There were no indications that the subservient people of the Arab nations would ever request a change to the system and rise up against it even when they were denied the most basic of human rights, but to our pleasant surprise they rose up against dictators, against bureaucracy, against the corrupt officials, against murderous villains whose offices had stood unperturbed for 40 years in some cases, and they sacrificed their lives for the sake of their fellow countrymen.
God has said in the Quran that:
“… Surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change their own condition…” [13.11]
And indeed the youth in particular, having seen the poverty, humiliation and fear their parents and fellow countrymen lived in, decided to take up the reigns of social responsibility and demand change and better treatment and social justice, their innate human rights and basic respect. And they had the courage and sense to fight for what they believed in and Allah provided them with His support and blessed them with a grand success because they placed their trust in Him.
The dictators, the enemies of God, had they read the words of God, the Quran, would have come upon the story of Prophet Moses (PBUH) and learnt the fate of Pharaoh, and then perhaps they would have considered that they might meet an evil fate as well. They also had the example of Saddam Hussain before that and the other nations as they fell one by one but yet they remained heedless.
“We recite to you from the account of Moses and Pharaoh with truth for people who believe. Surely Pharaoh exalted himself in the land (as their lord) and made its people into groups, weakening one group from among them (in particular); he slaughtered their sons and spared their women; surely he was one of the mischiefmakers. And We desired to bestow a favour upon those who were deemed weak in the land, and to make them the leaders, and to make them the heirs, and to grant them power in the land, and to make Pharaoh and Haman and their hosts see from them what they feared.” [28.3 – 6]
Alhamdullilah, the dictators of the Middle East are falling one by one. Let us hope that they come to their senses and stand down of their own accord to stop any unnecessary bloodshed, otherwise their end will be a wretched one and Allah’s punishment more so severe.
But the battle continues in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria and the blood continues to flow in the streets. In the case of Bahrain, we see that an outside state, Saudi Arabia, has interfered and sent thousands of its troops to support the current rulers to kill any protesters. Young unarmed men posing no physical threat have been being shot in cold blood, possibly by Saudi troops, while the Western countries watch and remain silent. Isn’t it strange to see how they support one uprising, like in Libya, and not another, and they take an ally in Saudi Arabia knowing of their crimes and opposition to “freedom and democracy”. The politicians and newspapers may be silent but let us, the people, do our part and raise awareness of the plight of the people of Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. Use Facebook, Twitter, email and other means to inform your friends of the news and please contact your local MP and have them raise the issue in parliament and then you can say you did your part.
To the rebels: We wish you the best of success in toppling these dictators and bringing freedom, peace and harmony to your lands Inshallah. We salute you for your efforts, and for those of you who have succeeded, we congratulate you for your success. And we pray for all the fallen martyrs who risked everything they hold dear to bring freedom to your nations. Jazakumullah Khair.