In the name of Allah the beneficent, the Merciful
How many times have you asked your fellow about her interests and she had replied 'It is none of your business?' How many times did you ask your friend about her party wear and you received a staring gaze of annoyance? Maybe not as much as you ask your mate why she exposes herself or when you inquire about her Salah and she bluntly refuses or would much sarcastically reply, "Mind your own business!".
Yes! Mind Your Own Business! A phrase we have been brainwashed since so long. While in this age when people around us are swiftly transforming into Wannabe's with girls trying hard to talk like Angelina, with the most revealing costumes of Madonna and exposing their size zero following Kareena, and guys imitating Brad Pitt with the wicked styles of Mickel Jackson and Beckham, we have more or less adopted the sticky culture and themes of West. Chasing the glittery but vacant paths, everything for us is objective now. Bowing to the call of Secularism, religion and the duties assigned to us by Allah swt have become a mythical story.
"After a lot of experience, now I have come to know, that religion is purely a personal matter!" said my Brother to my despair. I was aware of the immense toxic of secularism penetrating deep into the rich soil of loyalty and faith of Muslim world, yet I was astounded by his reply.
Secularism is actually an ideology suggesting that state practices or institutions should exist separately from religion or religious beliefs. It's ironical that we, the Muslims are still unaware of these ruthless ideologies cracking down our spiritual land. The vast majority of our youth is fed on the fast flowing traditions of European culture which is immensely thought to be the most successful and developed society.
A Muslim, in this era, who is born in an ignorant environment and is brought up in a society which is flourishing upon Secularism, finds himself agonized about his real identity. He takes the religion, Islam as outdated code for it does not 'get along' with the worldly issues and hence he ends up dividing himself into compartments. One compartment is for Religious self (which is confined to ritual worships) and other is for the Social self (which is based on all the worldly matters). This categorization lays the foundation of this phrase, Religion-a personal matter, a complete Secular belief.
Now when my Brother, right in front of me was reflecting the same ideology, I was unable to believe it anything but a Muslim thought. Do we literally know our religion, Deen ul Islam? If the answer is Yes, then how can a Muslim render his faith as a personal matter, be it Deen (Religion) or Dunyah (World). Islam is a whole code of conduct for all the aspects of one's life. Unlike other Man-made religions of world; its does not insist on classifying the people into Worshipping class (Bishops,Nuns,Hindu and Budhist Missionaries) and the Occasional Followers (People visiting Churches, Mandirs and Tempels in spare times). These secular religions keep the two entities of Deen and Dunyah apart. Sadly we Muslims have fallen prey to such ideologies and have lost the essence of our life as well as the spiritual satisfaction we used to have through our faiths. This ideology has grown so far now, we see our brothers being killed, burned, humiliated, massacred, yet we remain silent.
However, the reality is different if we look into it. We regard a person as a Muslim immediately upon witnessing the Shahadah or while he performs an act of worship. So after this, It is by no means an overstatement, Deen and its matters are never personal to anyone. We are brought into existence by Allah, the Lord of Universes, as One Ummah.
Allah swt says in Quran;"Muslims are brothers, therefore make peace between the two brothers and fear Allah that the mercy may be shown to you." (AlQuran : 49:10).
This word Brother is quite clear, from every point that reflects the feeling of togetherness and sense of concern.
Further making the point clear Allah SWT says: "And verily this Ummah of yours is One Ummah and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other)."
This word Ummah stresses on one origin, one nation with similar interests and aims.
In order to provoke sense of concern among all Muslims He SWT further adds; "And the Muslim men and women are protecting (and allied) friends to one another, bid for good and forbid evil and establish prayer and pay the poor-due (Zakat) and obey Allah and His Messenger. These are they on whom soon Allah will have mercy. Undoubtedly Allah is, Dominant, Wise."
These verses, not only create an unbreakable bond between all the Muslims as brethren but also provoke them for the feeling of concern all around the world, no matter where ever they are.
I always feel so enlightened whenever I look into the Life of Prophet, Upon Him be Peace, The way He Pbuh laid the foundation of a society based on Mutual Love, Benefit, Coperation and Justice is unexplainable in words. The Coperation between the Ansaar and Muhajareen has no parallel in History ever. When One Ansaari would share everything with his Muhajir brother, be it his own wife. This was the feeling of togetherness that was poured into them by the teachings of Prophet Pbuh. He Pbuh Himself was the one who used to cry in nights for His Ummah. If religion was really a personal matter, He PBUH would not have shed a single tear for us all. Muslims are supposed to work together towards a common goal which is put forward by the Quran and refected by the Prophet Pbuh through His Sunnah. They are brothers and sisters because they believe in common ideology of One God, and the unity of natural brotherhood.
Our petty differences have led us to nowhere but have divided us into Maslaks, Sects and Castes. This division has further grounded the unity of Ummah into pieces and has shattered the feelings of brotherhood. Great reformer, Allama Iqbal, reffered to the same issue as saying:
"Manf-e-at ek hai is qaum ki nuqsaan bhi ek
Ek hi sab ka Nabi Deen bhi Iman bhi ek
Harame paak bhi Allah bhi Quran bhi ek
Kuchh bari baat thi hote jo Musalman bhi ek"
We are from ONE mother; we are Muslim, Brothers and Sisters. When people belong to one family, one origin, there is nothing personal between them. How can we see our brothers going wild in the world of sins and let them mind their own Business? How can we let our sisters getting all over in nudity, ignorance, and appraising seclusion and here we follow the prose, its none of our business? How can we see other Muslims play with fire?
See what Prophet Pbuh said; "None of you can be a Muslim untill He likes the same for his brother as he likes for himself." (Sahih Bukhari).
Can we still mind our own business? Will we let them go astray or will step forward to join hands with other Muslims to strive for Deen and Allah's pleasure?
Remember! We are One ummah, One family, we must endure loving our Brothers and Sisters. This is the end of times, we need to ignore all the petty differences , and start feeling concerned about our Brothers and Sisters who are ignorant towards Deen. It is our duty to call them to Right Path, we are no strangers but One nation. The problems we are facing today are the outcome of our sheer ignorance towards our duty of calling others to Deen. I would conclude with these words of Allah;
"You are the best among all those nations appeared unto mankind, you command to good, and forbid evil, and keep faith unto Allah. Had the people of the Book believed, then it was good for them. Some of them are Muslims and most of them are infidels."
(Surah Ale Imran :3:110)
This is our business, command to good, and forbid the evil. Lets promice that we will not mind our own business but will remain concerned with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters, May Allah be our helper, Ameen.
Author : Sister Uzma Khan
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