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December 16, 2010

Project “Recover Ramadan”- Step 11: Remember that Islam is easy…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

“Islam is difficult…” complained a nonreligious Muslim teenager to a Zoroastrian man many, many years ago.

Guess what he said?

“It’s not difficult!”

The teenager was completely stunned at his response. Subhan Allah, when the Muslim said the wrong thing, Allah caused a non-Muslim to say the right thing.

[That teenager is now an adult. And you know her.]

Sadly, there are many Muslims who think the way that teenager did. They think that Islam is some sort of heavy burden. So Shaytaan succeeds in defeating them before they even begin.

The Zoroastrian was right though. Islam isn’t difficult. How can it be when Allah says:

“Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you, and to complete His Favour on you that you may be thankful.” [Surah Al-Maaidah (5) : 6]

“Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 185]

There is a hadeeth which explicitly states that this deen (way of life) is easy:

The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 1, Hadeeth No. 39]

This hadeeth shows us that excellence and extremism are not the same thing. Extremism is of two kinds: 1) Being lenient with regards to the religion  and 2) Trying to do more than what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did.

Trying to be like the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) is NOT extremism, rather it is moderation.

This hadeeth also shows us that we need to aim for EXCELLENCE step by step.  And guess what? That’s possible.

You know why? Because Islam is easy.

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