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One of the major reasons which lead me towards starting my journey towards finding truth from scratch was observing and evaluating the ways of forefather, culture, and majority. I didn’t like them from the start, how people used to follow each other blindly and making copies of each other and everywhere around me, I used to see “Monkey see, Monkey do” culture.
Don’t be a blind follower
Either you’re a born Muslim or not, you need to reason your beliefs and don’t just be a Muslim because your father/mother was Muslim or be a Muslim just by name. Live up to that title. At least research whether the Islam you got from your forefathers is in the right form or not. Learn about Allah , and His attributes so that you know about your Creator and then ask Allah alone for help and guidance towards straight path and start to observe your surroundings, evaluate everything you see and observe for right or wrong and even if you find it right for the time being, never say that you’re always right. Leave the door open for mistakes and always pray to Allah for guidance and wisdom that would bring you closer to Allah alone.
Most of the problems are the reason for being arrogant/stubborn and following ways of the majority and thinking that majority is always right although Qur’an itself rejects this concept.
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]
Children follow the example of parents; they try to follow what they find their parents doing no matter that deed is right or wrong. I have seen this a lot in the culture where I lived most of my life, parents hate and cut off with relatives/relations which Allah made although they should have known that it’s one of the major sins and leads to destruction for the person who does such an evil act, and then children seeing their parents saying bad things about their relatives on their backs, they try to imitate their parents and their parents don’t stop them as they are filled with ego and hatred so that hatred passes on generations leading to corruption in families and as a whole in society.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “Al-Wasil is not the one who recompenses the good done to him by his relatives, but Al-Wasil is the one who keeps good relations with those relatives who had severed the bond of kinship with him.”
Narrated Jubair bin Mut’im:
That he heard the Prophet (Peace be upon him) saying, “The person who severs the bond of kinship will not enter Paradise.”
‘A’isha reported Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) as saying:
The tie of kinship is suspended to the Throne and says:He who unites me Allah would unite him and he who severed me Allah would sever him.
So much Hatred, for what?
A whole country hating other country and judging each individual of that country as corrupt and bad just because what happened in the past (wars, hatred between forefathers, etc.), leaving no door open for “Everyone has potential towards good” and Allah guides whomever He wills and it’s possible that with your attitude Allah could disgrace you and grant that other person who you’re thinking as enemy, goodness, and guide that person towards straight path.
Muslims are hating and swearing each other on social media, belonging to the “enemy”/opposite countries not even thinking for a second that whole Muslim Ummah is one nation under the flag of one religion Islam and saying such foul things about a Muslim brother/sister could lead to one’s disaster.
In sports and entertainment, even Muslims are seen acting like animals and saying foul things about their brothers/sisters just because their player didn’t score that much or didn’t win more trophies than other player, or their favorite fictional superhero couldn’t beat up the other superhero.
But those who break the covenant of Allah after contracting it and sever that which Allah has ordered to be joined and spread corruption on earth – for them is the curse, and they will have the worst home.
[Qur’an: Chapter #13 (Surat Ar-Ra’d : The Thunder) Verse#25]
In the end, you will be alone standing in front of Allah the one who created heavens, earth and what is in between them. There won’t be anyone there to help you except Allah alone, and you will be judged alone, and neither your mother nor your father would be there for you and same goes for those sports players, celebrities, brothers, sisters, friends, scholars, saints, and those whom you follow and love. Every man for himself.
So if neither of these could be helpful for you on the Day of Judgment and you’re on your own then why blindly follow them and waste this life as there won’t be coming back in this world. Try to start your journey towards finding the truth and stop following the ways of forefathers, majority, and culture. Ask Allah for guidance and help and with a pure intention of finding that path that would bring you closer to Allah alone, because real success lies in that path only.
And the Day the wrongdoer will bite on his hands [in regret] he will say, “Oh, I wish I had taken with the Messenger a way. Oh, woe to me! I wish I had not taken that one as a friend. He led me away from the remembrance after it had come to me. And ever is Satan, to man, a deserter.
[Qur’an: Chapter #25 (Surat Al-Furqan: The Criterion) Verse#27-29]
On the Day a man will flee from his brother. And his mother and his father. And his wife and his children, for every man, that Day, will have enough to make him careless of others
[Qur’an: Chapter #80 (Surat Abasa: He Frowned) Verse#34-37]
In 2016 Ramadan, I found a series called “Guided through Qur’an” in which reverts share their stories and journey towards finding the truth. I haven’t found any better season than this one yet, and it motivated me a lot in learning more about the purpose of life, and for me, it has great importance as I learned about my priorities in life and what type of people I should be inspired by. These reverts left their past lives for the sake of Allah when they were introduced with Qur’an they felt a connection which finally softens their hearts by the mercy of Allah. These people completely changed their lifestyles for the sake of Allah and left their old corrupted beliefs and ways of majority and forefathers, and I think you should give this series a try and I believe and hope it will result in a positive change by the help of Allah.
YouTube Channels from where I found these series:
- YouTube Channel: hagirelhadari (Translated videos)
- YouTube Channel: Fahad Al-Kandari (Official Channel of these series, many videos are translated into English as well)
Though all the videos from Guided through Qur’an are amazing but my favorite one is Story of Barbra from France.
and it taught me an important lesson that, “never miss an opportunity of conveying the message of truth”, you don’t know maybe your conveying could help someone in life and change their life towards positive by the help of Allah.