In today’s world the search for ‘freedom’ is an ongoing quest.
The term itself has been modified countless times and on a whole, the definition simply indicates what you can and cannot do.
To a Muslim (i.e. one who submits to God) this quest is not one that is difficult; a Muslim believes that true freedom is already given to us by God.
وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍۢ رَّسُولًا أَنِ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجْتَنِبُوا۟ ٱلطَّٰغُوتَ ۖ
God, the Exalted, says: “We raised among every people a messenger who enjoined, “Worship God alone and shun the evil one.”
فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى ٱللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ ٱلضَّلَٰلَةُ ۚ
Then among them were some whom God guided and among them were others who became deserving of ruin.
فَسِيرُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ فَٱنظُرُوا۟ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَٰقِبَةُ ٱلْمُكَذِّبِينَ.
So travel across the earth and observe what was the end of those who rejected the messengers.”(Qur’an 16:36)
Surely a society that offers unbridled freedom will be a chaotic one.
Rich would abuse and exploit the poor.
Oppression would be rife and life would become unbearable.
وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًۭا مِّنَ ٱلْجِنِّ وَٱلْإِنسِ ۖ
God, the Exalted, says: “We created many of the jinn and humankind for hell.
لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌۭ لَّا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌۭ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا
وَلَهُمْ ءَاذَانٌۭ لَّا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَآ ۚ
They have hearts they do not understand with; they have eyes they do not see with; and they have ears they do not hear with.
أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ كَٱلْأَنْعَٰمِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ ۚ أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْغَٰفِلُونَ.
Such people are like cattle — no, they are even more misguided. Such are the heedless.” (Qur’an 7:179)
The main reason behind all humanities problems, whether it is general oppression, wars, economic disaster, social issues or political corruption is that servitude is not offered to God alone; instead, it is given to oppressive systems that exclusively benefit segments of society and neglect others.
God knows what is best for us and indeed He has told the truth.
أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ ٱللَّطِيفُ ٱلْخَبِيرُ.
He, the Exalted, says: “How could He who created not know His own creation, when He alone is the Most Subtle in His wisdom and the All Aware?” (Qur’an 67:14)
The first generation of Muslims had a firm understanding of this servitude.
They turned to Allah in all their affairs, and their rule was indeed a most just and fair one.
The main reason Muslims suffer today is due to the lack of the proper understanding of the concept of servitude to God alone.
They believe in part and disbelieve in part of the Scripture and have appointed over themselves people who have little faith and are not truthful in their religion.
ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَمْ يَكُ مُغَيِّرًۭا نِّعْمَةً أَنْعَمَهَا عَلَىٰ قَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا۟ مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ ۙ
God, the Exalted, says: “God would never withdraw a favor that He had conferred upon a people unless they change what is in their hearts.
وَأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌۭ.
God is all hearing and all-knowing. ” (Qur’an 8:53)
The Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said: “May you be safe from witnessing five things…” He mentioned among them: “Muslims will become subjected to humiliation, governed by their enemies and will fight among themselves when they abandon divine law.” (Sahih At-Targhib #764)
This is the condition of the Muslim Ummah (nation) today!