Taqwa post Ramadhan

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Shawwal 04, 1419 1999-01-22

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,

We have just ended, (this week), a month long fast and we pray and beseech Allah to accept the days and nights of devotion, contemplation, obedience and resistance to our cardinal desires and worldly inclinations. Before we enter into a new year of whatever involvements, commitments, activities and responsibilities that we have, let us remember the lesson of Ramadhan

لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

…so that you may have the taqwa that is required of you. (Surah Al Baqarah verse 183)

At taqwa is to realize in your moments and days of work and achievements that the power of Allah is superior to all other powers so you need the wiqayah i.e. protection from the consequences of disobeying and disinclining away from Allah. The first thing that you, I and every other Muslim should observe in solidifying this required taqwa is in what we say and express.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ

O you who are divinely committed to Allah be on your guard against Allah, protect yourself against Allah… (Surah Al Ahzaab verse 70)

We are supposed to have reached a level of sensitivity in the month of Ramadhan so that we may have the presence in us even as we speak.

وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا

… and say that which is substantiated. (Surah Al Ahzaab verse 70)

Every Muslim in whatever avenue of life he or she is in is required- as a quality of a month long fast of Ramadhan- at least to protect themselves from Allah in what they say. The problem that we have with simpleton Muslims and in general with Allah’s trust to us is that we are not capable of expressing Allah’s truth. This may seem very fundamental or basic, but it has been institutionalized and has become a tradition that even those who are supposed to represent and express the facts and truth of scripture and revelation are not able to do so. It is easy for a Muslim to come out and claim that he is covered by the Qur’an and Sunnah and then label accusatory notes against clergymen and people of the cloth who are not Muslims and he claims that “the Qur’an and the Prophet substantiate what he says.” It is very rare to find those whose protection against Allah takes that all the way- with facts and the truth of the matter- to express it against whomever it may be, especially if that whomever belong to their cloth, religion, Qiblah and Ka’bah- this becomes an impossible. The Children of Israel were condemned specifically because they were not able to identify with scripture against scion; with revelation against relatives; with Prophet’s of Allah against enemies of these Prophets. The same is equally applicable to those who claim that they are the upholders of the Qur’an and the Sunnah and then they fail to miserably to state the facts of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Why? You should now have clear thoughts; this is the time that your ideas should be straight on this matter. Why is it that a certain Sheikh, a particular Imam or some preacher from the pulpit is not able to address the words of the Qur’an and the Prophet as they address the real issues of the world around? Why? (If we take), a closer look, we will find that they are in the orbit of an interest that is related somehow to themselves- it could be a power/financial/national/sectarian/racial interest and then, they too become disabled/incapable of expressing the truth when the world is crying out for that truth. When Allah says of the Israelis that were entrusted with scripture but could not uphold the responsibilities there-of

لُعِنَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِن بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ

Condemned are those who have rejected Allah and the truth- of Bani Israel… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 78)

Why?

ذَٰلِكَ بِمَا عَصَوا وَّكَانُوا يَعْتَدُونَ

كَانُوا لَا يَتَنَاهَوْنَ عَن مُّنكَرٍ فَعَلُوهُ

… that is because of their disobedience and their aggression. They did not institutionalize… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 78-79)

Which is a collective effort; it’s not one person speaking in one corner of the world or an isolated voice in the community or a faint sound in the wilderness- it is an institutionalization of an objection to al munkar. They were not interested in that; you could not get them interested in that! They were not able to express the will of Allah. We’re not speaking about implementing the will of Allah here, that comes later; the first step is to express the will of Allah and what do you expect of those who claim, say or brag that they are Muslims, but likewise are unable to express the will of Allah?! We’re supposed to have gained taqwa- a protection of Allah- in this month of Ramadhan that has just passed by, the least we can do is place that taqwa in the statements that we make and in standing for Allah’s word and will in this world. Why is it that Islam and the Qur’an has shrunk into personal affairs/affects- you have a toilet, bedroom and kitchen Islam! That’s how it has been reduced because those who are supposed to express this Islam are incapable of expressing a social, ideological and military Islam. Why? What happened? Throughout all of these years, this is the legacy that we have inherited and this is the weakness that we have grown up with. By Allah- was the Prophet a man who was centered around the miswak, sleeping on the right or left side, going into the Masjid with your right foot and leaving with the left foot- was this the central issue of the Qur’an, Islam and the ahadith. If the Prophet was here among us today, would he be advocating the personal hygiene of Muslims when if he looks around in this world, he sees that there are Muslims and powerless people who are killed and are dying because of deliberate manmade and man thought-of policies? Millions of people in this world are the victims of political, social and military policies that engineer premature death for hundreds of millions of people in the world and the Prophet is going to be absent minded about this and he’s going to tell you “as long as you use your miswak, sleep on your right side and use your right and left foot in the correct position you are safe!?” This is a malignment of the character and the personality of the Prophet of Allah! If that was the case, why did we have scores of military operations that were supervised and the Prophet himself participated in them? Because there are larger issues here. (Take a) look at this world and society- are not racism an issue in the society we live in? Racism is at the bottom thoughts of employers, educational institutions, admissions into hospitals and promotions. What do we do? Do we say that our Islam is so weak and incapable of dealing with this fact or should we begin to open our eyes to the facts of life and address these facts from the perspective and the reference of Allah’s words and the Prophet’s words? If we are not going to express Allah’s word and Allah’s will then who do we expect to do that? If you don’t express Allah’s words then who is going to express Allah’s words? The world around us is in need of the amaanah that Allah has given us; we are in need of it; every living creature every living being is in need of it and we have to begin to communicate it with its unadulterated meanings.

الَّذِينَ يُبَلِّغُونَ رِسَالَاتِ اللَّهِ وَيَخْشَوْنَهُ وَلَا يَخْشَوْنَ أَحَدًا إِلَّا اللَّهَ

Those who communicate Allah’s messages and fear Him and fear none other except Him… (Surah Al Ahzaab verse 39)

What do you fear? If you are on Allah’s side and you are His subject and servant then what do you fear? The worse that can happen is they bring their physical power to bare against you and then you are in the company of Allah- you are in the company of Allah now before the physical power comes to bear and after days/weeks/months of the use of physical power against you, you are closer to Allah than you are here; so what is it that any Muslim has to hide? There’s nothing to hide. These who understand the meaning of scripture but are practically opposed to them have dispossessed us of the Qur’an and we say this because if you go to an average Muslim and you ask the average Muslim about the pertinent meanings of the Qur’an, he will be incapable of relating the meanings within the context that they belong in; that is being disposed of the Qur’an. This average Muslim may read, recite, vocalize and verbalize the Qur’an but does he understand the relevant and the contextual meanings of the Qur’an? And if they don’t, they are dispossessed of the Qur’an. This dispossession did not take place in a short period of time, we are talking about centuries until we have wandering Muslim; he asks “what direction does Allah, the Qur’an and His Prophet offer me in issues that are practical in human life today; Racism is one issue; poverty is another issue; gainful activity is another issue; addiction is another issue and these issues are real, but how does the Qur’an and the Prophet address these issues?” Now that we are emerging from the month of Ramadhan it befits you to begin to muster the courage and integrity of thought and mind to respond to these issues without playing politics with them. Our politics is the truth.

وَبِالْحَقِّ أَنزَلْنَاهُ وَبِالْحَقِّ نَزَلَ

It is by the truth and the fact that we have brought this Qur’an and it is by the truth and haqq and fact that it did descend… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 105)

Take a closer look at the affairs of this world with the words of Allah on your mind and in your heart and begin to look at what’s happening. These issues should not be away from the Muslim mind and heart. The largest economy in Latin America is crushing or on the verge of collapse and they try to present this day-to-day issue in a jargon/language that will alienate the normal individual. Why? Obviously they don’t want the normal you and I to understand the way they accumulate their hundreds of billions of dollars and as they do that they render hundreds of millions of people homeless, powerless, hungry, starving and on the brink of death and disaster. In their mind- God forbid that Muslim are able to see the predators at work in Latin America, the Muslim hemisphere of the world or in Russia. There was a Soviet Union 10 years ago and what is left of that evil empire is an accumulation of death. The Soviet Union owes whom 155 billion dollars? This is the area that our minds should begin to think about. They remain anonymous; they don’t want to tell us who they are. To whom do these countries owe this debt? Latin America owes hundreds and billions of dollars in debt! Asia, Africa, Europe and even the United States owe thousands of billions of dollars in debt- but to whom? The success that they’ve had up until now it is not public knowledge (as to) who they are, and if somebody begins to point to the Zionist/Israeli/Jews in the world then they will deal with him in one of two ways… In an accusatory manner with accusation and malignment as they did to Hitler. This person wasn’t a Muslim, but he discovered something evil in his country and now, (in the public mind), he is the incarnation of evil- that’s one way of treating those who discover some facts. The other way, (which is preponderantly used against Muslims), is they deal with us with indifference because if they are going to address us, then there’s going to be a point/counter point and the public is going to watch; they don’t want that to happen so they say “the best way to deal with it is to ignore it.” They’ve been ignoring Islam in their public discourse as much as they could. Last month, (almost a month to the day), when they were bombing in Iraq, they didn’t tell you a million people demonstrated in Casablanca and in Rabat against these US and British bombing of a Muslim country; they didn’t tell you 300,000 Muslims went to the streets of Damascus in front of the US Embassy. They made you feel and think as if nothing much happened- a little protest here-and-there and it was all over. Now, they have their diplomatic missions and embassies on high alert. Just a few days ago, they discovered something might happen to their diplomatic mission in India and they probably discovered a few other places that they don’t want you and I to know about and this is the area they want of limits to our thoughts and minds. It is time, (as we leave the month of Ramadhan), to bring these issues within the range of our thoughts and mind. Those who have a protection of Allah and state substantive and accurate statements have almost become an endangered species; only few are capable and willing to do, so we ask and beseech Allah to have this Ramadhan increase the quality and the quantity of those who are willing to express Allah’s word and Allah’s will. We, the Muslims, qualify to do that; those who are not Muslims need the assistance of Allah’s impeccable scripture and impeccable Prophet. (During) this last week sometime, a well known Christian Minister made a statement that “the Anti-Christ may be a Jew who may be living now on earth in this age and generation” and then the Anti Defamation League the ADL of Nebrith- Abe Foxman, (that watchdog of the Yahudi interest), comes out and he says “these are statements that are anti Semitic or just about anti Semitic.” And of course, (as has been the case in the past), we will find them in due time apologizing, (if that apology hasn’t been pronounced yet, it is forthcoming); but if we Muslims identify the truth, we express it with no apologies because we rely on the inevitable and impeccable truth of the matter and we know this Israeli forgery of a political entity on stolen lands belonging to the Muslims is the launching pad for the anti Christ- No apologies said and no apologies forthcoming!

Brothers and sisters committed Muslims…

It is not a comfortable position to be in to realize that there is a flow- rather there is a barrage and flood- of information that goes one way and that leads to Jahannam, which is the mainstream information around and then you and I are put in a position to express the word of truth that in most of the cases run against this barrage/deluge of misinformation and disinformation. This is not an easy task and the more a person is withdrawn from Allah the more cumbersome it becomes (and) the more pressure comes to bear, but if you are in the presence of Allah, you state the truth; whether there is a million people listening or three individuals listening does not matter because you are not stating this for individuals you are stating it for Allah and the record. We are living in a time where the abundance of information will cause a normal person to be confused because there is no timeless and placeless anchor to hold on to, but the Qur’an and the Prophet are these timeless and placeless anchors for us to hold on to so that there is no longer any confusion and so that our position in this world is stabilized (and) we don’t waiver this or that way. But, you see how people react to things. If there was an attack on the Muslim lands in the Middle East this week, we would have seen at least another 100 individuals around here. Why? Because they are instinctly reacting to affairs and events; the Qur’an, Allah and the Prophet require Muslims who go beyond instincts and use their mind to understand, analyze and break through the misinformation around- that’s the least that can be done. We are not only on one front, we are on multiple fronts. What is it? If a person wants to go to al umra, (this is another front in which the truth has to be stated). There are Muslims, who contacted this speaker and said “brother we applied to go to al umrah after Ramadhan but we were told by the Saudi government that “no! You cannot come to al umrah now; you cannot apply for a visa to go to Al Umrah except after the Hajj and (that too) almost a month after the Hajj because they have to clear the place.” Clear it of what? Muslims from around the world are filthy and they place their garbage in Makkah and Al Madinah and the Saudi Government has to clean up after Muslims! Where do they come with this bid’a? But they institutionalize it; they have enough misinformation around to protect themselves and who are the Imams around who are speaking against this travesty of justice? Ramadhan should at least raise your intellectual integrity, thoughts and feelings to a level of expressing the truth. How weak we are when the truth is on our side and how strong the Yahudis are, (as an example of things), when they have no truth on their side. … Ramadhan is a season for recharging with Allah’s reality (and) with Allah’s support.

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