By: Dr Eyadh Qunaibi
We witnessed a lot of massacres of the infidels against Muslims, from Indonesia to Bosnia, Chechnya, Turkestan, Afghanistan, Burma, Ahwaz, Iraq, Syria and southern Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Somalia, Nigeria and the Central African Republic, Mali and others. And here is the wound of Gaza bleeding again. Every time We Muslims, revolt emotionally and express abreactions : we exchange pictures with sad comments, curse the infidels and their allies, compose poems … our feelings vary between sorrow and joy, despair and hope, anger and fear, dissimulation and even selling Muslims tragedies to seek fame sometimes! all this does not bring a single life back to the bodies that are buried under the soil, nor replace anyone of hundreds children of orphans for tenderness of their fathers and mothers, and do not return any amputated leg or extracted eye due to bombing, and does not make a single scratch in the enemy.
Every time a calamity strikes, strong feelings of sympathy and grudge fill us, however, while the suffering goes on and on, our willpower increasingly depletes and don’t achieve significant change on ourselves… we stay the same self-indulgent sinners! The girl, who shed albeit sincere tears for Gaza yesterday, goes back dressing up in a way that causes fitnah to the Muslim youths, others go back and elect parliament members who would pass laws incriminating those who even think about helping their oppressed brethren! and for what? To get some position or to “honor” the family’s name by electing his relative! – The fruit merchant keeps on buying Zionists’ produce, and when asked, he’d reply: “What am I supposed to do?” – The engineer goes back asking, “Innocently” asking, whether it is permissible or not to work on a project to build an American military base or a training center for American troops or their allies, and he would still argue: “If I don’t do the job, someone else will definitely do it”. – Business owners, in a show of utter hypocrisy, go back decorating their premises with rulers’ portraits, rulers who are the Zionists’ safe guardians, while they KNOW that the rapist wouldn’t have been able to rape the chaste pure girl if he didn’t have reliable guards! – Store owners and mall managers indecent pictures causing fitnah to the Muslim youths advancing the lame excuse of ‘big brand’! – Muslim boys go back to watch series and pornographic materials while they wholeheartedly know that their enemies use desires as a bridle to steer them! they go back to vainly spend valuable days and years of their lives in futilities instead of acquiring the knowledge that would benefit them and without which the Ummah will never rise again.
Most of the aforementioned types of people were, in fact, deeply stirred and distressed. They used to put curses on those Jews and those who backed them up (even though this may include them, themselves!), and maybe they repeatedly sighed asking Allah for mitigation. It is undeniable that the media rage and the people’s wrath could help in reducing these crimes. And I am not attempting to undervalue the prevalent sympathy for our brothers. All I am saying, however, is that these feelings aren’t satisfactory and aren’t at all enough. This situation is quite analogous to a case where our brothers are prisoners undergoing torture, and all we’re offering is sympathy and wishes to free them. But we can’t free them; for we are being inundated with constraints and obstacles: inundated with ignorance, whims and freaks, and inundated with sickness of our hearts… Our souls and hearts are occupied as is our land. It is perhaps a consequence of our sticking to and coexistence with these constraints that Allah put us in this distress and tribulation, and gave the wicked people the power. Although the heads of the existing regimes seem to be the so-cause of distress, I would say they are merely a manifestation of a yet more fundamental cause: our own sins! These wicked rulers needn’t stop you from weeping, crying and desperately turning around the prison attempting to free them, because they already and safely know that you’ll end up failing after relieving your sorrows.
In our current tragic plight, when we come to some and say that we have to get rid of these obstacles (primarily, our sins), they always get stunned, wondering: “what obstacles!? Our brothers are being slaughtered, we need an emergent solution.” Well, during the long period of the previous plights, how many times was this response repeated!? Was an emergent solution ever available!? Well, neither a solution was available nor had we eliminated these obstacles. Like it or not, these obstacles wouldn’t be magically eliminated in the course of few moments. During the recent revolutions, Muslims merely raged, but neither enough awareness, a genuine change of the souls nor a real elimination of freaks and heart sickness was ever concomitant. What were the consequences? Well, the Kafirs succeeded in containing these revolutions. Furthermore, they succeeded in having the Muslims fighting against each other.
What do we do, then? Do we merely live in seclusion seeking knowledge, and become involved in purifying our souls? In what way, then, have we understood what the prophet (SAW) said: “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”
Brothers and sisters! We have to know one thing: for each new plight of Muslims we are going to be accountable in the Day of Judgment: “But if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight) in order to test some of you with others” (Quran: Mohammad 47:4)
What we have to do is transform this state of boiling into a positively motive force. Automobiles are propelled by fueled engines. This fuel could dangerously burn the car if it were out of its normal place. Similarly, how many of us have the Muslims’ miseries and distresses being transformed into skepticism in the act of Allah and in the predestination, into a spite at oneself and at others, and into contempt of others, so much so that he begins to add to the Muslims’ sorrows. However, if we manage to exploit our boiling state successfully, we will end up being freed of the aforementioned obstacles and constraints. Some will inevitably say to us: “This is a mere distraction of our real responsibilities; the solution is nothing but Jihad”. My dear brother, no one disputes that this is the best that can be done. But with the assumption that this is not the case, what do you do? Nothing at all?! How many times was this protest followed by no change at all on your own part?
Seriously now, let us make a genuine change in ourselves:
- How many sisters will say: for the sake of backing Gaza, I will obligate myself to properly wearing Alhijab.
- How many brothers will say: for the sake of backing Gaza, I will obligate myself to praying as required.
- How many store-owners will expunge the bad pictures from the store facade, for the sake of backing Gaza.
- How many Muslims will decide to withdraw their money from their usurious accounts, for the sake of backing Gaza.
- How many Muslims will say: for the sake of backing Gaza, I will begin to teach my children useful texts as: (In this way, the generation of Saladin emerged)?
- How many Muslims will say: for the sake of backing Caza, I will create activities for the children in the neighborhood during the summer vacation, instead of letting them stay between drugs and idling and even uttering Kufr words sometimes! In a tragedy that is worse than Gaza’s!
- How many will say: for the sake of backing Gaza, I will give up smoking, and will pay its money to needy families instead, hoping that Allah have His mercy on us because merciful people, the Most Merciful will have His mercy upon them?
- How many will say: for the sake of backing Gaza, I will remove the portraits of Tyrants which I hanged in my store or my office in hope or in fear! Because I cannot flatter them meanwhile they are partners in the crime.
So, are we going to do some of this? Or, we will keep getting angry then calm down, while our brothers get buried in the soil and we get back to our inattention just like we were?