Hazrat explained that when we were motivated Muslims, exerting ourselves in the worship of our Lord, when our connection with Allah Ta’ala was strong, and when we lived our lives in accordance with His Will, we experienced the help of the Almighty in all our affairs. This was a time about which Poet of the East, Muhammad Iqbal, said:
Of all the brave warriors, there were none but only we,
Who fought Your battles on land and often on the sea
Our calls to prayer rang out from the churches of Europe,
And at times in Africa’s scorching desert sands
We ruled the world, but regal glories our eyes disdained,
Under the shades of glittering swords and the kalima we proclaimed.
However when we allowed love for the dunya to enter our hearts at the expense of love for our Creator, when we made our nafs (lower self) our guide, when we abandoned adherence to the shariah and the sunnah of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, and adopted the ideals and ways of the disbelievers, we deprived our own selves of the Help and Mercy of our Lord and weakened ourselves before our enemies.
Everyone is intoxicated with the wine of indulgence
Are you Muslims? Is this the way of Islam?
You have neither the faqr of Haider nor the wealth of Uthman
What spiritual connection do you have with your pious predecessors?
They were respected in the world for being Muslims
And you are disgraced for having abandoned the Qur’an.
Hazrat then explained that the only way out of this disgraceful situation is to work on our inner selves. Love for the dunya is the cause of our spiritual deaths; we must purge our hearts of it before we can experience a spiritual reawakening and re-establish our connection with our Lord. This renewed spirit would then inspire us to obey the Almighty no matter what the odds, and would catapult us to the same lofty heights that Muslims have experienced in the past.
With the power of love, elevate the fallen to lofty heights
Illuminate the age with the name of Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasllam
Intellect is your shield, love is your sword
My dervish! The world is your caliphate
Your takbir is like fire for the Godless
If you are Muslim, your destiny is what you make it
If you are loyal to Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasllam, then We are yours
What of this world, the Tablet and the Pen are yours.
This slim, but weighty and captivating volume will, Insha’Allah soon be available from Faqir Publications.
…and for the children…a cartoon version of the Conquest of Istanbul…
The first 1432 Hujjaj arrive, Masha’Allah!!
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.