Originally Posted by sister herb
Shukur alhamduliLah, ya ukhtee, you have indeed performed a most meritorious deed. I daresay he has never met any Muslims before for the simple reason that Muslims, generally speaking, are not really that interested in helping non-Muslims.
No, I am not making a wild accusation here. Just look at what is happening. Whenever there is a disaster, there are people who volunteer their services. There are people who donate. You read about all kinds of organizations who rush to give aid. Have you heard of any Muslim organization doing that? In the first place, is there any Muslim organization that is formed specifically to give aid in the event of disasters?
Seriously speaking, when was the last time you attended a lecture on Islam and you hear the ustaz exhorting the audience to help anyone in time of disaster? Have you even heard of any ustaz talking about such a thing?
Don't get me wrong.
I am a Muslim by choice and I love Islam. However, that doesn't mean that I am blind to what is happening around me. I am aware that there is some kind of orchaestraed effort in the western media to demonize Islam and Muslims. But that is their problem. There is not very much that we can do about what they want to do.
What we can do is to practice Islam in a more pro-active way. Are we even making any effort to do that? Correct me if I am wrong, but what I am taught is that the iman of a Muslim is not considered complete if his neighbor goes to bed hungry. And, according to what I am taught, a neighbor is anyone living in the 40 houses to the right, 40 houses to the left, 40 houses to the front and 40 houses to the left. There's nothing in what I have learned that says anything about the neighbor having to be a Muslim before he has a right to our charity.
Was I taught wrongly?