Laurat Ogunjobi: Examining the Islamic Identity in Modern Society

If you’re reading this article, you’re more than likely a Muslim, and if you’re a Muslim, you have been honored in a special way. You are one of the billions of people chosen to uphold a divinely inspired moral code, and you have an obligation to apply it to the best of your abilities. This special call is not only delegated to your personal spiritual beliefs, but resonates into every aspect of your life, from your family, to you local and global citizenship. As young and progressive Muslims, we are faced with the constant challenges of the developing world, and how it impacts our faith. These challenges are not to be looked upon as satanic and overly burdensome tasks, but as a mechanism to perfect our deen. As we strive to be better Muslims, global citizens and attain paradise, It is advisable to constantly examine and study the conditions of our current society, and how the application of our deen can overcome un-Islamic living concepts, conditions and objectives. Have you ever been extremely honest in prayer to your Lord about the current societal situations that make it difficult to be an outstanding Muslim, and how this affects you? Although we rely on Allah’s forgiveness and mercy, do we really feel comfortable asking for forgiveness on the same issues over and over again? For example, do you have a credit card, mortgage or car loan that involves you in riba, but you find it difficult to leave it? Are you an independent unmarried woman living without a mahram, or do you go on outings with the opposite sex without your mahram around? These are common un-Islamic lifestyles of the people today. In some cases, it happens due to circumstances. In other cases, it happens because its a societal norm. Have you ever wondered how participating in un-Islamic societal norms affects your relationship with Allah and the perfection of your faith? These are all issues that we need to examine and question ourselves on in an effort to exude the purity and truth of Islam. As we examine and correct ourselves, we make an effort to correct our communities and the world. Nigeria was not built in a day, but each step we make towards moral excellence is a step towards the fulfillment of our greatest legacy, Islam. Laurat Ogunjobi is a Barcelona based business consultant

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