Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Jihad & New Technology

In every age, the dissemination of information about the message of Allah take place through different mediums of communication which are available at that point of time in history. In our times, the message of Allah is spreading all round the world through the medium of internet. It is indeed a sign of the veracity of the Messenger of Allah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib of Mauritius. In a recent speech, the Khalifatullah observed:   

By the grace of Allah, in our present times, Allah has made it that His message goes through a website which is viewed round the world. There was a divine wisdom in the past with the institution of the MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya), but now Allah has wanted to make the message of His Messenger to go round the world through a website. Therefore with very limited means (and cost), the message of Allah is going round the world. And this is one of the signs of the veracity of the Messenger of Allah (his humble self) in this era.

The website as a means to pass on the message of Allah is even more sophisticated than the MTA (and quicker to pass on the Divine Message), compared to the times of the Promised Messiah (as). Through this website, all sorts of Deen works are being done- all kinds of Jihad are being fought through Open Letters, Refutations, Mubahala, Speeches (Written & Audio) and Books.

Therefore, “Jihad is not only with the pen, not only verbally, but also through the website, with the challenges, refutations etc… There is a time when revelation pours down from the Heavens, there is a time when one (the Messenger) has to take the pen (to refute and pass on the message), and there is also a time when armament also shall be taken… all in their time.”

Like we are learning from the battles waged in Islam (when enemies attacked the Muslims or prepared rebellion against Islam, then we have to bear in mind as a Sahih al Islam, we must prepare ourselves for all eventually. “I don’t know if you have this fact in mind, that there is a resemblance of what we are going through and what we shall have to go through to what the Holy Prophet (sa) had to go through in the past. This era shall resemble to a large extent the era of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa).”

Long ago, there was the need to assemble large armies to finish the Prophet of Allah and his disciples, but now we are in an era of high technology and any evil-plot can be made in the blink of an eye (through mobile, internet, all kinds of sophisticated armaments). So, we must bear in mind we shall go through all sorts of persecutions, and all sorts of spying be done on the Prophet of Allah (to plan to kill him), but we must keep strong faith in Allah so as to be able to go through it all. Long ago, messages given by the caliphs to the Muslim armies used to take days before reaching them but now every facility is available to obtain messages and required information. In other words “Technology has reached its peak”. 

Moreover, nowadays, enemies of Islam use another strategy. They do not come outright as enemies, but they mask as friends and plot in secret to divide Muslims (by igniting the fire of hatred), and make them fight among themselves; dividing among themselves, split in several sects. But Muslims are being severely tried and punished by Allah firsthand because they have been given everything in perfection: Perfect teachings (the Quran), Perfect Prophet, Perfect Religion, yet they have let go of the thread of unity and Islam (submission to one God) and go beyond the limits of Islam. As for the infidels, the idol-worshippers, Allah has already decreed that Shirk is that abominable sin which He shall not forgive. 

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