Have you ever wondered that if you were born in 7th Century Makkah, and you heard of a man claiming to have received the Message of God, would you have been amongst those first followers and faced the wrath of the Makkan opposition? Or would you have remained silent, not taking either side, only to be eventually forced out of your home?
What if you were given the chance to live in Madina before the Prophet’s arrival? Would you have, upon his arrival, joined his religion and pledged allegiance to stick with him through thick and the thin? Or would you rather have felt safer with the likes of Ibn Salul, the leader of the hypocrites who guaranteed his followers safety and security?
The question boils down to: Do we have what it takes to do what our conscience tells us to? Or do we lack determination and does the love of an easy life make us cling to our comfortable homes and careers?
Every soul is given an opportunity in this life to prove itself. Some are truthful to their Lord; those who would risk their own lives, careers and families in the defence of truth and justice. Others too are given the same opportunities, yet they fall at each hurdle, remaining heartless towards injustices committed right under their noses.
The early generation of Muslims had their chance, which they passed with flying colours. Many of them endured indescribable hardships, pains and loss of friends and relatives- much worse than what some Muslims might be enduring in Britain. Some did not even live long enough to see the fragile Muslim community experience a moment of peace and security, for they were killed in the very early stages. Others were ordered to flee from Makkah and claim political asylum in Abyssinia, and even there, they had to face an extradition request by the Makkans.
Most of the inhabitants of Makkah, however, lost their golden chance, and toed the line of oppression and injustice. For them, their worldly gains were the focal point of their lives and their losses too great to bear, for they had nothing to look forward to in the afterlife. They failed to realise that they themselves were eventually going to become the fuel for the Makkan ‘War on Terror’ against the so-called ‘terrorists’ in Madina, and hence, many of them were killed in the subsequent battles.
Babar Ahmad was born 1400 years after the Arabian revolution, yet he, like thousands of British Muslims, was inspired by that revolution. Babar Ahmad was also given the same opportunity, when his door was smashed down in December 2003, and he was forced to prostrate and taunted with words that have now became the slogan with which the British Anti-Terrorist police is remembered amongst Muslims: ‘Where is your God now?!
’ Babar Ahmad did not miss this chance and succumb to fear. Rather, he was determined that this episode must not be repeated with any other Muslim thereafter, and hence the Stop Political Terror
Campaign gained momentum throughout the country. Surely, Allah only tests those who are worthy, and hence, just days before our hero was due to deliver his lecture on our ever-eroding civil liberties, he was kidnapped by the Anti-Terrorist police on an extradition warrant by their US masters, to be dispatched like a slave in chains.
Babar Ahmad had already received his blows at the hands of the Anti-Terrorist thugs and later released without charge. He only stood up to protect the forgotten, and to make sure we do not endure what he had to. As he awaits his extradition, he has made clear to his supporters, that even after he is gone, the struggle to repeal the unjust Extradition Treaty 2003 must continue with more vigour, such that no other Muslim is sold into slavery to the Americans again. He continues to reiterate that if once the first Muslim is extradited, many more Muslims most definitely will be next.
The forthcoming demonstration outside the High Court on Tuesday, the 11th of July 2006, comes as what may be the last chance for British Muslims to clear their conscience and prove their faith and support for their brother. If he loses this appeal it may only be a matter of weeks before he is put on the plane to the U.S.
Allah created tests so that He may distinguish the true from the false. It is not only Babar Ahmad or his family who have been tested in the past three years – we are all part of this test.
How many of us had the chance to write to our MP’s about our brother, but did not?
How many of us knew of the demonstrations held outside the court but failed to attend?
How many of us were too afraid to offer words of support and encouragement to our brother and his family?
Do we not know the words of the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wa-sallam: “No one abandons a believer, except that Allah abandons him”
Now comes our final opportunity – are we going to be amongst those who stood up and were true to their claim of La ilaha illa Allah, or will we be amongst the false ones? Will the fears of brother Rachid Ramda
, forgotten as he was losing his extradition battle to France, be realised when he said to Babar Ahmad “I really hope they (the Muslims of Britain) do not let you down in the same way that they let me down…”
We might not be able to prevent Babar Ahmad being snatched away from his loving family, but we can make this demonstration a memorable event in the history of British Muslims. The pens have been lifted and the ink has dried. He may not be in need of our demonstration, but it is our souls that are in greater need of it; Perhaps our standing for a few hours outside the High Court on 11th July will come as an excuse for us on a day when our standing will be like a thousand years, when we will be asked: What did we do for our brother?
Your last chance is here. The question is: are you going to seize it?
5th July 2006