It’s a common fact; the further we progress in time from the era of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam), the more we degenerate on a universal basis. The scary part is the speed with which we are currently deteriorating!


Emphasis on the inner self

Islam has always emphasised on the internal self rather than the mere appearance of an action. By offering a sacrifice during ‘Eidul Ad-ha no meat or blood reaches Allah; and neither are they the objectives of this obligation. Allah Ta’ala says:

“Their meat nor blood reaches Allah, but it is your taqwa (piety) that does”

(Surah Al-Haj, verse:37)

For this reason we are allowed to consume the meat ourselves. In fact according to some scholars, it is incumbent for one to partake of his own animal of sacrifice.

Another example by which we can understand this philosophy of Islam is the Hadith in which Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) said:

“One dirham (at times) surpasses one hundred thousand dirhams.” The Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) enquired the reason to which he (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) replied: “One person has abundant wealth and donates a hundred thousand there from, while another man only has 2 dirhams, from which he donates 1 dirham!”

 (Nasai, declared sahih by Imams Ibn Khuzaimah- Hadith: 2443 and Ibn Hibban- Hadith: 3347 -rahimahumallah)

In other words, sometimes when the charity of two separate people are compared, outwardly one of them may have contributed far more than the other (even a hundred times more) but the intention, sacrifice, and heart with which that one dirham was given cannot be matched by the one who donated one hundred thousand times more!


The Real Thing

In the light of this principle, we would understand the following:

Having the Quran is not sufficient; the actual reward lies in reciting it and abiding by it.

Having an “Islamic” ringtone or wallpaper doesn’t define one as truly Islamic.

The beauty and number of the Masajid do not matter as much as the numbers of those who frequent it does.

The same goes to any other aspect of Din; it’s the quality rather than quantity that counts; it’s the inner spirit with which an action is carried out that has a greater impact compared to the outer image.


A Lesson from the Recent Past

Unfortunately, presently we (the Ummah at large) have attached such importance to the outer appearance that we have become oblivious of the actual essence of these acts of worship.

In the years gone by, when a person would go for Haj, it would be a unique experience for the entire community. The people would accompany the prospective Haji to the outskirts of the town, or to the train station, the seaport, or airport. Emotions would be high; tears would be rolling down the cheeks of the envious onlookers. This future Haji would be given a stack of papers with various requests; requests of a sublime nature. Some would be requests for du’a to be blessed with children, others may ask that Allah grant them suitable partners etc. A few would ask that their du’a be made at a specific location or in a particular time in the blessed lands. This Haji would try his best to fulfil these requests and more often than not, the desired results would be achieved.

Upon his return, the atmosphere would be electric, the airports or seaports would be crowded, and people would be full of anticipation to meet the returning Haji; to request his du’as once more as Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

“O Allah! Forgive the Haji and all those on behalf of whom he seeks forgiveness.”

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol.1, pg.441)

One Hadith states:

“When you meet a (returning) Haji, then greet him and ask him to seek forgiveness on your behalf before he enters his home, for his du’as are (more) accepted until then.”

(Musnad Ahmad, Hadith: 5371 and Majma’uz zawaid, 4/16)


Meeting the Haji upon his return was the habit of the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) as well. (Musnad Ahmad, Hadith: 6018)

This entire experience was a moving one. It affected both parties; those who performed the Haj and those who didn’t.


And Now…

Today people still go for Haj, in fact the numbers are much more as well, but the spirit of the both; the prospective Haji as well as those remaining behind are no more there. The Haji in most cases leaves and arrives un-noticed. Nowadays those who go for Haj are still handed a stack of requests; requests of a very different kind. Some of them request a particular watch, others demand a specific clothing item or gaming device. Even today the location and exact spot is mentioned in these requests, but these are the locations of shops; locations outside the actual places of worship.

This is just a single example. The following table shows the extent of our slide down the slope of retrogression:


Once upon a time we had:

At the present time, we have:



 Less wealth but more Barakah (blessing)
  • More earnings, but its never enough
 Smaller homes with bigger hearts
  • Larger Homes, but smaller hearts
 Less Masajid, Huffaz, ‘Ulama etc, but more respect for them
  • An abundance of them, but no respect
 Less forms of communication, but were more in touch with each other
  • A flood of communication tools, but are less in contact
 More children and were able to discipline them
  • Lesser children and equally less control over them
 Simple weddings with lasting joy
  • Lavish wedding ceremonies with more break ups.
 Less knowledge, but more practice
  • A flood of information but a drought in action!


Ironically, despite being aware of this free-fall we remain heedless in stopping it!

May Allah Ta’ala guide us all and may He restore the days of glory that the Ummah needs so badly. Amin.




التخريج من المصادر العربية

القرآن الكريم (الحج: ٣٧): {لَنْ يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَكِنْ يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَى مِنْكُمْ كَذَلِكَ سَخَّرَهَا لَكُمْ لِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُحْسِنِينَ}.

سنن النسائي (٢٥٢٧): أخبرنا قتيبة، قال: حدثنا الليث، عن ابن عجلان، عن سعيد بن أبي سعيد، والقعقاع، عن أبي هريرة، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: «سبق درهم مائة ألف درهم» قالوا: وكيف؟ قال: «كان لرجل درهمان تصدق بأحدهما، وانطلق رجل إلى عرض ماله، فأخذ منه مائة ألف درهم فتصدق بها».

صحيح ابن خزيمة (٢٤٤٣): حدثنا محمد بن بشار، حدثنا صفوان بن عيسى، حدثنا ابن عجلان، عن زيد بن أسلم، عن أبي صالح، عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «سبق درهم مائة ألف قالوا: يا رسول الله كيف يسبق درهم مائة ألف قال: «رجل كان له درهمان، فأخذ أحدهما فتصدق به، وآخر له مال كثير فأخذ من عرضها مائة ألف».

صحيح ابن حبان: الإحسان (٣٣٤٧): أخبرنا حاجب بن أركين الفرغاني، بدمشق، حدثنا أحمد بن إبراهيم الدورقي، حدثنا صفوان بن عيسى، عن ابن عجلان، عن زيد بن أسلم، عن أبي صالح، عن أبي هريرة، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «سبق درهم مائة ألف»، فقال رجل: وكيف ذاك يا رسول الله، قال: «رجل له مال كثير أخذ من عرضه مائة ألف، فتصدق بها، ورجل ليس له إلا درهمان فأخذ أحدهما فتصدق به».

المستدرك للحاكم (١/ ٤٤١): حدثنا بكر محمد بن الصيرفي بمرو، حدثنا جعفر بن محمد بن شاكر، حدثنا الحسين بن محمد المروذي، حدثنا شريك، عن منصور، عن أبي حازم، عن أبي هريرة، رضي الله عنه، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «اللهم اغفر للحاج، ولمن استغفر له الحاج».
هذا حديث صحيح على شرط مسلم، ولم يخرجاه.

مسند أحمد (٥٣٧١): حدثنا عفان، حدثنا محمد بن الحارث الحارثي، حدثنا محمد بن عبد الرحمن بن البيلماني، عن أبيه، عن عبد الله بن عمر قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «إذا لقيت الحاج فسلم عليه وصافحه، ومره أن يستغفر لك قبل أن يدخل بيته، فإنه مغفور له».

مجمع الزوائد (٤/ ١٦): عن عبد الله بن عمر رحمه الله قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «إذا لقيت الحاج فسلم عليه وصافحه ومره أن يستغفر لك قبل أن يدخل بيته، فإنه مغفور له».
رواه أحمد، وفيه محمد بن البيلماني، وهو ضعيف.

مسند أحمد (٦٠١٨): حدثنا وكيع، عن إسماعيل بن عبد الملك، عن حبيب بن أبي ثابت قال: «خرجت مع أبي نتلقى الحاج فنسلم عليهم قبل أن يتدنسوا».