Are Muslims Believers?

Religion comes with a body and a soul,” the Sheikh explained. “But after a few generations, etiquette and manners become more important in a religion, which means the spirit of the religion disappears.” Such was the situation among the Jewish people, he said, when Jesus began preaching: they had forgotten Abraham’s covenant with God. Over time, their religion had settled into a matter of habit. They began to treat Judaism as a matter of belonging to a people rather than believing in a God, he argued. Such was the case for many Muslims today: “When Jesus came, the Jews really wanted to be treated as believers without being believers,” he said. “We Muslims, at this moment, want to be treated as believers without being believers.”

Terjemahan:

Syaikh ( Akram Nadwi) memaparkan bahwa, “Agama datang dalam dua aspek: tubuh dan jiwanya”. Tapi, setelah sekian generasi, etiket dan tradisi menjadi lebih penting dalam (praktik) beragama. Hal itu menyebabkan spiritnya menghilang. Demikianlah situasi di kalangan orang Yahudi pada saat Nabi Isa a.s. menyebarkan ajarannya. Mereka telah melupakan ikatan kuat antara Ibrahim a.s. dengan Tuhannya. Seiring waktu, kehidupan beragama mereka menjadi perkara kebiasaan saja. Mereka mulai memperlakukan Judaisme sebagai sesuatu yang mereka miliki (sebagai komunitas, pen) alih-alih keimanan pada Tuhan, ujarnya. Demikian juga yang terjadi pada Muslim saat ini.

“Saat Nabi Isa a.s. datang, para Yahudi ingin diperlakukan sebagai orang beriman tanpa harus beriman”, katanya. “Kami, sebagai Muslim saat ini (juga) ingin dianggap seperti orang beriman tanpa harus (benar-benar, pen) beriman”.

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