In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Why Muslims Lagging Behind in Technologies
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

To understand Why Muslims Lagging Behind in Technologies, needs detail analysis and we need to find its roots.

How Ummah Diverted from the Quraan and Trapped in Conspiracy?

In the struggle for power and domination the Quraan had been the biggest challenge to the Hypocrites. Although, they could not stop Muslims from obedience of the Quraan BUT they succeeded in giving them very wrong concepts about it. That was a great conspiracy which took them three centuries to establish false beliefs and practices among the Muslims. These beliefs and practices are now falsely included into the Book of Hadeeth or Book of Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), since they cannot modify the Quraan, which is protected by Allah.

During the life time of the Prophet and his companion, it was impossible to say anything against the Quraan but after them there was no check. The Hypocrites had flooded the Muslims world with LIES and fabrications against the Quraan. If anyone questioned that such and such belief or practice is against the Quraan the reply had always been, like today, that this is Sunnah of the Prophet. This way the Hypocrites took away the Quraan from Muslims and succeeded in inflicting upon them an ignominious life. Remember: Each and every single Ayaat of the Quraan is THREE-IN-ONE i.e., it is Word of Allah, Word/Hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), since it came from HIS mouth and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), since HE was walking/talking Quraan and he practically showed it to us as well.

Now, what happens they read lot of the Quraan but for Thawab only and not for guidance for them.  They establish prayers but to worship Allah and not to combat Fohsha wal Munkarat. They pay regular charity but to purify the wealth and not for its circulation among all classes in the society. And, when you ask them why they are doing this? Everyone will reply this is Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). And if asked who told this is Sunnah? They will name anyone from among the Companions who lived during the first century - for example, Abu Huraira (ra), Omer (ra) or Aisha (ra) reported this and that. When asked who told this? They will name anyone from Taabe'heen or Tabb'a Taabe'heen who lived during the second century. When asked further they will ultimately confess that all this stuff came to us through Bukhari and other Mohaditheen who lived during the third century.

In other words, the Muslims are trapped in a great conspiracy. They are deceived to follow the path which is not found in the Quraan. They think they are treading into the footsteps of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) but, in fact, they are treading into the footsteps of Shaitaan. The interesting aspect of this conspiracy is that no one feels guilty. In spite of, all the sufferings and humiliations they are proud of what they are doing in the name of the Prophet and Islaam. No one likes to come out of this darkness. And, if any blessed soul endeavors to show them the right path they consider him an agent of the Enemy of Islaam. One wonders, what else the Enemy of Islaam want to do with the Muslims. They had already sent them to the bottom of hell.

The truth is that the real source of Muslims unity and honor was the Quraan. The Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) and his great companions followed nothing except the Quraan. They never looked for guidance to any other historical or ideological source other than the Quraan. They were solely inspired and motivated by the Quraan. When the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was alive and his life was the perfect embodiment of the Quraanic Values. After his (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) death, Muslims kept treading in his footsteps and followed the Quraan with more zeal and devotion. The Quraan elevated them to the highest level of morality and wisdom. They achieved great success and honor in the contemporary world and remained dominant as long as they followed the Quraan.

Following Clear Ayaat - or - Allegorical Ayaat:

He sent down to you this scripture, containing straightforward verses - which constitute the essence of the scripture - as well as multiple-meaning or allegorical verses. Those who harbor doubts in their hearts will pursue the multiple-meaning verses to create confusion, and to extricate a certain meaning. NONE knows the TRUE MEANING thereof except Allah and those well founded in knowledge. They say, "We believe in this - all of it comes from our Lord." Only those who possess intelligence will take heed, (Al_Quraan_003.007).

We are NOT supposed to take Allegorical Ayaat, so just FOLLOW only the CLEAR Ayaat of the Quraan and BE CAREFUL from Allegorical Ayaat.

Making joke of Ayaat of Allah:

And indeed He has revealed to you in the Book that when you hear Allah's communications disbelieved in and mocked at do not sit with them until they enter into some other discourse/topic; surely then you would be like them; surely Allah will gather together the hypocrites and the unbelievers all in hell, (Al_Quraan_004.140)

We are not supposed to even sit with those people who are making joke/fun of Ayaat of Allah till they change the Topic.

The Quraan is the true book of guidance, (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.002) and it is protected by Allah, (Ref: Al_Quraan_005.003) and the Quraan will surely help us to find the major issues of the Downfall of Muslim Ummah if we sincerely try to find it.

Analysis of the Hadeeths:

To analyze the Hadeeth we also need to see Islaamic History, with open eyes from inside our heart. Please also read my article on “The Truth about Hadeeths” for additional information.

>Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was born in around year 570 AD.
>Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) got the prophecy and became the last and final prophet in around year 610 AD.
>Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) passed away in around year 632 AD.
>The Hadeeth was first compiled around 250 years after Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), which is around year 900 AD.
>Was it possible that some group of Hypocrites (Munafiqs) from the East, the West, the North and the South of Arabia united together and tried to include fabricated Hadeeths, which could have been misleading the Muslim Ummah? Yes of course. Even at the time of Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) they demanded to change the Ayaat of Quraan, which Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) answered that he didn’t have any authority to do that (Al_Quraan_010.015 – 016).
>There is no doubt that this thing might have been happening before and the proof was that out of the seventeen books of the Hadeeth only seven were accepted by our religious scholars, i.e. more than 50% were rejected initially.
>Is it possible that still in the seven accepted books of the Hadeeth there might have been fabricated Hadeeth? Yes off course. Cause and effects are interrelated and you can see how much we Muslim Ummah are divided. Also there are many Hadeeths, which are contradicting the Quraan.
>Allah told us to do research and think about the Quraan (Al_Quraan_003.169, 004.083). What about the Hadeeth? Is it enough to just believe on the Hadeeth Blindly?
>Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) already warned his people that there will be Hadeeth coming after me, so accept them if they are according to the Quraan, otherwise reject them (Sanan Dar Qatni, Vol-2, Book – Imrani Abee Musa, Matba Farooqi – 513). So we need to test every Hadeeth, don’t reject all Blindly and don’t accept all Blindly as well, BUT do research and if it is according to the Quraan only then accept it. The Quraan is the main source and guidance to all human beings.
>Because of poor communication, knowledge was not getting transferred as quickly as now.
Muslims were getting successes before the year 900 AD.
>After the year 900 AD, Muslims started getting a down fall BUT it took several hundred years just to feel the downfall, since Muslim Ummah were still succeeding. Possibly after leaving the Quraan behind and taking the Hadeeth as number one, they started to fail more deliberately.
>After the year 1500 AD, it seems that Muslims went beyond the limit and started taking the Scholars as number one, the Hadeeth as number two and the Quraan they left behind. As you can see, after that Muslims started losing all over the world.

Be in the MIDDLE and Categorize the Hadeeth:

Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) already warned about coming of Hadeeths after him and set the CRITERIA on how to verify them, which allows us to live in the MIDDLE without extremism.

Ali (RA) narrated, Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) said, there is NO DOUBT that, there will be Hadeeths coming after me, claiming that I have said those. So you MUST test each and every Hadeeth from the QURAAN. If it is really according to the QURAAN only then accept it, otherwise reject it, (Sanan Dar Qatni, Vol-2, Book – Imrani Abee Musa, Matba Farooqi – 513).

Then WHY don't you Reject all those Hadeeths which REALLY contradict the Quraan and its Basic Principles, since Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) already told to do so, are you rejecting Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) this Authentic Hadeeth by accepting all Hadeeths BLINDLY, which Contradicts the Quraan.

We have Revealed the Book to you explaining EVERYTHING (Not Missing anything, what we really need to understand and follow Deen), and a Guidance and Mercy and Good News for those who submit, (Al_Quraan_016.089).

Why Az-Zubair (RA) were NOT saying ANY single narrations:

Narrated By 'Abdullah bin Az-Zubair (RA): I said to my father, 'I do not hear from you any (single) narration (Hadith) of Allah's Apostle as I hear (his narrations) from so and so? " Az-Zubair (RA) replied. I was ALWAYS with him (the Prophet {Peace-Be-Upon-Him}) and I heard him saying "Whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then (surely) let him occupy, his seat in Hell-fire, (Sahi-Bukhari_Vol-1_Book-3_Hadeeth-107).

Reasons for Muslims Lagging Behind in Technologies are due to Leaving the Quraan:

Leading the world or just leading in Technologies, needs lots of courage, patients and dedication, but when Muslims are busy in making their wives and children happy while neglecting Global Muslims Crisis and blame others. What if they talk a lot and you cannot even open your mouth in front of them to show them guidance and wisdom from the Quraan. They are breaking their relations with their own loves ones in the name of Islaam and Hadeeth and Sunnah, forget about rest of Muslim Ummah. Muslim Ummah is facing Great Tsunami of Crisis, and still many Muslims talking nonsense, wasting time and money in all other matters instead of saving lives. We need to re-analyze each and every Hadeeth and Sunnah, which contradicts the Quraan and take out from all the book of Hadeeth. Instead of literal meaning of the Quraan need to understand it according to modern time, since you cannot defend yourselves with fastest running horses, rather need BUTTONS to stop missiles fired against you (Anti-Missiles) etc.

Think of, if a Man has to do everything, from feeding food to his wife’s mouth like feed a disable, looking after his old parents, how come he concentrate in moving forward in Advanced Technology. How come 9:00 AM drop his children to school, feed his wife, his parents, and start job at 9:00 AM sharp, totally impossible. When a woman marries a man, she don’t do it just for bed sharing, rather sharing all responsibilities, including looking after his old or disable parents. Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was a business man and was away for his business as well as worshipping in Ghar-e-Hira, till HE got revelations and his wife Hazrat Khadijah (ra), was looking after his kids and home. Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was involved in all great challenging activities of prophecy, whiles his wife was fully supportive from the depth of her heart. In reality many Muslims are road blockers in advancement in technologies for the betterment of humanity, except those who have broad minded and serving to humanity without any discrimination.

Why Blame Others for Muslims Lagging Behind in Technologies?

It is common practice among many people, that they blame others for all the things gone wrong while if something goes right, it is hundred percent due to his/her efforts.

Also, Mischiefs/Oppressions could be done by those religious scholars who exploit Muslims to come to the street violently by taking the laws in their own hands, since they do not understand the wisdom of the Quraan.

Remember: No body is perfect and pointing fingers on others is actually pointing three fingers yourself.

Stop doing the Great Mistake that “I am Right”.

Stop making fun of others, since you don’t know who is closer to Allah, (Ref: Al_Quraan_049.011).

Stop neglecting the Quraan (true book of guidance) and start taking guidance from it, (Ref: Al_Quraan_002.001-005).

Blindly believing on Scholars is Shirk, so verify them from the Quraan, (Ref: Al_Quraan_009.031, 004.059).

Disasters (e.g. Earthquake, Tsunami, Flood, Cyclone, Hurricane, Tornado, Corruptions, Cruel & Unjust Rulers, Cruel & Unjust Nations etc. in the Land are because of Peoples own Deeds, since they are not taking guidance from the Quraan, (Ref: Al_Quraan_030.041). Disaster gets more and more Killer, after an Informer (Warner) arrives in a town (city / country), (Al_Quraan_007.094).

Allah never destroys any good nation, (Ref: Al_Quraan_011.116-117).

Acquiring knowledge is compulsory on every Muslim men and women, BUT unfortunately when comes to understand the Quraan, vast majority of Muslims have no time to read the Quraan with understanding. They don’t do their homework first and blame Scholars (Ulemaas, Muftees etc.) for these.

It is duty on every single Muslims Men and women to at least read few verses from the Quraan with translation DAILY and if they need more explanation on those verses then consult Religious Scholars, not just one but must have second, third and fourth opinions, including from other sects, just like for your critical and complex treatments, many times you need to consult more doctors for second, third and fourth opinions, if you are smart enough.

Those who don’t understand Arabic, they must read translation as well, till they learn the Quraanic Arabic Language. Now technologies are very advanced and people can get benefit from them, e.g. use good quality (Apple or Sony etc.) mp3 players, ipods or some of the cell phones to listen the Quraan with translation. They must try to understand the Quraan first then if they have any question or concern only then ask detail from Scholars, otherwise anyone can come and fool them and Allah may punish them because of not trying to understand the Quraan.

To get Success Leave the Fore-tell behind and Start Helping Allah:

O you who believe! Strong Drink (Intoxicants), gambling, idols and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside in order that you may succeed, (Al_Quraan_005.090).

O you who believe! If you will Help Allah, He will Help you, and plant your feet firmly, (Al_Quraan_047.007).

Blindly Believing on Scholars (Ulemaa) is SHIRK:

Great Thanks to our Scholars (Ulemaa), who worked extremely hard to keep Islaam ALIVE and to keep us Muslims by providing Beautiful knowledge of Islaam. BUT Scholars are NOT Allah and they might do mistake.

They have taken as lords beside Allah their rabbis (Priests) and their monks and the Messiah son of Mary, when they were bidden to worship only One God. There is no god save Him. Be He glorified from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him), (Al_Quraan_009.031).

Tips on Dealing with People:

It is human nature to burn up on certain, things or words or others attitude/tone towards him/her. Bullying and Yelling hurts, and people may do suicide. Sticks and stones break only skin, while words and actions live in their mind permanently. Bullying may kill people including your loved ones. We must stand up, speak up and make it stop before it gets too late. Those who do Bullying must need to be send to correction center.

We all need to learn how to talk with manners, dignity and respects, regardless of elders/youngers. We need to train ourselves to become a role model in our society. We need to learn Effective Communication (a Two Way Communication) to deal with these matters in the light of the Quraan. Brothers and Sisters must be BEST Friends to each other regardless of Elders or Youngers.

Allah’s Favor has Already been Completed:

This day, I have Perfected your Religion for you and Completed my Favor unto you, and have chosen for you as Religion Al-Islaam. Whoso is forced by hunger, not by will, to sin: (for him) lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful, (Al_Quraan_005.003).

(Allah’s Favor has already been completed on us, so no new miracle may happen)

If Quraan cannot convince you nothing will, (Ref: Al_Quraan_040.004, 047.024).

The command is for none but Allah, (Al_Quraan_018:026).

Quraan is easy to learn (understand and remember), (Ref: Al_Quraan_054.017, 022, 032, 40).

And withhold yourself with those who call on their Lord morning and evening desiring His goodwill, and let not your eyes pass from them (always yes sir, till they follow the Quraan), desiring the beauties of this world's life; and do not follow him whose heart We have made unmindful to Our remembrance, and he follows his low desires and his case is one in which due bounds are exceeded, (Al_Quraan_018.028).

Today you still might have time to repent, BUT tomorrow it could be too late. Repent now before it gets too late. Not following Allah’s Commandments is Breaking Relation with Allah. It is my humble request to all Masjid organizers to start Quraanic Arabic Language Course in Masjids for free. It will help Ajmi Muslims to understand the Quraan and protect themselves from Great Sins. Be Careful, if you are BIG (Brother/Sister/Rich/Power/Educated).

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