Given the political situations in Islamic countries..there is so much confusion. I do not have the means to understand the intricate workings of why people are killing each other…my question is simple..what is the fundamental action for a simple Muslim like me to do. I do not know who is right and why they are right; same goes for wrong. How do I reconcile myself to this in the correct Islamic manner?
There is a hadeeth that rings very true especially these days, though it is rated week in authenticity. It is narrated by Abu-Umaama Al-Baahili and reported by Al-`Iraaqi in his book “Takhreej-ul-Ihyaa'”. In this hadeeth, the Prophet, peace be upon him, tells the Sahaaba (his fellows),
“How would you do when you view virtue as vice and vice as virtue?” The Sahaaba asked, “Is this happening, O Messenger of God?” He replied, “By Him in whose Hand is my soul: Yes, and worse.” They said, “What can be worse?” He said, “God will say, ‘By Me I swear I will set up for them a Fitna (test of faith) that leaves the forbearing among them confused.'”
When Muslims turn a blind eye to sin, tolerate tyranny and focus on the trivia, they turn the natural moral order upside down. As a result, God turns their honor to disgrace, their peace to conflict, their prosperity to austerity, their mutual love to hostility and their works to naught. It should not then come as a surprise what Muslims are going through these days.
What you write about is the Fitna that leaves the forbearing confused. To recover, hold fast to the discerning criterion, the Quran. Examine what somebody is doing or saying by what the Quran says about it. What does the Quran say about killing? It says,
“And whoever deliberately kills a believer, then his recompense is Hell, forever staying therein, and God will be angry with him, curse him, and prepare for him a great torment.” (4:93)
You’d think that after such as frightening list of threats, that no Muslim would even contemplate killing a believer. But many Muslims ignored this verse totally and continue to do so today.
Can you then be confused about the killing that is taking place? Can there be any doubt in your mind who is wrong?
You ask what can an ordinary person do in such a situation. You read the Quran, so that you won’t be confused. You supplicate to God that He help you discern right from wrong and keep you walking the Straight Path. You ask God to put an early end to injustice, punish the perpetrators and shelter the oppressed. You donate to charitable organizations that do good work relieving the suffering of victims. You call your political representatives and urge them to weigh in so that the unjust do not think they may get away with it. You network with others so they may do likewise.
Finally, you remind yourself that sooner or later the truth prevails as God says in the holy Quran, “Say: The truth has arrived and falsehood perished. Falsehood tends to perish.” (17:81)