April 6, 2011

I just don't have it in me...

We be needin' a BIG dose of both of those!
A'salaamu alaikum. I hope and pray, my sisters, that you do not have it in you either. To hate. To hate those that are different from us, to hate those that love and worship Allah swt but do so in alternate ways. I am not even talking about Christians or Jews (although I do not endorse hating them either, btw) but rather about our brothers and sisters in Islam who have chosen to walk a different path.

The Sunni-Shia rift is the most obvious one. Sunnis like to say "Blah blah blah" about Shias and the Shias say "Yada yada yada" about the Sunnis. Really it's enough to do my head in. I am sure my post will infuriate some people but this is just how I feel. Or Hanafis hatin' on Malikis, the Malikis snarkin' about the Hanbalis... can I just stop here? I think ya'll get the drift.

"La ilaha ilallah, Muhammad-dur-Rasoolallah!" IF you say and believe this, you are a Muslim. Yes, we have to pray. Yes we have to follow the path of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saws). These are the basics. Maybe we have some other disagreements, such as when the 'Eid should be or if dog saliva is REALLY najasa... let's not even start on the issue of niqaab! lol

However, until we as an ummah can stop hating each other, what chance do we have to get the world to stop hating (which means fearing) us? When they look to the news and see Muslims killing Muslims, when they see Muslims killing innocent civilians (please see Sr. Nancy's post here on the recent slayings in Afghanistan) there will be fear. We hate what we fear, what we do not understand. This is human nature.

So let's all start out small, shall we? I am not asking you to change your culture overnight and purge it of all the bid'ah and haram, I am not asking you to change the world. Start with a smile, a kind word, an "A'salaamu alaikum" to every and I mean every sister you see at the masjid. Stop judging and start making changes in yourself.

Just do something positive to make a change in our position. What an easier way than loving those who love Allah? If someone is misguided, make dua' for that person. Pray for them. Raise their name up to Allah. If you can do so tactfully and Islamically, give them gentle nasiha in private.

Just don't hate. Ma salaama...


Ashes said...

one of your best posts :)

Safyiah said...

salamo aleikom wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

sis, i gave my opinion on this subject on my blog, if you want to take a look inshaAllah =)

Umm Aaminah said...

Ashes, thanks! It was much more eloquent in my head, but my little girl has been sick and I just coulnd't get it out the way I wanted. Insha'Allah it will cause some of us to examine ourselves. :-)

Safyiah, I tried to find the post you mentioned but without a link I couldn't find it. If you could direct me somehow I would be grateful. Jazaki Allahu khair!

Safyiah said...

here it is sis:

jazakAllah Khair

HijabiMommy said...

Another great reminder, Sis. It's quite unfortunate that sometimes Muslims {myself included =[} are more judgmental of one another than someone from another faith.

As they say, when you point a finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing right back at you {or something like that}.

Sorry to hear the little one isn't feeling well. Hope she feels better soon. Take care!

Candice said...

Great post. Everyone needs to take this a little more seriously.

Anonymous said...

Salam alaikum sister,
great post!