Tuesday, 5 June 2012
mosques crippled and not playing their great role today,
Mosques in Islam
From the events of the emigration to Madinah, it is clear that the Prophet (PBUH) never stayed in any place unless he built a mosque therein for the believers to gather. He built the Quba mosque when he stayed there for four days. He also built a mosque between Quba and Madinah when the time of the Friday prayer came while he was in the residence of the tribe of Salem ibn Auf in the heart of Ranonaa’ Valley.
When he arrived in Madinah, the first act he performed was the building of a mosque.
This indicates the importance of a mosque in Islam. All acts of worship (ibadah) in Islam are for the purification of the soul, refinement of morals, and strengthening the ties of mutual cooperation among the Muslims. The congregational prayers and the Friday and Eid prayers are strong examples of the nature of the Muslim community and in the unity of their opinions, goals and cooperation in achieving righteousness and in fearing Allah.
Thus, if this is the case with the acts of worship, it is no wonder that mosques carry a great social and spiritual place in the lives of the Muslims. The mosque is the thing which unites them and their efforts. It refines their souls and awakens their minds and hearts. It solves their problems. The mosque shows their strength and cohesiveness.
The history of the mosques in Islam has proved that from them come the great armies of Islam which rush to fill the earth with Allah’s guidance. From the mosques the beams of the light of guidance emanate for the Muslims and others. Inside them, the seeds of Islamic civilization develop and grow.
Is it not true that Abu Bakr (RA), `Umar (RA), `Osman (RA), Ali (RA), Khalid (RA), Sad (RA), Abu Obadiah (RA), and their likes from among the greats of Islamic history were but the students of the Muhammad’s school which was headquartered in the Prophet’s mosques?
Another special characteristic of the mosques in Islam is that the word of truth emanates from them every week on the tongues of the preachers. The topic may be about forbidding evil and enjoining good or an invitation to do some good, an awakening for the heedless, an invitation to assembly, objections to a wrongdoer, or a warning about a tyrant.
If we see the mosques crippled and not playing their great role today, it is due to the fault of some of their paid preachers, mercenaries or the ignorant. On the day when the strong leaders and the scholars of Islamic legislation, sincere to Allah and His Messenger, give advice to the leaders and common Muslims and ascend the pulpits and lead the prayers, on that day the mosque will return to its leading position in the Islamic society. The mosque will return to its role in raising real men, graduating heroes, reforming corruption, fighting evil and building society upon the foundation of fearing and pleasing Allah alone. We hope for this to take place, Allah willing, when the vanguard of our purified, believing youths, who are educated with Allah’s religion and who behave with the Prophet’s manners, occupy the pulpits and the rooms of the mosques.
If you review the history of Islam you would note that great emphasis on the building of mosques has been laid from the very beginning of Islam.
Living in non-Muslim countries we as Muslims (especially our youth) carry the risk of losing our Islamic Identity. Aside from the rigorous discipline we must establish at home in learning and maintaining the Islamic culture, the mere fact that we are surrounded by non-Islamic ideas and emotions can have an overpowering impact on our personality. Trying to maintain Islam in isolation from the Ummah is not only difficult but Holy Muhammad Mustafa (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam also advised against it:
…“Shaitan is a wolf like the wolf that preys on sheep, taking the isolated and the stray among them; therefore, avoid factionalism and keep to the Congregation and the collective and the Masjid.” [Ahmad]
It is of vital importance that the Muslims (including the community leaders) adhere to the example of Holy Muhammad Mustafa (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam in all aspects of life. If there is any deviation than it is up to each and everyone one in the Muslim community to give his or her advise based on the commands and prohibitions outlined in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
For the Imams and Community Leaders: It is of the utmost importance when engaging in the day-to-day management of Muslim affairs, to observe the Ahkam of Islam with Taqwa, and to be very meticulous in following the laws and the trade regulations. In this way, it will be extremely difficult for the media to make a news piece about us or the centers we manage. Furthermore, it should always be considered that any information taken by the media will be publicized and will as a result, affect us and the Masjid, school or community centre that we are responsible for. More importantly, it could have an effect on the whole community as well. Being a leader in the community also means that we will be under the watchful eyes of the public. Consequently, it would be an extra motivation to examine and implement the example of Holy Muhammad Mustafa (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam and of those who emulated him. For example, recall how Umar ibn Al-Khattab (R.A.) cooked with his own hands after learning that a mother and her children living as citizens of the Khilafah were hungry
Consequently, it is vital that we utilize all means permissible in Shariah to organize the Muslim communities in the non-Muslim lands and assist each other in holding onto Islam and establishing a sense of community amongst ourselves. The Masjid, Islamic schools and community centers are excellent tools for achieving this goal as they can serve the function of bringing Muslims together on the basis of Islam and facilitate the dissemination of Islamic ideas and emotions.
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allah (Subhanahu WA Ta’aala),
And if I erred, then that is from me and Shaitan.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make us from the Companions of His Book and unite us with His righteous slaves in the highest gardens of Paradise. Amen.
May Allah Subhanahu wata`aalaa grant us what is best in this world and the next!
Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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