The term middle/moderate is discribed in the Quran as following :
وَكَذَٰلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا ۗ
“And it is thus that We appointed you to be the community of the ‘Middle way or Moderate’ so that you might be witnesses to all mankind and the Messenger might be a witness to you”.(Qur’an 2 : 143)
The Arabic word ‘wasat’ signifies that distinguished group of people which follows the path of justice and equity, of balance and moderation, neither exaggerating nor transgressing in any matter like the previous nations had done. This new appointed nation which occupies a central position among the nations of the world on the principle based on righteousness and justice and never coperate and support in wrong and injustice. This statement is the declaration of appointing the new religious community of the last messengers sent for all mankind. This nation أُمَّةً وَسَط who is in the middle or moderate convey this guidance to all mankind. The task of being a witness is not a mark of superiority. It is a heavy responsibility, greater than all other responsibilities, equivalent to the great gift of faith. The Almighty God has made us responsible to work as a ‘WASATA/MIDDLE NATION’ to take Message of Quran to the mankind to rescue total humunity from the Hellfire and make their entry in Paradise possible. This was the worry and concern of our beloved Last Messenger of God pbuh, Now we as ‘Ummah’ have to follow and become the Ummat Wasata/Middle Nation.
The purpose of creating ‘the community of the middle way’, according to this Qur’anic verse, is to make it stand as witness ‘before all mankind and the Messenger might be a witness before you’. What this means is that when the whole of mankind is called to account, the Prophet, as God’s representative, will stand witness to the fact that he had delivered the messages and had put into practice the teachings of beliefs, righteous conduct and a balanced system of life which he had received from God. As Islamic ideologies is based on the fundamental principle of dos and don’ts. An important purpose behind the mission of Prophet Muhammad pbuh was to implement the injunction in his life so that everybody can clearly understand the Holy Quran as well as learn the Islamic theology very well so as to guide people to reform their morality and the purify their souls.
“Just as We have sent among you a messenger from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know”. (Qur’an 2 : 151)
Then, the second accountability will be of the followers who is acting on behalf of the Prophet, will be asked to bear the same witness before the rest of the mankind which was recieved by Prophet or what efforts did they make to convey the message to mankind what Prophet taught them or had been manifesting through their own conduct and practice. But if they didn’t carry out their duty then they will be held responsible along with the false conduct and forsaking the assigned mission, not spread during their term of leadership. They will have to face the grim question: What were they doing when the world was convulsed by storms of transgression, injustice and error? What answer will we give as followers of Prophet pbuh? Hence, the Muslims have a collective responsibility to demonstrate that excellence of Islam to the people of the world, only by fulfilling this responsibility of dawah can we be held eligible, in God’s eyes, to be called the Middle Nation.
May Allah grant us the ability to
fulfill the responsibility which is entrusted to Ummah. Ameen