The Blessing of Security’ by Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool
When our Sayyid Ibraaheem (alayhis salaatu wassalaam) settled some of his offspring at this valley (i.e. Makkah), the first of his supplications to his Lord is what Allaah related to us i.e. in the Qur’aan (that Ibraaheem said)]:
وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَٰذَا بَلَدًا آمِنًا وَارْزُقْ أَهْلَهُ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ مَنْ آمَنَ مِنْهُم بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۖ قَالَ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَأُمَتِّعُهُ قَلِيلًا ثُمَّ أَضْطَرُّهُ إِلَىٰ عَذَابِ النَّارِ ۖ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ
And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said, “My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.” He (Allah) answered: “As for him who disbelieves, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the torment of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!” [2:126]
He supplicated to his Lord that this valley (i.e. Makkah) should be a land of safety. Then when this valley became a land that yields and he had (already) asked Allaah to make it safe, (Allaah) said:
وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَٰذَا الْبَلَدَ آمِنًا وَاجْنُبْنِي وَبَنِيَّ أَن نَّعْبُدَ الْأَصْنَامَ
And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said: “O my Lord! Make this city (Makkah) one of peace and security, and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols. [14:35]
This emphasises (the fact) that safety is an important affair needed by a person, otherwise Ibraaheem (alayhis salaatu wassalaam) would not have been eager to repeat his request to Allaah to make it a reality in this land.
Look at the lands where a system (guaranteeing) safety has been lost; you will see that the people are unable to pursue (affairs) of their daily lives – their schools and markets are shut, and everyone stays in the houses. Those among them who have the ability hasten to leave this land to go somewhere else, and if you ask one of them, you will find him saying that he is unable to live with his people and family in that place in which safety has been lost. The establishment of security is from those necessities agreed upon by all the religions [i.e. Judainism, Christianity and the final religion that abrogates them (Islaam) that it is something to be sought after, for indeed by safeguarding blood (i.e. life), wealth, honour, sanity and religion will bring about various types of security- be it security related to oneself, the economy, society, the ideas and opinions in the minds of the people, politics and other than them.
In summary: Security is necessary in order that a person can practice his religion and so that people can pursue the different affairs in their lives and so that a person can be healthy in body and mind.
[Source: Silsilah Ar-Rasaa-il Al-Manhajiyyah Fin Nushi War’irshaad Wat-Taw’iyah’ pages 9-10. abridged and slightly]