Sharing Islam, Serving Humanity
Allah has blessed us with the beautiful and radiant light of Islam. As Muslims it is our foremost responsibility to share the meaning and message of Islam with the entire world.
“And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful.” [Quran, 3: 104]
The same way one shares possessions, wealth, or ideas for the greater good, we share the most valuable truth of all. It is the right of every person, young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and non-Muslim to hear about the Oneness of Allah, about His mercy, and what He demands of us.
Our faith makes us humble and elevated servants of Allah and ambassadors of not only Islam, but also of humanity. We serve Allah by serving the world around us. As Muslims were are indiscriminate in our dedication to charity, ending poverty and hunger, and standing for justice. It is as the late and great Muhammad Ali (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” [Muhammad Ali]
This year’s theme focuses on these aspects of Islamic work, da’wah and service, to bolster our dedication to faith and to help us further become contributing citizens of our societies.
The term sharing Islam is quickly defined as giving dawah, the act of spreading Islam to others, specifically non-Muslims. However, most people tend to forget that it also means sharing Islam to the Muslim community as well. We also need to strengthen and recharge our Iman. Sometimes we stray off from the right path and need constant reminders to get back on it. Often times, youth are in a state of confusion about our faith, due to things like culture being mixed in with religion and not having someone to properly explain those “taboo” subjects. By sharing Islamic knowledge within our community, those misconceptions can be cleared, and the youth, who are our future, are better able to understand their faith and fall in love with it. They will then be able to fully understand that Islam really is the way of life, and not have that statement just be something they hear the adults say.
When we fully understand that Islam is the way of life, then we see everything Islamically. In every situation we face, whether it be good and bad, we think of Allah. This becomes a breakthrough in a Muslim’s life and then they are able to truly serve humanity by giving back to the community. From paying zakat, to how to treat those who are marginalized in our society, to standing up to injustice, this is something they feel they need to do and not something they are forced to do. This act of kindness of helping the community in which they live in not only humbles them, but becomes a never-ending act of kindness. So ultimately in the end, by serving humanity, one is sharing the values of Islam with others.