In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful,
Dear reader one of the most common phrases you may have come across in your life is ‘practice what you preach’.The ayah we will ponder on in this post has more or less the same connotation though of course in more depth.
On a tangent the depth of Quranic ayahs is one of its most remarkable features that has amazed scholars of past and present.Praise is due to Allah subahanahu wa taala who revealed and taught the Quran.
Back to our current ayah.This ayah is from the 44th ayah of the 2nd Surah of the Quran.
أَتَأْمُرُونَ النَّاسَ بِالْبِرِّ وَتَنسَوْنَ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ تَتْلُونَ الْكِتَابَ أَفَلاَ تَعْقِلُونَ
“Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture? Then will you not reason?”
Dear reader, one of the wisdom embedded in this ayah (and Allah knows best) is whoever commands people to righteousness let him be among the first to implement the command.This does not mean you do not call to that which is right and forbid that which is wrong according to the Quran and authentic narrations of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him.That is not the objective here( and again Allah knows best). The point is whatever teaching from the Quran and authentic sayings of the Prophet we call people to we must put a concerted effort to implement it in our own lives.
When all is said and done and we stand in front of Allah subahanahu wa taala on the day of judgement the first person we will be called to account for is ourselves.You will stand in front of Allah alone.This does not mean we stop being concerned about the welfare of others for Islam is not a monastic religion but rather it means we must focus especially on our own self even as we try to improve the state of the society we live in.
Being as it were,this is just one of the many gems that can be derived from this ayah.
Dear reader Allah our Lord ended this verse by telling us that we should reason.Thus let us apply this command and reason.No doubt proper reasoning bears fruit and the fruit we seek is Paradise and the meeting with our Beautiful Lord.
Asalaam aleykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.