Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Throwing Culture to The Wind...The Sorry State of Muslims Today



I found an article that took the words right out of my mouth....


"Throwing Culture to the Wind (The sorry state of Muslims today)"
The first eighty or so years after the Prophet (peace be upon him) were the best time in all human history in which to live. Pure, true, uncorrupted Islam was practiced and spread. In His Infinite Wisdom, Allah revealed the Qur'an in Arabic to Arabic speaking people.


These same people, only had to hear the Qur'an and immediately they understood its significance. The greatest thing in their culture was their depth of understanding of the pure Arabic language. Islam was the means of transforming them into the most outstanding civilization of all time.

Whenever Islam spread, naturally the Arabic language was learned and hence the doors to Islamic knowledge were opened. Indeed the love for learning and spreading true knowledge was an essential part of life.Time through the ages and the ebb and flow of Islamic resurgence continues - parallel to the obedience or disobedience of the people. Islam, like waves on an ocean, ever flowing, moving across time - sometimes strong and resilient and at other times weak and helpless. The moment the individual and hence the society, lets go of the Trustworthy Handhold; the moment they feel self reliant; the moment they choose to knowingly disobey Allah the Creator of all - that, is the moment when the ever waiting tides of evil will overcome the 'Islam' of the people, for truly Islam is submission and obedience to Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him).Today the Muslims are a fragmented group, reveling in nationalism, self- glorification and desire for the world. They often carry their Islam as a kind of insurance card, ready to use it when necessary, thinking that their recitation of the Shahadah will alone save them from the evil consequences of their deeds.We hear about Islamic culture in this pro-multicultural world of the new age, as if Islam is a cloak we choose to wear while other's cultures are deemed equal in beauty and truth.


But is Islam really culture? We have Turkish culture, Lebanese culture, Asian culture and Western culture and then we have Islam. Islam is 'the' way of life prescribed by the Creator for His creation. It contains no manmade elements; choice remains either in obedience or disobedience to the Creator. Hence freedom is an illusion. Unfortunately however, throughout the world we have the notion of 'culture' seeping through to the mosques and those who desire to govern them. Each ethnic group believing it has a more legitimate right to lead, govern and control. In this process the beauty of Islam; the spiritual and practical manifestation of the love and fear of Allah - courage, loyalty, forbearance, trustworthiness, honesty, punctuality and piety have been squeezed out of modern day 'cultural Islam.'An unidentifiable mixture of one's culture and Islam often masks the beauty of the era of the Prophet (peace be upon him).


The Arabic language is no longer sought like before, and understanding the Qur'an in Arabic is no longer a priority. In doing so, we have lost the essence!How much thinking is controlled by family and societal expectations, which contain a smattering of superficial Islamic manners and 'traditions', acting as a fa├žade against self-centered nationalism?What a sorry state we are in! The Zionist enemy sits and watches us destroy ourselves through our own neglect, as we leave the essence of Islam - the sincere obedience to Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) and commitment and sacrifice in His way along with a burning desire to learn, learn, learn!By the time we have finished whittling away our Islamic foundation, the enemies of Allah, will have no need to work so hard to complete the final bricks of modern day colonialism.


A large majority of Muslims have already adopted their language, their fashions, their manners, and their habits. They praise their tyranny and send their precious children to their schools. What is left of our Islam?Come on! Let's shake off the shackles of cultural thinking, nationalist pride and love of the West and sincerely follow the Prophet (peace be upon him) who was sent by Allah the Almighty to be our example.Let's turn to the Creator. Put our foreheads on the ground in humility and obedience and then, I'm sure, that Allah will turn in His Mercy to those who truly seek His pleasure. On that day, the enemies of Allah will scatter amidst their evil plans and will destroy themselves, as we have nearly done.

Contributed by : Velma Cook, Australia

6 comments:

Candice said...

I find that many Muslims do make an effort in Arabic... All Muslims know at least some Arabic in order to be able to pray, and the religious expressions are said in Arabic. I like that about Islam, I actually feel it's a lot more connected to the original language of the text (of the Qur'an) and that Muslims understand the importance of Arabic. How a translation is NOT the same.

The only thing is that sometimes people are lazy in religion, and therefore maybe lazy in Arabic. But I understand that people in the past were more "into it" maybe.

Also wanted to comment on your header! Really beautiful! I had never seen it! It's either new or I had only read your posts on Google Reader!

Thirst For Knowledge said...

Hey Candice,
Thanks for the comment!=)
I do feel that muslims do make an attempt to learn arabic (to pray), however there should be more emphasis on understanding arabic (the meanings). Often people learn how speak arabic but have no idea what they are saying... Arabic is such a rich and beautiful language. Today, most parents would shun their kids from going abroad to learn arabic and becoming a scholar, instead they prefer for them to become a doctor, lawyer, etc. A lot of scholars who do not have a real grasp on the arabic language often misinterpret words in the quran which can lead to a lot of problems when they give fatwas!

Aalya said...

Good article - I have to agree with the fact that Arabic should be learned and not just memorized! I know many people who just recite the words of the salat and they have no idea what they are saying! For me when I started to learn it was so important to know what I was reciting! I did not want to follow blindly!

I also feel that culture is good in some aspects but not when that overtakes what is in the Quran - so many will interpret things to suit their own needs and after time it becomes as if it is Islamic when it is not.

May Allah guide us all to the right path

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