When fallen to the pleasures of the flesh….
Unfortunately, there came a time when the love to becoming a guiding light began to dim, the ideal to bring order to the world weakened; and as was the case during the Tulip Period, the illness of self-indulgence in mansions started to take hold….
Once all this happened;
Divine mercy and assistance also became sparse, as people had now fallen from spirituality to the flesh. Victories were replaced with defeats and retreats. The areas from which we retreated and the vast lands where we no longer exercised any power, were left with millions of Muslims, abandoned to the hands of colonialists and tyrants.
One of those sad episodes was the loss of the Fort of Ozi. Sultan Abdulhamid I felt the agony in his own heart, as he lamented:
“My sons fighting for the cause have been torn to pieces alongside innocent civilians!”, He could not bear the pain for much longer and died from grief shortly after.
This summarised the trouble the Ottomans faced during its final centuries. When in the past we extended justice and mercy even to non-Muslims, we could no longer even run to the help of our own oppressed people.
As for today, the Muslim world paints a scene of mourning. Allah-willing, we must, once again, passionately seize our duty to convey the truth, guide people and bring order to the world.
The rise and fall of nations are determined by their positive or negative attitude towards the Qur’an.
In the past, we were elevated for serving the Qur’an; and that today remains our only hope.
Tabligh cannot be made in a slapdash manner. The person making tabligh must possess certain qualities, such as:
- An excellent character,
- Prudent behaviour and
- A nice style.
Source: BEING A GUIDING LIGHT, Osman Nuri Topbas, Erkam Publications