So maybe I'm being a bit thematic, maybe there's a message that I'm trying to send, that will never be as eloquent as the Quran or Hadith, but nevertheless, I enjoy filling in the space with my rhetoric anyway check out the hadith below:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "There is a Sadaqa to be given for every joint of the human body; and for every day on which the sun rises there is a reward of a Sadaqa (i.e. charitable gift) for the one who establishes justice among people."
Now, what does it mean that there will be a sadaqa given for every joint of the human body? I believe, it means you'll get the reward of getting charity, but for what? for establishing justice... now think about this...
A human being has 360 joints in their body.... never realized this huh? and everyday, just by the virtue of establishing justice, you get rewarded on behalf of every one of those joints daily. Meaning!!!! you get the reward of giving charity 360 times a day... now think about a year... there are 365 days a year... MULTIPY!!! and viola! you get about 131,400 rewards for charity... I think you'd be getting tons of brownie points for the akhira.
Now, a lot of us (yes this includes me) don't think about the reward in the hereafter, you know cuz you can't see it, touch it, feel it. But think about the reward you get in this life, it's a huge emotional gain. Knowing that your complicated body of 360 joints is serving the community, is almost like a relief, a stress burner. It's therapeutic like anything!
Okay, back to the point of this post.... I will reiterate my last 3 points. Everything in the world ties in with one another, in some way or another. Faith is based on actions, actions are dictated by faith, social justice is dictated by personal faith, and personal faith reciprocates into society. 'No man (or woman) is an island' we live in societies, and at the smallest form, in clusters of human beings called 'families'. You need to ensure you're doing your part for society, because when you serve society, you are in turn serving God as well as serving yourself.
Think about those 360 joints, forget the icy hot, and the pain killers!!! You strengthen your joints by serving your community by establishing justice, there's no need to get medicated, just get DEDICATED!
(okay, well i did get a bit corny) but the point is, justice is a necessity in all times and ages, and if you don't see it as your personal duty (which as a muslim it is) then who will?
hope the hadith gives some encouragement, and think about those 131,400 brownie points (i.e. rewards) when you're on an emotional low. :)
- nameless, but here