At this present time (today), the Muslims are suffering from evil attacks from the overpowering enemy (forces) from all sides, from the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the war in Palestine, (and) the war in Lebanon. And that which we hear and read from our preachers (khateebs) and writers (journalists), all of it is condemnation of the actions of the enemies. And there is no doubt in (any of) these issues.
However, are the disbelieving enemy affected by these raised voices? The disbelievers, from long ago, have wanted to wipe out Islaam from existence, as Allaah (Ta'aala) says:
But the issue is, what have the Muslims prepared in response to them and in preventing their attacks?
Indeed it is obligatory upon them:
Firstly, to look at their current state in terms of their religion and their adherence to it, for indeed that which has afflicted them is as a result of negligence in (practising) their religion. And in a narration (it is said): "If the one who knows Me is disobedient to Me, I will cause the one who does not know me to overpower him (in authority)".
And what happened to the Banee Israa'eel (Israelites) when they left their religion and caused mischief on the Earth, Allaah caused them to be overpowered (in authority) by the disbelieving Magians (fire worshippers) and:
And Allaah threatened them, that if they were to return (back) to their ways, then He will punish them. So it is imperative that we assess our current affairs and rectify that which is corrupt from our affairs with regard to the religion, for (certainly) the Sunnah of Allaah does not change. And Allaah (Ta'aala) says:
Secondly, it is (incumbent) upon us to prepare ourselves with that which we can confront our enemies with, as Allaah (Ta'aala) says:
And that is by putting together (preparing) armies and (acquiring) suitable weapons and (thereby attaining) defensive strength/power.
Thirdly, the unification of the Muslims upon the (firm) belief of Tawheed and ruling in accordance with the Sharee'ah (of Allaah) and (firm) adherence to Islaam in all our affairs from (our) dealings and (good) manners and ruling by the Book of Allaah and commanding the good and forbidding the evil, and calling to (the Path of) Allaah upon (sound) knowledge, insight and sincerity.
Allaah (Ta'aala) says:
And He (Ta'aala) says:
So it is not possible to unite whilst there are differences in 'aqeedah and in (our) aims and goals, until the 'aqeedah is correct and the goals are one (namely) for the victory of the Truth and the raising of the Word of Allaah (above all else).
If only the preachers and advisors in their speeches and advice would concentrate on these issues (just) as they are (concentrating on) criticising the attacking enemy.
The evil aims of the enemy must be explained (exposed), and that the weakening of the Muslims and the grabbing of their wealth and possessions are not (the) only intended (aims), rather, on a major level it is intended to corrupt their 'aqeedah and (cause) their turning away from their religion until they have destroyed them to pieces.
And this is what I wished to warn about with regards to this catastrophe."
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Author: Al-'Allaamah Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan al Fawzaan
Source: www.madeenah.com from www.alfawzan.ws
Translator: Abu 'Abdullaah Muhammed Akhtar Chaudhry