I sometimes feel like a lot of our problems in the Muslim community stem from our detachment from the Akhirah.
Sometimes, even those who are involved in “Islamic thought” or “progressiveness” who think they are doing Islam and Muslims a favor are lost and lead others astray because they are always worried about “the future of Islam in America/in the West/in the world” or “Islam in the media” I agree that some of these issues are legitimate, but we need to understand that Islam is perfect and it is the truth but historically, it’s always been attacked and it always will be. But Allah (SWT) and His Deen will have the upper hand in the end.
And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.” Al-Isra’ (17:81)
We as Muslims need to ask ourselves:
- Do we trust Allah’s laws enough to stick to them to achieve justice, peace and salvation or must we turn to other ideologies?
- Do we really understand the religion enough to be able to protect ourselves from outside interference with our faith?
- How much did we actually learn about Islam from learned people of the past and from the Qur’an & Sunnah before we went and attended debates by “critics,” read books by “philosophers,” and supported “activists”?
- Have we focused on our own selves enough to be able to go around trying to correct the Ummah’s problems?
I once went to an event called “Unity in the Ummah” or something like that and all of the speakers raised good points, but the last speaker (may Allah preserve him) hit the nail in the head with his reasonable and legitimate approach.
He said that we cannot try to make the Ummah unite upon things that are not in Islam. We cannot invent, alter or add things to try and appeal to the people. The only thing that the Ummah can successfully be united upon is the Qur’an & Sunnah. You cannot bring in any other ideology, purpose, mission, or set of principles to try and unite the ummah.
Allah has given us Islam and He has given us the command to remain united as an Ummah
He has taught us how to do it:
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah [i.e the Qur’an] 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.” Ale ‘Imran (3: 103)
“This ummah of yours is a single ummah, and I am your Lord, so worship me. But they were cut off from one another in the matter of their unity, and yet they will all return to Us.” Sûrah al-Anbiyâ’ (92-93)
The thing that keeps us together is Tawheed and the adherence to the Sunnah, not anything else.
We need to keep that in mind.
Wa Allahu A’lam.
[I originally wrote this about a month and a half ago and it was up on my other blog...]