Bismillah Hirrahmaan Nirraheem
Na thi apne gunahon ki jab khabar,
dey dekhte auron ke aib-o-band
Padi apne gunahon pe jab nazar,
to nazar me koi bura na rahaa
When he was unaware of his own sins,
He kept looking at faults and doings of others
But the moment his eyes fell on his own sins,
In his eyes no one else remained bad.
Alhamdulillah – Its been 2 years since I started blogging. One of the earliest post on my blog was about the holy month of Ramadan. Today as I write, Ramadan has already begun in some parts of the world. Inshallah it will start here in India tomorrow. This day I pray to Allah to guide us in the right path and seek refuge from going astray.
This post is the most crucial post I have ever written. I have not felt more nervous in writing any other post than this.
I ask all my muslim brethren –
Who are you?
Are you Muslims?
I wish the answer would be Yes, we are Muslims. But sadly these days we are no more just Muslims. We have become Alhe-Sunnat or Tableegh Jamaat or Ahle Hadees etc etc. This is a common behavior that I see among Muslims these days – When you meet some one, you seem to guess which maslaq does the other belong to. We try to guess it by the part-of-the-city they come from to. Why has it become so important – Is int it enough that we both are Muslims? Is int it enough both of us do believe in the Almighty Allah and his Prophet Muhammed(peace be upon him). If it happens that the other person is of a different maslaq than ours – we tend to see him as on outcast. Everyone seems to be a expert in the differences in maslaq. This seems to be the most enjoyable topic. Everyone seem to issue fatawa against the other.
I ask my muslim brothers and sisters(the non-alims) – Who are you and I? Who are we to decide who is right or wrong?
If an Alim (Islamic Scholar) speaks about the difference – then its understandable as he/she has knowledge about it. But the Alims constitute about less that 10 percent of Muslim population. But today – everyone discusses these differences in open as if these differences include or exclude us from the sect of Islam. I understand there are differences and there are more that 2 opinions of some topics. If you have a doubt about what is right and what is wrong. Please visit a Alim whom you believe and get it clarified with him – IN PERSON. The open discussions among friends at hotels or tea stalls will fetch us nothing but instead will deepen the divide that’s been created.
Just ask yourself.
Did you establish all the Namaaz today?
Did you read Quran today?
Did you do things according to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him)?
If we just think about our sins that we have done, we wouldn’t dare call anyone as sinner.
Until the time you do not have knowledge about something – Allah forgives you. But once you know what is right and what is wrong it becomes obligatory to follow what is right. I urge to all my Muslim brothers an sisters to SEEK THE TRUTH. One of the first commands Allah gave to Prophet Muhammed was to read(Iqraa) – Seek Knowledge.
The process is simple
Seek Knowledge (Ilm) -> Follow it (Amal) -> Pass this knowledge to others(Dawaah).
When seeking knowledge – Apart from consulting Alims or Maulanas, It is equally necessary to read books like Quran and authentic Hadith and understand more on the topics that you feel doubtful about. But usually we are too lazy to refer to books – we just trust what someone else says. Remember on the Day of Judgement – no alim or maulana will save us. Only our amaal (deeds) and the grace of Almighty Allah can save us from hell fire.
Lets try to hold on to Quran “The rope of Allah” – That is the TRUTH
I pray to Allah to help us to the right path and stand united.