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I think I read in a textbook, don’t remember in high school or college that ‘Sultan Salahuddin Ayubi, just on hearing a single call of an oppressed woman marched with an army towards Jerusalem and gave it back to its rightful owners after great victory’.
Now I was wondering what if Saladin, like current Muslims ‘leaders’, ‘generals’ would have just said, ‘I condemn’ , and that’s it then the whole story would have been different.
Look at yourself, do you even deserve that title of a ‘Muslim’? What mistakes we did which lowered us from such high ranks to such a state where we are being ‘oppressed’, ‘tortured’, ‘blamed’, ‘killed’ in almost every part of the world.
All this is happening is because the link between us and Allah is weak, and we are not being punished like the previous nations who were wiped out from the face of the globe, but we are indeed being punished in portions because of our collective behavior and that behavior can’t change without the individual effort.
Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves
[Qur’an: Chapter #13 (Surat Ar-Ra’d: The Thunder) Verse #11]
Are you waiting for death at your own house (God Forbids) to make you change for good? Or are you in doubt of your current religion? Or are you afraid that if you change, then what will the people say? Make one thing clear in mind that these people won’t be there for you on the Day of Judgment, it will be only you and your deeds that’s it! And just by saying ‘You believe’ and merely saying from mouth ‘I am a Muslim’ and not even spending a moment on even trying to study, practice the commands of your Creator. How will this be a wise and a good decision?
Don’t just blindly believe in what your ancestors, friends, surroundings say about your religion. At least search for it, how you know whether Islam is the True religion or not? If you haven’t even searched for a single doubt and you are just doing what your forefathers do, then what is the difference between you and those ignorant people from past who used to do exactly what their forefathers did.
I am not judging anyone, because I can’t tell or predict anyone’s link with their Creator and I may be on the same scale or lower or high, Wallahu Alam (Allah knows best). But I am just pointing out the habits of the majority of the Muslim Ummah.
We can watch 100+ episodes worth of a season, and consecutively watch 1 hour + long movies, while we only know 2 or 3 Surah at max of Qur’an out of 114 and not even that, even uttering words like ‘Alhamdulillah’, ‘In Shaa Allah’, ‘Ma Shaa Allah’, ‘Subhan Allah’. ‘Allahu Akbar’, ‘Astagfirullah’ is hard on us while we can spend our time gossiping, chattering, abusing /sarcasm as long as we want.
My point may be so boring and it may be the just normal thing you hear from local imam, parents, grandparents all the time and you are just fed up, you just want to enjoy. Believe me, I wanted to enjoy too and I kind of did too, but that enjoy did no good for me and only led me far astray and also made me depress and it will also do it to you too, if not now then sometime in future. If these things were to be worthy to do, we could actually be doing these things instead of 5 times praying and remembering Allah.
And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.
[Qur’an: Chapter #20 (Surat Ta Ha) Verse #124]
You may be wondering why I am doing all this, well, believe me, Allah has ordered me and all of us Muslims through Qur’an:
And Remind, For Indeed the Reminder Benefits the Believer
[Qur’an: Chapter #51 (Surat Adh-Dhariyat: The Winnowing Winds) Verse #55]
Ah! Who is more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have from Allah? But Allah is not unmindful of what ye do!
[Qur’an: Chapter #2 (Surat Al-Baqarah : The Cow) Verse #140]
So, if you know something good and Authentic related to Islam, you have a duty to share it. But you have to practice it on yourself too first before preaching it. And believe me, Qur’an is not merely just stories from past, it’s a complete code of life and there is logic and reason behind every lesson and teaching of Qur’an and Authentic Hadiths. So first learn about Islam at your own pace, even sincere 10 minutes a day would (In Shaa Allah, If Allah Wills) be enough. After learning and authenticating, implement the lesson/knowledge and then share it with your family, friends and to as many people as possible.
Whatever I said above applies first and foremost to myself