The Blessed month
of Ramadaan came like seasonal rain and passed by. This rain did
not water the plants and crops - it showered upon the hearts of
the Believers. …It is sad, but true, that the hearts of the
majority of Muslims were stricken with spiritual drought and spiritual
decadence. It was a drought caused by excessive indulgence in un-Islamic
activities, immoral behaviour, unjust actions, unfair dealings and
so forth. …Drought caused by lack of rain destroys
crops - drought caused by lack of piety, lack of fear of Allah Ta’ala
and lack of Allah Consciousness destroys the SPIRITUALITY of the
Ramadaan's spiritual rains brought to life the
Masaajid and other prayer places. Ramadaan had fanned the dying
spark of charity. Ramadaan had awakened the spirit of tolerance,
patience and sympathy for the less fortunate.
Now that we come to the end of Ramadaan, the big
question is: What to do?
Did we go through all the spiritual exercises in
Ramadaan in order that we may have the freedom to indulge, on Eid
day, in all types of immoral, shameless and indecent entertainment
Did we restrain ourselves from Halaal food, drinks
and other pleasures from dawn to sunset throughout Ramadaan, so
that we may return with renewed vigour to gambling, drinking, adultery
Will the spirit of tolerance, mercy, patience,
charity, sympathy and the nurtured quality of piety and Allah-Consciousness
be still evident or will these noble qualities be shelved until
the dawn of the next Ramadaan?
Will the Masaajid which were filled on most nights
in Ramadaan remain the same or will they become empty, wondering
where the faithful have gone? Our life-styles after Ramadaan
will show whether we used the month to bring about a total reformation
within ourselves or whether we wasted the valuable opportunity.
The National and international position of the
Muslim communities is something we are all acquainted with. Muslims
are lamenting the loss of lives, destruction of property, oppression,
tyranny, injustice and a host of other problems afflicting the
Muslims all over the world. They are questioning as to why the promised
help of Allah Ta’ala, to the Believers, is nowhere in sight.
…However, just one glance into the lifestyles of the overwhelming
majority of the Muslims is sufficient to answer the question. Millions
of Muslims do not have much to their credit besides Muslim names.
Allah Ta’ala's help comes with ‘aml’
(action) and true Islamic qualities; not with names or
faces - or whether Arab or non-Arab, African or European,
Chinese or Indian. On the other hand every group, organization,
society or individual who talks Islam, seems to have got its own
brand of Islam. The Islamic teachings which were left behind for
us, crystal clear and pristine pure, have become so adulterated
with foreign customs, alien practices and un-Islamic ideologies,
that a new Muslim has to make an effort to search for the Qur’aan
and Sunnah brand of Islam or remain confused and ignorant.
May Allah Ta’ala give us the guidance to
resolve that we shall make the Qur’aan and Sunnah our guiding
lights and practise Islam as much as possible. If the non-Muslim
inhabitants of our country see Islam in the lives of Muslims, they
will not require much persuasion to accept our beautiful Deen.