The Troubles Besetting Muslims

 

At the end of time, their rulers will cause My people severe trouble in such a way that there will be no comfort for Muslims anywhere.
(Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi `Alamat
al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 12)

 

 

Woe to this community because of those tyrannical rulers. These cruel ones frighten even the silent and submissive, apart from those who obey them. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi `Alamat
al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 13)

 

 

The cruelty of leaders � is one of the portents of Doomsday. (Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Rasul Barzanji,
Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 143)

 

 

... There will be no home into which strife does not enter, and no Muslim who is untouched by it. This will continue until a rajul [a man of gnosis and illumination] from my lineage appears. (Al-Muttaqi al-Hindi, Al-Burhan fi `Alamat al-Mahdi Akhir az-Zaman, p. 25)

 

 

[One portent of Doomsday is] sinners raising their voices in the mosques and having victory and dominion over devout believers in place of the religion's commandments. (Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 450)

 

 

I swear that [great] misfortunes will befall the people, and one will not find any refuge from cruelty and tyranny. At such a troublesome time, God will send someone from my lineage. (Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 437)

 

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:
 

Just as the hypocrites lead their lives in secret among you today, a time will come when believers will try hard to lead their religious lives among others. (Ibn Sunni)

 

 

Many 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 25,2000)
(right) Loot...Chaos...Misery(Radikal, April 12, 2003)
(below, in the middle) Saddam Tested Radiation Bomb Aksiyon Magazine, April 14,2000

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 follows:

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 any justification.

In Somalia, an oppressive regime led by Major General Mohammed Siad Barre, which targeted Muslims directly, was in power from 1969-91.

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.


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