Review of chapter-109

Surah Al-Kafirun

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Islam is a religion that cannot be imposed on any individual. Rather the word “Islam” itself means submission. Therefore, to be a Muslim means that you consciously and willingly submit yourself to Allah… accepting Him to be the one and only being worthy of worship. True belief in Islam will automatically be reflected in one’s lifestyle; and makes a person clearly distinct from those who worship other things besides Allah. But then this manifestation of Islam often makes others quite uncomfortable because it exposes their own lack of faith. Therefore they try to prove that it is the same whether you act on your religion or not… The question is: don’t they realize how ridiculous it is to say that you believe in Allah but don’t believe in His commands?

The fact is that each and every person is worshipping one thing or the other. Therefore it is an impossibility that you believe in one Allah and then you worship other things as well… In order to declare this fact, Allah revealed this surah to our Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessings be upon Him) in which Allah commanded him to make it very clear to the non-believers that Muslims do not worship any other thing besides Allah:

قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ {1}
لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ {2}

Say: O unbelievers! I do not worship that which you worship

These days we hear a lot of stuff about creating a global village; So we have adopted the ways of the world without caring whether they are in accordance with our religion or not. Our first priority should have been Allah’s pleasure and if this had been the case then we would be very very careful of what we are taking from other cultures because they do not worship whom we worship so naturally their priorities cannot be the same as ours…

Fourteen hundred years ago our Prophet (s.a.w) said the same thing to those who claimed to believe in Allah, but instead of worshipping Him, they chose to worship idols…

وَلَا أَنْتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ {3}
وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَا عَبَدْتُمْ {4}

And you will not worship that which I worship. And I shall never worship those gods whom you worship

The basic reason due to which there is so much misunderstanding about religion is that on one hand we have “learned” to believe in Allah, but on the other hand we want to please other “gods”. A majority of people think of their culture and traditions as more important than any other thing… so they follow it “religiously”. Some others believe their self interest to be most important, so they are known as bold and courageous who can break the customs if it does not suit them… but for a Muslim, the most important thing is to obey Allah at all times… to seek Allah’s pleasure and to avoid His anger… this is their all time concern and every other thing becomes secondary… Obviously the reward for a believer is going to be totally different to those who did not make Allah their No-1 priority…

لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ {6}

To you be your religion, and to me mine.

As human beings it is our nature to seek rewards for everything that we do. We always do things to achieve something. That is why Allah made it so clear to us that different ways lead to different ends… so we must choose our destination sensibly and adopt the way which leads to it. May Allah give us the wisdom to make the right choice… ameen

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