By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas
English translation by Radzi Sapiee
“Anyone who kills a believer on purpose, his retribution is Hell, wherein he abides forever. Allah is angry with him, and condemns him, and has prepared for him a terrible retribution.”
Since the imperialist regimes of the West start intruding into many Islamic nations, since then many Muslims have became casualties. Hundred thousands of innocent citizens became victims of terror, their wealth and belongings destroyed. The imperialists are very adept at playing the Muslims against each other causing us to fight and kill among ourselves while they overpower our nations and steal its wealth.
It is sad to everyday see the Muslims getting killed, their houses demolished, their estates destroyed. A number of them are prisoned, tortured in inhuman ways. Such oppressions are also inflicted on common citizens, children, women and disabled old men. What is more saddening is there are those who consider themselves as freedom fighters but have no consideration as they continue to kill at public places such as markets full on people, in fact places of worship like mosques.
We could expect this if it is planned and executed by the imperialist regimes who thirst for blood, power and wealth of the world. But we are very disappointed when those who claims to be Muslims do the same thing. Perhaps these oppressors have forgotten what they did will result in severe retribution. Hellfire is their place and they would stay forever inside it with Allah angry and cursing them.
Such inhuman and oppresive treatments continued to be carried out while they give a lot of excuses to justify their ways. They forgot that what they do is driving Islam and the community further towards destruction. Where goes the love and caring? How can we be the best of community when we transgress against the commandments of Allah and His messenger? How can we attain success if our practises veer far away from the recommendations of Allah and His messenger?
Have we forgotten, once anyone recites the kalimah syahadah, the two articles of faith, then we must consider him as a Muslim and thus forbidden from spilling his blood, seizing his possesions and dropping his dignity? How can we have the heart to detonate bombs in public places when there is a possibilty that good pious men might pass that way? Have we forgotten that Allah s.w.t. and His messenger Muhammad s.a.w. have left many messages asking us to love other humans especially our brother Muslims? So why do we keep on detonating bombs in public places killing innocent citizens, children, men and women?
In this day and age, individual and group personal interest especially in politics and economics is the main reason for mankind to be disunited. It is a sad thing when outside oppressors could cloud our minds by pitting our different school of thoughts against each other till we forgot Allah s.w.t.’s admonition in the Quran:
“Do not be like those who became divided and disputed, despite the clear proofs that were given to them. For they have incurred a terrible retribution.”
(Ali Imran : 105)
All sorts of calamities have been brought down upon us as Allah’s reminders of our errors. What sort of calamity do we expect before we really realise, repent and decide to mend our ways? Thus if we want to be safe and succesful, the time has come for us to refer back to the Quran and Sunnah, practices of the prophet.
Allah has reminded us:
“Hold fast all of you to the rope of Allah (the religion of Islam), and do not be divided. Recall Allah's blessings upon you when you used to be enemies and Allah reconciled your hearts. By Allah’s grace, you became Muslims. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and Allah saved you therefrom. Thus Allah explains His revelations, so that you may receive His guidance.”
( Verse of Ali ’Imran: 103)
So let us call upon all those who love peace and security in this world and hereafter, it is time to remind each other. Don’t worship our desires, don’t kill each other what more among Muslims. Do return to the straight path favoured by Allah s.w.t. as shown in the holy Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w..
Let us study back whether our actions all this while is in line with the guidance given by Allah and His messenger or is it otherwise. God willing the study will bring us back to the right path, the path favoured by Allah and His messenger. And may the Muslims relive back their glorious days.