Are We Born As Muslims
Are we born as Muslims?
By Salsabil Naim
نشرت فى مؤسسة أبيم الماليزية
The answer is YES and NO.
We are born Muslims.
Every thing, which is created by Allah is a Muslim. Everything in this world is submitted to Allah’s law and obeyed Allah. This includes mountains, trees, animals all are Muslims since they were created and born. Even the Christians, Jewish, George Bush and Ariel Sharon were Muslims when they were born.
“Every child is born on Al-Fitrah [true faith of Islamic Monotheism (i.e. to worship none but Allah Alone)] but his parents convert him to Judaism or Christianity or Magianism, as an animal gives birth to a perfect baby animal. Do you find it mutilated?” (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Hadith No. 467) and Muslim 4:2047,2048
So set you your face towards the religion (of pure Islamic Monotheism) Hanif (worship none but Allah Alone). Allah's Fitrah (i.e. Allah's Islamic Monotheism) with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in Khalq-illah (i.e. the religion of Allah- Islamic Monotheism); that is the straight religion, but most of men know not. (tafsir At-Tabari-one of Tabi'en)
We can see that "the pattern on which Allah has made mankind" refers to the basic nature of man, and "setting the face steadily and truly to the Faith" is called "the standard religion." "The standard religion" is the same as The Religion or the Primordial Religion of mankind, which is mentioned in another verse that means:
'And when your Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their backs, their descendants, and made them bear witness against their own souls: Am I not your Lord? They said: Yes! we bear witness. Lest you should say on the day of resurrection: Surely we were heedless of this. (Al-A'raf 7:172)
Commentators say that the above verse refers to a covenant taken by God from the whole of humanity, without any limit of time. In other words, man in his essential and original purity of soul has acknowledged his Creator. But later after his birth when he has grown up, he is in a state of "forgetfulness" as it were. And when he is reminded of his duty to God, he ought to know the truth of that in the heart of his hearts, unless he "covers up" this innermost truth.
Thus Allah in the Qur'an makes it clear to us that the basic nature of man in his purity must acknowledge Him as the One and Only Creator and Sustainer. Studies of cultural anthropology and social history also bear out man's yearning for a Spiritual Unity. What is more, the latest findings in ecological studies stress the essential unity and uniformity in nature and the universe, which implies a Single Ruler of the universe.
I created my servants Hunafa (i.e. Monotheists), then the Shaytan misled them from their religion. (Muslim 4:2197)
Are we born Muslims?
I would say NO, if we believe that we are automatically Muslims when we are born in Muslim families. We are not born-Muslims just because we are born is a Muslim family as we do not inherit Islam from our parents. It is the education at home, the curriculum at school and the environment that determine whether we are Muslims or not. We are Muslims ONLY IF we understood the meaning of Tawheed and APPLY the meaning. For example, the wife and son of Prophet Noah ‘alaihi salaam were Non-Muslim although they were a son and a wife of a prophet. The son did not inherit Islam from his father. By having a father who is a prophet, mufti or a great Islamic scholar does not make some one becomes Muslim if he himself does not understand the meaning of Tawheed and NEVER APPLY the meaning. Even if, we apply 99% of Tawheed, it does not make us Muslims as Islam need to be practiced and taken TOTALLY. Anyone who objects (kufr) Allah, he/she should be objected and should be considered as the enemy of Allah regardless he is our beloved one, even though he is the son or father or husband or brother. As much as possible we invite them to ISLAM and to WORSHIP Allah alone.
"You will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Last day loving those who resist Allaah and His Messenger; even though they were their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their relatives." [Soorah Al-Mujaadalah 58:22].
"O you who believe! Do not take as intimate friends and protectors your fathers and your brothers, if they love unbelief over faith. And if any do so, then they are the wrong doers." [Soorah At-Tawbah 9:23].
Take an example of Nabi Ibrahim, how much effort and time he spent to persuade his own father to become a Muslim, to invite him to worship Allah.
Please refer any tafseer of Surah Al-Mumtahanah : 4
‘Indeed there has been an excellent example for you in Ibrahim (Abraham) and those with him, when they said to their people: “Verily, WE ARE FREE FROM YOU AND WHATEVER YOU WORSHIP BESIDES ALLAH, WE HAVE OBJECTED YOU, AND THERE HAS STARTED BETWEEN US AND YOU HOSTILITY AND HATRED FOR EVER UNTIL YOU BELIEVE IN ALLAH ALONE” –except the saying of Ibrahim (Abraham) to his father, “Verily, I will ask forgiveness (from Allah) for you, but I have no power to do anything for you before Allah. Our Lord! In you (Alone) we put our trust, and to you (Alone) we turn in repentance, and to you (Alone) is our final return.
Everything in this world is governed by Allah’s rules. These included the solar system, ecology system, gravity; orbits of the planets, our blood circulation, our heart beat and even the blinking of our eyes all are bound to Allah’s rules. The literal and full meaning of Islam is ‘a total submission/surrender/ resignment to Allah ’. So those who submit to Allah totally are considered as the Best Muslims. The least submission is to know and to apply Tawheed and avoid things, which will break (nullify) shahadah.
How can we consider ourselves as Muslims?
The answer is, when we understand the meaning of ISLAM, ‘Laa Ilaha Illallah’, the meaning of Tawheed and APPLY the meaning.Some one is called a Muslim when he/she has the Islamic Tawheed in his/her heart, mind and acts. We differentiate him/her according to what appear to us through his/her acts and sayings. Even the Christians are born Muslims and after they reach the age of adolescent or puberty (the age when some one who is able to conclude the existence of Allah-The Creator, to think what is good or bad, right and wrong), every one should be able to think and choose his way. So we are not Muslims because we are born on fitrah. Otherwise every one in the world, even those who worship sun are born Muslims. Through the education of the fathers and mothers who follow the principles of non-Islamic life people become Non-Muslim (non-Muslims). So we have to analyze what are we following, is it Islam, which Allah asked us to do? Or we are Muslims by names.
The Law of Allah is the MOST PERFECT
The characteristics of Allah’s rules are harmony, organized, peaceful, full of justice and loving, as Allah is Ar-Raheem, Lord of Love. The rules of Allah is to ensure that every of His creatures such as plants, animals, human being and others, who/which live in this universe live peacefully, organized, harmony, full of justice and loving each other.
For example, the plants, how do they obey Allah’s rules? During spring season, the plants will grow flowers, during fall, all its leaves fall and during summer, the leaves grow again and so on. They never become disobedience to Allah except human being.
'To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and earth. All are obedient to Him.' Ar-Rum: 26
Whatsoever is in the Heaven and whatsoever is on the earth glorifies Allah. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. Surah As-Saff : 1
Whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth glorifies Allah, the King (of everything), the Holy, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. Surah Al-Jumu'ah : 1
Anything, which distracts or disturbs the systems of Allah will cause disharmony to all creatures in this world. If human beings are inhuman to animals, for example by killing the wild animals without control, it will disturb the food chain and eventually will cause troubles to the human being. If men are careless and pollute the atmosphere, it will disturb all systems, the plants, animals, human beings and all in the planet as a whole.
“Evil (sins and disobedience to Allah) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds), that He (Allah) may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allah and begging His Pardon) Surah Ar-Rum: 41
Before human beings were created, Allah has created all the sustenance more than sufficient for them such as plants and animals, even the composition of air (atmosphere) and water and all are proportionate and perfect. Allah created the sun to give light and heat with suitable temperatures to all living things on the earth but only a few are thankful to Allah Ar-Rahman, The Most Gracious!
Every entity in this world is related to each other and follows the rules of Allah. If there is a default made to one of His systems, it will cause some effect and default to other systems. His creations and His rules are PERFECT as Allah is the Most PERFECT. Therefore, a human being can never try to change or manipulate anything of His Laws and can never behave as if they are cleverer than Allah.
Surah Al-Mulk : 1-4
Blessed be He in Whose hand is the dominion and He is Able to do all things.
Who has created death and life that He may test you which of you is the best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft Forgiving.
Who has created the 7 heavens one above another, you can see no fault in the creation of the Most Gracious. Then look again: ‘Can you see any rift?’
Then look again and yet again: your sight will return to you in a state of humiliation and worn out.
The meaning of Love
To love Allah as our top love is one of the conditions of ‘La ilaha illallah’. All love of His creations is meant for Allah ONLY. For human beings, their love should only for Allah. If they love Allah’s creations, the love for His creations should only for Allah’s sake. Allah’s creations include everything in this world, our beloved one like mother, father, family, wife or husband, children and wealth, beloved friends and etc.
If they are not in real submission to Allah, this love should be resisted and directed to be a feeling and energy of hoping, willing, pushing and persuading them to be Muslims otherwise we resist this love and consider them in other face, like what had happened to Messenger Nouh peace be upon him and his son, like Messenger Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam and his uncles, mother and father and like Messenger Ibrahim ‘alaihi salaam and his father.
"Say (to them O Muhammad, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam): 'If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, your possessions that you have gained, commerce you fear may slacken, and dwellings you love, if these are dearer to you than Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and to struggle in His Way, then wait until Allaah brings about His Command (Punishment). And Allaah guides not the wrong-doing people.'" [9:24]
To worship Allah means to LOVE Him. To love Allah means to obey His rules. If we found any of His creations including our beloved one objected Allah (kufr), we have to object them. Kufr means objecting Allah by many ways such as disobedience to His Rules, to make the religion of Islam as a matter of jokes, to feel and to say the religion of Allah is incomplete, backwards, not relevant and etc. This is the true meaning of worshipping. When we love Allah, we have to be away to those who object Allah (Kufr to Allah) even though the person is our beloved one.
Why I explain this concept of Love is, as it is very strange and cruel for those who never understand the meaning of Tawheed, to say to those we love as Non-Muslim even though obviously they object the oneness of Allah but think carefully, if we are true Muslims who love Allah the utmost, this is a requirement. Never forget our duty to invite people to Islam, to worship Allah Alone, this is the true meaning of Love, Love for Allah and Love for our beloved ones i.e. not to leave them in the darkness and kufr. We should have this feeling that the responsibility falls on our shoulder and feel worry and sad that they are going to the Hell.
The saying of the Prophet sallahu alaihi wassalam,
"The firmest bond of Faith is to love for the sake of Allah and to hate for the sake of Allah."
In another hadith reported by Abu Dawud, the Prophet (SAW) said,
"Whosoever loves for Allah, hates for Allah, gives for Allah and withholds for Allah has perfected faith."
Who are Non-Muslim?
This concept is very important to understand why we have to say to some people as Non-Muslim, (if it is justified that they are Non-Muslim). People become Non-Muslim by three ways.
Firstly, is I’tikaad (creed = view = belief in the heart and mind) i.e. the inner thoughts or feelings. This type is difficult to know, as it is in the people’s minds and hearts and only Allah knows this. Others are by words and action. We can judge people as Non-Muslim(disbelievers) through their words and actions. If they clearly object the Law of Allah, through their words and actions directly and indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, we have to do takfeer to these people and be away from them (to do Baraa’) even if they are joking. As we are asked in the Quraan (to be on the religion of the Prophet Ibrahim the real Tawheed) to take action to anyone who is not practicing Tawheed, we have to differentiate between people to determine who are our brothers and sisters and to give them brotherhood (walaa) and determine non-Muslims and to do baraa’ (being away from their corrupted view and to describe them as Allah said. The last but not least, it is our duty to invite them by wisdom but with the clarity of their situation.
If we understand the conditions of ‘La ilaha illallah’, the concept of Tawheed, the Concept of Wala’ and Bara’ to define some one as a Muslim and non-Muslim is the main thing to know who is really your brothers and sisters in Islam and who are the enemy of Allah. We need to know also who are the tyrants (false gods) and to object all these tyrants (Kufr bi At-Taghoot).
Under the concept of Wala’ and Bara’, briefly we have to give Wala’ (obedience and their rights as Muslims) to all who worship Allah and to do Baraa’ (to be away) from those who object Allah. Certainly, before we apply the concept of Wala and Bara’, firstly, we have to define whether some one is a Muslim or non-Muslim (Non-Muslim). If not, ‘To whom we should give Wala’ and to whom we should do Bara’ if we do not define some one as a Muslim or Non-Muslim? This concept is part our shahadah ‘La ilaha illallah’ and the requirement to apply the concept of shahadah. The Guidelines to define who is worshipping Allah and who object Allah are very clear. (If we want to search and study the proof. If we care of our religion and if we care ourselves as Muslims)
Tawheed is a clear concept and it is unchanged since the time of Prophet Noah sallallahu ‘alaihi wassalam until the Day of Judgment. All the Prophets of Allah brought the same message, the same Tawheed that was to WORSHIP Allah alone. There is no difference in Tawheed between the main 4 mazhab (school of thoughts). However, every Islamic groups has their own definition of Tawheed and this is where we need to go back to our original sources, Al-Qur’an and Sunnah to seek proofs.
إِنَّآ أَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَـبَ بِالْحَقِّ لِتَحْكُمَ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ بِمَآ أَرَاكَ اللَّهُ وَلاَ تَكُنْ لِّلْخَآئِنِينَ خَصِيماً
“Surely, We have sent down to the Book (this Qur'ān) in truth that you might judge between men by that which Allāh has shown you, so be not a pleader for the treacherous. (4:105),
وَمَآ أَنْزَلْنَا عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَـبَ إِلاَّ لِتُبَيِّنَ لَهُمُ الَّذِى اخْتَلَفُواْ فِيهِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ
“And We have not sent down the Book (the Qur'ān) except that you may explain clearly unto them those things in which they differ, and (as) a guidance and a mercy for a folk who believe. (16:64)
وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الذِّكْرَ لِتُبَيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ مَا نُزِّلَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُون
“And We have also sent down unto you the Dhikr [reminder and the advice (i.e. the Qur'ān)], that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them”
Some so-called ‘Islamic groups’ may omit some part of the concept and they leave some part of Tawheed to suit their vague group objectives. They do this either on purpose or just because they are ignorant. Shall we ask these so-called Islamic Groups what sorts of Islam are they striving for if they leave some part of Tawheed? What is Islam without Tawheed?
At school is even worse, after colonization in any Muslim countries, the real concept of Tawheed has been erased totally. What we learnt at school was, to be a Muslim is by only fulfilling all the 5 rukun, saying shahadah, praying 5 times daily, fasting, to give zakat and pilgrimage. That was it! Easy! We are Muslim already when we have fulfilled all the 5 rukuns and Be Happy! And Do Nothing else!
The disbelievers had done many stages to make the Muslims forget the religion of Islam. Firstly, they try to abolish, corrupt and change the Qur’aan. It was not succeeded as Allah has guaranteed that Al-Qur’aan will be preserved until a certain time before the last Hour.
Second stage, was to abolish Arabic in non-Arabic countries and to spoil the Arabic language in Arabia countries. This was done to make the Muslims illiterate to Al-Qur’an and not be able to understand what is written and required in Al-Quran. They are successful in separating the Muslims with the Holy Qur’an, which is the guidance and miracles for Muslims.
Other step was to separate the children from the religious families. They made many boarding schools in many colonized countries and select the most intelligent students and put them into those schools and educate them to be the people, who will continue the ideologies of the colonists. Their ideologies include secularism, nationalism, materialism, democracy system, communism and etc. The curriculum at school, all are controlled and programmed by the Non-Muslim.
The Problem of the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad sallallahi ‘alaihi wassalam nowadays
1. The ummah do not know the real meaning of Islam.
2. The ummah do not know the importance of Al-Qur’aan and Sunnah.
3. The ummah do not know what is the borderline to be Muslims.
4. The ummah do not know the real meaning of Tawheed.
5. The ummah do not realize that they are ignorant (Jahil).
6. The ummah do not realize that they are living in Ignorance (Jahiliyyah).
7. The ummah are arrogant, rigid (assabiyyah) with their race, tribes, lineage, sects, Islamic Groups, nationality and etc.
8. The ummah know they are ignorant but lazy to search for the truth.
9. The ummah adore this world more than the Hereafter.
10. The ummah do not know why they are created into this world.
11. The ummah do not know what is the purpose of life.
Let us define ourselves whether we are a Muslim or not.
CHECK LIST :What we need to know and to apply, TO BE A MUSLIM
1. The Conditions of ‘La ilaha Ilallah’
2. Things will nullify (break) our testimony (shahadah).
3. Tawheed Uluhiyyah, Rububiyyah, Asma ul wa As-Seefat
4. To know who are the Tyrants (Taghoot-false gods) False Gods can be humans, or systems or rules, which people followed/worshipping). To object the Tyrants.
5. To fulfill the 5 Articles of Islam especially the 5 obligatory prayers and to give zakat.
6. To know the actions which are kufr (major and minor). Major Kufr has no forgiveness and the Hell will be the abode place but minor kufr are still forgiven by Allah (still can enter Paradise with Allah’s mercy).
7. Innovation 2 types (Innovation which spoil Tawheed and Innovation which do not spoil Tawheed)
Am I A Muslim yet?
Are our parents Muslims yet? Are our brothers and sisters Muslims yet?
Are our families Muslim yet? Are our relatives Muslims yet? Are our neighbours Muslims yet?
You make the choice…..!
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