Lessons – For Contemporary Opportunists, Warmongers and War Profiteers – to Learn From The Character of Ottoman Sultan Uthmaan (The First) and Ottoman Sultan Murad (The First)

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Uthmaan -(The First) – Gave Advice On His Deathbed

“O my son! Beware of busying yourself with something that Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, has not commanded, and if you are faced with a dilemma in relation to passing a judgement, then take the advice of the scholars of the religion”. “Be generous to the soldiers. Let not shaytaan deceive you by your soldiers and wealth, and beware of turning away from the people of the Sharee’ah (i.e. the scholars)”. “O my son! You know that our goal is to please Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and that by way of Jihaad the light of our religion spreads to the different regions, so that the pleasure of Allaah – may He be glorified and exalted – manifests”. “O my son! We are not among those who start wars due to a desire to rule and control. We live for Islam and die with Islam. O my son! This is what is worthy of you”. “know O my son! Spreading Islam, guiding people to it, protecting the honour of Muslims and their wealth is a trust, and Allaah – The Almighty – will ask you about it”. “O my son! I am returning to my Lord, and I am proud of you that you will be just to those under your authority and striving in the path of Allaah to spread the religion ordained by Allaah”. “O my son! I advise you to adhere to the scholars of the Ummah continuously, take care of them, honour them a lot and consult them, because they do not command you with anything else except good. O my son! Beware of doing something that does not please Allaah – The Almighty, and if something is difficult for you, ask the scholars of the Sharee’ah, because indeed they will guide you to good”. “know, O my son! Our only path in this world is the path ordained by Allaah and our only goal is to spread the religion ordained by Allaah, and we are neither seekers of status nor worldly things”. “My advice to my children and friends is that they maintain the loftiness of the glorious Islamic religion by carrying on with Jihaad in the path of Allaah. Hold onto the honorable banner of Islam at the top with the most perfect Jihaad. Serve Islaam always, because indeed Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] appointed a weak servant like me to conquer countries. Go with the statement of pure Islamic monotheism to the furthest countries in Jihaad in the path of Allaah”. “O my son! There is none in the worldly life except that he will submit to death and my life span has approached its end by the command of Allaah. I pass on the affairs of this empire to you and I leave you in the protection of Al-Mawlaa [Allaah – The Protector] and be just in all your affairs”. (1)

Sultan Murad’s Supplication Before The Battle of Kosovo

Sultan Murad knew that he was fighting in the cause of Allaah and that victory only comes from Allaah, and that was why he used to supplicate a lot, persisted in asking Allaah, humbled himself to Allaah and relied on Him. One of his devout and sincere supplications demonstrates his knowledge and awareness of his Lord, and the fulfilment of servitude to Allaah.

He said, “O Allaah! O The Most Merciful! O Lord of The heavens and the earth! O The One Who responds to supplication! Do not disgrace me. O The Most Merciful! O The Bestower of Mercy! Respond to the supplication of Your poor servant. Send us rain from the sky and dispel the clouds of darkness, so that we can see our enemy. We are nothing other than Your sinful slaves. Indeed, You are The Bestower of all blessings and favours and we are Your poor dependents. I am nothing other than Your poor slave, one of low status in Your presence. Your are the All-Knower, The Knower of all the unseen, the secrets and everything hidden in the hearts”. “Neither do I have personal goals nor interests for myself, nor am I driven by a desire for the spoils of war. I do not desire except Your Pleasure! O Allaah! O All Knower! O The One Whose Knowledge encompasses every place (and everything)! I give you my soul, so grant me what I hope for. Do not let the Muslims become forsaken in front of the enemy! O Allaah! O The Most Merciful of all those who show mercy! Do not make me the reason behind their demise, but make them victorious! O Lord! I give my soul for you. I have wished and I always want to be martyred, so O my deity, do not show me their plight! O my deity! This time allow me to be martyred for Your sake and for Your pleasure”. (2)

As for some of the contemporary so called civilized figureheads of modernity, their goals behind wars is nothing but a desire for leadership and wealth, as Imaam Ibnul Qayiim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] stated regarding those who crave leadership for nothing other than the desires of the Dunyah: “Its seekers hasten to obtain it in order to achieve their goals – exaltedness in the earth, enslavement of the hearts to them, attachment to them and aiding them in all their goals, whilst they are exalted and everyone subservient to them. This pursuit of leadership brings about corruption- which none can enumerate except Allaah, such as rebellion, envy, transgression, enmity, oppression, trials, being ardent in defending oneself at the expense of violating the rights of Allaah, exalting those despised by Allaah and belittling those honoured by Allaah”. [An Excerpt from Ar-Rooh. pages 487-489]

One of the contemporary warmongers (Colin Powell) who gave a speech – on February 2003 speech to the United Nations Security Council about the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – stated thereafter in 2005 (interview with ABC News): “It’s a blot … and will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now”. So, that claim was nothing but a false one yet they desire to be praised for that which they have not done. Allaah [The Exalted] said:

لَا تَحۡسَبَنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يَفۡرَحُونَ بِمَآ أَتَواْ وَّيُحِبُّونَ أَن يُحۡمَدُواْ بِمَا لَمۡ يَفۡعَلُواْ فَلَا تَحۡسَبَنَّہُم بِمَفَازَةٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡعَذَابِ‌ۖ
وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ۬

Think not that those who rejoice in what they have done (or brought about), and love to be praised for what they have not done,- think not you that they are rescued from the torment, and for them is a painful torment.” [3:188] Imaam As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: They want to be praised for that which they have not done and truth they have not uttered, so they combine evil doing and its statement, and rejoice in that. And they love to be praised for some good they have not done. (3)

[a] Reminder: Native Americans Were Slaughtered in the Name of ‘Civilization’. 1,500 wars and raids were authorized against the Indians and do you remember the Gnadenhutten Massacre in 1782?!

[b] The Hiroshima Bomb? Search for what Marcel Junod – a representative of the Red cross at the time – stated!

[c] Barbaric Sanctions and Later on Invasion of Iraq: Do you remember the barbaric sanctions imposed on Iraq that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Iraqi children? Do you remember what some of your own journalists called an “act of military aggression launched on a false pretext!” There’s no need to give details regarding the suffering and lives lost because that is well documented. And do you remember the torture at Abu Ghuraib prison?! So, who deserves to be referred to as “Global Pariahs” – those Muslim rulers or those people whose false allegations against Muslim rulers you are happy to present as facts?!

ISIS (so called Islamic State and their supporters) commit murder and cause corruption by way of their religious innovations and the claim that they want to establish Sharee’ah. As for the contemporary figureheads of the so called free world, they fabricate evidence to initiate wars in the name of self-defense, even though they goal is to secretly steal raw materials as soon as they kindle the fire of deadly conflicts. Both groups (ISIS and figureheads of the so called free world) seek praise, even though their corruption is manifest for everyone to see. Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] said:

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمۡ لَا تُفۡسِدُواْ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ قَالُوٓاْ إِنَّمَا نَحۡنُ مُصۡلِحُونَ
أَلَآ إِنَّهُمۡ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡسِدُونَ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا يَشۡعُرُونَ
وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمۡ ءَامِنُواْ كَمَآ ءَامَنَ ٱلنَّاسُ قَالُوٓاْ أَنُؤۡمِنُ كَمَآ ءَامَنَ ٱلسُّفَهَآءُ‌ۗ أَلَآ إِنَّهُمۡ هُمُ ٱلسُّفَهَآءُ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا يَعۡلَمُونَ

And when it is said to them: ‘’Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peacemakers. Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not. And when it is said to them [hypocrites]: ‘’Believe as the people [followers of Muhammad (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam) have believed,’’ they say: ‘’Shall we believe as the fools have believed?’’ Verily, they are the fools, but they know not. [Surah Al-Baqarah. Aayaat 11-13]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: They are liars, mischief makers and trapped in mischief making. Allaah said: [أَلَآ إِنَّهُمۡ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡسِدُونَ – Verily! They are the ones who make mischief]. Allaah described them as a people who are upon extreme ignorance and that they definitely do not possess (sound) perception due to the fact that they are mischief makers. Therefore, ponder upon the way in which perception was negated from them in this Aayah! Then knowledge was negated from them when Allaah [The Most High] stated that they said: [أَنُؤۡمِنُ كَمَآ ءَامَنَ ٱلسُّفَهَآءُ‌ۗ – Shall we believe as the fools have believed], so Allaah [The Most High] said: [أَلَآ إِنَّهُمۡ هُمُ ٱلسُّفَهَآءُ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا يَعۡلَمُونَ -verily, they are the fools, but they know not].

Allaah [The Most High] negated knowledge from them due to their foolishness and lack of (upright) perception -a severe dispraise and (declaration) of their ignorance, because (of the fact that although one is truly) a mischief maker (but) completely unaware of it, even though its effects is well known and witnessed by Allaah’s slaves. This shows the severe corruption of one’s intellect and sources of knowledge.

Also, he is a foolish person and foolishness is the height of ignorance that occurs due to lack of knowledge of that which would benefit him in his worldly life, his afterlife, his purpose (of life) and what is contrary to that. So, when he (finds) himself in this situation, whilst being unaware of his state of affairs, then this is the most wretched state of a human being.

[Upright] knowledge was negated from him due to his foolishness, which of a surety is an affirmation of his ignorance and (upright) perception was negated from him due to mischief making, which of a surety is due to corruption in his mental faculties. Therefore, these three verses are statements of absolute certainty against them regarding their ignorance and corrupt mental faculties, because they believe that mischief making is peace making and that evil is something good. (4)

Finally, we ask Allaah to include us amongst those who adhere to the advice given by Jundub [may Allaah be pleased with him] when the people said to him, “Advise us”. So, he said, “The first thing of the human body to putrefy is the abdomen, so he who can eat nothing but good food [halaal and earned lawfully] should do so, and he who does as much as he can that nothing intervenes between him and paradise by not shedding even a handful of blood [i.e. unlawful killing], should do so”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari 7152]

[Ref 1: An Excerpt from Ad-Dawlah Al-Uthmaaniyyah Awaamil An-Nuhood wa Asbaab As-Suqoot. 6/49- 51]

[Ref 2: Ad-Dawlah Al-Uthmaaniyyah Awaamil An-Nuhood Wa Asbaab As-Suqoot 6/62-63]

[Ref 3: Tafseer As-Sadi]

[Ref 4: An Excerpt from ‘Badaa-i at-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim. Vol 1. page 97. Slightly paraphrased]

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