We frown at and look down on people.
These people commit every sin under the sun. What’s wrong with them?!
The real question is: “What’s wrong with us?”
Imam Siraj said it best when he gave the khutbah last Friday at Masjid Mu’minun.
We’re so busy praying, fasting and doing all of these rituals that we forget we have a duty to deliver the medicine to the masses of sick people out there, many of them not even aware that they are infected.
We continue to sit on a gold mine: a wealth of invaluable resources and life-saving solutions; meanwhile, the people around us are suffering and drowning in their turmoil?
Do we even care about the people? After all, they are our brothers and sisters in the human race. We share the same earth as them, as well as the resources in it. We all need the same things in order to survive and all of our bodies are comprised of the same elements. We all feel vulnerable, week or in need of assistance during some stage of our lives.
Yet despite all of these similarities, many Muslims distance themselves so far from their human brothers that they view them as a separate species; they look down on them and consider themselves better. Where did this attitude come from? Does it model the thinking and practice of the last Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)?
Prophet Muhammad was the most compassionate and caring individual who ever walked the earth and his concern wasn’t limited to Muslims. In spreading the message, he invited all to the deen, in a spirit of kindness and humility. He wanted for his fellow brother in humanity what he wanted for himself and never lost touch with the broader society.
Even after Islam spread far and wide and the number of Muslims grew expansively, he never forgot about the people out there who still hadn’t yet received the medicine. Never did he take an approach of the Muslims being a privileged group who has the right to look down on the rest of the “misguided individuals” in society.
With that said, it is through Allah’s grace that we found the light, whether it was us who embraced Islam or our forefathers who imparted this deen upon us after being enlightened. If it wasn’t for that, we would have been in the same position as the others who have not yet found guidance.
How do we show our gratitude to the One who saved us? Do we sit on the same medicine that saved us or do we go out there and make some type of effort to invite others to receive healing as well?
Why aren’t we inviting others to the cure? It’s quite simple. Many of us aren’t utilizing the medicine ourselves, because we don’t realize what we have. With this hitch, it makes it nearly impossible to share what we don’t have ?
Allah mentions in the Qur’an, in the translation of the meaning:
And We sent down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe… (Quran, Surah Al-Israa, 17:82)
We have the Qur’an, which is a spiritual healing, yet how often do we even read it, study it and take the time to extract the medicine and implement it in our own lives? If we don’t value it ourselves, then of course we will not feel a need to share it with others.
On the other hand, there are other Muslims who are well aware of the great significance of what we have been given. They not only recite and read the Qur’an with understanding but they spend countless hours studying and memorizing it.
However, many of these people spend so much time doing this that they forget about the masses of people out there who have never even been introduced to the Qur’an and our incredible way of life.
They’re so busy praying, fasting and performing other rituals that the people in their path become invisible. How many of us are guilty of this? We become so caught up in our own worlds that we forget to reach out to others. How much time do we spend engaged with our neighbors, co-workers and even non- Muslim family members?
I don’t mean preaching to them or showing them that they are not following the right religion, but I mean talking to them, getting to know them and taking the time to learn about their concerns and struggles. How often do we even keep in contact with distant family members, call them and see how they are doing?
It is by keeping a relationship with others and showing them we care, that we are obtaining the key to their ears and hearts by the permission of Allah. Otherwise, if the only time we talk to them is when we are preaching to them, they may end up turning the other way when they see us coming.
One of the most effective methods we can employ is being an example. Prophet Muhammad not only taught and advised but he was the best role model. His character was the walking Qur’an. He exemplified such a stunning example that it attracted the people in his presence and caused them to follow in his footsteps; it was clear that he was doing something different and that he had access to something they had not.
But unlike many of us, he went out with the cure, ready to distribute it, in addition to constantly replenishing his own self with it. Yes, he loved to pray too but he didn’t limit himself to praying alone in his home all day. If he had done so, the medicine would have never reached us today.