It is absolutely shocking to observe major powers struck by apparent bout of paralysis in their approach to prevent the massacre of Muslims in Syria and Burma. What makes their stance even more abhorrent is that some of them passionately covet human rights and have made it the epicenter of their civilization, but have conveniently overlooked such lofty ideals where Muslims are the victims. The outgoing international war envoy Kofi Annan epitomizes the collective inaction at the UN when he said, “Syria can still be saved from a worse calamity.” Is not the massacre of 20,000 Syrians enough to mobilize the collective global consciousness to prevent the tyrant Bashar Al Assad from mercilessly slaughtering his people on a daily basis?
Equally hard to fathom for any sane person is the indifference displayed by major powers to stop the callous killing and the whole-sale slaughter of Muslims in Burma. This apathy has allowed the so called peaceful Buddhist monks to develop an incredulous appetite for spilling Muslim blood, debasing Muslim women and ostracizing Muslim communities. Incidentally, these are the same monks that are held in high esteem in Western capitals because of their recent struggle to bring democracy; however, their ugly crimes perpetrated against Muslims have gone apparently gone unnoticed.
Yet for several years now, major powers have been fully aware of the persecution of Muslims in both Syria and Burma. The evil nature of the Assad’s regime and the wickedness of the Burmese military junta are vividly etched in the annals of history. In 1982 the world watched in utter silence as the butcher Hafiz Assad bombed the city of Hama and killed 30,000 people including women and children. Likewise, the world has chosen to muzzle its voice concerning the extermination of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The very same UN that has meticulously portrayed itself as a bastion of peace and security described the Rohingya Muslims as the most persecuted community in the world, and refers to them as the Palestine of Asia. It is documented that in 1962 the Burmese military junta began its programme of ethnic cleansing, which continues with unabated ferocity today.
Should we as Muslims be surprised by the conduct of major powers and the demeanor of the UN? Take for instance the five permanent powers of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and their unstinting oppression of Muslims. America’s history is steeped in soiling the earth with the blood of innocent Muslims through wars of attrition, coups, sanctions, covert operations and invasions. One only has to look at America’s vicious terror campaign against Muslims in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen to get a sense of her scorn towards Muslims. Whereas the old colonial powers – Britain and France have spilt the largest amount of Muslim blood through the partition of India and the war of independence in Algeria. Both powers still persist in their hostilities against Muslims, and are at the forefront of many campaigns with their crusading partner America.
Russia and China are just as guilty. Russia has tried to conceal the killing fields of Chechnya by giving the region’s capital Grozny a makeover. China continues to subjugate Muslims of Xinjiang under horrific conditions and purposefully denies them their basic rights. These crimes against humanity have not diminished in the slightest their thirst for Muslim blood and their desire to see Islam destroyed. Allah says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا بِطَانَةً مِنْ دُونِكُمْ لَا يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالًا وَدُّوا مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ ۚ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ ۖ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
“O you who believe! do not take for intimate friends from among others than your own people. They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.” [Al-Imran, 3:118]
Furthermore, such acts have emboldened other countries to commit treacherous acts against their Muslim populations. Israel continues to oppress Palestinians through punitive measures not even found in concentration camps, and India-West’s newfound darling- has outdone her protagonists by turning Kashmir into the world’s largest prison.
Clearly then there is one standard for the Muslim world and another standard for the rest. In short, the kafir major powers have declared an open season on Muslims everywhere and are avid enemies of Islam. Allah says:
إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ فَاتَّخِذُوهُ عَدُوًّا ۚ إِنَّمَا يَدْعُو حِزْبَهُ لِيَكُونُوا مِنْ أَصْحَابِ السَّعِيرِ
“Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents that they may become Companions of the Blazing Fire.” [Faatir, 35:6]
Oh Muslims! After all of this it is not befitting for you to seek the help of the Kafir major powers or beseech their politicians to lift the aggression against fellow Muslims knowing full well how their governments use international law and the UN to craft solutions that are intended to divide and weaken you. Allah says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا عَدُوِّي وَعَدُوَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ تُلْقُونَ إِلَيْهِمْ بِالْمَوَدَّةِ وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِمَا جَاءَكُمْ مِنَ الْحَقِّ يُخْرِجُونَ الرَّسُولَ وَإِيَّاكُمْ ۙ أَنْ تُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ رَبِّكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ خَرَجْتُمْ جِهَادًا فِي سَبِيلِي وَابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِي
“O ye who believe! Choose not My enemy and your enemy for friends. Do ye give them friendship when they disbelieve in that truth which hath come unto you, driving out the messenger and you because ye believe in Allah, your Lord? If ye have come forth to strive in My way and seeking My good pleasure, (show them not friendship).” [Al-Mumtahina, 60:1]
The kafir major powers are not alone in their sheer hatred towards Muslims. They are joined in their crusade to suppress the Muslim masses through their agents in the Muslim world. The enmity of the agent rulers is far worse and deeper in magnitude than compared to their masters. The aim of such rulers is to stand firm together against the Muslim ummah and help their kafir masters protect their interest. Look how they fall over each other to protect the strategic and commercial interests of the kafir powers in Syria and Burma. Their half-hearted condemnations against Bashar and the military junta in Burma do not go beyond finger pointing, empty promises and cheap slogans. They openly forbid the good and encourage the evil. Their hypocrisy towards Muslims knows no bounds. And Allah says about them:
الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالْمُنَافِقَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ مِنْ بَعْضٍ ۚ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمُنْكَرِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَقْبِضُونَ أَيْدِيَهُمْ ۚ نَسُوا اللَّهَ فَنَسِيَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
“The Hypocrites, men and women, (have an understanding) with each other: they enjoin evil, and forbid what is just, and are close with their hands. They have forgotten Allah; so He hath forgotten them. Verily the Hypocrites are rebellious and perverse.” [at-Tawba, 9: 67]
Later this Ramadan you will see them gather in Mecca at the behest of King Abdullah the Custodian of West’s interests in the region. They will feast on lavish banquets, whilst the ummah suffers from oppression and bloodshed. They will deliberate the plight of Muslims in Syria and Burma, but nothing will come of the meeting, unless the kafir major powers decide otherwise. Their real aim is to protect their thrones from the revolution and safeguard the interest of their kafir masters. So do not be dazzled or moved by their speeches. Allah warns:
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يُعْجِبُكَ قَوْلُهُ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيُشْهِدُ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا فِي قَلْبِهِ وَهُوَ أَلَدُّ الْخِصَامِ
“There is the type of man whose speech about this world’s life May dazzle you and he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; yet is he the most contentious of enemies.” [Al-Baqara, 2:204]
Oh Muslims! You have already had a major hand in exposing the heinous crimes of Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gaddafi, Saleh and Assad before the world, and now during the nights of laylal tul qadr the time has come to multiply your efforts and work hard for the complete elimination of the systems of kufr that shackle you and the agent rulers that eagerly allow the kafir powers to subjugate and abuse you and your Islam. This can only be achieved by working with members of the armed forces to re-establish the Khilafah State and only then will persecution and humiliation in places like Syria and Burma be permanently removed.
The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The Imam is a shield behind which the people fight and are protected.” [Sahih Muslim]
And remember the words of your lord as you seek the night of power!
إِنْ يَنْصُرْكُمُ اللَّهُ فَلَا غَالِبَ لَكُمْ ۖ وَإِنْ يَخْذُلْكُمْ فَمَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَنْصُرُكُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ ۗ وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
“If Allah helps you, there is none to overcome you. And if He abandons you, then, who is there to help you after that? In Allah the believers should place their trust.” [Al-Imran, 3:160]
By Abu Hashim
24 Ramadan 1433