Advice to Salafi Families in Birmingham: Trials of Life in the West and the Way Out

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By Abu Khadeejah ʿAbdul-Wāhid.

In the name of Allāh, Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy.

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All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation, may Allah extol the mention of our noble Prophet Muhammad in the highest company of Angels, bless him and give him peace and security―and his family, his Companions and all those who follow him correctly until the establishment of the Hour.

From the greatest fitan (trials) that a Muslim is faced with in this life, and especially in these countries (of the West) are the afflictions of shahawāt (desires) and the allurement of the world. Muslims are beguiled by social media, music videos and movies―Muslim youth are falling into fornication. Parents’ sole measure of success for their children is high achievements in secular education followed by a high-paying job. All of this is driven by their desire for worldly status, wealth, and the Western lifestyle.

Allah (the Most High) said:

زُيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ حُبُّ ٱلشَّهَوَٰتِ مِنَ ٱلنِّسَآءِ وَٱلْبَنِينَ وَٱلْقَنَـٰطِيرِ ٱلْمُقَنطَرَةِ مِنَ ٱلذَّهَبِ وَٱلْفِضَّةِ وَٱلْخَيْلِ ٱلْمُسَوَّمَةِ وَٱلْأَنْعَـٰمِ وَٱلْحَرْثِ ۗ ذَٰلِكَ مَتَـٰعُ ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا ۖ وَٱللَّهُ عِندَهُۥ حُسْنُ ٱلْمَـَٔابِ ١٤

Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire―of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allāh has with Him the best return [i.e., Paradise].” (Aali ʿImrān: 14)

Men desire women, and women have the desire for men, and they seek offspring; sons and daughters―People in general love wealth and possessions: gold, silver, houses, cars, and land. These are the pleasures of this world―and if a person does not know how to balance between the worldly life and preparation for the life of the Hereafter, he will be the cause of his own destruction.

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Many Muslim parents today chase the Western dream and lifestyle for their children: secular education as the most important form of knowledge, acquisition of wealth, and the amassing of possessions. The most important goal for their daughters is to attain a degree, and then marry an equally educated and wealthy man regardless of his religious observation, ʿaqeedah and manhaj―these are the expectations they raise their daughters with. They elevate university education as the highest objective, to graduate and to get that graduation photo so they can hang it in their homes! So, they send their sons and daughters onto university campuses, often far away from home, their family, and their communities who would normally keep a protective eye on them. The result of that is that they return to the family home each vacation in a worse religious state than the previous occasion―regardless of these signs of regression, mother and father are proud of their daughter and son. They no longer care that her hijāb is slipping away until she wears nothing more than a piece of chiffon on her head! They don’t care that her clothes cling tightly to her body and are thin so that what is underneath becomes visible―they don’t care that she wears make-up in public attracting the attention of men―it hardly registers with the father and mother that she is drawing the eyes of young men to her who wish to take her as a girlfriend, with the intention of fornicating with her―they tolerate all of this because they have been beguiled by the Western lifestyle. Likewise, they don’t care that their son is listening to music and watching movies, has trimmed or shaved his beard, walks about musbil, wears tight trousers and follows the fashions of actors, musicians, and singers. So, you send your children into the state education system to learn chemistry, physics, geography, history and engineering but they come back having lost their virginity, with their bodies pierced and tattooed, blue and green dyed hair, with ear and nose rings and so on―how many parents are aware that their children smoke weed, or that their daughters are on the pill and some of them have had abortions? So, was it worth it? Are you still proud? Is this what you expected them to learn as a by-product of studying chemistry, physics, engineering and geography? These realities should show you that something else is taking place in the education system and on college and university campuses―and this is not a new phenomenon, it’s only worse than it previously was. The Western education system is about social engineering, ideological indoctrination and counter-religious brainwashing―and special attention is paid to combatting Islamic beliefs, practices, morals and ethics since Islam is the only real remaining fortress against Western liberalism, Darwinism and Atheism. Yet still, parents in our communities purposely and deliberately walk around blind and deaf to the real state of affairs and continue sacrificing their children for worldly gains!

Know that the purpose of our lives is to worship Allah and serve Him, to obey Him and to obey His Messenger (salallāhu ʿalaihi wasallam). And this is better than all that the people strive for. Allah (the Most High) said:

۞ قُلْ أَؤُنَبِّئُكُم بِخَيْرٍۢ مِّن ذَٰلِكُمْ ۚ لِلَّذِينَ ٱتَّقَوْا عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّـٰتٌ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا وَأَزْوَٰجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ وَرِضْوَٰنٌ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ بَصِيرٌۢ بِٱلْعِبَادِ ١٥

“Say, ‘Shall I inform you of what is better than that (i.e., better than the pleasures of the world)? For those who fear Allāh and are obedient will be gardens in the presence of their Lord beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and purified spouses and approval from Allāh. And Allāh is Seeing of His servants (and what they do).’

ٱلَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَآ إِنَّنَآ ءَامَنَّا فَٱغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ ١٦

“Those who say: ‘Our Lord! We have indeed believed, so forgive us our sins and save us from the punishment of the Fire.’”

ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ وَٱلصَّـٰدِقِينَ وَٱلْقَـٰنِتِينَ وَٱلْمُنفِقِينَ وَٱلْمُسْتَغْفِرِينَ بِٱلْأَسْحَارِ ١٧

“They are the patient, the true one in faith, the obedient, who spend [in the way of Allāh], and those who seek forgiveness in the last hours of the night before dawn.” (Aali ʿImrān: 15-17)

So, yes women are a fitnah, wealth is a fitnah, and your children can be a fitnah―especially if you choose to give them a corrupt, immoral and misguided upbringing or you give in to their demands in disobedience to Allah, allowing them to engage in harām behaviours. Al-Bukhāri (5096) and Muslim (2740) reported from Abu Sāʿeed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

مَا تَرَكْتُ بَعْدِي فِتْنَةً أَضَرَّ عَلَى الرِّجَالِ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ

“I have not left after me a trial more severe upon men than the allurement of women.” And he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

إِنَّ الدُّنْيَا حُلْوَةٌ خَضِرَةٌ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ مُسْتَخْلِفُكُمْ فِيهَا فَيَنْظُرُ كَيْفَ تَعْمَلُونَ فَاتَّقُوا الدُّنْيَا وَاتَّقُوا النِّسَاءَ فَإِنَّ أَوَّلَ فِتْنَةِ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ كَانَتْ فِي النِّسَاءِ 

“Verily this world is alluring: sweet and green and Allah has placed you responsible in it to see how you will act. So, beware the allurement of the world and beware the allurement of women―verily, the first trial to afflict the Children of Israel was related to women.” (Muslim, 2742)

We must protect ourselves, men and women, young and old, from the trials that lead to fornication. This means lowering the gaze, marrying while young, taking extra wives if that will safeguard him (as long as he is able), not entering upon the gatherings of women, staying well away from pornography because it kills the hearts, destroys marriages, and dishonours the status of women. In Islam the woman has honour: she is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother and so on―women should be protected and cared for, not left out on the street corner or displayed on social media for every devil to come and glare at her and purchase from her a viewing or a touch! And Allah’s refuge is sought. Allah has commanded men and women to lower their gazes to protect themselves from fornication and lust for other than one’s spouse.

قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَـٰرِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِيرٌۢ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ ٣٠

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze [from looking at women] and to protect their private parts from fornication―and that is purer for them. Verily, Allāh is All-Aware of what they do.”

وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَـٰتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَـٰرِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze [from looking at men], and to protect their private parts from fornication―and not to show off their beautification except only that which is normally apparent, and to draw their khimārs (scarves) over themselves…” (An-Noor: 30-31)

Men are attracted to beautiful women, and women know that―and men know that women like attention and affection―so, Shaytān comes between them enticing to that which is harām. For this reason, Allah and Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) commanded and encouraged marriage at a young age. The Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

يَا مَعْشَرَ الشَّبَابِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ الْبَاءَةَ فَلْيَتَزَوَّجْ فَإِنَّهُ أَغَضُّ لِلْبَصَرِ وَأَحْصَنُ لِلْفَرْجِ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَعَلَيْهِ بِالصَّوْمِ فَإِنَّهُ لَهُ وِجَاءٌ

“O, young people! Whoever among you can marry, should marry, because it helps him lower his gaze and guard him from fornication―and whoever is not able to marry should fast, as fasting diminishes his desire.” (Al-Bukhāri, 5066)

I encourage parents not to delay their children from marriage, especially in these times where access to harām relationships is easy and the objectification of women is commonplace―and women in these Western societies are encouraged to be promiscuous and have numerous one-night stands. Objectification refers to the act of treating women as if they were an object or a ‘sexual thing’ to be used, disregarding their feelings, thoughts, and rights.

Furthermore, no man wants a wife who has known many sexual partners, and who is known to be a loose and immoral woman, because a man’s honour lies in his wife and family―a man cannot afford to carry the stigma of being married to a promiscuous woman―he cannot trust that she’ll be loyal in his absence!

So how does a man ensure loyalty in his woman? By marrying a pious woman, who dresses modestly (hijāb), ideally a virgin (or one who was previously married or a widow but not a fornicator), she is not loud, and certainly not known in the circles of men. A divorced woman, or a widow who has known men intimately, then she is not considered as loose and immoral at all―this highlights the huge difference between a fornicating loose woman and a formerly married woman!

So, as fathers, we need to prioritise Religion, good character and morals as the foundation of a Muslim home. Do not place the attainment of wealth, status, university degrees and careers before your religion, your family and your honour as a Muslim! It is in the bounties and blessings of Allāh that we rejoice and the honour of Islam―that is better than wealth and the riches of the world.

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ قَدْ جَآءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَآءٌ لِّمَا فِى ٱلصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ٥٧
قُلْ بِفَضْلِ ٱللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِۦ فَبِذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ ٥٨

“O mankind, there has come to you an exhortation from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers. Say, ‘In the bounty of Allāh and His mercy―in that let them rejoice―it is better than the wealth they accumalate.’” (Yunus: 57-58)

It is the men who should take charge of their homes, their wives, and their children―look after them, protect them, cultivate them, and discipline them. They should not shirk from their duty and leave it to the woman. Women should not be expected to work and bring in the salary, that is the role, rather the duty of the man. That’s what gives him honour and authority in his home and respect in the community:

ٱلرِّجَالُ قَوَّٰمُونَ عَلَى ٱلنِّسَآءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ ٱللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍۢ وَبِمَآ أَنفَقُوا مِنْ أَمْوَٰلِهِمْ ۚ فَٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتُ قَـٰنِتَـٰتٌ حَـٰفِظَـٰتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ ٱللَّهُ ۚ

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allāh has made one of them excel the other―and because the men spend to support their wives from their means. Therefore, the righteous women are devoutly obedient―and they guard in the husband’s absence what Allah commands them to guard (i.e., their chastity, their husband’s honour and property).” (An-Nisā: 34) 

My brothers and sons, work hard with your own hands to provide for your wives and children―and know that the upper hand is better than the lower hand―meaning that the hand that gives is better than the hand that takes. Furthermore, the strong believer is better than the weak one, even though there is goodness in both―and this refers to strength in imān and body―so, a husband should make sure he is strong in his imān so he is able to guide his family, and strong in his body so he can go out, work and provide for them.

The best of men are givers and providers―they are not takers who are always asking for handouts from the people. Look at the example of the noble Companion, ʿAbdur-Rahmān Ibn ʿAwf (may Allah be pleased with him): Anas Ibn Mālik narrated that ʿAbdur-Rahman Ibn ʿAwf arrived in Madeenah (as a migrant) and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) made a bond of brotherhood between him and Saʿad Ibn Ar-Rabeeʿ Al-Ansāree. Saʿad had two wives, so he suggested to ʿAbdur- Rahmān that he would divorce one of them, and he could marry her―and he could have half of his property. However, ʿAbdur-Rahmān (may Allah be pleased with him) replied,

بَارَكَ اللَّهُ لَكَ فِي أَهْلِكَ وَمَالِكَ دُلُّونِي عَلَى السُّوقِ

“May Allah bless you in your wives, family and property. Kindly show me where the marketplace is.” So ʿAbdur-Rahmān went to the market and gained some dried yoghurt and some butter by bargaining. After some days, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) saw ʿAbdur-Rahmān with some yellow stains on his clothes and asked him, “What’s happened, O ʿAbdur-Rahmān?” He replied, “I have married an Ansāri woman.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked, “How much dowry did you give her?” He replied, “The weight of a date stone of gold.” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

 أَوْلِمْ وَلَوْ بِشَاةٍ

“Offer a banquet, even with one sheep.” (Al-Bukhāri, 5072)

That is how a strong believing man behaves―he asks for nothing from the people, rather he works for himself or under the employment of another and trusts in Allah―and Allah bestows him with what was written for him. These are men whom Allah blesses with imān and His bounties―and they are the ones who can take on a second, third and fourth wife from the wealth that Allah has bestowed upon them―this man will spend upon his wives from the riches which Allah has provided―and those women will give him many children, inshā’ Allah, and from them many grandchildren as a bounty and blessing from Allah.

He strives hard to raise his children upon the worship of Allāh, His obedience and upon the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him)―he enrols them into the Madāris of Salafiyyah and the Qur’ān schools of Ahlus-Sunnah. He consistently brings his family to the gatherings of knowledge at the Salafi Masjid so that they learn the right ʿAqeedah, the pure Sunnah, correct Fiqh and good manners from an early age―they become acquainted with seeking knowledge and their hearts become attached to Masjid and to the Salafis. So, Allah only increases them in honour and blessings because they have recognised that true richness is the richness of the soul―he and his family found that richness in the Religion of Allah, in knowledge, in piety and among the company of the believers. Thereafter, it is not poverty that he fears―rather it is disobedience, transgression, ingratitude to Allah and the removal of His Good-Pleasure and Blessings. Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

 لَيْسَ الْغِنَى عَنْ كَثْرَةِ الْعَرَضِ وَلَكِنَّ الْغِنَى غِنَى النَّفْسِ

“Richness does not lie in the abundance of worldly possessions, but richness is the richness of the soul.” (Muslim, no. 1051)

My brothers, men of Sunnah, you are responsible for your wives and family―and you, my sisters, are responsible for the home of your husband―each of you has a duty and responsibility. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

أَلاَ كُلُّكُمْ رَاعٍ وَكُلُّكُمْ مَسْئُولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ فَالإِمَامُ الَّذِي عَلَى النَّاسِ رَاعٍ وَهْوَ مَسْئُولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ وَالرَّجُلُ رَاعٍ عَلَى أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ وَهْوَ مَسْئُولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ وَالْمَرْأَةُ رَاعِيَةٌ عَلَى أَهْلِ بَيْتِ زَوْجِهَا وَوَلَدِهِ وَهِيَ مَسْئُولَةٌ عَنْهُمْ وَعَبْدُ الرَّجُلِ رَاعٍ عَلَى مَالِ سَيِّدِهِ وَهْوَ مَسْئُولٌ عَنْهُ أَلاَ فَكُلُّكُمْ رَاعٍ وَكُلُّكُمْ مَسْئُولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ ‏

“Surely! Each of you is a guardian, and each of you is responsible for those in his care. The ruler of the people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects. The man is the guardian of his household and family and is responsible for those under his care. The woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and his children and she is responsible for them. The slave of a man is a guardian of his master’s property and is held responsible for it. Surely, each one of you is a guardian and responsible for his charges. (Al-Bukhāri, 7138)

So, focus first and foremost on rectifying the Religion of your family, and do not place the glitter the world before that because the riches and pleasures of the world are nothing in the sight of your Lord and His Religion. The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

لَوْ كَانَتِ الدُّنْيَا تَعْدِلُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ جَنَاحَ بَعُوضَةٍ مَا سَقَى كَافِرًا مِنْهَا شَرْبَةَ مَاءٍ 

“If the world to Allah was equal to even a wing of a mosquito, He would not have allowed the disbeliever to have a sip of water from it.” (At-Tirmidhi, 2320)

Jābir Ibn ʿAbdillah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed through the market coming from the side of ʿĀliyah and the people were on either side of him. He came across a dead lamb with very short ears. He took hold of his ear and said to the people: “Who among you would like to have this for a dirham (a silver coin)?” They answered: “We would not take it for even less than that because it is of no use to us.” He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Would you then take it for nothing?” They replied: “By Allah, even if it were alive, we wouldn’t accept it because there is a defect in its ears―and it’s dead.” So, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

فَوَاللَّهِ لَلدُّنْيَا أَهْوَنُ عَلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ هَذَا عَلَيْكُمْ

“By Allah, this world is more insignificant in the sight of Allah than this carcass is to you.” (Muslim, no. 2957)

Yet you strive to get your children status in this world by throwing them to the wolves to devour! They lose their religion and any desire to practice it―and they chase after the glitter of this world, and they cast aside thoughts of the Hereafter―but you are proud of their achievements because he’s got himself a Mercedes, a new house on mortgage and is a line manager over six people?! Really?! So, how do you think you have benefitted your offspring? And will they benefit their children? Wala hawla wala quwwata illāh billāh!

We see Muslim youth taking student loans and signing agreements to ribā (usury), then a few years later they’ll get a house on mortgage, and spend the next 25 or 30 years paying it off! Our young Muslim men are taking girlfriends and sleeping with them―young Muslim women are doing the same. They display themselves in videos and photos on social media―what kind of cultivation is this, O Muslims?!

Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) warned us from the allurement of this world and its glitter at the expense of losing our Hereafter. Al-Bukhāri (4015) and Muslim (2961) reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

فَأَبْشِرُوا وَأَمِّلُوا مَا يَسُرُّكُمْ فَوَاللَّهِ مَا الْفَقْرَ أَخْشَى عَلَيْكُمْ وَلَكِنِّي أَخْشَى أَنْ تُبْسَطَ عَلَيْكُمُ الدُّنْيَا كَمَا بُسِطَتْ عَلَى مَنْ قَبْلَكُمْ فَتَنَافَسُوهَا كَمَا تَنَافَسُوهَا وَتُهْلِكَكُمْ كَمَا أَهْلَكَتْهُمْ

“Be glad, and hope for what will please you because, by Allah, I do not fear for you poverty, but I fear that the wealth of the earth will be spread out for you just as it was spread out for those who came before you. So, you will compete amongst yourselves for it just as they competed for it―and it will destroy you as it destroyed them.”

So, I will end by again mentioning that the future for Muslims in this country is not viable―on a generational level, it is getting harder and harder in terms of holding on to the Religion and the Sunnah. So, work hard and make serious plans to live in the lands of Islam―take your wealth, your wives and children and live among the Muslims―in a Muslim land where there are communities of Salafis. That is better for you―that is what our scholars have advised over the years, and that is what the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) commanded. There is no long-term future for us in lands where Islam is not the dominant culture, as we watch our children and their children turning to ideas and lifestyles that are in opposition to Islam and the Sunnah, where people continue to fall away from Islam and embrace the ideologies and lifestyles of the non-Muslims.

This decline in Islamic identity reminds me of the narration of the Prophet’s Companion, ʿAbdullah Ibn ʿAmr (may Allah be pleased with him) who said, “Whoever settles in the lands of the non-Muslims, celebrates their festivals [of Nayrūz and Mahrajān], and he imitates them, and then he dies whilst in that state, he will be gathered with them on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sunan Al-Kubrā of Al-Bayhaqī, 9/234, Ibn Taymiyyah stated that its chain of narration is authentic in Iqtidā As-Sirāt Al-Mustaqīm, 1/457)

So, I hold it to be obligatory (wājib) to make hijrah and migrate to Muslim countries―this is the command of our Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) and the fatawā (verdicts) of the scholars. The proof of this is in the saying of Allāh, the Most High: 

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَوَفَّاهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ ظَالِمِي أَنفُسِهِمْ قَالُوا فِيمَ كُنتُمْ ۖ قَالُوا كُنَّا مُسْتَضْعَفِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ قَالُوا أَلَمْ تَكُنْ أَرْضُ اللَّهِ وَاسِعَةً فَتُهَاجِرُوا فِيهَا فَأُولَٰئِكَ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا ۝ إِلَّا الْمُسْتَضْعَفِينَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاءِ وَالْوِلْدَانِ لَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ حِيلَةً وَلَا يَهْتَدُونَ سَبِيلًا ۝ فَأُولَٰئِكَ عَسَى اللَّهُ أَن يَعْفُوَ عَنْهُمْ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَفُوًّا غَفُورًا

“Verily! As for those whom the angels take in death while they are wronging themselves, the Angels say to them: ‘In what condition were you?’ They reply: ‘We were weak and oppressed on Earth.’ The Angels say: ‘Was not the Earth of Allāh spacious enough for you to migrate therein?’ Such will find their abode in Hell, and what an evil destination! Except for the weak ones among men, women and children who cannot devise a plan, nor are they able to direct their own way. For these, there is hope that Allāh will forgive them, and Allāh is ever Oft-Pardoning, Oft-Forgiving.”(An-Nisā:97-99)

So may Allah make it easy for us all to live and die upon Islam and the Sunnah, and we ask Him (the Most High) to keep us and our families safe.

And all praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the noble Prophet, his family, his Companions and all who follow him until the Day of Resurrection.

By Abu Khadeejah ʿAbdul-Wāhid.
Copyright 2023.

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  1. Maasha’Allaah..great read. Even though I’m living outside Birmingham in a Muslim land, I found the article very beneficial.

    جزاكم الله خيرا

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