My dear brothers and sisters, we live in trying times and are witnessing days of hardship as frequent as we see our families – May Allah protect us! Ameen!
What follows are a few words of caution for you to consider:
Secondly: A comment by someone in reference to the disaster in Paris or any other disaster should not be interpreted as the speaker or writer being oblivious or insensitive of the atrocities that are committed in other lands. THIS does not necessitate THAT, and doubting the intentions of others, is not praiseworthy in the Shari’ah.
Fourthly, we have to be an Ummah of the present reality. In fact we always have been the ummah of here and now. Somehow we have become insular communities, indifferent to the greater picture, and this has led us to become isolated. This, along with other things, has allowed extreme groups to portray a wrong picture and create incorrect paradigms and as a consequence allowed the media to go on a campaign creating the well known ghost called Islamophobia. We are the ambassadors of Islam, but sadly, the true Islam has been kept a secret by us due to our refusal to to engage the sensitivities of our age in the past. We just never felt the burning need to engage others and make them experience Islam. A lot has improved now, Alhamdulillah, and we ask Allah to shower upon us progress. Ameen.
Everyone of us reading this must ask ourselves about the world we would love our children to live in. We must ask ourselves about the answers we will present on the Day of Judgement regarding our representation of Islam, because we were made flag bearers of this true and rich religion.
We must also consider that Its no more about the ideal versus that which is not ideal. The reality on the ground is that sometimes that which is not ideal is actually the best course of action given the our circumstances.
We need to become relevant and we need to act wisely. We just don’t live in that utopian globe that is planted deep in our minds. Indeed as the Prophet(s) said, “Wisdom is the lost property of a believer! He/She is the most rightful owner of it wherever it is found.” Let us become wiser and engage our communities wisely my dear brothers and sisters.
Fifthly, Du’a is the minimum we can do. Please note the term ‘minimum’. We must make du’a and we must ensure that we are using other ‘means’ in ensuring progress. We are all part of the solution and need to come together and do more. We need to stop reading each other with double meanings. We need to stop doubting each other’s sincerity and we need to stop losing focus of the real issues that require our time and attention. Let us not become another tool for the devil – May Allah Almighty protect us all.
May Allah unite the ummah of Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon Him), and correct our affairs. May Allah Almighty inspire us to aspire and make us the seeds of change and the means of a better tomorrow.
May Allah shower upon us security, safety and protection and guide the Muslims in their belief and guide those not upon Islam towards correct belief. Ameen.
This message is from your brother from the heart. It is not a message which generalises and aims at being offensive. Indeed my brothers and sisters are amazing human beings. This message is a reminder to myself first. It is also a reminder to others who know, and a lesson for those who do not.
In Allah Almighty do we place all trust, and Allah Almighty knows best.
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