« on: March 18, 2012, 11:21:58 AM »
God through the Qur'an taught us patience, especially toward our fellow believers.
I've been reading this forum for a while, but only very recently have started posting. And I have to be honest, some of the things I read here depress me just as much as what I read on the Sunni/Shia forums.
If we claim to be bearers of the truth, the absolute truth that is God alone, then why do I see people saying things such as they don't want to be called Muslims, or they don't want to call their religion/belief system/deen/way of life Islam? Have we not read the Qur'an? Has God not defined such things for us already?
And that's not even my biggest complaint. My biggest complaint is this seeming sense of elitism that some -- not all, but some, seem to have about following God alone through the Qur'an, and the Qur'an only. Yes, it is a great shame that our brothers who label themselves sunni and shia and sufi and so on seem to believe that without hadith you cannot have Islam, but does that not mean it falls to us to try and show them the light?
And when I say show them the light, I don't mean just throw a bunch of illogical hadith in their faces and tell them it doesn't make sense. Ask them questions, 'Why do you need more than the Qur'an?' 'How can a hadith abrogate the Qur'an?'. If we do not know the answers to these questions already, and are incapable of proving the answers through Qur'an then we must go back to the drawing board and educate ourselves.
When I hear about these two things, it makes me think that a large amount of Qur'an alone Muslims don't care about their brothers. We'd rather just sit around on our high horses and poke them from afar, rather than walk up to them and help them remove the blindfolds from their eyes.
And yes, it is immensely painful when you have this discussion with someone and they say you have fallen into kufr. If it doesn't hurt you emotionally when your brother truly believes that about you then we are losing part of our imaan. Why? Because at the end of the day, you may have disagreements about some things, but you're still both Muslims. And when your Muslim brother or sister thinks that you are no longer worthy of that title it should hurt you because this isn't just that brother/sister's opinion, you know inside of yourself that others will hold that same opinion.
To come back to my first point, and to finish, we need to have patience. Patience is one of the most beautiful attributes of God, and although we can never be 'like' God, we can share in his attributes as he has blessed us the ability to exhibit them, if we let them, that is.
Please don't give up on the Ummah. Please. If we all just seclude/separate ourselves then nothing will change, and the Ummah will only become more and more blinded.