For A Sick Society
(M. Javed Naseem)
Man, under the influence of Satan, distorted God’s message through his evil ways; corrupted the truth with falsehood; and misinterpreted God’s commands in every era. But eventually, it was truth that prevailed. Truth always prevails because truth comes from Allah and lies (or falsehood) from Satan (Devil). Devil buries the truth under the filthy heap of dung so that nobody cares to dig it out. The dirty work demands a lot of patience, sacrifice, hard work and guidance. There are not many who want to do that digging. It requires the digger to be an honest, sincere believer and a true seeker who is ready to give all in the cause of Allah. Presently, Muslim Ummah is in dire straits and desperately needs such diggers.
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said that when there is too much of ‘Haraam’ – corruption and evil practices – in a society and the people, who hold responsible positions (and are capable) of stopping that, do nothing about it, that society should wait for ‘azaab-Allah’ – the wrath of God.
That means that evil-doing and corruption bring punishment from God, the Almighty. That is a very natural course. If we open the Holy Quran, we’ll find the stories of previous nations who rejected the message of Allah, deviated from the right path and rebelled against the Laws of Allah. They were warned and then wiped off the land as if they never existed. The nations of Aad, Thamud, Noah, Nimrod, Lot, Shuaib, Pharaoh, etc., they all became part of the history and a lesson for the mankind. Allah says:
“We destroyed the generations before you
when they did wrong; and their messengers
(from Allah) came unto them with clear
proofs (of His sovereignty), but they
would not believe. Thus do we reward
the guilty folk.”
But did the mankind really learn any lesson? Today, we are in the same situation once again. Allah has extended the leash, given us plenty of time to repent and change our ways, but nothing has improved. On the contrary, the only change that we see, is the change for the worse – ‘Haraam’ is spreading. We are chasing an illusion. We have ignored all warnings and have arrogantly defied the commands of Allah.
The righteous few, the friends of Allah, have already received the signals of the punishment which is almost at our doorsteps. Now, it is just a matter of weeks or months. O Ummah! Wake up, it is coming! Can we still not see it? Then we must be blind, deaf and dumb! Prepare yourself for a rude awakening!
“Many of the Jinn and humankind we have
committed to Hell. They have hearts wherewith
they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not,
and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like
cattle, nay more misguided; for they are
heedless (of warning).”
We have made our choices. We have sowed the seeds of injustice and corruption; the seeds of evil and transgression; and now is the time to harvest. We shall reap what we have sowed, that is the law of nature. If that happened to the nations of the old, it can happen to us too. We are NO exception!
I named my first book “A Wake-up Call” and I was going to name this one as “The Last Call” but I changed my mind. It can’t be the last call; there is always hope! We have seen the warning signs – the fires, floods, storms and hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes. But we didn’t budge. Luckily, the door of repentance is still open. There is very little time left but there’s still a chance. It might be the last chance!
Satan was cursed because of his arrogance (and disobedience) and was destined to Hell. We are guilty of the same crime. Allah warned us not to follow him as he was an open enemy to us.
"Did I not enjoin on you, O you children of
Adam, that you should not worship Satan;
for he was to you an enemy avowed?”
It is a pity that we don’t listen to Allah but listen and follow the Devil. Allah is the Truth and the Devil is a lie – full of deception. Allah wants us to go to Heaven but Devil leads us to Hell because he is destined to Hell and wants to take as many humans along with him as possible. He wants to prove his point to God that humans are more disobedient to God than he was. The irony is that we accompany the Devil willingly. Are we not concerned about the consequences of disobedience to Allah? We can become the fuel for Hellfire! And Allah knows about us:
“Most of them We found not men (true)
to their covenant; but most of them
We found rebellious and disobedient.”
Disobedience merits punishment. Rebellion against Allah cannot go unpunished. Every rebel and disobedient was destroyed. Satan is the only one who got respite till the Day of Judgment. O Muslim Ummah! Don’t be so ignorant and arrogant! Learn from the history of mankind!
“Have they not seen how many generations
We destroyed before them, which indeed
returned not unto them?”
If we continue on the path of evil and injustice, it is not very difficult to predict the results. We are fortunate that the wrath of Allah did not hit us, in full swing, yet. We had only small scale warnings. Feel the urgency, please! Now is the time to revert. Let us repent and ask Allah for His mercy and forgiveness! We might still be saved from the bigger disaster.
Here is Allah’s prescription for our salvation and prosperity:
“O you who believe! Bow down and prostate
yourselves, and worship your Lord, and do
good, that haply you may prosper.”
“… So establish regular prayer, give regular
charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your
Protector - the Best to protect and
the Best to help!”
Allah’s help and guidance is there for us but it comes to those only who seek it and strive for it. A mother does not feed her baby unless the baby cries. Here is a recipe to seek Allah’s help:
“O you who believe! Seek (Allah’s) help
with patient perseverance and prayer; for
Allah is with those who patiently persevere.”
Patient perseverance means steadfastness. It is the basic requisite of Islam. You believe in Allah, obey His commands, His messengers, and keep doing the right things; then ask for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. He will surely bless you; but He will also test your faith, your honesty, your sincerity, i.e., your steadfastness. If you stay the course, of course with His help, you will be blessed. It is hard but worth trying. It is God’s prescription and it always works without fail!
(From my book “God’s Prescription: al-Quran”, pub. 2012)