Many of us have our own versions to measure ourselves.Using different criteria will give us different ratings.As muslims,let us check ourselves against what our Prophet Muhamad said about the best of people....
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...
Every day,we are being bombarded by the bad news of evils.I am very reluctant to read the newspapers in the morning because it may spoil my mood for the day.A few days ago,I read about the Malaysia Audit Report and it made me sick in the stomach!This reminds me of what the British philospher Betrand Russell said:"Islam is the best religion, but muslims are the worst people".Looking at what is happening in Egypt and Syria right now,I am very sad to admit that Betrand Russel may be correct when he said about us muslims!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.