Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
23. We surely did send Nuh to his people. So he said: “Oh my people! Worship Allah. There exists no other god except Allah, for you. Will you not exercise restraint?”
24. The leaders who disbelieved among his people said: “He is only a human as you all are, but wishes to assert his superiority over you. Had Allah really wished, He would have sent down Angels. We did not hear of such a man among our earlier ancestors.”
25. “He is only a man disturbed by jinn. Put up with him for a while.”
26. Nuh said: “Oh my Rabb! Help me, for they have labeled me a liar.”
27. So We inspired him to construct the ship under Our Eyes and Our Inspiration. When Our Command comes and the bodies of water burst, embark along with a male and female couple of every species and your family, except those of them against whom the Word has preceded. And do not address Me concerning sinners. They shall be drowned.
28. When you and others with you embark on the ship say: “AlHamduliLlah Who has saved us from a sinful people.”
29. And say: “Oh my Rabb! Settle me in a blessed land, for You are the Best to establish.”
Will you not exercise restraint? Self-restraint <=> Personal responsibility <=> Self-regulation <=> Self-discipline
Few practise any of these, preferring other-control.
Ramadhan is one brief period when most Muslims exhibit any semblance of self-discipline and personal responsibility.
He wishes to assert his superiority over you. It is an irony that those who live in grand houses and preside over the affairs of the city should be concerned with any superiority ambitions of others.
They do feel threatened. Their sway over the populace is about to crumble and they will have none of it.
Incidentally, Muslims who utter those words these days are the very same obsessed with the domination of others.
Anyone who stands out is a threat to their inferiority complex.
Bihadza has been translated as such a man.
The dispute first and foremost is against the person of Prophet Nuh. Discredit him, and his Message falls.
So, the argument of the leaders is:
Why us when our forefathers experienced no such presence of a Prophet?
Why you when no Prophet to our knowledge came to our ancestors?
Why the sudden Prophet without an indication from our ancestors of your coming?
Moreover, are you not supposed to be an Angel instead of a man?
If Allah really wanted to communicate with us, He will have sent an Angel to impress us.
The desire to be bamboozled has a long history!
Put up with him a while. The current implication among Muslims is:
That dressing – Hijab and Niqab – is extremism.
With the war on terrorism, it is only a matter of time before Americans or the French arrest her.
She will be in police custody before you know it, if we do not kill her first.
They shall be drowned. This is the penalty for obstinacy. They will never change, even if given a fresh opportunity.
They refused to believe in Allah and His Revelation. There is no reason why they should believe in the penalty.
Belief in rewards and penalties arises only from belief in the Word of Allah as revealed to His Messengers.
Oh my Rabb! Settle me in a blessed land, for You are the Best to establish. A Muslim needs Allah’s Guidance to locate a conducive environment to live and raise children.
Much of the time, what is promoted as an Islamic environment is the worst kind of anti-Islam environment.
One realises this only on arrival after a long journey of hope.
Migration must always be away from the land of personal infringement to the land of personal freedom.
The usual migration from the land of sin to the land of Islam very much depends on one’s perceptions of sin and Islam.
To some, culture = Islam. Any Muslim arrivee or resident is subjected to the culture rather than to Islam.
To some, religiosity = sin, as religiosity is against the culture.
Personal freedom is, therefore, the best determinant.
It is then one’s responsibility to make the right choice to embrace obedience to Allah freely.
In the land of personal freedom, one expends less energy and resources fighting off the multitude intent on compelling one to conform to their misconceptions.
The migration from Mekkah to Medinah was as much from repression to expression as it was from sin to Islam.
Mekkah, then, was a city whose residents had to conform to the culture even after the commencement of revelation.
In Medinah, and although still surrounded by spiteful and pernicious enemies, Muslims had the personal freedom to worship Allah.