In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate; blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
"Anyone who obeys the Messenger has obeyed God..." (Nisaa 4:80)
NOT long time ago, in his 'tazkirah' (lesson) in a 'masjid' near my house, before leaving for Makkah to perform 'umrah' (minor hajj), an 'ustaz' (religious teacher) said he was excited to see with his own eyes some latest development in the sacred city said to be of the the Western world influences.
It was a well known fact that in the city, even around or just outside the gates of the Haram Mosque (Masjidilharam) stand proudly Western identities such as the Hilton Towers and fast food chains KFC and McDonald's.
The 'ustaz' said it is true that non Muslims could not enter the holy city but 'their' (the Western) way of life are 'strongly presence' there and are getting stronger and stronger by each day. Thus not only Muslims from 'faraway' lands are gripped with the Western way of life, but here in the holy city itself the way of life of the non-Muslims including the Jews are being emulated.
He then stressed that Muslims around the globe nowadays are 'at the feet' of the Jews in several categories of life - he listed them under the letter 'F' - food, fashion, film, fun and faith and under the letter 'S' - sing, sex, smoke and sport.
All the above 'way of life' are accepted as the standard yardstick of modern living internationally and with the advancement of communications technologies even those people living and staying in the Holy Land are not spared.
Contrary to what many of us we think, the 'ustaz' said the Jews should be respected as fellow human beings; but what we should do is not the emulate their way of life or the things they 'cornered' us to get involved so that we would be living just like one of them. Yes, we should not hate the Jews but rather hate their 'crooked' way of life!
By following their way of life be it the food we consume and free lifestyles of living such as in sex and fashion, eventually we would be destroyed, being failures in this world whats more in the Hereafter, said the 'ustaz'.
There are some ‘hadith’ proving that our beloved Prophet, Muhammad s.a.w. had dealings with the Jews.
It is related that 'A'isha said, "The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, bought some food from a Jew on credit and left his armour as security." (Narated by Al-Bukhary)
In another hadith narrated by Jabir bin 'Abdullah: A funeral procession passed in front of us and the Prophet stood up and we too stood up. We said, 'O Allah's Apostle! This is the funeral procession of a Jew." He said, "Whenever you see a funeral procession, you should stand up." (Bukhari )
Based on these hadiths, it is not correct to say Muslims cannot have dealings including businesses with the Jews, but what Muslims are told is that they should not follow or imitate the brutality of the Jews; today in the form of the Zionist regime.
To live safely in this world and Hereafter including to guard ourselves from brutality of the unbelievers especially the Zionist and 'Dajjal' we should obeyed all Allah SWT words in the Qur’an. Allah SWT has given us warning on this matter in one Qur’anic verse where He warns us not to become like the Children of Israel who disobey some of Allah SWT’s commandments in the Taurah, as stated in Ayah 85 Surah Al-Baqarah which reads; “…Then is it only a part of the Book that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? But what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life? And on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful for what ye do.”
In the following verse (Ayah 86 Al-Baqarah), Allah SWT says: “Such are those who buy the life of the world at the price of the Hereafter. Their punishment will not be lightened, neither will they have support.”
Are our lives truly guided by the Qur’an? Or are we good in taking what we think are good to us and ignoring what we feel bad? Regarding this, Allah the Almighty warns in Surah al-Baqarah 2:85, that to accept some part of the Qur’an and to reject some is to reject all of it. There is no room for partial acceptance in your relationship with the Qur’an; there cannot logical be.
Muslims should have no reservations in implementing all of Allah SWT commands including hudud law and preventing ‘mungkar’ (sins). Having reservation on any of Allah SWT’s commands is a clear violation of our oath, the ‘syahadah’, that we will submit and obey all of Allah SWT’s commands.
Some scholars even say having such an attitude will nullify our ‘syahadah’ and is sufficient to make a person ‘kafir’ (a non-believer). And Allah SWT has given us warning on this matter in Ayah 85 Surah al-Baqarah (stated above) where Allah SWT warns us not to become like the Children of Israel who disobey some of Allah SWT’s commandments in the Taurah.
Thus, only by submitting to Allah's will, Muslims have 'the power' to face the ruthless Zionist regime which is backed by 'their brothers' in the form of Western powers such as the Americans and British.
If Muslims are raring to practice the 'sunnah' (way of life) of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and not the way of the Jewish people, only then 'insya-Allah' (if Allah wills), He will render us help to overcome our plight and problems including in our dealings against our enemies.
But sadly, nowadays not only minority Muslims have been subjected to cruelty, those who live in Muslim lands too are ill treated by leaders and governments and society themselves who claim to be practicing Islam but in actual fact are living and leading lives which are against the teaching of Islam, yes it is sad to say they are practicing the Jews' way of life that's why the '5F' (food, fashion, film, fun and faith) and '4S' (sing, sex, smoke and sport) are 'easily accepted' by their people!