بســــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــم الله الرحمن الرحــيــم

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله وبركاته

Let’s just say there are things in Islam which are ,for the lack of a better word, a bit sweet. Such as Allah being Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem, Paradise, Laylatul Qadr, Hajj, being rewarded for every letter of the Quran we recite and did  mention Paradise?

And then there are things in Islam which are, for the lack of a better word, sour or even bitter. Such as Allah being Maaliki Youm-id-Deen, Riba being haram, Hell fire, people going in Hell, lowering your gaze and did I mention Hell?

Check this out, whenever I update my facebook status with Islamic content which is sweet, it usually results in a lot of likes. However, whenever I update my facebook status with Islamic content which is sour/bitter, let’s just say there aren’t as many likes. Furthermore, whenever we organize an Islamic lecture at our university, the attendance skyrockets for topics such as “Science & Islam” and  “Freewill and Predestination” but when the topic is something like “Academic Integrity” (which refers to cheating which almost everyone in the university does), let’s just say that the attendance is rather tragic. Are you seeing the theme developing?

Let’s cut to the bone, I don’t like name-calling but there is a disturbing trend among many Muslims (the general masses as well as famous scholars, speakers and Da’iees) which relates to not showing Islam in it’s entire true picture. Basically saying to people what they like to hear. You know we can talk about praising the Messenger ﷺ but when was the last time you heard this hadith in any context of the Messenger ﷺ :

adith – Sahih Bukhari, 2.468, Narrated Samura bin Jundab, r.a.

He speaks of in a dream related to the Prophet (SAW) that there is a river of blood and a man was in it, and another man was standing at its bank with stones in front of him,facing the man standing in the river. Whenever the man in the river wanted to come out , the other one threw a stone in his mouth and caused him to retreat back into his original position.The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him was told that these people in this river of blood were people who dealt in Riba (usury).

Coincidence? I don’t think so. In the study tafsir of Surah Baqarah at Bayyinah T.V., Ustadh Nouman told us about a conversation which occurred on a flight which had a stop at Las Vegas. It was about 2 people and a Rabbi who were sitting in front of Ustadh Nouman. The 2 people told the Rabbia that they were going to Vegas to do gambling and “some other sins” and asked him if they were going to Hell. The Rabbi replied, “Well as long as you don’t hurt someone…”. Are you kidding me??

People with the mic usually tell people what makes them happy. What people like to hear. What they want to hear. Yes all the sweet things are true, but Islam has both the sweet as well as the sour/bitter elements. It’s unacceptable for us to become extremists in such a critical matter and the balance has to be taken straight from the Quran & Sunnah. There are Ayaat and Ahadith about sweet as well as sour/bitter things and we shouldn’t be afraid not ashamed to stand up for and speak the truth.

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