By Mawlana Ahmad Sadiq Desai
Ignorance, intellectual calcification and moral bankruptcy have diverted the Muslim mind and heart from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. Dreams appear to have a greater hold on the minds of Muslims of this era than the Warnings and Admonition of the Qur’aan and Ahaadith. But the superficial concern which Muslims are displaying for the dreams about Dajjaal, etc. seen by some persons, evaporates within a few minutes of hearing about the dreams. These dreams being circulated widely are temporary features of topical importance. Beyond some interest and conversation, the dreams prove ineffectual for achieving moral reformation which is the asset lost to the Ummah of this age.
If the current spiral of fitan (plural of Fitnah – mischief, evil, anarchy) engulfing the nations of the world in general, and the Ummah in particular, cannot arouse Muslims from their villainous slumber and jolt them out of their indulgence in immorality and transgression, no amount of dreams of the Buzrugs will avail. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) warning the Ummah, said that when Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar (Commanding virtue and prohibiting vice) is abandoned, then Allah Ta’ala will appoint over us such brutal tyrants who will show no mercy to our little ones and no respect to our elders. The brutality and humiliation – the direct consequences of our misdeeds and rebellion – will hem in, disfigure and mutilate all members of the Ummah, be they infants, children, adults, men, women, the pious and the impious. No one will be spared when the Divine Axe falls on the Ummah. In this regard, the Qur’aan Majeed states: “Beware of such a Fitnah (Divine Punishment) which will not only overtake the transgressors among you.” At such a time of universal Athaab, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that your Buzrugs will supplicate (make Dua), but their Duas will go unheeded.
It should be well understood that when the Athaab of Allah Ta’ala overtakes a community, then Duas and Thikr, whilst drowning will not avail. Duas at that time will not avert the Athaab. The Divine Chastisement will run its ordained course. Even the pious Buzrugs and the Ulama will be overtaken by the disastrous punishment of Allah Ta’ala, which assumes a variety of forms such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fire, pestilence, volcano eruptions, drought, famine, internecine warefare (Muslims killing Muslims), and the imposition of kuffaar to unleash brutality and genocide. All of these effects are being observed daily in our times. But no one heeds these palpable Signs of Qiyaamah and their immediate consequences which are being enacted in real life and which we observe and experience whilst we are fully awake. The Buzrugs are silent on the issues of the state of awakefulness. Their focus is more on dreams. When the Warnings of the Qur’aan and Ahaadith which are materializing daily around us are inadequate to shake us and make us alert, what will the dreams achieve?