Crossing the Line

The September floods wreaked havoc across Kashmir.  Fortunately, loss of life was minimal but property worth crores of rupees was destroyed.  Thousands of people were rendered homeless.  Prayer meetings were held at a number of places to invoke divine blessings.  For the first time, the people also celebrated Eid-ul-Azha with austerity.  But the spirit has died down now.   The institution of marriage remains as polluted as it was before floods. Quintals of mutton are cooked and the crude show of ostentation continues.  Black marketing and profiteering have broken previous records.

There was a time when the bride was supposed to recite Quran in her husband’s house.  Elderly people watched her recite the holy verses. But now the practice has been abandoned. This tradition forced parents to make their daughters know about Quran. This has now been replaced by dance. A girl’s brother, father and relatives draw pleasure when she dances to vulgar Bollywood tunes.

Here, an attempt is not being made to malign the women. The males are no different.  If the girl dances in front of strangers and feels emancipated, his father, mother and brother are to be blamed as well. Time is slipping from our hands and it cannot be wasted, rather should not be wasted in discussing what women should wear and what they should not.   A decision has to be taken now because it is now or never.

Licentiousness and promiscuity have assumed alarming proportions. A private radio channel promotes these vices in the name of connecting people.  The society is becoming permissible slowly but surely.

The flood waters drew a line on every wall in the flood-hit areas.  The line stays there to remind, rather warn people to mend ways and behave.  No matter what people say about the floods, crossing the line drawn by dirty waters should be treated as an act of transgression.

The Muslims have a complete code of conduct. Everybody today knows what is wrong and what is right.  The Muslims have been told how to eat, how to sleep, how to walk, how to sell, how to buy, how to worship, how to go to the latrine and how to deal with others.  Everything is in black and white.

“But transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors.” [Surat Al-Baqarah: 190]. Transgression has wider connotations.  It means crossing the limits set by Allah the most exalted and the most revered Prophet (SAW).  According to some scholars, an act of transgression includes backbiting, profiteering, promiscuity and licentiousness.  “Backbiting is worse than adultery” Jabir bin Abdullah has quoted the Holy Prophet (SAW) as having said.

It is never too late to mend. A Muslim has to seek pardon for his sins every day.  The line has been drawn and we better do a favour to ourselves by not crossing it.