l.Life as a Muslim

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Daily life as a Muslim

While often seen as a radical or extreme religion, Muslims consider Islam to be the middle road. Muslims do not live life with complete disregard for God or religious matters, but nor do they neglect the world to devote themselves solely to worship and prayer. Muslims strike a balance by fulfilling the obligations of and enjoying this life, while always mindful of their duties to Allah and to others.

  1.  Speak Gently

At all times, Muslims must show the best of manners and wisdom when speaking of faith to others. One must listen carefully, and share opinions with careful thought and patience.

“Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knows best who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance” (Quran 16:125).

“And do not argue with the followers of the Book except by what is best, save with those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit” (Quran 29:46).

“…Whenever you speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned; and fulfill the covenant of God. Thus does He command you, that you may remember” (Quran 6:152).

2. Recognize that God is the One to Guide

Do not feel discouraged if people seem unconvinced by your beliefs, and are unwilling to share your faith. The Quran describes that God Alone is the One to guide people’s hearts.

“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things” (Quran 2:256).

“If your Lord had so willed, He could have made mankind one people: but they will not cease to dispute” (Quran 11:118).

“And do thou be patient, for your patience is but from Allah; nor grieve over them: and distress not because of their plots. For Allah is with those who restrain themselves, and those who do good” (Quran 16:127-128).

3. Part Kindly From Those Who Ridicule Faith

If you face someone who persistently ridicules or mocks your faith, and is obviously unwilling to listen to your point of view, quietly withdraw from the situation. Do not become angry or engage in arguments.

“He has already revealed to you in the Scripture, that when you hear the signs of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, you are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme. If you did, you would be like them…” (Quran 4:140).

“Tell those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the Days of Allah: It is for Him to recompense (for good or ill) each people according to what they have earned” (Quran 45:14).

“Therefore be patient with what they say, and celebrate (constantly) the praises of thy Lord, before the rising of the sun, and before its setting; yea, celebrate them for part of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the day: that you may have (spiritual) joy” (Quran 20:130).

“Bear, then, with patience, all that they say, and celebrate the praises of thy Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting” (Qur’an 50:39).