بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Fire makes Pure Gold more Pure and
the Muslim Fears Allah Alone
The Muslim who is most fought is the one who calls for ruling by Allah’s law and the resumption of Islamic life. This is because he is fighting the existing regime that works to get people out of the light of Islam to the darkness of its corrupt laws. The Muslim who works to restore Islam’s light to illuminate the path of humanity by the laws of the Lord of the world, he is in a struggle to uphold the word of truth, fearing only Allah and hoping to be from those loved by Allah.
(يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَن يَرْتَدَّ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللَّـهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ يُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ وَلَا يَخَافُونَ لَوْمَةَ لَائِمٍ ذَٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّـهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَاللَّـهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ)
“O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion - Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing” [Al-Ma’ida: 54]
A group of believers realised their duty and responsibility in this life; to carry the trust of restoring the system of Islam to life and humanity, to protect it, and to make its word the highest. This became their main mission that they sacrifice all precious things in life for to win the Hereafter and the love of Allah (swt). These believers made the call and support for their Deen at the top of their priorities, nothing is more dear to their hearts than their love of Allah and the His Messenger, they fear Allah and pray they are not amongst those described in the verse:
(قُلْ إِنْ كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَاؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُوا حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ)
“Say, [O Muhammad], "If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” [At-Tawba: 24]
Some of the scholars said: "The heart is in its path to Allah is exactly like the bird: love is its head, fear and hope are its wings. When the head and wing are in harmony, the bird flies best and when the head is cut off, the bird dies. If the wings are lost, the bird is in danger of being killed and hunted". Therefore, it is necessary to combine Allah’s love, His glorification, fearing Him and praying for His hope in the heart of the believer so that he follows the straight path and does not depart from it.
The caller to the Shariah of Allah will meet malicious plots and plans, from the callers to darkness. Their plots are great against the followers of Islam, but the believer is committed to the truth to speaks it even if it was hated by the people. The caller to Allah stands for justice even if it is against himself, not afraid except from Allah. He does not favour anyone or compromise because he believes in Allah as his Lord, Islam is a Deen and knows certainly that the road of truth is one even if it is difficult and full of thorns.
The certainty that the path of the truth is one, even if it is difficult, and filled with thorns. The Muslim must derive his strength from his belief in Allah and from his certainty that Allah is with him and that will send His victory to him as He (swt) sent His victory to the messengers and righteous servants before. The believer will overcome the weakness and fear of the oppressors and will be patient in the tribulations and adversities, which will not detract from his Deen and turn him away from his belief, but rather strengthens him and make him steadfast and increase his belief.
(الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُواْ لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَاناً وَقَالُواْ حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ فَانقَلَبُواْ بِنِعْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَفَضْلٍ لَّمْ يَمْسَسْهُمْ سُوءٌ وَاتَّبَعُواْ رِضْوَانَ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ ذُو فَضْلٍ عَظِيمٍ)
“Those to whom hypocrites said, "Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them." But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, "Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.” [Al-i-Imran: 173]
One of the manifestations of the strength of the believer is courage in hardship, and steadfastness is distress, he remains steadfast, not shaken, because he does not fear the people and does not care about the enemies. He proceeds in this way fearing only from his sin and the wrath of his Lord. The Prophet (saw) said:
«لا يخافنّ العبد إلّا ذنبه، ولا يرجونّ إلاّ ربّه» “The believer only fears his sin, and seeks the hope only from his Lord.” The Muslim is tortured in the prisons of the tyrants, but when he is released he is more firm and full of certainty. If Allah decreed that it is the end of his term, the nit will be death in obedience which is better than life in disobedience, and by Allah’s permission he is a martyr.
His belief in his Lord and certainty that he is his support, makes him gain strength and determination, and adds strength to his strength so he becomes as pure gold, fire only increases it purity. He will act with strength for his Lord and speak the word of truth to the unjust ruler!
The strong believer proceeds with the help of Allah and with His light and acts aided with Allah’s power:
(فَلَمْ تَقْتُلُوهُمْ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ قَتَلَهُمْ وَمَا رَمَيْتَ إِذْ رَمَيْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ رَمَى وَلِيُبْلِيَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ مِنْهُ بَلَاءاً حَسَناً إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ)
“And you did not kill them, but it was Allah who killed them. And you threw not, [O Muhammad], when you threw, but it was Allah who threw that He might test the believers with a good test. Indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing” [Al-Anfal: 17]
The strong believer proceeds with Allah’s help and light and acts with the power of Allah. The believer is strong because his idea is clear and because his method is sound and correct. He is steadfast on it, he is not tempted by a promise or dissuaded from walking on this path for a threat and he is not distracted from it out of fear or greed. He proceeds calling for the good and forbidding the evil and guiding to this illuminated road that Allah honoured him with.
The believer is certain that if people gathered to benefit him with something they cannot benefit him except if Allah has written it for him, and if they gathered to harm him, they cannot except if Allah has written it for him. And he believes that Allah has the dominion of the heavens and the earth and to Him are all the matters return.
(إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُبَايِعُونَكَ إِنَّمَا يُبَايِعُونَ اللَّهَ يَدُ اللَّهِ فَوْقَ أَيْدِيهِمْ فَمَنْ نَكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنْكُثُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ وَمَنْ أَوْفَى بِمَا عَاهَدَ عَلَيْهُ اللَّهَ فَسَيُؤْتِيهِ أَجْراً عَظِيماً)
“Indeed, those who pledge allegiance to you, [O Muhammad] - they are actually pledging allegiance to Allah. The hand of Allah is over their hands. So he who breaks his word only breaks it to the detriment of himself. And he who fulfills that which he has promised Allah - He will give him a great reward” [Al-Fath: 10]
All this strengthens and fills him with energy so he does not fear the number of enemies or their strength
(كَمْ مِنْ فِئَةٍ قَلِيلَةٍ غَلَبَتْ فِئَةاً كَثِيرَةاً بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ)
“How many a small company has overcome a large company by permission of Allah. And Allah is with the patient.” [Al-Baqara: 249]
Or the abundance of their money and equipment
(الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يُنْفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ لِيَصُدُّوا عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَسَيُنْفِقُونَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسْرَةاً ثُمَّ يُغْلَبُونَ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِلَى جَهَنَّمَ يُحْشَرُونَ)
“Indeed, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to avert [people] from the way of Allah. So they will spend it; then it will be for them a [source of] regret; then they will be overcome. And those who have disbelieved - unto Hell they will be gathered.” [Al-Anfal: 36]
Or their plots and plans (وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ) “And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners” [Al-i-Imran: 54]
He proceeds in the path of the truth, steadfast and certain of his Lord's victory and empowerment.
The weakness that befell the Muslims is due to their misunderstanding of Islam and being far away from its rules. Their belief is inherited, they take it from their fathers, as they inherit land and money, it has no influence or vitality on their lives.
The Prophet (saw) said:
«يُوشِكُ الْأُمَمُ أَنْ تَدَاعَى عَلَيْكُمْ كَمَا تَدَاعَى الْأَكَلَةُ إِلَى قَصْعَتِهَا» فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ: وَمِنْ قِلَّةٍ نَحْنُ يَوْمَئِذٍ؟ قَالَ: «بَلْ أَنْتُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ كَثِيرٌ وَلَكِنَّكُمْ غُثَاءٌ كَغُثَاءِ السَّيْلِ وَلَيَنْزَعَنَّ اللَّهُ مِنْ صُدُورِ عَدُوِّكُمُ الْمَهَابَةَ مِنْكُمْ وَلَيَقْذِفَنَّ اللَّهُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمُ الْوَهْنَ» فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا الْوَهْنُ؟ قَالَ: «حُبُّ الدُّنْيَا وَكَرَاهِيَةُ الْمَوْتِ»
“The people will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their dish.” Someone asked: Will that be because of our small numbers at that time? He replied: “No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be scum and rubbish like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of you from the breasts of your enemy and last enervation into your hearts.” Someone asked: What is wahn (enervation). Messenger of Allah (saw): He replied: “Love of the world and dislike of death.”
The Messenger of Allah (saw) explained to us the cause of weakness of the Muslims: their inclination to the world and living for it, and the fear and hatred of death, which made them live a humiliated life that they prefer over the dignified death. They prefer life in the darkness of ignorance and disbelief and staying away from the laws of the Lord over death for the sake of the light of Islam, and the Deen He chose for them, and made them the best nation.
Speaking the truth bears consequences that can only be borne by the faithful servants of Allah working to obtain His pleasure, by ruling by His law and raising the banner of His Deen. This truth is contrary to the people of influence and threatens their interests, this is why they declare their war on it and its supporters, and strive to prevent it from reaching the people by distortions, allegations, lies and fabrications... and by intimidation and abuse and scaremongering and killing until they silence these voices calling for good. But despite all this, the sincere believers speak the truth without fear or hesitation, and advise all Muslims. They do not stop speaking the truth, calling for the path of light, calling for following it and making it a way of life and trust and love of the people all around the globe. A Muslim loving of Allah should be protective of his Deen and prevent the violation of its sanctity. This love makes him love that all creatures, be slaves to Allah, obedient to Him do not disobey Him and do not transgress His limits. Some of them said: I prefer that my flesh is torn with cutting machines, than that the presence of a disobeying person to Allah Azza Wa Jal.
Khabbab bin Al-Aratt (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
عن أبي عبد الله خباب بن الأرت رضي الله عنه قال: شكونا إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو متوسّد بردة له في ظلّ الكعبة فقلنا ألا تستنصر لنا ألا تدعو لنا؟ فقال: «قد كان من قبلكم يؤخذ الرّجل فيحفر له في الأرض فيجعل فيها ثمّ يؤتى بالمنشار فيوضع على رأسه فيجعل نصفين ويمشط بأمشاط الحديد ما دون لحمه وعظمه، ما يصدّه ذلك عن دينه والله ليتمّن الله هذا الأمر حتى يسير الرّاكب من صنعاء إلى حضرموت لا يخاف إلّا الله والذّئب على غنمه ولكنّكم تستعجلون»
We complained to the Messenger of Allah (saw) regarding the persecution inflicted upon us by the disbelievers while he was lying in the shade of the Ka'bah, having made a pillow of his cloak. We submitted: “Why do you not supplicate for our prevalence (over the opponents)?”. He (saw) replied, “Among those people before you, a man would be seized and held in a pit dug for him in the ground and he would be sawed into two halves from his head, and his flesh torn away from his bones with an iron comb; but, in spite of this, he would not wean away from his Faith. By Allah, Allah will bring this matter to its consummation until a rider will travel from San'a' to Hadramout fearing none except Allah, and except the wolf for his sheep, but you are in too much of a hurry”.
Let every Muslim's heart be filled with confidence in the victory of Allah and his support and empowerment! Let every Muslim trust in Allah alone and not fear anyone else! Let every Muslim be a voice of truth, proclaiming it standing in the faces of the criminal tyrants and works to uproot this corrupt capitalist system that is imposed on the hearts of people! Let every Muslim be steadfast and strong, not harmed by the harm that is inflicted on him for the sake of the truth, because it is an affliction from his Lord, to cleanse his heart, to make him from his servants who have patience during adversity, while they defend their Deen and work to raise his banner and uphold his word, and they do not change from that state. Let every Muslim be patient, not to rush victory, for victory is in the hand of Allah alone! Let every Muslim be certain that the best outcome is for believers
(تِلْكَ الدَّارُ الْآخِرَةُ نَجْعَلُهَا لِلَّذِينَ لَا يُرِيدُونَ عُلُوّاً فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فَسَاداً وَالْعَاقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ)
“That home of the Hereafter We assign to those who do not desire exaltedness upon the earth or corruption. And the [best] outcome is for the righteous.” [Al-Qasas: 83]
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