Monday, February 21, 2011
The Current State of the Muslim World - Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee
It has become apparent in our time that the Ummah is suffering from afflictions, which have caused it to lose its balance. These afflictions are:
The State of Weakness: This state has been described to us, and we have been warned about it clearly and explicitly, leaving no excuse for ignorance. Thawban (radi Allaahu 3anhu), one of the Prophet's
(salla Allaahu alayhi wassalam) servants, stated that the Prophet (salla Allaahu alayhi wassalam) said: "Soon the nations will call one another against you, just as people call one another to eat from a platter of food."
A man asked: "Will this be because we will be few in number, O Messenger of Allaah?" He (salla Allaahu alayhi wassalam) replied: "No, you will be large in number, but you will be Ghuthaa'a like the froth scum on the surface of a body of water, and Allaah will remove from the
hearts of your enemies their fear of you and shall place in your hearts Wahn." Those present asked: "What is Wahn, O Messenger of Allaah?" He replied: "The love for this worldly life, and hatred of death." [Saheeh hadeeth due to a multitude of routes of narration in the Sunan of Aboo Daawood (4297)]
The following hadeeth clearly explains this condition of wahn:
First: Our enemies, the hosts of Iblees and his servants, have tried to hinder the progress of the ummah and take from its territories when they see that wahn has set in and inflicted us. Ever since the dawn of Islaam until today, the kufaar and mushrikeen from amongst the People of the Book have continued in their endeavour against the Muslims. They have always sought out ways to render our people weak. They have even attempted this in the very city that was established and fostered by the Prophet (salla Allaahu alayhi wassalam). This is clearly illustrated in the story of "The Three that were left behind" (see Soorah al-Tawbah: 118). Ka'b bin Maalik (radi Allaahu 3anhu) said:
"As I was walking in the market place of Madeenah, I saw a farmer who was a part of a trading caravan from Shaam selling some of the foodstuffs that he had brought with him. He was asking as to where he could find me and was then directed to me. He then handed to me a letter from the (Christian) king of Ghasaan. Being literate, I began reading it. It said: "To proceed: We have received news that your friend (Muhammed salla Allaahu alayhi wassalam) has spurned you. Allaah does not wish for you to remain in a land of disgrace. Come to us and we shall take care of you." [Agreed upon]
O Muslim, ponder and reflect upon how the people of disbelief, those encircling the territory of the Muslims, receive news of what is occurring within our lands. They sit in wait, seeking an opportunity to unleash their assault. This can be clearly shown in the following examples as well.
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