I’m a father, a son, a husband, a brother, a doctor, a writer, a speaker and ‘teacher’ (of sorts).
Growing up in British society, I questioned a lot of things – about Islam, about the world, and about Britain. I identified as a Muslim but couldn’t make sense of it all. I sensed problems in the world – both near and far – but couldn’t see any solutions. Blindly following customs and traditions – or accepting the solutions on the table – didn’t cut it for me.
Around 1994, I came across Hizb ut-Tahrir. Alhamdulillah, they made me think more critically, not less; question more, not less. I saw this jewel called Islam – a complete way of life, which made sense. By Allah’s Permission, they showed me that the Creator of man didn’t leave people without guidance for their needs – whether spiritual or political, personal or societal, local or global. I came to realise that the Sunnah of Allah’s beloved Messenger – salallahu alayhi wasallam – wasn’t limited to his example in sincere worship, noble character and refined manners – but also in his stately mission and righteous struggle to take mankind out of darkness into light.
Insha’Allah the best is yet to come! Until now there have been so many humbling lessons that have made me feel closer to Allah.
One lesson I learned early with the party was that it’s not our deeds but the Mercy of Allah that is the way to Jannah. The discovery about the noble institution of Khilafah. The wisdom and insights about how the systems of the deen of Allah apply to human problems. The connection of the Quran and Sunnah to life and life’s affairs. The sincere people whom I have had the privilege to meet and call my brothers.
It is impossible to pick one verse but I recall hearing Surah al Baqarah – 2:257, which follows shortly after Ayat-ul-Kursi, at a relatively early stage in my time in the Da’wah.
اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُم مِّنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُم مِّنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
“Allah is the Wali (Protector or Guardian) of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into light. But as for those who disbelieve, their Auliya (supporters and helpers) are Taghut they bring them out from light into darknesses. Those are the dwellers of the Fire, and they will abide therein forever.”
This ayah is both a personal reminder and a reminder regarding our state as an Ummah.
On a personal level, I feel deep shukr to my Rabb for moving me away from my darkness towards the light. A man who gets used to the dark cloudy days of winter only realises what he’s been missing when he steps out into the blue skies and sunshine of spring.
But it also reminds us as a collective Ummah that we rely on Him (swt) to bring us out of our collective darknesses (for there are many types of darkness) into light.
Over the years it only becomes more clear that the world as a whole needs this light – which will only be realised when Allah (swt) places a state that implements His Deen as it is meant to be, so then to invite humanity to Islam.