At jumu’ah, I heard a good story of a king with an ugly nose. He had the surgeon operate on it, but the surgery made his nose uglier than before. He than told the surgeon to chop his nose off. When he stepped in front of his people, they laughed and mocked him so he declared everyone must chop their nose off or face death. Newborns were to have their noses chopped off at birth. This went on for generations. Then a man from outside the kingdom came and everyone laughed at him for having a nose. He was confused because of course they were the weird looking people, but they were laughing at him.
Th imam went somewhere else with the story, but it made me think of how many people mock muslims for the way we live. Somehow dressing modestly and covering is strange. Praying to the One Who created you 5 times a day is strange. Marrying at a young age is strange. Growing a beard is strange. But this is only in a country where parents teach their daughters, “If you got it, flaunt it” rather than teaching them self- worth and building their confidence and explaining to them who is truly worthy of seeing your beauty. A country where prayer is reserved for Sunday, if that, and the rest of the week is spent in sin and evil. And fornication and having children out of wedlock is not only acceptable, but encouraged with parents and friends saying, “Live your life first, don’t tie yourself down, marriage is nothing but a piece of paper”. The results of this way of life are easy to see when you look at how many children live in broken homes and don’t even know their fathers or families.
Why would Islam not seem strange in a country where it seems all that is evil is considered good and what’s good is seen as foreign and out dated. Islam does not change according to the land one practices it in. Islam is the same is the U.S., France, Switzerland, Nigeria, Sudan, and every other country. Islam is only strange to a person compared to the morals they have been raised upon. Someone who sees nothing wrong with lying will never believe there are people who don’t lie fearing the punishment of their Lord, as I’ve had people say to me that it’s impossible not to lie. Uhh, no it’s not, just don’t lie (jaw dropping). People who fornicate will find it weird that someone would get married without “testing the goods” (ewww).
Unfortunately it seems, like the story, most people have had their noses chopped off. They see people behaving and living the way all people should, avoiding sins and trying to please their Lord with righteous actions, and laugh at us for being “strange”. Geesh, I sure am glad I have a nose. Lol.