Consider the person who lives his entire life avoiding responsibility. One who thinks only of feeding himself, of only his own future, house, car and other property … That which unfolds around him, the tragedies and injustices that take place all over the world, the bloodshed, anguish and hunger suffered by others, does not concern him at all. He is indifferent to plight of those who have been unjustly attacked, or the child who can find not even a crumb to eat. There are many who think that if they can avoid thinking of these concerns, they themselves can be at peace. Although they find themselves in a cruel world, this does not trouble them or affect their consciences. Now, you may be thinking, “Yes, but what can I do?” But, think how the world would be if everyone thought that way … There would not be a single person to battle for good against the evils of the world. In fact, in every period of history, there have been those who fulfilled this duty. They came out fearlessly, trying to promote good in the world and keep it alive. The basic characteristics to be found among them were a fear (and respect) of Allah, listening to their conscience, courage, outspokenness, and a willingness to accept responsibility. True courage, as outlined in the Qur’an, is showing determination in respecting all of the limits that Allah set for humanity, without exception, and without hesitation, fearing none other than Allah, and not deviating from this course whatever the circumstances or the conditions may be.
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