All praise is due to Allah. May peace and benedictions be upon the Messenger of Allah, his household and companions.
Fellow Muslims! Fear Allah, put your trust in Him, seek for His aid and humble yourselves before Him in order to be elevated and have a good ending in this world and the hereafter. Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) says,
“No doubt verily, the friends of Allah, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve. Those who believed in the oneness of Allah and used to fear Him much.”
The most popular catch-cry of today’s generation is the word “compromise”. The weak consider it as harmless, the ignorant hold it as beneficial, and the miss-guided count it as essential.
This conclusion may seem extreme, but that’s the reality. In Islam, there is absolutely no room for compromise. There is no evidence that the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) ever did so, nor did his companions, or does the Qur’an provide scope for it. This stance also makes rational sense to those who sincerely dwell upon this topic.
A person suffering from a heart condition would be foolish if he chose to consume half of the medicine prescribed, and then took sugar lollies as a substitute for the rest of the tablets. Who is he cheating? Not the doctor, who sought the best possible solution for his condition, nor the pharmacist, who supplied the medicine. The patient is the one at loss.
Surely Allah, in His Wisdom and Mercy chose Islam as the medicine for the ills of humanity and the society we live, a cure for the cancer of interest and woes of politics, the mistreatment of women and the division of society, the nature of man and his insatiable desires.
“It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.”
Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) declared his religion to be that of Ibrahim (Alaihis salaam). The unbelievers thus argued that there was no reason for them to leave their own beliefs and take up that of Muhammad’s (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), seeing they were of the same religion. They sought to compromise with him, proposing that he should prostrate before their gods in exchange for them prostrating before Allah, and he could demand whatever he wanted from them. This Surah was revealed in an uncompromising tone, clearly dividing (monotheism) from (polytheism), establishing a true criterion, allowing for no further wrangling.
“Say: “Disbelievers! I do not worship what you worship, nor do you worship what I worship. I shall never worship what you worship, neither will you worship what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine.”
This wasn’t the only situation. When the Prophet’s (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) uncles felt that he was getting too powerful, they tried to bribe him with the gifts of this world. They offered him the leadership of Makkah, wealth if that was his purpose, the most charming wife if that was what pleased him, yet he refused all these because he only desired that the truth prevailed. Under such harsh and luring circumstances, he (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) commented that if the sun were to be given in his right hand, and the moon in his left, never would he leave this cause until Allah will elevate it, or he would die striving for this cause. This was his prime opportunity; if it were in his nature to compromise, he could have accepted the leadership, secretly hid his true convictions, and later spread Islam after being confident and powerful enough. RasulAllah (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was known as the Trustworthy and due to this fact he (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was thus able to kindle the fire of Arab nationalism and would thus have united them. They would have responded gladly to his call, tired of their tribal warfare’s. Thereafter, he could free the Arab lands from the domination of the Romans and the Persians. He could have easily established an Arab state in this way, instead of bearing thirteen years of pain and torture. He could have made the people bow initially before his authority, then he could have used his position of authority to impose the belief in the unity of Allah, and bow before the True God. This was not what Allah desired though, and that is not Islam. Islam seeks the destruction of all forms of evil, through pure ways, not the manipulation of evil to reach a pure goal. This is not possible, nor permissible.
Even in a life or death situation, we are told of the rewards if we persevere and bear patiently. Ibrahim (Alaihis salaam) chose to burn in the fire prepared by his own father, rather than to hide his religion, leave the area, and spread the Word of Allah.
If Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) or the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) have forbidden us to do something, we must believe with all our being that it is forbidden for our benefit.
“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.”
Religion is completed and perfected by none other than the Creator Himself which leaves no room for compromise.
“Verily, those who turn away from our Signs are not hidden from us. Is he who is cast into Fire better or he who comes secure on the Day of Resurrection? Do what you will. Verily, He is All-Seer of what you do.”
It is now up to the men of wisdom and truth to guide people to that which can preserve Islam for them, protect them and let them have confidence in the principles of their religion as well as their educational system and law. They should warn the generality of the Muslims against the evils of their enemies and establish for them a balance of justice in word and deed so that, they will be able to distinguish between good and evil.
May Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) Guide us and Protect us from the evil intentions of the miss-guided evil men and women.