So, can we deny this? Will we claim that the Prophet SAW did not tell us everything, that we know better than Allah and His Messenger? Astaghifirullah. Yet, we continue in our rebellion and bring new matters into the religion without evidence, Subhan’Allah. So, who are the ones who disrespect the Prophet SAW and Islam? Who will be held to account more than anyone else?

On the authority of the mother of the faithful, ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “He who innovates something in this matter of ours [Islam] that is not of it will have it rejected [by Allah].” [Bukhari & Muslim] In one version by Muslim it reads: “He who does an act which we have not commanded, will have it rejected [by Allah].”

3. We deal in haram and doubtful matters even when we know that they are hated by Allah SWT and that we will be punished for them. We do them even though we know that the Prophet SAW did not do them and forbade them to his Companions RA and the Ummah.

One of the most prominent amongst these is that we deal in Ribaa (interest), taking and giving. We cannot find one Muslim country today that does not deal in usary and it is rare to find Muslims who are not involved in some way in a Ribaa based loan. The severity of this is described by Allah in the Qur’an in two places:

“Those who eat Ribaa will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity.” [The Noble Qur’an 2: 275]

“O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains [outstanding] of interest, if you should be believers. And if you do not, then be informed of a war against you from Allah and His Messenger.” [The Noble Qur’an 2:278-9]

A war, Brother and Sisters. A war with Allah and His Messenger SAW. Do we see the gravity of our actions? We stand up to defend Allah and His Messenger SAW against the Kuffar who speak ill against them, yet many of us are personally taking up arms against them, Subhan’Allah.

Are we true followers of the Prophet SAW considering what he said about Ribaa?

It was narrated that Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the one who consumes ribaa, the one who pays it, the one who writes it down and the two who witness it. He said they are all the same.” (Muslim)

How about how we pay and take bribes in the majority in the Ummah in one form or another? Do we realize how detested this is by Allah and His Messenger? Which of our Scholars speak about these things and warn us?

Which one of them is giving us passionate addresses on anything but Ramadan and Sha’ban? Subhan’Allah. And, what is better than the Book of Allah to speak out to us:

“And you see many of them hastening into sin and aggression and the devouring of [what is] unlawful [interest and bribes]. How wretched is what they have been doing. Why do the learned men and religious scholars not forbid them from saying what is sinful and devouring what is unlawful? How evil is what they have been practicing.” [The Noble Qur’an 5:62-63]

‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed the one who gives a bribe and the one who takes it. (Ahmad and Abu Dawood)

How about the rampant consumption of Alcohol and Zina, of the body, eyes, tongue, and ears? How do we feel about how pornography has become a norm on the screens of the Ummah? What do we think about the heinous acts that are committed against little girls and boys as well as women in our countries, many times by the supposed learned men of the Ummah? Who has protested about this? Who is offended by this grave sin happening right before our eyes and we do nothing to stop it?

Do not even go close to fornication. It is indeed a shameful act, and an evil way to follow. [The Noble Qur’an 17:32]

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger ( صلى الله عليه وسلم) as saying. “Allah fixed the very portion of adultery which a man will indulge in. There would be no escape from it. The adultery of the eye is the lustful look and the adultery of the ears is listening to voluptuous (song or talk) and the adultery of the tongue is licentious speech and the adultery of the hand is the lustful grip (embrace) and the adultery of the feet is to walk (to the place) where he intends to commit adultery and the heart yearns and desires which he may or may not put into effect.” (Muslim)

4. Let us then speak about the treatment of minorities in our countries as well as the poor and needy. I don’t think I have even seen a protest or a call of blasphemy on a person who does not pay their Zakat in full, abuses their servants and turns the poor away, who lets the hungry sleep without food in their bellies at night, because they are too busy hoarding wealth, many times haram wealth, and filling their own round bellies? How embarrassing to call ourselves the Ummah of the Prophet SAW and feign offense when someone insults him, Subhan’Allah. Our offense is much greater.

“And those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend in the Path of Allah then warn them of the painful torment.” [The Noble Qur’an 9:34]

Abu Huraira (RA) narrated: Allah’s Apostle Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Whoever is made wealthy by Allah and does not pay the Zakat of his wealth, then on the Day of Resurrection his wealth will be made like a bald-headed poisonous male snake with two black spots over the eyes. The snake will encircle his neck and bite his cheeks and say, ‘I am your wealth, I am your treasure.’” (Bukhari)

5. What do we say about our Akhlaq (Morality) and Adhab (Manners)?

The Messenger of Allah SAW said: “The best among you are the best in character (having good manners).” (Bukhari)

This was an important point to highlight, because this is what we usually praise about the West. Their manners. Our Deen gives us the complete guide of morality and manners, yet we lack the humility and patience in all aspects of life.

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