Islaam when it first came about was something very strange and peculiar; even frustrating to some. At the time of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalaam there was so much jahiliya that when something as civilized as Islaam came along, it was bound to be made a target. Even today a Muslim is amongst one of the strangest things walking the Earth to non-Muslims. Some basic commandments of Islaam like praying five times a day is seemed to be so strange. Funny enough, some Muslims even stagger when they meet someone who prays five times a day..
“What you ACTUALLY wake up before the sun comes up?!”
“You wear a scarf on your head EVERYWHERE you go?!”
“..Brother c’mon roll down your pants..”
Mind you – it is also the other way around. Just because some are practicing does not mean that they have the right to look down upon someone because the other is not following what they follow.
“Brother, why your face clean shaven? ..Lookin’ like a sister.”
“Why is her hijab so colourful? She’s catching the glances of strange men.”
“Wow. Did you see that? He/she only prayed their fardh and not their sunnah!”
All these statements have come to my attention and I believe that some of us have lost our mind when we start degrading one another. That is not what the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalaam was saying when he proclaimed, “…so, give glad tidings to the strangers..”
Islaam is a matter of what is in your heart not only what you represent on the outside. And only another Muslim can understand what type of guilt goes through your heart when you disobey your Lord. Nobody else can understand what relief you feel when you bow down your head in prostration to the only One who deserves it. THAT is something an outsider will never understand. When you feel like the whole world is at your throat and things are just falling apart – just knowing that you have that brotherhood and sisterhood is what pulls you through.
The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalaam, “The Muslim Ummah is like one body. If the eye is in pain then the whole body is in pain and if the head is in pain then the whole body is in pain.”
And that my dear brothers and sisters is what it feels like to be a stranger – so, I would like to give you all glad tidings!