Table of Content
I was going to write these concepts as separate chapters, but I think it’s better if I write them in a single chapter as they are linked with each other.
The sole purpose of this book is to make us think and don’t blindly follow anything, as there’s a lot happening around us which we tend to ignore and it leads to corruption of ourselves and in the result of society.
Before starting the concept, I want to tell you that I don’t follow any sect at all or any scholar although I listen and read many but I prefer to “Read the book, not the author” and if I agree with the saying of a scholar on one topic doesn’t mean I follow that scholar in every topic because before that I first need to listen to his opinion on every topic and then to judge it according to Qur’an and Authentic Hadiths and also to consult with other scholars who have knowledge. In any time of my life I can’t say that I am always right, I don’t even know if my thoughts are right or wrong and I pray to Allah alone to guide me towards straight path and correct my thoughts because in the end, I don’t own Islam but it’s the religion of Allah which I am following so I need to spend more time learning it, and I ask the readers of this book (whether you’re a scholar or not) to advise me if they find anything wrong in it, but please do advice with evidence and don’t worry you will never find me stubborn (In Shaa Allah) and I always stay away from arguments which lead to more negative than positive.
I think we might all agree on this, that modern day scholars are not equal to those classic scholars of Islam, and those classic scholars are not equal to the companions of the Prophet (May Allah be pleased with them all) , and the companions of the Prophet (May Allah be pleased with them all) are not equal to the messengers and Prophets of Allah (Peace be upon them all) and Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the leader of the Prophets (Peace be upon them all) and is a Human and Final Prophet of Allah and the Best of the Creation of Allah.
They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the Hour: when is its arrival? In what [position] are you that you should mention it? To your Lord is its finality. You are only a warner for those who fear it.
[Qur’an: Chapter #79(Surat An-Nazi’at : Those who drag forth) Verse#42- 45]
There is a single connection between Allah and His servant, and if you put anything or anyone in between this connection, it will be lost.
Never love anything or anyone, even closer to the love which Allah deserves
We are commanded to follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and love him. And the only way to love him (peace be upon him) is to follow him and make those things your favorite which was his (peace be upon him) favorite, spend time in those activities which Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) used to spend.
And obey Allah and the Messenger that you may obtain mercy.
[Qur’an: Chapter #3 (Surat Ali-Imran: Family of Imran) Verse#132]
It’s the love of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that when you learn a Hadith from anywhere (social media, internet, books, etc.), you try to find its authenticity and not blindly following and sharing it with others as it might be fabricated and will lead to so much negativity. (And if you can search for information related to your academics or interest in research papers, novels, books, internet, library, etc. then surely you can also search for the authenticity of a particular Hadith too, it’s a matter of priority and interest so try to think about it).
O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.
[Qur’an: Chapter #49 (Surat Al-Hujurat: The Rooms) Verse#6]
Spend your time in learning Hadiths, and after you find a Hadith to be authentic, you implement it in your daily life first and foremost and then share it with as many people as you can.
Practice what you preach, as without practice – preaching has no value.
It’s the love of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that you learn (only from authentic source) how he used to live, spend his daily routine, his favorite supplications, his way of praying and then follow his ways according to your best effort with a pure intention and then spread the message of truth to as many people as you can.
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.
[Qur’an: Chapter #33 (Surat Al-Ahzab: The Combined Forces) Verse#21]
Anas Narrated, The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.
Don’t let emotions drive you to do wrong
Don’t let your emotions or desires make you become dependent on Humans (either alive or dead) or raise their status to a level that is dangerous (e.g., leading to shirk), as they themselves are dependent upon Allah. Every creation of Allah is dependent upon Allah, so be dependent on Allah alone. Involve Allah in your conversations, ask only and only Allah for help and guidance. Remember that it’s only Allah who can guide you and help you.
If Allah wants to test you through pain, even if the whole world tries to protect you from it, you will not be saved.
If Allah wants to save you from harm, even if the whole world tries to harm you, you will not be harmed.
As beautifully stated in Qur’an:-
And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends for you good, then there is no repeller of His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful
[Quran: – Surah #10, Surah Yunus, Verse #107]
You need to know that everything is mortal except Allah. Everything is going to die or cease to exist except Allah. So make your link with Allah strong and do what Allah commands you to do in Qur’an and Authentic Hadiths, and know that Allah is closer to you more than you are to yourself and Allah knows you more than you know yourself and don’t make links with Humans (alive or dead), materialistic things, nature etc. and asking help from these or raising their statuses to a level which is dangerous (e.g. could lead to shirk), they are dependent on Allah, so you should be too.
Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
I heard Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) saying
If you all depend on Allah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with full belly at dusk.
Reality of Islam?
And Remember Islam is the religion of Allah, so try to follow the authentic version of it which was revealed 1400 years ago, and don’t be the source or part of additions and omissions in Islam which those people do who follow their evil desires and emotions, or blindly follow the ways of their forefathers and culture/majority and you should always speak the truth even if the whole world goes against you, because you know Allah will be with you and that’s more than enough.
And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying.
[Qur’an: Chapter #6 (Surat Al-An’am: The Cattle) Verse#116]
And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allah has revealed,” they say, “Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing.” Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided? The example of those who disbelieve is like that of one who shouts at what hears nothing but calls and cries cattle or sheep – deaf, dumb and blind, so they do not understand.
[Qur’an: Chapter #2 (Surat Al-Baqarah: The Cow) Verse#170-171]
They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah, and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.
[Qur’an: Chapter #9 (Surat At-Tawbah: The Repentance) Verse#31]
O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah. And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment.
[Qur’an: Chapter #9 (Surat At-Tawbah : The Repentance) Verse#34]
Indeed, those who have divided their religion and become sects – you, [O Muhammad], are not [associated] with them in anything. Their affair is only [left] to Allah; then He will inform them about what they used to do.
[Qur’an: Chapter #6(Surat Al-An’am: The Cattle) Verse#159]
Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”
[Qur’an: Chapter #3(Surat Ali-Imran: Family of Imran) Verse#173]
Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah]. And he was not of the polytheists.
[Qur’an: Chapter #3(Surat Ali-Imran: Family of Imran) Verse#67]
And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided
[Qur’an: Chapter #3(Surat Ali-Imran: Family of Imran) Verse#103]
In above text, I used some Arabic terms. Here’s the meaning of them:-
Hadith: a collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunnah), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Qur’an.
He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah; but those who turn away – We have not sent you over them as a guardian.
[Qur’an: Chapter #4(Surat An-Nisa: The Women) Verse#80]
Shirk: The deification (condition of being treated like a god) or worship of anyone or anything other than the One True Lord, Allah and Allah may forgive any sin if one dies in that state except for committing shirk.
Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.
[Qur’an: Chapter #4(Surat An-Nisa : The Women) Verse#48]