A question most frequently asked when Muslims meet, is: Why are we so divided today? And almost in the same breath we venture reasons and solutions straight from sociology textbooks or try to justify the division as unity in diversity to quote the hackneyed phrase!
Allah reminds us to go out and “invite”, not to intimidate or to humiliate, not to hurt or abuse those whom we wish to guide, but to encourage, to inspire, to comfort and to stimulate them to do good. Let those of us who are teachers or parents take note.
It is your right to get up in the classroom and be heard! It is your right to contribute to the organisation of the school through student councils and other such bodies. It is your right to help decide what you need to know.
Like food or sleep we have a basic need to know. True knowledge, or knowledge of Allah, gives us the strong motive, the dryfkrag to believe and to live correctly.
How often did you not listen to the beautiful voice of a Qaari reciting from the Holy Qur’an and express your satisfaction? When you appreciate the beauty of nature, and, indeed the beauty all around us, think on it for awhile: Why did Allah create everything so beautiful around us?
The way we treat others so shall we be treated. How often do we not see this statement lived in everyday life?
A Muslim lives two lives: a religious and a worldly life — a kind of apartheid rooted in our very personalities. Often we are torn between two loyalties.
Through the takbir we realise our tremendous power as an Ummah. The Ramadhan brought us together in a common bond of brotherhood. Together we sacrificed our food, together we abstained from vain talk and useless acts.
At the same time, we need to remind ourselves that fasting is an ‘ibâdah, an act of worship: to abstain from eating and drinking or the physical component, is really a small part of the ‘ibâdah.
Don’t we often wish that the wrong things we did, never happened or our successful undertakings would recur over and over again? The very fact that we now want to forget or prevent certain things from happening again or to repeat other things, shows that we have learnt from our experiences in time.