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Lessons from Surah Al Ahzab

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    Lessons from Surah Al Ahzab

    Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

    The current alliance against Islam:

    George W Bush has begun the “crusade” on terrorism. This is a fight that is military, economic, and above all political. He plans to use all US military force against the Muslims. He plans to continue the Western siege of the children of Iraq, and to exploit the wealth and resources of the Ummah. He has strengthened his alliances with the Western powers, and the corrupt rulers of the Muslims, so as to make war on Islam. He and his allies are using all means to terrorise the Ummah. They try to make us despair, and to try to make us feel we have no way to defeat such a huge, well equipped enemy; no way to over come such complex and numerous obstacles; no way to solve such seemingly insurmountable disunity, and betrayal by our rulers. There are therefore many lessons in Surah Al Ahzab for us to remind ourselves of.

    The alliance against Islam is an old one:

    “O Believers! Remember Allah’s Favour to you when there came against you hosts, and We sent against them a wind and forces that you saw not. And Allah is Ever All-Seer of what you do.
    “When they came upon you from above you and from below you, and when the eyes grew wild and the hearts reached to the throats, and you were harbouring doubt about Allah.” Surah Ahzab vs 9 and 10.

    All the enemies of Islam at that time allied against the Muslim Ummah, and attempted to wipe out Islam and the Muslims forever. The alliance included the Quraysh of Makkah, Banu Ghatafan and the Jews of Banu Qurayzah, who had until that time a contract with the Muslims, and who even agreed immediately before the alliance to maintain their agreement:

    “…they came upon you from above you and below you” and “…the believers were tried and shaken with a mighty shaking”. He the All-Mighty even goes as far as to expose the fact that some were even “harbouring doubts about Allah”. Faced with these pressures some of the believers may have asked themselves “where was the victory and help of Allah?”

    Hypocrisy- old and new

    Some people openly declared these doubts, creating more doubts for others, even to the extent that although they professed belief in Islam, they denied that Islam could be victorious.

    “There, the believers were tried and shaken with a mighty shaking. And when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts there is a disease said ‘Allah and His Messenger promised us nothing but delusion!’
    Surah Ahzab 11-12

    They began to agitate others against Islam and doubt the promise of victory made by Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). These people were Munafiqeen (hypocrites), and Allah reminds the Muslims of the disease in their hearts. Their like have always existed amongst us, influencing us to lose hope and tow the line that “mighty” American dictates to us.

    It is required therefore that the Ummah realise this is a tool of war and the whispering of Shaytan.

    “O Prophet! Keep your duty to (have taqwa) Allah and obey not the disbelievers and hypocrites. Verily, Allah is Ever All-Knower, All Wise. And follow that which is revealed to you from your Lord. Verily Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do. And put your trust in Allah, and Sufficient is Allah as a Wakil.” Surah Ahzab 1-3

    Ibn Kathir narrates that Talq bin Habib said: “ taqwa means obeying Allah in the light of the guidance of Allah and in hope of earning the reward of Allah, and refraining from disobeying Allah in the light of the guidance of Allah and fearing the punishment of Allah.”

    So, He the All-Mighty says obey Him, and not the hypocrites and disbelievers, and put our trust in Allah alone. Obeying Allah today, in this current crisis, necessitates standing united, against those who attack Islam. To disobey Allah is to obey the West and ally against your brothers.

    “The believers shall not form an alliance with the disbeliveers, and whoever does that will
    never be helped by Allah in any way" [TMQ 3:28].

    However our rulers are engaged in actions encouraging despair, and in finding excuses, such as fear of sanctions, bombing, being labelled terrorists or extremists, in order to justify subservience to the west.

    Back in the year 5 Hijri, the hypocrites of that era did the same.

    “And when a party of them said: ‘O people of Yathrib! There is no (possible) stand for you (against the enemy attack). Therefore go back!’ And a band of them asked for permission of the Prophet saying: ‘Truly, our homes lie open.’ And they lay not open. They wished but to flee.” Surah Al Ahzab 13

    “ Say (to those hypocrites who ask your permission to run away): ‘Flight will not avail you if you flee from death and killing and then you will enjoy no more than for a little while!’ Say:’ Who is he who can protect you from Allah if He intends to harm you, or intends mercy on you?’ And they will not find besides Allah, for themselves any Wali or any helper.” Surah Al Ahzab 16-17

    The Response of the Believers

    “And when the believers saw Al Ahzab, they said: ‘This is what Allah and His Messenger had promised us; and Allah and His Messenger had spoken the truth’. And it only added to their Faith and to their submissiveness (to Allah).” Surah Ahzab 22

    `Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, and Qatadah, said “They mean what Allah said:

    ‘Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When will come the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” (Surah Al Baqarah : 214) meaning “ this is the trial and test that Allah and His Messenger promised us, and would be followed by the help and victory of Allah that is near.”

    Hence we should be inspired to stand firm and hold to the truth in the trust that the Help of Allah will be near.

    “That Allah may reward the men of truth for their truth, and punish the hypocrites, if He wills, or accepts their repentance by turning to them (in Mercy). Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
    Surah Ahzab 24

    Allahuma munzi lal kitabi, sariyul hisabi , ahzi mil ahazab. Allahummahzim hum, wa zalzilhum

    Oh Allah, revealer of the Book, swift in bringing to account, defeat the Allies. Oh Allah, defeat them and shake them. (Muslim and Bukhari)

    24 Ramadhan 1422