Friday, 23 December 2011
The diseases of the heart
Not Practicing = Disobedience
The heart must be clean and honest. Allah is Pure and He only accepts pureness.
"Verily, deeds are rewarded by intention. And everyone will have the reward for that which he has intended."
[A saying of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him - Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 1:1]
Sincere intention is the key to the success or failure of the Muslim.
All that he or she does must be for the sake of Allah and not for the chance to show off or call attention to him or herself.
If there is even a speck of pride or showing off for the people instead of doing for Allah, then the whole of the matter will be rejected by Allah on the Day of Judgment.
This is due to the fact that Allah wants purity of intention and purity in deed.
“Invite (all) to the Way of your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Rabb knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.” (16:125)
Please do "Not to judge Islam" with the way non-practicing Muslims behave.( The non-practicing group is a different matter).
The reasons why they no longer pray may be very complicated.
It could just be laziness. It could be the bad influence of the friends they hang around with.
It could be the bad example of other Muslims, who have put them off the whole idea of Islam; even they do not formally reject it.
It could be the very subtle influence of television and the media, which make other lifestyles, seem more attractive and more "modern" than the life of a Muslim).
(There are some Muslims who do not practice as Muslims.
They no longer do the things that Muslims do, even though they may have been born Muslim and have lived with Muslims all their lives.
They are Muslim, but they do not practice as Muslims.
(A Muslim irrespective of whether he practices or not: is in fold of Islam until he has faith in Tawhid Risalah and other aspects of faith).
Muslims are human beings and have all the failings of human beings, and we need only look to ourselves to see this.
May Allah swt have mercy on us and guide us so that we may be better and so that perhaps we may be forgiven for our shortcomings.
In addition, among the major signs of piety is that the most pious person is one who believes that he is the worst sinner. Otherwise this thought might lead to riya, ujb and pride in one's heart which is a danger for our own faith and nullifies our deeds).
They do none of the things that Muslims usually do.
For example, they do not pray five times a day.
They do not fast during Ramadan; they do not pay Zakat, and so on.
For whatever reason, they have stopped doing these things.)
Non-practicing Muslims destroy their lives by indulging in such immoral practices as adulteries and fornication, drinking intoxicants, drug addictions, gambling, usury, graft and corruption, stealing, swindling, abductions, rebellions and the like.
With their non-Islamic behaviors they create very bad image not only for the Muslims but also for Islam as a whole.
We have to stress that the “Muslims” they encounter or observe are actually non-practicing Muslims.
If ever they dislike their behavior it is because they do not act in accordance with the teachings of Islam.
At the time of the Messenger, saws, there were people well-known to be "hypocrites," the Munaafiqoon.
These were people who were only Muslim in name but were still trying to undermine Islam.
Did anyone ask them to leave Islam? I don't think so.
Instead of asking people to leave Islam, we should be helping them.
That's part of the da'wah
All we can do is make du’aa for them to get back on the straight path.
"Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance." (Qur'an 16:125)
We really don't want anyone to leave/come to Islam.
It is better if they at least believe in the basics truths of Islam than leave all together.
Also, some of them may need help.
Non-practicing Muslims can overnight become practicing Muslims, and God's door is always wide open for he or she who wants to follow God's Path
Man is very forgetful and makes a lot of mistakes.
His own self (nafs) tells him to do evil and the Shaitan tempts him to commit sin.
When bodies get sick and are afflicted with disease, one has to find a doctor who can prescribe the appropriate medicine so that the body may be restored to full health. Similarly, souls and hearts may be afflicted with the diseases of desire and doubt, so people do things which Allah has forbidden, such as shedding blood, committing adultery, drinking alcohol, oppressing people and consuming their wealth unlawfully, preventing people from following the way of Allah and disbelieving in Allah.
The diseases of the heart [psychological and spiritual diseases] are worse than diseases of the body.
This means that one must find a doctor who is skilled in treating such diseases.
Because the diseases of the heart are so many and cause the spread of evil and corruption, Allah has enjoined the believers to treat these diseases, by enjoining that which is good and forbidding that which is evil. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and that entire Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful” [Aal ‘Imran 3:104]
Islam teaches righteousness and the best manners to the whole mankind.
" ... Don't judge Islam based on how a bunch of non-practicing Muslims act, seek the truth, from true believers and relevant sources.... like wise, never judge any other religions based on its followers only....."
We’re in a knowledge era, where an answer to our questions can always be found... it can even be between the lines of the Islamic books on your shelves, or maybe... the book (Quran) in your hand...
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink, and Allah said "La Ikraha Fid-Deen.
“You tell them the message but if they don't want to hear it, Cool, Okay,
Maybe! When you have some free time. ('None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself).'
Allah alone knows the secrets of our hearts and it is He alone who sees the real intention of why we do things.
So, it is not for us to point fingers at others.
He alone, then, is the One who will judge us according to the way we have lived our lives.
For a Muslim not to pray it is a very serious matter.
Not to fast during the month of Ramadan is very serious, since it is Allah who commanded us to do this.
Not to pay Zakat and not to go on the pilgrimage to Makkah, just because we do not want to, are both very serious things.
Not Practicing = Disobedience
By calling themselves non-practicing Muslims, these people still consider themselves to be Muslim, or they would introduce themselves to you as ex-Muslims or they would say that they used to be Muslim or that they were once Muslim.
They have not taken the actual step of rejecting Islam and renouncing it.
Such former Muslims are known as "apostates," since they have formally rejected Islam.
Al-Hasan al-Basri said: “It has reached me that the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to say: “Between a servant and his falling into polytheism and disbelief is that he leaves the prayer without a valid excuse.”
It is not our place to judge anyone, since Allah is the only judge, but it seems that there are too many non-practicing Muslims in our world.
They call themselves Muslim and they tell others that they are Muslim.
They fill in forms as Muslims and they may have "Muslim" written on their passport or ID card, but they act in a way that gives a very bad example of what Islam is like and they confuse non-Muslims about the real nature of Islam.
It would be better, surely, for such people to make no comment when they are asked what their religion is, rather than to give a bad example.
Enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil is a mission which will never end until the Hour begins.
It is obligatory upon all the ummah, rulers and subjects, men and women, each according to his or her circumstances.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; and if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by feeling that it is wrong] – and that is the weakest of faith.” (Narrated by Muslim, 49)
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Religion is sincerity.” We said, “To whom?” He said, “To Allah and His Book, and His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” (Narrated: - Muslim, 95).
If a Muslim is commanded to do something, he should be the quickest of people to do it, and if he is forbidden to do something, he must be the one who keeps furthest away from it. Allah has issued a warning to those who go against that, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do?
Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do” [al-Saff 61:2-3]
No matter how righteous a person may be, he still needs sincere advice, guidance and reminders in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Allah said to the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds, the most perfect of all creation (interpretation of the meaning):
“O Prophet (Muhammad)! Keep your duty to Allah, and obey not the disbelievers and the hypocrites (i.e., do not follow their advice). Verily, Allah is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise”
Holy Quran - Allah says:
"Inna Dena indalahil-Islam." (Certainly, the only acceptable way which Allah will accept is Islam). [Holy Quran 3:19]
This submission requires a fully conscious and willing effort to submit to the one Almighty God.
"But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (Muhammad, peace be upon him) as a judge in all disputes between them, and find no resistance against your decisions, and accept (the decisions) with full submission." [Holy Quran 4:65]
Total submission is required after the surrender and some terms have to be set forth by Allah to be understood by the Muslim.
There can be no option in the matter as Allah says in another verse,
"It is not fitting for the believing man or for the believing woman, that whenever Allah and His Messenger have decided any matter, that they should have any other opinion."
[Holy Quran 33:36]
And obey Allah and His Messenger."
[Holy Quran 3:132]
"O you who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger and those of you who are in authority. If you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination." [Holy Quran 4:59]
"He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you as a watcher over them."
[Holy Quran 4:80]
This means to act on what Allah enjoins all of us to do (in the Qur'an) and what His beloved Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) encouraged us to do in his Sunnah (his lifestyle and sayings personifying the Qur'an).
After surrendering your free will to Allah and then ratifying the terms and conditions of the surrender, it is obligatory for the Muslim to live up to his terms of the bargain. It is his or her responsibility to do their best to obey the orders of Allah set forth in the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him.
What ever Allah and His Messenger have set out as being the Way of Islam: is incumbent on the believer, man or woman to follow completely.
One must consciously and conscientiously give oneself to the service of Allah.
Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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