Wednesday, January 21, 2009

events to befall this Ummah

AsSalam Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

source: The State of the Ummah - Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee hafidhahullaah
A talk delivered at the Qu'ran and Sunnah Society Conference in America 1993.

Events to Befall this Ummah

The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam informed us of events which will befall this Ummah (i.e. Muslim peoples), some of these narrations speak of good for this Ummah - indicating also that the future, power and honour is for the Muslims; and that they will be established in the land. Other narrations warn us against those evil matters, that which would distance us from Allaah - the Most High - and make us weak in-front of the nations. We will discuss some of these narrations which mention the two types of weaknesses.

First Type of Weakness Explained

The first of these narrations is that of Thawbaan radiallaahu 'anhu the freed slave of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. He related that the messenger of Allaah said: "The nations are about to call each other and set upon you, just as diners set upon food." It was said: "Will it be because of our small number that day?" He said: "Rather, on that day you will be many, but you will be like foam, like the foam on the river. And Allaah will remove the fear of you from the hearts of your enemies and will throw wahn (weakness) into your hearts." Someone said: "O Messenger of Allaah! What is Wahn?" He said: "Love of the world and the hatred for death." [5]

This Hadeeth explains the first form of weakness, which has befallen the Ummah in all corners of the world, as being a result of inclination to this world, love of it, and being preoccupied with it, whilst turning away from the Hereafter, being distant from it and hatred of death. Hatred of death is a sign of loving this world, since the one who loves this world, hates death. Since, with death, comes the meeting with Allaah - the Most Perfect.

Some Benefits of this Hadeeth

From the Hadeeth we can conclude the following:-

[i] That the disbelievers attentively observe the Muslim Ummah and study their condition, when they see a weakness they strike at it and if they see a barrier, they destroy it. When they see that the Ummah cannot defend itself, they do not show mercy, since they are the enemies of Allaah. So they hate the Muslims because they (the Muslims) call to the worship and obedience of Allaah.

[ii] The Muslim lands possess many riches, being sources of goods and blessings. This is why the enemies of Allaah desire these lands and try to conquer them.

[iii] The Ummah has reached a level where it cannot defend its honour, riches nor wealth from its conquering enemies.

[iv] The disbelievers have divided the conquered lands of the Muslims between themselves, just like diners when gathered around their dish - what do they do? Each of them take their portion until he is full; and he will not be content with that which is in his plate, except with that which fills. The prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, warned us about this fact - the cutting up of the Muslim lands, for he said: "You will form different armies, an army in Greater Syria (Sham), an army in 'Iraaq and an army in Yeman." I asked: "Which one shall I be with O Messenger of Allaah?" He said: "I advise you with the (army) of Sham and whoever refuses then let him join the Yemen and beware. For indeed Allaah - the Mighty and Majestic - has guaranteed Sham and its people for me." [6]

[v] That the disbelievers do not fear the Muslims. At the time of the prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam when the disbelievers heard that the prophet was preparing to engage them in battle, they would become fearful and turn on their heels. This is what happened at the battle of Tabook. At this battle, the prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam traveled a months journey to fight the Romans, when they heard of the Messenger of Allaah's sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam approach they fled. So the prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "I have been given five (things) which no one else before me has been given. I have been aided with fear - a distance of one month's traveling... ...." [7]

Allaah the - the Most High - states:

"Soon We shall cast terror into the hearts of the disbelievers, for that they made Shirk, for which He had sent no authority." [8]

Indeed, fear is a weapon which Allaah implants in the hearts of His enemies. This is why the strength of the Muslims, is not in their great numbers - weapons or wealth - but it is in their aqeedah (belief) and their adhering to it. For today there are plenty of Muslims, but they are like foam, like the foam carried by the waves. And their riches are many but cannot be for them. Rather, it has become the possession of their enemies. For example: The Muslims today approximate over one billion and they grow in number everyday. However, at the same time they are the weakest of nations in every country they are in, being persecuted - why? Because they have become like foam, like the foam on the waves. Also, the lands of the Muslims possess many riches and minerals, but where does it all end up? With the disbelievers in Europe or America, or it goes to the Jews of Palestine. The Muslim oil constitutes approximately one third of the world's reserves, but the Muslims are the poorest of people - why? Because they do not possess anything from their Deen (religion), except a name. So they call to it, but all their riches now belong to their enemies.

....Insha Allah, will be continued

Zawjatul Muhammad
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