REFLECTIONS

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Quarterly: Issue No 24

Shawwal 1423

 


IDEOLOGICAL ATTACKS ON THE MUSLIM UMMAH


 

The greatest danger that faces the Muslim ummah 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. 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, snatching away 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 in general, including the Arabs and others, are all subject to a great ideological attack from the various nations of kufr (unbelief) from both the east and the west. The severest and most serious of these ideological attacks are:- The attacks of the Christian crusaders. The Zionist attacks. The communist and atheistic attacks. The attack of the Christian crusaders is today at its most intense. Since Salaahuddeen 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 conferences, 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. 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 amongst them. 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 Uganda and Pakistan. Or when there is a need to stabilize the advancement, or establish centres, or to establish bases, which engage in destructive ideological warfare; such as what happened in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other countries before their expulsion. The Zionist war is just the same. The Jews strive their utmost to corrupt the beliefs, morals and manners of the Muslims. The Jews crave after possessing Muslim lands, as well as the lands of others. They have fulfilled some of their plans and continue striving hard to implement the rest. Even though they do engage the Muslims in warfare involving strength and arms and have occupied some of their lands, they also fight them by spreading destructive thoughts, beliefs and ideologies; such as Freemasonry, Qadiaanisim, Parwezism, Bahaaism and others - seeking the support of the Christians and others, in order to fulfil their objectives.

 

The means that the West employs in order to spread their thoughts and ideologies are many. Some of them 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.

(2) Custody of a large group of the 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 Quran - in which the Quran 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 on using 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) The 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 Dunlops 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 (imaan) 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 these 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 teachers could not achieve, because these students were offspring of Muslims of 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 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 Asia. After that, every so often, they hold conferences in order to review their accounts and their plans; then they analyse, adjust and implement. They met in Cairo in 1906, in Edinburgh in 1910, in Lucknow (India) in 1911, and in Jerusalem in 1935, and they continue to hold such assemblies, seminars and conferences.

(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 of Islam. 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 rights of their own.

 

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 their allies within Islam, and that He grants the ummah 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 beloved Prophet Muhammad; and upon his Family, his Companions, and those who follow them. Ameen!

 

UDHIYYAH (SACRIFICE)

 

The Urdu and Persian word "Qurbaani" is derived from the Arabic word 'Qurbaan'. It means an act performed to seek nearness to Almighty Allah and to seek His good pleasure. Originally, the word 'Qurbaan' included all acts of charity because the purpose of charity is nothing but to seek Allah's pleasure. But, in precise religious terminology, the word was later confined to the sacrifice of an animal slaughtered for the sake of Allah. The sacrifice of an animal has always been treated as a recognised form of worship in all religious orders originating from a Divine Book. Even in pagan societies, the sacrifice of an animal is recognised as a form of worship, but it is done in the name of some idols and not in the name of Allah, a practice totally rejected by Islam.

In the Shariah of our beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi Wasallam), the sacrifice of an animal has been recognised as a form of worship only during three days of the month of Dhul Hijjah, namely the 10th, 11th and 12th of the month. This is to commemorate the unparalleled sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibraheem (Alayhis salaam) when he, in pursuance to a command of Allah conveyed to him in a dream, prepared himself to slaughter his beloved son Ismaeel (Alayhis salaam) and actually did this preparation. But Allah Almighty, after testing the ultimate limits of his submission, sent down a sheep and saved his son from the logical fate of slaughter. It is from that time onwards that sacrifice of an animal became an obligatory duty to be performed by every well-to-do Muslim.

Qurbaani is a demonstration to Allah and proof of complete obedience to Allah's will or command. When a Muslim offers Qurbaani, this is exactly what he intends to prove.

Thus, the Qurbaani offered by a Muslim signifies that he is a servant of Allah at his best and that he would not hesitate even for a moment, once he receives an absolute command from his Creator, to surrender before it, to obey it willingly, even it be at the price of his life and possessions. When a true and perfect Muslim receives such a command from Allah, his natural instincts stop him from indulging in the futile search for the reasoning behind the command as perceived through his limited understanding.

 

I request your humble du'aas.

 

Abdul Haq Abdul Kadir

Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

South Africa