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8 May 2018 No Comment

Imam Dr. Zijad Delic

Canadian Muslims are bracing to prepare for Ramadan 2018. It raises many questions: Do we really understand the purpose of the rituals in our places of worship? Are we living life “on auto-pilot”? What hinders our faith to be active? A remedy?

We can go through life “on auto-pilot” without ever thinking about the consequences that ensue and how they affect our relationship to faith and belief. Yet, we set personal goals in life, we have jobs, we study different academic and professional fields, we pursue hobbies, we cultivate friendships and as good as these activities are, rarely do we stop to review them in the light of our faith. Living life without reflection we fail to consciously actualize our faith or discern where we are on the road to higher perfection before God.

The remedy for life lived on “auto-pilot” we need to put on the brakes, slow down a little on society’s speedway and make time to reflect on faith so that we can properly and fully understand its principles. Intellectually we know that faith covers all aspects of life: whether in prayer, general behavior, sustenance, family and societal relationships. What about our attitudes toward those of different religious groups, people without faith, people different than us, respect for the environment, even how and where we park our cars when shopping or attending synagogue, church, mosque or any other place of worship! The question remains: do we also know the wholeness of taking time to reflect on life in our hearts?

To have proper attitudes that are ever-present in our minds allows faith-in-action to motivate righteous deeds toward all. If faith is not the prime motivator for our actions, even when others might see them as being “good,” our understanding and application of faith is defective, regardless of any praise we may receive.

It is important to remind ourselves once again — and frequently throughout life — that belief is the seed and source of our faith and right behavior and good deeds are the fruits. The bottom line is that we can only truly enjoy the fruits of our belief through living our faith in action; otherwise, faith becomes the seed that never actualizes itself into good fruits.

On May 11, 12 and 13, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Ottawa faith-groups are holding what is known the GOOD SAMARITAN Interfaith Food Drive. It is held for the Ottawa Food Bank. Last year it was our first year and it was a success. All faith groups collected food at their home locations and then delivered it to the Ottawa Mosque where we all met, filled the track with food, spoke about the initiative and then delivered the food to the Ottawa Food Bank. This year all faith leaders and the congregations hope for an even greater engagement of the faithful in living their faith in action by caring and sharing of the bounties they enjoy with those who are less fortunate than themselves.

This is a great example of how the faithful live their faith in action!

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