N.M. GhanyView all articles by N.M. Ghany
From social harmony to social fragmentation
Chapter 155, Sura XXIII Vs. 51-92 condensed by Moulana Abdullah Yusuf Ali translates as follows.
"The Brotherhood of truth is one in all ages: It is narrow men who create sects. Let them not think that goods of this world can shield them from Evil or its consequences. God's truth and His Messenger can be hnown to all: For he in His Mercy, has giuen us faculties and Judgment, if we would but use them. The Message is not new: all creation proclaims it: High aboue all is Lord of Glory Supreme!"
From the above one must conclude that Allah Pak has provided us with good things, that our community should be one community, that this community became divided into sects, Allah Pak reminds them, that is, the divided ones, if they are prosperous ones that Allah Pak is helping them, but they know not that the pleasures are only ephemeral, that they do not perceive right from wrong.
Are we going to seize the opportunities that present themselves to the Muslims today? Are we going to try to see beyond the range of our vision, or are we going to be bogged down by the infiltration of new fatwah's innovations which have recently come to our shores through men who are not scholars of Islamic theology, but mortals who feel that they could do good by simply reading a few text of the Holy Qnran and the Hadis and made rash pronouncements which have torn the Muslims apart?
For well nigh one hundred and thirty-five years (135) we have practised a way of life which was structured according to the Indian Muslim Ulemas. These practices in no way impinged on the five fundamentals of Islam or the seven Articles of faith. The Muslims were content and happy with the reading of their Holy Quran on joyous occasions or for thanks-giving and in times of sadness or grief. They were happy with the chanting of beautiful songs in praise of the Prophet Mohammed "upon whom be peace". They took pleasure in their Muslim marriages. They rejoiced when they heard the call to prayer by the Muezzin. They were happier still when they realised that the month of Ramadan was approaching and looked forward to fasting which climaxed with the glorious day of Eid. With the passing of Eid-Ul-Fitr, they then looked forward to Eid-Ul-Azha the day of sacrifice in memory of Abraham and his son Ishmael.
So for the Muslims throughout the year there was a social struture that kept them interested, alert and alive not only to their personal needs but to a social life in which they wanted to share in every possible way with their brothers and sisters in all the festivities, but most important of all were the stricter regimentation of an orderly life through Salaat and Meditation in their daily lives.
This article was extracted from Avocat Masjid Souvenir Brochure '79/80