In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Allaah [The Most High] said: [يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ – They want to extinguish Allaah’s Light with their mouths [i.e. the Qur’an, the pure Islamic monotheism and the guidance Allaah sent Muhammad with] but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the disbelievers hate (it)]. [Surah At-Tawbah. Aayah 32]
Imaam Ibn Katheer [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “They want to extinguish that which Allaah sent His Messenger with of guidance and the religion of truth merely by way of their arguments and fabrications; so their example in this is that of one who wants to extinguish the light of the sun or the moon by blowing at (them) and this can never be achieved”. (1)
Some Western militant secularists and demagogues say, “Islam is not a peaceful religion misused by radicals; rather it is one of the most militaristic religions known to humankind”. A figurehead of the Christians recently attempted to speak on behalf of the entire worldly, saying, “God does not back wars”. The ones who hold these views intend to kill two birds with one stone – make Muslims apologetic about Jihaad so that their nations are never alert and ready to defend themselves and then use this as a means of subjugation. The people who utter these statements remind us of king Louis IX, who in the year 1250 was captured whilst on a crusade against the Muslims of Egypt. He was imprisoned and later released after paying a large ransom. However, whilst in prison he utilised his time to think about ways in which to plot against Islaam and the Muslims, so shaytaan inspired him with the following plots: Firstly, the war in the battlefield between the Christians of the West and the Muslims should be replaced with a war based on ideas and cultural supremacy. Secondly, prepare the West to corrupt the creed of the Muslims and distort the image of Islaam in the world. (2) [See Footnote a]
The Muslim Rulers and Governments Are Shields and Must Be Alert and Prepared
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Verily, the leader is a shield behind whom they fight and he protects them. If he commands (people to) fear Allaah [The Exalted] and justice, then he will have a reward. If he commands something else, then it will be against him”. [Ṣaḥeeh Muslim 1841]
“The leader is a shield”, Imaam An-Nawawi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Meaning, he is like a shelter because he prevents the enemy from harming the Muslims, prevent the people from (harming) one another [i.e. establish justice], protects the Muslim nation and the people fear his authority [i.e. because he will establish justice against the oppressor]. “Behind whom they fight”, meaning, alongside him they fight against the disbelievers [i.e. those at war with his country]- the rebels, the khaarijites and all the perpetrators of corruption and oppression”. (3)
Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “Amongst the dangerous causes (of weakness)- their (bitter) fruits and what they necessitate – is that which has occurred in terms of weakness in the presence of the enemy and being delayed in everything – except what Allaah wills; inclining towards forbidden desires, preoccupation with what hinders from the path of Allaah and guidance, lack of preparation for the enemy in the arena of industry, not having sufficient weaponry that frightens the enemy, to help fight him, strive against him in Jihaad, taking one’s rights from him, not preparing the bodies for jihad and not spending money in what is obligatory (or befitting) to prepare for the enemy, guard against his evil, defend the religion and the homeland. The preparation is weak or non-existent and the goals are skewed, except that which Allaah wills. Therefore, the path of success, the path of progress against the enemies and the absence of weakness in front of them, the path of prosperity and success, the path to obtaining lofty status and the lofty things that are to be sought after, victory over the enemies- the path to all of this is to embrace beneficial knowledge and sound understanding in the religion, give precedence to Allaah’s pleasure over His displeasure, give close attention to what Allaah has obligated, abandon what Allaah has made unlawful and truthful repentance to Allaah from one’s sins and shortcomings”. (4)
This preparation for Jihaad of all types is a responsibility of the Muslim rulers and their subjects – neither the extremists nor the negligent ones are given any consideration in this affair. Read here: Salafi Shaikh – Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan on Jihad in our times and the guidelines of Jihad according to Islam – By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah: https://abukhadeejah.com/salafi-shaikh-fawzaan-on-jihaad-in-our-times-and-the-guidelines-of-jihaad-according-to-islam/
The Obligation of Analysing The Affair of Those Disbelievers Who Plot and Refutation Against Them
Al-Allaamah Rabee Bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee [may Allaah preserve him] says: So it is not permissible for the Ulamaa to remain heedless of their plans (i.e. the enemies of Islaam), their actions, their publications, their missionary activities and their various calls (to the Muslims). And also the various poisons they are infusing – which are in opposition to the Qur’aan and the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and his Sunnah. And nor of what plans they have for (the destruction of) the beliefs and methodologies of Islaam. It is not permissible either, to remain heedless of their concentrated efforts to Christianize or secularize the Muslim youth. And along with that, the Muslim youth and the students are not able to oppose this plan and strategy. Rather it is necessary that the distinguished Ulamaa – those who are experienced and shrewd – it is for such people, in all the places to undertake this duty. So it is obligatory for some of the intelligent and ingenious people from the field of Aqeedah to be mobilised for opposing these plans. And likewise it is a must that the intelligent and distinguished from amongst the specialists in the Sunnah – that they be mobilised for the refutation of these and similarly the eminent and distinguished from amongst those in the fields of Orientalism for the refutation of the plans of the Orientalists.” [Ahl ul-Hadeeth, p.102. Translated by salafipublications]
He also says: “I myself believe that it is a benefit – rather it is of necessity – that we know what the enemies are planning for us, and that it is necessary for us to prepare (ourselves in strength) to destroy their plans. However, I do not exaggerate in this matter, rather my view is the view of our Ulamaa and they have all agreed upon this – that amongst the obligatory matters there are some that are Fard Ain and others that are Fard Kifaayah – and even if knowing the state of the enemies is harmful – it is still necessary for us to know it – but it is treated as Fard Kifaayah. When some attend to it, then the harm is removed from the rest” up until he said: “So I consider that there is no criticism for the Ulamaa and the students of knowledge who take great concern for preserving the Sharee’ah of Allaah – in terms of the Book, the Sunnah and its understanding – for this is one of the duties of the Kifaayah actions. And I believe that these people are more superior, noble, truthful and of more benefit to Islaam than those who are weak in their knowledge of the religion of Allaah or those who have no share in acquainting themselves with it.” [An excerpt from an article at http://www.salafipublications.com titled: The Salafis and Looking into the Affairs of the Ummah]
The Pursuit of Digital Sovereignty
Indeed, we all know that social media emerged with a new set of technology tools that allows people to interact, communicate and share their own content with others from all different walks of life. However, this beneficial means of communication is also exploited by deceitful, evil and manipulative people, especially those who organize and control the narrative on social media in order to destabilize Muslim nations. They spread fake news within few seconds and translate that into many other languages – both internally and externally – in the name of free speech. Muslim who understand the infallible divine revelation do not – as a fundamental rule – determine free speech based on the views of anyone; rather they fear the consequences of one’s speech in this life and the next life. They do not measure free speech based on the boundaries defined by social media networks; rather they guard themselves against every speech that will lead to destruction in this life and the next. Allaah [The Exalted] said:
وَلَقَدۡ خَلَقۡنَا ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ وَنَعۡلَمُ مَا تُوَسۡوِسُ بِهِۦ نَفۡسُهُ ۥۖ وَنَحۡنُ أَقۡرَبُ إِلَيۡهِ مِنۡ حَبۡلِ ٱلۡوَرِيدِ
إِذۡ يَتَلَقَّى ٱلۡمُتَلَقِّيَانِ عَنِ ٱلۡيَمِينِ وَعَنِ ٱلشِّمَالِ قَعِيدٌ۬
مَّا يَلۡفِظُ مِن قَوۡلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيۡهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ۬
And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). (Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being after he or she has attained the age of puberty), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions). Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it). [Surah Qaaf. Aayaat 16-18]
The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should not hurt his neighbor and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should serve his guest generously and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should speak what is good or keep silent.” [Al-Bukhaari 6136]
The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: “When the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all the limbs humble themselves before the tongue and say: ”Fear Allaah for our sake, (for) we are with you; if you are upright, we will be upright; and if you are crooked, we will become crooked”. [Tirmidhee Number 2407: Chapter: What has been reported concerning preservation of the tongue] [Hadeeth Declared Hasan By Imaam Albaani]
The Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said: “Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his mouth, his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him”. [Saheeh al-bukhaari, Book of Ar-Riqaaq, Vol 8, page: 263. Hadeeth Number: 6474]
Therefore, due to the abuse of free speech and freedom of expression via social media networks and platforms, many Muslim authorities have mentioned the need for digital sovereignty – regardless of the opposition they continue to face from tech companies – because they have a right to curb the influence of those who seek to destabilize their lands in the name of freedom, liberty and free speech. There is no doubt that the internet and social media are game-changers in many affairs, because they greatly influence the manner in which many people communicate and interact, as well as the fact that it can be utilized to manipulate human behavior and emotions, destabilize the state and influence public opinion in an Un-Islamic way.
Some of those people who have mastered the art of sophistry, concealment, deceit and misrepresentation say, “Do not violate the rights of the people and do not limit their access to information”, but behind this suggestion is a mighty plot and that is to use their media platforms to give a repugnant image to any affair that is based on clear proof and is understood in the manner it should be with certainty; then they appeal to the rabble through attractive slogans and misrepresentation through which the gullible are made to understand concepts in a way contrary to their true reality, divert the unsuspecting readers and listeners away from something that should prompt them to the fact that they are mistaken or bombard them with a lot of ambiguous information and thus leave them in a state of doubt.
The perpetrators of this crime in the name of free speech voice their opposition when Muslim authorities pursue digital sovereignty to protect their societies- ranting and raving, spreading propaganda and accusing them of digital dictatorship when their avenues of manipulation are blocked. Muslim governments are to be commended when they curb the influence of well-known opportunistic militant secularists who hide behind (or are employed as advisers at) some so called independent and impartial microblogging and social networking Services. https://salaficentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Social_Media_Platforms.pdf
This is one of their goals on social media platforms, whilst waiting for their stooges, internal henchmen and henchwomen to emerge with slogans in the name of so called liberty and freedom of expression; then the gullible follow them after being duped through adorned and beautified slogans. Both the Khawaarij and some of the deceitful western ideologues and demagogues have used social media networks and platforms to bring Muslims in the streets and thus the ignorant amongst us destroy our homelands with our own hands. Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] stated: Allaah (The Most High) said:
وَإِذۡ قَالَ إِبۡرَٲهِـۧمُ رَبِّ ٱجۡعَلۡ هَـٰذَا بَلَدًا ءَامِنً۬ا وَٱرۡزُقۡ أَهۡلَهُ ۥ مِنَ ٱلثَّمَرَٲتِ مَنۡ ءَامَنَ مِنۡہُم بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلۡأَخِرِۖ
And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said, “My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.” [2:126]
Indeed, he [Ibraaheem- peace be upon him)] gave priority to security (in his supplication) over seeking sustenance, because security is a necessity. Security is a necessity and the people cannot enjoy sustenance alongside fear; rather sustenance cannot be reached in the presence of fear. This is what the enemies’ desire–those who try to destabilize the Muslim societies. They wish to disassociate the Muslims from their unity behind their Muslim rulers. This is what they desire and they do not desire good advice for the Muslims. (They wish to disassociate the Muslims from their unity behind their rulers) in name of actualizing beneficial affairs, rectification, removal of oppression and the likes. All of this is lies and false pretenses, because if ruler ship slips away chaos will be at large, corruption will spread and the beneficial affairs which they say will be actualized will be non-existent. Corruption will be at large and there will not be rectification. Therefore, for this reason there has to be ruler ship upon which the Muslims unite. And even if (such ruler ship) has shortcomings and (affairs pertaining to) negligence, the (people) should exercise patience, because there is a prevention of that which is more severe and harmful in exercising patience. Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “It is not known of a group that rose against their Muslim Ruler, except that their state of affairs after his removal was more evil than their state of affairs whilst he was present”. And this is something experienced at present. The rulers and heads of state who have been removed, what is the state of affairs of their countries after they were (removed)? There has not ceased to be fear, anxiety, chaos, bloodshed etc. Excerpt From a Juma-ah Khutbah: Khutbah Number 1: dated 1432-03-15: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/13208
Indeed, despite the clarifications and warnings given by the upright Salafi scholars regarding the evils of the internet, some of the deceitful western ideologues and demagogues are quick to criticize Muslim governments when they take swift action by shutting down some popular video-sharing and microblogging platforms. Imagine the evil that would grip the people when the ideologues, demagogues and rabble-rousers have free and immediate access to a Muslim nation where there are about 34 million bandwidth subscribers, 33 million on some social networking sites and 12 million users on a microblogging platform! Indeed, it is pleasing to the hearts of the believers when Muslim authorities shutdown networks that sow the seeds of discord, violence and chaos -all in the name of peaceful protest and freedom of expression. Safeguarding the religion, blood, sanity, honour and wealth of the Muslim nation takes precedence over profit making, un-Islamic public opinion, so called right to freedom of expression and so called freedom of peaceful assembly.
Do the treacherous Khaarijites (terrorists), the western ideologues and demagogues expect the Muslim governments to give them easy access to everyone?! Indeed, it is pleasing to the hearts when one learns that some telecommunication companies and prominent phone operators in the Muslim lands want domestically developed apps instead of foreign ones, so that the data of the citizens is safeguarded within the country, and so that anyone who violates the law- especially those who call to social unrest- are prosecuted. The Muslim authorities must give great concern to this affair in order to ensure cybersecurity in the digital world, protect the cyber homeland – protect personal data and digital sovereignty rights- so that data is not used for manipulation and chaos by the hypocrites, the hostile (internal and external) enemies of the state.
Many non-Muslim nations see the need to restrict foreign apps and technologies that threaten national security, foreign policy and the economy, because this is absolutely necessary in order to protect the nation’s internet-connected banks, trading systems, oil and water pipelines, dams, hospitals etc. How amazing that the pessimists and saboteurs do not say much when these non-Muslim countries embark upon this task, but why do you hear them ranting and raving when Muslim nations do so?! That is because they want to utilize social media for rebellion and social unrest. Some Muslim nations and rulers have also clearly stated that complete dependence on foreign technology would leave many of their state systems vulnerable. Complete dependence in this affair would necessitate the operation of very important infrastructure and communications infrastructure that are completely located in foreign data centres and under foreign-applicable laws. Therefore, who in his right mind would attack Muslim rulers for pursuing digital sovereignty by way of which Muslim nations are protected by the will of Allaah.
Likewise, it is pleasing to the heart when one hears upright Muslim experts in field of digital technology talking about the need to have cyber and electronic warfare weapons that are deployed to disable the missiles of hostile nations in times of conflict – paralyzing the hostile enemy’s Defense Industry, military command and control networks. This reminds us – one again – regarding Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him] statement as follows: “Amongst the dangerous causes (of weakness)- their (bitter) fruits and what they necessitate – is that which has occurred in terms of weakness in the presence of the enemy and being delayed in everything – except what Allaah wills; inclining towards forbidden desires, preoccupation with what hinders from the path of Allaah and guidance, lack of preparation for the enemy in the arena of industry, not having sufficient weaponry that frightens the enemy, to help fight him, strive against him in Jihaad, taking one’s rights from him, not preparing the bodies for jihad and not spending money in what is obligatory (or befitting) to prepare for the enemy, guard against his evil, defend the religion and the homeland. The preparation is weak or non-existent and the goals are skewed, except that which Allaah wills”. The Imaam [may Allaah have mercy upon him] also said, “There should be industry in the Muslim countries, preparation and strength that will enable every individual through every means, so that he has no need of the enemy – until the enemy knows what he has of preparation and talent, and so that the enemy is afraid of him, treats him fairly and gives him his rights. The bodies are to be prepared and should refrain from over-indulging in that type of luxury that will weaken strength and the hearts when required to fight the enemy, and so that one has strength to perform Jihaad. There should be full cooperation between the state and the people on what is required of obedience to Allaah and His Messenger, refraining from what Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] has forbidden and also cooperating on what is required to make preparations, just as Allaah [The Exalted] said: [وَأَعِدُّوا لَهُمْ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ مِنْ قُوَّةٍ – And make ready against them all you can of power]. [Surah Al-Anfaal. Aayah 60]
It is necessary to prepare physically – prepare equipment (of defense and war), and other types of equipment in all respects so that we can suffice with what Allaah [Glorified be He] has given us and not to be in need of what our enemies have, because fighting our enemies with what they have in their hands is very difficult to obtain. If the enemy prevents you from acquiring weapons, then what do you fight with alongside poor insight and little knowledge? It is necessary to prepare what is possible, and what is possible is sufficient as long as the Muslims intend to do without their enemy, fight their enemy, save their country, intending to establish the command of Allaah in the land, and intending (to gain reward) in the Afterlife as much as they can, because indeed Allaah [Glorified and Exalted be He] says: [ وَأَعِدُّوا لَهُمْ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ مِنْ قُوَّةٍ – And make ready against them all you can of power], but Allaah did not say, ”And make ready against them that which is equal to their power”, because that might not be possible to achieve. If the Muslims are sincere, join hands, prepare for their enemy with as much equipment they can, and support the religion ordained by Allaah, then indeed Allaah [Glorified and Exalted be He] will support them, place them in front and above the enemy, and not under the enemy. Allaah – the One who is truthful in His speech and promise – said: [يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تَنْصُرُوا اللَّهَ يَنْصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ – O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm].
Allaah is neither unable nor in need of the people, but He puts His good servants to trial by way of the evil ones, so that the truthfulness of the truthful ones is distinguished from the lies of the liars, the one who truly strives in the path of Allaah is distinguished from others, and the one desirous of safety (in this life and the next) is distinguished from others. This is the reason, otherwise Allaah is able to aid His allies and destroy His enemies without war- without the need for Jihad, preparation and other things, as He [Glorified be He] says:
[ذَلِكَ وَلَوْ يَشَاءُ اللَّهُ لانْتَصَرَ مِنْهُمْ وَلَكِنْ لِيَبْلُوَ بَعْضَكُمْ بِبَعْضٍ – but if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others]. [Surah Muhammad. Aayah 4] (5)
This pursuit of digital sovereignty is solely the responsibility of Muslim governments and those working under their authority – neither the responsibility of Hizb at-Tahreer nor the other Khaarijites (ISIS and their Ilk). The Muslim rulers – may Allaah strengthen them – have diplomatic relations with other nations and we ask Allaah to grant them every success in their pursuit to defend Islam and the Muslims, overlook our shortcomings and theirs Aameen. Must read following articles by Shaikh Abu Iyaad and Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve them].
The Protection of the Blood, Wealth and Honour of Non-Muslim Citizens in the Islamic Shariah
Al-Allaamah Salih Aal Ash-Shaikh: Shariah Calls for Protection of Life and Property
Al-Allaamah Salih Al-Fawzan: The Islamic Shariah Provides Security for Muslims and Non-Muslims and Those Who Violate It Are Kharijites Who Are to Be Fought and Severely Punished
The Islamic Shariah on the Foundation of Muslim Relations With Non-Muslims Who Do Not Show Aggression and Hostility
Islam and the Muslims Are Free and Innocent of the Kharijite Extremists and the Islamic Shariah Has Come With a Command to Fight Them
The Prophet of Islam would not kill diplomats, ambassadors, emissaries or foreign delegations even if they were sent by the worst of his enemies
Treaties With The Non-Muslims: Is it Allegiance? Is it Apostasy?
Alliance with the non-Muslims is of two types – misunderstanding this affair leads people astray:
The Prophet of Islam would not kill diplomats, ambassadors, emissaries or foreign delegations even if they were sent by the worst of his enemies.
The Life of the Muhammad in Madinah: Treaties, Conquests and his Death (Islam 1.11)
Finally, we say to those demagogues and Christian leaders who seek to portray Islam as a violent way of life, “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones”. It used to be said, “Silence beautifies the scholar and conceals the ignorance of the ignoramus”.
In 1884, the colonialists met in Berlin and decided to share the colonies between themselves. Then after looting with impunity for many years, they decided to offer a so called independence to the colonies and amazing indeed was this offer! In one offer of independence, the colonialists said to the colonized, “We’ll grant you independence, but before doing so you must agree to the following: you must deposit 85% of your bank reserves with our ministry of finance – under our central bank. And with regards to all your discovered minerals or yet to be discovered, our companies have the ‘Right of First Refusal’. Your official language has to be our language, we’ll have a military presence in your country, your military can only be trained by our military, you can only buy military equipment from us, you cannot have any military alliance with your neighbors and in the event of war you must be on our side”. This was the independence offered! The money deposited in their ministry of finance was invested in the colonial bank and all the profits belonged to the colonialists. This is the manner in which some of them treated the colonies, yet they have the audacity to tell the whole world that the countries they’ve looted and oppressed for nearly over 400 years are poor- the very countries they continue to oppress economically. In addition to this, they constantly seek to demoralize the former colonies and give their economic situations different descriptions- sometimes referring to them as “The Third World”, the “Under-developed countries”, the “Developing Countries” etc. All these descriptions are utilized to demoralize the former colonies. https://video.link/w/lUZtb
Recently, we read a statement of the head of Afghanistan’s Central Bank that the country’s supply of physical U.S. dollars is “close to zero.” Afghanistan has some $9 billion in reserves, Ajmal Ahmady tweeted, but most of it is held outside the country, with some $7 billion held in U.S. Federal Reserve bonds, assets and gold. Ahmady said the country did not receive a planned cash shipment amid the Taliban offensive. “The next shipment never arrived,” he wrote. “Seems like our partners had good intelligence as to what was going to happen.” He said the lack of U.S. dollars will likely lead to a depreciation of the local currency and hurting the country’s poor. This is the manifest oppress by way of which the neocolonialists cripple the economies of other nations. Many of them talk about ethics, but how many are just in their mutual dealings?! Rather, self-interested individuals and groups do not give concern to anything other than finding ways and devising tactics to enslave the former colonies. The greedy neocolonialists also oppress other nations through Ribaa-Usury. Click this link to read about the severity and destructive consequences of Ribaa: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/the-grave-crime-of-usury-and-interest-riba-based-transactions-what-is-allowed-and-what-is-not/
Indeed, it is impossible for countries that are always in bondage to lenders to take control of their economies. A typical example is that as soon as a nation is heavily in debt, the lenders can easily gain the upper hand through Structural Adjustment Policies (SAPs) – securing repayment of the debt as well as demanding economic restructuring, therefore in some cases the weaker nation is forced to reduce spending on essential social services, such as health, education and development, whilst repayment of the debt is given priority as well as the possibility of giving the lender an easy access to the country’s raw materials. This is well known and whoever researches will come across a lot that has been written on the subject matter. Indeed, there is no benefit in providing financial assistance that is going to permanently make a nation dependent on another nation due to usury. Debt is a heavy burden, let alone when accompanied with usury. Aa’isha [may Allaah be pleased with her] narrated that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] used to invoke Allaah in the salaah [before the Tasleem] saying: “O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave and from the trial and affliction of Maseeh Ad-Dajjaal and from trial and affliction of life and death. O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from sins and from being in debt.” [Bukhaari, Hadeeth Number: 832] Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] combined [in this supplication between seeking Allaah’s refuge] from sins and debt, because indeed sins necessitate loss in the afterlife and debt necessitates loss in the worldly life. [Al-Fawaa’id: page. 97]
Trade: Also with regards to buying and selling, Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated: “The way that countries buy and sell with each other does not always help people in poor countries. Producers of crops like wheat and rice will usually sell to the country that will pay them the most for it, so poor countries cannot compete and therefore cannot buy crops to feed their people. So these poor people have to grow their own crops to feed themselves. In many poor countries the rich farmers grow cash crops such as fruit and flowers that they sell to rich countries and their profit often does not help the poor people. So the Muslim is always encouraged to give aid to those less fortunate, so that no one in the land remains hungry, unclothed or unsheltered. Islam has no problem with people becoming wealthy so long as the poor not are neglected; they must be taken care of, helped, educated and empowered to look after themselves. Wealthier Muslims are obligated to give in charity (zakāt) every year, and each Ramadān (zakāt al-fitr)”. (6)
Pay attention to what Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated above about empowering and educating poor people as opposed to what the greedy colonialists stated in the past! Cecil Rhodes stated: “We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labour that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods of our factories.” Nye Bevin stated: “Africa is a valuable source of manpower and raw materials. The US is very barren of essential minerals. In Africa we have them all.” Larry Summers stated: “I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.” Indeed, these are a people who never deal justly with others; rather they take as much as they desire and give less or nothing in return.
And with regards to the history of war in Europe, those four ignorant journalists are reminded of the following: History of wars in Europe. Wars Fought in Europe 499 BCE to Present – Totally Timelines: https://www.totallytimelines.com/wars-fought-in-europe-499-bce-to-present-day/
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?! The Hiroshima Bomb! Search for what Marcel Junod – a representative of the Red cross at the time – stated! Barbaric Sanctions and Invasion of Iraq: Do they 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?! We remind them again, “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones”. It used to be said, “Silence beautifies the scholar and conceals the ignorance of the ignoramus”.
And Allaah knows best
Footnote a: Intellectual or Ideological War- By Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [may Allaah have mercy upon him]
[Ref 1: Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
[Ref 2: خطة لويس التاسع – page 6]
[Ref 3: Sharh Saheeh Muslim Vol 12. page 193. Publisher: Daar Al-Kutub al-Ilmiyyah. 1st Edition 1421 AH (2000)]
[Refs 4 and 5: https://salaficentre.com/2021/02/17/some-causes-of-weakness-in-the-presence-of-the-enemy-sound-knowledge-obedience-to-allaah-and-his-messenger-and-an-independent-defense-industry-needed-by-imaam-abdul-azeez-bin-baaz/ ]
[Ref 6: https://abukhadeejah.com/the-causes-of-poverty-in-light-of-climate-change-population-growth-and-other-factors-part-ii-ethics-2-4/ ]