Commitment Issues

// August 29th, 2007 // Blog

I'm thinking of re-naming my blog to “100 reasons why I love Suhaib Webb, for the sake of Allāh”. But that would be taking things a tad too far, methinks. After all, he ain't no superstar. {grin}

It's just that i love his style, māshā’Allāh. I don't even mean the hippity-hop way he speaks (that was a joke, btw), but rather the way he approaches his audience. You really get a sense that not only does he love Islam, but he also loves you, too. Subhanallah, he shows real concern for the people he speaks to, and i think that's why so many people love him, in return. And all good comes from Allāh.

Take for example this entry, where he answers some questions that he was asked by young Muslims. In response to one very serious question about what someone should do if they knocked up their non-Muslim girlfriend (i.e., a situation that most of us would have a field day on, if we were to point out the complete haram-i-ness of it all), he ends his advice with:

Finally, don't lose hope in yourself akhi. All of us make mistakes and fall into error. Repent to Allāh, beg Him for His mercy, and seek to redevelop your relationship with him. I'm here for you and if you need further counseling please don't hesitate to contact me through the medium of this website. All posts are strictly confidential and, inshā’Allāh, you will find me here for you. We fall into these sins and mistakes because we are hurting inside. Allāh sent Islam to give us peace and cure those gaps in our hearts. Turn to Him and your will find His mercy waiting for you. I hope and pray that all will work out for you.

Now, this is not the first time i have heard a learned man encourage a sinner to repent, and hope for the mercy of Allāh – but it is the first time i have witnessed this personal approach. He's not just telling the guy, “naughty, naughty, you did a bad thing, mend your ways, be good, ba-bye!”. He's willing to actually be there for the guy, to be his personal guide back to the straight path, inshā’Allāh. Here, 'akhi' isn't just an arabic way of saying “bro” – he seems to mean it – allahu '‘ālim.

Perhaps this personal approach is what is lacking in our naseeha (sincere advice). I'd like to imagine that we aren't lacking in sincerity, but most of the time, words in themselves are not enough to change a person. Rather than just informing someone of where they are going wrong, and what they need to do to fix it, why don't we be there for them, as their friend, and hold their hand so they know that they're not alone? That at those inevitable times of weakness, they can just pick up the phone, or type an e-mail, and no matter what time it is, or how busy you are, you will do what you can to help them, inshā’Allāh? This offer of long-term commitment is lacking, i think; thus the brotherhood of Islam is also weakened. It's becoming a beautiful idea, rather than a beautiful reality.

I think if we have time to preach, then we have to make the time to come through for the other person, and make the halal way easy for them, inshā’Allāh. Otherwise we're actually making it harder, cos we're pointing out all the problems, but not aiding in the solution.

Anyway, my head is beginning to ache, so i'll take that as my cue to exit this thought train. It's a cliched phrase, but i do really mean it: all the above advice is to myself first. May Allāh make it easy for us all to please Him, āmīn.

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