This post is mostly based on something I was listening to some time ago. It more or less summed up what I was experiencing. Before I go into explain this, and what I mean by the ‘islamic trap’. I would like to highlight certain trends I have experienced and therefore see in others emerging or some are who are experiencing this at the moment.
firstly when a person is not obedient to Allah he or she does his utmost best to shun him/herself from listening to the words of god or to try and attempt to change himself. When however, he does manage to break from this sleeping spell. A person then leads a pious life for a long time before he/she slowly gets involved in organising islamic events, holding halaqas etc. All the time or sometimes thinking how he/she has managed to free himself from the cursed one, and how he/she is now saved. Now moving on to what I would like to say is this person then due to his/her commitments in organising events halaqas etc having no or less free time begins to slacken in his personal duties to Allah. That is to say, he begins to slacken in his worship. If he was praying with jammat (congregation) in most if not all his salah. He begins to slacken his efforts on this front under the assumption that he is to busy in organising events, halaqas for people. Bringing people into Islam so on and so forth. which means that he/she is safe from going back to square one which was total neglect of Islam, its values and morals.
(I am in no way condemning people who do these excellent activities of holding halaqas etc My point here is to express a hidden trap which the devil employs at times).
Then once this phase of the ball has been set in motion. we then move on to missing our obligations to Allah now and then. every now and then we might miss one or two salah altogether or other injunctions of Allah, i.e the rights of Allah. Under the assumption of “i am doing work for deen” we do not give great thought to what is happening to us. Then from one thing to the other it leads us to a point of no return. Ending up on the notion of “I’ve been there, done that. now i want to try something else”. Although this may not be our intention at the begin of our works. This nonetheless ends up settling in our minds and makes us take Islam and the blessings of Allah for granted slowly over a length of time. Which we are oblivious to. I personally know many people who, used to be very active and at the front of islamic activities. Doing great for deen, organising events etc. But now unfortunately, have taken a different turn because of falling into the, as i like to call it ‘the islamic trap’ which the satan uses on the practicing/good muslims a lot.
Brother naumans talk sums up this to some extent on how we become victims of our own making to a degree.
Please listen to the full Talk.
The Spiritual Void
May Allah save us from this and make us realise this before its to late. Amin