بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين و العاقبة للمتقين و لا عدوان الا على الظالمين و أصلى و اسلم على عبده و رسوله محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم
My dear brothers and sisters,
I can’t emphasize the importance of this subject of Islamic History in terms of how we view ourselves as Muslims. Nowadays through various media outlets the Western World is attempting to rewrite that glorious history that has contributed to the intellectual, social, legislative and political development of Europe, Africa, Asia and what is known as the Middle East.
With the emergence of the of ISIS who claim that they are the resurgence of Caliphates that were upon the Prophetic Methodology it is imperative that each Muslim look at the Biographies of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and the four Caliphs.
Sh. Abdullah Ibn Humaid made some very pertinent points in a lecture he gave regarding the biographies of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar. In summary he said:
- The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:
“عليكم بسنتي و سنة الخلفاء الراشدين”
Upon you is my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided Caliphs.
This shows us that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) showed that his methodology and the methodology of the rightly guided Caliphs is one. Secondly, because their methodology is one he has ordered us to follow their footsteps.
- With this order emanating from the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) Allah has made this matter of following his successors easy because their biographies have been preserved to the letter. The biographies of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthmaan and Ali have all been safeguarded. Hence, if anyone wishes to know about their personal lives, their military conquests, their treatment of peoples of other faiths, their politics etc. they can find it in books such as Bidayah Wan Nihayah, Ta’reekh Ul Khulafa, Siyar ‘Alaam An Nubala etc.
- The Shaikh has also said that no people have preserved their history like the Muslims. This claim is entirely 100% true. In the books of History there is a repository of biographies of many great men and women who were scholars, worshipers etc.
As a side point, it is important to note that Modern European Civilizations (not being a racist from any angle but this has happened in the Western Hemisphere and elsewhere), have had the tendency to destroy the civilizations of others. When the Spanish conquered Granada in 1492, the year when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, they destroyed 80000 Arabic documents from the library in Granada. Likewise they destroyed much of the valuable documents of the Aztecs and Incas.
In Egypt European archaeologists have tried to make Egypt a white, western European civilization (up to now I am confused as there is nothing to suggest Western European migration to Egypt 5000 years before Jesus came to the earth). In the Caribbean they changed the names of all of those who were enslaved from West Africa which has led to a complete loss of tribal and religious identity among African descendants in the Western Hemisphere and I can go on.
The point about this is not to disparage anyone based on the colour of their skin. It is essentially to clarify that if Modern Europe has done this to other civilizations what makes us think that they would not do this with OUR History as Muslims. What the media has been trying to do for the past few years is to erase true, authentic Islamic history from the intellects of the Muslims with their main propaganda tool being the Cartoon Caliphate of ISIS. Hence, to take it back is essential, and the method in which we take it back is through seeking knowledge about our beliefs, our laws and jurisprudence and our history.
والله موفق و صلى الله على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم