Heavenly Call (26)
Welcome to the 26th episode of Heavenly Call on the occasion of the blessed fasting month of Ramadhan.
We start with the special supplication of the 26th day, please listen:
“O Allah, let my efforts this day be worthy of appreciation, let my sins therein be forgiven, my works be accepted, and my faults remain hidden; O sharpest of listeners!”
If you remember, we briefly discussed important factors which bolster unity and fraternity in the Islamic society and guarantee independence and dignity of Muslims. This means that we have to monitor the enemy's plots with insight in order to foil them. But we must not forget that the domestic ills are no less dangerous than the external ones. The Prophet's first infallible successor, Imam Ali (AS) has said:
“When the Muslims came back from a hard fought battle, the Messenger of God said, "Good for those who have accomplished the 'minor jihad' and now get ready for the 'major jihad'. The Muslims, thinking that the Prophet was getting prepared for a greater battle, asked him, 'what is the major jihad?' The Prophet answered, 'the jihad against the self' which is much harder and more crucial than fighting the external enemy.'”
In part of ayah 3 of surah Ma'idah of the holy Qur’an, God Almighty says: “Today the faithless have despaired of your religion. So do not fear them but fear Me.”
The Late great Iranian philosopher and thinker, Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, has said, "When God says, 'Fear Me', He means fear your domestic dangers and threats."
The holy Qur'an in many ayahs mentions examples of dangerous behaviors and words. For instance, in ayah 11 of surah Hujuraat we read:
“O you who have faith! Let not any people ridicule another people: it may be that they are better than they are; nor let women ridicule women: it may be that they are better than they are.”
The exegetes of the holy Qur'an have mentioned numerous interpretations on the place and time of revelation of this ayah. Some of them say that the famous preacher, Sabet ibn Qays, had weak hearing; so, when he arrived at the mosque, Muslims would give him a place near to the Prophet so that he could understand the Prophet's remarks. One day, he entered the mosque, saying "give me a place". One of the Muslims said "sit here." This annoyed him so that he asked the man, "Who are you?" The man said his name. Sabet referred to his mother as she used to be called by bad names during the era of ignorance. As the man was humiliated he cast his head down in humiliation. At this moment the above ayah was revealed.
Experts of ethics and psychologists have mentioned various causes for mockers such as narcissism, superciliousness, haughtiness, spite, enmity, and so on.
For sure, even the faithful may have faults and moral shortcomings but this shouldn't allow others to ridicule them.
It is noteworthy that the word "Qaum" meaning people or ethnicity has been used in the ayah. It indicates that ridiculing is not limited to individuals but there may be groups and ethnicities which mock at each other on the basis of race, ethnicity, language etc. This will sow the seeds of spite, difference, animosity, hatred and so on. As a result, unity and consistency will be undermined among Muslim communities and nations. This is what the enemies are zealously waiting for. The surface superiorities must never be the cause of evaluation.