I have been attempting to put this in writing, but feared controversy of the topic. However, it may serve as a good platform for a slight wake up.
Some may have many views against what I am saying, but I want to create a platform of discussion.
Contemplation through the times, and each state of the generations…how do we know where to draw the line in preservation of our roots, while serving the greater good?
Whether it is in consumption of wealth, enforcing law, or ways of living, the main issue that we fail to establish, is balance.
How do we not overstep the mark, while situations around us dictate that we should, in cause of the ‘greater good’? Yet, when we over step a mark, something else is at risk of loss.
What do I mean here?
Islam, since the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), began with one person, to two people, then four, which then led to a small community of Muslims, who formed the greatest Muslims of our nation – The companions. Islam here, in terms of faith within the people was at its peak, to the extent whereby Shaytaan himself would fear the followers.
The numbers, which it had rose from a small group to what it stands now, close to billion, is a blessing of this nation, that it would be the biggest nation above all the prior nations.
Nobody can deny that as times have progressed, societies have advanced, and we are living in circumstances which people even a decade ago would never imagine, in terms of technology, we can even turn on electrical appliances with words from our mouths, rather than putting our physical capabilities to use.
Over some time, I have been thinking about the state of Islam in our times, in society now, we are living in a world where technology is shaping man, rather than the other way round, there’s so much corruption and morality is decreasing, and the mercy in the hearts of the people, is reducing, as people are being over taken by their ego. Im sure you know what I am saying.
In the west, we are being pulled – Well I wont say we, but Islamic scholars are being pulled in two directions. I have a few points to make:
Firstly – Living in a society, where nudity is prevailing, homosexuality, and corrupt ways of living, and technology making people lazy, people are brought up in this kind of society, and its becoming a norm, and nobody really knows any different
Secondly, as a result of this, those who come back to Islam, or be raised islamically; based on the society, build their Emaan off of that, in a sense. Alhamdulila a handful preserve their strong Emaan,
Thirdly – We are actively, always trying to get people back to Islam, always trying new things, and through mediums which are appealing to those who we are trying to call to Allah’s religion, so we openly accept for example, people into the mosque who have (im giving a bad example here), but walk in with disliked clothing, or hairstyle which is against the Sunnah,
In essence of all these points, we are living in a society which is reducing in morals, and at the same time, we are trying to give Dawah, even though the Sunnah is diluting, we are in the struggle or constant battle of – do we reject these people who are not following the Sunnah, and let a culture form, where the Sunnah isn’t emphasised, or do accept these for the greater good, even with the risk of the Sunnah being diluted?
I believe this is what’s happening, for example, this whole phenomena with regards to the music and nasheeds, are there any nasheeds now without music? But some argue well it’s a way of getting people back to Islam but at the same time, Islam is diluting. (Ok, Ok, some may say here, some scholars have said its allowed etc, but its not the music thats the issue).
Someone made a poem which one line read:
‘Am I not a true Mu’mineen if I haven’t covered my hair?
Am I more viable to people treating me with less respect – is that fair?
Isn’t real Iman more than what I wear?’
I think its ridiculous, but this is an example of the ideology, which is being passed around, and thus Islam is diluting, because we are in the culture of excusing all the time, and because of societies circumstances, we are being pushed to excuse, in order for the greater good, of bringing people back to Islam…
We are moving towards a method of ‘over sympathising’, and always ‘rubbing peoples back’ saying ‘oh its okay, you will get there, you wil start praying take things one thing at a time’. Which has led to people falling back, and as a result of this sympathy, people have lowered their bar with the deen.
It doesnt really matter whether its deen or duniya, when you begin sympathising something too much, it becomes diluted, and people unconciously lower the bar, and the pressure – the amount thats needed – reduces.
E.g. At work, the late policy, if a collegue comes into work late all the time, and theres a policy saying you have to be on time, but the employer says, don’t worry, take your time, i know its hard, the collegue unconciously will reduce the pressure off of himself, this is whats happening now, I believe, it is dependant on the collegue to put the effort in, which represents the way our emaan should be, but at the same time, the pressure should work ALONG with him, rather than feeding his weakness.
In times of the Prophet (saw), when they heard a verse, no one had to give sympathy back, but it all complimented each other, the admonishing, and also the compassion worked hand in hand, everything was done, without question, so why are we giving so much sympathy now? Yes people take time, but with every thing there is Balance, as we are the balanced nation.
With sympathy, comes balance, as with admonishing.
Allah is the forgiver, but He is the punisher too
Another point, I completed a course on the rules of Fiqh, and it was stated that there are 8 types of incidental difficulty, and one was general affliction, which it was stated that
”When the harm of a matter has become generalised and it is not possible for a person to avoid it, then the Shariah applies ease in the issue”;
‘ From our time, is the free mixing or music at the shopping malls. These days, it is not practically not possible to purchase food or buy any commodity except that a person is tested with these prohibited matters, as a result, the Shariah overlooks the sin in this case as long as every effort is made to minimise the harm’
In a case like this, in the society we are living in, where do we draw the line in applying the rule of general affliction?
The way I see things, is that society is deriving so many issues by which the Shariah needs to be applied to, and so many complexities, but I believe that, this is a sign of the end of times, the more complex issues society is bringing about to provide Fatwa, the more society is falling in terms of morality.
There are simple things in terms of Adab and etiquette, which we don’t even see anymore, or consider being important, we read and be inspired by so many stories, and sit in awe of them, but do we really live it? The old ways are being laughed at, and seen as something alien, and thus those who want to revive beautiful values, are seen as something against the good, simple manners such as smiling, giving salaam, going that extra mile, showing appreciation, instead of feeding off each others compassion, brothers sitting close to each other and sitting and have a nice conversation, rather than sat ten miles apart from each other, with their legs 20 miles apart. Acts other than this are perceived as ‘gay’.
The Shariah will not fail to adapt, but things will come close to impossible.
More and more people are coming to Islam, which is a blessing given to this Ummah to be the biggest, but more are bringing problems, and more complexities, sooner or later, some may even deem it to be Makrooh to be homosexual. The numbers arent the issue, its the conviction in Islam which is decreasing,
Its very pessimistic, but it’s a point which im trying to illustrate.
Where and how do we draw the line in all of this?
I think these are means to the End, and we need to stop this culture, of excusing all the time, and being so lenient with the Shariah, if Islam dilutes, so will this generation.
We need to be balanced as the Shariah dictates.