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Sunday, January 04, 2009

ISLAM: THE RELIGION OF EASE

.... God desires ease for you; He does not desire difficulty for you...
(Qur'an, 2:185) The religion God chose for people, which best suits
their temperament, is the religion of Islam. God has made His religion
very easy for people to live by. Religion lifts all the burdens, and
things that are limiting and restricting and that cause people hardship.
It informs people that they should always seek God's approval, lean
towards Him, and resign themselves to the fate that He has determined
for them, for He is infinitely compassionate, kind and forgiving; He
creates everything with a purpose for righteous people; He is the
possessor of all power.

To trust and befriend God, Who is the possessor of all creatures and
controller of all the events that take place, means to put an end to the
fears, worries, troubles, and hardships in a human being's life. For one
who lives by his religion, what is most important is the ease and beauty
religion provides him. Moreover, God has made all His commands and
decrees commensurate with people's dispositions and no hardship will
ensue from any of them.
God, in the Qur'an, declares that religion is easy and that He will
make things easier for those who follow their religion:
We will ease you to the Easy Way.
(Qur'an, 87:8)
… He has selected you and not placed any constraint upon you in the
observance of your religion—the religion of your forefather
Abraham… (Qur'an, 22:78) Our Prophet (saws), in the light of these
verses, invites us in following our religion to declare:
"Religion is easiness."
(Sahih Bukhari) The practices and beliefs that people see as hardships
have been added to religion and passed on as if they were a part of the
real religion by polytheists or by people who deny religion and try to
distance others from religion. Yet others have adopted an ostentatious
manner in their observance of religion, thinking that if they perform
harder things to show themselves as more pious, that will be more
generally acceptable.
However, our Prophet (saws) has always ordered Muslims around him to
make religion "easier." As a result, righteous Muslims should obey
this command and should not suffer the consequences of representing easy
things as hard.
One of our Prophet's (saws) sayings on this matter is as follows: "Make
things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and
make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse (them)." (Sahih
Bukhari) The religion of Islam encourages the lifestyle most suitable
to a person's temperament, comfort, and happiness: a life lead by the
morals of the Qur'an is the best possible life a person can live.

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Alahumma infa`ni bima `allamtani wa `allamni ma yanfa`uni!
OH ALLAH! Make useful for me what You taught me
and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me!

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