Risaalah From Behind The Iron Bars: "Be Firm In The Path Of Allah"

13 December 2010

By Al-Ikhwah al-Mujahidun

To the ikhwans of tawheed where ever they are, may Allah Ta'ala give us strength and istiqomah.

All praises to Allah Rabbul ‘Alamin, may salawat and salam be showered upon the leader of the Muwahidien, Muhammad SAW, his family and all the sahabahs

Know that death had already been determined, it cannot be advanced or delayed, and no one can change that decision. Allah Ta'ala says:

وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَنْ تَمُوتَ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ الله كِتَابًا مُّؤَجَّلاً

"And it is not [possible] for one to die except by permission of Allah at a decree determined." [Ali Imran : 145]

Rizq and what happens to us had also been determined fifty thousand years before the creation of the heaven and the earth, just as mentioned in a saheeh hadith, and in fact those predeterminations were also recorded by the angels when each one of us are still a fetus aged 4 months inside the mother's womb, just as the Prophet SAW said:

إِنَّ أَحَدَكُمْ يُجْمَعُ خَلْقُهُ فِي بَطْنِ أُمِّهِ أَرْبَعِينَ يَوْمًا نُطْفَةً ثُمَّ يَكُونُ عَلَقَةً مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ ثُمَّ يَكُونُ مُضْغَةً مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ ثُمَّ يُرْسَلُ إِلَيْهِ الْمَلَك فَيَنْفُخُ فِيْهِ الْرُّوْحَ ويُؤْمَرُ بِأَرْبَعٍ كَلِمَاتٍ بِِكَتْبِ رِزْقِهِ وَأَجَلِهِ وَعَمَلِهِ وَشَقِيٌّ أَوْ سَعِيدٌ

"Verily the creation of each of you gathered in his mother's womb for 40 days (as nuthfah). Then a clot of blood for it as well. Then a lump of meat for that long too. Then God sent an angel and ordered (to write) four cases, rizq and dying, miserable or happy." [HR Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Due to that, not even a soul will die except after fulfilling the death and rizq which had been determined for him, just as the Prophet SAW said:

لن تموت نفس حتى تستكمل رزقها وأجلها

"Not even a soul will die until he has completed his rizq and death." [Hadith tsabit riwaayah Al-Hakim and Abu Nu'aim in Al-Hilyah]

And the same goes with the benefits that we attain and the harm and danger that afflict us, it's all been determined and recorded by Allah in Al-Lauh Al-Mahfudh, just as Allah Ta'ala says:

مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مِّن قَبْلِ أَن نَّبْرَأَهَا

"No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a Decree (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfudh) before We bring it into existence." [Al-Hadid : 22]

Due to that, not even a person can bring benefits to us except what Allah has determined for us, and vice versa, not even a person can afflict harm or danger on us except what Allah has destined to afflict us, just as the Prophet SAW said:

وَاعْلَمْ أَنَّ الْأُمَّةَ لَوْ اجْتَمَعَتْ عَلَى أَنْ يَنْفَعُوكَ بِشَيْءٍ لَمْ يَنْفَعُوكَ إِلَّا بِشَيْءٍ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللَّهُ لَكَ وَلَوْ اجْتَمَعُوا عَلَى أَنْ يَضُرُّوكَ بِشَيْءٍ لَمْ يَضُرُّوكَ إِلَّا بِشَيْءٍ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ رُفِعَتْ الْأَقْلَامُ وَجَفَّتْ الصُّحُفُ

"And know that supposing the people unanimously agree to bring benefit to you, they will never be able to bring benefit to you except that which Allah Ta'ala has determined for you. And supposing they unanimously agree to bring harm to you, they will never be able to afflict even a harm except that which had been destined by Allah to afflict you. The pen has been lifted and the sheet has dried." [Hadith hasan saheeh riwaayah At-Tirmidzi]

This is the certainly of the taqdeer that we believe and are confident in, so that we will not despair or grieve with the disasters or calamities that befall us, and so that we are not arrogant and proud of our selves with the goodness that we achieve, because all those are from Allah Ta'ala, just as He says:

لِكَيْلَا تَأْسَوْا عَلَى مَا فَاتَكُمْ وَلَا تَفْرَحُوا بِمَا آتَاكُمْ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ

"In order that you may not despair over matters that pass you by, nor exult over favours bestowed upon you. For Allah loves not any vainglorious boaster." [Al-Hadid : 23]

If we could already understood this thing, then know O ikhwani, that Allah Ta'ala has commanded mankind to only have tawheed on Him and kufr towards the thaghut:

اعْبُدُواْ اللّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُواْ الطَّاغُوتَ

"Worship Allah and avoid thaghut." [An-Nahl : 36]

He has also commanded us to carry out the task of preaching it:

ادْعُ إِلِى سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ

"Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching." [An-Nahl : 125]

And He also commanded us to struggle for it with all our abilities, be it with properties, lives or speeches, just as the Prophet SAW said:

جَاهِدُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ وَأَلْسِنَتِكُمْ

"Struggle (jihad) against the mushrik with your properties, lives and words." [HR Ahmad and An-Nasai'e and made saheeh by Al-Hakim]

And Allah Ta'ala informs us that this tawheed da'wah will always have enemies, just as He says:

وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَا لِكُلِّ نِبِيٍّ عَدُوًّا شَيَاطِينَ الإِنسِ وَالْجِن

"Likewise did We make for every Messenger an enemy, evil ones among men and jinns." [Al-An'am : 112]

Just as what had been said by Waraqah Ibnu Naufal to Rasulullah SAW at the early period of Islam:

لَمْ يَأْتِ رَجُلٌ بِمَا جِئْتَ بِهِ إِلَّا أُوذِيَ

"Not even one person who comes bringing what you are bringing, except that he would surely be harmed and fought against." [HR Al-Bukhari]

Also His verse:

وَلَقَدْ كُذِّبَتْ رُسُلٌ مِّن قَبْلِكَ فَصَبَرُواْ عَلَى مَا كُذِّبُواْ وَأُوذُواْ حَتَّى أَتَاهُمْ نَصْرُنَا وَلاَ مُبَدِّلَ لِكَلِمَاتِ اللّهِ

"And certainly were messengers denied before you, but they were patient over the denial, and they were harmed until Our victory came to them. And none can alter these decrees of Allah." [Al-An'am : 34]

Due to that, everyone who is having tawheed will receive trials in his iman, just as He says:

الم، أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ، وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ

"Alif. Laam. Miim. Do the people think that they will be left to say, ‘We believe' and they will not be tried. But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars." [Al ‘Ankabut : 1-3]

Rasulullah SAW, when asked which people have the greatest affliction, he answered:

الْأَنْبِيَاءُ ثُمَّ الصَّالِحُوْن ثُمَّ الْأَمْثَلُ فَالْأَمْثَلُ يُبْتَلَى الرَّجُلُ عَلَى حَسَبِ دِينِهِ فَإِنْ كَانَ فِي دِينُهِ صُلْبًا اشْتَدَّ بَلَاؤُهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي دِينِهِ رِقَّةٌ خفف عنه

"The Prophets, and then the most pious and righteous, then those who are nearest to them in perfection and those who are nearest to them. Man is tested according to his religiosity; if he is strong religiously, his test is increased and if he is weak in religion, his test is reduced." [HR Ahmad]

Whereas, among the types of trials from Allah Ta'ala to the ikhwans of tawheed are the domination of the thaghut and their ansars on the ikhwans in the forms of detention, imprisonment, torture and many others, where these are parts of the trials that Allah has determined, which have to be faced with patience, firmness of principles and izzah, especially the ikhwans who have positioned themselves as Mujahidien and Ansaruddien where of course, before stepping into this path, they had already known the consequences of walking on this path i.e. being killed, wounded, banished and the bitterest is the imprisonment. Therefore, it is not appropriate for the amir, commander and mas'ul in ‘amal islami to only display the sweet things in this ‘amal jihadi, such as ghanimah, dying shaheed and victory, without telling bitter things that could happen in this path and the ways to anticipate and overcome them, so that things which are worse than when they had not yet stepped in would not happen, such as regrets, disclosing of secrets to the thaghut, and worse is to fall into an invalidated loyalty. Because, the kafir, if they are already capturing and dominating the Muslims, let alone the Mujahidien, they would really behave as enemies who have dominated their most hated enemies, where they would vent out all their hatred, be it with their words or actions, and if possible they really desire that the detainees are leaving their principles and defect to their sides, just as Allah Ta'ala says:

إِن يَثْقَفُوكُمْ يَكُونُوا لَكُمْ أَعْدَاء وَيَبْسُطُوا إِلَيْكُمْ أَيْدِيَهُمْ وَأَلْسِنَتَهُم بِالسُّوءِ وَوَدُّوا لَوْ تَكْفُرُونَ

"If they were to get the better of you, they would behave to you as enemies, and stretch forth their hands and their tongues against you for evil: and they desire that you should reject the Truth." [Al-Mumtahanah : 2]

So it is very strange if there is any one form amongst us who behaves toward them as if they are friends, such as joking, behaving playfully and laughing happily together with them. Whereas, the rukhshah (concession / facilitation) is only a forced smile at the enemies who are getting the upper hands, like in the words of some of the salafs: "Indeed, we are smiling (the forced smiles) before them while our hearts are cursing them." Where they, when they are dominating over us, they will not heed the ties of kinship, or the ties of agreement, or the ties of humanity, where our dignity and honour are humiliated, our physiques are tortured and our beliefs are abused, they also do not have mercy on the children, women and elderly. This is reflected in the words of Allah Ta'ala:

كَيْفَ وَإِن يَظْهَرُوا عَلَيْكُمْ لاَ يَرْقُبُواْ فِيكُمْ إِلاًّ وَلاَ ذِمَّةً

"How (can there be such a league), seeing that if they get an advantage over you, they respect not in you the ties either of kinship or of covenant?" [At-Taubah : 8]

Also in His verse:

لاَ يَرْقُبُونَ فِي مُؤْمِنٍ إِلاًّ وَلاَ ذِمَّةً وَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُعْتَدُونَ

"In a Believer they respect not the ties either of kinship or of covenant! It is they who have transgressed all bounds." [At-Taubah : 10]

Therefore preserve the hatred and animosity that are in our hearts for them, because it is the basis of tawheed and the capital for entering the paradise. Rasulullah SAW said:

أوثق عرى الإمان الْحُبُّ فِي اللَّهِ وَالْبُغْضُ فِي اللَّهِ

"The most solid bond of iman is to love because of Allah and to hate because of Allah." [HR Ahmad]

Avoid gifts from them which are beyond reasons such as presents, allowances for families, compensation payments, because those things could bring feelings of sympathy and closeness of the hearts to them, which will certainly eliminate the feelings of hatred and animosity, because the giving of gifts is killing the enmity and reviving the love, just as the Prophet SAW said:

تهادوا تحابوا

"Always give gifts to each other, you will surely love each other." [Hadith hasan riwaayah Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrid and Abu Ya'la]

Know O ikhwan… that this earth belongs to Allah Ta'ala and all the humans are the creations and slaves of Allah Ta'ala, whether they are the mu'min or the kafir. Allah Ta'ala hates kufr and its people and if He wants, it is of course easy for Him to destroy them all, but He wants to test us with their attitude, just as He says:

وَلَوْ يَشَاء اللَّهُ لَانتَصَرَ مِنْهُمْ وَلَكِن لِّيَبْلُوَ بَعْضَكُم بِبَعْض

"And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them, but He wants to test you by means of others." [Muhammad : 4]

Therefore, be patient with all the hardships in defending the tawheed, and be patient with this far and long path of tawheed and jihad, and be patient with the few numbers of friends and the many numbers of opponents. Do not be awed with the freedom of the kafir in this world:

لاَ يَغُرَّنَّكَ تَقَلُّبُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فِي الْبِلاَدِ، مَتَاعٌ قَلِيلٌ ثُمَّ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ وَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ

"Be not deceived with the [uninhibited] movement of the disbelievers throughout the land, [It is but] a small enjoyment: then their [final] refuge is Hell, wretched is the resting place." [Ali Imran : 196-197]

Because this world is of course a paradise for them to grab hold of what they lust for, and a prison that restrains the carnal desires of the mu'min, just as the Prophet SAW said:

الدنياسجن المؤمن وجنة الكافر

"This world is a prison for the mu'min and a paradise for the kafir." [HR Muslim]

Due to that, they are venting out all their desires in this paradise world, then later they will be all imprisoned in the hell of jahannam, just as Allah SWT says:

وَجَعَلْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ حَصِيرً

"And We have made Hell, for the disbelievers, a prison-bed." [Al-Isra : 8]

And on the other hand, since the mu'min are imprisoning their carnal desires and passions in this world using the limitations set by the teachings of Allah Ta'ala, then Allah will later admit them to His paradise to have everything that they want:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِآيَاتِنَا وَكَانُوا مُسْلِمِينَ، ادْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ أَنتُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ تُحْبَرُونَ، يُطَافُ عَلَيْهِم بِصِحَافٍ مِّن ذَهَبٍ وَأَكْوَابٍ وَفِيهَا مَا تَشْتَهِيهِ الْأَنفُسُ وَتَلَذُّ الْأَعْيُنُ وَأَنتُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ

"(You) who believed in Our verses and were Muslims. Enter paradise, you and your kinds, delighted. Circulated among them will be plates and vessels of gold. And therein is whatever the souls desire and [what] delights the eyes, and you will abide therein eternally." [Az-Zukhruf : 69-71]

This Allah Ta'ala gives as a reward for the mu'min because of their patience in the dunya in upolding the principle of Al-Haq:

وَجَزَاهُم بِمَا صَبَرُوا جَنَّةً وَحَرِيرًا

"And because they were patient and constant, He will reward them with a Garden and (garments of) silk." [Al-Insan : 12]

Be patient and hope on Allah, as well as plead to Him with do'a, zikr and obedience. Ask from Him for firmness and the strengthening by saying this do'a a lot:

اللهم يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ ويا مصرف القلوب صرِّ قلبي عَلَى طاعتك وطاعة رسولك

"O Commander of the hearts, make my heart steadfast in Your religion, and O Turner of the hearts, turn my heart towards the obedience to You and Your Messenger."

Know that Allah will never let down His righteous slaves.

Do not fear the thaghuts and their armies, because benefits and harms are only in the hands of Allah Ta'ala. They are the human satans who are trying to scare us with their armies and executioners, so trust on Allah Ta'ala and do not fear them:

إِنَّمَا ذَلِكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوْلِيَاءهُ فَلاَ تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

"That is only Satan who frightens [you] of his supporters. So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are [indeed] believers." [Ali Imran : 175]

Because, they are not going to be able to bring harm and danger as long Allah Ta'ala does not allow it even though we remain steadfast and defend the principles in front of their faces, just as they cannot bring benefits to us even though we are stripping off the principles and pleading to them with regret, if Allah does not allow it. Because the decision had been set by Allah Ta'ala but we don't know it, whereas we are not commanded to follow what we do not know, but Allah Ta'ala has commanded us to follow what we know or that which we might know i.e. His Shari'a. Where, there are two kinds ‘ilm, namely: the ‘ilm that we do not know i.e. taqdeer, then this has to be believed, and the other is the ‘ilm which is in front of us i.e. His Shari'a, then this has to be followed.

Rasulullah SAW said:

واعلم أن ما أصابك لم يكن ليخطئك وما أخطئك لم يكن ليصيبك وأعلم أن النصر مع الصبر وأن الفرج مع الكرب وأن مع العسر يسرا

"Know that what are (destined) to afflict you, it is impossible to miss you, and that what are (destined) to miss you, it is impossible to afflict you. And know that victory is with patience and that freedom is with hardships, and together with the hardship is relief." [continuation of hadith Ibnu ‘Abbas in Al-Arba'in An-Nawawiyyah]

Be patience…. Because we are all being tested:

شكى إليّ جملي طول الثرى صبر حميل كلانا مبتلى

My camel complains to me, what a long journey

(I said): Patience is good, we all get tested

Now is the time for all to do muhasabah, what have we done yesterday, what have been lacking? What should be addressed? Each input and criticism from various parties should be heeded, take in what is good wherever it is from, although the purpose of the critics is just to humiliate us in front of the public, because the matter of bad intention is his affair with Allah Ta'ala, but our obligation is to practice the truth according to the maximum limit of our ability. While mistakes are common things that happen to everyone who wants to act so that improvements can be done in the future. The disgraceful ones are those who only know how to comment and blame without wanting to act or at least help to ease the burdens of people who want to act by sympathizing with their families or other things..

May Allah Ta'ala give patience and istiqomah to all who have the pure tawheed, wherever they are ….

وصلى الله على محمد وآله وصحبه أجمعين وآخر دعوانا ان الحمد لله رب العالمين

26 Sha'ban 1431 H

Abu Sulaiman


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