Laghw and the jihad of Imperialism!
Making Sound, Distracting Attention, Silencing opponents, Dominating the world!
This precisely is the Jihad of imperialism.
But then how it is related to laghw?
One meaning of laghw is ‘to speak loudly to drown out another person’s voice so he or she cannot be heard’.
In other words, laghw includes the meaning of making noise in the midst of something with the twin purpose of distracting attention and dominating others!
Allah recalls the attitude of disbelievers in this ayah:
وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَا تَسْمَعُوا لِهَـٰذَا الْقُرْآنِ وَالْغَوْا فِيهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَغْلِبُونَ
And those who disbelieve say, “Do not listen to this Qur’an and speak noisily during [the recitation of] it that perhaps you will overcome.” Surah Fussilat 41:26
Some people, during the time of the Prophet sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, aimed to dominate Muslims through distraction by making noise (walghaw feehi) in the midst of Qur’anic recitations. They thought they can drown the voice of Muslims and suppress the rise of Islam by not letting others to listen to the Qur’an being recited.
Well, that was in the 7th century!
As time passed by and man achieved some advancements in communication, the hate-merchants started employing various methods of making noise (alghaw) with the intention of keeping the general masses away from Islam and the teachings of its last Prophet (Peace be upon him)
When light spreads, darkness vanishes. Those at the helm of affairs sensed potential danger to their very survival as long as Islam continues to hold sway. So they started indulging in their own Jihad, i.e. striving and struggling against Qur’an, leaving no stone unturned in tarnishing the image of Islam.
Some samples of making noise: Muslims are Mohammadans and Islam is Mohammadanism. The authorship of Qur’an; Islam spread through sword; Islam and liberalism, polygamy and the four-wives theory etc.
Equating terrorism with Islam and Muslims, projecting shariah laws as retrograde, making cartoons and caricatures on the Prophet and Muslim women wearing hijab and presenting them as an expression of one’s art and artistic talents, spreading lies by saying hijab is oppression, blah..blah!
When you have media under your control you can do anything. Therefore, media is an effective tool of making noise against Islam and Muslims. The purpose, hegemony!
Coining of new words/jargon to distract attention and propagate one’s view and further one’s agenda has become the fashion of the 21st century imperialism.
* “Freedom of expression” – So you can write anything and say whatever you want.
* “The International community” – So you can threaten nations and keep them under your thumb!
* “War on terrorism” – So you can push your hidden agenda.
Dear readers, it is true that those who do not want Islam to flourish are actually straining every nerve in the most sincerest and dedicated of ways, doing their best so that they attain their goal, as the ayah says تَغْلِبُونَ – dominance!
But as true believers in Islam, we need not lose heart.
As Allah, in one masterstroke, says it all:
وَاللَّـهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَىٰ أَمْرِهِ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
“And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know”. Surah Yusuf 12:21
Interesting part of this statement وَاللَّـهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَىٰ أَمْرِهِ is that it came at a time when things are not always as they seem* Subhanallaah.
So amidst all shouts against Islam and Muslims, there is something which most of the people do not know: Allah’s planning.
وَمَكَرُوا وَمَكَرَ اللَّـهُ ۖ وَاللَّـهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ
“And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of all planners.“ Surah Aal Imran 3:54
* To understand it fully, please read the full ayah first: “And the one from Egypt who bought him said to his wife, “Make his residence comfortable. Perhaps he will benefit us, or we will adopt him as a son.” And thus, We established Joseph in the land that We might teach him the interpretation of events. And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know.”
The thing is that things are not always as they seem. In the ayah, Allah says that He is Predominant over His affairs while narrating the story of Yusuf being taken into the house of the Minister of Egypt. Outwardly, it appears as if Yusuf is just one addition to the household but the fact is something else: the Establishment of Yusuf in Egypt once and for all.