The Winner Is?
During his Caliphate,
'Umar, may Allâh be pleased with him, once set out for ash-Shâm
(Damascus) and with him was Abû 'Ubaydah. They came upon a
deep creek which they needed to cross. So 'Umar took off his sandals
and carried them on his shoulders. Then he took the reign of the
camel and began ploughing through the water. Abû 'Ubaydah
- seeing the Khalîfah (Leader) of the Muslims in this state
- felt saddened and said, "I fear that the people of the village
will think you without any honour." 'Umar said, "Oh Abû
'Ubaydah, if only someone less knowledgeable then you made such
a statement. We were of the most disgraced of people and Allâh
granted us honour with this Islâm. Now, whenever we seek honour
in other than that which Allâh honoured us with, Allâh
shall disgrace us (once again)."
and sisters, we hear often that the victory of Allâh is something
promised and very near. However, some of us do not really believe
in our hearts that Allâh will grant victory to Islâm.
Some of us may think that this victory that Allâh speaks about
is only for a certain 'star-status' group of believers, or that
the victory was only for a certain time in history, or that it's
not a promised victory, just a miraculous will of God ...
We must understand
that it is not anyone who is promising this - it is Allâh
the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth. And it is not just a promise
of the Hereafter, but it is promised in this life as well. In Sûrah
Ghâfir (40:51), we read:
we will grant victory to Our Messengers and those who believe in
this life of the world and on the day when the witnesses will stand."
We can only
hope for victory when we surrender our loyalty to Allâh and
His Messenger and to the believers - and no one else! In Sûrah
al-Mâ'idah (5:56), we read:
is an ally of Allâh and His Messenger and those who have believed
- indeed the party of Allâh will be the victors."
Honour and victory
come only from Allâh. Whoever seeks it from other than Allâh,
nothing awaits them but disgrace. In Sûrah an-Nisâ'
(4:138-139), we read:
tidings to the Munâfiqîn (hypocrites) that there is
for them a painful punishment - those that take disbelievers as
allies instead of the believers. Do they seek with them 'Izzah (Honour)?
Rather, to Allâh indeed belongs all honour!"
And when someone
thinks that this victory and honour that was promised to the righteous
is only a delusion, they are in fact recycling the statements of
the Munâfiqîn before them. Allâh recorded their
scoffing in Sûrah Ahzâb (33:12):
when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is disease said, 'Allâh
and His Messenger did not promise us anything more then delusion.'
Was the promise
of victory just a delusion? Let the Qur'ân speak to us the
outcome - dear brothers and sisters - of that battle of al-Ahzâb!
Allâh tells us:
repelled those who disbelieved, in their rage, not having accomplished
any good. And enough was Allâh for the believers in battle,
and ever is Allâh Powerful and Exalted in Might."
said, "Whoever wants a place of honour in this life and the
next, let him hold firmly to the obedience of Allâh - his
goal will be realised. This is because to Allâh belongs this
life and next and all honour is His. Allâh says (3:26):
Say, 'O Allâh,
Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and
You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honour whom You
will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is (all) good. Indeed,
You are over all things competent.' "
duke, marquise, earl, viscount, baron, baronet, and knight - these
were the names the English used to appropriate nobility amongst
themselves. Humans want to be honoured in this life and so they
set out in search of things that will grant them this honour.
for it in money - but when a stock market crashes and they lose
everything, they commit suicide or live in humility. Some search
for it in degrees - but those same degrees may be their citation
for arrogance over others. Some search for it in military might
or leadership position - but when the tables turn on them they become
the most humiliated.
Only in the
worship of Allâh is true honour found, because all honour
belongs to Allâh; Sûrah al-Munâfiqûn (63:8),
Allâh belongs all honour, and to His Messenger, and to the
believers, but the hypocrites know not."
said concerning the people of sin, "They - even though their
riding beasts pitter patter with them atop, and their mules carry
them ever so gracefully, upon them at all times is the hovering
disgrace of sin. Allâh shall never allow for those who disobey
Him anything more then disgrace."
al-Hajj (22:18), we read:
Allâh humiliates - for him there is no one to give him honour."
what? Building a boat in the desert?" The people of Nûh
(Noah) ran out to see if the news was true. Um-hmm, there he was
indeed, building a huge boat without a drop of water in site.
tells us in Sûrah Hûd (11:38):
constructed the ark - whenever a group of the eminent of his people
passed him they mocked him."
help themselves but to ridicule him. "Hey Nûh, you were
a Prophet yesterday; Have you now become a carpenter?"
dear brothers and sisters, to those devilish people who disbelieved
in Allâh's Messenger for 950 years - where are they now? And
who was the winner in the end?
the end Allâh granted a decisive victory to Nûh. More
so, Allâh tells His Prophet, may Allâh send His prayers
and blessings upon him, at the conclusion of Nûh's story how
victory will always be for the believers:
patient, indeed, the (best) outcome is (and will always be) for
In their misguided
quest for 'Izzah (honour), the Greeks designated a female god whose
sole job was to dispense victory and honour. She was a popular subject
in their art, usually represented as winged and bearing a wreath
or palm branch. The called her Nike. And many of us leaving this
khutbah may still sadly find remnants of their shirk present today
on our shoes.
may Allâh send His prayers and blessings upon him, said, "Indeed
this affair (of Islâm) shall reach wherever the night and
day reach. Allâh will not spare a single clay or wabar home
except that Allâh will cause for Islâm to enter it -
whether with nobility or with humiliation. Nobility that Allâh
grants with them entering Islâm, or humility that Allâh
places upon them for their kufr (disbelief)."
of the hadîth, Tamîm ad-Dârî, may Allâh
be pleased with him, said, "Certainly, I saw this in my own
family. Those that become Muslim amongst them found prosperity and
nobility and honour. And those that turned to kufr found nothing
but disgrace and humility and the jizyah tax (a tax paid by non-Muslims
living in the Islamic state)."
There are different
ways in which Allâh grants victory to His righteous servants:
Allâh may grant victory through martyrdom. We read in the
Qur'ân Allâh telling us to not think that those who
were killed in the way of Allâh as dead. Nay, they are alive
with Allâh, well provided for.
may grant victory through the huge success in spreading one's da'wah.
The Messenger of Allâh, may Allâh send His prayers and
blessings upon him, taught us this in the story of the boy and the
king. In the end, the only way the king could kill the boy was to
shoot the arrow pronouncing the statement, 'In the Name of the Lord
of this boy.' When he did so, although the boy was martyred, the
entire village believed in Allâh, alone, the Lord of the boy.
may grant victory through the trials that distinguish the believers
from the hypocrites. As a sage once said, "All thanks are to
Allâh who places a hardship on me through which I distinguish
my friends from my enemies."
Or victory may
come through Allâh assisting his servant with clear and decisive
arguments. An example of this is how Allâh supported Ibrâhîm,
peace be upon him, against the tyrant Namrûd when he said
that he too gives life and death. Ibrâhîm replied that
verily Allâh brings the sun from the east so bring it ye from
the west. Namrûd was dumbfounded and had no reply.
we all know that the Messenger of Allâh, may Allâh send
His prayers and blessings upon him, started this mission of Islâm
at the Mountain of Safa. After telling his people about Allâh
and the Final Day, Abû Jahl - his own uncle - turned his back
on him and said aloud, "May you perish O Muhammad! Is this
why you have gathered us?" On his heels he turned and everyone
followed him, leaving our Prophet, may Allâh send His prayers
and blessings upon him, standing alone.
later, in the Farewell Hajj, he, may Allâh send His prayers
and blessings upon him, stood on that very same mountain. At this
time, the victory of Allâh had come true as Allâh had
promised. All of Makkah was now Muslim, a sea of believers memorising
their Prophet's every move. The Messenger of Allâh, may Allâh
send His prayers and blessings upon him, stood there on Mount Safa
and faced the Ka'bah and recited:
is no god but Allâh. Only One. He was true to His promise.
He granted victory to His servant. He granted honour and nobility
to his army. And the confederates did He - alone - defeat."