Performing Salah, understanding ‘La illaha Illallah’, protecting our Iman, while enriching our way of living by following Sunnah, can lead us towards the road that leads to Paradise.
Allah doesn’t say that we let go of all the luxuries in order to succeed in the hereafter, rather to strike a balance in the society by sharing our prized possessions with the less privileged members. Sacrificing it all, while staying in isolation and carrying out our ibadah to seek Allah’s blessings is not favored in Islam. Rather, to keep things balanced, fulfilling our worldly duties while offering our religious obligations should be the norm. The gap between the rich and the poor is growing fast, as we are losing compassion, brotherhood, and empathy for our fellow brethren. The basic civil etiquette are disappearing from our moral value sets, taken over by ‘I can barely manage mine’ or ‘I worked too hard for this to give it away’ etc.
True Islam believes in diversity, equality, brotherhood, and has no room for racism or bias on the basis of color, gender, ethnicity or background etc. Islam is a religion of peace and is a blessing for all mankind, allowing them to see hope at the end of a dark tunnel of suppression, injustice and hatred, maintaining an equilibrium of sanity and composure.
We witness this Holy month of Ramadan once a year in order to shape our behavior for the next months to come. fasts are mandated obligatory for us so that we may become righteous, better practicing Muslims, an asset to the society, and a source of goodness for our own selves and others around us. The rewards and returns of the good deeds exercised in this month multiply manifolds, urging the Muslims towards an abundance of good-doings.
These temporary setbacks are a sign from Him to turn back to Him, to steer our boat away from the typhoon and towards the light tower, seeking guidance from Him alone, repenting over our past unintentional sins. Allah is ever so kind, so forgiving, He will eventually send down His blessings, but we should remember the lessons learnt in this age of Corona pandemic. The virus may seem scary, but it has taught us the value of the missing pieces of our life’s puzzle.
The moment we make it a point to take religious cleansing in our own hands, we give birth to a world that is oblivious to humility, peace, compassion, empathy, but most importantly; the provision of basic human rights for all. This wiping out of groups on the basis of religious belongings says a lot about your own insecurities.
We all are equals in the eyes of Allah, answerable for our actions, spreading love, and harmony around us, not judging anyone, realizing the fact that whatever religion you follow, no one gives you permission to insult someone who belongs to a religion other than yours. Humanity isn’t dead everywhere, but only in an environment which isn’t free from the germs of perceived religious superiority.
Being humble in your prayers and supplications and trying to please Allah brings a feeling of contentment and peace in our hearts. When we know that we are doing everything in our power to please our Creator, then an environment of humility and serenity prevails. Of course, we are responsible for fulfilling our roles as a fellow being to ensure that no soul is hurt or harmed by us.
Our task is to inculcate the Sunnah and the Quran in our daily routine activities, empowering ourselves with unlimited energy to climb up mountains and sail through deep oceans, recharging ourselves through seeking forgiveness and repenting over sins committed or mistakes made. Realizing that the Creator of the universe has the supreme control over things that we face in routine in our lives, with us being all so weak and powerless, surrendering to His will over events encountered.
Temporary success can blind us in running towards the colorful rainbows of this world while we might end up ignoring prayers, supplications, remembrance of Allah, and being good to people in this life for the sole purpose of gaining the pleasure of the All-Knowing.
This single piece of flesh, our heart, pumping blood to our veins, running the system of human existence, holding the control of our health and well being, decides our fate in this life and the hereafter. The fuel we provide to this organ can settle or ignite the fire of co-existing with our fellow soulies, in turn gaining the pleasure or dislike of Allah.
Allah, The All-Knowing and Wise, has made it clear to us to treat the less privileged with honour and respect, accepting that it is only Allah’s will that we might have more than others. There are means of charity, zakat or sadaqah are there so the wealth is distributed to those in need. In numerous places in the Holy Book it is mentioned to treat our servants as our brothers, feeding and clothing them well, and being kind to them to earn the pleasure of the Almighty.
The best way to express one’s gratitude to Allah is; Being thankful in abundance and practicing patience in trial. True essence of gratitude lies in accepting every hurdle that comes your way, keeping expectations low, being content with whatever Allah blesses you with; may it be less or more, and adapting to all kinds of scenarios in life for the sake of gaining the pleasure of Allah. If Allah wills, a believer will gain rewards in this world and also in the next for his ways of practicing the Quran and the Sunnah, and believing in the immortality of this world and the reality of the ever so desirable, paradise.