The Ummah that has labored for long is experiencing its birth pangs… on the verge of giving meaning to a new existence … counting its breath for the historic moment to finally arrive after a painful epoch stretching over decades. This is how the process of change unfolds… a slow, heavy and excruciatingly painful experience that words fail to describe. Its most difficult moment arrives: the moment of birth… when iron meets iron, dead bodies intermingle, the arena is drenched in blood, nothing may be heard except the piercing noise of bullets, the echoes of explosions and artillery fire, the thundering roar of fighter jets, the slogans of takbeer. All that meets the eye is dust mingled with sweat, blood, and tears, gazes fixed in fear, shaky feet, nervous hands, the uncertainty of death. And behold! In the midst of this turmoil, the glad tidings of victory and the dawn of a new age appear on the horizon for the Ummah to finally give birth and relax … like the reassuring smile that slowly appears once labor ends and the mother delivers its child.
Just as the time of birth is known by the pangs of labor, the moment of conception is recognized by the wise and duly utilized. It is precisely this moment when the political or military leadership turns on the Deen and tramples upon all principles of justice and humanity. Social injustice becomes rampant, financial crises occur, our lands are occupied and treacherous client regimes are imposed on us. The young generation is deliberately misled, its future destroyed, natural resources are plundered and surrendered to the enemy as a tribute in lieu of protecting the throne of its agents …These are all indications of conception and the beginning of a new life … but to safely arrive at the stage of birth certain conditions must be fulfilled.
Firstly: Getting the masses to develop a political understanding and vision. This process must be driven by scholars, intellectuals, and organizations who interact with the public. Normally the spark is lit in the mosques by sincere scholars who reject oppression and strive to create awareness in the masses regarding their rights, inspiring in them a spirit of change, exhorting them to bring down every barrier which stands between them and the attainment of their rights… for what is taken by force is returned by force alone. The political process must be based on a full awareness of the situation and those who oversee it must rise beyond their personal aspirations and wishful thinking. They must be mature enough to unite their ranks and increasingly coordinate their efforts as they approach the moment of change. The enemy will try to entangle them in peripheral struggles, which they must avoid at all costs. If the ideological reference point of those overseeing change is the same, they will come together quickly; however, if there are differing schools of thought at play then a new war awaits us, which will be decided in favor of one party or the other, peacefully or otherwise. What is often termed as an ‘agreement’ is only a ceasefire, a temporary lull in a conflict that may begin at any time and will only end in the victory of one party at the expense of the other.
Secondly: Intensive public interaction that moves the society to bring about change. The process begins in the family and develops to maturity in the society which generously offers blood and lives for the sake of the cause that it believes in. Since the masses are the cornerstone of change, they must therefore be psychologically prepared to offer what it takes to bring about change… from offering refuge to offering blood. All talk about bringing change through a select few or an elite is whimsical. The elite must understand that it is only a vanguard of the masses, and without divine help and mass support there is no chance of victory.
Thirdly: Financial and economic participation. Let us reflect deeply on the ten verses in the Quran where Allah (swt) has mentioned wealth alongside lives and only once has He given precedence to lives over wealth. Every moment in the process of change needs financial support. Change means missing persons, prisoners, martyrs, injured, orphans, and widows. It means weapons, ammunition, media, propaganda… awareness that is propagated, weapons that are purchased, ammunition that is dumped, injuries that are treated, mouths that are fed and will that is liberated… and can all of this occur without an economic basis to support it? Who possesses the ability to offer finances and services except the masses, given the resources their land has been endowed with and the pious sons among their ranks who follow the tradition of Uthman bin Affan (may Allah be pleased with him)? It is reported that for the Jaish al Usra he donated three hundred camels and handed over to the Prophet (pbuh) one thousand Dinaar. The Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said on this occasion, ‘Nothing can do any harm to Uthman after this day!’ Shouldn’t this suffice to prove that the reward of financial donors is greater!
Fourthly: Military participation… It may begin with the first spark; it may be delayed. But there can be no doubt that the use of force accompanies the process of change for a number of reasons, the foremost being that the system in place will never relinquish power without violent resistance, armed aggression, and human rights violations that cannot be defended against except by the use of armed force controlled by those overseeing change. The more the masses are unarmed, the more violent, brutal and ruthless the use of force by the system, and vice versa. The presence of weapons deters the system from any reckless action. We cannot even dream of the system being defeated without it engaging in a counter-revolutionary war. This is why there is no concept of meaningful change without armed Jihad. The organization of armed force after the process of change has completed is critical, for anarchy never leaves room for a constructive process to begin, rather it pushes the country towards a total collapse. The weapons must therefore be like the surgeon’s tools that are used only when necessity dictates so.
Change is ongoing, before, during and after the public uprising… politically, socially, economically, militarily and in the realm of intelligence… Its course must be dictated by the Shariah, in accordance with Divine guidance so that it enjoys Divine help and public acceptance.
(Source: ‘Safhat ma qabl al milad’, part 1)
To be continued…
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