Rise against Oppression

“British oppression against Muslims?”

 

“What oppression are you talking about?!”

 

“I’m not being oppressed!”

 

These statements are often heard from selfish, self-centred individuals that are detached from the Muslim Ummah (community) and only concerned about themselves.

 

They have no Islamic emotions and cannot feel the oppression other Muslims are facing, even though the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) described his followers as one body – if one part of it is in pain, all the other parts will likewise suffer and work together to heal it.

 

They see no evil and hear no evil, turning a blind eye to what is happening to Muslims in the UK and abroad, and ignoring the British government’s involvement in terrorism and the torture of Muslims (in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay).

 

Britain continues to support Israeli (Jewish) and American aggression towards Muslims, bomb and kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, raid Muslim homes and arrest innocent Muslim men and women under bogus “anti-terror” laws. Yet despite all of this, people still have the audacity to say, “What oppression? I’m not being oppressed!”

 

Because they are so preoccupied with the dunyaa (worldly life), leading a comfortable lifestyle, integrating with the Kuffaar, working 9-6 or studying to complete their kufr (non-Islamic) education, they do not have time to worry about what is happening to the true followers of Muhammad (SAW) and his Companions (RA).

 

Moreover, they are not fulfilling their responsibilities (working to establish the Shari’ah, challenging falsehood and publicly exposing the evil in society), and that is why they cannot feel the oppression and tyranny of the Kuffaar, as the Prophet (SAW) and his Companions (RA) felt.

 

Numerous excuses are made by pessimistic, so-called Muslims not to speak out against the evil in society (or British oppression) because they fear being attacked, losing their jobs, benefits or funding.

 

What they do not realise is that Allah (SWT) will not only punish the oppressors, He will also punish those who were silent about the oppression. Allah (SWT) says: “And fear the Fitnah (affliction and punishment) which will not only affect those who did wrong (but also those who did nothing), and know that Allah is Severe in punishment.” (EMQ al-Anfaal, 8:25)

 

The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said: “Whoever sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, let him (speak out) with his tongue; if he cannot, let him (hate it) with his heart – and that is the weakest form of Imaan.”

 

Forbidding evil is part of Imaan (as indicated in the above hadeeth), an act of worship (‘Ibaadah) and a command from Allah. Furthermore, it is an attribute and characteristic of the true Believers.

 

Muslims should do what they have been ordered to do and leave the outcome to Allah (SWT).

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