Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is’haq Sahib (Daamat Barakaatuhu)
Conditions are only from Allah Ta’ala and their solution is to return to Allah Ta’ala, to Dien, to the Masaajid. There is no doubt that Dien and only Dien is the solution to ALL problems! Dien is not only the knowledge of Dien or the efforts of Dien or titles or outward appearances; Dien is to practise upon the Qur’aan and Sunnah, correctly.
In spite of all that is happening we must never forget the greater Ni'mats which we are enjoying and make Shukr for them. On Shukr, Allah Ta’ala will remove these problems and increase His favours!
“And when your Lord declared, 'If you express gratitude, I shall certainly give you more, and if you are ungrateful, then My punishment is severe."
[Surah Ibraheem 14:7]
What is unfolding before us here in South Africa - of chaos, destruction, looting and burning – is really due to us turning away and becoming neglectful of our beautiful Dien of Islam. Whilst it is easy to blame the government and many others, we need to reflect over our own actions, because our actions invite different conditions from Allah Ta’ala. Good actions invite good conditions and bad actions invite bad conditions. …What we are experiencing are the consequences of our disobedience to Allah Ta’ala.
Notwithstanding the unrest, turmoil and violence, it is never too late to turn to Allah Ta’ala – who is in Control of all affairs.
We should take lesson from the people of Hazrat Yunus (Alaihis Salaam): When Hazrat Yunus (Alaihis Salaam) left his people in anger, after warning them of the punishment of Allah Ta’ala, they observed the sky change colour and perceived a tremendous punishment descending upon them from Allah Ta’ala. They immediately turned to Allah Ta’ala, cried, sincerely repented, sought Allah Ta'ala's Protection and made Dua for the return of their Nabi. Their cries and pleas found acceptance in the heavens.
Allah Ta’ala accepted their repentance and Dua, and removed the impending punishment. They became Believers in Allah Ta’ala and secured His Forgiveness. Allah Ta’ala mentions:
“If only there had been a community (of all those that were destroyed of old) that believed and profited by its belief as did the people of Yunus! When they believed We drew off from them the torment of disgrace in the life of the world and gave them comfort for a while...”
[Surah Yunus 10:98]
Allah Ta’ala also informs us of the Dua of Hazrat Yunus (‘Alaihis
Salaam), through which he was delivered from the belly of a large fish, to
safety – and which is a means of delivering us from our difficulties as well:
Allah Ta’ala promises to save and rescue all Believers, in distress and suffering, who turn to Him in repentance.
“…Then, he called (Us) in depths of darkness saying, "There is no god but You. Pure are You. Indeed I was among the wrongdoers". So We responded to him and rescued him from the distress. And this is how We rescue the Believers.”
[Surah Ambiyaa 21 : 87 / 88]
THE NEED OF THE HOUR IS:
1.) Sincere Taubah and Istighfaar.
The starting point is to realise and
acknowledge that we are the cause of these problems. Our sins, and particularly the immodesty and immorality, draw
Divine retribution. This is what we are seeing. We need to thus give up all sins.
To have an earnest intention
and make a genuine effort to correct our lives, our Salaah and all our Dienie
matters, including Qadha Salaah, unpaid Zakaat, inheritance matters not settled,
etc. And live our lives according to the noble Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam.
3.) Abundance, Abundance!!! of Durood Sharief.
4.) Reciting the three Quls (Surah Al-Ikhlaas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Naas) with Bismillaah each time, after Fajr and Maghrib. A MUST, MUST!!!
5.) For the menfolk to make I'tikaaf in the Masaajid, by rotation, and to keep the Masaajid alive with A’maal-e-Masjid: Salaah, Tilawat of Qur’aan Sharief, Zikrullah, Dua, etc. - 24 hours.
6.) Ladies to also keep themselves busy with A’maal: fasting, Tilawat of Qur’aan Sharief, Zikrullah, Duas, etc. - preferably individually.
7.) Give Sadaqah frequently, even if it be in small amounts.
8.) At least once a day, recite the following:
- 500 x Laa haula wa laa quwwata illaa billah,
- Durood e Tunjeena
- Make Dua
(The 500 can be shared as well)
9.) Recite Surah Kahf daily; or at least the first and last ten Aayaat and on Jumu’ah, the entire Surah. When it is the protection against the Fitnah of Dajjaal, it will definitely be protection from these Fitan which we are dealing with.
10.) Make Salaam common and widespread, as we have been commanded. It brings peaceful conditions all around, as well as the Rahmah (Mercy) of Allah Ta’ala and the much needed Barakaat (blessings)!!!
11.) Khidmat and support to one another; helping to protect our Imaan, Islam, Masaajid, Madaaris, lives, and property in all forms.
12.) Making all the required efforts, placing one’s full trust solely in Allah Ta’ala, turn to Him in all sincerity and honesty. Only He can change conditions. But we have to change our lives and return to His Obedience.
13.) We should not panic. Understand that all conditions are only from Allah Ta’ala and Allah Ta’ala Alone is in control of everything even now.
14.) On such occasions, anger, hatred and cursing comes to the fore. A person can become filled with it. However, the ideal is to make Dua of Hidayat for the people at this moment. This will move the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. Remember the occasion of Taif when Nabi Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam made Dua for those who oppressed him. The Imaan of one person is so valuable!
May Allah Ta’ala have mercy upon us and forgive us. May Allah Ta’ala protect and give Barakah in our Imaan, Islam, lives, businesses, property and all related, permissible matters and affairs! Aamien! Aamien! Aamien!!!