08 Apr The Most Just
There is an insane amount of injustice in this world.
This imbalance of violence and oppression, and joy and beauty, has existed throughout Islamic history. The antipodes are just bizarre. Social media can make you feel like you are not doing enough to address the injustices; I need to be reminded, and I want to remind my reader, that we have been asked by God to not despair. He is the Most Just.
I have learnt that it is what the privileged do with their opportunities, money, work, intellect, access, etc. that defines our standing, and that is what God will ask us about. I was reminded of a beautiful hadith:
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Islam began as something strange and will go back to being strange, so glad tidings to the strangers.”
This world is not our home. We are passing through. We are not limited to merely an earthly existence. My thoughts, actions, speech, ethics, where I put my time, energy and money will weigh heavy on the Day of Reckoning. What we do with our resources, how we behave, our mannerisms, how we deal with other people – family, friends, strangers, from those who have brought us tears of joy and a sense of safety, to those that have brought us pain and anger, tested our patience and resilience – determines how we are living our faith and our response when we’re six feet under. It determines how the rest of the world is living.
Nu’man b. Bashir reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.”
So whilst Al-‘Adl is comforting and encouraging, I want to ask: what are we putting out to the world? What are we giving to each other in humanity? Anyone can sit behind a screen in the age of social media, assume the worst in others and spread all forms of negativity… Ultimately, how is our output in alignment with our purpose? What do we want to give to future generations? This is a reminder to myself first and foremost: immerse yourself in Islamic history and you will be in awe and dumbfounded at the sheer benevolence, tenderness and patience people showed with not only each other, but to animals and earth too.
‘Allah is the absolute justice. Both good and bad are necessary. Allah shows one with the other, the right against the wrong, and shows us the consequences of each, then He leaves us free to use our own judgement. One often needs to experience and to know the opposite of a thing in order to understand it. We must be thankful for the good and accept without judgement or complaint, that which doesn’t seem to be good.’