Why are the Ulema so silent over the Muslim uprisings the world over?

For the last several weeks, The Akh has heard many a jumma khutba (friday sermon) from various Masajid across the country. It’s been very rare to hear any mention of the intifadas’ taking place across the Muslim world, when it is mentioned, the Sheikhs do so in such obscure terms leaving the individual having to read between the lines to contextualise what’s been said and how relevant it is to today’s situation.

I’m sure the government would be more than happy to see their policy of pacifying our institutions has worked, no mention of jihad, no mention of lifting oppression, just more khutba’s about jinn and perfecting oneself and of course raising your hands to make dua that this fitnah affecting the Ummah ends soon.

So it’s with this background in mind, The Akh wants to regale a recent situation to you.

After listening to the first part of the jumma khutba about how bad the situation was for Muslims the world over (anyone with half a brain & Ummah consciousness knows this already) the second part of the khutba was all to do with the ordinary Muslims who were protesting against their oppressive rulers, were wrong to do so.

Let me say that again, Muslims, no matter how oppressive and tyrant a regime they live under cannot rail against the leadership, save for having sabr & making dua to Allah Az’Wajjal to raise their conditions for the better and remove the tyrant leader.

I went into jumma, looking for inspiration, looking for words that would lift, energise and strengthen me.

All I felt was betrayal.

After completing my salaat, I waited until all the hand kissers of the Sheikh has dispersed (taxi bases don’t run themselves you know) and I sought clarification with what he had said, and this is what transpired over the next 30-45 minutes of discussion.

I was told in no uncertain terms, that if a Muslim wakes to find he has:

– His health

– His safety

– His provisions

It is as if he has the whole world.

Therefore if you are fighting to overthrow your ruler, no matter how a big a tyrant and oppressor he is, all you are doing are creating fitna and making the bid’a into a sunnah.

You have to obey your leader, as long as he is not telling you to become kafir, that is to worship something other than Allah Az’Wajjal.

All you can do is to have sabr and make duah to Allah Az’Wajjal.

If you wish to overthrow the leader the following conditions have to be met:

– You have to have the shayookh/ulema give you approval and guidance.

– You must be militarily ready – weapons, training, men, supplies, tactics etc.

– Have a system and leadership that will be better then what you are fighting against – Islamically, you don’t replace worse with even worse.

I was given the example of the Sahabah Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) who was the last surviving companion of the Prophet (PBUH) and was upwards of a hundred years in age.

Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan was the caliph at the time of the great fitnah that had engulfed the muslim world.

He dispatched his general Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf to hunt and kill sahaba’s like Abd Allah al-Zubayr (may Allah be pleased with him) who refused to cede to the Ummayads.

Hajjaj defeated and killed Ibn Zubayr on the battlefield in 692, beheading him and crucifying his body.

And yet Anas (RA) lived under that ruler, despite the fact he could have raised an army, as he had the support, being the last Sahabi left alive, to challenge the ummayads, but chose not to do so.

The reasoning being that if such a great Sahaba like Anas bin Malik (RA) would not rise up against a tyrant ruler in the battle of Haq against Baatil, then what right do I, as a (lesser?) Muslim have.

Apologies for using wiki as a source…if i had time I’d find more authentic ones for you, but it’s difficult to link to books that are on my bookshelf that not all of us have access to.

After thanking the Sheikh for his time, I left, slightly heavy hearted over what had been said to me, and running mad late for work.

Several hours later I was still processing what he said to me.

I keep hearing that we should turn to the scholars in times like these, but if this is the only response, then what are we to do?

Do we heed the words of those who are more knowledgeable than us in matters of Al-Islam?

To be continued



Filed under Islam, Jumma Reminder, Power & Leadership in Islam

4 responses to “Why are the Ulema so silent over the Muslim uprisings the world over?

  1. ash

    check out Imran Hosien, he predicted a middle east revolution in 2003 and is very well versed in the Quran and Hadiths, I appreciate your concern with regards to the “passive” Masjids we have in the UK, as your aware MPAC have trying to implement change within these places for years now, I think the only solution is to find like minded Muslims with a passion, raise the case and either build somewhere or simply rent somewhere you could make into a Masjid.

  2. You

    There are other reasons to avoid revolutions too.

    1. To avoid the masacre of the people. Just look at Libya currently.

    2. Power attracts power hungry people and there is no guarantee that the replacement would be better.

    As such, there is no religious prerogative to replace such leadership.

    There is however a social one and this is not lead by scholars but by people.

    One of the beauties of the new Arab revolt is that it has been carried out not by Islamic groups who tried to use terrorist methods to get the people to rise in the past (those people failed miserably, and may ahve delayed the current actions for a long time too), but by ordinary unafiliated people.

    (Other less extreme groups and affiliations like the HT cannot take credit either as initially the MuslimBrotherhood was actually quite sceptical in Egypt, it only joined in once it saw the the people were onto a winner and even then wisely didn’t take a leading or polemic role.)

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