The previous century saw a series of wars which set into motion significant changes in the global order; the radius of change beginning with the core states and gradually expanding to the periphery. With every major watershed, a new global order took shape. In the beginning of the twentieth century, the Ottoman Caliphate, which for decades had been bogged down by internal strife and conflicts with European states, was finally dismantled by Britain and her allies. Europe at this stage enjoyed primacy at the global stage, but it had been greatly weakened by successive world wars. This paved the way for a bipolar system to emerge, with USSR and USA each claiming superpower status. This bipolarity led to most states being pulled to the orbit of one of the two poles in the system, with some states preferring a non-aligned status.
Until the 70s, this bipolar system influenced the direction of change in states orbiting in the orbit of the superpowers. Most political movements relied on the backing of one of the two poles, and upon succeeding in their struggle shaped the system within the state in line either with the Western model or the Communist model. In this world, there existed a margin of freedom on the periphery which allowed for some movements to succeed without demonstrating complete allegiance to either camp. With the success of the Afghan in sounding the death knell of the Eastern pole, the Western pole was able to impose its hegemony over the world. The West started pressurizing regimes formerly allied with the USSR to submit to its dictates and realign their policies to the new world order. Due to this new dynamic, the political margin and breathing space that had been created due to superpower rivalry was no longer available to movements striving for change in a different direction. Thus it became almost pointless to work for regime change in a particular state in the periphery without working to change the system at the global level. It is on this basis that one can safely assume that toppling any regime in a small state without taking into account the ramifications at the global level and without planning diligently for the repercussions will in all probabilities prove to be a resounding failure.
Simply put, the rule in the process of change is that with the collapse of the prevailing global system, we would be faced with a new world, and no regime in the periphery can be successfully toppled without weakening the global system. Viewed from another perspective, the toppling of any regime within the global system is equally an indicator of serious weakness in the system and a pointer to its possible decline or at least a major shift in how it works.
The Afghans in the 80s succeeded in weakening the Eastern pole; whereas the Taliban and like-minded Islamic movements were somewhat successful in entangling the sole remaining superpower in prolonged conflicts. At the dawn of a new century, the world, however, wasn’t prepared for the collapse of the United States, nor for its ramifications for the global economy and the anarchy that a messy collapse might usher in. Therefore, most world powers worked to prevent such an outcome.
The collapse of the Western system simply meant entering in an exhausting economic labyrinth with no reasonable way out. This is not to imply that the efforts in the Muslim world went in vain, for the Muslim world played a bigger role in paving the way for a Western fall than any other rival of the West. The confusion and mayhem in American politics is a strong indicator of a lack of vision and inability to manage the changing global situation in a beneficial way for the US.
The calls to replace the US Dollar with other currencies in trade is due to the American inability to lead and the refusal of emerging actors on the scene to accept Trumpism. It is a sign that the world has grown tired of America and refuses to submit to its dictates. Trump as a phenomenon is merely a manifestation of this failure. When the leadership loses sight of the way to reform its domestic system and relies mainly on the use of force and blackmailing to secure its objectives vis à vis its allies, it is a strong indication that there is serious decay at work. Overt threats and posturing are all cheap methods to try and change the situation. There is nothing more indicative of this malady than the new American method of resolving international crises with the use of blackmail, incitements, blatant threats, moving armies, withdrawing military support, and the like. This is not how great states behave; it is the hallmark of the weak, the desperate, the losers. Practically, there is little difference between one who extends a begging hand and one who makes threatening gestures; the former is a beggar, the latter a dacoit, and both essentially fall in the category of highway robbers.
The global system today is undergoing a period of crises, foremost of which is the crisis of morality and leadership. It presents the picture of an exhausted paralyzed body breathing its last, with no sound vision or coherent methodology to guide it. This is the drop scene, and the dawn of a new global system isn’t far away. Will it be any better than the present one or worse still is anyone’s guess.
The atheist Soviet model failed to satiate the demands of human nature. Today the hedonist American model is on the brink of collapse after failing to inspire humanity. The possible heirs to this system are more than one and include those whose worldviews revolve around atheistic secular philosophies, hedonism and idol worship. So who will be the successor…? And will the Muslims succeed in building and presenting their model in the midst of the coming global power struggles? The issue raises another question: what lies at the heart of change at the global level? Is it the aspirations of dominant nations or a clash of ideas and belief systems? Or is there any truth in what is rumored about the Jews weaving their future empire from the blood vessels of a bleeding world? To answer this question, we must consider first the question of alliances and rivalries in the global order.
Enemies and Allies
For those working for change, the world is divided into enemies, allies, neutral elements, and supporters. One of the most critical skills required in this respect is differentiating between enemies and friends; between dangerous enemies and relatively harmless enemies, and knowing how to deal with each one of them. In this tumultuous world, the enemy mostly appears in the garb of a benign sincere advisor or a loyal ally keen to safeguard our future. On the other hand, because of our doubts and indecision, we at times lose possible friends. Unfortunately, the compass of change often tends to swing towards the less dangerous enemy as we lose sight of more critical threats, only realizing after much damage has been done. The world today has become an extremely complicated and dangerous place where man’s spiritual and physical wellbeing is in constant danger. What is worse is that it becomes extremely difficult at times to clear the fog of confusion and know the truth? This indeed is an era defined by bewilderment and confusion.
It is possible for us to differentiate clearly between two types of enemies:
The Second Type of Enemy
The entities that have emerged after the fall of the Caliphate all function in one of three settings, each possessing its own set of enemies and allies. These three levels can be arranged in the following order: The local dimension… the regional dimension… the global dimension.
To explain this, let us take the Saudi regime as an example. Today, more than ever before, this regime is ripe for an overthrow. The ruling family (House of Saud) has committed much oppression over the decades, but lately things have crossed all limits with a reckless juvenile becoming crown prince. His first act on becoming crown prince was to offer the blood of forty of the best of the Ummah’s youth as a human sacrifice at the altar of Jews and Christians, a proof of his loyalty to them. This was followed by a crackdown on scholars and reformers and it did not spare even those who for years had totally sealed their lips on the injustice of the ruling family.
Public wealth- which belongs to the Ummah and not the ruling family- was used to affirm his loyalty to his masters. Billions were squandered away to support the American economy. The Americans on their part reciprocated this gesture by exposing the client regime in front of the world, effectively declaring it a banana republic that pays tribute to America in lieu of protection offered to the ruling family. Time and again, Trump humiliated the Saudis in the worst possible fashion, declaring in public that the Saudis ought to pay him more and whether they like it or not, they shall indeed pay more. On the domestic front, Salman bin Abdul Aziz’s assumption of the throne has led the family to lose its grip internally, expose its weakness and become a laughing stock for the world outside. The sheer madness of the initiatives taken by MBS and his father is demonstrated aptly by the appropriation of the wealth of princes and many of the businessmen who had supported the regime all along.
The most important development that has taken place is that the Saudi regime has definitely lost is its religious sanctity and legitimacy which had been used all along as a cover for strengthening the House of Saud’s grip on power and for depriving the people of their legitimate rights by institutionalizing gross inequality in the distribution of wealth. What is even worse is that the regime had over the years sedated and incapacitated the masses through effective use of its corrupt media, with regime apologists justifying anything and everything on TV screens. Today, the regime is using entertainment as a tool to make the masses immune to the crimes taking place around them, keeping the public busy so that they do not get the time to reflect on their condition or the responsibilities that it dictates.
The foolishness of the Saudi rulers can be gauged by the millions that are squandered away on New Year Night celebrations. This is taking place in an Ummah that is dying every single day of hunger, lack of provision and clothes. May Allah have mercy on Umar bin Abdul Aziz who gave priority to feeding the hungry over clothing the Kabbah- the most renowned symbol of Islam on the face of the earth. The situation reminds one of the wisdom of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) when he remarked, ‘I seek refuge in Allah from ‘Imarat as Sibyan’ (juveniles assuming power).’ He was asked, ‘And what is Imarat as Sibyan’? He replied, ‘If you obey them, you will be destroyed; if you disobey them, they will destroy you.’
To order our thoughts correctly on the issue, we must address the issue of the opponents of change in the Land of the Two Sanctuaries (the Arabian Peninsula):
The Local Dimension
This encompasses the innermost circle represented by the official boundaries of the state. We may call it the weakest link, but at the same time it is often the most lethal one. The reason for its weakness is that it depends on forces beyond its political boundaries for its protection, security and viability. If the foreign force protecting the state collapses, the floodgates are thrown open in the inner circle, leading to internal collapse and consequently chaos.
The enemies of change at the local or internal level may be divided into three categories:
1. The ruling regime: This is represented by the House of Saud alone, within which all power today has accumulated in the hands of Salman bin Abdul Aziz and his sons.
2. As per need, the Saudi ruling family includes in the ruling circle ministers from outside the House of Saud as well as ‘scholars for dollars’. The regime is propped up by the corrupt institutions of the state such as the ministries of intelligence, interior, foreign affairs, and defense. Among the institutions which help in legitimizing the regime is the judiciary. It is this same judiciary which had approved the cold-blooded murder of believing youth so that the juvenile crown prince could assure the West that he was indeed their man. The same holds true for the media which is backed by a group of educated liberals, secularists and opportunists who benefit from the regime and are essentially anti-Islam.
3. In some countries there are political parties which ostensibly represent the ‘political opposition’; but in reality they are just a distorted reflection of the system itself. When these parties assume power, they rule by the same constitution, enforce the same laws, and abide by the same system. Political parties are an important part of any system. They play the role of shock absorbers, channeling popular discontent to achieve their political goals, preventing any real systemic change desired by the masses to occur.
4. Interest groups, factions, non-governmental organizations that have an array of vested interests and agendas. These groups don’t wield hard power, but they believe that their survival is in the survival of the system. They therefore exercise a form of soft power, supporting the system and undermining any attempt to weaken or overthrow it. This role is shared by the owners of media groups, TV channels, cinema and a category of corrupt people commonly known as ‘artists’.
5. Official religious institutions (Jamiyah and Hai’at Kibar al Ulama) which bow before the House of Saud and which are used as instruments by the regime to solidify its hold over the masses… It is against these kind of decadent institutions that revolutions occur, replacing them with a new authority. These institutions seek to legitimize the rule of the House of Saud, justify their crimes, and conceal their apostasy from the masses. Among the slogans which the masses must adopt and remember at every stage of the struggle is: ‘Strangulate every single oppressor with the innards of those who eat at his table, be it wealthy businessmen or evil scholars.’
In some Islamic countries, there are other religious denominations whose institutions support the system, and hence the interests of official religious institutions (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic) generally overlap for the sake of survival. The role played by the Orthodox Church in Egypt is not hidden from anyone. It must be noted that we differentiate between these institutions or those who work within or directly support them and the ordinary public among the People of the Book. The masses should be the target of dawah (propagation) and advice, and the rulings concerning the Ahl ad Dhimmah are applied to them. As for these official institutions, its leaders and those who rally under their banner, their ruling is the ruling of the system itself.
6. There exists a small percentage of tribes with whom Abdul Aziz and his sons entered into marital arrangements or exploited members of the tribe by appointing them as heads of ill-reputed organs of the state. These appointments are never based on any love for these tribes; it is simply an expedient way to cover up the crimes of the ruling family and use members of these tribes as scapegoats in times of need.
7. Rich businessmen who take protection under the umbrella of the House of Saud. Today, due to a combination of jealousy, envy, revenge and ambitions, the juvenile prince of the ruling family is working to uproot this former influential class of businessmen and traders and replace them with a new class that supports his vision of the future.
8. A group of criminals whose only role is to suppress popular discontent by the use of force. This was a phenomenon which occurred repeatedly in the Arab Spring, when different groups worked clandestinely to suppress popular revolt, whether in the guise of gangsters, the Shabihah or death squads.
It is worth noting that the military organs (defense, interior and presidential guards/army) in Arab kingdoms, emirates and sultanates do not come anywhere near in terms of their strength to that of their counterparts in the ‘republics’, such as Egypt, Turkey or Pakistan. The role of the security apparatus in the Kingdom has since the very beginning been confined to suppressing the populace and protecting the system from any internal movements of change or reform. This is why the military in the kingdom hasn’t fought any foreign war worth its name. This is for two reasons: firstly, the military is only trained to put on displays of power for internal public consumption; and secondly, it is entirely dependent on American protection (the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait being an example). The weakness of the Saudi military has been exposed in skirmishes with Yemeni militant groups.
It is however extremely painful to see the regime using Muslims as pilots to bomb their Muslim brethren in Yemen. These crimes invite the wrath of the Glorious Lord. How can this firepower be used by a ruler who claims to be Muslim against another Muslim nation which has deep tribal and ethnic ties with those bombing it? In doing so, they have severed all ties of blood and kinship and committed crimes which even the Jews, Christians and idol worshippers have not committed against Muslims. ‘Would you then, if you were given authority, do mischief in the land, and sever your ties of kinship.’ [Surah Muhammad: 22] The pilots engaged in these bombing campaigns should know that even if they escape justice in this world, they will not escape eternal punishment in the Hereafter, and the House of Saud shall be of no avail to them then.
The responsibility of bringing about change in the Peninsula of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) falls on the shoulders of the sons of the Ummah- specifically scholars and people of influence amongst the masses. The burden of responsibility is also shared by the pure and chosen Muslims of Yemen, the supporters of the Deen. It is about them that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Twelve thousand will come forth from Aden Abyan; they will support Allah and His Messenger, and they will be the best of people between my era and theirs.’ It is incumbent upon the people of the Arabian Peninsula to liberate themselves from their passivity and weaknesses. Their first step in the right direction should be to bring an end to the crimes against their brethren in Yemen. The ways to achieve this goal are many; enjoining good and forbidding evil being one prominent way. Sacrifice is not an act of benevolence; it is a demonstration of loyalty from the loyal, and it brings immense joy to the heart and soul.
An observation in passing on this subject: The military weakness of the Saudi regime which has been exposed now must be fully exploited… This weakness and lack of experience should be an incentive for revolutionaries, and one that must be exploited to the maximum in the first possible opportunity… before regional and global powers step in to exploit it.
The Regional Dimension
The prominent players at the regional level include political, military and economic powers close to or surrounding the Saudi state. These can be positively identified as: Turkey and Jews in the north; Egypt in the west; Iran, Pakistan, and the Emirates in the East; and a major media powerhouse represented by Al Jazeera, the principal weapon in the hands of Qatar.
Each of these powers has its own posture vis à vis the Saudi state, in accordance with its vested interests:
– There are those that support and protect the Saudi state, such as the Jews, Egypt and Pakistan. The Jews can never forget their indebtedness towards Abdul Aziz Al Saud and his sons Saud and Faisal who had deceived the Mujahideen in Palestine and facilitated the annexation of a large part of Palestine. The grandson of Abdul Aziz, with the support of Jews and their allies among the Palestinian leadership, is fully devoted to the agenda of his forefathers.
As for Egypt and Pakistan, both of them are tools of the global system, each financially dependent on Saudi aid (in addition to Western aid). It is worth mentioning here that Gulf money played an important role in supporting the Pakistani nuclear program. Similarly, the Arab Organization for Military Production in Egypt was transformed from an organization producing consumer goods to a military institution due to investment by gulf states. This troika is therefore on-call, ever ready to support the House of Saud.
– States likes Iran that are interested in bringing an end to the rule of the House of Saud due to political rivalries. This is why the House of Saud has tried to bring about a Muslim-Jewish alliance with American backing to confront Iran, which has in turn formed alliances with Russia, Iraq, Syria, and China. Militarily, this conflict is still a cold war, with economic tools playing a more prominent role.
– There are state and non-state actors whose problems with the Saudi regime stem out of personal or tribal rivalries, or as in the case of Qatar where there exists a media or even a sports war. Qatar has devoted its prime weapon- Al Jazeera- to taking revenge from the House of Saud. It had earlier exploited the Arab Spring, and it is today exploiting the crisis in Yemen, besides a host of other issues, as convenient opportunities to settle scores with Riyadh.
– There exist evil Machiavellian allies of the regime, such as the Emirates, which supports the House of Saud in strangulating our people in Yemen. The House of Saud greatly fears the population density of Yemen and this is why they have besieged the people of Yemen, crippling them with poverty, hunger, and disease. After the successful experiment of Mukkala by the Mujahideen, the Emirates fears that Aden might one day regain its historical significance as a strategic commercial port, thereby effectively replacing Dubai.
Dubai as a commercial hub is merely a recent addition to the world of sea borne trade; as for Aden, it has historically been a strategic and heavily frequented center of commerce linking the Indian Ocean with the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The alliance of the Emirates with the House of Saud is no different from any other alliance. With the relationship dictated by interests alone, Emirates allies at times with and at times against the Saudis. The flame of old tribal rivalries is however still smoldering beneath the ashes, inciting the Emirates to plot and conspire against its ally so that it ends up losing its influence and religious aura in the Muslim World.
– There are other actors in the fray who have regional geo-strategic or economic goals in sight, or even personal scores to settle. This is the case with Turkey. The House of Saud played a pivotal role in bringing about the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate. With British help, they drove out the Turks to occupy the Land of the Two Sanctuaries and appropriated the venerable title of the ‘Servants of the Two Sanctuaries’. To this day, the House of Saud continues to exist in a state of bitter animosity with the Turks. In response to American dictates, the Saudis do everything within their capacity to keep Turkey weak and divided. These hostile policies in turn drive Turkey into the fold of anyone and everyone opposed to the Saudis, irrespective of their vested interests or motives.
To better explain the regional dimension, whether from the viewpoint of those supporting the system or those opposed to it, we must revisit the events of the January Uprising in Egypt and understand how the Jews, the Saudis and the Emiratis all stood in one line against the revolution in Egypt and supported the Egyptian military. On the other hand, we must also understand how the role of some of the ‘allies of the revolution’ was restricted to limited material support, offering refuge to political asylum seekers, providing controlled media platforms which function in sync with the regional political temperature and the ups and downs in relations between the states involved. In some cases, extradition or expulsion was always an open option if the guests breached the limits of hospitality.
In the end, we must remember that these states are not truly independent; rather, they are an integral part of the global system. The regimes ruling these states deceive their masses with great ingenuity. They leave some political breathing space for dissident voices to vent their frustration and never allow the domestic political temperature to reach the point of implosion, effectively eliminating the possibility of a systemic change that goes against the rules of the game. Lest we may not forget a fundamental principle, I shall repeat here the dictum I have mentioned earlier: ‘The overthrow of any regime in one of the smaller states without taking into consideration the ramifications at the level of the global system is an unacceptable failure.’
This then is the situation as far as alliances in the world of global politics are concerned. The alliance always serves the interests of the ally first, and to a lesser degree those of the revolutionaries or those fighting for their Religion or freedom. We must not in any case forget the basic principle when dealing with states as allies: They will ally with you and against you.
Those working for change in the Peninsula of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) must strive to achieve two goals: First, strengthening their spiritual relationship with their Lord by doing good deeds frequently, perfecting obedience and worship, and working to achieve Divinely ordained goals by spreading His call, implementing His Shariah, and fighting in His Way. Allah (swt) says, ‘Indeed this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah and I am your Lord, so worship Me.’ [Anbiah: 92] Second, they must build a strong relationship with the members of the Ummah generally and the people of the Arabian Peninsula specifically, bearing in mind that the revolutionaries are the vanguard of the Ummah, not its substitute. The Syrian Revolution lost its momentum when the armed groups projected themselves as the sole representatives of the Syrian nation and the very embodiment of the revolution. This immediately brought about the loss of public support, a sharp slump in public morale, and a laidback defeatist mindset that is prevailing to this day.
With the Divine commandment “Indeed your Ummah is a single Ummah and I am your Lord” as its inspiration, the movement for Islamic change must recognize that its true ally is its Lord alone… and after Him, the masses of the Ummah, with all their ethnicities and groupings. It must also appreciate that its enemy is the ruling system, the criminals who revolve in its orbit, and its allies at the regional and global level.
The Global Dimension
The main players at this level are the political, military, economic and ideological powers who influence and shape events at the global stage by employing their hard and soft power. At the top of the pyramid is America, enjoying the unlimited support of the Jews and the Anglo-Saxons. Important competitors at this level include the major states of the European Union, Russia, and China. Beneath this level, there are a range of emerging and aspiring economic players at the regional level, the likes of India, Venezuela, and Malaysia.
These global powers seek to maintain the status quo in their respective client states and in their relationship with their allies. As has been previously mentioned, any change that occurs in these client states or allies of global powers takes place after an understanding has been arrived at with these powers. This mostly takes the form of an in-house change or a palace coup. There is no place in this arrangement for the masses or alternative ideologies or belief systems to establish themselves and push forward their agenda. This is why it is important for the revolutionaries to set up bodies and departments entrusted with dealing with the West.
Among the most important organs in this regard is the political wing which must oversee the media war directed at the masses living in the states controlled by the enemy. The media war should be aimed at countering the doubts raised by the opponents of change, explaining the true purpose and goals of our struggle, exposing the reality of governments opposed to change, and demonstrating how they prioritize overseas conflicts over prosperity and welfare at home. Similarly, a department supervising special operations should be set up. The aim of these operations should be to retaliate against transgressions by regional or global actors. The ordinary public should never be targeted in these operations; rather the targets should be chosen with great wisdom, focusing on politicians, the security apparatus, financiers, major business figures, and media personalities who encourage or justify the suppression and extermination of Muslims. A balance must be arrived at in the equation of Dawah and Jihad; and only those who execute, advise or directly participate in decisions affecting the security of Muslims should be made the target of the military work.
We must be fully aware of global rivalries and the loopholes- in simple words breathing space- they create, offering in the process some room for real movements of change to succeed. Global powers continue to strive to control areas of strategic importance, natural resources, global markets for raw and finished products, road links, waterways, and straits. This competition has become even more intense after the arrival of Trump in office. Everyone who was making or breaking deals under the table has come out in the open. This has become all the more evident ever since the Saudis have started receiving daily doses of humiliation, and to a lesser degree some European and Asian states. States of the European Union have once again started to close ranks, the two Koreas have initiated a patch up, and everyone seemingly wants to bring an end to an increasingly unbearable American hegemony. If Trump leaves office tomorrow, this doesn’t mean that some other OCD-struck maniac won’t assume office in the United States. This is why the other major powers- specifically China and Russia- are almost desperately trying to emerge as powerful players- if not superpowers- at the global stage. India is making its mark as a major regional power. The European Union in German and French leadership- without its Anglo-Saxon tail end- is becoming a more active political and economic decision maker. It appears that the world collectively wants an end to the unipolar dominance of America and the emergence of a multipolar world so as to restore the balance of power and allow for greater global freedom, specifically in the domains of trade and international security.
Within America, there is a popular but extreme right-wing movement emerging that supports everything that Trump represents. It is no less virulent than the Nazis, opposing just about everyone in the world. This is the merger of neo-cons and Protestants with strong Jewish backing, opposing the political tendencies of Catholics, Orthodox Christians, liberals, seculars, atheists and just about everyone else. As for the Muslims, they are its first target, and unfortunately the regimes ruling Muslim countries are under the sway of Trumpism, articulating his will through their actions, and in the process brutally suppressing millions of Muslims.
This global political and ideological conflict has placed the world at the crossroads. The various competitors in the system are all exploiting this conflict of interests to adjust and improve their respective strategic postures. The popular Islamic movement- with all its shades- must exploit this global divide to its advantage and make serious efforts to return as a participant in global decision-making… and eventually make the shift from mere participation to something much greater.
The First Type of Enemy
The conflict between good and evil began before man had set foot on earth; in fact, it began even before the Divine spirit had been breathed into the body of Adam. Satan boasted of his powers and all that he could do against the body lying stretched out before him… It was then that the conflict had already taken shape, and the story is too well known to be repeated here. The course of the conflict had been set by Satan dedicating himself to a single goal: misguiding the progeny of Adam. Reflect on this Divine saying, “They invoke nothing but female deities besides him, and they invoke nothing but Satan, a persistent rebel! Allah cursed him. And he (Satan) said, ‘I will take an appointed portion of your slaves. Verily I will mislead them, and surely, I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allah.’ And whoever takes Satan as a protector instead of Allah, has surely suffered a manifest loss. He (Satan) makes promises to them, and arouses in them false desires; and Satan’s promises are nothing but deception.” [An Nisa: 117-120]. Also reflect on the following verses, “Say, O Muhammad (peace be upon him), ‘Who provides you from the sky and from the earth? Or who owns hearing and sight? And who brings out the living from the dead and brings out the dead from the living? And who disposes the affairs? They will say, ‘Allah’. Say, ‘Will you not then be afraid of Allah’s Punishment?” [Yunus: 31-32]
All the struggles between mankind are in their essence various manifestations of the conflict between truth and falsehood… between good and evil… between obedience to God and obedience to Satan… between the earth being ruled by the light of Allah’s guidance or being overshadowed by the darkness of Satan. It is incumbent upon man to review his beliefs and treat this issue with a critical, objective and reflective mind- not on the basis of inherited beliefs and biases: What is the true way to worship the Creator? What is the real Religion that God wants us to follow?
Our role in life as Muslims is to save those who can be saved amongst the children of Adam and establish Allah’s Religion on His earth. This is by no means an easy undertaking. Our enemy is Satan and he possesses practical experience in practicing evil and deception- an experience that exceeds the collective age of mankind on earth. The goal that he has chosen for himself is to get people to disbelieve in their Creator. His strategy begins with stirring up dissension between mankind, gradually leading to deviation and misguidance. As for his primary means of deception, they include enticement, instilling baseless fears, and similar tactics conceived by his perverted mind. Among his effective and quicker methods is getting man to kill his own kind. He kept on whispering this evil idea to the first son of Adam until he murdered his brother. Among the most valuable means at his disposal and that of his Jewish followers is incitement to war. ‘Every time they kindled the fire of war, Allah extinguished it; and they strive to make mischief on earth. And Allah does not like the mischief-makers.’ [Al Maida: 64] Satan does not care much about the destruction or death of those who gather under his banner, for man’s death in a state of disbelief is his very goal. He has led millions of his followers to death in major conflicts such as the two world wars. The death of such a large number in a state of disbelief represents for him the ultimate victory over his enemy- man. From our perspective, this is something to grieve about.
Among the effective means at Satan’s disposal is the call to women’s liberation and equality. Satan has worked hard over the ages to corrupt women. His efforts are directed at getting women to deviate from the mission entrusted to them by their Lord and give up their role in life for which they have been created. All the talk about a male-dominated society goes back to what Satan had whispered in the ears of the Jews regarding corrupting women. As for the unfortunate state that women have reached in many parts of the world today, it goes against everything taught by not just the Abrahamic Religions, but even the fundamental principles upheld by idol-worshippers and ancient philosophies such as Confucianism. Just consider the state of women globally a hundred years ago and how they have departed from their nature today. The shocking level of nudity, hedonism and sexual perversion that has spread globally- whether amongst men or women- is historically unprecedented. This is a most unfortunate moral decline which, we fear, shall deprive the earth of all its blessings. In fact, the Satanic call of women’s liberation and her equality with men is among the worse moral crises of human history, perhaps paralleled only by the perversion of the people of Sodom in the age of the Prophet Lot (peace be upon him).
I consider that as Muslims we are also proponents of the liberation of women. However, there is a world of difference between the two calls for liberation. We work for women to be liberated from the clutches of Satan and the oppression of exploiters so that they may return to God’s protection. The epitome of women’s freedom and success lies in practicing and implementing what has been willed by Allah for them.
Indeed, mankind’s can never return to its original state of purity unless women return to their natural and pure state in which they have lived for much of history, in accordance with the teachings of the Beneficent. Throughout history, women have remained chaste, honored and protected as long as they obeyed the commands of their Lord. When Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), he exposed the deviation of Bani Israel with regards to their approach towards women. He (pbuh) lifted from women the oppression of the idol-worshippers and restored to her kind the status and protection she deserves in society. In fact, he even waged war in defense of her honor. It is necessary for those who possess a sound and pure nature to understand the Divine teachings about women in Islam so that they may know how Allah has honored women and protected their rights and freedom.
The discussion about the means employed by Satan cannot be exhausted in this brief article. Therefore, I shall suffice with the above.
To conclude, I would like to touch upon a topic which addresses Muslims before other…why we must be patient and steadfast in saving mankind from the clutches of Satan? Because this is our role in life. This is the mercy that Allah has created in our hearts. This is the love that emanates from the blood bond between man. This is the love that occupies the hearts of the believers who want to guide mankind and rescue it from the clutches of Satan in an eternal battle that will continue till Allah inherits the world. The fact that Satan and his cohorts fight the believers in their mission to save mankind is nothing odd if one considers the history of the Prophets and the virtuous. Consider the great saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him) narrated in the following hadeeth:
“Ayesha (R.A), the wife of the Prophet (pbuh) narrated that she asked the Prophet (pbuh), ‘O’ Messenger of Allah! Did you experience a day more severe than the Day of Uhud?’ He said, ‘Yes, I experienced much at the hands of your nation. And the toughest of days was the Day of Aqaba when I presented my call to Ali Ibn Abd Yalayl bin Abd Kalal and he did not answer my call. I set out with great sorrow, until I reached Qarn as Sa’alib to rest therein. When I woke up and raised my head, I saw a cloud overshadowing me. In the cover of the cloud, I saw Gabriel, who called me, saying, ‘Allah has heard the response of your nation. They have refused to answer your call, so He has sent the Angel of the Mountains so that you may order him as you wish.’ The Angel of the Mountains addressed me, saying, ‘Allah has heard the response of your nation. I am the Angel of the Mountains and I have been sent to you so that you may order me as you please. If you wish, I will crush these people between the two mountains.’ I told him, ‘No, I rather wish that Allah brings forth from the progeny of these people those who worship Him without associating any partners with Him.” [Narrated in Muslim].
Indeed, in the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him) we have a model worthy of emulation. At the same time, we must also know that this love, mercy and kindness has a ceiling that must not be crossed. The fact that the followers of Muhammad (peace be upon him) are sincere in saving the children of Adam is equally well-known to Satan and his followers, for this is the essence of the struggle. It is also true that they are ready to wage Jihad if necessary so as to defeat the leaders of disbelief and their soldiers- one of the obstacles that threatens the faith of mankind and Islam. Jihad is the appropriate response and the correct method to deal with Satan and his followers when they obstruct the callers to Allah… when a Muslim woman is insulted in any part of the world… when they try to change the Religion and teachings of Allah… or when they close ranks to fight Islam and Muslims in any part of the world. This is the conflict in all its dimensions. It is not possible in this conflict to separate Satan and the nature of the war waged by him from those who follow his path and relentlessly fight the Religion of Allah and its followers, not showing any mercy whatsoever towards the believers.
This, then, is their war, the flames of which they have ignited against Allah and against what He has wished for the children of Adam. It is necessary for mankind- with all their beliefs and schools of thought- to review their reading of the future so that they may know who they are helping and on whose side each one of them stands in this battle. If they do so, they will surely recognize that they are not in need of Khizr (peace be upon him) to decipher the secrets of life for them. Anything that they decide today shall have its repercussions felt in the Hereafter in an eternal life. The seriousness of the matter requires utmost care and reflection; in fact, time must be dedicated to this end and the matter studied carefully every step of the way.
As for those who have decided to wage war on Allah, His Religion or in any way help those who have taken it upon themselves to do so, they must prepare their skins to be burnt in Hellfire in the Hereafter, where eternal torment awaits them.