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: 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 !‘
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