The instigators of hate and people that are reactionary are both ignorant fools and come from two sides of the same coin; neither of them is of benefit to any society. When we see this in abundance amongst people around us, it may make one feel hopeless that change can never come. But because believers strive to trust in God and His plan, they hope to understand things better. We may not be able to change people but the one thing that is in our own hands is what we can do with ourselves to make the world a better place for our own little communities.
We pray to God to guide us to the True Knowledge that He would want us to know. We go back to our teachers and we try to learn from their example. Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not afraid to bring the message of Truth to this world and his words of wisdom have helped many who have been in dire need of it.
I would like to share these pearls of wisdom that I have come across in recent times and I hope that we can all benefit from it. He (pbuh) said when asked about knowledge:
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on Knowledge and Learning: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) once entered a mosque where there were a group of people surrounding a man. “Who is that?”, inquited the Prophet. He was told, “He is a very learned man.” The Prophet asked, “What is a learned man?” They told him, “He is the most learned of men regarding Arab geneologies, past episodes, the days of the pre-Islamic times and Arabic poetry.” The Prophet said, “That is knowledge whose ignorance does not harm one nor is its possession of any benefit to one.” Then the Prophet declared, “Verily, knowledge consists of these three: the firm sign, the just duty, and the establish praxis. All else is superfluous.”One who proceeds on a path in the pursuit of knowledge, God makes him proceed therewith on a path to the Paradise. And, verily, the angels spread their wings for the seekers of knowledge out of delight. Verily, every creature of the heaven and the earth asks forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge, even the fish in the sea. The merit of the learned over the devout is like the merit of the moon over the stars on a full-moon night. The learned are the heirs of the prophets, for the prophets did not leave behind a legacy of wealth but that of knowledge. So whoever partakes of it derives a plenteous benefit.
I believe the challenge for today is now finding the truth as it is sometimes hard to decipher right from wrong when we hear the news. All we can really do is to sincerely make intention and go out and seek the truth. Are you with me?