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100 years ago in the month of Rajab, The Ummah lost its greatest voice. A voice that
extended even into Europe and that voice was The Islamic Khilafah. The Khilafah under the Ottomans was when the Ummah experienced a golden age, advancing achievements in science, math, philosophy, astronomy, literature and much more. The Ottoman Empire was the longest reigning Islamic Khilafah and one of the longest lasting ruling dynasties in history. Much of the reason why the Mongol’s did not reach west Asia in their conquest was because the Muslims were a force of nature that they could not defeat. The Europeans feared its capabilities so they plotted a colonial plan to ultimately destroy it. At first they infiltrated the Muslim world introducing ideas to change the mindset of Muslims and to destabilize the society with ideas like nationalism and the latest secularism, meaning the detachment of our deen from our life’s affairs. Then there was a political invasion, setting up agents within the Khilafah to undermine and destroy it from within.
Sultan Abdul Majid is best remembered for his response to the accursed founding father of Zionism, Theodore Herzl. Between 1896-1901, Herzl sought to court the Sultan in gaining the land of Palestine to establish it as a Jewish State. He tried to bargain with him offering to pay the huge debts of the Ottoman Empire in return for the land of Palestine. Sultan Abdul Majid's response was one which Muslim leaders can learn much from because this was not a time that the Ottomans were in a state of power but rather a state of great weakness and yet his response was full of dignity and honour when he said “Advise Dr. Herzl not to take any further steps in his project. I cannot give away a handful of the soil of this land of Palestine for it is not mine to give; it belongs to the Muslim Ummah who have fought for the sake of this land and watered it with their blood. The Jews may keep their millions; if the Islamic Caliphate is one day destroyed then they would be able to take Palestine without a price. While I am alive however, I would rather push a sword into my body than see the land of Palestine be taken away from the Islamic Nation. This will never happen. I will not start cutting our bodies while we are alive” (The Diary of Theodore Herzl, Vol.I, Page 378-379).
How we miss a leader like this. May Allah's mercy be on the Sultan and may He grant him jannah, Ameen.
On the 28th of Rajab 1342 hijri, corresponding to the 3rd of March 1924 is the day the West succeeded and the Khilafah was finally abolished. The Muslim Ummah lost its identity and we also lost a shield which left the Muslims totally vulnerable to the West and it’s plans to colonize us. It allowed division of the once united nation into individual identities like Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the list goes on. Then the theater of war opened its curtains on the Muslim World under the guise of a war on terror. It was the colonial plan that brought in turmoil and terror to lands that were formerly stable and peaceful and to this day the conflicts are ongoing due to Western interference and influence. The Ummah without its Khilafah is like a bird with no nest. Lost and prone to danger.
A century has passed and the Muslim world has faced countless genocides, millions killed and displaced, and it doesn’t seem near an end. We showed the power we have when we united to boycott French products and hurting its economy, we have the potential to do so much more. When one of us bleeds, we all bleed. When a Yemeni mother is starving, we are starving. When a Syrian child is killed by an American drone, it was our child that was killed. The time is now to stand up to the bullies of the world from continuing their oppression of the Ummah. Now is the time to put aside our superficial nationalistic identities and unite under the one identity that truly matters, that is that we are one Ummah. We are Muslims.