Muslim Downfall and Degeneration:Approach for Solution

The Solution 

It has been clearly brought out in the previous pages that the current disease in the body of Muslims has sprung from the weakening of the true spirit of Islam in our hearts. As a result, real feelings and love for Islam are practically dead in us and our belief in it has become weak. Obviously, when the very source becomes dry, the channels of justice, good deeds and fine character, which can flow from it are not to be seen any longer. This is exactly what is clear today. It has been fully discussed and brought out earlier that the only means for the building up of this source and maintaining a constantly proper flow of religious benefits from it, is the act of Tabligh which really and truly is the life blood of Islam. Unless we are able to renew it, we cannot achieve anything in this life, because no nation or people can rise to fame without having in them the high human qualities and character which only the religion of Islam can give.

We should now clearly realize the disease from which we suffer and judge the treatment which can bring the cure. It is now up to us to set about the renewal of the compulsory task of Tabligh. It will be only then that we can hope to restore the true faith of Islam in the people. By this mean alone can we recognize and truly understand both Allah (Subhanahu Wa Taala) and His Rasul Mohammed (Sallallaho Alaihi wassallam) and will be able to clearly understand and finally agree to follow their commands and wishes. To achieve all this, we will have to adopt the exact methods and ways that laid down and were shown by Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) himself when he reformed the unbeliever Arabs. Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) says in the Quran Indeed Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) is the perfect example for you to follow (Al-Ahzaab 21) In this very connection Imam Maalik (Rahmatullah Alaihi) said In other words, the people who come as the last part of the Ummah of Mohammed (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) will never be reformed until the same way is used to reform them as was used in the beginning.

In the beginning, when the Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) had started to call the people to Islam, he did not have a single supporter behind him nor had he any political power or wealth. The non believer Arabs were proudly independent and un-compromising. No one among them was prepared to listen to reason or truth or obey another person. The strongly disliked and were deadly opposed to the message of Truth which the Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) had the sole mission to teach. In these circumstances, one wonders what gave such invisible power and force to that one single man. who was worldy poor and without any means that he eventually was able to draw the whole of the Arab nation towards him. After all, what was it towards which Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) called people and whoever would find it would remain Rasulullah's forever? The whole world knows that there was a single lesson that was Rasulullah's goal and real purpose which he would present in front of people.

That we worship nothing but Allah and associate none with Him as His compeer or rival and none of us considers another god except Allah (Al-Imran 64)

The propagation of that very truth can bring the same results again.

The Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) disallowed his followers from looking upon any being except Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) for worship or obedience. Not only did he succeed in achieving his aim but was able to cut all ties between his followers and every foreign system and bound his people in one unchanging system of life from which they never tried to break away again. They really became the picture of Follow that which has been sent to you from the Sustainer, and do not follow other (considering them) as Protectors except Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) (Al-Airaaf 3)

This was the real lesson, which the Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) had been commanded ((by Allah) to teach and spread. It is further clear from the following Ayah:O Mohammed, invite (people) to your Allah with wisdom and better counsel, and argue with them in such a way as is best; verily your Allah knows the one who wanders astray from His path and He knows those who are on the right path (Al-Nahl 125) The highway marked for the progress of the Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) and his followers is further described in the following Ayah:

(O Mohammed!) say, this is my path, and I invite you towards Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) with full wisdom, I and my followers too: and Allah is all Pure, and I am not one of those who associate others with Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) (Yoosuf 108)

And whose words can be better than those of one who invites (you) towards Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala), does good deeds and say "Verily, I am of those who submit their will to Allah". (Fussilat 33) To call mankind to Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) and show the right path to all those who had gone astray was the only mission and the sole purpose of the life of the Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam). To serve this very purpose, thousands of Ambiya had been deputed before him. As Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) says:

"And we did not send any Raul before you, but that we revealed upon him that verily there is no Allah but Me and so worship Me" (Al-Anbiyaa 25)

The noble life history of Mohammed (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) and also those of other Ambiya show one single aim as the sole mission of their lives: i.e., to believe in One True Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala) and His one Divine Personality and His Attributes. This belief is the essence of the faith of Islam. It was to practice and prove this very faith that man has been sent on this earth In other words, I have created the Jinn and Human beings only so that they live their lives as My slaves. (Zaariyaat 56)

We should by now be able to understand the real purpose behind the creation of man and the way we, particularly Muslims, should live we also know the true disease from which we suffer and its treatment it should, therefore, not be difficult then to find out how to apply that treatment and regain our lost strength. If we bear in our mind all that has been discussed so far and with that background act sincerely, and method adopted will Insha Allah (by the will of Allah) prove to be beneficial and successful. However, a proven successful method is described below.