Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ideological Disfiguration

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تُطِيعُوا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَلَى أَعْقَابِكُمْ فَتَنْقَلِبُوا خاسرين
O ye who believe! if ye obey the Unbelievers, they will drive you back on your heels, and ye will turn back (from Faith) to your own loss.[ Al-Imran 149]

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ تُطِيعُوا فَرِيقًا مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ يَرُدُّوكُمْ بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ كافرين
O ye who believe! if ye listen to a faction among the People of the Book, they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye have believed! [Al-Imran 100]

I was reading Surat Al-Imran, and I came across the ayah 149 and some one came to my mind. Not that am calling that person outside the fold of Islam in my mind, but surely is very close to it. It was so clear to me, that I felt it on a whole new different level. You see all those “academics” and activists giving in to notions of disbelief, secularism, certain aspects about “Human rights” and “Women rights” etc. They keep bashing you with these concepts and making your beliefs taboo, that some of us give up to them in certain points, till gradually we almost become identical to them. (Interesting this bro has to say)

وَأَنِ احْكُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ بِمَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ وَاحْذَرْهُمْ أَنْ يَفْتِنُوكَ عَنْ بَعْضِ مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ

And this (He commands): judge thou between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they turn you far away from some of that which Allah has sent down to you. [Al-Maidah 49]

Allah asks us to be ware that they turn us from “some” of our Sharia.. which is what they do they keep getting to you bit by bit till you are almost skinned from your Islam, thus after ayah 149 in Al-Imran Allah tells us

بَلِ اللَّهُ مَوْلَاكُمْ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ النَّاصِرِينَ
Nay, Allah is your protector, and He is the best of helpers.

That is we should faith in Allah, and depend on him in our matters, and not give up to the unbelievers’ demands in how to conduct our affairs and life.
We should stick to our guns, with compassion and invite them to Allah rather than allowing them to turn us away from Allah.


Kay said...

Salaam 3alaikum brother,

I had an experience recently that reminded me of the verses that you highlighted in your post.

I was heading back to my apartment and these two girls come up to me. One asks "Have you heard of the Mother God?" And I say "No", thinking to myself "Oh great someone coming to 'convert' me." She ended up saying a bunch of other things that I don't remember now, but I said frankly to her "I'm Muslim". I think she was sort of taken aback because I "looked" much like her and I wasn't in the hijabi dress. She kept on trying to get me to go to a Bible study with her so I could learn more about "Mother God", and I told her that I already read the Bible and used to be Christian for a long time, but after reading Qur'an I decided to convert. I told her that I considered Qur'an to be the direct words of God, that it is my religious book, and the Bible wasn't. She gave me a cold look, changed her tone of voice and said "No, the Bible IS the direct word of God". I thought that the conversation would turn into an argument, but we parted before that could happen (thank God).

What left me shaking from all of it is that I still conceal the fact that I am Muslim to the world, my friends, and my parents that I reverted, so it made me feel vulnerable in a primitive sense. At the same time it felt good to be open about it, and I felt proud saying that I was Muslim. When I was walking the last stretch to my apartment I was shaking, but I was also thinking to myself "Why did that girl not think that God is One?", and I was glad that I am pointed in the right direction of a journey.


MASS said...

Wa3aleykum as-salam wa rhmat Allahi wa barakatuhu

my memerable encounters were mostly in class,, sometimes i would be alone who supports Sharia, or certian Islamic aspects, The who class will bash me and I would bash the whole class back.. well in a nice civilized way usually with more or less "liberal" Arabs/muslims who thought by virtue of being native you can sya whatever you want.

but i always stuck to my guns and a lot of study abroad americans loved that.. we had radically different world views but could still chill with no tensions.

I know of different reactions to reverts by family etc.. usually and in a not so long time they come to terms with it. and even come to appreciate it, they sometimes convert to Islam too..

may Allah make it easy for you.

Creation said...

Update ?

MASS said...