Burma: A Lesson for Us


Burma: A Lesson for Us

Burma: A Lesson for Us

by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahimahullah)


When Maulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Rahimahullah) visited Burma in the early 1960s, he addressed the Muslims, who were living in great wealth, who were extravagant and lavish and were very negligent of Deen and the work of Deen.


The gist of Hazrat Maulana’s (Rahimahullah) speech was: “If I have to see a pregnant woman and say that she will be delivering a child – then I am not making a claim of being a Nabi of Allah Ta’ala. The signs are there and it is evident that she will, Insha-Allah, deliver a baby. If I have to see dark clouds gathering and I say that rain is expected, this is not a prophecy that I am making. The signs are there. …Similarly, looking at your condition, I say: Make an effort on Deen; establish Deen. Allah Ta’ala will assist you and protect you. If you do not change and you do not establish Deen in your life and you do not do the work of Deen, then you will not be able to live in this country; very difficult times will visit and the Azaab (punishment) of Allah Ta’ala will descend upon you.”


The advice given by Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Rahimahullah) relates to all Muslims, wherever they are in the world. …But how true are these words: I met a person in Madina Shareef. He was from Burma. He related his story to me, saying that they were extremely wealthy and lavish. If they had any function, one chicken would be provided for each guest – one entire chicken per person, and then the wastage! When the revolution took place, the soldiers said to them: “We are the owners now. If you wish, you can work for us or take 200 Rupees only and leave the country!”


They were millionaires. They owned big factories and businesses. In one day, all was lost. The brother said that they had to gather all their money – all the notes – take a match and set it alight, and they watched their millions burn. And they had no choice. If they were caught with that kind of money, they would have been imprisoned. …All their hard work and they set fire to their money.


What was the cause? …Negligence in practising Deen, negligence in propagating Deen and negligence in establishing Deen in their country, and then the lavishness and extravagance. …We should not sit content thinking that we are safe, because our extravagance and lavishness exceeds bounds. The consequences could be similar. May Allah Ta’ala protect us!


We are seeing the Kuffaar uniting to destroy the Muslim Ummah. We were warned of this in the Hadīth. The enemy nations will invite each other to pounce upon and attack the Muslim Ummah as hungry people invite one another for food. Our downfall is due to Hubbud Dunya (Love for the world) and dislike for death.


May Allah Ta’ala guide us and grant us the understanding and the Taufeeq of practising upon the teachings of the Qur’aan Shareef and Sunnah. In this lies our protection.