A simple thought from The Community on Friday:
As societies converged in the wake of globalisation, intercultural blending has left us with some indelible debris of a hitherto alien culture that has now become part of the traits of our young. There is little we have done as a society what with the death of madaaris as an influential entity in our children’s lives, now reduced to a an organisation that is ever trying to appease the young. In fact, because of the lack of fundamental knowledge of Islam, some parents handed the baton of leadership to their youth who imported new standards of morality and etiquette in the family.
Education, the most potent force in our lives, now imbalanced to provide a one sided view enabling a culture of arrogance, because of the lack of Islamic teachings of humility, slowly became the rule rather than the exception. Street language that was looked down upon, now is the official language at home, with barriers of respect torn to shreds. The youth, every generation’s most fervent hope, was handed a catalogue of gadgetry that is sure to occupy the rest of their lives. And as the teacher became google’s algorithmic search engine, and the classroom, a tablet, there grew a feeling of total knowledge amongst these young people, intoxicated with their swish possessions.
Replace became the new buzz word, that stood tall over the worn out nomenclature of repair, resulting into enormous strain on family economics. Frank became the new meaning of rude and symbolic show off became the new trend
If our homes will remain indifferent to our fading religiosity, then the mere appearance of our upcoming leaders may just be a frightening scenario. For although, new learning is bound to shape our organisations better, and new professionals are vital to improving our lot, if the tint of Islamic thought, foremost of which is the leadership lesson by Imam Ali (AS), is amiss, then no matter how flambouyant the new leader, he cannot preside over an institution standing in wait for the awaited. When he comes, he must take to question those of us who are not even able to adopt the look of a Muslim leader, let alone emulate the actions of the Ahlul Bayt.
If we truly believe we are in a state of ‘intezaar’, then our appearance, our disposition, our actions, our utterances must all reflect that, otherwise we are simply being dishonest.
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