Several days before this, he would ask me what I do for the weekends or what I like to do for "fun." When I replied in the negative that I do not "party." He said he knew many "hijabis" who went to the clubs and drank alcohol. I did not believe him but hey I would not be surprised. I told him what they do is NOT a reason to believe others muslims are as lenient, ignorant and weak. Likewise, because of such individuals, it is no reason to believe our religion is irrational and excessive. It is possible to abstain from such things. He justified that since we all sin and are prone to sinning we should take more liberties because it is not "bad". I said because we should love and fear God and THERE IS ill consequences from them even if we dont perceive them. In addition, there is no benefit in them.
Since this method of attack did not work on me. He opted for another tactic to show the "inconsistency" of Shariah. Apparently, he had heard of a woman who was raped by 5 "Muslims" and then stoned her for committing zina. I responded that if it was indeed true those men had to get the hadd punishment themselves and not the woman. I knew that I had to address the issue of the Hadd punishment of Zina and well I did. I said in order for the punishment to be applied it requires 4 witnesses of the actual act which is very difficult to come by and in most cases it is the Muslims who turn themselves in. No one can take matters into their own hands as it has to be done by an authority. Moreover, stoning is only for those who commit adultery (when married) and not just fornication. The reason for the witnesses is since our religion is about justice, one's word can not be accepted on mere claims, there has to be proof which what we see in the news is obviously not correct.
We NEED to understand that Allah's signs are befitting to him. We can NOT expect the signs of Allah to be like human signs. I dont understand why people expect such. Come on! think of the greatness of the Creator who created the universe. Think of the depth of space, think of the uniqueness of our solar system, think about what is life.
These same type of individuals justify that there is no God and he is not worthy of worship because of the so much suffering that exists on earth. They do not consider that perhaps many are victims of the evil of people who transgress against Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and his commandments. What befalls us is also what we have created for ourselves. If one does not pass their exam for not studying who is there to blame?
Also, not all trials are evil, but a means to purify us and make us better individuals. Take Ramadan for example, you dont percieve it but abstaning from food and water can make us very appreciative of our blessings and increase our taqwa in Allah. This "hardship" is good for us. Everyone has had a low point in their lives.If one reads any autobiography of any successful person you would notice how they emphasize their lowest of points in life and take much pride in surmounting them believing it made them better individuals. We MUST acknowledge that Allah knows what is best for us. This world is not everything. In reality it is nothing but a means for the REAL life. Only one who only focuses on this life magnify tribulations as unfortunate and "unfair." Those are the losers.
I just felt it was important to share the story of my co-worker and his ineffective plot in order to highlight that whilst he thought himself very clever at the end victory is for Islam. Victory is always for Islam in truth because it is truth. We might not have it in this dunya physically but in truth we do. Islam is so beautiful and so complete. Only through Islam can one truly succeed and gain real wisdom. Its only through Islam one can gain an OPEN-MIND. Allah in the Qur'an encourages us to ponder so we should!
See all this signs all around us. Dont think that is part of "nature" for us to have water, for it to rain, for us to have fruits and vegetables. This is not by our own doing. We only use what we are provided with by Allah. A seed, we can sow it and take care of it properly but it might not grow. Allah has power over all things Free will is not equal to power lets not fool ourselves. The signs of Allah are much greater than of an email! Humble yourselves!