Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia – Speech by Syeikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz.

There is no doubt that this region (Southeast Asia) is in dire need of Islamic activity, the efforts of the callers to Allah, the establishment of Islamic associations, centers, universities, schools, and institutions where Islamic facilities, such as hospitals and institutions, should be available to help Muslims there know their religion and fight against their enemies….

There is no doubt that this region (Southeast Asia) is in dire need of Islamic activity, the efforts of the callers to Allah, the establishment of Islamic associations, centers, universities, schools, and institutions where Islamic facilities, such as hospitals and institutions, should be available to help Muslims there know their religion and fight against their enemies.

This region has been afflicted with destructive ideas and concentrative efforts from the enemies of Allah to Christianize and call its people to Communism, Buddhism and other destructive and wicked beliefs promulgated by many of the enemies of Allah.

Defending Islam is obligatory on the scholars of Islam in Southeast Asia, more than others because they live in the midst of these destructive movements and see and hear about them. So, it is obligatory upon them to strive sincerely to combat these destructive ideas, devilish beliefs, and deviant sects. They must expose falsehood and cooperate concertedly and sincerely to spread Islam, call to it, clarify its rulings, merits, and respond to its opponents. They should also explain the falsehood, deviation, and evil ends of such falsehood mongers.

islam_in_asia_islam_asia_southeastern_1500px_40x40_.tif1It is obligatory on Muslim countries all over the world to help Muslims of this region that is afflicted with destructive beliefs, missionaries, Communism, Buddhism, libertinism, etc. Scholars of Islam everywhere must exert efforts to help their Muslim scholars and callers in this region to stop this imminent danger and to cooperate in fighting them by all legal means.

There is no doubt that establishing Islam in that region, calling to it, and resisting opponents require great effort and continuous care. We hope that the future there will be good as well as in other regions. We ask Allah to make the efforts of callers, reformers, and scholars successful.

It is obligatory on the scholars and callers to Allah everywhere to address the problems of East Asia region first and collect information about them carefully. Moreover, local scholars, callers to Allah, and other foreign callers have to identify its problems and the means of the enemies in missionary movements in order to eradicate the disease and reach a final cure by the permission of Allah.

There is no doubt that we need intensified efforts, patience, and perseverance in all countries; especially Indonesia because it is the biggest Islamic country in terms of the number of Muslims, while Christianization efforts are intense. Therefore, it is obligatory on scholars of Indonesia and the local callers to Allah, and foreign callers to support one another and cooperate in finding suitable solutions and prescribing an effective cure for these problems to resist these evil ideas and wicked beliefs. Hopefully, they will succeed.

When they prove sincere in their cooperation and activities, and when they help one another seriously and sincerely, Allah will grant them victory, help them and protect them from the evil of their enemies. Allah (Glorified be He) states:

“O you who have believed, if you support Allah, He will support you and plant firmly your feet.” [Al-Quran, Surah Muhammad, verse 7].

“And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. [And they are] those who, if We give them authority in the land, establish prayer and give zakah and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. And to Allah belongs the outcome of [all] matters.” [Al-Quran, Surah Al-Hajj, verse 40-41].

“…and incumbent upon Us was support of the believers.” [Al-Quran, Surah Ar-Rum, verse 47].

He also says:

Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient.“[Al-Quran, Surah An-Nur, verse 55].

This indicates that when Muslims help one another, cooperate, and are sincere, Allah promises them to victory and good return.

muslims_in_2780O callers, scholars, and Muslims everywhere, you should not despair but must hope for all good from Allah. We must exert all possible efforts and be sincere to Allah and to each other, taking all necessary lawful means to call to Allah and struggle against His enemies, hoping for victory and a good end from Allah. We have to resist our enemies, using the same weapons they use: culture, economy, sociology, politics, etc. Let us scrutinize their efforts, actions, wicked plans, and weapons to resist them truthfully and diligently in sincere devotion to Allah and true cooperation among ourselves. This is along with asking Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) for success in our deeds, words, and all our endeavors. Our enemies are always there lurking in wait for calamities to overcome us.

We have to prepare, help one another, and cooperate for the sake of the truth, calling to it and refuting falsehood and its mongers in conformity with Allah’s Commands:

And prepare against them whatever you are able of power…”  [Al-Quran, Surah Al-Anfal, verse 60].

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” [Al-Quran, Surah An-Nahl, verse 125]

There are groups of callers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. May Allah make them a means of benefit and grant them sincerity in calling to Him, directing people to good, and resisting the destructive ways and ideas of the enemies. We have two Da`wah (call to Allah/Islam) offices in Indonesia and Malaysia. We ask Allah to make them useful, bless the causes that help to spread the Islamic call and grant all callers to Islam and all Muslims sincere cooperation and full performance of the duties of Da`wah (calling to Islam) and encouraging them. We also ask Allah (Glorified be He) to help the heads of Islamic societies, centers, institutes, and schools to undertake the duties of Da`wah in cooperation for good and piety.

We ask Allah (Glorified be He) to guide those who work in Islamic hospitals and clinics to carry out their duties. These ways and means are of the most successful factors in calling to the truth and thwarting the plots of the enemies of Allah and Islam. Allah states:

“And say, “Do [as you will], for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do.” [Al-Quran, Surah At-Tawbah, verse 105].

alhamdulillahActivists must work and devote their intentions to Allah and help one another sincerely in the Islamic way according to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). They must go forth, expecting the best from Allah and not despair of His Help. They must remain committed to overcome the perseverance of the enemies in their falsehood, to help one another more than the enemies do in their error, Kufr (disbelief), and deviation. They should know that the good end is for the righteous and victory is for the believing Slaves of Allah. Allah states:

“So be patient; indeed, the [best] outcome is for the righteous.” [Al-Quran, Surah Hud, verse 49].

“Unquestionably, the party of Allah – they are the successful.” [Al-Quran, Surah Al-Mujadila, verse 22].

“And [that] indeed, Our soldiers will be those who overcome.” [Al-Quran, As-Saffat, verse 173].

I would be remiss were I not to thank our government, may Allah grant them success, especially King Fahd ibn `Abdul-`Aziz (may Allah protect him) for the great work and support for this League and the General Presidency for Scientific Research, Fatwa, Da`wah, and Guidance that strive to address the issues of Muslims worldwide and the blessed efforts the government exerts to solve the problems of Muslims, bring about peace and reconciliation between them, console and relieve them in times of crises, calamities, and disasters.

We ask Allah for continued success and support for good.

Sources: Fatwas if Ibn Baz

Author: Abu Tariq Abu Tariq Muhsin is a zakat officer for Zakat Centre of Federal Territory of Malaysia. A writer, researcher and publisher of various writing focusing on Zakat & Islamic studies.

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