Thursday, 8 August 2013

The Blessed Day

It is an ideal time for all of us to introspect and live with flawless harmony, unless the wave of time will drive us to troubled times ahead.

On Special Eve of Eid ul Fitr.
 What more disregard people could have shown towards this holy month by fighting amongst themselves and creating an atmosphere that could have only given rise to hatred in place of brotherhood. Even though it was the holy month of Ramadan, but still we had to become spectators of violence. Violence which was caused by some mischievous elements in the society to tarnish its social as well as communal fabric by instigating people on the basis of different sects. The sectarian clashes that shocked the entire valley are a question mark on the harmony and brotherhood that the people of Kashmir used to live with. It is quite unfortunate that we had to witness such immature and unnecessary acts that almost took everyone by surprise. It is not for the first that the people of the valley have passed through troubled times like this, but every time when such unsolicited incident takes place, it brings with itself a lot of devastation and desolation that seemingly affects the behavior of people adversely. Although a lot has been stressed upon maintaining the communal harmony amongst the people, but to sheer disappointment, nothing of that sort has been seen to happen. Instead what has been seen is the hatred and detestation that is on continuous rise among people towards others of different sects. Such deeds and activities of theirs would result in creating a wedge that would sooner or later eliminate the entire spirit of brotherhood and would craft disgust and abhorrence in them for each other. Now as the holy month of Ramadan is going to come to an end, we have one of the main festivals of Islam at our doorsteps which highlight and symbolizes the importance of faith, brotherhood and unity among people and the necessity to live in harmony with each other to approach to a better future with effective sustenance.
Eid-ul-Fitr is an occasion of merry making for all Muslims as they complete one of the five duties that have been made obligatory for them, i.e. Fasting. The philosophy of celebrating Eid is to get rid of all past sins and accustom oneself to what is the right path and shun all evil and immoral activities and live a noble life ahead. It is a festival that encourages the spirit of brotherhood and love for each other. Islam in particular stresses on making fruitful relationships with each other and fasten this bond with honesty, truthfulness and co-operation. But what we saw in this holy month is totally against the philosophy and ideology of Islam. Violence, hatred, revenge, revulsion, and bloodshed do not find any place in Islam. Instead time and again the need to maintain effective relations with each other gets highlighted. Almighty Allah says in His Nobel Book, do not be like those who became divided and disputed, despite the clear proofs that were given to them. For these have incurred a terrible retribution [3.105]. In yet another place Almighty Allah states, Obey Allah and His messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. Allah is with Steadfast [8.46].  On this holy eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, in addition to merry making, there is an immense need to explore within oneself to find the faults and rectify the same and take the best advantage of it. It is a time to remember the teachings of Islam and inculcate the same in ourselves, so, that we could rejoice in future also.        
 It is a nice time for all of us to introspect as to whether our deeds are a true reflection of what we claim to be i.e. (followers of Prophet Mohammad P.B.U.H). It is ironical to see that when we have been shown the right path to follow by the most perfect man in the universe, then how come our acts go against what have been approved and what not? Why are we raging a war against our own existence by fighting amongst ourselves when we have been taught the lessons of brotherhood, harmony, self help, love for each other and above all humanity? Why are we succumbing to the rumors spread by some roguish and nasty people? Why can’t we use our common sense to differentiate between the just and unjust practices? It is fateful that we are maligning ourselves by our immature and un-acceptable practices that not only harm ourselves but could prove disastrous to our coming generations. If the poison of hatred is allowed to proliferate, then it would be difficult to put an end to it. Our religious scholars need to illuminate the minds of people about the evils of hatred and the need to maintain close relationships with all so, that an atmosphere is created which would foster the bond of relationships day by day. This Eid-ul-Fitr is the right day to introspect and give up what we are not supposed to do.

Post Authors: 
Syed Maajid Rashid Andrabi
Gowhar Qadir

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