Morality In Islam | The Higher Man and The Moral Argument

Posted By on February 20, 2020

Morality In Islam – Yasir Qadhi In our times, we too have many aspects of morality that people find politically inconvenient. We as Muslims, we have a different view of morality, of sexuality, of gender roles, and even of gender. And if we want to learn from the sirah, then we need to learn
that our job is to preach the truth and to stick by it no matter how unpopular those truths maybe. Morality is not defined by a majority vote. It’s not what is politically correct. It’s not what happens to be in vogue. Even if all of mankind agrees that the immoral is moral for us as Muslims the immoral shall remain immoral. And we have clear definitions of how we practice our understanding of marriage, our understanding of gender, our understanding of gender roles. And if we want to remain faithful to the sharia and faithful to the sirah, then it doesn’t matter what the criticism of the critic says. It doesn’t mater what is politically correct or incorrect, we will stand by our values as the Prophet (ﷺ) taught us. From the sirah we learned that multiple times our Prophet (ﷺ) was offered gifts, he was offered bribes, he was offered money, he was even offered leadership, if he only remained quiet and stopped preaching his message. The Quraisy were willing to make him their leader, to make him their richest, if only he compromised on the teachings of Islam. And he said that famous phrase to his uncle, “O my uncle, if they were to put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand, I would not stop preaching what I’m doing. So, we learned from the sirah that the goal is never
just to be accepted by society, the goal is never just to live a comfortable life, if that had been the goal of the Prophet (ﷺ), he would have accepted
any one of these compromises. But the goal is never acceptance. The goal is to be role models of truth, to be pinnacles and paragons of
virtue in our community, to preach the truth and to make sure that we follow in the footsteps of the Prophet. From the sirah we learn that sometimes believers will face persecution, they will have to flee from their lands as the Muslims had to flee from Mecca, first to Abyssinia and then to Medina, we learned that the Muslims faced much
hardships and sacrifice. So when we look at the sirah, we remind our brothers and sisters in Burma, our brothers and sisters in Syria, our brothers and sisters around the globe that being persecuted
for one’s faith is nothing new. that migrating for one’s religion is of the highest acts of worship and that those who migrate
shall attain Allah’s rewards in this life and eventual victory in this life and the next. But we also learn from the sirah that those who are not being persecuted like the anshar of Medina, they need to make space in their own homes for the refugees. They need to welcome them, they need to share their wealth with them, they need to make their own community safe and open for those that have fled persecution. And that job is here on us now. We cannot sit in silence when our country wishes to build walls and shut refugees out. We cannot sit in silence when the Muslims of Myanmar, the Muslims of Burma are being persecuted. When the refugees of Syria are not given safe haven, when the refugees from Central Africa are not being allowed
to worship Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). It is our job, like it was the job of the Anshar of Medina to open their doors, to put pressure on their societies, and to make room for their brothers and sisters.

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