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.
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?!!!!!