The next part of the lecture was focused on the collective substance in society and how do we contribute towards it. Our individual goal is to get into Jannah! Our collective goal is to be a witness against humanity on the Day of Judgement. We have to testify that we indeed were carriers of the Quran and message of the Last Messenger, Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wasallam.
So how do we make the society better?
The biggest problem we face on a collective level is that a vast majority of people don't see Islam as the solution to our problems. People, instead, see Islam as the problem! They view Islam as the main problem of Pakistan and of the Muslim world. Why?
The sad fact is: We have given them reason to think this way! We are so involved in petty debates to the extent of cursing others to hell etc, that we have turned people completely off deen. This is a huge problem. Plus, Islam cannot be represented via speeches anymore in Pakistan. In every nook and corner, a speech is going on. So first things first, stop getting involved in pointless debates.
1. It is not the main issue whether we should pray 8 rak'ah taraweeh, or 20 rak'ah.
2. It is not the main issue whether we should say Rabbana Wa laka al Hamd out loud or not.
3. You get the picture.
So get out of debates, and get into learning Islam properly. The purpose of learning Islam is to provide solutions in your own life and in the society. The purpose is not LEARNING alone. It's not like you take one class, then you take another, and you keep on getting knowledge. What good does that serve to others? So you have to connect Islam with the society. We have to put our emotions aside and create an intellectual Islamic society: One that people look up to, and not view as something 'weird', or 'extremist' or 'self-destructive'.
How to do that? Some concrete suggestions are: (esp for younger population).
1. Take the fundamental education of Islam seriously.
--- Get education in the entire Quran with a teacher, with understanding.
--- Read the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) deeply and reflect on it. Read it again and again. A suggestion is to read one book of Seerah per year.
--- Take Arabic language seriously.
2. At least get a college education. One important (in fact, very important) fact is that we keep on getting degrees in Sciences (medicine, engineering, computers), we need to focus on Humanities.
--- Do a minor/Get the main degree in Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Psychology, Philosophy (many of the Muslim scientists in the golden era were philosophers), etc. Don't undermine these subjects.
--- Study Education.
--- You'll find out that you can better understand and reflect on the Quran, if you're well-versed in Humanities subjects.
These were some of the concrete practical suggestions offered in order to make ourselves and the society as 'people of substance'.
Overall, the talk was really very good. I was a little disappointed in the Q/A session. It was supposed to last an hour, and people had submitted tons and tons of questions. So obviously, everybody's questions couldn't get answered (okay, I'm still bitterly disappointed my question was not answered :D), but the fact is that some moderation should have been done to filter the repetitive questions.
I found some questions to be a little offensive to the speaker. I admire the fact though, that he answered in a tolerant manner, and didn't lose his temper. It just gives us an insight into the brain of ordinary Pakistani men (the weird questions came from the men :p). I do believe that a little moderation would go a long way in improving the Q/A session, not offend the speaker, and maximally answer a lot of questions, if the repetitive ones are omitted.
Other than that, the entire session was very enlightening, eye-opening and aimed to awaken the educated, Islam-aware youth of the country. More conferences like these, and our country's mindset can easily change for the better, Insha Allah.
Jazakallah for reading this far :). So long!
PS: To all Humsafar/other drama fans: Some great lines from the talk was: Stop watching dramas. Those are psychologically disturbed people. They will make you psychos as well :D.