As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 8

 

Victory Lies in Tawheed


                 Victory Lies in Tawheed               

Ibn Taymiyyah said, 'They do it (i.e., call upon the dead) at many occasions as a habit and self-imposed hardship until when an enemy outside of the Muslim Sharee'ah approached Damascus - they went out invoking the dead near the graves, whom they anticipated to dispel their hardships and some of the poets said, 'O you, who fear the Tartars, seek refuge with the grave of Abu Umar.' Or he said, 'Seek refuge with the grave of Abu Umar, he will relieve you from harms.' I told them, 'These whom you invoke for help, even if they were with you in fighting, they would be defeated, just like those who were defeated in the battle of Uhud for, it had been decreed that the army would loose because of the reasons that lead to the defeat and due to the Wisdom of Allah in it. Therefore, the people of religion and understanding did not fight at that time because it was not a legal fighting legislated by Allah and His Messenger.
And when there results evil and corruption and the absence of the desired type of victory from the fighting, then there is neither any reward of the world nor of the Hereafter for the one who knows this. (However) Many of those who deemed that this was a legislated fighting will be rewarded for their intention.
It was after this that we began ordering the people with sincerity of the Religion for Allah and invoking Him alone and not invoking a near Angel or a Prophet that was sent. Allah said on the Day of Badr, 'When you sought aid from your Lord and He responded to you.' And Allah's Messenger
(sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) used to say on the Day of Badr, 'O Eternal (Hayy), O Maintainer (Qayyoom), there is none worthy of worship except You, I invoke you by your Mercy' and in another words, '…rectify my affair, all of it, and do not leave me to depend upon myself for even the blinking of an eye, and nor to depend upon anyone from your creation.'
So, when the people's affairs were corrected and they were truthful in their seeking victory over the enemy from their Lord, then the Tartars were never defeated in such a matter before that. So when the Tawheed of Allah and obedience to His Messenger is established, Allah gives victory to His Messenger and the believers in the worldly life and on the Day when the witnesses wills stand (i.e. the Day of Judgment)…' [Ar-Rad ala al-Bakri]

 

 


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