In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Surah Al- Rad (13:11) “Verily, Allah does not change the condition of a people until they (first) change their ways and their mind.”
It is so funny how most of us like to complain about the state of the ummah. We sit behind our precious laptops, i am number one on the list, and castigate the actions of our Ulamahs and Sheikhs.
The above verse of the holy Quran provides a clear solution to the problems that we have severally highlighted as the issues bedeviling the Ummah. We can only make a change when each individual begins to be the change. A change process can only begin when we decide to make sacrifices in order to obliterate what has brazenly become the norm. We can continue to complain till Yawm Al Qiyyam but without trying to lay new tracks that will portray the crisp picture of Islam, things will not change.
I was at a wedding recently and during the citation of the bride, we were informed that the bride was a Christian missionary for eight years in South Africa. That is the kind of sacrifice we as youths should give to the Deen. Will this stop us from reaching the acme of our professional careers? In Shaa Allah, it would not be a barrier as Allah provides help to the people who are ready to raise the banner of the Deen.
It is high time we began to chart the course of changing the grotesque picture that has been stamped on our scholars as being the dregs of the society. The widespread portrayal of our Scholars as people who couldn’t complete their Secondary School education and had to drop out to become Alfas must change. This will only change if you and I get on the available online platforms to show the world the true message of islam.
In the past and as confirmed by research, Islamic scholars were the most learned in the Society. When you swim in the river of knowledge of Imam Al-Ghazali, you will be amazed at his depth of knowledge. You just know this is not a fake or a dreg of the society. This is also applicable to all the heads of the four madhabs, Imam Ahmad Abn Hambal, Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik and Imam Al-Shafi’i.
Whilst it must be stated that we have knowledgeable scholars in our clime, the number of such scholars does not commensurate the urgent needs of our Deen. There is the need to step up the game and begin the process of graduating new scholars.
”Call unto the way of your Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation” [Q16:V126]
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your death.” (Hakim)
That responsibility therefore falls on the shoulder of you and i. We should quit the name calling and begin to effect the change that we so much yearn for. Who says we can’t be the best at our careers whilst being knowledgeable Islamic scholars.
We know the issues bedeviling the Ummah and we know the things that are chasing the youths away from our Masajids and Islamic gatherings. We can provide Islamic solutions with a touch of today’s knowledge to stem the tide of these identified issues.
For me, I have decided to take a stand and make the change that I preach. Let’s do this brothers and sisters.