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Posted by: "Khalid Latif"   klatif382000

Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:08 pm



B i s m i l l a a h i r R a h m a a n i r R a h e e m


As Salaam o Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi WaBarkaatuh


Allah will not change the condition of the people


Until they change what is within themselves


What is the meaning of the words of Allah in Soorat al-Ra'd (interpretation of the meaning): "Verily, Allah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)" [al-Ra'd 13:11]?


Praise be to Allah.


This is an important verse which indicates that Allah Subhana wa ta'ala, in His perfect justice and wisdom does not change the condition of the people from good to bad or from bad to good, from ease to hardship or from hardship to ease, unless they change their condition themselves.


So if they are in a state of righteousness and goodness and they change, Allah will change things for them with punishment, calamities, hardship, drought, famine, disunity and other kinds of punishments as appropriate requital. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): "And your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves" [Fussilat 41:46].


Or He may give them respite and give them time so that they might turn to the right path, but if they do not then they will be seized unexpectedly, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):


"So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened for them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them (in punishment), and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows" [al-An`am 6:44]., meaning despairing of all goodness -- we seek refuge in Allah from the punishment and wrath of Allah.


Or they may be given respite until the Day of Resurrection, when their punishment will be more severe, as Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): "Consider not that Allah is unaware of that which the Zālimūn (polytheists, wrongdoers) do, but He gives them respite up to a Day when the eyes will stare in horror"[Ibrāheem 14:42], meaning that they are given respite until after death, and that will be a greater and more severe punishment.


Or they may be in a state of evil and sin, then they repent to Allah and turn back to Him, and they regret their sins and adhere to obedience, so Allah changes their state of wretchedness, hardship and poverty to ease, unity and righteousness because of their good deeds and their repentance to Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.


It is stated in another verse (interpretation of the meaning): "That is so because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their own selves" [al-Anfal 8:53].


This verse tells us that if they are in a state of ease, comfort and goodness, then they change and turn to sin, their situation will be changed -- there is no power and no strength except with Allah -- or they may be given respite, as stated above.


The opposite is also true: if they were in a state of evil and sin, or disbelief and misguidance, then they repent, regret their sin and adhere to obedience to Allah, Allah will change their situation from bad to good; He will change their disunity into unity and harmony; He will change their hardship to ease, well being and plenty; He will change their situation from draught, famine, , lack of water and so on to rainfall, fertile land and other kinds of goodness.


[End of the Shaykh's words]


So this is the method of change, that we must traverse upon, "Verily, Allah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)"


There will always remain goodness in the Muslim Ummah and there will always remain a small number of Muslims who forbid evil and enjoin the good, with knowledge, wisdom and good teachings. But, at certain stages of the Ummah, we will face weakness and humiliation, that which we are facing right now in the world.


The general situation that the Muslim Ummah is in at the moment in time, is of humiliation, degradation, ignorance, sins, poverty, injustice, occupation of our lands, open corruption, Muslim rulers not ruling by Allah's law, backwardness, nationalism, lacking behind in worldly knowledge – science, medicine, technology etc. If we Muslims wish this all to be changed, to that which is the opposite and desire victory, glory and honour, then we Muslims in general, must change ourselves and become upright, adhering to our religion, the religion of the Prophet Muhammad sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam and his Companions radhiAllahu' anhum, being patient and steadfast, learning and acting upon evidence, making Dua to Allah alone and direct all worship to him alone and striving hard to fight the shaytaan within us and around us and the temptations, fearing Allah until death - then we will see a Allah will change the situation and the condition that we are in.


Changing ourselves, by returning to the Islam of the Prophet Muhammad sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam and his Companions radhiAllahu' anhum. Changing our way of life, our life style, our way of thinking, mentality, our perception of life to that of the Qur'aan and the authentic Sunnah as understood by the Companions and the trustworthy, reliable Scholars of the Sunnah of the past and present. Constantly, being in the process of learning, acting, advising others with knowledge, wisdom and manners. While being balanced, not neglecting our role in this world to work, to provide for family, being a good husband/wife, father/mother, son/daughter, etc.


We find today, in our time, there are many different calls to the method of change. Some call to - Khilafah, ruling by the law of Allah by the Governments, Rulers and Kings (yet they do not establish the laws of Allah on themselves nor their family), others call to - the overthrowing of bad Muslim rulers by way of coup and assassination. For others, - method of change is Jihaad, yet we don't have the necessary means and power, have, we buy weapons from Kuffaar nor do we have an overall leader (Khalifah) to direct us. But defencesive Jihaad will always remain until the last day, others call for political change, yet no change have they made to themselves, others call to - unity no matter what Aqeedah or manhaj you are upon, as long as you are a Muslim, others call to - modernising Islam and suiting to secular system, others call to – mysticism, innovating in religion and isolating themselves from the world in the name of spirituality improvements. Yet others declare Muslims to be Kuffaar due to sins and permitting killings and suicide bombings of civilian non-Muslims and Muslims in the process. All these and other methods for change are futile and false and will not bring about any honour or victory for Muslims.


These issues of Jihaad, politics, khilafah, unity, takfeer etc are all part of Islaam, but there are conditions and requirements from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and the Scholarly opinions that needs to be met before it can be materialised.


But that which will make a change and is guaranted for us is; the fundamental method of change Allah has told us in the Quraan; "Verily, Allah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)"


Imaam Abdul Aziz bin Abdullaah bin Baz Majmoo' Fataawa Ibn Baaz (24/249-251)


Compiled, edited and adapted by Khalid Latif



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