Compromises

You know what is wrong with our ummah? It’s that we compromise too much. I’m not speaking of the good compromise – the ones that we make for other humans, such as compromising our time and things in order to make relationships work. No, I’m talking about the kind of compromises we make regarding our values. We compromise our whole belief system, why? Because everyone else is doing the same…

We are desensitized to things like alcohol, music, interest etc, not only by Western culture, but also from our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. Our mindset has slowly gone from “I’ll never do that” to “Well, everyone else is doing it”. So and so person is religious and they do it, so it must not be that bad, right..? Wrong. What was decreed as haram will always be haram. Just because you live in a kuffar country, it doesn’t make interest halal. Yes, Islam is supposed to be easy, but you don’t pick and choose what suits you.

What complicates things even more is when people throw culture in the mix. Oh what a disaster! 

Everyday I’m surrounded by Muslims who think it’s okay to drink and smoke and party. Muslims who mix culture in to this Deen that has been perfected for us. Sometimes it gets so frustrating to be around these people. Not because I’m judging them, but because I’m afraid that their mentality will rub off on me. I’m afraid that shaytan will beautify these things for me, the way he’s beautified it for them. I’m afraid that I will be of the wrong doers. I’m afraid that I’ll go back to living my life in disobedience to Allah SWT. Everyday I’m surrounded by Muslims who live their life as if they don’t know their true purpose. I’m not saying I’m better than them, no, because I was there a few years ago. 

What will it take for us to wake up and realise we need to change? Is it the death of a loved one? Is it a near death experience? 

I would give anything to have family that prays with me, friends that elevate my imaan. I would give anything to be surrounded by Muslims that don’t give you the look when they find out you aren’t going to their music filled wedding. People who support me to be the best Muslim I can be. 

This is starting to sound a little whiney. Alhamdulillah for everything, for the roof over my head, for the clean water and food. Alhamdulillah that I have a family, an income and an education. Alhamdulillah, Allah has opened my eyes to what’s really important. 

I just can’t image how reverts feel, especially if their family is unsupportive. The sad thing is, a lot of our families have born Muslim, grown up Muslim, but raised the western way. Raised with too much culture and not enough religion. Therefore, when they see you practicing, they’re not very supportive. This baffles me every single day. May ALLAH make it easy for us to practice our Deen. May Allah make it easy for us to gain knowledge everyday, put it into practice and give dawah in a way that is pleasing to Him. Ameen. 

May Allah guide us all, keep us firm on this Deen, and make it easy for us to be the best Muslims we can be. Ameen.

P.s. excuse the jumble, it doesn’t quite flow. #1amrants

 

Sahabah

The more I read and learn about the Prophet SAW, his companions, wives, and the rest of the believers of that time, I feel humbled and saddened at the same time. 

SubhanAllah, they were so kind, patient, caring, loving. And while most of us have these attributes, at times of distress they seem to disappear. 

When the sahabah were faced with difficulties  (which were more than what we are facing) they stayed humble, and only took whatever action they thought was pleasing to Allah SWT. 

Sometimes I feel sad about not being born into that era. Imagine living in those times. What a blessing. Yet Allah SWT in His Infinite Wisdom knows best, therefore we have to trust His knowledge and wisdom, and try to make a difference here and now. We will never be able to live up to the sahabah  (may Allah be pleased with them all), however, we were given the same hours per day, and the same days per week. 

Alhamdulillah, we have so much information literally at the touch of our fingertips. Just like they used their resources effectively and became honorable people, we should also use the resources of our time to build our Akhira by learning the Deen and teaching it to others in’shaa’Allah.

May Allah make it easy for us to use our time wisely and effectively, so that we can meet the Creator of the heavens and the earth, Ameen.