Greeting and Feeding, Caring and Maintaining Connections By S N Smith — July 18, 2018
I am obsessed over how much we are influenced by our social environment, the mass media, the entertainment industry and the people we associate with on a daily basis. At one level we Muslims claim, at least with our mouths, to be believers in Allah and the Day of Judgement, and say we take the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as our ultimate example in all that we do in life. But we are very much exposed to a host of influences which draw our attention away from our true life purpose, which is to worship and serve Allah, and instead internalize those societal values in circulation, as well as act in such a way that runs contrary to the teachings of Islam.
How far are we away from what Allah wants for us? I think the true answer to that question is frightening.
By Allah, we are not behaving as if we loved one another. We are, in fact, behaving in a totally opposite manner. We are cold and indifferent to one another and have little mutual respect or affection because we act like the people around us and take our lessons from them.
Abdullaah ibn Haarith said, “I never came across a person who smiled as much as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) regarded smiling to a brother as an act of charity.” (Tirmidhi)
What an example we have before us!!!
What we need now are living examples of people who follow this prophetic way, for Islam cannot be simply learned from books but must be transmitted by those who act as examples of how to put the prophetic sunnah into practice in everyday life. Ideally, Mosques and Islamic institutions should fulfill this role by creating an environment of iman (faith), but it has not been enough because there are so many other influences weighing on all of us. Now, more the ever, we need to create an environment in which our faith is strengthened and nourished to act as a counter weight to the environment of disbelief we live in. Sadly, we are so immersed in the problem that most of us cannot even recognize it.