The Times newspaper once quoted a Hindu writer saying, “Turkey is now reduced from being a world influence as the head of Islam to the insignificance of a Balkan state”.
That was on the 7th of March, 1924, a few days after the destruction of the Khilafah ruling system at the hands of the traitor Mustafa Kamal Pasha. Almost 87 years later, it is clear what a miserable fate was to await the Muslims of the Balkan states such as Bosnia and Kosovo; who could not forget the sight of their girls tormented and unable to bear the dishonor, hanging by their necks from trees? Who could forget the field full of bones at Srebrenica? These were victims of crimes committed under the nose of a cowardly UN protection force that had betrayed its promise; a promise given in exchange for the disarming of the local Muslim fighters defending against the Serbs.
We should ask how such things could happen when the sons of Sultan Murad, who had brought Islam to the Balkans 600 years earlier, were only 15 minutes away by plane? How desperate we felt when planes of food and blankets and copies of Qur’an were sent while our armies were locked in their barracks!!
How many hundreds of thousands of children have died in Iraq under a cruel international regime of sanctions? Yet, at the time of writing this piece, the doors of Iraq’s neighbours are now open to a similar number of US troops, in readiness for yet another killing spree, this time in the name of ‘War on Terror’ (WoT).
How long will the Muslims of Afghanistan suffer American bombing and subjugation to mafia warlords, under the cover of a phony ‘Loya Jirga’ headed by a Pashtun, who is consultant for the major American oil company UNOCAL?
Muslims everywhere sense themselves an open target for attack – an easy prey whether in Palestine, Iraq, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Somalia, Burma, Gujarat or Assam, and the list is growing.
Since the destruction of Khilafah, Muslims have been plumbing the depths of despair. The Islamic world has become characterized by failure, disunity, bloodshed, insecurity and oppression. Our countries are totally ineffective on the international stage, and due to the dominance of our enemies, they are unable to do anything for themselves. Worse than that, our rulers themselves seem to be the dagger at our own throats in the hands of our enemies.
Why is it that in matters of religion, history, language and culture we are so similar to each other, yet we are so disunited?
In the end, these questions boil down to one, namely, why is it that the once mighty and great Muslim nation is now so weak?
Our weakness is not inherent and certainly doesn’t lie with Islam. We are weak because we have abandoned Islam in every sphere of our life. We have adopted sham Western culture and its satanic political and economic models. Muslims have adopted new religions of Secularism, Liberalism, Feminism, etc. Moral and ethical degradation has deeply penetrated our society.
Although we are Muslims by name and we’ll remain Muslims till our death, but our actions and deeds are not Islamic.
The present day Muslims can no longer be said to represent Islam. The public values, ideas, concepts and ruling system proceed from a non-Islamic point of view. We have changed our loyalties and commitments from Islam to ignorance (jahiliyah).
Capitalism, Socialism, Nationalism, self-interest, benefit and pride are all ideas that have replaced the unity of Allah (Tawheed) as the motivation of life and source of Authority. Thus, the Islamic values have ceased to enter our hearts, our minds are no longer illuminated by the true Islamic concepts and our way of life is at variance with our creed.
The misery, humiliation and oppression Muslim Ummah is facing can be eradicated only by sincere repentance to Allah Ta’ala, individually as well as collectively, and pledging that we’ll never again betray the Deen of our beloved Prophet (S.A.W.). Else total annihilation is hammering at our doors, “Tumhari dastaan tak bhi na hogi dastaanon mein” (Even your story will be unheard of).
A glorious future is awaiting us if we implement the obligations of Qur’an in their true spirit, because Allah Ta’ala promised the glory of Deen-e-Islam. It’s up to us whether we want to be on the right side of history or on the wrong end – ‘Hizb-ush-Shaitan’ or ‘Hizbu’Allah’.