As we all know, the Libyan leader Gaddafi has recently been massacring his own people just to stay in power. However, even though the armed forces and the current despotic state has been oppressing its own citizens, the Libyan people are showing the world that they have had enough and desire regime change and freedom from governments that are supported by the west.
Similarly, the Muslims of Libya have had enough of Gaddafi’s tyranny, and just like the Egyptian people, they will march in the streets until the tyrant is gone. Despite the fact that this dictator has been in power for forty years, the time span of a generation in fact, the believers are showing that they can very easily revive the dignity of the ummah and be rid of the clothes of humiliation. This point is extremely pertinent given that there is a specific psychology attributed to oppressed people whereby they conform to such oppression. Take for example the Children of Israel who were humiliated and subjugated by the pharaoh, they internalised the subjugation and accepted it as part of their lifestyle, and in effect became subjugated to other than Allah, and as a result they took to worshipping the cow.
Just as we say with Tunisia’s Ben Ali, the western hypocrisy that allowed Gaddafi to remain in power for forty years are only now turning against him. Even Britain has good oil trade with this dictator, although they will now be quite worried as to what the future holds.
As for the Muslims, the state of the Libyans gives us confidence that although the ummah might become ill or paralysed; it not only never dies but will always seek reformation and positive transformation. This gives us confidence that the ummah can make real change.
However, the ummah is now in need of righteous leaders to lead it, those people who intend honour, dignity, and the rectification of their people, not those who merely use rhetoric in order to sway the masses but in reality simply carry out the bidding of foreign colonial powers who seek to exploit Muslim lands.
Such people must remember that no matter how long injustice continues, when the decree of Allah comes such injustice will vanish quickly – when Allah decrees it, he will cause the humiliation of the unjust tyrants in front of entire world. Allah says,
‘Or do they say, “We are a great multitude, and we shall be victorious?” Their multitude will be put to flight, and they will show their backs. The Hour is their appointed time, and the Hour will be ever more grievous and bitter. Verily, the criminals are in error and will burn. The Day they will be dragged in the Fire on their faces: “Taste you the touch of Hell!” Verily, We have created all things with Qadar (Divine Preordainment).
The west now will attempt to review its policy towards the Muslim world as they have seen that supporting puppet regimes no longer works. Their insincerity has also been exposed, and it is up to the citizens of western nations to pressure their governments into holding back the support they offer to corrupt rulers which causes them to be hated in the Muslim world. We, as an ummah, have to be vigilante not to allow this success to be hijacked by external powers.
Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom’s Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari’ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.