May peace be with all of the readers.... As you can see, todays topic is ' Beware of Secularism..'
Now, for those of you who still did not really know what does Secularism means, here's the definition from wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secularism
Secularism is generally the assertion that certain practices or institutions should exist separately from religion or religious belief. Alternatively, it is a principle of promoting secular ideas or values in either public or private settings. It may also be a synonym for "secularist movement". In the extreme, it is an ideology that holds that religion has no place in public life.
In one sense, secularism may assert the freedom of religion, and freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the people, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief, and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions.Now that you have a bit of idea on what secularism all about, lets analyze the term from Islamic perspective. First of all, the simple way to understand secularism, is when you separate religion from your daily living.
For example, let say when you are doing your business, you tend to cheat your customer by reducing the amount of fruits that you sell, and you did it without fearing that action might cause you in the hereafter. You are not afraid of the hellfire or sins, and you think that you can get away from them easily without being judged later. Remember, one of the verses in Quran that says:
We shall set up scales of justice for the Day of Judgment, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least, and if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to account): and enough are We to take account. (Surah Al Anbiya :47).
Besides, you will feel embarrassed to speak about Islam or applying it in your daily lives. It is because you think that Islamic teachings are just way out of date and conservative.
When you dress, your fashion might look like Islamic, but actually it is not! For ladies especially, their attires are glamorous and sexy even though they are wearing the hijab (tudung) on. These trends existed long ago, since the Dark Age era, and it is known as ' Tabbaruj Aj- Jahiliyyah', or fashion of those ignorant during Dark Age.
Well, of course all of us have the freedom of expression on how to talk,walk or behave. But then again, for Muslims, we all have limits to express our opinions. It should not be opposite with what written in the Quran and Hadith.
On a final note, when you think that you have some of the characteristics of secular in yourself, you better do something about it...
Some of the tips to avoid secularism are:
- Dress according to appropriate Islamic guidelines ( I'll post about that soon, don't miss it).
- Study and explore the Quran, and most importantly, APPRECIATE it!
-Remember and always set in your heart and mind that we will not live forever, and believe that the Day of Judgement will definitely come and there's no way that any living souls can escape it!
- Make friends with Muslim friends that are really 'Muslims' ( you know what i mean!)
- Dont be fooled by those extreme entertainment shows aired on TV, they are all fake and will not last long!
- Think of Allah, Allah, Allah more than anyone else! - OF course pray 5 times a day, plus all the Sunnat Prayer, Sunnat deeds, repent a lot (istighfar) in your daily supplication, hear Islamic lectures to motivate your souls, always ask advice from any religious person around you about your personality, is it the way any Muslims should behave or the other way round.
I think thats all from me. I'm reminding myself before I'm reminding you. So let us all pray that we will be guided by Allah in the straight path, the part of those Mu'minin before us. Amin. Hopefully by following all the guidelines, we will bring back the glory of our ummah and become a better Muslims day by day. Insya Allah.
Lastly, any mistakes or imperfection of this article are from myself, and all of the beauty from this article are from Allah the Al-Mighty.
You are more than welcome to give any suggestion,argument or question regarding this article. Thank you.
p/s: ( The Malay version will come up soon)
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