Friday, March 27, 2015

The Noise on the Stairs

Asalamu Alaykom,

Last night, I heard a noise on the stairs...

it was midnight and my husband had already gone to bed.  I flipped on the light and bravely opened the door.  This is what I saw.

Apparently, the kid needed some exercise!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Not Muslim

Asalamu Alaykom,

All of us destroy that which we should treasure.

All of us are guilty of being less than we could be.

It's easy to judge that someone else is making bigger mistakes than we are.  It feels good for our ego to know that someone else is making our own wrongs pale by comparison.  Maybe then we don't have to work so hard since others have fallen so wide off the mark.

Yet, when we judge others' level of faith, we are wrong and guilty of shirk.  No one can judge hearts and minds but Allah.  Shirk is saying that God, Al-Hakam "The Maker of Immutable Judgement," needs help doing the job.  That's our ego disregarding the fact that only Allah SWT knows who's a true believer and who isn't.

Saying that someone else isn't Muslim is just wrong.  If a person calls himself or herself Muslim, then it is not for anyone else to say differently.  If anyone's actions seem to go against Islam, that does not mean he or she can be ex-communicated by the ummah.  In Islam, there are no intercessors allowed to sever the relationship between a believer and The Almighty .

Being a believer doesn't mean being perfect.  Muslims, just like all believers, make mistakes.  This week, I was sadly made aware of a brother in faith who made a big mistake.  I had always looked to him as a kindred spirit here in Egypt and to learn the truth was a shock.  He wasn't who I thought he was.  I had judged him favorably for years.

Oh, by the way, we can't judge anyone as being better than others either.  That is also shirk.  We set people up for a fall since no one is perfect; no one is 100% good or 100% bad.  Believing in the white and black of absolutes belongs to another religion.  Islam says that we live in a gray area while always striving for better. 

Sincerely, the ummah has stop anointing some as being "good Muslims" while denouncing others as "not Muslim".  Yes, the world will accept us more, but we will be missing a key aspect of our faith.