Issue 117 » May 11, 2001 -
There are people who believe in fables and reject realities. Their brains are like a pair of scales, one side of which is heavy for no reason and thus cannot weigh correctly. There are some people who have studied continually, but when they are confronted with real life problems they grope around blindly. There are people among Muslims and non-Muslims, who spend twenty years trying to straighten their intellect, study and research, yet they are unable to reach the status of someone who was granted uprightness by Allah.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was of a special category of people who are clear-thinking and of keen perception. He was living with an open and wakeful heart in the depths of the desert; sober among drunkards and negligent people. His atmosphere was such that it nurtured the lethargy of the lethargic and the keenness of the keen, just as the sun's rays nurture the thorns side by side with roses. The degree of mental development which one reaches from constant observation is undoubtedly much higher than that of memorization without understanding or without discipline.
The various levels of education are stages in a continual struggle to discipline one's mind and its faculties and to correct one's outlook on the universe and life. Thus any educational system which fails to take its students to this peak is not worthy of attention in spite of its beautiful certificates. What is much more worthy of being honored is that people should attain a high level of intelligence, and the capacity to think deeply, and have a clear vision of the means and ends.
It is unfortunate to see today many Muslims study the Quran and Hadith on constant basis through Halaqas, study circles, conferences, books, scholars, audio and video tapes, and internet, yet this knowledge is rarely translated into their actions and doesn't touch the depths of their hearts.
HADITH- To Soften our Hearts [Ar-Riqaaq]
"What will be the way out then?"
"There will be dissensions (and arguments) after I have departed (so serious and perplexing) like a segment of a pitch-dark night," said the Prophet (peace be upon him) once.
Upon hearing that Ali bin Abi Talib (may be pleased with him) asked, "What is the way out from them, O Messenger of Allah?"
"The Book of Allah: in it there are reports of the past, description of the future, and solution to your problems," the Prophet replied.
[Collected by At-Tirmidhi]
[Taken from "Time in the Life of a Muslim" by Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, p. 63]
DAWA - Time to Come Out of our Boxes!
Dawa (calling people to Allah) is an obligation, not an option. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Convey this Message, even if only one sentence (or verse)" [Bukhari]. He also said, "Learn the required precepts of Islam and the Quran, then teach to others, for I will not live forever" [Bukhari]. Similarly, Allah commands us, "There should be a number of you who actively call people to the righteousness; who encourage goodness and forbid evil. These are the ones who shall prosper." [Quran 3:104] This verse, in a nutshell, may be considered the "Mission statement" for a Muslim's role in this life.... [To be continued in the next issue]
[Taken from the article "DAWA: Time To Come Out of Our Boxes" @ www.youngmuslims.ca]
Modesty [Haya] in Islam and Manners of Dressing
*Safeguards of Social System of Islam*
Last week's Answer: What does the word 'Hijrah' literally mean?: d) Severance of blood ties
This week's Question: Sura An-Nisa (The Women) of the Quran provides the basis for the Islamic inheritance system, especially verses 11-13. It also states: "Allah commands you as regards your children's (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females..." [4:11] Why is the woman’s share of inheritance half that of a man?
Because women can not and should not handle money
b) Because women can not use their inheritance for themselves
c) Because women have less financial responsibility compared to the men
d) Because women are prone to waste it
[The correct answer will be provided in the next issue]
[Taken from Online Quiz @ www.youngmuslims.ca]