Muslims around the globe unanimously agree that they as a community are in the middle of a major crisis. A lot of them feel that they are where they are as a result of a series of conspiracies that some of the other communities have been plotting against them for decades now.
Being a Muslim myself I feel differently. I feel Muslims as a community continue to suffer because most of us are yet to understand and implement in our lives the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). The life of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) serves as an example for all of us. Hence, there is no other way than to learn from how our beloved Prophet (S.A.W) dealt with a major crisis during the early days of Islam.
There are so many lessons that one can embrace. However, I choose to focus on five points, which, if understood and implemented might be enough to do wonders!
Even the enemies of Islam agreed that Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was extremely kind and honest. Hence, as the followers of Muhammad (S.A.W) we need to do away with reactionary behavior and transform ourselves to be kinder, respectful and more tolerant.
Embracing kindness and respect will in turn leave behind a legacy for others to learn from and follow.
Honesty and Justice
It is no secret that the Muslim rulers in most parts of the world are pretty much like other members of the world elite. That means they’re corrupt, greedy and power hungry.
As the followers of Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) we need to understand that our rulers are from among us. They are this way because most of us too have adopted norms that allow dishonesty and injustice to become a way of life.
To break this cycle of injustice and suffering, every individual needs to start from him/herself. It is hence, important for us to learn from our beloved Prophet’s (S.A.W) life and ensure that we remain honest and just in our daily affairs.
There is no doubt that Muslims today on a global level stand divided and there is no way forward unless there is unity in their ranks.
As ordinary Muslims thus, it is important for us to do away with our sectarian and regional divide. As an example of unity we need to learn from the Battle of Badar where Muhammad (S.A.W) and the blessed companions defeated a much superior army.
Patience and Forgiveness
It is an understood fact that Muslims have been facing marginalization in different parts of the world for a significant period of time now. This discrimination has made way for a reactionary and vengeful generation of Muslims.
This is where we need to learn from Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W) life and understand how, by not losing patience and by forgiving the enemies of Islam Muhammad (S.A.W) eventually, united Quraish; a tribe that eventually went on to rule the world.
Reading the Holy Quran and Ahadeeth
It is extremely unfortunate that a lot of Muslims neither read the translation of the Holy Quran nor do they have sufficient knowledge of Sahih or Authentic Ahadith. Owing to this regrettable trend a lot of Muslims end up being exploited by extremist elements and hence, lead their entire lives either confused or with a belief system that is not in accordance with the teachings of Islam.
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Instead of blaming other communities it is about time that Muslims realize that their current plight has to do with their own shortcomings and to bring about a positive change they will have to read, understand and implement in their lives the lessons from the life of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and teachings of the Holy Quran.