Days of Jahiliyyah was characterized by an oppression and exploitation. People were in absolute darkness (ignorance) groping like a blind man in the dark unaware of the pitfalls before him. Human values were ignored. People did not know the meaning of justice and respect. Morality was trodden under foot; innocent blood was split through arrogance and lack of reason. How low can man sink! Honor among people did not exist – in fact, all goodness were precieved as being detrimental to progress. They were arrogant, proud and ruthless. They worshipped power and wealth – these were the only gods they knew. People fought over petty issues. Disunity, suspension, enmity, hatred and harming others were the order of the day. They were cunning and shrewd. They spoke the worst of lies with the straightest of faces. There was no honesty, no modesty, no dignity, no shame, no values, and no principles.
All these are visibly seen at the present time. All these decadences with which our Prophet Nabi (saw) had to contend are back with us and threaten to devour us as individual, families and as an Ummah. Fellow Bangsamoro Brethren! If we look at our society alone leaving aside non-Muslim communities, do we not find something familiar with these practices of JAHILIYYAH?
Do we not see the wealthy Maranaos puffed up with arrogance and pride? Their disdainful attitude toward the less wealthy is so glaring! How they flaunt their wealth whilst thousands of fellow Maranaos around them are groveling and debilitating poverty. They squander huge sums of money in frivolous and vain pursuits and pleasure. Look at the wasteful week-long wedding ceremonies of today in Noramis Convention, Sahara Function Hall and many other function halls in Marawi City, the election expenditures during campaign period. There is a mad frenzy to outdo one another in lavishness and extravagance. This is how the wealthy behaved in the days of Jahiliyyah.
See how the public funds are being misappropriated today. This loot is not confined only to the rulers, but influential men from among the public also plunder these funds as when they are able to do so. We do so many things without thinking that these are also sets of stealing funds (e.g. illegal electric connection). The theft of public money is more serious than ordinary cases of theft. If a man commits theft in the house of anyone, it is possible to return the amount stolen. The theft ever feels inclined to repent of his act of theft. The thief’s crime will thus be washed off, but this is not possible in the case of theft of public money because it belongs not to one man but to innumerable men of the public. In such a case, repentance becomes impossible.
In the olden days, it was known who was the killer, but it could be known why the victim was killed (i.e he was killed by robbers for robbing the victim of his money or by enemies). Anyway, the cause of the murder became known. What is happening now-a-days? A man is sitting or standing in front of his door, he has no enemies nor involved in politics, yet some hooligan shoots at him and kills him without any apparent cause. The Holy Prophet Nabi (saw) has predicted this event in clear words: “A time will come upon the people in whom the killer will not know why he killed the victim nor the victim killed knows why he was killed”. Look at the situation happening today in our society which fully confirms the truth of the Prophet Nabi’s (saw) predictions.
How the wealth is earned? The sad reality is in many cases, it is earned through exploitation, cunningness, dishonesty, unscrupulous and unethical ways. How many scams and scandals are not being uncovered in which Muslim names feature prominently nowadays. How many have very knowingly bought and profited from stolen goods without a care in the world? How many are ruthless and merciless in making their claims and demands? How many a debt remains unpaid but the debtors have built a huge mansion and gone for Umrah? All of these are done without a tinge of guilty conscience. In fact, people are quite proud and pleased about their achievements in making money like this! This is how it was in the days of Jahiliyyah!
See what has actually happened today under the frenzy of fashion. It is difficult to distinguish between men and women from a distance. In other words, men and women adopt each others guise and appearance.
Look at the craving for fun, pleasure and entertainment that consumes the lives and energies of the Muslim Ummah. Parties, shows, outings, dining out, movies, functions and go forth night after night, week after week are now the norm for many. The insatiable crave for gadgets and toys of entertainment have overtaken young and old. Video games, PSP’s, fancy mobile phones, DVD players, MP3 players, ipods, and hand-held devices are the fashionable thing that consumes unlimited hours of time leaving no time even for essential tasks in the lives of the youth. The vices of these devices are too well-known. Indulgence in haram through these toys in the form of pornography, music, vulgarity, images, etc is the most beloved pastime of the youth. The behavior of young boys and girls is so disgusting. All vestiges of modesty and shame are gone. Is this not what happened in Jahiliyyah?
Nowadays, we are now making usury lawful by declaring it to be a business transaction. They said that bank interest is the form of a business transaction. If this is declared unlawful, the business activities will be greatly handicapped. This is also true in making bribery lawful by giving it the name of a gift. The giver of bribery will give and the taker of bribe will take the bribe under the name of a gift even though the offer is nothing but bribery. All these sins, crimes, and vices are present in our society.
Long standing family relationships are shredded for petty reasons. Blood brothers and sisters are not on talking terms for months and years for political matters. Disunity, suspicion, malice, and hatred have become the norm in many families. Even when there is no enmity, family relationships are weak and superficial. Nobody has time to visit his family and those who do were not welcome anyway. Preference is given to friends over family. Long established traditions based on sound values and principles such as Kaphamagawida, kathatabanga, Khaseselai have been thrown out of the window and replaced with an artificial, vain and hollow lifestyle. Simplicity, hospitality, generosity, honesty, modesty, dignity, piety and other wonderful values and brushed aside as unimportant and even scoffed at as being orthodox and old-fashioned just as it was in the days of Jahiliyyah.
The solution and remedy for these Jahiliyyah was offered fourteen hundred years ago and still remains the same today. The answer all lies with the Qur’an, the hadiths , the Sunnah of the Prophet Nabi (saw), and the guidance of the pious predecessors and their righteous followers. If only the Muslim Ummah would seriously turn to this treasure, we will be rescued from the crushing grip of this modern-day Jahiliyyah and we will be able to take up our rightful position of helping mankind to escape from its clutches as well, Inshaallah! This is what Allah (swt) wants from us and this is what the world expects from us.