Return Of The Poor Righteous Teachers: “Where Are The Ulema al-Haqq and the Imams Of Righteousness?”
Making sense of the disorientation present in the world today is no easy task. To make matters worse we see the return of the militant hype which undermined the growth of the Muslim community in the 90’s coupled with rise of spies and lies. Muslims are divided and the destruction of this Nation is at hand. Our people are dieing of ignorance of Islam and therefore ignorance of self. The question we must ask here is who is taking up the task of revival and building the Umma as it is being destroyed from within and without? Where are the teachers that are educating the Muslim as to he and she is and how he or she ought act in the world?
It is clear that the Muslim Nation is being destroyed but the question is are we being destroyed because of our righteousness? Violence will not safeguard us from ourselves and the evil we put forth. When we are just with each other and begin to implement Islam in action and give others their rights then we will be a people capable of standing in front of oppression, we will be the best of Nations because we enjoin the good and forbid the evil.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) did not respond to the oppression of the Quraysh with violence but rather with knowledge of self, he taught the people the truth of Islam and when the Muslim became a brotherhood and were capable of being just then Allah (swt) called them to face oppression with the aim to put an end to it. But before such a call the Muslims were commanded to be just among themselves, an example and model community built upon iman, brotherhood and good deeds.
Where is that community today? Where are the teachers who teach the people how to remove themselves from the ills that enslave them and keep them from the truth of Islam? Even if the Muslims were to take up arms in response to the oppression we face, is it enough to liberate us from the ills that have corrupted our very selves and action? If we want change then let us change the way we act in the world, the way we think and the way we perceive so that it is in line with Islam. Enough emotion, we need real change, a change in people and not just a call to change political systems. Without changing people, one is not unlike he who changes his clothes but fails to bathe; he reeks of corruption although his clothes externally appear clean and new.