The Reason for the Weakness of the Muslims and the Path Towards Restoring their Honour

When the people began to change and split up into groups and became negligent of the issue of jihaad, preferring ease and to follow their desires. Then, evil began to manifest itself in them, except in those people whom Allaah, the Most High, had safeguarded.
So as a result of this Allaah changed their position and gave their enemies power over them, an outcome which the people earned themselves and it is not an oppression from their Lord.Allaah the Most High says,

“Indeed Allaah does not change the condition of a people until they change themselves.” [Soorah ar-Ra`d (13):11]

Therefore it is necessary for all Muslims, governments and people to return to their Lord, the Most High, sincerely worshipping and repenting to Him for their shortcomings and the sins which they have committed. They should hurry to fulfil their obligations and distant themselves from that which Allaah has forbidden, and join with one another in co-operation in this.

From one of the most important of these issues is to establish the laws of the Sharee`ah and govern the people by it in everything, so that the people appeal to this Shar`ee law for legal decisions and not to the man-made laws which oppose the law of Allaah, which should be declared void.

In addition to this, the people should be made to adhere to the laws of the Sharee`ah, just as the scholars must teach the people their religion, spread Islamic education amongst them and urge each other to the truth and patience upon it as well as enjoin the good (al-ma`roof), forbid the evil (al-munkar) and encourage the rulers upon that.

Likewise it is necessary to struggle and fight against the destructive principles of socialism, the ba`thiyyah and national partisanship as well as other ideologies and schools of thought which lie in contradiction to the Sharee`ah.

If all the Muslims strive towards this, then consequently, Allaah will reform that which is corrupt and misguiding for the Muslims and restore them to their former glory and make them victorious over their enemies and powerful on earth.

As Allaah, the Most High, says, and He is the Most Truthful in speech,

“It was incumbent upon Us to help the believers.” [Soorah ar-Room (30):47]

“Allaah 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 authority to practice their religion, that which He has chosen (i.e. Islaam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear, (provided) they (the believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are faasiqoon (rebellious and disobedient to Allaah).” [Soorah an-Noor (24):55]

Allaah, the Most High, also says in the Qur’aan,

“Verily We will indeed make victorious our Messengers and those who believe in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth. The Day when their excuses will be of no profit to the dhaalimoon (polytheists, wrongdoers and disbelievers in the oneness of Allaah). Theirs will be the curse and theirs will be the abode.” [Soorah Ghaafir (40):51/52]

The Muslims were only afflicted when they did not adhere to their religion as they should and when most of them do not understand its reality. This is because the Muslims turned away from their religion, did not seek to understand it and the scholars fell short in explaining its virtues, bringing out its goodness, wisdoms and secrets, they were also deficient in their truthfulness and patience in giving da`wah and in enduring harm for its cause. As a result of this is the occurrence of the divisions, differences, ignorance of the majority with regard to the laws of Islaam and confusion of affairs witnessed in our present times.

Determining the Right Way

All the Praises are for Allaah and Salutation is for the Messenger and his family and all those that follow him doing good works until the Day of Resurrection.
The very first generation of Muslims that lived and established Islaam in their lives with Muhammad, the son of ‘Abdullaah, had glory and triumph that no nation that existed before them or any that came after them achieved. This is a reality which no one denies. Thus we find that every conscious Muslim dreams about this reality and so in his own way tries to work for this glory to return within his life and the life of those around him. However, to dream is one thing and the reality is another.
The Muslims although they are now the fastest growing nation in the world, are also the most divided. This division was predicted by the Messenger, who said: “The Jews were divided into seventy one (71) groups and the Christians were divided into seventy two (72) any my Ummah (nation) will divide into seventy three (73), each of which would be in the Fire except one … “
Although this prediction is established in the Hadith above, yet it is not approved by Islaam. On the contrary, Allaah had commanded the Muslims to unite, He said:“Hold fast all together to the rope of Allaah and be not divided.” [al-Qur’aan 3:103]
The division of this Ummah started very early after the death of the Messenger of Allaah. After Islaam became strong and its enemies found that they could not defeat it physically they started to attack it by undermining the faith of the common people and those newly converted to Islaam by introducing new concepts that were alien to the Islaam brought by Muhammad. This wave of attack brought about an almost total standstill to the quest for sound knowledge and facilitated the easy spread of deviant concepts and new innovations in this Deen. The vast majority of Muslims are now totally lost and their understanding of Islaam was very much diluted with deviant ideas which allowed anyone who wanted to capitalize on the ignorant to do so with ease. People now lost the correct way and so they did not know what method to use to understand this Deen. Therefore, instead of referring matters of belief (‘Aqeedah) to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah they turned to the books of philosophy which, although written by Muslims, were all affected by the Greek, Persian and other prevalent thoughts of that time.
Issues of fiqh on the other hand were completely restricted to the four Imaams. And so as time went by the people became totally fanatical about their Madhab (school of thought). This caused the noble Imaams to be treated by their followers as the prophets ought to be treated (i.e. as if they were protected from errors). Whatever any of them said was taken as totally correct by those who followed them (as if it were revelation).
Even if a verse from the Qur’aan or an authentic saying of the Messenger was brought as an argument against what the Imaam said, their followers left what Allaah or the Messenger said and followed their Imaams. This dangerous state of affair led to blind following (Taqleed) of humans at the expense of revelation. Blind following of other than Allaah and His Messenger along with widespread ignorance was definitely the major sources of all the division that occurred in the Deen. This was now what Islaam became to the people. And this attitude closed the doors of Ijtihad. Proofs were no longer looked into to understand anything in the Islaam and the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the Messenger which must be used for our guidance now became means for the Muslim of acquiring blessings (Barakah).
This further led to the state where anyone could now give Fatawas (Legislative rulings in Islaam) and also say anything he felt like saying about Islaam because there was no threat that anyone would ask for proof from the Qur’aan or the Sunnah. On the other hand the people who were listening to him had no basis to determine whether what they are hearing is correct or not because they themselves have lost any attachment to sources of Islaamic law. This condition of ignorance and blind following was also predicted by the Messenger, who said: “Verily, Allaah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people, but (this is done) by causing (the death) of the Scholars until none of them is left alive. People would then appoint ignorant leaders for themselves who would be consulted in matters of religion and they would give Fatawas without knowledge, falling into misguidance and misguiding others.” [Muslim]. (6/1999: This is a reality today, and within the last few months there were about 6 or 7 deaths of scholars throughout the world.)
The Solution
The Messenger of Allaah said: “O mankind, I am leaving two things with you, if you cling to them you will never go astray. The Book of Allaah and my Sunnah (way of life).” [Al-Haakim and Al-Baihaaqi]. This Hadith is laying the basis for the Muslim if he does not want to go astray. It follows, therefore, that if at anytime some one finds himself going astray, then he is not holding on to one or both of these sources. The problem we face, however, is that every Muslim stand by this claim that they are holding on to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah So how can anyone determine whose claim is correct?
The Messenger of Allaah left this way very clear for us as he said: “I am leaving you on a clear way, its night is like its day and none turns away from it except that he would be destroyed.” He told us that the way he left is very clear and then in the following Hadith he explained for us what it is. He said: “The Jews were divided into seventy-one groups and the Christians were divided into seventy-two and my Ummah will be divided into seventy-three and each of them will be in the fire except one.” The companions asked: “Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said: “They are those who are on the like of what I and my companions are upon.” (in another narration: “Those who are on the like of what I and my companions are upon this day”).  And in another Hadith, he said: “The best people is my generation then those that follow them, then those who follow them.” In the above Hadith the prophet is telling us the way to understand the Qur’aan and the Sunnah is the way the Sahabaahs understood and practiced it. If the understanding of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of any group coincides with the understanding of the Companions in all issues, then that group would be the one that is on the truth.
It must also be very clear that only one group of all the groups that are existing is on the correct way as is explained in the Hadith.
One Way
The saying of Allaah further emphasizes that there is only one way. He said: “Whoever opposes the Messenger after the guidance has been clearly shown to him, and follows other than the way of the believers, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in hell, and what an evil destination.” [al-Qur’aan 4:115]
Who were the believers during the time the Qur’aan was being revealed? Were they not only the Messenger and the first generation of believers? So Allaah is also making it very clear that there is only one way i.e. the way of the Messenger and his companions.
“So if they (i.e. the people) believe in the like of what you all believe, (only) then they are rightly guided; but if they turn away, they are only in opposition. So Allaah will suffice for you against them. And He is the all-Hearer, the all-Knower.” [al-Qur’aan 2:137]
Who are the people Allaah refers to, as “…in the like of what you all believe.”, during the time of this verse being revealed, were they not the first generation of believers who witnessed the revelation. So once again Allaah makes it clear that there is only one way i.e. the way of the Messenger and his companions. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam has also stated: “Whoever introduces something (new) into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam), will have it rejected.” [Bukhaaree] “Whoever does an act which we have not commanded, it will be rejected” [Muslim]
My brothers and sisters, life is short so we must make sure that before we die we secure the key that will take us to Al-Jannah (Heaven). Let us not follow Allaah’s religion based on customs and based on our desires but let us keep an open mind and beg Allaah to guide us to the Truth that was left very clear for us by Him and His Messenger.
Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Aziz ibn Baaz rahimahullaah
Words of Advice Regarding Da`wah © 1998 Al-Hidaayah
Wabillahi tawfiq

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2 Responses to The Reason for the Weakness of the Muslims and the Path Towards Restoring their Honour

  1. Bilal says:

    All praise is to Allah and peace and blessing on his most beloved messenger. Allah has stated in his book that whom he choose to guide is rightly guided indeed, and those who are not guided are far away from the truth, this article is very sound and it should be used as a tool to help us all get back to the path of the straight way ( siraatal mustaqkeem). It seems that most not all of the people of this deen are brain washed into thinking that this life and it’s glitter is all their is, it seems as thought Muslim countries are more about tourism and entertainment then getting back the glory that made Islam so prominent not so long ago. I pray we see the light sooner than later. Ameen


    • theCall says:

      Ameen wa jazakallah brother Bilal, As Muslims, we must always remember that the highest rank of enjoining good is Islamic monotheism. The worst level of evil is polytheism and then the other sins that follow it. We must struggle in doing this, and we must always be afraid that Allah will deprive us of His favors and bounties.

      We see what the Ummah of Islam is going through – divisions, hardships, poverty, struggles, financial problems, and weakness. The wise person would refer this to its Islamic causes. This is because the Qur’an gave us the news of the people before us and of the people after us, and Allah has given us the solution. If we take it, we will be successful, and if we neglect it, we are the losers.

      We ask Allah’s help and we seek refuge in Him from being among the losers and those who were destroyed.


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