“O you who covers himself [with a garment],arise and warn and glorify your Lord.”
Although this verse was directed towardsRasulullah SAW, it has a broader meaning for the whole ummah.
Through this verse, Allah SWT commandsMuslims to awake and defend and spread Islam, by glorifying Him.
Muslims have been in great slumber for thelast few centuries ― since the collapse of the Islamic empire.The time now has come for us to arise, and proudly hold up the torch of Islamand spread the Shiar of Islam.
There is a saying in Tamil: “One, who keepson receiving knocks on his head, is a fool. One, who keeps on knocking one’shead, is also a fool.”
Muslims during the last few centuries –more so during the last few decades have been ‘knocked on their heads’ continuously,from all quarters – especially the Westerners; and we have been bearing theknocks with no reaction, although with great reluctance. So, according to thatsaying we Muslims are fools, because we don’t retaliate. All those who keep on‘knocking the heads’ of Muslims, to keep them under their thumbs, are alsofools; because, they have failed to realise that atime would come, when the oppressed, being no longer able to bear the ‘knocks’,would one day retaliate and rebel. The classical example of this is theuprising and revolt and throwing away of tyrannical rulers in some Mid Eastcountries – Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, etc.
The onslaught on Muslims worldwide istwo-pronged:
1. to create hatred and phobia in non-Muslimmasses by attributing all actions of violence to Muslims; and branding them as‘terrorists’, and ruthless killers.
2. to detach Muslims from their firm adherenceto the principles of Islam.
They have concluded after long andintensive surveillance and studies, that the firm attachment of Muslims toAl-Quran and mosques are the factors that keep the fervour andspirit of Islam in the hearts and minds of Muslims. So, they have devised toinfluence and deviate the minds of Muslims, so that all their thoughts andinterests would be deviated from Islamic thoughts; because of which the Muslims would be only name-sake ‘Muslims’;and would be no more interested in Islam. The ways they (non-Muslims –especially the Westerners and Jews) have devised various means which can beclassified as ‘5Fs; and 3s’.
The 5Fs are: fashion; fun; films; food;female.
The 3Ssare: sports; songs; sex.
All, especially the Westerners and Jews,have put in all the efforts, and devised very attractive ways to influence;and, draw the, attention of Muslims. It needs no elaborate discussion to showhow much Muslims are now engrossed in all the 5Fs! Fashions, that keep on changingalmost every day, exert so much influence on Muslims (both men and women) somuch so they spend much of their time to know and learn the various patterns offashions. Then, they spend a lot of time in applying the fashions tothemselves! Their thoughts are so engulfed in various fashions, they do nothave time to read and understand Al-Quran; or, go to mosques to pray, andlisten to Islamic discourses.
Fun and films have so much attracted theMuslims – especially of the younger generation – that they eagerly participatein every sort of fun. The influence of fun and sports on Man is so very greatthat he forgoes almost all important things, just to watch the sports (e.g.football and badminton; cricket and hockey matches; etc.) either in the TV; or,go personally to those places where they are held. Muslims now are noexception! They too forgo all important duties – prayers at appointed times;familial duties such as looking into children’s necessities; buying householdthings; etc.
Films and TV serials are indeed the otherdevastating and demoralising factor that blunts theiman (faith), among Muslims. These keep the Muslims so glued totheir seats, that they no more think of going to mosque. Some may prefer topray at home, just to fulfill their duty in the shortest time possible; andthen spend much of their time in fun and films. The more the Muslims keep awayfrom mosque and Al-Quran, and spend much of their time in other activities, themore their faith is eroded. Worldly pleasure takes precedence in their
thoughts.Spirit of Islam is cast aside ― true to what Allah SWT has saidin Al-Quran:
“Andwhen they see some merchandise or some amusement [beating of Tambur (drum)etc.] they disperse headlong to it, and leave you (Muhammad SAW)standing [while delivering Jumu’ah’s religious talk (Khutbah)]. Say “Thatwhich Allâh has is better than any amusement or merchandise! And Allâh is theBest of providers.”
And, this is what the opponents of Islam ― theWesterners and Jews ― aim for: detach the Muslims from theiraffinity towards Al-Quran and mosques.
“Let not the free disposal (and affluence)of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you. A brief enjoyment; then,their ultimate abode is Hell; and worst indeed is that place for rest.” (Al-Quran 3:196 and 197)
Islam does not discourage nor condemnsports and fun. No! The Sahabah had involved in simple sports such as archery andhorse-riding; but, only at times when they were free – after completing allother important duties.
The latest in Afghanistan is a classical exampleof how the Western media spread their false propaganda of their wicked andcynical plans to victimise theMuslims, in every possible way. Anything disastrous that happens is attributedto Muslim terrorists! Some 150 young students, mostly girls, fell criticallyill, after consuming water. On investigation, it was found that the source oftheir water-supply was poisoned! Immediately, the news flashed in all mediasaying that “the Muslim terrorists poisoned the water”! No human in his rightframe of mind, would ever believe this. Why would the Muslims poison their ownchildren? The so-called ‘Muslim terrorists’ are fighting to free theircountries and their children from the aggressors’ heinous influence, which onlybring about destruction of human values and morality; and sanctity of Islam.The poisoning of the source of water must have been done by the aggressorsthemselves; and the blame put on the Muslims – hoping to create hatred ofpeople against the Muslim fighters.
The Muslims are only fighting to drive awaythe Westerners from their soil; thereby safeguarding their country from beingplundered of its wealth; and also safeguarding their people from thedetrimental influence of the Westerners, which only brings about destruction oftheir noble culture and their Islamic way of life.
The accusation of ‘poisoning the source ofwater for the school children’ is a clear example of planning and execution oftheir false propaganda; and put all the blame on Muslims to create disgust andphobia among world society against Muslims. All acts of terrorism that occursin any part of the world, are immediately attributed to Muslims.
For example, all ‘acts of terrorism’ whichoccurred in India wereimmediately attributed to Muslims, by all media in India and the world. However, aftermany years, now it has come to light that they were all the work of the Hinduextremists, whose sole aim is to create hatred among Indians, and the world,against Muslims; and marginalise theMuslims in every aspect. Most unfortunately, the high-ranking police officer,who exposed the plot and execution by the Hindu extremists was killed, to coverup all the proofs.
All ‘acts of terrorism’ that occur in Afghanistan and Iraq, are actually well-plannedatrocities carried out by Western forces, after which Muslims are blamed for.
Why are the Westerners so against Islam andMuslims? It is simply, FEAR – FEAR OF ISLAM; AND FEAR OF MUSLIMS!
Fear that Muslims would again regain theirpast glory, when they ruled major portions of the then ‘civilised world’; andIslam had spread to all corners of the earth – China, India, Africa, East Asianand Far Eastern countries, Spain and its neighbouring countries.
Now, the Western world with the leadershipof America, wants to control the whole world in the form of neo-colonialism; bywhich, the leaders of the various countries ‘kneel’ in front of them and obeyto whatever commands they (USA) lay down. The reasons in wanting to dominate anddictate to others, are simply obvious:
1. To plunder the wealth in those countries –petroleum; minerals; agro-products.
2. To destroy the values and cultures of thosecountries; and impose and spread their Western culture and values, which theycall as ‘Human Rights’; but which, in fact, are the cause of total collapse ofhuman values and morality.
Almost all nations in the world have mostreadily accepted Americaas their ‘master’, and given theirsubmission and obedience – including some Muslim countries. But, some Muslimsleaders have obstinately rejected the Westerners powerful thrust; and rejectedthe Westerners supremacy. And they are: Iraq,Iran, Libya, Afghanistanand Syria.
Iraq and Iran have got the wealth of petrol; Afghanistanhas got a rich bed of gold. Also, in these countries, the Islamic values areprotected; and practised in full, and thereby human values are maximallysafeguarded. This caused the Westerners – especially the self-proclaimed‘policeman of the world’ (USA)– anger and great concern against these Muslim states. They could not‘colonise’ these countries! They could not impose their orders! They could notpollute the minds and ways of life of these staunch Muslims! “Something must bedone to bring these Muslims to their knees!” they roared with anger!
They plotted; schemed; mustered all theother enemies of Islam as their partners; and let loose all weapons of attackon the Muslim states; and Muslims by:
1. Attack by weapons – to kill as many Muslimsas possible;
2. Attack through mass media – to createintense hatred against Islam and Muslims, by branding them with all sorts ofheinous terminology.
To implement their first plan, they devisedall sorts of false ‘proofs’ to justify their direct intervention and attack inMuslim countries – as what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. To implement theirsecond plan, they used mass media to the maximum having full control ofinformation technology within their hands, to tarnish Islam and slander Muslimsin all possible ways.
The sole agenda of the Westerners and Jewsis to decimate the Muslims in this world to the maximum; because, they areactually worried and afraid that very soon Muslims will again dominate theworld; and Islam will regain its past glory. So, they try all their best anduse all means within their capacity — sophisticated weaponry, to kill theMuslims under false pretexts and destroy Muslim countries; and I.T. media — tospread false accusations and propaganda against Islam, and Muslims.
To let loose all their very-well-plannedconspiracies, they started with Iraq.Under a totally unfounded lie, that Iraq’sSaddam Hussein was amassing ‘weapons of mass destruction’(WMD), Americawith its collaborators, forced the UN to approve stringent sanctions; becauseof which about 1.7 million Muslims – mostly children and women – died ofstarvation. Not being satisfied with that they went further, again forcing theUN to approve military aggression; by which nearly another million of Muslimswere killed; and the country was totally destroyed. Their aim was to only to killMuslims; and so, even dropped bombs on milk depots, destroying them to devoidfood for children, to prevent regeneration of new generations of Muslims.
After all the devastation had been done,they had ‘the cheek’ to say “After intensive examination and search of everypart of Iraq, there is NO EVIDENCE OF PRODUCTION OF WMD”, andthat “America and its allieshad waged war against Iraqon wrong information by CIA.” So simpleas that! After the whole country, with great number of its population, and withits great treasure of Islamic culture and literature, having been reduced toashes, they come out with that most arrogant statement: “No WMD found; theattack was because of wrong information!”
Still, the Western vultures were notsatisfied. They wanted some more Muslims and some more Muslim countries to bedestroyed. Again they plotted with the Israelis, and created the deceptivestory behind the ‘complete collapse of WTC’ in 2001. Would anyone in his rightsenses believe that the impact by a couple of airplanes at the top of askyscraper could cause the total collapse of the massive structure? Many atime, planes have crashed against tall buildings. Only a floor, or part of thebuilding, collapsed. Never in history had massive structure such as WTC evercome down totally. Only concomitant blasts at the base, blowing away thefoundation, can bring about total collapse of huge buildings, like WTC.
And that is exactly what happened then.William Rodriguez, who was at the second floor of the WTC, and the last man toescape out of the tower after saving many people, has this say: “The basementof WTC 1 exploded before the plane hit.” But, his statement was ignored andblotted out by officials. But, another maintenance worker also reported thesame.
And surprisingly, all Israeli workers(about 5000 of them) at WTC did not turn up for work on that day! Does this notraise great suspicion?
Under this pretext of the attack on WTC,again the Americans with their allies waged war against Afghanistan, giving the excuse that they arehunting for Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network; again completelydestroying a Muslim country, Afghanistan,and many thousands of Muslims.
Now, WHO ARE THE TERORRISTS? Is it the mostmerciless and ruthless Westerners? Or, the innocent, poorly armed Muslims?
When Muslims attack the foreign forces withwhatever means they have, to free their country from the aggressors, they areimmediately labeled as ‘Muslim terrorists’. When the Westerners attack theinnocent Muslims, who fight to liberate their country, they claim to be‘attacking terrorists to bring peace in that country!’ The simplest way tobring about peace is to simply withdraw all foreign forces from the respectivecountries. Why did Osama bin Laden fight against the Americans? His only demandwas to get the Western forces out of the Holy Land – Saudi Arabia, which has beendefiled by the presence of the Kafirs.
The Western forces that are in foreign soiluse all sorts of modern weaponry -– drones; ballistic missiles; cluster-bombs;and other deadly weapons – to kill as many Muslims as possible, so that theMuslims will not regain their past glory. Muslims, who do not have suchsophisticated weapons; nor any sort of planes, load cars and lorries withexplosives; and sometimes, tie up explosives on their own bodies, and detonateto attack the infiltrators and cause as much damage as possible. Theseliberation fighters are labeled as ‘terrorists’!
It isonly with the very firm strength of iman,with fear of Allah (taqwa), and totaladherence to Al-Quran and sunnah, wecan defeat the enemies of Islam. They may have the strongest of weapons and thebiggest army. But, all that would be no match to the weapons of iman, taqwaand total belief in His Power, and His Help. One may wonder,and may not believe this; but please, look back at Islamic history:
Comparativelysmall forces with inadequate, outdated weaponry have won against huge army,fully armed with weapons of that time.
Did notthe 313 very poorly armed Muslim soldiers win over their enemy who outnumberedthem 3 times more, and were fully ‘armed to the teeth’ in the Battle of Badr?How did that happen? Their strong imanand total taqwa to Allah helped themwin the battle.
But, inthe battle of Hunain, the Muslims taking pride in their strength and arms,thought they could defeat their enemies easily. But, Allah made them bedefeated. The Muslims warriors did not depend on taqwa; but depended on the strength of their army; and thought theycould defeat their enemies easily. However,to their shock and dismay, Allah made them lose initially. But, very soon, whenthe Muslims realised their mistake, and pleaded to Allah, He granted victory. Itis NOT the might of weaponry, or the great number of armed forces that decidevictory in a war. It is the Will and Might of Allah that decides the victory.
“TrulyAllâh has given you victory on many battle fields, and on the Day of Hunain(battle) when you rejoiced at your great number but it availed you naught andthe earth, vast as it is, was straitened for you, then you turned back inflight. Then Allâh did send down His Sakînah (calmness, tranquillity andreassurance, etc.) on the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and on the believers, andsent down forces (angels) which you saw not, and punished the disbelievers.Such is the recompense of disbelievers.” (Al-Quran 9:25 and 26)
Was not the Persian army, which was thesuperior power of that time, with its great army of 120,000 soldiers, under itsmost-renowned general, Rustam, defeated by the Muslim army, which wascomparatively small, and in no way equal in arms, under the great commander,Saad ibni Abi Waqis, in the Battle of Qaathisyya? What made him win the war? Itwas the advice given by Khalifah Umar ibnu al-Khatab to his general, while sendinghim to the battlefield:
“Always be God-fearing (taqwa). Alwaysfollow the sunnah of Rasulullah. Victory will then kiss you feet. Whenconfronted with hardships, be patient and plead to Allah for His Help …….”
Even now, did not the Russians –- one ofthe superpowers in the present world, with all the very highly sophisticated armoryand air force –- fail miserably, and were defeated by Muslims in Afghanistan,who were very poorly armed; and with no air force at all? So much so, laterthey even advised the Americans not to go into Afghanistan! Not heeding theexperienced Russians’ advice, Americawent in; and now, shamefully retreating. Everyone knows that almost all of Afghanistan hasalways been in the control of Taliban, excepting a few major cities. AllAmerican and Nato military generals had openly admitted that they cannot winthis war, though they are superior in every aspect.
Failing miserably in their mission, theynow try to pitch hatred and war between Afghanistanand Pakistan,coming out with all sorts of fake stories –- as usual.
As longas the Afghans very strictly follow the ethics of Islam, no power in the worldcould defeat them. Russians failed! Americans and its Nato allied forces,shamefully were also defeated. However, the Westerners have succeeded in sowingthe seed of pleasure among the Afghans -– the 5Fs: fun, song, dance, etc. (viewthe picture in New Straits Times, July 2, 2012 – World News)
A fewAfghan youngsters are now influenced by Western lifestyle -– rock-band, dance,dress; etc. These, inevitably would lead to their doom, as the signs now show.
OMuslims! Awake! Enemies of Islam are out there to crush Islam and Muslims. Theydeploy all sorts of ways and spin webs of deceit to detract Muslims from theirfaith and the Quran. They create all sort of false stories, such as theycreated against Saddam Hussein and Iraq,saying that he was amassing W.M.D., just as excuse to take over Iraq andcontrol its oil fields! After the whole country was devastated; and millions ofMuslims were massacred, they then said that they could find no W.M.D.; and theinvasion was due to wrong information! As simple as that!
Afghanistan too hasbeen reduced to ashes. Enmity between Muslims –- the stooges of Westernersagainst the loyal Muslim fighters –- has been successfully created.
TheWesterners are extremely happy! They have achieved more than they wanted!
OMUSLIMS! ENOUGH OF OUR SLUMBER! AWAKE! DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT THEWESTERNERS SAY ABOUT WE MUSLIMS.
Anyaction by Muslims against the Westerners to free their nation, is sure to belabeled as ‘terrorism’. Let us counter them immediately through all availablemedia –- internet, newspapers, magazines, etc. – and expose every act of theirterrorism. Every accusation by them must be retaliated.
Let usdetach ourselves from their wicked influence of those 5Fs and 3Ss.
Let usfollow the great Muslim leaders of the golden era of Islam, by most happilyattaching ourselves to mosques; and the teachings of Al-Quran and Sunnah.
Let everyMuslim be sincerely attached to madrasahs(Islamic religious schools), in some form or other.
No force,however mighty they may be, can then subjugate us; because the Might of Allahis greater than any might of Man. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO REGAIN THE GLORY OFTHE GOLDEN ERA OF ISLAM; AND BRING THE WHOLE WORLD FROM EVIL TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Allahsays in Al-Quran:
“He it isWho sends Salât (His blessings) on you, and His angels too (ask Allâh to blessand forgive you), that He may bring you out from darkness (of disbelief andpolytheism) into light (of Belief and Islâmic Monotheism). And He is Ever MostMerciful to the believers.” (33:43)
Acommunity that is always being blessed by Allah SWT canNEVER be defeated, as long as that community very firmly adheres to hiscommandments.
Islamdoes not at all prevent or discourage Muslims to work hard in this world andacquire as much wealth as possible. In fact, it encourages doing so – onlyafter giving
priorityto the thought of Allah SWT and, fulfilling all His commandments:
“O you who believe! Let not your properties oryour children divert you from the
remembranceof Allâh. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers.” (63:9)
“O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call isproclaimed for the Salât (prayer) on the day of Friday (Jumu’ah prayer), cometo the remembrance of Allâh [Jumu’ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salât(prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing), that is better foryou if you did but know! Then when the (Jumu’ah) Salât (prayer) is finished,you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allâh (by working,etc.), and remember Allâh much, that you may be successful.” (62:9&10)
It is theremembrance of Allah that would give success in this world; and the Hereafter, asthe Sahabahs succeeded in ruling this world; and also being assured of Paradise by Allah SWT.
It isthis attitude that Saidina Ali ibn Abi Talib r.a. advocates in a nutshell:
“Live inthis world as if you are going to live forever; (go on working hard, and earnas much as you can) but, with the thought that you may die tomorrow.” (so thatyou always think of Allah SWT, and do good deeds).
Whatevermay be the concerted conspiracies of anti-Muslims, the bright star of Islamstill shines ― and would always shine ― brilliantly in the sky.
Sa‘ad ibn Abi Waqqas ― who defeated Persian empire;
Tariq binZiyad ― who conquered Spain;
Muhammadibn Kassim ― who at the age of 17, conquered all countries up to India;
Salahuddinal-Ayubi ― who defeated the Christian crusaders and liberated Baitul Muqadis;
…. havealready emerged all over the world. And, with each and every Muslim’scooperation and participation with them, inshaAllah, the world will very soonglow with the glory of Islam.