First of all, let’s talk about our behaviour on the road 😀 Have you ever parked where it’s not allowed? Have you ever ignored the red-light? Have you ever blow car-horns near a mosque, or school (on study hours)? For short, have you ever decided not to follow the rules on the street?
Why there are streets? Streets are facilities to get to the place we wanted.
Why there are many regulations on the streets? Because many people are using the streets, there must be rules to avoid us from danger.
Why do we have to trust that the signs are put in the right places? Because those rules are made by people who have knowledge of the streets and so they are considered to know what is to be concerned than us.
If we decide not to follow the rules, what will happen? There will be consequenses 🙂 sooner or later.
We all know that the road sign are made so we can use the street peacefully, and safely. But to follow them is a decision. One may decide not to follow but there will be consequenses.
I was taking the analogy to remind us, and also myself about Islam. Islam is there to be the way of life. To get Allah’s Love and Mercy. People from the ancient time (before Islam), had done many things to achieve Mercy from God. They sacrifice human, torturing themselves, in a hope that God will shower them with mercy. If God’s love is all that matters, let people find their own inteligence on achieving it, right? No, we can’t do that. We could do things irrationally, and we often make mistakes, it is impossible for us to decide what is best for us and everyone by our own standards and ego. Islam is the likeable way, that Allah has sent to be the way on achieving that purpose. To get His Love, His Mercy, then His Jannah, inshallah.
But there are many rules in religion. And if we want to be honest, even every non-practising muslim will admit inside their hearts that every rules are for our own good. It is made by Allah subhana wa taala, The Creator, The Most Knowing of every single detail about His creations.
We all know that. It is only a matter of decision for us to follow Islam fully. To be a muslim, is to follow Islam in awareness. Not only because your parents are muslims. Or not because you have arabic name. Eventhough we were born in a muslim family, we have to decide to follow it or not.
Don’t be proud of saying that we are muslims just because it means that we are a part of one of the mostly followed religion on the planet. Or because we have arabic name, have you seen people who has a very islamicly meaningful name but act worse than kuffars? Sorry, but this is true. I once removed a guy from my facebook because he posted porn, his name was very Islamic. How many people you know that never pray, but proudly say they’re muslims? What is the point?
Being muslim means deciding that one will follow Islam on their best. I’m totally furious by people saying they are muslims but don’t even pray and not feeling guilty about it.
This is an authentic hadith, Prophet Muhammad said: “The covenant between us and them is PRAYER, so if anyone abandons it he has become a disbeliever.” [Ahmad, Tirmidhi & Nasa’ee]
Let me underline what I understand. Not praying is the criteria of a disbeliever. If a person die and you know they didn’t pray when they were still alive, they don’t deserve to be prayed upon. We don’t make janazah prayer for kuffars. This is a strong one, I think the strongest sentence I ever published in my blog. But yes, not praying is kufr!
Even IF praying is scientifically proven to make your life miserable, but Allah says it is obligatory, you MUST NOT leave them. But Allah subhana wa taala with His Mercy and Kindness, puts many benefits in prayer, the benefit you will achieve if you do yoga and meditation regularly (among other benefits). Don’t leave prayer. Make a decision that you will never leave it, and act on it.
May Allah make it easy for all of us, amin.. Please, never leave prayer..