Deaf, Dumb, and Blind
Islam is a gift. I have always been reminded of this. If not by my parents then by the society I live in. Islam is the single most important aspect of my life. It is a guiding light, a hand-hold, strength and motivation. Islam is a friend who keeps you on the right track, it is a force that pulls you back into its warmth, not letting you go into the cold that comes from the loss of faith.
I realized the importance Islam plays in my life when I was in college. It was at a time when I was really looking deep into my being and asking why am I different from the majority of students around me? Why do I not have a desire to go to clubs, or bars? Why is it that as Muslims we don’t live for Friday night, getting drunk, waking up wasted, and having sex before marriage? What differentiates us from the rest of society? The answer has always been a reverberating, Islam.
We are living in a society that is malnourished, not in terms of food, but in faith, in cultural understanding, in education. I see more and more how the word we live in is driven by materialism, by greed, by associating a monetary value for life. Why else would we fight wars? Why else would we as a nation that is trillions of dollars in debt have the most advanced army in the world? Are we really fighting for justice, or are we instead killing people to protect the interest of a few? As Muslims we have to realize that we are different from this mind set. Our religion doesn’t teach us to kill for the sake of killing. It doesn’t teach us to eat for pleasure, to drown ourselves in materialism…rather Islam teaches us to attach our hearts to Allah and watch how the world will follow us. Islam teaches us to be leaders, not followers. We are not to follow the world, to chase after it with open hands grabbing greedily at everything our eye falls upon. People say freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to marry anyone we want…are these really freedoms? Or are we just becoming slaves to our desires? Islam elevates us, teaches us to not be a slave to these false illusions, to be a slave only to Allah. How can we be truly free if we are to follow a species that is by design imperfect? How can imperfection judge the imperfect? Its a broken system, lead by broken souls, followed by the deaf, dumb and blind who claim to be free.
Islam is a gift for us. It is a immense light of purity that we must constantly cultivate in our hearts, within our families, our communities. If we lose this light, we will become like those before us and those who will come after…slaves of a broken system that feeds its people with lies, clothes them with insecurities, and educates with false truths. Let’s be among those who Allah will give Paradise, for that is our final destination, our eternity of happiness.
– Omar Malik