TIME FOR SACRIFICE
Abdul Rashid Siddiqui (Member Central Shoorah, UKIM)
What is Islam?
If someone were to ask you what is Islam? You may start enumerating the Five Pillars or explaining the meaning of the word ‘Islam’ and the requirement to submit to the Will of Allah. There are pamphlets and books elucidating all aspects of Islamic beliefs and teachings. These may help someone to understand but may still leave many aspects unanswered. This is very similar if a lay person were to ask about the working of a complicated machinery like an aircraft engine or electron microscope. Any amount of verbal explanation and written material may still leave him bewildered. It is easier to give much better explanation if you have a model at hand. The person inquiring can see for himself and can follow the explanation given of their working.
To see the model of Islam is to see the life of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him). The salient features of his personality are manifested in his life of total submission and obedience of Allah (subhanu-wa-tala).
Direction of his life was entirely focused towards Allah. "For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I make partners to Allah" (Al-An’am 6:79).
All his relation and dealings with his family, his society and his nation whether personal or societal were governed strictly under Divine supremacy. He firmly enjoined himself to Allah and severe all other relationships. He left his home, his parents and his birthplace to wander in wilderness rather than compromise his beliefs.