Remember yesterday’s post regarding how we can restore this ummah’s honour?
Well, here’s another e-book which gives us some guidelines on how to do so.
Be sure to read the advice of Umar ibn Abdil Aziz (rahimahullah) – one of the greatest khalifahs of this ummah – and that of Imam Ibn Taimiyah (rahimahullah) – one of the greatest scholars of this ummah. Eye opening stuff (but I haven’t finished reading it yet).
The Path to Honour and Establishment by Shaikh Abdul Malik Ar-Ramadani
[Remember that awful slogan?]
We keep hoping for “real change”. We pin our hopes on this person and that person. However, when we look around, we see that, as an ummah (nation), we are still in such a sorry state.
And the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) predicted this and told us its reason as well as its solution:
إذا تبايعتم بالعينة وأخذتم أذناب البقر ، ورضيتم بالزرع ، وتركتم الجهاد سلط الله عليكم ذلا لا ينزعه حتى ترجعوا إلى دينكم
Ibn Umar (radiallahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam): “When you enter into eenah* transactions, take hold of the tails of cattle, are content with farming and you forsake jihad, Allah will cause humiliation to prevail over you and will not withdraw it until you return to your religion.” [Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 3462. Graded “saheeh” by Al-Albani (rahimahullah) in Saheeh Sunan Abee Dawood, Hadeeth No. 3462. There seems to be some dispute over the authenticity of this narration. Some scholars authenticated it and some others didn’t. You can check the Dorar results here.]
[*According to the Darussalam translation of Sunan Abee Dawood: Eenah transactions means to sell something for a price to be paid at a later date, then to buy it back later for a lower price (to be paid immediately); this is a trick used to circumvent the prohibition on lending with interest.]
You might be thinking “I have no cattle!”
Erm…sorry, you didn’t understand the hadeeth.
Here’s a nice explanation of it. The author also explains what we need to do to end our ummah’s humiliation at the hands of the kuffar.
The Decisive Word on the Factors of Victory and Establishment by Shaikh Muhammad Musa Nasr
The solution is really simple, it really is. If only we would take heed…
These days, we find people saying that such and such a thing is “just a sunnah”. They mean that this thing is not an obligation, it’s “just a recommendation.”
Well, this is what Allah says:
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah said, ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 8, Hadeeth No. 509]
[For an explanation of this hadeeth, you can listen to the following lecture by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh (Download):
So, there is no such thing as “just a recommendation”. Recommended acts are things which Allah loves and by doing them we become closer to Him. Who wouldn’t want that?
Here’s an article by Shaikh Al-Albani on the Sunnahs neglected in Ramadan.
Two interesting points to note:
1) Some of these acts are very logical things like delaying the suhoor and breaking the fast on time. If we went to the dumbest atheist (excuse my wordiness) on the planet and asked him what the best time to eat would be for a person who is fasting from time X until time Y, what do you think he would say? He’d say if would be right before time X and right after time Y.
And that’s the sunnah as well. However, many people eat their suhoor too early and delay iftar. So this is neither the sunnah nor is it logical.
2) These “little things” signify a problem with the ummah. It states that as long as the ummah does these things, they will be in good shape.
If you told the average Muslim today that not doing these things was a sign of the ummah’s bad state, well, you’d get laughed out of town.
And this is where the problem lies. The “little things” are not given the attention they deserve and then they end up becoming big problems.
Insha-Allah, let’s all do these “little things” this Ramadan so that we can:
1) Get closer to Allah
2) Start getting our ummah back into shape