“Because I am answerable to someone”

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A good friend of mine is a teacher at University. After what seemed like ages, me and another friend got to meet her and talk to her. So, like how all friends do when they meet after a long time, we joked around, bombarded her with questions and all sorts. When we asked her about her work and her students, this is what she said; ‘They are nice kids, but now and then they do some stuff and we have no say in it. Now I understand why teachers behave in a certain way with the students, even though it may seem wrong on the outside for her not to condemn them. Because, we are answerable to our managers.’

A short while after she said that last line, I had to leave her office, but not from pondering over what she had said.

Aren’t there times when we want to do something or act in a way or feel a bit uncomfortable with what we do? Take for example, your friends are planning for a movie night, which of course includes free-mixing, music and no chance of mentioning Allah or talking about the Aakihra etc. They are pulling you towards it, they tell you all sorts of things to make you go with them. And you get convinced, but your mother says no, and so does your Deen (religion).
Take another example, you are invited to a party, and there you meet one of your cousin brothers (if the one who is reading this is a brother, read: cousin sister) , and one of the aunties say : “Go child, he/she is your brother/sister go have fun with him/her, I still remember how you both used to play together when you were kids”
And the other aunties stare at you when you don’t go or are reluctant to go and hang out with him/her, a thought crosses your mind- why don’t I just go for the sake of the aunties out here?

Now, who told you not to free-mix or not to wear clothes that reveals the shape of your body, or not to go to a place where there is haram going on, or keep a distance from the opposite gender even if its your cousin, or obey your parents even if you don’t like what they say as long as it does not lead to haraam?

Your Creator, Allah.

He is the All-Knowing. He lays down certain rules for us to follow, so that we are successful in both worlds. He knows very well, that what he has forbidden us from doing will cause harm to us either in this world or the next. Because he is Al-Khaliq ( The Creator ) , and He is of all things aware.

Why then, are we hesitant to stay away from something that Allah has forbidden us to do?

Why do we question his commandments or doubt His rules set for our betterment when we don’t even dare question those above us, in position?

Isn’t Allah more worthy of being worshipped and obeyed and revered than anyone else in the world?

Don’t get me wrong, there is no harm in having fun or wearing fancy clothes as long as it does not cross the line set by Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم . But the next time you have fun or question the rules set by Islam or are hesitant to follow them, answer these questions for yourself:

Who am I doing it for?

Will Allah be pleased with me?

Will this take me to Paradise or Hell?

When you are tempted to take a step towards what Allah has forbidden, remind yourself of the ayah:

{قُل أذَلِكَ خَيْرٌ أم جَنَّةُ الخُلْدِ الَّتِي وُعِدَ المُتَّقُون كَانَت لَهُم جَزَاءً وَمَصِيرا}
Say. “Is that better or the Garden of Eternity which is promised to righteous? It will be for them a reward and destination.”

And if someone asks you why don’t you do this or that, tell them this:

Because I am answerable to my Lord, the King of all Kings.

{وَذَكِّر فَإنَّ الذِّكْرَى تَنْفَعُ المُؤمِنِين}
(And remind, for indeed the reminder benefits the believers.) [Surah- Ad-Dhariyaat : 55] 

– Ayisha Ishaq 

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