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How do we change?

Any resolution or project for change must include the reform of the heart, or else it is doomed to fail. The Prophet (saw) connected our external well-being to our internal one in this hadith, and we understand that there can be no external reform without an internal one. In fact, the internal reform is the basis of any external change. The Prophet (saw) said: “Taqwa is here, pointing to his chest.” (Muslim)

The Prophet (saw) said: “Halal is clear and haram is clear, and between the two are ambiguous matters that many people do not know their rulings. So whoever avoids the ambiguous matters will safeguard his religion and reputation. And the one who falls into them falls in the haram, like the shepherd who gazes around the sanctuary and is about to cross into it. Indeed, every king has a sanctuary and the sanctuary of Allah is His prohibitions. And indeed in the body there is a morsel of meat that if it is well, the rest of the body will be well; and if it is corrupt, then the rest of the body will be corrupt. It is the heart.” (Bukhari)

C. The consequences

Understand fully that Allah’s word does not come to bring misery, disgrace and suffering to man. Allah (swt) said: “We have not sent down the Qur’an upon you that you be wretched.” (Taha: 1-2). On the contrary, the Qur’an is the source of happiness and success. It is impossible for a people to possess Allah’s word and yet suffer disgrace and ignominy, live under subjugation, be trampled on and kicked around, and carry the yoke of slavery on their necks, being led by the nose like animals. A people meet this fate only when they do injustice to the word of Allah (swt).