Many a believer are referred to as “modern” Muslims. Many even call themselves Modern Muslims which is quite the puzzle. A believer is referred to as a “Modern Muslim” if they have a ﬂexible approach to the application of adherence to Islamic laws.
When a colleague or non Muslim meets a Muslim who plays it loose and fast with the laws of Islam like those who drink or smoke, those who date and cohabit minus marriage, those who support homosexuality, the women who do not wear hijab, those who do not excuse themselves to pray every so often for the fardh prayers, they applaud them on being modern and not being “barbaric” like “other Muslims”.
- An example is a Muslim Sister who wears a veil on her head but also wears trousers which are forbidden in Islam for a woman.
The Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ا ﻋﻠﻴﻪ وﺳﻠﻢ said: “There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen: people with whips like the tails of cattle, with which they strike the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, walking with an enticing gait, with something on their heads that looks like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will never enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be detected from such and such a distance.”Muslim, 2128
The Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ا ﻋﻠﻴﻪ وﺳﻠﻢ cursed the men who imitate women and the women who imitate men.”Al-Bukhaari, 5546
2. A Muslim Brother who wears the trendy tight pants or pants that drag to the ground. Islam forbids men to wear trousers that go below the ankles and clothes that are tight and show their awrah.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ا ﻋﻠﻴﻪ وﺳﻠﻢ said: “Whatever of the lower garment is beneath the ankles is in the Fire.”Al-Bukhaari, 5450.
3. A Muslim sisters who wear the hijab leaving the hair at the front exposed. This is forbidden in Islam. A woman is supposed to wear hijab which covers their hair and all parts save for the hands and face.
“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”Qur’an 24: 31
A’isha reported that a girl of the Ansar who had fallen ill and had lost the hair was married. They (her relatives) thought of adding false hair (to her head). So they asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) about it, whereupon he cursed the woman who adds false hair and the woman who asks for it.Muslim, Number 5298:
Many a youth have fallen into this trap for different reasons ranging from pleasing their friends or colleagues at work, looking fashionable, distancing themselves from Islam which is in some cases taken to be so strict to simply standing out from the crowd. Whatever reason pushes one to choose to bend Allah’s rules, it still remains that the creator put us on the earth for a reason which is to worship Him.
“ I have created the jinn and humankind only for My worship.”Quran 51:56
Islam calls for the total submission to Allah. In the Qu’ran, Allah says:
“Then, you are those [same ones who are] killing one another and evicting a party of your people from their homes, cooperating against them in sin and aggression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although their eviction was forbidden to you. So do you believe in part of the Scripture and disbelieve in part? Then what is the recompense for those who do that among you except disgrace in worldly life; and on the Day of Resurrection they will be sent back to the severest of punishment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.”Qur’an 2: 85
We as Muslims should therefore endeavor to follow all the rules Allah prescribed in the Qur’an and not bend or choose what appeals to us or seems doable for us and leave the rest.
It is incumbent upon us to do our best in the way of pleasing Allah. But when we falter we should not lose hope in the mercy of Allah, He is the most gracious, most Merciful, the most forgiving, the one who loves to forgive.
How can we correct our ways and get back to the straight path?
- Reﬂect on your life, your actions and deeds. How much of your day is dedicated to deeds that bring you closer to Allah? Do you pray? If you pray, do you pray on time? Do you pray sunnah prayers?
Allah says: “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”Qur’an 13:11
- When a person corrects you, do not take it as judgement. Reﬂect and study about what they have questioned you about and correct it the way the Qur’an and hadith prescribe. When reminded, its is in our interest to take heed and correct our behaviour rather than sticking to our bad ways because of pride.
“And when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidences, you recognize in the faces of those who disbelieve disapproval. They are almost on the verge of assaulting those who recite to them Our verses. Say, Then shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that? [It is] the Fire which Allah has promised those who disbelieve, and wretched is the destination.”Qur’an 22: 72
“And who is more unjust than one who is reminded of the verses of his Lord; then he turns away from them? Indeed We, from the criminals, will take retribution.”
Qur’an 32: 22
“It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise – they are the foundation of the Book – and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah. But those firm in knowledge say, We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord. And no one will be reminded except those of understanding.”
Qur’an 3: 7
“And when it is said to him, Fear Allah, pride in the sin takes hold of him. Sufficient for him is Hellfire, and how wretched is the resting place.”
Qur’an 2: 206
- Study and learn the diin. Knowledge of the diin and all it encompasses is very important for it helps you practice it wholesomely and correctly which helps you earn the mercy of Allah.
Allah says: “And among people and moving creatures and grazing livestock are various colors similarly. Only those fear Allah, from among His servants, who have knowledge. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Forgiving.”(Qur’an 35: 28)
- Seek friends who follow the diin. It is important to surround ourselves with people who are interested n the same things that you like. So if you are seeking to improve your diin, make friends with people who are well versed in diin, are always in the mosque, Imams and the like.
The Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ ا ﻋﻠﻴﻪ وﺳﻠﻢ said: “A person is on the religion of his companions. Therefore let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps.”Al- Tirmidhi
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The likeness of a good companion and a bad companion is that of a perfume seller and one who works the bellows. With the perfume seller, either he will give you something or you will buy something from him, or you will notice a good smell from him, but with the one who works the bellows, either he will burn your clothes or you notice a bad smell from him.”Muslim, 2628.
- Recite the Qur’an fervently and understand it and allow it to influence your life. It will soften your heart and build your connection to Allah.
“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace.”(Qur’an 13:28)
- Make dua constantly and ask Allah to bring you closer to Him. Allah is the Almighty, the one with power over all that is on earth. It is therefore in His power to either make us of the believers or the non believers, to increase us in diin or let us go further astray. So pray to Him constantly to guide you and soften your heart
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to make the following dua often:
“Oh Turner of hearts, make my heart firm upon your religion.”At-Tirmidhi
- Compare yourself with people who are more in touch with the diin rather than those you’re better than in diin. They will challenge you to be better in the practice of Islam than you are and this will help you get closer to Allah. Competition in diin matters is allowed and encouraged.
Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم ordered us to give charity and at the time I had some wealth. I said to myself, “Today I will outdo Abu Bakr, if ever there were a day to outdo him.” I went with half of my wealth to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and he said, “What have you left for your family?” I said, “The same amount.” Then, Abu Bakr came with everything he had. The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family?” Abu Bakr said, “Allah and His messenger.” I said, “By Allah, I will never do better than Abu Bakr.”Al Tirmidhī 3675
Like the saying goes, to be human is to err and so it is no surprise that we sin. Allah created human beings with free will which gives us the element of choice and therefore not perfect.
“And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority. They said, Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You? Allah said, Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”(Qur’an 2: 30)
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: All of the children of Adam are sinners, and the best sinners are those who repent.Al Tirmidhī 2499
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allahصلى الله عليه وسلم said: By Him in whose hand is my soul, if you did not sin, Allah would replace you with people who would sin and they would seek forgiveness from Allah and He would forgive them.Muslim 2749
It is however up to us to do better, repent and mend our relationship with Allah. If we ignore the sin, it will become normal to you and only push you to sin more and this will only push you further from Allah.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allahصلى الله عليه وسلم said “Verily, when the servant commits a sin, a black mark appears upon his heart. If he abandons the sin, seeks forgiveness, and repents, then his heart will be polished. If he returns to the sin, the blackness will be increased until it overcomes his heart. It is the covering that Allah has mentioned: No, rather a covering is over their hearts from what they have earned.” (83:14)Al Tirmidhī 3334
And we shall find Allah forgiving for He is the Most forgiving, Most Merciful.
“Say, O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.(Qur’an 39: 53)
May Allah guide us and be pleased with us all.