‘Why should I’?
A common thought which transcends almost every Muslim at some point in his/her life is, ‘why should I practice the sunnah vehemently in every aspect of my life; through the thick and thin, the high and lows, through ease and difficulties . When there are other Muslims who simply act on the basics of islam and yet we will all face the same questionings. That being, ‘have you offered the obligatory aspects of islam justifiably?”, Nothing more.
This clearly is a egoistic, self inflicting, and pathetic satanic whisper! It just happen to have happened that during asr salah today. My mind was occupied with this throughout the whole asr salah, unfortunately.
The counter argument to this - as I thought to extinguish this attack was to realise how we don’t tend to think like this when it comes to dunya. Everyone who is earning £5 an hour is always looking to increase his earning to £10 an hour. Those who are working 5 days a week are always looking to work overtime or extra hours. – We don’t want to go a step down in dunya but strangely seem to want to do it with deen.
When it comes to securing our hereafter we go the opposite direction. People who are practicing islam, or those who do extra optional acts of worship are looking for excuses in avoiding having to do this or that or following the sunnah. Always looking for a way-out. ‘is this fard or is this only a sunnah’? Are the typical questions we instantly ask and think of before doing any act of worship or following the way of the messenger f Allah (saw). Instead of being in the mind frame of increasing our provision for the hereafter we always want to decrease it. – The provisions being, the good deeds and the actions of the righteous. A wrong attitude to have towards our real and everlasting life! We should not look at those who are less in practicing deen. But, look at those who are higher than us in practicing deen. This way, our goal will always be to increase our efforts for the hereafter. When we look at the ones who are practicing less in islam. Undoubtedly, it will make us want to leave the sunnah and the optional acts of islam and only focus on the basics. A person who is working in the dunya (and rightly so) wants to work through night and day in order to earn more. Despite there being different levels people, some whom are only earning bare minimum. Whereas others are earning average amount. However, the catch is, this does not make people want to earn less. They still work hard to earn more. The knowledge that others who earn less, minimum wage for instance and are still living life and enjoying life just like they do, does not deter them from halting their attempts at reaching higher stations and desires of the world.
When it becomes an habitual state of practicing islam this leads to a person becoming unmotivated which eventually makes one think ‘I am doing far too much. I need to apply the brakes and take it a bit easy. Look at those who are practicing islam on a basic level. They are living and enjoying life. I need to do the same aswell.’
Remember that, If you go that extra mile. Or, do that extra act of righteousness, it is only youwho will benefit. In the world we see that when we go the extra mile in our work, studies, and efforts we receive extra rewards. Depending our efforts we also receive the same result. Likewise, if we do extra acts of righteousness then it is we who will receive extra reward. When that unavoidable day comes, our death Allah or the Angela will not ask us about him or her. About Bashir or Nazeer, the Angels will only ask about our own deeds and efforts. So leave others, on what they are doing, if they are practicing the sunnah or not. This should not deter you from going the extra mile in trying to exonerate the sunnah or practicing it. Practising the sunnah and other optional worships are bonuses for us. When we will fall short on good deeds on that fearful day, our good deeds will come to our aid and push us into a safe place. That is, al Jannah, paradise.