Alhamdulillah as Muslims, Islam has given us the means to be able to have insight and identify the true realities of the world in order to protect ourselves.
But getting the ability to “see” beyond that which the “two eyes can see”, is conditional on following Islam in a deeply spiritual and intellectual means. This is what unlocks the “third eye”…..the heart.
“Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts which are in their breasts” – Quran 22:46
Sadly Islam for the majority of the Ummah today has become nothing more than a set of ritualistic rules that are followed devoid of any spiritual dimension or intellectual understanding.
This phenomenon is the fruit of decades of traditional Islamic scholars that are out of touch with the people. The overwhelming majority of scholars today appear to live in a parallel universe where their concerns and teachings are out of touch with issues and realities that everyday Muslims face.
Today Muslims, especially in the West, are confronting on a daily basis issues with drugs and alcohol, interest and insurance, halal + haram food, health and medical problems, divorce and family breakdown, sexualisation and pornofication of society, Islamophobia and discrimination, and the list goes on and on. If you live in a so called “Muslim” country and believe you are immune from such issues, if they are not already present but are being hidden under the prayer rug, they will be visible soon.
Despite these realities, when was the last time you heard a scholar of Islam addressing these realities beyond a reactive approach of screaming out “Haraaam!”? When was the last time you heard a scholar teach you a practical and proactive means of combating these issues to protect you and your family? Sadly we all know what the answer is. At best you can’t remember, at worst….never.
Whether it’s traditional scholars that have chosen to live a fish bowl existence or the petrodollar and satellite TV scholars peddling a literalistic rigid interpretation of Islam; the result is the same. A shallow, ritualistic reality of “Islam” is now the defacto religion for the majority of Muslims. Whether Muslims are living in Egypt, Australia or the North Pole, this is now sadly a global phenomenon.
The fact the Muslims have now become the biggest oppressors of other Muslims is evidence that we have lost our way and need to return to an Islam that is a successful living tool for day to day life.
We need to return to the Islam of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and all the Prophets). An Islam that promotes good manners, tolerance and civility in all our dealings with others. An Islam that teaches and breeds love for each other and greater humanity. This is Islam based on a deep spiritual and intellectual understanding. This is true Islam.
It is these fundamental attributes that have been missing for decades and must be revived. Only then will individuals and the masses be able to distinguish the real truth from the falsehood in this fast paced superficial world of mass media lies and deception that we live in.
Only then will we be able to advance as an Ummah and reclaim our role as custodians of humanity.
May Allah make us those that will uphold and practice Islam in its pure true and exemplary essence.
May Allah enlighten our hearts and minds and make us of those who that can see beyond what our two eyes see.
May Allah make us those of who will use their hearts, minds and bodies to aide the causes of justice and empower goodness in others.
May Allah aid, uplift and protect all those that are suffering – Muslim and non Muslim – from injustice and oppression anywhere in the world.
May Allah make those that are suffering have patience and diminish the sorrow and sadness that they feel.
May Allah unite the hearts and minds of those that are challenging the forces of injustice, inequality and oppression and allow them to confront and defeat them in a manner that does not transgress.
May Allah keep us patient, steadfast and acting in complete conviction that the victory of good against evil has been assured by you Allah, whether we witness it in our lives or not.
May Allah make us of those that will get up in the middle of the night and call upon you, with sincerity in our hearts and tears in our eyes, to uplift the oppression and suffering of those innocents that are in pain.
May Allah protect us and our loved ones from the tyranny of our times and make us to be in the company of those that will revive the Islamic Ummah and the world.
May Allah make these sad days be days we will look back on with fondness in years to come as the time that the Ummah truly woke up from its deep slumber.
May Allah protect us from tribulation/corruption, internal and external, and raise amongst us those that will restore justice and peace to all the world as khulafaa alarad (custodians of the world).
May Allah make us and our progeny be of those who will share their company.
Ameen, Ameen, Ameen.
The world, now more than ever, needs men and women of unshakeable Taqwa (God consciousness) and spiritual strength to defeat the forces of Shaitan that are becoming all encompassing.
Each of us should look deeply into our hearts and ask what am I doing to help my Ummah?
Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves – Quran 13:11
The best action is to fix ourselves up individually InshaAllah and work on improving our relationship with Allah. But the time might be approaching – maybe it is here now – when this is not enough.
Allah will ask each and every one of us what we witnessed and what we did to correct it. According to our own unique situation and capabilities, we will all be held accountable.
What will you say to Allah?