DANGERS FACING THE MUSLIM UMMAH
since the beginning of Islam, the unbelievers have never ceased plotting
against the Muslim ummah (nation) in order to inject into
it the poison of disbelief, deviation and moral degradation. By this the
enemies of Islam have sought to corrupt the values and beliefs of the sons and
daughters of Islam, as well as seeking to remove the Book of Allah (i.e.
Al-Qur’an) and the Sunnah of His Beloved Messenger Muhammad sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam from being their source of guidance and their source of legislation in
the Islamic world. Over the fourteen centuries of Islam, the unbelievers have
gradually succeeded in some of these plots. By the end of the first decade of
the fifteenth Islamic century (1410-1411H/1990-1991CE), the world witnessed a
total reshaping of its socio-political landscape; a reshaping that again was to
have a serious impact upon the Islamic world. With the collapse of communist
“0 you who believe! Do not take as intimate friends and advisors those outside of your Religion, for they will not spare any efforts to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has appeared from their mouths, but what their hearts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made plain to you the Signs, if you do truly understand.” [Surah Aal-Imraan 3:118].
Yet along with this bleak reality and despite the intensity of these attacks, the blessed da’wah and Islamic revival continues to flourish and grow - and all praise be to Allah. However, with this growth, the enemies have intensified their efforts to suppress the revival. The need of this time, therefore, is for the Muslims to mutually co-operate with each other, in order to become a single hand against their enemies and to repel the attacks made against themselves, their creed (‘aqeedah) and their countries. Our Lord, the Exalted, says:
“And those who are unbelievers are allies and helpers, one to another; so unless you do this (i.e. be allies and helpers to one another and be unified) there will be trials and discord upon the earth and great corruption.” [Surah al-Anfaal 8:73].
“Co-operate with one another in righteousness and piety, but do not co-operate with one another in sin and transgression.” [Surah al-Maa’idah 5:2].
Only by such mutual co-operation and sincere mutual advice and by striving hard to cultivate within the ummah sound faith (imaan) and righteous actions - adorning this striving and cultivation with patient perseverance (sabr) - will the blessed da’wah and revival bear the desired results and expected fruits. It is also obligatory that this da’wah and revival be firmly based upon calling for a return to the Book of Allah (i.e. The Glorious Qur’an) and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet and to that which the Pious Predecessors of this ummah were agreed upon. It is essential for those involved in this revival that when differences of opinion arise between the Muslims - as they inevitably will - that they should adhere to the etiquettes of differences of opinion (aadaabul-ikhtilaaf); ensuring that the revival does not become marginalized or side-tracked into a dialectic about issues which - though they may have an importance in Islam - are not, however, from amongst its immediate priorities. Since doing so only serves to further weaken this already fragile ummah, stifle the da’wah and delay the help and victory (nusrah) that Allah has promised to the Muslims; for He, the Exalted, has indeed guaranteed that the future is for Islam:
“Allah has promised to those amongst you who have faith and do righteous actions that He will certainly grant them the succession of rule (khilaafah) in the land, as He granted it to those before them; and that he will grant them the authority to practice their Religion which He has chosen for them and that He will replace their state of fear, for one of safety; provided that they worship Me alone and not direct worship to others along with Me.” [Surah an-Noor 24:55].
“They wish to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light; even though the unbelievers detest it. It is He Who sent His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, that it may prevail over all other religions, even though those who worship others besides Allah may detest it.” [Surah as-Saff 61:8-9].
So what is the obligation upon the Muslim scholars with regard to facing the trials and calamities that have befallen the Islamic world? There is no doubt that sins, in both statements and actions, as well as being far removed from the correct Islamic beliefs (‘aqeedah), are from the greatest causes of bringing about the various crisis and calamities that have befallen the Muslims. Allah the Mighty and Majestic said:
“Whatever of good reaches you, it is from Allah; but whatever of evil befalls you, it is from your own self.” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:79].
Allah, the Most Perfect, and the Most High, also said:
“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. Yet He pardons much.” [Surah ash-Shooraa 42:30].
Indeed Allah is most forgiving and most merciful to His servants, sending to them clear signs and warnings in order that they may turn back to Him in sincere repentance (tawbah) so that He may forgive them. When a person turns to Allah and draws closer to Him by an arm’s length, Allah draws closer to him by two arm’s length. For indeed, Allah the Exalted loves those of His servants that turn to Him in repentance and is pleased with that, whilst He, the Majestic, the Most High, remains absolutely self-sufficient from His servants; the obedience of the obedient does not benefit Him, and the sins of the sinful do not harm Him. But He is most kind, ever merciful to His servants, and He grants them the ability to do acts of obedience and to leave acts of disobedience. These crises and calamities are none other than a warning to His servants, in that they should turn back to Allah in repentance and obedience. He makes this known to them by way of trying and testing them, as Allah the Most High said:
“And certainly We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, and loss of wealth, lives and fruit. But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere; those who, when afflicted with a calamity, say: Indeed to Allah we belong, and to Him shall we return. They are those for whom there are blessings and forgiveness from their Lord, and His Mercy. It is they who are the guided-ones.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:155-157].
“Evil has appeared on the land and the sea because of what the hands of men have earned. That Allah may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may turn back from disobedience.” [Surah ar-Room 30:41].
“And We shall test you by way of evil and good, and to Us will you return.” [Surah al-Anbiyaa 21:35].
“And We tested them with good blessings and evil calamities, in order that they may return (to obedience).” [Surah al-A’raaf 7:168].
So the obligation upon the leaders of the Muslims - the scholars, rulers and others - is to concern themselves with the various afflictions and calamities that occur, to remind and admonish the people, explaining to them what they have fallen into. The Prophet SallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “Each of you is a guardian, and is responsible for those whom he is in charge of”- reported by Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab radiAllahu ‘anhu. However, when the Muslims become accustomed to sinning and become content with it and if those who wield authority and power do not try to prevent them, then Allah’s anger will quickly descend upon the ummah. When His anger occurs and His punishment takes place, it covers both the sinful and the obedient; and we seek Allah’s protection from this. About this Allah the Most High said:
“And beware of the trial and discord that does not affect in particular only those amongst you who are wrongdoers.” [Surah al-Anfaal 8:25]. Likewise, the Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “When the people see an evil and they do not try to change it, then Allah will cover them all with humiliation from Himself”. Allah the Exalted said:
“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change themselves.” [Surah ar-Ra’d ].
Allah the Exalted explains in this noble verse that He never changes the blessings and well-being of a people unless they change themselves by turning away from the obedience of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic. We ask Allah that He grants and favours all the Muslims with the ability to be obedient to their Lord, to cling to the guidance of their beloved Prophet Muhammad sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, that He grants their leaders the ability to fulfil their duties, that He teaches their scholars the ways of guidance so that they may all traverse its path and direct the ummah to it, that He guides those Muslims who are misguided and corrects their affairs. Indeed, He is the Guardian of this, the One having power to do this.
“This is because Allah will never change the favour which He has bestowed upon a people until they change themselves.” [Surah al- Anfaal 8:53]. And Allah says:
“And whatever of misfortunes befalls you, it is because of what your own hands have earned. Yet Allah pardons much.” [Surah ash-Shooraa 42:30].
We see that the various Islamic groups present today fall into one of three categories:
Firstly: Those groups that are firmly established upon the creed (‘aqeedah) of the Pious Predecessors (Salafus-Saalihoon) - in beliefs, methodology and action. Such groups should be aided, helped and supported. They should be thanked for the good that they do and be promoted; just as it is upon us to sincerely advise them when they err and commit mistakes.
Secondly: Those groups that do not have a clear ‘aqeedah, nor a clear methodology that they adhere to, nor do they submit to the understanding of the Salafus-Saalihoon and to the Shari’ah texts. Our stance with regards to them is to sincerely advise them, along with the Shari’ah proofs and evidences, with gentleness, wisdom and beautiful manners - in accordance with the saying of Allah, the Most High: “Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and with beautiful admonition and argue with them in ways that are better.” [Surah an-Nahl 16:125].
Thirdly: Those groups that are established upon opposing and fighting Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, whether openly or secretly, spreading innovations and deviations. Our stance towards them is one of warning against their evil and exposing their falsehood with every means that the Shari’ah permits.
There is no doubt that the multitude of differing sects and groups in the Islamic society is, firstly, something desired by Shaitaan and, secondly something desired by the enemies of Islam from amongst mankind. Since agreement and unification of the Muslims and their being aware of the dangers which threaten them and their beliefs is something which the enemies are not pleased with. As regards the dangers that the ummah of Islam faces from every direction, then what are the greatest of these dangers and what is the path to be taken in order to prevent these dangers? The greatest danger that faces the ummah of Islam is their being far away from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Beloved Messenger sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and replacing them with manmade laws and deviated ideologies. Likewise, the greatest danger that faces the Ummah of Islam is the misguidance and deviation concerning the creed (‘aqeedah) and the infiltration of concepts of unbelief (kufr), shirk and innovations into it. Similarly, from the greatest danger that faces the ummah of Islam is their splitting-up and enmity between themselves. The cure for this is to return back to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah; learning them, teaching them, judging by them between people and adopting what they require of morals, manners and character. The most prominent issues which require the Muslims to take a stance on in these times are: - the ignorance concerning the creed (‘aqeedah) of tawheed which many of those who ascribe to Islam have; adherence to those ideologies and ways that oppose Islam; and the ideological attacks that come from the lands of the unbelievers and is directed at the Islamic world. Each of these issues requires a firm stance and a powerful refutation. This could be done by explaining the correct Islam; along with its creed and its wisely prescribed Laws, and by warning against all that opposes it - from defective teaching methods - as well as utilizing the media and by spreading beneficial books. We ask Allah that He unites the Muslims upon the truth and that He removes from their society every type of misguidance and every cause of discord. Indeed He is the One Who is able to do that, and He is the One having full power over that.
The enemies of Allah are very eager to enter into the Muslim world by various methods. So what efforts do you believe should be exerted in order to put a stop to this surge that has threatened the Islamic societies? This is not something strange coming from the callers to Christianity, Judaism, or the other religions of unbelief. Since Allah, the Most Perfect and to Whom belongs all praise, informed us about this in His clear Revelation when He said:
“Never will the Jews and the Christians be pleased with you until you follow their way of life. Say: Indeed the Guidance of Allah; that is the only Guidance. And if you were to follow their false desires after what you have received of the knowledge of Revelation, then you would have neither a guardian, nor any helper against Allah.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:120]. Allah, the Most Perfect, also said:
“And they will never stop fighting you, until they turn you away from your Religion, if they can.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:217].
is why they utilize every possible means to penetrate into the Muslim world,
and use various methods and tactics to achieve this. One of their methods is to
plant the seeds of doubt and uncertainty into the minds and thoughts and they
continue to do so without easing-up or becoming weary, utilizing the church to
spread their hatred and enmity, and directing their efforts through it. Indeed
the enemies of the Religion have embarked upon a well-calculated project, such
that one of their senior devils said that by the year 2000CE all of
“It will not be in accordance with your wishful thinking, nor the wishful thinking of the People of the Book; whoever works evil will have the recompense thereof, and he will not find any protector or helper besides Allah.” [Surah an-Nisaa 4:123].
Thus when the People of the Book say: ‘We will achieve such and such, or we will be victorious over such and such of mankind’, then this does not harm us, nor do we despair, nor do we become inactive. Rather, this spurs us on and motivates us to act, persist and strive hard in calling (da’wah) to Allah, the Most Perfect, the Most High. Allah said:
“If you patiently persevere and have piety (i.e. by doing what is commanded and keeping away from what is prohibited), not the least harm will their schemes and plots be to you.” [Surah Aal-Imraan 3:120].
At present we see the Christians spending their wealth, erecting huge buildings and schools, and sending troops and followers, but they triumph over a small number of people. But we see many people accepting Islam without a single person doing da’wah to them. They become Muslims either by seeing the teachings of Islam, or merely hearing the Qur’an when it is recited, or by merely reading about Islam. This is the case despite the fact that the Muslims are lazy. So how would it be if the Muslims were to strive hard in calling people to Allah, and manifesting the goodness of Islam - beginning with oneself first, becoming an example for others, and painting a correct picture of Islam? Some of the Christians say: ‘We spend so many millions, but they gain only one follower, whereas thousands accept Islam without the Muslims spending even a single penny’. So the truth is clear, and all praise is for Allah. It is upon you to adopt the whole of Islam, not just to adopt one part and leave the other. Do not adopt the beliefs (‘aqeedah) but leave the rulings (ahkaam). Do not adopt the rulings, but leave the beliefs. Rather, take the whole of Islam; take the ‘aqeedah, the rulings, the worship, the jihaad, the social matters, the politics, the economics, and all the rest. Accept it all, as Allah the Most Perfect said:
“0 you who Believe! Enter into Islam completely, and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitaan, because he is to you a clear enemy.” [Surah al-Baqarah 2:208].
Therefore it is obligatory upon the leaders and scholars to exert every possible effort in cautioning and directing the Muslims, and to oppose the efforts of the enemies of Islam with countermeasures. Indeed the ummah of Islam is an ummah that has been entrusted with a responsibility of carrying this Religion and conveying it to others. So when we - in the various Islamic societies - are determined to arm our sons and daughters with correct knowledge, as well as correct understanding of the Religion - beginning this process at an early age - then we will never fear the enemy, by the permission of Allah. Thus as long as we continue to cling to the Religion of Allah, glorifying and venerating Him, following His Sacred Laws (Shari’ah) and fighting those who oppose Him, then the opposite will happen; it will be the enemies of Allah who will fear the Muslims. Allah, the Most Perfect, and the One to Whom belongs all praise, said:
“0 you who believe! If you help Allah’s cause, then Allah will help you and plant your feet firmly.” [Surah Muhammad 47:7]. Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, also said:
“But if you remain patient and have piety, then no harm will their cunning plots be to you at all. Indeed Allah encompasses everything by His Knowledge.” [Surah Aal-Imraan 3:120].
Whenever people abandon a part of what Allah has commanded them with, this causes enmity and hatred to arise between them. So the most important factor in stopping this attack is to prepare a generation who truly know and understand the realities of Islam. And there is no doubt that negligence is one of the causes that lets the enemies of Islam into the Muslim world - along with their ideological attack - which gradually distances the Muslims from their Religion, step by step. So with this, evil will increase amongst them and they will be affected by the false ideologies of their enemies. And Allah, One free from all defects, the Most High, ordered the Believers to have patience, to call to patience, and to strive in His Path using every method at their disposal; as Allah, the Majestic and Exalted, said:
“0 you who believe! Persevere and be more patient, and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allah in order that you may be successful.” [Surah Aal-Imraan 3:200]. And Allah, the Most Perfect, said:
“And those who strive hard in Our cause, We shall surely guide them to Our Paths. Indeed Allah is with the doers of good.” [Surah al-’Ankaboot 29:69].
We ask Allah by His beautiful Names and lofty Attributes that He rectifies the affairs of the Muslims, and that He grants to them the understanding of the Religion, gathers the word of their leaders upon the truth, and rectifies their close advisors. Indeed He is the Most Generous. And may Allah extol and send abundant blessings of peace upon our Leader and Prophet, Muhammad; and upon his Family, his Companions and his followers.
The term ‘the Ideological Attack’ is a modern term, which refers to a set of efforts, undertaken by a particular nation, in order to conquer or influence another nation, such that the attacked nation is steered in a particular course of direction because of it. It is far more serious than military warfare, since it aims at secrecy, seeking to achieve subtle objectives initially; so that the attacked nation does not perceive it, nor prepares to halt it, nor stand in its way - thereby falling victim to it. The eventual result of this onslaught is that this nation becomes diseased in its thoughts and its senses; loving what the enemy wants it to love and hating what they want it to hate. It is a chronic disease, which attacks nations, doing away with its characteristics, removing its foundations and strength. The nation, which is struck by it, does not even feel what has hit it, or what it even is. That is why curing it becomes somewhat difficult, and making the attacked nation understand the ways of righteousness becomes a struggle. This war takes place by means of school curricula, general education, mass media, small and large size publications, and other such channels. Through this, the enemy hopes to deviate the nation from its beliefs, becoming attached to what the enemy throws at it. We ask Allah for safety and protection from this. The Muslims, including the Arabs, are all subject to a great ideological attack from the various nations of unbelief (kufr); from both the east and the west. The severest and most serious of these ideological attacks are: -
- The attack of the Christian crusaders.
- The Zionist attack.
- The communist and atheistic attack.
attack of the Christian crusaders is today the most intensive. Since
Salaahud-Deen Ayyoobee achieved victory over the Christians crusading in the
Muslim lands with their strength and weapons, the Christians realized that even
though they had achieved some victories, nevertheless these victories
were temporary ones that did not last. That is why they started thinking about
the most destructive alternatives. After numerous case studies and assemblies
they arrived at something that was far more dangerous and destructive than
military warfare; which was that the Christian nations, both individually and
collectively, should launch an ideological attack on those Muslims who were
just beginning to grow and develop. This is because conquering the hearts and
thoughts of a people is far more permanent than conquering their lands. The
Muslim whose mind has not been corrupted cannot bear to see the
unbelievers wielding authority of ordering and prohibiting in his own country.
Therefore such a Muslim strives his utmost to expel and distance them - even if
he has to sacrifice his own life or his most cherished possession for this
cause; and this is what happened after the major conquest of the crusaders. As
for the Muslim who is exposed to this filthy attack, he becomes ill in thought
and desensitized to this disease; he may not even see any danger with the
presence of Christians in the lands of the Muslims. Indeed, he may even think
that their presence is a source of goodness, which aids and advances
civilization. So the Christians have sufficed themselves with this ideological
attack, as opposed to the military one, because it is more effective and more
permanent. What need do they have of deploying troops or spending huge sums of
money, when there exists amongst the children of the Muslims those who can
actually fulfill their wishes, intentionally or unintentionally, with a price
or without one! This is why they do not resort to openly fighting the Muslims
with weapons and arms, except in rare cases when necessity dictates this. They
resort to this in situations where speed is sought; such as what happened in
What are the means which the West uses in order to spread their ideas and thoughts? The means that the west employs in order to spread their thoughts and ideas are many; they include:
1- They attempt to conquer the minds of the Muslim children. They do this by infusing in them western values and concepts, so that they believe that the best way to adopt in any matter is that of the West – irrespective of what religion or sect they believe, or with regards to the languages that they speak, or the manners, customs and values with which they adorn themselves.
2 - Custody of a large group of children of the Muslims in every country, concern for them and bringing them up, such that when they have absorbed western thoughts, they return to their countries with a halo of praise and respect. They then acquire position and authority in their countries, by which they begin to circulate the western ideologies, establishing learning centres that conform to western curricula, or are at least directly influenced by them.
3 - Their active drive towards promoting the learning of western languages in the Muslim lands, making them compete with the Muslims’ languages, especially the Arabic language, which is the language of the Qur’an in which this Holy Book was sent and by which the Muslims worship their Lord; in their Prayer, their rites of Pilgrimage, their forms of remembrances and glorifications, etc. From this is the encouragement of destructive propaganda that fights against the usage and learning of the Arabic language and attempts to weaken the conformity to it in the Muslim lands. They do this by calling to use colloquialism, and by arranging numerous studies that intend to ‘develop’ Arabic grammar in order to promote their corrupt ideologies, as well as formalizing folk literature and matters of national heritage.
4 - Development of western universities and missionary schools in Muslim countries and also initiating the role of kindergarten and playschools, hospitals and clinics which serve as dens and nests for their evil aims. They encourage the higher classes to study in them, after which they help them to acquire posts of leadership and high position, until they become an aid for their teachers in following their plots and plans in the Muslim lands.
5 - They attempt to control education curricula in Muslim lands and drawing out their politics, either directly, as occurred in some Muslim countries when the priest Dunlop undertook that task there, or by indirect methods. When the task was undertaken, most of the successful students who studied in Dunlop’s schools and graduated from them, arose as a destructive pickaxe in their country, or as one of the enemies’ most lethal weapons. Such students strive hard to influence the educational curriculum and steer it towards secularism, an ideology that does not centre on having faith (iman) in Allah and His Messenger, but rather steers towards Atheism, or towards immorality and corruption.
6 - The large number of individuals amongst the Jews and Christians who have undertaken the study of Islam, Arabic language, compiling books, and taking positions of teaching in universities, until they created an ideological turmoil and confusion amongst the educated Muslims - which they hurl at those they are teaching, or with which they fill their books. This happened to such an extent that some of those books became source-works, which later writers and researchers refer to in matters of ideology or history. Many people, who were responsible for creating some of this ideological turmoil in the Muslim countries, were actually Muslims who graduated at the hands of such people. The praise and awe, which surrounded such graduates, helped them to achieve this, as well as achieve their posts and positions, such as important posts in teaching and leadership. So they completed what their teachers had initiated of corruption and fulfilled what their gurus could not achieve, because these students were offspring of Muslims from the same kind, ascribing themselves to them and speaking their own language.
7 - A large number of missionary workers, calling to Christianity, have
gone forth amongst the Muslims performing their work upon them. Such missionary
activities are based upon well studied principles, and upon a large scale,
employing hundreds of thousands of men and women. Huge financial budgets are
set aside for this task, and they are aided in such a way that their task is
made easier and obstacles are removed for them. “They want to extinguish the
Light (the Religion) of Allah (by blowing) with their mouths, but Allah will
bring His Light to perfection and completion, even though the disbelievers hate
it.” [Surah as-Saff 61:8]. Just as
the efforts of the missionaries are set up and aimed mostly at the common
levels, then the efforts of the Orientalists are directed at the educated - as
previously mentioned. The missionaries take on huge hardships in their work in
the African countries, and in the remote villages of the far extreme Muslim
lands, in eastern
8 - Spreading corruption in the Muslim societies; belittling the status of women as regards their role in life, making her transgress the limits that Allah has set for her, causing her to be satisfied with abstaining from the correct Path. They do this by spreading propaganda amongst the Muslims in various ways and manners, so that women are encouraged to freely mix with men, and so that women are encouraged to work in the places of men. By this, they aim to corrupt the Muslim society, and to put an end to the chastity and purity, which is found therein. Additionally, they bring up imaginary issues and false propaganda - claiming that Islam oppresses women, and that Muslim women have very little of their own rights.
We ask Allah, the Most High, that He grants right guidance to this ummah with regards to their affairs, that He grants protection to it from the plots of its enemies, and that He grants it firmness and obedience, both in speech and action, so that there can be for them might, strength and honour as Allah desires for them. Indeed He is the One having power over this. And may Allah extol and send His blessings of peace upon our Prophet Muhammad; and upon his Family, his Companions, and those who follow them. Ameen!
Abdul Haq Abdul Kadir