I offer a multi-tiered or a multi-pronged approach to curbing crime in our societies and communities and reducing the chance of our becoming its victims and statistics. Mine is a five-point plan of self-protection and self-empowerment that consists of God, government, media, neighborhoods and individuals.
The simple fact is we all need God in our life. With him on our side, and with clear lines of communication open between us and him, we have nothing to fear or worry about. But if we are on the wrong side in this equation, there is nothing and no one that can really and truly offer us any help or protection.
In fact, much of the mess we are in today, as individuals and as communities, is because we have individually and collectively turned away from God and turned our back on him. The result is obvious.
Here is how the Qur’an puts it – so succinct, simple, direct and forceful:
They forgot God; he forgot them (9:67).
And here is the correlation according to the Qur’an between forgetting
God and becoming oblivious of and desensitized to your own self, situation and predicament in life:
They forgot God, and he made them forget themselves (59:19).
Nasullaha Fa-Ansaahum Anfusahum!
We need to approach God at a number of levels.
The first thing we need to do therefore is to believe in God. That means we must seriously and sincerely accept him as one – pure and unblemished by human frailties, follies or likenesses; as the one who made us and made the world in which we live; and therefore as the one who truly owns us and owns everything he has given us.
The second thing we must do is to turn to him in serious and sincere repentance from all that we have done in the past, or do at present, that may be sinful in his eyes or injurious and harmful to his creation.
When I say this, I am not asking you to run off to the next “holy” person and ask if the thing you contemplate doing or what you have already done is or is not a “sin.” The fact is you know when you sin. That means you know yourself – and you know what you do and why – better than almost anyone else, except God. So, it is a matter entirely between you and your God.
Nor does it mean you should run off to ask the best lawyer in town whether what you are planning to do is or is not a crime. Much of the time, you know, better than practically everyone else, when you have harmed or hurt someone, or when you have broken the law, what exactly it is that you have done.
So, what I am saying is this: take responsibility for your omissions and commissions against God Almighty as well as his creation – and repent. And then cease and desist from future misbehavior under either one of these two categories.
You may wonder if God will accept you and your repentance. Here is the good news. Our God is a God of mercy. He is a God that loves to forgive sinners and loves to accept their repentance, provided they are sincere and true. So, all you have to do is to turn to him and not let anyone put a wedge between you and him.
Worship God. And do so both formally and informally.
The formal way is to worship him five times a day as taught by the Qur’an and shown by the blessed Prophet Muhammad. The informal way is to remember God at all times and in all sorts of ways you can. It is to begin everything in his name; to do everything for his sake; to be constantly mindful of his presence and company; and to consider yourself to be accountable to him in everything you do.
Be clean. Keep your person and premises clean. Keep your body, clothes and mind clean. Live a clean life. Cleanliness brings you closer to God and makes it difficult for the Devil to get to you.
e. Chants and Prayers.
Always think of God and repeat his glorious name. Use some of the prayers and chants that are in the Qur’an – God’s revealed word on earth. Use some of the special recitations that the blessed Prophet Muhammad taught us. Attend Dr. Pasha’s International Qur’an Program, whenever it is offered, to learn some of them.
Attend our National Day of Prayer and Qur’an, when that comes along.
Join and support the Read-the-Qur’an Campaign.
Learn to recite the following prayers and chants as often as you can:
La Ilaha Illa Allah.
Bear in mind that prayers often go only as far as the purity and strength of your own beliefs and intentions go. So, continually work to make your faith strong and your intentions pure.
Never forget prayers are not substitutes for deeds, but only aids and incentives to them. Don’t turn to prayer as an escape from the realities and requirements of daily life, but embrace them as the divine tools that God Almighty has placed in your hands to equip and empower you to deal with life and its many challenges.
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