As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9

 

Fate of the Previous Nations who mocked the Messengers

From As-Sunnah Newsletter (issue9)

‘By Allah, now you (O Messenger of Allah)
are more beloved to me than my own soul.’
[Umar ibn al-Khattab (Saheeh al-Bukharee)]

Every Muslim is deeply hurt and saddened by the mockery of the most noblest and the best of mankind - the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) - as has appeared in the print media of some western nations. For nations heading towards largely atheistic attitudes on religion and degrading moral values - mockery of God and His Messengers has hardly any significance as one youngster interviewed in Copenhagen said, ‘It's ridiculous… I don't see why the anger - it was a joke, you can see.’

For the believers, however, this is a matter that turns the soul inside out and causes much pain to see inconsiderate people mocking and reviling the Messenger of Allah (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) - the best of mankind, the most honorable, the leader of the prophets and the one chosen by Allah Almighty to be a guide and example for all mankind.

‘So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him - it is those who will be the successful.’ [Soorah al-A’raf (157)]

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The believers, who read the Book of Allah and believe in its truthfulness, read in it of the Greatness and Might of Allah. They read in it, the fate of arrogant nations who belied the Messengers and mocked their message, and how they are granted a respite and… ‘then (in the end) I (Allah, the Most Glorious) seized it (with punishment). And to Me is the (final) return (of all).’ [Soorah al-Hajj (22): 48]
Mocking the Messengers and belying their message, is that which brings about the Wrath of Allah and His Punishment. ‘And indeed (many) Messengers were mocked at before you (O Muhammad (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam).), but I (Allah) granted respite to those who disbelieved, and finally I punished them. Then how (terrible) was My Punishment!’ [Soorah ar-Ra’d (13): 32] ‘Consider not that Allah is unaware of that which the Zalimoon (the unjust) do, but He gives them respite up to a Day when the eyes will stare in horror.’ [Soorah Ibraheem (14): 42] Thus, the believers are awed by the Greatness and Might of Allah, which generates in their hearts nothing less than utmost respect for Allah and causes them to take His commandments seriously. Rather, to be a believer it is a must that one considers Allah, His Messengers and His Commandments to be the most venerable, the most esteemed, the most honorable. Hence there is a strong inter-relation between
(a) True Belief in God
(b) Having true respect for God
(c) Taking God's commandments seriously.

The opposite of which is:
(a) No true belief in God
(b) No true respect for God
(c) No consideration for God's commandments and the declaration that God has no right to interfere in public life – which is exactly what western societies are based upon and therefore they do not think twice before mocking God and make Him a subject of their jesting. This lowly conception of Allah that is prevalent in these societies is a direct result of the evil opinion they have about Allah and their assigning to Him Attributes that do not suite His glory. They dare to disrespect Him because they do not understand His glory, for if they did they would not be foolish enough to say with their tongues that which invites the Wrath of Allah.
They perceive their god to be old and weak, susceptible to desires, one who is in need of sustenance from the people, one who has to struggle to keep his dominion, one who does not have the right to set rules for the people and one who can be deceived. This attitude of theirs reflects in their writing, their media and their movies – until entire movies are dedicated to mocking God, as one movie review says …

‘What would you do if you had the powers of God? This is the question that drives the new comedy ‘***’, a new comedy that sees a likeable guy named Bruce, endowed with the powers of god after his complaining gets so severe that God himself, tasks Bruce to see if he could do a better job in the same role.
At first Bruce is skeptical, but eventually comes to love his new powers and uses them in a series of hysterical events that range from seducing his girlfriend Grace, to taking revenge on a backstabbing co-worker at his job as a television reporter. Bruce also uses his powers to push his career, as he develops a reputation as Mr. Exclusive thanks to his divine ability to be on the spot for all manner of spectacular events that oddly seem to happen when Bruce is covering his usual human-interest stories.’

‘They made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him.’
[Soorah az-Zumar (39): 67]

Societies in which, it is acceptable for its popular media, to indulge in loose-talk about God to entertain the people, then this is a clear proof that God is regarded in a very low-esteem; for if it were other than this, the people would find such ‘entertainment’ as extremely offensive.
How then do we expect such people, who have an evil opinion of God, to understand the seriousness of mocking Allah and His Messengers? Would such a society be one that submits in true obedience and worship to God, and takes His commandments seriously? Surely not… Rather such people find it necessary to mock Allah, His Messengers and His commandments in order to emphasize their view that God should not have a say in the affairs of man.
‘France Soir’ – the tabloid that published the offensive cartoons, made no secret of this when it declared, ‘Yes, we have the right to caricature God,’ and said that its reason for publishing the cartoons was to show that ‘religious dogma’ had no place in a secular society.
Thus is established that - those who have a corrupt belief and a bad opinion of God, wish to remove the influence of religion in people’s lives – and thus mock Allah and His Messengers to emphasize this – and this amounts to disbelief in Allah. ‘who think evil thoughts about Allah, for them is a disgraceful torment, and the Anger of Allah is upon them, and He has cursed them and prepared Hell for them, and worst indeed is that destination.’ [Soorah al-Fath (48): 6]
Contrary to this is to have a proper belief with regards to Allah, that results in adulation towards Him and His Messengers – and therefore, respect for Him, His Messengers and His Sharee'ah (commandments) – This is True Faith in Allah.
So, let this serve as a warning for every person who claims allegiance to Islam, not to adopt attitudes that the disbelievers have towards religion. They do not follow what they understand to be the Sharee'ah of their god because they do not truly believe in him, and they would like you to be like them – disobedient to Allah, unconcerned about the Sharee'ah and to have no gheerah (jealousy) when your Rabb and His Messenger are mocked and belied.


"They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another)." [4:89]


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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