Donald Trump the white, fluffy, golden haired man known for his cynical remarks against Islam and Muslims, who owed to ban Muslims from America, has become the 45 th President of United States of America. His speeches and statements were ludicrous. No sensible man expected him to become the President of America. Islamophobes across the globe fly on cloud-9 as they foresee Muslims to have a tough time. As things have started changing, there have been many dynamics taking place in the Middle East as well. Iran signed the nuclear deal with America and Trump down seven Saudi companies in America calling it “avoiding of conflict of interests”. Iran has been praised for throwing challenges at the West to wage war against it, but it is unlikely that the day shall come when Iran and the west will ever get into the war. The day Trump came in power, Muslims started tweeting, posting and crying over the spilled milk. Many of them expressed their anguish about their survival in the West amidst the growing Islamophobia. Many choose to appear secular and Muslims bashing in order to look moderate. Many have chosen to migrate to neighboring countries like Canada to escape Trump domination. Many of us have started predicting the future of Muslims in the West. However, we fail to understand that it is only Allah who has made him president of America, as Allah Himself mentions in the Quran say: “ O Allah! Possessor of the Kingdom, you give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will(3:26).
Have we not we realized that is is only the will of Allah and it was the ordained matter that Donald Trump came in power? Moreover, it is Allah alone who gives power and authority. We are obliged to remind ourselves repeatedly that our status is not decided by who comes in power in America, our dignity is not directly proportionate to who rules America and our future is not decided by who supports us or opposes us.
Remember what “Umar ibn Khattab (R.a) said: “By this Book (i.e. the Quran), Allah exalts some peoples and degrades others.”(Saheeh Muslim).
Once “Umar ibn Khattab (R.a) set out for Syria with Abu “Ubaydah bin al Jarrah(R.a). On the way, they came upon a deep creek (which they needed to cross). So, “Umar came down off his camel, took off his sandals and carried them on his shoulders. Then he took the reign of the camel and began ploughing through the water. Abu “Ubaydah said: “O Ameer al Mumineen! You are doing this – you took of your sandals and carry them on your shoulders while you cross the creek? I fear that the people of the village will think of you without honor.” ‘Umar replied: “Oh Abu ‘Ubaydah! Had someone other than you made such a statement, I would have made him an example for the Ummah of Muhammad (s.a.w) - (i.e. he would have punished him). Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honoured us with Islam, then Allah (s.a.w) will humiliate us.” [Al- Haakim in his Al- Mustadrak (207) and said it is “Saheeh” as per the condition of al-Bukhaaree and Muslim, and al-Dahabee agreed with him. Shaikh al-Albaanee also agreed with them in al-Saheehah (1/118)].
Ibn al-Qayyim (R.a) described the present situation, which happened to repeat in every era of Muslims. He said, “By Allah! The enemy did not wrong you except after the Lord abandoned you, so do not think that Shaitaan overpowers you, it is just the Protector (Allah) has forsaken you. Beware of your soul, for no misfortune befalls you except because of it, so do not ever be reconciled with it. By Allah! Its honour is derived from its submission (to Allah), its dignity is derived from its subservience, its reform is derived from its breakdown, its comfort is derived from its hardship, its security is derived from its fear (of Allah), and its pleasure is derived from its sorrow” [al Fawaaid (1/68)].
If Donald Trump has taken the control of American affairs which is bound to affect Muslims across the globe, we need to ponder over the words of wisdom and contemplate on what Ibn al-Qayyim (R.a) said: “Reflect upon the wisdom of the Exalted in making the kings of the servants, their leaders, and their rulers to be from the same species of action as them. Rather, it is as if their actions manifest in their rulers and kings”.
The first generations of Islam were the most righteous, so their rulers were likewise. When they later became tarnished with corruption, the rulers over them became corrupt. Hence, the wisdom of Allah refuses that righteous rulers like Mu’awiyah and Umar ibn Abdul Aziz are put in authority over us in these times, let alone the likes of Abu Bakr and Umar. Rather, our rulers are in accordance with our nature and the rulers of those before us were in accordance with their nature.
Allah has promised to elevate the condition of Muslims and He promised to make them Rulers of the land, provided Muslims comply with His conditions. He says in the Quran 24:55,
“Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that - then those are the defiantly disobedient.”
If Muslims worship Allah (swt) alone without any partners or Awliya and perform righteous actions based upon Sunnah of Messenger (s.a.w) devoid of Bid’ah and innovated practices, and stay away from all sorts of Shirk, then Allah has promised them Honour and Rulership. And, no Trump or Netanyahu can overpower Muslims. In-sha-Allah.