In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
"And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allaah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying." Q 6:116
And if the truth had been in accordance with their desires, verily, the heavens and the earth, and whosoever is therein would have been corrupted! Q23:71
From the above we can deduce that the recipe for the destruction of both the world is kept in our desire to twist the Divine Law to be in accordance with our personal whims and caprices.
We can't decide which laws of Allaah to obey and which to ignore. lf we could...A lot of us would have chosen many commandments to ignore.
As a Muslim, Never ever compromise on your values wherever you are and whatever status you might have attained because this life is too short and we don't know when the angel of death will pay us a visit.
Our Islamic culture and identity is our license to attaining felicity in both the worlds. A real Muslim is not answerable to any mortal but to Allaah.
The challenge to maintain your Islamic identity be you a president or a janitor at all times is very daunting but the reward is enormous.
Whenever a Muslim does what is obligatory upon him by the virtue of his religion the world cries out and frowns at his action as if his servitude is for them and not for Allaah.
Be a Muslim and don't be apologetic about that.
If we downplay the negative comments of people that have no regards for our Islamic belief system, tomorrow they will ask us to abandon the Deen.
Do not react but rather respond....because reacting is instinctive while responding is a product of 'Hikmah' wisdom.
Majority of people only seek for your spiritual corruption so when you tread the path of spiritual reformation, they assassinate your character and slander you behind your back.
Let me reiterate this once again, if you hold on to your Islamic values, the world isn't going to like you but it will respect you.
May Allaah equip us with the adequate strength and wisdom needed to maintain strictly our Islamic cultural heritage.