The Defeated Mentality of the Muslim
The mentality of a Muslim is formed based off of the concepts what he or she holds about man, life and the universe. Muslims that have Taqwa of Allah (swt) are in a win-win situation while dealing with the many obstacles and test Allah (swt) set in their path. However, those who fear other than Allah are subjected to not only actions that contradict Islam but even worst; a mentality that Shaytan loves to have influence over and this is the defeatist mentality.
The best tool an Aggressive Power of any kind can use at their disposal is the defeatist mentality of their opposition. Defeatism is simply the acceptance of defeat without struggle, and currently Islam remains at the center of debate with Kufr in regards to the world’s affairs. Historically, the United States used these tactics against any ideology or sub-culture that challenged their power. For example, the racial divide has always existed because of the view that Blacks were inferior to Whites, which has held Blacks back and has crippled race relations between the two even until today.
If we look at the history of Islam, we’ll find that it did not spread by having such a mentality, in fact during the early stages of the Dawah Muslims rejected Kufr and challenged it with ideas about Islam. We remember the many instances in Mecca, Jafar ibn Abdul Mutalib’s interaction with Negus of Abyssinia, and obviously the establishment of the Islamic community in Medina all when the Muslims were few in number with no material support. It was not a defeatist and apologetic mentality that allowed us the victory for Islam to spread as widely as it did. It was a mentality of strength and conviction of the oneness of Allah (swt).
So successful was this nurturing of a victor mentality in the hearts and character of his companions that it continued to bring success to Islam after the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) death. Take for example the refusal of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) to recall the army led by Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him) which the Prophet (peace be upon him) dispatched days before his death. Despite the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the growing rumors of the tribes of Arabia preparing to capitalize on the moment and attack Medina while the army was out, Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) insisted that “even if wild dogs were to be snapping at the ankles of the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him), he would not recall an army that Muhammad (peace be upon him) had dispatched”. As the army of Usamah (may Allah be pleased with him) marched forth, the hostile Arabian tribes were in shock at how even though the Prophet (peace be upon him) had died just days earlier, the army was continuing to battle. This show of strength in the face of adversity instilled fear in the hearts of those who were plotting to attack Medina, and caused them to abandon such plans. Continue reading Final Word →