The Evils of Enemy Occupation in the Muslim World
Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal
The kuffar occupation & the evils
Every occupation has its worst calamities. These are much worse than the consequences of a disease on physical health. A disease harms only the physical entity. Since it doesn’t damage iman or moral entity, doesn’t take anyone to the hellfire. Therefore, it doesn’t harm the infinite life in the hereafter. But the kuffar-occupation of a country damages the moral, the spiritual, the intellectual and the cultural wellbeing of a common man and woman. (Note: the term kafir and kuffar are the jargons repeatedly used by Allah Sub’hana Ta’la in the holy Qur’an to exactly describe the deniers of Islam and the enemies of the Muslims, hence used in this article to show deep respect to these Divine narratives). Oppression, political subjugation and economic exploitation are not the only evils of the kuffar occupiers; their crimes are more disastrous. Finding the Divine Truth and following the Divine straight path are made almost impossible. For example, the British imperialists abolished sharia, hudud, jihad and Islamic education in the occupied Muslim lands; thus made impossible to practise Islam fully. And how a Muslim can be a full Muslim without practice of full Islam. In order to escape the calamities of kuffar occupation, the great people like Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and many other Truth-seeking people had to leave their own birth places.
Along with obstructing the Divine straight path, the occupying forces construct massive educational, cultural and administrative infrastructure of derailment towards the hellfire. Such projects of derailment are not hidden, rather have been robustly and seductively displayed not only in the kuffar World but also in the Muslim World. Such projects of ideological, cultural and political engineering have achieved massive success. Hence, even in the Muslim majority countries, those who oppose the fundamental basics of Islam like sharia, khelafa, hudud, shura, jihad and establishment of a fully Islamic state are not exclusively the foreign or native kuffars, rather are the products of those projects. In fact, the most formidable enemies of Islam are those who have been the ideological cum cultural converts raised by the educational and the cultural institutions built by the foreign kuffar occupiers.
Thus the Muslims in their own lands are made unfit to pursue the revealed true path of Islam –called siratul mustaqeem. With such massive ideological cum cultural shift from Islam to non-Islam, can any people deserve any blessing from the Almighty Lord? This is indeed the route to qualify only for the Divine punishment. The rule of the invading infidels thus proved to be the direct rule of the Devil. The Muslims now suffer the consequences of such occupation all over the Muslim World. Such occupation has added new momentum to the Muslims’ downfall. As a consequence, even in the Muslim countries, the Muslims now face restriction in practising full Islam –which helps sliding only towards the hellfire. Thus the non-Islamic Muslim states with their manipulative laws, judiciary, politics, education, media, administration and culture are doing the job of a devil.
Hence, fighting such enemy occupation is a crucial issue in Islam. It is crucial not only to save Muslim lands from enemy exploitation, but to save the premise of Islamic faith, ideology and culture from devilish corruption. There exists no doubt in the Islamic sanctity of such jihad. Taking part in such a war is not an option, but religious obligation on every believer. In fact, it is the indispensable part of the Muslims’ faith that asks every believer to be ever-ready to encounter any kuffar occupation. So, the direct command of Allah Sub’han wa Ta’la comes to every believer: “Hence, make ready against them (the enemy of Islam) whatever force and horses of war you are able to muster, so that you terrify the enemy of Allah and also your own enemy and others besides them of whom you do not know, but Allah knows. And whatever (wealth, efforts and life) you spend in the cause of Allah will be repaid to you in full; and you will not be wronged.”–(Sura Anfal, verse 60).
Cowardice submission: the new normal
In Islam, it is haram to welcome any enemy on the frontier. It is haram to stand non-combative in front of any kuffar invasion. Iman of a true believer shows its instant expression through resistance in all possible means. In the early days of Islam, embracing Islam always meant to have full readiness for war against any enemy attack. Hence, calling people to Islamic faith and prayers wasn’t the only duty of the last prophet (peace be upon him) of Islam; rather, encouraging the believers to take part in a full war against the enemies was also an important part of his mission. The prophet (peace be upon him) was commanded to do so by his Almighty Lord; as it is revealed, “O prophet! Urge the believers to war.” –(Sura Anfal, verse 65). Therefore, calling people to Islam and asking them to perform prayers are not the only issues in Islam. How to fight the enemies also stands as a part of the Qur’anic guidance. Amidst war-mongering enemies, acquiring military skills, collecting weapons and engaging in war are not any luxury, rather important parts of the survival strategies. The prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) himself acquired such skills. He played the role of the Commander in Chief in the war front. Which is why, he made the distinctive difference from other great people of the human history. Unlike them, he could implement what he preached. Today, such Qur’anic decree on jihad and the prophetic (peace be upon him) tradition of war engagement receive little importance in the Muslims’ life. Rather, welcoming and supporting occupation by the internal and external enemies of Islam has been a new normal in the Muslim World. Even the so-called ulama are not any exception from such cowardice practice. As a result, the enemies of Islam –both external and internal, faced little resistance in continuing their most corruptive and coercive occupation; moreover, got emboldened to dismantle sharia, hudud, khilafa, Islamic judiciary and many other fundamental teachings of Islam even in predominantly Muslim lands. So the downfall of the Muslims continues.
The Muslims have increased only in number, but not in honour, strength and dignity. They are now being defeated, subjugated, raped and slaughtered in many parts of the Muslim World. Their cities and villages are being bombed to rubbles or burnt to ashes. While escaping deaths in their own homes, the Syrians Muslims are dying in the Mediterranean. The Rohynga Muslims of Myanmar also met the same fate; many of them died in the Bay of Bengal. This is the most disgraceful shame for 1.5 billion Muslims that now live in the world. Their collective conscience shows little sign that they still possess any moral sense to feel such despicable shame as shame. The number of Muslims that now live only in a single city of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Caliph Omar didn’t have such a population in his whole state. But he could defeat the two contemporary World Powers.
The moral incompetence
The prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) predicted about such an awful state of the ummah about 14 hundreds years ago. He also told about the causes of such a catastrophic fate: it is the love for this worldly life (hubbud duniah) and the dislike for the death (kerahatul maut) in the way of Allah Sub’han wa Ta’la. Addictive love for this transient worldly life has caused them forget the infinite life in the hereafter. Hence, martyrdom in His way that opens the door of paradise is hateful to them. Amidst such overwhelming cowardice and surrender to enemies, those who pursue the path of martyrdom to fight the kuffar occupation don’t receive even the recognition for their deep faith and self-sacrificing sincerity. Like the kuffars, they also label them as fanatic, extremist and even deviant from true Islam. As if, there is no place of war against kuffar occupation in Islam! As if, there is no martyrdom or shahada in Islam! As if, those early Muslims who fought and became shaheed to eradicate the kuffar occupation over the vast land of Asia and Africa were also fanatic or extremist! Such a conceptual perversion is the legacy of colonial as well as secularist occupation of the Muslim World. Now it is the common agenda of the USA and Russia-led enemies of Islam that the Muslims must survive with such perversion; and they shouldn’t be give any chance to return to the original Islam that was preached by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Most of the secularist, monarchist, nationalist and despotic rulers of the Muslim world have already aligned with such an enemy agenda. As a result, the Muslims are given no choice apart from continuing with the downhill course.
The disconnection & the devilish deviation
The Muslims get dignity, honour and victory only as the blessing from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. Such blessing comes as a gift for full integration with His agenda. In this regard, the early Muslims made a history. They are known for active alignment with the wish and strategy of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. But today, the Muslims made another history. It is the history of total disconnection from the early heroes and their road map. They are connected only with their personal, national, racial or tribal agenda. Such disconnection from its roots has its own calamity. It can only cause deviation. As a result, they are making a history completely different from the early Muslims. It is the history of moving far away from the Qur’anic straight path and bringing defeat, deaths and disgrace for the Muslim ummah.
A good servant is known for his commitment for the cause of his master. Such a servant becomes the closest friend of the master if he invests all of his abilities, time and even life to fulfil his master’s dearest desire. That was indeed the exact strategy of the early Muslims. As a result, they got Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la as their closest wali (friend); and also received a promise for a place in paradise. Even against the strongest enemy, they were given the crushing victory; thousands of angels came down in their rank to fight alongside them. They were passionate not only in prayers, but also in wars. The commitment of these early Muslims was so deep that more than 70% of them died in the war fields. A Muslim household in those days, use to possess not only prayer mats, robes and rosaries, but also the best weapons and logistics appropriate for a war. The per capita weapons of the Muslims was the highest in the whole world. As a result, Islam could quickly prevail over a large part of the world. Their faith, patience and sacrifices pleased Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la and His prophet (peace be upon him) so much that they were described as the best people on earth.
The alignment with the enemy & the calamity
Since the early Muslims were directly mentored by the greatest prophet (peace be upon him), they work as the perfect model of a true believer for all ages to come. They showed, how a Muslim needs to be fully aligned with the revealed wish, objectives and strategies of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. In fact, this is the only way to get nearer to Him. On the contrary, by aligning with colonialists, imperialists, secularists, nationalists, fascists, monarchists, and other enemies of Islam, one achieves exactly the opposite. He gets nearer to Devil and receives wrath of the Almighty Lord. Such political, ideological and cultural alignment with the kuffars take people only to hellfire through the same route of deviation that their non-Muslim comrades follow. The whole Muslim World is rife with such alignment. This is a clear marker of their deviation from the straight path.
Five times prayer, month-long fasting, haj and charity may give false hope and deceitful self-satisfaction on religiosity. The alignment with the kuffars’ agenda and deviation from prophet’s Islam never help receive forgiveness from Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’la. The Almighty Lord never likes that a Muslim should ever align with His enemies who oppose practice of sharia, hudud, khilafa, jihad and other basics of Islam in His Own land. But the Muslims’ problem is not confined within such alignment with the enemies, they have gone far beyond. The enemies who declared crusade against Islam -as announced by the US President George W. Brush while invading Iraq in 2003, are invited inside the Muslim lands to establish military bases. This is the case with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Turkey and Afghanistan. These bases are used as launching pads for further killing mission and more occupation of the Muslim lands. With such collaboration with the enemy, how the Muslims can expect any blessings from their Almighty Lord? This is indeed the roadmap of more disgrace and punishment not only here but also in the hereafter.