DRACONIAN LAWS IN THE OFFING
Question: Please comment on the Hate Speech Bill and the Commercialisation of Religion Bill. The Christian Ministers Council of Southern Africa appeals to all religious leaders in South Africa to set aside “our vast differences and take action against the demonic process which is about to affect all Faiths.” Should Muslims unite with the Christians in protesting at the measures the government intends making law?
The concerns of the Christian Ministers Council are genuine. The atheist government is contemplating to introduce such legislation which will have far reaching consequences. In fact, in terms of the new contemplated law, publicly propagating certain Qur’aanic aayaat or condemning homosexuality and the like will be criminal offences punishable with severe fines or even jail sentences.
While we should protest and shall be protesting, Insha-Allah, it will be separate from the protests of the non-Muslims. We shall not join together with the Christians and other non-Muslims. We do not subscribe to symbiotic action regardless of the perceived benefits. There is no common platform for Haqq and baatil – Imaan and kufr.
Whatever be the outcome of the proposed bill, in the final analysis, if the government does enact the draconian bill into law, and if Muslims are targeted, then we shall understand that it is part of Allah’s Athaab for our own acts of fisq, fujoor and zandaqah. Nothing happens without Allah’s decree.
The real issue of our concern is not the draconian laws of the government. The primary concern of Muslims should be the draconian acts of rebellion and villainy which Muslims themselves perpetrate against the Qur’aan Majeed and Allah’s Shariah.
If a Muslim’s Imaan is sound and if his focus is genuinely on Allah Azza Wa Jal, then the Deen will be vibrant in his heart, thinking and actions. His belief in the truth of whatever Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said will be implicit and absolute in certitude. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that if all mankind and jinnkind unite to harm you, they will succeed in only that degree of harm ordained for you by Allah Azza Wa Jal. And, if all mankind and jinnkind unite to benefit you, they will benefit you in only the degree Allah Azza Wa Jal has ordained for you. Nothing more and nothing less.
This should be a vivid understanding and a belief entrenched in the heart. The government and all other material forces are mere cogs and shadows in Allah’s Scheme. They are activated by the command and direct intervention of Allah Azza Wa Jal. All of them are mere shadows. We should not fear shadows. Fear Allah Azza Wa Jal, be obedient to Him and He will keep us with Aafiyat. Aafiyat (safety and security) is an asset in Allah’s Treasury. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Verily, whatever is by Allah cannot be acquired except by means of obedience.”
If Muslims submit to Allah Ta’ala as they should, that is, in the style of the submission of the Sahaabah, then the tables will be quickly turned by Allah Ta’ala.
5 Jumadiyul Ula 1438 - 3 February 2017
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