Our indifference to religion
Where are we heading? I’m really worried about the priorities of this nation. It was 29th of Shaban, people had decided on their own that the month of Ramadan would not start the other day. I came to my home and asked if they had done some preparations for the first day of Ramadan, to my surprise all family members simultaneously replied that Ramadan will begin from the day after tomorrow. No one was ready, no preparations, no enthusiasm, no zeal and zest as it used to be before some years. I remember when I was a child, little girls used to sing songs to welcome Ramadan, the environment used to be full of energy and happiness, people had a belief that the month of the blessings is approaching, their belief was enough to make them energetic before the inception of this month and this energy would remain throughout the month. Nowadays we only show off. Our intentions are not pure and clear. We lack sincerity. Now, it was 29th of Ramadan, this time people were preparing for eid, they started their preparations 10 days before the eid. Everyone I asked about it was saying Friday would be eid. There reasons behind this are paradigm shift in our thinking and approach.
The three main reasons are:
Materialism: The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things), Al Quran.
There is a competition among Muslims for accumulating more and more worldly things. This competition among Muslims is of great concern because it has diverted and deviated the Muslims from their real goals and priorities. There was a time when people would wish to exceed one another in piling up good deeds, but the trend has completely changed now. Our ancestors felt envious in religious matters and we feel jealous of one another in worldly matters.
Ignorance: We lack Islamic knowledge that is why our priorities have changed. Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim; and one who imparts knowledge to one undeserving is like him who puts jewels, pearls, and gold around the necks of swine.” Knowledge is one of the most important tools to bring about the positive changes in any society. We are working hard in pursuing the worldly knowledge, but this knowledge lacks moral values which in turn leads us to materialism and immortality. Thus, widens the gap between us and our religion. Unless and until we don’t turn to the Islamic knowledge we are in loss. Islamic knowledge makes us disciplined in every aspect of life.
Inferiority complex: We start comparing our lives with those who don’t believe in Allah. These people enjoy in this world as much as they can because they think there is no life after death and they also think that they are not accountable before anyone for what they will do in this world. They think this world is the only place to enjoy, so they try to take advantage of every moment which they spend in this world. We people start following them because we think they are modern and developed. We start adopting their culture. Actually we are the victims of inferiority complex. Our narrow minded approach tends us to think that our religion is not compatible these days, so we sideline our religion. We should know that if we want to lead a peaceful and satisfied life we have to resort to the Islamic values. It’s not accepting unislamic culture which makes us superior rather it is our religion which makes us so. Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said, “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor a black has any superiority over a white— except by piety and good action.” [Bukhari]. We should come closer to the teachings of Islam which only will emancipate us from the sufferings which we are going through in every corner of the world. This is the high time to introspect ourselves if we don’t do so then our sufferings will increase with every passing day. We often curse other civilizations for what we are going through in present times but it is actually the result of our own heedlessness towards the rulings of Islam. We need to develop an unconditional love for the values of Islam. Our religion is so pure and realistic that it deserves a lot of love and respect. Love and respect demands that we have to practice our Religion in every aspect of our lives. Different civilizations are in conflict and we as a nation have accepted defeat without showing any resistance. To practice our religion was a part of that resistance but alas! we are showing reluctance. The day we start feeling proud of practicing Islamic teachings, culture and values would be surely the day of our emancipation from every suffering of this world.
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