Bismillahirohmanirohim (In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate)
In this entry, I'll be expressing from a slightly personal experience. Those who are close to me will understand that in the past 2 weeks, I have been apologising about some Islamic statuses that me and my wife made now and then. I apologised about it because some have misunderstood it and take it that we are a show off. To be honest, I'm not a pious person but I'm trying my outmost to be insha'Allah. I do not mean to be a show off "pious" person because I know there are tons of ustaz, sheikhs and imams out there who are waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy better than myself. Similarly like I've mentioned in one of my previous entries, there is no point to be the richest person on the planet because one day, there will be another person who will be richer. Therefore we could only do our best in certain things and appreciate what is given to us by Allah. The reason why I took 2 weeks to write this is because I do not want to write unnecessary stuff with my emotions. I needed to review it and think about it thoroughly with my mind rather with my heart.
Everything that I have written here is of my opinion from reading and researching from books written by scholars. I myself am not a scholar, ustaz, sheikh, or an imam and I have clearly stated in my previous entries. Whatever I have written is not even and does not qualify as a fatwa. Never anywhere have I written that me and my wife are hollier than others. We wrote and update our statuses because we are not that perfect muslims, we did a lot of mistakes in the past or even in the present and as a result we want to remind ourselves and others at the same time. Personally I don't update the facebook status that much as it is a joint account with my wife, but whatever I've learned, I teach it to my wife and then she updates the status whenever she wants to. But somehow we are often taken as a "show off" because of our islamic statuses.
Examples of statuses that was being looked at as a "show off":-
"Alhamdulillah, this morning we woke up feeling so thankful that Allah has chosen us as one of his Ummah that is leading towards the right path!" There are many ummah before us and Islam, and we are glad to be the ummah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad salallahualaihiwassalam which is leading towards the right path. The ummah before us was also leading to the right path in their time, i.e the ummah of Prophet Musa (Moses). We are glad to be the ummah of Prophet Muhammad salallahualaihiwassalam because even though we are the last ummah, we would be the first ummah to be entered into jannah (paradise), and we were merely expressing ourselves to be lucky to be in this ummah. If we do not believe that this ummah is in the right path, then there is no reason to believe in Islam. Never it was meant that we are the only one who are on the right path.
"It feels so good waking up at the calm of Subuh whilst everyone else is still asleep. The hectic worldly life becomes wayyy easier when we have worshipped him! Here's to our morning family jog! :)" If I'm not mistaken this status was updated during ramadhan. The Prophet salallahualaihiwassalam said, "Every night there is a special time during which whatever a muslim asks Allah subhanawata'ala of any good relating to this life or the hereafter, it will be granted to him; and this moment comes every night." Even though the status mentioned "subuh" it was because during the summer our night time is very short therefore it was very close to subuh/fajr. We are merely echoing/agreeing the saying of our Prophet salallahualaihiwasalam and we do not intend to imply that we are the only ones who wakes up for subuh/fajr. It is understood that every muslims should/obligatory wake up for fajr. The main point was, it is really true that there is a special time every night and during this special time it is very calm.
It would be really weird to justify every single statuses made.
Personally after taking my Masters in Islamic banking, I am more inclined to do researches on Islam and all these researches is written in my blog. Therefore if one looks through my blogs, one could see that entries like siwak or toothbrush (gold or fiat money), the recent controversial jerseys, another argument on islamic banks, in reference on "why is islamic home financing is haram?", reforming Islam, having doubts?, the importance of holy books and law shari'ah fiqh? The superiority of Islamic Jurisprudence & Law are all researches from my studies. My opinion of those who labels me a "show off" are of course against my blog(researches) and hence, they are also against my studies in Islam. Even though saying that, this is just my personal opinion as I cannot read their minds as I'm just another human being therefore only Allah knows best! As I've mentioned I am just another human being and I am also trapped into making assumptions but I do not intend to make it my final conclusion, therefore it is an open assumption and forgive me if I have assumed wrongly.
The last thing is, I've only written good things on Islam what it teaches us to do. All my opinions that I gave are mostly on the consequence of not following the teachings of Islam. I could take criticism if one were to criticise the content of an entry, for example:- what you have written is not really what the teachings of Islam meant, but to criticise my blog as a general does not justifies anything. I would be glad if there was a difference of opinion concerning the topics of my blog, so that there could be a discussion. I have written time and time again that if I have done any wrong in my writting, please correct me and yet most choose not to. I do not write or promote pornography, drugs or violence and yet my blog is being criticise unjustifiedly. The point of me writing all of my entries on a blog is so that one could read it willingly. If it is not of interest, then time was wasted reading this blog.
Hadith : Bukhari and Muslim
The Messenger of Allah salallahualaihiwasalam said: " Beware of suspicion, for suspicion (may be based on) the most untrue information; and do not spy upon one another and do not try to bare each other's hidden failings."
"O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it...But fear Allah: For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful." (surah al-hujuraat verse 12)
I do not know how to avoid from being suspicion in this case. In my opinion, no matter how sincere I write this blog, there will be some that sees it differently.
"Behold, ye received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things of which ye had no knowledge; and ye thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of Allah." (surah al-noor verse 15)
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah : "Beware of backbiting, for backbiting is more serious than adultery. A man may commit adultery, and drink, and then repent, and Allah will forgive him. But, the backbiter will not be forgiven by Allah until his companion forgives him." [Suyuti, Al-Jami` as-Saghir, 1/174, #2919, from Ibn Abid-Dunya, and Abush-Shaykh, Al-Tawbikh.]
I remind myself firstly that I should avoid doing such things and I advise others who have something against my blog, please confront me rather than asking others what is meant on my blog. Confront me so that backbiting may be avoided because I fear for you and backbiting is a serious matter in the sight of Allah. It doesn't make sense if I make a gadget and you ask the manual from a different person. I pray to Allah that I do not wish to be the one who backbites. Lastly, I would like to apologise to everyone that I may have backbite and for all my wrong doings.