In Islaam, there’s no room for victimhood and and a victim mentality. Allaah tells us that we suffer at the hands of others or suffer tragedies as cosmic reflection of internal corruption, and He only gives us a glimpse of what we actually deserve just so that we may rectify our conditions. Once we transform ourselves and transcend faulty behaviour, He elevates us above the troubling circumstances so that it’s no longer relevant. Thus, it’s not to say that being victimized isn’t a thing or it’s valid, but that it happens according to divine order because we’ve gone against our truth.
You may wonder, what then of the oppressor, how come they don’t get subdued? That’s because they are subdued by their evil and Allaah has left them to their own devices. He’s left them to self-destruct, which they inevitably will, and decay in their ego. And that’s a far worse fate than enduring external powerlessness that may spark a spiritual revolution.
The baseline isn’t the material world or doing. It’s man’s spiritual value and being. And sometimes we’re deprived from doing something so that we slow down and become aware of our state of being. That’s a greater objective than a linear progression or ascension of societal hierarchies. Hierarchies that are innately built on the subjugation of spirit by ego. Tyrants and oppressive regimes are a macrocosmic representation of the ego and how it aims to subjugate the soul.
In reality, the true oppression is oppressing one’s soul through illusions and delusions and what we experience as loss or tragedy is always a breaking of the spell that an illusion holds over us. In this framework, someone is punished by their inability to see the wrong in their actions as that inability would be a block to existential fulfillment and holistic growth. That’s why there’s no use in engaging people who lack empathy or are obstinate in their bigotry because they are emotionally incarcerated by their evil. The point is for you to see the fault in your views and where you stand so that the reality around you can better reflect back to you your inner conditions.
أَفَمَن زُيِّنَ لَهُ سُوءُ عَمَلِهِ فَرَآهُ حَسَنًا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُضِلُّ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ فَلَا تَذْهَبْ نَفْسُكَ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسَرَاتٍ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ
Is he, then, to whom the evil of his deeds made fairseeming, so that he considers it as good (equal to one who is rightly guided)? Verily, Allaah sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So destroy not yourself in sorrow for them. Truly, Allaah is the All-Knower of what they do!