Let’s Change our Fate
Let’s Change our Fate by (Dr Abdul Wasay Bhat)
The enemies of Islam were successful in bringing about changes by implementing a unique policy. The Holy Qur’an was seized from the hands of students and put away on the shelf; it was replaced by the book of principles and philosophical discussions. So, it is obvious what the enemies can do to us when the Qur’an is absent from the lives of Muslims and not included in the curriculum of Muslim students!
Does the intellectual individual who feels a responsibility towards his people and a Muslim whose faith endows him with a responsibility or an intellectual Muslim who has this dual responsibility feel at ease by sitting passively? Does he think resorting to a western ideology will save his people and solve their problems?!? NO!! ! Oh my intellectual friend and my Muslim brother and Sisters - either you feel a responsibility toward the people or toward Allah. It does not matter; we are in the same boat and are endowed with the same responsibility. In order to liberate ourselves and regain our honor, it is best to employ the same tactics that our enemy used. We must return to the path from which we were abducted! Therefore, we have to bring the Holy Qur’an from the graveyard back to the city and read it to those who are alive (not deceased)! We have to remove the Qur’an from the shelf, open it before the eyes of the students and let them study it. Since our enemies could not destroy the Qur’an, they closed it and left it in a corner to be respected as the HOLY BOOK! It is our duty to re-use it as a "book" - a "book to study" - as is designated by the name QURAN!
If we return to the Qur’an and make it part of our lives, we will realize the essence of life. If we consider the Qur’an as the structure of our system, we will realize the creativity and efficacy of such duties as: Ibadah (worship), Jihad (Fighting in Allah’s cause), ‘adl (Islamic justice), Muhasabah (Criticism and self-criticism), Shura (Co-operation and consultation for the benefit of the community), Shahadah (Martrydom) ... and the meaning of our lives!!!!
Life today (not life as it should be carried on) is an idle cyclical action a movement with no goal! A meaningless pendular action starts with the day only to end at night and night starts only to disappear at dawn. In the mean time, man is busy watching the play of these black and white "rats" who chew the strings of our life until we die. Life today is an inert cyclic shift, a futile action with no goal and day of which is more dangerous than its night. Simultaneously man is busy doing and watching the deceiving, dishonoring, demoralizing and finally slaughtering of humanity. What exists in us is a dead spirit having no sense of even beasts.
Oh Muslim brothers, you are a representative of Allah on earth! Allah taught you the names and endowed you with special qualities. This earth and everything in it was made available to man. God is with you at all times and watching all of your actions. Are you living up to His expectation? With the passage of time and the influence of various forces of the social system, your character has been changed. The vicissitudes of life have affected you to the degree that you became alienated and neglectful. Originally, you were supposed to shoulder the responsibility of being Allah's trustee on earth. You were granted time as a means for fulfilling this task but you failed because the gift was used carelessly! What constructive contributions have you made? What have you gained? So many precious years have been lost, yet who are you?
Oh Muslim brothers and sisters, you have turned to money, sex, greed, aggression, and dishonesty. You have regressed to the inferior status of beasts. Where is the spirit of Islam now? Oh, rise out of this decadent situation! Divorce yourself from this gradual death. Leave your surroundings and make your land pure. Separate yourself from all those needs and greed’s which distract you from Allah. Study the Qur’an with understating and judge the thing properly.