Well, I’ve wanted to talk about some of these for a long time so I thought I’d start today.
Just a few points:
a) I’m presenting them randomly, not necessarily in the order of importance.
b) Today is a new day, insha-Allah. What that means is that my blog will (hopefully) start to resemble my course notes a lot more i.e. it will be packed with evidence (from the Quran and the authentic ahadeeth). Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing that on the blog, which goes against my own principle of “Either talk with proof, or else shut up”.
It also goes against my famous saying, “Anybody can talk but not everybody can talk with proof.”
So, I hope to rectify this starting from today, insha-Allah.
c) The proofs are there to show that the act is in fact a big sin, not to show that many Muslims commit that sin.
So, what are the common mistakes that many Muslims make today?
1) Committing one of the seven destructive sins.
[No, they’re not the same ones that the Christians keep moaning about.]
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Avoid the seven great destructive sins.” The people enquire, “O Allah’s Messenger! What are they? “He said, “To join others in worship along with Allah, to practice sorcery (magic), to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause, (according to Islamic law), to eat up Riba (usury), to eat up an orphan’s wealth, to give back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fighting, and to accuse, chaste women, who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 4, Hadeeth No. 28]
Now, someone might say: “Well, none of these are common!”
I beg to differ.
Yes, another “common mistakes article”. We seem to have a lot of these, don’t we?
And what happens? We still continue to make these same mistakes!
Why does that happen, you ask? Well, I’m not sure but if I had to guess, I would say:
1) We read these articles assuming that other people make these mistakes, thereby completely forgetting to take ourselves into account.
2) We read it and realise that we make the same mistakes. However, we forget this when the situation arises, leading us to make that mistake.
What can we do?
Well, I had written a post about a Ramadan Journal. We can summarise these lists (we can exclude those that we definitely never do) and write them down in that journal. After this, all we need to do is go over the summaries every few days in Ramadan. I think we could also do this for all the Ramadan articles and lectures.
So, we can all start with the following article: