[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] Another question. It says, the Sahaba (Companions) were the best of nations, as attested to by the Quran, of course, ((You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men)) So, how can Allah’s laws allow infighting among those that were the best of nations? They fought each other during the time of the Companions, not after the time of the Companions. This is a valid question, and it has to be addressed. The answer is that you don’t need to fetch far. Even during the Prophet’s lifetime, the Companions had problems in Uhud, and they had problems in Hunain, which were reaffirmed in the Quran, and the Quran chastised them on that and explained the reason for it. Regarding what happened in Uhud, it said: ((And certainly Allah made good to you His promise when you slew them by His permission, until when you became weak-hearted and disputed about the affair and disobeyed after He had shown you that which you loved; of you were some who desired this world and of you were some who desired the hereafter; then He turned you away from them that He might try you; and He has certainly pardoned you, and Allah is Gracious to the believers.))
This chastisement for what happened to them when they became interested in the spoils of war and they disobeyed the orders of the Prophet (pbuh), and they climbed down the Mount of the Archers at Uhud. A person can hail from the best of nations and still has shortcomings for which he deserves divine punishment to the extent of those shortcomings. At Hunain, Allah says, ((Certainly Allah helped you in many battlefields and on the day of Hunain, when your great numbers made you vain, but they availed you nothing and the earth became strait to you notwithstanding its spaciousness, then you turned back retreating.)) The Companions, who were with the Prophet (pbuh) and under his leadership, they were impressed by their numbers and these numbers were to no avail. They fled away. ((then you turned back retreating.)) ((Then Allah sent down His tranquillity upon His Messenger and upon the believers, and sent down hosts which you did not see, and chastised those who disbelieved, and that is the reward of the unbelievers.)) Continue reading In-Fighting Among the Companions (Sahaba) – Sa’ad Al-Faqih
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] A question says that if victory is predicated on jihad, how can the Mahdi be a sudden cause for victory? Also, how can the earth be engulfed in injustice and tyranny, and then the Mahdi is sent down and as if by magic he will change everything? This question is pertinent because there is a culture both within the Sunnis and the Shiites — of course, within Shiism, it takes on exaggerated proportions – but this is found even within Sunnism, which is that the solution is to await the Mahdi’s arrival, and let corruption spread while we await the Mahdi. This is a misunderstanding of some of the texts. Whereas within Shiism, this used to be the established belief, and not a misunderstanding. This is the established belief among Shiites, which is that we should await the Mahdi until this was changed by Khomeini and he came up with his theory of Wilayat-al-Faqeeh (”Governance of the Jurist”).
Originally, it was forbidden to attempt to establish a state and a political system, because that would delay the appearance of the Mahdi. However, this concept is not an established belief within Sunnism, but there are those among the masses and ignorant people who also hold this belief, which is that the Mahdi is the hope, and they indulge in talking about the hadiths regarding the tribulations of the End-Times, and hanging their hopes on the future, while being helpless awaiting the Mahdi. As if that Mahdi would suddenly turn from being a corrupt to a pious person. They come up with stories that go against Allah’s laws. Admittedly, there are authentic and good narrations about the Mahdi, and there are weak and fabricated as well. All the authentic narrations are in line with Allah’s laws, in that the Mahdi will not suddenly appear and break Allah’s universal laws and rules. Continue reading The Mahdi, Cosmic Laws and the Establishment of Justice – Sa’ad Al-Faqih
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] So, what’s the proof that you will be saved? The proof is from the Quran. ((And when a community among them said, “Why do you warn a people whom Allah is about to destroy with a severe punishment?”)) This is the same exact question. He’s saying, “Why should we take action? Well, we’re going to be punished, so, why should we take action?” There is no one who’s going to heed to the advice or take part in removing injustice. ((And when a community among them said, “Why do you warn a people whom Allah is about to destroy with a severe punishment?”)) I.e., “It’s over. They’re doomed for punishment.”
What was the reply of those that understood Allah’s laws to them? Those that understood Allah’s laws said, ((”To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”)) This is about those that transgressed Allah’s commandments in keeping the Sabbath. The Jews that transgressed Allah’s commandments regarding the Sabbath. ((They [the advisors] said, “To be absolved before your Lord and perhaps they may fear Him.”)) Absolution. An absolution, because Allah commanded us to enjoin good and forbid evil, commanded us to strive to remove injustice, commanded us to strive to remove corruption, so, we are discharging our responsibility, by complying with Allah’s commandment, even if there is no result. Maybe this could be a last-ditch effort in the hope that these people will change. Continue reading Passive and Active Action Against Injustice – Sa’ad Al-Faqih
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] The second thing is that in the recent era, particularly in the 19th century, these countries have justice. It’s true that there is corruption and decadence, disbelief, but there is justice. Justice, the law, there are many factors at play. One of these factors outweighs the others. The more there is justice, the more this outweighs the effect of corruption, and the effect of disbelief.
As Ibn Taymiyyah said, Allah grants victory to a just state even if it is unbelieving, and He defeats an unjust state even if it’s Muslim. So, justice is important. Justice is a very strong factor in the rise of nations, and their stability and strength. Justice is a very strange thing. Now, there are signs of a decline in justice in America and Europe. This rise of populism will constrain justice and now they are enacting laws and regulations that go against the concept of justice. The more this gains ground, they will eventually end up getting divine punishment. Wait and see. We don’t know the future, but, the signs of things happening in America in terms of populism taking hold as well as the harassment of people, at the expense of the true concept of justice, and the media war and the mutual accusations of treachery while sidelining the concept of justice, this will lead them to a dangerous collapse.
So, number one, they did experience problems. Secondly, what holds back punishment greatly is justice. If justice goes away, I don’t think it will take long before they are hit by punishment, and Allah knows best.
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] Peace and Mercy of Allah be upon you. Praise Allah, Blessings and Peace be upon his Messenger. Welcome tonight, brothers.
We’re continuing with the series on Allah’s laws governing societies. This topic is worth spending time on, because it’s enlightening for us regarding many of the issues that we deal with individually and socially. On the level of society, the nation, on the global level as a whole. It explains history to us, and it explains many of the phenomena that are obscure to us. This is why it’s beneficial to talk about this, from several aspects. Tonight, we will answer a number of questions which we can say are disturbing and embarrassing on this topic. Because, those who read about Allah’s laws in society will notice certain issues that need to be clarified.
These questions come up constantly. People repeat them frequently. Some are repeated by most people, while others are repeated by people interested in this topic. Answering them is beneficial, and will complete one’s understanding of this issue, I.e., understanding Allah’s laws governing societies. I want to remind you that what is meant by Allah’s laws governing societies is these laws, these rules that govern societies, individuals like the laws of physics, chemistry, gravity, etc. Whoever does such thing, produces a particular result. Whoever avoids such thing, ends up with a particular result. Continue reading Why Aren’t Non-Muslims Afflicted By Calamities As Muslims Are? – Sa’ad Al-Faqih