It's been said that Islam is an easy religion to follow. (I believe that was from the Quran.)
I'm finding the Quran easy to understand and follow (At least through the transliterated copy I have)
The rest (many of the customs, rules, practices) not so much.
So, hopefully it is correct, to say that while undertaking this process there is no reason to try to rush everything at once. Also, in the meantime, everything I do to follow Allah ta'ala is sufficient while I try to learn the rest.
I've had a few PM's with a member who has said this in various ways and I think it only sank in this morning. I think I have been spending too much time "sweating the details" and in some respects it has actually slowed me down.
This could be a long list, so I'll only list a few.
2. Salāh 5 times per day
3. Sāūm (Fasting esp. during Ramadan)
4. Udhiyā (Sacrifice)
5. Forming of Intention
6. Dua's when entering leaving the toilet.
7. Music (what is and isn't permissible)
I know some are indeed covered in the Quran, but not all of them.
Is the issue practicing them with others around or learning them?
If it's about learning them, then that's why I asked when you started to run. Before one could run, they would either need to crawl or walk first.
If it's about practicing then, it's not that difficult.
1. Wudhu (try doing this in the morning and learn about what breaks the wudhu)
2. Salāh 5 times per day (they don't have to be done on the dot, we are given plenty of time, funny how we find time to go out for a smoke. Fair enough to say it would depend on location)
3. Sāūm (Fasting esp. during Ramadan) (start with practice fasts. If some around you don't know about your faith, tell them you are doing the Christian fast. Also, many non Muslims fast during Ramadan to experience it and to be with their friends. it only comes once a year. Tell them your detoxing)
4. Udhiyā (g get this organised through reputable slaughter houses. You don't have to do it yourself or be there)
5. Forming of Intention (think it, intend it in your heart and do what you intended in your heart)
6. Dua's when entering leaving the toilet. (say then in English, it's Salah that needs to be done in Arabic)
7. Music (what is and isn't permissible) (try vocals nasheeds, those without human or nature sound effect and of course, listen to the Quran)
Another way to say this.
If I was still a Catholic, I would never attend a Latin Mass because I would have no clue what was being said, no matter how nice it may sound. (Supposedly it's beautiful in Latin if you believe in that.)
Majority of Muslims don't understand the Arabic, but they know of what they recite. They may have read it before hand so they get the idea. Otherwise, it's not a requirement.
As I said, it's the intention that's vital.
Read what they mean in Arabic, you don't have to learn a whole new language. Allah made Islam easy.
I could give you a letter in French and you could read the whole letter because you recognise the alphabet but not understand one word, similarly, that's how most non Arabs read the Quran. They've learnt the alphabet and learnt to read it without understanding unfortunately.
Same goes for most on this forum. Only a few know Arabic but others would know the meaning to its basic meaning.
In Islam, the halal is plenty and only few things are haraam. The things which are declared haram are harmful to us and hence are declared haraam. Besides, we have many halal alternatives to almost every haraam thing.
1. Alcohol is haram and we can see many accidents and crimes occurring due to the state of being drunk. However, water, milk, honey, sherbet, milk shake, juices etc are halal.
2. Girlfriends are haraam as women have rights too and they are human beings as well. A man can take advantage of a girl, use her and then throw her like a tissue to find some one else because there are plenty. However, a man has to take care of the needs and rights of his wife(s). Therefore, adultery is haram while nikah is halal and endorsed. So much so that according to a hadith, having sex with wife equals to sadaqa (charity). Plus! Family is the basic unit of a society and without the culture of healthy marriages no society can remain mentally, physically and emotionally strong.
3. Interest and gambling are haraam while trading and business and earning and expanding through halal means is legal in Islam. The economic recessions of the West despite of technological advancements explains a lot about the reality of capitalism.
4. If music is haram then nasheeds are halaal and vocal sounds like humming. The best sound pleasing to the ear is beautiful recitation of Quran with correct tajweed.
Islam is the best way of life and we are not required to be perfect. Our intentions should be correct, we should always strive to improve our intentions, character and actions and our present self should be better than our past selves.
Also, it is my experience that if we focus on the basics then it positively affects other aspects of our deen. After creed (aqaid) our main focus should be to improve our salah and rest of the things will become easier as a result and all things will start making sense.
Leaving sin is not easy. It takes time and effort. We must keep on repenting and keep on returning to the straight path. We must be determined , not to lose hope. Also, we must find halal recreation means to re energize ourselves so that we could face the daily challenges of life.
Remember one thing! Salah is the best communication, dhikr the best food of soul, Quran the best companion and Sunnah the best way.
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