Indonesia Repent! Changing The Fundamental Munkar: A Warning From Allah SWT

10 November 2010

By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun

Indonesia is rocked by earthquakes, hit by tsunamis and major floods. Disaster after disaster continues to strike this country. Merapi up to now still keeps on spewing hot clouds, hitting anything in its path. Are all these disasters still considered as normal natural occurrences only? Doesn't it cross our mind that all this is a warning from Allah SWT, for all the Islamic ummah of Indonesia so that they must return to Him, return to Islam, by applying all His rules? It's time for Indonesia to repent!

A Warning From Allah SWT

Sheikh Muhammad Rowi, an ulama' from Cairo, Egypt, said in "Musibah Dunya":

I would like to remind, that earthquakes can occur anywhere. And it is a reminder to all mankind so that they are aware that this earth which Allah makes as a living place is subject to the commands of Allah.

Therefore, do we still assume that all these disasters just simply happen? Wouldn't we be afraid and take lessons from all those occurrences? Or we are just waiting until the earthquakes and other calamities come back to hit us again?

Indeed, Allah SWT reminds those who are absent-minded, by bringing His signs and warning.

"And We send not the signs except as a warning."

"Then, did the people of the cities feel secure from Our punishment coming to them at night while they were asleep…?"

"Or did the people of the cities feel secure from Our punishment coming to them in the morning while they were at play?"

"Then, did they feel secure from the plan of Allah? But no one feels secure from the plan of Allah except the losing people."

Thus were the verses of warning from Allah SWT in which the realization could be in the form of earthquakes, tsunamis, flash floods, hurricanes and the like. Mankind should understand, especially the people of Indonesia in which the majority of them are Muslims, that Allah SWT is angry with us and He is deliberately giving all these signs to put fear in us, to remind us, so that we wake up and immediately return to Islam.

We Must Change Munkar!

Sheikh Umar Bakri Muhammad in "Kitabul Hisbah" explained that there are some conditions that would occur if we abandon amar ma'ruf nahi munkar, which include:

1. The Spread Of Immorality

With the abandonment of the amar ma'ruf nahi munkar, then the munkar alias immorality will become widespread. The society will be proud and the people are not afraid of committing munkar anymore. They are not afraid any longer of committing haram, kufr, and even shirk. Today we can see the spreading of all indecency and immorality such as liquor, pornography, prostitution, rape, theft, talbis (covering haq with the bathil) and shirk, freely and without any shame, scattered from the small towns up to the big cities, without even a bit of penalty.

2. The Coming Of Adzab From Allah SWT

Allah SWT has warned that the punishment from Him does not only affect the people who commit sin but it will also befall us, if we just remain silent. Allah SWT says:

"And fear a trial which will not strike those who have wronged among you exclusively, and know that Allah is severe in penalty." (QS. Al-Anfal (8) : 25)

Rasulullah SAW, said:

"By Him in Whose hand my soul is, you mustenjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, or Allah will certainly soon send punishment from Him to you. Then you will make supplication and not receive any answer." (…the hadith was continued and he SAW., quoted the verse)

"Cursed were those who disbelieved among the Children of Israel by the tongue of David and of Jesus, the son of Mary. That was because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed. They used not to prevent one another from wrongdoing that they did. How wretched was that which they were doing." (QS. Al-Maidah (5) : 78-79)

Allah SWT warns us not to leave this task (amar ma'ruf nahi munkar) or Allah SWT will accelerate the punishment for us in this life and later (on Judegment Day), and it becomes the cause of punishment from Allah SWT.

Rasulullah SAW said:

"If someone sees a tyrannical leader who make things that are prohibited to be allowed, who violates the rights of Allah, who rules the people with what Allah SWT has not revealed, without rising up to oppose him with the words or actions, Allah SWT will punish him with that tyrannical person." (HR. Ibnu Hibban)

3. The Emergence of Conflicts, Strifes and Discords

Abandoning this obligation will cause fitnah (fitnah means kufr, shirk or it could be a trial from Allah) between Muslims, the people will start to fight each other, quarrel, and they will lose the criteria with what they are supposed to adjudicate all issues.

4. The Enemies Will Overcome The Muslims

Rasulullah SAW and his Sahabahs taught us that we would not win on the battlefield or war with (only) our weapons or with our numbers, but also with our actions, our Iman, Do'a and Tawakkal upon Allah SWT. This was the reason why Umar Ibnu Khattab RA, when he ordered the soldiers to strengthen themselves on the battlefield, he had also sent a warning to them to look after their deeds because it is the reason for victory.

Indeed, if we stop mutually advising each other, calling towards goodness and forbidding munkar, we would never win and Allah SWT will let us being dominated and conquered by the enemy. Naudzu billah min dzalik!

5. Do'a Would Not Be Answered

Rasulullah SAW reminded us that Allah will not answer our do'a if we let go or abandon the task of calling towards goodness and the prevention of munkar (amar ma'ruf nahi munkar). Rasulullah SAW said:

"By Him in Whose hand my soul is, you mustenjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, or Allah will certainly soon send punishment from Him to you. Then you will make supplication and not receive any answer." (HR Tirmidzi)

6. Harsh Punishment In The Hereafter

Allah SWT promises to give severe punishment in the hereafter if we abandon this da'wah, He SWT has warned us a lot of time that we will be faced with punishments in hell if we stop calling towards goodness and preventing munkar.

7. Poverty & Economic Crisis

Allah SWT promises misery if we do not obey Him and He informs us that we are not going to lose our rizq for calling towards goodness and forbidding munkar, as well as informing us that we will be dealing with poverty and disaster if we abandon it (amar ma'ruf nahi munkar).
8. Addicted To Munkar

If we do not prevent the people from doing munkar, it would be easy for them to do so (munkar) until they become addicted to perform all those munkar.

Changing The Fundamental Munkar

Which munkar is more of a priority to be immediately eradicated? Indeed, munkar does not happen by itself but always happen simultaneously with other munkar and they cannot be changed at the same time, particularly if we are dealing with the Fundamental Munkar, namely the munkar that causes other munkaraat (pl. of munkar).

Indeed, when we get up to call towards goodness and prevent munkar, we must create a scale of which is a more important priority. In this case, the Fundamental Munkar (the root of munkar that causes other munkaraat) is always higher and a priority over the Far'i Munkar (the branches of munkar) to be eradicated first.

Indeed, if the man-made laws become common and at the same time the womenfolk walk "naked" (not covering their awrah) then our obligation is to give priority to shirk rather than the man-made laws, and when we turn to the women who do not cover their awrah, we must connect it to the root cause i.e. the man-made laws.

Shirk is the greatest munkar and the cause of other munkaraat.

"And We certainly sent to every nation a messenger, [saying]: "Worship Allah (alone), and avoid thaghut". And among them were those whom Allah guided, and among them were those upon whom error was [deservedly] decreed. So proceed [i.e. travel] through the earth and observe how was the end of the deniers." (QS An-Nahl (16) : 36)

Allah has set as a priority in da'wah the need to change the society so that it is heading towards the pleasure of Allah SWT. Allah SWT has shown us what the important priority is i.e. shirk is the greatest (fundamental) munkar and it becomes the cause of other munkaraat. Due to that, we must expose and let go of shirk and the man-made laws, with the aim to implement the Islamic law.

Indonesia Repent!

Now, it is time that Indonesia repents! The multidimensional crises experienced by this nation to this day require a thorough solution and betterment at this instant. One year since SBY-Boediono are at the helm of the government, it is proven that they have failed to make the people of this nation prosper. In fact, the country continues to be continuously rocked and hit by disasters. All this is a warning and punishment from Allah SWT for us the Muslims in this country, to immediately return to the Islamic Shari'a, as the one and only solution.

Indonesia Repent. The way is by means of making the Shari'a of Islam as the one and only foundation in having a state and managing all affairs, as well as making it as the primary reference. The Shari'a of Islam should be the law that governs this nation and makes the people come out of the slump heading toward true justice and peace that are essential.

This is the global solution for the various problems of the nation which is now stricken by multi-dimensional crises and afflicted by back-to-back misfortunes. Indonesia Repent is a necessity and the one and only solution. Especially considering the majority of the population of this country are Muslims. Due to that, it becomes an obligation for the Islamic ummah to struggle for the establishment of the Shari'a of Islam in this country if they really want to be safe in this dunya and the akhira.

Wallahu'alam bis sowab!



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