The Decline, Destruction and Misinterpretation of Islam

Today, we are witnessing the destruction of Islam not only from our enemies but also from within our ranks. Islam has been distorted, misinterpreted and abused to such an extent that it has become difficult to distinguish truth from falsehood. Islam which was a ‘way of life’ has now become a formality. We reign in numbers but lack character, personality and direction.

What happened to us? History will show that we abandon scientific progress and instead got bogged down with dogma and religious technicalities. English got into print but Arabic did not. The end result, we got left behind in a developing word. The same disease continues to command our existence even today. We are consumed by dogma, fight for selfish causes, establishing our own ideologies and interpretations of Islam, and kill one another in Allah’s name. Just imagine, we have NOT been able to recover an inch of the Golan Height but we excel in killing one another to shout of “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great!) – over what? Just to prove I am Sunni and you Shi’a! Every Muslim defender of the faith today fights for his RACE first and then his religion.

Today, we have become ritualistic models of Islam. We are engrossed in the externalities of Islam i.e. reciting/reading Qur’an, dressing, BUT possess no character. We turn up for prayer on Fridays and park our cars in the middle of road. We fulfil our obligations according to hukum but end up with ZERO rewards. Why does this take place? It takes place because we have NOT been taught to relate our acts of worship with responsibility. All we know is that we MUST do this or that in Islam because it is compulsory (wajib). We NEVER seem to view what we do in terms of RESPONSIBILITIES and CONSEQUENCES. We fulfil our ritualistic obligations to Allah, without reflecting upon the consequences of our actions. Are we robots? Do we NOT possess a sense of judgement, fairness and honesty? Why do we NOT place yourself in another person’s shoes? How would you feel if someone did an injustice to you, but you consider it alright to do so against another person!

What happened to ‘adab’ (etiquettes) in Islam? Islam is full of ‘adab’. It is based on respect, honour and dignity, yet most do NOT possess it. We do not raise our children in this manner and as a result of it they have no CHARACTER, no MANNERS, no RESPECT for anything.  Instead, we believe in western approaches to raising kids. Most do NOT even look after their health, wealth and the environment, nor are they grateful to Allah for bestowing such blessings upon them. Life is NOTHING but a selfish perception of PERSONAL DESIRES and WANTS. We all want to educate others on Islam, which is good, but we do NOT reflect on the need for self-examination and self-improvement!

Many turn up for Congregational Prayer or Tarawih, feeling great by bringing their kids along. What they fail to REALISE is that these kids distract and disturb fellow worshippers when they run around, weaving themselves in the congregation or standing in front of a worshipper who is praying, looking at him etc. Such conduct does NOT incur rewards. Instead, it incurs the displease of those praying, which in turn incurs Allah’s displeasure. Just what kind of mentality do such people possess? Some will answer you by quoting a Hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.). The truth is, they either had to bring their kids along because there was no one to look after them. Or they just did what they liked on the basis of their egoistic thinking. Just what does this depict? It depicts irresponsibility and selfishness! It is sinful! Avoid doing such. In the old days, there was a sign stating that children should to the back of the congregation; that they could not occur the front if they were NOT circumcised! Today, a parent has the same level of intelligence as his kid!

This is not all, often, we have someone praying besides us reciting his Fatihah aloud. I do not know whether he is deaf or maybe he has this notion that he needs to do so to possess concentration. What he did not realise is that it is HARAM to do so in congregation. He can do so on his own at home. NEVER become a source of discomfort to the person praying next to you! Closing ranks according to the Hadith does NOT mean leaning on or cramming the person who is praying next to you. How can you ENJOY concentration or nearness to Allah under such circumstances? Avoid doing this. The congregation out of politeness refrains from saying anything but BEWARE, in their hearts, they curse you and your lack of ADAB! It is equally DISGUSTING to see people using their hand-phones throughout Friday Congregational Prayer. They did Not serve Allah, nor benefited themselves in any way. They served Satan! The Hanafees like jamming up lines, while the Shafi’ees take up too much space; the Arabs in turn spread out their feet to keep the next person at bay! What we have is ignorance made into law.

CLEANLINNESS is emphasised in Islam. Many turn up for prayer STINKING! Their trousers drag along the floor and when they sit down you can see the cleavage of their bums! One wonders what in heavens name are the Islamic authorities doing in educating the Ummah. Why are Friday Sermons not dealing with the basic fundamental principles of Islam? Instead, it is full of garbage, dealing with politics, loyalty, terrorism, upholding Islam etc. On the subject of cleanliness. It may sound physical but the truth is: If you are not ‘clean’ how can you ever gain spiritual attainment! CLEANLINESS is a wholesome product. It is PART of IMAN, said the Prophet (s.a.w.), which indicates STATUS, POSITION AND IMPORTANCE.

There is an URGENT need to change our perception of life because it belongs to Allah. He created the jinn and you to serve Him. Your goal in life is to serve Him and mankind, to incur His pleasure. Life is about Him, it is NOT about you! Do NOT become a Muslim who complies with Islam according to your whims and fancies. Do NOT become a rebellious person who refuses to submit and then declares that this or that is OUTDATED or no longer RELEVANT today. DO NOT present your JUSTIFICATIONS in the way Iblis did concerning Adam, saying, “I am better than him!” Be humble and repentant over your weaknesses and shortcomings. Seek STRENGTH in Allah to be OBEDIENT. Try your very best to comply with His commands.

Like an iron rod, Islam has been cast into a furnace, heated, bent and twisted into whatever shape desired by opportunists to serve specific causes. Islam has become so distorted, abused and misinterpreted that you can hardly recognise what it really stands for. Islamic values, both spiritual and worldly, have been transformed to represent political ambitions, personal interest, greed for power and materialism. This disease has even extended into Sufism. The first sign of abuse is when a shaykh says he has met Imam Mahdi; when he offers salutations specifically designated to the Prophet (s.a.w.) to Imam Mahdi. This get worse when he abandons the given Hadith stating the name of Imam Mahdi and attributes it to a Shi’a. The late Shaykh Nazim of the Naqshbandi Order did this. Other shaykhs create an image of grandeur. They rob the treasury of their great ancestors to live a life of luxury. In this respect, one needs to read the true lives of the saints in Islam. They lived humbly, often in poverty, did no commercialisation, marketing or banding of their products; they lived just to serve Allah. What we have today is all glamour with the masses in a state of ignorance, falling victims to ‘status’. This decadence has reach such a high level that all you have is a ‘circus show’ of well-dressed people without big turbans, without any ‘makam’ (rank or station). They habitually hoodwink society over ‘kashf’ (unveiling of the unseen) and often use their ‘luggage’ (jinns) which they inherited from their ancestors to manipulate society spiritually!

The decline of the Ummah has been going on for centuries. It began after the demise of the Prophet (s.a.w.). It is now reaching its peak. It will produce a decadent society who only possesses a name without an identity, an Ummah which is self-centred, selfish, greedy, and will to do anything to survive, even if it means sacrificing a loved one. Every day, we hear calls to read the Qur’an, to learn Arabic etc. Did you ever occur to you that the Arabs do so and are in fact far better than us Malaysians in doing so but look at them? What has become of them now? My friend, learning to recite the Qur’an is important BUT understanding the word and living up to its expectations is FAR MORE important!

The call to recite/read the Qur’an is a valid one. It is similar to taking up a L-Driving Licence. YOU cannot remain at this stage all your life. You cannot remain a member of Tabliqh Jamaat all your life. You NEED to TRANSCEND beyond the PHYSICAL word to enjoy its SPIRITUAL state! The Prophet (s.a.w.) himself said that a time will come when they will recite the Qur’an better than you, but it will NOT descend beyond their throats!

Many Muslims spend their time speaking/preaching the ‘word’ of Allah in the Qur’an. They will do so until they die – just SPEAKING and PREACHING the ‘word’ of Allah. When will they EXPERIENCE the ‘word’ of Allah? They all continue to be struck at the level of ILMUL YAGEEN. They have yet to reach ‘AINUL YAQEEN before they can even perceive HAQUL YAQEEN. The Prophet (s.a.w.) was known as a trustworthy person even before he became a Prophet. When he because Allah’s Messenger, he was 45 (if I am not mistaken). How old are you now? This with a L-Driving Licence? Still dealing with the ‘physical word’ of Islam? Wake up man…..you are about to say goodbye to this deceptive world!

At the moment, what we have is INTERLECTUALISM. It is NOT Ilmul Yaqeen, because if you did possess it you would be safe! Current intellectualism represents nothing but a ‘DONKEY laden with books’ (from the Qur’an). This is followed by EGOISM, JUSTIFICATIONS, FREEDOM OF CHOICE etc. Everyone has become a champion of Islam. Everyone wants to speak on behalf of others. What everyone NEEDS to do is to take a GOOD LOOK at themselves before looking at others! It would be a GREAT MISTAKE on the part of an individual to THINK that he/she is a better Muslim that you are because he/she goes to a mosque for daily prayer!

The Prophet (s.a.w.) NEVER made anyone feel that he was above them. He never made them feel inferior, regardless of them being Muslims or not. The Prophet’s uncle, Abbas (r.a.) remain a close ally of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and only embraced Islam after the fall of Mekkah. In contrast, we see Muslims today behaving in such an ungodly manner, claiming their acts to be acts of righteousness. Muslims should avoid passing judgement on others. Instead they should be helpful. The Prophet (s.a.w.) was commanded in the Qur’an to say that he was no more a man like you. The only difference was that he was blessed with revelation.

The ORIENTALIST designed how we should view Islam. They translated the Qur’an into English with the word “KORAN” instead of QUR’AN; they made us believe that the ZABUR TAWRAT are books from the Bible. They presented the INJIL as the GOSPEL! Today, you do NOT need Orientalists to guide you on Islam. We have so many Muslim donkeys doing the job for us. The Qur’an states that they ‘sell the word of Allah for a miserable price!’ (Surah Tawbah 9:9). We have so many institutions guiding us, directing us, moulding us into good Muslims. Like sheep we are herded into pens to serve political interests, political ambitions – towards ways and means to remain in power! Like sheep we have become INCAPABLE of thinking for ourselves.

Today, Islam has become a tool of distortion and manipulation. To understand how it functions, you need to begin with the ‘Master of Deception’ – IBLIS! It all began when he uttered: “I am better than him (Adam)” (Surah Araf :12). (Allah) said: “What prevented you (O Iblis) that you did not prostrate, when I commanded you?” Iblis said: “I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.”]

On that DAY OF DISOBEDIENCE, the nature of Iblis became evident. Allah was aware of it. He created him such; that is his job designation. Allah granted him respite and postponed his judgement. We in turn have been warned to keep a safe distance from him and to seek refuge with Allah from him….it sounds easy…. but believe me…. he owns the world and the world is very deceptive. It makes you feel as if you are going to live forever!

I once was present when an ustad was reciting verses from the Qur’an to expel some evil jinn that had taken over a woman. While he was doing so, the possessed lady recited the same verses in a far better manner. The jinn in the lady then laughed. How many of you have fancy Qur’anic verse framed up in your homes and offices? Have they been able to protect you or keep you safe from Satan?

Do you remember the occasion in Hadith concerning a man stealing food from the Baitulmal of Rasulullah? Every time he was caught, he pleaded to be released. Finally, he divulged a secret. He told his captor that if he recited ‘verses from the throne’ (Ayatul Kursi), Iblis could never be able to harm him. The Sahabah then returned to the Prophet (s.a.w.) who asked him: “Do you know who that person is?” The Sahabah replied that he did not know who it was. The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied: “That was IBLIS”.

Just reflect upon this. Can you imagine Iblis telling you to recite Ayatul Kursi to be safe from him! Just how many of you have this verse framed up in our homes instead of our hearts, and have you been able to keep Satan at bay? Our understanding of Islam is physical; its dogmatic, ritualistic and it ONLY produces individuals with a checklist! (You prayed, fasted in Ramadhan, paid your Zakat and went for Hajj). How many times at Umrah, did a person ask you about the number of times they did Umrah, just to impress you? I usually reply that I have left my calculator behind. The same is applicable with gaining rewards for praying at Masjidal Haram and Masjidal Nabawi. Even at this point, not many would pass the test. This physical performance is JUST the beginning of your journey towards Allah. Just how long are you going to be at this level of realisation? The saint Shibli, when he first stood before the Ka’bah, he said, “Ya Allah, if this is your house, I have seen better ones that this.” Just how many people turn up at the Ka’bah like tourists and then spend all their time shopping. This was due to their physical approach to the Ka’bah. Have you seen a kid with a new toy? How long do you think his attention lasted?

The following year, during Hajj, Shibli said, “Ya Allah, I have not come to see your house, but the owner of the house.” After performing Hajj, he said, “Ya Allah, how can there be YOU, this House and me…this is ‘shirk’ (attributing to other that Allah). It was then Allh made him conscious that ‘ONLY His Face remains’ (Qur’an).

The Prophet Moses (a.s.) had to follow Khidir to acquire WISDOM. Intellectualism does NOT bestow upon you the wisdom of Allah. It provides you with KNOWLEDGE. To enjoy wisdom, you have to develop CLOSENESS to Allah. You need to look ‘INWARD’ Whatever you do, you need to be conscious of Allah’s presence and approval. Today, we see a decline in the quality of knowledge. Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) said, “It will happen when knowledge will be no more. ” Ziyad (r.a.) asked the Prophet (s.a.w.), “How will knowledge vanish despite the fact that we will be reciting the Qur’an and teaching its recitation to our children and our children will teach its recitation to their children up to the Day of Resurrection?” Thereupon the Prophet (s.a.w) replied, “Ziyad, do these Jews and Christians not recite the Torah and the Bible but not act according to what is contained in them?” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi). Did not the Prophet (s.a.w.) say, “A time will come when a man will not care about how he gets things, whether lawful or unlawful. (Bukhari).

In these difficult times of ours, it would be best if you paid more attention to yourself than to spend your time finding fault with others. You can only do so by offering a view or opinion. Whenever, you want to advise a person, ask yourself whether it will be productive or not. Do NOT play God or think that you can solve everyone’s problem. Be practical and realistic; be rationale and logical about your abilities and weaknesses. Improve upon your own conduct through self-examination. Upgrade your level of submission and servitude, Realise your goals and objectives in life. Keep Allah in heart and the world in your pocket! Do NOT simply accept whatever you are told in religion; check it out. Place an intention and seek Allah help to improve. Acquire IMAN, TAQWA, YAQEEN, TAWAKAL etc. Seek Allah’s Forgiveness, Mercy and Kindness and strive with sincerity and honesty to improve. Most all, remember, that EVERYTHING lies in the hands of Allah. Our Prophet (s.a.w.) realised this and submitted to every decision of Allah, regardless of whether it was in his favour or not.

It is NECESSARY to know about many things in Islam BUT you need to look at yourself and whether you have prepared yourself for your final destination. It is irrelevant whether Imam Mahdi arrives now or tomorrow. It is knowledge to know something about him, the signs of that last day etc BUT that is NOT going to be of any benefit to you if your servitude and submission to Allah is lacking! Fulfill your obligations; survive within your means; accept inconveniences and hardship; life is NOT a bed of roses. Learn from your mistakes and know that even the enemy in front of you has been placed by Allah for a reason!

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