Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
I'll Never Stop Loving You.
Monday, July 09, 2007
You Don't Play Play With Aqidah.
And so you may wanna ask who is this Allah? Is He the same god the Christians pray to? Or the same god the Jews, the Hindus, the Buddhists or the Baha'is pray to? Why is it that to become a Muslim you must first deny the existence of any other gods? Why is it that you must never accept the notion Allah co-exists with gods the Christian pray to, and the Jews and the rest of the religions pray to.
And so you ask who is this Allah?
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only!
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
Surah Al Ikhlas
This is your Allah you pray to. This is not the same god that others pray to. He says so in Surah Al-Kafirun:
I worship not that you worship.
And nor you worship what I worship.
And I shall not worship what you worship.
And nor you shall worship what I worship.
For you, your religion. and for me my religion.
Or what about a guy who says god is a friend he turns to in times of trouble, a shoulder to cry on, someone he talks to when he's feeling under the weather. Is that who god is? A friend?
When you accept that there is no god except Allah, you put Allah above everything else. Above your mother or your father. Or your wife or your mistress, or your sports car. You even put Allah above logic. And so when Allah says pray five time a day, you pray and you don't question and you don't know why. When Allah says perform your Haj, you do it, walking around the Ka'abah 7 times and you don't know why. And when Allah Says to the Prophet Ibrahim, slaughter your only son Ismail, he does it without questioning. Yes, you put logic way down and Allah way up.
When you accept that there is no god except Allah, you become His servant, and He, your master. A servant, no matter who you are. You may be a CEO of an oil company or a president of the United States, a janitor of a school in Kudat. Or an accountant of an international audit company. No matter who you are as far as Allah is concerned, you are nothing but a servant. That's who you are, a servant. Worse off than the Indonesian maid. As a servant you don't ask questions, you accept everything in the Qur'an wholeheartedly and you are willing to die for what you believe in because this is same Allah who says that if you die defending Islam, the only rightful reward for you is Heaven.
Is there a god out there whom you accept as your Master you are willing to die for? The Christian in the Philippines are willing to be nailed to the cross but are they willing to die on the cross in the name of Jesus? The way 'Jesus' died on the cross and was left hanging there for three days that it left the world to move on without a god for a good three days. Which makes you wonder what kinda god is that when he dies, eats and drinks and goes to the toilet like you and me.
And so you ask who is this Allah? Why is He different from other gods? Why Allah warns you that if you as much as compare him with others, your rightful place in the hereafter is hell. If you happen to believe in the existence of heaven and hell, that is.
Maybe you have cooked up the notion of Allah in your head all by yourself while watching CSI New York. Imagining that He's cool about a lot of things that seem pretty harmless to you like missing a prayer of two because you are busy running a business, or watching a concert. You say, He's the forgiving kind so He won't mind. So you think because you consider him a friend, not Master. And since you don't consider yourself a servant because you don't like the idea of being submissive, and this whole concept about submission to you is no better than blind faith, you imagine god is as good as an open-minded dude who reads more than you.
Maybe you imagine Allah behaves like this in a situation like this, and behaves like that in a situation like that. Of course you cook up all this in your head because you consider it backward to study Tauhid, and you don't want to be all that Muslimic to have to go to the mosque to follow classes in Tauhid, Fiqh, Tassawuf, Tafsir and Hadith. You just wanna be a Muslim on a wedding day, hari raya and on the funeral day. For the rest of the time, you just want to be an open-minded Muslim who believe that religions are the same, all gods are the same, it doesn't really matter who you pray to as long as you pray to a god. Maybe you are not the same as the folks who carve gods out of wood, stones, cement, marble, jade or gold but in your mind you have a pretty good idea who god is according to your imagination and therefore you don't like it when you have to submit to Allah without a question or two since you are known to be the inquisitive kind, the intellectual kind. So you think.