رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنْزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ
Rabbi inni limaa anzalta ilayya min khayrin faqeer
"O my Sustainer! Verily, in dire need am I of any good which Thou mayest bestow upon me!" [28:24]
Imam Abu Hanifa was known for his scholarship and worship, but also for his sense of humor.
Once, a man asked: “O Imam! When I take a bath in the river, should I face the Qibla or turn away from the Qibla.”
The Imam solemnly replied, “If I were you I would face my clothes, to make sure that no one runs off with them!”
“So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].”
You know Rustan’s post really got me thinking subhanAllah, and this is a message for all the converts out there
When you first enter Islam, you will find so much beauty in it, you will want to absorb everything about it at once. All of a sudden, leaves falling from trees will give you an Imaan rush, seeing the birds fly will make your hair stand, and every time you read the Qur’an the tears will flow. This is great mashAllah, for Allah has showered His Mercy upon you and brought you into the folds of this beautiful religion.
However, you will find that you will meet people, “born muslims” to whom Islam is not this grand and beautiful and amazing religion and way of life, but rather simply another part of their culture, the thing that basically makes them different from say your average christian or atheist. They do not understand its beauty, its gravity, its grandeur, its place in their lives.
When they see you, and they see how you have let Islam encompass every part of your life, from the minute you wake up till the minute you sleep, something inside them will stir. It is their conscience, shouting at them, telling them that this is how they’re supposed to be.
Two things will happen: Either they will bring about a change in their own lives, or the guilt of not being at the same level will turn malicious, into jealousy, and it will be displayed outwardly by attempts to put you down. When you hear this, take heed my beautiful convert brothers and sisters, of the following verses, that bring comfort and contentment to even the most flustered of hearts
And whosoever is conscious of Allah, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed Allah has sent a measure for all things.” (Quran: 65/2-3)
And on the other side, to those who seek to bring their brothers and sisters in Islam down on account of their own guilt, remember these stern and powerful words of the Almighty, and change yourselves before you stand before your Rabb
"…Shall We tell you who are the greatest losers in whatever they may do? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought they were acquiring good by their deeds…" (Quran: 18/103-104)
Your good deeds, your prayers and fasts and charity, will amount to nothing if you are found to be oppressing your brothers and sisters. Turn to Allah before you are returned to Allah!
and Allah Knows Best
The biggest issue I have with Muslims trying to present the Prophet’s cultural habits as “Emulating his example” is it makes Arab Culture inherently appear as this Heavenly lifestyle. Apparently, if you chose to be any other type of culture, you aren’t emulating the Prophet’s example. It gives this idea that unless you act Arab, speak Arabic, or try to emulate them as much as possible you are never “authentically Muslim”. You are always inherently inferior to them, nothing you do is good enough.
It misses the point of Islam as a universal morality and a code of ethics and pushes it to become a set of cultural rites and rituals.
The Prophet’s example is through the principles he taught, not the cultural habits he executed that through. The only reason he did his day to day actions the way he did was that those were the only mechanisms by which he could communicate it to his people.
He wore a Thobe and Turban because he lived in a harsh desert, he ate dates because those were the only available nutrition at the time, he spoke Arabic because he lived in Arabia.
God had used the early Arabs as an early agency by which to present the religion on a universal scale; it had to start somewhere, and the Arabian Peninsula was in a good starting environment where Islam could best flourish to the end of time. It wasn’t because the Arabs were a special people and that doesn’t mean that the Arabs today or in that time were the flag-bearers to this universal Faith.
Islam is for everyone, it is universal faith, and it is not a tribal religion sent to the Arabs.
It never has and it never will be.
Good manners and beautiful character is the best form of Da’wah for non-Muslims and also for fellow Muslims. It is not found in negative judgment and harboring personal hatred / attack against others.
Therefore, if Allah legislates something, leaving it general while it can be executed in more than one manner, then it is not valid to restrict it in any way without the existence of evidence, since it would then be considered a reprehensible innovation. Consequently, it is impermissible to dispute over such matters.
The Prophet [pbuh] forbade persistent questions and debates and clarified that if Allah Almighty remains silent upon a certain matter, it is out of His mercy and generosity. The Prophet [pbuh] said: “Allah prescribed some duties so do not neglect them; prohibited certain things so do not violate them; set down certain limits so do not transgress them; He remained silent about some things, out of mercy for you and not out of forgetfulness, so do not delve into them” [Reported by Darqatni and others through Abu Tha’laba al-Khushani may Allah be pleased with him].
The scholar Taftazani wrote in his commentary on Imam Nawwai’s 40 hadith: “What is meant by ‘do not delve into them’ is not to ask about their rulings because asking about matters on which Allah remained silent leads to them becoming obligations which may be difficult to observe; so the general principle of permissibility of things stands.”
The Prophet [pbuh] illustrated the grave offence of those who caused restrictions upon Muslims due to their insistent questioning and delving into matters by saying:
"The gravest sinner amongst Muslims is the one who asks about something and probes into it, so it becomes prohibited due to his insistent questioning." [Reported by Muslim through Amir ibn Sa`d through his father may Allah be pleased with him].
Abu Huraira [may Allah be pleased with him] said: “The Prophet [pbuh] delivered a speech and said: “O people! Perform Hajj for Allah has made it obligatory upon you.”
Hearing this, a man said, “O Messenger of Allah! Should we perform it every year?” The Prophet [pbuh] remained silent, but when the man repeated the question thrice, he said, “If I say yes it will become obligatory upon you and you will be unable to do it.” He continued, “Do not ask me about matters on which I remain silent; the people who were before you were doomed for their constant questions to their Prophet.”
- Dar Al-Ifta Al-Missriyyah
For more detail on the issue of “excessive questioning” please read the following link, insha Allah.
We talk about others’ places in heaven and hell as if we know where we’re going.