Towards Reviving the Ideal
All scholars of Islam have agreed on the concept of revivalism in Islam, based on the hadith: “Allah will raise at the turn of every century one who will revive His deen.” (Abu Dawud).
Self-correction, self-reform and rejuvenation are essential characteristics of this divinely guided Ummah. But this process is never easy, and it takes great effort and sacrifice from scholars and other believers alike.
One of the main reasons people resist reforms and insist on corrupt practices is their blind adherence to their traditions: “Whenever We sent a Warner before you (O Prophet) to any people, the wealthy ones among them said: ‘We found our fathers following a certain religion (way of life), and we will certainly follow in their footsteps.’” [43:23]
Any community needs continual reminders, reforms and revivals to be purified of the ailments it has acquired over time.