I just started thinking about this and i'd like to post this to anyone who would be interested in responding.
If this Ummah were viewed as a body (in our present current state):
Who is the brain?
Who are the eyes?
Who are the hands, the feet, shoulders, etc.?
Who are the lungs, the stomach etc.?
Who is the heart?
Are the hands the people that make dawah or is it the mujahideen. Are the brains the ulama? Or is the brain the pretenders in knowledge?
Are the legs and feet those that go to the masjids for their prayers or the ones that run when they hear the azaan? Or the refugees that are forced from their homes?
Are the sheesha smokers our lungs?
Is the back the people of Palestine that struggle under the weight of oppression?
Who is the belly/stomach ... those who have nothing to eat?
Who is our voice and why are we not united in all of our "organ" systems?
What do any of you think?
When i look at it this way, i see our nation currently disjointed and in a state of disease. Whereas in the time of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and his Companions (RA), they were all united and it was like everyone was a part of every body "system".
Then i look at this hadith:
On the authority of Abu 'Abdullah al-Nu'man bin Bashir, radiyallahu 'anhu
, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam
"Truly, what is lawful is evident, and what is unlawful is evident, and in between the two are matters which are doubtful which many people do not know. He who guards against doubtful things keeps his religion and honour blameless, and he who indulges in doubtful things indulges in fact in unlawful things, just as a shepherd who pastures his flock round a preserve will soon pasture them in it. Beware, every king has a preserve, and the things Allah has declared unlawful are His preserves. Beware, in the body there is a flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt, and behold, it is the heart."
IMO, the heart is corrupted.
It has been reported by Imam Ahmad in Al-Musnad and Al-Tirmithi in Sunan that Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “When the believer commits sin, a black spot appears on his heart. If he repents and gives up that sin and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished. But if (the sin) increases, (the black spot) increases. That is the raan which Allah mentions in His Book: ‘Nay! But on their hearts is the Raan (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn’ .” Al-Tirmithi said that it is sahih (authentic).
I'm no scholar, nor do i pretend to be. Nor am i some wannabe saint that expects something from this. And if i've done something offensive in this thread, feel free to erase it and Allah forgive me. But in light of my take on the ummah being in a state of disease, these make me feel good:
Abu Hurairah also reports that Allah's Messenger, peace be upon him, said: "For every misfortune, illness, anxiety, grief, or hurt that afflicts a Muslim -even the hurt caused by the pricking of a thorn - Allah removes some of his sins." Ibn Mas'ud said: "I visited the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, while he had a fever. I exclaimed: 'O Messenger of Allah! You have a high fever! ' He said: 'My fever is as much as two among you [might have]. ' I asked: 'Is it because you have a double reward?' He replied: 'Yes, that is right. No Muslim is afflicted with any hurt, even if it is no more than the pricking of a thorn, but Allah wipes off his sins because of it and his sins fall away from him as leaves fall from a tree'."
Jabir narrated that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: "There is a cure for every disease. Whenever an illness is treated with its right remedy, it will, by Allah's permission, be cured." (Muslim)