Our Role Today is The Same as the Role of the Great Messengers of Allah (3)
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
(Friday speech delivered by Imam Mohamed Baianonie at the Islamic Center of Raleigh, NC on July 3, 1998)
For the last two Fridays, when we asked the question: What is our role in this age and in this society? We said: Our role is the same as the role of the great past messengers that Allah sent to the people. This is because we are their heirs till the Last Day, and we now know that their first task was conveying the message in the clearest way, their second task was the Da'wah, calling people to Allah, and their third task was giving glad tidings and warnings.
Today, we will continue discussing the other tasks of the messengers so that we will know our role and tasks.
Fourth: Reforming and purifying the People's Souls.
When people live in ignorant societies, that are not ruled by the Deen of Allah and are not guided by Allah's legislation, they get corrupted, and corruption reaches the depth of their thoughts, their visions, their manners, and morals. So, it is a must that someone reform and purify these souls, and bring them back to their pure natural state that Allah created them with.
Allah made this difficult task from the tasks of the great messengers; that is reforming and purifying the souls of those people who accepted and embraced Islam as a way of life.
We see Mousa (S.A.W.) when Allah sent him to the Pharaoh with a clear task. So, Allah said in Surat An-Nazi’at, (Verses 17-19), what can be translated as, "Go to Pharaoh, verily, he has transgressed all bounds. And say to him: "Would you purify yourself (from the sin of disbelief). And that I guide you to your Lord, so you should fear Him."
We also see Ibrahim (S.A.W.), after he finished building Allah's House, supplicating to Allah to send in his progeny after him someone who will purify them. Allah (S.W.T.) said in Surat Al-Baqarah, (Verse 129), what can be translated as, "Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them Your Verses and teach them the Book (this Qur’an) and Al-Hikmah (Wisdom), and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise." Allah (S.W.T.) responded to his supplication by sending the prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.). Allah (S.W.T.) also said in Surat Al-Jumu’ah, (Verse 2), what can be translated as, "He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Mohammed S.A.W.) from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifying them, and teaching them the Book (this Qur’an) and Al-Hikmah (Wisdom). And verily, they had been before in manifest error."
Allah (S.W.T.) made success or failure a result of purified souls or unpurified ones. So, he said in Surat Ash-shams, (Verse 9 & 10), what can be translated as, "Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself. And indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself. He also said in Surat Al-A’la, (Verse 14), what can be translated as, "Indeed whosoever purifies himself shall achieve success." Allah (S.W.T.) also made entering Paradise and living in it forever a reward for the one who purified himself/herself. Allah (S.W.T.) says in Surat Ta-Ha,(Verse 76), what can be translated as, "Everlasting Gardens under which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever: such is the reward of those who purify themselves."
Fifth: Correcting Misguidance and Corruption in the Life of the People.
When people live in ignorant societies that are not ruled by the Deen of Allah and are not guided by the legislation of Allah, their societies get corrupted, and this corruption reaches the depth of their dealings. So, it is a must that someone reforms these societies and makes them live according to the Deen of Allah (S.W.T.).
Allah (S.W.T.) made this difficult task from the tasks of the great messengers, that they uprooted corruption that spread in the societies and fought it because it is a transgression and oppression.
So, every messenger that Allah sent used to call his people to follow the straight path, the path of Allah (S.W.T.). And to clarify it to them and guide them to it. This is common among all the messengers; their first slogan was, "O’ People submit yourself to Allah only, surely you don’t have a Lord other than him."
After this call and based on it, we find every messenger uprooting all kinds of corruption in his society.
We see the prophet Hood (S.AW.) denying his people the arrogance on the earth and oppression. So, Allah (S.W.T) said in Surat Ash-Shu’ara, (Verse 128-131) that Hood said, what can be translated as, "Do you build high palaces on ever high place, while you do not live in them? And do you get for yourselves palaces as if you will live therein forever. And when you seize, you seize as tyrants. Now fear Allah, keep your duty to Him, and obey me."
We see the prophet Salih(S.A.W.) denying his people the corruption on the earth and following those who do mischief. So, Allah (S.W.T.) said in Surat Al-Araf, (Verse 74), what Salih said to his people, what can be translated as, "…So remember the graces from Allah, and do not go about making mischief on the earth." And Allah (S.W.T.) also says in Surat Ash-Shu’arah, (Verse 152 & 153), what can be translated as, "So fear Allah, keep you duty to Him, and obey me. And do not obey the command of Al-Musrifen (i.e. their chiefs, leaders who were polytheists, criminals and sinners against the law of Allah). Who make mischief in the land, and do not reform.
We see the prophet Loot (S.A.W.) denying his people the despicable act of homosexuality that spread among them. So, he (S.W.T.) said about this story in Surat Al-Ara’f, (Verse 80 & 81), what can be translated as, "And (remember) Loot when he said to his people: "Do you commit the worst sin such as none preceding your has committed in the Alamin (mankind and jinn)? Verily, you practice you lusts on men instead of women. Nay, but you are a people transgressing beyond bounds (by committing great sins.)." Also Allah (S.W.T.) says in Surat Al-Ankabut, (Verse 29), what can be translated as, "Verily, you perform sodomy with men, and rob the wayfarer (travelers etc.)! And practice Al-Munkar in your club…"
We see the prophet Shu'ayb (S.A.W.) denying his people the crime of cheating when using the weight scale. So, Allah (S.W.T.) said in Surat Ash-Shuara, (Verse 181-183), what Shu’ayb said to his people, what can be translates as, "Give full measure, and cause no loss (to others). And weigh with the true and straight balance. And do not defraud the people by reducing their things, nor do evil, making corruption and mischief in the earth."
We see the prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) denying his people the crime of killing innocent children, and legislating for themselves what Allah (S.W.T.) has not permitted. Allah (S.W.T.) says in Surat Al-An’am, (Verse 140), what can be translated as, "Indeed lost are they who have killed their children, from folly, without knowledge, and have forbidden that which Allah has provided for them, inventing a lie against Allah. They have indeed gone astray and were not guided." He (S.W.T.) also says to them in Surat Al-Ma’idah, (Verse 103), what can be translated as, "Allah has not instituted things like Bahira (a she-camel whose milk was spared for the idols and nobody was allowed to milk it) or a Sa’iba (a she-camel let loose for free pasture for their false gods), or a Wasila (a she-camel set free for idols because it has given birth to a she-camel at its first delivery and then again gives birth to a she-camel with its second delivery) or a Haam (a stallion-camel freed from work for their idols, after it had finished a number of copulations assigned for it, all these animals were liberated in honor of idols as practiced by pagan Arabs in Pre-Islamic times). But those who disbelieve invent lies against Allah, and most of them have no understanding."
The sixth task is to run our affairs as Muslims according to the laws of Allah:
If the people accept and embrace the message of the messengers, they become one Jama’ah (group of people) and this Jama’ah progress and develop to become an Ummah, and this Ummah needs someone who can run its affairs and lead it. The great messengers were the ones who took on this great responsibility and ruled the people with the rules of Allah and His legislations. Allah (S.W.T.) says in Surat, Al-Baqarah (Verse 213), what can be translated as, "Mankind was one Ummah (nation) and Allah sent Prophets with glad tidings and warnings, and with them He sent the Scripture in truth to judge between people in matters wherein they differed…"
Allah (S.W.T.) proclaims the mission of Dawud (S.A.W.) on earth, so he said in Surat Sa’d, (Verse 26), what can be translated as, "O’ David! Verily! We have placed you as Khalifah (a successor) on earth, so judge between people in truth and do not follow the desire - for it will mislead you from the Path of Allah…"
The prophets of the children of Israel used to rule their people with the Torah. The prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) says in a Hadith reported by Imam Bukhari, Muslim and others, "The children of Israel used to be ruled by the prophets; when a prophet perished, another prophet arose (to rule them)." Allah (S.W.T.) speaks about this in Surat Al-Maidah, (Verse 44), what can be translated as, "Verily, We did send down the Torah (to Moses), therein was guidance and light, by which the Prophets, who submitted themselves to Allah’s Will, ruled the Jews. And the Rabbis and the priests (too ruled the Jews by the Torah after those Prophets) for to them was entrusted the protection of Allah’s Book." Allah (S.W.T.) also says about the Christians; the people of Injeel in the same Surah, in (Verse 47), what can be translated as, Let the People of the Gospel rule by what Allah has revealed therein. And whosoever does not rule by what Allah has revealed (then) such (people) are the Fasiqun (disobedient).
Then, Allah (S.W.T.) says to the prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) in the same Surah, (Verse 48), what can be translated as "And We have sent down to you (O Mohammed) the Book (this Qur’an) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan (trustworthy in highness) over it (old Scriptures). So judge between them by what Allah has revealed , and do not follow their vain desires, diverging away from that which has come to you…" He also says to the prophet (S.A.W.), in Surat An-Nisa’, (Verse 105), what can be translated as "Surely, We have sent down to you (O’ Mohammed) the Book (this Qur’an) in truth that you might judge between people by that which Allah has shown you…"
Finally, we summarize that our role today is the same as the role of the blessed messengers of Allah, because we are their successors till the day of judgment:
- First, conveying the message of Islam in the clearest way.
- Second, calling all people to Allah.
- Third, giving glad tidings and warnings, which were given to us by Allah.
- Fourth, reforming and purifying the souls of the people.
- Fifth, correcting Misguidance and Corruption in the Life of the People.
- Sixth, is to run our affairs as Muslims according to the laws of Allah.