Islam and western World

Dear Islamic brothers!  In this age and time of materialism where everyone is running behind money, name, fame and worldly success, almost every individual finds himself forced to adopt western way of life. It is generally believed that western culture and following its values guarantees “success” to its followers in this world. That is why we see People blindly following it without knowing the harms and dangers it is bringing along with it.

Everyone knows that it is the western world and its culture which have made parents unmindful of their children. Neighbors are indifferent to the neighbors.  Spouses are always in the fear of losing one and other and youth is in the state of confusion and bewilderment. Piety is no more admired but it is abhorred. Modesty has become a stigma and gentle manliness a sign of boring personality. One needs to be open, bold and shameless in order to keep himself going along the pace and current of this modern mode of life.

We also know that Western culture and values are very rapidly overpowering every other culture and values. But we have also to admit that they are bringing in their wake depression, frustration, moral corruption and ever growing greed of attaining what one does not have. In short the general dissatisfaction with life is a byproduct of this so called modern way of life.

After reading the above state of the affairs, there are some questions which naturally arise in a curious mind “is there any solution for this decayed state of affairs? How can one save humanity from the clutches of this perpetual degeneration? Is there any code of life which not only ensures the moral and spiritual wellbeing of humanity but also fulfills the requirements of this world as well? ”

Dear brothers! Yes there is an answer to all these questions. There is a curing remedy for all these ailments. There is an ointment for healing all the scars and wounds on the soul of humanity. The name of this remedy and ointment is ISLAM.

Islam-a religion, not only ensures the success in both the worlds but also promises the eternal bliss from the creator.

Islamic beliefs and values make a man a complete man. If one needs peace of heart and mind Islam has it in its store and announces “Truly, in remembering God do hearts find rest” (Qur’an, 13:28)

The gripping anxiety a modern man is suffering is direct consequences of being unmindful of Almighty Allah. Anyone who turns away from the remembrance of Almighty Allah will have a life of hardship in this world. Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) has said: { And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.} (Qur’an, 20:124)

Another major problem mankind is facing today is racism. In spite of its glory and success west is unable to eradicate the racism. Islam has a practical solution to this curse in form of salah and pilgrimage. In salah anyone can become leader of prayer without any discrimination of cast, color or race as long he fulfills the requirements of leading a salah. In pilgrimage everyone is allowed to come and visit the house of Allah and stand shoulder to shoulder without any discrimination of cast, color and race.

Another characteristic of Islam is its promotion of positive outlook on life which discourages every kind of pessimism and negative attitude. The followers of Islam are always told to remain content with the divine decisions and submit to His will. The adversities whatsoever instead of creating suicidal tendencies in a Muslim remind him of paradise and its bounties which are waiting for him if he exercises patience at the time of these adversities.

We are well aware of the fact that family is the basic unit of society and it is this basic unit which ensures a peaceful society. Islam recognizes this fact and gives clear guidelines in this regard as well. In Islam husband is the head of family and it is his responsibility to keep his wife on the straight path. Other than that a father is also responsible for the proper upbringing of his children. And upbringing does not mean only physical grooming of them but it also includes necessary religious education and building of their moral character on the guidelines of sharia. Quran says {O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones}(Quran 66:6)   

Islam is indeed the only solution for the problem humanity facing at this point in time. May Almighty Allah enable us to understand the value of this great gift. Ameen.

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