There is word in the West for that – Fatalism- That Islam teaches an absolute predestination. like the Christians it bring forward the same dilemma for Muslims. For example:
Either Allah is the cause of all actions; in which case, man is not responsible for his or her deeds, and it would contradict divine justice to punish him - Or man is the cause of his own actions; in which case, Allah is not Creator and Lord of all that happens
Sayyid Maududi wrote in 'Understanding Islam' - Islamic pillars; Salaat, Zakat, Fasting, and Hajj – are training steps to prepare the believer for his ultimate goal – “To exert himself in establishing Allah’s absolute. Sovereignty on this earth. If a Believer doesn’t struggle to fulfill that role all his ritual practices has no meaning in the Court of Allah.
This is the very reason why the famous European Christian scholar said: “The supremacy of the East was not only military, science, philosophy, poetry, and the art that flourished……in the Muhammedan world at a time when Europe was sunk in barbarism. Europeans, with unpardonable insularity, call this period ‘The Dark Ages’; but it was only in Europe that it was dark – indeed only in Christian Europe, for Spain, which was Muhammedan, had a brilliant culture”.
The defence of our religion and the Muslim lands is in essence a test of our sincerity and truthfulness as Believers in Islam – as emphasized both in Holy Qur’an and Hadiths. If we do not defend one whom we call our friend against intrigues or open assault from his foes, or are guided in our actions towards him solely by our selfish sectarian views and practices – We certainly are Munafiqs (the Hypocrite). Similarly, if we profess belief in Islam, we must jealously guard and uphold the prestige of Islam. The sole guide in our conduct must be the interests of Muslims a large and in the service of Islam, in the face of which all our personal considerations must take a back seat.
The mis-guided Muslim-scholar raised by the European colonists, in their selfish personal interests, has been trying to enclose the Muslims within the four walls of mosques, while preaching them that “politics is evil” and it should be left to the non-practicing Muslims or the Kufars. These so-called “intellectuals” never stop their apologetic rhetoric “Jihad is personal struggle and has nothing to do with the armed resistance.” Whereas in the language of Islamic Shari’ah this word is used particularly for a war that is waged solely in the name of Allah against those who practice oppression as enemies of Islam – Sayyid Maudoodi, and Sayyid Qutub.
And where this "ritual Islam" has taken Muslims to: When the Christian Serbs were carrying out the ethnic-cleansing of Bosnian Muslims - not a single Arab country came to their help - Aliajah Ali Izetbegovic, late President of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Know your enemy!
No time to waste. Act now!
Tomorrow it will be too late
What You Don’t Know Can Kill You