Friday, October 21, 2011


A few weeks ago I heard a story at Jummah that really got me thinking. There was this Christian professor of Theology that asked his class one day how many people believed that the Bible was the Book of God. Everyone except a few renegades raised their hands. Then he proceeded to ask his class how many students read Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and other popular books of that sort. Everyone raised their hands. Then he finally asked his students how many of them had read the Bible cover to cover. One student raised his hand, and he was an Atheist. 

The brother leading the Khutbah then asked us if we thought we were any better... are we any better? I mean how many of us can honestly say that we read the Qur'an cover to cover and understood the Divine words of Allah SWT? Or even attempted to understand? And let's not make excuses for ourselves. I get it, we may have some obstacles 'preventing' us from reaching that understanding (some more than others) but we can't make excuses. On Judgment Day what will we tell Him? Would we even dare to make an excuse then? The Qur'an is more than a system of beliefs, it is a way of life. 

Granted, a lot of Muslims cannot read Arabic, and many may read Arabic but cannot understand it, but at the end of the day these are just obstacles, not impossibilities. We have resources, an abundance of resources in fact. There are books on translations and tafsirs, classes available for tafsir (online and offline), so there are options available. We need to make use of these tools before our time is up. This reminder is first and foremost for myself, because I am more than lacking in this area, but I have to change while I still have the chance insha'Allah.

Don't allow yourself to make any more excuses. Don't give yourself that option. All you have to do is make a choice to change for Him. It's that simple.

May He guide your way and show you the light <3 

Jummah Mubarak!


A Muslimah