Archive | June, 2010

Aby Ayyub at Constantinople

30 Jun

The last campaign Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) took part in was the one prepared by Mu’awiyah and led by his son Yazid against Constantinople. Abu Ayyub at that time was a very old man, almost eighty years old. But that did not prevent him from joining the army and crossing the seas as a graze in the path of God. After only a short time engaged in the battle, Abu Ayyub fell ill and had to withdraw from fighting. Yazid came to him and asked..

“What is it you need, Abu Ayyub?”

“Convey my salaams to the Muslim armies and say to them:

‘Abu Ayyub urges you to penetrate deeply into the territory of the enemy as far as you can go, that you should carry him with you and that you should bury him under your feet at the walls of Constantinople.”‘ Then he breathed his last.

The Muslim army fulfilled the desire of the companion of the Messenger of God. They pushed back the enemy’s forces in attack after attack until they reached the walls of Constantinople. There they buried him.


words of Khalid ibn Waleed at Yarmook

30 Jun

When Khalid bin Waleed (may Allah be pleased with him) reached Yarmook with his army to fight the Romans, he addressed them saying:

“Oh mujahideen! This is a memorable day. It is the day on which our faith will be tested and tried. Today we should avoid every kind of arrogance, pride and not contend for individual glory or egoistic bragging..

“Oh mujahideen of Islam! Fight only to gain the Goodwill of Allah Almighty. In the Muslim army today there are many great generals: each of them is worthy and can be entrusted with the permanent command of this army. Today you have assigned me this honor of commanding the Muslim army. So I hope that for the honor and victory of Islam, today we will enter the battlefield of Jihad as one. Allah will be our Supporter and Defender?”

Then both the armies confronted each other at Yarmook. The Roman general, Mahan, scornful addressed his counterpart, Khalid bin Waleed (may Allah be pleased with him) and said:

“It looks as if poverty, nakedness and starvation has compelled you to come here. If you wish I am willing to give each of you ten dinars, expensive clothing and good food. You can take these things and leave. Next year too I can send you these things; you do not have to take the trouble to come here?”

Khalid bin Waleed (may Allah be pleased with him) was enraged on hearing these scornful and arrogant words, and to break this arrogance, he answered:

“Mahan listen to me very carefully! You are mistaken about the reason why we are here. We are people who drink the blood of our opponents. We have heard that Roman blood is very delicious, and we have come here to enjoy it.”

Being a true slave Allah

20 Jun

“The heart is inherently dependent on Allah in two ways: From the point of view of worship, which is the ultimate goal, and from the point of view of seeking His help and relying upon Him, which are the means to that end. The heart cannot be sound, or succeed, or find joy, or be happy, or feel pleasure, or be good, or be at peace, or find tranquility, except by worshiping its Lord, loving Him and returning to Him. Even if it attains all that it can enjoy of created things, it will not feel at peace or find tranquility, because it has an inherent need for its Lord, for He is the focus of its worship, love and seeking, and this is the only way to attain joy, happiness, pleasure, peace and tranquility…

For if a person is helped to attain what he loves, seeks, desires and wants, but he does not worship Allah, he will never achieve anything but sorrow, regret and suffering. He can never be free of the pain and hardship of this life except through loving Allah sincerely, so that Allah becomes his ultimate desire and he loves Him for what He is, and he loves anyone or anything else only for His sake, and he does not love anything for its own except Allah. If he does not achieve this (level of love), he has not properly understood the true meaning of “LailahaillaAllah” or of tawhid or of Ubudiyyah or of loving Allah. There is something lacking in his iman and tawhid, and he will suffer pain, regret and anguish accordingly.

The highest degree of love is Tatayyum (total enthrallment). The lowest degree is alaqah (attachment), when the heart is attached to the beloved; then comes sabahah (infatuation), when the heart is poured out: then gharam (passion), when love never leaves the heart; then ashaq (ardent love), and finally tatayyum. When we say that a person is enthralled, as it were, by Allah, it means that he worships Allah, because enthrallment is like enslavement to the beloved. When a person submits to another even though he dislikes him, this is not worship or enslavement; when he loves someone but is not subservient to him, as a man might love his child or friend, this is not worship or enslavement either. Either of them alone is not enough when it comes to worshiping Allah. Allah must be more important than all else. Nothing is deserving of complete love and submission except Allah. Love for anything other then Allah is corrupt love, and veneration of anything except Allah is false veneration. Allah says: “Say: If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred: the wealth that you have gained: the commerce in which you fear decline; or the dwellings in which you delight -are dearer to you then Allah, or his messenger, or the striving in His cause- the wait until Allah brings about His Decision.” (at-Tawbah 9/24)

Love, like obedience, should only be for Allah and His Messenger, and for the sake of earning Allah’s pleasure: “But it is more fitting that they should please Allah and His Messenger.” (at-Tawbah 9/62)

It is also for Allah and His Messenger to give; “If only they had been content with what Allah and His Messenger gave them.” (at-Tawbah 9/59)

Worship (ibadaah) and the things that are connected to it, such as complete trust and fear, and so on, can only be for Allah alone, as He says: “Say (O Muhammad): O People of the Book (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allah. Then if they turn away, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims.” (Al-i Imran 3/64); “If only they had been content with what Allah and His Messenger gave them, and had said: Sufficient unto us is Allah! Allah and His Messenger will soon give us of His bounty: to Allah do we turn our hopes! (That would have been the right course).” (at-Tawbah 9/59)

So it is it is for Allah and His Messenger to give, as He said: “So take what the Messenger assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you.” (al-Hashr 59/7)

It is only Allah Who is sufficient for us, as He says: “Those (the believers) unto whom the people (the hypocrites) said: Verily, the people (the pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore fear them. But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: Allah (alone) is sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).” (Al-i Imran 3/173); “O Prophet! Allah is sufficient for you and for the believers who follow you.” (al-Anfal 8/64)

The last ayah means: “Sufficient for you and those who follow you of the believers, is Allah!” Anyone who thinks that it means: “Allah and the believers with Him are sufficient for you!” is making a grave mistake. Allah also says: “Is not Allah Sufficient for His slave?” (az-Zumar 39/36)

In conclusion, therefore, we may say that slave (abd) means the one who is enslaved by Allah and who submits and humbles himself to Him.


18 Jun


Ibn Qayyim in his book Hidayat ul-Hayara said:

“The Jews are the cursed nation who Allah (swt) is angry with, they are the people of lies, fabrications, treachery, conspiracies and are murderers of the Prophets and Messengers.

They are the people of usury and bribery, the filthiest nation and have the lowest of characters, farthest from mercy and closest to revenge.  They have the habit of animosity and hatred.

Their attributes are aggression and disputing, of black magic and sorcery, lies and tricks, they don’t hold any sanctity for those who differ with them and do not respect any covenant and sanctity with any believers.

They will have no rights or kindness for the one who agrees with them.  There is no fairness, justice, security or tranquillity for the one who associates with them or the one who mixes with them.

For the ones whom they work for, they give bad advice.  The wise amongst them are filthy and the experts among them are cheats and the good among them (Allah forbid) are not really Jews.

They are the most narrow minded and impatient, the most oppressive, their houses are smelly and filthy and in their suburbs they wear clothes that frighten you.  Their salutation is a curse, their meeting is pessimistic and their sign is anger showered with venom”.


Ibn Qayyim in his book Hidayat ul-Hayara said:

“The Christians are misguided cross worshippers.  They are those who swear at Allah (swt) the Creator in a way no other human has sworn at Allah (swt).

They are like those before who did not believe that Allah is unique as stated in Surah Ikhlas, nor do they make him greater than everything; rather they say, “the heaven and earth will crack and the mountains will fall down.”

The base of their Aqeedah and their biggest curse against Allah (swt) is the Trinity.  According to the Christians Mariam (as) is the lover of Allah (swt) and Isa (as) is His son.  They claim the Almighty Allah came down from His great chair and melted in the womb of Mariam (as), until He was killed and buried at the hands of man.

Its Deen is the worship of the cross; its supplication is for the images that are drawn on the wall, in red and yellow colours.  They say in their prayer “O mother of God provide for us, forgive us and have mercy on us.”

Their Deen is to drink alcohol, eat pork, desert circumcision, worship with impurity and eat everything, even if is filthy, whether that be the elephant or the mosquito.  What is lawful and unlawful is what their priests say; the priests can take them to heaven and forgive their sins.”

Knowledge: The path to Paradise

15 Jun

“Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have been granted knowledge to high ranks.”

“Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male and female).”

Allah (Most Exalted is He), Who created us and gave us sustenance, has also given us guidance. He said:
“Verily We have created man into toil and struggle… Have We not made for him a pair of eyes; and a tongue, and a pair of lips; and shown him the two ways (obedience and disobedience)?”
(Qur’an, Al-Balad 90:4-10)
After providing us with the capability to contemplate, think and differentiate between things, He instructed us to know Him, to know his Prophets and to know His Deen, Islam. He said:
“So know that there is no god save Allah, ask forgiveness for your sins and for the believing men and the believing women. Allah knows well your moving and your place of rest.”
(Qur’an, Muhammad 47:19)

This verse shows the importance of knowledge and the virtues that Allah has given to it. It also shows that knowledge comes before deeds, since Allah instructed His Prophet to know that He is One and the only One worthy of worship. After that, He commanded him to ask forgiveness for himself, his family and for his Ummah.

If Muslims truly realise the importance Islam places on knowledge and its virtues, they will definitely be keen to learn and teach others. They would start with themselves and their families; then their neighbours and the community at large. Once Mu’awiyah Ibn Abi Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with her) gave a sermon in which he said, “I heard Allah’s Messenger saying, “If Allah wants to do good to a person, he makes him very knowledgeable in the Deen.” (Related by Bukhari and Muslim)

This is because knowledge is the basis of all good; it generates actions that are based on the commandments of Allah and the instructions of the Prophet . Hence, every Muslim must instil in his mind a desire to seek knowledge. Allah (Most Exalted is He) instructed His Prophet — and thus all Muslims — to ask Allah to increase him in knowledge. He said:

“And say: My Lord increase me in knowledge.”
(Qur’an, Ta-Ha 20:114)

Though, initially, all Muslims are equal in the sight of Allah, those who believe, have taqwah (fear of Allah and righteousness), and have been granted knowledge move up to higher ranks. Allah says about those who have taqwah:
“Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who has most taqwah.”
(Qur’an, Al-Hujurat 49:13)

And He said about those who believed and acquired knowledge:

“Allah will raise up, to (suitable) ranks and (degrees), those of you who believe and who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is well-acquainted with all you do.”
(Qur’an, Al-Mujadilah 58:11)

When a servant of Allah is granted knowledge, he appreciates Allah’s creation more, and becomes more acquainted with Allah’s attributes and qualities. Consequently, he wholeheartedly witnesses that his Creator is the only one worthy of worship, and then submits to Him humbly. This, in return, generates in his heart a fear, which is akin to a full appreciation and love of His Lord. Allah (Most Exalted is He) has witnessed in favour of His learned servants these qualities, full appreciation of His Oneness and fear of Him. He stated in two verses, to be recited until Doomsday:

“There is no one worthy of worship but He: That is the witness of Allah, His angels and those endowed with knowledge, Standing firm in Justice (or maintaining His Creation in Justice). There is no god but He, the Exalted in power, the Wise.”
(Qur’an, Al-‘Imran 3:18)

“It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah.”
(Qur’an, Fatir 35:28)

The Messenger of Allah gave glad tidings to anyone who undertakes the task of seeking knowledge. Abu Hurayrah relates that the Prophet said, “For him who embarks on the path of seeking knowledge, Allah will ease for him the way to paradise.” (Related by Muslim) If no Hadith on the importance of knowledge besides this one had been uttered by the Prophet , it would have been enough for Muslims. Yet the Prophet did more than that:

He used to stimulate his companions to seek knowledge: Ibn Mas’ud relates that the Prophet said, “Only two persons are worthy of being envied; a person upon whom Allah bestows riches and gives him the power to spend it in a righteous cause; and a person upon whom Allah bestows wisdom by which he judges and which he teaches.” (Related by Bukhari and Muslim)

He used to congratulate the companions whenever they issued a right judgement or correctly answered a question. Imam Muslim narrates that once the Prophet asked Ubayy Ibn Ka’b, “Do you know which verse in Allah’s Book is the greatest?” Ubayy answered by reciting Ayat-ul-Kursi (the verse of the Throne, i.e. Al-Baqarah, 2:255): “Allah! None has the right to be worshiped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists…) The Messenger kindly patted him on the chest, saying, “Congratulations, Abul-Munthir for this knowledge”.

He used to call upon Allah to grant them the correct knowledge and understanding of this Deen: Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, “Once the Prophet embraced me and said, ‘O Allah! Bestow on him the knowledge of the Book (Qur’an).” (Related by Bukhari)

He ordained all his companions and, thus, every Muslim who possesses some knowledge — even as little as one verse — to disseminate what they know to others: He said, “Convey (what you learn from me) even if only one verse…” (Related by Bukhari)

He made special du’a (supplication) for those who learn his sayings and transmit them to others: Zayd Ibn Thabit narrated that the Prophet said, “May Allah brighten the face of the person who hears what I say and retains it, then conveys it to others: for sometimes one who hears from another remembers it better than the original hearer himself.” (Related by Ahmad and Tirmithi)

He assured all those who disseminate his knowledge that they will get the same reward of any Muslim who acts upon that knowledge: Abu Hurayrah relates that the Prophet said, “He who calls another to guidance will have a reward equal; to the reward of him who follows him without diminishing the reward of either of them.” (Related by Muslim)

He showed to us the noble status of the learned people of His Ummah: Abu Umamah relates that the Prophet said, “A learned one is as much above an (ordinary) worshiper as I am above the least of you; and he added: Allah, His angels and all those in the heavens and in the earth, even the ants in their holes and the fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct people in beneficent knowledge.” (Related by Tirmithi)

Better still, he declared that the ‘Ulama’ (those who have Islamic knowledge) are his heirs: Abu Darda’ said that he heard the Prophet saying, “The ‘Ulama’ are heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets do not leave an inheritance of Dirhams and Dinars but (they left) only knowledge. He who acquires knowledge acquires a vast portion.” (Related by Abu Dawud and Tirmithi)

After reading all these promises and glad tidings, one might ask, what more do we need to awaken our consciousness? We have been promised an easy way to paradise; the inheritance of our Prophet; a lofty rank, high and noble in status; a blessing from Allah and a supplication of all that exists in the heavens and earth; a face beaming in brightness and beauty on the Day of Judgement, when other faces will be sad and dismal. So, let us embark on the road to paradise; let us seek knowledge today.

The meaning of Laa ilaha illallah

15 Jun

قَدْ كَانَتْ لَكُمْ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ فِى إِبْرَهِيمَ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ إِذْ قَالُواْ لِقَوْمِهِمْ إِنَّا بُرَءآؤاْ مِّنْكُمْ وَمِمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ كَفَرْنَا بِكُمْ وَبَدَا بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةُ وَالْبَغْضَآءُ أَبَداً حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُواْ بِاللَّهِ وَحْدَهُ

Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah, we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone”

“Moosa (Alayhi salam) said: O Lord! Teach me something that I can remember You with and I can supplicate You with. He (Ta’ala) said: Say ‘لا إله إلا الله’, O Moosa. He (Moosa) said: All your servants say this. He (Ta’ala) said: If the seven Heavens and those who dwell in them other than Me and the seven Earths are put into one pan (of the scale) and ‘لا إله إلا الله’ is put into the other; ‘لا إله إلا الله’ would be heavier.” [Ibn Hibbaan and Haakim]
‘لا إله إلا الله’ is the purpose of human existence:
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

And I did not create the jinn and humanity except to worship Me (alone).
This shows the importance of ‘لا إله إلا الله’. It is the greatest tragedy that a large group of people who claim to belive in ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not even understand its meaning.

Consequently, we have ‘Muslims’ who have taken awliyaa and the quboor as gods besides Allah; we have ‘Muslim communists’, ‘Muslim democrats’; we have ‘Muslims’ helping Kuffaar invade and occupy the lands of Islam; we have ‘Muslim nationalists’ and ‘secular Muslims’; We have ‘Muslims’ seeking judgment from other than what Allah has revealed.

‘لا إله إلا الله’ is negation and affirmation – hate and love – enmity and friendship – a warning and an invitation – a sword which cuts and a rope to hold firmly to.

‘لا إله إلا الله’ negates the worship of anyone from the creation – including Muhammad, Jibreel and the Awliyaa – other than or in addition to Allah with any form of worship. It affirms worship for Allah alone.

‘لا إله إلا الله’ makes the believer hate the worship of anyone other than or in addition to Allah. ‘لا إله إلا الله’ makes the believer hate those who worship anyone other than or in addition to Allah.
‘لا إله إلا الله’ makes the believer love Allah, love Islam and love those who, like him, worship Allah alone.

The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ are friendly and soft among themselves and severe in enmity to the disbelievers.

The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ warn against Shirk and invite to Tawheed.

The essence of Tawheed is the purification of worship in all its forms to Allah alone. Among them:

The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not rely on anyone or anything except Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not seek from or supplicate to anyone or anything except Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not fear anyone or anything except Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not hope or expect from anyone or anything except Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not turn in repentance to anyone or anything except Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not slaughter or make sacrifice to anyone or anything except Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not pray to anyone or anything besides Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not seek judgment from any source except Allah alone.
The people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ do not humble themselves before anyone or anything except Allah alone.

The Mushrikeen – of the past and the present – confirmed belief in the oneness of Allah in His Rububiyyah:

قُلْ مَن يَرْزُقُكُم مِّنَ السَّمَآءِ وَالاٌّرْضِ أَمَّن يَمْلِكُ السَّمْعَ والاٌّبْصَـرَ وَمَن يُخْرِجُ الْحَىَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَيُخْرِجُ الْمَيِّتَ مِنَ الْحَىِّ وَمَن يُدَبِّرُ الاٌّمْرَ فَسَيَقُولُونَ اللَّهُ فَقُلْ أَفَلاَ تَتَّقُونَ

Say: “Who provides for you from the sky and the earth Or who owns hearing and sight And who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living And who disposes of the affairs” They will say: “Allah.” Say: “Will you not then be afraid (of Allah’s punishment)”

Yet, they will be punished by Allah on the Day of Judgment for associating partners with Him. Believing in the unity of Allah in Lordship is not sufficient to make a person a Muwahhid.

A person who believes that Allah alone is the Creator of everything that exists, that Allah alone is the sustainer of everything, that nothing happens except what is permitted by Allah alone is and remains a Mushrik as long as
he relies of ghairillah, seeks from ghairillah, supplicates to ghairillah, fears ghairillah, hopes from ghairillah, expects from ghairlillah, turns to ghairllah for repentance, slaughters to ghairillah, prays to ghairillah, seeks judgment from ghairillah or humbles himself for ghairillah or directs towards ghairillah any form of worship which is rightly directed to Allah alone.

A person who has purified his worship and made it purely for Allah alone is not a Muslim unless:

he loves Tawheed, loves the people of tawheed and allies himself with the people of Tawheed
he hates Shirk, hates the people of Shirk and disavows himself from the people of Shirk
Allah says:
قَدْ كَانَتْ لَكُمْ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ فِى إِبْرَهِيمَ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ إِذْ قَالُواْ لِقَوْمِهِمْ إِنَّا بُرَءآؤاْ مِّنْكُمْ وَمِمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ كَفَرْنَا بِكُمْ وَبَدَا بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةُ وَالْبَغْضَآءُ أَبَداً حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُواْ بِاللَّهِ وَحْدَهُ

Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, we are free from you and whatever you worship besides Allah, we have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, hostility and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone”

So, Allah informs us that Ibraheem `alaihis-salaam and those with him:
1: declared themselves free from the people of Shirk
2: declared themselves free from what they associate with Allah in worship
3: rejected the people of Shirk
4: are hostile to the people of Shirk
5: hate the people of Shirk
Allah mentioned the declaration of freedom from the Mushrikeen before the declaration of freedom from what they worship and hostility before hatred. This is because purifying one’s worship for Allah alone, and hating Shirk and Mushrikeen Mushrikeen in one’s heart is not sufficient – it must be accompanied by declaration of freedom from the Mushrikeen themselves and being hostile to them openly.
مُّحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّآءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَآءُ بَيْنَهُمْ تَرَاهُمْ رُكَّعاً سُجَّداً يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلاً مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَاناً سِيمَـهُمْ فِى وُجُوهِهِمْ مِّنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ ذَلِكَ مَثَلُهُمْ فِى التَّوْرَاةِ وَمَثَلُهُمْ فِى الإِنجِيلِ كَزَرْعٍ أَخْرَجَ شَطْأَهُ فَآزَرَهُ فَاسْتَغْلَظَ فَاسْتَوَى عَلَى سُوقِهِ يُعْجِبُ الزُّرَّاعَ لِيَغِيظَ بِهِمُ الْكُفَّارَ وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَـتِ مِنْهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْراً عَظِيماً
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing falling down prostrate, seeking reward from Allah and acceptance. The mark of them is on their faces from the traces of prostration. This is their description in the Tawrah. But their description in the Injil is like a seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, and becomes thick and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers, that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward.

So, the people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ are those who
1: negate worship in all its forms to anyone or anything except Allah
2: hate Shirk
3: hate the people of Shirk
4: disavow themselves from the people of Shirk
5: Openly display enmity to the people of Shirk
6: love Tawheed
7: love the people of Tawheed
8: are merciful to the believers
Where are the people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’?
Who are the people of ‘لا إله إلا الله’?

They are not intimidated by shiny marble floors and intricate architecture of courthouses and palaces where fabricated laws take precedence over the Hukm of Allah. They have completely rejected fabricated laws with their hearts and tongues. They have no respect or tolerance for them. They have declared themselves free from those who rule by other than what Allah has revealed. They will not rest until they have completely annihilated Shirk in Allah’s Hakimiyyah.

The crowds humbling themselves before tombs – pleading, begging and humbling themselves to their occupants – do not shake them. They will not rest until a idol or tomb remains which is worshiped besides Allah. They will not try to develop “understanding” with the grave worshipers or be affectionate towards them or try to accommodate them (with in the limits of justice) unless they give up their Shirk.

The virtually limitless military, economic and technological strength of the Kuffar doesn’t overwhelm them. They do not rely on anything for victory except Allah. They rush to martyrdom and compete with each other in it. They will never ally themselves with the kuffar or give their brothers up or abandon the lands of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ to the Kuffar and the Mushrikeen.

They are hated for ‘لا إله إلا الله’. The whole world conspires against them. They are called terrorists, bandits and murderers. Every media outlet portrays their death as a victory and a step towards a better world!

They are tortured for ‘لا إله إلا الله’. The women among them are raped in dark prisons. Their cries do not go beyond the walls. The men among then are attacked by dogs. They are forced to walk naked while their torturers enjoy.

They fight for ‘لا إله إلا الله’ and are fought for it. They do not want anything of this world. They fight so that the Word of Allah is raised highest. Wherever they raise this call, they are attacked with the full might of Shirk. Yet, they persist in the way of Allah.

They die for ‘لا إله إلا الله’. Indeed, anyone not willing to die for ‘لا إله إلا الله’ – any one hesitating to give his life for the sake of ‘لا إله إلا الله’ has not tasted its sweetness.