How to Survive a Non-Muslim Country

3 Apr

As-salaam alaikum (May the peace and blessing of Allah be on you)

1127346350_af36556fe0_o

 As you all may already know, I live in the wonderfully gorgeous tropical lands of Costa Rica. Living here is definitely not something you can ever get used to; the weather has a mind of its own, government issues will always prolong far too long than expected and evil-minded tourists will continue to overflow in our territory nonstop.

However, despite the urges to exploit the haram factors in my country, I’ve decided instead to post an article on how we as Muslims can practice our religion peacefully and adequately on non-Muslim territory.

First off, I’d like to say that what I’m referring to as “non-Muslim” is the country in which Islam is not the dominant religion.

What drew me into the religion is its universal message. The prophet Muhammad (salalahu alayhi wa’salaam: peace be upon him) came as the final messenger for ALL of mankind. As is mentioned in the Sacred Qur’an:

And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists) (21:107)

So as you can witness, there is no cultural or ethic tag on Islam. Islam is in fact a religion sent to all of us, whether we are Chinese, Indian, Pakistan, Norwegian, Costa Rican, Argentinean, Turkish, etc.

However, our society may not accept it. This is why it is futile for us to know how we can practice our religion and at the same time, be able to do it in a peaceful-like manner.

Pacience, patience, patience

costa-rica-arenal-volcano

This is by far the best approach. Muslims are subconsciously taught to obey Allah (subhana wa’tala: Glorified and Exalted be He) over everything else. This requires patience from us, since Shaytaan is in every corner of our thoughts and actions. As we are already learning to seek patience in our own hearts, it won’t require you much strength to adapt it to your everyday life.

On a daily basis, I get tested on my patience. Living with Christians, it’s rather difficult to hear them when they will say things like “In the name of Jesus” or “the blood of Christ!” (usually they’ll say this out of surprise) and not overreact from it.

It’s even harder when they will debate you and try to defeat you in illogical manners. However, patience must always come before everything.

Nobody has ever become a Muslim by force. Islam is in the heart, and even though you may know that Islam is the right path, this won’t mean that everyone around you has the same opinion.

And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it eagerly. (12:103)

What also caught my attention of the religion was the peace and goodness in Muslims. This was something that made me, as a non-Muslim at the time, want to learn more about Islam.

So make the difference and be as patient as the prophet (saws) was.

Those will be given their reward twice for what they patiently endured and [because] they avert evil through good. (28:54)

Obey Allah. Period.

arenal-volcano

We have all been tempted to disobey our Lord. As a Catholic, I remember thinking about God almost – well, almost never actually. It’s hard to remember Allah (swt) when you are not obliged to on a daily basis. And thus, easier to fall into sin.

In non-Muslim countries, haram will be halal, and halal will be haram. Alcohol is permissible, pork is very common, partying and touching the opposite gender is quite normal and other things that are haram will be allowed in these countries as well.

Furthermore, your family and friends will have a huge influence on you. If you don’t go out with them at nights, they’ll start to push you into joining them. If your family realizes you’re Muslim, they will try to convince you to leave the religion.

But in the end, what only matters is to please Allah (swt). These desires, these people, they will never give us Jannah. Only our Lord (swt) will. So think before doing things, and ask yourself: Can I say Bismillah (In the name of Allah) before this, and Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah) after this action or thought?

If you can’t, then don’t do it. It will not please Allah (swt).

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. (33:36)

If Allah (swt) has ordered us through His messenger (saws) for us to pray 5 times a day, will you really try to contradict your Lord? Allah (swt) knows what is good for you, and we know not!

So remember that we as Muslims submit to Allah (swt) despite our circumstance. Thank Allah each and every day for making us Muslims and giving us the religion that will be the ONLY one accepted on the Day of Judgment to enter Paradise: to our original state. The Qur’an says:

Inna deena indalahil-Islam.”

Certainly, the only acceptable way which Allah will accept is Islam. (3:19)

And Allah knows best.

Chao 🙂

Advertisements

One Response to “How to Survive a Non-Muslim Country”

  1. theticamuslimah April 3, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    Isn’t the Volcano Arenal in Costa Rica absolutely beautiful? Mash’Allah! All praise be to our Lord, that has created the heavens and the Earth. Wherever we look, we are bound to see the beauties our Creator has made.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: