Rarely do I write about world news, although I do read about it to remain informed, today I was shocked by what I read:
“60,000 dead in Syrian unrest, says United Nations”
It is unfortunate that many of those that read this will see just a figure. Sixty thousand is just a number to them, and the psychology of humans is such that when we hear news like this, the weight of it does not hit our heart as hard as if we were to hear that just one person was killed, what their name was, the family they’ve left behind, their occupation, their character etc.
So I just want to make it clear. Sixty thousand human beings have been murdered. They were men, women and children. They were fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. They spent the past 10 months in fear. Not knowing around which corner Malak-ul Mawt (the angel of death) would meet them. Children were orphaned, tears were shed and if bodies were found, graves were dug.
My heart weeps for my Muslim brothers and sisters who are being killed by the very government that was supposed to take care of them. We are all part of one body of Islam, despite the borders that separate us. If one part of the body aches, the eyes weep for it. As an Ummah (nation) we are experiencing not only a physical inertia, but a spiritual one too. We want change but, instead of resorting to Allaah like we should, protests are held, votes are cast for laws other than the laws of Allaah, and all the while the Masaajid (mosques) are empty and the situation does not get any better. We should know that Allaah has legislated the way for change and it does not come from disobeying Him and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
“Indeed Allaah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves. And when Allaah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” [Surat Ra’d:11]
Change begins with the rectification of our own selves. We are experiencing injustice as a result of our injustice as an Ummah. We are being oppressed because we oppress ourselves through disobedience. The current affairs in the Muslim world are a testament to this. We need to wake up. How many people are there buried in their graves, wishing that they could be brought back to life just to make sujood to Allaah once more.
We waste time by resorting to blame upon the leaders of our lands for the state we are in. Do we forget who it is that placed this ruler in command of us? Allaah gave us these rulers and it is upon us to be patient from their harm. Only when we are righteous will we get a righteous ruler. It is from ignorance to rebel against a ruler as the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:
“He who rebels against obedience to the ruler, abandons the Muslim community and then dies, his death will be as if he died at the time of Jahiliyah.” [Saheeh Muslim]
May Allaah rectify our state as an Ummah, and may He make us return to His deen so that He gives us a righteous ruler. May He have mercy upon the Muslimeen killed in the recent affairs and grant then Jannah. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the final Messenger.