بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surat Al-Mumtaĥanah (She that is to be examined): 08]
Adopting the way of moderation is encouraged in Islam. However, we sometimes tend to lean towards extreme behaviors. For example, when we a wrong action being performed, we should not write off the person doing it completely or declare him/her to be a disbeliever, thus breaking all contact with that person. At the same time we should not be too lax about the wrongdoing, thinking that one should just ‘live and let live’, because as Muslims , it is our duty to enjoin good and forbid evil. It is a delicate balance that we need to learn to strike in our dealings and this is something that requires wisdom. I know I do lack this wisdom at times but am hopeful that it does come as one aquires more knowledge and experience. Generally, I know when to keep quiet. The trouble is knowing when to speak up and delivering the message effectively. Ultimately we have to realize that only Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) can change hearts.
Moderation is also required in matters of wealth and spending. One should not be stingy or hide the blessings of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). Nor should one show off with arrogance the things that we have been blessed with through manners that are displeasing to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). The target with moderation is always pleasing Allah (سبحانه و تعالى)first and foremost.
Moderation is required with respect to time as well. I don’t think I manage time very well yet. I tend to put things off for later for a time when I’m ‘free’. But one is never truly free; something or the other always occupies us. In a day, we have to manage to take out time for our families, our housework and our duties as students of the Qur’an. It is important that no one preoccupation should make us neglect all our other responsibilities. For this we require patience and the ability to sacrifice. Our family members and friends should not feel as though their rights are being ignored because of our aquiring knowledge of the Qur’an. Firstly, the Qur’an itself teaches us to fulfill the rights of our loved ones and secondly with this any indifference or harsh behavior from our side it is unlikely that they will end up drawing closer to the Qur’an.
We should be able to sacrifice of our own desires. If we have to stay up an extra hour to complete an assignment, or do the tajweed (correct articulation) homework, then that should be easy for us as students of the Qur’an. Also, we need to understand our weaknesses. If I feel that I have difficulty waking up in the morning and there is something I need to work on, then I should not put off work for the morning because there is a chance it will not get done. I should try to fulfill all my responsibilities before going to bed. At the same time I should try and inculcate within me the habit of sleeping early and waking up early so I can make the best use of my time each day Insha Allah.