Muslims across the world are facing tough time and most of them are wondering as they do not see Allah’s help coming their way. It is happening only because of their acts, as they have not been fulfilling what is expected from them as Muslims, said an acclaimed Islamic scholar.
Sheikh Zafar Hassan Al Madani told thousands of Muslims gathered at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, on Friday night that Allah’s mercy is bestowed upon them who adhere strongly to Imaan and fulfill the duties Allah (SWT) has obligated towards them.
He made the observation while delivering a lecture on “The Ideal Human Being,” organised by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) as part of the 11th Ramadan Forum. The annual event held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, Dubai, started on July 24, 2012 and will run till August 4 2012, under the theme “A Breeze of Mercy.”
Addressing the gathering, he said that to become an ideal human being one has to fulfill the 10 basic tenets of Islam which includes Tawheed – trust in the oneness of God, not associating partners with Allah, performing the daily five mandatory prayers on time, observing fast during the holy month of Ramadan, paying zakah and performing Hajj.
“But these are only the basics, which are directed towards Allah. Every Muslim has to fulfill four more duties that affect his relations with the fellow human beings,” said the Islamic preacher from India.
“The first two among those are ‘Amr bil maroof’ – to encourage the doing of good deeds for the sake of Allah, and ‘Nahi anil munkar’ — to forbid the evil,” he added.
He said that today Muslims form the second largest population on the earth and they congregate in millions and make dua for hours asking Allah’s help. But their dua doesn’t seem to be accepted. Contrary to the current situation, Muslims were victorious when they were very less in number.
“Have you ever contemplated why Muslims across the world are facing such difficulties and why Allah’s help doesn’t seem to coming their way? The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) had warned about this over 1,400 years ago. We need to reflect on his (PBUH) words to find out the reasons,” said the cleric.
Emphasising, he recited the authentic Hadith which warns Muslims of major calamities coming to their way if they do not encourage the doing of good deeds for the sake of Allah, and do not ask others to refrain from committing evil.
He said that soon after Angel Gabriel delivered Allah’s order to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) regarding practice of Amr bil maroof and Nahi anil munkar, the Apostle of Allah (PBUH) went to the mosque and announced Allah’s order and also warned the faithful that if they failed to do so, they should be ready to face the calamities.
“The Prophet (PBUH) warned his followers that if they do not follow the order, they will be ruled upon by evil (transgressing and mischievous) people, and after that if the righteous ones among them will supplicate, their supplications shall not be granted,” said Al Madani.
He concluded the lecture by calling upon Muslims to establish peace and prosperity in their home and the society by adopting the Islamic way of greeting – saying Assalam-o-Alaikum to every Muslim.
The DTCM will organise four more lectures in foreign languages during the 11th Ramadan Forum. Sheikh Tauseef Ar-Rahman will speak in Urdu on “Who is Allah” on July 31, Sheikh Mohammed M Akbar will deliver a lecture in Malayalam on “The Religion of Mercy and Justice,” on August 1. Sheikh Omar Penalber will deliver a talk in Tagalog on “The Path to Salvation” on August 2. The last lecture will be delivered in English by Sheikh Yushua Evans on “The Prophet of Mercy” on August 3.
All the lectures are scheduled to begin at 10.30pm at the Al Twar Tent, situated opposite the Dubai Airport Free Zone Dubai.