Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family. Dear Committed brothers, dear committed sisters,
As Allah would calculate and proportion events and things- we began speaking several weeks ago about jihad and all these accusations concerning terrorism and the rest of the negative and unworthy descriptions that are thrown at committed Muslims in the world today and then we have the outbreak of hostilities and warfare in Ghazzah and the occupied territories. This would force us in light of the information and the ayaat that we have from Allah and the guidelines of His Prophet to consider our history. Why have we become a magnet for hostilities from almost every direction? We have been presented with wars that are of an economic nature, we have been enduring assaults of a cultural nature, we have been subjected to occupations and invasions of a military nature, we have been the targets of misinformation and a propaganda type of warfare and this has been taking place at a civilizational level and it has ranged throughout the decades and the centuries of the past and now we see it erupting again. When we take a look at the larger picture we can’t help ourselves but think why are other powers of the world so keen on their form of warfare, their occupations and their invasions of our own domain? Why? The answer to that is a simple one without making it a complex one, i.e. there is a factor in human nature that does not want to accept the equality and the brotherhood of the other; that’s as simple as it gets and it erupts in the form of racism or religious fanaticism or the different other labels in which they try to justify the unjustifiable. Allah knows this human nature, especially the type that targets we, the Muslims of the world, simply because we are trying with all the deficiencies and with all the depletions of potentials within our own internal house, (that’s another matter now). We’ve gone into that previously on many occasions but outside of that there is almost a constant in human history of aggression and military attacks against us. Any objective person who opens up the books of history will find that we’ve suffered from inquisitions, from displacements, from, (what is called in history books), the Crusades, from Colonialism, Imperialism, globalism, the New World Order (and) all of the jargon that comes or that goes in that direction. This would place us in the position to scrutinise closely relevant words from Allah and His Prophet to us. There are three words in the Qur’an and in the Sunnah that should be in our minds at times like this. Those three words were al harb, al qital (and) al jihad. These are three Qur’anic words and three words in the hadiths of the Prophet. For those of you who want to refer to these ayaat, al harb in one such ayah in the Qur’an is in the fourth ayah of Surah Muhammad. This is a description of the encounter of committed Muslims with military Kafirs and this ayah instructs the Muslims when they are engaged in warfare to carry out their duty. We don’t want to go into the graphic explanation of what happens in warfare but this is included in the meaning of this ayah and then after the tide turns against the contrarians to the Muslims, (i.e.) the Kafirs then
فَإِمَّا مَنًّا بَعْدُ وَإِمَّا فِدَاءً حَتَّىٰ تَضَعَ الْحَرْبُ أَوْزَارَهَا
… the Muslims will deal with them either through amnesty or through ransom until the war settles its score and ends… (Surah Muhammad verse 4)
The word war is mentioned here. There’s another ayah in the Qur’an in which the word al harb which means war is mentioned and that has to do with riba’ (or) usury.
فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُوا فَأْذَنُوا بِحَرْبٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ
Allah is putting those who are the managers of riba institutions and riba establishments on notice that He is (or) He will be at war with them… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 279)
This is war.
OK- another word is the word qital and its derivatives. And just to take one ayah or a few ayaat.
وَقَاتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ
And you wage a combat effort on a course and for the cause of Allah against those who wage a fighting or a combat effort against you… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 190)
When this ayah is explained, you have to understand it in the circumstances and in the developing events of our time. If there are others who are launching wars against us Allah is saying
وَقَاتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ وَلَا تَعْتَدُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ
We counter launch wars against them or combat missions, (i.e.) you wage combat efforts against those who wage combat efforts against you but you do not aggress (or) you don’t initiate aggression for in fact and in reality Allah does not favour aggressors. (Surah Al Baqarah verse 190)
Another few ayaat in Surah An Nisa’
فَلْيُقَاتِلْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ الَّذِينَ يَشْرُونَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا بِالْآخِرَةِ ۚ وَمَن يُقَاتِلْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَيُقْتَلْ أَوْ يَغْلِبْ
Let there be those who discharge a combat duty on a course to and for the cause of Allah exchanging this life for the life to come and whoever does this combat obligation for the cause of Allah and dies or is killed doing that or is victorious… (Surah An Nisa’ verse 74)
It doesn’t matter, there’s two outcomes viz.
فَيُقْتَلْ أَوْ يَغْلِبْ فَسَوْفَ نُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
… either you perish or you are victorious we will provide him with an immense reward. (Surah An Nisa’ verse 74)
Allah is saying here
وَمَا لَكُمْ لَا تُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَالْمُسْتَضْعَفِينَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاءِ وَالْوِلْدَانِ الَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَخْرِجْنَا مِنْ هَٰذِهِ الْقَرْيَةِ الظَّالِمِ أَهْلُهَا وَاجْعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ وَلِيًّا وَاجْعَل لَّنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ نَصِيرًا
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ الطَّاغُوتِ
Is there something wrong with you or Do you have any questions that you don’t discharge your combat duties on a course to Allah and a cause for Allah and for those who are overwhelmed or those who are overpowered men, women and children who say “Oh Allah deliver us from this oppressive social order that we find ourselves in and grant us from You a protector and a supporter”? Those who are committed to Allah they wage this combat responsibilities and duties for the cause of Allah and those who are contrarian to Allah they fight for the cause of Taghut… (Surah An Nisa’ verse 75-76)
Now let us bring your minds into the climate of this ayah. Allah chooses His words very carefully, (so to speak). He says
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ
Those who are committed to Allah discharge their combat duty for the cause of Allah… (Surah An Nisa’ verse 76)
In our traditional minds there’s Allah on one side and there is Ash Shaytaan on the other side- these are the two poles that are far apart (and) opposite each other, but this ayah didn’t say wa Alladheena Kafaru yuqatiluna fi sabil Ash Shaytaan. He said
وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ الطَّاغُوتِ
… those who are Kafirs they fight for the cause of disproportionate concentrated and abusive power… (Surah An Nisa’ verse 76)
This is Taghut. Then the ayah says, hear the word, Allah says
فَقَاتِلُوا أَوْلِيَاءَ الشَّيْطَانِ ۖ إِنَّ كَيْدَ الشَّيْطَانِ كَانَ ضَعِيفًا
… so wage these combat responsibilities against the allies of Ash Shaytaan, meaning those who have this abusive concentrated disproportionate power- these are the allies of Ash Shaytaan; the conspiracy of Ash Shaytaan is feeble (or) there is nothing much to it. (Surah An Nisa’ verse 76)
Ok- these are some of the ayaat.
Then we have the other word, the third word is al jihad. Remember, the first word is al harb- a Qur’anic/ Prophetic word; the second word is al qital- Qur’anic/Prophetic word and then al jihad. Most of the time, because Muslims haven’t thought through their own Qur’an and Sunnah, if someone says al jihad then automatically some minds think that this means warfare or combat missions or the like- that’s what some people think. Whoever thinks like that is simply saying to you and me “well we haven’t thought about what Allah is telling us.” Al jihad is a very general word and to put it in a few words of definition it means exerting your effort to exhaustion or exerting your effort to extinction- that’s what al jihad is. There is a whole range of activities in life in which you could exert your efforts to exhaustion in and if you are doing it for the cause of Allah (and) in a direction towards Allah it gains the definition of jihad. The reason why Al jihad became synonymous with military responsibilities is because that is the ultimate jihad. What can you do more than give your life or limb for the cause of Allah? Nothing! No one can do more than that so sometimes because there is a concentration on the optimal or the maximalist that can be done with this definition it sort of steals or overwhelms the other meanings of the word. This is what happens here, but if you take a look at the Qur’an and the Sunnah you’ll find that al jihad is a word that encompasses all of this. The Prophet of Allah says every Prophet has a form of asceticism or self denial and the self denial of this Ummah is al jihad. We know from reading history books that the self denial or the monistic order of Christians was for a person to become a monk or a type who denies himself or herself the urges of the physical presence in this life- that is the ‘rahbaniyyah” of those who adhere to this extent in Christianity. The Prophet of Allah is telling you and me, the committed Muslims, our self denial is to exert our efforts which may culminate to giving of our lives.” This is our self denial. When we give the ultimate of what Allah has given us, which is our lives, back to Him is our self denial. That’s one hadith. Another hadith says the touristry… This has to be broken down to be understood better because the hadith is literally saying the touristy of my ummah is al jihad. Allah Prophet is (not) speaking about the tourism of leisure or the tourism of today’s world. What this means, in context, is when societies interact on the world stage with other societies- people move land to land or from continent to continent (and) there has to be a strategy in which that happens and the strategy that is defined by Allah’s Messenger and Prophet for our social and continental movement is this exertion of effort for the cause of Allah. We can appreciate these ayaat and these ahadith in light of what is happening or what is beginning to happen in the past several days.
In the past several days there has been what can potentially become a larger war effort beginning in the Holy Land and then spreading out to other countries and other regions of that geographical part of the world. The Yahudi occupation of Palestine and of the Holy Land says “the Muslims began this war because there were missiles that were launched from Ghazzah into the lands that are occupied by the Israeli Zionists.” So they say we began this and because some Muslims are disconnected from reality they fall for this misinformation. This is a day of taqwa. The Imams and Khateebs from this Mimbar on Friday say “Oh subjects of Allah, be wary of Allah or be cautious of Allah or be attentive to Allah…” Well, this is what we’re trying to do when they try to perplex us with the disinformation that they present to us. This wasn’t begun by us. Let’s be frank about this. This began with their bombing of a military factory in Sudan- that’s how it began. We did begin any of this. The Israeli-Zionists went on the offensive- not that they haven’t been doing other things daily as they do. Everyone knows the type of occupation that is synonymous with them, but this was the trigger for what has been developing in the past few days. So if we understand (and) if we can just bring these meanings of harb and qital and jihad as they come to us from Allah and His Prophet into what is being done to us by the enemies of Allah and His Prophet we can understand where we are and what we have to do.
Dear brothers and sisters, dear committed Muslims…
We, the Muslims, in this world, have gone through emotional ups and downs and the gyrations of conflicting feelings many times before. This is another episode in which the Muslims will experience a heightened emotional reaction to calculated policies that are pursued by Adh Dhaalimeen, Al Mushrikin and Al Kafireen- in today’s jargon, those who are running the show of Imperialism and Zionism. It’s about time that we break through our emotional reactions and begin a principled inquiry into what has to be done and how do we go by doing what has to be done. Many Muslims, (and we’re not questioning the intentions and we’re not here to evaluate personalities and this types of things- Allah knows what’s in the hearts of men and Allah is aware of what they discuss behind closed doors much better than me and you), at times like this when we see our own flesh and our own blood being subjected to… What do we have? We have two-million people in what is virtually an open prison in Ghazzah. They categorise this Israeli occupation of the Holy Land as the fifth military nation state in the world. It has hundreds of military weapons; it has access to the research and the development of its enabler, (i.e.) the government in Washington DC. For all practical purposes, if these Yahudi-Israeli-Zionists wanted to use their full military force they can reduce Ghazzah itself to rubble. We don’t think anyone in their right mind will argue that. What are we? Are we spectators? We just watch?! We can’t do anything to what is being done to us?! Isn’t it about time Muslims open their minds with the nur that has come to us from Allah?! We can’t open our minds and call for an Islamic meeting of minds and hearts in Makkah? Wouldn’t this be the right thing to do at a time like this? And we’re not speaking about Heads of State- they are already corrupted and they’ve already sold their souls to Satan himself- we are not talking about them; we’re talking about us. Muslims just performed the hajj a few weeks ago and if Muslims were to declare as they are instructed by Allah and His Prophet to declare their bara’ah from the Mushrikin (i.e.) their independence from Imperialism and Zionism we’d be in a better position now to respond to aggression. But we can’t declare our independence from Imperialism and Zionism in our own holiest of holies (i.e.) in Makkah and in Al Madinah- we can’t declare it! The rulers there say “if you say such a thing you are politicising the Hajj.” Well, these are the ayaat and these are ahadith- we’re not creating things of our own minds. So if we can’t do that there then we know that our hands are tied. They’ve tied our hands (so) we can’t do because of their policies and because of their oppression what we should be doing. So it’s about time we begin to think when issues like this threaten us. As we said, this may turn out to be in the larger strategy of things a calculated conflict. The Israeli-Zionist elections are about two months away (or) a little less than that and so now some individuals in that artificial entity want to be re-elected so they want to generate popularity and to do that they go and kill innocent people in Ghazzah in the hundreds and in the thousands (and) more than that. They don’t care, they want to be re-elected- that could be one calculation of what is unfolding in front of us. Of course, on the other side it could get out of control. There may be a toppling of regimes because of this; but we, the committed Muslims, with ayaat from Allah and with ahadith from His Prophet cannot break out of our emotional reactions, to their schemes and to their stratagems. We can’t do that?! This is the time to begin to breakout (and) to think outside of the box that we’ve been in for so long. (If) we can liberate our own minds and thoughts then we can liberate lands and our territories. There’s more that can be said along these lines (but) what has already been said should suffice.