From being a child, until today my parents never imposed any serious terms of religion on me. Though there are many families around me that practiced religious norms and values very dearly. My parents were clearly moderate in practicing religion. They taught me to be a good, honest, caring, fair and loving person and that is good, but is it good enough to be a good religionists?
I was never an extraordinary student, not even a good student. Studying for me was the one thing I wished I could vanish from this planet. But I couldn’t achieve, what no one else couldn’t have achieved. Luckily I Completed my school with over 70 % in annuals in 2002 and began my college life.
My First Encounter
In college, I got an Islamic Studies professor, who was a very popular figure and a good, humble man. After the end of his lectures, he used to tell us about Islam for last 3,4 minutes every day and I was getting fond of it. Accepting, everything he said as true, I was relying heavily on the information that the guy was giving. It was very touching and informative for a person like me and many others, who have never been exposed to religious conversations before. I must say that it was my first encounter with a religious man.
He made me and many other students habitual of offering prayers regularly and taught us many new things which I knew not before and I started following his school of thoughts about practicing Islam i.e. DeoBandiyat (a sector in Islam).
One year later I met another teacher, he was not into Islamic studies but was religion practitioner. He uses to follow a spiritual order (a different school of thought) in practicing Islam. He tried to convince me that, what I was doing was not Islam and his ways of practicing are the true way to do it.
Then again, I left the old ways that I just learned a year ago and started following a spiritual dynasty i.e. Qadriya, which is referred to be spiritually connected with an Islamic Sufi Saint known as Abdul Qadir Jilani even after his death hundreds of years ago. With learning all the new ways and things, I got so blind that in the name of religion, I started doing grave worshiping (It’s an ideology where people believe that the saints are still alive in their graves and are listening and solving peoples problems).
May Allah forgive me for that. In this school of thought, most of the things are done against the basic teachings of the Quran and Hadith (sayings of Muhammad peace be upon him). In this school of thought, people do prostrations to the graves of dead saints, to their alive spiritual leaders and even to their belongings even after their life.
I continued following this school of thought for about 2 years, but there was that one moment every day I used to ask myself, is this what I am doing is right? I was like a bird trapped in a cage, struggling to get freedom. Freedom from the shackles of following the sectors, saints and scholars. I was always so confused that on one hand, I submit to the oneness of Allah (the Creator) and on the other hand, I was worshiping these graves and spiritual leaders.
It was then, my elder brother guided me to follow what Quran and Hadith (sayings of Muhammad, peace be upon him) say. I started reading the Quran and Hadith by myself and I came to realize that I was not following the religion of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It was more like following an Islamic cult having their own spiritual rituals to gain some materialism, nothing more than the attention of people by tricks and trolls. I decided to leave that sector and keeping it simple for myself. Now, I only follow what is written in the Quran and authentic sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: There will befall upon my Ummah exactly all those evils which befell on the people of Israel (Jews and Christians), so much so that if there was one amongst them who openly committed fornication with his mother, there will be such amongst my Ummah (nation i.e. Muslims) one, who will do the same.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: And if the people of Israel were fragmented into seventy-two sects, my Ummah (nation, i.e. Muslims) will be fragmented into seventy-three sects. All of them will be in hellfire except one sect. The noble Companions asked: O Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), which one is that? Whereupon he (peace be upon him) said: It is one to which I and my companions belong. (Al-Tirmidhi – 171)
The Quran commands us not to create sects. Those who follow the teachings of the Quran and Prophet (peace be upon him), and do not create sects are the people who are on the true path.
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah (the Quran) altogether and do not become divided” [Al-Quran 3:103]
So, being a good, honest, caring, fair and loving person is that good enough to be a good religionists? I think not, instead of blindly following these false sectors, saints and scholars in any religion, we should make some efforts to read and research by ourselves before accepting it. So that we may set a guidelines for our children’s safety to protect them from these hate mongers lunatics.