So many questions….

They ask if you believe in God and you say yes. They ask if you are Muslim and you say yes. They ask if you follow the Qur’an and you say yes. They ask who brought the message of Islam and you say it is Muhammad(SAW).

MaaShaaAllaah! You are a Muslim! And so am I, waliLlaahilHamd!

Then they ask you; how come you skip the prayers? you say; the religion is in the mind. Then they ask you; how come you miss the fasts? you say you cannot live without food. Then they ask you; how come you date and shake hands with the opposite sex? you say it is the intention that matters. Then they ask you; why do you take alcohol? you say if it is not permissible then it won’t be available.

Then they ask you, ya akhee; why do you shave your beards and wear your trousers beneath the ankle? you say it is just sunnah and not a sin. Then they ask you ya ukhtee, how come you do not wear hijab? you say the hijab is part of the culture of Arabs and you do not wanna cover your beauty and look dowdy. Then they ask you,why do you listen to music? you say music is the food of the soul. SubhaanAllaah!

Now I tell you; the religion is in the heart but also in speech and action. Now I tell you; intention don’t count when the action is forbidden. Now I tell you; not following the sunnah can lead to sins. Now I tell you; hijab is not a culture and it don’t make you look dowdy. Now I tell you; Qur’an nourishes the soul while music makes it sick!

Now think about this; can you pass an exam without knowing what’s in the books? how then can you follow Islam without knowing what it entails? how can you face The Most High with all the disobedience? Ignorance would not be an excuse………… Know! May Allaah have Mercy on you and me!

Maryam Abiodun Omolade

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