It’s another Saturday night and everyone is on the buzz. You’re dressed to kill, so you are probably expecting a few appreciative glances. Your insight into your future stretches as far as this: Popcorn, Coke, a good movie and maybe some coffee afterwards. If you are one of the more adventurous ones, your evening ends at the nightclub.
There is nothing extraordinary about this scene, except for one significantly, ill-fitting detail…. you happen to be a Muslim. Now, there is something seriously wrong with this picture.
- My dear brothers and sisters, what are we doing with this gift of life we have been given? Why have we merrily joined the mindless mass and allowed ourselves to be brainwashed by the kuffar and their sordid western lifestyles? We insolently spit in the face of our perfect Deen in an attempt to “enjoy our lives” and to “live it up while we can”. We seem to have forgotten the inevitable reality: all life ends in death. The undeniable fact is, you don’t know if you are going to reach home tonight and you don’t know if you will wake up tomorrow. So when your ears can’t hear and your eyes can’t see and when the body you used to indulge in haraam with can’t feel anymore, and when your soul is before your Sustainer, what will you present before Him? A truckload of movie-stubs? A lifetime supply of sin?
- I write this not with malice or pride, but with humility and concern. I have been where you are now and I regret my actions so much, that it has motivated me to do this. If you have any love left in your heart for your Creator, you will know what you are doing is displeasing Him and inviting His wrath. Up until now He has been so kind and merciful to us, even though we are undeserving, but when His punishment descends, there will be no escaping it. He has the power to crush us like the insignificant insects we are, but He does not. He grants respite, but know this:
“… whosoever does good, the weight of an atom, shall see it, and whosoever does evil, the weight of an atom, shall see it.” (Qur’an).
- This is our Allah’s promise. Our lives could be so gratifying and uncomplicated if we followed our perfect Deen, the Deen propagated by our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The same Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who spent the whole night in salaah repeating the same verse over and over again: “If you punish them, they are your servants, but if you forgive them, You are magnificent, the wise.” (Qur’an)
- All this, so he could gain intercession on the Day of Judgement for us, his followers, his Ummah. How have we repaid him? We disobey him and his Master, and we love what he hated and hate what he loved. When our deeds are presented before Him on Mondays and Thursdays how hurt He must feel? When we are raised up, how will we face Him? My brothers and sisters, change the direction of our lives, change your aims and ambitions. If I, who committed all kinds of unspeakable acts, can do it, so can you.
“Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful.” (Qur’an)
- This immoral life you are leading will never give you any satisfaction. It is like trying to quench your thirst with salt water, it only makes your thirst more demanding. Make the change, and I take an oath, you will never taste such sweetness nor will you ever feel such fulfillment.
- Many of you will be enjoying a hearty laugh at this attempt of mine; I salute you and wish you good luck. But those who feel, even slightly, that I have spoken the truth, you owe it to yourselves to think about what you are doing or about to do, and to say to yourself:
“Islam is my religion, it entails enjoining good and forbidding evil. I will throw off these mental chains the kuffar have put on me and I will live my life like a Muslim!