The promise of Allah (swt) for victory has been a powerful motivation for the Ummah of Muhammad ﷺ, throughout the fourteen centuries of its existence.
In the era of the implementation of Islam, before the destruction of the Khilafah (Caliphate), it inspired the rulers and leaders of the Ummah, as they sought to make Islam dominant over all other ways of life, confounding the enemy powers and paving the way for opening new lands to Islam. Before the destruction of the Khilafah, the promise of victory from Allah (swt) inspired Muslim warriors on the battlefield, spurring them to victory after victory over enemies far greater in numbers, to the point that the enemies believed that the Muslims are invincible.
In the time of our generation, after the destruction of the Khilafah and before its imminent return, staunch belief in the promise of victory of Allah (swt) is essential. It inspires warriors to repel foreign occupation and prevent it from settling, bringing our enemies to frustration and desperation, as we have seen in Afghanistan and Kashmir. It spurs the Dawah Carriers to strive to re-establish the Khilafah on the Method of the Prophethood, exposing the plans of the colonialist powers and clarifying Islam as a way of life for Muslims. And it inspires the officers of the armed forces to grant Nussrah (Material Support) for the re-establishment of Islam as a state, with optimism and fearlessness, confident in the promise Allah (swt), were they to use the strength of their arms to deliver much needed change for the Ummah.
So let the Muslims of our generation heed when Allah (swt) said:
إِنَّا لَنَنْصُرُ رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا
“Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe, in the life of the world.”
Indeed, the promise of Allah (swt) in any matter is not like the promise of the created, for it is never broken and it is never untrue. Allah (swt) said,
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ
“Allah never breaks His Promise.”
(Aali Imran 3:9)
and Allah (swt) said,
وَمَنْ أَصْدَقُ مِنَ اللَّهِ قِيلًا
“And whose words can be truer than those of Allah?”
Let our generation firmly believe in the promise of Allah (swt) to cause the Muslims that believe and undertake righteous deeds to become successors on earth, becoming the leaders and rulers of humankind, granting them security after a situation of fear. Allah (swt) said,
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَىٰ لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا وَمَن كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
“Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion, the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: `They will worship Me (alone) and not associate anything with Me.’ If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked.”
Let our generation consider how Allah (swt) fulfilled His promise to the first and best generation of the Islamic Ummah. They believed and fulfilled the commands of Islam and Allah (swt) made them victorious over other nations. The first generation were living under persecuting tyrants, burdened by oppression, with countless problems. They were surrounded by enemy powers of far greater numbers and material means. Yet, confident that victory lay in the Hands of Allah (swt), the first generation engaged fully in carrying Islam to the people, despite all the obstacles they faced. And confident that Allah (swt) would support them, the warriors of the Ansaar (ra) fulfilled their duty by granting Nussrah to RasulAllah ﷺ.
Thus the Muslims of that generation were granted victory over Makkah, Khaybar, Bahrayn, all of the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen. They took Jizyah from the Zoroastrians of Hajar and from some of the border lands of Syria. Then under Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (ra), the first generation took control of the entire Arabian Peninsula and were sent as Islamic armies to the lands of Persia, Ash-Sham and Egypt, opening them to Islam. Then during the time of Umar (ra), the Muslims were granted victory and dominance over the rest of Ash-Sham and Egypt, and most of Persia. Kisra was defeated and utterly humiliated, and he retreated to the furthest point of his kingdom. The mighty Caesar was brought low, his rule over Ash-Sham was overthrown and he retreated to Constantinople. Then under ‘Uthman (ra), the Islamic domains spread to the east and the west. The lands of the west were conquered as far as Cyprus and Spain. Towards the east, the conquests extended as far as China. Kisra was killed, his kingdom was utterly destroyed and the cities of Iraq, Khurasan and Al-Ahwaz were conquered.
Indeed, the first generation saw the promise of Allah (swt) of victory fulfilled. Through their obedience of Allah (swt) and His Messenger ﷺ, they witnessed the realization of the glad tidings of RasulAllah ﷺ of their dominance over other nations. RasulAllah ﷺ said, «وَاللَّهِ لَيُتِمَّنَّ هَذَا الأَمْرَ حَتَّى يَسِيرَ الرَّاكِبُ مِنْ صَنْعَاءَ إِلَى حَضْرَمَوْتَ، لاَ يَخَافُ إِلاَّ اللَّهَ أَوِ الذِّئْبَ عَلَى غَنَمِهِ، وَلَكِنَّكُمْ تَسْتَعْجِلُونَ» “By Allah, this religion (i.e. Islam) will prevail till a traveler from Sana (in Yemen) to Hadrarmaut will fear none but Allah, or a wolf as regards his sheep, but you (people) are hasty.” [Bukhari]
And he ﷺ informed Muslims of the dominance of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond it into Persia. RasulAllah ﷺ said, «فَوَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَيُتِمَّنَّ اللهُ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ حَتَّى تَخْرُجَ الظَّعِينَةُ مِنَ الْحِيرَةِ حَتَّى تَطُوفَ بِالْبَيْتِ فِي غَيْرِ جِوَارِ أَحَدٍ، وَلَتَفْتَحُنَّ كُنُوزَ كِسْرَى بْنِ هُرْمُزَ» “By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, Allah will make this matter i.e., Islam prevail until a woman riding a camel will come from Al-Hirah and perform Tawaf around the House without needing the protection of anybody, and the treasures of Kisra the son of Hurmuz will be opened.” He said, “Kisra the son of Hurmuz” He said, «نَعَمْ، كِسْرَى بْنُ هُرْمُزَ، وَلَيُبْذَلَنَّ الْمَالُ حَتَّى لَا يَقْبَلَهُ أَحَدٌ» “Yes, Kisra the son of Hurmuz, and wealth will be given until there will be no one who will accept it.” `Adiyy bin Hatim (ra) said: “Now it is happening that a woman riding a camel comes from Al-Hirah and performs Tawaf around the House without needing the protection of anybody, and I was among those who opened the treasure of Kisra the son of Hurmuz.”
As for our generation, along with the promise of Allah (swt) of victory, we too have glad tidings of RasulAllah ﷺ of our dominance. These glad tidings are those that previous generations never witnessed and are left for us to witness inshaaAllah, were we to march forwards, in complete obedience to Allah (swt) and His Messenger ﷺ.
Thus, despite the oppression of the current rulers of Muslims, let our generation strive for Islam so that we witness RasulAllah’s ﷺ glad tidings of the return of the Khilafah, before the end of time and after the oppressive rule finishes. RasulAllah ﷺ said,«ثُمّ تكونُ مُلْكاً جَبريَّةً، فتكونُ ما شاءَ الله أنْ تكون، ثُمّ يرفعُها إذا شاءَ أنْ يرفعَها. ثُمّ تكونُ خِلافةً على مِنهاج النُّبُوَّة، ثم سكت» “Afterwards there will be an oppressive rule, and it will last as long as Allah wishes it to last, and then Allah will raise it up if He wished. Afterwards there will be a Khilafah on the Method of the Prophethood.” [Reported by Ahmad]
Renouncing the plan to normalize relations with the Jewish entity, let our generation strive to re-establish the Khilafah on the Method of the Prophethood, so that our armed forces are mobilized to end the Jewish occupation, with the Jews consumed by fear to the point that they conceive that the trees and stones are betraying their positions. RasulAllah ﷺ said, «لا تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ حَتَّى يُقَاتِلَ الْمُسْلِمُونَ الْيَهُودَ فَيَقْتُلُهُمُ الْمُسْلِمُونَ حَتَّى يَخْتَبِئَ الْيَهُودِيُّ مِنْ وَرَاءِ الْحَجَرِ وَالشَّجَرِ فَيَقُولُ الْحَجَرُ أَوِ الشَّجَرُ يَا مُسْلِمُ يَا عَبْدَ اللَّهِ هَذَا يَهُودِيٌّ خَلْفِي فَتَعَالَ فَاقْتُلْهُ. إِلاَّ الْغَرْقَدَ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْ شَجَرِ الْيَهُودِ» “The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” [Muslim]
Rejecting the current rulers’ weak stance of “restraint” before India, let our generation strive to re-establish the Khilafah on the Method of Prophethood, so that our armed forces undertake the complete dominance of Islam over all of India, which has not occurred at the hands of the previous generations. Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated, «وَعَدَنا رسولُ اللّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم غزوةَ الهند، فإنْ أدركتُها أُنْفِقْ نفسي ومالي، وإنْ قُتِلْتُ كنتُ أفضلَ الشهداء، وإنْ رجعتُ فأنا أبو هريرة الـمُحَرَّرُ» “The Messenger (saw) promised us the conquest of India. If I was to come across that, I will spend my soul and my wealth. If I am killed then I am among the best of martyrs, and if I return then I am Abu Huraira the freed” [Ahmad, An-Nisa’i, Al-Hakim].
And reported by Thawban: «عِصابتان من أُمّتي أَحْرَزَهُما اللّـهُ من النار: عِصابةٌ تغزو الهندَ، وعِصابةٌ تكون مع عيسى ابن مريم عليهما السلام» “Two groups of my Ummah Allah has protected from the Hellfire: a group that will conquer India and a group that will be with ‘Isa ibnu Maryam.” [Ahmad and An-Nisa’i]
And firmly rejecting the hegemony of the oppressive colonialist powers over the world, let our generation strive for the re-establishment of the Khilafah on the Method of the Prophethood, so that Muslims witness RasulAllah’s ﷺ glad tidings of Islam’s dominance over all of the East and all of the West. In the Sahih it was recorded that the Messenger of Allah said: «إِنَّ اللهَ زَوَى لِيَ الْأَرْضَ فَرَأَيْتُ مَشَارِقَهَا وَمَغَارِبَهَا، وَسَيَبْلُغُ مُلْكُ أُمَّتِي مَا زُوِيَ لِي مِنْهَا» “Allah showed me the earth and I looked at the east and the west. The dominion of my Ummah will reach everywhere I was shown.”
Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said, «وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ، لَيُوشِكَنَّ أَنْ يَنْزِلَ فِيكُمُ ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ حَكَمًا عَدْلًا، فَيَكْسِرَ الصَّلِيبَ، وَيَقْتُلَ الْخِنْزِيرَ، وَيَضَعَ الْجِزْيَةَ، وَيَفِيضَ المَالُ حَتَّى لَا يَقْبَلَهُ أَحَدٌ، حَتَّى تَكُونَ السَّجْدَةُ خَيْرًا لَهُمْ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا وَمَا فِيهَا» “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the son of Maryam (`Isa) will shortly descend among you as a just ruler, and will break the cross, kill the pig and abolish the Jizyah. Then there will be an abundance of wealth and nobody will accept charitable gifts any more. At that time, one prostration will be better for them than this life and all that is in it.”
And let our generation strive to witness RasulAllah’s ﷺ glad tidings of the opening of Rome, the city of Julius Caesar, after the Muslims in the previous era of the Khilafah opened Constantinople, the city of Heraclius.
Imam Ahmad reports in his Musnad that Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-‘As (ra) mentioned, بَيْنَمَا نَحْنُ حَوْلَ رَسُولِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَكْتُبُ، إِذْ سُئِلَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: أَيُّ الْمَدِينَتَيْنِ تُفْتَحُ أَوَّلًا: قُسْطَنْطِينِيَّةُ أَوْ رُومِيَّةُ؟ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «مَدِينَةُ هِرَقْلَ تُفْتَحُ أَوَّلًا»، يَعْنِي: قُسْطَنْطِينِيَّةَ “Whilst we were around the Prophet (saw) writing he was asked, ‘Which of the two cities will be opened first, Constantinople or Rome?‘ He (the Prophet Muhammad) answered, ‘The city of Heraclius will be opened first!’”