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Achieving Victory With Tawheed: Still Doubting Jihad The Highest Good Deed

11 January 2011

By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun

Rasulullah Shalallahu ‘alaihi Wassalam (SAW) said to a Sahabah, Mu'adz ibnu Jabal, "Shall I not tell you the principal of 'amal, the pillar, as well as its peak?" Mu'adz answered, "Yes, O Messenger of Allah." He said, "The principal of 'amal is Islam and the pillar is Solat, and the peak is Jihad." (HR Tirmidzi)

It cannot be doubted that jihad is the highest good deed ('amal), the peak of the highness of Islam. Jihad is one of the principles from the many principles of aqeedah al-islamiyyah. Conducting jihad means making religion entirely for Allah, preventing injustices and establishing the haq, maintaining the glory of the Muslims and helping the people of mustadh'afin. Allah says, "And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah." (QS Al-Anfaal: 39).

And on the other hand, conducting jihad also means humiliating the enemies of Allah, stopping their evilness, guarding the honour of the Muslims and destroying the people of kafireen. Allah says, "Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth." (QS At-Tawbah: 29).

Jihad is the way of the salafussolih in order to confront the hostility of the kuffar, munafiqeen and mulhideen, as well as the enemies of religion. Besides that, they also conducted jihad with the aim of improving the condition of the Muslims in terms of their aqeedah, akhlaq, adab and the whole affairs of their religion and dunya, as well as doing tarbiyah (education and cultivation) on their 'ilm and 'amal.

As a Muslim, we certainly have faith in our hearts that help is a promise for the people of iman. Allah says, "And incumbent upon Us was support of the believers." (QS Ar-Ruum: 47). We also have faith that Allah surely helps His slaves who become the helpers of His religion. Allah says, "O you who have believed, if you support Allah , He will support you and plant firmly your feet." (QS Muhammad: 7).

That is the promise of Allah and Allah will not go against His promise. Allah says, "And who is truer to his covenant than Allah?" (QS At-Tawbah: 111). Thus it becomes an obligation upon every Muslim to know what must be done in order to attract the causes which will bring the helps of Allah – with the belief that victory and the help of Allah can only be won by the people who are highly competent to receive it -.

Dear readers -rahimakumullah-, the help of Allah will not descend with us simply yelling on the mimbar, weighing the strength of the enemies. The help of Allah will not come by merely accumulating the number of people with a wide range of aqeedah and ideological backgrounds. Victory and the help of Allah will be very distant when we follow the way of the fools by demonstrating in the streets, especially demonstrating as an effort to establish the Islamic Shari'a!!!

Expecting the help of Allah is not by merely fantasizing and dreaming, nor only with hollow spirits. Allah says, "Paradise is not [obtained] by your wishful thinking nor by that of the People of the Scripture. Whoever does a wrong will be recompensed for it, and he will not find besides Allah a protector or a helper." (QS An-Nisaa: 123).

Dear readers – upon whom is the mercy of Allah-, know that the biggest preparation for the believers in order to develop the strength over the enemies is that they must get in touch with Allah through tawheed, love, hope, fear and always returning to Him, as well as khushu' and tawakkal. Always be at His side and be sufficient from others besides Him.

Allah says, "And those who disbelieved said to their messengers, 'We will surely drive you out of our land, or you must return to our religion.' So their Lord inspired to them, 'We will surely destroy the wrongdoers. And We will surely cause you to dwell in the land after them. That is for he who fears My position and fears My threat.'" (QS Ibrahim: 13-14).

They are the people of pure tawheed to whom Allah has promised victory, peace and khilafah. Allah says, "Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me." (QS An-Nuur: 55).

Have we, Muslims, already paid attention these noble requirements: "… worship Me, not associating anything with Me"? This is what must be known and established by the people who have the two sightings.

Remember! When a group of Mu'mineen from the Sahabahs of Rasulullah SAW departed for the battle of Hunayn where a part of them had newly become Muslim, when they came to a tree which was called Dzaatu Anwaath, they saw the mushrikeen hanging their weapons on that tree for the purpose asking for blessings. They said, "O Rasulullah, make for us Dzaatu Anwaath just like theirs." Rasulullah SAW answered, "Allahu Akbar!", in other riwaayah, "Subhanallah! By the One on Whose Hands is my soul, indeed you have said what the people of Musa had said to him (Musa AS): Make for us a god (idol) just as they have gods (idols)." (QS Al-A'raaf: 138), (HR Ahmad).

Observe this hadith where their Islam which was still new did not prevent the Prophet SAW from repudiating a kalimah that would plunge them into shirk. Their number which was huge and organized, ready for battle fighting the kafir, did not prevent the Prophet SAW from stopping / straightening out their mistakes which is credo (aqeedah) in nature. So it is not allowed at all to put aside the haq of Allah to be worshipped with tawheed because this is the most sublime requisite. If it is absent, then the jihad would disappear.

Hopefully dear readers still remember how the Muslims achieved a brilliant victory over the Tartars after they had improved their aqeedah and proved their tawheed to Allah AWJ. Shaikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyah said, "And when the Muslims started to improve their affairs, true in istighatsah (seeking assistance in emergencies) from their Lord, then they obtained victory over their enemies with an honourable victory."

On the other hand, the Tartars suffered defeat with a defeat that they had never experienced before.

When the proof of true tawheed to Allah and the obedience to His Rasul is established, indeed Allah will assist His Rasul and the believers in the life of this world and on the day when He brings in witnesses. This shows that the help and victory on this earth could not be achieved except after already having established the true religion in the soul. And Allah says, "I am with you. If you establish prayer and give zakah and believe in My messengers and support them and loan Allah a goodly loan." (QS Al-Maidah: 12).

And Allah also says, "Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron." (QS Ar-Ra'd: 11).

It would be nice if this author quotes the will of Umar ibnu Abdil Aziz, as narrated by Al-Imam Abu Nu'aim in Al-Hilyah (5/303) through Ibnul Mubarok from Maslamah ibnu Abi Bakroh from a man of the Quraish, that Umar ibnu Abdil Aziz made a will to some of his workers, "You should have taqwa to Allah where ever you are. Indeed, having taqwa to Allah is the best preparation, The most perfect plot and and the most powerful force.

And don't let the hatred of your enemies on you make you and the people with you pay more attention to it than the transgressions against Allah. Indeed, what I fear most on the humans are their sins than the plots of their enemies, because we hate the enemies and triumph over them because of their transgressions, if not because of that we would not have the power as their numbers are unlike our numbers, their power is unlike our power. If we are not given victory over them because of our hatred, we would not be able to defeat them with our strength.

And don't let the enmity of someone from the human race make you pay more attention to it than your sins. Know that with you are the angels of Allah who protect you, they know what you are doing at home and in your journeys, so be shy from them, improve your togetherness with them, do not hurt them with your transgressions against Allah while you assume that you are fie sabilillah.

Don't you say that the state of our enemies is worse than ours and that they would never triumph over us even if we have many sins. How many people had been humiliated with something worse than their enemies because of their sins. Ask Allah for help from your own selves, just like you ask Allah for help from your enemies. Thus we ask for us and you…"

Thus was part of the will of Umar ibnu Abdil Aziz which spurs us Muslims to always do muhasabah on ourselves. And at the end of this writing, the author would like to remind again that Allah SWT relies His help on the taqwa, sabr and improvement of relationships with Him through tawheed. Allah says, "If you are patient and fear Allah , their plot will not harm you at all." (QS Ali Imran: 120).

"Yes, if you remain patient and conscious of Allah and the enemy come upon you [attacking] in rage, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand angels having marks [of distinction]." (QS Ali Imran: 125).

"If you are patient and fear Allah - indeed, that is of the matters [worthy] of determination." (QS Ali Imran: 186).

Walhamdu lillahi rabbil ‘alamin.

 

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