And again.. I read status of my facebook friend. She wrote that she didn’t agree with the statement “Don’t judge islam by judging muslim”. I kinda agree and at the same time disagree with her.
I kinda have this habit to review the status of my friends. Am I considered as a keyboard warrior now? I hope not >_<
Okay, why do I agree with her?
I have this analogy. We love to read the testimony first when we want to buy something. For example, um.. let’s say Herbalife. We will search for herbalife page, read the advantage bla bla bla and then we will read the testimonials! We see our friends lose weight in 1 month, some are slower than others etc. So based on that, we will choose either we want to consume the herbalife or not.
Same like religion, as a human, we tend to see how the attitude of people of this religious. Because, being a religious person means we believe with what that religion offers us, and automatically we will do what the religion taught us. We are the reflection of our own religion. If you don’t want people to misunderstand about your religion, be a good example. Show them what your religion has taught you. If you keep showing bad examples and do bad deeds, how people around you suppose to think good of your religion? A bad driver could make people curse at a good car he drives.
Why did I disagree at the same time?
Because islam isn’t herbalife. It is not a product. Herbalife is created based on the research of the physiology of a human. They plays with human metabolism, which is more objective. Good metabolism, good effect!
But what about religion? It plays with your heart, your soul, which is in this case more subjective!
People say “learn religion with your heart, not your brain”
The guidance (hidayah) is given by Allah to whom He chooses. ( and of course, we need efforts to be chosen by Him)
“O you who believe! If you help (the cause of) Allah, He will help you and make firm your feet”
Nowadays, people became muslim mostly by inheritance. Some of us are muslim by name, but not by actions. But that is the biggest nikmat and gift Allah had given to us. Born as muslim is like winning one million without a single effort (and of course even one million doesn’t worth born as muslim). But, human always take for granted something that they get easily. Born as a muslim doesn’t make a person a real muslim. Again with the analogy, even a person is has 1 million dollars without a single effort being done, he still needs to spend it wisely, and if he spends it badly on sinned things, he is not a good person. Same with a born-muslim. You need to work to become a better muslim.
Nabi Muhammad s.a.w once said in the hadis, “..there will be one day that muslim will be like bubbles in the ocean…..”
Large in quantities but no quality.
So, it is not fair for islam to be studied only by looking at the muslims. Study islam, don’t study the muslims. Because muslims aren’t perfect.
But, to my muslim friends n me, please, that is not an excuse for us to escape from being a real muslim. Work towards that! Become one! Don’t let people misunderstood our religion over and over again!
So, that is my two cents. Well more like fifty cents now. xD
Being a keyboard warrior is really easy *looking at the mirror* *sigh*
But remember, better being a keyboard warrior than being a silent warrior.