Muslims must restore the noble values of the holy Qur’an to share with the whole of humanity in advancing and building of a society of virtue and civilized development. This society should protect the human right in life, liberty and the right to seek a a suitable job and a decent life.
This was the beginning of the great catastrophe of our nation. We see mosques full of worshipers, we see millions of Muslims in the Hajj and Umrah, we see Muslims hurrying in the payment of zakat, and we see Muslims performing the ritual of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
At the same time, and besides the mentioned, we see cheating, corruption, theft, and fighting among Muslims. We see that the same environment which is the incubator of moral and behavioral degradation is the very environment that is committed to the pillars of the reduced claimed pillars of Islam.
Yes, we saw all this as long as the start and the definition of the pillars of Islam have reduced its pillars in the religious rites. We will see more than that as long as we insist on not to study the issue and correct the mistakes in accordance with the divine discourse in the holy Qur’an, which cannot contain any kind of mistakes.
If we studied the book of Allah in the proper way, without any ambiguity or delusion, we will find out that Islam is built on morality. The rituals of worship are only means to guide us to understand the religion of monotheism, to achieve the state of moral purity and self-purification and promoting the soul.
Prayer forbids indecency and evil deeds, wrongdoing, taking people’s money through scam, breaking promises, gossiping, rumors, unjustly attacking people and cooperating in sin and transgression.
Zakat is important in helping the poor and the needy people and reducing the psychological barrier between the rich and the poor and dealing with poor people with mercy and charity. Thus, Zakat fortifies the communities and bans theft or assault on money besides it cleanses the soul against greed.
Zakat is considered a great worship to Allah Almighty as it is always associated with prayer, where the Almighty says: “Pay reverence and veneration to Me, and duly engage in worship and give zakat (alms), for zakat is but a vehicle of prayer, and bow the knees with those who bow their knees to Me in reverence and adoration“. (Al-Baqarah: 43)
In the implementation of this obedience to Allah Almighty, man is thus assured that Allah will compensate him for what the charity he spent and make sure that this man has trust and confidence in the promise of Allah Almighty.
As for the pilgrimage to the House of Allah, people see themselves from all parts of the world equal to each other in clothes and housing. The differences between people melt when the king and the humble, the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak are equal. All of them are heading towards heavens and are praying to Allah Almighty. All of them say “Allah Almighty is greater than our fears, there is no rich but Allah, there is no strong but Allah and there is no powerful or king but Allah”.
The pilgrimage to the House of Allah aims at achieving acquaintance amongst Muslims in order to achieve the mutual interests and benefits. The Almighty says: ” They shall be eager to respond to your call to observe facts and events considered a source of knowledge, and to participate in the intercourse of life and envisage the spiritual and the deeply moving sacred events and associations dating back as the most ancient times.» «And they will extoll and proclaim the glorious attributes of Allah throughout the predetermined days in appreciation of Allah’s blessings, and be impelled to the feeling of gratitude and gratefulness for what He provided for them of cattle for sacrifice, and to fulfill what He has enjoined» Thus: «Eat there from if you may and feed the indigent and the needy who are in need of Zakat (alms), » for zakat is but the vehicle of prayer“. (Al Hajj: 28)
The religious journey is considered a practical practice in achieving communication and acquaintances between people. A Muslim gets rid of the sins and immoralities in his past life. A Muslim returns to and praises his Creator during the tawaaf around Ka’ba. You can see every man busy and every person committed to obedience and prays to Allah Almighty to forgive his sins. After completing Hajj and Umrah, a Muslim returns to his country, he consolidates his relationship with Allah and realizes the truth behind his creation and derives the energy from his Creator. A Muslim returns to his homeland and increases his faith and realizes the value of life. A Muslim considers life as an illusion that is unworthy so he will modify his path in life. Thus, a Muslim will live a happy and satisfied life accepting what Allah has given him of property and health.
As for fasting in the month of Ramadaan, it is an obligation and practice to obey Allah and to train the soul on controlling desires and restrain a Muslim from all pleasures of life. A Muslim should be completely devoted to worship Allah alone, and to be virtuous in the practice of tolerance and compassion for people. A Muslim should be honest, respects his promises and contracts and should be unaggressive with people by tongue or by hand. A Muslim should be away from gossiping. A Muslim should cleanse his souls as a true worshiper in the month of Rahman. A Muslim should be a pious individual who joins the straight path and hurries to carry out good deeds and good actions.
All the rituals and worship actions are means to achieve those moral purposes. This is because the faith of Islam is centered on the title of high ethics called for by the Holy Qur’an, which are the same ethics, called for and carried out by the previous prophets until the appearance of Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him – the last of the prophets and messengers.
Thus, there is no text in the Qur’an that says that we sent our messenger for people to perform pray, pay Zakat, fast and Hajj. These are not the purposes of the Creator and what the Lord wants from His creation. These rituals are obligations that were not meant as objectives. They are in fact the means that achieve servitude to Allah Almighty and reclaim the earth.
Therefore, Allah Almighty sent the messengers along with His books so that people could carry out good deeds, virtues and morals whose purpose is to elevate the morality of man so as not to spoil the earth, or to abuse people and shed blood, and to succeed one another in building the morals. Thus, they will achieve happiness in this life and in the afterlife.