Peace be upon those who accept the guidance. In case this article is read by anyone at war with Muslims, it doesn’t begin ‘Peace be upon you’.
For those who are not at war with Muslims, peace be upon you. I certainly hope that reading this article brings you closer to God.
I believe in God, and in what was revealed to us, and what was revealed to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Tribes, And in what was given to Moses and Jesus and the prophets from their Lord. I do not make distinctions among them, and to Him I am submitted.
During WW2, my grandfather left Europe to avoid being killed by Nazis. I think he was a wise Jew, because if he had died there, I wouldn’t have come into the world. Since I’m alive and worshipping God, I think it was a wise move to avoid being killed by Nazis. God knows best.
Islamic history shows that there were Islamic civilisations that were great kingdoms, and of course we still have the current community, even though it doesn’t have an official administrative head.
The time I live in is post-imperialism. We have so-called nations, some more Islamic than others. The Republic of Indonesia, for example, doesn’t acknowledge a particular prophet or holy book, even though most of it’s constituents do. The Republic of Indonesia does acknowledge the One True God, using the phrase Tuhan Maha Esa.
Mecca is the spiritual capital of the Islamic community, but not the administrative. In history, the political head of the nation was in Madinah, then Baghdad, then Istanbul, and then for the last 100 years we haven’t had a universal Islamic political leadership.
At the end of WW1, we were split up into territories, now called nations and operating as nations in the worldly sense, but not operating according to what we have been taught in the Qur’an. Some of these nations have implemented revelation-based governance to a greater or lesser extent, yet the model of nation-states is not an Islamic design in the first place.
Leaders were appointed from those territories. In some cases, like Syria, they were appointed according to the will of the Imperial powers, not the will of the Muslims. These leaders were often people who had not been able to rise under an Islamic regime, yet were willing to deals with disbelievers to gain power.
THE CONSEQUENCES FOR SYRIA TODAY
What Syria is suffering today is a result of that. The people who are in power, the Assads, let’s say, have been there for decades, or from when the caliphate came down and the nations were formed. Syria was a province of the Uthmani Caliphate before that.
While a province of an Islamic Caliphate, Syria had deviated groups, just like any place often has them – Syria had the Alawites. They were not given power by the caliph because he knew they were not capable. Now they’re in power and oppressing people with their power.
Under an Islamic regime, they were known to be deviated. The caliphate was over them, and the Muslims were under the caliph, not under the deviants.
The leadership, that is the Islamic caliphate, would send them preachers and teachers to call them to leave their deviations and adopt right beliefs and practices.
They would just listen politely, not willing to accept remedial teachings. They retained their deviated ideas which had not come from Islam at all, but were from their forefathers pre-Islam.
A similar problem is still in place here in Java. Here, the call of Islam was partly heeded and partly not heeded. Old beliefs and practices were mixed into the prophetic religion. So, instead of entering Islam fully, accepting it, and adopting it as a way of life, there was a synthesis, and it’s an awful problem. There is still a lack of rejection. That which is opposed to Islam must be rejected by Muslims.
Wherever foreign ideas and practices are permitted to exist under the sharia, they must not exist as claims on Islamic teachings. They must be labelled for whatever they are, such as Christian, Jewish, idolatrous, or whatever, and then they may be permitted to be practiced within those societies according to the deal they have with the Islamic regime.
For example, there are some people here who still don’t remove numerology from their mosques and teaching centres, while such ideas are actually rejected by Islam.
They remain present and they become mixed into Islamic practice as found amongst the people because communities are reluctant to change and cling ignorantly to what they know. Sociologically it’s a well known phenomena. Unless they really listen and obey, or they really understand well and choose their actions based on careful and unbiased investigation, people generally follow the ways of their fathers even when prophets tell them to repent and go straight.
IMPURE RELIGION LEADS TO OPPRESSION OR PUNISHMENT
Societies often follow their whims or their material desires rather than their intellect. Then, because of the weak relationship to God which results, these communities inevitably end up oppressing themselves or somebody else or being punished by God directly.
That is what is happening in Syria and in a lot of other places. The actual people’s Muslim community there – not the Alawites – have wanted the deviants out for a long time. They have put up with them, or fought them, for decades,
ISLAM INCLUDES A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF GOVERNANCE
We have our system of government. Islam is not Christendom. Islam carries a political and economic system, while the vast majority of Christian schools of thought do not. They are more missionary. That’s only natural, because Jesus was not commissioned to establish a kingdom on earth.
He was sent to a nation who had already had a kingdom and were in the process of losing it. He was sent to Ancient Israel. Jesus did not instruct the Romans, the British, and so forth, to set up or maintain political kingdoms. His tribe was the Tribe of Israel. The Tribe of Israel comes from Isaac, the son of Abraham.
Jesus was from the Tribe of Israel and for the Tribe of Israel. Israel is one of the few nations today which has a religious base. Today, the Tribe of Israel is not squarely the nation of Israel that is situated around Jerusalem.
The Tribe of Israel is partly still scattered in diaspora and partly gathered to the Holy Land by God for his purposes. As for the government of Israel that is sitting in the Holy Land, it was not sanctioned by God. At best, it could have been a temporary coalition in order to express and preserve the rights of Jews under Muslim rule. In that case it might be halal, but that wouldn’t be a government, just a representative office for Jews.
They should be living as a protected minority under Muhammadian sharia, with rights to enact their own law, Torahic law. Muhammad was their brother. He came from the son of Abraham, Ishmael. The Jews have prophecies that he would come. They should have known about Muhammad, but few of them really study or really ask God if Muhammad is their brother from the sons of Abraham.
America is secular. Much of the world is secular. So these days it’s only fundamental Christians who think still like old Israelites (i.e, like Jesus), and who can thus think in terms of a theocratic state. Christians should be thinking like that. They should think that they are still Israelites. Jesus was an Israelite, not a Christian.
From a religious point of view, ancient Israel was a fine nation, and for a while it was God’s nation. Ancient Israel then went bad through poor governance, a destiny predestined by God for his purposes. The wisdom of that rotting is now becoming clearer. Why did God let them rot their own nation? It was a lesson for us. Mankind benefited from it. Mankind can now realise some of the consequences of disobedience to God by a believing nation.
Why did Aceh’s Muslims get punished by God? Ask God. I don’t know exactly. I’ve asked our Lord, and it is leading me to understand it through our scripture. I don’t get a personal response by way of angelic visit or revelatory dream. I get closer to understanding sunnatullah (the natural ways of God the regulate the flow of all creation). Sunnatullah is explained in the Qur’an. Everything in this article is based on quranic teachings.
Modern Israel is an attempt to re-establish something that God already dismembered a long time ago (governance by Israel). Modern Israel is not sanctioned by God. He kicked them out of Jerusalem a long time ago.
The ingathering of the Jews is not illegal. Ingathering and governing are not the same. Jews and other Israelites are gathered, or being gathered, but the nation-building is not fine. It has been prohibited to them and permitted to their brothers in the family of Abraham, the followers of Muhammad. Why? The answer is with God. He is The Most Wise.
There are many family feuds. They Jews and the Muslims are all in one family: the family of Abraham. Yet, the Jews had a blowout and God asked the Ishmaelites, that is Muhammad and his followers, to set up the help center.
The victims, The Tribe of Israel’s citizenry, are victime of the blowout in ancient Israel. They are nationless and powerless. They have resorted to financial forms of control and lobbying other governments for centuries, but have never returned to glory. With the diaspora, they were, or are, able to cool off, look back, and move on.
They had to cool off – that was the diaspora and for many of them it still is. U had to repent and be good to the host nation. Service always help us clean our hearts. They have to look back. Jesus was a teacher. His miracles were to convince them he was from God.
His criticisms were made so that they would reflect, and he carried merciful words and teachings that their hearts might change. The Most Merciful sent Jesus. The Most Gracious sent Jesus. The Most Exalted sent him.
They had to move on – that’s Muhammad and the last form of the sharia. That’s movement. You have to face Mecca now. It’s called a change in the Kiblah.
It is explained online as follows (http://www.al-islam.org/message/30.htm):
During the thirteen years of his prophetic mission in Mecca, Muhammad used to offer his prayers with his face towards ‘Baytul Maqdis’ (Jerusalem) and even after his migration to Madina, the Divine order was that ‘Baytul Maqdis’ would continue to be the ‘qiblah’. It was that while offering their prayers, the Muslims should turn their faces to the same direction of prayer to which the Jews turned theirs. This was in itself a sort of collaboration and a means of bringing the two groups – one old and the other new – nearer to each other.
But the Jews became panicky on account of the advancement of the Muslims, because their ever-increasing successes went to show that very soon the religion of Islam would spread to the entire Peninsula and the strength and influence of the Jews would come to an end. They, therefore, began indulging in obstructionist activities and hurt the Muslims and their dignified leader in many ways. They put forward the question of offering prayers facing ‘Baytul Maqdis’ and said: “Muhammad claims that his is an independent religion and his law supersedes all previous laws, but he does not yet have an independent ‘qiblah’ and offers his prayers facing the ‘qiblah’ of the Jews (‘qiblah’ meaning prayer direction)”.
This news disturbed the Prophet. He came out of his house at midnight and looked at the sky. He was awaiting revelation. An order was revealed to him as contained in the following verse:
Many a time We have seen you turn your face towards heaven. We will make you turn towards a ‘qiblah’ that will please you. (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:144)
There was a clear reason for it. The matter possessed an aspect of test. The intention was that the true believers and those who were not sincere in their faith should be identified and the Prophet should fully recognize such persons, because the second order, in obedience to which he turned his face towards Masjidul Haram (The Sacred Mosque), while performing prayers, was the sign of faith in the new religion and disobedience and delay was a sign of double-mindedness and hypocrisy. The Qur’an itself mentions this fact clearly in the following verse:
We decreed your former qiblah only in order that We might know the Prophet’s true adherents and those who were to disown him. It was indeed a hard test, but not for those whom Allah guided. (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:143).
To the Followers of Abraham: facing Mecca is a sign of being God’s people. You face the house of God set up by the father Abraham. It shows that one is still following Abraham.
Why? Why would God do this? He is wise. The Israelites took the calf, didn’t they? They already had one God, and they had his help, and then they went and did that. He then punished them and forgave them, and why did He do that? So they would know who their Lord was, and so they would be grateful to their Lord, and so they might become obedient to their Lord.
And then why this sovereignty shifting, from Israel to the Diaspora, to Muhammad? Why did they fail and then get kicked out, disgraced, split up and posted to the corners of the earth, and then given the chance to come back?
God teaches us. You transgress, and you are punished with the small punishment. It is the punishment in this world, and then you come back more obedient when you repent and the Lord forgives you.
Or else… You don’t repent. You remain disobedient, and you pay for that in the next world. You go to Hell. Glory be to God. Forgive me if there are any errors.
To the Israelites, and the followers of Jesus, and to all people: Enter Islam. God will forgive you your sins and reward you with Paradise.