By Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
Bi Ismihi Ta’ala
Allah Ta’ala, out of His Infinite Grace and Kindness, gifted us with this beautiful Deen of Islam. It is unfortunate that we look at Deen today and see it to be something that does not fit our lifestyles, something which does not comply with our whims and fancies and something which needs to be amended because the societies of the world frown upon it…(Na uzu Billah)
Due to our weakness, we look towards “trimming” Islam down.
On an individual level, many say that the Sunnats are not important, the Mustahabbaat and Nawaafil can be left out. The thinking is : I can leave out Fajr because I find it too difficult to wake up for. But this is okay because I will still be a Muslim. I can leave out the beard and I can be a Muslim without a beard… and I can leave off (this) and (that) and there should be no problem because I will still be a Muslim.
Many women also think along the same lines: I can leave off the Hijaab, I can leave off the scarf, I can do (this) and (that). …As long as my heart is clean, I am still a Muslim … (Inna Lillahi wa-inna ilayhi ra`jioon).
We have been granted the priceless gift of Islam. It is perfection. Allah Ta’ala says:
“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.”
[Surah Maa`idah 5 : 3]
We cannot carve and chisel Islam to suit our nafs; rather it is for us to cut our nafs down to size, to humble ourselves before Allah Ta’ala – as slaves and servants, and conform and comply to Deen and Shariah.
Allah Ta’ala instructs us :
“O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] …”
[Surah Baqarah 2 : 208]
Furthermore, we cannot chop and chip Islam to fit into modern society. We cannot cut or trim Islam to fit into modern times. Let modern day fit into Islam!
To make society happy, to blend in with society, to be accepted by the society, we want to downsize Islam; whereas, there is nothing as fresh, beautiful, progressive and “up-to-date” as Islam.
What is the modern day of today?
It is immorality, adultery, pornography, drugs, rape, gambling, theft, deception and every kind of evil… Must Islam fit into that kind of filthy society? Na`uzu Billahi min zaalik.
Let us value this beautiful religion by practising upon it entirely. Let us not subtract and divide, select and discard, as if we are authority over Islam.
Through the practical implementation of Deen and Shariah – as it is, in its pristine and pure form - the societies of the world will be left in admiration for Islamic teachings, they will be left in awe and wonder-struck at the beauty of the Sunnah, and this then will become the catalyst for thousands entering into the fold of Islam.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding, the appreciation and bless us to live by Islam, die by it and be resurrected by it.