Some of the wonderful things about Islam…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Okay, so there are zillions of wonderful things about Islam. In fact, each and every bit of it is wonderful.
However, as this is supposed to be a short blog post not a 1000 volume book, I’ll suffice with the following wonderful things:
1) It’s not a walk in the park but it’s not difficult either.
Yes, I said that Islam is easy but I didn’t mean walk-in-park easy. I meant that if you put in the effort, you’ll see the results.
So, it’s not so easy that it will make one lax but it isn’t so difficult that one cannot practice it. Some aspects are very easy (e.g. fasting 3 days a month) whereas others are much tougher (e.g. fasting every other day),so it all balances out at the end.
Overall, it is not that difficult to practice, the main reason being of course, that when one strives for the sake of Allah, He makes things easy for him.
So, those that find Islam difficult should strive to have good thoughts about Allah and seek His help.
2) It’s the middle way – in every possible way.
Unfortunately, many people don’t understand what the middle way (or moderation) means. Each one thinks that he is the epitome of moderation!
Islam is not extreme, rather it is the middle way (i.e. the moderate path) between the two extremes.
I find that even the alif (the madd i.e. the elongated vowel that goes “aa”) is pronounced in the middle way. [This is a long tajweed based story which I can only explain in real life because I would have to pronounce the proper and improper ways of saying the alif.]
3) The one who practices it completely becomes excellent in every possible way.
The one who strives to practice every aspect of Islam would be upon tawheed, pray and fast a lot, be gentle, kind, polite, clean, fit, brave, good to family members, neighbours and guests, be just and truthful, fulfill his promises, be generous and charitable, not cheat people, have good thoughts about others, not backbite or gossip, etc.
I could go on and on. Islam + average person = amazing person. Proof? The Companions of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). One should read how they were before Islam and how much they changed after Islam.
4) There are so many areas that a person can excel in, so if he is weak in one area, he can still make it up in other areas.
For example, there are different types of ibaadah (worship). Person A might find it difficult to pray the voluntary prayers but he might find it easy to give charity.
Person B might find it difficult to give charity but he might find it easy to pray the voluntary prayers.
So, in both cases, the vastness of Islam causes them to be able to strive to please Allah.
4) There are different kinds of deeds: hidden and apparent.
By apparent, I mean visible to everybody.
By hidden, I mean 1) hidden from everybody except the person i.e. actions of the heart or 2) hidden from everyone except those close to him i.e the actions done inside the house as opposed to on the stage, if you know what I mean.
Some people find it easy to do the visible acts like wearing the proper Islamic clothing (hijab for women and beard for men) but they find it difficult to pray tahajjud (the night prayer) or to be kind to the weak and poor, for instance. No one is really watching them at that time, after all.
Some others find it easy to do the prayers and the charity work, but find it difficult to wear the Islamic clothing because they are worried about what the others will say.
Some find it easy to be Islamic outside the house but find it difficult to be Islamic inside the house.
“I’m so confused. Which part is the wonderful part?”
The wonderful part is that Allah tests us with the hidden and the apparent deeds, because Islam comprises of all of them. Nobody can run away or play a game of pick and choose*.
[*Note: There's a big difference between 1) having a weakness and trying to overcome it, and 2) practicing only the easy parts of Islam in order for some worldly benefit.]
5) The more the effort that one puts in, the more the reward will be for him.
In some famous religions, it’s all in the heart. The effort doesn’t matter. So the good guy is like the bad guy.
No thanks, I’ll take Islam. If I put in more effort, I get more reward. That’s my kind of religion, that is.
What are some of the things about Islam that YOU find wonderful? Please share, baarakallahu feekum.
PS. I’m not sure if this post made any sense but I’m sure that we can all agree that Islam is wonderful.