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April 11, 2012

“In Islam, we are all responsible”

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Photo Courtesy of Sarah McCaw]

[Note: Yes, I’m going to be a good girl and start giving credit to the owners of the images that I use in my posts.]

That’s what a friend of mine (you know who you are) said.

What she meant was that none of us have any excuse not to practice Islam or say that we didn’t know (generally speaking, of course).

Let me give you a real life example. A woman came up to a famous Islamic lecturer and said: “I’m a born Muslim but my parents didn’t teach me anything about Islam.”

His reply?

“My parents weren’t even Muslims.”

Subhan Allah, we really need to dwell over this.

Many people blame their families, communities, secular education, etc as the reasons for their lack of knowledge about Islam.

Well, that begs the question: What stopped them from taking the steps to seek knowledge and apply Islam after they grew up? Aren’t they now responsible for themselves? They can’t lay all the blame on others!

Many people wish they had been taught Islam in childhood. 

“If only…”, they say.

Musa (alaihissalam), one of the five greatest people to walk on this planet, was raised in the house of Pharaoh.

Ibrahim (alaihissalam), the second greatest person to walk on this planet, was the son of an idol maker.

Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), the greatest man to walk on this planet, also came from a family that worshipped idols.

[Please note: The Prophets never worshipped anyone other than Allah even before Prophethood, not even for a minute.]

So, which “religious practicing” families did they come from?

Also, what about the Companions of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)? Many of them were not born into Islam. They accepted Islam much later on in life.

Despite this, all the above people (the Prophets and the Companions) were the most knowledgeable people this planet has seen.

Apart from them, there are other stories in the Quran and Sunnah about people who didn’t know the Straight Path but strove to find it, despite being surrounded by a non-Islamic society. Here are four of those stories.

So, I think that it’s time to stop laying the blame on others and take responsibility for our own actions.

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