Where Do You Channel This Frustration

Written by: Haytham Soliman

It is a well known fact that while we are experiencing some sort of stress (regardless of its intensity), we tend to shift in to the “flight or fight” response. This was first described by Walter Cannon in 1915. His theory was simple; it states that Animals deal with stress in one of two ways, either by fighting or fleeing.

It seems like our Muslim Ummah has gotten used to the “fight” response specially when it comes to matters that relate to our deen. We have seen the world fundraising money for Gaza like non other. Alhamdulillah, there is money flowing from USA, Canada, UK, Europe, the Muslim Word, and even South America. We have seen people demonstrating all over the world, yelling and shouting words that are full of pain. We all received tons of emails and facebook messages in concern to what is happening in Gaza, what happened since 1948, and what need to happen in the future.

The point of discussion here really is what else is left for Allah to accept our actions and duas to help our Muslims brothers in Gaza and all over the world? This should make us stop and think, maybe this “fight” response is not the only way to go about solving our Ummah problems.

Let’s open up a world map and look at countries where is there are a huge concentration of Muslims and tell me, which part do you see where there is no injustice to the Muslims? A better question though is WHY? Why is it that we are in the bottom of the anybody’s concern? What happened to us? A free Ummah that liberated people from their unjust rulers and religions.

What a depressing way of looking at our situation, I must say. Whats even more depressing is the fact that its a reality. We, the Muslims of this world, have caused this problem and I cant stand here in any sound mind and blame Israel or the United States for their actions of supporting such genocide. I really cant.

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Before you attack me for saying this, please note that what Israel and the United States are doing is what history has shown over and over again. The weak nations are over taken by the strong ones. Just keep that in mind. Read the following statement:

نحن قوم أعزنا الله بالإسلام فإن ابتغينا العزة في غيره أذلنا الله

We are a nation that Allah has honored by Islam, thus, if we sought honor in anything other that it, Allah will humiliate us.

And what a worse humiliation than the one that we have been witnessing for the last century. Really, look at the last 100 years of our Ummah’s life and tell me where do you see any honor for the Muslims? Raped lands, injustice and crimes all over, corruption and destruction, ….and this very sad list goes on and on… May Allah have mercy on us.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to point out only the problems and leave it at that. That is a destructive way of approaching our problems.

Fixing our problems will only happen if we, the Muslims,  attempt to change. Cliche? Maybe. Reality? Absolutely.

Allah said in a Qudsi Hadith,

عن النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏قال قال الله عز وجل ‏ ‏إذا تقرب عبدي مني شبرا تقربت منه ذراعا ‏ ‏وإذا أتاني يمشي أتيته هرولة ‏

The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, Allah said, If my servant draws near to Me by an inch, I draw nearer to him by a cubit. If he draws near to Me by a cubit, I draw nearer to him by the length of a full arm. If he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” Narrated in Muslim.

Notice that Allah used the word ‏ ‏إذا (If) to put the burden on us. The change has to come from us first even if it was just an attempt. If we take this step, Allah will be there for us, assisting us, aiding us to be what we used to be one day – An Ummah of dignity.

But what is change?

Change (verb): to undergo transformation, transition, or substitution.

Change is a process, its not a immediate action. Sometimes its a very painful process but its results are very satisfying. Think about a 250 Ib person who wants to lose 70 Ibs, how long will it take him/her to achieve their goal? What necessary measures will he/she take in order to reach their goal? Change of Dietary habits, change of social habits, and all other sort of changes that are hard to achieve but the results from such changes is very satifying.

Change Why? Read the article from the beginning.

Change How and Who? Allah said in Surat Ar-Raad verse 11: (Translation)

Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves.

The change has to start from an individual level. You can be the spark that will change the Ummah. Not the slogans and banners in the streets.

Who was Omar Ibn Abdil Aziz? Who was SalahuDeen? Who was Haroon arRasheed? They were all individuals who started out with a passion to change the state of the Ummah and look at what they have done.

Change When? It really depends; when do you want to be successful and not humiliated by every dirt-bag on this earth?

Change to What? That is a whole different post but mainly we need to change socially, financially, educationally, and above all religiously.

To conclude, I will ask one last question? Are You ready to be amongst the Ummah that Allah choose to change the state of the Muslims in the world?!!!!!

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21 responses to “Where Do You Channel This Frustration”

  1. Abu Ziyad says:

    Ya akhi, very good point. We need to change individually first. On the day of Judgement, people will be ask individually.. what they have done….?

  2. Algebra says:

    Aslamu-alaikum:
    Haythem
    I really enjoyed reading this post……. GOOD JOB.
    Especially making us cognizant of the word ‏ ‏إذا or If.See that is why it is really important, i think in my opinion ,that we need to learn Arabic………
    I mean it is very important……..
    My daughter is learning right now from an Arabic speaking teacher and MashAllah she can understand better.
    anyway
    salam

  3. Excellent point. This is the crux of the matter, alhamdulillah. Jazak Allahu Khairan for pointing this out; for making every reader take the responsibility for the bleeding Muslim Ummah. Change begins at home. EACH one of us must strive to increase their iman, knowledge and practice (actions) of Islam if they want our lot to improve over time. And it will not happen overnight, as you rightly said.

  4. Amatullah says:

    Jazaakum Allahu khayran, very beneficial reminder.

  5. Shuja says:

    JazakALlah akhi; very very good point.

  6. Nirgaz says:

    This was a brave post because people have a hardtime looking at themselves when a problem occurs. But it is also a pill that although it be hard to swallow is something the Ummah needs to take.
    JazakAllah Khair for some good nasiha to reflect upon.

  7. mehreen says:

    Thanks for posting this. I have been talking about this exact same idea for a while now in relation to what’s going on in Gaza, and a lot of people seem to get offended

  8. Ihssan says:

    Excellent, excellent post!

  9. vindicated says:

    Change to What?

    This is the million dollar question isn’t it?

  10. @ vindicated…

    Change to what is an easy question to answer.. change to be good. Good people, good educators, good Muslims, good to the environment, good to our selves, our neighbors, our family, our brothers and sisters, our non muslim communities… to be good in our relationship with Allah,…

    Maaan.. if we are good in our salah.. that would be sufficiant.. WALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHI EVEN IN OUR SALAH WE ARE NOT DOING IT WITH SINCERITY…

    come on man.. change to what is the easy part.. how to change is the real question… and i wish i have an answer

    haytham

  11. hala says:

    Insha’Allah if we start off with improving small things in our life and our iman we’ll be able to move on to improving bigger things. We just need to push ourselves and not be lazy or stop doing whatever it is from helping us start this change in ourselves… and i totally speak for myself first… If we keep improving slowly we’ll get the ball moving and insha’Allah ta’ala Allah ‘azza wa jal will help us… and don’t have any doubts about that. Like what Br. Haytham mentioned in the article,

    Allah said in a Qudsi Hadith,
    عن النبي ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏قال قال الله عز وجل ‏ ‏إذا تقرب عبدي مني شبرا تقربت منه ذراعا ‏ ‏وإذا أتاني يمشي أتيته هرولة ‏
    The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, Allah said, If my servant draws near to Me by an inch, I draw nearer to him by a cubit. If he draws near to Me by a cubit, I draw nearer to him by the length of a full arm. If he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.” Narrated in Muslim.

    So if we do little by little Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will come running to us… If we do our part SINCERELY, with the RIGHT INTENTION and FOR HIS SAKE ONLY then the “how to change” part won’t be so tough or at least wont be impossible insha’Allah.

    But anyway I agree with this article 110%… masha’Allah well written.

  12. hania says:

    inshaallah!ameen to that.

  13. Olivia says:

    Jazakallahu khair- what a nice article. Please keep them coming. MM has kept a very nice balance between informing us of the (hard to digest) reality and news-related facts in Gaza as well as providing inspirational, thoughtful posts on how to deal with the mental and emotional anguish that we feel as a result. I really like this and please keep this trend up as long as you continue to report on the situation.

  14. salafFollower says:

    Assalamualaikum,

    I have one question.

    All the hadith about the Mahdi talk about his being very righteous and Allah transforming him into a righteous person overnight. How are we t understand this?

    I have been asking this on this forum again and again but not one has given me a rational answer to this. Why this extreme emphasis on individual piety *alone*? This solution does NOT scale to 2 billion people.

    A real-word analogy:

    If you are running a company of 200 people, then their individual behavior has a strong impact on the peformance of the company.

    If you have a company of 2 billion people then individuals have very little impact. At that scale it’s the policies, visions, and procedures put in place by the *leadership* that make a difference. Why don’t people here understand this? In any large enough representative sample of Mulsims there will be pious, impious, lazy, energetic, worldly, ascetic people following the normal probabliltiy distribution. But each one of them have their own strength and weaknesses. Someone is a great worshipper, another is a great media spokesperson. All we need is sincere leadership to recognize, organize, and utilize these various strengths!

  15. A Sister says:

    Jazaakumullaahu khairan.

  16. vindicated says:

    @ Br. Haytham,

    Actually, that is what i meant in fact when i said that, that we know we need to improve in a lot of ways, but where and how to start is the big question..

  17. FS says:

    To SalafFollower,

    I agree and disagree with you both equaly and at the same time, if you understand what I mean. Hope you do….

  18. madiha says:

    I came across this

    Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article693911.ece

    And from personal experience, this article is 100% accurate. Why can’t Muslims do similar especially in US OF A. Internet has become a very strong means of spreading the truth or falsehood. All those Muslim sisters who are stay home and want to do something useful, I believe, blogging, yahoo answers etc, etc. should be something they should look into. Personally, every time I have posted any article (even the one I just posted here) on international platform (via www) it was deleted by someone anonymous and yet their (Israeli) lies and distorted articles remain.

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