Friday, June 01, 2007

Message for Friday - Be part of the solution, not the problem

بئس القوم قوم لا يأمرون بالمعروف ولا ينهون عن المنكر

The Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, "The worst of the people are people that do not enjoin the excellent standards and forbidden the despicable things."

Approximately 2 weeks ago in Detroit, a 91 year old man was beaten while being robbed of his car by a 22 year old man. This savage act, which was captured on a store security camera, was a heinous crime; however, what was even more disturbing was that a group of men were standing at the scene that watched the elderly man being attacked and did nothing to assist him.

To be a specator of a criminality without working to stop it equals complicity according to the teachings of Islam. A believer in G'd is summoned to do more than just prayer and be a "goodie-goodie." Sanctimonious people in religion that do not work for the betterment of the whole practice religion void of true spirituality.

According to the present day Gospels, Messiah Jesus son of Mary (Peace be upon both of them) said to the Pharisees of his time that had this similiar mentality (Luke 11:44), "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them."

And surely G'd knows best.

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