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Should we wait for the change or change ourselves?REFORM

Written by: by DR Fiaz M Fazili :: (View All Articles by: DR Fiaz M Fazili)
Muslim community is having a situation of uncertainty and disorder prevailing everywhere. Every sensitive muslim is naturally disturbed and restless about what he should do in these circumstances. When one looks at the history of nations whom Allah intended to destroy, he warned them first with trials and afflictions. Present situation is no different. Cases of Incurable diseases, human right violations, and unnatural deaths are on the rise. There is frequent destruction of our natural resources by natural calamities of rain,floods, sunamis. O Our homes are destroyed by sporadic fires. our earning has lost “barakah” and debts are soaring sky high. Doesn’t these all hint towards the fact that our deeds have brought these punitive actions from Allahtalla. Despite efforts of print media and some conscious Muslims to awaken our conscience, we have failed to rise to the occasion. Unfortunately there had seems no end to rampant corruption, sky high inflation, biased selections, undeserved promotions, favoritism and nepotism in our society.Muslim community has come a long way from the traditional to the modernity. In this transition many bad things have crept in. The evil of obscenity is gaining ground with no check exercised from the side of parents. When we look around, our society seems in race for desiring this world’s life and forgetting the life hereafter. As people of Faith, we have the duty of commanding good and forbidding evil. How many of us as individuals or as a group have tried to probe into the circumstances which lead to the genesis of occurrences like sex exploitation, drug addictions or other cases of self inflicting harm in our community. To eradicate this menace completely and to prevent its recurrence wasn’t it our moral responsibility to rehabilitate or to reform these misguided people. How many of us try to find needy people in our neighborhood and help them. Should we forget our responsibilities and leave these things for the philanthropists. What Quran says about us,” Whosoever desires the life of the world and its glitter; to them we shall pay in full (the wages of) their deeds therein, and they will have no diminution therein. They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but Fire; and vain are the deeds they did therein. And of no effect is that which they used to do.”(Hûd: 15-16). “There are some people who say, Our Lord! give us in the world, and they shall have no resting place.” And there are some among them who say: Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire.” “They shall have (their) portion of what they have earned, and Allah is swift in reckoning.” (Al-Baqarah: 200-202). When sins become abundant, natural disasters strike. It is necessary for every faithful to learn a lesson from the calamities and disasters in the lives of individuals and nations. We weren’t shaken even after the warning signals from Allah in the form of major natural disaster like earthquake. To call them a turn of events or merely an accident and move on can prove disastrous for all of us: “And verily we will make them taste of the near torment (in this world) prior to the supreme torment (in the Hereafter) in order that they may return (repent).” (As-Sajdah: 21). But does the solution to a distressing situation lie in getting distressed and remain inactive? Or do the present conditions demand something else from us? Who should we turn to in these circumstances? Whose help should we seek? Who will guide us? Common man on the street is suffering from disappointment, despair in morals, behavioral collapse, division in addition to confusion about enlightened moderation. He is looking for personal interests more than the interest of the community and the Ummah. He is following bad examples without having the vision of what to follow and what not to follow, by being away from Allah and abandoning the heavenly laws. As a result, our community has lost its consciousness and responsibilities, lost its awareness of its goals and an initiative to change. May be this social disease is more dangerous than the physical illness because it affects the minds of people. That’s why the honest and sensitive people of our community are screaming and asking how to get out. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Is there guidance after being lost in wilderness? Is our community really going to wake up, change and reform? If we really want to change this spiteful reality, let us not evade our own responsibilities by leaving it entirely for political and socio-religious leadership. Change in a society cannot come by addressing only individuals, since society is not made up of just individuals. Our Society is made up of individuals who are bound together by a certain faith called Islam which imposes certain responsibilities on every one of us as an individual and as community. But no change will happen in our lives except if we start by changing ourselves by following the divine social rule. This law is “Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)”13:11. This law is not an empty logo, but it is the only way to get out of the hardships we are suffering from. Winds of change may be blowing across the subcontinent, but Muslim community's,s season of despair lingers on. Where or how does one begin, to whom we should refer this evil situation or as usual leave timidly to Allah who has the power and authority over everything. Extraordinary situations call for some extraordinary actions at all levels. Till we decide when to reform should we look for someone with capabilities like Salhudin Ayoubi or Muhammad bin Qasim , let us request Allah Subahan Talla to retard the waves of these incessant problems; Still it is not too late to awaken and rise to the situation of reform. No doubt we are expected to seek help through patience, prayer, saddaqa and supplication. Particularly pray for safety from trials, afflictions, calamities and for the protection of our faith. Make excessive supplications for the afflicted people and extend all possible help to stop the exploitations. Allah Ta’ala says: “O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As-Salat (prayer). Truly Allah is with the patient.” (Al-Baqarah: 153). Prophet (SAW) said: “Supplication is beneficial regarding things (calamities) that have happened and things which have not yet happened, so devote yourselves to supplication”. “And whoever repents and does good, he surely turns to Allah a (goodly) turning.” (Al-Furqân: 71). Our Faith behooves us not to search for faults in others and we would do well to heed the advice of our beloved Prophet (SAW): “The worst of people are those engaged in slandering others, those who ruin relationships between dear ones who try to find fault with innocent people.” We have issues even on the day of Eid, to have unified calender.. The noble mission of our dear ones with the obvious writing on the wall: “Lest you forget, we have given our today for your tomorrow”. We forgot not only their supreme sacrifices but our responsibilities towards their families, some of them might have lost their sole earning hand. Has our situation reached an irreparable stage? We will be held accountable before Allah on what did we do to our religion and to our community. But before we decide what to do, the attitude of common man on the street should change As Muslims our first battle is against ourselves, if you win this battle, Allah will provide victory for your people by your hands. And never get frustrated or feel hopeless that it is so difficult or impossible to get victory. “And they ask you when is it?” Say hopefully “it is near,” Inshaa Allah”. Avoid hopelessness and always remain hopeful of Allah’s help. “O you who believe! If you help Allah, He will help you and make your foothold firm.” (Muhammad: 7). “Verily Allah will help those who help His (Cause). Truly Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.” (Al-Hajj: 40). “So do not become weak, nor be sad, and you will be superior if you are indeed believers.” (Al-Imran: 139). But if we abandon Allah’s way then how will His help come? What is actually needed is a change in our attitude. Instead of slogan-chanting, verbosity, fault finding and emotionalism, we need to work on substantial grounds. Instead of wallowing in regrets and voicing condemnation we must equip ourselves with the guidelines as shown by our Prophet (saw). If one defends the honor of his fellow Muslim brother, Allah, the Almighty, will keep the hellfire away from his face in the hereafter. (Narrated by Tirmidhi) We must make ourselves stronger in all fields and prepare ourselves realistically with conviction and cohesiveness to meet the challenges at every stage. Despite our minor worldly differences we need to refrain from prejudices, rashness, bad mannerism and work towards building of a honest society by mutual harmony and trust. Don’t let the present circumstances result in inaction. A strong connection with Allah and His Book (the Quran) can unite the Muslims. Allah Ta’ala says: “And hold fast all of you together to the rope of Allah (ie the Quran) and be not divided.”(Al-Imran: 103). Brotherhood can play this role in this direction. Faith or aqidah is the core of brotherhood; it keeps Muslims close to each other in a fraternal relationship. Brotherhood in Islam strengthens the process of building a strong community and keeps them close to each other. The strongest relationship is built on loving for the sake of Allah and becoming angry for the sake of Allah (Narrated by Ahmad). Brotherhood is a spiritual bond that helps a person feel the needs of his brother and cooperate with him in fulfilling those needs, as indicated by the Prophet (saw): If one of you goes with your brother to help him fulfill his duty, and then the Prophet (saw), made a sign with his fingers and added: ‘That is better for him than making i’tikaf in my mosque for two months’. (Narrated by AI Hakim). Brotherhood gives rise to cooperation also in a material sense. As the Prophet (saw) said: “Whoever relieves a believer of distress in this world, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever makes things easy for those who are in difficulty, Allah will make things easy for him in this world and in the next. Whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim in this world, Allah will conceal him (his faults) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah will help the slave so long as the slave helps his brother.” (Narrated by Muslim, ishkaat al-Masaabeeh). Brotherhood is a responsibility with many duties. The Prophet (saw), said: “Do not end a friendship, do not turn your back, do not hate each other, and do not envy each other”. Allah has made the relationship of the Muslim to a Muslim more sacred than any relationship, even that of blood, culture or nation. He has united us into one community, the Muslim ummah, and has made us responsible for each other. Let us no fall to despair as despair is equivalent to loss of Iman. “A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him.” The piety is here, and while saying so Prophet (saw ) pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith; his blood, his wealth and his honor. (Sahih Muslim 31:6219). If we want to save our society, save ourselves from calamities in this world and hellfire afterwards, reform is necessary. Following things are suggested for reform: 1) we should repent to Allah instead of disobeying Him. 2) Obedience of the Quran and Sunna should be followed strictly .3) Giving superior attention to the duties which our faith has imposed on us regarding upbringing of our families especially children. 4) Feeling of belonging to the ummah should replace western thinking. 5) Prioritization of the community (Ummah) on individualism and selfishness. 6) Honesty and seriousness in our day to day life should replace falsehood, laziness, and dullness. 7) Meaningful community work should replace emptiness and wasting time on trivial things. 8) Positivism should replace negativity. 9) Comprehensive understanding of Islam should replace the misunderstanding or the incomplete understanding. 11). Hope should replace despair by reciting excessively and regularly “Allâhu akbar; SubahanAllâh ; Alhamdulilah”-the heaviest on the balance of fate. These are not just nice words to stir the emotions but they are the fundamentals of the law of change, and reform.

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