We have viewed Islam (or we have been made to view it), in a typical, fixated manner. There seems lesser tolernace and more conformance, lesser flexibility and more rigidity, lesser good-news and more warnings / cautions….
A common man, with less than basic knowledge thus suffers at the hands of those who know, those who are the 21st century Muslim face of clergy, that was political in Europe and elsewhere before renaissance.
Islam is about balance… Balance in everything…. In word and act… In relations and work… In rituals and other activities…. It is about prioritizing Allah in each and every word, act and minute of our lives.
Regarding knowledge, we have even not been told the true literal meaning of Islam, as it actually is.. We have been told that Islam means, “salaamti ka deen”.. However, the word Islam (in Deen’s context) means, “submission to God”.
Following hadees elaborates Islam, for weak ones like us, and lifts our soul up………for Allah Has not delegated his judgement powers to ANY one….. And in the end, it is our intents and our acts those matter.
Hanzala Usayyidi, who was amongst the scribes of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). reported:
I met Abu Bakr, and said: “Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite.”
He (Abu Bakr) said: “Hallowed be Allah, what are you saying?”
I said, “When we are in the company of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) we ponder over Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our very eyes
and when we are away from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) we attend to our wives, our children, our business; most of these things (pertaining to After-life) slip out of our minds.”
Abu Bakr said: “By Allah, I also experience the same. So I and Abu Bakr went to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said to him: Allah’s Messenger, Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite.”
Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “What has happened to you?”
I said: “Allah’s Messenger, when we are in your company, we are reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but whenever we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.”
Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the Angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your paths but, Hanzala, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time (should be devoted to prayer and meditation). He (the Holy Prophet) said this thrice.”