In these times, Muslims pass the month of Ramadan in transgression and crises. Capitalism has spread throughout our communities bringing with it selfishness, greed and a preoccupation with the delights of this world. The senses of the Muslim are assaulted with nakedness of women, intoxicants, enticements, distractions and unlawful amusements. Secularism is widespread, calling for the separation between religion and worldly affairs, and seeking to oust Islam on the grounds that religion distinguishes between people.
The Islamic nation is also suffering from intense wounds. Palestine has been stolen, the Muslim woman is under attack for her covering and modesty, young Muslim men are seduced into destruction and divisions amongst the Muslims are widespread. Yet Allah, all praises and glory be to Him, tells us in the Qur’an:
“Truly, this community of your is one single community, and I am your Lord, therefore worship me.” (Surah Al-Anbiya:92)
Further, He tells us:
“All believers are but bretheren (in the Islamic religion)” (Surah Al-Hujurat:10)
The Prophet, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, described the nature of the Muslim brotherhood in the following hadith:
“The believers in their mutual love, mercy and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with sleeplessness and fever.” (Recorded in Muslim)
In these times, when the body of believers is ill, we need to strive with all our ability, wealth and prayers to heal these wounds. We should work relentlessly to bring unity within the ranks of the community. We should avoid internal disputes and concentrate on more important matters. We should strive with our persons and our wealth to advance the cause of Islam. After each prayer, and in the early hours of the morning, we should call upon Allah to increase ourtaqwa and establish victory for the Muslims. Know that disasters and calamities all come about as a result of our own sins. Allah, all praises and glory be to Him, tells us:
“And do you, now that a calamity has befallen you after you had inflicted twice as much [on your foes], ask yourselves, ‘How has this come about?’ Say: ‘It has come from your own selves.’” (Surah Al-Imran:165)
In the past, the Islamic nation was accustomed to victory and conquests in the month of Ramadan. But after it transgressed and became engrossed in worldly delights, Ramadan became a of anxiety, sadness, killing and genocide. Only when we return to Allah will we again be victorious.
“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allah (Alone) let the believers put their trust.” (Surah Al-Imran:160)