Reflecting on Surah Al-Isra:66-77

Do I ever bend the truth about Islam in order to win the favour of others?

 It is the human condition to seek external validation. When Islam is criticized, our immediate response is to either lash out violently, or to try and twist what is reality. Both stem from a lack of understanding and lack of faith. Somehow, we have made our staunchest critics our central ideals. However, when Islam enters the heart completely, the only acceptance which remains important is Allah’s acceptance of us, and of our deeds. To change what is perfect will only deteriorate it, because it cannot be made better.

I cannot think back to a time where I might have changed the truth, but perhaps on more than one occasion have not spoken up against a wrong, not realizing, that in a way my silence is my approval. Sana Ahmad

The more I study deen, the more I realize the importance of the ayah: al yauma akmaltu lakum dinakum wa atmamtu ‘alaikum ni’mati wa raditu lakumul isla_ma_dina_(n)
Translation: This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed my favor unto you and have chosen for you as religion Al- Islam (Al-Maida :3). Each ayah proves how perfect and beneficial Islam is for all of mankind.

Our deen has been called Deen al qayyum. The more one understands it the more it is evident that all ideologies, the rules that have been presented are for our benefit. If everyone began following all of the rules given, the world would automatically rid of all the problems we face in the world today, whether it be socially, morally or socioeconomically.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to bend the truth about Islam for any reason. For those who want to bend it don’t simply understand it.   We also have the examples of Rasul Allah (SAW) from his life when people approached him even his own uncle Abu Talib wanted him to compromise on deen. His response was: “ O my Uncle, I swear by Allah, if they were to place the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left and ask me to abandon my mission, I would not turn from it until Allah made me victorious or I perished therein.” (When the Moon Split: p68)

This does not sound like a person who will make any compromise on his principle. That is the way we need to follow also. That is the faith in Islam we as Muslims need to have and understand that when Allah made a way of life so perfect why do we want to change even a bit of it. When we call ourselves Muslims- ones who submit, we are supposed to be the ones submitting to deen and not have deen submit to us for our satisfaction! Why do we not understand?

Safia Kemal

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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