‘BUT MAKE SURE YOU DON’T BLOW UP ANYBODY’

May 10, 2014 – 03:30PM

Remember the ‘old’ joke of there being no difference between Blacks and Monkeys? I believe today, it has re-surfaced in many countries, but now it talks about Muslims and Terrorists.

I was in need of internet connection earlier today, whence, I went to the Faculty of Agric. and Forestry, University of Ibadan; as the Wi-Fi service is still operational. I was about having my sit in the relaxing arena when suddenly one of the security officials, popularly known as ‘Abefele’ sitting nearby beckoned on me. This is the conversation that ensued between us.

Note: I was putting on ‘jumping trousers’; a symbol of Islam which is pants that are not long enough to cover the ankles.

Note again: I will only attempt to paraphrase the expressions used in the actual dialogue, except of course the punch line in the whole story which has stuck to my mind since the incident.

Him: Hello, why are you sitting there?

Me: Good evening sir.

Him: What are you doing here?

Me: I’m only here to make use of my P.C. sir.

Him: Can I see your school ID card?

Me: I’m not with it sir.

Him: So, how do I know you are a student of this school?

Me: I’m sorry but I don’t have any document with me for proper identification sir … but.

Him: Well, you know this is a very critical time for the nation. This Boko-Haram menace, in particular. Seven countries are even here now to render assistance.

Me: Hmmm, yes, I only know of four though.

Him: They’re seven.

Me: Okay sir.

Him: May Nigeria be rid of those terrorists o.

Me: By God’s grace.

Him: So, where’s your ID card.

Me: It’s in my schoolbag sir.

Him: Go and bring it. Where’s your bag?

Me: I actually left it inside the mosque.

Him: Can you go and bring it?

Me: But sir, can you allow me to sit under the Coca-Cola shed over there, since it seems you’re uncomfortable with me sitting behind you

Him: Hmm, okay, no problem. You can sit there.

Me: Thank you sir.

Him: ‘But make sure you don’t blow up anybody o       !

Me: [leaves faking a smile, and thinking what an idiot he is]…

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SOCIAL NETWORKS AND MUSLIMS

Photo credit: Kairay Media

Photo credit: Kairay Media

A MUSLIM:

He is someone who submits willingly and absolutely to the will of Allah, the almighty. He lives consistently by the tents of Al-Islam. He considers the sayings of Allah and his messenger in whatever he sets out to do.

In this age of rocket-science, there exist quite a lot of novel inventions which could only be dreamt about in the Prophetic era. This poses a challenge to present-day Muslims, as patterning their lives with that of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon his soul) would be somewhat difficult considering the quantum jump experienced in technological, environmental, and socio-economic spheres. One of such new inventions is the internet, and more specifically, social networks.

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SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING PATIENT

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING PATIENT
“o you who believe! Be patient and excel in patience and remain steadfast, and be careful of (your duty to)Allah, that you may be successful.”

One faithful day, during the hour of Salatu-l-Zuhr (afternoon prayer for muslims), a musafir (traveller) was urged to lead the congregation in prayer. And after the completion, he narrated a short but beautiful story on the virtues of patience and forbearance. In shaa Allah, I will retell this story, as accurately as possible, using his own perspective.
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There was a time I had problem with my skin, so I paid a visit to a clinic that specialises in skin diseases, or so it seemed. I was told to wait, along with some others, at the reception. There were four of us; two appear to be conscious muslims and the last individual is a lady.

As time went by, the lady began to sing Christian songs, apparently seeing that those with are belong to another faith. Ideally, the muslim brothers ignored the lady’s clear attempts at provoking. Not getting the result she wanted, the lady raised her voice, and even turned in the muslims’ direction. Yet, they remained calm. In fact, being a muslim myself, and witnessing the whole episode, I felt obliged to address the woman and correct her lapse. More so, that my appearance would not present me as one who is biased. However, I remained silent.

After some time, the two brothers left the reception. And I asked the lady why exactly she pulled the stunt, knowing full well that they are muslims. She then said; “No o! Don’t you know those guys? They’re not muslims! One bears the name Paul and the other one is Samuel.” I was shocked at this response, but not for too long as I soon found out that she had a mental impairment.

Just imagine what could have happened if the reaction of the muslims had been retaliatory or violent? Who knows what might have ensued.
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The lesson I learnt from this story is to be patient in all situations. Things are not always as they seem. A muslim does not act based on emotion, but on reasoning. He does not allow his ego to rule over his intellect and moral code. If everyone goes mad, a muslim must be able to keep his head.

The truth is that if the two brothers had complained or shouted at the lady, everyone would heap the blame on them. The world is forever watching the muslim ummah for mistakes, flaws and shortcomings so that they may capitalise on such, and tarnish the image of Islam. We cannot allow this to happen. And that is why we must always act with caution, making sure to follow the example of the prophet (PBUH) to the letter.

This reminds of the story of how Hazrat Hamza (RA) reverted to Islam. One day, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was in meditation at the foot of Safa mountain, when Abu Jahl rebuked him in an extremely objectionable language and struck him. Uttering not a word, the Prophet (PBUH) returned home. Hamza had just returned from hunting, and he came to know about this incident. He rushed angrily to the compound of the Ka’aba, and saw Abu Jahl sitting among other Quraish leaders. He reproached and hit him, making the Shahada (the testimony in the oneness of Allah and prophethood of Muhammad). If the prophet had not been patient, and had he spoken angrily back at Abu Jahl, Hamza most likely would not have died as a believer.

The Prophet exhibited this attribute on countless occasions, and because of it, many believed and followed his path. It is, therefore, imperative for us too to inculcate it. May Allah (glorified and exalted is He) make it easy for us.

Amin.

THE FINAL SERMON

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THE FINAL SERMON:

After praising, and thanking God, the
Prophet, may God send His praises upon
him said:

“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I
know not whether after this year, I shall
ever be amongst you again. Therefore,
listen to what I am saying to you very
carefully and take these words to those
who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month,
this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the
life and property of every Muslim as a
sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to
you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one
so that no one may hurt you. Remember
that you will indeed meet your Lord, and
that He will indeed reckon your deeds.

God
has forbidden you to take usury (interest),
therefore all interest obligation shall
henceforth be waived. Your capital,
however, is yours to keep. You will neither
inflict nor suffer any inequity. God has
Judged that there shall be no interest, and
that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abd’al
Muttalib shall henceforth be waived…
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your
religion. He has lost all hope that he will
ever be able to lead you astray in big
things, so beware of following him in small
things.

O People, it is true that you have certain
rights with regard to your women, but
they also have rights over you.

Remember
that you have taken them as your wives
only under a trust from God and with His
permission. If they abide by your right
then to them belongs the right to be fed
and clothed in kindness. Do treat your
women well and be kind to them for they
are your partners and committed helpers.
And it is your right that they do not make
friends with any one of whom you do not
approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship
God, perform your five daily prayers, fast
during the month of Ramadan, and offer
Zakat. Perform Hajj if you have the means.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An
Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab,
nor does a non-Arab have any superiority
over an Arab; white has no superiority
over black, nor does a black have any
superiority over white; [none have
superiority over another] except by piety
and good action. Learn that every Muslim
is a brother to every Muslim and that the
Muslims constitute one brotherhood.
Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim
which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it
was given freely and willingly. Do not,
therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear
before God and answer for your deeds. So
beware, do not stray from the path of
righteousness after I am gone.

O People, no prophet or apostle will come
after me, and no new faith will be born.
Reason well, therefore, O people, and
understand words which I convey to you. I
leave behind me two things, the Quran and
my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow
these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my
words to others and those to others again;
and it may be that the last ones
understand my words better than those
who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O
God, that I have conveyed your message to
your people.”

Thus the beloved Prophet completed his
Final Sermon, and upon it, near the
summit of Arafat, the revelation came
down:
“…This day have I perfected your religion
for you, completed My Grace upon you,
and have chosen Islam for you as your
religion…” (Quran 5:3)

A MOSLEM BUT

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A MUSLIM BUT.
This is a conversation that took place between a Muslim, who just got to his workplace, and his non-muslim boss.

Muslim: Good morning boss.
Boss: Good morning, how was your night?
Muslim: Thanks be to God, it was fine. And yours?
Boss: It was very stressful. I could not sleep. Spent most of the night reading this article that discusses Islam. . .By the way, do you know where I can find any moslem? I have a couple of questions.
Muslim: err. . .well, I am a Muslim. I’m sure you can ask me.
Boss: Really?
Muslim: Yes.
Boss: Well, it says here that moslems believe in one God called Allah, and in Mohammed as His final messenger.
Muslim: Yes. Yes. Exactly. I believe in those.
Boss: Okay. It also says here that moslems observe. . .err. . .Solah. . .five times everyday. . .do you do that?
Muslim: err. . .I am Muslim but I do not pray five times daily. But, at times, I do observe the morning prayer.
Boss: Hmmn. Okay. I think it is also written here that it is mandatory for Muslims, who are well-to-do, to pay a particular percentage of their income. . .Zekkah, right?
Muslim: yes, weeell. . .I am a Muslim but I do not pay zakat.
Boss: Is that so? I also remember the article says that Moslems observe fast in a month, is that r-romaddan? We are in that month, right? Is that not a can of coke in your hand?
Muslim: It’s true we’re in the month of Ramadan. But, I-I-I don’t fast.
Boss: Hmmn. . .interesting. . .it says some other stuffs like; Moslems perform holy pilgrimage to Mecca, they do not shave their beard, they do not eat pork, they do not collect interest. . .how about those?
Muslim: w-w-e-e-ll, I am a Muslim but I’ve never been to Makkah, you know, because I’m not very rich, I need to get another car and a lot of other expenses are at my hand. . .I shave my beard, since we’re in New york and that’s the common practice. . .I also eat pork occasionally. . .However, I am a Muslim. . .you see, my name is ‘Abdullah.
Boss: I don’t understand. . .oh-oh. . .now I get it. . .you are a Moslem butt, not a complete moslem. . .I suggest you get the head, trunk, hands and legs, so that you may become whole.

LESSON: AS MUSLIMS, WE SHOULD LET OUR ISLAM BE BY NAME or CALLING ALONE. ISLAM MUST BE REFLECTED ALSO IN OUR CREED, BEHAVIOUR AND MORAL OUTLOOK. WE SHOULD COMPLETELY AND WILLINGLY SUBMIT TO THE WILL OF ALLAH, AS THAT IS WHAT ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT. ALLAH SAYS IN THE QUR’AN [Q.5, V.3] THAT HE HAS PERFECTED ISLAM AS A WAY OF LIFE, FOR US. HE ALSO SAYS IN SURATU-L-BAQARAH [Q.2, V. 208] THAT WE SHOULD ENTER COMPLETELY INTO ISLAM.

WE SHOULD LET ISLAM PERMEATE THROUGH ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES. IT IS ERRONEOUS FOR US TO WANT TO BE RELEVANT WHEN IN THE MIDST OF FELLOW MUSLIM BROTHERS, AND AT THE SAME TIME BLEND WHENEVER WE ARE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DISOBEDIENT TO ALLAH, subhanahu wata’ala. IT IS ERRONEOUS TO SEEK TO PLEASE ALLAH, AND THE SAME TIME SEEK TO PLEASE OUR SELFISH APPETENCIES, OUR FRIENDS AND THE SOCIETY…

...LET US BE MUSLIMS !

<<<NOTE: THE ABOVE CONVERSATION IN AN EXCERPT FROM ONE OF SHEIKH YUSUF ESTES’S LECTURES>>