Being a male Muslim living in Britain can be like an obstacle course making the course to Allah full of problems. If one lives in a Muslim community, then these obstacles will be made less of an obstacle, but they become a big problem if he does not live within a Muslim community. My answer to the question is yes and no. it is difficult on the surface, but there is a lot of things he can do to make his life a lot easier. It is required of a Muslim to find halal meat since eating haram meat (meat from animals which have not had their jugular vein cut) is forbidden.
This is not always easy to obtain since it can be difficult to access or find time to travel to a halal butcher. This can be a problem and used to be a huge problem about ten to twenty years ago, but nowadays in Britain, it is easier than it was to find a halal butcher. They usually locate in the cities where there is a significant Muslim population. This may require the man to live in a Muslim community or to travel to the shop and buy meat on a regular basis.
However, if he lives quite a distance from a Muslim community, it may be very difficult to be able to travel down there regularly and buy meat.Usually, the solution is to move somewhere nearer to a Muslim community. “Allah has forbidden for you what dies of itself, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that over which any other name than that of Allah has been invoked. But whoever is driven by necessity, without willful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then he is guiltless. Surely Allah is forgiving, merciful.
” (2:173) Praying five times a day is probably the most difficult task a Muslim male may face of all. Some employers do not allow Muslim workers to have a little break and say their prayers and there also may be no place to wash or clean place to pray.However, prayer times are quite flexible and they occur during the normal breaks off the day. A main problem is finding somewhere quiet to pray. Also, he should go to the mosque during Friday lunchtimes for prayer. The employer may not give the worker enough time for him to do this or he may work or live too far away from the mosque. He may not know what the prayer times are, but this is not very difficult to find out since there are many websites with the times on. The solution to this whole problem is to either work for a Muslim employer, or to try and fit in the prayers when he can; maybe during his breaks or after work.
If he lives too far away from the mosque, he may pray at home but if possible he should make an effort to visit one. However, praying at home does not diminish the prayer. It is just seen as better if he visits a mosque on Fridays for the ummah. Children at school may not be allowed to miss school for prayers or to be excused from Christian activities.
Children may face problems in school upholding an Islamic way of life, by following British ways. They may be faced with immodest dress in their uniform and also in PE. After the age of ten, boys and girls are supposed to be separated but children are still usually taught together.
This is against Islam and encourages sexual attraction. Sex education may be taught to them, which is not in agreement with Muslim morality. Worst of all, they will probably be taught that which is Christian or Jewish and that Islam is seen in an incorrect image. Girls should not be forced to wear short skirts and that PE should be carried out in tracksuits. They may be forced to sing in the name of Jesus and to go to Chapel, when Muslims do not mind knowing about other religions, but should be taught in such a way as to persuade them to convert to Christianity.To overcome these problems, the children could ask their parents to talk to the school, asking to withdraw their child from Christian events and to give them permission to refrain from immodest behavior e. g. immodest dress, showering in communal showers.
However, if the parent wishes to ensure that the child does not have co-education, than they should take the Muslim boy out of the school and put him in a all boys school or in an Islamic school. Sending the boy to an Islamic school solves all these problems. However, Islamic schools are not a common sight so it is often not a possibility of sending the child to an Islamic school.To pay Zakat, the Muslim must find a mosque or a Zakat organisation and pay his amount, even if he must travel a long distance. This can be difficult because he may live a long way away from such a place, or he does not know how much to give because in Muslim countries, there are people who help you calculate how much and what to give. There are such people in Britain, but they are few in number. More often than not, the man has to estimate the value of what he is giving, or maybe give more than one fortieth of his income, just to make sure that he is not giving too little.
Be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity. And whatever good you send forth, for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah. ” (Al-Qur’an, 2:110) Fasting during the month of Ramadan can be a test since most of the people he will be living next to won’t be fasting so he will face many temptations. He will not also have other Muslims to gain strength from around his area. In school, fasting Muslims may not be allowed off physical activity, and will therefore worsen their hunger and thirst pangs. This can be extremely tormenting for the Muslim.He will most likely not be able to sit down and break his fast with a proper meal since his employers will probably not let him have time off for iftari.
He could just break his fast with a little snack and then have a proper meal later or he could again, try and work for a Muslim employer. Qur’an “The month of Ramadan, when the Qur’an came down to earth, to guide mankind, to teach what is right and what is wrong, those present in this month, shall fast..
. God wants to make this easy for you, not difficult, so that you can make full the number of days. “Organizing a Hajj pilgrimage is not that difficult, but it does require visiting a Hajj organization and organizing the trip.
He also will need to find out the dates of Hajj the coming year. This can be found out from the Internet or from a Hajj organization. The main problem with planning a Hajj when living in Britain is getting time of school or work for Hajj. One cannot perform Hajj at any time of the year- it must be performed during the dates it falls between.
Getting time off work may be very difficult. The employer may not be sympathetic and not allow time off work to perform it.Others may be more lenient. There is no real solution again except to work for a Muslim employer. Working for a Muslim employer seems to be the solution to everything, but it is usually the only possibility when living in Britain. An Islamic custom is that the person should be buried within twenty-four hours of death. This is not a British custom, and so this can prove a difficult task to carry out.
This may be done though through Muslim funeral organizations. The body should be facing Makkah, which may not be possible due to garden designs or the designs of another religion.Also, Islam teaches that only one body should be used per grave, which can cause problems for the local authorities. To prevent all these problems, bodies are usually buried in Muslim burial grounds, though few in number. For Id-ul-Adha, the man sacrifices an animal.
It is commonplace in Islam. However, in Britain, one requires a license and also a slaughterhouse if they want to carry out this task. It is difficult for someone to get a license so what usually happens families get their animals slaughtered in a special Muslim abattoir.This is quite an easy solution. A Muslim in Britain may face discrimination and prejudice.
He may not get a job due to a prejudice employer, or he may face torment and insults. Receiving insults and prejudice may put the worshipper of Islam and make him hide and be embarrassed by it. To overcome this, he should just ignore it and go about his everyday life, not holding grudges. It is a test, which Allah has issued.
Being a Muslim in Britain makes upholding an Islamic life more difficult than if living in a Muslim country, but it does not make the task impossible.