by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Sahib
Allah Almighty’s decisions are so strange and wonderful that a human being, already engaged in matters relating to materiality, are amazed. It is beyond human being’s approach to reach the depth of Allah’s creative decisions while he does not find a way out of the circle of apparent reasons and circumstances. Atheists consider reasons equivalent to their gods, while in most cases they worship the reasons. But, there are many who claim to have stronger belief and possess ability to see beyond the reasons. The glittering and antichrist civilization of the Europe has turned people of better vision into blind, and Unitarians to go against the reasons.
Allah Almighty has very clearly distinguished the ‘tussle between belief and materiality’ in Surah-e-Kahaf. In this Surah Allah has described four stories one of which is of that farmer who was provided with all material facilities of prosperity. He owned two farms of grapes. Palm and date trees had surrounded the grape farm. In the center there was a cultivation land. Besides these two farms he was also provided a lot of other facilities to spend luxurious life. As it happens in such circumstances, he forgot the realities behind all such facilities and blessings and thought that whatever he possessed, it was all because of his education and wisdom and he would never see a decline in it. But, when a calamity hit his properties and storms swept through his farms making them plain fields then he thought gathering the pain of the entire world in his voice, “Had I not been such an atheist who indulged into polytheism, I would not have faced such a fate today.”
The scholar of Islam, Hazrat Maulana 'Ali Mian Noorullah says, “This farmer was not such a polytheist like others. He, at least, believed in Allah. As far as the polytheism is concerned, it was all under the circumstances. He had thought that all his wealth and properties were the real reasons of his success and prosperity. Under these circumstances he ignored the Divine Power and focused on the existence. This is the polytheism from which the present day materialistic civilization is suffering. The existing civilization has given the status of god to the materialistic reasons. This is a new sort of idolism and polytheism, which is badly decaying the humanity. The Holy Qur’an has defined every sort of centuries old as well as present day polytheism. The Holy Book has clearly negated the polytheism on the basis of reasons. The Qur’an says that whatever happens in this universe, this is all on the orders of Allah Almighty Who is the only Divine Power Who controls all worlds. He is the creator of all reasons. His all decisions and judgements carry deep strategy. He can change any situation any moment. He can produce peace from the cruelty and He can generate spring from autumn.”
It is a fact that under the prevailing circumstances Muslims find no good news for themselves. Blood of Muslims from Afghanistan to Iraq and from Kashmir to Gujarat is making an unremoveable line on the earth. We know that the believers of Islam do not have a leadership who could pull the Muslims out of crisis. All apparent and hidden resources of Muslims are controlled by the aliens. Alas! The strangers and non-Muslim forces, while control their own resources, also enjoy hold of all natural resources, seas, air space and sensitive installations and bigwigs of Ummah. It is ridiculous that Muslim leaders, high ups and resources are being used for the benefit of foreigners and not for the Ummah. But, despite all these circumstances, no Muslim who has strong belief in Allah and Islam, is happy. Everyone is worried and concerned over the prevailing circumstances.
The strong belief in the religion protects the Muslim against all sorts of desperations. We must not forget that the actual damage or development is the internal damage or development of an individual or the nation. A person who loses his prestige in his own eyes can never be praised in the world. Such a person can never enjoy an honour in the society. Anyone who faces defeat in the hidden life, does not get any support from the victory of apparent success and happiness. Apparent designs continue to change. Materialistic monuments sometime present enthralling view of high-rise and sometime implode. Villages and cities are built and razed. Their construction and devastation is not so important as compared to the development and honour of a person or nation.
Present day’s problem of Muslims is neither the fall of Afghanistan or Iraq nor the bloodshed of Muslims in Gujarat. The biggest issue is to save the Muslims from internal damages. If they succeeded in protecting themselves against the prevailing polytheism, and if they succeeded in keeping the lamp of religious belief on, if they never give up patience during their continued struggle to protect their religion and Ummah, they would soon see a day of success. Muslims must not forget that they have been sent to make other nations to follow them and not for the purpose that they should follow other polytheist nations, culture and civilization. Muslims are to lead the world. The rise and decline of the world is highly attached to the Ummah.
As long as Muslims ruled the world they enjoyed control over worldwide trade, economy and all societies. But as soon as they faced decline, every sector went out of their hand and met devastation. We should struggle hard to avert our decline. We should not only make efforts to protect ourselves against the spurt of storms but we should also try to protect others as well.
We should pray for the blessings of Allah Almighty against the sense of deprivation and inferiority complex. A person who falls into his own sight never enjoys respect in the society. Stay away from the sense of despair. We must not forget that it is not Muslim’s honor to become disappointed. Reasons should never be taken as everything but we must look into the realities behind the reasons. It is our belief that everything is from Allah and nothing can happen without His order. We must keep in view that every move of the nature is full of strategy. If it is gust of winds, it might be to awaken those who are unaware of their surroundings. The present day situation is that many have now waken up but a number of other who woke up have closed their eyes again, waiting another Kabul-like fall.
If by the blessing of Allah Almighty you are up from the profound sleep then it is your duty to wake up those who are still asleep around you. Enlighten the lamp of hope into their hearts and prepare them for the future. Tell them that the religion of Islam has not been sent to the earth to be eliminated, but this religion has been sent to eliminate all other religions. Muslims Ummah are not to become oppressed but they are to rule all other nations.
The prevailing circumstances, which are absolutely against Muslims, are all because of our own weaknesses and wrongdoings. If today we are confronting defeat and decline, this situation is not permanent. We can swear a thousand times on Allah Almighty that ultimate victory is of Muslims. But, they will be other type of Muslims who would eye behind the reasons and not the reason only, who would be afraid of the Creator of all worlds and not of the material human beings. They would have strong belief in Allah and His religion.
Don’t give up and never be afraid if you really are true Muslim. Ultimate victory is yours. (Al-e-Imran)