Islam is the religion of peace
Islam is not merely a faith but is a complete code of life professing and practicing
of which makes it easier for us to shape our life and manage our affairs in the
most suited manner whatever walks of life may be, be it day to day affairs, economic,
commercial, political, social and industrial or such other matters. A true study
of Islam would provide us with all basic principles covering all the relevant
fields. If we proceed on the strength of basic tenets of Islam we can shape and,
reshape a new world, order devoid of anarchy, aggression, terrorism, apartheid
and such other evils. These principles also provide succour to the oppressed and
the weaker section of the society. A true MOMIN is one who is equally worried
about the protection and dignity of his fellow men.
In the present scenario
every one in almost every part of the world has been deprived of peaceful life.
Most of the nations are indulging in various confrontations. Big powers are after
smaller nations. Justice, equality, common brotherhood, sacrifice and such other
qualities are merely found in books and have become more abstract ideas. Many
of us claim to be true muslims but we are not. Some of us are indulging in such
activities that are contrary to the teachings of Islam. We have made it a practice
to tell a lie, commit breach of trust and resort to dishonest and fraudulent means
if the situation so requires. The only panacea to solve these problems is that
we must lead a life strictly in accordance with Quran and Hadith.
Importance of harmony and brotherhood in islam
Islamic principles, have become of paramount importance and more relevant in the
present deteriorating global situation when the whole world is divided in various
groups; be it on grounds of regions, religion, community, culture or such other
considerations, and they are ready for or actually indulging in various confrontations.
Communities, professing different religions are pitched against each other because
certain vested interests are promoting such tendencies and exalting their respective
coriimunities to raise grudge against each other, undoubtedly for achieving their
narrow ends.Thus, the situation warrants that the islamic principles pertaining
to peace, prosperity, common brotherhood, tolerance, respect for each other, humanity,
equality, justice, reciprocal sacrifice etc, should be acted upon so as to have
a better society.
Morally and qualities like tolerance, decency sophisticated
behaviour etc. have become of secondary importance in this present world and personal
interests have assumed primary importance. Such a situation makes us feel that
we must adopt islamic values in true spirit and lead a peaceful life.
Ineffectiveness of muslim organisations
By the grace of Allah, various
organisations are at work to propagate basic tenets of Islam and they are putting
in their best efforts to accomplish their objectives but , to our great disappointment,
we do not have any common platform. We are criticizing each other and finding
faults just to justify our respective existence. We are having diversity instead
of unity. We are having various groups indulged in propagating against each other.
Their approach is individualistic and qualities like common brotherhood and unity
in diversity are missing. The only reason for such a state of affairs is that
out organisations are not applying islamic principles in true letter and spirit.
Those who are at the helms of the affairs of these organisations are suffering
from inferiority complex. They make tall claims and hold various convention and
pass best worded resolutions, but they have hardly made any head way. Its sole
reason is that these organisations either follow any particular school of thought
or represent some particular group or denomination. The principles, that ought
to have been applied and acted upon for all human beings are being applied just
to achieve individua ends. It is common knowledge that maximum number of posters
containing allegations and counter-allegations against each other do appear almost
every day in Muslim localities. All of us claim of Allah every now and then and
procure large amounts to establish institutions for the welfare of Muslims, but
we have failed to discharge our duties in such a manner that we are acceptable
to all sections of the community.
Muslim society and
We, the Muslims, ought to have presented a picture of true
unity of others but it was not to be unfortunately, we are divided in various
groups, sub groups and denomination, such as, Deobandi, Bareilvi, Ahle-e- Hadith,
Shias. etc. Had we been the true followers of Islam, we would have been an eye
opener to all. It was possible only when we would not have criticized each other.
All of us would have claimed and actually acted as Momins and would not have called
our brothers as kaffirs. It would have been the most ideal situation. Had we not
drifted away from the path shown to us by the prophet, the people would have taken
us in a very high esteem. We claim to be Ummat- e-Muhammed (P.B.U.H.) , but our
acts and deeds do presents different picture. In case, we follow the righteous
path and apply Islamic principles in true letter and spirit I am confident that
we would be an example for others and they would certainly follow suit.
Muslims and their present struggle
India is a democratic country and all
citizens enjoy equal rights and the people elect their representives in general
elections held after every five years. Constitutionally all sections of the people
are at par but practically, some of the weaker sections have not come up and evils
like poverty, backwardness, unbalanced development, unequal distribution of wealth,
illiteracy etc. are still present in our society and inviting the oppressed classes
to carry on their struggle. Muslims are also facing such problems and their faith
in authority is declining day by day.
It is the duty of those in authority
that they must take remedial steps to keep their house in order. None can deny
that Muslims, the biggest minority and the second biggest majority, in India is
also facing such a situation. Muslims in general do fell that they are not
getting proper representation in the respective spheres.
Indian muslims in the prevailing situation
Indian Muslims are facing multy-dimentional
problems. On one hand certain vested interests are trying to grab their religious
places and on the other hand they are not getting an opportunity of equal participation
in the process of development. Keeping in view their number, they are not getting
proper representation in any sphere and are lagging behind in all walks of life.
They cannot make proper use of their potential in fields like education, health,
trade, industries, handicrafts etc. for want of proper patronage and proper help
from the relevant quarters. Govt. institutions, organisations and authorities
have not been equally judicious to them and it is because of it that the biggest
minority community of this country has not been able to get its due.
Muslims, islam and community welfare
Muslims, as a community, not
only attach utmost importance to their faith, morality, culture, civilization
and history but they firmly believe that the welfare of their community lies in
following and practicing basic tenets of Islam and it is the only key to success.
We, the Muslims, should put in best efforts to preserve our cultural identity
and profess our religion in the manner that we remain united and.do not allow
us to be divided amongst various groups and denominations.
Lack of knowledge of muslim theology and islamic values amongst common men
A common Muslim gets first hand knowledge of Islam from the Imam of the nearest
mosque, Imam provides such information and renders religious guidance to the devotees.
An Imam is appointed only after becoming Firaghut Tehsil i.e. after completing
seven years course. It is the duty of every Imam that he should apprise Muslims
of Islamic tenets contained in Quran, Hadith etc, but, unfortunately, many of
us have failed in our mission and are not discharging our duties properly.
is of great concern that those persons who have been given the title of 'Naib-e-Rasool'
have fallen short of expectation. It is the duty of every Imam to provide first
hand knowledge of Islam, jurisprudence and hadith and render proper guidance in
religious matters to Muslims, but, unfortunately, our Imams have not discharged
their duties as responsibly as they ought to have done. They are running after
money and away from Islam.
Religious call and reformation
of the society
Reformation of Muslim society is possible only by
applying basic principles of Islam contained in Holy Quran, Hadith and Sunnah.
These objectives can be achieved by the Imams provided they perform their duties
honestly and responsibly. Our objective is not to criticise religious personalities.
Our sole aim is to lay more emphasis on the duties to be performed and the role
to be played by the Imams in the present situation. Imams can, undoubtedly be
instrumental in getting these objectives accomplished and they can impart knowledge
of Islamic tenets to one and all. Thus, they can play a vital role keeping the
society away from the evils damaging the present social structure.
Sayings, doings of prophet muhammed and welfare of the community
incumbent upon the Muslim community that they should manage their affairs in accordance
with the traditions based on the sayings and doings of the Prophet. Our prophet's
life style and whatever he did in his life time was actually the same what is
contained in Quran and what is expected of a true Muslim. He would continue to
guide us till the dooms day and whenever our community faces any problem because
of mutual differences or otherwise his sayings or doings would guide us in selecting
the right path for us and would certainly emerge victorious.
Absence of effective organisation
Unfortunately, our innumerable organisations
and parties have failed to manage the affairs of the Muslim community and guide
them in the desired manner. Individuality continues to have precedence over collectivity.
Our people can not and do not repose faith in such organisations. Most of these
organisations have positive objectives before them but they have failed to share
a common platform. None is to be blamed for it.
of an effective and powerful organisation
In the present situation Muslim
community feels deprived and dejected. It is the need of the hour that we must
have an apex body that may inculcate the spirit of sacrifice, common brotherhood
and unity, in the minds of Muslims and lead them to the desired destinations in
this and the other world. Besides, such organisations must adopt such a course
that may revitalise the whole society and may also keep it away from the social
evils.The community expects Imams and other religious leaders that they would
play a positive role and do what ever they can. It is to be done on warfooting
without any loss of time or in other words, it is to be started like a crusade.