This Muslim generation being abandoned by Allah
Fatwa No: 85916

  • Fatwa Date:10-6-2003 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 10, 1424
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Question

Is it possible that Allah has abandoned this Muslim generation for the time being: bearing in mind Muslim defeats all around the world?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. No doubt that any sincere "Muslim who observes the state of Muslims nowadays will be extremely sad and heartbroken because of the weakness of Muslims and their lack of strategy not to mention the humiliation and degradation they suffer at the hands of their enemies. Their blood is shed, their honour is violated, their land is occupied and their wealth is looted. This is why many Muslims wonder why doesn't Allah give Muslims triumph over their enemies". No doubt that triumph is in the Hands of Allah Only. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {…And there is no victory except from Allah, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.}[3: 126]. But there are conditions for triumph. If they are met, triumph follows and the opposite is true. These are the Sunan (cause and effect) that Allah establishes in this world and {…and you will not find any change in the Way of Allâh.} [33: 62]. The causes for triumph are mentioned in the Qur'an. 1) Making all possible efforts to support the religion of Allah by implementing it on His earth. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allâh, He will help you, …}[47: 7]. 2) Multiplying good deeds as a follow-up to the belief in Allah. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) order for Iqamat-as-Salât. [i.e. to perform the five compulsory congregational Salât (prayers) (the males in mosques)], to pay the Zakât and they enjoin Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do), and forbid Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism and all that Islâm has forbidden) [i.e. they make the Qur'ân as the law of their country in all the spheres of life]. And with Allâh rests the end of (all) matters (of creatures).}[22: 41]. 3) Achieving the servitude to Allah. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Allâh has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islâm). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. …} [24: 55]. 4) Fearing Allah and being patient. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {…But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious), not the least harm will their cunning do to you….}[3: 120]. He also Says: {"Yes, if you hold on to patience and piety, and the enemy comes rushing at you; your Lord will help you with five thousand angels having marks (of distinction)."}[3: 125]. 5) Searching for the deficiencies and shortcomings inside ourselves and working to repair them and provide the appropriate remedy. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {(What is the matter with you?) When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: "From where does this come to us?" Say (to them), "It is from yourselves (because of your evil deeds)." And Allâh has power over all things.}[3: 165]. 6) Forming a good sincere Muslim group who is ready to sacrifice everything in the Way of Allah regardless of their number. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {…"How often a small group overcame a mighty host by Allâh's Leave?" And Allâh is with As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.).}[2: 249]. 7) Preparing the material strength that dissuade the enemies. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {And make ready against them all you can of power, …}[8: 60]. Do the Muslims, now fulfill the above conditions? Any observer of the Muslim community now can notice easily that they have neglected many of these conditions and even fulfilled conditions that result in the opposite, i.e. the weakness and humiliation. 1) They (Muslims) have chosen the desires and comfort of this life. Imam Ahmad reported from Thouban that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "The nations are close to invading you from all horizons as the eaters rush calling one another for their receptacle". We said: "Is this due to our small number at that time?" The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "You are numerous at that time. But you will be like the foam of the sea. Your enemies will no longer venerate you (veneration will be taken out of their hearts) and Wahan will be set in your hearts". We asked him "and what is Wahan?" The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) replied: "Love for worldly affairs and fear of death" [ Ahmad and Abu Dawood ]. 2) Giving up Jihad for the cause of Allah. Ibn Omar narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "When you conclude transactions by "Eena", take the tails of cows, be satisfied with agriculture and give up Jihad, Allah will overload you with a humiliation that He will not lift off unless you return (have recourse to) to your religion" [ Abu Dawood ]. 3) Disagreement and disunity. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {…and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart,…}[8: 46]. But pessimism and despair should not overwhelm the Muslim. It is a Sunnah of Allah that each hardship or distress is followed by a relief or a happiness. There are some glad tidings that prove that eternity is for this religion and that it will dominate anything else: 1) Tamim Al-dary narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "Indeed this matter (Islam) will reach any place where there is day and night Allah will not leave any 'home of mud or wool' (in the city or the country) except He will make this religion enter it in honour of the venerated or the humiliation of the abject. An honour with which Allah venerates Islam and a humiliation with which Allah abjects Kufr" [ Ahmad ]. 2) Expansion of the area conquered by Islam. Abdullah Ibn Omar Ibn Al-Assy was asked: 'Which city will be conquered first Constantinople or Rome?' He ordered (someone) to bring him a box which had rings and took a book out of that box. Then Abdullah said: 'While we were around the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) writing, he was asked: Which city will be conquered first Constantinople or Rome?' The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "The city of Hercules will be conquered first" [ Ahmad ]. Al-Albani said: 'And the first conquest was done by the Othmans , 800 years after the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) informed the companions and the second conquest will take place by the Will of Allah. No doubt about that' . 3) Jihad against the Jews in the Great Battle. Abu Hurairah (Radiya Allahu Anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "The Last Day will not come before you fight the Jews until the stone behind which a Jew is hiding says: "O! Muslim, this is a Jew behind me come and kill him" [ al-Bukhari ]. 4) It is also reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said that Allah showed him the East and West of Earth and the Kingdom of his Ummah will reach where his sight reached. 5) Imam Ahmad reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "Give glad tidings to this Ummah of sublimity and strengthening in land and triumph and highness in Deen (religion) and whoever of them (this Ummah) does some deeds just for the purpose of getting something in this life, he will not have any share in the Last Day" . So, the Muslim should trust Allah and should be certain of Allah's Promise. He should also know that the good will remain in this Ummah and that only that which is good perseveres. Allah knows best.

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