THEY FORGOT THAT ALLAH’S POWER WILL PREVAIL
ABDUL HADI AWANG
President of Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS),
Special Envoy of the Prime Minister to the Middle East.
Allah SWT said:
﴿قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتَنْزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُعِزُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَنْ تَشَاءُ بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ إِنَّكَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ٢٦﴾
“Say: “O Allah, Lord of all dominion! You give dominion to whom You will, and take away dominion from whom You will, and You exalt whom You will, and abase whom You will. In Your Hand is all good. Surely You are All-Powerful.” (Surah Ali ‘Imran: 26)
This Quranic verse is one of the recommended verses to be recited as wird (utterance) after every five daily prayers which is an obligatory worship in order to establish the pillars of Islam and the foundations of religion.
The Quran interprets this verse with the words of Allah SWT in another surah:
﴿أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ فَعَلَ رَبُّكَ بِعَادٍ٦ إِرَمَ ذَاتِ الْعِمَادِ٧ الَّتِي لَمْ يُخْلَقْ مِثْلُهَا فِي الْبِلَادِ٨ وَثَمُودَ الَّذِينَ جَابُوا الصَّخْرَ بِالْوَادِ٩ وَفِرْعَوْنَ ذِي الْأَوْتَادِ١٠ الَّذِينَ طَغَوْا فِي الْبِلَادِ١١ فَأَكْثَرُوا فِيهَا الْفَسَادَ١٢ فَصَبَّ عَلَيْهِمْ رَبُّكَ سَوْطَ عَذَابٍ١٣ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَبِالْمِرْصَادِ١٤ فَأَمَّا الْإِنْسَانُ إِذَا مَا ابْتَلَاهُ رَبُّهُ فَأَكْرَمَهُ وَنَعَّمَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَكْرَمَنِ١٥ وَأَمَّا إِذَا مَا ابْتَلَاهُ فَقَدَرَ عَلَيْهِ رِزْقَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَهَانَنِ١٦﴾
“Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with (the people) of ‘Ad (6); of Iram, known for their lofty columns, (7); the like of whom no nation was ever created in the lands of the world? (8); And (how He dealt) with (the people of) Thamud who had carved out the rocks in the Valley (of Qura) (9); And with Pharaoh of the tent pegs? (10); All of them committed excesses in their lands. (11); And spread a lot of mischief therein. (12); So, your Lord let loose on them the whip of torment. (13); Truly your Lord is ever watchful. (14); As for man, when his Lord tests him, and thus gives him honour and bounties, he says, “My Lord has honoured me.” (15); But when He tests him by straitening his sustenance, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me.” (16).” (Surah al-Fajr: 6-16)
These two verses provide guidance through the ages and the course of life in the earthly realm.
History has proven that there is no superpower in this world that can last and remain for eternity. This includes the kingdom of Prophet Sulaiman AS, the largest and the most powerful government in the history of mankind. Even the kingdom of King Iskandar Zulqarnain that was praised by Allah SWT for its implementation of justice and status as the sole superpower in its time also did not last.
As for tyrannical government, they also would not last forever. There is no exception to this rule.
Allah SWT’s depiction of the ups and downs as well as the rise and fall of various events in the world is a sign of Allah’s power. This is the way He tests the faith of human beings in Himself.
The only distinction between the kingdoms is whether they are grateful or otherwise, in the bounty of Allah SWT.
Prophet Sulaiman AS reveled in the accomplishment of his kingdom by being grateful to Allah SWT. His story was told by Allah in the Quran:
﴿قَالَ الَّذِي عِنْدَهُ عِلْمٌ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَرْتَدَّ إِلَيْكَ طَرْفُكَ فَلَمَّا رَآهُ مُسْتَقِرًّا عِنْدَهُ قَالَ هَذَا مِنْ فَضْلِ رَبِّي لِيَبْلُوَنِي أَأَشْكُرُ أَمْ أَكْفُرُ وَمَنْ شَكَرَ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ وَمَنْ كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ رَبِّي غَنِيٌّ كَرِيمٌ٤٠﴾
“And he who had some knowledge of the Book said: "I will bring it before the twinkling of your eye." When Solomon saw the throne placed firmly beside him, he cried out: "This is by the grace of my Lord so that He may test me whether I give thanks for (His Bounty) or act with ingratitude. Whoever is grateful is so to his own good; and whoever is ungrateful, let him know that my Lord is Immensely Resourceful, Most Bountiful.” (Surah al-Naml: 40)
This verse states that Prophet Sulaiman AS was always grateful to Allah SWT despite having the most powerful government.
This is also the case for King Zulqarnain AS who is immensely grateful for the blessings of Allah SWT. Allah SWT said:
﴿حَتَّى إِذَا بَلَغَ بَيْنَ السَّدَّيْنِ وَجَدَ مِنْ دُونِهِمَا قَوْمًا لَا يَكَادُونَ يَفْقَهُونَ قَوْلًا٩٣ قَالُوا يَا ذَا الْقَرْنَيْنِ إِنَّ يَأْجُوجَ وَمَأْجُوجَ مُفْسِدُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَهَلْ نَجْعَلُ لَكَ خَرْجًا عَلَى أَنْ تَجْعَلَ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَهُمْ سَدًّا٩٤ قَالَ مَا مَكَّنِّي فِيهِ رَبِّي خَيْرٌ فَأَعِينُونِي بِقُوَّةٍ أَجْعَلْ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَهُمْ رَدْمًا٩٥ آتُونِي زُبَرَ الْحَدِيدِ حَتَّى إِذَا سَاوَى بَيْنَ الصَّدَفَيْنِ قَالَ انْفُخُوا حَتَّى إِذَا جَعَلَهُ نَارًا قَالَ آتُونِي أُفْرِغْ عَلَيْهِ قِطْرًا٩٦ فَمَا اسْطَاعُوا أَنْ يَظْهَرُوهُ وَمَا اسْتَطَاعُوا لَهُ نَقْبًا٩٧ قَالَ هَذَا رَحْمَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّي فَإِذَا جَاءَ وَعْدُ رَبِّي جَعَلَهُ دَكَّاءَ وَكَانَ وَعْدُ رَبِّي حَقًّا٩٨﴾
“Until when he reached a place between the two mountains, he found beside the mountains a people who scarcely understood anything. (93); They said, “O Zulqarnain, the (tribes of) Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) are mischief-makers on the earth. So, should we assign a tax for you on condition that you make a barrier between us and them?” (94); He said, “What my Lord has (already) given in my control is better enough (for me than the tax you are offering to me), so help me (only) with some (man) power, and I shall make a rampart between you and them. (95); Bring me big pieces of iron.” (They proceeded accordingly) until when he levelled up (the gap) between the two cliffs, he said, “Blow.” (They complied) until when he made it (like) fire, he said, “Bring me molten copper, and I will pour it upon this.” (96); So they (Ya’juj and Ma’juj) were not able to climb it, nor were they able to make a hole in it. (97); Zulqarnain said: "This is a mercy from my Lord: but when the time of my Lord's promise shall come, He will level the rampart with the ground. My Lord's promise always comes true." (98).” (Surah al-Kahfi: 93-98)
Zulqarnain remained grateful during the time he was in power by helping those who were in need. At the same time, he did not burden the people with tax because he already had enough wealth and he was also aware that his power would not last forever for he was merely a servant, not God.
The Roman and Persian empire also disappeared with time when their respective time came. In fact, the most powerful Muslim country during the period leading up to the end of the world will also meet its demise even though it will be recorded in history as the most just government.
Oppressive government such as the government of Pharaoh in Egypt which owned the largest and the most powerful military troop had also met its demise along with the Kingdom of Babylon whose strongest cities and buildings were built on heaps of human remains consisting of forced labourers.
The people of ‘Aad with its tall monuments and the people of Thamud who mastered the technology of carving large hills and stones to be used as buildings had all disappeared with time.
So did ancient kingdoms in India and China that had been lost to history.
In this modern age, the world has seen how Germany and Japan with their destructive weapons, had triggered the Second World War and conquered several territories in their race with European powers. Eventually, they too crumbled to pieces.
Subsequently, the Communist party of the Soviet Union also only lasted for several years.
Another example that is closer to the past century is witnessing the ruin of Soviet Union and Communist bloc.
Therefore, Western powers led by the United States and its allies today are actually counting down to the time of their downfall and destruction.
Muslim countries especially the Arabs who seem to be drowning in wealth, are trying to take refuge behind the normalisation agenda with the illegal state of Israel. For Western power, it serves as their fortification in order to face the Muslim world.
Only those who are poor and deprived in terms of faith and spiritual would feel as if their wealth and throne are protected. In reality, the offered protection is nothing more than a lip service by Western power led by the United States according to the agenda of its president, Donald Trump. He had obviously been defeated in his own presidential election and thus, was unfit to be protecting others.
However, it seems that several countries are still awaiting their turn to implement the agenda of normalisation plotted by Trump. It is clear that he had lost the election, but he refuse to concede on the grounds that his opponent had cheated in the election. On the other hand, the rest of the world knows that he is the most fraudulent individual to the extent of causing tension among other American politicians.
Surprisingly, there are still those who remain undeterred in implementing the agenda of normalisation. It does not only recognize the illegal state of Israel, but also carry out every legitimate relation to recognize the state that is illegal in terms of religious and manmade laws.
At the same time, Israeli leaders themselves are in a state of madness and trepidation within the Palestinian soil that they seized and are moving out to mobilize their next of kin around the world to save themselves.
In fact, among the Jews themselves, there are those who belong to the Orthodox sect known as Neturei Karta. They had launched a campaign to blame the Jews for establishing the illegal state of Israel since it has been stated in their holy scripture that they are prohibited from doing so. This act will be the undoing of the Jews and serves as punishment to those among them who committed injustice such as killing the prophets and the loyal companions.
Secular Jews tend to disregard their holy scriptures because of their racial fanaticism. They want to restore the Empire of Prophet Sulaiman AS who was from among their own people and destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque to be replaced by Solomon’s Temple (Jewish grand temple). The borders of the state that they envisioned is outlined by the river of Nile in Egypt to the river of Euphrates in Iraq whereas its northern and southern border are surrounded by the sea including the Holy City of Medina.
However, Allah SWT had stressed in the Quran:
﴿وَقَالَتِ الْيَهُودُ يَدُ اللَّهِ مَغْلُولَةٌ غُلَّتْ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَلُعِنُوا بِمَا قَالُوا بَلْ يَدَاهُ مَبْسُوطَتَانِ يُنْفِقُ كَيْفَ يَشَاءُ وَلَيَزِيدَنَّ كَثِيرًا مِنْهُمْ مَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِنْ رَبِّكَ طُغْيَانًا وَكُفْرًا وَأَلْقَيْنَا بَيْنَهُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ كُلَّمَا أَوْقَدُوا نَارًا لِلْحَرْبِ أَطْفَأَهَا اللَّهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَسَادًا وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ٦٤﴾
“The Jews said, “Allah’s hand is fettered.” Fettered are their own hands, and cursed are they for what they said. In fact, His hands are outspread. He spends as He wills. What has been sent down to you from your Lord shall certainly increase many of them in rebellion and disbelief. We have put enmity and hatred amongst them lasting to the Day of Doom. Whenever they lit the flame of war, Allah puts it out. They run about on the earth spreading mischief, and Allah does not like the mischief-makers.” (Surah al-Ma’idah: 64)
Perhaps the Arabs are more fluent in English rather than the language of the Quran which contains frequent prohibitions in several surah from pledging allegiance (be loyal) to the enemies of Islam. In one of them, Allah said:
﴿لَا يَتَّخِذِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ الْكَافِرِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ فَلَيْسَ مِنَ اللَّهِ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلَّا أَنْ تَتَّقُوا مِنْهُمْ تُقَاةً وَيُحَذِّرُكُمُ اللَّهُ نَفْسَهُ وَإِلَى اللَّهِ الْمَصِيرُ٢٨﴾
“The believers may not take the unbelievers for their allies in preference to those who believe. Whoever does this has nothing to do with Allah unless he does so in order to protect himself from their wrong-doing. Allah warns you to beware of Him for it is to Allah that you will return.” (Surah Ali ‘Imran: 28)
Are they dreading the moment their stomach is filled with excess food and money?
The real problem they face is the lack of faith and moral. Thus, the honour of Islam is lost along with Islam and the Muslims.
How true is the words of Allah SWT:
﴿بَشِّرِ الْمُنَافِقِينَ بِأَنَّ لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا١٣٨ الَّذِينَ يَتَّخِذُونَ الْكَافِرِينَ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَيَبْتَغُونَ عِنْدَهُمُ الْعِزَّةَ فَإِنَّ الْعِزَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا١٣٩﴾
“Give tidings of painful chastisement to the hypocrites. (138); Those who take the disbelievers for friends rather than the believers. Are they seeking honour in their company? But, indeed, all honour belongs to Allah. (139).” (Surah al-Nisa’: 138-139)
They forget the warning of Allah SWT in the Quran:
﴿يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاءَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ وَمَنْ يَتَوَلَّهُمْ مِنْكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ٥١ فَتَرَى الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ مَرَضٌ يُسَارِعُونَ فِيهِمْ يَقُولُونَ نَخْشَى أَنْ تُصِيبَنَا دَائِرَةٌ فَعَسَى اللَّهُ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ بِالْفَتْحِ أَوْ أَمْرٍ مِنْ عِنْدِهِ فَيُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا أَسَرُّوا فِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ نَادِمِينَ٥٢﴾
“O you who believe, do not take the Jews and the Christians for intimate friends. They are friends to each other. Whoever takes them as intimate friends is one of them. Surely, Allah does not take the unjust people to the right path. (51); Indeed you see those afflicted with the disease of hypocrisy race towards them, saying: “We fear lest some misfortune overtakes us.” And it may happen that Allah will either bring you a decisive victory or bring about something else from Himself? And then they will feel remorseful at their hypocrisy which they have kept concealed in their breasts. (52).” (Surah al-Ma’idah: 51-52)
The guidance of Allah SWT from the revealed Quran remains relevant and not lost in history.
If the enemies of Islam among the Jews, the disbelievers, the Christians and others from various religions and ideologies are united against Islam and the Muslim, then why do we Muslims, as well as Arabs, Sunnis and Salafist (followers of the Salaf), cannot unite for the sake of Islam and other Muslims to fight against Zionist Jews as well as the non-Jews?
The reason is not due to different races and sects.
If it is so, why did those who participate in the union of normalisation with the illegal state of Israel comes from various sects and religions?
Allah SWT had outlined a guide through a verse in the Quran:
﴿لَتَجِدَنَّ أَشَدَّ النَّاسِ عَدَاوَةً لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُمْ مَوَدَّةً لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَصَارَى ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَانًا وَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ٨٢﴾
“You (Prophet) are sure to find that the most hostile to the believers are the Jews and those who associate other deities with God; you are sure to find that the closest in affection towards the believers are those who say, ‘We are Christians,’ for there are among them people devoted to learning and ascetics. These people are not given to arrogance.” (Surah al-Ma’idah: 82)
Let us all unite with Islam as one ummah!
Date: 31st December 2020 / 16 Jumadal Ula 1442