Reflection on the death of Gaddafi

Reflection on the death of Gaddafi

It was a matter of a few weeks ago when he called his people rats and he, by the will of Allah, vanished hidden in a sewage pipe like a rat.

If you YouTube Gaddafi’s name and watch some of his old videos you are left with the impression that he spoke as if he was never going to die. It is amazing how human beings become arrogant, headless and tyrannical. This all happens when a person forgets that he is subject to the Lord above him. In the Qur’an Allah says,

{Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds (in disbelief and evil deed, etc.). (6) Because he considers himself self-sufficient.} [Al-Alaq 96:6-7]

{كَلَّا إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَيَطْغَىٰ ﴿٦﴾ أَن رَّآهُ اسْتَغْنَىٰ} :6-7

Transliteration: Kalla inna alinsana layatgha (6) An raahu istaghna

Allah also said about Pharaoh, {Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “O chiefs! I know not that you have an ilah (a god) other than me, so kindle for me (a fire), O Haman, to bake (bricks out of) clay, and set up for me a Sarhan (a lofty tower, or palace, etc.) in order that I may look at (or look for) the Ilah (God) of Musa (Moses); and verily, I think that he [Musa (Moses)] is one of the liars.” (38) And he and his hosts were arrogant in the land, without right, and they thought that they would never return to Us.} [Al-Qasas 28:38-39]

{وَقَالَ فِرْعَوْنُ يَا أَيُّهَا الْمَلَأُ مَا عَلِمْتُ لَكُم مِّنْ إِلَـٰهٍ غَيْرِي فَأَوْقِدْ لِي يَا هَامَانُ عَلَى الطِّينِ فَاجْعَل لِّي صَرْحًا لَّعَلِّي أَطَّلِعُ إِلَىٰ إِلَـٰهِ مُوسَىٰ وَإِنِّي لَأَظُنُّهُ مِنَ الْكَاذِبِينَ ﴿٣٨﴾ وَاسْتَكْبَرَ هُوَ وَجُنُودُهُ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَظَنُّوا أَنَّهُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا يُرْجَعُونَ} القصص: 38-39

Transliteration: Waqala firAAawnu ya ayyuha almalao ma AAalimtu lakum min ilahin ghayree faawqid lee ya hamanu AAalaaltteeni faijAAal lee sarhan laAAallee attaliAAu ila ilahi moosa wainnee laathunnuhu mina alkathibeena (38)Waistakbara huwa wajunooduhu fee alardi bighayri alhaqqi wathannoo annahum ilayna la yurjaAAoona

Many human beings are ignorant and stupid. Many of us have now seen the end of the “king of all kings”. Where is Gaddafi now? Who can help him? Where are his children, his troops, his wealth, and his supporters? Now he faces the reality of what he used to do. Over 40 years of tyranny and arrogance have vanished in a few seconds. It was a matter of a few weeks ago when he called his people rats and he, by the will of Allah, vanished hidden in a sewage pipe like a rat.

His life and death is a lesson not only for other leaders but for all of us since many of us have elements of arrogance and pride within our hearts. Some of us deal in the same manner with our subjects. Others reject any advice as well as signs they see. Allah describes the effect of arrogance on people saying,

{I shall turn away from My Ayat (verses of the Quran) those who behave arrogantly on the earth, without a right, and (even) if they see all the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they will not believe in them. And if they see the way of righteousness (monotheism, piety, and good deeds), they will not adopt it as the Way, but if they see the way of error (polytheism, crimes and evil deeds), they will adopt that way, that is because they have rejected Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and were heedless (to learn a lesson) from them.} [Al-A’raf 7:146]

{سَأَصْرِفُ عَنْ آيَاتِيَ الَّذِينَ يَتَكَبَّرُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَإِن يَرَوْا كُلَّ آيَةٍ لَّا يُؤْمِنُوا بِهَا وَإِن يَرَوْا سَبِيلَ الرُّشْدِ لَا يَتَّخِذُوهُ سَبِيلًا وَإِن يَرَوْا سَبِيلَ الْغَيِّ يَتَّخِذُوهُ سَبِيلًا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا وَكَانُوا عَنْهَا غَافِلِينَ} الأعراف: 146

Transliteration: Saasrifu AAan ayatiya allatheena yatakabbaroona fee alardi bighayri alhaqqi wain yaraw kulla ayatin layuminoo biha wain yaraw sabeela alrrushdi la yattakhithoohu sabeelan wain yaraw sabeela alghayyi yattakhithoohu sabeelan thalika biannahum kaththaboo biayatinawakanoo AAanha ghafileena

Many western countries who supported Gaddafi either openly or secretly on different occasions were the first to abandon him when he was falling. Should not we reflect on this and stop seeking shelter from those who change their colours based on their own interests and have no respect for any value?

The Libyans have confirmed that our Muslim Ummah is still alive and is waking up to take its position. Allah says, {You [true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah. And had the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) believed, it would have been better for them; among them are some who have faith, but most of them are Al-Fasiqun (disobedient to Allah – and rebellious against Allah’s Command).} [Al-‘Imran 3:110]

{كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّـهِ ۗ وَلَوْ آمَنَ أَهْلُ الْكِتَابِ لَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم ۚ مِّنْهُمُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ} آل عمران: 110

Trasnliteration: Kuntum khayra ommatin okhrijat lilnnasi tamuroona bialmaAAroofi watanhawna AAani almunkari watuminoona biAllahi walaw amana ahlu alkitabi lakana khayran lahum minhumu almuminoona waaktharuhumu alfasiqoona

The Libyans have proven that will and determination can turn the impossible into what is possible. Had you asked anyone a few years ago regarding the removal of Gaddafi nobody would have imagined it possible. However, by the will of Allah it was done. Muslims should start changing their views regarding their position and their future as they have managed to remove the three most evil tyrants of the Middle East and will shortly get rid of the worst of them all, the Syrian president. The West should change the way it views Islam and Muslims and needs to realize that the Islamic-West relationship must be re-defined based on new parameters.

Author: Haitham Al-Haddad


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