Islam’s Approach in Dealing with Negative Social Phenomena

Islam’s Approach in Dealing with Negative Social Phenomena

  • 7 July 2015

Third Ramadan Event:

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims become actively closer to Allah. Although this is one of the most commendable advantages of this month, what about the other great virtues of Ramadan? We must be honest with ourselves and understand that our societies have yet to fully comprehend the profound lessons of Ramadan. Its true value has been depleted in favor of other manifestations and rituals that have seemingly turned Ramadan into a month of laziness, idleness, and a waste of time and money.

What about the economics of Ramadan? A slowdown in economic activity, the reduction of working hours, and an overall decline in economic performance all together serve to undermine the significance of the holy month of Ramadan— a month that has witnessed some of the greatest Muslim victories, such as the battle of Badr and the Conquest of Mecca. In this holy month our societies should look to recharge their spiritual and psychological energies, freeing themselves from their developmental idleness. In terms of attitude, many people become increasingly nervous and edgy. Traffic accidents increase due to over crowdedness, haste, and a lack of patience. If we talk about the health benefits of Ramadan, they are, in fact, prone to exaggeration, as exemplified by our extravagant eating.

How do we enact the virtues of Ramadan? The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was both generous and charitable, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. His generosity was far removed from extravagance.

Fasting is hugely significant and has multiple meanings, notably in terms of self-reflection, starting with the renewal and strengthening of his/her relationship with Allah; but also with oneself, in search of self-accountability, and in view to improving one’s relationship with others. Our societies also need to evaluate themselves through comprehensive community dialogue in order to strengthen the sense of national belonging and renounce division and disunity. Greater efforts should be made to consolidate a culture of tolerance and moderation, looking forward and letting go of past thoughts and mantras that are detrimental to both the present and the future.

Our societies need to amend the stereotypes we hold against others as a result of the psychological and historical ramifications that originate from the eras of colonialism and the Crusades. We should dispel illusions of global conspiracy, preoccupying ourselves instead with a dialogue that favors reconciliation with oneself, the other, and with our times.

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Tuesday 7 July 2015

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Tuesday 7 July 2015

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