Ariel Sharon: A Necessary Introspective

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-FILE PHOTO 16FEB66- Israeli army colonel Ariel Sharon is seen in this file picture taken February 1..

Ariel Scheinermann, better known to the World as Ariel Sharon, was one of the most relevant political figures, within the 20th-Century. He was a celebrated Israeli military man & politician, while also being classified as a grand nemesis & nuisance to all his Arab neighbors. Now, there has been a lot of talk, surrounding this man’s death, from his supporters & adversaries, alike. However, what’s even more important than his controversial position, as a hero to some & a tyrant to others, is the fact that this man died, a very dilapidated death, one in which he had been in a vegetative state for nearly a decade.

One may ask, naturally, if they opposed him, “Who cares?”, while others may very well morn for him & his family. But, the point that I want to get at is what does his death mean for him. Now, we all know that as Muslims, they way that we live, in the Mundane, will be a direct-result of how Allah will judge us, in the Hereafter. This man Ariel Sharon has died & is with his Lord now, being questioned within his Grave, as to what he was like, as an individual, within his Earthly life.

We need to take serious lessons from the deaths of him & people like him:

1. He didn’t die as a Muslim, which Allah requires all that have freewill to do so: “Oh, you who believe!!! Revere Allah, revering Him is correct; and do not die, except as Muslims.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.3, V.102), “Whoever chooses a Path, other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him; and, in the Hereafter, he will be among the Losers.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.3, V.85).

2. He was an active-participant in the oppression of other Human beings, the same reasons as to why Nazi-Germany is in the history-books as being tyrants, likewise, the State of Israel has done many of the exact same atrocities to the Palestinian People, as well as in other nations, just like how Nazi-Germany had done during World War II.

3. He was directly responsible for the carnage in southern Lebanon, back in 1982, C.E. (the year that I was born), in which he (personally) commanded Israeli military personnel into the sovereign nation of Lebanon, in order to increase Israel’s political/military dominance within the Middle-East.

Allah states some very important things, within the Qur’an, about killing people and/or being responsible for the unjustified deaths of others: “Whoever kills one who has killed none, nor has caused corruption within the Earth, it’s just as though they’ve killed the entire Human-Race.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.5, V.32), “And, do not kill one who Allah has made sacred, except with Justification. And, whoever is unjustly killed, We’ve made his heir empowered. So don’t overdo killing; verily, he is assisted.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.17, V.33). Taking all of that into consideration, regardless of how you feel towards, against this man, these are the raw-facts, Islamically. Now, here’s another element of his death which I completely disagree with: Muslims, People generally, celebrating the fact that he has died. This honestly makes me angry, and I’ll tell you why. As Muslims, regardless of how a person dies (i.e. regardless to whether they die as Muslims or not), even if they die fighting against the Muslims, as adversaries, there’s still a certain level of respect that anyone/everyone whom is a Human being is entitled to, by virtue of them being Humans. Here’s the proof for what I’m saying: Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was informed of some of his Companions (May Allah be pleased with them) mocking `Ikrimah (May Allah be pleased with him), the son of `Amr ibn-Hisham (AKA Abu-Jahil), one of the most-hated of the enemies of Islam & the Muslims, at this time, who was confirmed to have died as a Disbeliever, during the Battle of Badr, one whom even Muhammad had dubbed “The Pharaoh of this Nation” (). Guess what? Muhammad had put an end to this mockery of `Amr, in order to make  at ease & so that he would not have to be reminded constantly of the fate of hi sown father, in the Hereafter, which hurt him significantly. In fact, Muhammad actually said, as a result of this, “Insulting the dead causes grief to the living, and does not reach the dead.”.(Companions of the Prophet)

So, in the Muslim-World, when there are reports of People celebrating the death of this man, are we really that happy that yet another Human being didn’t die upon Islam? Does that make your day, sort-of-speak, knowing that another Human being didn’t capitalize on the opportunity to be with Allah, within the Paradise? Does that make you feel good, knowing that these People, and People like them, whom Allah describes, will be from among the Losers, on the Day of Standing? Do you really think that that’s a cool perspective to have: mocking People who didn’t accept Islam before their deaths? Is this something that you find comical and/or amusing? If your answers to any of these questions are yes, then, we have some serious problems, as an Ummah/Nation.

Instead of being happy, elated, at the spiritual misfortunes of others, we need to be more like Muhammad, who cared about every single person that he encountered, and wanted the best for them, not the worst for them. He was never celebratory whenever he heard the news of someone during his lifetime whom didn’t die as a Muslim, because, as a Recipient-of-Revelation, he knew fully well that not dying upon Islam isn’t a joke, it ain’t nothin’ funny or cute, or amusing about it. Yet, sadly, we, as Muslims, seem to get joy out of hearing the news that People die upon other than Islam. We need to really correct this perspective; I’m basically out of words with regards to this issue.

Gareth Bryant/2014

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