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Introduction

A revolution is considered an event which has a MAJOR impact on changing the political, economic or social structure of society – usually in a short space of time. The aims of revolutions are usually tied to an ideology.

Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the greatest revolutionary in the history of the World.

“If we compare the Revolution of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon Him) with the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution it becomes evident that the French Revolution succeeded in changing only the political system and the Russian revolution changed only the economic system. But the Revolution of Holy Prophet changed everything….religion, belief, rituals, the political system, the economic system and the entire social fabric.” Dr Israr Ahmad.

The greatest need of Muslim Ummah today, is not wealth, government, fame, technology, education, democracy, but according to me, the most important need is, that Muslims understand the way of Muhammad, His way of bringing revolution. The only way of bringing revolution today is understanding & implementing the methodology of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him.

Steps Taken By Prophet Muhammad In Bringing Revolution.

1- Ideology.

Called people to believe in One God. He said: “Oh people, believe that there is no God but Allah & you will be successful” (at this point, he said nothing about His Prophet hood).

‘There is no deity worthy of worship except God’ this conviction creates a world view, a perspective and a unique behavior. It essential means that all actions – from having a shower to picking up litter from the floor – should be referred to the Creator. This establishes a constant awareness, mindfulness and consciousness of God in everything that the Muslim says or does.

This means that there will be no human sovereignty. No human is hakim (owner) of anything (meaning, negation of communism & capitalism). Ownership & sovereignty only belongs to Allah. Ownership for Allah & Caliphate for humans. Sovereignty for Allah & Trust for humans.

Humans need to be intellectually convinced. The Prophet was told to simply give the message and not worry whether people converted or not, therefore, there is no question in Islam of forcing your opinions on any one else, as the Qur’an tells us that there is “no compulsion in religion.”

He stood up against oppression & injustice & called people to unite under the flag of monotheism.

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His message was, that, each & every human is equal on a social level. For example, a CEO & office tea boy have different posts & duties, but as humans they are equal. It was an end of racism. And to spread this message, He used all the means possible, at that time.

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2- Organizing People.

Second step was to organize the people, who accepted His message & agreed to stand up against oppression & injustice. For this, He introduced the practice of taking pledge. Asked people to give Him pledge of allegiance on the following conditions:

We will listen and obey (the orders) both at the time when we are active and at the time when we are tired, and at our difficult time and at our ease and to be obedient to the ruler (but, we will say what we think is right, we won’t think that it is silly, we will say whatever our suggestions will be & the decision will be yours) and give him his right even if he did not give us our right, and not to fight against him unless we noticed him having open Kufr (disbelief) for which we would have a proof with us from Allah.”

The Prophet did not have a need to take this pledge, as the companions believed in Him, but He introduced this system for the future, so that Muslims follow His way instead of the western ways.

3- Training People.

Third step was to train the people. It included the following things,

i- The idea of bringing a revolution must always be on the minds of people & the way of doing this is, studying the Qur’an, because studying it will keep reminding them about their goal.

ii- ‘No resistance’, not at any cost. Even if the enemy cuts you in pieces, don’t resist.

iii- Spending everything in the way of Allah.

iv- Strong belief in the hereafter. If your heart is attached to this world, you become weak.

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4- Passive Resistance.

For 3 long years, the Prophet was attacked with hate speech. People called him mad, magician, poet etc. It hurted him, but He stayed patient & responded them by simply turning His face to someone else, but never got rude or harsh. And He told the same to His companions.

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After 3 years when the enemy noticed that the Muslims are standing firm & more & more people are converting to Islam, they started physical persecution. They did not give them food to eat, the rich were imprisoned & the poor slaves were beaten in the worst ways, in the center of the streets, a woman companion was killed in front of her son, but none of the Muslims resisted.

As a result of this, sympathies of the people diverted towards the Muslims,  they realized that these people did nothing wrong, they only said, “we believe that there is no God but Allah & Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah”.

After this, when Abu Talib died, who was protecting the Prophet, the disbelievers decided to kill Him. At this point, the Prophet migrated to Madinah. Even in Madinah, he did not resist for 6 months but took some very important decisions.

i- Constructed the mosque. It was not only a mosque but also an institution, a place of worship, parliament, suggestion center & a government house.

ii -Second important decision that He took was, He made one immigrant (muhajir) brother of one Muslim from Madinah (ansaar).

iii- And third decision was that Muslim and Jewish clans signed a pact to protect each other, in case Madina gets attacked.

5- Active Resistance.

This is the most crucial step in the process of revolution. If it is not taken on the right time, all the efforts will be wasted.

After taking these decisions, The Prophet started the active resistance by sending small groups of people to block the ways from where the Quraish used to take their goods for trade,  in other words, ‘Economic blockade of Makkah’.  Also, the Prophet talked to the clans who supported Quraish & due to this, the political influence of Quraish was diminishing & of Prophet was increasing.  During all this time, there was no movement from the Quraish, this initiative was taken by the Prophet. (This is what some scolars of Islam lied about. To please the non believers, they invented this lie that the Prophet never initiated anything).

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The war started when Muslims had a fight with one of the clans of Quraish & a Muslim man killed one of the non Muslim. The Prophet got angry at this, because He ordered his companions to not fight or kill anyone. But when this happened, the war started. And as all of this was done after a preparation of 6 years, as a result Muslims got successful & the greatest revolution on earth happened which changed everything – religion, belief, rituals, the political system, the economic system and the entire social fabric.”. It was an end of oppression, injustice, nationalism, racism & falsehood.

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Conclusion.

Prophet (peace be upon Him) never sent anyone out of Makkah to spread the message of Islam for 10 years. He had money but still he did not send anyone to other Empires with His message. In the 10th year, He went to Tai’f, and called people to Islam. Later, when He came to Madinah, He worked only inside Arab.

When the treaty of Hudaibyah took place & Quraish recognized Muhammad and acknowledged him as a leader, it was only after this that He sent his people to other Empires, to call people towards Islam.

This is the essence of revolutionary process, that it does not spread in the initial stages,  like the missionary work & tableghi work, but the revolutionary process goes up in one direction & then spreads. Muhammad ‘s struggle was not of missionary type, it was revolutionary type.

And this is how the greatest revolution in history took place. If Muslims of today want to bring a revolution, ‘tabdeeli’ or inqilab’, the only way to accomplish this mission is by following the way of the Prophet (peace be upon Him) & rejecting the ways of the west & saying no to Democracy, Capitalism, etc.

Shirk- Associating partners with Allah is the gravest sin in Islam, about which Allah said: “I will forgive every sin except Shirk.”

Pharaoh committed this sin & claimed that he is God, he did not even associate any other person but himself. He made himself equal to Allah & this sin angers Allah the most but still Allah ordered Prophet Moses to go to Pharaoh & invite him to the worship of One God.

Allah said: “Go you and your brother with My Ayat (proofs, lessons, verses, evidences, signs, revelations, etc), and do not, you both, slacken and become weak in My Remembrance. Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, verily, he has transgressed all bounds in disbelief and disobedience and behaved as an arrogant and as a tyrant. And speak to him MILDLY, perhaps he may accept admonition or fear Allah.” (Qur’an 20:42-44)

Did Allah allow Prophet Moses to curse Pharaoh or abuse him? The answer is No. Even in this case when a human committed the worst sin, Allah ordered another human to speak to him in a kind & gentle manner. This clearly shows, that no human has the right to curse or abuse anyone, a Muslim or a Non Muslim. Even if the other person is mocking or talking ignorantly to a Muslim, he is not allowed to do the same in return.
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But, today the attitude of Muslims is opposite to this. They curse & abuse not only non Muslims but even Muslims & then they think that Allah will forgive them & they will go to Paradise, just because they have a tag “Muslim” with them. But, they are just deceiving their own selves.

Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him stated that a person said: “By Allah, Allah will not forgive so & so (person).” Thereupon Allah said: “Who is He who swears by Me & says that i will not forgive so & so? Listen, Verily I have forgiven so & so & nullified your deeds or as the Messenger peace be upon Him said.”

This narration teaches us the politeness needed by a Muslim towards Allah and that one should not involve himself in matters that are left for Allah to decide i.e. nobody can know who will go to Hell and who will enter Paradise.

Allah advises us in Qur’an:  “Invite (all) to the Way of your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Rabb (God) knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.” (16:125)

Not for you (O Muhammad) is the decision; whether He turns in mercy to (pardon) them or punishes them; verily, they are the wrongdoers.” (Qur’an 3:128) “Your duty is only to convey (the Message) and on Us (God) is the reckoning.” (Qur’an 13:40)

But what is the condition of Muslims today?

Few days back, I saw a video, in which an old Muslim man was offering Prayer very fast & incorrectly. Someone recorded the video & uploaded on Facebook with the title “Curse him & share”. 

Is this what Allah told Muslims to do? Instead of correcting him & trying to help him, they mocked & cursed him. Did Allah allow any human being to do so? We can clearly see from above Quranic verses that this is not the way of Islam. Muslims have to understand this, that, there is a difference between Allah judging humans & humans judging humans.

Humans can judge others based on their actions but not their hearts. For example, if someone is alcoholic, it is a Muslim’s duty to correct him & tell him that this wrong, but, he cannot say, ‘you drink, you will go to hell’. As Muslims, our duty is to correct people & call them towards the way of Allah, in the best possible manner, that is all. We have no right to curse or abuse anyone or to tell people that you will burn in Hell. This is what only Allah decides, because Allah knows what’s inside the hearts & we humans don’t.

Islam does not teach us to be quiet when there is Injustice and Falsehood. It is every Muslim’s religious obligation to forbid evil & call towards good. But it does not mean that Muslims are allowed to be rude or harsh, when it comes to conveying the message of Islam.

Allah says: “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah (i.e. this Qur’aan), and be not divided among yourselves.” (Qur’an 3:103)

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as just witnesses; and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just, that is nearer to Taqwa (piety).”(Qur’an 5:8)

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This is the message of Islam “Unity”, “Justice” & “Tolerance”. But sadly, today Muslims are the most intolerant & unjust people. They show zero tolerance. If anyone goes against their views, they start cursing & abusing them. This is the reason today Muslims are suffering all over the world. Muslims need to come back to the true message of Islam & unite.

If you are a supporter of one leader or scholar, don’t call the supporters of others, ‘dogs’, don’t curse them. Because the problem is not the person who is not supporting your favorite person, but you, the one who is cursing & abusing other Muslims & non Muslims.

Today, because of the rude & harsh attitude of Muslims, so many non Muslims hate Islam & they hate Muslims, because the first thing that Muslims tell them is “you are going to hell”. This is very sad, Muslims have left the book of Allah & they justify their wrongdoings by cherry picking verses from the Qur’an. They misuse Qur’an.

I invite you all,  to study the Qur’an & Narrations of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) & then judge. This is a request, that please do not judge Islam by looking at Muslims. The basic message of Islam is to believe in only One Creator, & this is not only for Muslims, we all human beings are equal in the sight of Allah & even the Muslims who will disobey Allah, will be punished. No Muslim has a free pass to Paradise. There is no blind following in Islam & it is everyone’s (Muslims & Non Muslims) duty to study it.
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