We all have our own ways to approach God. Some do it by praying while others do it by helping others. We all struggle on daily basis to get closer to God. Because we know holding on to Him only is the right option. At the end of the day there is just ONE GOD, the only God we should believe in.
I am a Muslim but if we dig deeper I will be called a Sunni Muslim because I am born in a Sunni family. But whenever this topic comes up I don’t call myself a Sunni, I argue that not only I follow Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet SAW but I am also a firm believer of Ahadis too. So what am I actually? Sunni or Ahal-e-hadis? If there exists a sect which believes and follows both then call me that if you want to but I like to call myself a Muslim only.
That is not the point actually. The point is we have Quran, we have Ahadis, we have Sunnah, in short we have EVERYTHING we need to lead our lives just like Islam teaches us but still we are divided. Divided by books, teachings, salah etc. And by this I am talking about Shia people. If you’re a Shia then before I say anything that you might find triggering I would like to say I hold nothing against you people and by nothing I really mean nothing!
Almost a month ago I had kind of a debate on Instagram under a post which was triggering Shia people and I expressed my opinions in the comments and asked some questions for my own knowledge so I may get to know them better. After that I prayed to Allah that “If I am wrong or if I had said something inappropriate unintentionally or intentionally then may He forgive me. If it isn’t for the best may I never get myself in such a feud.” And that was the last day I felt like saying something against Shia people’s beliefs.
As I am writing this I feel zero negativity against their beliefs. Now I’ll tell you why. Because earlier I was offering prayer and was thinking I offer my namaz like this, shia people have slight difference but the thing is they are praying to Allah, the same Lord that I am praying to! So what’s the point of having anything against them in my heart? It doesn’t matter or it shouldn’t matter to me how one approaches to God, it’s his personal matter and God’s. I hold no such position to judge him, scold him or stop him. I have my beliefs and ways and they have theirs. I am one single being and my sole focus should be on pleasing my God not on how different people are trying to do the same. Surely there are differences between me and a Shia but I shouldn’t start pouring negativity and my beliefs over him but should let him do what he does in peace. That’s what Islam teaches me! That’s what Prophet’s life teaches me!
God can be called upon in different ways. I do it while I water plants in my garden too. Now this may sound weird but I sometimes talk to plants too because besides being living things, I think or maybe believe that they bring me closer to Allah. No doubt He is closer to us than our jugular vein but I hope you get what I mean. I think this belief and this way of approaching Allah to listen to me actually works for me and I don’t find it inappropriate, if you do that’s your call. Same is the case with people of different sects and different cultures. It all starts from beliefs and ends at it, that’s what I know. So we shouldn’t ridicule or mock somebody because they approach God not like us. Peace