“Never will they be pleased with you (Muslims) until you follow their Millah (religion, ideology, values and way of Life).” [EMQ 2:120]
The Messenger Muhammad (SAW) said, “Indeed, the best speech is the Book of Allah.”; so with that I begin. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’aan:
“And who turns away from the Millah (religion, ideology, way of life, values) of Ibrahim except him who befools himself?” [EMQ 2:130]
The Millah of Ibrahim (AS) is a divine, legislated way of life. It is an excellent example, not just for the followers of the Messenger Muhammad (SAW), but also for the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) himself. Allah (SWT) says:
This was the da’wah (preaching) and hikmah (wisdom) of Ibrahim (AS) and his followers – who, if alive today, would undoubtedly be accused of preaching hatred. His da’wah was not diluted or sugar-coated, to please the authorities or sceptical disbelievers. Rather, his message was a message of hate for those who disbelieved in Allah (SWT) and a message of love, peace and glad tidings for the servants and worshippers of Almighty Allah (SWT).
His Manhaj (method) of da’wah cannot be disputed as it is clearly documented and preserved in the Book of Allah (60:4), until the Day of Judgement.
The da’wah of the Anbiyaa’ (Prophets), which we have been ordered to follow (especially ‘Ulama), will inevitably lead to trials, hardship and persecution. The Anbiyaa’ (Prophets) were the best men to walk the face of the earth. They are pleased with Allah (SWT), and He is pleased with them. Yet they were killed by their people (the prophets of Bani Israel), boycotted, attacked, imprisoned, deported, persecuted, ridiculed and slandered. Allah (SWT) says:
“Or do you think 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 (for fear of the enemy – Tafseer Ibn Katheer) that even the Messenger and those who believed with him said, ‘when will the Help of Allah come?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [EMQ 2:214]
It is further reported in an authentic (Saheeh) hadeeth that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:
“The saw would be placed on the middle of the head of one of those who were before you (believers) and he would be sawn from his head to his feet, and he would be combed with iron combs between his skin and bones, yet that would not make him change his religion.” [Fath ul-Baari, 6:716]
So these were the consequences, backlash and repercussions endured by the Anbiyaa’ and their pious, God-fearing followers, which they conceal from you, knowingly or out of ignorance.
They are those who are happy to live under the authority of the disbelievers, with their cosy jobs and lifestyles – from among the secular doctors, nurses, solicitors, accountants, bankers, teachers, lecturers, civil servants, social workers, imams on salaries, councillors and so forth.
And because the Millah of Ibrahim and da’wah of the Anbiyaa’ results in hardship, difficulties, persecution and trials, and is of great inconvenience to them, they are unwilling to sacrifice for it and thereby risk losing what they have spent more than three-quarters of their lives chasing – their dream careers.
Consequently, they begin to criticise and condemn this path – of declaring enmity towards the disbelievers and what they worship – and those who are upon it. Instead, they falsely claim that Islam is just a religion of peace and tolerance, and we ought to love all of mankind and God’s creations. And they say we should be wise and not proclaim any hatred for Western (kufr) values and kufr (non-Islamic) ideologies, concepts and philosophies, such as democracy and freedom.
Consequently, they take the disbelievers as their friends, helpers and protectors, instead of the believers who emulate the Anbiyaa’, replicate their da’wah and are labelled by the enemies of Allah (SWT) as extremists, fundamentalists and terrorists.
So you should know, oh servants of Allah (SWT), that the disbelievers will never be pleased with you until you abandon the essence and meaning of the Kalimah – even though you may utter it or decorate your homes with it – and follow their way of life or version of Islam, instead of the Shari’ah.
The Deen of Islam not only requires one to invite the unbelievers to Tawheed (worship and obey Allah alone) with the best styles and means, but also to declare Walaa’ (loyalty and allegiance to Allah (SWT) and the believers) and Baraa’ (hatred for the disbelievers and what they worship besides Allah (SWT)). Do not expect to enter Paradise without facing hostility from the disbelievers. The Anbiyaa’ were not loved or admired by their people (the disbelievers).
From your brother behind bars
July 2008/ Rajab 1429