Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Moderate Path

I came across these lines from Hadees (Hadith) which hold a lot of relevance today:
Hazrat Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu Anhu) reported Allah's Messenger (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) as saying, 'The religion is ease, but if anyone overdoes it, it gets the better of him ; so keep to the right course, approximate to perfection, rejoice, and ask help in the morning, the evening, and some latter part of the night'.
The above Hadees clearly states that one should follow the Path shown by Allah, pray 5 times a day but at the same time enjoy social life and live in equilibrium with society. It tells us not to overdo the religious bit, cause anything in excess can lead to negativity. Maybe thats what's happening today. When we refuse to accept our social obligations and other duties and just walk, talk and think of religion, we might so get involved in it that we might start feeling that everything else except us is wrong. This slowly leads to negativity and later to hatred. This hatred then leads to destructive thoughts.
So follow religion, be tolerate towards others (this is also one of the teachings of Islam) and more importantly be humane. This is the correct way to follow the Right Path.


sk said...

Many muslim intellectuals are turning away even from the basics of Islamic teachings. Instead of being role models, they are giving society a wrong impression about Islam because they are the ones always in the limelight. The Islamic beliefs and teachings apply to each and every person irrespective of their degree of wealth and education. It's not that Islam is left to the poor and uneducated to practice. Educated muslims should use their intellect to try to learn more and more about Islam and not turn away from it. And to be born a muslim is by chance. But to be a follower of Islam, requires lot's of efforts.
And personally I realized we can maintain the right balance of deen(religion) and duniya (world). It's not impossible, we just need the right mindset and efforts.

Shagufta said...

I like your feelings.

sk said...

Thanks a lot Shagufta....