Q: The conditions of the Muslim communities are really depressing and make me feel so bad. Day and night, we read about the massacres committed by the Syrian regime. This is very devastating. How to handle this? Please Advise.
A: What you mentioned is very true, the status of Muslims today is very sad and the situation is terrible. But there are some points that help dealing with this:
We believe that Islam is the truth. Whatever happens to the Muslim Ummah, whatever the challenges or difficulties are, it should never shake our confidence in the validity of the deen.
We also believe that life in this world is a test. The questions of the test are the difficulties we encounter. Our response to these challenges is what determines our success or failure in this test.
So, our duty is to do our best to succeed in the best. Our homework is to exert every effort to serve the just cause of the Ummah and to defend it. That includes all kinds of deeds that seek to elevate the status of the Ummah, starting with such small acts as removing dirt from the street to great sacrifices made in defense of Islam. Being a practicing or a good Muslim does not mean secluding oneself in the Masjid for long hours and withdrawing from life.
We need to be keen on achieving this duty no matter the conditions of the Ummah. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “If the Hour (the day of Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it.”