I am often told that I am a literalist and tend to take things literally. Sometimes this works in my favor for example I do not beat around the bush – I take my religion seriously however sometimes this is my weakness and definitely something I could work on.
I entered Islam thinking the Ummah (every Muslim) has acquired the knowledge I have infact much, much more! I thought they all walked around feeling blessed to understand and practice Islam and I thought I could trust every single Muslim person as they all have heart’s of gold, and fear of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla.
Reality Check | The Dunya is far from my original perception…
The more you, yourself learn about Islam. The more you notice how people make mistakes and fall short on the standards of Islam & then if you are blessed you will get a reality check from Allah, He will Mercy you and show you that you aswell are far from perfect… and that’s when you eventually realise what others do- is none of your business.
It can be a struggle to accept other Muslims openly sin, openly disregard prayer, hijaab, openly smoke, curse, fight, openly swear at non Muslims, openly steal, backbite and hardly ever lower their gaze and openly reject the Sunnah…
(Of course not everyone Alhamdulillah…)
I briefly thought hese people were Hypocrites. Astaghfirullah (May God forgive me). I thought that is exactly what Allah describes the Hypocrites in the Qur’an. But I realised, I am wrong. It dawned on me – these people have low Imaan, lack of knowledge and lack of motivation… Like many people, Muslim or not, they focus on their life, day to day and although the name of Allah is on their tongue a lot (You will hear a lot of Salamualaikum Alhamdullilah etc) – Allah is not fulfilling their heart.
The truth is, we are all Muslim but we are all on a different level of Iman, to some we are extreme, to others we are not doing enough – all that matters is what we do is intended for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla. Our Imaan might go up and down throughout our life, that’s normal. What’s important is that we learn a lesson and come back to Him.
The “hypocrites” are in fact Muslims. Like me, and they have the right to be called Muslims just as much as me. Whenever we see someone with less practice, less Imaan and less love for Allah, instead of criticize them, we should help them. Stop and talk with them. Make Islam easy for them. Invite them to pray with you. Invite them to fast with you for a day. Make the challenge look easy through your example.
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.
– William Faulkner
The first Muslims came to love Islam through the Prophet all Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam. Through his example. This is why the Prophet is mine and every Muslims role model because if we are even a fraction of his character & we live our life with his morals – the people around us will not only love us. They will come to love Islam through us, too. This is why the sunnah is important and why the sahaba followed it without hesitation.
Our duty is to help each other, not look down on each other! We are all capable of falling short, missing a prayer, losing our way and getting lost. If you are not, it is by the Will of Allah hence why you should feel ever more blessed but this does not give you the right to feel superior – even to those who do not practice.
The purest kind of love is to pray for someone.
Maybe there is someone you know who refuses your help, refuses your advice or guidance. Maybe there’s someone you know who you wish you could help but something is stopping you. Maybe you feel like it’s not your place, or you don’t know what to do to help them.
Take your prayer mat and pray to Allah. Ask Him to help them, guide them, look after them. That is better than even your biggest wish/dream come true walahi…
If you have a friend, a family member or find yourself in a situation where you can advise a fellow Muslim. Do so! They might not change instantly, or even after months of advise but one day in sha Allah they will thank you for taking the time and having the patience to help them when they were in most need and probably didn’t realise it.
Don’t be afraid that you will come across as interfering, even if they tell you it is none of your business, rest assured that it is. “Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” Surah 49 Ayah 9; Holy Qur’an.