The Soul Of Islam
I seem to have touched a few nerves.
How did this all begin? I had planned to write about my work at Ar-Rahman Islamic Center in Atlanta, not defend my stance against homosexuality in Islam and so-called progressive Muslims. But it seems controversy follows this li’l ol’ website so I’m going to have to deal with it.
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the quick and dirty rundown:
- I got nominated for a Brass Crescent Award. Cool.
- I get irked by some of the other blogs in the running for said award and am inspired to write a post against accepting homosexuality in Islam and “progressive” Muslims.
- Word gets back to Brass Crescent folks about my article and they start a mini smear campaign against me.
- Organizers of the award encourage their Facebook fans to vote against me.
- I decide to get back by writing this post.
Actually, I’m not trying to get back. I just want to make a few things clear.
Ever since September 11, 2001 there has been wave after wave of attacks against Islam. Some of these attacks came from outside. But many came from within Islam also.
There are many Muslims who consider themselves “progressive” Muslims and they want to bring change to Islam. They want to get rid of many of the traditional values that are important in Islam and replace them with disgusting, immoral, secular practices.
They want men and women to stand side by side in prayers. They want women to lead the prayers. They want us to agree that homosexuality is “okay” in Islam. And they just looooooove Rumi.
Okay, that last one was uncalled for.
To me this whole discussion seems to be a battle for the soul of Islam. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but you get my drift.
The Real Discussion
This all boils down to one thing: How do we define Islam?
Is it whatever you and I and that other guy want it to be? Can we all just come up with our own ideas about what Allah wants and how we personify His last Messenger (pbuh)?
Or is there a precedent to follow? Is there a model we should emulate?
Brothers and sisters, I must warn and advise you. Hold on to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with every fiber of your being. Always remember that the real reward is not in this life, but in the next life.
Those who want to change Islam to fit into some weird idea are focused only on this life. They do not fear Allah’s wrath, or else how can they casually say the things they say?
How can someone who fears Allah say that it is ‘okay’ to be gay when Allah has cursed such activity in His book and documented how He destroyed those who did it before?
How can someone who fears Allah say that Muslims and Christians and Jews are all the same when Allah (SWT) Himself states that our way of life and our book and our beliefs and practices are superior?
How can someone who fears Allah so casually trample over Islamic tradition and practices and rulings from scholars (both men and women) who devoted their lives to studying this way of life?
We need to take these things seriously. Not all enemies of Islam wear fatigues.