Muslims – Self Destruct Mode = ON
On the occasion of Eid Al Adha, Oct 15 – 2013 as we read the online text of the sermon given by Saudi grand mufti Shaikh Abdul Aziz from the plains of Arafat, the day that is considered as the day when the Hajj pilgrimage reaches it’s pinnacle, he is reported to have said ( amongst other routine good things); “…leaders of Muslim world should play their duties efficiently in line with Islamic teachings and spend all the resources on the welfare of their nations. He (also) urged the Muslim states to strengthen their military institutions.”
But, this is as near to the truth as he is allowed to get. Unlike pope, the grand mufti is seen and heard only once in a year, he is having no standing in terms of his own country’s policy making and lacks all authority to move armies in the way of upholding Islamic virtues of helping the oppressed or the annihilated. His yearly, customary sermon from the pulpit of Nimira mosque of the plains of Arafat, is now a mere symbolic emulation of the times when Prophet Muhammad gave his historic ‘last sermon’ also referred as the ‘farewell sermon’, from the same site, on 9th March, 632AD, around 1,380 years ago.
On that day of the year 632, Muhammad had asked the people to pay close attention to what he was about to say and demanded that his message be delivered to all mankind, be transported from place to place and from generation to generation. It had since been reproduced in all books of history, almost verbatim and has been regarded as the ‘first charter of human rights’, ever recorded in history. Complete text is available here but we would relate only the first few lines of what he spoke.
He had started by admonishing those in attendance; “O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O People ! Just as you regard this month, this day, and this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds…“
these were followed by a few more paras but we wouldn’t relate them here, the very first sentences of his admonition have been completely forgotten and trampled under the feet by Muslims for personal gains.
The prophet’s last sermon wasn’t the only time he warned against Muslims getting into a self destruct mode. Earlier on an occasion, he related to his companion Al-Ahnaf that “…if two Muslims take out their swords to fight each other, then both of them will be from amongst the people of the hell-Fire. When it was said to the Prophet, ‘It is alright for the killer but what about the killed one?” The Prophet had replied, “‘The killed one had the intention to kill his opponent.” (Sahih Bukhari) .
For those who have been made to believe that killing Shias or Sunnis or other members of Muslim sects is a lesser evil, then listen to this; Anas bin Malik, a companion of the prophet related that he heard from prophet : “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like we do, face our Qibla and slaughter (animals) as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” (Sahih Bukhari)
If that’s the value placed on a Muslim life, then that is also a subset of all human lives which has been decreed as sacred by Allah himself.
“…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” ( Quran 5: 32)
When the prophet told one of his companions Ibn Masud that the first matter of intra-people justice concerning which humans will be judged on the day of resurrection will be the matter of blood letting ( Sahih Bukhari), only those who are completely in denial of the existence of Allah and disbelief on the day of judgement, can tread the path of the likes who initiate, insinuate, fund or fight in the intra-Muslim conflicts like those that we have mentioned on previous pages.
Having left prophet’s warnings far behind and holding power within their administered lands by hook or crook, the Muslim world is now a backward nation that is behind every other nation in every human index. It has, sadly, become a society that is at ease with crimes and corruption. Most of its governments are corrupt. Worse yet, they are often repressive governments, which are either at war with their own people or fomenting troubles in other Muslim lands. Billions are being spent in purchasing arms whose sole purpose is to scare their citizens into submission. They have created a society of sycophants and not of meritocracy where competency may rule. The end result is a Muslim world which is home to 23% of world population but having 0% positive impact on world affairs.
Our hope is that one day each one of our Muslim nation states will have representative leadership that is honest, just and mindful of their obligations, i.e., enlightened and benevolent leadership that fears ONLY Allah and and fearless of all other G4 or G5 nations.
And that we shall be able to reclaim our lost heritage and become once again the torchbearers of progress and enlightenment in our world that still needs a life-saving deen but the curent irony is, there is not a single Muslim majority nation of the 49 existing, that can be showcased today as that exemplary model of a functional Islamic and progressive society.