How are Muslims seen by others and how do they see themselves?
Praise be to Allaah.
The Muslims are those who submit themselves
to Allaah, establish His laws, act according to the Book of their Lord and
the Sunnah (teachings)of their Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him), do what Allaah and His Messenger have commanded them and abstain from
that which is forbidden. When that is the case, their opponents look at them
with awe, admiration and respect, because they know that their adherence to
Islam and the true religion raises their status before Allaah and enables
them to take control over lands and people. So their opponents look at them with awe and respect, and fear them. But when their commitment to Islam becomes weak and they introduce innovations in their religion, then their opponents look down on them with contempt and loathing and all feelings of fear
disappear. With regard to how the Muslims view themselves, they have to
check on one another and look at the faults and weakness that have befallen
them, and deal with them as much as possible so that their glory and power
will be restored, and so that their enemies will fear them. If they check on
one another and pay attention to that and put right the things that have
gone wrong among them, then Allaah will strengthen them and support them.