Note: This post is completely a result of a discussion which I was having with Safi yesterday. As it was completely random and on texts, i thought id write something which would might be benificial and motivating for others.
A little over 14 centuries ago Prophet Mohammad (SAW), was meditating and speculating over various aspects of creation around him in his favorite resort, a cave named Hira in the mountanous region of Mecca when an Angel, Hazrat Gabriel (AS), came to him and said, “Read.” “I cannot read,” the Prophet (SAW) said. Hazrat Gabriel (AS) squeezed the Prophet (SAW) and repeated the order thrice until the Prophet (SAW) started repeating the verses, trembling with fear. And thus, came the first commandment of Islam: READ.
After this, there were several instances where Allah (SWT) encouraged people to educate, research and instill curosity amongst themselves. These are just a few instances:
In the heavens and the earth there are certainly signs for the believers. And in your creation and all the creatures He has scattered about there are signs for people with certainty. (Surat al-Jathiyah: 3-4)
In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are Signs for people of intelligence: those who remember Allah standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: “Our Lord, You did not create this for nothing. Glory be to You! So guard us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Surah Ali-‘Imran: 190-191)
Have they not looked at the camel – how it was created? and at the sky – how it was raised up? and at the mountains – how they were embedded? and at the earth – how it was smoothed out? So remind them! You are only a reminder. (Surat al-Ghashiyah: 17-21)
Allah created you from dust and then from a drop of sperm and then made you into pairs. No female gets pregnant or gives birth except with His knowledge. And no living thing lives long or has its life cut short without that being in a Book. That is easy for Allah. (Surah Fatir: 11)
In merely 23 years after the first verse of the Quran was revealed, Prophet Mohammad (SAW) laid the foundation and became the Head of State of an ideal state in Medina. There were social reforms in areas such as social security, family structure and women rights. There were also economic reforms such as zakaat. Ofcourse, the reforms were far more than the veneration that is left today. Even after his death, Islam grew not only politically and economically but also in education and arts. But soon, it all started to detoriate.
The main idea of Islam is now simply reduced to the five basic pillars and the real essence has been lost. We now only practice them all simply as a habit which we have picked up over the years without trying to know the real meanings. The ummah has sadly forgotten the first command ever given by Allah (SWT) to the Prophet (SAW). Today, we only get education to land a good job, get married in a rich family and have a luxurious life. The curosity factor is just no more and as a result we are dependent upon all the technology that is imported from the West, which was only a few centuries ago known as the barbaric world. Today, the highest ratio of PhDs/scientists is in Israel which means there is a high degree of research being carried out by Jews in practically all fields making them world leaders. As a result, they make all the policies and are becoming stronger by the day.
So what do we do now? Of course something has terribly gone wrong. We are all so-called educated Muslims. I am sure there’s something which we can do to help the state of Muslims.