Posted by: seekerofthesacred | November 1, 2011

Dealing with Social Upheaval

Bismi Llah…

as-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatu Llahi wa barakatuh,

No doubt, many will be aware of the ongoing political and social changes in the Middle East – and ‘changes’ is an understatement. In addition to the statement issued by al-Habib ‘Umar very early on, [regarding the role of scholars, and their neutrality, and in condemnation of the killing as well as the necessity to help in whatever way possible, keeping those injured in our duas], Habib gave a khutbah on the 30/09/11 at Jami’ ‘Umar, al-Mukalla. He gave comprehensive advice, covering the necessity of maintaining taqwa, begining from our hearts and manifesting in our leaving of the prohibitted, whether it was killing, using interest or any other violation of rights.

In the second khutbah, he gave us the basis upon which we interact with these changes. Reflect sincerely on these insights, and recognize their value! Read it here. What follows is the relevant excerpt:

Oh believers: Indeed, binding on us are numerous obligations, pertaining to the individual, the family, organizations, groups, citizens and rulers – young or old, male or female, yet they all interact with life in various ways. Verily, the established criteria – the criteria which can be applied to every minute detail*, of the young and old, of all those legally responsible – is the criteria of: “Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.” (99:7-8)

It is indeed these criteria which inform us, precisely, of how we should act and interact, if we wish to support he who is oppressed, if we wish to advise the young or old, if we wish to make straight and put right something diverted. All of this is part and parcel of the way Allah deals with creation (sunnatu Llah), though it occurs via our will and power. We have the ability to do so, and [incumbent upon us is to do it] with excellence, a pure heart, and sincere truthfulness with The Most Merciful (ar-Rahman: Allah). As for with other than these qualities, then we shouldn’t be decieved by forms [without reality].

* : a non-literal translation of the Arabic phrase: [لا يترُكُ لَفْتَةَ ناظِر ولا فَلتة خاطِر]

Keep those oppressed from amongst our brothers and sisters in your duas, in Syria, Yemen and everywhere else.

Worthy of note is Habib ‘Ali’s interview, where he goes into further detail regarding the uprisings, and various other issues of importance.

was-salam

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