What reason could you have for not
fighting in the Way of Allah-for those men, women and children
who are oppressed and say, 'Our Lord, take us out of this
city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector
from You! Give us a helper from You!'?
(Surat an-Nisa': 75)
the globe, the majority of people are among the oppressed. They
are tortured, butchered, and live in abject poverty, are homeless,
are forced to live their lives unprotected from the elements and
they face disease without adequate medical care. There are those
who cannot even afford a loaf of bread. There are the elderly, facing
neglect, abandonment and denied medical care. Then there are those
who face discrimination, expulsion from their homes and lands simply
because of their ethnicity, language, race or tribe and even massacres.
Helpless, malnourished, defenceless innocent children are forced
to work for money or beg.
Countless people live in fear for their lives anxious
about their survival, in a world in the midst of whose poverty and
oppression, there is also immense extravagance, privilege and wealth.
Those blessed with the "good life" pass by the homeless, see pictures,
and watch scenes on television of those less fortunate than they.
Sometimes they feel a brief moment of pity, but then change the
channel, turn away from the image, and in a short time completely
erase that fleeting prick of the conscience.
So many who enjoy the bounties and comforts with which
they have been blessed, never think of
expending effort to save those less fortunate from the conditions
in which they live. They believe it is not up to them to save those
people, when so many are richer and more powerful and in a better
position to come to the aid of the less fortunate.
However, prosperity and power alone are not enough to
save those people and to make this world a place of welfare in which
justice, peace, confidence and well-being prevail. Despite the existence
of developed countries around the world, there are still too many
countries, such as Ethiopia, where people still die daily of starvation.
It is apparent that the wealth and power of some nations are not
themselves to solve the afflictions of drought, poverty and civil
Only being conscientious will channel resources and power
towards the welfare of the poor and desperate. The sole way of being
conscientious is having faith. It is only the believers who constantly
live by their consciences.
Eventually, there is only one solution to the injustice,
chaos, terror, massacres, hunger, poverty, and oppression in the
world: the values of the Qur'an.
Those adverse conditions were created in the first place
by hatred, malice, self-interest, indifference and cruelty and therefore
must be undone by love, compassion, mercy, generosity, unselfishness,
sensitivity, tolerance, commonsense and wisdom. These traits of
compassion are found only in those who fully live by the values
taught in the Noble Qur'an, which is our guidance directly from
our Creator. In one verse, Allah (swt) refers to the Qur'an's feature
of leading mankind out of darkness into light.
... A light has come to you from
Allah and a Clear Book. By it, Allah guides those who follow what
pleases Him to the ways of peace. He will bring them from the darkness
to the light by His permission, and guide them to a straight path.
(Surat al Ma'ida: 15-16)
In another verse, Allah states that everything would
be in corruption and confusion if the truth were to be according
to human desires:
If the truth were to follow their
whims and desires, the heavens and the earth and everything in them
would have been brought to ruin. No indeed! We have given their
Reminder, but they have turned away from it. (Surat al-Muminun:
As you read this passage, millions of people are suffering,
are cold and hungry, or facing expulsion from their homelands. For
this reason, people who have consciences need to think about this,
and act to solve those troubles as if they themselves or their loved
ones were facing them. We need to act both spiritually and materially
to alleviate the suffering and oppression. In one verse, Allah orders
conscientious and faithful people to assume this responsibility:
What reason could you have
for not fighting in the Way of Allah - for those men, women and
children who are oppressed and say, 'Our Lord, take us out of this
city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from
You! Give us a helper from You!'? (Surat an-Nisa': 75)
When we consider the Qur'anic commands, it becomes obvious
what are our obligations. The most important thing for Muslims is
first, to struggle in the intellectual domain so that the values
of the Qur'an and the Sunnah prevail over disbelief. The only salvation
for the weak, helpless, homeless and destitute is the practice of
the guidance of the Qur'an, which is directed to all humankind.
Therefore, it is our duty to spread the word and communicate the
message, and that is a vital component of worship for all Muslims.
Those who do not follow their consciences, who are indifferent
to the suffering of others, who spend their wealth on frivolous
and vain things, who fail to show concern for orphans, who look
coldly at oppressed woman, children and the elderly, and who are
happy only when there is immorality and ugliness in the world, will
certainly have to give an account in the hereafter.
Have you seen him who denies the
deen (religion)? He is the one who harshly rebuffs the orphan and
does not urge the feeding of the poor. So woe to those who do salat
(regular prayers), whose hearts from their salat are remote, those
who show off and deny help to others. (Surat al-Ma'un: 1-7)