Reasons for the Current Miserable State and Life of Man

By Shaykh Muḥammad ‘Alī As-Ṣābūnī raḥimahullāh[1]

Translated by Mufti Abdullah Moolla

“All praise is for Allāh Ta’ālā, May Peace and Salutations be upon the Messenger of Allāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

To proceed,

The reason for my message to the entire world – to all of humanity – is that man today lives a miserable life. There is no peace and contentment; there is no clarity of matters; there are no straight-dealings. The reason for all of this is that man has turned away from the guidance given by Allāh Ta’ālā. Man does not hold firmly onto the divine commandments. Allāh Ta’ālā warns us from falling into this.

وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَنْ ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنْكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَى

«And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.”»[2]

Do you know what a ‘depressed life’ is? It is a difficult life, full of hurdles and obstacles, in which there is no peace for anyone. This is the life we live today. Everyday there is killing, bloodshed, calamities, and problems. It is as though we are living in a jungle where there is no sharī’ah and no law. There is no humanity. The rivers of blood are flowing whilst we continue laughing, joking, and playing – as though we feel nothing.

Women are being raped. Children are being slaughtered. Mashāyīkh are being killed. All of this is happening and we are living a ‘normal’ life. Then we hear calls from various parts of the world claiming that the world is civilized.

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No. By Allāh, the world is a wild place. The reason and cause for all of this is our distancing ourselves from the commands of Allāh Ta’ālā: all that Allāh Ta’ālā has revealed upon the Messengers; of laws and regulations. Allāh Ta’ālā says in the Noble Qur’ān:

فَلَوْلَا كَانَ مِنَ الْقُرُونِ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ أُولُو بَقِيَّةٍ يَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْفَسَادِ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا مِمَّنْ أَنْجَيْنَا مِنْهُمْ وَاتَّبَعَ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مَا أُتْرِفُوا فِيهِ وَكَانُوا مُجْرِمِينَ

«So why were there not among the generations before you those of enduring discrimination forbidding corruption on earth – except a few of those We saved from among them? But those who wronged pursued what luxury they were given therein, and they were criminals»[3]

This means that there must be people of goodness that stop and prevent corruption and evil.

Rasūlullāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam came to Umm Al-Mu’minīn Sayyidah Zainab raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā in a state of worry and concern. He said,

“None has the right to be worshiped but Allāh! Woe to the Arabs because of the evil that has come near. Today a hole has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog as large as this” pointing with two of his fingers making a circle. Zainab raḍiyallāhu ‘anhā said, “I said, ‘O Allāh’s Messenger! Shall we be destroyed though amongst us there are pious people?’ He said, ‘Yes, if evil increases.”[4]

We ask Allāh Ta’ālā to return us to His religion and His Book; a complete return. May Allāh Ta’ālā guide humanity to return to the command of Allāh Ta’ālā. Indeed He is All-Hearing; the One Who responds to du’ā’s.

Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa Raḥmatullāh wa Barakātuhu”


  1. A brief biography of this great scholar can be viewed here:
  2. Sūrah Ṭāhā: 126
  3. Sūrah Hūd: 116
  4. Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhārī


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Ahmed Al Ansari

وعليكم Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa Raḥmatullāh wa Barakātuhu

Dear brother! You say and I quote. “The reason and cause for all of this is our distancing ourselves from the commands of Allāh Ta’ālā”. I ask you, is it one specific command of Allah that is the reason for the state of the Ummah today, or are they many? If you answer and say they are many, can we trace them back to one root cause?

I patiently await your response, and will attach a link to a revolutionary book that address this topic..