Solving Problems in Ramadan

There are basically two ways of solving any problem: the way of justice and the way of mercy.

The Glorious Quran calls for justice at all levels. Justice is the mission of all messengers of Allah. Justice leads to peace at all levels: individual, family, community and the world at large. The way of justice is heavily underscored in Surat al-Hadeed, “We have already sent our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that people may maintain [their affairs] in justice…. “Quran 57:25. The need for justice is ingrained in our bones. When we experience injustice, we usually express our feelings by saying: it isn’t fair. How many times have we heard this sentence recently? Did we think about who said it? And why it has been said? Have we taken responsibility and did something about it?

Whatever the case may be, we tend to demand justice if the result is to be in our favor. Sure enough we demand justice if our rights are violated. Question: do we still demand justice if we violate the rights of others? A young man who broke the law appeared in court and he was terrified. The judge left the bench and came down, put his hand on the man’s shoulder and asked him: my son, in this court justice is always served, why are you so afraid? The young man answered: “that is why I am afraid”. What the young man wanted is the way of Mercy.

The way of mercy is the way of Allah (swt). In surah Fatir (35:45), Allah (swt) says “And if Allah were to impose blame on the people for what they have earned, He would not leave upon it [the earth] any creature…. The same message is confirmed in surah al-Nahl (16:61) “And if Allah were to impose blame on the people for their wrongdoing, He would not have left [on earth] any creature…. Since Mercy is Allah’s way in dealing with us; since the month of Ramadan is the month of Mercy and since our beloved Prophet Muhammad is the Prophet of mercy, Doesn’t it make sense to try the way of Mercy (not the way of justice) when people violate our right?

To make the way of Mercy your way of life is to learn how to lower your wings (Quran 26:215 and 17:24) during Ramadan and beyond.

About the Author
Dr. Mohammed Saleh

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Dr. Mohammed Saleh spent most of his life in the field of education: teaching, administration and consulting. He taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels. At Umm – Al Qura University (Makkah), Dr. Saleh held the position of Assistant Professor at the College of Education and Associate Professor at the college of Social Sciences. Dr. Saleh had the pleasure of running three k – 12 Islamic Schools in North America: Panama City Florida, Richmond (British Columbia) and Ann Arbor (Michigan.) As an educational Consultant, Dr. Saleh used his life – long experience in education to develop a model of Quran – curriculum integration process (abbreviated Q – cip.) His vision was to share his knowledge and experience with Islamic schools in North America to help teachers integrate the Glorious Quran in all subjects. May Allah swt, in His infinite Mercy, grant him the highest level of Paradise, inshaAllah.

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