Our Current State
In the Sunan Abi Dawud (4297), it is reported that The Prophet (ﷺ) said “The people will
soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their dish.” Someone asked “Will that be because of our small numbers? He ﷺ replied “No, you will be numerous at that time but you will be scum and rubbish like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of you from the breasts of your enemy and last wahn into your hearts.” Then someone asked “what is wahn?”. He ﷺ replied “Love of the world and dislike of death.”
This hadith explains one of the many weaknesses that have come to pass the Muslim Ummah as being a result of an affection to this world while being inattentive of death. One of those weaknesses being our love and desires of this world that have blinded us from being conscientious about the next stage after this life; the Day of Judgement and onwards. Some key points to take away from this hadith are that the disbelievers’ greatest strength is our division. Since the day we began to split more and more into groups we became weaker. Another is that they do not fear the Muslims because of our own greed and actions.
Looking back at history, every time the Muslims were victorious against a formidable challenger, the odds were always stacked against us. From the very first battle that ever took place in the name of Islam, Battle of Badr, the Muslims were far outmatched in numbers and in resources. What kept us winning one war after the other was our strong faith, Aqidah (belief), and our adhering to it.
Before, the Muslims were in the minority everywhere and they conquered every land
from Al-Andalus (Spain) and West Africa all the way to Asian subcontinent. Whereas now
the Muslims are in the billions around the world with dozens of Muslim majority countries but we are powerless at the hands of those who want us gone. We have the numbers, the might, the wealth to save ourselves from persecution yet we can’t even protect our first Qiblah from the oppressors let alone the Muslims overseas.
When The Prophet (ﷺ) said that the Ummah is one body, we understand from it that a
healthy body overcomes any aches and pains in due time but only if the source of that pain is examined. If the body is neglected for too long then the ailments will arise. The Prophet (ﷺ) said “If we break our covenant with Allah (ﷻ) and his Messenger, we will have an enemy against us to take some of our possessions by force.” Is that not what we see happening now? Thus it is important that we first rectify our own affairs before joining marches and protests. That we immediately work on rectifying our own relationships with Allah (ﷻ). Our leaders are only the product of the societies they come from. The families make the neighborhoods which make the towns which make the cities to states to countries. If we want just leaders like King Salahuddin, Sultan Mehmet II, Emperor Aurangzeb etc, let us strive to be just ourselves by being dutiful to Allah (ﷻ).
“Indeed, Allah ﷻ will not change the condition of a people until they change themselves.” (Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:11)