Define Religious

March 16, 2009 at 8:57 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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السلام عليكم

بسمالله الرحمان الرحيم

Religious isn’t defined by how many prayers you pray, or how many duas you make. It certainly isn’t defined by how long you wear your kufi or that hijab on your head. Nor is it by how short your thoab is or how long your beard is. You may have worn jilbab from the age of 8, and read Quran from the age of 4, but look at yourself now, is that defined religious? It’s the little things that make up religious. Of course a jilbab and hijab will help you in trying to be a good Muslim, but religious isn’t limited to that.

I’ve grown up with people who think that they are religious if they wear a jilbab, pray 5 times a day, read their duas and Quran daily, and not listen to music. Yes, that may be called “religious” but only to a certain point. What if those same people gossip with their friends, not like the idea of niqab, have racial ignorance in them, and deprive their children from so many things just so they’ll be “safe” from the harms of this world? What if they reject the idea of Salafism, when the Salafis were the closest to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam?

They limit their deen what I said above. They think there is nothing more to the deen, and don’t strive to be better. Allahu a’lam what is exactly in their hearts, but I am talking about general people who do such things. Don’t think that you should stop at your beard. No, go to wearing a thoub! Don’t stop at your jilbab, go to niqab! Don’t stop at the additional sunnah prayers, go to tahajjud! Don’t stop at fasting once a month, fast every Monday and Thursday of every week!

Strive ya Muslimeen, strive for the sake of Allah. Make every little thing you do, for the sake of Allah subhana wata’ala. Don’t stop at good, continue on to great. Allah will reward you more. Get the ignorance out of your hearts because Islam has no limits, and to this day there hasn’t been a perfect Muslim since the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam’s time, but we can keep trying to get close to that stage one day bi’idhnillah.

May Allah increase our iman and grant us sabr and strength. Ameen thumma ameen.

– Saifa


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  1. As Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaqi said:

    “The problem is not in talking about the sunnah in matters that one may assume to be trivial but the problem is when one talks about the beard to the exclusion of Tawhid, wearing the clothes above the ankle to the exclusion of Jihad, or the miswak to the exclusion of wala and bara.”

    Read it all:

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