ATUL DEPAK

'Faman afa wa a-salah fa-ajruhu ala-Allahi’ (But whoever forgives & makes reconciliation-his/her reward is due from Allah)

INSISTENCE ON MIDDLE PATH IN ISLAM

Many proponents of Buddhism speak vehemently about the middle path, patience, and perseverance as the distinguishing features of Buddhism. Many non-Buddhists too associate these terms with Buddhism. Unfortunately, Muslims have not been that effective in propagating that Islam too speaks for the middle path and a balanced approach to all facets of life.

  • Al-Quran 17:110- Say: Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Neither speak thy Prayer aloud, nor speak it in a low tone, but seek a middle course between.
  • Al-Quran 3:64- Say: “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah.” If then they turn back, say ye: “Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will).
  • Al-Quran 2:177 Virtue does not consist in whether you face towards the East or the West; virtue means believing in God, the Last Day, the angels, the Book and the prophets; the virtuous are those who, despite their love for it, give away their wealth to their relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to travelers and those who ask [for charity], and to set slaves free, and who attend to their prayers and pay the alms, and who keep their pledges when they make them, and show patience in hardship and adversity, and in times of distress. Such are the true believers; and such are the God- fearing.
  • Al-Quran 2:155- Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.
  • Al-Quran 2:256-Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.
  • Al-Quran 5:77- Say: “O people of the Book! exceed not in your religion the bounds (of what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by,- who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the even way.
  • Sahih Bukhari 69- Prophet (s) said- Make things easy for others and not complicated. And make others happy and not angry.