The Reason for the Downfall of the Ummah and Its Remedies

Shaykh Abū Khadījah

Imām Mālik (raḥimahullāh) said, “The later part of this ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earliest part.”
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A profound khuṭbah from the seminar in Philadelphia, USA (Dec/02). Our noble brother, Abū Khadījah, speaks in regard to destruction, oppression, distress and disunity of the ummah. Explaining its causes and providing light upon its remedies.

In explanation of this oft discussed yet seldom understood topic, Abū Khadījah states,

Imām Mālik (raḥimahullāh) said, ‘The later part of this ummah will not be rectified except by that which rectified its earliest part’.

So that which rectifies in the time of the Ṣaḥābahh is the same thing that will rectify today! It is not anything different; it is not by entering into democracy, and entering into the houses of parliament, and entering into the senate houses and entering into elections. This is not from the forms of revival; it is not another form of revival, as some of the so-called people who claim salafīyyah for themselves, as they say, ‘the way to rectify the ummah is to set up jam’iyyaat (societies) and jamāʿāt (groups)’. Each jam’iyyah and jamāʿah has its own ameer (leader), so they elect an ameer, then they give the bay’ah (pledge of allegiance) to the ameer. They say ‘this ameer, he knows the affair of the ummah, so we will refer back to him for all our..’, so instead of going back to the ruler, instead of using the state or Islamic nation. Instead they say, ‘we have a group, we have a jam’iyyah or we have a jamāʿah, our jamāʿah has a leader’, this ameer is like a mini ameerul-mu’mineen. All of these methodologies oppose the sunnah of the Messenger (ﷺ ) because all of them are newly invented ideologies, because this part of the ummah that we are living in today will not be rectified except by that which rectified the earliest part.

The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said, ‘When you start taking part in illegal transactions that involve a type of interest, and you hold onto the tails of cattle and you become satisfied with cultivation and you abandon jihād, then the humiliation of Allāh will descend upon you.’

The humiliation of whom? The Jews? The Free Masons? The United Nations? The Hindus? The Russians? Upon you will come the humiliation of Allāh! And Allāh will not remove the humiliation until you return back to your religion. Allāh’s Messenger (ﷺ) didn’t say, ‘up until you return back to the jihād on the battlefields?’ Allāh’s Messenger (ﷺ) didn’t say, ‘up until you return back to the worship of the idols or the graves’. He (ﷺ) did not say, ‘up until you go and start blowing up buildings and taking part in terrorism and uniting with the kuffār and accepting the Jews and Christians as your brothers.’ He (ﷺ) did not day this! He (ﷺ) said ‘when you abandon jihād, when you hold on to the tails of cattle, when you become satisfied with cultivation. Then the humiliation of Allāh will descend. This is Allāh’s humiliation we are suffering today.

Do you think the Jews have any power over the will of Allāh? Do you think the Americans have any power over the will of Allāh? Do you believe they are the ones who control the earth? For if you were to listen to the takfīrees and these tahreerees and these political activists, you would think by the way they speak, you would think that Allāh no longer controls the earth and that the Americans and the Jews control the earth. So they make you leave the tawaakil (reliance) of Allāh and they make you believe that all the plots and plans and the control of the earth is in the hands of the kuffār,  as if Allāh doesn’t control it anymore! This humiliation that you are suffering and we are suffering as an ummah, our women being raped, our brothers being killed, all of this is from the humiliation of Allāh and Allāh will not remove this humiliation upon until we return back to the religion.

Published: January 23, 2003
Edited: March 31, 2022

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