I have had the opportunity to study with 46 different nationalities in my diploma program. I also live far from my country, but I do travel to Pakistan often and I am pretty knowledgeable about the customs and cultures there. Throughout my life, I have observed one thing…CHANGE!
Yes I have seen people changing, some groom into better personalities and develop better characteristics while others just live on without any purpose in their lives. I believe the CHANGE that people go through is a very important milestone in their lives and so it should be something that leads one towards success.
Now that I look back, I remember the people that I used to learn with, the best among them were the ones who had a solid personality, a down to Earth attitude, and humble nature. They would follow a set of rules, a culture they respected, a dress code they admired, a language they felt proud to speak in, and the country they belonged to.
But how would you think of someone with an Asian face, Canadian nationality, wears jeans, listens to Hindi songs, watches Hollywood movies, admires Indian actors, eats Spanish food, speaks in Arabic, befriends the Christians, celebrates Christmas, doesn’t turn up for prayer and calls himself a Muslim? This is my brothers and sisters a new change! Scary as it is, I am afraid to say it’s in like fashion these days. I want to ask these people: Which is the REAL you? And I am pretty sure they will come up with an answer with the worst sense of humor and stupid logic since they just don’t have any reason behind following and liking other cultures. Please keep in mind that it’s not bad to like other cultures but adopting one that completely contradicts your beliefs is just not right.
Islam is a complete package my dear fellows! It has the best for you and everyone else. What is there in other cultures and religions that impresses you and you can’t find that in Islam?
Talk about manners, the prophet peace be upon him is regarded the most influential person to have ever stepped on the phase of this Earth. His manners were that of the Quran.
Talk about modesty, have you ever observed how Muslim women wear clothes? They are modest in their way of dressing to the extent that whoever passes by them shows them respect. Muslim men show their modesty by keeping their gaze low as mentioned in the Quran: “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do” An-Noor [24:30] “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah that ye may attain Bliss.” An-Noor [24:31] Talk about keeping promises, Allah swt has ordered the Muslims to keep their promises.
Talk about cheating, prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم is reported to have said: Whoever bears arms against us is not one of us, and whoever cheats us is not one of us. (Saheeh Muslim)
Talk about lying, Prophet peace be upon him described lying as a characteristic of the Munafiqeen (hypocrites) in the following hadith: “There are four characteristics, whoever has all of them is a true hypocrite, and whoever has one of them has one of the qualities of a hypocrite until he gives it up: when he is trusted, he betrays; when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he disputes, he resorts to slander.”(Muslim) Talk about respect, Islam orders children to respect their parents, youngsters to respect their elders, students to respect their teachers.
Talk about helping, even moving something harmful from the way is considered as a good deed in Islam so you can imagine how much reward is for greater deeds.
Talk about happiness and love, Islam encourages us to love everyone for who they are, cover up their wrongdoings, help them when they need you, smile, shake hands, avoid backbiting, abstain from using abusing language.
Have you ever come across any culture so precise, detailed, clear and complete like Islam? No, you haven’t.
If the following question came to your mind: Are there any people who follow this culture? Then my answer to you is that you have caught yourself!! You call yourself a Muslim and you don’t find these in you, then you need to do some improvements with your character. BE YOURSELF! There is no nation with a more beautiful culture than you, so be proud of being a Muslim and follow Islamic culture where ever you are.
So do you still want to be a John Doe?
Faadi S Teppei