Groups of all kinds have emerged in recent times attempting to bring unity to the ummah. The most common logic is that it was through unity that Muslims were able to be remain a superpower in the past, conquering everything from West Africa to India. However, it's relatively difficult to relate to such people because it's clear that their very premise is un-Islamic: the desire for power, not the desire to help each other draw closer to Allah (Ta'Ala).
The various groups, in seeking to call to unity that results in power, forgot what the call of the Prophets was: tawheed. If one were to approach the leadership of an organization that has emerged in our times, and asked them to, at the very least, ensure that the people who are participating in their so-called da'wah were on the proper understanding of tawheed and its opposition, shirk, they'd say that it is too controversial. Among the topics addressed at the ISNA convention were marriage, halal food, political activism, and interfaith dialogues. Curiously absent: tawheed.
However, if one were to study the seerah of our Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam), as well as the seerah of the prophets (alayhim as-salaam) and nations before us, one would find that the all of the prophets and their followers called to tawheed, and away from shirk.
In fact, after Allah (Ta'ala) mentions the shirk committed by the Christians and Jews, He (Ta'ala) says:
And the Jews say: 'Uzair is the son of All‚h, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of All‚h. That is a saying from their mouths. They imitate the saying of the disbelievers of old. All‚h's Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth! (At-Tawbah 9:30)
Additionally, today, the organizations that have sprung up today are afraid of stirring controversy. However, what greater controversy could there be than the suffering of the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) in the course of calling to tawheed and away from shirk? An incident is narrated in his (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) seerah:
"For ten days he stayed there delivering his message to several people, one after another, but all to no purpose. Stirred up to hasten the departure of the unwelcome visitor, the people hooted him through the alley-ways, pelted him with stones and obliged him to flee from the city pursued by a relentless rabble. Blood flowed down both his legs; and Zaid, endeavouring to shield him, was wounded in the head. The mob did not desist until they had chased him two or three miles across the sandy plains to the foot of the surrounding hills. There, wearied and exhausted, he took refuge in one of the numerous orchards, and rested against the wall of a vineyard."
I haven't come across a situation where a Muslim had to fear this, Allahu 'Alam. In spite of this, he still continued in his call to tawheed, and away from shirk.
Once we recognize that the sunnah is to call to tawheed, we must additionally recognize that the call absent of tawheed is a corrupt call. This is because, if a group doesn't call to the very matter that differentiates between the Muslim and the non-Muslim, the muwahhid (monotheist) and the mushrik, the believer and the kaafir, for fear of scaring people off, then it is likely that that group/organization is calling to itself.
For many reasons that I don't particularly feel like going into, sisters have found their way into leadership. Of course, nowadays, since the brothers have fallen disastrously short in their responsibility (as per hadith), this is very much welcome.
However, here's a problem. [I hope] it's agreed upon that, in general, sisters are weaker than brothers, at the very least emotionally. When this is compounded with the potential controversy that might be caused by the call to tawheed and away from shirk, the sisters would naturally be averse to taking on the burden of the call of the prophets (alayhim as-salaam). Now, if they are put into decision-making positions, then they would naturally decide to avoid controversy, please everyone, and abandon the call of the Prophets (alayhim as-salaam) (if anyone knows of a sister who might be ready to accept the persecution that the prophets went through, please post the story of such a person to this forum).
how about Asiya (AS) and Maryam (AS)
or how about Fatima RA or Sumayyah RA
How about contemporairies like Zainab Al-Ghazali, who was tortured.
Though, I personally feel men should take leadership positions, there are have been God-fearing women in the past but I dont know if they took up leadership positions or not.
Leadership is for men, wise people know this.
How come in USA you dont have a female president.
Becasue Americans on surface say women have this right and that right butthey are smart enough to never make a woman a leader.
THe problem is that brothers are lazy, they dont step up in many situations and circumstances.
In small MSAs, they are not proactive, and the women take the responsibility instead.
THis shows the weakness of the ummah, oh how tragic, maybe brothers should shape up their acts and mature.
"THis shows the weakness of the ummah, oh how tragic, maybe brothers should shape up their acts and mature."
Word. Shaping up starts with rectifying the da'wah.on September 22, 2005 10:39 PM
MashAllah this is a very good article inded.We all need to strengthen our concept of Tawheed Khaja or else we will suffer from corruption. I totally agree with you. The thing is some things get into the way of Tawheed sometimes, like desires and doubt. And that is such a big loss. ISRU losing hidayaonline.com is also a big loss. ISRU shura what were you thinking?
May Allah Talah grant us Hidaya.
What do you mean 'ISRU losing hidayaonline.com ...'? How did ISRU lose it?on September 23, 2005 9:20 AM
Hidaya is no longer affiliated with ISRU. It is now an independent website (you'll find the link to ISRU has been removed). The shura gave us the axe. At-least it gives us more independece to call to tawheed and not to ISRU.on September 23, 2005 12:05 PM
why?on September 23, 2005 1:00 PM
Exactly what I want to know.on September 23, 2005 2:10 PM
Any good literature available online on Tawheed (I don't mean the literal meaning, I mean Tawheed discussed for those already professing (sp) belief in the Islam).on September 23, 2005 7:31 PM
The above post was meant to be a question. I'm asking for good online literature on Tawheed. Thanks.on September 23, 2005 7:32 PM
Aqeedah book of Imam Tahawi (Aqeedatua Tahaweyyah I think it is called) is an excellent read. Search for it on Google. I may have a soft copy on my disk somewhere. Email me if you can't find it.on September 23, 2005 8:03 PM
ISRU e-mail address:
email@example.com September 23, 2005 11:19 PM
I agree with the author in the importance of studying tawheed, but I would add that the Ummah must also study all of the attributes of Allah (swt).
For a link to Aqeedah Tahawiyyah, see below:
masalamaon October 22, 2005 4:54 AM