Think. Learn. Act. Remind.
What happens when we love someone – our spouse, our children, our parents, our friends? We want to do everything for them, in the best possible way; we want to make them happy; we want them to be pleased with us.
We love them so much we would do anything for them!
But is this not how we are supposed to love Allah (SWT)??!
There is a hadith about how ‘Adi bin Hatim (may Allah be pleased with him), who had converted from Christianity to Islam, asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW), about the following verse in Surah Taubah:
They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allah), and (they also took as their Lord) Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary), while they (Jews and Christians) were commanded [in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)) to worship none but One Ilah (God – Allah) La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Praise and glory be to Him, (far above is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).” (9:31)
‘Adi said, “But the Christians did not worship them (their monks)!”
The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “They did, by obeying the rabbis and monks when they allowed or prohibited something for them even when it was contrary to Allah’s commandments.”
Apart from the obvious interpretation of this hadith, I want us to reflect on how we may be guilty of obeying others, instead of Allah (SWT), in our daily life.
Are we delaying salah (prayer) or skipping it altogether because we are too busy with our families or friends?
Are we not wearing the hijab because our husbands want us to look glamorous at weddings and parties? Or even because WE want to look glamorous at weddings and parties?
Are we working hard for our careers while neglecting our children and our husbands because we are worried about things like status and money and about what people will say and how they will treat us?
Are we busy serving our desires, our families, our friends?
A Muslim submits to the will of Allah. S/he serves Allah (SWT). Serving anyone or anything else is shirk (polytheism).
Shirk is the only sin that will not be forgiven if a person dies committing it and does not turn to Allah for repentance. It is the ONLY sin that cannot be forgiven!
We should ask ourselves now whether we are taking this matter a little too lightly. Let’s reflect on our actions and see what they tell us about us and our beliefs. Before it is too late.