Salaam Alaykom wa rahmatollah wa barakatuh,
in the name of Allah,most gracious,most merciful.
Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation; Lord and Supporter of the oppressed monotheists; Breaker and Vanquisher of unjust tyrants. Peace and blessings be upon the Seal of the Prophets, and their master; Imam and exemplar of the Mujahideen; and upon his household and his companions and those guided by his guidance; revive his Sunnah until the Day of Judgment.
81. And say: “The truth has come, and falsehood has vanished. Surely falsehood is ever bound to vanish by its very nature.”
There is no doubt that all Muslims on the face of the earth want to see the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammed SAS live in peace and harmony. The way towards peace and harmony is very difficult and full of trials and sacrifices. Many Muslims from all around the world are claiming that they have the keys to peace and harmony. From Morocco to Indonesia we have thousands of ‘Islamic groups” who claim to be on the truth. These groups have beautiful names like “The supporters of Sharia, The Muslim brotherhood, The group of D’awa, The Party of Islam, justice and development parties and the list goes on. All of these groups want to represent the Ummah and lead it towards peace and harmony.
The big question is, which group has the best tools and resources to lead the Ummah? Every member who is part of the above mentioned groups will claim that his group is the answer to the question. If you ask them about the Quran and the Sunnah their reply is “we are the true followers of the Quran and the Sunnah”. If you ask their opinion about the other groups they will say that the other groups have many misconceptions and are following falsehood. So we get a situation where everyone is happy with that which he follows.
But people have cut off their affair (of unity), between them, into sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself. (Quran 23:53)
The Prophet Muhammed SAS said: “My Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three (73) sects. All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect. They (the Companions) said: Allah’s Messenger, which is that? Whereupon he said: It is one to which I and my companions belong“. [Tirmidhi. 171]
So there is no chance on the full unity which we all hope for?! If the prophet Muhammed SAS said that we will be divided into 73 sects we will be divided.
Another Question came to my mind, Which group belongs to the save sect which the prophet Muhammed SAS mentioned in the following Hadith?
The Prophet Muhammed SAS said “A group of my Ummah shall remain steadfast, on the truth, victorious, unharmed by those who oppose them, and do not support them, until the death or until the Day of Resurrection.”
So we have dozens of groups which all claim that they are the saved sect and they all claim that the other groups are the deviant sects.
What is our responsibility?
The followers of the Salafi jihadi movement made a big mistake when they approached the books of Islamic Knowledge. You will find many supporters of the Mujahideen who claim to be a follower of the Salafi jihadi movement but doesn’t know what it means to be follower of this path. He or she thinks that by repeating some words of the Jihadi leaders he is doing enough. You will hear pro jihadi Muslims speaking about implementing sharia and he or she doesn’t know the true meaning of the testimony of faith.
We also find this problem in the fields of worldly knowledge. There are some supporters who talk about executing operations or establishing a jihadi group without any knowledge about warfare and management. Instead of seeking knowledge about our religion and other beneficial subjects we are wasting our time with knowledge which the prophet peace be upon him refrained from.
Abu Hurairah t narrated that Allâh’s Messenger r said, “The knowledge from which no benefit is derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in the cause of Allâh.” (Tirmidhi 280)
My advice to the Salafi jihadi supporters is to study their religion and seek knowledge in all fields which will benefit the Ummah.
Here is a story which will give you an idea about seeking knowledge
There was a senior student of knowledge who entered a Masjid in Baghdad. He entered the Masjid and prayed Asr. When he finished praying the Imam stood up and began to give a speech about aqeedah. When the student of knowledge listened to the Imam he was shocked. He stood up and said to the people that the Imam is preaching deviant ideas. The people asked the Student to clarify his claim. So the student started to explain to the people with Quran and Sunnah. When the Imam saw that the student has more knowledge than him he started to pack his bags and told he people he is leaving. The people of the masjid asked him why? he said that Allah is testing him! He said that Allah has sent a devil to the mosque who is going to led the people astray. They asked him to show them this devil. The Imam pointed his finger to the student of knowledge. The people in the Masjid began to beat the student until they broke his hands,nose and blood was coming out of his head. The Student ran away and left Baghdad for al-Mosul. The student went to his scholar and told him what happened. The Scholar laughed and told him that he needs to seek knowledge in the field of human behavior. So the student began to work with all kind of people. He worked on farms, sea, markets and other places. After 2 years he returned to the Masjid in Baghdad. He entered the Masjid and prayed Asr. Again the Imam stood up and began to preach his deviant ideas. The student stood up and said Subhan’Allah! I have dreamed something about you. The Imam said what did you dream? The student said “I dreamed that Allah chose you to be on of the righteous servants who are blessed. The Imam replied, what did Allah SWT bless me with? The Student said “Allah has blessed your long beard. The people asked the student what for blessing is in his beard? The student replied “if you pluck some hairs from the facial hair of the Imam you will get allot money and many other worldly things. before the Imam moved one step towards the door of the Masjid, all the people jumped on him and began to pluck his beard. In Les than 10 second the Imam was covered with blood and was plucked from his facial hair. The student of knowledge walked towards the Imam and said to him do you remember the devil who came to the Masjid to led the people astray? The Imam stood up and began to cry and asked him for forgiveness. After the whole event the Student traveled to al-Mosul to seek tazkiyah from his scholars. They asked him where he disappeared for the last 2 years. he told them the whole story and got his tazkiyah. (End of story)
What I’m trying to say with this story is that we don’t need to become programmed androids who repeat what they hear. We need to begin with seeking knowledge in all beneficial fields so that we can win the war of hearts and minds. Establishing an Islamic state is not possible if we don’t have people who can operate in different fields. We need to outsmart the other groups and spread our influence in the communities.
We need to remove false negative ideas which many Muslims have about us. Many people think that we are only good in killing and destruction.
*** So seek (authentic) Islamic knowledge -whatever is your job ***
*** For there’s no job better than being a true servant of Allah ***
I pray that Allah Almighty dispose our hearts in obedience to Him and to make us steadfast in His Religion; and to use us to champion His Religion and its proponents. I pray that He makes possible for us the path to meet and for Him to be pleased with us, to enable us to glorify the obedient people and humiliate the disobedient people. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allah (subhanahu wa taa’ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.
The poor and weak servant of Allah