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    I AM A MUSLIM BUT ONLY BY NAME

    by a Sister.

    I am a Muslim, but only by name
    When it comes to practising, what a shame!
    I go to friends and relatives in suit and tie
    It's alright if I occasionally lie
    Yes I practise, BUT when it suits me
    Or more to the point, when it pleases society.
    If I show my ankles, they'll point and laugh
    They'll think it's too short and reckon I'm daft.
    If I trim my moustache and grow the beard
    They'll reckon I'm a fanatic or something weird.
    If I wear the sunnah I'll get great reward
    But the Kuffaar will look down on me, that I can't afford.

    Yes I'm a Muslim, but only by name
    I make excuses which I admit are rather lame.
    Yes I'm a sane man and I'm on the right track
    Who am I kidding, I feel like a right jack!
    To hide my inferiority complex I protest it's unimportant
    Though my heart screams to tell me I'm a blatant fraudulent
    The best thing is no-one can hear what's going on inside
    People think I've got it made and with my life I'm satisfied.

    But I'm afraid this is a fable and it's a pure deception
    I have no peace of mind but this I daren't even mention.
    If I remain ignorant it's OK, 'cos then I don't have to practise
    Yes I'm conniving and these are baseless evil tactics.
    But I read the Kalima and I think I have Imaan
    I can't help my attitude - I was placed in a Kufrstaan.

    Yes I'm a Muslim but only by name
    And with my precious life I'm playing a foolish disastrous game




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    "O people! Muhammad has no sons among ye men, but verily, he is the Messenger of Allah and the last in the line of Prophets. And Allah is aware of everything." (33:40)

    "The Hour will not come ... until nearly thirty "dajjals" (liars) appear, each one claiming to be a messenger from Allah." (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)
    22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

    #2
    Jazakallah khair! Unfortunately most of us do fall under the category of 'Muslims Only by Name'.


    May Allah (SWT) forgive us all & guide us all onto the straight path and keep us steadfast on it. Ameen.

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    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"
    (11:55-56)

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

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      #3
      Originally posted by Sadiaa:
      Jazakallah khair! Unfortunately most of us do fall under the category of 'Muslims Only by Name'.


      May Allah (SWT) forgive us all & guide us all onto the straight path and keep us steadfast on it. Ameen.

      Suma Ameen.... But Sista Saadia.... Don't you know it's wrong to say that most of us fall under that category? As only Allah (swt) is aware of everything, He knows us better than we do... Ever heard of the prostitute who went to heaven because her intention to feed a dog was sincerly because she had piety on one of Allah (swt)'s starving creation? Well there are many other stories of this kind... But I'm not saying that the people who do not practice Islam through out their lives until they see the death Angel will go straight to heaven, because evry one, at the time of death after seing the Angel of Death do bring Imaan, except that in some cases in just to late...


      [This message has been edited by Paxtani Mentality (edited August 09, 2002).]

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        #4
        Originally posted by Hinna:
        by a Sister.

        now that we have established that the writer is a "sister"

        lets look at some verses, and one that you will defintely enjoy.


        I go to friends and relatives in suit and tie


        when did suit and tie become unislamic? some people just take this too far.

        I mean poetic license is fine..but dunn just say crap just to rhyme.

        If I trim my moustache and grow the beard
        They'll reckon I'm a fanatic or something weird.


        indeed if a "sister" has a mustache and a beard, I would think there is something weird going on too.

        the rest is same ol same ol blah blah blah. self pity, whining and supposedly thought provoking stuff.

        This crap is not appealing. I would rather read an article written by a person who knows what he/she is talking about and can express it well without too much drama.

        The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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          #5
          i dnt think suit and tie iz unislamic,but ive heard ppl havin doubts regardind tht outfit resemblin non-muslims

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          "i LoVe ThE SOUND Of A BrEaKiNg gLaSS"
          ..walking on eggshells..

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            #6
            Fraudz
            I think “by sister” was just a typo

            Anyway, you have some interesting point about this article. The society has evolved where people are better educated and need a more dynamic discussion

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            There are no stupid questions.....but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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              #7
              google..nope it wasn't a typo

              Since we don't know the author, I don't think we can break-down what she meant by the "suit and tie" line. Perhaps it was a line that rhymed with the former? Who knows. I just think we all need to try and keep ourselves in check..and not be muslims just by name. Inshallah Allah swt will show us guidance.

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              "O people! Muhammad has no sons among ye men, but verily, he is the Messenger of Allah and the last in the line of Prophets. And Allah is aware of everything." (33:40)

              "The Hour will not come ... until nearly thirty "dajjals" (liars) appear, each one claiming to be a messenger from Allah." (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)


              [This message has been edited by Hinna (edited August 09, 2002).]
              22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

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                #8
                agree with u Paxtani Mentality

                thanks hina for sharing this...
                pretty disappointing haan

                If I wear the sunnah I'll get great reward
                But the Kuffaar will look down on me, that I can't afford.


                IF you are a sincere muslim why you worrying about what kuffars think... If Allah is happy then v shouldnt care about anything else..if you are scared about your job.. then its bad... cuz roozi/rooti Allah daita hia..

                my father has beared, arround 4 yrs back when v were planning to come to states, didnt get Visa that time.. so all my uncles they were keep insisting my dad to cut the beared cuz white mens in US embassy wouldnt really like it... so they wont give u visa though... cuz soem of the ppls i knwo they actually cut off their beard just to get US Visa(which is very shame cuz i guess once u grow your beard you shouldnt cut it.).. anyway.. my dad said the same thing.. i dun care what they think.. i dun care if they discriminate me n dun give me visa ... as long as i am pleasing Allah.. i will be fine.. and he knows what is best for me..

                so why we worrying about em..Kuffars are going to hell for sure.(welll.. i m no one to say this... cuz v never knwo who will pleased allah by his acts. n will go to heaven straight..)

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Hinna:
                  google..nope it wasn't a typo

                  Since we don't know the author, I don't think we can break-down what she meant by the "suit and tie" line
                  i am more concerned about the "sister's" mustache and beard problem.
                  The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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                    #10
                    Personally I dont care what clothes a person wears but what is in they're heart
                    I used to belong to a religion that thought such things were important and found that the people were incredibly self-righteous and small minded.
                    remember to a christian you muslims are going to hell ,and they think you are in the same position as you think the kuffar is.

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                      #11
                      Hina

                      but then there are some who will say just coming to a "non-muslim" country except for preaching or education is not allowed. I am certain they probably have some lame ass poems on that topic too.

                      Some of these people go too far, and then the basics...the essence of the religion..that is left behind..the rituals and the projections become important.

                      a few weeks back, in the middle of a gathering, a gentleman decided to give a lecture on prayers and reading quran to understand it..forced the parents to have their kids come and sit and listen to him. All the while he is saying this, I am wondering, prayer and reading quran and understanding it is important, but the gentleman in question is rude, is a physically abusive father and husband.

                      Thats just one example, there are way too many of us who may have the "look" and have jazakAllah, MashaAllah, InshaAllaha t the end of each sentence, but is that what Islam tells us to be.

                      I am tired of banner waving, book banging, johnny come lately mullahs who preach non stop but dont take teh time to understand the fundamentals of the religion..to be good human beings, to lead a useful life, to treat people well...

                      when they learn this, maybe the poems that they will write will have more substance, and less posturing.
                      The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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                        #12
                        mr fraudia, i guess one could say that the poem lacks substance, since it aims to get you guilty rather than motivated about being a muslim, but:
                        Thats just one example, there are way too many of us who may have the "look" and have jazakAllah, MashaAllah, InshaAllaha t the end of each sentence, but is that what Islam tells us to be.
                        whats up with this? Surely islam tells us to be a lot more but 1) you cant tell whats in that person's heart other than what he projects of it (this you prolly have no knowledge of) and 2) what the hell is wrong with remembering Allah(SWT) in each and every sentence?!

                        .. surely life is nothing more than a quest for the hereafter, then why whine if someone tries to instill islam in every movement of his?

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                          #13
                          what I mean is...we should practice what we preach...

                          and please refer to the whole haqooq Allah vs. haqooq al ibaad topic.

                          thsi is not to say that haqooq Allah should not be fulfilled, but it is to say that too many of us completely ignore haqooq al ibaad.

                          as far as what is in a person's heart i surely cant tell, but when u know that someone who says Allah Allah all the time yet acts in a way that totally is against the essence of islam then whats the use?

                          I am taking this a step beyond this poem...being a msulim isn name is not enough, true, but then being a muslim in "looks" is not enough either, and way too many people are stuck on that
                          The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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                            #14
                            definitely agree with THIS point.. acting and looking like a muslim are both important. but not all poems can aim to satisfy the same thesis, this one targets the looking like a muslim factor, i'm sure there are others which emphasize on being a muslim in actions.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Fraudz:
                              what I mean is...we should practice what we preach...

                              and please refer to the whole haqooq Allah vs. haqooq al ibaad topic.

                              thsi is not to say that haqooq Allah should not be fulfilled, but it is to say that too many of us completely ignore haqooq al ibaad.

                              as far as what is in a person's heart i surely cant tell, but when u know that someone who says Allah Allah all the time yet acts in a way that totally is against the essence of islam then whats the use?

                              I am taking this a step beyond this poem...being a msulim isn name is not enough, true, but then being a muslim in "looks" is not enough either, and way too many people are stuck on that
                              Taht's what I was thinking... pratice what you preach instead banging them all da tyme fo diz n dat and critisizing 'em

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