Respect Muharram…

What if two people promise never to hurt each other… and they succeed in always treating each other with utmost care and respect… how strong will be this relationship… how deep will be their bond of love and care…

Similarly if this rule is observed within a household… no one hurts anyone physically or emotionally… they respect one another’s rights… they take care and protect each other’s lives, possessions and dignity… will there be any anger, resentment or grudges in such a family?

And if this is the way people live in a country… there is mutual respect and care… how much peace there will be… and how much prosperity too… because one is the result of the other.

So if you think about it, most of our problems can simply disappear, if only we can bring this one word in our lives… Respect.

And the reason why we do not respect people is because we don’t realize their true worth. Or we take them for granted because we think it doesn’t really matter… But look at the words of Allah when He describes the sacred months…

 “Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve months in the register of Allah from the day He created the heavens and the earth; out of these, four months are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not do “zulm” on yourselves during them… [Quran 9: 36]

These sacred months are Rajab, Zulqaa’dah, Zulhajjah and Muharram. And Allah is saying that the most important thing in these months is that we should not do zulm on ourselves… but who would be unkind to one’s own self? We are so protective about our own interests so it seems unthinkable that we would be unjust or cruel to our own selves… so what does it mean?

The fact is that when we are being unkind and unfair to others then we are loading our own destiny with the harmful consequences of such actions. And this doesn’t only affect us in the long run… rather the effects of hurting others are instantly felt in our own heart and soul… Just like doing an act of charity brings instant happiness in the heart… similarly unkind acts destroy our peace of mind…

So you can see how a whole society becomes engulfed by negativity… and anxiety… and restlessness… and insecurity… due to lack of kindness and courtesy… and the only solution to bring back peace and prosperity in our lives is to start evaluating our attitude towards one another…

The beautiful thing about our religion is that we begin our new year with the sacred month of Muharram… and these sacred months are like a training period for us to be extra conscious not to do zulm… so that we can stay away from it in the other months too…

What exactly is zulm? It refers to all acts of injustice and cruelty… Not caring for the rights of others… not acknowledging their status… is zulm on yourself… because when you don’t give love and respect to others then you deprive yourself from their love and care. If you don’t honour your parents then you don’t get the benefit of their priceless love and duas… when you don’t give quality time to your children then you will lose their loving gestures and delightful companionship… if a wife doesn’t respect her husband then she gets ignored too… and if a husband doesn’t admire and encourage his wife then he will lose her trust and love that she could have given him endlessly…

So when we don’t give rights then we ourselves end up as losers… even if we live in grand palaces and ride in the most luxurious cars… our hearts are empty and we keep filling them with material objects that can never satisfy us because lifeless objects cannot give life to our hearts…

So lets contemplate and internalize the sanctity of this sacred month… lets make it our number one resolution this year that we will respect the rights of Allah and of our fellow human beings… let’s not be unkind to ourselves anymore…

May Allah help us to remember it… Ameen.

4 thoughts on “Respect Muharram…

  1. ameen. Jazakillahu khayran katheera ❤

    On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 2:25 PM The Seekers Path wrote:

    > theseekerspath posted: “What if two people promise never to hurt each > other… and they succeed in always treating each other with utmost care and > respect… how strong will be this relationship… how deep will be their bond > of love and care… Similarly if this rule is observed within” >

  2. MashAllah you have explained it so beautifully , doing injustice to others is actually doing zulm on ourselves .May Allah bless you for enlightening us ameen

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