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Sunday, August 2, 2009

ISA demonstration - Is this the correct way?


It is not my intention here to support or criticise ISA. But I feel sad to see muslims calling for reforms by disobeying authorities. Is this the correct way?

The prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) was told of what will happen to the muslims approaching the Last Day (al-Qiyamah), and in fact, he mentioned to the companions that there will be a period where the muslim rulers will be oppressive!

Why didn't he advise the muslims clearly of what to do when they are in this period?? How can the prophet forget?!!!..... Or did he forget?!

NO! The prophet did not forget nor did he leave this matter unaddressed...

So what was the prophet's advice to the muslims when they are in this period (I mean generally)?

قَالَ حُذَيْفَةُ بْنُ الْيَمَانِ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّا كُنَّا بِشَرٍّ فَجَاءَ اللَّهُ بِخَيْرٍ فَنَحْنُ فِيهِ فَهَلْ مِنْ وَرَاءِ هَذَا الْخَيْرِ شَرٌّ قَالَ نَعَمْ قُلْتُ هَلْ وَرَاءَ ذَلِكَ الشَّرِّ خَيْرٌ قَالَ نَعَمْ قُلْتُ فَهَلْ وَرَاءَ ذَلِكَ الْخَيْرِ شَرٌّ قَالَ نَعَمْ قُلْتُ كَيْفَ قَالَ يَكُونُ بَعْدِي أَئِمَّةٌ لَا يَهْتَدُونَ بِهُدَايَ وَلَا يَسْتَنُّونَ بِسُنَّتِي وَسَيَقُومُ فِيهِمْ رِجَالٌ قُلُوبُهُمْ قُلُوبُ الشَّيَاطِينِ فِي جُثْمَانِ إِنْسٍ قَالَ قُلْتُ كَيْفَ أَصْنَعُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنْ أَدْرَكْتُ ذَلِكَ قَالَ تَسْمَعُ وَتُطِيعُ لِلْأَمِيرِ وَإِنْ ضُرِبَ ظَهْرُكَ وَأُخِذَ مَالُكَ فَاسْمَعْ وَأَطِعْ

Translation: Huzaifah ibn al-Yaman said: I said (to the prophet): “O Messenger of Allah, we were in evil times, then Allah brought us with good we are in now. Then will there be evil after this good?” He replied: “Yes.” I said: “Will there be good after this evil?” He said: “Yes.” So I said: “Will there be evil after this good?” He said: “Yes.” I said: “How?” He replied: “There will come after me Rulers who do not follow my guidance, and do not follow my sunnah. There will be among them people whose hearts are the hearts of satan in the body of men.” I said: “What shall I do, O Messenger of Allah, if I reach it?” He replied: “Listen and obey your ruler, even if your back is beaten, and your wealth is taken (oppressively), so listen and obey!”
[Sahih Muslim]

مَنْ رَأَى مِنْ أَمِيرِهِ شَيْئًا يَكْرَهُهُ فَلْيَصْبِرْ عَلَيْهِ فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ فَارَقَ الْجَمَاعَةَ شِبْرًا فَمَاتَ إِلَّا مَاتَ مِيتَةً جَاهِلِيَّةً

Translation: “Whoever sees in his ruler something he dislikes, then he should be patient, verily whoever breaks away from the Jama’ah (Muslim Nation) the span of a hand, then dies, except that he died the death of the time of ignorance (Jahiliyah).”
[Sahih Bukhari]

And I don't mean to delve into this matter in details. The above narrations are sufficient to give us the correct muslim position with regards to rulers and authorities. Of course, it doesn't mean one should not advise the rulers, rather, the advice should be done in the islamic manner. Demonstration is not the Islamic way. Look at the result! Can we blame the authorities for taking action? Didn't they warn not to do it? So, those who demonstrated have disobeyed the ruler/authorities!! And disobeyed prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam)!!!

Why do we follow the non-muslims by demonstrating for reforms?!

Didn't the prophet say:
"Whoever resembles a people (in actions, sayings or attributes) then he is from them."
[Abu Daud]

Have they ever thought that if any one time the authorities allow a demonstration, others will follow in the future. There will surely be chaos!! How can muslims allow themselves to be the beginning of chaos!?

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