Q 2: What is the main lesson we learn from this great crisis that befell the Ummah?

A: The main lesson we learn is that tribulations and accidents distinguish the enemy from the friend and tell the proponents of truth from those who propagate falsehood, the envious from the person who seeks goodness, and the just from the unjust. In crises, it is obligatory on the true believer to be with the truth wherever it may be and stand against his whim and falsehood, calling to the truth and supporting its advocates. A believer should forsake the supporters of oppression, Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) and Bid’ah (innovation in religion) and call people to forsake them and not to cooperate with them. In this crisis, it has become clear that the president of Iraq is an oppressor who invaded a secure Muslim land unjustly. He is an irreligious Ba’thist.

It is the duty of the Muslims to side with the truth against the oppressor and the aggressor. It is wonder that some disbelieving countries support the truth and resist the oppressor, whereas some Muslim countries support the falsifier and oppressor. It is obligatory on those who affiliate themselves with Islam or call themselves Muslims to truly support Islam and stand with the seeker and assistant of the truth, not with the oppressor or the transgressor even if he is their next of kin. It is a duty to support the one who is right and confront the one who is wrong and his oppression in the proper ways that fulfill the intended aim.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed,”

A man said, “O Allah’s Messenger! I will help him if he is oppressed, but if he is an oppressor, how shall I help him?”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“By preventing him from oppressing (others), for that is how to help him.”

This great Hadeeth is of Jawami’ Al-Kalim (concise yet most comprehensive expressions), so Muslims should apply and abide by it along with everyone else.

Fatwas of Ibn Baz

And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.”

[Surah An-Nisa’ (4):75]

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