The Troubles Besetting Muslims
This hadith points out that before the
Mahdi comes, those who lack religious morals
and have a cruel and merciless character
will come to power in some Muslim countries.
This is one of the signs indicating that
the coming of the Mahdi and Prophet Jesus
(pbuh) is drawing nigh.
In another hadith, our Prophet (may God
bless him and grant him peace) tells us
that due to all of this oppression at the
End Times, sincere Muslims may be forced
to hide their belief and worship in secret:
stories regarding Saddam’s cruelty
have appeared in the media. Der Spiegel
(June 16, 2003) called Saddam and
his family the “The Murder-Clan.”
Newsweek magazine covered Saddam's
crimes in its February 17, 2003 issue.
(left) Cruel Saddam (Sabah,September
April 12, 2003)
(below, in the middle) Saddam Tested
Radiation Bomb Aksiyon Magazine, April
As we all know, some contemporary Muslim
rulers oppress Muslims and crush their people
and prevent Muslims from living by their
religion and performing their acts of worship.
Meanwhile, economic conditions have made
life harder. In other countries, people
are subjected to trouble because their rulers
are unqualified to rule.
Some examples of these incidents are as
In Iraq, which lost about one million
people during its war against Iran, the
Ba`thist dictator Saddam Hussein subjected
all Iraqis to unbearable tortures and atrocities.
Instability and turmoil have ruled in
Afghanistan ever since the Soviet occupation
in 1979. Some Afghanistan authorities (viz.,
the Taliban), which never represented real
Islam, established a very oppressive, ruthless,
and intolerant system.
Syrian Muslims suffered a myriad of atrocities
during Hafez Assad's 30-year rule. Some
cities were entirely destroyed during the
massacres, which also led to raping women
and a wide-ranging torturing of men.
Djibouti, a tiny African country, has
been ruled by a harsh regime that, during
1977-91, killed about 2,000 Muslims, arrested
7,000 people, and tortured many more without
In Somalia, an oppressive regime led by
Major General Mohammed Siad Barre, which
targeted Muslims directly, was in power
Tunisia, ruled by the dictator Habib Bourgiba
for 31 years, suffered great oppression
during the rule of this self-proclaimed
"President for Life."
It is also worthwhile to say that this
situation is prevalent in some Muslim countries
due to a lack of knowledge about Islamic
morality. One of the common features of
such regimes is their repressive and cruel
power-based ideologies. This is surely incompatible
with religion's morality. Therefore, believers
need to carry out intellectual struggles
against these ideologies, for an ideology
that is defeated on intellectual grounds
can hardly survive. Muslims must expose
these ideologies' errors and deviances and
call their adherents to the right path by
telling them about religion's true morality.
Through this method, which complies with
the Qur'anic morality and the Prophet's
(may God bless him and grant him peace)
Sunnah, all of these cruelties will end,
by God's permission, and the Muslim world
will attain a celebratory future.