While thousands of Muslims are killed all over the world, and while tens of
thousands are imprisoned and tortured for calling to the path of Allah and for
enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, most Muslims remain remarkably
silent and have no worry except for the material things of life. Their hearts
have been filled with the love of this life and the forgetfulness of the
Allah says in the Qur'an: "You will indeed find them, of all people, most
greedy of life, even more than those who do not believe in Resurrection. Each
one of them wishes he could be given a life of a thousand years. But the grant
of such life will not save him even a little from due punishment. For Allah
sees well all that they do" (Al Baqarah, 2:96).
Many Muslims today have
become so much attached to their life that their desire is to dwell among
their family, house, money and commerce. They have forgotten that matters of
the Hereafter should come before matters of this life and that we must strive
to follow the orders of Allah, not just those we find easy and convenient to
follow. Some Muslims today claim that it is better to perform extra prayers
and extra fasting rather than enjoin the good and forbid the evil or defend
the lives of weak Muslims. Such people would even blame the Muslims who strive
to perform these obligations.
This is what Ibn al-Qayyim had to say about such people: ''The Shaitan has
misled most people by beautifying for them the performance of certain
voluntary acts of worship such as voluntary prayers and voluntary fasting
while neglecting other obligatory acts of worship such as enjoining the good
and eradicating the evil, to the extent that they do not even make the
intention of performing them whenever they are able to. Such people are
considered by the scholars to be on the bottom of the scale of religion: For
the essence of our religion is to perform what Allah ordered us to do.
who does not perform his obligations is actually worse than the one who
performs sins. Anyone having some knowledge about the revelation of Allah, the
guidance of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, and the life of the
companions would conclude that those who are pointed at today as the most
pious people are in fact the least pious. Indeed, what kind of piety is there
in a person who witnesses Allah's sanctities being violated, his religion
abandoned, the Sunnah of His Messenger shunned, and yet remains still with a
cold heart and a shut mouth' Such a person is like a dumb Shaitan! In the same
way the one who talks falsehood is a speaking Shaitan.
Isn't the misfortune of
Islam due only to those who whenever their life and food are secure, would not
care about what happens to the religion? The best among them would offer a
sorry face. But if they were challenged in one of the things their heart is
attached to like their money, they would spare no efforts to get it back.
These people, besides deserving the anger of Allah, are afflicted with the
greatest calamity without even knowing it: They have a dead heart. Indeed the
more alive a person's heart is, the stronger its anger for the sake of Allah
and the more complete his support to Islam and Muslims." (A'alaam
al-Muwaqqi'een, volume 2, page 176).
Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
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