Do not be Weak nor Sad Shaykh Abdul Bāree Ath Thubaytee [(Safar 05, 1425 (March 26,
2004)] All praise is due to Allāh, Lord of all the worlds. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, his household and companions.
Fellow Muslims! Tribulations that are facing the Ummah today are serious. These tribulations
defy all deions. Our present situation is full of massacres that need no more explanation.
The more this cycle of tribulation widens the more the Muslims, worldwide, feel the pain.
The killings, expulsions and violation of sacred places that the Muslims suffer are really saddening. This is in addition
to the weakness that has become the bane of the Ummah.
Dear brethren! There is no benefit in relaying our sufferings and deepening our sorrows,
for doing so only leads to despair, self-annihilation and lack of action.
In times of calamity, the Ummah is in need of speeches that rekindle hope, spur ambitions
and reduce the bitterness of the calamity. In times of trials, verses of consolation were revealed to Allāh's Messenger in
order to alleviate the pains of the tribulations. Allāh says for instance,
||"So let not their speech, then, grieve you (O Muhammad)."
Allāh also says,
||"Perhaps, you, would kill yourself (O Muhammad (peace be
upon him)) in grief, over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the
Qur'ān)." (Al-Kahf 18:6)
He also says,
||"O Messenger (Muhammad)! Let not those who hurry to fall
into disbelief grieve you." (Al-Māidah 5:41)
Khabāb ibn Al-Aratt came to Allāh's Messenger complaining about the severity of persecution
saying:"Won't you supplicate for us? Won't you invoke Allāh to give us victory?" The Messenger
of Allāh would then take him from a world of hardship and persecution to that of great victory saying,
||"By Allāh, this religion shall prevail so much so that
a riding traveler will march from San'ā' to Hadramawt fearing nothing but Allāh or a wolf over his flock of sheep. It is
only that you are in hurry." (Al-Bukhārī) |
Dear brethren! Weeping and wailing does not help the matter nor does it correct the situation.
Tears should be transformed to practical reflection over the situation of the Ummah. Attempts should be made to reform the
souls, nurture ourselves upon خmān and perform constructive actions to help the cause of Islām. It is then that that
the tears that we shed could be meaningful.
Brethren in faith! No one bothers about a sick nation. It actually deserves no respect.
But the living nation with its illustrious men commands the respect of others. It is because of this that the enemy tries
to uproot it and deal with it with injustice and cruelty.
The living nation turns defeat to victory and sorrow to hope so that its children will
not be drowned in moaning and pains. This is evident in the command of Allāh's Messenger to his companions in the battle of
Uhud when the archers forgot his command. The Prophet did not allow them to become captives of their momentary pain and defeat.
He rather encouraged them to pursue the enemy until their sense of loss and helplessness was turned to that of victory.
The greatest defeat is psychological breakdown and weakness of resolution. As for the
defeat in the field of physical war, that is the law of human nature. It comes in turns. The ultimate decision on this belongs
to Allāh alone, though the good ending is usually for the pious. Allāh says,
||"Verily, Allāh will help those who help His (Cause)." (Al-Hajj
Allāh also says,
||"Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and
those who believe (in the Oneness of Allāh - Islāmic Monotheism) in this world's life and on the Day when the witnesses will
stand forth, (i.e. Day of Resurrection)." (Ghāfir 40:51)
Ash-Shāfi'ī was asked as to which is better: to give a man power or to put him to trial.
He answered, "It is not possible for man to have power if he has not been put to trial." Ibn
Al-Qayyim said, "I heard Shaykul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah say: "It is through patience and certainty of
faith that leadership in religion is attained."He then recited to him Allāh's saying,
||"And We made from among them (Children of Israel), leaders,
giving guidance under Our Command, when they were patient and used to believe with certainty in Our Ayāt (proofs, evidences,
verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.)." (As-Sajdah 32:24)
Waraqah ibn Nawfal told Allāh's Messenger, "I wish I were young
and could live up to the time when your people would turn you out." Allah's Apostle asked, "Will
they drive me out?"Waraqah replied in the affirmative and said, "Anyone (man) who came with
something similar to what you have brought was treated with hostility; and if I should remain alive till the day when you
will be turned out then I would support you strongly." (Al-Bukhārī)
Brethren in faith! The companions of Allāh's Messenger have made great sacrifices and
have made excellent and noble examples of steadfastness upon the truth. Their unique actions stunned human intelligence, and
evil planning of the enemy had never swayed them from conveying the message of their Lord. They believed in the message, loved
it and made covenant with Allāh upon it.
During sanction days in the mountain of Abū Tālib, the companions would meet people in
hajj season and convey the message of Islām to them. Their pains and persecutions would not prevent them from conveying the
message. They rather increased in faith, resoluteness and certainty. Allāh says,
||"So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad,
and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers." (آl 'Imrān 3:139)
No doubt, these difficulties that the Muslims are facing today will produce nothing but
a viable and strong generation that will be able to sacrifice whatever they have in possession for the cause of Islām. As
for the generation of humiliation and ignominy, theirs is defeat and disgrace. When the children of Israel refused to enter
the holy land, they told Moses,
||"So go you and your Lord and fight you two, we are sitting
right here." (Al-Māidah 5:24)
It is because of this that Allāh condemned them to wilderness in the desert for forty
Difficulties and afflictions should bring out the nation's hidden energies. It should
incite its resoluteness and awaken it from slumber.
The nation of Islām has produced men who are as gigantic as mountains in sciences and
heroic achievements. Allāh has guided many generations through these men.
Brethren in Islām! It is never known whether the earlier or later generations of this
Ummah, is the best. Just as the rain produces plants, thus does our Ummah produce lions in each generation. Our Ummah is the
nation that produced lofty figures like Khālid Ibn Al-Walīd, Al-Muthannā, Ibn Abī Waqqās and later, Salāhuddīn. The nation
of Islām is a fertile and procreating nation. Whenever a hero is lost, he is replaced by heroes who raise the banners of the
truth till eternity.
The Conqueror of Al-Quds, 'Umar Ibn Al-Khattāb was assassinated; 'Uthmān Ibn 'Affān who
conquered many lands for Islām was also murdered unjustly and cruelly; and 'Alī Ibn Abī Tālib was killed. Many heroes have
died after them. But their blood was not shed in vain; each drop of their blood rather leads the Ummah to victory after victory.
||"As for those who are killed in the Way of Allāh, He will
never let their deeds be lost. He will guide them and set right their stat;and admit them to Paradise which He has made known
to them (i.e. they will know their places in Paradise better than they used to know their homes in the world)." (Muhammad
The Messenger of Allāh tells the story of a young boy who was crucified on a tree by the
tyrant of his time, so that his call to the truth would die with his death and people would be prevented from been influenced
by him. But the tyrant was utterly dissapointed. When this youngster was crucified people proclaimed in one voice: "We believe
in the Lord of this youngster." The boy sacrificed his life so that the call to the way of Allāh would live in people's minds.
His soul was insignificant to him because of his religion and principle. He, as a result, attained a profit in which there
is no loss and a life that is immortal.
The boy preferred death to life so that the religion of Allāh could be prevalent. It is,
therefore, not necessary that victory should always be in the military context.
Dear brethren! In the light of events that we witness and those that we hear, it is clear
to us that truth eventually defeats falsehood; and that huge military might is, in the long run, brought to naught in the
face of weaker opponents. It is faith that eventually defeats material power in spite of its multitude. Allāh says,
||"How often a small group overcame a mighty host by Allāh's
Leave?" And Allāh is with the patient." (Al-Baqarah 2:249)
This verse is a directive from Allāh, the Almighty affirming the victory of a small group
over a large one, for those who believe in Allāh, rely on Him and make us of the causes of victory.
The small group attained victory in the Battle of Badr and this victory became the beginning
of series of victories for Islām during the time of Allāh's Messenger and the times of his rightful guided successors and
those who followed them.
In our contemporary time, the Palestinian people who are armless are seriously suffering
under the might of an army that possesses all kinds of modern weapons including nuclear and biological ones. What a heroism
that you demonstrated, O you stone throwing children! What a great sacrifice that you are making, O mothers of stone throwing
children! Is it not strange enough that weapons, rockets and bombs are massively and shamelessly employed to attack a boy,
who possesses nothing as weapon beyond stones, or to kill an old woman who has no arms except raising her hands to Allāh in
invocation, or to treacherously murder a quadriplegic old man? It is really a heinous crime meant to hurt the feelings of
millions of Muslims.
The blown-apart body of this man, as seen in his crumbled chair while he was on his way
from worship, is a clear indication of treachery of the highest type. This quadriplegic man was and shall remain a shinning
star in the life of the Muslims. His cold-blooded murder in the hands of the enemy will inspire nothing in the minds of his
brethren in faith but sense of sacrifice and honour.
The Shaykh was just a crippled body in his chair, but in the throat of the enemy he was
a thorn. His unique will, in spite of his old age and disability, is like a soaring mountain that shakes the earth under the
feet of oppressors. He humiliated the arrogant enemy. His silence was a statement and his tongue was like a sword.
He was physically feeble but strong in resoluteness. He aimed high and never inclined
to this world. He has never succumbed to disgrace and ignominy and he never asked for fame. He was great in his steadfastness.
He has written a history as radiant as his face, and as beautiful as his smile.
Brethren in faith! Assassination of great men affords them the martyrdom that always has
been their goal. No doubt, the blood of the Muslims that is shed on the holy land shall irrigate that land to enable it produce
warriors for Islām. It shall increase the people of the truth in strength and sense of sacrifice and it shall cast horror
in the hearts of the oppressors and cause to die hundred times in a single day out of extreme fear.
Certainly, the murder of this quadriplegic Shaykh will rekindle the love for honourable
death in the hearts of principled people who are never weakened by the death of a leader until they achieved victory by Allāh's
permission. "Let those who used to worship Muhammad know that Muhammad is now death and let those who worship Allāh know that
Allāh is Ever-Living and He never dies." (Al-Bukhārī)
When the time of death of great men comes, they die like other people and their memory
is buried with them. It might be that, great men die honourably so that their death can stir up feelings of the Muslims, impress
in their hearts meanings of high-mindedness and remind them of the most important issues. Every drop of martyr's blood breeds
a lofty mind that neither surrenders nor accepts humiliation. Every drop of a martyr's blood makes their life an everlasting
lesson in sacrifice.
However, the enemy does not read history and if they read it they do not understand it.
Reading the history of this Ummah will reveal to the reader that this Ummah is like the pleasant and blessed tree whose root
is firmly fixed in the earth and its branches are high in the sky. Winds cannot shake it and whenever a branch thereof is
cut, it becomes stronger and firmer.
The Palestinian people are an example for the contemporary generation of this Ummah that
the Muslim's honour can never be crushed and that weapons can destroy anything but the Muslim's lofty mind. The stone has
effectively achieved what riffles failed to achieve. The stone has removed the screen of fear that has shadowed the hearts
of most people. The stone has broken the jinx of the undefeatable soldier. Allāh says,
||"They fight not against you even together, except in fortified
townships, or from behind walls." (Al-Hashr 59:14)
Yes, the stone was able to achieve this feat because; it is carried by a boy whose heart
is active in the light of belief in the Hereafter. The stone has broken the screen of humiliation and salvaged the souls from
fear of death. Allāh says about the base souls that fear death and prefer the life of this world,
||"And verily, you will find them (the Jews) the greediest
of mankind for life." (Al-Baqarah 2:96)
Certainly, the stone has broken the screen of humiliation and salvaged the souls from
fear of death and made them high and lofty. Allāh says,
||"And (remember) when Allāh promised you (Muslims) one of
the two parties (of the enemy i.e. either the army or the caravan) that it should be yours; you wished that the one not armed
(the caravan) should be yours." (Al-Anfāl 8:7)
Dear Muslims! It is in the land of Palestine that the transgressors committed all excesses.
They oppressed and caused much mischief. They killed people and destroy crops. The killed innocent people and butchered children
and women. They forcefully seized the land from its rightful owners and erected a partition wall. Why then has the modern
world that claim to be civilized failed to rein in the transgressors and prevent them from committing further carnage? Where
are the agreements and pacts? Where are the callers to peace and its advocates? Indeed, whenever transgression becomes widespread
and injustice becomes the order of the day, the perpetrators are driven to no where but perdition, while they know not. Allāh
||"So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had
been reminded, We opened for them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which
they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets
and sorrows." (Al-An'ām 6:44)
Cruelty, arrogance and audacious oppression that the nation of Islām suffers should elevate
the Ummah to the proper understanding of the events. The Ummah should cast away the causes of defeat and weakness. The issue
of Palestine should, therefore, be the concern of every male and female Muslim.