Why Islam is not acceptable to some
people and it's because they fear........
- Losing their culture
- Don't know how to speak Arabic
- Pressure from parents, friends and society
- Praying 5 times a day
- Changing their ways
LOSING YOUR CULTURE
It's not true that you'll lose your
culture. Lots of people misunderstand
this. In the West, it is thought that
when somebody becomes a muslim, he
becomes an Arab too. For example in
Malaysia, when somebody becomes a
muslim, people think that he becomes a
Malay just because majority of the
muslims in Malaysia are Malays.
This confusion is only brought up by
narrow minded people who don't
understand. Allah has made us to many
races, many cultures and many languages
too. It is one of the beauty of the many
creations of Allah that we have our own
culture and we should appreciate it.
Similarly, we shouldn't be selfish of
our own culture. We should share it
between our muslim brothers and sisters.
Islam is a religion, not a race. An
English parent would give birth to an
English child, but a muslim parent might
not give birth to a muslim child.
This is something which people shouldn't
worry or get scared about. Circumcision
does not make somebody a muslim, neither
does it make somebody a non muslim. It
is only a procedure of cleanliness which
you right want to do to keep yourself clean.
It is stated in the hadith, sahih
Muslim, it is a fitrah, meaning practice
of the prophet.
When a man urinates, some of the urine
gets trapped on the foreskin. It is his
duty to clean it with water. The
foreskin traps smega, which is a smelly
chesse-like substance on the foreskin.
If it is left like that, infection will
occur, thus making the foreskin swollen.
You must understand that Islam stresses
on cleanliness and circumcision is one
of the ways to preserve cleanliness.
Some people don't want to be muslims
because they fear circumcision. May
Allah help you.
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO SPEAK ARABIC
You don't have to worry about that. The
Arabic language has been chosen as the
International language for muslims. The
original form of the Quran to the humans
on this earth is Arabic. So, we need to
learn it in order to understand and
appreciate it. It so happened that Allah
chose an Arab leader, our beloved
prophet Mohammed SAW to begin the
mission or conveying the message of
Islam to mankind. Perhaps, it's because
the Arabs are hard headed people and
Allah wanted to improve them.
If you notice, Moses and Jesus' mission
was to spread the religion to the
Israelites. Islam at that time was in a
different form and name and therefore,
it was incomplete. It was only during
the prophet's time where Allah announced
that on that very day, Allah has
completed the religion for mankind.
Translations of the Quran and other
Islamic books can be found in abundance
all over the world.
PRESSURE FROM PARENTS, FRIENDS AND SOCIETY
Pressure is very normal but what we
really want is the truth. There are lots
of challenges in our lives. Lots of
people want us to follow their ways, may
it be good or bad. But the main thing we
must realise that we are living for our
own lives. If we do anything wrong, it
is us that will suffer, not anybody
else. So, it is most important that you
make your own decision.
If you make the correct decision, in the
end, it will be you who benefit from it.
Take it slowly, one at a time. You don't
have to tell anybody that you are a
muslim if the situation is bad. Why get
yourself into so much trouble? Why tell
your parents when you are still young
and under their financial support and
get yourself scolded badly left and
right? That's not all. Words will travel
to your relatives too and your relatives
too will make you suffer. Allah gave us
brains to think. Make use of it.
There is a reason to everything,
similarly, there is a purpose for
fasting. Look at the poor people. They
fast even more often than us. We have a
comfortable house to live in. Whenever
we want food, we can easily go out to
the shops to buy some. Allah wants us to
feel how to poor People feel and suffer
like how they suffer.
You are allowed to eat when the sun is
still down. But when the sun rises,
you'll have to stop eating, stop smoking
and also refrain from having sex till
the sun is down again. It is not
difficult to do so and this is only for
one month. Is it too much to ask?
The poor people are forced to do it for
all their lives. Then we'll know how
lucky we are to live a comfortable live
and our duty next is to help the poor.
Another explanation for this is that
fasting is a very healthy practice. Our
stomach has been working for 24 hours a
day non stop every year. So, it's time
to give it a rest. Besides, it'll help
us slim down a bit too if we are overweight.
Islam is liberal. Travellers, the sick
and pregnant women are not expected to
fast. They can replace the fast when
they are prepared to fast.
PRAYING 5 TIMES A DAY
How would you feel if you have been
invited by the ruler of your country to
see him just once in your lifetime,
because he wants to listen to you and
solve your problems? You'll feel
honoured and great, right? But this is
The Creator of the universe wants to see
you! He's asking you to approach Him 5
times a day, to talk to him, so that He
can help you in your life, Insha-Allah.
Isn't that marvelous?
As for me, the ruler of my country has
never asked me to approach him before.
Who am I anyway? I don't have a high
status, neither am I rich. But look,
what has the Creator of the universe has
invited me to do. Praying 5 times a day
is not taxing. Once you are used to it,
you'll enjoy doing it. You should know
why you are praying and the meaning
words which you say, then only you'll
appreciate the very essence of prayer.
CHANGING THEIR WAYS
We must not be afraid to change whatever
we have done wrong. Allah is merciful.
He forgives as long as you sincerely
repent and make sure never to repeat the
same mistakes again. Allah won't punish
somebody who realize that he has done
wrong about something and decides to
return to the true path.
This problem usually happens to people
with high status, especially teachers of
religious schools. Some of them think
that if they suddenly tell that they
have done wrong, and tell them the
correct thing, people will look down at
them, and will ask them what they have
been doing all this while. This action
of admitting your mistakes is not
shameful but rather honorable. We are
human and it's only human nature to make
mistakes. But it is our responsibility
to check on ourselves and also help
other people check on themselves and
correct them if necessary.
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