[Al-Kahf 18:1] Alhamdulillah

All the praises and thanks are to Allah, Who has sent down to His slave (Muhammad SAW) the Book (the Qur’an), and has not placed therein any crookedness. [Al-Kahf 18:1]

1. Alhamdulillah means all praise & gratitude to Allah s.w.t. for everything. But sometimes Allah s.w.t. highlights a specific matter in the Qur’an for us to reflect upon & the word that should come out from our mouth is alhamdulillah.

2. Allah s.w.t. says there is no room for any deviation in the Qur’an. What it means is that no matter how political, ideology, economy, technology, fashion, or culture changes – one thing will not change and that is the Qur’an. Its values, principles & truth are straight and clear as how it was first revealed.

3. When humanity decides what is normal, the common standard deviates. What was used to be detested or acceptable by the society several years ago are no longer the same today. If we are blind consumers, we will follow whatever & however the society defines what “normal” is. Allah s.w.t. says: “If you obey the majority of those on earth, they will make you lose the way of Allah…” [Al-An’aam 6:116]

4. Alhamdulillah, the Qur’an teaches & reminds us that we are not those who keep changing our standards when the world changes.

5. Alhamdulillah, we are freed from slavery to fashions & trends, from wanting to become popular, from being like anyone else.

6. Alhamdulillah, Allah s.w.t. has removed these unnecessary pressures from us because we are SUPPOSED to be weird to begin with! Rasulallah s.a.w. said: “Islam began as something strange and will go back to being strange, so glad tidings to the strangers.”

And because of that, we say alhamdulillah.

Reference: Lesson extracted from Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan‘s Cultural Shock & Integration khutbah.

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