad, namely the Shariah and its application viz the Khilafah. The blood of the Muslims, which Allah considers more dearer than the Kabah, has been spilt mercilessly. And recently we have the seen the issue of the kaafir, Terry Jones in America showing the rank hatred within his heart manifest, namely branding Islam as a religion of Shaytaan and the desire to burn the Quran. What can be a greater insult and affront to Islam? It is even conceivable that a Muslim would do such a thing to the Gospels? No, it is not from the etiquettes of a Muslim to partake in such an abhorrent crime.
It would seem that the kuffar have forgotten as to whom they have been impudently showing such insolence towards. They have forgotten that this Islam, which they have been o so brazenly insulting, has jurisprudence on how to deal with such people who show such an affront to Islam, Quran, the Messenger Muhammad and his wives. It is best advised that the non- Muslim learns a little more about Islam, before embarking on this perilous journey of insulting Islam in the name of Freedom.
As Tim Marshall in his foreign matters podcast (4:03pm, 09/09/2010) on sky news radio said concerning Terry Jones;
“This is his big chance to make it big. If he goes ahead, he may die trying”
Of course this kaafir does not do justice to the rules of Islam however the gist is evident.
But what is far worse than all of this is the, shallow response that the Muslims retorted with when these crimes took place. All these violations took place and the Muslims have remained silent or they have tried to reconcile with the perpetrators. In fact the opening hadeeth suffices for the vast “ghutha” ¹ of the people who did not address these issues. Fear of the non-Muslim and how they might react, love of the status quo and hatred of changing to adopt Islam, has caused them to become so weak.
In the blessed month of Ramadan which has passed before us we were meant to acquire to the noble characteristic of Taqwa. As Allah says
O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become people of Taqwa [2:183]
Taqwa being the fear of Allah alone and following his commands. When Allah tested the Muslims on the day after Eid, where did this Taqwa go? What were the Muslims doing all Ramadan? How sad is our affair today, and to Allah we raise our hands for support!
As Muslims, silence should not be our state. Witnessing evil, no matter what magnitude it reaches, should not cause the Muslims to fear the kaafir, and stepping back from giving the Islamic agenda. Rather Allah has described the Ummah of Muhammad (saws) as;
You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind (because) you command the good and you forbid the evil and you believe in Allah [3:110]
As Muslims we must condemn such evils and the perpetrators, whenever they rear their ugly face. In doing so is the success as Allah says
Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islâm), commanding the good and forbidding the evil And it is they who are the successful [3:104]
Many Muslims refrain from commanding the good and forbidding the evil with speech and action because they fear the verbal, media backlash that it would cause. They seek to protect the call of Islam, but in reality their extra cautious and supposedly vigilant stance is reckless and detrimental in this dunya and the hereafter to themselves. It does not make progressive spaces for Islam in society au contraire these un-islamic ruses cause Islam to become assimilated into the western hegemony plans, thereby mixing the pure truth of Islam with the filthy immoral values of the West.
For example – take the case of the Messenger Muhammad (saws). The kuffar media outlets have consistently over the last four years shown their animosity by printing and re-printing spiteful images of the noble Messenger. The general masses came out to physically remove the sullied and foul excuse of nation, Denmark. The world had to appease the Muslims and tell them to calm down. The leaders of the Muslims whether they were from the scholars and or rulers did not take this as an opportunity to rally the Ummah to establish the deen of Islam. Rather their method was something alien to Islam. The Muslims initially said to boycott Danish products. What was so significant about this? The Danish just had lower profit levels. But they were still making profits! The Muslims further sidestepped the Ahkaam Tawqifiyah (Static Rules of Islam) and asked for an apology from the Danish. This defeatist mentality was responded to with a staunch anger from the camp of the non Muslims, with slogans such as “This is a free world” “Who are you to tell what is allowed and what is not allowed” “We will continue to express our freedom” etc.
Because the true Islamic rule of commanding the good and forbidding the evil was and is not applied this corruption spread to the masses of people like cancer e.g. Facebook and “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day”.
One blogger on this website (i.e. facebook) said “20,000 artists will draw on the day, can the Muslims gather 20,000 men to establish their so called Islamic law”.
This is the consequences of not commanding the good and forbidding the evil upon the methodology of the Messenger Muhammad (saws). It is as the Messenger Muhammad (saw)
“Disgrace and humiliation is for the one who opposes my command” [Ahmad]
If looking at results is the standard some people would judge by, look to the results of these un-Islamic ploys adopted by the defeatist. Humiliation upon humiliation.
Further to this if the Muslims do not command the good and forbid the evil Allah will hasten His punishment upon the people. And who is brave enough to say they are prepared to face the punishment of Allah? Is there not a lesson for the people of understanding in the narrative of the people of Thamud. Allah gave them one Ayat, known as the she-camel. Nine men form the entire nation conspired to kill it, of whom only one had the nerve to follow up with his evil plan in to action. So why was the whole nation of Thamud destroyed? It was because the nation of people were aware of the plans to destroy the Ayat of Allah and yet they remained indifferent, apathetic and had not hatred for the evil.
O Muslims, what is to say that the punishment of Allah will not befall us if we let these evils permeate throughout society without to challenge them. Take heed O Muslims
The Messenger Muhammad (saws) said
“By the one in whose hand is my soul, you must command the good and forbid the evil, otherwise Allah will send upon you a punishment, and you will supplicate to Him and He will not respond to you.” [Tirmidhi]
then he (saws) quoted the ayah
Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dawûd (David) and 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they disobeyed (Allâh and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds. They used not to forbid one another from the Munkar (wrong, evildoing, sins, polytheism, disbelief, etc.) which they committed. Vile indeed was what they used to do. [5:78-79]
Not fulfilling our responsibilities of commanding the good and forbidding the evil is an imitation of the Children of Israel. What a repulsive resemblance indeed!
These Ayat that have been mentioned above are not merely being presented so that the Muslims, can cry over their past misdeeds and then continue to remain silent. Rather these ayat constitute part of the covenant we have taken up with Allah and His Messenger, we must govern all of our life’s affairs according to them. If we fail to do so the ramifications are severe.
The Messenger Muhammad (saws)said
“If people should break their covenant with Allah and His Messenger, you should realise this has never happened without Allah sending an army against them to take their possessions by force. If the leaders do not govern according to the Book of Allah, you should realise that this has never happened without Allah making them into groups and making them fight one another.” [ibn Majah]
The Muslims, leaders and general peoples have significantly discarded the obligation of commanding good and forbidding evil. Look to our state today, we are unable to come to a platform of unity because we do not judge our life’s affairs according to the Book of Allah. We broke our covenant with Allah and His Messenger, namely that we should apply the edicts of this Deen, thus we have been overcome by the nations like America. The revival and victory of Islam will never arrive unless we return back to our Deen by fulfilling the necessary requirements of commanding the good and forbidding the evil.
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allâh (i.e. this Qur'ân), and be not divided among yourselves...[3:103]
Dear Muslim, brothers and sisters, let us return back to this Deen of Islam wholeheartedly and completely. Unify our resources and work with a collective effort to protect and establish this deen, upon the method of the Messenger Muhammad. Rise up to command the good and forbid the evil.
When these non Muslims even so much even think of trying to defame Islam in any shape or form, they will find this huge, colossal obstacle standing in their way ready to crash down upon them like a vast and immense tsunami, also known the Ummah of Muhammad (saws).
Ibn Taymiyah said
“Many Muslims, trustworthy, people of expertise and fiqh spoke many times about their experiences, when they would surround castles and cities of the Christians in Shaam for a month or more, and the siege of the Muslims was not yielding any fruits. The Muslims were almost going to give up and leave. Then the besieged would start to curse the Messenger of Allah (saws) suddenly the city would fall into our hands and the delay would not even be a day or two.”
These Kuffar have waged war against Allah and His Messenger, by desecrating the Quran in different lands, dishonouring the Messenger Muhammad (saws) and we can see that the junkie armies of world confederates are coming back from the lands of Iraq with their tails between their legs, because there are some Muslims who command the good and forbid the evil of the greatest type.
And lastly if anyone tries to stop you O Muslims from commanding the good and forbidding the evil, whether that be the corrupt scholars/leaders, or misleading family members, then know you are not the first to be tried and tested in such a manner. Allah tells us in the Quran;
And when a community among them (the Children of Israel) said: "Why do you preach to a people whom Allâh is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?" (The preachers) said: "In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allâh), and perhaps they may fear Allâh."
So when they (the people) forgot the remindings that had been given to them, We rescued those who forbade evil, but We seized those who did wrong with a severe torment because they used to rebel (disobey Allâh). [7:164-165]
May Allah guide all of us to the path commanding the good and forbidding the evil and make it easy for us. Ameen!
¹ - Thawbaan heard the messenger Muhammad saws say “the nations are about to invite one another and come upon you, just as those eating invite others to share in their dish.” Someone asked, “Will that be because we are few in number that day?” He replied “No! At that time you will be numerous! But you will be like the ghutha (translated as scum) carried by the torrent, and Allah will remove the fear of you from the hearts of your enemies, and Allah will indeed throw wahn