Today, our social institutions are torn apart and we are sowing dissention and strife instead of the message of love, peace and brotherhood in this world. In this spiritual day of Eid- what is the message of Islam that we want to convey to the world?
THE PROPHET of Islam Hazrat Mohammed (PBUH) said, “Allah will continue to help his servant as long as the servant is helping his brother.” If you seek Allah’s mercy care for your fellow human beings. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The merciful ones will be shown mercy by the all-merciful (Allah). Be merciful to those on earth, Allah will be merciful to you.”
Unfortunately, instead of showing mercy on the fellow human beings fanatical Muslims around the globe are killing mercilessly even their fellow travellers in religion as we witnessed recently in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Today, our social institutions are torn apart and we are sowing dissention and strife instead of the message of love, peace and brotherhood in this world. More than any other time we should seriously examine at this spiritual day of Eid- what is the message of Islam that we want to convey to the world?
Let us start the fundamental unit of existence – our own home. Husband and wife should be a source of mercy to each other. Allah says in holy book, “Among his signs is that He has created for you from yourselves spouses, in order that you dwell together with them in peace and tranquility. And He has made between you love and mercy. Surely in this are signs for people who do reflect.”
In the fast moving society, amongst Muslims and in other communities, the divorce rate is rising exponentially. If we show tolerance, respect and love at home, we should be an example of blessed co-existence to the entire world. Simple expression of love and respect could change the turbulent flow of life. It can smoothen the rough contours of life. The parents should be merciful to their children.
Similarly, the children should be merciful to their parents. The greatest example of the merciful child of Islam is Prophet Hazrat Ismail (Alayhi al-Salaam) – son of Prophet Abraham (Alayhi al-Salaam). When informed by his father, Ibrahim (Alayhi al-Salaam), that he was to sacrifice him, he mercifully responded, “Oh, father! Do that which you have been commanded. You will find me, Insha Allah (God willing), amongst the patient.” Let us show respect for our elders and we should genuinely care for them.
We should be a source of mercy to our fellow human beings. It will emphasise the fact that we are a merciful people. We are a merciful people whose mercy shouldn’t be confined to our immediate circle of associates and acquaintances. It should extend to the entire living beings.
We should be grateful to God that we are blessed to be born in a democratic country where we enjoy all the freedoms of civilised society. We have all been blessed to gather on the ‘Eid Day’ in safety and security where our fellow countrymen share our joy and celebrate the happiness of Eid with us. Let us remember those who are gathering in the shadow of tanks and cannons today. We should never forget those men, women, and children whose prayers could be interrupted at any moment by the bombs, shower of bullets in their own so-called Islamic countries; those who can‘t openly celebrate Eid if they disagree with the Eid date declared by their despotic Muslim rulers.
Amongst ourselves we should learn to resolve our differences in peace and harmony in order to become a unified, viable and positive force of change and sanity in this world. On this auspicious day we should not forget those who literally had no proper Iftar this Ramadan. For many Muslims, daily existence is still a continuous fast. We should ask ourselves, “What have we done for them; what we can do for them?” Let us go into retrospect and question ourselves. “Have we adequately expressed our thanks to Allah for the many blessing He has heaped upon us?”
Eid Mubarak to all! Let us make together this planet a heaven of peace and happiness.