Swim for Sure

powder-blue-tangs.jpgAssalamu-Aalaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Alhumdulillah (All Praise belongs to Allah) I am back.

Back from the holiday of a lifetime from the picturesque paradise of the Maldives.

Back to face what Allah has ordained for me in this life, but with one very important addition – my lovely wife – alhumdulillah!

And back to reality!

Aaaaaaaaaggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

Take me back! Take me back please!

Anyway, enough of my ranting…

The Maldives, situated in the Indian Ocean, consists of around 1190 islands, of which only 200 are inhabited. And although it is a Muslim country, due to the fact that a lot of the islands are owned by hotels for holidaymakers like myself and my wife, there is no ‘visible’ Islam.

However, it cannot be said that the Maldivians have any excuse for forgetting Allah, due to the fact that they are so immersed in the N’emahs (bounties) of Allah.

All I saw was a blue sky, a crystal clear sea and white sand – a totally sun drenched, idyllic escape. Perfection!

Of the many activities that I was lucky enough to participate in, one of them was snorkelling. I had never been snorkelling before, and alhumdulillah I could not have gone snorkelling in a better place. This is because, around the island I was staying on, there was a vast and colourful coral reef – it was simply beautiful!

As soon as I was underwater, it was like I had entered another world! Fish of all colours and sizes, all swimming together. Stingrays, Moray Eels and even Reef Sharks at night, I was just flabbergasted and even flooded my snorkel a few times trying to say Allahu-Akbar (Allah is Great) underwater!

It was whilst we were sitting on the jetty and observing all the different kinds of fish swimming together, that my wife made the observation that all the fish of the sea live alongside one another and swim in the same water in complete harmony even though they are all different colours and different kinds, but Insaan (humans) cannot live upon Allah’s earth without spilling each other’s blood.

That got me thinking, and whilst I was out snorkelling later I thought of how if we as Muslims did not continue to do what was required of us – as Muslims – then just as a person will start sinking if they do not keep swimming, we will also sink in the esteem of people and in the sight of Allah if we do not carry on practising Islam and doing everything in our power to propagate it as best as we can.

And it is without doubt that any Muslim can propagate Islam, regardless of how practising he or she is. If the intention is to improve and learn and gain nearness to Allah, then Allah will help that person in their practice and their Dawah (propagation of Islam).

However, propagating Islam doesn’t mean that everybody should be forced to accept Islam. It is the dictum of Islam that there is no compulsion in it and that nobody can be forced to accept Islam.

But that doesn’t mean that Muslims should not outwardly practice their religion and be any less forthcoming about it. Indeed, if we started talking to each other about religion, then we might feel an increased desire to learn and practice it and more importantly, show the true beauty of it to the rest of the world.

So swim we must, because we have already entered the water and we all have to get to the other side. But are we going to kick wildly in the hope that the current will carry us to the right place or will we place the lifejacket of Islam around our necks and swim for sure?

Ma’as-salaam.

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One Response to “Swim for Sure”

  1. Good to have you back!
    hope you brought some Souvenirs!

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