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Will you not abstain? - by Almas Qureshi (QI- 2016)

SubhanAllah, the opening verses of Surah Maida are so eye opening with several “oh” and “Ah!” and the “Think twice before accepting!” alarm that beeps within our nafs’. The question that immediately strikes is…Are you ready to jump in the pool of obedience to Allah?

We face many decision-making moments every day, being it as simple as debating between a red and blue dress for a gathering at your house. We ask close ones for advice and seek approval because in this case we have an alternative.

But, will you give yourself the same ‘logical approval’ before following Allah’s commands? Will you seek alternatives before obeying Him? Are you willing to follow the Sunnah completely?“And whoso obeys Allah and the (Prophetic) Messenger, they will be with those to whom Allah has shown favor, of the Prophets and the Truthful and the Martyrs and the Righteous, and the best of Companions are they!” (4:69)

Just as every verse of The Quran is such that takes you out from the darkness and leads you to the Light, these verses from 85-90 had the same impact on me.

“So because of what they said, Allah rewarded them Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise), they will abide therein forever. Such is the reward of good-doers. “ [5:85}“But those who disbelieved and belied Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they shall be the dwellers of the (Hell) Fire” [5:86]

As I stated earlier, your final decision of the color of your dress will get you a feedback and response from your guests. Similar is the jest of the verses 85-86! Your response of the truth received will have you end up in two complete different destinations; one sweetly good and the other bitter bad! So here’s when you face the ‘real- decision-making’ moment; sweet or bitter?

As we proceed, enlightening verses 90-91 takes us down the memory lane to our childhood days.“O believers! Wine and gambling and idols and divining arrows are only unclean things, a work of devil (Satan) then save yourselves from them, so that you may prosper. The Satan desires only to put hatred and enmity among you in regard to wine and gambling and to prevent you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer, will you not then abstain?”  [5: 90-91]

We did engage in quite some activities which is in the ‘NOT-to-do-list’. Chess? Ludo? Fortune cookie! Champ at all! Regrettably, this receptivity need to be faded away, and replaced with lots of Astagfaar!

But sisters, “let’s become anti-social” is NOT the solution. Islam only forbids us that which is not beneficial for us and our Aakhirah. Taking an example of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon him) : Among the sports activities that the Prophet (pbuh) was engaged in, interested in and encouraged people to do, were games that aimed to prepared people to war and that were called Games with a Purpose. They were also games like horse riding, archery, throwing spears, swimming, wrestling, horse and camel racing.The most common ones were running races. The Prophet himself raced with his wife, Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) several times.

Its our duty, being students of ilm, to try our best to change the people around us for the good, and follow the Prohet’s doings step by step. Abu Hurayrah said that the Prophet said, “The one who clings to my sunnah when the community is corrupt will have the reward of a hundred martyrs.” [At-Tabarani]

To end an overview of these beautiful ayats, it’s time we ask ourselves; How do we react when we hear a command from Allah? Complete submission, or ignorance? Are we ready to sacrifice our Duniya for our Aakhirah? Are we ready to abstain from that what is forbidden?

No, these are not questions to scare anyone, but just to get yourself realizing..and pondering.

“On those who believed and did righteous work there is no sin for what they have eaten when they fear and keep faith and do righteous work, again fear and keep faith, then again fear and remain righteous And Allah loves the, righteous.” [5:93]

May Allah always help us be Guided on the Straight Path and help us do whatever Pleases Him. Ameen.

Happy weekend! Assalamualikum

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