I have posted this tazkirah about ten years ago and again I post it today as a reminder to me and my fellow muslims:-
A man stood up whilst Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was on the minbar and asked:"O Mesenger of Allah,which of the people is the best?"
He said:"The best of the people are those are most well-versed in Qur'an,those who are most pious,those who most enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil,and those who are most respectful towards their relatives".(Reported by Ahmad and al-Tabarani).
There are five criteria mentioned above. Just check ourselves against them?Are we qualified to be the best ummah?The reality manifest itself...
Many of us muslims are capable of doing good deeds but only a few are capable to speak against evils or prevents the evil deeds.
Another Hadith:" The fear of people should never prevent any of you from speaking the truth when he sees it or pointing out its importance.Doing so will not hasten one's appointed time of death or lessen one's rizq".
(Reported by Ahmad and Abu Dawud.
May Allah forgive me and my fellow muslims for our failure to follow the sunnah.
Posted on 22/8/2003