Oh Muslims! Oh Brothers and Sisters in Islam (Deenul haqq – Religion of Truth), Remember those times when we just sit down and keep wondering why and how come the ummah is in the weak state that it is? Why is it that although muslims constitute almost a quarter of the world’s population yet we hardly have a say in dictating world affairs? And even though we muslims are mostly the victims of calculated violence, terrorism and all sorts of atrocities, yet we are almost all the time labelled as the aggressors?? I’m sure we all must have at a point in life sat down to meditate on such things. Well, brothers and sisters in Islam, an example of why the sorry situation of the ummah persists are the event of last nights and the reactions of today. I woke up this morning and while going through updates on my bbm, I kept seeing personal messages and display pics of non-muslims and sadly muslims with messages like: “RIP Whitney Houston…You will forever be remembered” and many more similar messages. Keep in mind that the prophet (SAW) said: Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. This is a mushrikah that died and here are muslims who are supposed to be submitting to will and commands of Allah(SWT) grieving and sending messages of love affection to someone who died while rejecting Allah and His Messenger (SAW), someone who died committing the greatest of dhulm (disbelief, rebelliousness) forgetting with sheer ignorance and heedlessness that Allah (SWT) said: innash shirka la dhulmun adheem : indeed, shirk is the greatest dhulm. Oh Muslims, Oh Brothers and Sisters in Islam, where are you when muslims are being killed in Afghanistan and Iraq by invading and crusading forces?? Where are you when scores of muslims are being killed daily by secular dictators all over the arab world? Where are you when muslims are being killed regularly by pilotless drones in Pakistan?? Where are you when the scholars of Islam, people who say the truth as it is are being imprisoned for life or killed?? Where were you when hundreds probably thousands of muslims in 2009 in Maiduguri were asked to lie down on the floor and being shot directly in the chest so as not to waste bullets in killing muslims?? Where were you when scores of muslims were slaughtered like lambs and sheep after Eid prayers in Jos and their bodies were roasted and eaten by their killers (in the astonishment of men and women alike who took delight while that was going on)??? Oh muslims, Oh brothers and sisters in Islam, You grieved not while all these heinous acts took place yet you grieve for a person who died committing shirk and who lived a live propagating al-munkar!! Oh muslims, where did you drop your identity as muslims and adopted a different identity which has done nothing than weaken the ummah and cause bloodshed among the muslim brethren?? Indeed, not much have been achieved with the strength of the numbers of muslims. Oh muslims, Oh brothers and sisters in islam, does it not amaze you that although the global population of Jews is hardly more than the population of Kano and Kaduna combined, yet the influence they exert over world affairs is astronomically high?? Oh muslims, Oh brothers and sisters in Islam, does it not bother you that the quality of a thing is far more important than quantity?? Has the shift in the balance of power in this country within the last few years not made you realise that real strength resides in quality rather than quantity?? Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change that is within themselves. Allah (SWT) says:
You will not find in people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW), even though they were their fathers, or their Sons, or their brothers, or their kindred (people). Surah 58:22.May Allah guide us to become better and more practical muslims sticking to our true identity. May Allah improve the quality of muslims all over the world. Ameen!
By: Usman Shehu Ibrahim
Zainab bint AbdulQadir