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Q: I only speak english and i am a new muslim of a few months.

but since then i am very discourged. i’ve seen hypocrasy and 2 faces which in some since can be one in the same. however i am from a very christian background and that is the only thing right now i can draw reference from i am still learning the quran so please forgive me. my question is this which master? do people see which master they serve? when we let our anger,gossip(2 faces),hypocrite saying one thing and doing another, rule our lives do we see that is the wrong master? or are they just playing games with allah? thinking well i pray 5 times a day so allah will forgive me. but, do they really know that allah sees their hearts and does not forgive the revolving sin? in the bible there is 10 commandments given to moses and i am sure the quran has that reference too but i have not read that part yet but when we gossip about someone and ruin their character that is spiritually killing them and that is against allah right? love, peace, patients, kindness is allah not hate, jealously, rage. As Allah taught us through the prophets right?

Time: Thursday August 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

A:From an audience member as taken from our comment box:

slc786 | August 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM | Reply | Edit

Dear questioner,
Assalam Alakium
I understand your concern, and have witnessed what you have witnessed, however don’t let the actions of Muslims give a negative light to Islam. Islam is wonderful in the sense that it not only guides us spiritually but it also teaches us how to function morally, emotionally, physically, etc in Islam. It is a complete package that needs to be followed, its not just about prayer. I myself have witnessed people who pray regularly, but they can be the worst of humans personality wise with conceit, arrogance, and pride. Maybe they are praying for the wrong reasons. Allah knows best and he is the best of judges. Jealousy and racism amongst Muslims is a sad fact that does not exist in Islam, but is a product of pride. Don’t let it get to you. A way that I deal with all this is that I try to be the best that I can be and focus on bettering myself. If someone is acting superior than me, I just leave at that and I try to act objective and respectful as much as a can. The way I see it, some of these people have pre-conceived notions about a person sometimes simply from where they are from. They will act negatively towards you. In reaction, I treat with them with respect. Believe me I have changed the perception of a couple of people just by doing this, they have a little more respect of people from the country I am from. Now not all people are so simple to deal with and will continue with their pride and jealous,y these people, my friend, are lost. Just make dua for them and don’t let what others think bother you a bit. When appropriate speak up for yourself in a calm and respectful manner, making a point across.

One last thing, Prophet Muhammad (s) would truly be sad to see his Ummah in the state that we are in. Something that I keep on reminding myself so I can be on the right track is, that I don’t want to be the person to disappoint our beloved prophet. He worked hard and suffered alot for us to establish Allah’s word, so we can’t go backwards to the time of Jahiliyya.

I am first saying the above to myself and then to others.
May Allah (swt) guide us inshallah and let us see the light in matters.

Added to the above: We all need to improve. New Muslims seem to do better than older Muslims. They have a fresh view of occurrences. Rather than listening to all people all the time, focus on what is stated in the Quran, Hadith and sunnah. This would help you become a role model for ‘older’ Muslims. My experience has shown me that newer Muslims do better. So do not lose hope, keep up the good effort. May God continue to bless both of you.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

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