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Rajab 1424 H
September 2003
Volume 16-09 No : 201
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Muslim's Nostalgia of the Past, the Hollowness of the Present
Responsibilities

Muslim's Nostalgia of the Past,
the Hollowness of the Present

The entire umma is living in the past and not dealing with the present.

Ahmad Zuwail, the only living Muslim Nobel Laureate (in Chemistry, from Egypt), says:

“Muslims have a kind of nostalgia for the past, when they could contend that they were the dominant cultivators of science and arts”.

This psyche of ours have bled us since almost 350 plus years. Yes! We did many wonderful things that no other society could achieve. But we did this all many hundred years ago. And since the 17th century, we are simply frozen in time. And time we have plenty. Subject and subject matters, hardly any; except comparing ourselves with the Western societies, and talking only with the semantics of Crusades and Jehad.

Is this all that this magnificent fabric of Islam has given to us. Or we are so devoid of any matter that we simply “talk and theorise and philosophise” on issues which suddenly come handy to us. Does anybody remember that before? this Osama factor, when the Soviets were in Afghanistan, how many of our staunch Muslim brothers bothered, the way they are frenzied, cared much about this Crusade vs. Jehad affair.

It seems that everybody has suddenly become “a born-again Muslim,” truly following the spirit and content of Sharia, without much exposure to it, ironically. So our brothers and thinkers from Arabian lands and from the Indian sub-continent, constantly pour their thoughts in the current affairs.

Everybody is full of energy, time and ideas. But I wonder and wished, that why there was not so much “radiance” shown in the normal times; regarding the affairs of the Community. Does anybody talk about the enormous difference and gulf between the advancement of the West and the backwardness of ours. Does anybody talk about Sir Syed’s approach of correcting this problem.

Does anybody talk about establishing educational institutes or adopting few poor Muslims?

What to say,to a populace ,a community, which is frozen in time, not to realise, its frozen-ness. That is the real annihilation and the puzzlement. Now we have resigned and become cynical saying it has become too difficult for us to come out of this shell and face the problems of correcting our society. We then blame each other and say that we donot have a leader as if the leader will fall from the sky like selva and manna. The problem is that every one is a leader and there are no followers. We have become individuals. The entire Ummah has become irresponsible and does not own itself for the present crises, rather blame the west for our present crises and this we do to avoid taking responsibility.

So when are we going to live in the present and create a new future?

Let us say enough is enough of discussions and seminars about the past glories of Islam and the Muslims. The entire Ummah is living in the past and not dealing with the present realities. There is no future in the past. How come there are one billion Muslims in the world and is not able to impact the rest of the world?

Can each and every Muslim take on responsibility and fulfill Allah’s mission. Allah says in the Qu’ran that’ You fulfill your covenant, I will fulfill My covenant’. We have been sent as Khalifa ( representative or Ambassador of Allah). Are we representing Him? If we are not representing Him then either we are representing Shaitan or Our desires( false gods). You have a choice to represent Allah or not but if you choose to represent Him then you are given the title “ Muslim”. So if out of your choice, you choose to be a Muslim then be true to yourself. If not Allah warns that Hypocrisy will follow as a consequence into our hearts till the day we meet Him because we failed to fulfill our covenant.

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Responsibilities

The Prophet of Islam discovered Truth in the fortieth year of his arduous life. It was an attainment that was not to usher in ease and comfort, for this Truth was that he stood face to face with an Almighty God. It was discovery of his own helplessness before the might of God, of his own nothingness before the supernatural magnitude of the Almighty. With this discovery it became clear that God's faithful servant had nothing but responsibilities in this world; he had no rights.

The meaning that life took on for the Prophet after the Truth came to him can be ascertained from these words:

Nine things the Lord has commanded me. Fear of God in private and in Public; Justness, whether in anger or in calmness; Moderation in both poverty and affluence; That I should join hands with those who break away from me; and give to those who deprive me; and forgive those who wrong me; and that my silence should be meditation; and my words remembrance of God; and my vision keen observation.

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