On the Queen’s death I pondered on the death of Nabi Muhammad (s). It is fascinating that we recount successes of people in godlike terms but forget to verify their history. It is this history that we need to recollect and match our emotions accordingly. We convey our condolences, and we understand the grief but, do we overshadow the millions of lives that have been devasted by the death of just one person remains the nagging question. News on all international channels including social media continue to represent the Queen’s death as the major headline forcing one to ask why? Yes, why?
There are many reasons for that, and it cannot be detailed here but, it is fair to say that while the protocols of the Queen’s funeral continue, parallel to this the wars in Yemen, Syria and Ukraine endure with misguided passionate intensity. Why is the world not looking at the primary reasons for the continuation of these wars? It is because in the name of the Queen colonisation persisted and the war economy was introduced, and we are left with the debris of capitalism but with such a flavour that we have adopted the lifestyle and habits of a foreign culture. That is why in many homes today, the Queen and the Royal family hold great respect despite the looting of the Kohinoor Diamond and the Cullinan Diamond. These majestic jewels glorify the crown and sceptre, and it leaves us in bewilderment much to the dismay of our souls. The Queen has died, and the splendour of her funeral procession exudes a presence of awe but, our souls must not die because of hardness of heart and deep attraction to the world.
The world is the tilth for the hereafter and when we meet with Allah, we must not have a bitter harvest. Therefore, let’s look at the whole era of the Queen’s rule and identify what her legacy symbolises and what our lives symbolise too. In this comparison, you will conclude that we all have choices. The late Lady Dianna made choices that were against the Queen’s establishment her tragic death leaves a thousand unanswered questions. You and I must look beyond the horizon of personalities who have no real influence on our lives and become concerned about how we are with others. The Queen will stand before Allah alone and answer on her deeds and we would also stand before Allah. In fact, when we stand before Allah, we stand in front of Allah without the trappings of King and Crown therefore, let us prepare to stand before people with no appearances, facades, and false impressions. This will teach us to be genuine human beings. This what the world needs.
Listen to the following video and ask yourself about your secret with Allah.
‘In 1861 the British Government launched a campaign against the Qur’ān. 300,000 copies of the Noble Qur’ān were set alight by the government. Thereafter, they made a resolution to eradicate the ulemā’.
An English historian, Mr. Thompson writes in his memoirs:
“From 1864 to 1867, the British government firmly resolved to eradicate all the ulemā’ of India. These three years are one of the most heart-wrenching periods of Indian history. The British hanged 14 000 ulemā’ to death. From Chandi Chowk of Delhi up to Khaibar, not a single tree was spared the neck of the ulemā’.The ulemā’ were wrapped in pig-skin and hurled alive into blazing furnaces. Their bodies were branded with hot copper rods. They used to be made to stand on the backs of elephants and tied to high trees. The elephants would then be driven away and they would be left hanging by their necks. A makeshift gallow was set up in the courtyard of the Shāhī Mosque of Lahore and each day up to eighty ulemā’ were hanged. The ulemā’ were at times wrapped up in sacks and dumped into the Rawi river of Lahore after which a hail of bullets would be pumped into each sack.”
Thompson writes further:
“As I got into my camp at Delhi, I perceived a stench of putrefied flesh. As I stepped out and went behind my camp, I saw a blazing fire of live coals. I saw a group of forty naked ulemā’ being led into the fire. As I was witnessing this scene, another group of forty ulemā’ were brought onto the field. Right before my eyes, their clothes were taken off their bodies. The English commander addressed them thus: ‘O Molvies! Just as these ulemā’ are being roasted over this fire, you will also be roasted. To save yourselves, just one of you must proclaim that you were not part of the 1857 uprising of freedom. I will release all of you the moment I hear just one of you affirming this.”
“By the Lord who has created me! Not one of the ulemā’ said any such thing. All of them were roasted over the fire and another group was also brought and roasted over the blazing fire. Not a single ālim surrendered to the demands of the British.”
By 1867 not a single Islamic institute remained. One would be quite astonished to realize that in 1601 when the British arrived in India for trade, there were a thousand Islamic institutes in Delhi alone.’
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