Living as pious Muslim in worldly tempting environment


sheeza khan



Living as pious Muslim in worldly tempting environment

According to the teachings of Islam, the purpose of a Muslim life is to give worship to Allah and endeavour to seek His love. This purpose is attainable because within a person’s soul is the desire to win Allah’s love which is imprinted before birth. Azan (call to Prayer) is normally recited in the ear of an infant immediately after its birth. This recital goes deep into the soul of the infant and activates the infant’s desire to seek, serve, and love Allah. The recitation of Azan in the ear of the infant ushers it into the realm of the living where they will live in the Beauty and Truth of the Creator.
For Muslims, pious living means leading a life that is beyond reproach. Islam teaches that man can live in piety by following the examples of the life of our Perfect Leader the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). The life of our perfect leader is enshrined in the Holy Qur’an and the teachings of the Quranic law to the ends of this world. The life of Hadhrat Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) is yet another perfect ensample on how humankind can use their love for the Maker to win the love of Allah and lead a life full of piety.
The world in which we live is full of temptations. Temptations are traps that seek to draw us away from the love and protection of Allah. Resisting or avoiding temptation is necessary to be counted as pleasing to Allah. The best example for Muslims who would like to lead a pious life amidst the temptations of this world can be seen in the life of the Perfect Leader. The teachings of the Quranic law as presented by the teacher offers guidance for every situation encountered in the daily life of a devout Muslim faithful. Practicing Muslims are privileged to have the Messenger of Allah as a close associate at all times.
Muslim children are also trained from early in life on how to lead pious lives in a world that is filled with temptations. Apart from whispering Azam in the hearing of the infants, Muslim parents are required to teach their children moral values by quoting the words of hadith to them. Muslims should also great each other in words of greetings as taught in the Holy Qur’an, and continuously supplicate to Allah to shower His blessings on the Holy Prophet.
The concept of Taqwa (fear of Allah) also helps in keeping Muslims in the path of pious living. However, this does not mean that Allah is a Dreadful Being, far from it. Allah is abundant in mercy and loves His people dearly. Taqwa should be regarded as the fear of losing the love of Allah. A close companion to the Holy Prophet, Hadhrat Ubbay bin Kab, described taqwa by likening the righteous one who walks through bush full of thorns and takes care of his clothes not to be caught or torn by the thorns. This description goes to show that a righteous man must live circumspectly in this world guarding against temptation and sin.

Posted: 2013-07-18

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