Do justice to islam and portray its beauty to the world.

In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

Preach with your good manners
-Umar bin Khattab

Little do we know, that we as muslims, portray the religion of islam as a whole. Very few non-muslims ever read the Qur’an/Hadith to find out about islam, 70% of the time, the only islam they know is from the muslims they see.

Just like the character of an individual says a lot about one, likewise the character of muslims say a lot about their religion, which is their way of life. And surely there is no religion that preaches good character
like ours.

Islam says we should be good to our
family, our neighbours, and even the stranger we meet (Q4:36). It says we should smile and only say a kind word to everyone we meet, it recommends helping others, with both money and physical strength, it teaches us to live in harmony with one another, and even repel the bad with good (Q42:40), it prohibits lewdness, dishonesty and backbiting, and most importantly, all these traits apply even to non-muslims as long as they don’t fight us (Q60:8-9). And I ask you, is there anything that will make one to be loved greater than his good character?

In a world of millions of islam-phobes, (haters of islam) we have to do our best to portray islam as what it really is. We have to show people how truly beautiful this islam of ours is through beautiful traits. We might not know, but sects like ‘boko haram’ (a religious movement in northern Nigeria that kill people of all religion) and the rest, greatly tarnish the image of islam in the hearts of many. Someone recently confessed to me about his belief in islam but he’s afraid of all the violence muslims are into, and not sure if he won’t become like them if he becomes muslim.

And this only means one thing; that we have to try harder to erase these thoughts from their minds and replace it what our religion truly preaches: peace. Traits like humbleness, kind words, modesty, honesty, that the muslims have, I know from experience, indeed appeals to non-muslims and go a long in changing their mindset about islam.

So I say to myself and every rightly-guided muslim to do justice to islam starting from today; portray islam the way it is, as best as you can. Truly, Allah does never wastes the rewards (efforts) of good-doers [Q12:56]

Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. IDB
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 22:41:14

    Subhanallah. What an apt and timely piece. May Allah reward you abundantly.

    Reply

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