Indeed, Islam was termed as ‘complete’ after the revelation of Quran and the arrival of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Following the footsteps of our beloved Prophet ﷺ and the teachings of the Quran can assist us in gaining a deeper understanding of how to become better Muslims and a humbler version of ourselves. Showing respect to our Prophet and accepting Him as Khatemun-Nabiyyeen, the last of the Prophets, is deemed an essential part of Islam.
A miser is someone who hoards his money in an attempt to save it from being used up over basic necessities and comforts. Greed is deeply rooted in his conscience, abstaining him from spending it on the needy and deserving. Thanking his Provider or being grateful to Him for the worldly possessions doesn’t cross his mind, and he becomes obsessed with filling up his bank accounts.
Encouraging an environment of charity, and sharing with our fellow brothers and sisters is the Islamic way of living your life. Islam is a religion of balance, and disapproves means of extremity, praising such attributes of the citizens where they share from their wealth for helping the less privileged and the poor.
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.
In Muslims, we witness that people belonging to a certain sect would consider in their hearts that the other person, of a different sect is not going to please Allah with any of his/her deeds. At extremes, even considering someone a non-believer, God forbid. We are all Muslims, and in no way can we put a stamp of a believer / non-believer as a result of the sect one belongs to.
Many Muslims cross the boundaries in their love for Muhammad ﷺ. For the man who would forgive the worst of his enemies. If he himself was so forgiving, then how can we murder and kill anyone in his name. Not in his name. Not in the name of the one who never took any revenge on anyone who wronged him. Muhammad’s ﷺ stature grows when we ignore and forgive those who malign his name.
The humility expressed by a believer in his prayers via prostration is ultimate, expressing to the creator, that no one is more supreme in the eyes of this believer. Allah, the Almighty, the most Forgiving has expressed to His creations that He is keenly listening to the pleas of those who are searching for Him in their prayers and prostrations.
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.
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.
A lot of emotional turbulence occurs when we spend some ‘quality’ time on the various social media platforms. We idolize what we see, the pretty picture painted by our friends and acquaintances, fantasizing if we could just switch our lives with them. Our minds and hearts always make us feel inferior, incomplete and empty. We ponder why Allah didn’t choose us to be blessed with these worldly gains, forgetting that only He knows what’s best for us and at what time and we are shortsighted to not see that.
“The Quran (the holy book of Islam) and the Sunnah make up the two primary sources of Islamic theology and law. The sunnah is also defined as “a path, a way, a manner of life”; “all the traditions and practices” of the Islamic prophet that “have become models to be followed” by Muslims.” – Wikipedia.org
There are approximately 10 sources on 5 schools of thought on Sunnah.
“Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”