A Simple Thought: Tuesday, 13th June ’17

A simple thought from The Community on Friday:
Tonight, the night of dharbat, the fatal assault on the head of Ameerul Mu’mineen (AS), once more casts an empty feeling in the hearts of Muslims worldwide.  Despite this action, what we learn from history is that the Ahlul Bayt (AS) continued remaining patient while being steadfast.  This chapter of history, like many others in taarikh, impart the continuous lesson of morals and discipline.
Imam Ali (AS)’s departure from this mortal world left an irreplaceable void in the field of exemplary knowledge and counsel.  This is perhaps the cascading personality of Abal Hassan, that illuminated an age of greed, lust and treachery.  His elimination is what indeed spells a true calamity for the Muslim world.
What this magnificent personality taught us was sincerity of action, sense of purpose and submission to Allah (SWT), the Lord of the Worlds.  As we mark this sombre occasion, the least we can do is follow in his footsteps and emulate his actions, given that the same or worse off society has emerged again, where self service, self gratification, pursuit of power, moral decay and decimation of vast populations, are the prevalent currencies.
By exhibiting a moral conduct, by display of kindness to all, by inculcating an ability to co exist with others, by our generosity, by our sincere words, we will in truth be representing his ideals for the world to see.
Tonight when you reach out to others, for once, bring it from your hearts not from a forwarded source, when you pray for others, mean it from the bottom of your hearts rather than in the heat of the moment, pledge to help others while remaining humble, promise yourself to pursue more learning for His pleasure, abandon actions of display that hurt others or cause disaffection, think simplicity.  This and more was what he was all about.  Failing to enact his persona in our own lives today and reducing him to be the subject of chants only, may render us Muslims in name who only think about their own well being in this world.  Remember, our end may not be far from now and our actions may not be adequate for the upcoming journey, about which he was observed praying: “O Allah, I ask You for protection on the day when property will not avail, nor sons except he who comes with a heart free (from evil) (26: 88)… And I ask You for protection on the day when the unjust one will bite his hands saying: O would that I had taken a way with the messenger (25; 27)”
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Mohamedarif Suleman

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Mohamedarif is a marketing professional and educationalist with a penchant for writing as a hobby since childhood. As he experimented writing about sporting events at first and then current affairs, he quickly developed a skill for observation of his environment and began to write on reform topics, especially in connection with the community. To further feed his pursuit of writing, he founded several newsletters and bulletins at his school and at the Husayni Madrasah in the 1980's, all the time learning from others already in the field not just about writing, but also about pre-press and production processes. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Knowledge Magazine in 1995–1996. A decade later, importing a flurry of ideas into his new home, Nairobi, he first founded a two page community newspaper then became a regular writer of the Friday Faculty before establishing the Community on Friday, a fully fledged Madrasah magazine in 1996. And while his writing at the community continued, he simultaneously started writing for a business weekly, pairing in with his newfound role as a marketing professional. During his time in Nairobi, he wrote several speeches for sitting chairmen and presidents while also giving some himself, developing his concurrent role as a public speaker and trainer.

With changing times and a decrease in advertising sponsorship, as well as a fall in overall readership, Mohamedarif transformed this publication into an electronic blog. Thus was born the Community on Friday in its present format.
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