The Muslim world has been in a state of extreme pain and devastation for at least the past 300 years. While there was a time when we led the world and made advancements in science and technology, many Muslims around the world are today deprived of even basic education and live in desperate conditions. In fact, it will not be wrong to say that the Muslim world is bleeding, damaged and tired.
While we can blame a number of factors for the decline of the Muslim world, it cannot be denied that ultimately the ruin that we are facing is of our own making.Instead of elaborating about the mistakes of our rulers several centuries ago, let’s take a look at the flaws of our current Muslim societies that is leading to our devastation.
The Muslim world is constantly being confronted with serious problems, including poverty, disease, civil war, sectarian strife and an un-Islamic form of fanaticism that is constantly being used to demonize Islam in the mass media. What’s worse is that the forces who have created and sustained this fanaticism are the ones posing to be against it. A close examination of the Muslim world shows that we are in a state of social decay. A majority of the Muslims around the world are no longer aware of even the basic Islamic practices and have been reduced to name sake Muslims. This has led to the indulgence of Muslims into the system of Riba (interest), Bid’ah (un-islamic innovations) and dependence on forces that seek to destroy us.
The manipulative system of Riba has trapped Muslim nations in a never ending equity trap, whereas dependence on external forces and disunity has led to strife and chaos. Furthermore, the introduction of un-Islamic innovations has cast us beyond the shores of Imaan (faith).
The problems of the Muslim world appear infinite and there seems to be little or no respite from them. However, this is not true. The solution to the aforementioned problems is not only within our reach but closer than we might think. We can not only reform but revolutionize our lives in a positive way by holding onto what we have left behind, i.e. the rope of Allah, which is the Quran and the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
Most of us take this glorious gift for granted and do not realize that while we are looking in all directions for a cure, it lies right before us. Studying the Quran and the Hadith can provide us with answers to all our confusions and cure our ailments. Not only does the Islamic scripture deliver a complete code of life but also offers inner peace and tranquility that cannot be achievedwithout the remembrances of Allah. Many Muslims around the world are reluctant to learn the Quran as they do not know Arabic and hence cannot understand the meaning of the Quranic verses. A solution for this dilemma is the study of the Quran and Hadith by its translation. This can be done either by reading or listening to audio versions of the Quranic translations. There are also audio versions available for translations of the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
Even if we are unable to find common ground and unite at the moment, we must not lose hope or abstain from following the righteous path. As we will all be held answerable to Allah for our deeds at the Day of Judgment. I recommend all brothers and sisters to begin studying the Quran and Hadith, and spread the message of Allah. For those who might be deprived from the gift of reading or may suffer from a disability such as loss of sight can opt for audio versions of the Islamic scripture, such as audio Quran. I also advice all Muslim brothers and sisters to help other fellow Muslims in need by paying Zakat and if possible providing education, food and shelter to at least one needy fellow Muslim. Your actions might not seem much, but they hold the power, to change the world.
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