It must be hard, to be on the outside. To be different to everyone else.. however much you might try to “fit in” you forgot that you were born to stand out.
There’s no doubt that being Muslim, following Islam by the Sunnah – you will be the odd one out – even among the Muslims. People will tell you all the time, “take it easy” or “you’re too serious” And they might quote the verse, “Allah intends for you ease, and does not want to make things difficult for you” [2:185] However, this is not an excuse to make the haram – halal & vice versa.
Is it possible, though that one religion which claims to be full of love & peace be on the news every other day for bombing one place or another, if I were in your shoes I’d probably doubt it, in fact I did.
Also, how can one religion, Islam, be the right one and be for all of mankind. Someone from Australia is surely different to someone from India, can they both be Muslim? Can Islam be for everyone? Is Islam for Arab’s only?
Do we need religion in the first place? Surely, good people are good and bad people are bad… nothing will change that.
First of all religion itself won’t do anything for anyone. I can be “Muslim” or “Christian” but I’m still me. Physically I’m me. To look at, I look like me. The same blood goes through my veins every day. The same heart beats and the same eyes see the same world however, to practice, day by day, little by little, you will eventually change, evolve, embrace and learn new things.
You will say things you never imagined saying before. Your whole perspective on life, people, friends and family will change. You will become soft towards people yet strong in your heart. You will forgive but keep your integrity. You will become so honest you won’t even make a prank in case your Lord became sad with you. You will find good role model’s, like the Prophet’s who cared for everyone, who showed strength during struggles and relied on Allah for everything.
You will become less afraid of people, more afraid of Allah. You will no longer chase the life and live by “YOLO” – you begin to realise this life is a test for you – but you can win. You can leave this world better than you found it and no deed is too small.
How beautiful is Islam. The only religion which calls people to prayer. Five times a day the Adhan is heard throughout the city, it says, “Come to Prayer, Come to Success”
Remember, everything is about intention – not the deed. If you build a city, some schools and find thousand’s of people employment – but you do it for fame, for recognition & praise off the people – that’s exactly what you will get. But your deed was not for God therefore it will be rejected no matter how much effort you made, you made it for the people.
Likewise, if you simply smile at your sister in Islam, for the sake of Allah, knowing He loves those who love people and treat them well – your deed will be accepted and more beloved to Him than the one who built a city.
Can you imagine?
The rules are clear, everything is a Mercy for us. Our bodies function perfectly with ease. We breathe, blink, think and move without struggle Alhamdulillah. We live a life of luxury, knowledge is at our doorstep – we don’t even need to leave the comfort of our own homes to seek Ilm (Knowlege). The Internet was invented in 1990 – before then what did people do? People traveled thousands of miles, in rough conditions just to learn. How blessed are we?
You only have one life, how are you going to live it? Who are you going to live for? What are you going to do? You don’t have to be perfect to be a slave of Allah. You don’t even have to be close… none of us get to Jannah through our deeds, not even the best of us. All of us, get there by His Mercy alone. Keep praying, keep doing good. Just ponder on this, every act you do is either building your reward in Jannah. Or your punishment in Jahannam.