What Arab Spring Has Brought

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When I saw these pictures, I could not but cry.

I do not understand war. I do not understand politics. I am not a scholar of Islam. However, from the limited understanding that Allah has blessed me with, I firmly believe that these pictures are the outcome of Arab Spring, a propaganda Muslims were tricked to believe as their way forward.

Arab Spring was not the way forward. Arab spring was the plan of disbelievers to foment unrest, sectarian violence, and civil war in Muslim countries. After Arab spring, this is exactly what has happened. In Egypt. In Tunisia. In Libya. And now in Syria. And this will continue for decades. Such instability, killing, and bloodshed will only make the disbelievers laugh at their own backyard.

I know that Bashar Al-Assad is not a Muslim. I know that he is a tyrant leader. Yet, the way forward against this tyrant was to stay inside the house instead of taking streets and protesting and demonstrating against him. This is not my advice. This is the advice of Allah and His Noble Messenger (ﷺ).

Allah commanded in the Quran:

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O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. [The Noble Quran 4:59]

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), the ever truthful, advised:

“You should listen to and obey your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.” [Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 89, Number 256]

Hudhaifah (رضى الله عنه) narrated from the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ):

“There will come leaders who will not follow my guidance and will not follow my sunnah. There will be amongst them men who will have the hearts of devils in the bodies of humans.” Hudhaifah (رضى الله عنه) asked “What shall I do, Messenger of Allah, if I reach that?” He (ﷺ) replied “You should hear and obey the ruler even if he flogs your back and takes your wealth, then still hear and obey.” [Muslim, V3, 1029, Number 4554]

Removing an evil with a greater evil is not allowed in Islam. Evil should be removed through a means that has the capability to completely remove the evil or reduce it.

Let history testify. Whenever people chose protests and demonstration as a means to remove an evil, it often created more evil. That is why protests and demonstrations, even if they are peaceful, have no place in Islam.  The eminent scholar of the last century Ibn Baaz (May Allah have mercy on him) said:

“I do not believe political demonstrations, neither by men nor women, are considered a remedy (to influence rulers). Rather, I see them as ways leading to more tribulations and evils. They bring about oppression of people and violations of their rights. However, the Islamically legislated ways such as writing, sincere advising, and calling to that which is good by safe means – the means used by the people of knowledge, the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ), and those who afterwards followed them in righteousness. Some legitimate means would be by writing (to the rulers), personally speaking with them, calling them, or advising them. No one should publicly slander them on the pulpit and other places saying ‘They do this and that’ and ‘All this evil is because of them!’ And from Allah we seek help.”

Sadly for Muslims, they did not heed the advice of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ). They did not resort to patience. They did not think of the possible consequences. They did not think about long term repercussions. Someone lulled them, and they came out in the streets against a mighty tyrant.

As expected, and anyone with an iota of intellect would have expected the same, the tyrant choose to repress the mob using his army. A rebel group emerged in the name of Jihad. The civil war broke out.

To the people of Syria: now when you look back and see the suffering of Syrian people in the refugee camps, observe the brutalities committed by the army and the rebels, don’t you think that following the advice of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) would have been the best strategy?

Indeed it would have been the best strategy. Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) will never fail you, never ever.

The situation was not perfect in Syria. Yet it was not as horrible as it is now. You would be working. Your children would be going to schools. Every night you would be having the chance to kiss your family members.

What have you got following the Arab Spring formula? A bloody civil war, which will probably continue for decades.

A story is circulating in the web for the last few days, and I do not know if it is true or not. The boy in the first picture has been reported to have said before his death, “I am going to tell Allah everything.”

I do not know what the boy will tell Allah. I am sure he has many complaints. I wish I could know. I would like to guess a few.

First, I think he will complain about the scholars who have supported Arab Spring, either consciously or sub-consciously, despite having clear cut prohibiton in Islam against protests and demonstrations. Erudite scholars like Ibn Baaz (May Allah have mercy on him) are sometimes brushed aside with labels like scholars having no understanding of modern dynamics, but had Muslims understood the command of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) regarding protests and demonstrations as Ibn Baaz (May Allah have mercy on him) understood, the disbelievers would have not been successful with their Arab Spring propaganda and create this civil war.

Second, he will complain about the Free Syrian Army. By Allah! They are not fighting any jihad and they have only complicated the situation.

O Allah! There is no deity except You, exalted are You. Indeed, we have been of the wrongdoers.

O Allah! You are the Lord of Eternal Glory and Praise. Forgive our sins and transgressions.

O Allah! Our hearts cannot bear to see the suffering of our Muslim brothers and sisters and their children in Syria anymore.

O Allah! We ask you by Your Might. Stop this civil war, bring peace, and bless the people of Syria with a leader, who is upon guidance.

O Allah! Respond. You are the Lord who listens to our calls and respond during time of dire need.

Ameen!

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A five minute documentary from the Guardian about Syrian Civil War:

5 thoughts on “What Arab Spring Has Brought”

  1. Jazakumullahu Khayr for this poignant post!
    Ameen to the duas at the end, it sure brought tears to my eyes. SubhanAllah.

    I have some points to share, but no time right now, busy with studies but I so had to thank you for this post. Will definitely get back and comment further, inshaAllah.

  2. Assalāmu’alaykum. Exams just got over a couple of days back. Eventhough, I feel unworthy of commenting, here are my two cents on this:

    I can see why you feel that all these civil wars in the Arab world are so wrong. The Arab spring is definitely a big blot in the history of Islam. It resulted due to frivolous and extreme reactions, wrong and hasty steps. I used to harbour the same feelings for quite a long time – If the ahadeeth very clearly tell us us that there is no wisdom at all in taking up arms against a tyrant unless the people are in a position to bring about any change, then why did this happen? Who is gonna bear the blame of all these innocent lives lost? Why did the people take such a drastic step which has resulted in nothing but bloodshed? All these questions kept lingering in my mind.

    Then, something struck me. These protests, revolts, etc are like a huge wave, a tsunami perhaps. It starts somewhere far away, but gains speed and magnitude along the way. The calm water ahead has no other option but to join it. When we talk about following a hadeeth and the advice of Rasoolullāh (saw), it’s easier on a personal level. But, when it comes on a national/global level, there are hundreds of thousands of people out there with different levels of faith & knowledge, different stories, different frustrations, different reasons to revolt. Plus, the freedom that Egypt won by revolting against the tyranny (that had been slowly suffocating these people within the close boundaries of their country) was a motivation factor for the few of the other oppressed countries of the Arab world. Alhamdulillāh, the protests calmed down in other parts; the respective governments handled the situation well. 

    But, Syria is “still” bleeding, literally. No one will bear the blame, no one will take the responsibility. Everyone is mute. I dunno if we should blame the Syrians or not, but why should they be blamed? They had no option. When a civil war breaks out, you are caught right in the middle of a dilemma. Even if you did not support the war or the protests in the first place, you have to take a decision, you have to choose one of the two sides – either of the rebels or the tyrant govt. 

    Wallāhu ‘aalam. We are not even worthy of commenting on this grave situation. The pain that the li’l children, the women, the innocent men are suffering cannot be explained through the most eloquent of words or the most expressive of videos. All I can wonder about is why in the world would the other Muslim countries not participate actively in meetings with the UN and discuss Syria, try to find a solution to the problem, try to stop these brutal killings. Don’t they see the that a part of our Ummah is injured and not in the situation to handle the problem on their own? When will these wealthy countries ever move a step ahead of simply donating food and clothing to the refugee camps to something productive, something that will solve the problem forever? 

    Wallāhu ‘aalam. May Allah guide them. And, may Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ala ease the pain of the Syrians and rid them of this difficultly. Ameen.

    1. Thanks for adding your valuable thoughts here.

      I disagree with the point that the people of Syria had no option. They always had an option. Even when the demonstrations grew large, the Syrians had the option to stay at home. They did not. Also now when the civil war is going on, we do not have to take any side. I personally for example do not support the FSA. Remember the civil war between Ali (R) and Muawia (R). During that civil war, the senior most companion was Abdullah ibn Omar (R). People would come to him and ask him to say a word and take side. However, ibn Omar (R) neither took the side of Ali nor of Muawia (May Allah be pleased with them). ibn Omar (R) used to say, “I have not smeared my hand with blood in this war, why should I smear my tongue?”

      1. Yeah, I understand what you are saying. The demonstrations could have been prevented from going wild, had the Syrians NOT participated actively. But the fact of the matter is that it’s not easy to make “everyone” follow the right path. Due to the mistakes of a few people in the community, the entire community has to suffer. For example, in the past, due to the mistake of a minority – the kharijites, so much bloodshed happened in the Muslim ummah.
        Similarly, the Syrians who took to the streets in large numbers, probably an equal number were sitting in their homes. The problem was that no one took a “STRONG” position then. No one forbade the evil (i.e. demonstrations) and enjoined the truth (i.e. Sabr). The very few true voices here and there that did, were muffled by the magnanimous evil around. So, what is happening now? EVERYONE is suffering. That tyrant’s army is opening fire right in the chests of innocent civilians and barging into houses and killing them brutally without any discrimination, whatsoever. That is how, now they are left with no option but to defend themselves and their families by taking up arms.

        SubhānahAllāh, it’s very sad. Allāhu yassir ‘alayhum.

        About whether or not it’s right to take a side in a civil war, MāshāAllāh, that’s a good example you’ve pointed out from the Islamic history. Indeed, Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (ra) did not partake in the civil war. However, those two parties who were fighting against each other (due to some misunderstandings) were all Muslims. Here, Bashar al-Assad is an ‘alawite (who are declared to be disbelievers by eminent scholars ). The situation is different, so apparently the ruling here should be different. We are not knowledgeable about this. It’s the duty of the scholars of Islam to guide the Ummah as to the correct position in this matter, backed up with proper proofs.

        Wallāhu ‘aalam. May Allāh guide us all and make it all right. Ameen.

        Jazakallahu Khayran for this post and the discussion. Even though we all may disagree on some issue or the other, alhamdulillah we’re all trying to arrive at the correct understanding. And, Allah grants wisdom and power to whomever He Wills. All we can pray for right now is that somehow this problem gets solved through peaceful and correct methods. Ameen.

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