« on: November 02, 2006, 07:18:43 PM »
I'd like to know other people's point of view on "struggling".
Although I believe in Allah and the Qur'an with all my heart, I find myself going with the flow of my environment - which doesn't always flow parallel with the right path.
For instance, I could eat only halal food, but then I would probably never have dinner with any other member of my family, and most likely drive my husband insane. In America, Beef and Pork are everywhere... if it doesn't have bacon bits on it then it's blended with pork or soaked in blood. I try as often as I can to stick to seafood or veggies or poultry (because I haven't heard of non-halal poultry). However, there are days when I want a warm breakfast... I need one to keep on moving, and I stop for a typical breakfast sandwich.
Am I struggling? Supposedly, I can eat anything just so long as I am struggling and not doing it because I really like it, want to eat it, or don't care about Allah's law. I am hungry... and I have a duty to my home, my work... etc. I can't be running around too much just to find the right food.
Same for clothing... in America... they don't sell conservative women's clothing... just check out those "butt wraps" - you can't even call them skirts anymore because they don't go half way down the thigh. Of course I never wear those things... I pick the most conservative that I can, but I certainly can't dress like I'm from Jeddah or Damascus.
Am I struggling? Am I struggling by trying to be a muslim in a non-muslim world?
I don't want to say to God that His path wasn't convienant, but I know He doesn't want it to be a hardship where I loose focus on the purpose.
I'm a bit torn here... how do you all feel about these questions? - especially those of you living in America.