discussing the notion of Defeat as far as the muslim is concerned
Meaning of deafeat
If the enemy is killed in the battlefield, he considers that as defeat, but we do not. The conflict in its realities is a conflict of ideas that is translated into battles. If a person gives up these ideas, that is defeat.
The first form of defeat
“Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: ‘Verily, the Guidance of God is the (only) Guidance.’ And if you were to follow their desires after what you have received of (revealed) Knowledge, then you would have against God neither any protector nor any helper.
When a Muslim gives up what Allah has given them, and follows any other way. Whether this following is partial or complete this is the greatest form of defeat.
Following their way does not mean you declare it publicly, as this is rare. But the ayah is referring to those whose actions and words are similar to those people mentioned in the ayah, then you are following them. The ayah is talking about adapting their method.
Proof of becoming a kaffir does not necessarily mean who has to declare it. We define Imaan to be; words, belief in the heart and actions. Kufr can be applied to all three of these. If someone’s words, beliefs or actions are that of the kuffar, then they are of them.
Ibn Taymiyyah said, “The kuffar are pleased when the Muslims follow them, even in things that are classified as appearance.”
We find that the kuffar are very happy when the Muslims don’t wear the hijab. Even though is a matter of how we should dress.
Second form of defeat
We should not compromise with the kuffar.
So do not yield to the rejecters. (68:08)
There is a difference between Islam and the other religions. The leaders of the other religions are permitted to change their religion to suit their needs, but in Islam we are followers not innovators. Therefore we don’t have any room to play around with the rules of Islam, as they are from Allah.
The kuffar came to Muhammad (saw) wanting to compromise with him. And this is also an example of how they can compromise in their religion, but we cannot. They asked Muhammad (saw) “How about we worship Allah for a day, and you worship our Gods for a day”. Muhammad (saw) turned this down, so they said. “How about we worship Allah for a weak, and you worship our Gods for a day”, he refused this. So they came back and said “How about we woship Allah for a month, and you worship our gods for a day.” Muhammad (saw) consistently said no, as this is the religion of Allah, and we have no right to change it.
The US said they would be willing to sit down and work together with Muslim fundamentalist if they are willing to accept one thing. Play the game with the rules of western democracy and to get involved in the war against terrorism. They have this ability to compromise, but Muslims don’t. There are some Muslims and Muslim movements, who listened to this.
The justification for these Muslims movements was, they would do it for the benefit of da’wah. They are fighting the victorious group, and they are compromising the religion of Allah.
Al Qurtubi says, the kuffar of Quraish came to Muhammad (saw) and said, “leave us alone and we will leave you alone.” Allah says.
And had We not made you stand firm, you would nearly have inclined to them a little. (17:74)
Allah did not permit even this little inclination.
Third form of defeat
Inclination towards the kuffar is a form of defeat.
Verily, they were about to tempt you away from that which We have revealed (the Qur’an) unto you (O Muhammad), to fabricate something other than it against Us, and then they would certainly have taken you a friend! (17:73)
And incline not to those who do wrong, or the Fire will seize you; and ye have no protectors other than Allah, nor shall ye be helped. (11:113)
Fourth form of defeat
Obeying them is a form of defeat
And obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds)has been lost.” (18:28)Fifth form of defeat
Losing hope is a form of defeat, when you lose faith in Allah. This is a characteristic of kuffar; a Muslim should never give up. It is a major sin, even though the Muslims are aware of this, many of them have given up. The huge military and media campaign that the kuffar have brought forward today, have caused the kuffar to lose hope. Some of them only understand victory to be victory in the battlefield.
Some Muslims think, how can the mujahideen win, when the enemy are more advanced. We find that many of the ummah today have lost againt the enemy, without even standing up and fighting. After they are defeated mentally, they try to find Islamic justification for their stance. No matter how strong your enemy is, a Muslim should never give up.
If we allow this Defeat to enter into our hearts, we have lost the superiority that Allah has prescribed to us.
Fifth form of defeat
to loose hope
The fifth meaning of Defeat is giving up on the victory of Allah; to loose hope. It is a state of mind that is contrary to Iman. How can you believe Allah is al- Qawee, and Al-‘Azeez and loose hope in victory? This is a characteristic of the kuffar. They are the ones who give up; but a Muslim should never give up. If your state of mind is to win, then eventually, you will win by the tawfeeq of Allah. This is a major sin to loose hope in victory.
The huge military and media campaign that the kuffar have brought today have caused many Muslims to loose hope. Some of the Muslims have given up in supporting the Mujahideen because it is a lost cause. They say to themselves, “Why should I spend my money on these Mujahideen; they are never going to win against these powerful enemies that have nuclear weapons and standing armies? How can these Mujahideen win when the kuffar have a powerful media, and the Mujahideen don’t have a media to reach to the people?” These dark ideas show that these Muslims have lost hope in Allah. These Muslims have only understood victory as victory in the battlefield, so they loose hope.
We have seen that many within the Ummah today have lost against the enemy without standing up and fighting. This media campaign which is spreading throughout the Ummah is making Muslims loose hope without even giving it a try. Then, when they are defeated mentally, they try to find Islamic justifications for that defeat. And they try to bring evidence to prove the correctness of their opinion.
No matter how strong an enemy is, a Muslim should never give up on victory; never. If we allow this Defeat to enter into our hearts, then we have lost the superiority that Allah has described to us as having even when we loose in the battlefield; as was in the case of Ghazwatul Uhud when Allah revealed, “So don’t lose heart, nor fall into despair; for you will gain superiority if you are true in Faith.” If we truly claim to be believers, then we are not allowed to loose hope in victory.
Sixth form of defeat
Giving up the banner of jihad is a form of defeat.
The enemy does not want you to stop praying, or Ibaadah, but to stop Jihad. And they try to spread rumours that the moment you involve yourself in any form of Jihad, you will be under surveillance, and your life will be ruined. Giving up of jihad in any form, whether is it aqeedah or going out, this is a defeat.
Seventh form of defeat
giving up hope on military victory
Giving up hope on military victory is defeat. This is similar to the fifth one.
Eighth form of defeat
Fear of death is a form of defeat
So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers. (6:131)
After military defeat, the Muslims should not complain of lack of preparation. Even though this issue needs clarification. We will assume that the Muslims did do their best to prepare. Numbers and preparation is not the reason for victory.We need to do our best in terms of preparation; the equation does not depend on what the enemy has. It depends on what Allah has asked you to do. Even if our preparation is 1/10 of what the enemy has, then we have still fulfilled what Allah has asked us to do.
These principles that we talked about, are the first steps to victory. The opposite of these principles are ideas that will kill the ummah. Having this aqeedah is the first step to victory. As we know this is a battle of truth against falsehood.