By Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal
The most important agenda of Islam is to connect humans with their Almighty Creator. For a human, nothing is more important than this connectivity with his Supreme Lord. Whether a man will reach heaven or hell is solely decided on this single factor. The basis of this Divine connectivity of a believer is the perfect congruity of his vision, mission and objective with that of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. For that, one needs to hold fast the teaching of the holy Qur’an. But now, the Muslims are known for a deeper disconnection. Their vision, mission, ideologies, politics, warfare, law, constitutions, education and culture show little or no connection with the objective of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and His final Book of guidance –the holy Qur’an. Moreover, the state and the institutions that the last prophet (peace be upon him) of Islam built in those early days of Islam, hasn’t been accepted as a model in the state building. With such disconnection from Almighty Lord, the holy Qur’an and the last prophet (peace be upon him), if the Muslims had achieved any success, peace or glory, that would have easily nullified any need of Islam for any human. But, that didn’t happen in any part of the Muslim World. Instead, such disconnection has caused catastrophic deviation from the straight path (siratul mustaqeem); and has led to a destination far away from the early Muslims. The difference is so huge and the failure is so disgraceful that one can genuinely ask whether today’s Muslims believe in same Islam and follow the same Qur’an.
Today, in the Muslim life, the symptoms of disconnection from Allah Sub’hana wa ta’la are huge. Such disconnection can only lead to spiritual cum moral death. Because of such spiritual and moral death, they could easily alienate from Qur’anic roadmap and align with the enemies to execute their agenda. This is why, those who oppose the practice of sharia, hudud, khilafa, jihad, Muslim unity and other basics are not the native non-Muslims; they are the spiritually dead Muslims. The disease has already spread like an epidemic. Hence, the warmongering imperialist invaders are not alone in their war against Islam; millions of the so-called Muslims also support and join their occupation and killing. Hence, in 2003, while the USA and the British Army invaded Iraq, millions of Iraqis welcomed them. In 2016, while the Russian war planes were busy in flattening the city of Aleppo, Raqqa and Idlib, the Syrian depot Basher al-Assad, the Iranian President Ruhani and the Turkish President Erdogan were busy in cementing their relation with the killer Vladimir Putin. Even in 1917, the imperialist invaders were not alone to dismantle the Osmania Khilafa; they could recruit millions of mercenaries from the Muslim countries to fight their war. The British, alone, could recruit more than a million Arab Muslims –especially the Egyptians, in their Army. The other imperialists like the French and the Italians also got similar successes. Hundreds of thousands of the Arabs died for the Western imperialists’ cause in the World Wars. It is astonishing to note that such a large number of Arab Muslims never fought any war for Islam in any segment of the Muslim history; nor did they die for Islam in such a huge number either. Their spiritual death was so complete that they detested to sell their life in exchange of deathless life in paradise –as was asked in sura Taubah, verse 111. But they sold the same amanah of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la only for a salary of less than a hundred pound per month to the kuffars. Thus the Arab contribution in the disintegration cum subjugation of the Arab World and in the creation of their own enemy –Israel, is immense.
The state of the Indian Muslims was not different either. More than two hundred thousand Indian Muslims fought as mercenaries for the British imperialism only in the First World War. They fought war against the Khalifa’a Army; thousands of them died to occupy Iraq and Syria for the British colonialists. It was 100 per cent haram in Islam. But their spiritual and moral death depleted their ability to detest such a haram act. All the ruling military elites of Pakistan like General Eskander Mirza, General Ayub Khan, and General Yahiya Khan and other senior Army officers suffered from the same moral and spiritual death. They started their life as the perfect mercenary of the colonial British. Later on, these Trojan Horses of the enemy and the ideological cum cultural converts of the West could easily grab the highest post of the country. As despotic ruler, they could successfully stop the Islamisation of Pakistan –the life line for its united survival. Thus they could start the process of rapid ideological as well as physical meltdown of Pakistan –a country that was created with a great Islamic ambition by the pan-Islamic coalition of the South Asian Muslims. In Pakistan –especially in its eastern wing, even the success of the cow-worshipping Indian infidels were huge. They could easily recruit millions of Muslims to kill fellow Muslims and destroy United Pakistan in 1971. The enemy’s success in quick occupation and destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq and now in Syria also owes to the same spiritual and moral death. Millions of Muslims and the pro-occupation governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Turkey, and many other Muslim countries have already joined the USA or Russia-led coalition in its destructive war in the Muslim World. So, the rate of deaths, destruction, rapes and eviction in the Muslim countries has attained a new high.
A Muslim’s self-sacrificing jihad in the way of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la’s is not utopian. While the so-called Muslims can join in millions for the cause of the imperialist kuffars, why the true Muslims shouldn’t join jihad for Almighty Allah? Such a spirit generates spontaneously in those who have true iman and build strong spiritual connection with Him. Only such a linkage can pull them out of the hell-bound satanic track; and guide them towards the paradise. Such a certainty of an auspicious outcome is very explicit in the holy Qur’an: “Whoever holds fast to Allah, he is indeed guided onto the straight path.”–(Sura al-Imran, verse 101). Therefore, those who seek straight path to paradise, the above verse gives them a crucial message. It makes “holding fast Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la” an obligatory necessity. The verse has tremendous depth and dimensions. The question arises, how can one hold fast to Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la? To understand the implication of the verse, one needs to fully understand what does it mean by holding fast to Him?
No one on the earth could ever see Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. But that never stopped the prophets and their companions to build strong linkage with Him. For such linkage, the holy Qur’an and the last prophet (peace be upon him) of Islam showed the most effective and the most sustainable way. Holding fast to Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la doesn’t have any physical implication; instead, it provides very powerful spiritual, ideological and political connotation. Holding fast to Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la means holding fast His prescribed religion, vision, mission, agenda, laws, hudud, khilafa and fighting a life-long jihad for full implementation of His Sovereignty on earth. Although Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala is invisible, but His mighty presence is easily recognisable through His immense worlds of creations, the Divine Books and the chain of prophets. He also expresses Himself through His proclaimed vision, mission and agenda, as revealed in His final book of guidance -the holy Qur’an. Through recitation of the holy Qur’an, His Supreme Power, the Wisdom, the Law, the Order and the Guidance become distinctly audible and understandable even to a layman. Therefore, there exists no problem to hold fast those Laws, the Orders and the Guidance in practical life. Only this way, the issue of holding fast the Almighty Lord -as has been asked in the above verse gets fully practised. The early Muslims excelled in that; hence could achieve the full benefit of being guided towards the paradise. But today, the Muslims are going in the opposite direction. Instead of holding fast the Guidance of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la, they are holding fast the imperialist kuffars and their evil ideologies. As a result, secularism, nationalism, racism, capitalism, socialism, fascism and despotism get bumper growth in the Muslim World. And holding fast these evil ideologies can only lead to an eternal life in the hellfire.