One of my biggest pet peeve is how many Muslims view Islaam as something they are a passive audience to, and see it as a one-way interaction with those who display outward piety and knowledge.
To absolve themselves of their guilt of being commitment phobic with Allaah, hierarchies have been enforced where those who practice the deen -which shouldn’t be a thing since all Muslims are required to practice the obligatory baseline – are deemed holy, which bears eerie resemblance to the Christian construct of priesthood.
And on the flip side, this pedestal reserved for the creme de la creme of Muslims seem to attract its fair share of insecure goons and those in the grips of an identity crisis that drives them to use the deen as a security blanket. And consciously or subconsciously, many of those who have committed to an islaamic lifestyle fall prey to this false dichotomy of wadaad v. waranle // lackadaisical v. religious.
So you see people making absolutist and purist declaration of what a ‘true’ Muslim SHOULD act or look like.
If a hijaabi is seen doing something morally dubious,she’s told she has her priorities wrong, that she should know better.
Whereas a non-hijaabi Muslim ISN’T told the same, although it’s quite ironic because the baseline is Islaam thus everyone should be viewed through that perspective, if you’re going to judge right?
Or a Muslim drug addict or criminal or alcoholist is basically stripped of their Islaam because ‘ you can’t be Muslim and be sinful like that ‘.
Wait, wuh? Since when did Islaam because an exclusive fraternity for the richly pious?? If Islaam is NOT for the sinners, then is it for the hypocrites who pretend that they don’t sin when they think others aren’t looking?
Obviously, a lot of this has to do with culture-washing Islaam and Islaam being relegated to being a symbol. But for conscious Muslims, this shouldn’t be acceptable, on a personal level.
Don’t squander your personal responsibility to educate yourself about Islaam, and make a conscious decision about how you want to commit. Allaah didn’t send His prophet and the Qur’aan to show us the path just for us to just sit there. That is counterintuitive.
The truth of the matter is that many run from consciousness as a whole, and expect Islaam to be the last place they’d find it. And many flock to Islam or are non-practicing Muslims because they know on some levels that the things they run from in life, the things they push to the back of their minds, they have to face it in order to fully submit to Allaah. What they fail to clock on is that their shadow follows them wherever they run.
And it’s lost on so many that the journey to Allaah goes through those dark and scary places within you. For many, that’s too high a price to pay. They don’t want to feel the pang of self-awareness, they just want someone else to take over the wheel.
At the end of it all, the heart is like a black box of a plane; it follows you to the hereafter and has the recording of all the transformations you DIDN’T go through, all the calls to grow and search you IGNORED like the the reminder to update your OS you keep postponing – and all the false intentions you had. And everything you’ve been avoiding all your life,will be placed in front of you that day.
There simply is no outrunning your soul.
يوم لا ينفع مال ولا بنون*
إلا من أتى الله بقلب سليم
“The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail.
Except him who brings to Allaah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifaaq (hypocrisy)]. ”