In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Waiting for an Email from Allah?

Once my co-worker inquired me why Islam "encourages" terrorism along with other horrific injustices. I felt very annoyed but I addressed his mal-application of the information he receives. I explained the reality of such a crime (in our religion) and the punishment subscribed to those who transgress.I always assume people do not really believe this they just want to annoy us and make us leave our religion out of jealousy from themselves.

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.  

Anyways due to him inquiring such things, I knew he was trying to plot something and Alhamdulillah I sensed it. He approached me again and asked why would God forbid us from things that are "natural" like fornication and eating pork. I said we obey the commands of God acknowledging he knows what is best for us. If God says it is harmful, it is. We do not need a doctor or a researcher to validate it. If its not "harmful" to the body then it is for our soul. I also stated that whatever Allah makes haram it is for the benefit of civilization. If there was no zina (fornication), the world would be a better place. All people would know who their fathers were and would have a family. There would be less orphans as a result of women not feeling adequate to do it "alone" or due to being abandoned by their "lovers," or feeling the guilt of society. There would be no rapes and no sexually transmitted diseases, less crime, no betrayal and broken families as a consequence. He said that is impossible to have in this society. I said it is NOT IF there was not shariah or law of God to deal with that. The purpose of the application of Islamic Shariah is to allow for Muslims to repent, benefit society at large and to gain righteousness.

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. 

After that affair was taking cared of, he tried to persuade me the validity all religions and that essentially they are all the same. Again, I disagreed. Now he resorted to even discredit his own beliefs just to make me leave mine. This man allegedly is a christian and a "believer" of God. He said that there is no real evidence God actually exists. I countered it by saying just because you can not have faith in your religion does not mean that you can approach Islam in that same manner and have such a perspective on it especially since you know nothing of the Qur'an or our prophet. Our religion does not have the same foundations of the beliefs as yours. I know God exists without a doubt because of the Qur'an. I believe that all the prophets existed because of the Qur'an. Without the Qur'an I can understand how someone would not believe God exists considering historians and researchers claim there is no real evidence that Jesus existed at all. I know the Quran is from Allah because I have pondered it and see its truth. No one has been able to prove it is NOT from God. All these years with so much antagonism against Islam no one has been able to disapprove it. They only mock us and this is expected from disbelievers and hypocrites. All this life, this universe, space, the sync of everything in this world, the fact everything is subjected to humans is a sign from Allah. I concluded to asking him What do you want God to send you an email or sign on a tree "Allah was here?!" What do you want as a sign? A dream perhaps and then soon after you would have perfect faith?    He did not say much after and said "Yeah okay as long as a religion promotes good. What is important is that one is "good." -_- (because he created himself and knows whats good right? LOL-sarcasm intended)

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!