Living Faith

How is Islam a living Faith?

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allâh (Muhammad (ﷺ)) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allâh and the Last Day and remembers Allâh much.” [1]

Allah made him the guide for us, the best of examples. So, if our faith is real, then his way/lifestyle should be real in our lives. We should be striving to imitate him instead of striving to imitate the lifestyle of the dunya. When we go to work, we make sure we wear a particular suit and tie. We imitate what we consider to be the standard. We are very careful about that. We have the historical facts of Rasulullah (ﷺ) but that is not his Seerah. There are points in his life but that was not his life. His Seerah was a day-to-day model for us which should guide us in everything that we do. He was the living Qur’an. As ‘Aishah (رضى الله عنها), when asked about the character of Rasulullah (ﷺ) said,

 “His character (way) was that of the Qur’an.”[2]

He lived the Qur’an and it is he who said,

 “I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits”[3]

So, it was a moral life that he (ﷺ) exemplified and that is the core of our faith. He is there in our shahadah because he (ﷺ) is the manifestation of how to live the shahadah. The essence of the shahadah is Laa ilaaha illallaah. All of the Prophets (عليهم السلام) taught the same thing. The earlier Prophets (عليهم السلام) did not teach Laa ilaaha illallaahu Muhammadur Rasulullah. If you are told as a child or as a young person that when Adam (عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ) looked up at the Throne of Allah, he saw written on the Throne of Allah “Laa ilaaha illallaahu Muhammadur Rasulullah” and that this was imprinted on his thumbs. So, when you hear the Adhan, you kiss your thumbs and you wipe your eyes. This is nonsense. This is fabricated (folklore, false stories) but you have number of Muslims doing that.

After Salah, some Muslims put their hands on their heads. Some of them open up their shirts and they blow inside. Rasulullah (ﷺ) never did that. He (ﷺ) did not put his hand on his head and he did not blow inside of his shirt. So, where did that come from? Not from Rasulullah (ﷺ). If it is a part of the Deen which came to us and which was not from Rasulullah (ﷺ), then from where did it come from? Shaytaan, in the cultural cover. That is the bottom line. That is why the Prophet (ﷺ) had said that whoever does anything in this religion which is not a part of it, it will be rejected by Allah because it is from Shaytaan. We cannot worship Allah with it. No matter how pleasing it might seem, how reasonably it might be argued, it is from Shaytaan – disapproved by Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى). So then, how do we know what is and what is not? Following Rasulullah (ﷺ) will make it clear to us what is and what is not. This is the blessing of Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) that not only did He reveal a book of revelation (Qur’an) to us which is sufficient, but He also sent along a guide with a complete mode of living.

However, in order to make it easier for us, Allah says,

"…Allâh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. to Say Takbîr (Allâhu-Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great) on seeing the crescent of the months of Ramadân and Shawwâl] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him." [4]

So, in order to make it that much easier, He sent a Messenger (ﷺ) to show us how to live the Qur’an. Knowledge of his Seerah (life) should be knowledge for our life guiding us in how we should live our lives because our faith is supposed to be a living faith. That is what living faith means. It means that we follow a way of life. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) lived it and we strive to live it as he lived it. That is real Islam. Other than that, what we have been doing (Ramadhan Muslims, Friday Muslims, Eid Muslims, birthday Muslims, marriage Muslims and so on) has not been Islam at all. It is cultural customs. We may as well be Christians or Buddhists or anything else. They do similar things. They just call them by different names, do them at different times but they are doing similar things. This is not the faith of Islam.

References:

[1] [Qur'an 33:21]

[2] [Narrated by Muslim (746)]

[3] [Narrated by al-Bukhaari in al-Adab al-Mufrad (273)]

[4] (Qur'an 2:185)

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