Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Muslimness Continued...

Ramadan being the month in which the Quran was revealed, muslims everywhere take the opportunity to recite the poetic verses. While reading verse 177 of the second Surah, I was very excited at having found the definition of muslimness:

“It is not righteousness
That ye turn your faces
Towards East or West;
But it is righteousness -
To believe in Allah
And the Last Day,
And the Angels,
And the Book,
And the Messengers;
To spend of your substance,
Out of your love for Him,
For your kin,
For orphans,
For the needy,
For the wayfarer,
For those who ask,
And for the ransom of slaves;
To be steadfast in prayer,
And practise regular charity,
To fulfill the contracts
Which ye have made;
And to be firm and patient,
In pain
And adversity
And throughout All periods of panic.
Such are the people
Of truth, the God- fearing

I love that Islam is so much more than just rituals and self-help. I love that it recognises injustice and inequality and that the fighting of social injustice and the uplifting of fellow human beings is at the top of the 'to do' list.

7 comments:

Khadija said...

sun7anallah! A beautiful definition of 'muslimness' to which we may all aspire.

:)

M Junaid said...

very inspiring Ayat - I love that entire surah - especially verse 153 :)

Comms said...

hey i hear suadi arabians have internet rules? so what do suadi arabians do on the net?

Anonymous said...

http://organharvester.blogspot.com/2008/09/inbred-sickle-cell-suffering-siege.html

I posted it too :)

Aasia

desert demons said...

Thanx 4 the visit Khatija ;-), will check that out Aasia;-) , MJ- I guess patient perseverance is an ummah wide aspiration!

KiLLa said...

There are many ayats' that depict what you were trying to portray..

But needless to say u managed to get the perfect one..

desert demons said...

thanx killer :) its amazing how some days you open your Quran randomly and the verse you hit is the one you needed to read :)