With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 22 (Hajj)
We are Muslims – nothing more – nothing less!
Verse 78: “And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the way of your father Abraham. It is He (Allah) Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation); that the Messenger may be a witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector – the Best to protect and the Best to help!”
In this verse we are plainly told that Allah (SWT) has imposed no difficulties for us in our faith, in other words Islam is a natural way of life. Difficulties arise with self-imposed rules created by humans that violate Allah (SWT)’s basic and clear instructions. The second source of difficulty is when society or individuals break Allah’s commandments which bring with it many social ills, for example, alcohol consumption may appear attractive to some but in reality it’s consumption brings with it countless ill effects. Another very important lesson from this verse is Allah naming us “Muslims” and nothing else. This was established by Allah (SWT) from long before and adding other titles or variations to this unifying reference point of “Muslim” goes against the teaching of Allah (SWT). Let us remain united as Muslims and nothing else.
That concludes Sura Hajj. Tomorrow we commence with Sura muminoon inshallah….