Everyone in a hurry, no time to spare, short hours and too
much work, the day about to end but the jobs only half done;
life is brief and plans too long, even Noah's age would be
insufficient to cover them; life, like a candle in the wind;
existence just begins when old age comes along and with it
the fearful echoes of death; the heart sinks at the thought
of whether it will be possible to scale the Ascent or not.
That Ascent which has a different meaning for everyone. Man
in his impatience, shortsightedness, and cowardice sets for
himself such silly goals at which he himself later laughs
with derision: the achievement of petty tinsel toys, the satisfaction
of his sexual desires, the attainment of the height of fame,
having the latest model car, a home in a posh area, to top
the ladder of power………..these are all mirages
that deflect the mind from the real Ascent. All his mental
and physical energies are directed towards the completion
of these aims and he is left too limp to try and struggle
for the Ascent.
What is the Ascent? The Creator of the worlds has pointed
it out thus,
"And why does he not climb the Ascent? And what do you
know of the Ascent? To set free a neck (person), or provide
food on a hungry day to the orphan relative or the miserable…”
To free a neck from the weight of loans, to release slaves
from slavery, to set loose prisoners innocent yet spending
hard times behind bars, of those oppressed Muslims who have
become a target of terrorism, and those humans who because
of their shirk have been marked down for Hell. Those privileged
people who had uncovered the secret of Iman, who had shattered
the differences of caste, tongue, and nationality, who did
not give a hoot for power, fame, or wealth; who believed more
in deeds than words; who did not believe in any other super
power but Allah, yes, they were the one who scaled this Ascent
and scaled it well. They set free millions of compromised
people and manumitted thousands of slaves. A single sa'habi
of RasulAllah sallallahu 'alaihi wassallam, Hadhrat 'Abdur
Ra'hman bin 'Auf, released thirty thousand slaves. If a Muslim
got caught all the others became restless until they had him
released; and how could they not when before
them was the 'hadith of RasulAllah sallallahu 'alaihi wassallam,
"Feed the hungry, look after the sick, and try
to free the prisoners."
Likewise they were well versed with the 'hadith,
"Whoever freed a prisoner from the detention of the mushrikeen
(idolaters), it is as if he freed me (sallallahu 'alaihi wassallam)"
Who would be the Muslim who ever got news of the imprisonment
of RasulAllah sallallahu 'alaihi wassallam and not try to
release him? But when our master stresses the need of trying
to free a Muslim captive, we feel no stirring of our hearts.
There is no part of the world today where freedom loving and
fundamentalist Muslims are not enduring the tortures of imprisonment,
these prisoners include men, women, elderly, young, naive
boys and innocent girls. They are struck inhumanly on their
private parts, their bodies hit with electric shocks, they
are hung upside down from ceilings; some of them are tied
hand and foot and excreta bound on their faces, others are
forced to bark like dogs, some are made objects of ridicule
by being paraded naked in front of their captors, some are
being raped and others being made objects of tyranny just
for saying "Allah!"
These incidents of cruelty are being made public throughout
the world by the media, but not one of the 60 Islamic states
have issued any strong statement or protest; not one President
or Amir felt the need to climb this Ascent. The result was
that the people at the receiving end of cruelty, took the
wounds of their hearts and minds and walked the only left
to them…that of suicide attacks. These attacks struck
the tyrants, American airports were inundated with coffins,
and fear and the feeling of lack of security tilted the remaining
into mental disorders. When the vulture clan started deserting
them, this gang of terrorists started thinking of the Islamic
army so that a Muslim would be the one to kill a Muslim; he
would be the oppressor and the oppressed, he would be the
imprisoner and the imprisoned.
It's a wonder that among those answering the call of the formation
of an Islamic Army is the country which has opened its borders
freely for Zionists, sunk in the pleasures of the flesh they
are ready to save the Iraqis, nay, the oppressors of the Iraqis.
Has there ever been a greater tragedy in history than when
the kuffar declined to help their comrades, not only that,
but those already involved started backing out scared by the
blaze of suicide attacks not caring for worldly goods but
the lives of their soldiers and civilians. At this point in
came some reciters of the Kalimah carrying a long list of
their services for Islam and Muslims who decided to jump into
the blaze to save their Zionist friends.
An effective ruse of Satan and satanic powers is "tazayyan"
by which it presents wrong as right and right as wrong. Doubtlessly
these powers would have imprinted in the minds of our shepherds
the sacredness of this Ascent that they would be climbing.
But if they decide to take guidance from the Quran, it will
unquestionably enlighten them that this Ascent gets surmounted
not with backing the kuffar but by freeing poor, innocent,
Muslim prisoners, dressing their wounds, soothing away their
hurt, and helping them against ill-mongers.
O slaves of Allah! Never try to climb this Ascent, which on
the face of it seems a brilliant success, but will be your
downfall in the Hereafter. But try your level best to scale
that, the hikers of which are never unrewarded or dishonored