A simple thought from The Community on Friday: The world is made up of nations, nations constitute societies, diverse and far flung, each with their own language, customs and rituals. Societies in turn are built by families, units that are threaded by individuals such as father, mother and children. Their inter relations and their code of conduct both inwards and that outside, will eventually shape up how our world looks like, eventually.
On the eve of the death anniversary of Janabe Fatema (SA), it would be apt to talk about mothers and women in general. If for any reason, this personality is the hub that is Ahlul Bayt (AS), it is because of the design and application of her multi dimensional roles – as a daughter, as a wife, as a mother and as a Muslim herself. Her radiance in the short life span that she had, was both profound and exemplary. Today, we spend our time in her remembrance but much needs to be extracted from her life’s moral stories, if we truly stand a chance of making a difference to the world, not just in cliché but for real.
Mothers have the hardest job of shaping up society through the laborious work of giving the best upbringing to their children, a Muslim woman additionally becomes more modest and has a deeper thirst for knowledge, whereby her purpose is to create a conducive and productive life for her child. In short, she gives up everything else in this pursuit. But is it enough to cast accolades when we have the least will to follow in her footsteps? Is there any meaning to the proclamations of how Islam is the best religion when we are unable to learn more each day on account of our preoccupation, mostly vain talk and social activities of an anti Islamic nature.
Tonight, when imambadas will be thronged with multitudes of men and women, who will shed tears on this loss, who will also observe a day off tomorrow, how many of us will be quietly listening to Majlis? How many of us will take at least one thought home to help us reform? When not working tomorrow, how many of us will restrain from discussions about others and instead reflect on the short time that now remains before death overcomes us? For years, we are commemorating these anniversaries but are we meeting the objectives of such days? And as we while away our lives in nothingness, we have turned a blind eye to the budding youth that is seeking out to other cultures and acquiring their habits. On the day we get the fortune of meeting the lady of light, which face are we going to show her – the face we wear to the mosque, or the one we don for society’s imminent attention? It is said that educating women, will educate societies but when the women repel learning or their lives are spent in things of less consequence, will mere attendance at a majlis, be of use? And hence is there really any hope for the ummah at large?
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