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Religion vs. Islam

What if I told you that Islam was sent down to abolish religion?
A set of concrete, intolerant rules that have caused nothing but division?
What if I told you that voting for PAS isn’t our mission?
That just because you vote for them, doesn’t mean you see with the right vision?

Because if religion is so great, why has it caused so much separation?
We succeed in creating big, beautiful mosques, but leave the needy in desperation.

Religion says they preach grace,
But they practice another and don’t even hide it in your face.
They cover themselves in white cloth from head to toe,
Not knowing that this facade of purity couldn’t even hide their tainted soul.

You see, the problem with religion is that they don’t focus on the core.
It’s just a long list of do’s and don’ts, and if you don’t follow, they’ll abhor.
They emphasise on dressing the outside, look nice and neat.
Not realising that beneath all those layers, they are rotting underneath.

Everywhere around me, I see people putting on a fake look.
What’s the point if people know you’re a Muslim only through your Facebook?
If you think about it, this logic only makes you a posey.
It’s like saying you play for Harimau Malaya just because you own a jersey.

The surau kids, the aura of piety they adorn,
But then they go back home to continue their porn.
Going to the mosque on Fridays for mass prayer,
But getting wasted on weekends like they forgot their Creator.

I spent my whole life believing this facade of goodness,
It doesn’t matter how I am on the inside, as long as outside I look sinless.
But ever since I got to know Islam, I boast in my weakness.
I understand that I don’t understand everything, and that gave me soundness.

Because if mercy was water, God is an ocean no universe can hold.
His grace is far greater than any love we’ve ever seen, be it new or old.
Islam is not a trophy shelf stacked with shiny gold,
It’s supposed to be a hospital for the broken with secrets untold.

We seek refuge in His arms so gentle and comfortable,
Because we know to Him, nothing is unforgivable.

Think of it this way: If the Prophet came to your mosque today,
Would you let him in or drive him away?
Because let’s not forget that he was called deviant by the religious men of his day.
If he came to you right now, would you believe him or look away?

Islam does not support self-righteousness, not now, not ever.
More than anything else, God said He’ll be the judge of matters in which we differ.
So who are we to determine who’s worthy or who’s not,
When we’re only mere mortals and not messengers of God.

That’s why to me, Islam and religion should have no intervention.
This is because one is a work of God, the other is a manmade invention.

Religion says, “We just know.”
Islam says, “There’s so much knowledge to cultivate and grow.”
Religion restricts your mind like a nail stuck on a tree,
But Islam allows you to spread your wings, fly and be free.

Religion is man looking for God,
Sometimes even acting in His place.
Don’t they realise they’re being a fraud,
And Islam is not supposed to be a race?

Islam, however, is God looking for man.
How did we all forget that the Prophet was lost before God gave him His hand?

This is why my faith is mine and mine alone.
I believe in His salvation, and my mistakes are mine to atone.
Remember that God is al-ghafoor, al-tawwab, al-hakeem.
We say it every day: Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

The human mind can never comprehend the strength of God’s grace,
I believe everyone deserves to know God, just maybe at their own pace.

***Malay-Muslim adaptation of Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus”

8 comments on “Religion vs. Islam

  1. azan ridzwan
    August 2, 2015

    manusia bertuhankan agama, dengan manusia yang bertuhankan Tuhan. iya itu beza🙂

  2. lubnamaryam92
    August 2, 2015

    Reblogged this on Being an Eccentric and commented:
    True! Subhan Allah!🙂

  3. Nye
    August 3, 2015

    manusia bertuhankan sains

  4. Anonymous
    August 9, 2015

    you don’t want to be judge but yet you judging.

    • sfqomhz
      August 9, 2015

      I’m not judging? The whole point in stating the inconsistencies between behaviour and appearance was to show that we cannot judge a book by its cover. I don’t care if people watch porn or smoke weed, it’s their choice and I don’t know their relationship with God. Just don’t ever prioritise superficiality over spirituality.

  5. Anon
    September 23, 2015

    Jangan bodoh sombong dengan Allah. Tak semua islam adalah islam. Hati-hati ada juga ajaran yg sesat. Jangan berlagak mcm ulama’, baru dua – tiga tahun belajar. sentiasa merendah diri untuk menuntut ilmu. Tak faham kenapa kau perlu pertikaikan semua suruhan Allah? Kau tak takut murtad? Mungkin zaman skrg ni susah nak nampak siapa murtad siapa tidak tp kalau dimata Allah tu kau murtad mcm mana? Ilmu yg kau dpt tu kau yakin kebenarannya? kau tahu Islam tu agama yg terakhir dan benar. Kau tahu sebelum islam, adanya agama kristian yg dtgnya dari Allah juga tp manusia telah memesongkan. Jadi yg kau kata tudung tu adalah culture dari dulu, kau rasa dulu sebelum islam tu agama apa? Kristian kan? Kristian guna kitab apa? Injil kan? Tp telah dipesong dan jd New Testament. Stop being arrogant and mengucap sikit. Sepanjang kau kaji semua ilmu ni, cukup solat? Kenal intisari alquran? Faham sepenuhnya? Kau hafal 30 juzuk yg ada dlm alquran? Jaga batas2, halal haram? Adakah kehidupan kau semaksum para ulama sehingga kau dengan yakin menyangkal hujah2 para ulama? Kalau ya, alhamdulillah. Kalau tidak, perbetulkan diri tu lg. astaghfirullah, boleh busuk hati baca artikel kau ni. Semoga Allah memberkati kau dan beri hidayah kepada kau.

    • Politicalamity9
      January 10, 2016

      Adakah anda pasti yang Islam yang anda turuti inilah Islam sebagaimana yang dikehendaki? Atau hanya menjadi pak turut. Lebihkan membaca dari pelbagai sumber terjemahan… harus dibezakan suruhan Allah, atau suruhan mereka-mereka yang hanya wujud 200 tahun selepas kewafatan Nabi Muhammad, atau suruhan adat (cultural indoctrination). Yang pastinya hanya Al Quran sumber rujukan.

  6. Imran Ali
    November 25, 2015

    We are a thick skinned people with emtpy souls. We spend our days playing dice, chess, or sleeping – and we say we are the best people that ever came to mankind?

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