Min ka Muslimiyn li Muslimiyn (from like Muslims to Muslims)

This poem is a lesson I learned from personal experience, primarily to Muslims but it can apply equally well to other religious groups too. The lesson is that in order to follow your religion properly, you have to experiment with it. You have to adapt it to your life, not blindly follow it just because that’s how you’ve been raised. You should question it, understand it in unconventional ways, follow the spirit rather than the letter of the law, even go against tradition & culture regardless of who may hate you for it. Only when you’re living the religion in a way YOU TRULY enjoy, as the characters in this poem have done, will your faith be true and pure.

How did it all go so wrong?

They were raised since very young to be so good, so devout,

So God-fearing, so religious.

He’d have never imagined having a girlfriend, nor she a boyfriend.

Marriage would be the only time they’d dare dream of the opposite sex!

She used to wear all-black khimar and jilbab and niqab,

He used to wear full shalwar kameez and topi and fist-length beard.

That was their fashion, no need for hairdressers or mirrors.

They used to do all 5 salawat (fard, sunnah and nafl) on time every time, no lates,

They used to try to memorise Quran every day, only befriend same-sex Muslims,

Her eyes never looked at non-mahram men nor his eyes at non-mahram women,

They only ate & drank with the right hand, and going masjid was his only entertainment

While she wouldn’t even look outside the house if she didn’t need to!

How did it all go so wrong?

Now she wears bright colours! And make-up! And jewellery!

He wears shirts! And trims his beard! And leaves hair uncovered!

It looks so shameful!

Now they do just the fard of salat, and even sometimes do them late!

It looks so shameful!

They’ve stopped memorising Quran! And start questioning it and the ahadeeth!

It looks so shameful!

They look at non-mahrams!

It looks so shameful!

Now they don’t care about eating with right or left hand!

It looks so shameful!

Now she goes outside! And he stops going masjid! Instead they both hang out with non-Muslim friends!

It looks so shameful!

But worst of all, an absolutely unforgiveable sin: they date each other!

A Muslim woman going out with a Muslim man? Astagfirullah!

How shameful!

How did it all go so wrong?

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How did they get it so right?

They used to follow the dictates of their parents, their families,

Their home countries’ culture, or their shuyookh.

Now they make up their own minds, live their own lives!

They no longer fear Allah – they love and abide by HIS guidance too much for such immaturity,

And no longer do they fear interacting with the opposite sex – they can conduct themselves responsibly.

Where they were restricted and stunted by their faith, they are now liberated and empowered by their faith.

How did they get it so right?

Now she wears bright colours, and make-up, and jewellery.

He wears shirts, and trims his beard, and leaves hair uncovered

Yet they still cover up Islamically!

Now they do just the fard of salat, and even sometimes do them late

Yet they still pray the full 5 and make up missed ones!

They’ve stopped memorising Quran, and start questioning it and the ahadeeth,

Because they now prioritise understanding & applying it to daily life!

They look at non-mahrams,

Yet they’re following the sunnah of courtesy & sociability!

Now they don’t care about eating with right or left hand

Yet their hands are clean and the food’s still halal!

Now she goes outside, he stops going masjid. Instead they both hang out with non-Muslim friends

Yet they avoid pubs and clubs and drugs and drink!

But best of all, an absolutely revolutionary blessing: they date each other!

A Muslim woman going out with a Muslim man? Al-hamdu lillah!

They’re following the sunnah of gaining familiarity & attraction before marriage!

How beautiful!

How did they get it so right?

 

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