Real freedom is in Islam
By Harun Yahya
July 14, 2015
Islam has a striking simplicity. Despite the numerous sects that have emerged over the course of centuries all attempting to complicate it, the Islam described in the Holy Quran is beautifully plain and for this, gives the utmost freedom to people. It teaches people that there is only One God and it is only He that they will answer to.
The implication in this is profound. While the majority of the world today is bound by thousands of different rules and people’s opinions of what is right and wrong, a person who submits to Allah is immediately freed from his chains. No longer does he have to work to meet the description of the ideal character imposed by society, or exert a significant amount of energy to comply with the wishes of thousands of different people; his character is shaped only according to the wishes of Allah. He no longer has to put his soul and mind to the Herculean task of pleasing everyone, which is essentially impossible. As he surrenders to Allah, his mind is literally liberated and purged of all unnecessary fears and worries.
As believers enjoy this freedom from their chains, billions of other people who believe that they are free, but instead are weighed down by the wishes and opinions of countless different people, continue to be prisoners to the will of others. Shackled with numerous “must-do” like, copying the behaviour of characters on popular TV shows, keeping pace with the expectations of their parents, trying to be funny around fun-loving friends, and changing the attitude immediately when it is no longer wanted, they get exhausted. Amidst this emotional whirlpool, they inevitably lose their soul and their mind. In the end, they become so disorientated they no longer recognise themselves.
Yet in Islam, there is only One that a person has to please: Allah. The only thing a free person has to do it is to follow the direction shown by Allah. There is no trying to please others, worrying about what others might think, or constantly struggling - and failing each and every time - in the pursuit of gaining the approval of the world.
Surely, a believer also lives a life like any other member of a society with respect for the laws, the social norms of the society and respect for others, but he doesn’t enslave his body and soul to the thoughts and wishes of others, who are in fact powerless servants just like himself.
Many people today are aware of this problem and work to break out of the prison in their minds. They sometimes use inspirational quotes and various mental techniques to do that. But how can they be successful if they don’t address the real problem? They should know that trying to fight off the beasts in one’s mind one by one, instead of working on the pit they arise from, would be a futile attempt.
The truest salvation comes with a real love for Allah. One has to look at the world, himself, the universe and think about what he sees. He should try to grasp the infinite power of Allah, Who created the universe with precise perfection and beauty. He should understand that his life and the lives of everyone else depend on the most sensitive of balances, which could be disrupted any moment, if not for the meticulous protection of Allah. He should understand that Allah, Who created everything, has infinite power. And by looking at the Holy Quran, he will see that the only thing Allah expects from him is for him to love Him with all one has and thank Him for all that He has given.
We are made to love Allah. Only then we can be truly happy and free. So embrace God, break your chains and start enjoying real freedom.