So you might as well *stick* to your Deen faithfully, be proud of it and keep struggling. But try to *shed* that Deen instead, then you’ll lose everything in this life and the next.
One of the biggest trials (fitan) that Muslims in the West are facing is the pressure to “downgrade” their religiosity and Islamic identity so as to apparently not attract attention, avoid abuse and attack, avoid discrimination etc.
I get how extreme fear would lead to such a reaction to an Islamophobic environment right now, but *you* should also get me when I tell you this reaction would be completely foolish and self-defeating. Actually, it’s the exact *opposite* which is needed now i.e. an *increase* in your religiosity and orthodoxy so as to:
(a) strengthen your belief and identity and
(b) to normalise in society an Islamic state of mind and practice which is your absolute right to do, and the absolute minimum upon others to legally accept.
Stopping praying at work and school, or taking off your hijab, or hanging around more in the pub, or making silly videos about how normal a Muslim you are because of some even sillier reason, or turning your beard into designer stubble, or being ashamed of your name, or using enough Fair & Lovely to turn an elephant albino, will not earn you any true friends or support or lessen your problems. You’ll not only lose in the Akhirah, but you’ll actually *still* suffer in your Dunya too!
Your enemies don’t care about all your attempts to dilute yourself. Frank Gaffney – who is Donald Trump’s Advisor on National Security – was interviewed a few weeks back and confirmed the new administration’s intention to purge the USA from “radicals” like the “Muslim Brotherhood”, especially those “in prominent positions”. When asked for an example, he cited Huma Abedin lol. The journalist states incredulously:
“Huma Abedin, the long-time aide to Hillary Clinton? When I asked Gaffney how an unveiled woman who had married and conceived a child with a Jewish member of Congress could be a stealth Islamist, he responded with another question. “How could she still have a relationship with her parents if she was not?””
Long story short folks: sense isn’t as common as you may think and we are surrounded by lecherous snakes amongst the good people in society. These enemies hate that you worship Allah. It’s as simple as that. So you might as well *stick* to your Deen faithfully, be proud of it and keep struggling. But try to *shed* that Deen instead, then you’ll lose everything in this life and the next.
By Abu Eesa Nimatullah.