..doesn’t click.

Salamualaykum,

Riba is super super super high on the haraam list…we all know that. So why is it that a guy who walks into the masjid with a girlfriend, possibly drunk…gets so much heat and possible shame/humiliation/no help/no “brotherhood”…when half the people in the masjid have cars parked outside that are purchased on Riba…doesn’t click. at least to me it doesn’t.

Yea, drinking and touching a non-mahram is extremely wrong. I’m in no way condoning that action. But what I don’t understand is how people can somehow justify their own wrongdoing (perhaps because it’s a so-called necessity…when it’s really not) while not even trying to look past a person’s outer appearance or situation. Again, I’m not condoning either action in any way, shape, or form but drinking is not on the 7 greatest sins list or even on the overall major sins list. And riba is like number 2..and just as a refresher, the one who deals with riba (usury) will be called out on the Day of Judgement and asked to fight with Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala. La hawla wala quwwata illa billah…

It’s just odd. I don’t feel like ranting on about how we should all care for one another and be united. If we can’t offer a kind gesture of concern to someone who may be in need of help, then has Islam really reached our hearts?

-Fi Amanillah-

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2 thoughts on “..doesn’t click.

  1. Jazakillahu khair. That’s a thought-provoking comparison.

    I guess there are several reasons behind it .. riba isn’t as apparent as being drunk, the indulgence in riba is institutionalized in society, maybe people think the “need” to buy a car or a house trumps the “need” to get drunk and so might justify it, or a number of other reasons. Also it’s harder to convince someone to give up riba than drinking. Allah knows best, but this is definitely something we need to get perspective on.

    Your example reminded me of a story I heard about Sh. ibn Abdul Wahhab’s students. He had gone through his Kitab-ut-Tawheed book once with them, they felt they understood it and they wanted to move on to other topics and told him as much. So he waited for a bit, and then told them about two men. One had a lot of outward vices, like drinking and gambling and lying and all of that and then he said the other person committed shirk. His students were visibly riled up at hearing about the first man, but not so much about the second man. And the sheikh then said how can you claim to have understood Kitab-ut-tawheed when the most major sin of all doesn’t anger you as much as lesser sins? How can you claim to have understood tawheed?

  2. =) JazakAllah Khair for sharing that. SubhanAllah, this is an issue that I see again and again, at least in my social circles. People focusing on minor issues (though they are still great issues but not as great in comparison to others) rather than tackling the root cause of the problem, that being lack of Taqwa. I thought this was more prevalent among youth but it seems to cut across all ages now. Khair, May Allah guide me and and all of us. Ameen.

    I appreciate the comment…and the story. :)

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