Since we were small, we were taught about Islam; it’s five pillars, the six pillars of Iman, Prophet Muhammad’s sunnah and etc. The norm is that we did not know the relevance of these things to our being. We only know that being Muslims, we are bound to adhere to the pillars of Islam and Iman. We are also encouraged to follow the footsteps of the Prophet by emulating his sunnah in our daily lives. Our parents and teachers remind us to do good and avoid committing sins. If not, Allah “will be angry” at us. On a logical note, we avoid what is haram on the premise of preserving morality. Nevertheless, we rarely seek to explore further the wisdom of these laws of Allah. Most of us would practice the Islamic way of life on a mundane basis.
Just like brushing one’s teeth, he brushes his teeth because he is used to it since he was small. He does not understand the underlying effects of brushing to his overall health. What he only knows is that his mouth feels clean and smells nice, that’s all. In fact, he does not observe whether his method of brushing is proper, whether his diet enhances his oral health nor understand the functions of the components that make up the oral part of his face. In the end, his teeth decays at an early age without knowing why when it is too late to save it. By 30 years old, he already loses one mature tooth!
Syahadah, Solat, Fasting, Hajj, Zakat: Ask WHY?!
By this, I don’t mean that you should question about all the deep inexplicable things such as the existence of rouh or the authenticity of the al-Quran. What I mean is that you should try to study what is the relevance of these actions to yourself. Before that, you must know one thing; Allah is the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate.
What does it mean? It means that Allah is the most Loving existence in any universe! Allah Loves His creations; you, me and all mankind. That is why He had brought us into this world and Endowed us with the Quran and His Prophet’s sunnah.
How? This physical body you have is only lent by Allah. It is an instrument for you to carry out your rouh’s promise to Allah in this realm. Whatever that is in this world (animals, trees, earth, sun, skies and etc) are the paraphernalia made for you to use to assist you in carrying out this promise as a His vicegerent (khalifah) .
Why did Allah give us the Quran and Sunnah?
If you recall, whenever you buy an electronic item or a gadget, it would always come with a manual. This manual would comprise all information about the components of the gadget, accessories that is included with it and also the dos and don’ts. This information is provided as a guideline for the user in making full use of the item. The dos and don’ts would enable the item to be long lasting and highly efficient in its functions.
The same goes for our existence and this world. Allah provides the Quran and Sunnah for us to understand the overall existence of ourself and this world so that we would not be clueless of what we have. Whereas Prophet Muhammad had taught his sahabahs and followers of all the correct ways of behaving and leading a Muslim way of life from all aspects by illustration.
The main point is that whatever that is instructed, encouraged and forbidden by Allah SWT is for our own good and benefits! If we do good or if we sin, it will not affect Allah. In fact, our actions and choices will only come back to us. Whereas the effects will be experienced by us either in this world or in the Hereafter. That’s why Allah mentioned that “By al-‘Asr (the time). Verily, man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.” (103:1-3).
How do I know if the Quran and Sunnah is for my own good?
Easy. Try ask Uncle Google. Yes, the internet. However, always search with caution. One must seek knowledge with an open mind but a principled heart holding strongly to Tawheed. Try to reconfirm the information you find with someone more knowledgeable in Islam.
What to search? Search for scientific explanations of the things that Allah ask us to do. Such as the effects of solat, wudhu’, azan, fasting, zakat, covering the aurah, reciting the Quran. You can also find the benefits of sunnah; to sit before eating and drinking, waking up before fajr, praying on time, eating together in one tray, licking your fingers after eating, kindness, human relations, doa, zikir and many more.
Another method is to study the Quran by understanding its translations. One thing that people do not know or bother is that all knowledge about this world is consisted in the Quran; Math, Science, Humanities, History, Geography, Architecture and others.
Its boons and benefits are bountiful, masyaAllah!
Start from these methods and you will be extremely amazed with what you find. I myself will keep on searching on the beneficial secrets of Allah’s Commands. InsyaAllah, I will share more with you people.