Implementation of Islam
Implementation of Islam
It is really sad to note that in our present situation, Muslims are under excessive pressures from imported ideologies, with all their temptations and attractions. At the same time, our suffering is greatly increased by the widespread ignorance of Islam. The Ummah suffers from oppression and the increasing requirements of fulfilling their daily needs. We find ourselves standing astonished and stunned in front of the glittering deception of the aspects of what is presently and wrongly called 'civilization', where all meanings of freedom, fraternity and justice have been brutally crushed under the heels of armies.
Mankind today stands helpless, hopeless and numbed, rapt in the dreams of desire, deceived by material enjoyments rapidly waning away, unaware of the true realities of the universe, unaware of the warnings of all the Ambiya Alayhim Salatu Wasallam, until he is called all of a sudden by death, leaving behind him all vanishing vanities and withering deceits.
Amidst the depths of this darkness, there appears the urgent and immediate need for the implementation of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an and the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam into our daily lives. The question that is often asked is whether it will play the same role that it played in the days of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.
Does the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an today formulate our concepts and thoughts, our feelings, our desires and our hopes? Does it form the basis of our plans and aspirations? Is the Most Holy and Glorious Book of Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen the power nowadays that builds the men, women and children in our society? In fact it does not! Therefore we claim that the Most Glorious Qur'an and the Sunnah must have for us the very same role as it had previously in the school of Almighty Allah's Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam, and the same role as is detailed and prescribed by Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala.
There is absolutely no room for dispute and contention as long as the instructions of Almighty Allah are clear and definite. If we ever encounter any difficulty in the performance of our daily Islamic duties and obligations, it is not because of the Most Holy and Glorious Qur'an and the Sunnah. It is only because of our own weakness, for the declaration by Almighty Allah has been made crystal clear to us in verse 17 of Surah Al-Qamar:
"And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember; then is there any that will receive admonition?
It is the Divine Command of Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal, it is the order of His Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. It is the manifest practice of the days of our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. It is also the performance of the Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een and the common understanding of our A'immah (learned leaders), and our history. The Glorious Qur'an and the Sunnah of our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam has been to all intents and purposes deserted by our people in recent times, except for a little reading and lips murmuring, with absent minds and hearts that do not receive knowledge, understanding or any contemplation.
We as the favoured Ummah have lost by this abandonment the real goodness and blessings of the Most Glorious Qur'an, and become deprived of a real source of power that could drive our lives along the correct path of Seerathal Mustaqeem. The avowed enemies of Islam have plotted deeply to divert the Ummah from the Most Glorious Qur'an in order to open a way into the wealth of the Islamic nation. They have gone brutally deep in their aggressive and oppressive machinations. It is now time for the Muslim nation to awake from its deep slumber.
It is the immediate and urgent need which furnishes the light and shows the Straight Path for every individual, party and community, and for the whole nation. Unfortunately, many Muslims have come to think that the understanding and implementation of the Most Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah is the obligation of only the Ulama and the elderly. Others think that implementation is confined only to our religious rites.
Allow me to emphasize here the following facts of Islam. The Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah, was sent down to all people, to all nations, and to all individuals. Every Muslim father, mother, daughter and son is bound and responsible to apply the rules of faith of Al-Imaan and Al-Tawhid within his and her field of responsibility. Our Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam said:
"Every one of you is a herder who is responsible for his herd and subjects. The Ruler is a herder and is responsible for his herd; the wife is also a herder and is also responsible for the house and for the children; even a slave is a herder and is responsible for his master's wealth. All of us are herders and everyone is responsible for his or her herd and subjects."
(Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud).
Every Muslim, every man and woman, is trusted in a certain defined responsibility in this worldly life. Each and every one of us are responsible and will most certainly be questioned on the Day of Judgement, when no protector will avail, and no help will be received except from Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala, the One, the Exalted in Might, and the Most Merciful.
While the age of adulthood by Kuffar standards is twenty one years, in Islam it is fifteen years by Divine Command. Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala has created man and Almighty Allah is fully aware of the true age of adulthood. If Muslims follow the Sunnah and develop the minds, attitudes and characters of their children along the lines chalked out by the Holy Sharia'h, then at the age of fifteen their children will not be reckless, rude, misbehaved and rebellious persons whose conception of life is nothing but pleasure, lust and irresponsibility.
To be able to function in a harmonious relationship in a social order or state, we must first be able to establish a stable family order. A revolution against the evils of a social order has no legitimacy when those in revolt are oppressors in their own family order. A part of the breakdown in family relations among Muslims occur because men do not assume their Islamic responsibilities regarding the spiritual guidance that is so necessary. Our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam has pointed out that the man is the Imaam of his house. He sets the example in terms of the Islamic environment and how it is practiced in his home. In absence of this, then he has failed to meet the requirements of maintenance on an Islamic scale.
The household is not the Dar-ul-Islam; it is not the abode of peace and happiness, because we are not following the guidance. We are treating it as some place where we camp out. We don't have the relationship in which we can begin to teach our children through our wives. This is how the children are taught. The mother spends more time with the children than the father. The Islamic knowledge that we are imparting to our wives is the knowledge that is passed down to the children.
The first and foremost responsibility of a Muslim is that he is a teacher. His first school, his first classroom and his first pupil is within his household. His first student is himself. He deals with himself and then he begins to convey the knowledge he has acquired to the family and the people who are closest to him. All of these things go toward teaching. To be firm and at the same time to be just.....be firm, be just. So, then what Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala has commanded and the rights that we demand of each other through the guidance that Almighty Allah has given us deals with teaching ourselves, controlling ourselves, and disciplining ourselves. It still goes back to us. How well do we practice Islam?
Almighty Allah declares in verse 11 of Surah Ar-Ra'd that He will not change the condition of a people until they change that which is themselves. Almighty Allah also tells us in no uncertain terms that He will not accept anything from us except Islam.......total submission. If the family unit won't work, or cannot function, the community won't work either; it won't function. If there is a high level of spousal and child abuse, marriage break-ups, or turmoil within the family, it is only indicative of the level of Islam which we are practicing.
In the spiritual aspect, it deals with the knowledge you bring to the house and what you impart to the household, not so much in what you say, but what you do; and how well you practice Islam. When there is disagreement between husband and wife, do not resort to beating your wife. This is unlawful. It is prohibited and un-Islamic. But, that is a demonstration that your level of Islam is very weak to the extend where you cannot control yourself. Our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam said:
"Success depends upon being conscious of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala,"
upon being able to struggle in a state of awareness, consciously struggling against those elements that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala has pointed out as being wrong, as being injurious to us; we must consciously be able to struggle against this, and we must do so on the basis of a program which is guaranteed to bring about change; a program that will Insha'Allah succeed.
The strangest known thing about Shaythaan and his followers is what Rahmathul Liel Ala'meen tells us in verse 22 of Surah Ebrahim. When they are all cast together into Jahannum - a tribune will be constructed from fire for Shaythaan who will ascend it and will deliver his speech to all his followers:
"And Shaythaan will say when the matter is decided. "It was Allah Who gave you a promise of Truth: I too promised, but I failed in my promise to you. I had no authority over you except to those who listened to me. Reproach me not, but reproach your own souls. I cannot listen to your cries, nor can you listen to mine. I reject your former act in associating me with Allah. For wrong doers there must be a grievous penalty."
After Judgement, evil declares its true colours. Frankly it says: "I deceived you. The promise from Almighty Allah was true, but you believed me rather than Allah. I had no power to force you. I had but to call and you came running after me. You must therefore blame yourselves. Did you think I was equal with Allah? I know too well that I was not and never could be. If you did wrong, you must suffer the consequences. I had already rebelled against Allah with Whom you associated me."
May Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala in His Infinite Mercy and Bounty strengthen our Imaan so that we are forever guided on the Path of Seerathal Mustaqeem. - Ameen!
(Moulana Abdul Hamid Lachporia Saheb,Canada)