Translation and annotation: Ishaaq bn AbdirRaheem Aboo Aamir
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
There is no doubt that the Ummah is a weakling today, a weakling such that the Muslims all over – except a few – have become apologetic and ‘defensive’ of Islam in its clear rulings all because they want to satisfy the whims of the Kuffaar whereas in the past it was the latter that always strove to satisfy the Muslims.
For instance, during the reign of Umar bn Al-Khattaab as the Khaleefah, the non-Muslims living under the vast Muslim territory jointly made a covenant with the Muslim state that they would not use their culture to affect the culture of the Muslims who were their hosts yet they enjoyed their religious rights.
The message is that the Muslims were never apologetic towards the Kuffaar rather they held their Deen high and they let the Kuffaar know that their cultures could not mix.
Below is an excerpt from the terms of the covenant willingly written for approval from the Muslim rulers by the Kuffaar themselves:
‘[We the non-Muslims living in the Muslim state hereby covenant with the Muslim rulers that] we will hold the Muslims in a high esteem, we will always leave our seats for them if they desire them, we will not copy any of their styles of clothing in caps, turban, footwear, or parting of the hair. We will not use their style of speaking, we will not use their aliases [e.g. Abu Hafs], we will not ride their type of horses, we will not display our swords publicly by tying them to the necks, we will not take or carry any weapon, we will not make Arabic engravings in our rings, we will not sell liquors, we will stick to our mode of dressing, we will tie our girdle as normal with us, we will not show crucifixes on our churches, we will not display our crucifixes on any of the paths of the Muslims or in their markets, we will not blow our trumpets and thongs in our churches except in quiet manners, we will not wail in funerals nor make candle processions for them in any of the paths of the Muslims.’
The report is recorded by Har’b with a strong chain as said by Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah in Iqtidaa as-Siraatil Mustaqeem vol1:364
What is the situation of the Muslims today?
The way out is to go back to the principles of Islam in dealing harmoniously with the Kuffaar.