Monday, April 8, 2013

Less Talk and More Action

There was a period of less talk and more action. It had been the era of Companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Whenever the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saw a group of people wasting their time in idle talk, he would steer his Companions away from such gatherings. People who waste away their precious time in small talk at the end would not achieve anything and they would end up with misery, despair and regret.

The era next to the Sahaaba’s came an epoch in which people talked amply and accomplished plenty. Talking was necessary to proclaim the virtues of Islam and that was the time when Islam started to spread across the world.

The next era was an era of sorrow and grief, especially for Muslims. It was full of talk in the depiction of contradicting opinions, arguments, counter arguments, squabbles and the likes. Most of those babbling did not gain anything other than triggering more babble and disunity.  The progress of knowledge among Muslims came to a grinding halt as everyone was pointlessly arguing with everyone else. Islamic empires that were sturdily built upon truthful actions in the previous eras started to crumble under the feet of these futile talks and contradictions that had started to creep into the Muslim community.
Presently, Muslims of this world merely exist in this world as an insignificant lot that has lost its identity, hallmark, heritage, drive and dynamism. Nowadays, just about every one believes that things can be made, problems could be solved and anything could be achieved and attained by just talking our heads off.  Many issues of the Muslims be it religious, communal, economical, remain unsolved for several years; because we naively believed that they can be overcome by holding seminars, conventions, debates and discussions.  Muslims, who claim that there is remedy for everything in Islam, are mired in a sea of problems themselves because they failed to act on Islamic prescriptions.  

If we need to regain our former esteem position, we should increase our actions than dictions. We should work more than we talk. We should really try than just cry.  

Some maintain that plans and actions are not really necessary as it is the Almighty who controls results and has already destined the course of every happening.

It is an irrefutable obligation of a true believer to accept destiny. However, total inaction upon this conviction is one of the poorest for of adherence to this noble concept.

Thousands upon thousands of youths are longing to shed their blood if someone could show them the correct way of struggle. But today there is no real guidance. There is only non productive bragging about the gallantry of ancestors.

In fact, we cannot say out-and-out say that there are no actions at all. However, those actions are no way sufficient to the real needs looming out there. Moreover, nowadays orators do not address the issues that need addressing but they believe that people should listen to what they say.

It should be noted that discourses that come in the form of constructive guidance could be always useful. When we read the Sura Lukman in the Holy Qur’an, advices given by Lukman to his son still sounds inspiring even after 14 centuries.

There should be two main characteristics in a discourse of advice; Logical presentation and pleasant language. When a sermon blends these features, they become very affective. But today, we do not see these qualities in orations.

However, it could be seen certain orators try to reinforce their standpoints with so called ‘incidents’ without bothering to establish its authenticity. Some even do not worry if it is in conformity with Islamic principles. They just want to adorn their speeches with captivating incidents and anecdotes that create ruffle of laughter. In this kind of discourses, though they look apparently admired, ultimately people get nothing useful out of them.  

In yet another kind of speech, the orator would be in a totally different kind of surreal world full of philosophy his head in the clouds, speaking among a grass-root level listeners who are yet to grasp the minimal basics of the religion. The orator would not address any mundane issues but the audience would be the kind of people who struggle to make their ends meet. Failure of such discourses to address the religious aspects of the routine life of the crowd invariably renders them mostly futile.

Some speakers thrive on controversy. They mostly assault some or other organization which garners a viewpoint over a certain issue that is different from the outfit the orator belongs to. No sooner the podium would be a stage of challenge and some go as far as to place wages on a certain conflict to make their challenges lively, saying ‘if you refute this or prove that I will pay you this much’. This kind of talk would appear as if they are very affective and vigorous. But the end result of this kind of fireworks, especially from the point of average people, would be almost always naught.  Most probably it could induce enmity, rivalry and disunity among some people.

There is a kind of oration that stands apart from all other kinds we discussed so far. They consist of religious guidance necessary for the average believer to fashion his life in a way to win the acceptance of his Creator, and that teaches him on how to make his life a joy of existence while prevailing within religious perimeters. This kind of discourses would be spiced over with down to earth examples that a practical and realistic. There would not be controversy or challenges in this kind of speeches and the listeners would feel as if they have been relieved of a suffocating burden that had been tormenting them for some time. The discourse would make the listeners feel as if their thoughts calmly flow like a river in flat prairie, which had been running over rock strewn uneven surface some time ago. The speech would also help them differentiate between good and bad, God and Satan and real from fantasy and shape their lives accordingly.

These are the kind of speeches we need today to rejuvenate the Ummah.


"Action Speaks Louder than Words" 

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