What Happened to our Ummah?!

As Salam Alaikum friends. I hope you are well today and having a great day. I’m actually having a very good day today because I got to spend some time with a woman who is looking to studying Islam and eventually revert. Masha’Allah! She’s actually a neighbor of mine and I believe Allah brought us together under odd circumstances though, none the less lol. She has asked me to help her study! Alhamdulilah, masha’Allah…what an honor to teach someone the deen!

I felt compelled for a while now to write whats been in my heart about our Muslim community (ummah). Ummah, an Islamic Arabic term, means “community” or “nation”. Now the reason I wanted to write about this today is because the sister I am helping told me that she could not find any other willing sisters to help her study and learn our beautiful Islam! I was shocked but in a way I wasn’t.

It never ceases to amaze me anymore, with all the “every man/woman for him/herself” mentality going around. This is not Islam brothers and sisters. Our ummah is in trouble and has been for many years. My belief is that after our beloved Prophet died, and his companions, so did our ummah. No longer can we count on each other to take time out of our days to help another in need. Yet, we can be on Facebook (me too) and watch T.V., or any other thing that we do that takes away from our duties as Muslims. I am also guilty of this as well, which lead me to change in a small way by helping this young woman out. It makes me feel wonderful knowing dawah is happening! I also consider her a friend as well which as we know Allah brings us together for many reasons.

Next time you see someone sitting alone in the masjid, please, at least say your salams and maybe ask how they are. Especially if they are a new face. In my previous blog about my recent trip to the masjid, I stressed that it was an unpleasant experience, as it was. And it wasn’t the first time no one spoke to me while being alone and after giving my salams. This is exactly what I’m talking about. UMMAH!!! What happened to it?!!

What’s the solution? There may be many ways to help the situation. First off, passing judgement on other brothers and sisters of Islam ruins community (ummah). Lets face it, who wants to learn from or be around someone who is always judging them. Instead politely correct if you can, those things that you see may be wrong. It’s then up to the person to correct and for Allah to judge. Another way is to, again, reach out to others in need. Welcome new reverts with open arms as they are the fragile ones and there is currently no care for them. They take their shahada….everyone is all “Masha’Allah!!”, then BAM!, everyone’s gone! Where did everyone go. It doesn’t stop at the welcome into Islam. It should be a constant help towards those in need. I need to remind myself in this also as with everything I am writing, which is why I wanted to blog this topic.

Also, if you can, volunteer in the Muslims community for things such as helping other learn Arabic or English, which ever you speak and depending on the need. Help others learn some surahs to help them with their prayers. Teach someone that’s just reverting the 5 pillars of Islam as they are the fundamentals.

There are many other ways that I may not even be aware of but I ask if you can please comment with your suggestions. Also, what are your feelings about the state of our Ummah?

As always, May Allah keep you happy, healthy and safe. Ameen.

Love, Amani

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. towardsfalah
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:49:50

    Masha’Allah.

    We struggle individually and we struggle as a community, always striving to become better in whatever capacity we are able. Make lots of du’aas, strive for the sake of Allah (SWT), don’t let the actions of some discourage you… be that sister among the crowd who gets up, walks over and says “assalmualikumwarahmatullahiwabarakatuhu my name is___, are you new?” If no one comes, keep going and insha’Allah one day, your perseverance will be the light for someone – just like your neighbour 🙂 Allah (SWT) will help you and our community out… subhanAllah.

    I’m very happy for you and your neighbour and may she be as caring as you are in her deen – may we all. Insha’Allah you two can go to the masjid together and insha’Allah through you, change will seep into the masjid, one heart at a time.

    Persevere sister… I love your caring heart and courage for the sake of Allah (SWT) and may we all be blessed with such hearts and with such courage. Hugs.

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    • Amani
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 20:53:41

      As Salam alaikum sis, Thanks for the encouraging words. I am working on myself in this aspect because we do have to be the change we want to see. I hope we can all work towards building a better ummah insha’Allah. May Allah guide us all and may He bless you also AMeen. Hugs to you also 🙂

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  2. Asma Ben Slimane
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 09:44:27

    Wa Alaikum Salam sis very beautiful post! I know how you feel and I try to reach out but everyone always seems so busy! May Allah help us all! Ameen!

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    • Amani
      Apr 20, 2012 @ 09:52:52

      Salam alaikum sis…thanks so much for reading and commenting. You are actually one of the sisters I am speaking of when I say some sisters have been really good to me and there for me. 🙂 I appreciate you for being an awesome sis. xoxox

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