The Wealthy are also Deceived

With respect to the wealthy, Imam Ghazali said, “Some of them are proud because they are able to build mosques, religious schools (madrasah), bridges and the like, with their names inscribed on them. They thought that by doing so, they would be entitled to forgiveness from God, while conveniently forgetting that some of their properties were acquired from illicit sources. They have been deceived because what is important is not to build buildings and structures, but to avoid the forbidden (the haram). Thus, their acts are considered as vices.”

ஒப்பற்ற தலைவர்

இவரைப் போன்ற ஒரு மனிதர் இந்த உலகைத் தலைமையேற்று நடத்தினால், இன்று நாம் சந்தித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கும் எல்லா பிரச்சினைகளுக்கும் தீர்வு கண்டு விடுவார். நபிகள் நாயகத்தைக் குறித்து மாமேதை பெர்னாட்ஷா கூறிய வார்த்தைகள் இவை. தலைவர் என்றால் எப்படி இருக்க வேண்டும் என்பதை நாவினால் மட்டும் மொழியாமல் தன் செயல்களால் வாழ்ந்து காட்டி சென்றவர்கள் தாம் நபிகள் நாயகம் ஸல்லல்லாஹு அலைஹி வஸல்லம் அவர்கள். தன்னுடன் வாழ்ந்த மக்களைத் தோழர்கள் என்று அன்புடன் அழைத்த முதல் உலகத் தலைவரும் இவர்கள்தாம்.

A Unique Inner Power

Takwa (piety) is indeed a unique and great inner power. Its power possesses the energy to catalyse individuals to carve a glorious history in life. So, what is takwa? Umar al-Khattab once asked Ubai bin Kaab about it. Ubai said, “Have you ever walked along a path that was mired with thorns?” Umar answered, “Yes”. Ubai further asked, “So, what did u do?” Umar replied, “I walked with care and conscientiousness.” Ubai stated, “That is takwa.” From Ubai’s reply, takwa can be defined as being wary in life with regard to avoiding things that are impermissible, and being assiduous in performing the required acts of worship and deeds.

Priority-Based Planning

According to a hadis reported by Imam Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet once said to Aishah, “If not because of your people who just left the era of ignorance, I would change the Kabaah so that its door is lower to the ground and i would make two doors for it, one for entrance and another one for exit.”

Takwa and Excellence

Takwa guarantees success and excellence for Muslims. In the chapter al-Talaq verse 2 to 3, God says, “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him (takwa), He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty), And He will provide him sustenance from (sources) he never could imagine” Imam Ahmad reported from Abu Zar, “The Prophet read this verse to me (Abu Zar), and he said, ‘O Abu Zar, if people held firm to this verse, it is sufficient for them”.