Al-Maqalat Series: The Muslim Revolutions – Breaking The Chains Of Despair
26 June 2016
By Pieter Van Ostaeyen
The Muslim Revolutions – Breaking the chains of despair
1. Did the revolutions fail?
Imagine if the Jihaad in various fronts including Shaam will fail to achieve
victory. Does this then mean that the Jihaad in and of itself failed? Does
this mean that it was all for nothing? There were Prophets who did not have
any followers, or they had just a few followers, the Prophet (saws) even said
that there will be Prophets on the Day of Judgement who will be accompanied
with only one or two or three followers. So does this mean that these Prophets
failed in their mission? Does this mean that their Prophethood was for
nothing? If you look at it with an objective eye which only considers this
materialistic worldly life then yes indeed they did fail. But Muslims do not
look at the world with one eye like the Dadjaal Al-Hamdulilaah. Muslims look
with the depth of two eyes, one looking at the world and one at the Hereafter.
Come to think about it, Jihaad with the worldly eye is loss and nothing else.
Because you sacrifice your life children, your wife, your relatives, your
belongings, and even your life!
So what is there to gain if we would only look at it with a worldy eye? Rather
it is all loss. But we Muslims do not look with this eye. Lets take the people
of the Ditch as an example, they were thrown in pits or fire and the
oppressive king at that time killed them all when they declared their faith in
Allah. So what did they gain? They became Muslim and were all killed? But
nevertheless Allah describes their victory in Surah Al-Burooj as a major
victory! Why did Allah call it The Major Victory (Al-Fawz Al-Kabeer) while
they were all killed? A Muslim knows why.
Looking at the Arab revolutions we must first approach the issue from this
perspective. Second, even if we would look at it from a worldly eye, then they
did not fail. A baby did not fail because he learned crawling before walking,
he did not fail because he learned baby gibber before talking. Life consists
of steps, some small, some big. So if a single simple human being needs all of
this time developing and learning before growing up into an adult, then what
about something major like the revolutions of millions of people? Be
realistic, first and foremost. But lets look at what the revolutions already
achieved, and how small or big the achievements are, before it will reach its
main goal inshaAllah. However keep in mind what we said before, even if it
does not reach this main goal, then did it really fail? No, like we explained,
it did not. But lets look at the achievements.
The tyranny of Mubarak came to an end after thirty years, the tyranny of Ben
Ali after twenty years, and the tyranny of Al-Qadaffi after forty years. After
all the victims they made, the dead, the tortured, the widows, the orphans,
the oppression, their end came like with any tyrant. This was without a doubt
a victory against these tyrants, this was justice. This was the first step of
the revolutions, and it could be considered as a major achievements. Rather we
have seen nothing like it in the history of human kind, we have never seen
four tyrants get deposed in one year! In Tunesia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. And
a fifth tyrants soon followed in Iraq. Never have we seen such a victory in
human history. Yet some Muslims doubt the victory of Allah because the
revolution did not reach its end goal, despite them witnessing this clearcut
Those who are eager to see the end goal of the revolution must keep one thing
in mind. Their fall was the result of the supplications made by the oppressed
in the prisons, the widows who lost their husbands, the mothers who lost their
sons. The Prophet (saws) explained to us that the supplications of the
oppressed are answered, even if they were made by a Kaafir. But these
oppressed, the widows, mothers, and prisoners, did they all witness the fall
of the tyrants? No they did not, many of them died before seeing the end of
these tyrants. But their supplication is answered. So would it be correct for
them to think that their supplication was all for nothing? Would it be correct
for them to think that their supplication was not answered? Many Prophets made
supplications which were answered after several years, some of them did not
witness this supplication getting answered, like the Prophet Ibraheem (as). In
conclusion we must say that we can not choose to witness the victory of Allah
before it is destined. The results are in the Hands of the Allah, He destines
them when, where and in which speed He wants. We however are selected by Allah
to witness the outcome of the supplications made by those who are not able to
witness. We must be grateful that He has chosen us to witness this great
moment in history. Likewise another generation will be selected to witness the
supplications made by us. So do not despair, give the coming generations
something that will please them and increase your efforts and supplications.
Let the downfall of the tyrants be a lesson for us, and let the miraculous
signs of Allah increase our Imaan in His coming promise and victory, which
comes gradually and not in one flood.
These were just some quick notes.
We will continue this series inshaAllah if there is more time left
2. Prolonged war
We often hear people ask why the war in Shaam for example is taking so long.
They hope and ask for a quick victory, sometimes they even request the West to
intervene on their behalf against the regime, and they even become sad if the
West doesn't intervene. But if they understood the reality of the conflict and
the wisdom behind this war, they would look at it differently inshaAllah. So
let us explore this view in this small article. Lets us first begin with an
example from recent history.
Despite their victory against the Sovjets, if you would ask the average
Mujahid veteran or military leader who experienced the Jihaad in Afghanistan
against the Sovjets, he will without a doubt say that it would have been of
great benefit if the war against the Russians was prolonged even further. The
war against the Russians lasted about ten years and martyred more than one
million and displaced more than five million Muslims. But this war was
nevertheless very beneficial for the Muslim Ummah. Many other fronts were
opened through Afghanistan; fronts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Dagestan, Tajikistan,
Uzbekistan, etc. The Ummah was mobilized, the youth was trained, the spirit of
Jihaad was revived, etc. Until this very day we are still benefiting from the
Jihaad in Afghanistan on various fronts. The Jihaad in Afghanistan was without
a doubt the solid fundament on which the global modern day Jihaad was built.
The military knowledge that was spread, the experience, the leaders that were
created, the fronts that were opened, etc. Many good came from the Jihaad in
Afghanistan, and its impact can still be felt until this very day on various
fronts on the world. So imagine what the great impact of the Jihaad in Shaam
would be for the future of this Ummah, if this war would prolong and evolve?
And Shaam, unlike Afghanistan, is situated in the heart of the Muslim Ummah,
right next to Bayt Al-Maqdis.
Furthermore, a prolonged war does not give the chance for the enemy to pause
and catch his breath; so that he could reengage the fight against you in the
near future, like the Russians are doing at this moment in Shaam after their
defeat in Afghanistan before. We should not hope for a quick victory which
gives us a half-way solution. Moreover, the enemy could be even stronger if he
comes back the next time. From this perspective it not wise to hope for a
quick victory. As guerilla movements we do not have much to loose, rather
prolonged war is in our advantage and in the disadvantage of the superpowers
who are fighting us. It is our strong point, and their weak point. There is no
benefit for a country with large armies and expensive weapons to prolong any
kind of intervention or war. Sun Tzu said: ''What is essential in war is
victory, not prolonged operations. Where the army is, prices are high; when
prices rise the wealth of the people is exhausted. There is no instance of a
nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.''
So time is on our side. Like Allah said in the Quran: ''Indeed the unbelievers
spend their wealth to hinder people from the path of Allah, so they will
continue to spend, but in the end they will have only regrets and anguish,
then they will be conquered.'' (8:36)
Consider this equation; an IED worth less than 100 dollars destroys an armored
vehicle worth millions of dollars. A jerrycan with a couple of litters of gas
worth a couple of dollars burns down a truck convoy of military supplies worth
tens of millions of dollars. Superpowers can be destroyed with such simple
guerilla tactics depending on how long the war lasts. If ten years of war
against the Sovjets brought Russia to the brink of collapse, and it took them
two decades to rebuilt their economy, until they caught their breath and
revived the chance to reengage in a military aggression against the Ummah in
Shaam. Imagine what the result would have been if the war was prolonged in
Think about it, why did Russia announce its withdrawal from Shaam so quick?
Because they understand that they can not prolong the intervention in Shaam,
especially considering the minimum progress and advance it gave them against
the Mujahideen and the opposition, and the minimum loss it inflicted on the
Mujahideen and the opposition. The US likewise understood very well that it
could not prolong the war in Afghanistan and Iraq any further, they pushes as
much as they could, until the US and the world were overpowered by a financial
crisis in 2008, so they had to take the time to rebuilt and take a breath. But
look at Afghanistan and Iraq after all these years since the US intervention,
did the Jihaad decrease or increase? So what did they achieve, and who really
benefited from the war?
With the Wisdom of Allah, the passive non-intervention stance, the US took
after their new political course in 2009, was of perfect timing. If the US
intervened against the regime in the beginning of the uprising in Shaam in
2011 then this would have been in the disadvantage of the Muslims. Look at
Shaam at the moment, the spirit of Jihaad is very much alive after being
absent for decades. The Ummah is armed and mobilized in a popular Jihaad
against the Russian-Safawid-Nusayri -Western backed- alliance. Territories are
liberated, the Rule of Allah is implemented, military training bases are
built, Islam is being spread, etc. A new free generation is being prepared and
trained to confront the future superpowers, like it happened before in the
Afghan-Sovjet war. This would all not have been possible if the US intervened
against the regime in the beginning of the uprising in Shaam, and it would not
have been possible if the war didn't last this long.
Allah said: ''Warfare is ordained for you, while it is hated by you. But it is
possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a
thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, while you do not know.'' (2:216)
If the US would have intervened, they would have deposed the regime and
imposed their political will, and the cycle of subordination would have
continued. But Allah prevented this, the US thought that their passive stance
would let the uprising get crushed, but they plan and Allah plans, and the
plan of the Shaytaan is very weak.
Allah promised us in the Quran: ''Those who believe fight in the cause of
Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of evil (Taghut). So fight
against the allies of Satan. Indeed, the strategy of Satan is always weak.''
These were just some quick notes.
We will continue this series inshaAllah if there is more time left.