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Maulana Shaykh Nazim’s Suhbah
Maulana addresses Egyptians (Part 1)
Oh Scholars, Leaders and Protesters!
A’uzubillah himinash shaitan nirrajeem
Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem
Assalamu’alaikum wrh wbkt
(Maulana addressed the Ulama‘, the Leaders, the Protesters and the Citizens of Egypt. The advice, though specifically directed at Egyptians, is also applicable to all Arabs as a whole, and to every believer in general, for we are entering a period of trials and fitna‘. This address by Maulana, has been divided into two parts, with the second part being the advice for the whole country and its citizens. Commentaries have been included within the Summary itself, and these are in a different coloured font.)
The ones who are responsible for a country, are its leaders and its ulama‚. Yet both these groups in Egypt have failed miserably and shamefully in their duties to their people. They bear the greatest responsibilty on the Day of Judgement, and they will receive the severest punishment for failing in their appointed tasks. Ironically, this is an Arab-speaking land, with a notable institution of Islamic study, boasting Scholars and Doctors of Islam, yet they all seem strangely muted when confronting the excesses of the government, and largely impotent in managing the hearts of the people in this emerging drama.
Oh ulama‘ of Egypt!
1) Advocate calmness and cessation of violence
Why are you not advocating calm and goodness amongst their citizens? Allah says:
وَأَنفِقُواْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَلَا تُلۡقُواْ بِأَيۡدِيكُمۡ إِلَى ٱلتَّہۡلُكَةِۛ وَأَحۡسِنُوٓاْۛ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُحۡسِنِينَ
And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good. (Quran 2:195)
The religious guides must be in the forefront of the people, dispensing true advice, especially in the citizens‘ time of need now. Why isn’t the advice in this Verse being announced to calm the festering crowds? These verses were not directed at the animals, says Maulana, but at humans – yet the crowds are behaving like wild animals right now!
2) Tell the truth
A Hadith of our Holy Prophet (saw):
سيكون من بعدى خلفاء ثم من بعد الخلفاء امراء ثم من بعد الامراء ملوك ثم من بعد الملوك جبابرة ثم يخرج رجل من اهل بيتى يملأ الارض عدلا كما ملئت جورا ثم يؤمر القحطانى فو الذى بعثنى بالحق ما هو دونه
Sayaatee min ba`dee khulafaun wa min ba`d al-khulafaun umarraun wa min b`ad al-umarau mulookan wa min ba`d al-mulook jabaabira.
There will come after me Caliphs, and after the Caliphs will come Princes, and after the Princes, Kings, and after the Kings, will come tyrants.
Why did the ulama‘ not stand up and explain this vital hadees to their great nation? Why didn’t the knowledgeable Scholars stand against Abdul Nasser when he incited a revolution against King Farouk of Egypt in 1952? The King was an honoured one from East to West, his flag was green, with a cresent and stars. Why didn’t the scholars remind the citizens not to overthrow the King, for certainly, after the Kings will come tyrants? This is the fault of the learned ones who hid this truth, hence they are carrying all the faults of the Ummah. From them comes the corruption and to them it will return. After 60 years, the silence of their ulama‘ has come back to haunt them.
(Whenver a country deposes of its King, he will be replaced by a tyrant. That is a hadees! We must have full faith in the truth of this Prophetic advice, for the Prophet’s words were all Wahyu, heavenly revelations. Today, we are seeing every country that replaced the Monarchy with any other system of government, in turmoil. Allah has shown us, that only the Monarchy is able to govern, any other system of government, will never work in the long-run. Look at Socialism, Marxism, Communism, Capitalism, Democracy….all have their flaws, as they are sytems of government, run by the ‚feet‘, whereas, a country run by a King, is run by the ‚head‘.
Read an earlier Suhbah, where the Children of Israel, asked Allah for a King to rule them, and give them honour. Even despite their rebellious nature, they never elected a leader, but asked the Prophet to beseech Allah for a King to rule them. Leave the Western world to govern as it likes, but Islamic countries and believers must abide by the teachings of the Holy Quran. Where in the Holy Quran, was democracy ever touted as a way to govern the masses?
Some people are puzzled as to why Islam condemns democracy. In part 2 of this Suhbah Summary, Maulana explains it so clearly, logically and beautifully! MasyaAllah.)
3) Dispense advice
It is a great sin that you bear, for keeping mum all these years, and even now when you are most needed, you are silent, oh Scholars. Rasulullah (saw) said, “One who keeps mum when corruption is rife, is a dumb devil, and will be punished most severely by Allah.” We are always in need of doctors, but especially so when we are ill. Now that the nation of Egypt is bleeding and gravely ill, it is shocking that the bevy of Scholars there, has yet to dispense guiding advice to the suffering Ummah. Didn’t Rasulullah say, “Religion is advice.” So advise your citizens, guide them out of this turmoil!
Oh Leaders of Egypt!
1) Be just
Those who lead bear the biggest sins and burdens in the hereafter are the Leaders, for they did not look after the rights of the believers, and they did not care for the poor and weak ones from amongst their Community. Allah gave them power, to protect the weak ones, not oppress them and to plunder their nation’s coffers!
Every Jumaah prayer, on the mimbar, the Imam reads this Holy Verse:
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَأۡمُرُ بِٱلۡعَدۡلِ وَٱلۡإِحۡسَـٰنِ وَإِيتَآىِٕ ذِى ٱلۡقُرۡبَىٰ وَيَنۡهَىٰ عَنِ ٱلۡفَحۡشَآءِ وَٱلۡمُنڪَرِ وَٱلۡبَغۡىِۚ يَعِظُكُمۡ لَعَلَّڪُمۡ تَذَكَّرُونَ
Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberty to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition. (Quran 16:90)
Allah commands justice and kindness! Arab leaders themselves hear this commandment every Friday, in their own language, yet they take no need of this Divine admonition.
إِنَّآ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ قُرۡءَٲنًا عَرَبِيًّ۬ا لَّعَلَّكُمۡ تَعۡقِلُونَ
We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an in order that ye may learn wisdom. (Quran 12:2)
What a pity, Maulana says, that they do not heed the Commandments of Allah. Have you no pity, Maulana asks? You have enriched your own families, yet you leave so many of your citizens poor and hungry, scavaging the streets in this bitter winter, scouring and foraging for food, like wild animals. For many of them, what they earn or find in that day, is all that they have. Have you no pity for those under your care, oh leaders? Where is the justice that Allah has commanded?
Because you ignored the rights of people, you awaken this fitna‘ upon youself, for there is a hadees that says, “Fitna‘ is asleep, whomever awakens it, is cursed.” Now that the limit has been crossed, even if the armies of the whole world decended on the protestors, it would not extinguish their flame, for Allah is with the weak ones!
The leaders have ruled tyrannically, and they will never be afforded a second chance to hold onto power, and once exiled, they cannot even come back to the countries they used to rule, not even as a road sweeper! See how Allah humiliates one who toys with Divine Law. Allah curses the rulers who are unjust, as He has decreed, “Harramtu zholamtu ‚ala nafsi” – “I have forbidden injustice upon Myself.” And so we must never be unjust amongst ourselves – we are all from the family of Adam and Hawa.
(Sayyidina Umar (ra), the second Khalifa said, “If a camel slips and breaks its leg on the banks of the Nile, it will testify against me on Judgement Day!” Look at how responsible a true Muslim leader is, he is always fulfilling the rights of those under his rule, even the rights of animals and plants. Sayyidina Abu Bakr (ra) used to return any savings that his wife made on their meagre salary, back to the Baitul Mal – they lived frugal, simple lives. Compare that to today’s tyrants, who care only to enrich themselves, their families, their cronies and supporters, and live in the lap of luxury and opulence.
Rasulullah (saw) said, “A man is not a true believer, if he eats to his fill, whilst his neighbour is hungry.” How many rich and powerful leaders, go to sleep completely satiated, while millions of their citizens toss restlessly in hunger and with growling stomachs? Sayyidina Umar (ra) used to wander the streets at night in seach of poor, hungry and destitute people. In one episode, he did indeed find a poor woman in the outskirts of Medina, who was boiling rocks, as she had no food, and was using it as a ruse to put her children to sleep. Moved to tears, the Khalifa himself carried the sack of flour on his back, and cooked for her, tending to the flame, until his beard was singed. He cried silently at seeing the suffering of this lady under his rule, he refused to allow his khadam to carry the sack of flour, saying, “It is my burden to bear. Will you be questioned about this in the hereafter, or me?” Up till the end, the woman whom he had helped, who was berating the incompetence of the Khalifa for not assiting her in her difficulties, never knew that the mysterious man helping her in the dead of night, was indeed the Khalifa himself. Such heart warming stories have simply become bedtime tales for our children, few of our leaders, if any, follow these noble stalwarts of Islam.)
The reforms proposed now by the leader, are a case of too-little, too-late. A hadees says that a leader is a servant to his people. You had thirty years to serve your people, and in that thirty years, what have you done for them, Maulana asks? Egypt is a rich country, Allah has blessed it with the River Nile, a miraculous river that flows from Jannah (Paradise) bringing blessings and wealth to Egypt. Yet, after three decades of your rule, the country is bursting at the seams with poor and hungry people! Why has the leader allowed corruption, cronyism, nepotism and depotism to bleed the country dry? At the expense of the masses, a few corrupt ones plunder the entire nation’s wealth. Return the rights of those you have exploited, that is a hadees from Rasulullah (saw). Maulana says, if indeed the leader had been just and kind to his people for the past many decades, would we see a furious mob at his doorstep now chanting slogans and demanding his immediate departure?
2) Fear Allah!
Oh Leaders, none of your actions passes unnoticed – every one of Allah’s servants whose rights you have ursurped, whose portion you have witheld, whose hearts you have pained – all that is recorded in the heavens for all to see, and it shall be written upon you on Judgement Day. Even the tiniest of deeds will be unearthed and repaid!
يَوۡمَٮِٕذٍ۬ يَصۡدُرُ ٱلنَّاسُ أَشۡتَاتً۬ا لِّيُرَوۡاْ أَعۡمَـٰلَهُمۡ. فَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ مِثۡقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيۡرً۬ا يَرَهُ ۥ. وَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ مِثۡقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ۬ شَرًّ۬ا يَرَهُ ۥ
That day mankind will issue forth in scattered groups to be shown their deeds. (6) And who so doeth good an atom’s weight will see it then, (7) And who so doeth ill an atom’s weight will see it then. (8) (Quran 99:6-8)
3) Know when you are no longer welcome
Maulana says “Oh Leaders, when your citizens want you to leave, you must leave, it is the will of your citizens. How can you forcibly put your will over them. You are but one person, they are so many!”
In this Verse, it says that those who are refused entry, and are turned away by the host, must leave as commanded:
وَإِن قِيلَ لَكُمُ ٱرۡجِعُواْ فَٱرۡجِعُواْۖ هُوَ أَزۡكَىٰ لَكُمۡۚ وَٱللَّهُ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ عَلِيمٌ۬
And if you are asked to go back, go back, for it is purer for you, and Allâh is All-Knower of what you do. (Quran 24:28)
4) Do not resort to violence to cling to power
In this month of Safar, the Holy orders descending are for every dictator, no matter where they rule, to be removed, until not even one remains standing. Allah will erase the existence of tyrants from the Muslim world, this is a Divine order.
Are you willing to kill thousands, so that just one person can continue to sit on that seat of power? Does that make sense? Is that justice?
Do not say, “I have a powerful Army to protect me, I will not fall.” Allah is Muqollibal Qulubi wal Absyar, the One Who Changes (Turns) Hearts and Eyes. Perhaps He will change the hearts of the Army soldiers, to turn on you and depose you, for Allah hold all hearts in His Hands.
Oh Protesters in Egypt!
1) Stay in your homes
Demonstrating in the streets is forbidden. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَآ أَتَوۡاْ عَلَىٰ وَادِ ٱلنَّمۡلِ قَالَتۡ نَمۡلَةٌ۬ يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّمۡلُ ٱدۡخُلُواْ مَسَـٰكِنَڪُمۡ لَا يَحۡطِمَنَّكُمۡ سُلَيۡمَـٰنُ وَجُنُودُهُ ۥ وَهُمۡ لَا يَشۡعُرُونَ
At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said: „O ye ants get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his armies crush you (under foot) without knowing it.“ (Quran 27:18)
The ant called upon all ants to enter back into their homes, for they were in danger of being crushed by Sayyidina Sulaiman’s (as) armies. Allah did not command them to leave their homes, He commanded them to return to their homes instead. Protestors must return home, their lives are at risk if they do not do so. (The mounting death toll is proof of that.)
2) If you must go out….
Protestors are only allowed onto the streets, peacefully, if they have the support and backing of the military. (Currently, the Army is not on their side, it is merely a neutral observer). They should gather just briefly, and when they gather, recite, “Allahu Akbar, Anta Hasbunah, Anta Robbuna, Hasbunallah, Robbunallah (Allah is Great, You are Enough for us, You are our Lord, Allah suffices for us, Allah is our Lord).”
Only the menfolk are allowed to be outdoors, all women must remain indoors away from the lynching mobs. It is best, however, not to go out at all, even for the menfolk.
3) Behave with adab
Maulana also advises them to avoid all evil behavior – burning, looting, beatings. Do not follow shaitan!
وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَٲتِ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَكُمۡ عَدُوٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ
And follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! he is an open enemy for you. (Quran 2:168)
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لَا تَدۡخُلُواْ بُيُوتًا غَيۡرَ بُيُوتِڪُمۡ حَتَّىٰ تَسۡتَأۡنِسُواْ وَتُسَلِّمُواْ عَلَىٰٓ أَهۡلِهَاۚ ذَٲلِكُمۡ خَيۡرٌ۬ لَّكُمۡ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَذَكَّرُونَ. فَإِن لَّمۡ تَجِدُواْ فِيهَآ أَحَدً۬ا فَلَا تَدۡخُلُوهَا حَتَّىٰ يُؤۡذَنَ لَكُمۡۖ
O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them, that is better for you, in order that you may remember. And if you find no one therein, still, enter not until permission has been given. (Quran 24:27-28)
The Prophet (saw) said,
إِذَا اسْتَأْذَنَ أَحَدُكُمْ ثَلَاثًا فَلَمْ يُؤْذَنْ لَهُ فَلْيَنْصَرِفْ
If any one of you asks for permission three times and it is not given, then let him go away.
So one is not allowed to enter any home, even if it is vacant or abandoned, if there is no invitation to enter. Entering without permission is forbidden; stealing & looting is also obviously forbidden.
4) Why the violence?
Maulana asks, why are you doing all these violent acts? Is it just because you are angry with one man? Is it just because you want to defeat him? MasyaAllah, if you had protested this vehemently, because you are angry with the shaitans and their evil influence, and that you wished to throw them out of your lives, Allah would have sent you a formidable Army unseen, and He would have raised you to such honour. If only you were protesting about the moral decay and loss of Islamic Shariah in your lives. Instead, you are battling your Leader, by stooping to such low acts of satanic behaviour, bringing shame upon yourselves! You are simply angry with one man, and you blame him for what has befallen you, and you mistakenly believe that by removing him, your problems will be solved.
إِذۡ تَقُولُ لِلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ أَلَن يَكۡفِيَكُمۡ أَن يُمِدَّكُمۡ رَبُّكُم بِثَلَـٰثَةِ ءَالَـٰفٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ مُنزَلِينَ . بَلَىٰٓۚ إِن تَصۡبِرُواْ وَتَتَّقُواْ وَيَأۡتُوكُم مِّن فَوۡرِهِمۡ هَـٰذَا يُمۡدِدۡكُمۡ رَبُّكُم بِخَمۡسَةِ ءَالَـٰفٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَةِ مُسَوِّمِينَ .وَمَا جَعَلَهُ ٱللَّهُ إِلَّا بُشۡرَىٰ لَكُمۡ وَلِتَطۡمَٮِٕنَّ قُلُوبُكُم بِهِۦۗ وَمَا ٱلنَّصۡرُ إِلَّا مِنۡ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلۡعَزِيزِ ٱلۡحَكِيمِ
Remember thou saidst to the Faithful: Is it not enough for you that Allah should help you with three thousand angels (specially) sent down? (124) „Yea“― if ye remain firm, and act right, even if the enemy should rush here on you in hot haste, your Lord would help you with five thousand angels making a terrific onslaught. (125)Allah made it but a message of hope for you; and an assurance to your hearts: (in any case) there is no help except from Allah, the Exalted, the Wise. (126) (Quran 3:124-126)
Maulana asks, have you no other means to seek Allah’s help? Instead of demonstrating, you should be in mosques, making prayers, Zikrullah and doas. Help from Allah does not come when you are combating evil, by evil means.
Do not blame your woes on one man. He is as helpless as you are. Blame yourselves, what befalls you is the doing of your own hands.
وَمَآ أَصَـٰبَڪُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ۬ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتۡ أَيۡدِيكُمۡ وَيَعۡفُواْ عَن كَثِيرٍ۬
Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because of the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness. (30) (Quran 42:30)
Maulana reminds all, that what has been decreed will come to pass. Complaining, grumbling, protesting or shouting like wild animals, will not change His Will and His Divine Decree. Be silent, Maulana advises, and submit to His Divine Plan. Man is a creature created with honour, but look how we are like animals now, howling and scuffling in the streets today. What is left of Islam is just in name, the true submission and piety in the hearts, is no more. What a crying shame.
You are calling for democracy? Does that word exist in the Holy Book? You should be calling for a return to piety, a return to Shariah! Democracy is the mother of all injustice, whoever shuns the Shariah, Allah’s Anger is upon them.
إِنَّ بَطۡشَ رَبِّكَ لَشَدِيدٌ
Truly strong is the Grip (and Power) of thy Lord. (Quran 85:12)
5) What to do if you feel afraid for your life
If you becoming fearful for your safety, stay in your homes, perform two raka’atas (genuflections) of solat (prayer), sit on your prayer mat and seek His help until an opening comes to you, then recite, “Robbunallah, Hasbunallah, we are Your weak poor servants, oh our Lord. Anta robbuna, anta Hasbuna, free us, oh our Lord, from the oppressors, You have forbidden injustice upon Yourself, for You have said in a Hadeess Qudsi, “I forbade injustice for Myself,” so do not leave us in the hands of the unjust. La hawla wa la quwwata illa billa hil ‚aliyyil adzheem. For the sake of your beloved Prophet (saw), free us from the hands of these tyrants, oh Allah!” Allah will place fear in the hearts of the oppressors, and come morning, no trace of them will be seen ever again. Put down your placards, and raise the original flag of the Kingdom of Islamic Egypt (the green flag used by King Farouk before 1952), and the protection of Allah will descend upon you, and save you.
6) Fear only Allah
فَلَا تَخۡشَوُاْ ٱلنَّاسَ وَٱخۡشَوۡنِ وَلَا تَشۡتَرُواْ بِـَٔايَـٰتِى ثَمَنً۬ا قَلِيلاً۬ۚ
Therefore fear not men, but fear Me, and sell not My Signs for a miserable price. (Quran 5:44)
Egyptians will be in peace and safety as long as they heed advice from their Lord. If they are obedient to Allah, Allah will change the situation in Egypt in an hour, without the need for tanks, bombs or fighter jets. They will not fear even a thousand Mubaraks, or a thousand tanks. Believers have no fear for such a show of strength, they fear only Allah. An authorised Saint can return the missiles fired, to the one who launched them, in an instant – such is the power given by Allah to the Saints! Maulana says that Saints hold a power that can consume everything.
Unbelievers and Westerners feel so much of their power is in their technology and destructive missiles, that they have become arrogant, condescending and dictatorial in their dealings with ‚weaker‘ counties as a result. Yet all of what they are proud about, and what they depend upon, can be rendered useless and powerless, by just a single Jinn sent to remove the lethal warheads from the missiles. One Jinn (no need for an army of them) is already enough – yet they are brimming with arrogance and schemes.
7) Quran is a Living Proof with perfect advice
The Verses above quoted by Maulana, prove that the Quran contains miraculously relevant teachings for all times and eras, so accept and respect the eternal wisdom of the living teachings of the Quran. Remember, whoever disobeys the Quran, will be punished! (Maulana repeated this three times, and Rasulullah used to do it whenever he wanted to emphasize a very important point to the Companions).
(to be continued very shortly with Part 2)