Ramadan Kareem my dear brothers and sisters!
We’re about a week into Ramadan, oh em gee, a week already? SubhanAllah! Anyways, this will be my first written post since the start of this blessed month inshAllah. I hope that you are making the most of this blessed month inshAllah. I think it’s really easy to become side tracked and generally preoccupy ourselves in partaking in the mubah (actions which are neither forbidden, nor are they recommended), and what may happen is that we fall in to a habit of doing the mubah more so than we really should. Okay, so now that it is the holy month of Ramadan, I think it’s imperative that we try our best to immerse ourselves into doing more of the rewarding activities, and inshAllah make a habit of it, so that even after Ramadan, you’ll continue these practises from there on inshAllah. (By the way, it takes about 3-4 weeks for something to become a habit, but please don’t forget the sole purpose of doing these activities in the first place inshAllah, even when it becomes customary!)
What I did to start myself off was that I made myself a Ramadan check-list, and I’ve posted a picture version of it on my facebook page. If you would like the original copy, please do not hesitate to leave me your email addresses for one inshAllah. (I made it in Microsoft word, with the help of another pre-made check-list). I’m also trying to post various sunnan everyday (on my facebook page), so that we may also implement the particular activities of our Prophet (saw) on a day-day basis, in hopes of continuously doing acts of ibadah (worship), and may we all be rewarded for doing so inshAllah.
Okay, so enough of my introduction. On to today’s topic. A forgotten piece of the puzzle. So what exactly is this mysterious puzzle piece? It’s something that’s so important that in actual fact it makes up about half of our islamic Aqīdah (the belief in Allah, and His rules), and this matter isn’t even mentioned in our Khutbahs! (The Islamic public preaching, which usually takes place during the Friday Congregational prayers). You may also be thinking that if something which is as grave & important as a matter which makes up half of the belief in our faith, however it is something that isn’t mentioned in the khutbahs, then surely it can’t be that important and I must be mistaken right? Well I won’t be going in to that tonight, rather I’d like to go in to what the other half of our Aqīdah actually is…
The half of the Aqīdah, which we’re all familiar with is that of the spiritual part, whereby we participate in various acts, in order that we may sanctify our God. We may do this by performing salaah, fasting, dhikr, understanding the rules that comply with that of Judgement day, as well as that of the hereafter, in angels and jin, and so on. The belief in the unseen is what emanates from the spiritual part of our Aqīdah. The belief of some religions may also carry a similar Aqīdah in relation to this spiritual aspect, like that of Christianity, as it too has views and rules about the unseen; such as what came before life, as well as what will come in the after life.
However, the other part of Islam is to do with how we go about our affairs in life. We have specific and particular views about how we go about fulfilling our day to day activities in accordance to the Islamic way of life, as Islam has rules on aspects such us, inheritance, marriage, governance, economics, interest, war, trade family life, social life, activities in and outside the home, you name it, and there are rules on it Alhamdulillah; so therefore there are systems in the islamic texts and the sunnan that describe how the affairs of the people should be run. Now taking a quick look at Capitalism, (which is the political, economic and secular [actions without a religious basis] system, that is based on the private ownership by the means of production as well as the creation of goods or services for profit), you’ll find that capitalism also has rules which handle the affairs of life, such as trade, inheritance, government and accounting the ruler.
My question to you now is, have you figured out what that missing piece of the puzzle is?
We very well understand that Capitalism is a political system which supposedly takes care of the affairs of the people right? Politics in arabic is siyaasa, which means running the affairs of the people. So I’m sure you can quite clearly infer that yes, the other half of the islamic Aqīdah is in fact political. Some of you have already guessed that, or may already know this so you may be cursing me right now due to this excessive build up, (please don’t though), but even if we may intellectually know this, the truth is most of us don’t actually appreciate what this even means for us as Muslims.
Because the fact of the matter is that, even if we know to some level that Islam has rules on how it is we run our lives, Islam isn’t actually present in our lives on that level. Islam doesn’t exist outside the home, nor in the media, in the economics, in our schools, etc, and on top of that, many of us don’t even look to the Islamic Aqīdah when it comes to the running of our lives. What has happened unfortunately after the destruction of the Caliphate in 1924, this political side of our Aqīdah has been abandoned, and have as a result been left by this ummah. Our Ulema (scholars), have stopped writing about politics in Islam, and muslims started to write much more about the spiritual Aqīdah, to the point where it has become encyclopaedic, and yet no mention of our political Aqīdah has been made, and regrettably the political Aqīdah has been forgotten.
Islam has become something whereby what you do consists mainly of spiritual worship, with no relevance whatsoever as to how it is we live our daily lifestyles in accordance to the islamic way of life, thus consequently it has become something academic, and not the faith where we are supposed to be able to link our day-to-day actions with our spiritual belief to. I mean how many of us run our routinely lives to that of Islam? Tell me if Islam is something that is practised only at times of salaah and so on. Tell me if you do base all the affairs of your life (education, work, family, friends, etc) to that of the Quran and the sunnah?
So since the islamic way to run the affairs of their lives wasn’t around anymore, the muslims have subconsciously and sadly looked to other political Aqīdahs, such as capitalism in the west, thus we have taken other political values as a means to get by in life. That’s why we find the so-called westernised/cultural/traditional muslims.
Also bear in mind that Allah (swt) will account us for this abandonment of (political) faith.
“Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.”- Quran 2:85.
This is Apple, sharing her thoughts for the early morning!
As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu~