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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 14
23 Muharram 1434/07 December 2012

Why non-Muslims prosper?

Note: At this stage after taking in what has been said above, the masses and even some scholars find some difficulty in understanding.

Their problem is this: Just as deeds of evil and righteousness are harmful or beneficial for the Muslim, so they should also be for the non-Muslim. That is indeed how it should be. Harmful things should be harmful at all times. But how is it that the non-believers, in spite of their own evil deeds, still attain success and prosperity while on the other hand Muslims find themselves in a sorry state with their troubles and worries continuously on the increase?

So much have some ignorant Muslims been troubled and perplexed that they even went to the extent of rejecting the tenets of Shariat and the Hadeeth.They went so far as to look at the non-believers, and decided that those evils which are present in the make-up of the non-believers were the very causes of their success.

In actual fact this difficulty in understanding is a result of ignorance of Islamic teachings. In the teachings of Islam and the commands of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) there is nothing which has not been explained quite clearly.

But who will take the trouble to find out what is the answer?

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said that one of Allah‟s Nabis once questioned Allah about this problem saying: “Ya Allah. A certain bondsman of yours is a Muslim performing good deeds. But You take the world away from him and send calamities over him. Then there is a bondsman of Yours who is a non-
believer, disobedient to You. Yet You ward off calamities from him, granting him (sufficient) of this world.”


Allah revealed to this Nabi: “My believing bondsman has some evil deeds and for this reason I treat him thus so that when he returns to Me I shall give him the reward for his good deeds. As for the non-believer, he has some good deeds and for this reason I treat him thus by way of rewarding him for his good deeds so that when he returns to Me I shall give him the punishment for his evil deeds.” (Majma-uz-Zawaaid)

“Allah does not diminish the reward of any believer for any good deed. In this world He is granted success through this deed and in the Hereafter he is richly rewarded. As for the non-believer, he is given sustenance in this world through his good deeds but when he comes to the Hereafter he will have no good deed for which he may be rewarded (because of the absence of Imaan which is a pre-condition for reward in the Hereafter).”(Mishkat)

And in another Hadeeth: “When Allah desires good for his slave He punishes him for his sins in this world (because worldly torments are much lighter than that of the Hereafter). And when Allah desires revenge (as punishment) for His slave,
He withholds punishment for his sinfull deeds in this world so that on the day of Qiyamat He gives him full punishment.”


It has been repeatedly stated in Hadeeth that because there is no reward for the non-believer in the Hereafter, he receives his reward for any virtuous and charitable act in this world. This is because he can obtain reward for good deeds only in this life. This is why, in spite of his numerous evil deeds, he will, in this world, be attaining so much of success and prosperity because of his good deeds.

On the other hand, the Muslim receives reward for his good deeds in the Hereafter and most of his crimes and sins are punished in this world. Thus as many as are his faults, sins and evils, will be his sorry state and his miseries.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “This Ummat of mine is looked upon by Allah with Mercy. In the Hereafter they will not suffer torment. Its punishment (for sins committed comes in this world and) comes in the form of ordeals, earthquakes and killings.”

Here the students of history came across a problem which is almost contradictory to what is said above. The experience of some nations indicates that as long as they continued in their irreligious and evil ways, no punishment from Allah was sent over them. But when there was improvement for the better, in their ways, then came the punishment.

The answer to this problem is also found in the discussion above. It is not inconceivable that their irreligious ways were such that they were in fact very near to Kufr. Which meant that punishment in this world was not necessary. Later after the definite and profound change for the better, they became fit for being punished in this world.

It is almost like a patient who is very ill. While he is so very ill, surgery will be of no use, for the surgeon will not operate because the patient is so very near death. Surgery is only made use of when there is hope of being cured of an ailment.

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 94-97 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

Islahi Majlis:   06.12.2012

Hazrat Moulana Shabbir Sahib (Damat Barakatuhu) and Mufti Mohammed Ali Sahib (Damat Barakatuhu)  conducted an Islahi Majlis for the students this week. To listen to the recording, please click here









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