|Surat-al-Mai’dah Dec. 7
V. 51- “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”
These verses were referring to the future when they were revealed. Many scholars say these verses are referring to our current time.Why do they say this?
1. Phenomenon that never occurred before: The people of the Book have become protectors of one another. Never before in history did the Christians and Jews protect each other. Since the 20thcentury all the people of the book have drawn together to protect one another. Christians have pledged to protect Christians everywhere and to protect Jews/ State of Israel.
2. Another Phenomenon for Muslims was the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire. They also took steps to prevent another Caliph.
A. They secularized the society, divided secular/religious education
B. They created Nationalistic divisions between Muslim populations. They protect these political borders.
C. Established the state of Israel to guard against the development of a Caliph. During WWI the British decided to split the Ottoman Empire. They promised protection for some countries in exchange for becoming their allies, after the war the British left them on their own.
Allah told us “Oh you who believe do not take The Jews and Christians as protectors; they are only protectors of themselves. If you take them as protectors then you will be counted among them, and you will be deprived of the guidance of Allah.”
V. 52-53 “So you see those in whose hearts is disease hastening into [association with] them, saying, “We are afraid a misfortune may strike us.” But perhaps Allah will bring conquest or a decision from Him, and they will become, over what they have been concealing within themselves, regretful. And those who believe will say, “Are these the ones who swore by Allah their strongest oaths that indeed they were with you?” Their deeds have become worthless, and they have become losers.“
“You will see those who have sicknesses in their hearts rush/compete to take the Jews and Christians as protectors.” “When you ask them why they do it, they will say, we did it to avoid disasters, we are afraid we will be destroyed, or that this is the way to protect our future.”
Allah will cause two things to happen:
1. Al FatH- victory, conquest, opening, some non-Islamic land will become an Islamic land. This land will guarantee the spread of Islam. It will be a critically important location to allow the spread of Islam.
2. Another Matter accompanying the FatH that is unknown will cause great change in the world.
Whatever the non-believers fear and take all action to prevent, Allah will make it happen. Example: Pharaoh fearing the children of Israel and taking all steps to prevent them from getting freedom/power, he killed the males etc.
After the FatH and the other unknown matter the true believers will be given power to speak, and they will speak to the ones with sicknesses in their hearts, and they will regret what they had done, because they will see the consequences of their mistake.
The believers will ask them “Didn’t you receive a covenant from them to protect you and they didn’t; The ones you thought could protect you in the future don’t have the means to protect themselves.”
V.54-56- “O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah ; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. Your ally is none but Allah and [therefore] His Messenger and those who have believed – those who establish prayer and give zakah, and they bow [in worship]. And whoever is an ally of Allah and His Messenger and those who have believed – indeed, the party of Allah – they will be the predominant.”
There will be people in the Muslim Ummah who will become apostates. They will totally reject the authority of Islam. They will reject the Shariah of Allah. During the Khalifa of Abu Bakr people committed apostasy and rejected paying Zakah, and the Shariah.
If anyone of you commits apostasy, and rejects the authority of Islam, Allah will replace you with people who:
1.love Allah and Allah loves them.
2. They will bring the mercy and justice of Allah to everyone.
3. They will be humble to the believers,
4. They will be proud of their iman,
5. They will fight in the cause of Allah,
6. They fear no blame,
7. Their allegiance is only to Allah, his Messenger and the believers,
8. They establish salah, give the Zakah, perform extra worship, bow in worship often.
The Muslim rulers are being the opposite of these people today, they are not being just and merciful, they don’t love Allah, and they are not humble towards the believers. They are not proud of their deen, they fear people instead of Allah. They have divided loyalty.
v. 57- 58- “O you who have believed, take not those who have taken your religion in ridicule and amusement among the ones who were given the Scripture before you nor the disbelievers as allies. And fear Allah , if you should [truly] be believers. And when you call to prayer, they take it in ridicule and amusement. That is because they are a people who do not use reason.”
Oh you who believe, do not take those who mock the Deen of Allah, and take it as a joke as allies. Whether they are from the people of the Book or from the non-believers, they cannot be taken as an ally. If they mock individuals or cultural things, it is not the same as mocking the Deen of Allah. Examples: They mock the adhan or the prostration, they don’t understand what you are doing.
V. 59-63- “Say, “O People of the Scripture, do you resent us except [for the fact] that we have believed in Allah and what was revealed to us and what was revealed before and because most of you are defiantly disobedient?” Say, “Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that as penalty from Allah ? [It is that of] those whom Allah has cursed and with whom He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut. Those are worse in position and further astray from the sound way.” And when they come to you, they say, “We believe.” But they have entered with disbelief [in their hearts], and they have certainly left with it. And Allah is most knowing of what they were concealing. And you see many of them hastening into sin and aggression and the devouring of [what is] unlawful. How wretched is what they have been doing. Why do the rabbis and religious scholars not forbid them from saying what is sinful and devouring what is unlawful? How wretched is what they have been practicing.”
The people of the Book have and attitude of revenge towards the Muslims. They are full of hatred for Muslims for the past, conversions of Christians and taking Jerusalem. Tell them “You’re revenge is misplaced, we didn’t take anything from you we only spread the message of Allah,”Ask them “Do you hate us because we believe in what was given to us and what was given to you.Remind them of the people who rebelled against Musa, and how Allah transformed them into apes.
They claim they are believers but they really aren’t, the sign of their disbelief is that they rush to commit sins, and acts of aggression, they consume the interest, if it weren’t for some of the good priests and rabbis slowing them down, and warning them, they would have made their whole