It is Narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayra that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:
Islam began as something strange and it will revert to its (old position) of being strange. So glad tidings to the strangers.SAHIH Muslim 145
Everyone wants the glad tidings but few wish to be strange.
With the giant wave of liberalism sweeping the entire world, I think it is time for us Muslims to reflect on what we truly believe. It is time to ask some hard questions. Questions such as:
What do I believe about Feminism?
What are my beliefs on gender, gender roles and the family system?
What are my beliefs on “equality, equity and acceptance”
What are my beliefs on what is right, wrong and consequences for actions?
What do I believe about morality and the sole authority of Allah to legislate haram and halal?
Who is responsible for my beliefs on toxic behaviour? (both the masculine and feminine kind)
BUT WHY DO I HAVE TO ASK MYSELF THESE QUESTIONS?
Because these fundamental beliefs that shape a human being are being aggressively and (subtly) challenged, redefined and enforced. As a Muslim, I have to stay “woke”. Our Islamic belief system has already been defined and perfected by The Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that’s between them. And they are not to be revised or modified- no matter how crazy the world gets.
Our refusal to change or “adapt” our core beliefs is what actually makes us strange. Not our beard or our ankle-grazing trousers. Neither is it our Hijab, nor our Niqab. Yes, these things matter. But ultimately a soul is directed to act based on its core-beliefs.
SO, WHERE DO I FIND THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS?
Simple answer? The Qur’aan and the authentic Sunnah.
Not from a personal ‘philosophical take on life’ or from racial culture or ‘popular culture’.
The answers we seek have already been prescribed and legislated. We just need to take the time to research and learn from the right sources.
If we truly wish to receive the glad tidings of Jannah, it is high time we looked inwards and ask ourselves: “Am I really different (in my beliefs) to the regular Joe Bloggs on the street?”