Resisting the Urge
By: Ibrahim Abu Khalid
The word Hikmah (wisdom) has
been misinterpreted for too long. It means to approach the people
in the best way possible, to act in the in most appropriate way,
taking that particular situation into account. It has never meant
to give a false image of Islam for personal or community welfare.
When Muslims are willing to compromise in all aspects of their life,
we lose the favor of Allah, emit an image of weakness to our enemies,
and lose dignity in the sight of our Creator.
All praise is due to Allah, the Just,
the Bestower, and peace and blessings upon our beloved and humble
Prophet Muhammad (saws).
The most popular catch-cry of todays
generation is the word "compromise". The weak consider
it as harmless, the ignorant hold it as beneficial, and the miss-guided
count it as essential.
This conclusion may seem extreme,
but thats the reality. In Islam, there is absolutely no room
for compromise. There is no evidence that the Prophet (saws) ever
did so, nor did his companions, or does the Quran provide
scope for it. This stance also makes rational sense to those who
sincerely dwell upon this topic.
A person suffering from a heart condition
would be foolish if he chose to consume half of the medicine prescribed,
and then took sugar lollies as a substitute for the rest of the
tablets. Who is he cheating? Not the doctor, who sought the best
possible solution for his condition, nor the pharmacist, who supplied
the medicine. The patient is the one at loss.
Surely Allah, in His Wisdom and Mercy
chose Islam as the medicine for the ills of humanity and the society
we live, a cure for the cancer of interest and woes of politics,
the mistreatment of women and the division of society, the nature
of man and his insatiable desires.
Why do we Compromise?
There appears to be three main reasons
why people will willingly compromise and Islam, and those same people
will choose those orders Allah has enforced us to follow, according
to their own desires and substitute the rest with man-made systems.
1. "We are living in
hard times, in a difficult society, and thus Allah permits us to
compromise, because (now wait for it)...Islam is easy, not
hard". A Hadith also quoted is that narrated by Aisha
(raa), who said that when the Prophet (saws) had the choice between
two actions, he chose the easiest course.
True, Islam is easy to follow,
but not to the extent that we are permitted to change the rules
set by Allah for our own convenience. When asked for proof for the
statement we can compromise, they claim that our condition today
is similar to that during the Makkan period of the Prophets
mission. We should bear patiently like he did then, and act as he
did in those circumstance.
The fallacy of this argument stands
clear when we study the reasons why the Prophet (saws) acted as
he did back then, and how later on in his life he (saws) acted differently.
We are now living in the Madinah era, the era where the Quran
was completed. The Makkan period could be seen as a temporary stage
where the companions were trained and prepared in that special environment.
But Islam was completed, finalized with the ayah:
I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon
you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion."
Islam was then perfected, so by retracing
our steps all the way back to the Makkan era is illogical.
A cup full of fresh milk will be
spoilt if only a drop of blood was to fall in it. Allah has never
asked us to go beyond our capacity to please him, thus arguments
such as "I must work in a Haram field because I have no choice"
is an invalid argument.
If our women must mix with men in
the workplace, Allah never asked them to go to such extents. If
we eat food, which is declared Haram, dont expect automatic
forgiveness, because no excuse remains. We have transgressed the
Where as most people use their own
rationale to substantiate their weak claims, I have the Word of
"Such is Allah,
your Lord in truth. So after the truth, what else can there be,
"It is not
for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have
decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision.
And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed
in a plain error."
Do you consider our current situation
to be much worse than that suffered by the Prophet (saws) and his
companions, or the other prophets before him? Surely this is the
same code enjoined upon the Prophet (saws) and upon us. Yusuf (as)
went through many tortures, but never compromised, but instead turned
to his Creator:
"O my Lord!
Prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me."
It was not in the nature of Yusuf
(as), nor in any of the Prophets, nor in any of the righteous servants
of Allah, to compromise in order to gain some worldly benefit. Yusuf
preferred jail to falling for the lusts of women.
2. Another false argument
is the apologetic one: "We want to show people a religion,
which is easy and doesnt require much effort, not to make
people run away from Islam."
In truth, people have been running
to Islam because, when shown in its real light, Islam provides the
solutions people have been seeking. They do not want a mixture of
Islam with the Kuffir they fled. Showing Islam in a "moderate"
or "soft" light will only give the wrong image of an already
3. The third argument is that
we must compromise in order to strengthen Islam. We must enter and
join these institutions, join hands with the non-Muslims who are
our partners in this life. This way, we can spread Islam, and live
happily ever after.
WRONG!!! Again, there is no
proof in the Shariah for this view, but rather to the contrary.
Surah al -Kafirun is a prime example of this:
I do not worship what you worship, nor do you worship what I worship.
I shall never worship what you worship, neither will you worship
what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine."
Muhammad (saws) declared his religion
to be that of Ibrahim (as). The unbelievers thus argued that there
was no reason for them to leave their own beliefs and take up that
of Muhammads (saws), seeing they were of the same religion.
They sought to compromise with him, proposing that he should prostrate
before their gods in exchange for them prostrating before Allah,
and he could demand whatever he wanted from them. This Surah was
revealed in an uncompromising tone, clearly dividing Tawheed
(monotheism) from shirk (polytheism), establishing a true
criterion, allowing for no further wrangling.
This wasnt the only situation.
When the Prophets (saws) uncles felt that he was getting too
powerful, they tried to bribe him with the gifts of this world.
They offered him the leadership of Makkah, wealth if that was his
purpose, the most charming wife if that was what pleased him, yet
he refused all these because he only desired that the truth prevailed.
Under such harsh and luring circumstances, he (saws) commented that
if the sun were to be given in his right hand, and the moon in his
left, never would he leave this cause until Allah will elevate it,
or he would die striving for this cause. This was his prime opportunity;
if it were in his nature to compromise, he could have accepted the
leadership, secretly hid his true convictions, and later spread
Islam after being confident and powerful enough. Rasulallah (saws)
was known as the Trustworthy and due to this fact he (saws) was
thus able to kindle the fire of Arab nationalism and would thus
have united them. They would have responded gladly to his call,
tired of their tribal warfares. Thereafter, he could free
the Arab lands from the domination of the Romans and the Persians.
He could have easily established an Arab state in this way, instead
of bearing thirteen years of pain and torture. He could have made
the people bow initially before his authority, then he could have
used his position of authority to impose the belief in the unity
of Allah, and bow before the True God. This was not what Allah desired
though, and that is not Islam. Islam seeks the destruction of all
forms of evil, through pure ways, not the manipulation of evil to
reach a pure goal. This is not possible, nor permissible.
Even in a life or death situation,
we are told of the rewards if we persevere and bear patiently. Ibrahim
(as) chose to burn in the fire prepared by his own father, rather
than to hide his religion, leave the area, and spread the Word of
If Allah (swt) or the Prophet (saws)
have forbidden us to do something, we must believe with all our
being that it is forbidden for our benefit.
For example: Music - it is Haram
(except the duff on certain occasions)...dont try to change
it around to suit your desires, by saying those favourite words
we hear over and over again as justification, "I know its Haram
......but..?" If the Prophet (saws) forbade it, thats
it, accept it, dont try and "Islamisize" it. You
cant, unless of course you think you know better? (istufiriillah,
May Allah protect us from this)
Another example is the issue of Hijab:
Many Muslim sisters have even tried to "Islamisize" this
act of devotion, which has guidelines and conditions. This stance
is very weak...often justified by this saying, "But, if we
look more fashionable, the non-Muslims wont find it so hard
to relate to us." Wrong!!, as Allah (swt) says in the
the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow
their religion. Say: "Verily, the Guidance of Allah, that is
the only Guidance. And if you were to follow their (Jews and Christians)
desires after what you have received of knowledge (i.e. the Quran),
then you would have against Allah neither any "Wali" (Protector
or Guardian) nor any helper."
Allhamdulillah, we are provided with
all the necessities of life. We have enough money to purchase Halal
products and these are available everywhere, so we need not compromise
in terms of our food. We can freely wear the required clothing asked
by Allah, so we have no excuse not to. Our sisters need not mix
in our universities or workplaces, because Allah never requested
them to compromise Islam to gain worldly knowledge. We can choose
our work, our partners, our lifestyle, yet we consider ourselves
fighting some imaginary "Jihad" of the nafs. Indeed,
you never had an excuse, and you certainly do not now, so cling
to the path chosen by Allah; to all of it, for that is the only
way we can dig ourselves from this rotten trough we have fallen
in. We will inevitably fall if we prefer to attribute orders to
Allah, which He never asked for.
"Say you (O
Muhammad): This is my way; I invite unto Allah with sure knowledge,
I and whosoever follows me with sure knowledge. And Glorified and
Exalted be Allah. And I am not of the Mushrikun."
this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not other paths,
for they will separate you away from His path. This He has ordained
for you that you may become pious."