In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful…
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
It is quite sad how desensitized we have become when it comes to those suffering around the world. Children are dying of starvation every minute while we go away leftover food.
Our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world are dying, suffering, being tortured and terrorized EACH AND EVERY DAY and it doesn’t bother us one bit. It doesn’t hurt us, nor do we lose any sleep over. Children in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Palestine, and many other place are being killed every day and we could care less. We should be ashamed of ourselves.
The following hadith from Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam tells us how we SHOULD behave:
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”
If your finger, foot, or any part of your body is hurting, you cannot sleep. Your body may develop a fever while it tries to neutralize the pathogens in an infected part. When one part of your body is trying to fight the enemy, the whole body invariably gets involved in the process. The Prophet (PBUH) described the Ummah as one body!
So if a Muslim anywhere in the world, in the centre of the body or the tips, on the finger or on the toes, is hurting, you should feel the same pain. If you are only concerned about your safety and the safety of your direct family, then there’s something wrong with you. You are not really part of the body. The Prophet (PBUH) said that the Ummah is one body: It doesn’t matter that they are split into different political states or that they belong to different Madhahibs/Fiqh, as long as the person is a Muslim they are a part of your body.
Sometimes we look at it as, “Only me and my group are Muslims.” Why? Because he doesn’t follow my Jamaa’h, he’s not following my way? As long as you cannot prove that that Muslim is a Kafir (disbeliever), he is a Muslim. As long as you don’t have evidence that such a person is a Murtad (apostate), he is a Muslim; whether he belongs to the same Madhhab or the same group or the same country or not, makes no difference.
We all talk about the importance of having unity. If having unity means having one group, abandoning all the different Jamaa’ts and getting rid of all of the different Madhahibs, then we’ll all just be copies of each other and that’s an impossible thing to have. The fact that the Ummah is diverse and has these different elements in it, is what makes us strong. If a person running a business just has expertise in one area then eventully that will limit how much business he can get. But if he has people with multiple areas of expertise then the amount of business that they can go after will increase accordingly. What we mean by unity is that even though your approach to Islamic work might be different, the Imam that you follow might be different, you are there to help your brother when your brother is in need; that is unity.
Millions of Muslims around the world go through things we only see in horror movies, and we are so immune to it.
This post is simply to remind us. Let’s make a dua! For Allah to give them strength and patience. Let’s make a dua for Allah to help them remain steadfast to their deen. This world is nothing but a test, and I pray we are worthy of the reward that awaits. Let’s wake up and stop being completely careless of those suffering.
Another hadith by our beloved
Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Allah’s Apostle said,
“No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn.”
Allah will compensate all of the suffering THEY are going through, but it is also our duty to feel the pain and do what we can to help them.
The Messenger (PBUH) told us:
Narrated Abu Muisa Al-Ash’ari: The Prophet said,
“Feed the hungry, visit the sick, and set free the captives.”
And my one of my favorite ayat from the Quran pertaining to this topic:
“…Truly, God does not change the condition of a people
until they change what is in themselves…”
The state of the ummah is bad. We have gotten far away from Quran and sunnah. Sharia is not the ruling law in any “Islamic” country. Drugs, fornication, and all other immoralities all at large in all of the Muslim countries. Quran and Sunnah are forgotten and abandoned by most nations. Muslims don’t feel other Muslims’ pain and suffering. We have become selfish.
This is what Allah is referring to when He says “until they change what is within themselves…”
Once we go back to doing things according to the will of Allah, we can start expecting His help.
I will conclude with one of my favorite stories in Islam…
A Muslim woman was captured by the Romans and imprisoned, so the Romans laughed at her. The leader of the Roman king sarcastically said, “You won’t ever leave this place until the muslim king himself removes you from these shackles.” The woman shouted “Wa Mu’tasima!” [Oh my grief, Mu’tasima!].
The Roman King laughed at her and said : “He will never come to save you unless he was riding “ablaq” [a kind of horse that is colored with black and white]. [He said this in a way of mocking her and showing the impossibility of the situation.]
A Muslim man who was in the land of the Romans heard the woman call out the Muslim kings name, he found out she was Muslim. So he ran to the Muslims and told them about what he had heard.
When al-Mu’tasim heard of the news, he gathered a whole army, and said the famous quote “When the first person of my army reaches the land of the Romans, the last of my army will have left us [i.e. the Muslim barracks].” He made the entire army ride the “ablaq” horses. So they set off, and he went with them on his black and white horse too.
When they reached there, he took control of the area, captured it and himself entered the prison where the Muslim woman had been imprisoned.
“Who are you?” she said.
“I am al-Mu’tasim.” He freed her from her shackles, a sign of humiliation for the Romans.
Al Mu’tasim took over the land where this occurred, because they had waged war against the believers by humiliating a Muslim woman. Just like Allāh’s Messenger (PBUH) expelled the Banū Qaynuqa, for humiliating a Muslim woman.
May Allah help all those Muslims suffering around the world & give them patience!