The past two years, it has been an honour to be around people who have reached certain spritual stages. One may question whether these people have in fact reached those stages, but there are many signs. The greatest of which is, a great akhlaq. Nevertheless, that is not the point. Most importantly, what can these people tell you that will help your journey to God. So many of these people are coming yet not enough people are taking the opportunity. Had they known, they would at least come to them for advice. Instead, the trend these days are for preachers who can entertain. Is the journey about being entertained? It is not about feeling good, it is about going on that journey and knowing where you're heading. We can only hope that Allah draws people to his special servants. Because people do not know when and who to appreciate.


I've been attending a few events recently and it got me thinking on a lot of things - which is good. Recently, I went to an event and had a chat with a lady. We were passing by a girl who was wearing purdah (veil) and she was eating. The lady was saying it must be difficult for her to eat, and she shook her head and shuddered.

It got me thinking that while those who are "not so strict" in their view of Islam, are not very tolerant of those who chose to be very strict. If this is the case, they shouldn't complain if they get "judged" by those strict Muslims. Nowadays, talk is big about how Islam is about being tolerant, and those who are "less strict" tend to rave on about how they're being judged all the time. Those who are just starting to be interested in learning about Islam again - if they expect others to respect them and not judge them, then they should not judge those who choose to be strict either. In this case, where is the tolerance if you're thinking that purdah girl is being silly and that's not Islam. Well, that is also Islam.

This is the second time something like that happens. I have always propagated being patient and open to those who are just learning about Islam, and who sometimes get picked for having tattoos, or dyed hair, or not wearing headscarves. But if these people don't learn to respect those who chose to be strict, then they're doing to others what others are doing to them. It's just on different ends.