Do Not Mix your Belief with Injustice!

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Do Not Mix your Belief with Injustice!

2012 / 07 / 05

Below is a transcript of Sheikh al-Habib's lecture titled 'Do Not Mix your Belief with Injustice!'.

Is it enough for someone to become just a Believer? If someone was assured within himself of the possession of belief, would that guarantee him salvation in the Hereafter?

Just because you think you are guided, that does not mean you are safe in the Hereafter. Belief has conditions, qualities and pillars.

If any of those conditions was to collapse, then this kind of faith becomes useless due to its incompleteness.

In other words, if someone says: “I am a believer, I believe in the One God who sent Prophets and revealed Holy Books, but, in the mean I also respect so and so tyrant or despot, or at least I can understand the justifications made by oppressors or I am indifferent towards them and therefore do not have a problem with such tyrants or bullies.”

The question here is: is such Belief well rounded or is it defective?

Such kind of faith is short; it is in fact polluted as it is dressed up with oppression.


Chapter 6, verse 82

(They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice/ oppression - those will have security in the hereafter, and they are [rightly] guided).

It is imperative that your faith is not mixed with oppression in order for it to be pure and in order for you to gain peace and safety on judgment day according to the blessed verse. Indeed you are one of the guided ones according to the blessed verse.

One way of mixing up your faith with injustice is your support to an oppressor.

If you support a dictator/ oppressor in practical or verbal terms or respect a tyrant publicly or privately, then according to that verse, you would have no security in the hereafter as you are not rightly guided.

In other words your guidance is faulty.

Therefore, every Muslim is under obligation to reflect on his positions regarding certain personalities of the past or present time.

Muslims need to be careful that they are not seen by Allah Al Mighty as people who support tyranny, respect terrorists, admire fanatic extremists and/ or value oppressors verbally, practically, publicly or privately.

This is in fact a problem that many people face and fail to pass through.

Many people disregard and even despise despots for some personal reasons, you find a Palestinian for example quite tough in his position towards Sharoon, Netanyahu or Shamir because he tasted injustice directly from that source.

However, if you point out to him that Saddam was an oppressor, he would not accept it.

That same Palestinian would consider Saddam as Abdullah Al Moa’amin ( The True Servant of Allah Al Mighty) and the Sixth Khalifa al Rashid ( The 6th Rightly Guided Successor of the Prophet Peace be upon him and his Family), after Abu Bakir, Umar, Othman, Ali ( Peace be upon him) and Umar bin Abdul Aziz according to the Bakri broad criterion.

Those titles for Saddam were reported in the Jordanian and Palestinian media at the time. So what makes that Palestinian accept that Sharoon is an oppressor, but Saddam is an Angel?

Maybe it is simply the uncontrollable drives of ones fancy that make one feels as such.

Seemingly, to that Palestinian Bakri, Saddam is definitely the one who shouted for the liberation of Palestine and paid monthly salaries to Palestinian families.

Saddam to him is the one who supported their cause at every occasion for political or national reasons. Therefore, Palestinians in general loved Saddam and hanged his pictures all around their homes, shops and Taxis.

They named their children after him as well.

Back in the mid 90s, the world was shocked to see a Palestinian father on Live TV trying to protect his son from the Israeli army bullets.

He gained plenty of sympathy for the sad demise of his son, that same Palestinian father called his other son Saddam; this is sheer ignorance, isn’t it?

{This problem does not only exist within the Bakri world, but also among the Shia Umma as well.

You will witness numerous Shia obsessed with the regime in Tehran, if not disillusioned with it.

They would refuse any criticism towards it, they would tell you that Iran is defending the Palestinian cause, that Iran is being targeted because it supported the Palestinian cause and that Iran’s early act of support was to close the Israeli Embassy in Tehran.

They would just defend the Regime to the hilt no matter what you say, you may tell them something like:

“All you have to do is do a little research about the regime in Iran. You will collect easily evidence about the Human Rights Violations against Scholars in Iran as well as ordinary believers.

You will know about the calamities, hardships and adversities that were inflicted on Ayatollah Sayed Sharia’atmaderi, Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Al Rohani, Ayatollah Sayed Sadiq Al Rohani and Ayatollah Ya’asoob Al Deen Al Ristigari”, but they do not bother! They would look at you as though you are a Shia that came from another planet!}

Anyhow, those same Shia are against the likes of Royal Families in so-called Saudi and Bahrain.

Why?

Those regimes are autocratic, they tell you.

But, those same Shia cannot apply the same definition of oppression against the (friendly) despotic Regime of Syria.

The Syrian Regime is an Ally of the Regime in Iran. They do not have the courage or objectivity to see Tyranny and Autocracy across the spectrum.

Why cannot they be fair and neutral in viewing the sources and symbols of injustice in spite of boundaries?

They act and think in the same manner of that Palestinian father.

In other words, those who want to apply the principles of Islam as they are, not as their desires and emotions direct them to do, must do so regardless of personalities, they should say:

“We reject tyranny in all its ways, shapes and forms and in all its personalities no matter who they are, whether such personalities are dead or alive, whether such personalities are from our faith or other faith and whether such people are our own brothers or not”.

They should not put up with tyranny or oppression in any form it may appear.

If you arm yourself with such code of conduct, you become like Mohammed the son of Abu Bakir who re-paid his allegiance/ pledge to the Commander of the Faithful Peace be upon him in the following manner:

“I give you my allegiance/ pledge according to the Quran and Sunnah and on the basis of renunciation/ rejection of my father; I testify that my father is in Hellfire”.

He declared his Bara’a form his own father.

Why did he say that?

He said that because he did not wish that Allah Al Mighty sees him mixing up his faith with oppression.

He did not wish that injustice interferes with his faith by respecting an oppressor or supporting one and in this case it was his own father.

Ones support to a despot makes him a partner in his despotic acts, Imam Ali Peace be upon him says:

“The one who performs injustice, the one who supports him or the one who accepts the outcome of injustice are all partners in oppression; and the one who accepts the outcome of injustice bears double the sin, the sin of partnership in the act of injustice and the sin of approving it”.

For example, In the Quran, Allah AL Mighty addresses the people of the book during the period of the Prophet Peace be upon him and his Family by stating In Sura Al Baqarah, verse 91:

“Say (unto them, O Muhammad): "Then why did you kill the prophets of Allah before, if you are [indeed] believers?"

Allah Al Mighty is scolding the People of the Book at the time of our Prophet, Peace be upon and his Family in Medina, in Arabia:

"Then why did you kill the prophets of Allah before, if you are [indeed] believers?"

They, the Distinguished Personalities of the Jewish Community in Medina including their religious dignitaries, came to our Prophet Peace be upon him and his Family and said:

“But we have not killed any Prophet ourselves at all”.

In fact they have not done that deed themselves, but they accepted the acts of their ancestors of doing so and did not mind.

Accordingly, Allah Al Mighty considered them as partners in those heinous crimes.

Thus the verse stated “why did you kill the Prophets before”?

And now the words Imam Ali Peace be upon him become plain, his words are:

“The one who performs injustice, the one who supports him or the one who accepts the outcome of injustice are all partners in oppression; and the one who accepts the outcome of injustice bears double the sin, the sin of partnership in the act of injustice and the sin of approving it”.

In our traditions, the Imam of our time, Peace be upon Him, after his reappearance, he would punish those descendent of the killers of Imam Hussein Peace be upon him.

Why?

Those people were indifferent, unmoved or unconcerned by the act of their forefathers.

Don’t we read in the Ziara: “May Allah curse those who heard about the killing of Imam Hussein Peace be upon him and accepted it”?

Those descendants try and justify Yazid’s act and give it an excuse like: “he regretted it; he did not mean it, Umar bin Saad acted on his own and so on”.

The problem is, if injustice falls upon someone directly, he will stand firmly against it, but if it falls upon someone else, he will act calmly or indifferently.

Imam Al Ridha Peace be upon him said:

“When injustice fell upon us the Household of the Prophet by denying us our Legitimate Devine Right of Leadership and confiscation of our land (Fadak), the general public of Muslims/ people were muted, but when injustice affected them directly during the Reign of Othman, they revolted against him and took up arms”.

People were simply indifferent to the injustice that fell upon AhlulBayt Peace be upon them.

Here is another example to prove the point:

Just try and visualise the attitude of the people in Medina soon after the martyrdom of the Prophet peace be upon him and his Family!

What kind of Muslims were they when they saw the Lady of this Universe standing at their doorsteps, as She, Peace be upon her, did after the martyrdom of her father, seeking the help of Ansar/ The Helpers in Medina against the pair of evil Abu Bakir and the son of Suhak, Umar?

They replied: “we have already given our allegiance to the son of Abu Quhafa and wish not to cause any trouble”.

People then refused to support her and did not stand firm in support of the Holy Household Peace be upon them.

But those same people had a totally different attitude later on in time.

When the daughter of Abu Bakir asked them for help to fight the Imam of their time in the battle of Camel, they swiftly responded with arms, SubhanAllah!

This Umma is indeed out of shape and deformed. This Umma can only stand upside-down. Even today, the problem is ongoing. When injustice fell directly on people in Libya, Egypt or Yemen, they took up arms and fought it out.

They broke the barriers of fear so to say, but those same people cannot perceive the injustice that fell upon the Family of the Prophet Peace be upon them All.

They do not want to know, and if they pretend they are ready to listen, they brush it aside: “it was history, why bother digging it up”?

They have a complex against this Pure Family in particular.

Anyone who caused injustice to this Holy Pure Family is labeled as “May Allah be pleased with him”.

Only this Family specifically is out of their radar of sympathy.

No matter how much the Family of the Prophet Peace be upon them all suffered and no matter how much they were persecuted, the Bakris in general become creative in finding excuses like:

“He tried his best effort to get it right, he did try his best, he was incorrect, but he will still get one share of reward”

Let us look into the character of Umar.

The Bakris say: We do not accept that Umar was a despot. We do not believe he attacked the house of Fatima Peace be upon her.

We do not have enough evidence on the matter. This matter is only recorded in Shia books and so on.

Fine!

Let us do without such evidence and let us study the event of the Tragedy of Thursday in Sahih Al Bukari.

You will find that Umar’s position on that day and during that event is described in the Quran as an act of injustice.

Chapter 7 of Sura Al A’araf, verses 44, 45:

“Then an announcer will announce among them, the curse of Allah shall be upon the oppressors: Those who averted [people] from the way of Allah and sought to make it [seem] deviant while they were, concerning the Hereafter, disbelievers”.

According to these verses, those who obstruct the Way of Allah Al Mighty are oppressors, and those who seek deviation for the Umma are also oppressors and deserving the Curse of Allah Al Mighty.

So how and why is Umar linked to these blessed verses?

Is there a difference between the Way of Allah AL Mighty and the Way of the Prophet Peace be upon him and his Family?

The answer is: No!

Therefore, anyone who obstructs the Way of the Prophet Peace be upon him and his Family is indeed getting in the Way of Allah Al Mighty. And according to those verses deserves Allah’s Curse and your duty and mine is to renounce him.

Chapter 7 of Sura Al A’araf, verses 44, 45:

“Then an announcer will announce among them, the curse of Allah shall be upon the oppressors: Those who averted [people] from the way of Allah and sought to make it [seem] deviant while they were, concerning the Hereafter, disbelievers”.

Umar bin Khatab held the flag of opposition in the event of the Calamity of Thursday. He deliberately deprived the Prophet peace be upon him and his Family from his right to write down his testimony. A final testimony that would have safe guarded the Umma from deviation forever, Al Bukhari Vol 4 page 121.

‏‪<‬p‪>‬وقد روى البخاري كتاب الاعتصام باب كراهية الاختلاف أن الحضور عند رسول الله اختلفوا إلى …رجال فيهم عمر بن الخطاب ، قال : هلم أكتب لكم كتابا لن تضلوا بعده ، قال عمر : إن النبي (ص) غلبه الوجع وعندكم القرآن فحسبنا كتاب الله ..النبي (ص) قال : قوموا عني " ، قال عبيد الله فكان ابن عباس يقول : إن الرزية كل الرزية ما حال بين رسول الله وبين أن يكتب لهم ذلك الكتاب من اختلافهم ولغطهم " .‪‬
This Hadeeth is well known among the Shia world and widely circulated in lectures in all languages, but it is hardly mentioned in the Bakri world because it defames Umar.

This narration point out that Umar refused the order of the Prophet peace be upon him and his Family in his last moments.

In fact a Jordanian called Marwan Khulaifat who was a lecturer in Islamic Studies reverted to true Islam when he traced the account of this narration and wrote a book called (wa rakabtu al safina), I boarded the Ship!

Umar’s wish was to ensure that deviation takes place in this Umma.

Now apply the ruling of those verses and conclude for yourself if he was in Hell or in Paradise?

In the narration recorded by Al Bukhari vol 4 page 121, the Prophet Peace be upon him and his Family asked for a paper and pen so to say.

What does that mean?

It means it was his Way, his Directive or his Path, and his Way or Directive is Allah’s Way or Directive.

Consequently, the Prophet’s Directive was not fulfilled due to the intense opposition of Umar.

And that makes Umar an oppressor according to the blessed verse.

Therefore, performing La’anat on Umar is compatible with those verses as Allah Al Mighty said in Chapter 7/ Sura Al A’araf, verses 44, 45:

“Then an announcer will announce among them, the curse of Allah shall be upon the oppressors:Those who averted [people] from the way of Allah and sought to make it [seem] deviant while they were, concerning the Hereafter, disbelievers”.

Whoever believes in this personality, Umar, and takes it as role model is a person that stands clearly against the teachings of the Quran.

Why?

You will make your faith dressed up in oppression and injustice as mentioned in verse 82 of Sura Al Ana’ am, Chapter 6, verse 82

(They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice/ oppression - those will have security in the hereafter, and they are [rightly] guided)

The Tafseer of this verse according to our Imam, Imam Jaffar Al Sadiq Peace be upon him is:

“They who believe, meaning those who believe in what the Prophet brought forward in the (Wilaya) of Ali and do not mix up their belief with the (Wilaya) of the first two”.

We are proud that we are following this ruling of clear cut (Wilaya) in all its features and clear cut (Bara’a) in all its features.

Our negative attitude against Umar for example is nor personal. Our ill feelings towards him is based on Sharia’a Laws.

We reject him and reject all oppressors.

Therefore, we can say we are the (Rafidah), Rejectionists.

We reject tyrants, autocrats, bullies, dictators, tormentors, despots etc. whoever they are.

Whether this despot is Umar bin Khatab, Saddam Hussain, Canaan, the son of Prophet Noah Peace be upon him, the kings and princes of the Arabian Peninsula or the two Supreme Leaders of North Korea and Iran, we Reject them!

We do not have a complex in that regard. We do not offer any of them excuses or justifications; we do not shy away from announcing our (Bara’a) from them.

Let us conclude with the words of Imam Al Askari Peace be upon him:

Any Muslim who wishes to gain security in the hereafter must act in accordance with the verse 82 in chapter 6 and become a Rafidhi.

His words: “Al Rafidhi is anyone who has ill feelings against anything or anyone that Allah Al Mighty dislikes, meanwhile doing all that what Allah Al Mighty commands, but who in this time and age is as such”? Those were the words of Imam al Askari Peace be upon him.

Bottom line, Al Rafidha is the party that is safe and sound and well in the Hereafter!

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