April 23, 2001

The Islamic Revival: al-Tajdeed al-Islami

 

“And when We told the angels, ‘Prostrate yourselves before
Adam!’, they all prostrated themselves, save Iblees, who refused and gloried
in his arrogance: and thus he became one of those who denied the truth.”
[al-Baqarah 2:34]

Thus began the history of the struggle between al-haq (truth)
and al-baatil (falsehood). Although Iblees was from amongst the jinn he was allowed
into the company of the angels, but this honor granted by Allah made Iblees
arrogant, so much so, that he felt able to deny Allah’s request. Furthermore,
since then he has pledged to direct mankind away from the path of submission
to Allah. This is the history of the struggle between al-haq and al-baatil.

Mankind required guidance to prevent them from falling prey
to the whispers of Iblees (also known Shaytaan) and Allah provided this guidance
through books and men. Some men were honored by Allah to convey his message
and some of these men were honored further with books of guidance e.g. the
Zaboor
of Dawud, the Tawrah of Musa, the Injeel of ‘Isa and the
Qur’an of Muhammad
(peace be upon them all). The death of Muhammad (saw) ended the process of
revelation. Allah then guided his creation through his book: the Qur’an which
is protected by Allah so that it can reach the generation beyond Muhammad (saw).
Although Messenger-ship has ended some men have continued to uphold al-haq in
the face of al-baatil after the death of the prophet – these being the
mujaddidoon – i.e. the revivers of Islam.

“Allah will raise at the head of each century, such people
for this ummah as will revive its deen for it.” [Abu Dawud]

The process of revival (tajdeed) has been shouldered by many
great personalities like ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul-Aziz, Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Malik, Imam Ahmad
ibn Hanbal, Imam as-Shafi’i, Imam al-Ghazzali, Salahuddin al-Ayyubi, Imam ibn
Taymiyyah Shah Waliullah, and others. The greatness of these personalities lies not only
in the vastness of their knowledge but in the way that they applied both their
mind and their knowledge to the prevailing situation of their age and then in
the way that they strove to revive the deen (way of life). So, they would examine
the situation of the Muslims and then they would compare this situation with
the demands of Islam and if they found any discrepancies then they would work
on this particular weakness to make the situation fulfill the demands of Islam.
Thus movements have arisen concentrating variously on jihad, morality,
asceticism,
prayers, politics, philosophy, belief and dedication to the Sunnah depending
upon what was particularly lacking in the Muslims of that time.

It is obvious though, that today, we are not only lacking in
just one aspect of Islam but rather, we are lacking in almost every aspect.
This has been the natural conclusion of many of the century’s great revivers.
They maintain that today’s comprehensive disease requires a comprehensive
cure. Consequently, we have witnessed this century the emergence of Islamic
movements in almost every country all essentially aiming to return mankind in
a comprehensive manner back to the worship of Allah.

‘I have only created jinns and men that they may serve Me’ [ad-Dhaariyaat
51:56]

From Palestine to the Phillippines and from Tunisia to the Tajikistan,
these movements are today one single global Islamic movement united by a common
Cause and a common Struggle.

The history of the Islamic movement in this century dates back
to the 1920s when Imam Hasan al-Banna and Sayyid Abul ‘Ala Mawdudi began their work.
Their inheritors have continued their work through the decades and we have witnessed
many trials and periods of hardship. Sayyid Mawdudi was jailed on several occasions,
once he was even sentenced to death! The Ikhwaan al-Muslimeen in Egypt suffered 20 years of
imprisonment with many being executed (Sayyid Qutb, Shaykh Farghali, and Shaykh
Abdul-Qadir Awdah being some example). The Ikhwan in Syria were killed in the
thousands in 1982 and only recently the Tunisian movement, an-Nahda, suffered
at the hands of the Tunisian regime. Backed by scholars such as Shaykh Sayyid
Sabiq (author of Fiqh us-Sunnah) and Sayyid Amin Ahsan Islahi (author of
Tadabbur al-Qur’an), the movement has progressed closer and closer towards achieving its
various objectives. Today, Egypt and Turkey are examples of the modern-day progress
of the Islamic movement. We hope and pray that Allah will bless and honor the
work of His soldiers.

Young Muslims is a limb of this global movement
sharing its understanding with all the other major worldwide movements. Our
situation here in UK reflects the domination of ignorance and the absence
of Islam. Iblees is still working very hard to divert mankind away from the path
of Allah so that he may remain trapped within today’s abyss of depression and
misery. Anyone who may care enough to cease acting out their daily routine and
look for one second into this abyss will only be horrified by the suffering
and despair that is so common. Most people today are content in planning for
the provisions that they require for the journey yet they do not know or maybe
they do not even care where this journey is taking them. They live as the poet
says:

I came, I know not from where,
But I came,
I saw before me a path, so I walked,
I will continue walking, whether I will or not,
How did I come?
How did I see my path?
I do not know,
And why I do not know, I do not know.

Unfortunately, for the people of this country baatil reigns.
One of its manifestations is the prevalence of shirk (associating partners with
Allah – the greatest injustice of all). It’s our responsibility that Islam should
now be introduced to the people of this country not as the religion of the
Saracens (descendants of Sarah),
nor as the next threat to the West, but rather as the cure to its many diseases.
Therefore, it becomes our duty as upholders of al-haq to take Islam to the people
of this country, our aim being to help create and maintain in Britain a society
in which the people live by Islam. By doing so, we would be fulfilling the order
of the Prophet (saw) since he himself said in his farewell speech:

“Those of you who are present here convey the message to
those who are absent.” [Bukhari]

This is the vision of our movement, a movement which aspires
to tread the very same enlightened path of the Prophet (saw) and his noble
companions towards the promised victory insha-Allah, so that we can be from
amongst those who helped revive the deen in this century.

It is as Imam Hasan al-Banna said:

“My brothers, you are not a welfare organization, nor
a political party, you are not a limited goals organization but a new spirit
that moves in the nerves of the people. You are the new light that will destroy
the darkness of materialism. You are the voices that echo the message of Prophet
Muhammad (saw)”.

 (courtesy of http://www.ymuk.net)

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