Ramadhan Reflections: Memorizing the Qur’an is Not Enough
As we continue to explore the idea of mercy and being ambassadors of mercy in our communities, it is important that we continue to think about the “how”- how do we do this? The prophet peace be upon him explained in a ahadith (narration)- “convey from me, even if it is one line”. Why would he suggest this? It is because this is a way for us to give back, to spread knowledge, to try and make change. It is a verb- an action- something that we do. It is dynamic and encourages us to try and be agents of change in the conditions of our society.
How do we do this?
How do we give back?
How do we improve our society?
What have we learnt that will help us to know what we should/not be doing? It is no surprise that throughout the Qur’an, generally speaking, that wherever the word “knowledge” is used it is followed by the word, “action”.
Knowledge should be the starting point for action. It becomes the catalyst for us to know what it means to do good, what it means to be a mercy in our societies and HOW we can achieve this. It clarifies for us that, the “feeling of spirituality”, is not enough, just because we memorized Qur’an, is not enough, what people say about us, is not enough. The only thing that will matter in the end, is the good deeds we do that we put forth during our lives. So our knowledge should lead to action.
Our reality today is that a person dies almost every 3.5 seconds due to starvation, 1 in 7 people wake up each day and cannot obtain ONE cup of food, some reports say that there are over 200 million orphans in the world today- where are we Muslims? Where is our ummah- with our intellectual capital, technology, wealth? Where are we in terms of taking on the tasks with which Allah has put before us?
Remember, in Surah Maoun (small kindnesses) Allah warns us that those who do things to be seen by people, who are seen in prayer but they neglect the “small kindnesses” to the orphans, the poor, the needy. They will receive God’s justice in the end.
So we should be asking- who are the ones in need in our communities? We didn’t receive our talents, strength, wealth by ourselves. They are blessings from God . When we think about why the prophet peace be upon him say, “convey even one line from me”, because it is, in part, about giving back.
We need to remember that we have a moral duty to give back to our families, communities and the world around us. It is time for us to rise up to our responsibilities and it is a mercy that we have life to do it.
We can begin right now!
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