Di­vine leg­is­la­tion not merely rit­ual

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Nighat Leghari Email: nighatleghari@ya­hoo.com

IT is a spe­cific sig­nif­i­cance of Is lam that all of its di­vines com mands fixed on its fol­low­ers en­cir­cle all the as­pects of hu­man life and its af­fairs. Even the sci­en­tists and re­searchers de­clared that all of four prom­i­nent Is­lamic mode of wor­ships are most pow­er­ful and ac­cu­rate ac­tiv­i­ties for mankind. It is another sin­gu­lar dis­tinc­tion of Is­lam which be­stowed upon its fol­low­ers in the form of such bless­ings which can brought plurism, tol­er­ance, tran­quil­lity and op­ti­mism to their method of life. But to our bad luck we have re­duced our faith merely to its sur­face side and did not go deep into its ori­gin and re­ceived no wis­dom from it.

Trag­i­cally enough that our Ulema have re­duced Is­lam to an out­dated set of rit­u­als to which our masses are his­tor­i­cally ad­dicted. They have made the re­li­gion a mar­ket com­mod­ity. Par­ents have also played a role to their chil­dren to de­tach them from the faith push­ing them to the high level tem­po­ral oc­cu­pa­tions and var­i­ous type of ma­te­ri­al­is­tic temp­ta­tions, con­se­quently they took the di­vine com­mand as an act of their op­tion, they did not took it as a food of thought or med­i­ta­tion.

Sadly to say that we took all th­ese wor­ships as merely the com­mands to abide not to go into the spir­i­tual or in­ter­nal as­pect. For ex­am­ple we take Na­maz (Prayer) merely a cor­po­ral ex­er­cise re­duced to the prayer rug. Dur­ing our prayer pe­riod we don’t de­velop any spir­i­tual link with our Lord who makes us ap­prised the meth­ods of right­eous­ness.

The month of Ra­mazan is a month of re­turn­ing to God and ab­stain­ing from sins and bad deeds. It gives a move­ment to med­i­tate about all the af­fairs re­lated to hu­man be­ings re­gard­ing health and phys­i­cal care oc­cupy a cen­tral place in Is­lam. Is­lam is the only faith which deal equally with the phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual health it pen­e­trate deep in to the health. Fast­ing is not merely a star­va­tion it brings to­tal bet­ter­ment to our cor­po­ral mech­a­nism, it is a fast over­haul­ing of our mind and body. It re­wards us for­bear­ances, for­ti­tude and for­give­ness. This month pro­vide us the op­por­tu­nity for night vi­gals and vi­sion to see the right path to­wards life. Hajj (Pil­grim­age) is another bless­ing be­stowed on us. It pro­vides and oc­ca­sion to min­gle with the peo­ple all over the world which gives us knowl­edge and aware­ness about the life styled and af­fairs of the peo­ple of other coun­tries.

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) rev­o­lu­tion­ized the whole of the hu­man­ity and its af­fairs. Ab­sorbed in prayer we feel high-level spir­i­tual peace and piety. But sad to say that we take Hajj as an ex­cur­sion trip with the in­ten­tion of shop­ping and pur­chas­ing. Zakat is the most ef­fec­tive wor­ship be­cause it brings an eco­nom­i­cal bet­ter­ment to the down trod­den peo­ple of the so­cial set up. When we share our hard earn money with the poor brethrens it pro­vides us sat­is­fac­tion to our mind and con­science and con­se­quently Allah in­creases our in­come man­i­fold but strange enough that we take this as an os­ten­ta­tion and show off wealth.

The down-run of moral­ity piety, daily in­crease in crimes cor­rup­tion and in­ter­na­tion­ally dif­fer­ence and dis­putes have now be­come the com­po­nents of Is­lam be­cause of our de­vi­a­tion from the di­vine com­mands. We have breached the Di­vine leg­is­la­tion in all our af­fairs which is lead­ing us to all evils of so­ci­ety and we are fac­ing fear & all types of ob­sta­cles and in­se­cu­rity in life. — The writer is a free­lance columnist based in Mul­tan.

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