a walk through Mitchell Park one morning, after Fajr, breathing
in the fresh morning air, we found the pathway covered with flowers,
having fallen off the trees.
I mentioned to my friends : ‘At one
time these flowers were on the trees. They were admired. People
enjoyed and appreciated their fragrance, inhaling and saying, ‘How
beautiful…, ‘ ‘How sweet…’ ‘How
charming…’ However, when the slight breeze touched
those flowers, they left the branches of the trees. They fell onto
the ground. Then we found those same people, who once admired and
enjoyed those pretty flowers, trample over them as they took their
walks. Those pretty, colourful and fragrant flowers became a carpet
on the ground and were crushed underfoot – as if those visitors
were squashing the hearts of those flowers. After some time, the
garden service swept those flowers away and they were thrown into
some bin. Thereafter, the bin bags were disposed of at some dump.’
I then explained this as an analogy to my friends.
Once upon a time, Muslims were like those
flowers on the trees. The fragrance of their Imaan and
Islam, of their beautiful character and charming etiquette, were
admired and appreciated by all. Their pleasant character and speech,
their honesty, sincerity and service to mankind, emitted such beautiful
fragrances which even non-Muslims benefited from.
The beautiful colours of their Ibaadah –
be it salaah, zakaat, business transactions and social interaction
were the means of not only people changing their faith, but also
changing their culture and language, as we find in the time of the
Sahaba-e-Kiraam (radiyallanho anhum). They spread to all parts of
the world – having an undeniable influence on different nations.
When they were flowers on the tree, people
inhaled their fragrance and accepted Islam.
When the breeze of temptation and sin blew, then
as we find today, many Muslims have left the tree; they separated
themselves from the strong, sturdy trunk of correct Aqaa`id and
they lost the attachment they had to the branches of Ibaadaat (worship).
They adopted the Western culture, and in turn, they lost their fragrance
and they lost their colours as they withered away.
Having fallen onto the ground, the Muslim Ummah,
globally, is literally being ‘crushed’ underfoot
by the Kuffaar.
In whichever direction we turn, we find a picture
to grieve over: So many amongst our precious youth cannot even be
identified as the blossoming flowers of the Ummah. They have preferred
to mix with sand and mud and in so doing, have lost their fragrance
and colour. The Hollywood / Bollywood culture, with all its immorality
and sins, is that sand and mud – more exactly, it is quicksand,
which readily swallows our young Muslim sons and daughters.
And then we have the picture of the burdensome
yoke of injustice, oppression and suppression. The lives of Muslims
have become so cheap that hundreds, if not thousands are ‘swept’
into mass graves, where genocide has become a play and past time
for many enemies of Islam. We have the destruction of Muslim homes,
the deliberate killing of Muslim children, the rape of Muslim women,
the theft of Muslim land – oppression compounded.
When we turn away from this sad, heart wrenching
sight, we see another picture to cry over : Many, many Muslims,
in positions of authority and rule, are like puppets and their strings
are pulled by non-Muslim governments. Some are treated like animals
- they are “broken in”, or trained to listen and obey
– as we find with some Muslim Governments, and there is no
gain in return.
This is our reality. …From where
to where, and from what to what.
…But there is no despairing if only
we to return to Allah Ta’ala’s obedience and the Sunnah
of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). All that is
required is to plant the seeds of Taqwa and those beautiful, fragrant,
colourful flowers will soon be blooming and blossoming once more.
 Aqaa`id : Beliefs
 Kuffaar : Non-believers – those who have not
brought Imaan (faith) in Allah Ta’ala and the Risaalat (prophethood)
of Sayyidina Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).