ANGER AND WAYS FOR ITS REMEDY
by Mufti Abdur Raheem Lajpuri Saheb RA (Allâh grant barakah
Question: The Religious Scholars (Ulamâ) are requested
to shed light upon the factors behind Muslim distress and suffering
all over the world. Muslims are facing riots and massacres at many
places - Why is this?
Answer: There are several reasons for this sad
state of affairs in the Ummah. Among the more prominent ones are
* Lack of true faith in Allâh Ta'âla.
* Increased disobedience towards Him.
* Increasing timidity among us.
* Love of the materialistic world [Hubb-e-Dunya wa Mâl].
* Open disobedience of the Sunnah of Rasulullâh Sallallahu Alayhi
Following our own innovated [bid'ah] practices and customs. Neglecting
the rights of Allâh [Huqûq-Allâh], and the rights of creation [Huqûq-ut-Ibad].
Our complete ingratitude towards the innumerable blessings showered
upon us by our Benefactor, despite being totally unworthy of these
Disregard for the selfless advice given to us by our noble Ulamâ
in relation to our religion.
Almighty Allâh sums up the reasons for our suffering in Surah
42, Âyah 30 of the Noble Qur'ân:
"Whatever misfortune happens to you, it is because of the
things your hands have wrought, and for many of them he grants forgiveness"
A further elaboration on this point is found in Surâh 30, Âyah
"Mischief has appeared on and sea because of what the hands
of man have caused, that Allâh may give them a taste of some of
their deeds; in order that they turn back from evil. "
Severe Punishment for Certain Types of Sins
Indulging in disobedience and committing sins anger Allâh, but
certain sins are such that, if committed, will invite a very swift
and severe punishment.
Among these types of sins are:
Unjust decision-making and the breaking of a pledge - these await
the imposition of tyrannical rule.
Short-weighting and short-measuring by traders await the punishment
of famine, inflation and oppression.
Widespread betrayal of trust will cause the imposition of tyrant
Fearing death and inclining towards materialism [dunya] will result
in timidity and fear the faithful. - Jazâ-ul-A'mâl.
The companion, Sayyadina Thawbân Radhiallahu Anhu narrated that
Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam is reported to have said:
"A period will come when the enemies will come closer by calling
one another for annexing the nations of the believers just like
how people call one another for eating food when it has, been prepared.
"Someone then asked as to whether the Muslims will be few in
Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam is reported to have replied,
"You will be large in numbers, but will like hay before a flood
of water. Your enemies will not fear you because you will be so
weak and timid. "One companion then asked the reason for this
decline, and Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, "Life
(and its luxuries) will become more dearer to you and you will dislike
death, (and facing Allâh).
Mishkat Sharîf p.459. Chapter on Taghayyur-Un-Nâs;
Abû Dawûd, p.242.