The Real Travesty
by Shah Riman
Our hearts and dua' should definately be with those Muslims
that are suffering around the world. But the real travesty
is not the actual suffering, but the secularization that has
brought about this suffering on them. It should be very clear
in every Muslims mind that all this suffering is brought upon
them by Allah, and nothing else.
Like our Prophet (peace be upon him) has taught us......If all
the world were to come together with all its resources to do
good for a person, it will not do it unless Allah wills it.
And if all the world and all its resources were to get together
to commit harm on a person, it will not happen except if Allah
wills it. When a muslim society commits sins, it is a horrible
thing. And in doing so, it risks the wrath of God on it. But
when a muslim society no longer feels it necassary to even
establish in its society key elements that would signify its
Islam. Or when it blatantly scoffs at Allahs revealed laws
and traditions. Then you are dealing with a society that
demands Gods punishment.
When Ghengis Khan came into Baghdad and began his notorious
raid on the city, he said to the people that he was Gods pu-
nishment on them. Granted he probably said it in a manner of
arrogance and intimidation. But the irony was that his words
were true. He really was Gods punishment to the people of
Baghdad, who had so grossly corrupted themselves that their
society could hardly have been even recognized as Islamic.
And it was a horrible punishment.
Right now the Muslim Ummah is experiencing a great crisis in
Kosovo. Our first duty is to try and help our brothers and
sisters as much as we can, and of course to make dua' for them
all. But it is important to realize that Allah is doing this
to them for a reason. Part of that reason may be to test the
rest of the world and see who actually does something about it
and who doesnt. But there can be no doubt that another reason
is to punish them for transgressions against his faith and his
What other part of the Muslim Ummah is next? Not much of the
Muslim world is any better then what Bosnia, Kosovo or Iraq were.
May Allah protect us from transgressions that lead to his wrath.
And may Allah guide and protect those suffering in Kosovo.
From Imam Malik's Muwatta,
"Allah guarantees either the Garden or a safe return to his
home with whatever he has obtained of reward or booty, for
the one who does jihad in His way, if it is solely jhd and
trust in his promise that brings him out of his house."