My Muslim brothers and Sisters, this is very important for what I am going to write today. So, pay very close attention. If you are aged between 10 to 28 or whatever, this is your story.
I have to make a point here. For you to understand that point I will use an analogy. This analogy could be a true fact for someone’s life. If this happens in your case, please do not feel overwhelmed by this rather take the lesson for your life and for the life of your peers. For others, take the analogy as close as possible to a personal level. Remember, FIRSTLY, Islam is about believing in the unseen (Quran 2.3, 67.12) which is imagination, so imagine it as close as possible to understand the meaning of the point I am going to make.
Well now, let’s start the story. Say, you have a loving father, you love him so much, you admire him so much, you honour him so much. Why? Because he spent his life caring for you. He sacrificed his time, his hobby, his passion, his career for you so that you may become a passionate person, so that you become a person that you deserve to be. He is a father who did so much things for you that you thought he was the best father in the world. Most importantly he made you a friend of his. You watched how he spent time with you, playing with you, just to make you laugh.
And if you are a sensitive person, you know how much your loving father has been extra careful towards respecting your personality. So all these make you love him, respect him and hold him in high esteem.
Suddenly you came to know, this father of yours had another married life. He has a son like you in another family. Let’s name him “XYZ”. You never knew this has happened. But life is so complex that for some reason this could even happen to a good person. So your father is not really a cheater to you or to your mother, but this somehow happened in his life for an unavoidable cause. You have no feelings of hatred or anger towards your father and your mother does not blame him for this either. Things are easy with you and your family.
But now, the boy XYZ, never had his father with him. He has no idea what it’s like to have a father nor does he know the feeling of being loved and cared for by a father. He missed out on everything that you received. Therefore, the feeling he has towards his and your father is disgust, anger and hatred. He too, has a father, but at the wrong time, wrong place and the wrong person. Clearly, the mental environment he’s in is completely opposite to what you have. Now you can be sympathetic towards this boy realistically, there is nothing wrong with that. He has all the reasons to dislike, hate and be disgusted towards your father.
Now imagine, somehow this boy XYZ was brought to your life and in your family. You all accepted him and were sympathetic towards him. Being loving to your father, you also went very far in compensating this boy on behalf of your father.
Now, if your father give an order to you and to XYZ, things happened differently, right? You follow the command but he denies to follow it.
If your father wants you both to do something, things happened differently, doesn’t it? He does the opposite.
If you father wishes something regarding you both, that happens totally differently as well, doesn’t it? He doesn’t care what the wish of your father is.
If there is a discussion about your father in front of both of you, things happens differently, true? He does not want to hear about him or he withdraws himself from the discussion.
Now, look at his overall response towards your father, you will see he has a “sick” mental condition about your father. Would you do the same thing to your father? Would you have the same sick mental condition to your father like he does? He might have a reason to do that and you might still be sympathetic about his cause but question is, would you hold the same disgust, dislike and same hatred towards your father? And overall, would you live in the same sick mental environment about your father that XYZ has?
Never ever, right? This is the point that I wanted to make. If you really understood this point the rest would be easy!
Now, as a Muslim, put this analogy in your life that your Creator, Allah, the most High, blessed you with. Are you not one who loves Allah? Are you not one who took Allah as your Rabb? Are you not one who took Allah as your guidance for your life?
But the world around you that you live in today does not belong to your Rabb, Allah, that you love, the world around you does not rule by the command of your Allah, the world you live in does not run by the system set by your Rabb, Allah.
What does it run by? Who rules it? By those, who does not know about Allah or does not recognize Allah. Even they believe in a ‘God’ but they believe in a “twisted God” which does not have anything to do with your pure Allah.
Now, go back to that analogy, when you love you father, when it comes to the affairs regarding your loving father, you don’t want to live by the sick mental environment of your step brother. Then how can you live by the environment of those sick people who set your daily life today?
My brother, my sister, you pray five times today, right? Then you must be one who loves Allah. Then I give you few specific example here which you are doing because you live in the environment set by the sick people who does not recognize Allah or does not have a knowledge about their Creator or believe in a “twisted god” but you are engaged in the environment set by them.
The music you listen today (Sahih Bukhari 5590, Volume 7, Book 69, Number 494: Narrated Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari:
that he heard the Prophet saying, “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful.)
the video games you play today, the dirty political talks you engaged in, the wasting of your time in doing anything you do (Quran 74:42, 45)
do any of these things has to do with the system of your loving Allah or these are the sick environment set by those who does not love your Allah, or does not have any knowledge about Allah or who does not recognize your Allah or who have a “twisted God” concept about your Allah.
How do you live in their sick environment, O my brother? O my sister?
When you don’t take the sick mental environment of your step brother XYZ about your loving father, then how can you live by the sick environment of those who have sick mental environment about your loving Allah?
If you are not the one falling under this category (and I certainly hope you are not) there must be someone you know falls in this category. Be it your brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, nieces, nephews, relatives, whoever you know, please pass this message to that person and save him from living by the environment made by those have no knowledge of his loving Allah. May Allah guide us all.