SHAFAQNA -Â Allah wants the Muslims to commit themselves to Islam and feel it with all their hearts. He wants them to read the Quran to learn the truth of Islam and to follow it in all their religious duties and social relations especially the notions of piety and love that draws them nearer to Allah.
Thus, each of us has to examine himself: Did he make any moral or spiritual progress? Does he feel more brotherly towards other people? Does he love fellow human beings more and does he feel more responsible in all that relates to public issues? Does he care more about Islam?
Moreover, we learn from the Glorious Quran that the essence of acts of worshipis to become pious â€œO ye who believe!Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil)â€.
By piety it is meant that Allah should not find you where he told not to be, and conversely He should find you where He ordered you to be. This meaning is explained in several verses of the Holy Quran: â€œO ye who believe! Observe your duty to Allah with right observance, and die not unless as those who have surrenderedunto himâ€. You have to obey Allah in all His commands whether in What He told you to do or in what He told you to leave,and you should keep your faith and protect it as you protect yourself your money and your family. You should be the believer who starts as a Muslim, and ends his life as a Muslim.
This is what all the prophets have said in their wills. Ibrahim for Example says: â€œWhen his lord said unto him: Surrender! He said: I have surrendered to the Lord of the worldsâ€ The same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons, and also Jacob,(saying): o my sons! Lo! Allah hath chosen for you the(true) religion; therefore die not unless as men who have surrendered(unto Him).
Prophet Yusuf, remained humble and modest despite all the power that Allah had given him: â€œO my Lord! Thou has given me(something) of sovereignty and has taught me(something) of the interpretation of events- Creator of the heavens and the earth! Thou art my protecting Friend in the world and the Hereafter. Make me to die submissive (unto Thee), and join me to the righteousâ€.
When Muhammad(p.) told Imam Ali(a.s.) that he will be killed in the month of Ramadan, the Imam asked will I be then keeping my faith: When the prophet ensured him that he would the Imam said then I do not care how or when I would dieâ€¦
Piety also includes upholding and supporting the unity of Muslims, on the basis of the Holy Quran. The Messenger said: I am leaving among you two things; if you cling to them you will never be led astray: â€œThe book of God which is a rope extending from earth to Heaven and my house membersâ€. That is why we have to read the Quran and understand it so that we will follow all that it has dictated. Allah tells us that every good deed we do will be seen by Allah and His Messenger.
Moreover, if there is anything that binds us together in spite of all own national and individual differences , it is Islam â€œAnd remember the grace that Allah bestowed on you: you were enemiesâ€¦and you turned by His Grace, brothers And you were so close to hellfire and He saved you from itâ€.
He then clarifies the practical side: To make sure that we follow the right path by means of social Islamic monitoring and studying the roots and causes of corruption: Allah asks us to enjoin the good and forbid evil; which means that we should be concerned with the problems of the whole nation and not our personal or individual small and trivial concerns.
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