I have never had any interest in history, especially during my school days. The learning of History subject in school was just for the purpose of passing the examinations then gets an A or a B to ensure the examination results on the paper look plainly nice with acceptable grades.
But I was totally thrilled once I got the opportunity to learn the Islamic history of Spain. A visit to Spain a few weeks ago left me with unforgettable experiences.
The world knows that Islamic dynasty ruled Spain for 800 years with great civilization & massive knowledge development. Under the ruling of the Umayyad, many Islamic intellectuals ventured widely in scientific knowledge, architecture, philosophy and mathematics till Spain or better known as Al-Andalus (during the Islamic ruling) became the great power in the era.
A beneficial lesson we had on the Islamic kingdom in Spain was while we were in Granada, about 400km from Madrid. It was when we took a special tour to Al Hambra, a citadel on a strategic hill overlooking its beautiful, historic city. During the tour, I was excited to find out how Islamic Kingdom ruled Spain with distinguish civilization and true unity between other religions in the country like Christianity and Judaism.
But the majestic kingdom of Islam in Spain terribly had to come to an end. The tour guide told us that the downfall of Islam was caused by no other than ‘fitnah’ or in other word – defamation. Truth is, the fitnah occurred was made from the inside the kingdom, within the Muslims themselves. I was devastated to know this.
…they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing.
[surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 191]
This was so tragic. Knowing how powerful this country can be with exceptional Islamic government, the fall was such regret. But to make it worse, the fall was not entirely due to other powers, it was from the poisonous mouths of Muslim brothers. Astagfirullahala’zim.
I came to realize that those stories from the past have never taught us to not repeat the mistakes. Yet, we tend to live our lives today with so much shame full of fitnah and backbiting till we are trapped in the world of lies. Our involvement in creating fitnah every day is seriously disgraceful when social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are becoming our sinful playground to spread lies and fitnah.
There are times when we are not happy with the government or our companies or even our friends, we quickly write uncertain or false statements on the social media or in a simpler way to just forward and share the posts around. Sadly, this is fitnah.
O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful. [Surah Al-Hujurat ayah 12]
Creating false news about others and spreading them around are awfully a norm to most of us. Do be more careful with our words although they don’t come out from our lips, writing them down is similarly sinful as spreading fitnah. Do not let our religion and nation become weak and fragile by fitnah created by us, the Muslims. May Allah protect us all.