Praise be to God, many of us have the ability and have responded, in as many practical ways as we can, to the crises in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Burma, Sri Lanka, Central African Republic, and other regions, with our prayers, protests, and charitable efforts. That ought to be the best we can do, right?
It might seem so, until we truly reflect upon Surah Nasr (The Chapter on Help) in the Glorious Qur’aan, wherein Allah The Supreme says:
When the victory of Allah has come and the conquest, And you see the people entering into the religion of Allah in multitudes, Then exalt [Him] with praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed, He is ever Accepting of repentance.
[Translation by Sahih International]
While this surah (chapter) was revealed after the conquest of Makkah and a short time before the passing of the Final Messenger of Allah (in whom Allah’s choicest peace and blessings abide) from this temporal world, it served as a reminder to the Sahabah (Prophetic Companions) to never succumb to complacency despite their monumental victory in Makkah. The surah is a call to action, albeit of the more inward and spiritual sort: the glorification of God and the pursuit of His Divine Forgiveness.
Coming to the present day, these two spiritual exercises are just as relevant. The Zionists have had a field day for many decades in their relentless pursuit for global domination through many covert schemes, and the world at large is now gradually waking up to their true reality. Unfortunately, many of us have become so indoctrinated by, and reliant upon, their sinister schemes that we are often ignorant of our own shortcomings in respect of our own contribution to the world’s problems, with Palestine being one of the most crucial.
Yes, that’s exactly what I said. If we’ve become slaves to this myopic system that is a cancerous concoction of capitalism, interest-based economics, rampant debauchery and moral erosion, in any of its forms, then we have unfortunately become part of the problem.
We take great pride in raising our voices to the skies, praising God (“Alhamdulillah”) for the many who have entered Islam, but the lack of individual and collective introspection results in our seeking His forgiveness (“Astaghrifullah”) hovering at our feet. How can we ever expect Allah to fulfil our objectives if we spend time talking about Allah instead of talking to Allah, particularly through repentance?
Yes, we should never forget to say Alhamdulillah for Allah’s Divine Guidance and Assistance in all affairs. Alhamdulillah for the ability to strive against oppression. Alhamdulillah for awareness of the occupation of lands.
But in the same notion, never forget to say Astaghfirullah for the occupation of hearts that are plagued with diseases (jealousy, envy, pride, arrogance), for our usage of His Favours to earn His displeasure, for the many we have wronged through trade and commerce, for the innocent souls we have slandered and backbitten, for the disrespect of the elderly and invalid, for the lack of sincere concern for the less fortunate, for the technology to travel to the moon overshadowing the empathy for our neighbour’s wellbeing, for the wastage of His Bounties on frivolous, fleeting pleasures, for the transgression against our souls in secret, for our unshakeable attachment to materialistic wealth in the face of its inability to transform our spiritual condition …
It is in our turning towards Allah through repenting for our shortcomings that we may begin to truly submit in totality to His Divine Will, thereby earning His Divine Favour and Assistance against the oppression, Insha Allah (God-willing).
Let us begin a campaign of global domination. A domination of true spiritual excellence in all that we do. Let us begin with the purification of our hearts, so we end up with a world purified of Zionism and all its evil relations.
And always remember, He is ever Accepting of repentance.