One meets an Indian muslim kid-
walessalm (huh! i think i cudn't hear properly....i think the kid is eating something...that explains his distorted waleykumassalam) That's true..u can hardly find any young people who will say clearly"assalamualaykum"..which means "Peace be upon you".
Then u ask the kid
"beta do u know Shahrukh Khan?"
he stares at u in disbelief shocked that one could ask such an absurd question..
"of course man every1 knows bout sharukh khan or madonna or tom cruise"..( and all those silly old dumbos!!)...oh u ask any child bout the whole family tree of Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan and how many movies they have acted in..wow mashallah ..wonderful general knowledge of today's muslim youth.Then one tentatively asks
"ummm..beta u know Prophet Mohammad Salallaho Alayhi wassalam?"
the child screws up his face trying to rake his memory
"uh ..duh..ya..umm..oh! yes i remeber he's our prophet..uh..right?"
alhamdulillah atleast he knows that."yes child he was our last prophet"..the child looks disinterested thinking how cum this hijabi niqabi preacher got hold of me..Again u cautiously ask
"ummm do you by any lucky chance know the name of Prophet Mohammad salallaho alayhi wassalam's father,mother,children,wives?"..
a blank face..stupid stare u recieve...
"how come i can memorise soooooo many names?" ..
Oh! really what a duanting task..
"dear boy ..u know harry potter?"...
"OH YES MAN HE'S SOO COOL"...
"do u remeber who were his friends..umm something like Don Teasly?"..
stares at u shell shocked.
"What the hell..its Ron Weasely and Hermione Granger.other frenz of HP are Dean Thomas,Neville Longbottom,..................................endless and his teachers are..Professor MAc Gonagall,Albus Dumbledore..........................................."goes on till half an hour
.."ok ok child i know ..u've got a wonderful yet strange memory..wonderful coz u even remember the surname of every character and strange that to remember about the prophet u find it an uphill task".....
U try the last straw
"ok smart kid..u know surah ikhlaas?"...
"what??? surah??what is this?" ....
"sorry sorry i meant -qul huallaho ahad..."
"ya ya i know it..i sometimes heard it in masjid behind the imam"..
."oh ! gr8 that's a good boy! any other surah ..umm..it is a sort of small part of Quran".
."no man! the Quran is too difficult to memorize".
."Oh! yeah u r right kid..ah! ya u know the latest movie of Kajol"..
"YES!! its"*#$%&*".. shall i tell u the story..its cool..its end is shoot wow so cool"..
."no no some other time..do u know any song of this movie?"...
."ANY SONG??? i know all the 5 songs by heart"...the boy says proudly..
"i know each and every song of the movies that i have seen till now"..
.good very good child keep it up..may allah give u hidayat!!
This is a painful truth which one can witness in India nowadays..u ask any1 about the Bollowood/Hollywood..they know the teeniest details..but when it comes to ISlam v r blank....u ask every youth or kid bout Beckham,Tendulkar,Tom Cruise,Shakira.......endless..they can tell u the brand of the clothes they wear.But when it comes to just the names of the sahabees (companions of Prophet Mohammad Salallaho Alayhi wassalam) we r speechless..even the names of Prophet's family we r ignorant..WHY WHY??
Its scary..we r so much in love with this temporary world..we have forgotten the fact that one day we would be facing Allah and our record would be taken into account..Nobody knows when he would die..maybe today or tomorrow or maybe after many years..death is bound to come..then y do we tend to forget about it? Deen or Islam is not difficult at all..its us who make it difficult.what do v gain in watching movies?? apart from wasting precious time,learning a few bad and vulgar things..nothing..sheeer waste of time.How come we can cram up astonishingly around 100 songs?? yet when it comes to simple duas we are just dumb! they seem so difficult..so big!!
In today's modern technology world we have no excuse at all.Any info u want..contact www.islamonline.com , buy some good books, try to find the company of religious people, go to masjid regularly,..what's the problem??
To know about Prophet Mohammad Sallallaho alayhi wassalam visit this site..it's awesome-http://mohammed.islamonline.net/English/index.shtml
a.Try to read "Life of Prophet Mohammad Sallallaho Alayhi wassalam"..stories of his companions.
b.Read a little bit as much u can Quran..and try to learn a few surah..pick the small ones first.
c.Read as much books on islam u can.
d.Islam is very simple and easy...follow it..u would enjoy ur life and find contentment insallah!!!
P.S-WHENEVER SOMEONE SPEAKS THE NAME OF PROPHET MOHAMMAD (SALLAHO ALAYHI WASSALAM) IN FRONT OF U..EVEN IF HE SAYS ONLY MOHAMMAD..it is OBLIGATORY THAT U "MUST" SAY SALLALLAHO ALAYHI WASSALAM. ..this is ignored by about 80% muslims..plz don't do this mistake..its really serious..say it silently..tell ur frenz too..even when u hear in the azan"ashahaduanna mohammada rasoolullah" say sallallaho alayhi wassalam..ok.
I'm not much of a writer so 4give me if i bored u 2 death!!