Channel: Fatima Barkatulla
Is living a disciplined life a boring and old-fashioned thing? Isn’t Islam all about rules and restrictions? In this series of excerpts, Ustadha Fatima highlights some of the gifts that Allah gave to women through Islam.
[Nasheed clips from Nashee artist Safe Adam’s vocals only collection]
move on to the sunset in the evening.
When I'm drowning in onto horde in the deepest, darkest ocean
it's true that when somebody looks at a Muslim woman, perhaps dressed as I am dressed,
they may think, you know, there's so many restrictions, so many rules and regulations, she's living by the sheer to have any fun, you know, does she ever let her hair down literally, right.
that's because we're living in a society from the time that we enter school, and we're exposed to the media, etc, we're given a message that the ultimate thing that human beings should seek is freedom is freedom to do what they want, when they want.
And, and so when it comes to words like rules, regulations, limits, discipline, you know, these, these words sound very boring and restrictive to us.
However, if you notice that the best seller at the moment, in terms of books, is a book called 12 rules for life, an antidote to chaos, you know, by Professor Jordan Peterson, which I've read, and it's a very good book. Why is it that so many people are buying books, self help books, books that tell them how they should live their life? books that help them, you know, do basic things like eat a healthy diet? Or, you know, know how to live in a meaningful and good way? Why is that?
It's because human beings need discipline. Human beings need a disciplined framework with which to live their lives. And anyone who's ventured out of a disciplined lifestyle will know that it does lead to chaos. It's unsustainable. It leads to your life being in disarray and ultimately to misery.
So what people might look on as rules and discipline rules and regulations and limits, I would say are disciplines that help human beings live a better life.
All of us, whether we like it or not, are governed by limits. You know, some of us think we're free.
But actually, there are constantly forces at play, trying to manipulate us or trying to influence us in a particular direction.