At March 27th 2019 there were 26 searches in Crimea under criminal Russia’s control. 23 Muslims were arrested, and they are charged with being members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir. (Source)
Every time when Muslims face such trials, people start to think over the reasons of what happened, and also they look for ways how to counter such repressions and minimalize harms from it.
Such shocks naturally raise sensitivity of detained Muslims, their relatives and friends. This is natural but it can lead to a situation when people may forget about true criterion to evaluate this repressions and people may appeal to emotions.
So it is very important in such situations to remind regularly to yourself and other Muslims the true valuation of what is happening to avoid despair, faintheartedness and weakness.
As for true valuation, it is contained in reminding of Allah, and His teachings that are located in Holy Quran since Allah says in Surah “Raa’d”: الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ “Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (13:28).
Dear brothers and sisters, let us appeal to some ayahs of Holy Quran that explain to us the essence of such events and stands that are adopted by Muslims and their enemies among Kuffar.
The permanent nature of struggle between Iman and Kufr is mentioned in the following ayah: وَلَوْلاَ دَفْعُ اللّهِ النَّاسَ بَعْضَهُمْ بِبَعْضٍ لَّفَسَدَتِ الأَرْضُ وَلَـكِنَّ اللّهَ ذُو فَضْلٍ عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ “And if Allah did not check one set of people by means of another, the earth would indeed be full of mischief. But Allah is full of Bounty to the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).” (2:251).
The reasons of permanents attacks of Kuffar, and Russia with its agencies in this case, are mentioned in another ayah: وَمَا نَقَمُوا مِنْهُمْ إِلَّا أَن يُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ * الَّذِي لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ “They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise! Who, to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And Allah is Witness over everything.” (85:8-9)
And says in other ayah: يُرِيدُونَ أَن يُطْفِؤُواْ نُورَ اللّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى اللّهُ إِلاَّ أَن يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ “They (the disbelievers, the Jews and the Christians) want to extinguish Allah’s Light (with which Muhammad has been sent – Islamic Monotheism) with their mouths, but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the Kafirun (disbelievers) hate (it).” (9:32).
As for the stand of Muslims, Allah made adherence to Truth and difficulties that encounter on this path a law of this life
Allah (swt) says in Surah Baqarah: أَمْ حَسِبْتُمْ أَن تَدْخُلُواْ الْجَنَّةَ وَلَمَّا يَأْتِكُم مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ خَلَوْاْ مِن قَبْلِكُم مَّسَّتْهُمُ الْبَأْسَاء وَالضَّرَّاء وَزُلْزِلُواْ حَتَّى يَقُولَ الرَّسُولُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ مَعَهُ مَتَى نَصْرُ اللّهِ أَلا إِنَّ نَصْرَ اللّهِ قَرِيبٌ “Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” (2:214)
The Muslims stand against treats from the Kuffar when they follow the Truth is mentioned in the following ayah: الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُواْ لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَاناً وَقَالُواْ حَسْبُنَا اللّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ “Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them.” But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: “Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)”.” (3:173).
Moreover Allah orders Muslims to help His religion: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا كُونوا أَنصَارَ اللَّهِ كَمَا قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ لِلْحَوَارِيِّينَ مَنْ أَنصَارِي إِلَى اللَّهِ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنصَارُ اللَّهِ “O you who believe! Be you helpers (in the Cause) of Allah as said ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), to Al-Hawariun (the disciples): “Who are my helpers (in the Cause) of Allah?” Al-Hawarieen (the disciples) said: “We are Allah’s helpers” (i.e. we will strive in His Cause!).” (61:14)
This is the stand of Muslims and their merits that are mentioned by Allah in Quran.
When we look at the stand of Crimean Muslims, Crimean Tatars that face these repressions of theRussian authorities, we see how hundreds and even thousands people openly supported the arrested brothers and their families. As for concealed and nonpublic support, it is much more. This support is not seen on TV screens and Media since it is hidden, but Muslims know about it and Kuffar do not know and think that they forced all people to be afraid.
As for tyrants and their henchman, Allah (swt) says about them in Surah Baqarah: وَلاَ يَزَالُونَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ حَتَّىَ يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَن دِينِكُمْ إِنِ اسْتَطَاعُواْ “And they will never cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion (Islamic Monotheism) if they can.” (2:217).
In Surah Ibrahim, Allah informs us that all crimes of tyrants are under Allah’s full control and He delays their crushing defeat until certain day: وَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ اللّهَ غَافِلاً عَمَّا يَعْمَلُ الظَّالِمُونَ إِنَّمَا يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ لِيَوْمٍ تَشْخَصُ فِيهِ الأَبْصَارُ “Consider not that Allah is unaware of that which the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.) do, but He gives them respite up to a Day when the eyes will stare in horror.” (14:42)
It is also worse to mention that criminals with shoulder strap and judge’s gown among the so called law enforcement institutions and judges; undoubtedly, they will be caught by illness, poverty and failure in this life after Allah will respond on doua’s of people who were oppressed by them, and that they will be punished in the Judgment Day.
In this regard, we should also mention about pusillanimous Muslim traitors among leaders of pro-Russian organisations and Muslim spiritual administrations, who justify the Russian authorities crimes against Crimean Muslims. Their main argument is «we warned about prohibition of such activities according to Russian law».
These people are paralyzed by fear in such manner that they do not judge Muslims according to Quran and Sunnah, while these Muslims carried the Islamic Dawah, cared about Muslim families, refused to cooperate with the Russian special agencies and shed light on the Russian repressions in Media. Russian constitution and its penal code are considered as Shariah by these traitors. They should know that their faintheartedness and fear from repressive Russian machine will not be a justification for them in the Judgment Day as Allah says in Surah An-Nisa: إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَوَفَّاهُمُ الْمَلآئِكَةُ ظَالِمِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ قَالُواْ فِيمَ كُنتُمْ قَالُواْ كُنَّا مُسْتَضْعَفِينَ فِي الأَرْضِ قَالْوَاْ أَلَمْ تَكُنْ أَرْضُ اللّهِ وَاسِعَةً فَتُهَاجِرُواْ فِيهَا فَأُوْلَـئِكَ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ وَسَاءتْ مَصِيرًا “Verily! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): “In what (condition) were you?” They reply: “We were weak and oppressed on earth.” They (angels) say: “Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?” Such men will find their abode in Hell – What an evil destination!” (4:97).
These are the positions and stands of confronting sides in this struggle; we should remind ourselves about them and remind about them to other Muslims in order to overcome this trial.
Allah (swt) says in Surah Az-Zariyat: وَذَكِّرْ فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَى تَنفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ “And remind (by preaching the Qur’an, O Muhammad) for verily, the reminding profits the believers.” (51:55).
Head of the Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Ukraine