O Muslims, Allaah sent down The Book to clarify all things and to give Guidance and Mercy to people who believe.
He sent His messenger with guidance and the true religion and He opened with It blinded eyes, deaf ears, and sealed hearts and eliminated with It the darkness of ignorance and stupidity and released the chains of polytheism such that misguidance became a legend of the past and worshipping idols became an old myth.
A Muslim wonders at the stupidity of the polytheists. Allaah speaks the truth saying, which means: "He whom Allah guides is rightly guided but he whom he leads astray never will you find for him a protective guide"(Al-Kahf: 17).
Servants of Allaah, we must always remember though, that trials are continuous and the substance of evil remains till today. Devils among humankind and Jinns continue to spread misguidance, and to make it seem attractive and spread it by means of all tongues. Allaah says which means: "And thus we have made for every Prophet an enemy, devils from mankind and Jinn, inspiring to one another decorated speech and delusion"(Al-An 'aam: 112).
It is mandatory upon us to know the ways of misguidance, warn people of it, expose it, expose its objectives and block the way for those who call to it. By doing this, Muslims can be aware of what their Lord wants of them and have proper insight so as not to be harmed by the plotting and planning of the misguided ones.
Today in the Muslim world many different philosophies and ideologies are propagated…ones that deceive numerous people with its superficial sparkle and glory. Many slogans and terms have captured the minds of people and control their way of thinking.
These false beliefs are like a disease and are of the fire. If it has been decreed for these false beliefs to be disseminated, they will not overcome anyone but will turn him into disintegrated ruins.
One of these ideologies is secularism, which has infiltrated into the Muslim communities. Perhaps one of the most serious challenges that face the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah at this time is to overthrow these false beliefs, clarify their vague statements and expose the reality of the obscure slogans behind which secularism hides and spreads its poison in the minds and hearts of the people of this nation.
For this reason, it is necessary to unmask the true face of this ideology which is misguided and misguiding at the same time.
Secularism, in its correct definition, is the belief that religion should not enter into the affairs of the state; it denies any form of religious faith and worship. Thus, secularism is the antithesis of Islamic monotheism, which, from the perspective of Islam, is the greatest reality and truth.
Servants of Allaah, Ibn Taimiyah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said in his book Al-Ubudiyah (Servitude): "Mankind is at the crossroad that has two roads, no third to it. It is either that he chooses servitude to Allaah or he rejects the servitude to Him. To fully believe in the servitude to Allaah excluding all others knowing that servitude to anyone else but Allaah, great or small, is the worshiping of Satan."
As Allaah says which means: "Did I not enjoin upon you O Children of Adam that you not worship Satan for indeed he is to you a clear enemy and that you worship only me. This is the straight path" (Yaaseen: 60-61). This includes the Arabs who Allaah spoke about saying, which means: "They call upon instead of Him none but female deities and they actually call upon none but rebellious Satan"(An-Nisa’: 117). This also includes all acts of worship performed to anyone else but Allaah throughout history.
Some of the acts of worship have changed. The Arabs no longer worship the idols of the past. However, worship of Satan in itself did not change. The old idols are replaced with new idols: like the partisanship, nationalism, secularism, personal freedom, sex and others.
There are many new idols today. It is indeed the worship of Satan and Taghoot, which negate the testimony that there is no one worthy of worship but Allaah. For the meaning of La ilaha ill Allaah is to disbelieve in Taghoot and to believe in Allaah.
Based on this, we can know the ruling of Islam concerning secularism. Secularism is disbelief and is of the pre-Islamic Taghoot concept which negates and contradicts La ilaha ill Allaah.
Two points which are basic and paired are that firstly, it is ruling with something other than the rulings of Allaah or what Allaah has revealed, and secondly, it is associating others in the worship of Allaah.
Servants of Allaah! Secularism simply means, ruling with laws other than the laws of Allaah; something other than what Allaah has revealed. Ruling with a constitution or legislation other than, what Allaah has legislated. The acceptance to be governed by and follow Taghoot instead of Allaah, is the essence of establishing life with no faith and religion.
Allaah, says which means: "And he who does not rule with what Allah revealed, indeed, those are the disbelievers" (Al-Ma’ida: 44).
Servants of Allaah! Disbelief is of different kinds, of which we must be aware. One aspect of Jahiliyah-disbelief and pre-Islamic paganism- was the rejection of Allaah. The rejection of His existence is related to faith and the way life is perceived, which correspond to the Jahiliyah of communists.
Another aspect is, acknowledging the existence of Allaah, but in a perverted way, and deviation in acts of worship. This kind of Jahiliyah is synonymous with the Jahiliyah of the Jews and Christians.
Another aspect is accepting the existence of Allaah and performing acts of worship but with a serious deviation in the understanding, implication and the implementation of La ilaha ill Allaah Muhammad-ur Rasul-Allaah, which results in a comprehensive association in the issue of obedience and partnership with Allaah. This Jahiliyah is of those who call themselves Muslims but are secularists. They think that they are within the fold of Islam and have all the rights of Muslims by merely uttering the Shahada, La ilaha ill Allaah, Muhammad-ur Rasul-Allaah. They perform these acts of worship in a Jahil, un-Islamic fashion.
Servants of Allaah! Believers in secularism deal with the aspects of faith and worship according to what Allaah wants, and at the same time legislate with other than the rules of Allaah. In fact, this is the reality and the basis of Shirk (association), because the people of Jahiliyah (the initial pre-Islamic paganism) did not object to the existence of Allaah. Allaah says, which means:"And if you would ask them who created the heavens and the Earth? They would say Allah" (Luqman: 25). They also used to have some acts of worship, as Allah says which means: "And they assign to Allah from that which He created of crops and livestock as a share"(Al-An'aam: 136). Yet, with all of that, O Servants of Allaah, what was Allaah's ruling regarding such a community. Allaah ruled that they were disbelievers, and considered these acts collectively to weigh nothing on the scale of Islam.
That is why long battles took place between them and the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam, and the fight became intensely aggressive until they could not settle it but with physical fights, with the sword as the judge.
The subject and the cause behind all of these long aggressive battles was nothing but that one statement, La ilaha ill Allaah. A statement that the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam, insisted on and propagated to the furthest extent and people of Jahiliyah refused to the furthest extent.
And from the first instant when the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam called them to La ilaha ill Allah, the immediate answer was as Allaah says in the Qur'an which means: "Has he made the Gods only one God, indeed this is a strange thing"(Saad: 5).
The issue was very clear in their minds, that committing to this statement meant rejecting firmly and giving up completely, everything else besides Allaah. Everything from the things that they were worshiping from the Tawagheet: idols, the Taghoot of leadership, the Taghoot of the tribe, the Taghoot of magicians and traditions, all had to be dropped and they had to completely submit to Allah instead. This meant taking all matters, whether minor or significant, big and small in judgment to Allaah, alone with no partners.
Likewise, nowadays we have among us those who say that they are Muslims but they refuse to accept a relationship between religion and dealings in the worldly life, particularly when it comes to dealing with money and materialistic issues.
Among us these days, are people who are highly educated with PhD’s from different universities of the world and the first questions they impudently ask are: "What does Islam have to do with our social behavior? What does Islam have to do with men and women intermingling on beaches and places of entertainment? What does Islam have to do with the way women dress on the streets? What does Islam have to do with women driving cars and mixing with men and her personal freedom in traveling alone and dealing and running her own affairs?" This, indeed, is a call towards atheism, because it rejects what Allah has revealed in His Book regarding superiority of men over women. Some question, "What does Islam have to do with releasing the sexual aura through any means, be it adultery, fornication, or anything else". Allaah forbid. "What does Islam have to do with the ‘civilized’ people and what they do"?
So what is the difference between these people and the people of disbelief at the time of Shu'aib, peace be upon him, as Allaah says which means: "Does your religion command you that we should leave what our fathers worshiped?" (Houd: 87). These people question and strongly reject religion interfering with economics. They reject any connection between financial dealings and religious faith and morals, saying: "What does religion have to do with dealing with usury? What does religion have to do with sly cheating and stealing as long as no one catches you? What does religion have to do with politics and the ruling of countries?"
They shamelessly say that if religious morals were to interfere with the economy they will corrupt and ruin it. Therefore, we are not any better than the people of Median in the early pre-Islamic era were.
In today’s world, we have a Jahiliyah that is worse than the Jahiliyah of the pre-Islamic period, but it claims knowledge and civilization. Its advocators accuse those who connect between religion and human social behavior, politics and the economy of being backward and rigid, labeling them as fundamentalists and extremists.
Is this not the reality of the campaign of those who claim to be Muslim from the secularists, who have corrupted the people and the land saying: “Religion and belief is for Allaah, but governing the land is for the people”, i.e. separating state from religion? May Allaah fight and kill them.
O Muslims, it is the habit of hypocrites and secularists who claim to be Muslims, to not openly reject and show their enmity to Islam. They use the weapon of the illusion of being Muslim until the time of battle, when they take the Muslims by surprise.
For that, these Zanadiqa(hypocrites) from the secularists and those who are like them, campaign by which they try to deceive the largest possible number of Muslims and to diminish the small number of people that might expose, interfere and intercept what they are doing.
Those who campaign in the interest of secularism, while practically trying to extract Islam from its roots, slowly try to gain the means of the media to get to masses.
Servants of Allaah, secularism was born and emerged out of Jahiliyah and it is clear disbelief. This fact is not hidden and there is no doubt about it. Those who call for secularism create doubt and confusion deliberately. They know that there is no place for this Jahiliyah in the lands and countries of Muslims, unless they are deceptive and confuse the masses of Muslims through their false campaigns that conceal the reality from them. They hide from the common people the matter of their religion. They instigate the common people and the masses of Muslims against the sincere and the righteous who call for Islam, those who warn them of the danger to their religion and their families and expose the reality of secularism.
Servants of Allaah, the fight that has been initiated against the Muslims of Ahlus Sunnah and Jama’ah by these misguided sects who claim to be a part of Islam, must not be taken lightly.
The most dangerous of these have always been the attack of sects with concealed faith, like the Rafidhaa who have been supported by international monetary forces from the disbelievers to destroy the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah. Since the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah are the real and practical danger to these international forces, their forts are internally endangered by the secular powers that collated against them from the inside and that fight them both covertly and overtly. This represents the core of the battle between Islam andJahiliyah and disbelief in this modern time.
The most dangerous phase of this struggle is uncovering the reality of this evil secular ideology and exposing it to Muslims, so that the way of the criminals who try to deceive them and confuse them with regards to their religion becomes clear to each of them.
Isn't it time for the people of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah to be careful and cautious of these dangers that surround them from inside and out, and endanger them in this life and the hereafter?
Isn't it time for many of them to give up their old battles and settle petty differences and concentrate their force, power and efforts to confront these challenges?