Dear Brothers and Sisters in the deen of Allah, know that Islam is not just a few words of Kalimah (fa ilaha ilia Allah) pronounced by the tongue or birth in a country called Islamic or an inheritance from a Muslim father. Islam is to submit in full, to the will of Allah and to the exclusion of all other things to which our hearts pull. Allah asserts in the Qur'an:

"But no, by your Sustainer, they have not believed until they make you (Muhammad) the arbiter of their disputes and then do not find any grievance against your decision, but submit with full submission." (Q4:65).

Only this is Islam - pure and true - not the family, the lineage, the tribe or the race or even the soil of birth. Islam came to establish only one relationship which binds men together in the sight of Allah, and if this relationship is firmly established, then ail other relationships based on blood or other considerations become eliminated:

"You will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day loving those who oppose Allah and His Messenger; even though they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred" (Q58:22).

Thus, brothers and sisters, let it be clear that a Muslim has no relationship with his mother, father, brother, wife and other family members except through their relationship with Allah. (Q4:1)

Some examples will clarify this touchy matter that the heart may find difficult to accept. Prophet Nub's(PBUH) son laughed off his father when he was calling to Islam and building the ark. As the flood was destroying the unbelievers, the son cried to his father and Prophet Nub's heart warmed naturally (?) to his son; and he asked of Allah.

"...Surely my son is of my family ...?" Allah's reply was instant: "0 Nuhl He is not of your family: for his conduct is unrighteous. I give you counsel, lest you become one of the ignorants!" (Qll:45-47).

In a like manner, Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) disowned his father and his whole tribe. Allah says of them:

"There is for you an excellent example (to follow) in Ibrahim and those with him, when they said to their people: "We are clear of you and of whatever you worship besides Allah .... and there has arisen between us and you, enmity and hatred forever - unless you believe in Allah and Him alone." (Q60:4)

Wife? "Allah sets forth for an example to the unbelievers, the wife of Nub and the wife of Lutz they were under two of our righteous servants but they betrayed their husbands... and were told: 'Enter you the Fire along with others that enter'."(Q66:10).

Uncle? Cousins? Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) declared a life-long hatred for his uncle Abu Lahab and his cousin Amr ibn Hisham (Abu Jahl) on account of being enemies of Allah. In your heart, I can hear you say these people are special, they 'Were Prophets of Allah (PBU1). True; so take the example of Abdullah ibn Ubayy (RA) - an Ansar.

Ubayy, Abdullah's father, had taunted the Prophet (PBUH) as the Muslim arny was marching out of Madina to the Battle of Badr; "If you return to Madina. the one with honour will throw out the one who is despised". Abdullah (RA), when he heard, told the Prophet (PBUH): "0 Messenger of Allah, by Allah, he told the truth. You are the one with honour and he is the one who is despised. The people of Madina know that no one was more obedient to his father than I was. But now if it is the pleasure of Allah and His Prophet that I cut of his head, then I shall do so." The Prophet (PBUH) counselled him against this. When the Muslims returned triumphant from Badr, Abdullah turned (but his father from the house and expelled him from the city " with his sword drawn over his fathers head

"By Allah," Abdullah shouted, "now you will know whether you have honour or Allah's Messenger (PBUH)! Until Allah and His Messenger gives permission, you cannot enter Madina nor will you have refuge from me! "Ubayy begged his clan of Khazraj to dissuade Abdullah, but it had no effect on the young man. This was reported to the Prophet (PBUH) who said:

"Tell Abdullah to let his father enter".

Abdullah's heart knew that,

"He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah:" (Q4:80).

So he told his father; "since the Prophet (PBUH) has given permission, you can enter now." This - submission to Allah and His Prophet (PBUH) in all matters - and only this, is Islam. Remember this, when your friends, relatives and spouses invite you to partake of the feast of paganism (Xmas, New Year, Easter, Yom Kippur etc.). Also remember that:

 "Of no profit to you will be your relatives and your children on the Day of Judgement: He will judge between you; for Allah sees well all that you do." (Q60:3).

Can your heart beat with the rhythm of this Islam; for it is thicker than blood!

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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