***Experience the Interactive Hajj Quiz here***
People love to criticise or complain, whether it is the weather, public transport or house bills. More than often they have the right to do so, but in being Muslims Islamic morality teaches us very succinctly that complaining decreases tawakkul in Allah and aids in increased belligerence. Added to that is the idea that the devil uses negative feelings to incite animosity and despair in one’s heart, both very perilous maladies.
Very unfortunately, complaining is somewhat of a British trait in that most small talk is made up of menial complaints ranging from the weather to neighbours. This isn’t to negate this ominous trait from other nationalities or other parts of the world, but as Britons, Muslims should do as much as possible to change negative notions of Britishness and alter it into positive aspects of our identity. Thus for the Muslim, our small talk should be made up of positive outlooks constantly ascribed back to God in keeping with our monotheistic tenets. This is easily done if we follow the Prophetic statement,
“Look upon one who is below you in status. In this way you will not look down upon the grace that God bestowed upon you.”
As much as there is some semblance of order during the Hajj season, it is not my intention to absolve shortcomings or posit that we should be content with the way things are. It is palpably clear that the authorities continuously fail to implement systems and safeguards that maintain an acceptable level. Two Britons were killed by a coach fire, coaches that were old and clearly lacking in safety. The list of shortcomings are long, but instead of complaining amongst ourselves so as to justify our own spiritual shortcomings during the Hajj, let us be productive Muslims who thank God for what He the Most High has bestowed upon us as well as drive to improve the Hajj for all pilgrims. Constructive criticism with the intent of positive change is always better than a rant.
In order to actually attempt to bring about change, contact Lord Adam Patel, previously head of the now disbanded British Hajj delegation (his details may be found
here) and Rashid Mogradia, director of the Council for British Hajjis (contact details may be found here).
Alternatively, you can barrage the Saudi Arabian embassy in London with letters, faxes and emails detailing the shortcomings of the authorities and demanding improvements.
And remember, actions speak louder than words.
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