Aug 10, 2011 - islam op-eds    2 Comments

We’re all on this Safeenah

We’re all on this Safeenah together foos!!


One of the things that bothers me endlessly is when people say ‘who cares what’s going on with those kafirs*’, ‘they deserve what they get’ or ‘it doesn’t have anything to do with us’. Cases in point: the recession in the US and the very recent London Riots.

When the recession first started in the US, in the Muslim world there were people who were overjoyed. “Yes finally the US can feel what the rest of the world feels. That’s what they get those Kafirs!”. Ummmm. Really? I hate to break it to the Muslim world, but the entire Muslim world is dependent on those Kafirs, their banks and their investments. If the US goes into a recession, I’m sorry but the world suffers. Maybe an American has to cut down on their Starbuck’s lattes or gets a lower paying job, cutting out some luxuries, maybe even out of work for awhile, but in the Muslim world — people will starve. While you may think the economic systems of the world are independent, they are not. Where do you think all those rich Saudis and Khaleejis invest their money? Do this, take out a hundred dollar American bill and look at it closely. You’ll see some tiny writing in Arabic, read it. Yup that means that hundred dollars was used as currency by Muslims. There’s no self-sustaning Muslim country in the world. I mean you don’t have to take Economics 101 to get this. Just look at the Wall street crash this last week, the next day stock markets across the world crashed due to Wall street. Who loses money? Who ends up poorer? And who starves? Who will buy products from the Muslim world? Who will send aid to them in crises? Who will send tourists to them? Or do business with them. Eventually you will lose out and most definitely worse than any US counterpart, so don’t be so happy about US misfortune.

Second, London Riots… really are ppl that stupid? You LIVE in the same city. It’s your businesses and homes that are getting busted up, burned and looted. Where do you think the money will come to fix those things? It’s your taxes that are going to cover the millions in damages and pay for all that overtime of police. Do you think those businesses’ insurance will just cover it? Most small businesses do not have insurance. And even for the big one’s their insurance will go up and so will their prices next year. Who loses out? You do, the average person on the street Muslim or non-Muslim. What about all those Muslim restaurants that used to do amazing business during Ramadan that are now closing at 4pm. Yup Muslims losing out. Businesses close, ppl out of work, crime that expands exponentially, who’s affected? Just THEM or you. I guarantee you will be affected somehow or other.

Anyway those are just two examples, but time and time again I hear Muslims saying the ills in society don’t affect them. I’m sorry but all the same problems affect us and non-Muslim’s problems affect us, regardless if we live in the western world or not.

There’s a famous Hadith of the Safeenah (boat):

“It has been reported by Nu’man bin Bashir (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There are people who do not transgress the limits (laws) of Allah Ta’ala, and there are others who do so. They are like two groups who boarded a ship; one of them settled on the upper deck, and the other on the lower deck of the ship. When the people of the lower deck needed water, they said, “Why should we cause trouble to the people of the upper deck when we can have plenty of water by making a hole in our deck”. Now, if the people of the upper deck do not prevent this group from such foolishness, all of them will perish; but if they stop them, they will be saved”.

Sahih Al Bukhari Vol.3 Pg.152 (Darul fikr)

This is actually an extremely deep Hadith that has many lessons. (There’s a nice 6 page explanation here: Suffice it to say the one’s on the bottom are non-Muslims and the one’s on the top are Muslims. Some of us stay on the top deck thinking everything is great and we are saved, yet we ARE ALL ON THIS BOAT. So the people on the bottom that are nonchalantly making a hole will destroy all of us. When society is all full of ills, how and why do we think we are protected?? We only have to look at our children to see that idea was dumb. Do this exercise and check out the Facebook profiles of teenagers in your community. Yup, and that’s only what they show ppl.

You know in the 80s and 90s when Muslims first came here, we were all isolationists. We built our own Mosques, a few schools here and there. We just thought we could be our own society and live here on our own. Then 9/11 happened and then post 9/11 Islamophobia-hysteria and attacks on Islam and Muslims and Mosques and Islamic schools and even Halal food! started and have continued to this day. We are going to be fighting against being put in concentration camps soon. Not even kidding. (Read some right-wing blogs.)  All of our scholars kept calling on us to become more active in society and be a part of it and help cure it’s ills, build coalitions and interfaith councils. And of course there were people who thought those scholars were just cowards and were kissing up to Kaffirs, when they actually had vision and foresaw what is happening to us now.

Anyway in the end my point is that taking pleasure in or thinking we are unaffected by other’s misfortune is a fallacy and yes a pretty ridiculous way of thinking.

Ok thanks for reading. (Sorry this mini-rant came out in Ramadan, just couldn’t help myself)

*sorry for the ridiculous use of the word kafirs throughout this post


Update: Three Muslims have lost their lives trying to protect their areas during the spread of these riots. Now tell me these things don’t affect us :( Inna lillah wa inna ilaihi rajeoon. They are true martyrs.

Update #2: The injured boy that was callously mugged by other kids is a Malaysian Muslim student studying in Britain. :(


  • every word you said is right and i am completely in agreement of your points.
    large part of Muslim population behave on emotions and we are emotional, use less rationality. in a ‘partially close system’ as this world is,and more specific example of such system is the economic system of this world, we can not be unaffected if other part of the same system is suffering.

    in UK the boys were Pakistani origin and they were so nice women said they were so caring and helping all times ‘let mother help you let bejee means ‘elder sister’ help you’ this is there usual attitude towards Muslim community where they lived.

    Imam sahab of there mosque said i can swear on these boys that they were so nice and helping.they will be in haven now and that is the best place to live.

    • thank u brother. indeed they are shuhadah. may Allah give them jannah and their families as well. wsalam