This week was an important week for the world and all Muslims who are concerned about the re-establishment of the Deen. Capitalism has suffered another heavy blow. I remember Shaykh Abdal Qadir As-Sufi mentioned in a talk once that Islam will return from Indonesia and the Indian subcontinent. In Nusantara we do witness this as the work of Shaykhh Umar and Pak Zaim become more and more politically significant. We see this revolution happening before our eyes and some of us are taking part in it. Nobody will deny that historical events are occuring in this part of the world. But nothing of such had as yet taken place in the Indian subcontinent until we received news that Shaykh Umar Ibrahim Vadillo is in Lahore and is waiting to meet the Chief Minister of Punjab.
Lahore is the gateway to the subcontinent. India was one. Pakistan, Bangladesh (formally East Pakistan), Myanmar (formally Burma), and some parts of eastern Afghanistan was all one territory in the past. During Sultan Tamerlane’s rule, from whom Mughal rule in the subcontinent traces its origin, his territory extended further north to include Uzbekistan (the capital of his rule being Samarkand), and some parts of China too. The land is vast and powerful with resources and populations, it has great giant-ulama of the Hanafiyyah who lie asleep and it has high voltage Chishty Tasawwuf, the path of love for the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. There are of course darkness too there, which we are not concerned about. The greater darkness is what Riba has done to this vast and rich territory.
When Khwaja Mu’inuddeen Chishty, may Allah sanctify his soul, was sent to the subcontinent under instructions from the Rasul sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he went first to Lahore and stayed at the grave of Imam Hujweri radiyallahu ‘anhu, a great Shaykh and the author of the celebrated early Persian treatise on Tasawwuf – Kashf al-Mahjub. There Shaykh Mu’inuddeen Chishty showed his respect for Imam Hujweri in the following couplet:
گنج بخش فیضِ عالم مظہرِ نورِ خدا
ناقصاں را پیرِ کامل، کاملاں را رہنما
Ganj Bakhsh-e faiz-e aalam, mazhar-e nur-i Khuda / Naqisaan ra pir-e kaamil, kaamilaan ra rahnuma
Ganj Bakhsh is a manifestation of the Light of God for all people
A perfect guide unto the imperfect ones and a guide unto the perfect ones
There he was given instruction to go east to Ajmeer and give da’wah to the Kings and the people of India. By his hands 100,000 people became Muslim and Hindu Kings submitted to his instructions.
Shaykh Umar Vadillo’s first political visit to meet the Chief Minister of Punjab in Lahore for Allah for the establishment of Allah’s Deen reminds us of Shaykh Mu’inuddeen Chishty’s entrance into the subcontinent through the gateway of Lahore. The people of Lahore have received Shaykh Umar very well, they have honoured him and Shaykh Umar has expressed only positive and remarks about the people there which are delightful to hear.
Orya Maqbool reported on the lecture:
“From Gilgit in the extreme north to Rahim yar khan in the middle, from Quetta in the west to Karachi in the southern coast ; people had gathered from all over the country to participate in this Dinar / Dirham conference. They all had the same thing to say : if its Allah and Prophet’s (pbuh) war against interest, then we are with Allah and His Prophet.”
Shaykh Umar said a day later, “Yesterday I gave my first public lecture in Lahore about Dinar and Dirham. The reception was enthusiastic, the best I ever had in 25 years of speaking on this subject. The people of Lahore are passionate about the Shariah currency. Tomorrow, I will meet with the Chief Minister of Punjab. Inshaallah. Subject: How to introduce the Dinar and Dirham in Punjab. And victory belongs to Allah.”
After the meeting with the Chief Minister, he said, “This morning we met with the Chief Minister of Punjab together with some his members of the bureaucracy. I saw nothing but good in the meeting. We mentioned the Name of Allah and we spoke good of Him. Allah opened a door and we will advance through it. The Dinar of Punjab is closer. I gave a second lecture in Lahore in Punjab University enthusiastically received by the academicians. The support is there and we are working on creating a Muamalat Course in the University. Tomorrow I will meet with Jama’at al Islamiya. Oh Allah, what a great thing it is to serve You.”
He said in one of his lectures there, “In Islamic societies there is no inflation, in Islamic societies there is no unemployment. It is impossible to have inflation with the Dinar and Dirham. It is impossible to have unemployment when you have Suqs, Caravans and Guilds (muamalat)” In other words, when the currency is free and the markets and production processes are free inflation and unemployment will be impossible.
The Rupee in India and the Rupee in Pakistan and the Taka in Bangladesh do not deserve the status they have been given by the world commuity given all the rich vast resources present in the whole of the subcontinent. The problem of unemployment given the richness of the land is unjustified. From Lahore the entrance of a freely chosen currency into the hands of the people will spread throughout the vast lands. The nawabs and the descendents of the former nawabs will come together one by one taking up this matter. They will collect zakat and distribute these coins to the people for free.
Mahmud Ghazni conquered Sind and Punjab, he went around distributing gold and silver coins. The people flocked to him. When zakat is established once again in the subcontinent, people will flock to the Sultans and the Umara (pl. for Ameer), defend them and leave the unnecessary politicians and turn away from them. Nobody can stop the force of a united Muslim community who expect to meet Allah on the Day of Judgment and who therefore live to establish and defend the shari’ah that was brought by the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Allah mentions in Surah al-Baqarah, in verse 249 about those who were fighting with Talut against Jalut:
they said: We have no strength to-day against Jalut and his hosts. But those who imagined that they were going to meet Allah Said: how oft hath a small party prevailed against a large party by Gods leave! And Allah is with the patiently persevering.