Ignorance is Bliss

This is the attitude of many people in the world. Their life resolves around themselves, as long as the terror attacks are not happening on their doorstep they are in bliss. The rest of the world suffers at their ignorance. This attitude has to change. All lives matter, we all deserve equality.

The Christian tradition is based on the concept of “The Original Sin.” It’s believed that human beings, by nature, are bad. Socrates wrote about the body and soul. The soul, due to its origin, is good. The body, due to its origin, is bad. In the Muslim and Jewish traditions, the body and soul aren’t good or bad. It’s what you do with them that matters.

Even if you come from an unsettled background, religion is the last thing on your mind,  your life is upset and it becomes your normal to sin. There is hope for you. Umar ibn al-Khattab was asked about those who strongly desire to commit a sin but refrain from it.
Umar said: “Those are the ones whose hearts Allah has tested for al-taqwaa (consciousness of Allah), for them is forgiveness and a tremendous reward.” Surah 49 Ayah 13; Holy Qur’an.

As Muslims, we worship God, in Arabic the correct term is Allah. Allah means the one True God. There are many ways of worshiping Him from smiling to your brother, feeding your children to fasting or going to perform pilgrimage in Mekka. It depends on your personal devotion and level of Imaan. “There is no compulsion in religion.” Surah 2 Ayah 256; Holy Qur’an. No one can do it for you, no once can force you, no authority, parent, spouse or sibling can force you to practice. The only thing that drives you is your love of Allah, either it enters your heart or it doesn’t.

Although, Christians believe no good deed will be enough to enter Heaven alone, only accepting Jesus (as) as God will be enough. This is the dire opposite of Islam. Even though as Muslims we have to accept that there is no God but Allah meaning there is only One God and Jesus is a prophet of God – we have to work.

We have to prove ourselves worthy of heaven. Is it fair that we all get 100% in the test when some worked harder, studies more, sacrificed more, tried more and made more effort whereas others didn’t? Is that justice? Is that equality? Or is that fantasy?

Is it normal to be born, then left to our own devices, no one to Thank or Rely on except other humans, and loved ones who are just as flawed as us. And then die. Is that the circle of life? Are we content with that?

Does it feel better to rely on God – the Eternal one. He created us, He knows what’s in every heart, He Hears and Sees everything hidden or exposed. In the Qur’an He has named Himself, An-Naafi’ – The Propitious. He punishes who He wills and He rewards who He wills. Every punishment from Him is pure justice and every blessing from Him is pure grace.

Should murderers and the ones who commit terrible sins be let off Scot-free? Even if, they accepted Jesus as their Lord, does that bring back the life’s they took? The children never to grow old? The families who lost a loved one? Where is the Justice in this Faith?

Whereas, in Islam there are punishments for those who take a life and do other similar sins. “Whoever kills a soul – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.” Surah 5 Ayah 32; Holy Qur’an.

We can rest assured if there is no justice in this life, Allah guarantees it in the next. On the Day of Judgement when every human being received their Book of Deeds. All you have to do is fill it with good deeds or stray and fill it with bad. Ultimately, the choice is ours. The Angels are merely witnesses, writing down our every action…

Allah gave us free will, He knows we will all sin from time to time, that we will make mistakes, so He has bestowed upon us His greatest blessing. His Mercy. He allows to ask for forgiveness over and over, even though we continue to sin.

O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

Surah Az-Zumar, Verse 53

So you see, its not the good deeds alone that will get us in to heaven, it is the mercy of Allah. And that is something we never lose hope in.

 

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