Here is something I wrote some time back, and figured I’d move it here. 🙂 Its a bit long, sorry to bore you.
Among the things Muslims today seem to go on about is how they cannot practise their faith without the kuffar looking down upon them and mocking them. Many of our dear sisters take off their hijaab, by their own will or due to parental pressure because their parents “care” about their safety. Many of our brothers shave their beards and wear “fashionable” clothing that falls below their ankles. They put appearances to please a group of people. However, lets take a moment to go back in time…
Its a boiling hot day in Makkah, and a slave is placed on the sand under the heat of the sun. His master has brought himself here, and removed his shirt. He has a choice…recant his faith or suffer more punishment. He replies with Ahad, Ahad (The One, The One, referring to Allah). Hot embers and heavy stones are placed on his back. The tortures go on and on daily….
Amongst the most fashionable young men of Makkah was Sayyidina Mus’ab ibn Umayr (Radiallahu Anhu). His mother was very rich and spent on her son. When he would walk in the streets of Makkah, people would turn to admire his clothing. He wore the best of clothes and perfumes. You name it, he had it. However, he turned “against” his mother but abandoning her faith, and therefore his mother would never spend on him. Islam humbled him, to such an extent that he would walk in in the Masjid al Nabawi and the sahabah would look and cry and say, (to the effect of) this was a young man who had the best of clothing, and now he wears clothes with patches!
When the women companions were commanded to adorn the hijaab, they did not make exuses. They heard and they obeyed. They didn’t think about how people would react to them. True, that was a time period when women were naturally more modest, because society expected it of them. However, if they wanted to rebel against Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and His Rasul (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) they could have done so easily.
Was the persecutions of Sayyidina Bilaal, Mus’ab ibn Umayr, and the rest of the Sahaba (Radiallahu Anhum) little compared to what we go through today? No. It was severe and harsh. But they remained strong. How? Because they stuck to the Quran and Sunnah and strived for Jannah. They didn’t use the exuse that Allah is most forgiving, so we can disobey him all we want and He will forgive. No! Despite their harsh situations, they made Islam their priority.
We fail to realize though, in the end, this was a generation that was most respected. People try to slander, but they cannot go far. Why? Because you can never get away with insulting those whom Allah loves. Therefore, we should strive to imitate the our beloved Nabi al Kareem (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and his beloved As’habi Kiraam (Radiallahu Anhum Wa Radu’an). They set the example, its up to us to take heed. Abandoning our values for the disbelievers will not gain us respect, but just more mockery.
We should be proud of and respect our Quran and Sunnah, and others will respect us as well.