Embrace Islam Totally

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It is a well known fact that daily many people from all walks of life embrace Islam. Many come into Deen after having studied Islam and having understood the truth. However numerous people walk away from their previous faith and proclaim the Shahadah after having being attracted by the exemplary business dealings or social conduct of some Muslims. May Allah Ta’ala increase the likes of such people who are true ambassadors of Deen.

     On the converse, there are many people who have become distanced from Deen as a result of the deception, fraud and swindling of some Muslim businessmen. Similarly, some Muslim’s social conduct contrary to the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah has driven away many people from Deen. Apart from turning people away from Deen, such conduct also results in the breaking of close friendships and estranges family members.

PART OF DEEN

There could be several reasons why some Muslims conduct their business and social affairs in a manner that contradicts Shariah. However, one of the primary reasons seems to be that many people do not even regard their business dealings or social conduct as being part of Deen. There is either ignorance or complete indifference to the detailed laws of Shariah that govern business dealings and the various aspects of social life. Many people are very particular with regard to Salaah, fasting, Haj, etc. This is indeed praiseworthy. However, it is necessary that while fulfilling the above acts of ibadah, one also upholds the injunctions of Deen in one’s transactions and in one’s interactions with people. Allah Ta’ala declares: “O you who believe, enter into Islam fully, and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitaan. Verily he is your open enemy” (S2:V208). This aayah clearly informs all Muslims that to ignore the dictates of Shariah in any aspect,even if only in one’s dealings, is to follow the footsteps of Shaitaan. Following Shaitaan, our open enemy, will only lead to destruction in this world and the Hereafter.

TWO-FACED POLICY

The two-faced policy of partly adhering to Deen and partly ignoring it often becomes apparent in matters of dispute. Disputes will invariably arise when mistakes  occur, or in instances of sheer negligence, or especially in cases where there was deliberate wrongdoing. Irrespective of the cause of the problem, when a dispute does occur what does a Muslim do? Exact maximum revenge? Get advice on how to thoroughly “fix him/her up?” Never! A true Muslim would merely want to know what is the decision of Shariah in the problem on hand and would then completely submit to that decision. Those who have the light of Imaan in their hearts will only opt for that which they are entitled to in terms of Shariah and nothing else.

INHERITANCE

Among the common dispute situations where the dictates of the Shariah are often ignored, sometimes even by ostensibly pious people, is in matters of inheritance. If the deceased did not have an Islamic will drawn out, at times one or more of the heirs claim their “right” in terms of the laws of the country which oppose the laws of Islam. Often in such cases the inheritance of females is usurped. It should be clearly remembered that anything that opposes Shariah is not a “right.” It is simply wrong. It is Haraam for one to demand or take such “rights.” Neither is it permissible to demand such “rights” nor is it permissible to assist anyone in any way to claim and take such “rights.”

The same applies to business disputes. Irrespective of how complicated the matter may seem, the Shariah has established principles in the light of which a solution in accordance to the Qur’an and Sunnah can be found. One merely needs to refer to Ulama-e-Haq who are experienced in the relevant field and the solution will be spelt out.

MAINTENANCE

Likewise in many matrimonial disputes that end up in divorce, one of the parties often demands “rights” that are in reality “wrongs” and Haraam in terms of Shariah. At times the husband demands a “share” in the property that solely belonged to his ex-wife or vice-versa, on the basis of the kuffaar laws that oppose the laws of Allah Ta’ala. In many instances the wife demands maintenance from the husband even after the iddat period. Such demands are Haraam. Consuming Haraam spoils one’s ibadat and ruins one’s Deen. Whatever financial “gains” one may get in a Haraam manner will only bring misery in this world and calamities in the hereafter.

ONLY ONE DECISION

Disagreements and disputes are bound to occur. The decision in any dispute is only one — the decision of the Shariah. A Muslim must totally submit to the decision of the Shariah. Allah Ta’ala declares: “And it does not behove of a Believing Man and a Believing woman, that when Allah and His Messenger have decided in a matter, that they have any choice therein” (S34:V36). Thus there is only one choice for a Believer — the law of Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

MISGUIDED

Generally people are often overcome with emotions during disputes. As a result often the correct judgement of the person as a Muslim is clouded. Rather than look for guidance in terms of Shariah, the aggrieved party looks for revenge. In such situations one should resort to such people for advice who firstly have the fear of Allah Ta’ala and also the necessary knowledge of Deen. Otherwise one will be misguided and suffer the consequences in this world and the next.

PLEASURE OF ALLAH TA’ALA

A true Muslim, hence, is one who together with fulfilling the injunctions of Salaah, zakaah, etc., also upholds the dictates of Shariah in his transactions and social dealings, even in situations of disagreement and dispute. In this way not only does one attract others to Islam and acquires immense barakah, one also attains the primary purpose of life — acquiring the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
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