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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Peace comes from the Creator

Horrific events unfolded at a university campus in the month of February; an academically brilliant ex-student of this university (which enrolls more than 25,000 students and many of them foreign students) entered a classroom and opened fire upon the students without warning. Using his shotgun and two small pistols he fired towards whoever he saw and thereby caused widespread panic on the campus. The whole campus was put on alert, the doors were closed shut in all buildings and all you could see was helicopters in the sky and police and ambulance vehicles rushing towards a building with their blaring sirens and shocked onlookers. The incident resulted in the death of 5 students plus the killer himself committed suicide in the end of this bloody disaster and not to mention many more injured and several thousands shocked and still trying to recover.

Why did he do that? He was a good student, he had earned a Dean's award, had impressive papers to his credit, why would he do that? What caused it? How to prevent it? these are the questions which were raised soon after the incident. This was reported to be the fifth shooting incident in a school in that week in the USA according to news. A country supposed to be one of the most developed, with such a high standard of living, which prides in their social freedom, a beacon of knowledge for students from across the globe; why are such incidents becoming a common event in the schools and colleges across this nation? No one can forget Virginia Tech, and now this one takes the second place and many more which leave some dead and which do not get complete media coverage, but in the end, its all the same even if a single bullet was shot and no one killed, still its a same incident and needs to be attended to.

It is true that this nation has advanced so much in science and technology that today it has the strongest army in the world, manages the largest amount of resources worldwide and is accepted to be the 'sole super power' nation in todays world. But, the nation is hollow on social level, spiritual level and personal level. People living like zombies day in and day out, the system is designed in such a way that everyone is in a maze, running all the time but getting no where and the people who are 'operating' this maze, use the masses like living robots, while those 'operators' exploit and hypnotize the masses, they suck every drop of blood out of you, keep you ignorant, uninformed or better mis-informed (the corporate sponsored news channels will make the job easier) while they keep you busy and it ends up in a society full of turmoil, conflicts, stress and social disasters. Families are single-parent, kids growing up with child abuse, and school kids shooting each other at schools has become a norm. With all this advancement they gained, they failed to work on their spiritual needs, they fed their bodies while their souls grew hungrier with each day until *poof* one day, they end up finding their own answers to spiritual thirst and showing the answer to the society in such ways, and then people ask 'why?' from asking stage they should go ahead and ponder more upon what they are doing wrong as a society, and they will surely get the answer. They have neglected, or actually totally ignored a vital area of human existence, the soul and spiritual needs. The guidance of their own creator in matters of life and the world. While the secular society does not worry if there is a God or not, if there is let him be in temples and places of worship, while the laws and rules of man should be made by man himself, is what secularism preaches. They fail to realize if there is a God, what does He want, did He keep himself out of our affairs and let us do what we decide amongst ourselves, or did He give us a code with His knowledge, as to what is better for us to do ? They look back at how the church treated scientists in the past and how science and the church were antagonists, and they conclude that religion is a vestigial thing for man, have it or not, it don't matter. Hence, they develop their own social rules, own social norms and today the world is in a chaos because each has their own interests in the norms and rules they design. Often leading man into an abyss of ignorance, a darkness and confusion leading to a spiritual crisis. The societies have bread but no appetite, they have beds but no sleep, they have families but no love, they have materials but no peace. For Allah says in the Quran “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace”. (13:28) The creator would by default be the best person to decide how His creation are to govern their affairs, how to conduct ourselves in personal and social dealings, how to behave towards each other, how to regulate things and punish the offenders ... in his arrogance man rebels against His own creator, keeping His commandments at bay and making their own, thereby with trial and error creating a confusion which put the society and the whole world in a total chaos.

It is sad to say but the bitter truth is that even the Muslim countries and societies are facing the same problems and slowing walking the same path as their kafir role models, neglecting the rulings of Allah (swt) and preferring the rules of man in governing their affairs. It has given nothing to this Muslim Ummah except misery, poverty, ignorance and backwardness. People blame this backwardness and misery to Islam and give the example of Muslim countries to justify their statement; but, a careful evaluation of these countries shows that these nations were pioneers in science, technology, arts and material development while they lived under the Islamic system as a society and nation, this backwardness came after they abandoned the Islamic System in governance and adopted an alien system left behind by their colonial powers, they tried to put patches of Islam into this system which in its essence remained secular with Islamic garnishing to fool the masses. What result can you expect from such a system, and what reaction can you expect from a Creator who promised that His system is the best for us, while we reject His system so arrogantly and still boast of being His slaves? Of course, He is right if He thinks that we are ungrateful, because thats what we are, by preferring a man made patch-work system over His beautiful, just and fruitful system.

It is time, the Ummah realizes that Islam does not end inside the Masjid, but it starts in the Masjid, and extends to every section of our life, from the way we give rights to people, to the way we punish criminals, to the way we do business and the way we elect our rulers and run an economic system based on Islamic principles which showed their fruits in the past, and will undoubtedly produce the same results as soon as they are implemented as they ought to be. In Islamic system, or the Khilafah, the rulers DO NOT make the laws, they only implement the laws already made by Allah, they serve the people and the shariah controls the power they get in being a ruler over the masses, thereby inherent checks and balances produce a fertile environment for social and scientific development totally unseen in any other civilization as was under the khilafah for thousands of years, nourishing both the material and spiritual aspect of man and producing a tranquility while spreading justice to the whole world.

Lets read more about our own system, which Allah sent for us, lets go back to our own ways and abandon the ways of the kuffar, lets go back to the way Allah showed us, so that we can raise our hands and say ' O Allah, now we are back to your way, now raise us and honor us again as you did when we were on your path' and inshAllah, the help of Allah is at hand, if Rome and Persia could not stand 1400 years back, nothing can stand when Allah is with us, and He will be with us
only when we choose His ways in our lives and governance, over other kufr systems. May Allah help this Ummah realize how it was misled into this trap, and give us the wisdom and strength to come out and seek Him again, and forgive us and take us back in His shade of Mercy and help us as he helped young Khilafah in Madinah against Rome and Persia.

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