وَلَا تَشْتَرُوا بِعَهْدِ اللَّهِ ثَمَنًا قَلِيلًا ۚ إِنَّمَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
"And do not exchange the covenant of Allah for a small price. Indeed, what is with Allah is best for you, if only you could know." (16:95)
What do we do when our deen conflicts with our culture? What do we do when we have religious obligations that contradict our cultural norm? Islam in America is the other. A lot of times, the Islamic ideal is not suited to the American tradition. In these times, we are often presented with a decision to uphold the values of our faith or fit in with a crowd. To what extent will we sacrifice our deen? To what extent will we sacrifice the norms of our culture for our deen? Which way do we lean, and why? Conflicting social and religious practices put us all in a hard spot and we need to ask ourselves, which side will win? How does social acceptance frame our practice of Islam?
How can we reconcile between two ideas that might seem to contradict?
Are we servants of God, or servants of the Gram?
Pics or it didn’t happen. Sometimes we dedicate so much attention to our virtual personas that we lose ourselves.
The core of the message of Islam, in very simple terms, is God above everything. Priorities. Recently, phones began adding software to limit our time on different apps and websites.