Many ask the question : Why
is the Ummah suffering so much, despite millions making dua throughout
the world, and millions making dua during Haj and Umrah? Why is
there no change?
The answer can be understood by way of an analogy :
A son is disobedient and rebellious towards his father’s
instructions, and arrogant in his stance against his father, demanding,
swearing, abusing and adopting the bad behaviour as found common
in this day and age. The father is deeply hurt, offended and angered
and when he has had enough of the insolence and arrogance, he finally
resorts to breaking off ties with his son. He cuts off all privileges.
Now, if the entire family, even the entire community, tells that
father : “Forgive him. He is your son…”
That father will respond : “I have no problem with forgiving
him. All he has to say is, “I’m sorry”, and I
will forgive him.”
However, on being encouraged to humble himself and ask for forgiveness,
the son retorts with arrogance: ‘Why must I? Why do I
need to? I’m independent! I don’t need him!’
Then will that father forgive that son? Will he grant those privileges
of money, car, etc.?
Similarly, the Auliya Allah, the Sawliheen (the pious) and so many
more are making dua for the Ummah. …In fact, if all the Auliya
Allah were to gather on the Day of Arafaat and earnestly pray for
the Ummah, Allah Ta’ala will most assuredly be prepared to
forgive. However, from our side, there is a step to be taken –
and this is what the majority are not prepared to do: They are not
prepared to take the step of “CHANGE”.
Allah Ta’ala’s doors are ever-open. Allah wants
us to become His. He wants to forgive us and shower His infinite
Mercies and Blessings upon us, but we are not prepared to take the
step of obedience, the step that will secure His Forgiveness and
Unfortunately, the majority do not want to sincerely repent from
their sins, let alone acknowledge their sins. Many justify and reason
their sins, even dispute and argue regarding Allah Ta’ala’s
Commandments, as if they have some kind of authority over Allah
Ta’ala (Na-uzu Billah). So many are brazen in their indulgence
in sins, as if challenging Allah Ta’ala, like that arrogant
son : “What can You do? I’m not in need of You!” (Na-uzu
Billahi min zaalik).
With this kind of behaviour and attitude, can we expect any favours,
any privileges or any kind of assistance from Allah Ta’ala? We
are living in a fool’s paradise if we think that we can continue
sinning and still be recipient of Allah Ta’ala’s bounties
If we truly want Allah Ta’ala’s assistance,
then we have to give up sins.
Many, many are not even fulfilling the Fardh Injunctions –
Salaah, Zakaah, Fasting in the month of Ramadaan, etc., and there
are others who naively depend on wazeefas to solve their problems,
not prepared to give up sins. This is sheer foolishness.Wazeefas
and taweezes are no barrier against the azaab of Allah Ta’ala,
when there is indulgence and persistence in sins.
Then we have those Muslims who, in the face of natural disasters,
war, genocide, etc. begin to question the existence of God or ask
as to where is Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy and Compassion,
or ask if He is seeing all that is happening. (Na-uzu Billah).
Allah Ta’ala is not blind or deaf. He does not want chaos.
Allah Ta’ala wants peace. However we have to fulfill the conditions
of the contract. The first condition is that we become Believers
who are ‘kaamil’ (perfect). If we implement Deen in
our lives, adopt Taqwa and follow the noble example of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi waSallam) then the conditions will change.
The Day the Ummah fulfills its duties, across the board –
making a total change, then our suffering will be replaced with
success, prosperity and happiness and people of other faiths will
also accept Islam.
Allah Ta’ala explicitly spells out His conditions and His
“Allah has promised, to those
among you who believe and perform righteous deeds, that He will,
of surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He
granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority
their religion – the one which He has chosen for them; and
that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they
(lived), to one of security and peace: ‘ They will worship
Me (Alone) and not associate anyone with Me.’ If any do reject
Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.”
So establish Salaah (Prayer) and give regular
Charity (Zakaah); and obey the Messenger that you may receive mercy.
[Surah Nur 24 : 55 / 56]
Thus, we will have to fulfill our pledge by making the effort to
obey Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
waSallam), to see the fruit of our duas and receive the assistance
of Allah Ta’ala – on an individual level, on a national
level, and on an international level.