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Some one has rightly quoted :Knowledge of the past is a key to understanding the present…. The human history carries in its pages the downfalll of nations after nations. The Qur’an notes some of the biggest down falls and the lessons along with it. In a way there are six big Nations mentioned in the Qur’an which fell down on its head. The people of the Noah, The People of A’ad, The people of Thamud, The People of Lut, The People of Midyan and then Bani Israel. All the first five Nations had a supreme destruction except Bani Israel. The destruction of Bani Israel is yet to come albeit at the hand of Isa ibn Maryam (pbuh)
The are two types of downfall, which can be further classified into multiple other types of falls. The first is the complete destruction like the above mentioned nations faced, the next is the destruction of our power and your might but you continue to stay in the world though with a wreched life i.e.e poverty, unemployment, corruption moral and economical….. If you study carefully, the past century saw the fall of big nations. The Soviet Union was made up of 15 Republics and ruled over one sixth of the world’s land. Today thousands of daughters of The Ruined Empire export them selves to various countries, packed as prostitutes. Those who have been to Dubai will agree with me.
Before that UK was a big power, who boasted that the sun never sets on the British empire. They ruled Indian sub continent for almost two hundred years. These two supreme power met their down fall on the way when their armies visited Afghanistan to rule over them. As Robert Fisk, my favorite author on the Middle East mentions : Afghanistan is the grave yard of super empires….it is easy to enter but difficult to go out from it….. The American Presidents may not agree today but their historians will definitely agree tomorrow whereas their eco scientists and socio scientists have already begun to agree and are warning the nation to check their appetite for plundering the natural wealth of the other nations.
Jim Nelson Black has written a good book “When Nations Die”….and has listed some of the common signs and symptoms…..luxury, skepticism (meaning:doubt as to the truth of something.), weariness (meaning: extreme tiredness ), superstition, a preoccupation with self.. promotion of the wrong people, the urge to over spend and A RISE OF LIBERAL OPINION- that is the popularization of attitudes and policies controlled by sentiment rather than sound moral judgment”
US is undergoing this down fall in a unique manner and I as a good Muslim pity for them. Look at their society and study it. If a society produces street predators and white collar criminals then it has to pay for prison cells. A society in which drug use is rampant must pay for drug treatment centers. The breaking up of families, the death of thousands of its soldiers… means a huge burden on the taxpayers to run foster homes and homes for old ages and pensions. No Nation can continue without moral character and God’s blessing.
The down fall of Israel has been a continues process. If you study Surah Yusuf, it speaks about the grand entry of the Bani Israel in Egypt, and Surah Taha tells us that their exit was also a grand one when they saw Pharaoh along with his entire army being drowned in front of their own eyes. Though this race was once ” the chosen people of God”. They had clouds shading them in the deserts, food coming from the heaven,Prophets after prophets and kings after kings among them yet what happened? Their history tell us about their captivity by the Pharaoh in Egypt,, Assyrians and the Babylonians followed by the crusaders and finally Hitler!
The Muslim Nations are the next one in the firing line. We are loosing our daughters to fashion and music maniacs (meaning: a person exhibiting extremely wild or violent behavior) like Hana Montana.., our young men to smoking, time destructive sports and movies, our money to buy un needed luxury brands, our faith to shrines of dead saints and our lands to greedy army invading and destroying our infrastructures, hospitals schools, taking away our oil illegally….. just because they (America ) want to give us democracy…. no wonder History repeats itself because the world doesn’t learn.
The Ideal American is among the most famous American Tv program. Though it has invented a new brand of an Ideal American, yet the Ideal American is now a singer, a dancer, a smart ready to reply , not ashamed of his own fashionable inventions but has projects of becoming famous and wealthy. This has groomed a generation of young idle Americans who sit before the Tv for hours wasting youth just watching vulgar reality shows, Mtv , fashion shows … Let it not happen to us
A young Muslim met me over a lunch and he was very enthusiastic about deen. He had read a lot of fatawas and seerah and knew a lot about Sunnah. “How do you spread what you have learnt”? I asked him. The answer is one of the most common answers we get from young budding da’ees.
” I want to do many good things, start a public library and dawah center, help the orphans, and give talks to the masses….!”
” What are you doing now a days ? ”
“Very little or nothing ” he replied.
There are scores of young muslims, girls and boys who are passionate to be Ideal Muslims. But many of them remain idle and day dream of reaching the heights of taqwa. There is a difference between being an Ideal Muslim and remaining an Idle Muslim.
An Ideal Muslim picks up realistic dreams and starts with what ever he can. An Idle Muslim just thinks of becoming something big before he starts any thing.
An Ideal Muslim does not chase wealth or fame but he looks for Allah’s pleasure without counting his laurels. An Idle Muslim is a day dreamer and wanders among fantasy clouds of doing this and that thus missing out important opporunities that comes in small sizes but could have been bricks of his solid foundations.
An Ideal Muslim does not waste his time gossiping and chatting on matters that neither benefit hid worldly need or his akhera. Surah Furqan says.. the Worshipper of Rahman are those who when pass by useless talks, pass away gallantly… the verse further says.. when they are bothered by ignorant (time wasters, gossipers etc.) they say salam…
An Ideal Muslim chooses a good Mominah and starts his family without much delay. He is not fuzzy about his choice. An idle Muslim waits for becoming richer and hopes for a extremely beautiful girl for a long time.
An Ideal Muslim begins earning halal income as an early start. He is more concerned about the source of income rather than “Come any way I want it “.
An Ideal Muslim learns deen and gives it a priority in allotting time. An Idle Muslim procastinates if for the next day.
An Ideal Muslim hunts for opportunities to do good. An Idle Muslims claims to do good but leaves off when it comes on his way.
Allah will not question you for what you can’t do. He will not ask you about why you didn’t start a huge Orphange but He may ask you why you missed out an opportunity of helping an orphan from your own relatives or neighbours. So get started soon instead of sitting idle. Do small good things in a big way Inshallah they will grow into a huge fruit giving trees in your Jannah
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2. Political Control. The West provides intelligence reports to its puppet politicians, provides money and advice on keeping control of the population. The West provides tools of tyranny and persecution and keeps most hated puppets in power. In its pursuit of political control it foments revolutions, causes murders and ruins of families. American CIA is the world’s worst terrorist agency that makes the U.S. the world leader in terrorism. Israel is a close second worst terrorist.
3. Sowing dissentions. If Muslims were good Muslims the West would fail in sowing dissentions. Alas! The Muslims themselves are very corrupt people and they would not think twice selling their brothers or kill them for a meager amount of money from their enemies. Muslims take the money from their enemies and sow dissentions, throw bombs, shoot innocent people and their fine leaders. Embassies of the West and their surrogate agencies foment all such plots and fund their “missions impossible”.
4. Retarding Growth. The West spends a lot of money and manpower to retard educational, technical, scientific and industrial growth of the Muslim countries. The West sends its “experts” who give advice everything against the development of the Muslim countries. The only area the Western experts are honest are in health for their own selfish reasons. Espionage, bad advice and market control are the methods of retarding growth of the Muslim countries.
5. Keeping Military Power in Check. This is the most important area for the West to control. The West brings army generals and senior officers to the West, provides them with liquors, women and gifts, takes pictures, in case they are needed for blackmailing purposes and implants them back. Naturally, the West collects its IOUs from military officers when it needs them or else.
It is important that the Muslims understand tactics of their enemy before they can develop their vision and a plan to make Islam acceptable in the West and in the world.