To be a Muslim

I really wanted to (re-)learn about Islam from the elementary level: this page will, Insha Allah, feature my own summaries on what it really means to be a Muslim, based primarily on my findings from learning about the Qur’an and Hadith.

Please bear in mind that I am not a scholar of Islam: I am just a curious Muslim. I share things like this partly because the processes of sharing and teaching really help me to learn and be reminded; to consolidate my own learning.

If you would like to disagree with something or add something, please do get in touch!

Qur’anic (and Prophetic) Directives

As Muslims, we:

  • Worship Allah, and we worship Him alone. We are not here simply to satisfy our own desires and impress people. Other people are not gods; from the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep at night, and every breath we take in between. We live as Muslims, for (and as a result of the Rahma and permission of) the Almighty. We are Muslims.
  • Do not associate partners with Allah.
  • Do Dhikr. Remember your Lord, as much as you can.
  • Praise Allah.
  • Fast in the month of Ramadan.
  • Uphold every single trust/promise, with good measure
  • Give alms to the poor
  • Give thanks to Allah.
  • Establish and honour our Salāh. Our repeated means of maintaining our connection with our Rabb; of remembering our purpose and destination; of seeking help and comfort
  • Have Sabr. We must be patient with what befalls us; try to be disciplined, and exhibit self-restraint and steadfastness.
  • Good treatment to parents
  • Ask Allah for help. Make Du’a.
  • Maintain our relationship with Allah (SWT)’s Word: the Qur’an. Through reciting it, memorising it, listening to it, seeking to understand it; reflecting upon, and reminding ourselves through, it
  • Must be humble and not arrogant. And treat people – irrespective of superficial things such as social status or wealth – with goodness: excellence, even. We are all human, all creatures of God.
  • Be moderate with all things: sleeping, eating, praying, giving money to charity, how we spend money in general. Not too much, and not too little. Balance.
  • Have Īmān (trust/belief/confidence) in the hereafter.
  • Preserve the truth and not lie.
  • Work towards purity — both in physical terms, and in more spiritual terms
  • Uphold the sanctity of (heterosexual) marriage. This is the permissible avenue through which romantic relationships (a gift from God, for interpersonal goodness, enjoyment, and procreation) ought to be realised.
  • Pay heed to Allah’s signs. In the alternation of night and day; in the seas; in the complex and brilliant compositions and structures of our bodies.
  • Remember that you will die, and that you will return to Allah.
  • Have good etiquette. Do not enter other people’s homes while unwelcome. Greet people with Salaam.
  • Think well of fellow Muslims; verbally defend their honour

You are here. Dunya.

To what are these hearts of ours fundamentally, primarily, connected, tethered to? The stuff of Dunya – these glitters, the enjoyment of delusion, the race for others’ approvals – or… do we hold, in them, space for the Divine?