In the modern times the world has shrunk due to technological advancements in internet and telecommunication. Globalization has enhanced investment opportunities, expanded international trade and has been instrumental in blurring national boundaries. It has accelerated the traveling phenomenon and there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of globetrotters. It has expanded inter-mingling of languages, cultures and traditions. Umpteen countries in the world have become a melting pot of cultures due to the impact of globalization.
In this kind of scenario it seems to be quite difficult for a Muslim to protect his identity and his faith. Going against the tide has never been cakewalk. Nevertheless, it is not impossible too. It is in such situations that the Islamic principle of taqwah comes into play. It is a challenge that every Muslim should take up in life that he or she will never compromise on the Islamic principles, which are the building blocks of Islam.
Islam does not allow rahbaniyat or renouncing the world. On the contrary Islam encourages seeking knowledge, marrying and being aware. A true follower of Islam is supposed to live in the world but he should not let the world live in his heart.
We have often heard about the quote of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus’ that ‘The only thing that is constant is change’. However, in the wake of changing scenarios, skylines, economies, climates and leadership we should realize that there are certain things that are constant in this world and will always remain so. For example, the Holy Quran is unalterable and so is the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw).
So we should remember that though everything else is susceptible to change in this world but the principles of Islam will remain unchanged till the very end and so should our loyalty towards Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saw) be…steadfast and unaffected by the changing times.
Keep Me In Your Prayers.