The noble Quran and Ahadeeth conveys a distinct message to the Muslims:
- abstain from following other faiths;
- do not admonish other faiths;
- remain far from even their very basics of everyday life, e.g. their manner in eating, drinking, greeting; and
- most importantly, their acts of worship.
The name of a person makes a strong impression on, and also has a great effect on the person’s life. Similarly the following of the day-to-day actions of other groups certainly impacts heavily on the lifestyle of a person. One may not readily accept that their dressing has much influence on a Muslim --- but --- it is a proven fact, that it does. It is a normal human reaction that the dress code that one adopts, significantly and gradually effects one’s way of thinking and behaviour.
Such changes are very subtle and unconscious, but they make deep imprints on one’s life and lifestyle.
The effects don’t necessarily show up immediately. In the early stages the external self begins to adopt the ways and lifestyle. However, over a period of time the individual imbibes their culture, values, beliefs and error-ridden philosophy and rationale.
This is extremely dangerous!
One’s inner self begins to transform. The once innocent Muslim/a’s heart and mind are torn recesses of their heart and mind, then to rectify the un-Islamic mindset and behaviours becomes a daunting task.
As an immediate remedial step, the affected Muslim/a should be urged to:
- Minimise or stop “visiting” his/her friends from the other groups;
- Cut “close friendship” with the other groups; All of these should be
- Limit “dealings” with the other groups; strictly limited to
- Gradually stop “socialising” with the other groups; and “real needs” only!
- Stop asking for “unnecessary assistance” from the other groups.
Ignoring the danger signs and refusing to take immediate corrective steps, can lead to serious outcomes. The once innocent Muslim/a can easily lose their Iman and become a “murtad/a” [an apostate (disbeliever)].
Our beloved Nabi (Alaihis Salaam) strongly advised us to oppose the way of the non-Muslims in both, worship and lifestyle. For example, the Jews do not wear khuffain (leather socks) when praying. Thus, Muslims should sometimes wear the khuffain when performing salaah. (Abu Dawood)
However, this does not mean that we cannot perform Salaah without the khuffain. Likewise, Nabi (Alaihis Salaam) requested Muslims to fast two days, i.e. 9th & 10th or 10th & 11th of Muharram, because the Jews should fast only one day, i.e. on the 10th. Finally, Nabi (Alaihis Salaam) warned his ummah: “He who imitates a (disbelieving) nation is one of them.” (Abu Dawood)
This clearly indicates the severity and displeasure of following the ways of other faiths